ca1743 - 1819
Father: Thomas WOLVERTON
Mother: Mary PETTIT
Family 1 : Elizabeth CROWELL
1. Thomas WOLVERTON
2. Elizabeth Ann WOLVERTON
Family 2 : Catharine BARTON
Family 3 : Mary BELL
4. child (possibly with Catherine Barton)
5. child (possibly with Catherine Barton)
6. child (possibly with Catherine Barton)
7. James Barton WOLVERTON
| (ca1660 - 1746) m ca1697
| (1717 - 1759) m |
| | ____Isaac LEET_____
| | | (1646 - 1686) m
| |___Mary LEET______|
| (1674 - 1751) m ca1697 |
| |___Elizabeth OWLE___
| (.... - after1696) m
|- - Thomas WOLVERTON
| (ca1743 - 1819) m ___Thomas PETTIT___+
| ___Nathaniel PETTIT____| (1609/10 - 1668) m 1629
| | (1645/6 - 1718) m 1665 |_Christian MELLOWES_+
| ____Nathaniel PETTIT____| (ca1616 - 1705) m 1629
| | (1676 - ca1768) m 1708 | ___Elias BAILEY_______+
| | |___Martha BAILEY____| (1622 - ....) m ca1645
| | (1647 - 1720) m 1665 |___Sarah ?????________
|___Mary PETTIT_____| (.... - ....) m ca1645
(ca1717 - after1765) m | ___Roger HEATH______+
| ___Andrew HEATH____| (1620 - 1698) m 1666
| | (1667 - 1720) m |___Jane SILOX________
|___Elizabeth HEATH_____| (1631 - 1698) m 1666
(1688 - ....) m 1708 |
(ca1660 - after1702) m
His property was confiscated and he sailed to New Brunswick
in 1783 with other Loyalists.
Thomas Woolverton was born in Hunterdon County, NJ cir 1737 and in 1750, at the age of 13, moved with his parents to Sussex County, NJ. Thomas appears on the tax rolls for New Town, Sussex Co., NJ, in 1773-74. Thomas was captain of his own company of New Jersey Militiamen from October 1775 to at least October 1776. In June 1777, however, he was accused and convicted of "offending against the form of allegiance". He went to jail in Newton, Sussex Co., NJ for six months and had his property confiscated and then sold at auction on 17 April 1780. He was enumerated living in Newton in the Revolutionary Census of 1778-80. For the next three years, his whereabouts was unknown. Since he had a brother, John, who lived in Washington/Greene County, PA, it is highly possible that Thomas & Mary Wolverton and their children lived there during that period. Other theories have them living in New York City, which remained under British control throughout much of the War and was a safe haven for Tories. Then, in July 1783, he and his family, along with the Pettits, Crowells, and Bartons (other convicted Loyalist families of Sussex Co., NJ) set sail from New York for Northampton, St. John River, New Brunswick, Canada aboard the ship "Lord Townsend". The ship's passenger list shows Thomas Woolverton with one female (his wife), 2 children equal or over 10, and 3 children under 10. Since at least one child, Thomas the oldest, stayed behind in PA and another son, James Barton Woolverton was born in NB, we can conclude that Thomas Woolverton had at least 7 children.
The following is an excerpt from a school essay written in 1868 by William C. Raymond of Woodstock, NB that includes the names of the first settlers in Carleton Co. (Refer to Vital Stat. from NB Newspapers, Vol. 27):
"In 1783 when the Loyalists landed in Saint John, the whole district contained in Carleton County was an unbroken forest and its only inhabitants were the Aborigines of the country. In the summer of that year, Major B. P. Griffith with other Loyalists and their families (accompanied by a number of soldiers) were promised grants of land, provided with boats, and three years provisions by the Government. They ascended the Saint John river, propelling the heavily laden boats with poles or towing them with ropes until they landed a few miles below the present site of the town of Woodstock and became the first settlers in the County. Major Griffith occupied the farm upon which his son now resides. In 1790, Rev. Frederick B. Dibblee, a minister of the Church of England, came to Woodstock and settled on the farm now occupied by his son Colonel L. Dibblee. He was the first, and for 36 years the only, minister above Fredericton. His mission included four parishes: Prince William, Queensbury, Woodstock, and Northampton. At that time the families in Northampton were Woolverton, Larlee, Tompkins, Davenport, Bell, Stanley, Campbell, Phillips and in Woodstock, Griffith, Dibblee, Ketchum, Lane, Young, Smith, Upham, Dickson, Clark, Bell, Fowler, Rogers, McGhee, Bull, and McShafrey. In 1795 the first school was built in Woodstock. James York was the teacher for a number of years, with an allowance of 10 pounds per annum. In 1824, Samuel Rice, M. D., came from Houlton, Maine and was the first doctor in Carleton Co."
In 1785, Thomas-3 petitioned for land in Maugerville, Sunbury Co., NB. He was granted 500 acres on 15 May 1789. On 7 June 1813, he was granted 206 acres in Northampton, York Co., NB. His son Joseph B Woolverton was granted 499 acres on the same date, a short distance from his father's land. The Northampton land was farmed for many generations by Thomas-3 descendents. Thomas Woolverton died there on 14 September 1819 and is buried at the Anglican Church, Woodstock, now Carleton Co., NB.
Thomas may have married twice. Note that a Col. Joseph BARTON was also a militiaman and Loyalist from Sussex Co., NJ and there is some speculation that the one wife of Thomas Woolverton was a Barton. The name " Mary Bell/Mary/Polly Bell " occurs three times in the grandchildren of Thomas. This gives credence to the theory that another of the wives of Thomas was Mary Bell. Another fact supporting the two wife theory is that there was a 24 year span between the birth of his oldest son, Thomas b. 1761 in NJ, and James Barton b. 1785 in NB.
His son Joseph B. (an important question -- does the "B" stand for Bell or Barton?) named one daughter, b. c. 1806, Mary Bell Woolverton. She was baptized 4 Jan 1809 at the Anglican Church, Northampton, Carleton Co., NB. Her death, one day later, is also recorded in the church records. Joseph B. Woolverton named another daughter (b. 10 Jan 1809) Mary -- it was she who married Charles Cochran Bull on 30 July 1832. Elizabeth Ann (Woolverton) Rogers, a daughter of Thomas, named one or her daughters, b. 1794, Polly Bell Rogers. This would give credence to the theory that a wife of Thomas was a Mary "Polly" Bell.
However, the Woolverton family of NB used other family names for their children. Most prominently that of BARTON. Almost every generation of NB Wolvertons includes a Joseph Barton WOLVERTON. Other BARTON names are found in the children or grandchildren of Thomas-3 are James Barton-4 WOLVERTON, Catherine Barton ROGERS, Charles 'Henry' ROGERS, Richard 'Barent' ROGERS, and Catherine WOLVERTON. In fact, the use of BARTON names is much more extensive than the use of the name Mary Bell.
(Info taken from website: http://www.hitt_genealogy.homestead.com/files/WOLVERT.htm)