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The New Jersey Historical Society
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.
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.
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.
This collection is arranged in chronological order.
For other collections containing indentures and deeds (19th century) see:
Manuscript Group 1604, Sussex County, Indentures and Documents, 1738-1857
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1621, Guide to the Bloom and Housel Family Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.
Donated by Michael E. Cloncs to the New Jersey Historical Society in March 2004.
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.
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.