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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Road Cave-in on Anderson St
« on: August 26, 2009, 02:22:26 PM »
I was incorrect about the "steel beams". They may have looked like beams from a distance, but as you can see in the first two photos below, they're rather thin and interlocking - they remind me a bit of highway sound barriers. You can see some of the new concrete pipe in-ground at the top of the second photo.

The third photo shows more new 60" pipe sections awaiting installation.

I'm still trying to get more shots of the old brick pipe, but I keep showing up at the wrong time. Yesterday, it was too flooded to see in the section they were working in and today that section was already replaced.


Hackensack Discussion / Re: Road Cave-in on Anderson St
« on: August 24, 2009, 11:10:35 PM »
The majority of today was spent pile-driving huge steel beams into the walls of a street opening.

In the first picture (taken from my apartment), you can see the crane lifting up a beam. When a beam was upright in the hole, the green apparatus at  the end of the crane's line attached to the beam and jack-hammered the beam into the ground (second picture). You can see a small dirt cloud.

This was extremely loud. I hope it doesn't go on all night. I know it's necessary, but so is sleep.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Road Cave-in on Anderson St
« on: August 23, 2009, 10:31:52 PM »
Well, that makes this pipe significantly older than 100 years.

Although the following isn't about Hackensack, it shows the existence of local 60" brick sewer pipes in the early 1850s.


Work began on the Newark’s first sewer in 1852 and was completed in 1854. Built under Broad Street, the sewer ran east under Park Place and Rector Street before emptying into the Passaic River. This circular brick conduit, which still serves the city today, is five feet in diameter, 1305 feet long and 23 feet below ground.

The only thing I found relating to Hackensack (below) was from 1908.


Seller's description:

Group of three 18th century handwritten receipts for Elizabeth Dempsey from Jacob Hopper, poormaster,    "New Barbadoes" (Hackensack),  New Jersey.  1771, 1772, and 1773. All Pre-revolutionary.

Receipt # 1, reads )  "New Barbadoes Feby. 26th 1773    Received of Mr. Jacob Hopper one of the Overseers of the Poor for the Province of New Barbadoes the sum of forty three shillings and nine Pence New York Currency in full for board and maintenance for an Orphan Child for one quarter of a year viz - from Novr. 20th to Feby. 20th   by me Elizabeth Dempsey, her Mark ( with hand drawn cross as her signature).

Measurement & condition : Approximately 4-3/8" by 6-1/2". Paper is age-toned as is usual, staining present as shown in pictures. Partial watermark of large crowned orb lower left. Ink is strong and readable. Small tear to upper left at top - no appreciable missing area. Lower left of document with missing area as shown in my pictures. This does not affect any writing save the bottom portion of letter"f" in the word "from". This receipt has the most detailed information and is in about the same overall condition as receipt # 2. It is likely that Elizabeth Dempsey did not write and used the simple cross as her signature.

Receipt # 2, reads)  " November the 20 : 1771 then received of Jacob Hopper poor master the sum of ten pound three shilling and nine pence by me Elbith Demsee (scribbled letter or letters next to her name, possibly an attempt at a signature, see picture).

And on the back it reads :  "Novmber the 20 : 1771 then of Jacob Hopper poor master (Receiv, ?, written above name Jacob).

Measurements & condition : Approximately 4-1/2" by 6-1/2". Partial watermark of large orb. Age-toned and stained. Ink is still strong and readable. Rough edges at bottom ; tear through top middle to just below second line of writing, running through word "then" on front and "1771" on back. Overall condition similar to receipt # 1.

Receipt # 3, reads)   Receivd. 17th March 1772 of Jacob Hopper Ten pounds three shillings and 9 Lawful money in full for 13 weeks Keeping a Poor Child                Eliz. Dimsey ( with cross signature in between).

Written on back :   " March th 21 : 1772  Jacob Hopper Recived L (pound symbol) 13 : 7 in my Care

Measurements & condition : Irregular shape is about 8" long and approximately 3-3/8" wide in the middle. Rough edges, holes ; seperations to folded areas. Ink is quite readable, though a bit more faded than the first two receipts.Fragile condition overall.

