Edward Antill. 1st

Edward Antill, 1st
+ Elizabeth Bowne
+ Sarah

Edward Antill, 1st
(20 Mar 1658/59, Richmond, Surry Co Eng)
(Bef. 7 April 1725, NY)
+ Elizabeth Bowne 10 Sep 1686
(14 Nov 1745)
(27 Jan 1767, NY)

William Antill
Charles Antill
Anne Antill

+ Sarah Bef. 1701
(d: 26 Dec 1725, Bristol Co MA)

Edward Antill, 2nd
Elizabeth Antill [married Elisha Callender, 22 Apr 1718]
George Antill
Mary Antill [married William Gallop]

Edward Antill, 1st
signature edward 1st

Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society
EDWARD ANTILL and Some of His Descendants
William Nelson

Edward Antill, a prominent merchant in New York city in the latter part of the seventeenth century, came from Richmond, Surrey, England.1 In his will (hereinafter cited), dated June 10, 1704, he gives his age as forty-five, indicating that he was born in 1659.

The first mention we find of him in the public records is in the report made in the winter of 1681-2, on the investigation regarding the management of affairs in New York by Sir Edmund Andros, the Governor appointed by the Duke of York. It was alleged that Andros had given "directions to one ffalkin who is head Searcher" [at the custom house] "not to be too strict what goods came to ffrederick Phillips but to be very strict in searching what goods came to Pinhorn & Robinson & to give them all ye obstructions he could in ye entryes. All the proof to make out this was Mr Robinson & one Edw: Antill who said that ffilkin told them that the Governor had given such order."

It was also reported that "Mr Antill says that in June 1678 Capt Cartret [Governor of New Jersey] was tryed for a Royot & one Jackson a Juryman occasionally speaking to the Governr said that he hoped they had the same Privileges as the other Plantations, The Governr answered that their Privileges hung on a slender thread & that he was chidden for giving them such liberties."

Another charge was " That sevll ffines wch were imposed upon sevll persons & ought to come to his Royll Highness were directed to be employed towards building of a Church & that Sr Edm: Andross had 200li in his hands, & Mr Antill said he heard the Govcrnor owned that he had about 200li thereof."2

These citations would seem to indicate that Antill was a young man of unusual prominence for one of his age at this time. He is mentioned in 1682 as being on a voyage from New York to Maryland.3 In 1683 he was appointed with such eminent citizens as Anthony Brockholls, Matthias Nicolls and Stephen Van Courtlandt, to inspect and catalogue the papers in the New York Secretary's office.4

He was admitted as a freeman of the city of New York, Oct. 12, 1683, a privilege of much value.5

One Nicholas Clough, master of the ship Cameleon, of London, having been indicted, with his crew, by the Court of Admiralty, for conspiracy to defraud the owners of said vessel, Gov. Thomas Dongan on Sept. 29, 1683, appointed Edward Antill to convey the ship to London and deliver her and Capt. Clough to the owners.6

His extensive mercantile ventures are indicated by some litigation in which he was concerned in 1686. On July 5 the brigantine Pennsylvania was ordered to be attached, to answer a claim of his. Two days later he petitioned for and was given leave "to sell some perishable goods, consigned by Roger Jackson, of the island of Jamaica, to Richard Phillips, of New York, for the benefit of said Jackson."

In September, he exhibited a libel against Michael Vaughton, master of the ketch Adventure.7 In this same year 1686 he bought a tract of eighty acres of land on Staten Island, "near the Fresh Kill," which he sold in 1694.8 While engaged in the Jamaica and New Foundland trade, in 1686, it was alleged that Governor Dongan was improperly associated with him in business, which, however, the Governor denied. Mr. Antill sued the author of the story, Lucas Santen, for libel, but not until he had sent several to him to let him know that he (Antill) "would be satisfied with an acknowledgment that hee had done him wrong in speaking those scandalous words, & that it was the effects of drink."9

