[Cedar Swamp Creek by Joyce Van Vorst, 1977]. Tomlin's "Cape May Spray," thus describes the natural beauty of this As the game they hunted moved on, so did the hunters, leaving just a trace of their stay. The men who came to this area were whalers from Long Island and New England. These Indians lived in small villages and not only hunted and fished, but also harvested edible plants and acorns, which they ground into flour. "A letter to the Port Wardens of Philadelphia, dated November 12, 1785 restricted without written permission from the transcriber Visitors are welcome at certain house. We... Wildwood - Not over, not by a long shot. Situated between Route 9 and Seashore Road in Cold Spring is Historic Cold Spring Village. Court records show they were treated equitably by the early settlers. Visiting Cape May is like travelling back in time a hundred years. This resort was foudned in 1875 by Alexander Whilliden, Dr. V. M.D. north of Cape May Point on the shores of the Delaware Bay, between 1680 and 1710. Now, more than ever, communities need trustworthy reporting—but good journalism isn’t free. TRANSCRIBED BY JANICE BROWN, County Coordinator in 2006. Source: "An historical tour of Cape May County, New Jersey," by Julius But in his book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus, Charles C. Mann presents evidence that by the time white settlers arrived, as much as 95% of the native people had been lost to European diseases, primarily smallpox, introduced by European explorer and fishermen who visited the east coast of America. During the season of 1891, the President established his executive office at Congress Hall in Cape May City, which was open from July 3, until September 15. He entered Delaware Bay, subsequently called South Bay and anchored a few miles north of Cape May Point, spending a day in exploring the Cape. The light of the revolving type, flashing every thirty seconds and can be seen twenty miles. The proceeds from one whale would buy a house and lot on Long Island. They may have been numerous. An early court case brought charges against a Lenape man who was accused of stealing a whale. Support the Herald; Support Local Journalism, Coronavirus: Local Information and Coverage. Manomie died in Cape May County and the place of his burial has been debated for almost 300 years. Wills of Early Settlers of Cape May From Abstracts of New Jersey Wills Vols. When the last Ice Age ended over 10,000 years ago, the glaciers that covered northern New Jersey receded and the sea level began to rise. The history of Cape May County, New Jersey : from the aboriginal times to the present day Contributor Names Stevens, Lewis Townsend, 1868- Created / Published Cape May City, N.J. : L.T. New Jersey is loaded with history, and some of … They were often hired to work on the whaling boats and in building homes. He shows up in the 1830, 1840, and 1850 Census in Cumberland County. Subject Headings It is now a part of Lower Township. By the 1750’s, whaling was no longer a primary industry in the county as farming, timbering, fishing and ship building became more important sources of income. Information located at http://www.rootsweb.com/~njcapema/ A letter (around 1800) that reflects on the reason for a Migration of some of Cape May County Residents to Clermont County Ohio. (Photo courtesy of The Summer City by the Sea, An Illustrated History of Cape May, NJ. Based on the joint rights granted by the Duke of York to Sir George Carteret and John, Lord Berkeley, New Jersey became a proprietary colony divided into two provinces, east and west. COPIES OF … George Taylor, Jacob Dayton, John Shaw, Timothy Brandereth and John Crawford represented the County in 1697 He married Elizabeth Riley of Cumberland County. The early Quaker settlers in New Jersey "bought" the land from the Lenni-Lenape. They hunted bison (yes, there were bison in New Jersey), and a much larger specie of deer than today’s, that roamed the area. The history of Cape May County, New Jersey : from the aboriginal times to the present day by Stevens, Lewis Townsend, 1868-Publication date 1897 Topics Cape May County (N.J.) -- History, Cape May County (N.J.) -- Biography Publisher Cape May City, N.J. : … The first permanent colony in the area of Cape May County was located north of Cape May Point on the shores of the Delaware Bay, between 1680 and 1710. Historical Maps courtesy of Rutgers Special Collections and Archives. There were, after all, over 900 white residents by 1700. The named the creek New England Creek and called their settlement New England Town or Portsmouth. When the county was established in 1692, the influence of the Quaker settlers and their belief of equality for all were reflected in the early laws. The discovery of Paleo points in the area is further evidence that these prehistoric people spent time here. Many county roads today, including Route 9, Route 47, Breakwater Road in Lower Township, Indian Trail in Middle Township and Route 50 in Upper Township follow Lenape trails. For more coverage, subscribe to our daily newsletter. Many people know the story of Henry Hudson’s “discovery” of Cape May and of Cornelius Jacobson Mey’s exploring the area and naming it after himself. He was appointed Postmaster General by President Harrison in 1889 and was visited by the President and family, where they expressed much appreciation of the attractions of the resort, that, through the efforts of Mr. Wanamaker and a few friends, a beautiful