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Col. Thomas Heston  Add to Cartby A. M. Heston | NJHS 1906 | 3pp | PDF 81K | $1.00 | B2-473
Colonel in the Revolution, located at Cooper's Point (now Camden), and afterwards at Heston's Glass Works (now Glassboro, New Jersey). Died 1802. Also interested in the salt works established at Falkinsburg's Island, Little Egg Harbor (now known as Wills' Island, about four miles southwest of Tuckerton).
Old Maps of Northern New Jersey  Add to Cartby Elizabeth Stow Brown | NJHS 1907 | 9pp | PDF 132K | $2.00 | A1-350
Nutley, formerly called Franklin, was the northeastern part of the Newark Tract purchased from the Indians in 1667. The author of this article has inspected virtually every old map of New Jersey, from the 1656 Vanderdonck map of New Netherlands to the Revolutionary Faden and Erskine maps, to study the description of the boundaries, settlements and geography associated with the region.
Hendrick Fisher  Add to Cartby Rev. T. E. Davis | NJHS 1907 | 13pp | PDF 163K | $2.00 | B2-352-5
Born in Germany, raised near present Bound Brook. Provincial Assembly representative for more than thirty years. Revolutionary leader, president of the Provincial Congress. Early supporter of Queen's College (Rutgers) and strong member of the Dutch Church at New Brunswick. Died 1779.
Slavery in New Jersey  Add to Cartby Anthony Q. Keasbey | NJHS 1907 | 22pp | PDF 236K | $3.75 | SL-353
Laws and rights connected with the proprietary and royal governments which permitted the institution to become established in the province; discussion of certain practices associated with the ownership, management, and trade in human slaves during the colonial period; judicial and legislative actions which led to its abolition.
William Francis Oakey | NJHS 1908 | 3pp | PDF 87K | Free! | A2-355
Memorial essay about a distinguished merchant of New York City, born in Newark, patron of the New Jersey Historical Society, descended from one of the regicides.
The First New Jersey Novel | NJHS 1908 | 13pp/map | PDF 315K | Free! | A3-356
"Berkeley Hall, or the Pupil of Experience," published in 1796 was the first popular novel in which the drama occurs in New Jersey. Fortunately, it is not presented in its entirety: however, it is experly summarized.
John Robertson Burnet  Add to Cartby Caroline L. Burnet | NJHS 1908 | 12pp | PDF 164K | $2.00 | B1-357
Life and times of a deaf and dumb scholar who achieved celebrity in the 1800s.
Prof. James Hamilton | NJHS 1908 | 6pp | PDF 109K | Free! | B2-358
The scion of a prominent Princeton family who became a noted mathematician in the early 1800s, teaching in Princeton as well as at the University of Nashville (which I believe is now Vanderbilt University).
Two Early Piscataway Families  Add to Cartby O. B. Leonard | NJHS 1908 | 4pp | PDF 90K | $2.00 | C2-359
Concentrates on the Smalley and Fitz-Randolph families in the 1600s to 1700s.
Gen. Joshua Blackwood Howell | NJHS 1908 | 3 | PDF 315K | Free! | C3-360
Born Deptford, NJ 1806, died near Petersburg, VA 1864. Notice of death and circumstances.
Howard W. Hayes Collection | NJHS 1908 | 9pp | PDF 124K | Free! | C4-361
An enthusiastic collector of paintings, rugs, art objects and books: his collections recently donted to the New Jersey Historical Society are inventoried and described.
The 26th Regiment at Perth Amboy 1767 | NJHS 1908 | 3pp | PDF 87K | Free! | C5-362
In 1767, the 26th Regiment of the British Army was quartered in Perth Amboy, where the mayor and aldermen kept a close eye on them. During the French and Indian War, barracks were built to keep soldiers out of private houses, but there was apparently insufficient space there to accommodate all the men and their officers.
New Jersey Gleanings in England  Add to Cartby Lothrop Withington | NJHS 1908 | 11pp | PDF 162K | $2.00 | GE-354
Recorded wills and administrations of Sir George Carteret, Philip Kearny, Gawen Lawrie, and ten others.
New Providence Academy  Add to Cart| NJHS 1909 | 14pp | PDF 154K | $2.00 | C1-363
Among the manuscripts of the New Jersey Historical Society is a copy of the munutes of the New Providence Academy corporation, from its organization in 1817, until the sale of the building in 1832. This institution was maintained on the premises of the Presbyterian church at New Providence, Essex County, NJ.
Miss Marie Antionette Quinby by Mrs. Thomas J. Craven | NJHS 1909 | 4pp | PDF 110K | Free! | C2-491
Late president of the Woman's Branch of the New Jersey Historical Society for many years. The article occasioned by her death describes in detail the extent of her contribution to the Society.
First Settlers of New Brunswick  Add to Cartby William H. Benedict | NJHS 1912 | 13pp/map | PDF 315K | $2.00 | C1-073
Purchase from the Indians and earliest settlements; Ross Hall and its various owners, Map of the Ford, Predmore Swamp and Inians Ferry (1678-88).
John Anderson and His Descendants  Add to Cartby William N. Mervine | NJHS 1912 | 9pp | PDF 152K | $1.00 | D0-074
John Anderson (1665-1736), President of His Majesty's Council and prominent Monmouth county, New Jersey, landowner. Progenitor of a large family still resident in the region.
New Jersey's Part in the Revolution  Add to Cartby Joseph F. Folsom | NJHS 1912 | 7pp | PDF 130K | $2.00 | D1-075
Discussion of the extensive role played by Jersey troops in the American Revolution, as well as the heavy burdens shouldered by farmers, craftsmen, wives and merchants.
Billingsport  Add to Cartby John Clement | NJHS 1912 | 6pp | PDF 106K | $1.00 | D2-076
Part of the scheme of the first English owners of West Jersey was to select suitable sites for towns fronting on the eastern shore of the Delaware River. Burlington, Gloucester and Egg Harbor became commercial centers, but Billingsport withered - despite several clear advantages.
Election of Congressmen from New Jersey  Add to Cartby William Nelson | NJHS 1913 | 3pp | PDF 85K | $2.00 | C3-367
Evolution of election laws and voting restrictions 1779 through 1812
Shane's Castle  Add to Cartby John Clement | NJHS 1913 | 4pp | PDF 97K | $1.00 | D1-078
German immigrants Sebastian, Ignatius and Xavierus Woos built a log cabin in Waterford township, Gloucester county, New Jersey. First Catholic outpost in the region.
Netherland Settlers in New Jersey  Add to Cartby John D. Prince | NJHS 1914 | 5pp | PDF 116K | $1.00 | A1-080
Presentation of early settlement efforts in New Jersey.
Coxe Hall  Add to Cartby John Clement | NJHS 1914 | 8pp | PDF 139K | $1.00 | A2-081
Doctor Daniel Coxe, of London, made his first purchase of lands in West Jersey in 1683. Discussion of early settlements in Salem, Cape May and Gloucester counties.
Old Pig Drover of Log Gaol  Add to Cartby W. H. Vail | NJHS 1914 | 14pp/photos | PDF 337K | $2.00 | B1-083
Tale of a mysterious, but well-liked Southern gentleman who herded pigs from the northern reaches of New Jersey to market in Newark. The hamlet of Log Gaol was the seat of Sussex county, New Jersey, until 1765 when it was removed to Newton. Log Gaol subsequently became Johnsonburg, and is now a part of Warren County.
Some Early Pension Applications  Add to CartNJHS Collections | NJHS 1914 | 10pp | PDF 142K | $1.00 | B2-084
Revolutionary War veterans of New Jersey living in Montgomery County, New York, applied for pensions in 1820 and 1831: Charles Fisher, Moses Applegate, Abraham Francisco, John Van Mater.
Early Salem County Families  Add to Cartby Edson S. Jones | NJHS 1914 | 20pp | PDF 235K | $2.00 | ES-079
Alphabetical list of family names found in Salem County, New Jersey, records. To these names have been added the probable or possible sources of derivation, and the counties in Great Britain where such families have been most numerous. Chapters on Windham, Malster, Darkin, Hall, Pile.
Newark Settled by a Congregational Church  Add to Cartby T. Aird Moffat | NJHS 1915 | 20pp | PDF 145K | $1.00 | A2-085
The first settlers of Newark came from Milford and Branford, Connecticut. Their social and political organization derived from New England Congregationalism, as shown by evidence from general sources, Presbyterian sources, and Town Records.
Halstead of Shrewsbury  Add to Cartby Edith H. Mather | NJHS 1915 | 3pp | PDF 95K | $1.00 | A3-086
Timothy Halstead, of Shrewsbury, New Jersey was probably not related to the Elizabethtown Halsteads. Records of Christ Church marriages; children of Josiah Halstead.
Slave Indenture of Colonial Days  Add to CartNJHS Collections | NJHS 1915 | 4pp | PDF 104K | $1.00 | C1-088
Conveyance of a "Negro or Mulatto Wench named Mercy" from Matthew Lum and Jabez Campfield to William Barnet in 1774. Short biographies of each party to the transaction, including William Alexander (Lord Stirling), Thomas Budd, and William De Hart.
Journal of John Reading  Add to CartNJHS Collections | NJHS 1915 | 22pp | PDF 313K | $2.50 | JR-089
John Reading, a prominent New Jersey surveyor in the early 1700s, kept a Journal of his expeditions into the northwestern wildernesses of New Jersey - at that time very sparsely settled and noy yet purchased from the Indians. The first diary entries are from 1715 and describe a trek from Whippany to the head of the Musconetcong River. The entries for 1719 describe the official delegation which fixed, for a time, the border between New Jersey and New York.
Newark Town Government from 1666-1833  Add to Cartby John L. Rankin | NJHS 1915 | 24pp | PDF 275K | $1.00 | NG-087
Study of the history of government of Newark, New Jersey, based on the Records of the Town of Newark. Beginning with the "Fundamental Agreement" and the admission of planters, the presentation details the various functions of town officials and the development of the State's pre-eminent financial and industrial center.
Old Barracks at Trenton  Add to Cartby Edwin Robert Walker | NJHS 1916 | 6pp | PDF 122K | $2.00 | B1-090
Last remaining "defensive fortress" built 1757-58 in New Jersey during the French and Indian War. Object of Washington's assault on Trenton 1776; partially dismantled 1793; apartments until 1855; Widows' and Single Women's Home Society headquarters until 1902; restored.
Beginnings of the Morris & Essex Railroad  Add to Cartby Joseph F. Folsom | NJHS 1916 | 11pp | PDF 154K | $2.00 | B2-091
Documentary materials preserved by descendants of Col. William Brittin, one of the early surveyors of the railroad. Prospectus of 1835; Articles of Agreement 1836; stockholder list 1849. Presentation details the engineering and construction of the road from Newark to Morristown.
Fullarton  Add to Cartby Edith H. Mather | NJHS 1916 | 5pp | PDF 108K | $1.00 | B3-092
Family of Scottish origins: brothers Thomas and Robert emigrated to East Jersey 1684 and took up lands near Scotch Plains. both removed to New York about 1686; Thomas went on the the island of Barbadoes. Records extracted from New Jersey Archives.
Orderly Book of Lieutenant John Spear  Add to CartNJHS Collections | NJHS 1916 | 19pp | PDF 169K | $1.00 | C2-094
John Spear (1754-1818), a lieutenant in the Jersey Brigade, was a resident of Second River, now Belleville. The orderly book covers a period when the Jersey Brigade was at Dobbs Ferry, New York, and at Connecticut Farms (now Union, New Jersey), and at Newark, New Jersey (July 17, 1781 - December 4, 1781).
Colonel Peter Schuyler at Albany  Add to Cartby Joseph F. Folsom | NJHS 1916 | 4pp | PDF 111K | $1.00 | C3-095
Two documents relating to the services of Col. Peter Schuyler, of Petersborough (opposite Newark), while stationed at Albany during King George's War (1746).
Caspar Steinmets and His Descendants  Add to Cartby Philip H. Hoffman | NJHS 1916 | 30pp | PDF 300K | $2.00 | CS-096
Caspar Steinmets (1615-1702), among the earliest Hollanders emigrating to Manhattan. Detailed personal biography and genealogical study.
Revolutionary Pension Records of Morris County  Add to CartNJHS Collections | NJHS 1916 | 67pp | PDF 398K | $3.00 | PR-082
Transcription of a manuscript account book rescued from rubbish in Morristown. Contents are court records of certificates presented by petitioners for pensions based upon Revolutionary War services. Most petitioners were widows, but some are disabled soldiers. The certificates usually were written by officers under whom the soldier had served. Of special interest because of the many people, battles, localities and incidents mentioned. Thirty-nine petitions are presented, the last of which was from Theodosia Ford, widow of Col. Jacob Ford, Jr. of Morristown.
Jedediah Swan's Orderly Book 1776  Add to CartNJHS Collections | NJHS 1917 | 66pp | PDF 500K | $3.00 | JS-101
Daily brigade orders, camp duties and court martials as recorded by Capt. Swan of Colonel Philip Van Cortlandt's regiment, July 7 through Sept. 24, 1776. Covers the period just prior to and following the Battle of Long Island. Particularly valuable are the "addresses" from General Washington, which were to be read to the army.