In the year 1686 he became interested in New Jersey lands, adding to his purchases from time to time until his possessions were very extensive. By deed dated Nov. 20, 1686, Donald Mcquirick of Murderer's Hill,10 Orange county, gentleman, and David Toshack, of Monibaird,11 Esq., conveyed to Edward Antill, of the city of New York, merchant, one fourth of the Propriety (one twenty-fourth) in East Jersey, which had belonged to James, Earl of Perth.12 By deed dated March 1686 (1687, N. S.), Antill assigns to Jacob Millborne, of New York, merchant, 1,000 acres of this purchase, and recites the chain of title thus:

Grant of East Jersey and division between the twenty-four Proprietors; James, Earl of Perth, by deeds of lease and release, dated March 27-28, 1684, conveyed to David Toshack of Moneybaird in the Kingdom of Scotland in fee one-fourth part of his twenty-fourth part; also onefourth of his twenty-fourth of the joint stock in goods and effects of the value of ;pound;1,200 employed or to be employed to the use, benefit and improvement of the said Province of East Jersey; the said David Toshack, by lease and release dated July 15-16, 1685, conveyed to David Mud), of Amboy Perth, all said one-fourth of a twenty-fourth interest in East Jersey; Mudie mortgaged the same to Donald Mcquiwirck, July 22, 1685, to secure the payment of £300; by deed dated November 20, 1686 (cited above), between Donald Mcquiwirck of the first part, David Toshack of the second part, and Edward Antill of the third part, Mcquiwirck and Toshack conveyed to said Antill one-fourth of a twenty-fourth, except one-fifth of said one-fourth of a twenty-fourth, released by Mcquiwirck to William Lawrence of Middletown.13

By patent dated October 23, 1697, the Proprietors of East Jersey conveyed to Mrs. Marie Milburne, widow of Jacob Milburne, late of the city of New York, deceased, in the right of Edward Antill, of the same place, gentleman, being part of that share of a Propriety purchased by said Edward Antill from David Toshack late of Minnevarre, deceased, all that one thousand acres of land in the county of Bergen running in length northwest from Hudson's river to Overpeck creek, and one mile in breadth northeast from the line of lands conveyed to Samuel Edsail.14

By deed dated Sept. 3, 1686, Thomas Matthews, mariner, conveyed to Edward Antill, gentleman, Lot No. 11, on Raritan river, between Richard Jones and John Inians.15 The Proprietors of East Jersey, by patent dated Dec. 20, 1686, conveyed to Edward Antill, of New York, in consideration of Capt. Thomas Matthews' interest, a lot on the south side of the Raritan river, containing 403 acres, known by the name of Matthews' Lot, 25.25x160 chains in area.16

By deed dated March 12, 1686-7, Edward Antill, of the city of New York, merchant, conveyed to Richard Jones, of the same place, merchant, for £2$ New York money, this Matthews Lot, as it was called.17 This tract was in or near the present city of New Brunswick, N. J.

n 1688 Antill and George Willocks (one of the East Jersey Proprietors) are said to have acquired a tract of land at Raritan Landing. New Jersey.18 Perhaps this was the Matthews Lot.

The assignment made by Antill, March II, 1686-7, of 1,000 acres, to Jacob Millborne (son-in-law of Jacob Leisler), indicates a certain degree of business interests in common between these men. In the Revolution of 1688, when the over-zealous Leisler assumed the government of New York, he appointed Edward Antill a member of his Council. The latter soon lost favor with the acting Governor, and siding with his own friends, Anthony Brockholls and Nicholas Bayard, he was obliged to flee from the city to escape arrest, and one of his vessels was robbed of four guns by the Leisler government.19 He seems to have had a long memory for his losses, as in April, 1695, he appeared with others before the British House of Lords to oppose the bill reversing the attainder of Leisler and his associates.20

