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GENEALOGICAL HISTORY 



OF 



Hudson and Bergen Counties 



NEW JERSEY 



CORNELIUS BURNHAM HARVEY 

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Hail to posterity ! 

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Let the young generations yet to be 
Look kindly upon this. 
Think how your fathers left their native land. 

— Pastorius. 

What he was and what he is 
They who ask may haply find. 

— Whittier. 



HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 



THE FIRST SETTLERS AND THEIR ORIGIN 

P TO the close of the Civil War family origin and lineage re- 
ceived but a small measure of attention in the United 
States. Here and there, along the line of the centuries, 
persons possessed of wealth and leisure had caught up and 
reunited the broken threads of kinship; but the great mass of the com- 
mon people considered time thus spent as time squandered. In ac- 
counting for this it should be remembered that the early settlers of 
the country never expected to set foot again on European soil. Hav- 
ing deliberately severed all the ties that connected them with the past, 
they lived to remember only — and that with hatred — ^the tyranny, 
despotism, hardships, and persecutions of a church and state which 
had forced them from the land of their birth. Again, these pioneers 
of a new civilization had little time to think of remote family ties. 
With them " self preservation was the first law of nature." Bound- 
less forests must be felled; lands must be cleared and tilled; crops 
must be reared, harvested, and protected; the savages must be 
watched, fought, and exterminated; civil government must be organ- 
ized and maintained; highways, canals, churches, schools, court 
houses, and jails must be constructed and paid for; villages, towns, 
cities, counties, states, even a nation, must be built up; and, when, 
after long years of untold hardships, all these things had been accom- 
plished, then came the great revolt from, and struggle with, the 
mother country for freedom and national independence. 

After the republic, the War of 1812, then the war with Mexico, and, 
lastly, the Civil War, the great and final struggle for national life and 
perpetuity. This " building of the nation," and the wars incident 
thereto, did not stimulate genealogical research. The American 
Revolution arrayed the descendants of the early settlers against the 
descendants of their European oppressors, and the American Civil 
War arrayed father against father and brother against brother. Both 
of these conflicts tended to keep alive in the breasts of Americans the 
animosities kindled by wrongs committed on European soil several 
generations before. 



HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 



But the surrender at Appomattox soon changed all this. The new 
nation had emerged triumphant from her great crucial struggle, freed 
from the curse of human slavery. Moreover, and quite as important, 
she had shown that she could and would maintain the integrity of the 




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Union. She immediately took a commanding position among the 
nations of the earth, a position which has grown stronger and more 
commanding as time has rolled on, until at last the respect of Europe 
has been won. Equality breeds sociability. And now the descend- 
ants of the early emigrants to America hobnob with Europeans with 
as much freedom as if they were members of the same household. 



THE FIRST SETTLERS 



All this has aroused a deep and abiding interest in family lineage, 
and this interest has been greatly intensified in the last decade by 
the organization of the Holland Society, the Huguenot Society, the 




New England Society, the Colonial Dames, the Sons of the devolu- 
tion, the Daughters of the Kevolution, and numerous societies of a 
similar character. The desire among all classes of the people to 
know something of their ancestry has been still further stimulated by 



4 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

the numerous genealogical societies now established throughout the 
Union. 

It is a source of deep regret that the early records of Northern New 
Jersey are so widely scattered — more so, perhaps, than those of any 
other section of the country. The historian and genealogist must 
find them at Albany, New York, Goshen, Richmond, and New City 
in New York State, and at Trenton, Perth Amboy, Newark, Jersey 
City, Paterson, and Hackensack in the State of New Jersey. Then, 
again, the chirography of the early records of this section is peculiar, 
and many of the documents and records are in a foreign language. 
Thousands of grants, deeds, wills, and other documents relative to 
Bergen County, all of the greatest importance to the searcher for 
knowledge, were never recorded and never even deposited in any pub- 
lic record office, owing to the bitter controversy between the Colonies 
of New York and New Jersey over the location of the boundary line 
between them, — a controversy which lasted more than a century 
from the time the country began to be settled by Europeans. I am 
forced to the conclusion that he who would make a successful plotting 
of the early grants of land in Northern New Jersey would need to 
spend at least five years in a house-to-house hunt for the necessary 
data, in trunks and chests of the old pioneers, now hidden away and 
forgotten, in the garrets of their descendants. I have prepared this 
article from such data as I have been able to find, but for the reasons 
above stated the matter it contains must necessarily be replete with 
errors and important omissions. Nevertheless, I am not without 
strong hope that it may be of some assistance to the thousands of 
descendants of the sturdy men and women who settled the Counties 
of Bergen and Hudson. I have prepared and inserted four maps : 
No. 1, showing Bergen County as erected in 1693; No. 2, showing the 
greater part of the same county as re-erected in 1709-10; No. 3, show- 
ing Hudson County at the present time; and No. 4, showing the 
greater part of Bergen County as erected in 1709-10, and, as far as 
possible, the locations of the original land patents. In the text these 
are called and on map No. 4 are numbered " Sections." The outlines 
of these " sections " are, of course, only approximately correct, but 
they will be found useful to the reader in locating any particular set- 
tler. I have also set forth the counties into townships, boroughs, and 
other municipalities, and, lastly, I have given in tabulated form the 
surname of each of the principal settlers, his nationality, and, as far 
as possible, the name and domicile of his European ancestor. 

FORMATION OF BERGEN AND HUDSON COUNTIES 

The first municipality within the limits of New Jersey M^as erected 
by order of Director General Stuyvesant and his council on Septem- 



THE FIRST SBTTLEKS 



ber 5, 1661, and christened " The Village of Bergen." The origin of 
the name " Bergen " rests in some doubt. Some writers confidently 
claim it to have been derived from " Bergen," the capital of Norway, 



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HUDSON COUNTY 
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while others as confidently assert it to have been derived from Ber- 
gm op Zoom, an 'important town on the Eiver Scheldt, in Holland, 
eighteen miles north of Antwerp. Without expressing an opinion, 



6 HUDSON AND BEKGEN COUNTIES 

I may say that, so far as my investigations have extended, the evi- 
dence seems to favor those who claim the name to have been derived 
from the Holland town. During the seven years following the christ- 
ening new settlers rapidly purchased and located on lands outside of 
the " Village " limits. These, with a view to more effectually pro- 
tecting themselves from the savages, asked that they might be an- 
nexed to the main settlement. Accordingly, on the 7th of April, 
1668, Governor Philip Carteret and his council, of Bast New Jersey, 
granted to the settlers of Bergen (then comprising some forty fam- 
ilies) a charter under the corporate name of " The Towne and Corpora- 
tion of Bergen." This new " Towne " comprised the present County 
of Hudson as far west as the Hackensack Eiver. The line on the 
north, as described in the charter, started "at Mordavis meadow, lying 
upon the west side of Hudson's Eiver; from thence to run upon a N. W. 
lyne by a Three rail fence that is now standing to a place called 
Espatin [The Hill] and from thence to a little creek [Bellman's 
Creek] surrounding N. N. W. till it comes unto the river Hackensack 
[Indian name for "Lowland"], containing in breadth, from the top of 
the Hill, IJ miles or 120 chains." During the next sixteen years new 
settlements sprang up north of Bergen, but in matters of government 
these were termed " out lands " or " precincts," Avithout any corpor- 
ate power whatever, and subject to the jurisdiction of the authorities 
of the " Towne." 

As time went on and population increased, courts became neces- 
sary; and as all the colonial officials were Englishmen, and many Eng- 
lish immigrants had settled in the colony, it was but natural that they 
should desire the adoption of the English system of county govern- 
ment. On the 7th of March, 1 682, the provincial legislature passed, 
and Deputy Governor Eudyard approved, an act under which New 
Jersey was divided into four counties : Bergen, Essex, Middlesex, and 
Monmouth. Bergen County, as then defined, contained " all the 
settlements between Hudson's Eiver and the Hackensack Eiver, be- 
ginning at Constable's Hook and so to extend to the uppermost 
bounds of the Province, northward between the said rivers with the 
seat of government at the town of Bergen." (See Map No. 1.) Essex 
County comprised " all the settlements between the west side of the 
Hackensack Eiver and the parting line between Woodbridge and 
Elizabethtown, and northward to the utmost bounds of the Province." 
By this division the greater part of the present County of Bergen 
fell within the limits of Essex County, where it remained until 1709-10. 

This division into counties caused great dissatisfaction among the 
people, particularly in Northern New Jersey. They complained that 
the counties were too large, that the distance between their homes 
and the county seat was too long, and that traveling such lone dis- 




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tances, over the worst of roads, in all sorts of weather, interfered with 
their pursuits and subjected them to great expense and bodily dis- 
comfort. Sheriffs found it difficult to summon and compel the at- 
tendance of jurymen and witnesses. The administration of justice 
and the transaction of all other public business were seriously re- 
tarded. From every part of the province petitions came pouring into 
the colonial assembly, sometimes accompanied by delegations of in- 
dignant citizens. For several years the assembly stood out against 
these numerous complaints and petitions, but in the end it was 
obliged to yield, and on the 2d of January, 1709-10, an act was 
passed and approved directing a redivision. By the terms of this 
act the boundaries of Bergen County were fixed as follows : 

" Beginning at Constable's Hook, so up along the bay to Hudson's 
River, to the partition point between New Jersey and the Province 
of New York; thence along the line and the line between East and 
West New Jersey to the Pequannock and Passaic Rivers; thence down 
the Pequannock and Passaic Rivers to the sound; and so following 
the sound to Constable's Hook where it begins." (See Map No. 2.) 

In the northwestern part of the county, as above described, was 
included the County of Passaic, and on the 22d of February, 1840, 
all that part of it lying south of the original north bounds of the 
" Town and Corporation of Bergen," together with a considerable 
area of territory west of the Hackensack River known as New Bar- 
badoes Neck, were, by legislative enactment, erected into the County 
of Hudson. A part of this was annexed to Bergen County in 1852, 
leaving the boundaries of Bergen and Hudson Counties as they are 
to-day. ( See Map No. 3.) 

INTRODUCTION OF TOWNSHIP GOVERNMENTS 

The first division of the counties into townships was made pursuant 
to two acts of the colonial assembly, one approved in September, 1692, 
and the other in October, 1693. The reasons for this division were 
set forth in the preamble to the second of the above mentioned acts, 
as follows: 

■'Whereas, several things is to be done by the inhabitants of 
towns, hamlets, tribes, or divisions within each county, as chusing 
of deputies, constables &c., taxing and collecting of several rates for 
publick uses and the making orders amongst themselves respectively 
about swine, fences &c. 

" Whereas, a great many settlements are not reckoned within any 
such town or division, nor the bounds of the reputed towns ascer- 
tained, by means thereof the respective constables know not their 
districts, and many other inconveniences arising from them, and for- 
asmuch as the act made in Sept 1692, for dividing the several countiee 



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HUDSON AND BEKGEN COUNTIES 



and townships, the time for the returns of the said divisions, being 
too short and the method of dividing by county meetings inconvenient. 
Therefore be it enacted," etc. 

Under the above acts Bergen County (then including the present 
Bergen and Hudson Counties) was divided into three townships : 
Hackensack, New Barbadoes, and Bergen. Of these, Haclfensack com- 
prised " all the land betwixt the Hackensack River and Hudson's 




BLOCK S " FIGURATIVE MAP," LAID BEFORE THE STATES-GENERAL IN 1614. 



River, that extends from the corporation town bounds of Bergen to 
the partition line of the Province.'' New Barbadoes comprised " all 
the land on Passaic River, above the third river, and from the mouth 
of the said third river northwest to the partition line of the Province, 
including also all the land in New Barbadoes neck, betwixt Hacken- 
sack and Passaic rivers, and thence to the partition line of the Prov- 
ince." Bergen comprised what is now that part of Hudson County 
east of the Hackensack River. (See Map 2.) 



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The following table shows the names of the several townships 
erected in Bergen County to date, the dates of their erection, and the 
names of the townships or municipalities from which they were 
erected : 

NAMES OF TOWNSHIPS FROM 
WHICH TAKEN. 



NO. 


NAME OF TOWNSHIP. 


DATE OF ERECTION. 


1. 


Hackeusack. 


October, 


1693. 


2. 


New Barbadoes. 


October, 


1693. 


3. 


Saddle River. 




1737. 


4. 


Franklin. 




1767. 


5. 


Harrington. 


June 22, 


1775. 


6. 


Pompton. 


February 8, 


1797. 


7. 


Lodi. 


December 1, 


1825. 


8. 


Wasbington. 


January 30, 


1840. 


9. 


Hohokus. 


February 5, 


1849. 


10. 


Union. 


February 19, 


1852. 


11. 


Midland. 


March 7, 


1871. 


12. 


Palisades. 


March 22, 


1871. 


13. 


Englewood. 


March 22, 


1871. 


14. 


Ridgefield. 


March 22, 


1871. 


15. 


Ridgewood. 


March 30, 


1876. 


16. 


Boiling Springs. 


April 17, 


1879. 


17. 


Orvil. 


April 20, 


1885. 


18. 


Bergen. 


February 22, 


1893. 


19. 


Teaneck. 


February 19, 


1895. 


20. 


Overpeck. 


March 23, 


1897. 


21. 


Hillsdale. 


March 25, 


1898. 



Original. 

Original. 

New Barbadoes. 

New Barbadoes. 

Hackensack and New Barbadoes. 

Saddle River and Franklin. 

New Barbadoes. 

Harrington. 

Franklin. 

Harrison in Hudson County. 

New Barbadoes. 

Hackensack. 

Hackensack. 

Hackensack. 

Franklin. 

Union. 

Hobokusjand Washington. 

Lodi. 

Englewood and Ridgefield. 

Ridgefield. 

Washington. 



There is no record of the erection of Saddle Kiver and Franklin. 
They are first mentioned as townships in deeds and other recorded 
instruments in 1737 and 17G7 respectively. Prior to that they are 
called " Precincts." Franklin is first mentioned in the county free- 
holders' book IMay 17, 1772. 

The following table shows the names of the several townships and 
municipalities erected in Hudson County to date, the dates of their 
erection, and the names of the townships and other municipalities 
from which they were erected : 











NAMES OF TOWNSHIPS 


FROM 


NO. 


NAME OF TOWNSHIP. 


DATE OF ERECTION. 


WHICH TAKEN. 




1. 


Bergen (Tp.). 


October, 


1693. 


Original. 




9. 


Jersey (City). 


January 28, 


1820. 


Bergen. 




3. 


Harrison (Tp.). 


February 22, 


1840. 


Lodi, Bergen County. 




4, 


Van Vorst (Tp.). 


March 11, 


1841. 


Bergen. 




5 


North Bergen (Tp.). 


February 10, 


1843. 


Bergen. 




6 


Hoboken (Tp.). 
Hudson (Tp.). 
Hoboken (City). 


March 1, 


1841. 


North Bergen. 




7 


March 4, 


1852. 


Bergen. 




8 


March 28, 


1855. 


North Bergen. 




9 


Weehawken (Tp.). 


March 15, 


1859. 


Hoboken. 




10. 


Bayonne (Tp.). 


February 16, 


1861. 


Bergen, 




11. 


Union (Tp.). 


February 28, 


1861. 


Bergen. 




12. 


West Hoboken (Town). 


February 28, 


1861. 


Bergen. 




13. 


Greenville (Tp.). 


March 18, 


1863. 


Bergen. 






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NAME OF TOWNSHIPS 


FROM 


NO. 


NAME OF TOWNSHIP. 


DATE or 


EKECTION. 


WHICH TAKEN. 




14. 


Town of Union. 


March 29, 


1864. 


Union. 




15. 


Kearney (Town). 


March 14, 


1867. 


Harrison. 




16. 


Bayonne (City). 


March 10, 


1869. 


Bayonne. 




17. 


Guttenberg (Tp.). 


April 1, 


1878. 


Union. 




18. 


West New York(Town). 


March 21, 


1898. 


Union. 




19. 


East Newark (Town). 




, 1898. 


Harrison. 




20. 


Secaucus (Bor.). 


March 12, 


1900. 


North Bergen. 





Of the above, all of Pompton and a large part of Franklin and Sad- 
dle Eiver in Bergen County became part of Passaic County by act of 
February 7, 1837. (See Map 4.) Union in Bergen County was 
taken from Harrison in Hudson County, February 19, 1852, and Harri- 
son in Hudson was taken from Lodi in Bergen County, February 22, 
1840. Part of Lodi in Bergen was annexed to New Barbadoes in 
1896. Van Vorst, Hoboken, Greenville, Hudson, and Bayonne Town- 
ships in Hudson County have been absorbed by the remaining munici- 
palities in the county. Kearney was made a " Town " March 23, 1898. 
West New York absorbed the whole of Union. 

BOROUGH GOVERNMENTS 

The borough system of government for small communities was first 
introduced into New Jersey March 28, 1789, by an act incorporating 
the ■' Borough of Elizabeth." During the next ninety years a num- 
ber of similar municipalities were erected in various parts of the 
State, each of which was the creation of a special act of the legisla- 
ture. No general law on the subject was enacted until April 5, 
1878, when what has since been known as " The General Borough 
Act " became a law. It provided that the inhabitants of any town- 
ship, or part of a township, embracing an area not to exceed four 
square miles, and containing a population not exceeding five thou- 
sand, might become a body politic and corporate in fact and in law 
whenever, at a special election to be called for that purpose, it might 
be decided by a majority of votes of the electors of the proposed 
borough qualified to vote at elections for State and township officers. 

For a period of sixteen years following the passage of this act very 
few boroughs were organized in the State, only three of them being 
in Bergen County. In the spring of 1894 an act was passed establish- 
ing an entirely new system of public instruction. By this act the old 
school districts were blotted out and each toAvnship erected into a 
separate and distinct district. All the taxpayers of each township 
were thenceforth required to assume and pay, pro rata, the debts 
already incurred by the several old districts, as well as all future 
debts of the township for school purposes. The people complained 
against the injustice of such a law, and sought a way to escape its 
operation. By the terms of the law it was inoperative in all incor- 



THE FIRST SETTLERS 



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porated borouglis, towns, villages, and cities, and accordingly a rush 
was made to form boroughs, particularly in Bergen County, and had 
not the legislature hastened to check this rush by amending the 
school laAv the whole county would have been carved into boroughs 
in less than two years. As it was, twenty-six boroughs were created 
in the county from January 23, 1894, to December 18, of the same 
year. The amendment which the legislature made to the school act 
provided that no borough might maintain a school separate from the 
township unless there should be four hundred children within its 
limits. This so effectually checked the borough movement that only 
five have since been formed. 

The following table shows the names of the boroughs organized in 
Bergen County to date, the dates of their organization, and the town- 
ships from which they were respectively taken : 







DATE OF 




NO. 


NAME. 


ORGANIZATION. 


FROM WHICH TOWNSHIPS TAKEN. 


1. 


Rutherford j 


September 21, 1881. 
Enlarged June 10, '90 


I UuioD. 


2. 


Ridgefield. 


May 25, 


1892. 


Ridgefield. 


3. 


Ridgefleld Park. 


May 25, 


1892. 


Ridgefield. 


4. 


Tenafly. 


June 23, 


1894. 


Palisades. 


5. 


East Rutherford. 


March 29, 


1894. 


Boiling Springs. 


6. 


Uelford. 


May 7, 


1894. 


Midland. 


7. 


CreskiU. 


May 8, 


1894. 


Palisades. 


8. 


Westwood. 


May 8, 


1894. 


Washington. 


9. 


Park Ridge. 


May 14, 


1894. 


Washington. 


10. 


Bergenfields. 


June 2, 


1894. 


Palisades and Englewood. 


11. 


Carlstadt. 


June 27, 


1894. 


Bergen. 


12. 


Maywood. 


June 29, 


1894. 


Midland. 


13. 


Riverside. 


June 29, 


1894. 


Midland. 


14. 


Sohraalenburgh. i 


July 19, 


1894. 


Midland. 


15. 


Hasbrouck Heights. 


July 21, 


1894. 


Lodi. 


16. 


Woodcliff. 


August 25, 


1894. 


Washington and Orvil. 


17. 


Montvale. 


August 30, 


1894. 


Washington and Orvil. 


18. 


Glenrock. 


September 12 


, 1894. 


Saddle River and Ridgewood. 


19. 


Little Ferry. 


September 18 


1894. 


Lodi and New Barbadoes. 


20. 


Old Tappan. 


October 16, 


1894. 


Harrington. 


21. 


Allendale. 


November 8, 


1894. 


Orvil, Hohokus, and Franklin. 


22. 


Bogota. 


November 14 


1894. 


Ridgefleld. 


23. 


Woodridge. 


November 15 


1894. 


Bergen. 


24. 


Saddle River. 


November 19, 


1894. 


Orvil. 


25. 


Upper Saddle River. 


November 20 


1894. 


Orvil and Hohokus. 


26. 


Leonia. 


December 5, 


1894. 


Ridgefield. 


27. 


UnderclifE. 


December 5, 


1894. 


Ridgefield. 


28. 


Fairview. 


December 18, 


1894. 


Ridgefield. 


29. 


Wallington. 


December 31, 


1894. 


Saddle River. 


30. 


Cliffside Park. 


January 15, 


1895. 


Ridgefield. 


31. 


Englewood ClifBs. 


May 19, 


1895. 


Englewood and Palisades. 


32. 


North Arlington. 


March 9, 


1896. 


Union. 


33. 


Eastwood. 


March 26, 


1896. 


Washington. 


34. 


Garfield. 


March 15, 


1898. 


Wallington Borough. 


35. 


Palisades Park. 


March 22, 


1899. 


Ridgefield. 



1 The name of Sohraalenburgh Borough was changed to Dumont in 1899. 



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HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 



EARLY SETTLERS OF HUDSON COUNTY 

A great majority of the pioneer settlers of Bergen and Hudson 
Counties were emigrants from Holland, or descendants of persons 
who had emigrated from that country and settled on Manhattan 
Island or Long Island. The rest were English, French, Germans, 
and Scandinavians. What brought these to the shores of America? 
What led them to settle in New Jersey? Who were they? The 
limits of this article will permit of only a brief reference to the two 
principal causes which impelled them to leave their native land, — 
overcrowding of population in Holland and the desire to better their 
condition. 

More than a century had elapsed since the Augustinian monk, 




AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND 



Luther, had nailed his ninety-five theses on the church door at Wit- 
tenberg. That act had, at last, wakened into activity all the dor- 
mant forces of Christendom. During the Middle Ages all learning 
and religion had been controlled by the Roman hierarchy. All that 
lime the papacy had been a confederacy for the conservation of learn- 
ing, against the barbarism and ignorance of the times; and so long as 
the pontiff retained the character of chief clerk of such a confederacy 
his power remained irresistible. But as soon as he abandoned the 
role of chief clerk in spiritual affairs, and assumed that of secular 
prince, the great revolution began. His former friends became his 
enemies. The British schoolmen led the way in the revolt, followed 
by Wickliff, Huss, Jerome, and others. The breach kept widening, 
until all the countries of Western Europe started like giants out of 
their sleep at the first blast of Lutlier's trumpet. In Northern 




ADRIAKN VAN DBR DONCK'S MAP, 1656. 



HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 



Europe the best half of the people embraced the Eeformation. The 
spark which the monk had kindled lighted the torch of civilization, 
which was to illuminate the forests of the Hudson in America. 

At no time since this terrible contest began had the Catholic mon- 
archs of Europe been more persistently active and relentlessly cruel 
toward the believers in the new religion than at the beginning of emi- 
gration to New Netherland. The bloody conflict known as "The 
Thirty Years' War " was then raging with all its attendant horrors. 
Nevertheless, Holland, of all the circle of nations, had guaranteed 
safety to people of every religious belief, and enforced, within her own 

borders at least, respect for 
civil liberty. As a result she 
ha,d become the harbor of ref- 
uge and the temporary home of 
thousands of the persecuted of 
almost every country; the 
Brownists from England, the 
Waldenses from Italy, the 
Labadists and Picards from 
France, the Walloons from 
Germany and Flanders, and 
many other Protestant sects, 
all flocked into Holland. 
Across her borders flowed a 
continu.al stream of refugees 
and oiitcasts. This influx of 
foreigners, augmented by the 
natural increase of her own 
people, caused Holland to suf- 
fer seriously from overcrowd- 
ing, particularly in her large 
cities. A learned Hollander, 
writing at that time, said of 
the situation : " Inasmuch as 
the multitude of people, not only natives but foreigners, who are 
seeking a livelihood here, is very great, so that, where one stiver is 
to be earned, there are ten hands ready to seize it. Many are obliged, 
on this account, to go in search of other lands and residences, where 
they can obtain a living." 

In the few years preceding 1621 several voyages of discovery and 
adventure had been made by the Dutch to New Netherland, but no 
colonies had been founded. Letters from these voyagers declared that 
New Netherland was a veritable paradise — a land " flowing with 
milk and honey," traversed by numerous great and beautiful rivers. 




THE " NEW NETHERLAND.' 



THE FIRST SETTLERS 



15 



plentifully stocked with fish; great valleys and plains, covered with 
luxuriant verdure; extensive forests, teeming with fruits, game, and 
wild animals; and an exceedingly fertile and prolific soil. These and 
many similar letters aroused and stimulated many of the discontented 
and unemployed of Holland to emigrate to New Xetherland with 
their families in the hope of being able to earn a handsome livelihood, 
strongly fancying that they could live in the New World in luxury 
and ease, while in the Old they would still have to earn their bread 
by the sweat of their brows. 

In 1621 the " States-General " took steps looking toward relief 
from the situation, the gravity of which they now fully comprehended. 
On June 3 they granted a charter to " The Dutch West India Com- 



i' , Pi/rt nte-uw tAmller^am^ oj>~^M{'v^a^^. «:«g«iNa»g gg^aL ^ggj^ 




THE FIRST VIEW OF NEW AMSTERDAM, IN 1635. 



pany " to organize and govern a colony in New Netherland; and in 
June, 1623-1, an expedition under Captain Cornelius Jacobsen Mey, of 
Amsterdam, carrying thirty families, most of whom were religious 
refugees, came over to New Amsterdam and began a settlement on 
the lower end of Manhattan Island. Mey, not liking the job of being 
director of the new colony, soon returned to Holland, leaving matters 
for a time in charge of William Verhulst, who was succeeded by Peter 
Minuit in 1626. This first colony was not a success. The colonists 
were "on the make." Aside from building a few rude bark huts 
and a fort, they busied themselves dickering with the savages for 
skins and furs. They tilled no ground, and for three years were non- 
supporting. On the 7th of June, 1629, the " States-General " granted 
a bill of " Freedoms and Exemptions " to all such private persons as 



16 HUDSON AND BEKGEN COUNTIES 

would plant any colonies in any part of New Netherland (except the 
Island of Manhattan), granting to them the fee simple in any land 
they might be able to successfully improve. Special privileges were 
also granted to members of the West India Company. Whoever of 
its members should plant a colony of fifty persons should be a feudal 
lord, or " Patroon," of a tract " sixteen miles in length, fronting on 
a navigable river and reaching eight miles back." 

As yet only exploring parties bent on trade with the savages had 
traversed Bergen and Hudson Counties. No one had ventured to 
" take up " any lands there. But now, under the stimulus of the bill 
of " Freedoms and Exemptions," one Michael Pauw, then burgomas- 
ter of Amsterdam, was impelled, for speculative purposes no doubt, 
to obtain from the Director General of New Netherland, in 1630, 
grants of two large tracts, one called " Hoboken Hacking " (land of 
the tobacco pipe) and the other " Ahasimus." Both of these tracts 
were parts of what is now Jersey City. These grants bore date, re- 
spectively, July 13 and November 22, 1630. The grantee gave one 

place the name of " Pavonia," Pauw failed 

V to comply with the conditions set forth in his 

^- - "^ deeds and was obliged, after three years of 

controversy with the West India Company, 
to convey his " plantations " back to that 
company. Michael Paulesen, an official of 
the company, was placed in charge of them 



'^ , 







FLAG OF HOLLAND. ^^ Superintendent. It is said he built and oc- 
cupied a hut at Paulus Hook early in 1633. 
If so, it was the first building of any kind 
erected in either Bergen or Hudson County. Later in the same year 
the company built two more houses : one at Communipaw, afterward 
purchased by Jan Evertse Bout, the other at Ahasimus (now Jersey 
City, east of the Hill), afterward purchased by Cornelius Van Vorst. 
Jan Evertse Bout succeeded Michael Paulesen as superintendent of 
the Pauw plantation, June 17, 1634, with headquarters at Commu- 
nipaAv, then the capital of Pavonia Colony. He was succeeded in 
June, 1636, by Cornelius Van Vorst, with headquarters at Ahasimus, 
where he kept " open house " and entertained the New Amsterdam 
ofScials in great style. 

In 1641 one Myndert Myndertse, of Amsterdam, (bearing the pon- 
derous title of " Van der Heer Nedderhorst,") obtained a grant of all 
the country behind (west of) Achter Kull (Newark Bay), and from 
thence north to Tappan, including part of what is now Bergen and 
Hudson Counties. Accompanied by a number of soldiers, Myndertse 
occupied his purchase, established a camp, and proceeded to civilize 
the Indians by military methods. It is needless to say that he failed, 



THE FIRST SETTLERS 17 

He soon abandoned the perilous undertaking' of foundinp; a rolony, 
returned to Holland, and the title to this grant was forfeited. Early 
in 1638 William Kieft became Director General of New Netherland, 
and on the first day of May following granted to Abraham Isaacsen 
Planck (Verplanck) a patent for Paulus Hook (now lower Jersey 
City). 

There Avere now two " plantations " at Bergen, those of Planck and 
Van Vorst. Parts of these, however, had been leased to, and Aver*' 
then occupied by, Claes Jansen Van Purmerend, Dirck Straatmaker, 
Barent Jansen, Jan Cornelissen Buys, Jan Evertseu Carsbon, ^Michael 
Jansen, Jacob Stoffelsen, Aert Teunisen Xan Putten, Egbert Wouter- 
sen. Garret Dirckse Blauw, and Cornelius Ariessen. Van Putten 
had also leased and located on a farm at Hoboken. All these, with 
their families and servants, constituted a thriving settlement. The 
existence of the settlement of Bergen was now imperiled by the acts 
of Governor Kieft, whose idea of government was based mainly upon 
the principle that the governor should get all he could out of the 
governed. His treatment of the Indians soon incited their distrust 
and hatred of the whites. The savages, for the first time, began to 
show symptoms of open hostility. Captain Jan Petersen <le >'ries, a 
distinguished navigator, who was then engaged in the difficult task of 
trying to found a colony at Tappan, sought every means in his power 
to conciliate the Indians, and to persuade Kieft that his treatment of 
them would result in bloodshed. 

The crafty and selfish governor turned a deaf ear to all warnings 
and advice and continued to goad the Indians by cruel treatment and 
harsh methods of taxation. In 1643 an Indian — no doubt under 
stress of great provocation — shot and killed a member of the ^"an 
^'orst family. This first act of murder furnished a pretext for the 
whites and precipitated what is called " The Massacre of Pavonia," 
on the night of February 25, 1643, when Kieft, with a sergeant and 
eighty soldiers, armed and equipped for slaughter, crossed the Hud- 
son, landed at Communipaw, attacked the Indians while they were 
asleep in their camp, and, without regard to age or sex, deliberately, 
and in the most horrible manner, butchered nearly a lumdred of them. 
Stung by this outrage upon their neighbors and kinsmen, the northern 
tribes at once took the war path, attacked the settlement, burned the 
buildings, murdered the settlers, wiped the villages out of existence, 
and laid waste the country round about. Those of the settlers who 
were not killed outright fled across the river to Kew Amsterdam. Nor 
was peace restored between the savages and the whites until August, 
1645, when the remaining owners and tenants of farms returned to the 
site of the old village, rebuilt their homes, and started anew. 

Kieft having been driven from office, Petrus Stuyvesant was made 



18 



HUDSON AND BEKGEN COUNTIES 



Director Gt-nca-al, July 28, 1646. Under liis administration the settle- 
ment at P5eri;en was vevived, <^ew rapidly, and prospered. Between 
his arrival and the year 1669 the folloAA'ing named persons purchased 
or leased lands, though all of them did not become actual residents : 





fed TER'niA MBO' 

■zm. 



^~ ir~-'g^' Newark-'l 



POPPLE S PLAN OF NEW YORK AND ITS ENVIRONS, 1733. 



Michael Pauw, Michael Paulesen, Jan Evertse Bout, Cornelius Van 
Vorst, Myndert Myndertsen \-m\ der Heor Nedderhorst, Abraham 
Isaacson Planck (Verplanck), Claes Jansen Van Purmerend (Cooper) 
Dirk Straatmaker, Barent Jansen, Jan Cornelissen Buys, John Evert- 



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19 



sen Carsbon, Michael Jansen ( Vreeland), Jacob Stoffelsen, Aert 
Teunisen Ya.n Putteu, Egbert A\'outersen, Garret Dircksen Blauw, 
Cornelius Ariesen, Jacob Jacobsen Roy, Francisco Van Angola 
(negro), Guilliaem Corneliesen, Dirk Sycan, Claes Carsten Norman, 
Jacob Wallengen (Van Winkel), James Luby, Lubbert Gerritsen, 
Gysbert Lubbertsen, John Garretsen Van Immen, Thomas Davison, 
Garret Tietersen, Jan Cornelisseu t^choenmaker, Jan Cornelissen 
Ci-ynnen, Casper vStimets, Peter Jansen, Hendrick Jans Van Schalck- 
wyck, Nicholas Bayard, Nicholas Varlet, Herman Smeeman, Tielman 
Van Vleeck, Douwe Harmansen (Tallman), Claes Jansen Backer, 
Egbert Steenhuysen, Harmen Edwards Paulus Pietersen, Allerd An- 
thony, John ^Igne, Paulus Leendertsen, John Verbruggen, Balthazar 
Bayard, Samuel Edsall, and Aerent Laurens. 

All these persons received their deeds, or such titles as they had, 
from the Dutch, through the different Director Generals. 

The English captured Nev,- Netherland from the Dutch in 1664, and, 
thereupon, Philip Carteret, by an appoint- 
ment of the "Lords-Proprietors" of the 
Province of East Ne^' Jersi-y, became its first 
governor. The titles of the settlers of Bergen 
T\-ere confirmed by Carteret and his council 
in 1668. In 1669, following his appointment 
as governor, Carteret also granted other por- 
tions of the binds in Hudson County to the 
following named persons: ■Maryn Adrianse, 
Peter Stuyvesant, Claes Petersen Cors, 
Severn Laurens, Hendrick Jansen Sjiier, 
Peter Jansen Slott, Barent Christians(^, ]Mark 
Noble, Samuel ^Moore, Adrian Post, (Uiert Coerten, Frederick Phil- 
lipse, Thomas Frederick de Kuyper, Guert (xerotsen (Van Wagenen), 
Peter Jacobsen, John Berry, Ide ( 'urnelius "\''an Vorst, Hans Diedrick, 
Hendrick Van Ostum, Cornelius Euyveu. 

" The town and corporation of Bergen," as appears by Carteret's 
charter, had an area of 11,500 acres. Up to the end of 1669 scarce 
one-third of this area had been patented to settlers. The balance, 
more than 8,000 acres, was used in common by the patentees, their 
heirs, devisees, and grantees, for nearly a century before it was finally 
divided and set off to those entitled to it. As is ever the case under 
similar circumstances, many of the patentees and their descendants 
and grantees encroached upon these common lands. " Tom, Dick, 
and Harry " pastured their cattle on them, made lavish use of the 
timber, and in various other ways committed waste with impunity. 
Many patentees caused surveys to be made, presumed to " take up," 
and used divers parts of the public domain " without any warrant, 




SEAL OF NEW NETHERLAND. 

r 



20 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

power, or authority for so doing, without the consent of the majority 
of the other patent owners," so that in the course of time it could not 
be Imown how much of these common lands had been taken up and 
appropriated. This state of things caused great confusion and 
numerous violent disputes between the settlers, who, in January, 1714, 
petitioned Governor Hunter for a new charter empowering them, in 
their corporate capacity, to convey or lease their common lands, in 
fee, for one, two, or three lives or for years. 

Governor Hunter, in response to this petition, procured a new 
charter for the town and corporation, known as " The Queen Anne 
Charter." The power given by this charter had little or no effect in 
putting a stop to encroachments upon, and disputes between, the 
settlers about the common lands. Thus matters continued until 
1643, when another effort was made by the settlers to protect their 
rights in the common lands. An agreement was made, dated June 
the 16th, of that year, providing for a sun^ey of the common lands and 
a determination of how much of the same had been lawfully taken 
up, used, or claimed, and by whom. For some reason this agreement 
was not carried out, and matters continued to grow worse until De- 
cember 7, 1763, when the settlers appealed to the legislature for re- 
lief. That body passed a bill, which was approved by Governor 
Franklin, appointing commissioners to survey, map, and divide the 
common lands of Bergen among the persons entitled thereto. These 
commissioners, seven in number, made the survey and division and 
filed their report and maps on the 2d day of ]March, 1765, In the secre- 
tary's office at Perth Amboy, copies of which report and maps are 
also filed in the offices of the clerks of both Hudson and Bergen Coun- 
ties. 

In the division made by the commissioners the common lands were 
apportioned among the patentees, hereinbefore named, and their de- 
scendants, as well as among the following named persons : Michael 
de Mott, George de Mott, Gerebrand Claesen, Joseph Waldron, Dirlc 
Van Vechten, James Collerd, Thomas Brown, Andries Seagaerd, Dirk 
Cadmus, Zackariah Sickels, Job Smith, Daniel Smith, Joseph Hawk- 
ins, John Halmeghs, Philip French, Ide Cornelius Sip, Herman 
Beeder, Nicholas Preyer, Sir Peter Warren, Anthony White, Michael 
Abraham Van Tuyl, Walter Clendenny, John Cummings, David 
Latourette, John Van Dolsen. 

Several other families, namely, those of Day, de Grauw, de Groot, 
Hessels, Hopper, Banta, Huysman, Van Giesen, Barle, Franzen, Mor- 
ris, and Swaen, had become residents of the county without having 
lands granted them. It may therefore be safely said that the fami- 
lies above named constituted nearly all of the original settlers of 
Hudson County east of the Hackensack River. The westerly portion 



THE FIRST SETTLERS 



21 




s. bellin's rake map, 1764. 



22 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

of the county was included in the purchase by Captain William Sand- 
ford from the Parisli of St. Mary's in the Island of Barbadoes. Gov- 
ernor Carteret and council granted this tract to Sandford, July 4, 1668. 
It contained within its boundaries an area of 15,308 acres, extending 
from the point of union of the Hackensack and Passaic Rivers about 
seven miles northward along said rivers, to a spring now known as 
the Boiling Springs, or Sandford Spring, near Rutherford. This pur- 
chase was made by Sandford for himself and Major Nathaniel Kings- 
land, also from the Island of Barbadoes, and the same was subse- 
quently divided between Sandford and Kingsland. Kingsland, who 
became the owner of the northern part (including part of the present 
Bergen County), resided at what is now known as " Kingsland 
Manor," south of Rutherford, in Bergen County, while Sandford, who 
became the owner of the southerly part, resided at what is now East 
Newark, in Hudson County. Much of this large section of territory 
remained vested in the respective descendants of Sandford and Kings- 
land for many years after their deaths. 



EARLY SETTLERS OP BERGEN COUNTY 

Some of the original settlers of what is now Bergen County were de- 
scendants of those Avho have been mentioned as having settled Hud- 
son County. Others came from Manhattan Island, Long Island, New 
Harlem, Yonkers, Albany, Esopus, Kingston, and other already estab- 
lished settlements, while still others came direct from Europe. The 
grant of section 1 to William Sandford, in 1668, as before stated, ex- 
tended north as far as Boiling Springs near Rutherford.^ The 
northern half of this was released to Kingsland. In 1702 Elias 
Boudinot, a French Huguenot, purchased a large tract from the 
Kingslands, described as butting on the Passaic River, in Bergen 
County. John and William Stagg, Bartholemew Feurst, Daniel 
Rutan, Jacob ^'an Ostrand, Cornelius Vanderhoff, Herpert Gerre- 
brants, John Varrick, David Provost, John Van Emburgh, Jacob 
Wallings (Van Winkle), and Henry Harding acquired title to por- 
tions of the tract in Bergen County, but the bulk of Kingsland's estate, 
at his death, passed by his will to his near relatives, who settled on 
it and retained it for many years. In 1668 Captain (afterward 
Major) John Berry received from Governor Carteret a patent for sec- 
tion 2, being all the lands between the Hackensack and Saddle Rivers 
for a distance of six miles north from Sandford's purchase, or nearly 
as far as Cherry Hill, on the New Jersey and New York Railroad. 
Berry settled and built his home mansion on the southerly part of 
this tract, and on his death, most of it passed to the ownership of his 

' For sections, refer to Map No. 4. 



THE FUtS'i' SBTTLBUS 



23 



heirs. The northerly part he had conveyed in parcels at various times 
to his son, Eichard Berry, his daughter, Hannah Noel, and Garret 
Yan Dien, Laurence Laurensen Ackerman, Kev. Guilliaeni Bert- 
holf, David Thomas, Thomas Nicholson, Albert Albertsen (Terhune), 
Arie Albertsen (Terhune), Claes Jansen Eomeyn, Dr. John Van Em- 
burgh, Hendrick Hopper, Ryck Ly decker, Juriaen Lubbertsen (Wes- 
tervelt), Herman Brass, Abraham Huj^sman, Isaac Vreeland, Nicho- 
las Devoe, Walling Jaeobsen (Yan Winkle), Elinor Mellinot, Folkert 
Hansen (Yan Nostrand), Thomas Staag, Alexander AUiare, Peter 
France, Nicholas Kipp, Corneliese Christiansen, John Christiansen, 
Charles Maclean, and Anthony Anthonys (a negro), each of whom 









INDIAN TOTEMS AND TOTEMICjSIGNATURES. 

settled on the portions purchased by them. The " Moonachie '' sec- 
tion he sold to Butt Yan Horn, Nicasie Kipp, and Thomas France. 
The Zabriskies, Yoorheeses, Briukerhoffs, Demarests, Coopers, Yan 
Reipens, and Powlesses acquired interests in the tract at an early 
date. In 1668 Samuel Edsall and Nicholas Yarlet bought from the 
native Indians section 3, comprising 1,872 acres of " waste land and 
meadow," bounded east by the Hudson Biver, west by the Hacken- 
sack River and Overpeck Creek, and south by the " Town and Cor- 
poration of Bergen." The extent of this tract was two and a half 
miles from north to south, and the north boundary, beginning at 
Aquepuck Creek below Fort Lee, on the Hudson, ran northwest to 
the Overpeck Creek near Leonia. Subsequently Carteret gave Edsall 
and Yarlet a patent of this tract. Nicholas Yarlet soon after sold 



24 



HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 



his interest in it to Edsall, who, in 1671, conveyed the northerly part 
of it to Michael Smith (a son-in-law of Major John Berry). Smith, 
at his death, left it to his son and heir-at-law, Johannes Smith, who, 
in 1706, conveyed it to John Edsall, son and heir-at-law of Samuel 
Edsall, deceased, who settled on it and devised it to his children. 

In 1676 Samuel Edsall, by deed of gift, transferred the westerly 
part of the remainder of the original tract to his sons-in-law, Benja- 
min Blagge, of London, and William Laurence, of Newtown, L. I., who 
divided it between them, Blagge taking the northerly part and Lau- 
rence the southerly part. On Blagge's death 
his widow and devisee conveyed it to Wessel 
Peterson, who, in 1690, conveyed it to David 
Danielsen, who settled on it. Laurence's part 
of it passed to his son, Thomas Laurence. He 
sold half of it, said to contain 550 acres, in 
1730, to Matthew Brown, who, in 1737, sold it 
to Cornelius Brinkerhoff. Joseph Morris and 
Adriaen Hoagland must have got the balance 
of Laurence's half, as they were living on it in 
1730, and they and the Brinkerhoffs were the 
first actual settlers. Brinkerhoffs purchase in- 
cluded the present Borough of Eidgeiield. The 
easterly part of the remainder of the original 
tract, which fronted on the Hudson Kiver, was, 
on March 12, 1686, conveyed by Samuel Edsall 
to Jacob Milburn, who, with Jacob Leisler, then 
Governor of New York, was attainted of and ex- 
ecuted for high treason, in 1691. Milburn's 
estate (which by his will, executed just before 
his death, he devised to his wife Mary), was, 
by operation of the attainder, forfeited; but 
parliament, by special act, restored the estate to his widow and sole 
devisee. The widow ( who at the time of her death was the wife of 
Abraham Governeur) left a will empowering her daughter Jacoba as 
executrix, to sell her lands on the Hudson. The executrix conveyed the 
lands in separate parcels to Hendrick Banta, Arie de Groot Peter 
de Groot, Michael Vreeland, William Day, John Day, Mary Edsall 
(alias Mary Banks), John Edsall, and John Christiansen, who mu- 
tually released each other and settled on the same. The tract be- 
tween the high rocks and the Hudson Eiver was claimed bj John 
Christeen, of Newark, under a grant from Berkley and Carteret, prior 
to that of Edsall and Varlet. This land Christeen sold in 1760 to 
his daughter Naomi, wife of John Day, and it seems to have become 




BOWS AND ARROWS. 



THE FIRST SKTTLBKS 



25 



vested eventually in the same persons to whom Mrs. Governeur's 
executrix conveyed it. 

On June 10, 1669, Crovernor Carteret patented to Major John Berry 
section 4, comprising a tract of 1,500 acres, lying between the Hud- 
son Kiver and Overpeck Creeii, extending one and one-half miles 
north from the Edsall and N'arlet patent. Berry sold the north half 
of this tract to George Duncan, an English merchant in New York. 
James Duncan inherited it from his father. Kichard Backer, John, 
Samuel, and Matthew Benson, Jacob Day, Michael Vreeland, Hen- 
drick Banta, and Jacob Oowenhoven subsequently acquired and settled 
on portions of it. The south half of it Berry conveyed to his son-in- 
law, Thomas Noel, who, at his death, devised it to his son, Monteith 
Noel, and to his wife's son, Bichard Hall. Monteith Noel died in- 
testate and without issue. By the terms of his father's will the 
lands passed to Elizabeth Patterson and James Martin, the two in- 
fant children and only heirs of Kichard Hall, then deceased. By or- 
der of the court it was sold to Robert and Ann Drummond in trust 
for the two Hall children. On April 4, 1726, the trustees sold it to 
John Stevens and William Williamson, who soon after sold it to 
Samuel Moore, an Englishman from the Island of Barbadoes. Will- 
iam Laurence, Cornelius 
Brinkerhoff, Walter 
Briggs, Thomas de Kay, 
and others eventually 
bought parts of it. 

Sections 5, 6, and 8, 
containing 6,770 acres 
of wildland, were, in 
1661, granted in one 
parcel, by Carteret and 
his council, to Philip 
Carteret. It was de- 
scribed as being seven 
miles in length, north 
and south, and three 
miles in width from the Hudson River to Overpeck Creek. It ad- 
joined Berry on the south and Bedlow on the north. Carteret 
failed to settle within the prescribed time and it was again 
granted, in 1669, to Robert Vanquillan, of Caen, France; James 
Boll en, >n Englishman (then a resident of Ridley, Pennsylvania); 
and Claude Vallot, of Champagne, France. Vanquillan sold his in- 
terest to Carteret in 1670. These gentlemen, failing to make any 
settlement within six years, lost their titles by forfeiture and the tract 
remained a wilderness without an owner until 1698, when it was 




FORT LEE, 1776. 



26 HITDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

granted to Mary, widow of Jacob Mil burn, who also failed to settle 
it. On December 10, 1702, the southerly portion of section 5, forty 
chains wide and said to contain 500 acres, was granted by the pro- 
prietors to Michael Hawdon, a native of Ireland, but then a resident of 
Xew York and engaged in land speculation. On July 16, 1676, Haw- 
don conveyed to George Willocks, of Kenay, Scotland, and the heirs 
of Andrew Johnston, deceased, of Leith, Scotland. 

John Johnston, Andrew's heir-at-law, released to Willocks and 
Willocks sold to George Leslie, of Barbadoes, W. I., a strip on the 
south, next to the Berry tract, half a mile in width. Leslie, on No- 
vember 5, 1733, sold the southerly half, this being a quarter of a mile 
in width and containing 330 acres, to Mattias Demott, of Bergen, who, 
it is said, settled on it. Garret Lydecker, then a resident of New 
York, acquired the title to the remainder of the Willocks and John- 
ston purchase and to the remainder of section 5, one mile in width, 
and containing 1,000 acres. This made Lydecker's farm one and 
one-quarter miles in Avidth on the Hudson Eiver and the same width 
on Overpeck Creek. It extended northward as far as Englewood. 
On his death, in 1754, Lydecker's lands, comprising section 5, passed 
by his will to his four sons, Eyck, Abraham, Cornelius, and Garret 
Lydecker, whose descendants still occupy portions of it. 

John Lodts, or Loots, a native of Norwich, England, came to this 
country in 1694, and in the fall of 1695 married Hilletje Powless, 
widow of Lubbert Lubbertsen Westervelt, Jr., of Bergen (now Jersey 
City). He removed to Bergen County and purchased a large portion 
of section 6, adjoining Lydecker on the south, on which he settled. 
Upon his death his lands were inherited by his sons, John and Paulus 
Loots; his daughters, Tryntie, wife of Henry Wierts Banta, and Gessie, 
wife of Daniel Commegar. KoelofE Lubberts Westervelt, a brother 
of the first husband of Loots's wife, purchased a strip north of Loots 
in section 6, as did also Cornelius, Hendrick, Dirk, and Seba Banta, 
the sons of Bpke Jacobs. The purchases were all made in 1695. The 
combined purchases of Loots, Westervelt, and the Bantas, according 
to references in old deeds, must ha^e included all of section 6, which 
extended north nearly as far as Tenafly. Descendants of the de 
Motts, Demarests, and Eomaines subsequently acquired parts of sec- 
tion 6. 

The triangular lot, section 7, lying between the east and west 
branches of Overpeck Creek, was first patented by the East New Jer- 
sey proprietors, in 1688, to Samuel Emmett, of Boston. Without 
settling it, Emmett conveyed it, September 17, 1695, to Eoloff Lub- 
bertsen Westervelt. The Indians disputed Wpstervelt's title in 1705, 
and he was obliged to procure from them a release. This tract ex- 
tended from the junction of the two branches of the Overpeck, at 



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27 



Englewood, northward to the head of the Tiena Kill Brook, a littl<' 
south of Tenafly. The acquisition of section 7 by Westervelt gave 
him one of the largest farms on the Hudson. He settled on it and 
his descendants still occupy parts of it. 

Section 8, containing 2,120 acres, extending from the Hudson Eiver 
to the Tiena Kill, and one mile in ^'idth, was granted, April 27, KiSS, 
to Colonel Jacobus \an Cortlandt, of New York, who, on April 10, 
1738, conveyed it to Abram de Pej^ster, Margaret, his wife, John 
Chambers, Anna, his wife, and Peter Jay and Mary, his wife, all of 
Xew York City. The wives of these three men were the daughters of 
V^an Cortlandt. They divided the tract, Sirs. Chambers taking the 
northerly third, Mrs. Jay the next third south, and Mrs. de Peyster 
the most southerly third. Mrs. de Peyster's 
third included the present village of Tenafly. 
Mrs. Chambers devised her share to her 
nephew. Sir James Jay, avIio, by his father's 
will, also got the latter's third. Sir James 
devised the north third to his son, Peter Jay, 
and the other third to his daughter, .Mary 
O'Kill. The north or Chambers tliird was 
sold by the sheriff in 1820 to William Van 
Hook. Van Hook sold it in 1821 to IMoses 
Field, Avho sold it to David O. Bell, in lS2tl. 
The three farms were then divided into lots 
and mapped, being known respectively as 

the Bell, O'Kill, and de Peyster tracts. This section was settled by 
the Van Buskirks, Bantas, Baldwins, Powlesses, Demarests, AYester- 
velts, and other of the families already mentioned. 

Section 9, adjoining No. 8 on the south, was ])atented by Carteret 
and his council to Isaac Bedlow, a Swede, June 20, KiO'.t. It was also 
one mile in width, and extended Avesterly from the Hudson Biver to 
the Tiena Kill Brook. Its extcmt northward was to a point near Dem- 
arest, N. J., and it contained 2,120 acres. Bedlow had an Indian deed 
for this tract as early as KiOl. He held it until 1728, wlien he sold it 
to Colonel Jacobus Van Cortlandt, of New York, ('aptain John Huy- 
ler, Johannes Eolofse Westervelt, Samuel Peters iJemarest, Parent 
Jacobs Cole, and Peter MatheAvs Bogert became the owners and 
settlers on this section, and their descendants still fn'cupj^ it. 

Another section. No. 10, one mile Avide, adjoining and extending 
north from the Bedlow tract, was granted by Carteret, July 30, 1669, 
to Balthaz^er de Hart. De Hart's heirs sold it :March T), 1701, to Ber- 
nardus Vervalen, Gideon Vervalen, and Eynier Vervaltn. Under a 
grant from the Colony of New York it was claimed by Captain Lan- 




SEAL OF EAST JERSEY. 



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HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 



caster Symes, of London, who, prior to 1711, had sold parts of it to 
Casparus Mabie, Jacob Hertie, and others. Eventually, however, 
Rernardu^ Ver\'alen, by a grant from Queen Anne in 1709, and a re- 
lease from Symes and his grantees in 1717, acquired the title to the 
whole tract and conveyed portions of it to Matthew M. Bogert, Peter 
M. Bogert, Coi'nelius Harmensen Tallmau, Dowa Harmensen Tall- 
man, Isaac Johns .Meyer, iMartin Powless, and Walter Parsells, who 
settled it. The remainder of the tract descended or was conveyed to 
Bernardus Vervalen's heirs, who also became settlers. Vervalen's 
sons were Isaac, Daniel, John, Frederick, Abraham, Jacobus, Ber- 
nardus, Gideon, and Cornelius. His daughters Alida, Cornelia, and 

Hester married, respectively, Hubartus Ger- 
retsen Blawvelt, Peter Van Schuyven, and 
Jacob Cole. 

Until 1772 the Colony of New York 
claimed that this tract was within its bound- 
aries and so treated it. 

The " L " shaped section, No. 11, adjoining 
this last tract on the north, contained 1,300 
acres, and was also claimed to be within 
Symes's patent from the New York Colony. 
It remained wild and unoccupied until April 
28, 1710, when Symes and his wife conveyed 
it to two brothers, Barent and Kesolvert 
Naugle. It was an irregular shaped tract, 
extending, on the north side, from Hudson's 
River to the Tiena Kill. On the west it was 
narrow, but on the east end it extended from 
the de Hart tract northerly beyond the present south boundary of 
New York. The Naugle brothers divided it between them in June, 
1748, Barent taking the north half and Eesolvert the south half. The 
sons of Barent and Eesolvert Naugle and their sons-in-law, Nicholas 
Demarest, Arie Auryansen, Tennis Van Houten, Eoloff Van Houten, 
John W. Ferdon, and Eoloff Stevens, together with William Ferdon, 
Daniel de Clark, John Parcells, and Peter Quidore, settled this tract. 
The section No. 12, the next tract north of the Naugle tract, contain- 
ing 3,410 acres, extended northerly into the Colony of New York' and 
was granted by Governor Dongan, of New York, in 1687, to Dr. George 
Lockhart, a London physician. The title passed from Dr. Lockhart 
to his half-brother. Colonel ^A'illiam Merritt, W'hose heirs sold it to 
John Corbett, an English sea captain, in 1703, who, at his death, 
devised it to his only child, Mary, wife of Henry Ludlow, of New York. 
The Ludlows sold it to the following persons, who settled it': Wilhel- 




aOVBRNOR THOMAS DONGAN. 



THE FIRST SETTLERS 



29 



iiius and John W. Ferdon, Hendriek Geisener (CJisner), his sous Jt)hii 
and Nicholas Gisner, jMatthias Concklin, Jacob Concklin, John Ivevken 
(Riker), Abram Abrams Haring, Tennis Van Houten, Johannes 
Hyberts Blawvelt, John J. Xangle, John Sneden, ('(nnielius Smith, 
Jonathan LaAvrence, Nicholas Ackerman, William Campbell, and 
Jacob Yan Weart, who settled that part lying 
within the present County of Bergen. 

The " Tappau patent," section 13, consisting of 

several thousand acres Ijmg Avest of the Lock- 

, hart patent, was purchased from the Indians 




in IGSl, and in 1»>S7 patented by 
(Jdvevnor Dongan, of New York, 
to Daniel dc Clark, Vvtcv Jansen Haring, 
Cosine Haring, fJarret Steinmets, John 
de Yries (Vnn Dolscn), Jr., Claes Man- 
uel, John Straatnii'.ker, Staats de Groot, 
Lambert Arianse (Smith), Arianse Lam- 
berts (Smith), Cornelius Lamberts (Smith), 
Hyberts Gerrits (BlawA-elt), Johannes 
Gerrits (BlawA'elt), and Ide Cornelius Yan 
Yorst, the Indian purchasers. In 1704 it was surveyed and mapped 
and a part of it partitioned between the last named persons and their 
heirs and assigns. A final division was made of the balance in 1720. 
The persons named in the tAvo divisions, in addition to the above 
sixteen original purchasers, Avere Manuel Claeseu, Lewis Claeson, 
Elizabeth Claeson (children of Claes ilanuel, deceased), Barbara de 
f^root (widoAv of Staats de Groot, deceased). Garret Hyberts BlaAvvelt, 
Maritie Hyberts BlaAAvelt, and Dirke Hyberts BlaAvvelt (children of 



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HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 



Iluybci'ls Gerretse Rlawvclt, doceascd), Abraiii Jobnsi Karini;-, Jacob 
JIattyce Fleaj'booni, (Virnelius Janscn Hai-i7i,n, Antje 3Ieyer, John 
HaTmcnspn Tallman, Hpiny ^'aii Campeii, Isaac Gcn-c^s Blawvclt, 
Jacobus John de Vries [Van Dulseu), Abram Jansen Haring, Kyniere 
Ryserick, Laurence Eeecl, Daniel Blawvelt, Joseph Blawvelt, Jacob 
Bhawvelt, Tunis, Eoeloff, and Nicholas Van Houtcu, John Van Dol- 
sen, John and Cornelius Eckersou, Jurie (Aaron) Tomassen, Gysbert 
Bogert, AMlliam de GraAv, John ^^'ard, Jacob Cole, Jacobus de Clark, 
Jr., Jeremiah Borroughs, Abram and France Van Salee, Jacob King, 
Conrad Hertie, and Myndert Myndertsen Hogencam]). Of these, all 
except the Claesons, Eeed, Ward, Borroughs, and King became set- 
tlers on portions of it. 

Early in 1669 Oratani, the great chief of the Indian tribes of the 
Hackensack Valley, in consideration of her services as interpreter be- 
tween his people and the whites, presented to Mrs. Sarah Kierstead, 
of New York, a deed of the southerly part of section 14, containing 
2,260 acres, described as '' .V neck of land between Hackensack River 
and Overpeck Creek, beginning at the north line thereof of Hacken- 
sack Ei\'er at a s\vale brook that runs about twenty rods into the 
woods, thence to cross over upon a direct east and west line to Over- 
peck Creels." The tract extended north as far as Xordhoff on the 
Overpeck, iiiv.} to a point above Bogota on the Hackensack. Mrs. 
Kierstead was the eldest daughter of the celebrated Anneke Jans and 
the wife of Dr. Hans Kierstead, at that time New York's leading phy- 
sician, with a residence on the corner of Pearl and Whitehall Streets. 
Dr. Kierstead died in 1660, leaving Sarah, his widow, and eight chil- 
dren. She afterward married Captain Elbert Elbertsun (Stoothoff), 
of Flatlands, L. I., one of the purchasers of section 29. Upon his 
death she married for her third husband Cornelius Van Borsum, 
whom she also survived. She died in 1693. On June 21, 1669, Gov- 
ernor Carteret issued a jDatent to Mrs. Kierstead containing a condi- 
tion that tht gvante(^ should settle it within three years. 

On January 6, 1676, Tantaqua, Carquetiem, Wechlampaepeau, 
Hamougham, Hauagious, Anesaschere, and Poughquickquaise, 
sachems representing the Hackensack tribes, with the consent of Gov- 
ernor Philip Carteret, deeded to Laurense Andriesen "S^an Buskii'k 
and company '' a parcel of land commonly called by the name of New 
Hackensack, bounded on Old Hacdiensack, and from thence to a 
small kill adjoining to the great Indian field, called ' the Indian 
Castle ' northward forward." Old Hackensack was the name given 
to the Demarest patents, which are mentioned later on, and the " In- 
dian castle " was a little south of Palisades Park, opposite the mouth 
of Overpeck Creek. The description given in the grant covers, or was 
intended to cover, sections 14, 15, and 16, and indicates that Mrs. 



THE FIRST SETTLERS 



31 



Kierstead either lost her title by failinj; to comply with the condition 
in her deed or conveyed her interest in section 14 to Laurence Andrie- 
sen and company. 

During the year 16G9 Governor Carteret ])ateiited sections 15, 16, 
17, 18, and 19, each containing 2,000 acres, as follows: section 15, to 
Robert Van Quillian; section Ifi, to James Bollen; section 17, to Mat- 
thias Nichols; section 18, to William Pardon; and section 19, to JMajor 
John Berry. Each of these five patents contained a condition that 
the patentee should settle on his patent a certain number of families 
within six years. The grantees failed to comply with the conditions, 
and the patents were declared forfeited. Sections 14, 15, and l(i 
were afterward, in 1676, granted by the Indians to Laurence Andrie- 
sen (Van Buskirk) and company, the " company" consisting of John 
Gorneliesen (Bogert), Martin Powleseu (Bowles), Hendrick Joursen 
(Brinkerhoff), Eoloff Lubbertsen Westerfield (AA^estervelt), and John 
Loots, or Lodts. The 
patents (two or more) 
of Governor Carteret 
for the last mentioned 
sections designated 
them as " parts of New 
Hackensack." The 
lands described ex- 
tended south from the 
Demarest patents at a 
point between High- 
wood and Tenafly and 
were bounded west by 

Hackensack Eiver and east by Overpeck Creek. Lady Elizabeth 
Carteret confirmed the patents on April 10, 16S2. A large part 
of these patented lands was allotted to the patentees. Other por- 
tions of them were sold to Nicholas Lozier, Peter Vandelinda, and 
John, Peter, and Lawrence, the sons of Lawrence Andriesen (Van 
Buskirk), the latter of whom had the largest interest in them. The 
balance was sold or released by the patentees November 20, 1686, to 
Eolof Vandelinda, Albert Zabriskie, Dirk Epke (Banta), Lawrence 
Lawrencen (^"an Buskirk), Cornelius Christianse, and (ierrct Gellis 
Mandeville, who subsequently made a division between them. The 
subsequent owners and settlers in section 14 seem to have been John 
Zabriskie, Joost Zabriskie, Jacobus Hendricks Brinkerlioff, Jacob 
Van Wagoner, Samuel Demarest, Wiert Epke Banta, Hendrick Epke 
Banta, Garret Diedricks, Jacob Banta, Johannes Terhune, and Chris- 
tiaen Zabriskie, as appears by a release which they executed June 




FROM AN OLD PRINT. 



32 HUDSON AND BERGJEN COUNTIES 

39, 1763, of a tract which is declared to be a part of the Sarah Kier- 
stead patent. 

After the forfeiture of the titles to sections 17, 18, and 19, James 
Bollen claimed them under an alleged patent procured by him in 1672. 
Berry also claimed section 18, and the subsequent patentees of these 
three tracts were finally compelled to procure releases from both Bol- 
len and Berry. 

David Demarest, Sr., purchased from the Indians, June 8, 1677, (by 
estimation,) about 5,000 acres, including sections 17,18,19, and 20, and 
lands north of them, but received patents for only sections 18 and 
19. Upon his death, in 1693, his lands were divided between his sons 
John, Samuel, and David, Jr., his nephew, John Durie, and his numer- 
ous grandchildren. His granddaughters married, respectively. 
Jacobus Slott (Slote), Peter Slott (Slote), Abram Canon, Thomas 
Heyer, John Stewart, Abram Brower, James Christie, Peter Lub- 
bertsen (Westervelt), Andries Jans Van Orden, Wiert Epke (Banta), 
Andries Lawrencen (Van Buskirk), Rynier Van Houten, Stephen 
Albertsen Terhune, Cornelius Epke Banta, Samuel Helms, Cornelius 
Van Horn, Jr., Peter Durie, Christian Debauu, Johannes Juriansen 
Westervelt, Jacobus Peack, and Benjamin Van Buskirk. All these, 
except Canon, Heyer, and Stewart, settled on portions of the original 
grant. Demarest's land was sometimes known as " Schraalenburgh " 
and sometimes as " Old Hackensack." Section No. 20 was settled by 
Samuel Demarest (son of David Demarest, Sr.), Jacobus Peack, 
Adolph Brower, Carel Debaun, John Van Schuyven, John Durie, Cor- 
nelius Jansen Haring, Cornelius Cornelissen Van Horn, John Hertie, 
and Abram Davids Demarest. Some of the grants were made by 
Governor Gawen Laurie and some by Peter Sonmans, representing 
the East New Jersey proprietors. The intermediate owners were 
Jurie Maris (Morris) and Kuloff and Hendrick Vandelinda, who, how- 
ever, did not locate on any of the section, which was known as the 
" North West Hook." 

The first attempt to settle lands west of the Saddle River was made 
in 1681, when a patent was issued by Governor Carteret and his coun- 
cil to Jacob Cortelyou, Hendrick Smock, Rutgert Joosten, and others, 
for 3,525 acres of section 29, adjoining the Saddle River on the east 
and south, partly on the Passaic River and partly on a brook, on the 
west. This patent was declared forfeited for non-settlement. The 
second attempt was made seven years later (iMarch 25, 1687), when 
section IS, containing 5,320 acres, described as lying between the 
Passaic and Saddle Rivers, — " beginning at the meeting of the said 
rivers and running northerly along the Passaic River, its several 
turns, reduced to a straight line, four miles and thirty-six chains to a 
white oak tree marked on four sides at the Bound Brook, thence from 



THE FIRST SETTLERS 33 



the Bound Brook north east by a great Eock of Stone, eighty four 
chains, thence north east along the line of the Indian purchase, one 
hundred and eight chains, thence along Saddle Eiver southwesterly 
to the place where it began. Being in length, reduced to a straight 
line, six miles and a half,"— was patented by the proprietors to nine 
persons, to wit: Colonel Richard Townley, of Elizabethtown, N. J.; 
Captain Elbert Elbertsen (Stoothoff), of Flatlands, L. I.; Jaques 
(James) Cortelyou, of New Utrecht, L. I.; Richard Stillwell, of Staten 
Island, N. Y.; William NichoUs, of the City of New York; Catharine 
Hoagland, of Flatlands, L. L; Peter Jacobus ^Marius (Morris), of the 
City of New York; and Roloff Joosten (Van Brunt) and Hendrick 
Matthiesen, of New Utrecht, L. I. The survivors of these persons, 
and the heirs of those deceased, partitioned the tract. May 16, 1692, 
and thereafter sold it to settlers as follows: Joshua Bos (Bush), 
Thomas Jurianse (Van Reipen), John Van Horn, John Post, Halmagh 
Van Houten, Garret Jurianse (Van Reipen), Garret Garretson (Van 
Wagoner), Garret Garretson (Van Wagoner), Jr., John Garretson 
(Van Wagoner), Peter Garretson (Van Wagoner), Dirck Barentsen, 
Thomas Fredericksen, Warner Burger, Abram Van Varrick, Laurence 
Toers, Peter Jacobsen Morris, David Laurencen Ackerman, Dirk Van 
Zyle, Hendrick Vandelinda, Jacob Marinus, Thomas F. and Andries 
F. Cadmus, and John Billfield. This section is sometimes called in 
deeds " Acquackannock " and sometimes " Slotterdam," and com- 
prised the greater part of the present ToAvnship of Saddle River. The 
" Rock " referred to is supposed to have been what is now Glen Rock. 

A portion of section 22 (adjoining Major Berry) was patented by 
Lady Elizabeth Carteret, in 1682, to Jaques (James) Laroux and An- 
thony Hendricksen. The same year Lady Carteret patented to Cor- 
nelius Mattys 420 acres adjoining Laroux on the north and 424 acres 
to Albert Zabriskie, adjoining JMattvs on the north. Zabriskie seems 
to have acquired the title to the ^lattys and Laroux purchases, and 
all the land west of himself, Laroux, and ^fattys, as far as Sprout 
Brook. 

North of Zabriskie, in section 22, lav lands natented to Claes Jan- 
sen Romeyn, fronting east on the Hackensack and extending to- 
Sprout Brook. Romeyn conveyed parts of these to his sons, John. 
Albert, Daniel, and Claes Eomeyn, and to David Ackerman, John 
Zabriskie, Peter Laroe, and Henry Van Giesen, husbands of his daugh- 
ters Gerrebrecht, Elizabeth, Lydia, and Sarah, respectively. Jurian 
Westervelt, Isaac Van Giesen, Paulus Vanderbeck, and John Berdan 
each purchased farms from Romeyn, in this section, all boundinc; east 
on the Hackensack. Section 24 comprised the Kinderkamack patents, 
granted by Governor Gawen Laurie to David Demarest, Sr., his son 
John, his son-in-law John Durie, and Peter Franconier. The latter 



34 



HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 



sold his portion to John Demarest, who a few years later conveyed it 
to Cornelius Claes Cooper. The Demarests, Duries, Coopers, and Van 
Wagoners were the principal settlers in this section. The Indian 
sachems who signed the grants in this vicinity were Mamche, Sacka- 
maker, Coorang, Kawatones, and Towackhack. 

Section 21, known as the Paramus patent, containing 11,067 acres, 
was bought by Albert Zabriskie in 1662. Zabriskie's title to this 
tract was not confirmed by grants from the proprietors during his life- 
time, but his son Jacob procured a release from Peter Sonmans, agent 
of the proprietors, May 13, 1731. In 1675 the sachems of the tribes of 
Northern New Jersey became indebted to Albert Zabriskii- for a con- 
siderable sum, to secure the payment of ^^■hich they verbally promised 
to convey to Zabriskie a large tract in Kockland County known as 
" Narranshawe." The promise to convey was not, however, followed 

by the execution of a 
deed from the Indians, 
and in due course of 
time a new set of 
sachems sold and con- 
veyed tlie " Narran- 
sliawe " tract to other 
persons. These sa- 
chems were probably 
ignorant of the prom- 
ises which their pred- 
ece^surs had made to 
Zabriskie. The latter 
d e m a n (1 e d a fulfill- 
ment of the Indian 
promise and a deed 
from the sachems of 
lands in Bergen Coun- 
ty N. J., equal in area and value to the " Narranshawe " tract. On 
June 1, 1772, Orachanap, Metachenak, Coorang, and Memerisconqua 
then sachems of the tribes of Northern New Jersey, executed to Zabris- 
kie a deed for 2,100 acres of land in Bergen County, described as 
" bounded West by the Saddle Eiver, North and East by Claes Jansen 
Komeyn, and South by Albert Zabriskie." This large tract con- 
stituting parts of 21 and 23, was kno^^'n as the New Paramus patent, 
but is frequently referred to as •' Wieremus," and sometimes as 
" Paramus Highlands." Zabriskie procured grants from the proprie- 
tors of this last tract, which, added to his previous grant, made him 
one of the largest landholders among the original settlers. One-half 
of the tract last mentioned Zabriskie conveyed March 20 1708 to 




HAMILTON-BUKR DUELING GROUND, WEKHAWKEN. 



THE PIKST SETTLEJIS 35 

Tlioinas Yan Buskirk, of New Hackensack, avJio settled on it, and 
^\-bose descendants still occupy portions of it. John Geor,i;e Acht^n- 
bach, a German emigrant, together A\itli persons named Baldwin, 
A(dierman, and Conklin, settled on parts of it. Zabriekie's children 
and grandchildren settled in this section as well as in section 23. 
His sous were Jacob, John, Jot)st, Christian, and Henry. 

Section 23, besides Zabriskie's 2,100-acre grant, included several 
patents granted at various times to Claes Jansen IJomcyu and Jacob 
Zabriskie, son of Albert, A\ho cut it up into farms and parceled it 
out to their children. Bomeyn's children have already been named. 
Jacob Zabriskie's sons were Albert, Peter, Stephen, and Jacob, and 
his sons-in-laAV were Anthony Lozier, Peter Lozier, John Ackermau, 
and Sylvester Earle. These with families nansed Duersen, Stagg, 
Hopper, Bogert, Terhune, Meyer, Yan Gelder, Trapgagen, ^"erway, 
'i'ibout, Conklin, A'olker, Banta, Yanderbeck, "S"an Blarcom, and 
Laroe settled in these several Paramus tracts. 

Section 25, known as the " Old Hook Tract," consisting of 1,300 
acres, was purchased from the Indians, April 24, 1702, by Jaques 
(James) La Eoux and John Alyea. This tract was part of the share 
of Peter Sonmans, one of the proprietors of East New Jersey. On 
December 1, 1727, Nicholas Le Sieur (Lozier) purchased a one-third 
interest in it. The three owners then made a division of the tract 
between them, and on June 23, of the same year, Sonmans was in- 
duced to confirm the Indian grant by a deed in which the grantees 
named are Jaques (James) La Koux, Peter Alyea (son of John 
Alyea), Nicholas Lozier, Hendrick La Roux, and Samuel La Koux 
(sons of Jaques (James) Laroux). The tract Avas settled by the last 
named persons and their numerous sons and sons-in-law. Peter Yan 
Buskirk, Andrew Hopper, Peter Debaun, Jacob Debaun, Eichard 
Cooper, Daniel Duryea, and Jacob <'ough purchased parts of it. 
Families named Bogert, Bla\\'\'elt, ^'audelinda, Ackermau, Rutan, 
Demarest, Perry, and Quackenbush also became settlers on parts of 
the tract. 

The southwest part of section 28 was called " Wierimus " and fell 
within a patent granted to Samuel Bayard, in 1703. The title passed 
from Bayard's heirs, by purchase, to Roloff Yandelinda, who died in 
New York in 1708. By his will he devised these lands to his son, 
Hendrick Yandelinda. The area of land devised to Hendrick is not 
given, but it was large, and by several deeds from Peter Sonmans, as 
agent of the proprietors, he afterward acquired several other tracts 
in the vicinity. His lands were, as the deeds state, bounded on the 
south partly by Zabriskie and Romeyn and partly by the Musquamp- 
sont Brook, a branch of the Pascack River. He sold it in parcels to 
Rolof Yandelinda, Rev. Benjamin Yandelinda (pastor of Paramus 



36 HUDSON AND BEUGEN COUNTIES 

Church), Frederick Wortendyke (the first settler at Pascack), Cor- 
nelius Haring, John and Albert Van Orden, Jacob Zabriskie, John 
Bogert, Eev. Bernard Van Duersen, Jacob Arents, John Durye, 
Daniel Haring, Carel Debaun, Abraham Post, David Hopper, Abram 
La Roux, Abraham Vau Home, and Rev. Samuel N'erbryck (pastor 
of Tappan Church). The two " dominies " conveyed parts of their 
purchases to Garret and David Eckerson, John Forshee (Fiseur), Gar- 
ret Haring, William Holdrum, P>ederick Van Eeiper, and Michael and 
John Ryer. West and north of the above Cornelius Mattys, William 
Saudford Van Emburgh, John Guest, Peter and Andrew Van Buskirk, 
Cornelius Epke Banta, James Johnston, and John Stagg secured pat- 
ents from the proprietors. The locality of Arent's, Mattys's, and Van 
Emburgh's purchases was called " Awashawauglis's '" plantation. 

Nearly all of the above purchases and settlements were made be- 
tween 1728 and 1732. 

The lands comprising section 26, between the Hackensack River 
and the Pascack River, were within that part of the Honan and Haw- 
don patent which was purchased by John McEvers and Lancaster 
Symes, and at the division between McEvers and Symes it fell to Mc- 
Evers. About 1,800 acres of this he sold to Dirk Cadmus, Garret 
Hybertsen BlaAvvelt, Jacob Flierboom, John Blawvelt, Abram Blaw- 
velt, John Berry, Carel Debaun, Thomas Clark, Jonathan Rose, and 
Colonel Cooper. Owing to the long dispute between the Colonies of 
New York and New Jersey over the location of the boundary line be- 
tween them but very few of the conveyances of lands in sections 2G, 
27, and 28 were ever recorded, and it is therefore next to impossible 
to locate all of the original settlers of these sections. It is known, 
however, from old gravestones and other sources that, besides those 
above mentioned, families named DemarestJ!\)st^ Merseles, Meyers, 
Storms, Mabie, Haring, Bogert, Banta, Holdrum, Cooper, Eckerson, 
Van Houten, Peack, Van Reiper, Westervelt, Hopper, (Campbell, 
Zabriskie, Van Emburgh, and Peterson were among the earliest set- 
tlers of section 24. 

Section 30 appears to have first been settled by the Ackermans. 
Garret Ackerman bought of the proprietors 478 acres butting on the 
Saddle River as early as 1712. David Ackerman and Andries Hopper 
purchased large tracts adjoining Garret on the south, while on the 
north of them were the purchases of Peter Van Buskirk and John 
Verway, in 1724, and William Saudford Van Emburgh and John 
Guest, in 1729. 

On December 10, 1709, Peter Sonmans, styling himself "Sole 
Agent, Superintendent, General Attorney, and Recorder General " of 
the rest of the proprietors, conveyed to seven persons, to wit : John 
Auboineau (3-24), Elias Boudinot (3-24), Peter Franconie^" (7-24), Lu- 




7A° S.'WXoti^^fh London 



MILITARY MAP, 1776. 



38 HUDSON AND BEKGEN COUNTIES 

oas Kiersteacl (2-24), John Barberie (3-24), Thomas Bayaux (2-24), An- 
drew Fresneau (2-24), and Beter Board (2-24), a tract between the Sad- 
ille and Bamapo Bi^'ers, afterward known as the Kamapo patent. Au- 
boineau, Boudinot. Barberie, Franconier, and Bayaux were French- 
men. Kierstead was a Dutchman and Board was an Englishman. This 
tract contained 42,500 acres and was eight and nine-tentlis miles in 
length from the head of Saddle Biver southerly to the junction of the 
Hohokus Ih'ook with the Saddle Biver, from which point its boundary 
ran N. G7° W. 150 chains to a great rock or stone called Bamackapuka 
(now (Hen Bock), thence N. 63° W. seven and twenty-niue-fortieths 
miles to the Bamapo Biver, thence N. 13° W. 77 chains to the top of the 
Bamapo mountains, thence along the top of the said mountains about 
nine and a half miles, and thence southeasterly to the beginning. This 
included all of the present Township of Bidgewood, nearly all of 
Franklin and Hohokus Townships, and part of Orvil. William 
Bond surveyed and mapped it in 1709. The map is filed in the clerk's 
office at Hackensack. 

On February 4, 1742, Franconier conveyed his interest to Theodore 
Valleau and David Stout, who, on August 10, 1752, conveyed to Mada- 
lene Valleau, daughter of William Franconier. In the same year the 
proprietors discovered, or affected to discover, that Sonmans's con- 
veyance of December 10, 1709, to Auboineau and company was in- 
valid, and forthwith took steps to regain the title. On March 29, 
1753, John and William Burnett and Cortlandt Skinner, pursuant to 
a warrant of the proprietors, induced Madalene Valleau to execute 
a release to the proprietors of all her interest in the original 42,000 
acres, upon receipt of a deed from the i)roprietors to her of 900 acres 
at Campgaw. This 900 acres, located in section 30, Mrs. Valleau 
afterward sold in parcels to Dirk and John Tiesbots (Tiebout), John 
Pullisfelt (Pullis), John Billfield, Isaac Bogert, William Winter, 
Barent Van Horn, and Harman Xax, who settled on it. Between 
1699 and 1753 several grants had been made of portions of this 42,00,0 
acres — some by the proprietors or their representatives, and some by 
the grantees of Sonmans, under the deed of December 10, 17<)9. 
Thomas Hart, of Enfield, Middlesex County, England, procured a pat- 
ent for several thousand acres in the locality called Preakness, then 
in Bergen County, but now in Passaic County. By his will in 1704 
he devised an undivided part of this tract to his sister. Patience Ash- 
field, and the other part to one Mercy Benthall. 

Batience Ashfield's will, made in 1708, made Joseph Heale executor 
with power to sell. Thereupon Heale with Mercy Benti\,al'i ""and 
Eichard Ashfield, heir of Patience Ashfield, sold their pater ted lands 
in parcels, the earliest purchasers being Anthony Beem, C irad Lyn 
Abram Lyn, Derrick Day, Peter Post, Cornelius and John Blmkerhoff^ 



THE FIRST SETTLERS 39 

Jacob Arents, Philip Schuyler, George Ejerson, Eip Van Dam, John 
de Eeimer, John Berdan, and Cornelius Jans Doremus, who, with the 
exception of Va.n Dam, were the principal settlers in that locality. 
The lands were in section 31. 

Andrew Johnston, Edward Vaughn, William Skinner, and George 
Leslie, all Scotchmen, received a patent for about 1,000 acres in the 
same locality, which was sokl, among others, to John Berdan, John 
Bogert, Gysbert Van Blarcom, and Abrani Garretsen (Van Wagoner). 

In 1699 George Willocks and Andrew Johnston procured a patent 
for several thousand acres, consisting of tracts in various localities, 
west of Saddle Eiver at Preakness, The Ponds, Paramus, etc. These 
lands were mostly in section 31, and were sold, among others, to John 
Laurence Ackerman, Jacobus Laurence Ackerman, Jacobus Kipp, 
John Eomaine, Jacob Kipp, Tennis Heunion, David Hennion, Edo 
Merseles, Martin Eyerson, John Bogert, Jacob Outwater, Nicholas 
Slingerland, John Le Toere, John Berdan, Samuel Van Saun, Euloff 
Eomaine, George Vreeland, Stephen Camp, and Zekiel Harris. 

What was, and is still, known as the Totowa section was purchased 
by Anthony Brockholst and company. On Brockholst's death it 
passed to his son Henry, who sold it, among others, to David Marinus, 
Gerrebrecht Van Houten, Halmagh Van Houten, Bastian Van 
Giesen, xlbram Godwin, and Martin Eyerson, in 1768. These lands 
were in section 31. 

George F. Eyerson procured a patent for a considerable tract in 
174:8, adjoining north and east on the Preakness patent, which he sold 
to persons having similar names to Urie Westervelt, John Stagg, John 
Eomaine (Eomeyn), and others. These were in section 31. 

Peter Franconier and others had sold several parcels, in the mean- 
time, on the west side of Saddle Eiver, in section 30. Garret A^an Dien, 
Peter Johns Van Blarcom, and Dr. John Van Bmburgh had procured 
from them the land between the Saddle Eiver and Hohokus Brook, 
for some distance northward, and Major Isaac Kingsland, Peter 
Johns Van Blarcom, Hendrick Hopper, and Garret Van Dyke owned 
extensive tracts west of Hohokus Brook. John and William Van 
Voorhys, John Eutan, and John Berdan had procured grants and were 
located at what is now Wyckoff, where later families named Van 
Horn, Halstead, Ackerman, Winter, Van Blarcom, Stur, I'olly, and 
others located. 

By reuson of these many prior titles the proprietors, after they had 
acquirc'i the release from Magdalene Valleau, in 1753, found them- 
selves face to face with the exceedingly difficult task of dealing with 
numbers if settlers who had supposed their land titles were without 
flaw. " 3 proprietors undertook this task, getting some settlers to 
take leaseis, — thereby admitting the title of the proprietors, — purchas- 



40 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

ing from some, and compromising with others. Many of the settlers 
would make no settlement, the courts were appealed to, and a bitter 
controversy ensued, which was not entirely settled until 1790. In 
17G7 the whole 42,000 acre tract was surveyed and mapped by George 
Ryerson, Jonathan Hampton, and Benjamin Morgan. The original 
map, a,pi(n-e of sheepskin four feet square, is in the surveyor general's 
office at Perth Amboy, N. J. It is badly worn, and much of the writ- 
ing is obliterated therefrom by time and use. After the map was 
filed the lots were, from time to time, leased or sold to actual settlers. 

In 1789 John Stevens, James Parker, and Walter Rutherford ob- 
tained a grant of 5,000 acres of the Ramapo patent, made up of many 
tracts located in different places. The following persons purchased 
from Stevens and company and from the proprietors and became set- 
tlers on the Ramapo patent or on lands south of it: Albert H. Za- 
briskie, John Fell, Albert A. Terhune, Baron Steuben, Cornelius Har- 
ing, Jacob de Baun, Abraham Van Voorhis, John D. Ackerman, John 
Doremus, Nicholas Hopper, David Bertholf, Henry Van Allen (the 
latter at The Ponds), Abraham Laroe, John Christie, Benjamin Wester- 
velt, James Traphagen, Andrew Hopper, John Stevens, Andrew Van 
Orden (the last two at New Foundland), Matthias Stuart, Garret 
Hopper, John Moore, James Crouter, John Ramsey, Jacobus Van 
Buskirk, John Zabriskie, Conrad Wannamaker, Derrick Wannamaker, 
Henry Smith (the last named at New Foundland), Peter Haring, 
Abram Stevens, Rolof Westervelt, Ryer Ryerson (The Ponds), Gerret 
Garretson, Tennis Van Zyle, Andrew Van Allen, Edward Jeffers, 
Cornelius de Graw, Richard de Graw, John Neafie, Derrick Tise, Isaac 
Conklin, David Simons, Daniel Rutan, Ohristiaen, Henry, and Peter 
Wannamaker, Douglas Caines, Adolph Sivert, Solomon Peterson, 
Conrad Massinger, William Jenkins, John Meyer, John Winter, John 
Straat, Joseph Wood, and Peter Sturr, and also families named Fitch, 
Chappel, Oldis, Courter, Camp, Fountain, Folly, Fox, Osborn, Parker, 
Bamper, Dater, Frederick, Youmans, Mowerson, Packer, Quacken- 
bush. Bush, Vanderhoff, Van Dine, Van Houten, Terhune, Bogert, 
John Arie Ackerman, and John Labagh. 

On November 11, 1695, the proprietors granted to Anthony Brock- 
hoist, Arent Schuyler, and Colonel Nicholas Bayard section 32, 4,000 
acres of land, on the east side of Pequannock and Passaic Rivers, one 
and a half miles wide, and running northerly from near Little Falls, 
up the Passaic River, along the Pompton River four and a half miles. 
This was then in Bergen County, now in Passaic. Both Schuyler and 
Brockholst located on the tract on the east bank of the Pompton 
River a little south of Pompton Lake. The purchase was made for 
mining purposes, but the grantees conveyed the greatest oart of it 
December 17, 1701, to George Ryerson, John Meet, Samuel Berry, 



THE FIRST SETTLERS 



41 



David Mandeville, and Hendrick Mandeville. They settled on por- 
tions of it and sold other portions to Elias Smith, Michael Vander- 
beck, Thomas Juriansen (Van Reiper), Peter Van Zyle, (Jerebrecht 
Gerrebrants, John Westervelt, Michael Hearty (Flartie), Casparus 
Schuyler, Dirk Van Reiper, Steven Bogert, Cornelius Van Horn, (iar- 
ret Bertholf, [Michael Demott, and Rolof Jacobs. 

In 1764 Oliver Delancy, Henry Cuyper, Jr., and Walter Rutherford, 
representing the proprietors, sold to Peter Hasenclaver what arc 
known as the Ringwood and Long Pond tracts, in the northwest part 
of Bergen County, containing about 12,000 acres. This is now in 
Passaic County. The lands were first patented to and occupied by 
Cornelius Board, James Board, Joseph Board, John Ogden, David 
Ogden, Sr., David Ogden, Jr., Uzal Ogden, Samuel (Joverneur, Thomas 
Ward, John Morris, David Stevens, and Andrew Bell. 

It would require too much space to give the names of all those who 
purchased or settled on the Ramapo, Pequannock, Totowa, Preakness, 
and other patents of lands west of the Saddle River. The reader will 
note that nearly all the surnames given of settlers west of the Saddle 
River are the same as of those settling east of that river, thus indicat- 
ing that the Ramapo patent and the lands south of it were settled 
principally by the descendants of those who settled the older parts of 
Bergen and Hudson Counties. It would therefore be a repetition of 
names to describe in detail the numerous sub-divisions of the Ramapo 
and other tracts. 



LANDOWNERS AND SETTLERS 



For the information of the reader and those who may become inter- 
ested in genealogical research a list of the earliest and most promi- 
nent landowners and settlers of Bergen and Hudson Counties is hereto 
appended. 



SURNAME 






- - 




OF SETTLER. 


LINEAGE. 


NAME AND DESCENT 


OF EUROPEAN ANCESTOR. 


ACKEEMAN 


Dutch 


David Ackermau 


Berlikum 


1 Holland 


ACKERSON 


Dutch 


Johannes Tomassen 


Oostenvelt 


Holland 


ADRIANSE 


Dutch 


Maryu Adriause 


Veere 


Holland 


AEEISON 


Dutch 


Cornelius Ariesen 


N. Brabant 


Holland 


ALLEN (1) 


Dutch 


Pieter Van Hallen 


Utrecht 


Holland 


ALLEN (2) 


Flemish 


Lorens Van Hallen 


Limbourg 


Flanders 


ALYEA 


French 


John Alyea 


Artois 


France 


ANDERSON 


Scotch 


John Anderson 


Inverness 


Scotland 


ANTHONY 


Dutch 


Allerd Anthony 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


ARENTS 


Dutch 


Johannes Arents 


Vanderbilt 


Holland 


AURYANSE (1) 


Dutch 


Jan Aui-yanse 


New York 


United States 


AURYANSF (2) 


Dutch 


Lambert Arianse 


Gelderland 


Holland 


^^r.YFfiy * 


Dutch 


Claes Jansen Backer 


Hertogenbosh 


Holland 


, ^CKER (2) ■ 
BACKER (^{ 


English 


Richard Backer 


Barbadoes 


West Indies 


Dutch 


Jacobus Backer 


Amsterdam 


Holland 



.^^ 



42 



HUDSON AXD BEROIC.N COUXTIES 



SURNAME 
OF RKTTLEK. 

BANTA 

BARENTSEN 

BASTIENSEN 

BAYARD (1) 

BAYARD (2) 

BEDLOW 

BEEDER 

BEEM 

BELL (1) 

BELL (2) 

BENSON 

BERDAN 

BERRY 

BERTHOLF 

BILFIELD 

BLACKLEDGE 

BLAGGL 

BLANCH 

BLAWVELT 

BLAUW (1) 

BLAUW (2) 

BOARD 

BOGERT(l) 

BOGERT (2) 

BOGERT (3) 

BOUT 

BRAECKE 

BRIGGS 

BRINKERHOFF 

BROCKHOLST 

BBOSS 

BROWER (1) 

BROWER (2) 

BROWER (3) 

BROWN 

BURGER 

BUSH 

BUYS 

CADMUS 

CAMPBELL (1) 

CAMPBELL (2) 

CAMPBELL (3) 

CAMPBELL (4) 

CARSTENS 

CHAMBERS 

CARSBOON 

CHRISTIANSE (1) 

CHRISTIAN SE (2) 

CHRISTIE (1) 

CHRISTIE (2) 

CLAESEN 

CLARK 

CLENDENNY 

COLE 

COLLERD 

COMMEGAR 

COOPER (1) 



LINEAGE. 



Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

French 

French 

Swedish 

Dutch 

German 

German 

English 

Swedish 

Dutch 

English 

Flemish 

English 

English 

English 

English 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

English 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

English 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Danish 

English 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

English 

Scotch 

English 

Irish 

Norwegian 

Scotch 

Dutch 

Danish 

Danish 

Scotch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Irish 

Scotch 

Dutch 

English 

Dutch 

Dutch 



NAME AND DESCENT OF EUROPEAN ANCESTOR. 



Epke Jacohsc 
Dirk Barents 
Johannes Bastianseu 
Balthazar Bayard 
Nicholas Bayard 
Isaac Bedlow 
Herman Beder 
Anthony Beem 
Hermann Bell 
William Bell 
Dirck Bensingh 
Jan Baerdan 
John Berry 
Guillian Bertholf 
John Bilfield 
Philip Blackleach 
Benjamin Blagge 
Richard Blanch 
Gerret Henderieksen 
Gerret Dircks Blauw 
Herman Jansen Blauw 
Cornelius Board 
Cornelius Jansen 
John Louwe 
Tunis Gysbertsen 
Jan Evertsen Bout 
Dirk Claesen Braecke 
Walter Briggs 
Joris Dirckseu 
Anthony Brockholst 
Hendrick Brass 
Peter Clementsen 
Adam Brower 
Jacob Eldertsan Brower 
Thomas Brown 
Burger Joris 
Hendrick Bosh 
Jan Cornelisen Buys 
Dirck Fredricksen 
Alexander Campbell 
James Campbell 
William Campbell 
William Campbell 
Claes Carstiaens 
John Chambers 
Jan Elbertsen Carsboon 
Christiaen Pieterseu 
Barent Christianse 
James Christyn 
John Christianse 
Gerbrand Claesen 
Robert Clark 
Walter Clendenny 
Barent Jacobsen Kool 
Jacobus CoUerd 
Hendrick Jans Cominegar 
Claes Jansen 



Harlengen 

Amsterdam 

Aernheim 

Daupheney 

Alphen 

Stockholm 

Amsterdam 

Flammersvelt 

Darmstadt 

New York 

Gronengen 

Amsterdam 

Barbadoes 

Sluys 

Enfield 

London 

London 

Bristol 

Deveutei- 

Drcuthi' 

Gronengeu 

London 

Scboendewoei-'i 

Schoendewoert 

Heykoop 

Barnevelt 

Amsterdam 

Providence 

Drenthc 

Amsterdam 

Albany 

Hoorn 

Cologne 

Holstein 

Loudon 

Hersburg 

Leyden 

Beest 

Friesland 

North Britain 

Aberdeen 

Isle of Man 

Sant 

New York 

Gelderland 

Holstein 

Holstein 

Edinburgh 

Amsterdam 

Hoorn 

Caven Co. 

Amsterdam 
London 
Amsterdam 
Purmerend 



Holland 

Holland 

Holland 

France 

France 

Sweden 

Holland 

Germany 

Germany 

United States 

Holland 

Holland 

West Indies 

Flanders 

England 

England 

England 

England 

Holland 

Holland 

Holland 

England 

Holland 

Holland 

Holland 

Holland 

Holland 

Rhode Island 

Holland 

Holland 

New York 

Holland 

France 

Denmark 

England 

Silesia 

Holland 

Holland 

Holland 

England 

Scotland 

England 

Ireland 

Norway 

United States 

Holland 

Denmark 

Denmark 

Scotland 

Holland 

Holland 

Ireland 

•'Scotland 

Holland 

England 

Holland 

Holland 



THE FIRST SETTLERS 



43 



SUKNAMK 
OF SETTLER. 



COOPEK (2) 

CONKLIN (1) 
CONKLIN (2) 
CONOVER 
CORBETT 
CORNELISEN 
CORNELL 
CORS 

CORTELYOU 
COX 

CUMMINGS 
DANIELSON 
DAVIDSON 
DAVISON 
DAVISON (-2) 
DAY (1) 
DAY (2) 
De BAUN 
DEBOW 
De CLARK 
De GRAW 
DeGROOT (1) 
De GROOT (2) 
De GROOT (3) 
De HART 
DeKAY 
De KLYN 
De KUYPER 
DELAMATER 
De La MONTAGNE 
DEMAREST 
DEMEYR 
De MONT 
De MOTT 
De REIMER 
De RONDE 
De VOE (1) 
De VOE (2) 
De VRIES (1) 
De VRIES (2) 
De VRIES (3) 
De WITT 
DIEDRICKS 
DOREMUS 
DOUGLAS 
DOW 
DOUW 
, DUNCAN 
' DURIE 
EARLE 
ECKERSON 
EDSALL 
EDWARDS 
ELBERTSEN 
ELY 

EVERTSEN 
FELL 



LINEAGE. 



Danish 

English 

English 

Dutch 

English 

Swedish 

French 

Dutch 

French 

German 

English 

Dutch 

Dutch 

English 

Irish 

Dutch 

English 

Flemish 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Danish 

French 

French 

French 

German 

German 

Dutch 

French 

Dutch 

French 

French 

Dutch 

Dutch 

French 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Scotch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

English 

French 

English 

Dutch 

English 

Welsh 

Dutch 

English 

Dutch 

French 



NAME AND DESCENT 


OF EUROPEAN ANCKSTOR. 


Teunis Fredericks 


Oldenburg 


Denmark 


Mattys Conkeliu 


Philipsburg 


New York 


John Conklyne 


Not'ghamsliire 


England 


Jacob Wolfortsen 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


John Corbett 


London 


England 


Cornelius Mattys 


Stocldiolm 


Sweden 


William Coruelise 


Kalbrist 


France 


Claes Petersen Cors 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


Jacques Cortelyou 


Utrecht 


Holland 


Michael Cox 


Hanover 


Germany 


John C. Cummings 




Scotland 


James & Jacob Danielseu 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


John Davidsen 


Liveden 


Holland 


Thomas Davisou 


London 


England 


William Davison 


Dublin 


Ireland 


Tunis Dey 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


William Day 


New York 


United States 


Joost de Baen 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


Hendrick De Boog 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


Daniel de Clerq 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


Albert Leendertsen 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


Dirk Jansen de Groot 


Rylevelt 


Holland 


Staats Jansen de Groot 


Tricht 


Holland 


Wm. Petersen de Groot 


Haarlem 


Holland 


Balthazar de Haert 


Utrecht 


Holland 


Theunes de Kay 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


Hugh Barents de Klyu 


Buren 


Holland 


Thomas Fred, de Kuyper 


Oldenburg 


Denmark 


Claude de la Maister 


Riechburg 


France 


Jean de la Montagne 


Saintong 


France ^ 


David des Marets 


Beauchamp 


France ^ 


Nicholas de Meyr 


Hamburg 


Germany 


Frederick Temont 


Darmstadt 


Germany 


iVIattys de Mott 


Kingston 


^iew York 


Petrus de Reimer 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


Jacob de Ronde 


Cortl'd Manor 


New York 


Frederick de Voe 


Rochelle 


France 


Nicholse de Voe 


Walslandt 


France 


Jan Jacobs de Vries 


Vries 


Holland 


Jan Garretsen de Vries 


Workum 


Holland 


Jau Petersen de Vries 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


Dirk Claesen de Witt 


Zunderland 


Holland 


Hans Diedricks 


Isleven 


Holland 


Johannes Doremns 


Middleburgh 


Holland 


William Douglas 


Leith 


Scotland 


Douwe Jans 


Harlengen 


Holland 


Volkert Jansen 


Lenwarden 


Holland 


George Duncan 


Bristol 


England 


Jan Durje 


Manheim 


Germany 


Edward Earle, Jr. 


Maryland 


United States 


Jan Tomassen 


Oostenvelt 


Holland 


Samuel Edsall 


Reading 


England 


Harman Edwards 


New York City 


New York 


Elbert Elbertsen 


Nieukerk 


Holland 


Nathaniel Ely 


Hartford 


Connecticut 


John Everts Bout 


Barnevelt 


Holland 


Symon Fell 


Dieppe 


France 



44 



HUDSON AND BERUExX COUNTIES 



SURNAMK 
OF SETTI.KR. 

FELTER 

FERDON 

FEURST 

FLIERBOOM 

FRANCE 

FREDERICKSEN 

FRENCH 

FOUNTAIN 

GARRAB RANTS 

GARRISON 

GARRETSON (1) 

GARRETSON (2) 

GILBERTS 

GISNER 

GROOME 

GUEST 

HALMAGHS 

HARDING 

HARING 

HARRIS 

HART 

HAWKINS 

HELMS 

HENNION 

HERTIE 

HESSELS 

HOLDRUM 

HOOGLAND (1) 

HOOGLAND (2) 

HOPPER 

HOUSMAN 

HUYLER 

JACOBS 

JACOBUS 

JANSEN (1) 

JANSEN (2) 

JANSEN (3) 

JAY 

JEROLEMON 

JOOSTEN 

JURIANCE 

KTERSTED 

KINGSLAND 

KIPP 

KUYPER 

LAMATER 

LARGE 

LAURENCE (1) 

LAURENCE (2) 

LAURENCE (3) 

LAURENCE (4) 

LEENDERTS 

LOCKHART 

LOOTS 

LOZIER 



LINEAGE. 



NAME AND DESCENT OF EUROPEAN ANCESTOR. 



German 

French 

Flemish 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Englisli 

French 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

German 

English 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Swiss 

Dutch 

English 

English 

English 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Swiss 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutcl) 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Norwegian 

French 

Swedish 

French 

Dutch 

Dutch 

Dutch 

German 

English 

Dutch 

Dutch 

French 

French 

English 

Dutch 

Danish 

Danish 

Dutch 

English 

English 

French 



William Velta 
Thomas Verdon 
Bartholmew Feurst 
Mattys Flierboom 
Frans Jacobsen 
Dirk Fredericksen 
Phillip French 
Charel Fonteyn 
Gerebrand Claesen 
Gerret Gerretseu 
Gerret Gerretseu 
Wouter Garretseu 
Gysbert Lubberts 
Hendrick Geisener 

Samuel Groome 

John Guest 
Peter Roloefseu 
Hans Jacobsen Harding- 
Jan Pietersen 
Ezekiel Harris 
Thomas Hart 
Richard Hawkins 
Hendrick Tenuis Hellinck 
Nath'l Pietersen Henyon 
Hans Jacob Hertie 
Peter Hessels 
William Holdrum 
Dirk Jansen 
Cornelius Adriance 
Andries Hoppe 
Guert Cornelius Huysman 
Capt. John Huyler 
Peter Jacobs 
RolofE Jacobus 
Peter and Roloff Jansen 
Mattice Jansen 
Barant Jansen 
Peter Jay 

John Hans Jerolemon 
Rutgert Joosten 
Andries Juriance 

Kier Wolters 
Nath'l & Isaac Kingsland 
Hendrick de Kype 
Claes Jansen 
Cla\i(le de Lamaister 
Jaques Laroe 
William Laurence 
Arent Laurens 
Serven Lorens 
Laurens Andriesen 
Pauhis Leenderts 
George Lookhart 
John Loots 
Franooix Luseur 



Hamburg 

Amsterdam 

Bruges 

Albany 

Beest 

Friesland 

London 

Brooklyn 

Hoorn 

Wageningen 

Wageningen 

Workuni 

Hilversam 

Westchester 

Stepney ) 

London j 

Pennsylvania 

Utrecht 

Berne 

Hoorn 

New England 

Enfleld 

London 

Leyden 

New York 

Beine 

New Utrecht 

Amsterdam 

Maarsendeen 

Amsterdam 

Amsterdam 

Amsterdam 

New York 

Beest 

Amsterdam 

Sant 

Cologne 

Stockholm 

London 

Albany 

Amsterdam 

Bergen op 

Zoom 
Magdeburg 
Barbadoes 
Amsterdam 
Purmerend 
Riechbourg 

St. Albans 

Ysselstein 

Holstein 

Holsteiu 

Amsterdam 

London 

Norwich 

Colmenil 



Germany 

Holland 

Flanders 

New York 

Holland 

Holland 

England 

Long Island 

Holland 

Holland 

Holland 

Holland 

Holland 

New York 

England 

United States 

Holland 

Switzerland 

Holland 

United States 

England 

England 

Holland 

United States 

Switzerland 

Long Island 

Holland 

Holland 

Holland 

Holland 

Holland 

United States 

Holland 

Holland 

Norway 

France 

Sweden 

England 

New York 

Holland 

Holland 

Germany 

West Indies 

Holland 

Holland 

France 

France 

England 

Holland 

Denmark 

I)enmark 

Holland 

England 

England 

France •'"^ 



THE FIItST SETTLERS 



45 



SURNAME 




— - — 







OF SKTTLKR. 


LINEAGK, 


NAME AND DESCENT 


OF EUKOPEAN i 


i^NCESTOK. 


LUBY 


Dutch 


Jacob Luby 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


LUDLOAV 


English 


Gabriel Ludlow 


London 


England 


LYDECKER 


Dutch 


Ryck & Gerrit Lydecker 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


LYX 


Geruifiu 


Conrad and Abram Lyn 


Darmstadt 


G erniany 


MABIE 


Dutch 


Casparns Meebje 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


MACLEAX 


Scotch 


Charles Maclean 


Leith 


Scotland 


MAXDEVILLE 


Dutch 


Gillis Jansen de Mande- 










viUe 


Gurderen 


Holland 


MARIXUS 


Flemish 


Cornelius Jansen Mariuus 


Oostberg 


Flanders 


MARTI X 


English 


James ]\Iartin 


Xew York 


United States 


MERSELIS 


Dutch 


Peter Merselles 


Beest 


Holland ^fe- 


:\rATTYS 


Swedish 


Cornelius Mattice 


Stockholm 


Sweden 


MEET (1) 


English 


Adam Meet 


Essex 


England 


MEET (2) 


Dutch 


Pieter Jans Meet 


Aniersfort 


Holland 


MELLIXOT 


Italian 


Michael !MeUiuot 


Savoy 


Italy 


MERRITT 


English 


William Merritt 


London 


Englaud 


MEYER (1) 


German 


Adolpii Meyer 


Ulseu 


Germany 


MEYER (2 


German 


X'^icholas ileyer 


Hamburg 


(Jerniany 


MEYER (3) 


German 


Harmanus Meyer 


Bremen 


Germany 


MILBURN 


English 


Jacob Jlilburn 


London 


England 


MOORE (1) 


English 


Francis Moore 


Boston 


Massacliusetts 


MOORE (2) 


English 


Samuel iloore 


Barbadoes 


West Indies 


MORGAX 


Welsh 


Carl ^Morgan 


Hamburg 


Germany 


MORRIS (1) 


English 


Robert Morris 


Liverpool 


Englaud 


MORRIS (2) 


English 


Richard j\I orris 


London 


F^ngland 


MORRIS (3) 


English 


Anthony Jlorris 


London 


England 


MORRIS (4) 


English 


Jury Claris 






XAUGLE 


Dutch 


Barut Xaunle 


(ironeugen 


Holland 


NEWKIRK 


Dutch 


Gerbrand Claesen 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


XOBLE 


English 


ilark Xoble 


Xcw England 


United States 


OXDERDOX^K 


Dutch 


Adrian Vanderdouk 


Bi'eda 


Holland 


OLTWATER 


Dutch 


Frans Jacobs Oiitwatcr 


Oudewater 


Holland 


PARCELLS 


French 


Thomas Parcells 


Huntington 


England 


PAUW 


Dutch 


Michael Pauw 


Aiusterdam 


Holland 


PEACK 


English 


Johannes Peack 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


PERRY 


French 


Jan Perie 


Pont-le-feekes 


France 


PETEKSEX (1) 


Dutch 


(ierret Petersen 


Frieslaud 


Holland 


PETERSEN (2) 


Dutch 


Peter Rolofsen 


L'trecht 


Holland 


PHILLIPS 


Dutch 


Frederick Phillipse 


Bolswaert 


Holland 


PIXHORXE 


English 


William Pinhorne 


London 


England 


PLAXGK 


Dutch 


Abram Isaacseu Planck 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


POST (1) 


Dutch 


Jan Jansen Postmail 


Harlingen 


Holland 


POST (2) 


Dutch 


Capt. Adrian Post 


Harlingen 


Holland 


POWLESS 


Dutch 


Powles Pietei'scn 


iMervcn 


Holland 


POWLESSEX 


Dutch 


Powles Pietersen 


M erven 


Holland 


POWLESSEX (2) 


Dutch 


Michael Powles 


Veendoren 


Holland 


PRIOR 


Dutch 


Casjiarus Cornelissen 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


PROVOST 


Dutch 


David Provost 


Connecticut 


United States 


PULIS 


German 


John Pulisfelt 


Darmstadt 


(ierraany 


QUACKEXBUSH 


Dutch 


Petriis Quackcnbos 


Oostergeest 


Holland 


QUIDORE 


French 


Petrus Quidore 


Havre 


France 


RAMSAY 


English 


Samuel Ramsay 




Scotland 


REYSERICK 


Dutch 


Ryniei- Keyserick 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


RIKER 


Dutch 


Abram Reyken 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


ROMAINE 


Dutch 


Claes Jausen Ronicyn 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


ROY 


Dutch 


Jacob Jacobsen Roy 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


RUTAN 


Dutch 


Daniel Rutan 


Esopus 


Xew York 



46 


HUDSON 


AXI> BEUCEN COUNTIES 




SURNAME 
OF SETTLER. 


LINEAGE. 


NAME AND DESCENT 


OP BUKOPEAN ANCESTOR. 


RYERSON 


Dutch 


Adrian & Martin Ryerson 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


RUYVEN 


Dutch 


Cornelius Ruyven 


Ruyven 


Holland 


SANDFORD 


English 


William Sandford 


St Marys 7 
Barbadoes \ 


West Indies 


SAUNIER 


French 


Paul Saunier 


Normandy 


France 


SCHOONMAKER 


German 


Cornelius Jans Schoo- 










maker 


Hamburg 


Germany 


SCHUYLER 


Dutch 


David Pietersen and 










Philip Petersen 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


SEGER 


Swedish 


Andries Seagard 


New Albany 


New York 


SCHOENMAKER 


Dutch 


Jan Cornelius Crynnen 


Aernheim 


Holland 


SHU ART 


German 


James Shureg 


Darmstadt 


Germany 


SICKLES 


Austrian 


Zacharias Sickels 


Vienna 


Austria 


SIP 


Dutch 


Jan Adrianse Syp 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


SIMMONS 


English 


George Simmons 


Philadelphia 


Pennsylvania 


SIVERT 


German 


Adolph Sivert 


Pruynes 


Germany 


SLINGERLAND 


Dutch 


Albert Slingerland 


Albany 


New York 


SLOTE 


Danish 


Jan Pietersen Slott 


Holstein 


Denmark 


SMEEMAN 


Dutch 


Herman Smeeman 


The Marsh 


Holland 


SMITH (1) 


Irish 


Morgan Smith 


Co. Cavan 


Ireland 


SMITH (2) 


English 


Matthew Smith 


London 


England 


SMITH (3) 


English 


Michael and John Smith 


London 


England 


SMITH (4) 


Dutch 


Lambert Arianse 


Gelderland 


Holland 


SMOCK 


Dutch 


Hendrick Mattice Smock 


Friesland 


Holland 


SNEDEN 


Dutch 


Johannes Sneden 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


SNYUER 


German 


Abram Snyder 




Germany 


SOMERINDYKE 


Dutch 


Necaseus de Stille 


Aernheim 


Holland 


SONMANS 


Scotch 


Pieter Sonmans 


Walliugford 


Scotland 


SPIER 


German 


Dirck Jansen Spier 


Bremen 


Germany 


STAGG 


Dutch 


John and William Stagg 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


STEENHUYSEN 


Dutch 


Egbert Steenliusen 


Soest 


Holland 


STEVEN SEN 


Dutch 


OlofE Stevensen 




Holland 


STEWART 


Scotch 


John Stewart 


Stirling 


Scotland 


STILLWELL (1) 


Dutch 


Alex. Stillwell 


Dunkirk 


Holland 


STILLWELL (,2) 


English 


Nicholas Stilwell 


Staten Island 


New York 


STIMETS 


Dutch 


Caspar Stimets 


Zeeland 


Holland 


STOFFELSEN 


Dutch 


Jacob Stoffelsen 


Zirrickzee 


Holland 


STOOTHOFF 


Dutch 


Elbert Elbertsen 


Newkerk 


Holland 


STORMS 


Dutch 


Dirk Storms 


Utrecht 


Holland 


STRAATMAKER 


German 


Dirk Straatmaker 


Bremen 


Germany 


STRAUT 


German 


Dirk Straatmaker 


Bremen 


Germany 


STUYVESANT 


Dutch 


Petrus Stuyvesant 


Friesland 


Holland 


SUFFERN 


Irish 


John Suffern 


Antrim Co. 


Ireland 


SWAEN 


Swedish 


John Swaen 


Stockholm 


Sweden 


SYCAN 


Danish 


Dirk Sycan 


Holstein 


Denmark 


TALLMAN 


Dutch 


Douwe Harmensen 


Friesland 


Holland 


TER BOSH 


German 


John Terbosh 


Delmanhorst 


Westphalia 


TERHUNE 


French 


Albert Albertsen Terhune 


Hunen 


Holland 


TIBOUT 


French 


Michael Jan Tibout 


Bruges 


France 


TISE 


Dutch 


Dirk Tysen 


Gelderland 


Holland 


TITSORT 


Dutch 


John Titsort 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


VANDELINHA 


Flemish 


Joost Vanderlynden 


Belle 


Flanders 


VANUERBEEK 


German 


Paulus Vanderbeek 


Hamburgh 


Germany 
Holland 


VANDERHOFF 


Dutch 


Cornelius Vandehoff 


Gelderland 


VANDERPOOL 


Dutch 


Myudert Gerritsen 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


VARLET 


French 


Nicholas Varlet 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


VARRICK 


Dutch 


Rudolphus Van Varrick 


Gelderland 


Holland 



THE FIRST SETTLERS 



47 





SURNAME 










OF SETTLER. 


LINEAGE. 


NAME AND DESCENT 


OF EUROPEAN . 


iNCESTOU. 


