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Guide to the Rutherfurd Family Papers
1721-1879
 MS 532

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Rutherfurd Family Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1721-1879
Abstract: The Rutherfurd Family Papers is one of four discrete but closely related collections, known together as the Alexander-Stuyvesant-Rutherfurd Collections. The Rutherfurd Family Papers contain material created by or pertaining to members of the Rutherfurd and Alexander families of New York City and New Jersey, and the Reid family of New York City and Great Britain. The collection is arranged into series for each of the members of the respective families represented in the collection. The principal subseries within each of these series are: Correspondence; Legal Papers; Accounts, Bills, Receipts; and Surveys.
Quantity: 8.6 Linear Feet
Call Phrase: MS 532

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Biographical / Historical note

Timeline for Alexander, Stuyvesant and Rutherfurd Collections
1691 James Alexander born in Scotland, May 27
1693 Mary Spratt born in New York, April 17
1711 Mary Spratt marries Samuel Provoost, October 15
1715 James Alexander arrives in New York
[1719] Samuel Provoost dies
1721 Mary Spratt Provoost marries James Alexander, June 5
1721 Mary Alexander II born
1722 Susanna Alexander born
1726 William Alexander born
1729 Catherine Alexander born
[17--] Elizabeth Alexander born
[17--] Walter Rutherfurd born in [Edgerston, Roxburghshire] Scotland
1739 Mary Alexander II marries Peter Van Brugh Livingston
1748 William Alexander marries Sarah Livingston
[17--] Elizabeth Alexander marries John Stevens
1756 James Alexander dies
1756 Walter Rutherfurd arrives in America. Serves in the Royal American Regiment
1758 Catherine Alexander marries Walter Rutherfurd
1760 Mary Alexander dies, April 18
1760 John Rutherfurd born September 20
1767 Mary Alexander Livingston dies
1782 John Rutherfurd marries Helena Morris October 30. Walter Rutherfurd presents John Rutherfurd with Tranquillity [sic] Estate in Allamuchy, Warren County, New Jersey
1783 William Alexander dies, January 15
1788 Robert Walter Rutherfurd born in May
1800 Elizabeth Alexander Stevens dies
1801 Catherine Alexander Rutherfurd dies
1804 Walter Rutherfurd dies January 10
1807 Gen. John Reid dies February 6, at the age of 86
1808 John Rutherfurd moves to Edgerston on the Passaic River
1809 Robert Walter Rutherfurd marries Sabina Morris
1809 Helena Rutherfurd marries Peter Gerard Stuyvesant
1816 Lewis Morris Rutherfurd born November 25 to Robert Walter Rutherfurd and Sabina Morris Rutherfurd
1841 Lewis Morris Rutherfurd marries Margaret Chanler July 22
1842 Stuyvesant Rutherfurd born to Lewis Morris Rutherfurd and Margaret Chanler Rutherfurd
1847 Peter Gerard Stuyvesant dies August 16
[1847] In accordance with a provision of Peter Gerard Stuyvesant's will, Stuyvesant Rutherfurd changes his name to Rutherfurd Stuyvesant
1854 Margaret Rutherfurd born
1859 Louisa Morris Rutherfurd born March 31
[1860] Lewis Morris Rutherfurd Jr. born
1862 Winthrop Rutherfurd born
1863 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant marries Mary Pierrepont
1870 Robert Walter Rutherfurd dies
1873 Helena Rutherfurd Stuyvesant dies
1879 Mary Pierrepont Stuyvesant dies
1879 Margaret Rutherfurd marries Henry White, December 3
1892 Louisa M. Rutherfurd dies
1902 Rutherfurd Stuyvesant marries Countess Matilde E. de Wassanaer (nee Matilde Lowenguth), June 16
1903 Lewis Rutherfurd Stuyvesant born
1906 Alain Stuyvesant born
1907 Stuyvesant Rutherfurd dies July 4
1916 Margaret Rutherfurd White dies
1925 Lewis Rutherfurd Stuyvesant marries Rosalie Pillot
1927 Henry White dies at the age of 77
[19--] Lewis Morris Rutherfurd Jr. dies
1944 Winthrop Rutherfurd dies
1944 Lewis Rutherfurd Stuyvesant dies, September 7
1948 Matilde Lowenguth Stuyvesant (in 1948, Princess Alexandre de Caraman Chimay) dies, July 10
1954 Alain Stuyvesant dies, Februrary 9

Historical Resources:

Dictionary of American Biography. James Alexander, William Alexander, Lewis Morris Rutherfurd

American National Biography. James Alexander, Mary Alexander, William Alexander, Lewis Morris Rutherfurd, Henry White

Dictionary of National Biography. John Reid

Rutherfurd, Livingston. Family Records and Events. New York : De Vinne Press, 1894.

