James (2) Badgley, son of Anthony (1) and Elizabeth Badgley, was born at
Flushing, Long Island about 1700-5. He moved to the borough of
Elizabeth, N.J. and was there married to Hannah, daughter of Joseph
Kelsey, of Rahway. Mr. Badgley owned consideraable land in Turkey, now
called New Providence, and lived on the road leading down from that
place of Westfield. In his will dated July 7, 1777, he describes
himself as “James Badgley of the borough of Elizabeth, yeoman, being
sick, etc.” The will was probated November 18, 1777. He names in it
his wife Hannah and five children. His sons James and Joseph had
already received their portions, so that Mr. Badgley divided his home
plantation and other lands equally between Anthony and Robert, who were
appointed executors. James Badgley died between July 7 and November 18,
1777 and is buried either at New Providence or Westfield, but no
headstone marks his grave. Children of James (2) and Hannah (Kelsey)
Badgley: 1. James (3), born about 172- married Sarah —-(see family 9);
2. a daughter who married Abraham Vreeland; 3. Elizabeth, married
William Robinson; 4. Joseph (3), born probably about 1730, married
Elizabeth Scudder and died 1785 (see family 10); 5. Anthony (3), born
about 1733, married Anne Woodruff (see family 11); 6. Marcy, married Mr.
Garles; 7. Robert (3), married Rachel Vreeland (see family 12)


This BADGLEY HISTORY by Wheeler Thurston was originally published in the
Newark, New Jersey Evening News – July 23 to Nov 11, 1906
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