In 2011, I began a series of articles on the history of Bull’s Island, Raven Rock, and Saxtonville. (For the original post, please visit “Raven Rock and the Saxtonville Tavern,” where you will learn something of how the name Raven Rock began to be used.) Recently three documents turned up to shed more light on this subject–a deed of 1722, and two survey maps, one of them made in 1819 showing the original proprietary tracts. It is time to return to Raven Rock for another look.
QUINBY. Although there were not a large number of Quinby’s in old Hunterdon, they were very important to the history of the Raven Rock area, and since I have written extensively about that place, the Quinby name turns up often. For my purposes, the most important of this family was Isaiah Quinby (1716-1807) and wife Rachel Warford (1725-1777).
By Marfy Goodspeed in Amwell Township, Delaware Township, Families, Howell, Hunterdon County, Quinby, Raven Rock-Saxtonville 2 Comments Tags: Bucks County, Bull's Island, maps, surveying, The Revolution
Some time ago, I made reference to the map of the Delaware River prepared by Reading Howell. Some people pointed out to me that Howell had made such a map in 1792, but were surprised by the date 1785. I had seen a copy of that map but had been unable to find it in my papers—that is, until today, when I found a very nice copy among the news clippings and other items saved by Edna Laszlo of Raven Rock. I am sorry to say, there was no notation explaining where the original map is kept. Continue reading »
By Marfy Goodspeed in Amwell Township, Delaware Township, Families, Hunterdon County, Quinby, Raven Rock-Saxtonville 1 Comment Tags: Bull's Island, land titles, mills, Nathaniel Saxton, portraits, taverns
Before I write about the new owners of the Raven Rock mills (Nathaniel Saxton and George Holcombe), I must give due notice to Moses Quinby and the remainder of his stay in Amwell (Delaware) Township. Continue reading »
What Became of Mahlon Cooper?
It is too bad that Cooper and Curry could not hang on long enough to enjoy the short-lived prosperity caused by the War of 1812. But perhaps that surge in economic activity helped them to recover from their losses in Hunterdon County. I do not know how their creditors recovered, since the sales of the mill property brought in so little ($7 and $50). I gather that Cooper and Curry were not expected to make up the difference, having lost everything in the lawsuit. Continue reading »
By Marfy Goodspeed in Amwell Township, Delaware Township, Families, Holcombe, Hunterdon County, Quinby, Raven Rock-Saxtonville No Comments Tags: Bull's Island, early settlers, land titles, mills, Nathaniel Saxton
It has been a long time since I published my last installment in the saga of Raven Rock. The last post described Moses Quinby’s purchase of the 75 acres adjoining Bull’s Island. This one will discuss the millers Mahlon Cooper and Robert Curry, whose 10-acre mill lot was adjacent to the 75 acres and to Bull’s Island. Continue reading »
As the end of the 18th century approached, ownership of Raven Rock and Bull’s Island was changed from a single large landowner to multiple owners with different ways of exploiting the resources of the neighborhood. Continue reading »
Fishing rights in the Delaware River were legally transferable, and that gives us a hint of what was happening at Raven Rock and Bull’s Island in the 18th century. In 1782, Isaiah Quinby leased fishing rights in the Delaware River to various people. He may have done this before 1782, but this is the earliest record available. Continue reading »
By Marfy Goodspeed in Amwell Township, Delaware Township, Families, Howell, Hunterdon County, Quinby, Raven Rock-Saxtonville, Reading 1 Comment Tags: Bucks County, Bull's Island, early settlers, land titles, taverns, The Revolution
John Ladd was one of the Quaker immigrants who came to West New Jersey in 1678. He was also on hand when William Penn was designing the layout of his new town of Philadelphia. Family tradition says that Penn offered him a choice of one of the best squares in the city or £30, and that Ladd chose the money, whereupon Penn said: “John thou art a ladd by name and a lad by nature, doesn’t thee know that Philadelphia will be a great city?” (Ah, Penn—such a joker.) Continue reading »