Valentine, Alan Chester. Lord Stirling. New York : Oxford University Press, 1969.

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Scope and Content note

Scope and Content for the Alexander - Stuyvesant - Rutherfurd Collections

The Rutherfurd Family Papers is one of four discrete but closely related collections. The largest and the smallest of the four collections, the Alexander Papers and the John Rutherfurd Papers, were originally a single donation, made in the late 19th Century. The remaining two collections, the Rutherfurd Family Papers and the Stuyvesant-Rutherfurd Papers, were donated separately in the 1970's.

Together, these collections chronicle seven generations of an extended family in New York and New Jersey over the course of two centuries. The founders of the family were James and Mary Alexander, who married in 1721. James Alexander had a merchant business, but was primarily active as an attorney and government official in New York and New Jersey. Most of the material in the Alexander Papers derives from James Alexander's legal practice in both colonies, and from his tenures as Surveyor General of New Jersey, and Attorney General of New York. Other material in the Alexander Papers documents Mary Alexander's merchant business in New York, and the business activities and pre-Revolutionary military service of their son, William Alexander (Lord Stirling).

While the daughters of James and Mary Alexander are underrepresented in these collections,their husbands are represented to a greater or lesser extent in each of the collections described below. The Alexanders' four daughters married men who were or would become leading figures in New York and New Jersey. Mary married Peter Van Brugh Livingston, Susanna married John Reid, and Elizabeth married John Stevens. Catherine Alexander married Walter Rutherfurd.

The marriage of Catherine and Walter Rutherfurd also produced a son, John Rutherfurd, who evidently inherited the bulk of his father's and grandfather's papers. In 1847, Stuyvesant Rutherfurd (a grandson John Rutherfurd and nephew of Peter Gerard Stuyvesant), changed his name to Rutherfurd Stuyvesant in accordance with a provision of Peter Gerard Stuyvesant's will. Rutherfurd Stuyvesant evidently inherited at least some of the papers of his uncle. The Rutherfurd collections contain material created by or pertaining to the Alexander family, and the Stuyvesant-Rutherfurd Papers contain material created by or pertaining to the Alexanders and the Stuyvesants.

The material the Rutherfurd collections relates primarily to the landholdings and business undertakings of a wealthy and socially prominent family. The Stuyvesant-Rutherfurd Papers documents the activities of later generations of that family. By the mid-nineteenth century, the family had become more occupied in strictly leisure activities.

Various descendants of John Rutherfurd donated the collections described in these finding aids to the New-York Historical Society, and the collections extensively document the business dealings, professional activities, and family relationships of the Alexanders during the 18th Century, and the Rutherfurds from the 18th until the early 20th centuries.

For finding aids to the other three collections, click on the following links:

The Alexander Papers, 1668-1818 (bulk 1717-1786)

The John Rutherfurd Papers, 1726-1835 (bulk 1775-1835)

The Stuvesant-Rutherfurd Papers, 1647-1917 (bulk 1840-1917)

Scope and Content for the Rutherfurd Family Papers

This collection contains material created by or pertaining to members of the Rutherfurd and Alexander families of New York City and New Jersey, and the Reid family of New York City and Great Britain. The inclusive dates of the collection are 1721-1879. The bulk dates are 1765-1840. The Alexander, Rutherfurd, and Reid families were related by marriage. Walter Rutherfurd was married to James Alexander's daughter Catherine, and John Reid was married to James Alexander's daughter Susanna.

The Rutherfurd family is represented primarily by Walter Rutherfurd (1724-1804), and by his son, John Rutherfurd (1760-1840). Most of the material relating to the Alexander family pertains to or was created by James Alexander (1691-1754). The Reid family is represented by General John Reid (1722-1807), by his daughter, Susanna Reid Robertson, and Susanna's husband, Dr. John Stark Robertson.

The collection is arranged into series for each of the members of the respective families represented in the collection. The principal subseries within each of these series are: Correspondence; Legal Papers; Accounts, Bills, Receipts; and Surveys. Other material is contained in subseries specific to given persons as needed.

