Part  3


MANASQUAN  NJ,  By Trafford, Mack & Leslie, 1962

(An excerpt providing an historical vignette on early Monmouth Co. development)


In 1609 Sir Hendryck Hudson sailed along our shores, landed betimes, made slight exploration in the vicinity of Sandy Hook; and on 2 Sep 1609 made this entry in his “Log-Book of the Half Moon”; “a very good land to fall in with, and a pleasant land to see.”

Upon this discovery the energetic Dutch laid claim to the lands in what now are New Jersey and New York.

Long before Hendryck Hudson ever went a-voyaging, nay before this doughty seaman shrilled his first baby cry, the “good and pleasant land” had been discovered, explored and settled by that immemorial legal process known as squatters‟ rights. 

The Unamis branch of the Lenni Lenape Indians lived along the river known as Manasquan and upon the Island since called “Osborne‟s.” They claimed the exclusive right to fish in and hunt along the tributaries of the river. Manasquan, Maniquan, Mannisquan, Manasquam, Squan and Squan Village are mentioned in various old records, among them a deed dated 1685.

The name is said to mean “an island with enclosure for squaws”.


The last Indian claimants to the land were known to the whites as Tom Store and Andrew Woolley. They claimed „from the mouth of Squan River to the mouth of the Shrewsbury River, to the streams of each to their heads and across from one head to another.‟ This claim was satisfactorily settled at a subsequent conference held at Easton, Pennsylvania, in October, 1758.

So, to the Indian exploration and hunting and fishing rights and to the doughty Dutch goes the honor of discovering not only the land, but the goodness and pleasantness and worthwhileness of this part of America for all those who should follow in the centuries to come. 


The white man, having discovered this part of the American Continent, and having come to the conclusion that it was truly a “good and pleasant land,” his fellows proceeded to draw the conclusion into reality.

The first settlers of what is now, and has been for nearly three centuries, the County of Monmouth, were John Bowne, Richard Stout and three others, with their families, who came and 

made their settlement in the spring or summer of 1664, nearly, or over a year before the Monmouth Patent was granted.

On the 8th day of April, 1665, Richard Nicholls, Esq., Governor under His Royal Highness, the Duke of York, of all his territories in America, signed a grant, which is known as the Monmouth Patent. This was duly signed in the presence of sixteen Indians, thirteen settlers, and the 



Governor and his executives, the Indians in their primitive dress, the settlers in the dull garb of the Quakers, Puritans, Long Island Dutch, and the Governor and his executives in the scarlet and Gold uniforms of their rank, made a memorable scene in the old State House in New York.

This grant embraced parts of Middlesex and Ocean Counties and all of what is now Monmouth, except the Township of Upper Freehold and the western part of Millstone. The patentees were William Goulding, Samuel Spicer, John Bowne, Richard Gibbons, Richard Stout, James Grover,  John Tilton, Nathaniel Sylvester, William Reape, Walter Clark, Nicholas Davies and Obadiah Holmes. The Patentees and their associates immediately commenced their settlements. 

Three Indian deeds cover the section of New Jersey embraced by Monmouth County. They were acknowledged before Governor Nicholls of New York. 

Nearly all the settlers came from Long Island and Rhode Island settlements. Many of these had previously lived in the Colony of Massachusetts Bay and had left there on account of the religious persecution to which they had been subjected.

On June 24, 1664, the Duke of York had disposed of all his interests in the territory lying between the Hudson and the Delaware Rivers to Lord Berkeley and Sir George Carteret. This was before the issuance of the proclamation of Gov. Nicholls, who was unaware of the transaction until the arrival of Philip Carteret, a brother of Sir George Carteret, late in the summer of the same year.

Philip Carteret at once gave proclamation of his Commission as Governor “under the new Lord Proprietors”. By the terms of this document the title derived by the settlers from Governor Nicholls was absolutely ignored and they were required to take out new patents under the proprietors, whom they were to acknowledge as land-lords and to whom they were to pay stipulated quit-rents. 

The Proprietors claimed that the titles given by Governor Nicholls were void, to which the settlers demurred. Defiance, disputes, appeals, friction, riots, and imprisonments, covering many years and many changes of ownership, were the outcome.

