Interesting articles by Hunterdon’s own, Marfy Goodspeed:
The HCHS Archive team is pleased to release a new collection: No. 137, Hunterdon County Aerial Photographs. This collection is a group of aerial photographs imaged via airplane flyover of Hunterdon County. There are two recognizable series of aerial photographs; one for 1956 and one for 1963. There are also images from a third set of aerials for which the date is unknown. For the two dated series, there are master (key) overlay maps of the county which allows for individual identification of desired image locations. Unfortunately, none of the sets are complete, but many of the photographs have been marked with notations, and these are used to indicate property owners whose names are written on the verso of the image. This collection should be of interest to anyone desiring to use overhead imagery of Hunterdon County for the time periods indicated in the aerial surveys.
Overhead aerial photographs allow the viewer to get a detailed perspective of what Hunterdon County looked like in the specified years surveyed, and it allows researchers to view changes in the county over time. By comparing and contrasting the aerial photos from 1956 versus 1963, there are many instances where evolutionary changes may be observed.
The first series of aerial photographs in this collection, designated Series 1, dates from 1956. The images were ordered by the United States Department of Agriculture Commodity Stabilization Service. The scale of the images is 1:20,000. Flying was completed on 10/11/1956, and the index was compiled on 10/26/1956. The photographer was the Aero Service Corporation of Philadelphia.
The second series of aerial photographs in this collection, designated Series 2, dates from 1963. The images were ordered by the United States Department of Agriculture / Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service. The scale of the images is 1:20,000. Flying was completed in 1963. The photographer was the Aeroflex Corporation, Newton, NJ.
The third series of aerial photographs in this collection, designated Series 3, is undated. There is no key index associated with the series, and it is obvious the series is only partial. Unfortunately, there is no information concerning the source, photographer, or any other details. The individual photographs are designated with an unrecognized (at least, unrecognized by the archivist) numerical code that does not readily convey any meaningful data.
Special Thanks to Archival Volunteer Dan Leechan for arranging and describing this collection!
The latest of our backscanned editions of the “Hunterdon Historical Newsletter” has been posted! It is Vol. 41, No. 1, from Winter of 2005. I assure you it IS the winter edition, even though the masthead says “Spring”! Included in this edition was this excellent article by John Kuhl that we thought might be an enjoyable read:
By John Kuhl
Those of us in our society who have been involved in answering such correspondence are always amazed at the volume of requests we receive from all over the country as people write to search out their Hunterdon County ancestors. From 1713 the county embraced all the land in West Jersey north of the middle of Trenton on up to the New York state border. Morris County was split off in 1738 and from this in 1753 was taken Sussex County-from which, in turn, Warren County was created in 1824. Finally, Mercer and with it Trenton, was set off in 1838. Even given its final diminished area, thousands of families can claim Hunterdon origins from within its present borders…
Today I’ve published an article about two fascinating survey maps that Bob Leith found at the Hunterdon Co. Historical Society Archives. They are beautifully drawn, and full of interesting bits of information relating to Bull’s Island, Raven Rock and surroundings. Check it out—
Also found by Mike Alfano was an early deed from Richard Bull to John Reading, dated Feb. 9, 1721/22, shortly before Bull’s death in Gloucester County. It also provides food for thought.
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Next week, I expect to publish an article on the graves in the Locktown Baptist Cemetery. I say expect because I never know when something even more interesting might pop up. Today’s article is a good example of that.
Stay warm, people!