Hi, I'm researching early land records in the vicinity of Oldmans creek, which is the border between Gloucester and Salem counties in southern (used to be called Western ) New Jersey, USA
The following deed recites back through the executors of John Alford of Charlestown, MASS, and makes me wonder how Alford aquired this land and what was his interest?I suspect it may have been shipbuilding or perhaps timber for masts?Local history suggests there was much trade between NJ and New England shipbuilders for such purposes, but I haven't found much besides hearsay and a few nebulous connections to support this statement.
My resaerch indicates that the Foster family built several mills in the area, and this particular ground (and some surrounding parcels) was used for a grist and saw mill operation well into the 1800s.
1773 Deed: Wm. Foster, Esq. to William Morgan, miller
Salem County Courthouse, Salem County, New Jersey USA Clerk's records Deed Book A p. 4 30 Oct 1773 William Foster, Esq., of Evesham, Burlington County, West Jersey to William Morgin of Woolwich, Gloucester county, Miller. Consideration: L565 and 10 shillings Lawful money of NJ. Land partly in Woolwich Twp, Gloucester county and part in Pittsgrove Twp, Salem County, NJ
1. Beginning at a Chestnut standing on said Morgan's Mill - also a corner to Samuel Garrison and bounding on said Samuel's and John Garrison's line. 2. S 59 deg. 10 ' E 78 ch 50 lx to a Black oak corner to s'd. John Garrison and Frederick Dandlesbeck.(sic Denelsbeck). 3. Then by s'd Dandlesbeck's lands S 14 deg. E 30 cha 20 lx to a black oak for a corner in s'd Dbk's line and also corner to Jacob Richman. 4. then bounding on Richman S 82 deg # 30 ch to black oak corner of s'd Richman's line about 2 ch eastward of Kittle Run. 5. N 8_? degr W 65 ch crossing Oldmans Creek to a black oak for a corner on North side of the creek. 6. N 78 deg W 97 ch 50 lx to a small Hickery in Andrew Richman's line 7. bounding on s'd Richman S 15 chains to the beginning. Containing 377 acres.
Which is part of a larger parcel Foster bought of Edmon Trowbridge and Richard Carey of Massachusetts Bay, Executors of John Alford of Charlestown, Mass.. Deeds of lease and release recorded in Burlington Book A.C (?) of Deeds p. 450.
witnesses John Fouracres and John Smith. signed and sealed by William Foster and Hannah his wife. ----------
I'd appreciate any clues about this Alford, and any ties of kinship or trade, that might help me conclude the chain of title.