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Mapletown, New Jersey

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The History of Mapletown
A History of Union and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey (1882)[1] states:
MAPLETOWN, which received its name from the Maple family formerly resident there, is a somewhat ancient hamlet on the “straight” turnpike from Trenton to New Brunswick, now nearly connected with Kingston by a continuation of dwellings. Gordon mentions it in his “Gazetteer,” published in 1832, as follows: A hamlet on Millstone River, a short distance above the mouth of Stony Brook, two miles southeast of Princeton and fifteen miles from New Brunswick, containing a fine grist-mill and saw mill and fulling-mill, and four or five dwellings."
From History of Princeton and its Institutions (1879):[2]
The country between Penn's Neck and Kingston, on the east side of the Millstone River, is known as Mapleton, in the township of South Brunswick, in Middlesex County. It was early settled, and being only three or four miles from Princeton, its inhabitants, in former generations, were brought into close neighborhood relations with the latter in matters religious as well as political.
The earliest reference to Mapletown found to date is in a 1740 deed to Frederick Doolhagen, who purchased 300 acres in "Mappletown & in the Corporation of New Brunswick & within the County of Middlesex & within the Province of East New Jersey". The road to Mapletown from Kingston was shown on a 1745 map of the Trenton-Amboy Road created by John Dalley of Kingston.[3]
Although the name Mapletown appears in 19th century maps of Middlesex County, it does not appear as a well defined place. Benjamin Maple Sr purchased land before 1717 in the northern part of the area later called Mapletown in land deeds, but he died in 1727, well before the name Mapletown was used. We see references to Mapletown only after Benjamin Maple Jr purchased land at the south end of the town, near the mouth of Stony Brook. His farm was adjacent to a fording place on the Millstone River, which seems to have become a place of commerce. Perhaps, a large area south of Kingston became known Mapletown, because it all lied on the Mapletown Road.

Mapletown in the American Revolution
Mapletown was occupied by British troops in December of 1776.
William Scudder's grist mill and fulling mill were burned by the British on December 31, 1776. William was a Major (and later Lt. Colonel) who commanded the 3rd Regiment of New Jersey Militia.
British officers quartered at the house of Mathys van Dyke before the battle of Princeton. Just before the battle (on 3 January 1777) they ordered a dinner for when they should return 'after routing the rebels under Mr. Washington' -- the dinner was eaten by the Americans.[4]
An unknown author left the following account of British ravages associated with the Battle of Princeton:[5]
I have Often Read and heard of the horror of war but was never near it Until I was in the Eighty fifth Year of my age and I was born the 25th of September 1691 Old Stile. The regular army left Brunswick on the 7th of December 1776. The Remainder of our men left Princeton and Marcht to Trenton (for the most of them had gone on before) and Were followed by Genl. How with his army in the afternoon of the same day Within a Short time after Passing Stony Brook, our men delaying their Pursuit by Pulling up Stoney Brook Bridge. But they finding the ford past Over one of their light horsemen was shot on his horse from over the brook, and the man who shot him being on rising Ground beyond him, escaped…. [half line]
The next Morning, having crossed the Delaware in the night, when the Regulars came to the River our men saw them and fired at the Regulars Which we heard at Princetown the Same morning, Which Prevented their crossing the River (and it is said) Killed and Wounded Several of their men.
Most of the Inhabitants of Prince Town a Day or two before that and some on that day others after left their Dwelling Houses and went where they Could go with their
Familys to Escape From the Regular Army and left a Great Part of their goods behind them in their Houses for want of Carriages to take them away, Great part of Which fell into the regulars hands, and They not only Burnt up all the fire wood that the Inhabitants had Provided for Winter, but Stript Shops, out Houses and Some Dwelling houses of the boards that Covered them, and all the loose boards and Timber That the Joiners and Carpenters had in Store to work up, they Burnt with all their Fences and Garden Inclosures with in the Town & After sent their Carriages and Drew away the Farmers Fences adjoining within a mile, and laid all in Common. They also cut down Apple trees and other fruit bearing trees and burnt them, And Either by Accident or Wilfully burnt a Large House lately finisht belonging to Jonathan Seargant Esqr in Prince town.
And at new New Market about two short miles from thence they burnt the best Gristmill in these Parts, with a Quantity of Wheat and flower in it, and with it a Fulling mill with a large Quaintity of Cloth in it. The fuller told those Soldiers that set it on fire that he might be Accountable to
the owners of the Cloth and Intreated them to let him take it out, Which they refused to do and burnt all together. They also Burnt the grist mill and a Framed dwelling House that had Six rooms in it and which Belonged to Major William Scudder and his fulling mill they burnd. These are
said to be Burnt by the Regular army who took from the Neighbouring Farmhouse not only the wood but also Straw, Part of it the soldiers slept on and used in various ways to defend them from the cold and the rest they took and burnt and the wheat lost ..."
On 23 May 1783, Benjamin Maple III mortaged the farm in Mapletown that he had inherited from his father, Benjamin Maple Jr. The mortgage deed describes the boundaries of the farm as "Beginning at the northwest corner of William Scudder formerly Josiah Davison's land at a fording place across Millstone river, then down said river to a birch tree standing at the mouth of a small run that falls into the river ... , thence west northwest 29 chains to the place it first began at Millstone river near what is now called New Market."[6] It appears that New Market was located on Millstone River near the fording place at the boundary between the lands of Benjamin Maple Jr and William Scudder. Benjamin Maple Jr died in the same year the Battle of Princeton was fought, administrators of his estate being appointed on 26 November 1777.[7] Benjamin was about 80 years of age at the time of his death, so he likely died of natural causes, but one has to wonder if British military actions around New Market might have contributed to his demise.

People who lived in Mapletown
Thomas Blackwell (1741-1825)
In 1775, Thomas Blackwell purchased land in Mapletown from his father in law, Henry Davis.[8]
John Blackwell (1785-1865)
Thomas Blackwell's son John, a farmer and distiller, was born and died in Mapletown.
Abraham Cruser (1733-1819)
Abraham Cruser was born June 1, 1733, and he married Martha Doolhagen, the daughter of Frederick Doolhagen. After Frederick's death in 1757, Abraham and Martha purchased interest in Frederick's land in Mapletown from the other heirs.[9] The deed stated that the land was bounded on the north by land of Mathys Van Dyke (formerly David Lee).
The children of Abraham and Martha Cruser were Helena, born in 1759; Rachel, in 1761; Martha, in 1764; Frederick, in 1766; Cornelius, in 1769; and John, in 1778. Abraham Cruser removed at a later period to the family property, which was partly inherited by his wife, and the remainder purchased by him. He served in the war of the Revolution, and was active in preventing the landing of the British off Sandy Hook. His death occurred April 2, 1819, in his eighty sixth year.[10]
John Cruser
Abraham's son John was born July 24, 1778, and was married to Cornelia, daughter of John Stryker, on the 14th of February, 1797, by Rev. Samuel Snowden, of Princeton. Their children were Abraham, born May 5, 1798; John Stryker, whose birth occurred Sept. 25, 1799, deceased; John Stryker (2d), born Oct. 26, 1800; Cornelia (Mrs. Voorhees), born Feb. 8, 1803; James McRee, born July 7, 1804; Jaquiah V., Aug. 13, 1806; Frederick, Feb. 14, 1808; Van Cleef, Feb. 13, 1810; Catherine, May 11, 1811. John Cruser died April 5, 1816, and the death of his wife occurred Jan. 28, 1852. Their son, John Stryker, remained upon the homestead until his twenty-eighth year, when he sold his portion of the property to his brother.[11]
Abraham Cruser (1798- )
Abraham's grandfather, Abraham Cruser, left his house and plantation in Mapleton to the two oldest sons (Abraham and John S.) of his deceased son, John Cruser. On 24 October 1829, John S. Cruser sold his interest in his grandfather's estate to his brother Abraham.[12]
On 28 December 1831, Abraham Cruser of South Brunswick Township sold 10.9 acres to the Delaware & Raritan Canal Company.[13] This land, lying between Mapletown Road and Millstone River, was bounded on the north by land of Henry Van Dyke and on the south by land of Simon Van Dyke.
