Manuscript Group 358, Newark Turnpike Company, Newark, New Jersey Records, 1805-1809


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Manuscript Group 358, Newark Turnpike Company, Newark, New Jersey

Records, 1805-1809, 0.2 linear feet / 1 volume

Call Number: MG 358 (os)


The Newark Turnpike Company maintained a local toll road between Newark and what is now Jersey City, New Jersey.  Accounts were kept with the Newark Bank by Archibald Mercer (1747-1814), Treasurer of the Newark Turnpike Company.  The ledger is indexed.

Source unknown.

Administrative History:

The Newark Turnpike Company laid out and maintained a local toll road that covered the distance between what is now Exchange Place and Journal Square in Jersey City, and the city of Newark in New Jersey.  The company was granted franchise for the toll road by the State Legislature on December 11, 1804, and was incorporated by General John Noble Cumming (1751-1821), General John Dodd (1766-1828), Alexander C. McWhorter, Esq. (1771-1808), and Silas Condit (1778-1861).  Archibald Mercer, Esq. (1747-1814) kept the company accounts.  In 1832, the New Jersey Railroad and Transportation Company acquired the Turnpike Company’s franchise and leases.

Provenance Note:

The source of this collection is unknown.

Scope and Content Note:

The account book details the financial activity of the Newark Turnpike Company from the year 1805 to 1809, and includes construction costs for materials and labor, as well as investment, dividend, and toll revenue information.  The volume is indexed.

Related Collections:

Manuscript Group 43, William Nelson (1847-1914) Papers: Contains the bankbook of Alexander C. McWhorter

Manuscript Group 89, Sayres Coe (1772-1851), Farmer, Records

Manuscript Group 970, New Jersey Turnpike Company Records

Container List:



OS Account book 1805-1809

Processed by Luis Delfino, October 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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