Samson Adams papers (1767-1794)

Collection processed and finding aid created by Rob S. Cox, 1995
Manuscripts Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: Samson Adams papers
Creator: Adams, Samson, d.1792
Inclusive dates: 1767-1794
Extent: 108 items
Abstract:
The Samson Adams papers are the estate and business documents of Adams, a free African American man living and working in Trenton, New Jersey in the late 18th century. Adams worked as a carpenter and laborer, and produced and traded in a variety of items, including soap, milk, corn, and construction materials.
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: www.clements.umich.edu

Access and Use

Acquisition Information

1980. M-1898.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copyright

Copyright status is unknown

Provenance

The Samson Adams papers were originally contained within the Ewing Family Papers. They have been catalogued separately because of their historical importance and completeness.

Preferred Citation

Samson Adams Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan

Biographical/Historical Note

Samson Adams, an African-American resident of New Jersey, died in early August, 1792, leaving a legacy of hard labor and good works. His birthplace and parents are unknown, but the possibility that he had formerly been enslaved is suggested by the fact that his sister, Violet Adams, was enslaved as late as 1767, and by the presence of an invoice issued in 1775, in which he is referred to as "Mr. Hooper's Sampson" [sic]. By 1780, however, he was a free man, gainfully employed, having learned the trade of soap making, and by 1782, he had arranged to receive some schooling in the evenings.

An intelligent and resourceful man, Adams made a minor financial success out of himself through his "industry and attention to business," and through his flexibility in finding ways to make a living. Adams' economic pursuits were extremely varied, and included hiring out as a carpenter and laborer, and producing and trading in a variety of items, including soap, milk, corn, and construction materials. Through these activities, he was able to maintain financial and, to some degree, personal ties with some prominent members of the local white community, including the attorneys George Ely and Maskell Ewing. By 1788, Adams had purchased a plot of land in Trenton, where he kept some milch cows and hogs, and had even retained a housekeeper. In that year, Ely and Lamborn Cadwallader sponsored a subscription list to help finance the construction of a house for Adams, and they received contributions of money or labor from a number of the city's residents, all apparently favorably impressed with Adams' good standing in the community. Among other evidence of his character, Ely noted that Adams was a dutiful son, having for some time "maintained an aged and infirm mother" at considerable effort and expense.

Four years after Ely's subscription was taken, Adams suffered a lingering death from an unknown illness, and in his final days was bedridden and attended by a physician. He was survived by Violet, and a brother, Cato, who was married and the father of two children. In addition, three other Adamses received bequests in his will, Sarah, possibly Cato's wife, Adam, and Hester. Adams selected Ewing and Ely to act as executors, leaving an estate valued at over £84, the bulk of which went to Violet. In keeping with the resourcefulness and political tact he demonstrated during life, he bequeathed equal sums to the Episcopal, Presbyterian and Methodist churches in Trenton, as well as a small sum for the poor of the city. He was buried in the Black's Burying Ground in Trenton.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Samson Adams Papers is comprised of over one hundred items that offer a rare glimpse into the economic and personal life of a free African-American resident of the mid-Atlantic states during the last quarter of the 18th century. The collection is divided into two series, the first consisting mainly of materials dating between 1780 and 1792, with a few earlier items, and the second containing all materials specifically related to the settlement of Adams' estate. The first series is arranged chronologically, but the second is arranged with the intention of representing the progression of the estate settlement, in an attempt to reconstitute the order placed on the materials by the executors.

