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D.S. to Noah Crane, deed of land lying in Westfield Twp., N.J., undated

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of almost 200 eighteenth-century documents, mostly deeds to land, relating to several towns in Essex County, New Jersey, particularly Westfield, collected by Winans (Princeton Class of 1874). Included among this assortment are bills of sales of slaves (1807, 1811), a complete inventory of two estate sales (1790, 1800), and tax lists for Westfield (1790, 1824, 1828). These latter documents list the inhabitants by name and indicate, much like a census, the type of house each has, its size and material of construction, number of windows and outhouses, presence of a kitchen, number of acres of land owned, number of slaves owned, and the valuation of the dwelling and the land. Abraham Clark, signer of the Declaration, and Sir Francis Bernard, English colonial governor, are two notable figures represented in the collection.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

D.S. to Noah Crane, deed of land lying in Westfield Twp., N.J.; Winans Collection of New Jersey Documents, C0234, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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