Scotch-Irish-L ArchivesArchiver > Scotch-Irish > 2002-11 > 1036778746
Subject: Re: [Scotch-Irish] Colonial New Jersey Immigration
Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2002 10:05:50 -0800
>In general, "East Jersey" referred to in your note, is what is now
>called North Jersey.
>And "West Jersey" is now called South Jersey. The state was not divided
>vertically, but rather along a diagonal line, passing just east of
Now don't that beat all! No wonder we get headaches <grin>. East
Jersey is North Jersey and West is south. Of course! Thanks for
cluing us in. This goes in the New Jersey Trivia Game.
>Note that the "Board of East Jersey Proprietors" and "West Jersey
>still exist as private corporations and retain most of the records (ie
>deeds) from the proprietary period!
NJ has seemed to me to be rich in colonial records. Doing
research in it is practice for researching in Ireland: find the
proprietor/landlord/lairdie and track down his records. But read
Dobson -- a lot of these Scottish merchants also operated in
Barbados and other West Indies islands. Ancestor might have hitched
a ride over from there instead of Scotland.