Documents, Manuscripts, Maps, & Photographs
Manuscript Group 789
Meeker Family (Elizabethtown, NJ)
Papers, 1799 - 1912
.25 linear feet / 9 folders
Processed by Irina Peris
December 1999 as part of the "Farm to City" project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Moses Meeker resided in Elizabethtown, Union County, New Jersey with his wife, Mary, and their children. Moses Meekers will is dated February 26, 1823, although the date of his death is unknown.
William Meeker (d.1851), Mary and Moses Meekers son, was also a farmer and land owner in the vicinity of Elizabethtown. He married Susan Cory, a daughter of Benjamin and Hannah Cory, with whom he had at least three children: Jonathan, Abby, and Susan. His daughter, Susan, was appointed an administrator of his estate at the time of his death in 1851.
Jonathan Meeker (d.1867), Susan and William Meekers son, was a farmer like his father. He had at least one son, George, who was the administrator of his estate. George Meeker married Susannah Foster (1843-1908), with whom he had a daughter, Augusta S. Meeker (1869-1957).
The provenance of this collection is unknown.
Scope and Content Note:
These papers consist of deeds, receipts, correspondence and other materials, dating from 1799-1912, which document the legal and financial matters of several generations of the Meeker family. The land deeds of Benjamin Cory (1799-1819), William Meeker (1813-1851), and George Meeker (1867-1869) record land transactions in the vicinity of Elizabethtown, New Jersey, while numerous bonds and other receipts of Jonathan Meeker (1846-1869) illustrate investment strategies and family financial transactions. The correspondence and legal documents of Susan Foster Meeker and William Meeker document the legal and financial arrangements made between the Meekers and the Baltimore and New York Rail Road Company and the Somerville Rail Road for the use of the familys land. There are also inventories of William and Jonathan Meekers estates. Documents are organized by family member and then arranged in chronological order.
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