Manuscript Group 27, Guide to the Boggs Family Collection 1737-1942

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
Arrangement
Restrictions
Access Points
Related Material
Administrative Information

Series Descriptions and Container List

Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Miscellaneous
Series 3: Composition Books and Scrapbooks
Series 4: Estate of Robert Morris (1750-1861) Documents
Series 5: Blauvelt Family Documents
Series 6: Autograph Collection
Series 7: Kearny estate
Series 8: Robert Hunter Morris Estate Documents
Series 9: Musical Scores
Series 10: World War I items

Guide to the Boggs Family Collection
1737-1942
MG 27
The New Jersey Historical Society
52 Park Place
Newark, New Jersey 07102
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Phone: (973) 596-8500 x249
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The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Inventory prepared by Laura Ruttum as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. July 2005. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.


     

Descriptive Summary

  Creator: Boggs Family
  Title: Boggs Family Collection
  Dates: 1737-1942
  Abstract: Consists of letters, financial statements, legal papers, and musical scores of the Boggs family in New Jersey and New York, and also of the allied Blauvelt, Kearny, and Lawrence families.
  Quantity: 4.5 linear ft. (13 boxes + 3 ledger sized boxes)
  Collection Number: MG 27

Biographical Note

The Boggs family North American genealogy begins with Ezekiel Boggs, a lawyer who emigrated from the north of Ireland in the early 1700s, originally settling in Delaware. Ezekiel and his wife Elizabeth had two children, Rebecca and James.

James Boggs (1740-1830) married Mary Morris, (1746-1831) the daughter of Robert Hunter Morris, the Chief Justice of New Jersey and governor of Pennsylvania, and sister of Judge Robert Morris, (d. 1815) who taught law at Rutgers College. James was a doctor and a loyalist who narrowly escaped capture by the Revolutionary forces, fleeing to Sandy Hook where he was taken aboard the Swan, a British sloop-of-war. He ten worked as a surgeon in New York, while his family remained in Shrewsbury, where they were able to remain due to Mary’s connections to the rebel army through her brother Robert. James surreptitiously visited his family throughout the remainder of the war, but was eventually forced to move with his wife and most of their children to Nova Scotia, thus forming the Canadian branch of the family.

James and Mary’s children included Robert, Samuel, Charles, Thomas, James Jr., Rebecca and Elizabeth. Robert Boggs, (1766-1831) one of the three children who remained in the United States, married three times: Mary Morris, Mary Lawrence and Maria Stewart. His first wife was his cousin Mary Morris, daughter of his uncle Robert Morris. They had two children.

Robert had studied law in the Rutgers College office of his uncle Robert Morris (who served with the Revolutionary troops) and practiced law in New Brunswick. Robert Boggs served as the Judge Advocate General of the New Jersey Militia from 1794-1795, then a clerk of the U.S. District Court from 1790-1815, and became a Rutgers trustee in 1800. He was one of the executors of his uncle Robert Morris’s will.

After the death of Mary Boggs (nee Morris) Robert married the second of his three wives, Mary Lawrence. Mary Lawrence was the daughter of John Lawrence and sister of Captain James Lawrence, (1781-1813) the heroic commander of the Chesapeake whose famous last words were, “Don’t give up the ship!” It is through this Mary that the Lawrence family came to be attached to the Boggs.

Robert and Mary’s children included John, James, Lucy, James Lawrence, Mary Rebecca, (who married John Scott Blauvelt, allying the Blauvelts with the Boggs) William Brenton, Charles Stewart and John Lawrence. Their son Charles S. Boggs served as a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War.

Robert and his third wife, Maria Stewart, appear to have had only one child.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the papers of the Boggs family, as well as the allied Blauvelt, Kearny and Lawrence families. The materials range in date from 1737 to 1950, and include correspondence; composition notebooks; diaries; estate, financial and legal papers; genealogies; and musical scores.

Also included in the collection are estate papers for various individuals-Robert Hunter Morris, Robert Morris, (ca. 1745-1815) and Michael Kearny (1725-1797)-that were maintained by Robert Boggs (1766-1831) in his duties as executor and attorney in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Other materials of note include manuscript copies of New Jersey Loyalist claims from 1798; material from the 1844 New Jersey Constitutional Convention; biographical data collected by Joseph M. Ward, regarding those members of the Kane Masonic Lodge number 454 of New York City who fought in the Civil War; materials on the Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures, as well as the West New Jersey Society; and the papers of the donor, J. Lawrence Boggs, documenting efforts on behalf of French refugees during World War I.