The Correspondence subseries for each family member contains those letters received by that person, as well as any letters written by that person to unidentified recipients. Legal Papers consists of deeds, contracts, agreements, or any legally binding document. Accounts, Bills, Receipts is self-explanatory. Surveys includes surveys of tracts, and field books associated with the production of surveys. All subseries are arranged chronologically.

The other principal series in the arrangement is entitled Other Persons. This series contains material pertaining to persons other than members of the Alexander, Rutherfurd, or Reid families. Letters received by the persons in this series are in folders titled [Addressee] - Letters Received. This includes letters to the addressee from members of the Alexander, Rutherfurd, or Reid families. Other formats in the Other Persons series, such as Legal Papers; Accounts, Bills, Receipts; and Surveys are not sorted by the names of individual persons, and are arranged together chronologically.

The remaining series in the collection consist of small amounts of material having to do with specific institutions or geographical locations. Which family members (if any) these items pertain to, is not clear. Consult the container list for the names of the other series in the collection.

Much of the material has to do with the families' land holdings. Most of the post-Revolution items relating to Gen. John Reid concern his efforts to retain ownership of his American properties, which were under the threat of confiscation because of his service in the British Army during the Revolution. (Reid had been stationed on the Isle of Jersey in the English Channel.) Members of the families owned some tracts as individuals, and some were owned jointly, sometimes with persons outside the families. In addition to discrete tracts of land, members of all three families held shares in the Propriety of the Eastern Division of New Jersey, and in the Second Nine Partners tract in colony/state New York.

The collection supports research examining the business affairs of the propertied class in the late colonial and early republic periods, and relations within families whose members assumed opposing sides in the Revolution. There is very little material in the collection concerning specific political or military matters associated with the Revolution.

Arrangement

The Rutherfurd Family Papers are organized into the following twelve series:

Missing Title

  1. Series 1: John Rutherfurd
  2. Series 2: Walter Rutherfurd
  3. Series 3: Mary Rutherfurd/Estate of John Rutherfurd
  4. Series 4: James Alexander
  5. Series 5: William Alexander
  6. Series 6: John Reid
  7. Series 7: Susannah Reid Robertson
  8. Series 8: John Stark Robertson
  9. Series 9: Rutherfurd Family
  10. Series 10: Other Persons
  11. Series 11: Court Papers
  12. Series 12: New Jersey Proprietors

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Alexander, William
  • Reid, John
  • Penn, Thomas
  • Morris, Robert
  • Morris, Robert Hunter
  • Morris, Lewis
  • Hunter, Robert
  • Rutherfurd, Walter
  • Rutherfurd, John
  • Robertson, Susanna
  • Rutherfurd, John
  • Reid, John
  • Alexander, James
  • Colden, Cadwallader

Document Type

  • Land grants
  • Wills
  • Deeds.
  • Correspondence.
  • Account books

Subject Organizations

  • Great Britain. Army. Royal American Regiment (60th)

Subject Topics

  • Real property -- New York (State)
  • Real property -- New Jersey
  • American loyalists

Subject Places

  • New York (State) -- Social life and customs.
  • Ramapo Tract (N.J.)
  • New Jersey -- Social life and customs
  • Little Nine Partners Patent (Dutchess County, N.Y.)
  • United States -- History -- French and Indian War, 1755-1763

Family Name(s)

  • Alexander family
  • Reed family
  • Rutherfurd family

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote to: Manuscript Curator, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

Preferred Citation note

This collection should be cited as the Rutherfurd Family Papers, MS 532, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Materials at the New-York Historical Society

The Alexander Papers, 1668-1818 (bulk 1717-1786)

The John Rutherfurd Papers, 1726-1835 (bulk 1775-1835)

The Stuvesant-Rutherfurd Papers, 1647-1917 (bulk 1840-1917)

Account Books Relating to the Equivalent Lands (BobCat call phrase: BV Alexander)

Alexander, James - Journal 1718 - 1769 (BobCat call phrase: BV Alexander, James)

Alexander, James - Records and Accounts Relating to his Services in Behalf of the Children of Governors Burnet and Hunter, 1718-1745 (BobCat call phrase: BV Alexander, James)

Alexander, James - Register of Cases, New York Supreme Court, 1721-1742 (BobCat call phrase: BV Alexander, James)

Alexander, William - Ledger, 1766-1775 (BobCat call phrase: BV Alexander)

Alexander, William - Account Books, 1756-1758, 1763-1777 (BobCat call phrase: BV Alexander)

Alexander, William - Battoeman's Book, 1756 (BobCat call phrase: BV Alexander, William - Battoeman)

