Historic Timeline Details

1927 Freeman J. Stelle conveys to William R. Codington of Plainfield a 30.55- acre lot comprising the north portion of the land on the west side of the road which John Stelle had inherited from his father Oliver Stelle and Freeman Stelle (father of Freeman J. and son of John Stelle) had purchased from his father’s other heirs [Somerset County Deeds, Book N2, page 438 and Book W20, page 149].

1929 Freeman J. Stelle conveys to William R. Codington of “King George Road, Millington” another portion of the land on the west side of the road which John Stelle had inherited from his father, Oliver Stelle [Somerset County Deeds, Book P21, page 201].

Bernards Township tax map indicates that William R. Codington owns 122.86 acres between the Passaic River and King George Road and 146.83 acres on the west side of the road [Bernards Township tax map].

1935 William R. Codington dies on January 22nd, aged 81, after suffering a heart attach at his Bernards Township home, [“Judge Codington Succumbs at 81,” The Bernardsville News, January 24, 1935]. His will, dated January 24, 1934, Plainfield, and approved for probate on February 2nd, leaves the residue of his estate, after specific bequest to family members and employees, in trust for his wife, Rachel, for life, and thereafter to their two children, Martha and Albert. Rachel receives “all the household furniture and personal property contained at my residence at River-Edge Farm” [Somerset County Wills, Book E1, page 200].

His inventory provides some information of about the house and its furnishings, indicating that electricity and plumbing had been installed by that time. The listing of two lots of fireplace implements suggests that fireplaces were being used; that of a set of wicker porch furniture suggests the existence of a porch. A mix of braided and oriental rugs covered the floors. A “maid’s bureau, old” was valued at 50 cents; a “mahogany bureau, antique” $10.

The inventory gives the total value of William Codington’s personal property as $105,261.02, the major portion of which consists in notes, bonds, mortgages, stacks and cash. The farm equipment at River-edge Farm (including a milk delivery truck) is valued at $749. Listed livestock consists of 28 pedigree-registered cows at “Rive-Edge Dairy” worth $2,975, as well as three old horses valued at $225 [Somerset County Inventories, Book W, page 136].

1936 Rachel Codington dies on November 12th. Her will, probated on November 23rd, leaves her property to her two children [Somerset County Wills, Book F1, page 344]. In accordance with the terms of her husband’s will, river-Edge Farm passes to her two children, Martha C. Dascombe and Albert I. Codington..

Her inventory, recorded February 27, 1937, provides information of about the house at River-Edge Farm and its furnishing. Nine rooms are named: telephone room, living room, dining room, kitchen, hall, north bedroom, south bedroom, southwest bedroom and maid’s room. The inventory indicates the upper story contained at least one bedroom by this time, as well as an attic and possibly a hallway. The inclusion of items such as a brass kettle and brass candlestick in the telephone room, an “old churn, painted wood” in the dining room, and an “old cradle” and an “old stand” in the hall suggest the presence and appreciation of antiques, possibly passed down through the family [Somerset County Inventories, Book W, page 201].

The inventory gives the total value of Rachel Codington’s personal property as $12,030.61, including $8,640.86 in cash, mortgage, interest and uncollected debts notes, interest and book accounts; jewelry worth $499, a wrist watch worth $18, a 1929 Cadillac valued at $50 and the household goods inherited from her husband worth $140.

1942 Martha C. and Colin H. Dascombe of North Plainfield, NJ, convey to her brother Albert I. Codington of Millington for $1 on June 19th four tracts of land in Bernards Township; #1, an 88.27-acre tract located between the Passaic River and King George Road encompassing the subject property and is tract # 1 of the land conveyed by Clarkson Stelle’s heirs to Isaac Runyon in 1853 (see 1853 entry & Somerset County Deed, Book Q2, page 361); #2 a .9-acre lot to its south known as the Boyle lot; #3 1853 (see 1853 entry & Somerset County Deed, Book Q2, page 361), a 11.7- acre lot acquired by William Codington in 1909 from Freeman J. Stelle (see 1909 entry and & Somerset County Deed, Book T11, page 466; and #4a 5.27-acre lot bordering the road from running east to the River bridge acquired by William Codington in 1922 (see Somerset County Deed, Book X18, page 476) [Somerset County Deeds, Book X22, page 372].

1943 Albert I. Codington and wife, Margaret I. of Bernards Township to the Arlington Investment Corporation of Kearny, NJ, for $1 on September 21st two tracts of land: #1, 101.7 acre tract between the Passaic River and King George Road and including the subject property and evidently tract #s 1, 2 and 4 of the lands conveyed by Martha and Colin Dascombe to Albert Codington in the previous year (see 1942 entry) [Somerset County Deeds, Book 636, page 261].

1945 The Arlington Investment Corporation conveys to Gerald L. Pearson and his wife Mildred O. Pearson the subject property on July 7th [Somerset County Deeds, Book 641, page 168].

1960 Gerald L. and Mildred O. Pearson convey a 36.7-acre tract and a 7.1-acre parcel encompassing the subject property to George E. Geier and his wife, Ingrid L. Geier by separate deeds on July 1st and October 3rd [Somerset County Deeds, Book 970, page 123 and Book 976, page 235].

1994 Ingrid E. Geier dies on July 4th [Somerset County Deeds, Book 2029, page 856].

1995 George E. Geier, executor of the estate of Ingrid L. Geier of 430 King George Road in Bernards township convey a 36.7-acre tract and a 7.1-acre tract encompassing the subject property to Geier’s River Bend Farm, L. L. C of the same place for $1 on October 1st [Somerset County Deeds, Book 2029, page 856 and Book 2029, page 860].

1999 Geier’s River Bend Farm, L. L. C., of 430 King George Road in Bernards Township convey the two tracts encompassing the subject property to the Sterling Properties, Group, L. L. C., of Livingston, NJ. For $5,000,000 on October 13th [Somerset County Deeds, Book 2262, page 156].

On the same day, Sterling Properties, Group, L. L. C., conveys to the Township of Bernards for $3,500,000 the portion of the Geier lands comprising the subject property [Somerset County Deeds, Book 2262, page 178].

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