John’s history is important because he came to the colonies at an early age as an indentured servant for the English Gach/Gage family and resided in their household for many years. Eventually this trusted young man was witness to many 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. One of his sons, James, stayed in NJ and farmed land purchased from his father as well as land provided by his wife’s family. John married a second time after the death of Elizabeth, and both wives are memorialized in his last will and testament.