Lot 159 of 455:
1765 Colonial documents about land in Hackensack, New Jersey  

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Two Colonial-era documents detailing land near present-day Hackensack, New Jersey


New Jersey



  • Smyth, John. Autograph Document Signed as Registrar to the Council of Proprietors. Perth Amboy; and William Provost, Clerk. Document Signed. Hackensack, New Jersey, Marsh 2, 1765; 1 pg. “Division of the Common Lands of the township of Bergen”
  • “Bounds of the Lot of Common Land allotted to the Patent of Secaucus”. Manuscript document, unsigned and undated, ca. 1765. 2pp.

The second document delineates 2200 acres of land, bought by Dutchmen in the 17th century from the Indians for a pittance, from Bergen township to the Hackensack River

Smyth, who signed the first Document about the small village of Hackensack was a a prominent colonial lawyer of Perth Amboy, Court Clerk and Treasurer of the Province. At the start of the Revolution, he was arrested for disloyalty but released on bond two days after the Declaration of Independence by the General commanding the New Jersey militia, who wrote Washington that he knew Smyth to be “a man of great integrity”. When the British occupied Perth Amboy, Smyth was given the honor of administering oaths of loyalty to the King – until the Red coats evacuated the city, when he fled to New York, where he was appointed city treasurer. But all his property was confiscated and at the end of the war, he emigrated to London, where he died.

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