While going through my files I came upon an article about the Inn by Hunterdon historian Egbert T. Bush. It tells us much about how popular and important the Inn was, not just to Stockton but also to the surrounding towns.
(1) Tunis Hontis Case (1691 – 1772) & Eva Catharine Dubraucke (1695 – after 1774)
This couple came to Hunterdon County from the Rheinland-Pfalz area of Germany, probably fairly late in life. Tunis was not listed with Amwell Township freeholders in 1741, but in 1755 he was naturalized along with son Peter. The Case family was extensive in Hunterdon County, especially in Amwell (later Raritan) Township, and this is only one branch of the Case/Kaes/Kase tree.
Raritan Township was in the news not long ago for its effort to acquire and preserve a 48-acre farm to the west of Flemington. It is located near an area that has long been known as “Hardscrabble.”
I was inspired to publish this tree because of Ann Housel who married Flemington notable, John C. Hopewell. But I was not able to link her to the Housel family of Amwell, so I am publishing first the Amwell Housel tree followed by Ann Housel Hopewell’s family.
My previous article discussed the evolution of political parties in the early 1850s, both nationally and in Hunterdon County. The Democratic party was still going strong, while the Whig party was fading away and two new parties had come on the scene: the Republican party and the American party, better known as the Know Nothings.
Hunterdon County Politics in the 1850s
I am going to step away briefly from the life of John C. Hopewell to shed some light on a political movement that Hopewell and many other Flemington notables got caught up in.
The second generation of this Lair Family tree came to New Jersey came from Germany in the mid-18th century, after the death of the patriarch in Lyons, France. The widow and her sons came to Hunterdon County in 1757, but settled in different places, one in the northern county and the other in the southern. The name is usually spelled Lair, but sometimes as Lare.
The Myers family from Germany was prominent in old Amwell Township, Hunterdon County for several generations. But people were not careful about how they spelled the name. It could be Myers, Myres, Mires, Meyers or anything else they could think of.