Margaret Windor, widow of Samuel Windor, deceased, "now of the city of New York," executed a bond, sealed at New York, March 29, 1690, to Edward Antill, of the city of New York, gentleman, in the penal sum of £135, current money of the city of New York, conditioned to pay £67 3s. 8d., current money of New York, on or before Dec. 30 next ensuing. Witnessed by Benjamin Griffith, Robert Darkins and Miles Forster. Antill assigned the bond, Jan. 11, 1691, to Lawrence Read, merchant, of the city of New York, attorney unto Samuel Smith, Esq., of the Island of Barbadoes. Witness, Tho: Clarke.21

Antill's intimacy with another prominent family is shown by the next transaction. By deed dated Feb. 6, 1691-2, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Townley, of Elizabethtown, N. J., and Elizabeth his wife, conveyed to Edward Antill all the lands, plantations, messuages and houses which were given to said Elizabeth by her former husband, Philip Carteret, Esq., late Governor of said Province of New Jersey, in his last will and testament. By deed dated same day, Antill conveyed the same to Lieutenant Colonel Richard Townley.22

Antill conveyed to John Johnston, of Monmouth, gentleman, March 16, 1691, a tract of 500 acres on Hope river, Monmouth County, which the former had bought of David Mudie, late of Amboy Perth, but at the date of this deed of New York, merchant.23

Besides dealing in the legitimate objects of trade with the West Indies he appears occasionally to have picked up an Indian woman or lad, to sell into slavery. For example, he and Joseph Smith bought an Indian boy named Wainca, from Samuel Bayard, but who was afterwards taken in charge by the city authorities of New York, he being free born and a subject of the States of Holland. Messrs. Antill and Smith therefore prayed, April 19, 1699, that Bayard might be enjoined from sueing them on a bond which they had given him for the purchase of the boy.24 The Mayor and Aldermen of the city again intervened, Dec. 28, 1700, demanding "the release of a free born Indian woman, native of Curacao, now held as a slave, by Edward Antill."25

He was threatened with a suit (with others) by John Marsh, April 5, 1699, for false imprisonment. Marsh was an inventor, who sought aid in 1693, to build "a small vessel that shall sail faster than all others," and in 1712 asked for a patent for a mill he had invented, for an improved method of dressing flax and hemp. His suit against Antill does not appear to been have brought to issue.26

The confidence reposed in Antill by those who knew him is attested by various records. Letters of administration were granted to him by the Governor and Proprietors of East Jersey, June 3, 1697, on the estate of Captain Thomas Graswell, late of Middletown, Monmouth County, deceased.27

Samuel Cranston and Robert Little, both of the town of Newport, Rhode Island, attorneys of Gilbert Ramsey, of ye parish of X church, in the Island of Barbadoes, Clarke,28 and Ann, his wife, Executors of the last will of John Dorne, late of Barbadoes, merchant, her former husband, deceased, appoint their trusty and well beloved friend Edward Antill, of the city of New York, their attorney, Sept. 17, 1698. Witnesses - John Guest, Adam More. Acknowledged by the honored Governor Major Samuel Cranston and Robert Little, before John Green, Dept. Governor, Newport.29

Edward Taylor, of New York, in a codicil to his will, dated Sept. 6, 1701, names Edward Antill as a contingent legatee of his estate, and also as an executor of his will and a guardian of his children.30

Nicholas Roberts, of Boston, merchant, for himself and his partner, John Shippin, gives a power of attorney to Edward Antill, of New York, Esq., Feb. 23, 1702-3.31

Francis Chappell, of the city of New York, mariner, gives a power of attorney to Edward Antill, of the same place, gentleman. Witnesses - Geo. Bangan and Walter Chambers. Proved before William Peartree, Mayor, Feb. 18, 1703-4.32

He figures in a new capacity in 1699, namely, as a lawyer. Judgment having been given by Gov. Fletcher and Council against the widow of Thomas Wandall, in an action of ejectment, brought by one Alsop, the judgment was reversed by Gov. Thomas Dongan and his Council, in January, 1699. Mr. Antill, as counsel for Alsop, asked for an appeal to England, which was refused.33

