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Peter RUNYON (1680-1755) m. Providence BLACKFORD (1683-1760)
s/o Vincent RUNYON (1645-1713) and Ann Martha BOUTCHER (1651-1737)
d/o Samuel BLACKFORD (1640-1712) and Hannah SMALL (1641-1708)
p/o Elizabeth RUNYON (1729-1797)


28 Jun 1668 Father Vincent RUNYON given marriage license by Governor of Isle of Jersey Philip Carteret to marry Ann BOUTCHER, dau of John BOUTCHER of Hartford, England [
Ludlow-Ross genealogy : the ancestors of Lydia Ludlow and Ogden Ross and their descendants, p.72 (doc)]

17 Jul 1668 Father Vincent RUNYON and Ann BOUTCHER married, presumably at Isle of Jersey [
Ludlow-Ross genealogy : the ancestors of Lydia Ludlow and Ogden Ross and their descendants, p.72 (doc)]

20 Mar 1671 Father Vincent RUNYON bought a lot on Isle of Jersey from Francis Barber, originally owned by Thomas Moore [
Ludlow-Ross genealogy : the ancestors of Lydia Ludlow and Ogden Ross and their descendants, p.72 (doc)]

Mar 1677 Father Vincent RUNYON purchased 154-1/2 ac farm in Piscataway, Middlesex, NJ [Early Germans in New Jersey, p.474 (doc)] [Ludlow-Ross genealogy : the ancestors of Lydia Ludlow and Ogden Ross and their descendants, p.71 lists parents and siblings as well as Peter’s wife and children (doc)]

1 Jul 1680 Peter RUNYON born at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey on father’s farm on the Raritan River [
Early Germans in New Jersey, p.474 lists parents and his siblings (doc)] [The Story of Dunellen: As nearly as may be ascertained those who first lived in the section that was to become Dunellen, Pistcataway were David Coriell and Peter Runyon, both French Huguenots; and Peter and John Marselis, Dutch settlers who reached Piscataway after a residence of some time in Bergen County. C. C. Vermeule, Jersey historian believes that it was the Marselises who arrived first, at some date prior to 1735; but there is in existence a deed dated March 7, 1737, in which Coriell's property is listed as a boundary for land being transferred from Samuel York to his father- in-law, Lawrence Reuth; and the Coriell property is described as that which he purchased from Thomas Johnson in 1726.] [Peter became a landowner around Ambrose and Rehoboth Brooks]

1 Jul 1683 Providence BLACKFORD born at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey

12 Oct 1704 Peter RUNYON and Providence BLACKFORD married at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey [
First Settlers of Ye Plantations of Piscataway and Woodsridge Olde East New Jersey, Part 5, Orra Eugene Monnette (The Leroy Carman Press. California. 1931.), Pg. 759]

15 Aug 1705 dau Anne RUNYON born at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey; died Jan 1759 at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey

15 Aug 1705 son John RUNYON born at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey; died 1797 at Rockingham, VA; married Prudence SMALLEY on 12 Mar 1724 at NJ

17 Jan 1706 dau Grace RUNYON born at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey; died Nov 1755 at Woodbridge, Middlesex, NJ; married Daniel COOPER on 17 Apr 1726 at Woodbridge, Middlesex, NJ

1708 son Vincent RUNYON born at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey; died 1750; married Zerviah MARTIN

1 Apr 1710 son Joseph RUNYON born at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey; died 16 May 1760 at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey; married Elizabeth TREMBLEY in 1735 at NJ

16 Nov 1712 dau Roseannah RUNYON born at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey; died 1765 at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey; married George DAVIDSON

1714 son Peter RUNYON born at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey; died 1715

25 Jul 1715 son Peter RUNYON born at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey; died 1820 at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey; married Mary DUNN in 1738 at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey

1716 Peter RUNYON served as constable

1717 Peter RUNYON served as constable

17 Apr 1717 dau Anne RUNYON born at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey; died 1759 at Woodbridge, Middlesex, NJ; married John BEDELL

14 Apr 1719 son Richard RUNYON born at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey; died 21 Aug 1775 at Morris, Morris, NJ

1720 Peter RUNYON and Providence BLACKFORD settled on the southwestern side on a high bluff above Ambrose Brook about 1720. Here he made a home and built a bridge over the Brook to his home. It was on this plantation where Peter and Providence spent the remainder of their lives Peter Runyon must have been a very diligent and industrious man, as records show that he acquired a sizable fortune in his lifetime. In addition to extensive land holdings, he was blessed with a substantial sum of tangible goods, all of which was shown in his Will. Peter bequeathed all of his land holdings to four of his sons; viz. Joseph, Peter, Richard and Benjamin.