Alexander, William - Papers Relating to the Disposition of Lord Stirling's lands in Nova Scotia, 1831-1838, plus Copies of Earlier Papers (BobCat call phrase: BV Alexander)

Alexander - Livingston - Moore Account Book, ca. 1774-1785 (BobCat call phrase: BV Alexander-Livingston-Moore)

William Alexander Papers - Selected Papers in two folio volumes, 1767-1782 (BobCat call phrase: BV Alexander, William)

Provenance

Donation of John Rutherfurd Jr., 1978

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Container List

Series 1: John Rutherfurd, 1784-1846 and Undated

Scope and Contents

Series I consists of the papers of John Rutherfurd (1760-1840).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 John Rutherfurd -- Correspondence -- Letters Received
1784-1791
Box: 1 Folder : 2 John Rutherfurd -- Correspondence -- Letters Received
1792-1800
Box: 1 Folder : 3 John Rutherfurd -- Correspondence -- Letters Received
1801-1806
Box: 1 Folder : 4 John Rutherfurd -- Correspondence -- Letters Received
1807-1816
Box: 2 Folder : 1 John Rutherfurd -- Correspondence -- Letters Received
1817-1835
Box: 2 Folder : 2 John Rutherfurd -- Correspondence -- Letters Received
1836-1839
Box: 2 Folder : 3 John Rutherfurd -- Correspondence -- Retained Copies of Letters
1826, 1830
Box: 2 Folder : 4 John Rutherfurd -- Correspondence -- Drafts of Letters, Recipients Unknown
1806 and Undated
Box: 2 Folder : 5 John Rutherfurd -- Legal Papers
1785-1786, 1792-1828
Box: 2 Folder : 6 John Rutherfurd -- Legal Papers
1832-1841
Box: 3 Folder : 1 John Rutherfurd -- Surveys
1785-1814
Box: 3 Folder : 2 John Rutherfurd -- Surveys
1816-1834
Box: 3 Folder : 3 John Rutherfurd -- Surveys in Franklin, Pompton, W. Milford, Vernon
Undated
Box: 3 Folder : 4 John Rutherfurd -- Surveys -- Field Book of Sussex Allotments
1802-1808
Box: 3 Folder : 5 [John Rutherfurd] -- Surveys -- [Deductions of Title]
Undated
Box: 3 Folder : 6 John Rutherfurd -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1787-1839 and Undated
Box: 3 Folder : 7 John Rutherfurd -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts -- Bank Book
1836-1840
Box: 4 Folder : 1 [John Rutherfurd] -- "Sussex Memos"
1838-1840 and Undated
Box: 4 Folder : 2 [John Rutherfurd] -- "Sussex Memos"
1841
Box: 4 Folder : 3 [John Rutherfurd] -- "Sussex Memos"
1843-Jun. 1844
Box: 4 Folder : 4 [John Rutherfurd] -- "Sussex Memos"
Nov. 1844-1846
Box: 4 Folder : 5 John Rutherfurd -- Codicil to Will
18--
Box: 4 Folder : 6 John Rutherfurd -- Memoranda
Undated

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Series 2: Walter Rutherfurd, 1750-1894 and Undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Walter Rutherfurd -- Correspondence -- Letters Received
1765-1774
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Walter Rutherfurd -- Correspondence -- Letters Received
1775-1784
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Walter Rutherfurd -- Correspondence -- Letters Received
1785-1788
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Walter Rutherfurd -- Correspondence -- Letters Received
1789-1792
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Walter Rutherfurd -- Correspondence -- Letters Received
1792-1799
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Walter Rutherfurd -- Correspondence -- Letters Received
1800
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Walter Rutherfurd -- Correspondence -- Letters Received
1801-1804
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Walter Rutherfurd -- Correspondence -- Letters Sent, Recipient Unknown
Undated
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Walter Rutherfurd -- Correspondence -- Retained Copies to Multiple Recipients
1781, 1790
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Walter Rutherfurd -- Legal Papers
1750-1798
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Walter Rutherfurd -- Legal Papers
1800-1894
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Walter Rutherfurd -- Surveys
1774-1792
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Walter Rutherfurd -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1765-1804
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Walter Rutherfurd -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts -- Military
1755-1762 and Undated
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Walter Rutherfurd -- Muster Rolls & Tallies of 4th Bn. 60th Royal Americans
1756-1758 and Undated
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Walter Rutherfurd -- [Estates of] William & James Rutherfurd
1762 and Undated
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Walter Rutherfurd -- Memoranda
[1764]-1791
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Walter Rutherfurd -- Will
1804
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Estate of Walter Rutherfurd -- Letters Testamentary to John Rutherfurd
1804

