Newspaper Extracts 1775
Morris Co. Up


The following information was taken from the New Jersey Archives Series Volume XXXI Extracts from American Newspapers Relating to New Jersey for the Year 1775. I have endeavored to list only those items that pertained to Morris County or people from Morris County, due to space limitation the full text may not always appear. Page numbers have been listed for those who wish to refer to the complete text.


p21 - From the New York Journal, No. 1670, Jan. 5, 1775

Stolen out of the pasture of the subscriber, at Hanover, in Morris county, East New-Jersey, on the night of the 26th of November, a sorrel horse, about 14 hands high, coming 6 years old. . . . It is supposed he was taken by one Joseph Bettes, born in New-England, and lately deserted from one of his Majesty's ships of war at Rhode Island. . . . Ten dollars reward, or five dollars for the horse alone, and all reasonable charges, paid by me.
  Hanover, Dec. 5, 1774.                                   Jonathan Ford.


p43 - From the New York Journal, No. 1673, Jan. 26, 1775

Run away from the subscriber, living near Sussex Courthouse, New-Jersey, on the 3d instant, an Irish servant lad, named Edward Moffat, about 16 years of age. . . .
  Jan. 14, 1775                                                     Thomas Anderson


p43 - From the New York Journal, No. 1673, Jan. 26, 1775

  NEW JERSEY, Sussex County —Notice is hereby given to the creditors of Matthias Clark, an insolvent debtor, now confined in the common gaol of the County of Sussex, that they appear before Hugh Hughes and Samuel Lunday, Esqrs., two of the Judges of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas for the county of Sussex, aforesaid. . . . [Usual insolvent debtor's notice.] [Another notice appears later giving date Apr. 6th next.]
  Jan. 10, 1775


p54 - From the New York Gazette, No. 1217, Feb. 6, 1775

  Yesterday was married at Morrissania, Samuel Ogden, Esq., of Morris county, in New-Jersey, to Miss Euphemia Morris, daughter of the late Col. Lewis Morris, of Westchester county; a truly amiable young lady.


p60 - From Rivington's N.Y. Gazetteer, No. 95, Feb. 9, 1775

  Last Saturday was married at Baskenridge, the seat of the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Stirling, Robert Watts, Esq., son of the Hon. John Watts, to Lady Mary Alexander, his Lordship's eldest daughter.


p70 - From the New York Journal, No. 1677, Feb. 22, 1775

  The Horse Goliah

  Is at James Tredwell's in Flanders, county of Morris. . . . Goliah is a most elegant English horse; he was bred in England, and got by old Sterling, one of the fleetest and most beautiful horses in the kingdom. . . .


p 71 - From the New-York Gazette, No. 1220, Feb. 27, 1775

Five Dollars Reward

  Run-away on the 20th inst. from the subscriber, living at Mendem, in Morris county, New-Jersey, a servant man who arrived here last fall with Capt. Moore, from Ireland, named James Brown: he is a shoemaker by trade, about 5 feet 8 inches high, and 23 years of age. . . . Whoever takes up and secures said servant, so that he may be had again, shall have the above reward, and all reasonable charges, from
                                                                          William Hudson


p 74 - From the New-York Journal No. 1678, March 2, 1775

To Be Sold

  On the premises, on Tuesday the fourth day of April next, at twelve of the clock at public vendue, if not before disposed of at private sale, a very valuable tract of land, situated in the township of Hanover, in the county of Morris, lying on a public road, which leads from Newark to Boon-Town, and about the distance of four miles from said Boon-Town, containing eighteen acres all cleared and in good repair, . . . . For further particulars, enquire of Mr. Samuel Parrot, or Mr. Benjamin Howell, both adjoining said premises, or of Nathan Howell, at Morris-Town, by whom the conditions of sale will be made known, and an indisputable title given.
  Morris-Town, Feb. 27, 1775.


