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  1. Oriental

    Metes and Bounds

    Almost all of the 3000 acres lay on the west side of the West Branch. The eastern boundary line passed within 4 chains (less than 100 yards) of the forge dam. The property seemed to have extended to the north as much as it did to the south. Subsequent owners expanded the tract so that it...
  2. Oriental

    Metes and Bounds

    I do this all the time. The latest was two days ago when I was trying to determine the extent of the old Union Forge Tract. What never fails to amaze me is how many of the current property lines in the pines are relics of original surveys made in the mid-1700s. In the case of Union Forge...
  3. Oriental

    Metes and Bounds

    Centuries ago individual surveyors would have their own unique way of marking trees that they used as reference points in a survey. The number of slashes, etc. helped identify which surveyor "ran the line". I will try to find it and post.
  4. Oriental

    Metes and Bounds

    That's a great one!
  5. Oriental

    Metes and Bounds

    We will probably never know if the "cabin" was traditional or influenced by the Swedes. Perhaps the word Batsto is not of Indian origin after all. Thanks!
  6. Oriental

    Pine Barren History Shorts

    Interesting how 75 years later blackout curtains are used to keep light out and not in!
  7. Oriental

    Pine Barren History Shorts

    I can understand that lights along the coast could provide enemy ships or subs with a point of reference and that lights from cities and towns could do the same for aircraft but it is almost laughable that Abbott's home in Nesco could be a beacon for the Germans.
  8. Oriental

    Metes and Bounds

    I have read a LOT of deeds while researching various places in the Pines over the years. In describing the dimensions of the property, the deed will provide directions (in degrees from North or South) and distances (measured in chains and links) that are referred to as the "metes and bounds"...
  9. Oriental

    Pine Barren History Shorts

    I never heard of blackout curtains being used in the Pines. Mostly I come across stories from along the coast. Very interesting.
  10. Oriental

    Emmor W. Mick

    I wonder if his grandfather was Emmor Roberts the proprietor of Jersey Jerrys.
  11. Oriental

    History of NJ Cranberry industry?

    Yes, the canal starts on the opposite side of the Wading River (across the Wading) from Charcoal Landing putting it on the West side. I haven't looked at the 2009 post recently. Perhaps I was unclear earlier. I believe your thoughts on the salt water line are correct. I vaguely remember...
  12. Oriental

    History of NJ Cranberry industry?

    Dave, Nice to have you back! I have enjoyed your recent reminiscences as much as the memories you shared 15 years ago. After following the thread, I am convinced that you are thinking of the Ives Branch bogs that Roof Tree has discussed. Consider: 1) We know for sure that they were owned...
  13. Oriental

    New Acquisition

    The cedar posts The deer stand The old house or cabin
  14. Oriental

    New Acquisition

    The property was originally surveyed in the 1780s. By that time, many of the cedar swamps in the area had already been claimed. In the early 1800s, a farmer from Vincentown purchased the property but he sold it to his son within a few years. By the 1850s, the property was known as Sheeps Neck...
  15. Oriental

    Old Hidden Gun Club

    Very cool! Many hunting clubs seem to have been built in the 1940s. Not exactly sure why deer clubs reached their height of popularity then. Would you be be willing to say in which township the club was located? Not looking for the specific spot. Also, do you know the name of that gunning club?
  16. Oriental

    Pine Barren History Shorts

    Guides in the deer woods were quite common in the Jersey Pines throughout the years. Many accounts document this practice performed by locals that were familiar with the woods. In the nineteenth century, guides were expected to bring their dogs to drive deer toward their clients in a practice...
  17. Oriental

    Fall/Winter Stone Searching 2019/2020

    Perhaps this raises more questions than answers about who JB may have been. I believe the land was originally surveyed to John Burr and John Budd in partnership. John Burr and Philo Leeds built a sawmill on the property in 1741 or 1742. The mill powered two separate saws. About that same...
  18. Oriental

    Plants And Snakes

    Didn't know what Death Camas was so I looked it up. Source said they are found in Western North America. Are they found in the Pines too? Only curious if they are here. Not interested in knowing stations.
  19. Oriental

    Bamber Lake Club/Camp Columbus. Say Hello.

    The murder of James Wainwright by Elson Rockwell in 1885 made quite the stir in the area. Newspapers from the day provided detailed accounts of the trial. Many Bamber area locals gave testimony. Also, you are likely aware that the village was called Cedar Crest for a time. Lastly (and with...
  20. Oriental

    "The Triangle"

    I thought the same thing. Topo maps show a small cranberry bog on Biddle Branch very near the intersection of route 72 (the Plains Road) and 532 (possibly the Chatsworth Road). That small bog appears to be the only one within that triangle. Much larger bogs appear outside of that triangle but...