In a recent post I mentioned that I found two items at the Hunterdon County Historical Society that explained what Nathaniel Saxton was doing during the years 1808-1815. Besides investing in Raven Rock and a couple properties in other locations, and becoming an active supporter of the Federalists, Saxton was thinking of infrastructure, in particular, construction of a bridge between Bull’s Island and Lumberville. Continue reading »
By Marfy Goodspeed in Amwell Township, Delaware Township, Families, Howell, Hunterdon County, Quinby, Raven Rock-Saxtonville 2 Comments Tags: Bucks County, Bull's Island, maps, surveying, The Revolution
Some time ago, I made reference to the map of the Delaware River prepared by Reading Howell. Some people pointed out to me that Howell had made such a map in 1792, but were surprised by the date 1785. I had seen a copy of that map but had been unable to find it in my papers—that is, until today, when I found a very nice copy among the news clippings and other items saved by Edna Laszlo of Raven Rock. I am sorry to say, there was no notation explaining where the original map is kept. Continue reading »
By Marfy Goodspeed in Amwell Township, Bull, E. T. Bush, Families, Historians Revisited, Hunterdon County, Raven Rock-Saxtonville 3 Comments Tags: Bull's Island, D&R Canal, Nathaniel Saxton, post offices, stores, taverns
“Village Might Appropriately Have been Called Riven Rock
Quarry Once Busy Place”
By Egbert T. Bush, Stockton, N.J.
published in the Hunterdon Co. Democrat, February 12, 1931
Note: This article was written by Egbert T. Bush, not by me. I have only added some footnotes for clarification and the photograph of Raven Rock Station, which was not part of the original article.
Saxton’s First Appearance in Raven Rock
In 1802, Nathaniel Saxton witnessed the will and codicil of Guilbert Van Camp, who lived just east of Raven Rock. In 1807, he witnessed a deed from the estate of William Reading deceased, whose property was in the same vicinity.1 These two events, and probably others I have not found yet, may have served to acquaint him with the neighborhood of Raven Rock. Continue reading »
Nathaniel Saxton Esq. is one of the more intriguing characters to appear in Hunterdon County history. I have been looking forward to writing about him for a long time. Continue reading »
By Marfy Goodspeed in Amwell Township, Delaware Township, Families, Hunterdon County, Quinby, Raven Rock-Saxtonville 1 Comment Tags: Bull's Island, land titles, mills, Nathaniel Saxton, portraits, taverns
Before I write about the new owners of the Raven Rock mills (Nathaniel Saxton and George Holcombe), I must give due notice to Moses Quinby and the remainder of his stay in Amwell (Delaware) Township. Continue reading »
What Became of Mahlon Cooper?
It is too bad that Cooper and Curry could not hang on long enough to enjoy the short-lived prosperity caused by the War of 1812. But perhaps that surge in economic activity helped them to recover from their losses in Hunterdon County. I do not know how their creditors recovered, since the sales of the mill property brought in so little ($7 and $50). I gather that Cooper and Curry were not expected to make up the difference, having lost everything in the lawsuit. Continue reading »
By Marfy Goodspeed in Amwell Township, Delaware Township, Families, Holcombe, Hunterdon County, Quinby, Raven Rock-Saxtonville No Comments Tags: Bull's Island, early settlers, land titles, mills, Nathaniel Saxton
It has been a long time since I published my last installment in the saga of Raven Rock. The last post described Moses Quinby’s purchase of the 75 acres adjoining Bull’s Island. This one will discuss the millers Mahlon Cooper and Robert Curry, whose 10-acre mill lot was adjacent to the 75 acres and to Bull’s Island. Continue reading »
As the end of the 18th century approached, ownership of Raven Rock and Bull’s Island was changed from a single large landowner to multiple owners with different ways of exploiting the resources of the neighborhood. Continue reading »