Genealogical Magazine, Vol.70, p.126
by Roxanne K. Carkhuff
One of the agents , possibly James Parker, produced the document entitled “Memorandum of applications made for purchasing & Leasing Farms divided and undivided in the Society 1782 & 1783,” transcribed hereafter which was found among the Parker Family Papers, MS #18, in the collections of the New Jersey Historical Society in Newark. It is transcribed with original spelling and punctuation ( or lack thereof) retained to preserve the family names and relationships which are of genealogical interest.
Parker [1725-1797], a
Frederick Jordan wants to try a slip of the undivided lands between him and
Anthony White’s land Bartholemews it contains from 20 to 60 acres, wants to know the price & terms of payment he’ll give what Nightingale gave.
“December” and say two men from Pennsylvania wants to buy about 300 acres including the place Joseph Snider lately lived on now the widow Osmun’s & would ge flad to know the price & payments.
Isaac Oaks will try a slip between the place he lives on & what Nightengale is to have
And offers the same price Nightingale gave for his.
Myndert Fairly that married Tunis Mellick’s daughter wants the place Philmallee
[Felmely] lives on No. 56 234 acres to purchase or rent he offers £650 for it in
purchase or £500 for 150 acres he offers to rent it and put it in the best fence &
repair and give £25 for the first year & £30 per year for 4-5 or 6 years after.
Jacob Leninghen wants a place he is to look at Lott No. 30 – 245.7 acres now in the
possession of Henry Hoffman. I offered it to him as £12 per acre.
Martin Bogart agreed with him for 7 years lease of Lott No. 50 – 345 acres now in
the possession of Michael & Peter Hover he is to pay £16 per acre for it to repair
the House & set 6,000 rails for which he is to be allowed £8 of[f] the first & £4
of[f] the 2d year’s Rent, to give up the place if I sell it during the Lease & to leave
it in good fence & repair & see the memorandum signed by both of us.
Bustover who lives in
No. 31-222 acres I am to view the place to see what improvements may be made
on it & enquire Bustover’s character and let Wm. Snider his son in Law know
whether he can have it Snider lives near Garret Siccles. [Note in the margin: he
gave it up & its leased to Chris Teats]
John Shurtz agreed to lease him the place Christian Lutz lately lived on at the rate
of £7 per ann. the rent to begin from the 25th March next but he is to take posses-
sion of it immediately by himself or some other person that he may think proper
to put into
it to take care of it until the spring. I am to have the
See memorandum signed
it up by my consent.]
Dickinson who lives near
me to know if I would lease out the stream and woodland adjoining it above my
saw mill for him to erect a Forge upon he says the seat for the Forge is between
the saw mill & Solomon’s he offers to build a Forge with two fires for the use of
her 10 years & then to deliver her up, to build one with two fires for a lease for
25 years at 4 tonns of Barr Iron per annum or to build one with two fires and
to give me up one as soon as built to employ as I think fit & he to have the use
of the other for 50 years in either case he to have a sufficient quantity of wood
to cut coal on during the Term he says he will oblige himself not to cut any coal
wood but after the fall of the leaf & while the sap is down which being observed
he says in thirty years the growth will be so quick that the woodland will be better
than when it was first out. I am to consider of it but don’t seem to incline much
to have anything to do with a thing I don’t understand.
in the margin
Jacob Bustover was with me about the place which I agreed to let him have at £12 per ann and to allow him £7 per ann out of the rent for two years for his building
a barn and enclosing it in good fence which he agrees to do & is to get 3,000 rails
on it at cost gave him a notice to Peter Bird to warn him off and to prepare for
giving up the possession in the month of April next. [Note in margin: see Chris-
tian Teets below.]
Lutz lived on that I have agreed to lease to John Shurts who was to have gone
on it or to have got somebody to have taken the possession of it for him in
November last and as he has not yet done it perhaps he may have altered his mind
therefore told Dennis I would consider of it & if Shurts did not stand to his
bargain I would let him know and endeavor to come to some agreement about it.
Michael Bareth sent this man to me and he tells me he could have brought a
Recommendation from him but he could not write English.
could not take the place No.31 that I agreed with him for, Christian Teets came
to me for it and I agreed with him for it and I agreed to let him have it for seven
years at the same rate to witt at £12 per ann. he to get 3,000 rails & build a Barn
the two first years for which I am to allow him £7 a year and he is to go off of the
place if I sell it anytime within the term.
Christian Lutz for 7 years at £7 per ann he to build a house & as per agreement
see the agreement.
Agreed with John Shirtz for the place in possession of Sam. Peterson for seven years
at £5 per ann, he to be allowed the two first years Rent for building a house and
other repairs see the agreement this is Company lands.
the place Philmallee lives on 1 paym next Spring £200, 2d £200 3d £225. He is
to consider of it & come again in ten days.
March 17th agreed to let John Moore have the saw mill place at £10 per ann Hyde
is to build the house as agreed for and Jn Moore is to see to it and whatever
he does that is attended with Expence is to go out of the rent as it becomes
The widow Mary Severns applied and claims a promise, having been turned out
Peter Templer she wants Henry Snyders’s place adjoining the mills consider
of this matter.
Joseph Pegg’s place
Jediah Schooley and Pegg married sisters, wants the place Pegg lives on would
give full rent & retain her and family in the House for the benefits of such
of her children as are able to assist him in working the Farm and Pegg’s
family under his wife to be considered.
[then follows a list of names presumably tenants on the West Jersey Society’s tract]
Thomas Sands, principal collier
John McDaniel, collier
Jacob Forsbinder, wood cutter
Moor, Byerlys, sells wood on
Joseph Anderson, is plowing up all the land on the place
Possession of Philip Fine in
that he bought of Emrod under Kitchen’s survey interferes with Barker’s land
Vannest’s place What he bought of Alex White was a survey to Arthur Cook
what he bought of Kirchen was a survey to Henry Kitchen, 600 acres Mr. Emley
thinks in the year 1716, but thinks Cook’s was before Byerly’s survey
write to Daniel Ellis for these surveys [of] Hilby & Kirkbride.
Persons that have applied for places not yet leased:
Adam Leonard for Philip Fine’s his brother John Leonard
Robert Johnson, son of Ralph for P. Kinney’s
Wm. Runkle for P. Kinney’s
James Tomson for Jones on the river, agreed
John Tomson Jr., Delaps on the river
James Saltar recommended by Jno. Cooley
Henry Case recommended by Ja. Tomson very strongly
Philip Medlar recommended by Ja. Tomson
Jacob Vanderbelt recommended by Ja. Tomson, small farm
Asa Reed recommended by Ja. Tomson strongly
Osmun by Molly Emley.