Manuscript Group 1030, Guide to the Real Estate Records of John Denn 1784-1821


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

Container List

Land Deeds and Surveys

Guide to the Real Estate Records of John Denn
MG 1030

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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.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: John Denn
Title: John Denn Real Estate Records
Dates: 1784-1821
Abstract: This collection contains the real estate records of John Denn, covering the years 1784 to 1821. These records include land deeds and land survey maps.
Quantity: 0.08 linear feet (18 items in 2 oversize folders)
Collection Number: MG 1030

Biographical Note

John Denn was born in 1751, in Salem, New Jersey, the son of John and Elizabeth Denn. At an early age, he was apprenticed to his uncle David Bacon of Philadelphia, a hatter, to learn the trade. When he was of age, Denn returned to Salem County, and opened his own business in the village of Hancocks Bridge. A few years later, he relocated his business to the town of Salem. Eventually, Denn gave up his trade and moved to Cripp’s estate, a farm he purchased in Mannington, New Jersey. He became a successful farmer over the years, and added significant tracts of land to his holdings, both in Mannington, and outside the township as well.

Denn married Susannah FitzGerald of Elsinboro, New Jersey, on February 15, 1772. Together, they had three children: Samuel, John, and Rachel. John Denn died at the age of 84 on September 29, 1834, in Mannington, New Jersey.

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Scope and Content Note

Included in the records are land deeds of properties purchased by Denn, mostly in Mannington Township in Salem County, New Jersey. Other deeds show property purchased by Denn in Lower Penn’s Neck, Salem, Upper Alloway’s Creek, and Elsinboro, all in Salem County. The real estate that Denn obtained possession of was from William Daniel, Edward Siddons, William Parret, Samuel Leake, John Redman, James Mason, Samuel Denn, Atkinson Conarow, and others. Denn’s land deeds date from 1784 to 1821.

A land survey map of property in Lower Penn’s Neck, New Jersey owned by William Parret is possibly related to the land deed dated January 17, 1795, in which John Denn purchased land from Parret. This survey map is dated February 18, 1792.

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This collection is arranged by type of document and chronologically therein.

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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, and forms documented in this collection.

Subject Names:

Conarow, Atkinson.
Daniel, William, fl. 1784.
Denn, John, fl. 1791-1829.
Denn, Samuel.
Denn, Susannah.
Leake, Samuel.
Mason, James, fl. 1795.
Parret, William.
Redman, John, fl. 1795.
Siddons, Edward.

Subject Topics:

Real property–New Jersey..

Subject Places:

Elsinboro (N.J. : Township)
Mannington (N.J. : Township)
Pennsville (N.J.)
Salem (N.J.)–History.
Salem County (N.J.)–History.

Document Types:

Cadastral maps.
Land surveys.

Subject Occupations:

Farmers–New Jersey.
Hatters–New Jersey.

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Related Material

For materials in print on John Denn and his family, see:

Craig, H. Stanley. Salem City (New Jersey) Marriage Records. Merchantville, New Jersey: H.S. Craig, 1928.
Shourds, Thomas. History and Genealogy of Fenwick’s Colony. Bridgeton, New Jersey: George F. Nixon, 1876.

For related collections on farmers in southern New Jersey, see:

Manuscript Group 275, Samuel Gardiner Wright Papers
Manuscript Group 491, William Cheesman Papers
Manuscript Group 527, Enoch Middleton Daybooks
Manuscript Group 1240, Barzillai Sharp Daybook
Manuscript Group 1245, John Hunt Diary

For related collections on hatters, see:

Manuscript Group 121, James Leonard Records
Manuscript Group 350, Elias Tomkins and Ambrose Tomkins Papers

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1030, John Denn Real Estate Records, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

The source of this collection is unknown.

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Container List

Land Deeds and Surveys
Box Folder Title Date
DOS 1 Land Deeds 1784-1800
DOS 2 Land Deeds 1801 -1821
DOS 2 Land Survey Map 1792 Feb 18

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