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Goodspeed Histories: Who owned the house after Benjamin Howell died?

A little late this morning, but finally, part two of The Howell House (https://goodspeedhistories.com/howell-house-part-two/) .  It took me a little longer than usual to sort out what was going on with this property. I wasn’t the only one who was baffled by all the Howell family transactions, trying to figure out who was living in the house. But thanks to documents saved by Austin Davison and contributed to the Hunterdon Co. Historical Society by Carl Cathers, along with a laborious review of recorded deeds, I’m pretty confident I’ve got it sorted out.

Falling Can Be Fatal
One of the family members who will show up in part three of the Howell House is William Fell. As usual with people I write about, I did a search on his name in the Hunterdon Republican. Needless to say, I can across many falling incidents. So many that I got curious. What was it like to fall in the 19th century?
There were certain types of fall that are pretty unusual these days, involving wagons, buggies, and railroads. Also, not many people fall out of trees anymore. And very few fall into the canal. The number one cause of injuries, however, was a matter that is still common today—falling down stairs. I will probably post an article on these and other injuries, but in the meantime, please watch your step!

Sandy Ridge Baptist Church
NJ.com (https://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2018/10/sandy_ridge_baptist_church_celebrates_bicentennial.html) recently published an article on how the church is celebrating it’s 200th anniversary on Octobere 20-21. That is something to be proud of. Not only is the building still standing (the original building was constructed in 1818), but the congregation is still going strong, and that is becoming something of a rarity. The celebration will be on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.
I have one gripe, and am not sure who was responsible—NJ.com or whoever wrote the press release for them. It gives a short history of the church, crediting David Butterfoss and “Parritt” Vandolah for donating land for the building and the cemetery. That’s Garret, folks, not Parritt. How did they come up with that? I was so perturbed I actually signed in in order to make a comment.

Has the rain finally stopped? Time to dry out!
Best wishes,