Martin Cruser (1825-1880)
On 20 June 1846, Martin Cruser purchased 78.5 acres from Cornelia Cruser, widow of Abraham Cruser's son John. This land was on the east side of the road from Scudders Mills to Kingston, bounded on the north by land of Henry Van Dyke, on the east by land of Cornelia Cruser, and on the south by land of Simon Van Dyke.[14]
Henry Davis ( -1778)
In 1722, Henry Davis purchased 206 acres on the east side of Millstone River from John Harrison:[15]
Frederick Dolhagen (1704-1757)
On 3 March 1740, Frederick Doolhagen purchased 300 acres in Mappletown, in the Corporation of New Brunswick, New Jersey, from Derick Volkerson.[16] This was land that Folkert Dirikson had purchased from John Harrison on 21 April 1719.[17] At the time of Dirikson's purchase, it was bounded on the north by land of David Lee, and on the east and south by land of John Harrison.
On 6 April 1759, Frederick's daughter Rebecca and her husband, Benjamin Stout, sold their interest in the land of Freadrick Dollhaugen late of Mapletown decd to Abraham Cruser,[18] husband of Frederick's daughter Martha. On 1 October 1806, Martha's children (Helena Stout[19], Frederick Cruser[20], and John Cruser[21]) deeded interest in Frederick's estate to Abraham Cruser.
Isaac FitzRandolph (1701-1750)
On 26 April 1733, Isaac FitzRandolph purchased 57 acres on the west side of Devils Brook from Theodorus Mellott. [22] This land was in New Brunswick Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey, in the area that later became known as Mapletown.
David Lee (1693-1748)
On 1 February 1717 David Lee purchased land adjacent to land owned by his step father, Benjamin Maple Sr. David's land was described as 200 acres bounded on the north by Benjamin Maple, on the west by Millstone River, on the south by Daniel Bayley, and on the east by land of John Harrison.[23] David Lee sold this farm sometime between when Volkert Dirikson purchased land on the southern bounds of the farm in 1719 and when Volkert sold that land to Derick Volkerson in 1736. The farm belonged to Dolleus Hegeman in 1740, and was later acquired by Mathias Van Dyke.
Benjamin Maple Jr (1696-1777)
Although no deed survives for Benjamin Maple Jr's purchase of land in what later became known as Mapletown, his land is mentioned in several deeds. Benjamin Maple's land was described as lying north of Josiah Davison's land in a sale by Theodorus Mellott of 57 acres to Isaac Fitz Randolph on 26 April 1733.[24] Benjamin's land was also described as (land formerly belonging to Theodorus Mellott) lying north to 224 acres Josiah purchased from his brother, Daniel Brinton Davison, in a deed dated 2 April 1737.[25] A 1727 deed from Theodorus to Josiah Davison described the northwest corner of Josiah's purchase as being at a ford of Millstream River -- this is apparently the fording place mentioned in 1779-1785 mortgage records (pertaining to Benjamin Maple III).[26]
Benjamin Maple III (1725-1785)
Upon Benjamin Maple Jr's death in 1777, his oldest son, Benjamin Maple III, inherited Benjamin's farm of 100 acres. On 16 December 1785, Benjamin Mapel and his wife, Isabella sold this farm (with the exception of 2 acres previously conveyed to Benjamin Mapel IV) to Thomas Blackwell.[27]
Benjamin Maple IV (1757-1833)
Benjamin Maple IV purchased 2 acres of his father's farm in Mapleton (near the northwest corner of the 100 acre lot) sometime before 1785.
The Delaware and Raritan Canal was built in the 1830's, and it passed through Mapletown, along the east side of Millstone River. On 13 January 1830, Benjamin Maple IV sold 19.25 acres along Millstone River to John Heath of New York[28], and on 5 January 1832 John Heath sold 2.52 acres (on the west side of Mapletown Road, lying between a line of Isaac Scudder & heirs of William Scudder and a line of Austin D. Blackwell) to the D & R Canal Company.[29] On 14 April 1832, John Heath sold 14.23 acres north of the line of Isaac Scudder and the heirs of William Scudder to the D & R Canal Company (including the portion of the land occupied by the canal, which had been conveyed on 5 January).[30]
Theodorus Mellott (1694-1751)
On 8 July 1728 Theodorus Mellott was deeded 300 acres lying between Millstone River and Devil's Brook.[31] This land was bordered on the north by land that Henry Davis purchased on 4 October 1722, on the east by land that Thomas Atchley purchased on 11 May 1726[32], and on the south by land that Daniel Brinton Davison purchased on 23 May 1726.[33] Theodorus' purchase included the 100 acres that Benjamin Maple Jr was living on by 1733.
Benjamin Pridmore (1688-1752)
On 6 March 1721, Benjamin Pridmore of Somerset County, New Jersey (husband of Theodorus Mellott's sister Hannah) purchased 200 acres on the east side of Millstone River, in Middlesex County, New Jersey.[34] Benjamin sold this land to Jan Van Dyke on 10 February 1727.[35]
Jacob Scudder (1707-1772)
On 1 November 1749, Jacob Scudder purchased 100 acres (including 2 grist mills and a fulling mill) on Millstone River from Josiah Davison.[36]
William Scudder (1739-1793)
Jacob Scudder's son William operated Scudder's Mills and served as Lt. Colonel in the 3rd Regiment of Middlesex County Militia. William Scudder died intestate, and his daughter Sarah E. Hamilton sold her interest in his estate on 7 March 1816.[37] William's son, Isaac Scudder, later owned the mills, and Isaac's son William purchased the mills from Isaac's estate, following Isaac's death.[38] William mortgaged part of this tract in 1837.[39]
On 23 April 1885, the Scudders Mills property (then known as Aqueduct Mills) was purchased by Benjamin Gray.[40]
Isaac Story (1790-1850)
3 April 1817 - Isaac Story purchased 173.5 acres of land in Mapletown, South Brunswick Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey from David Clarkson.[41]
16 January 1832 - Isaac Story and his wife Elizabeth sold 15.81 acres to the Delaware & Raritan Canal Company.[42] This land, lying between Millstone River and the D & R Canal, was bounded on the north by Heathcote Brook and on the south by land of Matthew Van Dyke.
Peter Sunderland (1737-1827)
On 15 February 1765, Peter and William Sunderland sold 63.5 acres on the east side of Millstone River and south side of Heathcutts Brook.[43]
On 1 May 1771, John Sunderland purchased land near Kingston, and he and his wife, Anne (Maple) Sunderland sold this on 1 April 1793.[44]
John Van Duyn (1785-1858)
John Van Duyn purchased 47 acres along the road to Maples Town in 1815.[45] John Van Duyn and his wife Susan mortgaged this tract to Matthew Van Dike on 3 September 1817.[46]
Jan Van Dyke (1682-1764)
Jan Vandyck purchased 200 acres on the east side of Millstone River from Benjamin Pridmore (husband of Theodorus Mellott's sister Hannah) on 10 February 1727.[47] Jan did not live in Mapletown, but he purchased 2 farms there, and he left those to his sons Mathias and Isaac.[48]
Mathys Van Dyke (1714-1784)
"Mathys Van Dyke, fifth son of Jan Van Dyke, born August 28. 1714. and who became a resident of Mapleton, New Jersey."[49] "He married Noltys Laen and had eight children : John ; Matthew ; Anna, married Aaron Longstreet ; Noltys or Ellen, married John Berrian; Tenntje. married (first) John Bergen, (second) John Bayles; Margaret, married John Gulick; Catherine, married Frederick Causer; Sarah, married (first) Colonel William Scudder, and (second) Perez Rowley."[50]
Mathias inherited a 200 acre farm in Mapletown from his father. Jan Van Dyke had purchased the farm from Thomas South.
John Van Dyke (1747?-1805)
John Van Dyke appears to have owned land that had been purchased by David Lee in 1717 (land that was owned by Dolleus Hegeman in 1740, and was later acquired by Mathias Van Dyke).
Henry J. Van Dyke
On 9 December 1831, Henry Van Dyke and his wife Ellen sold 12.89 acres to the Delaware & Raritan Canal Company.[51] This land, lying between Millstone River and the D & R Canal, was bounded on the north by land of Matthew Van Dyke and on the south by land of Abraham Cruser.
On 13 March 1848, they sold 1 acre, 1 rood, and 7 perches on the northwest side of the "straight turnpike leading from Trenton to New Brunswick" to Samuel T. Hunt.[52]
John Gordon Van Dyke
John Gordon Van Dyke purchased land in Mapleton from his parents, Henry and Ellen, in 1846[53] and 1855[54].