VAN- 


ALLEN (1) 


Flemish 


Lorens Van Halen 


Limbourgh 


Flanders 


VAX 


ALLEN (2) 


Dutch 


Petrus ^'an Halen 


Utrecht 


Holland 


VAN 


BLARCOM 


Dutch 


Johannus Van Blarcom 


Blarcom 


Holland 


VAN 


BUSKIRK 


Danish 


Lourens Andriesen 


Holstein 


Denmark 


VAN 


BUSSUM 


Dutch 


Cornelius and Gerret Van 












Borsem 


Emden 


Holland 


VAN 


CAMPEN 


Dutch 


Garret Jausen 


Campen 


Holland 


VAN 


CORTLANDT 


Dutch 


OlofB Stevens Van Cort- 


W'yck te dun- 










landt 


nerstede 


Holland 


VAN 


DAM 


Dutch 


Rip A'an Dam 


Albany 


Xew York 


VAN DINE (1) 


Dutch 


Gerrret Cornelisse Van 












Dyne 


Niewkirk 


Holland 


VAN 


DINE (2) 


Dutch 


Dirk Garretsen 


Tricht 


Holland 


VAN 


DOLSEN (1) 


Dutch 


Jan Garretsen \'ries 


AVorkum 


Holland 


VAN 


DOLSEN (2) 


Dutch 


Dirk Jan Van Dolsen 


Haarlem 


Holland 


VAN 


DUSER 


Dutch 


Ahram Pietersen 


Dursen 


Holland 


VAN 


DYKE 


Dutch 


Jan Tomasse Van Dyke 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


VAN 


EMBURG 


Dutch 


Gysbert Gysberts \'an 












Imbrooch 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


VAN 


ETTEN 


Flemish 


Jacob Jansen Van Etten 


Brabant 


Flanders 


VAX 


GELDER 


Dutch 


Jacobus Evertse Van 












Gelder 


Gelderland 


Holland 


VAN 


GIESEX 


Dutch 


Rynier Bastianse 


(xiesen 


Holland 


VAN 


HORN 


Dutch 


Claes Jansen 


Hoorn 


Holland 


VAN 


HOUTEN 


Dutch 


Peter Roelfsen 


Utrecht 


Holland 


VAN 


I MM EX 


Dutch 


Dirk Garretsen \'an 












Immin 


Bextel 


Holland 


VAN 


NESS 


Dutch 


Hendrick Garretsen Xnn 












Xess 


Emberlaudt 


Holland 


VAN 


NOSTRAND 


Dutch 


Hans Hansen 


Zeeland 


Holland 


VAN 


ORDEN (1) 


Dutch 


Claes Jansen 


Naerden 


Holland 


VAN 


ORDEN {2) 


Outch 


Dirk Jansen 


Nacrden 


Holland 


VAX 


OSTUM 


Dutch 


Hendrick Van OnIuiu 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


VAN 


PUTTEN 


Dutch 


Aerent Teunesen 


Putten 


Holland 


VAX 


REIPEN 


Danish 


Juriaen Toniassen 


Reipen 


Denmark 


VAX 


SALLE 


Dutch 


Anthony Franzeu 


Saale 


Holland 


VAX 


SAUN 


Dutch 


Jacob ^^ul Saiin 


Zauweu 


Holland 


VAX 


SCHALCK- 




Henry Jans Van Schalck- 








WYCK 


Dutch 


wyck 


Schalckwyck 


Holland 


VAN 


SCIVER 


Dutch 


Petrus Van Schuyven 


Schuyven 


Holland 


VAX 


TUYL 


Dutch 


^Michael Abrams Van 












Tuyl 


Tuyl 


Holland 


VAX 


VALEN 


Dutch 


Johannes \'erviclle 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


VAX 


VECHTEN 


Dutch 


Tunis Dircksen Van 












Vechten 


Xoeg 


Holland 


VAN 


VLECK 


German 


Tielman ^'an Vleck 


Bremen 


Germany 


VAN VOORHIS 


Dutch 


Coert Albertsen 


Voorhuysen 


Holland 


VAX 


VORST 


Dutch 


Cornelius ^'an Vorst 


Gelderland 


Holland 


VAX 


WAGENEX 


Dutch 


Guert Gerretsen 


Wageningen 


Holland 


VAN 


WART (1) 


Dutch 


Mattiee \'an W'acrt 


Utrecht 


Holland 


VAN 


WART (2) 


Dutch 


Tunis Jacobsen Van 












Woei-t 


Schoendewoert 


Holland 


VAN 


WINKLE 


Dutch 


Walling-, Jacob and 












Simon Jacobsen 


Middleburg 


Holland 


VEDDER 


Dutch 


Harman Albertsen 












Vedder 


Gronengeu 


Holland 


VERBRUGGEN 


Dutch 


John Verbrug-gen 


Amsterdam 


Holland 



48 



HUDSON AND BEKliKN COUNTIES 



SURNAME 










OF SETTLER. 


LINEAGE. 


NAME AND DESCENT 


OF EUROPEAN 


ANCESTOR. 


VERBRYCK 


Dutch 


Jansen Verbryck 


Isveren 


Holland 


VERWAY 


Dutch 


Cornelius Verway 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


VINGE 


Flemish 


John Vinge 


Bruges 


Flanders 


VREELAND 


Flemish 


Michael Jansen 


Brockhuysen 


Flanders 


WALDRON 


Dutch 


Resolved Waldron 


Amsterdam 


Holland 


WAKNAMAKER 


German 


Peter Wannamaker 


Darmstadt 


Germany 


WARREN 


English 


Peter Warren 


London 


England 


WESTER VELT 


Dutch 


Lubbert Lubbertsen 


Meppel 


Holland 


WHITE 


English 


Anthony White 


Boston 


Massachusetts 


WILSON 


Scotch 


Peter Wilsey 


Leith 


Scotland ^'^ 


WINANS 


Dutch 


Cornelius "Wynhard 


Gronengen 


Holland 


WINNE 


Flemish 


Peter Winne 


Ghent 


Flanders 


WORTENUYKE 


Dutch 


Nicaseus de Stille 


Aernheim 


Holland 


WOUTERSON 


Dutch 


Egbert Woutersou 


Ysselstine 


Holland 


YEREANSE 


Dutch 


Andries Jurianse 


Bergen op 
Zoom 


Holland 


ZABRISKIE 


Polish 


Albrecht Sobeiski 


Zolkieu 


Poland 




DUTCH WIND MILL. 



GENEALOGICAL 



ABRAHAM OOTHOUT ZABRISKIE belonged to one of the most nu- 
merous and eminently conspicuous families of Bergen County. In Poland 
the name was " Sobieska," and Albrecht Sobieska was the first of the 
family in America. 

It has been claimed by many of his descendants that royal blood coursed 
in Albrecht's reins, because he was a brother of John III., the last king 
of Poland. The facts do not sustain such a claim. Albrecht Sobieska 
was not a brother of the last king of Poland. James Sobieska (the king's 
father) and his wife, Theophila, had but three children: Mark, John (the 
king), and a daughter. Mark was killed in the battle of Batog, leaving 
behind no issue; John, the king, had two sons, James and Alexander, 
both of whom died childless, as did also the king's sister. 

Albrecht Sobieska (who in America was known as Albert Zabriskie) 
was a cousin of the king of Poland. That fact, however, did not make 
royal blood flow in his veins, for the crown of Poland when attained by 
King John was not inheritable. That quality had long since been forcibly 
taken from it. Xone of John's ancestors had ever worn it, and John was 
elected to wear it. Hence, there was no more inheritable quality in it 
than in the Presidency of the United States. There was, however, noUe 
blood in Albert's veins. His ancestors for two centuries had been Palatine 
nobles of Poland — famous generals who had fought long and bravely in 
The cause of their country, distinguished for their virtues in jicaie and 
for their courage in war. Albert's cousin John, upon his merits alone, 
not only became king by the voice of the people of his native country, 
but he iiad also become one of the greatest warriors of the sixteenth cen- 
tury. Albert's father was a soldier, but the son had no taste for the favor- 
ite calling of a long line of noble and warlike ancestors. Born at Zolkiew 
in Poland, in 1638, he grew up in the shadow of the church and school, 
receiving a fair education. His turn of mind was such that his father 
had earlv hopes of seeing his son in the pulpit preaching the Reformation. 
To that end he sent Albert to a Protestant school in Holland. The strict 
rules and Puritan tenets of the institution were not, however, relished 
by Albert, and he soon ran away. While roaming about from one city to 
another, without occupation or "funds, he was seized by the government 
authorities of Prussia and pressed into the army. Watching his oppor- 
tunity he escaped to Amsterdam, early in 1662, from which port he sailed 
to America in the ship " Fox," reaching New York in August of that year. 
For ten years he seems to have wandered among the settlements about 
New York without any settled purpose in life; but in 1676 we find him 
at Bergen (Jersev City), where he met, and on December 17 of that year 
married, Miss Machtelt (Matilda) Van der Linden, daughter of Yost Van 
der Linden, a young lady then twenty years of age and a native of the City 



50 lilTDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

of Brussels, P.cli;iiim. wliosp brotlier, Koloff Van der Linden, was destined 
later to l.eroiiic'like lier husband, one of the largest landowners in Bergen 
('ounl.y. The niarria.uc ceremony was solemnized in the Dutch Reformed 
(Church at liei'gen, near what is now "the Five Corners." 

In the yi'ar of his marriage (1676) Albert made his first purchase from 
the Itackeusaclc and Tajipan Indians— a tract of 1,067 acies— abutting 
south on Captain John Berry's purchase, extending north one and five- 
eighth miles, and from the Saddle River east to what is known as Sprout 
P,rook. This Iract was known as " Paramus " or "The Point." On this 
he built his family mansion, and spent his life in agricultural i)ursuits. 
Much of it is still occupied by his descendants, who have become numerous 
in Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic Counties. It has been said that the 
Indians captured his eldest son, Jacob, and refused to give him up to his 
fathei- until he should be taught the Indian language; that the father ac- 
quiesced; that the boy mastered the language, and the chief of the tribe 
then gave the father title to his lands. This is probably only tradition. 
At any rate, tlae deed recites the consideration to have been wampum 
(white and black), peltries, clothing, rum, and implements uf husbandry. 
In l(iSi2 Albert obtained from Lady Carteret grants of several tracts of 
land adjoining his first purchase, principally one of 120 acres on the east 
and extending to the Hackensack River. In 1679 tlie Indians in some way 
(not stated) became indebted to Albert, and to liquidate such indebtedness 
the sachems verbally agreed to convey to hira 2,000 acies in Kockland 
County, N. Y. This agreement was not performed until 1702, when ^Mbert 
agreed to take lands in New Jersey instead of Rockland Coiinly lands. 
Accordingly, the sachems of the trilaes deeded him 2,100 acres in Bergen 
('•ninty, north of liis first purchase, and fronting west on the Saddle River. 
-Vlbeit's patents are known as the " Paramus " and " Xew Paramus " pat- 
ents. Altogether Albert must have owned more than -1,000 acres in Bergen 
County. Mucli of this was afterward claimed by Peter Sonraans. whose 
claims to it wew not released until 1731-3;"), long after the death of .Vlbert. 
In his day he was considered a very wealthy man. He was highly re- 
s])ected, not only for his great liberality, but for his integrity, and above 
all for his fair dealings with the savages, v, ho esteemed him highly. lie 
understood their language and frequently acted as their interpreter. In 
1686 he helped to organize the "Church on the (ireen" at Hackensack, 
of wliich he was one of the first members. He took an active part in civil 
affairs and was the first Justice of the Peace for Upper Bergen County, 
to which office he was commissioned by Governor Hamilton in 16S2. lie 
died September 11, 1711, having been one of the most active and enter- 
prising of the pioneer settlers of his county, and his descendants are noted 
for the same qualities. His wife surAived him, dying in 1725. 

His children (of the second generation) were (1) Jacob A., born aboul 
April 12, 1679 (married Ann Alberts Terhune), and had ten children; (2) 
John A.; (3) Joost A., born in 1087 (married November 12, 1712, Christina 
Casparus Mabie), and had eight children; (1) Christian A., born July 3, 
1696 (married May 28, 1714, Lea Hendricks Hopper), and had five children; 
and (5) Henry, born in 1696 (married Gertrude Hendricks Hopper), and 
had four, children. 

John A. Zabriskie, of the second generation, was born at Hackensack 
about 1682. He married (1) September 20, 1706, Elizalieth Claes Romeyn, 
A\ho «as born in 1683 at Graves End, L. I., and died near Hackensack 



GENEALOGICAL 



51 



N. J., in 1712. He (2) married again December 6, 1712, Margaretta Jolms 
Dune. He succeeded to the ownership of part of his father's lands. In 
1720 he bought of Samuel Des Marest (2) a large farm at what: is now 
Hawroth, N. J., some of which, until very recently, was owned bv the de- 
scendants of his eldest son Albert. It extended from the Schraalenburgh 
road west to the Hackensack River. Some of his lands were claimed by 
Peter Sonmans, but were released to Zabriskie about 1751, by Hans Spier, 
agent of Sonmans. 

John Zabriskie (2) was a farmer, but was a-tive in township and church 




ABRAHAM O. ZABRISKIE. 



matters. He died in 1766. His second wife survi\c(l him. His children 
of the third generation were four by his first wife and nine by his second 
wife, to wit: Albert, Matilda, Nicholas, Christina, Elizabeth, John, Jacob, 
Elizabeth, Peter, Joost, Rachel, Cornelius, and Christian. 

Of the above named thirteen children Jacob J. Zabriskie, of the third 
generation, born near Hackensack, July 27, 171S, jnarried, in 171:!, Sarah 
Varrick, a descendant of an old aristocratic family of New York. Their 
issue of the fourth generation was a son, John L. Zabriskie, baptized Feb- 
ruary 27, 1752. He died April 24, 1782. He married December 7, 1775, 



52 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

Lena Lansing, of Albany, N. Y., where she was born October 5, 1750. She 
died April 26, 1826. 

John L. Zabriskie's widow, after his death, married (2) November 14, 
1786, General Abraham Oothout. John L. Zabrislde (4) had issue one 
son, John Lansing Zabrislde (5), who married Sarah Barrea. He was a 
prominent clergyman at Greenbush, N. Y., and had issue two children of 
the sixth generation: John Barrea Zabrislde (a prominent physician at 
Flatbush, L. I.) and Abraham Oothout Zabriskie (the subje.'t of this sketch). 

Abraham Oothout Zabriskie, LL.D., of Hackensack and Jersey City, was 
born in Greenbush, N. Y., June 10, 1807, and when four years old went 
with his parents to Millstone, N. J. He received an academic education 
and matriculated at Nassau Hall, Princeton, in 182.3, becoming a member 
of the junior class when only sixteen. He was graduated from that insti- 
tution in 1825, read law with James S. Green, of Princeton, and was ad- 
mitted as an attorney in November, 1828, and as a counselor in 1831. He 
practiced in Newark two years and in Hackensack nineteen years, and in 
1838 was appointed Surrogate of Bergen County and was re-appointed 
in 1843, serving in all ten years. He not only learned how to frame state- 
ments of execution and administration, but acquired a full knowledge of 
ecclesiastical law as pertaining to estates of descendants, and also evinced 
a method and accuracy that distinguished his life. 

In 1842 he was appointed Prosecutor of the Pleas of Bergen County and 
became master of the principles of criminal law. Later he often acted 
as counsel in criminal and civil cases, and in cases involving land titles. 
He became familiar with the duties of a practical surveyor and also with 
the proprietary history of New Jersey, and understood ever.A patent in 
the old "Field Book of Bergen County," and the common lands assigned 
to each patent. He was regarded as a formidable adversary in all cases 
involving title to land, and was for several years Supreme Court Reporter 
to 1855. In 1844 he removed to Jersey City, and in 1850 he was elected 
State Senator and served three years. 

He was a member of the committee of citizens which framed the charter 
of Jersey City, passed March 18, 1851; was the author of the " Long Dock 
Charter " of 1856; and from 1856 to 1866 was a Director of the New Jersey 
Eailroad and Transportation Company. In 1859 he was appointed by 
Governor Newell Chancellor of New Jersey, but the Senate refused to 
confirm him, and the State, during that memorable struggle, was without 
a Chancellor for a year. In 1866 he was nominated by Governor Ward 
and confirmed by the Senate as Chancellor, and began his official duties 
May 1, 1866. He pei'formed the duties of that office with a promptness 
and ability that have never been surpassed by any of his successors. He 
took a prominent part in the great railroad war as opposed to the monopoly, 
and for an expression used in a public speech earned the sobriquet of 
" Captain of the Pick-axe Guard." He was an eminent jurist, an able and 
learned lawyer, a sagacious business man, and oflBiciaily connected with 
several corporate enterprises. He traveled extensively, and while on a trip 
to the Pacific slope died at Truckee, California, June 27, 1873. 

He married (1) April 7, 1836, Sarah Augusta Pell, born September 9, 
1810, died April 3, 1845. He married (2) January 2, 1848. Julia M. Halsey. 
His children of the seventh generation were Abraham, Lansing, Sarah a\, 
and Augustus. Of these, Abraham (8) was commissioned Adjutant of the 
Ninth New Jersey Volunteers, October 18, 1861, promoted to Major Feb- 
ruary 10, 1862, to Lieutenant-Colonel December, 1862, and subsequently to 



GENEALOGICAL 53 

Colonel. He died May 24, 1864, of wounds received in the battle of Drury's 
Bluff, Va. Sarah aT (S) is the wife of Franz Ernst de Bille, a native of 
Denmark, who is at present Danish Minister to England. 

Lansing Zabriskie (8), now deceased, was a prominent lawyer in Jersey 
City, as is also his brother Augustus, at the present time. Augustus and 
Sarah hare children of the ninth generation. 

JOHN N. ACKERMAX is a descendant in the direct line from 
David Ackerman, the first American ancestor of the family. Southeast 
of Rotterdam, in Dutch Brabant, twenty-four miles from Breda, is the 
City of Bois-Le-Duc, called by the natives Hertogenbosch. It is now the 
chief town of North Brabant, and was built and strongly fortified in the 
eleventh century, though it was a place of some note much earlier, being 
near the Maas Eiver and the great highway built by the Romans in their 
later conquests in Northern Europe. In the seventeenth century there 
was much heath land to the south and west of it which has since been 
reclaimed. Agriculture and manufacturing were then, as now, the main 
employments of the people, Tilbury, the nearest city, being noted for its 
extensive cloth manufactories. The city contains the chapel and church 
of St. John, built in 1260 and rebuilt in 1312, — one of the oldest and best 
preserved edifices in Northern Europe. From the city a road leads almost 
direct to the renowned battlefield of Waterloo. Near Bois-Le-Duc, in 
about 1620, was born David Ackerman, the son of a farmer and the pro- 
genitor of the .Vokerman family in Hudson and Bergen Counties. Growing 
to manhood, he married in 1644, and engaged in tilling the soil until the 
stampede to the New World, caused by religious persecution and the threat- 
ened war with Spain and England drew him into its vortex. Being an 
ardent Protestant, he could not brook the fanatical domination of Roman- 
ism, and when in August, 1662, the power of the state could no longer 
protect him in the exercise of his religious liberty, he, with many of his 
neighbors, including the Storms, Terbosches, and others, whose descendants 
have since become a numerous host in Bergen County, embarked with 
their families on board the Dutch West India ship ' Pox " (Captain Jacob 
Huys), and on September 2, following, landed at New .Vmsterdam. David 
had with him his wife and six children — the latter aged respectively twenty, 
eighteen, sixteen, twelve, eight, and six years. It has been said " it may 
be doubted whether he survived the voyage " ; but there is little reason 
for such doubt. It is true that the emigrant list published is a list of those 
who sailed fj-om Holland ports, not of those who actually arrived at New 
Amsterdam. It is likewise true that the records maJie no fur-ther men- 
tion of either David or his wife. But these facts furnish no ground to 
doubt their arrival on our shores. The first family abode was in the 
Markrelt Stegg. In 1668 the family nucleus was at New Harlem. Whether 
David or his wife were living at the time of the removal to Harlem, 
whether Elizabeth on her marriage and removal to Harlem took her 
brothers with her, are at best subjects of conjecture. David may have 
died at the Markvelt Stegg residence, or he may have removed to Harlem 
and died there. However this may be, as no public records of deaths were 
kept, the date of his death and that of his wife, as well as her name, are 
facts which are likely never to be ascertained, except by accident. Of 
the children, Ann was the first to break the family circle by her marriage 
in 1664, and subsequent removal up the Hudson. Elizabeth followed her 
example in 1668, uniting in marriage with the somewhat renowned Kier 



54 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

AN'altcrs (ancestor of the Kiersens), who, however, died two years later. 
Lawrenci; was a youth of untiring energy and persevered in everything he 
undertook. In IGO!), being then only nineteen, he hired a portion of what 
was then tailed the Archer farm at Harlem. In 1679 he married Greetje 
Egberts and remained at Harlem until 1685, during which time two daugh- 
ters were born to him. David, the eldest son, went to New York, where, 
in 1680, he married Hellegorid Ver Planck, and remained there until 1686, 
duiing which time several children were born to him. Lodowyck, who 
seems, at first, to have been rather a wild boy, went to Kingston, N. Y., 
where, in l<i81, he wooed and wedded Miss Jenneke Blaeck, by whom he 
had at least (wo children. After his removal to Bergen County his wife 
died and he married Hillegorid Bosch, by whom he had two children. 

A.braham, the youngest of the children, married, in 168.3, at New York, 
Aeltje Van Lear, by whom he had six children before his removal to New 
-Jersev, and four more in New Jersey. Lawrence and David were the first 
of the familv to remove to Bergen County in 1686. Lodowyck and Abraham 
followed in 1694. They all settled on large tracts of land between the 
llackensack and Saddle Ei\'ers, and also west of the Saddle River. The 
family became very numerous both in Bergen and in what is now called 
Passaic Count.v. Numerous members of the family have been the most 
active and inliuential in the county, and have been honored with town, 
county, and State offices. Others have been important factors in religious 
work, and have attained eminence in various branches of learning. 

Lawrence Ackerman was buried at Wyckoff or Oakland. His children 
were ,Iohn and James. 

John Ackeriaan, son of Lawrence, married Catherine Rosnaine. Both 
are buried at Wyckoff or Oakland. Their children were Lawrence, Nicholas, 
and James. 

Xirholas Ackerman, son of John, was born January 24, 1795, died June 
1, ] SG9, married Polly or Maria Snyder, who was born in 1801, died March 
24, 1877. Their children were John N., born January 28, 1818; Abraham, 
born August 27, 18.30; and George. 

John N. Ackerman, whose name heads this sketch, was born in Franklin 
Township, Bergen County, N. J., January 28, 1818, and is now one of the 
oldest residents of Hackensack. He is the eldest son of Nicholas Ackerman 
and Polly or Maria Snyder, a grandson of John Ackerman and Catharine 
Iiomeyn, and a great-grandson of Lawrence Ackerman. He was educated 
in the public schools of Franklin Township. He left home at the age of 
fifteen, and for two years worked at the trade of carriage making. Since 
then he has earned his own livelihood. When seventeen he went to New 
York City and learned the carpenter's trade, mastering every branch. 
In 1837 he returned to Hackensack, N. J., married Rachel R. Vanderbeek, 
and engaged in business as a manufacturer of sash, doors, and blinds, 
which he followed with marked success until 1896, a period of fifty-nine 
years. He then retired to enjoy in private life the fruits of a long and 
honorable career. Mr. Ackerman has resided in Hackensack since he es- 
tablished himself in business there in 1837, and from the first has taken 
an active interest in the growth and development of the town, and all those 
iMiblic matters which appeal to the progressive spirit of a patriotic, ener- 
getic citizen. Though never aspiring to office, and as a rule avoiding 
political life, he was for ten years a Justice of the Peace, and in this and 
other minor capacities has displayed great ability, sound judgment, and 
commendable enterprise. 



GENEA !>(.)( ilOAL 55 

Mr. Ackerman was married. June 14, 1S37, in Hackensaclv, to Rachel 
Ryerson \'anderbeek, born Februaiv 7. ISOO, died eTune :2(i, 1891, a descend- 
ant, like himself, of one of the old Holland Dutch families of Bergen 
County. Their children are George J. Ackerman, born ^Nlareh 27, 18:'.!t, and 
Mary R. Ackerman, born September 27, 1815. 

(leorge J. Ackerman, oldest child of John X. and Rachel R. Ackerman, 
married Julia A. Groesbeck, December 24. ]8(i3. She was born November 
27, 1S42, and died April 11, ]88ri. They had one child, George Groesbeck 
Ackerman, born Xovember 6, 18(17, who married, Si'])tember 27, 18!);;. j^iae- 
line Inglehart, of Watertown, X. Y., who was born December 3, 18'i9. They 
have one child, Alison Groesbeck Ackerman, born October 13. 1800. 

AAROX E. ACKERMAX. of Hackensack, is of the seventh generation 
from David Ackerman, the tirst of the famil_\ in America (see sketch on 
pa.L'e 'y.\). He was born at Saddle River, Bergen (Jounty. Scptemher (i, ls;',i), 
and is a son of I'eter Ackerman and Eliza Eckerson, and a grandson of 
Albert Ackerman and Eliza, his wife. This Albert served as a soldier in 
the A\'ar of 1812. Aaron Aekerman's maternal grandparents were Aaron 
Eckerson and Matilda ^A'estervelt. As will be seen, ^Ir. Ackerman is of 
Dutch extraction on both sides of the family tree. 

He was educated in the public schools of Bergen County, remaining on 
his father's farm until he reached the age of se\enteen. He then entered 
the employ of ("onklin & Post, of Schraalenburgh, as a rarpenter, and con- 
tinued with that Avell known firm for about tweniy-three years. On the 
death of Mr. Post he became a partner with Peter L. <'onklin, the senior 
member of the old fiim. The new firm of Conklin iV- ^Vckerman continued 
in business eight years, or until 1882, when ^Ir. Conklin retired after an 
active life of forty years. Mr. Ackerman surcecded lo the business, which 
he still conducts, and which is one of the oldest of the kind in East Jersey, 
having been in continuous existence for nearly sixty years. And under 
his able and energetic nmnagement it has not only retained but greatly 
increased its old-time prestige and usefulness. The buildings and other 
carpenter work which he has erected in Hackensack and vicinity would, 
if enumerated, make a list that would fill a good sized a olume. 

Mr. Ackerman is a man of acknowledged ability and integrity, and both 
in business and social relations has always enjoyed the icsiiect and con- 
tidence of his fellowmen. Enterprising, patriotic, and i)ul)lic spirited, he 
has taken from the first a deep interest in municipal affairs, and liberally 
encourages every worthy project. He served three years and one month 
in the War of the Rebellion, becoming a second sergeant, and is a promi- 
nent member of the Second Reformed Church of Hackimsack. 

He married Miss Abigail AVygant, and they have two daughters: X(-llie, 
born in 18(13, and Fannie, born in 1871. 

ALEXAXDER TAGGART MrGTLL, A.^M., LL.D., for thirteen years 
Chancellor of the State of Xew Jersey, was born October 20, ISl.j, in Alle- 
gheny City, Pa., where his father. Rev. Alexander T. IMcGill, D.D., LL.D., 
was a professor in the "SVestern Theological Seminary. His great-grand- 
father was an Indian fighter of note in Pennsylvania, and served as a 
Lieutenant-Colonel in the Ccmtinental Army under AVashington at Trenton 
and Princeton. The Chancellor's father was for some years a lawyer in 
Georgia, but later studied theology and became professor in the Western 
Theological Seminary, ^^'hen tlie Chancellor was nine years old, 



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in 1854, his father accepted a professorship in Princeton Theological Semi- 
nary and the family moved to New Jersey. His father held that position 
until his death in 1889. 

Chancellor McGill thus spent his early life in the midst of the best 
educational and social advantages, which he imbibed with an eagerness 
characteristic of his race. While a youth he exhibited scholarly tastes, 
and rapidly acquired a high standing as a thorough and painstaking 
student. His chief aim was to master every problem, no matter how diffl- 
cult, that came to his attention. He was a keen observer, possessed of 




ALEXANDER T. McGILL. 



analytical powers of a high order, and won the praise and respect of both 
teachers and associates. Entering Princeton College, he pursued the reg 
ular course and received the degree of A.B. in 1864 and that of A.M. in 
1867, and afterward his alma mater and Eutgers College of New Jersey 
each conferred upon him the honorary degre of LL.D. In June 1866 "he 
was graduated from the Columbia Law School, and thereafter continued' his 
legal studies with the late Hon. Edward W. Scudder, of Trenton. He 
came to the bar in New Jersey as an attorney at the November term 1867 
and as a counselor in November, 1870. ' ' 



GENEALOGICAL 57 

For a few months he remained in Trenton as an associate of his preceptor, 
Judge Scudder, and then, in 1868, moved to Jersey City, where he after- 
ward resided. Chancellor McGill soon achieved prominence as an able, 
industrious, and conscientious lawyer. From 1870 to 1876 he was the law 
partner of the late Attorney General Robert Gilchrist. In 1874 and 187f5 
he was counsel for the Cily of Bayonne and also member of Assembly from 
the then First District of Hudson County. He was active and influential 
in the Legislature, and served on the leading committees. In April, 1878, 
Governor McClellan appointed him Prosecutor of the Pleas for the County 
of Hudson, and in April, 1883, he was appointed LaAv Judge of that county 
by Governor Ludlow. 

On March 29, 1887, he was appointed by Governor Green as Chancellor 
of the State of New Jersey, and the appointment was unanimously con- 
firmed by the Senate on the 31st of the same month. His first term ex- 
pired Maj^ 1, 1894, and he was re-appointed to the office by Governor Werts, 
and at once unanimously confirmed by the Senate without reference. 

It was during his term as Chancellor that the famous coal combine bill 
was passed by the Legislature. When Governor Abbett refused to sign the 
bill the railroad companies in the combination contended that they were 
protected by existing laws, and proceeded to act accordingly. The at- 
torney general brought suit against the Coal Trust in the Court of Chan- 
cery. The Chancellor rendered a decision which not only laid down the 
relations of corporations to the State with a clearness and fairness that 
placed his ruling beyond attack, but dealt a blow to all the monopoly com- 
binations of the Coal Trust class. 

In the fall of 189u the Democratic party nominated the Chancellor for 
Governor. In the campaign that followed he took no part, but continued 
to discharge the duties of the office of Chancellor. The election resulted in 
his defeat by John ^^'. Griggs, now United States Attorney General, bv a 
plurality of 26,900. 

Chancellor McGill died April 21, 1900, at his home in Jersey City. His 
friends declare that he died a martyr to duty. His office killed him. lie 
was a scrupulously conscientious man, and thought of duty above evei y- 
thing else. He would never shirk a responsibility, however much he might 
suffer in fulfilling it. His learning, dignity, good judgment, and ability 
long adorned the highest equity bench in the State. He was one of the 
most popular jurists that ever presided over the Courts of Errors and Ap- 
peals and Chancery. As a citizen, lawyer, and judge he Avas universally 
respected and esteemed. 

Chancellor McCJill married Miss Olmstead, a relative of the Stevens 
family, of Hoboken, who surA ives. He had no children. He is also sur- 
vived by a brother. Dr. John D. McGill, Surgeon-General of New Jersey. 

MATTHEW J. BOGEKT.— The Bougaerdts were a numerous and in- 
fluential family in Holland, where they filled many important military 
and civic positions, and attained lasting fame in the arts, sciences, and 
literature centuries before the advent of any of them in America. Guil- 
liaem Bougaert was Schout of the City of Dordrecht in 1423. His son Adam 
became first Professor of Music and Rector of the Academy at Leyden, 
where he died in 1482. He is buried in St. Peter's Church in Leyden, be- 
neath a stone surmounted with a copper plate on which is an inscription 
setting forth his fame. This church was built in 1315 as a monument to 
Boerhave, the great physician, and contains the remains of the most dis- 



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tinguished worthies of Holland. Adam's son Jacob became first physician 
to the City of Antwerp and afterward was Profesor of Medicine and Sur- 
ucrv at Levden for more than twenty years. Like his father he also at- 
tained the rectorship of the academy. He was a fluent writer on medical 
science, on which he published a treatise in Ave parts, the manuscript of 
which is now in the public library at Antwerp. Harman Myndertse Bou- 
gaert came to New Amsterdam in 1629, and was probably the first of the 
name to locate in America. He was a medical man of long experience and 
was appointed official physician to the infant metropolis. In 1634 Kev. 
Eyerard Bogardus, a son of William Bougaert, and who wrote his name in 
Latin Lyerardus Bongardns, came oyer to Xew Aiiisterdani in company 
with Goyernor-Generai Wouter A^on Twiller. Bogardus was the first regu- 
lar preacher on Manhattan Island, where he mairied, in 1G:5T, Ann, widow 
of Eoelof Jansen, of Maeslandt, Holland, the lady about whom, and whose 
estate and Trinity Church, so much has been written and said during the 
last thirty years.^ Dominie Bogardus rented a tobacco plantation on the 
island and spent much time and labor upon it, tobacco being at that time 
the principal currency of the country. In time he (luaireled with Governor 
Kieft because of the latter's cruelty to the New Jersey Indians. Kieft 
brought charges of immorality against him, the inyestigation of which was 
cut short by the superseding" of Kieft, who was drowned off the coast of 
AVales. 

Joost (Justus) Bougaert, in ]641, was appointed by Queen Christina, of 
Sweden, commander of a colony on the east side of the Delaware Riyer 
below Philadelphia. He held that position some time on an annual salary 
of 500 florins. 

In 1652 Teunis Gysbert Bougaert emigrated to New Amsterdam from 
Hey Koop, a little hamlet northeast of Leyden. Two years later he settled 
at Brooklyn, when he married Sarah Eapelje, a daughter of one of Brook- 
lyn's earliest settlers. He was Mayor of Brooklyn for three years. His 
farm fronted on the Walabocht (Wallabout). His descendants scattered 
oyer Long Island and along the Raritan Riyer in New Jersey. 

Matthew J. Bogert is descended from Jan Louwe Bougaerdt, a cousin of 
Gysbert, aboye named. Jan was cradled and grew to man's estate at 
Schoondewoerdt (a word meaning finer words), a small fortified village 
noted for its salmon fisheries, on a branch of the Maas Riyer twenty miles 
above Rotterdam and about two miles from Hey Koop, the former home of 
his uncle Gysbert. Jan was reared a farmer, but early in life struck out 
for himself. Reaching manhood, he married Cornelia Evertse, the daughter 
of a well-to-do neighbor, and settled down to farming in his native town. 
In common with thousands of Hollanders he seems to have caught the 
prevalent emigration fever, for, on April 16, 1663, we find him and his 
family with many of his neighbors embarking at Amsterdam on the Dutch 
^Vest India ship " Spotted Cow,"' bound for the shores of America. A 
month later the stanch craft touched the wharf at New Amsterdam, where 
some of the cargo of emigrants remained and others went to Brooklyn, 
Staten Island, and Albany. Jan, no doubt, desiring to be near his uncle, 
repaired to the vicinity of Bedford, L. I., where he bought a farm, and 
remained there until 1672. He must have been possessed of some means, 
as in the spring of that year he had an opportunity, of which he availed 
himself, to take charge of the farm of Dr. John de la Montagne near Harlem. 
On the 1st of May, 1671, he removed thither from Bedford, and thence- 
forward for a period of twenty years was an active participant in the civil 



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and religious affairs of Harlem. That he prosjiered is evidenced by the 
fact that in IfilO, 1691, and 1701 he bought lauds at IToorns Hook, t^puyten 
Duyvil, and on Hellegat Sound. He was cliosen magistrate of Harlem 
in IfiT.") and 1076, but failed afterward in the realization of his political 
aspirations, which seem to have been strong. In 1605 he sold his lands at 
Bedford and in 17(16 his farm lands at Harlem. The following spring, 
stricken in years, he and his wife removed to Xcw Amsterdam (joining the 
Dutch Ohurcli there ^lay 27, 1707), where they died soon alter at a ripe 
old age. 

Jan Louwe Bougaerdt was a man of firmness and decision of character; 
born to command, rather than to follow; hasty in his temper, but prone to 
justice when cool; a man of his word, who demanded of his neighbor the 
exercise of the same quality; shrewd in jaotecting his o\sn interests, but 
honest in his dealings with his neighbor; a man of sound judgment, keen 
intelligence, and possessing a large fund of general information; a stern 
but affectionate and dutiful husband and father, and a devoted ('hristian, — 
all qualities which, under the trying circumstances in which he was placed, 
fitted him for the trials of a frontier life. They had nine children of the 
second generation, to wit: Peter Jansen, Margaretta, (^xysbert, Nicholas, 
Elizabeth, ( 'atharine, Cornelia, Janneke, and John. 

Peter Jansen Bogert (2d gen.), Ixirn id Schoondewfx^idt. Holland, in 
1656, married in Xew York, September 2'.t, lOSO. Sophia, a daughter of Judge 
Matthias Flierboom, of Albany. He, with his sister :\Iargaretta, and his 
brother Gysbert, removed to Tappan, then a pait of Orange County, X. Y. 
Gysbert and Margaretta"s husband purchased large tracts of land at 
Tappan, on which they settled. Peter Jansen died in Xew York, but his 
children remained at Tappan. These were of the third generation, to wit: 
(Jornelia, Maria, Elizabeth, Catalyntie, John P., Matthew P., Peter P., and 
TS'illemina. 

:Matthew P. Bogert (3d gen.i. baptized at Haikensack in 17(12, married, 
in 1735, Margaretta Tunisens Talman, and in January, 1710, bought of 
Bernardus Van Valen 250 acres of woodland south of ( 'loster and ex- 
tending from the Hudson Eiver to the Tiena Kill ]!r<iok. The westerly 
part of this was soon cleared and stocked and a family mansion erected 
on the east side of the old road leading to Piermont. Matthew P. Bogert 
followed agricultural pursuits until his death in 17si. His children of 
the fourth generation were Peter M., Sophia, Cornelius, Maria, Matthew M., 
^laria, and Dowe. 

ilatthew M. Bogert (4th gen.) by will obtained and resided on part of 
the homestead of his father at Closter until his death. He married, in 1777, 
Sarah Bogert, a relative of his. who survived him. He served as a private 
in the X"ew Jersey militia in 1776. He was a farmer and left children of 
the fifth generation, to wit: Margaretta, Sarah, ilaria, Matthew M., Albert 
M., and Sophia. 

Matthew M. Bogert (5th gen.), born Xovember 6, 1770, died March 30, 
1S71, married May 9, 1801, ^Yillempie Haring, born March 28, 17S3, died 
July 25, 1859. Matthew M. (5) was also a farmer and resided on the home- 
stead occupied by his ancestors at Closter. His children of the sixth 
generation were Sally, Jane, Margaret, Maria, and Jacob M. 

Jacob M. Bogert (6th gen.), born at Closter, X. J., May 15, I8l0, died 
March 18, 1871, married, Xovember 30, 1812, Maria Haring. born in 1823. 
She survives him and resides in Hackensack. He was a farmer by oe- 



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cupation. Their children of the seventh generation were Henry Ver Valen 
(decoiiBed). Matthew J., Cornelia, Sarah Jane, Leah, and Huvler. 

Matthew J. Bogert (7th gen.), the subject of this sketch, born at Closter, 
N. J., May 1, 1846, was educated in the public schools at Closter and worked 
on his father's farm until 1864, when he became a clerk in the wholesale 
store of Piingborn & Bronner in New York City. Later he became a book- 
keeper in the hardware house of H. Carter & Son. May 22, 1873, he married 
Miss Mary A. Hopper, daughter of James Gr. Hopper, of Etna, N. J. In 
1874 he embarked in the business of wood-turning in Pearl Street, New 
York. This he made a success, and with his partner, Abraham J. Hopper, 
now conducts an extensive business in William Street, New York, with 
mills at Kingsfield, Me. Mr. Bogert is an active, energetic, and thoroughly 
practical business man. Though an active Republican, with the exception 
of being Postmaster at Demarest, N. J., since 1892, he has never held any 
really political office. He has for several years been a member of the 
School Board of Harrington Township, and for twelve years has been a 
Director and Treasurer of the Harrington Building and Loan Association, 
which he helped to organize. He is prominent and active in religious 
work. He is now an Elder and has during several years held other offices 
in the Reformed Church at Closter, and for thirteen years has been Super- 
intendent of the Sunday School of that church. His living children of the 
eighth generation are Jessie (married in 1900 Frederick W. Mattocks, a New 
York lawyer), Virgil (now associated with his father in business), and 
Clarence, who has just entered Princeton University. 

JOHN M. BOGERT is descended from the same common ancestor as 
Matthew J. Bogert, whose genealogy has been given. Peter M. Bogert, 
of the fourth generation from Jan Louwe Bougaerdt and son of Matthew 
P. Bogert (3d gen.), was born at Closter, April 12, 1736, died there 1809, 
married November 22, 1759, Rachel Banta, born 1740. He was a plain 
farmer and resided near Closter on part of the lands which his father had 
bought. He also purchased other lands adjoining them. His children of 
the fifth generation were Margaret, Mary Ann, Matthew P., Seba, Sophia, 
Samuel, and Margaret. His uncle, Peter Bogert, resided and was one of 
the earliest settlers west of the Hackensack in Washington Township. He 
was born in 1705 and died in 1786. He was a man of wealth, a Judge of 
the Bergen County Common Pleas, and held many other offices. 

Seba Bogert (5th gen.), born at Closter, March 25, 1774, died April 27, 
1846, married Sarah Blackledge, born May 20, 1776, died December 20, 
1811. Seba was a farmer and resided all his days at Closter. His children 
of the sixth generation were Peter S., Benjamin S., Matthew S., Samuel S., 
Henry S., Jacob S., Peter S., and Rachel. 

Matthew S. Bogert (6th gen.), born at Closter, April 9, 1799, died October 
23, 1S74, married January 31, 1824, Maria Kipp, who died March 2, 1833. 
He married (2) November 13, 1833, Margaret Christie, widow, born October 
27, 1794, died September 18, 1874. Matthew S. Bogert was a farmer, but 
was active in township affairs. His children of the seventh generation 
were Seba M. (now a Wall Street broker), Eliza, Sally, Catharine, David 
(a soldier in the Union army who died in the service), John M., and Samuel 
M., who served as a Union soldier and died April 5, 1871. 

John M. Bogert (7), the subject of this sketch, was born at Closter, N. J., 
August 6, 1839. He was reared on his father's farm, where he imbibed a 



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great liking for horses, which he still entertains. His business is farming 
and training horses for speed. He married, June 5. 1858, Jane Bogert a 
daughter of John J. Bogert, born August 26, 1889. Upon his father's death 
he succeeded to the ownership of the old homestead at Closter, where he 
now resides. They have had seven children of the eight generation to wit- 
Margaret (died), David, Clark, Morton, Emma (died), Mabel (died), and 
Elmer. 

David Bogert (8th gen.) married in 1885 and has issue four children of 
the ninth generation, and Morton has one child. 

GAERET A. HARING.— The City of Hoorn is located on a small arm of 
the Zuyder Zee in Holland. It is now a place of little importance, but from 
the beginning of the fifteenth to the seventeenth centurv it was a city of 
considerable magnitude and trade. During the Spanish wars it was suffi- 
ciently so to be fortified and stubbornly defended bv the Sijanish under 
Admiral De Bossu. It glories in being the birthplace of William t^chouten, 
who in 1616 first doubled the southmost cape of South America, which he 
named after his birthplace. Cape Horn. Abel Jansen Tasman, who dis- 
covered Van Dieman's Land and New Zeeland, was also a native of Hoorn. 
Back from the city the land is low but fertile, adapted to grazing and dairy 
purposes. jManufacturing and shipbuilding were, two centuries ago. exten- 
sively carried on there. It was at Hoorn that the great fleet of Admiral De 
Ruyter was built. But the most extensive of its varied interests were its 
herring fisheries, which weie numerous and of great value, employing large 
numbers of men. 

Among the families residing at Hoorn were the Harings. The name is 
mentioned on the pages of history as far back as 157.!, and when the Dutch 
were defeated at the battle of Diemark, in that year, it is related of one 
John Haring, of Hoorn, tliat lie stood with sword and helmet, on a narrow 
part of the dyke, and singly by miracles of valor kept back a thousand 
Spaniards, until his ((imrades had made their retreat. Then plunging into 
the sea, he escaped unhurt. Xot long afterward, in a sea fight, he climbed 
on board the great Spanish ship " The Inquisitor " and hauled down her 
flaunting colors and was fatally pierced by a bullet. Among his descend- 
ants Pieter Jansen Haring (1) is said to have been a native of Neweu- 
huysenin Holland, wliere he was born in 1610, and from whence he removed 
to Hoorn. His third son, Jan Pietersen Haring (L'j, one of a large family, 
was born at Hoorn, December 26, 1633. He emigrated to America in KKiO, 
and on Whitsuntide in 1662 became the second husband of a young widow 
named Margaretta Cozine, born in Haarlem, Holland, in 1634. This was 
the first marriage in the Dutch Church, on the farm called the Bowery, 
which church was situated where now stands St. Mark's Church, corner 
of East Eleventh Street and Second Avenue, in New York. 

John Pietersen Haring purchased and resided until his death (December 
7, 1683) on a farm of 100 acres, which extended from the Bowery Lane 
westward to and beyond Bedford Street, including both sides of Broadway, 
from Waverly Place to Bleecker Street. His descendants continued for 
more than a century to own portions of it. John Pietersen Haring (2) had 
children of the third generation Peter, Cozine, Cornelius, .\braham, Brechie, 
Vroutie, and Maretie. All of these with their mother. Margaretta Cozine, 
removed to Tappan in 1686. The widow had previously (February 2, KiS-l) 
taken a third husband in the person of Daniel de Clark, by whom she left 



62 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

no issue. John Pietersen Haring's children all married and settled at or 
near Tappan on the Tappan patent, of which two of the sons were joint pur- 
chasers with de Clark, the Blawvelts, Smiths, and others, in 1686. They 
all reared large families. Peter, Cozine, Cornelius, and Abraham settled 
within the limits of Harrington Township in Bergen T'ounty, N. J., where 
their descendants are very numerous. The township received its name from 
the family in 1775. Garret A. Haring, the subject of this sketch, is de- 
scended in the seventh generation from John Pietersen Haring, the first 
American ancestor. The line of descent is as follows: (1) John Pietersen 
Haring and Margaretta Cozine, (2) Cozine Johns Haring and Margaretta 
Garrets Blawvelt, (3) John Cosines Haring and Aeltje Van Dolsen, (4) Gar- 
ret Johns Haring and Cornelia Lent, (.j) .\bram Garrets Haring and Eliza 
beth Blawvelt, (6) Garret Abrams Haring and Maria Smith, (7j Abram 
Garrets Haring and Charity Johnson, and (8) Garret Abrams Haring and 
Lavina Van Houten. 

Eev. Garret Abram Haring, for many years the beloved pastor of the 
True Reformed Church of Schraalenburgh, Bergen County, is one of the 
oldest and best known clergymen in Eastern New Jersey. His great-grand- 
father, Abram G. Haring, born May 18, 1755. settled in Tappan, N. J., and 
followed agricultural pursuits. By his wife, Elizabeth Blawvelt, also of 
Holland descent, he had a son. Garret A. Haring, who was born March 22, 
1781, and who was the grandfather of the subject of this sketch. This 
Garret A. Haring settled in Ramapo, Rockland County, X. Y., and spent 
his active life as a farmer and miller, dying December 12, 1861). He married 
Maria Smith and had two children: Abram G. and Hetty (Mrs. Albert J. 
Terhune). Abram G. Haring was born on the homestead in Rockland 
County on the 16th of July, 1803, and was also a farmer, succeeding his 
father in the management and ownership of the family estate. He married 
Charity Johnson, of Ramapo. and had two sons: Rev. Garret A. and John 
J. Mr. Haring died March 12, 18(U, after a career which equaled in use- 
fulness and prominence that of his honored father, \\ho survived him nearly 
six years. 

Eev. Garret A. Haring, eldest son of Abiam G. and Charity (Johnson) 
Haring, was born on the family homestead in Ramapo, Rockland County, 
N. Y., on the ISth of November, 1829. There he also spent his early life, 
acquiring in the district schools the rudiments of an education and follow 
ing various business pursuits. But he ^\■as not destined for a mercantile 
nor an agricultural life. His tastes were scholarly; his inclinations were 
for a profession. And with this end in view he took up the study of theol 
ogy. Having thoroughly fitted himself for the ministry, Air. Haring re- 
ceived a call and was duly ordained pastor of the True Reformed Church 
of Schraalenburgh, Bergen County, and in that capacity has labored ever 
since. Under his pastorate, which covers a generation, the church has 
grown and prospered until now it is one of the largest in that locality. 

Mr. Haring is a man of broad scholarly attainments, of noble and gener- 
ous impulses, and universally esteemed and respected, not only for his 
learning and culture, but also for those affectionate and sympathetic quali- 
ties which make him so jxjpular among all denominations. He has always 
interested himself in the affairs of the community, and is an ardent advocate 
of every movement and project wliich has the welfare of the people at heart. 
He is a Democrat in politics, a friend of education, and a benevolent, patri- 
otic, public spirited citizen. 



GENEALOGICAL 63 

January 1, 1851, Mr. Haring married :\Iiss Lavina Van Houten. They 
have three daughters: Melissa. Ellen H., and Anna Naomi. 

ALBEET ZABEISKIE HARINO is a lineal descendant of Jan Pieterseii 
Haring. the first emigrant of the name (see sketch on page 61). Cornelius 
Jansen Haring (2) (the third of the rhildren of Jan Pietersen Haring (1) and 
:N[argaretta Cozinei. born in Xew York in lOT-', married, in 1693, Catalyntie, 
daughter of Judge :\[atthew Elearboom, of Albany, X. Y. Cornelius re- 
moved to Tappan, X. Y., with other members of the'family, in 1686, and in 
ITiIl, when the Tappan patented lands were divided, he received as 
his portion a large tract in Harrington Township, on both sides of the 
Tappan road and extending east of that road as far as what is now North- 
vale. He subsequently bought of Samuel Des ilarest (2i a farm of several 
hundred acres near what is now Haworth, X. J., on which he erected his 
family mansion and resided until his death. Much of this farm remained in 
the ownership of his descendants up to twenty years ago. His seven chil- 
dren of the third geneiation were John C, Margaret, Sophia, Vroutie, 
Daniel <'., Cornelius C, and Jacob C. 

Of Ihese seven children, Cornelius C. Haring (3) married, in 1710, Rensie 
Blawvelt, and dying left eight children of the fourth generation: Caroline, 
Abraham J., Cornelius C, Margaret, Maria. Klizabeth, John C, and Sophia. 

Abraham Johns Haring (4j married Elizabeth Mabie. He bought and set- 
tled on a large farm just north of what is now called West Xorwood, in 
Bergen County. This farm had formerly belonged to his grandfather, 
Cornelius Haring (2). He left three children: John A., born in March, 17.11 
(died); Peter X.] and John A. (2), born April 9, 17(12. Of these Peter A. 
resided on his father's farm until his death. 

Peter Abrams Haring (.")). horn at Xorwood, N'. J., April 16, 17."i4, married 
iEaiia Blawvelt, by whom he had two children of the sixth generation: 
Elizabeth, born Januarv 20, 177.") (married Abraham A. Blawvelt), and 
David P. "^ _ 

David Peters Haring lOi, born ilay 27, 17(.j, nmrried Lydia Zabriskie, and 
lived all his lifetime on a portion of his grandfather's farm near ^^'est 
Xorwood. His children of the seventh generation were Margaret (died I, 
Lavina (married John Tallman), and Peter D. 

Peter D. Haring (7) married Betsey Bogert, and had issue of the eighth 
generation David P. (married Catharine Bmss). Samuel B. (married Letly 
Blawvelt), Albert Z., X'ewton (diedl, Ann Maria (married Isaac Onderdonk), 
and James (married Jane A'an Houten). 

Albert Zabriskie Haring, the subject of this sketch, was born near Xor 
wood, X. J., December 21, 1S4(). He attended the common schools of 
Bergen County until fourteen years of age, and then became a clerk in the 
grocery business, which occupation he followed for a number of years. In 
1871 he entered as a cleik the Hudson ( "ount^ Xational Bank of Jersey City, 
then under the management of John Armstrong, John ^'an Vorst, and Hon. 
A. A. Hardenburgh. He has been in the bank for twenty-nine years, has 
occupied various positions in it. and for the past twelve years has been its 
Paying Teller. 

He married in 1S66 Jemima, the daughter of the late Senator Ralph S. 
Demarest, and has two children of the ninth generation: ("hauncey and 
Minnie C. The latter is married and has issue of the tenth generation, 
Clarisse. born in 1900. He has a summer residence at Den)arest. X. J. 



64 



HUDSON AND BEEGEN COUNTIES 



ELMER WILSON DEMAREST is a direct descendant of Jean des 
Marest (1), a prominent citizen and resident of Beauchamp in the Province 
of Picardy, Prance. There, about 1620, was born his son, David des Marest 
(2), who, upon reaching manhood, espoused the Protestant faith and fled 
to Holland to escape persecution, locating at Middleburgh on the Island 
of Walcheron in Zealand. Here, on July 24, 1643, David married Maria, 

a daughter of Fran- 
gois Sohier, of 
Nieppe, a town in 
Hainault. The couple 
resided at Middle- 
burgh until 1651, 
when they removed 
to Manheim on the 
Rhine River, in the 
lower Palatinate, 
then under the pro- 
t( ction of the Elector 
Charles Lewis. At 
Manheim, the Protes- 
tants were already 
being threatened by 
the Catholic princes, 
and David des 
Marest, with others 
of a like religious 
faith, determined to 
go to America for 
>>afety. Accordingly, 
early in the spring of 
1663 they journeyed 
down the Rhine to 
Amsterdam, where 
they embarked for 
New Amsterdam on 
the ship " Si^otted 
Cow," reaching the 
latter port on April 
16, 1663. Des Marest 
first went ^ith his 
wife and three sons 
to Staten Island, where they joined the Huguenot settlement, recently 
started. The following year he was elected to represent the settlement 
in the provincial assembly. The savages proving troublesome, Demarest 
bought and located on lands at New Harlem, then a name appUed to the 
upper end of Manhattan Island. Here he prospered, acquired several 
town lots, and became prominent in town affairs. In 1677, a tax having 
been levied on him for the support of the Dutch Church at Harlem, he 
refused to pay it, claiming immunity therefrom because he was neither 
an attendant nor a communicant of the Dutch Church. The " powers 
that be " sued him for the tax, procui'ed judgment, and proceeded by ex- 
ecution and levy to collect it. This angered Demarest and he determined 
to leave Harlem. On the 8th of June, 1677, he purchased from the Hack- 




ELMER W. DEMAREST. 



GENEALO(;iCAL, 65 

ensack and Tappan Indians a lart-e tract (estimated at about 6,000 at-ics) 
ot land on the east banlc of the Hackeiisack River, extending northward 
trom iSew Bridge, lij subsequent purchat^e he added an extensive tract 
west of the Hackensack, on which he built two mills. He built his family 
residence at what is now Old Bridge and erected a French Church on the 
east side of the river, a little west of the Schraalenburgh road. The lands 
he purchased were claimed by several white persons and by the savages. 
Some of these claims were not extinguished until after his death. He 
died in Xew York Oity in l(;o:i, leaving a will by which he devised all 
his lands to his two surviving sons. John and Samtiel, and to his verv nu- 
merous grandchildren. 

J)a v-id des Marest. J r. {?>), the second of the emigrant's sons, died in 1691, 
before the decease of his father. At the time of his death he was residintr 
east of the Hackensack on pait of his father's oi'iginal patent near 
Schraalenburgh. H(- was born at Manheim in the lower Palatinate in 
16.j2, and married, April 4,' 1675. Rachel, daughter of Pierre Crasson, a 
French refugee. His occupation was that of a farmer. He had twelve 
children: David, Peter, Susanna, Rachel, Jacobus D., Samuel, Mary, 
Daniel, Benjamin, Jacomina, Lea, and Lydia. " 

J acobus David g des Marest (4), the fifth of these, baptized at Xew York jcu./--" 

OctoBer^, lUSlTTntnTied (1) Lea De Groot and (2) IMargaretta (Ur/Anc^ ^"'^^'^^ii 
Haring. Farming was his principal occupation and he held several town^'^*^-^*^'^ 
ship offices. He resided in the Schraalenburgh district and left at his 
death twelve children, of whom Gariet . T acnbRe^ npirm'T.st (oi, born at 
Schraalenburgh, June 30, 1725, died there December 17. 170S. married, 
in 1747, Jacomina (Tunis) Helms. They resided at Schraalenburgh, where 
Garret pursued the calling of a farmer. His issue were fifteen children, 
of whom Abraham (Jarrets Demarest ((i) was born at Schi'aalenbnrgh 
ilarch 15, 1767, and died there March IS, 18(iO. Pie mariied Margaret 
Demarest, a relative, born December ;>, 1761, died ^May Kl, ls;'>2. Abraham 
was a farmer and left three children: Garret A., J jihn A ., and James A. 

John A. Demarest (7). born .Vpril 11. 170S, died JMay 2:!, ]S(j4. married, 
in isiS. Jane, daughter of Peter ^Merseles, born ^larch ;!, lsi»?>, died Sep- 
tember 22, 1888. He purchased and resided, at the time of his death, on 
lands at what is now Eastwood, X. J., where, on his death, he left two 
children: Margaretta J., wife of Albert Z. Ackerman, and ATjraham J. 
Demarest. He was a cattle dealer, purchasing cattle in the west and sell- 
ing them in Xew York, under the firm name of Demarest & Grant. He alsn 
conducted an importing house of willowware, etc., in Xew Yorlc, and a 
country grocery store on the farm at Eastwood. 

Abraham J. Demarest (S), born at Eastwood, X. J., April ;;(l, 1S40, mar- 
ried, ^lay 18, 1859. Eliza W., daughter of Jacob G. H. Lozier, of Tea neck, 
now Englewood. She was a descendant of Peter Wilson, a Scotchman, who 
held the degree of Doctor of Laws, and was for some time a member of 
the faculty of Columbia College, Xew York. Abraham J. followed farm- 
ing until his father's death, when he removed to Closter, X. J., where he 
conducted a meat market until 1892, when he retired from business and 
is now residing at Bayonne, X. J. He has had three children: Xettie 
Marcelia, married Horace Roberson, a lawyer, at Bayonne; Edwin S., died; 
and Elmer AV^ilson, the subject of this sketch. 

Elmer Wilson Demarest (9) was born at Eastwood, X. J., May 15, 1870. 
He was educated in the public schools of Closter, X. J., the Rutgers Pre- 
paratory School, Rutgers College, and Columbia Law College, graduating 



66 HUDSON AND BEl^GEN COUNTIES 

from the last named institution as a Bachelor of Laws in 1892. He was 
admitted to the New Jersey bar as an attorney in February, 1892, and 
as a counselor in June, 1895, and to practice in the United States Courts 
in January, 1897. Since his admission he has practiced law in Bayonne 
and Jersey City, and has been successful in li titrations, having conducted 
a number of important cases. He is counsel for a number of corporations. 

He not only stands high in his profession, but is also prominent as a 
Republican leader, having always affiliated with the Republican party. 
He has shown great activity in this connection. In 1S92 he was a mem- 
ber of the Bergen County Republican Executive Committee. He has been 
a member and Vice-President of the Hudson County Rejiublican Com- 
mittee from 189.3 to the present time. He is also a Trustee and a member 
of the Executive Committee of that organiz.ation. In 1897 he was elected 
to the New Jersey House of Assembly, was prominently connected with 
the equal taxation measure of that year, and conductfd the fight in the 
House for the Voorhees Judiciary Constitutional amendments. He is 
a member of the New Jersey Athletic Club of Bayonne, of the Newark 
Bay Boat Club of Bayonne, and of the Palma Club of Jersey City. 

On September 9, 1896, Mr. Demarest married jMIss Blanche Adeline 
Bristow, of Bayonne, and they have one child, Kenneth E. Demarest (10), 
born August li, 1897.<5v>..^ <*<m.«^C/^ ^/s^XiIh^ i'-r^-ryu i^^i-^L^l /r I if o / 

(rARRtlT I. DEMAREST is descended from the same common ancestor 
as is Elmer Wilson Demarest (see sketch on page 64). David des Marest, 
the first American em.igrant of the name, had a great-grandson. Garret 
Jacobus des Marest (5), who married Jacomyntie Tunis Helms, and had 
fifteen children. One of these, John G. Demarest (6), was born at Schraal- 
enburgh, January 23, 1771, and died there November 6, 18.34. He married 
Catharine Blawvelt, who died May 4, 1849, aged seventy-one years eleven 
months. John G. was a farmer and had issue ten children, of whom 
John J. Demarest (7), born at Schraalenburgh, N. J., November 1, 1824, 
married Elizabeth, a daughter of Weirt Banta and Margaret Demarest. 
John G. Demarest was a farmer and resided near the North Church at 
Schraalenburgh. He left two children. Garret I. and Margaret. 

Garret I. Demarest (8), the subject of this sketch, was born at Schraalen- 
burgh May 25, 1828. He is a prominent farmer and resides in the Borough 
of Dumont on part of the farm originally owned by his French ancestor. 
All of his long line of ancestors, both paternal and maternal, have been 
honored citizens of Bergen County, active and influential in local affairs 
of both church and State. 

Mr. Demarest was educated in the public schools of Schraalenburgh, 
which he attended until he reached the age of sixteen. Since that time 
he has devoted his energies to the conduct of the old family homestead. 
He succeeded his father on the farm, and through his integrity, industry, 
and sound judgment has achieved marked success. Having been born and 
reared on the place he has always occupied and now owns, he has imbibed 
the associations and traditions which have descended to him from an hon- 
orable ancestry, and from the first has improved and beautified the home 
so dear to him and his family by reason of these ancestral connections. 
His patriotism is attested by his service of nine months in the Civil War 
as a sergeant in the Twenty-second Regiment New Jersey Volunteers. He 
was for one year a member of the Town Council, is a member of the North 



GENEALOGICAL 67 

Reformed Church of Schraalenburgh, and enjoys the confidence and respect 
of his fellowmen. 

Mr. Demarest married Miss Catherine Demarest, a member of another 
branch of the Bergen County Demarests. They have had three daughters 
of the ninth generation from their original French ancestor. 

DAVID DEMAREST is another of the lineal descendants of David des 
Marest and his wife, Maria Sohier, who came to America in 1CG2 (see sketch 
on page 64). The emigrant had a. great-grandson, David Demarest, who 
resided at Schraalenburgh more than a hundred years ago. This last named 
David had several children, one of whom was James D. Demarest Oi. born 
at Schraalenburgh March 2, 1763, died there April 2S, ]s;!0. tlis wife 
Rachel, born July 28, 176S, died April 26. 1828. James D. was a farmer 
residing at Schraalenburgh. One of liis several ( hildren was Abraham 
J. Demarest (7), who married Rachel Blawvelt, daughter of David Blaw- 
velt. They lived at Schraalenburgh. Both of them have been dead several 
years. Among their children was David Demarest. 

David Demarest (S), the subject of this sketch, was born at Schraal- 
enburgh (now Dumont) February 1, 18-32. He owns and resides on part 
of the farm which his French ancestor owned two hundred and twenty 
three years ago. This tract has passed from father to son in an unbroken 
line for more than two centuries. In a barn on the jirciniscs is a beam 
which was first used in a barn on the same farm in 1721. ;\[r. Demarest 
was educated in the public schools of the county. At the age of seventeen 
he ceased studying books and took charge of the old family homestead, 
which he has ever since conducted. During the War nf the Rebellion he 
served nine months as a private in the Twenty-second Regiment Xew Jersey 
Volunteers, being honorably discharged at the end (if his term of enlist- 
ment. Mr. Demarest is regarded as one of the liest and most substantial 
farmers in Bergen County, where he has s]ient his entire life. He is deeply 
interested in public affairs, active and prompt in the support of all worthy 
objects, prominently identified with the welfare of the community, and 
thoroughly alive to the needs of his fellow citizens. As a member of th( 
North Reformed Church of Schraalenlnirglr he has been influential in pro- 
moting various moral and intellectual movements which have contributed 
materially to the general welfare. 

In early life ^Ir. Demarest married Christina de T'.aun. who died May 11, 
1895. They were the parents of five children — four daughters and a son— 
of the ninth generation. 

EDMUND W. KIXOSLAND, President of the Provident Institution for 
Savings of Jersey City and one of the ablest and best known financiers in 
Eastern New Jersey, was born in Jersey City on the 15th of Decemlier, 183!). 
his parents being Edmund W. and Sarah A. Kingsland. He is a direct 
descendant in the sixth generation from Isaac Kingsland, an Englishman 
from the Parish of Clirist Church, on the Island of Barbadoes, W. I., and a 
nephew of Major Xathaniel Kingsland, of the same place. On July 4, IGtis, 
one Captain William Sandford, also of Barbadoes, W. I., purchased of the 
Hackensack Indians a tract of land between the Hackensack and Passaic 
Rivers, extending "northward about seven miles." This purchase was 
made in the interest of Major Kingsland. On June 1, 1671, the Major con- 
veved the south half of this to Sandford and kept the north half after ex- 
tinguishing the Indian title. By the :Major's will, dated ilarch 11, 1685, 



68 HUDSON AND BEUCEN COUNTIES 

he gave one-thiid of his New Jersey lands— about 3,402 acres— to his 
nephew Isaac. Isaac's residence was at Kingsland Manor near Rutherford 
in Bergen County. His descendants arc still numerous in both Bergen and 
Hudson Counties. The name of his wife does not appear. 

p]dmund W. Kingsland received his early educational training under the 
tutorship of the late William Leverett Dickenson, and subsequently at- 
tended the New York I'olvtechnical School, from which he was graduated 
with honor in the class of 18.56. After completing his studies, which were 
designed to fit him for the practical affairs of life, he accejrted a clerkship in 
the wholesale notion house of Lyman Cook & Co., of New York City, and re- 
mained with them until 1863, gaining a broad and accurate knowledge of 
business matters as well as the entire confidence and respect of his em- 
ployers. 

[n 1863 Mr. Kingsland resigned his position as clerk for Lyman Cook & 
Co. and was made general clerk of the Provident Institiition for Savings 
in Jersey City. There he soon gained recognition for those abilities which 
have ever since characterized his business life and which have long made 
him a powerful factor in local financial circles. He gradually rose by pro- 
motion and in 188S was elected Secretary and Treasurer, which positions 
he filled with great energy and satisfaction until July 20, 1896, when he was 
elected President. In this capacity he has maintained and in a large meas- 
ure increased the prestige and substantial character of the Provident In- 
stitution for Savings, making it one of the soundest and best known fidu- 
ciary concerns in Eastern New Jersey. 

Mr. Kingsland is one of the leading citizens of Jersey City, where he has 
spent his entire life. He is public spirited, progressive, and enterprising, 
thoroughly identified with every project which promises advancement to the 
communit}', and generously encourages those movements that have the wel 
fare of the place at heart. He is a member of the I'nion League Club of 
Jersey City, a man of broad and accurate learning, and universally re- 
spected and esteemed. In 1877 he married Miss Justine Bayard Blackwell, 
of New York City, and of their five children two are living. 

DAVID D. BLAWVELT.— After the Demarests and Harings, the Blaw 
velts are the most numerous of the families that settled the northern part 
of Bergen (^'ounty. On the east bank of the River Yssel, in the Province 
of Overyssel, in Holland, nestles the by no means sleepy town of Deventer 
— the birthplace of the great Gronovios and the still greater (iroote, — a 
town of iron foundries and carpet manufactories, famous for its " honey- 
cakes," — a species of gingerbread, tons of which are annually shipped to 
different parts of the kingdom. The ^'alley of the Yssel, traversed as it is 
by numerous tributaries to the river, is exceedingly fertile, and the lands 
about Deventer are among the most productive of any in Holland. Near 
Deventer, in 1623, was born of well-to-do Dutch parents one Garret Hen- 
dricksen, who, as a youth, is said to have been possessed of a restless spirit. 
In 1644 he tired of agricultural pursuits, left the paternal fold, and found 
his way to Amei'ica, landing, as all emigrants in those days did, at New 
Amsterdam. Two years later he married Mary, the eldest dauohter of 
Ljimbert Moll, a native of Berne, who had emigrated to America a few 
years earlier and was then domiciled at Bushwick, L. I. Garret Hen- 
dricksen and his wife, Mary Moll, lived and died in New Amsterdam, 
having had thirteen children, most of whom adopted the surname of Blaw- 



fiENEALonrcAii 69 

velt (Blue-Field), in memory, it is said, of the blue hills about Devonter. 
Of Garret Hendricksen's sons, Hybert, John, Abraham, and Isaac niawvelt 
were destined to transplant the name in Bergen County, principally in 
Harrington and Washington Townships. Hybert and John (2) joined in 
the purchase of the Tappan patent, in lG8(i,' and in lOSD, with others of 
the family, became members of the Tappan settlejnent. Hybert mar- 
ried, April 15, 1679, Wellempie Ariense, a sister of one of his co-patentees, 
and located in Harrington Township on the Tappan road, just north of 
what was once known as the " Old Jug " tavern. His brother Abraham 
(2) settled on the west side of the road leading along the run north of 
the mill, late of Peter A. Demarest. Isaac and another brother settled 
on a large tract on which are now the residences of John R. Herring and 
others. Like the Demarests and Harings, though not to such an extent, 
the Elawvelts had much to do with the administration of civil, military, 
and religious affairs of Bergen County. 

David D. Blawvelt is of the sixth generation in direct line from Garret 
Hendricksen, the emigrant. He was born at Tappan, Bergen County, 
November 17, 1819, and is a son of David C. Blawvelt (who was born 
February 10, 1773, died January :5(). 183.5, married Maria Demarest, born 
April 12, 1770, died May 13, 1843). a grandson of Cornelius Blawvelt (born 
January !l, 1711. died January 11, 1S32), who also married a Demarest. His 
father had six children — four sons and two daughters: one daughter died 
in 1821, aged nineteen; the other July 0, 1887, aged eighty-eight; James 
D. Blawvelt died in 1891, at the age of ninety; Cornelius D. died aged 
eighty-two; and John D. is still living at tlie age of eighty-four. Educated 
in the public schools of his native county and reared amid scenes of ances- 
tral associations and agricultural activity, ilr. Blawvelt started, at the 
early age of sixteen, to learn the trade of cabinet making, which he followed 
successfully for fourteen years, gaining in the business a wide and honor- 
able reputation. But this was not to be his life work. The influences and 
surroundings of his youth drew him back to rural pursuits, and since 18.j3 
he has been actively engaged in farming in Wchraalenburgh. When the 
War of the Eebellion broke out Mr. Blawvelt enlisted in the Union cause, 
becoming first sergeant of Company C, I'wenty-second Regiment New Jersey 
Volunteers. He served nine months, returned with an honorable discharge, 
and resumed his labors on the farm. 

In public life Mr. Blawvelt has rendered valuable service to his town 
and fellow citizens. He was surveyor of township roads for a number 
of years, one of the Township Committee for three years, a member of 
the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders for four years. Town 
Assessor for six years, and a member of the Town Council for three years. 
In each of these capacities he displayed eminent ability, sound judgment, 
and great sagacity. He has been a consistent member of the Dutch Re- 
formed Church since April, 1860. 

Mr. Blawvelt has been married fifty-eight years, his wife's maiden name 
being Elizabeth Quackenbush. They have had eight children, seven of 
whom — four sons and four daughteis — are living. They also have thirty- 
four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, ilr. Blawvelt inherited 
and early developed the sturdy characteristics of his race, and, emulating 
his ancestors' worthy lives, has instilled into the minds of his descendants 
those qualities of head and heart which have served him so well, and which 
have won for him the confidence and respect of the entire community. 



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HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 



GILBERT COLLINS, a Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey 
was born in Stoningtoii, New London County, Conn., August 26, 184b, and 
is a descendant of an old English family which originally came from Kent, 
England. His great-great-grandparents were Daniel Collins and Alice 
Pell. His great-grandfather, Daniel Collins (17:32-181!)), of Stonington, 
served in the Revolutionaij War, and according to existing records was 

First Lieutenant in the 
First Regiment Connec- 
tiiut line, formation of 
1777, and it is also 
known that he was iu 
service from 1775. He 
married Anne Potter. 
His son Gilbert (1789- 
1865), grandfather of the 
present Gilbert Collins, 
served several terms in 
the Connecticut Legisla- 
ture. His wife was 
Prudence Frink. Judge 
Collins's father, Daniel 
Prentice Collins (born in 
1813, died in 1862), was a 
manufacturer in Ston- 
ington throughout his 
life; he also had busi- 
ness relations in Jersey 
City, and on this ac- 
count his son eventually 
made choice of that city 
as his field of labor and 
his home. His mother, 
Sarah R., was a descend- 
ant of the Wells family, 
of Connecticut. 

Judge Collins was 
prepared for Yale Col- 
lege, but the death of 
his father and the in- 
volved state in which 
his financial affairs were 
left rendered the completion of his course there impracticable. The family, 
which consisted of his mother and one sister, removed to Jersey City, N. J., 
in 1863, and in 1865 he there entered the law office of Jonathan Dixon, now 
a Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. He was admitted to the 
bar as an attorney in February, 1869, and as a counselor in February, 1872. 
On January 1, 1870, he became a partner of Mr. Dixon and continued in 
that relationship until that gentleman was elevated to the bench in April, 
1875. He afterward formed a partnership with Charles L. Corbin. In 1881 
William H. Corbin was admitted as a member of the firm, which continued 
under the style of Collins & Corbin till March 8, 1897, when Mr. Collins was 
appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, which position he 
still holds, having recently been assigned to the Hudson circuit. 




GILBERT COLLINS. 



GENEALOGICAL 71 

His jury practice was the largest in his county, and probably was not 
exceeded by that of any one in the State. He was counsel for the Hudson 
County National Bank, of which he ^as a Director; counsel for the Xew 
Jersey Title Guarantee and Trust Oompany, of which he was one of the 
founders and active promoters; and local counsel for the Lehigh Valley 
Railroad Company. 

Judge Collins is, in politics, a Republican; he has been nominated by 
his party for State Senator (1880) once and for Congress U\ice (ISS:! anil 
1888). For two years, from May, 1884, to May, 1886^ he served as Mayor 
of Jersey City, having been elected by a combination of an independent 
organization of citizens with the Republicans. For five yeais previous to 
1893 he served as Chairman of the Republican County Committee, when he 
declined a re-election. 

June 2, 1870, he was married to Harriet Kingsbury Bush. Of their six 
children, a son and two daughters survive. Their son, Walter Collins, was 
graduated with honors from Williams ( 'ollege, and is now practicing law in 
Jersey City. Judge Collins is a member of the Union League and Palma 
Clubs of Jersey City, and one of the Board of Managers of the New Jersey 
Society of the Sons of the Revolution. 

JACOB H. HOPPER.— The Hopper family, it is said, started in France. 
They spelled the name Hoppe, and finally changed it to Hopper. Some of 
them went to Holland during times of religious persecution. It is known 
that Andries (Andrew) Hop^jer came to America from A msterdam, Holland, 
with a wife (and, perhaps, two or three children), as early as 1633, and lo- 
cated in the (,'ity of Xew ^Vmsterdam. The name of his wife does not appear 
in the Xew Jersey records. After their arrival the couple had three chil- 
dren born to them: AMlliam in 1051, Hendrick in KJ.jG, and Matthew in 
1658. 

Of the three last named children William (2) married Jlynen Paulus and 
had issue three children: Christina, Gertrude, and Belitie (Bridget), all 
born in Xew Amsterdam, ^^'illiam's two brothers, Hendrick (2j and 
Matthew (2), went to Bergen (Jersey Cityj in KiSO. There, on March 14, of 
the same year, Hendrick (2) married ^fary Johns Van Blarkum, a daughter 
of the American emigrant of that name, and April 15, 1683, Matthew (2) 
married Ann Peterse. afterward called .Vntje Jorckse. It does not appear 
that Hendrick and Matthew purchased lands in Bergen. They probably 
lived on leased lands while there. ^Villiam (2) went to Hackensack in 168G, 
where he joined the Dutch Church in March of that year. His brothers 
Hendrick (2) and Matthew (2) went to Hackensack the following year. 
William (2) had a child, Andrew, baptized at Hackensack in Maicli, 1(>86, 
shortly after his arrival. Xothing more is said of AMlliam (2j, and the in- 
ference is that he died soon after. Hendrick (2) and Matthew (2), soon after 
their arrival, each purchased from ( Japtain John Berry a farm of between 
two and three hundred acres at Hackensack (partly in the present village), 
and extending from the Hackensack River to the Saddle River. Each of 
them settled and built on his farm, where they remained until their deaths. 
Both were farmers, but took an active part in toAvn and church matters. 
Matthew was a deacon of the " Church on the Green " in 1705. 

Matthew's children (of the third generation) were Andrew, born in 1684, 
at Jersey City, married Elizabeth Bross; Christina, born in 16.S6 (married 
John Huysman); Lea, born in 1695 (married John ^'anderholf. of Albany); 
Rachel, born in 1703 (twice married); and John, born in 1705 (married 



72 HUDSON AND BEROEX COUNTIES 

Elizabeth Kipp). All except Andrew were boi-n at Hackensack. Hendrick's 
cliildien of the third generation were Andrew, born in lOSl (married 
Abigail Ackernian); John, born in lfiS2 (mariied Rachel Terhune); William, 
born iu l(;s4; Catharine, born in 1685 (married Peter Garretse Van Allen, 
of Rotterdam, Holland); (iairet, born in 1G9G; Gertrude, born in 1(;99 
(married Hendrick Alberts Zabriskie); and Lea (married Christian Alberts 
Zabriskie). 

Many of these, with their children, removed to Paramus and scattered 
rhi-ongh Saddle River, Ridgewood, and Midland Townships, where their 
descendants are to-day numerous. jNlembi^rs of the family have represciiled 
Bergen County in both houses of the Legislatui-e ; others have worn tiie 
judicial ermine with dignity and respectability; still others have held from 
time to time county and township offices, and have become famous as 
physicians, clergymen, lawj'ers, mayors of cities, publicists, mechanics, 
sailors, soldiers, and agriculturists. 

•Jacob H. Hopper, the subject of this sketch, is a lineal descendant of 
Andrew Hopper, the first emigrant of the name. He is a son of John 
Hopper and Elizabeth (Goetchius) Hopper, and was born at Saddle River, 
in Bergen County, .Vugust 6, 1823. Having received a fair common school 
education in the schools of his native county, he acquired while quite young 
the trade of harness-making, which he followed successfully at Hackensack 
until ISSd, when he was made superintendent of the cemetery in that vil- 
lage. He still holds this position, having filled it with great ability and 
fidelity during the last twenty years. Mr. Hopper has also been a promi- 
nent figure in public affairs. He was Town Collector of Hackensack for 
three years and a Justice of the Peace for ten years, and has served as a 
member of the Town Committee. For forty-nine years he has been a lead- 
ing member and one of the chief supporters of the Hackensack Christian 
Reformed Church. The ability, faithfulness, and integrity with which he 
has discharged every trust, and the active interest he has taken in the 
progress and welfare of his town and county, have won for him great re- 
sjiect and the confidence of all wlio enjoy his acquaintance. He is public 
spirited, enterprising, and patriotic, and a liberal, progressive citizen, whose 
energies have been directed toward useful and charitable ends. 

He married Lydia Bogert, a descendant of one of the old Bergen County 
families, and their children are Ann Elizabeth, John Henry, and Martha 
Amelia Hopper. 

JOHN H. POST. — Captain Adriaen Post first came to America from 
Harlengen, Holland, about 1G53, as agent or manager of Baron Van der 
Cappellan's colony on Staten Island. Upon the destruction of that colony 
by the savages early in 1655, Mr. Post fled to Bergen (Jersey City), whence, 
in September following, he, with his wife, five children, tvvo servants, and 
one girl, were taken prisoners by the savages at what is known as the 
second massacre at Pavonia. The famJly escaped by the payment of a 
heavy ransom, and Post was thei'eupon dispatched by the Bergen colonists 
to treat with the sachems of the Hackensack tribes for a release of other 
prisoners. After his return from a successful performance of this dut^■ 
he settled at Bergen and eventually became one of the most active and 
influential members of the struggling colony. Having had some militarv 
experience in Holland, the Bergen colonists appointed him Ensign of the 
militia September 6, 1665. On May 12, 1668, he bought from Governor 
Philip Carteret lots Nos. 35, 55, 117, 100, and 161, of the Bergen common 




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GENEALOGICAL 73 

lands, containing in all about 165 acres. He built and resided on lot 1(J4, 
containing fifty-five acres. On June 10, 1673, he was elected to represent 
the Town of Bergen in the provincial assembly, where he acquitted himself 
with distinction. On July 19, 1672, he was appointed Prison Keeper for 
East Jersey, and was the first person to hold that position. " Captain 
Post," by which official title he always went, died at Bergen in February, 
1677. His wife's name is not mentioned. He left a large family. He was 
the ancestor of all the Posts in Bergen and Hudson Counties. He resided 
in the town on lot No. 164. His children were Adriaen, AVilliam, Elias, 
Margaretta, Francis, and Gertrude. Adriaen (2) became one of the paten- 
tees of the Aquackanonck patent. The latter's two sons, Adriaen and 
Abraham (3), came to Bergen County in 1785, and married respectively 
Hendricke Ackerman and Rachel Hertie. .\braham located on the upper 
Saddle River, purchasing lands of Hendrick Vandelinda. 

John H. Post, the subject of this sketch, is descended in the seventh 
generation from Captain Adriaen Post. His paternal grandfather, Henry 
Post, a farmer, was born in the western part of the county, but died in Se- 
caucus, where his son, Adriaen Post, the father of John H., was born in 1818. 
Adriaen Post was a farmer in New Durham and Secaucus, and died in the 
latter place March 15, 1896, in his seventy-eighth year. His wife, Mary Van 
Giesen, daughter of Garret Van Giesen, died December, 31, 1891, aged 
seventy-two. Her family was also a very early one in Hudson County, 
and like the Posts was of Holland Dutch descent. Mr. and Mrs. Adrian 
Post had five children, namely: Henry, Leah Ann, John H., Adrian, Jr., and 
one who died in infancy. 

John H. Post was born in New Durham, Hudson County, October 7, 1S44, 
but has spent most of his life on a part of the old family homestead on the 
Paterson plank road in Secaucus. He received a thorough education, at- 
tending the public schools of Secaucus, Union Hill, and Bergen Point, and 
a boarding school at Decker-town, N. J., and since completing his studies has 
devoted himself to agricultural pursuits. Mr. Post is one of the best 
farmers in Hudson County, and has been eminently successful. He has al- 
ways taken a deep interest in public affairs, and. though never aspiring to 
office, has served three years as a school trustee and three years as district 
clerk. With these exceptions he has declined political or public prefer- 
ment. In politics he is a consistent Republican, and in a quiet way has 
rendered efficient service to his party. He is a progressive, patriotic citi- 
zen, honored and respected, and enjoys the confidence of the entire com- 
munity. 

Mr. Post was married April 6, 1868, to Fredericka Huber, daughter of 
Frederick Huber, of Secaucus. They have four children: Adrian, Christina, 
William H., and "\\'alter. 

CORNELIUS BURNHAM HARVEY.— The surname Haivey is cor- 
rupted from Hervey, and is from an ancient Norman name, Herve or 
Hervie. M. de Greville in his Mem^. Soc. Ant. Norm.. 1644, observes: " We 
sometimes call it Hervot le Hervurie. As a family designation it appears 
in the twelfth century." Didot, however, in his Nouvelle Bioq. Universale, 
shows the name to have been adopted mucli earlier, when he speaks of 
Hervie, Archbishop of Rheims, who, he says, died A.D. 922, and Polydore 
Virgil, in his Chronicle, says " Harvey and Hervey " was Hervicus. " One 
of the family," he adds, " came over to England from the Flemish coast in 
the time of King Hardicanute and participated in subduing the British."' 



74 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

l.owei' [Eiiijlian Sur-names) maintains that in the time of the Conquest 
liarvcv was Hende, and that in Brittany and Fi-aucc Ilervieu retains its 
primitive termination Herve. The same writer in his Fatroniniica Bntannica 
remarlis : " Osbert de Hervey is styled in the Register of St. Edmundsbury 
tlie son of Hervey. From Her vie spring- the Herveys ennobled in England 
and Ireland and also (in all probability, from the resemblance of the arms) 
the Herves and Hervies of Aberdeenshire and other parts of Scotland." 

Both Stiibbs {Registrum Sacrum Anglicunuiii) and the author of Le Neucs^ 
Faste Ecclesia AiK/lkviin make mention of Herve le Breton, Bishop of 
Bangor, in 1092, and Ely in 1109, who died A. D. 1131. Didot, in his 
Biographie Universale, mentions a Hervie who was a noted monk in the 
eleventh century, and also of a Hervie who was abbot of St. (ihildas de 
Rhins in Brittany in 1125, and of Hervie, a monk famous as a religious 
teacher, who died A. D. 1145. This writer also praises the skill of a 
celebrated French writer named Hervie Freerabras, who flourished A. D. 
1.550; of one Francois Cucq de Hervie, a poet and Knight of St. John of 
Jerusalem in the sixteenth century; of William Harvey, the discoverer of 
the circulation of the blood; of Daniel Hervie, a great French Theologian, 
who died in 1694; and of Gideon Harvey, a great English physician, born 
A. D. 1625, and died A. D. 1700. Michaud in his Biographie rniverxole 
mentions a monk named Hervie as having acquired great oratorical fame, 
and he tells something of Noel Hervey, or Hervie, who was general of the 
Order of Preachers and Philosophers and died A. D. 1.323. The Rotitli 
Hinidredoruiii (of Edward I.) names Her^es as having become the holders 
of lands in England A. D. 1272, and by Domes Day Book Hervies are domi 
ciled in Helts, Suffolk, and Bucks. Oridge, in his Giti:::cns and Rulers of 
London, makes honorable mention of Sir ^Valte^ Harvey, High Sheriff of 
London A. D. 1268 and Lord Mayor of that city A. D. 1272; of Sir James 
Harvev, High Sheriff of London A. D. 1578 and Lord Mayor of the same 
city a". D. 1581; and of Sir Sebastian Harvey, Sheriff of London A. D. 1609 
and Lord Mayor A. D. 1616. Cooper in his Atlienae Catitahrigiensis makes 
note of William Harvey, a famous divine in London in 1525, and of one 
Robert Harvey, another equally noted preacher there in 1570. 

(Jamden comments on several prominent Herveys and Hervies, to wit: 
" The great gate of the church-yard of St. Edmonds was constructed by 
Hervey the Socrist in the time of Anselm 7th, Abbott of St. Edmonds in the 
eleventh century." Again he says: " William de Hervie was king's attorney 
in June, 1179, and pleaded a celebrated land case in London in that year." 
He extols the bravery of Sir Nicholas Harvey and other nobles in the 
battle of Tewkesberry in 1471. He briefly alludes to John Harvey, the 
boatman at Calais, France, in 1347 ; and further says : " Some of the Harve} s 
were merchant adventurers at Lyme, England, in Queen Elizabeth's time. 
Richard Harvey gave the pulpit at Lyme Church in 1613 with an inscription 
on it 'Faith is by hearing.'" Rose in his Biographical Dictionary states 
that Richard Harvey was famous as a writer, astrologer, and antiquarian in 
the sixteenth century, and that another almost equally noted astrologer in 
London was John Llarvey in the seventeenth century. Watts in his 
Bibliofliea Britanniea mentions one Henry Harvey as an eminent preacher 
and master in chancery and John Har^'ey as a great writer, who died 
A. D. 1592. Chalmers in his General Biogra pli ical Dictionary notes 
Gabriel Harvey, a great English lawyer and poet, born A. D. 
1516, died A. D. 1630, and Lord John Harvey, of Icksworth, a political 
writer and versifier A. D. 1696; while Foss in his Judges of England highly 



GENEALOGICAL 75 

commends the wisdom and justice of Sir Francis Haivey. From Collection 
Top. OcH. it appears tliat a Her vie was abbot of Hingliam County, Salop, 
A. D. 1236-37; that one Thomas de Harvye was clerlv of St. Nicholas Priory 
at Exeter in the third year of Edward III.; that Goldstan Harvey was a 
truant at Beauchamps A. D. 1222; that ■SAalter Harvey and his son were 
tenants at Drayton in 1222; and there were one Godeman Her vie and one 
Ulrica Hervie at Thorp at the same time. At St. Leonard's Parish, Aston 
Clinton, Bucks (Jounty, England, is the will of one Sylvester Baldwin 
wherein the testator leaves all his property to Henry and Sylvester Harvye 
and to the six children of Freamor Harvye A. D. IMi. Freamor Har\yi' 
married Baldwin's daughter Avelyne. This marriage license was made 
at the registry of the Bishop of London. She died in 1.j85 and Harvey 
married (2) and died June 15, 1021. Walker in his Iinlcpemlmcy says 
Adam Harvey, a silk merchant, was made a Colonel by Cromwell, and got 
the Bishop of London's house and ilanor of " Fulham." Clarendon in his 
Rebellion says this man was " a decayed silk man," and Buckle in his 
History of denization refers to the same person. 

The Harveys, two centuries after the Xorman Conquest, had become 
numerous in Bedfordshire, Lincolnshire, Kent, Suffolk, Jliddlesex, Hei't- 
fordshire, and Xorfolkshire; at Beachamwell in Xorfolkshire were John 
Harvey, his son Robert, and his grandson Kcibert; at Xorthwald Thomas 
Harvi'v; and at Xorwich John Harvey, twice Lord Mayor of that city. 

Robert Harvey, a descendant of one of these Xorfolkshire Harveys, had 
a son Robert, who was a man of note, possessing a considerable fortune, 
which his eldest son, under the laws of primogeniture, inherited to the ex- 
clusion of his brothers and sisters. This eldest -^on had two brothers, 
Samuel and Robert Harney, who emigrated to America about 17.50, and 
located in Xew York City, whence, after a brief stay, they went to Shrews- 
bury, Monmouth County , X. J. In May, 1763, they purchased a tract of 170 
acres in what was then Shrewsbury Township in Monmouth County. This 
tract lay south of what is now Ocean Gro-se. Robert's first wife, who came 
over from England with him, died in 1702 and in January, 1704, he married 
Hannah White, who survived him. He was a farmer and iron smelter. His 
children of the second generation were Jacob, Stephen, Thomas, Peter, and 
Samuel, besides daughters. 

Of these, Thomas Harvev (2), born in ^Monmouth Coimty, X. J., Xov( mber 
17, 175.5, married there, January 10. 1775, Elizabeth Sutton, born tlu-ie 
December 10, 1758. Thomas was a farmer and resided there on a farm of 
115 acres, near what is now Behnar. He died December 11, ISll, and his 
wife survived until April 6, 1830. Their children of the third generation 
were Lydia, Abigail. Xathan, Asher, Reuben. John, Elizabeth, Charity, 
Jesse, and Sarah. 

Of these eleven children Reuben Harvey (3) was born at Shrewsbury, 
X. J., May 12, 1782, died at Enfield, X. Y., June 23, 1800. married, in 1806, 
Lvdia Bennett, born in ilonmouth Coimtv, X. J., Januarv 0, 1781, died at 
Enfield, N. Y., May 23, 1802. 

In 1806 the " Genesee Country ' began to open up and emigrants, par- 
ticularly from Xew Jersey, began to pour into the " Empire State."' All 
of Thomas Harvey's sons caught the emigration fever, and loading their 
families and their household effects upon canvas-covered wagons or carts, 
drawn by ox teams, they made a journey of more than 300 miles, occupying 
several weeks. Their route lay much of the way through an unbroken wil- 
derness, through which roads had to be cut as they went. They subsisted 



76 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

on wliat they could find en route, and slept in their wagons. In time they 
reached a point half way between the Cayuga and Seneca Lakes in Tomp- 
kins County, where they located on various tracts of wildland. These 
tracts, which they purchased from the original grantees of the State, were 
densely wooded, but exceedingly fertile. Reuben Harvey, with his wife 
Lydia,' was in this " caravan." He settled on a " half section " of rich and 
heavily timbered land near what is now Enfield Center, about eight miles 
west of Ithaca, and with the aid of his sons cleared and fenced a large farm. 
His nearest neighbor was then about five miles, and the surrounding forests 
rang with the howls of wild beasts. Bears and wolves played havoc with 
the pigs, poultry, and lambs. In the course of time his farm was cleared 
and became one of the finest in the county. After his boys grew up he, 
for several years, followed droving, buying up sheep and cattle, principally 
in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and driving them to New York City to a ready 
market. He accumulated wealth and was greatly respected by his neigh- 
bors, who always gave him the prefix of " Uncle." His children of the 
fourth generation were Seneca, Charlotte, Charles, Joel B., Eleazer B., 
Asher, Cornelia, Mary A., Elizabeth, and Reuben. 

Of these Joel B. (4) Avas born at Enfield Center, N. Y., November 21, 1813, 
died at Howell, N. J., August 11, lyso, married (1) Lydia A. Wood; (2) 
Susan Arzilla Buck; and (3) Elizabeth B. Hagerman. Joel B. engaged in 
farming at Enfield, N. Y., until the winter of 1850, when he removed to 
tlowell, Monmouth County, N. J., where he continued agricultural pursuits 
until his death. He was a respected citizen and a member of the Methodist 
Episcopal Church at Jerseyville, N. J., which he helped to organize. His 
children of the fifth generation were Cornelius Burnham, Lucretia M., 
Huldah B., Samuel H., Mary E., Charles W., AViufield S., Euphemia H., 
Joseph H. and Joel B. (twins), and Ida S. 

Cornelius Burnham Harvey (5), the subject of this sketch, is the eldest of 
these. He was born in Enfield Center, Tompkins (Vmnty, X. Y., October 
20, 1839, and married, March 4, 1873, IMary P., daughter of Peter J. and 
Sarah (Zabriskie) White, of Closter, Bergen County. He received the char 
acteristic discipline of hard work on the farm throughout the summer, with 
attendance at the district schools in the winter. He was ambitious, and 
between 1855 and 1859 every moment of leisure was devoted to study and 
reading. Having passed the requisite examination, in 1859 he received a 
license to teach school from the School Board of Monmouth County. After 
teaching for two terms in that county he attended school for some time in 
New York City. 

Moved by a war sermon preached by Henry Ward Beecher in Brooklyn, 
early in the summer of 1802 he enlisted as a private in Company D, Four- 
teenth New Jersey ^'olunteers, and was in camp on the Monmouth battle- 
ground at Freehold, N. J. Having been mustered into service in .Vugust, 
1862, the regiment was sent to Monocacy, Md., and did its first campaign- 
ing in West Virginia and Maryland. After the battle of Gettysburg it was 
att.ached to the Third Corps of the Army of the Potomac, under the com- 
mand of General Sickles, and subsequently was attached to the Sixth Corps, 
under the command of General Sedgwick and later of General H. g'. 
Wright. Mr. Harvey served for three years, until the close of the war. He 
became one of the non-commissioned oflicers on the regimental staff, be- 
coming Chief Musician of the regiment. 

At the close of the war he resumed teaching, in Bergim Countv, following 
this profession for three years. In the fall of 1868 he began the study of 



GENEALOGICAL 77 

law in the office in Jersey Citj' of the late Hon. Eobert fUIchrisT, then At- 
torney-General of Ne^Y Jersey, and was admitted to practice in 187.'^ and as 
counselor in 187G, and for a time was associated with Mr. Gilchrist in pro- 
fessional practice. 

He thns became employed in the arduous historico-legal work of preparing; 
the case for Xew Jersey in the famous jurisdiction and boundary suit be- 
tween the State of Delaware and the State of New Jersey, begun in 1872, 
and not yet settled. It was essential in this case to locate and identify 
the original land-grants in certain sections of New Jersey, and in this work 
Mr. Harvey and others w'ere engaged. The results of this research can be 
seen by anyone fortunate enough to examine the large octaAO volume 
privately printed at Trenton in 1S7."> for the lawyeis in the case, and en- 
titled " The State of the Question of Jurisdiction and Iloundary between 
New Jersey and Delaware, A. D. 1873." To achieve accuracy in this, every 
conceivable source of information was drawn upon, including the State 
records at Trenton, the records of the early Proprietors at Perth .\mboy, 
those at .V.lbany. together with local records and original deeds, and what- 
ever of use could be found in the State libraries of New Jersey, Delaware, 
New York, and Pennsylvania. 

While eagaged in researches in this case Mr. Harvey began to take note.s 
with reference to the original land-grants of Bergen County, N. J. This 
labor of lo\e — for such it necessarily is — has been prosecuted to the present 
time. He has had the record oftices of New .Jers(^y and other States 
ransacked for every scrap of information ascertainable respecting the early 
land-grants and transfers in Bergen County, has unearthed numerous deeds 
that were never recorded, and has engaged in the arduous labor of identify- 
ing boundaries and preparing maps. The use, in the original surveys, of the 
old mariner's compass, which was not perfectly accurate, renders this work 
of identification one of the most delicate tasks imaginable. Mr. Harvev 
has also collected and arranged in alphabetical arraugcMuent all the mar- 
riage records for Bergen County known to be in record offices. In anotber 
series of manuscript volumes he has, in alphabetical order, the inscriittions 
from the tombstones in all the graveyards in Bergen County, N. J., and 
Rockland County, N. Y., with the single exception of that at Nyack. The 
labor and expense involved in acquiring these collections would be quite 
incredible to one unfamiliar with the requirements of such work. He also 
has a set of large manuscript volumes containing miscellaneous historical 
and genealogical collections, never before used in historical works, 
and which w()uld fill many printed volumes. I'rom these collections, 
together with all the more ordinary sources of historical information, 
he^is preparing a work upon the original families and land-grants in Bergcji 
County, which will be more exhaustive and accurate, probably, than am - 
thing of the kind ever attempted for a similar section of territory by his- 
torical workers in this country. He has also compiled, and in 1889 pub- 
lished, a genealogical volume on the Origin, Histori/. and Grncalof)// of thi 
Buclc Famih/. and has compiled the Orif/in tiiid <,'(iic(ilo</i/ of the Hdrrri/ 
Fa in ill/, not vet published. 

On his mother's side Mr. Harvey is descended from Emanuel Buck, who 
came from England in 1634, and settled at Wetliersfield, (^um. His great- 
grandmother was Elizabeth Sherman, wife of James Buck, a Revolutionary 

soldier, and a sister of Roger Sherman, a Signer of the Declaration of 
Independence. His paternal grandmother was a descendant of Wilhelmus 
Burnett, who emigrated to New York from Holland in 1660. Sirs. Harvey 



78 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

was a student at Rwarthmoi^e ('olk-f^e, Pa. On the paternal side she is de- 
scended from Jonas White, who enii,t>i;ded to America from Avon, Somer- 
setshire, England, in 1814, and became a farmer at " The Flatts " in Bergen 
County. On her maternal side she is descended from Albert Zabriskie, the 
I'olander, whose family has been traced in these pages. 

Mr. Harvey's children are Augustus Hardeuburgh Harvey, born in 1880, 
now an accountant with the Mutual Life Insurance Company in New York, 
and Arzilla B., born in 1886, now at school. 

Mr. Harvey is a member of the New Jeisey Historical Society, of the 
Englewood Council, Koyal Arcanum, of fluilliam ^'an Houten Post, No. 3, 
Grand Army of the Eepublic, of Jeisey City, and of several other organi- 
/.ations. X>le.<k Oci H'i /.Sov. 

ISAAC POIM VINE, of Jersey City, is a lineal descendant of (11 Klaas 
Jansen Romeyn, who came from Holland to America in ICiS and eventually 
settled in Hackensack, N. J., where his son (2) Albert was born in 1680, and 
M'liere the latter's son (3) Nicholaas was born in December, 1711. The next 
in descent, (1) Albert Eomein, son of Nicholaas, ^^■as born in Schraaleu- 
burgh, N. J., February 11, 1752, and had a son (5) Roelef A., whose birth oc- 
curred July 24, 1774. John R. Eomine (6), son of Roelef A. Romein, was 
born in Bergen County, N. J., May 18, 1806, and married Ann, daughter of 
John Zabriskie, of old Bergen (now Hudson) County. They were the 
parents of Isaac Romaine, the subject of this sketch, who was born in 
Bergen Township, Hudson County, N. J., on the 4th of May, 1840. These 
worthy ancestors not only took a lively interest in public and business 
affairs, but transmitted to their numerous descendants in general and Mr. 
Romaine in particular their sturdy Dutch characteristics and habits of 
thrift, and left behind them careers which illumine the pages of history and 
grace the annals of their respective communities. 

Mr. Romaine attended the Columbia District School until 1852, prepared 
for college at a private school in the Township of Bergen, Hudson County, 
and was graduated from Rutgers College in 1S59. Having studied law 
with Hon. A. O. Zabriskie, subsequently Chancellor of the State of New 
Jersey, he was admitted to the bar as an attorney in November, 1862, and as 
a counselor in November, 1865, and since the sprinc of 1863 has practiced in 
Jersey City. He was Corporation Counsel of the City of Bergen from 1865 
to 1867, and, becoming an Alderman in May, 1869, was President of the 
Board of Alderman in 1869 and 1870, immediately preceding the consolida- 
tion of Bergen and Jersey City. From 1880 to 1885 he was a member of the 
Board of Education of Jersey City. In 1883 he was appointed a member of 
the Board of Finance and Taxation, but was not seated on account of legal 
complications until 1885. In 1884 he was elected to the New Jersey As- 
sembly, in which body he served on the Committees on Claims and Revo- 
lutionary Pensions and Stationery, as well as on the Joint Committee on 
Passed Bills. 

Throughout his career Mr. Romaine has been a stanch and active Re- 
publican. He is a master and examiner and a special master in chancery 
for New Jersey. Prior to the expiration of that office by legal limitation, 
July 1, 1897, he was a Commissioner of the Circuit Court of the United 
States for the District of New Jersey. At the present time he is a Commis- 
sioner of the Districf Court of the United States for the District of New 
Jersey. He has been President of the Star Mutual Building and Loan As- 



GENEALOGICAL 79 

sociation of Jersey City since 1886, having been one of its founders and its 
first Yii-e-President in 1S83. He is a member of the Holhmd Society of Xew 
Yorli City and was its Mce-President from Hudson C\uintv, X. J.', in 1S!)7 
and 18!I8. He is also a member of the Jersey City, ( 'arteret, and Union 
Leajiue Clubs of Jersey City, and of other important organizations. 

December 29, 1863, he was married to Miss Annie A., daughter of John ^\'. 
Mortem, of Jersey City. She died February 1, 1895. 

WHFELOCK HENUEE PAE.MLY, D.D., for fortv years the beloved 
pastor of the Fii-st Baptist Churcli of Jersey City, X. J., was born in Brain- 
tref\ Vt., July 2<, 1816, his parents being Kandolph Parmlv and Elizabetli 
B. :\[nrray, the former of English and the latter of Scotch descent. He 
came of good Xew England stock. His father was the first male child born 
in the village of Randolph, "^'t., the date of his birth being January l.j, ITS.!, 
and at the request of the selectmen his parents, Jahial Family and Eunice 
Hendee, named him Randolph, after the town. His mother, a niece of 
Elea/.er Wheelocl;, the founder and first President of Dartmouth ( Villege, 
was born in Chester, X. H., May 19, 1782, and was the daughter of Robert 
^Murray and Jane Ramsey. In 1795 her parents moved into the State of 
Vermont, and there both families became prominent in all public aud 
private affairs. 

When four years of age Wheelock H. Family removed with the family 
to Hancock and three years later to Middlebury. Yt., whence they came, 
seven years afterward, to Xew Jersey, locating at Shrewsbury, ^lonmouth 
County. In ls;]S, after a residence of eight years in that town, they moved 
to Xew York City. 

Dr. Parmly's jiarents did all in their power to give him a good early 
training, but their means v.ere limited and he was dependent in a great 
measure upon his own efforts for his education. While residing in 
Shrewsbury he prepared himself for college by teaching and performing 
various other kinds of work, and at a very early age became a great Bible 
reader, a trait which characterized his entire life. His parents, though 
not members of any church, attended with their children the Efiiscdpal 
seryices. but young Family, convinced of the truth of the Baptist prin- 
ciples, adopted the faith and practice of that denomination, and amid con- 
siderable opposition, from both his family and the Episcopalian clergy, was 
baptized August H, 1834, in the Shrewsbury River. And connecting himself 
with the Baptist Church at ^Middletewn, X. J. — the nearest society of that 
faith to his home, — he was faithful in his attendance on worshij), actixc in 
all departments of church work, and influential among both old and young. 

In 1838 Dr. Farmly entered Columbia College in X^ew York City and was 
graduated from that institution in 1842. standing high in his class and 
receiving many tokens of excellence in scholarship during his collegiale 
course. About the time he entered college he united with the old .Vmity 
Street Baptist Church in Xew York, of which Rev. Dr. William R. ^Yilliams 
was pastor. He also formed a close friendship with Rev. Dr. Spencer H. 
<;'one, of X'ew York City, which, with that of Dr. Williams, lasted until his 
death. It was undoubtedly from these eminent clergymen and great 
teachers that he learned many of the principles which made him so success- 
ful during his career of half a century in the ministry. 

On leaving college Dr. Farmly was confronted with the problem of de- 
termining his vocation in life — a problem which all young men must 
solve. He had been urged to enter the ministry bv many friends who 



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bv 



tlionjilit liim ]toculiar]v fitted for that profession; others assured him of 
sueeess in a mercantile career, while others still tempted him with flatter- 
ing offers iu varions branches of bnsiness; bnt the sniding voice of nature 
bade him preach the gospel, a labor to which liis " mind rather inclines." 
On Angiist 1(1, 1842, at the recpiest of Dr. -Williains, he preached to the iieo- 
pie of the Amitv Street ('hurch, and immediately afterward made tliis entry 
in his diary: " the subject of the ministry has occupied my mind for a long 
time. It is now settled, and I hope for good." 

Dr. rarmly was nnanimoiislv voted a " license to preach the gospel 

the Amitv Street Church 
on the Kith of July, 1844, 
and in tlie following 
month (August) was 
graduated fr(mi Madi- 
son Theological Semina- 
ry, where he had pur- 
sued a thorough course 
of study. On August 0, 
lS(i7, Madison T^niver- 
sity conferred upon him 
the honorary title of 
Doctor of T>iviiiity. 

Soon after graduation 
he received a call to the 
pastorate of the Harlem 
Eaiitist Oliurch of New 
York City, which he was 
obliged to refuse on ac- 
count of impaired health 
and a serious affliction 
of the eyes that had de- 
-seloped during his 
course in the seminary. 
A three weeks' sea voy- 
age brought him to New 
Orleans, where he began 
to jiveach, and while 
there he accepted the as- 
sistant pastorate of the 
Baptist Church at Clin- 
ton, La., which he filled 
most acceptably for two 
years, declining during 
that period three calls 
to become pastor of churches in the North. He developed a strong friend- 
shij) for the negro, frequently visited them in their cabins, took a fearless 
stand on the slavery question as an advocate of human rights, and after- 
ward sheltered many a fugitive slave. During his residence in the South 
he also acquired that habit of great hospitality which always characterized 
his home. 

The illness of his mother, however, compelled him to return at the end 
of two years to New "5'ork City, and on November 15, 1S47. he accepted a 
call to the Baptist (Jhnrch at Shelburne Falls, Mass., where he remained 




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GENEALOGICAL 81 

two years, and resigned, the winter climate of the Berkshire hills being too 
hard for his constitution. Shortly after he accepted this pastorate he mar- 
ried Katharine Dunbar, daughter of Eev. Duncan Dunbar, of the Mac- 
dougal Street Baptist Church, ]S"ew York City, and a lady " lovely in 
character, strong in faith, wise in judgment, remarkable for patience, 
prayerful, and zealous in e^ery good work." Upon her death on July 10, 
1877, he wrote in his diary. " The briglitcst light of ray home has gone out," 
while another expressed these words and sentiments : " She added to the 
sum of human joy, and were everyone to whom she performed some loving 
service to bring a blossom to her grave, she would sleej) to-night beneath a 
wilderness of flowers." 

Dr. Parmly assumed the duties of pastor of the I!a])tist Church at Bur- 
lington, N. J., in ISIay, 1S."J0, and remained there nearly five years, during 
which time the " church grew mightily." 

On the 1st of September, IS.'l:, at the age of thirty-eight, he entered upon 
his labors as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Jersey City, and ably, 
honorably, and satisfactorily filled that pastorate until his death, August 1, 
189J;, — a period of forty years, lacking one month. A\'lien he came to 
Jersey City there was but one church of the Baptist faith in the place, and 
that was made up of the scattered membership of cliunlies which had been 
formed and which had proved too weak to continue their organizations. 
The church was then known as the Union Baptist church and had 2(»G 
members. Three other vigorous Baptist churches now exist in the city, 
the beginnings of which came largely from the old church dui'iug Dr. 
Family's pastorate. The mother church changed its name on the establish- 
ment of the other churches to the First Baptist Church of Jersey City, and 
now has a membership of nearly four hundred. 

Dr. Parmly labored hard with great success, baptizing in the winter of 
1S65 alone over one hundred converts. In that year he sjxmt four months 
in Europe, and, returning with new energy, entered into his work with re- 
doubled force, giving also a vast amount of his time to the general inter- 
ests of the city, the State, and the Nation. He was especially active in the 
establishment of the denominational school now known as Peddle Institute 
at Hightstown, N. J., contributing years of labor and large sums of money 
for that purpose. 

Asa pastor Dr. Parmly certainly excelled. His people were strongly at- 
tached to him, and under no circumstances would they allow him to go 
in response to the successive calls which he received from other societies. 
He was recognized as the man for the place. Once each year he endeavored 
to visit personally every family in his congregation, and his calls upon those 
who were sick were frequent. Belie\ing in this method as he did, it 
certainly added largely to his success in pastoral relations. He preached, 
while in Jersey City, five thousand sermons, made addresses on public oc- 
casions to an equal number, attended SU funerals, ])erformed 1,425 mar- 
riages, raised nearly .f300,000 for the church and .|.j(),000 for benevolent 
purposes, received into the church over 1,000 members, and baptized more 
than 1,300 others. 

He remained as the faithful servant of that church until September, 1887, 
when, at the age of seventy-one, he was unable to bear longer the burden of 
the pastorate alone, and at his recpiest the church called to his aid an assist- 
ant pastor. Two years later he again asked to bi' relieved, and by unani- 
mous vote of the church was made its Pastor Emeritus, a position he held 
until his death, which occurred August 1, 1894. He was survived by four 



82 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

children: Duncan D. Parmly, Mrs. Elizabeth P. Thonmpson, Randolph 
Tarinly, and Christine D. Parmly. One son, Walter, died in his youth. 

His "only installation as pastor of the church in Jersey City was the 
singing by the congregation of Montgomery's beautiful hymn, of which the 

following is a part: 

" We bid thee welcome in the name 
Of Jesus, our Exalted Head; 
Come as a servant, so He came, 
And we receive thee in His stead. 

" Come as a messenger of peace, 

Filled with His spirit, fired with love! 
Live to behold our large increase. 
And die to meet us all above." 

Dr. Parmly was especially interested in the cause of Christian education, 
and gave himself unreservedly to the ujjbuilding of Peddle Institute and 
the "New Jersey Baptist Education Society, becoming a member of the 
latter in 1852, serving it for more than forty years as a member of its Board 
of Managers, for seven years as President, and then being elected its 
Honorary President, an office specially created for him. Prom almost the 
first he was also a member of the Board of Trustees of Peddle Institute and 
for many years one of its Education Committee. In every capacity he was 
a good man, a true Christian, a benefactor, anchored in the Baptist faith 
by an intense study of the Scriptures, and loyal to all the trusts confided to 
his care. No man had a more honored leadership in his church in the 
State, and none was more beloved or more universally esteemed. 

DI'NCAN DUNBAR PARMLY, the oldest son of Rev. AYheelock H. 
Parmly, was born in Slielburne Falls, Mass., May U5, ]S49, and until re- 
cently resided in Jersey City. He was graduated from Mount Washing- 
ton Collegiate Institute of New York City and at an early age entered 
the office of Henry G. Mavquand, banker, of New York City. Later he was 
connected with the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad — now 
a part of the Missouri Pacific System, — and was one of the founders and for 
many years the senior partner in the firm of Marquand & Parmly, bankers, 
of New York. Owing to ill health he was compelled to give up his active 
business and in 1893 became the President of the Phenix National Bank of 
New York City, and has since acted as the head of that financial institution. 
For the past eight years he has been a resident of the State of New Jersey 
with his home at Middletown in Monmouth County. 

RANDOLPH PARMLY, of New York and Jersey City, was born April 2, 
1854, at Burlington, N. J., and is the son of Rev. Wheelock H. Parmly and 
Katharine (Dunbar) Parmly. He was educated at Hasbrouck Institute in 
Jersey Citv and at the University of the City of New York, from which he 
was graduated in 1875. Afterward he continued his course of study in the 
Columbia Law School. 

