The Larison Family Tree includes many people who made a mark on Hunterdon history. Andrew Larison, the first resident in today’s Hunterdon County, bought land in old Amwell Township in 1779. He came from Hopewell Township, and was the son of James Larison (born c.1695 Long Island, died 1792 in Hopewell Twp.) and Keziah Parke (1713-1788), daughter of Roger Parke, Jr.
The Vandolah’s were Dutch. Their name was often spelled Van Dolah, but Vandolah seems to have been used the most. The family showed up early in Hunterdon County, but their exact origins are not known. Hubert G. Schmidt, in his book Rural Hunterdon (pp. 31-32), wrote of the many Dutch families who came to Hunterdon in the early 18th century:
Like the Hunt and Vandolah families, the Butterfoss family was one of the earliest to settle in Hunterdon County. But where they came from or exactly when I cannot say. Butterfoss suggests a German name, but I have found nothing to confirm that. I hope there are some Butterfoss descendants out there who can help out.
The Hunt Family was well-known in Hunterdon County from its earliest years, both in the county as it is known today, and in the part of it that was divided off to become Mercer County. For proof of that, just check out the index for Dr. Eli F. Cooley’s Genealogy of Early Settlers in Trenton and Ewing “Old Hunterdon County” New Jersey. You will find Hunt names filling two pages there.
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.
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.
Col. John Reading was the first of the family to living in Hunterdon County, in fact the first European to officially reside in Amwell Township. (There most likely were unknown squatters.) He purchased his 1440-acre tract of land in 170_, and the Township of Amwell was created in 1708. He and wife Elizabeth had only four children, and only one son, from whom all the Hunterdon Readings descend.