The next mention of him as an attorney brings to mind the extraordinary story of that craze which in the last two or three years of the seventeenth century engaged not only the most reputable merchants of New York, but members of the English Cabinet, and even the King himself, in the quest for sudden riches in the Arabian Gulf, by preying on the pirates who infested those waters. The King, by the advice of the Earl Bellomont, Governor of New York, who was urged to the step by Robert Livingston, took a tenth interest in the vessel commanded by Capt. William Kid, who was sent out to suppress the pirates, but who was subsequently hanged in London as the worst pirate of all. It was broadly hinted at the time that there was more politics than justice in the hanging of Kidd.

A contemporary of Kidd was Giles Shelly, master of the ship Nassau, who sailed for Madagascar in June, 1698. Stephen de Lancey and other prominent merchants of New York and London were interested in the venture. Lord Bellomont was at odds with some of the owners, and did not hesitate to class Shelly as a pirate, though with slim foundation, judging by his own statements. "I am told," he writes, July 22, 1699, "this Shelly sold rum which cost but 2s per gallon at New York, for 50 shillings and £3 pr gallon at Madagasca, and a pipe of Madera Wine which cost him £19 he sold there for £300." He returned in May, 1699. and touching at Cape May landed "fourteen men who had been upon piratical voyages in the Kast Indies, and put some others on board a New York sloop . . . . to be landed and dispersed in other places as they found oppertunity." Forty or fifty others he landed in Pennsylvania.

It was suspected - nay, believed, at least by Lord Bellomont, and by Governor Basse, of New Jersey - that many, if not most of the men thus surreptitiously landed, had served under Captain Kidd, and that they paid Shelly "12,000 pieces of Eight, and 3000 Lion dollars, nominally as passage money for twenty-nine men to America." Having landed and secured all his goods and money he ran his ship ashore near New York, and then came to the city, where he "so flushed them with Arabian Gold and East India goods that they set the government at defiance."

The Governor ordered Shelly to be committed without bail, for piracy. The Council was advised in the morning by Attorney General Graham that this could be lawfully done. In the afternoon, however, he took a contrary stand, and Shelly was admitted to bail, the bond being drawn by Edward Antill, his counsel, and in such a way as to outwit the Attorney General. Lord Bellomont did not hesitate to declare: "There's a violent presumption that Mr Graham was brib'd by Shelly and so contrived his escape." It was reported that the New York merchants had cleared £30,000 by Shelly's voyage from Madagascar.

Despite Lord Bellomont's hostility, the successful captain was in later years counted among the most reputable merchants in New York.34

It is pleasant to know that Shelly was duly grateful to Antill for having undoubtedly saved his life. The interesting form in which his gratitude was manifested we shall presently see.

While foreclosing a mortgage in Philadelphia, in 1700, Edward Antill and his mortgagor, Gil Wheeler, were ordered by the Governor and Council of Pennsylvania to compromise.35 Writing from Pennsberry, 3d 7th mo., 1700, to his friend James Logan, William Penn says: "I think to be in town the first fair day, and so let Edward Anthill know."36 Was this Philadelphia Antill or Anthill the New York man? In all probability, yes.

His name is appended as witness to the indenture of John Packer, Junr, of the city of New York, bricklayer, as an apprentice to Brandt Schuyler, of said city, merchant, Feb. 5, 1701.37

He was one of the forty-one freeholders or freemen of the South Ward of the city of New York, who in that most exciting election held on September 29, 1701, for the election of an Alderman for that Ward, supported Brandt Schuyler for the office, as against Nicholas Roosevelt. The former was declared successful, by a vote of 53 to 37, so restricted was the suffrage.38 Roosevelt contested, but the Supreme Court decided in favor of Schuyler. It was an outcome of the old Leisler and anti-Leisler faction fight, in which the latter won.39