Among those recorded in the record of “Quit-Rents” and Patents are some interesting and familiar Monmouth County names:  “Richard Hartshorne—500 acres, January 18, 1685. Rate of quit-rent ½d Total of quit-rent six

pence. ‘On both sides of Manasquan River’. This is the first patent or agreement with claimers by Nicholl’s grant in Monmouth County.”

“Ephraim Allane—100 acres, August 15, 1686. Rate of quit-rent ½d Total of quit-rent six pence. ‘Sundry parcels on Manasquan River.’ Six pence for whole, distress.”

“Francis La Fetra—100 acres, March 22, 1687. Rate of quit-rent ½d Total of quit-rent six pence. ‘Widow of Edmond.’ Sundry tracts on Manasquan.”



Richard N. Hartshorne came to New Jersey from London in September 1779 and for a time resided at Wawake. He became interested in the Nicholls‟ Patent controversy and in 1685, with several others, he took up 2500 acres of land on the coast, extending from “Rack Pond” on the North, to the head of Barnegat Bay, on the south. This land was taken under the name of the Manasquan Beach Company. Thus we have one of the earliest, if not the earliest mention of the name of Manasquan, in American records.

As the settlers purchased their lands and moved in, about all the Indians moved away. There were a few exceptions, among whom was Indian Will, who fished and hunted from Shrewsbury to Barnegat, camping at various places.

Gradually the uplands along the shore were settled. Those who settled in the vicinity of Manasquan came by way of the sea in ships. Landing in the river, they selected their home sites, cleared the land, built their homes in which they installed their families and few, and often scant possessions.

Bit by bit they cleared their land, made trails which became crude roads and in their habitations began to mingle in those social gatherings that have ever been the relaxation of those who live close to the soil and come to grips with nature.

So began and grew the settlements along the placid Manasquan.


To say that our town has grown is to say something that seems silly, for years ago there was no town, just settlements or habitations scattered here and there singly or in neighborly fashion in the clearings in the forests or by the quiet river-side.

By the time the fateful days of the Revolutionary war had rolled around, Manasquan Inlet had become a refuge for small boats and was by way of becoming a small sea port.

The Salt Works, which were scattered all along our coast, were the objects of depredation on the part of the British and their Tory allies.

The charcoal industry was beginning to flourish and various trades and occupations which cause men to gather in groups for mutual help and convenience were being developed among the dwellers in the eastern end of Monmouth County.

But ever as late as 1815, there was no village of Manasquan and its site was a thick hickory wood, having a small clearing where the Osborn House once stood (near the intersection of present Main and South Streets).

It seems that the first building that could properly be called the beginning of the town was built in 1808. It was an Inn, afterward kept by Peter Bailey. 

Soon after 1815, there was a tavern-house, the store of Jacob Curtis, the houses of Benjamin Pearce, William McKnight and David Curtis.



Timothy I. Bloomfield, who had kept a store inland, took over the tavern and was keeping it in 1825. He name the little settlement “Squan Village.”

The only house of worship in this entire community at this time was the Quaker Meeting House,but this simple, beautiful faith flourished in the midst of world cares and concerns. 

John Woolman, one of the uncannonized saints of America, records in his Journal, “On the eighth of eighth month, 1746, I left home with the unity of Friends, and in company with my beloved friend and neighbor, Peter Andrews ...visited them in their meetings generally about Salem. We had meetings also at Barnagat, Manahocin and Mane Squan, and so to the yearly meeting at Shrewsbury.” Again he writes, “Eighth month 1761—Having felt drawings in my mind to visit Friends in about Shrewsbury, I went there...I also had a meeting at Squan...and, as a way opened, had conversation with some noted Friends concerning their slaves.” (Harvard Classics, Vol. I, p. 191 and 260)

Thus, through all the years there has been a strong religious influence in and around Manasquan.

Our growth has been slow, but steady. By the middle of the last century, there were two stores, one kept by Hatsell (Hadsell?) and Curtis and the other by John Gifford. Another Meeting House, the Old Free Church on the Hill (later to be known as the Ocean Mill (Hill) Methodist Protestant Church) was built in what is now Atlantic Cemetery.

A weekly mail route was established from Freehold to Tom‟s River by way of “Old Squan Long Bridge” by Act of Congress on April 20th, 1818. This route was from Freehold by Squankum, Manasquan (Manasquan here means large settlement in the vicinity of what is now the Route 70 Bridge over the Manasquan River), Toms River, Cedar Creek and Manahawkin to Tuckerton. Samuel Allen was the Postmaster at the Bridge. 