It is believed that the Kearny papers were obtained through the Lawrence branch of the family: Mary Lawrence’s aunt Elizabeth married Michael Kearny (1725-1797), and Elizabeth and Michael were the parents of Lawrence Kearny, a Commodore of the U.S. Navy.

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Arrangement

This collection is organized into five series:

Series 1: General Correspondence

Series 2: Miscellaneous

Series 3: Composition Books and Scrapbooks

Series 4: Estate of Robert Morris Documents

Series 5: Blauvelt Family Documents

Series 6: Autograph Collection

Series 7: Michael Kearny Estate Documents

Series 8: Robert Hunter Morris Estate Documents

Series 9: Musical Scores

Series 10: World War I Items

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Use Restrictions

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

The New Jersey Historical Society complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.

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Access Points

  The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, and forms documented in this collection.
  Subject Names:
    Alexander, William, 1726-1783.
    Blauvelt, John S.
    Blauvelt family.
    Bloomfield, Joseph, 1753-1823.
    Boggs, J. Lawrence (John Lawrence), b. 1865.
    Boggs, James, 1740-1830.
    Boggs, Robert, 1766-1831.
    Boggs family.
    Bonaparte, Charles J. (Charles Joseph), 1851-1921.
    Bradley, Joseph P., 1813-1892.
    Colt, Roswell L. (Roswell Lyman), 1779-1856.
    Corbin, William H. (William Horace), 1851-1912.
    Faesch, John Jacob, 1729-1799.
    Field, Richard Stockton, 1803-1870.
    Graham, James L. (James Lorimer), 1804-1882.
    Green, Henry Woodhull, 1804-1876.
    Griggs, John W.
    Hamilton, Alexander.
    Heard, John.
    Jay, Peter A. (Peter Augustus), 1776-1843.
    Kearny, Lawrence, 1789-1868.
    Kearny family.
    Lawrence, Elisha.
    Lawrence, John.
    Lawrence, Thomas.
    Lawrence family.
    Livingston, Robert R.
    Lloyd, Frank T. (Frank Tilghman), 1859-1951.
    Longstreet, John.
    Moore, John.
    Morris, Mary, 1746-1831.
    Morris, Robert, ca. 1745-1815.
    Morris, Robert Hunter, ca. 1700-1764.
    Nevius, James Schureman, 1796-1859
Ogden, David, 1707-1798.
    Ogden, David, 1707-1798.
    Olden, Charles S. (Charles Smith), 1799-1876.
    Parker, James, 1725-1797.
    Peary, Robert E. (Robert Edwin), 1856-1920.
    Pennington, William, 1796-1862.
    Pitney, Henry C.
    Ray, Robert
.
    Reckless, Anthony, b. 1821.
    Roosevelt, Theodore.
    Stockton, Bayard, 1853-1928.
    Strong, Charles E.
    Ten Eyck, John C. (John Conover), 1814-1879.
    Vanderbilt, John, d. 1842.
    Voorhees, Garret.
    Vroom, Peter Dumont, 1791-1873.
    Wall, Garret D. (Garret Dorset), 1783-1850.
    Ward, Marcus L. (Marcus Lawrence), 1812-1884.
    White, Anthony.
    Wilkes, Charles.
    Wilson, Peter, 1746-1825.
    Wright, Joshua G.
  Subject Organizations:
    Freemasons. Kane Lodge No. 454 (New York, N.Y.)
    Prudential Insurance Company of America.
    Society for Establishing Useful Manufactures.
    Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Jersey.
    West New Jersey Society.
  Subject Topics:
    Lawyers–New Jersey.
    Loyalists–New Jersey.
    World War, 1914-1918.
  Subject Places:
    New Brunswick (N.J.)
    New Jersey–History–1775-1865.
    New York (State)–History–1775-1865.
    United States–History–Civil War, 1861-1865.
    United States–History–Revolution, 1775-1783.
  Document Types:
    Account books.
    Bank statements.
    Contracts.
    Diaries.
    Essays.
    Estate records.
    Genealogies.
    Indentures.
    Letters (Correspondence)
    Military records.
    Postcards.
    Receipts.
    Scores.
    Scrapbooks.

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Related Material

For related materials in print on the Boggs Family, see:

Boggs, J. Lawrence. History in the Making: 1676-1920. Books and Autographs; the Property of John Lawrence Boggs of Newark, New Jersey

Boggs, W.E. Genealogical Record of the Boggs Family; the Descendants of Ezekiel Boggs. Halifax: Royal Print (1916).