1720 Peter RUNYON served as surveyor of roads

1721 son Samuel RUNYON born at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey; died 1750 in NJ

1721 dau Rachel RUNYON born at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey; died 1750 in NJ; married John LaFORGE

10 Apr 1723 dau Providence RUNYON born at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey; died 7 Nov 1760 at Woodbridge, Middlesex, NJ; married John BOWMAN

12 Dec 1725 dau Sarah RUNYON born at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey; died 1730 at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey

18 Nov 1729 dau Elizabeth RUNYON born at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey; 25 Mar 1797 at Hunterdon, NJ; married Jonas SUTTON on 27 Sep 1764 at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey

21 Dec 1729 son Benjamin RUNYON born at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey; died 3 Nov 1785 at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey; married Anna VAN CORT betw 1760-1781 [The Runyon House is the original house owned by Benjamin Runyon. It was restored & moved to a historical park called East Jersey Olde Towne in New Jersey. Upon Peter's death, Benjamin, a younger son, received a sizable tract of land. This is where he built the Runyon House (dates vary from 1755-1780). When Benjamin died in 1785, the house and land passed to his wife, Mercy, breaking a tradition of leaving property to the first born son. The remainder of Peter's holdings were sold off according to his will.] Benjamin and Ann Van Court Runyon lived their entire lives in Piscataway NJ. They were the parents of 13 children.

17 Apr 1732 dau Ann RUNYON born at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey; married John LAYTON

1736 Peter RUNYON served as constable

1738 son Isaas RUNYON born at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey; died 1821 at Tzewell, Tazewell, VA

20 Sep 1750 Peter RUNYON’s will written: Abstract of Will: Runyon, Peter, of Piscataway, Middlesex Co.; Will of. Wife, Providence. Children—Joseph, Peter (both made Executor), Richard, Benjamin, Ann Layton, Grace Cooper, Rosannah Davison and Providence (wife of John Bowman). Real and personal estate. Witnesses—James Campbell, Jeames Giles, Reune Runyon. Proved Nov 3 1755. Lib. F, p. 288. 1755, Nov, 17. Inventory, £1563.8.11, inc. bonds and cash, £1359.17.2; a Bible and other books, £1.5; made by David Fitzrandolph and David Coriell. [
New Jersey Colonial Documents, Volume XXXII, Abstracts of Wills, 1751-1760, p.276-277 (doc)] [The Story of Dunellen: Reune Runyon was a town clerk and judge of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas from 1749 to 1766] [It should be noted that the wills of Peter and Providence do not include several children that are attributed in several publications as children of Peter and Providence. Those children not listed are; Sarah, John, Vincent, Rachel, Elizabeth, and Samuel. Based upon the fact that these children are not listed in either will, CAUTION should be observed as to their parentage. (Source: Harmon R. Clark, Jr., Runyon.rft, Page 7] (photo of two pages (doc)]

12 Oct 1755 Peter RUNYON died age 75 at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey on his farm at Ambrose Brook [Burial: Runyan Burial Ground, Ambrose Brook, Piscataway, NJ]

18 Jan 1759 Providence BLACKFORD’s will written: Abstract of Will: Runyon, Providence, widow of Peter, of Piscataway, Middlesex Co; will of. Children—Joseph, Peter, Richard, Benjamin, Ann Begle, Rosannah Davis, Providence Bowman. Grandchildren of dec’d. daughter, Grace Cooper, viz., Daniel, John, Benjamin, George, Rosannah, Providence and Ann. Personal estate. Executors—sons Joseph and Peter. Witnesses—John Moore, David Pound and Reuene Runyon. Proved July 14, 1760. Lib. G, p.264. 1760, July 4. Inventory, $362.9, incl. cash, £140.14; bonds, £204.4.6; taken by the Executor, Peter Runyon; appraised by George Marlett and Elijah Pound. [
New Jersey Colonial Documents, Volume XXXII, Abstracts of Wills, 1751-1760, p.276-277 (doc)] [The Story of Dunellen: Reune Runyon was a town clerk and judge of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas from 1749 to 1766] [It should be noted that the wills of Peter and Providence do not include several children that are attributed in several publications as children of Peter and Providence. Those children not listed are; Sarah, John, Vincent, Rachel, Elizabeth, and Samuel. Based upon the fact that these children are not listed in either will, CAUTION should be observed as to their parentage. (Source: Harmon R. Clark, Jr., Runyon.rft, Page 7]

14 Jul 1760 Providence BLACKFORD died at Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey [First Settlers of Ye Plantations of Piscataway and Woodsridge Olde East New Jersey, Part 5, Orra Eugene Monnette (The Leroy Carman Press. California. 1931.), Pg. 304]