Hannah Stockton Boudinot

Hannah Stockton Boudinot
July 21, 1736 to  October 28, 1808

Hannah Stockton Boudinot,  July 21, 1736 to  October 28, 1808,  Charles Wilson Peale (1741–1827) Oil on canvas of  Mrs. Elias Boudinot IV, Circa 1784. Hannah holds open a copy of Scottish poet James Thomson’s The Seasons (1730), a book that appears in several of Peale’s portraits, in this case apparently signifying the sitter’s alignment with the Scotch Presbyterians then prevalent in Princeton and its college. - Image courtesy of Princeton University, which was a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Landon K. Thorne for the Boudinot Collection

Hannah Stockton Boudinot was born  July 21, 1736 to John Stockton (1701 - 1758)  and  Abigail Phillips Stockton (1708 - 1757)  at the Stockton family home  in the Stony Brook neighborhood of Princeton, New Jersey.   The home was part of a 5,500 acre land grant purchase from  William Penn.  Hannah's brother, Declaration of Independence signer Richard Stockton (1730–1781), acquired purchased the  18th-Century Colonial Home with 150 acres.

In 1753 the Boudinot family moved to Princeton with Elias Boudinot's father, of the same name, operating both a silversmith shop and the local post office.  In Princeton, Elias Boudinot’s older sister Annis was a standout in the community due to her beauty, charisma, and exceptional command of English composition.  Today, Annis is best known as the first woman poet to be published in the British American Colonies. Her poems, which number 120, appeared in leading newspapers and magazines of the day. Consequently, she was courted by the most accomplished men in Central New Jersey. Richard Stockton, won  Annis’ heart and they were married in late 1757 or early 1758.  Richard Stockton was a lawyer, jurist, and  one of the founders of the College of New Jersey, now Princeton University.   Annis, as his wife, took charge of the Stockton estate improving the stately house and gardens.  Now known as Morven, the home of New Jersey’s governors, Annis gave the estate its poetic name after Fingal the King of Morven.

Richard Stockton took Annis’ younger brothers, Elias and Elisha, under his tutelage instructing them in law.   During this period Elias began to court Hannah, Richard Stockton’s sister, writing to her at 18 years of age that:

she press forward towards a heavenly goal, and begs that she  will not let one who is but mortal, and flesh and blood like herself, be a means of drawing off her soul from the great things of another world. I return you my most cordial acknowledgment for your expressions of the thankful heart to the Almighty God for me, oh that he would turn the blessing on your own breast, with the addition of his heavenly influence and make me worthy the title you so lavishly bestow upon me.

In 1760, after serving an apprenticeship with his brother-in-law, Elias was admitted to the New Jersey Bar. He began his practice in Elizabethtown, New Jersey that same year.  Elias married Hannah Stockton, on April 12, 1762, drawing the two families even closer together.  Their correspondence is voluminous especially during Boudinot’s 1778-1784 war service.    During the Courtship of Hannah in 1758 he writes:  

Hannah and Elias, previous to their marriage, addressed each other as Eugenia and Narcissus, following a fashion which appears to have been in vogue with lovers in those days, which, to our modern, practical, and workaday minds, may seem somewhat stilted; but we may apply Mr. Boudinot's own words, when writing to his only daughter later as to her conduct:
"I am too well acquainted with the human heart to wish you entirely to change the manners of the present day, or to appear altogether affectedly singular. It will be most for your advancement, as well as happiness, to take the world as you find it, and endeavor to convert even the prejudices of fashion and common life into such proper channels, as to make them subservient to your advancement in usefulness."
The couple had two children, Maria Boudinot, who died at age two, and Susan Vergereau Boudinot who married a Philadelphia lawyer William Bradford.   The eminent Bradford would gone on to become Pennsylvania’ Chief Justice and George Washington’s second Attorney General.

Hannah Boudinot died on October 28, 1808



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2 comments:

  1. "The couple had two children, Maria Boudinot, who died at age two, and Susan Vergereau Boudinot who married a Philadelphia lawyer William Butler. The eminent Butler would gone on to become Pennsylvania’ Chief Justice and George Washington’s second Attorney General."

    This quote from the above article is incorrect. Susan Boudinot married William BRADFORD, not William Butler.

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