Jacobus Nevius was born in about 1732 in Kings County, New York, a son of Cornelis Nevius and his wife Magdalene (163, Page 375). After May 1749, the Cornelis Nevius family migrated to the Montgomery Township of Somerset County, New Jersey, where Cornelis died in about 1760 (163, Page 254–255). Jacobus Nevius was about 17 years old, and presumably, he migrated to Somerset County with his family.

In about 1755, Jacobus Nevius and Pieternellite married in Somerset County, New Jersey (163, Page 375). In about 1756, a daughter Magdalena was born to Jacobus and Pieternellite; she was baptized on 18 Feb 1756 in Somerset County, New Jersey (163, Page 375). At his daughter’s birth, Jacobus was about 24 years old. A daughter Elizabeth Nevius was born to Jacobus and Pieternellite before 15 May 1758, when she was baptized at Six-Mile-Run in Somerset County, New Jersey (163, Page 299).

The father of Jacobus Nevius, Cornelis died in Somerset County, New Jersey in about 1760 (163, Page 254–255). At his father’s death, Jacobus was about 28 years old. Jacobus inherited farm land in Somerset County, New Jersey from his father’s estate (163, Page 375).

Before 10 Feb 1771, six more children were born to Jacobus and Pieternellite Nevius in the Hillsborough Township of Somerset County, New Jersey :

Cornelius Nevius, 30 Mar 1761 (163, Pages 259, 376);

Margaret Nevius, 16 Mar 1768 (302, Page 480; 106);

Greitie Nevius, about 10 Apr 1768 (130);

Elizabeth Nevius, about 1765 (163, Page 376); and

Jannite Nevius, 9 Feb 1771 (302, Page 386; 206).

On 26 Sep 1782, Jacobus Nevius witnessed the Will of Christian Van Doren in Hunterdon County, New Jersey (302, Page 375).

From Jun 1786 through Sep 1797, Jacobus Nevius appeared consistently on tax lists for the Hillsborough Township of Somerset County, New Jersey (232).

On 23 Jun 1795, Jacobus Nevius made a will in the Hillsborough Township of Somerset County, New Jersey (129). The will names his son Cornelius Nevius and daughters Lanah, Elizabeth, Peggy, and Jenny. The daughter Peggy was likely Margaret Nevius.

From Sep 1795 through Sep 1797, Jacobus Nevius continued to appear on tax lists for the Hillsborough Township in Somerset County, New Jersey (232).

Jacobus Nevius in Somerset County, New Jersey before 29 Sep 1800.

Rynear Staats and Rulef Peterson made an inventory of the estate of Jacobus Nevius on 29 Sep 1800. The will was proved on 8 Oct 1800 (129). 

Notes and Comments

The Neshanic Church was formed on 25 Aug 1752; the church building was compleded in Dec 1772. A charter was granted to the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church at New Shannick in Hillsborough in the County of Somerset on April 6, 1775 by George the Third, just thirteen days before the battles of Lexington and Concord. It was signed by the Governor of the New Jersey Province by William Franklin, son of Benjamin Franklin.

Pieternellite, the wife of Jacobus Nevius may have been Pieternellite Cornell.

Geographic Boundary History

Somerset County, New Jersey was created on 14 May 1688 in East New Jersey from Middlesex County.

The Hillsborough Township of Somerset County, New Jersey was created on 31 May 1771.

Sources

106. Gravestone, Margaret (Nevius) Voorhees, McNeal Cemetery, Ovid, Seneca County, New York, 25 Jan 1852. Find A Grave Memorial 63749086. (Images: Find A Grave. Image on file.)

129. New Jersey Abstracts of Wills, 1670–1817, New Jersey Published Archives Series, First Series, New Jersey State Archives, Trenton, New Jersey. John L. Murphy Publishing Company. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)

130. Baptism of Greitie Nevius. Dutch Reformed Church Records from New Jersey. The Archives of the Reformed Church in America, New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)

163. A. Van Doren Honeyman. Joannes Nevius and His Descendants, A.D. 1627–1900. Part 1. Plainfield, New Jersey: Honeyman & Company, 1900. (Images: Ancestry.com. PDF file on file.)

215. “Neshanic Reformed Church Baptismal Records: Early Records, 1762–1796.” Somerset County Historical Quarterly 1 (1912): 133–227. (PDF file on file.)

231. Baptism of Elizabeth Nevius, Neshanic, Somerset County, New Jersey, 1 Sep 1765. Dutch Reformed Church Records from New Jersey. The Archives of the Reformed Church in America, New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Images: Ancestry.com. Image on file.)

302. A. Van Doren Honeyman. Joannes Nevius and His Descendants, A.D. 1627–1900. Part 2. Plainfield, New Jersey: Honeyman & Company, 1900. (Images: Ancestry.com. PDF file on file.)


 Revised 20 Jul 2020.