The first series of Adams' papers (folders 1-11) contains bills and receipts issued by and to Adams for items ranging from milk and soap to building materials. Also included in this series are a work pass for his sister, Violet, and two important and highly unusual subscription letters seeking assistance for Adams in completing the building of his house. The second series (folders 12-30) includes Adams' will, an inventory and a complete breakdown of the distribution of his estate, bills submitted to the estate with numbered receipts showing their payment, and numerous other estate-related items. This series appears to contain nearly complete documentation of the progress of the estate, and the inventories, evaluations, and itemized list of the distribution of the estate offer an extremely detailed portrait of Adams' financial holdings and personal and business relationships

Subject Terms

Subjects:
  • Auctions.
  • Domestic animals.
  • Estates (Law)
  • Food--Costs.
  • Freedmen.
  • Land titles.
  • Law.
  • Medicine.
  • New Jersey.
  • Soap--Costs.
  • Taxation.
  • Wills.

Contents List (Request Materials)

Request materials for use in the Clements Library
Container / Location Title
Box   1  
Letters and Documents, 1767-1793 [series]
Folder   1  
Moore Furman ADS to Violet [Adams], June 23, 1767
Pass granting Violet Adams freedom to go where she desires and to work to support herself. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Harrison & DeCou ADS to Mr. Hooper's Sampson [Samson Adams], July 13, 1774
Bill and reciept for goods. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Timothy Abbott ADS to Viloat Addams [Violet Adams], September 19, 1775 [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   2  
Nicolaus Miller DS to Samson [Adams], July 22, 1780
Receipt for a cow. Witnessed by Mary Dagworthy. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Francis Blower AD to Samson [Adams], March 28, 1782
Bill and reciept for schooling. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Violet [Adams] ALS to Samson Adams, November 19, 1782
Sister Violet relates that Aunt Rose Allen would like Samson to send three bushels of cranberries. Would like to know the cost. To Samson Adams at Mary Dagworthy's. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   3  
Mrs. Dunbar AD to Sutton and John Howell, December 14, 1782
Bill for putting the cow to pasture at Jos. Britton's daily. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Neal McGill ADS to Sampson [Samson Adams], January 27, 1785
Receipt for county and state taxes, and a poor tax. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
William Watson AD to Samson [Adams], November 1, 1785
Bill for corn and cornstalks. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   4  
Lambert Cadwalader ALS, July 15, 1786
Letter of promise to give Sampson [Samson Adams] a lot in fee, on which to build a house for himself and his aged mother. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
W[illia]m Rhodes ADS to Sampson Addams [Samson Adams], October 10, 1786
Receipt for the purchase of a milk cow. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Lewis Yard ADS to Sampson [Samson Adams], May 10, 1787
Receipt for partial payment on a "fraim" [a frame for his house]. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   5  
[43 Trenton (N.J.) Subscribers] Subscription Letter, May 1, 1788
Seeks aid for Samson Adams in building his house; includes signatures of 43 subscribers. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Ja[me]s Hankinson ADS to Sampson [Samson Adams], May 10, 1788
Bill for quarter work. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Cha[rle]s Oxford ADS to John W. Hunt, October 16, 1788
Receipt for John W. Hunt's payment of Samson Adams's State and Poor taxes. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   6  
AD to Samson [Adams], 1788
Receipt for payment in full by Samson Adams. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
William Reeden ADS to Samsons Addams [Samson Adams], January 26, 1789
Receipt for a payment by Samson Adams for Lewis Yard in a suit with Mrs. Sara [?]. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Sampson Adams [Samson Adams] AD to Lewis Yard, [after January 26, 1789]
Bill for the purchase of soap and payments to William Reeden and to Adams. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   7  
John Chambers ADS to Samson [Adams], August 13, 1789
Receipt for the payment of poor tax. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Ab[ram] Hunt AD to Sampson [Samson Adams], November 7, 1789
Bill for the purchase of two hogs. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Isaac Yard ADS to Samson Addam [Samson Adams], May 20, 1790 - March 29, 1792
Bill for cash, a load of Loom, wood carting, and horse and cart. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   8  
Sampson [Samson Adams] AD to Biddy and Jobe Scott [Job Scott], 1790
Bill for the purchase of milk and soap. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Abram Hunt AD to Sampson [Samson Adams], July 7, 1791
Account between Adams and Hunt for shingles, boards, and nails. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
