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  1. Much has been written about Charles, the emigrant. Granted, the "much" is primarily due to the often preferred "copy and paste" method of family research. Yes, it's the same "much" and pretty much verbatim thanks to that often preferred method of copying and pasting. I know this because nearly all of the family traditions about him are still intact and undisturbed from genealogy site to genealogy site and for many years now.

    but, was that really Charles?

    Well, a funny thing happened on my...
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  2. Wolverton: Milling Industry at...

    Little Known of Mill That Existed Prior to John Prall’s When the Canal Was Dug

    Milling Industry at Prallsville Back of Year 1792

    Little Known of Mill That Existed Prior to John Prall’s When the Canal Was Dug by Egbert T. Bush, Stockton, N.J.
    published in the Hunterdon County Democrat, February 13, 1930


    The paintings shown in this article were made in the mid 19th century for John Parker Prall. The artist was Thomas Whitley, and the originals can be found in the John Prall, Jr. house in Prallsville.


    It is common to speak of John Prall Jr. as the builder of the...
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  3. West New Jersey, 1674-1680

    New Jersey Government in 1674

    In the last post I mentioned that the Dutch had briefly retaken New Netherland, only to give it up again in 1674. Following this development, James Duke of York decided that he needed to get better control over his New World colonies, so he began by appointing Edmund Andros to be governor of New York, with the immediate goal of converting New Netherland back into and English royal colony.

    The trouble...
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  4. Sergeant Mill and Mansion, 1745 by Jonathan M. Hoppock
    published in the Democrat Advertiser, December 5, 1901

    This interesting old property deserves a much longer treatment than Mr. Hoppock was able to give. He did return to this subject when he published “The Old Sergeant Mill” on July 20, 1905. However, that article was focused on the mill, rather than the house—the mill was located just north of the house, but has since been torn down. The most remarkable thing about the house is that it...
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  5. Robins: The Two Taverns At Robins...

    Buchanan’s, A Tavern With A Long History

    Robins: The Two Taverns At Robins Hill Part 1

    A response to the article written by Egbert T. Bush on August 7, 1930 entitled

    “Buchanan’s, A Tavern With A Long History”

    Never, never assume. That’s a lesson I have just learned again. When I began looking into the history of Buchanan’s Tavern, I was operating on the assumption that the original 18th century tavern was the old stone house at the top of the hill on Route 579, just north of the intersection of County Routes 523 and 579. And the...
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  6. Rittenhouse/Bray, Wolverton/Sergeant & Cowdrick

    The Pauch farm, continued. The previous article was Joseph Sergeant and Jane Quick.

    One item in Charles Sergeant’s will of 1833 is of particular interest to us. It concerned a farm of 130 acres which he had bought from Joseph Sergeant, and which was occupied at that time by Jonathan Rittenhouse. Sergeant ordered that it be sold and the profits divided among his heirs. This was the old Richard Green farm which Charles Sergeant had kept after...
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  7. John Reading and the Town of Gloucester, 1686

    The Town of Gloucester
    Over the years of researching Hunterdon County history, I have often wondered about the early settlers of Gloucester, because many of them became early settlers of or investors in Hunterdon County, chief among them John Reading and Richard Bull. Now, thanks to this blog, I have a chance to learn about this town and how Reading and Bull fit into its history.

    In 1686, Thomas Sharp was authorized to draw up a survey for the...
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  8. Moses Quinby Departs

    Before I write about the new owners of the Raven Rock mills (Nathaniel Saxton and George Holcombe), I must give due notice to Moses Quinby and the remainder of his stay in Amwell (Delaware) Township.


    Silhouette of Moses Quinby, from The Quinby Genealogy
    Moses Quinby (1759-1824), the son of Isaiah Quinby and Rachel Warford, acquired the land next to Bull’s Island from George Wall in 1801. It amounted to 75 acres. In 1804, Quinby sold off lots from this property until...
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  9. Opdyke: The Old Opdyke House

    Early Settlers of Hunterdon County

    J. M. Hoppock: The Old Opdyke House by Jonathan M. Hoppock
    published July 27, 1905 in the Democrat-Advertiser


    The John Opdycke House in 1905

    On the farm at present belonging to the heirs of Samuel Higgins, deceased, near Head Quarters (Grover), stands this solidly built old stone mansion which was erected about the year 1744 by John Opdyke. Well-authenticated tradition bearing upon its history strengthens the belief that it was built prior to that year. It is one of the many old stone...
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  10. This article concerns the marriage of Isaac Woolverton to Abigail Herrin.

    Authors David A. Macdonald and Nancy N. McAdams made a very serious mistake concerning this marriage. In their book, THE WOOLVERTON FAMILY: 1693 – 1850 and Beyond, they vehemently deny that Isaac Woolverton Sr. was married to Abigail Herrin. The truly odd thing about this is that the very records they cite for proof, in fact, do just the opposite! Those records prove beyond a doubt that Isaac Woolverton was indeed...
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