Boggs, W.E. The Boggs Family. Granville, Ohio (1916).

Boggs, William. The Genealogy of the Boggs Family of New Jersey and Nova Scotia. West Somerville, Mass. (1908?).

Monette, O. First Settlers of Woodbridge and Piscataway: Olde East New Jersey, 1664-1714. Los Angeles: Leroy Carman Press (1933).

For related collections on the Boggs Family at the New Jersey Historical Society, see:

Manuscript Group 57, Lawrence Kearny Papers

Manuscript Group 210, Surveyors’ Journals Papers

Manuscript Group 258, John Lawrence Papers

Manuscript Group 285, Raritan Bay Union and Eagleswood Military Academy Papers

Manuscript Group 711, John Lawrence Papers

For related collections on the Boggs Family at other institutions, see:

Kearny Family Papers, Business Papers, 1768-1851, Rutgers University Special Collections.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 27, Boggs Family Collection, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

This was a gift of J. Lawrence Boggs.

Processing Information

The introductory portion of this finding aid, including the biographical note, scope and content, and access points, was created by a project archivist as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by NHPRC. The project archivist consulted only the previously prepared container list when writing the introduction to the collection, not the materials themselves. It is not known who arranged the collection or when the container list was prepared.

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Series Descriptions and Container List

Series 1: Correspondence
Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Lawrence Family Correspondence/Misc. documents 1737-1816
1 2 Correspondence to various people from Anthony Reckless 1785-1796
1 3 Correspondence from Richard Stockton to Abraham Schuyler 1791 May 26
1 4 Cornelius Stevenson letters regarding the debt of William Paterson 1794-1797
1 5 Letters to and from James and Robert Boggs 1806-1821
1 6 Letters (business related) from James Boggs to Robert Boggs 1813-1814
1 7 Letters (business related) from James Boggs to Robert Boggs 1815-1816
1 8 Letters (business related) from James Boggs to Robert Boggs 1823-1826
1 9 Letters regarding and biographies of Kane Lodge Members 1897-1898
1 10 Letters regarding and biographies of Kane Lodge Members 1898
1 11 Letters regarding and biographies of Kane Lodge Members 1899-1900
1 12 Letters regarding and biographies of Kane Lodge Members n.d.
1 13 Lawrence-Boggs estate related correspondence 1904-1939
1 14 Letter of Admiral Perry to Joseph Ward 1904
Box Folder Title Date
2 1 Letters to and from Carroll S. Alden relating to Kearny family history 1928-1934
2 2 Robert R. Livingston Acknowledgement of Account n.d.
2 3 Thomas Raymond to J. Lawrence Boggs 1917

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Series 2: Miscellaneous
Box Folder Title Date
2 4 Court order signed by William Franklin 1774
2 5 Written legal case Christopher and John Van Pelt n.d.
2 6 C. Demarque “Solo for the violoncello” musical notation ca. 1700s
2 7 Boggs family assorted documents 1706-1846
2 8 Boggs genealogical information (ledgers and sheets) 1716-1900
2 9 Deed from James Alexander 1744
2 10 Naval fighting instructions 1760
2 11 Certificate signed by Lord Sterling 1767
2 12 James Parker, Bill in Chancery 1791
2 13 Copies of claims owed to N.J. Tories 1798
2 14 Copies of claims owed to N.J. Tories (continued) 1798
2 15 Accounts of James Boggs 1804-1811
2 16 H. Boggs Account Book 1819
2 17 Miscellaneous documents ca. 1825-1860s
2 18 Cornelius Van Ness Spanish document (translation included) 1830
2 19 Letters and notes regarding Society for Establishing Useful Manufacturers 1832-1868
2 20 Lucien Murat Promissary Note 1833
2 21 Letters and notes regarding Constitutional Convention of 1844 ca. 1844
2 22 Printed Documents ca. 1860s
Box Folder Title Date
3 1 Ewing Genealogical Documents 1893-1902
3 2 Kearny famly history document n.d.
3 3 Crane family clippings/pamphlets n.d.
3 4 Society of the Cincinnati” Documents ca. 1930s
3 5 Prudential Insurance Papers 1950s

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Series 3: Composition Books and Scrapbooks
Box Folder Title Date
3 6 Composition notebook : notes on Philip Kearny, NY history n.d.
3 7 Journal of Mary R. L. Boggs: trip to Italy 1830
3 8 Composition book n.d.
3 9 J. Lawrence Boggs composition book, St. Paul’s 1882
3 10 Mary Boggs student’s composition composition/scrapbook 1819
Box Folder Title Date
4 1 Tissue letter book of A. Lloyd 1859-1860
4 2 Scrapbook with newspaper/magazine clippings n.d.
4 3 J. Lawrence Boggs Scrapbook 1873
4 4 Christina Newton Boggs Scrapbook 1906
4 5 Scrapbook with newspaper clippings 1860s-1880s
4 6 Poetry clipping Scrapbook n.d.

