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Friday, August 5, 2016

Bunnells in the Christopher Hoogeland of Windsor, New Jersey, Estate Records, 1763

Here's the latest from John Bunnell on his research in the New Jersey State Archives–

I was able to spend several more hours in the New Jersey State Archives last month.  Overall, I found a number of other documents related to the Samuel Sr./Samuel Jr./William Bonnell family.
Unfortunately, those document do not, at first review, shed any more light on untangling Samuel Sr. from Samuel Jr., which was my primary purpose. However, there are some important pieces of information. 

Most significantly, I was able to find the young William Bunnell in records relating to the same location on which we've been focused, Windsor, Middlesex County, New Jersey.  The document is the accounts of the estate of Christopher Hoogeland from 20 September 1763.  This is a very large document, so I've just copied the relevant pages.  These include the title pages for the two main sections, followed by the page listing William Bunnell as a creditor to the estate (near the top of the page).  This is followed by the page on which Samuel Bunnell and Jacob Wright are listed as debtors to the estate (middle of the page).  If there were any lingering doubts as to whether these New Jersey Bunnell/Bonnells were the same as appeared in Virginia several years later, they must certainly be dispelled by finding all three on the same document together in Windsor.

I admit that the quality of these copies is poor.  This is mainly a function of the microfilm reader I was working on.  I have much cleaner copies from another machine, but these are printed on 11x14 paper, so I can't fit them in my scanner.  I think there is little need, however, as I have also attached a transcription of the complete document from the New Jersey Genealogical Magazine that captures  their names as well as providing the context.

I think we will discover the relationship between Christopher Hoogeland and the Bonnell/Bunnells was geographic, at a minimum.  In a document I'll forward later, Christopher Hoogeland is a signatory to a request for a liquor license where they state that the public house run by Samuel Bonnell is, in effect, their local pub.
Finding William Bunnell on this document also provides some clue as to his age.  We've seen guesses between 1740 and 1750.  I think this document shows us that the 1750 date must be too late.  I think his latest date of birth is probably 1745, which would have made him of age (18) at the time of this document.  1740 is likely the early limit, as this is the first appearance we see of him in the record, which contains voluminous mention of Samuel Sr., Samuel, Jr., and Isaac.    
The article John refers to is "Accounts of the Estate of Cristopher Hoogeland of Windsor, 1763," by Thomas B. Wilson, published in The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey 82-59-69 May 2007, pages 59-69. I can't post the copy that John included in his e-mail because of copyright laws and regulations. I can quote from it, however.

"Administration on the estate of Christopher Hoogeland of Windwor, Middlesex County, was granted 14 September 1763 to his brother Jacob Hoogeland and Peter Schenk, both of Somerset County. …The original estate file can be found in the New Jersey State Archives, Trenton, N.J., in the series Department of State, Secretary of State's Office, Wills and Inventories, ca. 1670-1900, #3935-68L. The packet includes three inventories drawn up by the administrators, all dated 20 September 1763."

page 67:"…William Bunnell, credit  Balance £8.6.10 outstanding 7 mo." (found on page 3959 in the original file, see below, copy courtesy of John Bunnell).

page 69: "…Samuel Bunnell amounnt £10.0.11  paid £9.94  balance £0.11.7  outstanding 3 mo." (shown on page 3962 of the court file)

George Farris added:

As a location reference, this Christopher Hoagland (who was fairly young - 1732-1763) bought the mill property in November 1758.  It included a grist mill, bolting mills (used to separate flour from the larger particles), a dwelling house and "other improvements."  It was located on the SE side of the Perth Amboy - Burlington Road where it crossed Rocky Brook.  This is now the center of Hightstown, NJ - Main Street of Hightstown is on part of the old Kings Highway. Peddie Lake in Hightstown was the original mill pond.  The old mill site itself is now a city park.   

The Hoagland families owned considerable property along the Brunswick - Princeton Road and this Christopher (there were several Christopher Hoaglands) was born in 1732 near Harlingen in Somerset County.   This particular mill must have served a very wide area when Christopher Hoagland owned it since his customers seem to span an area from Penns Neck at the western end of Windsor Township all the way to Freehold in Monmouth County and south to Bordentown as well as north to Cranberry.

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