The last mention we find of Antill as an attorney is under date of June 29, 1702, when Capt. Samuel Vetch files an answer "to the petition of Edward Antill, attorney to John Savine, late of the City of New York, merchant, in regard to a claim for a sloop."40

Antill was one of the East Jersey Proprietors who signed the surrender of the government of that Colony to Queen Ann, in 1702.42 Edward Antill married Elizabeth Bowne, license dated September 10, 1686.43 He seems to have married a second time, for in his will, dated June 10, 1704, he names his wife Sarah. He is said to have married her in England. On June 3, 1705, a vessel having on board Mrs. Antill and her children was captured about 150 leagues off Sandy Hook by a privateer from Martinico and carried off to that port.44 Mr. Antill's will was. proved April 7, 1725. By it he devises to his "dear tender and loving wife Sarah," in fee, half his land lying to the North of Hudson's river, and the other half to his six children - William, Charles, Anne, Edward, Elizabeth and George, and to afterborn child and children. He also gives his wife all his interest in a certain Proprietyship in East Jersey, formerly purchased of David Toshack, Laird of Minnevarre. His personal estate to wife Sarah and daughter Anne. Executors - "dear and loving wife Sarah," Giles Shelley and James Emott. The will is witnessed by William Vesey, Rector of Trinity Church, B. Cosens, a lawyer, and William Sharpas."45 It is probable that the first three children were by his first wife.

From the fact that the last business document relating to Antill bears date 1703-4, the same year in which his will was made, and that there is no later mention of him in the records, it is probable that he died very soon after executing his will. The brevity and simplicity of that instrument also indicate that it was made during his last illness. Why it was not put on record until 1725 is not apparent. Perhaps because the youngest child was not of age until that time, and there was no occasion to use the instrument in the meanwhile. Perhaps his widow survived until then.

No record has been found of Mr. Antill's death. Edward Antill, 1st, had issue:

i. William. Administration was granted, Oct. 25, 1739, to William Antill, principal creditor of George Ogilvy, late of Perth Amboy.46
ii. Charles.
iii. Anne.
iv. Edward, b. June 17, 1701.
v. Elizabeth,
vi. George.

No further account has been found of any of these children, except Edward. They either died young, or removed from New York city.

 1  Antill Family Record, copied by John L. Sibley, A.M., of Cambridge, Mass. Aug. 11, 1861, at Montreal, Canada, from the family Bible of Mrs. Judge Aylwin, who was a granddaughter of Edward Antill, 3d. and published in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, XIX., 1865, pp. 165-166.
 2  N.Y. Col. Docs., III., 314-315.
 3  Ib., XIII., 342.
 4  Calendar N.Y. Hist. MSS., II., 152.
 5  N.Y. Hist. Soc. Coll., 1885, p. 53.
 6  Calendar N.Y. Hist. MSS., II., 153, 156, 157.
 7  Ib.,123, 145, 158-9.
 8  Ib.,143, 243;    Cal. N.Y. Land Papers, 42.
 9  N.Y. Col. Docs., III., 407-8, 413, 493.
10  An error. for Murderer's Kill; i.e., creek, or river.
11  This individual's identity puzzled the late William A. Whitehead not a little - East Jersey under the Proprietery Governments, 1st ed., p.127;     2d ed., p.170. He is also spoken of as Moneybaird, or Moneyweard, "Partner with James, Earl of Perth, and Sir George McKensie, of Torbutt, and proxy for them." - N.J. Archives, I., 460.
12  East Jersey Deeds, Liber B. f. 17.
13  East Jersey Deeds, Liber B. f. 72.
14  E.J. Deeds, F. f. 546.
15  E.J. Deeds, B. f. 26.
16  E.J. Deeds, B. f. 28.
17  E.J. Deeds, B. 64.
18  N.J. Archives, II., 32.
19  N.Y. Doc. Hist. II., 41;    Cal. N.Y. Hist. MSS., 193, 300, 302.
20  N.Y. Hist. Soc. Collections, 1868, pp. 348, 355.
21  N.Y. County Deeds, Liber No. 18, ff. 175-6.
22  E.J. Deeds, D. 312, 317.
23  E.J. Deeds, D. 330.
24  Cal. N.Y. Hist. MSS., II., 268.
25  Ib., 279.
26  Cal. N.Y. Hist. MSS., II., 234, 267, 408.
27  E.J. Deeds, F, 357.
28  That is, cerk, clericus, clergyman.
29  N.Y. County Deeds, Liber No. 21, f. 321.
30  Calendar of Wills (at Albany), p. 381.
31  N.Y. County Deeds, Liber No. 23, f. 118.
32  N.Y. County Deeds, Liber No. 25, f. 178.
33  N.Y. Col. Docs., IV., 550, 556.
34  N.Y. Col. Docs., IV., 128, 138, 179-180, 532, 542, 551, 552, 584, 812, 1135;     Cal. N.Y. Hist. MSS., II., 271.
35  Penn. Col Records, I. 588.
36  Memoirs Hist. Soc. Penna., IX., 14.
37  N.Y. Hist. Soc. Coll., 1885, p. 599.
38  Valentine's N.Y. Manual, 1857, p. 519.
39  Ibid., 1857, pp. 519-528.
40  Cal. N.Y. Hist. MSS., II., 296.
41  N.J. Archives, IL., 496, 459.
42  Valentine's Hist. N.Y., 314.
43  Cal. N.Y. Hist. MSS., 146.
44  N.J. Archives, XI., 8.
45  N.Y. County Wills, Liber No. 10, f. 42.
46  E.J. Wills, Liber C, f. 294.

