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Petition for the Division of Real Estate Owned by Alexander Van Pelt

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Date: Apr 1855
Location: Monmouth, New Jersey, United Statesmap
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In April of 1855, a petition was filed in the Monmouth County Orphans Court to divide the real estate previously owned by Alexander Van Pelt, deceased (assumed intestate), first husband of Sarah Hulshart. At the time of the petition, the real estate located in Raritan Township, Somerset County, New Jersey was owned by Alexander's heirs as tenants-in-common.[1]

From a genealogical perspective the value of this petition is that it names seven children of Alexander Van Pelt (six living and one deceased as of April 1855), as well as a collateral branch of the Van Pelt family. In addition, the petition names the husbands of married daughters, including married surnames. Interestingly, it does not name his wife Sarah, who at the time of the 1850 U. S. Census appears to have been married a second time, as she is using the surname Walker. It is possible she was dead by the time the real estate of her first husband was being partitioned. The seven named heirs of Alexander Van Pelt are:

  • Catherine Secor, wife of John Secor
  • Samuel Van Pelt
  • Mary Jane Van Cleaf, wife of William Van Cleaf
  • Alexander Van Pelt
  • John Van Pelt
  • Thomas Van Pelt
  • Ann Van Cleaf (deceased), wife of William Van Cleaf (explicitly named as the same Willaim Van Cleaf married to Mary Jane (Van Pelt) Van Cleaf), whose share is to be divided between her two children:
    • Joseph Van Cleaf
    • Sarah Van Cleaf

Each of the seven named heirs of Alexander Van Pelt are to receive 1/14th share (or in the case of Ann Van Cleaf's two children, 1/28th share), which when all are added together is equal to 1/2 of the full value of Alexander Van Pelt's estate. The remaining 1/2 value of Alexander's estate is to be divided equally among the eleven named heirs of John Van Pelt, also deceased (as of April 1855).

  • William Van Pelt
  • John J. Van Pelt
  • Catherine Smith, wife of Holmes Smith
  • Walter Van Pelt
  • David Van Pelt
  • Elijah Van Pelt
  • Ellen Walling, wife of Stephen Walling
  • Joel Van Pelt
  • Nancy Van Pelt
  • Jane Van Pelt
  • Alexander Van Pelt (noted as the petitioner)

Based on the basic division of one-half value of the estate equally to the heirs of Alexander Van Pelt and john Van Pelt, it is assumed that the two are brothers.


  1. ↑ Intestates and Others from the Orphans Court Books of Monmouth Co., N.J., 1785-1906, compiled by Judith B. Cronk, (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2002), 93. ~citing: Book O, 1854-1857, pg: 37. ~Note: The summaries compiled in this book are abstracts of the original document.
    ~see also:
    In the Matter of Application of Alexander Vanpelt for Division of Real Estate in the Township of Raritan in New Jersey Probate Records, 1678-1980, Monmouth > Minutes 1854-1864 vol O-Q > image 29 of 681, images, FamilySearch.org.

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