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This is what my research found. DEED SEARCH update: 08-02-05
I travelled to the Warren County Seat in Belvidere, New Jersey. I searched the DEED Records in the basement of the Warren County Courthouse and traced the property ownership chain as far as possible. In Belvidere the property chain can be traced to 1829 when acreage that included 22-24 North Main Street was sold by Fredrick Wagner to John P. Weller.
(Warren County was incorporated in 1825, to search land deeds earlier than 1825, the searcher must travel to Newton, New Jersey where Sussex County Seat is located.) Architecture indicates the current structure was probably built around 1869. Errors and ommisions exempted.


BEERS ATLAS 1874 with permission from RAUB-and-more.com

According to this map, the Road that curves to the right just north of here that is currently known as North Main Street was known as Belvidere Turnpike.

HISTORY Politics of ownership.
More research is required to substantiate some of this information. George Fredrick Wagner originally owned approximately 375 feet or more of road footage along North Main Street. Across the street from a ferry boat crossing. The Phillipsburg to Easton covered bridge was built around 1805. This would have been a competing business to the ferry boat business. Studying the deeds and the history of the local properties, I discovered, John Tindall, the man who received 22-24 North Main Street from John P. Weller's Estate, also owned an alcohol distillery and a grain mill, 28 North Main Street. The neighboring property to the south, 20 North Main Street, was owned by The Phillipsburg Horse Drawn Railroad Company, there was allegedly a horse stable at 20 North Main Street. In 1872, The Phillipsburg Horse Drawn Railroad Company was run by James W. Long. This I know because in 1872, James W. Long and John Tindall had a nintynine year agreement that there would be a four foot alley of property, between the stable and 22 North Main Street. It seems to me the four foot right alley gave Tindall a buffer between 22 North Main Street and the Railroad stable. I am guessing this is about the time that the current southern side door exit was installed, shortly after the agreement was made between Tindall and Long. Five more hours spent tracing the key deeds to 22 North Main Street turned up different information than I was basing conclusions. Weller bought a lot that included 22-24 North Main Street from Wagner in 1829 for $100. It seems Weller was an Attorney from across the River in Easton, Pennsylvania and he bought for speculation. Weller divided into 3 or 4 lots. Tindall was an alcohol Distiller and bought the lot where the building stands for $400. in 1863 from Weller's estate. And, judging by the layout of the floor plan, I think the building was originally designed and built for the purpose of being a tavern. (THERE ARE NO ORIGINAL CLOSETS ! )

The story gets more interesting because it seems Tindall joined in a business parnership with several other investors and used 22-24 North Main Street as a bargaining property to get financing from James W. Long or his company. A BEERS ATLAS dated 1874 shows J. Tindall owned much land that Fredrick Wagner previously owned. The enterprise Tindall was running seems to have gone into default in around 1884 (or maybe Tindall passed away) and James W. Long was a complainant in a forclosure on the property. Long owned 22-24 North Main from 1885 until 1898. During this ownership period, James W. Long was President of The Delaware River Bridge Co. and the present day 'FREE BRIDGE', a National Engineering Landmark, opened in 1895. Three years after the bridge opened, Long sold 22 North Main Street to Charles Folk. The chain of ownership is listed below from 1714-present.

DEED ABSTRACT

OWNER BOUGHT SOLD

WILLIAM BREWER

????
1714

The following HISTORY LESSON was found in the only deed registered to George Fredrick Wagner. The deed was registered in 1795 and referenced other deeds that might lead to other related lands. The map is still being drawn, if this information isn't the missing link, it will be removed.

JOSEPH KELBY

1714
1727

Quote from original DEED in Sussex County, New Jersey Book "B" pages 296-302: "Joseph Kelby late of London in the Kingdom of Great William Brewer, by virtue of his proprietary right in lands in the the Western Divisions of the Providence of New Jersey about the year one thousand seven hundred and fourteen obtained several warranty from the council of proprietaries for the aforesaid Division for surveying of lands by virtue of some or one of which granted for the survey one thousand six hundred and sixty six acres there was purveyed to and for the said Joseph Kelby the like quantity of land in on XXXXX? XXXXX? XXXXX? then in the County of Hunterdon, aftterwards Morris now in the County of Sussex fronting on the River Delaware above Pohatcong Brook. Bordered on the underside by the land then Josph Kirkbrid on the lower side by the land then Thomas Stevensons and on the near by land purveyed to Thomas Byerly Esquire."

