Benjamin Shotwell House
Benjamin Shotwell House
|Location||26 Runyon's Lane
Edison, New Jersey
|NRHP reference #||87000875|
|Added to NRHP||June 4, 1987|
|Designated NJRHP||April 28, 1987|
The Benjamin Shotwell House, or the Shotwell-Runyon House, is a historic house in Edison, Middlesex County, New Jersey. The house was listed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The farm on which is located in part of Route 287.  The Shotwells were early settlers of "The Plains", an early reference to Plainfield, New Jersey.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Middlesex County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. April 1, 2010. p. 19. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 4, 2011. Retrieved October 7, 2010.
- Spies, Stacy E (2001), Edison, Acadia Publishing, ISBN 978-0-7385-0549-7
- Dudley, William L. (March 29, 1929). "Friendly Families: The Shotwells". The Story of the Friends in Plainfield Including A History of Early Quaker Families. Retrieved 2011-07-17.
Prominent in the early beginning of the society in this vicinity was Abraham Shotwell, who, though not himself a Quaker, was warmly in sympathy with the common people in their contentions with the Lords Proprietors' government about titles to land. Shotwell's independence resulted in the confiscation of his property in Elizabethtown. After his death two sons, Daniel and John, succeeded, under the Quaker management of 1683, in securing restoration to the family. John, in 1679, married Elizabeth Burton. For generations since descendants have lived in Union county. Marriage with the Thorns, Laings, Websters, Vails, Marshes, Pounds and other pioneer settlers has given the State some of its most useful and prominent citizens. At the opening of this century the names of eighty-six Shotwells are recorded in the Society. The first mention of this locality as Plainfield is noticed in connection with the register of the birth of one of John Shotwell's grandchildren. His daughter Elizabeth, had married John Laing in 1705, and their daughter Elizabeth, the record states, was "born at Plainfield ye 11th of ye 10th month, 1707". Earlier reference to this place had been made as the "Quaker settlement on the Plains", to distinguish it from the small colony at Scotch Plains. The first marriage in the present Plainfield Meeting House was that of Amy Shotwell to Charles Brooks.