October 14th, 2011

Today's Activities include: filing, errands and email

Oh, and we finally filed our taxes. Included in the errands: picking up prescriptions that have been sitting for a couple days and getting some Halloween candy while we were at it, eating lunch out (Po's BBQ in Acton is quite fantastic), dropping off a copy of the taxes and a signed letter regarding the refi that is somewhat interminably in process (not that we care -- it's not like rates are rocketing up or anything).

The taxes were sort of a pain because we wound up having to re-do one of the K-1s, however, I think it is mostly right. I sure hope that any error is costing me money rather than resulting in an underpayment. I thought I had completed everything I needed to finish yesterday and was contemplating what I might like to do with my copious spare time (<-- sort of a joke). I suddenly remembered my genealogy hobby. With the rain comes the desire for an indoor activity I guess. More about that in the next post, but the short form is I am now communicating by email with another distant cousin (I think this would be second, once removed -- that is, one of my mother's second cousins).

Meanwhile, our downstairs lav is being painted (wow did we pick a bright yellow) and the third floor office is looking amazing since we finally filed several years worth of taxes that had been sitting out on a folding table, and uncrated a bunch of office supplies and put them on shelves instead where it would be easier to find them. Crate and folded folding table went into the unfinished part of the attic.

ETA: Oh, and I joined http://www.msoginc.org/.

Huntington Township, Sussex County, New Jersey

Anyone who can identify this location definitively gets (like, on a map with supporting documentation including an explanation of when it became and ceased to be a Township) a prize. If you think you can do this but you want to negotiate the prize in advance, contact me in the comments or by email.

I am totally serious.

Here's why.

In 1830, one John Hamlin in Delaware City in Delaware County in Ohio filed a Declaration for Pension (which you can view on Heritage Quest: just look up John Hamlin or Hamlen of New Jersey; it's a pay service, but a lot of libraries pay for access to it and you may be able to get it using your library barcode number/PIN and your library's website) based on his service in the Revolutionary War. In this Declaration, he says he was born in 1759 and lived in at the time of the Revolutionary War Huntington Township, Sussex County, New Jersey. The Declaration also states that he has memory problems, does not know anyone who can vouch for his service at that time or in that place and has no supporting documentation for that service (he got the pension anyway, until he died 9 years later).

I _think_ this is what happened. I think John Hamlin hadn't lived there for decades, and he was a young man at the time. He might have gotten the name slightly off as an old man, the clerk might have heard it wrong, or both. In the past, I speculated that maybe he meant Huntington, Suffolk County, New York, but the supporting claims about militia service are all _clearly_ in New Jersey. I have also wondered if he said _Hunterdon_, which is a place in New Jersey. Certainly it is possible to find Hamlins in Sussex and Hunterdon (and other) counties in New Jersey in this time frame.

But I'm stuck with this 1830 document, which compels me to thoroughly explore the possibility of a Huntington Township that existed once and is now gone.

Any takers? I've already sent email to H.S. at Sussex County library and am awaiting a reply so please do not inundate her with repeat queries.