Documents, Manuscripts, Maps, & Photographs
Manuscript Group 68, Woodbridge, New Jersey Records, 1668-1875 (Bulk dates: 1688-1708, 1730), 0.4 linear feet / 1 box
Call Number: MG 68
Includes the Woodbridge Town Records, 1668-1708; a typescript copy of the Woodbridge Freeholders Book, 1707-1775; extracts from the original records of Friends' Meetings at Amboy and Woodbridge; Woodbridge register of births, deaths, and marriages, 1670-1690, 1852, 1861-1876; records of Woodbridge Town meetings, 1819-1875.
Gift (in part) of Jacob R. Shotwell, 1865.
Woodbridge Township, New Jersey was established on June 1, 1669. The charter, signed by Governor Philip Carteret (1639-1682), James Bollen, Nicolas Varlett, Samuel Edsall, Robert Vanquellen, William Pardon and Robert Bond, indicated that the township was six square miles and was bounded by Rahway, Westfield, and Union County on the north; by the Raritan River on the south; by the Kill Van Kull or Staten Island Sound on the east; and by Raritan Township on the west. Woodbridge Township was named after Reverend John Woodbridge of Newbury, Massachusetts and was settled mostly by puritan descendants from New England. The original township was comprised of sixty families.
W. Woodford Clayton, History of union and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey, with Biographical Sketches of many of their Pioneers and Prominent Men (Philadelpia, Pa.: Everts and Beck, 1882).
This collection was donated in part by Jacob R. Shotwell in 1865.
This collection contains a variety of records documenting the inhabitants and town of Woodbridge, New Jersey. These items include town records, marriage records, birth records, surveys, deeds, and minutes of the local group of Quakers, dating from 1668-1875.
The town records dating from 1668-1708 consist mainly of the initial deeds and surveys taken by Robert Voquillin, one of the signers of the town charter. The initial volume in this collection is likely a handwritten copy of the original deeds and surveys, while the latter two are typescript copies. The deeds and surveys are entered in these volumes in chronological order.
The following folder (Folder #4) contains extracts from another Woodbridge town book, which contains lists of the overseers of the highway, deputies, constables, and town clerks from Woodbridge from 1683-1810; a list of the freeholders of Piscataway; and a copy of a letter written by Governor Philip Carteret to the people of Woodbridge reprimanding them for allowing men who had not patented their lands in Woodbridge to speak at town meetings. There is also a list of marriages (i.e. John Dennis married Sarah Bloomfield, Dec 18 1668) that took place in Woodbridge, New Jersey and notes on specimens of earmarks. The extracts were removed from a bound book and are kept in chronological order.
The collection also includes oaths of the civil officers (town clerk, constables, overseer of the highways etc.) of Woodbridge, New Jersey (Folder #5), a book of surveys entitled The Freeholders Book-Woodbridge 1707-1774 (Folder #6), and a register of births, marriages, and deaths in Woodbridge and Piscataway from 1670-1790 (Folder #7). The latter volume is very fragile and is restricted due to preservation concerns.
In addition, the collection also contains extracts from the minutes of Quaker meetings in which they discuss their rules and mores (Folder #8).
Processed by James Lewis, July 2001 as part of the "Farm to City" project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
The New Jersey Historical Society