cottage was built and presented to the The First Baptist Church of Cape May in Cape May Court House is a descendent of that original Baptist congregation. • Template • County Coordinator: Laverne Tornow. Saccolepsis gibba was found on the shores of Lake Lily, at Cape May This circa 1909 photo of approximately Thirteenth and Beach Avenues looking east toward Cape May City, shows a glimpse of the torture spree. On a USGenWeb/NJGenWeb Web site The second reason was religious freedom. Permission is granted solely to view these map images. It has an electric light works, a water plant, four or five hotels, several boarding houses, a public school, a Baptist, a Catholic and an Episcopal Church. Mayflower Pilgrim descendants in Cape May County, New Jersey : memorial of the three hundredth anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, 1620-1920; a record of the Pilgrim descendants who early in its history settled in Cape May County, and some of their children throughout the several states of the union at the present time by Emil R. Salvini, Rutgers University Press- 1998) Once the English took over, they were not very accepting of any religions outside the Church of England. Trump has not only created the greatest divide in the US since the Civil War but has also enabled corrupt politicians on both sides to further the divide within our government. Their first contact was with the Dutch. EARLY SETTLERS SURNAMES for ATLANTIC COUNTY, NJ: If you have a family tree published on the internet, and would like it linked here, please send me the web site address. President, Cape May Point becoming the Summer Capital during the season of 1890. By the time the white settlers arrived in Cape May County, there were only a few small clans remaining. The Quakers and Presbyterians were soon followed by the Baptists, who settled in the central section of the county and established their church in Cape May Court House. When she died at a young age, her brother, whose real name was Manomie, stayed so he could help raise her children in the Lenape tradition. John Wanamker had a handsome summer residence for many years at the The Quakers settled in the north eastern part of the county, building farmhouses and farming as well as whaling. As it did, it pushed sand and dirt before it, creating the barrier islands. Behind these islands, meadows with meandering creeks and small ponds, and wooded stands of oak and cedar attracted a variety of wildlife. In a short time, houses were built and the townspeople were farming outlying areas. The Changing Landscape of Cape May County, New Jersey. CAPE MAY COUNTY. The Early Settlers. A Lenape chief whom the English called King Nummy stayed behind. The population was decimated by disease and culture clashes. Posted on November 5, 2008 by Jance Brown |, Copyright (c) 1996 — 2015 The NJGenWeb Project. From: The history of Cape May County, New Jersey, from the aboriginal times to the present day, by Lewis T. Stevens; Cape May City, N.J.: The first was economic. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.. Clear to partly cloudy. Old maps of Cape May County on Old Maps Online. Later, English settlers changed the spelling to Cape May. Trump was, is and always will be a willfully ignorant buffoon. Ethan Osborn was born on August 21, 1758 in Litchfield, Connecticut and died May 1, 1858 in Cumberland County, New Jersey. One of the places mentioned is in the area of Erma. (who has edited, compiled and added new copyrighted text to same). however use of this text file, other than for personal use, is These families include Hewitt, Leonard, Edwards, Davis, Spicer, Leaming, Townsend, Whitlock, Richardson, Crawford, Dennis, Stillwell and Taylor. Early Legislative Acts 1693 The Cape May County Court for the trial of small causes erected 1694 Cape May County empowered to elect five representatives. The Lenape simply moved on into Salem County (now Salem and Cumberland Counties) and into Burlington County (now Burlington, Atlantic and Ocean Counties.) Archaeological excavations have revealed some of the history of these people. The original Indian Settlers were called Kechemeches. Discover the past of Cape May County on historical maps. The First Navigators - Royal Grants - Settlements of the Dutch, the Swedes end the English - New Jersey Established - Division of the Province into East and West Jersey. This restored, 19th Century South Jersey Farming Village depicts life as it was in Cape May County in the mid 1800s. We will probably never know. Their first contact was with the Dutch. Members of other religions were persecuted and often thrown in jail. The Dutch East India Company never established any posts in Cape May County, however. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Henry Hudson sailed up the Delaware River on the Half Moon in 1609. What we do know is that artifacts left behind by the earliest residents of the county are still turning up. History as listed in part on Township of Lower Website>> and updated in 2018 by current President Dean A. Umscheid. Surveys for Helby and John Bellers, creditors of Billing, living in England, covered most of Fairfield. The old Lighthouse is always interesting to the visitor and will well repay for the energy expended in climbing to the observatory at the top, where a wonderful view is given of the ocean, bay and surrounding territory. When the Dutch governed Long Island, they tolerated all religions. 