Stockton Family History in the USA

August 23, 2017.


The first recorded Stockton to arrive in America was Rev. Jonas Stockton, son of Rev. William Stockton of Barkenwell, County Warwick, England. He sailed to America on the ship Bona Nova, in 1620, with his son Timothy. The record lists Jonas' age as 40 and Timothy's as 14. They were both recorded as living in Elizabeth City by the Virginia Company in February 1624. Jonas' will was probated in February 1649. In their book, Johnson and Smith state: "He (Jonas) was for many years incumbent of the parishes of Elizabeth City, (N. C.) and Bermuda Hundred (Va.) and became the founder of a numerous family of descendants, many of whom have become distinguished. His Cousin, Prudence, daughter of Rev John Stockton, rector of Alchester and Kingholt, married, June 18, 1612, Edward Holyoke and became founder of the Holyoke family in America".
The next immigrant, in order of time, was Thomas Stockton, age 21, who sailed from London, 19 September 1635, in the ship True Love. There is no further record of him in America. So, it is assumed that he either died soon after arriving or returned to England after a short stay.
It has been reported that, a Richard Stockton appears in the New England records beginning in 1635 (no actual record has been found of this) with the last mention of him being at Charlestown (Massachusetts?) in 1649. There is a record of a Richard Stockton listed as a witness to a deed in the town of Charleston, Massachusetts in 1649.

This same or another Richard Stockton, who either moved or immigrated to Long Island sometime prior to 1656, appears on a petition requesting the release of William Wickenden. Wickenden had been imprisoned for preaching without a license in Flushing, Long Island, now in the state of New York.

This Richard purchased land and settled at Flushing around 1660. His descendants went on to become very prominent citizens in the early colonies of New York and New Jersey.. Richard Stockton (son of John Stockton, and grandson of Richard Stockton the immigrant) was a member of the Continental Congress representing New Jersey and as such was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence (see below). For further information on this family, reference is made to Dr. Stockton's book.