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Manuscript Group 18, Parker Family (Perth Amboy, NJ)

Papers, 1676-1946, 7 linear feet / 13 boxes

Call Number: MG 18 + Box and folder number


Summary:

Correspondence, diaries, land surveys and transactions, legal papers, architectural drawings, wills, poetry, deeds, and indentures pertaining to the Parker family of Perth Amboy.  Includes papers of the following family members: (1) James Parker (1725-1797), a Perth Amboy lawyer, and an agent for both the East Jersey Proprietors and the Hunterdon and Sussex County properties of Sir Robert Barker, an absentee British landlord; (2) James Parker (1776-1868), one of the directors of the Delaware and Raritan Canal Company; and (3) Cortlandt Parker (1818-1907), a prominent Newark lawyer, active in Whig and later in Republican politics.  Of special note are late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century documents pertaining to trade with the West Indies, as well as petitions and counter-petitions concerning canal construction in Newark in 1837.   Included are documents and correspondence of:

James Alexander William Churchill Houston James Parker (1776-1868)
William Alexander, Lord Stirling Richard Howell William Paterson (1745-1806)
Robert Allen Robert Hunter John Penn
John Barberie Andrew Johnston Richard Penn
Robert Barclay Abraham Kitchel Thomas Penn
Andrew Bell Robert R. Livingston John Reade
Ryneir Blanchard Walter Livingston John Rutherfurd (1760-1840)
Elisha Boudinot William Livingston David A. Ryerson
Gilbert Budd Thomas Millidge James Silver
John Cochran Samuel D. Morford John Stevens (1715-1792)
James Duane Lewis Morris (1671-1746) Richard Stevens
Azariah Dunham Richard R. Morris Richard Stockton (1730-1781)
William Dunlap Robert Hunter Morris Peter D. Vroom (1791-1873)
Hamilton Fish (1808-1893) Cortlandt Parker Peter Young
Nathan Ford Elisha Parker
P.W. Freame James Parker (1725-1797)
Hugh Hamersley

Gift of Charles W. Parker, 1932, and Mrs. Emily F. Parker, 1958.

Processed as part of the "Farm to City" project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

 

Box/Folder List:

Box

Folder

Title

Dates

Letters and Documents 

1764-1796

1

1

James Parker: letters, drafts, documents

1766-1786

1

2

Documents regarding Springfield lands

ca. 1770-1789

1

3

Manuscripts relating to Gov. John Penn

ca. 1764-1770

1

4

Manuscripts relating to Gov. John Penn

1764-1770

1

5

James Parker, letter to Mr. John Cooley (?)

August 20, 1794

1

6

“Papers in the matter of the sale of Undrawn lots in Sussex Allotments, John Rutherford and James Parker Properties” (folder 1 of 2)

1818-1846

1

7

“Papers in the matter of the sale of Undrawn lots in Sussex Allotments, John Rutherford and James Parker Properties” (folder 2 of 2)

1818-1846

1

8

Papers relating to Walter Livingston’s rights to 2/5 of the estate of the late Andrew Herriot

1789-1796

1

9

Philip Kearny Skinner: Papers relating to his Estate in New Jersey (folder 1 of 2)

1731-1792

1

10

“                “                “                  (folder 2 of 2)

  “                “

1

11

Documents regarding the sale of Undrawn lots in Sussex 

1818-1848

1

12

“                “                “                   (folder 2 of 2) 

   “                “

1

13

Saddle River Ejectment Case

1754-1766

Surveys, Estates, Deeds and Patents

1824-1796

2

1

Documents Confiscated Estates

ca. 1784-1796

2

2

Robert Barker, lands in Hunterdon County   (folder 1 of 2)

ca. 1765-1785

2

3

     “                “                “               (folder 2 of 2)

“                “

2

4

Documents re: Proprietary Surveys in Passaic, Bergen, and Morris Counties.

ca. 1785-1796

2

5

Sussex County leases   (folder 1 of 3)

ca. 1765-1795

2

6

      “                “                “       (folder 2 of 3)

