Manuscript Group 1053, Roberts Family (Newark and Camptown, NJ) Papers, 1691 – 1897

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Manuscript Group 1053

Roberts Family (Newark and Camptown, NJ)

Papers, 1691 – 1897

.2 linear feet / 16 folders

Processed by Irina Peris

January 2000 as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Biographical Note:

Hugh Roberts (d.1671), a tanner, and his wife Mary had two sons: Samuel and Hugh (ca.1669-ca.1738). After the death, of her husband, Mary Roberts married William Bond and, in 1709, deeded to her son, Hugh, the Roberts homestead. In 1713, Hugh Roberts (ca.1669-ca.1738) also received family land in Camptown (now Irvington), New Jersey. He eventually had six children: Hugh (ca.1694-1776), Samuel, John, Hannah, Abigail, and Rebecca. Hugh Roberts (ca.1694-1776) had at least two sons: Moses (b.1724) and Daniel.

Provenance Note:

The source of this collection is unknown.

Scope and Content Note:

This collection consists of sixteen folders of indentures, wills, deeds, receipts, and other materials, dating from 1691-1897 and documenting the financial affairs of the Roberts Family. The indentures deal almost exclusively with lands sales and conveyances in Essex County, New Jersey. Of particular interest is a 1735 indenture that records the sale of “one Negro man age thirty” by Nathaniel Ward to Hugh Roberts (ca.1669-ca.1738). The collection also contains the wills of Hugh Roberts (ca.1669-ca.1738) and Hugh Roberts (ca.1694-1776), bonds and receipts (1703-1840), surveys (1715-1796), and correspondence (1754-1755). In addition, there are legal and financial documents and genealogical notes on the Roberts family. The papers are separated by document type and then arranged by author and date.

Related Collections:

Manuscript Group 171, Amos Roberts (fl.1772-1828) and Eleazar Roberts (fl.1772-1828), Mill owners, Record book

Container List:

Folder Title Dates
1 Wills: Hugh Roberts (ca.1669-ca.1738) 1723-1737
2 Wills: Hugh Roberts (ca.1694-1776) 1751-1776
3 Wills: John Ogden 1732
4 Indentures: Daniel Roberts 1749-1783, n.d.
5 Indentures: Hugh Roberts (ca.1669-ca.1738) 1703-1713
6 Indentures: Hugh Roberts (ca.1669-ca.1738) 1718-1735
7 Indentures: Hugh Roberts (ca.1694-1776) 1739-1774
8 Indentures: John Roberts 1741
9 Indentures: Moses Roberts 1747-1809
10 Indentures: Samuel Roberts 1705
11 Indentures: Sarah Ogden 1691
12 Bonds 1717-1840
13 Receipts 1703-1803
14 Surveys of property 1715-1796
15 Correspondence 1754-1755
16 Miscellaneous 1703-1897, n.d.


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