Matthew Van Dyke (1751-1832)
Matthew Van Dyke was born and died in Mapleton. In 1832 Matthew and his wife Lydia sold 6 acres to the Delaware & Raritan Canal Company.[55] In 1836, his son William J. Van Dyke sold sold 12.93 acres, part of the lands of Matthew Van Dyke, deceased, to the D. & R. Canal Company.[56] This land, lying between the D & R Canal and Millstone River, was bordered on the north by land of Isaac Story and on the south by land of Henry Van Dyke. The distance along the Millstone River from Story's line to Henry Van Dyke's line was 33 chains and 55 links.
William J Van Dyke (1795-1865)
In 1836, William J. Van Dyke sold 12.93 acres, part of the lands of Matthew Van Dyke, deceased, to the D. & R. Canal Company.[57]
On 1 April 1839, Henry Van Dyke & wife Ellen of South Brunswick Township sold 0.75 acres to William J. Van Dyke.[58]
On 10 September 1846, William J. Van Dyke purchased 2 lots in South Brunswick (totaling 109.6 acres) auctioned at Kingston.[59] These lots were sold by the sheriff as the result of a chancery case: John N. Woodhall vs. Isaac Van Dyke, Richard Britton, Joseph Britton, and Charles Olden.
Isaac Van Dyke (1721-1804)
Isaac Van Dyke inherited a 264 acre farm in Mapletown from his father. Jan Van Dyke had purchased the farm from Benjamin Pridmore and Frederick Dolhagen. On 1 May 1804, the executors of the estate of Isaac Van Dike (Col. Henry Van Dike and Matthew Van Dike) sold 264 acres in Mapletown, New Jersey to Henry S. Van Dike.[60]
In his will, Isaac left 2 parcels of land to his wife, Ann, who married William Perrine after Isaac's death. William and Ann sold these lots to Cornelius and William DeHart on 18 May 1807.[61] William Perrine purchased the lots back on 1 May 1811,[62] then sold them to John Rue on 24 May 1811.[63] John Rue sold these 2 lots in Mapletown to John Blackwell on 31 December.[64]
Henry Van Dyke (1753-1816) ..... son of Simon Van Dyke
A small family burial plot exists on Princeton Landing property. It contains the graves of Elizabeth Van Dyke (died in 1826 at the age of 70) and Henry Van Dyke (died in 1816 at the age of 63).[65]
Jacob Van Dyke (1794- )
On 7 January 1832 - Jacob Vandike and wife Mary of South Brunswick Township sold 8.37 acres on the west side of Mapletown Road to the Delaware and Raritan Canal Company.[66] This land was bounded on the north by land of Simon Van Dike. Along Mapletown road it was bounded on the south by land of Austin D. Blackwell, and along Millstone River it was bounded on the south by land of John C. Schenck.
This was part of the estate previously owned by Isaac Van Dyke.
Simon Van Dyke (1798-1864)
On 29 December 1831, Simon Van Dike and his wife Martha sold 7.83 acres between Mapletown Road and the Millstone River to the Delaware & Raritan Canal Company.[67] This land, lying between Mapletown Road and Millstone River, was bounded on the north by land of Abraham Cruser and on the south by land of Jacob Van Dyke.


Thomas Van Dyke (?-1800)
14 November 1777 - Thomas Van Dike and his wife Sicha sold the plantation on which they lived in Maple Town, Middlesex County, New Jersey to David Clarkson Jr.[68] The plantation consisted of 7 lots totaling 427.5 acres.

See Princeton Nurseries Historical District
References
  1. W. Woodford Clayton, "History of Union and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey", Everts & Peck, Philadelphia (1882), page 791.
  2. John Hegeman, History of Princeton and its Institutions, Volume 1, J. B. Lippincott & Co. (1879), page 9.
  3. Francis Bazley Lee, History of Trenton, New Jersey, John L. Murphy, Printer, Trenton, NJ (1895), page 132.
  4. William B. Aitken, Distinguished Families in America Descended from Wilhelmus Beekman and Jan Thomasse Van Dyke, G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York (1912), pages 221-222.
  5. A Brief Narrative of the Ravages committed by the Regular and Hessian Soldiers at Trenton & Princeton and Also of these Battles with Some Remarks and Observations.: https://digital.lib.niu.edu/islandora/object/niu-prairie%3A2079
  6. MIddlesex County, New Jersey Mortgages, Volume 3, page 51: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSY4-F7WW-2?i=427&cat=222691:
    "Beginning at the northwest corner of William Scudder formerly Josiah Davison's land at a fording place across Millstone river, then down said river to a birch tree standing at the mouth of a small run that falls into the river marked on the east side with TM, then north 76 degreees east to Henry Davis's line, now Thos Blackwell's, thence east southeast 45 chains to a stake and stone for a corner, thence south 27 degrees and 30 minutes west 25 chains and 61 links to Josiah Davison's (now William Scudder's) land, thence west northwest 21 chains to the southeast corner of said Josiah Davison's (now WiIlliam Scudder's) 33 acre lot, thence north northeast 10 chains to a stake and stone for a corner, thence west northwest 29 chains to the place it first began at Millstone River near what is now called New Market."
  7. A. Van Doren Honeyman (editor), Archives of the State of New Jersey, Volume XXXIV, Volume 5 of the Calendar of Wills, MacCrellish & Quigley Co., Trenton, New Jersey (1931), page 332.
  8. Historical Society of Princeton, MS196: https://princeton.pastperfectonline.com/archive/48018734-57CE-42DB-B956-560014704110
    Deed from Henry Davis and Margaret, his wife, to Thomas Blackwell, 25 December 1775. Plantation on which Davis dwells, adjoining Millstone River and Isaac Vandyke (Formerly Benjamin Predmore). Purchased by Davis from John Harrison. Also small adjoining lot, purchased from Theodorus Mellott.
  9. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 6, pages 669-673: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-NDX1?cat=219248
  10. W. Woodford Clayton (editor), History of Union and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey, Everts & Peck, Philadelphia (1882), page 497.
  11. W. Woodford Clayton (editor), History of Union and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey, Everts & Peck, Philadelphia (1882), page 497.
  12. MIddlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 21, page 728: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSY4-LHSB-X?i=415&cat=219248
    Beginning at the southwest corner of the land that was formerly David Lee's (afterwards Matthias Vandikes) on the east side of Millstone River, thence running an easterly course along Vandike's line 131 chains, thence south by west 21 chains to Isaac Van Dike's northeast corner, thence west northwesterly along said Vandike's line to Millstone river, thence down the said river the several courses thereof to the place of beginning, being bounded on the north by the lands of David Lee's (afterwards Matthias Van Dyke's), on the east by lands of Vernont Gulick, south by the lands of Isaac Vandike's (now Henry Vandike's), and on the west by Millstone River, containing 248 acres.
    This description was taken from an indenture dated 1 October 1806 between Frederick & Catharine Cruser and Abraham Cruser.
  13. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 24, page 353: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-29NK-V?i=202&cat=219248
    Beginning at the southeastern bounds of the canal, at Simon Van Dyke's line, then running north 13.5 degrees east along Mapletown Road 18 chains 85 links to Henry Van Dike's line, then along Henry's line north 69.75 degrees west 5 chains and 85 links to the center of the Millstone River, the along the center of the Millstone south 12.75 degrees west 3 chains 66 links, then south 14.75 degrees west 2 chains 7 links, then south 10.5 degrees west 3 chains and 92 links, then south 13 degrees west 3 chains 20 links, then south 17 degrees west 2 chains 65 links, then south 25 degrees west 3 chains 50 links Simon Van Dyke's line, then south 71 degrees east 6 chains 45 links to the beginning.
  14. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 43, pages 310-311 https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-3S44-3?i=180&cat=219248:
    Beginning at a corner of Henry Van Dyke's land on the road from Scudders Mills to Kingston, then south 70 degrees east along Henry Van Dyke's land 37 chains and 36 links to a corner of Cornelia Cruser's land, then along her land south 21 degrees west 18 chains and 83 links to Simon Van Dyke's land, then along Simon Van Dyke's land north 68 degrees west 35 chains and 30 links to the road, then along the road 18 chains and 50 chains to the beginning.