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[First Settlers of Ye Plantations of Piscataway and Woodsridge Olde East New Jersey part 3]
"Edward Antill, a prominent merchant in New York City in the latter part of the seventeenth century came from Richmond, Surrey, England. His will dated June 10, 1704 indicated that he was born in 1659."
(N. J. Hist. Soc. Third Ser., Vol. 11, p. 25.)

"Edward Antill married Elizabeth Bowne, Sept. 10, 1686. He seems to have married a second time, for in his will, dated June 10, 1704, he names his wife Sarah."

Children were:

1. William, (2) Charles, (3) Anne, (4) Edward, b. June 17, 1701, (5) Elizabeth, (6) George.

No account has been found of any of these children, except Edward.


Additional information concerning Edward Antill "a New York merchant" is given by Robert Henry Antill, Jarvisfield, Picton, New South Wales, Australia, that Edward Antill, 1st, was born in Richmond, Surrey, England March 20, 1659.

[Abstracts of Wills Vol II 1708-1728]
Page 8.--GILES SHELLEY. In the name of God, Amen. I, Giles Shelley, of New York, merchant, being in good health, sound mind and perfect memory. I leave to my friends, Robert Watts and Robert Lurting, merchants, all that my messuage, farm and lands, situate and lying at the Bowery, and the stock there-on, and the goods and the household stuff, to have and to hold during the life of Mary Peters, wife of Charles Peters. In trust for her to occupy and enjoy. And after her decease, the same is to go to Edward Antill, whom I have adopted and brought up, having no children of my own, and to his heirs and assigns forever. I give to the said Mary Peters £50, and £50 yearly for ten years, also my Indian slaves, Symon, Betty and Jenny, and all these bequests are to be free from the control of her husband. I leave to my aunt, Elizabeth Clarke, of Gravesend in Kent, England, £20 yearly. To John Tudor, Jr., £50 when of age. I leave to my wife £20 and no more. I give, devise, and bequeath to my said child Edward Antill, my two houses and land in the city of New York, and all other lands and tenements whatsoever, to him and his heirs of his body, but in default of such heirs then to my loving friends Anthony Lane and John Lane of Barbadoes, merchants. I leave all the rest of my personal estate to the said Edward Antill; my executors have full power to sell property and to use the proceeds for his maintenance and education. I appoint Robert Watts and Robert Lurting executors.

