Numbered pages 160,380,381,382,162,165,161,163,164.
In the margin: “P.S. Miss Emma Albertson came in our house tonight and said that Miss Mary Ellen Albertson is much better again.”
Cousin Henry you can just bring to mind where I am writing this letter this evening, i.e., in the office where you saw me reading(?) at night
I send to you these items which if it will not make your notes too long it would be nice to have inserted in such words as you may wish to use. You see I am a great friend of giving old historical matter to the people. You see they read about those things and talk about them and become interested. You saw all these things, and I doubt not, but that all the others who read your notes will also appreciate them. Of course do as you think best about mentioning the above—I have most of them and have seen them all many times, they are not new to me.—
The following relics and old family treasures were exhibited at the family reunion which were very interesting.
The old family Bible of Derick Aten, printed at, Te Dordrecht in Holland, by Jacob—en Hendrick Keur, A.D. 1741 in Low Dutch
the father of Derick. I hand you with this a true copy of it. As to spelling, use of capitals etc., I know it to be a true copy as I made it myself—I asked to see the original and they brought out the old will and I had it in my hands, and copied from it, and I saw the signature of our old ancestor in that line—The name “Adrian Aten” is signed in the English—quite plainly, but bears traces of the writer being quite old and trembling—The old will is in a good state of preservation.
I also send you a true copy of the appraisement of his estate, made by me from the original attached to the old will.
I thought it might interest you as you saw, and made a copy of the final settlement of his estate.
Dated July 1st 1764 between Peter Middaugh of Amwell township Hunterdon County N.J. and Mary his wife to Adriaren Aten of the township of Mt. Bethel in the County of Northampton Penna Yeoman for a certain tract of land containing 300 acres in Northampton County Pa in Mt. Bethel Twp. Etc.
Signed Pieter Middagh
Recorded in Deed Book B.Vol 1. Page 93 etc. Recorder’s office in Easton Penna.
I send you this extract to show you some of the old names etc.—You will see that he Adrian is named “Adriaren” in the deed, and I have thought it might have been that the name Adrian or Aaron originated in that way in the old things. Also to show the name Pieter—and Marretje (Mary) because you see they signed that way, and also that they could write—This man Adrian was undoubtedly the son of Adrian the ancestor.
Henry Aten as follows made the 20th day of June in the fourth year of the reign of the Sovereign etc. and in the year 1760.—Between
of Mt. Bethel Township in the County of Northampton & province of Penna., farmer and Blacksmith by trade, of the one part and Hendrick Atten of the same place yeoman of the other part-
(Signed ) Dirck Aten
Consideration 300 Pounds etc. etc.
Recorded May 20th 1764 in Vol H3 of Deeds page 125 etc.