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Elizabeth Haddon

Death: Mar 30, 1762

Birthplace: England

Nationality: United States

Elizabeth Haddon

Date of Death : Mar 30, 1762
Birth Place : England

Elizabeth Haddon, born in Southwark, London, England, was the founder of Haddon Township and Haddonfield, New Jersey. Haddon's Quaker father, John Haddon, bought a 500-acre tract of land in Gloucester County in the English colony of West Jersey to escape religious persecution. However, poor health kept him from settling there. Haddon, a single woman, set sail from Southwark to the New World in 1701 without her family. She married John Estaugh, a Quaker minister, in 1702. Their courtship was described, fancifully, by Lydia Maria Child in "The Youthful Emigrant. A True Story of the Early Settlement of New Jersey," first published on May 21, 1845 in the New-York Daily Tribune. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow drew on Child's account in writing "Elizabeth," a poem in the third volume of his Tales of a Wayside Inn. Haddon and John had no children, but they brought her sister's son, Ebenezer Hopkins, to America from Southwark when he was about five, and raised him as their son and heir. Ebenezer was the son of Benjamin and Sarah Hopkins, and the grandson of William and Katheryn Hopkins. Ebenezer was the founder of the Hopkins family of Haddonfield, New Jersey.

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