Interesting with Elizabeth Dempsey's name being spelled in different ways on each document - not unusual in that time period. New Barbadoes was an area of New Jersey that saw early settlement.

12 pictures were provided in the auction - I've posted 10 here, unaltered.



Seller's description:

Last will and Testament of Garret Hoppe(r), 1770 " of " . . . New Barbadoes Neck in the County of Bergen, Eastern Division of New Jersey". Two and one-half manuscript pages.

A scarce survival of a detailed last will and testament from the Hackensack, New Jersey area. The heirs named in the will are Garret Hoppe's(r) wife Cathrina, son Jacob and daughter Marytje. The family name is spelled Hoppe throughout the will, yet it comes from the same group of documents I currently have on Ebay from the Hopper family. At some point it was likely changed and it was also not uncommon for there to be spelling variants of family names at that time.

The first section of the will is of a spiritual nature and attests to Garret's faith in Jesus Christ and his hope for Redemption. It then covers his future funeral arrangements. Following this, Hoppe leaves his real and personal estate to his "beloved wife  . . during the time she remains a widow". He then leaves to his son, Jacob " . . .for his Primogeniture or Birth Right after the decease or remarriage of my said wife abovesaid my House Clock my Dutch Bible all my horses . . . " etc. Hoppe also leaves his farming implements, wagons, etc. and . . . "As also my Negro Man Cato". He refers to him as his man, not as a slave, though he was in all likelihood. Hoppe does not seem to have been as rich or had as many slaves as his descendant, John J. Hopper in his will of 1833.

Garret Hoppe then leaves sums of money for his daughter, Marytje . . ." two hundred and fifty pounds current lawful money of the Colony of New York to be paid by my son Jacob . . .". How it is to be paid in installments is then explained. Further division of the estate is detailed and Marytje's husband, Isaac Van Geison (sp?) is mentioned as sharing in his wife's inheritance. Garret's grandson, Hendrick VanGeison is also mentioned at this point and  . . " my truly and well  beloved friend the Revd. David Marinus to be executors of this my last will and testament . . ".

The final half page declares this to be Garret Hoppe's last and final will : "Signed Sealed Published Pronounced and declared to be my last will & testament in the presence of Peter Zabriskie, Johannes Bant, Naujie Kip his mark ( hand drawn cross in between to signify his signature). To the right of this is Garret Hoppe's name as well as "his mark" GH and an L.S. in a stylised oval. Apparently Garret did not write, unable to sign his name, indicating this will is the work of a scribe. At the very bottom is the three line certification of a clerk " . . . from the Perogative Office of the State of New Jersey at the City of Burlington". His signature follows, Herbert (?) hard to make out his last name as it is written in a very tight script - see pictures.

Measurements & condition : Fully opened the will measures approximately 13-1/4" by 16-1/2" ; folded in the normal manner it is approximately 8-1/4" by 13-1/4". The paper is watermarked with a large orb and crown mark and a smaller mark with script letters in a circle. There are four horizontal folds and one vertical. The paper is still supple with only slight age-toning. The edges are irregular with virtually no loss of corners, etc. The ink is strong and very readable with the front page writing done at an angle slightly up to the right. The following pages the writing straightens out. My pictures should show clearly the minor holes at fold intersections, etc. When I got this the will was seperated along the horizontal fold lines. It has been gingerly re-attached with minute amounts of glue along the horizontal folds by a professional. All sections are perfectly lined up in their original positions. Some areas of minor seperation have been left as is - care was taken not to over-restore the document. This is a four page document with the second half of page 3 and all of page 4 blank except for below notation.

Back of final blank page has handwritten note : "Copy of Garret Hoppe's Will". This was done by the scribe to attest to its being true to Hoppe's intentions. Scribes usually made more than one copy ; one to be filed in the courts and maybe copies for immediate family members. The word copy then did not mean the way we use copy today. A rare and complete manuscript from pre-Revolutionary New Jersey. New Barbadoes was a section of Bergen County that saw early settlement.