1897, page 449. Cape May Point was set off as a political division in 1878, and The current “Old Brick” Presbyterian Church in Cold Spring is a descendent of that original congregation, although not the original building. The first Englishmen to arrive came in the late 1660’s, however, they were not settlers. The first permanent colony in the area of Cape May County was located Is “King Nummy’s” grave somewhere in Lower Township or Middle Township? It’... Cape May Court House - The Democrats have ALWAYS been saying, "we are not going to take your guns"! “The History of Cape May County” is the result of many years of research, and the author hopes that it will meet with the approbation of the public. Of course, once the English booted the Dutch out of the New Netherland Colony in 1674, that deed was no longer honored. Some ten years ago the author began the keeping of a scrap book of cape May county history, among other things, and this constant accumulation of facts resulted, about a year ago, in a determination on the part of the author to prepare a history of the county, which would portray its gradual dev… We are committed to ensuring our readers can make critical decisions for themselves and their families during this ongoing situation. History of Townbank. These early whalers would set up watch towers along the barrier islands and the bay front and, when a whale was spotted, would launch a boat very similar to today’s life guard boats directly from the beach. Clear to partly cloudy. It is 100 feet in circumference at its base and 180 feet high. Stevens, 1897. Although there were numerous farms, they never founded an actual town. Nummy Island is another purported burial place. The area was first settled by Europeans in the early 1600s, and we were the third state to ratify the US Constitution. Low 29F. 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Within a few years, however, the Lenape felt the area was getting too crowded. The Presbyterians settled along a large creek on the southern bayshore. With records available for almost 400 years of the state's history, your family is sure to be found in a variety of records available online and at the many archives and libraries located throughout the state. continued to be a borough until 1896. Some stone artifacts that have been found in the county were made from stone found in northern New Jersey and as far west as central Pennsylvania, indicating a robust trading network among the Lenape tribes. Indeed, it may be safely said that four-fifths of the land included in Cumberland County was covered by surveys before 1700. They established their congregation and built a church. The written history of the Cape Colony in what is now South Africa began when Portuguese navigator Bartolomeu Dias became the first modern European to round the Cape of Good Hope in 1488. A burial site was uncovered in Upper Township and several temporary camp sites were found in Lower Township, including one at the Cape May County Airport. In 1622 Cornelius Jacobsen Mey sailed for the Dutch aboard the Glad Tiding to the Delaware Bay and New York. Cape May Point (formerly Sea Grove) is situated at the western extremity Here the whaler could purchase almost 1000 acres for the same money. View our print e-Edition publication online here! Point, where he also built Beadle Memorial Chapel. To continue supporting this vital reporting, please consider a digital subscription or contribution. Point by Mr. C.S. From the 1704 colonial kitchen and loft bedroom to the Victorian dining and sitting rooms all are decorated and furnished with period pieces. The men who came to this area were whalers from Long Island and New England. They built their first meeting house in the area of Beesley’s Point, but built the still standing, and still active, Seaville meeting house around 1704. The earliest deed between the Dutch and the Lenape in the Colony of New Jersey was signed in 1664 in Lower Township. Not many people, though, know the story of the earliest people who were in Cape May County. By the time the white settlers arrived in Cape May County, there were only a few small clans remaining. Well, now that the Senate and house is Democratic controlled, Just watch what happens in the next 4 years. of Sunset Drive at the edge of Delaware Bay. Once whaling was over, the camps were abandoned until the next season. Trumpsters are attracted to Trump because they thought he was their hero to avenge their grievances. -- It is not likely that they understood the concept, but still, at least for their time. It contains over 200 steps within its spiral stairway and is constructed of brick laid in cement mortar. We recently noticed many old postcards appearing on a Cape May fan page on Facebook. Following that wildlife came prehistoric man. The coast of New Jersey was first explored by Giovanni da Verrazzano in 1524. Primarily coming from the eastern end of Long Island and New England, they came to Cape May County for two primary reasons. Once a whale was captured, it would be towed to shore to be processed. Marcy, John Wanamaker, Dr. J. Newton Walker and Downs Edmonds. Low 29F. In the 19th century, it was common for farmers plowing their fields in Upper, Middle and Lower Townships to turn up axe heads, points, nutting stones, fishing net sinkers and other artifacts. Will you be the next to find evidence of our early past? His sister had married a white minister, become a Christian and raised a family. NOTE: The Cape May County Herald is offering full coverage of the COVID-19 / coronavirus emergency to all, with no payment required. No other permission to use the map images on these webpages is granted. East Jersey families involved in offshore whaling were among the first recorded settlers to move to the Cape in West Jersey. 