During the year 1854 a considerable interest was manifested toward having a postoffice at Squan, as the inhabitants were compelled to go two miles or more to Squan Bridge for their mail. In this movement, Osborn Curtis took a very active part and he became the unanimous choice of the people for post-master. Mr. Curtis went to Washington with his petition and after he had made known the grievances of the people to the Postmaster General, the request was granted. They were allotted a postoffice and Mr. Curtis was officially appointed postmaster. He was also a member of the Legislature and instrumental in bringing the railroad to the Shore.

In 1855 Elias R. Haight established a stage coach service between the boat terminal at Red Bank and Manasquan. Stage coaches left Red Bank and proceeded to Eatontown. The next stop was 

the Half-way House in Wayside. After a brief stop, the coach would proceed to the Trap-Tavern in Hamilton (at the intersection of Route 33 and Old Corlies Road) where the travelers usually had their lunch. The coach then proceeded along country roads to Tilton‟s Tavern at Bailey‟s Corner and thence to the Squan House at Manasquan, the end of an arduous day‟s journey.





(Taken from the Collection of the New Jersey Historical Society, Vol. I, p. 419)

Loving Friend,

I promised to write when god brought me to Jersey, but had not time till now; I shall give thee a brief account of the Country, no fiction, but the truth. It is beyond what I expected. It is scituate in a good Aire, which makes it healthy, and there is great conveniency for traveling from places throw the Province in Boats, from a small Canoe to Vessels of 30, 30, or 50 Tun, and in some places 100. In the Bay coming up to Amboy point, where the Town of Perth is now in building, a Ship of 300 Tun may easily ride close to the Shoar, within a plank length to the Shoar and the houses of the town; and yet the land there, nor other in the Province is not low, Swampy marsh ground but pretty high ground, rising from the water side; at Amboy point the bank of the River is 20 foot, in some places 30, and in some 40 foot high; and yet hath many conveniences for handling goods. 

The soile is generally black, and in some places a foot deep bearing great burthens of Corn, and Naurally bringeth forth English grass 2 years pleuching: the ground is tender, and the ploughing is very easie, the trees grow genrally not thick, but some places 10, in some 15, in some 25, or 30 upon an Acre. This I find generally, but in some particular places there are 100 upon an Acre, but that is very rare; The trees are very tall and straight, the generall are Oak, Beech, Walnut: Chestnuts and Acorns lie thick upon the ground for want of eating, Peaches, Vines, Strawberries, and many other sorts of Fruit grow commonly in the woods. There is likewayes Gum tree, Cedar, White Wood, like our Fir tree; Walnuts Chestnuts and others lye thick upon the ground. There is a great plenty of Oysters, Fish, Foul. Pork is 2 pennies the pound, Beef, and Venison 1 penny the pound, a whole fat buck at 5 or 6 (shillings?) Indian Corn at 2s 6d per Bushel: Oats 20 pennies, and Barley 2 shill per Bushell: We have good brick earth, and stone for building at Amboy and elsewhere, the Countrie Farme houses are built very cheap, a Carpenter with a man‟s own servants, builds the house, they have all materials for nothing exept Nails; their Chimneys are of stones; they make their own Ploughs and Carts for the most part, only the Iron work is very dear.  The poorer sort set up a house of two or three Rooms themselves after this manner, The walls are of cloven timber, about 8 or 10 inches broad, like planks set on end to the ground and the other nailed to the raising, which they plaster within: They build a VBarn after the same manner, and these cost not above 5 lib. A piece; and then to work they go, 2 or 3 men will in one year clear 50 acres, in some places 60, and in some more. They sow Corn the first year, and afterwards maintain themselves; and the increase of Corn, Cows, Horses, Hogs and Sheep comes to the Landlord. Several Merchants of New York have left there several Plantations there, to come to East Jersey; 2 or three joyn together, bring 12, 15 or 20 servants and one Over seer, which cost them nothing for the first year, except some Shoes, Stockings, and Shirts: I have seen these Plantations; and find that they ake a great increase by them, maintain their Families at New York with all provisions, sell a great deal yearly and for Servants our English people are far better Husbandmen than the New England men; the servants work not so much by a third as they do in 