Reminiscences of the War of 1812  Add to CartNJHS Collections | NJHS 1917 | 6pp | PDF 125K | $1.00 | A1-098
Two letters pertaining to military service in the War of 1812.
The Red Rose of Springfield 1780  Add to Cartby William Nelson | NJHS 1917 | 5pp | PDF 120K | $1.00 | A2-097
An incident of the Battle of Springfield involving charges of misbehavior by Lt. Col Cosmo Gordon - he apparently dallied at Gov. Livingston's residence to gain favor of Kitty Alexander, the daughter of Gen. William Alexander, Lord Stirling.
Reformed Protestant Church at Newark  Add to Cartby Rev. Charles E. Hart, D.D. | NJHS 1917 | 8pp | PDF 166K | $2.00 | A3-108
Early Dutch churches in New Netherlands; establishment of the First Reformed Dutch Church of Newark, New Jersey in 1833; establishment of other Dutch Churches in Newark, Irvington, Linden, East Orange.
"The State of New Jersey" by Hon. Joseph S. Frelinghuysen | NJHS 1917 | 7pp | PDF 116K | Free!! | B3- 372
Address delivered by the Hon. Joseph S. Frelinghuysen before the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick at Montclair. He reviews the prominent parts that New Jersey has played in the development of the nation, and takes particular notice of many Jerseymen who have help positions of national prominence in government and industry.
Lenni Lenape or Delaware Indians  Add to Cartby Edwin Robert Walker | NJHS 1917 | 15pp | PDF 231K | $2.00 | D1-099
Social customs, history, religion, habitations of the aboriginal inhabitants of New Jersey. Presentation includes the full text of an Indian deed of 1703 conveying a huge tract of land (generally north of Trenton) to members of the Council of Proprietors.
The Elizabethtown Controversy  Add to Cartby William J. Magie | NJHS 1917 | 27pp | PDF 324K | $3.00 | EZ-100
The controversy between the Associates of Elizabethtown and the Proprietors of New Jersey over the title to the land on which the town was settled may be said to have begun in 1670, when the Associates refused to pay the quit-rents demanded by the Proprietors, and the last trace of it was seen when the Answer of the Associates to the Elizabethtown Bill in Chancery failed in 1751. A detailed review by the former Chancellor of the State of New Jersey.
Perth Amboy in the 1850s  Add to Cartby Katherine M. Beekman | NJHS 1918 | 14pp | PDF 233K | $2.00 | A1-102
Reminiscences of pre-Civil War life in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. The author was familiar with many important residents of the town; the narrative concentrates on family, residents, houses, anecdotes.
Jacob C. Ward, Landscape Painter  Add to Cartby Joseph F. Folsom | NJHS 1918 | 14pp | PDF 233K | $2.00 | B2-104
Jacob C. Ward (1809- ) of Bloomfield, New Jersey. Best known for dramatic paintings of Western landscapes and sketches of Indians. Joined an expedition to South America in the 1840s.
Early Taverns in New Brunswick  Add to Cartby William H. Benedict | NJHS 1918 | 10pp | PDF 178K | $2.00 | C1-105
Ann Balding's on Burnet Street (1735), Paul Miller's on French Street (1742); Minne Voorhees' on Burnet Street (1755); Paul Miller's on King Street (1756); The White Hart on French Street (1756); Sign of the Ship (1756); Indian Queen Hotel (1778); Egbert's (1785); more.
Israel Crane, Road Builder  Add to Cartby Joseph F. Folsom | NJHS 1918 | 9pp | PDF 185K | $2.00 | C2-106
Israel Crane (1773-1858), prominent businessman closely associated with the development of Montclair and Bloomfield, New Jersey. Because of his exclusive control of the Newark and Pompton Turnpike, he was given the title "King Crane."
First Assault on Petersburg  Add to Cartby Edward Wall | NJHS 1918 | 9pp | PDF 147K | $2.00 | D1-107
Personal memoir of the engagements leading to and including Grant's campaign against Petersburg. The author was a cavalry officer on the scene.
Raids on Southeastern Virginia  Add to Cartby Edward Wall | NJHS 1918 | 19pp | PDF 277K | $2.00 | SV-103
Personal memoir of cavalry incursions under General Kantz, Army of the James, May 1864.
Battle of Iron Works Hill, 1776  Add to Cartby William A. Slaughter | NJHS 1919 | 8pp | PDF 174K | $2.00 | A1-111
Account of the British attack at Mount Holly, New Jersey, December 1776.
Beverwyck  Add to Cartby Mrs. Benjamin Smith Condit | NJHS 1919 | 9pp | PDF 175K | $2.00 | A2-112
Residence of Lucas Von Beverhoudt, near Hanover at Troy Hills, New Jersey. Purchased 1772, was a resort of Gen. Washington, Lafayette, Knox, etc. during their Morristown encampments. Several letters from Von Beverhoudt during the Revolution, local family histories.
Cortlandt Parker
 Add to Cartby Edward M. Colie | NJHS 1920 | 27pp | PDF 291K | $2.00 | B1-376
Detailed memorial address delivered to the New Jersey Historical Society in 1920. The author deals with the Parker family, from its first NJ ancestor Elisha Parker, through his direct descendants. Cortlandt Parker grew up in the family "castle" at Perth Amboy. He entered the class of 1836 at Rutgers, and became friends with Frederick T. Frelinghuysen (US Senator and later Secretary of State under President Arthur) and Joseph P. Bradley (Justice of the Supreme Court of the US). After graduation, they all studied law together in Uncle Theodore Frelinghuysen's offices in Newark, and were admitted to the Bar in 1839. He was a strong Republican in an otherwise Democratic state: he supported abolition and President Lincoln, although a majority of Jerseymen did not. He was married to Elizabeth Wolcott Stites of Morristown, who produced six sons and three daughters.After the Civil War, he left his position as Prosecutor of the Pleas for Essex County, and formed a partnership with Anthony Q. Keasbey which became one of the "busiest and most important in the State." Keasbey lived in Morristown, and wrote an important article in 1907 for the NJHS on the history of slavery in New Jersey. His son, Richard Wayne Parker, also joined the firm, and was later to become an important figure in his own right both in the fields of law and historical research. His highest ambition was to become an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court - a position which his friend Joseph Bradley attained (Parker wrote the memorial essay on Bradley for the Proceedings of the NJHS). The article includes three Appendices: Lineage of Cortlandt Parker; Maternal Ancestry of Cortlandt Parker; Partial List of Public Addresses Delivered by Cortlandt Parker.
Hon. John Macpherson Berrien NJHS 1920 | 5pp | PDF 111K | Free!! | B2-377
Hon. John Macpherson Berrien was a Jerseyman who made a great name for himself in Savannah, Georgia. He was born at Rocky Hill, NJ in 1781, graduated Princeton 1796, and was admitted to the bar at the age of 17. In 1809 he became Solicitor of the Eastern District of the State of Georgia, and the following year, Judge of the same district - an elected position he won for a total of ten years. He served as State Senator, and United States Senator, was appointed Attorney-General of the United States by President Jackson.
Lafayette in New Brunswick in 1824 NJHS 1920 | 7pp | PDF 109K | Free!! | B3-378
Full and detailed account of "The Nation's Guest" when he visited New Brunswick in September 1824.
New Jersey As It Appeared to Early Observers and Travellers  Add to Cartby William H. Benedict | NJHS 1920 | 14pp | PDF 200K | $2.00 | C1-379
Key extracts from the accounts of Daniel Denton (1670, Fox and Edmundson (1671), John Fenwick (1673), Thomas Budd (1678), Danker and Sluyter (1679), George Scot (1685), Colonel Potter (1690), Rev. David Brainerd (1742), Dr. Alexander Hamilton (1744), Peter Kalm (1748), Andrew Barnaby (1759), Dr. Johann Schoepf (1783).
Letters of Chief Justice Morris, 1777-'79  Add to CartNJHS 1920 | 9pp | PDF 140K | $2.00 | C2-380
Chief Justice Morris to Mr. Cooper describing the Battle of Monmouth; to Col. White as to claims of a widow; to Lord Stirling describing a british raid near Shrewsbury 1779; to Governor Livingston describing another British raid near Shrewsbury 1779; from Jacobus Van Zandt concerning prisoners held by the British 1777.
Condict Revolutionary Abstracts  Add to CartNJHS MS | NJHS 1920-'25 | 77pp | PDF 588K | $2.00 | CR-113
During the years 1833 and 1834 many Revolutionary soldiers, or their widows, were still living, and they, or other dependents, sought pensions under the Act of Congress of June 7, 1832. Those in the northern part of New Jersey, or many of them, probably put in their claims and gave testimony, or brought testimony, concerning the war records of these soldiers, to Dr. Lewis Condict of Morristown between 1833 and 1839. Dr. Condict was not only a physician but a valued public official, having been a Judge of Morris county, several times Member of Congress, etc. Originally published by the New Jersey Historical Society in eleven installments (1920-1925).
Early Newark - A Puritan Theocracy  Add to Cartby Walter S. Nichols | NJHS 1920 | 14pp | PDF 223K | $2.00 | D1-114
Newark, New Jersey was founded on the religious principles of Puritanism and Congregationalism - the town and the church originally being one entity. Influenced by Presbyterianism, the Church and town were completely separated by the 1750s. The presentation includes anecdotes of social life from the Town Records.
Dutch Trading Post at Trenton  Add to Cartby Dr. Carlos E. Godfrey | NJHS 1920 | 5pp | PDF 136K | $2.00 | D2-115
Excavation of an octagonal building in Trenton, New Jersey, originally thought to be some kind of defensive outpost, proves to be a trading post established by the Dutch West India Company about 1630, destroyed 1646. Possibly the most ancient historical landmark in the present State of New Jersey.
Washington's March from Princeton to Morristown  Add to Cartby Joshua Doughty, Jr. | NJHS 1920 | 5pp | PDF 123K | $2.00 | D3-116
After the defeat of the British at Trenton, the greater part of Washington's army retreated to Morristown, New Jersey, by way of Princeton. The article traces the route of the army through Manville, Pluckemin, Bedminster, Basking Ridge and thence to Morristown.
The Old Wheatsheaf Inn  Add to Cartby Elmer T. Hutchinson | NJHS 1920 | 3pp | PDF 108K | $1.00 | D4-117
Built circa 1730 about two and a half miles from Elizabeth, New Jersey on the King's Highway (now Rahway Avenue).
Governor William Paterson  Add to Cartby Hon. Cortlandt Parker | NJHS 1920 | 5pp | PDF 127K | $2.00 | D5-118
This distinguished jurist had great influence over the Federal and State constitutions, and served in the U.S. Senate (where he and Oliver Ellsworth sponsored the Judiciary Act).
Buccleuch  Add to Cartby William H. Benedict | NJHS 1921 | 11pp/photo | PDF 206K | $2.00 | A1-119
This historic mansion, built about 1739, is a well-preserved specimen of colonial architecture, which is now a museum owned by the city of New Brunswick, New Jersey. The occupation of the home was consistently military, including a brief period during which it was the headquarters of a British regiment during the Revolution. The presentation discusses the successive owners of the home, their families, inlcuding a detailed genealogy of Col. Joseph Warren Scott (1778-1871).
The Pennamite Wars and the Trenton Decree of 1782  Add to Cartby Hon. Frederick W. Gnichtel | NJHS 1921 | 8pp | PDF 138K | $2.00 | A2-120
In 1782, Trenton, New Jersey, was selected as the meeting-place of a Court of Commissioners appointed by the Continental Congress to hear and determine a controversy which involved a claim by Connecticut to the ownership and jurisdiction over a considerable portion of northern Pennsylvania. Its decision ended twenty-five years of intense ill-feeling between the two colonies, which was known as "The Pennamite War."
Mapping the Route to Victory 1781  Add to Cartby Austin Scott | NJHS 1921 | 7pp | PDF 146K | $2.00 | A3-121
Simeon DeWitt, Geographer of the American Army (successor to Robert Erskine), played a key role in providing accurate maps for Washington in 1781. With 5,000 French troops to support the Continental Army, getting them to Yorktown required maps which showed the most direct and militarily advantageous route.
Some Revolutionary Incidents in the Raritan Valley  Add to Cartby Cornelius C. Vermeule | NJHS 1921 | 12pp | PDF 203K | $2.00 | B1-122
Some of the darkest days of the American Revolution are associated with troop movements and encampments in the Raritan Valley of New Jersey. New Brunswick was the meeting place of Committees of Correspondence, as well as of the Provincial Congress. The British occupied New Brunswick, armies of both sides marched to and fro, and the destruction of homes and property infuriated both Loyalists and Patriots. The Vermeule, Field, Frelinghuysen, Middagh and other colonial families are discussed.
