New Jersey references


James P. Snell, History of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties, New Jersey. (Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1881) - page 373. All in Amwell Township, Hunterdon County, NJ.

1731 - Hendrick's signature appears on a bill for "sundry goods", purchased from Lewis Moore.

1 Apr 1736 - Hendrick's signature appears on an "article of agreement" between Isaac Stelle and Hendick Vandolah.

6 MAY 1738 - Hendrick Vandolah purchased property from E. Marcellison. Deed witnessed by Hannah VanVorst, Joseph Bell, and Christopher Search, and acknowledged before Andrew Reed, May 10, 1756. The farm is located in School District No. 96, and is part of the Biddle tract of 5000 acres. When it was purchased of Marcellison there were 220 acres, but by a distribution of the property there remain [in 1881] 113 acres, which have descended by bequest to the present owner, Cyrus VanDolah, Jr.

On 5 Dec 1743, Hendrick's widow leased his farm property to Andrew Orison, named as "the widow of Henry Vandolah", signed by Emanuel Coryell, Sarah Vandolah, and Andrew Orison, with John Larison and Edward Murphy as witnesses.

On 18 Apr 1744, Hendrick's widow signed a receipt, to Capt. Derrick Hoagland, from "Sarah Johnson, widow of Henry Vandolah".

Hunterdon County Master Plan, Sites of Historic Interest (Flemington, NJ: Hunterdon County Government, 1979.) - Items #96, 100, 108.

1740. Three structures owned and used by the Vandolah family that have survived nearly 250 years. "1) Vandolah Tenement, a four bay, stone (coursed rubble with rough square quoins) narrow form 'I' structure with a two bay, frame extension to the right. The three gable roofed dormers are new. A shed roofed porch runs across the first floor front. 2) Vandolah, Tenement, a stone, three bay, main block in the narrow form 'I' and a lean-to- on its rear, partially built into the bank, and a lower, one bay extension to the east of the main block, and 3) Vandolah Farmstead, a stone, four bay, deep form dwelling with a narrow and slightly higher, two bay wing to the left; the center entry has a small gable roofed hood. There are numerous outbuildings.

Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Vol. 37, No. 2, May 1962 (Newark, N.J.: The Society, 1925) - Page 49-56

1741 NJ, Hunterdon Co, Amwell Township - Hendrick Vandola is listed as a Freeholder. The article begins with a description of the reason for raising a jury (a Tom Bell who imitated a Rev. Rowland, an associate of Rev. William Tennant), that the list was found with the papers of Chief Justice Robert Hunter Morris in the Rutgers University Library and the requirements for Freeholder being: 1) residence in NJ; 2) 50 acres of ground with at least 10 cultivated or in boroughs; or 3 acres and a house, or house and land hired if the man is worth Fifty Pounds in Stock of his own.

Hunterdon County, NJ Wills - Amwell Township

10 NOV 1756 NJ. Peter VanDolah was a witness, with James Ashton and James Dalrymple, for the Last Will and Testament of Johannes Johnson. Note: Johannes Johnson is believed to be Peter VanDolah's step-father; in 1744 above, the widow of Henry VanDolah is named Sarah Johnson. Although it is speculated from this will and the Ereminah name that Peter's wife Hester may be a Dalrymple, it should be noted that this will was written presumably before Hester and Peter's marriage (presumably, as no marriage record has been found).

18 Nov 1758 NJ. "In the name of God, Amen, this Eighteenth day of November, the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty-eight, this to be my last will and Testament in the far and Lov of God. I pool my two Brothers, Garret Vandolah and Peter Vandolah; I leav Them my Executors to Divide my Estate, as follows: To my eldest Brother, Garret Vandolah, I leav one-third part of my estate, and to my other, Peter Vandolah, Another third part of my Estate; and to my two Sisters, Anna Wilgus and Charity Hausman, I leav the other third Part of my estate, Equally Divided between my two sisters, to be divided by my Executors. This is my last Will and testament Sined and Sealed in the presents of us witnest. John (his X mark) Vandolah. Witnesses: Jacob Larrowe, Abraham Larrow, Richard (his X mark) Chamberlin.

