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Re: Native American Ancestry
Posted by: bobbi (ID *****7694) Date: April 09, 2005 at 23:51:54
In Reply to: Native American Ancestry by Mark Geesey of 779

When Colonists arrived (late 1600s) the Lenni Lenape lived mainly on or near Minnisink Island on both the NJ & PA sides of the Delaware River, with a few in scattered villages throughout NJ. NJ was mainly a pass-through for summer migrations to the shore to catch & smoke fish; most "villages" were temporary stopping points.
Few Lenape survived the White Man's diseases of smallpox, measles & TB and the population was scarce by the Revolution. Except for those who had been assimilated by the White Man, the surviving Indians had moved to a reservation in Brotherton in Burlington Co. or to Upper New York State by the late 1700s, thence further north to Canada, or west to Wisconsin & OK.
With the probable exception of an Indian School at the reservation, I have never heard of one in NJ at any date, & definitely not in Morris Co.
It is possible that there are Indian records related to Brotherton, but this reservation ceased to exist by around 1800. Few Lenni Lenape survive today.

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