26 families with a total of 126 people lived in Klosterholte-Haverbeck in 1749. The average family size was 4.8 people. Out of the 26 families, 14 were Heuerleute (contractors/landless cottagers). In 1807 this farming community had 146 inhabitants, without Honigfort and Gelsbruch. 56 of them lived in Klosterholte and 90 in Haverbeck and Gelshof. In 1833 there were 26 residential houses and 209 inhabitants in Klosterholte-Haverbeck. In 1855 the farming community Klosterholte-Haverbeck had 31 residential houses and 191 inhabitants, including the estate of Gelshof.
For many centuries Honigfort and Gelsbruch belonged to the parish of the city of Haseluenne, while Klosterholte, Haverbeck and Gelshof were owned by the city of Meppen until 1834. Gelshof belonged to the administration of Haverbeck in the nineteenth century. Being owned by Meppen meant that all farmers had to pay tributes to the city and could not govern their estates independently. Meppen's mayor was judge and had to authorize significant decisions like marriages and inheritance regulations. When the Duke of Arenberg insisted on the landlord's former right called "Landfolge" (three days of various services) in 1829, farmers from Klosterholte-Haverbeck as well as from other villages refused to comply. In 1830 they received juridical support and in 1834, during the so-called peasants' liberalizaton of Hanover, the farmers of Klosterholte managed to gain independence from Meppen. Two major farmers from the village, Gerdes and Schulte, paid 1300 and 900 German Talers respectively. Honigfort paid a ransom of 300 Reichstalers to the parish of Haseluenne. This was 25 times the yearly tribute.






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