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Did You Know? A Look at Lacey's History

Five facts about Lacey Township

This is a feature that looks at five facts of Lacey’s history provided by “Lacey Township People and Progress,” a book written by Dr. Ralph K. Turp and stored at the library. 

1. Bamber Lake was formerly known as Cedar Crest and Ferrago. Lanoka Harbor was known as Williamsburg, after the Williams family, and Aumacktown, after the Aumack family.

2. The East New Jersey Proprietors, who lived in England or Scotland, originally owned Lacey.

3. The earliest Lacey settlers built Indian-styled homes with poles securely grounded in a circle and tied together, shrouded in bark.

4. The East New Jersey Proprietors granted Thomas Williams 60 acres in 1677, John Williams received land in 1681 and Edward Williams in 1687. The latter had the land confiscated because he was a loyalist.

5. Rattlesnakes largely populated Lacey Township. As of 1978, several dens still existed. The Pine Snake and Black Snake can still be found.

Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 09, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Representative James Jackson of Georgia, from the First session of Congress under the Constitution, spent several days in Lacey due to being trapped by foul weather over the Winter of 1789-90. He had returned home after voting on the "Articles of Amendment", which we now call the Bill of Rights, and carried the news to his home State's legislature. He attempted to return to Congress in the winter (they were, at that time, meeting in Federal Hall in New York). Due to an unusually cold winter, the harbor in Philadelphia was iced in, and he was forced ashore during a storm, landing in Cape May. It took him nearly 100 days over that Winter to make the journey, as the carriage roads were all but closed. Had he headed to Philadelphia, first, he would have made NY weeks earlier. Jackson was the man who threatened to shoot Madison down for proposing a permanent limit on the size of the House of Representatives, so that, in Madison's words, "it would not increase and dilute the grandeur of the office". That position was rapidly changed when Madison realized that the whole of the body of Congress was against that position (Elliot's Debates records most of this - but refers to Jackson's addressing of Madison as "Several desultory comments were noted to pass between Mr. Jackson and Mr. Madison"). William Few of Georgia, a fellow Representative, recorded the actual dialogue, rather than the 'prettied-up' official version.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 09, 2012 at 03:33 AM
The ship had tried to put into Philadelphia because of a severe storm. (Clarification). Jackson was no shrinkng violet, either - referred to in the Legislature as "old leather-lungs", he had charged British Cannon on horseback armed only with a saber, and died at last of infection from wounds received in his ninth successful duel. He is buried in the Congressional Cemetery in D.C., although the casket was interrred twice. (He was given a funeral "in absentia") He actually stayed in several communities as he made his way up old Route 9, finally meeting Washington at Elizabeth NJ and heading in with him.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 09, 2012 at 03:43 AM
By the way - Jackson was a "Democratic-Republican".

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