Was researching in NJ two weekends ago (stayed in Hope, actually, in a converted grain mill built 1767). Stopped by Belvedire Historical Society as well as Newton Hall of Records. I picked up pieces of info on ATTEN, SWAYZE, and ALBERTSON. (BTW, your ATEN/AUTER/VANHOUTEN theory still intrigues me.)
Not totally certain who the William BELLIS (Estate division below) is but I believe he was the son of Peter and Christina (Nollen) BELLIS, b. c. 1740 Hunterdon Co., d. inv. May 1811 Sussex Co. NJ (prob.), m. Anna. He had "Atten" sons-in-law. Not sure which parcel of BELLESFELT land William had inherited, but it could have been the part in Columbia, NJ, just north of Walnut Road where the Paulins Kill and Delaware River join (right underneath Interstate 80). Picked up a pamphlet published by local researcher Frank Dale, and it states a ferry service (Dill's, and Goodwin's Ferry) used to run from Columbia NJ to Portland, PA (they probably rented the land from BELLIS.) Further down the Delaware (in the town of Delaware) was a ferry service run between Upper Mt. Bethel Twp. Northampton Co., PA and Delaware, NJ by ATENs (first owner was Dirck Aten) and ALBERTSONs.
Regarding SWAYZE, they apparently were neighbors of Peter BELLIS (see deed extract below.) This Peter was most assuredly immigrant Peter BELLESFELT (1711-1765) married to Christina Nollen, or if not him then his son Peter (b.c. 1739-1808). I did not have time to research precisely where Peter's Oxford land was located, but it was near or upon Beaver Brook. Apparently a grain mill was located in Sarepta on the banks of the little Beaver Brook near Hope as early as 1760. Peter was a miller so I'm very anxious to find out whether his land was in Sarepta. In 1811 the Sarepta Mill was bought from its Croxall family owners by Andrew Raub, descendant of the Andrew Raub who was Executor of Peter Bellesfelt's will.
Let me know if you can isolate whether the Henry or Thomas ATTEN below were related to your Ester. (The only info I have on William's children are Christina b. 1/25/1773 and Mary b. 5/3/1775.) I don't have any info on your other surnames, although I routinely come across SNOOK in my research. I have BROWN in OHIO, KY, and MO, but not NJ. Did any of your ancestors from the Sussex Co. NJ or (if you had any) Northampton Co. PA area migrate to Hamilton Co., OH or Mercer, Bourbon, Nicholas Cos.,KY circa 1780-1815?
"Abstracts of Divisions of Warren & Sussex Co. Estates filed at Sussex Co. Courthouse Newton, NJ, 1789-1918" lists the following:
ESTATE OF WILLIAM BELLIS SB289; Map SB 291
Location: On the Paulins Kill, adjoining O. Weller, Lamberts, Heirs-at-law and relationship to deceased, if shown:
Mary Groff, w/o Henry
Charity Alberson, w/o David (land held by John Angle)
Rachel, w/o Robert West
Sarah Atten, w/o Thomas
Nancy Atten, w/o Henry
Christine Teple, deceased, formerly w/o Joseph, daughters (noted as granddaughters of William Bellis(Belles):
Mary T. Teple
Filed: July 20, 1817. Recorded: March 16, 1836.
"Sussex Co. NJ Deed Abstracts Index to Deeds A, B, C, D, & E"
p. 302, 14 December 1796; ELIZABETH SWAYZE & JOSHUA SWAYZE, Executors of LWT of ISRAEL SWAYZE dec'd of Oxford to JOHN & Michael LEMON, sons of JOHN LEMON of Fishing Creek Twp., Northumberland Co., PA. ...... Whereas Israel Swayze by his bond dated 2 May 1772 to JOHN LEMON .... to make a deed for 120 acres in Oxford adjoining lands formerly of PETER BELLIS....
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