Chair: Lisa Emmerich, California State University, Chico
Commentator: Brian DeLay, University of California, Berkeley
Albert Gallatin and the Mobilization of Opposition to the U.S.-Mexican War
Sean Harvey, Seton Hall University
“They Begin by Mentioning the Great Being”: Faith, Fate, and Political Decision Making in the Antebellum Texas Borderlands
Max Forrester, Washington University in St. Louis
Without knowing the exact years or counties/boroughs you're examining, I can give a few general thoughts:
1) Consult "Historical Statistics of the United States." Here is the Agriculture section of the free version: http://goo.gl/N2ZSBK (it is a PDF). You might also want to look at the newer online version, which UMN owns: https://libguides.umn.edu/13277
I had ancestors in NJ, on farms in 1846....my 3x great uncle, John Williams, complains in a letter to his sister, HArriet Williams Ford, who lives in NYC...that he is only a renter on his grandad's farm in Farmingdale, Monmouth Co, NJ. The original Williams land was in Westfields, NJ....the letter was written in 1846...I wonder about farmland at that point, in NJ. Harriet did not need to worry...she could marry and leave but John was in a dilemma.
I'd be curious as to what legal cases you're studying. I spent many years studying the judicial and legal history of slavery in NJ and spent many a day going over ALL the records of the courts of O&T, Quarter Sessions, Justice of the Peace (never got to Small Causes) in the Monmouth County Archives. I also spent more than enough time studying the NJ Supreme Court for up to the mid-1850s to get a good sense of the personalities of the Court as well as their jurisprudential thinking and biases.
I am looking for some information about the antebellum agricultural economy in New Jersey, the mid-Atlantic region, or the US more generally. Specifically I would love to find out how much an average farmer made during that period. I am studying some legal cases in which rural property was at stake, and I want to find out how wealthy (or not) the subjects of the case were. I appreciate any help you may offer in this regard.