“                “

2

7

      “                “                “       (folder 3 of 3) 

 “                “

2

8

John Johnstone lease to James Silver 

ca. 1724-1732

2

9

Documents: proprietary lands- James Parker and William Throckmorton

ca. 1754-1768

2

10

Letters, John Barberie and Andrew Johnston to James Parker

ca. 1757-1761

2

11

Documents: Peapack Patent, Part I (folder 1of 2)

1768-1787

2

12

       “                “                , Part II(folder 2 of 2)

“                “

2

13

Documents: Romopock Tract, Franklin Township, Bergen County

ca.1795

2

14

Peapack Agreements, Part I    (folder 1 of 3)

ca. 1794-1798

2

15

     “                “        , Part II   (folder 2 of 3) 

“                “

2

16

     “                “        , Part III  (folder 3 of 3) 

 “                 “

Tracts, Estates, Allotments, Business Papers and Leases

 

3

1

Peapack Leases

ca. 1765

3

2

Sussex Allotments (Rutherford Powers of Atty.)

ca. 1793-1835

3

3

James Parker, memoranda, business papers.  “New Brunswick Period”

1784-1795

3

4

John Parker & James Parker: statements of Account

ca. 1751-1759

3

5

Dr. Johnston’s Estate, Toms River and Manasquan

1763-1820

3

6

Documents: Samuel Hake vs. Lord Stirling (1 of 2)

ca. 1789-1792

3

7

“                “                   “                (folder 2 of 2)

 

3

8

Documents regarding Philip French Estate, Part I (1 of 2)

1783-1790

3

9

“                “                “         , Part II (2 of 2)  

1783-1790

3

10

New Brunswick Lots 

1790-1795

3

11

Parker deed (loaned by Estate of the late Cortlandt Parker)

 

3

12

Receipts

1794-1795

3

13

Sharon Plantation Dispute, Part I 

1737-1793

3

14

“                “                   , Part II

“                “

3

15

Real Estate Memoranda, Part I

ca. 1780-1820

3

16

       “                “          , Part II 

ca. 1780-1820

3

17

Documents: Society Tract

1794-1795

Land Surveys

1698-1894

4

1

Jacob Smyth property, Perth Amboy

1787-1789

4

2

Middlesex County Lands

1790

4

3

“Transactions with Oliver Barberie”

1793

4

4

John Johnston’s Estate (land in Cumberland Co.)

1730-1755

4

5

Miscellaneous Documents, Part I (folder 1 of 2)

ca. 1702-1841

4

6

“V. D.”   Miscellaneous Documents, Part II  (folder 2 of 2)

1702-1841

4

7

Paterson’s Land 

1738-1792

4

8

Correspondence: James Parker, W. Smith, and J. Plenderleath

1789-1793

4

9

Account of paper currency, Pennsylvania letter of James Tilghman to John Penn

ca. 1750-1772

4

10

Indenture between John Cochran and Walter Livingston

1792

4

11

New Jersey Land Surveys , Part I

1686-1791

4

12

       “                “               , Part II

1686-1791

4

13

     “                “                  , Part III

1676-1791

4

14

New Jersey Land Surveys,  Part I 

1792-1801

4

15

        “                “             , Part II

“                “

4

16

New Jersey Land Surveys

1802-1832

4

17

  “                “                “            

1790-?

4

18

  “                “                “    

1850-1894

4

19

  “                “                “ 

N. D.

Correspondence

1718-1906

5

1

Letters (sent, filed, and posted)  (folder 1 of 4) 

1793

5

2

     “                “             “           (folder 2 of 4) 

1794-1799

5

3

     “                “             “           (folder 3 of 4)

1750-1786

5

4

     “                “             “           (folder 4 of 4) 

1787-1789

5

5

Letters

1790

5

6

   “    “     

1791-1792

5

7

Correspondence

1800-1824

5

8

   “                “      

1826

5

9

Parker Family correspondence

1829-1837

5

10

  “                “                “                “             

1838-1847

5

11

  “                “                “                “     

1848-1906

5

12

Letters received

1716/17-1764

5

13

  “                “    

1765-1783

5

14

Letters, received (Filed and Posted)

