- Eugene R. Fingerhut
Fell, John (05 February 1721–15 May 1798), merchant, legislator, member of Continental Congress, was born in New York City, of parents who have not been identified. Fell grew up in New York City where one of his ancestors contributed money in 1655 to fortify what was then New Amsterdam. He entered business and by 1759 was the senior partner of John Fell & Company with several armed merchantmen (probably including some privateers) afloat. Before 1766, with his wartime profits, he bought 220 acres of land in northern Paramus, Bergen County, New Jersey. He called his estate “Petersfield,” probably after an ancestor, and after whom he also named his son, Peter. His wife Susanna Marschalk, the widow of a Mr. McIntosh, bore at least one daughter in addition to their son....