Guide to the Papers of Jonas Wade 1792-1821 MG 1029
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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.
Jonas Wade was born on September 4, 1757, to James Wade (1730-1774) and Hannah Hinman Wade (1731-1792). A supporter of the patriotic cause during the American Revolution, he served as a private in the Essex County Militia. It was at that time that British troops had destroyed much of his property in Connecticut Farms (now Union, New Jersey), which included 30 bushels of wheat, many articles of clothing, leather, as well as three buildings. The total extent of the damage was appraised at the value of 327 British pounds.
Wade was a part of a prominent family descended from Benjamin Wade, a clothier and wealthy landowner in Union Township, New Jersey. Along with his extensive landholdings in his native Union Township, he also possessed properties in the nearby towns of Elizabeth, Springfield, Chatham, and Long Hill. He also owned and operated a paper mill on his property in Union.
Wade married Rhoda Headley (1756-1837), the daughter of Samuel Headley. Together, they had ten children: James (1778-1819), Stephen (1780-1787), Phebe (1782-1867), Oliver (1784-1822), Noah (1787-1821), Maria (1788-1799), Harriet (1790-1864), Hannah (1792-1848), Eliza (1794-1872), and Jane (1797-1874). All of the children were born at the family home in Union, New Jersey.
Jonas Wade died at the age of 61 on August 9, 1819, in Springfield, New Jersey.
This collection contains the papers of Jonas Wade, covering the years 1792 to 1821. The papers include land deeds, land survey maps, notes, and other documents.
The papers include land deeds of property purchased by Wade in areas mostly confined to Essex and Union Counties in New Jersey, along with some land parcels located in Morris County. The municipalities where the properties were sold are Elizabethtown (Elizabeth), Springfield, Union, Connecticut Farms (Union), Long Hill, and Mendham. The real estate that Wade obtained possession of was from William Halsted, Halsted Coe, William Denman, David Ball, Joseph Bonner, Thomas Smith, Abraham Hutchings, Moses Smith, Mary Clark, Caleb Winans, and Daniel Runyon, and others. Wade’s land deeds date from 1792 to 1816. These deeds are oversize, and are arranged chronologically.
Also included in the oversize papers are land deeds of other parties, involving Thomas Smith and Moses Wade, and span the years 1796 to 1807. These are arranged alphabetically, and each person’s land deeds appear in chronological order.
Additionally, the papers contain land survey maps of real estate that Wade obtained throughout his life, dating from 1798 to 1821. These maps include properties in Elizabeth, Springfield, Union, and Chatham, and are arranged chronologically.
Included in the papers is a copy of the Last Will and Testament of Jonas Wade, dated July 15, 1816. This was the will that was executed upon Wade’s death in 1819. His estate was divided amongst his son, Oliver, and his daughters Phebe Worts, Harriet Wade, Hannah Townley, Eliza Wade and Jane Wade, with Oliver acting as executor of the will. It is of particular interest is that two of Wade’s sons, James and Noah, did not share in the inheritance of the bulk of his estate, since Wade felt that these sons “have already received from me directly and indirectly larger sums of money & other articles of value than the amount of what would prove to be on a just distribution of my Estate and equal share thereof.” With that in mind, he bequeathed to James Wade and Noah Wade the sum of one dollar each.
Various notes made by Wade on his real estate holdings complete the collection. These notes are arranged in the numerical order that Wade assigned them. It is possible that these notes, which contain the names and locations, as well as the acreage of each property, had been dockets for the land deeds included in this collection.
This collection is arranged by type of document and chronologically therein.
There are no access restrictions on this collection.
Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.
Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.
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For collections related to Jonas Wade and his family, see:
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1029, Jonas Wade Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.
The source of this collection is unknown.
The New Jersey Historical Society Biographical File.
Wade, Stuart Charles. The Wade Genealogy. Perth Amboy, New Jersey: The American Publishing Co., 1900.