Ogden Family Collection
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- Ogden family.
- Title and dates:
- Ogden Family Collection
- Consists of miscellaneous letters and documents--originals as well as copies--relating to multiple generations of the Ogden family of Elizabeth (formerly Elizabethtown), New Jersey.
- 0.6 linear feet
- 1 archival box, 1 half-size archival box
- Call number:
- Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections
Princeton, New Jersey 08544 USA
- Language(s) of materials:
- Storage note:
- This collection is stored onsite at Firestone Library.
The Ogden family of Elizabeth (formerly Elizabethtown), in Union County, New Jersey includes the family's American founding father, John Ogden, who settled in Elizabethtown in the 1680s; Aaron Ogden (1756-1839, Princeton Class of 1773), a governor of New Jersey; Robert Ogden (1687-1733); his namesake son Robert Ogden (1716-1787); and the third generation with the same name, Robert Ogden (1746-1826, Princeton Class of 1765).
TThe main portion consists of original correspondence, deeds, receipts, manuscripts, financial documents, some relating to the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), and other documents of several members of the Ogden family of Elizabeth (formerly Elizabethtown), New Jersey. ‡b Various members of the Ogden family are represented including Aaron Ogden (Princeton Class of 1773), Abraham Ogden, David Ogden, Ernest H. Ogden, Francis Barber Ogden, John Ogden, Mathias Ogden, Oliver Wayne Ogden, Robert Ogden (Princeton Class of 1765), and Samuel Ogden. Most of the correspondence concerns New Jersey State government, legal, political, or military issues; while some is regarding the sale of land or of slaves, or regarding bonds payable to the Trustees of the College of New Jersey. Included is a letter from Robert Ogden to Aaron Burr, dated 1757, with advice on how to prevent William Morris from becoming governor of New Jersey; a letter from Ernest H. Ogden to Philip Ricard Fendall (Princeton Class of 1815) asking him to deliver a public oration for the Cliosophic Society on July 4, 1832; a letter from Robert Ogden to Jonathan Sergeant (Princeton Class of 1762) regarding a bond from Elias Woodruff payable to the Trustees of the College of New Jersey; and a letter from Samuel Ogden also to Sergeant dated 1775, asking him to bring action in the Supreme Court against Lord Sterling to recover very large sums of money. Other correspondents include John Branch, Elias B. Dayton, Jonathan Dayton (Princeton Class of 1776),Thomas Gibbons, Robert C. Griffith, John Halstead, Esq., the Marquis de Lafayette, Nicholas Low, Garret Dorset Wall, and Benjamin Williamson (Princeton Class of 1827).
The documents include one of David Ogden titled "A Brief History of the Discovery of America and Settlement ...," an index in alphabetical order of Elizabethtown people on record, and a copy of a legal document concerning the title of lands in Newark, N.J. from the Indian Land Purchase. There is a document dated 1843 from Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas appointing Francis Barber Ogden as Consul of Texas in Liverpool, England. Included is an article of agreement between John Ogden, John Cooper, and John Clement dated 1727 for the transfer of a lot of land in Newark. There are two documents of Mathias Ogden; one is from the Continental Congress and one from the New Jersey Provincial Congress, dated 1775, appointing him Major of a Brigade in New York.
The second portion consists of photostats of original letters and documents relating to the Ogden family, collected by Mrs. Richard Kennedy. Various members of the Ogden family are represented, including the family's American founding father, John Ogden, who settled in Elizabethtown in 1664; Aaron Ogden; Robert Ogden (1687-1733); his namesake son Robert Ogden (1716-1787); and the third generation with the same name, Robert Ogden (1746-1826, Princeton Class of 1765). Also present are papers (1763-1771) concerning the College of New Jersey Lottery managed by Robert Ogden (1716-1787), estate inventories, deeds, a survey of land in Sussex County, genealogies, wills, and slave bills of sale. Correspondents include Aaron Burr, Jonathan Belcher, William Alexander, Elisha Boudinot, Stephen Crane, Ebenezer Platt, Samuel Meeker, and an Indian named Wickquaylis.
For additional information regarding the Ogden family, see The Ogden Family in America, Elizabethtown Branch, and Their English Ancestry, John Ogden, the Pilgrim, and his Descendants, 1640-1906, Their History, Biography & Genealogy (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1907) compiled by William Ogden Wheeler, and edited by Lawrence Van Alstyne and Rev. Charles Burr Ogden (P.U.L. call no. 1244.685.96).
Organized into two series:
Access and Use
Collection is open for research use.
Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information
Photoduplication of the photostats of the Kennedy collection is prohibited. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Associate University Librarian for Rare Books and Special Collections. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
Acquisition and Appraisal
The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.
Provenance and Acquisition
The photostats (Series 2) were made from originals in possession of Mrs. Richard (Jocelyn) Kennedy.
Processing and Other Information
This collection was processed by Rachel Jordan in 2004. Finding aid written by Rachel Jordan in 2004.
Descriptive Rules Used
Finding aid content adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard.
Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002 by Techbooks, Cristela García-Spitz, and Amy E. Armstrong on May 18, 2007. Created from MARC record via MarcEdit and XSL stylesheets in 2007.
Language(s) of this Finding Aid
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Ogden Family Collection, Box and Folder Number; Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.
- Ogden family.
- Kennedy, Richard, Mrs., former owner.
- College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.). Class of 1773.
- College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.) -- History -- 18th century -- Sources.
- College of New Jersey (Princeton, N.J.) -- Trustees -- 18th century.
- Princeton University -- Finance -- 18th century.
- Lotteries -- New Jersey -- 18th century.
- Slave records -- New Jersey -- 19th century.
- Educational fund raising -- New Jersey -- 18th century.
- Indian land transfers -- History -- Sources.
- Boonton (N.J.) -- History -- Sources.
- Elizabeth (N.J.) -- History -- Sources.
- Newark (N.J.) -- History -- Sources.
- New Jersey -- Governors -- 18th century.
- New Jersey -- History -- 18th century -- Sources.
- Union County (N.J.) -- History -- Sources.
- Family papers.
- Surveys (land).
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