England, and I think feed much better, for they have Beef, Pork, Bacon, Pudding, Milk, Butter and good Beer; and Cyder for drink. When they are out of their time, they have land for themselves, and generally turn Farmours for themselves. Servants wages are not under 2 shil. A day besides Victuals; and at Amboy point 2 shil. 6d per day, at Amboy we have one setting up to make Malt, but we want a Brewar. I wish thee would send over some to set up a Brew-house, and a Bake house to bake Bread and Bisket, for a Bisket-Maker we must have to vend our meat to the Plantations. Send over some Husband Men and Country Fellows two, and a Smith for Ploughs and Horses: and a Cowper, which we want very much, If thou wilt send a dozen of Servants, most of them Country men: I will set thee out a gallant Plantation of 500 or 1000 acres upon a River side: but thou must send over some goods to stock it with all. I desire thee to encourage some of our Friends, especially the Proprietors, to send over some servants to stock some land: and when they have cleared it, if they have a mind to lett it, here are tenants to take it, and if they will sell it, here also are purchasers. There is one man since I came here, sold his Plantation for 1500 lib. The whole was 1600 or 1800 acres, whereof only 120 acres were cleared, upon which he had a house, Garden and Orchard, and Barn planted: I know several men who lett cleared land at 6 shil. 8 pennies to 10 shil. The Acre yearlie rent, which is good encouragement

for sending out servants to plant. I write not this as aidle story, but as things really and truly are. I have sent for servants myself to settle a farme, for if the Proprietors will not do so, I see not what they can expect. The Scots have taken a right course. They have sent over many servants, and are likewayes sending more; They have like wayes sent over many poor Families, and given them a small stock, and these Families, some some for 7, some for 10 years, give the half of their increase to the Landlord, except the milk, which the tennant hath to himself. I have set them out land, and they are at work. I believe they will have 40 acres cleared this Spring; and this Summer I am to sett them out more, so that in a short time they will have a grat increase coming in; this will raise the price of the Land here, and is the reason that several from New York bounds to come to me to take up land, for they believe now that this Province will be improved; and our land is better than theirs; so that every Proprietor sending over 10 people will be a great advantage to himself, encourage others to take up the land, and bring all the division that hath bee here to an end, for these men seeing that they shall be balanced are already more complyant than they were. Now I have layd these things before thee, and desire thee to impart them to some  of the Proprietors and other friends that they may consider of the same.

I am thy loving friend, sic subscribitur, Gawen Lawrie.

(At the date of the writing of the above letter, John Havens had been about 18 years resident in this province, and his aged father had just died, having passed a generation in New England.)




(Taken from The Havens Family in America (ca. 1638)

In 1796, John Havens (501), then called “senior,” purchased from James Allen for £1,500 a tract of 250 acres of farmland, woodland and meadow between Metedeconk River and Kettle Creek and bordering on Barnegant Bay. This property remained in possession of the family for over a century. In the deed of purchase, a plot of ½ acre “in the northwest corner of the orchard” was set aside for use as a burying ground. This entire tract of land had formerly belonged to John Allen, father of James Allen, and had been purchased by him from William Bills. At the time of this purchase by John Havens, the latter was about 50 years old. His wife, Rebecca Jeffrey, had died 6 years before, leaving four sons and one daughter, the eldest, Samuel, 19 years of age and the youngest, Abraham, a child of 3. Mercy, the daughter was about 12 when her mother died.

In 1792, John Havens married again. This time, to Elizabeth Hill, who before her marriage had lived in Hopewell NJ and there had been a loyal member of the Baptist Church. Through this lady, the first Baptist Church in [that] section of the state was established in 1804. She missed the services of the sanctuary and longed for a Baptist Church where she could worship. “She was a devout woman, and prayed earnestly for the spread of Zion.

The answer to her prayer came in the summer of 1801. Anna Havens and Samuel Havens, her step-children, were convicted of sin, and brought to a saving knowledge of the truth. Samuel thought of uniting with the Methodist Church, as there was no Baptist Church near, nor the most distant prospect of one being established. He, however, was advised to accompany his step- mother to Hightstown, that they might take counsel of the Rev. Peter Wilson, on the evening preceding the first Lord‟s Day in November 1801, and went directly to Mr. Wilson‟s house, but Mr. Wilson was sick and confined to bed; his sickness was so severe he could not converse with them. They made known, however, the purpose of their visit and Mr. Wilson promised, that if it

should please God to continue his life and restore him to health, he would pay them a visit at their own home and preach the Word to them and their neighbors. Mr. Wilson‟s life was spared and his health restored and according to the promise, given on 9 Dec 1801, he paid them a visit, preached in the home of John Havens, Jr., and baptized Samuel Havens in the Metedconk River. In the month of April 1802, Mr. Wilson came on a second visit and preached and baptized John Havens and Anna, his wife, and Sarah, wife of Samuel Havens. From that time on he continued to visit them about once a month.”

