The following data is extracted from Herbert Family Papers.
The first Herbert to appear in New Jersey, of whom we have found any record thus far (1927), is Bridget Herbert, widow, and inhabitant of Middletown, Monmouth County rented a house of one Edward Smith, also of Middletown, Mar. 25, 1671. This was put on record in the old Town book. Nov. 8, 1675. She also had earmarks for her sons cattle recorded in the Town Book about this time.
See J. H. Stillwell’s Historical and Genealogical Miscellany, v.2, pp. 54, 178.
“Widdow harbertt or her sons Thomas Herbert”
We have found no further record of her, but Dr. Stillwell believes that she married William Bown of Middletown, as he and wife Bridget (a most unusual name in those and this place and I believe the only one in Middletown), sign deeds 1704, 1705, 1709. (Ibid. v. 3, p. 42). Of course, she might have had a daughter Bridget who m. William Bovine. The Herberts always considered the Bownes were relatives, and this is the only obvious connection yet encountered.
Whence did she come? and what was her husband’s first name? probably Thomas, because both her sons, Thomas and Francis named their eldest sons Thomas, and Thomas had no son Francis.
We know that Thomas Herbert of Middletown was Bridget’s son and assume that Francis was her son also, because he named a daughter Bridget - a fact not to be lightly ignored.
1676, which, by the way, was the year that the lease would expire, both Thomas and Francis Herbert claimed rights of land under the Grants and Concessions. Thomas patented 152 acres and 240 a. - 572 in all; and Francis claimed 120 a. They both acquired more land later. Saltar’s Hist. of Monmouth and Ocean Cos., p. 30.
Under those Grants and Concessions, each settler was entitled to 120 acres for himself and the same amount for each adult member of his family.
Was Thomas married when he claimed 372 acres? or was it in right of himself, his mother, and his sister Susanna?
Children of ____________________and Bridget Herbert:
Thomas Herbert of Middletown, d. Dec. 4, 1721; w. Mary.
Francis Herbert of Middletown, d. 1719; m. Hannah Applegate.
Susanna Herbert, d. March 16, 1682.
Source: Herbert Family Papers