Goodspeed Histories: The Haddon Tract Part II
After taking time out to enjoy a great Thanksgiving with the family, I am now able to publish my next installment in the series concerning properties in the old Haddon Tract, which was surveyed in 1714. This time, the focus is on the northwest corner of the tract which came to be owned by Francis Besson and his son John, and Andrew Bearder. Francis and Andrew were among the many German immigrants who settled in the area. One wonders what made it so attractive to them. Someone told me once it was the heavy clay soil.
December is a month for parties, and many are being given by local historical societies. This is a good opportunity to meet the neighbors who care about preserving and promoting their local history.
Looking through the Gazette for this month, I noticed several businesses opening in Flemington in the 1830s. One in particular caught my eye:
“M. K. KELLOGG, PORTRAIT PAINTER, Respectfully informs the Ladies and Gentlemen of Flemington and vicinity, that he has taken a room at Mr. Thomas Alexander’s Tavern, and intends remaining a short time, if encouraged. A few specimens may be seen, by calling at his room.” [December 10, 1834.]
Did Mr. Kellogg get some sitters? How we would love to see those portraits! Another curious item appeared in the Hunterdon Gazette on December 8, 1830:
“The public are informed, that CENTER BRIDGE, over the River Delaware, four miles above New Hope, is finished in a complete and safe condition for crossing.”
This is odd because the bridge had been open since its construction in 1814. My guess is that the original builders might have been in too much of a hurry and the bridge developed some structural issues after 15 years. I’m sure “the public” were as happy about its reopening as we are when the county road crews finish their work and let us travel again at our usual speed.
Best wishes to all,