Epitome of the Constitutional Convention of 1844  Add to Cartby Hon. Francis J. Swayze | NJHS 1921 | 7pp | PDF 124K | $2.00 | B2-366
Judge Swayze's recollections of the Constitutional Convention of 1844 deals with most of the major issues that the Legislature debated and presented to the voters. The existing state constitution had been in effect since July 2, 1776, and was simple, vague, and reasonably adaptable to the changing times. By the 1840s, new issues had emerged, and the state determined to settle key issues such as suffrage, biennial elections, veto power of the Governor, reformation of the judicial system, and taxation of property.
Correspondence of Abraham Clark and Judge Robert Morris  Add to CartNJHS MS. | NJHS 1921 | 6pp | PDF 116K | $2.00 | B2-381
Letter of Abraham Clark, signer of the Declaration of Independence, regarding a pension for soldiers William O'Brien and Samuel Taylor and Judge Morris' response.
History of Sussex County  Add to Cartby Hon. Willard W. Cutler | NJHS 1921 | 9pp | PDF 172K | $2.00 | C1-123
Earliest land titles and conveyances; settlement of Peter Decker, Robert Price; churches in Minisink Valley; incidents of the French and Indian War; attack by Indians during the Revolution; Morris Canal and economic development.
Secession of New Jersey  Add to Cartby Samuel Copp Worthen | NJHS 1921 | 5pp | PDF 120K | $2.00 | C2-124
Proceedings of the Provincial Congress of New Jersey by which the administrative and judicial control of the colony was taken from Royal Governor William Franklin.
End of Duelling in New Jersey  Add to Cartby Hon. Frederick W. Gnichtel | NJHS 1921 | 4pp | PDF 125K | $1.00 | C3-125
"Trial by battel" was long recognized as a lawful method of deciding a legal contest, and was last seen in New Jersey in 1845. The best known duel was, of course, that between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in 1804. A famous challenge to a duel issued by Thomas Gibbon to Aaron Ogden, both of Elizabeth, in 1816 is recounted.
Howell Homestead of Troy Hills  Add to Cartby Mrs. Catherine S. Howell | NJHS 1921 | 4pp | PDF 129K | $1.00 | C4-126
The house at Troy Hills, New Jersey, still standing, passed from father to son from 1761 to at least 1921. Family history.
Origin of Rip Van Winkle  Add to Cart| NJHS 1921 | 4pp | PDF 123K | $1.00 | C5-127
Who was Rip Van Winkle? He may have been Washington Irving's printer.
New Jersey in the Colonial Wars  Add to Cartby Hon. Richard Wayne Parker | NJHS 1921 | 22pp | PDF 238K | $3.00 | D1-217
History of New Jersey's involvement in military adventures prior to the Revolution: King William's War (1688-98); Queen Anne's War (1702-13); Cartagena Expedition (1740); French War (King George's War 1744-49); French and Indian War (1754-63); Havana Expedition (1762); Treaty of Paris 1763.
The Preakness Valley and Reminiscences of the Dey Mansion  Add to Cartby Joseph F. Folsom | NJHS 1921 | 13pp | PDF 121K | $2.00 | D2-382
Just below Two Bridges, near Fairfield, the Singac river empties into the Passaic River. The neighbors dwelling in the Preakness Valley above Two Bridges mostly bought their lands from Arent Schuyler, who obtained it from the Proprietors about 1695. Jacob Berdan, a Hollander, is reputed to have been the first steeler about 1715. The article deals with the Preakness Church, Lafayette's headquarters at the Van Saun House, Washington's Headquarters at the Dey House, the visit of the Marquis de Chastellux, and the settlement at Two Bridges.Supplemented with Dey family corrections and clarifications, additional details about the Dey Mansion's service in the Revolution and miscellany regarding the settlements of the Preakness Valley.
Propositions of Gawen Lawrie for the Settlement of East Jersey, 1682  Add to Cart| NJHS 1921 | 7pp | PDF 121K | $2.00 | D3-383
Original suggestions made by a leader of the Scotch Proprietors for the promotion of settlement and recruitment of settlers for the new province.
The Tornado at New Brunswick in 1835 NJHS 1921 | 4pp | PDF 83K | Free!! | D4-384
On June 19, 1835, a real tornado visited central New Jersey, causing great destruction in the vicinity of New Brunswick. The article features a report by the Committee appointed to collect relief for the sufferers, as well as a complete list of donations received.
Perhaps Why Congress Did Not Sit at Elizabethtown NJHS 1921 | 3pp | PDF 87K | Free!! | D5-385
The Continental Congress may have chosen to sit at Princeton in 1783 instead of Elizabeth Town because of the lower cost of lodging.
New Brunswick in the Early 1800s  Add to Cartby John P. Wall | NJHS 1922 | 4pp | PDF 117K | $1.00 | A1-146
Long the depot for reception of grain from Warren, Hunterdon, Sussex, and Somerset counties (New Jersey), Raritan Landing would occasionallly see as many as five hundred Conestoga wagons laden with produce per day. Merchants would buy goods for cash and transport them in their own ships to larger markets in Jamaica, Hispaiola, Charleston, Savannah and other ports. The emergence of steam power changed the face of New Brunswick and the Raritan River trade. The completion of the Delaware and Raritan Canal in 1833 greatly increased the commercial prominence of this city.
Quit-Rents in Colonial New Jersey  Add to Cartby Hon. James C. Connolly | NJHS 1922 | 7pp | PDF 163K | $1.00 | A2-128
The question of "quit-rents," that is, the payment of one-half penny per acre, required to be paid under the "Concessions" issued by the Lord Proprietors (1664) caused problems for decades in New Jersey. The author argues that quit-rents may have been one of the causes that produced the feeling of hostility and opposition which finally led to the American Revolution.
Two Loyalist Officers in New Jersey - Barnes and Antill  Add to Cartby E. Alfred Jones | NJHS 1922 | 3pp | PDF 122K | $1.00 | A3-129
John Barnes, distiller, of Trenton, New Jersey and Major John Antill, public official, of Perth Amboy.
Stirling Baronetcy Patents and Gen. William Alexander's Claim  Add to CartNJHS 1922 | 3pp | PDF 111K | $1.00 | A4-130
Sir William Alexander of Clackmananshire, Scotland, received a patent to Nova Scotia from James VI of Scotland (later James I of England). Granted also were the titles Vicount Canada and Earl of Stirling. With the honors came two hundred unsigned baronetcies for Stirling to grant to supporters of his scheme to populate Nova Scotia with sturdy settlers. In the 1800s, many of these titles were nullified by King Edward. Article also discusses Gen. William Alexander's pretensions to the Earldom in the 1750s.
East Jersey Proprietors Letters, 1683-'84  Add to CartArchives | NJHS 1922 | 7pp | PDF 149K | $1.00 | A5-131
Original letters with information and instructions for the administration of the Scots proprietors holdings in the colony of East Jersey.
Military Muster Rolls, 1806 & 1818 - Somerset County  Add to CartArchives | NJHS 1922 | 4pp | PDF 111K | $1.00 | A6-132
First Company of the Second Regiment, Somerset Brigade (Capt. Daniel Melick) 1806; Seconnd Company of the Second Regiment of the First Battalion, Somerset Brigade (Lt. John Craig) 1818. Lists of officers and privates.
Letter Following the Battle at Germantown, 1777  Add to CartArchives | NJHS 1922 | 2pp | PDF 106K | $1.00 | A7-133
Asher Holmes, First Major in the First Regiment of Monmouth (New Jersey) militia, subsequently colonel in the State troops. Letter to his wife, Oct. 6, 1777 (two days after the engagement).
Slave Bill of Sale 1724  Add to CartArchives | NJHS 1922 | 2pp | PDF 107K | $1.00 | A8-134
Conveyance of "a certain negro boy called Port Ryall" by Christopher Codwise to Petrus Stoothof.
Morris Family Correspondence 1762  Add to CartArchives | NJHS 1922 | 7pp | PDF 151K | $1.00 | A9-137
Letters regarding Morris family history and commercial interests exchanged between Valentine Morris of London, and Robert Hunter Morris (Chief Justice of New Jersey 1738-1764, Lieut. Gov. of Pennsylvania 1754-56).
Travel Across New Jersey in the 18th Century and Later  Add to Cartby William H. Benedict | NJHS 1922 | 15pp | PDF 227K | $2.00 | B1-135
History of stage transportation across New Jersey, from 1723. Discussion of roadways, passenger and freight operations; excerpts from period newspapers. Ferries and steamboats.
Washington's Headquarters in Montclair  Add to Cartby Major W. I. Lincoln Adams | NJHS 1922 | 3pp/photo | PDF 124K | $2.00 | B3-138
The old Crane Homestead, built by Nathaniel Crane about 1700. Mostly used as a public house, it was situated at the crossroads of two principal highways. Briefly occupied by Gen. Washington 1780.
Unpublished Scots East Jersey Proprietors Manuscripts NJHS MSS | NJHS 1922 | 3pp | PDF 89K | Free!! | B4-386
Original letters with information and instructions for the administration of the Scots proprietors holdings in the colony of East Jersey.
Americans at the Second Battle of the Marne NJHS 1922 | 3pp | PDF 90K | Free!! | B5-387
Eye-witness account by a German officer describing the first appearance of our soldiers in the Great War, July 1918.
Board of Proprietors of East Jersey  Add to Cartby David McGregor | NJHS 1922 | 13pp | PDF 198K | $2.00 | C1-139
In 1665 the Lords Proprietors, Berkeley and Carteret, directed their Governor to establish a Council, whose advice and consent would give him full authority to govern the province and to dispose of the Proprietors' lands to settlers. The arrangment was plagued with furstrations, both on the part of the Proprietors and the settlers, and ultimately disintegrated to the point where the Proprietors surrendered their Government to the Crown in 1702.
Professor Benedict Jaeger, Early Entomologist of New Jersey  Add to Cartby Harry B. Weiss | NJHS 1922 | 8pp | PDF 157K | $2.00 | C2-140
Prof. Jaeger (1789-1869) travelled widely and authored many books on insects, notably "The Life of North American Insects" (1854). In 1831 he was engaged by the College of New Jersey, now Princeton University, to put their Zoological Museum in order, after which he accepted a teaching post which he resigned in 1840.
Growth of Our Postal Facilities  Add to Cartby William H. Benedict | NJHS 1922 | 4pp | PDF 116K | $1.00 | C3-141
The emergence of a reliable and effective postal system started with the development of roads and turnpikes and the appointment of exceptionally well-qualified postmasters.
Old Shippen Manor at Oxford Furnace  Add to Cartby Dr. George S. Bangert | NJHS 1922 | 3pp/photo | PDF 111K | $2.00 | C4-142
Built about 1750, Shippen Manor and the adjacent Oxford Furnace were important factors in the American Revolution.
Cazenove in New Jersey 1794  Add to Cartby Rev. Joseph F. Folsom | NJHS 1922 | 3pp | PDF 116K | $1.00 | C5-143
French financier Theophile Cazenove travelled through New Jersey during his journey to the United States in 1794, passing through Newark, Springfield, Chatham, Hanover, Troy, Boonton, Morristown, Long Valley, Washington, New Village and crossing the Delaware River at Easton.
Figure Head of Jackson  Add to Cartby Frederick A. Canfield | NJHS 1922 | 3pp | PDF 106K | $1.00 | C6-144
Circumstances surrounding the decapitation of the figure head of President Jackson from the US. Ship Constitution in 1834. The event caused a political convulsion. The head was apparently in the possession of Mahlon Dickerson, Secretary of the Navy during the Jackson administration, where it remained until the sale of his effects in June 1854.
Number of Soldiers in the Revolution  Add to Cartby Cornelius C. Vermeule | NJHS 1922 | 4pp | PDF 122K | $2.00 | C7-145
Secretary of War, Gen. Henry Knox reported that New Jersey contributed 9,086 men out of a total of 72,951 for all the Colonies, or one-eighth, although her population was less than one-twentieth of the whole. Detailed study reveals that 37% of Jerseymen of military age served their country - more than any other State.
George Scot, of Pitlochy  Add to Cartby Edith H. Mather | NJHS 1922 | 11pp | PDF 191K | $2.00 | D1-146
George Scot "of Pitlochie," Scotland, proposed a model government for East Jersey in 1685. He came to the Colony with a crowd of prisoners, mostly banished Covenanters.
James W. Marshall, the New Jersey Discoverer of Gold  Add to Cartby Elias Vosseller | NJHS 1922 | 6pp | PDF 146K | $2.00 | D2-148
James Wilson Marshall (1810-1885) of Hunterdon County, New Jersey, discovered gold on his estate in California in 1848, but the better-known Capt. John Sutter put up the money to build the famous mill.
English Convicts in the American Revolution  Add to Cartby E. A. Jones | NJHS 1922 | 4pp | PDF 124K | $1.00 | D3-149
Prisoners of war were taken into active service by the British, as were convicted felons.
Witches in New Jersey  Add to Cartby Joseph F. Folsom and Samuel C. Worthen | NJHS 1922 | 11pp | PDF 204K | $2.00 | D4-150
The witchcraft delusion in New Jersey was a sober conviction, a drama, often a comedy, but rarely a tragedy. There were no persecutions. The narrative draws on archives from the 1600s and 1700s, as well as local legends.
