New Germantown Historical Maps

Round Valley/Lebanon

May 24, 2011: the map of Lebanon has been expanded to include most of today's town. Several of the adjoining farms are shown as well.

May 17, 2011: A map showing the central portion of Lebanon was recreated from the deeds of record in Flemington. The time period is roughly the mid 1800's. Great care has been taken to match these old lots with the boundary formed by Myrtle and Cherry streets on the west and east, and Brunswick Avenue and Main Street(Turnpike Road) on the south and north. A road opened in 1818 is shown in purple, running from the intersection of Myrtle St. and Brunswick Ave. north to the Apgar homestead roughly where Cokesbury and Bissell roads intersect today.

In matching the old homesteads with today's lots, the David M. Kline homestead shown in yellow on the map was crucial. When his homestead was subdivided in the 1860's the western boundary was drawn such that it made a slight jog to the east and west. This feature is clearly identifiable on today's tax maps showing that the 1 acre lot purchased by Manches(or Mauches) Neighbor in 1870 became part of lot 7-11 on High street, and the two lots 64 and 68 Brunswick Avenue. What appears to be a very old house is located at 68 Brunswick Avenue and deeds show that the other two lots were subdivided from the 68 Brunswick Avenue lot.

On any given lot, fine print along a boundary indicates information stated in the deed that relates to the adjacent property. For example, the deed referred to above states that Samuel Shannon owned the property to the west, and the deed for that property indicates that Jacob Corson owned the property to the East. This is consistent with the information on the map from the early 1800's showing Shannon's 2.61 acre lot and Corson's 6.89 acre lot(use the "NW section 1830's" link button below).

A map of Lebanon as it appeared around 1800 has been added, predating the map of 1804. Thanks to Joe Hauck for leading us to a mortgage deed for Jacob Nitzer in 1798. At the center of the map is where three properties met at a large white oak tree. Our best guess is this point is very close to the property line between the motorcycle shop and the old grain store, on the South side of Rockaway Creek. Note that in the 1795 Cooper lot this point is referred to as "near Potterstown" not Lebanon. We've also made an addition to this map showing the layout of a road built in 1798 running from the old Potterstown Road just north of the old graveyard, to Herbert Apgar's farm where today's Bissell road ends. The first run(on the south end) makes a turn to the NorthWest at that center point but we haven't yet figured out if the road ran on the north or the south side of Rockaway creek.

Update 8/12/2010 - If you've been following our postings you know the "hamlet" in the photo linked below is Potterstown circa 1900 roughly, and that several buildings have been moved. This photograph was provided by David Voorhees of Pittstown, a descendant of Abraham Voorhees(also a carpenter) who owned 912 acres in Round Valley in the late 1700's, and Joseph Ramsay who owned 196 acres West of Potterstown and other lands of the New Germantown area. There were no cameras in 1819 but we've reconstructed the map of this area which you can view using the "1819 Map" button below. The 1900 photo was taken just in front of the 1810 school house and the only road then took a sharp bend to the left as you view the picture, passing a milk house(there is still a spring at that location), then Peter Apgar's house, then took a sharp right passing a tavern(long gone from the 1900 photo) dating back to at least 1782. ...

An updated map of William Huffman's land has been added to this site to show how his lands were divided among his heirs. The names in red show William's heirs, while those shown in black indicate the subsequent owners of those lands, acquired either by marriage to one of William's daughters or through purchase. This information comes from deeds of record available in Hunterdon County's Hall of Records, and from the Partition of Lands of Wm. Huffman's will available in the Surrogate's office.

The earliest deeds of record show that Lebanonville consisted of just a few lots but naturally over the years those lots were subdivided and the number has grown substantially. My latest map shows the "second generation" lots for Joseph Crate's 80 acre parcel: Crate sold off his 80 acres in a number of lots and the buyers of those lots are shown in smaller text, with the thinner lines showing the boundaries of the lots. In today's terms this property includes Lebanon from High Street West to the edge of the Boro, and from Brunswick Avenue North to the Route 22 corridor. Samuel Shannon and David M. Kline were the primary homesteaders and in the deeds the roads are designated as roads from Samuel Shannon's or David M. Kline's to some other locale. Note that the road north from Samuel Shannon's house to the German Valley(by way of Cokesbury and Fritz Apgar's homestead) no longer exists except for 2 blocks of Myrtle street , but if you walk to the back of the Methodist Church parking lot you will see the remains of this old road running between the church lot and the funeral home. It might look like nothing more than a ditch for water runoff but if you look up that ditch from Rte 22 you will clearly see that this was a road at one time, built in 1818 by the way.

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