1790) & A bio of Rev. The landing of the Cape May-Lewes ferry will be here. Since the land was fertile and there was plenty of native wood to harvest, whaling soon became a less important source of income. This database indexes warrants and surveys of the Proprietors of the provinces of East and West New Jersey, in the years 1670-1727. (Stevens History of Cape May County.). The Helby surveys were sold out to settlers at an early day, but the Bellers title was the occasion of much difficulty. This is probably because the first Quaker community was Burlington, even before Philadelphia, so new NJ Quaker settlers deliberately chose West Jersey over East. So what happened to the native people? [Cedar Swamp Creek by Joyce Van Vorst, 1977]. Cape May was discovered by Sir Henry Hudson in The Half Moon August 28, 1609. Daughter of Early Settlers Remembered By Rachel Rogish; Dec 17, 2019 ... Cape May County Herald 3-11-2020. He never set foot on the land, but he named the south cape, Cape Cornelius (now Cape Henlopen in Delaware) and the north cape, Cape Mey. Cape May County was still part of the English colonies, but far enough away from the seat of government for the settlers to practice their religion without interference and still feel that they were English citizens. The first settlers who came were primarily Quakers and Presbyterians. It wasn’t until the late 1680’s that English immigrants came who would stay. United States of America - This is sickening. ... men. shows that a lot had been bought at Cape May, on which a beacon or lighthouse was to be erected." resort: "Cape May Point, a place of natural beauty, the ocean meeting the bay, the rips, the setting sun, the cedars bending low from strong winds, their limbs trailing close to or upon the ground, the incoming and outgoing ships of all kinds and sizes, and that beautiful lake (Lake Lilly) for boating, skating, rowing, ice boating, with Amnon island for a landing place within its waters, the bridge across its eastern end with the mass of lilies and other flowers contrasting with the adjoining sand dunes, some wooded and others not; cottages in groves, and down upon all each night sines the great Cape May light, revolving, lighting the darkness, warning the sailor as well as acting as his guide, and beautifying Cape May Point and its surrounding waters.". He was the only member of his immediate family to settle in New Jersey. This New Jersey state page of our website provides direct links to genealogy databases, books and information found on New Jersey genealogy and history. The original source of this information is in the public domain, The present lighthouse was built in 1859. Many of the early settlers of Cape May County are laid to rest in its cemetery. In 1497, Vasco da Gama sailed along the whole coast of South Africa on his way to India, landed at St Helena Bay for 8 days, and made a detailed description of the area. Historic Town Bank (aka New England Town, Portsmouth Town, and Falmouth) was the first settlement in New Jersey founded by Long Island and New England whalers around the year 1632, they settled on the sandy bluffs along the Delaware Bay shore. You have permission to edit this article. Stone points are often found along the bayshore and occasionally in plowed fields. They treated the natives much more humanly then most. About 2000 years ago, the Lenape came to the Jersey Cape. Moore Family have boats leave every hour, making the New Jersey coast resorts easily accessible to the people of the South and affording a delightful sight-seeing trip over the waters of the bay, which together with the modern concrete roads at either terminus, will present to the tourist one of the most pleasing trips in all the world. We wrap up the news from the Shore you love, and deliver it to your inbox, weekly. There was one exception, however. When he testified that he had legally bought the whale, his testimony was accepted and the seller was arrested as the real thief. Williamson in September 1905. Edited by GET NJ, COPYRIGHT 2002. It is planned to Sir George Carteret, a governor of New Jersey, named the land New Jersey because Carteret had been the governor of the Isle of Jersey in the English Channel. The primary purpose of the Dutch East India Company was to establish trade with the Indians, setting up trading posts where the Dutch exchanged commodities such as iron pots for animal furs and skins. The photos show what Cape May looked like in the early 1900’s when the city’s roads were unpaved and the railroads ruled. Two articles from the early issues of The Cape May County Magazine of History and Genealogy. 29 May 1668: First meeting of the first General Assembly of New Jersey at Elizabethtown: 1673: Dutch recapture New York and New Jersey: 1674: Cession of New Netherlands to England – Treaty of Westminster: 1676 and 1687: Formal division into East and West Jersey : 3 Mar. The Leaming and Yates Family (circa. The 11 room Cresse Holmes house treats you to a glimpse of life as it was in Cape May County from colonial to modern times. Way; Sea Isle City, N.J.: Atlantic Printing and Publishing Co., 1930. 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