Brotherton & Weekping Indian Communities of NJ

Tennent's Account of Move from Cranbury (Bethel) to Brotherton

Tennent's Account of Move from Cranbury (Bethel) to Brotherton
1759 Map of Proposed Layout of Brotherton
Pictures of Brotherton
Primary Documents Related to Brotherton Indians
Native Men in the French & Indian War
Brotherton in 1761 & 1795
Message from the Brothertons to the Ohio Indians, 1767
Removal to New York, 1793 - 1803
Robert Skikkit - And Indian Soldiers of the Revolution
Weekping or Coaxen
Pictures of Weekping/Coaxen
Indian Rules of Descent of Lands
The Will of Charles Moolis & Legal Action to Stop It
The Court Battle over Moolis's Will
Court Action in Trenton
Confused Tenants & Powers of Attorney
State Control of Weekping
Efforts at Compromise at Weekping
Petition of the Indians, 1817
1819 Letter to the President
Federal Court Action
The Loss of Weekping
Miscellaneous Documents
Occum, Quakers, Moravian Texts & More
Books for sale
Guest Book

A Lost Document Recovered



The following is a transcription of a newspaper clipping from the Trenton True American, as found in the NJ State Archives records.  The notice is dated April 29: no year is given, but the True American ceased publication in1913.

The piece is entitled “An old memorial.”  I*  here reproduce the entire text:


"Yesterday, in looking over a number of old papers in the Quartermaster General’s office, General PERRINE found the following memorial from the celebrated Rev. WM. TENNENT, of the Tennent Meeting House at Manalapan, near Freehold:


"To His Excellency WILLIAM FRANKLIN, Esq., Captain General and Commander-in Chief of the Province of New Jersey. The Honorable members of His Majesties Council and the Gentlemen of the General Assembly: The memorial of the Rev. WILLIAM TENNENT. Your memorialist begs leave to observe that he was employed by his Excellency FRANCIS BERNARD, Esq., late Governor of this Province, to Prepare the Indians for their Removal from Cranbury to Brotherton, and to attend them and settle them there.

That in obedience to said Directions he contracted with Persons for supplying them with wagons, and did attend and settle them at Brotherton. That your memorialist has been informed the expenses of said wagons and charges of Removal have been paid. But that no allowance has hitherto been made to your memoralist [sic], who expended a fortnight at his own charges in this service.  He therefore Prays that it may be taken into consideration and that he may receive such satisfaction as may appear just and Reasonable to make him. I am, Gentlemen,

Your Humble Serv’t,  WM. TENNENT.

FREEHOLD, May 27th, 1765.


The sum of £ 3 was allowed on the above memorial."


*  Researched by Greg Guderian, sent to R. Walling, January, 2008

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