John Hulick Collection
Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]
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In 1812, New Jersey had more than 35,000 men of military age, 2,500 of them in uniformed militia companies. As the War of 1812 continued, more New Jersey militiamen were called to duty to help protect the state's coast from the British blockading fleet. When the British captured a number of coastal trading vessels between Sandy Hook and Cumberland County's Maurice River in 1813-1814, New Jersey responded by activating more militiamen. Active duty militia strength reached 3,529 men in December 1814, with thousands more drilling monthly in preparation for such duty.
The collection consists of fourteen documents (1812-1826) dealing with Hulick's life as a farmer and constable in Middlesex County, N.J., and thirty-five documents (1813-1814) regarding his position as a captain in the New Jersey Militia. The documents dealing with Hulick's life as a farmer and constable include "Catalogues" of nurseries, arrest warrants, landlord warrants, and inventories of goods and "Chattels" from the towns of East and West Windsor Townships, New Brunswick, South Brunswick, and Cranbury, N.J. The documents relating to Hulick's position of captain in the New Jersey Militia during the War of 1812 consist of receipts, requests for payment by members of the militia for their service, court cases, and "Provision Returns" for rations for various detachments of the New Jersey Militia under Hulick's command in New Brunswick and Perth Amboy, N.J. Included is a letter dated New Brunswick, 2 May 1813, and signed by Inspector General Nicholas Gray, outlining Hulick's responsibilities as a captain in the militia. Another letter, dated Cranbury, 24 June 1816, sent to Hulick "near Hightstown," N.J., concerns returns of delinquent accounts belonging to a company attached to the 2nd Battalion of the 2nd Regiment of the Middlesex Brigade under the command of Captain Elias Bayles.
Arranged by accession number.
The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.
Purchased in two separate lots in March 1941 (AM12206-12207).
This collection was processed by Dina Britain on August 28, 2007. Finding aid written by Lauren Kustner on November 16, 2007. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.
No appraisal information is available.
- Constables -- New Jersey -- Middlesex County -- 19th century
- Farmers -- New Jersey -- Middlesex County -- 19th century
- Military supplies -- New Jersey -- 19th century
- New Jersey -- Militia -- Officers -- 19th century
- Cranbury (N.J.) -- History, Military -- Sources.
- East Windsor (N.J. Township) -- History, Military -- 19th century -- Sources.
- Middlesex County (N.J.) -- History, Military -- Sources.
- New Brunswick (N.J.) -- History, Military -- 19th century -- Sources.
- New Jersey -- History -- War of 1812 -- Sources.
- Perth Amboy (N.J.) -- History, Military -- 19th century -- Sources.
- West Windsor (N.J. : Township) -- History, Military -- 19th century -- Sources.
- Manuscripts Division
- Finding Aid Date
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research.
- Use Restrictions
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