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Re: [NJ] Roberts-Doremus-Jones-Skidmore & related

I'm not sure that making assumptions from 'Census only' will be in any way conclusive. Your census list does give an excellant base for validation in other documents. I have volumes of files that I am trying to organize and put living flesh on our families rich history. I try not to publish assumptions as they can lead to misinformation [until proofed or sourced] and with the internet misinformation can spread all too rapidly. I do, however, communicate my assumptions, rhetorical thoughts, and theories privately based on the material at hand. Though possible, I do not believe at this time there is the connection between J.P Doremus and Frank Ellsworth Doremus that you have assumed.
As a start I would suggest this link

http://www.rootsweb.com/~njmorris/wills3.htm

e.g. Transcription
1803, Jan. 18. PIERSON, Aaron, of Morris Twsp. and Co.; will of. Wife, Mary, the profits of real and personal estate, while my widow; should she
marry, her thirds of my estate. Son, Dr. Ebenezer Peirson [Pierson], $250. Granddaughter, Mary Ann Johnes, my negro child, Violet; under the care of her father, William Johnes, until 18. Grandson, Aaron Peirson Johnes, $50. Negro man, Jack, and negro wench, Silvia, to be manumitted, when they arrive to the age of 40 years. After wife's decease, whole estate to be equally divided between son, Dr. Ebenezer Peirson, and daughter, Charlotte Johnes.
Executors—son, Dr. Ebenezer Johnes (sic), and son-in-law, William Johnes, and William Campfield.
Witnesses—Jane Tuthill, Theodorus Tuthill, Samuel Tuthill, Jr.
Proved Mar. 8, 1803. Lib. 40, p. 287.

The example listed above shows the Surname Johnes [Jones(sic?)] which was one of the Surnames in your original post.
I have chosen this transcript at random to help others:

Aaron's estate was willed to his wife Mary, Son Ebenezar and Daughter Charlotte Johnes.
Ebenezer would recieve $250. and Grandson Aaron Pierson Johnes would recieve $50.00.
At Mary's remarriage estates would be divided into thirds.
At Mary's death the estate would be redivided equally to Ebenezer and Charlotte Johnes, Aaron's daughter
To Aaron's granddaughter Mary Ann Johnes, a negro child, Violet
Violet was to be raised by William and Charlotte [Pierson] Johnes with Grandaughter Mary Ann Johnes.
[What Surname did Violet use?]
There was also a black couple on the estate (Negro man, Jack, and negro wench Silvia.)
[Since I don't know what 'manumitted means, [I would conjecture 'released to freedpersons']. No Surname was listed so did this couple choose a Surname of Pierson, Johnes, or another Surname?].
Executor's of estate were Ebenezer Johnes [Pierson], son in law William Johnes, and William Campfield
[Executor's were often relations. Is William Campfield related or just there in a legal capacity?]
[Witnesses could be family or neighbors. How are the Tuthills related?]

Match what you have with wills. Transcriptions are faster, but prone to interpretation of the transcriber. [Can you tell me what "manumitted, when they arrive to the age of 40 years" means?] Copies of the original documents offer more clues and can often be more productive in that often they will include omitted information marginal notes that was not relevant to the researcher. I am so appreciative of the researchers that came before us, that used transcription to disseminate what they found. I often visualize the difficulties they overcame and how much more difficult it was to obtain the answers to their questions. Due to the Time, Expense and Travel, I try to garner as much information as possible from as many sources as possible and choose the supporting documents that require purchase. The focus of my research is fom Cornelis Doremus to current day decendants including Maternal lines relevant to the Doremus Paternal line. Your focus may be the Surnames specific to you and your direct ancestors and very relevant to the Doremus family line. Each equally important to present the greater whole. I constantly recall the phrase that "We are ALL separated by only 6 degrees of separation."

You are only at the beginning of a very addicting journey. The research will provide a love/hate situation. You will love the moment you find the connection to that lost family member and hate when you can not find the substantiating proof of other family members. Your journey is the Legacy of the future, wherever that leads, but it will definately not be the history you were taught in school. I am not a Geneologist and I am not a Historian, but I do want to build on what others have done in the past and to assist those seekers in the future to "make the connection". [swd]


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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