The following data is extracted from Herbert Family Papers.
The first of the name that we have found in the records, thus far (l939), was a widow, one Bridget Herbert, already a resident. The old Town Book of Middletown has the following Entry:
November 8th 1673
“Bridget Herbert and Edward Smith came this days declaring their consent: to have this following putt to record Marsh, 25, 1671 Articles of agreement made between Edward Smith of the one party: and Bridget Herbert of the other party a (s) followeth: both of them inhabitants of Middletown: which is to say that the said Edw doth lett unto the said Bridget a purchase share of land with all the privileges thereunto belonging for the space of five years after the date hereof: it is further agreed upon that for the use of the house the said Bridgett is to pay twelve pence a year: it is agreed upon that when the five years above said is expired: That the lott is be bee left in good sufficient fence as shall bee judged of: and likewise the orchard is to bee fenced in: and whatt fencing is made abroad is to remaine: it is further agreed upon: that the said Bridgett is to make a chimney to the dwelling houses and likewise a floore to the loft it is further agreed upon that what out buildings the sayd Bridgett shall build: that shee bee paid according to valuation to wch agreement both parties have hereunto sett their bands the day and year above written.”
Testis James Dorsett Edward Smith
Thos: To Cockes Bridgett Hearbertt
All of these parties of the first and second part and the witnesses were inhabitants of Middletown. James Dorset came from Bermuda, Edward Smith from Rhode Island and Thomas Cocke or Cox, from Long Island. Whence came “Bridgett Hearbertt” and when did she do it? What was her husbands first name? I think that we can safely assume that he was dead at this time because in the old Town Book’s records of ear marks few cattle appears, “Widdow Harbertt or her sons Thomas Herbert.” The foregoing records may be found in the late Dr. J. E. Stillwell’s Historical and Genealogical Miscellany, magnificent work in five volumes, chiefly about Monmouth records and families. Each volume is very fully and accurately indexed by his friend and collaborator, Dr. Harrison KcNear, who has brought out a memorial volume, Unrecorded and Inventories of Monmouth County. This whole set is as fine a piece of work as the harassed and exasperated genealogist could hope to find, and will be referred to again and again. The two
Source: Herbert Family Papers