p80 - From the New-York Journal No. 1679, March 9, 1775

This is to give notice

  That the subscriber intends to ride post from this place to New-York, and return here as usual, on every Tuesday afternoon; he also proposes to erect a complete and commodious Stage-waggon to go from his own house in Hanover, and call at the house of Joseph Morris, to the house of Thomas Kenney, Esq., and from thence set off at five o'clock on every Tuesday morning, commencing the first Tuesday in May next, . . .
  Morris-Town, 4th March, 1775                                  Constant Cooper


p80 - From the New-York Journal No. 1679, March 9, 1775

                                                                   Morris-Town, 4th March, 1775
  Last Wednesday at three o'clock, P.M., departed this Life, Phoebe, the wife of James M'Bride, who left her distressed and afflicted husband with three small helpless Children to bewail her loss. She is much lamented by her relations, neighbours, and all who had the pleasure of being acquainted with her virtuous life and conversations.


p80 - From the New-York Journal No. 1679, March 9, 1775

The Morris Town Stage Wagon

  Which was first set on foot, and has been, for upwards of 4 years continued by Daniel and Silas Burnet, being provided with good accommodations for passengers, ladies or gentlemen, will set out every Thursday morning early, from Powles-Hook ferry, and from the other stages on the road (weather permitting) at the usual times. . . . .


p84 - From the New-York Journal, No. 1680, March 16, 1775

To Be Sold

  And entered upon the first of April. The noted Tavern where Capt. Peter Dickerson now lives, in Morris Town, New-Jersey, which has been kept as such for fourteen years past. It is a large two story house, with six fire-places, and a good cellar under it; a large kitchen with a pantry, bed room, and conveniences for servants. Five acres of excellent good land adjoining, a good barn, stables, and out-houses, a good well of water at the door, and the best garden in town; it's noted for the best stand in the county of Morris for a Tavern, as to constant good custom. The purchaser may have a long time of payment for three-fourths of the purchase money. If not sold by the first day of May, it will be let for a number of years.
  Morris Town, March 13, 1775                                  Samuel Haines


p97 - From New-York Gazette, No. 1224, March 27, 1775

  New-Jersey, Morris-County, ss.: By order of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas in and for the county aforesaid, notice is hereby given to all the creditors of Aaron Burnet, John Jacks and William Pettit, insolvent debtors confined in gaol of said county, ....

  New-Jersey, Morris-County, ss.: By order of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas in and for the county aforesaid, notice is hereby given to all the creditors of Richard Edwards and John Stevens', insolvent debtors confined in gaol of said county, ....


p99 - From the New-York Journal, No. 1682, March 30, 1775

Three Pounds Reward

  Run-away from the subscriber, living in Morris county, East New-Jersey, an apprentice lad named Daniel Turry, about 19 of age, of a middling size, about 5 feet 5 inches high. . . . Whoever takes up the said apprentice and secure him, so that his master may have him again, shall have the above reward and reasonable charges, paid by me
                                                   Hartshorn Fitz Randolph


p100 - From the New-York Gazette, No. 1225, April 3, 1775

  The subscriber hereof take this method to inform the public that he intends erecting a stage waggon, to ply between Hacketts-Town, in Sussex county, and New-York, once a week, for one year, . . . through Flanders, Black-River, Mendem, and so to Morris-Town that day; . . . Good accommodations will be provided for passengers, and the best of treatment given by the public's most obedient humble servant,
                                                   Thomas Douglas


p108 - From the New-York Gazette, No. 1226, April 10, 1775

  The house of Mr. Benjamin Hathaway, of Morris-Town, in New-Jersey, was burnt to the ground last Thursday week, with every thing therein contained, except one bed; occasioned by a spark from the chimney falling on the roof.


p112 - From the New York Journal, No. 1684, April 13, 1775

  New Jersey, Morris County, ss.: William D. Hart, Esq., against Dr. Thomas Budd, Attachment. To be sold at vendue on Monday, the 15th day of May next, all the lands belonging to the said Thomas Budd, situated in Hanover, in the county of Morris, adjoining the plantations of Messrs. Ralph and Jasper Smith, supposed to be about two hundred acres, to be sold in small lots. The vendue to begin at ten o'clock, at the house of Mr. Ralph Smith, by Jabez Campfield, Matthew Lum, Joseph Wood, Auditors.


p119 - From the New York Gazette, No. 1228, April 24, 1775

Wanted

  Some persons who understand the nailing business. Good encouragement will be given by Samuel Ogden, at Boonston, New-Jersey.


p121 - From Dunlap's Penn's Packet, No. 183, April 24, 1775.

