I am researching the Brecount Family and would be most interested in exchanging any information with anyone with any Brecount information, no matter how small.
Have 3 specific questions:
1. Anyone recognize following John Brecount m. Bethia Fitz-Randolf?
2. Does anyone know anything about the Ship Caledonia? Below are the only references I have been able to glean from the web.
3. Does anyone have access to First Settlers of Ye Plantation of Piscataway and Woodbridge, Olde East New Jersey, 1664-1714, and be able to see if it has any further info on John Brecount?
A) John Brecount m. Bethia Fitz-Randolph, born 20 September 1695/7. Notes for John Brecount: Removed from Scotland in the "Caledonia" to New Jersey in 1715, settled at Woodbridge. "First Settlers of Ye Plantation of Piscataway and Woodbridge, Olde East New Jersey, 1664-1714, Part 2, Vital Statistics, Piscataway and Woodbrigde", Page 233. FHC Film #673270. iv.
B) Bullard and Allied Families:
Among the various families of this name to settle early in the vicinity of Staten Island was John LaRoue or LaRoux who, with several members of his family (including his sons John and Matthew), arrived from Glasgow, Scotland, in the ship Caledonia, in 1680. The ship, driven by storms into Raritan Bay, New Jersey, eventually went ashore, it is said, at South Amboy. The relationship of the various members of the LaRoue families on this ship has not been definitely established, but it is known that MATTHEWLA ROUE, ancestor of this branch of the LaRue's, was on board and married, during the voyage to America, Margaret DorÂ‚. The similarity of names among the children of these first families is very strong evidence of their close relationship, and their des cendants became the principal families of this name in the United States, allied by marriage to many early Colonial families in New York and New Jersey.
C) History of Old Tennenth Church:
In 1855 in the Amboy bay might still have been seen the remains of an old ship named the "Caledonia," which had been commanded by Robert Drummond. Possibly because of its old and unserviceable condition the vessel was deserted presumably in 1715, and a storm breaking its moorings to the Amboy wharf, it drifted away to its wreck. Some people have preserved relics from this old vessel. It is supposed that this ship brought emigrants from Scotland as early as 1685, and it is a matter of history that it bore to New Jersey many Scotch families about 1715. Some of these most probably joined with the early worshippers of the Old Scots church.
D) Somerset County Historical Quarterly Vol VII
6Thomas Talmage married Mary, daughter of Captam Goyn McCoy, a Scotchman who had come to America in the "Caledonia" early in the 18th Century. The ship was wrecked off Perth Amboy, but all on board were saved. granted to us, seven sons and five daughters.7 7This devout young couple were the parents of two well-known clergymen of their day: Jehial Talmage, who was graduated from Nassau Hall, Princeton, in 1813, and Samuel Kennedy Talmage, who was graduated from the same University in 1820, and became President of Oglethorpe College, and was chosen Chaplain of the Confederate Congress. They were also the grandparents of the Reverends James R., John V. N., Goyn, Peter Stryker, Adrian and T. DeWitt Talmage. 8Hon. David T. Talmage was elected to the Legislature in 1836, and returned three successive terms.