In Memorial - Dr. Austin Scott by Dr. W. H. S. Demarest | NJHS 1922 | 4pp | PDF 105K | Free!! | D5-388
Memorial biography of the late President of Rutgers College and Vice-President of the New Jersey Historical Society. Includes official NJHS obituary.
Will Johnson's Journal of 1800-1813  Add to CartArchives | NJHS 1922 | 42pp | PDF 419K | $3.00 | YM-151
William Johnson (1779-1826) spent his early days in Newton, New Jersey. He had a special talent for business, and became a successful merchant in New York City. In 1800 he began to keep this diary, which he continued until 1813. The references in it to persons in Sussex County and other locales in and around New York are numerous. Of special interest is the detailed account of his journey to New Orleans via Pittsburgh in 1800.
New Jersey's Paper Currency, 1709-1786  Add to Cartby William W. Bradbeer | NJHS 1923 | 5pp | PDF 132K | $2.00 | A1-152
The Colony of New Jersey authorized the emission of Bills of Credit - mostly for the financial support of North American wars against the French in Canada. The presentation details amounts and the process by which paper money became accepted in colonial times, and in the Revolution.
An Account of West Jersey 1698  Add to CartArchives | NJHS 1923 | 8pp | PDF 166K | $2.00 | A2-153
Extract from a book about Pennsylvania and New Jersey, probably with a view to encouraging emigration. The author presents a detailed look at conditions in West Jersey, from settlers' hospitality to Indian phrases; from hunting and fishing to crop yields. Quaint and conversational.
A Journey West in 1811  Add to CartArchives | NJHS 1923 | 8pp | PDF 166K | $2.00 | A3-154
Extracts from the diary of Mr. John Force (of Caldwell, New Jersey), who walked to Pittsburgh in 12 days.
Letters from Camp Liberty, 1814  Add to CartArchives | NJHS 1923 | 3pp | PDF 108K | $1.00 | A5-156
Letters from a Captain in the War of 1812, stationed near Sandy Hook.
Indians of Union County  Add to Cartby Prof. Charles A. Philhower | NJHS 1923 | 10pp | PDF 177K | $2.00 | B1-157
Aboriginal inhabitants north of the Raritan River and South of Bound Creek (Wequahick) - Naraticongs, Sanhicans, Raritans, Wappings (also called Pomptons). The eminent Indian expert presents accounts of early explorers and traders, describes settlements and customs, and explains the orthography of current-day place names.
James Parker, the Printer, of Woodbridge  Add to Cartby William H. Benedict | NJHS 1923 | 4pp | PDF 127K | $2.00 | C1-158
James Parker (1725-1779) opened the first printing office in New Jersey at Woodbridge in 1751, being styled "King's Printer." Author, publisher and printer of books, legal documents, money, pamphlets and newspapers.
The Minisink Indian Trail  Add to Cartby Prof. Charles A. Philhower | NJHS 1923 | 5pp | PDF 121K | $2.00 | C2-159
There was a network of Indian paths over the land of the Lenni Lenape, the Minisink Trail was the most important. It connected the council fire at the village of Minisink, on the Delaware River, to the banks of the Shrewsbury and Navesink Rivers. The exact route of the main path, carefully described, generally follows the glacial moraine.
The Essex Patriot of Elizabeth  Add to Cartby Elmer T. Hutchinson | NJHS 1923 | 7pp | PDF 148K | $2.00 | C4-160
Short-lived rival to Shepard Kollock's "New-Jersey Journal" - weekly newspaper based in Elizabeth, New Jersey 1812-1813.
Tales from Revolutionary Days  Add to Cartby Rev. Charles B. Bullard | NJHS 1923 | 6pp | PDF 140K | $2.00 | C5-161
A collection of obscure anecdotes relating to people and events in New Jersey during the American Revolution.
The Old Nichols Homestead, Newark  Add to Cartby Walter J. Kidd | NJHS 1923 | 5pp | PDF 114K | $1.00 | C6-162
Built about 1795 on Washington Street, Newark, New Jersey (within two blocks of Market and Broad Streets). Narrative describes the interior arrangement and furnishings of this historic house, as well as insights into prominent members of the Nichols family.
Revolutionary Days in Old Somerset  Add to Cartby Cornelius C. Vermeule | NJHS 1923 | 11pp | PDF 173K | $2.00 | D1-163
A historical-genealogical narrative describing the early settlements below the North Branch of the Raritan River (New Jersey). The author describes the farms (which are now townships) and their families, as well as the defensive operations and encampment at Middlebrook during the American Revolution.
How New York Acquired Staten Island  Add to Cartby James C. Connelly | NJHS 1923 | 9pp | PDF 154K | $1.00 | D2-164
From the time when the grant was made to Berkeley and Carteret, a doubt existed as to the ownership of Staten Island. As Staten Island was considered part of New Amsterdam under the Dutch, and was purchased from the Indians by Governor Lovelace in 1670, it had naturally strong ties to New York.
Pioneer Days in Boonton, N.J.  Add to Cartby Miss Cora E. Hammond | NJHS 1923 | 10pp | PDF 150K | $2.00 | D3-165
Remiscences of Boonton, New Jersey, in the early 1800s and anecdotes from the Revolutionary era. The author describes schools, churches, the influence of the railroad, canal and iron works - as well as her recollections of people who influenced the history and future of her town.
Morris County Court House  Add to CartArchives | NJHS 1923 | 6pp | PDF 119K | $1.00 | D4-166
Accounts of the construction of the Morris County (New Jersey) court house in 1825.
Last Letter from a Jersey '49er  Add to CartArchives | NJHS 1923 | 3pp | PDF 95K | $1.00 | D5-167
Paul Stryker, of Phillipsburg, New Jersey describes his ocean voyage to San Francisco in 1849.
Dr. John J. Linderman  Add to Cartby Henry Linderman | NJHS 1923 | 4pp | PDF 101K | $1.00 | D6-168
Dr. John Jordan Linderman (1787-1872), born Orange County, New York. Practiced extensively in Pike County, Pennsylvania and the upper Delaware valley area. Family history.
Hibernia Iron Furnace  Add to Cartby William W. Bradbeer | NJHS 1923 | 13pp | PDF 172K | $2.00 | HF-155
Letter-book copies of correspondence sent by various persons, including Lord Stirling (William Alexander) by Charles Hoff, Jr (ironmaster at the Hibernia Furnace) during the American Revolution.
Old Houses of Elizabethtown  Add to Cartby Warren L. Dix | NJHS 1923 | 15pp/photos | PDF 285K | $2.00 | OH-170
Essays on the historic Governor Belcher Mansion and the Hetfield House. The author lived in the Belcher Mansion, and discusses its renovations and improvements.
Emancipation of Slaves in New Jersey  Add to Cartby D. H. Gardner | NJHS 1924 | 15pp | PDF 197K | $2.75 | A1-169
The history of the emancipation of slaves in New Jersey is divided into three periods: the first, that of the Proprietary Colony, 1664-1702; the second, the Province of the Crown, 1702-1776; the third, the era of the State of New Jersey.
Indians of Monmouth County  Add to Cartby Prof. Charles A. Philhower | NJHS 1924 | 12pp | PDF 208K | $2.00 | A2-171
General history of the Lenni Lenape and its sub-tribes in various regions of New Jersey; artifacts from argillitic tools to handicrafts; villages and camp sites; lore and legend; the Minisink Trail; Verrazzano's report to the King of France, 1524; Henry Hudson's records of contact with New Jersey Indians, 1609; DeVries description of the Hackensack Indians 1642.
Brooks Family of Salem County  Add to Cartby Robert Peacock Brooks | NJHS 1924 | 7pp | PDF 148K | $2.00 | A4-172
John Brooks, immigrated to America 1699 and settled in Salem County, New Jersey. Henry Brooks, of Scottish ancestry, settled first near Concord in 1639. His son Timothy emigrated with his family to West Jersey about 1687 and settled near Bridgeton. Family history detailed into the late 1800s.
Governor Livingston as Apprentice, Writer, and Executive  Add to Cartby Louis H. Patterson | NJHS 1924 | 8pp | PDF 132K | $2.00 | B5-389
Comprehensive biography covering the key events in his life. It was apparently occasioned by the discovery of the indenture by which he was apprenticed to James Alexander, a prominent lawyer (father of William Stirling, Lord Alexander).
Early Transportation in and about New Jersey  Add to Cartby Cornelius C. Vermeule | NJHS 1924 | 14pp | PDF 186K | $2.00 | B6-390
Recounts the development of waterways, Indian paths, toll roads, stage lines, canals, and railways. The author begins with the colonial period and specifies the areas in which development thrived because of access to water transportation. These communities naturally inspired the creation of roads connecting them with inland resources. The article includes the names of families most directly involved in trade and commerce on early transportation routes, as well as the key events which have led to New Jersey's network of transportation options.
Morven - The Princeton Home of the Stockton Family  Add to Cartby C. H. Hunter | NJHS 1924 | 10pp | PDF 143K | $2.00 | B7-391
History of the Stockton family, with particular attention to those who lived in or visited the family home at Princeton. The home is now an historical landmark and (alternate) official residence of the Governor of New Jersey.
New Jersey's Opposition to the Stamp Act  Add to Cartby Hon. James C. Connolly | NJHS 1924 | 10pp | PDF 151K | $2.00 | B8-392
The Stamp Act was passed in 1765 to help England pay for defending and securing its newest North American conquests: Louisiana, Canada and Acadia. Patrick Henry of Virginia steps onto the world stage for the first time, denouncing the Act as a usurpation of colonists' rights. Massachusetts organized a meeting representatives of nine of the colonies, to which New Jersey sent Robert Ogden, Hendrick Fisher and Joseph Borden. This article recalls the various protests and events related to the Stamp Act, including a period when lawyers refused to practice their profession (as no legal document could be validly executed without a stamp). None of our historians specify, except in a very general way, the contents of the Stamp Act, which became effective principally though the activities of the legal profession. This article cites the 41 circumstances requiring a Stamp, and the amount payable therefor.
Mahlon Stacy - Quaker Founder of Trenton  Add to Cartby Mrs. Elizabeth B. Satterthwaite | NJHS 1924 | 4pp | PDF 100K | $2.00 | B9-393
Official records prove that Mahlon Stacy, founder of the city of Trenton, was one of the Proprietors of West Jersey. He was an Associate of William Penn, and a member of the Religious Society of Friends. He removed with his family to New Jersey in 1678 from Dorehouse, Yorkshire. Stacy made the first permanent settlement at the Falls of the Delaware. The article recounts the earliest discovery and habitations at the Falls and presents key events in the life of Mahlon Stacy. In 1714, Stacy's son sold the mill and tract of land to William Trent, a merchant of Philadelphia, after whom the city is now named.
Lafayette's Visit to New Jersey 1824-'25  Add to Cartby Frank Bergen, Ll.D. | NJHS 1924 | 11pp | PDF 210K | $2.00 | C1-173
President Monroe's invitation to General La Fayette in 1824 led to national celebrations in his honor, particularly in New Jersey. The presentation details the festivites and proceedings from August 20-27, 1824 and July 1825.
Historic Bordentown  Add to Cartby Jay B. Tomlinson | NJHS 1924 | 8pp/photo | PDF 172K | $2.00 | C2-174
Farnsworth's Landing became a busy commercial center in the early 1700s, but Joseph Borden's stage line from there to Perth Amboy became the key link in the packet from Philadelphia to New York. Discussion of Bordentown in the Revolution, prominent citizens including Joseph Bonaparte and Clara Barton.
New Jersey Militia in the Revolution  Add to Cartby Cornelius C. Vermeule | NJHS 1924 | 10pp | PDF 160K | $2.00 | C3-175
Review of the strength, command, and various engagements of the New Jersey Militia during the course of the American Revolution.
Deserted Village of Milltown, Somerset County  Add to Cartby Elias Vosseller | NJHS 1924 | 6pp | PDF 121K | $2.00 | C4-176
About a mile up the North Branch of the Raritan River (New Jersey) lay the old village of Milltown, or Van Derveer's Mills. Prosperous and active in the 1830s and 1840s, the village was mostly deserted by the 1920s. Reminiscences of business and inhabitants.
Indian Deed of 1710  Add to CartArchives | NJHS 1924 | 5pp | PDF 110K | $2.00 | C6-178
Conveyance of a large tract in the northern and northwestern portions of Bergen and Passaic counties (New Jersey). Mentions Tappan, Ramapo, Hackensack, Saddle River, Pompton. Various Indians to Elias Boudinot, John Auboyneau and Peter Fauconnier, May 9, 1710.
Was James Alexander a Jacobite?  Add to CartStaff | NJHS 1924 | 3pp | PDF 94K | $1.00 | C7-179
Refutation of the oft-repeated charge that James Alexander, Surveyor-General for both East and West Jersey was forced to leave Britain on account of his Jacobite proclivities. Charges of disloyalty to the reigning House of Hanover were based on statements made in later years by his implacable foe, Governor Cosby of New York.
