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Trick or treat! No, this isn’t a library Halloween trick… It’s a treat, especially for history buffs.

The New Jersey Room of the Jersey City Free Public Library received a special donation on Tuesday, October 22nd when five archival ledgers from the 19th century were donated by the Aceti family’s five siblings – Peter Jr., Harry, Robert, Jerome and Michael – who were all born and raised in Jersey City.

BACKGROUND: Jerome Aceti (grandfather of the five brothers) gave the five ledgers to his son, Peter Aceti Sr., at age 15 (65 years ago, in 1948, after World War II). Peter had no idea from where the books had come; only that his father was in construction, as a mason. Historically, books and other paper items were stored in walls as a rudimentary form of insulation prior to modern-day fiber glass insulation. The influx of soldiers coming home from the war produced many home-buyers, using the G.I. Bill for purchase. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that a mason working on these homes would find history in the walls as insulation.

 

The five archival ledgers from the 19th century:

1) Arrears of Taxes & Assessments. Jersey City. September 19, 1838 to April 23, 1857

2) Resolutions requiring the action of the Mayor from May 16, 1854 to July 19, 1859

3) SALES OF LAND by the CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF HUDSON on the Eleventh day of November A.D. 1856 for unpaid taxes in 1855 to March 13, 1872 for unpaid Taxes for Water Rents of 1870, City of Hudson

4) Oath Book (Minutes of the Township Elected officials) “Begin April 11, 1863” to “end date May 1867

5) Resolutions of the Mayor and Common Council of Jersey City commencing Feb

 


HISTORY HUNTERS – Peter Aceti Sr. (left) and his son Harry, who represents his four brothers, Peter Jr., Robert, Jerome and Michael, came to the New Jersey Room at the Main Library in Jersey City on October 22, 2013, to donate five archival ledgers from the 19th century that were given to Peter Sr. from his father, Jerome, after World War II. Jerome Aceti, the five siblings’ grandfather, was a mason, and it was surmised that he found these historic volumes in the walls of homes he worked on, since fiber glass insulation wasn’t invented yet. In the forefront: Resolutions requiring the action of the Mayor from May 16, 1854 to July 19, 1859.

 

Oath Book (Minutes of the Township Elected officials) “Begin April 11, 1843” to “end date May 1867” – First page, April 10, 1843 meeting.

 

Oath Book (Minutes of the Township Elected officials) “Begin April 11, 1843” to “end date May 1867” – Begin April 11, 1843.

 

Oath Book (Minutes of the Township Elected officials) “Begin April 11, 1843” to “end date May 1867” – End May, 1843.

 

Arrears of Taxes & Assessments. Jersey City. April 29, 1865. Entries logged in from September 19, 1838 to April 23, 1857, for taxes from 1838 to 1856. – Notice red pencil lines, striking out entries of people who have paid their taxes.

 

Arrears of Taxes & Assessments. Jersey City. April 29, 1865. Entries logged in from September 19, 1838 to April 23, 1857, for taxes from 1838 to 1856. – Inside cover.