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The Last Will and Testament of David Ogden. Ogden lived in Newark, NJ and divided his property among his children Isaac Ogden, Abraham Ogden, Samuel Ogden, Nicholas Ogden, Sarah Hoffman and Peter Ogden. In the event Sarah died before him her share went to her children, Martin Hoffman, Josiah Ogden Hoffman, Mary Gillon Hoffman, with her husband, Nicholas Hoffman, as trustee. In the will he also said his enslaved man Jack son of Fillis could choose which one of the children he went to and they would pay $150 to the others. The executors were Jacob Ogden, Philip Cortland, and Mary Ogden.


David Ogden

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Newark, County of Essex, NJ


The Liberty Hall Collection consists of the correspondence, financial records, legal documents, and other manuscript material of the Livingston and Kean families, dated from 1739-1847. The bulk of the collection is related to Susan Livingston Kean Niemcewicz (1759-1833). The Livingston and Kean families frequently corresponded and held accounts with other wealthy, prominent, colonial and early American families in New Jersey, especially Elizabethtown, Philadelphia, New York City, upstate New York, England, France, and Poland. A small portion of the collection includes correspondence with early Virginia families, unrelated to the Livingston and Kean families. The collection includes second hand accounts of enslaved people who were owned by the Kean and other families, offering a glimpse into their forced work and places of residence.

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Bay 1, Column 2, LHC Series 4


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Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

Last Will and Testament of David Ogden, November 12, 1776


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