The research was done, or so I thought. This was supposed to be the easy of the two family lines to research. But, no…my family of Angleman’s has proved to be quite difficult, indeed, to research.
If you belong to an Angleman, please give me a shout out, so that we can compare notes.
I’ve been researching for about fourteen years. Pop-pop and his father, Charles, had done research. I assumed (haha!) that the Angleman line would be easy to fill in the blanks. The story went like this…sometime before the 1770′s, a man named Jacob Van Angleman came over from Holland, fought in the Revolutionary War, and became a farmer in New Jersey. We were all told this story, so I believed it to be true.
Only parts of this story are true. There was a Jacob Angleman and he did fight in the Revolution from New Jersey. There was a Jacob Angleman who owned property in Somerset County, New Jersey. Is he the same Jacob Van Angleman who must have dropped the “Van” and was the progenitor of my family? After 14 years of research, I still don’t know.
When you try to search the name Angleman using Dutch surnames search engines, you find that the name is not a Dutch name. No one can find this name, any where. Oh. Hmmm…well, that’s tricky. I have used message boards to no avail. I don’t live in New Jersey, nor have I for seventeen years, so it isn’t as if I can pop off to a Somerset County library or hall of records and do the digging to find this man. And the more I try to isolate a search, the more disconnected Anglemans I seem to find. I just can’t find my Jacob Van Angleman.