The Henry Pearl Talmadge House

Netherwood Heights, Plainfield, New Jersey


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Reply HeidiHek
5:42 AM on January 12, 2017 
Hello. magnificent job. I did not expect this. This is a fantastic story. Thanks!
Reply joel swartout
5:24 PM on October 25, 2014 

I lived in Plainfield from 63 through 66.  We lived on Denmark road not far from the mansion.  WE moved to Florida in 67 after my father passed away. I remember old man hatchets and have talked about it for years. What an awesome place to have near you as a kid.  The whole neighborhood and area we lived in were so cool as a kid.  I had three older brothers and we used to romp in the mansions property when presented a chance.  I seem to remember tunnels in the back yard of the mansion as well.  One Halloween we had the nerve to walk up and trick or treat.  We were invited in and given a glass of warm cider.  An older man gave it to use, but not sure who it was.  That was so cool as an 8 year old. The story I heard was that he killed his wife with a hatchet in the tower! Talk about scary as a little kid.  I am thrilled to be able to show my family the house I have talked about for years.  Great site.  So sad to see that the mansion is gone, but the memories last forever.

Reply joel swartout
5:04 PM on October 25, 2014 
Reply Philip M. Tallmadge
11:53 AM on April 8, 2014 

On page 56 of Generation Five, of the Talmadge, Tallmadge and Talmage Genealogy published in 1909 by Arthur White Talmadge, there is a note stating that Daniel Talmadge, 1711-1791,  . . . "He was captured by the British when they took New Haven on July 5, 1779, and taken prisoner on Long Island."  However, in my ancestry search in becoming a SAR member, the Head of the Research Ctr of the Connecticut Historical Society affirms that 12 men were taken prisoner but no one with the name of Tallmadge (The British Burning of New Haven , by Charles Hervey Townshend, published in 1879.)  Can you confirm who is correct?? Please advise.  Thank you.

Reply Jazzy
12:18 AM on May 8, 2013 

Hello ,

I have a postcard dated back since 1907 from a Mrs. Arthur Talmadge from East Orange, NJ any relation?

Reply David Tabb
3:50 PM on November 28, 2012 

I walked passed the house on my way to Maxson School. I remember there used to be an old black car parked in front.To a fifteen year old, the place seemed kind of creepy.Now, I look at pictures and feel what a shame that  beautiful structure had such an unhappy ending.

Reply Victor Quinn
10:20 AM on August 11, 2012 

We lived in the 'tiny' victorian across the street from the Mansion for 14 years (1987-2001).  We lamented the home we never saw and the cheap and ugly 70s bi-levels that defile its resting place!

Reply A. Robert Johnson
6:42 PM on March 11, 2012 

Fascinating! I lived on 7th St. and could see the Talmadge house from our front steps. My grandfather Edwin Fancher knew the Talmadge family. He, like many others, lost his fortune in the 1929 crash of the stock market. Clark Gesner and I used to play in the woods on the Talmadge property, sometimes using an arched pit under the carriage house as a "hide-out". Mr. Talmadge was understandably gruff, chasing us away, but eventually was very nice to us. I delivered prescriptions from Belvidere Pharmacy, Sam Swerdloff's, to the house, always on my way home and Mr. Talmadge would give me a tip of $0.25, good money when minimum wage was $0.50/hr. There is so much more.

Thank you for have this web site.

Bob Johnson

Reply TonyT
9:28 AM on December 24, 2011 


Just got a few seconds to look at the site after a long time.  Elizabeth, you have really done some work, and a very nice job at that.  It was also nice to read the notes from the wills.

I really appreciate the picture of Mr. Talmadge and Ms. Marks.   What a wonderful image.


Reply Richard Loosli
3:51 AM on September 15, 2011 

I was called to jury duty in Elizabeth this week, so I decided to spend my free time in the recorder's and surrogate's office looking up Talmadge family deeds and wills.  The wills provided a good genealogy as well as an indication of the family members' objects of affection.  Here is what I pulled together.  Note the differences in names and spellings with what has been posted elsewhere and between wills themselves.

Children of Henry Pearl Talmadge and Lucy White Talmadge:

  Lucy White, Henry Pearl 2nd, Arthur White, Helen Dunbar, Frank Cossitt.  (A great-grandfagther was the Rev. Duncan Dunbar.)

Lucy White Talmadge, Henry Pearl Talmadge 2nd, and Arthur White Talmadge died single and childless.

Children of Helen Dunbar Talmadge and her first husband, Daniel Runkle (she later married Frederick Palmer and resided in Charlottsville, VA., in 1962):

  Henry Runkle (in LWT will) or Harry G. Runkle (in HPT 2nd will).  Children of Henry Runkle and wife:  Henry Runkle, Jr. (in LWT will), or Harry Francis Runkle (in HPT 2nd will).

  Helen Talmage Runkle.  Children of Helen Talmadge Runkle and her first husband, Bertrand F. Bell (she later married a Mr. Parker and resided at 325 E. 72nd St., NYC, in 1962):  Bertrand F. Bell, Jr. (in LWT will), or Bertrand F. Bell 3rd (in HPT 2nd will) and Phyllis Bell.  Phyllis married Harry H.S. Philips 3rd.

Children of Frank Cossitt Talmadge and wife:

  Thomas White Talmadge of Garden City, L.I. in 1962.

  Beatrice Talmadge.  Beatrice Talmadge married a Mr. Howlett and resided in Syosset, NY, in 1962.