Friday, March 2, 2012

Owned Eight Slaves in New Jersey – John Brokaw

B. about 1680 in Flatbush, New York
M. bef 1705 in Somerset County, New Jersey
Wife: Sarah Teunise Van Middleswart
D. 1740 in Raritan, New Jersey

John Brokaw was born to French Huguenot immigrants, Bourgon Broucard and Catherine Lefevre in about 1680 in Flatbush, New York. The family had ten children. The name "Broucard" evolved into a spelling that turned into "Brokaw."

John moved to Somerset County, New Jersey with his parents in 1702. There he married Sarah Teunise Van Middleswart about two years later. Between 1705 and 1728, they had eight children.

On July 15, 1725, he purchased 3,000 acres of land on the east side of the South Branch of the Raritan River, near Millstone, New Jersey. He was appointed Commissioner of the Peace in 1725. John first built a log house on his land, then put up a “low-roof” house, which stood until at least 1909.

John died in Raritan, New Jersey in 1740. His will showed that he owned eight slaves at the time of his death. He also had such possessions as a silver cup and tankard, a large Dutch Bible, a gun and two swords. His wife survived him, but it's not known when she died.

Famous descendants of John and Sarah Brokaw include Humphrey Bogart and Tom Brokaw.

1. Kalleyntie (or Catalyntje) Brokaw – B. 28 Oct 1705, Somerset County, New Jersey

2. Femmetje Brokaw – B. 10 Jun 1707, Somerset County, New Jersey

3. John Brokaw – B. 26 Sep 1709, Raritan, New Jersey; D. 25 Sep 1804 Bridgewater, New Jersey; M. (1) Marritje Van Cleef (1715-1789), about 1734, New Jersey; (2) Catherine Van Vechten (?-1829)

4. Bergon Brokaw – B.13 Sep 1711, Somerset County, New Jersey; D. 17 Apr 1779; M. Metje Van Wickelen, about 1738

5. Isaac K. Brokaw – B. about 1715, Somerset County, New Jersey

6. Marretje Brokaw – B. 21 Jan 1721, Somerset County, New Jersey; M. Benjamin Taylor (?-1773), 19 Nov 1742, Somerset County, New Jersey

7. Isaac Brokaw – B. 26 Oct 1723, Somerset County, New Jersey

8. Abraham Brokaw – B. 22 Apr 1728, Somerset County, New Jersey

Our Brokaw-Brogaw heritage, Elsie E. Foster, 1967
Calendar of New Jersey wills, administrators, etc., Vol. 30, Elmer T. Hutchinson (editor), 1918
GeneaStar: Famous Family Tree and Genealogy [website]

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