• Return to Old Amwell

    Following grandmother Rankin’s family back through Ohio and Pennsylvania to find her NJ ancestors.

  • “Michigan Fever”

    Moving to a new home in a frontier area was common practice in 19th century America, and my NJ ancestors were no exception.

  • The Gershom Lambert Farm

    This farm on Lambertville-Headquarters Road has a very different history from the one on Seabrook Road.

  • Sen. Lambert’s Farm, pt 2

    Sen. John Lambert’s farm stayed in the Lambert family for 185 years, belonging Wm. L. Hoppock and James Seabrook’s family until 1930.

  • Two Lambert Farms

    The Lambert family owned a vast acreage in the southern part of Amwell Township. Sorting them out is not easy, but makes for a good story.

  • Who Collected the Boats?

    An article on Washington’s Crossing by J. M. Hoppock, with many corrections, and a retraction by me.

  • The Consequences of a Scam

    Taylor v. Bray, a case that was fought in the newspapers but never went to court.

  • The Ruin of A. S. Taylor

    Beware of persuasive brothers-in-law. Part 2 on the Town of Clinton.

Goodspeed Welcome to Goodspeed Histories, a website for Hunterdon County history, early West Jersey history, and the history of my home town, Delaware Township.I began the website in 2009 as a way to discover the history of my ancestor Samuel Green, one of the early settlers in West New Jersey. In the process I became fascinated with the political history of that place, which led to many posts on the West Jersey Proprietors. I hope to do more.When my home town celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2013, I had to pay attention to all the stories that can be told about it, and the same thing happened the next year when Hunterdon County celebrated its 300th anniversary.

There is so much more to write about all these places, so much more to learn. In the process, I hope to encourage readers who know even more about these places and the people who have lived here to share their knowledge with me here on Goodspeed Histories.

—Marfy Goodspeed

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