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Guide to the Hart, Budd, and Nestell Family Papers
1804–1955
 MS 3127

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Biographical / Historical

(All names underlined below are represented by documents in the present collection.)

The family documented here descends chiefly from Monmouth Hart (1689–1761), of Westchester County, New York, and his wife, Sarah Ogden. Among the children of Monmouth and Sarah (Ogden) Hart was a son, Joseph Hart (circa 1726/7–1807). By his marriage to Elizabeth Gidney, Joseph was the father of another  Joseph Hart (1757–1836). The younger Joseph married Tamar Budd, a daughter of  Joseph Budd, and among their children was a son,  Henry Hart, who married Esther Horton. The children of Henry and Esther (Horton) Hart included  John Horton Hart (1819–1886),  Joseph Budd Hart (1825–1878),  Henry Azariah Hart (1832–1865), and  George Washington Hart (1837–1896).

New York City merchant Joseph Budd Hart—not to be confused with his uncle, fellow merchant Joseph B. Hart (1796–1887)—married Emma Selina Nestell (1834–1907), a daughter of  John Joachim Nestell (1809–1885) and Jane Ann Elizabeth Schultz. Together Joseph Budd and Emma S. (Nestell) Hart had four children:  Irene Nestell (Hart) Collord (1860–1950),  George Henry Hart (1861–1867),  Charles Henry Hart (1867–1940), and Emma Josephine (Hart) Sheridan (1869–1916).

Joseph Budd Hart died in 1878, leaving substantial real estate holdings. His will appointed as executors his brother, George Washington Hart, his widow, Emma, and Emma's brother, John Jay Nestell (1840–1917). The latter took control of the estate's affairs, but was eventually charged with failing to account for about $600,000 of it. Hart's heirs claimed Nestell misused the funds to speculate on recreational properties at Avalon, on Santa Catalina Island, in Los Angeles, California, for his personal gain (hence the maps and photographs in Folders 23–25).

This note draws largely from genealogical data supplied by the donor found in Folder 1. See, also, "Accused of Failing to Render Account" in the Los Angeles Herald, Saturday 15 August 1908, p. 12, and "Estate $600,000 Short. Referee Charges Speculation with J. B. Hart Property" in the  New York Tribune, Saturday 14 May 1910, p. 7.