Mr. Parmly was admitted to the bar of the State of New Jersey in June 
1878, and has continuously practiced from that time to the present. He 
is also a member of the New York bar. Having made a specialty of cor- 
poration law, he has spent a good portion of his time with certain cor- 
porations for whom he is counsel in the City of New York. He is a member 
of the Association of the Bar of Jersey City and of New York and of the 
Lawyers' Club and the University Club of New York Citv. ' 



GENEALOGICAL 83 

JOHN J. VOORHEES.— Steven Coerts (or Koerts, as he wrote it), the 
common anc-(>stor of the N'oorhees family in Bergen and Hudson Counties, 
emigrated to this country in April, 1660,' coming over on the ship " Spotted 
Cow,"' with his wife and seven children. They came from Ruinen, in the 
Province of Drenthe, Holland, and from in front of the little hamlet of 
Hees, near that locality. Hence the name was at first ^'an ^'oorhees, 
•• Van " meaning " from," " Voor," meaning " near," and " Hees " (the 
hamlet name) " from near " or, " over from Hees." Steven was not the 
first of the family to emigrate. In February. 1659, Harman Koerts had 
preceded him on the ship " Faith," with his wife and five children. Steven 
settled at Flatlands, L. I., where many other Dutch emigrants had already 
located. He must have been born about 1600. Who his first wife was does 
not appear, but she died in about 1675, and he married (2), in 1677, ^^'ell- 
empie Roeloflfse Leubering. He died about February, 1681. He bought, 
November 29, 1660, of (/ornelis Dircksen Hoogland, eighteen acres of corn 
land, fourteen acres of woodland, twenty aires of plainland, and ten acres 
of salt meadow — in all sixty-two acres — for |3,000; and also the house 
and lot lying in the village of Amersfoort, with the brewery and all the 
brewing apparatus, ketih^-house, and casks, with the appurtenances, which 
shows that he must have been a brewer as well as a farmer. He was 
assessed at Flatlands in l(i75. and was manager of taxes there in 1()S3. His 
name appears as one of the i)atentees there in lOlil and H)()7. He died 
about February 16, Kisl. His children were Hendricke. ^Mergen, Coert, 
Lucas, John, Albert, Aeltje, Jannetje, Hendricke (2), and Abraham. His 
son, Albert Stevens Yoorhees, and his wife, -Telletie Rynieres Wlsselpcn- 
nick, went to Hackensack in lfis(i, joined the Dutch church there, and 
bought an extensive tract of land from Jlajoi- John Berry between the 
Hackensack and Saddle Riveis. 

John J. ^'oorhees is a lineal d( scendant of the sixth generation of 
Steven Coerts Van A'oorhees. the emigrant. His father, I'eter \'oorhees, 
was born on the old farm at Flatlands, L. I., where Steven ^-I•«t settled in 
1660. 

Jlr. "S'oorhees was educated in the public schools of New I'treclit, L. I., 
and in 1863 accepted a clerkship in a country store, where he remained 
five years. After filling similar positions he obtained a position as assist- 
ant Ibookkeeper for the New Jersey < "ar Spring and Rubber Company, and 
at the end of oneyear was promoted to head bookkeeper. Not long afterward 
he was made Secretary of the comjiany and held that position until iss."), 
when he was elected Treasurer of the corporation. In ISSS he was made 
General Manager, and at the present time is President of the Voorh-es 
Rubber Manufacturing Company, of Jersey ( Mty, which is one of the largest 
and most successful concerns of the kind in the country, having an exten- 
sive business and employing a large number of hands. 

In :iSS5 Mr. Yoorhees was appointed a member of the Board of Educa- 
tion of Jersey City and served for three terms, during five successive years 
of which he was President of the board, being annually re-elected without 
opposition. Asa member of the Condemnation Commission on the County 
Roads in 1892 he rendered most efficient services to the community at large, 
and displayed that eminent ability and superior judgment which have 
characterized his entire business career. He is a member of the Board of 
Directors and a member of the Jersey City Board of Trade, of which he 
was President in 1892. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of 
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of the Free Public Library of Jersey City, and of the Palma Club, the 
Carteret Club, and the Holland Society of New York City. 

Mr. Voorhees was married October 14, 1874, to Annie M. Collier, of 
Brooklyn, N. Y. They have had three children, and reside at 57 Duncan 
Avenue, Jersey City." 

CHARLES E. VOORHIS is a descendant in the eighth generation from 
Steven Coerts Van Voorhees, the first American ancestor of the family in 
America, whose pedigree has been written in the sketch on page 83. One 
of Steven's children, Albert Stevens Voorhees (2), emigrated with his father 
to America in 1660, and located with the rest of his family at Flatlands, 
L. I., where he married (1) Barentie Williamse, (2) Tjelletje Wizzelpenning, 
and (3) Elina Vander Scheur. He was living at Flatlands as late as 1683, 
as the assessment roll then shows. He removed with his family, in 16f^6, 
to Haekensack, where he purchased from Captain John Berry a large farm 
extending from the Haekensack to the Saddle River. He joined the church 
in 16S6, and subsequently became an officer in it. His children of the 
third generation were Cornelia, Stephen, Stephen. Jannetje, Margrietie, 
Lucas, Rachel, Feumietje, Albert, William, Peter, Isaac, Willempie, John, 
and James. 

Of these Lucas Alberts Voorhis (3) married, September, 2, 1726, Ann Kipp. 
They resided at Haekensack. Their children of the fourth generation were 
Ann, Henry, Lena, Elizabeth, Margrietie, Nicholas, Catharine. Isaac, and 
Jacob. Of these, Nicholas (4) married Jannetje Ackerman and had issue 
Albert N.', Ann, Lucas, Henry, and Jannetje. 

Albert N. Voorhis (5) was born in 1767. He was a farmer and resided 
at Schraalenburgh. He married, December 10, 1791, Grietie Demarest, who 
died in 18.54, leaving several children of the sixth generation. 

Of these children of the sixth generation Henry A. L. Voorhis (6), who 
was born September 26, 1792, married Levina Blawvelt. born September 14, 
1792, and died July 15, 1872. He was a farmer and resided near Demarest, 
N. J., on part of the farm formerly belonging to -John Peack. Among his 
children of the seventh generation were Elizabeth, Maria, ^Targaret, Henry 
D., David H., Nicholas H., and John. 

Nicholas H. Voorhis (7) married Caroline, daughter of Peter B. Wester- 
velt, of Cresskill, N. J. He resided at Cresskill until his death. 

Charles E. Voorhis (8), son of Nicholas H. and the subject of this sketch, 
was born at Cresskill, Bergen County, N. J., September 11, 1856, and was 
educated in the public schools of his native town. He left school when 
seventeen years of age and began his business career in the grocery trade, 
in which he remained for ten years. At the end of that time he engaged 
with the firm of Peter Henderson & Company, the famous New York City 
firm of seedsmen and florists. He has continued with this house to the 
present time. He is a member of the Dutch Reformed Church. 

Mr. Voorhis married Ruth Richardson and has four children: Edward, 
aged thirteen; Henry, aged eleven; Raymond, aged nine; and Clarence, 
aged seven. 

JOHN ALBERT BLAIR, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, General 
Quarter Sessions, and Orphans' Court of the County of Hudson, was born 
near Blairstown, N. J., on the 8th of July, 1842, his parents being John 



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85 



H. Blair and Maiy (Angle) Blair. He is the grandson of William and 
Rachel (Brands) Blair, of Knowltou Townshiji, \^'arren County, N. J., and 
descends from one of the most distinguished families in the State. His 
ancestors si:)ruug from 
the noted Blair family 
of Blair-Athol, Perth- 
shire, Scotland, whence 
they came to this coun- 
tiy in 1720, settling in 
Pennsylvania and New 
Jersey. .Vmong them 
were two brothers, Sam- 
uel and John Blair, 
both of whom were edu- 
cated at the Log College 
on the Neshaminy un- 
der the celebrated Will- 
iam Tennant. They be- 
came distinguished min- 
isters of the Presby- 
terian Church. The 
Rev. Samuel Blair was 
called to Fagg's Manor 
in Chester County. Pa., 
in 1739, where, in con- 
junction with his pas- 
toral work, he con- 
ducted a school that was 
among the most note- 
worthy of the early 
Presbyterian academies. 
His son, also the Rev. 
Samuel Blair, ^vas pas- 
tor of the Old South 
Church in Boston before 
The Revolution. He be- 
came Chaplain of the 
1 'ennsyl vania Battalion 
of Riflemen that partici- 
pated in the siege of Boston. The Rev. Samuel Blair, the second, was 
offered the presidency of the College of New Jersey (Princeton), but de- 
clined in favor of Dr. Witherspoon. The Rev. John Blair was ordained 
pastor of Big vSpring, Middle Spring, and Rocky Spring in the Cumberland 
A'alley in 1742, but resigned in consequence of the frequent Indian incur- 
sions on the frontier (175.5-57) and succeeded his brother at Fagg's Manor. 
In 1707 he became Professor of Divinity and Moral Philosophy at Prince- 
ton, and was acting President of the college until the accession of Dr. 
Witherspoon in 1760. He died at Wallkill, in the New York Highlands, 
in 1771. 

While one branch of the family was devoting its energies to the work 
of the ministry and the dissemination of knowledge, another was molding 
the commerce which has since become one of the mainstays of the State 
of New Jersey. In the latter part of the eighteenth century another Samuel 




JOHN .ALBERT BLAIR. 



86 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

P>l;iir was sent by a Philadelphia firm to take oharge of the iron industry 
at Oxford Fui'nace, in Warren County, N. J. This Samuel Blair was the 
great-great-grandfather of Judge John A. Blair and the great-grandfather 
of the late John Insley Blair, who died December 2, 18!)9, at the age of 
ninety-seven, after one of the most eventful careers in the history of New 
Jersey. 

Judge John A. Blair's rudimentary education was obtained in the public 
schools of his native place, and later on he prepared for college at the 
Blairstown Presbyterian Academy. He entered the College of New Jersey 
at Princeton and was graduated from that institution in 1866. At the close 
of the college term he began the study of law in the office of the Hon. 
J. (1. vShipman, at Belvidere, N. J. He was admitted to the bar as an 
attorney at the June term, 1869, and as a counselor at the June term, 
1872. In January, 1870, he came to Jersey City, where he has ever since 
resided and been engaged in his profession. 

On the passage of the law creating district courts in Jersey City Hon. 
Bennington F. Randolph and Mr. Blair were appointed the first .judges 
thereof by the Hon. Joseph D. Bedle, who was at that time Governor of 
the State. In May, 1885, Mr. Blair was appointed Corporation Counsel 
of Jersey City, which office he held until his resignation in 1889. He was 
re-appointed in 1894 and served in that capacity until April 1, 1898, when 
he resigned to accept the appointment of Judge of the Court of Common 
Pleas, General Quarter Sessions, and Orphans' Court of the County of 
Hudson, to which he had been appointed by Governor Griggs just before 
the latter became Attorney-General in President McKinley's Cabinet. 

Judge Blair is a sound lawyer, an attractive and eloquent speaker, a 
man of fine classical acquirements, and the possessor of a large and choice 
library. He is a prominent and active Republican in politics. Although 
never seeking office, his name has been frequently mentioned in connection 
with some of the most prominent positions in the State. He is a regular 
attendant of the First Presbyterian Church of J ersey City. He is a member 
of the Palma Club, was one of the organizers of the Union League Club, 
and was President of the latter organization for several years. 

ALBERT V. HUYLER. — Johannes (John) Huyler came to America from 
Holland about 1741, and went to Bergen County, where he married, in 1742, 
Eva, daughter of Cornelius Banta. He purchased of the heirs of Colonel 
Jacobus Van Cortlandt a large tract of land (several hundred acres) between 
Cresskill and Tenafly, extending from the Hudson River to the Tiena Kill, 
where he resided until his death. His children were Cornelia, married John 
Banta; Joris (George), married Maria Symonson; John, married (1) Effie 
Westervalt and (2) Anntje Banta; Jannetje (dead); and Wilhelmus, married 
Christina Cole. 

John Huyler (2) known as " Captain John," born in 1748, resided on his 
father's farm above Tenafly and was in the Revolutionary War. By his 
wife he had children John, Peter, and George. 

Peter Huyler (3), born April 8, 1781, married Catharine Benson, and had 
children Barney, Garret, Henry, John, and George, the latter of whom 
obtained title to the old homestead. 

Henry Huyler (4) married Margaret Voorhis and by her had three chil- 
dren : Peter E., Harry, and Albert V., the latter of whom is tlie subject of 
this sketch. 

Albert V. Huyler (5) was born at Tenafly, N. J., and there received bis 



GENEALOGICAL 87 

education in the public schools. At the age of nineteen he left school and 
engaged in the watch and diamond business at No. 21 Maiden Lane, New 
York City, in which he has continued for the past fifteen years, doing 
business under the style of N. H. White & Co. He is a public spirited and 
progressive citizen, and thoroughly identified with the affairs of the com- 
munity. 

Mr. Huyler married Miss Virginia Connor, and they have two children: 
Cleveland C. and Washington E. Huyler. 

ALBERT IRVING DRAYTON, President and General Manager of the 
New Jersey Title and Abstract Company and one of the leaders of the 
younger bar of Jersey City, is the son of Henry S. Drayton, M.D.. and 
Almira E. Guernsey, and a grandson of William R. and Mary M. (Shipman) 
Drayton and of Dr. Henry and Martha J. (Halsey) Guernsey. His paternal 
great-grandparents were Henry and jMary (Rood) Drayton and Jacob and 
jNEary (IMulford) Shipman, while those on his mother's side were William 
and Elizabeth Nancy (Scofleld) Guernsey and Rensselaer and Jane Halsey. 
These names represent some of the oldest families in New Jersey, many 
of whose members have been prominent in the history of the colony and 
State, and distinguished in both civil and military life. William Henry 
Drayton, one of Mr. Drayton's ancestors, was Chief Justice and Governor 
of South Carolina in 1776-77 and a member of the Continental Congress in 
1778-79, and another member of the family was Captain Percival Drayton, 
an eminent naval commander. 

Albert I. Drayton was born in Jersey City on the l-tth of August, 1869. 
He received his preparatory education in the various public and private 
grammar schools of that city and at the Jersey City High School, and sub- 
sequently entered the New York University, from which he was graduated 
with the class of 1888. Determining upon the law as his profession, he was 
a law student from 1888 to 1891, and in the meantime took a course of 
lectures at the Columbia Law School. He was admitted to the bar of New 
Jersey as attorney in November, 1891, and as a counselor February, 1895, 
and ever since his admission as an attorney has been actively and success- 
fully engaged in the practice of law in his native city. In the many cases 
in which he has been identified in all the courts of the State he has 
displayed marked ability, sound judgment, and broad and accurate learn- 
ing, and, although a young man, he has gained a leading position at the 
Hudson County bar. His legal connections with important real estate 
matters led him finally into a close study of that subject, and as President 
and General Manager of the New Jersey Title and Abstract Company of 
Jersev City he is widely known and an acknowledged authority on land 
titles!" 

He is also an officer in various other corporations, being President of the 
Jersey City Golf Club, first Vice-President of the Alumni Association of 
Gamma Chapter of Delta Phi, a member of the Delta Phi fraternity, and a 
member of the Cosmos Club, of the Jersey City Chess Club, of the New 
Jersey State Bar Association, of the Hudson County Bar Association, of 
the Nyack Country Club, of the Deal Golf Club, of the New York University 
Alumni Association, and of St. John's Episcopal Church of Jersey City. 

Mr. Drayton was married on the 14th of October, 1896, to Sarah Con- 
selyea Traphagen, a descendant of one of the oldest families of New Jersey. 
Their children are William Rood and Grace Traphagen Drayton. 



HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 



ITKNKY ]>. T\'INTON, for tliiity ycais editor and proprietor of tlie 
lien/Ill Cniiiiti/ Dniiocnif, of Hacla-nsack, N. J., is tlie son of Eben Winton, 
and was born' on the 14tli of Pebrnai'v, ISfS. He received a common school 
odncation, and in 1S(;3, at tlie eai'ly ai^c of fifteen, entv-red tlie office of the 
Dciiiocrot, wlu'ie bv assidnous attention to his dnties he soon became a 
Ihoroiijih ])racticar printer. In ISTII, when bnt twenty-two years old, he 

became proprietor and 
assnnKHl the editorial 
control of the Bergen 
f'oiniti/ t)('iiiocr<it, which 
nnder his judicious man- 
a.t;:eraent has steadily 
j^rown in influence and 
]io]iularity, and which 
now ranks among the 
leading newsjjapers of 
Xew Jei-sey. 

Mv. ^^'inton is an able 
editor and business man 
— a fact Avhich is abun- 
dantly shown by the suc- 
cess and deTeloi)ment of 
his paper. He is one of 
Ifackensack's most j)ub- 
lic spirited citizens, 
deeply interested in lo- 
cal affaii-s, and thor- 
oughly identified with 
everything affecting the 
community. In politics 
an active and influential 
Democrat, he re])resent- 
ed his Congressional dis- 
trict as a delegate to the 
Democratic National 
Convention at Cincin- 
nati in fSSO and at the 
convention in Chicago 
in 1S9(J, and in various 
other important capaci- 
ties has rendered ef- 
ficient service to his ])art>- and town. He was elected Senator from Bergen 
(bounty in 1SS!( and served two terms, and has the record of being the only 
Senator from I'ergen County who has served six years in the Senate of 
New Jersey. 

ABRAM QUICK GAERETSON, for nine years prosecuting attorney 
of the most populous county of the State, during five Y(\irs 'inei'e Law 
or President Judge of the Court of Common I'leas of Hudson County, and 
now an Associate Justice of the Supreme Coni-t of New Jersey, is de- 
scen<Jed fi'om the old Holland stock which contributed so largely in early 
colonial days to the stability and jirosperity of the States of NewYork and 
New Jersey. The names of his ancestors appear in the old Dutch records 




HENKY D. WINTON. 



GENEALOGICAL 89 

of New Jersey, the first of them having come over from Holland soon after 
the first planting of New Amsterdam. The Garretsons were among the 
number who originally settled in the present territory of New Jersey, in 
the vicinity of New York City. Later branches of the family pushed'into 
the western counties with the first pioneers. Judge Garretson's direct 
ancestors were among the earliest settlers of Somerset County. He is 
the son of Martin Schenck Garretson and Ann Beekman Quick and a great- 
grandson of Abraham Quick, a colonel of New Jersey militia in the Revo- 
lutionary War. 

Judge Garretson was born in Franklin Township, Somerset County, on 
the 11th of March, 1842. He was sent to school in Trenton at the age of 
thirteen, and entered Rutgers College in the fall of 1859. His preparation 
had been such that he was enabled to enter the sophomore class in the 
classical course at the age of seventeen, graduating with honors three 
years later, in 18G2, and standing first in his class. In 1865 he received the 
degree of A.M. in course. He chose the legal profession as promising 
the best opportunities for a career. He also determined to select the 
largest city of his State as his field of operation. Accordingly, we find 
him, almost immediately after graduation, entering as a student the law 
office of the well known Chancellor A. O. Zabriskie, of Jersey City. Aftei' 
spending two years in the Chancellor's office, he rounded out his legal 
studies by a year at the Harvard Law School. In November, 1865, he was 
admitted to practice at the bar of New Jersey as an attorney, and at the 
end of three years, in 1868, and as soon as the law of the State permitted, 
he was admitted as a counselor, giving him the right to piactit(^ in the 
highest courts of the State. He was afterward admitted to practice before 
the United States Supreme Court at Washington. 

The young lawj^er's success was not only immediate, but quite phe- 
nomenal, as was shown by his appointment in February, 1869, only one 
year after his admission as a counselor and only four after his first prac- 
tice, to the responsible position of Prosecutor of Pleas for Hudson County, 
an office identical in every respect except its name with that of the or- 
dinary district attorney of other States. He was appointed for a term of 
five years by Governor Randolph, and filled the position so ably and with 
such general satisfaction that at the end of the time he was re-appointed 
for a second term by Governor Parker. He served four years of this 
second term, making a continuous service of nine years, and then resigned 
to accept in 1878 the appointment by Governor McCIellan as Law or 
'■ President " Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Hudson County. 
He served in this capacity for five years. 

The ability and integrity displayed by Judge Garretson upon the bench 
only served to greatly increase the esteem and respect of his fellow-citizens. 
But notwithstanding all this, he desired to return to private practice, and 
this he eventually did in 1883, when his term as judge expired, he having 
announced that he was not a candidate for re-appointment previous to the 
expiration of his term. 

In the same year he formed a legal partnership with James B. Vreden- 
burgh in Jersey City. In 1900 he was appointed an Associate Justice of 
the Supreme Court of New Jersey. 

While Judge Garretson has always been a consistent Democrat in poli- 
tics, in local affairs his sympathies are fully enlisted in the welfare of 
the community. He has served as one of the Commissioners for the Ad- 
justment of Tax Arrearages for Jersey City since 1887, when that commis- 



90 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

sion was organized. In Jersey City an immense amount of property has 
been snowed under a great burden of tax arrears which it was utterly 
impossible for its owners to meet, while if they abandoned their property 
the city treasury was unable to realize upon it, and it has been the delicate 
and difficult task of the commission to readjust such old claims of the city 
and fix a sum which the property owners could pay and thus put such 
property on a tax-paying basis, and at the same time lift a burden which 
could not fail to depress values and impede municipal growth and develop- 
ment. Claims aggregating millions of dollars have been thus readjusted, 
while the commission is now beginning to see the prospective end of its 
labors. 

Judge Garretson was a founder in 1888 and is President of the New 
Jersey Title and Guarantee Trust Company, the only one of its kind in 
Jersey City, and is a Director in the Third National Bank. He is also 
similarly interested in other directions. His name must ever be linked with 
the progressive development of his adopted city, where he has resided 
since 1865. 

November 12, 1879, he married Josephine, daughter of Joseph and Mary 
(Davis) Boker, of Philadelphia. Their children are Leland Beekman, Jose- 
phine Boker, and Eleanor Helen. 

JAMES CHIDESTER EGBERT, D.D., for forty-two years the be- 
loved pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of West Hoboken, N. J., 
and now pastor emeritus of that society, is a lineal descendant of James 
Egbert, who was born in 1695. His paternal ancestors were Germans, 
coming from Saxony or Hanover to this country several generations ago. 
Lewis Egbert, a member of his branch, served in the Revolutionary War. 
Dr. Egbert's father, James Egbert, was the son of Enos Egbert and Sarah 
Lyon, both natives of New Jersey, and was born at Elizabeth, in this State, 
in 1801. He learned the trade of printer in the office of the Palladium of 
Liberty at Morristown, N. J., and, moving to New York, became a partner 
of Mahlon Day, one of the earliest printers in that city and for many years 
the publisher of the weekly Bank Note List. Mr. Day, with his wife and 
daughter, was lost at sea on the ill-fated ship Arctic. James Egbert suc- 
ceeded to the firm's business, and for nearly fifty years conducted a large 
and successful printing establishment in New York on Pearl Street, oppo- 
site Frankfort. He finally retired, and died in West Hoboken, N. J., No- 
vember 17, 1881, having settled there about 1867. His father, Enos, was 
a blacksmith and iron founder, and also a native of Elizabeth. James 
Egbert married Joanna Jones Chidester, daughter of James and Peninah 
((luerin) Chidester, all of whom were born in New Jersev. She died in 
1866. 

Dr. Egbert was born in New York City on the 17th of October, 1826, 
and there received his education. He attended one of the public grammar 
schools and then taught for four years in the same institution. Afterward 
he continued his studies and also taught in the private school of Professor 
John Jason Owen, of New York, and in 1848, having received a thorough 
preparatory training there, entered New York University, then under the 
presidency of Theodore Prelinghuysen. He was graduated with honors 
in 1852, receiving the degree of B.A., and on March 4, 1889, the university 
conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity in recogni- 
tion of his eminence as a minister and of his learning and standing as a 
scholar. In 1852 Dr. Egbert began the study of theology at the Union 



GENEALOGICAL 91 

Theological Seminary in New York. He was graduated from that institu- 
tion in April, 1855, and licensed to preach by the Third Presbytery of New 
York on the 11th of the same month. 

On June 13, 1855, he was ordained pastor of the First Presbyterian 
Church of West Hoboken, X. J., and continued in that capacity for forty- 
two consecutive years, resigning June 13, 1897. Soon afterward he was 
made pastor emeritus of the congregation. This church was organized 
June 12. 1850, with eight members, and the church edifice was dedicated 
June 25, 1851. For four years Kev. Charles Parker supplied the pulpit, 
and through his efforts, and with the aid of Eev. William Bradford, then 
editor of the New York EvaiKjclist, the church building was erected. Dr. 
Egbert was their first settled pastor, and faithfully and diligently dis- 
charged the duties of the trust, gaining not only the love but the confidence 
and affection of the entire community as well as of his own parishioners. 
From a very small congregation he built it up to a membership of over 
135 and the Sunday school to 500 scholars, with a chapel in Jersey City 
of about 250 members. The society made a strong effort to retain him 
as their active pastor, but advancing years and the evident need of rest 
impelled him to resign, and the pastorate has since been under Rev. Charles 
Alexander Evans, a graduate of Princeton, class of 1884. As pastor 
emeritus, however. Dr. Egbert continues to exercise a broad and wholesome 
influence in the church. 

He has twice been Moderator of the Presbytery of Jersey City, is a 
member of the Associate Alumni and of the Alumni Club of the Union 
Theological Seminaiy, and is known throughout the State and in other 
Presbyteries as a man of broad culture, of great learning, and of fine 
intellectual attainments. His sermons, many of which have been pub- 
lished, bear evidence of high literary skill as well as sound logic and 
doctrinal knowledge. 

Dr. Egbert was married, August 1, 1855. to Harriet Louise Drew, daugh 
ter of George and Philinda Drew, of New York City. Their children are 
Annie Lake Egbert, a teacher in the New York public schools; James C. 
Egbert, Jr., professor of Latin in Columbia College, New York; Rev. 
George Drew Egbert, pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Cornwall, 
N. Y. ; and Marion Dupuy Egbert, also a teacher in the New York public 
schools. Two other children died in infancy. 

RAYMOND P. WORTENDYKE is descended from Cornelius Jacobse, 
alias Stille (or The Silent), a farmer, who, with his brother John, came 
to New Amsterdam from Amsterdam, Holland, in 1630. Shortly after their 
arrival they assumed the surname of Somerendyke. Cornelius, after re- 
maining a short time in New Amsterdam, bought and located on a planta- 
tion at Bushwick, L. I. From thence he removed to what is now the 
Williamsburgh district of Brooklyn. In KiCl he took the oath of allegiance 
to the British king, at which time he was residing on a farm of one hun- 
dred acres in what was formerly the Greenwich district of New York City. 
He married (1) August 24, 1692, Classie Tennis, and (2) July 2S, lOllS, 
Tryntie Wallings Van Winkle, of Amsterdam, Holland. He died in New 
York in 1679, having had nine children of the second generation, the 
eldest of whom was Jacob Corneliesen, born in 1044, who married, March 
11, 1671, Aeltje Fredericks, an estimable Brazilian lady. Their children 
were four of the third generation, to wit: Jacob, Nicholas, Frederick J., 
and Cornelius. Frederick (3d gen.), known as Frederick Jacobsen Someren- 



92 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

dyke, located on the upper west side of Mauhattan Island. He and his 
descendants adopted the surname of Wortendyke, while those of his broth- 
ers retained that of Somerendyke. The old Somerendyke mansion house, 
built of stone, stood, a few years ago, on the Bloomingdale road near West 
Seventy-fifth Street. Frederick (3d gen.) married, June 10, 1707, Divertie 
Kynearsen Quackenbush, a granddaughter of Peter Quackenbush, of 
Oostergeest, Holland. About 1722 Frederick removed to Bergen County, 
N. J., where he purchased several tracts of land, the principal one of which 
was nearly five hundred acres in area at what is now Park Ridge, formerly 
Pascack. On this tract, lying on both sides of Pascack Brook, he built his 
residence and two or more mills. He was the founder of Pascack settle- 
ment and left a large landed estate. After his death his will became the 
subject of a long litigation. His children of the fourth generation were 
Aeltie, Eynier, Elizabeth, Frederick F., and Classie. 

Frederick F. Wortendyke (4th gen.), born in New York City, April 10, 
1720, married April 3, 1748, Sara Peters Durie, of Pascack. By the will 
of his father he obtained half of the homestead at Pascack on which he 
resided, besides lands at Tappan and on the Palisades. He died about 1770, 
leaving issue of the fifth generation Frederick, Jannetje, Jacobus, Marya, 
Elizabeth, Judith, Peter F., Sara, Susanna, Divertie, Mensie, and John. 
Of these, Frederick was taken by the British in 1776 and confined for 
some time a prisoner in the old Sugar House in New York. 

Peter P. Wortendyke (5th gen.), baptized August 29, 1754, married 
Martha Demarest. He resided at Pascack, where he was a farmer and 
miller. His children of the sixth generation were Frederick P., Augenitie, 
Peter P., and Jacobus. 

Peter P., of the sixth generation, born June 15, 1797, died at Pascack, 
January 31, 1885. He was a farmer and married, January 6, 1816, Maria 
Banta, by whom he left issue of the seventh generation Peter P., Maria, 
Frederick P., Cornelius P., Martha, Laney, and John. 

Peter P. ^\'ortendyke, of the seventh generation, born June 14, 1810, 
died April 12, 1900. He married Harriet Cummings, a native of Spring 
Valley, N. Y. He resided at Pascack and spent most of his life as a 
tanner. His children of the eighth generation were Maria, Raymond P., 
John H., and Charles P., the second of whom is the subject of this sketch. 

Raymond P. Wortendyke (8th gen.), one of the prominent members of 
the bar of Jersey City, was born at Pascack, Bergen County, N. J., De- 
cember 30, 1845. He is the youngest son of Peter P. and Harriet (Cummings) 
Wortendyke, and inherits from a long line of ancestors on both sides the 
sturdy characteristics of his race. He attended the public schools at 
Pascack and Hackensack, Bergen County, and was graduated from the 
New Jersey State Normal School at Trenton, June 15, 1802. Subsequently 
he taught school for upward of seven years, during the last three of which 
he was connected with Hasbrouck Institute in Jersey City. In the 
meantime he studied law in Jersey City three and one-half years in the 
office of Hon. Jacob E. Wortendyke, member of Congress, and for six 
months with Hon. William Brinckerhoff, State Senator. He was ad- 
mitted to the bar at Trenton as an attorney June 3, 1809, and as counselor 
June 6, 1872, and for over thirty years has been actively and successfully 
engaged in the general practice of his profession, his present oflQce being 
in Jersey City. 

Mr. Wortendyke resides in Englewood, Bergen County, where he has 
served as a public school trustee for twenty years and as counselor of the 



GENEALOGICAL 93 

old Public Road Board for ten years. He has been counsel for the Town- 
ship of Englewood for many years, and is now City Attorney for the 
City of Englewood. During his career at the bar he has been connected 
with a number of important cases in which he has displayed marked abilitj', 
sound judgment, untiring industry, and great force of character. He is 
public spirited, progressive, and patriotic, thoroughly identified with the 
best interests of the community, and holds a prominent place at the bar. 

Mr. Wortendyke has been twice married, first on December 30, 1869, 
to Caroline, daughter of Levi and Wilhelmina (Ackerman) Gurnee, of 
Pascack, N. J., who died February 11, 1895. On September 29, 1897, he 
married Mrs. Ann E. H. (Demarest) Gurnee, of Hackensack, daughter of 
David A. Demarest, of Tenafly, Bergen County. 

DAVID A. DEMAREST was without doubt in his day one of the most 
widely known and highly respected men in Bergen County. He was of 
the sixth generation from David des [NFarest, the French Huguenot emi- 
grant, concerning whom see page 64. The line of descent was as follows: 
David des Marest (1), the emigrant, and his wife, ilaria Sohier, had four 
children, one of whom was David Demarest, Jr. (2), who married Rachel 
Cresson and had twelve children, one of whom was Jacobus (3). who mar- 
ried Lea de Groot and Margrietie Cozines Haring, and had fifteen children, 
one of whom (by the second wife) was Abraham D. Demarest (4), born at 
Old Bridge, Bergen County, September 25, 173S, died near Closter, X. J., 
Julv 9, 1824, married, in 1763, ^Nrargaretta Garrets Demarest, born at 
Schraaienburgh, December 2, 1744, died June 13, 1834. Abraham 1). Dem- 
arest (4) resided at Old Bridge for many years, when he removed to Hack- 
ensack and kept the Mansio'n House. About 17S1 he purchased a large 
farm on the west side of the Schraaienburgh and Tappan road, lying on 
both sides of the road to Old Hook. There until his death he kept a general ' 
store of groceries, hardware, and such wares as farmers require. He also) 
kept (until 1809) a tavern where the elections were held and other public! 
business transacted. In April, 17S7, he added to his farm on the soutli by 
purchases from the Harings and Van Horns. Abraham was a man of some; 
note His store and tavern were known and patronized by the people for 
miles around. From 1781 until 1799 he held many town offices, including 
those of Commissioner of Appeals, Townsman, Road Master, and Justice 
of the Peace. He was one of the most active members and workers in the 
North Church at Schraaienburgh, in which he several times held the offices 
of Deacon and Elder. His issue were David A.; Rachel, 1768; Margaret, 
1773- John, 1775 (died) ; and Christina, 17S3. 

Of' these David Abraham Demarest (5), the subject of tins sketch, was 
born at Old Bridge, August 28, 1764, and died at Nyack, X. Y., Februai.v 
1 1860 aged ninety-five vears, five months, and three days. He married, 
in 1787 Charitv Haring, daughter of Cornelius Haring, of Pascack, where 
she was born July 24, 1769. She died at Schraaienburgh, January 29, 1849 
a<red about eighty years. She was a lady of sound judgment, with a kind 
and cheerful disjosition, who was her husband's faithful helpmeet and 
companion for more than sixty years. The issue of this union was only 
one child, a daughter, Margaret Demarest, born at Schraaienburgh, N. J., 

^X^AddA.^ Demarest (5) was an unusually bright and active b^. Re- 
alizing this, his father sent him to the best school in the village of Hacken- 
sack where he acquired a fair education, including a knowledge of pen- 



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HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 



inausliii) and composition. Clci-kint;- in and ]iurc]iasin<.>; stofk for his 
fatiicr's stoic, as ^cll as allcndini;' to \\v.' wants of tlic tavern guests, 
tlu-ew liini in conlacl witli all kinds and conditions of people from wlimn 
]\e obtained a large fund of information wiiicli, in later years, he turned 
to good account. Wlien the lievolutionary stiaiggle lu'oke out lie was a lad 
twelve years old, yet the father had difltciilty in restraining the patriotism 
of his son sufliciently to prevent liiiii from offering his services as a drum- 
nu'r hoy to the Continental forces. 

That sti-uiigle over, and having married and settled down to business, 




DAVID A. DEMAREST. 



he gave his attention not only to the store but to agricultural pursuits, 
which were then jirotitable. I'roducts of the farm were sent by sloop from 
Old Itridge, or Closter Dock, to New York. A considerable trade in pig 
iron was carried on with the iron works at IJamapo. Groceries were ex- 
changed for pig iron and the iron shipiied to New York and sold at a profit. 
In October, 1704, he was one of the militia force from New Jersey, 'S'irginia, 
and Tennsyhania sent by rresident 'Washington to I'ittsburg to suppress 
what in American history is known as the " Whisky Insurrection." In 
1796 he began to mi!igle in and wield inthience in town affairs. Fi'om 
that time to 1843 he held numerous town offices, including that of Justice 



GENEALOGICAL 95 

of the reuce. In 1809 he superintended the construction of his father's 
new stone dwelling (still standing). Tht> tavern business was abandoned 
with the dcnnolition of the old family mansion. 

His daughter Margaret married, in 1810, John Perry, a member of one 
of tlie oldest and most prominent families in Rockland County, >,'. Y., by 
whom she had issue two daughters, Catharine (1811) and Charity (1822). 
In 1812 the quota of Bergen County drafted troops for the war with Great 
Britain rendezvoused at Jersey City for three months. Captain Samuel 
G. Demarest (of what is now Westwood, N. J.), who raised a company of 
m'.-n for that war, recruited part of his force at the store of Abraham D. 
Demarest. It has been said that David A. Demarest served in the ^'\■ar 
of 1812, but if so his name does not appear upon the muster rolls of the 
companies that went from his vicinity, commanded by Major ^'an Saun. 

-Vt his death in 1821: Abraham D. Demarest gave all his lands to his 
son, David A. Demarest. The latter soon after purchased several adjoining 
tracts, until the whole area of his homestead farm was over 300 acres. He 
also owned a large farm west of the Hackensaclv Eiver and a tract at 
Ramapo. Henceforth and until his death he was considered a wealthy 
man. But he was one of those men whom wealth makes neither proud nor 
a\aricious — a most genial and hospitable man, noted for his liberality. 
Nearly all his life he had been a member and liberal supporter of the 
North Church at Schraalenburgh, which he helped to organize and to 
which he liberally gave. His commodious mansion was always open to 
the ministers of that and sister churches. They came and went at their 
pleasure, sometimes staying with their families for weeks at a time. Their 
host's hospitality was of the good old-fashioned variety, spontaneous and 
hearty. Everybody was welcome beneath his roof. He had great intluence 
over his neighbors and a happy way of settling disputes. As a Justice 
of the Peace for many years his practice was to avoid trials, if possible, and 
usually he would bring the parties to an agreement to settle before the trial 
day came on. He was a gentleman of '■ ye olden time " — a sort of " Cadi " in 
the community to whom the people went for advice in time of trouble 
and did not go in vain. He was a lover of music, and in 1801 organized 
a band in which he played second clarinet. The minutes of this band in 
his handwriting show that it prospered for some time. He was an 
entertaining conversationalist and story-teller who never lacked for lis- 
teners. Physically he was remarkably robust, and was never severely ill. 
He was found dead in bed one morning at the home of his daughter, at 
Nyack, N. Y., whom he was visiting. He lay as though he had ciuietly 
dropped into a peaceful sleep. He was of the type of man rarely to be 
met with in these days. He saw the Revolutionary War, the War of 1S12, 
and the Mexican War, and had he lived another year he would have seen 
the beginning of the Civil War. The year before his death the Northern 
Railroad was completed. The company gave him a pass, but he never 
used it, and died without having experienced the sensations of riding on a 
moving railroad train. 

Catharine and Charity Perry, has granddaughters, married, respectively, 
Isaac and Tunis Smith, of Nyack, N. Y., who, for many years, owned and 
operated a steamboat line between New York and Nyack. Isaac and Tunis 
Smith were descendants of Lambert Ariaense, a native of Gilderland, Hol- 
land, who came to America when a young man and settled at New Amster- 
dam, where, on April 9, 1682, he married Margaretta Garrets Blawvelt, a 
daughter of Garret Hendricksen Blawvelt, of Deventer, Holland. In 1686 



96 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

Lambert and his brothers-in-law, the Blawvelts, and others purchased 
the Tappan patent. Lambert settled on part of it at the "Green Bush," 
in Eockland County. His descendants soon became so numerous that it 
was necessary to distinguish one from the other, and as Lambert was a 
smith by profession it became convenient to designate him as Lambert 
Ariaense Smidt. Most of the family eventually dropped the Ariaense and 
called themselves Smith. Lambert Smith and Margaretta Garrets Blaw- 
velt had issue, among other children, a son, Garret Smith (2), who mar- 
ried Brechie (Bridget) Peters Haring, of Tappan, and had issue, among 
other children, a son, Peter G. Smith (3), who married Annetie (Hannah) 
Blawvelt, and had issue, besides other children, a son, Isaac (4), who mar- 
ried Rachel Smith, and had issue several children, among whom was Peter 
Smith (5), who married Christina Demarest (a sister of David A. Demarest, 
above mentioned). Old patrons of the steamer '' Chrystenah " will re- 
member her portrait at the head of the stairway to the upper deck. They 
had issue of the sixth generation : Isaac, Abraham, Tunis, and David. 

Isaac married Catharine Perry, and Tunis married Charity Perry, as 
above stated. The issue of Catharine Perry and Captain Isaac Smith were 
John, James, and Margaret Ann, all now deceased. The issue of Charity 
Perry and Tunis Smith were six children, all now deceased except David 
and Sidney. 

JAMES KIPP is of the tenth generation in lineal descent from Roeloff 
(Ealph) de Kype, who, as the prefix " de " unmistakably indicates, was 
of French origin, but who resided at Amsterdam, Holland, whither he 
had fled from France. His life-long calling was that of a soldier, wherein 
he exhibited bravery, energy, and capacity of the highest order. He at- 
tained prominence as a military leader in 1555, during the long and bloody 
struggle between the Catholics and Protestants, in which the latter finally 
triumphed. It has been said that in 1559 he returned to France and fought 
against the Protestants under the banner of the Duke of Anjou. Whether 
he did or not is at this late date a matter of little importance. It is known 
that his sons espoused the Protestant cause. One of them is said to have 
been a stockholder in the Dutch East India Company and an active pro- 
moter of the voyage of Hendrick Hudson to New York in 1(509. His son, 
Hendrick de Kype (3d gen.), born at Amsterdam in 1578, came to America 
accompanied by his son Hendrick (4th gen.). They were the first of the 
name in the New World. Hendrick (3d gen.), owing to ill-health, soon 
returned to Holland, but his son Hendrick (4th gen.), who seems to have 
been the first to drop the " de " from the name and who was usually 
known as " Hendrick Hendricksen Kype," married and became one of the 
first permanent settlers on Manhattan Island. Being a tailor by occupa- 
tion, he was sometimes dubbed " Schneider Kype." On April 28, 1 643, he 
purchased a lot 30 x 110 east of " The Fort " (now Bridge Street, near 
Whitehall), on which he built his family residence and shop. There, for 
years, he was the principal tailor of the town. He married Ann de Sille, 
a daughter of Nicholas de Sille, of Wyck, Holland. About this time Kieft 
was Governor of New Amsterdam. Kype despised the governor and pub- 
licly denounced him as " a butcher " for permitting the massacre of the 
Hackensack Indians at Pavonia. Kieft summoned him to appear and 
answer for his insolence, but Kype replied by messenger that he would 
not appear before " a man of blood." Mrs. Kype likewise denounced Kieft 
as a false judge. Upon the succession of Stuyvesant to the governorship 



GENEALOGICAL 97 

Kype was made a Councilor. Latei- lie was chosen to be one of the nine 
Selectmen, because, as is said, he was one of " the most notable, reasonable, 
honest, and respectable citizens of the city." Two years later he was made 
a Burgher, but becoming dissatisfied with the management of town affairs 
he soon after sold out and removed to Amstel, in Delaware, where he 
embarked extensively in the brewing business on the west bank of the 
Delaware River. The governor of Delaware soon made him a member 
of the Council, and later, in 1660, appointed him Commissioner of Amstel. 
About 1694 he seems to have returned to New Amsterdam and about the 
same time purchased from Captain John Berry a tract of two hundred 
acres of land south of Hackensack, from the Hackensack River to the 
Saddle River, and including in it the present village of Lodi. He died in 
New Amsterdam about 1703. leaving children of the fifth generation Cor- 
nelia, Catharine, Peter, and Nicasie (Nicholas). 

Nicholas (.5th gen.), born at Amstel, Del., in 166S, went to Hackensack 
in 1691, and married Ann Breyant, of old Bergen. The same year the 
couple joined the Dutch Church at Hackensack. In 1698 Nicholas, with 
Thomas Fraunce and Rutgert Yan Horn, of Bergen, purchased from Cap- 
tain Berry a large tract at Jloonachie. Nicholas made other purchases 
in due time — one of two hundred acres from Garret Ly decker extending 
from the Hackensack to the Saddle River, and another large area of 
" meadow land " for which, as his deed recites, he gave a " fatted calf." 
Upon his death he inherited a large portion of his father's lands, and passed 
as one of the most extensive landholders in that s(x-tion. He resided on 
the I'olifly road, was active in town and church aft'aiis, and held several 
responsible official positions. His eleven children of the sixth generation 
were Henry, Peter, Isaac, Cornelius, Jacob, Ann, Catherine, Elizabeth, 
Garret, Nicholas, and John. 

Nicholas (6th gen.), born at Moonachie in 1720, married in 1710 Lea ^'ree- 
land, of Bergen. He was a farmer by occupation and resided for thirty- 
five years in Lodi Township. In 175;") he removed with his family to 
Schraalenburgh, where he bought a large farm lying on ))()th sides of the 
Schraalenburgh road near the jiresent North Church. The same year 
he and his wife joined the Schraalc.iburgh South Church, of which Nicholas 
was made a Deacon in 1760. He was a man of means and greatly re- 
spected by his neighbors. His children of the seventh generation wei'e 
Sophia, Isaac, Catharine, Petei-, John, :Maria, Ann, and Jemima. 

Isaac Ki]i]) (7th gen.) was born at Schraalenburgh, :May 14, 1756, and 
died there March 10, IS13. He joined the South Cliurch in 1785, and 
became one of the princi{)al and, in fact, the most influential man in 
Schraalenburgh. He owned and managed a large farui on both sides 
of the road near the North Chuich. Though wealthy, both he and his 
father Nicholas fervently espoused the cause of the colonists. For this 
the British and Tories raided the Kipp farms and buildings, drove off the 
live stock, and committed other acts of spoliation. Isaac joined the local 
militia, known as the " train bands." and served against the British during 
the last years of the Revolutionary struggle. At its close he became active 
in the organization and drilling of the State militia, in which he \\as at 
first a Major and later a Colonel. He was oneof the principals in the organi- 
zation of the North Church Congregation, and one of the se\en men chosen 
by resolution of the Consistory in ls\H) to build the present church edifice, 
receiving for that service six shillings per day. He died in March, 1813, 
and was buried near the church in which he was so long prominent. His 



98 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

children of the eighth generation were Nicholas, David, Henry (who became 
a prominent physician), Ann, Leah, Maria, Christina, Isaac, and James. 

David Kipp (8th gen.) was born at Schraalenburgh, January 24, 1783, 
and died May 18, 1864. He was reared on his father's farm, and in 1806 
married Elizabeth, daughter of William de Graw, of Old Tappan. David 
resided and for many years kept a general store at what is now Bergen- 
fleld, on the corner of the road leading from Schraalenburgh road to the 
South Church. His children of the ninth generation were Maria (married 
Matthew S. Bogert), William, and Fanny (married Cornelius L. Blawvelt). 

William Kipp (9th gen.) was born at Schraalenburgh, August 19, 1812, 
and died in 1871. He married, November 24, 1831, Elizabeth Banta, born 
in 1813. William i-esided for many years at Old Tappan, now Harrington 
Park. Although reared a farmer, he was a born politician, and for many 
years was the Democratic leader in Harrington Township. Late in life 
he removed to Closter. At his death he left living issue David, John B., 
Isaac, Levina, James, and ^Villiam de Graw, the last two named being 
the subjects of this and the following sketch. 

James Kipp (10th gen.) was born at Old Tappan, N. J., October 15, 1844, 
and received his schooling in the public schools at Tappan. At the age 
of fifteen he left home to become a clerk in the grocery store of his brother 
David, at Sparkill, N. Y. He was called home in the fall of 1<SG2 to take 
the place of his brothers John B. and Isaac, who had joined the Union 
Army in Virginia. Upon the return of his brothers James sought and 
obtained a clerkship in the grocery house of Elbert Bailey, then at 518 
Sixth Avenue, New York. After four years' service with Mr. Bailey he 
entered the office of the Lorillard Insurance Company, but remained there 
only three months. A more lucrative position was offered him with the 
New York Rubber Clothing Company at 347 Broadway, which he accepted. 
In July, 1867, this company combined with the Goodyear Rubber Com- 
pany. Mr. Kipp acquired an interest in the business and was given the 
responsible position of manager, a position which he still holds at Nos. 
787-789 Broadway, New York. To manage a concern doing the great vol- 
ume of business which the Goodyear Rubber Company is doing demands 
business tact and judgment of the highest order. These qualities Mr. Kipp 
possesses in a marked degree, and his untiring energy, activity, thorough 
knowledge of the business, and close attention to its details have marked 
him for the early future as one of the great army of successful mercantile 
men in the great city. He is thoroughly domestic in his habits and tastes, 
and spends his spare time with his family. He belongs to no city clubs, 
does not dabble in politics, has never held political office. He "leans 
toward " the Dutch Reformed Church and the Republican party. 

He married, February 21, 1872, Rachel, a daughter of John J. and Hannah 
M. Naugle. Mrs. Kipp was born at Closter, N. J., March 25, 1850. They 
have three daughters: Ada (married in 1895 to Edward Livingston Gilbert, 
a New York stock broker), Eva, and Florence, the last two both unmarried' 
Florence is a recent graduate of the Comstock School of New York City, 
and her sisters are graduates of the New York City public schools. Ada 
has a daughter, Margery (11th gen.), born in 1897. 

WILLIAM De GRAW KIPP (10th gen.), brother of the above, was born 
at Old Tappan, N. J., February 25, 1848, and like his brother obtained his 
education in the public schools of his native township. He left home in 
1866 to take a position as clerk in the grocery store of Ward Carpenter 



GENEAI;OGICAL 99 

No. 520 Sixth Avenne, Xe^Y York. Here he remained fer a year and then 
entered the employ of E. C. Hazard & Co., where he filled the position of 
salesman for nine years, after which he embarked in the grocery bnsiness 
on his own account at Oloster, N. J. This venture being unprofitable, he 
became a salesman in the house of Wright Gillies & Brother, Xew York. 
He left them in ISSO to take charge of the city sales department of th(> well 
known house of E. R. Durkee & Co., of Xew York, and still fills that posi- 
tion. Their factory and office are at b^A "V^'ashington Street. As a sales- 
man his knowledge of general merchandise and his long experience on the 
road and behind the counter ha^e made him one of the most expert and 
valuable men in his line of business. At home he is public spirited and 
enterprising, favoring public education, local improvements, and athletics, 
and opposing the liquor traffic and dishonesty in public office. He is an 
independent Democrat in politics, but has never held political office. He 
served a term in the Board of Trustees of the public school at Closter. He 
was a Trustee and Treasurer of the Congregational Church for a number of 
years, and was also the prime factor in placing the railroad station at 
Closter in its present location. 

He married in 1ST4 Sarah Elizabeth, a daughter of John J. and Hannah 
M. Xaugle. Sarah E. Xaugle was born at Closter, X. J., March 25, 1853. 
They have four daughters living: Edna, born October 31, 1S75 (married 
in 1899 William C. Bouton, an employee of the Union Trust Company, of 
New York); Lizzie, born in 1S78: Ethel, born in 18S2; and Grace, born 
in 1884. Three others — two daughters and a son — died in infancy. 

THE WESTERVELTS (or Von ^restcrvclls. as Ihcy once called them- 
selves) are another of the very prolific families of Bergen and Hudson 
Counties. Should the traveler happen to jonrney through the Province of 
Overyssel in Holland, about a mile east of the coast of the Zuyder Zee, 
on the highroad from Deventer to Grouingen, he will pass through a con- 
siderable town called :\reppel. In the middle of the sevente(>nth century 
this town was a mere hamlet. Three miles east was the town of Zwolle, 
where Thomas a Kempis for half a century resided, where he wrote his 
famous book. In Imifotiou of Chrifif, and where he died about 1471. East 
of :\repi)el the country foi- miles was then a desert waste of lowland. 
To-dav this has been bought up by humanitarian sorieties to secure from 
beggarv able bodied laborers and their families by locating them on these 
lands and emploving them in bringing the lands to productiveness. South 
and west of Meppel were rich, green pasture lands. Xear Meppel lived 
William and Lubbert Lubbertsen, two sturdy brother^. tillers of the soil, 
and raisers of cattle. 

In April, 1662, these two brothers joined the throng of emigrants which 
was then heading from Amsterdam to America to better their ccmdition 
in life. William, with a wife and four children, and Lubbert, -nith a wife 
and six chTl3ren, reached Xew Amsterdam about the first of Jlay, 1C,C,2. 
in the Dutch West India ship " Faith." William repaired to Xew Ltrecht, 
L. I., and Lubbert, with his wife. Gessie Roelofs Van Houten, and family, 
went to Flatbush, where a considerable Dutch settlement had been col- 
lected. At Flatbush, Lubbert bought a house and lot December l."5. fol- 
lowing his arrival, and went to farming, assisted by his boys. He soon 
became an extensive and prosperous farmer, bought much land, and owned 
a number of slaves. Upon his death, neai- the close of the century, his 
sons Lubbert, Jr., Roeloff, John, and Juriaen went to Bergen County, N. J., 



100 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

and settled. Lubbert, Jr., who married Hilletje Pouwless, resided for a 
time in what is now Jersey City, and then removed to the vicinity of what 
is now Highwood, N. J., where he died and his wife remarried. Eoeloff 
and John (who married respectively Ursolena Stimets and Magdalena Van 
Blarcom) bought lands sontli of Highwood and in the vicinity of Oresslcill, 
N. J. The Indians disputed their titles, but subsequently the sachems 
signed releases. Juriaen, who married (1) Gessie Bogert, (2) Antjie Banta, 
and (3) Cornelia Van Voorhis, bought and settled on lands on the Hacken- 
sack and Saddle Rivers. Lubbert's two daughters, Margretie and Mary, 
married and settled at New Hackensack. The descendants of these four 
sons and two daughters of Lubbert Lubbertsen, intermarrying with the 
Demarests, Nangles, Harings, Blawvelts, and others, became a mighty 
host, and are scattered throughout Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic Counties, 
N. J., and Rockland County, N. Y. 

SAMUEL ^VESTERVELT is of the seventh generation from Lubbert 
Lubbertsen, the first emigrant, and was born at Tenafly, Bergen County, 
N. J., on the 16th of August, 185."!, being the son of David I. Westervelt 
and Sophia Parsels, and a grandson of John R. Westervelt and Samuel 
Parsels. He received his education in the Bergen County public schools, 
and at the age of seventeen associated himself with the well known firm 
of Lord & Taylor, of New York City, with which he has remained for twenty- 
eight years, and where he now holds a responsible position. This house 
is widely known as one of the leading dry goods establishments in the East, 
and has few equals in the quality or kind of its business. As an attache 
of this great establishment Mr. Westervelt has displayed the highest 
business abilities, great executive energy, and superior judgment. He 
is a jiublic spirited, patriotic, and progressive citizen, and as a resident of 
Tenafiy, Bergen County, has taken an active interest in local public affairs. 
He has served two years as President of the Board of Education and stiil 
holds that offlce, and is also Trustee and Treasurer, as well as a member, 
of the Presbyterian Church of Tenafly. 

Mr. "\A'estervelt married Miss Charlotte E. Bolden, and they have four 
children: Florence E., born in 1880; Ralph E., born in 1S84; James B., 
born in 1887; and Martha B., born in 1891. 

THE BERRY FAMILY.— One of the earliest emigrants at Bergen was 
John Berry, an Englishman who came from Christ Church Parish in the 
Island of Barbadoes. presumably with Kingsland, Sandford, Moore, and 
one or two others. He was, perhaps, one of the most active and energetic 
of all the emigrants, and certainly the most liberal. In 1668 he bought all 
the lands between the Hackensack and Saddle Rivers, extending from the 
Sandford patent as far north as Cherry Hill in Bergen County. The same 
year he bought three other tracts: one of 1,.500 acres on the Hudson River 
adjoining Edsall, another of 2,000 acres at Schraalenburgh, and another of 
nearly that number of acres on the upper Saddle River. He came to be 
one of the most wealthy of the Bergen settlers, and in a sense " ran the 
towne." He was a member of the Grovernor's Council several years, at one 
time acting Governor, member of the Colonial Assembly, a Justice for 
Bergen County, a Captain and Major in the militia, and Commander of the 
'* Bergen Rangers " or train bands. In 1670 he bought land at Bergen, 
where he made his home. He gave lands for various purposes, especially 
the land at Hackensack on which stands the " Church on the Green." He 



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died in New York, leaA'iiij;- a lar<;e famil>- of children, among wliom wei'e 
Jolm, Mary, Sanniel. Kicliard, P^raneis, and Fraueina. Most of these re- 
mained in Hergeii (N)unt\', wliere their descendants are still numerous. 



HKXTJY H. RRINKERHOFF, Jr., M.1>., memlier of the T.oard of Health 
and one of the leading plivsieians of Jersey tiity, was born at Koeky Hill, 
Somerset ("onnty, N. J., on the 2.'!d of May, ISC.T. His ancestoi-s were 
among the earliest settlers of tlu' State, coming originally fi'om Holland. 
" Joris Dircksen ISrinckerhoef, the founder of the American branch of 
this family, came from the 
County of D r e n t, o r 
Drenthe, in the I'nited 
I'rovinces, and having lived 
some time at Flushing, a 
seaport in Zealand, arrived 
in this eonntry in IGo.S. He 
settled on Staten Island, 
and entered into a contract 
with Cornelius Melyn, the 
owner of the island, to re- 
■^iih' there; but owing to tlie 
murder of some neighboring 
planters by the Indians, in 
1041, he obtained a release 
Ci-om the contract, August 
15, 1041. Then he went to 
Long Island and settled in 
Brooklyn. He married Su- 
sannnli Dnbbels, wlio died 
January 16, 1C61." The 
family settled in Bergen 
County at a very early day, 
and is one of the oldest and 
best known in tlie eastei-ri 
part of New Jersey. In Kill 
Hendrick Brinckerhoef, sou 
of Joris Dircksen Brincker- 
hoef. purchased land on 
Bergen Hill, Jersey City, 
and was tlie an(;estor of the 
family in Hudson and Ber- 
gen Counties, while anotlier 
son of the original emigrant, 
Abraham Brinck"rhoef, is the founder of the Long Island branch. 

Dr. Brinkerhoff's ])ai-ents were Henry H. Brinkerhotf and Elizabeth Vree- 
land, daughter of Michael Vreeland. granddaughter of Michael Vreeland, 
Sr., and a great-gianddaughter of Johannis \reeland, who was the son of 
Michael Vreeland, who was the son of Cornelius Vreeland, who was the 
son of Michael Jansen. The \'reeland family arrived in this country in 
1630 from Holland. On his father's side Dr. Brinkerhotf is a grandson of 
John V. W. Brinkerhotf, a great-grandson of Hai'tman Brinkerhotf, a great- 
great-grandson of Hendri<-k Brinkerhoff, and a great-great-great-grandson 
of Hartraan Brinkerhotf, whose father, Cornelius Brinckerhoff, was the 




HENRV H. BRIKKERHOFF. 



102 HUDSON AND BBR<iEN COUNTIES 

son of Hendrick, tlie founder of the New Jersey branch of the family. 

Dr. Brinkerhoff was educated in the public schools, graduating from 
the High School of Jersey (Uty in 1.SS3. Subsequently he spent half a 
dozen years in mercantile"^pursuits, and then, having decided upon medi- 
cine as his life work, entered Bellevue Hospital Medical College, and after 
graduating began a ])rivate practice which he has since continued, and in 
which he has achieved eminent success. 

He is one of the best known jihysicians in Jersey City. He is City 
Physician, member of the Jersey City Board of Health, Visiting Physician 
and Associate Surgeon of St. Francis Hospital, Treasurer of the Hudson 
County Medical Societj, and prominently identified with the Home for 
the Homeless and the flospital for Contagious Diseases in Jersey City. 
He enlisted as a private in ('omjiany A, Fourth Regiment, X. G. N. J., 
November 9, 18S6, was promoted Corporal December 13, 1887, became 
Sergeant of his comi»any April 3, 18SS, and was commissioned Second 
Lieutenant of Company C January 15, 1894, Captain July 2, 1894. and 
Major of the Fourth Regiment in 1899, which latter position he still holds. 

He is a member of A\'oodland Lodge, Knights of Pythias, of the Hol- 
land Society of New York, of the Hudson County Medical Society, of 
the New Jersey State Medical Society, and of the American Medical Asso- 
ciation, and is thoroughly identified with the afi'airs of the city and active 
and influential in promoting every worthj' object. He is especially gen- 
erous in the encouragement of those movements which have the welfare 
of the community at heart. 

Dr. Brinkerhoff was married on the 28th of April, 1897, to Ella Adelaide 
Hayes, of Newark, N. J. 

RYNIER J. WORTENDYKE is descended from the same ancestor as is 
Raymond P. Wortendyke (see sketch of latter on page 91). His great-great- 
grandfather, Rynier F. ^Vortendyke (son of Frederick Wortendyke and 
Divertie Quackenbush), baptized in New York ]\larch 14, 1714, married (1) 
December 10, 1746, Jannetye Peters Durie, and (2) March 2, 1752, Jannetje 
Smith. 'With his brother Frederick, the ancestor of Raymond P., he ob- 
tained part of the homestead farm at Pascack. Rjnier spent his days 
in farming and running a mill. His children of the fifth generation were 
Frederick, Peter, Jannetje, Cornelius (1), Divertie, Cornelius (2), Rynier, 
John, Jacob R., Mary, Albert, and Aeltje. 

Jacob R. Wortendyke, of the fifth generation, born May 5. 1764, died 
December 18, 1858, married December 7, 1792, Elizabeth Campbell, born 
October 26, 1773, died March 20, 1862. He was a farmer and resided at 
Pascack. Their children of the sixth generation were Lutische, Rynier J., 
and Elizabeth. Of these, Rynier J. (6th gen.), born August 16, 1793, died 
December 3, 1SS4, married, January 10, 1818, Cornelia Haring, who died 
August 12, 1891. They resided at Pascack. Their children of the seventh 
generation were Jacob R., Peter R., Garret, and Elizabeth. 

Jacob R. Wortendyke (7th gen.) was born at Pascack, N. J., November 27, 
1818, and died at Jersey City, November 2, 1868. He married, June 2, 1853, 
Susan J. Doremus, born August 9, 1826, who now resides in Jersey City. 
Jacob R. Wortendyke was graduated from Rutgers College in 1839, after 
which he read law in the office and became a partner of Chancellor A. O. 
Zabriskie. After his admission to the bar he was successful in his prac- 
tice and held numerous official positions in Hudson County. He organized 
the Jersey City Water Board and served as a member of the Riparian 



GENEALOGICAL 103 

Commission. In 1857 he was elected to Congress from the Hudson 
district and served two terms in that body. In 1868 he was a delegate 
to the Democratic National Convention. His children of the eighth genera- 
tion were Nicholas D., Cornelia E., Rynier J., Jacob (died), and Jacob R. 

Eynier J. Wortendyke (8th gen.), the subject of this sketch, was born in 
Jersey City, N. J., August 24, 1860, and has always resided there. Having 
received a thorough preparatory education, he entered Rutgers College 
and was graduated from that institution with honors in the class of 1882. 
He then took up the study of law with James B. Vredenburgh at Jersey 
City, and after the usual course was admitted to the New Jersey bar as an 
attorney in June, 1885, and as a counselor in June, 1888. He has been 
actively and successfully engaged in the general practice of his profession 
in his native city. He is a prominent member of the Presbyterian Church, 
a public spirited and patriotic citizen, a man of broad and accurate learn- 
ing, and a leading factor in the affairs of the city in which he was born, 
and in which he has spent his life. 

Mr. Wortendyke married Miss Carolyn M. Oooley, October 11, 1893, and 
their children of the ninth generation are Rynier J. Wortendyke, Jr., and 
Howard B. Wortendyke. Mrs. Wortendyke died September 22, 1900. 

JAMES B. VREDENBURGH is of Holland descent, the respectability 
of which has been strengthened by intermarriage with the Coles, Schure- 
mans, Van Dorns, Brinckerhotfs, and other of the most prominent Holland 
families. 

Isaac Van Vredenburgh (1), a well-to-do citizen, resident, and burgher 
of the City of Hague, in Holland, had a son who bore the somewhat 
elongated name of William Isaacsen Van Vredenburgh (2), who, while 
yet a very young man, enlisted as a soldier in the service of the Dutch 
West India Company and came to America in May, 1058, on board the good 
shi]) '• (jilded Beaver." He seems to have done military duty in and about 
New Amsterdam for several years, during which time, on October 19, 1664, 
he married Apollonia Barents, a daughter of Barent Jacobsen Cole (Kool), 
a prominent officer of the West India Company, of Amsterdam, Holland. 
He continued in the military service after his marriage, being stationed 
and residing with his family, part of the time, at Fort William Hendrick, 
and part of the time in the new fortification at New Orange. In 1677 he 
must have left the military service, as he then, and as late as 1680, was 
living with his family at Esopus, N. Y. His children were eight in number, 
the eldest of whom was Isaac Van Vredenburgh (3), baptized in New York, 
October 4, 1665, and who married March 7, 1694, Janneken Joosten, a 
daughter of Joost Carelszen, by whom he had six children. William (4), 
the second of these six, baptized in New York, October 4, 1696, died Feb- 
ruary 4, 1773, married April 22, 1717, Catharina, daughter of Patrick 
Schott or Scott, of Kingston, N. Y. William's children were nine, the 
fourth of whom, Petrus Benedict Vredenburgh (5), born July 30, 1721, 
died July 26, 1810, married (1) Margarita, daughter of Jacobus Schureman, 
and (2 1 Elizabeth Fisher. His children by his two wives were eleven in 
number. He removed to New Brunswick, N. J., in 1742. One of his sons, 
Petrus (6), baptized in New Brunswick, N. J., August 4, 1745, died August 
24, 1823, married December 17, 1772, Margarita, daughter of John Schure- 
man. This Peter was for many years a prominent merchant at New Bruns- 
wick, where he became one of the most influential men in Middlesex 
County. He was County Collector of that connty for forty-one years (from 



104 HI IPSO \ AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

17S2 to is:>.'i) and a meiiiber of the New Jersey Assembly from 1790 to 
17!»5. He also held many local offices, including that of Justice of the 
Peace. Of his two children I'etrus (7), born in New Brunswick, October 
5, 1778, removed to Somerville, N. J., where he became one of the most 
prominent physicians of the State, and wlicre he died Septembei' 15, 1848. 
He married December 20, 1804, Maria, daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Van- 
derbilt) Van Dorn, who was boiii April 7, 1783, and died April 2, 1855. 
Tetrus (7) left a large family of cliildren, one of whom, Peter A'redenburgh, 
Jr. (8), born at Somerville, N. J., October 31, 1805, entered Rutgers College 
and was graduated therefrom in 1821. He read law at Somerville and 
was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1820. Soon afterward he removed 
to Freehold, N. J., where he commenced the practice of his profession. In 
due time he was appointed Prow(>cutor of the Pleas for Monmouth County, 
and soon after was elected to the State Legislature as a member of the 
Council. Subsequently he was made an Associate Justice of the Supreme 
Court of New Jersey, which position he held for fourteen years from 1854. 
Many of the opinions which he rendered were beautifully expressed and 
are continually quoted as precedents. He married April 10, 1836, Eleanor, 
daughter of Abraham and Catharine (Remsen) Brinckerhoff, born July 1, 
1815, died March 20, 1884. Judge \'redenburgh died at Freehold, N. J.. 
March 24, 1873. His children were Peter, \\'illiam H., and James B. (0). 
Of these the eldest was Major of the Fourteenth Regiment of New Jersey 
^'olunteers in the War of the Rebellion. He served as Inspector-General 
of the Third .Vrmy Corps, on the staff of (ieneral AVilliam H. French, and 
was present and took part in all the battles in which his regiment was 
engaged. At the battle of Oppequan Creek, near ATinchester, on September 
19, 1864, while in command of his regiment, he was killed while bravely 
leading it in a charge. 

On his mother's side James B. Vredenburgh is descended from an old 
New Jersey family, the founder of whom was Joris Dircksen Brincker- 
hotf, who came to America from Drenthe in the United I'rovinces in 1638, 
settling on Staten Island and subsequently in what is now Brooklyn. His 
sons subsequently settled in Bergen and Hudson Counties. 

James B. Vredenburgh, the subject of this sketch, is of the seventh 
generation from William Isaacson Van \'redenburgh, and Avas born at 
Freehold, N. J., October 1, 1844. He received his early education in Free- 
liold, was graduated from Princeton University in 1863, read law with 
Aaron R. Throckmorton, of Freehold, and w as admitted to the bar of N(?w 
Jersey as an attorney in June, 1866, and as a counselor in June, 1860. Upon 
his admission he located in Jersey City and soon came into prominence 
as a lawyer of ability, industry, and perseverance. In 1872, when the late 
Isaac W. Scudder was elected to Congress, Mr. Vredenburgh formed a 
partnership with that eminent man and thus accpiired an equal share in 
an extensive and lucrative practice. This partnership continued until the 
death of Hon. Isaac W. Scudder in 1881. In 1883 Mr. Vredenburgh associated 
himself with Judge Abram Q. {J^arretson, and the two have ever since 
carried on a large and successful business, practicing in all the State 
and United States courts, the firm name being Vredenburgh & Garretson. 
Mr. Vredenburgh succeeded his former partner. Judge Scudder, as counsel 
for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company and still holds that position. He 
has appeared in all the important cases affecting the interests of that' com- 
pany and in many others of note. He served on the staff of Governor 
Joseph D. Bedle with the rank of Colonel, has always taken an active 



GENEALOGICAL 105 

interest in public affairs, and is a member of the American Bar Association. 

He lias never sought political preferment, yet he has discharged the duties 
of the citizen with characteristic energy and is widely known as a man of 
commanding influence. He has maintained the high reputation, not only 
of his father, but of his ancestors, and has displayed those sterling attri- 
butes and high legal qualifications which have distinguished the family 
for generations. 

^Jr. ^'redenburgh married ^Miss Emily H. Van Vorst, a descendant of the 
well known ^'an N'orst family, the founder of which «as Oornelis Van 
^'oorst, who came to this country from Holland as early as 163G. Their 
children are Peter, James, John, William, Eugene, and Eleanor. 

CORXEHUS r.RIXKERHOFF, of Secaucus, is the son of James D. 
and Jane (Alcorn) Brinkerhoff and a grandson of John BrinkerhofE and 
Kate Bogert, and was born in ^A'est IJoboken, X. J., October 31, 1S59. He 
is descended in the ninth generation from Joris Dircksen Brinckerhoef, 
of the Province of Drenthe, in Holland, who left Holland and lived for a 
time in Flushing, a seaport in X'ew Zealand, whence he came to this couu 
try in IC.'tS. Settling on Staten Island, X. Y., he contracted with Cornelius 
Melyn, the owner, to reside there; but on account of the murder of some 
of the planters by the Indians, in Kill, he secured a release from the con- 
tract and moved to Brooklyn, Long Island. He married Susannah Dubliels, 
and died January IC, 1661. Of their four children the second, Hendrick 
Brinckerhoef, married Claesie, daughter of Cornelius Boomgaert, and 
settled near English Xeighborhood in Xew Jersey. In 1677 he purchased 
land on Bergen Hill, and became the founder of a numerous family in 
Hudson and Bergen Counties, his children being Geertje, ilargrietj(\ Cor- 
nelius, Joris, Derrick, and Jacobus. Most of these as well as their jjarents 
united with the Hackensack church. James D. Brinkerhoff still resides 
in West Hoboken, his wife having died in December, 189.3. 

ilr. Brinkerhoff was educated in the public schools of his native town 
and spent jnuch of his early life on the farm. Afterward he ^\ as employed 
by his uncle, C. H. Brinkerhoff, on a tugboat in Xew York harbor, and 
here developed that mechanical and professional genius which he has 
since displayed with so much credit and honor. Becoming an engineer 
by trade, he has filled various responsible positions, and at the present 
time is superintendent of the Xew Jersey Trap Rock Company at Snalce 
Hill, X. J. He is also Chief Engineei- of the Fire Department of Xorth 
Bergen Townshij). having been appointed to that office in August, IS'JS, 
and having been a leading member of the department for about eight 
years. He is also a member of the Roj'al Society of Good Fellows. Mr. 
Brinkerhoff inherits the sturdy mental and physical qualities of his race — 
a race famous for its attributes of thrift, industry, integrity, and upright- 
ness of character. He has always taken a deep interest in public affairs, 
has contributed materially to the growth and advancement of his county, 
where his ancestors have resided for more than two centuries, and is active 
in the support of all worthy projects. His attention, however, has been 
given chiefly to the duties of the different engineering positions which he 
has held, and in which he has achieved m.arked success. He resides in 
Secaucus. 

September 9, 1882, Mr. Brinkerhoff married Mary JIargaret Leahy. 



106 



HUDSON AND BEIMJEN COUNTIES 



diiii<;li(cr (if Tliomas aud Mary Lcaliy, of ( V)nnty Tiii|i('rai-y, Ireland. They 
have one daiijilifer, Lillian May, born Xovember i;""), IS.S.'t. in New York 
Citv. 



f'OKNELIUS CIIKISTIE belongs fo one of the most nnmerous and 
inllnential families in Jiei'^cn (.-onnty, meiiibers thereof having held 
unmerous and important iiosilinns of trust and resjionsibility, civil and 
religions, during the past two hundred years. Mis first American an- 
cestor was James Christie, who emigrated to this country from Aber- 
deen, Scotland, it is said about 1085, but the probability is that it 

was much later, un- 
'"■'" '-■•■■ '■'■'■■■■ '■■ less he v\'as a boy at 

Ihe time of his emi- 
giation. He went to 
Ifackensack in 170.3, 
and from thence, 
the same year, to 
S c h r a a 1 e nburgh, 
where, on the Sth of 
September, he mar- 
ried M a g d a 1 e n a, 
daugliter of John 
Demarest (2j, and be- 
came the owner, by 
purchase, or in right 
of his wife, from the 
Demarest s, of a 
large farm (about 
otto acres) just north 
of the North Church, 
and extending from 
the Tiena Kill Brook 
west w a r d to the 
S c h r a a 1 e n burgh 
road. His residence 
was on the site re- 
cently occupied by 
John H. Anderson. 
On this farm some of 
his descendants have 
ever since resided. 
He died in 1TGS, at 
the advanced age of 
ninety-six or ninety- 
eight years. His children were Jacob, Jacomina, Anetje, Lae, John, Mariti'e, 
Elizabeth, James, David, and A\'illiam. 

\\'illiani Christie (2), the last named, baptized at Schraalenburgh August 
2S, 172(1, died September 2S, 1809, married September 20, 174^, Catharine 
Demarest. He was a farmer, resided at Schraalenbui-gh, and left ten 
children: James, Margrietie, Alagdalena, Maria, Peter, John, Cornelius, 
Jacomina, David, and Sophia. 

James Christie (?.), known as " Cai)tain James," was born at Schraalen- 
burgh, August 20, 1711, died July 8, 1817. He married IMaria Banta born 




CORNKLIUS CIIKISTIE. 



GENEALOGICAL 107 

August 4, 1754, died September 13, 1815. " Captain James " was a farmer 
by occupation, but patriotic and public spirited. He volunteered his serv- 
ices to the Continental cause in 1777, was commissioned Captain, and raised 
a company of sixty-five men, with whom he served gallantly. His children 
were William, John, Magdalena, Maria, David, Peter, Henry, and Jacomina. 

David Christie (4), born December 1, 178!), died April 8, 1848, married 
March 12, 1814, Anna Brinkerhoft'. 

Cornelius Christie (5), one of their children and the subject of this sketch, 
was born in English Neighborhood (now Leonia), N. J., December 6, 1835. 
He was graduated from Yale University in the class of 1855. After read- 
ing law one year in the Harvard Law School he studied in the offices 
of Mercer Beasley, at Trenton, N. J., and of Abraham O. Zabriskie, at 
Jersey City. He was admitted to the New Jersey bar in February, 1860, 
and his practice since has been largely an office practice and in con- 
sultation. For many years he has served as counsel for his own township 
and for the boards of adjoining municipalities. In 1867 he was elected 
to the House of Assembly in the New Jersey Legislature, from the County 
of Bergen, and was re-elected in 1m68. From 1870 to 1876 he was editor 
and proprietor of the Neir Jer-srij Citizen, a local weekly journal, independ- 
ently Democratic, published by him at Hackensack. He has been from 
time to time interested in various real estate enterprises and in develop- 
ing and carrying them forward to successful issues. Among others he 
has devoted himself to the development of Leonia, the place of his life- 
long residence, and was prominent in effecting its incorporation as a 
borough in December, 1894. He was elected the first Mayor of the borough, 
and has since held that office. By the insertion of explicit provisions in 
his own deeds and influencing others to follow his example he has been 
instrumental in keeping the borough exceptionally free from nuisances 
and vicious influences, and in bringing to it a peculiarly desirable popula- 
tion. 

THE ALLEN FAMILY of Bergen County is descended from Peter Gar- 
rets Van Halen. The name is probably derived from Haelen or Haalen, 
a town in Belgian Limbourg, from which place the family originally hailed. 
The name has gone through several forms: Haelen, Halen, Aelen, Alen, 
and Allen. Peter Van Halen was the son of Cerret Van Halen, of the City 
of Eotterdam, in Holland, where Peter was born about 1087. He came to 
America in 1706 and settled in the Paramus section of Bergen ('ounty, 
where, on the 11th of August of that year, he married, at Hackensack, 
Tryntie Hendricks Hopper. He purchased lands on the west side of the 
Saddle River, where he resided and reared a large family of children, whose 
names were Henrv, 1707; Garret, 1709; William, 1710; Andrew, 1712; 
Maritie, 1714; WiHempie, 1716; Lea, 1718; Rachel, 1723; Andrew, 1725; 
and John, 1727, all baptized at Hackensack. The descendants of these by 
the name of Allen and^Van Allen are very numerous in the western part 
of Bergen County. 

THE BERTHOLFS, who are very numerous in Bergen County, particu- 
larly in the western part, are descended from Guilliam Bertholf, who was 
born at Sluys in Flanders, and with his wife, Martina Hendricks Verwey, 
came to America in 1684 and first located at Bergen in New Jersey, where 
they joined the church, October 6, I6S4, and where their son Henry was 
baptized April 6, 1686. Guilliam had studied theology at Middleburgh, 



108 HUDSON AND BEROEN COUNTIES 

Ilolland, and had come to America in the capacity of catechiser voorleser 
and schoolmaster. In these capacities he labored at Bergen until 1690, 
when lie removed to Hackensack, where the people so esteemed him that 
in 1693 they sent him to Holland to be licensed as a minister of the Dutch 
Church. The Classis of Middleburgh, Holland, ordained and licensed him, 
and on his return in 1694 he accepted the pastorate of the " Church on the 
• Ireen,'' at Hackensack, where he preached until his death. For the first 
fifteen years of his ministry he is said to have been the only Dutch 
preacher in New Jersey. During his pastorate he had the control of all the 
surrounding churches, preaching at Tappan, Tarrytown, Staten Island, 
Raritau, Pompton, Belleville, and The Ponds. He was a well-read and elo- 
quent man, indefatigable in his work, and organized many churches. His 
issue were Sarah, Maria, and Elizabeth (all born at Sluys in Flanders), 
and Henry, Corynus, Jacobus, Martha, and Anna, all of whom joined the 
Hackensack church. Sarah married David D. Demarest, Maria married 
John Bogert, Elizabeth married John Terhune and Rolof Bogert, Heury 
married Mary Terhune, Corynus married Anna Ryerson, Martha married 
Albert Bogert, Jacobus married Elizabeth Van Emburgh, Anna married 
Abraham Varrick. Rev. Guilliam Bertholf purchased from John Berry a 
farm at Hackensack, extending from the Hackensack to the Saddle River, 
on which the village of Hackensack is now partly located, and there he 
died, universally respected, in 1724. All his children remained in Bergen 
County, over which their descendants are thickly scattered. 

JAMES SHREWSBURY ERWIN, one of the leaders of the Hudson bar 
and Prosecutor of the Pleas for the County of Hudson, was born in Jersey 
City, September 5, 1857. He is the son of Matthew Erwin and Caroline A. 
(Gore) Erwin and a grandson of John Erwin, a native of Ireland, who came, 
at an early date, to New York City, where Matthew was born. On his 
mother's side Mr. Erwin is a grandson of William Gore, of Deal, Kent, Eng- 
land, the birthplace of both William Gore and his daughter, Caroline A. 
One of Mr. Erwin's maternal uncles, ^A'illiam Shrewsbury, was a missionary 
to Africa in 1835, while another, James Shrewsbury, for whom he was 
named, was a prominent English barrister in London. John Erwin, his 
paternal grandfather, was in the V^ar of 1812, being a member of a New 
York company called '' McQueen's Men." 

Judge Erwin received his preliminary education in Public Schools Nos. 
1 and 3 in Jersey City. He also attended Cooper Institute, New York, and 
finished his studies under private tutors. Having received a thorough 
training, he took up the study of law in the office of AVashington B. Will- 
iams, and, in February, 1881, was admitted to practice as an attorney in 
his native State. In February, 1884, he became a counselor. Mr. Erwin 
has been actively and successfully engaged in the general practice of his 
profession in Jersey City since his admission in 1881, and in a large number 
of important cases with which he has been identified he has displayed high 
legal qualifications, a broad and accurate knowledge of the law, and great 
skill and ability. He has established a reputation as a lawyer and advocate. 

In 1890 Mr. Erwin represented his district in the General Assembly of 
New Jersey, and there magnified an already high reputation. He served as 
District Court Judge from January 26, 1897, to February 27, 1898, when he 
resigned on his acceptance of the office of Prosecutor of the Plea's of Hud- 
son County. His term expires in 1903. Judge Erwin is a prominent, 
progressive, and public spirited citizen, a man of broad attainments, and a 



GEXEALOKTCAL 



109 



ineiiibci- (»f the I'liidvi Lwij;iU' of Jci-scy (.'ity, of tlu' Miiikakwn (Miib, (if 
tiic Koyal Arcauuin, of the Loyal Additional Koyal Aicaimui, of Itayvicw 
Lodi^e, No. 140, Fivo and Accoptod ^[asoiis, of .loisoy City, and of Amity 
Chaiitoi-, No. :!1, Koyal Aicli ^Masons, of ISayonuo, X. J. 

Xovomlioi' '2-2. 1SS1>, Jiidgc Ei-\Yin inarricd ilai-tlia J. Robinson, and tlioir 
('luldrt'u are iEai-iiaiet J., !Mavtha, James K., and llohait (i. Erwin. 



WAKNER ^Y. WESTERVELT, a prominent member of the New York 
bar and a leading eitizt'n of Woodelitf, IJergen Oonnty, N. d., is of the 
seventh generation from Lubbert Lnbbertsen, the emigrant (see sketch on 
jiage !l!M, and was born in Spring A'alley, Rockland Connty, X. Y., on the 
loth of July, 1847. He is descended from a long line of worthy and dis- 
tingnished Holland ancestors, his parents beirig Sylvester A\'es1ervelt and 
^[argaret Blanvelt, his 
grand]iarents James 
and Hanna (Ten Eyck) 
^^'estervelt and Joseph 
C. and Rebecca (Reni- 
sen) Blauwlt, and his 
great-grandjiarents Al- 
bert Westervelt and 
<'ornelins and Bridget 
(Talman) B 1 a n v e 1 t. 
James ^^'esterxelt, his 
grandfather, was a 
]irivate in the War of 
ISli". These names rep- 
resi'nt sc.nie of the 
oldest and most jiromi- 
nent families in Roi-k- 
land C o n n t y. Xew 
York, those who lia\e 
b o r n e them having 
been conspicndus i;i 
military, profes- 
and bnsiiiess 



civil 

sional 

life. 

:\rr. 




Westervelt ac- 
iinired his educational 
training at the Xe\\' 
York State Xormal 
School in Albany, from 
whicli he was grad- 
uated in July. lS(i7. At 
the age of t^venty he 
began teaching, first in 
tile Union Academv at 
Belleville. X. Y., later 

at T'nion Hall .Vcademy in Jamaica, L. L. and then at the Bolvtechmc In- 
stitute in Brooklyn, X. Y. Snbseqnently he taught in the .Vsliland rnblic 
School at East Orange, X. J., and finally in the schools at I'lainfield, N. J. 
These varifins ]iositions gave him a broad and \aliiable ex]ierience as well 
as a high reputation for scholarship and ability as a teacher. 



WARNER W. WESTEKVELT. 



110 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

But teaching was not to be his life work, though he had been eminently 
successful. His tastes, his ambition, and his efl'orts were for the law as 
a profession. Having pursued the regular course of legal study, he was 
admitted to the New York bar in May, 1880, and since then has practiced 
in New York City with marked success. He has built up a large and suc- 
cessful clientage, and as a lawyer and advocate has gained a wide reputa- 
tion. 

Mr. Westervelt is a prominent citizen and a member of the Reformed 
Church of Pascack at Park Ridge, Bergen County, near where he resides. 
He is thoroughly identified with the affairs of the community. His atten- 
tion, however, has been devoted to his professional labors to the exclusion 
of public trusts and responsibilities, which have often been urged upon 
him. He married Miss Mary A. Beach, of Orange, N. J., and they have six 
children: Jennie E., born in 1870; Burton B., born in 1872; Mary A., born 
in 1876; Margaret, born in 1878; Warner W., Jr., born in 1883; and 
Stuart C, born in 1891. 

ABRAHAM GARRISON DEMAREST is descended in the seventh gen- 
eration from David des Marest, the French emigrant and first American 
ancestor of the Demarests (see p. 64). Samuel Demarest was born in Ber- 
gen County in 1778 and removed to " The Ponds " ("in Franklin Township) 
while a young man, where he settled and married Miss Maria Garretson, 
a descendant of Gerret Gerrets, the Dutch emigrant and first American 
progenitor of the Garretson, Garrison, and Van Wagenen families. Sam- 
uel Demarest, who was a farmer, died in 1837, and his wife in 1850. They 
left several children, one of whom, Abraham Demarest. the father of 
Colonel Abraham G., married Margaret Garrison, and resided at Oakland, 
where their son. Colonel Abraham G., was born on the 16th of November, 
1830. While the latter was still quite young he moved with his parents to 
New York City, where he early became imbued with the military spirit, and 
at the age of twenty -two recruited a company for the now celebrated 
Seventy-first Regiment, of the City of New York, then known as the 
American Rifles. Organized during the " Know Nothing " movement, 
this regiment was composed exclusively of American citizens. 

Colonel Demarest received his first commission from Governor Horatio 
Seymour in 1853. In 1855 he was aeain commissioned, by Governor Myron 
H. Clark, while in 1857 he was commissioned by Governor John A. King. 
In 1860 he removed to Cresskill, N. J. When the Civil War broke out he 
recruited a company at Closter, N. J., for the Independent Battalion of the 
Bergen County Brigade, and in 1862 was commissioned its Captain by 
Governor Charles S. Olden. One hundred and fifty men rendezvoused at 
Trenton under his command, becoming a part of the Twenty-second New 
Jersey "Volunteer Infantry. When field officers were appointed Captain 
Demarest became Major. He held this rank until January, 1863, when he 
was commissioned Colonel. The regiment left Trenton for Washington, 
September 22, 1862, joined the Army of the Potomac, and thereafter partici- 
pated in all the campaigns and hard-fought battles of that army. 

Colonel Demarest is a prominent member of the Military Order of the 
Loyal Legion, the Grand Army of the Republic, and the Society of the 
Army of the Potomac. After his leturn to civil life he removed from Cress- 
kill to Tenafly, N. J., where he has since engaged successfully in mercan- 
tile pursuits. 

Colonel Demarest's first wife was Charity Ferdon, daughter of Henrv 



GENEALOGICAL 



ni 



Ferdon and Frances Talhuan. l^^lic di(-d in Octolxn-, 1S72. Ho uiarricd (2) 
Ellen Van Giesen, of I'aterson, X. .1. His issue hy the lirst wife were Jfar- 
garetta, Maria Louise, and Fdwin, and bv the second Avife Clifford, Amy 
E., Clarion L., and H. Le Kov. 



WALTER CHRISTIE is descended from the same American ancc^stor 
as Cornelius Christie (see sketch on ])ane 10(i), James Christie, of Abei-deen, 
Scotland, the emigrant, N\iio had ten children or more of the secorul gcuei-a- 
tion, one of whom, ^Villiam (2), married Catharine Demarest and by her 
had ten or twelve children. One of these was " Cajitain James," and an- 
other was refer W. Christie (:>), who married JJelitie A\'est<'rvelt, by whom 
lie had several children, one of 
whom was Ralph P. Christie (4), , 
born at Schraalenburgh, October 
12, 17S3, died June Is"; 1S73, mar- 
ried Catharine Westervelt, born 
October 7, 17S7, died April 2(i, 
1848. They resided at Schraalen- 
burgh and had three sons: (Cor- 
nelius R. and Doweh, who were 
apprenticed t(.i the harnessmak 
ing trade, and Peter, who was ajt 
prenticed to the trade of mason. 
Cornelius R. Christie (.")) mai'rii'd 
Annie C'liristie. One of their chil- 
dren was Walter Christie, the 
subject of this sketch. 

Walter ("hristie ((>) was born at 
Schraalenlnirgli. ra-ar the Soulh 
Church, Xo\eniber Ki, '[>(>:'>. and 
still resides on the old homestead 
of his jiaternal grandfathei-, 
Ralph Christie, purchased b\- the 
latter Man-h 31, ISOS, from \\"icrt 
P>anta. The locality is now known 
as the Rorough of Bergenfield, of 
which NA'alter Chi'istie is now the 
Mayor. For many years after his 
purchase from Ranta, Raljih 

Christie conducted a tannery on the farm, and ANlien his sons, Cornelius and 
Doweh, reached the age of sixteen he apjirenticed them to the harnessmak- 
ing trade, which the'\' successfully followed until the breakinu' out of the 
Civil War. 

A\'a]ter Christie attended the jiublic schools of his district, and succeeded 
his father as a farmer, liaA'ing inherited the homestead. He still conducts 
the farm, and has, in addition, built up a thrifty real estate and insur'auci^ 
business. He has also managed with great success a nund)er of large ami 
important estates, for several of A>liich he has acted as executoi-. In all 
these connections Mr. Christie has gained an honoralde standing as a man 
of ability, integrity, and enterprise. 

He has also been prominent and influential in pul)lic alfairs. having 
served for eight consecutive years as Collector of Taxes for the old Tftwn- 
ship of Palisade, which embraced the teri-itory lying between the Hudson 




WALTER CIlRISTrE. 



112 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

River on the east and the Hackensack River on the west, in Bergen County. 
In March, 1S!»7, he was elected Mayor of the Borough of Bergenfleld, and 
served two years, declining a renoniination in 1899, and was succeeded by 
Mr. Van \'alkenburgh, the present Mayor. On the 15tli of March, 1900, he 
was elected a member of the Board of Ohosen Freeholders of Bergen Coun- 
ty by the largest majority ever given any candidate for any office in Pali- 
sade' Township. Mr. Christie has discharged every duty with satisfaction 
and credit, not only to himself, but to all his constituents, and is widely 
respected and esteemed for those qualities which mark the successful man, 
and for that public spirit, methodical devotion, and genial good nature 
which have characterized his life. He is a member of Lodge No. 3,6nS, 
Knights of Honor, of Tenafly, X. J., and a regular attendant at the Chris- 
tian Reformed Church. 

Mr. Christie married Maria Van Wagoner, daughter of John Van Wag- 
oner, Jr., of Kinderkamack, now Etna, N. J. 

JOHN W. HECK, who has been actively and successfully engaged in 
the practice of law in Jersey City since 1876, was born in Trenton, N. ,1., 
July 27, 18.55, and when three years old (1859) came with his parents to 
Jersey City, where his father took charge of the oil works of I. & C. 
Moore, located at the foot of Morris Street. His father died in 1865. On 
the 1st of April, 1867, young Heck entered the office of the late Stephen 
Billings Ransom, with whom he later began the study of law. He became a 
clerk and student at law in the office of L. & A. Zabriskie on Sei^tember 
28, 1874, and at the November term, of the New Jersey Supreme Court in 
1876 he was admitted to the bar. 

After the dissolution of this firm Mr. Heck remained with Lansing 
Zabriskie, the senior member, until 1884, when Mr. Zabriskie retired from 
practice. Mr. Heck then assumed charge of the business as ]Mr. Zabriskie's 
attorney, and upon the latter's death on Marcli 29, 1892. continued as the 
attorney for estates for which Mr. Zabriskie had been trustee. Mr. Heck's 
practice has been largely in that field of legal work. 

In 1884 Mr. Heck was elected a member of the New Jersey Assembly 
from the Sixth Hudson District, and during his term introduced the famous 
citizens' charter, which was defeated by liis Republican colleagues from 
Jersey City. He also introduced and secured the passage of the liremen's 
tenure of office act, removing the Jersey City Fire Department from 
politics, and re-introduced the bill providing for a bridge over the " Gap," 
on Washington Street, which, as in a former attempt to pass this bill, was 
defeated, owing to the powerful influence brought to bear against it. In 
1885 Mr. Heck was renominated for member of Assembly, but was defeat(>d 
by Hon. R. S. Hudspeth. Two years later, in 1887, a committee of the 
Hudson County Bar Association, of which Mr. Heck was made a member, 
was appointed to prepare a bill to provide proper indices in the office of 
the register of deeds, and in connection with Spencer Weart, a fellow mem- 
ber of the committee, Mr. Heck secured the passage of the law providing 
for the well-known " block system." The work under this act was per- 
formed by the commission appointed by Judge Manning ^M. Knapp, of 
which Mr. Heck was clerk, and completed in fourteen months. Hudson 
Countv now has the best set of indices to its land records that exist in the 
State.' 

Mr. Heck was a charter member of the old Jersey City Athletic Club, 
and served in official capacities during the first six years of its existence. 



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and in 1884 was its President. He is a member of Amity Lodge, F. and 
A. M., of Jersey City, and of several social and fraternal orders, and a 
Trustee, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Bay View Cemetery Association. 
He was married October, 1884, to Miss Lillian Benson, of Eaverstraw, 
N. Y. They have had two children. 

J. HULL BROWNING, prominent financier and railroad president, was 
born at Orange, N. J., December 2.5, 1841, and is the son of John Hazzard 
Browning and Elizabeth Smith (Hull) Browning, both natives of New 
London County, Conn. His paternal ancestor, Nathaniel Browning, came 
to this country from England in 1645 and settled at Warwick, R. L On the 
maternal side he descends from Rev. Joseph Hull, born in Somersetshire, 
England, in 1595, who settled in Weymouth, I'lymouth Colony, in 1635, 
and in 16.39 was one of the founders of Barnstable, Cape Cod, Mass. The 
descendants of Rev. Joseph Hull were conspicuous in the Revolutionary 
War and in the War of 1812, both in the army and navy. (Jolonel John 
Hull, grandfather of J. Hull Browning, commanded a regiment at the 
battle of Stonington, Conn. 

^Ir. Browning was brought to New York at the age of two years, was 
educated in the public schools, and was graduated from the New York 
Free .Vcademy (now the College of the City of New York). He engaged 
in the wholesale clothing business in New York City with two brothers 
until 1SS3. Upon the death of Charles C. Sisson, his wife's father, he 
was left as executor of his estate, and one year later (1S75) succeeded him 
as President of the Northern Railroad of New Jersey, a position which 
he held till July, 1S!)7, when he sold out his interest in that corporation. 
He w-as left, also, as executor of his father's estate and succeeded him 
as Director and later became President of the Richmond <'ounty Cas Light 
Company. He has been prominently and successfully connected with 
numerous railroad and commercial enterprises. He improved the facilities 
of the Northern Railroad of New Jersey, and built some of the finest 
railroad depots in the country to accommodate its business. 

Although a prominent and influential Republican, Mr. Browning has 
always refused ofl'ers of nominations for public office, but he has taken a 
leading part in every movement made to advance the interests of Bergen 
County and of the Town of Tenafly, where he resides. He was for some time 
President of the County Republican League and is Vice-President of 
Christ Hospital in Jersey City, a charity which has profited by his business 
ability and generous liberality. He was a Presidenlial Elector on the 
Republican ticket in 1892 and i896, but with the exception of these honors, 
and local responsibilities in the Borough of Tenafly he has held no offices. 

In 1871 he married Eva B. Sisson, daughter of Charles G. Sisson, of 
Jersey City, and they have one son, J. Hull Browning, Jr. 

HENRY SIMMONS WHITE was born at Red Bank, Monmouth County, 
N. J., July 13, 1844, and is of the fifth generation of his fanjily in this 
country, the founder, Thomas A\'hite, coming over from England about 
two hundred years ago. His father, Isaac Pennington White, a well known 
lumber merchant, who died January 28, 1876, was the son of Esek White 
and Ann Besonet, his wife, of French Huguenot extraction; a grandson 
of Thomas AA'hite, Jr.; and a great-grandson of Thomas White, Sr., the 
immigrant. On the maternal side Jfr. White is of English and Irish an- 
cestry, his mother, Adaline Simmons, being a descendant of the old Sim- 



114 HUDSON AND BERGSN COUNTIES 

mons family of Maryland, from which State her parents, Abraham Sim- 
mons and Temperance Jones, removed to Ontario County, N. Y., where 
she was born. 

Mr. White was graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of 
New York (Medical Department of Columbia University) in 1S64, but, being 
under age, did not receive the degree of M.D. until March, 1S(]6. He was 
Acting Assistant Surgeon in the United States Army in the War of the 
Rebellion, enlisting in 1864. From 1.S65 to 1868 he practiced medicine at 
Red Bank, N. J. He then read law with Hon. William A. Lewis, of Jersey 
City, was graduated from Columbia Law School, and in June, 1870, was 
admitted to the bar of New York. In October, 1872, he was admitted 
to practice as an attorney at the bar of New Jersey, and in November, 
1875, as a counselor. Since 1872 he has successfully practiced his pro- 
fession in Jersey City. He was Assistant Collector of Customs, Port of 
New York, from 1878 to 1882, delegate from New Jersey to the Repub- 
lican National Convention at Chicago in 1888, United States Attorney for 
the District of New Jersey from 1890 to 1894, and at present is Chairman 
of the Monmouth County Republican Committee. He is President of the 
Red Bank Board of Trade, Vice-President of the Navesink National Bank 
of Red Bank, a Director in the Hudson County National Bank of Jersey 
City, and was at one time President of the Hudson Tunnel Railroad Com- 
pany. He is a member of the Union League of Jersey City and the Grand 
Army of the Republic, of which he was Department Commander in 1895 
and 1896. 

Mr. White was married, November 19, 1878, at Freehold, N. J., to Annie 
H., daughter of Judge Amzi C. McLean and a granddaughter on her 
mother's side of John Hull, a Revolutionary soldier who was captured and 
held a prisoner by the British. They have one child, Margaretta P. 

CHARLES PITMAN BUCKLEY, Mayor of the Borough of Tenafly, 
Bergen County, and a prominent member of the bar of New York City, 
was born in West Bloomfield, Essex County, N. J., on the 22d of December, 
1S;M. His father, John Buckley, who became a resident of Bergen County 
in 1845. was a native of Yorkshire, England, while his mother, Elizabeth 
Van Gieson, M'as descended from Rynier Bastienstianse, a native of Ciesen, 
a village in North Brabant, who came to this country in 1660 and taught 
the first school at Flatbush, L. I., also performing the duties of court 
master, rung the bell, kept the church in order, and performed the duties of 
precentor, attended to the burial of the dead, etc., for a salar-y of 200 
florins, exclusive of perquisites. He removed to Bergen, N. J., where he 
and his sons Garret, Isaac, George, and Rynier bought land and later pur- 
chased and settled on lands north and northeast of Hackensack in Bergen 
County. Isaac died in 1703 and a son, Jacob, died in 1704. 

Mr. Buckley received his education in the public schools of New York 
City and Bergen County, N. J., and subsequently took up the study of law, 
being admitted to the bar by the Supreme Court in New York City at the 
October term in 1858. Entering at once upon the active practice of his 
profession in New York, he was in partnership with William G. Wheelright 
until 1862, and afterward with Jesse C. Smith and John S. Woodward 
under the firm names of Smith & Woodward, Smith, Woodward & Buckley, 
and Woodward & Buckley. Since January 1, 1 891, he has been associated 
with William W. Buckley under the firm name of C. P. & w. W. Buckley. 
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Mr. Buckley has resided in Tenaflv since 1S65. Upon the formation of 
Falisade lownship in ISTO, and tiiereafter for about ten veais, he took an 
active part m political matters, attending all the State' and count v con- 
ventions, at the same time declining all nominations for office. In March, 
1899, however, he became flavor of the borough. He is a member of the 
Lawyers' Club and of the New York Athletic Club, of Xe^\' York Citv, and 
of the Long Beach Club, of Barnegat, and the Tenafly Club, of Tenafly, N. J. 

Mr. Buckley was married in New York City, in IS;")?, to Ella Augusta IMix, 
who died in 1SS4, leaving four children: William W. Bucklev, a graduate 
of Columbia College, Xew York City; Thomas J. Bucklev, a graduate of 
Stevens Institute, Hoboken, X. J. ; and two daughters. 

WILLIAM JA^NIES TILLEY, pastor of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 
in Harrison, Hudson County, was born in Bristol, R. I., on the 16th of Sep- 
tember, ISl.j. He is the son of Benjamin Tilley and Susan W. Easterbrooks, 
a gra^dson of Benjamin Tilley and Eachel Simmons, a great-grandson of 
AVilliam Tilley and Catherine Sabine, and a great-great-grandson of Will- 
iam Tilley, Jr.. and Dorcas, his wife. William Tilley, Jr., was born in 
Exeter, England, about 1685. He came to Boston, 5I:iss., where he mar- 
ried his wife, Dorcas, in 1736, and subsequently went tu Newport, R. I., and 
established himself in business. From that early colonial period until the 
present the family has been conspicuous in civil and public affairs, and 
respected in the communities in which they resided. The name Tilley is 
first found on the roll of the companions of William the Contjueror in 
England, in 1066, and since that date it is found in every county in Eng- 
land, France, and Holland, and in 1620 in America. The coat-of-arms of 
the Tilleys of France is the same as of the family of England to-day. The 
first of the name in America were Edward and John Tilley, who came over 
in the " Mayflower," and whose names are on the I'lyiiiouth monument. 

^Ir. Tilley is a brother of Benjamin F. Tilley, Cimimander in the United 
States Xavy, who was in command of the United States gunboat, "New- 
port," of the blockading squadron during the late S]iaiiish- American T\'ar, 
and who in that capacity captured numerous ])iizes and distinguished him- 
self for bravery, patriotism, and loyalty to duty. 

Rev. William James Tilley was educated in the schools of his native town 
and at North Yarmouth .Vcademy, near Portland, ]\Ie. He also took a spe- 
cial course of classical study under the direction of Dr. Leonard Bacon, of 
Yale LTniversity. and under Dr. ;McClint<ick. and was graduated from Drew 
Theological Seminary in 1871. receiving the degree of Bachelor of Divinity. 
In the meantime he had spent three ye;u s in the Treasury Department at 
Washington. 

After graduating from Drew Theological Seminary he Avas successively 
pastor of charges at Sand Lake, X. Y., Dalton. Mass.. Troy. N. Y., and 
Brandon, Vt., in which State he remained about ten years. In 188(1 he 
took a special course in divinity under the direction of Bishop Bissell, of 
'\'ermont, and entered the ministry of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 
with which he has ever since been actively connected. Lie was called to 
Amherst, Mass., in 1888, and remained there about five years, being called 
from there January 1, 1893, to Newark (Harrison), N. J., where he still 
resides. He has built the Harrison church up to its present flourishing 
condition. 

Rev. Mr. Tilley has achieved notable distinction in the priesthood, and 
during his twenty years with the Protestant Episcopal Church has exerted 



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a wholesome influence in advaneintj its doctrines tlirongliont the cora- 
ninnities in wliicli he has lield rectoisliijis. Endowed witli intellectnal abil- 
ity of the highest order, lie is an elo(iuent s]ieaker, forcible and convincing 
in his aronments, simple and concise in diction, and beloved and esteemed 
by all who know him. He has also gained distinction in literature, having 
contribnted a mnnber of imiioi-tant articles to varions magazines and 
pei-iodit-als. His jioems iTi the Xew York fyidepniiloif and other journals 




ha\'e been favoi'ably received. He ^^as awai-ded the second prize out of 
foni' hundred comj)etitors by judges ap])ointed by Tlic Great Divide for 
a ])oem on Colorado, and is also the author of a volume entitled Masters 
of the Hitnation, which has been issued in both trade and subscription 
editions. Mr. Tilley married Katharine J. Travis, of Oohoes, Albany 
Countv. N. Y. 



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EDWIN MANNEES, A.M., LL.B., is the son of the late Hon. David Stout 
Manners and Deborah Philips Johnes, and was born in Jersey City, N. J., 
on the 6th of March, 1855. His father was for several terms Mayor of 
Jersey City and universally esteemed and respected as one of its best ex- 
ecutives and citizens. He is a grandson of David Manners, a great-grand- 
son of John Manners, and a great-great-grandson of John Manners, Sr., 
of Yorkshire, England, who was born in 1(178, emigrated to America about 
1700, and married Rebecca Stout, of Middletown, X. J., a granddaughter of 
Richard a.nd Penelope Van Princess Stout, of interesting memory, and the 
first in America. Jolm Manners, Sr., settled at Upper Freehold, N. J., but 
afterward moved to Amwell, Hunterdon County, in this State, where he 
died in 1770. The American branch is connected with the noble family of 
Manners in England, which traces its distinguished lineage back to the 
time of William the Conqueror, and indeed is of Norman origin. 

On his mother's side Edwin Manners is a grandson of David Johnes, a 
great-grandson of Da\id Johnes, Sr., a great-great-grandson of Stephen 
Johnes, and a great-grcat-great-grandson of Samuel Johnes, Jr., who was 
the son of Samuel Johnes, Sr., whose father, Edward Johnes, of Somerset, 
England, came to Charlestown (Boston), Jtass., with Governor Winthrop 
in 1U30; he later was one of the founders of Southampton, Long Island, 
and died there in lO.jll. Edward married Anne, daughter of George 
and Alice Griggs, natives of Dinder. The Johnes family in the United 
States may be distantly related to that of Dolan Cothi, in Wales, which 
traces to Godebog, King of Britain, but is dire(^tly descended from the 
Johnes family of County Berks. County Salop, and London and Somerset, 
England, the branches living in those counties and also in Bristol all 
proceeding from the same original stock. Sir Francis Johnes was Lord 
Mayor of London in KWO. Edwin Manners's great-grandfathei', John 
Schenck, was a Captain in the Revolutionary ^\av, took an active part in 
the principal battles in the State, and by a well-planned ambuscade pre- 
vented the British troops from overrunning Hunterdon County. His 
grandfather, David Manners, who married Cai>tain Schenck's daughter 
Mary, was an officer in the War of 1812, and won honorable mention in 
several important engagements. On the maternal side Mr. Manners's 
great-great-grandfather, Stephen Johnes, married Grace Fitz Randolph, 
whose brother Nathaniel gave to Princeton the land upon which Nassau 
Hall is erected, and his great-grandfather, David Johnes, was a Major in 
the Revolution and rendered efficient service in establishing American 
independence. 

Edwin Manners early displayed unusual intellectual abilities, and in pre- 
paratory school and college won prizes for composition and select and 
original speaking which distinguished him as a scholar. From his earliest 
school days he exhibited a disposition for the world of letters. While a 
student at Hasbrouck Institute, Jersey City, he was connected with the 
Quill a school paper, and while pursuing his studies at Sing Sing-on-the- 
Hndson was the editor of the Mount Pleasant Reicine,i:\ie organ of the Mount 
Pleasant cadets. During his senior year at Princeton University, from 
which he was graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1877, he was one of the editors 
of the Nassau Literary Magasine, and on class day delivered to the dis- 
tinguished class of 1877 a characteristic presentation address. Princeton 
conferred upon him the degree of Master of Arts in 1880. 

After leaving college Mr. Manners began the study of law with Collins 
& Corbin, of Jersey Citv, and at the same time took a course at the Co- 



118 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

luinbia Law School in New York City, graduating from that institution 
with the degree of LL.B. in 1ST'.). In November, 1.S80, he was admitted to 
the bar, ;ind since then lie has been actively and successfully engaged in the 
practice of his profession in his native city. Although interested in mu- 
nicipal matters and politics, he has declined offers of political preferment. 
A large portion of his time is taken up with the care and management of 
his own property and business affairs. 

Mr. Manners has ably assisted those who have procured for Jersey City 
an improved water supi)ly and other public improvements. Greater Jer- 
sey City has also claimed Mr. Manners's attention, and received his favor- 
able comment. Many advantages are to be gained in bringing the various 
municipalities of Hudson County under one name and government. This 
unity of development in particular is much to be desired. With the exten- 
sion of rapid transit facilities the last of apparent excuses for delaying 
consolidation has disappeared, and it would seem a needless expense to 
keep up separate charters in contiguous towns. 

Asa landlord Mr. Manners is liked by his tenants, and their praise is in 
evidence of his liberality and forbearance. He is a member of the Hudson 
County Bar Association, the University and Palma (I'lubs of Jersey City, 
the Princeton Club of New A^ork City, the Sons of the American Revolution, 
and other societies. Of literary aptitude, he writes occasionally for news- 
papers and magazines. He is unmarried. 

PETER E. MOORE, merchant. Borough Collector, and since 1877 Post- 
master of Schraalenburgh, Bergen County, N. J., was born in New York 
City on the 18th of October, 1842. He is the son of Peter D. and Elizabeth 
(Voorhis) Moore, his mother being of Holland Dutch descent. Samuel 
Moore and his wife Naomi emigrated to America from the Island of Barba 
does, W. I., in 1671-72. Barbadoes was then under the control of England, 
and both Samuel and his wife were English people. They landed and 
located at Boston, where their son, Francis iloore, ^^ as born about 1674. 
Francis Moore came to New A'ork and from thence in 169C to Bergen 
County (English Neighborhood), where he married Jannetje Laurens, 
daughter of Thomas Laurens, of Newtown, L. I. They eventually settled 
at English Neighborhood (near Ridgefield), in Bergen County, where some 
of their descendants have ever since lived. He had sevrrai children, the 
youngest of whom was Samuel, who married Sara (Michaels) Smith, an- 
other of the original settlers in Ridgefield Township. From this couple 
have sprung most of the Moores in Bergen County. 

Peter E. Moore was educated in the public schools of Bergen County, 
whither his parents removed fr<un New York City when he was a mere boy. 
He left school at about the age of seventeen and went to work on his 
father's farm, and in the active and healthful duties of an agriculturist 
continued until he was thirty. This period was one of constant usefulness. 
He laid the foundation of a sturdy physique, acquired habits which insured 
success, and gained a reputation for industry, enterprise, and integrity. 
But farming was not destined to be his life work. In 1873 be engaged in 
the grocery business in Schraalenburgh, which he has ever since followed, 
building up a large and successful trade. He has been for many years 
one of the principal merchants in that village. In 1877 he was appointed 
Postmaster of Schraalenburgh, and by successive re-appointments has cour 
tinned to hold that important position. Mr. Moore is also Collector of the 
borough, having held that office since 1895. He is a regular attendant at 



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the Dutch Reformed Church of Schraalenburgh, and in every capacity has 
distinguished himself for ability, sound common sense, enterprise, and pub- 
lic spirit. 

Mr. Moore married Miss Charlotte Christie, and has had five children — 
three sons and two daughters. 

ABEAM I. AURYANSEN, of Hackensack, whose career as a locomotive 
engineer dates from 1852, is the son of John and Elizabeth (Auryansen) 
Auryansen, and was born in Closter, Bergen County, N. J., April 5, 1822. 
His first American ancestor was Lambert Arianse, who came from Holland 
to America in 1082, and became one of the original patentees of the Tappan 
patent. ISIost of his descendants adopted the name of Smith and are scat- 
tered principally throughout Rockland County, N. Y. Lambert Arianse (or 
Auryansen) married in New York, in April, 1682, Margaretta Gerrets Blaw- 
velt, a daughter of another of the Tappan patentees, and resided in Rock- 
land County. Two of his sons, John and Arie (Aaron), who married re- 
spectively Margaretta Meyers and Cornelia Xaugle, settled near Closter, 
Bergen County, X. J. The subject of this sketch is descended from Arie 
(Aaron) Auryansen and (jornelia Xaugle, who had children John, Resolvent, 
Vroutie. Garret, Ann, and Maria. ^Ir. Auryansen's paternal grandparents 
were Daniel and Tiny (Cole) Auryansen, Daniel being a son of John Auryan- 
sen. His maternal grandparents were Garrett and Elleanor (\'an Valen) 
Auryansen and his great-great-grandfather Aaron Auryansen, above men- 
tioned. 

Mr. Auryansen received his educational training in the public schools of 
Harrington Township in Bergen County, and in hard work and study de- 
veloped those traits which have marked his long and honorable career. As 
a boy he exhibited unusual mechanical genius and a strong inclination for 
that line of industry, and leaving school at the age of seventeen began 
to learn the trade of blacksmitli. In 1843 he engaged in this business for 
himself and followed it with great success for eight years, leaving it in 1851 
to accept a position as fireman on the Erie Railroad. In 1852 he was pro- 
moted to locomotive engineer, and in this capacity has ever since been in 
active service. He is one of the oldest and best known engineers on the 
Erie system, his career on that road covering a period of forty-eight years. 
His profession has always been of a nature which precluded his entrance 
into public and political life, yet he has from the first taken a deep interest 
in local matters, and in Hackensack, where he has so long resided, he has 
exerted no small infiuence upon the general welfare. As a member of the 
Dutch Reformed Church he has been active in the support of those move- 
ments which benefit a town and its people. He is a loyal, public spirited 
citizen, a firm friend, and a man of unswerving integrity. 

Mr. Auryansen married Cornelia Haring, whose ancestors were also early 
residents of Bergen County. They have four children: John, Maria, Ellen, 
and Eliza. 

ROBERT LIXX LAWRENCE, one of the prominent members of the 
bar of Jersev City, was born in Sparta, Sussex County, N. J., October 4, 
1851. He is'the son of Thomas and Margaret Rerabert (Taylor) Lawrence 
and a great-grandson of Thomas Lawrence, of "Morrisvale," Sussex County, 
who was appointed Judge of the Sussex County Court of Common Pleas 
in February, 1801. His great-great-grandfather, Lewis Morris, was one 
of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and Judge of the Court 



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of Admiralty from 1760 to 1876, und the son of Lewis Morris, Sr., who was 
Judge of the Court of Admiralty in 1738, having jurisdiction in the Prov- 
inces of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Lewis Morris, the father 
of Judge Lewis Morris, Si., last named, was Governor of New Jersey, Judge 
of the Court of Common Pleas in 1692, and Chief Justice of the Supreme 
Court of New York from 1715 to 1733. 

