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Copybook ca. 1765
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Inventory prepared by Kim Charlton 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. November 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.
The copybook seems to have been prepared by Catharine and/or George Brinckerhoff, two of the six children of Catharine Van Wyck and Richard Brinckerhoff of New York City. Catharine Brinckerhoff married Harvey Peters, also of New York, and resided in that city until his death in 1827. She then moved to Parsippany, New Jersey to be near her brother’s family. She died a year later in September of 1828.
George O. (also identified as D. or C.) Brinckerhoff left New York as a young man and relocated to Mount Hope, New Jersey. Once there he went into the iron and mining business with his brother-in-law John Jacob Faesch. He married Euphemia Ashfield on January 12, 1793 and they had two daughters, Eliza and Euphemia Maria. The family soon moved to Parsippany, New Jersey in 1797 where George Brinckerhoff was appointed Parsippany’s postmaster in 1817. He died in 1827.
This volume seems to be the copybook of George and/or Catharine Brinckerhoff. Though the inscription on the cover of the book reads, “George Brinkerhoff 1765,” there is an entry near the beginning of the volume that reads, “Composed by Miss Catharine Brinckerhoff.” The book contains the copied poems of many different authors and it is unclear whether George copied Catharine’s poems into the book, or whether she owned the book herself. Either way it belonged to the Brinckerhoff family.
The inside page of the copybook reads, “Select pieces, Select Book pieces” and the volume itself contains elegies, epitaphs, hymns, and satires. These pieces are written by such authors as Langhorn, Milton, Gray, Young, Goldsmith and Homer. The only date in the volume is the one on the cover, 1765.
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 77, Catharine Brinckerhoff (d. 1828) and George Brinckerhoff (d. 1827)
Copybook, The New Jersey Historical Society.
Bequest of Ruth E. Fairchild, 1922.