June 30, 2018
This week, the conclusion to my stufy of the Rounsavell family who lived on the Cook Proprietary Tract.
The Rounsavells, part two.
You may have noticed how much more information I have for 19th century people than for 18th or 20th century people. The 19th century was the perfect time, when people could keep track of each other, when newspapers were very popular, and census records began providing really useful information. You may have noticed how much more information I have for 19th century people than for 18th or 20th century people.
And so, this week’s post concerns the 19th century Rounsavells: Isaac, his son Stout and his grandson Harrison.
A Country Drive
As I was researching, I thought I’d check out the road return for Yard Road, where the Rounavells lived. I was hoping for a survey map. There was one made, according to the return, but it was missing from the file. Very disappointing!
What is curious about the return is that it described a road that does not really exist anymore, even though there still is a Yard Road. The route has changed considerably from its origin in 1841.
If you are the sort of person who enjoys a country ride, you really should check out Yard Road. It’s got it all—wide open farm fields with ancient hedgerows, beautiful one-lane bridges over trickling creeks, heavily shaded. Lovely. Also several interesting old houses, including the Rounsavells. My only complaint is the McMansion perched atop an unusual hill at the intersection of Yard Road and Sandbrook-Headquarters Road. It looks ridiculous!
Anyway, if you start on the Route 579 end you’ll end up in the charming village of Sandbrook, and then you can head down Route 523 to Sergeantsville and then to Stockton and across the river to Lumberville.
Alternatively, start at Sandbrook, and at Route 579 turn right and head south to Ringoes where you can pick up the Old York Road which takes you into Lambertville. Both routes are lovely drives.