Through the large farm of John Havens, on Metedconk Neck, ran a road in an easterly-westerly direction, dividing the farm into not uneven parts. At the death of their father, the eldest sons, Samuel and John, continued to occupy and farm these portions of the domain. John Havens died 13 Oct 1815.



Samuel Havens, son of John and Rebekah (Jeffrey) Havens, was born 8 Nov 1771. He married Sarah Schenck, born 1 Mar 1776. Samuel Havens and Sarah Schenck were married on 23 Jan 1794. (See the Havens Family Bible Records for a listing of their children.) Samuel died 22 Sep 1841 and Sarah, his wife, died 30 Jul 1845. [See Samuel‟s last will & testament and the Sep 1841 Inventory of his household goods.]



--“Havens Family Bible Records,” New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, Vol. V-

XCII, No. 3, 1961.

--New Jersey Archives Abstracts of Wills, Vol. 1, p.220; Vol. 2, p.226.

--History of New London, Connecticut, Caulkins, p.537.

--“Gravestone Inscriptions: Havens and Osborn Cemetery at West Point Pleasant, Ocean County,

New Jersey,” Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Vol. 1, p.22.

--Havens Family in New Jersey, Henry C. Havens, 1933.

--“A History of Baptists in New Jersey, Chap XII: 




(This is constantly changing as new information surfaces, so expect changes.)