Hunterdon County Historical Society (Flemington, New Jersey), Manuscript collection, 1700-1984

Hendrick Vandolah in 1725 came to the Vandolah Homestead situated in old Amwell Township, now Delaware and adjoins lands with the Sandy Ridge Baptist Church property two miles east of Stockton and two miles west of Mount Airy Station on Flemington R.R. Here he lived and leased this land til 1738 when he purchased [250] acres of an 800 acre tract owned then by Edon Marcelison of Bound Brook in Middlesex County, N.J. for the sum of 162 Pounds, lawful money of the Province as the deed will show given May 1, 1738. Hendricks Vandolah lived & raised a family of 5 children: Garret, John, Peter, Anna Wilgus and Charity Hausman, John died young. Peter went to Fayette County PA and Garret by paying legacies owned the Homestead and raised a large family of children. One of the sons was an officer and the rest except Henry were soldiers (or privates) in the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War and from there brought the small pox to the family so that all the children died from it except Henry and Sarah. Henry died in 1815 with a family of Mary, William, John, Catherine, Garret, Elizabeth, Cyrus and Henrietta. Sarah married Wm. Wilson the father of Garret V. Wilson who died at Brookville about 1872 and was the father of Rev. Charles Wilson dec'd, of Holmdel, N.J. and Rev. Wm. V. Wilson of Port Monmouth, N.J. Garret by the payment of legacies became the owner of the Homestead in 1838 just one hundred years after his great-grandfather Hendrick bought it into the family, and by his will in 1876 bequeathed the same to his nephew Cyrus Vandolah, Jr. There is an old rifle in the possession of Cyrus Vandolah Jr. that was owned and used by Hendrick Vandolah and was by will bequeathed to the Homestead owners of this family. It was used by one of the Vandolah's in the Revolution, and consequently must be over 160 years old. [ ] the many graves in the Church yard at Sandy Ridge adjoining this old homestead property. Garret Vandolah dug the first grave in 1818, in which Hannah Doyle of Bucks Co, Pa. was buried. She was one of that family from which that county seat took its original name Doyles Town. The lot upon which the School House stands, known as Vandolah's School House, was leased from the Vandolah tract in 1822.
- - - The first census in NJ is in 1830 and there is but one VanDolah entry: Catherine Vandoler (entry or page) -- 1 male 15-20, 2 males 20-30, 1 male 30-40, 1 female 10-15, 2 females 20-30 and one female 50-60. This appears to be Garret's daughter-in-law Catherine Taylor VanDolah (Henry's wife), with children Henrietta 14, Elizabeth 19, Amy 21, Catherine 28, Cyrus 23, John 26, Garret 33, and an unknown teen boy. Catherine's son William Vandoler (entry or page) is 31, married and living in New York; Daughter Mary VanDolah Hunt is 35, married and living in Hunterdon NJ; daughter Sarah died as an infant in 1815. There is a discrepancy for the daughters: only two of the three are listed; perhaps Amy is already married, or one girl is listed incorrectly as the teen boy. Garret's daughter Armina VanDolah Swallow will die in Ohio in 1839 (not mentioned above as surviving smallpox); his daughter Sarah VanDolah Wilson will die in Hunterdon NJ in 1850.

Dr. George H. Larison, Manuscript collection, 1700-1984 - The Dead in Barber's Ground (Flemington, NJ: Hunterdon County Historical Society, 1887)

There is an old burying place in the Township of Delaware near Mount Airy Station on the Flemington Railroad, running to Lambertville, where many older people of note were long since laid to rest. The grounds were well selected in an early day by the Barber family; and others; and from the former, bears its name; and shared the patronage of many of the largest land owners in the southern portion of that Township, and other places as well. Here are to be seen the graves of men who fell the trees, tilled the soil, and made the laws with a variety of others, except the Preacher and man of Law, whose bones may yet be found beneath some obscure clod. Just how soon this selected spot became a receptacle for these honoured dead and the first victim's name whose body was laid therin, the writer has not yet learned, but from what has already been gleaned, the first funeral procession reached here as early as 1750. For over 100 years Barbers Ground was continuously opened to this surrounding community and many families became extinct. [ . . . ] The family of Vandolahs may all lay here. There was Hendricks Vandolah and his son, Garret, who had a son, Henry, the father of Garret Vandolah who died in 1884. They owned the Vandolah Homestead, where Cyras Vandolah now lives. The School House near by for about 100 years has bore their name, for four long generations and now in the 5th. The same old Homestead has been in possession of the family for about 150 years as the records will show. [ . . . ] This paper was hastily written in order to bring sufficient data to light that a clew to passing, yes for passed events might be gathered before the tooth of time eats away these crumbling tablets when little or no record will stand for them. If not some one hard [ ] by the Historical Society does not gather some reminscences to place in their anchors?

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