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Guide to the Alexander Papers
1668-1818 (bulk 1717-1786)
  MS 8

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Container List

Series 7: Court Papers, 1684 - 1818

Scope and Contents note

Court Papers are any papers, not including correspondence, which pertain to court cases. These include writs, warrants, motions, statements of case, pleas, and indictments. Also included in this series are the findings of Coroner's Juries. In most instances, the material is arranged by the name of the county in which a given trial took place, or in instances where the county is not specified or is unclear, by the name of the colony/state in which the trial took place. Courts whose jurisdictions were not confined to a single county appear in separate subseries.

Criminal cases and civil cases are separate folder groups within each county, colony/state, or court subseries. Civil cases are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the plaintiff, criminal cases are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the defendant. In instances where more than one plaintiff or defendant is identified, the material is alphabetized by the surname of the first named plaintiff or defendant. In some instances, the spelling of surnames varies from one item to the next (e.g. Reyerse/Ryerse or Ten Eyck/Ten Eick/Ten Ike). In those instances, if the elements (date, venue, other proper names, etc.) of two or more documents indicate that they pertain to the same prosecution or suit, the items were filed together, regardless of the nonidentical spellings.

In those instances when a court's jurisdiction is not restricted to a particular county, the material is arranged by the name of the court. Within the Court papers series, there are subseries for the New Jersey Court of Chancery, the New Jersey Court of Vice-Admiralty, and the New York Court of Admiralty.

Cases heard by the New Jersey Supreme Court are sometimes identified as pertaining to specific counties within the colony/state. These Supreme Court cases are therefore interfiled within the county subseries. Other New Jersey Supreme Court cases are identified as having been heard in one or the other of the colony/state's capital cities (Perth Amboy, Burlington, or Trenton). Cases heard in any of these cities are filed together in a separate subseries (New Jersey Supreme Court). Civil and criminal cases are separate folder groups within this subseries.

Cases heard by the New York Supreme Court are almost invariably identified as having been heard in New York City. New York Supreme Court cases are interfiled with other New York County civil or criminal cases. New York Supreme Court cases heard in Albany are interfiled with Albany County cases.

Finally in the Court Papers Series is a subseries called Unidentified Cases. The first folder in this series consists of items that pertain to identifiable cases, but for which a location and court are unclear. Such cases are filed in a single alphabet of civil and criminal cases, by the name of the plaintiff. In criminal cases, the plaintiff is The King or The State.

The remaining folders in the Unidentified Cases subseries consist of items that document procedures, testimony, arguments made, and authorities cited in cases that cannot be identified by plaintiff, defendant or venue. This material is sorted by form, and by date. Since it is not always possible to identify which material relates to civil and which to criminal cases, the material is interfiled in a single subseries. This material includes affidavits and depositions, opinions, arguments and briefs, and memoranda.

Cases that can be identified by plaintiff and defendant have been recorded in a database.