William S. Moore ADS to Sampson Adams [Samson Adams], November 25, 1791
Receipt for the payment of State and Road taxes. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   9  
Sarah Adams ALS to Maskell Ewing, April 3, 1793
Explanation by Samson Adams's sister-in-law, of the progress of acquiring a deed for Samson's land. Hunt and Furman were to get him the deed, but failed to do so. Samson requested Hunt to procure him the deed about 10 months before he died. The pork Samson carried out went to Hunt's store. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Jos[eph] Milnor ADS to [Samson Adams], Undated
Bill for amount due to Joseph Milnor. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Ms. Document to Sampson Addams [Samson Adams], Undated
Bill to Samson Adams. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   10  
Samson Adams AD to Isaac Yard, Undated
Bill for 13 gallons of soap. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
[Samson Adams] Ms. Document to Isaiah Yard and John Howel [John Howell], Undated
Bill for milk and soap. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Mrs. Hooper ADS to Sampson [Samson Adams], Undated
Bill for fat in lieu of money owed. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Samson Adams AD to Joseph Brittain, Undated
Bill for soap. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   11  
Samson Adams AD to James Monjoy, Undated
Bill for milk and soap. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
[Samson Adams] Ms. Document to Mrs. Cox, Undated
Accounting for scraps. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Samson Adams AD to Jesse Crausly and Job Scott, Undated
Bill for milk and soap. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Ms. Fragments, Undated
Accounting notes pertinent to beef and fat. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Samson Adams Estate Papers, 1783-1794 [series]
Folder   12  
Wrapper [for Samson Adams estate papers, Undated
Wrapper for Samson Adams's will and estate papers. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Samson Adams and W[illia]m Paterson Document, True Copy, August 1, 1792
Last will and testament of Samson Adams, witnessed by William Robinson, Martha Justice, and Mildred Priest. True copy by Tho[ma]s Adams. Attached: W[illia]m Paterson partially printed DS, with State seal, August 15, 1792, proving Samson Adams's will and granting administration of the estate to George Ely and Maskell Ewing; Burlington, New Jersey. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Ms. Partial Inventory of the Samson Adams estate, August 1792
Partial inventory of Samson Adams's estate. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   13  
Ms. Inventory of the Samson Adams estate, August 1792
"Just and perfect" inventory of Samson Adams's estate. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Ms. Inventory of the Samson Adams estate sale, August 13, 1792
Inventory of items sold at auction from Samson Adams' estate. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   14  
Wrapper [for house and lot subscription papers], Undated
Wrapper for subscription papers for auction of house and lot. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
[George Ely and Maskell Ewing] Df., Undated
Rough draft of a subscription for the sale of house and lot. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
George Ely and Maskell Ewing DS, April 1, 1793
Subscription paper for sale of house and lot; signed by George Ely and Maskell Ewing. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   15  
Samson Adams and [Maskell Ewing] Ms. Account Book, October 1, 1783 - May 28, 1794
Account book of Samson Adams's estate settlements. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   16  
Ms. Document [accounting sheet], Undated
Account sheet of money due Samson Adams's estate. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Ms. Document to Black Burying Ground, Undated
Regarding payment to the Black Burying Ground. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Ms. Document [figuring sheet], Undated
Doodle and figuring sheet. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Ms. Document to Dianna Carey [or, Dinah Cary], Undated
Money due Dianna Carey from Samson Adams's estate. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   17  
Ms. Document [balance sheet], Undated
Balance due to Samson Adams's estate and how the amounts are to be divided. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Estate of Samson Adams Ms. Document to George Ely, August 5, 1792
Bill for money owed to the estate of Samson Adams. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Maskell Ewing ADS to Henry Reans, April 16, 1793
Receipt for payment due to the estate of Samson Adams and the amount owed to Reans. Signed by both parties as settled. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Job Scott ALS to Maskell Ewing, Undated
Threat to sue Samson Adams's estate if he does not receive the amount owed to him. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   18  
George Ely DS to Maskell Ewing, June 2, 1794