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Series 3: Mary Rutherfurd/Estate of John Rutherfurd, 1841-1862

Scope and Contents

Series 3 consist of papers of Mary Rutherfurd, who was the executrix of John Rutherfurd's will. The accounts, bills, and receipts appear to have been kept by her as a unit. It is sometimes unclear which of the items have to do with Mary Rutherfurd in her capacity as executrix, and which have to do with her in her own right. Therefore, all items having to do with her have been consolidated in this series.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Mary Rutherfurd/Estate of John Rutherfurd -- Correspondence -- Letters Received
1842
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Mary Rutherfurd/Estate of John Rutherfurd -- Legal Papers
1841-1853
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Mary Rutherfurd/Estate of John Rutherfurd -- Survey
1841
Box: 7 Folder : 10 Mary Rutherfurd/Estate of John Rutherfurd -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1843-1845
Box: 7 Folder : 11 Mary Rutherfurd/Estate of John Rutherfurd -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1846-1847
Box: 7 Folder : 12 Mary Rutherfurd/Estate of John Rutherfurd -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1848-1849, 1862

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Series 4: James Alexander, 1721-1764 and Undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 1 James Alexander -- Correspondence -- Letters Received
1721-1754
Box: 8 Folder : 2 James Alexander -- Legal Papers
1728-1744
Box: 8 Folder : 3 James Alexander -- Legal Papers
1747-1753
Box: 8 Folder : 4 James Alexander -- Surveys
1741-1750
Box: 8 Folder : 5 James Alexander -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1731, 1746-1748 and Undated
Box: 8 Folder : 6 James Alexander -- Warrant of Attorney
1732
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Divisees of [James & Mary] Alexander -- Accounts
1764

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Series 5: William Alexander, 1750-1768

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 1 William Alexander -- Letters Received
1755
Box: 9 Folder : 2 William Alexander -- Letter Sent, Recipient Unknown
1755
Box: 9 Folder : 3 William Alexander -- Legal Papers
1750-1768
Box: 9 Folder : 4 [William Alexander] -- List of Provisions for Niagara Expedition
[1759]

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Series 6: John Reid, 1762-1806 and Undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 5 John Reid -- Correspondence -- Letters Received
1769-1805 and Undated
Box: 9 Folder : 6 John Reid -- Correspondence -- Letters Sent, Recipients Unknown
1774, 1779
Box: 9 Folder : 6 John Reid -- Legal Papers
1762-1763
Box: 9 Folder : 7 John Reid -- Legal Papers
1767-1798
Box: 9 Folder : 8 John Reid -- Legal Papers -- Affidavits re General Reid's Lands in Pennsylvania
[1783]
Box: 9 Folder : 9 John Reid -- Surveys
1769-1801
Box: 9 Folder : 10 John Reid -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1765-1805 and Undated
Box: 10 Folder : 1 John Reid -- Account Book
[1773]
Box: 10 Folder : 2 John Reid -- [Petition re Lands in New York]
[1783]
Box: 10 Folder : 3 John Reid -- Will
1806

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Series 7: Susanna Reid Robertson, 1769-1838 and Undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Susanna Alexander Reid -- Correspondence -- Letters Received
1769
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Susanna Reid Robertson -- Correspondence -- Letters Received
1784-1838 and Undated
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Susanna Reid Robertson -- Legal Papers
1808
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Susanna Reid Robertson -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1793-1811
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Susanna Reid Robertson -- Will
1815
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Estate of Susanna Reid Robertson -- Legal Opinions and Memoranda
1838

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Series 8: John Stark Robertson, 1771-1832 and Undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 10 John Stark Robertson -- Correspondence -- Letters Received
1794-1808
Box: 10 Folder : 11 John Stark Robertson -- Correspondence -- Letters Sent, Recipient Unknown
1796, 1800
Box: 10 Folder : 12 John Stark Robertson -- Legal Papers
1793, 1799-1801 and Undated
Box: 10 Folder : 13 John Stark Robertson (and Estate) -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1771, 1794-1832 and Undated
Box: 10 Folder : 14 John Stark Robertson -- Surveys
1794

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Series 9: Rutherfurd Family, 1792-1874 and Undated