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Series 4: Estate of Robert Morris (1750-1861) Documents
Box Folder Title Date
5 1 Indentures 1789-1822
5 2 Correspondence 1783
5 3 Indentures/Land surveys 1782-1832
5 4 Correspondence 1785
5 5 Correspondence–Business Related 1785-1821
5 6 Indentures 1761-1840
5 7 Indentures 1763-1803
5 8 Multi-page official documents 1750-1861
5 9 Accounts/Invoices/Receipts 1777-1814
5 10 Land Sales and Indentures (Garrett Voorhees, Anthony White, Robert Morris, John Longstreet, John Heard) 1768-1832
5 11 Miscellaneous 1791-1821

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Series 5: Blauvelt Family Documents
Box Folder Title Date
6 1 Correspondence 1768-1846
6 2 Correspondence 1768-1846
6 3 Miscellaneous 1816-1898
6 4 Miscellaneous 1816-1898
6 5 Correspondence ca. 1829-1921

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Series 6: Autograph Collection
Box Folder Title Date
7 1 Miscellaneous names A-D 1826-1886
7 2 Charles J. Bonaparte to Robert B. Blauvelt 1889
7 3 Joseph P. Bradley to J.S. Blauvelt 1854
7 4 Thomas T. Craven to J.S. Blauvelt 1847
7 5 Tunis Craven to J.S. Blauvelt 1847
7 6 William Dodge to J.C. Blauvelt; R.S. Field to J.S. Blauvelt 1847
7 7 D. Frelinghuysen to J.S. Blauvelt; W.P. Garrison to J. S. Blauvelt; Merrill E. Gates to Blauvelt 1841; 1884;1884
7 8 James L. Graham to J.S. Blauvelt (Multiple letters) 1841-1850
7 9 Henry Woodhull Green to J.S. Blauvelt (Multiple letters) 1838-1843
7 10 John Colt; Roswell L. Colt; W.H. Corkin to J.S. Blauvelt (Multiple letters) 1832-1891
7 11 John Griggs to R. B. Blauvelt; A. Hamilton to Augustus Fleming; Peter Augustus Jay to Robert Boggs; Peter Kean to Robert Boggs 1832-1891
7 12 James Kearney to J. S. Blauvelt; Laurence Kearny & Philip Kearny; G. W. Kemble to Robert Boggs 1823-1850
7 13 William Keeble to Robert Boggs; Frank T. Lloyd to J. Lawrence Boggs; John Moore to Robert J. Blauvelt 1825-1897
7 14 James S. Nevins to J.S. Blauvelt 1846-1858
7 15 Charles O’Connor to J.S. Blauvelt; Charles S. Olden Letters; James Parker Letters 1835-1862
7 16 William Pennington to J.S. Blauvelt; H.C. Pitney to A. D. Mellich; Mahlon Pitney to J. Lawrence Boggs 1854-1912
7 17 Robert Ray; J. W. Scudder to J.S. Blauvelt; A.M. Schemerhorn to J.S. Blauvelt 1843-1856
7 18 J. W. Scott to J.S. Blauvelt; B.D. Silliman to J.S. Blauvelt; Bayard Stockton to J. Lawrence Boggs 1844-1913
7 19 Charles Stokes to J.S. Blauvelt; William S. Stryker to Mr. Pumfelly; Charles E. Strong Letters 1852-1890
7 20 F.J. Swayze to J.S. Blauvelt; John Ten Eyck to J.L. Boggs 1861-1913
7 21 Peter D. Vroom letters 1842-1850
7 22 Garet D. Wall to John S. Blauvelt; William L. Whitehead to J.S. Blauvelt; Charles Wilkes to Robert Boggs 1826-1855
7 23 Joshua Wright letters 1848-1853

