Guide to the Boggs Family Collection1737-1942MG 27

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Restrictions

Access Points

Related Material

Administrative Information

Series Descriptions and Container List

Series 1: Correspondence

Series 2: Miscellaneous

Series 3: Composition Books and Scrapbooks

Series 4: Estate of Robert Morris (1750-1861) Documents

Series 5: Blauvelt Family Documents

Series 6: Autograph Collection

Series 7: Kearny estate

Series 8: Robert Hunter Morris Estate Documents

Series 9: Musical Scores

Series 10: World War I items

Guide to the Boggs Family Collection1737-1942MG 27Inventory prepared by Laura Ruttum as part of the "Farm to City" project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Guide to the Boggs Family Collection
1737-1942

MG 27



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Inventory prepared by Laura Ruttum as part of the "Farm to City" project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. July 2005. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Boggs Family
Title: Boggs Family Collection
Dates:1737-1942
Abstract: Consists of letters, financial statements, legal papers, and musical scores of the Boggs family in New Jersey and New York, and also of the allied Blauvelt, Kearny, and Lawrence families.
Quantity: 4.5 linear ft. (13 boxes + 3 ledger sized boxes)
Collection Number: MG 27

Biographical Note

The Boggs family North American genealogy begins with Ezekiel Boggs, a lawyer who emigrated from the north of Ireland in the early 1700s, originally settling in Delaware. Ezekiel and his wife Elizabeth had two children, Rebecca and James.

James Boggs (1740-1830) married Mary Morris, (1746-1831) the daughter of Robert Hunter Morris, the Chief Justice of New Jersey and governor of Pennsylvania, and sister of Judge Robert Morris, (d. 1815) who taught law at Rutgers College. James was a doctor and a loyalist who narrowly escaped capture by the Revolutionary forces, fleeing to Sandy Hook where he was taken aboard the Swan, a British sloop-of-war. He ten worked as a surgeon in New York, while his family remained in Shrewsbury, where they were able to remain due to Mary's connections to the rebel army through her brother Robert. James surreptitiously visited his family throughout the remainder of the war, but was eventually forced to move with his wife and most of their children to Nova Scotia, thus forming the Canadian branch of the family.

James and Mary's children included Robert, Samuel, Charles, Thomas, James Jr., Rebecca and Elizabeth. Robert Boggs, (1766-1831) one of the three children who remained in the United States, married three times: Mary Morris, Mary Lawrence and Maria Stewart. His first wife was his cousin Mary Morris, daughter of his uncle Robert Morris. They had two children.

Robert had studied law in the Rutgers College office of his uncle Robert Morris (who served with the Revolutionary troops) and practiced law in New Brunswick. Robert Boggs served as the Judge Advocate General of the New Jersey Militia from 1794-1795, then a clerk of the U.S. District Court from 1790-1815, and became a Rutgers trustee in 1800. He was one of the executors of his uncle Robert Morris's will.

After the death of Mary Boggs (nee Morris) Robert married the second of his three wives, Mary Lawrence. Mary Lawrence was the daughter of John Lawrence and sister of Captain James Lawrence, (1781-1813) the heroic commander of the Chesapeake whose famous last words were, "Don't give up the ship!" It is through this Mary that the Lawrence family came to be attached to the Boggs.

Robert and Mary's children included John, James, Lucy, James Lawrence, Mary Rebecca, (who married John Scott Blauvelt, allying the Blauvelts with the Boggs) William Brenton, Charles Stewart and John Lawrence. Their son Charles S. Boggs served as a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War.

Robert and his third wife, Maria Stewart, appear to have had only one child.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the papers of the Boggs family, as well as the allied Blauvelt, Kearny and Lawrence families. The materials range in date from 1737 to 1950, and include correspondence; composition notebooks; diaries; estate, financial and legal papers; genealogies; and musical scores.

