Manuscript Group 530, Thomas Seabrook(1735-1805) Family (Monmouth County, NJ) Papers, 1789-1844


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Manuscript Group 530, Thomas Seabrook (1735-1805) Family (Monmouth County, NJ)

Papers, 1789-1844 (Bulk dates: 1795-1815), 1 folder / 12 items

Call Number: MG 530



Mostly land surveys for the Seabrook family of Freehold in Monmouth County certified by Andrew Bell, surveyor general of the Eastern Division of New Jersey, and by James Parker (1776-1868).  Also includes the will of Thomas Seabrook of Middletown Township in Monmouth County, 1840.

Purchase, 1956.

Biographical Note:

The Seabrooks were early residents of Monmouth County, New Jersey.  Thomas Seabrook, the son of Mary Brown and Daniel Seabrook, was born on February 16, 1735.  He earned the rank of major in the Revolutionary War and married Martha Tallman, with whom he had five children: Stephen, Thomas Jr., Hannah, Mary, and Martha.  Thomas Seabrook, Sr. died on February 22, 1805.

Stephen Seabrook, Martha and Thomas’s son, was born in 1759.  Like his father, he fought in the Revolutionary War.  He married Nancy Tice, with whom he had six children: Martha, Maria, James, John, Daniel, and Anna.  In 1812, after the death of his wife Nancy, Stephen married the widow Sarah Hendrickson.  Stephen Seabrook died on October 15, 1843.

Stephen Seabrook’s brother, Thomas Jr., married Ann Longstreet.  Thomas and Ann Seabrook had eight children together: Aaron Longstreet, Mary, Aaron, Ellen, Lydia H., Thomas, Martha, and Henry.


Ellis, Franklin. History of Monmouth County New Jersey. (R.T. Peck & Co.: Philadelphia, 1885), pgs. 721-722.

Seabrook Family Vertical File, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Provenance Note:

This collection was purchased in 1956.

Scope and Content Note:

The papers consist mostly of survey certificates done for Thomas Seabrook, Sr., Stephen Seabrook, and Thomas Seabrook, Jr.  There are eight certificates drawn up from 1795 to 1815 that assess lands in Middletown, Dover, Shrewsbury, and Freehold Townships in Monmouth County, New Jersey.  Andrew Bell, as the Surveyor General of the Eastern Division of the State of New Jersey, and James Parker, as the Junior General Surveyor of the Eastern Division of the State of New Jersey, signed all of the documents.

The papers also contain the will of Thomas Seabrook, Jr., two other documents concerning Seabrook land dealings, and a note written by Mary Lowell Darraeott Edes regarding family chairs.

Related Collections:

Manuscript Group 45, Andrew Bell (1757-1843) Papers

Item List:

Items Dates
– Survey Certificates (8) 1795-1815
– Note to Thomas Seabrook concerning land, with list of land
performed in 1676, 1681, and 1747
November 28, 1789
– Confirmation of a deed signed by Thomas and Stephen
July 26, 1815
– Memo written by Mary Lowell Darraeott Edes concerning the
down of the Lowell chairs
– Will of Thomas Seabrook, Jr. September 7, 1844

Processed by Kim Charlton, November 1999 as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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