12 pictures were provided in the auction - I've posted 10 here, unaltered.



Seller's description:

Two seperate manuscript medical bills from the Hopper family of Hackensack, New Jersey, 1821. John Hopper to Dr. Abraham Hopper, "  . . .extracting tooth for Eliza . . . .to opium for black man . . . . to visit bleeding black woman".

Document # 1 reads)   on the hill    John Hopper to AH  Dr.    To medical attendance and medicine in family from April 4th 1821 to Feby. 2n 1826    - - - - - - - - - - $31  C 45   Received payment of the above bill       Abm. Hopper

Measurements & condition: Approximately 3-1/4" by 7-7/8". Document is laid down (glued) on matboard with document # 2. Age-toning, was previously torn on left from top to bottom - no loss of paper. Ink is strong & readable.

Document # 2 reads  (this is a summary or highlights)  John Hopper to AH Dr.  to medical attendance or  Viz  1819   to 5 oz sweet oil   C (cents) 25 . . . . to Pink Root   13 . . . to Magnesia  12 . . . to Box ointment  25 . . . to opium for black man  6 . . .   extracting tooth for Eliza  13 . . . . to visit bleeding black woman , Catharite & alkaline preparations   75 . . . . .buy 12 lbs of butter at 15, buy 1 load of hickory wood  2  ( apparently the doctor bought these from John Hopper and deducted them from his bill).  March 21st 1821 Received Payment in full  Abraham Hopper.

Measurements & condition : Approximately 8-1/4" by 13". Very similar to the above document, laid down, though no previous tears. Ink is lighter, though very readable - see pictures. Was folded in quarters before being laid down. The script is written in a beautiful, flowing hand.

It is likely that Dr. Abraham Hopper and John Hopper were related - I have done no research in that regard. These are from the same group of Hopper family documents that I currently have on Ebay. This item is in a simple frame with what appears to be UV protective glass. It can sent with or without the frame. I would have to charge a bit more for shipping if you want me to send it in the frame. The matboard that the documents are mounted on measures about 10-1/2" by 19-1/2".

Images are unaltered.


Hackensack Discussion / Re: Road Cave-in on Anderson St
« on: August 22, 2009, 02:02:49 PM »
I wonder how old that brick pipe REALLY is. Anyone got a clue?

I guess the OT situation loosened up - they're working today (Saturday).


Hackensack Discussion / Black Sky, Bright Sunlight
« on: August 22, 2009, 12:34:11 AM »
A giant spaceship hovering overhead?

In the first picture, you can see the Hackensack River to the left of center and midtown Manhattan on the far right horizon.

The next two pictures are even weirder: right in the middle of all this darkness, the sun popped out for a minute or so.


Hackensack Discussion / Re: Road Cave-in on Anderson St
« on: August 21, 2009, 05:39:50 PM »
Today, I spoke with a cop at the scene who said the replacement pipe would be about 75' long. I thought maybe it would run the length of Anderson between Union and Main.

He said no replacement was in the ground yet. I told him I saw replacement pipes last night that aren't there now, so they must have been installed.

"No - those are now at Johnson Park".

I guess there's a staging area over there now.

He took me over to one of the street openings. If you look at the below picture closely, you can see the busted brick pipe and some of its unpleasant contents.

I asked when he thought the work would be completed. He said they weren't going to be working over the weekend, so it might be next Wednesday or Thursday.

They've just used four large metal tubes to connect two massive rectangular metal plates. The new piece was lifted, swung around, and lowered into one of the street openings...........I'm guessing to brace the walls.

Those are some historic bricks down there, but I doubt you'd want one in your home.



If I'm reading the analogy on his card correctly, having a consultation with Lester is like being being in the belly of a whale.

No wonder that guy on the left looks so apprehensive.


