John H. Yates
Last Update: Sun Sep 02 12:47 EDT 2012
This is a collection of Errata for The History of Little Egg Harbor Township by Leah Blackman (HLEHT).
It is under construction.
It is meant to caution the reader on known and suspected errors and, of course, cannot be guaranteed complete nor free of errors itself. At best we are assisting in correcting incorrect conclusions, at worst we are pointing out cases that the reader should examine and derive their own conclusions.
This is version 0.0001 . As time permits, it will be improving in content and presentation.
The book Blackman Revisited details more errata than I remembered. I will attempt to address what is there, but rather than describe the details in each case, I may describe the issue and refer to the book and page number for the reader to obtain the details. (the primary intent of this page is to alert researchers where inaccuracies may lie, not necessarily to supply all the details of the inaccuracies, which need to be judged by the reader in any case).
Note:The book Blackman Revisited by June Methot (BR) points out a few errors in HLET.
BR p. 9. Alice (Higbee) Mathis, the wife of John Mathis, (HLEHT p. 308-309):
"[Blackman] states that Alice [Higbee] Mathis, the wife of John (1) Mathis, was the daughter of EDWARD Andrews. In Mordecai Andrews will, he leaves "six shillings to each of my three daughters: ALICE MATHEWS (sic), Edith Allen and Mary Cranmer.""
Bass River Gazette, No. 3, January, 1999. by Peter H. Stemmer:
"John [Mathis] married Alice Andrews Higbee, the widow of John Higbee and the daughter of Mordecai and Mary Andrews, in 1716. [Note: Leah Blackman incorrectly states Alice was the daughter of Edward Andrews, Mordecai's younger brother.]"
BR p. 3. Wedding of Edward (2) Andrews and Sarah Ong. Witnesses were Sarah Sr. and Jacob Ong. Blackman incorrectly concludes Jabob was Sarah's father, but it seems he was Sarah's brother and her father, Isaac was not there.
Blackman also concluded that Jeremiah was the son of Jacob and Elizabeth, but Jeremiah's will shows that not to be true and he was perhaps Jacob's brother.
See BR for more detail.
BR p. 116 fixes an incorrect assumption by Blackman on the early Willits family. (number of brothers).
BR p. 117 corrects p. 324 of Blackman concering the family of Richard Willits Sr. "Joseph (3) Willits, who is Richard's brother, not his son, ...".
BR p. 118. Blackman p. 324 correction.
Peter H. Stemmer:
"Leah Blackman in The History of Little Egg Harbor Township, page 199, states that Lucy Evans was the last member at the Bridgeport Friends Meeting House. The death dates engraved on Lucy's stone (1834) and Godfrey Jerew's stone (1848) would tend to contradict that. The continuation of the Bridgeport Friends Meeting after Lucy's death is further substantiated by a reading of the Bridgeport Friends Meeting minutes. So, it seems, even Leah Blackman, our best area historian, made some errors."
GO HERE TO VIEW THE BASS RIVER NECK AND BRIDGEPORT FRIENDS MEETING MINUTES: Friends Minutes- Bass River Neck And Bridgeport.
See also: For information on the Bridgeport Friends Meeting Cemetery, go to the bottom of page 1 on the following link - BASS RIVER GAZETTE, ISSUE #5 found at:
Pat Noble on the rootsweb ancestry site:
"Caution should be exercised when using History of Little Egg Harbor and "Ridgways in the USA" (below) as regards the children of Caleb and Sarah (Ridgway) Carr. Blackman intermixed the children of Caleb Carr with children of other Carr marriages, as well as with Catherine, the widow of Job Carr. The authors of the Ridgway book seem to have relied heavily on Blackman's book to compile the data in "Ridgway in the USA" on pages 19-21. To the reader's peril, they present as fact, without sources, what Blackman had only rendered as a possibility. Methot's book is a welcome companion to Blackman and should be used in concert regarding Ridgway. The errors in Carr entries are not corrected in Methot."
and refers to the Bibliography:
"History of Little Egg Harbor, Leah Blackman [1879; reprinted 1963, Tuckerton, NJ] pp 225-227, 262-281 Blackman Revisited, June Methot [1994, Ocean Co Historical Society, Toms River, NJ] pp 95-98 The Carr Book, Arthur A Carr [1947, Ticonderoga, NY] pp 50-51 Ridgways in the USA, Gertrude N Brick & Thurman Ridgway [1980, Gateway Press, Inc, Baltimore] pp 19-21".