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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


Summary:

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.

 

Biographical Note:

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.

See Sydenham/Sidman Family Tree.

Sources:

Wachter, Evelyn Sidman. The Sydenham-Sidman Family of Newark, New Jersey, 1711-1970 (Westfield, NJ: Evelyn Sidman Wachter, 1970).

 

Provenance Note:

This collection was donated by Charles C. Gardner in 1958.

 

Scope and Content Note:

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.

 

Related Collections:

Manuscript Group 1010, Sydenham Family (Newark, NJ) Papers

 

Folder List:

Folder

Title

Dates

1

Correspondence

 
 

- Peter Ogden to Isaac Longworth (torn)

1784

 

- Elias Boudinot to Miss Robertson (copy)

1799

 

- N. Longworth to John Sidman

1830

 

- Margaret Stockholm to Francis Moore

1850

 

- Charles W. Stewart to George B. Vanderpoel

1909

 

- ( ) to E. Boudinot

n.d.

2

Indentures (spelling appears as it does in the documents)

 
 

- Benjamin and Elisabeth Johnson to Thomas Sydenham

1794

 

- Theodorus and Susanah Johnson to Thomas Sidingham

1810

 

- John and Abigail Sanford to John Sydenham

1816

 

- Sarah Sidman and Bathiah Sidman to John Sidman and David Sidman

1819

 

- David Sidman to John Sidman

1819

 

- John Sidman to David Sidman

1819

 

- Henry and Mary Force, Enos and Susan Ward, Sarah Sidman, Stephen and Bethiah Taylor to John Sidman

1825

3

- John Sidman, Enos and Susan Ward, Stephen and Bethiah Taylor, Henry and Mary Force to Sarah Sidman

1825

 

- Enos and Susanna Ward, Stephen V. and Bethiah Taylor, Henry and Mary Force to John Sidman

1827

 

- John and Amelia Sydman, Stephen V. and Bethia Taylor, Enos and Susan Ward, Henry and Mary Force to Sarah Sydman

1827

 

- Enos and Susan Ward, Stephen V. and Bethia Taylor, Sarah Sidman, Henry and Mary Force to John Sydman

1827

 

- Henry and Mary Force to John Sidman

1827

 

- Henry and Mary Force to Enos Ward and John Sidman

1828

 

- Henry and Mary Force to John Sidman

1829

4

- William and Mary Cooman to John Sidman

1841

 

- Lucas Carter to Susan Ward, Mary Force, John Sidman, Robert Patterson

1845

 

- Robert and Sarah F. Paterson and John C. Taylor to John Sidman

1847

 

- Ebenezer and Nancy Smith to Amelia Sidman

1847

 

- John and Amelia Sidman to Nancy Smith

1847

 

- George W. Taylor to John Sidman

1851

 

- John Taylor, Robert and Sarah F. Paterson, George Taylor to John Sidman

1852

 

- Susan Ward and Mary Forse to John Sidman

1852

5

Estate Papers: Estates of John and David Sydenham

1759, 1775, 1825

6

Receipts: Estate receipts

1817-1825

7

Receipts: Purchases and tuition

1775-1841

8

Petition: For the sale of Caleb Wheeler’s land for the support of his son James Wheeler

1839

9

Marriage certificate of Robert E. Brand and Harriet A. Sidmon

1867

10

Photograph of Mary Ward Baker (1772-1854), mother of Amelia Baker Sidman (1794-1866)

n.d.

 

Sydenham/Sidman Family Tree:

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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