Hackensack Discussion / Re: Road Cave-in on Anderson St
« on: August 20, 2009, 11:00:06 PM »
I'll go to any lengths to get the story (as long as it's within a block of my apartment).

I could see big replacement pipes and bright lights from my living room window, so I took a walk over there to see if the cell would perform well at night (it usually doesn't). The lights did the trick.

I snapped away from both sides of the street. The sewer-sucker truck was now in the middle of Main and Anderson and too dark to shoot. I had thought there was only one opening in the street, but I think there are at least 3.

I asked a worker how big the replacement pipes are. "60 inches - same as the busted one". I then asked how old the busted one was. "It was made of brick - GOTTA be at least a hundred years old...........same as me".

He looked about 25. I asked him, "How do you think that makes ME feel?"

He laughed.

And, except for the third picture, the cell passed the test.


Hackensack Discussion / Re: Road Cave-in on Anderson St
« on: August 20, 2009, 02:19:15 PM »
The original story I got was that a sewer pipe broke, causing the cave-in...........but then two other people said something different (water pipe, sink hole).

I just went back there and smelled the correct answer, thanks to the sewer truck's activities in the first photo.

On a personal note, the other one - straight down (close enough for you?) - is the 2,500th photo taken with my cell. What a festive shot. ::)


Hackensack Discussion / Road Cave-in on Anderson St
« on: August 20, 2009, 01:14:43 PM »
I'm not sure exactly what happened there yesterday between Union and Main Streets, but there was some sort of road cave-in. I could see the bright lights and hear an occasional rumble as repair work went on through the night.

As you can see in the third picture below, it's a pretty large opening that appears to be shored up now so the problem can be fixed.

The road's still closed and work continues. If anyone knows exactly what happened, please post.


1. View to the west

2. View to the east

3. City officials at the scene



Seller's description:

Last Will and Testament of John J. Hopper, Hackensack, New Jersey, sixth day of August, 1833. Distribution of his estate including slaves and " . . . my five Blacks who are born under the manumission act . . . ".

Three and one-half pages manuscript last will and testament leaving his wordly goods to wife and children. The will is quite detailed. After requiring his debts to be settled by his son, John Hopper states that his son-in-law Jonathan Hopper ( apparently some inter-marriage here) is indebted to him on a bond & mortgage in the sum of four hundred dollars. John Hopper requires that his son-in-law pay this with interest to " . . . my son Jacob".

Following this is the dividing up of the real estate and mentions the boundary with the land of James Brinkerhoff, Esq. Further on Hopper leaves  " . . . one mare and colt . . . two horses, two yoke of oxen, one bull, ten cows, ten sheep, seven hogs, five pigs - three wagons, one pleasure sleigh . . . . one windmill . . . bed & bedding to be chosen for him by his mother . . . and also two cows to fatten for winter beef for himself and his mother . . . ".

His son John next receives some money yearly to be paid out by his brother, Jacob. John also receives a " . . . riding horse and new saddle and a feather Bed Bedstead and Bedding".  After this, Hopper's wife, Maria and their daughters are given various sums of money. In the middle of this section regarding the daughters and husbands, Hopper stipulates that the receipts are to be " . . . free from any control of her said husband and after his decease . . . ". Hopper then returns to his wife and gives her " . . . the Bay Mare and topp waggon (sic)  . . . rest & residue of my household furniture and kitchen furniture . . .".

Following this : Item - "My slaves old Joe Young and Lame Joe, Sam & Luke and my five Blacks who are born under the manumission act and all the grain which may remain at the time of my death I give & devise unto my wife Maria and my son Jacob ". The remainder of his personal estate is then devised unto his son John and six daughters. The final page names his wife as Executrix and his son Jacob as Executor. This portion is dated " . . . the year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and thirty three . . . ". Hopper signs the will and it is witnessed by Maria Zabriskie, Abraham Terhune and R.W. Stevenson. At the bottom is the signature of David J. Christie, a clerk or official of some sort.

