Doric House

The Doric House at 114 Main Street was built in the Greek Revival style in 1845 by Mahlon Fisher, a country carpenter of ability and taste, as his private residence. He also erected several other Flemington residences in the same style. The fine quality of design was probably Fisher’s own, …

HCHS Archives Releases Aerial Photograph Collection

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 …

Research Library

The Hiram E. Deats Memorial Library is the largest collection of Hunterdon County historical and genealogical material. It is open to the public at no charge. The collection consists of over 6,000 printed volumes, manuscripts, newspapers, maps, broadsides, photographs and records of local history gathered and preserved since the Hunterdon …

The Mysteries of Hunterdon County

Do you like a good mystery? Become an HCHS History Hunter. We are looking for people who can assist with historical research of our archival collections; and you can do it from the comfort of your home. We’ll post photos, land surveys and deeds as we get them and, depending …

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Marfy this Month: September 2015

September 1, 2015 Marfy This Month Comments Off on Marfy this Month: September 2015

MarfyMarfy Goodspeed, a Hunterdon County resident since 1976, is a historian and Society member. She started a business, Goodspeed House Histories, in 1981 that has taught her about early county residents, and as a member of the Delaware Township Planning Board and the Delaware & Raritan Canal Commission gained an understanding of historical geography. She writes articles for the Society’s newsletter, and has a website called GoodspeedHistories.com

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HCHS Archives Releases New Collection No. 143, the Dorothy Stratford Papers

August 24, 2015 Archives, Collections Comments Off on HCHS Archives Releases New Collection No. 143, the Dorothy Stratford Papers

This collection was assembled by Dorothy Ada Agans Stratford (1925-2011) of Bound Brook, NJ. Mrs. Stratford was a longtime member and sometimes officer of the New Jersey Genealogical Society. As an avid local historian, genealogist, and author and co-author of local history works she amassed a significant collection of original manuscripts and primary source information in her lifetime. In addition to many other organizations to which she contributed her talents, Mrs. Stratford was also a member of the Hunterdon County Historical Society.

After Mrs. Stratford’s passing, Fred Sisser III (another long time member and volunteer at HCHS) was named as an Executor of her estate. Mr. Sisser has ensured that the distribution of Mrs. Stratford’s papers has been as close to geographically accurate as possible. This collection was the first of several that were donated to the Historical Society from the estate of Mrs. Stratford, because the materials therein relate to Hunterdon County.

Andrew Agens, March 7, 1909

Andrew Agens, March 7, 1909

The first part of the collection is a series of correspondence between Hiram E. Deats, the noted Hunterdon County genealogist, and Russell B. Rankin, the longtime officer and editor for the New Jersey Genealogical Society from 1940-1943. There are also a limited number of documents and photographs of the Andrew Agens family, of Califon and later West Portal.

In addition, the collection includes an annotated copy of “Tombstone Inscriptions, Readington Township, Hunterdon County.” And finally, there are two photographs of the Bloom family (Ella Bloom and Grandfather Bloom) and a photograph of Stacy Race.

While not related to each other, these materials should still prove interesting to local historians, particularly anyone descended from or researching the Bloom, Race, or Agens family. Subsequent donations of Mrs. Stratford’s papers by Mr. Sisser will be described, arranged, and released to the membership and public in the future.

HCHS Archives Posts Coryell Papers Inventory

August 18, 2015 Archives, Collections Comments Off on HCHS Archives Posts Coryell Papers Inventory

Ingham Coryell Correspondence 1884The HCHS Archives has recently scanned and posted a copy of the inventory of Manuscript Collection No. 45, The Coryell Papers, to our website. This is one of the Society’s more under appreciated collections, and it includes correspondence, legal documents, wills, certificates, financial records and other items of an ephemeral nature. As one might imagine, the principle subject of the material is the Coryell family of Lambertville.

Spanning a large amount of time (1733-1984), this major collection is comprised of original documents and later family research, and is a very attractive source of information for those researchers who are interested in the genealogy of the Coryell family and the history of Lambertville. Looking through the collection, it is quite apparent that the two are inseparable.

The collection has several highlights, including documents from Emmanuel Coryell in the early 18th century, correspondence and legal papers from Martin Coryell in the Civil War era, and correspondence and genealogical notes from P. Ingham Coryell in the 20th century. The collection truly links generations of the Coryell family across large spans of time. We hope that having the inventory posted online will inspire a new generation of researchers to investigate the past generations of this influential Hunterdon family.

Marfy this Month: August 2015

August 1, 2015 Marfy This Month Comments Off on Marfy this Month: August 2015

MarfyMarfy Goodspeed, a Hunterdon County resident since 1976, is a historian and Society member. She started a business, Goodspeed House Histories, in 1981 that has taught her about early county residents, and as a member of the Delaware Township Planning Board and the Delaware & Raritan Canal Commission gained an understanding of historical geography. She writes articles for the Society’s newsletter, and has a website called GoodspeedHistories.com

For the latest posts from Marfy, CLICK HERE OR use the “Get there quick buttons” on the right side of the website!

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