- Jan 2, 2003
Thanks for the post Lost Town Hunter, it cleared up allot of misconceptions. Do you have any idea of when the name Hampton was first used for this area? I have always assumed it dated from the furnace era.
Gabe:Lost Town Hunter, do you happen to know who Robbin's (Robert's) Branch is named after?
Gabe,Lost Town Hunter, do you happen to know who Robbin's (Robert's) Branch is named after?
Ted and Gabe:Hi pinelandpaddler,
Thanks for your inquiry about the Tom Robert's Branch. Jerseyman has thoroughly responded to your question, using, as he accurately surmised, the same source, Doc Bisbee's "Sign Posts" (1971) that I would have used. I would add just one detail: the Doc found the old 1755 document in the West Jersey Proprietor's Building (the Survey General's Office), Book H, p.42, 1755.
Lost Town Hunter
Lost Town Hunter:Gabe,
I, too, had heard somewhere that a "skit mill" was a combination of a grist and saw mill. Some 30 years ago I discussed the term with my good friend, the late Watson Buck of Rancocas, a superb historian who knew more about mills, iron works, and tools than anyone else I've ever met. He, too, was puzzled about the meaning of the term skit (skitt) in reference to a mill. Hopefully through our combined efforts we can lay this puzzle to rest.
Lost Town Hunter
Gabe:Good stuff, Jerseyman! Spung-Man and yourself always have some interesting etymological musings to consider. Perhaps it is the case then that "Skitt Mount" derives its name from the skit mill? As for Bellangee's Sawmill, I was under the impression that it was located on the East Branch of the Wading River (Oswego River) and that the Skit Mill was a separate Mill located on the West Branch.
There were all kinds of permutations of mill combinations. For example, I documented an eighteenth-century windmill in Burlington that began as a gristmill and then later was converted into a combination linseed oil and snuff mill. Certainly there are numerous examples, particularly along the East Coast, of mills—water-powered, wind-powered, and otherwise—that combined saw and grist milling operations. I can cite examples if you would like me to do so. As I stated previously, I have never found the term “skit mill” outside of the Pine Barrens. Regarding “Skitt Mount,” it may not relate to a skit mill at all, but have an implied use of some other definition for the word “skit.”Jerseyman, was there indeed such a mill as one that combined both a grist and saw mill?
Interesting. Could this then be the spot?Lost Town Hunter said:What is even more puzzling is that Pierce (although he cites him) totally disregards Braddock-Rogers' placement of the site: "a quarter of a mile down the west branch of the Wading River from the point where the canal starts...." The canal he is referencing begins at Tumbling Dam...