Timothy Johnes

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Timothy Johnes, son of Samuel Johnes and Hester Stephens, was born 24 May 1715 (or perhaps 1717).1,2 He died at Morristown, Morris Co., New Jersey, 17 September 1794.2,3

Timothy married (1) Elizabeth Sayre, daughter of Job Sayre and Susannah Howell, before 1741;3,2,4,5 he married (2), as her 2nd husband, Keziah Oldfield, daughter of Richard Oldfield, 15 November 1749.3,2

He was educated at Yale College, and graduated in 1737, subsequently receiving the degree of D. D. He was ordained at Morristown, and became the first pastor of the Presbyterian church there, February 9, 1743, and continued as pastor till his death, September, 1794,— more than fifty-three years. He was highly esteemed and very successful as a pastor.

General George Washington received the communion at his hands just before the battle of Brandywine.6

Timothy left a will dated 4 August 1794, and proved 24 October 1794:

of the Town and County of Morris;
Wife, Kezia, £100; also, the yearly interest in the widow's fund in Philadelphia, riding chair and horse, and 1/3 of personal estate during her life; she to live with son, William.
Son, Timothy, remainder of farm in Hanover (part of which he has by deed of gift) adjoining Richard Johnson's land.
Son, William, 10 acres of farm in Hanover; also dwelling house and all lands in Morristown, i.e., 40 acres of woodland bought of Cheevers, 20 acres bought of Capt. Silas Howell, and 14 acres bought of Joseph Lewis; also, negro man, Cato, my team and all implements of husbandry; likewise personal property bequeathed to wife (except books) after her decease.
Granddaughter, Phebe Darcy, £10.
Daughters, Theodosia and Anna Lewis, and granddaughter, Phebe Darcy, the remaining 2/3 of personal to be divided between them.
Books to be divided between the 4 children, i.e., Theodisa, Timothy, Anne, William and granddaughter, Phebe Darsey.
Servant, Tobias, to be set free after wife's decease and £10 given him.
Executors—sons, Timothy and William, Joseph Lewis and grandson, Gabriel Ford.
Witnesses— Caleb Russell, Sylvester D. Russell, Catharine Walton.7

Family 1

Elizabeth Sayre b. 24 Jul 1715, d. 19 Sep 1748

Family 2

Keziah Oldfield b. abt. 1715, d. 2 Nov 1794
This person was last edited on17 Dec 2017


  1. [S171] George Rogers Howell, The Early History of Southampton L.I., New York with Genealogies. Revised, Corrected and Enlarged. Albany, New York: Weed, Parsons and Co., 2nd ed., 1887, 335 #4. CD-ROM reprint, Genealogy and History of the Town of Southampton, New York (http://genealogycds.com: genealogycds.com, 2007), further cited as History of Southampton.
  2. [S56] First Presbyterian Church, History of the First Presbyterian Church, Morristown, N. J. Part II: The Combined Registers, from 1742 to 1885 (Morristown, New Jersey: Banner Steam Print, 1931), 117, further cited as First Presb. Ch., The Combined Registers.
  3. [S171] Howell, History of Southampton, 336 #9.
  4. [S2010] Theodore M. Banta, Sayre Family: Lineage of Thomas Sayre: A Founder of Southampton (New York: De Vinne Press, 1901), 52, further cited as Banta, Sayre Family.
  5. [S1330] Estimated from birth of first child (13 Sep 1741).
  6. [S2010] Banta, Sayre Family, 84.
  7. [S1998] William Nelson et al., editors, Calendar of New Jersey Wills, 13 vols. ([various publishers], 1901-1949), 8:202 (liber 35:154, File 853N), further cited as Nelson et al., Calendar of New Jersey Wills.