The identity and heritage of Anne Frances

On June 5, 1760, David Dayton Senior applied for a license to marry Anne Frances, both “of Great Egg Harbour” in what was then Gloucester County, New Jersey. David was at least 21 and Anne was probably also 21 because neither of her parents were mentioned.

Just a few months earlier, David had begun the process of taking possession of his father’s Great Egg Harbor estate, as stipulated in Henry’s will.

We believe that David was raised on Long Island but might have spent some time at the New Jersey estate, so if Anne’s family had come from Long Island also, the two could have met in either location.

While the identity and heritage of Anne Frances is still a mystery, long-time speculation has Anne of French descent and that is not impossible because there were Huguenot refugees fleeing France to England, and then to New York and New Jersey before, during and after this period.

Although based on very weak circumstantial evidence, I prefer the theory that Anne’s family might have lived near Withrop’s Patent, the early name for Patchogue, Long Island. One of the nine necks of land contained in the 1680 purchase was called Francis’ Neck, the easternmost neck, described as adjoining a place called Acombamock. No trace of the origin of the name has been found.

Does the fact that David and Anne’s daughters lived at Patchogue or married Patchogue men mean that Anne lived there also? Was she living there also, after David’s death? What was their attraction to Patchogue?

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One Response to The identity and heritage of Anne Frances

  1. Thinking that “of French descendant” could also mean that Anne bore the surname French prior to her marriage to David, I did an exhaustive search of the surname French, especially in the towns of Brookhaven and Great Egg Harbor. I am nearly certain that it should not be considered to be a surname.

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