In my research I have often come across references to Johnson’s Tavern as a landmark. Deeds refer to it when identifying roads, like “the road from Swamp Meeting House (Locktown) to Johnson’s Tavern” or “the road from Rittenhouse Tavern (Rosemont) to Johnson’s Tavern.” And sometimes it is just “the great road to Johnson’s Tavern,” which is today’s Route 519 through Kingwood Township.
I think this is the first time I’ve prepared a tree and not found any second marriages. Given the mortality of young women in the 19th century, this is quite a surprise, and I suspect I am missing someone.
or The Gilded Age on Main Street
By the time of the Civil War, Flemington had grown considerably, but the war had dampened commercial spirits and citizens were eager for a comeback. This was demonstrated by an item from the editor of the Hunterdon Republican, on Nov. 1, 1865:
I have written about Locktown’s tavern before—in my article on the life of Daniel Rittenhouse. At the time that I wrote it, I thought he had established the original tavern. That turns out to be not true.
I decided to make a tree out of the information I have accrued so far to help me sort out relations in my article on The Locktown Hotel. I have not deeply studied this family, so there are certain to be mistakes and missing family members. As always, additions and corrections are welcome. Also, children of daughters will be listed, but not grandchildren.
It was Isaac Servis (c.1770-1846) who inspired me to compose this Servis family tree. He was the earliest known tavernkeeper in the village of Locktown in old Amwell Township, and son of first generation George & Rebecca Servis.
I am certain there are mistakes and omissions in this tree, and will be happy to receive corrections and additions. Add them to the Comments section below or email me with your information.
(1) Peter Emery Sr. (1739 – 1798) & Catharine Apgar (~1743 – 1814)
Peter Emery was born in Lebanon Township, Hunterdon County to Conrad and Margreth Emery, immigrants from Wolfenbüttel, Germany.
The history of the Union Hotel continues, following the sale in 1850 by innkeeper Mahlon C. Hart and wife Maria to a partnership of real estate investors.
Flemington, New Jersey
My last article studying the history of the Union Hotel began with the beginning of the Village of Flemington in the 18th century and left off in 1809 with Neal Hart as owner of what was then known as “the House of Neal Hart in Flemington.”
A sketch of the hotel in its later years.
While researching the history of the Union Hotel in Flemington, I came across an advertisement in the November 5, 1845 edition of a newspaper called Public Ledger, located in Philadelphia. It caught my attention for a couple reasons. First, because of its claim to be the only known cure for consumption.