Basking Ridge in Revolutionary Days

Passages from the memoir of Eliza Susan Morton Quincy (d. 1850) were reprinted in this memorable booklet by the Basking Ridge Historical Society (now The Historical Society of the Somerset Hills) for Bernards Township’s 200th anniversary in 1960.  Eliza’s father, John Morton, brought his family to Basking Ridge in 1776 from New York City to escape the British.  Their house stood below the Presbyterian Cemetery on North Maple Avenue. Eliza’s recollections were originally published in 1861 after her death and were reprinted in the Somerset County Historical Quarterly (vols. 1 & 2 in 1912 and 1913).  Today, you can read/download them online at the NJ State Library:


    1. Hi Cynthia, The booklet is in the Research Room at the Brick Academy. The original Morton house was torn down in the mid-1800s.

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