Approximate inclusive dates of material within each folder are indicated on the upper right hand corner of the folders in this series.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 40 Folder : 1 Court Papers--Bergen County--Civil Cases
Box: 40 Folder : 2 Court Papers--Bergen County-- Criminal Cases
Box: 40 Folder : 3 Court Papers--Bergen County-- Coroner's Jury
Box: 40 Folder : 4 Court Papers--Bergen County--Court of Oyer & Terminer Minutes
Box: 40 Folder : 5 Court Papers--Burlington County-- Civil Cases
Box: 40 Folder : 6 Court Papers--Burlington County-- Criminal Cases
Box: 40 Folder : 7 Court Papers--Burlington County-- Coroner's Juries
Box: 40 Folder : 8 Court Papers--Burlington County-- Dockets
Box: 40 Folder : 9 Court Papers--Cape May County-- Docket
Box: 40 Folder : 10 Court Papers--Essex County--Civil Cases--A - L
Box: 40 Folder : 11 Court Papers--Essex County--Civil Cases-M - Z
Box: 40 Folder : 12 Court Papers--Essex County-- Criminal Cases
Box: 40 Folder : 13 Court Papers--Essex County-- Dockets
Box: 41 Folder : 1 Court Papers--Gloucester County-- Civil Cases
Box: 41 Folder : 2 Court Papers--Gloucester County-- Criminal Cases
Box: 41 Folder : 3 Court Papers--Hunterdon County-- Civil Cases
Box: 41 Folder : 4 Court Papers--Hunterdon County-- Criminal Cases
Box: 41 Folder : 5 Court Papers--Hunterdon County-- Coroner's Juries
Box: 41 Folder : 6 Court Papers--Hunterdon County-- Dockets
Box: 41 Folder : 7 Court Papers--Middlesex County-- Civil Cases--A - B
Box: 41 Folder : 8 Court Papers--Middlesex County-- Civil Cases--C - Farquahar
Box: 41 Folder : 9 Court Papers--Middlesex County-- Civil Cases--Fontine - K
Box: 42 Folder : 1 Court Papers--Middlesex County-- Civil Cases--L - Parker
Box: 42 Folder : 2 Court Papers--Middlesex County-- Civil Cases--Patton - S
Box: 42 Folder : 3 Court Papers--Middlesex County-- Civil Cases-- T - Z
Box: 42 Folder : 4 Court Papers--Middlesex County-- Criminal Cases
Box: 42 Folder : 5 Court Papers--Middlesex County-- Dockets
Box: 43 Folder : 1 Court Papers--Monmouth County-- Civil Cases--A - C
Box: 43 Folder : 2 Court Papers--Monmouth County-- Civil Cases--D - F
Box: 43 Folder : 3 Court Papers--Monmouth County-- Civil Cases--G - O
Box: 43 Folder : 4 Court Papers--Monmouth County-- Civil Cases--P - Z
Box: 43 Folder : 5 Court Papers--Monmouth County-- Criminal Cases
Box: 43 Folder : 6 Court Papers--Monmouth County-- Dockets
Box: 43 Folder : 7 Court Papers--Morris County--Civil Cases
Box: 43 Folder : 8 Court Papers--Morris County--Criminal Cases
Box: 43 Folder : 9 Court Papers--Morris County-- Dockets
Box: 43 Folder : 10 Court Papers--Salem County--Civil Cases
Box: 43 Folder : 11 Court Papers--Salem County-- Criminal Cases
Box: 43 Folder : 12 Court Papers--Salem County-- Coroner's Jury
Box: 44 Folder : 1 Court Papers--Somerset County--Civil Cases--A - Golborn
Box: 44 Folder : 2 Court Papers--Somerset County--Civil Cases--Goodnight - L
Box: 44 Folder : 3 Court Papers--Somerset County--Civil Cases--M - Parker vs. Jennings
Box: 44 Folder : 4 Court Papers--Somerset County--Civil Cases--Parker vs. Lynes - Z
Box: 44 Folder : 5 Court Papers--Somerset County-- Criminal Cases
Box: 44 Folder : 6 Court Papers--Somerset County-- Coroner's Juries
Box: 44 Folder : 7 Court Papers--Somerset County-- Dockets
Box: 44 Folder : 8 Court Papers--Sussex County--Civil Cases
Box: 44 Folder : 9 Court Papers--Sussex County-- Criminal Cases
Box: 44 Folder : 10 Court Papers--Sussex County-- Coroner's Jury
Box: 44 Folder : 11 Court Papers -- New Jersey -- Deer Trapping and Oyster Poaching
Box: 45 Folder : 1 Court Papers--New Jersey--Court of Chancery--Bainbridge - Bown (No "A")
Box: 45 Folder : 2 Court Papers--New Jersey--Court of Chancery--Brockholst vs. Ryerson
Box: 45 Folder : 3 Court Papers--New Jersey--Court of Chancery--Bull - Burnet
Box: 45 Folder : 4 Court Papers--New Jersey--Court of Chancery--C - DuBois
Box: 45 Folder : 5 Court Papers--New Jersey--Court of Chancery--Creditors of Charles Dunstar vs. Executors of Cherles
Box: 45 Folder : 6 Court Papers--New Jersey--Court of Chancery--E - Mann
Box: 45 Folder : 7 Court Papers--New Jersey--Court of Chancery--Martin vs. Farquahar
Box: 46 Folder : 1 Court Papers--New Jersey--Court of Chancery--Moore - Shotwell
Box: 46 Folder : 2 Court Papers--New Jersey--Court of Chancery--Smith
Box: 46 Folder : 3 Court Papers--New Jersey--Court of Chancery--Steel - van Cortlandt vs. Smith
Box: 46 Folder : 4 Court Papers--New Jersey--Court of Chancery--van Cortlandt vs.Thomases (1 of 3)
1732
Box: 46 Folder : 5 Court Papers--New Jersey--Court of Chancery--van Cortlandt vs.Thomases (2 of 3)
