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The Ramapo Tract and Its Early Settlers
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The Ramapo Tract was a colonial tract of land in Bergen County, New Jersey, under the administration of the East New Jersey Proprietors. The tract encompassed a large area in northwest Bergen County, N.J., including the present towns of Allendale, Franklin Lakes, Glen Rock, Ho-Ho-Kus, Mahwah, Midland Park, Ramsey, Waldwick, and Wyckoff.

Ownership of land within this tract was tied up in controversy until after the Revolution. The Ramapo Tract controversy originated in grants made by Peter Sonmans in 1709, which the Proprietors of East Jersey considered as unauthorized. After 1742 the board began leasing some lands in Ramapo to tenants, while also attempting to reach settlements with some of the claimants under titles derived from Sonmans grants. In the 1760s the Proprietors, through their agents and committees, continued their efforts to lease lots. By the 1780s, however, they clearly preferred to sell the lands. By declaring a division of the Ramapo lands remaining unsold in 1790 the board expected to end permanently questions about the title to lands in the region.

The lands at Ramapo, located in what is now northwestern Bergen County, New Jersey and part of Rockland County, New York, were held in common by the proprietors. George Ryerson, acting as the East Jersey proprietors' agent, was the main negotiator with tenants.

Peter Sonmans, claiming to act for the English proprietors, conveyed 43,000 acres of the Ramapo Tract to Peter Fauconier and others in 1709. The proprietors repudiated his authority and after 1731 sold and leased these lands. They also pursued a dual policy of trying to prove their title in the courts while attempting to reach a settlement with Fauconier, his daughter Mrs. Magdalen Valleau, his associates and those who had purchased lands from them.

The family groups represented in the Ramapo Tract included German Palatines, Holland Dutch, French Huguenots, and other ethnic groups, including a number of free Blacks.



Surnames of families associated
with the Ramapo Tract
before 1790 include:


Ackerman
Ackerson / Eckerson
Albertson
Banta
Baremore
Bartholf / Bertholf
Bastian
Bayard
Benson
Blauvelt
Boggs
Bogert
Brown
Bush
Cairns
Campbell
Carlough / Carlogh / Geerlach, etc.
Christie
Conklin / Concklin
Courter / Coerten
DeBaun / Debane
DeGray / DeGraw / DeGraff / Margrauf
Doremus
Eckerson/ Ackerson
Eckhert / Eckert / Eckart
Fell
Fisher
Folly / Folley / Valley
Fox
Frederick
Geroe
Haring
Hennion / Hemion
Hopper
Jenkins
Johnson
Jones
Kierstead
Kingsland
La Roe / Lereux / LaRue / Lareaux, etc.
Lozier / Lazear, etc.
May
McCall
Messenger / Maysinger, etc.
Meyers / Myers
Micheler / Michelor / Mickler
Moore
Mowerson
Neafie
Oldis
Osborn / Osborne
Packer / Hanselpacker / Henselbecker, etc.
Provost / Prevost
Pulis / Pulisfelt
Ramsey
Rap / Rapp
Rattan / Rutan
Rose
Row
Ryerson
Servant / Sarvent
Shaver
Shoemaker / Schumacher
Smith
Stier
Stols / Stults
Sturr / Stor / Star
Sutton
Tebow / Debow
Terhune
Tice
Traphagen
Tyson / Tysen
Valleau
Van Allen / Van Alen
Van Blarcom
Van Buskirk
Van Dien
Van Emburgh
Van Gelder
Van Horn
Van Orden
Van Voorhis / Van Voorhees, etc.
Van Zile
Verwer / Verwey
Voss
Wanamaker / Wannemaker
Westervelt
Winter / Winters
Yeomans
Zabriskie




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