(NOTE- Numbers in parentheses should correspond to the generational I.D. number within the Bartlow Lineage Charts)
NOTE #1- William Barkelow, the oldest son of James, was never mentioned in Mrs. John Spell's research, as he was not baptised in the DR Church at Readington, nor was the youngest daughter, Margaretta. There is no doubt as to his relationship because he was also named as the administrator of his father's estate after the death of his mother, Jane Barkelow, and after his brother, James,Jr.(1732-1797) left the county in 1789.
NOTE #2- As listed, James Barkelow died intestate in July or August,1780. Never having penned a will, his elderly wife, Jane, was named administratrix by default. His lands had grown and were apportioned to his sons over the years as they married and began raising families, but, without clear ownership, the siblings all became contestants in a 12-year battle to get the estate settled fairly. It was eventually sold to Luther Opdycke in 1792, but by then, all but the unmarried sons, Jan and Harmanus, had left the county for residency elsewhere. James' no.4 son, Cornelius(1736-1806), yielding to a nagging 2nd wife's insistence to leave the western Virginia wilderness, returned to Kingwood Township in 1789, but without his grown sons. The two married daughters, Helena Bunnell(wife of Isaac), and Margaretta Van Etten(wife of John), were living in Pennsylvania, but prevented any quick resolution and distribution of lands to the resident siblings by petitioning the court for a fair settlement which legally had to include themselves.
James' no.2 son, Barent(Barnet)(1730-c1800), was a teacher and was never taxed on more than a one-acre lot. James Barkelow,Sr. and wife lived with their unmarried son, Jan(John), on a 126-acre section of the 460 total acres apportioned among their sons. The unmarried son contested the estate settlement on the basis that he was promised the land on which he farmed for the care and support of his parents in their declining years.
The one name missing from this family list is Maria, who may have been born before William. She would have been named, by Dutch protocol, after her paternal grandmother, Maria Cortelyou(c1669-p1738). As their first child, Maria was probably born, perhaps even baptised in New Utrecht,NY. and died young, perhaps as a child.
NOTE #3- The 300 acres of land on Holland's Brook in Readington on which James Barkelow lived for 20 years(c1728-c1748) was presented to his father, William, on 19 Nov 1719, for having helped survey large tracts of land there. There is no evidence any member of the family moved onto the property for at least ten years.
NOTE #4- James Barkelow,Sr. was known as Jacques Barkeloo while he lived in the predominantly Dutch and German community of Readington,Hunterdon Co.,NJ. An apparent rift with the DR Church there led to his leaving Readington and moving into the predominantly English township of Lower Bethlehem circa 1747/48, which became Kingwood Township in 1750. He was referred to as Jacob Barkeloo in 1735 when he was named commissioner of highways. Because he was named after his French Huguenot grandfather,Jacques Cortelyou(c1621-1693), his Christian name eventually translated correctly to "James" during his residency in Kingwood Township.
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