A List Of Letters

  Remaining in the Post-Office in Burlington, April 21, 1775.
Patrick M'Granahan, Mount Hope Furnace; . . .


p133 - From the New York Gazette, No. 1232, May 22, 1775

  [Will be] at Troy, in the county of Morris, East-New-Jersey, the last famous bay stallion imported by Mr. Hutchinson, called Bold Forrester. . . . As witness my hand,
                                                   John Hutchinson
  Troy is only seven miles distant from Morris Town, fifteen from Springfield, and twenty-one from Elizabeth-Town.

Peter Schermerhorn,

  Has for sale a quantity of pimento, deer-skins, rice, best copper indigo, and a few tons hemp.


p137 - From the New York Journal, No. 1690, May 25, 1775

Three Pounds Reward

  Runaway from the subscriber living in Morris county, East New Jersey, a servant man bought last December for a new comer into the county, by the name of Isaac Jones, but sworn before sent to a doctor to be cured of the foul disease, declares his name to be Solomon Isaac, is a Jew, was born in London, came into this country ten years ago, served seven years in Virginia or Maryland; from thence came to New-York, was put in gaol, had thirty lashes for stealing; then went to Philadelphia, where he was three times in gaol and punished for stealing. He is about 36 years of age, about five feet four inches high. . . . Whoever takes up said servant, and secures him so that his master may have him again, shall have the above reward and all reasonable charges paid by me.
                                                   Hartshorn Fitz Randolph
  As he is a grand villain it is very likely he will change his apparel and name, and cut off his hair. He can speak High Dutch, and is pitted with the small pox.


p138 - From the New York Journal, No. 1690, May 25, 1775

                                                   Roxbury, Morris County, East New-Jersey
                                                                                                      May 13, 1775

  The Committee of Observation for the Township of Roxbury having consulted Samuel Grandin, Esq., several times, with respect to his unfriendly conduct towards the proceedings of the Continental Congress, and finding him fixed in his opposition to them and their proceedings: Wherefore said Committee have agreed to deal with him agreeable to the eleventh article of the Continental Association, and, accordingly, to break off all dealings with him as a foe to the rights of British America. Signed by order of the Committee.
                                                   Nathan Cooper, Jun.


p143 - From the New York Gazette, No. 1234, June 5, 1775

  Run away from the subscriber, living at Paquanack, in Morris county, a servant man named William Ricket, about twenty-four years of age, five feet ten or eleven inches high. . . . Any person that takes up said runaway and secures him in any of his Majesty's gaols so that his master may have him again, shall receive ten dollars reward, and all reasonable charges paid by
                                                   John Harriman
  N.B. - His father's name was John Ricket, late of Brookland-Ferry, Long Island.


p156 - From the New York Gazette, No. 1236, June 19, 1775

  On Friday, the 9th of June, died at Morris Town, Mr. Thomas Cleverly, a man who lived beloved, and died lamented by his neighbors and acquaintance.


p159 - From the New York Journal, No. 1694, June 22, 1775

Stolen or Stranded

  From the subscriber living near the court house, in Morris county, New Jersey, a likely black horse, with a star in his forehead, . . .
                                                   Jonathan Benjamin


p163 - From the New York Journal, No. 1695, June 29, 1775

                                                   Morris County, Mendham Township, June 6
  Run-away from the Subscriber an indented servant man, named John Ogden, a weaver by trade. . . . Said servant is about five feet ten inches high, about forty nine years of age, and has short grey hair;  . . . .
                                                   John Chips


p166 - From the Pennsylvania Gazette, No. 2429, July 12, 1775

  Morris County, Court of Common Pleas.—Notice is hereby given to the respective creditors of Benjamin Day, Nathaniel Day and Hezekiah Freeman, insolvent debtors, . . . .


p173 - From the New York Gazette, No. 1241, July 24, 1775

  Strayed or stolen from the house of Peter Young, of Pequannock, Morris county, on the 27th of May last, a light bay horse, . . . .
                                                   Conrad Frank


p174 - From Rivington's New York Gazetteer, No. 199, July 27, 1775

  We hear from Morris county, in New-Jersey, that a woman there, who has been married only 17 years, has borne her husband 18 sons and two daughters, and is now to appearance in the very bloom of life.

Wanted Immediately.

