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.
Since most of the Aller family lived in the northern townships of Hunterdon County, I am not very familiar with them, and hesitate to publish this family tree. However, some Allers did live in East Amwell, Raritan and Delaware townships, so I hope that errors here can be corrected by knowledgeable Aller descendants. Especially confusing are the Peter and Henry Allers.
Although previous generations of Williamsons are known, the family of Cornelius Williamson and Grietje Gulick is the first generation to appear in Hunterdon County. Grietje Gulick was the daughter of Joachem Gulick and Jakementie Van Pelt of Somerset County, NJ. Cornelius Williamson was the son of Willem Williamson and Mayken Pieterse Wyckoff of Gravesend, NY. Most of his siblings did not settle in Hunterdon except for his brother Nicholas Williamson. However, the only child of Nicholas that had a family I am aware of is daughter Maria (c.1736-1798) who married Hendrick Gulick in 1754. And since I know so little about this family, I am leaving them off this tree. Another branch of the family to settle in Hunterdon was headed by Peter Williamson and Catherine Broach. That also is a family I have not thoroughly researched.
This article was originally published in “The Delaware Township Post” on March 1, 2009. The Post went out of business, and the articles I published there have disappeared. It seems appropriate now to republish this article, greatly modified, here.