1815    Approximate year of John Havens‟ birth, perhaps Monmouth Co., New Jersey (NJ) 

1839    John marries Ann Van Wagoner, 13 Feb 1839, in English Neighborhood Church, Bergen 

1839    John and Ann have baby Ann, 10 Dec 1839, Cumberland Co. NJ

1840    Baby Ann dies, 14 Jan 1840, Bergen NJ

1840    Hudson County created from Bergen, with Havens family then residing in Hudson Co.

1840    John and wife shown on 1840 Hudson Co. census; ages of both between 20 and 30.

1841    John and Ann have baby William Henry, 31 Mar 1841, Hudson Co. NJ

1841    John and Halmagh Van Wagoner jointly bought land next to Halmagh‟s in Hudson Co.

1844    John and Ann have baby Mary Ann, 25 Feb 1844, Bergen Co. NJ

1844    Ann joins Mormon Church; takes William Henry and Mary Ann with her to Nauvoo IL

1849    John, living in Bergen, sold land to Henry Van Winkle, 19 Mar 1949.

1850    John not on NJ census; possibly the John Havens shown on NYC 5th Ward census.

1851    John granted a divorce in Hudson Co. on 9 Jun; filed 12 Jun 1851 

1853    Approximate year John marries Sarah Flinthoff (Flintoff), from England, in NYC 

1854    John & Sarah have son, Peter Smith Havens, in Aug 1854, in NYC 

1855    John & Sarah, of NYC, sold 1.63 acres in Bergen, 23 Oct 1855; witness William Havens

1856    John & Sarah bought 1.75 acres in Hudson Co. from Garrett Vreeland, 14 Apr 1856

1857    John dies in Hudson Co. NJ 

1857    Sarah (wife) files an inventory of John‟s estate after his death, 29 Sep 1857

1857    Sarah, widow of John, sells 1.63 acres to Thomas & Mary Andrews (sale begun in 1855)

1860    Sarah, 35, shown in Hudson City NJ census with her son Peter Smith Havens, age 5.

1867    Sarah bought West Hoboken NJ land from Edward & Sophie Dubois, 20 Nov 1867

1868    Sarah bought West Hoboken NJ land from Benedict & Ana Maria Flamm, 19 Dec 1868

1870    Sarah shown on census for Jersey City NJ, with son Peter age 13. She was from England

1870    Son Peter S. assigned a guardian by Hudson Co. Orphan‟s Court, 19 Sep 1870

1871    Sarah bought land from the court that had belonged to her son Peter S., 10 Jan 1871

1874    Sarah, of Jersey City NJ, bought land from Charles & Winifred Day, 26 Aug 1874

1876    Sarah won a court decision about her prior land purchase from her son, 16 Mar 1876

1877    Sarah sold land in NJ to Cornelius Van Wagenen, 15 Mar 1877

1877    Sarah, of Jersey City, sold West Hoboken land to Mary Josephine Wade, 17 May 1877

1878    Peter marries Mary Ann Moore (Mohr) and begins family in Jersey City, Hudson, NJ

1879    Sarah, of Jersey City, sold land to Charles F. and Augusta Schmidt, 12 Jun 1879.

1879    Same day, Charles and Augusta Schmidt sell Jersey City land to Sarah, of Mamakating, Sullivan Co. NY  

1879    Sarah, of Sullivan Co. NY, sold land in West Hoboken to John Beckham, 28 Jul 1879

1880    Sarah not shown on NJ census records. 

1881    Sarah, living out of state, lost Jersey City lot. Sold by Sheriff for taxes, 23 May 1881

1900    Sarah, shown on Hudson NJ census as age 76, b. Dec 1823 in England and living with her son Peter, age 45, and wife Ann, age 43

1910    Sarah shown as grandma, age 86, on Jersey City, Ward 12, NJ census records.




“Halmagh J. (or I as it appears in some records because the Dutch alphabet did not have letter J) married Mary Van Houten, his third cousin once removed. In the will of John Pieterse Van Houten (Mary‟s father), he refers to her as “Polly, wife of Halmagh I. Van Wagoner”. Polly‟s mother was Annetje Roome. Polly‟s grandfather, Pieter Adrianse Van Houten, was the grandson of Pieter Helmighse, who was the brother of Catlyntje Helmighse Van Houten, who married Johannes Gerritse Van Wagene--the youngest son of immigrants Gerrit Gerritse and Annetje Hermanse; thus making two direct lines back to Gerrit Gerritse and his wife, Annetje Hermanse, and two lines back to Helmigh Cornelise Van Houten and his wife, Jannetje Pieterse Marselise.

“Halmagh J. and Mary were married 22 Dec 1810 at Horseneck, Bergen County, by Reverend John Duryee. Horseneck has since been changed to Fairfield, a more euphonious name. They had five children, all born at Wanaque, Pompton Township, Bergen County, NJ. Pompton Township became a part of Passaic County in 1837. The first two were sons: John Halmagh, (after his grandfather and father, according to Dutch tradition) and Henry R. The last three were daughters. 

“John Halmagh was born 1 Sep 1811 and taken to Pompton Plains, Morris County NJ, where he was christened in the Reformed Dutch Church 12 Jan 1812. He married first on 24 Sep 1835, Eliza Smith in Old Bergen (Jersey City) by Reverend Benjamin C. Taylor. Eliza was born in Newark, Essex County, 15 Sep 1815, the daughter of Samuel Smith and Anna Simonson. The couple had two children before Eliza died of an untimely death 13 Jul 1840, leaving her husband to care for 4 year old David and 3½ month old Mary. He married again, on 21 Dec 1841, to Clarissa Tappen, daughter of Sarah Drew and George Tappen, who lived at Ringwood, a nearby community in Pompton Township. They were married in Pompton by a Dutch Reformed

minister named Doolittle. Clarissa bore John 10 children: Ephraim, John, Ann, William, Cynthia, Clarissa, Henry, Esther, George, and Walter.

“The second son Henry R was born about 1813. The R may have stood for Roome, maiden name of his maternal grandmother. Some of the children may have been baptized in the Reformed Dutch Church at Ponds (now Oakland, Bergen County) which is closer than Pompton Plains, in Morris County, but unfortunately 150 years of Ponds Reformed Dutch Church records were destroyed by fire, so we do not have all the pertinent information about Halmagh and Polly‟s family. (Some family members believe Henry married Charlotte Benson and died in New Jersey about age 27, but no record has been found to support that marriage. Other family members believe he married Rachel Baker on 8 Sep 1840, as there is a marriage record to that effect. They do not rule out the first marriage though. 