Measurements and condition : Approximately 8-3/8" by 13-1/2". Age-toning and various stains to the paper, paper is still fairly supple. Some partial seperations to all fold lines at margins, minor missing areas ( see photos). The last page which constitutes pages # 3 & #4 of the will is seperated at the top quarter as shown in my pictures. There is however, nothing missing. Back page is darker at bottom half where it was exposed to sunlight, etc.

Special note : I am listing concurrently an earlier incomplete draft of John J. Hopper's will. This partial will is undated, though it appears to be perhaps 10, maybe 20 years earlier. A son, Albert is listed in this will who is not present in the final 1833 will.  I would have preferred to list the two wills together, however I could not include enough pictures of both documents to give a meaningful sense of their content.

I have included in my pictures copies of some old newspaper articles regarding the Hoppers and their house. If the buyer of any of my listings would like to have copies of these newspaper articles I will include them when I mail your item to you. One of these is an article from the Bergen Evening Record in 1935. As I indicated in my earlier isting of the orphan children receipt documents, all of these documents were found in the Hopper house sometime in  the mid-20th century underneath the attic floorboards.

In addition to this, by the end of this week, if time permits I will be listing the complete 4 page last will & testament of Garrett Hoppe(r) from the year 1770.  At that time I also plan to list a handful of other receipts regarding the care of orphan children in New Barbadoes ( Hackensack) from the early 1770's. These are similar to the first two I put on E-bay with Jacob Hopper as one of the Poor Masters in charge of placing the orphan or poor children in local homes. These are all fascinating, one of a kind documents, a number of them pre-Revolutionary in date.

Seller provided 12 photos and I can only use 10, so see the auction for the other 2. I did not alter any of the images.



Seller's description:

Early 19th century incomplete draft of John J. Hopper last will & testament, "  . . of the County of Bergen in the State of New Jersey . . . "

Manuscript in brownish ink on single page totaling one and one-half pages of writing. After introductory comments on the soundness of his mind and memory John Hopper writes " . . . First I devise and bequeath to my two sons Albert and Jacob and to their heirs and assigns forever  . . . all my land . . . and to my son John and to my six daughters Cornelia, Alice, Catherine, Elizabeth, Maria and Jane to each the sum of one thousand dollars New York Currency to be paid by my two sons Albert and Jacob . . . . " . The thousand dollars each is stipulated to be paid in installments over a number of years. John Hopper then instructs his two sons to " . . . support and pay the expenses of my son John (perhaps from a seperate marriage) at college and in his professional studies until he arrives at the age of twenty one . . . ".

The will then requires that Albert and Jacob will  " . . . bring up and support my three youngest daughters Elizabeth, Maria and Jane until they become of age . . . ".  Mr Hopper then bequeaths to his wife seven hundred dollars and that she be able to live in their dwelling house and  "possess two rooms . . . and that my movable estate be equally divided by my nine Children, Cornelia, Alice, Catherine, Albert, Jacob, John, Elizabeth, Maria and Jane. The draft of the will ends at this point.

Condition and measurements : Approximately 7-7/8" by 12-3/8". Age-toning, staining here and there, some partial seperations to fold areas, a few inconsequential  missing areas ; top left corner, small section of edge, minor hole in fold area. My pictures accurately reflect the overall condition. Written in later pencil on blank section of back " Draft of will of John J. Hopper"

My pictures include copies of early newspaper articles about the Hopper house in Hackensack. Copies of these will be provoded to the buyers of any of the documents I have listed if desired. This document and others listed were found under attic floorboards in the Hopper house in the mid-20th century.

Special note : With time permitting  I will be listing this week the complete 4 page will of Garrett Hoppe(r). I will also be listing more receipts related to Jacob Hopper as one of the overseers of the Poor in New Barbadoes ( Hackensack). These receipts are from the early 1770's and regard Jacob Hopper's payments to women who took in poor orpahn children.

Like the Last Will auction, seller offers 12 images. Since I can only post 10, I will omit the duplicate newspaper article images that I included in the Last Will post. I have not altered any images.


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