Camp Merritt  Add to Cartby Hon. William M. Johnson | NJHS 1924 | 6pp/photo | PDF 153K | $2.00 | D1-180
History of the military base named after General Wesley Merritt, an officer of the Civil War. Situated on a ridge midway between Creskill and Dumont in Bergen County, it was the port of debarkation of over one million troops during World War I. Proceedings of the dedication of its monument, Memorial Day, 1924.
The Carterets  Add to Cartby Willis Fletcher Johnson | NJHS 1924 | 5pp | PDF 108K | $2.00 | D2-181
In 1664, the Duke of York (later James II) gave to Carteret and Berkeley the whole region comprising the present State of New Jersey. Sir George Carteret was Seigneur of St. Ouen, a nobleman of ancient lineage, and of particular service to Charles II. Not only did the Island of Jersey shelter the pretender and his entourage from Parliamentary forces, one of the Carteret women was one of Charles II's innumerable mistresses and mother of at least one of that monarch's innumerable illegitimate children. Article discusses various Carteret family interests and their withdrawal from New Jersey.
Succasunna  Add to Cartby Dr. Theodore F. Wolfe | NJHS 1924 | 6pp | PDF 121K | $2.00 | D3-182
Indian orthography of the word Succasunna; its evolution into the name of a community below Lake Hopatcong; residents and commerce.
The Jersey Blues  Add to Cartby William H. Benedict | NJHS 1924 | 5pp | PDF 110K | $2.00 | D4-183
Origins of the New Jersey Regiment, from its creation in 1747 and its service in the French and Indian War.
Origin of the Counties in New Jersey  Add to Cartby Dr. Carlos E. Godfrey | NJHS 1924 | 4pp | PDF 104K | $1.00 | D5-184
Chronology of the erection of New Jersey's counties with emphasis on the creation of Gloucester county.
English Names with Dutch Equivalents  Add to Cartby John Neafie | NJHS 1924 | 9pp | PDF 107K | $2.00 | D7-395
Compendium of first and surnames in English with their Dutch synonyms. Nicholas, for example, is Claes or Klaas in Dutch. The list is probably as complete as can be expected.
Indians of Somerset County  Add to Cartby Prof. Charles A. Philhower | NJHS 1925 | 10pp | PDF 159K | $2.00 | A1-060
The scarcity of Indian names in Somerset county, New Jersey, points to an early exodus of the Narraticong Indians, despite claims and settlements by the Raritans and Sanhicans. The presentation discusses habitations, customs, anecdotes and a long quotation from De Vries about crops and fishing.
New Brunswick Adventurers of '49  Add to Cartby Prof. Irving Stoddard Kull | NJHS 1925 | 13pp | PDF 173K | $2.00 | A3-396
In February 1849, a party of adventurers set out from New Brunswick to the gold fields of California. What made their expedition historically significant is that its documentation is essentially complete, from inception to dissolution. There are also diaries and journals that describe the ocean voyage. The New Brunswick & California Mining and Trading Company consisted of forty-five shares of $600 each, totalling $27,000, plus a loan of $100 from each shareholder. With this fund, the Company purchased a ship for about $11,000 and loaded her with provisions valued at $17,000. The adventurers sailed around the Horn, and together - as a communal enterprise - sought to pool their efforts and inventory for mutual (and equal) profit. They converted the ship into a warehouse, bought a piece of property on the Embarcadero - and then decided to liquidate. A list of the officers, shareholders and adventurers is given.
Lafayette's Staten Island Raid 1780  Add to Cartby W. I. Lincoln Adams | NJHS 1925 | 3pp | PDF 91K | $2.00 | A6-397
Documentary proof that Lafayette was at Washington's headquarters in Cranestown (now Montclair) when the raid on Staten Island was planned.
New Jersey's Tea Party  Add to Cartby Major W. I. Lincoln Adams | NJHS 1925 | 3pp | PDF 105K | $1.00 | B1-061
December 22, 1774 at Greenwich, New Jersey - Cumberland county patriots burned a cargo of tea which had been secretly landed.
Post Offices and Newspapers in New Jersey in 1811  Add to CartStaff/Archives | NJHS 1925 | 4pp | PDF 105K | $1.00 | B2-062
Post offices and their postmasters, newspapers and publishers, from "Alden's New Jersey Register and United States Calendar"
Aerson, Adriance, Arents, Harrison Family  Add to Cartby Mrs. Florence E. Youngs | NJHS 1925 | 5pp | PDF 131K | $1.00 | B3-063
The progenitor of this large family was Jan Aartz, who arrived at New Amsterdam in 1659. He was also known as Jan Aerson, by which name his family multiplied until the early 1700s, when its spelling drifted briefly to "Adriance", "Arents" and "Harrison." The presentation covers three generations.
New Jersey Medical History in the Colonial Period  Add to Cartby Richard Lee McClenahan | NJHS 1925 | 9pp | PDF 182K | $2.00 | D1-064
The practice of medicine was more of an art than a science in colonial New Jersey. Besides the serious outbreaks of influenza and smallpox, there were dozens of mysterious illnesses, such as the "King's Evil" and "bilious fever." Bleedings, purges, vomits, sudorifics and sallivation were popular treatments, as were herbal decoctions. Doctors were unregulated, occasionally over-enterprising, and rarely successful. Various cures are described, as is the earliest inoculation against smallpox.
John Hart, the New Jersey Signer  Add to Cartby Louis H. Patterson | NJHS 1925 | 6pp | PDF 140K | $2.00 | D2-065
John Hart (1713-1779) was one of New Jersey's signers of the Declaration of Independence. For most of the Revolution, Hart and his family lived like hunted animals, as the British were determined to capture all of the ringleaders of the Revolution. Although of limited education and yeoman stock, he was a popular leader and helped guide New Jersey through its darkest hours.
Oraton, Sachem of Hackensack  Add to Cartby Edward S. Rankin | NJHS 1925 | 4pp | PDF 122K | $1.00 | D3-066
Oraton first appears in the public records of New Netherlands in 1643, signing a peace treaty with the Dutch after the cold-blooded massacre of his tribesmen at Pavonia. He was highly regarded and actively sought to maintain peace and friendship with European settlers. His consent was necessary before the Newark lands could be sold, but as his mark is not on the deed, he is presumed to have died about 1667.
Lost Pages of Elmer's Revolutionary Journal  Add to CartArchives | NJHS 1925 | 10pp | PDF 194K | $1.00 | D4-067
Lt. Ebenezer Elmer (later General) was in the Third Regiment of the New Jersey Troops under Elias Dayton in the Revolution. His Journal, recording his experiences under General Sullivan was published in the 1840s. These missing pages (Oct. 10, 1776 at Fort Schuyler - Nov. 19 1776 at Ticonderoga) were later found.
Early Dutch Maps of the Upper Delaware Valley  Add to Cartby Capt. Richmond C. Holcomb | NJHS 1926 | 17pp | PDF 273K | $2.00 | A1-068
Discussion of the early Dutch maps of New Netherlands and New Jersey (e.g., Visscher 1655) and the cultural geography of settlement in the upper Delaware valley. Early accounts of the Minisink region, the Old Mine Road, early land titles, Hopatcong and the "Phantom Lake of Wawayanda."
Indian Legend of Watchung  Add to Cartby William Anderson | NJHS 1926 | 3pp | PDF 108K | $1.00 | A2-069
The annual Community Pagent at Watchung, New Jersey, once celebrated the marriage of Chief One Feather and the princess Wetumpka. The legend of how she saved her foster-father, a Dutch settler, from being put to death by the Chief of the Watchung Indians is now almost forgotten.
Moore Family of Middlesex County, N.J.  Add to Cartby Judge John Moore | NJHS 1926 | 4pp | PDF 119K | $1.00 | A3-070
Samuel Moore emigrated to Woodbridge, New Jersey about 1664. His family settled in and around Middlesex County, where many still reside. Additional detail in Notes of Moore, Doddridge and Atkinson Families (Free!!).
Remarkable Funerals of Capt. Jacob W. Zabriskie, 1847  Add to Cartby Hon. William M. Johnson | NJHS 1926 | 4pp | PDF 130K | $1.00 | A4-071
Elaborate honoraria for Capt. Zabriskie, killed by the Mexicans at the Battle of Buena Vista, were held in Jacksonville, Illinois and Hackensack, New Jersey.
Early Court Houses of Bergen County  Add to Cartby Mrs. Frances A. Westervelt | NJHS 1926 | 4pp | PDF 121K | $1.00 | A5-072
Circumstances surrounding the construction of Bergen county, New Jersey's court house, burned by the British in 1780 and its reconstruction.
Influence of Frontier Life on American Christianity  Add to Cartby Dr. John Martin Thomas | NJHS 1926 | 13pp | PDF 169K | $1.00 | A8-399
The president of Rutgers University argues that the force of frontier circumstances bred the doctrine of complete religious liberty and the separation of Church and State. "By force of frontier circumstances each man's religion in America became his own affair. Neither Church nor State followed the frontiersman into the forest to determine his religion for him. He was left to his own devices, and he soon came to prize his Free!!dom. The frontier had taught him to stand alone. He formed his own judgment in politics; why should he not in religion also?"
Origin of Free Public Schools in New Jersey by William M. Stillman | NJHS 1926 | 3pp | PDF 85K | Free!! | A9-400
Review of legislation which ultimately led to individual community control of their own schools.
General Stephen Watts Kearny  Add to Cartby Thomas Kearny | NJHS 1926 | 4pp | PDF 96K | $2.00 | AA-401
Short biography of one of New Jersey's most accomplished military men. At the outbreak of the War of 1812 he entered the army as a Lieutenant in the 13th Infantry; after successive promotions became Lieutenant-Colonel. At the beginning of the Mexican War he had command of the army of the West, which set out from Bent's Fort on the Arkansas, crossed the country and took possession of New Mexico. He established a provisional government at Santa Fe and then continued his march to Colorado. He fought at San Pasquale and, for his services in this campaign, he was made Governor of California; died in Mexico.
Early New Jersey Place Names  Add to Cartby Cornelius C. Vermeule | NJHS 1925 | 6pp | PDF 143K | $2.00 | BY-186
Many of the communities, rivers, mountains, and regions of New Jersey still bear names which date back to Indian days and colonial settlers.
Portrait of Lady Elizabeth Carteret  Add to Cartby Charles Lee Meyers | NJHS 1926 | 6pp/photo | PDF 173K | $1.00 | B1-187
The original of this portrait was painted from life by Sir Peter Lely, the court painter for Charles I and II. A fine copy was made in the 1800s, and was presented to the City of Elizabeth (named in honor of Lady Elizabeth Carteret) in 1925 by the Society of Colonial Wars. Discussion of the Carteret family and its early involvement in the colonization of New Jersey.
Washington's Headquarters at Coryell's Ferry  Add to Cartby Capt. Richmond C. Holcomb | NJHS 1926 | 8pp | PDF 174K | $2.00 | B2-188
On the east bank of the Delaware River at the crossing of the Old York Road, stands the Holcombe House, twice used by Washington as his headquarters during the Revolution. The article discusses the Holcombe family and other early settlers of the area as well as Washington's correspondence from his headquarters in 1777 and 1778.
Minisink - Its Meaning and Significance  Add to Cartby Prof. Charles A. Philhower | NJHS 1926 | 5pp | PDF 117K | $2.00 | B3-189
Various interpretations of the meaning of the word Minisink are discussed, as are its uses on early maps and current locales in New Jersey and New York. Philhower suggests that a most likely orthographic derivation is from "Mising," the name of the Lenni Lenape Indians' major deity, the Living Solid Face.
The Barbadoes Neck Controversy  Add to Cartby Edward S. Rankin | NJHS 1926 | 8pp | PDF 158K | $2.00 | C1-191
In order to prove to his own satisfaction the truth or falsity of what has been little more than a tradition regarding the ownership and political standing of the tongue of land lying between the Passaic and Hackensack Rivers, now occupied by Harrison, Kearny and East Newark, a study of the old records was made, which proved conclusively that at least part of the area was for a time as much a part of Newark, New Jersey, as was the original "Town Plat." The controversy dates to the 1660s.
Revolutionary Receipt Book (DQMG James Abeel 1778-'79)  Add to CartArchives | NJHS 1926 | 5pp | PDF 137K | $2.00 | C2-193
Extracts and distillation of Deputy Quartermaster-General James Abeel from Dec. 6, 1778 to June 11, 1779 at Morristown, New Jersey. Receipts issued were recorded in this book; article extracts names of Wagoners and Officers; lists goods received.
The Minisink Trail - Did it go by way of Lake Hopatcong?  Add to Cartby Prof. Charles A. Philhower | NJHS 1926 | 3pp | PDF 110K | $1.00 | C3-192
Evidence from the Alexander Map No. 2, Reading's Journal, local surveys and from archaeological indications in the field suggests rather conclusively that the Minisink Path passed northwestward from the Passaic River at Whippany to the Minisink Council Fire just wouth of Munsink (Manognock) Island, by way of Lake Hopatcong, in the main route touching the Lake on its lower extremity, and in a less important route touching it at the northern end.
Middlesex County Forfeited Estates by William H. Benedict | NJHS 1926 | 2pp | PDF 76K | Free!! | C6-402
List of about twenty estates forfeited by Tories in Monmouth County, NJ in 1778.
