Old is New: March 19, 2015

A new addition to the website this week is another installment of our “old is new series.” We recently scanned a copy of our spring 2005 newsletter, and posted it on our website. The principle article of that edition was a lengthy (epic is a good description) epistle by Charles …

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 …

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, …

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Bound Manuscript Collection Database Release

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The HCHS Archives is pleased to release a database of the contents of our Bound Manuscript Collection.

database imageThe Bound Manuscripts make up a significant portion of the holdings of the HCHS Archives. By our definition, “Bound Manuscripts” are unique manuscript records that have been bound together, usually in the form of a book, a ledger, or a notebook. The record types found in the collection include day books and accounting ledgers of historical county businesses, organizations, and individuals. The collection also includes minute books of religious, community, and social organizations. Still other examples are personal diaries, compilations of research notes of local genealogists and historians, draft versions of local histories, bank ledgers, physician’s appointment books, school registers, dues books… and many other types. There are over 1,600 volumes in the inventory for this collection, and these volumes represent a rich source of primary historical data that has often gone unnoticed here at the HCHS. Feel free to look over the list, and see if there are any volumes here that match your research interest! Download the Bound Manuscripts List.

Marfy Today: April 9, 2015

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April 9, 2015
The Civil War has finally ended! Well, yes, 150 years ago today. During the past four years I have not given enough attention to the War, perhaps because so many other writers have been attending to it.

unidentified slave family, from Google Images

unidentified slave family, from Google Images

But now I have several articles related to the subject that have moved to the top of my list, starting this week with Egbert T. Bush’s article, “Slavery May Have Existed in County Up To Civil War.”

This connects well with the last issue of the Hunterdon Historical Newsletter, which featured an article on the last slave in Franklin Township. You can view the article by Lois Crane Williamson online here: “The Last Slave in Franklin Township”

While working at the historical society recently, I came across a small book containing the Constitution and By-Laws of the Democratic Club of Delaware Township, created on July 4, 1863. It sheds a disturbing light on the attitudes of many Hunterdon people toward the institution of slavery. So I wrote an article about it that will be appearing in the next issue of the Hunterdon Historical Newsletter. Not sure when it will come out.

This week’s Query: Another mystery farm. Can anyone identify this beautiful place?

Also this week I posted a short review of an impressive article on the history of the NJ Proprietors that was published in the Genealogical Magazine of NJ. This one is a real keeper!
Joseph Klett, “Understanding New Jersey’s Geography in the Proprietary Period.”

Marfy This Week: April 3, 2015

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Lime and Trees and Other Things
This week, in recognition of the fact that spring is finally, finally! here, I offer Egbert T. Bush’s recollections of what it was like to get lime for farm fields by driving wagons to the lime kilns. If you think your work is onerous, this might make you change your mind.

Query: Union Cemeteries
Earlier this week I published a Query from Alice Groner on the naming of old cemeteries —why are so many of them called Union cemetery? Pamelyn Bush came up with a good answer.


New Collection Released: Collection No. 140; Charles F. Snyder Papers

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Charles F. Snyder, Juror No. 4smallThe HCHS Archives is pleased to announce the release of a very interesting collection: No. 140, the Charles F. Snyder Papers. This collection contains correspondence, news articles, and personal records concerning Charles F. Snyder. Charles Snyder, a farmer from Lebanon, NJ, was a member of the jury who decided the fate of Richard Bruno Hauptmann for the kidnapping of the son of aviator Charles Lindbergh.

The collection is composed of a series of correspondence and news clippings, presented in the order in which they were preserved by Mr. Snyder in a small scrapbook. In addition, there are a small number of personal records and ephemera of Mr. Snyder.

This material illustrated the degree of national attention the trial recieved. Letters from the scrapbook, autograph requests, and the death threats to Charles Snyder are from nationwide sources. According to some of the news articles in the collection, Mr. Snyder only retained a small amount of the total volume of correspondence he received after the trial. The collection also demonstrates the uncertainty in public opinion surrounding the outcome of the trial. The many letters show the diversity of emotions surrounding the trial, and the wide and varied opinions of those who took the time to write. This collection would be of interest to anyone who wishes to research the trail of Richard Bruno Hauptmann.

Special Thanks to archival volunteer Scott Preston for arranging and describing this collection.

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