The following data is extracted from Herbert Family Papers.
Herbert family (not that I have wash faith in tradition) that the Bownes were related to them. I should think this might be verified, if the old Town Book of Middletown should ever reappear, by comparing her signature to the lease and that of Bridget Bowne to the above-mentioned deeds.
So many records have been lost, strayed, stolen, burned, that it is not surprising family history material is meager and uncertain in spots.
“Att a Council held att Amboy Perth In East New Jersey the Twelfth day of April 1686……” “The secretary, James Emett, gave this board an account that in the Dreadful fire which happened in his houses upon Satterday last the original Concession of Lord Barcley and Sr George Carterett amongst severall other writeings books and paper was there burnt end consumed.” (See Record of the Governor of East New Jersey, p. 126).
Many deeds, wills, etc., were not recorded at all. Roads were bad in these days and the distance to Perth Amboy or Trenton long and difficult. They were put away until a convenient time. A great number were not recorded until years. after the were made and many others not at all. Family Bibles were apt to be left to the daughters,- and than lost track of - through the change of name.
Starting with the Middletown Herbert’s, to the best of my present knowledge and belief, the record stands as follows:
1. _________Herbert ant Bridget_____________?
Came from somewhere at sometime and settled in Middletown, N.J. before march 25, 1671, and three (?) children. Thomas must have died before that date and there is no further record of his activities. Also there is the possibility that Bridget was a widow when she arrived.
2. Thomas Herbert at Middletown.
3. Francis Herbert at Middletown.
4. Susanna Herbert at Middletown
2. Thomas Herbert of Middletown, as has been stated, took up 272 acres under Grants and Concessions” in 1676. On June 4, 1777, there is recorded a “Patent to Thomas Herbert of Middletown for land there, vizt., 1, a tract of 120 acres on Horse Neck, N. of Navesink River; 2.
three a. of meadow W. of Thomas Merefoot; 3. eight a. of meadow at Sholde Harbor N. of
Source: Herbert Family Papers