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Notables of Freehold Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey

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  • Peter White (c.1727 - 1781)
  • Noah Cloud (1800 - 1864)
    John Cloud married Elizabeth Lacy and had eight children: 2. Noah Cloud, born April 28, 1800 (the author's great great great grandfather). Origins After the Revolutionary War, John Cloud and his tw...
  • General William C. Schenck, USA (1773 - 1821)
    William C. Schenck was the founder of Franklin, Warren County, Ohio and an important figure in what was called the Jersey Settlement - a new settlement in the Miami Valley comprised in large part by Du...
  • Bruce Springsteen
    In his long, successful career, Bruce Springsteen has balanced many roles, including rock star, folk singer, song-writer, cultural icon, and social activist, as well as family man. An award-winning sin...
  • Joel Parker, Governor (1816 - 1888)
    From Appletons Encyclopedia PARKER, Joel, governor of New Jersey, born near Freehold, New Jersey, 24 November, 1816; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2 January, 1888. His father, Charles, was a memb...

This project aims to document notable residents of Freehold.

From Freehold Township Heritage Society » Freehold History

This land was first sighted by European Venetian John Cabot while sailing along the coast in 1498. The Lenni Lenape Indians originally inhabited the area called Freehold Township.

It wasn’t until September 1609 that the first European actually set foot at Sandy Hook.  The Dutch West India Co. was founded in 1602 and granted a charter that included North America in 1621.  They developed commerce in the New World and in 1623 organized the New Jersey-Hudson River area into the Province of New Netherlands.

On June 23, 1664, the Duke of York granted a patent to Sir George Carteret and John, Lord Berkely for the entire area of what now constitutes New Jersey. The area was first settled in 1685 by a group of Scottish reformers fleeing religious persecution. Freehold Township was formally established by an act of the Legislature on October 31, 1693, one of the three original townships in Monmouth County. We celebrated our Tricentennial in 1993.

Throughout the intervening three centuries it has been a place where people could raise their families, earn their living and live out their life in some measure of peace. Then as now, it has been a community of farms and churches, homes and neighborhoods. It has strong roots in a rich colonial tradition and an illustrious past. The Battle of Monmouth (probably the turning point of our War of Independence) was fought at its doorsteps on a scorching day in June 1778. Every major American military leader of the time participated: George Washington, Marquis de Lafayette, Benedict Arnold, Anthony Wayne, Charles Lee, Alexander Hamilton, Nathaniel Greene, Friedrich van Steuben and the non-military Molly Pitcher. Most of the history made here, however, has been of the personal kind; of families and arms and small businesses, and the enduring values these institutions produce now and in the future.