Eobert L. Lawrence thus numbers among his ancestors some of the 
most distinguished men in the professional history of New Jersey and 
New York, and at an early age developed those sterling qualities which 
characterize his race. He was graduated from Princeton College in the 
class of 1873, with honors, and afterward read law with Thomas Anderson, 
of Newton, N. J., being admitted to the bar of the State as an attorney in 
November, 1876, and as a counselor in June, 1885. Since 1876 Mr. Lawrence 
has been actively and successfully engaged in the practice of his profession 
in Jersey City, where he steadily rose to prominence among the members 
of the Hudson County bar. Endowed with broad intellectual qualifications, 
with superior judgment and great energy, he has through his own efforts 
achieved distinction as an able, industrious, and painstaking lawyer, and 
is highly esteemed and respected by all who know him. He was associated 
with Stewart Rapalje in conducting the Giiniuuil Law Mafjazinc from the 
commencement of the work until 1883 and in the preparation of that valua- 
ble and well known work entitled Rapalje und Lawrence's Law Dictionary. 
These enterprises as well as a number of other important achievements 
in the field of legal literature have gained for him a wide reputation in 
both legal and literary circles. 

Mr. Lawrence was married on the 18th of December, 1893, to Lillian M. 
Fisher, daughter of the late John H. Fisher and Jeannette P. (Walters) 
Fisher, of Jersey City, N. J., where they reside. 

JOSEPH CHILD, Street Commissioner of the Town of Kearny, N. J., 
is the son of Greorge and Bridget (Noon) Child, and was born in P.radford, 
Yorkshire, England, on the 26th of Septem-ber, 1849. The family is an old 
one in both England and America, and is descended from three brothers 
who figure conspicuously in the early shipbuilding interests of the English 
nation, and who received titles for their activity in both industrial and pub- 
lic affairs. Mr. Child's parents were both born and married in England, 
and spent their active lives in that country. There he received an excellent 
private school education, and after completing his studies he engaged in the 
business of brick contracting, which he followed successfully until 1873, 
when he came to America. Locating first in New York City, he soon 
m.astered and for some time followed the trade of iron moulder. In 
1884 he removed to Kearny, Hudson County, N. J., where he still resides. 
Here he resumed his trade for a few years and then engaged in the meat 
business for himself. He followed that line with marked success until he 
was obliged to abandon it in order to devote all his energies to the public 
positions which his fellow-citizens conferred upon him. 

As a stanch and consistent Republican Mr. Child has taken an active 
interest in the affairs of his adopted town, and for several years has wielded 
an important influence in party councils and municipal matters. He has 
served as Water Purveyor and Street Commissioner of the Borough of 
Kearny with great satisfaction and still holds those positions. He is an 
active member of the Exempt Fire Department of Kearny and has held 
the positions of Foreman and Assistant Foreman. He is a member of the 



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Methodist Episcopal Church, a prominent member of Victory Lodge, 
Kmghts and Ladies of the Golden Star, of Arlington, public spirited, patri- 
otic, and enterprising, thoroughly interested in the affairs of the com- 
munity, and highly respected as a liberal and energetic citizen. His integ- 
rity of character, his faithfulness in all business relations, and the close at- 
tention which he has given to public duties have brought him into more 
than local prominence, and stamp him as a man of the highest attributes. 
Though born and reared in England, he is descended from ancestors who 
came to America during the early history of the colonies and fought with 
distinction in the Revolutionary War. 

Mr. Child was married lirst to Martha Ann Berrv, daughter of William 
and Sarah (Greaves) Berry, of Oldham, England. ' She died leaving two 
children, William and Matthew. He married for his second wife, Eva 
Gilbert (nee Revere), daughter of Judge Rcveie, of Harrison, N. J. She 
died January 23, 1899. For his third wife he married Mrs. Annie Eastwood, 
of Kearny, N. J., where they reside. 

PETER BEXTLEY, Se., was one of the most illustrious members of the 
bar of the State of Xew Jersey, and was peculiarly identified with Jersey 
City as one of two or three lawyers who first practiced in that municipality. 
Mr. Bentley was the son of Christopher and Eleanor (Althouse) Bentley, of 
English descent upon his father's side. His mother's family was one of the 
ancient Holland stocks of New Amsterdam. Their son w'as born in 1S05 
upon a farm in the village of Half Moon, Saratoga County, N. Y. 

Young Bentley's services were required upon the farm during the sum- 
mer season, and he enjoyed only such educational facilities as the crude 
district schools of that pioneer country afforded. The very excellent edu- 
cation, classical as well as English, which he enjoyed during life was 
wholly the result of his own application in reading and study. In 1825, 
after twenty years spent upon the farm, he came to Jersey City and entered 
the eniploj' of Yates & Mclntyre, who conducted a species of printing busi- 
ness. He remained with them for five years, and during this time de- 
termined to adopt the more ambitious profession of a lawyer, which had 
been his desire from early boyhood. Thus early in 1830 he entered the law 
ofQce of Samuel Cassedy, whose practice extended throughout the old 
County of Bergen, from Rockland County in New York to Kill von Kull. 

Mr. Bentley read law assiduously, and was soon practicing with unusual 
success in the justices' courts. He gained the confidence of the old Dutch 
farmers of Bergen County, and became in a special sense their lawyer. He 
was admitted to the bar of New Jersey at the May term of the Supreme 
Court in 1834, and in the September term of 1839 was admitted as a coun- 
selor, with the full privilege of practice in all the higher courts of the 
State. But in 1833, a year previous to his admission even to ordinary prac- 
tice, we find him holding the office of City Clerk, or " Clerk of the Board of 
Select Men of Jersey City," as the title reads, in the rising young munici- 
pality which he had chosen as the scene of his life's work. Nothing could 
bear more striking testimony than this fact to the universal confidence and 
esteem which he inspired. Later on, as a full-fledged lawyer, he became 
the attorney of the selectmen of Jersey City, and represented them in 1842 
in the celebrated case of the selectmen against Dummer, in which he 
triumphantly established the doctrine of dedication by maps. 

In 1843 Mr. Bentley was elected to the office of Mayor of Jersey City, 
which, as has been well said, " was not so much a matter of party success 



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as an expression of confldeiiee and good will amonj^- neighbors." Dnring 
this same year (184:^>) was inaugurated the fanions ease in which Mr. Bentley 
maintained the right of Mrs. Bell to lands under water, on the western 
shore of the Hudson Kiver, which had descended to her by will and been 
re-al1irmed by an act of the New Jersey Legislature. This controversy was 
carried from court to court, and contested in all the higher courts in the 
State during the greater part of a (piarter of a century, when Mr. Bentley 
finally triumphed, to the great surprise of those who had prophesied failure. 




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This case well illustrates the persistence which was so characteristic a 
feature and such an important element of his success in all his cases 
throughout his life. 

Mr. Bentley also contributed largely toward the commercial upbuilding 
of -Jersey City. Finding the banking facilities wholly inadequate to the 
needs of the growing city, and having the full confidence of capitalists, in 
1S53 he organized the Mechanics' and Traders' Bank and became its Presi- 
dent. In this position he manifested remarkable business abilities, and to 
his x>crsonal efforts the institution is principally indebted for its prosperity. 



GENEALOGICAL 123 

He also became a prominent Trustee of the Provident Institution for 
Sayings in Jersey City, and continued as its legal adviser until his death. 
Similarly, he \vas Vice-President of the Savings Bank of Jersey City, a 
Director and at one time Treasurer of the Gas Company, and Treasurer of 
the Jersey City and Bergen Plank Koad Company. Beginning with an ex- 
tensive purchase of land in 1854, he was also a pioneer in the development 
of real estate interests on the western slope of Bergen Hill. Here he built 
the elegant mansion which still remains the home of his wife. The activity 
he manifested outside the strict lines of his profession, as shown in these 
various enterprises, gives us good evidence not only of his unusual business 
abilities, but of the great confidence which was reposed in him by shrewd 
business men on every hand. 

'■ Peter Bentley," says Jacob Weart, Esq., of Jersey City, " was one of the 
active men who laid the foundations and who helped to plan our municipal 
corporations, and draft our laws and charters, upon which the institutions 
of this great county have been reared." Mr. Bentley also interested himself 
in the cause of his fellow-citizens to prevent municipal extravagance and 
unjust and wasteful tax extortion. Finding that the accumulations of un- 
paid taxes of many years had imposed burdens upon millions of dollars 
worth of property which were absolutely unjust and unendurable to the 
property holders, he conceived the idea of a commission composed of leading 
citizens which should readjust these burdens upon an equitable basis, ad- 
vantageous to the sutfering citizens and the city treasury alike. Accord 
ingly, in 1873, he brought his plan before the consideration of the Legis- 
lature, and had the pleasure of seeing it enacted into law. Under its pro- 
visions a commission was appointed with Judge Haines, an ex-Covernor and 
ex-Justice of the Supreme Court, at its head. The work accomplished by 
this commission has been simply invaluable to Jersey City, and has satis- 
factorily solved the most formidable ijroblem which ever threatened the 
welfare of the municipality. The accomplishment of this plan of relief 
was the last great service which !Mr. Bentley rendered to his fellow-citizens 
ere he passed away, on the 20th of September, 1875. 

He was a rare gentleman, peculiarly attached to his wife and children, 
most gracious and hospitable in his home, sincere and earnest in his re- 
ligious faith, and so honest and honorable in all the affairs "f life that the 
faintest breath was never raised to question his perfect integrity. 

On the 13th of October, 1842, Mr. Bentley was married to Miss Margaret 
E. Holmes, of Jersey City, the descendant of an ancient English family. 
Highly cultivated, and of the most kindly disposition, she was the devoted 
companion of Mr. Bentley, and was a source of strength and inspiration to 
him until the day of his death. She still survives him, as she does also her 
son, Peter Bentley, Second, and holds their memory in reverent affection. 
In addition to this son, a sketch of whose life is also given here, they were 
blessed with but one other child, a daughter. 

PETER BENTLEY, Second, the only son of the subject of the previous 
sketch and the heir of all his hopes, succeeded his father in the respect and 
affection of the community, just as he succeeded him in his legal practice 
and other business affairs. Xever was a father more wrapped up in a son, 
and never did a son respond more perfectly to the high ideal of his father. 
He was born in Jersey City on the 5th of December, 1S45, and received 
his education entirely at home and in his father's law office. As a boy he 



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manifcstrd ;i most aiuiablc diwjjositioii, and was much <i;iven to serious 
rcadiiij; — the thor(iiig]i investigation of liistoi'ica] (|uestions, and peculiarly 
of everything conceraing his fathei-'s affairs and imjiortant law cases. The 
Ivev. Vnu (Jleck was the boy's tutor, and he grounded him in a niost 
Ihorough education. When a hoy, during his summer ^-acations and on 
Satui-days, he used to accomitany his father to his office, and there copy 




papers and entei'tain himself with various law authorities. His father en- 
couraged him to think that he was thus of great assistance, and presently, 
indeed, he was enabled to copy briefs and make citations, etc., with a skill 
which was of real service. 

As his general education was finished, and he began to study law in 
earnest, a room in h.is father's office was especially fitted up for his use, 
and here he mastered the intricacies of legal lore and prepared himself for 



GENEALOGICAL 125 

the examination wliich must precede his admission to the bar. It has been 
said that the hopes of the father were completely wrapped up in the son. 
The desire of the former that the young man should do well in the examina- 
tions was so great that, as the ordeal approached, his anxiety quite un- 
nerved him, and he was obliged to absent himself during the examination. 
In this suspense his relief can be imagined when a neighbor brought him the 
news of the result, remarking w ith a laugh, " You need not have felt 
anxious, Bentley, for your son has carried off the honors, with the highest 
standing in the entire class of thirty candidates who took the examiuation." 
And such indeed was the fact. Immediately upon his son's admission to 
the bar, the elder Mr. Eentley formally turned over his office to him, 
placed all his affairs in his hands, and gave him the full revenues of theii' 
joint practice. Thus gradually the elder lawyer withdrew from active 
practice, devoting his energies in other directions, until the full burden of 
his extensive legal business was fully settled upon his son's shoulders. 

Xor was thc" latter in any way unworthy to take his father's place, lit; 
maintained the same relative' position in tlu' eommuuity as his fatJier, dis- 
played similar abilities and the same unimpeachable integrity, and inspired 
everywhere the same widespread confidence and respect. He frequently 
championed the cause of his fellow-citizens, as his father had done. For 
example, he was the successful counsel in proceedings whereby the unjust 
water rents on vacant property, and upon property where the water privi- 
leges W'Ore not used, were set aside and made inoperative, with thus a great 
saving effected to the taxpayers. Again, at the time of his death, he was the 
representative of the citizens in proceedings instituted to set aside the 
whole tax levy on the ground of gross ineijuality in its assessment. But his 
practice was' most remarkable tor his handling of commercial entangle- 
ments and the adjustment of the affairs of great corporate enterprises. He 
manifested great ability in settling dis])utes, and thus keeping them out 
of the courts. He was the counsel for the Standard Oil Company, one of 
the leading coun^^el of the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company, and counsel for 
the ISarber Asphalt ('omi)ai!y, of New 'York City, and the Provident Insti- 
tution for Savings and the Consumers (ias Company, of Jersey City. He 
also rendered important legal services to the Pennsylvania Railroad 
Companv. 

Mr. Bentley was a man of remarkable powers of memory. He kept the 
most minute details of all of his cases in his mind, and could lay his finger 
on any given fact at any time. After his father's death he, in lS7o, formed 
a legal partnership with Charles H. Hartshorne, under the firm name of 
Bentley & Hartshorne. This endured until January 1, 1886, when Mr. 
Hartshorne was obliged to withdraw on account of ill health. Prom this 
time until his own death Mr. Bentley practiced alone. This sad event oc- 
curred on the 30th of April, 18SS, wlien he was in the prime of life, and it 
was considered a public calamity by the whole community. He was never 
strong in constitution, yet did not himself realize this fact, and often worked 
beyond his strength. He was of a refined, sensitive, and sympathetic na- 
ture, benevolent and whole-hearted like his father, and as deeply attached 
to his own family. 

November 30, 1869, Mr. Bentley married Miss Emma Parker, of Jersey 
City, daughter of Captain Robert Parker, who was the owner of Watts 
Island, in Chesapeake Bav, where he died and was buried. This island has 
been the old family patrimony for many generations, since its first occupa- 
tion in early colonial davs. Their children were Eleanor, born July 13, 



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ISTl, now the wife of Warren IT. Dixon, son of Judge Dixon, of Jersey City; 
Emily, born Deeembei' 5, 1872, now Mrs. Josei»li M. Rector; Peter Bentley, 
(liird, born February (I, 1S74; Kicliard I'aiker Hentley. born Sejjtember 25, 
1875; Jolin, born June 10. 187!); Euoenie, born December 23, 1S81; and 
Parker, boi n June 10, 1S84. 

PETER rSENTLEY, Tlurd, eldest son of Peter P.entley, Second, and Emma 
(Parker) Bentley, was born in Jei-sey City on tlie Oth of February. 1874. 
He pursued his studies at Princeton Colleii-e for a time and subsequentlv 
read law with Warren Dixcui. Ib^ was admitted to the bar of New Jersey 




PETER BENTLEY, 3d. 



before the Supreme Court November 27, 1895, and since then has been 
actively and successfully engaged in the practice of his profession in 
Jersey City. Mr. Bentley has displayed marked legal qualitications, and 
though a j'ouug man has already gained distinction as a lawver and advo- 
cate. He is prominently identilied with public affairs and respected and es- 
teemed by all who know him. 

THE BLACKLEDGES of Bergen County ai-e descended from John 
Blackleach, of Boston, and his second wife. Elizabeth (daughter of Ben- 
jamin Herbert). One of their three children, Philip Blackk^dge, came it 



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is said, from Wethersfleld, Conn., to IS'cw York, in 1709, and on November 
2!), 1710, married Willempie Oonwll, born In England in 1680. 

Philip Blacliledge removed from New York to Elizabethtown, N. J., early 
in 172.''>, and there remained until his death in 1701. His will was proved 
and recorded at Trenton, N. J., July 11, 17G1. He was a man of some means 
and wrote the title " Gentleman " after his name. By his will he gave his 
children each five shillings and the balance of his estate, lands and money, 
to his wife absolutely. His issue were eight children, four baptized at New 
York and four at Elizabethtown, N. J.: Annatie, 171.3; Philip, 1716; 
Zacharias, 1718; Philip, 1720; Catharine, 1730; Jacob, 173.o; Sarah, 1740; 
and Benjamin. 

Benjamin Blackledge (2) was born at Elizabethtown, N. J., August 2.^, 
1713. While still a young man he went on foot from Elizabethtown to 
Closter and taught school there, the first one in the northern part of Ber- 
gen County. Here he married, April 20, 1770, Cathelyntie Tallman. He 
became the most prominent man in the northern part of Bergen County, 
was the first Town Clerk of Harrington Townshij) in 177.3. a Justice of the 
Peace, a Judge of the County Count of Common Pleas, and filled other 
township and county offices. He was a splendid penman, of which fact 
hundreds of old deeds and other documents still extant bear witness. He 
died at Closter, November 27, 181.". and his wife died October .3, 1836. His 
issue were Benjamin, 1770; ^Maria, 1772; Cornelius. 1774; Sarah, 1776; 
Jacobus. 1779; Peter, 1782; Henry, 1784; Jacob, 1786; and Elizabeth, 1788. 
These married as follows: Benjamin, Deborah Westervelt and Lea Powless; 
Maria. Daniel Van Sciver; Cornelius, Rachel Powless; Sarah, Seba P. 
Bogert; Peter, Elizabeth D. Naugle; Henry, Catharine Manning; and 
Elizabeth, Cornelius Van Valen. Their descendants are still numerous 
throughout Bergen County. 

THE BLANCHES of Bergen County are descended from Richard Blanch, 
a native of Bristol, England, where he was born in 1704. He came to 
America prior to 17-32, and settled near Closter in Bergen County. In 
1733 he married Classic Van Giesen, of New York. He owned lands in 
what was then called the "Closter ^Mountains," on the Palisades of the 
Hudson. He died September 6, 1767. His issue were Ann, 1734; Isaac, 
1736; Thomas; and Cornelia. 174."). Of these Ann married John Blawvelt, 
of Tappan. Isaac married Geertje Johns Haring. Cornelia married David 
Smith. All of Richard Blanch's children settled at Tappan and in the 
upper part of Bergen County. The issue of Isaac Blanch were Isaac, 
Martina, Richard, Abram, Thomas. John Henry, and Classie. 

Thomas Blanch (2) was one of the most prominent men in Bergen County 
in his day. He was a magistrate and held other township and county 
offices. He raised and was Captain of a company of volunteers from Bergen 
County during the Revolutionary struggle. He was born near Closter in 
1740 and died June 3, 1825. He married, in 1761, Effie Johns Mabie, of 
Tappan, who was born in 1741, and died August 28, 182.5. Their issue 
were thirteen children: Elizabeth, 1762; Classie, 1763; Ann, 1765; Rich- 
ard 1766; Susanna, 1769; John, 1770; Thomas, 1774; Isaac, 1776; Eliza- 
beth, 1779, and Cornelia, 1779 (twins); Effle, 1783; and Lea, 1786, and 
Rachel, 1786 (twins). The descendants of these are scattered over Bergen 
County, particularly the northern part. 



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MARKHAM E. STAPLES, of Jersey Cify, President of the New Jersey 
State Board of Prison Inspectors, was born in New Yorlv City on the lOtli 
of J>eceinber, 1850. He is tlie son of Jolm Bnthune Staples and Elizabeth 
Douglass Young, daughter of William Yonng, his paternal grandfather 
being Setli P. Staplt-s. The family is an old and prominent one in Ameri- 
can history and for generations have been influential citizens. 

Mr. Staples was edu- 
cated at Dwight and Hol- 
brook's School in Clinton, 
N. Y., and at Pough- 
keepsie (New York) Mili- 
t a r y Institute. After- 
ward he sx)ent one year 
as draughtsman with J. 
A. Wood, a prominent 
architect in Poughkecp- 
sie, and three years as 
draughtsman and rod- 
man in the Croton Aque- 
dH(.'t I)e]:)artment, New 
York City. For fourteen 
months he was Ijrakeman 
and baggagemaster of 
the Iowa diA'ision of the 
Chicago, P)Urlington and 
Quincy Railroad, and for 
twenty-seven years he 
has been associated with 
the Erie Railroad as con- 
ductor, yardmaster, sta- 
tion master, superinten- 
dent of floating eipiip- 
ment and lighterage, and 
general agent of the New 
York terminal, which re- 
sjionsible position he now 
holds. In all these ca- 
pacities Mr. Staples has 
displayed untiring energy 
and devotion to duty, 
great executive ability, 
and all those (lualities which win both respect and approval. 

In public life he has also achieved distinction. He has been an In- 
s]iector of the New Jersey State Prison for eight years and I^resident of the 
Board of Inspectors for five years, and has four years more to serve. He 
was appointed to this office by Governor Abbett and was re-appointed by 
(rovernors Werts and Voorhees, and has discharged its duties with uni- 
versal satisfaction and approval. Mr. Staples is a prominent member of 
St. Mary's Episcopal Church of Jersey City, of the D. McLaughlin and 
Rober-t Davis Associations, and of the Carteret Club, all of Jersey City, and 
of the Commercial and Railroad Clubs of New York Citv. He is a, life 




MARKHAM E. STAPLES. 



GENEALOGICAL 129 

member of Jersey City Lodge, 211, B. P. 0. E., and Vice-President of the 
National Board of Steam Navigators. 

Mr. Staples was married, in 1880, to Miss Mary Willis, of Jersey City. 
They have tvi'o children, Francis George and Mary W. 

EDWARD EVERSON, of West Hoboken, N. J., who has been associated 
with the Delaware Coal and Canal Company ever since 1863, was born at 
Homestead, North Bergen, Hudson County, 'January 14, 1840. His father, 
Benjamin Everson, was born at Pompton Plains, N. J. His mother's 
maiden name was Sarah Riker. Mr. Everson is of Holland lineage, being 
descended from the Evertsens who settled in New York two centuries ago. 

He received his education in the public schools of North Bergen, and at 
the tender age of eleven began working on a farm in Bergen County. 
Thrown upon his own resources at that age, he has ever since depended 
upon himself. He followed farming until he had reached the age of 
seventeen, when he entered upon the trade of gold beating, which he 
followed for a year and a half. He then entered the employ of Edward 
Ackerman as an apprentice at the blacksmith trade, continuing in that 
capacity until 1862. In that year he enlisted in Company E, Eighth New 
York Volunteer Militia, for three months, and at the expiration of his 
term of enlistment was honorably discharged. He then entered the service 
of the Federal Government at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where he re- 
mained for a short time, and in 1863 he associated himself with the Dela- 
ware Coal and Canal Company, with which he has ever since remained. 
During his long and active service of over thirty-three years in the employ 
of this corporation Mr. Everson has discharged every duty with singular 
fidelity and great satisfaction, and from the first has enjoyed the respect 
and confidence of both employers and associates. He is in the fullest 
sense a self-made man, having depended entirely upon himself since the 
early age of eleven years. 

Mr. Everson is an ardent and consistent Republican, a member of the 
Reformed Church, and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. 
In July, 1863, he married Miss Ellen Gotchuns (deceased), by whom he had 
three children: Edward, Jr. (deceased), Eliza Ann (deceased), and Maud 
Alice, who resides with her father. 

EGBERT SEYMOUR, Mayor of the City of Bayonne and widely known 
as a merchant in that part ot Hudson County, was born in Ulster County, 
N. Y.. December 15. 1850, the son of James Seymour and Sarah Ann, 
daughter of David and Elenor Radiker, and grandson of Charles and Eliza 
Seymour. His boyhood was not unlike those of other country lads. He 
attended the district schools, spent six months at the academy in Mont- 
gomery, Orange County, and another six months at the academy in New- 
burgh,' in the same county, in New York State, and subsequently served 
as a clerk for twelve years. These advantages, however, afforded him an 
opportunity to lay the foundation upon which he has built a successful 
career. From a clerk he became a merchant, and for eighteen years has 
been actively and successfully engaged in the butter and cheese trade in 
New York Citv. 

Mr. Seymour is one of the foremost citizens of his adopted city, a man 
universaflv esteemed and respected, and prominent and influential in every 
movement and especially in political affairs. For two years he rendered 



130 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

efficient service as a member of the Board of School Trustees. As Mayor 
of the City of Bayonne he lias served three terms. He has been instru- 
mental in advancing the best interests of the community, in building up the 
city, and in promoting many important public improvements. When liis 
present term expires on ]\Tay 1, 1901, he will have filled the office for six 
consecutive years, and it is safe to say that no man ever discharged its 
duties with more fidelity and honesty of purpose. Mr. Seymour is resyiected 
and esteemed for his ability and integrity of character, and in every ca- 
pacity has gained the confidence of all who know him. He is a prominent 
member of the Newark Bay Boat Club, of the Exempt Firemen of Bayonne, 
of Council No. 695, Royal Arcanum, and of Council No. 434, Benevolent 
and Protective Order of Elks, of Bayonne. He is also a leading member of 
the Bayonne City Demociatic Club and of the Robert Davis Association of 
Jersey City. 

Mr. Seymour mr.rried, October 22, 1873, Marietta H. Neafie, and their 
children are James H. and Everett E. Seymour. 

THE BROWER FAMILY is another very numerous family in Bergen 
County. They are descended from Adam Brouwer, who emigrated to 
New Amsterdam from Cologne, France, in 1642. Three years later he 
married Madalena Jacobs Ferdon, of Long Island. He was a miller, and 
lived in New Amsterdam until 1647, when he removed to Brooklyn, where 
he joined the Dutch Church in 1677 and paid taxes from 167.5 to l(;!tS. His 
issue were fifteen children; Peter, Jacobus, Aeltie, Matthew, \\'i]liam, 
Mary, Magdalena, Adam, Abraham, Sophia, Ann, Sarah, Nicholas, Daniel, 
and Rachel. 

Peter, baptized in 1646, married (1) Pieternella Lldricks, (2) Gertrude 
Jans, and (3) Anne Jansen. He first resided at Flatlands, L. I., and siib- 
seciuently removed to Brooklyn, where he died. His issue were Abram, 
John, Adolph, Magdalena, Ulrick, Adrientie, Vroutie, Cornelia, Jacob, 
Hanse, and Madeline. 

Abraham, John, and Adolph removed to Hackensack about 1700, where 
Abraham married (1) Lea Johns Demarest and (2) Elizabeth Ackerman. 
Ulrick married Hester de Vow, and John married Ann Hendricl^s ^lande- 
ville. The descendanis of Abraham, Ulrick, John, and Adolph are to-day 
very numerous and scattered over the Counties of Bergen and Hudson. 

THE De CLARKS are still numerous in Bergen County. Daniel de 
Clerque (de Clark) emigrated to America prior to 1676. The name of his 
first wife does not appear, but the couple brought two or three children 
with them and had two baptized in New York (Daniel and Abraham, 
twins), March 13, 1678. His Avife died soon after, and he married (2), March 
4, 1685, Geertje Cozines, a widow, by whom he had no issue. Two of his 
sons, John and Henry, were evidently married when they left Holland, 
the family having sailed from Amsterdam. Both John and Henry sub- 
sequently had children in New York. Another son of Daniel, Jacobus de 
Clark, was born in Holland. Daniel, in 1686, became one of the Tappan 
patentees with the Harings, Blawvelts, Smiths, and others, and removed 
to Tappan, where, in 1702, he was made a Justice of Orange County, and 
he took the census of Orangetown the same year. He was probably the 
first Justice ever appointed in the county. At that time there were only 
a, few families huddled at Tappan, and Daniel seems to have been the 
biggest man of them all. The marriage of his son Jacobus to Antie Van 



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131 



Houten, September 14, 1706, is one of the e;iiliest iu the county. Jacobus 
had eight children, all of whom reared large families aud gravitated south- 
ward into Bergen County. 

JAMES S. NEWKIEK, Secretary and Treasurer of the Provident Insti- 
tution for Savings, of Jersey City, was lioi-n in liergen (now Jersey City) 
September 9, 18-52. His family at one time was one of the most numerous 
in Hudson County, and the name is still very common. More than a cen- 
tury ago some members of the family settled in Xew York State, in Ulster 
and Sullivan Counties, where their numerous descendants have spread 
rapidly and become 
prominent in the var- 
ious walks of life. 

!Mattheus Cornelissen, 
who is said to have been 
a native of Xieuwkerclie 
(Xew Chun-li) in Hoi 
land, e m i g r a t e d to 
America in about the 
year 1(160. and after 
landing and staying at 
Xew Amsterdam a short 
time went to Flatbush, 
T/. I., where he bought 
and lorated on a " P.<iu- 
werie " of about thirty- 
six acres of laud, butt- 
ing, as his deed de- 
clared, on ■' Corlcnrs 
Flats." This trad he 
sold March 10, ICAi',. to 
one Arent Ecertse. and 
he removed thcni'e to 
the ■• Townc of liergen," 
in Xew Jeisey. Here, 
on Decembei- 11, KiTO, 
he marii(^d on^" Anna 
Lnby, daughtei- of Jacob 
I^iby, who had sei'\('(i 
as a non-commissioni'd 
officer tSergoant) in the 
Dutch AVest India serv- 
ice, but who had for james s. newkirk. 
some years been a resi- 
dent and landholder at Bergen. Matthens Cornelissen assumed the sur- 
name of Newkirk — iu honor of his birthplace, no doubt. He leased lands 
at Bergen which were afterward con\eyed to his children. His occupa- 
tion seems to have been that of a farmer. His wife, Anna, died December 
20, 1085, and he married in 1()S6 Catharine I'ouwless, a daughter of 
Poulus Pieterse, of Bergen. She died in April, 17C(4. The children of 
Matthew Cornelissen Van Xew Kirk were tweh'e — live by tlie first wife 
and seven by the second wife: Gertrude, Ceiritie, Jacomina, Cornelius, 
Jacob, Jannetje, John, Jannetje, Peter, Gerrit, Poulus, and Cornelius. 




132 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

Those by the first wife scattered to different parts of the country, while 
those of the second wife remained in Bergen County, inheriting all their 
mother's property, which was considerable. The eleventh of these children, 
Gerrit Newkirk (2d gen.), born at Bergen November 18, 1696, married 
September 5, 1730, Catrina, daughter of Hendrick Kuyper (Cooper). She 
died September 12, 1751. He died April 23, 1785. Their children of the 
third generation were four: Catrina, Janneke, Matthew, and Henry. 

Matthew (3d gen.) married Caroline, daughter of Arent Toers. He died 
July 10, 1811, leaving three children: Garret M., Aaron, and Henry. 

Garret M. Newkirk (4th gen.), born at Bergen April 9, 1766, died August 
28, 1832, married Polly Ackerman. They had six children: Catharine, 
Margaret, Sally, Sally, Henry, and Garret. 

Garret G. Newkirk (5th gen.), born at Bergen October 17, 1808, married 

(1) October 25, 1828, Eachel, daughter of Halmigh Van Houten. She died 
December 1, 1835. He married (2) Jane Fowler, widow of Abram Tice. 
She died October 6, 1849. He married (3) September 6, 1851, Eliza Ann 
Beatty, daughter of George E. Beatty, born in 1820. His children by three 
wives were: two by first wife, ten by second wife, and four by third wife. 
One of these r^hildren is the subject of this sketch. 

James S. Newkirk (6th gen.) inherited all the sturdy characteristics 
of his race and early displayed those intellectual qualities which have 
since won for him so much distinction in the affairs of life. He was 
educated in the common schools, at Columbian Academy, and at District 
School No. 1 in the Town of Bergen. He commenced his business career 
as clerk in the grocery store of Jacob Van Winkle, of Bergen Square, in 
1865. Five years later, or in 1870, he entered the Provident Institution 
for Savings in Jersey City, with which he has ever since been actively 
identified, having filled important positions in all the departments up to 
and including the offices of Secretary and Treasurer, which he now holds. 

Mr. Newkirk has not, however, aspired to public or political office, hav- 
ing devoted himself almost exclusively to business affairs. For five years 
he was a member of the Fourth Regiment, N. G. N. J. He is a member of 
the Jersey City and Union League Clubs, of the Free and Accepted Masons, 
of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and of the Junior Order United 
American Mechanics. 

Mr. Newkirk's first M'ife, Mary Elizabeth Terhune, died in 1878. In 
1881 he married Annabella Meeker Randall, and they have four childi-en 
of the seventh generation. 

ALBERT Z. BOGERT, of River Edge, Bergen County, is descended from 
one of the oldest families in New Jersey. His first American ancestor, 
Cornells Jansen Bogaerdt, came to America from Holland with his wife, 
Geesie Williams, a few years prior to 1661. He bought and settled on a 
village plot in Flatbush, L. I., which he subsequently sold to one Peter 
Jansen. In 1677 he was one of the patentees of the Flatbush patent. He 
resided at Flatbush until his death, about 1684. His children were Wyntie. 
John Cornelise, Classic, Roloff, Maritie, and Peter, all of whom, except 
Wyntie, eventually removed to Hackensack, N. J. His son Jan Cornelius 

(2) married Angenitie Strycker, and resided at New Lots, L. I., until 1694, 
when he sold his farm there and with several others purchased a large 
tract of land southeast of Hackensack. His numerous descendants have 
spread over the County of Bergen, and have exerted an important and 



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wholesome influence in shaping the affairs of the county, having been 
prominent in business, in the professions, and in all the walks of life, 
honored and respected for those noble virtues which characterize the 
Dutch, and energetic and enterprising in promoting every worthy object. 

Albert Z. Bogert, the subject of this sketch, is of the eighth generation 
from Cornelis Jansen Bogaerdt, the emigrant above named. His parents 
were Albert James Bogert and Catherine Aletta Zabriskie. His grand- 
parents were John and Catharine Zabriskie Bogert and Albert G. and 
Sally Annie (Winters) Zabriskie. Mr. Bogert was born in Spring Valley, 
Bergen County, N. J., on the 14th of November, 1864. He received his 
education in the Bergen County schools, which he left at the age of nine- 
teen to assist his father on the farm, where he remained five years. In 
1888 he settled permanently in River Edge and bought a half interest 
with P. V. B. Demarest in a large coal, lumber, and grocery business. A 
year later Mr. Demarest sold his interest to John H. Banta and the busi- 
ness was continued by Messrs. Bogert and Banta until 1892, when Mr. 
Banta died. Since that time Mr. Bogert has successfully continued it 
alone. 

Mr. Bogert's activity, enterprise, and influence in the community stamp 
him as one of the leading citizens, while his success in business has won 
for him a high reputation. He is a member of the Borough Council of the 
Borough of Riveraide and of the Dutch Reformed Church of Schraalen- 
burgh, and active in various other capacities. In March, 1900, he was 
elected a member of the Beigen County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 
Midland Township. 

His wife, Anna Van Wagner, who was also descended from an old 
Holland Dutch family of New Jersey, died in 1892, leaving two children, 
James Gordon Bogert, born in 1888, and John W. Bogert, born in 1891. 

JOHN J. BOGERT, the miller of Harrington Park, is a descendant in 
the ninth generation from Cornelis Jans Bougaert, the emigrant (see sketch 
on page 132). Stephen Bogert, of the seventh generation, son of Guilliam 
Bogert and Maria Banta, was born in 1753, married Sophia Alyea, and 
left issue a son. Jacobus (James) Bogert, of the eighth generation. 

Jacobus Bogert (8) was born January 24, 1788, died March 6, 1871, mar- 
ried Jane Mevers, who was born February 13, 1794, and died May 7, 1873. 
They had several children of the ninth generation, among whom were 
John J., James, and Stephen. 

Of these John J. (9), the eldest, married Margaret, daughter of John R. 
Blawvelt and Leah Demarest. Their issue, of the tenth generation were 
four children: Jane, Leah Ann, Elma, and John J., the latter being the 
subject of this sketch. John J. Bogert once raised a horse which he sold 
to Robert Bonner, of New York City, for |10,000. 

John J. Bogert (10) was born December 6, 1846, at Harrington Park, N. J., 
where he still resides. He was educated in the Bergen County schools, 
which he left at the age of eighteen to engage in the milling business and 
in farming with his father. Upon his father's death in 18!)2 he took charge 
of the entire business and has since conducted it with marked success. 
During his active life he has wielded an important and wholesome influence 
in all local affairs. 

Mr. Bogert married Hester Jemima Ackerman, and has four children: 
Eugene, Walter, Clyde A., and Mary L. 



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EDWIN BERKLEY YOUNd, a leading and successful real estate and 
insurance num of Unien Hill, is descended from a distinguished family 
of United Empire I'oyalists. Tlie Youngs made tlie first settlement in 
Athol, Prin<'e Ed^vard ('ounty, Outai-io, (.'aiiada, at East Lake. Some liis- 
toriaus claim tliey were the lirst settlers in that county. Certain it is they 
went there wh(>n the counti'v was a forest, unl)roken and practically un- 
penetrated by man, and out of the wilderness carved for themselves and 
their families a home which still remains in the possession of their descend- 
ants, ('clone] Henrv Young, born in Jamaica, Long Island, in 1737, was 




EDWIN B. YOUNG. 



the second son of six children of an English gunsmith, who came there 
from Nottingham at an early age, and who founded a family which has 
spread over this country and Oanada. Some of his posterity still live on 
Long Island. Henry joined the British army when a young man, served with 
distinction for six years in the French and Indian wars under Generals 
Amherst and Abercrombie, and with the English participated in the battle 
of Bennington and in no less than seventeen other engagements against 
the continentals. For gallant S(n"vices at Bennington he received an en- 
signcy in the " King's Eoyal." His title of Colonel, by which he was popu- 
larly known, was conferred upon him by provincial appointment. At the 



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close of the American Revolution he retired on half pay, and received a 
grant of 3,000 acres of land for himself and other tracts for various mem- 
bers of his family. His first residence in Canada was at Cataraqui. With 
a brother officer he set out in a canoe in 1783 and selected a site at East 
Lake in the Town of Athol. Thither he brought his family in the fall of 
1784. He died there in his eighty-fourth year, leaving numerous descend- 
ants, many of whom became conspicuous in civil and official affairs. His 
four daughters. Elizabeth, Mary, Catherine, and Sarah, married East Lake 
settlers and lived to be over eighty years of age. Of his two sons, Henry 
and Daniel, the former settled on the homestead, and as a soldier in the 
English army died at Kingston of cholera during the ^^'ar of 1812, 
Kichard Young, son of Henry, Sr., was a farmer in Athol, and married 
Xancy Van Vlackren, now spelled Van Vlack. Their son, William Henry 
Young, served in the Ontario militia during the Fenian raid, and is now a 
retired farmer living in Picton, Canada. He is a cousin of the Rev. George 
Young, D.D., President of the Methodist Episcopal Conference of Ontario. 
He married Sarah Jane Clark, daughter of Enoch Borland Clark and 
Xancy Smith, of Ontario, who, like the Van Vlackrens, were descended 
from Holland Dutch stock. The family have long taken a leading part in 
the agricultural and military affairs of Ontario, and have always borne 
high reputations for honor and integrity. 

Edwin B. Young, eldest son of William Henry Young and Sarah Jane 
Clark, was born in Athol Township, Prince Edward County, Ontario, 
Canada, January 4, 1860. He attended the public schools and remained on 
the homestead "until he reached the age of twenty-one, when, having re- 
ceived a good education, he came to New York City. His capital consisted 
of three or four dollars in money, a robust constitution, and indomitable 
pluck and courage. For a few months he was employed in various ca- 
pacities. Becoming superintendent of the Grove Church < 'emetery at New 
Durham, Hudson County, N. J., he took up his residence in the Town of 
Union, and has ever since been identified with its best inteiests. During 
the past nine years he has also been extensively interested in real estate in 
the town, and^ in 1896 he opened a general real estate and insurance office 
at 4:'.3 Bergenline Avenue, which he still conducts, and to which he de- 
votes his entire attention, having resigned the superintendency of the 
Grove Church Cemetery in January, 1899. In addition to this he has lately 
established a mercantile collection agency, the first one of the kind on 

Union Hill. 

Mr. Young has achieved marked success in real estate ojierations, and by 
untiring devotion to business has won the confidence and respect of the 
entire community. He is a genial, companionable, public spirited man, 
deeply interested in the general welfare, and always ready to respond to 
the demands of good citizenship. Progressive in all that the word implies, 
he has been active and influential in the advancement of the town, a 
liberal contributor to its growth and moral improvements, and ever alert in 
increasing its useful institutions. He was Secretary of the old Literary 
Society of the Town of Union, and later became one of the prime movers 
in organizing the Free Reading Room and Library Association, of which he 
was for many vears Treasurer, and of which he was an original Director. 

It may be safely said that he was a founder and the chief organizer of 
this association, which succeeded the old Literary Society. Later a special 
act of the Legislature enabled the Town of Union, and other towns in the 
State to levy a tax for the support of such institutions, and this association 



136 HUBSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

has since been maintained by the public as a free library. In all of these 
movements Mr. Young was active and influential, and to him is due in a 
large degree the establishment of this institution. He is an ardent Demo- 
crat, a Justice of the Peace, and a prominent member of various fraternal 
and social organizations, including Mystic Tie Lodge, No. 123, F. and A. M., 
of New Jersey, of which he was for four years the Worshipful Master. He 
is also a member of the Scottish Eite bodies, 32°, of New York City, of 
the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Masonic fraternity, and of the Royal 
Arcanum. In September, 1899, he was elected Most Worthy Grand Patron 
of the Order of the Eastern Star of New Jersey, and in the spring of 1900 
he was one of the organizers of the Past Masters' Association of Hudson 
County, of which he was elected the first President. 

Mr. Young's brother, George Alfred Young, was born May 14, 1869, came 
to New Jersey when seventeen, and is now head bookkeeper for the Hudson 
Trust and Savings Institution of West Hoboken. He is a member and 
Worshipful Master of Mystic Tie Lodge, No. 123, F. and A. M. 

Mr. Young was married October 10, 1883, to Henrietta Bell, daughter of 
Henry and Ellen (Westerfield) Bell, of the Town of Union. Her father was 
born near Liverpool, England, while her mother was descended from an 
old Holland Dutch family. They have three sons: Edwin Henry, Ralph 
Percy, and Herbert Eldred. 

ROBERT CAMPBELL DIXON, Jr., one of the leading architects of Union 
Hill and Eastern New Jersey, is of English and Scotch parentage, being the 
son of Robert and Margaret (Campbell) Dixon and a grandson of Robert 
Dixon, Sr., and Hannah Lawson. His maternal grandparents were John 
and Isabel (Anderson) Campbell. His father was born in Nicholforest, 
Cumberland, England, and his mother in Perthshire, Scotland. Some of 
his ancestors were prominently engaged in the East India service, others 
filled important positions of trust, one branch had a representative in the 
English Parliament in the person of Sir Wilfred Lawson, and others occu- 
pied posts in the Church of England. The Dixon and Lawson families have 
been for generations conspicuous in civil, military, governmental, and pro- 
fessional aifairs, contributing to their respective communities a wholesome 
influence, and achieving for themselves distinction as men of learning and 
ability. 

Mr. Dixon was born in New York City on the 15th of May, 1857. He at- 
tended the public schools of Poughkeepsie, N. Y., until he reached the age 
of about fourteen, and afterward pursued his studies in private schools, de- 
veloping a naturally strong and brilliant intellect, and laying the founda- 
tion for an honorable career. He completed his literary education at 
Riverview Military Academy and finished with a business course, graduat- 
ing from Eastman's Business College at Poughkeepsie. A large part of his 
early education was intended to fit him for a military career, but he turned 
his attention to architecture, and in the early part of 1876 entered the office 
of D. & J. Jardine, architects, of New York City, as a student. He continued 
with them a little over four years, after which he was for a brief period 
in the office of J. C. Cady & Co. In 1883, having received important work in 
competition, Mr. Dixon engaged in business for himself as a practical archi- 
tect, and has ever since been devoted to his profession, achieving marked 
success and a notable reputation. He has had an office in New York Citv 
for about fourteen years, and many important public and private buildings 
have been erected from his designs. The town hall, the Palma and Columbia 



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Club houses, public schools, many church edifices, and numerous other prin- 
cipal buildings in Union Hill, N. J., have been built by him. All of these 
show great artistic taste and practical skill, and represent some of the finest 
and choicest work in the countrj-. 

In political matters Mr. Dixon has been an active and infiuential leader 
since about 1884, serving frequently as delegate to local and State Demo- 
cratic conventions, and being at the present time a member of the Board of 
Education of Union Hill, of which he was formerly President. He is a mem- 
ber and at times has served on important committees of the Columbia Club 
of Hoboken, and has also been a member of the Palma Club of Jersey City 
for several years. He was one of the organizers of the New Jersey Society 
of Architects and has held some of its most important offices. He is also 
an associate member of the American Institute of Architects, a member 
of the Central Democratic Organization, a warden of Grace Episcopal 
Church of Union Hill, where he resides, and a member of Columbia Lodge, 
No. 151, Knights of Pythias. He is a public spirited, enterprising citizen, a 
man of broad and liberal culture, and is and has been prominently identi- 
fied with many of the leading charitable organizations. 

Mr. Dixon was married September 22, 1886, to Sadie Gardner Morgan, only 
daughter of James G. Morgan, of Union Hill, N. J. 

DAVID DEMAREST ZABRISKIE, Law Judge of the County of Ber- 
gen, is a direct descendant in the eighth generation from the Polish emi- 
grant, Albert Zabriskie (see sketch on page 49). 

Jacob A. Zabriskie (2), eldest son of the Polish emigrant, born about 
April 22, 1677, at Pembrepoch, Bergen County, married (1), September 20, 
1706, Ann (daughter of Albert Alberts Terhune and Hendricke Voorhis), 
born in 1678 on Long Island. He resided at Upper Paramus on part of his 
father's large estate, where he died in 1758, having had issue ten children 
of the third generation: Hendricke, Sophia, Maritie, Albert A., Peter, 
Jannetje, Rachel, Matilda, Stephen, and Jacob. 

Albert A. (third generation) was baptized February 1, 1708, and mar- 
ried. May 8, 1739, Maritie Hopper. He resided at Paramus, and had at 
least two children, Ann, born 1749, and Andrew. 

Andrew Zabriskie (4), born in 1746, died about 1805, also resided at 
Paramus, where he married Jannetje Lozier, and had issue of the fifth 
generation at least three children, John A., Christina, and Andrew. 

John A. Zabriskie (5) was born at Paramus, November 11, 1768, and 
died there. One of his children of the sixth generation was Casper J. 
Zabriskie (6), born at Paramus, April 27, 1799; died there June 4, 1849. He 
married Catharine Post, who died in February, 1872. They lived at Pain- 
mus and had issue of the seventh generation: Andrew C, Robert, Catharine 
J., :Marv M., Alletta L., Sophia, and John C. 

John C. Zabriskie (7), born September 20. 1822, married (1) Maria Hop- 
per, (2) Jane Demarest, and (3) Maria C. Bogert. He resided at Paramus, 
and was a farmer by occupation. His children of the eighth generation 
were Andrew J., Maria J., Catharine, Emma, David I)., Ida, Simon, John, 
and Alletta. 

David D. Zabriskie (8) was born at Paramus, N. J., November 27, 1856, 
and received his preparatory education at Erasmus Hall Academy in Flat- 
bush, Long Island. He was graduated with honor from Rutgers College in 
the class of 1879, and then entered Columbia College Law School, from 
which he was graduated with the degree of LL.B. in 18S1. He was admitted 



138 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

to the New Jersey bar as an attorney at the November term of the Su- 
preme Court, 1882, and at once began active practice. In June, 1889, he 
was admitted as a counselor. Judge Zabriskie has for many years main- 
tained law offices in both Hackensack and Jersey City. Soon after enter- 
ing upon his professional career he came into prominence as a lawyer of 
unusual ability, and steadily won recognition for those eminent legal and 
judicial qualifications which he has since displayed both at the bar and 
on the bench. He was uniformly successful, and as an all-round advocate 
and counselor achieved a high reputation. 

His law practice, however, though constantly growing in volume and 
importance, did not prevent hiin from taking an active interest in public 
and political affairs. As a Republican from boyhood he has contributed 
much to tlic success of the part.^ as well as to the government of his town 
and coTinty. In ISOI and 1805 he represented his district in the State 
Legislature, serving on some of the most important committees, and taking 
a i>rominent part in shaping legislation. In 1896 and 1897 he was County 
('ounsel for the County of Bergen, and from 1894 to 1898 he was Chair- 
man of the Republican County Committee of Bergen County. In January, 
1S9S, Governor Griggs appointed him Law Judge of Bergen County for a 
term of five years, and since April 1 of that year he has served on the 
bench with conspicuous ability and universal satisfaction. 

Judge Zabriskie was married in October, 1883, to Lizzie S. Suydam, of 
New Brunswick, N. J. They have one daughter, Ethelind S., of the ninth 
generation, and reside in Ridgewood. 

ABRAM De BAUN. — The common ancestor of all the DeBauns in l!or- 
gen and Hudson Counties was Joost de Baen, a native of Brussels in 
Flanders (Belgium), who came over to New Amsterdam in 1688. The 
next year he married Elizabeth Drabb and located at Bushwick, L. I., where 
he was soon afterward made town clerk. In 1686 he removed to New 
Utrecht, where he was elected town clerk and taught the village school. 
This was during the controversy over the conduct of Governor Leisler. De 
Baen entered that contest and took an active part against the Governor, 
which caused him to lose his clerkship. He, however, continued to teach 
school and to reside at New Utrecht, where he took the oath of allegiance 
to the Englisli king in 1687. Early in 1704 he sold his lands, of which he 
ac(iuired a considerable area, and removed to Bergen County, N. J., where 
he joined the Kinderkamack settlement. He died in 1718^ or 1719. His 
children of the second generation were Matie (married, in 1705. David 
Samuels I»emaiest), Christian (married Judith Samuels Demarest), Mayke, 
Carrel, Christina, Jacobus, and Maria. 

Of these seven children Carrel (Charles) (2) married, in 1714, Jannetie 
Peters Harirg, of Tappan. He first bought a large farm, in 1719, on the 
north side of Hardenbergh Avenue (now in Harrington Township), ex- 
tending from the Schraalenburgh road to the Tiena Kill (including part of 
what is now Demarest), on which for a time he resided. Shortly after 1721 
he sold this farm and bought several large tracts between the Hackensack 
and the Pascm'k Rivers, on one of which he settled and died. His issue of 
the third generation were Joost, Margaret, Elizabeth, John, Jacob, Carrel, 
and Christiaen. 

Carrel (3), born in 1728, married (1) Bridget Ackerman (born December 
10, 1731, died January 27, 1793) and (2) Lea Van Orden. He was a farmer 
by occupation, and settled in the upper part of Bergen Countv. His issue 



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of the fourth generation were Carrel, Margaret, Abram, Jannetie, Andrew, 
Sarah, David, John, and Isaac. 

Isaac de Baun (4) was born December 9, 1779, and died June 18, 1870. 
He was a farmer and resided nearly all his life at Mousey, N. Y. He mar- 
ried June 13, 1807, Elizabeth Yeury, who died August 24, 1875. Their 
children of the fifth generation were Abram, Elizabeth, Jacob, Maria, Brid- 
get, Rachel, Jane, and John Y. 

John Y. de Baun (5) was born at Mousey, N. Y., August 22, 1827. He 
was a remarkably precocious child. Although he had but an ordinary com- 
mon school education he, by dint of an untiring perseverance and constant 
application to study, qualified himself for the ministry (which under the 
circumstances was a rare achievement), and on April 17, 1855, was licensed 
to preach by the Classis of Hackensack of the True Reformed Dutch Church. 
His first charge included the churches at Hempstead in Rockland (bounty, 
N. Y., and at Ramseys in Bergen County, N. -I., where he preached alter- 
nately until 1860, when he took charge of the two churches at Hackensack 
and English Neighborhood, X. J. Of these two churches he was the pastor 
for twenty-six years. During this time he resided at Hackensack, where he 
established and was the editor of the Banner of Trutli, a monthly magazine, 
which is still the organ of the True Reformed Dutcli Church. He died at 
Leonia, N. J., in February, 1895. He was twice married: (1) April 8, 1849, to 
Margaret Iserman, who died about 1893, and (2) to Jane Van Houton, who 
survives him. He was a thoroughly self-made man, an eloquent i^reacher, 
and in every way worthy of his high and noble calling. His issue of the 
sixth generation were Susan E., Martha A., James D., Abram, Edwin, 
Anna, John Z., James E., and Isaac C, of whom Abram ((>) is the subject 
of this sketch. 

Abram de Baun (6) was born April 2, 185(1, at Mousey, N. Y., where he 
spent his childhood days. ^Vhen old enough he <-iitered Hackensack Acad- 
emy, where he had the benefit of a full course of study, and then entered 
the law office of A. D. Campbell, at Hackensack, as a law student. He was 
admitted to the New Jersey bar as an attorney in June, 1877, and as a 
counselor in June, 18S0. Aftei- his call to the bar he became a business 
partner of his old tutor, with whom he remained until March, 1894, when he 
formed a law partnership with IMilton Dcniarest, with whom he is still 
associated in a lucratice practice. 

Mr. De Baun was clerk of the Bergen County Board of Chosen Free- 
holders from 1878 to 1895 and for thre(^ years a member of the Hackensack 
Improvement Commission, during two years of which he was tieasnrer. 
For twelve years he has been counsel for the Hackensack Mutual Building 
and Loan Association. He is a Director of the Hackensack Old I^adies' 
Home. 

He married (1) in 1878 Mary B. Christie, of Leonia. She died in Septem- 
ber, 1881, and he married (2), October 2, 1884, Lydia B. Christie. He has no 
children. 

JAMES A. ROMEYN. — The Romeyns, Romaines, and Remains, of Bergen 
County, claim to be of Italian lineage, which they trace to one Giacomo de 
Ferentino, an Italian gentleman who settled at Rongham Manor, Norfolk- 
shire, England, in the early part of the thirteenth century, and married an 
English lady, Isabella de Rucham, by whom he had issue two sons, one of 
whom was Peter. This Peter was sent to Rome to be educated, and on his 
return took the surname of Romaeyn (Peter the Roman). He married a 



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daiii;iit(>i' iif Thomas de Lcicestci-. Many of Peter's descendants became 
not(Hl men in Enj^land. One of tliem, Jan Romeyn, went from England to 
the \o\\' countries (Holland) and settled in Amsterdam. He had several chil- 
dren, anionj;' whom were Ohies Jansen, Simeon Jansen, and Ohristofer Jan- 
sen. Claes and Ohristofer sailed fromI\ottei-dam. H(dland,to Brazil, asmem- 
V . . . !■ ijj expedition to that connti'v commanded by Prince Maurice of Nas- 



I)ers oi ai 




JAMES VAN CAMPEN ROMEYN. 



sau. Soon after arriving in Brazil that country was ceded to Portugal, and 
thereupon the two Romeyns sailed for America. There is a disagreement as 
to the date when they arrived, but it Avas probably about 1G61. They 
settled first at New Amersfoort, L. I. Ohristofer married, in 167S, Grietie 
Pieters Wyckoif, and settled in Monmouth County, N. J. Claes married 
(it is said). May 2, IGSO, Styntie Alberts Terhune, ami in IGflO went to 
Hackensack, where he bought four Indian fields between the Saddle River 



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141 



and the Hackensack Kivei\ called in his deed Wierinuis, Paskack, Genia8ki(i, 
and Mari-oaBunek. Tiiese four tracts were Jiorlli of I'aramns. on the east 
side of the Saddle Pviver. He did not locate on th-se lands, but returned 
to Xew York and located in the Greenwich district of the city, where he 
died. His children, to whom he devised all his lands on his death, divided 
them into farms and mutually released or sold to actual settlers. Claes 




JAMES ROMEYN. 



Jansen's children of the serond generation were tlerrelirecht, Elizabeili, 
Lydia. Albert 0., John C, Rachel, Sarah, and Daniel. 

Jan Claas Romeyn (2) married, in il;\y, IfiOO, Jannetie I!of;crt. at Hack- 
ensack, and resided on part of his father's lands. He was a nionber and 
church master of the "Church on the <;r(H'n" in 1715. Ilis issue of the 
third generation were Nicholas, John, Christina, Koelof, Rachel, Isaac, 
Angenetie, Christina, and Ursula. 

Nicholas Rosneyn (3), baptized at Hackensack in Feliruary, 1G99, mar- 



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ried, in 1726, ElizabcMh Ontwator, who died in 1732. He died in 1763. He 
married (2) TJaclu'l ^^reeland, who died in 1701. Tlie issne of Nicholas 
Ronicyn (3) and liis two wives of the fonrth generation were Rev. Thomas 
Romevn and -Tolm Romeyn. 

Rev. Tliomas Rcnneyn (4), born at Pompton, N. J., March 2, 1729, died 
October 22, 1701. He was giadnated from the College of New Jersey in 
17.50, stndied theology, and after ])reacliing a few times on Long Island 




THEODORE B. ROMEYN. 

went to Holland, in 1752, fm- ordination, and was settled at Jamaica, L. I., 
nntil 17!)(i. He mariied (1) June 29. 17.56, Margaretta Frelinghnyseu, who 
died at Jamaica, December 13, 1757. He married (2) Snsanna Van Camp- 
pen. He died at Fonda, N. Y., October 22, 1791, and was bnried there under 
the pulpit of his church. His issue of the fifth generation were seven: Rev. 
Theodore F., Rev. Thomas, Nicholas, Abraham, Rev. Rroadhead, Benjamin, 
and Rev. James Van Campen. 



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143 



^.^^'^'- 'J'^™^'^ ^ ''^» Campen Romeyn (5) was boni at Minsiiik, Sussex CoimtT 
A. J., Aovembci' 15, 17()5, aud died at Haekeiisack, June 27 1S4(I He ■it- 
tended Sehenectady Academy in 17S4, studied tlieoloj-v under Rev Tlieo- 
dore Romeyn, his uncle, was a Trustee of Ruti;ers Oolle'o-e, and i)reaclied at 
several places, the last in the Reformed Ohurcli of Ilackeusack and Schi'aal- 
enburgh from 1799 to 1833. He married (1) Susanna Maud Van Vranken 




JAMES A. ROMEYN. 



of Schenectady, and (2) Elizabetli Pell, who survived him. Ilis issue of 
the sixth generation were Susan, Harriet, Anna, Maria, liev. James, D.I)., 
Anna, Eliza, Caroline, Theodore, and Sarah. 

Rev. James Romeyn (C) was born at Rlooming drove, N. J., >September 30, 
1797, and was graduated fi-om (7'olumbia College in ISKi and from tiie 
Theological Seminary at New Brunswick, N". J., in 1819. He declined the 
Doctor of Divinity degree bestowed on him bv <'olumbia College. He 



144 HUDSON AND BEBGBN COUNTIES 

preached at several places, was pastor of the old " Church on the Green " 
at Hackensack from 1833 to 1836, and was a Trustee of Eutgers College In 
1842. He married Joanna Bayard Rodgers, daughter of John E. B. Eodgers, 
M.D., of Columbia College, New York. His children of the seventh gen- 
eration were James E. and Theodore B. 

Eev. Theodore Bayard Eomeyn (7) was born at Nassau, N. Y., October 22, 
1827. He attended school at Hackensack and other places, was graduated 
from Rutgers College in 1846 and from the Theological Seminary in New 
Brunswick in 1849, and received the degree of D.D. from Eutgers College. 
He preached at Blawenburgh, N. J., and at Hackensack, and was the author 
of the History of the Reformed Church of the latter village. He married 
Amelia A. Letson, who died October 22, 1897. He died at Hackensack, 
August 29, 1885. His issue of the eighth generation were Mary L. (deceased) 
and James A., the latter being the subject of this sketch. 

James A. Eomeyn (8) was born in Blawenburgh, N. J., May 15, 1853, and 
received his education at Eutgers College. He studied law with Bedle, 
Muirhead & McGee, of Jersey City, and successfully practiced his pro- 
fession until 1890. Since then he has been the editor of the Evening Record 
of Hackensack, where he resides. 

Mr. Eomeyn is a man of acknowledged ability and untiring energy, and 
has always taken an active part in public affairs. He was for eight years 
a member of the Hackensack Board of Health, and for seven years (1888-95) 
served as Treasurer of the Hackensack Hospital. At the bar and in the 
editorial chair he has won distinction and honor, and as a citizen he is 
highly respected. 

In 1884 Mr. Eomeyn married Flora May Cochran, of Lancester, Pa., who 
died in 1891. By her there were two children: Theodore B. and Katharine. 
He was married, second, in 1894, to Susie Burgess Conover, of Newark, N. J. 

JOHN LANE has achieved distinction in the twofold capacity of marine 
surveyor and public officer. He is a native of Shrewsbury, N. J., where 
he obtained his early education in the public schools. Subsequently he 
pursued a course of study at Cooper Institute, New York. 

Beared on his father's farm in Shrewsbury, he developed a strong con- 
stitution, and at the same time acquired those habits of thrift and industry 
which mark the successful man. His studies were designed to enable him 
to enter professional life, for which he was mentally and physically quali- 
ffed, and in which he has won an honorable reputation. Entering, as a 
youith, the shipyard of McCarthy & Brother, of Hoboken, he filled success- 
ively the positions of clerk, timekeeper, bookkeeper, and general manager, 
and gained the respect and confidence of all with whom he came into 
contact, and especially of his employers. His experience was at once 
broad and practical, and included a thorough knowledge of every branch of 
ship building, even to designing, carpentering and joining, calking, and 
marine draughting. After a period of sixteen years in these different 
capacities he withdrew to engage in business for himself as a marine sur- 
veyor, a profession for which his duties had eminently fitted him, and one 
in whiich he has achieved remarkable success. In 1888 he removed from 
Jersey City to West Hoboken, N. J., where he has built, on Malone Street, 
a neat and attractive home after his own plans and designs. 

Mr. Lane has for many years been an active and influential leader of the 
Democratic party, especially in the town where he resides, and in various 
capacities has served both party and town with ability, honor, and satisfac- 



GENEALOGICAL 145 

tion. In 18!)1 he was appointed a member of the West Iloboken Board of 
Health. In 1893 he was elected a member of the Board of School Trustees. 
Since 1S95 he has served as one of the Councilmen of West Hoboken, and 
in 189S and 1899 was chairman of the board. He discharged the duties con- 
nected with these positions with signal efficiency and fidelity. Public 
spirited, energetic, and progressive, he has always encouraged and sup- 
poT-ted every movement calculated to advance the general welfare of the 
community. He is a prominent member of the Masonic order, of the Royal 
Arcanum, and of the Foresters of America. 

CORNELIUS LYDECKER.— Ryck Lyde.lu^r, the common ancestor of 
the Lydecker family in Bergen County, was from Amsterdam, Holland, 
but that city was probably not his birthplace. At all events he was a 
Hollander. The time of his arrival in America does not definitely appear. 
He flirst settled permanently at Bushwick, L. I., on a grant of land ob- 
tained by him in 1660 or 1661. There he resided several years — perhaps 
until his death, which is said to have occurred prior to 1696. He was 
magistrate of Bushwick from 16S2 lo KiS."). On June 2-1, 1663, he was 
appointed captain of a company of militia and received orders from Govern- 
or Stuyvesant to fortify the town, which he did. The records show that his 
company contained forty men, including its officers, and that this com- 
pany was divided into four watches, of whom one-fourth, or ten men, were 
on duty evevy night to guard against an expected attack by the savages, 
who were at the time very troublesome to the settlers. His wife's name 
was Clara A^ooreniere, and his issue of the second generation were Garret, 
John, Ryck, Cornelius, and Abraham. 

Ryck (2) married Maritie Benson and settled at Hackensack, where he 
bought a large tract of land of Captain John Berry. Garret (2) married 
Neeltie Cornelis Vandehuyl, of Holland. He purchased a tract of land 
between Leonia and Englewood, in Bergen County, extending eastward 
from Overpeck Creek to the Hudson River. This he devised to his four 
sons after named, who partitioned it between them. It contained more than 
one thousand acres. His issue of the third generation were Ryck, Eliza- 
beth, Clara, Cornelius, Garret, and Abraham. 

Garret (3) married ^Vintie (Leviua) Terhune, and resided near Englewood 
on his father's homestead. His issue of the fourth generation were Neeltie, 
1721; Garret, 172S; Geertie, IT'Jl; Cornelia, 17;>4 ; Ann, 17:!6; Elizabeth, 
17.38; and Albert, 1740. 

Garret (4) married Lydia Demarest. He became a man of note, and 
commanded a company of ('ontinental troops during the War for Inde- 
pendence. Both he and his wife were prominent members of the Old 
South Church at Schraalenburgh. His issue of the fifth generation were 
Garret, 1753; James, 17.55; Levina, 1757; Margaret, 1759; Garret, 1761; 
James and Cornelius (twins), 1764 ; Lydia, 1766; -James, 1769; Elizabeth, 
1771; and Maria, 1774. 

James (5), last above named, born in 1769, married, September 25, 1790, 
Maria l")ay, and had issue Lydia and ( iarret J. of the sixth generation. 

Garret J. (6) was born in 1797 and died in 1880. He occupied a prominent 
position in the locality then known as English Neighborhood, having 
large farming interests, and being one whose advice was sought in all 
leading questions of the day. He mariied Sarah Ryer and had issue of 
the seventh generation James, John R., and Cornelius, the last of whom 
is the subject of this sketch. 



146 HUDSON AND BEKGEN COUNTIES 

Cornelius Lydeckei- (7) was born at Englewood, N. J., on the place where 
he now lives, April <i, iSi'T. lie has been prominent in ]inblic and private 
aflairs. In 1S46 he entered as a elerk the dry ijoods store of his brother 
John R. in New York, where he remained two years. In 1849 he caught 
the gold fever and went to t'alifornia rid Cajte Horn. Two years in tlie 
gold " diggins " was enough for him. He returned home and soon after 
entei'ed the political field by being elected Surveyor of Highways in his 
native town. Following this venture up, he became Township Collector in 
1862, and later County Collector, which office he held for five years. In 
1872 he was elected to the State Senate on the Democratic ticket, and 
was from year to year returned until 1875, when he became a candidate for 
State Treasurer and Controller. For seven years thereafter he was a 
member of the " Third House " in the Legislature. With ^Yilliam B. Dana 
he built in 1871 the Palisade Mountain House, and then took a rest by 
traveling for a time, finally returning to embark in the real estate business. 

He married in 1852 Miss Catharine S. Van Blarcom, by whom he has had 
six children of the eighth generation: Mary (wife of Oliver Drake Smith), 
Sarah Ryer (wife of Stanley P. Parsons), Elizabeth, (iarret (now in a 
banking house at No. 18 Wall Street, New York), Kate, and Cornelius, 
now at Englewood. Mr. Lydecker is a member of Masonic Lodge No. 114. 

CHARLES A\^ESLEY RANDALIi, of Jersey City, has been actively and 
successfully engaged in the practice of architecture in Hudson County 
since 18S0, or during a period of twenty years. He was born in the Hudson 
City section of Jersey City in 185G and is the son of George W. Randall and 
Sarah Hellier, both of whom are of English descent. His family originally 
settled in old Hudson City in 1837, and has ever since been active and in- 
fluential in important capacities. 

Mr. Randall was educated primarily in Public School No. 1, of Hudson 
City (now Jersey City), and subsequently took a course at Cooper Institute, 
New York, graduating therefrom as an architect. In ISSO he entered upon 
the active practice of his profession in Hudson (Jounty, and from that 
time to the present has built a large number of houses and other buildings, 
in all of which appear evidences of his genius. He is a man of decided 
artistic talent, energetic and influential in all the affairs of life, thoroughly 
identified with the best interests of the community, and one of the best 
architects and builders in the County of Hudson. 

In ISSO Mr. Randall married Eleda Erickson. They hav(^ three children: 
George E., Elizabeth G., and Josephine E. Randall. 

JOHN RATHBONE RAMSEY is one of the leading lawyers of Hack- 
ensack, Bergen County, N. J., and, in November, 1895, was elected to the 
office of County Clerk by a majority of 9f)l, being the first Republican ever 
elected to that position in tliat county. He is the son of John P. Ramsey, 
a farmer, and Martha Rathbone, his wife, and a descendant on his father's 
side of Samuel Ramsey, a native of Scotland, who with his son, John 
Ramsey, came to America in 1772, and settled at New Scotland, Albany 
County, N. Y. The son John, born in 1757, married Margaret Connollj', 
and settled at New Scotland, where he enlisted and served in the Conti- 
nental Army against the British in the war for independence. 

Peter Ramsey, said to have been another son of Samuel, and to have 
followed his father and brother to America, had two sons, Peter P. and 
William P. Ramsey, both of whom settled in the Ramapo district of Bergen 



GENEALOGICAL 14:7 

County. Peter P. married Jane Reyerson, and William P. married Hannah 

. The inscriptions on their tombstones show the following facts: Peter 

P. Ramsey, born July 18, 1770, died March :W, ISni; Jane Reyerson, his 
wife, died January 2S, 1825. William P. Ramsev, born December 25, 1774, 
died July 19, 1863; Hannah, his wife, born January 2'J, 1775, died August 6, 
1849. These were the first of the name in the county, and were undoubtedly 
the ancestors of all the Ramseys in Bergen County, including the subject 
of this sketch. On his mother's side John R. Ramsey's ancestors were of 
English descent. 

Mr. Ramsey was born in Wyckofl', Bergen County, N. J., on the 25th of 
April, 1862, and spent much of his early life — from 1 872 to 1879 — with his 
maternal grandfather, John V. Rathbone, in Parkersburg, ^^'. Va., where he 
received a private school education. In 1879 he returned to New Jersey 
and entered the law office of the late Oeorge II. CotTey, of Hackensack. He 
subsequently continued his law studies with tht' firm of Campbell & De 
Baun, also of Hackensack, and was admitted to the New Jersey bar as an 
attorney in November, 188:^,, and as a counselor in February, 1887. For 
nearly twelve years following his aduiission he was actively and success- 
fully engaged "in the practice of law in Iladcensack. displaying marked 
abiHty as a counselor and advocate, and gaining an extensive clientage. 

Mr.' Ramsey has always been an active, ardent, and consistent Republican, 
and for many years has been a power in the councils of his party. He was 
the Republican candidate for the office of (V)unty Clerk, of Bergen County, 
in 1890, but was defeated by a very small majority, although he ran ahead 
of the rest of the Republican ticket by se\'eral hundred votes. In November, 
1895. he was again the Republican candidate for that office and was 
elected by a majority of 901, for a term of five years fi-om November 18, 1895, 
being the first Republican ever elected County ('lerk in the County of Ber- 
gen He has discharged the duties of this office with marked ability and 
satisfaction, and has ^displayed the same .-ueigy which characterized his 
career at the bar. He is a member of Fidelity Lodge No. 113, Free and 
Accepted Masons, of Ridgewood, N. J., of Wortcndyke Lodge. No. 175, In- 
dependent Order of Odd Fellows, and ol yarious so.'ial organizations and 

'^ He' was married, January 20. 189S, to Mary Evelyn Thompson, of Clarks- 
burg, W. Va. i^he died very suddenly Ai>ril 27, 1S9S, 

CH VRLES \ HAMILTON, of Closter, Bergen County, N. J., was born 
at Canaan Four (%)rners, Columbia C..unty, N. Y., March 24 1859 He is 
the son of Silas B. and Emily J. (Haight) Hamilton, a grandson of James 
Hamilton and William Haight, and a descendant of a long line of Scotch 

""^Mr ^Hamilton received his education in his native State. He left school 
at the age of seventeen and entered a railroad office, where he remained 
Sree and a half years. He then accepted a posit on with the Mutual L, e 
Insurance Company, of New York City, and has smce continued with that 
wen known cor^poration. In this latter capacity he has developed ability 
Tn a line which requires accurate knowledge of mathematics and all 
business foTms, and he has discharged his duties with satisfaction and 
earied for himself the confidence of the officials of the company 

As a resident of Closter, Bergen County, Mr. Hamilton has taken part 
in the affairs of fte communit?, has served as^ a member of the School 
Board, and is a member of the Dutch Reformed Church. 



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Mr. Ilnniiltdii luari-icd Oarric L. I'ccstoii. Tlicy l:av( 
II., bcirn ill iss:!, and Kcniielii J*., Ihhii in ]SS!"i. 



i wo Hcms: (Jliarles 



WILLIAM OT'TIS ALLISON, of Englew(.o(l, N. J., is descended in the 
eighth oviKM-ation from Lawrence Ellison (or Allison), a Puritan, who 
moved from Watertown, Mass., to Wetlierwtield, Conn., fhence to Stam- 
ford, in the same State, and finally to Hempstead, Loiij,' Island, ^with other 
emigrants who accompanied Rev. Richard Denton in 1044. These emi- 
i;rants are supposed to have been a part of the colony which came over 

from England with Rob- 
ert ^Mnthrop and Sir 
Richard Saltonstall in 
WM). John Ellison, son 
of Lawrence, became one 
of the founders of Hemp- 
stead in 1044. His son 
.John, a native of Hemp- 
stead, v\as the imme- 
diate f((under of the fam- 
ily of Allisons which, 
for several generations, 
have lived and slept 
within the limits of 
HaAcrstraw, Rockland 
County, New Yoi-k. He 
v^as one of the company 
that pm'chased the north 
pai't of the Kakiat pat- 
ent of land in Orange 
rount\', which is now 
Rockland County, in 
1710, and founded the 
Town of New Hemp- 
stead, now Raniajio. He 
died in 1754, aftor a life 
of great usefulness and 
ai-ti-^ity. Of his nine 
childi-en, Jose])h, the 
third, vsas born in An- 
or 1722, re- 
Haverstraw, 
January 2, 
was called 




1721 



WILLIAM O. ALLISON. 



gust, 

sided in 
and died 
179f). He 

Captain Joseph Allison, ;ind became one of the largest landowners and 
farmers in his section. ]\Iarch II), 174:!, he married Elizal)eth, daughter 
of Matthew ISenson, who died December 12, 1707, leaving ten children. 
His second wife, whom he married May 4, 170!), and who died April 10, 
ISIT), was Elsie Parsells, and she bm-e him eight children. 

i\Iatthew Allison, the eldest of all these eighteen children, was born 
in Ilaverstraw, and died before 1795, leaving several children, among them 
Ilendrick Allison, who married Sarah Marks, daughler of George Marks, 
of the same town. They moved to Manhattan Island, thence to New 



GENEALOGICAL 149 

Dock, N. J., and finally to Hackensack Township, Bergen County, to a point 
beneatli tlie Palisades, near what is now Englewood Township. They were 
the grandparents of the subject of this article, ^^'illianl Henry Allison, son 
of Hendrick and father of William O., was born in Hackensack Township 
on the 10th of September, 1820. In 1840 he married Catherine, daughter of 
David and Elizabeth (Blauvelt) Jordan and granddaughter of Joseph Jor- 
dan, a French soldier, who came over with Lafayette and fought for Ameri- 
can independence, and who, after the Revolution, married Elsie Parsells, 
and settled at Closter, on the top of the Palisades, where he died. 

The maternal ancestors of William O. Allison were among the original 
Dutch settlers at Old Tappan, one of the earliest settlements in New Jersey, 
and have resided in Bergen County for more than two hundred years. 

William O. Allison was born in old Hackensack (now Palisade) Town- 
ship, Bergen Countj^, N. J., ihuch :W, 1S1!». From his early boyhood he 
lived much of the time in the fnmily of William B. Dana, a prominent 
resident of the Palisades, a man of forceful and exemplary character, and 
a journalist of culture. The accident of this environment had an im- 
I)ortant part in his career, and he has never failed to fully acknowledge, 
by word and deed, the benign influence which Mr. r>ana's wife, Mrs. Kath- 
arine Floyd Dana, exerted upon him. She took a deep interest in the boy, 
and his intellectual development was guided by her in a manner born of 
superior intelligence and refinement and by the great strength of character 
which she possessed. Finding in him the inherent traits for development, 
she saw them expand into manhood, and broaden and increase in power. 
Xever was a friendship more liberally rewarded. His gratitude was ex- 
pressed by the devotion which he accorded to her and by his adoption of 
the name " Outis " in compliment to a fancy of hers that his initials should 
correspond to those of her iioiii de phtinc, " Olive A. Wadsworth.'' 

In 1S(>8 Mr. Allison, having received an excellent training at the hands 
of this childless woman, entered the oflQce of the Fiiidiicidl OJiroiiiclc and 
the Dailij Bulletin, which were owned by Mr. Dana and John (J. Floyd, 
Mrs. Dana's brother. Here he acquired a thorough and general knowledge 
of the publishing business, and with this and keen business instincts he 
soon developed into the best commercial r<>porter ever connected with the 
New York press. He invented and instituted a system of thoroughness 
in reports which had previously been unknown, and which few reporters 
have been able to coi)y successfully, ^^'llen he entered Mr. Dana's employ 
he received |7 per week; inside of three years he had a weekly salary 
of -Ipll) as a reporter. But this rapid progress did not satisfy his ambi- 
tion. The confidence which he felt in his system of making a specialty 
of a few markets and doing them thoroughly led him, on October 21, 1871, 
to issue the first number of the Oil, Paint anil Druf/ Reporter, a small four- 
page paper of extremely modest appearance when compared with other 
publications already prominent in the industries to which it was de- 
voted. The Reporter, however, contained more of real value to the sub- 
scribers than any other sheet, and its growth in circulation was remarka- 
ble, while its advertising patronage, in connection with added departments 
of valuable reading matter, forced numerous successive enlargments. 

But it was not until after a hard struggle of several years that Mr. 
Allison saw the fulfillment of the hope which he had entertained at the 
beginning of his career. His perseverance, united with great business 
tact and skill, alone brought him into prominence in a field in which he 
now has no superiors and few if any equals. As a result of the policy of 



150 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

Obtaining and furnisliing accurate, comprehensive, and valuable infor- 
mation concerning all tlie markets which the paper covers and reports, 
the successful growth of the business is believed to have no parallel in 
commercial journalism. The Reporter soon became one of the most profit- 
able class publications in the country, and exerts an influence in the 
trades to which it is allied such as no other commercial publication has 
wielded. In 1874 he established The Painters Magazine, with which was 
subsequently consolidated the Wall Paper Trade Journal, and about the 
same time he purchased The Drugr/ists Gircuttir, which was started in 1857. 
These three publications — the Oii, Paint and Drug Reporter, The Druggists 
Circular, and The Painters iMagazinc — not only continue to hold their 
prestige and influence among the trades which they represent, but enjoy 
a constantly increasing measure of success and a world-wide popularity and 
reputation. 

These relations have brought Mr. Allison into close personal contact 
with a large clientage, have made his judgment and opinions much sought 
after, and have led him into enterprises outside of the publishing business. 
Inheriting a tendency to operate in real estate, he has acquired from time 
to time considerable tracts of land on or near the Palisades until he has 
become one of the largest landowners in that section. And the eminent 
success which he has achieved as publisher, financier, and real estate 
operator has won for him the respect, confidence, and admiration of all 
who know him. His industry and good judgment, his commercial and 
flnancial enterprises, and his many successful achievements, together with 
his unostentatious benefactions, mark him as a man of distinction and 
honor. He has gained by his own efforts an enviable place among the 
foremost publishers and financiers of the day, and may well regard with 
pride the career which he has carved out of surroundings shorn of none 
of the difficulties and temptations which every one encounters. 

Mr. Allison was married October 22, 1884, to Caroline Longstreet Hovey, 
daughter of Alfred Howard Hovey and Frances Noxon, of Syracuse, N. Y. 
Her parents dying when she was very young, she was adopted by the 
late Hon. George F. Comstock and his wife, and took the name of Oom- 
stock. Mrs. Comstock was a sister of Mrs. Allison's mother, and Mr. 
Comstock was at one time .Vttorney-General of the United States and 
Chief Justice of the New York Court of Appeals. Mrs. Allison was born 
in Syracuse on June 12, 1862, received her education at Keble School in 
that city and at a French school in Neuilly, neai- Paris, France, and resided 
in Syracuse until her marriage. She died at Paris on March 31, 1890. Their 
children were Katharine Floyd Allison, born July 13, 1885; Frances Cor- 
nelia Allison, born November 23, 1887; A His Allison, born September 30, 
1SS8, died April 14, 1880; William Dana Allison, born September 8, 1890, 
died September S, 1894; John Blanvelt Allison, born January 13, 1893; 
and Van Kleeck Allison, born May 23, 1894. i\ll were born in Englewood, 
N. J. Mr. Allison married, second, Mrs. Caroline A. Comstock, daughter of 
David Shaw, of Detroit, Mich. 

JOHN ENGEL, formerly Postmaster of Hackensack, and one of the 
most popular hotel proprietors in Bergen County, was born in Prussia, 
Germany, on the ICth of April, 1845. His parents, Charles Engel and 
Agustia Kuehn, were both born and married in Prussia. 

Major Engel received his education at the military school at Schloss, 
Annaburg, Province of Saxony, and in 1800 came to this country, arriving in 



GENEALOGICAL 151 

New York CitT on the IGth of October. His lirst business here was as a 
barber in ^ew York. In is(is he removed to Haekensack, X. J., where he 
has since resided, and where he ^xas for some time en-ao-ed in the barber 
business. He became Postmaster of Haekensack in ]sss, and served one 
term. Afterward he engaged in the hotel business in Haekensack, in which 
he has since continued, becoming one of the most popular and best known 
hotel keepers in Bergen Oountr. 

As a soldier in the Civil AA'ar Major Engel made an enviable record. He 
enlisted, in 18(12, in the One Hundred and Sixty-fifth Xew York ^'olunteers 
and served until the close of the war in ISG.I," receiving an honorable dis- 
charge after a long and active service at the front. In 18tls he enlisted for 
active service in the \\iir with Spain, becoming Major of the Second 
Battalion, Second Eegiment, Xew Jersey ^"olunteers, and going into camp 
with his regiment at Jacksonville, Fla. He was mustered out in Xovember, 
IS'.ts. He is Fast Commander of James B. :Mcrherson Post, Xo. 52, G. A. 
E., and also Captain of Major John Engel Command, Xo. 3(3, Spanish War 
Veterans. He served twenty seven years (1872-1899) in the Xational Guard 
of Xew Jersey, rising from a private to the command of the same battalion 
in which he enlisted in 1872. 

;Major Engel is a man of great energy, ability, and enterprise, and 
during his entire career has maintained the respect and confidence of all 
who know him. He is one of the most public spirited citizens, deeply in- 
terested in the affairs of the community, and thoroughly identified with 
every movement which has for its object the general welfare. He is a mem- 
ber of Lodge Xi). 177, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Haekensack, 
of the Improved Order of Red Men, of the Haekensack Wheelmen's Club, 
and of the Hasbrou<k Heights Field Club. 

On October ni, 18(i7, he married Miss M. H. Gehrels, of Charleston. S. C. 
Theii- children are (^'harles W., (Jeorge S.. John A., Augusta. Herbert B., 
Frank P., Emma T. B., and Daniel C. 

ALEXAX'^DER FISHER was born in BuEfalo, X. Y., on the 14th of May, 
1819, his parents being John Fisher and Margaret (/ortelyou. His an- 
cestors came to this country from England. He was educated in the public 
Schools of Buffalo and spent his early life as a traveling salesman. In this 
capacity he gained a wide practical experience. He is now private secre- 
tary to Henry Dalley, of Xew York City. 

In 18!l2 Mr. Fisher became a resident of <"loster, Bergen County, X. J., 
where he has since remained. As a citizen he is thoroughly identified with 
public affairs, liberal in promoting every worthy object, and prominent 
in the community. He is a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 
public spirited and progressive, patriotic and enterprising, and highly 
esteemed and respected. He married ^Irs. H. R. Downs (nee Du Bois). 

XELSOX JAMES HARRISOX EDGE was born in Jersey City, X. J., 
and has long been one of the leading bankers and citizens of Hudson 
County. He is a member of one of the oldest families, not only of Jersey 
City, but of the country, his first American ancestor, Robert Edge, em- 
barking with twenty others with their families at London, September 15, 
1635, in the ship " Hopewell," Thomas Babb, blaster, for Xew England, 
where they first settled. Mr. Edge's grandfather, Isaac Edge, left Brooklyn, 
where he had been residing from about 1797, and came to Jersey City — then 
Paulus Hook — in the year 1806, when there were but three houses in the 



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place: a I 
resided Ik 
(the mat( 
corner of 
lapped 1)Y 
promiueiil 
oldest inl 
and died 
who died 
George AV 



rial for which 
rireen and Jfoiil 



averii, the liai'racl^s, and a private residence. The famil_y has 

■re ever since. In ISlij this Isaac Edge Iniilt a large windmill 

he inipoi'ted) near what is now the northeast 

oniery Streets, and which at that time was 

the waves of the river. The old mill \'\as for many years a 

landmark and still lives in the memories and traditions of the 

labitauts. He married Prances Ogden, of Dnffield, England, 

July 7, 1851, leaving surviving him four sons: Isaac Edge, Jr., 

March 10, 185!); Benjamin (). Edge, who died June 11, 1871; 

■. Edge, who died January 1, 1S80; and Joseph G. Edge, who died 




ISAAC EDGE, JR. 



May 10, 188:^. He also had two daughters: Alice Edge, who died Decem- 
ber 11, 1870, and EJizabelli Edge, Avho died in 1887. (ieorge W. and Eliza- 
beth died unmarried; the others, Isaac, 15enjamin O., Joseph G., and Alice, 
married and left families surviving them. 

Isaac Edge, Jr., father of Nelson J. H. Edge, at a very early age enlisted 
in Captain Smith's comiiany. Third Reginn-nt, New Jersey Infantry, and 
served his country in the army dni'ing the War of 1812. He subsequently 
became one of the ])ionee)' ni;tnufactui'ers of Jersey City and achieved a 
national reputation as a jiyrotechnist. From his establishment for many 



GENEALOGICAL 153 

years went forth all the displays of fireworks which were at one time annu- 
ally given on the Fourth of July by all the principal cities of the country. 
He was also the originator of movable pieces, the first being a representa- 
tion of the battle of Vera Cruz given on Boston Common. He died March 
10, 1859, and left surviving him his wife Marj^aret. who died October 27, 
1879; his son, Xelson J. H.; and his daughters, Mary Louisa and Frances 
Ogden. The latter died January 5, 1885. 

Nelson J. H. Edge has been a life-long resident of Jersey City. He first 
attended old Public School No. 1, afterward studied at Mr. Dickinson's 
school in the Lyceum, and from there entered St. Francis Xavier College in 
New York City, where he finished his education. His early training was 
designed to fit him for an active business life, which he soon entered, 
and in which he has achieved an honorable reputation. Upon leaving 
college he entered the Mechanics' and Traders' Bank of Jersey City, now 
the First National Bank, and from there went to the Merchants' Bank of 
New York City as cashier's assistant. In 18S7 he assisted in the organiza- 
tion of the Bank of New Amsterdam, of New York, and acted as its Cashier 
until 1896, when he retired from business. He was not long permitted to 
remain idle, however, for in 1899 he was called to the post of Cashier of 
the Hudson County National Bank of Jersey City, which he accepted, and 
which he is now filling with characteristic energy, ability, and satisfaction. 

Mr. Edge is one of the foremost bankers of Hudson County. He is a man 
prompt in the discharge of every obligation, imbued with the highest prin 
ciples of integrity, and active and influential in promoting business and 
public interests. Besides discharging his duties as a financier he has taken 
an active part in local public affairs. He was one of the organizers of the 
Jersey City Free Public Library, and was appointed one of the original 
Trustees by Mayor Cleveland in i889, being re-appointed by Mayor Wanser 
in 189.3 and again by Mayor Hoos in 1898, for terms of five years each. 
Since his first appointment he has filled the oflflce of Treasurer of the 
library. In 1896 Mr. Edge was the candidate of the " Gold " Democrats 
for Presidential Elector "on the Palmer and Buckner ticket. He served 
seven years in Company F, Seventh Regiment, National tiuard of the State 
of New York, enlisting in 1876 and acting as Paymaster the greater part 
of that period. JMr. Edge is a member and President of the Palma Club of 
Jersey City, a member of the r'arteret and Cosmos Clubs, and a member 
of the Lincoln Association, of the Jersey City Board of Trade, of the 
Seventh Regiment ^'eteran Club, of the Reform Club of New York, and 
of the Society of the A\'ar of 1812. He has never married, 

COOK CONKLINC of Rutherford, N. J., is the son of Calvin B. Conk- 
ling, a native of Sag Harbor, Long Island, and a descendant of one of two 
brothers who came from England in Cromwell's time and settled originally 
in Salem, IMass. This ancestor married Mary Cardiner, daughter of Lyon 
Grardiner', proprietor of Gardiner's Island, and moved from Salem to Long 
Island. Calvin B. Conkling's wife was Harriet A. W. King, who was also 
descended from an old New England family. 

Cook Conkling was born in Ledgewood, N. J., on the 4th of November, 
1858. He received his preparatory education at Schooley's Mountain Semi- 
nary in Morris County, in his native State, and afterward entered Mount 
Union College in Ohio, where he took an elective course, but did not grad- 
uate. After leaving college he taught country school for a time, but soon 
abandoned that occupation to go " upon the road " as general traveling 



154 HUDSON AJSTD BERGEN COUNTIES 

agent for a machinery house. He filled this position for seven years, in 
the course of which he visited forty-three States in the Union. 

In his younger days Mr. ( !onkling wrote for the newspapers, and during 
his travels in America and Canada he constantly wrote for the press. His 
letters descriptive of the people and their ways and the countries at large 
cnt'ountered in his tiavels have been reprinted and favorably commented 
upon. He has probably seen as much of the United States as almost any 
other citizen of the country, and is well known throughout Northern New 
Jersey, over Avhich his business connections extend. 

Mr. Conkling Anally studied law, was admitted to the bar of his native 
State, and in ISSS began the active practice of his profession with a part- 
ner in Rutherford, N. J., where he still resides. This association continued 
until February, 1893. Afterward he was engaged alone in a general bank- 
ing and law business in Rutherford until June 1, 1898, when he formed a 
copartnership with ex-Mayor Luther Shafer, of Rutherford. 

Mr. Conkling is a Democrat by inheritance, his ancestral lines on his 
mother's side — the Phoenixes and Kings of New Jersey — having been 
prominently identified with that party. He is a public spirited citizen and 
deeply interested in the affairs of his native State. For many years he has 
been influential in the growth of Rutherford, and in every capacity has 
displayed characteristic enterprise. 

JOHN T. HARING'S ancestors, for many generations, have resided at 
Old Tappan. He is descended in the eighth generation from Jan Pietersen 
Haring, the emigrant from Hoorn, Holland, for an account of whom, and 
of his children, see page (51. His line of descent as far as the fourth gen- 
eration is identical with those outlined on pages 61 and 63 of this work. 

John Cozine Haring, of the fourth generation, born November 24, 1693, 
and his wife, Aeltie Van Dolsen, born in April, 1696, had issue of the 
fifth generation eight children, of whom one was Frederick J. Haring (o). 

Frederick Johns Haring (5), born December 7, 1729, died March 6, 1807, 
married (1), April 30, 1752, Rachel Abrams Haring, born May 13, 1732, died 
August 27, 179.5. He married (2), November 14, 1796, Ann de Clark (widow 
of Peter Perry), born July 7, 1741, died September 18, 1816. Frederick's 
children (of the sixth generation) by Rachel Abrams Haring were ten: 
Aeltie, Abram F., Dirkie, John F., Garret F., Harman, Rachel, Margaretta, 
Maria, and Abram B. 

John Fredericks Haring (6), born June 15, 1760, died August 10, 1836, 
married, in November, 1781, Jemima, daughter of Tunis Blawvelt, born 
November 2.5, 1779, died .January 27, 1859. Their issue of the seventh gen- 
eration were two: Frederick J. and Tunis J. 

Tunis J. Haring (7) was born at Tappan, September 17, 1787, died there 
October 18, 1881, married (1), October 7, 1806, Elizabeth Perry (daughter of 
Peter Perry), born March 23, 1784, died November 13, 1858. He married (2), 
November 22, 1859, Lea Demarest (widow of John R. Blawvelt), born Febru- 
ary 3, 1785, died August 6, 1872. Tunis (7) by his first wife had issue of the 
eighth generation Abram B., Jane, Peter T., and John T., the last named of 
whom is the subject of this sketch. 

John T. Haring (8) was born in Harrington Township, Bergen County, 
May 16. 1S22, and received his education in the local schools. He leift 
school at the age of fifteen and went to work on his father's farm, where 
he has ever since remained, never having engaged in any other business. 

He is not only one of the leading farmers of Bergen County, but has 



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also taken an active part in public affairs, and served three years as a Free- 
holder and three years as Township Collector, lie is a member of the 
Reformed Church, a public spirited citizen, and highly respected and 
esteemed. 

ISlr. Haring married liaehel Blawvelt and has three children: Tunis J., 
of Hackensaek; Richard B.; and Elizabeth 1'., of Sparkill, X. Y. They 
reside at Old Tappan, Bergen County. 

MLLTOX T. RICHARDSOX, a well knoMn publisher of Xew York City 
and for two terms President of the Milage of Ridgewood, Bergen County, 
X. J., Avas born in ^^'estford, ^Mass., on the 7th of February, 1S43. He is the 
son of Thomas Richardson and Mary Fletcher, a grandson of Abijah and 
Elizabeth (Livingston) Richardson and of I'eletiah and Sally (Woodward) 
Fletcher, and a great-grandson of Thomas and Hannah (Colburn) Richard- 
son. On his father's side he is descended from Ezekiel Richardson, one of 
three brothers who came to this country from England in ]63(). His 
mother's family — the Fletchers — are equally old residents of Xe-w England, 
her emigrant ancestor, Robert Fletcher, coming from England also in 
1630. Both the Richardsons and the Fletchers as well as their collateral 
ancestors have long been prominent in the history of Xew England and 
other Eastern 8tates, and for generations have contributed materially to 
the growth and prosperity of the communities in which they resided. 

Milton T. Richardson received his education at Westford Academy in 
\Yestford, Mass., and at Eastman's Business College in Poughkeepsie, 
X". Y. In these two institutions he laid the foundation upon which he has 
built a successful career. Soon after completing his studies he engaged 
in journalism and in the publishing business, and for a number of years 
has been successfully connected as publisher of trade and class journals 
at 27 Park Place, X"^ew York City. At the present time he is the publisher 
of the Blaclsmith and Wlnchv light, the Ainatviir l^portsinuii, and Boots (iiul 
Shoes Weekly, being President and Tre;i surer of the corporation styled 
the M. T. Richardson (Jompany, which publishes these well known peri- 
odicals. He is also the publisher of a large number of mechanical and 
technical books. These publications are known throughout the country, 
and represent in their respective fields the best interests of the trade and 
the highest attainments of trade and class publications. 

Mr. Richardson has achieved marked success as a publisher, and through 
his own energy, ability, and superior judgment has brought his periodicals 
to a high standard of excellence. He has also taken an active part in pub- 
lic life. As a resident of Ridgewood, Bergen County, X. J., he has been 
called upon to fill important positions of trust and responsibility, being 
elected, in 1892, a member of the Township Committee and later, upon the 
incorporation of the village, a member of the Board of Village Trustees, to 
which he was afterward re-elected and was twice chosen President of the 
village. In these capacities he rendered most efficient service to the com- 
munfty, bringing to his duties the same energies, ability, and thoroughness 
which characterize his business affairs. For a time he was a private in 
Company 1, Sixteenth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers. He is Vice- 
President of the Ridgewood Building and Loan Association and President 
of the Ridgewood Hall and I'ark Association, a member of the Ridge- 
wood Club,"and also a member of the Knights of Honor and of the Royal 
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Trade Press Association, and in 1898 was elected President of the latter 
body. He is also a member of the Masonic order. 

In 1870 Mr. Richardson married Annie M. Rochford, by whom he had 
three daughters: Annie Louise Richardson, Mildred Richardson, and Mrs. 
H. Dunbar Johnston. He married, second, in 1896, Anna J. Porter, and 
they have one daughter: Irene Fletcher Richardson. 

THE COLE FAMILY.— One of the earliest families to arrive in America 
was Barent Jacobsen Kool (now written Cole), of Amsterdam, Holland, 
an ofBcer in the Dutch West India service, who came over to New Amster- 
dam during the administration of Director-General Peter Minuit, under 
whom he served for some time with credit to himself and to his country. 

His son, Jacob Barentsen Cole, married Maritie Simmons and. located 
at Kingston, N. Y., about 16.59. This Jacob had eight children, the youngest 
of whom was Jacob, baptized at Kingston, N. Y., January 1, 1673, married 
Barbara Hanse, and in 1G95 removed to and settled at Tappan, N. Y., 
where he died, leaving six children, all of whom married and settled either 
in Rockland County, N. Y., or in Bergen County, N. J. One of these, 
Abraham, born in 1707, married Ann Meyer. They were the great-grand- 
parents of Rev. Isaac Cole, who was for many yeais pastor of the Dutch 
Church at Tappan, and whose son. Rev. David Cole, of Yonkers, N. Y., 
has published a History of Rockland County, N. Y., and of the Tappan 
Church. 

Barent, said to be a brother of Abraham, above mentioned, bought a 
large farm of the Van Valens a little south of Closter, where his descend- 
ants are numerous. Other branches of the family started at Hackensark. 
It may be safely said that many hundreds of the family are scattered over 
Bergen and Hudson Counties. 

THE COXKLIN FAMILY are scattered over Bergen and Hudson Coun- 
ties, most, if not all, of them being dt^scended from John Conklyne, of 
Xottinghamshire, England, and his wife, Elizabeth Allseabrook (married 
in 162.5), who came to America in K^'.S and settled at Salem, Mass., where 
lie and his brother, Ananias, established the first glass works in America. 
Thev moved to Southold, L. I., about I'i.'O. From thence John removed 
to Huntington, L. I., wliere he died in 168:',, aged about eighty-three years. 
His brother, Ananias, settled at Easthampton. L. I. His descendants spell 
the name Conkling, of whom the late Senator Roscoe Conkling was one. 
John's descendants spell the name Conklin. His grandson, Nicholas be- 
came one of the purchasers of the " Kakiate " patent of many thousand 
acres in Rockland County, N. Y., and settled at Haverstraw in 1711. He 
left several children, among whom were John, Edmund, Elias, William, 
and Joshua. Of these, John, born at Eastchester, N. Y., about 1700, 
married, January 1, 1720, Gertrude, daughter of John de Pew, and settled 
at Haverstraw. 'Edmund married Barbara, daughter of John Hogencamp. 
•Joseph Conklin, Rebecca Hyer, his wife, and Samuel Conklin and Jan- 
netie Hyer, his wife, settled at Haverstraw, N. Y., in 1709. Matthias 
Conklin,"^ probably a brother of Nicholas, above mentioned, left his home 
at Philips Manor'in Westchester County, N. Y., early in 1719, and went to 
Hackensack, where on the 27th of September of that year he married 
Sophia Mabie, daughter of Casparus Mabie, the first immigrant of that 
name. Matthias bought from Henry Ludlow and settled on a large farm 
on the west side of the Hudson River in Bergen County, N. J., a little 



158 HUDSON AND BERGEN COtfNTIES 

south of the ])i-esent New York State line, bounded south by the Biker 
farm, nortli by the Gesucr faiaii, east by the Hudson River, and west by 
the "Ludlow Ditch.'' His sons were Jacob, Abraham, and Casparus, of 
whom Jacob inherited the bulk of his father's lands. He married Hester 
Lawrence and had issue Delifrens, liarent, Maria, John, Elizabeth, David, 
and Jacob. A))raham, his brother, married Margaretta, daughter of Will- 
iam Eell, and left a family of nine children, while Casparus, who married 
Mynote Martling, left six children. 

The descendants of the aliovt' spread rapidl\ over Rockland County, 
N. Y., and Bergen County, N. J. 

AVnjLL4.M (lALBRAITH, probably the earliest and most noted taxider- 
mist in Hudson County, was born in ('ounty Down, Ireland, of Scotch-Irish 
ancestors, the name being couspiciious in Scotland before the exodus caused 
by the wars and jjolitical disturbances. When a young man he emigrated 
to America and settled in New York City, but soon went to Long Island, 
and in April, 1838, removed to West Hoboken, \. J., where he died in 
October, 1872, in his sixty-seventh year. He was a distinguished taxider- 
mist, and in the constant practice of his profession achieved considerable 
fame and eminent success. Numerous examples of his work which are still 
in existence attest his remarkable skill and ability, and stamp him as one 
of the leading taxidermists of his time. Coming to West Hoboken when 
the country M'as new and practically an unbroken forest, lie found plenty 
of birds and animals, many of which exist now only in the specimens which 
he ] (reserved. 

Mr. Galbraith purchased a house and two lots on the corner of Spring 
and Cortlandt Streets, of C,yrus W. Browning, the founder of the Town of 
AVest Hoboken, and during his active life took a prominent part in local 
affairs, serving as Town Committeeman, etc. He was also a member of 
the Methodist Episcopal Church. He married, first, Jemima Payne, who 
bore him four children: Elizabeth Charity (Mrs. Whittemore), of Chicago, 
Charles S., of West Hoboken, and two who are deceased. His second wife, 
Eliza Billings, whom he married in New York, died in West Hoboken, 
leaving two children: AVilliain and John, both deceased. He married^ 
third, in New York City, Miss Dorothy Nixon, by wdiom he had seven 
children, of whom one is living, namely: Richard E., of ^Vest Hoboken. 

Charles Stewart Galbraith was born on Long Island, on the 21st of 
September, 18.31, and adopted his father's profession, which he has fol- 
lowed for many years. He has traveled extensively in the interest of his 
work, and resides in West Hoboken. 

RICHARD EDWIN GALBRAITH, eldest surviving son of William and 
Dorothy (Nixon) Galbraith, ^\as born in A\'est Hoboken. N. J., April 17, 
1842. After completing his studies in the public schools of his native 
town he associated himself with his father, and learned, and for several 
years practiced, the art of a taxidermist. He was successfully identified 
in a professional capacity with P. T. Barnum, the Chicago Academy of 
Sciences, and the Kentucky University at Lexington, and afterward was 
engaged for nineteen years in the ostrich feather business, in 'West Ho- 
boken and New York, with E. V. Welch & Co. and their successors, Bene 
Creighton & Co. These connections gave hira a broad experience' and a 
valuable training in both professional and commercial affairs, and brought 



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liiiu into prominence as a man of iinusnal aliiliiy, (if oirat force of character, 
and of rare mental and executive attainmenlw. 

In 188J: Mr. CJalhraitli en^aiied in tlie real estate and insurance business 
in West lioboken, wliicli lie still follows with charaiteristic enerfiy and 
success. He has been an extensive operator in real [)ro]»eity in that 
section, and through his enterprise and foresight has been instrumenial 
in developing several important tracts. 

In politics he is a conservative Democrat. He was foui' years a member 
and one year Chairman of the Town Council of A\'est lioboken, three vears 




RICHARD E. GALBRAITH. 



Chief of Police, two years a member and one year ('liairman of the ^^'est 
Hoboken Board of Education, and one of the founders of the Hudson Trust 
and Savings Institution, of which he is a Director and a member of I he 
Executive (.'ommittee. He has been President of the Palisade P.uildiiig 
and Loan Association of ^Vest Hoboken since its organization in April, 
181)1. He is a jironiineut member and for three yeais was blaster of 
Doric Lodge, No. 80, F. and A. M., of ^Vest Hoboken, and is a member 
of Cvrus Chapter, Xo. 32, K. A. M., of Pilgrim Commandery, No. IG, 
K. T., and of the Scottish Kite bodies in the Valley of Jersey City, of 
Mecca Temple, Nobles of the Mystii- Shrine, of New York, and of the 



160 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

Masonic A'eteians' Association, of Brooklyn, and is Past Junior Grand 
Steward of the Grand Lodi^c of Masons of New Jersey. He is also a mem- 
ber of Ellsworth Post, No. 14, G. A. R., of the Town of Union, hav- 
ing enlisted in August, 18(>2, in Company F, Twenty-first New Jersey 
Volunteer Infantry, and serving in the Third Brigade, Second Division, 
Sixth Army Corps', of the Army of the Potomac, in the Civil War. This 
was the first nine-months' reciment from New Jei'sey in the War of the 
Rebellion. Mr. Galbraith i)articipated in both battles of Fredericksburg, 
and at the second battle was captured by the enemy and confined as a 
prisoner for about ten days. His high standing in the community, the 
esteem and confidence in which lie is held, and his great popularity and 
wide acquaintance are attested by the several important positions he 
has filled, the duties of which he has discharged with ability, integrity, 
sound judgment, and faithfulness. Almost every important movement in 
West Hoboken, during the last fifteen or twenty years, has felt the impetus 
of his wholesome and benevolent inlluence. 

Mr. Galbraith was married, June 1, lSf;5, to Sarah Jane, daughter of 
William Granger Quigley and Esther, his wife, of New York City and later 
of West Hoboken. 

THE Db BOW FAMILY. — Dirk do Bow, or de Boog, as it appears on 
the records at Amsterdam, Holland, emigrated from that city to America 
in 1649, with his four children, and settled at New Amsterdam, where he 
died. His children were Catharine (married, September 5, 1649, Wilhelmus 
Beekman), Susanna (married, in 1660, Arent Everson), Frederick (married 
Elizabeth Fredericks), and Garret (married, September 16, 1663, Hendricke 
Paden, of San Francisco). 

Garret had issue three children: Henry, John, and Isaac. This John 
was a baker in New York, and had a son. Garret de Bow, born in New 
York about 1703, died about 1768, at Pompton Plains, N. J., married, May 
23, 1727, Maria, daughter of Paulus Vanderbeck and Catharine Ryerson. 
She was baptized February 21, 1706. Garret settled on the lands of Ms 
father-in-law (Vanderbeck) at Pompton, where he spent his days, and left 
six children: Catalyna, born in 1728 (married Simeon Van Ness); Eliza- 
beth, born in 1729 (married Abraham Gould); Paulus, born in 1731; John, 
born in 1735; Maria, born in 1737 (married Samuel Berry); and Sarah, 
born in 1740 (married Philip Schuyler). 

The descendants of these children of Garret de Bow have scattered over 
Passaic County and the west side of Bergen County, were they are quite 
numerous. 

THE COOPER FAMILY is still one of the more numerous families 
throughout Northern NeAv Jersey, and particularly in Bergen County. 
Claes Jansen Van Permerend emigrated to America in 1647, from Per- 
merend, a town near the Zuyder Zee, between Amsterdam and Hoorn, 
Holland. His first stopping place was Brooklyn, where he married Pie- 
tartie Brackhoengie, of (rowannus. She died soon after and he removed 
to Bergen, N. J., where he married (2), November 11, 1656, Ann, a sister 
of Ide Van Vorst. On January 1, 1602, he obtained a patent for a tract 
of land near Harsimus, on wliicli he located and remained until his death, 
which occurred November 20, 1688. His widow survived him until January 
12, 1726. Two weather-beaten headstones mark their last resting places 
in the cemeterv of the old Bergen Dutch Church. Claes was an active, 



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energetic man, and attained prominence in town affaii-s. He was some- 
times Icnown as " Jolin Pottagie," and in later davs as " Knvper," it is 
said, because he \Yas a cooper by trade. His descendants Lave ever since 
retained the name Kuyper, anglicized to Cooper. On April 10, 1G71, he 
bought from Governor Carteret 240 acres on the Hudson River, including 
in it the present Village of Nyack, N. Y. The same year he bought 400 
acres adjoining his first purchase on the north, and in 1078 he bought 
several tracts of meadow adjoining him— in all about 4(18 acres of meadow. 
Some of these lands he owned in partnership with the Tallmans. All of 
them eventually passed to his sons. His issue were Cornelius, John, Claes, 
Dirk, Henry, Yroutie, Tryntie, Divertie, Pietartie. Janetie, (Irietie, Maiitie! 
Hellegond, Judith, and Cornelia— in all fifteen. One or two of these 
joined in the purchase of the Tappan patent. 

Cornelius went from Bergen to Tappan in 108!), but soon sold to Tall- 
man. He then removed to Schraalenburgh, where he bought of John 
Demarest 2.50 acres on the Hackensack River, near Old Hook, where he 
resided. He and his wife, Aeltie Bogert, of Tappan, reared a large family 
of children, from whom mainly are descended the Bergen County Coopers. 

RICHARD B. HARING is descended in the ninth generation from Jan 
Pietersen Haring, the emigrant from Hoorn. Holland, and the line of de- 
scent is the same as that of his father, John T. Haring (see page 154), ex- 
tending it one generation further, as follows: 

John T. Haring (8), born May 10. 1822, married. May 24, 184:?, Rachel, 
daughter of John R. Blawvelt, born August 24, 1822. He resides at Tappan, 
on part of the farm which his first American ancestor purchased from the 
Indians. The issue of John T. Haring (8) of the ninth generation are 
three: Tunis J.. Richard B., and Elizabeth P., of whom the second, Richard 
B. (9), is the subject of this sketch. 

Richard B. Haring (!)) was born in Harrington Township, Bergen 
County. January 24, IS.iO. He acquired his education in the Bergen County 
scliools, which he left at the age of eighteen to go to work on his father's 
farm. He still remains on the homestead. About 1880 he engaged in the 
business of general auctioneer. In 1807 he also established himself in the 
coal business at Tappan, X. Y., and still continues both enterprises. 

He was for four years a member of the Township Committee and for 
four years served as Township Treasurer, discharging the duties of each 
office with characteristic ability and devotion. For some time he has also 
served as a member of the Borough Council. He is a member of the Ameri- 
can Legion of Honor, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and of the 
Reformed Church. In every capacity he has maintained a high standard 
for integrity, honor, and laudable ambition. 

Mr. Haring married Mary G. Banta. and has. six children of the tenth gen- 
eration: Lila Ray, Charles B., Abiam Demarest, J. Eugene, D. Leroy, and 
Gertrude. 

JOHN JOSEPH NE^'IX, Judge of the Criminal Courts of Jersey City, 
is the son of Patrick Xevin, and was born in Summit, N. J., on the 31st of 
August, 1870. After attending private schools he entered St. Peter's 
College of Jersey City and was graduated from that institution in the class 
of 1880, receiving in July of that year the degree of Bachelor of Arts; a 
year later he received the degree of INIaster of Arts. On leaving college 
lie was offered the position of clerk to Mayor Cleveland, which he accepted, 



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,111(1 when .Mayor NX'aiiscr succeeded ]Mr. Cleveland in oHice iMr. Ne\'hi was 
relained en account of liis elTiciency, industry, and su])eri()r i|iialitications. 
In lliese ca])acities Judi.',e Ne\in tiained a wide rejiutation and disjilayed 
those broad executi\'e abilities wiiicli have since distinfjuished him in both 
))nblic and ]}i-ivate atfairs. He also enjiai^ed in joui-nalisni, beinji' the Jer- 
sey City correspondent ot the New York Monti iif/ Adniiiscr and also of the 
New ^'ork Siar and Daili/ (Umfittciit dui-inf^' the existence of those papers, 
lie is now .Indite of tlie Ci-iniinal Courts of -Jersey City, which office he is 
hllinn with marked ability and uni\-ei-sal satisfaction. In ]S!»!» he was a]> 
|)ointed a memb(^r for .lei-sey City of the Hudson County C(jnsolidation 




JOHN J. NEVIN. 



Commission, and he is no>\- Secretary of that body. -TudMc Xevin was mar- 
ried April :>0, IS!);"), to Katharine AX'alsh, of .Jersey City, and has two chil- 
dren, Joseph and Edwai-d. 

TIIK I)i: (lEOOT l^W.AIILY, still numerous in r.eru'en and Hudson Couu- 
lies, ai-e of Jlollaud descent. William Pietersen de (Iroot came to .Vmerica 
in KHil^, on board the ship " Ilo])e," with his wife and five children. They 
were from Amsterdam, Holland. Dirck Jansen de (xroot, a native of Eyle- 
velt, in Holland, came to New Amsterdam as a soldier in the Dutch 
ser\ice, on board the ship " S[)otted Co^^■," April 15, 1000, leaving behind 



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him his wife, Grietie Gerrets, and two children. In April, 1(;(;:!, Dirck's 
brother, Staats de Groot, who, the ship's registei- says, was a resident of 
Tricht, Holland, came to America on the same ship which had brought 
o\er his brother. Staats brought over with him his brother's wife and 
children. Staats married, in 1664, Barbara Springsteen. Dirck and his 
first wife. Wybrig Jans, resided in Xew Amsterdam until Kill), when thcv 
removed to Platbush, L. I., where they remained permanently. From 
Flatbush several of the children removed to Hackensack in ](;!>r)-!)(3. Staats 
first settled at Brooklyn, where the assessment roll of 1675 showed him 
to be a taxpayer. He was of a roving disiiosition. In KITS he was living 
in Westchester County, X. Y. He next turned up at Bergen, X. J., where, 
in June, 1678, his second daughter was baptized. While living at ISeigcn, 
where many of his relatives lived, he became in IfiSd one of the Tapi)an 
patentees. He was at Xew Amsterdam in KiSS, and probably never lo- 
cated on his Tappan lands. He died between KiSS and 1704, having deeded 
or willed his lands to his wife Barbara, who was a daughter of ("asparus 
Springsteen, of Groning(:'n, Holland. His children were Yoost, Neltje, 
Mary, and Geesie. Yoost settled at Tajipan and his descendants spread into 
Bergen County. The descendants of Dirck and William Pieterscn de Groot 
spread through Bergen County from Bergen and Hackensack, where they 
settled. 

