Manuscript Group 1621, Guide to the Bloom and Housel Family Papers 1841-1878


Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
Access Points
Related Material
Administrative Information

Series Descriptions and Container List

Bonds, deeds, and indentures

Guide to the Bloom and Housel Family Papers 1841-1878
MG 1621

The New Jersey Historical Society
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Newark, New Jersey 07102
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The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Inventory prepared by Douglas Baldwin.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. September 2004. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

  Creator: Bloom and Housel Family
  Title: Bloom and Housel Family Papers
  Dates 1841-1878
  Abstract: Contains bonds, indentures, and deeds for properties in Hunterdon and Warren counties, New Jersey.
  Quantity: .03 linear feet
  Collection Number: MG 1621

Biographical Note

While there is almost no genealogical of biographical information available for most of the parties listed in documents in this collection, there are noted exceptions.

Rev. Holloway Hunt was a well-known Presbyterian minister in the Warren County area. He was born in 1769 in Orange City, NY. He graduated from Princeton College in 1795, and became pastor at churches located in both Hardyston, NJ and Newton, NJ. Then, in 1804, he moved to Hunterdon County and took charge of churches in Kingwood, NJ, Bethlehem, NJ, and Alexandria, NJ. He passed away in 1858.

Asher Housel held various positions in public office in Hunterdon County. While there is no date of birth and early biographical information on him, records indicate that he was married to Mary Young on June 9, 1842, by Rev. Hunt. During his adult life he held positions as the Bethlehem Town Clerk (1837), Union Township Clerk (1869-1875), Justice of the Peace (1850-1854), and Overseer of Roads and Appropriations (1860-1861). Furthermore, Mr. Housel also served on the Union Township Committee of Appeals (1856-58; 1859-62; 1863-1874).

William Vanderbuilt, son of Jacob and Catharine Van der Bilt, resided in Milford, NJ (Hunterdon County). He inherited a large tract of land from an uncle. He married Mary Metler, and helped to build the Presbyterian church in Milford.

There is also limited genealogical information in regards to Mr. Samuel Eckel. He was the grandson of Henry Eckel, and son of John and Mary Harpell Eckel. His parents were married in 1780, and moved to Alexandria, NJ. The family is originally of German decent (their family surname was originally spelled as ‘Haeckel’). His grandfather’s original birth name was Heinrich Haeckel, however the names changed when he migrated to the United States from Germany in 1750.

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Scope and Content Note

The documents contained in the collection consist of bonds, deeds, and indentures between specific parties. The deeds and indentures are specifically for tracts of land in both Hunterdon and Warren counties in NJ. Most of the properties referenced in these documents are for timber and woodlands.

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This collection is arranged in chronological order.

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Access Points

  The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
  Subject Names:
    Hunt, Holloway Whitfield, 1769-1858.
  Subject Topics:
  Subject Places:
    Alexandria, (N.J.).
    Greenwich, (N.J.).
    Hunterdon County (N.J.).
    Warren County (N.J.).
  Document Types:

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Related Material

For other collections containing indentures and deeds (19th century) see:

Manuscript Collection 249, Canfield-Dickerson Family Papers, 1738-1928

Manuscript Collection 569, Wilcox Family 1801-1870 (New Providence, NJ)

Manuscript Group 651, Schuyler Family 1724-1885 (New Barbados Neck, NJ)

Manuscript Group 915, Baldwin-Reeves Family

Manuscript Collection 1007, Wheeler Family (Newark, NJ)

Manuscript Group 1053, Robert Family

Manuscript Collection 1201, Headley Family Papers 1714-1842

Manuscript Group 1205, Mark D Ewing Collections, 1706-1865

Manuscript Collection 1225, Canfield Family 1750-1832 (Newark, NJ)

Manuscript Group 1604, Sussex County, Indentures and Documents, 1738-1857

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1621, Guide to the Bloom and Housel Family Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Michael E. Cloncs to the New Jersey Historical Society in March 2004.

Processing Information

Manuscript documents are in fairly good condition, but should be handled with care due to their thin consistency. A portion of the 1864 Indenture regarding Philip Major and Harriet Hughes selling land to Benjamin Rimmenaur (?) appears to have been torn off at the top of the page. Furthermore, there appears to be several pieces of tape on the right lower margin of the document, which have not been removed. Otherwise, the documents in this collection are completely intact.

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Herdan, Andrew C (ed), Union Township : Rural Recollections,Union Township Historical Society; Bradford Press; Flemington, NJ; co. 1988.

Snell, James (compiled by), History of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, NJ, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers; ; Everts and Peck; co. 1881.

Biographical Encyclopedia Of New Jersey of the Nineteenth Century; Galaxy Publishing Co; Philadelphia, PA; co. 1877.

Cummins, George Wyckoff, History of Warren County, New Jersey,Lewis Historical Publishing Company; New York; co. 1911.

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Series Descriptions and Container List

Bonds, deeds, and indentures
Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Bond from Asher Housel to Rev. Holloway Whitefield Hunt for four hundred and fifty dollars (Bethlehem, NJ – Hunterdon County). 1841 May 1
1 1 Indenture: Peter Bloom and Amy Bloom selling five acres of woodland in Bethlehem, NJ (Hunterdon County) to Samuel C Eckel for seventy five dollars. 1845 April 30
1 1 Deed between Peter Bloom and Amy Bloom and Samuel C. Eckel for five acres of woodland in Bethlehem, NJ (Hunterdon County). 1845 April 30
1 1 Indenture: William Towson selling 3 and 38/100 acres of timberland to William Vanderbuilt for one hundred fourteen dollars and ninety cents in Alexandria, NJ (Hunterdon County). 1841 May 1
1 1 Bond from Asher Housel to Henry Johnson for $1000 (Union Township, NJ- Hunterdon County). 1856 April 2
1 1 Indenture: Philip Major and Harriet Hughes selling Benjamin Rimmenaur (?) 7.05 acres of woodland in Alexandria, NJ (Hunterdon County) at fifty five dollars an acre. 1864 Oct 29
1 1 1866 Bond between William Butler and William Allshouse/Philip Carpenter for eight hundred dollars (Greenwich Township, NJ- Warren County). 1866 Apr 2
1 1 1878 Indenture (mortgage): William Butler selling Elizabeth/Sarah Tarry two tracts/parcels of land in Greenwich Township, NJ for one thousand four hundred dollars (Warren County). 1878 Apr 1

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