Guide to the Chester Township, New Jersey Overseers of the Poor Records1799-1826MG 85

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Access Points

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Record Books

Guide to the Chester Township, New Jersey Overseers of the Poor Records1799-1826MG 85Inventory prepared by Kim Charlton as part of the "Farm to City" project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Guide to the Chester Township, New Jersey Overseers of the Poor Records
1799-1826

MG 85



The New Jersey Historical Society
52 Park Place
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Contact: NJHS Library
Phone: (973) 596-8500 x249
Email: library@jerseyhistory.org
URL: http://www.jerseyhistory.org
© 2005 All rights reserved.
The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Inventory prepared by Kim Charlton 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. November 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: New Jersey Overseers of the Poor (Chester Township, N.J.)
Title: Guide to the Chester Township, New Jersey Overseers of the Poor Records
Dates1799-1826
Abstract: Minutes and financial accounts of the Overseers of the Poor of Chester, Morris County, New Jersey.
Quantity: 0.2 linear feet / 2 volumes
Collection Number: MG 85

Biographical Note

Emigrants from Easthampton and Southhold, Long Island settled Chester, New Jersey in 1713. The Township of Chester, however, was established in 1799 and was bounded on the north by Roxbury and Randolph Townships, on the east by Mendham Township, on the west by Washington Township, and on the south by Somerset County. In the 1880s, Chester Township became one of the most important mining districts in New Jersey.

Overseers of the Poor were appointed by the town committee and usually met at the township committee meetings where they decided how they would assist the poor of the town through shelter and food.

Return to the Table of Contents


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains two volumes of minutes of the Overseers of the Poor of Chester Township, Morris County with sections relating to the Committee of the Township of Chester. The records date from 1799-1826 and are organized in chronological order. They document the dispersal of funds to individuals and families in need, and the collection of state, county, dog and poor taxes.

Beneath the minutes of the meetings are accounts that show disbursements for cash assistance, medical attention, housing, food and clothing for families, adults and children including a "Negro Cook." The accounts also record the "selling of the poor" for lodging and work assistance and claims for the loss of sheep killed by dogs. Overseers include Daniel Horton; Phineas Horton; William Woodhull, Jr.; and others.

Return to the Table of Contents


Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Horton, Daniel.
Horton, Phineas.
Woodhull, William, Jr.
Subject Organizations:
Committee of the Township of Chester (Morris County, N.J.)
Overseers of the Poor of Chester Township (Morris County, N.J.)
Subject Topics:
Finance, Public--New Jersey--Chester.
Poor--New Jersey--Chester.
Poor--Services for--New Jersey--Chester.
Public welfare--New Jersey--Chester.
Taxation--New Jersey--Chester.
Subject Places:
Chester (N.J.)
Document Types:
Accounts.
Minutes.

Return to the Table of Contents


Related Material

Manuscript Group 159, Randolph Township, New Jersey Township Committee Minute book.

Manuscript Group 1024, Livingston, New Jersey Overseers of the Poor Records.

Manuscript Group 1034, East Windsor Township, New Jersey Overseers of the Poor Account book.

Return to the Table of Contents


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 85, Chester Township, New Jersey Overseers of the Poor Records, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

The source of this collection is unknown.

Return to the Table of Contents


Container List

 

Record Books

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Overseers of the Poor, Record Book 1799-1812
12Overseers of the Poor, Record Book 1811-1826

Return to the Top of Page

Submit a request to copy part of this collection

back

The New Jersey Historical Society
52 Park Place - Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 596-8500 - Fax: (973) 596-6957
Contact NJHS
Copyright © 2001, The New Jersey Historical Society
Our Privacy Policy - Site Map