1732
Box: 46 Folder : 6 Court Papers--New Jersey--Court of Chancery--van Cortlandt vs.Thomases (3 of 3)
1732
Box: 46 Folder : 7 Court Papers--New Jersey--Court of Chancery--van Mater - White
Box: 46 Folder : 8 Court Papers--New Jersey--Court of Chancery--Dockets
Box: 47 Folder : 1 Court Papers--New Jersey--Supreme Court--Civil Cases--A - Clark
Box: 47 Folder : 2 Court Papers--New Jersey--Supreme Court--Civil Cases--Cooper
Box: 47 Folder : 3 Court Papers--New Jersey--Supreme Court--Civil Cases--Coxe - K
Box: 47 Folder : 4 Court Papers--New Jersey--Supreme Court--L - M
Box: 47 Folder : 5 Court Papers--New Jersey--Supreme Court--Civil Cases--N - Z
Box: 47 Folder : 6 Court Papers--New Jersey--Supreme Court--Criminal Cases
Box: 47 Folder : 7 Court Papers--New Jersey--Supreme Court--Dockets
Box: 47 Folder : 8 Court Papers--New Jersey--Supreme Court--Accounts of Costs by Judicial Term
Box: 47 Folder : 9 Court Papers--New Jersey--Civil Cases--Johnston vs. Coxe
Box: 47 Folder : 10 Court Papers--New Jersey--Dockets-- Multiple Counties & Supreme Court
Box: 47 Folder : 11 Court Papers--New Jersey--Court of Vice-Admiralty
Box: 48 Folder : 1 Court Papers--Albany County--Civil Cases
Box: 48 Folder : 2 Court Papers--Albany County-- Criminal Cases
Box: 48 Folder : 3 Court Papers--King's County--Civil Cases
Box: 48 Folder : 4 Court Papers -- New York -- Montgomery County--Civil Cases
Box: 48 Folder : 5 Court Papers--New York--Civil Cases- -A
Box: 48 Folder : 6 Court Papers--New York--Civil Cases- -B - D
Box: 48 Folder : 7 Court Papers--New York--Civil Cases- -G - H
Box: 49 Folder : 1 Court Papers--New York--Civil Cases- -J - Moors
Box: 49 Folder : 2 Court Papers--New York--Civil Cases- -Morris - S
Box: 49 Folder : 3 Court Papers--New York--Civil Cases- -T - Z
Box: 49 Folder : 4 Court Papers--New York--Criminal Cases
Box: 49 Folder : 5 Court Papers--New York--Dockets
Box: 50 Folder : 1 Court Papers--New York--Depeyster vs. Prevoost (1 of 3)
1725 - 1729
Box: 50 Folder : 2 Court Papers--New York--Depeyster vs. Prevoost (2 of 3)
1725 - 1729
Box: 50 Folder : 3 Court Papers--New York--Depeyster vs. Prevoost (3 of 3)
1725 - 1729
Box: 51 Folder : 1 Court Papers--New York--Medina vs. Het (1 of 2)
1725
Box: 51 Folder : 2 Court Papers--New York--Medina vs. Het (2 of 2)
1725
Box: 52 Folder : 1 Court Papers--Orange County--Civil Cases
Box: 52 Folder : 2 Court Papers--Orange County-- Criminal Cases
Box: 52 Folder : 3 Court Papers--Orange County-- Docket
Box: 52 Folder : 4 Court Papers--Richmond County-- Criminal Cases
Box: 52 Folder : 5 Court Papers--Suffolk County--Civil Cases
Box: 52 Folder : 6 Court Papers--Suffolk County--Civil Cases--Nicoll vs. Mills
Box: 52 Folder : 7 Court Papers--Suffolk County-- Criminal Cases
Box: 52 Folder : 8 Court Papers--Tryon County--Civil Cases
Box: 52 Folder : 9 Court Papers--Westchester County-- Civil Cases
Box: 52 Folder : 10 Court Papers--Westchester County-- Civil Cases--Palmer et al. Vs. Cortlandt et al. (1 of 2)
1727
Box: 52 Folder : 11 Court Papers--Westchester County-- Palmer et al. Vs. Cortlandt et al. (2 of 2)
1727
Box: 52 Folder : 12 Court Papers--Westchester County-- Criminal Cases
Box: 53 Folder : 1 Court Papers--New York--Admiralty Court
Box: 53 Folder : 2 Court Papers--New York--Admiralty Court--Kennedy vs. Sloop "Margaret & Mary"
1727
Box: 53 Folder : 3 Court Papers--New York--Admiralty Court--vanden Closter vs. Owners of Privateers
1745
Box: 53 Folder : 4 Court Papers--New York--Second Nine Partners Tract
Box: 53 Folder : 5 Court Papers--[New York--Second Nine Partners vs. Henry Beekman et al.]
1747 - 1753
Box: 53 Folder : 6 Court Papers--New Jersey & New York--Petitions
Box: 53 Folder : 7 Court Papers--Pennsylvania--Civil Cases
Box: 54 Folder : 1 Court Papers--Unidentified Courts,Counties & Colonies--Civil Cases (A - Z by Plaintiff)
Box: 54 Folder : 2 Court Papers--Unidentified Counties & Colonies--Dockets
Box: 54 Folder : 3 Court Papers--Unidentified Counties & Colonies--Coroner's Jury
Box: 54 Folder : 4 Court Papers--Unidentified Counties & Colonies--Unidentified Cases-- Memoranda
Box: 54 Folder : 5 Court Papers--Affidavits & Depositions--Unidentified Cases
Box: 54 Folder : 6 Court Papers--Arguments, Briefs, Opinions--Unidentified Cases (1 of 2)
Box: 54 Folder : 7 Court Papers--Arguments, Briefs, Opinions--Unidentified Cases (2 of 2)
Box: 54 Folder : 8 Court Papers--Bills of Costs-- Unidentified Venues & Multiple Cases
Box: 54 Folder : 9 Court Papers--Blank Writs, Summonses, etc.

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