Receipt for commission paid to Ely as co-executor of Samson Adams's will. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Dinah Cary [or, Dianna Carey] DS, November 15, 1793
Respecting money owed to Dianna Carey by Samson Adams's estate. On the same sheet with: Tho[ma]s Yardley DS certification of Dianna Carey's order, November 15, 1793; John Stapler ADS to M[askell] Ewing, February 27, 1794; and John Stapler ADS receipt, June 8, 1794. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
[Estate of Samson Adams] Ms. Document, Undated
Partial account of the receipts for sundry goods that were appraised and given as specific legacies. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
[Estate of Samson Adams] Ms. Document, [November 1786]
Partial account relating to legacies from estate of Samson Adams. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   19  
Ms. Document [partial distribution of the Samson Adams estate], Undated
Sheet showing partial distribution of estate of Samson Adams. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Maskell Ewing ADS, [October 6, 1793 - May 31, 1794]
Sheet showing complete distribution of estate of Samson Adams. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   20  
Wrapper [for receipts], Undated
Wrapper for reciepts of money paid out of estate of Samson Adams. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Benjamin Bone DS to Maskell Ewing, August 6, 1792
Bill and receipt for payment to Benjamin Bone for attending Samson Adams during his final sickness. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Cato Adams DS to Maskell Ewing, August 6, 1792
Bill and receipt for payment to Cato Adams from the estate of Samson Adams. On verso of James J. Harper ADS to Cato Adams, Trenton, [New Jersey], August 4, 1792. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Wrapper [for receipts], Undated
Wrapper for receipts nos. 2-11 exclusive. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Mary Dunbar ADS to Maskell Ewing and George Ely, August 6, 1792
Receipt for huckaback given to Mary Dunbar as a specific legacy. Receipt number 3. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   21  
Phillis Dillon DS to Maskell Ewing and George Ely, August 13, 1792
Receipt for a specific legacy. Receipt number 4. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Violet Adams DS to Maskell Ewing and George Ely, August 13, 1792
Receipt for a specific legacy. Receipt number 5. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Cato Addams [Cato Adams] and Eliz[abe]th West DS to Maskell Ewing and George Ely, August 13, 1792
Receipt for specific legacies. Receipts numbered 6 and 7. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Hester Adams DS to Maskell Ewing and George Ely, August 13, 1792
Receipt for a specific legacy. Receipt number 8. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Sarah Adams DS to Maskell Ewing and George Ely, August 13, 1792
Receipt for a specific legacy. Receipt number 9. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Adam Adams DS to Maskell Ewing and George Ely, August 13, 1792
Receipt for a specific legacy. Receipt number 10. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   22  
Joseph Cowell ADS to Maskell Ewing, August 14, 1792
Bill and receipt for payment to Cowell for ashes. Receipt number 11. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
R[ichar]d Throckmorton ADS to Maskell Ewing and George Ely, August 15, 1792
Bill and receipt for payment to Throckmorton for work on Samson Adams's will. Receipt number 12. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Jacob Benjamin ADS to Maskell Ewing, August 15, 1792
Receipt for payment to Jacob Benjamin. Receipt number 13. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Violet Adams DS to Maskell Ewing, August 16, 1792
Receipt for payment to Violet Adams. Also signed by Martha Justice, with her mark. Receipt number 14. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   23  
Benjamin Smith ADS to Maskell Ewing, September 15, 1792
Bill and receipt for payment to Alexander Chambers and Son. Receipt number 15 [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Cuffy Howell and Sharper Tucker DS to Maskell Ewing, September 15, 1792
Bill and receipt for payment to Howell and Tucker for digging Samson Adams's grave and making up Adams's mother's grave. Receipt number 16. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Nelly Hulick DS to Maskell Ewing, October 17, 1792
Bill and receipt for payment to Hulick. Receipt number 17. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Christopher Long DS to Maskell Ewing, October 18, 1792
Bill and receipt for payment to Long. Receipt number 18. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Archibald William Yard ADS to Maskell Ewing, October 19, 1792
Bill and receipt for payment to Yard. Receipt number 19. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   24  
John Scudder ADS to Maskell Ewing, November 10, 1792
Receipt for the payment of taxes owed by Samson Adams for 1792. Receipt number 20. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Joseph McCully ADS to Maskell Ewing, December 14, 1792
Receipt for the payment of a poor tax owed by Samson Adams, assessed in May 1792. Receipt number 21. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
