Richard Stockton - (1730 - 1781)

Religion: Presbyterian
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Richard Stockton Biography

The first of the New-Jersey delegation, who signed the Declaration of Independence, was Richard Stockton. He was born near Princeton, on the 1st day of October, 1730. His family was ancient and respectable. His great grandfather, who bore the same name, came from England, about the year 1670, and after residing a few years on Long Island, removed with a number of associates to an extensive tract of land, of which the present village of Princeton is nearly the center. This tract consisted of six thousand and four hundred acres. This gentleman died in the year 1705, leaving handsome legacies to his several children; but the chief portion of his landed estate to his son, Richard. The death of Richard followed in 1720. He was succeeded in the family seat by his youngest son, John; a man distinguished for his moral and religious character, for his liberality to the college of New-Jersey, and for great fidelity in the discharge of the duties of public and private life.

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Richard Stockton Genealogy

John Stockton (1701 - 1758)
Abigail Phillips Stockton (1708 - 1757)

Annis Boudinot Stockton (1736 - 1801)

Julia Stockton Rush (1759 - 1848)
Mary Stockton Hunter (1761 - 1846)
Richard Stockton (1764 - 1828)

Hannah Stockton Boudinot (1736 - 1808)
Philip Stockton (1746 - 1792)

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Richard Stockton was the first of four of the signers of the Declaration of Independence to be taken prisoner during the Revolutionary War
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1730 10/01   Birth of Richard Stockton
1781 02/28   Death of Richard Stockton
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Quote 1254 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1254 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1254 I think it proper here not only to subscribe to the entire belief of the great and leading doctrines of the Christian religion, such as the Being of God, the universal defection and depravity of human nature, the divinity of the person and the completeness of the redemption purchased by the blessed Savior, the necessity of the operations of the Divine Spirit, of Divine Faith, accompanied with an habitual virtuous life, and the universality of the divine Providence, but also . . . that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom; that the way of life held up in the Christian system is calculated for the most complete happiness that can be enjoyed in this mortal state; that all occasions of vice and immorality is injurious either immediately or consequentially, even in this life; that as Almighty God hath not been pleased in the Holy Scriptures to prescribe any precise mode in which He is to be publicly worshiped, all contention about it generally arises from want of knowledge or want of virtue.

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