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1763 Sarah Ely was born 13 February to Richard and Jemima Ely and later married Robert Hutchinson. [1]

1774 The New Jersey Assembly passed "An act to relieve Sarah Ely, Isaac De Cow, and David Brearly Jr. with respect to the loss of their title deeds by fire." [2] This could be Sarah's mother or grandmother, perhaps.

1777 At age 16, Robert Hutchinson entered the Revolutionary army (records not found) and after the termination of the war, became a Methodist minister.

1786 Robert Hutchinson heard Mr. McClosky preach for the Methodist Epsicopal Church and encouraged his uncle, Joseph Hutchinson, to invite McClosky to preach at Joseph's house. [3]

1791 Robert Hutchinson was appointed as clergyman at the Trenton-Greene Street Methodist Episcopal Church. [4]

1792-93 Robert Hutchinson and William Dougherty were preachers on the Methodist Episcopal Burlington Circuit. [5]

1791 Robert Hutchinson and wife Sarah Ely Hutchinson were named in the will of Sarah's father, Richard Ely, of Freehold Twp, Monmouth County, New Jersey on August 18. [6]

1791 Robert Hutchinson and wife Sarah Ely Hutchinson were named in the will of Sarah's grandmother Sarah Lee, of Upper Freehold Twp, Monmouth County, New Jersey on September 8. [7]

1794 Robert Hutcheson [Hutchinson] was in charge of the Long Island, New York circuit of Methodist preachers. [8]

1795 Robert Hutchinson was appointed as a Methodist Circuit preacher for the E Town Circuit, which included Elizabeth, NJ. [9]

1797 Robert Hutchinson rode the Bethel Circuit in Old Gloucester County in New Jersey as a Methodist minister. [10]

1802-3 Robert Hutchinson, perhaps this one, bought land in Clermont County, Ohio from William Lytle and John Stall. [11]

1806 RobertHutcheson was taxed in Clermont County, Ohio. [12]

1808 Robert Hutchinson moved to Ohio and purchased 200 acres of land of Gen. William Lytle in Lawson's survey, No 957, on which his son Aaron settled in that year (His wife was Elizabeth Ivins, a native of New Jersey, by whom he had 6 children).

1809 RobertHutcheson was taxed in Clermont County, Ohio. [13]

1826 Robert Hutchinson granted land to Aaron Hutchinson in Clermont County, Ohio. [14]

1840 Elizabeth Hutchinson died and Robert Hutchinson married Mary Ritchie.

1850 Robert Hutchinson, age 86, lived in Mercer County, New Jersey in the household of Wm R Hutchinson, age 45, and Caroline, age 33, Hutchinson. All were born in New Jersey. [15]

A biosketch of Robert Hutchinson's brother, Sylvester Hutchinson, reports the following: "There were three brothers in the itinerant ministry, Sylvester, Robert, and Aaron. An old preacher whom time has shaken by the hand, who was well acquainted with the Hutchinson family, says they were born in Burlington County, New Jersey... Robert was sometimes pathetic, then he was terrific. Sinai was introduced to his auditors, and you could hear the deep-toned thunder and see the vivid lightning flashing around you. In preaching at a certain place, some ugly fellows of the baser sort were determined to stay in class-meeting and break up the meeting. Some of the members were alarmed. Mr. Hutchinson said, "Let them be." He then turned upon them, as Jesus did, when he said: "Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell " His manner was awful, describing hell; and he dealt in death and destruction in such a manner that the rowdies were alarmed. He was very affectionate in families; he took particular notice of the children." [16]

Footnotes:

[1] Major E. M. Woodward and John Hageman, History of Burlington and Mercer Counties, New Jersey (Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1883), 757, [HathiTrust].

[2] Francis Bazley Lee, ed., Genealogical and Personal Memorial of Mercer County, New Jersey, Vol. 1 (1907), 12, [Google Book].

[3] Major E. M. Woodward and John Hageman, History of Burlington and Mercer Counties, New Jersey (Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1883), 772, [HathiTrust].

[4] Major E. M. Woodward and John Hageman, History of Burlington and Mercer Counties, New Jersey (Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1883), 728, [HathiTrust].

[5] Major E. M. Woodward and John Hageman, History of Burlington and Mercer Counties, New Jersey (Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1883), 189, [HathiTrust].

[6] Elmer T. Hutchinson, Documents relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey. Archives Vol. 37. (Wills and Administrations 8, 1791-1795) (1942), 125, [Internet Archive].

[7] Elmer T. Hutchinson, Documents relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey. Archives Vol. 37. (Wills and Administrations 8, 1791-1795) (1942), 225, [Internet Archive].

[8] Edwin Warriner, Old Sands Street Methodist Episcopal Church of Brooklyn NY (NY: Phillips & Hunt, 1885), 42, [Google Book].

[9] Edwin Francis Hatfield, History of Elizabeth, New Jersey: including the early history of Union county, (New York: Carlton & Lanaham, 1868), 620, [Google Book].

[10] George A. Raybold, Reminiscences of Methodism in West Jersey (New York: Lane & Scott, 1849), 30, [Google Book].

[11] Alma Aicholtz Smith, Clermont County, Ohio Deeds and Mortgages 1791-1830, An Index (1991), 140.

[12] Rootsweb, Clermont County, Ohio Tax List 1800-1810, [Rootsweb].

[13] Rootsweb, Clermont County, Ohio Tax List 1800-1810, [Rootsweb].

[14] Alma Aicholtz Smith, Clermont County, Ohio Deeds and Mortgages 1791-1830, An Index (1991), 131, citing deed Y23-269.

[15] US census, 1850, NJ, Mercer, East Windsor, family 932

[16] Joseph Beaumont Wakeley. Lost chapters recovered from the early history of American Methodism (1858), 527, [Google Book], [Internet Archive].


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