Goodspeed Histories: May 2022

May 7, 2022

The Point Tavern (https://goodspeedhistories.com/point-tavern/)

While researching the tavern Klinesville in Raritan Township, my attention was called to several references to the nearby tavern known as The Point. I was also intrigued by Egbert T. Bush’s confusion about the tavern run by Peter C. Chery, which he thought was in Cherryville. But in fact, it wasn’t–it was the Point Tavern. As usual, researching the history of a tavern’s ownership was an intriguing challenge.

Unfortunately, WordPress decided to make some upgrades that are baffling. You will certainly have trouble dealing with footnotes, for which I am very sorry. As soon as I figure out what WordPress intends, I’ll do my best to fix it. (Oddly enough, footnotes in the older articles seem to work fine.)

Some wonderful photographs are shared on Facebook by Raymond Storey and Gus Manz. One in particular is pertinent to my story of the Point Tavern, and that is a photo shared by Raymond Storey of the old Frank’s Tavern at the corner of South Main and Route 202, another geographic point. Perhaps some of you will recognize it.

Some Items from the Hunterdon Gazette
Long-time readers know that I depend heavily on the abstracts of the Hunterdon Gazette made by Bill Hartmann and his crew of volunteers. Here are a couple gems:

From April 25, 1832:
WAS LOST, On Thursday last, the 19th inst. from the Belvidere Stage, on the road between Pennington and Rocktown, a second- hand SADDLE, together with several pair of SHOES. They were lashed on behind the stage, and supposed to have become loose and fallen off. Any person finding the same is requested to leave them at any tavern on the road between Trenton and Flemington, and a reasonable compensation will be allowed for the trouble.  [signed] Abel Cox. Flemington

This caught my eye because of the idea that one could leave these items at any tavern between Trenton and Flemington, and could be retrieved by their owner. And then there is the matter of lashing a saddle and shoes to the back of a stage coach. Such a puzzle. And Abel Cox is a mystery. This was the only reference to him in the Gazette, and he did not appear at all in the Hunterdon Republican. I thought he might be connected with the family of Albert Schenck Cox, about whom I wrote in Klinesville People (https://goodspeedhistories.com/klinesville-people/) . But no such luck.

And in keeping with the current political season, we have this from the Oct. 23, 1850 issue:

SHERIFFALTY! DAVY CROCKETT IN THE FIELD! To the Voters of the County of Hunterdon ─ I offer myself as an INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE for the office of Sheriff, at the coming election, and if elected I pledge myself to discharge its duties impartially and to the best of my ability. David Coughlin, Milford.

David Coughlin (c.1805-1869) was the son of William Coughlin & Sarah Robinson. He was married to a sister of Nathaniel Britton, and operated a hotel in Milford for many years. His attempt to win election as Sheriff of Hunterdon Co. did not succeed.

Very interesting that Davy Crockett, who died in 1836, was still a powerful American legend in 1850. Did you know he was elected to Congress in 1827 and “vehemently opposed many of the policies of President Andrew Jackson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Jackson) , especially the Indian Removal Act (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Removal_Act) “? [quote from Wikipedia]

Hoping today’s article will counter the dark skies we’re having this weekend,
Marfy