3.5. linear ft (8 boxes).
The papers are organized into five series: Series I. Josiah Hornblower (1729-1809); Series II. Joseph C. Hornblower (1777-1864); Series III. William H. Hornblower (1820-1883); Series IV. Hornblower Family Genealogy Papers; and Series V. Other Hornblowers and Allied Family Members.
The Hornblower Family papers date from 1725 to 1953, with bulk dates of 1804-1860. The collection traces the family through three generations and consist largely of the papers of Josiah Hornblower (1729-1809); his son, Joseph C. Hornblower (1777-1864); and the latter's son, William H. Hornblower (1820-1883). The collection consists of correspondence, court documents, dockets, certificates, indentures, surveys, survey maps, estate papers, pamphlets, sermons, newspaper clippings, and genealogical research into the Hornblower, Burnet, and Butler families.
Topics covered in these papers include steam engines and the Schuyler Copper Mines; New Jersey politics; Joseph C. Hornblower's career as a lawyer and judge, particularly his decision in the 1836 case concerning the Fugitive Slave Law of 1793 an his appointment to the Princeton Law School; estate settlements, particularly of those of James W. Burnett and Ann Ogilvie; Willam H. Hornblower's pastorship.
Josiah Hornblower (1729-1809) was a civil engineer who built the first steam engine in America at the Schuyler Copper mines in New Barbadoes Neck (currently in the vicinity of Kearny), New Jersey. After settling in Second River (now Belleville), New Jersey, Hornblower ran the mines, established himself as a merchant, and served as a New Jersey Assemblyman, Speaker of the Assembly, a New Jersey Council member, a delegate to the Continental Congress, and a judge of the Court of Common Pleas. He married Elizabeth Kingsland (ca. 1733-1808) with whom he had twelve children.
Manuscript Group 10, Hornblower Family Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.
Finding aid available in the repository.