Also included in the collection are estate papers for various individuals-Robert Hunter Morris, Robert Morris, (ca. 1745-1815) and Michael Kearny (1725-1797)-that were maintained by Robert Boggs (1766-1831) in his duties as executor and attorney in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Other materials of note include manuscript copies of New Jersey Loyalist claims from 1798; material from the 1844 New Jersey Constitutional Convention; biographical data collected by Joseph M. Ward, regarding those members of the Kane Masonic Lodge number 454 of New York City who fought in the Civil War; materials on the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures, as well as the West New Jersey Society; and the papers of the donor, J. Lawrence Boggs, documenting efforts on behalf of French refugees during World War I.

It is believed that the Kearny papers were obtained through the Lawrence branch of the family: Mary Lawrence's aunt Elizabeth married Michael Kearny (1725-1797), and Elizabeth and Michael were the parents of Lawrence Kearny, a Commodore of the U.S. Navy.

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Arrangement

This collection is organized into five series:

Series 1: General Correspondence

Series 2: Miscellaneous

Series 3: Composition Books and Scrapbooks

Series 4: Estate of Robert Morris Documents

Series 5: Blauvelt Family Documents

Series 6: Autograph Collection

Series 7: Michael Kearny Estate Documents

Series 8: Robert Hunter Morris Estate Documents

Series 9: Musical Scores

Series 10: World War I Items

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Use Restrictions

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

The New Jersey Historical Society complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, and forms documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Alexander, William, 1726-1783.
Blauvelt, John S.
Blauvelt family.
Bloomfield, Joseph, 1753-1823.
Boggs, J. Lawrence (John Lawrence), b. 1865.
Boggs, James, 1740-1830.
Boggs, Robert, 1766-1831.
Boggs family.
Bonaparte, Charles J. (Charles Joseph), 1851-1921.
Bradley, Joseph P., 1813-1892.
Colt, Roswell L. (Roswell Lyman), 1779-1856.
Corbin, William H. (William Horace), 1851-1912.
Faesch, John Jacob, 1729-1799.
Field, Richard Stockton, 1803-1870.
Graham, James L. (James Lorimer), 1804-1882.
Green, Henry Woodhull, 1804-1876.
Griggs, John W.
Hamilton, Alexander.
Heard, John.
Jay, Peter A. (Peter Augustus), 1776-1843.
Kearny, Lawrence, 1789-1868.
Kearny family.
Lawrence, Elisha.
Lawrence, John.
Lawrence, Thomas.
Lawrence family.
Livingston, Robert R.
Lloyd, Frank T. (Frank Tilghman), 1859-1951.
Longstreet, John.
Moore, John.
Morris, Mary, 1746-1831.
Morris, Robert, ca. 1745-1815.
Morris, Robert Hunter, ca. 1700-1764.
Nevius, James Schureman, 1796-1859 Ogden, David, 1707-1798.
Ogden, David, 1707-1798.
Olden, Charles S. (Charles Smith), 1799-1876.
Parker, James, 1725-1797.
Peary, Robert E. (Robert Edwin), 1856-1920.
Pennington, William, 1796-1862.
Pitney, Henry C.
Ray, Robert .
Reckless, Anthony, b. 1821.
Roosevelt, Theodore.
Stockton, Bayard, 1853-1928.
Strong, Charles E.
Ten Eyck, John C. (John Conover), 1814-1879.
Vanderbilt, John, d. 1842.
Voorhees, Garret.
Vroom, Peter Dumont, 1791-1873.
Wall, Garret D. (Garret Dorset), 1783-1850.
Ward, Marcus L. (Marcus Lawrence), 1812-1884.
White, Anthony.
Wilkes, Charles.
Wilson, Peter, 1746-1825.
Wright, Joshua G.
Subject Organizations:
Freemasons. Kane Lodge No. 454 (New York, N.Y.)
Prudential Insurance Company of America.
Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures.
Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Jersey.
West New Jersey Society.
Subject Topics:
Lawyers--New Jersey.
Loyalists--New Jersey.
World War, 1914-1918.
Subject Places:
New Brunswick (N.J.)
New Jersey--History--1775-1865.
New York (State)--History--1775-1865.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Document Types:
Account books.
Bank statements.
Contracts.
Diaries.
Essays.
Estate records.
Genealogies.
Indentures.
Letters (Correspondence)
Military records.
Postcards.
Receipts.
Scores.
Scrapbooks.

