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Nathaniel Mott
(Abt 1622-1675)
Hannah Niles
John Niles III
Abigail Freeman
(Abt 1648-1693)
Edward Mott
Penelope Niles
(Abt 1669-After 1751)
Ebenezer Mott
(Abt 1714-1770)


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1. Elizabeth

  • Abigail Mott+
2. Sarah Collins

Ebenezer Mott 446

  • Born: Abt 1714, Rhode Island
  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth
  • Marriage (2): Sarah Collins before 15 Mar 1743/44
  • Died: Aug 1770, Mount Holly, Burlington, New Jersey, United States about age 56 447

bullet   FamilySearch ID: LVMD-G78.

bullet That Ebenezer was the son of Edward Mott, or that Ebenezer married first Elizabeth Southwick is not directly confirmed by any known documents. See Research Notes below.


bullet  General Notes:

Evidently a strong Quaker, his origins are unknown, although there is much speculation. He was probably born about 1714, perhaps in Rhode Island, the first reference to him is in 1744 in South Kingstown., RI.

Evidently married earlier than that to perhaps Elizabeth Southwick, he remarried when she died ca 1742; several genealogies have suggested this. There is also an early connection between the Southwicks and the Gaskills, who were Ebenezer's neighbors in New Jersey; Provided Southwick, a daughter of the Southwick progenator Lawrence, married Samuel Gaskill, December 30, 1662. This couple moved to New Jersey and became the progenators of that line in Burlington County, New Jersey. Moving with his wife, daughter and baby son John to Egg Harbor, New Jersey he moved on within the year to Mt. Holly near Burlington, New Jersey, where the rest of his family was born. There he evidently became a Quaker elder and no doubt was a friend of John Woolman, the great Quaker preacher of the 18th century, who witnessed his will in 1770, several years before Woolman himself died in England.

While Ebenezer's father is unknown, his being a Quaker and from Rhode Island might indicate that he is from the family of Adam Mott of Rhode Island. This family has been traced in Austin's Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island and an extensive academic study of the family has been done (Brown, Marley, 'Among Weighty Friends' The Archeology and Social history of the Jacob Mott Family, Portsmouth, RI, 1640-1800' (PhD Thesis, Brown Univ., 1987) No connection to Ebenezer has turned up.

Leah Blackman, in her 'History of Little Egg Harbor Township' discusses the Mott Family on page 360 with questionable reference: "It is said that they settled at Barnegat. John and Henry Mott, who must have been the sons of Ebenezer settled in Egg Harbor...." Further reference to records at Barnegat or Egg Harbor are not known. It is more likely that Henry Mott was Ebenezer's brother and Ebenezer moved on to Mt. Holly while his brother remained in Egg Harbor, but this is speculation as well.

Both Fredin and Iris Grimmett of Sweet Home, Oregon, Abigail's descendant, beleive that Ebenezer was married twice, his first wife, Elizabeth, being the mother of Abigail. It is possible that John, the oldest son, may have been Elizabeth's son as well, but it is more likely that his mother was Sarah Collins MOTT. Elizabeth may have been a Southwick, the Southwicks having married into the Mott family in Rhode Island.

The "sources" in his Family Search profile do not hold up to scrutiny. 448,449,450

bullet  Research Notes:

July 22, 1995: See the file on Nathaniel Mott of Scituate. I see no reason that Ebenezer could not be of this line. In this line he would be Ebenezer (b 1700) s/o Ebenezer (b 1675 m. Grace Vinall) s/o Nathaniel. Further research of this line is called for, especially into his Uncle Edward and other Uncles. While Nathaniel the elder was no doubt a Puritan, it is quite possible that his sons or grandson became Quaker.

Naming pattern here is Puritan rather than Quaker: The firstborn are named after the parents as was Puritan custom. Quaker custom was to name them after grandparents. (see David Hackett Fischer's 'Albion's Seed', p 502)

'My' Ebenezer named his children by Quaker custom, apparently: First born son named after mother's father (John Collins)

Then Eldest daugher after father's mother: ? - only indication of the birthdates of the daughters is by place in the will. If SARAH is the eldest daughter, then Ebenezer's mother would have been named Sarah.

Second son after father's father: (indicating Ebenezer)

All of 'my' Ebenezer's subsequent children were female.

