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Inventory prepared by Jennifer Jhun.
Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. December 2004. 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.
Little is known about Lawrence H. Tasker, except that he owned land in Pompton, New Jersey, and that he ordered a detailed survey of this property in 1911. By August of the same year, Tasker sold his land to Heitaro Fujita.
This collection contains materials concerning the transfer of land in Pompton, New Jersey in the early twentieth century; specifically, the transfer of land from Lawrence H. Tasker to Heitaro Fujita. Before Trasker sold his property, he requested a detailed survey of land throughout the town of Pompton. Roome & Lamacha of Butler, New Jersey performed the survey, and compiled a list of property owners in the town. These names are listed in the field notes, in land deeds, and in a letter from Joseph P. Day to Hon. Shuh Tomi concerning the value of Heitaro Fujito’s property. The letter also includes the tax assessment of various properties and refers to the wish of the Japanese constituency to turn the land into a residence park or gentlemen’s country residence.
In addition, the collection also contains eight documents that are either land surveillances or land deeds. Land surveillances exist for properties owned by the following families: Wollstein, Drew, Weygant, Vandine, Sloat, and Dondero. Each of the land surveillances provides the detailed dimensions and compass readings of the properties. Land deeds record the property turnover from Robert Beatie [sic] and Ruth E., his wife, to Philip R. George; Lawrence H. Tasker to Heitaro Fujita; William H. Drayton to Peter Weatherwalks; and John M. Sloat to William T. Vanduyne. Each deed describes the property boundaries in specific detail. Finally, there is a property indenture involving Mary Elizabeth McCall and William M. Weygant.
The field notes taken during the survey of Lawrence H. Tasker’s land identify various locations within Pompton, New Jersey (mentioning specific streets) and include compass readings, dimensions measured in feet, and diagrams.
The collection also contains note cards that appear to be unrelated to the other materials. The note cards include a numbered and unnumbered list of names, landmarks, and locations; they are labeled Newfoundland, but in some cases clearly deal with sites in New Jersey.
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1609, Lawrence H. Tasker Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.
The source of this collection is unknown.