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Bulk dates: 1850-1960
|Title:||Polhemus Family Papers|
|Abstract:||Consists of letters, certificates, wills, deeds, photographs, ephemera and genealogical information belonging to various members of the Polhemus family of Newark, NJ.|
|Quantity:||1 linear foot (3 boxes) located 5th fl. above Curator of Manuscripts desk|
|Collection Number:||MG 1681|
The Polhemus family was one of Newark's most prominent families. For ninety years, they resided at 69 Washington St. in downtown Newark. The family descended from clergyman Johannes Theodorus Polhemus, a Dutch immigrant of German descent who emigrated to the colony of New Netherland in 1654, settling in what is now Long Island, New York. Serving for many years as the first minister of the Dutch Reformed Church in Brooklyn, he died in 1676. He was granted land in Flatbush, Brooklyn by Governor Stuyvesant in 1662. He had 8 children with his wife Catherine Van Der Werven and a child born prior to that in the Netherlands.
One of Johannes Theodorus's many descendants was Rev. Abraham Polhemus. Born in 1812 Abraham graduated from Rutgers College in 1831, and from the New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 1835. He was pastor at the Reformed Dutch Church in Hopewell, New York, and later very briefly at the North Reformed Church in Newark, NJ in 1857 until his death later that year. After his death, his widow Eliza decided to stay in Newark and in 1859 commissioned the building of the Polhemus House at 69 Washington St. During his lifetime, Rev. Polhemus was very popular in the community and was known as a skilled orator and preacher. Abraham was also a descendant of Sarah Rapalye, the first female white child born in the colony of New Netherland.
Rev. Abraham's son, James Suydam Polhemus was born in 1856 in Dutchess County, N.Y. In 1857, the family moved to Newark, where James was raised. He attended Williams College and was a member of the New York Produce Exchange and became a successful wool merchant. He was marrried to Ida Bell Wagner, originally of Easton, Pa., and daughter of Dr. Charles Kuhn Wagner. James was president of the Holland Society of New York. and served as deacon and elder of the North Reformed Church in Newark.
James's son Frederick Suydam Polhemus was born in 1897 in Newark. In 1949, he moved his family to Princeton, where he established a law practice. His daughter, Elaine Ogden Polhemus was born ca. 1935, and is the donor of this collection. She attended the Prospect Hill Country Day School in Newark, Miss Fine's School in Princeton, N.J., Wellesleyan College, and the New York School of Social Work, Columbia University. She married Edward Earle Frost, Jr. in 1960. She is a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America.
As of 2007, the future of the Polhemus House in downtown Newark is still in question. Having been abandoned by the family in 1949, it became an office of the Reach McClinton Advertising Agency in 1959. It has been leased by the Newark Museum since 1982 and is in poor condition. In 2005, it was listed by Preservation New Jersey as one the state's ten most endangered historic sites. Currently, efforts are being made to incorporate the house into the museum's expansion plan and use the house as a gallery.
The collection consists of the letters, certificates, wills, deeds, photographs, ephemera and genealogical information belonging to various members of the Polhemus family of Newark, NJ and other related families such as the Callen, Pond, Kuhn, and Wagner families. Items of note include a photostatic copy of original 1662 deed of land to Johannes Theodorus Polhemus from Peter Stuyvesant. The various original deeds of land date back to 1781 and include land in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. The correspondence between various members of the Polhemus family dates back to the 19th century. There are deeds for individual cemetary plots in various cemetaries, and contracts and receipts from grave monument companies. There are family photographs, including one of Rev. Abraham Polhemus, and a photo album of labeled photographs. There are various certificates (birth, marriage, and death), passports and wills. There is ephemera from various New Jersey schools, including Princeton University and Rutgers University. The detailed genealogies included trace the family back to medieval Europe.
Althought the items pertain to dozens of different family and extended family members, Rev. Abraham, his son James Suydam, grandson Frederick Suydam, and great-granddaughter Elaine are very well represented. Also, there is some information on the history of the Polhemus House, located at 69 Washington St., Newark.
|The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.|
|Frost, Elaine Ogden Polhemus.|
|Polhemus, Abraham, 1812-1857.|
|Polhemus, Elizabeth Pond.|
|Polhemus, Frederick Suydam, 1897-1963.|
|Polhemus, Ida Bell Wagner, 1859-1946.|
|Polhemus, James Suydam, 1856-1934.|
|Polhemus, Johannes Theodorus, 1598-1676.|
|Wagner, Charles Kuhn, 1823-1898.|
|Charles Dallas Reach Company.|
|First Presbyterian Church (Princeton, N.J.)|
|Holland Society of New York.|
|Miss Fine's School (Princeton, N.J.)|
|North Reformed Church (Newark, N.J.)|
|Polhemus House (Newark, N.J.)|
|Prospect Hill Country Day School (Newark, N.J.)|
|Land titles--Registration and transfer--New Jersey.|
|Universities and colleges--New Jersey.|
For related collections on the Polhemus Family at other institutions, see:
Rutgers University Archives and Special Collections. Abraham Polhemus Travel Journal, MC 265.
