My previous three articles concerned the history of the old Howell House on Worman Road, on the periphery of the Rosemont neighborhood. Today I move over to the southwest quadrant of the village, back to the part of Mount Amwell that John Reading kept for himself.
I have little information on Ephraim Quinby’s family. He went into debt, and his children seem to have left Hunterdon County. His brother Isaiah remained and was farm more successful.
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Hendrick Endt is said to have traveled from Rotterdam to America in 1733. He was accompanied by Rev. John Naas of the Amwell Brethren Church, his sons Valentine and Daniel, and a Catherine Endt who may have been his daughter. I do not know where he settled or when he died.
Many of the families that the Ents married into have family trees of their own published here, or else they are on my list of trees to publish in the future. I have included the children of female Ents, but not their grandchildren.
This is the family tree belonging to a branch of the Bodine family that lived in or near Delaware Township, Hunterdon County, NJ. The reason I specify that is because there are many earlier branches of the family living in other parts of Hunterdon County that I am not familiar with.
As is my practice, I will include the children of female Bodines, but not their grandchildren. I will make an exception to that rule if I have written about the grandchildren in one of my articles.
The old house on Worman Road has been something of a mystery house for many years. Who built the house and when? These are the classic questions asked when starting work on a house history. In this case, finding the answer took some digging.
One of the early settlers in Amwell Township was Nicholas Sayn, who partnered with Johann Peter Sniter to purchase 1300 acres of the old Haddon Tract in 1748. The partners divided the property between them, and Nicholas settled down and raised a family and farmed his large property. But he son William did not wish to carry on the work, so Nicholas bequeathed his from to his nephew Honis.
There is a Howell family that begins with David Howell (1657-1684) and wife Mary Herick. Their son Daniel Howell (c.1680-1732) and wife Mary Prout lived in Trenton and had nine children, none of whom seem to have established themselves in Hunterdon County, although I have not made certain of that. In any case, that family will not be included here.
Not long ago, Dennis Bertland inquired about an old house that might have been located on the William Rittenhouse tract that I recently wrote about (“The Rittenhouse Tavern.” Dennis’ inquiry can be found in the comments section.) It is located in a blank space on the Hammond Map between the Wickecheoke Creek and Shoppons Run. Who did that space belong to?
Although this article concerns two more owners of the Rittenhouse Tavern, I am going to interrupt the story to relate the history of the Rosemont Store. The reason for that is that the next tavern house owner, Lambert B. Mathews, purchased the store before he bought the house.