How did Rotary Island get its name
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The following is an except from a book by John Daly detailing the the naming of Rotary Island . I do not have the name of the book. White's Island has nothing to do with race.
Gold's island, known as White's Island in the 1800s, and Rotary Island in the late 1900s is located in the Delaware River. It is close to the shore of Lower Makefield, just below Yardley. However, it is in the political subdivision of Trenton Township, Hunterdon County, now Mercer County, New Jersey.
Why was it called Gold's Island? The following deeds show that a Mr. Gold owned land in the area. On 10 Mar 1719, Joseph & Hannah Frost, yeoman of Massachusetts sold to James Gould, mariner of Boston for 250 pounds ...400 acres next to Shadrack Walley, devised to John Frost of Newtown and to his siblings. By a deed made 16 Dec 1727, 1100 acres on the Wrihtstown Line, by Henry Bayley and others...sheriff sale...witnessed by F. Gardinett, John Hyatt and James Gould.
On 11 Apr 1730, John & Elizabeth Walley (son and heir of Shadwick Walley) yeoman of Newtown sold to Benjamin Taylor,
Blacksmith of Bucks County 403 acres adjacent to James Gould, Thomas Stradling, Charles Read and Francis Hague. Recorded 1748 by John Walley.
A sheriff sale on 10 Jun 1730, granted to Jeremiah Langhorne 100 acres in Falls Township, adjacent to land of Robert Shaw, Thomas Biles...a judgment by Ann Pidgeon, against James Gould, gentleman, late of Bucks County.
By indenture 2 Jul 1732, James Gould, mariner of Boston sold to Thomas Maybury, blacksmith of Middletown, 400 acres in Newtown Twp....adj. John Walley, Thomas Hilburn ...bought of Frost...recorded in 1746.
On 13 Apr 1736, Thomas Maybury, blacksmith of Newtown sold to James Arbuckle...150 acres, part of 400 acres adjacent to John Walley, Thomas Hillburn, Thomas Stradling and John Frost. John Frost sold it to James Gold of Boston, who sold it to Thomas Maybury (Bucks County, Deed 5:134, 238; and 6:176; 7:239, 550; Deed 9:4753 Davis. Bucks County Deed Abstracts 1682 - 1763
John White of Lower Makefield and Falls Township wills this island to his son Joseph White for the use of his siblings. [see Chapter 5, #60)
An indenture made 5 Dec 1793 by Joseph & Unity White of Trenton Township sold to Joshua Anderson of Bucks county an Island in the Delaware River. It was next to James Moon Jr.'s land in Lower Makefield Township, and was witnessed by Patricia and Nathan White. (NJ - Huntetdon County Deed Vol. 1:631-2)
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