Dated September 22, 1702. Witnesses, Benjamin Ashe, William Bickly, John Davis. I leave to my executors £150 for their care and trouble.

Codicil. Whereas I, Giles Shelley, being very sick and apprehensive the hour of my death is drawing near, I confirm my will, except as regards Mary Peters, who since the making of my will is dead, and that part I annul and make void. I leave to my wife £15 per annum for life. I leave to Elizabeth Clarke £20 in addition to her legacy. I leave to Mr. Chambers £50. To the widow Sheppard £50. To Anne, daughter of Edward Antill, £150. I also give to my wife ££60 in money or household goods.

Dated February 19, 1710. Witnesses, Lancaster

[Abstracts of Wills Vol Liber 10]
Page 42. In the name of God, Amen. I, Edward Antill, of New York, aged 45 years, and of sound mind. I leave to my dear, tender, and loving wife Sarah one-half of all my land I formerly bought of Augustine Graham, Esq., lying to the north of Hudson river. I leave the other half to my six children, William, Charles, Anna, Edward, Elizabeth and George. I leave to my wife Sarah all my right, title, and interest which i have in a certain proprietorship I lately purchased of Daniel Joshack, Laird of Minnevorre, in East New Jersey. I leave all the rest of my personal estate to my wife Sarah and to my daughter Anne. I appoint my wife, and Giles Shelley and James Emott, executors.

Dated June 10, 1704. Witnesses, William Vesey, B. Cosens, William Sharpas. Proved, April 7, 1925.

[Edward Antill was the adopted son of Captain Giles Shelley, and survived him. He inherited from him, house and lot, now No. 181 Pearl street, New York, and much other property. - W.S.P.]

William Nelson. "Edward Antill, a New York merchant of the seventeenth century, and his descendants]
Edward Antill, 2d, of Piscataway, New Jersey, Lieutenant Colonel Edward Antill, 3d, of Quebec and Montreal, Dr. Lewis Antill, of Perth Amboy, and Major John Antill, of New York". Paterson, New Jersey: The Press Printing and Publishing Co., 1899.

New Jersey Colonial Documents
1686 Sept. 3.Deed. Thomas MATHEWES, mariner, to Edward ANTILL, gentleman, for land on Raraton R., lot No. 11, between Wm DOCKWRA and the lot of Richard JONES, bought by John INIANS and others.
1686 Dec. 20.Patentto Edward ANTILL of New York City, merchant, for 400 acres, E. and W. Wm DOCKWRA, N. the Raraton R., S. unappropriated land.
1686-7 March 12.Mortgage.Edward ANTILL to Richard JONES, both of New York City, merchants, for 400 acres, called Mathewes Lot, bounded E. and W. by Wm DOCKWRA, N. by Raraton R., S. by unappropriated land.
1688 March 11.Mortgage. Edward ANTILL to Jacob MILLBORNE, both of N. Y. City, merchants, for 1/4 of 1-24 share of East New Jersey, mortgaged by David MUDY to Donald McQUIRRICK and by the latter conveyed to present grantor November 20, 1687. (Supra, pp. 4 and 8)

New Jersey Archives, Vol. XXV: Newspaper Abstracts 1766-1767 (1903) p389-392 by Nelson, William (Ed.)

Edward Antill was a prominent merchant in New York City in the seventeenth century. He was present at the trial of Phillip Carteret, Governor of East Jersey, before Governor Andros, of New York, in June, 1678, for alleged riot, and was justly indignant at that travesty on justice. In 1683 he was appointed with such eminent citizens as anthony Brockholls, Matthias Nicolls and Stephen Van Courtlandt, to inspect and catalogue the papers in the New York Secretary's office. In 1686 he bought a tract of eighty acres on Staten Island, which he sold in 1694. In 1686, being in the Jamaica and New Foundland trade, it was alleged that Governor Dongan, of New York, was improperly associated with him in his business, which, however, the Governor denied. Besides dealing in the legitimate objects of trade with the West Indies he appears to have occasionally (as in 1699 and 1700) picked up an Indian woman or boy, to sell into slavery, for which he sometimes got into trouble. Siding with his friends Brockholls and Bayard, in the Revolution of 1688, he was obliged to flee from the city to escape arrest at the hands of the overzealous Jacob Leisler, and one of his vessels was robbed of four guns by the Leisler Government.