Scope and Contents

Series 9 includes small amounts of correspondence, and legal papers from John Rutherfurd Jr. (1810-1871), Charlotte Rutherfurd, Lewis Morris Rutherfurd, and Sara Rutherfurd. It also includes cancelled checks from various members of the Rutherfurd family. These checks almost certainly relate to the estate of John Rutherfurd, and appear to have originally been kept together.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Rutherfurd Family -- John Rutherfurd Jr. -- Letters Received
1845-1874
Box: 11 Folder : 2 Rutherfurd Family -- John Rutherfurd Jr. -- Legal Papers
1842-1870
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Rutherfurd Family -- [Charlotte] Rutherfurd -- Letters Received
1874-1884
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Rutherfurd Family -- Charlotte Rutherfurd -- Legal Papers
1872 and Undated
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Rutherfurd Family -- Catherine Rutherfurd -- Letters Received
1792
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Rutherfurd Family -- Lewis Morris Rutherfurd -- Legal Papers
1841, 1854
Box: 11 Folder : 7 Rutherfurd Family -- Sara Rutherfurd -- Letter Received
Undated
Box: 11 Folder : 8 Rutherfurd Family -- Estate of Robert W. Rutherfurd -- Probate Document
1852
Box: 11 Folder : 9 Rutherfurd Family -- Cancelled Checks
1839-Jan. 1840

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Series 10: Other Persons, 1680-1879 and Undated

Scope and Contents

This series consists of material not created by or pertaining to members of the Rutherfurd family. The series includes letters to Cadwallader Colden, regarding the boundary between New Jersey and New York; to Lemuel Cobb, mostly relating to surveys of lands in New York State; the London firm of Thomas Coults & Co., who corresponded with John Rutherfurd regarding the affairs of Susanna Robertson and William Jauncey; and James Morris, who received letters from John Rutherfurd and John Stark Robertson concerning their land holdings in New York State.

The series also includes accounts, bills, receipts, legal papers, and surveys of persons not related to the Rutherfurd family, and of unknown persons. For the most part, all such material is interfiled regardless of its original creator or possessor. Legal Papers and Accounts, Bills, Receipts are arranged chronologically. Surveys are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the owner of the tract surveyed.

David Provoost, because of the volume of material pertaining to him, is the only individual person in the series to be assigned a folder of Accounts, Bills, Receipts. Wills and inventories of estates are also foldered according to the names of the testators.