“The last three children of Halmagh and Polly were: Hannah, born 4 Apr 1815, and christened at the Pompton Plains Reformed Dutch Church. She married 4 Apr 1833, to James H. Smith, and moved to Salt Lake City with the Utah pioneers in 1847. The second daughter, Ann (our direct ancestor), was born 24 Mar 1817 and married John Havens on 13 Feb 1839, in Bergen NJ. She was divorced later because of her joining the Mormon Church and later married Henry Nebeker while preparing to move to Utah. The last daughter, Sarah, was born 11 Jul 1822 and married John Fairbanks. Like her older sisters, she emigrated to Nauvoo and then moved on to Utah with the Mormon Pioneers.




(Actual photocopies of deeds 1-4 and deed 6 are shown in Appendix M)

1.  Michael Demott, on 6 Sep 1841, sold to John Havens and Halmah J. Van Waggoner, both of Bergen, Hudson Co. NJ, roughly 2 acres in North Bergen Township, just west of Halmah‟s other property, for $700. Recorded 8 Jan 1844, in Deed Book 2, p. 290 (SLC microfilm 868552). Also, see Book 5, p. 154 (SLC microfilm 868554, for a second deed, wherein Michael‟s wife Margaret releases all claims to said property. This property was later split between John and Halmah, with Halmagh‟s portion being what I labeled Lot A on my sketch and John‟s Lot B. (See my sketch on Appendix N and a photocopy of the deed in Appendix M.) However, Halmagh subsequently sold Lot A and his other property to Henry I. Van Winkle, who in 1849 swapped Lot A for John Haven‟s Lot B—see deeds 2 & 3 below.)

2.  Henry I. Van Winkle conveyed 1.63 acres in North Bergen, Hudson Co., to John Havens on 19 Mar 1849, for $1. Both men were of Bergen. Recorded 29 Mar 1849, in Deed Book 13, p. 397 (SLC Microfilm 868559) (This was part of the lot exchange mentioned in my note above and a photocopy of the deed may be seen in Appendix M.) 


3.   John Havens conveyed 1.63 acres in North Bergen, Hudson Co., to Henry I. Van Winkle, on 19 Mar 1849, for $1. Recorded 7 Dec 1849, in Deed Book 14, p. 667. (SLC Microfilm 868560) (This was the other half of the lot exchange I mentioned after deed 1 and a photocopy of the deed may be seen in Appendix M.)

4.   John Havens and his wife, Sarah, both of NYC, sold 1.63 acres in North Bergen, Hudson Co. NJ to Thomas Andrews of Hudson, Hudson, NJ, on 23 Oct 1855, for a mortgage totaling $3,000. Witness: William L. Havens. Recorded in Book 47, p. 804 (SLC Microfilm 868590). (This was Lot A referred to in the 3 notes above and in my sketch on Appendix N. A photocopy of the deed can be seen in Appendix M.)

5.   Henry I. Van Winkle and his wife Mary Ann, of Hudson, Hudson, NJ, sold 1.63 acres to John Havens for the sum of $1. (This is the same property as in deed 2, but was a confirmation by Mary Ann that she agreed with her husband‟s assignment of the land to John Havens. It was recorded in Deed Book 52, page 84 (SLC Microfilm 868595) 

6.   Garrett Vreeland, his wife Jane, et.al., of Hudson Co., sold to John Havens, of NYC, about 1.75 acres in the city of Hudson, on 14 Apr 1856, for $1,100. Recorded in Book 53, p. 185. (SLC Microfilm 868596) (This is a new purchase by John, later sold in deed 10. A photocopy of the deed may be seen in Appendix M.)

7.  Sarah Havens, widow of John Havens, of Hudson County NJ, on 11 Nov 1857, upon receipt of $1,000 of the $3,000 owed her by Thomas Andrews and his wife Mary Elizabeth, for the land she sold them on 23 Oct 1855 (deed 4), granted them a deed for an appropriate portion of the land in the original purchase. Recorded 12 Nov 1857, in Book 64, p. 116. (SLC Microfilm 868374) 



8.  Sarah Havens bought part of lot #3 in West Hoboken, Hudson, NJ, on 20 Nov 1867, from Edward Dubois and wife Sophie, for $425. Recorded in Book 160, p. 280. (SLC Microfilm 860991) (Unrelated to prior purchases.)

9.  Sarah Havens of Hudson NJ, on 19 Dec 1868, bought from Benedict Flamm and wife Ann Maria, of NYC, a part of Lot #3, in West Hoboken NJ, for $500. Recorded in Book 179, p. 708. (SLC Microfilm 858968) (Unrelated to prior purchases.)