John Fenwick, Founder of Salem  Add to Cartby Dr. Arthur Adams | NJHS 1926 | 8pp | PDF 162K | $2.00 | D1-209
Major John Fenwick (1618-1683), founder of the Salem, New Jersey, Quaker settlement known as Fenwick's Colony. Discussion of his life, accomplishments and family.
Indians of Hunterdon County  Add to Cartby Prof. Charles A. Philhower | NJHS 1926 | 11pp | PDF 186K | $2.00 | D2-194
Evidence of Indian occupation and the persistence of Indian place names makes Hunterdon county one of the most significant in New Jersey. Original purchases from 1680 to 1760 are recounted, as are descriptions of early Indian villages. Prominent chiefs Moses Totamy, Teedyuscung, Tuccamirgan and others are noted. Traditions and anecdotes recounted.
Thomas Clark: Whale Boat Captain by Mrs. Ann Clark Hart | NJHS 1926 | 3pp | PDF 87K | Free!! | D6-403
Thomas Clark, son of Abraham Clark (signer of the Declaration of Independence) was commissioned First Lieutenant, New Jersey State Troops, March 1, 1776; he succeeded to the command of Captain Neil, who fell at the Battle of Princeton, January 3, 1777; and he served as Captain of Artillery in the Continental Line until he was released "on furlough," July 9, 1779. It is apparent that Thomas Clark was then transferred to a command in the Whale-boat Service. Captured August 1780 and confined at Hog Island. Died 1789, buried at Rahway.
Notes of Moore, Doddridge and Atkinson Families by Miss Mary J. Atkinson | NJHS 1926 | 5pp | PDF 97K | Free!! | D7-404
More details of the New Jersey head of the Moore family (Samuel) and intermarried families. Supplement to Moore Family of Middlesex County, N.J. (above)
Washington's Retreat Through the Jerseys 1776  Add to Cartby Dr. William R. Ward | NJHS 1927 | 9pp | PDF 134K | $2.00 | A1-405
After the Battle of Long Island where the Americans were out-numbered and out-generaled, the Continental Army beat a hasty and disorderly retreat though New York, losing about a thousand prisoners including Generals Sullivan and Lord Stirling. Then followed the disaster at Kips Bay and the further actions at White Plains. Fort Washington was lost, and a garrison of some three thousand were sent to the prison ships. Abandoning Fort Lee, Washington began his retreat from Hackensack to Newark, and from thence, pursued by Gen. Cornwallis, to Elizabeth, Rahway, New Brunswick, and on to safety across the Delaware at Trenton. This was the darkest period of the Revolution, when even the most minor error on the part of Gen. Washington could have lost the war.
The Importance of Historical Societies  Add to Cartby Hon. Cornelius Doremus | NJHS 1927 | 13pp | PDF 160K | $1.00 | B1-406
Discourse covering the activities of many of the most prominent historical organizations in New Jersey, as well as seemingly random discussions of historical topics and issues.
The Meaning of Middlebrook  Add to Cartby Willis Fletcher Johnson | NJHS 1927 | 15pp | PDF 181K | $2.00 | C1-407
Independence Day address at the famous Revolutionary campground: reminds the reader of the nefarious Gen. Charles Lee. First, Gen. Lee plotted to cause the destruction of the best part of the American army, accede to the command of the remains, and sell out to the British for cold cash. Fortunately, he was captured by the British - which allowed Washington to take the offensive at Trenton. The author then directs his attention to the various events and circumstances under which Middlebrook served the patriot cause.
Passenger Pigeons by William Clinton Armstrong | NJHS 1927 | 3pp | PDF 95K | Free!! | C3-409
Short article about hunting passenger pigeons, occasioned by the donation of a hunting net and basket to the NJHS.
Bernards Township in the American Revolution  Add to Cartby Rev. Oscar M. Voorhees, D.D. | NJHS 1927 | 5pp | PDF 103K | $2.00 | C4-410
Independence Day address given at Basking Ridge recalling local people and events during the Revolution. In particular, the author notes Jacob Hardenburgh, John Witherspoon, Samuel Kennedy, Gen. William Alexander (Lord Stirling), Platt Bayles, Gavin McCoy, John Morton, and Gen. Charles Lee.
American Origins of the Probasco Family by William B. Van Alstyne | NJHS 1927 | 7pp | PDF 122K | Free!! | C5-411
The Probasco Family may be one of the oldest in the New World. They are first noted in Brazil, as part of an early Dutch settlement which included several Polish families. Jurriaen Probatski, his wife and three children removed to New Netherlands about 1654 where the family name evolved into Probatsco, Probatskin, Probatshy, etc.
Vermeule Family (Du Moulin, Van Der Meulen) by Cornelius C. Vermeule | NJHS 1927 | 8pp | PDF 130K | Free!! | C6-412
Independence Day address given at Basking Ridge recalling local people and events during the Revolution. In particular, the author notes Jacob Hardenburgh, John Witherspoon, Samuel Kennedy, Gen. William Alexander (Lord Stirling), Platt Bayles, Gavin McCoy, John Morton, and Gen. Charles Lee.
Indians of Middlesex County  Add to Cartby Prof. Charles A. Philhower | NJHS 1927 | 13pp | PDF 220K | $2.00 | D1-195
Indians living south of the Raritan River, New Jersey; earliest descriptions of Raritan Indians; trails in the region; Edmundson's journey to Trenton 1675; Danker and Sluyter's Journal 1679-80; locations of early Indian villages; Indian Mission at Cranbury; Indian Place-Names; Chief Weequa-hela (Wequalia).
Camden and Amboy Railroad Monopoly  Add to Cartby Roger Avery Barton | NJHS 1927 | 10pp | PDF 175K | $2.00 | D2-196
Exclusive privilege granted 1832 to the Camden and Amboy Railroad profoundly influenced New Jersey state politics.
William Dunlap  Add to Cartby William S. Hunt | NJHS 1927 | 5pp | PDF 120K | $2.00 | D3-197
William Dunlap (1766-1839) Historian, artist, poet, and "father of American drama."
David Young, Philom, the New Jersey Astronomer  Add to Cartby Joseph Fulford Folsom | NJHS 1927 | 8pp | PDF 159K | $2.00 | D4-198
David Young (1781-1852) Schoolmaster, almanac compiler and calculator, astronomer and lecturer; resident of Hanover Neck, New Jersey. Careful biography and bibliography of his varied published works. The title "Philom" means "Lover of Learning."
Purchase of Newark from the Indians  Add to Cartby Edward S. Rankin | NJHS 1927 | 4pp | PDF 119K | $2.00 | D5-199
The circumstances under which Robert Treat and the founders of the city of Newark, New Jersey, purchased approximately 62 square miles of land from Indians living at Hackensack. The consideration amounted to some $700 to $800.
Roseville 1888 - A Boyhood in Newark  Add to Cartby "One of the Boys" | NJHS 1927 | 5pp | PDF 111K | $1.00 | D7-201
Personal reminiscences of living in Newark's northwestern frontier; entertainments, education, residents, churches and businesses.
Seth Boyden in California, 1849-1851  Add to Cart| NJHS 1927 | 19pp | PDF 205K | $2.00 | SB-408
Seth Boyden, one of America's great, if lesser known inventors, kept a diary of his adventure to California in 1849. Boyden was a " '49er " who went to California to dig for gold. His diary is a detailed description of the hardships and tribulations of these brave men who went west to seek their fortunes. He discusses his living conditions, business arrangements and weekly gold finds. He also describes the ocean voyages to and from California.
Frank Forester - "The Most Unhappy One"  Add to Cartby William S. Hunt | NJHS 1928 | 12pp | PDF 163K | $2.00 | A1-443
Why did William Herbert (nom de plume Frank Forester) have the word "Infelicissimus" engraved on his tombstone? The author of this biographical sketch presents a variety of fascinating explanations for this British scion's descent into madness. Forester was best known to Americans for his outdoor literature, for which he enjoyed a widespread popularity for a few years. Family issues, illness and a wilted romance seem to have taken their toll on well-educated and refined William Herbert (third son of the Earl of Carnaervon). He committed suicide in 1858.
Journal of Major Mathias Ogden, 1775  Add to CartNJHS 1928 | 11pp | PDF 155K | $2.00 | A2-414
Major Ogden's Journal 1775 begins Oct. 27 and describes Col. Benedict Arnold's ill-fated campaign against Quebec. The story describes hardships comparable to Rogers' Rangers twenty years earlier. The journal ends with an account of the truce.
George Keith, the Missionary  Add to Cartby Rev. Charles Smith Lewis | NJHS 1928 | 6pp | PDF 116K | $2.00 | A3-415
Born 1638 in Aberdeen, Scotland, George Keith became a Quaker and emigrated to Monmouth County in 1682. Two years later, he was appointed Surveyor-General of the Province of East Jersey, running the famous boundary line between East and West Jersey in 1687. He was also became first headmaster of the Friends' Public School (now known as Penn Charter School), but became controversial and was excommunicated in 1692. However, he was ordained into the Church of England in 1700 and returned to the colonies in 1702 as a representiative of the Society of the Propagation of the Gospel.
Thomas Farmar: First Mayor of New Brunswick  Add to Cartby William H. Benedict | NJHS 1928 | 13pp | PDF 163K | $2.00 | A4-416
Prominent in Middlesex County and Perth Amboy from about 1705, he became associated with New Brunswick in about 1730, having been issued a charter for the city. This biography details his public service as member of the Assembly, Council, Chief Justice, etc., as well as many important apsects of his private life. Military historians will especially value the list of men serving in the New Jersey Militia under Colonel Thomas Farmar in 1715. The document was found in the New York State Archives, presumably because at that particular time, both the provinces of New York and New Jersey were under the government of the notorious Robert Hunter. The names presented are still found in New Jersey, remembered on monuments or townships: Allen, Bloomfield, Bishop, Brotherton, Carhart, Conger, Crowell, Dunham, Everett, Randolph, Gano, Hude, Jaqui, Pike, Pitney, Veall, Buckalue (Bucklew), Parker, Elston, Frost, Gordon, Letts, Leveridge, Sherman, Walker, Free!!man, Van Camp, Allford, Allston, Ayers, Bunn, Campbell, Compton, Day, Eddy, French, Illsley, Kent, Martin, Skinner, Wilkinson, Dunn, LaForce, Gilman, Blackford, Brockhouse, Doty, Drake, Martin, Sutton, Stockton, and many more (six Companies of about 100 men each) "The Whole Including all Officers is 579"
Forgotten Scenes in Georgian New York  Add to Cartby Howard M. Canoune | NJHS 1928 | 15pp | PDF 185K | $1.00 | A5-417
Describes the business and social scene in the mid-1700s. In fact, many of the names of the various places in New York today are left over from the pre-Revolutionary days. The author writes about the Water Grants, the Fly Market, the wharves, pirates, the Kingston Mutiny, and the character of the neighborhoods. There is a marvelous story about the Oyster War (1735/6), which almost resulted in armed conflict between the provinces of New Jersey and New York.
William Haig of Bemerside  Add to Cartby David McGregor | NJHS 1928 | 7pp | PDF 123K | $2.00 | B1-418
The memorial biography of Earl Haig, Commander-in-Chief of the British Forces in France and Belgium, traces this distinguished soldiers roots to Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Captured by Indians  Add to Cartby Dr. Oscar M. Voorhees | NJHS 1928 | 13pp | PDF 181K | $2.00 | B2-419
Mary Kinnan's "Captivity Among Indians" details the massacre of the Kinnan family in 1791. She and her family had moved from Basking Ridge in 1778 to Randolph County, Virginia. In May 1791, they were attacked for no apparent reason. She was held captive by the Shawnee until August 1794. The account was apparently published by Shepard Kollock in 1795, and appears to be presented in its entirety, with the author's additional materials and comments.
Early Citizens of Burlington  Add to Cartby Hon. Edward C. Stokes | NJHS 1928 | 16pp | PDF 206K | $2.00 | B3-420
Address by ex-Governor Stokes at the commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of the founding of Burlington. An historical essay describing the influence of Quakers on the establishment and development of one of New Jersey's most important colonial ports. Special attention is paid to prominent citizens and events through the Civil War.
John Philip Holland and His Submarines  Add to Cartby Robert Peacock Brooks | NJHS 1928 | 7pp | PDF 119K | $2.00 | B4-421
A fine biography of the man who developed submarines at Paterson. Also describes the raising of the first Holland submarine from the Passaic River. It had apparently lain there for 50 years.
Pension Applications: Hunterdon County Families 1780-1796  Add to CartNJHS 1928 | 8pp | PDF 138K | $1.00 | B5-422
Twelve petitions for half-pay for families of Revolutionary War veterans: Capt. Ephraim Anderson, Capt. Francis Lock, John Cade, Col. Philip Johnson, Cornelius Malleby, Joseph Stout, Cornelius Lane, Uriah Chamberlin, George Mullett, John Sutphin, Maj. Edward Demon.
