Elisha Parker's "Minutes"--An Eighteenth Century Record of the Parker Family
Keywords:Woodbridge, Currency, New Jersey, Pine Brook, Monmouth County, Landholding,
AbstractZimmer looks into "Minutes of Transactions Relating to the Estate of John Parker Beginning in March, 1748," Elisha Parker recorded his effort to straighten out the long-neglected estate of his deceased parents, John and Jennett Parker. He terminated it just a few months before his untimely death at twenty-seven. Parker's journal of financial transactions provides a basis for a consideration of the problems of land-holding in colonial New Jersey, the acute currency shortage endemic to all the colonies, and the ingenious innovations of "barter-bookkeeping."
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