A month ago I was looking over old deeds and was surprised when I found this 1892 deed that mentions there is/was an incised ABM (Aaron B. Moore) stone along with a date on it of 1840. Here is the description from the 1892 deed.
All that certain tract of cedar swamp and pine land situated in the township, county and state aforesaid, and bounded as follows. Beginning at two large stones standing on the NE side of Green Limb Branch corner to Henry Wrights sixteen acres is lettered A.B.M. 1840, formally a corner to Aaron B. Moore.
And after looking over more deeds I found a few others, with this one from 1879, just two years after the death of Aaron B. Moore.
And in the line of late Aaron B. Moore's land thence (3) by the latter, south thirty one degrees and 24 minutes East seventeen chains and eighty links to a pine stump and two stones, ONE of them marked A.B.M. 1840.
Now I had to figure out where this location was/is so I started with the Green Limb Branch mentioned above. There is one in Medford but this was not Medford, however we all have driven right by the biggest clue as to where this branch is located.
Now that I knew the branch and could narrow down the location, I made a rough draft of the shape of the property using the deed. And by using that shape along with tax maps of the area, I was able to come up with the location the stone was/is located. Since it is a corner to 3 private properties I was not able to go without permission. I contacted one owner and quickly was granted access to their property. However, as mentioned a few weeks back when I did go I was not able to safely cross the Green Limb Branch.
When I informed the property owner I had not reached the stone, they contacted one of the adjacent owners so that I would not have to cross the Green Limb Branch. I soon heard back that I was granted permission from the second property owner and today was the day to find the stones.
This morning Jessica and I met up with both owners and and while talking I learned they both had viewed the stone years ago. We arrived at the location and I immediately started roaming around while they passed info between all of us on where they felt the stone was. Their thoughts and my calculations pretty much were the same but I could not come up with the two large stones. After 30 minutes it seemed a lost cause.
One owner had to leave while the other one came up with a way to remove much of the briers and vegetation that was in the area. But the result was the same and I eventually left with him promising to let me know if he found the stones.
We came home, showered and was about to eat lunch when this photo was texted to me.
By 1PM I had picked up my brother and we were on our way back. Arriving there the owner was working and told us to drive there ourselves. When we examined the stone nothing was incised on the top side. I started to dig around the edges hoping to pull it up enough to see the opposite side; however, when my brother and I pulled on the stone it would not budge. After 20 minutes of frustration we gave up. We headed back and noticed the property owner was not home so we left for home ourselves. A short distance down the road we ran into him and he persuaded us to return and he would help us out.
In no time at all we had the stone pulled up but unfortunately nothing again was incised on the back side. I then realized we had the second stone mentioned in the deed that was side by side with the ABM 1840 stone.
But that is not the end of the story. After coming home and looking over his photo in my computer, I now believe it is the 1840 stone. If you look closely you can see the number 1 and the number 8. The sandstone is just seriously worn. And some of the markings above it may be letters as well.
I should have spent more time and cleaned it off when we were digging around it.
Aaron B. Moore was born 4/18/1807 and died one day short of his 70th birthday on 4/17/1877. Jessica and I visited his grave in the Old Lumberton Cemetery.
I was sent the below photo by Richard Franzen of the Tabernacle Historical Society showing that Aaron B. Moore lived on what today is Powell Place road in the Tabernacle township "Friendship" near camp Inawendiwin.
Read more about Aaron B. Moore. FYI the info there is incomplete. I believe he had well over 10 children.
Born in 18 Apr 1807 and died in 17 Apr 1877 Lumberton, New Jersey Aaron B Moore