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Goodspeed Histories

Collection by Marfy Goodspeed

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first page of minute for June West Jersey Council of Proprietors June, Notes, History, Illustration, Art, Art Background, Report Cards, Historia, Kunst

John Reading & the Creation of Hunterdon County (part 1)

On November 16, I gave a speech about John Reading and the Creation of Hunterdon County. There was quite a lot of information in that speech, covering the years 1664 to 1718. In fact, it was probably a bit too much. For example, the beginning of the speech covered the conquest of New Netherland by […]

Signature of Nathaniel Saxton Historical Society, Genealogy, Island, History, Historia, Islands

The Bull’s Island Bridge

In a recent post I mentioned that I found two items at the Hunterdon County Historical Society that explained what Nathaniel Saxton was doing during the years 1808-1815. Besides investing in Raven Rock and a couple properties in other locations, and becoming an active supporter of the Federalists, Saxton was thinking of infrastructure, in particular, […]

Rosemont, NJ, early 1900s What It Takes, 19th Century, History, Illustration, Outdoor, Outdoors, Historia, Illustrations, Outdoor Games

What It Takes To Raise A Village, Pt 2

19th Century Villages in Delaware Township This is another long post; it is the rest of a talk I gave in 1997 on Delaware Township villages (part one can be read here). Part two focuses on the villages in the 19th and early 20th centuries. There is far more to say about them, which I will attempt to […]

NumisBids: Archives International Auctions Auction Lot 920 : State Bank of New Brunswick, Obsolete Banknote. New Brunswick New Jersey, Battle Of New Orleans, Money Notes, Old Money, One Dollar, Old Paper, Early American, Debt, Vintage World Maps

Saxtonville Mill Entangled In Debt

Myndert Wilson, who purchased the mill lot from George Holcombe for an outrageous $13,000, was smart enough to hand it off a year later to someone else. On March 22, 1815, two months after the Battle of New Orleans, he sold it to James Major of Kingwood.1 I know very little about the origins of […]

Family BIble of Albertus Myers Anno Domini, Bible, History, Sayings, Biblia, Historia, Lyrics, Quotations, The Bible

Albertus Myers’ Bible

Many years ago while researching the family of Albertus Myers of Amwell Township (now Delaware Township), I came across his pension application on microfilm at the David Library. There, much to my joy, I found a page from the family bible. I assume they tore it out of the bible and included it with the […]

from William MacDonald's Central New Jersey Chairmaking Genealogy Research, Delaware, Ancestry, History, Historia

Delaware Township’s First Town Meeting

This is a revised version of an article first published April 2, 2008 on the website “The Delaware Township Post” In light of the politics involved in the division of old Amwell Township and the local distress it caused, Delaware Township did not have a very auspicious beginning. But once the furor died down, local […]

"The County Election" century American Paintings: George Caleb Bingham Pictures Of America, Norman Rockwell Paintings, Hudson River School, River Painting, Art Party, American Artists, Art History, History Images, Paintings

Delaware Township’s First Meeting, continued

The Order of Business We do not have detailed minutes of that first meeting at Henry Wagner’s “house,” on April 9, 1838. The Hunterdon Gazette merely published the names of those elected to office, and three items of business: roads, keeping the poor, and a dog tax. I have often wondered how these early town […]

Mount Amwell on the Delaware River, Hunterdon County; home of John Reading, 1704 (the buildings are modern) Delaware River, Acre, Buildings, History, Reading, Illustration, Modern, Outdoor, Outdoors

John Reading and the Creation of Hunterdon Co., part two

This is part two of a speech delivered on Nov. 16, 2014 for the Hunterdon County Tercentennial. You can find the first installment here. Moving to Hunterdon I ended the last post with the statement that in 1704, John Reading had a tract of 1440 acres surveyed in the far northwestern corner of the Adlord […]

