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There are 4 documents, all related to John, Gertrude, or Oliver Barberie. First is a document certifying facts about John and Gertrude Barberie, signed by New Jersey Governor William Livingston and Secretary of State Bowes Reed on April 8, 1786.

Second, a copy of Gertrude's will, dated November 26, 1770, included the names of her and John's children: Peter, John, Andrew, Oliver, Lambert, Susanna (wife of John Johnston), Francis, and Catharine Culyer (deceased, former wife of Henry Cuyler and mother to children Henry and Catharine), signed by Bowers Reed.

Third, a copy of John's will, dated April 21, 1770, included the names of his and Gertrude's children, wrote extensively about Susanna, and signed by Bowers Reed.

Fourth, an Inquisition by the State of New Jersey, Middlesex County, included notes about John Barberie's loyalty to the King of Great Britain, dated May 28, 1778. Oliver's failure to show up in court and Inquisition, about his loyalty to the King of Great Britain, dated January 22, 1779.

The Inquisition against John Barberie and other New Jersey Loyalists was published in the New-Jersey Gazette in 1779, it included a notice of sale for their land, tenements, and real estate.


John Barberie, Gertrude Barberie, William Livingston, Bower Reed

Creation Date

1770 through 1786

Document Type



Amboy, Province of New Jersey


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.

Inventory Location

Bay 1, Column 1, LHC Series 1


This collection is open to the public for research use. Copyright remains with Kean University. Credit this material. Personal photographs may be made for research purposes. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Lynette Zimmerman, Executive Director at the Liberty Hall Academic Center & Exhibition Hall at

Publishing Repository

Special Collections Research Library and Archives, Kean University

Will, Inquisition, and Certification of John, Gertrude, and Oliver Barberie


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