  15. New Jersey Land Records, C-2 (EJ): Folio 416 (SSTSE023):
    "Beginning on the east Side of Milston River at the uppermost Corner of Benjamin Pridmore Land on Sd. River Running thence East South East along the Sd. Pridmore Line one hundred and twenty Nine Chains Thence South South west Sixteen Chains to a Stake Thence west North west to Milston River @ ford. Thence down the sd. River as it Runs to the place where it first begun, being bounded on the west by Milston River North by Benjamin Pridmore East and Southly John Harrison Containing two hundred & Six acres of Land"
  16. Deed from Derick Folkerson to Frederick Doolhagen: Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 6, page 85: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-NDQZ?i=48&cat=219248
    Beginning on the east side of Millstone River at the upper corner of the land that was formerly David Lee's, but it being now the corner of Dollies Heggeman's land on the said river, then running east southeast 130.5 chains, then running south by west 23 chains, then running west northwest to Millstone River, the running down said river to the place where it first began, being bounded on the north by land that was formerly David Lee's but it being now the land of Dollies Hegeman, on the east by the land of Nicholas Lake, on the south by land of John VanDikes, and on the west by Millstone River.
    Derick Folkerson had purchased this land from Volkert Dirickson on 17 May 1737: Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 6, page 84: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-NDQZ?cat=219248
  17. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 6, page 83: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-ND7C?i=47&cat=219248:
    Beginning on the east side of Millstone River at the upper corner of David Lee's land, then east southeast 130.5 chains, then south by west 23 chains, then west northwest to Millstone River, then down the river to the beginning. Bounded on the north by land of David Lee, on the south and east by land of John Harrison, and on the west by Millstone River, containing 300 acres.
  18. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 6, page 86: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-NDC3?cat=219248 . Benjamin and Rebecca sold the undivided 1/2 part of 248 acres:
    Beginning at the southwest corner of Mathias Vandyck's land, formerly Dollis Haggeman's, on the east side of Millstone River, then running east southeast 131 chains, then south by west 20 chains to Isaac Vandyck's northeast corner, then west northwesterly along Vandyck's line to Millstone River, then down the river to the beginning.
  19. Middlesex County Deeds, Volume 6, page 669 https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-NDX1?cat=219248 ):
  20. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 6, page 670: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-NDX1?i=364&cat=219248
    Beginning at the southwest corner of Mathias Vandike's land (formerly David Lee's) on the east side of Millstone River, then easterly 131 chains along Vandike's line, then south by west 21 chains to Isaac Vandike's northeast corner, the west northwesterly along Isaac Vandike's line to Millstone River, then down the river to the beginning. Bounded on the north by Mathias Vandike (David Lee), on the east by _____ Guilick, on the south by Henry Vandike (Isaac Vandike), and on the west by Millstone River, containing 248 acres.
  21. Middlesex County, New Jersey, Volume 6, page 673: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-NDNC?i=366&cat=219248
    Beginning at the southwest corner of land that was formerly David Lee's, afterwards Mathias van Dykes, on the east side of Millstone River, then running easterly along VanDyke's line 131 chains, then south by west 21 chains to Isaac Vandikes northeast corner, then westsouthwesterly along Vandike's line to MIllstone River, then down the river to the beginning.
  22. East Jersey Deeds: Book K, Folio 310; Isaac purchased:
    "Tract of Land Situate lying and bound in the Township of New Brunswick It being pt. of that Tract of Land where the said Malot now liveth Bounded as followeth beginning at a White Oak tree Marked on four sides Standing by Devils brook being the South West Corner of Josiah Davisons Land there running up the Several Corses of the Said Brook Ninteen Chains on a Strait line to a stake thence North twelve Degrees west thirty Chains along a now marked line to a stake and a stone planted in the ground thence North Sixty three Degrees West fifteen Chains to Benjamin Maples line thence along the said Maples line South South west five Chains and Sixty links to Josiah Davisons line thence along said Davisons line East South East Eight chains and forty links to a stake a Stone planted in the ground It being Said Davisons East South East Corner thence South One Degree East thirty Eight Chains to the place of beginning Containing fifty Seven acres"
  23. East Jersey Deeds, Volume C-2, Folio 478:
    "Beginning on the East Side of Milston River at the upper corner of Benjamin Maples Land on the said River thence running East South east one hundred twenty two chains along the Said Maples Line to a Stake marked on four Sides thence South and by west Sixteen chains and a half to Daniel Baylys land thence west north west along the said Baylys Line to Milston River thence down the said River to the place where it First began."
  24. On April 26, 1733, Theodorus Mellott and his wife Catarine Mallott sold 57 acres on the west side of Devil's Brook in New Brunswick Township, Middlesex County, East New Jersey. This land adjoined lands of Benjamin Maple and Josiah Davison: East Jersey Deeds: Book K, Folio 310; Theodorus sold:
    "Tract of Land Situate lying and bound in the Township of New Brunswick It being pt. of that Tract of Land where the said Malot now liveth Bounded as followeth beginning at a White Oak tree Marked on four sides Standing by Devils brook being the South West Corner of Josiah Davisons Land there running up the Several Corses of the Said Brook Ninteen Chains on a Strait line to a stake thence North twelve Degrees west thirty Chains along a now marked line to a stake and a stone planted in the ground thence North Sixty three Degrees West fifteen Chains to Benjamin Maples line thence along the said Maples line South South west five Chains and Sixty links to Josiah Davisons line thence along said Davisons line East South East Eight chains and forty links to a stake a Stone planted in the ground It being Said Davisons East South East Corner thence South One Degree East thirty Eight Chains to the place of beginning Containing fifty Seven acres"
  25. East Jersey Deeds Volume E-2 p. 98 - On 2 April 1737 - Daniel Brinton Davison sold 224 acres to Josiah Davidson:
    beginning at Theodorus Melatt's corner on Devils Brook, running along Mellot's line north thirty-eight chains to a corner, then West North West 63 chains to the Millstone River. then up the river to the mouth of Devils Brook, then up the brook to the place of the beginning. Bounded on the east by the land of Isaac FitzRandolph formerly belonging to Theodorus Melat, on the north by the land of Benjamin Mapple formerly belonging to Theodorus Melat, and on the west and the south by Millstone River and Devils Brook.
    -
    Here, Isaac FitzRandolph's land was the 57 acre parcel Theodorus Mellott sold to Isaac in 1733.
  26. Telford Grant Maple, Genealogical History of the Maple/Mapel Family in America, Penobscot Press (1993):
    In the Middlesex County Clerk's Office there are four mortgage deeds executed by Benjamin Maple and wife Isabella. The first, 10 July 1779, refers to "Plantation where Benjamin Maple lives in South Brunswick Middlesex County" containing 100 acres and "Begins at corner of William Scudder formerly Josiah Davison at a ford across Millstone River". (Vol. 3 of Mortgages, p. 9). The second, 23 May 1783, "Land in Middlesex County where on his father Benjamin Maple lived at the time of his death, who died intestate, where by Benjamin became seized of same as heir at law.". (Vol. 3 of Mortgages, p. 51). The third, 7 March 1785, "Tract in Mapletown, Middlesex County...commencing at Fording place across Millstone river". (Vol. 2 of Mortgages, p. 169).
  27. MIddlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 2, page 259: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4T-MD83?i=575&cat=219248 Benjamin Mapel and wife Isabella sold 98 acres in Middlesex County to Thomas Blackwell:
    "Beginning at the northwest corner of Josiah Davison now William Skudders at a fording place across Millstone River then down the said river to a birch tree standing at the mouth of a small run that falls in the said river marked on the east side with T. M. north seventy five degrees east to Henry Davises line now Thomas Blackwells, thence East South East forty five chains to a stake and stone for a corner, thence South twenty seven degrees and thirty minutes West twenty five chains and sixty one links to Josiah Davison now Abraham Cruser's Land, thence west north west twenty one chains to the South east corner of said Davison now said Skudders 33 acre lot, thence north north East ten chains to a stake and stone for a corner, thence West north west twenty nine chains to the place of beginning at Millstone River containing one hundred acres of land be the same more or less. Bounded west by the River, North by Blackwell, East by land lately Thomas Raynold, South by Cruser and Skudder. To have and to hold the above granted and bargained premises (except two acres near the northwest corner conveyed to Benjamin Maple Junr as by his deed more at large may appear) ..."
