Posted By:Nancy Yoder-Smith-LaFollette
Subject:Jean (John) Lefollet survey found 1753
Post Date:July 01, 2005 at 22:04:49
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John Lefollet, is the highest settler on the Wallkill, and lives on Brogdon’s meadow as it’s called. Thare is a large survey of Charls Brogdon of the western division of New Jersey Rights, Lefollet hath been settled thare about 2 years and hath cleard about 4 acres. The land and meadow is worth about 50£ per hundred. The *P* Tract of Brogdon contains"--DIARY OF RICHARD GARDINER; Surveyor (Refers to John Lefollet who settled near the Wallkill river)
DIARY OF RICHARD GARDINER; Surveyor For the Proprietors of New Jersey; October 1752 – March 1753
Transcript from a photocopy of the original manuscript Held at the New Jersey Historical Society in Newark, NJ
Transcribed by Liese Uptegrove-Adé.
Richard Gardiner was a surveyor who was hired by the “New Jersey Proprietors” to find out who was living along the Wallkill River, around the “disputed border” region between Northern NJ, and Southwestern NY. The “Proprietors” were trying to get their foothold back in the lands that they felt the Patentees had unrightfully claimed, and their intension was to induce everyone that they found to have settled there, to sign a Lease and pay fees (£) in order to remain on the land, or, be kicked off.
The land in question falls largely around the Minisink region, which encompassed parts of NY and NJ. It involves mainly what is known today as Sussex County, New Jersey, and Orange County, New York. You will note that in Richard Gardiner’s letter (near the end of this material) is headed with “New Town, Morris County, 1752”, because Sussex County (formed from Morris County) was not established until 1753.
By 1755, there began big trouble with the Indians, and big trouble with the borders between NJ and NY, which became known as the “Border Wars”, neither of which are covered in these transcripts of 1752 and 1753.
The last date entry into the diary, Feb 13. 1753, states that John Lefollet settled near the NewYork- New Jersey border sometime in 1751.
*****Jean's (John's) son Joseph would have only been 8-12 years old and son George would have only been about 5-8 years old; speculating that this was Jean Lefollet; the grand patriarch of the LaFollette Family. As you can read there is no mention of other people living with Lefollet. But there is no mention of other family members in the other survey entries either. What does the LaFollette experts know about this survey? This footnote in history would surely put the Lefollet family in New Jersey, USA by 1750-1751. You should go to the UPTEGROVE family website and read the document for yourself it is very interesting, And the only document referring on the website of Lefollet family interest. You certainly can get the mood and the feel of the era. ******