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Related Material

For related materials in print on the Boggs Family, see:

Boggs, J. Lawrence. History in the Making: 1676-1920. Books and Autographs; the Property of John Lawrence Boggs of Newark, New Jersey

Boggs, W.E. Genealogical Record of the Boggs Family; the Descendants of Ezekiel Boggs. Halifax: Royal Print (1916).

Boggs, W.E. The Boggs Family. Granville, Ohio (1916).

Boggs, William. The Genealogy of the Boggs Family of New Jersey and Nova Scotia. West Somerville, Mass. (1908?).

Monette, O. First Settlers of Woodbridge and Piscataway: Olde East New Jersey, 1664-1714. Los Angeles: Leroy Carman Press (1933).

For related collections on the Boggs Family at the New Jersey Historical Society, see:

Manuscript Group 57, Lawrence Kearny Papers

Manuscript Group 210, Surveyors' Journals Papers

Manuscript Group 258, John Lawrence Papers

Manuscript Group 285, Raritan Bay Union and Eagleswood Military Academy Papers

Manuscript Group 711, John Lawrence Papers

For related collections on the Boggs Family at other institutions, see:

Kearny Family Papers, Business Papers, 1768-1851, Rutgers University Special Collections.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 27, Boggs Family Collection, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

This was a gift of J. Lawrence Boggs.

Processing Information

The introductory portion of this finding aid, including the biographical note, scope and content, and access points, was created by a project archivist as part of the "Farm to City" project funded by NHPRC. The project archivist consulted only the previously prepared container list when writing the introduction to the collection, not the materials themselves. It is not known who arranged the collection or when the container list was prepared.

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Series Descriptions and Container List

 

Series 1: Correspondence

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Lawrence Family Correspondence/Misc. documents1737-1816
12Correspondence to various people from Anthony Reckless1785-1796
13Correspondence from Richard Stockton to Abraham Schuyler1791 May 26
14Cornelius Stevenson letters regarding the debt of William Paterson1794-1797
15Letters to and from James and Robert Boggs1806-1821
16Letters (business related) from James Boggs to Robert Boggs1813-1814
17Letters (business related) from James Boggs to Robert Boggs1815-1816
18Letters (business related) from James Boggs to Robert Boggs1823-1826
19Letters regarding and biographies of Kane Lodge Members1897-1898
110Letters regarding and biographies of Kane Lodge Members1898
111Letters regarding and biographies of Kane Lodge Members1899-1900
112Letters regarding and biographies of Kane Lodge Membersn.d.
113Lawrence-Boggs estate related correspondence1904-1939
114Letter of Admiral Perry to Joseph Ward1904
BoxFolderTitleDate
21Letters to and from Carroll S. Alden relating to Kearny family history1928-1934
22Robert R. Livingston Acknowledgement of Accountn.d.
23Thomas Raymond to J. Lawrence Boggs1917

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Series 2: Miscellaneous

BoxFolderTitleDate
24Court order signed by William Franklin1774
25Written legal case Christopher and John Van Pelt n.d.
26C. Demarque "Solo for the violoncello" musical notationca. 1700s
27Boggs family assorted documents1706-1846
28Boggs genealogical information (ledgers and sheets)1716-1900
29Deed from James Alexander1744
210Naval fighting instructions1760
211Certificate signed by Lord Sterling1767
212James Parker, Bill in Chancery1791
213Copies of claims owed to N.J. Tories1798
214Copies of claims owed to N.J. Tories (continued)1798
215Accounts of James Boggs1804-1811
216H. Boggs Account Book1819
217Miscellaneous documentsca. 1825-1860s
218Cornelius Van Ness Spanish document (translation included) 1830
219Letters and notes regarding Society for Establishing Useful Manufacturers1832-1868
220Lucien Murat Promissary Note1833
221Letters and notes regarding Constitutional Convention of 1844ca. 1844
222Printed Documentsca. 1860s
BoxFolderTitleDate
31Ewing Genealogical Documents1893-1902
32Kearny famly history documentn.d.
33Crane family clippings/pamphletsn.d.
34Society of the Cincinnati" Documentsca. 1930s
35Prudential Insurance Papers1950s