10. William Henry Havens (single), Mary (Havens) Wilson, Bradley Wilson her husband, Ann Nebecker and Henry Nebecker her husband, all of Payson, in the territory of Utah, the said William Henry Havens and Mary Wilson being the only children and heirs at law of John Havens, late of the County of Hudson, and the said Ann Nebecker being the widow of the said John Havens, did deed, on 6 Jul 1870, to Harvey M. Bliss, of Hudson city, about 1.75 acres, for $1200, being the same premises conveyed by Garret Vreeland, his wife and others to John Havens by deed of 14 Apr 1856 and recorded in Deed Book 53, p. 185 Recorded in Deed Book

211, p. 474. (SLC Microfilm 866141) (This deed conveyed all our ancestor‟s interests in the property originally acquired by John Havens in deed 6.)

11. John Hopper, guardian of minor Peter Smith Havens, appointed by Orphan‟s Court on 19 Sep 1870, sold to Sarah Havens (Peter‟s mother), on 10 Jan 1871, property in 12th Ward of Jersey City belonging to said minor. Recorded 23 May 1881, in Book 222, p. 207. (SLC Microfilm 866157)

12. Sarah Havens of Jersey City (formerly Hudson City) NJ, on 26 Aug 1874, bought from Charles H. Day and wife Winifred, land from Lot #3, in West Hoboken NJ. Recorded in Book 295, p. 631. (SLC Microfilm 872551)

13. Sarah Havens won a Chancery Court suit against defendants Harvey M. Bliss, Hugh Slater, and Peter S. Havens on 13 Nov 1875. They had held property in trust that had been previously purchased by her husband John Havens. The Chancellor decreed that within 30 days the defendants provide her a deed for the contested land. There was an immediate appeal on the grounds Sarah hadn‟t fully paid for the property and that it was originally titled in the name of her husband John, but on 16 Mar 1876 that appeal was denied. Recorded in Book 300, p. 266. (SLC Microfilm 872555) (This is the same property as sold by our ancestors in deed 10.)

14. Sarah Havens sold property in NJ to Cornelius Van Wagenen on 15 Mar 1877. Nothing more was learned and the film was very hard to read. Recorded in Book 310, p. 139. (SLC Microfilm 872565)

15. Sarah Havens, of Jersey City NJ, sold land, on 15 Mar 1877, for $6,500 to Cornelius D. Van Wagenen, of the same county. (This deed could hardly be read. One phrase said something about Sullivan Co. New York, which I may need to pursue, since Sarah lived in New York at times.) Recorded in Deed Book 310, p. 461 (SLC Microfilm 872565) 



16. Sarah Havens, of Jersey City NJ, sold to Mary Josephine Wade, on 17 May 1877, land in Lot #3, in West Hoboken NJ, for $1600. Recorded in Book 313, p. 34. (SLC Microfilm 872567)  (This refers to the property mentioned in deed 12.) 

17. Sarah Havens of Jersey City, Hudson, NJ, on 5 Apr 1877, sold land in Jersey City to Charles F. Schmidt, for $5600. Her land ownership had been confirmed by Court of Last Resort in the Spring of 1876. Final deed dated 12 Jun 1879. (This refers to the property in deeds 6, 10 and 13.) Immediately after this Deed Book entry is another one saying Charles F. Schmidt and Augusta his wife sold to Sarah, of Mamakating township, Sullivan Co. NY, a tract of land in Jersey City NJ. Hence, this appears to be a property exchange between the two parties. Recorded in Deed Book 336, p. 136. (SLC Microfilm 872917)

18. Sarah Havens, a widow living in Mt. Kating township, Sullivan Co. NY, sold to John W. Beckham of Hoboken NJ, on 28 Jul 1879, land obtained from Edward Dubois in the city of West Hoboken, for $800. Recorded in Book 335, p. 673. (SLC Microfilm 872916)

19. Robert D. Wynnkeep, County Auditor, sold to Eugene Stevenson, on 23 May 1881, Jersey City, land that formerly belonged to Sarah Havens, then living out of state. The land had been taken by the Sheriff on 9 Aug 1879 for unpaid taxes. Recorded 23 May 1881, in Book 357, p. 366. (SLC Microfilm 872608)