In his will, made June 10, 1704, proved April 7, 1725, he leaves half of his land lying to the north of Hudson River to his wife, Sarah, and the other half to his six children -- William, Charles, Anna, Edward, Elizabeth and George. He also gives his wife all his interest in a certain proprietyship formerly purchased of David Toshack, "Laird of Minnevarre." (This individual's identity puzzled the late Mr. Whitehead not a little. He is also spoken of as Moneybaird, or Monyweard, "Partner with James, Earl of Perth, and Sir George McKensie, of Tarbutt, and Proxy for them." The will is witnessed by William Versey, Rector of Trinity Church, B. Cosens, a lawyer, and William Sharpas.

Descendants of Edward Antill and Sarah's Daughters
    Elizabeth Antill (Rev. Elisha Callender, Jr.)
    Mary Antill (William Gallop)

Rev. Elisha Callender [Sr.]
In 1708, the First Baptist church of Boston called to its pastorate Mr. Ellis Callender, a discreet, devout, devoted man who had been a lay preacher for them since 1699. He was the fifth pastor of the church, was beloved by all who knew him, and died abt. 1726.

Among his children were:

John, b. Jan. 30, 1671.
Abiah, b. June 22, 1690; m. John Donne.
Elisha, b. Apr. 27,1692; m. Mrs. Eliza Antill of N. Bristol Apr. 22,1718.
Abigail, m. June 5,1715, Joslah Byles.
Rebecca, m. Dec. 24,1719, John Compton.
Mary, m. June 12, 1701, John Wilson.
Joseph, m. 1st, Feb. 25, 1728, Elizabeth Baker; m. 2nd, Oct. 23, 1735, Elizabeth Savell.

Rev. Elisha Callender [Jr.]
b. Apr. 27,1692; grnd. Harvard Coll. 1710; ordained pastor of First Baptist church in 1718; served the church for twenty years, and died in 1738. Married Mrs. Eliza Antill of N. Bristol Apr. 22,1718. Ch.:

1. Elizabeth, b. July 5,1721.
2. Mary, b. Mar. 4,1722.
3. Sarah, b. Nov. 25,1724.
4. Elisha, b. May 10, 1726.
5. Hannah, b. May 26, 1728.
6. Elisha, b. Apr. 27, 1730.
7. Abiah, b. Junel, 1732.
8. Mary, b. July 14,1734.
9. Abigail, b. Mar. 7, 1735.


William Gallop
William Gallop married Mary Antill 19 Dec 1721 at St Pauls, Narragansett, Washington, RI. Their children included:

Elizabeth, christened 9 Jun 1723, Newport RI
Mary, christened 19 Sep 1725, Hartford, Ct
Edward, christened 25 Jan 1729/1730, Hartford, Ct - died 28 Apr 1730
Sarah, christened 21 Nov 1731, Hartford, Ct
Rebecca, christened 10 Mar 1733/1734, Hartford, Ct
Ann, christened 23 Jan 1736, Hartford, Ct - buried 4 Jul 1737
Ann, christened 6 Aug 1738, Hartford, Ct - bef 13 Oct 1766
Antill, christened 3 Aug 1740, Hartford, Ct
William, christened 17 Jun 1749, Hartford, Ct - bef 6 Jan 1813
Samuel, born 19 Sep 1727, Hartford, Ct - bef 13 Dec 1759

James B. Bullock has put onto the Internet a probate record for William Gallop showing him as co-executor for his mother-in-law, Sarah, then identified as Sarah Smith.

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