“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
South Brunswick in Middlesex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Titus Farm

The Titus Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 6, 2016
1. The Titus Farm Marker
Inscription.  For 53 years, Thomas Titus and his descendants farmed this plot of land. Once an enslaved person, his remains lie here in an unmarked grave, as if keeping watch over the old farmstead.

Gerardus Beekman, the slave holder, was a member of the prominent Beekman family of New York and New Jersey. In 1814, Beekman penned his final wishes, “I will that my negro man Thomas shall have freedom after serving my heirs, or any man he shall choose, so long as a time to make fifteen years from the first day of March Eighteen Hundred and Two.” Although not yet a free man, Thomas and his wife, Sarah Tenbroeck, purchased a small farm for $50 from Ferdinand Van Dyke, in August 1817. On August 3rd, 1818, the official manumission was written and filed at the county clerk’s office in New Brunswick.

Thomas farmed this land for the next 32 years. Oats, wheat, potatoes and corn were cultivated near an orchard of peach trees.

Thomas and his wife Sarah also raised twelve children, six of whom were born after the family’s manumission. On July 21st 1849, Thomas Titus died of the Plaque at 64 years of age.

The Titus Farm image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 6, 2016
2. The Titus Farm
40° 24.781′ N, 74° 33.976′ W. Marker is in South Brunswick, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Benson Road. Touch for map. The marker is on the plot of ground at the end of the road. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton NJ 08810, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Washington’s Route from Princeton (approx. 2.9 miles away); Griggstown Bridge Tender’s Station (approx. 3 miles away); Historic River Road and River Crossing (approx. 3.3 miles away); Rockingham (approx. 3.4 miles away); Kate McFarlane and Josephine Swann (approx. 3.4 miles away); Washington’s Route from Princeton to Morristown (approx. 3.7 miles away); Kingston Cemetery (approx. 3.7 miles away); Kingston Presbyterian Church (approx. 3.7 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 13, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 218 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 13, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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