THE EDSALL FA^MILY are still numerous in both Bergen and Hudson 
Counties. The founder of the family in America was Samuel Kdsall, a 
native of Beading in Berkshire, England, where he was born about KJ:'.!). 
lie was a hatter by trade, and came to America early in the spring of 
1655 (as is said), settling first at Xew Amsterdam. There, on ilay '2'.). 
1655, he married (1) Jannetie Wessels, then a belle of the city, whose 
mother kept a tavern in Pearl Street, celebrated for burgomasters' din- 
ners. In April, 1057, Edsall was made a small burgher. From New Am- 
sterdam he went to Xewtown, L. I. In 1(16:') he volunteci-ed his sei'xices in 
the Esopus Indian Wai", and was made a Sergeant. On October 6, 1664. 
he, with Richard Xichols, bought of Governor Philip <'arteret a tract called 
Xipnichsen on the Kill Yon Kull in Hudson <"ounty, containing about !()() 
acres. H( sent over four men t() Bergen that year to help lorrify the 
" towne." In 166S, with Xicholas Yarlet, he bought from the Indians 1,S72 
aci-es of land fronting on the Hudson Ki\-er, bounded west by Overpei-k 
Creek, and extending northward from the town bounds of Bergen to 
what is now Leonia in Bergen County. After the surrender of the Dutch 
to the English he took the oath of allegiance to the liritish king and re- 
moved from Xewtown to Bergen. There he was a member of ('art'^et's 
Council from 1668 to 1672. In 166S he was appointed a commissioner to 
assess and collect a tax to resist invasion, and was made treasurer of the 
fund. He joined James Bollen and John Berry in petitioning the Dutch 
government that the books and papers of Xew Jersey be delivered to Sec- 
retary Bayard, September 12, 1673, and was one of the commissioners sent 
by Bergen to the same government. In KiS!) he remo\cd to New Amster- 
dam and became a partisan of Governor Leisler, a member of the Com- 
mittee of Safety, and of the Court of Exchequer. He was caught in the 
net with Leisler and put on trial for high treason, of which charge he 
was honorablv acquitted. In 1699 he removed to Queens County, L. I., 
where he was Justice of the Peace in 1690, and where he died. He mar- 



164 Ill'DSON AM) liEUUEN COUNTIES 

ried (2) August 27, KiS!), at Flatbusb, L. I., Janneitc Stevens, widow of 
dointlius Jansen Beory, of Newtown. 

His issue were Ann, 165(>; Judith, 1058; John, 1(J60; Ann; Julia; and 
Ricliard. Of these Ann married William Laurence, of New York, and 
Julia married Eenjamin Blass'e, of I'lymouth, England. John settled north 
of his father's farm on the Hudson. Blagge and Laurence by the deed of 
Edsall became the owners of part of his Hudson River farm, and the 
remainder passed to the oM'nershijj of the De Groots, Days, Smiths, and 
other settlers of Bergen ( 'ounty. Some of Edsall's descendants are still 
living on portions of the farm boiight from the savages by their first 
common ancestor. 

THE FLIEEBOOM FAMILY.— The first American ancestor of the 
Plierboom and Vlierboom families was Mattys Flierboom, a Hollandci-, 
who emigrated to .Vmerica someAvhere about KHiO and settled at New 
Orange (Albany), where he bectame a man of note, rising to the dignities 
and honors of a judge of the courts at Albany. There he reared a family 
of five children: Caroline, ^^'ellempie, Maritie, Servaes, and Jacob, and 
perhaps others. About KiUii the family removed to New Amsterdam, 
where \\'ellempie married in 1693 Cornelius Eckerson. Caroline, in ltj!)3, 
married Cornelius Jans Haring. Maritie married in 1694 Rynier Reyserick. 
Servaes, in 1697, married Gertrude Lesting. Jacob married in 1699 Mari- 
tie Peters Haring. All these, except Servaes, became residents of Bergen 
County. Jacob, at the division of the Tappan patent, bought a large farm 
at what is now Rivervale, in Washington Township. He owned other 
lands there. His issue were Mary, Matthew, John, Abram, Rynier, Jan- 
netie, James, and Jannetie. All of these except Matthew were baptized 
at Tappan. Jacob's children (a large family) located west of the Hacken- 
sack on lands bought of John McEvers, and their descendants are scat- 
tered over Bergen County, some having taken the name of " Freeborn." 

THE GARRA BRANT FAMILY, the later members of which are nu- 
merous in the western part of Bergen and Hudson Counties, claim descent 
from Gerbrand Claesen, a Dutch emigrant, who, at one time, had much 
influence over the early affairs of Bergen. Claesen was from Amstei-dam, 
and was at Bergen probably two or three years before he married Maritie, 
only daughter of Claes Pietersen Cos, which was August 25, 1674. He 
became a large property owner and held many official i)Ositions. In 16S9 
he obtained permission of Governor Leisler to purchase a tract of land now 
in Putnam County, N. Y., and, on December 6, 1699, he purchased of George 
Willocks an extensive tract of land on the Pequanonck River, then in 
Bergen County. 

His issue were nine children: Peter, Claes, Herpert, Cornelia, Metje, 
Cornelius. Maria, Gerrebrand, and Mindert. Some of these remained at 
Bergen, where their descendants still live, while others settled on their 
father's lands on the Pequanonck River, whence their issue spread over 
Bergen and Passaic Counties. 

MOSES E. SPRINGER, the leading undertaker of Englewood, N. J., was 
born August 5, 1827, in New York City, where he resided until 1857, when 
he went to AMsconsin, where he remained two years. His education was 
acquired partly in the public schools, but chiefly through his own exertions 
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ments of life. TliroAvn at an early a^e upon bis own resources, he manfully 
paved his way in the world, picked up here and there valuable bits of in- 
formation, and rapidly acquired a i)ractical experience which has served 
him well throughout his career. 

For about fifteen years, both before and after his residence in Wisconsin, 
Mr. Springer was successfully engaged in business as a builder and con- 
tractor. In 1S59 he returned East and settled in Englewood, X. J., where 
he still resides, and where he has successfully conducted an undertakinn- 



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business since he retired from contracting. He is now the leading under- 
taker in that town, and has also been active in public affairs, having served 
for three years as Tax Assessor. He was one of the founders of Englewood 
Lodge of frood Templars and was a charter member of Tuscan Lodge, No. 
11.0, F. and A. M., of Englewood, of which he is still a prominent member 
and Past Master. He is a member of the Methodist Episcojial Church, a 
public spirited and enterprising citizen, and in all the relations of life has 
displayed the attributes which mark' a successful man. During the past 



l(5(i HUDSON AND BF,UC4EN COUNTIES 

i'lcvc'ii years he liais been Secretary of the Englewood Mutual Loan and 
Buihlinji' Associatioii. a position ^^■hich he still holds. 

Mr. S]>rinjier was married, in 18.54, to Mary A. folding, of New York City. 
Their ihildren are Hester, Mary E., (leoige \V., Charles W.. and Josephine 
Burr Springer. 

THE GOETSCHRTS FAMILY is also a numerous family in the western 
part of Uergen County. They are all descended from John Henry Goetschy, 
wlio was born in the Canton of Zurich, in Switzerland, about 169.5, where 
he studied for the ministry in the University of Switzerland. He came to 
America about 172S, and first preached at Skippach and in the valleys of 
the Delaware and Susquehanna in Pennsylvania. His son, John Henry 
(roetschius, born at Liguria, Switzerland, in 1718, studied in the University 
of Zurich, and came to America with his father in 1728. He was licensed 
to preach in 17-38, and preached on Long Island until 1740, when he came 
to Hackensack, N. J. There he preached iintil 1748, when he took charge 
of tiie church at Schraalenburgh, which he kept until his death in 1774. 
He was an able, eloquent, and efl'ective pieacher. His son Stephen, also a 
minister, preached at Saddle River and Pascack from 1814 to 18:^7. His 
father, John H. <4oetschius, married, August 26, 1749, Rachel Zabriskie. 
P>oth John Henry and his son Stephen reared large families, who scattered 
rapidly over Bergen County. 

THE GAUTIER FAMILY, at one time numerous in Hudson County, 
was a French Huguenot family who came to America after the revocation 
of the Edict of Nantes by Louis XIV. By intermarriage a considerable 
landed estate in Bergen, N. J., came into possession of the family. This 
property, at what is now (ireenville, is known as the " Gautier farm," de- 
scended through one Captain Thomas Brown. Jasques Gautier. of Saint 
Blancard, in the Province of Languedoc, France, is said to have been the 
first American progenitor of the Gautiers. He settled in New Amsterdam, 
and left issue two sons, Daniel and Francois, besides daughters. Daniel (2) 
married, at New York, September 6, 1716, Maria Bogert, and had eleven 
children, one of whom was Andrew CA), who was born in 1720 and married 
(1) in 1744 an English lady named Elizabeth Crossfleld, and (2) in 1774 
Elizabeth Hastier. Andrew (3) was a prominent man in New York, 
and left issue four children, one of whom. Andrew (4), born December 18, 
1755, married (1) Mary Brown, of Bergen, and (2) Hannah Turner. Andrew 
(4) took up his residence at (^ireenville and left eight children, from whom 
are descended the Gautiers of Bergen and Hudson Counties. 

WILLIAM MTNDRED JOHNSON is one of the most prominent lawyers 
of Bergen County, N. J., and since 1895 has re[)resented that county in the 
State Senate. He comes from distinguished families, his father being Hon. 
Whitfield Schaeffer Johnson, Secretary of State of New Jersey from 1861 
to 1866, and his mother Ellen, daughter of Enoch Green, granddaughter of 
John Green, and sister of Hon. Henry Green, Chief Justice of the Supreme 
Court of Pennsylvania. His paternal grandparents were John Johnson and 
Maria C. Schaeffer. His paternal great-grandfather was Captain Henry 
Johnson, a Quartermastei' in the (Continental Army. Hon. Whitfield 
Schaeffer Johnson, father of the subje'-t of this article, was eminent in the 
State of New Jersey, alike as a leading lawyer, a leader of the Republican 
party, and as a public man. He was born in Newton, Sussex County, No- 



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vembei- 14, ISdfi. read law in Xcwaik with f'liiof Justice Joseph 0. Hoi-n^ 
blower, and eaine to the New Jersey bar in 182S. For niaiiy years he was a 
successful lawyer in Newton, and for some time serAed as Prl)secutoi- of the 
Pleas of Sussex County. In ISCil lie was apjiointed Secretary of State bv 
GoTernor Olden and served until l.S(;(i, and in ISCiT he was made register iii 
bankruptcy. He died in Trenton on the L»4th of Decendii r, 1.S74; his wife's 
death occurred there Se])tember Ifl, 1S94. 

William M. Johnson was born in Newton, Sussex County, N. J., Decem- 
ber 2, 1S47, and received his jireparatory education at the Newton Colle- 
giate Institute and the State :Model School at Trenton. He was giaduated 
from Princeton College with honor, receiving the degree of P.achelor of 
Arts in lSr>7. Subse(iuently he also received the degree of ^Master of Arts 
from the same institution. ^Ir. Johnson read law in Ti-enton with the late 
Hon. Edward W. Scudder until the latter's a]i]iointment to the bench, and 
afterward in the same city with Garret 1). W. Vroom, now and for sevei-al 




RESIDENCE OF WILLIAM M. JOHNSON. 



years State Law Reporter, and -o-as admit te(l to the bar of New Jersey at 
Trenton in June, 1S70, as an attorney, and in June, 1S7I), as a counseloi'. 
As a member of the firm of Kingman ^: Johnson he successfully ]iracticed 
his profession in Trenton from 1870 to ]>(^cember, ls74, when he mo\-ed to 
Hackensack, Kergen Counf>', where he has since resided, becoming one of 
the i-ecognized leader's of tiie Bergen ("oiinty bar. In connection with an 
extensive legal business, and as a jirogressive, public s]iii-ited, and libei-al- 
niinded citizen, lie lias achie\ed a -wide reputation and an li(imiial)lc stand- 
ing througliout the State. He is fine of the most cojispicuoiis figures in the 
public and political life of his section. He has apiicared iu a large number 
of very important cases, and is universall\- regai-ded as one of llie ablest and 
most talented lawyers of the coTinty, eminent in the |irofession, and i-e- 
markably successful as an advocate and counselor. His sound judgment, 
his integrity, his broad legal attainments, and liis line sense of honor as a 



168 HUDSOX AND BERG EX COUNTIES 

man have won for him the confidence of not only his clients, bnt of the 
entire community, in an nnnsual degree. 

He is also one of the influential leaders of the Republican party in the 
State, having served on the Republican State Committee in 1884, and 
being a delegate to the Republican National Convention at Chicago in 1888. 
In the autumn of 1895 he was nominated and elected State Senator from 
Bergen County for a term of three years, and so ably and satisfactorily 
did he discharge the duties of that office that in 1898 he was re-elected for a 
second term of three years. He has been active in proposing and shaping 
legislation in the interest of the taxpayers of both the State and his 
district, and has served as Chairman of the Committees on Appropriations, 
State Library, and the Judiciary and as a member of the Committees on 
Boroughs and Townships and State Hospitals. In 1898 and 1899 he was 
the leader of his party on the floor of the vSenate. He was the first Re 
publican senator ever elected in Bergen County, and received 0,287 votes in 
1895 and 6,999 in 1898; these facts speak volumes for the popularity, the 
confidence, and the esteem in which he is held by his fellow citizens, while 
his re-election by an increased vote attests the satisfaction he has rendered 
in this important trust. In 1900 he was elected President of the New Jersey 
Senate and became Acting Cxovernor during the absence of Governor Voor- 
hees in Europe in May, 1900, and in August of the same year he was ap- 
pointed by President McKinley First Assistant Postmaster-General of the 
United States, vice Perry S. Heath resigned. 

Senator Johnson has also been prominent in the local affairs and public 
interests of Hackensack, where he has so long resided. He has held various 
town offices, has served on the Hackensack Board of Education, and has 
taken for many years a deep interest in the development of the public 
school system. " The Johnson Public Library," costing nearly |50,000, was 
erected in 1900 by Mr. Johnson, at his own expense, and presented by him 
to the Town of Hackensack. Outside of the lines of his profession he has 
been eminently successful in the management of a number of business in- 
terests. He was one of the original organizers and founders of the Hack- 
ensack Bank, and has served upon its directorate continuously from its 
organization to the present time. He is also President of the Hackensack 
Trust Company. He is likewise a prominent member and one of the officers 
of the Second Reformed Church of Hackensack, while he is also a member 
of the Oritani Field Club, the Xorth Jersey Country Club, the Hamilton 
Club, the Lawyers" Club, and the Princeton Club of New York. In every 
capacity and relation in life Senator Johnson has exhibited consummate 
ability, a broad and liberal knowledge, and a commendable public spirit 
and enterprise. Privately he is possessed of scholarly attainments, and is 
universally respected for those virtues which make up the loyal friend and 
honest man. 

He was married October 22, 1872, to Maria E., daughter of William 
White, of Trenton, N. J. Their eldest son, Walter Whitfield Johnson, died 
March 16, 1891, aged sixteen. The other two, who are living, are George 
White Johnson and ^A'illiam Kempton Johnson. 

THE MEYER FAMIIiY.— The first American ancestor of the Meyer 
family in America was Adolph Meyer (or Mayer), a native of Ulsen a 
parish of Bertheim in the German Province of Westphalia, who emigrated 
to New Amsterdam in 1C61. His arrival was followed soon after bv the 
advent of his kinsmen, iVndrew and John Meyer, brothers. Thev must 



GENEALOGICAL 169 

have been on friendly terms with the A'an Vorsts at Bergen, for, on Novem- 
ber 5, 1671, Andrew's marriage to Miss Vroutie, eldest daughter of Ide 
\'an Vorst, was duly solemnized in the old Dutch Church on the heights, 
and on June 13, 1677, Miss Ann Van Vorst, Vroutie's sister, was united 
to John Meyer in the same church. Andrew and John both took their 
wives to New Amsterdam, where they prospered and reared large families. 
In 1694 John removed to Tappan and located near the Sparkill Brook. 
John's Avife, then a widow, received her share of the Tappan patent at the 
division in 1704. Their children, whose descendants spread southward into 
Bergen County, were Catharirie, Ide, John, Judith, Iden, Cornelius, Ann. 
Elizabeth, and Andrew. 

Adolph Meyer removed to near Demarest in Bergen County, where he 
settled on a large farm purchased by him from the Demarests. His issue 
spread all over Bergen County and are numerous to-day. 

THE OT T^^'ATEll FAMILY.— Franz Jacobsen was a native of Oude- 
water, a small town on the Ri\er Yssel, between Leyden and I'trecht, Hol- 
land. This toA^n is also the birthplace of Arminius, after whom the " I^e- 
monstrants " were called Arminians. A picture in the Stadt-huys, by Dirk 
Stoop, commepjorates the brutal excesses coiuniitted there by the Spaniaids 
in 1575. Jacobsen came to America prior to 16r)7 and located at Albany. 
One of his sons, Thys Franz Outwater, went from Albany to Tappan, N. Y., 
in 16S(;. where he married Ceertie Lamberts Moll (widow of John tiacohs 
Harding). His descendants spread over Rockland County and into New 
Jersey. One of them. Dr. Thomas Outwater, was a noted surgeon in the 
Revolutionary Army. Thomas Franz Outwater, another son of Franz 
Jacobsen, the emigrant, removed to New York, where he married Neeiie 
Peterse. He subsequently removed to and settled in Bergen County, south 
of Hackensack, where he married (2) in 1730 .lannetie Durie, widow of 
Cornelius Epke Banta. His children were Jacob, Thomas, John, I'eter, 
Elizabeth, Janneke, and Annatie, all of whom married and settled around 
Hackensack, where their descendants still reside. 

THE LARGE (La ROUX) FAMILY, still numerous in Bergen County, 
are descended from Jaques la Roux, who was born in 1657. Mr. Riker 
in his " History of Harlem " says of him: " From his name and affiliation 
with the French refugees we conclude he was himself French, though 
Vander Vin usually carefully writes his suiiiame the first two or three 
times el Roey, and finally adopts the form of El R(>(. As he must have 
had warrant for this, probably Jaques was of mixed blood, Spanish and 
Walloon. He is always called by Vander \'m ' Ja<(i,' a juvenile form of 
his name used bv the V\'ulloons. He was at New Harlem as early as 1673, a 
young man and' unmarried. Probably he had then been here but a short 
time. In 1677 he joined the Dutch Church at New Amsterdam, but early 
the next year accompanied the Demarest family to their settlement on 
the upper Hackensack River. At Hackensack he married Hendricke Tennis 
Helling (Helms), and bv her had issue Peter, Henry, Samuel, Samuel, Abra- 
ham and John." On the decline of the French church at New Bridge, 
" which he must have helped to form," says Riker, he joined the church at 
Hackensack, April 5, 1696. The same year he, with the emigrant Lozier and 
others purchased of the Indians the " Old Hook " patent, containing 1,300 
acres on the west side of the Hackensack in Washington Township. The 
title to this tract was defective and was not made good until April, 1704, 



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after liis (Icalli. He was known as " Siiincs I.a lloux." Upon his death 
Ills cliildreii inherited liis |)i'o]ieity, nianied, and reared large faniilies, the 
descendants of wlioni spread lapidly over JJergen County. They are still 
nnnierons. 

IIENKY riTSTElJ is a line exani])le of the (ierman-Ameriean citizen, one 
of that large elass whose industry, economy, intelligence, and sturdy in- 
tegrity have done so much toward the development of our country, and 
whose solid (pialities and valuable services in all departments of private 
and ]ml)lic life have been recognized in every portion of the republic. He is 
a native of Jersey Cily, N. .1., where he was born ]\Iai'ch 10, IS.^S, and where 

he has always resided. His 
father, V:dentine Puster, a 
native of Bavaria, came to 
America about the year 
IS.'O, and located in Jersey 
City, where his son enjoyed 
the ad\antage« of the pub- 
lic as well as the v'lerman 
private schools. 

^^'hile but a youth he 
made choice of the jewelry 
business as his life woi-k; 
but after a short appren- 
ticeship he became con- 
vinced that his tastes, 
abilities, and natural apti- 
tudes j)ointed to a very 
different sphere of acticn. 
Hence, with more matui'e 
judgment revising h i s 
former decision, he resolved 
to make the law his pro- 
fession. In the light of 
subse(iuent events no one 
can doubt that this was a 
most fortunate change. 5lr. 
Puster now entered the law 
office of Hon. William 1). 
Daly, since State Senator and Congressman. For four years following he 
recei\-ed kindly advice and instruction fi'om jMr. Daly, as well as from his 
partner (at that time), .Mr. Wyidvoop, who took a lively and wai-nr interest 
in him, seeing his aptitude and industrious cndeaA^u-s, and coached him 
through all the intricacies confronting the law student. .Mr. I'uster also 
found a warm fric^nd in the lale Hon. P>ennington F. Randolph, Judge of 
the Jersey <-ity I>ist]-ict Court, who did much for him while pursuing the 
iMigged course of the law student, and he afterward had the extreme pleas- 
ure of succeeding his benefactor and friend on the District T'ourt bench. 

At the close of this period ]Mr. Puster took his examination in company 
wilh a number of fellow-students from the same building (Flemming P.uild- 
ing), and to-day is the only living and successful lawyer of all those who 
took th.e journey to Ti'(»nton bent on attaining the satiu' goal. After be- 
coming regularlv admitted to the bar of New Jei'sey, he at once entered 




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GENEALOGICAL 171 

upon the practice of his profession in his native city, where his courtesy, 
ability, and knowledge of the law, his tireless activity, with prompt and 
thorough attention to business, rapidly added to his circle of friends and 
steadily built up for him an extensive and valuable practice. He is a man 
of kind and generous impulses, as is evidenced by the fact that he is known 
as a friend of the poorer classes, who often receive the benefit of his legal 
services and advice with little remuneration or quite gratuitously. 

So bright and energetic a man could scarcely fail to become a leader 
in politics. He comes of Democratic stock and has always been true to 
the Democratic standard, and hence enjoys the fullest confidence of his 
party. As early as 1S81, when but twenty-three years of age, he was elected 
Alderman of his district, the Sixth, and received the cognomen of "the 
School-Boy Alderman," which position he held for two years, and labored 
assiduously for his district with good etlcct. In 1890 he was chosen As- 
semblyman for the same district by a large majority over his opponent, 
Hon. James S. Erwin. The duties of this office he discharged with ability 
till the Hon. Leon Abbett, having discovered his fitness for the honors and 
responsibilities of the bench, in April, 1891, appointed him to succeed 
William I*. Douglass as Judge of the First Disti-ict Court of Jersey City. 
As a jurist he fully met the high exi)ectati(ms of his friends, i>residiiig 
with marked dignity, ability, justice, and decision. 

Judge Puster is a member of fh-ant Lodge, Xo. 89, K. of P., of TTnique 
Council, E. A., and of the Ordei- of <!ood Fellows; Past Grand of Lincoln 
Lodge, Xo. 13(i, I. O. O. F.; and repieseutative to the Home for Aged 
Indigent Odd Fellows of Xew Jersey, of which institution he is a Director 
and formerly President. He has also served several years as the repre- 
sentative to the Grand Lodge of Gdd Fellows of Xew Jersey. He is one of 
the managers of the Aged (ierman Home, known as the Rayiuond Rotli 
Altenheim, under the management of the (ierman Pioneer Verein, as well 
as counsel for the same institution. He is also counsel for five difl'erent 
building and loan associations. 

On the 24th of January, 1883, Judge Puster was married to Miss Julia 
A. Wenner, daughter of John C. W'enner, for many years past a leading 
business man and manufacturer of Jersey City. They arc blessed with 
four daughters, in whom Judge Puster has a great and fatherly pride. 

He became associated in partnership with Hon. Robert S. Hudspeth, 
ex-Presiding Judge of the Hudson County Court of Common Pleas, and has 
a suite of finely appointed offices in the Davidson Building, Jersey City. 
Judge Puster is still a young man, having only reached the prime of life, 
and has every prospect of a brilliant future before him. 

THE FIRST OF THE MABIES in America wrote the surname Jleebji. 
He was Casparus (Jasper) ]Mabie, and of French origin, though from what 
particular part of France he hailed does not appear. He was a Huguenot, 
and either he or his ancestor had fled from France to Amsterdam, in Hol- 
land, from which city he emigrated to America about 1()92 with his wife, 
Elizabeth Schuerman, and three children: Christina, Sophia, and Peter. 
The family went to X^ew Harlem, where Casper bought lands of Daniel 
Tournure, and where he became a considerable landholder. On September 
29, 1696, he was elected Constable of Harlem, the duties of which office he 
discharged for one year. In 1700 he sold part of his farm and in 1709 the 
balance, and removed to Bergen County, X. J., where in 1710 he purchased 
of Captain Lancaster Symes a large tract on the west bank of the Hudson, 



172 HUDSON AND BERG15N COUNTIES 

cxteiulinji westward to Closter. Here he settled, and here he died about 
1720. His children were Christina (married Joost Albert Zabriskie), Sophia 
(married Matthew Conklin), and Peter, all born in Holland, and Jeremia, 
Abraham, Frederick, and John, baptized at Harlem. Of these Peter mar- 
ried Catelyntie Johns Bogert and had issue at least thirteen children, all 
baptized at Tappan. I'eter located at Old Tappan. The descendants of 
his cliildren spread over Bergen County, and many of them are still 
residents. 

THE MERSELES FAMILY is still numerous in Hudson and Bergen 
Counties. They trace their lineage to Pieter Marcelisen (Marcelis), a native 
of the little Town of Beest, near Leerdam, in the Province of Utrecht, Hol- 
land. He left Amsterdam in April, 1G61, with his wife, four children (aged, 
respectively, twelve, six, four, and two years), and two servants, on the 
Dutch West India ship " Beaver," and arrived at New Amsterdam on the 
!)th of May of the same year. The ship's register shows he paid 232 florins 
passage-money for the family of eight persons, all of which goes to show 
that even then he must have been a man of considerable means. He re- 
moved to Bergen, where he settled, and where his wife died in 1680, and he 
followed her in Ki.Sl. His issue were pJames, Jannekie, Pietgr, Merseles, 
Elizabeth, and Hillegond. These all mariied and remained at Bergen. 
Peter, the eldest son, died wealthy. Some of his descendants settled in 
Rockland County, N. Y., and in the north end of Bergen County. 

THE VANDELINDA FAMILY.— Pieter Linde was a native of Belle, a 
town on the road from Bruges to Ghent in Flanders. He was a physician, 
and came to America in 1639 with his wife, Elsie Barents. The shipping 
records show that, on April 18, 1639, he paid to David Pietersen de Vries 
and Frederick Pietersen de Vries 140 Carolus gelders (|56) for passage for 
himself and wife to New Amsterdam, where he settled and followed his 
profession until the death of his wife in 1643. On July 1, of the following 
year (1644), he entered into a marriage contract with Martha Chambers, or 
Ekomberts, of New Kerck, in Flanders. She was the widow of John Manje, 
or Monnye. The marriage knot was tied July 10, 1644, at New Amsterdam. 
Aftei* this marriage ^'andelinde removed to Brooklyn, where he became 
the owner of the patent of his wife's first husband. This he sold January 
li3, 1652. to Barent Joosten. He owned several other pieces of property, 
both at Brooklyn and New Amsterdam, and in 1655 was tobacco inspector 
of the lattei- city. After Linde's death his descendants assumed the name 
of Van der Linde. 

His son, Joost Van der Linde, removed to Bergen, N. J., in the fall of 
1670, where, on January 30, 1671, he bought about 90 acres of land of 
Pieter Jansen Slote between Constable's Hook and Bergen Point. Here 
he resided until his death. His children of the third generation were 
John (died in 1696), Roelof, Jannetie (married Peter Jjaurens ^'an Buskii'k), 
Hendricke (married Laurens Laurens ^'an Buskirk), and Machtelt (mar- 
ried Albert Zabriskie). All of these except John removed to Bergen County. 
Roelof resided with his father at Bergen, where, on October 2, 1682, he 
married Susanna Hendricks Brinkerhoff. He removed to Hackensack in 
](;s6, where he helped to organize and became a member of the Dutch 
church. He became joint owner with his brothers-in-law, Laurence and 
Peter Van Buskirk, in the New Hackensack patented lands, and also 
bought of the New Jersey proprietors large tracts of wild land west of the 



GENEALOGICAL 173 

Pascack River in ^^'ashington and Midland Townships in Bergen County. 
His fli'st ^^•itV having died in 1700, he married (2) Rachel Cresson, widow of 
John Peters Durie, who survived him, but by whom he had no issue. He 
was a man of wealth, and died in New York City early in 1709, leaving a 
will dated September 6, 170S, proved February 13, 170!). His issue of the 
fourth generation were Peter, Henry, Classie, Maritie, Sophia, and Geesie. 
Peter, by the will of his father, received his father's plantation at Nt^w 
Hackensaek, and Henry all the lands on the Pascack and Saddle Rivers, 
in the northern part of the county. Ilendrick resided at PoliHy, below Hack- 
ensaek. The numerous desc-endants of Petei- and Henry (4j have become 
scattered over a large area of territory, including Bergen and Hudson 
Counties. 

GEORGE LOURIE ^MLEY, a well known electrical engineer and a 
prominent resident of Arlington, N. J., was born in St. Louis, Mo., on the 
12th of May, 1810. He is the son of George W. \yiley and Elmira il. 
Gregg, a grandson of James Wiley, Jr., and Margaret Sutherland and of 
James Gregg and Abagail Wright, and a great-grandson of John Wiley and 
Matilda Lourie and of Joseph Wright and Mary Sinclair. The Sutherlands 
and Louries were of royal Scotch blood and the Greggs and Wrights on liis 
mother's side were members of the Society of Friends or Quakers. His 
father, George W. Wiley, was a stock broker and well known in ^^'all 
Street twenty-five years ago; he was an esteemed and prosperous citizen, 
and died in Chicago in 1899, having retired from business in 187S. 

Mr. Wiley was graduated from the St. Louis (Mo.) City University and 
afterward spent one year in a classical and technical course under a private 
tutor. In 1S()S he became a clerk in the New York Gold Exchange Bank, 
where he remained one year. He then associated himself with the Gold 
and Stock Telegraph Company of New York, and continued with that cor- 
poi-ation for eleven years (1869-1880), serving successively as clerk. As- 
sistant Superintendent, and Superintendent. In 1880 the (told and Stock 
Telegraph Company's telephone business, which was then under his charge, 
was consolidated with that of the Bell Telephone Company of New Yoik, 
form.ing what is now the New York Telephone and Telegraph Company. 
Mr. \Mley continued under the consolidation of the new company as Gen- 
eral Superintendent for two years, resigning in 1882 to become President 
and Creneral Manager of the Central Telephone Company in ^Mexico. He 
sailed for that country June 22, 1882, and continued with that company 
in M( xico for three years, until it was put on a paying basis. In iss.") he 
returned to New York and became manager of the Standard Underground 
Cable Comx)any, manufacturers of electrical wires and cables, with oiHces 
in New York, Pittsburg, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco, and 
factories in Oakland. Cal., Pittsburg, I'a.. and Perth Amboy. N. J. He is 
also President of the New York Electric Construction Company, a Di- 
rector in several important electrical enterprises, and a member of the 
American Institute of Electrical Engineers and of the New York Electrical 
Soci€'ty. 

In these various positions Mr. '\\'iley developed great executive ability, 
and not only achie^•ed success, but gained a reputation in electrical circles 
which extends throughout the country. He also has a wide reputation as 
an inventor and electrical expert. Though an active, energetic, and pa- 
triotic citizen, he has always avoided public or political office, having de- 
voted his entire time to the important duties which have devolved upon 



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liiiu and wliicli lie has discbarKwl witli ability and satisfaction. He is a 
Mason, an Odd ]<\dlo\v, a I'ast Kej-'cnt of ilic Koyal Arcaniim, and a menaber 
of the Loyal Additional. He liokls meniborsliip in America Lodge. No. 
VMi, II. .v.. and in ^^rlington ( 'ouncil, L. A. He was raised in tlie Presby- 
terian Church and has affiliated with that faith. His career lias been an 
active and successful one, and in both business and social relations he is 
liighly esteemed and resjiected. As a resident of Arlington, K. J., he has 
contributed much to the growth and development of that attractive 
borough, and is prominently connected with many of its leading institu- 
tions. 




GEORGE L. WILEY. 

On Christmas Day, I>eceniber 25, 1873, Mr. AViley was married to Jo- 
sephine Gi'iffiths Polhemus, of New York, a lady well known in literary 
circles. They have six children, three sons and thi-ee daughters, the eldest, 
a son, being twentv-two vears of age. 



THE I'EACK FAMILY.— John I'eeck (as he spelled it), the common an- 
cestor of the I'ake and Peak families of Bergen Count}-, still (\mte num- 
erous, was of English parentage, but wh(>ther he came to New Amsterdam 
from Holland or England does not appear. He must have come over in 



GENEALOGICAL 175 

]()10 or !(;.")(), for his marriage to Maiia Vloclcers (widow) is it'coi-dod in 
the New Amsterdam church records as of February 20, 1650. This entry, 
unlilve most of the other entries, contains no reference to the phice 
of his nativity. As the name Peeck does not ap])ear in any of the 
Xew York or New Jersey records prior to this, he must have been the 
first of tlie name in New Netherlands at least. The couple lived in New 
York, where he died in If!;")!). His children were at least four: Ann, Ki.'il ; 
John. 1653; Jacobus, 1656; and Maria, 1658. 

John Peeck married in New York, July 18, 1683, Elizabeth, daughter of 
Dr. (iysbert Van Emburgh, the American ancestor of all the Van Em- 
burghs of Bergen County. Dr. Van Emburgh was from Amsterdam, and 
began as a shopkeeper and book-vender in New Amsterdam, but went from 
there to Albany to reside. From there he removed to Kingston, where lie 
practiced medicine successfully, and was scheppen from 1663 to his death 
in 1665. His son, John, was a physician, and married a daughter of '\YU\- 
iam Sandford, of Bergen County. He bought considerable land in Bergen 
County, where he eventually settled. 

John Peeck had eight children by his wife, Elizabeth A^an Emburgh, all 
of whom settled in Bergen County, principally in the localities called 
Schraalenburgh and Kinderkamack, where his descendants still flourish. 

THE POWLESS FAMILY, still very numerous in Bersen County, trace 
their descent from Paulus Pietersen, who was born at ilerwen, Holland, 
in 16:'):2, and emigrated to this country in 1656. His wife, Tryntie INfartens, 
was among the emigrants who came over from Holland in the ship '• Gilded 
Beaver," in 16.")8. The marriage of Paulus Pietersen and Tryntie Martens 
is that announced on the records of the old Dutch church in New York: 
" Paulus Pietersen j.d. Van Jlerwin int Stiff Aken in lant van Gilbert 
Sept 1, 16S5.'" Merwin is a small town in Holland, and Aken a town in 
Prussian Saxony, on the left bank of the River Elbe. Paulus Pietersen 
located at Bergen, N. J., where he soon became a prominent nuui in all 
town affairs. In 1663 Governor Stuyvesant a])pointed him one of the 
commissioners to fortify the town (at what is now Bergen Siiuare, Jersey 
(/ity) against the depredations of the surrounding Indians. In the same 
year he obtained patents for several parcels of land in and about the 
Town of Bergen, containing in all thirty-seven acres. After the occupation 
In- the British (May 12. 1668), Governor Carteret confirmed Pietersen's title 
to his Bergen lands. In 1761 these lands passed to the ownership of Gar- 
ret Newkirk. Paulus Pietersen died December 18, 1702, and his wife's 
death preceded his on May 1!) of the same year. 

They had issue seven children, who took the surname of Powleson and 
Powless. Most of them remained at Bergen, but Martin Powless, the third 
in point of age, born in 1663, bought lands and settled near Hackensack. 
He married Margaretta Westervelt and reared a large family. They scat- 
tered throughout the county, and the descendants of Paulus Pietersen ai-e 
numerous to-day in both Hudson and Bergen Counties. 

DANIEL RUTAN was located at Esopus on the Hudson River prior to 
1700. The place of his nativity does not appear, but he was no doubt a 
Hollander. His sons, Abraham," Daniel, Jr., and Peter, came to Xew Jersey 
and located at Aquackanonck (Passaic) as early as 1702. In 1703 Abraham 
married, at Hackensack, JIary Rutan, i)robab!y a near relative of his. In 
1710 Daniel married Ann Hanse Spier, of Bergen, whose parents were then 



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liviiij; at I'assaic. In Nov(Mnl)er. 17i;{, DauiePw brother Peter located at 
New Itai'liadoes (\\('st of Ilarkensack), where he married Oertrude Vander- 
hoff. The A'aiiderliolT.s and Kntans eanie to Berj;('n County from Albany 
about the same time. I'robably they were related. The Rutans settled 
west of the Saddle Kiver in the llohokus and Paramus sections of Bergen 
( 'Ounty, where many of them still reside. 

THE SOIIUYLER FAMILY.— The New Jersey branch of the Schuyler 
family, now very numerous in the western and northern parts of Bergen 
County, are descended from Philip Pietersen Van Schuyler, born in 1628 
at Amsterdam, Holland, who, with his brother David, emigrated to 
America in 1050 and settled first at Fort Orange (Albany), N. Y., on De- 
cember 12, Kif)!). Following his arrival at Albany he married Margaretta 

Van Schlectenhorst, of Nieuwkirk, Holland, 
her father being then manager of the Col- 
onic of Van Rensselaer. He was a magis- 
trate at Albany in 1C56, 1057, and 1661. In 
1662 he received permission to jtlant a vil- 
lage (in the p]so]ius River. He died March 
9, 1(>S4. His children were six, one of whom 
was A rent Schuyler, born June 2.5, 1682, 
who married and came to New York while 
yet a young man. In 179.'^ he went to Pe- 
qnannock (then in Bergen County), and with 
Anthony Brockliolst jjurchased 1,000 acres 
for mining jiurposes. He also bought large 
tracts of land in Orange Cotinty, N. Y., but 
in 1710 he purchased land of Edward Kings- 
land on New Barbadoes Neck, where he re- 
sided and where he opened a copper mine. 
He became a wealthy man. His issue were 
eight children, several of whom became fa- 
mous Jersey men, and their issue scattered over Bergen and Hudson 
Counties. 




SCHtlYLKR ARMS. 



JOHN J. KENNEDY, glove manufacturer of West Hoboken, is an 
exam))le of what one man can accomplish by his own indomitable efforts 
united with untiring industry, constant ai)plication, and original methods. 
Born and reared in the town, and educated in the local schools, he has 
paved his way to success ami re])utation through those channels which 
would appal a less c(jurag(^ous man, but which, nevertheless, are the only 
true means of laudable endeavor. His j^resent position, as proprietor 
of the only glove manufactory of the kind in the country, is all the more 
noteworthy because it is the result of his personal labors, after years of 
difficulties and perseverance. 

He is the eldest son <if Andrew and Mary (Kelly) Kennedy, both natives 
of Ireland, and a grandson of James and Bridget Kennedy, who came from 
Ireland to this country when Andrew was about nine years old. They 
settled in A\'eehawken, N. J. Andrew Kennedy followed the trade of 
mason and bricklayer during his active life, and is now retired. His wife 
died May 6, 1S07. Their children are John J., Thomas A., and Mary (Mrs. 
John ('urran), all of ^^'est Hoboken, N. J. John J. Kennedv was born 



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177 



March 21, 1858, attended the public and parocliial schools of his native 
town, and at the a^e of tifteen entered the olHce of the old Hif/hhiiid 
i<cnt(iicl in ^Vest TJoboken, with a. view of learnintc the jjrinter's trade. 
After an experience of two years in this capacity and another year as a 
fisherman he turned his attention to line i;love (■llttinJ,^ associatini^ him- 
self with a Dane named (instav Elf;eti, wlKrclaimed to he the first man to 
learn the French jilove cnttini;' system in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mr. 
Kennedy was the first native of this country to learn French _i;love cuttiu};, 
and, so far as can be ascertained, is the only man in the trade who has 




JOHN J. KENNEDY. 



mastered and follows that excellent but little known system in its entirety. 
In 18.S() he enj^ag'ed in the manufacture of fine <;l(>\-es in West llolioken, 
on Hill Hti'eet, near Falisade Avenue. He started on a very small scale, 
ui one or two rooms, and with only two or three assistants, whom he was 
obliged to teach the system, as he has, in fact, all those who have ever en 
tered his employ. Numerous difhculties, jirincipally the introduction of his 
};oods, were met, font;ht, and overcome, but not without indomitable ])er- 
severance and constant endeavor on his part. Competition being- keen and 
<;eneral, it was some time bef(U'e he j;ot his product into the chief centers of 
the iilove trade, but when once it was there no scheming nor maneuvering 



178 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

by rival manufacturers could prevent its instant success. In 1883 he in- 
vented and patented a re-inforcement for the opening slit which proved at 
once valuable, practical, and economical, and in 1890 he obtained another 
patent which has become famous as the Kennedy patent cut glove. 

Mr. Kennedy steadily overcame all obstacles, numerous though they 
were, and successfullv introduced his gloves into every State and territory 
in the Union, where they now have a very high reputation, selling side by 
side with the most celebrated makes in the world. He employs about 
eighty people and manufactures about -160,000 worth of fine street and 
driving gloves annually. The product is all sold through Wilson Brothers, 
of New York, Chicago, and Paris, the largest dealers in men's furnishings 
in the world. Mr. Kennedy has revolutionized the glove business, both 
in manufacturing and in selling. His success is due entirely to the genuine 
merit of his goods, together with his personal effor-ts and tact in placing 
them before the public. One point of superiority which distinguishes his 
gloves is the fingers, which are straight and of equal length. In 1888 he 
originated a picture of two elephants pulling a glove, typifying strength, 
which has been widely copied by clothing manufacturers and others, 
though often in diflerent designs. The idea was his. 

One can regard Mr. Kennedy's success only with feelings of respect and 
wonder, for his is one of those very few instances where a man, imbued 
with a single idea, steadily and persistently hews to the line and eventually 
achieves the goal of his ambitions. His whole life has been spent in tlie 
town of his birth. His labors have been directed toward one object — the 
manufacture of the best gloves in the market. And the wonderful result 
of his efforts is seen in his present factory, a large and finely equipped brick 
building on or near the spot where he made his first start, nearly twenty 
years ago, and very near the home in which he was born and reared. No 
man is worthy of more respect than he who carves out his own fortune, un- 
aided save by his hands and brain, and this Mr. Kennedy has done. He 
stands among the leading glove manufacturers in this country. He has de- 
voted himself strictly to business, to the exclusion of all political or public 
preferment, and belongs only to St. Michael's (Catholic Church, the Holy 
Name Society, and Palisade Council, No. 387, Knights of Columbus. The 
object of the Holy Name Society is to suppress swearing. He takes a deep 
interest, however, in the affairs of his town and county, and never fails to 
bear the responsibilities of a progressive, patriotic citizen. 

Mr. Kennedy was married June 24, 1885, to Nellie, daughter of John and 
Julia Lucey, of Jersey City ?Ieights, N. J. Of their nine children two died 
in infancy; the others are John, Mary, Ellen, Julia, Alice, Andrew, and 
Salome. 

THE QUACKENBUSH FAMILY in Bergen and Hudson Counties are 
descended from Peter Quackenbush, of Oostgeest, Holland. His son, 
Kynier Pietersen Van Quackenbosch, came to America in 1073-74 and lo- 
cated at New Amsterdam, where he married, March 2, 1 674, Elizabeth Jans, 
of Flushing, L. I. He was a carpenter by trade, and pursued that calling 
in New Amsterdam. His wife having died in 1691, he married, the follow- 
ing year. Classic Jacobse. He had a large family of children, among whom 
were Abraham, Jacob, and John. Abraham settled at Schraalenburgh in 
Bergen County and married Susanna, a daughter of Samuel Hellin"-s 
(Helms), by whom he Sad issue ten children. His brother John married 
Lena Van Houten, and his brother Jacob married Ann Brower. John 



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and Jacob both located in the northerly part of Bergen. Abraham, John, 
and Jacob each reared large families, from whom have sprung numerous 
descendants now scattered over Bergen County. 

THE RYERSONS are the most numerous to-day of any family in the 
western part of Bergen County. The original surname of the family was 
" Reyertzoon." The family were numerous in Amsterdam, Holland, as 
early as 1390, in which year one William Reyertzoon was Burgomaster of 
the city. Another member of the family filled the same office in liU and 
1418. Members of this family held prominent positions in Amsterdam up 
to 1585. !Many of them took an active part in the expulsion of the Span- 
iards from Holland, for which two of them were banished by the S])anish 
king, and another, .Vlbert Reyertzoon, was beheaded April ll!, 15.'i7. The 
family coat-of-arms, as registered in Amsterdam, is described as follows: 
"Eradicated arz; 1 and 1 Sa, a tree withered and eradicated Arz; '2 and 
3 Arz; three halberts bend ways and in bend sinister, the middle one 
longer than the others, sa, the blades vert; Surtout, az, a martlet, or. 
Crest, a swan roussant. Moito ^'oor (jod en Faderland." The fact that 
the family had a coat-of-arms, of couisc, indicates that some of them be 
longed to the nobility of Holland. 

Martin Reyerson, with his brother, Adriaeu Ryerson, emigrated from 
Amsterdam, Holland, in IGl*;, and settled at Brooklyn, where ^Martin 
married, Jlay 14, 16G3, Ann, daughter of Joris Jansen Rapeljea. He re- 
sided at Brooklyn until l(i85. He joined the Dutch ("luirch there in 1G77, 
was elected a magistrate in 1(!7!), and constable in 1682. In 1(!S5 he re- 
moved to Flatbush, L. I., where he was one of the patentees of that patent 
that year. His issue were Marritie, Joris ((leoige), Ryer, Catalyntie, Sanih, 
Cornelius, Jacobus, Geertie, Helena, and Franz. 

Joris (George), baptized September lit, l(l(>(i, uuirried, August 11, KJltl, 
Ann Schouten, widow of Theunis Dirckscn l)ey, of New York. In 10!)5 
George, in company with Anthony Brockholst, Arent Schuyler, Colonel 
Xicholas Bayard, and John ileet, all of New York, and Samuel Berry, 
Henry McDonna, and David _Mandeville, of New Jersey, purchased from the 
Governor and Council of East New Jersey 4, ()()() acres of land in what was 
then Bergen ("ounty (now I'assaic), ext<'uding northward from the junction 
of the I'ompton River with the Passaic Ri\er. Of this large tract George 
Reyerson eventually became the owner of the greater part, on which he 
settled. His issue, baptized in New York, were Martin, 1(J08; Helena, 1701; 
George, 1703; Lucas, 1704; and Blandina, 1700. There were probably 
other children born in New Jersey. The descendants of these children are 
still numerous in Bergen and Hudson Counties. Many of them have held 
positions of trust and honor in the councils of the State. 

THE SICKI ES FAMILY had much to do with the early settlement of 
Hudson and Bergen Counties. Zacharias Sickles, the common American 
ancestor of the family, was a native of the City of Vienna, Austria, who 
soon after reaching manhood drifted to Amsterdam, Holland, where he 
entered the military service and was sent with a fleet on a ciiiise to 
Curaqoa, where he remained until 1655. In the service he attained the 
rank of Adelborst or Cadet. In 1(;55 (iovernor Stuyvesant paid a visit to 
the island where Sickles was on duty. The latter accompanied the Gov- 
ernor to New Amsterdam and soon after attached himself to the garrison 
at Fort Orange (Albany). In 1658 he became a tapster at New Amsterdam, 



180 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

and upon the suncnder by the Dutch to the Biitish in IWii he married 
Anna, dauf^liter of Lambert \'an A'aellvenburgh, and went to worlc to gain 
a livelihood as a carpentei-. In 1070 he was elected " town herder," which 
office he held for thirteen years on a salary of 18 gelders a head for the 
season. He was appointed rattle-watch, so called from the rattle used to 
give warning in making his nightly rounds. He was also for some time 
crier to call the people together on needed occasions, and porter or keeper 
of the city gates, to close them at night and open them in the morning. 

In l(i()!) he purchased a lot of land in liergen, N. J., on which his eldest 
son, Robert, settled. The children of this son scattered through Bergen 
County, where many of Zacharias's descendants still reside. He had nine 
children, the eldest of whom was Robert, who married Gertrude Redden- 
hause and located at Bergen, where he was a jirominent resident, and left 
a large family. His son William, born in October, 1704, married Elizabeth 
Cooper, and removed to Rockland County, X. Y., from which locality 
his numerous descendants spread south into Bergen County, where their de- 
scendants are still found. 

JAN ADRAINSE SIP was at Bergen as early as KiS-l, where, on April 
22 of that year, he married Johanna Van Voorst. He bought several lots 
at Bergen during the next fifteen years, and becanu' an important and 
influential person in the town. His issue were eleven children, among 
whom were Ide, J((lin, Cornelius, Abrahiim, Henry, and Helena. Most of 
them married and became lesidents of Bergen. Their descendants are still 
numerous in Hudson County. 

AARON STOCKHOLM BALI>^^'IN, of Hoboken, comes from one of 
the oldest families of N(nv England, his ancestors emigrating from the 
mother counti-,\' with the early colonists. From New England they moved 
into Eastern New York, and flu re raised the standard of their race, con- 
quered the primeval forests, and exemplified in their lives the sterling traits 
of industry, integrity, and progress. Like the subject of this sketch, many 
(li them achieved inominence in public and business atfairs, wielding a 
potent influence for good, and leading behind them the memories of an 
honorable name. 

Mr. Baldwin was born in East Fishkill, Dutchess County, N. Y., June S, 
1839, being the son of Elisha S. Baldwin and Aletta C. Stockholm, a grand- 
son of Daniel Baldwin, of Lake Mahopac, Putnam County, N. Y., and of 
Aaron Stockholm, of Fishkill, from whom he was named, and a great-grand- 
son of Elisha Baldwin, a pioneer of the Hudson River Valley. His father 
was born at Lake Mahopac, and during his active life followed success- 
fully the dual occupation of farmer and live stock dealer. Mr. Baldwin 
attended the East Fishkill public schools until he was tM'elve years old, 
when he entered Pingree Academy at Fishkill, where he remained five 
years. Afterward he spent Ave years at what is now Drew Seminary in 
Carmel, Putnam County, graduating in ISCO. His studies in these institu- 
tions were in every way worthy of the broad and receptive intellectual 
qualities which he manifested as a boy, and which have served him well in 
business and public relations. 

Having received a thorough classical training, he returned home, and in 
September, ISd:?, went to Chicago to accept a position with the American 
Express Company, which he held until July, 1870. At that date he moved 
to AN'eehawken, N. J., and engaged in the live stock storage business as 



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181 



Scnoriil live stock ascnt for Uw Eric Kaili-oad, and continued in tliut ca- 
pacity until ISDS. when lie or^iiiized and incoi-iiorated the NVeehawken 
Stock Yard (Vmipanv, of ^Yllich he is rresideiit and Treasurer and a Direc- 
tor. 

:\[r. IJaldwin has been an active Ke]nil)lican ever since he cast his tirst 
vote and almost ever since the oi-nani/.ation of tin- party, and for about a 
(juarter of a century, with the e.\cei)tion of one or two years, has been a 
leadinji- member of the Hudson County l\ei)iiblican ('ominittee; and he is 
now Chairman of its Oroanization ('oinmittee, which has been asked to 




AARON S. BALDWIN. 



devise ways and means by which the ]iaity can be re-oi-^anized in llie 
county. He was a member of the Hudson County I'.oard of ('hosi'ii Free- 
holders in ISSl, l,S,s:2, and ISs;!, froni the Tenth .Vsscnibly District, and f(n' 
seven years sei'ved as a member and Chairman of the Itoard of Tax Com- 
missionei's of Ilobokeii, where he settled in April, ISSli, and where he still 
resides. He is now one of the commissioners ai)]iointcd by (lovernor Voor- 
liees to in(iuire into the exjiediency of consolidaf iiij; the several iiiunici]iali- 
ties of Hudson County into one f;reat city. This commission was formally 
organized June 14, 1S09. Mr. Baldwin is also one of the commissioners in 
Hoboken to adjust the taxes in arrears under the ^lartiii act. He has been 



182 HUDSON AND BEUGEN COUNTIES 

a dclcniilc to almost every State, district, county, and local Republican con- 
vention for n])ward of ( \\cnty-iive years, was an alternate delef^ate to the 
Republican National Convention of ISSO, and in 18!)(i was his party's candi- 
date for Sherilf of Hudson County, and, thougli defeated by about 1,100 
votes, carried Hoboken by over 50(1 and not only reduced the usual Demo- 
cratic majoritv to an insigniticant figure but changed entirely the com- 
plexion of the Democratic vote and laised the standard of the Republicans. 

His activity and prominence in the ranks of the Republican party and his 
long and honorable connection with the live stock markets of New Jersey 
and New York have Avon for Mr. Baldwin an extensive acquaintance, among 
whom he is universally respected and esteemed. He is one of the most 
Iio])nlar men of Hudson <'ounty. He is a member of the lienevolent and 
I'rotective Older of Elks of Hoboken, and has always supported with a 
liberal hand i'vi'vy movement designed to promote the general welfare. 

Mv. Daldwm was married, June .'50, 1860. to Elizabeth Janet Watson, 
daughter of George L. Watson, of .Vuburn, N. Y. 

THE SLOTE FAMILY.— The first American ancestor of the Slote family 
was John I'ieteiseJi Slot, a native of the Province of Holstein in Denmark, 
who came to America about 1C50 with his two sons, John and Pieter, and 
settled at Harlem, where he bought lands and became a prominent and 
useful citizen, filling the important office of magistrate from 1G60 to IGGo. 
In 1665 he bought of Governor Stuyvesant and located on lands on the 
Bowery in New .Vmsterdam, remaining there until 1686, when he bought 
and occupied a house in Wall Street. In 1703 he removed to the south 
ward of the city, where he died. His son John, married in 1672 Judith 
Elsworth, and made his residence in New Amsterdam. Some of his chil- 
dren removed to Hackensack. His brother, Peter Jansen Slot, bought. May 
14, 1657, fifty acres at Communipaw, in Bergen County, N. J., on which 
he located in April, 1665, having first married (1663) Maritie Jacobs Van 
Winkle, of Bergen. He joined the Dutch church and remained there until 
1671, when he sold his Bergen lands and removed to New Amsterdam, 
remaining theie until 1677, when he removed to Esopus. N. Y., and followed 
his trade as a builder. Returning in l(iS3, he again located at Bergen, 
but was soon back in New Amsterdam, living near the Stuyvesant Bowerv. 
He died there in KiSS, and his widow married John Demarest and removed 
to Hackensack, whither also all except one of Peter's children went and 
settled. Peter's issue were John, 1665; Jacobus, 1669; Tryntie, 1G71 
(married Nicholas Lozier); Aeltie, 1678 (married Adam Van 'Orden and 
Cornelius Banta); and Jonas, 1681. The descendants of these are thickly 
scattered over Rockland County, N. Y., and Bergen County, N. J. 

THE SMITH FA3IILY.— A branch of the Smith family, which is still 
numerous in the northern and westei'n paits of Bergen Countv, is descended 
from Lambert Ariaense, who was a native of the Province of Gelder- 
land, in Holland. He emigrated to .America when young and settled at New 
Amsterdam, where, on the 9th of April, 1682, he married Margaretta Gar- 
rets Blawvelt, a daughter of (Jarret Hendricksen Blawvelt, of Deventer, 
Holland. In 1686 Lambert Ariaense became, with his brothers-in-law (he 
Blawvelts, and others, a purchaser of the Tappan patent, a large part of 
which was in Bergen County, N. J. Lambert rec<>ived a large portion of this 
patent at each of the divisions. Rev. David Cole in his " History of Rock- 
land County" says: 



GENEALOGICAL 183 

"Lambert and his two sons located at the ' Green Bush.' where he built 
a stone house, near where the burying-ground now is. This house was 
torn down after the Eevolution and a new one erected on the same spot 
(lY (jerret isnuth. Lambert had three sons. The eldest, Garret, was set- 
tled, by his father, south of the swamp. Abraham, the second, stayed on 
the old place, and the third, Cornelius, built on what was then called the 
Eidge, just west of the present Erie Railroad. Garret, the eldest, was 
great-grandfather of Gerret Smith, the philanthropist and friend of the 
slave. Lambert's descendants soon grew so numerous that it was necessary 
to distinguish one from the other, and as he was a smith bv profession it 
became convenient to designate him as Lambert Ariaensen Smidt. This 
name continued for several years, most of the branches dropped the Ariaen- 
sen entirely, and the family was knoAvn by the name of ' Smith.' " 

The descendants of Lambert, the smith, spread south into New Jersey, 
some of them retaining the surname Ariaensen, hence the Auryaunsen 
family. 

THE SNEDENS of Bergen County are descendad from John Sneden, 
a native of Amsterdam, Holland, where his family had lived for many 
generations. On the 23d of December, 1657, John Sneden, his wife, 
Gretie Jans, his two children, Carsten and Grietie, and his brother, Claes 
Sneden, set sail from Amsterdam in the ship " St. John Baptist," bound 
for the Colony of New Amstel, on the Delaware River. Three years later 
Claes Sneden removed to New Amsterdam, and John to New Harlem, where 
the latter purchased two town lots on which he ]iermanently located, and 
where he died early in lfiC2. Beginning on the 2r)th of March, 1662, his 
estate was sold at public auction. The house, lands, and standing crops 
brought 135 gelders and the household effects 1S5 gelders. After the 
payment of debts 42 gelders remained for the widow and two orphaned 
childi-en, Carsten and Grietie, of whom, on April 2S. 1(;62, Philip Casier 
and Lubbert Gerritsen were appointed guardians. (Jrietie married, Au- 
gust 13, following, Jean Guenon (Genung), and went to reside at Flushing, 
L. I. Carsten entered the service of Daniel Tourneur, January 15, 1668, 
for a year, to have at its expiration 300 gelders and " a pair of shoes and 
stockings." His uncle, Claes Sneden, resided at New Amsterdam, where 

he had by his wife, Slaria , several children. John Sneden (supposed 

to have been a grandson of Carsten), about 1740, bought of Henry Ludlow 
and settled on a large farm at what is now Sneden's Landing, on the west 
side of the Hudson River. This farm was partly in Bergen County, N. J., 
and partly in Rockland County, N. Y. John's sons, Dennis (who died un- 
married) and John, became the owners of his lands at his death, and John's 
descendants are still numerous in the northerly part of Bergen County. 

FRANK H. MELVILLE, of Bayonne, Hudson County, was born in Eng- 
land on the 7th of July, 1840. He received his education in that country, 
and then came to the United States. For twenty years he was success- 
fully engaged in the paper and paj^er bag business. Later he engaged 
in manufacturing sample mailing boxes and rust preventive in New York 
City. 

Jn public as well as in business affairs Mr. Melville has long been a 
prominent figure. He has always been an active Republican, and has 
served as President of the Third \\'ard Republican Club, as President of 
the Republican City Committee of Bayonne, and as Secretary of the latter 



184 



HUDSON AND BER(!EN COUNTIES 



orj^iinization. He was twice elected Snj)er\isoi' of Taxes, and received tlie 
iinaiiiiiioiis iioinination of liis jiarty for Fi'eelioldei' and member of Assem- 
bly. Undei- I\icKiiil(-y's administration he became Postmaster of Bayonne, 
whei'e lie lias resided for a luimber of yeais. lie is a member, Trnstee, and 
Tr(\isnrer of tlie Foiii-ty-fonrtli Street Methodist Episcopal Chnrcli. a mem- 
ber of the Hudson ('oiinty Kejinblican (!ommittee, a member of the IJayonne 
<Mty Kepnblican (Vimmittee, and a member of the T'nion Leafjne Chib, the 
Afasonic ordei', and the Jm]iroved Order of Ked ^fen. In evei'y cajtacity he 
has disjtlayed i>i'eat ])atriotism, sound judj;nient, and unfailin<;- [tublic spirit, 




FRANK H. MELVILLE. 



He has dis- 
upon to till with 



and is liiohly respected and esteemed by all who know him 
charged the various jiublic duties he has been called 
notable zeal. 

In 1S(;!) :\Ir. Melville mariied riiilena A. Smith, and of their four children 
two survive, namely: Florence, born in 1S72, and Francis Lome born in 
t.SSO. 



JESSE W. FEEDON.— Thomas Ferdon (he s])elled it ^'erdon) emigrated 
to America as early as H\-ir,. It was probably a sister of his, Majichilena, 
who married, March 1!», 1045, Adam Brower, at Flatlands, L. I. The Perdons 



GENEALOGICAL 185 

came of a French family which had for Kome tiiiu- resided in HoHand. 
Thomas settled in the (iowannus section of IJrooklvn, on a farm late of one 
Anthony Hulse. He married 3Iary Daduc, a dan^litcr of Aeltje Bi'edenbend 
(widow of William Bredenbend) by a former hnsband, bv whom he had one 
child. Thomas Ferdon (2) was born about KUli. The elder Thomas was a 
magistrate in Brooklyn in Ifidl, 16G2, l«(i:!, and l(i(i4. and is recorded there 
as having taken the oath of allegiance to King (Jharles in l(iS7. His son 
Thomas (2) was thrice married, his first wife being Yte (or Elsie) Jurianise 
(or Jeuriens), widow of Tunis Ten Eycke. Ity his second and third wives he 
had no issue. He is enumerated in the census of Brooklyn in KJST as having 
only Thi-ee persons in his family. He was an Ensign in the Kings County 
militia in 1715, and both he and his fii'st wife were membei's of the Dutch 
Church at Brooklyn. When he took the oath of allegiance, in 1687, he was 
described as a "native" and as residing at Go wannus. owning and occupying 
the homestead of his father. He was a constable in 1004. In 1718 he is set 
down as residing at New TTticcht, where he was a deacon in the Dutch 
Church and where he died. One child. Jacob Ferdon (:{), by his first wife, 
was his only issue, born at Brooklyn, March 10, 1C56. 

Jacob (;'.) Married, :\lay 17, 1()7S (at N,.„- York), Femmetve Williams, of 
Flatlands, L. I., a native of Mei)iiel, Holland. The couple lived at Flatbush, 
where they joined the Dutch ^'hurch in l(if)4. Jacob bought a farm at New 
I'trecht, to which he must have removed, as his name appeared on the as- 
sessment roll there for that year and in the census of 1G98. The census i-e- 
lites that he had then seven children. In 17(1!) his name appears on a peti- 
tion for an additional ferry to Brooklyn. His children were Barbarba, 
Wilhelnius, Thomas, Maria, Ja<ob, Jannetje, Feninietje, Diike, and John. 

Of these nine Wilhelnius (4) transjjlanted the name in New Jersey. He 

was born at Flatbush in A])ril, 1(J8(), and married Elizabeth , of 

New T'trecht, L. I., where he resided until his removal to this State. On 
the ei-ertion of the new church at New 1 'trecht, in 1700. he was allotted three 
men's and three women's seats. In 172(i he was a deacon, and in 17."!S an 
elder, in the same church. He removed to Beii;en County, N. J., as early as 
174.">. On the 10th of Jlarch, 1740, he nuide his first i)urchase of a tract of 
470 acres of laud at Closter from Henry Lu(lh)w. On this tract he settled 
and built his family mansion west of the present residence of Ben S. STnith, 
northeast of Closter. He bought other lands of Ludlow north and east of 
his home tract, until he owned over 1,000 acres. The sui'name of his wife 
and the date of his death aic unknown. His children were John, William, 
Elizabeth, Diike, Abram, John (2), and I'hebe. His farm after his death 
passed to the ownership of his three sous, John, AN'illiam. and Abiam, and 
his numerous descendants spread over Bergen and Rockland Counties. 

Of the above children, John Ferdon (.")), born at Chister, Augusr '>. 17G0, 
died there July 20, 1827, m.arried, December 20, 17S4, Marytie (or "]Marishy," 
as she was called) Sickles, born August 31, 17(54, died June 11, 1824. John 
was a farmer and always lived on part of his father's farm. His children 
were Braekie (married John A. Haring). Nicholas, and Abram (dead). 

Nicholas Ferdon (0), born October IS, 1787, died Decembei' 22. 1862, mar- 
ried, in 1800, Jemima Westervelt, born October 10, 1701, died February 19, 
1S70. By the will of his father all the latter's lands, including the old home- 
stead of his father, went to Nicholas. 

Abraham N. Ferdon (7). son of Nicholas (6), was born at Closter, October 
."), 1810, and died there in 188:!. He married (1) Maria Demarest and (2) Leah 
Ferdon. He was a farmer and resided on the old homestead at Closter, 



186 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

His oliildreii wcir eight — six by his flist wife and two by his second wife: 
Caroline, John 1)., Maij;ait'l, Abraham, ^^'illianl, Martha, Jesse ^V., and 
Saninel. 

Jesse AV. Ferdon (S), tlie subject of tliis sketch, was born at Closter, 
N. J., October 14, 184S. He has been a life-long resident of Bergen County. 
He was educated in the public schools at Closter, leaving, however, at the 
age of fifteen, to earn his own livelihood. When eighteen years old he left 
farm work, at which he had been employed, to learn the carpenter's trade, 
and by steady application soon mastered every branch of carpentering, 
joining, and building. But ciicumstances and inclination finally led him, 
after some four years, to abandon the trade and return to farming, which 
he has since followed with success. 

As a resident of Bergenfield, Bergen County, Mr. Ferdon has been more or 
less active in public affairs, but has invariably declined to accept political 
oflflce, even when urged to do so by hosts of friends. He is deeply interested 
in every problem or movement affecting the welfare of the community, and 
in a quiet, unostentatious way contributes liberally for the support of all 
worthy objects. In I'eligion he is a member of the Dutch Reformed Church, 
and in all the relations of life has displayed great mental ability, unswerv- 
ing integrity, sound judgment, and a patriotic spirit. 

Mr. Ferdon married Miss Leah A\'estervelt, a member of one of the old 
Bergen Count\ families, and by her has had three sons. 

ED MUX! ) W. YS'AKELEE, a prominent lawyer of New A'ork City and 
Englewood, Bergen County, N. J., was born in Kingston, A". Y., on the 31st 
of November, 1S09. lie is the son of Nicholas and Eliza C. (Ingerso)l) 
Wakelee, a giandson of JosejA and Susan (Curtiss) Wakelee and of Justus 
and Esther (Stow) Ingersoll, and a great-grandson of David and Hannah 
Ingersoll and I>avid and Anna (Perkins) Stow. His father, Nicholas, was a 
prominent business man in Kingston. 

Mr. Walvelee received his education at Kingston Academy and at the 
University of the City of New York, and subsequently entered the law 
office of Bernard & Fiero, then of Kingston, but now of Albany. N. Y. He 
was admitted to the bar of both New York and New Jersey in 1S91, having 
graduated from the University of the City of New York in that year. Since 
then he has been actively and successfully engaged in the practice of his 
profession both in Bergen County, N. J., where he resides, and in New Y'oi'k 
City. 

During the past seven years Mr. Wakelee has been active in politics 
in Bergen County as a Republican leader, and has been President of the 
Republican Club of Harrington Township. In November, 1898, he was 
elected a member of the New Jersey General Assembly, in which he gained 
distinction as an able debater. He was re-elected to the General As- 
sembly in 1899 and was selected as the leader on the floor of the Republican 
majority. He has always been a Republican. As a lawyer he has achieved 
eminent success, and in the many important cases with which he has been 
connected has displayed marked ability and high legal qualifications. He 
is a member of the Bergen County Bar Association, of the Englewood Club, 
of the Tenafly Club, of the Phi Delta Phi and the 1 )elta Upsilon fraternities, 
of Northern Valley Lodge, Knights of Honor, of Teuaily, and of Alpine 
Lodge, No. 77, Free and Accepted Masons, of Closter, N. J. He is also 
President of the Demarest Firemen's Association, and is a life member of 
the New Jersey State Firemen's Association. He is unmarried. 



GENEALOGICAL 



187 



^ EKNEST KOESTER, of Ilackrnsaclc, X. J., I'ldscciiloi' of the IMcas foi' 
licriivu Coiiuly, was Itoni at Norristown, I'a,, A]iril L'S, IS.IS, tlio son of (i. V. 
and J[arY P.. Kot'stov. lie attended tlie excidlent schools of tliat ]ilae(> and 
afterward the Ilij^h School in I'hilach'lpliia. He then went to (ierniany and 
studied three years in IIeidelh(M-j'; Tni^■ersi(y. and on reiurnin^- to his native 
State entered AUeiilieny ( 'olle^e at Mendvil'ie.froni wliicli lie was graduated 
A. P.. in lST(i. receivin;^' the AJI. de<iree in course in 1S7!). Tie studied law 
at :Meadville, was admitted to the hai- of Pennsylvania Aniinst IT, l^^Sl, and 
was elected District Attorney for McKean Coiinty, Pa., on the Ke])uhlican 
ticket in 1SS4. After the expiration of his official term i.Taniiary 1, ISSS) he 
jnacticed law in McKean and adjacent counties until 1S!)4, when lie came 1o 
llackensai-k, X. •!., whei-e he at once t'ntered upon the work of his pi-ofession 
throu.i^hout P>eri;('n County and soon secured a lucrative ]iractice. lie was 
admitted to the New Jersey liar at Trenton June (I, 1S!).-|. 

On comiui;' to P>er,i;en County ilr. Koester immediately took an active in 




MAIN STREET, NORTH OF PASSAIC STREET, HACKENSACK. 

terest in Republican jiolitics and soon becanu' one of the most jirominent 
leaders of his ]inrty. ^^lule his jiolitical <-onvictions and partisan action 
are consistent there is nothin<;' of what is called hitter partisanslii]i in his 
make-up. He is one of the ablest lawyers and most res|iected citizens of I lie 
foninumity. In Feluaiar}', PtItO, (ioveiaior ^'oorhees appointed him Prose- 
cutor of the Pleas for Iterneu ('ounty f(U- the usual term from Mai-cli follow- 
ing. !Mi-. Koester's liii;li standing in his jirofession and his (pialiticalions for 
the jiroseculorship are unquestioned. lie was not inexperienced, in the 
duties (d' that office, and his eftort to make the administral ion of justice by 
the courts in Pergen County impaitial, etlicient, and economical is note- 
worthv. He is married and has two children. 



ALE MAX PER CASS, 
Countv, N. Y., Noveudier 



if Englewood, was boiii at Carlisle, Schoharie 
.'(I, ISl'.j. His maternal ancestors were Germans 



188 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

and Hollanders, while those on his father's side were English, the ancestral 
lines going back to l(iS(J. Hon. Lewis Cass, United States Senator from 
Michigan, was a member of this family. 

Mr. Cass's father died M'hen he was about eighteen months old, and some 
two years later his mother remarried and moved to Carthage, Jeiferson 
County, in that State, where she died in 1852. Alexander was left, after 
his mother's marriage, with his maternal grandparents at Carlisle, where 
he spent his early life on a farm, attending the district school. At the 
age of twelve he was sent to Albany as clerk in a grocery store, but a year 
later he returned to his grandparents, and for two years attended Schoharie 
Academy. ^Vf forward he attended the select school of I'rofessor A. Smith 
Knight, who was also a civil engineer and lawyer, and th(Me he studied 
surveying and acfed as amanuensis. On April 1, 1842, he became the 
teacher of the Carlisle school (District No. 4, or the Little Yoi'k district), 
wheie he continued for two and a half years, when he went to the adjoin- 
ing (Rockville) district, remaining there five and one-half years. In the 
meanwhile, from 1S48 to 1850, he spent a part of his time in the law office 
of John H. Salisbury, of Carlisle. 

In November, 1850, Mr. Cass entered the law office of T. & H. Smith, of 
(Jobleskill, N. y., and there pursued his legal studies until September, 
1852. In April, 185)5, he was graduated from the Law Department of the 
University of Albany, and in the same month was admitted before the 
Supreme Court to the Xew York bar as attorney and counselor, being at 
that time associated with his old preceptor, Thomas Smith, who had moved 
to the capital city. 

^Ir. Cass moved to Bergen County. N. J., May 22, 1853, and on August 6 
assumed charge of the Upper Teaneck public school. He continued as 
teacher there and at Lower Teaneck in all thirteen years, and was instru- 
mejital in building up the schools to the standard of excellence which 
those districts have long maintained. In 1845 he was elected Town Super- 
intendent of Public Schools at Carlisle, N. Y., but on account of his youth 
could not qualify. In 1846, however, he was re-elected and served two 
terms. He moved from Teaneck to Englewood in 18C5, and in 1867 was 
appointed the first School Superintendent for Bergen (Jounty, serving two 
terms, or six years. Since retiring from that position he has acted as 
civil engineer and in public capacities. He was elected a Justice of the 
Peace in 1864 and is now serving his fifth term. From 1859 to 1865 he was 
Town Clerk of Englewood. Lie was Assessor for Englewood Township in 
1876 and 1877, Coroner from 1878 to 1881 and from 18!)2 to 1895, Com- 
missioner of Appeals for several terms, and one of the two examiners and 
visitors of the public schools of Bergen County in 1858-60. In all of these 
positions he displayed sound judgment, marked ability, and great execu- 
tive energy. 

July 4, 1855, Mr. Cass married Maria Louisa Halleck (now deceased), a 
native of Delaware County, N. Y., and a lineal descendant of Fitz Greene 
Halleck, the noted author of "Marco Bozzaris." They had two children: 
AMUard Cass, the subject of the following article, and Hattie E., who died 
at the age of sixteen months. 

WILLARD CASS, the well known civil engineer of Englewood, N. J., 
has been a life-long resident of that town, where he was born January 5, 
1861. He received an excellent public school education, and subsequently 
studied civil engineering, which profession he has followed successfully 



GEXEALOcnCAL 



189 



in Enylcwood. He has been coiuiectcd with many iniportaiit cuiiiiiccriii^^ 
eiiterprist's, and in every instance has disphiyed eminent qualifications and 
a tliorou^h mastery of the business. I'ublic s])ii-ited, lu-o^i-essi ve, and enlev- 
prisin<i', lie is one ot the most respected citizens of En^lew(Mid, and has 
always taken a deejt interest in tlie j^eneral walfare of his section. .Mr. 
Cass was married in 1S!.»5 to Isabella Tavlor, of New Voi-k ( 'itv. 



ISAAC L. XE'WIiEKY, of Arlington, is the son of .Jose]ih II. Ni'wbery 
and Emily Ann Kockefellow Sharp, dau.nhtei- of Matthias and Cathei-iiu' 
(^^'illet) Sliarji, and a j^randson of ^\'illianl Newbei'y, all natives of Eni;- 
laud. His fatlier, Joseph II. Newbery, came fr(nn Loudon in early life, 
settliuij, in New York City, and there suc-cessfullv carried on business as 
a hatter until his death in \S{]~>. His wife died in ISOd. 

^Ir. Newbery was 
born in New York City 
on the 27th of August, 
IS")-!, and there received 
an excellent p u b 1 i c 
school education, "grad- 
uating' in lS(i7 fi'om 
GrauHuar School No. 
?,'2. In tile same year 
he engaged in the cus- 
tom house brokerage 
business, in ^^•hicll he 
has ever since contin- 
ued, acliieving marlced 
success and gaining a 
wi(h' re])utatiou. ib 
moved to Arlington. 
Hudson County, in 
ISSl, and in that at- 
tractive suburb has 
(M-ected a beautiful 
home which he now 
occupies. 

Although :Mr. Ni-w 
bery has devoted him- 
s<df assiduously to his 
business intei-ests he 
has been active in pub- 
lic affairs, and sim-e 
taking up his residence 
in Arlington has be- 
come iirominent in 
various important ca- 
pacities. A Republican 

in politics, lie was a member of the Township Commitlei' in ISS."), lSS(i, 
ISltd, and 1S!»7, serving in IS!)(i ,is Chairman of that Itody. lie is Presi- 
dent of the Kearny Ibiildiiig and Loan Association, having held that 
position during the last iiine years. This is one of the largest and 
strongest corjiorations of the kind in p]astern New .lersey, and under 
ilr. Newberv's able and energetic management 




S.\AC L. XEWBEKV. 



has made an excellent 



190 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

record. Mr. Newlx^ry is aii lionorary mcinboi' of Company G, N. G. N. J., 
a member and I'ast Master of Triune Lodj^e, A. T. and A. M., and a member 
and Past Uej'cnt in tlie Royal Arcanum. In 1SS2 he organized the Society 
of Foresters in Arlington, of which he is Past Chief Ranger. He is also 
Past Grand of Pilgrim Lodge, I. O. O. F., and has long been a member 
of the A^ohinteer Fire Department of Kearny, which he first served as 
Foreman and Assistant Chief for two years each. In these various ca- 
]3acities as well as in all business relations ]Mr. Newbery has displayed 
marked ability, sound judgment, and grear enterprise. As a (;itizen he is 
highly esleemed and respected. He is thoroughly identified with the affairs 
of his adopted town and county, active and influential in promoting every 
worthy object, and thoroughly interested in all movements which promote 
the general welfare. 

Mr. Newbery married Jennie Sinclair, and their children are Agnes L. 
(wife of H. L. Frazee), \\'illiam A., Arthur N., Jennie S., Isaac L. (de- 
ceased), Joseph H. (deceased), and Emily S. 

JAaiES WRIGHT AMERCER, Freeholder of Bergen County and Post- 
master of Lodi, N. J., was born in Scotland on the 10th of May, 1S6G, his 
parents being James fiercer and Ann Coverun. James and Ann Mercer 
were born and married in Scotland and came to the T'nited States in 1882, 
locating in Lodi. 

Ml'. Mercer was educated in the public schools of his native country, and 
shortly after the arrival of the family in Lodi entered the employ of the 
Susquehanna Railroad as agent at that place. Afterward he engaged in 
the coal business, which lie still follows, having built up a large and suc- 
cessful trade. 

In public life Mr. fiercer has displaced the same ability, integrity of 
character, and enterprise which have marked his business life. He was 
for three years, or one term. Councilman of the Town of Lodi, and for five 
years was a member of the Republican County Committee. He is now 
^1900) Freeholder of Bergen County and Postmaster of Lodi, and is dis- 
charging the duties of those offices with characteristic energy and satisfac- 
tion. Mr. Mercer is a member of Passaic Lodge, No. :!S7, Benevolent Order 
of Elks, and of the Crescent Social Club of Lodi. He was married, No- 
vember 8, 1893, to Jennie Langford, of Lodi, N. J. 

JACOB L. VAN BUSKIRK.— The founder of the Van Buskirk family 
in this country was Lourens Andriessen, who, after his emigration to 
America, took the surname of Van Buskirk, the Tan signifying " from," 
and Bos Kerch meaning " church in the woods." He was a native of the 
Province of Holstein, in Denmark, a tanner by trade, and came to America 
in 16.55. iVlthough a single man when he arrived, he set to work at his 
trade, which he soon abandoned for that of a draper. On June 20, 1656, 
he bought a lot on Broad Street. Soon afterward he went to Bergen and 
purchased about 170 acres of land in what is now the Greenville district of 
Jersey City, on which he settled, and there he took the oath of allegiance 
to King Charles in 1665. He soon became a man of prominence, and wielded 
great influence in the affairs of Bergen. On September 12, 1658, he married 
Jannetie Jans, widow of (Uiristiaen Barrentsen, who brought him, as is 
said, besides four sons by a former husband, about 1,400 florins, heavy 
money, and ten wampum beads for one stiver. Mr. Winfield adds : " When 
the country was recaptured by the Dutch and the people expected a for- 



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191 



feiture of the lands he and John Horry, Saninol Edsall, and William Sand- 
ford appoarod at Fort William llcnrv, Ani;:nst IS, l(i7:!, to rocpiost that their 
plantations be contirnu'd in the priviloucs which tlicy obtained from tiieir 
previous patroons," When a rontest arose between' the Town of Reryen 
and tlie inhabitants on the south of them, coucernini;- fences and the suji- 
port of a schoolmaster, he aj;ain apjieared before the council to plead the 
cause of his neighbors. 

Under the act of Xovember 7, l(i(iS, for the uuirkini; of horses and cattle, 
he was appointed recorder and nuirker for Minkakwa, .\jiril (i, l(i70, and 
marker-general for the Town of J '.ergen, October S, l(i7(). On that day he was 
also ajjpointed ranger for Itergen, with power to name deimties to range 
the woods and bring in all stray horses, mules, and callle. He was com- 
missioned a mend)er of the ISergen court Februai-y l(i, l(i77, and February 
IS, 1()80, and Tresident of the same August :!1, lOSl, and President of the 




ANDERSON PARK, HACKENSACK. 



County Coui't August :">], KiSiJ. He was a member of the Oovei-nor's Council 
for a nundier of yeai-s, appointed Hrst March IS, 1<>7l*, and held the Hrst 
commission to administer croA\ner's quest law in (he county in 1()7:-'. Oi> 
-January ti, 1(;7(!, jointly with the Ilogerls, fJantas, and others, he bought 
a large tract of land north and east of Hackejisack, known as New llacken- 
sack, ui)Oi) which he resided as early as l(;ss. His is-ue of the second 
generalion were four children: Andries A. (KidO), La wrens A., i'eter A., and 
TJionias. Of these I'eter and TlHuna.s remained at P>ergen, while Andries 
(2), who married in 1717 Jaccunina Davids Deniarest, and Laurens (2), who 
married in 1710 Heudricke Vandelinda, bought and settled ou extensive 
tracts of land on the east side of the Saddle Kiver. 

Andries's grandson John (4) was born at S;iddle River in 1741 and died 
in 1815. Lie was a farmer, and was known as " Decke Jan " (thick Johu), 
because he weighed some 401) jiounds. His gra\-e is in the old I'.lue i\nils 
graveyard at Saddle Kiver. His wife Sarah is buiied at the Lutheran 



192 HUDSON AND BEU(iEN COUNTIES 

Chui'cli. Their issue of the fifth generation were John, 1777 (died), Andrew, 
177!), ITannali, Jemima, and John. 

Jolin (5), last above named, was born at Saddle River in 178G and died in 
l.S7.'i. His wife, Elizabeth Ackernian, was born in 1790 and died in 1860. 
He and his wife are both buried in the Lutheran reiuetery at Saddle Eiver. 
This John was a farmer. His issue of th(> sixth generation were John, 
Adelaide, Sai'ali, David, Eliza, Jas])ei-, Charily, Andrew, and Jemima M. 

John (C) was born at Saddle River August 13, 1809, and died at Haclcen- 
saelc October IS. lS(;(i. His wife was Eliza Huyler, of Tenafly. Both are 
buried at Cherry Hill near Hackensaek. This John was a butcher by oc- 
cupation. His issue of the seventli generation were seven children: Sarah 
Ann, Euphemia, John H., David, \\illiam H., Alvin, and Jacob L., the last 
named being the subject of this sketch. 

Jacob L. Van Ikisl'drk (7) was born at Saddle River, N. J., July 29, 1851, 
and received his education in the district schools at New Bridge and Hack- 
ensack, after which he learned the trade of a blacksmith, which he fol- 
lowed successfully foi' nine years. He then took up the calling of a butcher 
in Hackensack, which lie still pursues. Some years ago he was elected 
Freeholder from his township, which oHice he faithfully filled for six years. 
For three years he was Dirt-ctor of the board. He was elected Sheriff of 
Bergen County in 1S98 by a majority of 709 votes over his Republican 
competitor. 

He married Miss Jlay E. Naugle, of Areola, who was born May 11, 185J. 
The couple have issue of the eighth generation three children: Margaret 
F., George, and Henry C, the first two of whom are married, and each have 
one daughter of the ninth generation. 

Mr. Van Buskirk is a member of Hope Plncampment, I. O. O. F., of the 
Order of American Foresters, of the Order nf Red Men, and of the Order of 
United Workmen; President of the Exempt Firemen's AsscK-iation; Treas- 
urer of the Firemen's Insurance Company; and a member of the Liberty 
Steam Fire Engine Company, the Democratic Club, the Wheelmen's Club, 
and other organizations. 

CHARLES A. SCHINDLER, Sit., son of Christian Henry Schindler and 
Catherine Iveller, was born July .1, 1S27, in Hesse-Darmstadt, (Jerinaiiy, 
where his father, who died in 1S:!9, was a prominent furniture manufac- 
turer and upholsterer. He was educated and learned the trade of upholster- 
ing and decorating in the Fatherland. In 1H18 he took part in the revolu- 
tion, and in consequence was obliged to flee to America, in company with 
many other fellow patriots, and here he was extensively engaged in manu- 
facturing furniture and upholstering in New York ('ity until 1870. In 
that year he moved his business to West Hoboken, N. J., where he has 
resided since 1860. 

Mr. Schindler is one of the oldest and most esteemed German citizens 
in North Hudson County, a man of the loftiest integrity, and in every 
relation of life has gained the confidence as well as the respect of the 
community. In politics he is a Republican from conviction, especially on 
National issues, but in local affairs he is independent, casting his influence 
in favor of matters promising the greatest good. He is a prominent mem- 
ber of the Patriots' Society of 1818 and '49 of New York. 

In IMay, 1852, he married Sophia Ziegeler, daughter of Daniel Ziegeler, of 
Hamburg, Germany. She died in October, 1898. Of their ten children six 
are living, viz.: Charles, Jr., Cora, Sophia, Otto, Thekla, and Rose. 



GENEALOGICAL 



VJS 



OITAULE.S A. S('I1INDLP]R, Ju. 



T ^, , ■ r,. , . ltli>-t woji of Ghai'lcs A. Schiiidlei-, Si-., 

ami Soplna /i("-..l,.r, \N-as boni January :!, lsr,7, in A\-,,sl Hobokon, N. J., 
wlR-i-e lie has alwaN-s resided, and where he ^e(■ei^•ed a public school educa- 
tion Alter leavm- sc]i<k.1 he learned the cabinetmaker's trade in the 
establishment of llrunuer & Moore, of New York, where he remained five 
years, or until about 1S84. Since tluMi I,e has been em;a-ed in business for 
mniselt, makiiio; a specialty of tine .-abiiiet woi'k and of election apiiliauces 
such as booths, re-istry cases, ballot boxes, elc. He is located at 287 Pali' 
sade Avenue, 'West lioboken, where he resides with his father beino- un- 
married. '^ 




CHARLES A. SCHINDLER, JR. 

In tlie prosecution of his trade Mr. Schindler has achieved marked suc- 
cess and a ^^•ide rejmtation, and b\' industry, honesty, and enterprise has 
built np an extensi\e ])usiiiess. He is a i)ublic spirited, ])atriotic citizen, 
a Republican in jKtIitics, and a man universallyesteemed and resjiected. For 
two years — 1S1)4 and 1S!).1 — he served as Recorder of his town. He was one 
of the princij'al orj;anizers of the old Hillside Boat dut). of which he was 
for nine years the Cajitain, and was one of the founders and organizers of 
the Lincoln (Jliib of "West Hoboken, of which he is President, having held 
that office during the last ten years. These and other connections attest 



194 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

his popularity as well as the deep interest he takes in the progress and 
welfare of the community. He has a fondness for horticulture, and all the 
fine shrubbery around the old homestead was propagated by him. 

WfLLIAM D. EDWARDS, a leading lawyer of Jersey City, was born 
in Greenpoint, Long Island, N. Y., December 17, 1855. In 1860 he removed 
with his parents to Jersey City, the family settling in that part known as 
Lafayette. Mr. Edwards'received his rudimentary education in the Jersey 
City' public schools and in 1867 entered Hasbrouck Institute, where he 
was prepared for college. In 1871 he entered the University of the City of 
New York, from which he was graduated with honor in 1875. Immediately 
afterward he became a student at the Columbia College Law School, New 
York City, and was graduated from that institution with the degree of 
LL.B. in 1878. During the three years which he spent at the law school 
he was also a student in the office of William Brinkerhoff, of Jersey City. 
He was admitted to the bar of New Jersey as an attorney in June, 1878, and 
in 1879 formed a partnership with Hamilton Wallis, under the firm name 
of Wallis & Edwards. William G. Bumsted was admitted to the firm in 
1888, and since then it has continued under the style of Wallis, Edwards & 
Bumsted. 

Mr. Edwards has been for twenty years one of the active and influential 
leaders of the Democratic party of Hudson County, and in various ofiicial 
capacities has displayed great executive ability and political sagacity. 
He was Secretary of the Hudson County Democratic Committee in 1879, 
Chairman of that organization in 1880 and 1881, and in the latter year was 
elected Corporation Attorney of Bayonne, which oflice he held for five years. 
In 1886 he was elected State Senator from Hudson County to succeed 
William Brinkerhoff, and during his senatorial term framed the bill which 
gave Jersey City its new charter. He was appointed Corporation Counsel 
of Jersey City in 1889, and filled that responsible position with marked 
energy and ability until the spring of 1894. In 1889 he was unanimously 
nominated by the Democratic party for a second term as State Senator, but 
declined the honor, preferring to devote his attention wholly to profes- 
sional work. Mr. Edwards is one of the ablest members of the Hudson 
County bar, and since his admission to practice has maintained a high 
standing among his associates. 

BAKER B. SMITH is a descendant of Michael Smith, an Englishman, 
who, while quite young, came to America with Captain John Berry, Major 
William Sandford, and the Kingslands from the Island of Barbadoes, W. I. 
Michael first settled at English Neighborhood in Bergen County, X. J., 
where he married Francina (Frances), a daughter of Major John Berry. 
Michael was a man of intelligence and business capacity. He was the first 
High Sheriff of Bergen County and also held a commission as Lieutenant 
in the colonial militia, of which his father-in-law was Major. Michael 
purchased from Samuel Edsall a large farm at English Neighborhood front- 
ing on the Hudson River. His children of the second generation, by 
•Frances Berry, were at least tAVo: Frances and John, the latter of whom 
married Debora, daughter of Thomas Laurens, of Newtown, L. I. Frances 
married Debora's brother, Thomas Laurens. The dates of birth of Frances 
and John Smith are unknown, but they were both baptized in the Hacken- 
sack Dutch Church in July, 1695. Michael Smith's land in Bergen County, 
at his death, and which he had bought in 1679, jointly with John Berry, 



GENEALOGICAL 195 

passed to his son and heir, John Smith. John's children of the third genera- 
tion were Francis, born in 1712; Michael, born in 1714; and John, born in 
1716. ' ' 

Michael Smith, third generation, married Maria Smith, but the date of the 
marriage does not appear. Their children, so far as known, were twins, 
John and Abel Smith, borii at English Neighborhood, N. J., July 19, 1750. 
Abel and John subsequently became largely interested in Secaucus lands. 

Baker B. Smith, the subject of this sketch, is descended from either Johji 
or Abel, above named. His father. Baker Smith (whose father's name was 
Enoch Smith), married Elizabeth Sickles, of Bergen, prior to 1803, and 
settled at New Durham, Hudson County, N. J., where Baker B. was born 
November 29, 1817. Baker Smith died in 1S57, at the age of sixty-eight, and 
his wife at the age of eighty-six. Their children were Marv. Eiaoch, Eliza, 
Phffibe, Abram, Baker B., Rebecca, and Philip. Baker' B. Smith has 
always lived at New Durham and is one of the most prominent citizens of 
that village. For many years he was successfully engaged in the business 
of shad-flshing, at the same time carrying on farming enterprises. He 
has been for some time retired from active business pursuits. While he 
has always been a stanch Republican since the organization of that party, 
he has neither sought nor accepted office of any kind. 

Mr. Smith was married to Sarah Ann Haslett, by whom he had three chil- 
dren: Clarinda H., who became Mrs. A. H. Rider, and is now deceased; 
Philip H. Smith, now deceased; and Anna M. Smith. Mrs. Smith died 
March 12, 1895, at the age of seventy-seven. She was an earnest Christian, 
and an active member of the Reformed Church of New Durham. 

CORNELIUS W. BERDAN. — During the religious persecution in France, 
Jan Baerdan (as he wrote his name), one of the ijersecuted Huguenots, 
fled to Amsterdam and from thence came to New Amsterdam sometime 
prior to 1682, with his wife and one son, Jan Baerdan, Jr. The elder 
Berdan (as his descendants now spell the name) bought land and settled 
at Flatlands, Brooklyn, L. I. His wife dying soon after, he married again 
and had issue by his second wife two daughters. 

Jan Berdan (2) and his stepmother could not agree, so John left home 
and went to Hackenf-ack sometime previous to the year 169:', for on May 
20, 1693, under the name of Jan liordet or Boudet, he was married at Flat- 
lands, L. I., to Eva Van Sicklen, of that place. His place of residence at 
the time of his marriage is given as Hackensack, N. J. The person who 
wrote the record of his marriage very likely either mispelled' or misun- 
derstood the name. The baptism of his eldest child was recorded in the 
" Church on the Green " in 1695. He bought a large farm at what is now 
Maywood, extending from the Hackensack River to the Sprout Brook, on 
which he lived and spent his life in agricultural pursuits. He bought lands 
west of the Saddle River, and one or more tracts in the Wieremus section of 
Bergen Countv of the Romeyns. His issue of the third generation were 
ten children: John, 1695; Eva, 1697; Ferdinand, 1700; Albert, 1701; Will- 
imina, 1704; Rynier, 1706; Elena, 1708; Dirck, 1712; David, 1714; and 
Annatie, 1718. 

David Berdan (3), who married. May 12, 1738, Christyontjin Daniels 
Romeyn, resided on the homestead at Maywood, and had issue eleven chil- 
dren: Eva, Mary, Geesie, Annatie, Margaret, John, Daniel, Lena, Daniel, 
Mary, and Daniel. 

John Berdan (4) was born at Maywood, N, J., in 1749, and died there in 



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HUDSON AND BBRfiEN COUNTIES 



ISIS. His calling was tlia.t of a. faniici-. He mari-icd Ursula Van Voorhis, 
liy wlKim lie had clevt'ii cliildrcii <if the fiflli ncin-ration: Albert, Isaac, 
lianiel, John, I'eter, David, Teni^^v, Anna, (Miristian, Hannah, and Maria. 

David r.erdan (5), liorn Ajiril '■',, 17S(J, married twice. V>y his first wife 
he had childr<'n Jane and Sally, and by his second wife, AbaJ,^^il Bean, he 
had seven children: John, James, Albert. Harriet. Ann, Kacliel, and Chris- 
tina, all of the sixth genei-ation. 

James IJerdau (0) was born at jMaywood, Afarch 10, 1S18, and died there 
Se|)tembei' G, ISdi!. He was a farmer, and married Mary ^A'ortendyke, by 
whom lie liad issue of the seventh jieueration Abagail L., Mary E., Corne- 
lius \y., and A\'alter, of whom f'ornelius W. is the subject of this sketch. 

(■ornelius AX'. Iterdan was boi-n in New Voi-k City, December 24, lS-50. 
AMiile yet a nu^-e lad his ))arents remo\'ed to Maywood in Itergen County, 
where Cornelius attended the district school. He suVise(|uently finished 




COURT HOUSE AND GREEN, HACKENSAGK. 



his education at Tiofes^sor ^A'illianls's j)ri\ate academy at ILickeusack. 
At seventeen years of af;e he became a clerk in a New York broker's office, 
and latei' entered the employ of the American News ("om])any, where he 
remained until 1874. when he entered, as a law student, the office of the 
la1e Judge Manning ]\!. Knapp, at Hackensack. A year later he entered 
the office of Garret Ackerscui, Jr., tlien tlu' nn)st prominent lawyer in the 
county, '^\v. T!erdan wa.s aduiitted to the bar in February, 187S, and has 
been successfully i)racticiug his {U-ofession ever since. 

He married. October 15, 1S7!), Mary Pond 0'<'onnor. daughter of John 
C. and Elizabeth O'Connor, of Milfoi'd, T'onn.. by whom he has issue a 
daughler. Elizabeth IT., born Mi\y 20, iss:',. He is a uu'mlxn- of Pioneer 
Lodge, No. 70, F. ami A. M., of New Yoi'k Council, No. 348, Royal Arcanum, 
of the Ifackensack «'lub, of the Hackensack Golf and Wheelman's Clubs.' 
and of Kelief Hook and Ladder Company, of Hackensack. He is also 
counsel for three townships and two boroughs. 



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197 



EOr.ERT CnAr:MAN, of Arliiiotoii, X. J., wlu* lias been ass(.ci:ilr<l 
wiMi the <^itizoiis' Insiirance (/(niij)auY (if New Yurk since 1871, is the 
eldest son of Captain AVilliani Osbovn ("liaimian and Harriet .1. Tel- 
fer, and a grandson of Darins (Miapman and ilillicent, liis wife. His 
grandfather, a native of New York City, was for many years a ])roniinent 



carpenter and builder. Cayitain ^^'illianl O. Chaimian was 
New York in 1820, and 
for abont twenty-four 
years was actividy as- 
s o c i a t e d with the 
Anchor Steamshiji 
Line. He enlisted in 
1801 in the famous 
Seventh New Y'ork 
Regiment, and three 
montlis later re-enlist- 
ed in the Ninety-fifth 
New York \''olunteers 
and served until the 
close of the War of the 
Rebellion, being Cap- 
tain of his company. 
In 1800 he took np his 
residence in Jersey 
City Heights. N.J., and 
about 1800 removed 
from there to Arling- 
ton, Hudson County, 
where he still lives. 
He is jironiinent in 
Grand Arniv circles, 
beinjr a member and 
Past Commander of 
Zabriskie Post, of 
Jersey City. He has 
five children: Robert, 
Millicent, Fannie, Car- 
rie, and \yilliam Os- 
born, Jr. 

Robert Chapman was 
born in New Y'ork City 

November 4, 1852, and received his early education in the New Y'ork public 
schools. When thirteen years of age hi' entered the employ of the old 
Indemnity Insurance (.'onipany, of which (.'olonel Emmons Clark, now Sec- 
retary of the New York lioard of Health, was Secretary. Hi rem.-iined 
with that corporation until it failed, abont two years later, wlieii he as 
sociated himself with the Harmony Insurance Comjiany. which he left in 
1871 to accept a position with the (.'itizeiis" Insurance Comiiany of New 
York. Since tlien he has been actively and prominently identihcd with 
that company, having charge at the present time of its loss depart ment. 

Mr. Chapman's career of nearly thirty-five years in the fire insurance busi- 
ness has given him an unusually broad experience in undeiwritiug. and Hie 
various positions which he has held have enabled him to gain a jnactical 




ROBERT CHAPMAN. 



198 HUDSON AND BERGBN COUNTIES 

knowledge of every branch. An expert mathematician, he is recognized as 
authority, not only in the lines with which he has been most intimately 
connected, but in' the business generally, and in every capacity he has 
achieved eminent success. In politics he is an ardent Republican. He is 
a member of the Insurance Clerks' Association of New York, of Lafayette 
Camp, Sons of Veterans, of New York City, and of the Seventh Regiment 
Veterans, having been an active member of the Seventh Regiment, N. G. 
N. Y., from 1873 to 1878. In 1890 he settled in Arlington, N. J., where 
he still resides, and where he has wielded no small influence in advancing 
the best interests of the town. 

September 10, 1874, Mr. Chapman married Josephine, daughter of 
Joseph and Mary Pollock, of Jersey City Heights, N. J., and their children 
are Walter Robert and Florence. 

VEDDER VAN DYCK, a well-known resident of Bayonne, N. J., and a 
lawyer in New York City, is descended from Hendrick Van Dyck, who came 
to this country from Holland with the first Dutch settlers before 1630. 
These Dutchmen first settled at Communipaw, N. J., but soon found their 
way over to Manhattan Island. 

Hendrick Van Dyck was an ensign in command of the Dutch forces in 
their early wars with the Indians. He was the first Schout Fiscal — a 
sort of judge and sheriff — in New Amsterdam, and held his oflflce until 
1652. He was one of the original grantees, from the West India Company, 
of plots of land at New Amsterdam, his lot being on the west side of what 
is now Broadway, below Trinity Church, and running to the North River. 
His son Cornelius removed to Albany, N. Y., where he practiced his pro- 
fession as physician. This Cornelius had a son, Jacobus Van Dyck, also 
a physician, who settled at Schenectady, N. Y., and was the surgeon at 
the fort there at the time of the burning of the town, by the Indians, in 1690. 
Jacobus died at Schenectady in 1759. He left several children one of whom 
was Lieutenant-Colonel Cornelius Van Dyck, of the First New York Regi- 
ment, commanded by Colonel Goose Van Schaeck, during the Revolutionary 
War. From one of the other sons Vedder Van Dyck is descended, his 
grandfather being Jacob and his father Peter Van Dyck. His mother, 
Eleanor Vedder, was also a descendant of the earliest Dutch settlers who 
came to New Amsterdam. 

Vedder Van Dyck was born at Schenectady, N. Y., on the 22d day of 
January, 1842, and there received his early education, first in the public 
schools and subsequently at Union College, being in the class of 1865, but 
leaving college in 1862 to join a New York regiment during the Civil War. 
He continued in the service until the war was over, and then entered 
Harvard Law School, leaving there in 1867 and being admitted to the bar 
of his native State. Since 1867 he has been engaged in the practice of his 
profession in New York City, having an office at No. 15 Wall Street. Since 
1885 he has resided in Bayonne, Hudson County, N. J., where he has served 
a term of three years as School Trustee, and since 1894 has been one of its 
Health Commissioners. He married Emily Adams in New York City in 
1877. 

ROBERT OSCAR BABBITT was born in Mendham, Morris County, N. 
J., November 5, 1848, and is the son of Robert Millen Babbitt and Henrietta 
Jolley. On his father's side his first American ancestors were from Eng- 
land and on his mother's side from France. He received his early education 



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in the district schools and in the academy of William Rankin, at Mendham, 
preparing for Princeton College, although he did not enter that university. 
He studied law for two years with Frederick G. Burnham, of Morristown, 
N. J., and removing to Jersey City, in 1871, entered the office of Potts & 
Linn. He was admitted to the New Jersey bar as an attorney in February, 
1873, and as a counselor in November, 1878. 

After his admission to the bar Mr. Babbitt became a member of the firm 
of Potts & Linn, with whom he had pursued his studies, and continued his 
association, under the firm name of Potts, Linn & Babbitt, for one year, 
after which the firm was re-organized as Linn & Babbitt, and so continued 
for seven years. However, in 1882, he formed a partnership with Robert 
Linn Lawrence, which continues to the present time. 

Mr. Babbitt has devoted himself exclusively to his profession, applying 
his leisure to miscellaneous reading, and as a result of his application and 
legal abilities enjoys a high standing at the bar and commands a large and 
lucrative practice. He is independent in politics, and has never accepted 
public office. 

Soon after his admission to the bar Mr. Babbitt set himself to the task of 
mastering the Spanish language, to fit himself for the transaction of the 
business of certain corporations who had connections in Mexico and other 
Spanish-speaking countries. His professional duties in this direction, 
therefore, have afforded him the opportunity for extensive travel in Mexico 
and other American countries. Mr. Babbitt is a member of the Lawyers' 
Club, of New York City, and of the Carteret and Union League Clubs, of 
Jersey City. He was married June 9, 1875, to Mary Elizabeth McCrea, of 
Middletown, Orange County, N. Y. 

REV. JOHN JUSTIN, pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church of the 
Town of I'nion, Hudson County, since 1865, was born in Germany in 1842, 
the son of Peter and Margaret Justin. He spent his early life in hard study. 
In 1858 he came to this country, crossing the ocean in forty days, and first 
settled in New Brunswick, N. J. There he entered Rutgers College and 
afterward the Theological Seminary, from which he was graduated with 
honors. In the meantime Mr. Justin spent much of his leisure with the 
renowned musicians Schneeweiss, Fischer, and Mohlenhauer, and later be- 
came organist of one of the New Brunswick churches. 

In 1864 Mr. Justin moved to Union Hill, and the next year was installed 
pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church on Columbia Street, which position 
he continues to hold. The church was then in a very poor condition, but 
he gave it a new impetus and in 1868 had the satisfaction of rebuilding it. 
In 1883 the edifice was thoroughly renovated and in 1890 it was enlarged, 
and at the present time it is one of the most prosperous churches in Hud- 
son County. This is almost entirely due to Mr. Justin's efforts. Bringing 
to his work great native energy, unusual ability, and unfailing enthusiasm, 
he has steadily advanced the church and congregation to a point of more 
than local importance, and has imbued them with his own spirit of courage 
and usefulness. He has had frequent calls to distant places, but has pre- 
ferred to give to this society the efforts of his life. 

He has traveled extensively, making several trips to the West and two 
abroad, including one to Asia and Africa, and is an earnest promoter of 
education. He married Catharine, daughter of Henry and Louise Wester- 
feld, and has graduated his children from some of the best institutions in 
the East. 



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HUDSON ANX> BER(!EN COUNTIES 



JOHN CLEMENT JUSTIN, M.T)., of Oiil Icnbois, N. J., son of Rev. 
John Justin and (Jatiiarine Wcslcrfi'Id, was born in llie Town of Union. 
Hudson County, S('ptcna)oi- -!G, ISCS. Pie bogan liis education in tlie publif 
seliools of liis native town, spent a year and a lialf in tlu' employ of the 
E(iuitable Life Assurance Society, and was <;Taduated from Hasbrouck 
Institute, Jersey (Jitv, in ISS."), and from New Yoi-k University in the arts 
and sciem-es with the degree of l'..A. in 18S0. In 1S!)1 he began the study 
of medicine at the Medical J »ei)ai-tnu'iit of the Univei'sity of the City of New 
York, fi-om which he was graduated with the degree of M.l). in IS!):]. He 




JOHN CLEMENT JUSTIN. 

immediately entered HeidelVierg IIos]iital in (ierniajiy, where he remained 
one year, and then took s])ccial courses in I lie ^^'iirzburg hosjiitals. After 
ward he traveled tlu'ough the ])rincipal cities of Germany, visiting hospitals, 
and thence went to Switzerland, Italy, France, and England. 

Returning to Anun-ica, Dr. -lustin sulistituted for Dr. P^xton, of .Vrlington, 
for a period of two months, and in the fall of ]S!)4 began the practice of his 
profession in (Juttenberg, and afterward built his present residence in 
\Vest New York, Hudson County, where he continues to reside. 

Dr. Justin has already achieved success as a physician and surgeon, and 
throughout the section in which he has ac(juired an extensive practice is 



ERRATA 

On page 201, in sketch of Garret T. Haring, change as 
follows : 

In 13th line from top, last word, read Rensie instead of 
" Reusie " as printed. 

The next paragraph shonld read as follows : 

Thomas E. Haring (8), born March 3, 1808, died Fehruary 
16, 1870, married Rachel Taylor, and had issne two children ; 
Sarah E. and Garret T. Haring, the latter being the snbject of 
this sketch. 

In next to last line read Anne G. Hasbrook instead of " Anne 
A." as printed. 



GENEALOGICAL 201 

highly esteemed and respected. His ability, integrity, and genial good 
nature have won for him the confidence of tlie community. He is a mem- 
ber of the Eo.Nul Arcanum, of the Knights of Honor, of the Order of 
American Mechanics, and of the Foiesters of America. 

November 20, lSi».j, Dr. Justin married Ottilie Katherine Kothe, daughter 
of William and Ottilie Katherine (Fnchs) Kothe, of the Town of Union, K. 
J. They have one son living, viz.: John Clement Justin, Jr., born October 

10, is;»7. 

GARRET T. HARING is descended in the ninth generation from Jan 
rietersen Haring, the emigrant from Hooin, Holland. The line of descent 
is the same as that of (iarret A. Haring (see page 01) down to the fifth 
generation. 

Gai-ret Johns Haring (5). a son of John Oozine Haring (4) and Aeltie Van 
Dolsen, born April 28, 172"). married, in 17,51. Cornelia Lent, and had issue 
of the sixth generation eight children: iVeltie, I'cter, Frederick, James, 
Catharine, Elizabeth, John, and Abraham, 

John (iarrets Haring (ii), born at Ta])i)an in ]7r)2. married Rensie (dav- 
rets) Eckerson and had issue of the seventh generation four children; Aliie, 
<Tarret, Altie, and ]\Iarg;iret, 

Garret Johns Haring (7), born January 2-1, 1770, died May 25, lS4(t, mar- 
ried Elizabeth Eckerson, and had issue of the eighth genei-ation Reusie 
and Thomas E. 

Thomas E. Haring (S), born March 3, ISOS. died July 0, 1S70, married 
Rachel Taylor, and had issue se\cral children, one of whom is (lai'ret T. 
Haring, the subject of this sketch. 

Garret T. Haring (9) was born at River \'ale, Itergen ("ounty, February 
22, IS.Tl, and received a good education in the local schools. I^eaving 
school at the age of ninelcen, he l)egan active life on his falhcr's farm, and 
siibsequcntly engaged in the business of breeding and dealing in horses, 
in which he has since continued with substantial success. 

Mr. Haring is one of the best known nu^n in Rergen County, and for a 
number of years has been prominent and inlhiential in public affairs. He 
has sei-ved most efficiently as a member of the Board of Chosen Freeholders 
f(U- nine years, has also officiated as poormaster of the Borough of Old 
Tappan, and is a member of the Reformed Church. He is an active, pro- 
gressive, and public spirited citizen, and highly csteenud by all who know 
him. He married Anne A. Hasbrook and has two children; Karah ('. and 
Thomas <!. 

HENRY G. HARING is a descendant in the eighth generation from Pie- 
ter Haring, of Iloorn, Holland, foi' a sketch of whom and of his sons and 
grandsons see page 01. This branch of the family always resided around 
Tappan, Hillsdale, Westwood, and Pascack, in Bergen County. Henry G. 
Haring's line of descent from Pietei-, of Holland, is as follows; Pieter Har- 
ing (1), of Hoorn, Holland. Jan Petersen Haring (2), of Hoorn. Holland, 
the first emigrant to America, married Margaretta Cozines (widow), and 
had issue of the third generation six children, one of whom was Cozine 
Johns Haring {'■',). Cozine Jansen Haring (3), born in 1009, married Margar- 
etta Jans Bogert, and had issue of the fourth generation eight children, of 
whom one was John Cozine Haring (4). John Cozine Haring (4), born in 
1090. married Altie Xan Dolsen, and had issue eight children of the fifth 
generation, one of whom was Garret Jansen Haring. Garret Jansen Har- 



202 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

ing (5), born in April, 1725, married Cornelia I;ent, and had issue of the 
sixth generation eight children, one of whom was Jacobus Garrets Har- 
ing ((3). Jacobus Garrets Haring (6), born in October, 1764, married, about 
1789, Rachel Fredericks Haring, and had issue of the seventh generation 
John, Rachel, Garret (died), Cornelia, Altie, Ann, Garret J., Maria, Catrina, 
and Frederick. 

Garret Jacobus Haring (7), born near Tappan, November 30, 1801, died 
November 19, 1869, married Caroline, daughter of Henry P. and Adeline 
(Smith) Westervelt, and had issue of the eighth generation Adeline, Henry 
(died), Henry G., and others. 

Henry G. Haring (8), the subject of this sketch, was born in Hillsdale, 
N. J., December 5, 1837, and received his education in the public schools 
of liergen County. Leaving school at the age of eighteen, he engaged 
in teaching and so continued for five years. During that period he 
gained a broad practical experience and established an excellent reputa- 
tion. He then worked on his father's farm at Hillsdale for ten years, and 
since then has been actively and successfully engaged in business for 
himself as a civil engineer and surveyor. In this profession as in all other 
connections he has displayed marked ability, sound judgment, and great 
enterprise, and is widely respected as a public spirited citizen and upright 
man. 

Mr. Haring has also been prominent in the affairs of his town and county. 
He served at various times as Town Superintendent, Town Clerk, and 
Assessor, was a member of Assembly in the sessions of 1868 and 1869, 
and from 1881 to 1886 held the office of Under Sheriff. At the present time 
he is Overseer of the Poor. He is a Mason, a member of the Improved 
Order of Foresters, and an attendant of the Reformed Church. 

His wife, Christina de Baun, is descended from the French Huguenot 
family of De Bauns who are noticed elsewhere in this work. They have 
had three children: Annie, Harry, and Garret (deceased). 

ANDREW H. HARING is descended in the ninth generation from Jan 
Petersen Haring, the emigrant from Hoorn, Holland. The line of his de- 
scent is the same as that of his uncle, John T. Haring (see page 154), down 
to the seventh generation. Tunis J. Haring (7) and his wife, Elizabeth 
Perry, had issue four children of the eighth generation, one of whom was 
Abram B. (8). 

Abram B. Haring (8) was born May 20, 1811, and married (1), April 18, 
1835, Ann Eliza Haring, who died April 9, 1841. He married (2), in 1843, 
Mary, daughter of Peter Hopper, born September 16, 1819, died May 31, 
1853. He married (3), May 3, 1857, Margaret Demarest. The issue of Abram 
B. Haring of the ninth generation are, by the first wife, Elizabeth, Ann, 
John A.. Tennis A., Martha, and Kate; and, by the second wife, Andrew H. 
and May. 

Andrew H. Haring (9), the subject of this sketch, was born at River 
Vale, Bergen County, N. J., October 10, 1852, and received his education 
in the local schools and at Fergusonville, N. Y. x\t the age of seventeen 
he started to learn the drug business, and after continuing in that line for 
two years entered the employ of A. T. Stewart, of New York, with whom 
he remained three years. He then returned to Bergen County and took 
charge of the homestead farm, whicrh he conducted for twenty years with 
marked success. A few years ago he accepted a position with the West 



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203 



Shore Railroad and still contiimes in the employ of that line. He has also 
been engaged in the coal business at Havi'lngton Paik and Tappan. 

