Elizabeth Swain(e) Ogden


In 1666, settlers from CT settled Newark. Elizaeth is said to be the first of the 1666 Newark landing party to step foot on Newark soil. Historian Urquhart believes she was first of the Branford group.

Atkinson writes, “so that women’s proper rights to positions of honor and distinction in Newark are not the growth of yesterday”.

Married Josiah Ward and later David Ogden, the “stone church builder” and later town debt collector. She outlived both husbands. David died in 1691 or 1692.


Picture from Essex County Courthouse Mural by Charles Yardley Turner

Historic Newark

Atkinson, History of Newark

Urquhart, History of Newark

Genealogical and Memorial History of NJ