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Calvin, Bartholomew (fl. 1780) [Statement opposing white settlement on Indian land in Brotherton, New Jersey]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00540.01 Author/Creator: Calvin, Bartholomew (fl. 1780) Place Written: Indian Mills, New Jersey Type: Document signed Date: 6 January 1780 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: A strong statement signed by eight Indians showing alarm over white settlers moving onto their land, forbidding it in the future, making illegitimate leases null and void, and voicing hopes to "live in Quietness among one another without giving any offense to one another. Jacob Skekit and Bartholomew Calvin sign in full, and six others signed with marks. Brotherton is now known as Indian Mills in Burlington County, in Southern N.J.

People: Calvin, Bartholomew, fl. 1780-1798
Skekit, Jacob, fl. 1780-1798.
Micty, Joseph, fl. 1780.
Quaquise, Derrick, fl. 1780.
Calvin, Mary, fl. 1780.
Skikit, Robert, fl. 1780.
Nicholus, Benjamin, fl. 1780-1798
Calvin, Hezekiah, fl. 1780.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: American Indian History, Petition, Land Transaction

Sub Era: The War for Independence