Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
George Folliot Journal, 1771-1775

Finding aid created by
Rob S. Cox, October 1996

Summary Information
Title: George Folliot journal
Creator: Folliot, George
Inclusive dates: 1771-1775
Extent: 123 pages
This volume contains financial data related to George Folliot's land interests in New Jersey and Dutchess County, New York, as well as scattered commentary on subjects related to his personal finances and land holdings.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1993. M-2965.3.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

George Folliot Journal, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Prior to the Revolution, George Folliot, a general merchant in New York City, held extensive land interests in northern New Jersey and Dutchess County, New York. Folliot appears to have derived a substantial income from tenants in both locations, and may have supplemented this income by managing, or assisting in managing, parts of the estates of others. Little else is known about Folliot, other than that he was a slave holder and sided with the Loyalist cause during the Revolution.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The entries in George Folliot's journal are generally quite brief, but paint a picture of the substantial and diverse financial interests of a thoroughly well-heeled New York Tory. The journal was kept sporadically from July 6, 1771 through March 24, 1775 and includes records of rents collected, leases and mortgages, expenditures, accounts and invoices, along with occasional brief commentary on a miscellaneous range of subjects of interest largely to his personal finances and land holdings.

Of greatest interest in the journal are the entries regarding his landholdings in northern New Jersey and the mid-Hudson river counties of New York -- both places that experienced severe and often violent struggles between landlord and tenant. Folliot recorded sketchy, but important records of rents paid, leases signed, and accounts settled, and included occasional comments on his tenants and their maintenance of his property. James Palmer, for instance, is "a shuffling fellow, concerning the keeping of my Mare," while another tenant, Silas Anson, was recorded as keeping a farm with a broken chimney and a shed in bad order. One of the more unusual entries is a copy of a notice issued to his New Jersey tenants forbidding them from cutting green wood for timber (September 21, 1771).

Subject Terms

    • Morristown (N.J.)--Description and travel.
    • Mothers--Death.
    • New Jersey--Description and travel.
    • Prisoners--New York (State)
    • Real property--New Jersey.
    • Real property--New York (State)
    • Rent--New York (State)
    • Shipbuilding--New York (State)
    • Slaves--New York (State)
    • Tenant farmers--New Jersey
    • Tenant farmers--New York (State)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    George Folliot journal,  1771-1775 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    A microfilm copy of a diary kept by George Folliot in 1765-66 is housed in the Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera at the Winterthur Library.

    In the Public Record Office (CO5/104/84) is Folliot's 1781 memorial to Henry Clinton regarding his inability to cover his debts.

    Partial Subject Index
    Morristown (N.J.)--Description and travel
    • 1771 September 17
    • 1772 May 11
    New Jersey--Description and travel
    • 1771 September 17-22
    Prisoners--New York (State)
    • 1771 November 11
    Real property--New Jersey
    • 1771 September 17-22
    • 1774 August 4
    Real property--New York (State)
    • passim
    Rent--New York (State)
    • passim
    Shipbuilding--New York (State)--History--18th century
    • Undated pages at front of volume
    • 1771 October 9
    Slaves--New York (State)
    • 1772 September 11-12
    Tenant farmers--New Jersey--History--18th century
    • 1771 September 21
    Tenant farmers--New York (State)--History--18th century
    • passim