Guide to the Journal of Daniel Roberts 1794-1800 MG 570


Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
Access Points
Administrative Information

Guide to the Journal of Daniel Roberts
MG 570
The New Jersey Historical Society
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Newark, New Jersey 07102
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The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Inventory prepared by Bob Golon as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Finding aid encoded by Danielle Kovacs. February 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

Creator: Daniel Roberts
Title: Daniel Roberts Journal
Dates: 1794-1800
Abstract: Consists of a photostatic copy of a journal kept by Daniel Roberts between May 1, 1794 and July 12, 1800.
Quantity: 1 volume
Collection Number: MG 570

Biographical Note

Daniel Roberts was a journeyman woolen material dyer, who also sought opportunities to teach the trade. It was in this quest that he set out on his six-year journey, in 1794. This journey would take him from his home in Connecticut, through eastern New York State and Northern New Jersey, then moving west into Eastern Pennsylvania. Prior to returning to his home in Connecticut, he would again travel through New Jersey and New York. His odyssey was mainly accomplished via horseback in the company of friends and acquaintances, stopping at their homes, as well as at inns and taverns along the way while making new friends and acquaintances at each new locale. He also traveled along the Hudson, Delaware, and Susquehanna Rivers via schooner and canoe. Twice he was able to settle in and teach his craft to schools for periods of one year each, in Teaneck, New Jersey in 1796, and in Philadelphia in 1798.

After leaving Philadelphia, he visited friends through New Jersey in Morristown, Hackensack, Newark, and Elizabethtown before deciding to return to visit friends and family in his native Litchfield County, Connecticut. Among the friends visited were Beverwyck Estates owner Tobias Boudinot and Old Paramus landowner Jacob Zabriskie. Boudinot’s estate previously belonged to his father-in-law, Lucas Von Beverhoudt, and it encompassed over 670 acres in Parsippany, N.J. During the Revolutionary Was, it was the center of Morris County social and political activities. Zabriskie owned an 80-acre farm and gristmill along the Saddle River, and was popularly known as “King Jacob” in Bergen County.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a photostatic copy of a journal kept by Daniel Roberts between May 1, 1794 and July 12, 1800, detailing his travel experiences from Connecticut through New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The collection also contains recipes for dying wools various colors.

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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, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Boudinot, Tobias, fl. 1798.
Roberts, Daniel, fl. 1794.
Zabriskie, Jacob, fl. 1798.
Subject Topics:
Dyes and dying–Wool.
Subject Places:
Bergen County (N.J.)
Elizabeth (N.J.)
Hackensack (N.J.)
Litchfield County (Conn.)
Morris County (N.J.)
Morristown (N.J.)
Parsippany-Troy Hills (N.J. : Township)
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Teaneck (N.J.)
Document Types:
Subject Occupations
Dyers–New Jersey.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 570, Daniel Roberts Journal, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. John E. Fox, 1963.

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