Author Topic: 1771-1772 New Barbadoes (Hackensack) Documents: Hopper/orphan  (Read 1230 times)

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Two Pre-Revolutionary receipt documents from the Hopper family of New Barbadoes (Hackensack) to Elizabeth Dempsey for taking in an orphan child.

Manuscript documents on 18th century rag paper, both in brownish ink.

1) Reads :  "New Barbadoes, Aug. 20th 1772, Received of Mr. Jacob Hopper one of the Overseers of the Poor for the Precinct of New Barbadoes the sum of forty three shillings and nine Pence in full for the maintenance of an Orphan Child from May the 20th last to Augt. 20th inst.                by Elizabeth Dempsey  her mark"  (with cross in between to signify her signature).

Some staining on the left side of receipt, no tears or missing areas. Paper is still supple. Ink is strong and very readable. Measures approximately 4" by 7-3/4".

2) Reads :  "Hackensack June 1st 1771 Received of Mr. Jacob Hopper one of the poor master of the precinct of New Barbadoes the sum of ten shillings being in part of the yearly Sallary (sic) for maintaining a poor Orphan Child by me.     Entd. Elisbet Dempsey  her mark  (with cross in between signifying her signature).

Age toning and staining in areas, no tears or missing areas. Ink is readable, yet has faded. Measures approximately 2-5/8" by 8-1/8". Paper is still supple.

The Hopper family were early settlers in New Barbadoes (Hackensack), New Jersey. See my picture in this listing regarding some of their history. Some documents, including these two, were discovered in the mid-20th century under floorboards in the attic of the old Hopper house which by then had become a restaurant. Elizabeth Dempsey was likely a widow or unmarried woman who took in orphan children as an income producing measure. The receipts are in one hand with Elizabeth's signature a simple cross, indicating she did not write. These are scarce 18th century receipts from a part of New Jersey that saw early settlement.



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