Jones Mill on Muskee Creek

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I was researching the area of Jones Mill once located on Muskee Creek near Manumuskin. It was a sawmill (or 2 as listed in this link) owned by Abraham Jones (1714-1786) Found this list from 1773 on State of NJ website. I will add more to this thread about the area of Jones mill and Abraham’s stolen tombstone at a later date. Also included on this list is Aaron Leaming Jr(1715-1780), owner of Leamings mill sawmill (or 3 as listed in this link) on the Menantico. He is son of Aaron Leaming Sr(1687-1746) and Lydia Parsons-Shaw-Leaming(widowed by William Shaw in 1712 married Leaming 1714)


Looks like the old dam is still present here https://boydsmaps.com/#17.92/39.321331/-74.943041/midatlidar/0.00/0.00 swapping to the Cook and Vermeule topo give verification to this. Must be a dam because looks the same as Clark’s Mill dam here https://boydsmaps.com/#17.98/39.363687/-75.000603/midatlidar/0.00/0.00
LiDAR is awesome:) these sand plants really erased these old mill areas
 
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Below are two news stories covered decades apart. Apparently 150 years after old Abe was buried at his mill, rumor got around of valuables being buried with him resulting in grave robbers digging him up a few times.
1932 article: https://www.newspapers.com/article/the-millville-daily-abraham-jones-millvi/27411809/
1973 article: https://www.newspapers.com/article/the-millville-daily-abraham-jones-millvi/27411195/
Other interesting points made are
-22 graves were buried around the estates as of 1932. Al found one of them the rest have probably been destroyed via sand mining.
-There was a house and a tavern on the property which equals a possible cellar hole still around?
 

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I was researching the area of Jones Mill once located on Muskee Creek near Manumuskin. It was a sawmill (or 2 as listed in this link) owned by Abraham Jones (1714-1786) Found this list from 1773 on State of NJ website. I will add more to this thread about the area of Jones mill and Abraham’s stolen tombstone at a later date. Also included on this list is Aaron Leaming Jr(1715-1780), owner of Leamings mill sawmill (or 3 as listed in this link) on the Menantico. He is son of Aaron Leaming Sr(1687-1746) and Lydia Parsons-Shaw-Leaming(widowed by William Shaw in 1712 married Leaming 1714)


Looks like the old dam is still present here https://boydsmaps.com/#17.92/39.321331/-74.943041/midatlidar/0.00/0.00 swapping to the Cook and Vermeule topo give verification to this. Must be a dam because looks the same as Clark’s Mill dam here https://boydsmaps.com/#17.98/39.363687/-75.000603/midatlidar/0.00/0.00
LiDAR is awesome:) these sand plants really erased these old mill areas
The Dam Hunter! Looks like you found a couple I didn't know about!
 
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Below are two news stories covered decades apart. Apparently 150 years after old Abe was buried at his mill, rumor got around of valuables being buried with him resulting in grave robbers digging him up a few times.
1932 article: https://www.newspapers.com/article/the-millville-daily-abraham-jones-millvi/27411809/
1973 article: https://www.newspapers.com/article/the-millville-daily-abraham-jones-millvi/27411195/
Other interesting points made are
-22 graves were buried around the estates as of 1932. Al found one of them the rest have probably been destroyed via sand mining.
-There was a house and a tavern on the property which equals a possible cellar hole still around?
The stone I told you about out there is much smaller then that.Anyone could pick it up and walk away with it.It had some writing on it but was obviously only a piece of a bigger stone.I can't remember what it said but it wasn't much,a few letters if I remember right.
 
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Some of those maps have large blank areas on them,especially in the Maurice River Township area,also Commercial Township doesn't have a lot either.he may not have had a lot of maps of those areas to go on.
 
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