Guide to a Somerset County, N.J. Legal Brief 1730 MG 1589


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Legal Brief

Guide to a Somerset County, N.J. Legal Brief
MG 1589
The New Jersey Historical Society
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Inventory prepared by Shawn Ryan Rosa.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. October 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.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Guide to a Somerset County, N.J. Legal Brief
Dates 1730
Abstract: Consists of one legal brief.
Quantity: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Collection Number: MG 1589

Historical Note

In 1664, Charles II, King of England, granted the colony known as New Jersey to his brother, James, Duke of York. Sub-division of New Jersey proceeded as James, Duke of York, made subsequent grants of land within the colony.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a legal brief, dated October 22, 1730, which concerns a dispute over 1100 acres of land in Somerset County, New Jersey. The legal brief was brought before John Montgomerie, the Colonial Governor, by David Coosaart and Rut van Horn against Effigham Townley, et al. In the brief, David Coosaart and Rut van Horn, plaintiffs, state their claim to the parcel of land in question.

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The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Coosaart, David.
Montgomerie, John.
Van Horn, Rut.
Subject Topics:
Land tenure–New Jersey–Somerset County.
Subject Places:
Somerset County (N.J.)
Document Types:
Legal documents.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1589, Legal Brief (Somerset County, N.J.), 1730, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the New Jersey Historical Society in December 2002.

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Legal Brief

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Appears to be a brief concerning the ownership of 1100 acres in Somerset County, in a lawsuit brought before the Colonial Governor by David Coosaart and Rut van Horn against Effigham Townley, et. al. The document records: (1) the grant of land by King Charles II, of England to his brother James, the Duke of York of the provinces of New Jersey, New York, and other territories (2) the gift of New Jersey by the Duke of York to Lord Berkeley and Sir George Carteret (3) the story of ownership troubles that resulted. 25 p. 1730 Oct. 22

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