Lewis Morris, First Colonial Governor of New Jersey  Add to Cartby Hon. Charles W. Parker | NJHS 1928 | 7pp | PDF 1186 | $2.00 | C1-202
Lewis Morris (1671-1746); Royal Governor of New Jersey (1738-1746); active and popular political figure all his life; related to many important colonial statesmen and progenitor of a large and prominent family.
Settlement of the Raritan Valley  Add to Cartby Cornelius C. Vermeule| NJHS 1928 | 11pp | PDF 173K | $2.00 | C2-203
Summaries of the early explorations of the Raritan Valley and the purchases of land from the Indians. Elizabethtown, Piscataway, New Brunswick and Perth Amboy were all settled by the 1680s. The essay also looks at the early settlers' varied religious convictions and political allegiances.
Wampum  Add to Cartby Prof. Charles A. Philhower | NJHS 1928 | 7pp | PDF 135K | $2.00 | C3-204
The Indians of New England developed a medium of exchange which suited their needs. Wampum, or seawan as it was called in New Jersey, was made from shell, principally the quahaug or the periwinkle. This essay details as much as was then known about its varieties, manufacture, value, and use.
Reformed Church in America  Add to Cartby Rev. William H. S. Demarest, D.D. | NJHS 1928 | 6pp | PDF 129K | $2.00 | C5-205
Compact history of the (Dutch) Reformed Church in commemoration of its Tri-Centennial Anniversary.
Military Muster Rolls, 1715  Add to CartArchives | NJHS 1928 | 10pp | PDF 110K | $1.00 | C6-206
Salem County companies: Capt. Daniel Rumsey, Capt. Joseph Seeley (Cohansey), Capt. John Loyde (Piles Grove), Capt. Enloye (Penns Neck) 1715.
Military Muster Roll, 1807  Add to CartArchives | NJHS 1928 | 2pp | PDF 83K | $1.00 | C7-207
Capt. Jacob Tingley's Company, Second Company, First Battalion, First Regiment, Somerset County, State of New Jersey. June 2, 1807.
Obituaries of New Jersey Revolutionary Veterans  Add to Cartby John Elliott Bowman | NJHS 1928 | 5pp | PDF 106K | $2.00 | C8-208
Compilation of notices appearing in New England newspapers, previous to 1857, concerning the deaths of veterans of the American Revolution in or from the State of New Jersey.
Mansions of Elizabeth  Add to Cartby Mrs. Edward M. Field | NJHS 1928 | 5pp | PDF 111K | $2.00 | D1-210
The Scott and Boudinot Mansions.
The Founding of Passaic  Add to Cartby William W. Scott | NJHS 1928 | 5pp | PDF 112K | $2.00 | D2-211
Purchase from the Indians 1678 by Hartman Michielse, built settlement at what is now Acquackanonk Park; subsequent purchases and settlements; importance of the location during the Revolution; industrial development.
The Indian King Wequalia  Add to Cartby A. Van Doren Honeyman | NJHS 1928 | 7pp | PDF 140K | $2.00 | D3-212
Wequalia (1690-1727) was a Delaware Indian sachem who achieved considerable prominence and prosperity, but was convicted of murdering his neighbor and hanged. His residence was in Monmouth county, New Jersey, near Lahaway Creek.
Whaling in New Jersey  Add to Cartby James C. Connolly | NJHS 1928 | 4pp | PDF 100K | $2.00 | D4-213
Numerous records show that whales were found in great numbers along the New Jersey coast and in Delaware Bay in colonial times. During the Revolution, some of the whalers did effective work against the British on Staten Island and Bayonne.
Capt. Peter Nafey's Whaleboaters  Add to Cartby John Neafie | NJHS 1928 | 3pp | PDF 96K | $1.00 | D5-214
Record of Jerseymen in the naval service during the Revolution.
The Essex-Newark Boundary  Add to Cartby Edward S. Rankin | NJHS 1928 | 3pp | PDF 96K | $2.00 | D6-215
In 1682 Essex County, New Jersey, comprised all of the present Essex, Union, and Passaic, with parts of Hudson, Bergen, Somerset, Morris and Sussex Counties, as well as the southern portions of Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties in New York. The County Act of 1710 set forth more definitely the then nine counties of New Jersey. Early records show that the original extent of Newark reached not just to the Watchung Mountains, but entirely across the state from the Passaic to the Delaware.
The Battle of Princeton  Add to Cartby Prof. Thomas J. Wertenbaker | NJHS 1929 | 7pp | PDF 121K | $2.00 | A1-424
The Battle of Princeton recounts the dangerous aftermath of Washington's attack on Trenton in early January 1777. The Princeton campaign, says the author, suddenly changed the entire situation. It removed, for the time being at least, the threat to Pennsylvania. It forced the British to retire behind the Raritan River. The conquest of New Jersey had practically severed New England and New York from the states south of Delaware: but Washington's maneuver restored communications. From winter quarters in Morristown, he could march northward, in case Howe should attack the ports on the upper Hudson; or southward, in case he centered his attention on the states to the South. Moreover, he was in an excellent position to watch New York, and to make an effort to deliver that city if the opportunity ever presented itself.
The Burr-Hamilton Duel  Add to Cartby Joseph Fulford Folsom | NJHS 1929 | 13pp | PDF 180K | $2.00 | A2-425
On Monday, July 11, 1804, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr met by appointment at Weehawken and fought a duel that will ever remain on the pages of American history. The article not only traces both mens' ancestry, education, and public service, but also gives a vivid account of the day of the duel. The author also includes accounts of other duels, including the last on waged at the famous site: in 1845 two men met, but neither was hurt because their seconds had loaded the pistols with cork.
Early Militia Regiment of the Town of Bergen  Add to CartNJHS 1929 | 2pp | PDF 84K | $1.00 | A3-426
Lists of officers from Elizabethtown, Newark, Woodbridge, Piscataway, Middletown, and Shrewsbury in 1673. No earlier record of commissioned officers is currently known.
The Thomas Ryder Farm  Add to Cartby William H. Belcher | NJHS 1929 | 3pp | PDF 90K | $1.00 | A4-428
On top of Garrett Mountain, overlooking Paterson, NJ, was the Ryder family farm. During the Revolution, Thomas Ryder sided with the British.
New Jersey's Rich Historical Treasury  Add to Cartby Mrs. Reuben Knox | NJHS 1929 | 17pp | PDF 213K | $1.00 | A5-427
A fair overview of key elements of the state's history, and recounts important events from the earliest colonial era to the end of the 19th century. It would appear to have been assembled from a deck of "interesting topics" cards, as the narrative tends to jump from one tale to another without much rational transition. The article is actually a paper read at the Somerset County Historical Society, and tends to highlight events and personages from that part of the state.
Early Days in Morristown  Add to Cartby Mrs. Edward M. Field | NJHS 1929 | 5pp | PDF 102K | $1.00 | A6-429
The article about Old Morristown is not particularly important, as it recounts events of the Revolution which had been well known for many years. The author concentrates her attention on Washington's headquarters (Ford Mansion) and the Schuyler-Hamilton House.
The Nine Roads of New Brunswick  Add to Cartby William H. Benedict | NJHS 1929 | 14pp | PDF 179K | $2.00 | B1-432
Describes the thoroughfares radiating from this important regional commercial center. Six of the nine are old Indian paths. "The road to Trenton, to Burlington, to Piscataway and so to Amboy and Elizabeth; the road up the northeast bank of the Raritan; the road to Middletown and Shrewsbury; and then the Amwell, Middlebush and old York (overlapping roads), were Indian paths, while the Trenton, Newark and Easton turnpikes were new routes in the first few years of 1800." Fascinating and detailed accounts of how these roads were placed in service, and the families that helped make them major highways.
Slavery in Colonial New Jersey and the Causes Operating Against its Extension  Add to Cartby Hon. James C. Connolly | NJHS 1929 | 16pp | PDF 193K | $2.00 | B2-433
Traces the growth and progress of slavery during the Colonial period, reviews the legislation adopted from time to time, and shows how the laws and policies of the original Proprietors were clearly hostile to slavery, and that this aversion continued throughout the 1700s. The author makes a fine case which seems to prove that slavery never achieved the proportions in the southern states because of the lonstanding policies and laws which made slaveholding much less attractive than hiring white servants and recruiting indentured workers from Europe. An important major article, oddly overlooked by current histories of slavery.
Orange and Sussex Canal NJHS 1929 | 9pp | PDF 144K | $2.00 | B3-434
Detailed description of a canal project which would have connected Newburgh, NY and the Delaware Water Gap.
Dr. George Andrew Viersellius, Early Hunterdon County Physician  Add to Cartby George W. Bartow, M.D. | NJHS 1929 | 6pp | PDF 117K | $2.00 | B4-435
About 1749, Dr. Versellius located his medical practice in Three Bridges (a few miles east of Flemington, NJ). The author has collected a variety of anecdotes about the good doctor and his neighborhood during the 1750s and 1760s, as well as a good description of the business of being a back-country physician.
Foraging for Valley Forge in Salem and Gloucester Counties  Add to Cartby Frank H. Stewart | NJHS 1929 | 15pp | PDF 184K | $2.00 | B5-436
Describes the early months of 1778, when Washington's troops lacked ammunition, shoes, clothing, blankets, medicine, food, forage and just about everything else. Southern New Jersey had a plentiful supply of forage and food, but it could not be taken to Valley Forge because of the scarcity of horses and wagos for the long haul necessary to avoid the enemy in Philadelphia, and who controlled the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers near Philadelphia. The only way to obtain meat was to drive it to Valley Forge on the hoof - and this was impossible from the northward because of weather conditions. This article details the operations which prevented food from the southern part of New Jersey from falling into the hands of the enemy, and how the redoubtable Col. Joseph Ellis helped support the Army at Valley Forge. An interesting chapter on the Queen's Rangers, led by Major Simcoe, shows how the local Loyalists supported the British Army and further frustrated the supply problems at Valley Forge. A narrative of Thomas Stokes describes foraging parties at about the time of the Battle of Red Bank.
"At the Sign of the Unicorn"  Add to Cartby Hon. Charles W. Parker | NJHS 1929 | 15pp | PDF 664K | $2.00 | C1-437
Congressman Parker's address, given at the unveiling of the Sir George Scott commemorative tablet, about the early history of Perth Amboy. The title, "At the Sign of the Unicorn," refers to the drugstore in Edinburgh, Scotland, where prospective immigrants were to inquire about passage to Perth Amboy in 1685. Parker's address discusses the merchants, residents, politicians and clerics of Perth Amboy, some of the most prominent of which were ancestors of his.
Three of the Master Builders of Our Republic  Add to Cartby Frank Bergen, LL.D. | NJHS 1929 | 10pp | PDF 143K | $1.00 | C2-438
Deals with Alexander Hamilton, Chief Justice Marshall, and Daniel Webster. The author's position is that these three men contributed more to the development of the United States of America than any others in the Federalist period, including George Washington. "It would be difficult to find anywhere in authentic history the names of three statesmen of pre-eminent ability who so perfectly supplemented the work of one another within a century."
Gen. Daniel Morgan's Birthplace and Life  Add to Cartby Joseph Fulford Folsom | NJHS 1929 | 12pp | PDF 164K | $2.00 | C3-439
An excellent biography, which takes into consideration much of the previously written work, and summarizes their discrepancies. Within ten days of receiving his commission, Morgan had raised a company of 96 riflemen and marched directly to the aid of General Washington from Winchester, Virginia to Cambridge, Massachusetts. On a questionnaire circulated to veterans after the Revolution, he was asked for information regarding his services in the cause of Free!!dom. He wrote only, "Fought everywhere, surrendered nowhere." The New Jersey Historical Society was the first to take the position that General Morgan's birthplace was at New Hampton, Lebanon Township, New Jersey.
Exterior and Interior Bounds of Hunterdon County  Add to Cartby Dr. Oscar M. Voorhees | NJHS 1929 | 14pp/maps | PDF 1150K | $2.00 | C4-440
Traces the evolution of the various townships and municipalities therein. He cites and describes the County Act of 1710, and proceeds with: Amwell Township, Hunterdon's Original Boundaries, Morris County Formed, Mercer County Formed, The West Jersey Society, Townships Formed - Reading, Bethlehem, Lebanon, Alexandria, Tewksbury, New Townships under Statehood, Smaller Municipalities.
Lord Stirling (William Alexander)  Add to Cartby Miss E. Jane Peer | NJHS 1929 | 6pp | PDF 116K | $2.00 | C5-441
Miss Peer's biography of Lord Stirling, born William Alexander, was an address presented at the unveiling of a tablet in his honor at the N.J. Armory in Passaic. The Armory was built on the site of the campground for Washington's troops. It is essentially a sumary of the highlights of Duer's "Life of Lord Stirling" (published 1847).
The John Cleaves Symmes Purchase  Add to Cartby Mrs. Edward M. Field | NJHS 1929 | 11pp | PDF 157K | $2.00 | C6-442
In 1780, Congress condemned lands north of the Ohio River and began the process of encouraging its settlement (much to the disadvantage of the Indians). Many prominent New Jersey men acquired interests in the Ohio Territory, and Symmes secured for himself 40,000 acres at the junction of the Ohio and Miami Rivers. The article is an excellent work of research and scholarship, presenting the earliest days of the Ohio and Scioto Companies through the machinations of one of New Jersey's most prominent citizens. Symmes lived in Morristown, served in the Continental Congress, and distinguished himself in the judicial and legislative history of the Ohio Territories. His daughter married Gen. William Henry Harrison, then a member of Congress and later President of the United States.