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Series 3: Composition Books and Scrapbooks

BoxFolderTitleDate
36Composition notebook : notes on Philip Kearny, NY historyn.d.
37Journal of Mary R. L. Boggs: trip to Italy1830
38Composition bookn.d.
39J. Lawrence Boggs composition book, St. Paul's1882
310Mary Boggs student's composition composition/scrapbook1819
BoxFolderTitleDate
41Tissue letter book of A. Lloyd 1859-1860
42Scrapbook with newspaper/magazine clippingsn.d.
43J. Lawrence Boggs Scrapbook1873
44Christina Newton Boggs Scrapbook1906
45Scrapbook with newspaper clippings1860s-1880s
46Poetry clipping Scrapbookn.d.

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Series 4: Estate of Robert Morris (1750-1861) Documents

BoxFolderTitleDate
51Indentures 1789-1822
52Correspondence1783
53Indentures/Land surveys1782-1832
54Correspondence1785
55Correspondence--Business Related1785-1821
56Indentures1761-1840
57Indentures1763-1803
58Multi-page official documents1750-1861
59Accounts/Invoices/Receipts1777-1814
510Land Sales and Indentures (Garrett Voorhees, Anthony White, Robert Morris, John Longstreet, John Heard)1768-1832
511Miscellaneous1791-1821

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Series 5: Blauvelt Family Documents

BoxFolderTitleDate
61Correspondence1768-1846
62Correspondence1768-1846
63Miscellaneous1816-1898
64Miscellaneous1816-1898
65Correspondenceca. 1829-1921

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Series 6: Autograph Collection

BoxFolderTitleDate
71Miscellaneous names A-D1826-1886
72Charles J. Bonaparte to Robert B. Blauvelt1889
73Joseph P. Bradley to J.S. Blauvelt1854
74Thomas T. Craven to J.S. Blauvelt1847
75Tunis Craven to J.S. Blauvelt1847
76William Dodge to J.C. Blauvelt; R.S. Field to J.S. Blauvelt1847
77D. Frelinghuysen to J.S. Blauvelt; W.P. Garrison to J. S. Blauvelt; Merrill E. Gates to Blauvelt1841; 1884;1884
78James L. Graham to J.S. Blauvelt (Multiple letters)1841-1850
79Henry Woodhull Green to J.S. Blauvelt (Multiple letters)1838-1843
710John Colt; Roswell L. Colt; W.H. Corkin to J.S. Blauvelt (Multiple letters)1832-1891
711John Griggs to R. B. Blauvelt; A. Hamilton to Augustus Fleming; Peter Augustus Jay to Robert Boggs; Peter Kean to Robert Boggs1832-1891
712James Kearney to J. S. Blauvelt; Laurence Kearny & Philip Kearny; G. W. Kemble to Robert Boggs1823-1850
713William Keeble to Robert Boggs; Frank T. Lloyd to J. Lawrence Boggs; John Moore to Robert J. Blauvelt1825-1897
714James S. Nevins to J.S. Blauvelt1846-1858
715Charles O'Connor to J.S. Blauvelt; Charles S. Olden Letters; James Parker Letters1835-1862
716William Pennington to J.S. Blauvelt; H.C. Pitney to A. D. Mellich; Mahlon Pitney to J. Lawrence Boggs1854-1912
717Robert Ray; J. W. Scudder to J.S. Blauvelt; A.M. Schemerhorn to J.S. Blauvelt1843-1856
718 J. W. Scott to J.S. Blauvelt; B.D. Silliman to J.S. Blauvelt; Bayard Stockton to J. Lawrence Boggs1844-1913
719 Charles Stokes to J.S. Blauvelt; William S. Stryker to Mr. Pumfelly; Charles E. Strong Letters1852-1890
720F.J. Swayze to J.S. Blauvelt; John Ten Eyck to J.L. Boggs1861-1913
721Peter D. Vroom letters1842-1850
722Garet D. Wall to John S. Blauvelt; William L. Whitehead to J.S. Blauvelt; Charles Wilkes to Robert Boggs1826-1855
723Joshua Wright letters1848-1853

