Monday, April 12, 2010

Princeton University- Donated by the Stocktons

The Stockton Family-

The Stockton family immigrated to the United States and settled in Flushing, New York in the early 1600s. Richard Stockton, the son of one of these immigrants, bought land in the Princeton area of New Jersey and settled there. The manor and estates he created were called Morven and became the family home for generations to come.

While Morven was a working farm, providing income for early members of the family, the Stocktons were both professionally and politically active and became influential on a local and national level.

Locally, John Stockton (b. 1701) gave land to and helped found the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). The Stocktons remained actively involved with the university, not only attending the institution, but also serving as trustees.

A number of Stocktons took on national prominence by becoming lawyers and politicians. For example, John Stockton�s son, Richard Stockton (1730-1781), was not only a "gentleman farmer" and lawyer, but was also a participant in the Revolutionary War and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. This Richard Stockton would become known as "The Signer" to distinguish him from his ancestors and his son of the same name.

Stocktons Represented in the Collection-

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