Before proceeding further with the family tree/s of John and James Larrison, a closer look needs to be taken at the three John Larrisons.
Who is who in the court records?
We have three candidates:
John Larrison Sr., born c1620s and who died in 1671. He married Mary and left two children, a son John and possibly a daughter Abigail, although some believe she was the wife of John Jr.
John Larrison, son of John, born no earlier than 1649, based on a court record in 1669 naming the “two young John Larrisons.” I am assuming that each was under 21 years of age. Otherwise, they would have been charged in court for their family brawl.
John Larrison, son of James, probably unmarried in 1649 and somewhat close in age to his cousin of the same name. This John was indentured to his uncle, John, until he died and was released from the agreement.
That much is for certain. Therefore, from 1671 onward, there were but two John Larrisons.
A new question has arisen from three documents recorded in the Town Minutes of Newtown, 1653-1734, found on pages 134 and 173.
These documents raise more questions than they answer. On 10 March 1669, Lawrence Peterson sold a piece of land to John Larrison, no price stated, and called him his son-in-law. Therefore, this John Larrison was born no later than 1648 (over 21 to own property) and possibly much earlier.
To complicate matters, or perhaps to clear them, Mary Ponten, wife of Captain Richard Ponten, deposed aged about 72 years that her son John Larrison was born in June of 1652 in Newtown.
If Mary Ponten was correct about the year and her son John was, indeed, born in 1652, then the Johannis Larrison who deposed in 1679 that he was aged about 29 years is most likely the son of John who died in 1671 and Mary (MNU) Larrison. Her son therefore could not be the Johannis Larrison, son-in-law of Lawrence Peterson in the 1669 deed.
That leaves the other two John Larrisons as the potential son-in-law. Notice that the second document on page 134 also mentioned John Larrison, but the item is dated 2 February 1677/78.
The document recorded on page 173 by Lawrence Peterson says that he had received the full 2,500 guilder wampum value from John Larrison. The acknowledgement is dated 19 November 1680. He doesn’t call John his son-in-law here, but if this is a younger John, he would be Lawrence Peterson’s grandson. The record is silent on the family relationship.
Newtown (Today’s Elmhurst, Queens) to Southampton, New York
To answer the above questions, I have no proof, just hypotheses of my own.
1. I believe that John Sr.’s and Mary’s son, John, born in June 1652, according to his mother’s deposition, was likely the same man who appears in Newtown records until 1684/85 and then turns up in Southampton, New York records in the fall of 1686.
Therefore, this John has no male Larrison descendants, as he left only one child, a daughter, Mary, named in his 1693 will.
2. I have no idea which John married the daughter of Laurens/Lawrence Peterson. Given the earliest document’s date of 1669, either John Sr. could be his son-in-law or possibly John the son of James could be the son-in-law. The only man precluded from this relationship would be John, the son of John, as he would have been too young to own land in 1669 even if he was born as early as 1649.
3. I also believe that the 1671 family brawl may have well fractured the cousins’ family relationship. John Sr. died not long afterwards and I think the younger men went their separate ways, one John east 85 miles to Southampton and the other John westward 65 miles to Hopewell, New Jersey.
By default, that means that the Larrisons in New Jersey before the Revolutionary War are descendants of James Larrison through his son John.
These are just HYPOTHESES at this point in time, as there are some definite data gaps. First, we know that James Larrison survived his brother, but no death record or probate has been found for him.
Second, we have no firm birth date for his son, John, although it appears that he was a little older than his cousin John. We also have no death date or probate for John Larrison and/or his unknown wife.
Third, we do have one William Larrison who was reportedly born in Newtown, New York who migrated to today’s area of Hunterdon County, New Jersey. This William did leave a will and he will be the subject of the next Larrison post.