Achievements of Thomas A. Edison NJHS 1929 | 4pp | PDF 88K | Free!! | C7-443
Chronological listing of key events relating to the personal and professional life of the United States' greatest inventor.
Early Temperance Society of 1805 NJHS 1929 | 3pp | PDF 90K | Free!! | C8-444
Articles of Association and By-Laws of The Sober Society, organized at Allentown, 1805. It includes the names of all the members who promised to "quit the use of all kinds of distilled spirituous liquors .. except in case of sickness or the like ..."
Bank of New Jersey Stockholders, 1854 NJHS 1929 | 4pp | PDF 94K | Free!! | CA-445
Incorporated as successor to the Farmers' and Mechanics' Bank and The Bank of New Brunswick, the Bank of New Jersey was capitalized with $300,000. Mostly from Middlesex and Somerset County, the list of stockholders is presented by town.
The Battle of Monmouth NJHS 1929 | 5pp | PDF 91K | Free!! | CB-446
Poem, probably written and published during the Revolution, which is reprinted from "The American Muse or Songster's Companion," printed in 1814.
Ridgeway Family  Add to Cartby Ross K. Cook | NJHS 1929 | 3pp | PDF 91K | Free!! | CC-447
Research into the family of Richard Ridgway, who arrived at Burlington from Derbyshire in 1679.
The Conestoga Wagon  Add to Cartby Bryan Hamilton | NJHS 1929 | 6pp/illus | PDF 3610K | $2.00 | D1-448
Clarifies the origins and construction of this omni-present vehicle, so peculiarly American and so vital to the growth of the United States. The author states that the first appearance of the Conestoga wagon was 1755, when General Braddock sent his ill-fated expedition to western Pennsylvania. The author claims that they were mostly secured from Lancaster and York counties. Of special value is the discussion of the materials used and the tasks to which they were constantly employed.
The Battle of Springfield  Add to Cartby Hon. James C. Connolly | NJHS 1929 | 6pp | PDF 111K | $2.00 | D2-449
Address at the commemoration of the 149th Anniversary of the Battle. It details the forces and circumstances under which the Continental Army delivered a healthy spanking to the British and their tory supporters.
Tom's River Block House Fight 1782  Add to Cartby William H. Fischer | NJHS 1929 | 13pp | PDF 171K | $2.00 | D3-450
The "Toms River Block House Fight" took place March 24, 1782. The commander of the small fort was Joshua Huddy, who was disgracefully murdered by the British. The article is an excellent review of the strategic importance of Toms River (none, really, except for its salt industry) and the brutal attitude of the British combatants in the closing months of the Revolution.
Passaic County in the Revolution  Add to Cartby D. Stanton Hammond | NJHS 1929 | 6pp | PDF 125K | $2.00 | D4-451
Various events, military engagements, and miscellanea related to the communities now within the bounds of Passaic County.
Philip Freneau,
Jersey Patriot and Poet of the Revolution
 Add to Cartby J. Owen Grundy | NJHS 1929 | 7pp/Illus | PDF 350K | $2.00 | D6-453
Short biography describing the life and family of Philip Freneau, born 1752 at New York City. His family moved to "Mount Pleasant" about ten miles north of Free!!hold, Monmouth County soon after. Tutored by Rev. William Tennant, graduated Princeton College with a host of notable colleagues. Appointed by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson as interpreter for the Department of State in 1793, also edited the anti-Federalist "Nationalist Gazette."
History, Myth and Legend of
Hanover, New Jersey
 Add to Cartby Rev. W. Fred Allen | NJHS 1929 | 6pp/Illus | PDF 276K | $1.00 | D8-454
Iron industry, Revolutionary fort, and settlements on Rancocas Creek in Burlington County (not Morris County). Apparently, the anchor for "Old Ironsides" was cast at Hanover.
The Graham Tavern  Add to Cartby Elmer T. Hutchinson | NJHS 1929 | 27pp | PDF 273K | $2.00 | ET-452
The recent discovery of the account book of the Graham Tavern in Elizabeth occasioned the publication of this article, which also includes descriptions of many other colonial period taverns of New Jersey. The accounts listed in the ledger run from 1770 to 1790. The editor has arranged a few hundred names alphabetically, with the date(s) in which each name appears, followed by a short biography. For example: "Dayton, Capt. Elias, 1771-1776. Participated in the French and Indian War. In the Rev. War was appointed Colonel of First Regiment of Foot Militia, Essex; Colonel of Third Reg. N.J. Continental Line. In 1783 was made Brig. Gen.; was Member of Continental Congress, 1787-8. Resident of Elizabethtown." The tavern apparently began as "The Sign of the Unicorn" in the 1760s at the corner of Broad Street and East Jersey Street. It evolved into "The City Tavern" by 1803. General Lafayette visited on his visit to New Jersey in 1824.
The Future Usefulness of Historical Societies  Add to Cartby Hon. William H. Speer | NJHS 1930 | 7pp | PDF 119K | $1.00 | A2-456
Presentation to the Annual Meeting of the NJHS: quotes literary and political sources to define the purpose of a careful study of the past and concludes with observations of great economic movements currently underway.
History of the Nassau Inn at Princeton  Add to Cartby Prof. V. Lansing Collins | NJHS 1930 | 13pp | PDF 163K | $2.00 | A3-457
The Nassau Inn at Princeton might have been built by Judge Thomas Leonard about 1757 as a private residence but could also have been Samuel Horner's "noted tavern" in 1766. William Hick took "the Sign of the College" in 1767. Hick was driven out because of his loyalist leanings, and Jacob Bergen became proprietor for the first few years of the Revolution. The article details the various doings at this most renowned of Princeton landmarks until the 1830s.
The Sullivan-Clinton Campaign of 1779  Add to Cartby Dr. Alexander C. Flick | NJHS 1930 | 8pp | PDF 125K | $2.00 | A4-458
The "Sullivan-Clinton Campaign of 1779" against the hostile Iroquois Indians and British fortresses at Oswego and Niagara was the result of frontier conditions in New York and Pennsylvania which had been growing more and more acute during the years 1777 and 1778. The attacks on Wyoming (July 1778) and Cherry Valley (Nov. 1778) opened the eyes of the civil and military authorities to the necessity of organizing a drive into the Indian country which would crush the power of the red men. This detailed article describes the background, ogranizational plan, objectives, and operations of this critical and controversial campaign.
Washington at Morristown  Add to Cartby Hon. Joseph H. Frelinghuysen | NJHS 1930 | 9pp | PDF 133K | $1.00 | A5-459
Address at the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the settlement of Washington's Army at Morristown. General overview of the key events of the Revolution and specifics related to the encampment of 1779.
Alexander Wilson as a Bloomfield Schoolmaster  Add to Cartby Joseph Fulford Folsom | NJHS 1930 | 10pp | PDF 137K | $1.00 | B1-460
The "American Ornithologist," Alexander Wilson, was the village schoolmaster at Bloomfield for a part of the year 1801. From his writings at the time, it is clear that he was not happy there.
The Scots in East Jersey by | NJHS 1930 | -pp | PDF --K | 0000 | A1-
A very detailed study of the various waves of immigration from Scotland and the settlement patterns that emerged therefrom. Of particular importance was the movement in the last quarter of the 17th century, as religious intolerance under Charles II and James II fell heavily on the strongly Presbyterian population of Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dunfriesshire. Shiploads of "outed" ministers and zealous parishioners left the Clyde harbors with venturesome merchants and speculators - many of whom found the newly-formed colony of East Jersey especially friendly to Scots. Perth Amboy, in particular, was little more than a Scottish outpost for more than a generation.
The "Monks of the Passaic"  Add to Cartby Richard C. Jenkinson | NJHS 1930 | 6pp | PDF 105K | $2.00 | B2-461
In 1889, an electic group of collectors, literati, and scholars coalesced to found a "monastery" in Newark where they could amuse each other with research papers, selections from books, and other esoterica. The group revolved around Jacob W. Schuckers, who had apparently organized a similar group in Philadelphia called the "Monks of the Meerschaum." The author was a member and recalls the members and their particular interests.
Wampum: Its Use and Values  Add to Cartby Charles A. Philhower | NJHS 1930 | 7pp | PDF 120K | $2.00 | B3-462
The Indians of New England developed a medium of exchange which suited their needs. Wampum, or seawan as it was called in New Jersey, was made from shell, principally the quahaug or the periwinkle. This essay details about as much as can now be known about its varieties, manufacture, value, and use.
The Woodruffs of West Jersey  Add to Cartby Robert P. Brooks | NJHS 1930 | 6pp | PDF 111K | $1.00 | B4-463
The Woodruff Family traces its lineage to Kent, England. John Woodruff settled in Southampton, L.I. in about 1657 and moved to New Jersey, arriving in Elizabeth Town in 1665/6. His descendants are scattered over Elizabeth, Newark, Westfield and in many of the northeastern counties. There are other Woodruffs in New Jersey, and those in West Jersey (generally, the southern counties) are examined in detail.
Some Early Patentees Paying Quit-Rents  Add to CartNJHS 1930 | 26pp | PDF 190K | $1.00 | B5-464
Two detailed lists, dating from the 1680s, of patentees at Elizabethtown, Newark, Shrewsbury, Piscataway, Passaic, Hackensack, and Woodbridge with amounts due and paid. Third list, 1696, details landowners by district: Bergen, Exxex, Middlesex, Perth Amboy, Piscataway, Somerset, Monmouth, Shrewsbury, and Free!!hold. Important primary source material.
Lord Stirling in Basking Ridge  Add to Cartby Ned O. Howlett | NJHS 1930 | 3pp | PDF 87K | $2.00 | B6-465
Short overview of the Alexander family followed by a detailed description of Lord Stirling's (William Alexander's) estate at Basking Ridge as it existed at the outbreak of the Revolution.
New Jersey Newspapers in 1874 NJHS 1930 | 7pp | PDF 94K | Free!! | B7-466
Complete listing of newspapers and magazines published in New Jersey in 1874. Grouped by county: name, office location, date established. Of the 138 listed, only 31 were still in existence (with their original name) in 1929, although a few more had been merged into or absorbed by others.
New Jersey Apprentice Indenture of 1680 NJHS 1930 | 2pp | PDF 76K | Free!! | B8-467
Nathaniel Bunn, age 15 of Woodbridge, becomes an apprentice to Bernard Fidler, a potter.
The New Jersey Historical Society by Hon. Charles W. Parker | NJHS 1930 | 10pp | PDF 145K | Free!! | C1-468
History of the New Jersey Historical Society, with special emphasis on its expansion and collections, as well as its publications (most of which are now available in PDF from Digital Antiquaria).
The Story of Eupham Scot and Dr. John Johnstone  Add to Cartby Edith Herbert Mather | NJHS 1930 | 15pp | PDF 191K | $2.00 | C2-469
Relates the saga of political instability and intrigue in late 17th century Scotland, and the circumstances by which the lovely and aristocratic Eupham Scot met Dr. John Johnstone and emigrated to America together to New Jersey. In 1685, the two left Scotland as part of a convoy of what seem to be prisoners, who were apparently ejected from Scotland for activities either unfriendly to James II or Charles II. They settled on a grant of 500 acres near Perth Amboy and became especially prominent citizens, both of New Jersey and New York.
Proposed Early Ship Canals Across Newark Meadows  Add to Cartby Edward S. Rankin | NJHS 1930 | 7pp | PDF 131K | $1.00 | C3-470
Deals with the construction of shipping passages in the Newark Meadows to shorten the distance by water between Newark and New York. The author finds the first proposal in 1815. He goes on to describe the beginning of the Morris Canal (Act of Legislature 1822) and the Delaware and Raritan Canal. There was apparently a New York and Newark Bay Canal Company incorporated in 1866 and was still in existence in 1930 - although the canal was not actually built.
Orange Springs Spa  Add to Cartby Joseph Warren Greene, Jr. | NJHS 1930 | 9pp | PDF 140K | $2.00 | C4-471
Chronicles the various spas and mineral springs developed in early New Jersey, but concentrates on the "Orange Spring Mansion House" in a valley below Newark Mountain, which began operating about 1821. The author describes is popularity for about a decade, and attributes its demise to the Morristown Railroad, which connected the cities of Newark and New York with the more famous spa at Schooley's Mountain. I vaguely recall that Lafayette visited this spa during his visit to the United States in 1825. The property eventually became the Essex County Country Club.
The Enterprise Against New York NJHS 1930 | 4pp/Illus | PDF 435K | Free!! | C8-430
One of Washington's burning projects in the fall of 1780 was a blow at the British center at New York. Just before retiring to winter quarters at Morristown, some 2500 men were in readiness to attack. However, due to weather and the movement of British ships in New York harbor, the secret plan was abandoned.