1784-1786

5

15

  “                “                “                “     

1787-1790

5

16

Miscellaneous letters

N. D.

6

1

Letters received

1791-1792

6

2

Letters received (Filed and posted)

1793

6

3

Letters received (Filed and posted)

1794-1799

6

4

Correspondence between James Parker and his son Cortlandt

1865-1867

6

5

New Jersey Historical Society, Correspondence

1925-1930

6

6

   “                “                “                “             

1930-1931

6

7

   “                “                “                “        

1932

6

8

   “                “                “                “          

1935-1946

6

9

Parker family materials relating to Northampton Co., Virginia and to the Hog Island Swindle of 1764-1804

1711-1804

6

10

Materials relating to Northampton Co., Virginia and to the Hog Island Swindle of 1764-1804

1711-1804

6

11

Correspondence between James Parker II and Peter D. Vroom

1836-1837

6

12

Correspondence of Charles W. Parker

ca. 1920-1930s

6

13

Correspondence of Cortlandt Parker (folder 1 of 3)

1835-1837

6

14

    “                “                “                (folder 2 of 3)

1838-1867

6

15

    “                “                “                (folder 3 of 3)

1875-1900

6

16

Correspondence of Cortlandt Parker including a letter to William A. Whitehead, Collector of the Customs,  Key West, Fla. (1838) and copy letters.

1838-1852

Deeds and Indentures

1763-1860

7

1

Transcriptions (incomplete) of land indentures and deeds (in oversize location)

1682-1725

7

2

Transcriptions of indentures and deeds (incomplete) (transferred to oversized location)

1726-1730

7

3

   “                “                “                “       

1731-1763

7

4

Transcriptions (incomplete set) of indentures of deeds of Elisha Parker (transferred to oversize location)

1680-1717

7

5

Typescript of indenture (original transferred to oversize)

June 8th, 1764

7

6

Land, indentures, and deeds

March-October 1788

7

7

“                “                “     

October 1788

7

8

Indentures and deeds

1789

7

9

Land, indentures, and deeds (folder 1 of 3)

1790-1880

7

10

   “                “                “    (folder 2 of 3)   

“                “      

7

11

    “                “                “    (folder 3 of 3) 

“                “

7

12

Land Advertisements 

1719-1790

7

13

Mary Cox, deposition on Chestnut Brook and Spotswoods

Beginning November 1, 1753

7

14

Note pertaining to James Parker

April 12, 1776

7

15

Calculation of Agreement

1773-1796

7

16

Correspondence: James Parker and John Rutherfurd (also, letter from James Johnston)

1764-1786

Land Transactions

 

8

1

East and West Jersey Society Records (folder 1 of 2)

1708-1794

8

2

“                “                “       (photo stats)  (2 of 2) 

“                “

8

3

James Parker, articles of agreement  (folder 1 of 2)

1773-1796, 1860

8

4

         “                “                “          (folder 2 of 2)

 

8

5

Memoranda re:  Land Transaction (folder 1 of 2) 

1717-1799

8

6

    “                “                “            (folder 2 of 2)

“          “

8

7

Letters, re: patents ?

1701-1795

8

8

Land, indentures, deeds 

1769-1787

8

9

Lewis Morris, Warrant to T. Gardiner, West Jersey Surveyor General [3 copies]  

September 10th, 1708

8

10

James Parker, Warrant for 1200 acres[positive and negative photo stats]

September 15th, 1761

8

11

James Stevens, acknowledgment of the receipt of money for the place sold to Benjamin Wright.

November 16, 1789

8

12

Sir Robert Barker, title searchers 

N. D.

8

13

James Parker, “Minutes of my Transactions relative to the undivided interest in the Society Tracts in Hunterdon County since the death of John Stevens”

May 27, 1792-July 3,1794

8

14

Philip Skinner, title search

ca. August 1760

8

15

 Virginia Lands Papers [mss., copies, US Congressional docs.]