James Bowen ADS to Maskell Ewing, February 16, 1793
Bill and receipt for payment to Bowen for carpentry and soap. Receipt number 22. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
John Riggs ADS to Maskell Ewing, April 15, 1793
Bill and receipt for payment to Riggs for surveying lot and writing deed. Receipt number 23. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Jacob Benjamin ADS to Maskell Ewing, April 24, 1793
Bill and receipt for payment to Benjamin for lot advertising. Receipt number 24. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   25  
Job Scott ADS to Maskell Ewing, June 14, 1793
Bill and receipt for payment the estate of "Black Samson" [Samson Adams] for labor and gate-making. On verso: George Scott ADS receipt to Maskell Ewing, June 14, 1793, stating that he received the owed money on behalf of his father. Receipt number 25. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
George and Jno. Rozell ADS to Maskell Ewing, June 25, 1793
Bill and receipt for payment to the Rozells. Receipt number 26. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Atkinson & DeCamp ADS to Maskell Ewing, July 30, 1793
Bill and receipt for payment owed to Atkinson & DeCamp. Receipt number 27. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
John Kennedy DS to Maskell Ewing, August 13, 1793
Bill and receipt for payment to John Kennedy for hauling corn, dung, and boards, and for sowing, plowing, and harvesting. Receipt number 28. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Abraham Hunt ADS to Maskell Ewing, August 17, 1793
Bill and receipt for payment to Hunt. Receipt number 29. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   26  
John Rickey, Jr. ADS to Maskell Ewing, October 20, 1793
Bill and receipt for payment to Bickey. Receipt number 30. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
John Emerson ADS to Maskell Ewing, November 9, 1793
Bill and receipt for making a doorand for labor. Receipt number 31. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Ja[me]s Ewing ADS to Maskell Ewing, November 9, 1793
Bill and receipt for payment to Ewing (executor of John Singer's estate) for a lottery ticket. Receipt "No. 2." [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Lewis Yard ADS to Maskell Ewing, November 15, 1793
Bill and receipt for payment to Yard. Receipt number 33. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Sam[ue]l Taylor ADS to Maskell Ewing, December 9, 1793
Bill and receipt for payment to Taylor for money owed by "Black Sampson" [Samson Adams] for hinges, spikes, and other hardware. Receipt number 34. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   27  
John Morris ADS to Maskell Ewing, December 11, 1793
Bill and receipt for payment to Morris for money owed by "Black Samson" [Samson Adams] for tailor work. Receipt number 35. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Conrad Rotts ADS to Maskell Ewing, January 7, 1794
Bill and receipt for payment to Rotts. Receipt number 36. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Thomas Ryall ADS to Maskell Ewing, January 8, 1794
Bill and receipt for payment to Ryall for labor, offset by a credit for soap. Receipt number 37. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Jonathan Jones ADS to Maskell Ewing, January 31, 1794
Bill and receipt for payment to Jones. Receipt number 38. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   28  
Jacob Baker ADS to Maskell Ewing, May 26, 1794
Bill and receipt for payment to Baker, for interest related to R. Singer. The bill is marked Philadelphia. Receipt number 39. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
George Ely ADS to Maskell Ewing, May 26, 1794
Bill and receipt for payment to Ely, for the labor of Harry and Joseph, and for carpentry work, including a walnut coffin. Receipt number 40. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Sarah Adams DS to Maskell Ewing, May 26, 1794
Receipt for payment to Sarah Adams. Receipt number 41. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
W. M. Ewing for W[illia]m Smith DS to Maskell Ewing, May 27, 1794
Bill and receipt for payment to William Smith, for labor by Samuel, Ewing, Rubin, and Smith, and the manufature and hanging of window shutters. Receipt number 42. [View Digital Surrogate]
Folder   29  
N[icholas] Belleville ADS to Maskell Ewing, May 31, 1794
Bill and receipt for the services of Dr. Belleville for medicine and attendance with Samson Adams's mother, "a nego woman that did live at his house," and Adams himself. Receipt number 43. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
[Isaac] Smith & Sayre ADS to Maskell Ewing, May 31, 1794
Bill and receipt for payment to Smith & Sayre for innoculation. Receipt number 44. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Isaac Smith ADS to Maskell Ewing, May 31, 1794
Bill and receipt for payment to Smith for medicines for Samson Adams and his mother. Receipt number 45. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
Isaac Yard ADS to Maskell Ewing, May 31, 1794
Bill and receipt for payment to Isaac Yard for carting and for hiring his horse and cart. Receipt number 46. [View Digital Surrogate]
 
