Fall/Winter Stone Searching 2019/2020

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I"ve always thought she does quite well.She doesn't fall anymore then I do and cusses a lot less when she does. I always think she's wore out at the end of a hike till we approach the vehicles,then she burns my old ass and gets there five minutes ahead of us.
 
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All,

Slightly chilly this morning when we headed out to search for a few stones with a little history.

The Jones Mill Tract which consisted of about 10,000 acres ran from downtown Chatsworth at 563 and 532, down the Central Railroad across 72 to Rogers Road just before Woodmansie, then across portions of the Greenwood Forest to Union Clay Works, where it made a sharp turn and went all the way to Long Causeway before heading to Dukes Bridge and Jones Mill and on to downtown Chatsworth back at the beginning.

On February 7 1860 a reader of the Monmouth Democrat wrote in saying the property was owned by Thomas P. Barkalow a prominent hotel keeper and ran stage coach lines between Manahawken and Freehold as early as 1846. The writer also mentioned Barkalow had just sold the Jones Mill Tract to Beers and Chetwood. I have a huge map showing the survey of the outer perimeter of the Jones Mill Tract dated July 24, 1919 which tells us that "Beers Reality" still owned the property. Here is that map laying on my bed.

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As I only had the outer perimeter map I did not know that the property had at least a few in-holdings inside of the perimeter, and today we went looking for the corners. My first clue was this line in an old deed.

Beginning at two old stones being the seventh course of the original survey, conveyed by Abraham Jones and wife to Annie Lippincott.

With a little research I was able to narrow the location down and we headed out to the Sykes Branch to find the two stones. We walked to the causeway and proceeded north in the direction my guesses took us.

At the causeway.

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After walking a mile we arrived and started looking. It was a semi open area where I could fairly easily poke around and search. This proved to be imperative as when I located it the stone was completely underground. Yes, there was only one stone. Some time in the past one disappeared.


On the Jones Mill Tract

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The view from that location.

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While in the area we explored a really nice cedar swamp.

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Returning to the car we traveled 5 miles to get to the other side of the swamp where we looked for this stone from the deed.

Along the line of lot 6, North 85 degrees West, 38 chains and 84 links to a stake, 5 links South of an old stone corner in the line of the Jones Mill Tract.


We were able to drive close to this location and with a short walk in the woods we arrived. To our surprise there were three stones there. At first I though two of them were one broken in half, but they were both solid in the ground and I believe there is a total of three.


Along the line of the Jones Mill Tract.

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This morning we returned to the area that we found the Jones Mill stones because I had reason to believe we would find more. We started searching and eventually found two stones next to each other on what I believe to be the Jones Mill line.. They are in a burned area making them much easier to see.
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With one more location to look we walked an old road that was closing in even though it had been burned. Arriving where I felt it would be Jessica soon found it about 60 feet from my calculations. I also believe this was on the Jones Mill line.

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We then headed to 72 and while walking to our next destination we came upon a melted boat. It even included the motor. In the end we did not find anything else.
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While walking to the boat we came upon one of the test wells that the lock had been left open. I removed the cap and looked inside. Once done, I locked it up.

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It appears they screw on an air line and force water up the plastic tube.

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From there we headed to this pond off of Sooy Road near Bear Swamp Hill. The tax maps tell us it is owned by Joseph Gardiner but that is old news. It actually is almost in it's entirety owned by Pine Island Cranberry. One of the state corners is in the pond so you legally can access the edge of the pond at a specific spot when it is full. When it is not you are trespassing.



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We found three of the corners. This is one of them with the remains of about 4 previous monuments over the years. No stones.

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Then across 72 to the Union Clay Works area looking for a stone I searched for 15 years ago. Again, nothing. On the way we found a furnace. A boat and a furnace on the same day. The pines always amaze me!

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Video soon.
 
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While driving up Sooy Road many vehicle drove by in a caravan. One stopped and told us to stay to the edges ahead. When arriving at this one we noticed wood and metal on the right far side. So Jessica got out to check the left side.

 

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Interesting property corner. The state owns the side I am on and the other side is "unknown."

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Looking at the 1963 to 1972 aerials there was a gun club there. The logs used in what appear to be the parking area are still there. That is pretty recent in reality and someone must know what that place was called.

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It was located here.



I walked completely around that bog and across it on the north end and that was a real challenge. The east side is a nightmare with no path of any kind. I had to bail out on my destination and head to easier walking.


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Ran into this.

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That is the swamp with a dump in it. It may be the remains of the gun club that was there as well as other trash.

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I have learned a little more about some of the stones mentioned and shown above. For example this stone and the others I found the same day..

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The property was owned by Abraham Jones of Jones Mills who also used the initial I (Eye) for his last name of J. His stones had an A (Eye) inscribed on them. There were at least 2 AI (Not AL) stones in this area near the Shoal Branch with one now missing and one currently under the paved road road right here at the beginning of Baptist Road but in the center of Chatsworth Tuckerton Road.


Anyway, the property and the stone above, owned by Abraham Jones, was sold by Jones to Arnie Lippincott on February 25, 1797. Arnie Lippincott was the grandfather of James Lippincott who eventually died as we all do, and the property was divided and sold to benefit his heirs. The stone above was on the Jones Mill corner and not one of the divided portions so it most likely dates to the mid 1700s.