  28. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 22, page 31: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSY4-2Q8K-K?i=22&cat=219248
    Beginning at a point on Austin Blackwell's line 3.5 chains southeasterly from Blackwell's westernmost corner (by the Millstone River), then southesterly along Blackwell's line 6 chains and 50 links to a corner, then south 20 degrees west 4 chains and 25 links to a corner of the lot whereon the house stands, then 11 chains and 59 links to Scudder's line, then westerly along Scudder's line 10 chains to Millstone River, then across Millstone River along courses of a stream leading from Millstone River to Stony Brook, then down Stony Brook to where it empties into Millstone River, then up Millstone River and crossing to the place of the beginning, containing 19.25 acres.
  29. Middlesex County Deeds, Volume 24, page 350: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-29NY-D?i=200&cat=219248:
    Beginning at the southeast bounds of the canal at a line of land belonging to Isaac Scudder and the heirs of William Scudder and running thence along the Mapletown Road north 47.25 degrees east 1 chain 95 links, then north 34.5 degrees east 2 chains and 5 links, then north 23.5 degrees east two chains and 5 links, then north 15.75 degrees east 2 chains and 5 links, then north 15.5 degrees east 6 chains and 45 links to a line of land belonging to Austin D. Blackwell, then on the said line south 70 degrees west 2 chains and 50 links, then parallel with the canal south 12.5 degrees west 5 chains and 12 links, then south 14.25 degrees west 2 chains, then south 25.25 degrees west 1 chain and 60 links, then south 34.75 degrees west 1 chain and 70 links, then south 44.5 degrees west 1 chain and 80 links, then south 54.25 degrees west 81 links, then south 70 degrees east 2 chains to the beginning.
  30. MIddlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 24, page 430: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-29FY-Y?i=243&cat=219248
  31. East Jersey Deeds: Book K, Folio 314; Theodorus Mellott purchased from Benjamin Harrison:
    "Beginning at the Southwest Corner of Henrey Davis's Land on Millston River from thence running East South East Seventy Eight Chains and a half to Thomas Ashleys Norwest Corner from thence running South Seven Degrees East thirty Eight Chains and a half to the Devils Brook from thence running down the said brook thirty six Chains till it Comes to Daniel Brenton Davisons South East Corner of his land from thence Running North thirty Eight Chains to a Stake a the East South East Corner of Daniell Brenton Davison Land from thence running West North West Sixty three Chains to a Stake down by Millstone River which is Daniell Brenton Davisons West Norwest Corner from thence running down the said River to Henrey Davises Corner where if first began containing three hundred acres be the same more or less bearing Northly to the Land of Henrey Davises land and on the East to the land of Thomas Ashleys and Devils brook and on the West to the land of Daniel Brenton Davison till it comes to the foresaid Stake which is the East South Corner of the Said Davison Land then Afterwards Bounding Southerly to the abovesaid Davisons Land till it comes down to Millstone River then bounding West to the river as the River Runs tell it courses to the above said Henrey Davises Land where it first began."
  32. East Jersey Deeds, Volume K: Folio 315 (SSTSE023); Thomas Atchley purchased a tract from John Parker, executor of John Harrison:
    "Beginning at Henry Davis Corner (or South East Corner) Running West North West along Henry Davis Line fourty five Chain to Theodorus Melotts Land Thence South Seven Degrees East thirty Eight Chain and one half Along the T. Melotts Land to the Devils brook thence up the said brook thirty Chain to a Stake Thence North North East Eighteen Chain to Davis corner. Bounded by Henry Davis Southerly by the Devils Brook Westerly by Theodorus Melott Easterly by Land belonging to the Estate of the said John Harrison Containing One hundred acres."
  33. East Jersey Deeds, Volume E-2, p. 97 - John Parker (executor of the will of John Harrison) sold 224 acres in New Brunswick Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey to Daniel Brinton Davison, physician. :
    Beginning at Devils Brook at Theodorus Mellott's corner, running along Theodorus Mellott's line north 38 chains to a corner marked by a stake, then along Mellott's line West North West sixty-three chains to Millstone River, then up the river to the mouth of Devils Brook, then up the brook to the the place of the beginning. Bounded southerly and westerly by Devils Brook and the Millstone River; northerly and easterly by Theodorus Mellott's land.
  34. New Jersey Early Land Records, E-3 (EJ): Folio 141 (SSTSE023)
    Benjamin Pridmore purchased land on the east side of Millstone River from John Harrison on 6 March 1721:
    Beginning on the east side of Milston River at a corner of Volker Dirickson's land, then east southeast 123 chains, then south by west 16.25 chains, then west northwest to Milston River, then down the river to the beginning. Bounded west by Milston River, northerly by Volker Dirickson, easterly and westerly by John Harrison, containing 200 acres.
  35. New Jersey Early Land Records, E-3 (EJ): Folio 143 (SSTSE023)
    Benjamin Pridmore sold land on the east side of Millstone River to Jan Van Dyck on 10 February 1727:
    Beginning on the east side of Milston River at a corner of Dirrick Folkerson's land (formerly Folkert Dirrickson's, then east southeast 123 chains, then south by west 16.25 chains, then west northwest to Milston River, then down the river to the beginning. Bounded west by Millston River, northerly by Dirrick Folkerson's land, easterly and westerly by land of NIcholas Lake, containing 200 acres.
  36. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 3, page 304: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4K-49V7-H?i=160&cat=219248
    Beginning at the mill dam on the east side of Millstone River, then running along a road from Davison's Mill to John Davison's to a tree by the road, then north 18 degrees 21 chains to Benjamin Maple's line, then along Maple's line west northwest 11 chains, then north northeast teen chains, then west northwest 30 chains to Millstone River, then up the river to the beginning. Containing about 100 acres. Including mill pond and dam, 2 grist mills, fulling mill and mill houses.
  37. MIddlesex County Deeds, Volume 12, page 157: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-7913-4?i=90&cat=219248:
    Beginning at the mill dam on the east side of Millstone River, then running along a road that leads from Scudder's Mill (Formery John Davison's Mill) to a sapling by the road, then north 18 degrees 21 chains to a tree on Benjamin Maple's line (now Thomas Blackwell's line), then along Blackwell's line west northwest 11 chains, then north northeast 10 chains, then west northwest 30 chains to Millstone River, then up the river to the beginning, containing about 100 acres. Also the mill pond and dam on said premises, a dwelling house, grist mill, saw mill, and fulling mill, which said equal undivided sixth parts of the foregoing tracts of land and appurtenances descended to Sarah E. Scudder from Col. William Scudder, her father, who died intestate.
  38. Volume 34, page 362: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4R-YN8N?i=198&cat=219248. William purchased 78.29 acres, which included a mill belonging to the late Colonel William Scudder:
    Beginning in the middle of the road leading from Scudder's Mills to Cranbury, then along the line of Joseph Grover north 17 degrees east 16 chains 53 links to John Blackwell's land, then along his line north 70 degrees west 11 chains 21 links, then north 19.75 degrees east 10 chains 15 links, then north 70 degrees west 25 chains to Delaware & Raritan Canal, then along the canal southwesterly to the Millstone River, then along the river to a fulling mill, then southeasterly along the road to the beginning.
  39. Middlesex County, New Jersey Mortgages, Volume 15, page 517: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSY4-K6MT?i=268&cat=222691
  40. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 203, page 225: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSYH-736F?i=491&cat=219248
    Beginning at a stake in the west line of the straight turnpike from Trenton to New Brunswick at a corner of Isaac Silvers' land and running from there north 47 degrees and 30 minutes east 37 chains and 81 links along the turnpike to a corner of John Blackwell's land, then along the line of Blackwell and Cornelius C. Cruser north 70 degrees and 30 minutes west 14 chains and 37 links to the line of land belonging to the Delaware and Raritan Canal Company, then along the company's line 10 chains and 62 links to a corner of Isaiah Jamison's land on the southwest bank of Millstone River, then along the bank south 10 degrees east 2 chains and 5 links to a bend in the bank, then south 20 degrees west 2 chains and 45 links, then south 43 degrees west 5 chains, then south 26.75 degrees west 1 chains and 45 links to the middle of the road leading from the mill to Princeton, then along the road south 89.25 degrees west 3 chains and 79 links to a post in the fence nearly opposite Isaiah Jamison's gate, then south 4.5 degrees west 8 chains and 88 links to a corner of Isaac Silvers' land, then along Silvers' line south 13.5 degrees east 5 chains and 96 links, then south 40.25 degrees east 4 chains and 88 links, then south 69 degrees east 1 chain to the beginning. Containing 48.28 acres.