Mr. Ilaring early took an active interest in pnhlic affairs, and during his 
entire life has wielded a wliolesonie influence in the community. He served 
foi- ten years as Township Collector, and is now Marshal of the I'alisade 
Protective Association. He attends the Dutch Reformed (Jhurch at Tappan. 

He married Sarah W. Westervelt, also a member of an old New Jersey 
familv, and tliev have two sons and three daughters. 



LUTHER A. CAMPBELL.— William Kempbell (Campbell) was born in 
Ireland, July 20, ITIS, and came to America in the si)ring of ITI^f). He 
settled in the Schraalenburgh section of l?ergen Count>', where, on August 
19 of the same year, he married Elizabeth Samuels Hemarest. She was 
born Ai)ril :^, 1710, and died July !l, 17!t7. The couple lived at Schraalen- 
burgh, and had issue of the second generation seven children, one of whom 
was John W. 

John W. Campbell (2) was born July :'.l, 174(;, and died at Pascack, N. J., 
March 15, 1820. He married Letitia ^'an 
Valen, of Closter, who was born May 14, 
1751, and died June 25, 1811. John W. 
Campbell (2) early in life located at I'as- 
eaek, where he established a wampum 
factory, and for yeais conducted an exten- 
sive business, supplying the LTnited States 
government Indian agents and traders of 
the day with Indian money. His descend- 
ants, until (juite recently, continued the 
manufacture of wampum. John \Y. had 
issue eight children of the fourth gen- 
eration, of whom one was Abraham J. 

Abraham J. Campbell (4j was born at Pas 
cack, October 13, 1782, and died there March 0. 
1847. His wife, Margaret Demarest, whom he 
married May !», 1807, was born October 10, 177'), 
and died October 15, 1834. He had issue of the 
fifth generation John A., Peter A., James A., David A., 
and Abram A. 

David A. Campbell (5), born January 10, 1812, died June 
20, 1893, married Sally Haring, of Pascack (born March 0, 
1814 died June 12, 1899), and had issue of the sixth gen- 
eration Ritie, Margaret, Elizabeth, Daniel H., John A., wami-um. 
James .V., and Abiam D. 

Abram D. Campbell (0) was born at Pascack, October 10, 184L. He 
was educated in the public schools of his native place and at Hackensack, 
and after teaching for a short period, during which time he was elected 
School Sui)erintendent of his township, he resigned and entered the State 
Normal School at Trenton, from which institution he was graduated in 
1803. After leaving school he engaged in teaching until 1805, when he 
entered the office of Colonel Garret Ackerson, Jr., at Hackensack, as a 
law student. He was admitted as an attorney at the June term in 1^09 
and as a connselor in 1875. A few months after his admission as an 
attornev he opened an office in Hackensack, and on August 7, 1870, was 
appointed Prosecutor of the Pleas, to fill the vacancy caused by the resig- 




204 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

nation of Colonel Ackcrson, and on September 1, of the same year, he was 
appointed by Governor Eandoljjh to All that office until the close of the 
next session of the Legislatui'e. On April 5, 1871, he was appointed for the 
full term, and by subse(iuert appointments held the office for twenty-five 
years. 

Having enlisted in Company C, Second Battalion, N. G. N. J., October 8, 
187-!, he was commissioned Quartermaster of the battalion with the rank 
of First Lieutenant January 14, 1873, and on March 15, 1876, received the 
commission of ( 'aptuin. He served during the railroad strike of 1877, and 
retired with the rank of Brevet-Major December 16, 1890. 

Mr. Campbell was married, September 22, 1869, to Ann E. Plopper, 
daughter of Jacob Hopper and Lydia Bogert, of Hackensack, born August 
5, 18-16. They had five children of the seventh generation: Luther A., Eva, 
David (deceased), Harry (deceased), and N. Demarest Campbell. 

Luther A. Campbell (7), the subject of this sketch, was born at Hack- 
ensaclc, November 28, 1872. He was educated in the public schools, and 
was graduated Avitli honors from the Union Street High School, of which 
Dr. Nelson Haas was Principal. Immediately after leaving school he began 
the study of law in his father's office, and in June, 1894, was admitted to 
the bar as an attorney; subsequently he became associated with his father 
under the firm name of A. D. & L. A. Campbell. In 1894, at the organiza- 
tion of the Improvement Commission, Mr. Campbell became counsel and 
clerk of that board, and was also for several terms clerk to the Grand Jury, 
by appointment of Judge Dixon, but was forced to give up his position 
because of growing business in general practice. He has also been chosen 
counsel in several townships and boroughs in Bergen County. He is a 
member of Hope Encampment, No. 33, I. O. O. P. 

He was married, April 22, 1895, to Mae E., daughter of Richard P. Pauli- 
son, of Hackensack. Their children of the eighth generation are Ruth De- 
baun, born March 5, 1897, and Clarendon, born March 7, 1899. 

DAVID AY. McCREA has been actively and successfully engaged in the 
practice of law in Jersey City since 1882, and through his ability and 
integrity of character has achieved distinction and honor. He is the son 
of James W. T. Mc(Jrea and Harriet E. Schroeder, and was born in New 
Hampton, N. Y., on the 3d of February, 1861. There he spent his early 
life, laying the foundation of a sound physique, and gaining in the district 
schools a rudimentary English education. He also pursued his studies at 
Middletown (N. Y.) Academy, and later at the private school of Dr. Henry 
Warren. 

From his father's ancestors Mr. McCrea inherits those sturdy Scotch 
characteristics which distinguish the race, while from his mother, who 
was of German descent, he likewise inherits high intellectual attainments. 
Even before completing his studies he had decided upon the law as a pro- 
fession, and after leaving school began active preparation for admission 
to the bar. In due time he found himself prepared to enter upon the active 
practice of the profession, to which he has since devoted his energies with 
uninterrupted success. Mr. McCrea was admitted to the bar of New Jersey 
at the February term of the Supreme Court in 1882, and ever since then 
has been actively and successfully engaged in practice in Jersey City. He 
is a public spirited, enterprising, and progressive citizen, deeply interested 
in the affairs of his adopted city and State, and highly esteemed and re- 
spected by all who know him. 



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205 



He was manicd mi tlit- ll'tb of Jaiiuai-v. IS'M. to Emma Feiiiiei- Smitli, 
of Jersey City, X. J. 



DA^ ID W. LAWRENCE, of Jeisev Citv, X. J., was lioiu in (lie Citv of 
^ew ^ork, Xorember 1(1, 1850. AVliile a child liis i.areiifs moved to i'ilu- 
Coimty, Pa., and eontinned to reside tliere and in tlie contimmns County 
of Monroe nntil 1803. Tliat region was tlien (and is stilli'a wilderness. 
Wliile the family lived at Shawnee, Moni-oe County, tln' Ci\il War luoko 
out. and Mr. Lawrence's two oldei- brothers enlisted. In isd.", the family 
returned to Xew York, 
and Mr. Lawrence's fath- 
er also enlisted. He was 
wounded in the battle of 
the Wilderness, taken 
prisoner, and subs e- 
qnently died in Ander- 
sonA'ille military prison. 
This left Mr. Lawrence, 
tlu-n a boy of thirteen, as 
the main sujiport of his 
widowed mother a n d 
two brothers younger 
than himself. He ob- 
tained employment in a 
retail st(U-e. attending 
school at night. 

In 1S08 ilr. Lawicnce 
moved to Jersey City 
and engaged in a mer- 
i/antile business until 
1872, when he accepted 
an apiiointment in the 
Xew York postoftlce, 
^^■here he remained eight 
years, discharging h i s 
duties with ability and 
satisfaction, and being 
promoted to Assistant 
Chief Clerk of the Keg- 
istry Department, which 
position he resigned in 
LS80. In 1877 he was 
elected a member of the 
Board of Aldermen in 

Jersey City over ex-Ma^or John 1!. Ibunai'. a jiopular Democial. lb' de- 
clined a renomination in the sjjring of 1S7!). I)ut arcejiled the nominalion 
for Assembly in the fall and was elected over David J. Tost. recei\ing more 
majority than his op]ionent had votes. lie was re-elected in isso and b^sl. 
At the session of 18S1 he was a])i)ointed ("hairman of the House Commiltee 
selected to represent the State of Xew Jersey at the centennial celeliratioii 
of the battle of Cowpens at Sjiartanburg. S. C. At Ihe se'^sion of 18Si! he 
was the Iiejinblican nominee^ for S]ie;d-;er of the House. I'lior to ihe close 
of the session he was elected in joint session of the Senate 




DAVID \V. LAWHKXCK. 



and House of 



206 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

Assembly a Police Justice for Jersey City for the term of three years. At 
the expiration of his term of Police Justice Mr. Lawrence decided to retire 
from political life. Two days later, however, he was appointed by the 
Board of Finance and Taxation, at the request of a Citizens' Committee, 
Assessor for the Fifth Aldermanic District. This position he filled for 
three consecutive years, each year being unanimously elected President of 
the Board of Assessors. In 1888 he was nominated as a Republican and 
citizens' candidate for Sheriff of Hudson County. Though not elected, he 
received a very gratifying indorsement. In 1889 he was appointed by 
Mayor Cleveland, under the new city charter, a member of the Board of 
Tax Commissioners for the long term of three years, and while he was the 
minority member his associates unanimously elected him President of the 
board. Before the expiration of his term he publicly announced that he 
would not accept any other political office. But on the request of Justice 
Lippincott he has served on several commissions appointed by the court. 

He was formerly a member of Monticello Lodge, No. 140, I. O. of O. F., 
of the Orion Rowing Association, and of the Palma, Berkeley, and Jersey 
City Clubs. He is also a member of Bergen Lodge, No. 47, F. and A. M., 
of Jersey City Consistory, No. 51, of the Hopatcong Club, of the Union 
League, and of the Lincoln Association, and a life member of the Carteret 
Club. He is also one of the managers of the Provident Institution for Sav- 
ings, a Trustee of the New Jersey State Home for Boys at Jamesburg, and 
is trustee and executor for a number of important estates. He has been 
faithful and popular in every position he has held, and few business men in 
Jersey City have been more successful, and none more highly trusted and 
respected. He is still engaged in the real estate and insurance business, 
which he established in 1885, and is a large real estate owner in Jersey City. 

ABEL I. SMITH, one of the leading lawyers of Hudson County and Dis- 
trict Court Judge of Hoboken, is descended from one of the oldest families 
of East Jersey. In 1732 Abel Smith, his ancestor, settled on a large tract 
of land in Secaucus, which was then included with Hoboken in old Bergen 
County. This land was conveyed by deed to Mr. Smith by Israel Hors- 
fleld on October 24, 1732, and has ever since been owned and occupied 
by a member of the Smith family. Daniel Smith, son of Abel, served 
in the Revolutionary War as a soldier in Colonel Oliver Spencer's cavalry 
regiment of the Continental Army — a regiment, by the way, noted 
for its efficiency and bravery. John Smith, son of this patriot Daniel, 
had a son, Abel I. Smith, Sr., who was the father of the subject of this 
article, and who served as a private in the War of 1812, afterward holding 
many positions of trust and honor in Hudson and Bergen Counties, and 
being one of the most prominent and best known men in that section until 
his death in 1865. He was one of the few ])ersons honored by Robert 
Stevens with a pass for life over the Hoboken ferries. The original pass, 
in the handwriting of Mr. Stevens, is still in the family, and reads : " Abel 
I. Smith and his wife, if he gets one." 

Judge Smith represents the fourth generation of his family after they 
settled in Hudson (then Bergen) County. He is the son of Abel I. Smith, Sr., 
and Prudence Cary, his wife, and was born in North Bergen, N. J., June 12, 
1843, on the land conveyed to the original Abel Smith in 1732 by a deed de- 
scribing him as " a gentleman." There he received his preliminary educa- 
tion in the public schools. He was for eight years under the able tutorship 
of the Rev. William V. V. Mabon, D.D., later a professor in the New Bruns- 



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wick Theological Seminary. In 1S62 he was graduated with honor from 
Kutgers College, and the same year bej-an his legal studies in the office 
of J. Dickerson Miller, of Jersey City, being admilted to the New Jersey 
bar as an attorney in June, 1866, and as a counselor in June, 1873. He 
has practiced his profession in Hoboken since 1868, coming there from the 
Town of Union, Hudson County, and by the exercise of great natural 
ability has achieved eminent success and a high reputation. 

He has also filled several important positions. In 1869 he was elected 
as a Republican to the Legislature from the old Eighth Assembly District, 
comprising Bergen, West Hoboken, Weehawken, and the Township of 
Union, and served in the session of 1870. He was the first Republican 
elected from that district and the only Republican from Hudson County 
in the session of that year. He declined a renomination. In 1888 he was 
appointed Judge of the District Court of the City of Hoboken by Governor 
Green and served until April 1, 1891. and in 1898 he was again appointed 
to the same position by Governor Griggs. A fact of special interest in 
connection with his first term on the bench is that, of the many cases 
which he decided, few were taken to higher courts for review, and all 
but two so taken were affirmed. His present term expires in 1903. 

Judge Smith has been a life-long resident of Hudson County, and for 
more than thirty years has been actively identified with the growth of 
the City of Hoboken. He is an able and talented lawyer, one of the ac- 
knowledged leaders of the Hudson County bar, a learned, fair-minded, 
and conscientious jurist, and a public spirited, progressive citizen. His 
practice has been largely confined from the first to civil suits in the Court 
of Chancery, in the Circuit, Supreme, and Orphans' Courts, and in the 
Court of Errors and Appeals, and also in the United States Circuit and 
District Courts of New Jersey, to the bar of which he was admitted in 
1894. He was counsel in the matter of the crossing of the new county road 
by the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company, and also for three of the most 
important and noteworthy improvements in Hudson County, namely: 
the " Bull's Ferry Road," the " Bergen Line Road," and the " Bergen Wood 
Road." For ten years he was counsel for the Township of North Bergen; 
for three years he was counsel for the Jersey City, Hoboken, and Ruther- 
ford Electric Railway Company; and in a legal capacity has also been 
connected with many large estates and interests in the County of Hudson. 
For four years he served as President of the Hudson County branch of 
the State Charities Aid Association of New Jersey, being also a member 
of the Committee on Laws of the State Association. 

Few men have achieved the distinction in both professional and public 
life which Judge Smith enjoys. He has long been an active and influential 
Republican and a recognized leader of the party, and in the various 
positions which he has filled he has displayed great executive ability, sound 
judgment, and commendable foresight. At the bar and on the bench he 
has gained a merited eminence. "\^'ell versed in the science of the law, 
and firmly grounded in the loftiest principles of practice, his untiring 
efforts and legal attainments have placed him among the foremost lawyers 
of East Jersey, and in the possession of an extensive and successful prac- 
tice. Since 1885 John S. Mabon, a son of his early tutor, has been his law 
partner, the firm name being Smith & Mabon. Judge Smith is also an 
antiquarian of no little reputation, and at his home has a large and valua- 
ble collection of continental money, rare old coins, etc., several of which 
have been in the family since their settlement in America. His collection 



208 flUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

includes gold pieces of various countries from 1632 to 1800 aud a number of 
continental coins which were exhumed a few years ago at or near the site 
of the Smith homestead in Secaucus. He also has a large library, which 
includes the old family Bible containing the date of the birth of Mary 
Bailey, one of his ancestors, in St. Philip's Parish, Bristol, England, in 1053. 
He is a member of the Palma and Union League Clubs of Jersey City, and 
for years has been identified with many of the leading institutions of his 
county. 

Judge Smith was married December 7, 1870. to Laura Howell, daughter 
of Martin A. Howell, a prominent resident of New Brunswick and popu- 
larly known throughout New Jersey, being a Director of the New Jersey 
Eailroad and Transportation Company, the Camden and Amboy Railroad 
Company, and other important corporations. They have three children: 
Abel I. Smith, Jr.; Eliza Howell, wife of James Brown Mabon, of the Arm 
of Kingsley, Mabon & Co., brokers, A\'all Street, New York; and Dorothy 
Gailbraith Smith. 

THE VAN BUSSUM FAIMILY.— Egbert Van Borsum was a native and 
resident of Emden, a little town between (ironingen and Delfsyle, Hol- 
land. There was born, about 1C05, his son, Egbert Van Borsum, Jr., who 
emigrated to America in 163!) and settled at New Amsterdam, where, on 
December 11 of the same year, iie married .Vnlie Hendricks, a native of 
Sweden. Van Borsum was a sailor and ca])tain, or skipper, of the ship 
"Prince William" in 1664. On July 15, l(i51, he obtained a patent for 
two lots at the ferry in Brooklyn, and on March 12, 1666, he bought an- 
other lot adjoining his first XJurchase. On tliese lots he resided. He leased 
and operated the ferry between New York and Brooklyn, June 1, 1651, and 
in 1657 was assessed ten gelders toward supporting the salary of Dominie 
Polhr-mus. Prior to 1660 he belonged to the New Amsterdam Dutch 
Church, and took the oath of allegiance to the English King. In 1670 he 
appears to have resided at Platbnsh. He is said to have died on Long 
Island. His issue were Plerman, 1640; Cornelius, l(i42; Henry, 1648: Ty- 
man, 1651; Janneken, 1053; and Ann, 1656. 

Cornelius married, Sei)tember 1, 1669, Sarali Roelofse, widow of Ha!is 
Kierstead. He was then residing at the ferry at Brooklyn, where he had 
previously married Grietie Gysberts. August 6, 106S, he was allotted lands 
at Canarsie, but he i)robably resided oh a farm at Platbnsh, which he 
and Paulus Richards had bought in 1654. On June 28, 167S, he was at 
Bergen, N. J., and purchased from Anthony A'erbruggen a lot of meadow 
land on the Hudson River at AA'eehawken, since known as Slaugh's meadow. 
He afterward became interested in the Saddle River patent in Bergen 
County. Herman Van Borsum, a descendant of Egbert, Jr., settled at Hack- 
ensack in 1748 with liis wife, Abagail Furbis. Others of Egbert's de- 
scendants settled at Aquackanonck and south of Hackensack, and their 
descendants have become widely scattered over Bergen County. 

GEORGE WAKEMAN A\^HEELER, of Hackensack, N. J., was born in 
Easton, Conn., on the 15th of October, 1831. He is the son of Hon. Charles 
AVheeler and Jerusha Bradley. His father was a Judge of Probate in 
Connecticut and a member of the Legislature in that State. 

Mr. Wheeler received his preparatory education at the old Eastoh (Conn.) 
Academy and at Dudley School at Northampton, Mass. Afterward he 
entered Amherst College, from which he was graduated in the class of 



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1850. He spent much of his early life teaching school, and in Mississipjii, 
where he resided for a time, filled the position of Snperintendent of Schools 
with acknowledged ability and satisfaction. 

Settling finally in Hackensack, X. J., Mr. Wheeler soon came into promi- 
nence as a man of energy and public spirit, and as (Ihairmau of the Hacken- 
sack Board of Education rendered impttrtant service to the community. 
He also served for some time as Judge of the (Jourt of Common Pleas. His 
business has been mainly that of an insurance broker, although he has been 
interested in various financial enterprises. He is Treasurer of the Hacken- 
sack Cemetery Comjjany and Yice-l'rcsident of the Itergeu Turnpike Com- 
pany. In politics he is a Democrat. He is a member of the Ejuscojial 
Church, a Royal Arch Mason, and a I'ast High I'liest iu Ihe Masonic order. 
He has traveled extensively in this country as well as abroad. 

In 1S5!) he was married to Ijucy Howie. They have two sons: Hon. 
George ^^'. "SMieeler. Jr., a Justice of the Su[)erior (/ourt of Connecticut, 




ANDERSON STREET, LOOKING EAST, HACKENSACK. 

and Henry 1>. 'SA'lieeler, a commission merchant of New York Ci1y. 
Mr. AVheeler is a member of the State (ieological fioard of New Jersey, 
of the (ieological Survey, and of the Forestry Committee, and a. life 
UKMubei' of the New Jersey State Foi-estiy Asso<-iation. He was Tresident 
of the Hackensack Hall and Armory Association for ten years, and has been 
actively associated with every movement and jiroject which had for its 
object the welfare and advancement of the community. 

THE SPEER EAiMILY. — Hendrick Jansen Spiers, the common ancestor 
of the Speers of Bergen and Hudson Counties, emigrated from Amsterdam 
to America with his wife, Madeline Hanse, and two children, on the 
Dutch West India ship "Faith," in December, 1(i."J9. It is not doubted 
that he was a native of Holland. He located at New Amstei'dam, where 
he was known as Hendrick Jansen Spiering, and where three of his chil- 
dren were baptized. In the spring of 1068 he removed to Bergen, N. J., 



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where, on the 121h of May of that year, he obtained from Governor Philip 
Carteret a patent for about fifty acres of land (extending across the neck 
from Newark Bay to New York Bay), to which he added by subsequent 
purchases. He died prior to 1680, and his widow married, in 1681, Aertsen 
Van der Bilt. His issue were five children, only three of whom survived 
him. These were John (married Maritie Franse), Hans (married Tryntie 
Pieterse), and Barent (married Cathelyntie Jacobs). 

John Hendricks Spier became largely interested in the Aquackanonck 
(Passaic) patent, on which he located about 1692. His children were Henry, 
Franz, Gertrude, Maddeline, Jannetie, Rachel, and Maritie, of whom the 
following were married in the Hackensack Dutch Church: Henry to 
Rachael Tennis Pier, 1708; Franz to Dircke Cornelis, 1705; Gertrude to 
Arent Laurense Toers, 1704; Jannetie to Roelof Cornelis Van Houten, 
1715; and Maritie to John Reyerson in 1716. The numerous descendants 
of these are now spread over Bergen and Passaic Counties, while the de- 
scendants of the family who remained at Bergen are numerous in Hudson 
Countv. 



THE TERHUNE FAMILY is another whose members are widely 
scattered over Bergen and Hudson Counties. They are descended from 
Alberts Albertse, Sr., a ribbon weaver by trade, who is said to have been 
a native of Hunen or Huynen, in Holland. The date of his emigration 
does not appear, but he was residing at New Amsterdam for some time 

prior to 1657. In that year he re- 
moved to the Nyack patent in New 
Utrecht, L. I., where in January, 1602, 
he obtained a patent for a farm which 
he sold, April 3, 1664, to Nathaniel 
RrittoD, of Staten Island. In 1G60 
and 1065 he bought lands at Flat- 
lands, L. I. Subsequently he, with 
Jaques Cortelyou and others, ob- 
tained the .Vquackanonck (Passaic) 
patent of about 5,000 acres on the 
Passaic River, in New Jersey, in 
which the Van Winldes, Gerretsons, 
Spiers, and many other families be- 
came interested. His children were 
John, Albert, Heyltie, Ann, Styntie, 
and Sarah. All of these settled near 
Hackensack in Bergen County. Al- 
bert, the second, born in 165i, mar- 
ried (1) Hendricke Stevens Voorhis, 
and (2) Levina Brickers. He resided 
at Platlands, L. I., until 1676, when he removed to Hackensack, where he 
was one of the leading spirits in the Dutch Church, and was sent to the 
Colonial Legislature in 1696. He bought a large farm of Captain John 
Berry, extending from the Hackensack to the Saddle River. His issue were 
Willempie, Albert, John, Antie, Gerrebrecht, Willempie, Stephen, Maritie, 
Gertrude, and Rachel. Except the Demnrests and Harings probably not 
one of the early emigrants has as many descendants in Bergen County as 
Albert Alberts Terhune. The name Terhune was adopted after the re- 
moval to Bergen County. In New Amsterdam and Long Island it was 
Albertsen. 




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CtEORGE STEVENS, of Jersey City, was bom in Paterson, N. J., April 
lo, IS.i. He IS the son of George T. Stevens and Caroline, daughter of 
Abraiu and Cynthia Stager, and a grandson of Ephraim Stevens and Ruth 



il 

f 
- . ^, Ephraim Stevens and Ruth 

Doughty. His ancestors were early Massaclmsetts people. 

Mv. Stevens's entrance into Jersey City was mai-ked hv his entrance into 
Public School No. 2, under the celebrated Yerrington'. He was an apt 
scholar, his keen, quick 
perception proving his 
ability to comprehend any 
task set before him. 
Leaving school, he became 
a messenger boy for the 
Western Union Telegraph 
Company, under the su- 
pervision of Charles Gary, 
and afterward accepted a 
similar position for the 
Erie Railroad Company. 
After serving for thirteen 
years in the capacity of 
clerk and bookkeeper in 
Wall Street, New York, 
he cast about for some- 
thing else. His father 
having died wlien he was 
about eighteen, he was 
obliged to assist the rest 
of tiie family, and frou'i 
that time manifested a 
tendency for entrance in- 
to business for himself. 

Thi' opportunity came 
During his employment in 
Wall Street he often visit- 
er^ a friend in an under- 
taking establishment, and 
carefully noting all the 
preparations required in 
the work of trimming 
caskets and other details 
soon found that he possessed sullicient insiglH into the business to make 
it his life work. And for five years he devoted himself to studying the 
business in all its branches. 

On June 1, 1S80, Mr. Stevens engaged in the undertaking business for 
himself, at 017 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, and in tS'JO moved to No. 005 
Jersey Avenue, where he still continues, having built what is without ex- 
ception one of the most complete and commodious establishments in the 
State of its kind. 

He owes his success to his own jiersonal characteristics, as he possesses 
all the qualifications that go to make up honesty and fixed pur[)0se. No 
detail in the requirements of his business are unknown to him. The ap- 
pointments of his establishment are modern in every respect, beautiful in 
appearance, and wholly devoid of that grewsome air which often character- 




GEOUGE STKVKNS. 



212 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

izcs sncli pliucs. In brief, they are particularly arranged so as not to pre- 
sent any unpleasant feature to the most dclicate-niinded obseiver. His 
business is large and lucrative, and exclusively among the better class of 
people, as those with whom he is closely associated attest. His entire es- 
tablishment is the consummation of his own ideas and designs. 

As a citizen Mr. Stevens is known to foster a just pride in his surround- 
ings, and is an active participant in any movement that will advance local 
improvement. He is a member of St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church, 
of Jersey ( ity, of Rising Star Lodge, Xo. 107 F. and A. M., of Rising Star 
Lodge, No. 210, I. O. O. F. (which was named upon his suggestion), of 
Harmony Encampment, 47, L O. O. F., and of the Union League Club. 

Mr. Stevens married Melvina Wayne, daughter' of George Wayne, and a 
native of New York City. They have no children. 

THE TOERS FAMILY.— The first of this family in New Jersey were 
Laurence Arents Toers and Claes Arents Toers, and, no doubt, they were 
Hollanders. They were at Bergen as early as 1672, where, on August 15th 
of that year, Laurence married Francyntie Thomas. Claes married, July 8, 
1684, Jacomina Van Neste. Both bought land at Bergen in 1677 on which 
they permanently located. Laurence's issue were twelve children, among 
whom were John, Thomas, ]Mary, and Aaron. Claes, who died in 1730, 
had eight children, among whom were Judith, Pietertie, A rent, Nicholas, 
and George. Of Claes's children only three survived, among them being 
Arent, who received his father's property. A rent married, in 1609, iVnn 
Spier, and reared a large family. The descendants of Laurence and Claes 
are still quite numerous in Hudson County. 

THE VANDERHOFP FAMHA'.— In 1711 Cornelius Vanderhoff, John 
Vanderhoff, and Gertrude ^^anderhoff came from Albany, N. Y,, to llacken- 
sack. They are said to have been the children of Cornelius ^'anderhoff (or 
Vander Horen, who came to America from Horen, a village in Gelderland, 
Holland, and first settled at Bedford, L. I., from whence he removed to 
Albany). Cornelius, John, and Gertrude Vanderhoff settled in the Saddle 
River district of Bergen County. Cornelius married (1712) Elizabeth Lau- 
rence Ackerman. John married (1714) Lea Mathews Hopper. Gertrude 
married, a little later, Peter Rutan, of Esopus, to which place she probably 
removed. Cornelius had issue (Teertie, Catharine, Jacob, Cornelius, Egbert, 
and Jannetie. 

John Vanderhoff had issue John, Geertie, and probably Catharine, Doro- 
thy, Jacob, and Jacobus, but this is uncertain. The descendants of Cor- 
nelius and John are still quite numerous in Bergen County. 

GEORGE ^\'ILKINSOX STORM was for many years, and until recently, 
one of the most prominent and public spirited citizens of Hackensack, 
Bergen County. His successful career is the product of energy, enterprise, 
and integrity in business and private life, on the part of one determined to 
make his own way in the world, with the capabilities resident in himself 
as the resources to be depended upon. His success is an encouragement to 
others, and a brief outline of the facts is here given with that end in view. 

Mr. Storm enjoyed the advantage of excellent ancestral antecedents — an 
advantage which no doubt it is often difficult exactly to estimate. Cer- 
tainly the inheritance of a disposition of mind and heart, which provide a 
solid foundation for the development of capacity and character, is beyond 



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price: the richest legacy from parent to eliild. Tlie sou of Edward Storm 
aud Helen, daughter of (Teorfie and Sopliia Wilkinson, and the gi^andson 
of John A. and Catherine Storm, tlie subject of this sketch descended from 
strong American strains on both the paternal and maternal sides. His first 
American ancestoi- was Dirck Storm, a native of T'ti-echt, Holland, who 
emigrated iunn Holland to the Ne-u- Netherlands diii-ing the early Dntcli 
l)eriod. ilr. Storm's father was a member of the Holland Society of the 
<'ity of New York. On the maternal sitle his ancestors were long seated 
ill Xew England, and came originally from England. 

(ieorge ^Yilkinsoll Storm was horn in I'oiighkeepsie, Dutchess County, 
N. Y., in July, l^uG. He attended St. ^Mark's School at Southboro, Mass., 
and completed his education at Harvard College. Having determined upon 
a business career, he engaged in the manufacture of elevators and tlior- 
(Highly learned the business. Having original ideas of his own, and lia\'ing 
ac(|uired jtateiit rights, he engaged in manufacture on his own account in 




THE YAN DUSEN FA:\nLY. — The \'aii Husens ami X:ui Dusers are de- 
scended from Abraham Pietersen ^'an Heuseu. a miller by trade and a 
native of Densen in Holland, where he was born about \iW2. Tie came to 
Xew Amsterdam prior to l(i41 with his wife, Tryntie ilelchiors, and sev- 
eral children. In that y<'ar he was appointed one of the "twelve men" 



214 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

of the city, and in 1643 one of the " eight men." In 1657 he was admitted 
to the rights of a burgher. His children were Levina, Peter, Abraham, 
Isaac, Catharine, and Henry. Of these Isaac Abraham, Sr., was born in 
Holland in 1634. He came over with his father and settled in New Am- 
sterdam, where he married in 1659 Jannetie Jans, widow of Adam Van 
Sandt, from Arnheim in Gelderland. He eventually removed to Albany, 
N. Y., where his son, Abram Isaacsen Van Deusen, married, in 1682, Ann, 
daughter of Zacharias Sickels. His son, Isaac Abrahamsen Van Deusen, 
born at Albany in 1688, married, April 5, 1713, Ann Waldron, and had is- 
sue, among other children, Daniel, who married Lea Hertie and settled at 
Tappan in 1735. John Bernard Van Dusen, probably a brother of Isaac's, 
married a La Roe, and settled in Washington Township, Bergen County, 
N. J. From these two brothers are descended the Van Dusens of Bergen 
County. 

AT.'GUSTUS A. RICH, who has successfully practiced law in Hudson 
County since 1876, is the son of Samuel A. Rich, a native of Genoa, Italy, 
who followed the sea all his life, leaving home at the age of thirteen. His 
mother was Ellen E. Stephens. Mr. Rich was born in Brooklyn, N. Y.. De- 
cember 28, 1851, and in 1854 moved with his parents to Hoboken, N. J. In 
1860 the family settled in West Hoboken, Hudson County, where the sub- 
ject of this article has since resided, and where he received a good public 
school education. 

Mr. Rich studied law in New York City with the well known firm of Van 
Schaick, Gillender & Thompson, and was admitted to practice in that State 
in 1873. He was admitted to the bar of New Jersey as an attorney in 
November, 1874, and as a counselor in February, 1878. He began the active 
work of his profession in Hudson County in 1876, and for many years has 
been the leading lawyer in West Hoboken. Following without interrup- 
tion a general law practice, Mr. Rich has achieved eminent success as well 
as a high reputation, which is by no means confined to his immediate 
locality. 

He has also held several positions of trust and honor. In 1882 and again 
in 1883 he represented West Hoboken in the New Jersey Assembly, and 
served both years as Chairman of the Committee on Revision of Laws and 
as a member of the Judiciary Committee. During these two terms he intro- 
duced a number of bills of local importance and was active and influential 
in all legislative matters. Since then he has drafted several important 
measures, including the general act for the government of towns, under 
which Kearny, West Hoboken, West New York, and other boroughs were 
incorporated and organized, and which served as the model upon -which 
the general act for cities in New Jersey Avas drawn. In this respect Mr. 
Rich has gained wide distinction. Having made a special studv of town 
and municipal governments, and endowed with rare good judgment and 
great legal ability, he is regarded as an authority on these matters, and 
his prominence in connection with them attests his standing and usefulness. 
During the past eighteen years he has served as corporation attorney for 
West Hoboken, and at present he is also attorney for the Townships of West 
New York and Weehawken. Since 1895 he has been Chairman of the Hud- 
son County Board of Elections, and in May, 1899, he was appointed a mem- 
ber of the committee whose object is the promotion and ultimate incorpor- 
ation of Greater Jersey City, to include all or nearly all the cities, boroughs 



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215 



and townships in the County of Hndson. He is a Democrat in politics, and 
has distinguislied himself as a public spirited, progressive, and patriotic 
citizen. He is unmarried. 

ROBERT F. LORD, of Kearny, Hudson County, is the son of John and 
Jane Lord, and a grandsfui of Robert Lord and James and Sarah Lang. 
His ancestors on both sides came to this country from the North of Ire- 
land. Mr. Lord ^Yas born in Newark, N. J., on the 22d of January, 18.53, 
but was taken by his parents when young to Kearny, Hudson County, 
where he received his education. For twentv-flve years lie has been actively 




ROBERT F. LORD. 



associated with the Stewart Llartshorn Company, the well known manu- 
facturers of shade rollers, of Harrison. During that period he has tilled 
nearly every position in the establishment, being at the present time the 
eflUcient and successful manager of the company's New York office at 48(5 
Broadway. 

Mr. Lord has displayed marked executive ability and business capacity, 
and during his long connection with the great Hartshorn Company he 
has discharged his duties with credit, honor, and satisfaction. In politics 
he is an ardent Republican. He has been for many years one of the most 
active men in the affairs of his municipality, which he served for a term 



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(if t\\() years as a nicnibor of tlic IJoaid of Aldermen, and upon the incor- 
]iorali(in of Kearny as a town lie was elected a member of the fi)-st ('ommon 
Coiinia'l, a ]iosition lie now holds. He lias also been active in the Kearny 
N'olunteer Fire Dejiartnient and is a member of the Masons and the 
Jlejitasophs. 

Mr. Loi-d married Miss Martlia (Joulson, of Jersey City, N. J., by whom 
he has had four cliildi-en: I'.elia, .John, IJobert -1., and William J. 

THOMAS II. GUMMING, a prominent business man and Justice of the 
Peace, of Ilackensack, was born in New York Git_y on the 0th of November, 
18;!!). He i-eccived his education in his native city, and aftc'r completinj; 
his sliidies ent-'i-ed a laruc di'v <.';oods store, whei'e he remained three years, 
layiiiL'' (he foundations of a successful career. On severing his connection 
with that house he formed a copartnership with his father, and actively 

engaged in tlie business 
of contracting, chieflj' in 
New York and New Jer- 
sey, the former being 
mainly in the line of 
building sewers. Among 
other important contracts 
which they secured and 
executed was that for the 
construction of the Lodi 
branch of the New Jersey 
and New York Railroad, 
and another for the line 
running from Essex 
Street to Woodbridge. 

In 1801 Mr. Gumming 
engaged in the oil trade 
in Greenwich Street, New 
York, and so continued 
for two years. Following 
this he was for six years 
engaged in the leather 
business. At the end of 
that i)eriod he removed to 
Hackensack, N. J., where, 
he still resides, and en- 
gaged in contracting. In 
each of these lines of in- 
dustry he has achieved 
marked success and a 
wide reputation for hon- 
esty and uprightness. 
. . ^ ^ Mr. Gumming is also a 

Gommissioner ot Deeds and a Notary rublie, and since 1885 has held the 
office of Justice of the Peace. He has always taken an active interest in 
tlie Haclcensack Fire Department, serving faithfully and efficiently as a 
member of Ilook and Ladder Company, No. 2, for twenty-six vears,'a part 
of the time as its Foreman. He is now an honorary member of that or- 
ganization. For a number of years he has been President of the Hacken- 




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GENEALOGICAL 217 

sack Relief Association, and during tlie last thirteen years has served as 
Collector of License for the Hackensack Commission. He is an active and 
influential Republican, being X'icc Chairman of the County Executive 
Committee. He is also a member of the Royal Arcanum and a charter mem- 
ber of the National Union. Hiw father, Thomas Cumming, Sr., was for 
many years a Lay Judge of Itergen County. 

Mr. Cumming married a daughter of the late John H. Banta, of Hacken- 
sack, and has three sons. 

FRANK B. POOR, President of the Hackensack Board of Trade and 
one of the most enterprising citizens of Bergen County, was born in Hack- 
ensack, X. J., about thirty years ago, and is the son of E. E. Poor, formerly 
President of the Park National Bank of New York (Jity. He has spent 
nearly .$250,000 in beautifying Hacicensack and advancing its interests. He 
erected the Hamilton Building in 1899-1900 at a cost of |50,000. He formed 
the Bergen County Ice Company, which recently erected a .f50,000 plant. 
He organized the Golf Club, which is erecting a |12,000 club-house, and 
he was instrumental in organizing the Hackensack Trust Company, which 
built in 1900 a .|T.5,000 structure. His aim is to see Hackensack advance. 

As was recently said of him: " Mi-. Poor has done more for our town 
in one year than has been done by many men during a generation. One 
evidence of his ability was the ((uisolidation of the gas and electric light 
companies in Bergen County, whicli corporation now supplies thirty-three 
towns. Their product will he cheapened, and not a single stockholder 
in the old companies has lost a cent by the change. Mr. Poor is spending 
money lavishly and intends to turn over to the town many miles of macada- 
mized streets, with sewers, etc., without a (cnt of expense to the town. 
Such enterprise is unprecedented, and it is done for the best interests of 
his birthplace." 

JAMES H. BLACK, who has been successfully engaged in business as a 
blacksmith and cai'riag(^-maker in Harrison, Hudson County, since ISSS. 
was born in Belleville, Es.-sex County, N. J., January IT), ]S();!. He is the 
son of James V. Black and Elizabeth ^'reeland, and a great-grandson of 
Benjamin "S'reeland, a member of one of the oldest families of this State. 
His first maternal ancestor in this country was Michiel Jensen, who left 
Holland, October 1, 1636, in the ship " Kensselaerwyck," with his wife and 
two children, and originally settled opposite Albany, N. Y., but a few years 
later removed to New Jersey. He was one of the first magistrates of the 
new court at Bergen, and, although he bore the surname of Jensen, was 
the founder of the ^'reeland family in Eastern New Jersey. Mr. Black's 
father, James X., was a native of Arlington, N. J., while his mother was 
born in Moonachie in this State. They were married in New l>urham, 
Hudson County, and in 1857 removed to Belleville, where the subject of this 
article was born and educated. 

James H. Black received the educational advantages which the excellent 
public schools of Belleville afforded, and after completing his studies be- 
came a bookkeeper in a large grocery house. Subsequently he interested 
himself in the manufacture of iron chains and later engaged in business for 
himself as a blacksmith and carriage-maker at ^^'oodside, N. J. In 1888 he 
removed to Harrison, Hudson County, and has since followed that business 
with constantly increasing success. He is widely known, not only for his 



218 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

mechanical skill and ability, but also for his public spirit, enterprise, and 
great force of character. 

Mr. Black is an independent Eepublican in politics, and takes a deep in- 
terest in every movement that affects the welfare of the community. He 
is thoroughly identified with the best interests of Harrison, has contributed 
materially to the success of many worthy objects, and is highly esteemed 
and respected. He is a member of Harrison Camp, No. 66, Fraternal Le- 
gion, of Sylvania Council, No. 5, Golden Star Fraternity, of Newark, and 
of the Master Horseshoers' Association, No. 67. 

On Christmas Day, December 25, 1887, Mr. Black married Lillian Seaver 
daughter of Joseph B. and Annette (Sexton) Seaver, of Newark, N. J. Tbey 
hare two children: Euth Black and Annette Black. 

LOUIS FOEMON, manager of the People's Safe Deposit and Trust Com- 
pany of the Town of Union and Treasurer of the Town of Union, is the 
eldest of five children of William and Louisa (Siedentopf) Formon, natives 
of Germany, who came to America about 1850 and first settled in New York. 
There William Formon engaged in ship blacksmithing until just be^fore the 
outbreak of the Eebellion, when he moved with his family to Secaucus, 
N. J., and devoted himself to farming. He soon returned to his trade, how- 
ever, in which he achieved marked success, and died in L^nion Hill in 1872, 
widely respected and esteemed. He was a man of great strength of char- 
acter, of unquestioned integrity and enterprise, and gave to his children the 
rich inheritance of a good name. His wife died January 7, 1898. 

Louis Formon was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., July 24, 1854, and received 
his education in the public and German schools of New York City. Being 
the eldest child, and at the time of his father's death the only one of the 
family old enough to work, the support of his widowed mother and her 
children devolved almost entirely upon his energies, and though but eight- 
een years of age he took up his new responsibilities with commendable 
courage and marked success. Leaving school, fairly well equipped with 
a literary training, he engaged in the trade of piano making, which he 
followed successfully for eighteen years, supporting his mother and educat- 
ing the younger children. He mastered every detail of piano construction ; 
his skill and mechanical ability won for him a high rank among his 
associates, while his untiring attention to duty, his constant application, 
and his great care and practical deAotion to the interests of his employers 
gained their appreciation and confidence. 

As a resident of the Town of Union, N. J., he early came into prominence, 
displaying a broad public spirit and winning a deserved popularity. He 
has taken from the first an active interest in the welfare of the community, 
and has filled several offices of trust and honor. In the spring of 1890 he 
was elected Town Clerk of the Town of Union, and served six years, being 
twice re-elected without opposition; and so faithfully and satisfactorily did 
he discharge the duties of that position that when he resigned in 1896, to 
accept the post of manager of the People's Safe Deposit and Trust Com- 
pany of the Town of Union, he was given a handsomely engraved gold 
watch, bearing the following inscription : " Presented to Louis Formon by 
The Officials and ex-Oflflcials of the Town of Union, N. J., for efficiency and 
faithful service as Town Clerk from April, 1890, to May, 1896." This is 
a silent but potent evidence of the esteem in Avhich he is held by his fellow- 
citizens, and especially by those who represent the leading interests of the 
town. Mr. Formon is still manager of the People's Safe Deposit and Trust 



GENEALOGICAL 219 

Company of the Town of Union, whose main office is in Jersey City, and 
which has a capital of $100,000. It is one of the leading fiduciary institu- 
tions in Eastern New Jersey, and under Mr. Formon's able and energetic 
management the branch in the Town of Union has developed to a point of 
wide usefulness and efficiency. He has distinguished himself as a sate 
financier of marked ability and sagacity. In 1897 he was nominated and 
elected Treasurer of the Town of Union for a period of three years. For 
fourteen years Mr. Form on has been actively identified with the Fire De- 
partment of the Town of Union, holding every office within the gift of his 
company, such as secretary, assistant foreman, and foreman. During the 
last eight years he has been a member of the department's Board of Repre- 
sentatives and a 'S'ice-President of the State Firemen's Association. He 
has rendered valuable and appreciative service in developing the Fire De- 
partment of the town, and has been instrumental in placing it upon its 
present efficient basis. He is a member of the Royal Arcanum, and a public 
spirited, progressive, and highly respected citizen. 

Mr. Formon was married on the 25th of February, 1879, to Miss Elizabeth 
A. O'Brien, daughter of Michael and Mary (Foley) O'Brien, of the Town of 
Union, N. J. They have eight children: Louisa, Martha, Mary, Louis, Jr., 
Elizabeth, Henry, Frederick, and August. 

MAX HECHT, M.D., Ph.G., of ^^'est Hoboken, is the son of Ansel Hecht 
and Rachel Jacobs, both natives of Hanover, Germany. Ansel Hecht came 
to this country when a young man and first settled in Baltimore, Md., whence 
he soon removed to New York City, where he was for many years a large 
manufacturer and importer of lace goods, collars, and cuffs. He resided in 
the meantime in Hoboken, N. J. In 1866 he moved to West Hoboken, Hud- 
son County, and purchased the present family homestead on the corner of 
Palisade Avenue and Courtlandt Street, where he died in March, 1876. His 
wife still resides there. He was a member of Doric Lodge, F. and A. M., of 
West Hoboken. 

Dr. Max Hecht was born in Hoboken, N. J., January 4, 1865, but has spent 
practically his whole life in West Hoboken, moving there with his parents 
when he was one year old. After attending the West Hoboken public 
schools he entered Cooper Union Institute, New York, from which he was 
graduated in 1883. Subsequently he took a full course at the New York 
College of Pharmacy, graduating with the degree of Ph.G. March 13, 1886, 
and then matriculated at Bellevue Medical College, from which he received 
the degree of M.D. March 30, 1891. Thus equipped M'ith a thorough literary 
and professional training, he immediately began the active practice of medi- 
cine in West Hoboken, opening and ever since continuing an office in the old 
family homestead on Palisade Avenue, corner of Courtlandt Street. During 
the first year of his practice he was also actively connected with the Belle- 
vue Dispensary in New York. 

In the twofold relations of physician and citizen Dr. Hecht has already 
gained no little distinction, even outside of his town and county. He is 
widely known as a practitioner of recognized ability and skill and has a very 
extensive acquaintance. Steadily developing his talents in every branch of 
medicine, he has been successful from the start, and, although a young man, 
has gained a high reputation. For about one year he was health inspector 
of West Hoboken, resigning on account of the increasing duties of his prac- 
tice. He is a member and physician to the Independent Order of Foresters, 
the chief medical examiner in West Hoboken for the Prudential Life Insur- 



220 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

ance Company of Newark and the Eciuitable Life Assurance Society of New 
Yorlv, and a member of tlie Odd Fellows and of the Hudson County Medical 
Society. He has been quite extensively interested in real estate in the im- 
mediate vicinity of his home, wlicre he has recently completed a handsome 
residence. 

Dr. Hecht was married, March s, 1898, to Clara Elizabeth Heath, daughter 
of Joseph A. Heath, of Hoboken, N. J., and a descendant of an old English 
family. 

JOHN FRANCIS MARION, of Jersey City, is the son of John Marion, who 
came from Ireland to Jersey City, N. J., when thirteen years old, and soon 
removed to Key ^Vest, Va., where he was engajicd for a time in the cattle 
business; he returned to Jersey City, and for many years was in the employ 
of the reniisylvania Railroad Company, and died here in 1879, aged forty 
years. John Marion married Ellen Brady, whose father, James Brady, 
came to Jersey City from Ireland about 1830 and died here in 1879, having 
been long employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. 

John F. Marion was born in Jersey City, N. J., on the 7th of June, 18C7. 
He attended St. Peter's Parochial School and then entered St. Peter's 
College, Jersey City. Afterward he read law with Hon. J. Herbert Potts 
and Frederick Frarabach, Jr., in his native city, and was admitted to the 
bar in November, 1891. Since then he has been actively and successfully 
engaged in the general practice of his profession in Jersey City. He was a 
partner of Thomas H. Kelly, Collector of the Port of Jersey City under 
Cleveland's first administration, until Mr. Kelly's death in 1895, the firm 
name being Kelly «& Marion. He practiced one year alone, and then formed 
a partnership with Daniel P. Byi'nes, under the firm name of Marion & 
Byrnes, which continued until January 1, 1899. Since then Mr. Marion has 
practiced alone. He has built up a large and successful legal business and 
is regarded as one of the able members of the Hudson County bar. He 
probably has charge of more law work for Catholic institutions than any 
other lawyer in Eastern New Jersey. He is counsel for St. Peter's College 
and St. Peter's Church of Jersey City, for the Sisters of Peace of New 
Jersey, and for St. Joseph's Church of Guttenberg, and one of the counsel 
for St. Francis Hospital, Jersey City. 

Mr. Marion has not only achieved success at the bar, but has also gained 
distinction for those qualities of citizenship which characterize an ener- 
getic, patriotic, and progressive man. In 1895 he received in a post-gradu- 
ate course the degree of Ph.B. at St. Francis Xavier College, New York 
City, and for a time wrote many special articles for the New York Catholic 
News. He is a prominent member of the Knights of Columbus, and one of 
the charter members of the council in Jersey City, of which he was elected 
first financial secretary. He is also a member of the Catholic Club of 
Jersey City, of the Third Ward Democratic Club, and of the Catholic Be- 
nevolent Legion. In politics he is an active and ardent Democrat. 

Mr. Marion was married, October 27, 1897, in St. Peter's Church, Jersey 
City, by his former preceptor in chemistry, Francis de Fullerton, to Miss 
Belie Priest, daughter of George and Fannie R. Priest, natives of Boston, 
Mass. 

J. HERBERT POTTS, Justice of the Police Court of Jersey City, was 
born in Trenton, N. J., July 3, 1851. He was educated at Laurenceville 
High School, at which institution he graduated in 1868 and prepared for 



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college. For two .yeai's lie was a ineiiibei- of the Princeton elass of 1S72. 
Retiiniing to Trenton at the enfl of that period, lie entered the law oftice 
of Hon. Edward T. Green, subse(inently a .Justice of llie United Stat<'s (Jir- 
euit Court. Mr. Potts was admitted to the bar of Ts'ew Jersey as an at- 
torney February 5, 1S74, and in the same year began the active' [iraclice of 
his profession in Jersey (Mty, associating himself with a relati\e, Joseph 
0. I'otts. He has continued in the active practice of law here, except when 
holding official positions. 

In ISTlj Judge I'otts was appointed Assistant Clerk of the House of the 




J. HERBERT POTTS. 



Assembly at Trenton, and in 18S0 and ISSI he was a member of that body, 
representing th(" Sixth Assend)ly District of Hudson County. In tiie sessi<in 
of 1880 he was tTiairman of the Committee on the Revision of Laws, and in 
the session of the following vear was Chaii-man of Ihe .Judiciary ('ommittee. 
He was again elected to thcAssc^mbly in lSS!),l,S!H),an(l lSl»l,re]iresenting in 
the new re-a]iportionment the Second Assend)ly District of Hudson County, 
and being the only Kei)ublican Assend)lyman from the county in 18!)2. 
During that year he was the party (minority) leader on the floor of the 
House and served on many important committees, including the Judiciary, 
Revision of T^aws, and Treasurer's Accounts. In the autumn of 1892 he 



222 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

was uominated by the Eepublicans for State Senator from Hudson County, 
and, althougli defeated, reduced the Democratic majority from 8,000 to 
3,000. This fact illustrates the popularity which he has always enjoyed. 

In 1894 he was appointed Justice of the First District (Criminal) Court of 
Jersey City, which position he still holds, having been re-appointed in 1897. 
In the spring of the latter year he was a candidate for Mayor of Jersey 
City and was defeated by Mayor Hoos by the very small majority of about 
3,000 votes. 

Judge Potts has achieved distinction at the bar as an able and talented 
lawyer, and on the bench has displayed great dignity, broad and accurate 
learning, and acknowledged judicial qualifications. He is especially pop- 
ular in social circles, prominent in the councils of the Republican party, a 
member of the Carteret Club, of which he was Vice-President two years, a 
member of the Union League, and a member of the Palma Club, having 
served the latter four years as a Trustee. For a number of years he has been 
a leading and influential member of the Republican County Committee of 
Hudson County. 

In 1876 Judge Potts married Miss Louise Bechtel, daughter of Charles 
Bechtel, who was for many years the publisher of the State Gazette at 
Trenton. They have three children. 

HARRY MARTIN CONOVER was born in Manalapau, Monmouth 
County, N. J., on the 18th of March, 1867, and descends from some of the 
oldest and most respected families in the State. He is the son of William 
Stephen Conover, the grandson of Stephen Conover, a great-grandson of 
John P. Cowenhoven, and a great-great-grandson of Peter Cowenhoven, who 
was the son of William Cowenhoven, who was the son of John William 
Cowenhoven, who was the son of William Gerrets Couwenhoven, who was 
the son of Gerret \^'oolferts Couwenhoven, who was the son of AA'oolferts 
Garretson Van Couwenhoven, who came to this country from Amersfoort, 
Province of Utrecht, Netherlands, in 1C30, who was superintendent of farms 
for the Patroon of Rensselaerswyck, now Albany, and who subsequently 
bought a farm at Amersfoort, L. I., and settled there. Mr. Conover's mother 
was Nancy P. Martin, and on her side he is the grandson of John S. Martin, 
a great-grandson of Ephraim. S. Martin, and a great-great-grandson of 
Ephraim Martin, who was an officer in the Revolutionary War. 

It will thus be seen that Harry Martin Conover descends from some of the 
oldest families in this country, each generation having distinguished itself 
in official or private capacities. From these lines of ancestors he inherits 
those sturdy characteristics which the Holland immigrants brought with 
them to their new homes, and which still characterize the race. Mr. Con- 
over received his education in Monmouth County, N. J., and in Brooklyn, 
N. Y. At the age of sixteen he entered the employ of the New York Life 
Insurance Company in New York City and has been associated with that 
great corporation ever since, holding positions of trust and honor and gain- 
ing for himself the confidence of his associates and superiors. 

Mr. Conover served for five years as a member of the Twenty-third Regi- 
ment, National Guard of New York, receiving an honorable discharge. He 
was with the regiment in Buffalo during the well known strike riots of 1894. 
He is a member of the Dutch Reformed Church. 

September 28, 1893, Mr. Conover married Louise Ferdon Kipp. They have 
two children : David Kipp Conover and Albert Stephen Conover. 



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JOSEPH FRANCIS XAVTER STACK. M.D., was boin July 6, 1871, in 
IToboken, Hudson County, N. J., where he still resides. He is the son of 
Mauriee Stack and Mary Carniody. and a grandson of Martin Stack, wlio 
married Mary Kelly. His ancestors on both sides descended from Irish 
emigrants who, since their settlement in this country, have been prominent 
in both business and civil life. His father, who is' now retired, was for 
twenty-eight years a 
member of the police 
force of Hoboken, whei'e 
the family settled in 
July, 1S6;1* 

Dr. Stack was educat- 
ed at St. Peter's College 
in Jersey City and at 
P>elleyue Hospital Medi- 
cal College, New Yoi-k, 
graduating from the lat- 
ter institution with the 
degree of ^LD. in March, 
ISflfi. He then served in 
the Out Patient Depart- 
ment of St. \''incent"s 
Hospital, New York 
City, for t-no years, and 
<in No^•ember 2, ISO", en- 
gaged in the active jn-ac- 
tice of his ])rofession in 
Hoboken, opening his 
yiresent office at 212 Gar- 
den Street. In May, 
ISnS, he was appointi'd 
City Physiriau, which 
office he still Inilds. 

He is physician to 
Court Castle Point and 
Christopher ( Nilumbus 
Lodge, Ancient Order of 
Foresters of Hoboken, a 
member of Council No. 
99, Royal Arcanum, of 

Hoboken, and a member of Court Harmony, A. O. F., of the Riverside 
Athletic Club, and of the Knights of (.'elunibus. Dr. Stack', (hough a yeung 
man, has achieved an excellent practice and a recognized standing in the 
community, and enjoyed a \side accjuaintance and ])Opularity. He is deejHy 
interested in jtublic affairs, is a public siiii'ited, energetic, and jtrogrcssiNe 
citizen, and one of the leading young physicians of Hudson Counfy. 

r'HAUNCEY H. SILLIMAN was boin in New P,edf(U'd, :\rass., De- 
cember 24, 185."), and is the son of Josejib Sillinian and Fllecta J. Miller, 
a grandson of John Leeds Silliman and Catherine Lockwood, and a gi'eat- 
grandson of Joseph Silliman. Some of his an<-est()rs wei'c consjiicuous in 
the Re'S'olutionary Win-, among them being Arnold, A^V)oster, and Sillim:ui, 
who repulsed Tryon in the Tory raid at the baffle of Bennington. The 




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224 



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family i^ ;ni old ouv in lliis rdinilry, and for ^vncrulions has been active 
and iiiUncnlial in local affairs and honored and respecfed for their sterling 
(inalities, patriotism, and ])rogressi ve sjiii-it. 

Mr. Silliman received a ])re]iarator,v edncalion in the Betts ^Military 
Academy on Strawberiy Hill, St:!mford, ("onii., and snbsefpicntly entered 
(V)lnmbia (\)lle^'e, from which lie was L'Ta(bia1ed in the class of 187«. He 
then entered upon a snccessfnl Inisiness cai-eer as assistant freisht a^ent of 
the Fall Kivei- line of steamers; was snbse(|uently associated with Lord & 
Tavlor, of New Y(n'h, for ten y.'ars; and in is'.}~, eniiaged in the express 




CHAUNCEY H. SILLIMAN. 



bnsiness, in wliich he still continnes, nnder the style of the Sul>nrban 
Parcel Delivery. His field of operation embraces abont twenty-five square 
miles radiating; from -\rlinj;ton, and affords em])lovment to some thirty 
horses and thirty men. In this bnsiness IMr. Silliman has been very 
successful. 

He is a Democrat in jxilitics, havint^ cast his first vote for Samuel J. 
Tilden. As a member of the Board of Education and Town Council of 
Arlington lie has rendered most efficic^nt service to that borough, and 
is noted for his public spirit, patriotism, and energy. He is a member of 



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225 



the Masonic order, a Presbyterian by birth, a.nd a liberal contributor to the 
churcli of that denomination. He married Lutie Lainhart, by whom he has 
two cliildren: I'lorence E. and Clunmcev H., Jr. 



SAMUEL AUt^TIN BESt^OX, nuauber of the well known law firm of 
Besson & Spohr, of Hoboken, and one of the foreniost attorneys and ad- 
vocates in Hudson County, was born in Everittstown, Hunterdon ('ounty, 
N. J., April 6, 1853. His oreat-great-grandfather, Francis Itesson, a French 
Huguenot, came to this country in the latter part of the se\'enteenth cen- 
tury and settled in the Townshiji of Amwell, in Hunterdon County, where 
he was an extensive 
landowner. In t h a t 
vicinity the fan\ily has 
been established for se\- 
eral jjenerations, always 
wielding a i)otent intli;- 
ence in public affairs ami 
taking' a ])roniinent part 
in all matters affecting 
the welfare of the com- 
munity. Mr. Bess( Ill's 
great-grandfather, J o h u 
Besson, Rr.. was an en- 
sign in the American 
Revolution and pi-fsciit 
at the siege and caiilnn' 
of Yorktown. and at tln' 
close of the war married 
Margaret, daughter of 
John Opdycke. T li e i r 
son, John Besson. Jr., 
had a son William, who, 
by his wife, Mai'garet A. 
Case, was the farher of 
Samuel Austin Besson, 
the subject of this articli'. 
Mrs. Margaret A. (Case) 
Besson was the daughler 
of Codfrev and Elizabi-th 
(Welch) Case and a de- 
scendant on h:'V father's 
side of one of I he oldest 
families in the southern 
nart of Hunterdon 
County. 

Mr. Besson attended the public schools of Everittstown, the State 
Normal School at Carversville, I'a., and Eafayette College at Easton, from 
which he was graduated in 187(1. During his college course he was Prin- 
cipal of the Franklin (Pa.) High School for one year, and immediately 
after his graduation became Princi]ial of the High School at Philliiislmrg, 
N. J. In 1877 he moved to Hoboken, and for three years read law in the 
office of his brother, Hon. John C. Itesson, one of the leaders of the Hudson 
Countv bar and one of the ablest lawyers in the State, It was Mr. Besson's 




SAMUEL A. HF.S80N. 



226 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

intention to complete a course of study at the Columbia Law School in 
New York, but business matters compelled him to abandon this hope. 
Under his brother's instruction, however, he enjoyed, practically, the full 
benefits of such a course, and when he came to the New Jersey bar as an 
attorney in June, 1879, he was well flitted for the general practice of his 
profession. Entering at once upon his legal career in Hoboken, he soon 
displayed qualifications of the highest order, and in May, 1882, was ap- 
pointed Corporation Counsel. 

At this time he was a Republican. He served as Corporation Counsel 
one year, when there was a complete change in the political offices of the 
city. During his term, however, he rendered valuable and important 
services to the municipality in various cases, including those which raised 
the question of the waterfront rights. In 1886, finding the majority of the 
Republican party hopelessly under the influence of the liquor dealers and 
the Democratic politicians, Mr. Besson resigned his membership on the 
Hudson County Republican Committee, and in that year, and again in 1887, 
was the candidate for Mayor of Hoboken on the Prohibition ticket. In 
1888 he was the candidate of the same party for member of Congress; 
and though defeated in each campaign, he demonstrated his popularity 
by polling a very flattering vote. Subsequently he returned to the Repub- 
lican party, and has ever since actively associated himself with its interests 
and exerted himself for its welfare, and until a year past has been an 
influential member of the Hudson County General Republican Committee. 

As a lawyer he enjoys an extensive general and corporation practice. 
He was counsel for the Hoboken Land Improvement Company, and the 
Hoboken Perry Company until March, 1898, the First National Bank of Ho- 
boken until 1894, and is yet counsel of the Hudson Trust and Savings Insti- 
tution and various other important corporations and financial enterprises. 
He was a member of the law firm of J. C. & S. A. Besson from the time of 
his admission to the bar until the death of his brother, John C. Besson. 
December 15, 1894, when the firm of Besson, Stevens & Lewis was or- 
ganized, which continued until April 1, 189S, when by request of Mr. 
Besson that firm was dissolved, and Mr. Besson took as a partner John 
R. Spohr, a young lawyer of good reputation, the present firm name being 
Besson & Spohr, with oifices in the Hoboken Savings Ban!? Building on the 
southwest corner of Washington and Newark Streets in the City of Ho- 
boken. Mr. Besson devotes considerable time to the study of political 
economy, history, English literature, etc. He is a close student, a man of 
broad culture and accurate learning, a sound and able lawyer, a public 
spirited, progressive citizen, and a ruling elder of the First Presbyterian 
Church of Hoboken. He was one of the two founders and one of the first 
Trustees of the Columbia Club of Hoboken, of which he is still a popular 
member; and is also a member of Columbia Lodge, No. 63, I. O. O. F.. of 
Euclid Lodge, F. and A. M., and of the Hudson County Bar Association, 
which he has served as President. 

Mr. Besson was married on the 10th of November, 1881, to Arabella, 
daughter of Joseph M. Roseberry, of Belvidere, N. J. Their children are 
Henrietta and Harlan. 

JOHN CASE BESSON, brother of Samuel Austin Besson, was born in 
Alexandria Township, Hunterdon County, N. J., April 30, 1838. He 
received his rudimentary education in the public schools of his native 
village, completing his studies at the Pennington Seminary. After leav- 



GBNEAI;OGICAL 227 

ing the latter institution he taught school for a short time. Afterward 
he studied law in the office of Edward E. Bullock, of Frenchtown, N. J., 
where he remained for one year. He then took a thorough course at the 
New York and National Law School at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., where he 
was graduated LL.B. in the class of 1860. After his graduation he entered 
the law office of Abraham Van Fleet, of Flemington, N. J., where he re- 
mained until Februarj', 1863, when he was admilted to the bar as an 
attorney. Mr. Besson then opened his own office, locating at Millville, 
Cumberland County, N. J. His first month's revenue amounted to fifty 
cents, and the succeeding nine months were but little better. He removed 
to Flemington, where he formed a copartnership with George A. Allen, 
which continued for one year. He then removed to Clinton, N. J., opening 
an office, where he remained for two years. In February, 1866, he was 
admitted as a counselor. On May 1, 1867, he located in Hoboken and 
opened an office on Washington Street, in the old Reed house, and began 
a practice which became one of the largest in Hudson County. In 1883 
he formed a copartnership with his brother, Samuel A. Besson. 

Mr. Besson married Miss Hasseltine Judson Nice, daughter of Eev. 
George P. Nice, a prominent Baltimore clergyman. They had two sons. 
Mr. Besson died December 15, 1894. 

He was a Director of the First National Bank, the Hudson Trust and 
Savings Institution, the Hudson County Gas Light Company, the New 
Jersey Title Guarantee and Trust Company, and the North Hudson County 
Railroad Company. In 1875 he published Besson's Neiv Jersey Lav Prece- 
dents, which has been adopted as authority by the general legal profession. 
He was a member of the Quartette, Columbia, and Union Athletic Clubs, 
was for six years the Corporation Counsel, and served as Assemblyman 
in 1885-86. 

I 

JOSEPH JOHN HASEL, pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in West 
Hoboken, was born in Newark, N. J., on the 4th of February, 1861. His 
parents, Joseph Hasel and Kunigunda Dettinger, were natives respectively 
of Westphalia and Wurtemberg, Germany. The former came to America 
in 1820, before his marriage, and had six children: Francis. John, Lena, 
Clement, Frances, and Joseph J., the subject of this article. 

Father Hasel was educated at St. Benedict's College, Newark, at St. 
Vincent's College in Pennsylvania, and at Seton Hall, Newark, and was 
ordained to the priesthood April 11, 1886. He was successively assistant 
pastor of St. Teresa Church, Summit, N. J., of St. Peter's, Newark, and of 
the Holy Family Church in the Town of Union, in the meantime attending 
St. Joseph's in West Hoboken, Hudson County. December 1, 1889, he was 
appointed pastor of St. Joseph's Church, West Hoboken. where he is now 
doing a most commendable work in both church and school. Father 
Hasel's pastoral career is rich in good deeds, and one of which he may 
well feel proud. A worker as well as a student and scholar, he has labored 
with great zeal and energy for the best interests of his parish, and is be- 
loved and respected by all. His labors in St. Joseph's parish have resulted 
in the erection of a parsonage, sisters' house, and handsome church, which 
will cost .'i?75,000, and these improvements were instituted and carried to 
completion by him. The corner-stone of the new church was laid July 31, 
1898, and solemnly dedicated July 2, 1899, by Et. Rev. W. M. Wigger, D.D. 

Father Hasel has also greatly increased the communicant membership 
of the parish and enlarged the parochial school connected therewith, 



228 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

giving to both a new impetus, a very large measure of Ms own enthusiasm, 
and that hearty support which emanates from a pure heart and honest 
endeavor. He organized the Sacred Heart Society, the Young Ladies' So- 
ciety, and the Children of Mary, and also the Young Men's Katolischer 
Gesellen Yerein, which is incorporated, and of which he is President. 
These societies have wielded a powerful influence for good, and under his 
able and efficient direction are carrying on a work second only in impor- 
tance to that of the church. 

EDWAED C. STRIFFLEE, a prominent citizen of Harrington Park, 
Bergen County, N. J., was born in New York City on the 1st of November, 
1868. He is the only son and child of Christian Striffler and Mary Herzog 
and a grandson of John Striffler, all natives of Wflrtemberg, Germany. 
John Striffler was a soldier in Napoleon's army, and a farmer. Christian 
Striffler came to New York City when a young man and was married here. 
He established himself in the hardware business on the Bowery about 1868 
and in 1873 moved to Ninth Avenue, near Forty-seventh Street, where the 
firm of C. Striffler & Co., which was formed about 1889, still carries on a 
thriving business and is one of the important hardware stores of New York. 
Mr. Striffler was a member of the Knights of Honor, and at one time a 
Sergeant in the New York militia. In 1884 he moved his family from New 
York City to River Vale, N. J., where his wife died August 12, 1894, and 
where his death occurred May 2.5, 1899. 

Edward C. Striffler received his education in the public schools of New 
York City. He left school at the age of seventeen and entered his father's 
hardware store, with which he has ever since been identified, becoming a 
member of the present firm of C. Striffler & Co. upon the retirement of his 
father in 1893, the other partner being Emil Eudolph, his cousin. This is 
one of the oldest and most successful general hardware, iron, and steel 
houses in New York City, and has occupied its present location on Ninth 
Avenue, near Forty-seventh Street, since 1873. 

Mr. Striffler has been active and influential in the community where he 
resides, and as the successor of his father's business and affairs has de- 
veloped marked ability. He has served as a School Trustee of Harrington 
Township, Bergen County, since 1896, and in various .other important ca- 
pacities has displayed the highest attributes of the citizen. In politics he 
is a Democrat. 

Mr. Striffler was married on the 22d of June, 1892, to Elenore Banta, 
daughter of the late Garrett H. Banta. They have two children: Willard 
C. and Helen M. 

JOHN G. FISHEE, formerly County Clerk of Hudson County, was born 
in New Brunswick, N. J., January 22, 1843, and is the son of J. G. Fisher, of 
New Brunswick, and his wife, Julia, daughter of Captain William Henry, 
of the merchant marine. Mr. Fisher received his education in the public 
schools, and after leaving school became a clerk in a clothing store in his 
native town. In June, 1862, he enlisted as a volunteer in the Fourteenth 
New Jersey Volunteers, being mustered out in August, 1864, with the rank 
of First Lieutenant. He was severely wounded during the battle of Cold 
Harbor. In 1867 he entered the law office of Judge W. T. Hoffman, of 
Jersey City, with whom he remained for several years. In 1874 he accepted 
a position under County Clerk John Kennedy, and continued to serve 
through several succeeding administrations. When County Clerk ])en'nis 



GENEALOGICAL 22 9 

ilcLaughlin entered the office Mr. Fisher resigned and entered a real estate 
office, but subsequently resumed his position at Mr. McLaughlin's request. 
He was elected a member of the Board of Aldermen of Jersey City in 1873. 
Later he was elected a Justice of the Peace. In 1895 he was elected 
County Clerk of Hudson County and served five years. He cast his first 
vote for Abraham Lincoln, and from that time to the present has been an 
active and zealous Republican. He is a prominent member of Zabriskie 
Post, No. 38, Grand Army of the Republic. 

Mr. Fisher married Jennie E. Baldwin, of Newark, N. J., and has two 
sons and two daughters. 

WILLLIM M. VAN SICKLE, Supervising Principal of Schools of the 
Town of ^^'est New York, Hudson County, was born on a farm near Peters 
Valley, Sussex County, N. J., March 15, 1854, and there spent his boyhood 
days. His father, Benjamin P. Van Sickle, was one of the best known 
farmers in that county and took special pride in his work. 

William M. "S'an Sickle received his early education in the country school 
near where he was born. When he was a mere lad he received a license 
to teach, and for a period of three months engaged in the profession. 
From this first school he entered the New Jersey State Normal School, and 
after finishing a course there he took a special course at Cooper Union, New 
York. He has taught school all along the line since he completed his 
studies at Cooper I^nion, teaching at the country cross-road, afterward at 
the rural village, then going to the town, and is now the Supervising Prin- 
cipal of Schools at West New York, where he has successfully filled the 
position the past eight years. These schools are now among the best in the 
country, and have a full complement of studies ranging from the kinder- 
garten to the high school. 

Aside from public school work Mr. Van Sickle has been more or less 
identified with the local interests of the several communities in which he 
has lived, holding at different times the offices of United States Census 
Enumerator, Town Clerk, County Committeeman, etc. He has also been 
connected with the press for a number of years, furnishing many special 
articles on the questions of the time. 

He is also co-editor with Superintendent A. J. Demarest, of Hoboken, 
in writing the famous system of reading known as " The Synthetic Phonic 
Word Method of Teaching Reading," which will in time be universally 
adopted throughout the country. Mr. Van Sickle is now President of the 
Hudson County Teachers" Association, and he is also one of the members 
of the Hudson County Teachers' Examining Board. 

He was married in March, 18S(i, to ^Miss Harriet Brown, of Stockholm, 
N. J., and has two children : Roscoe and Edith. 

ANDREW J. DAA'IS, formerly Treasurer of the Town of ^'^'eeha\^ ken 
and ex-Chairman of the Board of Council, was born in Albany County, N. 
Y., March 9, 1843, the son of Howland Davis and Lorinda, daughter of 
Thomas Craft. His ancestors came originally from Wales and Holland, 
settling in this country several generations ago. His maternal grand- 
father, Thomas Craft, of Albany County, N. Y., was a soldier in the patriot 
army during the Revolutionary War. 

Mr. Davis acquired his education in the public schools of his native 
county. At the age of twenty he became a sailor on the Hudson River, 
ru miiig between Albany and New York. In 1863 he was engaged by the 



230 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

Camden and Amboy Railroad as a deckhand and subsequently, in 1869, he 
was raised to a pilot, running between New York and South Amboy. In 
1873 he was engaged by the Erie Railroad as Master of the " General 
McCallum," where he has since remained. 

His career has been an eminently successful one. As a Republican, Mr. 
Davis has long taken an active part in political affairs and is recognized as 
one of the party's foremost leaders. He has served as Treasurer of the 
Town of Weehawken, has been a member of the Town Committee, and was 
Chairman of the Board of Council and Chief of Police. Mr. Davis has also 
held various other minor offices. He is a progressive, patriotic citizen, a 
man of the highest integrity, and has long wielded a commanding influence 
in the affairs of Weehawken, N. J., where he has resided since 1883, having 
resided for six years in Guttenberg prior to that year. His prominence 
and popularity have been attested by the several positions which he has 
been called upon to fill, and the duties of which he has always discharged 
with fidelity and satisfaction. 

Captain Davis married Amanda W., daughter of Samuel R. and Jane 
(Caruthers) Houston, of Englishtown, N. J. They have had three children : 
Lillian (deceased), Jesse A., and Lester L. Jesse A. was graduated from 
Stevens Institute and is now in the Navy Department as an inspector of 
steel. He was born in 1873 in South Amboy, N. J. 

WILLIAM CLAYBORN MARION, of Arlington, N. J., has achieved 
special distinction in the manufacture of gold pens, a business he has fol- 
lowed for fifty-two years. Born in Lexington, Ky., April 12, 1834, he is the 
eldest son of Captain William C. and Caroline (Elserth) Marion and a 
grandson of Alfred M. Marion and Mary, his wife, who settled in Kentucky 
in the eighteenth century, all being Americans of French extraction. As 
pioneers in the famous Blue Grass region the family wielded an important 
influence and distinguished themselves for their artistic taste and mechan- 
ical genius, and Mr. Marion seems to have both inherited and developed 
these traits with peculiar success. His father was a Captain in the 
Mexican War and was killed in the battle of Churubusco in 1846. His 
mother died the same year. 

Breathing in his father's house a wholesome mechanical atmosphere, and 
having received at the district schools a good rudimentary education, he 
left home at the age of fourteen and apprenticed himself to Andrew J. 
Berrian, a maker of gold pens at 75 Nassau Street, New York. Mr. Marion 
remanied there three years, and became so skillful in the art of pen making 
that he secured, at the early age of seventeen, a position as journeyman in 
the shop of Albert G. Bagley, on the corner of Duane and Centre Streets, 
New York. Mr. Bagley is credited with being the inventor of the gold pen. 
After his death the business changed hands, but Mr. Marion continued to 
act as foreman for thirty-three years, when the plant was purchased by 
Edward Todd. Mr. Bagley was long the leading gold pen maker of the 
world, and Mr. Marion not only became deeply interested in his work, but 
devoted much of his spare time after working hours to the study of difflcult 
mechanical problems connected with the trade, and as a result of this close 
application he achieved a national reputation as an expert gold pen maker, 
orders for difficult work being sent to him from all parts of the country. 

In 1884 Mr. Marion formed a partnership with G. Armeny and engaged 
in business on Nassau Street in New York City under the present firm 
name of Armeny & Marion. Mr. Marion is without doubt or question the 



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231 



oldest liTing working gold pen maker in the ^YOI■]d, Ids successful and active 
career extending over a period of more than fiftv-three years. He is still 
m active service, and enjoys a reputation unequaled by anyone in his line 
ot business. 

]\rr. Marion has carved out his own fortune and paved his own way to 
success. Coming to Kew York a small boy, without money, he steadily'and 
courageously went to work, flrst in IJurton's old theater in Park Row and 
soon afterward in Bagley's pen factory, and when the War of the Kebellion 
broke out bade good-by to wife and children and enlisted in the TTnion 




WILLIAM C. MARION. 



cause. In the summer of 1861, with Jann's ^filler, he recruited a company 
which becanif? a part of the Fifty-sei'ond New York Volunteers, Shepard 
Ei/les. He enlisted, however, in Company I, Ninth New York \'olunteer 
Infantry, in the fall of 1801, as a private, and served nine months, partici- 
pating in the battles of Ball's Bluff and Edward's Ferry. At the latter 
place he ^^as wounded in the right hand. After this service in Maryland 
and \'irginia he was detailed on reci'uiting duty in New York Citj', as a 
Sergeant, and continued in that line for about one year and three months. 
In November, 18C.3, he was honorably discharged. 

On his return from the war Mr. Marion resumed the trade of gold pen 



232 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

maker. In his business relations as well as in private life he is regarded 
with great affection and as a benefactor. Sincere and true in all he at- 
tempts, he is a thorough gentleman, universally esteemed and respected as 
a public spirited, enterprising citizen, and worthy of the confidence which 
is reposed in him. Mi. Marion lived in Brooklyn for many years. Fn 
August, 1889, he moved from that city to Arlington, N. J., where he now 
resides. He is a Democrat in politics and for several years was President 
of the Arlington Democratic Club, resigning with all the other officers 
when the tree silver question came to the front in 1896. He attends the 
Presbyterian Church, is a member of ( •bancellor Walworth Lodge, P. and 
A. M., and holds membership in the Scottish Kite bodies, 32°, of New York 
City. He was a member of Tribune Lodge, No. 159, F. and A. M., of Ar- 
lington. He is a member of Pilgrim Lodge, I. O. O. F., of Arlington, which 
he served as Noble Grand two terms, has been a delegate to the Masonic 
and Odd Fellows Grand Lodges of New Jersey, and as a member of the 
Jamaica Bay Yacht Club. 

January 29, 1855, Mr. Marion was married in New York City to Caroline 
Patten, daughter of Susterry and Sarah (Long) Patten, of Nantucket, Mass. 
They have had ten children: Frank W., an actor; Harry W., who is con- 
nected with the firm of A. G. Spalding & Co., of New York; Bertha (Mrs. 
Edwin Lewis), of Brooklyn; William C, Jr., the New York manager of the 
Morgan-Wright Company; Alfred P., foreman for Armeny & Marion; Daisy 
I. (Mrs. Harry Stover), of Brooklyn; Sidney T., who is employed by his 
father in the factory; Emma, unmarried; and Edwin and Winlield, 
deceased. 

WILLIAM H. VOORHIS has always resided in Schraalenburgh, Bergen 
County, N. J., where he was born on the 6th of November, 1870. He is a 
direct descendant of Steven Coerts Van Voorhees, the emigrant (see sketch 
on page 8.3), of the seventh generation. His father is John W. Yoorhis. 
The Voorhis family has given many eminent men to the State; its mem- 
bers have been conspicuous in the professions, in military and civil life, 
and in the quieter pursuits of business and the trades for many genera- 
tions. His mother was Sophia Vross, daughter of James Vross; her fam- 
ily also came originally from Holland. 

Mr. Voorhis acquired his early education in the public schools of 
Schraalenburgh. Leaving school at the age of fourteen, he entered upon 
the active duties of life. He learned the carpenter's trade, which he fol- 
lowed as a journeyman for three years, when he engaged in the business 
for himself. Since that time he has steadily and successfully prosecuted 
his chosen trade, executing many important contracts, and adding ma- 
terially to the general advancement of his town. His services have also 
been called into requisition as a public official. For two years he was a 
valued member of the Town Council. He is a member of the Dutch 
Reformed Church, an enterprising, public spirited citizen, and a man of 
acknowledged influence and standing. 

Mr. Voorhis married Minnie Yereance, and they have two children: 
Ethel, born in 1891, and Arthur, born in 1897. 

EDWARD EARTjE, known as Edward Earle, Jr.. came to Bergen (now 
Jersey City, N. J.) early in the spring of 1676, from Maryland. He was an 
Englishman, or of English descent. On the 24th of April, following his 



ERRATA 

On page 232, in sketch of William H. Voorhis, iirst paragraph, 
8th line, read Sophia Bross, daughter of James Bross, instead of 
"Vross," as printed. 



GENEALOGICAL 233 

arrival at Bergen, he purchased Secancas Island, takin- a deed therefor 
from Samuel Edsall and Peter Stoutenburgh, executors of the will of 
JNicholas ^ arlett, who first purchased it from the Indians. Earle's deed 
recites that the area of the island was about 2,000 acres. Three years 
later he sold one-half of the island to Judge William Pinhorne for £500, 
includmg one-half of all the stock, "Christian and negio servants." A 
schedule attached to this deed discloses what improvements and personal 
chattels were on the island at this time, and enumerates " one dandling 
house, containing two lower rooms and a lean-to-below-stairs and a loft 
above, five tobacco houses, one horse, one mare, two colts, eight oxen, ten 
cows, one bull, four yearlings, seven calves, thirty or forty hogs, four negro 
men, and five Christian servants." Edward Earle died December 15, 1711. 
He married, February 13, lfi8S, Elsie Vreeland. After his death his 
widow, Elsie Vreeland, went to Hackensack, where, on the 24th of June, 
1716, she married Hendrick Meyer, by virtue of a license from the (iovernor 
of New Jersey, dated May 8, 1716. Edward, Jr.'s children bv Elsie Vree- 
land were seven in number: Edward, born in 1690; a son, born 1692; 
Hannah, born in 1685; Marmaduke, born in 1696; John, born in IGDS; a son 
born 1703; and a daughter born in 1704. All of these children eventually 
settled within the limits of Bergen County and mostly at English Neigh- 
borhood. 

SAMUEL E. EARLE, the subject of this article, is of the sixth genera- 
tion from Edward Earle, Jr., who came from Maryland, as stated in the 
foregoing sketch. His father, Samuel E. Earle, Sr., a life-long farmer, was 
born in old English Neighborhood, now Ridgefleld, filled the offices of 
school trustee, road master, etc., and died March 12, 1898, at the age of 
ninety-seven years and fourteen days; his father was Nathaniel Earle, also 
a farmer. The wife of Samuel E. Earle, Sr., was Eliza McDonald, who was 
born in North Bergen, and who died there March 28, 1898, aged eighty- 
seven. She was of Scotch descent. Her paternal grandmother lived to be 
over one hundred years old. Mr. and Mrs. Earle were both endowed with 
great force of character and with attainments of a high order, and during 
their lives were universally respected and esteemed for those sterling 
qualities which distinguish their race. Of their eight children three are 
living, namely: Matthias T. Earle, of Jersey City Heights, N. J.; Samuel 
E. Earle, of North Bergen; and Abraham McDonald Earle, of Brooklyn, 
N. Y. 

Samuel E. Earle was born December 15, 1848, in North Bergen, Hudson 
County, N. J., where he has always resided. After attending the public 
schools of his native town he took up his father's vocation, that of farmer, 
which he has since followed, engaging also from time to time in contract 
work on roads and streets. He has been Eoad Commissioner of North 
Bergen for nine j'ears and a member of the North Bergen Board of Educa- 
tion since 1892. In politics he is an independent Democrat. Mr. Earle has 
filled every position with ability and satisfaction, and during an active 
career has won and maintained the confidence of his fellow-citizens. His 
interest in township affairs, his faithful attention to the trusts committed 
to his care, and his unfailing public spirit and patriotism, together with 
his industry, enterprise, and activity, have gained for him universal esteem 
and respect. He is a member of the Royal Society of Good Fellows. 



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Novembei- 4, 1880, Mr. Earle married Miss Mary S. Rodgers, daughter 
of Abiatliii and Illioda liodgcrs, of New York City. Tliey Lave two chil- 
dren: Rlioda Ann and Fred Keed. 

JAMES SMITH, Treasurer of the City of Iloboken, N. J., since May, 
1888, is the son of James Suiith, Sr., and Elizabeth Eaton, and was born in 
County Meath, Ireland, May 5, 1848. In 1850 he was brought by his 
parents to America. The fainily settled in Hoboken, Hudson County, and 
there Mr. Smith has ever since resided, identifying himself with the growth 
and advancement of the city and contril)uting materially to its general 

welfare. He attended Ho- 
boken Public School No. 1, 
being one of its fii-st scholars, 
and finished his studies at St. 
Francis Xavier College in New 
York City. Subse(iuently he 
engaged in the provision trade 
in Hoboken, and for thirty 
years has followed that busi- 
ness with constantly increas- 
ing success. 

In politics Mr. Smith has 
always been a Democrat. He 
was elected Treasurer of the 
City of Hoboken in May, 1888, 
and by successive re-elections 
has eA'er since held that office 
with great credit and honor to 
himself and entire satisfaction 
to the people. That he is 
po])ular, trustworthy, and uni- 
versally respected is attested 
by the fact that he has had 
no opposition at the polls since 
his first election, and even then 
his opponent for the office was 
nominated on an independent ticket and polled a very small vote. Mr. 
Smith has discharged his duties as Treasurer of the city with unceasing 
fidelity, and v;ith such marked ability and integrity that in ISIJO he was the 
Democratic nominee for the State Treasurership. He is public spirited, 
enterprising, and patriotic, prompt and exact in the dischai'ge of every 
obligation, genial and afl'able in manner, and popular among all who know 
him. He is a member and one of the founders of the Columbia Club of 
Hoboken. 

Mr. Smith married JMiss Minnie Judge, whose father was one of the 
original Police Commissioners of Hoboken. They have three sons and two 
daughters. 




.JAMES SMITH. 



EUGENE VAN ARTSDALEN MAGEE, of Hoboken, was born in James- 
burg, N. J., December 21, 1S."52. He is the son of Joseph C. and Elizabeth 
(Van Artsdalen) Magee and a grandson of Jonathan Magee and Daniel Van 
Artsdalen, and spi'ings from a family whose members have long been 
active aud prominent in the State. 



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235 



Mr. ]\[agee was educated at Fieeliold Institute iu Freehold, N. J., and 
for a time was in the First National Bank of Jamesburg. In 1871 he went 
to New York City, where he added to his practical knowledge of business 
aft'airs. He engaged in the business of clothiers" trimmings in 1880, and so 
continued with marked success until 1891, when the death of his brother- 
in-law {-aused a change in his commercial relations. He then associated 
himself with his father-in-law, ^Mlliam H. Harper, in the real estate and 
insurance business in Hoboken. of which he is the manager and proprietor. 
This agency dates back to 18()0, and conducts an extensive business through- 




EUGENE VAN ARTSDALEN MAGEE. 

out Hudson County. Mr. Magee is an expert in all matters connected with 
real property and", wheneyer diflerences of opinion in respect to yalues 
arise his iudgment is accepted as final. He is a resident of East Orange, 
a gentleman of excellent social and financial standing, and is held m mucli 
respect by all with whom he has business or personal relations. He is a 
member of the Munn Ayenue I'resbyterian Church of East Orange. He 
married Minnie Harper and has two children. 

WILLIAM WILLIAMS BANTA, of Hillsdale, N. J., numbers among 
his ancestors some of the most distinguished men of Bergen County, ihe 



236 HUDSON AND BEKGEN COUNTIES 

Eantas, the Demarests, the Duries, and other prominent families came 
over from Holland and were original settlers of the county, and to their 
energy, activity, and enterprise is due much of the county's prosperity, 
as well as the growth and development of the eastern part of the State. 

Mr. Banta is a lineal descendant of Epke Jacobse Banta, a well-to-do 
farmer who emigrated to Amezica from Harlengen in the Province of East 
Friesland, Holland, in 1659. The register of the ship " De Trouw " shows 
that Banta with his wife and children: Seba, aged six years, Cor- 
nelius, aged four years, Henry, aged two years, and Weart, aged nine 
months, left the port of Amsterdam, February 13, 1059, and in due time 
reached New Amsterdam, from whence Banta went to Bergen in New 
Jersey, where he took an active part in town affairs, and in 1679 was there 
appointed one of the Judges of the Court of Oyer and Terminer. The 
same year he bought a tract of land near Hackensack. His son Dirk bought 
lands adjoining his father in 1681, and in 1695 four of the sons, in com- 
pany with other persons, bought a large tract at English Neighborhood 
in Bergen County. The sons all married, reared large families, and became 
prominent and influential in county affairs, principally in Bergen. 

William W. Banta is of the eighth generation from Epke Jacobse Banta, 
the emigrant, and is the son of John J. Banta and Margeretta Demarest, 
and a grandson of Jacob J. and Maria (AVilliams) Banta, and on his 
mother's side of David and Margeretta Durie Demarest. He was born at 
Old Bridge, Bergen County, N. J., on the 20th of July, 1857, and received 
his education in the public schools of Eiver Edge in the same county. 
He subsequently spent ten years in teaching, first as Principal of the 
Hillsdale Public School and later as teacher of Public School No. 2, at 
Teaneck. From 1887 to 1896 he conducted a general store at Hillsdale, 
serving also as Postmaster during that period. In 1897 he again accepted 
the principalship of the Teaneck school, which he still holds. 

Mr. Banta is a teacher of acknowledged ability, and during many years' 
service in that occupation has been eminently successful. He has brought 
to his duties great intellectual capacity, liberal ideas, and a broad educa- 
tional training, and the schools under his management have experienced 
unusual prosperity. He was one of the Assessors of Washington Township 
in 1894 and Clerk of the new Township of Hillsdale in 1898, and is a 
Steward and Trustee of the Hillsdale Methodist Episcopal Church. In 
every capacity he has won the respect and confidence of all who know 
him. He married Emma Hopper, daughter of Abram A. and Margaret 
Hopper, of Hillsdale, N. J. 

THE VAN HORN FAMILY.— The first American progenitor of the Van 
Horn family in Hudson and Bergen Counties was Jan Cornelissen, who 
came to America from his birthplace, the City of Hoorn, Holland, pre- 
viously to the year 1645. Mr. Winfleld, in his " History of Hudson 
County," thinks this emigrant was under twenty-one years of age when 
he arrived at New Amsterdam, and cites as proof the fact that, on 
October 4, 1647, a power of attorney was executed by him for the purpose 
of collecting money due him from his guardian in Holland. He sided with 
the English in 1664, and took the oath of allegiance to the king the same 
year. One of his sons, named Joris. married, March 11, 1663, Maria Eut- 
gers, of Amersfoort, L. I., and had eight children, one of whom was Rutgert 
Jansen Van Horn, baptized at New York, January 5^ 1667. This Rutgert 
married, April 25, 1697, Neeltie Van Vechten. Another son was Cornelius 



GENEALOGICAL 237 

Jansen Van Horn. In 1697 both Eutgert and Cornelius went to Schraalen- 
burgh, where Cornelius married Jacomina Demarest, widow of Samuel 
Helling, and settled east of Closter, where his descendants still reside. 
Rutgert returned to Bergen and purchased lands at Bayonne, where he 
resided until 1711, when he bought a farm at Communipaw, where he spent 
his days, and where he died May 15, 1741. Rutgcrt's descendants spread 
over Hudson County, and those of Cornelius over Bergen County. 

THE VAN HOUTEN FAMILY.— Boele Roelofsen Joncker, a native of 
the Province of Gelderland, Holland, and his wife and four children, be- 
sides his wife's sister and a boy, came to America, in February, 1659, and 
settled at Xew Amsterdam. His wife's surname was Tennis. The names 
of the children he brought with him were Halmagh, Cornells, Tennis, and 
Matilda, and after his arrival in New York he had two more children bap- 
tized there: Henry, February 6, 1661, and Catharine, October 8, 1662. 
Roelofsen's children after his death removed to and settled at Bergen, X. J. 
Halmagh married, September 3, 1676, Jannetje Peters, a daughter of Peter 
Merselis, of Beest, Holland. Cornells married, November 11, 1677, Mag- 
dalena Rynese Van (riesen. Teunis married, January S, 1678, Catharine 
Claes Kuyper (Cooper). Matilda married, July 2-, 1683, John Hendricks. 
No further mention is made of the other two children. Halmagh's children, 
baptized at Bergen, were ten: Roelof, Peter, Cornelius, Catelyntie, Jacob, 
Dirck, Geertie, Elizabeth, John, and Jannetie. These all remained at Ber- 
gen, where their descendants are very numerous. Cornelius went to 
Aquackanonck. where, on March 16, 1684, he and several others purchased 
and settled on a large tract known as the Aquackanonck (Passaic) i)atent. 
His children were Crietie, Roelof, Rynier, Driekie, John, and Cor- 
nelius. These remained at Passaic, and their descendants are numerous 
in Passaic County and in the western and northern parts of P>erj;en County. 
Teunis removed to Rockland County, N. Y. (then Orange County), where he 
purchased lands and located, and where he became somewhat noted. In 
1689 he was a Justice for Orange County, and the same year he was a 
member of the Committee of Safety to deal with the treason of Governor 
Leisler at New York. He had thirteen children, some baptized at I'.crgeu. 
some at New York, and some at Tappan. Their names were Crietic. liolof, 
Ann, Claes, Jannetie, Vroutie, Cornelia, John, Vroutie, Elizabeth, Pietartie, 
Grietie, and Anetie. Many of these married and their descendants spread 
over Rockland County, N. Y., and southward into Bergen County, N.J. 

THE VAN GELDER FAMILY. — The numerous Van Gelders in Bergen 
County are descended from Johannes Van Gelder, who came from Gelder- 
land in Holland about 1661 and settled at New Amsterdam, where he had 
issue Hester, 1662; John, 1664; Hermanns, 1666; Elizabeth; Maria; Abra- 
ham, 1673; Cornelia; Emmerdus; and James. John married in lOSi; 
Effie Roos. Hermanns married in 1689 Catharine Teunis. Abraham mar- 
ried in 1695, Catalyntie Ellas. James settled at Hackensack, N. J., in 170."), 
and married Susanna Devoe, a widow. Abraham's son John, born about 
1702, married Catalina Vanderbeck, and about 1730 settled at Pompton, 
then in Bergen County. From these two, John and James, there are nu- 
merous descendants living in the western part of Bergen (^^anty. 

ABRAM C. HOLDRUM.— The Holdrums of Bergen Countyare of Holland 
extraction. The first to come to America was John Holdrum (or, as he 



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HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 



spelled it, Holdron). The exact date of his arrival at New York is not 
known, bnt it must have been early in 1708. for in that year he married 
Miss Oornelia Van Tienhoven, a daughter of Director-General Cornelius 
Van Tienhoven, of New Amsterdam, where she was born in the fall of 1C78. 
John Holdrum and his wife resided in New Amsterdam for five years 
after their marriage, during which time three children were born to them. 
In 1713 John and his family removed to Tappan, N. Y., where they seem 
to have resided, neighbors to the Coopers, Eckersons, Harings, and 
Straatmakers, some of whom were living within the limits of Bergen 
County. Of what part of Holland John Holdrum was a native does not 
definitely appear. It is known that he styled himself " yeoman," which 
signified he was a man possessed of some propertj', and that he sailed 

from Amsterdam. He 
was an agriculturist, 
and must have been a 
man of respectability to 
obtain an introduction 
into such an aristo- 
cratic family as the Van 
Tienhovens. His chil- 
dren of the second gene- 
ration were William, 
Elizabeth, and Lucas, 
born in New York City, 
and Elsie, Sarah, John, 
and Cornelius, born at 
Tappan, N. Y., the last 
of whom married Antje 
Meyer, and had five 
children. 

William Holdrum, of 
the second generation, 
born in New' York about 
1710, married, in 1734, 
INI a r g r i e t i e Peters, 
d a u g h t e r of Claes 
Peters, of Rockland 
County, N. Y. A^'illiam 
purchased lands in Har- 
rington Townshij), Ber- 
gen County, just south 
of the State line, about 
1745, but what area 
does not appear, the 
deed never having been recorded. On December 18, 1760, he purchased 
from Dominie Benjamin Vandelinda a tract of 2.58 acres west of the Hack- 
ensack River, adjoining the State line. On this William resided all his life- 
time, following the occupation of a farmer. His children of the third gen- 
eration were: John, born in 1735, mai'ried Catharine Lepper (and had 
three children); Cathelyntie, born in 1737; Cornelia, born in 1739; Claes, 
born in 1740; William, born in 1742; Maria, born in 1745; Abraham, born 
in 1747; Cornelius, born in 1749; and Catharine, born in 1751. One of these 
last (Cornelius, third generation) married Elizabeth Haring. He died May 




ABRAM 0. HOLDRUM. 



GENEALOGICAL 239 

31, 1831. They had a son, James 0. Holdruni (4), born December 21, 1785, 
who married Margaret Demarest. He died October 5, 1877, and she died 
March 30, 1870. One of their children was ( 'ornelius J. Holdrum (5), who 
married Elizabeth De Pew, and had children, one oi whom was Abram C. 
Holdrum (6), the subject of this sketch. 

Abram 0. Holdrum was born at Orangebnrgh, Rockland County, N. Y., 
September 23, 1837. He received his education in the local public schools 
of his town, and, after finishing the usual course, was duly appointed to a 
scholarship in the New York Normal School at Albany, where he com- 
pleted a thorough classical training. Subsequently he was engaged in 
business in New York City for nearly twenty years, retiring in 1872 and 
removing to Bergen County, where he has since resided. From that time 
to the present he has been honored by almost every local office of trust 
within the gift of the county and State. 

He is and has been for many years a commissioner of deeds and a notary 
public for New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. He has served 
as a member of the Board of School Trustees of Washington Township for 
more than twenty years, being district clerk most of that period. In IST!) he 
was elected to the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and was the 
first Republican representative from the Township of AVashington. He 
was appointed to take the TJnited States census in 1880 and again in 18!)(l, 
and in the latter year was appointed by the tJovernor a member of the 
Bergen County Board of Elections, of which he served as Secretary until 
his election to' the New Jersey Legislature of 18!)7. In 18!t.") he was com- 
missioned Postmaster of Westwood, N. J., and held that office four years. 

Elected to the Assembly of 1897 by a plurality of :t,(;:!3 over Van Em- 
burg, the highest Democratic candidate, Mr. Holdrum served on the Com- 
mittees on Game and Fisheries and Revision of Laws, and was re-elected 
for the session of 1898. his majority over Mr. Fellows, the Democratic nom- 
inee, being 808. His entire legislative career was marked by a careful, com- 
prehensive, and intelligent attention to the business of the House, and 
especially to those measures which affected his town or county, and gained 
for him a high reputation as well as a wide and intimate acquaintance. 

Mr. Holdrum has been a leading member of the Republican (Vmnty Ex- 
ecutive Committee of Bergen County for many years, and in ISiiii be- 
came the committee's Vice-Chairman. He has been President of the Ber- 
gen County Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company since 1891, lias been 
Vice-President of the Bergen County Board of Agriculture and a delcKiite 
to the State board for some time, and is also President of the Progi-ossive 
Building and Loan Association, of Hillsdale, N. J. In all these capacities 
he has displayed great business ability, sound judgment, and unerring 
foresio-ht united with manlv courage, indomitable industry, and honcH 
effort" He has faithfullv and honestly discharged the duties of every trust. 
He is a member and past officer of City Lodge, F. and A. il., of New York 
Citv and a member of Rockland Chapter, R. A. M., of Nyack, N. Y. 

He married, in January, 1872, Miss Mary Leah Hopper, and has two chil- 
dren living: Bessie C, born in 1876, and Carret S. il., born m 1881, and 
resides in Westwood, Bergen County. 

THE V '^N DIEN FAMILY has numerous members in the central parts 
of Bergen County. Their common ancestor was Gerret Cornelise Van 
Duyn (said to have been a native of Zwolle in the Province of Overyssel in 
Holland) In 1649 he emigrated from Niewkerk in Zealand to New Am- 



240 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

stei'dam and married Jacomina Swarts. He settled at Brooklyn, where he 
plied his trade of a earj)enter and wheelwright. He was fined there in 
KifiS for refusing to pay toward supporting the minister. On August 10, 
1670, he obtained permission to return to Holland, and, with his wife, kept 
house at Zwolle, but, not prospering, he returned in 1679 in Ihe ship "The 
Charles," on board of which were several leaders of the sect known as 
Labadists. He finally located on a farm on Long Island, between New 
Utrecht and Flatbush. He bought other lands at Flatbush. He was 
among the Flatbush patentees in 1686 and 1687, took the oath of alle- 
giance in 1687, and was a magistrate in 1687-88 and a justice in 1689-90. 
He died in 1705, leaving issue Cornelius, Garret, Denys, William, Dirck. 
Cornelia, Abraham, Aeltie, and Jacomina. 

Coinelius removed to Somerset CVtunty, N. Y. Abraham settled on the 
Raritan River in Xew Jersey, and later went to Cecil County, Md. All the 
others except Garret settled in Somerset and Middlesex Counties, N. J. 
Garret went to Bergen, where he settled, and died in 1686. He married 
Gertie Hopper, and bought lands in 1662 from Governor Stuyvesant, on the 
Saddle River. His children wrote their names Van Dien. Among his issue 
was Gerret Van Dien, who married Vroutie ^'erwey, and lived west of 
the Saddle River. His issue were Dirk, Cornelius, Hendricka, Albert, and 
William, and the descendants of these children are now numerous in 
Bergen County. 

THE A^-VNDERBECK PAMITA" is among the most numerous of any in 
Bergen and Hudson Counties. Paulus A^ander Beek, the common ancestor 
of the family in America, was a native of Bremen, in Germany, and came 
to America about 1043, stopping first at New Amsterdam, where, on October 
9, 1644, he married Maria Thomas (or Baddie), a widow who had previously 
been the wife of Thomas Farden and William Arianse Bennett, of Gowan- 
nus. Paulus ^'ander Beek appeals to have been of a roving disposition. 
In 1655 he was living at Brooklyn. In 1660 he was following the calling 
of a butcher in New Amsterdam. In 1661 he was farming the excise of 
Long Island, and in 1662 he was ferry-master. On October 24. 1663, he 
bought plantation lot No. 17 at Graves End. He was enrolled as a tax- 
payer of Brooklyn in 1675, and was one of the patentees of the Brooklyn 
patent in 1677. In 1679 he sold half of a farm at (iowanus for 3,000 
gelders. He resided on the farm at Gowannus, late of Garret Bergen. He 
died in 1680. His children were Conrad, 1647; Aeltie, 1649; and Paulus, 
Hester, Isaac, and Catharine. Paulus Vander Beek (2), bax)tiz;ed at New 
Asterdam, November 17, 1650, married, June 13, 1677, Sarah Schouten. He 
resided at Gowannus, where he died about 1690. His issue of the third 
generation were Sarah, Maria, Paulus, Sarah, Lucas, and Janneken. 

Paulus Vanderbeck (;>), baptized at Gowannus, November 6, 1C81, mar- 
ried Jannetie Springsteen, and settled at Hackensack, joining the church 
there September 30, 1710, which is about the time he went there. He 
bought land in what is now Midland Township and at Paramus, where 
he settled. His cousin, Paulus Vanderbeck, son of Conrade (2), married (1) 
Jannetie Johannes, widow of Jacob Culvei-, and (2) June, 1703, Catryn 
Martens, widow of Samuel Berry. He likewise settled near Hackensack. 
Paulus (3) had issue Abram, 1708, and Isaac, 1712, and Paulus (3), son of 
Conrad, had children Conrad, Jacob, Elsie, Paulus, and Catharine. Prom 
these residing .about Paramus and Hackensack have sprung a numerous 
host, scattered over Bergen and Hudson Counties. 



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HENRY ISAAC DARLING, of .T(>i'sey City, was born in County Meatli, 
Ireland, on the Ttli of June, 1847. Ho is tiio son of Janios Darling and 
Susan Ffolliott and a grandson of Hiram Darling and Jolm Ffolliott. He 
received liis education at Santry College, in Diiiilin, and in 1865 came to 
New York City, where lie began his active carcn'r. In 1800 he went to 
California and spent four eventful years in San Fr-ancisco and Sacramento, 
gaining a wide experience 
and a full knowledge of 
business generally. Re- 
turning east in ISTO, he 
was in the great Chicago 
fire of 1871, and the next 
year (1872) returned to 
New York, where he was 
employed for several 
years in the wholesale dry 
goods business. 

Mr. Darling removed to 
Hobokeu, Hudson County. 
N. J., in 1875 and lived 
there nine years. In 1881 
he moved to the Hudson 
City section of Jersey City 
and engaged in real estate 
business and building oji- 
erations. He was tlie 
first in his section of Jer- 
sey City to inaugurate the 
system of building a de- 
tached house on a lot and 
selling the whole jtroperty 
on easy terms, thus enab- 
ling working jieojde of 
moderate means to get 
possession of their homes 
and pay for them in the 
easiest possible manner. 
In this line of oper.ation 
Mr. Darling has been emi- 
nently successful, and a 
large number of families 

to-day are enjoying homes which he has provided for them on this basis. 
Among the buildings which he has erected uji to the present time are 
one hundred and thirty-five houses by actual count in Hudson County, 
nearly all of which he has sold to families now occupying them. Most of 
these homes have been built within the past six years, thus bringing into 
the county property to the value of over -IfSOO.OOO.OO, and improving lands 
which would still be unproductive and of small value as a taxable asset. 
Numerous builders and contractors have followed his exam]ile of building 
detached houses for homes for working people and have been very suc- 
cessful, yet the inception and inauguration of the plan is due wholly to 
him, and in this particular line he is the acknowledged leader. Blocks 
of houses all over the Hudson City and liergen sections of Jersey <Jity, on 




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242 HUDSON AJSTD BERGEN COUNTIES 

Weekawken Heights, and in West Hoboken attest his design of working 
people's homes. Mr. Darling makes a specialty of one and two family 
houses, and he justly claims that he never built a house but what he could 
sell easily. 

As a business man and citizen Mr. Darling has achieved an excellent 
reputation. He has been successful in all his efforts, for in their inception 
and execution he has displayed the highest abilities, untiring industry, and 
superior judgment. He was at one time a member of the Eepublican 
County Committee of Hudson County and also served a five years' term as 
Justice of the Peace, but with these exceptions has never held public 
office. Though a public spirited citizen, deeply interested in the welfare 
of the community, and thoroughly identified with its interests, he has 
never taken a very active part in politics, his extensive business interests 
demanding and receiving his entire attention. He is a member of Hoboken 
Lodge, F. and A. M., of Unique Lodge, A. O. U. W., and of the Berkley 
Club. Both he and his family were prominent in the Ascension Protestant 
Episcopal Church, New York Avenue and South Street, Jersey City, for 
manv years ; they now attend St. John's Church on Summit Avenue, Jersey 
City: 

Mr. Darling was married in Hoboken, N. J., in 1875, to Miss Martha J. 
Dowden. They have one son, Benjamin J. Darling, now a law student in 
the office of Henry A. Gaede, of Hoboken, and a member of the afternoon 
law class of New York University, 1901, and two daughters, Elizabeth and 
Isabel Letitia. 

THE VAN GIESEN FAMILY.— One Reynier Bastiaensen Van Giesen, 
from Giesen, a village in North Brabant, Holland, came to New Amster- 
dam with his wife, Dircke Cornells Van Groenland, prior to 1660, and 
settled at Flatbush, L. I. He was a schoolmaster, and the first one at Flat- 
bush, as appears from an agreement dated June 6, 1660, which he signed 
between himself and the consistory of the Dutch Church of Flatbush. He 
resided at Flatbush in a house which he sold in January, 1663, and was an 
officer in attendance upon the court. From Flatbush he went to Bergen, 
and from thence to Hackensack, where, in September, 1699, he married his 
second wife, Hendrickie Buys, of Bergen. At this time he had dropped 
the Bastians from his name. His issue were John; Jacob, 1670; Gysber- 
tie, 1673; Bastianse, Abraham, Henry, Isaac, Eynier, Isaac, and per- 
haps daughters. Of these Isaac married Hillegond Claesen Cooper and 
Anna Breyand. Henry married Sara Romeyn. Rynier married a Van 
Dien. All these settled at Hackensack, and later their descendants set- 
tled in the western part of Bergen County, where the name is now 
common. 

THE VAN SAUN FAMIIiY.— The Van Sauns are a numerous family 
to-day in Bergen County. Jacob Van Zauwen came to America in 1677 
and settled at New Amsterdam. There, the following year, he married 
Jennetie Lucas. The entry of this marriage discloses the fact that the 
groom was a native of Ransdorp in Holland. 

One of his sons, Jacob Van Saen (as he wrote it), born in New Amster- 
dam about 1683, went to Hackensack in 1705, and married Rachel Bogert. 
He purchased lands in the Paramus district of Bergen County, where he 
finally settled. He and his wife joined the Hackensack Dutch Church in 
1726.' His issue were Jacob, 1706; John, 1709; John, 1711; Jannetie, 



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1714; Isaac, 1717; Angenitie, 1719; Lucas. 1722; and a daughter, 1725. 
These intermarried with the Bantas, Deniarests, Goetschius, and other 
families, and scattered over the Counties of Bergen and Passaic. 

FREDERICK W. HORSTMAN, of East Newarlv, Hudson County, was 
born in Newarlv, N. J., on tlie !)th of January, 184.3. He is the son of Henry 
Horstman (son of ^Yill^an^ and Margaret Horstman). a native of Hanover, 
Germany, wlio came to America in 1S.S7 and settled in Newark, where he 
was married in 1841 to Wilhelmina Luderson. daughter of Fredericlt Luder- 
son, and where he spent tl\o remainder of liis life as a manufacturer of 
steel springs. 

Mr. Horstman received a 
thorough public school edu- 
cation in his native city, 
and at an early age learned 
the machinist's trade. On 
Lincoln's first call for 
troops in 1861 he enlisted in 
Company E, First New Jer- 
sey Volunteer Infantry, in 
which he served three 
months, when he was hon- 
orably discharged. He sub- 
sequently associated him- 
self with the Arm of Hughes 
& Phillips, manufacturers 
of machinery, of Newark, 
N. J., with whom he re- 
mained thirty years, being 
foreman of their establish- 
ment during twenty years 
of that period. In fjolitics 
Mr. Horstman is an ardent 
and consistent Democrat. 
He has for many years 
taken an active part in the 
affairs of the community, 
having served as Town 
Committeeman and as a 
member of the School 
Board of the Town of 
Kearny — a part of which 

now comprises the Borough of East Newark, of which he is at the present 
time Borough Recorder. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and 
of the Knights of Honor, an honorary member of the Aurora Singing So- 
ciety of Newark, and President of the Peo])le's Building and Loan Asso- 
ciation, with which he has been actively identified for more than twenty- 
seven years. Mr. Horstman is a public spirited, enterprising, and progress- 
ive citizen, has filled every position with acknowledged ability aud satis- 
faction, and is highly respected by all who know him. He has always 
enjoyed the entire coiafidence of the community, and in both business and 
public capacities has achieved an excellent reputation. 

Mr. Horstman's wife, Bertha Meis, whom he married in Newark, N. J., 




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244 HUDSON AND BEKGEN COUNTIES 

came from Germany in 1865. Their children are Henry J., Frederick W., 
Jr., Bertha, Ida, Julia, Minnie, Sophia, Grace, and Franklin G. The family 
reside in the Borough of East Newark. 

THE VAN VOORST FAMILY.— The first American of the Van Voorsts, 
of Bergen and Hudson Counties, was Cornelius Van Vorst, who came to 
America between 1634 and 1636, as is supposed, from the little town of 
Voorst, in the Province of Gelderland, Holland, near the Eiver Yssel; but 
as there was a town of the same name in the Province of Antwerp, in 
Belgium, there is some doubt about Van Voorst's birthplace. He arrived 
at Bergen (while the Lord of Achtienhoven was still the patron of Pavonia, 
and Wouter Van Twiller, Director -General of New Netherlands), and settled 
at Ahasimus. The eA'idence makes it likely that before his advent at Ahasi- 
mus he was engaged in commerce between Holland and the New Nether- 
lands. He appeared at Pavonia in 1636 as superintendent of Michael 
Pauw's plantation at Pavonia. The name of his first wife does not appear, 
but his second wife's name was Vroutie Ides. He died in the summer of 
1638, and she died in the spring of 1641. His issue were Hendrick, John, 
and Ann, born in Holland, and Ide, born in New York. The latter is 
reported to have been the first white male child born and married in New 
Netherlands. Ide was captured by the Indians in 1643 and taken to Tap- 
pan, but was ransomed by Captain John de Vries and others. Ide married, 
October 18, 1652, Hilletie Jans, of Oldenburgh. He resided at Ahasimus, 
where, as a farmer, he accumulated wealth and eventually became the 
owner of nearly all of Michael Pauw's domains. He braved the dangers of 
border life, and exposed himself, his property, and family to attacks by 
the savages. In 1656 he took refuge in New Amsterdam, but returned to 
Bergen when peace was restored. Several times he was obliged to flee 
from the savages. His children of the third generation were Vroutie, Ann, 
Cornelius, Pietartie, Cornelius, and Joanna. From these are descended 
the Van Vorsts of Bergen and Hudson Counties. 

THE VAN ORDEN (VAN NAERDEN) FAMILY is said to have origi- 
nated at Naerden, a town in North Holland, from whence, as early as 1639, 
one Claes Jansen Ruyter emigrated to America. The surname Ruyter 
was bestowed on him because he was, as the name signifies, a good horse- 
man. His children dropped the " Ruyter " and went by the name of Jan- 
sen. He and his wife, Pietertie Jans, are said to have gone first to Esopus, 
but, not liking that locality, located at Brooklyn, where in 1645 Claes 
bought 42 acres of land adjoining the farm of Peter Van Delinde. Claes 
was an Indian interpreter in 1660. His son, Claes Jansen, married in 
New York in 1676 Cornelia Williams, of Esopus. He was then registered 
as being from Esopus. By his two wives he had a large family of children. 

