Matavan (Plate 35)
|Detail of Matavan, NJ (Wolverton's Atlas of Monmouth Co, 1889, Plate 35)|
This map covers the entire area of what is now Aberdeen-Matawan, from the Raritan Bay in the north to Marlboro in the south, and from the Middlesex County line in the west and Keyport, Raritan (Hazlet), and Holmdel in the east.
- Towns: Matavan, Matawan, and Mount Pleasant
- Post Offices: Cliffwood and Matawan
- School Districts: Cliffwood No 45 (northwest), Mount Pleasant No 46 (southwest), Point No 47 (Matawan), Lower Point No 48 (northeast), and Oak Grove No 58 (southeast).
- Two major railroads: the New York and Long Branch Railroad runs from northwest to southeast, and the Freehold and New York Railway from northeast to southwest.
- Two railroad stations: Cliffwood and Matawan
- Water resources (not labeled): Treasure Lake, Whale Creek, Long Neck Creek, Matawan Creek, and Gravelly Brook.
|Matavan. (Wolverton's, 1889) Detail shows two routes leading into Cliffwood Beach.|
|Matavan (Wolverton's Atlas, 1889). Detail shows Prospect Avenue as dirt road leading to brickyards along Matawan Creek.|
|Matavan (Wolverton's Atlas, 1889). Detail shows brickyards and steamboat dock along Matawan Creek.|
Speaking of the shark attacks, you might have wondered if the Stillwell on the map (above, lower left) was related to Lester Stillwell, one of the victims of the attacks. Lester's father was William Stillwell, but he lived in Manalapan until after 1910. The 1870 Federal Census listed a Henry C Stillwell, age 29, with wife Cordelia and daughter Sarah, living in Matawan. Henry had a farm worth $30,000 and $5,000 in personal property. Perhaps Henry is the H Stillwell on the map. He and his family were living in Holmdel in the 1880 Federal Census, along with what appears to have been his parents, John S and Fannie A Stillwell. They could have held onto the farm in Matawan or moved back in time for the atlas. Unfortunately, the 1890 Federal Census is unavailable due to a fire. The 1900 Federal Census is no help; Henry was a fish dealer living with Cordelia in Jersey City.
Matawan (Plate 28)
|Matawan. (Wolverton's Atlas of Monmouth Co, 1889)|
|Matawan (Wolverton's Atlas, 1889) Detail of Main St and Atlantic at the railroad.|
|Matawan (Wolverton's Atlas, 1889). Detail of Main St and Broad St between Church St and Clinton St.|
|Matawan (Wolverton's Atlas, 1889). Detail of the train station (passenger depot and freight depot); a canning factory and the Village Hotel can be seen.|
|Matawan (Wolverton's Atlas, 1889). Detail.|
Above are detailed views of Wolverton's 1889 map of what is now downtown Matawan. It shows the Borough 40 years before the two lakes (Matawan and Lefferts) were established. Main Street and Atlantic Avenue were the spine of this image, while Matawan Creek and Gravelly Run formed the borders. The Holmdel Turnpike and Middlesex Street would later become State Route 34.
When you look at the map, note just how short Johnson Avenue was and how Broad Street ended at Little Street. And look at Aberdeen Creek, which still crosses under Main Street into what is now Terhune Park at Washington Street at one end and drains into Lake Lefferts at the other end.