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By: William Nelson, Pub. 1899, Reprinted 2019, 784 pages, Index, soft cover, ISBN #0-89308-312-7.
This book contains abstracts of all the known surveys, patents, and deeds of Proprietary New Jersey (1664-1703). There are tens of thousands of documents pertaining to title and transfer of lands are here sorted and calendared, each revealing the names of grantors and grantees, buyers and sellers, relatives and neighbors. These records are arranged under the headings of East and West Jersey. The indexes reference approximately 50,000 persons. Most of these references give a specific place of residence and also a precise description of the survey, including date, location, and acreage. The researcher will discover abstracts of original grants, concessions, and orders of the first Proprietors and Governors. These records describe the circumstances under which the first settlements were made in the Colony, the evolution of the government, along with the origin of the land titles in the Colony.
By: William Nelson, Pub. 1900, Reprinted 2019, 812 pages, soft cover, ISBN #0-89308-313-5.
This book should be considered a MUST for researchers working on his mid-Atlantic State. For those researching a marriage, this book is considered the principal authority on early New Jersey marriages. It contains approximately 15,000 marriages, giving place of residence and date of marriage. The bulk of the work derives from marriage bonds and licenses formerly located in the Secretary of State's office. The balance--perhaps an additional 5,000 entries--were extracted from the marriage records of churches and counties in New Jersey. For the sake of simplicity the marriages are arranged in two alphabets, male and female. In total, there are almost 30,000 entries for the researcher to search.
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