John Borton

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John Borton, son of William Bourton and Elizabeth (…), was born probably shortly before his baptism at Aynhoe, Northamptonshire, England, 25 January 1633/34.1,2 He died 31 July 1687.3,4,1

John married Anne Kinton, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), at Aynhoe 12 April 1658.1,2

John Borton was persecuted for his adherence to the Society of Friends:

In January 1660/1, John Borton of Aino, and others, "were taken out of their own Houses by Soldiers, and committed to Prison for refusing the Oaths."

In 1665, he and others, "...poor Labourers, had their Goods taken by Distress for a Fine of 4s. each, imposed for four Weeks Absence from their Parish-Church."

In 1674, Oxfordshire, he, John Holcroft, and Thomas Mercer had "Taken by Distress, for Meetings this Year," 1£ 15s.5

5 May 1679, the Borton Monthly Meeting, Oxfordshire, England, wrote a certificate of removal for John and Ann, vouching that they have "Known ye sd John and Anne Borton these many years, and that they have walked honestly among us, living in the fear of God and in obedience to the blessed truth revealed in this our day, and have been of a good savor to friends and to their neighbors in the village where they dwell."

John Borton is said to have arrived on the Griffin in 1679, but the Griffin arrived in 1675, and although a John Burton was aboard, the servant of William Braithwaite, this is likely a different man, given the certificate that was written in 1679.

A John Borton also signed "The Concessions and Agreements of the Proprietors, Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Province of West New Jersey in America." The document was initially witnessed and signed 3 Mar 1676, with many more names added later.

He settled in Hillsdown, Evershaw Township, Burlington Co., New Jersey, now Mount Laurel.6,1,7,8

John left a will dated 28 July 1687, and proved 14 Jan 1687/8 naming sons John, William, and leaving legacies to his unnamed wife and six unnamed daughters.9,4


Anne Kinton b. say 1638, d. aft. 1687
  • Jane Borton1,2 b. 13 Mar 1659, d. Nov 1688
  • Ann Borton1,10 b. 18 Aug 1660, d. 10 Sep 1688
  • Elizabeth Bourton+1,10 b. 27 May 1664, d. bef. 30 May 1718
  • Esther Borton1,10 b. 25 Jul 1667
  • John Borton1,10 b. 27 Sep 1669
  • William Borton1,10 b. 2 Jun 1672
  • Susannah Borton1,10 b. 24 Aug 1675
  • Mary Borton1,10 b. 24 Oct 1678
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  1. [S1614] Florence L. Moyer, "A Brief Genealogy of the Bourton (Borton, Barton) Family Including John Woolman and William Hunt Connections", Washington, D. C.: 1973, microform copy: FHL Film/Fiche #974080 #4, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1, further cited as Moyer, "Genealogy of the Bourton Family."
  2. [S1654] Aynho, Northamptonshire, England, Parish Register of Aynho, FHL microfilm 994096 #11, further cited as Parish Register of Aynho.
  3. [S1156] William Wade Hinshaw and Thomas Worth Marshall, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy (six vols., 1938; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1991), 2:167, further cited as Hinshaw and Marshall, Quaker Genealogy.
  4. [S1614] Moyer, "Genealogy of the Bourton Family", 5.
  5. [S1615] Joseph Besse, A Collection of the Sufferings of the People Called Quakers, for the Testimony of a Good Conscience, from the time of their being first distinguished by that name in the year 1650, to the Act, commonly called the Act of Toleration, granted to Protestant Dissenters in the first year of the Reign of King William the Third and Queen Mary, in the Year 1689 (London: Luke Hinde, 1753), 1:531,533-4,573, further cited as Besse, Sufferings of the People Called Quakers.
  6. [S1616] Freeman C. Mason, History of the Borton and Mason Families in Europe and America (Hillsdale, Michigan: p.p., 1908), 11, further cited as Mason, Borton and Mason Families.
  7. [S1604] Walter Lee Sheppard Jr., et al., Passengers and Ships Prior to 1684: Reprints of Articles with Corrections, Additions and New Materials (1970; reprint, Pennsylvania: The Welcome Society of Pennsylvania, 1985), 136-7, further cited as Sheppard, et al., Passengers and Ships Prior to 1684.
  8. [S1643] William A. Whitehead, et al., editors, Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey, 42 vols. (Newark, New Jersey: Daily Journal, 1880-1949), 269, further cited as Whitehead, et al., Colonial History of New Jersey.
  9. [S1616] Mason, Borton and Mason Families, 18-19.
  10. [S1653] Gilbert Cope, "Registers of the Quarterly Meetings of Berkshire and Oxfordshire", Historical Society of Pennsylvania, microform copy: FHL Film/Fiche #441490, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, further cited as Cope, "Registers of Berkshire and Oxfordshire."