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Object ID 2006.39.1.1-17
Title Vreeland Papers
Catalog type Archive
Scope & Content Archivist's Note: These documents contain as exact transcriptions as possible. Misspellings, incorrect grammar, improper punctuation and terminology that might be deemed offensive today have all been retained as written. It is our intention to preserve the historical record, and therefore leave the original words unchanged. Where first names only appear, these most likely were slaves. In 1784 slaves comprised almost one fourth of Leonia's population. The area around Broad & Lakewood Avenues was the site of a slave burial ground.
For purposes of web page economy, these are partial transcriptions.

One of six flat boxes and one document box.
Box 1 contains 5 folders. Folder 1:

1- Account for creditors of Jacob Broome (July 11,1705)

2- Bondage agreement btwn. Jan Terhune & Hester Gouvernour
(May 20, 1754)

3- Article of agreement btwn. Albert Terhune & Stephen Terhune &
Peter Van Vorheeson (1755)

4- Blacksmith George Fearman sent bars of iron & molds delivered by
Daniel Van Horn to John Terhune (May 5, 1761)

5- 12 pounds, 8 schillings owed to Stephen Terhune by John Van
Boskerk (March 31, 1764)

6- George Fearman (blacksmith) & Joseph Fitch (merchant) in the
precinct of New Barbados payment to be made unto John Terhune
(April 3, 1764) Note: New Barbados was a name given in Colonial
times to the area btwn. the Hackensack & Passaic Rivers.

7- (in Dutch) John Van Warden to John Terhune the sum of 100
pounds (1766) Note: most likely a bill of sale from a Dutch farmer

8- John Terhune the sum of 127 pounds in part payment for land
Gabriel Van Norden (May 7,1766)

9- Hackensack received of Mr Terhune the sum of 15 pounds in part
paymentfor note given the 7th of May Gabriel Van Norden (July 1,

10- Received the sum of 90 pounds in part of pay of a bond received
by me of John Terhune. Gabriel Van Norden

11- Received of Mr Terhune the sum of 1 pound and 8 shillings and
6 pence for a years schooling.....John Wingfield (Jan. 6,1769)

12- I promise to pay interest to my mother during her widowhood 75
pounds 15 shillings....John Terhune (June 1, 1772).

13- I promise yearly to pay my mother during her widowhood at 5%
for the sum of 74 pounds 9 shillings....Roelif Terhune (June 1,

14- to my brothers credit concerning the sale of his estate (from)
Henry Broome to Misters Gabriel Van Orden & John Terhune

15- Misters Gabriel Van Norden & John Terhune ...Mr Broom'e estate
would not bring near the value..therefore desire you to defer the
selling (May 29, 1775)

16- I considered your letter of Mr Jacob Broome, my opinion is to defer
the immediate sale of land....I am yours William Beekman (Jan. 3,

17- Gentlemen 500 pounds in full, the value of the Bomen place, sell
it by all means...Gerard Wm. Beekman (Jan. 3,1776)
Creator Vreeland Family
Collection Vreeland Papers
People Beekman, Abraham
Beekman, Gerard William
Broome, Henry
Broome, Jacob
Demarest, Johannes
Demott, Martin
Fearman, George
Fitch, Joseph
Hamersley, Andrew
Terhune, Albert
Terhune, John
Terhune, Stephen
Van Boskerk, Jan
Van Boskerk, Lawrence
Van Horn, Daniel
Van Norden, Gabriel
Van Orden, Gabriel
Van Vorheesen, Peter
Van Warden, John
Westervelt, Abraham
Wingfield, John
Subjects Vreeland Papers

Source Anne D. Vreeland
Admin/Biographical History The Vreeland Papers comprise 562 documents spanning the years 1705 to 1896. The bulk of the collection includes bills, receipts, deeds, wills, loans, indentures, promissory notes, list of students attending their school, lists of members of the local militia, letters, documents in Dutch.

The Vreeland Family, of Dutch ancestry, inhabited Leonia and the local New Jersey area beginning
in the 17th century. The documents offer a window into the activities of several generations of the Vreeland Family, their friends, their business associates, their buying and selling of slaves, and the school they operated. Their property extended over a vast expanse of land at one time stretching as far east as the Hudson River. The first mention of Leonia is in a document dated 1882.