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Clarke family
Clarke Family Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1710-1906 (mostly 1802-1890)
1 box and 0.45 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


The Clarke family lived and farmed in the Stony Brook - Quaker Bridge area of Middlesex County, New Jersey, now known as Clarkesville of Mercer County. The collection includes documents of the Clarke family such as deeds, wills, and mortgages of various generations of Clarkes.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of documents of the Clarke family. Included are twenty deeds, seven wills, and five mortgages of various generations of Clarkes; papers relating to family members who died intestate; inventories of household goods, documents, and receipts concerning the estates of William Clarke (1734-1802), Matthew Clarke (died circa 1820), Caleb Hulfish (died circa 1860), and David B. Hill (died circa 1888); and a diary (1886-1900) kept by William H. Clarke (d. 1906). Also included are miscellaneous documents such as a receipt (1794) for use of the (Quaker) Friend's School at Stony Brook, a New York marriage contract (1735) between John Clarke and Sarah Field, and an indenture (1865) binding an apprentice to John H. Clarke.

Many of the documents refer to other local residents of the 18th and 19th centuries, including Robert Stockton, Cornelius Covenhoven, Samuel Oldden [Olden], Robert White, Abraham Schuyler, and Henry E. Hale.


Organized according to document type: Deeds, Mortgages, Wills, Estate Papers, and Miscellaneous Papers

Collection Creator Biography:

The Clarke family lived and farmed in the Stony Brook - Quaker Bridge area of Middlesex County, New Jersey, now known as Clarkesville of Mercer County, which was created in 1838 by taking parts from adjacent counties.

Collection History


Gift of Francis S. MacIlvaine (Class of 1904) in 1958 (AM 16406).

Processing Information

Collection title was updated by Amy C. Vo for DACS compliancy in 2023.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Clarke Family Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1