1710 - 1814 (104 years)
||Adam Misner  |
||Hardwick, Sussex, New Jersey 
- Adam Misener is said to have been born in 1710 and emigrated with his parents to the New World in 1720 [re: Wentworth Landmarks, pg. 126, interview of Adam Misener (1798-1901)]. Evidence in New Jersey neither substantiates nor disproves this bit of family lore. The presence of several Misener families in New Jersey as early as 1709 allows for Adam to have been born in the New World. It is also told that Adam died in 1814 at the age of 104, which mirrors the longevity of later generations in this family, but is suspect without strong confirming evidence. Unfortunately, records in New Jersey do not establish Adam's date of death or help to provide any information on his date of birth. He is documented as an adult by New Jersey records only from 1762 to 1808, establishing at least 46 years as an adult and making 1741 as the "latest" time he could have been born. But again, the records are not complete enough to make any clear assumption.
Adam is the first person the there is any real oral family history. His grandson, "Uncle" Adam Misener (1798-1901) recalled that Adam had five sons: Peter, Nicholas, John, Jacob, and Conrad, along with five daughters whom Uncle Adam did not name. Adam did not leave a will or probate papers to provide a full list of his children.
Adam's Bible existed up until 1954, when it was copied and included in the personal papers of Harley Misener now stored at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. The original has not been located. The following inscription is found in the Bible, "Adam Misener his book rote in the yere one 1775 God gift him grace there into look not only to Look But understand, John Stine his Hand and pen".
Many of Adam's children emigrated to Canada after the American Revolution causing speculation as to their Loyalist sympathies. Yet, there is no documentation that they received any compensation as Loyalists per se in Canada. Sussex County records between 1762 an 1808 identify Adam Misener in the region known as Hardwick Township. This area is associated with many Canadian Loyalists families such as the Pettit, Willson, and Green families that settled in the same areas in Ontario as the Miseners. The difficulty of establishing Adam's residency in the region is due to the numerous changes in counties, township named, and place names during the settlement of the area during Adam's lifetime. Records may give the impression that Adam moved from one county or township to another, but the more likely explanation is that the names changed while Adam stayed on the same parcel of land. Steve Misener places Adam's home farm about 6 miles from what was known as "Log Gaol", later Frelinghuysen Township, and today known as "Johnsonburg" in Warren County. With records referring to Paulins Kill, it is assumed that today the farm would fall somewhere about halfway between Johnsonburg and Newton, NJ. Also according to Steve Misner, the traditional Misener burial ground is now known as the "Iliffs Burial Ground" and is located southeast of Newton on a road called Maple Drive off of Sky Top Road off of Country Road 669 in Sussex County [re: Misener, Steven, "TMFH", pg. 5]. This perhaps may also be a clue to locating the Misener homestead. Today, this graveyard show only a couple of Misener stones.
Adam was appointed "Overseer of Highways" in 1774 for Hardwick Township and is described as a "Chosen Freeman" in Independence Township from 1784-6 [re: Misener, Steven from "The History of Sussex & Warren Counties" (1881)]. Adam may be the man found on the 1793 tax list for Independence township, along with John and Conrod Miziner (sic) [re: Misner, Steve, "The Misener Family History" (1997), pg. 4]. This same year, Adam Misener and George Foliot, both of Hardwick, are recorded by the Court of Quarter Session for Sussex as having appeared in court concerning "trespassing"; however, the court minutes are ambiguous about who was the plaintiff [re: ibid, pg. 4]. Later records indicate that George Foliot had land that bordered Adam Misener [re: Steven Misner, pg. 7; deed Adam Mizener to Coonrad Mizener, 06 Jan 1796] Adam and his wife Jane sold two parcels of land after the Revolution, one a lot of 169 acres on the 01st of December 1803 and another 50 acres on the 13th of January 1808 [re: ibid, pg. 4].
Nothing is known of Adam's wife Jane or her origins. Her name appears on the deed of sale for the family farm in Independence Township, Sussex County, New Jersey in 1803 to William Hellyer. The children of Adam and Jane are believed to be as follows: Peter; Jacob; John; Nicholas; and Conrad. 
||20 Aug 2012 |
||Richard Misner, b. Bef 1690, Holland , d. 1770, Sussex Co., New Jersey (Age 80 years) |
||Elizabeth, b. Bef 1692, Holland or Germany , d. Aft 1762, Probably Sussex Co., New Jersey (Age > 71 years) |
||Jane, d. Dec |
| ||1. Conrad Misner, b. Abt 1738, New Jersey , d. Abt 1802, Poss, Northumberland, Pennsylvania (Age ~ 64 years)|
||14 Mar 2017 |