He was married to Elizabeth Edwards, his first wife, on March 31, 1706 by a Justice of the Peace at Woodbridge, NJ. It is almost certain Elizabeth was born in the Parish of Haddington near Edinburgh, in East Lothian. Her parentage is well documented. John and Elizabeth lived for a period of at least three decades in a section of Colonial East Jersey known as the “Outerbounds of Woodbridge,” which includes Woodbridge and several smaller towns west of the colonial port of Perth Amboy. It is thought he arrived at Perth Amboy alone, as young child, sent as an indentured servant for the English Gach or Gage family. He resided in their household for many years. The head of the Gach household was a Judge for Colonial New Jersey. This trusted young man was witness to many Jersey events that are corroborated with entries published in a series of books titled The Archives of Colonial New Jersey. In fact, John of Woodbridge became so trusted by the Gage/Gach family that one of his sons, James Eddey, married the granddaughter of the man to whom John was indentured.
John of Woodbridge farmed in NJ until middle age when he removed himself to the primarily Scottish settlement called the Manor of Maske, a region near Gettysburg, PA. Although most of his sons moved west with him, James stayed in NJ and farmed land purchased from his father as well as land provided by his wife’s family - the Gachs. As shown in his last will and testament John did marry a second time after the death of Elizabeth. Both wives are memorialized in his will.
As shown on his will, John of Woodbridge was illiterate. He signed with an X. His son James first used the EDDEY spelling, as did many of his ancestors on Staten Island. However John's sons who moved west to Pennsylvania and the midwest reverted to the EDDY spelling.
William Simonson Eddy, shown above, was the genealogist for the John of Woodbridge line.