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 »
by Jonathan M. Hoppock
Democrat-Advertiser, 13 September 1906
Located about one mile southwest of Locktown, on the east bank of the Wickecheoche Creek, stands this well-known old-time mill.1 It is nicely located and the creek makes an attractive view as it foams and dashes down the gorge to the mill. It has been known for years past as “The Elisha Rittenhouse Mill,” but is at present owned by Mrs. Mathias Pegg. Continue reading »
By which I mean mill wheels.
There is a fascinating article on water-powered mills to be found on “History–Now and Then” giving detailed information on how the ancient grist mills worked. The author, known as “Jerseyman,” explains how overshot wheels were designed and how much more efficient they were than undershot wheels. Immediately I thought of a locally famous overshot wheel at the old Sergeant’s mill near the Wickecheoke. Here’s a picture that says it all–the perfect example of an overshot wheel. Continue reading »
The Covered Bridge has been a landmark for quite a long time. Next year the bridge will be 140 years old—not bad for a bridge. It has had a lot of work done on it over the years, and some adaptations have been made to allow it to continue standing. I’ve been making adaptations to some of my articles as well. This second essay on the Covered Bridge is adapted from an article that first appeared in the Delaware Township newsletter, “The Bridge,” and from an article published in the Hunterdon Historical Newsletter, Fall 2003 issue.
Fifty years ago, on September 15, 1961, the “reconstructed” covered bridge was dedicated. An alert reporter at the Star Ledger, Mike Frassinelli, reminded me of this fact, and that inspired me to reprint an article I wrote for “The Bridge,” the newsletter for Delaware Township, back in 2001, and also in the Hunterdon Historical Newsletter, Fall 2003 issue. Continue reading »
by Jonathan M. Hoppock
published July 27, 1905 in the Democrat-Advertiser
Mr. Bush is seldom wrong but in this case he got steered in the wrong direction. I corrected his path in the footnotes.
Faded Old Paper Tells Little About Benjamin Tyson’s Mill
But Search by Mr. Bush Discloses Location of the Property
Records Meager on Miller
by Egbert T. Bush, Stockton, N.J.,
published in the Hunterdon Co. Democrat, November 7, 1935
A faded old paper, the original of a road survey made in 1770, was handed to me by my friend, Isaac L. Kipp three years ago. Since that time much effort has been made to locate that road and the mills mentioned as well as to learn about the life and activities of Benjamin Tyson. My success has not been altogether satisfactory, but many interesting things have been found. The beginning of the road, simply in the middle of the “great Road Leading from Benjamin Tyson’s Mill to John Ringoes,” left much guessing to be done. The following is a careful copy of the interesting old paper: Continue reading »