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It is a little early but when the opportunity presented itself I looked for this monument today to check the accuracy of the information I have. Nearby Bob and I looked for a couple of stones but came up empty. By the end of the month Jessica and I will be systematically working our way through my list of stones to find and hopefully we will find some interesting ones to view. In the meantime....

This monument is on the property line of an entry of Book A in the clerks office which makes the property line quite old.

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We spent the morning looking for stones for a small piece of property in Woodland Township near the Burr's Mill Brook. We were about 170 feet from our intended location when Jessica spotted this in an open area.

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Knowing I was 170 feet off I judged where I wanted to go next. The old deed was vague and made mention of the letters "IB" but I was uncertain if that was an incised stone or maybe a tree with the letters in it. The deed states:

Beginning at a stone corner standing on the North side of the Duckinghat Branch (Of The Burrs Mill Brook) in the line of the survey two chains and twenty eight links from a pine corner to said survey lettered IB.

When we arrived we found this.

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And I noticed there was something incised on it. A closer look shows what looks like an upside down letter "G." The property was it appears at one time owned by a George Haines so maybe the G is for George. I saw nothing on the other side. Or it could be the number 6 or a 9 ??????


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Along a path we saw this bird box. Seemed in an odd place.

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Opened it up and found it full.

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The road there which is quite nice.
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I am thinking now the incised stone above is the 9th corner to the Burr's Mill survey. Very old property line for sure.
 
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If you remember above I mention the letters IB from an old deed.

Beginning at a stone corner standing on the North side of the Duckinghat Branch (Of The Burrs Mill Brook) in the line of the survey two chains and twenty eight links from a pine corner to said survey lettered IB.

Well, today we returned to the area and using some of the information I have we started roaming the woods looking at various locations for stones. It turns out the state has had a surveyor in the area and they have been checking on the property lines that the state owns. So we were able to follow some of their survey cuts and we found the IB stone. This stone is pretty historical and most likely was placed there by the father or family member of Joseph Burr who owned Burr's Mill. This article posted by Jerseyman in a previous post tells us that Joseph Burr had silverware with the letters IB on them. This article dates from 1765 and if his father or relative placed the stone there, this stone dates back before then.

The article Jerseyman posted.
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Here is the IB stone that the surveyor painted within the last month or so. I believe there is a date at the bottom but what it actually is I am uncertain of. I give you various photos to look over. I am sure the surveyor had no idea this stone may have been placed there by Joseph Burr's father or relative.

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A closer look at the bottom.

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Here is Jerseyman's original post as well as others.


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Jessica with her new boots. She finally found a tall boot for woman in her size that is all rubber on the outside.

 
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So I reached out to Jerseyman and asked him about the letter "I" on the stone and why it was not a "J."


For the record, the below text is edited by me.


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During at least for the eighteenth century, if not before, people who had given names starting with "J" would use an "I" in place of the "J" when abbreviating the first letter. Copies exist of Revolutionary War maps prepared by a British cartographer named John Hills. Yet, most of the maps carry the preparer's name as "I. Hills." So, I am fairly certain that Joseph Burr is the one that had the survey markers placed.
 
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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 time, Joseph Burr (John Burr's son) acquired John Budd's interest in the property. Philo Leeds soon relinquished his interest in the saw mill in exchange for other property that he owned with John Burr.

John Burr moved to Philadelphia in the mid 1750s and sold his interest in Burr's Mill to his son Joseph who now possessed the entire property which was said to possess two dwelling houses. Some later sources refer to the operation as a "cedar mill".

Recall that John Burr was Surveyor General for West Jersey. His family history is fascinating. One sister was mother to the famed Quaker preacher John Woolman. Another sister married Timothy Mattlack who had been secretary of the Continental Congress during the Revolution (remember the movie National Treasure).
 
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Well, the problem may be my fault. I mentioned Joseph to him and without really thinking about it he may have just went along with that in his email reply. He would be correct that Joseph owned it.