  At the Hibernia Iron Works, in Morris county, New-Jersey, a number of labourers, to work at the coaling and other business, for which good wages will be given by the subscriber, living at the works.
  Hibernia, July 20, 1775                                                   Joseph Hoff


p181 - From the New York Journal, No. 1701, Aug. 10, 1775

Taken up trespassing, by the subscriber, a black mare, two years old, without mark, or brand as yet discovered, . . . .
                                                   James Pitney
  Morris County, Mendem Township, June 3, 1775


p187 - From the New York Journal, No. 1703, Aug. 24, 1775

                                                   Morris County, Hanover Town, August 21, 1775
  Whereas the wife of Ebenezer Stilles has eloped from his bed, this is to notify all persons that if they trust, or let her have any thing, they do it on their own risk, for I will not pay any thing after the date hereof.
                                                   Ebenezer Stilles


p192 - From the New York Journal, No. 1705, Sept. 7, 1775

  All persons that have any demands on the estate of Ezekiel Cheever, late of Morris Town, deceased, either by mortgage, bond, note, book debt, or otherwise, are desired for every particular reason to send them to the subscribers, by the first day of October next; . . . .
                                                   Jacob Morrell
                                                   Nathan Reeve
                                                   Jon. Cheever,
                                                                            Executors.


p198 - From the New York Journal, No. 1707, Sept. 21, 1775

To Be Sold

  On the premises, at private sale, a beautiful country seat, consisting of 17 acres of good land, most of it meadow, well fenced, situated in Morris county, Hanover township, four miles from Morris-Town, on the road from thence to Newark and Persipning and near a good grist mill. . . .
                                                   Jonas Phillips


p199 - From the New York Gazette, No. 1250, Sept. 25, 1775

  Run-away from the subscriber the 9th instant, living at Long Hill, County of Morris and Province of New-Jersey, a servant man named Arthur Stewart, born in Ireland, about 22 years old. . . .
                                                   Richard Runyon


p203 - From the New York Journal, No. 1709, Oct. 5, 1775

  Taken up by the subscriber and now confined in gaol at the White Plains, in Westchester county, an indented runaway servant man, named John Ogden, belonging to Mr. John Chips of Morris county, who may have him on application to the subscriber and paying charges.
September 28, 1775                  Gilbert Ogden


p203 - From the New York Gazette, No. 1252, Oct. 9, 1775

  Morris County, ss.: By order of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas in and for the county of Morris, notice is hereby given to all the creditors of Ebenezer Perry, Thomas Evans and Peter Owens, insolvent debtors, . . . .
  Morris-Town, October 2, 1775


p208 - From the New York Journal, No. 1711, Oct. 19, 1775

  Whereas the Fulling mill of Hanover, in Morris county, . . . advertised the 20th of last September for sale, but not being sold . . .
                                                   William Denniston, Clothier
At Hanover, Morris County.\


p222 - From the New York Journal, No. 1716, Nov. 23 1775

To Be Sold, At Private Sale

  A house and lot of land, situate on Morris-Town Green, in the county of Morris, and province of New-Jersey, contiguous, and next to the dwelling house and lot of land of Abraham Ogden, Esq. . . . and lately occupied by James M'Bride, merchant, and is now the property of the subscriber, living at Brooklin Ferry, opposite New-York, who will give an indisputable title for the same.
  November 15th, 1775                                                   Thomas Ivory


p236 - From the New York Journal, No. 1721, Dec 28, 1775

  Last Tuesday, about four hundred of the militia of this county, under the command of Col. Ephraim Martin and Mark Thompson, assembled and proceeded in good order and regularity in quest of Tories, a considerable number of whom (inhabitants of this county) had entered into a combination and agreement not to comply with any Congress measures; about forty, we hear, are taken, most of whom have recanted, signed the Association, and profess themselves true sons of liberty, being fully convinced of their error: and that two or three who remain incorrigible are to be sent to the Congress to be dealt with.

  I, Ezekiel Beach, of the township of Mendham, in the county of Morris, have heretofore, by my words and conduct, been guilty of opposing the good people of this country, in the measures by them adopted for preserving American Freedom, particularly saying, "I had rather the Ministerial troops would conquer the Continental," . . . .
                                                   Ezekiel Beach
  Signed at Morris-Town, this 23d day of December, 1775.
  Witnesses present: Thomas Milledge, Cornelius Ludrow, Peter Layten.


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