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|Creator:||Abeel, James, 1733-1825.|
|Title:||James Abeel (1733-1825), Deputy Quartermaster General
|Abstract:||Correspondence and records of James Abeel, primarily concerning his service as Deputy Quartermaster General, New Jersey Continental Line. Prior to being assigned to his post, Abeel was an officer in the First Battalion, New York City Militia.|
|Quantity:||0.5 linear feet|
|Collection Number:||MG 110|
James Abeel (1733-1825) was born and raised in New York City where he pursued a commercial career as a young man. During the American Revolution, he served in the First Battalion of the New York City Militia, the Continental Army, and by 1777, as deputy quartermaster general at Morristown, New Jersey. He dealt with the Continental Army’s provisions during their two Morristown encampments, the Middlebrook and Pluckemin encampments, and Valley Forge.
After the war, Abeel and his wife, Gertrude, secured profits from Revolutionary War certificates and acquired land in Washington County, New York.
This collection consists of 0.5 linear feet of correspondence, quartermaster records, and personal financial documents dating from 1761-1819. The collection documents the process by which the Continental Army was provisioned in and from New Jersey, especially during the years 1777-1781. It records the kind and quantity of supplies needed, their price, suppliers, and mode of delivery. The post-war material provides information concerning the financial history of New York during the 1780s and 1790s, especially through the exchange of war certificates and investment in real estate.
Includes correspondence of: William Alexander, Lord Stirling; Nathanael Greene; William Barber; William Maxwell; J. Burnet; John Mitchell; Richard Claiborne; Robert Morris (1734-1806); Solomon Myers Cohen; John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg; John Cox; Samuel Ogden; Philemon Dickerson; George Olney; John Jacob Faesch; Charles Pettit; Robert Forsyth; Jacob Weiss; and Mordecai Gist.
The papers are organized into three series:
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|The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.|
|Abeel, James, 1733-1825.|
|Alexander, William, 1726-1783.|
|Gist, Mordecai, 1742-1792.|
|Greene, Nathaniel, 1789-1841.|
|Morris, Robert, 1734-1806.|
|Muhlenberg, John Peter Gabriel, 1746-1807.|
|Washington, Martha, 1731-1802.|
|United States. Continental Army.|
|United States. Continental Army--Equipment.|
|Acquisition of property--New York.|
|Military camps--New Jersey.|
|New York (N.Y.)|
|United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Equipment and supplies.|
James Abeel's Letterbook, Call Number: E N 171 (Ely Collection)
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 110, James Abeel (1733-1825), Deputy Quartermaster General Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.
The source of this collection is unknown.
Series 1: Correspondence, 1777-1782, n. d.
Scope and Content:
This series consists of 14 folders of letters received by James Abeel during the years 1777-1782. The letters concern such issues as supplies, the cost of various items, and the needs of the troops (tents, horses, camp kettles, and so forth), as well as private reports on such events as the British evacuation of Rhode Island, and a visit to Martha Washington.
|1||1||James Abeel. Letters received||1777|
|1||2||James Abeel. Letters received||1778|
|1||3||James Abeel. Letters received||1778|
|1||4||James Abeel. Letters received||1779|
|1||5||James Abeel. Letters received||1779|
|1||6||James Abeel. Letters received||1779|
|1||7||James Abeel. Letters received||1779|
|1||8||James Abeel. Letters received||1779|
|1||9||James Abeel. Letters received||1780|
|1||10||James Abeel. Letters received||1780|
|1||11||James Abeel. Letters received||1780|
|1||12||James Abeel. Letters received||1780|
|1||13||James Abeel. Letters received||1781-1782|
|1||14||James Abeel. Letters received||n.d.|
Series 2: Business Records, 1776-1781.
Scope and Content:
This series consists of 7 folders of quartermaster records from the years 1776-1778. These items include receipts, accounts, and invoices for various services and supplies.
|1||15||James Abeel. Quartermaster’s records||1776|
|1||16||James Abeel. Quartermaster’s records||1777|
|1||17||James Abeel. Quartermaster’s records||1778|
|1||18||James Abeel. Quartermaster’s records||1779|
|1||19||James Abeel. Quartermaster’s records||1780|
|1||20||James Abeel. Quartermaster’s records||1780|
|1||21||James Abeel. Quartermaster’s records||1781|
Series 3: Personal finances, 1761-1819.
Scope and Content:
This series consists of 3 folders of documents that represent the financial activities of James Abeel as a private individual. These items include deeds, releases, and receipts; the sale of military rights, 1791; an account of payment for quit rents on the Cathoun patent, 1817; accounts of taxes paid by Abeel in various years; land surveys; and affidavits.
|1||22||James Abeel. Personal finances||1761-1787|
|1||23||James Abeel. Personal finances||1787-1797|
|1||24||James Abeel. Personal finances||n.d.-1819|
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