Note that two items from the Other Persons series are in Box 20. One is labelled Other Persons -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts -- Account Book of Unidentified Person. The other is labelled Surveys - A Record of Surveys of the Ramopock Tract in Bergen County in the Province of New-Jersey.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 10 Other Persons -- William Abbot -- Letters Received
1794-1804
Box: 10 Folder : 11 Other Persons -- Gen. Alexander Adamson -- Letters Received
1838-1839
Box: 11 Folder : 12 Other Persons -- William Alexander (of Edinburgh) -- Letters Received
1743-1746
Box: 11 Folder : 13 Other Persons -- Sir Edmund Antrobus -- Letters Received
1833, 1836-1837
Box: 11 Folder : 14 Other Persons -- William Bard -- Letters Received
1834, 1836
Box: 11 Folder : 15 Other Persons -- Baring Bros. & Co. -- Letters Received
1813
Box: 11 Folder : 16 Other Persons -- R. Boggs -- Letters Received
1807
Box: 11 Folder : 17 Other Persons -- Daniel Brent -- Letters Received
1837 and Undated
Box: 11 Folder : 18 Other Persons -- Duncan Brown -- Letters Received
1750
Box: 11 Folder : 19 Other Persons -- Gen. [...] Clarkson -- Letters Received
1803
Box: 11 Folder : 20 Other Persons -- Lemuel Cobb -- Letters Received
1795-1805
Box: 11 Folder : 21 Other Persons -- R. Cocks -- Letters Received
1839
Box: 11 Folder : 22 Other Persons -- Cadwallader Colden -- Letters Received
1741, 1749-1750
Box: 11 Folder : 23 Other Persons -- Thos. Coults & Co. -- Letters Received
1814, 1830-1838 and Undated
Box: 11 Folder : 24 Other Persons -- John Cutter -- Letters Received
1767
Box: 12 Folder : 1 Other Persons -- Farner & Co. -- Letters Received
1839
Box: 12 Folder : 2 Other Persons -- Gen. [...] Hamilton -- Letters Received
1821
Box: 12 Folder : 3 Other Persons -- James A. Hamilton -- Letters Received
1831
Box: 12 Folder : 4 Other Persons -- George Harrison -- Letters Received
1754
Box: 12 Folder : 5 Other Persons -- James Jauncey -- Letters Received
1835
Box: 12 Folder : 6 Other Persons -- Peter Augustus Jay -- Letters Received
1831
Box: 12 Folder : 7 Other Persons -- Isaac A. Johnson -- Letters Received
1833
Box: 12 Folder : 8 Other Persons -- Philip Kearny -- Letters Received
1838
Box: 12 Folder : 9 Other Persons -- John Kirkbride -- Letters Received
1816
Box: 12 Folder : 10 Other Persons -- Benjamin Kissam -- Letters Received
1765
Box: 12 Folder : 11 Other Persons -- Peter van Brugh Livingston -- Letters Received
1755
Box: 12 Folder : 12 Other Persons -- Robert Livingston -- Letters Received
1756
Box: 12 Folder : 13 Other Persons -- William Lunsden -- Letters Received
1734-1735, 1747
Box: 12 Folder : 14 Other Persons -- Edward Marjoribanks (et al.) -- Letters Received
1808, 1838-1839
Box: 12 Folder : 15 Other Persons -- Samuel Mitchelson -- Letters Received
1772
Box: 12 Folder : 16 Other Persons -- James Morrell -- Letters Received
1748-1750
Box: 12 Folder : 17 Other Persons -- James Morris -- Letters Received
1796, 1800-1804
Box: 12 Folder : 18 Other Persons -- [...] Parkinson -- Letters Received
1839
Box: 12 Folder : 19 Other Persons -- Benjamin Pitney -- Letters Received
1800
Box: 12 Folder : 20 Other Persons -- Frederick [Preine] -- Letters Received
1835
Box: 12 Folder : 21 Other Persons -- Archibald Russell -- Letters Received
1839-1844
Box: 12 Folder : 22 Other Persons -- Alexander Rutherfurd, Lord Advocate of Scotland -- Letters Received
1839
Box: 12 Folder : 23 Other Persons -- John Shoolbred -- Letters Received
1788
Box: 12 Folder : 24 Other Persons -- John Smyth -- Letters Received
1774
Box: 12 Folder : 25 Other Persons -- James Stephens -- Letters Received
1726
Box: 12 Folder : 26 Other Persons -- Richard Stockton -- Letters Received
1807
Box: 12 Folder : 27 Other Persons -- Herman Thorn -- Letters Received
1833 and Undated
Box: 12 Folder : 28 Other Persons -- [...] Van Arsdale -- Letters Received
1826
Box: 12 Folder : 29 Other Persons -- Elias Van Arsdale -- Letters Received
1832
Box: 12 Folder : 30 Other Persons -- William Watson -- Letters Received
1747-1753
Box: 12 Folder : 31 Other Persons -- George Willcocks -- Letters Received
1720
Box: 12 Folder : 32 Other Persons -- William Wilson -- Letters Received
1799, 1803-1804
Box: 12 Folder : 33 Other Persons -- John Budd -- Will
1749
Box: 12 Folder : 34 Other Persons -- John J. Christie -- Will
1818
Box: 12 Folder : 35 Other Persons -- Robert Hunter -- Will
1718
Box: 13 Folder : 1 Other Persons -- David Provoost -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1701 and Undated
Box: 13 Folder : 2 Other Persons -- David Provoost -- Inventory of Estate
1701
Box: 13 Folder : 3 Other Persons -- Arent Sonmans -- Abstract of [Right in Propriety]
1738
Box: 13 Folder : 4 Other Persons -- John Spratt -- Inventory of Estate
1697
Box: 13 Folder : 5 Other Persons -- Correspondence, Recipients Unknown
1747-1874 and Undated
Box: 13 Folder : 6 Other Persons -- Legal Papers
1680-1737 and Undated
Box: 13 Folder : 7 Other Persons -- Legal Papers
1740-1764
Box: 14 Folder : 1 Other Persons -- Legal Papers
1748-1853
Box: 14 Folder : 2 Other Persons -- Surveys -- A-O
Box: 14 Folder : 3 Other Persons -- Surveys -- P-Z
Box: 14 Folder : 4 Other Persons -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1753-1879 and Undated
Box: 14 Folder : 5 Unidentified Persons -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
Box: 14 Folder : 6 Unidentified Persons -- Memoranda
Box: 14 Folder : 7 Surveys -- Unidentified Tracts & Multiple Owners
Box: 14 Folder : 8 Surveys -- Maps
Box: 20 Folder : 2 Surveys -- A Record of the Surveys of the Ramopock Tract in Bergen County in the Province of New-Jersey (envelope)
1767
Box: 20 Folder : 3 Other Persons -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts -- Account Book of Unidentified Person(envelope)
1803-1818

