Edward Fitz Randolph
EDWARD FITZ RANDOLPH, bap. July 5, 1607, sutton-in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England. The son of EDWARD FITZ RANDOLPH and FRANCES HOWES. Died between 1675 and 1676. Buried at St. James churchyard (now Stelton or Edison) Middlesex Co., New Jersey. The tombstone thought to have been destroyed when the British threw up breastworks for encampment. Married ELIZABETH BLOSSOM, born 1620, Leyden Holland. Daughter of "ELDER" THOMAS BLOSSOM and ANN HEILSON. Died 1713, Woodbridge or Piscataway, New Jersey, buried next to Edward in the west corner of St. James churchyard, Piscataway.
The passenger record entry in "The Great Emigration" of 1630 of the Winthrop Fleet lists "Edward Fitz Randolph of Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts, Scituate". This gives Edward's former home and his destination in the New World. Edward is said to have built the 39th house in Scituate, Plymouth Colony in 1636. On the 10th of May 1637 he married ELIZABETH BLOSSOM. He is called in deeds a yeoman or farmer and does not apper to have held any public office. Pastor Lothrop styles him "Master"; he propably belongs to a good family. He moved to Barnstable on Cape Cod in 1639. was juryman 1641; his name appears in the list of those able to bear arms in New Plymouth 1643; sold his house on June 1, 1649 and moved to West Barnstable; moved his family in 1669 to Piscataway New Jersey, because the New England patriotism and religion were too restrictive.
Source of the Research materials:
Oris H. F. Randolph, (1980), "Edward Fitz Randolph Branch Lines and Allied Families and English and Norman Ancestry",Edwards Brothers, Inc, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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