An American Family History

Sarah Bonham Runyan

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

Early European settlers in the American colonies were mostly farmers and craftsmen. They had to work hard to provide daily neccesities for themselves.

Sarah Bonham Runyan was born on February 14, 1697/98 at Piscataway, New Jersey. She was the daughter of Hezekiah Bonham and his first wife Mary Dunn.

She married her first cousin, Thomas Runyan, Jr. Thomas was born in 1702 in Piscataway, New Jersey. His parents were Thomas Runyan, Sr. He was a tailor and had a shop in Hopewell, New Jersey. Later he had a shop in Kingwood Township.

The Runyans were members of the First Baptist Church of Piscataway.

Sarah and Thomas had at least one son, Bonham Runyan, who was born about 1722. Sarah Runyan Conrad has also been named as their daughter.

Thomas Runyan was listed as a tax payer for Hunterdon County in 1722.

Sarah died before May 14, 1752 when Thomas married Hannah Stout.

Thomas died on February 22, 1770.
Hopewell is currently in Mercer (formerly Hunterdon) County, New Jersey. Mercer County was formed in 1838 from portions of other counties including Hunterdon. Early settlers found that their deeds were worthless and they were forced to repurchase their land or relocate. On April 23, 1715 the settlers who stayed organized Hopewell Baptist Church.
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
  • It was common for bequests to include wearing apparel.
    Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.


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

    from Pioneers of Old Hopewell, by Ralph Ege

    The wife of Adam Conrad of Kingwood, and mother of Judge Conrad, deceased, of Pennington, was Sarah [Runyan], daughter of Thomas Runyan, Jr., and she was left a legacy by the will of her father, dated January 23, 1770.

    Old Style Calendar
    Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.
    Kingwood Township is on the western border of Hunterdon County, New Jersey. It was founded in 1798.

    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.

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