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Manuscript Group 965, Samuel Hayes (1728-1811), Land surveyor and cooper
Papers, 1696 - 1825 (Bulk dates: 1770 - 1797), 0.6 linear feet / 2 boxes
Call Number: MG 965 + Box and folder number
Financial records, estate vendue book, land surveys, and field books. Hayes, an officer in the Revolutionary War, surveyed lands in Newark and the Oranges, Paulus Hook (now Jersey City), Passaic, Ramapo, Saddle River, the Ashfield and Ringwood Tracts. Includes a 1696 deed from the East Jersey Proprietors to the Newark freeholders for common lands, and a 1782 list of Newark officeholders.
Samuel Hayes (1728-1811) of Newark, New Jersey was a soldier in the American Revolution from 1776 to 1783. He attained the rank of major and later served as a commissioner of Essex County and on a number of patriotic committees. From around 1770-1797, he served as a deputy surveyor of Essex County. Hayes was also a surveyor for the East Jersey Proprietors, a farmer, and a cooper.
Samuel Hayes, and his wife, Sarah ( ) (1732-1803) had a daughter, also named Sarah (1766-1833).
History of the City of Newark, New Jersey, Vol. 1 (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing, 1913).
Monumental Inscriptions of Essex County, Vol. 1A (Newark, NJ: Genealogy Club of the Library of the New Jersey Historical Society, 1982).
Manuscript Group 310, Samuel Hayes (1728-1811) Account Book was added to this collection at the time of processing. The source of both the account book and the papers is unknown.
This collection consists mostly of land surveys conducted by Samuel Hayes, dating from 1696-1817, with bulk dates of 1770-1797. A number was assigned to each document, possibly by Samuel Hayes, and this numerical arrangement has been maintained.
The collection includes surveys for land owned in Bergen, Essex and Sussex Counties by many of Newarks prominent citizens, including William Halsey (1770-1843) (Box 1, Folder 4), Isaac Crane (1772-1856) (Box 1, Folder 6), Caleb Parkhurst (1744-1817) (Box 1, Folder 1) and Elias Boudinot (1706-1770) (Box 1, Folder 1). Hayes also surveyed a lot for the First Presbyterian Church in Newark (Box 1, Folder 2); lots in Barbadoes Neck for General ( ) Cummins (fl. 1794-1796) (Box 1, Folder 6); highways of Essex County (Box 1, Folder 7); and the Ashfield Tract (Box 1, Folder 2 and Box 2, Folder 2).
The collection also contains surveys conducted by Jonathan Sargent (fl. 1791-1794), and land deeds from the town of Newark (Box 1, Folder 10), including an indenture dated 1696.
Lastly, the papers include two record books kept by Samuel Hayes and his estate. The first is an account book dating from 1754-1793 with entries for the date, product sold, and price. Hayes sold rye, cider, turnips, corn, wheat, and spirits. He also made and hooped barrels. There is also a vendue book, dated July 10, 1811, from Samuel Hayes estate in which the buyer, product purchased, and price are listed. At the back of the vendue book there are accounts for the purchase of lots of wood.
See other surveyors' records.
See other coopers' records/papers.
Processed by James Lewis, March 2001 as part of the "Farm to City" project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
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