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Colonial Period

c. 1600s   Sarah Kiersted, 17th century, a 1936 painting of Kiersted with Chief Oratam. 

1700   Deed of Purchase between Blandina Bayard and the Hackensack Indians, 1700.

1700  NJ Indian Mortar and Pestle .

1710  The Schuyler Patent  These documents are early evidence of contacts between colonial women and Lenape men and women.

1753  "An Invitation Ode to a Young Lady in New York From Her Friend in the Country" by Annis Boudinot Stockton, New Brunswick, 1753

1758   "Sleep Balmy Sleep," a poem by Annis Boudinot Stockton (1736-1801) written on the occasion of her husband's last illness, 1758.

1760  Runaway Wives  As a British colony, New Jersey was subject to English Common Law and its women, especially married women, were subject to the limitation of rights familiar to women in England.

1760 1770  Linen and Wood Stays  Stays, sometimes called a pair of stays, were a common woman’s garment in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

1770  Infant Mortality.  Gravestone for the Infant Children of Isaac and Hannah Arnett

1775 Diary of Jemima Condict. New Jersey Colonists sense the coming conflict with Great Britain and make preparations.

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