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-- Manuscript Group 1032, George Middleton (1800 - 1888), U.S. Congressman and Notary Public Papers, 1739 - 1896

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Manuscript Group 1032, George Middleton (1800 - 1888), U. S. Congressman and Notary Public Papers, 1739 - 1896 (Bulk dates: 1820 - 1880), 0.4 linear feet / 1 box

Call Number: MG 1032


Summary:

Land transactions and estate papers pertaining to Allentown and Upper Freehold Township, where Middleton was a tanner and a notary public.

 

Biographical Note:

George Middleton (1800-1888) of Allentown (Monmouth County), New Jersey was a tanner, notary public, judge of the New Jersey Chancery Court and the Monmouth County Orphan Court, and a U. S. Congressman from 1863-1865.  He married to Margaretta S(tewart?) (d. 1887), with whom he had at least three children: Lucilla, Deborah (Hause), and Mary J. (Thomas).

In 1887, Middleton’s daughter, Mary J. Thomas, and her husband brought suit against him, and his possessions were sold at sheriff’s auction.  After his death in 1881, George Middleton was interred in Crosswicks Community Cemetery, Crosswicks (Burlington County), New Jersey.  George Middleton’s brother-in law, Jonathan Steward, and his son-in-law, John D. Thomas, acted as the administrators of his estate.

Sources:

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (online), Middleton, George (at: http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=M000697)

Ellis, Franklin, History of Monmouth County, New Jersey, (R. T. Peck, Philadelphia, 1885)

 

Provenance Note:

The source of this collection is unknown.

 

Scope and Content Note:

This collection, dating from 1739-1896, consists primarily of documents that George Middleton notarized, administered, or collected.  These documents have been arranged by record type: wills and estate records, legal documents, indentures, and miscellaneous documents.  The wills and estate records involve the property of twenty-three individuals, as well as two wills of George Middleton himself.  The largest number of these documents pertains to the estates of Charles Robbins and Samuel Robinson.

The legal documents in this collection include court documents from the Monmouth County Orphan Court, court transcripts, judgments, and papers regarding the founding of Crosswicks Cemetery at the Presbyterian Church of Allentown.

The property documents include maps, surveys, leases, bonds, indentures and deeds. The indentures and deeds are for property transactions in Monmouth, Mercer, and Burlington Counties in New Jersey, and roughly date from 1800-1880.  They involve members of the Imlay, Stout, Bunting, Tantum, Vanderbeek, De Bow, and Bruere Families.

The last group pf documents are miscellaneous in nature and consist of an undated copy of 1726 census of West New Jersey, insurance document regarding Sarah Smith Stafford, and a petition of residents of Upper Freehold Township.

 

Related Collections:

Manuscript Group 527, Enoch Middleton (fl. 1839-1850) Daybooks

Manuscript Group 935, Enoch Middleton (fl. 1831-1856) Account book

 

Folder List:

Folder

Title

Dates

Wills and Estate Records:

 1  Wills (19)  

-Samuel Allen

1780

-Samuel Clutch (d. 1801) , with inventory 1801
-Michael Mount 1823
-Nathan Allen (d. 1840), with inventory 1830
-Abraham Tilton 1845
-Nancy Todd (d. 1847) with inventory 1847
-Richard M. Stout 1857
-Barzillia Johnson (d. 1859), with inventory 1859
  -Lewis McGuire 1860 

2

Enos Tantum (d. 1862), with inventory

1862

Martha Rogers 1864
George A. Hall 1868
James D. Hall (d. 1869), with inventory 1869
David Bowman 1874
Eliza Dancer 1874
Susan De Bow 1876
Jefferson Wright 1880
George Middleton 1874, 1887

3

The Estate of Charles Robbins (d. 1852), and The Estate of Samuel Robinson (d. 1868) (8)

1852-1868, n.d.

4

Inventories of estates and appraisals (6)

Asher Borden (d. 1845) 1845
Edward Williams (d. 1845) 1845
James Conover (d. 1854) 1854
James Tantum (d. 1862) 1862

5

Broadsheet of sheriff’s auction of George

Middleton’s personal property (1)

11/17/1887

Legal Documents:

6

Judgments and Power of attorney (6)

1814-1883

7

Monmouth County Orphan Court documents (7)

1826-1865

8

Appointment to: Mastery in Chancery Court, Notary Public (2)

Feb.16, 1858, Jan.18, 1871

9

Documents regarding the founding of Crosswicks Cemetery at the Presbyterian Church of Allentown (6)

1848-1874

Property Documents:

10

Maps and surveys (6)

1806-1867, n.d.

11

Lease, contracts (5)

1803-1881

12

Conditions of sale re: real estate (4)

1846-1886

13

Release & Quit claim (5)

1794, 1824-1833

14

Bonds (7)

1805-1871

15

Indentures (7)

1739-1798

16

17

Indentures (11)

Indentures (13)

1800-1814

1817-1825

18

Indentures (12)

1825-1829

19

Indentures (7)

1830-1831

20

Indentures (15)

1834-1836

21

Indentures (23)

1837-1845

22

Indentures (20)

1846-1853

23

Indentures (18)

1854-1859

24

Indentures (16)

1854-1896

Miscellaneous:

25

Undated copy of 1726 census of West New Jersey

n.d.

Insurance document regarding Sarah Smith Stafford 1855
Petition of residents of Upper Freehold Township 1863

 

Processed by Luis Delfino, April 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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