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Series 7: Kearny estate
Box Folder Title Date
8 1 Letters to James Lawrence Kearny during World War I 1886-1918
8 2 Michael Kearny Accounts 1775-1806
8 3 Michael Kearny Correspondence 1775-1806
8 4 Michael Kearny Legal Documents 1785-1880
8 5 Michael Kearny Miscellaneous Documents 1785-1880
8 6 Michael Kearny Legal Documents 1789-1880
8 7 Michael Kearny Legal Documents 1741-1883
8 8 Michael Kearny Personal Correspondence 1785-1909
8 9 Michael Kearny Legal Documents 1756-1873
8 10 Cuthberts Estate Instructions 1871
8 11 Micheal Kearny Estate Business Related 1768-1865
8 12 Kearny genealogy 1886
8 13 Francis Kearny Documents  
Box Folder Title Date
9 1 Francis Kearny Documents, including engraving apprentice contracts  
9 2 Michael Kearny Estate Indentures/Map 1788-1805
9 3 Michael Kearny Estate Cuthbert Documents 1837-1875
9 4 Micheal Kearny Estate Legal Documents 1832-1875
9 5 Michael Kearny Estate Legal Documents 1832-1875
9 6 Michael Kearny Estate Correspondence/Accounts 1794-1804
9 7 Michael Kearny Estate scraps of correspondence/Accounts 1794-1804
9 8 New York World newspaper 1865
9 9 Michael Kearny Estate correspondence 1740-1872
9 10 Michael Kearny Estate accounts 1767-1810

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Series 8: Robert Hunter Morris Estate Documents
Box Folder Title Date
10 1 Correspondence 1683-1829
10 2 Indentures/ Business Papers 1775-1806
10 3 Daily entries 1781-1784
10 4 Business correspondence 1783-1806
10 5 Business correspondence 1751-1795
10 6 Morris documents 1751-1795
10 7 Accounts 1793-1798
10 8 Correspondence 1754-1788
10 9 Legal documents 1764-1804
10 10 Assorted documents 1737-1821
10 11 Accounts/Correspondence 1748-1828
10 12 Accounts/Correspondence 1748-1828
10 13 Correspondence/Official Documents 1776-1797
10 14 Correspondence/Indentures 1776-1797
10 15 Correspondence/Official documents 1788-1805
10 16 Indentures/Assorted documents 1700-1775

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Series 9: Musical Scores
Box Folder Title Date
11 1 Hand written musical notation booklet “Du devin du village” n.d
11 2 Hand written musical notation booklet”The white cockade”, “O Who Will O’er the Down Go Free” n.d.
11 3 Printed music booklets for the piano 1880s
11 4 Bound collection of music booklets belonging to “Sophie Condict” 1880s
11 5 Various printed musical notation booklets (poor condition) n.d.
Box   Title Date
Ledger size box 1   Bound book of musical scores n.d.
Box   Title Date
Ledger size box 2   Bound book of musical scores n.d.
Box   Title Date
Ledger size box 3   Bound book of musical scores n.d.

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Series 10: World War I items
Box   Title Date
12   2 small boxes containing cards that each list the title of a World War I poster ca. 1914-1918
Box Folder Title Date
13 1 J. Lawrence Boggs, correspondence with military organization (1 of 3) 1919
13 2 J. Lawrence Boggs, correspondence with military organization (2 of 3) 1919
13 3 J. Lawrence Boggs, correspondence with military organization (3 of 3) 1919
13 4 J. Lawrence Boggs, correspondence to relief organization & insurance companies n.d.
13 5 Lawrence Boggs, correspondence to relief organization & insurance companies 1919-1920
13 6 Lawrence Boggs, correspondence with political organizations, universities, newspapers, & libraries 1918-1923
13 7 J. Lawrence Boggs, correspondence with political organizations, universities, newspapers, & libraries 1919-1923
13 8 J. Lawrence Boggs, correspondence: postcards, news clippings, membership history & WWI relief organization (1 of 3) 1819-1919
13 9 J. Lawrence Boggs, correspondence: postcards, news clippings, membership history & WWI relief organization (2 of 3) 1918-1919
13 10 J. Lawrence Boggs, correspondence: postcards, news clippings, membership history & WWI relief organization (3 of 3) 1918-1919
13 11 Boggs Papers: French & Belgian War Relief (WWI) (1 of 4) ca. 1918
13 12 Boggs Papers: French & Belgian War Relief (WWI) (2 of 4) ca. 1918
13 13 Boggs Papers: French & Belgian War Relief (WWI) (3 of 4) ca. 1918
13 14 Boggs Papers: French & Belgian War Relief (WWI) (4 of 4) ca. 1918

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