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Series 7: Kearny estate

BoxFolderTitleDate
81Letters to James Lawrence Kearny during World War I1886-1918
82Michael Kearny Accounts1775-1806
83Michael Kearny Correspondence1775-1806
84Michael Kearny Legal Documents1785-1880
85Michael Kearny Miscellaneous Documents1785-1880
86Michael Kearny Legal Documents1789-1880
87Michael Kearny Legal Documents1741-1883
88Michael Kearny Personal Correspondence1785-1909
89Michael Kearny Legal Documents1756-1873
810Cuthberts Estate Instructions1871
811Micheal Kearny Estate Business Related1768-1865
812Kearny genealogy1886
813Francis Kearny Documents
BoxFolderTitleDate
91Francis Kearny Documents, including engraving apprentice contracts
92Michael Kearny Estate Indentures/Map1788-1805
93Michael Kearny Estate Cuthbert Documents1837-1875
94Micheal Kearny Estate Legal Documents1832-1875
95Michael Kearny Estate Legal Documents1832-1875
96Michael Kearny Estate Correspondence/Accounts1794-1804
97Michael Kearny Estate scraps of correspondence/Accounts1794-1804
98New York World newspaper1865
99Michael Kearny Estate correspondence1740-1872
910Michael Kearny Estate accounts1767-1810

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Series 8: Robert Hunter Morris Estate Documents

BoxFolderTitleDate
101 Correspondence1683-1829
102Indentures/ Business Papers1775-1806
103Daily entries1781-1784
104Business correspondence1783-1806
105Business correspondence1751-1795
106Morris documents1751-1795
107Accounts1793-1798
108Correspondence1754-1788
109Legal documents1764-1804
1010Assorted documents1737-1821
1011Accounts/Correspondence1748-1828
1012Accounts/Correspondence1748-1828
1013Correspondence/Official Documents1776-1797
1014Correspondence/Indentures1776-1797
1015Correspondence/Official documents1788-1805
1016Indentures/Assorted documents1700-1775

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Series 9: Musical Scores

BoxFolderTitleDate
111 Hand written musical notation booklet "Du devin du village"n.d
112Hand written musical notation booklet"The white cockade", "O Who Will O'er the Down Go Free"n.d.
113Printed music booklets for the piano1880s
114Bound collection of music booklets belonging to "Sophie Condict"1880s
115Various printed musical notation booklets (poor condition)n.d.
Box TitleDate
Ledger size box 1 Bound book of musical scoresn.d.
Box TitleDate
Ledger size box 2 Bound book of musical scoresn.d.
Box TitleDate
Ledger size box 3 Bound book of musical scoresn.d.

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Series 10: World War I items

Box TitleDate
12 2 small boxes containing cards that each list the title of a World War I posterca. 1914-1918
BoxFolderTitleDate
131 J. Lawrence Boggs, correspondence with military organization (1 of 3) 1919
132 J. Lawrence Boggs, correspondence with military organization (2 of 3) 1919
133 J. Lawrence Boggs, correspondence with military organization (3 of 3) 1919
134 J. Lawrence Boggs, correspondence to relief organization & insurance companiesn.d.
135 Lawrence Boggs, correspondence to relief organization & insurance companies 1919-1920
136 Lawrence Boggs, correspondence with political organizations, universities, newspapers, & libraries 1918-1923
137J. Lawrence Boggs, correspondence with political organizations, universities, newspapers, & libraries 1919-1923
138J. Lawrence Boggs, correspondence: postcards, news clippings, membership history & WWI relief organization (1 of 3)1819-1919
139J. Lawrence Boggs, correspondence: postcards, news clippings, membership history & WWI relief organization (2 of 3)1918-1919
1310J. Lawrence Boggs, correspondence: postcards, news clippings, membership history & WWI relief organization (3 of 3)1918-1919
1311Boggs Papers: French & Belgian War Relief (WWI) (1 of 4)ca. 1918
1312Boggs Papers: French & Belgian War Relief (WWI) (2 of 4)ca. 1918
1313Boggs Papers: French & Belgian War Relief (WWI) (3 of 4)ca. 1918
1314Boggs Papers: French & Belgian War Relief (WWI) (4 of 4)ca. 1918

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