James Ewing ADS to Maskell Ewing, May 31, 1794
Receipt for payment to James Ewing. Receipt number 47. [View Digital Surrogate]

Additional Descriptive Data

Related Materials

The Samson Adams papers were originally contained within the Ewing Family Papers.

Partial Subject Index

African Americans--New Jersey
  • Folder 16: undated
Auctions
  • Folder 13: 13 August 1792; Folder 14: undated, 1 April 1793
Bills and receipts
  • passim
Building
  • Folder 4: 15 July 1786; Folder 5: 1 May 1788
Cemeteries
  • Folder 16: undated; Folder 23: 15 September 1792
Clothing and dress
  • Folder 1: 13 July 1774; Folder 20: 6 August 1792
Cookery
  • Folder 2: 19 November 1782
Domestic animals
  • Folder 2: 22 July 1780; Folder 4: 10 October 1786; Folder 7: 7 November 1789
Education
  • Folder 2: 28 March 1782
Estates (Law)--New Jersey
  • passim
Farm produce
  • Folder 3: 1 November 1785
Food--Costs
  • Folder 8: 1790; Folder 10: undated; Folder 11: undated, undated
Freedmen--New Jersey
  • passim
House construction
  • Folder 8: 7 July 1791; Folder 24: 16 February 1793
Land titles
  • Folder 9: 3 April 1793; Folder 24: 15 April 1793; Folder 30: 3 April 1788, 15 August 1792, 29 May 1794
Law
  • Folder 6: 26 January 1789; [after 26 January 1789]; Folder 18: 8 June 1794
Lotteries
  • Folder 26: 9 November 1793
Medicine
  • Folder 20: 6 August 1792; Folder 29: 31 May 1794 (3 documents)
Real Estate--Sales
  • Folder 14: undated, 1 April 1793
Slavery
  • Folder 1: 23 June 1767
Soap--costs
  • Folder 10: undated, undated, undated; Folder 11: undated, undated; Folder 24: 16 February 1793
Taxation--New Jersey
  • Folder 3: 27 January 1785; Folder 5: 16 October 1788; Folder 7: 19 August 1789; Folder 8: 21 November 1791; Folder 24: 10 November 1792, 14 December 1792
Wills--New Jersey
  • Folder 12: 1 August 1792; Folder 22: 15 August 1792; Folder 30: 3 April 1788, 15 August 1792, 29 May 1794