1779-1835

8

16

James Parker, New Valuation of Lots no. 3 & 4 

September 3rd, 1794

8

17

Statement & proposals of sale of the estate of Sir Robert Barker

March 3rd, 1789

8

18

Hunterdon Co., N. J. warrant of distress against Jonas Parker and David Drake

July 10th, 1790

8

19

Warrants 

1692-1766

8

20

Parker Family, misc. legal papers (includes some typescripts)

1703-1849

Parker family Financial Papers

1686-1790’s

9

1

Leases and Releases  

1680-1789

9

2

Elisha Lawrence, “Certified Return of the Jury Line Stevens and Parker against Allen and Turner about the I. M. Tree.”

September 10, 1795

9

3

James Parker II, conditions of sale

1825-1834

9

4

James Parker, title to 1000 acres of unappropriated land

N. D.

9

5

Robert Barker, power of attorney for Thomas Byerleg (copy)

July 29,1706

9

6

Title searchers

1725-1819

9

7

Robert Barker, last will and testament [Extracted from the registry of the prerogative court of Canterbury] & codicils

1788, 1789, 1793

9

8

Sir Robert Barker, Last Will and Testament  

May 7th, 1789

9

9

Will of James Parker (and Register’s office copy, 1823)

1797

9

10

Photo stats and typescripts of last will and testament of Frederick Smyth, probated (1815)

February 14th, 1815

9

11

Philip Kearny, power of attorney for James Parker

September 1, 1783

9

12

James Parker, power of attorney to James Tompson and Samuel Gano

1786

9

13

Power of attorney to James Parker II 

May 1, 1847

9

14

John Fenton, bond to Benjamin Johnston

May 30, 1719

9

15

Legal memorandum, N. Y. State Supreme Court

1733

9

16

W. P. Kearny, petition

April 10, 1771

9

17

Attorney’s instructions to Mr. Mac Adam pertaining to Sir Robert Barker

June 7, 1775

9

18

Parker family Wills [photo stats from Secretary of State’s office and typed copies]

1709-1797

9

19

NJ Supreme  Court, Executions Returnable at the September term 1776

1776

9

20

NJ Supreme Court, minutes of September term at Perth Amboy

September 3-7, 1776

9

21

Debt of Jacob Gearhart to Jerimiah Slaght

August 13, 1787

9

22

James and Cortlandt Parker, insurance policies on merchant ships

1784-1805

9

23

James Kinsey, “The Case of Barker and Pemberton”

N. D.

9

24

Acts of the NJ Legislature  

1738-1861

9

25

James Parker II, papers on the Coats’ Estate

1828-1846

9

26

James Parker, account books (2)

1753, 1754-1757

9

27

List of rents

ca. 1765-1793

9

28

Account book from sloop “Eliza”

1785-1786

9

29

William Robison, Jr., account

1686-1713

9

30

New Brunswick, N. J., account book 

1784-1785

9

31

James Parker I, accounts

ca. 1770-1797

10

1

Cortlandt Parker, accounts current with West Indies 

1798-1801

10

2

James Parker II, accounts

ca. 1800-1830

10

3

Elisha Parker II, account book pertaining to the estates of John Parker and Jennet Parker.

1744-1751

10

4

Misc. accounts

 

10

5

Construction costs for Parker House

1764

10

6

Receipt of the Earl of Stirling 

December 29th, 1775

10

7

James Parker II (1776-1868), account book

1862-1867

10

8

James Parker II, newspaper account book

1864-1867

10

9

Receipts and promissory notes

1746-1912

10

10

Various receipts of James Parker I

ca. 1780-1790s

10

11

Parker “Castle” 

1701-1938

10

12

James Parker II, notes on the state of New Jersey (2 drafts)

ca. 1820

10

13

Robert Hunter, permission for Lewis Morris to negotiate for & purchase Indian lands above falls of Delaware/ Verso: Lewis Morris’s Declaration concerning the purchase of Indian lands.

