The Lequear Family in Hunterdon County is a very old one. I have written about them in The Old Lequear Farm, with a focus on the Amwell branch of the family, headed by Gerrardus Lequear. In the future, I hope to write more about the Kingwood branch, headed by Thomas Lequear and Elizabeth Bray.
By Marfy Goodspeed in Delaware Township, Featured, Higgins, Raritan Township, Swallow, Thatcher, Trout 3 Comments Tags: Buchanan's Tavern, early settlers, land titles, maps, proprietors, railroads, roads
Route Not Taken, part 7
In this episode of the saga of the unbuilt rail line we travel from Sand Brook into Raritan Township, on our way to Walnut Brook. Here is a detail of the railroad survey map.
(1) Johannes Swallow Sr. (c.1680 – 1749) & Agnes
I know little about this original Johannes and Agnes Swallow. With a name like Johannes, we can presume they were either German or Dutch. There is a record of March 25, 1737 when Johannes Swallow mortgaged 180 acres on “the road leading to Rarington,” which could be almost anywhere.1 A complicating factor is that his son Johannes Swallow, Jr. died the same year he did. Both men wrote wills a short time apart, Johannes Sr. on December 27, 1748 and Johannes Jr. on December 30th. Both were yeomen of Amwell.
Part 6 in the series on the Delaware Flemington Railroad Company and its proposed route from Prallsville to Flemington.
Normally I try to show six generations from the first settler in Hunterdon County. But Holcombes are an exception, as there are so many of them! So, five generations is all I can handle.
Please, share any corrections or additions you might have. And remember, I list the children of daughters, but not their grandchildren.
The Mill in Sand Brook
Original version published in “The Bridge,” Fall 2002
This article precedes the next episode in my series on the route of the Delaware Flemington Railroad, a rail line that was surveyed, but never built. It was planned to run right through the village of Sand Brook, very close to the old mill.
The Rockafellar family is enormous, and not just in Hunterdon County. Like many of my trees, this one features branches of the family that I have come across in my research. But there are many others I know little about, so I apologize for the gaps.
This article by Egbert T. Bush concerns a family who lived in the Croton neighborhood in the mid-19th century. I thought it typical of Mr. Bush’s style of writing, which may seem a bit florid, but is full of empathy for the characters he described.
The train continues on its way to Sand Brook. Having passed through the southern side of the Village of Sergeantsville, it now proceeds through the properties of James Carrell, Othniel Fauss, William Aller, Acker Moore and Mrs. Sergeant.