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An American Family History

Zedekiah Bonham

New Jersey's first permanent European settlement was in 1660.

It was common for bequests to include wearing apparel.

Zedekiah Bonham was born about 1707 at Maidenhead, Hunterdon County, (now Lawrence, Mercer County), New Jersey. He was the son of Hezekiah Bonham and his second wife.

His first wife was Sarah Compton. She was the daughter of Jonathan Compton and Esther Martin.

Zedekiah and Sarah had a daughter Sarah Bonham Fitzrandolph (1728, married Malachi Fitzrandolph).

His second wife was Ann Martin. Ann was the daughter of Benjamin Martin and Philoreta Slater. Her sister, Elizabeth, was his brother Nehemiah’s second wife.

Zedekiah and Ann had two daughters:
Zerujah Bonham (1731) and
Katrin Bonham (1735).

The Seventh Day Baptist Church first gathered at the Martin home.

He died in 1760 in Piscataway.

Hunterdon County was originally part of Burlington County, West Jersey. It was set off from Burlington County on March 11, 1714. It included Amwell, Hopewell, and Maidenhead Townships.

Children of Hezekiah Bonham:
  • Mary Bonham
  • Samuel Bonham
  • Hannah Bonham Stout
  • Sarah Bonham Runyan
  • Hezekiah Bonham
  • Nehemiah Bonham
  • Zachariah Bonham
  • Zedekiah Bonham
  • Amariah Bonham
  • Temperance Bonham Ayres
  • Amaziah Bonham
  • Malachiah Bonham
  • Jeremiah Bonham
  • Ephriam Bonham
  • Josiah Bonham
  • Zephaniah Bonham
  • Uriah Bonham
  • Obadiah Bonham
  • Lawrenceville, Mercer County, New Jersey was founded as Maidenhead in 1697, as part of Burlington County in the colony of West Jersey. In 1714, the village became a part of Hunterdon County.
     

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    The First Baptist Church of Piscataway is in Edison, New Jersey and was formed in 1689.

    from History of the First Baptist Church of Piscataway
    Stelton, New Jersey, 1889, by Oliver B. Leonard, Esq.

    Among the brave and bold passengers of the Mayflower was a representative of the Martin family, who sought "the wild New England shore for freedom to worship God." One of this familiar name was among the first planters to make a permanent settlement in this colony of conscience. John Martin, a Piscataway grantee of 1666, came here from the Piscataqua district in New Hampshire, where he lived as early as 1648 with the ancestors of the Dunns, Drakes, Langstaffs, and other old and respected families of that locality. The Martins came to stay, as a numerous line of descendants testify from that remote day to the present.

    Planter is an archaic term for a settler. Plantation was a method of colonization where settlers were "planted" abroad. A plantation is also the kind of large farm that was the economical basis of many American Colonies and owners of these farms were also called planters.

    The Bonhams are Mayflower descendants: Samuel Fuller, Hannah Fuller Bonham, Hezekiah Bonham, Amariah Bonham.