New 33 page Illustrated Booklet. The early days of Cumberland County, NJ, and its various communities -- Bridgeton, Carllsburg, Cedarville, Cohansey Bridge, Deerfield, Dividing Creeks, Downe, Fairfield, Greenwich, Hopewell, Maurice River, Mauricetown, Millville, Port Elizabeth, Roadstown, Stow Creek, -- are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this booklet reprinted from two hard to find books: the 1847 edition of John Warner Barber and Henry Howe's "Historical Collections of the State of New Jersey" and "New Jersey, a Guide to Its Present and Past," a WPA project published in 1939. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the fine print enlarged for easier reading. A sheet of clear vinyl has been added to protect the front cover. The Howe/Barber history covers the development of this area until about 1844, while excerpts from the WPA book, give a nostalgic glympse from a 1939 vantage point, including interesting historical notes, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities. Among the many and varied topics in the booklet are: Early settlers; a Physical Description of the area; Deerfield Presbyterian, Dividing Creeks Baptist, Greenwich Episcopal, and other Early Churches, some with lists of members; Death of Gen. Ebenezer Elmer, physician and statesman; a Romantic Tale of Swedish Royalty; Rattlesnakes and Frogs; a Second Tea Party, this one at Cohansey; the Muskrat Business; Witchcraft and Old Wives Tales; and other interesting bits of history and trivia. The booklet contains delightful hand-drawn sketches by Barber and Howe of Bridgeton, Port Elizabeth and Millville.
Cumberland County, NJ
Sources: Historical Collections of the State of New Jersey / Cumberland County History
Authors: John Warner Barber and Henry Howe
Original Publication Year: 1847
Original Publisher: Louis H. Everts
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