1710, 1754

10

14

James Parker (1725-97), “Minutes of transactions….”

1751-1754

10

15

James Parker (1725-97), Diary fragment  

April 14-19, 1771

10

16

James Parker (1776-1868), Diary

1863-1866

10

17

William A. Whitehead, biography of James Parker (24pp)

1868

10

18

Cortlandt Parker, speeches  (folder 1 of 2)

1865-1898

10

19

  “                “                “     (folder 2 of 2)  

“                “

11

1

James Parker II and Cortlandt Parker, receipt book  

March 25, 1805 -October 9, 1812

11

2

William Paterson, opinion

December 14, 1786

11

3

James Parker II, tax collector’s statement

1843-1844

11

4

Cortlandt Parker, stock transfer to Howard Savings Institution

December 9th, 1858

11

5

Philip French, division of estate and mortgage calculations for William Livingston, et al.

July 31, 1791 [3 items],    N. D.

11

6

James Parker and Walter Rutherfurd, promissory note for William Livingston (5 copies)

N. D.

11

7

Parker family genealogy

1880-1928

11

8

John Keese, public declaration relative to Cortlandt Parker

November 23, 1798

11

9

Register of the electors of the city of Perth Amboy

October 16, 1866

11

10

Newspaper clipping of address of Cortlandt Parker on Garfield’ s assassination & misc. clippings

1881

11

11

W. Boudinot, Sir Robert Barker’s genealogy

N. D.

11

12

Erie Railroad Co., survey field book no. 10 

1893-1894

11

13

Perth Amboy Building Loan, record book

1862-1863

11

14

Joseph P. Bradley and John Cortlandt Parker, “Albany Regency Essay”

1835

11

15

Memorial resolution on the death of James Parker II passed by the Vestry of St. Peter’s Church, Perth Amboy

April 6th, 1868

11

16

Lewis Morris (1618-1762), genealogy

N. D.

11

17

James Parker (1776-1868), “List of deaths of members of the New Jersey State Convention of 1844”

1865

11

18

Thomas Byerley’s license to purchase Indian lands

1709-1712

11

19

Samuel Swackhammer, will 

February 1st, 1780

11

20

Papers relating to the New Jersey Historical Society (1 of 2)

1927-1931

11

21

“                “                “          (2 of 2)

“                “

11

22

“For the journal of religious education”

N. D.

11

23

To Gov. Horatio Sharpe of Maryland

 

11

24

Recipe for making White Wash and for a “Pectoral Decoction”

N. D.

11

25

Wedding Invitations

N. D.

11

26

Parker Miscellaneous

N. D.

11

27

Architectural Drawings

 

11

28

Poetry

N. D.

11

29

Cortlandt Parker: Regarding the New Jersey Historical Society (folder 1 of 2)

1930s

11

30

  “                “      (Folder 2 of 2)

       “

12

1

Delaware and Raritan Canal 

1840-1860

12

2

Miscellaneous papers, Part I   (folder 1 of 3)

1787-1850

12

3

“                “       “    , Part II  (folder 2 of 3)

1787-1850

12

4

 “                “       “    , Part III (folder 3 of 3) 

1787-1850

12

5

James Parker: Bonds and indentures, Part I (folder 1of 2)

1768-1799

12

6

“                “                “      , Part II (folder 2 of 2)

1768-1799

12

7

Cortlandt and James Parker, assorted checks, receipts, and I. O. U.’ s  (3 letters)

1846-1872

12

8

James Parker distress warrant

August 15th, 1791

12

9

James Parker papers relating to membership in the New York Historical Society

1865-1866

12

10

James Parker II: diaries  (3)

1848-1850

12

11

“                “         “       (3)

1851-1853

12

12

“                “         “       (3) 

1854-1857 

12

13

 “                “         “       (3) 

1858-1860

13

 

Bound Volume--  James Parker II: daybook and journal

1839-?

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