An amazing snapshot of history as usual.
Just as Largo does, I spend a lot of time in that haunt year round. I actually walk along road that folows the edge of the former mill pond almost every night.
I would like to trouble you a little further if possible.
I haved lived here twenty five years now and I have not gotten a good answer as to the origin of the local moniker, Miller's Bogs. (Forget about Pestletown )
These bogs are evident beginning just upstream from Iron Mill and continue in series up the Albertson Branch all the way to the Old White Horse Pike. Some State workers call them the Ancora bogs.
I have showed Guy this area and we have viewed copies of Wharton surveys on the north and south side of the Albertson and no reference to Miller is found.
Obviously I could do the Miller grantee-grantor thing in the years prior to the State's acquisition but Miller could be a little cumbersome.
Do any of your maps have a Miller reference in that area?
What I also must inquire about is a little anomaly called "Springtown" up the end of Wharton Ave by the now gone rail bridge heading to "Spring" Garden Road. It is remarkably Near an area on the jeep trail leading up to D/B hill that always intrigued me as "disturbed". On the old 1930's arials it is clear as day that something, albeit small, existed. This is just before a known test well. I shall tromp it when weather is cooler but for now I am curious.
That said, sorry to hijack the thread again but these mysteries torment.
I will say I am surprised to see how far back the bog system at Miller's actually extended back then.
Guy:I am uncertain exactly where you are referring to along the Pump Branch. I can say there are two exceptions that the Wharton Estate did not own that the Pump Branch went through east of the Pike. One was 14.6235 acres and was sold to Davis Mills June 19, 1869 by Charles Matlack ET UX. The other is 12.00 acres and was sold to Charles Matlack on 9/1/1867 by John S. Irick, Daniel L. Miller, and Mary Roberts. The Miller name may have dated back to Daniel L Miller and not Anna. She was though buying property in the 1870’s in that area.
Here are the two exceptions even though it looks like one. The purple looking area is the two in question. There is a division line down it. It looks like a stone search is in order in the fall.
Thank you for your efforts Jerseyman!estate still owned this land in 1935, except for a 35-acre bog located immediately adjacent to the southeast side of the Camden & Atlantic Railroad, which Wharton owned jointly with Albertson and a 12-acre bog at the confluence of Pump Branch and Blue Anchor Branch, which R. Atierno owned. During Wharton’s tenure in this land, and the tenure of his estate, Anna R. Miller leased these bogs for at least a portion of the time. Hence, the name “Millers Bogs.” IIRC, the same Miller was involved at Rockwood. A visit to Swarthmore College Library to view the Joseph Wharton papers would yield additional information.
Thanks for that, I lost the perspective a little in the blown up version but what you say makes sense. It's the one's Northeast I mentioned. My first thoughts were maybe the remains of an isolated family or two living out there to be in proximity to the rails for some reason. They seemed so near the bridge but just slightly off Wharton ave. After years of passing through this spot I will certainly stop when foliage is down. It's so obvious to me now I have to look for something.George:
I have nothing but a somewhat educated conjecture to run on here, but based on a review of the 1931 aerials (greatly enlarged!), I am wondering if Springtown was once a hamlet contaning a shack or two for the cranberry pickers. I note one or maybe two rectilinear structures with an outhouse. These appear standing behind the Spring Garden Inn across the railroad and slightly northeast. There is another structure facing the south side of Wharton Avenue between the railroad and Old White Horse Pike. This dwelling appears to have two outbuildings. And it looks like there is yet another building just to the left of the top of the “B” from the abbreviation “Br.” Please take a look and let me know what you think.
George:Thanks for that, I lost the perspective a little in the blown up version but what you say makes sense. It's the one's Northeast I mentioned. My first thoughts were maybe the remains of an isolated family or two living out there to be in proximity to the rails for some reason. They seemed so near the bridge but just slightly off Wharton ave. After years of passing through this spot I will certainly stop when foliage is down. It's so obvious to me now I have to look for something.
Your 1935 map to answer Guy & Scott's questions shows some interesting things regarding the way properties were cut up back here then, right down to mine. So different for some. It seems funny to me the little patches owned seperately along Wharton Avenue. On the Fleming, my grandfather's property is easy to spot (At the time owned by Chiumento). Seems all the other properties are still in the same family names.
According to the article "Millers Bogs - A Forgotten Pine Barrens Town" printed in the Hammonton News, Thursday December 23, 1982, the original Miller was "John Henry Miller, a huge man of German extraction and an amiable disposition." The Historical Society of Winslow Township has just been lent a photograph of the Miller Family by his grand-daughter, who we are attempting to convince to give a talk at one of our meetings. I just scanned the photo last night and stumbled upon this site while doing some research on Millers Bogs.Guy:
Between the Fleming Pike crossing of the Albertson Branch on the south and the Camden & Atlantic Railroad on the north, Wharton owned 268 acres on the west side of Pump Branch and 238 acres between Pump Branch and Wharton Avenue according to the mapping I have here, excepting out the two parcels mentioned in my previous post. AFAIK, this is the area known as Millers Bogs. My recollection from viewing the Joseph Wharton papers years ago at Swarthmore is Anna R. Miller paying rent for the bogs, but I cannot recall for how long and I cannot find my notes from that trip. The Daniel Miller you mention may be the source of the name, but I am trusting my memory that Anna was there as well.
Here is my mapping from c.1935 and this will show you what I am talking about:
We are always interested in photo's such as this. Feel free to uploadI notice an "Upload a File" option on this forum an would be pleased to share the picture (once we have a signed permission) with this forum if anyone is interested.
Jack Jennings, Vice President, Historical Society of Winslow Township
RednekF350,Thank you for your efforts Jerseyman!
My gallery has quite a few Miller's bogs shots as it is my front yard so to speak.
Finally, my apologies to Jim for a major hi-jack of this thread.
Guy,Millers Bog is Hammonton Township Atlantic County. You are still interested in that in Winslow? Or are you referring to some other Millers Bog?