Ten Plate Stove Where Did It Go, The Great Fire, Chimney Sweep, Stove, Home Appliances, History, Wood, Theater, Plate

In Days When The Great Fire Up The Chimney Roared

Fireplace Was the Center of Family Life and Activity; Chimney Sweeps Common by Egbert T. Bush, Stockton, NJ, March 20, 1930 Mr. Bush has good advice for those of us who enjoy a warm fire in winter. Note that the illustrations were not included with the original article. “The great fire up the chimney roared.” […]

The Rock at Raven Rock The Rock, Raven, Island, History, House Styles, Illustration, Historia, Ravens, Crows

Moses Quinby Departs

Before I write about the new owners of the Raven Rock mills (Nathaniel Saxton and George Holcombe), I must give due notice to Moses Quinby and the remainder of his stay in Amwell (Delaware) Township. Moses Quinby (1759-1824), the son of Isaiah Quinby and Rachel Warford, acquired the land next to Bull’s Island from George […]

Main Street-Sparta,New Jersey Winona Minnesota, Local Museums, Beautiful Buildings, Christmas Pictures, Capital City, Main Street, Old Pictures, Historical Photos, Travel Around

What It Takes To Raise A Village, Pt 2

19th Century Villages in Delaware Township This is another long post; it is the rest of a talk I gave in 1997 on Delaware Township villages (part one can be read here). Part two focuses on the villages in the 19th and early 20th centuries. There is far more to say about them, which I will attempt to […]

Early view of SandBrook (Delaware Twp. Far More, What It Takes, Delaware, 19th Century, Country Roads, History, Illustration, Painting, Historia

What It Takes To Raise A Village, Pt 2

19th Century Villages in Delaware Township This is another long post; it is the rest of a talk I gave in 1997 on Delaware Township villages (part one can be read here). Part two focuses on the villages in the 19th and early 20th centuries. There is far more to say about them, which I will attempt to […]

Early road work in Raven Rock, NJ What It Takes, Raven, 19th Century, Rock, History, Illustration, Outdoor, Outdoors, Historia

What It Takes To Raise A Village, Pt 2

19th Century Villages in Delaware Township This is another long post; it is the rest of a talk I gave in 1997 on Delaware Township villages (part one can be read here). Part two focuses on the villages in the 19th and early 20th centuries. There is far more to say about them, which I will attempt to […]

During the height of its history, the town was small but bustling. It reached a population of had all the amenities a western town of the time needed, and was an important stop for the local mines and mills. Street Look, Street View, Main Street, Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania, Arizona Ghost Towns, Groves Street, Oregon Washington, Street Gallery, Local History

What It Takes To Raise A Village, Pt 2

19th Century Villages in Delaware Township This is another long post; it is the rest of a talk I gave in 1997 on Delaware Township villages (part one can be read here). Part two focuses on the villages in the 19th and early 20th centuries. There is far more to say about them, which I will attempt to […]

Maggie and family at long last return to Blaineton, NJ a few days before Christmas of Croton-west. Days Before Christmas, What It Takes, 19th Century, Country Roads, History, Illustration, Elephant, Image, Book

What It Takes To Raise A Village, Pt 2

19th Century Villages in Delaware Township This is another long post; it is the rest of a talk I gave in 1997 on Delaware Township villages (part one can be read here). Part two focuses on the villages in the 19th and early 20th centuries. There is far more to say about them, which I will attempt to […]

Early view of Brookville, Delaware Twp., with the Delaware River, the Bel-Del Railroad, and the D&R Canal. Delaware River, What It Takes, 19th Century, History, Water, Illustration, Outdoor, Gripe Water, Outdoors

What It Takes To Raise A Village, Pt 2

19th Century Villages in Delaware Township This is another long post; it is the rest of a talk I gave in 1997 on Delaware Township villages (part one can be read here). Part two focuses on the villages in the 19th and early 20th centuries. There is far more to say about them, which I will attempt to […]