  41. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 12, page 452: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-79B2-G?i=245&cat=219248:
    Beginning at Millstone River at a corner of Mathew Van Dyke's land, along his line south 70.5 degrees east 28 chains and 36 links to the road through Maple Town, then along the road south 26 degrees west 25 links to a corner of John Van Duyn's land, then along his line south 71.75 degrees east 31 chains and 80 links to a corner of William Bayleys land, then along his line north 10.25 degrees east 11 chains and 39 links to a corner of woods (late the property of Wm. Hollingshead, deceased), then along his line north 70.5 degrees west 10 chains and 9 links to a stone over the brook, then north 8 degrees west 8 chains, then north 6.5 degrees east 3 chains and 36 links, then running along an old line south 70.75 degrees east 34 chains and 10 links to a corner of the graveyard, then north 8.75 degrees 11 chains and 86 links along the graveyard and John Hollingshead's land to a stone in a line originally called Sunderland's line, then along the line north 71.75 degrees west 16 chains and 90 links to the middle of Heathcoats Brook, then down the brook to the line of Rebecca Van Tilburgh, then along her line south 52.5 degrees west 4 chains and 66 links, then south 89.5 degrees west 2 chains and 98 links, then south 60.75 degrees west six chains and 7 links, then north 57.75 degrees west 4 chains and 63 links to the middle of the brook, then down the brook to the Millstone River, then up the river to the beginning.
  42. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 24, page 358: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-29NN-K?i=205&cat=219248
    Beginning at the southeast bounds of the Delaware & Raritan Canal at a line of Matthew Van Dyke, then running along the canal north 27.25 degrees east 2 chains 20 links, then north 30 degrees east 25 chains, then north 30.25 degrees east 2 chains and 25 links to the center of Heathcote Brook, then in the center of the brook north 39.25 degrees west 2 chains and 20 links, then north 43 degrees west 3 chains and 15 links to the center of the Millstone River, then along the center of the Millstone south 15.5 degrees west 4 chains and 35 links, then south 20 degrees west 3 chains and 20 links, then south 34.75 degrees west 2 chains and 36 links, then south 48.5 degrees west 2 chains and 70 links, then south 29.75 degrees west 5 chains and 14 links, then south 29.5 degrees west 2 chains and 16 links, then south 42.25 degrees west 2 chains 37 links, then south 63.75 degrees west 1 chain and 70 links, then south 51 degrees west 1 chain and 80 links, then south 48.75 degrees west 2 chains and 10 links, then south 50.75 degrees west 3 chains and 60 links, then south 36 degrees west 2 chains and 45 links to Matthew Van Dyke's line, then along the line south 70.5 degrees east 8 chains and 85 links to the beginning.
  43. Sunderland's land was described in a 1777 deed for the sale of land owned by Thomas Van Dyke: Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 1, page 259: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4T-MZK2?i=96&cat=219248
    Beginning near where Heathcuts Brook empties into Millstone River, then up the river south 17.5 degrees west 6 chains and 50 links, then south 49.5 degrees west 1 chain and 50 links, then south 39 degrees west 4 chains and 50 links, then 32.75 degrees west 3 chains and 50 links, then 25.25 degrees west 3 chains and 83 links to an old fence, then along the fence south 69 degrees east 37 chains and 85 links, then along another fence north 23 degrees east 9 chains and 8 links, then south 67.5 degrees east 3 chains and 54 links to a small brook, then north 7.5 degrees west 8 chains, then north 7 degrees east 3 chains and 36 links, then north 14 degrees west 2 chains and 6 links, then north 30 degrees west 3 chains and 5 links, then north 88 degrees west 2 chains 85 links to a rock near the mill dam, then north 57.25 degrees west 3 chains and 73 links to Heathcuts Brook, then down the brook south 65 degrees west 7 chains, then south 54 degrees west 6 chains, then north 29 degrees west 7 chains, then north 42 degrees east 3 chains and 65 links, then north 47 degrees west 3 chains to the beginning.
  44. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 2, page 99: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4T-MDRK?cat=219248
  45. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 12, pages 628-630: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-791K-N?i=342&cat=219248
    On 7 May 1815, John Van Duyn purchased 47.08 acres in Middlesex County, New Jersey from James Lake and his wife Sarah:
    Beginning at the corner of David Clarkson on the road to Maples Town, then running south 71 degrees and 40 minutes east 31 chains and 85 links along Clarkson's line, then south 70 degrees and 40 minutes east 27 chains and 80 links along lands of William Bayles, then south 19 degrees west 5 chains and 53 links to Matthew Van Dike's line, then north 70 degrees and 40 minutes west 14 chains and 63 links along his line, then north 71 degrees and 15 minutes west 20 chains and 48 links along the same, then south 17 degrees and 40 minutes west 5 chains and 38 links along the same, then north 17 degrees and 40 minutes west 26 chains and 40 links along the same to the road, then north 28.5 degrees east 10 chains and 73 links to the begininning.
    James Lake had purchased 133 acres on the east side of Mapletown Road on 16 June 1804 [MIddlesex County Deeds, volume 6, page 239): https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-NDQQ?i=128&cat=219248. James sold 31.68 acres to William Bayles on 7 May 1815 (Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 13, page 69): https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-M9ZT-Z?i=42&cat=219248
  46. MIddlesex County, New Jersey Mortgages, Volume 11, page 77: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSY4-N79P-1?i=672&cat=222691
  47. New Jersey Early Land Records, E-3 (EJ) : Folio 143 (SSTSE023)
  48. A. Van Doren Honeyman (editor), Documents relating to the Colonial and Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey, Volume 33", Trenton (1931), page 447.
    1757, April 12. Van Dyck, John, of Corporation of New Brunswick, Middlesex Co., yeoman; will of. Eldest son, John, the farm in Somerset Co., where he lives, which I bought of Gershom Wiggins, of about 230 acres. Son, Ruloef, the farm where he lives in Somerset Co., of 230 acres, which I bought of widow Thomsin Hollinshead and Francis Hollinshead, and partly of Thomas Leonard, Esq. Son, Matthias, the farm where he lives at Maples Town, in Middlesex Co., which I bought of Thomas South, of 200 acres; also £50 to be paid him by my son, Isaac. Son, Simon, farm where he lives, near Fresh Pond, in Middlesex Co., of 300 acres, which I bought of Andrew Johnston, Esq. Son, Isaac, the farm where he lives, at Maples Town, of 264 acres, which I bought of Benjamin Pridmore, and partly of Frederick Dolhagen. Son, Jacob, that land near Rocky Hill, in Somerset Co., which I bought of John Harrison, of 150 acres; also tract near same place, of 50 acres, which I bought of Thomas Yates, Esq.; also 35 acres adjoining it, that I bought of Thomas Soden. To my 3 daughters, Tuentje (wife of Johannes Emans), Catharine (wife of Gerrardus Beekman) and Ann (wife of Albert Voorhees), £250 to each. Wife, Ann, my homestead farm, where I live, of 600 acres, which I bought partly of John Moss, and partly of Benjamin Harrison; and 80 acres of woodland, which I bought of Samuel Drake; also rest of real and personal estate; and, after her death, all to be sold, and the money I give to my children, John, Ruloef, Mathias, Simon, Isaac, Jacob, Tuentje, Catharine and Ann. Executors—wife, Ann, and sons, John, Ruloef, Mathias, Simon, Isaac and Jacob. Witnesses— Jacob Bergen, Peter Berrien, John Berrien. Proved Jan. 25, 1765.
    Lib. H, p. 484.
  49. William Barclay Napton, "Past and Present of Saline County Missouri", B. F. Bowen & Company (1910), page 622.
  50. Francis Bazley Lee (editor), "Genealogical and Personal Memorial of Mercer County, New Jersey, Volume II", The Lewis Publishing Company, New York (1907), pages 630-631.
