Guide to the Papers of John Van Blarcom 1772-1818 MG 999
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Inventory prepared by Stephen Yautz 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. September 2003. 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.
John (Johannes) Van Blarcom, the son of Hans and Marytje Van Blarcom, was born on July 7, 1751, in Bergen County, New Jersey. He was a farmer for all of his life, and settled on land in what is today Paramus, New Jersey. Van Blarcom married Rebecca Lebow (1750-1822), with whom he had one son, Albert (1781-1825). Van Blarcom died on March 31, 1829, and is buried at Union Cemetery in Wyckoff, New Jersey.
The papers consist of the financial records, contracts, indentures and correspondence of John Van Blarcom, and cover the years 1772 to 1818.
Amongst the papers are two real estate contracts, the first dated April 1, 1785, between the Proprietors of East Jersey, represented by Walter Rutherfurd and John Stevens, and John Van Blarcom, in which the Proprietors sold 78 acres of land to Van Blarcom for 234 Spanish Dollars. The other contract, dated February 5, 1787, is again between the Proprietors of East Jersey (represented by Azariah Dunham, John Stevens, and John Rutherford) and Van Blarcom. The title of the land in question was transferred to Van Blarcom for the sum of 500 United States dollars.
Also included in the papers are loan agreements made by Van Blarcom with John Garrison, Peter Demarest, Jacobus Demarest, Abraham Brower, Hannah Jenkins, and David Mandeville. The loan agreements cover the time span from 1772 to 1818. The debts are in various amounts, and are in currencies such as Spanish dollars, New York dollars, and United States dollars.
Two indentures are included in the papers; the first indenture is that of Timothy Thomas apprenticing himself to Evan Evans. The other indenture requires Peter Lebow and John Rap to pay the General Proprietors of East Jersey the sum of four pounds and sixteen shillings every year in rent for use of land for farming purposes. The indentures are dated July 27, 1780, and February 10, 1787, respectively.
The papers also contain various promissory notes involving Van Blarcom, and cover the years 1775 to 1799. Other papers in the collection are various bills and receipts, along with the power of attorney of Mary Sherwood from 1790, as well as a fragment of the last will of Roger Griffith. A letter from Jonathan Wheeler to Van Blarcom dated April 11, 1789, completes the collection.
This collection is arranged by type of document and chronologically therein.
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The source of this collection is unknown.
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 999, John Van Blarcom Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.
The Van Blarcom Family File, The New Jersey Historical Society.