Founders of the CNJ?

Discussion of the CNJ (aka the Jersey Central) and predecessors Elizabethtown and Somerville, and Somerville and Easton, for the period 1831 to its inclusion in ConRail in 1976. The historical society site is here: http://www.jcrhs.org/

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Founders of the CNJ?

Post by D Alex » Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:54 am

I'm trying to find information of the founders of the CNJ. Family history has it that my great (x3) grandfather was a banker, and was a founding board member of the CNJ. If there is a definitive history of the founding of the CNJ out there, please let me know.

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Re: Founders of the CNJ?

Post by Wayside » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:56 am

Here's an overview of how it came together over the years. Not much detail about board members, though, or any of the people involved.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_R ... New_Jersey

Here are some people to contact:

http://jcrhs.org/
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Re: Founders of the CNJ?

Post by R&DB » Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:42 am

I don't have the 1849 board, but here's the 1853 board:

John T Johnston (also President)
John C Green
William E Dodge
William S Wetmore
Benjamin Williamson
John O Sterns
George Vail
Fredrick t Frelinghuysen
M D Maxwell

Hope that helps.
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Re: Founders of the CNJ?

Post by kilroy » Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:37 pm

The JCRHS has no CNJ records so we won't be of any help.

May I suggest the CNJ group on Yahoo.
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Re: Founders of the CNJ?

Post by mackdave » Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:52 pm

This looks like your best source:
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss ... +100+years" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Founders of the CNJ?

Post by R&DB » Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:40 am

mackdave wrote:This looks like your best source:
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss ... +100+years" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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That is where I got the list in my previous post.
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Re: Founders of the CNJ?

Post by R&DB » Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:20 pm

I recently found a piece of information that may be of some help.
The original charter (1831) was the Elizabethtown and Somerville Railroad. It went bankrupt in 1846 and was sold to John Stearns ad Coffin Colket for $125,000! They rechartered it as the Elizabethtown and Somerville Railroad of 1846. The following year the Somerville and Easton Railroad Company was formed. In 1849 the 2 railroads merged to form the Central Railroad of New Lersey. The president of the new company was 28 year old John T Johnston.He remained president until 1876,
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Re: Founders of the CNJ?

Post by CLamb » Sun Dec 15, 2019 3:32 pm

The Internet Archives (archive.org) has scanned many years of the CNJ annual report.

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