  51. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 24, page 354: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-29NK-V?i=202&cat=219248
    Beginning at the southeast bounds of the canal at Abraham Cruser's line, then running north 13.5 degrees east 4 chains and 75 links, then north 11.25 degrees east 2 chains and 5 links, then north 8.5 degrees east 2 chains, then north 6.5 degrees east 2 chains and 50 links, then north 3.75 degrees east 3 chains and 60 links, then north 4.5 degrees east 4 chains and 5 links, then north 6.75 degrees east 3 chains, then north 14.75 degrees east 3 chains and 50 links to Matthew Van Dyke's land, then on his line north 72 degrees west 4 chains and 22 links to the center of Millstone River, then along the center of the Millstone 20.25 degrees west 2 chains, then south 12.75 degrees west 1 chain and 10 links, then south 0.75 degrees west 80 links, then south 15 degrees west 2 chains and 10 links, then south 11.25 degrees west 1 chain and 15 links, then south 8.25 degrees west 1 chain and 95 links, then south 16.75 degrees west 2 chains, then south 17.5 degrees west 2 chains and 5 links, then south 11.5 degrees west 2 chains and 5 links, then south 10.5 degrees west 1 chain and 95 links, then south 13 degrees west 4 chains and 55 links to Abraham Cruser's line, then south 69.75 degrees east 5 chains and 85 links to the beginning.
  52. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 47, page 368: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSY4-VLSL?i=778&cat=219248
    Beginning a the junction of the straight turnpike leading from Trenton to New Brunswick and the land of Henry Van Dyke, then running along Van Dyke's line north 18 degrees and 30 minutes east 6 chains and 87 links to Henry Van Dykes corner and the line of Isaac Van Dyke, then along Isaac's line south 70 degrees and 15 minutes east 3 chains and 78 links to the Straight Turnpike, then along the turnpike south 47 degrees and 30 minutes west 7 chains and 83 links to the beginning.
  53. On 1 May 1846, John Gordon Van Dyke of South Brunswick Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey purchased 2 lots (18.83 acres and 82.86 acres) from Henry Van Dyke and his wife Ellen: Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 43, page 228: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-3S44-T?i=135&cat=219248
  54. On 6 December 1855, John G. Van Dyke purchased 2 lots (43.83 acres and 33.71 acres) in South Brunswick Township from Henry Van Dyke and his wife, Ellen: Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 69, page 684: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGS-JTLC?i=732&cat=219248
  55. MIddlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 24, page 355: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-29NK-9?i=203&cat=219248
    Beginning at the southeast bounds of the canal at the line of Henry Van Dike, then running north 14.5 degrees east 17 chains 85 links, then north 15.5 degrees east 2 chains, then north 17.5 degrees east 2 chains, then north 20.5 degrees east 1 chain 95 links, then north 27.25 degrees east 2 chains, then north 28 degrees east 2 chains, then north 30.5 degrees 2 chains and 15 links to a line of Isaac Story, then along that line north 70.5 degrees west 2 chains 15 links, then south 28 degrees west 3 chains 83 links, then south 24.75 degrees 2 chains 16 links, then south 20.25 degrees west 2 chains 18 links, then south 18 degrees west 2 chains 10 links, then south 16.5 degrees west 1 chain 62 links, then south 13 degrees west 3 chains 25 links, then south 16.75 degrees west 11 chains 95 links, then south 8.25 degrees west 2 chains 27 links, then south 15.75 degrees west 4 chains 80 links, then south 72 degrees east 2 chains 5 links.
  56. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 30, page 798: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-731D-Y?i=437&cat=219248:
    Beginning in the center of the canal, in the line between Mathew Van Dyke, deceased, and Henry Van Dyke, running parallel to the canal north 15.75 degrees east four chains and 80 links, then north 8.25 degrees east 2 chains and 27 links, then north 16.75 degrees east 7 chains and 95 links, then north 13 degrees east 3 chains and 25 links, then north 16.5 degrees east 1 chain and 62 links, then north 18 degrees east 2 chains and 10 links, then north 20.25 degrees east 2 chains and 18 links, then north 24.75 degrees east 2 chains and 16 links, then north 28 degrees east 3 chains and 83 links to the line of Isaac Story, then along the line north 70.5 degrees west 6 chains and 70 links to the middle of the Millstone River, then up the river 33 chains and 55 links to the line of Henry Van Dyke, then along the line south 72 degrees east 2 chains and 17 links to the beginning.
  57. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 30, page 798: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-731D-Y?i=437&cat=219248:
    Beginning in the center of the canal, in the line between Mathew Van Dyke, deceased, and Henry Van Dyke, running parallel to the canal north 15.75 degrees east four chains and 80 links, then north 8.25 degrees east 2 chains and 27 links, then north 16.75 degrees east 7 chains and 95 links, then north 13 degrees east 3 chains and 25 links, then north 16.5 degrees east 1 chain and 62 links, then north 18 degrees east 2 chains and 10 links, then north 20.25 degrees east 2 chains and 18 links, then north 24.75 degrees east 2 chains and 16 links, then north 28 degrees east 3 chains and 83 links to the line of Isaac Story, then along the line north 70.5 degrees west 6 chains and 70 links to the middle of the Millstone River, then up the river 33 chains and 55 links to the line of Henry Van Dyke, then along the line south 72 degrees east 2 chains and 17 links to the beginning.
  58. MIddlesex County Deeds, Volume 37, page 28:
    Beginning on the west side of the great road leading from Kingston to Penns Neck in the line of Henry Van Dyke's land, then running along Van Dyke's line north 70 degrees and 30 minutes west 6 chains and 47 links to the line of the Camden and Amboy Branch Rail Road, then along the line of the railroad north 16 degrees and 45 minutes east 1 chain and 14 links to the corner of William Van Dyke's land, then along his line south 71 degrees and 30 minutes east 6 chains and 67 links to the Maple Town Road ~ to the aforesaid road leading from Kingston to Penns Neck, then along the west side of the road south 33 degrees and 45 minutes west 1 chain and 19 links to the beginning.
  59. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 43, page 436: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-3S4M-S?i=247&cat=219248
    Lot 1 - Beginning at Henry Van Dyke's line, then along that line and William Baylis' line north 19 degrees 37 minutes east 24 chains and 66 links to John Van Dyne's line, then along that line and William Baylis' line south 70.5 degrees east 42 chains and 78 links to the Strait Turnpike leading from Trenton to New Brunswick, then along the turnpike south 47 degrees west 27 chains and 80 links to the line of Henry Van Dyke, then along his line north 70.5 degrees west 29 chains and 89 links to the beginning, containing 89.6 acres.
    Lot 2 - Beginning at the Strait Turnpike and corner of Henry Van Dyke's lands, then south 70 degrees 30 minutes east 44 chains and 16 links to Henry Gulick's corner, then north 8 degrees 30 minutes east 5 chains and 11 links to a corner of Henry Gulick and William Van Dyke's land, then north 71 degrees 30 minutes west 40 chains and 86 links to the corner of William Van Dykes land and the Strait Turnpike, then along the turnpike south 8 degrees 30 minutes west 5 chains and 4 links to the beginning, containing 20 acres.
  60. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 6, page 446: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-N8BK?i=248&cat=219248
    Isaac Van Dike's executors sold 264 acres on Millstone River: Beginning at the southwest corner of Abraham Cruser's plantation on the south side of Millstone River, then running south 71 degrees and 15 minutes east along Cruser's line 125 chains and 67 links to Bee Brook, then along the brook to Thomas Blackwell's line 21 chains and 48 links, then north 71 degrees and 15 minutes west along Blackwell's line 109 chains and 43 links to the northeast corner of Widow Ann Van Dike's lot, then at rights angles north 4 chains and 32 links and then 8 chains west to the road, then at right angles ______ two chains and sixteen links, then west parallel to Blackwell's line 9 chains and 26 links to Millstone River, then 19 chains and 32 links down the river to the beginning.
  61. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 7, page 208: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-NS1J-S?i=111&cat=219248
  62. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 9, page 394: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSY4-FWKY?cat=219248
    Lot 1 - Beginning at the southwest corner of Isaac Van Dike's homestead on Millstone River and northwest corner of Thomas Blackwell's farm, then eastward along Blackwell's line 16 chains and 20 links, then on a right angle northerly 4 chains and 32 links, then westward parallel with the first line until it intersects the public road, then at a right angle southerly 2 chains and 16 links, then westward parallel with the first line to Millstone River, then up the river to the beginning, containing 6.2 acres.