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Series 11: Court Papers, 1704-1832 and Undated

Scope and Contents

This series consists of papers relating to court cases adjudicated in New York and New Jersey in the 18th and 19th centuries. The cases are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the plaintiff. In those cases in which there was more than one plaintiff, the surname of the first named plaintiff is used. In two of the cases, members of the Rutherfurd family were defendants, and in one, John Stark Robertson appears to have been the defendant. Note that one item from this series, labelled Court papers -- Answer of Walter & CatherineRutherfurd -- Unidentified Suit is in Box 20, with other oversize material and volumes. For a list of the cases, consult the container list.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 15 Folder : 1 Court Papers -- Chalmers et al. vs. Clintock et al.
1840
Box: 15 Folder : 2 Court Papers -- Samuel & Meirs Fisher vs. Walter Rutherfurd
Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 3 Court Papers -- Hunt vs. Stirling et al.
1767
Box: 15 Folder : 4 Court Papers -- Jackson ex Dem. Halsey vs. Vail
1740
Box: 15 Folder : 5 Court Papers -- Medina vs. Het
Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 6 Court Papers -- Ormstein vs. Sonmans
1704
Box: 15 Folder : 7 Court Papers -- Pinhorn vs. van Buskirk
1731
Box: 15 Folder : 8 Court Papers -- Provoost vs. DePeyster
1704
Box: 15 Folder : 9 Court Papers -- John Stark Robison [sic] vs. James Scott Smith
1799
Box: 15 Folder : 10 Court Papers -- Eliza Smith et al. vs. John Rutherfurd et al. (1 of 2)
1832
Box: 15 Folder : 11 Court Papers -- Eliza Smith et al. vs. John Rutherfurd et al. (2 of 2)
1832
Box: 15 Folder : 12 Court Papers -- Deposition of Robert Emleyin in Unidentified Proceeding
1800
Box: 15 Folder : 13 Court Papers -- Deposition of Thomas Gordon in Unidentified Proceeding
1720
Box: 15 Folder : 14 Court Papers -- State of Case & Opinion re Unidentified Proceeding
1772
Box: 20 Folder : 1 Court Papers -- Answer of Walter & Catherine Rutherfurd -- Unidentified Suit
Undated

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Series 12: New Jersey Proprietors, 1723-1771

Scope and Contents

This series consists of assorted material having to do with or created on behalf of the Proprietors of the Eastern or Western Divisions of New Jersey.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Folder : 1 New Jersey Proprietors -- Eastern Division -- Minutes & Resolutions
1723-1793
Box: 16 Folder : 2 New Jersey Proprietors -- Eastern Division -- Warrants to Survey
1749-1771
Box: 16 Folder : 3 New Jersey Proprietors -- Eastern Division -- Advertisement
1743
Box: 16 Folder : 4 New Jersey Proprietors -- Western Division -- Resolutions
1771
Box: 16 Folder : 5 Colony/State of New York -- Petition to Gov. Montgomerie
Undated
Box: 16 Folder : 6 Colony/State of New York -- Land Patents
1688, 1750
Box: 16 Folder : 7 NewJersey/New York Boundary -- Certificate of Survey
1774

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Remaining Series, [1707]-1803 and Undated

Scope and Contents

The remaining series in the collection consist of small amounts of material having to do with specific institutions or geographical locations. Which family members (if any) these items pertain to, is not clear.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Folder : 8 Colony/State of Connecticut -- Grant of Land for New Fairfield
[1707]
Box: 16 Folder : 9 Presbytery of Albany -- Minutes & Resolutions
1803 and Undated
Box: 16 Folder : 10 Schedule of Post Days at New York
1793
Box: 16 Folder : 11 Fragments, Scrap & Wrappings (1 of 2)
Box: 16 Folder : 12 Fragments, Scrap & Wrappings (2 of 2)

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Oversize Legal Documents on Parchment

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 17 Oversize Legal Documents on Parchment (material is not foldered)
Box: 18 Oversize Legal Documents on Parchment (material is not foldered)
Box: 19 Oversize Legal Documents on Parchment (material is not foldered)

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