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Guide to the John Rutherfurd Papers
1726-1835 (bulk 1775-1835)
  MS 533

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Collection processed by Richard Fraser

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 02, 2011
Description is in English.

Container List

Series I: John Rutherfurd

Subseries 1: John Rutherfurd - Correspondence N.D., 1776 - 1835

Scope and Contents note

This subseries consists of letters received by John Rutherfurd, and responses drafted by him or on his behalf. The subseries is arranged chronologically.

For the most part, the letters concern John Rutherfurd's landholdings in New York and New Jersey. Specific matters relating to John Rutherfurd's landholdings include tenants, sale and lease of lands, collection of rents, and legal matters relating to land titles. Other general subjects include the raising of sheep and the quality of wool, and proposals for the construction of roads and bridges in New Jersey, particularly the Paterson - Hamburg Turnpike.

There are very few items in the collection that would indicate that a given correspondent wrote frequently to John Rutherfurd. John and Richard Duncan occasionally wrote to John Rutherfurd regarding a debt owed by John Duncan to Rutherfurd and others, and other creditors of Duncan sometimes wrote to Rutherfurd. Several letters of Robert Boggs address the sale of sheep's wool, Elias van Arsdale wrote periodically on legal matters, and Margaret White wrote about legal and business matters that John Rutherfurd managed for her family. In several letters dated 1786, the Rev. John Frederick Ernst inquired about an advertisement for settlers in the Chenango Tract, offering his congregation as candidates. Another cluster of letters, from 1827, consists of several letters that Eliza M. Evans wrote to John Rutherfurd concerning a land dispute between Rutherfurd and her family.

Also in the series are drafts of letters sent to various persons, including Rev. Ernst, Mrs. Evans (presumably Eliza M. Evans), and Richard Duncan. Other subjects in the drafts include the estate of Gen. John Reid, and his shares in the Delaware & Raritan Canal.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 John Rutherfurd -- Correspondence - - Letters Received
N.D.; 1776; 1783-1788
Box: 1 Folder : 2 John Rutherfurd -- Correspondence - - Letters Received
1789-1802
Box: 1 Folder : 3 John Rutherfurd -- Correspondence - - Letters Received
1803-1809
Box: 1 Folder : 4 John Rutherfurd -- Correspondence - - Letters Received
1810-1815
Box: 1 Folder : 5 John Rutherfurd -- Correspondence - - Letters Received
1816-1819
Box: 1 Folder : 6 John Rutherfurd -- Correspondence - - Letters Received
1820-1835
Box: 2 Folder : 1 John Rutherfurd -- Correspondence - - Drafts of Letters Sent -- A - J
N.D., 1791 - 1835
Box: 2 Folder : 2 John Rutherfurd -- Correspondence - - Drafts of Letters Sent -- K - Z
N.D., 1791 - 1835
Box: 2 Folder : 3 John Rutherfurd -- Correspondence - - Drafts of Letters Sent -- Recipients Unknown
N.D.; 1784-1819
Box: 2 Folder : 4 John Rutherfurd -- Correspondence - - Retained Copies of Letters Sent -- Multiple Recipients
1822, 1829
Box: 2 Folder : 5 John Rutherfurd -- Correspondence - - Letter to "Commercial Advertiser" re Turnpikes
[January] 1806

Subseries 2: John Rutherfurd - Accounts, Bills, Receipts N.D., 1763 - 1828

Scope and Contents note

Most items are receipts for rents, milling of wheat, interest on bonds or debts, and taxes.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 6 John Rutherfurd -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
N.D.; 1763; 1764; 1784-1800
Box: 2 Folder : 7 John Rutherfurd -- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1801-1828
Box: 2 Folder : 8 John Rutherfurd -- Calculations of Interest on Bonds
1770 - 1804
Box: 2 Folder : 9 John Rutherfurd -- Calculations of Interest on John Duncan's Bond
1769 - 1804

Subseries 3: John Rutherfurd - Legal Papers 1785 - 1835

Scope and Contents note

Material includes bonds of the Heirs of Peter Augustus Jay, William and James Jauncey; deeds for lands in New Jersey, primarily Sussex County; and powers of attorney from persons living outside the United States.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 10 John Rutherfurd -- Legal Papers -- Bonds
1785 - 1800
Box: 3 Folder : 1 John Rutherfurd -- Legal Papers -- Deeds
1788-1798; 1804; 1835
Box: 3 Folder : 2 John Rutherfurd -- Legal Papers -- Agreements
1780; 1785-1797
Box: 3 Folder : 3 John Rutherfurd -- Legal Papers -- Agreements
1798-1835

Subseries 4: John Rutherfurd - Court Papers N.D., 1827

Scope and Contents note

The material consists of an abstract of title from the suit of John Rutherfurd vs. [ ] Shotwell et al., undated; and a bill of costs and a warrant John Rutherfurd vs. Mary Ellis et al., dated 1827.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 4 John Rutherfurd -- Court Papers
N.D., 1827

Subseries 5: John Rutherfurd - Delaware River Bridge N.D., 1798, 1802, 1806

Scope and Contents note

The subseries consists of material having to do with John Rutherfurd's interest in the construction of a bridge linking New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Included are drawings of the proposed bridge, memoranda, calculations, and a report, published in the Trenton Federalist, to the stockholders of the Trenton Delaware Bridge [Company]. The author of the report was John Beatty, who was apparently the president of that company.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 5 John Rutherfurd -- Delaware River Bridge -- Drawings
N.D.
Box: 3 Folder : 6 John Rutherfurd -- Delaware River Bridge -- Calculations
N.D.
Box: 3 Folder : 7 John Rutherfurd -- Delaware River Bridge/Trenton Ferry -- Memoranda
N.D., 1802
Box: 3 Folder : 8 John Rutherfurd -- Delaware River Bridge -- Legislation
N.D., 1798
Box: 3 Folder : 9 John Rutherfurd -- Delaware River Bridge -- Report Published in Trenton "Federalist"
Feb. 13, 1806

Subseries 6: John Rutherfurd - New Jersey Turnpikes N.D., 1789, 1805, 1806

Scope and Contents note

This subseries consists of memoranda and copies of legislation regarding the construction of turnpikes in New Jersey.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 10 John Rutherfurd -- New Jersey Turnpikes -- Memoranda
N.D., 1789, 1805, 1806
Box: 3 Folder : 11 John Rutherfurd -- New Jersey Turnpikes -- Legislation
N.D.

Subseries 7: John Rutherfurd - Diary Nov. 13-16 1788

Scope and Contents note

Item is a small, pamphlet-bound volume, with four pages of entries sketching travel in Sussex County, New Jersey, and some calculations.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 16 John Rutherfurd -- Diary
Nov. 13-16 1788

John Rutherfurd: Other Subseries

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 12 John Rutherfurd -- Specifications of Baltimore Locomotive Engine
N.D., 1811, 1822, 1829
Box: 3 Folder : 13 John Rutherfurd -- Draft of Advertisement for Tenants
N.D.
Box: 3 Folder : 14 John Rutherfurd -- Draft of Real Estate Advertisements
N.D.
Box: 3 Folder : 15 John Rutherfurd -- Maps of Cool Spring Farm
N.D., 1824
Box: 3 Folder : 17 John Rutherfurd -- Calculations
N.D.
Box: 3 Folder : 18 John Rutherfurd -- Memoranda
n.D., 1783 - 1833
Box: 3 Folder : 19 John Rutherfurd -- Samples of Sheep's Wool
N.D.

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