Goodspeed Histories: October 2021

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October 2, 2021

I have just published part one of a study that has long been ‘in the works,’ and that is:

It has been a treat investigating what Flemington was like in its earliest days, how surveys were drawn and properties were created. I learned about people involved in the town’s early settlement that I had never heard of before, as well as some familiar names like Lowrey.

As part of my research I came upon a wonderful resource, which I mentioned in my previous newsletter, the Tavern License Petitions that are on file at the State Archives and are made available online by FamilySearch. For those of you who are curious, you can see them here: Tavern Licenses.

More History Online
Recently FamilySearch announced that after 83 years, it had finished digitizing its microfilm collection. This resource is invaluable! Here’s the Story.

A Correction
In my previous article, I wrote about the abundance of oysters and the fondness people had for them, served “in every style.” I wrote that it was thought unsafe to harvest oysters in months with an R in their name. A couple readers pointed out to me that I had it reversed–oysters were not harvested in months without an R, i.e., May through August, the warm months when, according to a real life oyster farmer, a bacteria would bloom that would make digesting raw oysters a painful process. That error has since been corrected.

Pursuing Local History
That advantage of warm months, along with the fact that many people have now been vaccinated against the Covid virus, is that local museums are reopening, for instance, The East Amwell Museum, located at 1053 Old York Road in Ringoes. In addition, the Delaware Township Historic Advisory Committee is in the process of writing up a brochure “to help current and prospective residents understand how they can learn more about the town’s history, the history of their own home, and to clarify what it means to live in a historic district.” Part of the brochure will include a FAQ section and the DTHAC encourages residents or future residents to post their questions on the Committee’s Facebook page. Please feel free to contribute.

History & Archaeology in Hunterdon County
This announcement appeared recently: The Archaeological Society of New Jersey  (ASNJ) in collaboration with the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission is hosting a virtual Speaker Series on Sunday, October 17th at 6:30pm centered on Hunterdon County’s history and archaeology. The guest presenters  will collectively share underrepresented and lesser-known stories of the past, from the lifeways of Native Americans and the vital role of African American communities in shaping the region, to an unexpected connection with the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. The presentations will be followed by a question and answer period. Free, but preregistration is required and access is limited to 100 people. More info at ASNJ.  (**Presentations will be available online after the meeting.)

That’s it for now. Best wishes to all,