Cumberland County ...NJ

The Lenni-Lenape

More extensive information about the Lenni-Lenape can be found on the New Jersey - ALHN site

The Map above is from the Cumberland County Library Site, where they have done an online publication of: 

"The Original People
Cumberland County


    (Adobe Version ) (Web Version)


Spectacular Site!!! 

But is it true, I have received emails for and emails against?



When the Europeans arrived here the indigenous people living in the area were members of the Lenni-Lenape Tribe.

The Lenni-Lenape were divided into three groups: the Wolf, Turtle, and Turkey clans, which was determined at birth from the maternal side. The Wolf Clan claimed the land in North Jersey and southern New York. The Turtle Clan controlled Central Jersey between the Raritan and Mullica rivers and eastern Pennsylvania. The Turkey Clan had all of New Jersey below the Mullica River and northeast Delaware.

They traveled with the seasons, making full use of the area resources. During the spring the planted gardens around their permanent settlements. In the summer, they went to the shore to catch oysters and clams and stay cool. In the fall, they would move back to their village and harvest their crops. In the winter, they hunted deer and other animals.

The early Quaker settlers in New Jersey "bought" the land from the Lenni Lenape. The question being, could they understand the idea of owning land. It is not likely that they understood the concept, but still, at least for their time. They treated the natives much more humanly then most.  Still their numbers were decimated by death and disease and culture clashes.

By 1758, there were only a couple hundred Lenape. Again, New Jersey (in their opinion) at least made an attempt to do the right thing and created the first Indian Reservation at Brotherton. Rev. John Brainerd, a dedicated Indian missionary was in charge of supervising the reservation. Brainerd left in 1774 and the decline continued. 

In 1796, the tribe in New Stockbridge, NY, invited the Brotherton tribe to come spread their mats at our fire.

In 1801, the NJ legislature agreed to sell the reservation and give the proceeds to the remaining tribe members, fewer then 85. They went to New York and then later some to Canada and some to Wisconsin and some to Oklahoma and here some there...



  Where are they Now!


Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape
Indians of New Jersey


 Powhatan Renape Nation

 American Indian Museum

New Jersey Commission on American Indian Affairs

 In Bridgeton, I see a listing for  George Woodruff Indian Museum

 I have not been there, but I would be happy to hear from any one who has.


Another excellent site for information is

Lenni Lenape Historical Society, Museum of Indian Culture 


The Delaware Tribe in Oklahoma



Sources for more information 

Indians of Pennsylvania
and the Delaware Valley

Prerecorded History of Cape May County by Scott McGonigle



A favorite book of mine  is 

Dickon Among the Lenape, (Indians of New Jersey)

available at most libraries or bookstores (even at the  Lenni Lenape site above)

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