1700 May 14. Do. Johannes LAWRENSON of Maidenhead, Burlington
Co., yeoman, to Ricahbell MOTT of Hamstead, Queens Co., N. Y., yeoman,
for 1,050 acres in the W. J. Society's 30,000 a. tract above the Falls of
Delaware, bo't of the Society July 12, 1697, on the Southside of and along
Stony Brook, and along a small run. 691
( )

Falls of Delaware in Trenton: Stony Brook - a tributary of the Millstone River south of Princeton


bullet  Events

Occupation. Farmer

Witness: Will of John Richmond, 24 Feb 1739/40, Westerly, Kings Co., RI. 451 One of six witnesses. May give credence to the marriage of his sister [Phebe?] to Cyrus Richmond who is named as a son of John Richmond in this will.

Witness, 15 Mar 1743/44, South Kingstowne, RI. 452 Ebenezer and Sarah Mott wer witnesses to the marriage of John Collins, s/o John and Susannah Collins of Charlestown, Kings County, RI, and Mehitabel Bowan.

Church, Nov 1744. 453 Our friend Ebenezer Mott proposes to this meeting that he has thoughts of moving with his family to the Western parts and desires a few lines of this meeting by way of Certificate. This meeting appoints Stephen Richmond and John Mumford to inspect into the circumstances of the friend and also to draw a certificate for the friend and present it to our next monthly meeting. ( Men's Minutes South Kingstown, Washington Co. R.I.) Feb 2, 1745:

Church: Certificate, 2 Feb 1744/45, South Kingstowne, RI. 454 "a certificate of our friend Ebenezer Mott and also ... both dated the first of the 2nd mo 1745 was read and signed in the meeting."

Church: Wife's certificate, 2 Feb 1744/45, South Kingstowne, RI. 455 "This meeting doth giving ... and Sarah Mot certificates."

Church: Certificate, 10 Aug 1745, Little Egg Harbor, RI. 456,457 "At a Monthly Meeting of Friends ye 10th day of ye 8th mo., 1745, Ebenezer Mott and his wife produced each of them certificates from South Kingstone in Rhode Island."

Church: Certificate of removal, 10 May 1746, Little Egg Harbor, RI. 458 Gave to him and his wife a certificate to Burlington monthly meeting having found him of good faith and purity.

Church: Certificate of Removal produced, 1 Jul 1746, Burlington, Burlington Co., NJ. 459 "Ebenezer Mott produced a Certificate of Removal from the Monthly Meeting of Egg Harbour for himself and Wife, which was read and received."

Church, 7 Jul 1746, Burlington County, NJ, Northampton Township. 460 Received by the Burlington MM from the Little Egg Harbor MM.

Witness: will of Samuel Gaskill, Jr, 6 Aug 1750, Burlington County, NJ, Northampton Township. Gaskill was a wheelwright.

Land: Grantee of land, 27 Jan 1754, Burlington County, NJ. Northampton Township:
Q (WJ) : Folio 347 (SSTSE023)
Mott, Ebenezer (Grantee)
TO: Ebenezer Mott. FROM: James Gaskill
CONVEYANCE. Northampton, Burlington County. (See Sec. 6, Drw. 2)27 Jan 1754

Church: Certifications, 7 Jul 1755, Burlington, Burlington Co., NJ. Ebenezer charged with publishing Certifiations requested for the Mount Holly Meeting.
New Jersey >Burlington > Burlington Monthly Meeting > Minutes, 1737-1756; Image 297.
Earlier image 293 mentions Ebenezer in this matter.
William Branson in 1754 Image 277.
Sarah Hauk in 1754 Image 272

Name on Petition: To the Representatives of the Province stating their opposition to importing slaves into the area, 1 Apr 1761, New Jersey. 461

Will, 11 Aug 1770, Burlington County, NJ. 462


Ebenezer married Elizabeth.


Ebenezer next married Sarah Collins, daughter of John (William) Collins and Susannah Daggett, before 15 Mar 1743/44. (Sarah Collins was born 18 Jun 1709.)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

Critical marriage to a number of lines above. The proof of this marriage that Sarah, the daughter of John (William) Collins, married Ebenezer Mott and then had John Mott is tenuous.

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