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1681, Polhemus Family Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.
Donated by Elaine Ogden Polhemus Frost, 2007.
Endangered Historic Site : Polhemus House, 2005.Preservation New Jersey. 3 October 2007 <http://www.preservationnj.org/ten_most/ten_most_property_detail.asp?PropID=122>
The Polhemus family : a History and Genealogy of the First Six Generations of the Descendants in the Male Line of the Rev. Johannes Theodorus Polhem[i]usThe Polhemus family : a History and Genealogy of the First Six Generations of the Descendants in the Male Line of the Rev. Johannes Theodorus Polhem[i]us.Author and date unknown. Located in Box 2, folder 4 of the collection.
Polhemus Family Collection
|1||2||Cradle Roll Certificates: Elizabeth Pond and Elaine Ogden Polhemus Frost||1906;1936|
|1||3||Elizabeth Olds Pond (wife of Frederick Suydam Polhemus): birth certificate, marriage certificate, marriage service booklet, & passport||1927-1953|
|1||4||Dr. Charles Kuhn Wagner memorial tribute and his daughter Ida Bell Wagner's and son-in-law James Suydam Polhemus's (son of Rev. Abraham Polhemus) wedding invitation||1898-ca. 1930|
|1||5||Frederick and Elizabeth Polhemus: passports, vaccination certificates, birth certificate, death certificate, army discharge certificate||1919-1963|
|1||6||Deeds of land (2): Regarding land in Easton, Pennsylvania to George Frederick Wagner (also includes signatures of Richard Penn, John Penn, and Edmund Physick, and Mordecai Churchman)||1800-1826|
|1||7||Photostatic copies of original 1662 deed of land to Johannes Theodorus Polhemus from Peter Stuyvesant (original located in Princeton University Library)||ca. 1950s|
|1||8||Deeds of land and a bond: Frederick S. Polhemus, Eliza B. Polhemus, Edwin Van Antwerp, Charles K. Wagner.||1859-1948|
|1||9||Deeds of land: to Abraham Polhemus from Schenck and Rappelye (1781), and from Jonathan Lawrence (1815), Newtown, Queens County, New York||1781-1815|
|1||10||Will of Thomas Price, Sr. of Elizabethtown||1749/1750|
|1||11||Wills: Abraham Polhemus (1824), Abraham Polhemus (1843) and his wife Cornelia Polhemus (1878), Frederick Kuhn (1785), Frederick Wagner (1868?)||1785-1877|
|1||11||Wills: Josiah Callen (will and surrogate paper, 1867), Susan Callen (surrogate paper, 1871), Charles K. Wagner (typewritten copy of will written in 1898), James S. Polhemus (1929), Harriet K. Steele (1924), Ida B. Polhemus (1939), probated will of Frederick S. Polhemus (will written in 1958)||1967-1963|
|2||1||Cemetary plot documents for various family members||1850-1969|
|2||2||Rev. Abraham Polhemus related momentos : sermons, letters, poem, obituary, Rutgers College related items||1846-1937|
|2||3||"The Polhemus Family in Their European Home: Notes from AD 1150-1598 together with a Biographical Outline of Dominic Johannes Theodorus Polhemus, the American Settler." --Polhemus family genealogy written by Louis Piers de Boer.||n.d.|
|2||4||"The Polhemus family : a History and Genealogy of the First Six Generations of the Descendants in the Male Line of the Rev. Johannes Theodorus Polhem[i]us.--typewritten genealogy.||n.d.|
|2||5||Holland Society of New York items (Polhemus genealogy related)||1926-1951|
|2||6||Copies of obituary notices : James Suydam Polhemus and Ida Bell Wagner Polhemus||1934-1946|
|2||7||Polhemus family photographs||ca. 1850s-ca. 1945|
|2||8||Polhemus photograph book and a miniature of Charles Kuhn Wagner, MD.||n.d.|
|2||9||Photographs: daughters of Elaine Polhemus Frost||1982-1985|
|3||1||Newark Museum newsletters (2)||1925-1939|
|3||2||Princeton University ephemera, print of Morven, overhead photographs||1925-1939|
|3||3||Charles Dallas Reach Company (Reach McClinton Advertising Agency) articles, brochures, (the company moved into the Polhemus House in 1959.)||ca. 1959|
|3||4||North Reformed Church, Newark, NJ and First Presbyterian Church, Princeton NJ brochures, clippings, correspondence||ca. 1959|
|3||5||Present Day Club dinner attendance list, invitiation.||1951|
|3||6||Elaine Ogden Polhemus Frost-- copies of engangement and wedding announcements||ca. 1960|
|3||7||Prospect Hill Country Day School Newark, NJ (Elaine Ogden Polhemus Frost)||ca. 1947-1948|
|3||8||Miss Fine's School (Princeton, NJ) and Wellesley College ephemera, diploma, newsletter||1952-1957|
|OS||Large photographs of Frederick Polhemus's Princeton graduating class and school activities, law license, Polhemus coat of arms by Tiffany Studios||ca. 1918-ca. 1925|
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