SARAH KELBY

1727
1752

Property transferred by will. "In the Pxxx? Court of the Arch Bishop of Canterbury Great Brittain."

MARY LAWRENCE

1752
1753

This transaction transferred 776 acres of the original 1666 acres. Mary's father was Sarah Kelby's Attorney. This transfer may have been payment for services. Recorded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

WILLIAM BISHOP

1753
1765

This transaction transferred 250 acres of the original 1666 acres.

JOHN MAXFIELD

1765
1772

VALENTINE BIDLEMAN

1772
1795

Bidleman was allegedly a Miller, he divided the land and seems to have sold portions to several people. 1) William Maxwell, 2) Abraham Arndt, 3) John Schooly, and maybe 4) Mary Peterson. Only the deed relating to my interest was traced. George Fredrick Wagner's portion was sold to Wagner in 1795. Wagner's portion included approximately 375 feet along North Main Street and seems to have started at the northwest corner of Union Square.

FREDRICK WAGNER

1795
1829

George Fredrick Wagner was allegedly a Merchant. The deed that seems to be associated with this property states Wagner of Easton, Pennsylvania received 192 acres from Bidleman of Greenwich Township, New Jersey. Wagner must have divided the property since Weller bought the lot that included 22-24 North Main Street in 1829.

JOHN P. WELLER

1829
1863 Estate

Weller bought a triangle shaped lot that was on the east side of what is now called North Main Street. Frontage on North Main Street was "five chains" = 330 feet. Weller's property ran down the center of Morris Turnpike to the corner of "Roseberry's Kitchen". AKA Union Hotel.

JOHN TINDALL

1863 Estate
1884 FORECLOSURE

Further research indicates that Tindal may have been the person who build the current structure in 1865 +-. I thought the building was older than it now seems. There seems to be an unrecorded deed to Tindall for a stretch of property behind 22 North Main Street and to the center of Morris Turnpike.

JAMES W. LONG

1885 SHERIFF SALE
1898

CHARLES FOLK

1898
1903

KUEBLER FAMILY

1903
1926

NICOLA FUCCI et al

1926
1931

JENNIE RUSSO et al

1931
1953 by will

While replacing an electrical outlet, I found inside a wall what I would describe as a time capsule. The time specific is November 1934- March 1935. It seems there was a hole in the wall wherein some one inserted items and wondered where the items went. I found, a lock of red hair, a bobby pin, three marbles, and newspaper clippings. There was an advertisement for fashion items, (Possibly a young girl wanted Santa Claus to find the Advertisement and get an hint?) From a 'foreign' paper published in NewYorkCity, there was an article about a political movement in Europe:

copied as best as possible
" Monarchristi V Nemecku Sa hy'Lu.
BERLIN, 29, janua'ra... (1935)
...Na cele tejto organizacie, tjora kazdu chviluma dajake inakse meno, nachdza sa isty porue K Hitler. Su' to Fas'isti, ..."
1935, a 'Fasisti' organizer from Berlin named Hitler? H-m-m-m. Can anyone read this?

ARTHUR RUSSO et al

1953 by will
1954

ALEXANDER NYIRI et al

1954
1981

FRANCIS FLYNN

1981
1885

PAUL EIFFLER

1985
1998 FORECLOSURE

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE

1998
2000 SHERIFF SALE

H U D

2000 SHERIFF SALE
2002

DANIEL Z. SEYLER

2002 HUD SALE
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THE REPAIRS
To repair the structural defects in this building, I drew from an experience in 1973. While riding a bicycle in Washington Crossing State Park, I came upon an historic restoration of the "McConkle ferry house". (I'll check on the name...) I stuck my imposing head in the door and watched the lone worker. He was standing there for the longest time staring at the ceiling. I asked permission to look in the door and was told it was Okay to look but not to enter. I watched the worker staring at the ceiling for a while. I was wise guy at age 18, I brought it to the worker's attention that the beam he was installing was not level. He explained the beams needed to contour to the failing building's contour. He explained the goal was to make the structure firm. He told me if they tried to push the beam to it's original position, the act would harm the walls that had moved inward. He explained, by pushing the walls in the oposite direction, more damage would occur. He then asked me politely to leave him to his work.

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