HOLCOMBE. John and Elizabeth Holcombe appeared in Amwell Township around 1705-1710, and are thought to have built the oldest house still standing in Hunterdon County, located at the Holcombe-Jimison farm just north of Lambertville. In the 18th and 19th centuries, there were numerous Holcombes living in south Hunterdon. Check “More Online Resources,” in the right-hand column for a link to a genealogical website for the Holcombes.
For the final installment of my study of the Haddon Tract,1 I am turning to the remainder of the property that was left to Nicholas Sine. As a reminder, Nicholas Signe/Sayn/Sine was a partner with another German immigrant, Jacob Sniter, in the 1748 purchase of 1300 acres of the Haddon Tract, a 2,000-acre plot that was surveyed for John Haddon in 1711. Daniel Robins had purchased the other 700 acres.
Camp Ground of the Glorious Old Continental Army in 1777
by Jonathan M. Hoppock
originally published in the Democrat-Advertiser, Oct. 10, 1901
From the photograph and from Hoppock’s description, it appears that this “campground” was located along Route 523 near Sand Brook.
Overseers of Roads
At the first town meeting, the Township Committee voted that $1,000 was to be raised for making and repairing roads. Municipalities were responsible for their roads, while the county took responsibility for the bridges. Generally, it was the landowners along the roads who maintained them, so you can imagine what condition they were in: dust in the summer, mud in the spring and downright impassible in the winter, unless you had a sleigh. The township named many people to be Overseers of Roads. It’s hard to say exactly what their responsibilities were. Most likely, they managed the work that was ordered by the Surveyors of Highways. Continue reading »
The mill once owned by Mahlon Cooper and Robert Curry in Saxtonville became a hot potato during the War of 1812 and thereafter. It changed hands several times before Nicholas Baird acquired it in 1823.
Note: It has been awhile since I last wrote about life in Raven Rock. Here are the previous posts: Saxton in Raven Rock, Reading Howell’s Map, The Bull’s Island Bridge, and Saxton’s Saxtonville. Continue reading »
Big Distilling Business Once Thrived Along Laborious Wickecheoke Creek
“Jersey Lightning” Makers
written by Egbert T. Bush, Stockton, NJ
published January 8, 1931, Hunterdon County Democrat
Egbert T. Bush is the author of this article. I have added footnotes with additional information and also some additional headings (the smaller ones) due to the considerable amount of information that Bush included in this article. If there is one lesson to be learned from this saga, it is that in certain neighborhoods in the 19th century, there were only one or two degrees of separation, not six.1 Continue reading »
By Marfy Goodspeed in Amwell Township, Delaware Township, Families, Holcombe, Hunterdon County, Quinby, Raven Rock-Saxtonville No Comments Tags: Bull's Island, early settlers, land titles, mills, Nathaniel Saxton
It has been a long time since I published my last installment in the saga of Raven Rock. The last post described Moses Quinby’s purchase of the 75 acres adjoining Bull’s Island. This one will discuss the millers Mahlon Cooper and Robert Curry, whose 10-acre mill lot was adjacent to the 75 acres and to Bull’s Island. Continue reading »
I learned yesterday that the owners of the old Rake house on Sandbrook-Headquarters Road had taken down the remains of the house after it had been gutted by fire. This is disappointing, as it appeared that there was enough of the old stone walls to incorporate into a new building. Clearly not everyone sees the value in preserving such things. You can see a picture of the house and get the story of the fire here. Continue reading »