This is a partial Bellis Family Tree, designed to show the ancestors of David Bellis, owner of John Lequear’s farm in Raritan Township, as described in “The Old Lequear Farm.” I had attempted to design a tree that covered all the descendants of Andreas and Maria Bellis, but that proved impossible based on the information I have found so far. So I decided to publish this partial tree and perhaps get to the rest of the family as more information comes my way. Apologies to those whose relatives are missing.
The Trout family has gotten a fair amount of attention on this website. Please click on Families in the right-hand column, and scroll down to the Trout name, where you will see seven articles on the family.
Because Hannah Lequear and George Trout had so many children, there are a great many families that are connected with them. Some of the family trees for those families have been published, but quite a few are still in the works, such as Besson, Buchanan, Robins, and Thatcher families. Please be advised that I do not publish the grandchildren of daughters, only their own children.
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.
(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.
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 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.
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.
(1) Martin Johnson (1754 – 1828) & Anna Trout (1758 – 1812)
I have very little information on Martin Johnson before his first appearance in Amwell township in 1798 when he purchased a large farm along the Delaware River from John Vancamp. His father was probably Daniel Johnson of Cumberland County, who named son Martin in his will of 1757. Martin Johnson served in some capacity during the Revolution, and may have become acquainted with Amwell Township during that time. This possibility is reinforced by the fact that in 1779 Johnson married Anna Trout, daughter of Amwell landowners George Trout and Hannah Lequear. The Trouts were present in Amwell in the 1750s. Their daughter Anna was the oldest of 11 children.