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Timeline

From the Colonial Era to the Age of Washington

1664
Elizabethtown Associates purchase land from Lenape Indians

1683
Benjamin Hull purchases "Blondyn Plains", (southwest area of Plainfield) from the Indian Cowankeen

1684-85
Most severe winter recorded since the settlement of Elizabethtown

1702
Queen Anne takes control of the colony of Jersey and encourages growth of the slave trade

1707
First appearance of the name "Plainfield" on the birth record of Elizabeth Laing "born at Plainfield ye 1th of ye 10th month, 1707."

1735
First frame house built in Plainfield

1736
First Quaker Meeting House constructed on land left by John Laing

1743
Isaac Drake purchases 111 acres of land in Plainfield

1746
Drake House is built. Nathaniel Drake marries Dorothy Retan of Morristown

1747
Nathaniel Drake listed among the charter members of the Scotch Plains Baptist Church

1751
Abraham Drake, first child of the Drake Family born at Drake House

1755
First gristmill built by Jon Webster on the banks of Tiers' Pond in Plainfield

1758
Indian reservation established at Brotherton

1756
Death of Isaac Drake who leaves his home plantation to his son Samuel Drake, and the Drake House to his son Nathaniel Drake. Cate, Drake's only female slave is set free.

1760
First school house built in Plainfield. John Woolman, a Quaker & abolitionist visits the Plainfield area

1763
The Webster Family opens the Road to Rahway formerly Peace Street, now Watchung Avenue

1766
Queens College now called Rutgers University receives its charter

Isaac Drake's three male slaves Tom, Tone and Cesar are manumitted

1774
New Jersey sends five delegates to the First Continental

Congress

1777
Blue Hills Militia stationed between Scotch Plains and Middlebrook. George Washington visits

Drake House.
1778
Washington's troops win at Monmouth

1779
Plot among local slaves discovered in Elizabethtown

1782/83?
Nathaniel Drake marries Elizabeth Bishop

1788
Quaker Meeting House established on Watchung Ave (formerly Peace Street) by John & Hugh Webster

3 of the Drake sons & their families migrate west and help to establish May's Lick, Kentucky

1800
Plainfield Post Office established in the home of Postmaster John Randolph (1800-1805), at the corner of Front & Somerset Streets

1801
Nathaniel Drake dies at the age of 75 or 76

1804
New Jersey adopts a policy to gradually abolish slavery

1806
Cesar, ex-slave of Drake Family dies at the age of 104


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