April 27, 2021
It has been quite awhile since I published one of the many articles by Egbert T. Bush. A recent news article about how Raritan Township has found another farm to preserve as part of its open space plan got me looking at the neighborhood concerned, and sure enough, Mr. Bush wrote about it, although not that particular farm.
Bush was an educator, and the local one-room schools of the 19th century were dear to his heart. He wrote several articles about some, but not all, of Hunterdon’s schools, and this is one of them:
Summit School Known For Years as Hardscrabble
One of the most important property owners in Bush’s article was Tunis Case, who owned a farm on today’s Old Croton Road. Members of the Case family are showing up constantly in Hunterdon history and in my articles, but I have shied away from publishing a family tree because there are just too many of them with the same name. But today, I decided to attempt just one branch of this huge tree, descendants of Tunis Case and wife Eva Catharine Dubraucke, German immigrants of the 18th century. I expect to hear from descendants with corrections and additions.
The Tunis & Eva Case Family Tree
As for highlighting the Case family in all the trees I’ve published previously, well, maybe I’ll get around to it, maybe not.
Okay, I confess, working on the Bush article and the Case tree was a way to avoid facing up to the challenges of writing part two of the story of the Hunterdon County Bank. I will certainly be returning to that subject, but in the meantime, I’ve got another distraction to publish in the near future—and it’s another article by E. T. Bush. This time it has to do with the old Stockton Inn, known as the Stockton Hotel back in the day. Bush came across the old hotel register kept by John S. Hockenbury from 1874 to 1883. Surprisingly, that book never found its way to the archives of the Hunterdon County Historical Society, so it’s a very good thing that Bush decided to write about it.
That’s it for now.
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