Documents, Manuscripts, Maps, & Photographs
Manuscript Group 485, Sydenham/Sidman Family (Newark and Bloomfield, NJ)
Papers, 1759-1909, 0.25 linear feet / 1 small manuscript box
Call Number: MG 485
Deeds, correspondence, receipts, and estate papers of the Sydenham or Sidman family of Newark and Bloomfield. Includes correspondence of Elias Boudinot (1740-1821) and Peter Ogden (b.1757).
Gift of Charles C. Gardner, 1958.
John Sydenham, the son of Susanna Handcock (b. 1690) and John Sydenham (ca. 1688-ca. 1747), was born in Newark, New Jersey on March 16, 1714. As an adult, he worked as a yeoman farmer in the town of his birth, and, on December 8, 1741, married Martha Longworth (1724-1804), the daughter of Dorcas and Thomas Longworth (1692-1748). Martha and John had seven children together: Dorcas (1741/42-1744/45), David (b. 1744), William (1746-ca. 1750), John (b. 1748), Susannah (1750-1819), William (b. 1751), and Thomas (1753-1816). John Sydenham died in Newark, New Jersey on November 1, 1754.
Thomas Sydenham was born on November 4, 1753. He was a shoemaker in Bloomfield, New Jersey. In October 1779, he married Sarah Fordham (b. Dec. 16, 1758), with whom he had seven children: Susannah (1780-1852), Martha (1783-1788), John (1785-1859), Mary (1788-1871), Sarah (1791-1831), David (1794-1825), and Bethia (1798-1840). As these children entered adulthood, the family started consistently spelling their surname as Sidman. Thomas Sydenham/Sidman died August 12, 1816.
Wachter, Evelyn Sidman. The Sydenham-Sidman Family of Newark, New Jersey, 1711-1970 (Westfield, NJ: Evelyn Sidman Wachter, 1970).
This collection was donated by Charles C. Gardner in 1958.
The Papers largely consist of the land indentures and correspondence of the Sydenham/Sidman Family of Newark and Bloomfield, New Jersey, dating from 1759-1909. The papers also contain a smaller number of receipts, estate papers, a marriage certificate, and a photograph. The documents have been arranged by record type and then by date.
The indentures, dating from 1794-1852, pertain to family land transactions in Newark and Bloomfield, New Jersey. The correspondence, dating from 1784-1909, includes letters written by Peter Ogden (b. 1757), Elias Boudinot (1740-1821), Margaret Stockholm, and Charles W. Stewart. Of particular interest is Peter Ogden’s 1784 letter regarding loyalists in the Revolution, and an undated, unsigned letter confirming the sale of land referred to as "Lord Perth’s Proprietory Estate" in East Jersey.
John Sydenham (ca.1688-ca.1747) = Susanna Handcock (b.1690)
John Sydenham (1714-1754) = Martha Longworth (1724-1804)
Dorcas Sydenham (1741/42-1744/45)
David Sydenham (b.1744)
William Sydenham (1746-ca.1750)
John Sydenham (b.1748)
Susannah Sydenham (1750-1819) = Isaac Smith (1746-1796)
William Sydenham (b.1751)
Thomas Sydenham (1753-1816) = Sarah Fordham (b.1758)
Susannah Sydenham/Sidman (1780-1852) = Enos Ward (1781-1828)
Martha Sydenham/Sidman (1783-1788)
John Sydenham/Sidman (1785-1859) = Amelia Baker (1794-1866)
Mary Sydenham/Sidman (1788-1871) = Henry Force (1790-1834)
Sarah Sydenham/Sidman (1791-1831) = Isaac J. Ward (1773-1845)
David Sydenham/Sidman (1794-1825), unmarried
Bethia Sydenham/Sidman (1798-1840) = Stephen V. Taylor
Processed by Kim Charlton, November 1999 as part of the "Farm to City" project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
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