Manuscript Group 1010, Sydenham Family (Newark, NJ), Papers, 1717 – 1779

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Manuscript Group 1010, Sydenham Family (Newark, NJ)

Papers, 1717 – 1779, 0.1 linear feet / 22 items

Call Number: MG 1010



Principally indentures pertaining to John Sydenham (ca. 1688-ca. 1747) and John Sydenham, Jr. (1714-1754) of Newark, New Jersey.

Gift of Laura M. Sydenham, 1947.

Biographical Note:

John Sydenham (ca. 1688-ca. 1747), possibly a son or grandson of William Sydenham of Fairfield County, Connecticut, settled in Newark, New Jersey where he was a farmer and cordwainer (shoemaker).  By 1710, he had married Susannah Handcock (b.1690), the daughter of Sarah (Fowler) Godwin and Edward Handcock, and with her probably had at least four children: John Jr. (1714-1754), Samuel, Jacob, and ( ).

John Sydenham, Jr. was born in Newark, New Jersey on March 16, 1714, where, as an adult, he worked as a yeoman farmer.  On December 8, 1741, he married Martha Longworth, daughter of Dorcas and Thomas Longworth, with whom he had seven children: Dorcas (1742-1745), David (1744-1766), William (1746-ca. 1750), John (b. 1748), Susannah (“Sukie”) (1750-1819), William (b. 1751), and Thomas (1753-1816).  John Sydenham, Jr. died in Newark, New Jersey on November 1, 1754.


-Wachter, Evelyn Sidman. The Sydenham-Sidman Family of Newark, New Jersey, 1711-1970 (Westfield, NJ: Evelyn Sidman Wachter, 1970).

Provenance Note:

These papers were donated by Laura M. Sydenham of Plainfield, New Jersey in 1947.  Miss Plainfield was a member of The New Jersey Historical Society.

Scope and Content Note:

The Sydenham Family Papers contain twenty-two documents dating from 1717-1779 and largely consisting of the Newark, New Jersey land deeds of John Sydenham (ca. 1688-ca. 1747) and John Sydenham, Jr.  The Papers also contain a power of attorney, an inventory from John Sydenham, Jr.’s estate, and a couple of accounts and receipts.

Related Collections:

Manuscript Group 485, Sydenham/Sidman Family (Newark and Bloomfield, NJ) Papers

Folder List:

Folder Description Dates
Land Deeds/Deeds of Sale
1 John Godin to John Sydenham 1717
Edward Handcock to John Sydenham 1721
Edward Handcock to John Sydenham 1723
John Baldwin to John Sydenham 1726
Thomas Gardner to John Sydenham 1729
2 Samuel Johnson to John Sedingham / Sedenham 1730
John Crane, Jr. to John Sydenham 1732
Egbert Van Emburgh to John Sydenham, Jr. 1737
James Ward to John Sydenham, Jr. 1741
John Sydenham, Jr. to John Sydenham, Sr. 1743
Daniel Crane to John Sydenham, Jr. 1745
3 Joseph and David Bruen to Abraham Cadmus 1747
Ebenezer Farrand to John Sydenham 1748
John and Martha Sydenham to Samuel Stivers 1750
Ann Godin to John Sidman 1752
Isaac and Susannah Smith to Thomas Sidmon 1779
Power of Attorney
4 Hendrick van Winckle and Richard Joralemon to John Sydenham, Jr. 1744
Finanicial Documents
Receipt 1753
Account 1755-1757
The Estate of John Sydenham, Jr.
5 Inventory of the estate of John Sydenham 1754
Promissory note to the estate of John Sidman 1755
Account from the estate of John Sidenham 1775

Sydenham Family Tree:

Sarah Fowler = (1) Samuel Godwin


John Godin (

Sarah Godin (

Abigail Godin (

Mary Godin (

Sarah Fowler = (2) Edward Handcock


Elias Handcock

Susannah Handcock (b.1690) = John Sydenham (ca.1688-ca.1747)


*John Sydenham, Jr. (1714-1754) = Martha Longworth (1724-1804)*

Samuel Sydenham

(?) Jacob Sydenham

(?) ( ) Sydenham

*John Sydenham, Jr. (1714-1754) = Martha Longworth (1724-1804)*


Dorcas Sydenham (1742-1745)

David Sydenham (1744-1766)

William Sydenham (1746-ca.1750)

John Sydenham (b.1748)

Susannah (“Sukie”) Sydenham (1750-1819) = Isaac Smith (1746-1796)

William Sydenham (b.1751)

Thomas Sydenham (1753-1816)

Processed by Kim Charlton, August 2000 as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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