    Lot 2 - Beginning at the southeast corner of Van Dyke's plantation ... (illegible)
  63. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 9, page 47: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSY4-F4F1?i=34&cat=219248
    2 lots in a place called Maplestown:
    Lot 1 - Beginning at the southwest corner of Isaac Van Dike's homestead on Millstone River and northwest corner of Thomas Blackwell's farm, then eastward along Blackwell's line 16 chains and 20 links, then on a right angle northerly 4 chains and 32 links, then westward parallel with the first line until it intersects the public road, then at a right angle southerly 2 chains and 16 links, then westward parallel with the first line to Millstone River, then up the river to the beginning, containing 6.2 acres.
    Lot 2 - Beginning at the southeast corner of Van Dyke's plantation, it also being Blackwell's northeast corner, then running westward along Blackwell's line 4 chains and 69 links to Bee Brook, then up the brook to where it intersects Abraham Cruser's line, then along his line eastward 9 chains and 93 links to Fardenand Gulick's line, then southward the several courses of said Gulick's to the beginning, containing 9.3 acres.
  64. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 12, page 800: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-791C-T?i=435&cat=219248:
    Lot 1 - Beginning at the southwest corner of Isaac Vandike's homestead farm on Millstone River and northwest corner of Thomas Blackwell's farm, then running along Blackwell's line eastward 16 chains and 20 links, then at right angles northerly 4 chains and 32 links, then westward parallel with the first line until it intersects with the public road, then on a right angle southerly 2 chains and 16 links, then westward parallel with the first to Millstone River, then up the river to the beginning. Containing 6.2 acres.
    Lot 2 (a wood lot) - Beginning at the southeast corner of Isaac Vandikes plantation and northeast corner of Thomas Blackwell's farm, then running westward along Blackwell's line 4 chains and 69 links to Bee Brook, then up the brook until it intersects Abraham Cruser's line, then along his line eastward 9 chains and 93 links to Ferdinand Gulicks line, then southward along his line to the beginning. Containing 9.3 acres.
  65. Sol Libes, A Brief History of Princeton Landing and Surrounding Areas, (November 1995): http://www.princetonlanding.org/page/20151_325410/A-Brief-History-of-Princeton-Landing-and-Surrounding-Areas.html
  66. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 24, page 357: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-29NJ-K?i=204&cat=219248
    Beginning on a line of Austin D. Blackwell, then running along Mapletown Road on the southeastern bounds of the canal north 13.5 degrees east 11 chains and 85 links to the line of Simon Van Dike, then along the line north 76 degrees west 8 chains and 55 links to the center of the Millstone River, then along the center of the Millstone south 27.5 degrees west 2 chains and 18 links, then south 26 degrees west 1 chain and 13 links, then south 30.5 degrees west 93 links to the line of John C. Schenck, then along the line south 70 degrees east 9 chains and 30 links to near the southeast side of the canal, then south 8.5 degrees west 2 chains and 28 links to the line of Austin D. Blackwell, then along the line south 70 degrees east to the beginning.
  67. Middlesex county, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 24, page 359: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSGD-29NN-K?i=205&cat=219248
    Beginning at the southeastern bounds of the canal at a corner of Jacob van Dike, then running along the Mapletown Road north 13.5 degrees east 9 chains and 82 links to Abraham Cruser's line, then on that line north 71 degrees west 6 chains 45 links to the center of the Millstone River, then along center of the MIllstone south 27.5 degrees west 1 chain 75 links, then south 31.25 degrees west 2 chains, then south 29.25 degrees west 2 chains 35 links, then south 20 degrees west 1 chain 85 links, then south 18.5 degrees west 2 chains 70 links to Jacob Van Dyke's line, then along that line south 76 degrees east 8 chains 55 links to the beginning.
  68. Middlesex County, New Jersey Deeds, Volume 1, page 258: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4T-MZK2?i=96&cat=219248
    Lot 1 - purchased of John Smith on 26 April 1749: Beginning on the road in Maple Town in the line of Thomas Van Dike and John Smith, then running along that line to the rear of 3 lots 88 chains and 80 links, then south by west 5 chains and 60 links to part of the land that Matthias Van Dike purchased of john Smith on 26 April 1749, then along Matthias Van Dike's line north 63 degrees west 65 chains and 15 links to a corner of Matthias Van Dike's land, then along his line south 31 degrees west 5 chains and 42 links to the line of Matthew Van Dike's old plantation, then along his old line west northwest to the aforesaid road, then along the road to the beginning, containing 65 acres.
    Lot 2 - purchased of Abraham Anderson on 10 November 1735: Beginning on the east side of Millstone River about 19 chains above the mouth of Hethcuts Brook, then running east southeast 109 chains by land formerly John Harrison's, south by west by land of John Harrison 11 chains and 12.5 links to lands formerly John Smith's (now Lot #1), then west northwest along Smith's line to Millstone River, then down the river to the beginning, containing 130 acres.
    Lot 3 - purchased of Peter & William Sunderlin on 15 February 1765: Beginning near where Heathcuts Brook empties into Millstone River, then up the river south 17.5 degrees west 6 chains and 50 links, then south 49.5 degrees west 1 chain and 50 links, then south 39 degrees west 4 chains and 50 links, then 32.75 degrees west 3 chains and 50 links, then 25.25 degrees west 3 chains and 83 links to an old fence, then along the fence south 69 degrees east 37 chains and 85 links, then along another fence north 23 degrees east 9 chains and 8 links, then south 67.5 degrees east 3 chains and 54 links to a small brook, then north 7.5 degrees west 8 chains, then north 7 degrees east 3 chains and 36 links, then north 14 degrees west 2 chains and 6 links, then north 30 degrees west 3 chains and 5 links, then north 88 degrees west 2 chains 85 links to a rock near the mill dam, then north 57.25 degrees west 3 chains and 73 links to Heathcuts Brook, then down the brook south 65 degrees west 7 chains, then south 54 degrees west 6 chains, then north 29 degrees west 7 chains, then north 42 degrees east 3 chains and 65 links, then north 47 degrees west 3 chains to the beginning, containing 63.5 acres and 14 rods, bounded in part by Lot #2.
    Lot 4 - purchased from Daniel South on 7 December 1749: Beginning at Thomas Van Dike's line on lot #2 then 4 chains eastward from Bee Swamp Run, then north northeast 9 chains, then west northwest 13 chains and 34 links, then south southwest 9 chains to the aforesaid line, then east southeast along the line 13 chains and 34 links to the beginning, containing 12 acres, bounded by part of Lot # __o and Lot #3.
    Lot 5 - purchased from William Hollinshead on 11 April 1774: beginning in the line of Aaron Longstreet Jr at a corner of Thomas Vandike's land, then south 80 degrees west 31 chains and 69 links along an old line to a corner of Thomas Vandike's land (a corner of Lot #2), then north 70 degrees west 19 chains, then north 8 degrees and 30 minutes east 30 chains and 30 links, 79 degrees west 19 chains and 56 links, then south 9 degrees west 8 chains and 10 links, then north 70 degrees and 30 minutes west 34 chains to Sunderlin's line (being a line of Lot #3), then along that line northerly to a corner of Sunderlin's lot (#3) standing in Lemuel Scudder's line, then along Sudder's line easterly to Hethcut's Brook, then up the brook to the lands of Joshua Higgins, then south 70 degrees and 30 minutes east 51 chains to the beginning corner.
    Lot 6 - purchased from Samuel Moore on 4 October 1759: Beginning in Barker's line and the south corner of Charles Armstrong's Patten, then east southeast 27.5 chains, then north 5.5 degrees west about 18 chains to Heathcott's Brook, then down the brook to Jedediah Higgins' line, then along his line southwest by south 5 chains and 25 links to the beginning, containing 25 acres.
    Lot 7 - 26.5 acres of a 58.5 acre lot Thomas Van Dike purchased of John Bayles (The other part of the lot sold by Thomas Van Dike to William ____ and now the property of Aaron Longstreet Jr). Lot #7 bounded northerly by Hethcuts Brook, westerly by Samuel Moore's Lot (#6), easterly by Aaron Longstreet Jr, and southerly by land purchased from William Hollinshead (Lot #5, containing 32 acres).




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