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John Stites - Inquisition and forfeited Estate.
Inquisition of John Stites junr. - 18 March 1779
Evidence – William Crane, Thomas Woodruff junr.
An Inquisition taken and made at Elizabeth Town in the said County of Essex the eighteenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy nine by the oaths of William Harriman Nathaniel Ball Jehabed Gruminon Joseph Lyon Moses Lyon Thomas Woodruff junr. David Chandler David Thompson David Meeker Stephen Passell Abner Woodruff Timothy Woodruff Thomas Price George Price Matthias Potter Moses Thompson Robert ? Daniel Dayton William Crissy Matthias Ogden good and lawful men of the said County before Isaac Woodruff Esqr. one of the Justices of the Peace of the said County who upon their oaths aforesaid say that John Stites junr. late of Elizabeth Town in the County aforesaid did since the fourth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy six and before the first day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven to wit on or about the fifth day of January one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven did go into the City of New York then in the possession of the Army of the King of Great Britain and continues there against the form of his allegiance to the State and against the peace of this State the Government and dignity of the same we whose names are hereunto set and seals applied being the jurors above named do upon evidence to us provided find the Inquisition aforesaid true
Signed and sealed by those named above.
Acknowledgment to the New jersey State Archives :- ref – Forfeited Estates Essex 5.100
Jonathan Stiles junr. Con’ for Morris
N4 - £45.1.6
N.B. the following
document was torn in half with a heavy balck line on each side of the tear
obliterating some of the text.
Account of notes received of Nath Norris against a bond due
from s’d Nathaniel Norris to John Stites jun’r being …. Of the forfeited
estate of John Stites jun’r.
Account of notes received of Benjamin Miller in payment of
a Bond due from Benjamin Miller to John Stites junr. Received 15 June 17..
Being part of the forfeited estate of John Stites junr.
An account of Certificates received by Samuel Hayes Esq.
Agent of Forfeited Estates for
Paid by Jonathan Miller Admin’r to Corbelius Miller deceas’d on Acct of a debt due from s’d Corn’s Miller to the forfeited estate of John Stites Paid Nov 12 1785.
An account of Certificates received by Samuel Hayes Esq.
Agent of Certified Estates for
In Error on Inquisition of John Stites junr. – 21 April 1786
The State v John Stites
John Clawson Esq. The Commissioner who took the Inquisition in this cause being dead I Isaac Woodruff Esq. One of the Justices of the Peace for the County of Essex before whom the Inquisition was taken in the above cause – do certify the facts & circumstances in the above cause were as follows – viz – The said John Stites moved out of New York before the Enemy landed there; to Elizabeth Town where he lived when the British took possession of that place; whilst the enemy was there and as appears by John Ramsay’s affidavit the said John Stites received a message from General McDougal requesting that he would go to New York and purchase certain coarse clothing for his men who were suffering for it and bring the same (to) his the said John Stites house in order to be taken … by him the said General McDougal – that in consequence thereof the said John Stites did go from his own house at Elizabeth Town (then in possession of the Enemy) to New York and in a few days was on his return from New York to Elizabeth Town with the said clothing when on Staten Island was met by the British Army which had evacuated Elizabeth Town, and was ordered by them to return to New York, where he was at the time the Inquisition was taken and his family still remaining there at his house in Elizabeth Town – Given under my hand and seal this twenty first day of April 1786
City of New York
Be it remembered that on the eighth day of December anno domini 1785 personally appeared before James Duane Esq. Mayor of the said City Mr. John Ramsay of the said City Merchant who being duly sworn saith that in the month of December 1776, this deponent was at Morris Town in New Jersey with Major General McDougall then commanding officer in Jersey who informed the deponent of the great distress his troops were in for certain articles of clothing, and was requested if this deponent to ask Mr. John Stites then residing in Elizabeth Town (which place was then in possession of the Enemy) to go to New York and procure the said clothing and get it to his the said Stites house at Elizabeth Town and also to inform Mr. Stites that he would not do a more essential service to his country – Accordingly this Deponent of the last day of December 1776 delivered the said message in a particular manner to Mr. Stites with a list of the clothing wanted, who immediately agreed to go and advance the money therefore, and in a day or two thereafter went into the City for that purpose and on the third day was on his return with the cloth aforesaid as far as Staten Island when he met the British Army which had left Elizabeth Town entirely and the officer ordered Mr. Stites to return to New York, as he could not be suffered to go within the Rebel lines.
And this deponent further saith, that he verily believes it was in consequence of the request of General McDougall alone that he at that time went into New York and with no other view but execute the said order – And further this deponent saith not. John Ramsey
Sworn before me at the City of New York the day & year first above written Jas Duane Mayor
New York 23rd Feby 1786. I do certify that the declaration of Mr. John Ramsay above, is substantially true according to the best of my recollection, to who it may concern. Alex McDougall
Acknowledgment to the New jersey State Archives - New Jersey Supreme Court case file # 38549
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