Manuscript Group 482, Allen/Alling-Campfield Family (Newark, NJ) Papers, 1720-1898

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Manuscript Group 482, Allen/Alling-Campfield Family (Newark, NJ)
Papers, 1720-1898, 0.5 linear feet / 6 folders
Call Number: MG 482 + Folder number


Correspondence and property records of this prominent Newark, New Jersey family. Contains inventories of the estates of John Alling and Jabez Campfield. Gift of Nancy Bucher.

Biographical Note:

In 1640, Roger Alling (d. 1674) became the first member of the Allen/Alling family to arrive in America.  He settled in New Haven, Connecticut which was then known as Quinnipiac.

Roger Alling married Mary Nash, also of New Haven and together they had 5 children.  One of their sons, Samuel (1668-1732), moved to Newark, New Jersey in 1698.  Samuel married Sarah Curry (d. 1735) and together they had five children including Samuel Alling (1698-1793) who married Abigail Prudden (1704-1758).  The Alling homestead was at the corner of Broad and Market Streets in Newark, New Jersey.  The Alling men that lived in Newark were blacksmiths.

Albert Alling (1805-1868), the son of John and Sarah H. Alling, married Sarah Rebecca Camfield (1809-1857) in 1832. Together they had two children, Frederick Augustus Alling (1841-1884) and Mary Louisa Alling (b. 1840).  Mary Louisa Alling married Charles W. Wheeler (b. 1836) in 1869.


George P. Allen. A History and Genealogical Record of the Alling-Allens of New Haven, Conn. (Press of the Price, Lea, Adkins: New Haven, Connecticut, 1899).

Frederick A. Canfield. A History of Thomas Canfield and of Matthew Camfield with a Genealogy of their Descendants in New Jersey (Frederick A Canfield: Dover, New Jersey, 1897).

Provenance Note:

This collection was donated by Nancy Bucher, date unknown.

Scope and Content Note:

This collection contains 6 folders of correspondence, family histories or genealogies, indentures, bonds, mortgages and estate inventories of the Allen/Alling family.

The correspondence is arranged by family and then by recipient and date.

Most of the Allen/Alling family correspondence is between George P. Allen (b. 1826) of Woodbury, Connecticut and William R. Alling (fl. 1896-1898) of New York, New York.  In these letters they discuss their efforts to learn more about the history of their families.

Most of the Camfield correspondence is between Eliza Camfield, Eliza Day, Sarah R. Alling, and Albert Alling.  In these letters the Allings and Camfields discuss family news.

The indentures in the collection document land purchases made by a number of Allings in Newark from 1720-1887.  The indentures are in chronological order and are followed by Alling family mortgages and bonds, which are also in chronological order.  These latter documents include items signed by Charles Wheeler.

Financial documents in this collection include, Alling family estate inventories and a Second Ward Tax ticket, dated 1856.

Related Collections:

Manuscript Group 233, Jabez Campfield (1737-1821) Journal and Orderly Book

Manuscript Group 249, Canfield-Dickerson Family (Morris County, NJ) Papers

Manuscript Group 309, David Alling (1773-1855) Records

Manuscript Group 435, Alling Brothers & Company Records

Folder List:

Folder Title Dates
1 Correspondence: Allen-Alling Family 1867-1898
2 Correspondence: Allen-Alling Family 1887-1897
3 Correspondence: Alling-Camfield Family 1807-1840
4 Genealogies 1896
5 Indentures, Bonds, and Mortgages 1720-1887
– John Alling to Samuel Alling Sept. 4, 1720
– Samuel Alling to John Alling Oct. 10,
– Thomas and Joannah Sargeant to John and Joseph Alling June 24, 1751
– Samuel Alling to John Alling Jan. 13, 1768
– Samuel Alling to John Alling May 21, 1784
– John and Abigail Alling to John Alling, Jr. Jan. 3, 1793
– Celestine Preterre (executor for Joseph Preterre) to Mary A. Wheeler and Charles W. Wheeler Feb. 24, 1887
– Charles W. Wheeler and States O. Mead Feb. 9, 1869
– Joseph Mead to States O. Mead Sept. 25, 1869
– Mary L. Farrell to Frederick A. Alling, Mary A. Wheeler and Charles W. Wheeler
– Albert, Frederick A., and Mary Louisa Alling to The Howard Savings Institution Aug. 9, 1868
– Frederick A. Alling, Charles W. Wheeler, and Mary A. Wheeler to the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company Aug. 21, 1880
6 Financial Documents 1854-1892
Inventory of the Personal Property of John Alling Oct. 17, 1854
John Alling’s Assets 1850
Statement of Sale of Property on Market St. Aug. 11, 1874
Inventory (Estate unknown) 1892

Processed by James Lewis, April 2001 as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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