Claes's son John married and reared a large family, among whom were 
Andries (Andrew), Albert, and Adam. These came to Hackensack about 
1700, where, on August 31, of that year, Andries married Rachel, eldest 
daughter of David Demarest (2), by whom he had a son, John. Rachel 
Demarest died in 1708, and Andries married, August 12, 1710, Antie la 
Roux, a granddaughter of Jaques la Roux, the emigrant. Andries's chil- 
dren were Jacobus, Elizabeth, Jannetie, Peter, and Wybrig. Albert, 
brother of Andries, married in 1717 Margaret Mattys, of Hackensack, by 



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whom he had issue. J[any of the childien of Andi-ies and Albert settled 
on lands now m AVashington, Midhind, and llohokns Townships, where 
the name is frequently met with to-day. 

EDWARD JIcDEEMOTT, for more than twelve years a leading architect 
and builder of ^"orth Hudson County, was born July :il, lS(i6, in West Ho- 
boken, X. J., where he has always resided. He is the son of John McDer- 
mott and Elizabeth Mc(Jlure. He receiyed his education in the West 
Hobokeu public schools, and after completing his studies turned his atten- 
tion to architecture, for which he had decided taste. HaNing gained a prac- 



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EDWARD McDERMOTT. 

tical as well as a theoretical knowledge of the profession, he opened an office 
for the active practice of architecture in West Iloboken, in 1880, and 
through his ability and skill has gained an extensive business. He has de- 
signed and erected many of the finer structures, including numerous dwell- 
ings, in the northern part of Hudson County. His work shows great origi- 
nality, broad professional knowledge, and nuirked artistic taste, as well as a 
thorough comprehension of structural problems. His success is the result 
of his own efforts. 
Mr. McDermott has also been active and influential in public affairs, fill- 



246 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

iug several positions with the same ability and satisfaction which have 
characterized his professional career. Elected a member in 1890 and Treas- 
urer in 1891 of the Board of Fire Trustees of West Hoboken, and Tax As- 
sessor of the town in 1892, he still holds the latter office, discharging his 
duties with ability, faithfulness, and honor. He is a member of Cosmopoli- 
tan Lodge, No. 351, I. O. O. F. 

THE VAN WAGENEN AND GAERETSEN FAMILIES.— Garret 
Gerretsen was a native of Wageningen, an ancient town near the Rhine 
River, and about ten miles west of Arnheim in Gelderland, Holland. This 
town stood on marshy ground, was walled, and was a place of considerable 
strength during the Thirty Years' War. Garret Gerretsen left his native 
town with his wife, Annetie Hermanse, and child, Gerret (then two years 
old), in November, 1 660, on the ship " Faith " (commanded by skipper Jan 
Bestevaer), and reached New Amsterdam on December 23, following. The 
fare for himself and family was ninety florins. Gerretsen brought with 
him a certificate of the mayor and scheppens of his native town that he 
and his wife " have always been considered and esteemed as pious and 
honest people, and that no complaint of any civil or disorderly conduct has 
ever reached their ears." Gerretsen went to Bergen, where, on May 12, 
1668, he bought of Philip Carteret eight parcels of land in the Town of 
Bergen. He resided in what is now the Communipaw section of Jersey 
City, where he died, in October, 1696. His wife died September 7, 1696. 
His issue were seven children: Garret, Jannetie, Sophia, Herman, Aeltie, 
Henry, and John. 

Some of these took the name of Van Wagenen, while others retained 
that of Gerretsen, from the name of their father. Garret Gerretsen's de- 
scendants, going by the surname of Garretson, Garrison, Van Wagenen, 
and Van Wagner, are to-day numerous throughout Bergen and Hudson 
Counties. One of them is Hon. Abram Q. Garretson, just (1900) appointed 
Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. 

THE VAN WINKLE FAMILY.— Mr. Winfleld has written in reference 
to the origin of this family ; " This name is derived from ivinkel, a corner, 
square, shop. Winkelier was a shopkeeper. The ancestor was a shop or 
storekeeper. Its present orthography is comparatively modern. The family 
settled at Harsimus shortly after their arrival in this country. They came 
from Middleburgh, the capital of the Province of Zealand, in Holland. 
This city was on the Island of Walcheron, about forty miles southwest of 
Rotterdam, well built and populous, with a fine harbor and a prosperous 
trade. 

" I have not ascertained the names of the parents of the three boys and 
two girls who seem to have made up this family. Their names were Jacob, 
Waling, Symon, Annetie, and Grietie; their patronymic being Jacobse— 
children of Jacob. Jacob was the founder of the family in Hudson County. 
Waling and Sj^mon were of the company from Bergen who, in 1679, pur- 
chased and afterward settled ' Haquequenunck,' Aquackenonck, now 
Passaic." They were the founders of the family in New Jersey, and their 
descendants are very numerous in the western part of Bergen County as 
well as in Hudson County. Jacob's son Jacob married Egie Paulis in 1702, 
and Symon's son married Antie Saunders in 1703. Both of these settled at 
Haekensack, and so spread the family name through the central parts 
of Bergen County. 



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THE WHITE FAMILY in the northern part of Bergen County are de- 
scended from a family of shepherds, for many generations located near 
Avon, and not far from Bristol, in Somersetshire, England. Here William 
White was born in 1735 and his wife, Mary, in 1739. William was reared 
in the calling of his ancestors, and married in 1762. They were hard-work- 
ing, industrious people. William's wife died in 1792, and he survived her 
until 1802. Their issue of the second generation were eight children, all 
born near Bristol: Ann, October, 23, 1763; Isaac, November 17, 1769; 
George, March 24, 1771; James, September 17, 1774; Thomas, December 
20, 1775; Benjamin, 1777; Jonas; and Solomon, December 23, 1781. 

Ann (2) married William Tucker and, emigrating to America, settled in 
Canada, where she died, leaving children: Solomon, Mary, Jacob, Ann 
Maria, George, Jonas, Joseph, Esau, Harriet, and Benjamin, whose num- 
erous descendants abound in Southern Canada. George (2) served twenty- 
one years in the British Army, and was severely wounded. Thomas (2) 
came to America and married. He died October 6, 1823, and his wife, 
Maria, followed him September 13, 1836. Solomon (2) died, aged twenty- 
three, unmarried. All the others except Jonas (2) remained in England. 
Jonas (2), born near Bristol, November 3, 1779, came to America in 1822, 
and located on " The Flatts," in what is now Palisade Township, Bergen 
County, N. J., where he married, December 24, 1808, Mary (daughter of 
Peter Lozier), who was born at Schraalenburgh, July 19, 1778. She dying 
a few years later, he married (2) Jane Westervelt (widow). He bought lands 
at " The Flatts," where he spent his time farming until late in life, when 
he removed to New York, where he died May 10, 1856. His issue of the 
third generation by his first wife were William, 1814 (died); Mary, 1818 
(died); and Peter J.; and, by his second wife, William. 

Peter J. White (3) was born at "The Flatts," February 17, 1812. His 
occupation was always that of a farmer. Until his marriage he resided at 
" The Flatts." The rest of his days were spent at Closter, where he died, 
January 28, 1895. He married, March 10, 1841, Sarah (daughter of Abra- 
ham J. Zabriskie and Susanna Helms), born at Paramus, May 28, 1806, 
died at Closter, N. J., October 16, 1875. Their issue of the fourth genera- 
tion were David S., July 25, 1842; Charity, May 3, 1845; Mary Frances, 
October 29, 1848; and Lydia Zabriskie, January 24, 1852. These all have 
children of the fifth generation. 

Though a farmer by occupation, Mr. White was for many years foremost 
in the development of the religious, educational, and material interests of 
the community in which he lived. In 1862 he organized the first church at 
Closter (Reformed), in which he was for some time an officer and member, 
giving liberally to its maintenance and to the support of the minister, 
Rev. Eben S. Hammond. The latter was a sturdy and outspoken Unionist 
in a congregation in which anti-war sentiment predominated. Mr. Ham- 
mond's advocacy of the war made him enemies, and in the end he was 
compelled to retire. Mr. White and his wife, an active and energetic 
woman, supported the clergyman to the end, and, on the latter's retire- 
ment, transferred their membership to the North Church at Schraalen- 
burgh. Both strongly upheld the Union cause, and their only son served 
a term in the Union Army. Mr. White took a lively interest in public 
improvements, and, in 1865-66, was instrumental in having several new 
roads laid out and opened in Harrington Township. To the cause of 
public education he was a liberal patron. He gave his children the best 
educational advantages. His family were at all times the friends and 



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defenders of schools and school teachers. He was generous and hospit- 
able almost to a fault, for which I'eason he was often imposed upon by 
those whose motives were purely selfish. 

JOHN W. ROCHE, of Kearu.y, Hudson County, was born in Elizabeth, 
N. J., May 17, 180.3, and is the son of John and Ellen (Dorran) Roche, and 
a grandson of John and Martha (Crawford) Roche and of Simon and 
Mary (Forestel) Dorran, all natives of Ireland. His parents came to 
America in 1861 and settled in Elizabeth, where his father died in 1894. 
His mother still survives and resides in Kearnv. 




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JOHN W. ROCHE. 



Mr. Roche was educated in the schools of Elizabeth, where he resided 
until he was sixteen years old, when he renu)ved with his parents to 
Kearny. As a boy he served his time as a machine moulder, and con- 
tinued in that avocation until about the year 1887, when he engaged in the 
hotel business. In 1889 he built his present hotel, the Windsor House, at 
34.5 Kearny Avenue, in Kearny, a commodious structure of three stories 
Under his management that well-known hotel has had a prosperous and 
successful career. 

Aside from his business connections Mr. Roche has for a number of 



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years taken an active and leading part in public affairs, and from its 
organization until 1897 was a member of the New Jersey Naval Reserve. 
In politics he is a Democrat. He has served as a member of the Demo- 
cratic County Committee of Hudson County, and in 1898 was the regular 
party nominee for Freeholder, but being in a district where the Republicans 
have a nominal majority of over 700 he was defeated by about 50 votes. 
He is a member of the Red Men and Foresters, active and progressive in 
the affairs of the community, and prominently identified with many public 
movements. 

Mr. Roche married Delia C. Smith, daughter of Owen Smith, and by her 
has had eight children: John and James, both deceased, and Catherine, 
Helen, Thomas, Margaret, Mary, and John, who are living. 

HERMAN WALKER, Mayor of the Town of Guttenberg, is one of the 
most prominent citizens of Hudson County, N. J. This is true alike of his 
business career and influence, and of his activity in political and public 
life. Since 1878 he has been extensively engaged in the real estate busi- 
ness, acquiring property throughout Northern Hudson and Southern Ber- 
gen Counties. He became chief owner of such well known tracts of land 
as Highwood Park, Eldorado, Grand View, Hudson Heights, Bergenwood 
Park, Cliffside Park, and others, having just taken title to the Van Vorst 
tract in West New York, containing 345 lots. He was chiefly active in 
the creation of what now constitutes the choicest section of Union Town- 
ship. He was President of Eldorado, the famous amusement resort, and 
was one of its originators and second largest stockholder. He is Presi- 
dent of the North Hudson Land Company, of the New York and Rochestei- 
Steel Mat Company, and of the Hudson View Land Company. He is an 
officer and stockholder in many more corporations. In 1890-91 he was Vice- 
President of the New Jersey State Firemen's Association. He is a member 
of the Union League Club and other organizations. 

Mr. Walker is one of the most influential leaders of the Republican 
party in Hudson County. He has been a delegate to nearly every New 
Jersey Republican State Convention since 1871, and for twenty years he 
has been a member of the Hudson County Republican General Committee. 
As the candidate of the Republican party and Jeffersonian Democrats for 
County Clerk of Hudson County in 1889 he was rightfully elected, but 
was one of those who were defrauded by the notable election frauds of 
that year. In Democratic Guttenberg, however, his popularity is such 
that he has never failed of election to any of the many offices for which 
he has been a candidate. In 1878 he was Assessor and Clerk of the Joint 
Committee to set off the Town of Guttenberg from the Township of Union. 
From 1878 to April, 1886, he was Town Clerk of Guttenberg. From 1881 
to 1886 he was Town Recorder, and again, from 1888 to 1895, held the same 
office. He was a member of the Board of Councilmen in 1886, 1887, 1897, 
and 1898, and held the position of Chairman of the board in 1886 and 
again in 1897 and 1898. He was Justice of the Peace from 1879 to 1899, 
and as Chairman of the Board of Councilmen is by courtesy called Mayor. 

The son of Frederick and Barbara Walker, natives of Germany, Mr. 
Walker was himself born in New York City, April 21, 1850. He attended 
the schools of New York City and Guttenberg — his parents having removed 
to the latter place in 1860 — until he was fourteen years of age, when he 
entered the office of his father, who conducted in New York a successful 
business as a manufacturer. At seventeen years of age Mr. Walker 



250 HUDSON AND BHEGEN COUNTIES 

iissiiiued tlic manajicment of this business, in whicli lie showed marked 
ability, lie began investing in real estate in Hudson and Bergen Counties, 
however, and since 1878 has devoted himself exclusively to this business. 
On August 2(i, 1875, he married, at Guttenberg, Diana H., daughter of John 
and Diana Behrens, and has four sons and two daughters. 

Throughout his business career Mr. Walker has exhibited a remarkably 
progressive and enterprising spirit, and has been active in securing and sug- 
gesting the execution of projects of great public interest. He conceived the 
plan of preserving the Palisades by the construction of a grand boulevard 
along the entire edge of the bluff, making the most magnificent driveway in 
the world. He also conceived the plan of the consolidation into one large 
municipality of the various towns and villages in Northern Hudson and 
Southern Bergen Counties. He was one of the large donators of land for 
the building of the present loop of the County Road, under the act re- 
quiring a donation of two-thirds of the right of way before the work 
could be undertaken. At his suggestion the route was changed so as to 
pass through Highwood Park, instead of through West Hoboken, as 
originally contemplated. Some time ago he acquired a brewery in Gut- 
tenberg, with thirteen lots and buildings, which had been inactive for 
several years, but through his efforts a New York syndicate was formed 
and the plant sold to a stock company and is now successfully operated. 

JOHN J. WESTEEVELT is descended in the seventh generation from 
Lubbert Lubbertsen (Von Westervelt), who with his wife and children left 
their home at Mepple, in the Province of Drenthe, Holland, and emigrated 
to America on board the ship " Hope " in April, 1662 (see page 99). 

John J. W^estervelt is the grandson of Peter and Matilda Westervelt, 
and a son of James P. Westervelt and Margaret Demarest, daughter 
of John Demarest. He was born at West WoodclifL', N. J., October 14, 
1829, and obtained his education in the schools of Bergen County. He 
left school at the age of thirteen and went to work on his father's farm, 
where he remained until he attained his majority. He then engaged in the 
trucking business in New York and so continued until he reached the age 
of forty-six, when he returned to Bergen County and has since devoted 
himself to agricultural pursuits. He is one of the best farmers in his 
section, a member of the Dutch Eeformed Church, and honored and re- 
spected by the entire community. 

He has been twice married, first to Helen Ely, who died in 1878, leaving 
two children: Margaret and John. In 1884 he married, for his second wife, 
Margaret Brinkerhoff, a member of an old New Jersey family. 

MAURICE J. STviCK, County Clerk of Hudson Countv, was born in 
Hoboken, N. J., May 20, 1865, and has lived there all his life. He attended 
the public schools in that city and sold neAvspapers during much of his boy- 
hood. 

Mr. Stack was appointed a patrolman in the Hoboken Police Department 
July 1, 1886, when only twenty-one years old. In 1890 he was promoted to 
be a roundsman. Two years later he was made a sergeant. In December, 
1892, at the request of the late Prosecutor Charles H. Wlnfield, the Ho- 
boken Board of Police Commissioners detailed Mr. Stack as a detective in 
the Prosecutor's offlce to take the place of Mayor E. R. Stanton, of Hoboken, 
who gave up the position as Prosecutor's detective when appointed Sheriff 



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251 



of Hudson County to All the yacancy caused by the death of Sheriff John 
McPhillips. Mr. Stack continued as Prosecutor's detective until tlie deadi 
of Mr. Winlield. In 1S99 he was elected County Clerk of Hudson County 
and has tilled that ottice with characteristic ability and satisfaction. He 
has three children — two sons and a daughter. 

EDWIX RAYNOR CASE has been a life-long resident of Jersey City, 
Hudson County, where he was born on the 7th of April, 1855. He is the 
son of Meuzies Raynor Case and Amanda Malvina Coon, a grandson of 




MENZIES R. CASE. 

Moses and Charlotte (Miller) Case and of Samuel and Hannah (Negus) Coon, 
a great-grandson of Josiah Case and Robert Negus, and a lineal descendant 
of John Case, who came from England and settled in Sinisbury, Conn., in 
1650. He is also a direct descendant on the maternal side of Anne Hatha- 
way and of Commodore Terry, his great-grandmother, the wife of Robert 
Negus, being a Perry. Mr. Case's father was director of the Jersey City 
Board of Education for five terms, his associates in the board, during that 
time, being Joseph McCoy, James L. Davenport, and A. S. Jewell. He was 
also, for sixteen years, superintendent of Old Trinity M. E. Sunday School 
in York Street. 



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Edwin R. <.':ise was cducalcd at riildic Sr-liools Nos. 1 and 13, in Jersey 
<'ily, and at Ilasbroiick Classical and Oomniercial Institute, wliieh lie 
left in January, 1872, to engage in the tea brokerage business with liis 
father. He continued in that employment until September 10, 1873, and 
from that time until November 1. 1899, was associated with the People's 
(Jas Liglit Conii)any of Jersey City, first as a clei-k and frf)m October 12, 
1S80, to October 31, 1S99, as Seci-etary and Treasurer of the company. From 
the leasing of the gas company to the United Gas Improvement Company, 




EDWIN R. CASE. 



in Sejitember, 188C, to the ^jresent time, he has been engaged in the stock 
and bond brokerage business. 

Mr. Case has been a member of the Jersey City Club since 1884, and is 
also a member of Unique Council, No. 434. Royal Arcanum, and of Vigilant 
Council, No. 43, Loyal Additional Benefit Association. He is public spirit- 
ed, active and influential in the community, a man of superior business 
ability and sound judgment, and highly respected by all who know him. 

September 25, 1876, Mr. Case married Emily Fay Hoyt, and they have 
had three children: Caroline Hoyt Case, Edwin Eaynor Case, deceased, and 
Herbert Hoyt Case. 



Add to sketch of Edwin Raynor Case, pages 251-252, the 
following : 

Mr. Case is President and Director of the Fidelity Gas Light 
Company of Hoosic Falls, N. Y., of the Monroe County Gas 
Company of Stroudsburg, Pa., and of the New Paltz and Pough- 
keepsie Traction Company of New Paltz, N. Y. He is also 
Trustee of the Lakewood (N. J.) Gas Company. 



GENEALOGICAL 253 

HAMILTON WALLIS, one of the leading members of the New York 
and Hudson County bars, was born in New York TMlv on the 25th of No- 
vember, 1842. He is the son of Alexander Hamilton AVallis and Elizabeth 
Geib, a grandson of John and Mary Ann (Geib) Wallis and of John and 
Margaret (Lawrence) Geib, and a great-grandson of Joseph and Sarah 
(Tatterson) Wallis, of John and Rebecca (Shrimpton) Geib, and of Thomas 
Lawrence, whose wife was a Bogardus, a descendant of " Dominie " Bogar- 
dus, the first Dutch minister in New Amsterdam. Joseph Wallis, John 
Geib, Jr., and Mary Ann Geib were natives of England, the first reaching 
this country about 1775 and the latter two in 1707. John Geib, Sr., was a 
native of Staudernheim, Germany. Alexander Hamilton Wallis was Presi- 
dent of the First National Bank of Jersey City and was a well known New 
York lawyer before his removal to Jersey City more than half a century 
ago. He served as a member of the Jersey City Board of Aldermen and 
was twice United States Collector of Internal Eevenue for the Fifth Dis- 
trict of New Jersey. 

Hamilton Wallis received his preliminary and preparatory education 
under the tutorship of W. L. Dickinson, at public school No. 1, and in 
Hasbrouck Institute, all in Jersey City. He subseciuentlr studied under 
Charles M. Davis, of Bloomfleld, N. J., and under Rev. Samuel Jones, of 
Bridgeport, Conn., and entering Yale College was graduated from that 
institution in 1863. He took a course at the Columbia College Law School, 
graduating with the degree of LL.B., and was admitted to the bar of New 
York in May, 1865. He was admitted to practice as an attorney in Now 
Jersey in February, 1875, and as a counselor in November, 187S, and is 
also a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. 

Mr. Wallis has practiced his profession in New York City ever since his 
admission to the bar there in ISO."), and has also had an office in Jersey 
City since 1875. His rise in the profession was steady and rapid. He early 
displayed legal abilities of the highest order, and before a court and jury 
as well as in office work exhibited those striking characteristics which 
mark the successful lawyer. Possessed of sound judgment, great force 
of character, and wonderful intellectual capacity, he has been connected 
with some of the most important litigations in the courts of New York 
and New Jersey, and the many victories he has won stamp him as an 
attorney and counselor of unusual ability. In New York he is a member 
of the well known firm of Wilson & Wallis. and in Jersey City is senior 
member of the firm of Wallis, Edvi'ards & Bnmsted. 

■While Mr. Wallis has always taken a deep interest in public and political 
affairs and in all questions which affect the welfare of his city. State, and 
Nation, he has never sought nor accepted political office, preferring to 
devote his entire time and energy to the practice of his profession. As a 
citizen, however, he has long wielded an important influence upon all 
public matters, and is universally esteemed and respected. He has achieved 
a wide reputation as an able, conscientious, and reliable lawyer, and 
through his many excellent qualities has always had the confidence and 
respect of all who know him. He is a member of the Down Town Associa- 
tion of New York City, of the Carteret Club of Jersey City, and of the 
Lake Hopatcong Club of New Jersev. He is also a distinguished member 
of the Lodge of the Temple, No. 110. F. and A. M., of Jersey City, of which 
he was Worshipful Master in 1873. He was Grand Master of Masons in 
New Jersey in the vears 1879 and 1880, and in these important official capac- 
ities has rendered' valuable service to the fraternity in the State. He is 



254 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

President of iiie Board of Trustees of the Brick Presbyterian Church of East 
Orange, N. J., and to the duties of all these positions he has brought the 
same ability and integrity which have contributed so largely to his success 
and eminence at the bar. 

Mr. Wallis was married on the 13th of October, 1868, to Alice Waldron, 
and their children are Emeline Waldron (Wallis) Dunn, Alexander Ham- 
ilton Wallis, Nathaniel Waldron Wallis, and Clinton Geib Wallis. 

CHARLES De CLYNE, until his death a leading citizen of Hudson 
County, and the father of Gustavo and Emil de Clyne, prominent business 
men of New Durham in the same county, was born in Schwarzburg, Sonder- 
schausen, Saxony, June 2A, 1821, and died at his residence in New Durham, 
N. J., November 5, 1886. He was the eldest of five brothers, — Charles, 
Theodore, William, Frederick, and John, — who were the sons of George de 
Clyne and Dorothea Teschner, both natives of Schwarzburg, Saxony. 
George de Clyne followed the business of an agriculturist and was in- 
spector of a large estate. He was, in turn, the son of Albert de Clyne, 
a farmer, who was at one time Burgomaster of Schwarzburg, and who was 
the descendant of a H^iguenot family which fled from France on the revoca- 
tion of the Edict of Nantes, one branch of it settling at Schwarzburg, 
Saxony. 

Charles de Clyne received his education in a school of forestry, becom- 
ing proficient as a civil engineer, mineralogist, and botanist. Following his 
course at this school, he also continued his studies under private tutelage. 
Like Carl Schurz, Oswald Ottendorfer, and other liberty-loving Germans, 
he became involved in the revolutionary movement of 1848 and was com- 
pelled to flee. He came to America, but soon after re-crossed the ocean for 
a sojourn in France. During this visit he was impressed by the superiority 
of the Belgian pavement, and securing a contract for its introduction in 
New York City, returned to America. He failed to realize from this proj- 
ect through complications with a partner, although the pavement was sub- 
sequently introduced in New York. He then entered upon the study of 
chemistry with the celebrated Dr. Liebig, and was so engaged when the 
Civil War began. He at once enlisted in the New York State volunteers 
as a member of the Third Battalion (artillery), which was subsequently 
re-organized as the Fifteenth Regiment Heavy Artillery. He remained in 
the service until the close of the war, taking part in many actions. He was 
commissioned Lieutenant and assigned to the staff of General Thomas D. 
Doubleday; subsequently he was commissioned Captain, and by General 
Halleck was appointed Inspector-General of defenses south of the Potomac. 

Upon the termination of the Rebellion he established a large manufactory 
of glue in Hudson County, N. J., which is still owned and conducted by his 
family. While an active member of the Republican party, he refused to be- 
come a candidate for public office, holding only some such unremunerative 
trusts of honor as school trustee, etc. He established his residence at New 
Durham. 

December 13, 1855, he married Helen, daughter of Christian Klien, of 
North Bergen, Hudson County. Their children were Caroline (who became 
Mrs. Abram Kittel), born October 25, 1856; Theodore, born November 26, 
1857; Gustavus, born December 29, 1858; Emma, born March 31, 1861, who 
married Thomas Alcorn, of New Durham; Helen, born August 20, 1866, who 
married John Henry Cutwater, of Washington Grove, Bergen County; and 
Emil and Clara (twins), born May 15, 1869. Clara, the last named, married 



GENEALOGICAL 255 

Francis A. Kilgour, of Passaic, N. J. Of the three sons, Theodore, a grad- 
uate of Columbia College, is a veterinary surgeon, while Gustavus and Emil 
conduct the large business established by their father. 

Upon the death of their father in November, 1886, the brothers Gustavus 
and Emil de Clyne assumed the active management of the manufactory, 
and under their supervision it has grown to be one of the largest and most 
successful concerns manufacturing sizing and gold gum in the country. 
They have two plants, one being located in New Durham and the other in 
Homestead. The former is a familiar landmark of North Bergen and 
comprises several large buildings, covering a floor area of over 50,000 
square feet. That at Homestead was established by them in 1897 for the 
purpose of grinding mica and has been a great success. 

WILLIAM THOMPSON, a prominent resident of Marion, Hudson 
County, and President of the New York Pie Baking Company, of New 
York City, was born in Goshen, Orange County, N. Y., February 19, 1826, 
his parents being James A. Thompson and Catherine Kay. The Thomp- 
sons were originally from Ireland, emigrating to America at the time of 
the religious rebellion, settling first in Orange County, N. Y., subse- 
quently removing to Long Island, and finally locating in Bedford, West- 
chester County, N. Y. They have been engaged in farming and dairying 
for several generations. The Kay family, his mother's ancestors, came to 
this country from Scotland. 

Mr. Thompson was educated in the old Brick Church which stood on 
the site of the present Trihnne building in New York City, and well 
remembers that locality as it is now portrayed in history. He also at- 
tended Horace Greeley's free lectures. At the age of thirteen he left home 
under very adverse circumstances, with nothing but a will and determination 
to succeed, finding himself in New York City without a cent. He obtained 
employment in a bakery, where he worked for five years and thoroughly 
mastered the business. When eighteen years old he started on his own 
account in the baking business, with which he has ever since been identi- 
fied. His career in this line of industry has been an eminently successful 
one and stamps him as a man of unusual ability, of great force of char- 
acter, and possessed of that self-reliance and perseverance which charac- 
terize the man of affairs. In 1872 lie organized the business now con- 
ducted at 82 Sullivan Street, New York City, by the widely known New 
York Pie Baking Company, of which he is President. This extensive cs 
tablishment employs one hundred and fifty people and sixty horses, has 
a capacity of producing from eighteen to twenty thousand pies daily, and 
is a model in its workings in every respect. It is the largest pie baking 
establishment in the United States, and under Mr. Thompson's able and 
energetic management has achieved a phenomenal success as well as a 
prominent place among the leading manufacturing institutions of New 
York City. 

In this connection James M. Gray, M.D., writing in the Amerierin Jour- 
nal of Health, published in New York, says: 

" The average home-made pie, owing to improper equipment and lack- 
ing facilities, is almost invariably a disease breeder instead of a health 
help. The pies offered by some of the smaller bakers as evidence of their 
constructive ability are even worse as a rule. In every large city, fortunate- 
ly, there are large 'concerns which have reduced pie-making to an exact sci- 
ence and whose product is not only appetizing, but is deserving of all praise 



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HUDSON AND BEIIGBN COUNTIES 



from ii bealtb standi)oint. The New York Pie Baking Company of this 
city is a fltting example to illustrate the point in question. This house 
possesses every faeility, every convenience, and every advantage necessary 
to the i)roductiou of au article for household consumption which is above 
criticism. Their establishment is a model of cleanliness, and as they use 
only the finest grades of high-priced flour and richest and purest milk, 
cream, and lard obtainable, and combining these with fruits and berries 
of most superior (juality, it uatui-ally follows that the product is all that 
could be desired by either the epicure or the hj'gienist. 

" There may be, and probably are, in other cities throughout the coun- 




WILLIAM THOMPSON. 

try, manufacturers whose goods are as wholesome as the New York Pie 
Baking Company's ])ies, but a most searching investigation of this spe- 
cial product enables us to write advisedlv concerning its merits as a 
health food." 

A. N. Talley, Jr., M.D., in an article in the I'nitcd f^tates Health Reports 
for August 1, 1899, says: 

" The evolution and development of the American pie, like all great 
industries, has created a positive demand for a standard of excellence, 
both intrinsically and co'nmercially, Americans being satisfied only with 



GEXEA LOGICAL 257 

the best of everything. This denuind has been ablv filled by the New Yoik 
Pie Baking Companv, of No. 82 Sullivan Street, Xew Yoik'Citv. who have 
established the reputation, justly deseiMMl. of producing the best and 
greatest number of pies of any firm in the United St:ites. 

•' In the rigid inspection and examination made by our experts great 
care was taken to thoroughly note the physical environments and hygienic 
conditions of the entire plant and establishment of the company,' all of 
which were found to be in the highest possible state of cleanliness, with 
the added fact of complete compliance with all sanitary reiinircments. 

" The final reports of our experts have been c()mi)iled and unanimously 
ajyproved by our medical statf, showinii so high a ^radi of merit that we 
are pleased to extend to the product of the New York Pie B.ikiug Com- 
pany, for the protection of i)atrons, the ollicial recognition of the t'nitcd 
States Health Reports." 

Mr. Thompson's vast fund of reminiscence is well known. A most 
interesting article in a recent number of the Hotel and Restaurant Ifaj/a- 
zine, entitled "Reminiscences of Xew York in the Forties; Gleaned from 
an Interview with One of the !Most I'roniinent Hnsiuess Men iu the Metrop- 
olis," contains this allusion to his ability to recall past eveiits: 

•' He who wishes to spend a profitable and interesting hour knows full 
well that the reminiscent conversation of the old resident has a special 
zest in which the present is linked with the past, and the institutions of 
the day contrasted with those of former times. In a recent conversation 
with Mr. William Thompson, well known to tbe Xew York business public 
as the President of the X"ew York Pie Baking Company, the writer was 
entertained for several hours with a graphic portrayal of incidents iu 
Mr. Thompson's experience back in the forties. Unhappily, written lan- 
guage fails to give the inflections of verbal narration; it fails also io 
portray the expression of the features when the mind of the narrator is 
ijecalling the events of half a century past. The reader can assi.st in ob 
taining a clearer comprehension of these reminiscences if he will give free 
vent to his imagination and draw a mental picture of ilr. Thomps(ui, a 
hale and hearty gentleman, although seventy years of age. sittini; iu his 
cozy office with a far-away look in his eyes, living over again, as it were, 
the days that are gone. As re<olJeciions crowded each other for utter- 
ance his countenance would glow with enthusiasm in the one moment 
and be saddened in the next as he referred to companions who have passed 
away. Being requested to give some of the factors wliich entered into 
his notable business success, he said; Perhaps the most valuable factor 
in my success was the experience hack in the forties. At that time there 
was a great rivalry among pie-baking establishments — every one was try- 
ing to obtain the reputation of making the l)est old-fashioned i)ie. Tlie 
public was a critical one, and a good pie was in great demand. I entered 
into the business contest with vim and started an estal)lislinient, on a 
much smaller scale, of course, upon the site we now occupy. There was 
one bridge which carried me to success, and I have never foriiolten that 
it is essential to keep in mind that fact in order to continually maintain 
our supremacy in the pie business. That bridge was first-class material. 
I personally purchased and inspected inery ingredient which entered into 
a pie. and under no consideration would I permit any adulterated products 
or second grade goods to enter my doors. I gave close attention to the 
minutest details. Those who bought our pies knew the> could thoroughly 



258 HUDSON AND BEKGEN COUNTIES 

rely upon every pie at all times, and that no effort to secure trade by a 
good ai'ticle and then afterward furnish an inferior grade would be made. 
The best testimonial to the ironclad rule, ' never to have one inferior pie 
leave our doors ' is contained in the fact that Dolan — you know him, of 
course — of P. Dolan & Nephew, and also Hitchcock, of Oliver Hitchcock & 
Son, have been my customers for forty years. Well, of course, if anybody 
in New York ought to be good judges of things to eat, then Dolan and 
Hitchcock are those men, as the public fully knows. 

" Another factor which has aided materially in our success is the fact 
that our large patrons, when visiting this establishment, are at perfect 
liberty at any and all times to go through the various departments — we 
have no special ' exhibit ' days, when extra clean utensils, floors, etc., are 
put forward for inspection ; every day is inspection day, for every employee 
knows full well that scrupulous cleanliness is a rule that can not be in- 
fringed upon more than once." 

In politics Mr. Thompson has always been a Republican. Deeply in- 
terested in the affairs of his country and prominent as a citizen and business 
man, he is especially well informed upon almost every current topic. He 
is a life member and was one of the founders of the Carteret Club of Jer- 
sey City, and is also a member of New York Lodge, No. 330, A. F. and A. M. 

In 1866 Mr. Thompson married Matilda Robinson, by whom he has had 
six children: James A., William, Lydia Ann, Matilda, Rachel (deceased), 
and Catherine. 

GEORGE W. BLAWVELT is descended in the seventh generation from 
Gerret Hendricksen (Blawvelt), the emigrant, and the progenitor of all 
the family in New Jersey. His parents were Isaac Blawvelt and Mary, 
daughter of John Hopper, and his grandparents were Cornelius Blawvelt 
and Mary Lydecker. He was born on Staten Island, N. Y., February 9, 
1847, but removed to Bergen County when young, and there received his 
education. At an early age he entered the employ of the well known dry 
goods house of Lord & Taylor, of New York City. Subsequently he en- 
gaged in the general trucking business in New York for James Ackernian, 
in which he continued until 18T5, when he established himself in the sugar 
and molasses trade. In this line he remained until ' 1895, when he re- 
tired, and has since been engaged in the real estate business at Ridgewood, 
N. J., where he resides. 

Mr. Blawvelt has achieved success in every business relation, and during 
his entire career has enjoyed the confidence and respect of all who know 
him. He is a public spirited citizen, a Mason, a member of the Knights 
of Honor, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He married 
Annie E. Chisholm, and of their three children one, Annie, is living. 

PETER W. STAGG.— The earliest of this name to settle in Bergen Coun- 
ty was John Stagg, who is described as " a young man born at Bergen, East 
N. Jersey." The Bergen records, however, make no mention of him. His 
marriage to Mary (daughter of Cornells Jans Bogert) was registered in 
the Dutch church at Hackensack, March 14, 1697. The marriage of Will- 
iam Stegg, described as "a young man born at New Barbadoes Neck," 
was to Magdalena Peters Demarest, registered'ih the same church, October 
23, 1697. John and William were T»robably brothers, but where they came 
from does not appear. The New York' church records throw'ilo lij;ht upon 
the question. John's wife muit have died soon after their marria'ge, as 



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259 



on No\'ember 2G, 1698, his marriage to Oornoliu Verwcy was registered. 
By liis tirst wife lie had iio issue, but bv Cornelia Verwev he had issue 
Thomas, 1703; Margaretta, 1710; Isaac, i712; .Jacob, 1715; George, 1717; 
and William, 1719. There were probably otlu^is whose lia]>tisms were not 
noted on any record. 

The record shows that William Stegg and Magdalena I'eters Deniarest 
had only one child, Magdalena, born in 1723, but he had a daughter, Eliza- 
beth, who married John Ackerman at Schraalenburgh in 1728. John and 
William Stegg (StaggI settled in the A'icinity (south) of Hackensack on 
parts of the IJei'ry tract. Abram Stagg. of Hackensack, settled at Schraal- 
enbnrgh when he married ^lai'itie liogei-t in June, 1732. It was his brother 
(probably), Cornelius Stagg, a widower, of Xew Barbadoes, who also set- 
tled at Sehraalenbni-gh and married Ann Christie in January, 1734. 

It is said that in the start three ))rothers came to America from Hol- 




ESSEX STREET, LOOKING EAST, HACKENSACK. 



land, one of whom settled in Xew York City, another at Hicamac in Ber- 
gen County, and a third " went west." However that may be, a John Stagg 
was known to have settled at Sicamac in r.ergen County much more than 
a century ago, where he mai-iied a IMiss Van Ilouten and prospered as a 
farmer. His son, James Stagg. was b(irn and resided for a time at Wyck- 
otf, Bergen County. He also followed agricultural pursuits. His wife, 
Sally Westervelt, was born at Tonally in 1800. The couple eventually 
moved to Teaneck, where they bought a ]>art of the old Brinckerhoff farm, 
on which they sjtent their days, Tiiey had issue John, Joseph, James H., 
Sarah E., and Letty. 

John was born in New Ycrk City, but was brought uji at Teaneck. He 
married (1) Sallv Westervelt and (2) Jane Vooi-his. By his tirst wife his 
issue w'fre Jan.es and Peter ^V.. a'ul by his second wife his issue were 
Edwaia, Henry. Jesse, and John, of whom Peter W. is the subject of this 
sketch. 



260 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

Peter W. Stao:s was born in New York City October 2i, 1850. His child- 
hood and early life, however, were spent in Cresskill, N. J., where he at- 
tended th(> public school. In 1S7.5 he went to Jersey City and became a 
student at law in th'- office of the late Charles Schoficld, and there he re- 
mained two years, after which he moved to Hackensack and entered the 
office of Ackerson & Van Valen, continuing with them until IS?.), when he 
was admitted to the bar at the June term. Immediately after being 
admitted he opened an office for the practice of his profession, in which 
he rapidly built up a good business. 

At the June term of 1883 he was made a counselor at law. He served as 
assistant clerk to the House of the Assembly at the sessions of 1S!)1-1»2, 
and in 1S!)5 was appointed by C.ovcrnor Werts as Prosecutor of Bergen 
County for a term of five years. Prior to the time at which Mr. Stagg 
became Prosecutor Bergen County had been infested with poolroom and 
green-goods gangs. These the new Prosecutor drove out, in addition ro 
conducting the ordinary criminal business. 

Mr. Stagg is a member of Bergcji County Lodge, I. O. O. F., and has 
been Grand Master of the State of New Jersey, having in ls!»7 the care and 
jurisdiction of two hundred and forty-nine lodges in different parts of the 
State, comprising a membership of 2.^,000 Odd Fellows. He is also a mem- 
ber of the Fire Patrol. His oldest son, Arthur, was a member of the Sec- 
ond Eegiment, New Jersey Volunteers, in the late Spanish War. 

Mr. Stagg was married January 14, 1875, to Jennie E. Westervelt, of 
Bergenfield. His issue are Arthur A. (a law student), Warren H. and 
Charles W. (both electricians), Elmer, and Harry G. 

GEORGE CADMUS. — The Cadmus family are numerous in Hudson and 
Passaic Counties, New Jersey. Cornelius Cadmus (Cadmuys) was living 
at Aquackanonck (Passaic) as early as 1718, for the records of the Hacken- 
sack Dutch Church register the fact th.at in April of that year Arientie 
Cadmus, of Aquackanonck, and Ide Sipp, of Bergen, were married at 
Hackensack. It is more than likely that Dirk (Richard) Cadmus (who 
Mr. Winfield thinks was the first of the name in Hudson County) was a son 
of Cornelius, of Passaic. This Dirk was at Itcrgen before 171 S, for on 
June 20th of that year he married Jannetje Van Horn. Early in the 
spring of 17.'!1 he bought of John McEvers and wife a tract of 380 acres of 
land at Tappan (now in Bergen County), extending from the Hackensack 
River to the Pascack River. The deed describes him as " Dirck Cadmus 
of the towne of Bergen." Some or all of it he soon after sold to the 
Blawvelts, of Tappan. He seems to have remained in Bergen, for in No- 
vember, 1740, he bought lands of his father-in-law, Yan Horn, at Con- 
stable's Hook. He died November S, 1745. He was beyond doubt a Hol- 
lander, but when he emigrated or what part of that country he hailed as 
his birthplace are questions which the early records do not answer. By 
Jannetje Van Horn he had issue of the second generation Rutgert, Catrina, 
Frederick, John, Cornelia, and Joris (George). He must have had other 
children. 

Joris Cadmus (2), born at Bergen, married (1) Jannetie Vreeland and (2) 
Jenneke Prior. She died January 20, 1705, and he died April 2, 1781. Their 
issue of the third generation were Jannettie, Jannettie, Jannettie, Joris, 
Metie, Dirck, Casparus, and Jenneke. ■' i 

Casiiarus (\idmus (^), born at Bergen, August 10, 1770, died September 
23, 1845, married Cathlantie Johns Dodd, born January 27, 1768, and died 



(IBNBALOGIOAL 261 

October 11, 1S22. Their issue of the fourth generation were thirteen: 
Sara, Joris, John, Casparus, Jannetie, Secltie, Martha, Martha, Michael, 
Richard, Cathrina, Andrew, and Eleanor. 

Richard Cadmus (1), born Xoveniber 22, 180:5, died October 16, 187:5, 
married Cathaline (daughter of Michael de Mott), died, and had issue of 
the fifth generation, one of whon) was (icorge Cadmus, the subject of this 
sketch. 

George Cadmus (5) was born Ajnil 12, ]S4fl, in Bayonne, N. J., where 
he still resides. He was educated in the schools of Bayonne and Bloom- 
field, in his native State, and has sjieut his active life as a farmer. He 
now lives on the old family homestead at Bayonne. In politics he is a 
Republican, and in every cai)acity he has displayed marked ability and 
\\on for himself the confidence and respect of his fellow-citizens. He mar- 
ried, first, C(uii('lia B., daughter of 'William X. Smith, of Xew Brunswick, 
X. J., formerly of Xew York. She was born October 1"), 18:5!), and died in 
18()7. They had one child, Henry S. Cadmus, born April :3(), 1805, died Feb- 
ruary 1, 18(;t. ;Mr. Cadmus married, second, June 11, 188!), Mrs. Lillie A. 
(Jones) -Vbbott, of Bayonne, and has two children of the sixth generation, 
namely: Clarence AV. and May. 

DAXIEL DRAKE BRYAX was born in Xew York City on the 2d of 
December, ISGt. He is the son of James H. and Xancy (Hall) Drake, his 
father being of English and his mother of Holland Dutch descent. 

Mr. Bryan was educated in the ])ublic schools of Xew York, and has 
spent the most of his active life in the custom house brokerage business in 
that city. He is a Republican in politics, a member of the Royal iVrcanum, 
and a public spirited citizen. In Arlington, X. J., whei-e he resides, he 
has taken a deep interest in local affairs, and in both business and social 
relations is highly esteemed as a man of integrity and enterprise. 

He married Mary Hay Berry, of Xew York Cify, and has one child, 
Edna Drake Bryan. 

DARirS S. JOHXSOX" is of English descent. Forty years ago John P. 
Johnson went from Xew York (where he was boi-n October 8, 181!)) to 
I'ascack (now Park Ridge in Bergen County) and established a passenger 
stage line between Pascack and Closter. This he operated successfully 
until the const ruction of the Xew York and Xew Jersey and the W'vat 
Sliore Railway lines did away with all cross-country stage lines. Mr. John- 
son then '■•emoved to Closter and established a livery business, which he 
continued until his death, June 7, 1882. He married (1) Ellen de Baun, who 
was born May 13, 1822, and died August 18, 18u9. He then married (2) 
:Maria Christopher, born :\Iay 22, 1827, died April 4, 1882. i\Ir. Johnson's 
issue of the second generation were Eupliemia, Maria, Henry 1). B., Marga- 
ret (died), Delia, D;srius S., Carrie (dead), tieorge, and Maggie — five by his 
first wife and four by his second. 

Darius S. Johnson (2) Avas born May 4, 186:?, in Closter, Bergen Coun- 
ty, where he has always resided, and where he received his education. 
Leaving school at the age of thirteen, he clerked for two years in a grocery 
store and then entered his father's livcr,\ stable. When eighteen years old 
he engaged in business for himself, be(oming a member of the firm of 
Taveniere & Johnson, which still continues. 

Mr. Johnson has achieved success in both business and public affairs. 
He served one term as Township T'ollector for Harrington Township and 



262 



IITTDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 



duriiii;' llic ]):isl (('ii yciirs liiis )i< rii Uom] ( "oimiiissioner. He is a member 
of tlic Diilcli Ivi'foniicd ('hiirrli and liii;lily res])('ct(Ml liy all who know him. 
He marri(Ml rsianch I'carsall and has two children: Hazel and Martha. 



JESHK KlMl'.Al.l. VUEP^IjANJ), for many years one of the leading 
contractors and bnilders of Hudson Consity and from ]S(;4 a resident of 



Ravonne, was 



horn 

.Jess( 



in lialiway, X. -J. 
Kimble ^'reeland. 



on 
Sr 



the 1.1th of October, ls:55, his 
and Lockey Brant. His family 
descending 



parents beiny .<>.-,-.,-.> iv,,,,.,n . .v,. ,.,...., ._,.., ..^.v^ ..v........ ^,.„„.. 

is one of the oldest in the State, the branch in Hndson County 
from Michael .lanscji. who came from Broeckhnvsen (Nortli Brabant). He 

left Holland. October 1, 
1 (!;!(), in tlie ship " Rens- 
selaer wyek," with h i s 
wife and two children. 
He settled at what is now 
rrreenbusli. oy)posite Al- 
bany, as a hoeirkncHit, or 
farm sei-vant. It was not 
long before he grew 
weary of agricultural 
pui-snits and the narrow 
road thereby opened to 
\^•ealth. and engaged in 
tlie fur trade, in which 
" he made his fortune in 
two years." Such pi-ivate 
sjieculation being pro- 
hibited by law, he was 
soon brought into dilii- 
culty with the authoi-i- 
ties. He thereupon aban- 
doned his farm and came 
to :Manhattan. The date 
of this change is not 
known, but he was a resi- 
dent in Xew Amsterdam 
November 4, ]6-t4. on 
which date he emjiower- 
ed A rent Van Curler to 
settle with Batroon Van 
Ri-nsselaer all accounts 
and differences. In KiiC, 
he came over to Conmiu- 
nipaw and settled on the 
bouwerie, owned bv .Ian 
iM-ertsen Bout. For tins •■ Bouwerie " and jiart of tlie stock on it he paid 
Bout the good round sum of S,(HIO gelders. In the years 1047. 104!), and 
10.50 lie re]»resented Bavonia in the Council of ■■ Xine," and joined his asso- 
ciates in their crusade against Governor Stuyvesant. In 104!) he was ap- 
pointed one of the delegates to Holland against the Colonial administra- 
tion, but owing to the unsettled state of liis business he dei-lined the ap- 
pointment. It was at his house in X^ew Amsterdam that the journal of 
Van der Donck entitled " Vertoogh " was written. It was seized, and it 




JKSSE K. VREELAND. 



GENEALOGICAL 263 

was suspected upon inforuiation furnished by Michael Jansen. He was 
a signer of the application for the first municipal government in New 
Netherland, July 26, 10J:9. 

During the troubles of 1655 the Indians drove him from his home, when, 
on September 15, they made a raid on Pavonia and killed every man there, 
except the family of Jansen. From the dangers and uncertainties of 
border life at " Gemoeuepa " he took refuge on Manhattan. On January 
22, 1658, he asked for permission to return to Pavonia and to be relieved 
from certain tithes. In September, 1661, he had become a man of " com- 
petence." living on his bonwerie at Gemoenepa. He was one of the first 
magistrates of the new court at Bergen. In December, 1662, he joined 
his neighbors in asking the governor for a minister of the gospel, and for 
whose support he subscribed twenty-five florins. He died in 1663. His 
wife was Pitje Hartmans, and they had eight children, from whom are 
descended various branches of the family now represented in Eastern New 
Jersey. 

Jesse Kimball Vreeland was of the seventh generation from Michael Jan- 
sen and his wife, Fitje Hartmans, the emigrants. His parents were both 
born and married in Eahway, where he received his education in the public 
schools. Afterward he spent several years in the South. He finally re- 
moved from Eahway to New York City and thence, in 1864, to Bayonne, 
N. J., where he was long prominent in both business and public affairs. 
After leaving school Mr. Vreeland identified himself with the building and 
contracting business, which he thoroughly learned and successfully fol- 
lowed. He built a large number of public and private buildings, which 
stand as monuments to his skill and industry, and stamp him as a man of 
originality as well as enterprise. 

Mr. Vreeland was also prominent in military and civil life. He served 
throughout the War of the Rebellion, being connected with the Quarter- 
master's Department at Port Eoyal. He also served as Chief of the Fire 
Department at Bayonne, as a member of the Bayonne Common Council, 
and as a Commissioner of Appeals, and discharged his duties in each 
position with acknowledged alDility and satisfaction. In politics he was 
a Democrat, and in religion a member of the congregation of th(^ Dutch Ee- 
formed Church. His life was one of constant activity and in every way suc- 
cessful, and during his entire career he won and maintained the confidence 
of all with whom he came in contact. He died July 23, 1900. 

Mr. Vreeland married Emma J. Meyer, of Charleston, S. C. They had 
nine children : Jennie, Enuna, Henrietta, Rachel, Jesse, Frederick, Chester. 
Clarence, and Edna. 

WILLIAM SCOTT FERDON is descended from Thomas Verdon, the 
emigrant, who came to America about 1645 (see sketcli on page lS4j. The 
line of descent is as follows: Jacob Ferdon, of the third generation, had 
issue seven children of the fourth generation, as has been stated. One 
of these, Jacob Ferdon (4), baptized in New York in 1687, was known as 
Jacob Ferdon, Jr. He married Maria Flierboom, April 8, 1720, and re- 
mained on Long Island until 1730, when he removed to Schraalenburgh, 
N. J., where he bought lands and died about 1752. He had issue of the 
fifth generation several children: Jacob, Jannetje, Servaes (died), Servaes 
(died), Maria, Servaes (died), and Catharine. 

Jacob Ferdon (5), born on Long Island about 1723, married at Schraalen- 
burgh, May 5, 1748, Helena Van Blarcom. They resided at Schraalenburgh 



264 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

and had children of the sixth generation Jacob, Henry, Servaes, Jacobus, 
Jacob, Ann, Misria, and Teter. 

Henry Ferdon ((i) married Jannetje Archbold, lived at Schraalenburgh, 
and had children of the seventh gener.ition David, James, Lena, Henry, and 
Jannetie. 

Heiuv Ferdon (7), born at Schiaalenburgh, March 10, 1790, died Febru- 
ary 27. isns, married, August 2, 1814, Eflie Jianta. She was born March 22, 
17'!)5, and died August 27, 1879. They left issue, among whom were Sam- 
uel P.. Ferdon (S), who married Sarah M., daughter of Daniel and Rachel 
Christie, and had issue, among other children, William Scott Ferdon of 
the ninth generation. 

AA'illiani Scott Ferdon, the subject of this sketch, was born in New York 
City on the 29th of July, 18.58, and there received a public school education. 
For several years he has been successfully engaged in the coal and lumber 
business at Dumont, N. J., succeeding in May, 1899. the firm of De Coster 
& Ferdon. He is a member of tlie Dutch Reformed (Jhurch, a public spirited 
citizen, and actively identified with the affairs of his section. 

On August 18, 188(1, Mr. Ferdon married Jemima Christie, and they 
have two children: Sadie M. and Myra C. 

JULIUS BERGER was born in Davenport, Iowa, March 20, 1860, his 
parents having emigrated to this country from (lermany in 1857. His 
mother's family was wealthy and influential in the Fatherland, but none 
of the wealth ever crossed the ocean. His father served for three years in 
the Civil War, receiving an honorable discharge. 

ilr. Berger ac(iuired a limited education in the public schools of Daven- 
port, but in the harder school of practical life he laid the foundation upon 
which he has built a successful career. The death of both of his parents 
in lS7:t threw him upon his own resources at the tender age of thirteen, 
and from that time to the present he has relied upon himself. Anxious 
and willing to work, endowed with plenty of pluck and energy, and de- 
termined to i^ave a way to success and reputation, he entered, in April, 
1S7:>, a manufactory of hats and furs in his native citj', where he soon 
gained a valuable experience, which supplemented the earlier training he 
had obtained in the public schools. 

In June, 1880, he removed from Davenport, Iowa, to Jersey City, N. J., 
and entered the employ of the firm of Harris & Russack, of New York 
(Jity, manufacturers of fine furs, remaining with them until 1889. On June 
22, of that year, he opened his own manufactory of hats and furs at 3G8 
Central Avenue, Jersey City, where he has since continued. He started 
with a capital of |]50, but with pluck, perseverance, and practical business 
knowledge acquired from his long association with his former employers 
soon built up an extensive trade. 

Mr. Berger was the founder of the Hudson City Business Men's Associa- 
tion and was its President for two terms. He M'as also President of the 
Hudson City Turn Verein in 1888 and 1896, and was very active for the 
welfare and advancement of both organizations. He is also a member of 
the Jerse\' City Board of Trade. He was appointed a member of the 
Board of Education of Jersey City in May, 1899, by Mayor Hoos, and has 
continued to hold that position. He is a public spirited citizen, active in 
the affairs of the community, and respected by all who kn^ow him. Mr. 
Berger married Marie Bechtoldf, daughter of George Bechtoldt, a veteran 
of the Civil War. 



GENEALOl^.IOAL 



265 



ANTHONY JAOC)]! A'OLK has -aincd (lie i-cimtatioii of bciiii^' one of 
the best known and most entcrjirisiiio' nndei-takci-s in Ilubokcn, N. .1. 
where he was born November L'l, ISCi"). In a measure lie inherits tliis from 
his father, Jaeob Yolk, who, at tl\e time of liis (h^itli, on Anf^iist :>, 1S74, was 
the oldest and foremost undertaker in llmlson ('ounlv, and who, jirofos- 
sionally and privately, was universally rcspcrtod and I'stcemed. lint his 
reputation is not altoii'elher inheritecl from his honored father. It is vei-y 
lar<;ely the result of his own eltorts, and of a natura.l ability developed fi-om 
boyhood. 

He is the son of Jaeob ^'olk and Rosa Kaab, bolh natives of Ccrmanv, 




ANTHONY J. VOLK. 

who came to this I'ountry when yonni;- and were married in New \ ork 
f'itv. They settled in Hoboken. and were well known thronj;liont the ("oun- 
ty of Hudson. Mr. Yolk attended tin' public schools of Iloboken and also 
Hoboken Academv, where he received a IhorouKli classical traininj;. Leav- 
in"' school at the'earlv a^e of fourteen, he entered the ('m]>loy <>i thr Na- 
tional Express Companv, and in this and in the ofHcc of the American 
Express CompanY, both of New York, h- spent three yea.i-s. In 1S(4 his 
fqiher died leavin- a lar^o and siicccssfu! undci'takin- bu'^mess to the 
eare of his wife, the mother of Anthony J. N'olk, and the latter, wlu^n 



266 HDDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

seventeen, assumed its immediate management. Tliough but a boy, lie 
displayed marlced business ability, excellent judgment, and great sagacity, 
and soon won the respect and confidence of the community. His success 
was practically instantaneous and uninterrupted. In addition to the un- 
dertaking cstal^lishment he conducted a large livery stable, and combining 
the two was necessarily a very busy man. In 1886 he purchased the entire 
business, which he still continues. 

Mr. Volk is independent in politics, firm in his convictions, trustworthy in 
all the relations of life, and influential and active in the best interests of 
the community. In the autumn of 1893 he was elected Coroner of Hudson 
County by the handsome plurality of over 4,400, the county usually giving 
a Democratic majority of about 6,000. This office he filled with great 
credit and satisfaction for three years. He is a member and past officer of 
Hudson Lodge, No. 71, F. and A. M., of Hoboken, and also a member of 
Protection Lodge, No. 634, Knights of Honor, of Lady Washington Lodge, 
No. 414. Kniglits and Ladies of Honor, of the American Legion of Honor, 
of Guiding Star Lodge, No. 189, I. O. O. F., of Hoboken Council, No. 99, 
Royal Arcanum, of the Germania Schuetzen Bund of New Jersey, of the 
Hoboken Schuetzen Corps, of the Hoboken Quartette Club, of the Hoboken 
Independent Schuetzen Corps, and of the Mannergesang Verein Lyra. For 
a time he was also financial secretary of the Undertakers' Association of 
Hudson County. He is a member of the German Lutheran Church, and 
active in various other organizations. 

Mr. Volk was married on the 12th of September, 1888, to Anna M. Kaiser, 
daughter of John Henry and Anna M. Kaiser, of Hoboken. They have 
two children: Florence M. and Anthony J., Jr. 

JAMES H. STEPHENS, of Closter, is descended from John Stephensen, 
an Englishman, who came to America about 1670 and located at Fort Or- 
ange (Albany), where he followed his profession, which was that of a school 
teacher. On October 4, 1873, he married Elizabeth Lucas, who, the record 
states, was from New Orange. The couple must have resided in New Am- 
sterdam for some time, as seven of their children are recorded as having 
been baptized there, in the Dutch church, up to 1693. His first wife died 

in New Amsterdam and he married (2) Maria . He had children of 

the second generation: Elizabeth, Lucas, Mary, Steven, Jenneke, Cornelius, 
Catalyna, John, Peter, Nicholas, Roeloff, Abraham, and Gertrude. 

Lucas Stephens (2) married and had issue, among other children, Abra- 
ham (3), born about 1730, who married, in 1757, Sarah Peters O'Blenis, of 
Clarkstown. They resided at Clarkstown, N. Y., and had seven children 
of the fourth generation: Elizabeth, 1759; Peter, 1760; Maria, 1763; Eliza- 
beth, 1765; Abram, 1767; Jannetie, 1769; and Hendrick, 1771. 

Hendrick (4), born at Clarkstown, June 11, 1771, married Ann de Clark, 
born at Clarkstown, December 11, 1771, died there December 25, 1843. 
Hendrick died there October 25, 1834. They had issue, among other chil- 
dren, James H. Stephens of the fifth generation. 

James H. Stephens (5), born at Clarkstown, N. Y., August 28, 1804, died 
at Closter, N. J., August 28, 1867, married (1) Catharine Pye in 1824 and (2) 
Ida E. Pye, widow of Edmund Irish. James H. Stephens was a carpenter, 
and for many years followed his occupation in the City of New York, where 
he acquired a competence in constructing frames for buildings which were 
at that time being shipped to California. Early in the fifties te purchased a 
large farm in Monmouth County oh which he devoted his time to the pro- 



GENEALOGICAL 267 

duction of fruits, for which he found a ready market in New York. In 1867 
he sold his Monmouth farm and removed to Oloster, N. J., on the farm for- 
merly owned by David A. Demarest. He died there five months after his 
arrival. His issue by Catharine Pye were two sons, Abraham and John H. 
Stephens, and by Ida E. I'ye two children, Edmund and Catharine. 

John H. Stephens (6) was born in Bank Street, New York, February 8, 
1831, and died at Closter, N. J., September 8. 1887. He learned the car- 
penter's trade with liis father in New York and married Rachel D. Huyler, 
daughter of Barney and Maria (Demarest) Huyler. In 1858 he removed to 
Closter, N. J., bought lands, and followed carpentry until the opening of 
the railroad in the following year, when he built a store (the first one in 
the place) and began to speculate in real estate. He was station agent for 
twenty-five years. Postmaster for thirty years, held many town offices, and 
was the promoter and leading spirit of the village. In fact he may justly be 
called the father of Closter. His issue of the seventh generation are James 
H., Eugene, and Percy. 

James H. Stephens, the subject of this sketch, was born in Closter, N. J., 
September 19, 18G0, and received his education in the public schools of 
Bergen County. Leaving school at the age of eighteen, he first engaged in 
the sugar business in New Y'ork City, in which he continued four years. 
He was then engaged in the meat business in (ioster for seven years, 
and subsequently^, after a retirement of two years, associated himself with 
the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York. 

Mr. Stephens has been successful in every connection, and as a public 
spirited citizen has taken a deep interest in local affairs. He is a member 
of the Reformed Church and identified with other organizations in his 
native county. He married Elizabeth M. Ferdon and has one child, a 
daughter, E. Marion Stephens. 

CALVIN DEMAREST, of Hackensack, is descended in the eighth gen- 
eration from David des Marest, the emigrant and first American ancestor 
of the family, for a sketch of whom see page 64. Calvin's grandfather, 
Thomas Demarest (of the sixtli generation from the first David), was 
born July 18, 1757, and died April ^27, 182!). He married, in 1782, Lena 
Naugle. Their issue of the seventh generation were Sarah, Cornelius T., 
William, Vroutie, and perhaps others. 

Cornelius T. (7), born January 23, 1786, died December 2(i, 1862, mar- 
ried Margaret Lydecker, born August 1, 17'.»1, died June 27, 1883. She 
was the daughter of Cornelius Lydecker. Cornelius T. was graduated from 
Columbia College in 1804, studied for the ministry with Rev. Dr. Froeleigh, 
was licensed to preach at Paramus in March, 1807, and preached at ^^'llite 
House, N. J., from 1808 to 1813, and at English Neighborhood, N. J., from 
1813 to 1824. He organized the new church at English Neighborhood and 
preached in it from 1824 to 1839, and also preached at Hackensack and 
English Neighborhood from 1839 to 1851 and in King Street, New York, in 
the True Reformed Church, from 1851 until his death. His children of 
the eighth generation were fifteen : Helen, Cornelia, Leah, Thomas ^A^, Cor- 
nelius Lydecker, Christiana, Penelope, Maria. Calvin, 1st., Charles, Calvin, 
(rarret B., Peter, James H., and Margaret. 

Calvin Demarest (8), the subject of this sketch, was born in New York 
City on the 15th of July, 1825, and received his education in Bergen 
County. He left school at the age of four+eon and went to work on his 
grandfather's farm in Bergen County, where he remained fourteen years. 



268 



IIT'DSON AND BEKGEN COUNTIES 



Since llu'ii — fm- a pci'idd (if f(ii'(y-six ycMi-s — lie lias been siicccsKfully en- 
gaged in I lie general I nicking bnsiness in New York City. He resides 
in llackeiisack. is a ineiidier of the llefcnaned (Jlmrcli, and for years Eas 
taken a dei'ji interesi in the affairs of Bergen County. Mr. Demarest mar- 
ried Mary Lozier and luis two children living: ^^'altel• and Mj'ra. 



WALTEK KISSAM I'.IUDSALL, a rising yonng lawyer and a member of 
the ]>oard of Edncation of Jersey City, is the son of David and Susannah 
A. (t'lyde) JJirdsall, and a d(^scendant of the Hirdsalls in the vicinity of 
Leeds, England. His jiariMits ^\•el■e lioi-n in New York State, but came 
to -Tersev City in ]S-I!), where his father, David Uirdsall, established the 

•Jersey <^' i t y Iron 
Works, in wliich he is 
still interested. 

Walter K. Birdsall 
was liorn in Jei-sev 
Pity, N. J., on the 2d 
of .[aniiary, 1869, and 
i-(^ceived liis education 
in that citv, attending 
Public School No. 1 
and the J(M-sey City 
High Sclioid. He was 
gi-aduated from Yale 
University in the class 
of ISOl, and during 
his Senior year there 
took a year's course 
in elementary law in 
tlie Yale Law Scliool. 
Subsequently he spent 
four years in the office 
of ^^'illianl A. Lewis, 
as a student, and was 
admitted to the New 
•Jer'sey bar' at the Feb- 
ruary term of the Su- 
Tirenie Coni-f in 1805. 
Since then he has 
been actively and suc- 
cessfully engaged in 
the practice of his 
jirofession in Jersev 
City. 

In politics Mr. Bird 
„ 1 J. , . s^ill is a Republican. 

He has taken an active mtiMest in the affairs of his jiartv, has contributed 
largely 1o its success, and among its younger members is recognized as a 
leader. On May 1, 1S!>!), he was aii]iointed a member of the Board of Edu- 
cation (d' -lersey City for a term of two years, and is now serving in tliat 
capacity with the same mai-ked ability which he has displayed in profes- 
sional life. 

He is a member of Jersey Cit, Lodge, No. 71, Free and .Vccepted Masons, 
of William T. Sherman Council, Boyal Arcanum, of the Zeta Psi Greek 




WALTER K. BIRDSALL. 



GENEALOGICAL 269 

Letter frateiuity, unci of t]ie Universily Club. He was formerly a member 
of the Palma Club of Jersey ( Mty. 

^Ir. IJirdsall is a prominent, patriotic, and public spirited citizen. He 
has already achie\ed a high reputation, and through his liberal! ly, integrity 
of character, and activity is univeisally esteemed and respected. 

Mr. Birdsall was married on the 24tii of August, 18!)7, to Fannie E. Wat- 
son, of Perry, Wyoming ('ounty, X. Y. 

JOHN HILLRIC BONN, the founder of the present system of stre(-t 
railways in North Hudson County, and one of the most enterprising and 
successful men of his day, was born in the City of Xorden, East Friesland, 
in the extreme northwest of (iermany, September 14, ISi'!). There he 
received his early education under private tutors and at the national and 
classical high schools. He sprung from an honored and respected family, 
his parents being people of great eneig\ and force of character, and as a 
boy developed those strong intellectual and moral traits which charac- 
terized his entire life. His fathei' was for many years a successful master 
of vesiscls in the East India trade, and with him ]Mr. Bonn visited the 
East Indies as a youth. This enabled him to acquire, at an impressionable 
period, a liberal knowledge of the v/orld. 

Subsequently he attended a nautical school near .Amsterdam, Holland, 
passed the difficult and intricat<' examiriation before the Koyal Examining 
Committee in that city, and was awa.rded the first degree. But he was 
not destined for a life on the ocean. From the autumn of 1S1.5 to October, 
1850, he was employed by a firm in Emden, Ea^t Friesland, which con- 
ducted an extensile commercial, shijjping, and banking business. In 
October, 1850, he left Oermany and came to New York City, where he 
act'ejited a position as bookkee]ier and English and French cori-espondent 
in a large Greek shipping-house. Two years later, having saved some 
money, he invested in real estate in North Hudson County, N. J., and als^o 
became a permanent icsident there, and as soon as he could legally do so 
he became a citizen of the Ignited States. These relations soon resulted in 
making him a man of commanding intluence. In lS")(i he spent considerable 
time in traveling in America and Europe, and in October of that year 
was married to Miss Angelina Bonjer, of Emden, East Friesland. In 
A[»ril, 1857, he brought his bride- to this country and took up his lesidence 
in Weehawken, Hudson County, whence he later removed to Hoboken. 
Thev returned to Weehawken in 18GT and made that city their pei-manent 
home, settling on the spot formerly owned by Daniel \\'ebstei-, the states- 
man. There Mr. Bonn died on the 15th of November, 18!)]. 

Mr. Bonn probably did more than any other one man to develop and 
improve Northern Hudson County, and to stimulate enterprise and the 
growth of population. Tie was untiring in his efforts to secure for that 
section those jjermanent improvemi-nts which to-day make it so easy 
of access and so attractive to both residents and visitors. He was a 
founder and a prominent member of the first Board of Regents of the 
Hudson County Hospital. In 18tiS he was appointed liy the late Hon. 
Joseph D. Bedle one of a commission of seven authorized by the New 
Jersey Legislature to lay out and improve the public streets on the 
heights of Hudson County, which include West Hoboken, Union Hill, 
^Ve'st New York, and other territory. Upon the organization of this 
commission iir. Bonn was unanimously chosen chairnian by his col- 
leagues. For various reasons the plai which had been contemplat- 



270 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

ed by the commissioners was not carried out, although the incep- 
tion and construction of the magnificent Hudson Countj^ Boulevard issued 
from the movement. In 1872 Mr. Bonn also became chairman of the 
Board of Commissioners Avhich supervised the improvement of the Bull's 
Perry road from Nineteenth Street in Hoboken, northerly, and which also 
built the main sewer in Hoboken to the Hudson River, this public work 
being completed in 1875. 

But his most notable work, and one to which he devoted the best 
energies of his life, was in connection with the surface and elevated rail- 
ways of the northern half of Hudson County. He was the founder, origi- 
nator, and father of the present system of transit. He commenced the 
construction and operation of street railways in 1859, and soon had lines 
radiating in every direction from the Hoboken ferry. His investment in 
this enterprise proved wonderfully successful. He was the first, and 
indeed the only, President of the various original corporations; and when 
these were consolidated in 1S65, forming the North Hudson County Rail- 
w:iy rjompany, he became the first President of that corporation, and so 
continued until his death in 1S!)1, a period of twenty-six years. During 
that time the several lines were extended and improved, new roads were 
built, and the system placed upon its present efficient basis. In 1874 he 
built the lirst steam elevator in Hudson County, and with this the street- 
cars, with the horses attached, were lifted to the top of the bluff, the process 
requiring but one minute. In 1884 he erected the elevated railway from 
Hoboken to Jersey City Heights, an iron structure ranging from fifteen 
to nearly one hundred feet high. This road was originally operated by 
cable, and was the first elevated road so operated in the United States. 
All these roads have adopted electricity as the motive power. In 1890 
the great Weehawken elevators, of which Mr. Bonn was the originator, 
were begun, and on their completion, on October 23, 1891. he made the 
first trip in them with several other gentlemen. The elevators were form- 
ally opened to the public April 26, 1892. These great railway and ele- 
vator enterprises may be regarded as the best work of his life, though 
they were by no means the sum total of his remarkable achievements. 
As important and necessary public works, however, they represent a man 
whose foresight and energy proved the wisdom of his judgment. 

Mr. Bonn had no inclination for and never held political office, except 
that of Superintendent of Public Schools in the old Township of North 
Bei'gen, to which he was elected in 1857, on both tickets. He held this 
position one year. He held the respect and confidence of the entire com- 
munity, and was noted for his benevolence, kindness, and generosity. 

Mr. and Mrs. Bonn were members of the German Lutheran Church of 
Weehawken, and were active in both religious and charitable work. 
Of their eleven children four died young, and two sons, John H., Jr.. and 
Hillric J., are mentioned in the following sketches. Mr. Bonn was chiefly 
influential in bringing out the German-American Encyclopedia, a work of 
eleven volumes, and the first of the kind in the United States. 

HILLRIC JOHN BONN, eldest son of the late John Hillric Bonn and An- 
gelina Bonjer,was born, October 10,1858, in Bonnsville, North Bergen Town- 
ship, Hudson County, a village named in honor of his father. He attended 
the public schools, and in 1878 was graduated with the degre'^ of Meciian- 
ical Engineer from Stevens Institute at Hoboken. Afterward, for several 
years, he followed his profession with success in Scranton, Pa., Hoboken, 



GENEALOGICAL 271 

^'. J,, New York City, Pittsburg, Pa., and Chicago, and was assistant 
engineer during the construction of the Kortli Hudson County B^levated 
Railway. On the death of his father in 1891 he was elected ^Mce-President 
of that corporation. 

JOHN HH^LRIC BONN, Jr., another son of John H. and Angelina 
(Bonjer) Bonn, was born in Weehawken, N. J., May 15, 1871. and received 
his education at Hoboken Academy and Stevens High School, from which 
he was graduated in 1889. In 1891 he was graduated with the degree of 
LL.B. from the I.aw Department of the University of the City of New 
York, and then took a post-graduate course at that institution^ graduat- 
ing as Master of Laws in 1892. He also read law one year in New York 
in the office of Brainerd, Davenport & Brainerd. and for a time in Hoboken 
with Hon. Abel I. Smith and John S. Mabon. and was admitted to the bar 
of New York in 189-3, and to the New Jersey bar as an attorney in Febru- 
ary, 1895. In the latter year he opened offices in both Hoboken and ^Vest 
Hoboken. He subsequently gave up his Hoboken office, but still continues 
the one in West Hoboken, where he has a large and successful general 
practice. In 189S he was attorney for the Township of Weehawken. He is 
a master in chancery, a membei- of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, and 
an ardent Republican. 

Mr. Bonn was married January 26, 1898, to Marguerite L., daughter of 
Thomas and Jane Fisher, of Jersey Cily. They reside in Weehawken. 

LH'INCSTON CONKIJNG, the founder and President of the Asso- 
ciated Justices of the Peace and Constables" Protective Association of Hud- 
son County, is a descendant of some of the oldest and most distinguished 
families in this country. His paternal ancestors came from England and 
Ireland in 1735, settling first in New York and removing thence in 1750 to 
Hackensack, Bergen County, N. J. He is the great-great-grandson of Al- 
fred and Hannah (Marshall) Conkling, a great-grandson of Nathaniel and 
Hortley (Schrone) Conkling, a grandson of Matthew and Frances (Brickel) 
Conkling, and a son of Matthew H. and Elvina (Van Ripen) Conkling, his 
mother being a daughter of Jacob Van Ripen and Katherine A'an Drouf, a 
granddaughter of Isaac and Martha (<loets(hins) Van Ripen, and a great- 
great-granddaughter of Jacob and Maiy (Vreland) Van Ripen. Her ances- 
tors came from Holland in 1C49 and were among the earliest settlers in 
Eastern New Jersey. Through his grandmother Mr. Conkling is a great- 
grandson of Sir Alfred Brickel, of Manchester, England, and though his 
father he is closely related to the late Hon. Roscoe Conkling, whose ances- 
tors came from Kent County, England. His grandfather, ^Matthew ('(ink- 
ling, was one of the famous drummers of his day. In ISol he was presented 
with the first silver drum ever made. He was the first Poormaster in Ho- 
boken and active during the Civil War. Matthew H. Conkling, the son 
of Matthew and father of Livingston, was the organizer and leader of 
Conkling's famous New Jersey Brass Band in 1870, and ably lepresented 
the family, which has been prominently identified in the politics of Hudson 
County for upward of sixty years. ^Ir. Conkling's mother's cousin, Hon. 
Garret D. Van Ripen, was Mayor of Jersey City, while another relative and 
namesake, Jacob Livingston, i-eprcsented his district in the State Senate. 

Livingston Conkling's full name is Matthew Livingston Conkling. He 
was named after his father, but because of the similarity of the names of 
his father and grandfather, both of whom bore the name Matthew, he 



272 



IITTDSON AND KBRCJEN COUNTIES 



(li-(i|i]K'(l llic Maltlicw ;iii(l li:is (•oiitiimcd to use only liic iiiiddl(' name, Liv- 
iii^stou. The fiiiiiily iiaiiic was. (ii'ij^iiiall.w ('(tnklin, and not (.'onkl)nf>', but 
a nniubcr of the descendants added tlie y, tlins >;ivinf>- the name its present 
form. On the )iaternal side tlie lan}il\- is <if Irisli and Enfilisli descent. 

Livingston Conlclin^' was born in llobol^en, N. J., on tlie 10th of May, 
ISIU, and iidierit(Ml all the stni-d\- cliai-actei-istics which m;ide liis ancestors 
so famons in the early and siibse(|\ient liistoiy of this section of the State. 
Ueceivint;' an excellent ]inldic school education in his native city, he learned 
the trade of decoiatinj;- and jiaintinu', and at the ]iresent time is senior mem- 




LIVINGSTON CONKLING. 



ber of the well l-;nown tijni of L. (\(iddinj;- ^: Co., painters and decorators, 115 
Clinton Street, Hoboken, and ll'5 Eij;hth Avenne, New Yonc City. Mr. 
Con.klinj;- lias ;iclii('\'ed marktHl success in business and is popularly known 
as a man of ability, int(^<;rity, and i^reat force of charact(-r. 

He has also achieved in-oniineii<-e and distinction in public life, and in fliis 
connection bears with credit and honor the eminence which the family has 
maintained for so many generations. Me entered tlie National Guard of 
New Jersey as a ])rivate in the old Ninth Ke<iiment, and from 1880 to 1889 
served as vSerseant in the Second Keaiimait, N^^C. N. J., and from 1889 to 
1892 he was Captain of the old C'olumbia Guards in New jersey. In polit- 



GENEALOGICAL 273 

ical affairs he has been for several years one of the ablest leaders of the 
Kepublican forces in the county. He has served efficiently as a member of 
the Hudson County Republican General Committee for six years, was a 
member of the Kepublican Executive Committee of Hoboken for a time, and 
Vice-President of the Ninth Assembly District Republican Committee for 
one year. He has been a delegate to numerous city, county, and congres- 
sional conventions and always wields a potent influence in party councils 
and in campaign affairs. He was Secretary of the Garfield Club in 1893, 
President of the McKinley Club of Hoboken four years, orator of Achaean 
League, No. 2, of Hoboken, Commander of Christian Woerner Post, No. 1, 
Sons of Veterans, in 1888, and Judge Advocate-General of the National 
Department, Sons of Veterans, U. S. A., in 1889. In 1899 he organized the 
Associated Justices of the Peace and Constables' Protective Association, 
of which he is President. 

Judge Conkling is serving his second terra as Justice of the Peace, 
having been first elected in 1894 and re-elected in 1899, and represents the 
third generation of his family who has held that office in the City of 
Hoboken, his predecessors being his father and grandfather. He is also 
a Commissioner of Deeds and a member of the Knights of Honor, and in 
every capacity has gained the confidence and esteem of the entire com- 
munity. He is an energetic, progressive, and public spirited citizen, and a 
man of broad intellectual attainments. 

June 30, 1889, Judge Conkling married Miss Julia Hetzel. They have 
six children: Irving, Raymond, Gertrude, Roscoe, Isabel, and Matthew Liv- 
ingston, Jr. 

JOHN H. LINDEMANN. — The Lindemann family is among the most 
numerous and important in Germany. Many of them have, within the last 
century, attained wealth and distinction in the United States. Henry Lin- 
demann was born in 1799, near Bremen, in the Kingdom of Hanover, Ger- 
many, where he married Anna C. Butts and established himself in the dual 
business of baker and grocer. His only son and child, William L. Linde- 
mann, was born at Bremen and adopted the business of his father. In 1S40 
William L., the son, came to America and married Johanna Waetge in 1846. 
His father, Henry, followed him to America in 1845, and the two, having 
bought a part of the old Naugle farm at Closter, in Bergen County, X. 
J., adopted farming for a livelihood. Henry, the father, died in 1867, intes- 
tate, and his lands descended to his son William L., who in time became one 
of the largest landholders at Closter. He built and owned the first hotel in 
the village and was instrumental in organizing the Lutheran Church, the 
fire company, the Building and Loan Association, and other enterprises for 
the improvement of the town. He died October 8, 1899, respected by all 
who knew him. He married Johanna, daughter of Diedrich Waetge. His 
children of the third generation were William L., Ernest, and John H. 

John H. Lindemann (3), the subject of this sketch, was born at Closter, 
N. J., August 29, 1859, and received a public school education. Leaving 
school at the age of fifteen, he has since remained on his father's farm, 
which he has conducted with marked success. He has served on the Town 
Committee, has been Collector of Harrington Township, and is a member of 
the Dutch Reformed Church. In every capacity he has displayed ability 
and integritv of character, and is highly respected by the entire community. 

Mr. Lindemann married Amelia "^Vaetge and has three children: Her- 
miena, Dorothea, and Alien. 



274 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

ANDREW H. BRINKERHOFF is a descendant in the eighth generation 
from Joris Dircksen (Brinkerhoff), the first American progenitor of the 
New Jersey branches of the family. Joris (George) Dircksen (1) was a 
native of the grazing and stock raising Province of Drenthe, Holland (from 
whence came so many of the pioneer families of the New Netherlands), 
where he was born about 1590. Early in life his family removed to Vlis- 
singen (Flushing), a seaport on the Island of Walcheron in Zeeland, at 
which city many persons were fleeing from religious persecution. Here 
Joris married Susanna Dubbelo. In 1638 Joris, with his wife, emigrated to 
America. He fl.rst settled on Staten Island and is said to have entered 
into a contract with one Cornelius Melyn, the owner of the island, to re- 
side there, but on August 16, 1641, owing to the numerous murders com- 
mitted in the neighborhood by the Indians, he obtained a release from his 
contract. The same year he settled at Brooklyn, where, on March 23, 1646, 
he obtained a grant of thirty-six acres of land. On this he seems to have 
built his home and resided until his death, January 16, 1661. He must 
have been a man of ability and respected by his neighbors, otherwise he 
would not have been elected a magistrate in 1654 and re-elected annually 
thereafter until 1660. He helped to organize the Dutch Church at Brook- 
lyn and was an Elder in it at the time of his death. His issue of the 
second generation were Derrick (killed by the Indians), Hendrick, Abra- 
ham, and Aeltie. 

Hendrick (2), born in Holland about 1630, married Claesie (a daughter 
of Cornelius Jans) Bogert (see sketch on page 105), then of Flatbush, L. I. 
He lived at Flatbush until 1685, was a magistrate of Brooklyn in 1662-63, 
and became a member of the Colonial Assembly in 1665. On June 17, 
1685, with Jan Cornelise Bogert, the Bantas, and others, he removed to 
Bergen County and purchased a large tract of land between the Hacken- 
sack River and the Overpeck Creek, on which Hendrick settled, and where 
he died in 1610 or 1611. A stone marks the spot where his remains are 
buried in the cemetery of the '■' Church on the Green," at Hackensack. Of 
this church he was one of the founders, and for many years a leader and 
officer in it. He held other responsible positions, and was one of the most 
active and useful members of the new colony. His issue of the third gen- 
eration were Greetie, Margrietie, Cornelius, Joris, Derrick, and Jacobus. 

Cornelius Hendricksen Brinckerhoff (3), born on Long Island, married 
Aegie Vreeland, of Bergen, May 28, 1708. He was a member of the Hack- 
ensack church, and died September 1, 1770, aged ninety-seven. Derrick 
Brinkerhoff (3) married (1) Margaret Sibse Banta and (2) Abagail Acker- 
man, and Jacobus (3) married Angenitie Hendricks Banta. The descend- 
ants of the last three named have spread over Hudson and Bergen Coun- 
ties and are still numerous. 

Andrew H. Brinkerhoff (8), the subject of this sketch, is a descendant 
of one of these, and was born at Boiling Springs, Bergen Coun- 
ty, October 13, 1847. He is the son of George C. Brinkerhoff (7) and 
Kezia H. Hopper, daughter of Andrew P. and Anna Hopper, and a grand- 
son of Cornelius G. (6) and Hannah Brinkerhoff. He was educated in the 
district schools and at Packard's Institute, New York, and with the ex- 
ception of a few years spent in farming has followed the banking business 
since leaving the latter institution, being at the present time the Cashier 
of the Rutherford National Bank. Rising step by step to this, responsible 
position, he has displayed from the first great ,. executive ability, sound 
business judgment, and a thorough knowledge of financial affairs. 



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275 



In public life he has also been active and prominent. He has served 
efficiently as Collector of Taxes, and in 1890 was elected a member of the 
Boroup:h Conncil, serving t^Y0 years, and in 1899 was again elected to 
that office for a term of three years. He is a member of the Knights of 
Tythias and of the Board of Trustees of the First Presbyterian Church of 
Rutherford, of which he is a regular attendant and liberal supjiorter. 

Mv. Brinkerhoff was married on July 12, 1S68, to Jennie ^l. Brinkerhoff 
and has five children: George C, Henry A., James H., Kezia 11., and May. 

ISAAC A. HOPPEB.— The Hoppers in Bergen and Hudson Counties 
are descended from Andries Hopper, who, with his wife, Grietie Hen- 
dricks, emigrated to America in 1052 and settled at New Amsterdam, where 
he was enrolled and granted the ])rivileges of a small burgher in 16'57. 
He acquired considerable property, but did not live to long enjoy it, as he 
died within a year. He had entered into an agreement with .Jacob Stol 
to purchase the Bronx lands, but 
death cut off both him and Stol be- 
fore a deed could be signed. His 
widow married (2) a man named Van 
Tricht in May, 1660, thereby securing 
to each of her three children two 
hundred gelders. These three chil- 
dren were William, born 16.54 (nmr- 
ried ^Minnie .Jurcks Paulus); Hen- 
drick, born 16.56 (married Maria Van 
Blarcom); ^Matthew Adolphus, boiu 
16.58 (married Anna Jurcks Paulus). 
Matthew and Hendrick settled in 
New Jersey. 

Isaac A. Hopper is descended in 
the eighth generation from Andries 
Hopper and Grietie Hendricks, the 
emigrants. ^Nfatthew IIo))]ier married 
Aedtje Peters (see sketch on page 
71). This Jlatthew Hopper (3) had 
a son, Andries (4), who married 
Elizabeth Bros and had a son, I'eter 
(5). AVho this Peter married the 
Paramus church records may show, 
l)ut Peter ('.',), it is said, had three 
sons: Garret P. (6), Andrew P. (6), 

and Henry P. (6). Andrew P. was l.Kirn aliout 1772, married, July 23, 1797, 
Anne Voorhis, and had issue, among other children, Henry A. Hopper (7), 
who niari-ied Helen, daughter of Isaac Ackerman, and had issue, besides 
other children, Isaac A. Plopper (8), who is the subject of this sketch. His 
father was Sheriff of Bergen County and a member of the New Jersey 
Legislature. 

Isaac Ackerman Hopper (8) was born at Boiling Springs, now Rutherford, 
N. J., April 24, 1843. He received a district school education at " Small 
Lots" (now Fair Lawn), and, compleling his studies at the age of fifteen, 
has followed farming when not serving the community in official capacities. 
During the Civil War he enlisted as a volunteer soldier in Company E, 
Twenty-second New Jersey Regiment, and participated in the battles of 




ISAAC A. HOPPEK. 



276 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

Ghancellorsville, Frederickbnrp;, the Wilderness, and Gettysbnrg, where 
his regiment formed a part of General Meade's reserves. 

After the war Mr. Hopper ag'ain engaged in agricultural pursuits on his 
father's farm, and soon became active and prominent in local public affairs. 
He served for six years as Assessor, and in 1 881 was elected Sheriff of Ber- 
gen County, which office he filled with ability and satisfaction for three 
years. He was again chosen Assessor for the Township of Saddle River 
and served ten years, and in 1892 was elected County Collector, serving 
for four years. " Afterward he was for four years Treasurer of Bergen 
County. 

Mr. Hopper is a stanch friend of public improvements, has been especially 
persistent and successful in his efforts to secure improvement of public 
roads, and is highly respected by all who know him. He is a member of 
Gabriel Paul Post, G. A. R., a Democrat in politics, and a member of the 
Reformed Church of Ridgewood. 

November 25, 1868, he married Maria, daughter of Garret A. Hopper, a 
prominent citizen of Bergen County. They have had one child, deceased. 

THOMAS J. POST is descended in the eighth generation from Captain 
Adriaen Post, the emigrant and common ancestor of all the Post family in 
Bergen and Hudson Counties (see sketch on page 72). He is the son of 
Thomas Post and Lucretia Merseles, and was born at Westwood, N. J., 
April 29, 1862. In the schools of Bergen County he acquired a fair educa- 
tion, and by industry and perseverance has achieved success. Leaving 
school at the age of sixteen, he engaged as an employee in manufacturing 
chairs, which he followed for fifteen years, when he established himself 
in that business. He has built up a large and successful business in this 
line, and is widely known as a man of integrity, enterprise, and energy. 

Mr. Post is a member of the Board of Education of the Borough of West- 
wood, a member of the Westwood Union Church, and Superintendent of 
the Westwood Union Sunday School. In every capacity he has discharged 
his duties with honor, fidelity, and satisfaction. He married Catharine A. 
Conklin and has one son, Percy A. 

WILLIAM WILLCOX VOORHIS is descended in the eighth generation 
from Steven Coerts Van Yoorhis, the first American ancestor of the family. 
Tha line of descent is the same as in the sketch on page 83. As will be 
seen, Lucas Alberts Voorhis (3) had issue several children of the fourth gen- 
eration, among whom was Hendrick Lucas Van Voorhis (4), born February 
11, 1731, died March 6, 1803. He married Wybsie Laroe, who was bom 
November 28, 1736, and died June 8, 1813. They lived northwest of Hacken- 
sack, and had issue ten children of the fifth generation : Abram H., Lucas 
H., Albert H., John H., Annatie, Nicholas H., Jacobus H., Catharine, Mag- 
dalena, and Henry H. 

Jacobus H. (5), born November 2, 1769, died April 13, 1833, married Mary 
Demarest, who was born July 14, 3783, and died August 14, 1849. Three 
generations of the above are buried in the old Voorhis graveyard on the 
west bank of the Hackensack below New Milford. Jacobus H. Voorhis (5) 
and Mary Demarest had issue, besides other children, Albert J. Voorhis (6), 
who married Rachel Hopper. She was born October 5, 1809, and died 
April 19, 1877. They had issue, among other children, Peter A. H. Voorhis 
(7), who married Cecelia C. Smith, and who wijis the father of William 
Willcox Voorhis (8), the subject of this jketch. 



GENEALOGICAL 277 

William Willcox Voorhis (8) was born November 27, 1865, In Hacken- 
sack, N. J., where he received his education. He left school at the age of 
sixteen and engaged in business with his father, continuing in that relation 
until the latter's death. He then retired and has since devoted his en- 
ergies to the management of the estate. 

In public as well as in business affairs Mr. Voorhis has achieved distinc- 
tion. He served for a time as President of the Board of Council of the 
Borough of Westwood, is a life member of the New Jersey Society for the 
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and is a member of the Reformed Church. 
He is public spirited, enterprising, and active in promoting every worthy 
movement, and thoroughly identified with the affairs of his native county. 

Mr. Voorhis married Leanora Westervelt, a member of an old Bergen 
County family, and they have two children: Cecelia Marguerite and Marie 
Louise. 

JOHN ENSTICE has achieved as a contractor a measure of success 
which stamps him as one of the most prominent men in his line of business 
in Eastern New Jersey. His reputation and high standing are doubly 
merited, because it is through his own efforts, his indomitable perseverance, 
and his unquestioned integrity and ability that he has paved the way to 
a place among the leading contractors of the State. He comes from the 
sturdy old Enstice and Giles families of Cornwall, England, where he was 
born March 20, 1867, his parents being James Enstice and Annie Giles 
and his grandparents John Enstice and Maria Norway. His mother, who 
still survives, is the daughter of James and Amelia Giles, of Cornwall. On 
both sides he inherits the admirable characteristics of people whose broad 
and liberal attainments had a most important influence upon the com- 
munity in which they lived, and who raised by deed and word the high 
standard of industry, honesty, and fearless fidelity that marks their de- 
scendants in both the Old and the New World. 

Mr. Enstice has been a resident of New Jersey since he was four years 
old. In May, 1871, the family bade adieu to the CornM'all home of their 
ancestors and emigrated to America, to seek, in broader fields, a fortune 
for themselves and their children. They first located in Dover, N. J., where 
the father, James Enstice, successfully prosecuted his business as a con- 
tractor until shortly before his death, which occurred on the 9th of March, 
1883. He had five sons and two daughters, John, the subject of this article, 
being the third son. 

John Enstice attended Public School No. 2, at Mine Hill, near Dover, 
Morris County, X. J., until he wns sixteen, and as a boy manifested and 
developed those energetic mental qualities which have since won for him 
so much honor and distinction. Having laid the basis of an active career 
in studies best fitted for a business life, he became an apprentice to the 
carpenter's trade in Dover, and there and in Morristown, N. J., followed bis 
vocation with constantJy increasing success, winning the respect and con- 
fidence of all with whom he came in contact. In the spring of 1886 he 
moved to Kearny, Hudson County, where he prosecuted his trade for two 
years, being in charge of important work most of the time. In 1888 he 
engaged in the business of contracting and building on his own account. 
His first attempts were modest and unassuming, but the high reputation 
which he h.-^d made soon followed him to his new field of operation, and 
within a veiv short time lie occupied a foremost place among the promi- 
nent contractorK in that section. He associated himself with his brothers. 



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William and Edward J., under the present firm name of Enstice Brothers, 
and many of the liaest and most imposing buildings in Kearny, Harrison, 
Newark, 'the Oranges, and other towns are the result of their efforts. 
Dwellings, public edifices, and a variety of work have been erected by 
them and bear the distinctive stamp of their skill and energy and thorough 
workmanship. In 181)9 they completed extensive government contracts at 
Sandy Hook, which they had commenced in February, 18!t7, and their 
work" there is among the' largest and most important military posts along 
the Atlantic coast. 




JOHN ENSTICE. 



In the business and financial as well as in the constructive department 
of the firm's business Mr. Enstice has been the leading figure, bringing 
to the management and detail work great executive ability, untiring en- 
ergy, sound judgment, and unusual foresiglit. His success in handling the 
largest contracts, in securing and carrying them to completion, is tangible 
evidence of his courage and enterprise. His achievements are the result ot 
his own efforts, of constant application, and of the broad and progressive 
ideas of an able man. As a citizen as well as a contractor he is prominent. 
In May, 1900, he formed a pai-fnership with John Bohenna, anu under the 
firm name of John Boheuna & Co. engaged in the real estate and insurance 



GENEALOGICAL 279 

business. Mr. Enstice is public spirited and universally esteemed, and in 
the growth and prosperity of the Township of Kearny he has taken an im- 
portant part, having been a liberal supporter of its chief institutions and 
lending his influence in favor of every commendable object. For two years 
he was a member of the Kearny Board of Education. He is a member of 
Kane Lodge, Iv"o. 5o,F.and A.M., and of Union Chapter, No. 7, E. A. M., both 
of Newark. He is a charter member of Ethic Lodge, Knights of Pythias, of 
Harrison, and was for three years an Elder and for two years Treasurer of 
Knox Presbyterian Church of Kearny. He is a Director of the Harrison and 
Kearny Building and Loan Association, a Eepublican in politics, and in all 
the relations of life has displayed the highest attributes of a loyal, energetic, 
and useful citizen. 

Mr. Enstice was married, June 8, 1899, to Nellie May Decker, daughter 
of Thomas W. and Martha (Van Duyne) Decker, of Kearny, formerly of 
Pine Brook, Morris County. Soon after his marriage he removed to South 
Orange, N. J., where he now resides. 

JAMES T. LILLIS, Surrogate of Hudson County, is the eldest son of 
Martin and Catherine (McCarthy) Lillis, both natives of Ireland, who came 
to this country about 1849 and settled in the north part of the County of 
Hudson. His father, one of the prominent and extensive truckmen of his 
time, died in Jersey City on the 1st of January, 1879. His mother's death 
occurred there August 21, 1887. 

Surrogate Lillis was born in West New York, Hudson County, 
March 6, 1853, and when about four years old his parents moved to 
Jersey City. He there acquired his early education in public and 
parochial schools. Entering^ Eutgers College at New Brunswick in 1870, 
on a scholarship granted him by the freeholders after he had passed 
the required examination, he was graduated with the degree of B.S. in 
1873, and the same year entered the Hudson County surrogate's ofQce in 
Jersey City, with which he has ever since been connected. The probate 
history of Hudson County daring the past twenty-seven years is practically 
a history of Surrogate Lillis's life, and vice versa. From a clerkship he 
rose steadily to the post of Assistant Surrogate, and in November, 1896, 
was elected Surrogate on the Democratic ticket over his Eepublican op- 
ponent, Hon. P. F. Wanser, then Mayor of Jersey City, receiving a flatter- 
ing majority. Surrogate Lillis still holds that office, and has discharged 
its duties with ability and satisfaction. Having had more than a quarter 
of a century's uninterrupted experience in general probate matters, it is 
not strange that he should be everywhere regarded as the man best quali- 
fied to perform the work coming before a surrogate, and during a life-long 
devotion to his labors he has achieved an enviable reputation as well as 
signal success. Genial, sympathetic, and able, thoroughly versed in every 
department of probate law, and methodical in all his efforts, he is one of 
the most popular of Hudson County's citizens, and prominent in both 
political circles and private capacities. 

For many years he has been a leading member of the Hudson County 
Democratic Committee, and for some time he served as its Secretary. He 
is also a member of the Eobert Davis Association of Jersey City, of the 
Berkeley and University Clubs of the same place, of the Knights of Co- 
lumbus,' of the Benevolent Order of Elks, and of other bodies. He has 
resided in Jersey City for more than forty years, his present residence 
being at 208 Palisade A> jnue. 



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Surrogate Ijillis was inarriod June 3, 1877, to Alice Dooley, daughter of 
Felix Dooley, of I'ouglikeepsie, N. Y. They have four children: Martin J.^ 
James T., Jr., John, and Anna. 



WILLIAM SEBASTIAN STUHR, of Hoboken, one of the ablest and 
foremost lawyers of Hudson County, was born in Williamsburg, N. Y., 
October 1, 185!). At a very earlyage he moved with his parents to Hoboken, 
N. J., where his father exerted for many years a commanding influence 
in i)olitical and public affairs. 

Mr. Stuhr has, therefore, spent his active life in Hoboken, and to the 

growth and welfare of 
the city and also to many 
of its leading institu- 
tions he has contributed 
some of the best ele- 
ments of his life. There 
he acquired his elemen- 
taiy education. He also 
studied for three years 
at a prominent institu- 
tion of learning in Ger- 
many, and by the time 
he had reached early 
manhood had gained a 
good classical knowl- 
edge as well as a liberal 
knowledge of the world. 
Upon his return to the 
United States in 1874 he 
entered the Law Depart- 
ment of New York Uni- 
versity, from which he 
was graduated with 
honor in 1879, receiving 
the degree of LL.B. He 
subsecpiently continued 
his legal studies in the 
office of James W. 
Vroom, of Hoboken, and 
was admitted to the bar 
of New J(-rsey as an at- 
t o r n e y in November, 
1880, and as a counselor 
in November, 1883. 
Since 1880 Mr. Stuhr has been actively and successfully engaged in the 
practice of his jirofession in Hoboken. He rose rapidly to a leading place 
at the bar, not by any sudden freak of circumstances, but by his own 
efforts, by the exen-ise of recognized legal ability, and by those honest, 
st]-aightfoi-ward paths which inevitably lead to an honorable end. Careful 
and painstaking in the preparation of each case which was intrusted to 
his charge, industrious and indefatigable in collecting both facts and evi- 
dence, and sincere in all his arguments before a court and jury, he soon 
gained an enviable reputation for skill and ability, and for several years 




WILLIAM H. STUHK. 



GENEALOGICAL 281 

has been regarded by his associates as well as his fellow-citizens as a 
leader of the Hudson County bar. He is one of the ablest and strongest 
advocates in the trial of causes in the State. Few lawyers have in this 
respect a higher or wider reputation. His masterful presentation of cases 
before courts and juries has frequently been noted. He is especially strong 
in argument, keen and adroit in the examination of witnesses, and a public 
speaker of admitted prominence and eloquence. A man of unquestioned 
integrity, he possesses scholarly as well as legal attainments of a high 
order, and at the bar and in public and private life has been eminently 
successful. 

Mr. Stuhr was Corporation Counsel of the City of Hoboken from 188:5 
to 1885 inclusive, and served as Assistant Counsel to the Board of Chosen 
Freeholders of Hudson County in 1888. In these capacities he materially 
magnified an already high reputation, and discharged his duties with char- 
acteristic ability. From boyhood he has been deeply and actively interested 
in the advancement of his adopted city. He has always been a prominent 
Democrat, and for several years was President of the Jeflfersonian Democ- 
racy of Hudson County. In 1889 he was nominated by that party as their 
candidate for State Senator, and also received the indorsement of the 
Eepublicans, and after one of the most exciting campaigns in the history 
of his county was declared defeated. But he was not one to abide by this 
decision, which appeared at once to have been brought about bj' unfair 
means. He therefore determined to make a contest, and did, with the 
result that he was seated in the Senate in May, 1890, just as the Legislature 
was about to adjourn. Probably the most significant and important result 
of the testimony taken at this time was the indictment by the grand jury 
of more than fifty election officers of Hudson County, forty of whom were 
tried and convicted. These were among the most flagrant and noted 
election frauds ever discovered and prosecuted in New Jersey. 

Senator Stuhr was not permitted, however, to actively fill the position 
which he had so honestly and dearly won. In January, 1891, the Democrats, 
gaining control of the Senate, unseated him, but not until he had made 
on the floor of the Senate one of the ablest and most brilliant defenses on 
record in New Jersey. For three hours on the 15th of that month, im- 
mediately after the election of officers, he defended his scat with a zeal 
and courage which challenged the admiration of his political adversaries 
and gained for him a host of friends from all parties. Packed galleries 
at first attempted to interrupt him, but after Ave minutes all were quiet, 
and he was given the closest attention to the end. His quiet dignity, his 
manly courage and commanding presence, his brilliant argument in defense 
of his rights, not only awed his hearers, but in numberless instances con 
vinced them of the justice of his cause. Even the adherents of McDonald, 
his opponent, who crowded the Senate and galleries, accorded him their 
highest respect as a result of his logical and eloquent speech. The vote 
was taken in silence, but no argument was or could be advanced to show 
the constitutionality of the action of the majority. The Trenton Times, 
characterizing it as " The First Eevoliitionary Act," says: 

" It was unconstitutional, revolutionary, and entirely without precedent, 
and can only serve to inflict injury upon the party which performed the act. 
Senator Stuhr, it will be remembered, was seated by the Senate after a 
long and tedious investigation. In that investigation it was shown that 
the frauds of Hudson County were so great that they must have tainted 
the result and affected the seat of Senator McDonald. Whether wise or 



282 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

unwise, the Senate Election Committee decided then not to call a new 
election, but to declare that Mr. Stuhr had probably received a majority 
of the votes cast, and should be sworn into office, and the Senate solemnly, 
on its own responsibility as a judicial body, so adjudicated." 

Again the same paper, in speaking of Mr. Stuhr s brilliant effort, said: 

" Senator Stuhr's address in defense of his Beat, yesterday, was at times 
burning with an eloquence which is rarely heard in the New Jersey Legis- 
lature. ... He has shown qualities of courtesy and manliness which 
have made for him hosts of friends. He came to the legislative halls a 
stranger, but his modest demeanor and pleasant manner, proving him at 
once a gentleman and a fair minded, conservative man, won praise and 
friendship. He goes back to his home known and appreciated outside of 
Hudson County." 

Mr. Stuhr has continued in the practice of the law in Hoboken, where 
he is a large real estate owner, and where he is highly respected and 
esteemed. He is a prominent member of Euclid Lodge, No. 136, F. and 
A. M., of Hoboken; of the Quartette Club and of the Deutscher Pioneer 
Verein of Jersey City; and of the Jersey City Arion and the Alumni Asso- 
ciation of the Law Department of New York University. 

He was married in February, 1886, to Miss Marietta Lindsay Miller, 
daughter of Thomas Miller, a leading citizen of Flushing, L. L 

WILLIAM H. DANIELSON was born in New Durham, Hudson County, 
N. J., where he still resides, June 16, 1826, and is of Scotch descent on 
the paternal side and of Dutch ancestry on the maternal side. He is the 
son of Joseph Danielson and Rebecca Ackerman and a grandson of Will- 
iam Danielson and Mary Lee. Henry Ackerman, his maternal grand- 
father, was an old resident of New Durham, a soldier in the War of 
1812, and a descendant of the old Dutch family of Ackerman of Bergen 
and Hudson Counties. 

Mr. Danielson received his education in the schools of New Durham, 
and has since followed the occupation of a farmer. He has been a success- 
ful agriculturist and an influential member of the Democratic party, and 
has served as Town Committeeman of New Durham. He has been a sup- 
porter of the Baptist Church and of various kindred interests, and is 
highly respected and esteemed. 

He married, lirst, Rachel Riker, by whom he has four children: William 
H. (born in 1850), Anna M., Joseph, and Ella. He married, second, for 
his present wife, Caroline Wilmington. 

AUGUST SEITZ was born in Kay, near Herrenberg, Wurtemberg, Ger- 
many, November 24, 1815. He studied for the ministry, but owing to the 
war of 1830 was obliged to give up his studies. In 1836 he went to Paris, 
engaging in business until 1848, when he came to the United States, 
locating at New Orleans, and one year later in New York. In 1852 he set- 
tled in Hoboken, N. J., and resided there until his death, May 13, 1899. He 
was a Mason for more than forty years, and for twenty-two years held a 
responsible position in the Astor House in New York. 

He married, April 22, 1843, at Paris, Prance, Miss Athenias J. A. Grivel, 
daughter of Joseph and Rose (Rottier) Grivel. She died in Hoboken, Febru- 
ary 23, 1899. Mr. Seitz was an Elder for many years in the German Luther- 



GENEALOGICAL 283 

an Church of Hoboken, one of the organizers of the Hoboken Academy, 
and a member of the old Volunteer Fire Department. Of his seven chil- 
dren two are living. His brother Charles was kaighted for services to the 
king of Wurtemberg. Another brother, William, succeeded his father as 
keeper of the king's forests, was recently retired, and is still living. His 
nephew was one of the Government architects at Stuttgart, Germany. 

Israel Seitz, father of August, Charles, and William, was descended 
from an old and honored Lutheran family of Wurtemberg, Germany, who 
had held the oflflce of king's forester for several generations. Their in- 
tegrity of character and honesty of purpose made them conspicuous in the 
Fatherland. 

ARTHUE SEITZ, son of August and Athenias J. A. (Grivel) Seitz, was 
born in Hoboken, N. J., December 6, 1855, and received his education in the 
public schools and Hoboken Academy, and under a French tutor. At the 
age of sixteen he entered the silk house of Linneman, Wehry & Co., of 
New York City, and remained one year. He then entered the shipping 
house of Salter & Livermore, in New York, and later the employ of the 
Hamburg-American Packet Company, as collector. Soon afterward he as- 
sociated himself with the Domestic Sewing Machine Company as note 
clerk, and later in Hoboken with Charles S. Shultz, lumber dealer. In 
April, 1882, he engaged in business for himself as a dealer in coal and build- 
ing materials, under the firm name of Seitz & Campbell (Herbert P. Camp- 
bell). In 1883 they opened the Hoboken free stores, the first of the kind 
there, which are still in existence, under the name of the Campbell stores. 
Mr. Seitz was the first President of this corporation. 

Selling out his interest in these stores in 1886, he again engaged in the 
building material and coal business with Charles Fall, as Seitz & Fall, 
and soon afterward they began extensive building operations. Mr. Fall 
withdrew and Thomas H. Mickens became a partner as Seitz & Mickens. 
This firm continued about five years. Since then Mr. Seitz has been en- 
gaged in the contracting and building business alone, and for the last two 
years in appraising property almost exclusively. In February, 1899, he 
became one of the organizers of the North River Light, Heat, and Power 
Company, of Hoboken, of which he was Treasurer. 

Mr. Seitz has always been a strong Republican, as was his father before 
him. He has served two terms as a member of the Hoboken Board of Edu- 
cation, is Vice-President of the Hoboken Free Library Commission, is Pres- 
ident of the Hoboken Tax Commission, and is President of the Board of 
Trustees of the First Presbyterian Church of Hoboken. He is also Past 
Master of Advance Lodge, No. 24, A. O. U. W., having served four terms, 
and is now Representative to the Grand Lodge of New Jersey. He is a 
member of Hoboken Council, No. 99, Royal Arcanum, was Vice-President 
and one of the organizers of the Hoboken Chess Club, and was the organizer 
and one of the first officers of the Philatelic Society of Hoboken, and is still 
a prominent collector of stamps. He was for several years a member of the 
Hudson County Republican Committee, has been a delegate to local and 
State Republican conventions, and has been Chairman of the Hoboken City 
and Ward Republican Conventions. In April, 1900, Mayor Fagan ap- 
pointed him a com.missioner for Hoboken to the State Exposition to be held 
in Newark in 1902. 

Mr. Seitz was married to Miss Helen Jamieson Borthwick, of Hoboken, 



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N. J., April 14, 1887. lie is a public spirited citizen, active and influential 
in all the atfairs of the coiiiuiuuity, deejtly interested in American shipping, 
and highly i-es])ected by all who know him. 

JOHN ZELFjEK is one of the foremost men of Hudson County and an 
acknowledged leader of the Democratic jiarty. Having lived in the Town- 
ship of Nortli Bergen since he was one year old. he is actively identified 
with public and political affairs, and through his integrity, ability, and 
genial good nature has gained a ^^ide jiopularity. He was born in New 
York City on the Kith of Decembei-, li^'y^i, the son of Gottfried and Mar- 
garet Zeller, both na- 
tives of Germany. His 
jiarents came to this 
(■ o u n t r y from the 
Fatherland and first 
settled in New York. 
^\'hen John was less 
than one 3'ear old they 
'■(nnoved to North 
I tergen, Hudson County, 
N. J., settling in the 
vicinity of Guttenberg. 
At the outbreak of the 
\\'ar of the Eebellion, 
in 186L Gottfried 
Zeller enlisted in the 
Fifty-sixth New York 
Infantry Volunteers, 
and served two years 
.Mud six months, when, 
having received an 
honorable discharge, 
he reenlisted in the 
1' h i r d New Jersey 
* ' a V a 1 r y. He r e- 
mained with that regi- 
ment until the close of 
the war, gaining dis- 
tinction for bravery in 
action and honor and 
acknowledgment for 
high soldierly qualities 
which he displayed in 
action. 
John Zeller obtained a public school education in the Guttenberg section 
f North Bergen, and in eai-ly manhood leaiaied the trade of barber 
ind haivdi'esser, which he has followed more or less down to the present 
ime. In ]»olitics he has always affiliated with the Democratic party, and 
from his youthful days has taken an active and influential part 'in its 
For many years his prominence and popularity in party atfairs 
him a recognized leader, while his soi.nd judgment and great 
executive ability have won the confidence as well as the' respect and adinira- 
tion of the entire community, which has frequently honored him with elec- 




JOHN ZELLER. 



of 



councils, 
have made 



GENBAX,OGIOAL 285 

tion to offices of responsibility and trust. He was Assessor for the Town 
of Giittenberg from 1883 to 1886, a member of the Guttenberg Town 
Council in 1890 and 1891, and a representative to the New Jersey Legisla- 
ture in 1892 and 1893 from the Eleventh District, comprising the Town- 
ships of Union and North Bergen, the Towns of Union, West Hoboken, 
and Guttenberg, and the north part of the Township of Weehawken. 

In each of these capacities Mr. Zeller displayed those broad and brilliant 
qualities which have made him so popular throughout Eastern New Jersey, 
and which have won for him an extensive acquaintance and hosts of 
friends. His legislative career was marked by close attention to duty, by 
valuable and efficient work both in committee and on the floor, and by con- 
stant usefulness in the interests of his constitpents. Socially, politically, 
and fraternally he is widely known and universally esteemed, and if the 
past is an indication of the future there are yet higher honors in store for 
him. 

DANIEL G. BOGERT, Jr., is of the ninth generation from Oornelis Jans 
Bougaert (see sketch on page 65), who was the first American ancestor of 
the several branches of the Bogert family in New Jersey. Among his 
children were two sons, John Cornelise and Guilliam of the second gen- 
eration. 

John Cornelise Bougaert (2) emigrated with his father about 1662 and 
first settled in the Wallabout section of what is now Brooklyn. He seems 
to have been a farmer and well-to-do, as he wrote " yeoman " after his 
name. As has been said in the sketch referred to, he married Angenetie 
Strycker, daughter of a wealthy Long Island fai'mer, and in 1686 removed 
to Hackensack, where he had previously (with the Bantas, Van Buskirks. 
and others) purchased a large tract called " New Hackensack." He and 
his wife joined the Dutch Church there in 1686. He was elected a Deacon 
of the church in 1696. He is presumed to have died about 1715, as his 
name does not appear on the records after that date. 

Guilliam Bougaert (2), the other son of the emigrant first named, came 
over with his father about 1662 and also settled in the Wallabout section. 
He married a widow, a Mrs. Bergen, who was the first white child born on 
Long Island. Their issue was seven sons and three daughters who settled 
in different localities. 

Guilliam (3), one of the sons, settled in Teaneck, Englewood Township, 
Bergen County, N. J., in 1697, where he built a log cabin, which he occu- 
pied for a number of years (on the site of the present Bogert homestead). 
He then built a stone house nearer the Teaneck road which stood until 
1840. His issue was five sons: John, Jacob G., Cornelius, Henry, and 

Stephen. 

Jacob G. (4), the second of these children, married Sarah Van Voorhiss 
and settled on a farm one-half mile north from his father's farm. Their 
issue of the fifth generation were Maria and Albert J. 

Albert J. Bogert (5), born July 29, 1765, married Sophia Westervelt, and 
continued on his father's farm. His children were Sarah, Jacob, Albert, 
Jane, Gilliam, Henry, and Belinda. 

Gilliam Bogert (6), boi'n March 3, 1797, bought his great-grandfather s 
farm and married Maria Demarest, a direct descendant of north of France 
Huguenot stock. They had issue of the seventh generation Albert G., 



286 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

Sarah, Sophia, Daniel G., John G., Hannah D., Marie B., Andrew D., Be- 
linda, Jacob G., and Elsie. 

