Notes for JACOB SCUDDER:
Son of Benjamin and Sarah (?) Scudder.
Born: November 29, 1707 in Huntington, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York.
Died: May 31, 1772 in Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey.
Married Abiah Roe August 5, 1731 in Huntington, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York.
Like his father, Jacob was a prosperous and influential Huntington mill owner, expanding his holdings from the base of a one half share of his father's mill left to him in the will. In 1749, at age 42, Jacob sold his Huntington interests and took his family to the Prince area of Winsor Township. Winsor Township is in the southern tip of Middlesex County the family lived within a mile or two of the Somerset and Hunterdon county boundaries. Since 1839, the Princeton are a has been included along with Trenton in Mercer county, where he purchased a complex of mill properties on the Mill Stone River known as the Aqueduct Mills from members of the Davison family. The mills, later called Scudders Mills, were located on Princetons Harris on Street, extended approximately where present US Route 1 crosses the Millstone at the edge of Carnegie Lake. In 1749, the property consisted of two grist mills, a millpond and dam, a fulling mill, a mill house, a 100 acres of land, for which Jacob paid 1,400 pounds, then a large sum of money.