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I s news- PIONEERS OF PLWIELD (Continued from cage 1) additional plantation nearby. In 1713 (Dec. 14) the "Proprietors' Records" state that Robert Burnet disposed of 900 acres to said Lalng. A few years afterwards he added about 200 acres more to his real estate. estate. - Thl3 extensive tract adjoined John Forbes' east line and touched the Fullerton and Alexander property, property, previously referred to as pioneer Scotch settlers. The farm reached deter- I UP to the rectangular survey of j Peter Sonmau'a vast estate, which im- j covered the whole of present Plain-mediate Plain-mediate field, unci uinr hoai.lerf j pur- j This early settler spent the remainder, remainder, of a short life on his plantation. plantation. He died in the summer of 17 3 5 at the age of 5 5 years, as stated stated by the Probate Court. At his death the five sons aud two dantrh- dantrh- tters surviving him were "William, Jr., 9 ' J , Jane and Ann. TLty ana their de-ajid de-ajid I scendants perpetuated the name in uns vicinity, fee!-ine, Pink-ham's 1 40 be 17 j a The two large plots joined each other and -were -were adjacent to their aged mother's homestead. This last extensive acreage William Lalng divided divided mostly by will info farms among his children or distributed them before his death. A good portion portion was given to his favorite son. Benjamin Laing, by deed dated March 15, 1734-35, 1734-35, 1734-35, a year befora the death of the testator, whose will was probated July 23, 1735. There was another person in East Jersey by the name of William Laing, who was a Scotchman. He lived in Monmouth county and was prominent in early Colonial government. government. His death is recorded in 1709-10, 1709-10, 1709-10, at which taie, or shortly thereafter, his brother, Alex Laing, master of a grammar school in the Cannonsgate of Edinbur-n, Edinbur-n, Edinbur-n, gavr power of attorney to Dr. John Johnston Johnston to prosecute the executors of "his brother's" estate "or his Interest Interest therein. ' Others of the family living in t? vicinity of Freehold were loyal citizens citizens and held important places of trust in the county. It is not known that there was any relationship between between this line and the Middlesex line of Laings. There was still another family whose name was pronounced the same, but always spelled "Lane," a brief sketch of which was given when narrating the history of John Laing, Jr.. 1675-1 1675-1 1675-1 728. An outline of the first generation of the Plainfield lineage as known to the writer is the following: WILLIAM LAING (or John and Margaret), born 16S0, married 1702-3. 1702-3. 1702-3. Mary Blackford (of Samuel and Ann); had the seven children, as above stated and herewith recorded recorded : William Lain?, Jr., born 170 4. John Laing, born 1705; married Hannah Webster. Samuel Laing, born 1706; married 1738 Elizabeth Smith; had John. George Iair.g, born 1709; married married 1730 Hannah DraT.e. Benjamin Laing, bora 1710; married married 1746 Mary Blackford. Jane Laing, born 1712. Ann Laing, born 1714.