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John Dumont Story Somerset, New Jersey (1741)

John Dumont lived in Raritan Landing, he had a big farm of 650 acres in Somerset County where he and his wife Annette raised there four boys.  Like almost all the Dutch Farmers in Somerset area, he had slaves to work the land, nine in all when he had his will in 1759, valued at 265.  He could not have done the work without those slaves and they lived right in the house with them, not in separate quarters like in Virginia or the Carolina.  He sent the grain to Raritan Landing for export wheat which was the main crop on his farm.

Written by: New Jersey State Library

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