Obadiah Force

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Obadiah Force, son of Thomas Force and Hannah (…), was born at New York, in 1691.1,2 He died at Essex Co., New Jersey, in 1789.1,2

Obadiah married Joanna Manning, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), about 1729. She does not appear to be the daughter of Joseph and Temperance (Hull) Manning. See the note on her page.1,2

Obadiah appears in several records of Essex County:
Obadiah was in New Jersey by Jan 1734/5 when Petter van til Burgh sued Obadiah Force and his wife Joanna, and they appeared in Court.

On 3 Oct 1750, Obadiah Force, James, Joseph and John Badgley Jr. were in a hunting party when John was injured and later died at Elizabethtown Parish.

An account book of Joseph Camp, of Newark shows a charge, 15 Jun 1751, of two bushels of wheat to Obadiah Force.

In the New Jersey Court of Oyer & Terminer - Record Book in Princeton Library, session held in Essex County at Newark, 16 Jun 1755, The King vs Obadiah Force, on recognition of a misdemeanor; defendent being called, appeared.

Obadiah and his brother John are believed to be settlers on lot 78 of the Neioaia Mountain Purchase per Thomas Ball's Map of 1764.

On 12 Mar 1765 and 10 Mar 1767, Obadiah Force and others were chosen to be overseers of highways in Newark and at this time he probably lived near Whippany and Hanover.

In an Essex Co. Court Record of 1789, Obadiah Force applied for support by his chidren. A light pencil note indicates his wife was Joanna.1,3


Joanna Manning
  • Manning Force1,2 b. abt. 1730
  • Thomas Force1,2 b. abt. 1732
  • Rosanna Force1,2 b. abt. 1734
  • Elizabeth Force1,2 b. abt. 1735
  • Sarah Force1,2 b. abt. 1737
  • Johannah Force1,2 b. abt. 1739
  • Rachel Force1,2 b. abt. 1741
  • Benjamin Force1,2 b. abt. 1745, d. May 1787
  • Squire Force+1,2 b. abt. 1748, d. 24 Apr 1829
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  1. [S283] "Force Manuscript Collection", 11 Mar 1980, Charles T. Galbraith (New York, New York). Research Report to Gregory Cooke (Vandenberg AFB, California); copy in the Gregory Cooke Clarkdale, Arizona.
  2. [S282] "Force", 17 Jul 1989, Rosemary F. Lovell (Picayne, Mississippi). Research Report to Gregory Cooke (Vandenberg AFB, California), 18; copy in the Gregory Cooke Clarkdale, Arizona.
  3. [S285] Charles Carroll Gardner, "Collection of Essex County, New Jersey Families, 1600-1900", Essex Co., New Jersey, microform copy: FHL Film/Fiche #848892, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, further cited as "Essex Families."