bobpbx said:Did he cart it all the way to Wells Mill?
James Mills had a saw mill in the Wells Mills Area of Ocean Township. I join in your hypothesis/proposal, i.e., that "Samuel 'Bryant'" drove (at least some of) his timber down to Wells Mills to have it sawn. If this, indeed, could be proven, I think I might have a case for a further proposal/hypothesis, i.e. that "Bryant Road" may have been cut--through by "Samuel 'Bryant'" for his logging purposes... Thus, even if he did NOT actually own as much land as has been assumed, i.e. from the "Old" Halfway/ROG area all the way to the snippet of "Bryant Road" named on the Delorme New Jersey Atlas & Gazetteer in Lacey Township (ending at the Lacey Township/Ocean Township boundary), the road would have been more than likely named for him... However, I am puzzled that he did not take his timber to Cedar Bridge: Cedar Bridge was on the same Stage Road with "Old" Halfway and ROG, and according to Father Beck (p. 85. More Forgotton Towns of Southern New Jersey. Rutgers university Press, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1963), there was a sawmill there. Of course, we would have to know the time period the mill was in operation...
One reason for using the Wells Mill might have been "convenience in shipping"... ...or, perhaps, the mill at Cedar Bridge could not handle such large timber/loads... ??