Guide to the Newark, New Jersey Voting Registers 1812-1854 MG 265

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Descriptive Summary
Historical Note
Scope and Content Note
Restrictions
Access Points
Related Material
Administrative Information
Bibliography

Container List

Volumes


Guide to the Newark, New Jersey Voting Registers
1812-1854
MG 265
The New Jersey Historical Society
52 Park Place
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Contact: NJHS Library
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The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Inventory prepared by Luis Delfino, June 2001, 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. March 2006. 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

Title: Newark, New Jersey

Voting Registers

Dates: 1812-1854
Abstract: Lists of voters and election returns for Newark, 1812-1815, and for its South Ward, 1840-1842, 1853-1854.
Quantity: .02 linear feet (3 volumes)
Collection Number: MG 265

Historical Note

As Newark, New Jersey changed from an agricultural producer and market village into an industrial town in the early half of the nineteenth century, its population grew to the point that changes in its governance were necessary. In 1833, there was no building large enough to contain a town meeting, and steps were made toward municipal incorporation drafting a town charter. In 1836, the town charter was adopted by election, and Newark was divided into four separate wards for political purposes, named the East, West, North, and South Wards, which were composed of smaller districts. By the 1850’s, the wards were divided further and given number designations.

Elections in Newark were overseen by an election judge, and a number of election inspectors. Registration and vote counting was done by an election clerk.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of three voter registers: a citywide volume dating from 1812-1815, and two South Ward volumes dating from 1840-1842 and 1853-1854. Annual or bi-annual elections were held for offices such as electors of the President and Vice president of the United States, members of the House of Representatives, Mayor, Aldermen, Freeholders, Assessor, Sheriff, Town Council, General Assembly, School Committee, City Clerk, Surveyor, Coroner, and Election Judge.

The citywide volume contains the names of registered voters in five elections and was kept by election clerk Silas Hayes (fl. 1812-1815). The volume from 1840-1842 for the South Ward contains the names of registered voters in four elections and was kept by election clerk James J. Carter (d. 1875). The last volume for the South Ward contains the names of registered voters in two elections and was kept by election clerk Moses B. Coe (1802-1871).

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

**A PORTION OF THIS COLLECTION IS AVAILABLE ON MICROFILM. PLEASE CONSULT THE MICROFILM FIRST BEFORE REQUESTING TO VIEW THE ORIGINALS.**

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, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Carter, James J., d. 1875.
Coe, Moses B., 1802-1871.
Hayes, Silas, fl. 1812-1815.
Subject Topics:
Election officials–New Jersey–Newark.
Elections–New Jersey–Newark.
Voting registers–New Jersey–Newark.
Subject Places:
Essex County (N.J.)
Newark (N.J.)
Newark (N.J.)–Officials and employees.
Document Types:
Voters’ lists.

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Related Material

Manuscript Group 895, Bedminster Township, New Jersey Voting register

Manuscript Group 945, Morris County, New Jersey Voting register

Manuscript Group 1075, Paterson, New Jersey Voting register

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 265, Newark, New Jersey

Voting Registers, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

These volumes were gifts of David A. Hayes and William A. Whitehead, date unknown.

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Bibliography

Atkinson, Joseph. History of Newark. (William B. Guild, Newark N.J., 1878).

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Container List

Volumes

Box Title Date
1 (Ledger size) 3 volumes of Newark voters’ lists 1812-1813; 1840-1842; 1853-1854

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