Daniel G. Bogert (7), son above named, was born October 13, 1825. He 
is a farmer in Teanecb, near the old Bogert homestead. He has served as 
Assessor for several years, as a Freeholder and Deputy Sheriff, and as 
Census Enumerator in 1864, 1865, 1866, 1870, 1880, and 1890. He married 
Sarah A. Bogert, of Paramus, and had nine children: Gilliam D. (born Au- 
gust 16, 1849), John A., Mary Emma, Cecelia, Daniel, Lillian, Estelle, 
Arthur, and Edith. 

John A. Bogert (8), born in Teaneck, October 12, 1850, married Emily, 
daughter of Stephen G. Hopper, of Hackensack, and has two children liv- 
ing: Charles A. and Stephen G. He is engaged in the lumber business in 
Englewood with Andrew D. Bogert. 

Gilliam D. Bogert (8) is a carpenter and builder of the firm of Gilliam 
D. Bogert & Brother, which operates in Englewood and Leonia. He mar- 
ried Mary E. Christie, daughter of Peter and a granddaughter of Dower 
Christie, of Schraalenburgh, and has two children: Daniel G., Jr., and 
Sarah A., of the ninth generation. 

This family of Bogerts have ever since their settlement in New Jersey 
lived at Teaneck, Englewood, and vicinity. The old Bogert homestead rft 
Teaneck is now owned by the William Walter Phelps estate. 

Daniel G. Bogert, Jr. (9th gen.), was born in Englewood, N. J., December 
27, 1877. He was educated in the Englewood public schools, graduating 
therefrom June 27, 1894, and since then has been engaged in the publish- 
ing business in New York City. 

EDMUND E. JOHNSON has been a resident of Secaucus, Hudson Coun- 
ty, since 1854, and is one of the most prominent and highly respected citizens 
of that community. A Eepublican in politics, he has held such local of- 
fices of honor and trust as Town Committeeman and School Trustee. He 
was bom on Staten Island, N. Y.. December 9, 1824, and was educated in 
the public schools of New York City. He is the son of William Johnson 
and Catherine Martling, his father being a volunteer soldier in the United 
States Army during the War of 1812. 

Early in life Mr. Johnson engaged in the hotel and restaurant business 
in partnership with his brother. Later he organized the firm of Jaques & 
Johnson, of New York City, dealers in pianos, organs, and other musical 
instruments. Subsequently he resumed the hotel and restaurant business, 
was very successful, and in 1863 retired from active business. He has since 
successfully speculated in real estate in New York City, Westchester, 
Long Island, Jersey City, and Secaucus, where, as already stated, he has 
had his residence since 1854. He has always taken an active interest in 
public improvements, and is known as an enterprising and public spirited 
citizen. He is an Odd Fellow, and while a resident of New York City was 
identified with the South Baptist Church. He is now identified with the 
Eeformed Church. In 1847 he was a member of the Carbine Rangers (cav- 
alry) and participated in quelling the Astor Place riot. 

Mr. Johnson married Loretta B. Delavergne, of Dutchess County, N. Y., 
by whom he has four children: Eliza B. (wife of A. S. Engle), William E. 
Johnson, Alvah W. Johnson, and Marie Louise, wife of George H. Dentz. 
The eldest son, William Edgar Jo naon, who resides at Homestead, Hud- 



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287 



son County, is in tlie Registry Depai'tmpnt of the New Yorli PostoiHce, 
where he has been for the past eigliteen years. He was born in 1852, and 
married Mary Olson, by whom he has five ohihlren. Mrs. George H. Dentz 
resides at Jersey City Heiglits and lias five children. Mrs. A. S. Engle re- 
sides at Kearny and has three children. Mrs. Johnson died Februar,y 7, 
.1891). Florence Delavergne, danghter of ]\Ir. and Mrs. Dentz, died Septem- 
ber 26, 181)8. William Delavergne, sou of ^Villianl E. Johnson, died Febru- 
ary 12, 1899. 



IVINS D. APPLEGATE, Chief Engineer of the Fire Department of 
Hoboken, Hudson County-, was boi'n in that citv on the 14th of Mav, 1853. 




IVINS D. APPLEGATE. 

He is the son of Ivins D. Applegate, Sr., and Susan Deas Whituey, and a 
grandson of John B. and Nancy (Anderson) Applegate and John and Mary 
(Ludlam) Whitney. 

Mr. Applegate was educated in Public School No. 1, in Hoboken. In 
1870, at the age of seventeen, he went to sea with his father, who was 
master and part owner of a sailing vessel engaged in the coasting trade. 
In 1874 he was promoted to the position of first mate, and in 1876 he be- 
came master of the same vessel. . Afterward lie entered the employ of 
William N. Parslow, a prominent unde aker in Hoboken, with whom he 



288 HTJBSON AND BEKGEN COUNTIES 

remained until June 1, 1891, when the paid fire department was organized 
and he was made its Chief Engineer. Mr. Applegate became a member of 
the old Hoboken Volunteer Fire Department by joining Engine Company 
No. 1 in May, 1877, and continued in that company until the department was 
disbanded. During this time he represented his company two terms of one 
year each in the Board of Kepresentatives of the Widows' and Orphans' 
Relief Fund, and during five terms of one year each was the company's 
foreman. He served as Chief Engineer of the Volunteer Fire Department 
during the years 1889 and 1890, until the organization of the present paid 
department on June 1, 1891, when he was appointed Chief Engineer, which 
position he still holds, having been three times elected Chief to succeed 
himself. He was the last Chief of the old Volunteer Fire Department and 
the first Chief of the present paid department of the City of Hoboken. and 
has probably done more than any other one man toward placing the de- 
partment upon a substantial basis and affording the city that excellent pro- 
tection from fires which has long been its pride. He is one of the leading 
fire chiefs in the State, being well known not only in this section but 
throughout New Jersey for his efficient executive ability and courage. He 
was influential in bringing about the movement which resulted in the 
organization of the present paid fire department of Hoboken, and from the 
first has been indefatigable in making it one of the best protective bodies 
in the State. He is a member of Euclid Lodge, No. 136, F. and A. M., a 
public spirited and progressive citizen, and actively identified with the 
public and social life of his native city. During his entire career he has 
maintained the confidence, respect, and esteem of the community. 

Mr. Applegate was married on the 2d of September, 1884, to Evanglyn 
Parslow, sister of his old employer, William N. Parslow, of Hoboken. They 
have seven children: Ivins D., Whitney Parslow. William Nassau, Susan 
Elizabeth, Evanglyn Mary, Ruth Alga, and Arthur Knox Banta. 

JAMES W. PEARSALL, President of the New Idea Pattern Company 
of New York City, which he organized, and of which he is the owner, has 
long been a resident of Ridgewood, Bergen County, N. J., where he has 
been prominent in church and Sunday school work and in connection with 
various other interests. His business success has been entirely due to his 
own energy and talents. 

Mr. Pearsall was born in New York City, October 17, 1839, and is the 
son of Silas Pearsall and Ellen, daughter of Alonzo Parker. His father 
was also born in New York City, while the ancestral line on the paternal 
side was long established in America. Ellen Parker was born in Water- 
ford, Ireland. Having been educated in the New York public schools, 
about 1856 Mr. Pearsall entered the employ of James V. Freeman in the 
wholesale butter trade at 101 Front Street, New York City. Afterward 
he was with W. H. Phillips, his successor, with whom he remained for nearly 
eight years. He then removed to Hempstead, Long Island, where for some- 
thing more than two years he was engaged in the retail grocery business. 
Returning to New York City, the next ten years were also spent in the 
wholesale butter trade in the employ of S. W. & J. I. Hoyt. During the 
subsequent two years he engaged in the same line on his own account. 

Mr. Pearsall then' formed a connection which eventually led to his present 
business. He entered the employ of the Domestic Sewing Machine Com- 



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pany in New York, and remained with them for eighteen years, until the 
company failed. During; the last seven years of the eighteen he had been 
manager of the pattern department of tliis concern, and he recognized the 
existence of needs in the pattern trade which no one had undertaken to 
meet. Thus having severed his connection with the Domestic Sewing Ma- 
chine Company, in April, ] 894, he organized and secured the incorporation 
of the New Idea Pattern Company, of which he is President and chief owner. 
This business has been recently described as follows: 

"When the New Idea Pattern Company was started, about six years 
ago, it had practically no cash capital, but what was even more valuable 
than a bank account was Mr. Pearsall's experience in the pattern business, 
his acquaintance and good standing among New York houses, and, most 
important of all, a plan for selling patterns that proved an instantaneous 
success. This plan or idea is threefold, or has three salient features, which 
are, briefly: (1) a uniform price, (2) the requirement of no contract, and (3) 
no minimum limit to the amount of goods to be purchased by a retailer. 

" Working on these principles and other innovations to the pattern trade, 
the upbuilding of the company's business has been of the record-breaking 
order. Five times in these years it has been necessary to move the head 
office in New York into larger quarters. Now it has fifty feet frontage on 
Broadway, with a depth of two hundred feet, and has over one hundred 
people on its pay roll. There are now over 3,000 agencies established among 
retail merchants, and distributing offices are located in Chicago, Toronto, 
and seven other large cities, Chicago being the principal distributing point 
in the West. The company is incorporated and the stockholders, besides 
Mr. Pearsall, are his three sons and a son-in-law." 

Mr. Pearsall married Hannah W. Myers, and has three sons and three 
daughters: Ella L., William F., Edgar L., Silas E., Lina C, and Laura C. 
Pearsall. During the past twenty-five years he has been an active member 
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and for a number of years has been 
a Sunday school superintendent. He is Chairman of the Ridgewood Town- 
ship Sunday School Association, a member of the Board of Education of 
Ridgewood, and a Director of the First National Bank of Ridgewood. For 
fifteen years he has also been a member of the Knights of Honor, and in 
1899 held the position in this order of Grand Dictator of New Jersey. 

MILTON DEMAREST, of Hackensack, N. J., is descended in the eighth 
generation from David des Marest, the French emigrant, concerning whom 
see p. 64. The line of descent is as follows: David des Marest and his 
wife, Maria Sohier, the emigrants, had issue of the second generation sev- 
eral children, of whom one was Samuel (2), who married Maria Dreuns, and 
had issue eleven children of the third generation: Magdalena, David, Sam- 
uel, Peter, Jacomina, Judith, Sarah, Simon, Rachel, Susanna, and Daniel. 

Samuel Demarest (3), of Schraalenburgh, married Annatie Van Horn 
and had issue of the fourth generation Samuel, Jannetie, Cornelius, Samuel, 
David, Elsie, Daniel, and Maria. 

David Demarest (4) removed to Rockland County, N. Y., where, in 1729, 
he married Catherine Van Houten. He resided near Tappan, N. Y., where 
they had issue of the fifth generation Annatie, David, Geertie, Peter, Will- 
iam, Elizabeth. Samuel, Geertie, Lydia, Jacobus, and GaTet. 

Jacobus Demarest (5), born at Tappan, August 20, 1748, married, in 17S4, 
Rachel, daughter of Cornelius C. Smith, who was born at Tappan, May 14, 



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1.756. She died April 2S, 1825, and he died October 9, 1844. They had issue 
of the sixth generation Oorneliiis J.; Jacobus, 1789; Sarah, 1792; Eliza- 
beth, 1,795 ; and Joost, 1797. 

Cornelius J. (6) was born at Orangetown, N. Y., May 24, 1785, and died 
September 27, 186.3. His wife, Catherine Holdrum, was born June 30, 1787, 
and died August 31, 1852. Both are buried at the cemetery at Tappan. 

Among 1 he children of Cornelius J. (C) and Catherine (Holdrum) Demarest 
was John C. Demarest (7), who married Isabella, daughter of Daniel D. 
Tallman, and had issue, among others, of the eight generation, Milton 
Demarest, the subject of this sketch. 

Milton Demarest (8) was born in Eockland County, N. Y., June 8, 1855. 
Tie spent his boyhood days in attendance upon the public schools at Nyack, 
N. Y., and finished his education in the private school of Professor William 
Williams and at Hackensack Academy, his parents having removed to 




ORITANI FIELD CLUB, HACKENSACK. 



Hack-ensack when he was (juite young. After completing a thorough aca- 
demic course he entered as a student the law office of M. C. Gillham, at 
Hackensack, where he completed a full course of study. In June, 1877, he 
was adniilted to the New Jersey bar as an attorney, and three years later 
as a counselor. He pi-ac'ticed his profession until the summer of 1879, 
when he forined a law partnership with Walter Christie, of Hackensack, 
which lasted for one year. From that time until 1894 he practiced alone, 
and then associated himself with Abram de Baun, with whom he has since 
carried on an extensive and lucrative practice. 

From 1872 to 1877 Mr. Demarest served as a member of Company C, 
Second Battalion, N. G. N. J. He has served seven years as counseland 
clerk of the Hackensack Improvement Commission, and is a member of 
the New Barbadoes Board of Education, of which body he was elected 
President in March, 1900. He is a member of Pioneer Lodge, F. and A. M., 
of Bergen County Lodge, I. O. O. F., and of the Orltani "Field Club, and 



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has served as a Deacon and Elder in the First Reformed Church at Hack- 
ensack. In politics he is a Republican. He ranks high in his profession, 
and is popular socially. 

He has been twice married, (1) to Carrie W. Christie and (2) to Adaline E. 
Christie. His issue of the ninth generation are Lottie, Carrie I., and Edith. 

SAMUEL BURRAGE REED, one of the oldest and most prominent 
architects in this country, was born in Meriden, Conn., on the 7th of 
January, 1834. lie is the son of Samuel Francis Reed and Sarah Tharp, 
and the grandson of Solomon and Bessie Reed and Joel and Sarah 
(Darling) Tharp. On his paternal side his ancestors came from Holland 
during the Revolutionary War, and his great-grandfather took an active 
and conspicuous part in that conflict. At the close of the war he settled 
in tlie fertile valley or pass which for upward of one hundred years has 
been known as " Reed's Gap," between the mountains that skirt the east- 
erly boundary of Wallingford, Conn. The Air Line railroad between 
New York and Boston runs through this '■ Reed's Gap," as will be noted 
on their published tables. On his maternal side, the Tharps (three broth- 
ers) came from Leeds, England, and were among the first settlers in New 
Hampshire. One of the brothers (William), about the year 1760, removed 
to Meriden, which at that time was a part of Wallingford, Conn. Here 
he established himself on a farm which still remains in the family, and 
here it was that Joel Tharp (an only child) was born December 10, 1778. 
The buildings have all twice gone to decay, and the third have since been 
erected within a few feet of the original site. The elder Tharp was re- 
spected and served as adviser and administrator of the laws under the 
" Charter of King Charles II.," of which he was the keeper. The copy 
of this " Charter with the Acts and Laws for the English Colony of Con- 
necticut, in New England in America," is now in possession of the subject 
of this sketch, and is prized by him as a family relic. 

Following an old custom, Joel Tharp deeded all his property to his 
only son, Gideon, lea\ing three daughters with nothing, or risking that 
in iife's lottery they would find companions that would care for them 
and bear their burdens. This worked all right for the majority, but badly 
for tlie minority. Sarah was the eldest, and from the time she was seven- 
teen, when her mother died from sunstroke, she took entire charge and 
care of the family. Her two sisters married first, and married well, while 
she remained single until she was thirty years of age, when she married 
Samuel F. Reed, a builder, aged thirty-two years, on March 2-1, 1833. 
Their married life was short, for he died on the 12th of the following 
October, so Mr. Reed, the subject of this sketch, entered this world as a 
posthumous child. His mother was able to care for her child until he was 
seven years of age, when she was advised to part with him, and send 
him " West " to those she trusted would care for him. She did not realize 
that she was virtually sending him out of the reach of civilization. At 
the age of seven he was sent to parties she had known years before, who 
had settled in the "Black River Country" (Leyden, Lewis County, N. Y.), 
which was then mostly a wilderness, with occasional settlements miles 
apart along what was known as the " State Road." There were no schools 
in that section, and consequently no means of enjoying those educational 
advantages which the youth of to-day have at their doors. In this frontier 
region Mr. Reed spent seven years of his boyhood with an aged couple 
who had nearly worn themselves out on a partly-cleared farm of two 



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hundred acres. Being large for his age, very much of the work fell to his 
lot. There were no idle hours to waste away, nor had he any companions 
to divert him from his tasks. He acquired a rugged physique, grew to be 
self-reliant, learned to think for himself, obtained valuable experiences, 
and developed an individuality which has remained with him and char- 
acterized his life. 

Seven years was a long time for him to have charge of all the matters 
on this farm, but at last relief came when his mother suddenly appeared 
in her anxiety to learn of his situation. At first he did not recognize her, 




S. BURRAGE REED. 



having forgotten her features. They very soon became acquainted again, 
He then showed her over the place, the hundred sheep and other animals, 
the amount of work he had to do and how he did it. It was easy for him 
to explain to her that this was no place for him; that while here he 
would always be a drudge and wear the tow-cloth frock and strap. She 
saw that his complaints were well founded and determined to find 
means to take him East with her. A few weeks after she took him to 
Meriden, and apprenticed him to learn the builder's trade. His first work 
here was done on the famous mansion of Moses Y. Beach (then proprietor 



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of the New York Sun). This structure was erected from designs furnished 
by Architect Austin, of New Haven. Its cost was sixty thousand dollars, 
which was a great deal of money in those times when one dollar paid for 
one day (of twelve hours) of skilled labor. It was while learning his 
trade that he realized and felt the importance of an education. Just at 
this time a popular clergyman delivered a lecture on " The Powers of the 
Mind," in the school-house near by. The matter of this lecture made a 
deep impression on Mr. Eeed, then about fifteen years of age. The lec- 
turer had a trunk with him, containing various articles which he used in 
illustration during the lecture; along with these were books, some of 
which he discarded while closing his trunks. Among them were catalogues 
of publications, of which up to this time Mr. Eeed had no knowledge. 
These books he gradually obtained, read, and re-read, until he thoroughly 
knew what they contained. His habits of study had attracted the atten- 
tion of a physician (Dr. David Allen), who gave him access to his 
library and offered to guide him in his studies. At once his theme was 
medicine, and after two years' study he appeared before Dr. Sperry, of 
Hartford, for an examination and a certificate, which he obtained. He 
was still an apprentice and had some time yet to serve, which prevented 
the practice of his profession except during spare hours. 

Gradually the subject of medicine became a secondary matter. As his 
skill in his trade developed he became intensely interested in its problems, 
and finally at the age of twenty-one with his chest of tools he settled in 
Flushing, L. I. He took his books with him and continued his studies, 
determined that he would not allo^' himself to be in ignorance on any 
subject. He very soon made the acquaintance of Prof. Howard Osgood 
(now of Rochester University), who kindly offered to give him instruction 
in the Greek language. This offer was gladly accepted and Strong's Epit- 
ome, as his primer, and Antigone, as a classic, were soon mastered. At the 
age of twenty-four he possessed an extensive library, including the works 
of Comb, Spurzheim, Lavater, Gall, Comte, Wayland, Nott and Gliddon, 
Dick, Koch, Gill, Dowling, Cavallo, Mattison, Silliman, Hale, Home, Plu- 
tarch, Good, Dodd, Esdale, and many others of like character, which he had 
studied industriously and become thoroughly familiar with. 

A course of lectures by local talent having been proposed during the 
following winter, Mr. Eeed consented to deliver one entitled " Mental 
Science." The subject attracted the faculty of a nearby institution 
that attended the lecture. At its close an interview was requested and 
arranged for. The pui'pose of the interview was not stated, but turned 
out to be an examination, and unfolded the plan of establishing a class 
in mental philosophy with a request that he assume its leadership. 
Mr. Eeed, though flattered by this request, could not with his retiring dis- 
position enter a curriculum with which he was entirely unfamiliar, and 
believing that the walls and rules of such an institution would be too 
narrow and restraining for him declined the offer. He had discovered 
however, that with perseverance, industry, and indomitable energy he 
had acquired a broad and accurate knowledge of those studies and sciences 
which are usually taught only in colleges, and through his own efforts and 
personal exertions had secured a splendid education and laid the founda- 
tion of a most successful career. 

For several years he was engrossed in the building business, whicTi up 
to this time he regarded as his legitimate calling. Designing structures 
became an interesting part of his work, and to perfect himself in this 



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branch lie took a course of instruction under Prof. James McLean (brother 
of Judge Mcljean, of Ohio), who for twelve years was a designer on govern- 
ment worlc in Washington. 

Now being fully equipped by practice and experience in designing as 
well as construction, his plans were sought after until his entire time was 
devoted to their execution. It must be gratifying to him in his travels 
in any direction to point out the works of his hands that stand as monu- 
ments of his taste and skill. For thirty years he has been located at No. 
245 Broadway, New York City, opposite the City Hall, where he has 
planned an aveiage of upward of one full stt of original designs per month 
during the whole time. Buildings in every style and for all purposes are 
included in the list. He was tlie first to develop what has so long been 
known as the " Queen Anne Style," or more properly " Cottage Style." The 
Pinard cottages in Newport, E. I., represent his first work in that style. 
Mr. Reed is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and is tlie 
author of five publications on architecture specially intended to assist 
in the erection of convenient and comfortable cottages. How well this 
laudable endeavor to aid the deserving classes has been appreciated is 
best told in the fact that the sales of his first book outnumbered any other 
architectural work ever published. 

For about twenty years his labors have been devoted to more elaborate 
structures. The residence of James A. Bailey (successor to P. T. Barnum) 
on St. Nicholas Avenue, New York City, is an interesting and distinct 
type. Bloomingdale Church, Sixty-eighth Street and Broadway, New 
York City, was where limestone was first used in that city. Collegiate 
Onurcn on BeconO Avenue is a beautiful decorated Gothic. Mention of 
many other buildings of similar character that are now standing in many 
parts of the country might be made, but it is needless to extend the list 
here. We should mention his latest work as the Passaic County court 
house, at Paterson, N. J., which Mr. Heed secured in a competition, in- 
cluding forty-eight architects from all the principal cities. This beautiful 
structure is in classic design, of white marble, fire-proof throughout, sur- 
mounted with a dome, and will require four years for its construction. 

We have entered at some length into the details of this story and life- 
work because of its lesson and tendency to inspire determination, hope, 
energy, and industry in the face of misfortune and disadvantages, and as 
an example it may be of infinite value to the younger readers. Mr. Keed 
started without the help of either father or mother, absolutely without 
means or friends to advise with, and could hope for nothing from his sur- 
roundings. In spite of all these adverse conditions he determined to work 
up and win at least the respect of intelligent men, and this he has done as 
all who know him will testify. His business has been his constant pleas- 
ure and to its development he has devoted his best energy. In early life 
he had no chance to join in sport with other boys, and to this day has 
never seen a ball game, shot a gun, worn a skate, or gone a fishing. He 
does, however, enjoy table games and is especially fond of chess. He lias 
decided convictions concerning any action, believing in any case that there 
is but one right way to act. Serving as the " balance wheel " between 
clients and contractors in more than four hundred cases, he has been 
able to fully cover each case both professionally and judicially. We are 
sure no other living architect has such a record. 

For several years Mr. Eeed has resided in "SA'oodcliff, N. J., where he has 
taken an active part in public affairs. He was twice elected Mayor of 



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Woodcliflf, and afterward was elected Justice of the Peace. Subsequently 
he was appointed Commissioner of Deeds. The two latter positions he now 
holds. Mr. Reed is an interesting- talker on religious matters, and for 
seven years served as a Deacon in the Baptist Church in Flushing, L. I. 
For seven years he was an Elder in the Reformed Church in New York City, 
and for the same period a member of the Classis of New York. 

Mr. Reed has been twice married, his first wife being Eliza A. Wright, of 
Flushing, L. I., and his second Lizzie Lowerre, of Brooklyn, L. I. He has 
five children — four daughters and one son. 

CORNELIUS CHRISTIE, train master of the West Shore Railroad at 
Weehawken, N. J., is distinctively a railroad man, having spent his entire 
business life in that line. He is descended in the sixth generation from 
James Christie, the Scotch emigrant, concerning whom see sketch on page 
106. The line of descent is James Christie (1), the emigrant, who married 
Magdalena Samuels Demarest, of Schraalen burgh, and had issue of the 
second generation thirteen children, one of whom was William Christie, 
who married Catelyntie Demarest and had issue of the third generation 
ten children, of whom Captain James Christie, of Revolutionary fame, mar- 
ried Maria Banta, and had issue of the fourth generation seven children, one 
of whom, David Christie, born December 1, 1789, married ,Vnna Brinkerholl, 
and removed to New York City, where he made a fortune as a stone cutter. 
In 1835. having bought the farm of Garret Mayer at Ridgefleld, N. J., he 
retired from business. He had issue of the fifth generation, one of whom 
was Albert B. Christie, who married Lydia A. Christie (a distant relative) 
and settled at Ridgefleld Park about 1830. He left issue of the sixth gen- 
eration, of whom one was Cornelius, the subject of this sketch. 

Cornelius Christie (6) was born at Ridgefleld Park, September 24, 1864, 
and was educated in the public schools, graduating from Washington pub- 
lic school, No. 32, Hackensack, in July, 1881. Beginning business as a 
telegraph operator in the office of the New York, Susquehanna and West- 
ern Railroad, in May, 1881, he continued in their employ until June, 1883, 
whf-n he entered the- oifice of the West Shore Railroad Company as tele- 
graph operator. He so continued until March, 1888, when he was promoted 
to the position of train despatcher, which he held until April 1, 1895, when 
by a second promotion he became train master. Mr. Christie has about 
five hundred men under his supervision, directly and indirectly, more than 
half of whom may trace their examination, discipline, and employment to 
his management. 

Mr. Christie was married, October 12, 1898, to Miss Selena Wells, of 
Goshen, N. Y., only daughter of James E. W>lls, for many years Supervisor 
of the Town of Goshen and General Superintendent of the Orange County 
Agricultural Society. Their bridal trip extended over nine thousand miles 
through the Western States. 

CORNELIUS DOREMUS, a prominent lawyer of Hackensack and New 
York City, was born at Areola, Bergen County, N. J., on the 22d of January, 
1862, his parents being Jacob W. Doremus and Sophia E. Van Dien. He is 
descended in the flfth generation from Johannes (John) Doremus, who was 
born at Middleburg in the Island of Walcheron, in Zeeland, Holland, about 
1698. He came to America in 1709, and located at Acquackanonck (Passaic). 
From there he went to Hackensack, where, in August, 1710, he married 
Elizabeth, daughter of Abraham Ackerraan. The date of the registry of 



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the marriage is August 19. He bought lands in the limits of the Ramapo 
patent at Treakness and on the Saddle River near Paramus. Joris (George) 
Doremus, probably his son, lived at Passaic. He married Mary, daughter 
of Jan Berdaeu (Berdan). John and George had each several children, 
whose descendants have become numerous throughout Bergen and Passaic 
Counties. On his mother's side Mr. Doremus is descended from Dirck 
Gai'retsen Van Dien, of Utrecht, Holland. His grandparents were John B. 
and Margaret (Westervelt) Doremus and Cornelius G. and Susan E. (Post) 
Van Dien. 

Mr. Doremus received his primary education iu the public schools of 
Bergen County, and after graduating therefrom, in 1878, entered Stevens 
Institute iu Hoboken, where he completed his academical studies. In 1880 
he began the study of law as a student in the Law Department of the 
University of New York, from which he was graduated in 1883, being ad- 




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mitted to the New York bar in the same year. He was admitted to the 
bar of New Jersey as an attorney in 188i and as a counselor in 1889. and has 
successfully practiced his profession in Hackensack, Bergen Countv, and at 
120 Broadway, New York City, for a number of years. He has been counsel 
to the Board of Chosen Freeholders of Bergen County, which position he 
held for tour years. He has been also counsel for Ridgewood village and 
the Township of Ridgewood and is now counsel for Saddle River, Maywood 
Borough, and other Juunicipalities. 

Coming to the bar well equipped for the duties of a professional career, 
Mr. Doremus has been eminently successful and in a number of important 
cases has displayed the highest legal abilities and qualifications. He has 
devoted himself unceasingly to the interests of his clients, and during the 
sixteen years of his practice has built up a large and lucrative business, both 
in New York City and in his native county. He has never aspired to public 
office, but in 1895 was induced by his friends to accept the nomination for 



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State Senator. He is a member of the Reformed Church of Ridgewood, N. 
J., where he resides, and is a loyal and public spirited citizen, thoroughly 
interested and identified with the affairs of the community, active in pro- 
moting every Avorthy object, and highly esteemed and respected by all who 
know him. 

Mr. Doremus was married on the 6th of December, 1885, to Jennie M. 
Lake, of Monsey, N. Y., and their children are Florence L., born September 
23, 1886, died July 25, 1887; Mabel, born June 14, 1888; and Nellie Budlong, 
born September 26, 1891. 

HAMILTON VICTOR MEEKS is one of the most successful business 
men of Hudson County, N. J. He is President of the Gardner & Meeks 
Company, which controls large lumber interests at Union Hill and Gutten- 
berg. He is a Director and Vice-President of the Hudson Trust Company 
of Hoboken and AA'^est Hoboken, of which he was one of the original in- 
corporators. In 1891 he organized the Woodcliff Land Improvement Com- 
pany, and has been its Secretary and Treasurer to the present time. To 
his business abilities and energy are chiefly due the remarkable success of 
this company in building up the beautiful village of Woodcliff-on-the-Hud- 
son. The Grand Boulevard, constructed by Hudson County at a cost of 
$3,000,000, runs through the edge of Woodcliff, on the crest of the Palisades, 
and from this elevated point a remarkable view of New York City is spread 
before the eye. Whether it be viewed by day, or whether it be identified by 
its myriad lights by night, — an impressive spectacle, — the great metropolis 
is unfolded to the eye like a huge panorama. The site of Woodcliff is 
historic ground, and for nearly half a century it has been in the possession 
of the Meeks family, — one of the interesting old families of New York City 
and New Jersey. 

Joseph Meeks was a prominent citizen of New York City prior to the 
American Revolution. He was one of the founders of " The Baptist So- 
ciety," as it was then called, and its first meetings were held at his home. 
His name appears in the poll list of the electors of the City of New York 
in 1761.1 jjg ^as a patriot, and his three sons, John, Joseph, and Edward, 
all fought in the patriot cause during the Revolution. 

Captain John Meeks, the eldest son, married, in New York City, Susanne 
Helene Marie de Molinars, of an old French Huguenot family. She was 
the daughter of Jean Joseph de Molinars, and a granddaughter of Jean 
Joseph Sieur Brumeau de Molinars, who was at one time assistant to the 
Rev. Louis Ron of L'Eglise de Saint D'Esprit of New York City. John 
Meeks held the commission as Captain during the Revolution in the fa- 
mous regiment known as " The Hearts of Oak." He owned a country place 
at Morristown, N. J., adjoining Washington's headquarters, and his wife 
acted as interpreter for Washington and Lafayette during the time of their 
stay there. As a reward for his services during the Revolution Captain 
John Meeks received a grant of land near Syracuse, N. Y., which his de- 
scendants have never claimed. He had several sons and a daughter. 

Joseph Meeks, the second son, was a prominent citizen of New York 
City. At the age of twelve he assisted in tearing down the British flag 
from the top of a greased pole erected in Battery Park. Subsequently 
he was a soldier in the War of 1812. He was one of the founders of the 
original Tammany Society, from which Tammany Hall has sprung. He 
married Sarah, daughter of Colonel John Van Dyke, an officer of the Revo- 

^ See James Grant WilBon's Memorial History of the City of New York, vol. ii., p. 322, 



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lution and a descendant of one of the best known old Dutch families of 
New York. They had several sons and two daughters. 

John Meeks, father of the present Mr. Meeks, was the eldest son of the 
preceding. He married Elizabeth Bush, granddaughter of Richard Bragaw, 
of Revolutionary fame. Mr. Meelis became u resident of Hudson County, 
N. J., and in 1851 acquired about one hundred and fifty acres of land, — the 
present site of Woodcliff, — purchasing from nineteen difl'erent titles. It is 
upon this land that, through the enterprise of Hamilton V. Meeks, the 
present beautiful village of ^^'oodclifl■ has sprung up within less than a 
decade. As already stated this land has an interesting history. A portion 
of it was once the property of Commodore de Kay, one of the most remark- 
able characters in the history of Hudson County. Again, the point of land 
jutting into the Hudson from the Woodcliff property is no other than the 
identical Block-House Point, of Revolutionary fame, where "Mad An- 
thony ■' Wayne made his unsuccessful sortie against the British in the 
winter of 1779-80. Unfortunately the only fruits of General Wayne's 
prowess on this occasion consisted in the capture of a herd of cattle, and 
this performance became the inspiration of the satirical poem, " The Cow 
Chase," published in New York City by the ill-fated Major Andr6 just 
previous to his capture and execution for acting as a spy in connection 
with the treason of Benedict Arnold. In ^^'infield's History of Hudson 
County the reader will find a full and careful account of the attack upon the 
block-house, with Major Andre's poem in full. 

Hamilton V. Meeks was born in New York City, December 19, 1850. His 
father was a member of the New York firm of J. & J. W. Meeks, cabinet- 
makers, which had been established by their father, in turn, in the early 
part of the present century. This business ■was originally established on 
Broad Street, and barely missed destruction in the great tire in New York 
in 1835, being just on the edge of the burned district. Mr. Meeks received 
his education in the New York public schools and the College of the City 
of New York, being graduated from the latter in 1872. On November 4, 
1874, he married Euretta Eleanor, daughter of Robert E. Gardner, of an old 
family of Hudson County, N. J., and the same fall engaged in business 
with his father-in-law under the style of Gardner & Meeks, lumber dealers, 
of Union Hill and Guttenberg. This business had been originally founded 
by the firm of J. & R. Gardner, which became, successively, Robert E. Gard- 
ner and Gardner & Meeks. Upon the death of Mr. Gardner in 1895 the 
Gardner & Meeks Company, of which Mr. Meeks has since been President, 
was incorporated. 

Mr. Meeks resides at New Durham, and is an Elder in the Grove (Dutch) 
Reformed Church of that place. He is also a member of the Columbia 
Club of Hoboken, and is on its entertainment and library and picture 
committees. His college fraternity is the Chi Psi, Kappa Chapter. He is 
an independent Republican, broad-minded and liberal in his views, and has 
never held any public oflice. He has been a generous promoter of every 
movement looking to the public interests, and is one of the gentlemen whose 
liberal donation of two-thirds of the right of way alone enabled the con- 
struction of the Grand Boulevard, on the crest of the west bank of the 
Hudson, o^-erlooking New York City, to be carried into execution. 

Mr and Mrs. Meeks have three children, two sons and a daughter: How- 
ard Victor Meeks, Clarence Gardner Meeks, and p]uretta Eleanor Meeks. 



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FLAVEL McGEE was born April 6, 1844, in Frelinghuysen Townsliip, 
Warren County, N. J. He prepared for college at Newton Collegiate In- 
stitute, Newton, N. J., and Blair Presbyterial Academy, Blairstown, N. J., 
and was graduated from Princeton College in June,' 1865. Three years 
later he received the degree of A.M. He studied law in Belvidere, and was 
admitted to the bar of New Jersey in June, 1868. He began practice in 
Jersey City, forming a partnership"^ with ^^'illiam Muirheid, under the firm 
name of Muirheid & McGee. The degree of counselor-at-law was con- 
ferred upon him at the June term of the Supreme Court, 1871, the first 
term possible under the rules. At the same term that he was admitted 
he argued two cases in the Supreme Court and one in the Court of Errors 
and Appeals. Two of these afterward became leading cases. One was 
that of the International Life Insurance and Trust Company v. Haight, 
in which it was held for the first time in New Jersey that in estimating 
the assets of a corporation for taxation United States securities and mort- 
gages not liable to taxation must be deducted. The other was the case 
of Eansom ads. Euckman, wherein the Court of Errors settled the law on 
the doctrine of arbitration, ^^'ithin the first year after his license as a 
counselor he was employed in important railroad litigation, and since 
that time has at all times been extensively employed by corporations, 
notably railroad, banking, and insurance corporations. He was one of 
the earliest members of the New Jersey bar to engage in the practice of 
admiralty. 

In the year 1876 the late Governor Bedle was added to the firm, which 
was known as Bedle, Muirheid & McGee until 1888, when Mr. Joseph D. 
Bedle, Jr., was added to the firm under the style of Bedle, Muirheid, McGee, 
& Bedle, Jr. This continued until the death of Mr. Muirheid in 18!I2, when 
the firm became Bedle, McGee & Bedle. On the death of ex-Governor 
Bedle in October, 1894, the firm was changed to McGee, Bedle & Bedle, Mr. 
Thomas P. Bedle being added. The latter retired from the firm in 189!), 
when the firm name was changed to McGee & Bedle. Recently Robert L. 
Lawrence has been added, the firm name remaining unchanged. 

Upon the death of the late Mr. Justice Bradley, Mr. McGee was put 
forward by the bar of New Jersey for the position of Justice of the Su- 
preme Court of the United States, and upon the death of the late Chief 
Justice Beasley his name was urged for the position of Chief Justice of the 
State. He holds commissions as Master in Chancery, Supreme Court Com- 
missioner, and Advisory Master of the Court of Chancery. He is also a 
counselor of the Supreme Court of the United States. 

He has always been a Republican, and in important elections has 
frequently taken the stump. In the contest for the United States Seuator- 
ship, in which the late Governor Abbett was defeated by Rufus Blodgett, 
Mr. McGee took an active part with his then partner, Governor Bedle, 
in opposition to Mr. Abbott's candidacy. In the canvass, which resulted 
in the nomination of the Hon. John ^\'. Griggs for Governor of New Jer- 
sey. Mr. McGee was in the beginning one of the few Griggs men in Hudson 
County, but he was able to go into the convention with forty-one votes 
from Hudson County unalterably pledged to Griggs, which resulted in 
the casting of the whole vote of Hudson County for Griggs, thus securing 
his nomination. 

On the death of the late Charles H. Winfleld, Governor Griggs offered 
to Mr. McGee the position of Prosequtor of the Pleas of the County of 
Hudson, and earnestly urged jts acgpptance. The latter declined, how- 



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ever. He Jias been offered by his party the nomination for almost every 
important office vs^ithin the gift of the party in Hudson County, all of 
which he has declined. He is A'ice-President of the Kepiiblican County 
Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. He is a member 
oi the Union League Club of Hudson County, the Carteret and Palma Clubs 
of Jersey City, the Union League Club of 'New York, the Society of the Cin- 
cinnati, and the Sons of the American Revolution of New Jersey. He was 
an Elder in the Presbyterian Church of Jersey City up to the time of its 
consolidation with the First Presbyterian Church of Bergen, since which 
time he has been an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Jersey City. 
Mr. McGee married Julia F. Randolph, daughter of the late Judge Ben- 
nington F. Randolph and Eliza Forman, of Jersey City, and a grand- 
daughter of Francis C. F. and Phebe H. (Crane) Randolph, of Belvidere, 
and John B. and Hope Forman, of Freehold, N. J. 

CHARLES CLARKE BLACK, one of the leading members of the bar of 
Jersey City and a member of the State Board of Taxation of New Jersey 
since April 1, 1891, was born on Wigwam Farm near Mount Holly, Burling- 
ton County, N. J., July 29, 1858. He is the son of John and Mary Anna 
Black and grandson of John and Sarah Black, on his father's side, and of 
Charles and Rachael Clarke, on his mother's. They were all prominent 
citizens of this State. His ancestry is an old and honorable one. 

Mr. Black received his preparatory education at Mount Holly Academy. 
He was graduated from Princeton University in the class of 1878, after a 
regular four years' course, and then entered the law office of Colonel James 
N. Stratton, of Mount Holly. Afterward he studied for a time in the office 
of Coult & Howell, of Newark, N. J., and then entered the Law Depart- 
ment of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He was admitted to 
the Michigan bar by the Supreme Court of that State in 1880, and to the 
New Jersey bar before the Supreme Court as an attorney at the June term, 
1881, and as a counselor at the June term, 1884. Since his admission to the 
bar of his native State Mr. Black has successfully followed his profession in 
Jersey City. For nearly twelve years he has been a member of the well 
known law firm of Randolph, Condict & Black. He is a man of broad and 
accurate learning, an attorney and counselor of acknowledged ability, and 
during his legal career has displayed those high qualifications which stamp 
him as a leader. 

Mr. Black served for five years as a member of the Hudson County Board 
of Registration under the ballot reform law, and on the 21st of March, 
1891, was appointed a member of the New Jersey State Board of Taxation 
for a term of five years from the 1st of the following April. In 1896 he was 
re-appointed to that office for a second term of five years, and is discharging 
his duties with the same ability, integrity, and conscientious attention to 
duty which have made him so prominent at the bar. 

Outside of his law practice and official duties Mr. Black has found time 
to indulge in literary work, for which he has decided talents. In his Taxa- 
tion in New Jersey and Laic and Practice in Accident Cases he has made two 
valuable additions to legal literature, and won for himself a reputation as 
a writer which extends beyond his native State. He is a member of the 
Palma Club, of the Princeton Club of New York, of the University Club of 
Hudson County, of the Hudson County Bar Association, of the New Jersey 
State Bar Association, of the Knights of Pythias, of the Independent Order 



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of Odd Fellows, and of the Ancient Order of United Workmen. In religion 
he adheres to the faith of the Society of Friends. 

On the I2tli of February, 1890, Mr. Black was married to Alice G. Hazen, 
at Flushing, L. I. They have no children. 

FRANK P. McDERMOTT, one of the prominent members of the bar of 
Jersey City, was born on the historic battleground of Monmouth, N. J., 
October 23, 1854. For more than a century the family name has been promi- 
nently identified with that locality. His great grandfather, William Mc- 
Dermott, served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and after the de- 
cisive battle of Monmouth settled in Motimouth County, where his de- 
scendants have ever since resided. 

Mr. McDermptt received an excellent preparatory education, attending 
first the common schools and subsequently Freehold Institute. He was 
obliged, however, to abandon the cherished hope of a college course, and, 
turning his attention to the law, entered the (rflSce of Acton C. Hartshorne 
and Chilion Robbins, both skillful, studious, and eminent advocates. Mr. 
McDermott pursued his legal studies.under their instruction, and in Novem- 
ber, 1875, shortly aft^r attaining his majority, was admitted to the bar. 
He began the active practice of his profession at Freehold, Monmouth 
County, N. J., and there his abilities as an advocate, his broad and accurate 
knowledge of the law, and his devotion to the interests of his clients soon 
won for him a leading place among the prominent lawyers of that section. 
The law and equity reports of the State contained many important cases 
argued by him, and not a few of them determined difficult legal principles. 
His practice at the Freehold bar soon outgrew the limits of his native 
county, and, desiring a more central point and a wider field for the exercise 
of his energies, he removed his office, in the fall of 1894, to Jersey City. 
There, as in his native county, he has built up a most excellent reputation. 
He is a member of the Lawyers' Club of New York, a public spirited and 
enterprising citizen, and a man of unswerving integrity and great strength 
of character. 

In March, 1880, Mr. McDermott married Elizabeth Thompson, daughter of 
Dr. Joseph C. Thompson, of Monmouth County. They have three sons and 
one daughter. 

JOHN H. Dtj BOIS. — The Du Boises are of French origin, and are de- 
scended from Louis Du Bois, who was born at Wicres, near the City of 
Lisle, now in the Province of Artois, France, October 27, 1626, ^nd married 
October |10, 1655, Catharine Blancon. The couple fled from Lisle to Mann- 
heim in the Lower Palatinate to escape persecution shortly after their 
marriage. In 1660 they emigrated to America, and located, or attempted 
to locate, at Hurley, Ulster County, N. Y. In 1667 Louis Du Bois led a 
colony for the settlement of New Paltz, from which place he removed to 
Kingston in 1687. His wife, at one time, was captured by the Indians, 
but was afterward rescued by her husband. She died in 1706. Their chil- 
dren were Abram, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, David, Solomon, Louis, Matthew, 
Rebecca, and Rachel. 

John H. Du Bois is lineally descended from the emigrant, Louis Du Bois, 
in about the seventh generation. He was born in Kingston, N. Y., April 
22, 1841. His father, John S. L. Du Bois, was a native of Hurley, N. Y., and 
his mother, Margaret "Van Gaasbeck, was born in Kingston, N. Y. These 
as well as their worthy ancestors exemplified the sterling characteristics 



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(if tlit'ii- I'acc. Jlr. Du l^><)is is now one of tlie foromost citizens of Wee- 
liawkcn. 

Jolm H. ]>u I!(»is obtained liis edneation in tlie Kingston public schools. 
After conipletinii- liis studies lie found employment as a bargeman for the 
Uelawaie and Hudson Canal Company, with whom he remained until he 
attained his majority. Snbse(|iiently lie was for four years the master of 
a coal barge, and at th.e end of that ]ieriod came to Weehawken as an 
overseer of men for the same corpoi-ation. At the present time he has 




JOHN H. Dubois. 



charge of all outside work, including all shipments of coal, tor the Dela- 
ware and Hudson Canal Company. 

Through his faithfulness, integrity, and untiring devotion to duty Mi". 
Du Bois has won the confidence of n(^t only liis associates, but of all the 
company's otticials and of the community in which he is an honored citizen. 
He is universally esteemed for those qualities of manhood which distin- 
guish his i-ace, and which deserve the trust and respect of every honest 
man. Being a Republican in politics, he has taken an active interest in 
local public affairs, and was elected by his townsmen a member of the 
Board of Town Council and subsequently Chairman of the board for a term 
of three years. He is also a prominent member of the Lincoln Club, a 



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leading Republican organization of AVeeliawken, and a member of the First 
Methodist Episcopal Church of Hobokeu. Progressive, patriotic, and enter- 
prising, and imbued with the highest principles of manly courage and de- 
votion, he has always supported every movement designed to advance tlie 
community and its people. 

Mr. Du Bois was married, on the 2Sth of December, 1864, to Miss Alice 
R. Howland. They have two song : George H. and Charles H., and reside in 
Weehawken, N. J. 

WILLIAM LEWIS STEWART, formerly Postmaster of Arlington, Hud- 
son County, and a veteran of the Civil War, is descended from a long line of 
Scotch-Irish ancestors. His father, Edward Stewart, son of John Stewart, 
died in Arlington. November 1.5, 189d, aged eighty-four years. His mother, 
Maria (Hoyt) Stewart, died May 1, 1895, at the age of eighty-three. Both 
were Presbyterians, the father being an Elder in that church and otherwise 
connected with the churches at Muscatine, la., Brooklyn, N. Y., and Ar- 
lington, N. J. They had two sons: William L., the subject of this article, 
and John E. Stewart, of Plainfleld, N. J., senior member of the firm of 
Stewart, Warren & Co., stationers, 29 Howard Street, Xew York City. 

Mr. Stewart comes from Revolutionary stock. He was born in Middle- 
town, N. Y., April 18, 1843. and received his education in the district schools 
of Iowa, whither the family removed v. hile he was young. After leaving 
school he engaged in farming in Iowa, and subsequently became a practical 
sugar planter in Louisiana, where he lemained seven years. He removed 
to Brooklyn, N. Y., in 1875, and thence in 1870 to Arlington, X. J., where he 
has since resided. He was successfully engaged in the stationery business 
in Xew York City from 1877 to 1891. He served as I'ostmaster at Arling- 
ton from 1894 to December 31, 1899. 

Mr. Stewart served with distinction in the War of the Rebellion. He was 
mustered into Company E, Eighteenth Iowa Infantry, August 0, 18(;2, and 
served on the frontier division of the Southwest under Curtis, Schofleld, 
and Steele, his regiment being a part of the Seventh Army Corps. He par- 
ticipated in a number of important engagements, notably those at Spring- 
field, Mo., second Pea Ridge, Poison Springs, and Camden, Ark., and was 
honorably discharged from the service in August, 1865. 

Returning from the war, Mv. Stewart entered upon an active business 
life. He is a member of the Union Veteran Legion and of the Veteran Asso- 
ciation. He is a member of the Union Veteran Legion and of the A'eteran 
Association of Arlington, and respected as a man of ability, enterprise, 
and public spirit. 

Mr. Stewart married, in 1884, T^ydia B. Miller, daughter of James Burt, of 
Warwick, N. Y. They have no children. 

JOHN HENRY MACDONALD has been a life-long resident of Bayonne, 
N. J., where he was born on the 15th of February, 1844. He is the son of 
John INIacdonald and Hanna Everson, and a great-grandson on his mother's 
side of a soldier in the Revolutionary War. His parents were both born and 
married in Hudson County, N. J., where the Macdonalds and Eversons 
have resided for many years. 

Mr. Macdonald attended the Bayonne public schools, acquired an ex- 
cellent rudimentary education, and then engaged in the oyster business in 
his native town. Afterward he became lighthouse keeper at Bergen Point, 
N. J., under President Lincoln. He enlisted in 1861 and served nine months 



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in Company C, Twenty-flrs1 New Jersey Volunteers, participating in tlie 
battles of Chancellorsville, Frederieksburg, and other engagements, and 
being honorably discharged fr'om tlie service in 1862. 

Mr. Macdonald is now the proprietor of the Riverside House in Bayonne, 
and is one of the most popular citizens of Southern Hudson County. He 
is patriotic, public spirited, and progressive, active in the interests of the 
community, influential in promoting local prosperity, and respected and 
esteemed by all who know him. In politics he is a Republican, and in 
religion a Methodist. He is a member of Van Honten Post, Grand Army 




JOHN H. MACDONALD. 



of the Republic, of Jersey City, and prominently identified with other im- 
portant organizations and enterprises in his native county. 

He was married on the 24th of December, ] 865, to Ann L. Barnes, daugh- 
ter of Stephen D. and Judith Barnes, of Port Richmond, Staten' Island, 
N. Y. They have three children: John S., Emma J., and Charles W. 

JAMES PRENTICE NORTFIROP, a member of the well known law firm 
of Wallis, Edwards & Bumsted, of Jersey City, N. J., springs from some of 
the oldest families of New England, his paternal ancestors coming over in 
1630 and his mother's in 1610. Both lines were among the earliest settlers 



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of Massachusetts and Connecticut, and were represented in the Colonial 
and Eevolutionary wars, as well as in the professional and business affairs 
and in the civil life of the colonies and States. Mr. Northrop is the only 
child of Jataes R. Northrop and Catherine S. Prentice, daughter of Nathan 
and Alice (Spencer) Prentice. His father was the only son who attained 
maturity of Rev. Bennett F. Northrop, a graduate of Yale College and of the 
Albany Theological Seminary, and a well known Congregational clergy- 
man of Connecticut, and who was the only son of Joshua Northrop, of 
Litchfield, Conn. 

James P. Northrop was born in Springfield, Mass., on the 5th of August, 
1856. and received his education in the common schools of Connecticut and 
New Jersey. He read law in Jersey City in the offices of Hon. William A. 
Lewis, Raymond P. Wortendyke, and Wallis & Edwards, successively, and 
was admitted to the bar of New Jersey as an attorney at the November 
term of the Supreme Court in 18S0 and as a counselor at the February term 
in 1892. 

Since 1880 Mr. Northrop has been actively and successfully engaged in 
the general practice of his profession, and is now a member of the law firm 
of TV'allis, Edwards & Bumsted, of Jersey City. He resided for a time in 
Bayonne, Hudson County, where he served for two years as City Attorney. 
He is now a resident of North Plainfield, N. J. Mr. Northrop is an able law- 
yer, a man of broad attainments, and respected and esteemed by all who 
know him. He is a member of Enterprise Lodge, No. 147, F. and A. M., of 
Jersey City, a member of the Hudson County Bar Association, and a mem- 
ber of the Park Club of North Plainfield. 

September 27, ISS.'?, Mr. Northrop married Harriet R. AYilson, daughter 
of Milton B. and Harriet (Metcalf) Wilson, of Danielson, Conn. Both the 
Metcalfs and ^Vilsons are among the oldest families of that State. Mr. 
and Mrs. Northrop ha^■e one daughter. Norma. 

FRANCIS DOUGLAS JACKSON, of Hoboken, one of the leading prod- 
uce commission merchants in Hudson County and a Major in the Spanish- 
American War, was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., on the 19th of August, 1841. 
He is the son of Charles Jackson and Eliza M. Castle and a grandson of 
Amasa and Mary (Phelps) Jackson and of William and Sarah (Marvin) 
Castle. His great-grandfather, Colonel Michael Jackson, was Colonel of 
the Eighth Massachusetts Infantry in the American Revolution and was 
brevetted Brigadier-General for meritorious service. His great-great-grand- 
father. Jonathan Jackson, was the first Collector of the Port of Boston, 
Mass., while his first ancestor, Edward Jackson, came to New England 
about 1630 and settled near Boston. The family has always been prominent 
and infiuential in all the affairs of life, active in promoting every worthy 
object, and distinguished in public and other capacities. The name has 
figured prominently in the history of New England for generations. 

Major Jackson was educated in the schools of Brooklyn, N. Y., where he 
resided until 1870, when he moved to Hoboken, Hudson County, N. J. 
During the past thirty years he has been actively and successfully engaged 
in the commission business, dealing extensively in farm and dairy products, 
with his offl(!e in Hoboken. He owns five creameries in different localities 
and is one of the largest shippers in Hudson County. 

In military affairs Major Jackson has achieved special distinction. He 
served in the Civil War in 1.' "..'(2 and 18G3, in Company H, Seventh New York 
Infantry. Afterward he was active in the New Jersey m.ilitia, becoming 



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First Lieutenant and Adjutant in the Ninth Regiment December 20, 1881, 
Captain of Company E, Second Regiment, April 6, 1886, Captain of Com- 
pany L, Fourth Regiment, May 31, 1892, and Major of the Second Regiment 
May 22, 1893. He was Major of the Second New Jersey Infantry in the 
Spanish-American War, being attached to General Fitzhugh Lee's corps, 
and was honorably mustered out of service November 17, 1898. Major 
Jackson is a member and Trustee of the Columbia Club of Hoboken, a mem- 
ber of the Seagirt (N. J.) Rifle Club, a member of the Spanish-American 
War Veterans' Association, and a member of the Naval and Military Order 
of the Spanish-American War. He is one of the best known men in Hud- 
son County, universally respected and esteemed, and active in promoting 
local objects. In business he has been eminently successful; in military 
affairs he has achieved special distinction, having risen from private to com- 
manding officer. He is and has been for several years a Vestryman in St. 
Paul's Church, Hoboken. 

Major Jackson married Lizzie H. Graunt, by whom he has had six chil- 
dren: Gertrude, F. Douglas, Charles Phelps, Edward, Nathalie, and Oliver. 

MARTIN LAWLESS, Police Justice of Harrison, Hudson County, since 
1894, and for many years a leader of the Democratic party, was born in 
Newark, N. J., April 6, 1850, the son of James Lawless and Ellen Sims. 
His parents were both natives of Ireland, but were married in this coun- 
try, his father coming over about 1845. James Lawless was associated 
with Obert, Meeker & Co., of Newark, for about thirty years, and later 
was made attendant on the Harrison Avenue free bridge. He died in 1879. 

Judge Lawless attended the public schools of Newark, and then learned 
the trade of mason and bricklayer, which he followed for several years. 
About 1887 he engaged in business for himself, and as a contractor and 
builder erected a large number of important buildings, including the first 
carbonizing furnaces for Thomas A. Edison in Harrison, the Sacred Heart 
Convent, the Goodman building, the Hartshorn factory, and many others 
in Harrison and vicinity. His work stands as monuments to his industry 
and enterprise. His success was merited, because it was the result of his 
own efforts. 

He also found time for political activity, and as a Democrat served on 
the Board of Aldermen of Harrison for four years and in the New Jersey 
House of the Asse-mbly during the sessions of 1892 and 1893. In both of 
these capacities he exerted a potent influence and made honorable records. 
In 1894 he became Police Justice of Harrison, where he resides, and he 
has continued in that office, discharging its duties with ability, courage, 
and satisfaction. Judge Lawless is a man of sound judgment, of great 
force of character, and of fearless energy and directness. In the councils 
of the Democratic party he is a trusted and valued leader. He is a promi- 
nent member of the Robert Davis Association, of the Knig'hts of Colum- 
bus, and of the Master Masons' Association, and in religion is a Catholic. 
He has never married. 

JAMES SHU ART, of Ramseys, Bergen County, is the grandson of 
Adolphus Stuart, who fought in the War for Independence. His maternal 
grandfather, John Sutherland, was in the War of 1812, and received a pen- 
sion of $12 per month up to the time of his death. The Shuarts are of Ger- 
man ancestry, but have made their home in Bi rgen County since coming 
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Mv. Shuai't is the son of Henry A. Shuart and a ^i-andson of Adolpluis 
Slmart, and was born in Holiokus ToAvnslup, Bergen County, August 19, 
1S44. After receiving a limited education in tlie common scliools lie began 
business in the dry goods and grocery trade in Orange County, N. Y. TJiis 
proved successful, and in 1870 he came to Itamseys, where he ojiened a meat 
market. This also became a profitable business, and in ISOfi he retired. Mv. 
Shuart is a Free Mason and a prominent Odd Fellow. He served three 




JAMES SHUART. 



years as a member and President of the Board of Education, and was re- 
cently elected to serve three more years in the same capacity. He has also 
served as Assessor and Road T'ommissioner of Holiokus Township for three 
years. In politics he is a Democrat. He and his family atlend the Lutheran 
Church. 

Mr. Shuart was married it the age of seventeen to Susan Jane Hunter, 
daughter of David Hunter, of Orange Countv. N. Y. They had one son, 



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Franklin Shuart, of Ramseys. Mr. Shuart's first wife died in 1868, and he 
married, in 1872, Miss Eleanor N. Litcliult, of Brooklyn, N. Y. They have 
had four children: Elizabeth, who married Albert G. May, of Ramseys; 
Eva R., who married S. G. Oonklin, of Newburgh, N. Y., and died at the 
age of twenty and one-half years; Harry, formerly a student at Peddie In- 
stitute and now a student at Yale College; and Edna, at home. 

HENRY HOPE VANDERPJLT, of Hoboken, descends from the noted 
Vanderbilt family of Staten Island, N. Y. The first ancestor of this family 
in America was Jan Aersten Van der Bildt, who came from Holland 
about 1650. He was married three times. His son, Jacob Janse Van der 
Bildt, was married, August 33, 1687, to Maritje (Mary) Van der Vliet ("of 
the stream "), and their son Jacob, born in 1692, married Neeltje (Cornelia) 
Denyse. In 1718 the last named Jacob purchased a farm on Staten Island 
and removed thither from Flatbush, Long Island. From him descended the 
famous " Commodore " Vanderbilt, the distinguished Vanderbilt family of 
New York, and numerous branches of the family in different sections of 
the country. 

Henry H. Vanderbilt was born in Williamsburg, N. Y., April 8, 1862, 
but has spent nearly all his life in Hoboken, N. J., whither he came with his 
parents when a small boy. His father, Jacob Vanderbilt, and his mother, 
Angelina C. Hope, inherited the sterling characteristics of their ancestors, 
and instilled these traits into the minds of their children. He attended 
the Hoboken public schools, improved every opportunity that came in his 
way, and early displayed high mental and physical qualifications. His 
training was practical as well as theoretical. Soon after completing his 
studies he established himself in business, dealing in coal, masons' mate- 
rials, and drain pipe, and has built up an extensive trade. His ofSce and 
yards are on Willow Avenue and Seventeenth Street, Hoboken. 

Having devoted his energies strictly to business, Mr. Vanderbilt has 
never sought nor held public ofifice, but as a public spirited citizen, deeply 
interested in the affairs of his town and county, he has contributed to the 
general welfare by casting his influence on the side of right and justice, 
and is respected for those virtues and attributes Avhich mark the successful 
man. He is a member of the Columbia Club of Hoboken. He married Miss 
Lavinia E. Taft, and resides on Garden Street, Hoboken. 

JOHN SIDNEY DARLING, one of the most prominent residents of 
West New York, formerly the Township of Union, Hudson County, was 
born in New York City, July 29, 1853, the son of James Darling and" Mary 
Adams. He is of Scotch descent, his father having been born in Glasgow, 
while his mother was born in Edinburgh. His parents were married in 
New York, having come to this country in 1850 and 1844, respectively. 
For eighteen years his father wns engaged in business in that city as a 
plumber and gas fitter. Subsequently he was a collector for the Man- 
hattan Gas Company of New York. He moved to West New York (Taurus 
postoifice), N. J., in 1860, and died there September 22, 1867, from the 
effects of a shot fired by burglars. His mother was born in the City of Edin- 
burgh, December 25, 1820, and died in West New York, N. J., July 8, 1900. 

John S. Darling was educated in the public schools of New York City 
and in New Jersey in what is now West New York. He served an ap- 
prenticeship as a bricklayer, and then engaged in the business of bleach- 
ing and reflnishing lace curtains in West Nevn York. Disposing of this 



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309 



business in 18S9, he became Secretary and Treasurer of a corporation 
which operated the so-called sanitary laundry trays, subsequently, also, 
becoming manager of the plant. Having disposed of his interest in this 
enterprise, he next engaged in manufacturing music-boxes, under the name 
of the American Music Box Company, of West New York and later of Ho- 
boken. Since 1893, however, his business has been that of a real estate and 
insurance operator, and in this line he has been remarkably successful, 
having offices on Bergenline Avenue in AVest New York, opposite the 
town hall. 




JOHN S. DARLING. 

Mr. Darling was a member of the Iloboken regiment of the National 
Guard, Ninth New Jersey Volunteers, and was honorably mustered out as 
Sergeant at the expiration of his tern} of enlistment of seven years. He 
is a charter member of the Empire Hook and Ladder Com])any and was its 
Foreman for two vears, and belongs to Mystic Tie Lodge, No. 123, F. and 
A. M., to Cvrus Chapter, No. 23, E. A. M., to Pilgrim Commaudery, No. 16, 
K. T..' of Hoboken, to Mecca Temple, A. A. O. Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, 
of New York, to the Order of the Elks Lodge, No. 74, of Hoboken, to the 
Foresters of America, of A^^est New York, to Oak Cliff Council, No. 1,748, 
Royal Arcanum, and to Palisade Lodge, No. 128, Knights of Pythias. He 



310 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

lias held vaiious oflicial positions in these orders. He is also a member 
of the Dutch Reformed Church. 

Mr. Darling has been conspicuous in various public capacities. He is a 
Democrat, and an active leader of the partj. He was Township Clerk of 
the Township of Union (now West New York), being in fact its first Clerk, 
and served three years. For four years he was Tax Collector and Treasurer 
of the same township, being successively elected without opposition. For 
two years he was Chief of Police of the Township of Union. He was also 
both Tax Collector and Disbursing Officer of the school funds of the Town- 
ship of Union, and is now the Tax Collector of West New York, being 
elected on the organization of the town in 1897 and re-elected in 1899 for 
a term of three years. He is also a Commissioner of Deeds and a Notary 
Public. 

He married, September 17, 1893, Abigail B., daughter of James and 
Sarah Crossley, of Fairview, N. J., by whom he has one child, Sidney Louis 
Darling, born August 9, 1894. 

STEWART LOWRY, a well known hotel proprietor of Secaucus, Hud- 
son County, has been a life-long resident of that place, having been born 
there on the 31st of March, 1851. He is the son of Robert Lowry and Mar- 
garet Foley, both natives of Ireland, who came to this country in early 
life and took up their home in Secaucus. 

Having received a good practical education in the Secaucus public schools, 
Mr. Lowry engaged in the business of a hotel keeper and farmer, which 
he has since followed ■^^■ith uninterrupted success. He has also served his 
fellow-townsmen in various important capacities, among them that of Con- 
stable. He is a member of the Royal Society of Good Fellows and the For- 
esters of America, and as a citizen is highly respected for his integrity, 
enterprise, and sound common sense. 

Mr. Lowry married Miss Annie Price and has six children: Margaret, 
Nellie, Stewart, Jr., Humphrey, Isabella, and Mary. 

ISAAC D. BOGERT, Mayor of Westwood and a leading merchant of that 
borough, is descended in the eighth generation from Cornells Jansen Bo- 
gaerdl, the Dutch emigrant, concerning whom «ee the sketch of Daniel G. 
Bogcrt on page 132. The line of descent is as follows: Cornells Jansen 
Bougaert (1), the emigrant, and his wife, Geesie Williams, had issue of the 
second generation Wyntie, John C, Classic, Roelof, Maritie, and Peter. 

John C. Bogert (2) married Angenetie Strycker, of Long Island, and set- 
tled at Hackensack, N. J., where he had issue of the third generation 
Roelof, Lammetie, Claes, John, Cornelius, and Albert. 

Albert Bogert (3), of Hackensack, born about 1690. married, February 17, 
1713, Martha Bertholf, and had issue of the fourth generation John, Guil- 
liaem, Isaac, Jacobus, Angenitie, Henry, Cornelius, Cornelius, and Angen- 
itie. 

Isaac Bogert (4), born in 1718, married, June 4, 1742, Lea, daughter of 
John Demarest, and settled near Westwood, N. J., on a farm purchased in 
176S. His issue of the fifth generation were Albert, Jacobus (who died in 
the Revolutionary cause), John, and Martina. 

Albert Bogert (5) inherited his father's homestead, married, and had issue 
of the sixth generation, one of whom was Isaac A. Bogert, born about 1766 
Who married. May 31, 1788, Margaret Durie. They resided on the old home- 
stead and had issue of the seventh generation two children: David and Lea. 

David Bogert (7), born July 2, 1800, married Hannah Ackerman, and re- 



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sided at Westwood, where he had issue of the eighth generation, one of 
whom was Isaac D. Bogert, the subject of this sketch. 

Isaac D. Bogert (8) was born on the old Bogert homestead at Westwood in 
1834. Hav i ng spent his early life in school, he continued on the farm until 
1869, when he began a mercantile career, which he has since followed, hav- 
ing been the head of the firm of Bogert & Van Emburgh from the time 
the business started. Besides the grocery business he was Postmaster for 
twenty years. The firm also maintained a large trade in lumber and coal. 

Mr. Bogert has been selected by his fellow-townsmen at various times to 
represent their interests in oflflcial capacities. He was Freeholder for six 
years, during a part of which time he was Director of the county board. 
He also filled the office of Collector for Washington Township, and in 1899 
was elected the first Mayor of Westwood. In conjunction with Richard 
Hopper, Abram B. Bogert, and others he organized the Reformed Church 
at Westwood in 1887, and has filled the office of Elder since that time. Mr. 
Bogert is a member of the Grand Army, but aside from this his relations 
in life are domestic. He is public spirited, and through his kindly aid the 
village has received great help. In 1894 he generously donated for public 
use two aires of valuable ground in the center of the borough for a park, 
in which are twenty-seven sugar trees of his own planting. 

In 1852 Mr. Bogert married Anna Van Wagoner, daughter of John Van 
Wagoner, of Oradell, N. J. They have no children. 

ADDISON D. WHITE, a veteran of the Civil War and now a Justice of 
the Peace in Harrison, Hudson County, was born on Staten Island, New 
York, April 9, 1846. He is the son of Richard White and Ann Simonson, 
and a descendant of ancestors who came to this country several generations 
ago, both his parents being natives of Staten Island. 

Mr. White acquired, as a boy, a good public school education, and had 
scarcely finished his studies when, impelled by the patriotism which dis- 
tinguishes his race, he enlisted in the One Hundred and Thirty-second New 
York Volunteer Infantry for service in the War for the Union. He served 
three years, participating in Sherman's historic march to the sea and in 
numerous battles and skirmishes, in all of which he bore a conspicuous part. 

Returning home at the close of his service, with an honorable discharge 
and a brilliant record for bravery in action, Mr. White devoted himself to 
active business pursuits. In 1870 he removed to Harrison, N. J., where he 
has since resided, and until 1875 was successfully engaged in real estate 
operations. He is noAV connected with the Domestic Sewing Machine 
AVorks. In politics Mr. White is an ardent and influential Democrat, and 
for several years has been active in the interests of his party. He is now 
(1900) serving his second term as Justice of the Peace. He is a member 
of the Junior Order United American Mechanics and of the Daughters of 
Liberty. He married Miss Margaret Martin and has three children. 

ORD DARLING, a prominent citizen of West New York (Taurus post- 
office), Hudson County, and a brother of John S. Darling, whose sketch 
appears on page 308, was born on Forty-second Street in New York 
City, on the 13th of April, 1857, and moved with his parents to West 
New York when about seven years old. He was educated in the public 
schools of the latter place, and when sixteen entered his father's bleachery, 
where he remained until he reached the age of twenty, learning and master- 
ing every branch of the business. 



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In 1873 Mr. Darling entered the employ of the National Wood Man- 
ufacturing Comj)any, of New York. He continued with that concern as 
outside man, laying parquet floors, until 1878, when he became super- 
intendent of lighters for the West Shore Raili-oad. About 1885 he re- 
signed that position, but after a year spent in a bleachery returned as 
ferry master at the old terry, where he continued from 188() to 1890. He 
was subsequently foreman of the Union (Jranite Company until 1893, and 
since that time has been State agent for New Jersey of the Climax Powder 
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In public life Mr. Darling lias been prominent for a number of years. 
He was a member of the Board of Council of the Township of Union for 
one year. Chairman of the board for two years. Police Sergeant of the 
Town of Union for two yeras, and Township Treasurer one year. At the 
present time he is serving his second term as a member of the Hudson 
County Board of Chosen Freeholders from West New York. In politics 
he is an active and influential Democrat. He has been a member of the 
Democratic County Committee from his district since about 1895. 

Mr. Darling was a charter member of Court West New York, No. 29, 



GENEALOGICAL 313 

Foresters of America, has been Chief Ranger for three successive terms, and 
has served as District Deputy for Court Fort Lee and Court Palisade. He 
was one of the organizers and is still a prominent member of the Fire De- 
partment of West New York, and was most active and useful in the 
organization of that township. He is also a member of the Roval Arcanum 
and of the Elks. 

In these and various other capacities Mr. Darling has displayed great 
executive ability and native energy, and throughout his life he has re- 
tained the confidence and respect of all who know him. He has always 
been a progressive citizen, ready to promote every worthy enterprise, and 
active in the affairs of the community. It was while serving as Sergeant 
of Police, at the Guttenberg race track, that he saved the life of Michael 
Buckley, a constable, while the latter was attempting to arrest a noted 
desperado and criminal. 

Mr. Darling was married, in March, 1880, to Alice, daughter of John and 
Alice White, of West New York. They have nine children: Ord, Jr., 
Jennie, John, Harry, Alice, Gertrude, Erastus, Mary, and James. 

JOHN JAMES TOFFEY, of Jersey City, for two terms Sheriff of Hud- 
son County and State Treasurer of New Jersey from 1875 to 1891, was 
born in Pawling, Dutchess County, N. Y., on the 1st of June, 1811. He is 
the son of George A. Toffey and Mary D. Cooke and the grandson of Daniel 
and Betsey Toffey. 

In 18.54 he removed with his parents to Hudson County and since then 
he has been a resident of Jersey City. He received his education in the 
public schools and in the Uni^ ersity of the City of Now York. He took an 
active part in the War of the Eebellion, enlisting, August 21, 1862, at the 
age of eighteen, in the Twenty-first Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers. 
After serving with that regiment for nine months, and taking part in all 
its engagements, he was mustered out of service, but immediately re-en- 
listed in the Thirty-third Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers, and was com- 
missioned First Lieutenant of Company G. On November 23, 1863, during 
an engagement at the battle of Missionary Ridge, Tenn., he was severely 
wounded, which disabled him from further service in the field. President 
Lincoln afterward commissioned him a Lieutenant of the Veteran Re- 
serve Corps, and he performed duty until June, 1866, when he was honor- 
ably discharged from service. He received from Congress a medal of 
honor for " gallantry at the battle of Missionary Ridge." 

Returning to civil life, Mr. Toffey engaged in active business as a live 
stock dealer, and so continued from 1866 to 1874, being connected with 
the well known firm of Daniel Toffey & Co., one of the first in this country 
to engage in shipping dressed beef to Europe. 

Mr. Toffey has always been an active Republican, prominent in public 
affairs, and one of the most distinguished men in his section. He was a 
member of the Board of Aldermen of Jersey City in 1874 and 1875, and in 
the fall of 1875 he accepted the nomination of his party for the Fifth Dis- 
trict for Member of Assembly and was elected by a large majority. He 
was again elected in 1876. He served as Sheriff one term, and in 1885 
was elected State Treasurer of New Jersey by joint .session of the Legis- 
lature, and served in that capacity six years. In 1891, both Houses of the 
Legislature being Democratic, he was succeeded by Hon. George R. Gray, 
but his services were acknowledged and recognized by the following reso- 



3] 4 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

lution, passed March 9, 1891, the Legislature being Democratic in both 
branches : 

"■ Whereas, The retiring State Treasurer, Hon. John J. Toffey, has dis- 
charged the duties of his office in a manner honorable to himself and 
greatly to the benefit and advantage of the State ; 

"Resolved (the House of Assembly concurring). That we hereby express 
our recognition and appreciation of tlie services of our retiring Treasurer, 
and congratulate him upon the excellent record he has made for himself 
and the State." 

In 1893 Mr. Toffey was again elected Sheriff of Hudson County by over 
6,000 majority, and served another three years, in 1867 he organized Com- 
pany D, Fourth Regiment, New Jersey Rifle Corps, which became a pai-t of 
the National Guard, and of which he was Captain. He was elected Major 
of the new regiment, and later was elected Lieutenant-Colonel, which po- 
sition he held until 1876, when he resigned. 

Colonel Tofl;ey is one of the most popular men of Hudson County. He 
is a member of G. Van Houten Post, No. 3, G. A. R., and of Pennsylvania 
Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion. He is Past Master 
of Bergen Lodge, No. 47, F. and A. M., and a member of Mount Vernon 
Chapter, R. A. M., of Hugh de Payen Commandery, K. T., and of New 
Jersey Consistory, Scottish Rite. He is a member of the Union League, 
Palma, Carteret, and Jersey City Clubs, and of the Medal of Honor Legion, 
and is also an Elder in the Bergen Reformed Church. 

Colonel Toffey was married. May 17, J 870, to Mary Elizabeth Sip, grand- 
daughter of Colonel Garret Sip and great-granddaughter of Peter Sip, one 
of Hudson County's first Judges. They have had four, sons, three of whom 
survive: George A. Toffey, John J. Toffey, Jr., and William V. Toffey. 
He resides at 155 Magnolia Avenue, Jersey City. His son, John J. Toffey, 
Jr. (1900), is First Lieutenant in the Fourth United States Infantry at 
Manila, Philippine Islands, having been in many of the engagements in 
that place. His brother, Daniel Toffey, was an officer on board the United 
States steamer " Monitor " during the historical engagement with the Con- 
federate steamer " Merrimac " in the Civil ^Var. 

JOHN E. OTIS, the first Chairman of the new Town of West New York 
and one of its leading business men, is the son of I'atrick Henry Otis and 
Margaret Gillorly, natives of Ireland, who came to this country in the 
spring of 1853 and settled in New York City. There Mr. Otis was born on 
the 20th of September, 1853, soon after their arrival. The family removed 
shortly afterward to Philadelphia, where Patrick H. Otis engaged in busi- 
ness as a distiller, rectifier, and wholesale dealer in liquors, which he con- 
ducted with success for several vears. He died in Jersev Citv Heights 
about 1875. 

Mr. Otis was reared in Philadelphia. He attended St. Michael's Paro- 
chial School until he was ten years old, when he entered St. Michael's Acad- 
emy, where he remained until he reached the age of twelve. Afterward he 
attended De la Salle College at Philadelphia until he was fifteen, when he 
moved to Brooklyn, E. D., N. Y., and continued his studies a short time. He 
was then employed by his father as bookkeeper and assisted in managing 
his business. Subsequently he was associated with his father in Jersey 
City Heights, N. J., until 1875, when his father died. In 1876 the family 
moved back to Philadelphia, when Mr. Otis was employed by Gould & Co., 



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315 



wholesale milk dealers, of Washington, to manage their dairy during the 
Centennial Exjiosition. In 1877 tlie family moved to Baltimore, Md., where 
Mr. Otis engaged in mining, which business he followed successfully in New 
Jersey, New York, Maryland, and Georgia. For four years he was in the 
service of the West Shore Railroad. In 1888 he established himself in the 
hardware trade at West New York, where he has since resided. 

Few men have contributed more to the growth and welfare of a com- 
munity than jMr. Otis has to the section in which he lives. He has not 
only given it an important impetus in business affairs, but has also been 




JOHN E. OTIS. 



active and influential in its very foundation as a town as well as in its 
organization and advancement. As Clerk for one year, as a member of the 
Board of Council, and as Acting Chief of Police of the Township of Union 
he took a prominent part in all local affairs, and it was through him that 
the Town of West New York was set off and legally incorporated July 5, 
1898. He was the principal founder and organizer of the new town, and 
in the spring of 1899 becam.e its first Chairman, which office he now fills. 
He is also Acting Chief of Police under the new charter. Treasurer of the 
Firemen's Relief Association, and Foreman of the Empire Hook and 
Ladder Company, having organized the first fire department in West New 



316 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

York. In these various capacities he has displayed patriotism and enter- 
prise, and is universally respected and esteemed as a public spirited, en- 
ergetic, and progressive citizen. His popularity is attested by the con- 
fidence in which he is held and by the honorable standing which he has 
attained in the town and county. He was a Commissioner of Appeals in 
the Township of Union for about three years and Financial Secretary of 
the West New York Lodge of Foresters of America for about five years, 
and in various other connections has been a useful and valued citizen 
and a trusted business man. 

Mr. Otis was married in 1883 to Emma Hoppelsberg, daughter of Fred- 
erick August Hoppelsberg, of Guttenberg, N. J. They have five children 
living: Henry George, Charles Carhart, John Edward, Walter William, 
and Cecelia. 

CLEMENT Db K. LEONARD, of Hoboken, attorney and counselor at 
law, is the son of Francis De V. Leonard, a grandson of John Leonard, and 
a great-grandson of Joseph Leonard, who was High Sheriff of the Colony 
of New Jersey in 1771, and who died in 1779. His paternal ancestors were 
French Huguenots, and, coming to this country about the time of the 
Huguenot War, figured prominently in the civil and military affairs of 
New Jersey. Mr. Leonard's father is an old and well known citizen of Red 
Bank. His grandfather, John Leonard, was a warm personal friend of 
Thomas Jefferson, and was by him appointed United States Minister to the 
Court of Spain, a position he held for thirty years, achieving distinction as 
an able and talented diplomat and gaining the confidence and respect of his 
countrymen as well as the esteem and friendship of the Spaniards. His 
mother, the wife of Francis De P. Leonard, was a member of the distin- 
guished Lippincott family of Monmouth County, N. J., whither her ances- 
tors came from Holland in the early settlement of the territory. Like the 
Leonards, the Lippincotts have been conspicuous and prominent in nearly 
every capacity in the State, and have contributed much to its professional, 
civil, and military welfare. 

Mr. Leonard was born in Red Bank, Monmouth County, N. J., February 
18, 1846, and inherited the sturdy Holland Dutch and Huguenot character- 
istics of his race. He received his early education at St. Charles College 
near Ellicott City, Md. Subsequently he took a full classical course at Seton 
Hall College in Orange, N. J., and was graduated therefrom with honor in 
the class of 1869. During the next three years he read law in the office of 
Charles H. Traftord, of Red Bank, and then became assistant to Hon. 
Robert Allen, Jr., Prosecutor of the Pleas for Monmouth County. In these 
offices he gained a wide and valuable experience. He was admitted to 
the New Jersey bar as an attorney in June, 1873, and as a counselor in 
June, 1876, and in 1877 removed from Red Bank to Hoboken, where he 
has ever since practiced his profession. He is one of the ablest lawyers in 
Hudson County, and the many important cases with which he has been 
connected as counsel attest his legal skill and attainments. He has built 
up a large general practice, and enjoys the confidence of the entire com- 
munity. 

A Republican in politics, Mr. Leonard has long been active in the welfare 
of his party. He was a delegate to the Republican State conventions of 
1888, 1892, and 1896, a delegate to all the Republican congressional and 
county conventions in his district from 1888 to 1896 inclusive, and Chairman 
of the City Republican Executive Committee cf Hoboken in'' 1894, and did 



GENEALOGICAL 317 

excellent work. In 1895 he was President of the Ninth Assembly District 
Committee, and at present (1900) he is Chairman of the First Ward Asso- 
ciation of Hoboken. In 1896 he was elected to the New Jersey Assembly 
by the handsome plurality of 2,429 over his Democratic opponent. He is 
also President of the Governor Griggs Battalion, an active and aggressive 
Republican organization. In 1898 he was the choice of his party for Dis- 
trict Judge, but declined the nomination. As citizen, lawyer, and party 
leader he is universally respected and esteemed, and in every capacity his 
ability and sound judgment have won for him an enviable record. 

EDWARD SMITH, of Bayonne, N. J., was born in Clarkstown, Rockland 
County, N. Y., on the 4th of September, 1847. His parents, Peter D. W. 
Smith and Sarah Pye, were both natives of Rockland County, where they 
were married. 

Mr. Smith received his educational training in the Clarkstown disti-ict 
schools and early displayed those business attainments which have since 
marked his life. He first engaged in the grocery trade at Closter, N. J., and 
subsequently in the livery business at Nyack, N. Y. On the 1st of April, 
1875, he removed to Bayonne, Hudson County, and established himself in 
business as a butcher, in which he was very successful. For a number of 
years he has been engaged in the liquor business in Bayonne. 

In politics Mr. Smith is a consistent Democrat, active in public affairs, 
and prominent in campaign work. For three terms he was one of the 
School Trustees of Bayonne, and in that capacity rendered efficient service 
to the city and to the cause of local education. He is the founder and 
President of the Edward Smith Association, one of the leading political 
organizations in Hudson County. He is also Vice-President of the Liquor 
Dealers' Association, of Bayonne, a member of the Exempt Firemen's Asso- 
ciation, and a member of Bayonne Lodge, No. 99, F. and A. M., and of 
Bayonne Council, No. 695, Royal Arcanum. His religious aflaiiations are 
with the Dutch Reformed Church. 

Mr. Smith is a prominent and enterprising citizen, active in promoting 
every worthy object, prompt in the discharge of duty, and thoroughly iden- 
tified with the best interests of his section. He is an acknowledged leader 
of the Democratic party in Bayonne and for many years has wielded an 
important influence in shaping the political destinies of his party there. 

On June 23, 1876, Mr. Smith married Emily Gilhooley, daughter of R. G. 
and Eliza (Hoffman) Gilhooley, of Nyack, N. Y. They have four children: 
Frank, Ellen Tallman, John, and Mary. 

LOUIS ALBERT MENEGAUX, a leading plumber of Union Hill, N. J., 
and a member and formerly President of the West Hoboken Board of 
Education, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., June 14, 1868. His parents, 
Charles Frederick Menegaux and Louisa Petchin, were natives of France 
and descendants of old and respected families; his paternal grandfather, 
Frederick Menegaux, being Mayor of Dembenois, Canton of Audincourt, 
where Charles Frederick was born. The latter came to America in 1853 
and settled in Philadelphia, where he was for many years engaged in 
furniture manufacturing, and where he died in August, 1868. His wife. 
Louisa Petchin, who still survives, came over in 1855, and they were mar- 
ried in Philadelphia. He was a man of great enterprise, and highly re- 
spected and esteemed. 

Louis A. Menegaux received a thorough education and a military train- 



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ing in Girard College, Philadelphia, from which he was graduated with 
honor in 1885. He also spent a few months in a public school in West 
Hoboken, N. J. His father having died when he was only six weeks old, 
he was reared by his mother, a woman of great force of character and of a 
peculiarly sweet disjjosition, and to her able guidance he owes much of 
his success in life. On leaving college he si)ent a year in his native city 
learning the trade of plumber and gas and steam fitter, which he finished 
in Union Hill, Hudson County, with Albert Thonrot. removing there in 
August, 1886. He remained with 5Ir. Thouiot for about five years, mas- 




LOUIS A. MtNEGAUX. 



teriug every detail of the business, and in 1891 he purchased the estab- 
lishment and still conducts it. Mr. Menegaux is a man of recognized 
ability, and as a plumber has achieved eminent success. He has one 
of the finest and most complete establishments in his section of the 
State, and the many important contracts which he has executed attest 
his skill and enterprise. Pew men of his age have gained the popularity 
and high reputation which he enjoys, and fewer still are better or more 
widely known. 

As a citizen he is public sj)irited, energetic, and progressive, encourag- 
ing all worthy movements, and liberally and cheerfully supporting every 



GENEALOGICAL 319 

commeiidable enterprise. In politics he is an ardent Republican. He re- 
sides in West Hoboken, where he has been a member of the Board of 
Education since 1895, being the only Republican elected to that body in 
that year, and being re-elected in the spring of 1899 without opposition. 
He was President of the board in 1897 and 1898, and in that capacity and 
as a member has rendered most efflciont service to the cause of local edu- 
cation. Mr. Menegaux is a member of Hoboken Lodge, No. 74, Benevolent 
and Protective Order of Elks, and of Palisade Lodge, No. 128, Knights of 
Pythias, in the uniform rank of which he holds a captain's commission. 
He is also a member of Mystic Tie Lodge, No. 123, F. and A. M., of Cyrus 
Chapter, R. A. M., of Pilgrim Commandery, No. 16, K. T., and of Mecca 
Temple, A. A. O. Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He was appointed United 
States Grand Juror for the September term, 1900. 

JOSEPH ELLIOTT WRAGG, a prominent retired manufacturer and 
ice dealer of North Bergen, N. J., descends from a distinguished family 
of England, one of his ancestors, John Wragg, being buried in Westminster 
Abbey. He is the son of James Wragg and Hannah Hodkins, and was 
born in Chesterfield, England, on the ]8th of April, 1828. When a boy — 
not four years of age — he came with his parents to America, and in 18S9 
settled in Bergen County, N. J. In 1859 he removed to English Neighbor- 
hood, Hudson County, where he still resides, and where he was engaged 
with his brother, John Wragg, under the firm name of James Wragg's 
Sons, in the manufacture of worsted, linen, and horse-hair oil press-cloths 
for linseed, cotton seed, rape seed, mustard seed, sperm, and stearine. He 
continued in this business with success until 1870, gaining a wide reputa- 
tion for ability, sound judgment, and executive skill. From 1869 to 1882 he 
was engaged in the ice business, building up a large and successful trade. 

He had received, as a boy, a good private school education in Williams- 
burg, N. Y. In public affairs, and especially in the development of the com- 
munity, he has always taken a deep interest, but never aspired to office or 
political preferment. He has exerted an important influence in various 
directions, and by courage and perseverance has achieved a high reputation 
in all the relations of life. 

Mr. Wragg was married, October 10, 1859, to Catharine Fisher Tracy, 
Ts^idow of William Henry Tracy, daughter of Michael Fisher and Martha 
Engle, and granddaughter of Lieutenant Andrew Engle, a distinguished 
Revolutionarv soldier, and Janette Strachan, his wife. Mrs. Wragg died 
May 15, 1898." She had two daughters by her first husband, viz.: Margaret 
M. Tracy and Ellie M. Tracy. The family reside at Fairview, N. J. 

MICHAEL FISHER was for many years one of the most prominent and 
best known men in Hudson County." His influence was felt in both public 
and private affairs, and in the various positions which he filled he rendered 
very efficient service. He was born on April 29, 1794, and died on the 15th 
of November, 1880. He received a common school education. On October 
13, 1814, he married Martha Engle Banta, daughter of Andrew Engle and 
Janette Strachan, and settled in New Durham, Hudson County, where he 
resided until his death November 15, 1880. He held several offices of trust, 
including those of County Treasurer for many years and Freeholder from 
North Bergen in 1846 and 1847. -His ability and integrity, his broad execu- 
tive qualities, his strength of character and genial habits made him popular 



320 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

and esteemed, while his long and intimate connection with public interests 
gained for him the confidence of the entire community. 

Mr. Fisher left three daTighters, the youngest of whom, Catharine, was 
married twice, and is survived by two daughters: Margaret M. and Ellie 
M. Tracy. The former was born in English IS'^eighborhood, N. J., March 4, 
1844. Both are daughters of William Henry Tracy and granddaughters of 
Ephraim Tracy and Elis^abeth Youmans. 

Mrs. Martha Engle Banta Fisher's father, Andrew Engle, enlisted at 
Philadelphia, October 1, 1776, as Ensign in the Twelfth Pennsylvania Eegi- 
ment. Continental Army, and served in the American Revolution with dis- 
tinction, being promoted to a second lieutenancy in Brigadier-General Con- 
way's brigade. He saw considerable service, and at the battle of Monmouth 
his regiment was nearly destroyed. Being reduced to a mere skeleton by 
exposure and severe fighting, it was incorporated with the Third Pennsyl- 
vania under Colonel Thomas Craig, and on December 20, 1778, Andrew En- 
gle was made a captain's lieutenant. His original commission, signed by 
John Jay, is still preserved by his descendants. After the close of the war 
he purchased a farm in English Neighborhood, N. J., where he died June 2, 
1810, from the effects of a wound received at the battle of Monmouth. He 
left three sons and four daughters. The youngest son, James Engle, was 
educated at West Point and served in the United States regular army. 

ELIJAH STRONG COWLES, one of the prominent members of the bar 
of Jersey City and New York, was born in Coventry, Vt., on the 30th of 
April, 1836. His ancestors came to New England at a very early day and 
for generations have been active and influential in all the affairs of life. 

Mr. Cowles received his educational training in the public schools and 
at St. Johnsbury (Vt.) Academy, where he fitted for Dartmouth College. 
Illness, however, prevented him from entering the latter institution and 
he therefore turned his attention to the study of law, entering the office 
of Hon. Ephraim Paddock, one of the Justices of the Supreme Court of 
Vermont. Mr. Cowles was admitted to the bar of his native State and 
for two years practiced in Coventry, where he was born. He came to New 
York City and practiced his profession for about two years, or until 1868, 
when he removed to Jersey City, N. J., and entered the law oflice of Wash- 
ington B. Williams. Here he formed the acquaintance of Edward B. Wake- 
man, then a prominent lawyer and resident of Jersey City, who soon 
retired from active practice. 

Mr. Cowles entered Mv. Wakeman's office and upon the latter's retire- 
ment succeeded to his business. In 1875 he associated himself again with 
Washington B. Williams under the firm name of Williams & Cowles, which 
continued for about twelve years, and was one of the best and foremost 
law firms of Eastern New Jersey. About 1895 Mr. Cowles formed a co- 
partnership with William H. Carey, formerly a professor in Hasbrouck 
Institute, Jersey City, and the law firm of Cowles & Carey is now actively 
and successfully engaged in the practice of law in both Jersey City and 
New York. 

Mr. Cowles has achieved an eminent reputation at the bar, and during 
his entire career has maintained the respect and confidence of all who 
know him. He is a lawyer of ability, industry, and unimpeachable 
integrity. As a citizen he is thoroughly identified with the affairs of his 
city and county, and active and infiuential in every movement which affects 
the welfare of the community. He is interested in an important corpora- 



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tion known as the Automatic File Alai-ni Company, of New A'ork City, 
of wliicli he has been for several years President. IMuch of his time has 
been devoted to the organization and devidopment of Clii'istian and chari- 
table work and especially in connection with the Young Men's Christian 
Association of Jersey City, of wliicli lie was one of the foundei-s and which 
he served for tive yeai-s as President. In jtolitics he is an ardent and con- 
sistent Republican, taking at all times an acti^'e jiart in jiolitical affairs. 

Mr. Cowles's first wife was Miss Sarah L. Persons, of ('oventry, V't., who 
died in 1.S71. Thev had two children, both deceased. In 1875 he married 




ELIJAH S. COWLES. 



Miss Sarah E. Woodward, of New York City, who died in ISfi:!. January 3, 
1895, he married Miss Anna P>anta, of New York City, and they have one 
daughter, Sarah Banta Cowles. 

CHARLES KINSEY CANNON, for nearly thirty years one of Hoboken's 
leading lawyers and formerly Corjioration Attorney of the city, was boi-n 
in P.ordento'wn, N. J., Noveniber 12, ]84(;. He is the son of Carrit S. Can- 
non, a grandson of James Spencer Cannon, and a great grandson of Will- 
iam Cannon, all of whom were distinguished citizens of West Jersey. On 
his mother's side he is likewise descended from one of the old New Jersey 



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HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 



funilic'^ bcin- a or('at-STpa,t-grandson of John Kinsey, a £;reat-grandson of 
Jaiuos Kinsey, and a "randson of Charles Kinsey, whose daughter Hannah 
niaii-ied Gaiiil S. Cannon. James Kinsey was for some time Chief Justice 
of tlie Supreme C(mrt of New Jersey. 

Mr Cannon obtained his early education at Burlington, N. J. He was 
.graduated with honor from Yale College in the class of 1867, and then 
took up th(> study of law, graduating from Columbia College Law School in 
New York City with the degree of LL.P.., in June, 1870, and being admitted 




CHARLES K. CANNON. 



to the New York bai' at the same time. He was admitted to the bar of New 
Jersey as an attorney in November, 1870, and since then has been actively 
and successfully engaged in the general practice of his profession in Ho- 
boken, Hudson County, where he also resides. In November, 1873, he was 
admitted before the Supreme Court as a counselor. Mr. Cannon has been 
in constant practice for thirty years, aTid during that period has tried a 
large number of im])ortant cases in the various courts of the State which 
have won for him a recognized leadership at the bai'. He is a lawyer and 
advocate of unusual ability, of marked judicial qualifications, and of keen 



GENEALOGICAL 323 

discrimination and ready perception, and both in the office and before a 
jury displays those qualities which have long held him among the foremost 
legal practitioners in Hudson County. 

His energies have been devoted almost uninterruptedly to the duties of 
his profession, in which he has achieved eminence and success; yet he 
has been called upon to fill several important trusts and positions, among 
them that of Corporation Attorney, of Hoboken, from May, 1877, to May, 
1878. He has been Vice-President of the Columbia Club of Hoboken since 
1895, and is also a Director of the First National Bank and a Vestryman 
of Trinity Church, Hoboken. In every capacity Mr. Cannon has exhibited 
that public spirit and consummate ability which characterized his ances- 
tors, from whom he inherits peculiar legal qualifications and forensic skill. 
A man of the strictest integrity, he is universally respected and esteemed, 
and during a long and honorable career has maintained the entire con- 
fidence of the community. 

Mr. Cannon was married on the 22d of April, 1880, to Miss Agnes R. Her- 
bert, who died March 22, 1897. They had two children: Garrit S. and Agnes 
H., who are still living. 

CHARLES LUXTON, one of the earliest real estate operators in Hud- 
son County, was born in London, England, and came to America when five 
or six years of age, with his parents. The family settled in New York City, 
where he received his education, and where he learned and subsequently 
engaged in the business of ship carpenter and joiner. In 1850 he moved to 
Jersey City Heights, N. J., and at once became a large landowner and real 
estate operator, being one of the very first to make that business a distinc- 
tive feature in the industries of Hudson County. No man was more promi- 
nent or active in promoting the growth of that section, or in developing 
its resources and contributing to its prosperity. He secured the charter 
incorporating old Hudson City on the 11th of April, 1855, furnishing the 
money for the purpose out of his private means. He also organized the 
old Hudson City Fire Department and was its first Chief Engineer. He 
was a leading Democrat, for some time Tax Collector, and the principal 
mover in the inception and construction of the first walk across the mead- 
ows from the foot of Congress Street into Third Street, Hoboken. His 
liberality and enterprise were prime factors in building up the young and 
growing city. He developed the section formerly known as Luxtonville, 
from Bowers Street to the Patcrson Plank Road and from Palisade Avenue 
to Central Avenue, and opened large tracts of land in North Bergen, Clar- 
endon (Secaucus), and Greenville (South Bergen) as well as in old Hudson 
City. He was also heavily interested in lumbering and lumber mills in 
Pike County, Pa. Possessing great mechanirnl genius, he invented several 
important appliances, including a post socket, a machine for manufacturing 
peat into fuel, and others. He was a prominent, active, and influential 
citizen, a man of great foresight and sagacity, and a generous benefactor. 
As a charter member of Eagle. Lodge, F. and A. M., he took a deep interest 
in local Masonic matters, and out of his own funds built the lodge rooms. 
He also contributed liberally to church and school, and to all projects de- 
signed for the advancement of the community. 

He died in Jersey City Heights in March, 1889, at the age of sixty-five, 
and is survived by his widow, who was Susan Hopper, and who is now 
eighty-one years old, and by an only son, George J. Luxton, and three of his 
four daughters. 



324 HUDSON AKD BERGEN COUNTIES 

GEORGE JOHN LUXTON, only son of Charles and Susan (Hopper) Lux- 
ton, was born in New York City on the 20th of February, 1844. In 1850 
he moved with the family to New Jersey, and there, in the public schools 
of old Hudson City, received his education, which was practical and cal- 
culated to fit him for a business career. At the age of nineteen he associated 
himself with his father, and so continued until the latter's death in 1889, 
since which time he has engaged in real estate operations alone. Mr. "Lux- 
ton's experience of thirty-six years in the real estate and insurance business 
makes him the oldest operator in Northern Hudson County, and one of the 
oldest west of the Hudson River in Eastern New Jersey. Probably no 
other man in the State has been more heavily identified with real estate 
matters nor more prominent and active in developing suburban property, 
improving it for factory and residential purposes, and converting it into 
handsome homes, than has Mr. Luxton during the last ten or fifteen years. 
He opened and built up, in Jersey City Heights, the Leinau tract, a tract 
of 102 lots, between Nelson and Tonnelly Avenues, and two tracts of 82 
and 95 lots each, representing a total valuation of about $150,000; the In- 
dian Spring property of about 90 lots, the Buse tract on Malone and Spring 
Streets, and the Van Amberg tract, 118 lots, on Central and Summit Ave- 
nues and Shippen Street, in West Hoboken ; Tyler Park, 145 lots, between 
Grand and Tonnelly Avenues north and south of Hamblet Place, in North 
Bergen, at a cost of .f 40,000; and Weehawken Heights in Weehawken. 
The last named tract represented property valued at about $400,000, and 
under the name of the Palisade Land Company Mr. Luxton converted it 
from a iield, overgrown with brush and trees, into one of the finest and 
most thiclriy settled sections of the county. The houses which adorn it 
cost from $4,000 to |18,000, and the whole was developed between 1894 and 
1897. 

Mr. Luxton's extensive real estate operations are best illustrated by 
the fact that he has built up sections comprising about one-half of Jersey 
City Heights, one-third of West Hoboken, practically all of Weehaw- 
ken Heights, and a considerable part of North Bergen. His method has 
been to buy the land, lay it out into city lots, streets, and avenues, cause 
modern improvements to be carried out, and place the property in the 
market on terms which have enabled the workingman as well as the capi- 
talist to own and occupy his home. And in nearly every venture he has 
been successful. He is one of the prominent and enterprising, as well as 
one of the oldest, real estate operators in Hudson County, and is widely 
respected as authority in all matters pertaining to the business. His 
knowledge of land titles is broad and comprehensive, giving him the posi- 
tion of a recognized leader among his fellow-citizens. He settled in West 
Hoboken in 1893, and has offices at 470 Palisade Avenue, Weehawken, and 
596 Palisade Avenue, Jersey City. 

Mr. Luxton has also been interested since 1898 in the North River Com- 
pany, in connection with real estate matters, and is a member of Doric 
Lodge, P. and A. M. In politics he is a Democrat. He has long been a 
prominent and useful citizen. His patriotism led him to enlist, January 
30, 1865, in Company E, Fortieth New Jersey Volunteers, with which he 
served in Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina, participating in 
numerous skirmishes in following up Lee's army, including Farmersville, 
New Store, Danville, and others, and being present at the surrender of 
Lee at Appomattox. He was honorably discharged July 18, 1865, 



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Mr. Luxton married Louisa C, daughter of Charles and Margaret Col- 
tier, natives of France, who moved to this country and settled in Jersev 
City. Of their four children two are living; George and Emily Marion. 

WILLIAM HENRY WILHELM has been a life long resident of Harri- 
son, Hudson County, N. J., where he was born on the 4th of November, 
1853, his father being Peter Wilhelm, a native of Prance, while his mother, 
Mary Hasson, was born in Ireland. They came to the United States wlien 
young and first settled in Harrison, N. J., where they Mere mariicd. Dur- 
ing their long and eventful careers they enjoved the respect of all who 
knew them. They were 
industrious, progressive, 
and patriotic people, 
whose native character- 
istics impressed them- 
selves upon the commu- 
nity in a remarkable de- 
gree. 

Mr. ^"Mlhelm received 
his educational training 
in the public schools of 
Newark and Harrison, 
and after completing his 
studies engaged in the 
brewing business with his 
father, wlio then conduct- 
ed a large brewery in 
Newark. Leaving his fa- 
ther's employ, he ac- 
cepted a position with 
the Peter Hauck Brew- 
ing Company, of Harri- 
son, N. J., with which he 
has been actively asso- 
ciated during the last 
twenty years, and of 
which he is now Superin- 
tendent. The success and 
reputation of this well 
known corporation is due 
in no small measure to 
Mr. Wilhelm's eflBcient 
and energetic manage- 
ment. He has been iden- 
tified with the business 

from boyhood, possesses a practical knowledge of every department, and 
is thoroughly qualified for the duties which he has so admirably and suc- 
cessfully performed. 

He is one of the most popular citizens of Harrison, a man of broad and 
liberal attainments, thoroughly identified with the progress of the com- 
munity, and actively interested in those affairs which affect the municipal- 
ity and its people. He is a prominent and influential Republican, and for 
seven years served with marked ability as a member of the Harrison Board 




WILLIAM H. WILHELM. 



326 HUDSON AND BBRGSN COUNTIES 

of Aldermen. His services in this and other capacities have won for him 
an excellent reputation and stamp him as a trustworthy leader. He is a 
prominent member of Copestone Lodge, No. 147, F. and A. M., of Kearny, 
of Harrison Lodge, No. 120, I. O. O. F., of Newark, of Lodge No. 21, B. P. O. 
E., and of the Arion and Aurora Singing Societies, of Newark, and as a 
citizen is public spirited, patriotic, and enterprising, and deeply interested 
in the welfare of his native town. 

Mr. Wilhelm was married on the 12th of May, 1889, to Tilley Haas, 
daughter of Frederick and Josephine (Bridgem) Haas, of Newark, N. J. 
They have one child, Hazel Wilhelm. 

ALONZO WORDEN LETTS, a well known lawyer of Hoboken, descends 
from some of the oldest families of New Jersey and New York. He is the 
son of William Henry Letts and Gettie Jane Clum, a grandson of William 
and Ann (Runyon) Letts and of Sylvester and Catherine (Hover) Clum, 
and a great-grandson of John Letts, whose wife, Mary Bennett, was the 
daughter of Uriah Bennett. The Letts and Bennett families were early 
settlers of Manahawkin, Ocean County, N. J., while his paternal grand- 
mother, Ann Runyon, was a native of Lakewood, in the same county, and 
the daughter of Richard and Deborah (Runyon) Runyon. His great-great- 
grandfather, Benjamin Letts, was the son of Nehemiah Letts, a soldier in 
the War of the Revolution and a nephew of John Letts, also a soldier in the 
Revolution. William Letts, the earliest known ancestor of the family in 
this country, was an original settler of Elizabethtown, N. J., and ever since 
his arrival the name has been conspicuous in the history of both the Colony 
and State. It is prominently mentioned in the Town Book of Middletown 
as early as December 30, 1667, as well as in the Congressional records now 
in the library of the New Jersey Historical Society. Their ancestry is Hol- 
land Dutch. The Bennetts came originally from England, and both fam- 
ilies were among the early settlers of Ocean County. The Clums and 
Hovers, who were also of Holland Dutch descent, have lived in Columbia 
County, N. Y., for many generations, and from the first have been promi- 
nent and influential in all local affairs. Sylvester Clum, the maternal 
grandfather of Alonzo W. Letts, was the son of Jonas and Gettie (Stahl) 
Clum, while his wife, Catherine (Hover) Clum, was the daughter of Jere- 
miah Hover and Amanda Waters. 

William Letts, the grandfather of Alonzo W., was born in Manahawkin, 
Ocean County, N. J., January 29, 1827. At the age of thirteen he left home 
and for many years followed the sea. In 1850 he settled in Hoboken, 
Hudson County, where he has since resided, being successfully engaged in 
the ice business. William Henry Letts, his son, and the father of Alonzo 
W., was born in Hoboken on the 13th of November, 1852, and has always 
lived in that city. He was educated in the Hoboken public schools, and for 
many years has been actively and successfully engaged in the ice business. 
He was a leading member of the Hoboken Volunteer Fire Department, 
serving for two years as A ssistant Foreman and for three years as Foreman 
of Excelsior Engine Company No. 2. In 1882 he was elected, on the Re- 
publican ticket. Freeholder from the Ninth District, a Democrat strong- 
hold, and for five years was annually re-elected to that office. This indi- 
cates at once his popularity and the confidence in which he is held by both 
Republicans and Democrats. In 1887 he was elected to the New Jersey 
House of Assembly, and being re-elected in 1888 served two terms in that 
body with great honor and ability. In 1892 he was anpointed Fire Com- 



GENEALOGICAL 327 

missioner of Hoboken. In 1897 he received the appointment of Clerk of 
the Hoboken District Court, which position he still holds, having for three 
years discharged its duties with acknowledged ability and satisfaction. He 
is one of the best known citizens of Hoboken, where he has spent his life. 

Alonzo Worden Letts was born in Hoboken, N. J., May 28, 1870. As a 
student in Public School No. 2 and later in the Hoboken High School he 
developed a strong inclination for professional life as well as decided 
scholarly ambitions, and after leaving the latter institution entered the Law 
Department of New York University, from which he was graduated with 
the degree of LL.B. 

On the 21st of February, 1898, Mr. Letts was admitted to the New Jersey 
bar, and at once began the practice of law in Hoboken. On the 22d of the 
following March he was appointed a Master in Chancery by the late Chan- 
cellor Alexander T. McGill. Mr. Letts came to the bar well equipped for 
the duties of a lawyer, and has already displayed those legal abilities and 
qualifications which win success. He is a member of Hoboken Council, No. 
99, Royal Arcanum, and of the Columbia Club of Hoboken, and actively 
identified with the affairs of his native city. He was married July 21, 1898, 
to Marie C. Koch, of West Haven, Vt. 

THOMAS B. USHEE, of West Hoboken, Secretary of the New Jersey 
State Board of Taxation since its inception in 1891, is descended from 
sturdy Scotch ancestry, being connected with the family of which the Very 
Eight Eev. James Usher, D.D., Archbishop of Armagh, Ireland, was a dis- 
tinguished member. James Usher, his father, was born in Edinburgh, 
Scotland, came to America about 1812, and first settled in Canada, whence 
he removed in 1860 to West Hoboken, N. J. He was a genealogist and 
writer of family history. His large and valuable library, comprising more 
than three thousand volumes, covered nearly every phase of the history of 
this country, and was I'egarded as one of the best and finest in its line in 
the United States. He died in West Hoboken. His wife, who also died 
there, was Harriet Birks, daughter of John Birks and a native of England, 
and their children were James Usher, of the Town of Union, a member of 
the New Jersey Assembly in 1894 and 1895 and in the latter year the leader 
of the Democratic minority and the party nominee for Speaker of the 
House; Thomas B. Usher, the subject of this article; Walter Scott Usher, a 
Captain of the police force of West Hoboken; and Wallace Bruce Usher, of 
West Hoboken. 

Thomas B. Usher was born in Bonnsville, Hudson County, N. J., on the 
30th of March, 1861. He received a common school education in West Ho- 
boken, supplemented his literary studies by a business course at Cooper 
Union, New York, from which he was graduated at the age of nineteen, 
and then became a clerk in the book store of Alexander Denham, of the 
latter city. Subsequently he entered the employ of Bradley & Smith, brush 
dealers, of New York, where he remained until 1890, when, having been 
elected a member of the New Jersey Legislature from \^'est Hoboken, he 
took his seat in the House of the A ssembly and served with honor as Chair- 
man of the Committee on Labor and Industries and as a member of the 
Eevision Committee and of the Committee on Towns and Townships. In 
1891 he served a second term and held the same positions on those commit- 
tees. Mr. Usher had long made a serious study of those vital problems 
which affect the welfare and liberty of the people. His studies and observa- 
tions were along original lines, principally in the field of moral and muni- 



328 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

cipal reforms, and on entering the Legislature he at once took a promi- 
nent part, not only in the measures coming before rhat body, but also in 
1he introduction of various bills, which soon gained for him a recognized 
leadership, especially in reform legislation. Among these bills was one 
separating prisoners confined in the State prisons on a basis according to 
their moral standing, and, although it was defeated, the measure attracted 
wide attention and received the support of the better elements of society. 
He also introduced a bill allowing a will to be probated during the lifetime 
of the testator, thus eliminating the chances of a legal contest and permit- 
ting the testator to see that his or her intentions were carried out. He 
originated and secured the passage of a bill authorizing the floating of the 
American flag on public school houses, another providing for the establish- 
ment and maintenance of fi'(-e rending rooms in different cities, and many 
others of equal note and importance. 

On the organization of the New Jersey State Board of Taxation in March, 
1891, Mr. Usher was appointed by Governor Leon Abbett the Secretary 
of that body, and has ever since discharged the duties of the office with 
credit and ability. To him is due in a large measure the board's constantly 
increasing usefulness. 

Mr. Usher is a Democrat in politics, has served as a member of the Hud- 
son County Democratic Committee, and enjoys the confidence and respect of 
the entire community. He was married in September, 1882, to Dora Beegen, 
daughter of William and Mary Beegen and a descendant of old Holland 
Dutch stock. They reside in ^\'est Hoboken, and have two sons: James and 
Edward, both students at Blair Bresbyterial Academy, Blairstown, N. J. 

JOHN SEELEY, of New Durham, Hudson County, is one of the best 
known citizens of that section. He was born in Oxford, England, April 4, 
1819, the son of Job Baker Seeley and Elizabeth Willis, his ancestors having 
been long established in the City of Oxford. When the present Mr. Seeley 
was a boy his father came to America, settling in North Bergen, N. J.. 
where he engaged in the shoe business. He died in New Durham in 1855, 
when sixty-three years of age. His wife subsequently died in Ohio. 

John Seeley was educated in the public schools and then engaged in the 
manufacture of shoes, in which business he was successful. Ele subse- 
quently engaged in real estate speculation, chiefly at New Durham, Hud- 
son County. For a time he was also engaged in the grocery business in 
Hoboken. He is a Democrat, and held the office of Town Treasurer for a 
period of twenty-one years. For a great many years he has also been con- 
nected with the Fire Department. He is a member of various clubs and so- 
cieties. He is a member of the Episcopal Church, and a liberal supporter of 
church and educational interests and of all worthy local enterprises. 

Mr. Seeley has been twice married. By his first wife, Sarah House, of 
Schenectady County, N. Y., he has five children : Mary, Kate, John, William, 
and James. He married, second, Augusta Blythe, by whom he has two 
children, Frederick and Howard. 

GEORGE M. SNYDER, one of the most prominent and public spirited 
citizens of West Hoboken, Hudson County, is a native of Germantown, 
Columbia County, N. Y., where he was born January 29, 1842. He is the 
son of George W. Snyder and Margaret Rouse, a grandson of Samuel and 
Lydia Snyder, and a descendant of German Palatinates who settled in New 
York near the beginning of the eighteenth century. 



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ISIr. Snyder attended the district seliools of ( heene ( 'ounty, X. Y., and the 
Ohiveraek Institute, of ("oinmbia County. lie became a deck liand on a 
steamer plying on the Hudson Kiver, and a littk^ lalec was tiit'man on tlie 
same vessel. At the age of twenty he t'ame to Xew ^'ol■]c City and engag'.-d 
in the produce commission business in ^^'asllington Mai-ket. This business 
he followed for twenty-eight years, being very successful. Tlu-ough his early 
steamboat experience he also became interesti'd in the j)roj<Tt (if the Cats- 
kill line of boats on the Hudson Biver. He was at first a Dim-tdr in I lie 
corporation owning this line, but jiresently became its Pi-esident and (icu- 




GEORGE M. SNYDER. 



eral Manager, and has continued in this jiosition for twenty-two years, to 
the present time. Under his management the business of (his line has 
grown, and five boats are now kept in commission, instead of two boats, as 
formerly. Among the well known boats of this line arf the " Escort," now 
the " City of Hudson"; the "Walter Brett,"' now out of comniission ; the 
" Citv ofCatskill," which was destroyed by fire in the winter of 18S4; and 
the '' Kaaterskill," one of the finest steamboats on the Hudson, now in ac- 
tive service. The "Escort" was rebuilt and lengtiiened and rechrislem^d 
the " City of Hudson." The steanu-rs " W. C. Rcdticld " and " Thomas Mc- 
Manus "were purchased under the present nutnagement. In 1S98 the " On- 



330 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

teora " was built by W. & A. Fletcher, of Hoboken, is entirely new, with 
steel hull, and has proved to be one of the fastest and ablest boats on the 
river. 

Mr. Snyder has long resided in one of the most elegant mansions on Pali- 
sade Avenue, West Hoboken. He built this edilice, and has also erected 
twenty-four other residences in West Hoboken. He is also well known for 
his public spirit in other directions, has taken great interest in the public 
school system, has contributed to its development, and is likewise conspicu- 
ous in connection with other public institutions and public movements. 
He is a leading member of the First Presbj'terian Church of West Hoboken, 
with which he has been officially connected for about thirty years. He has 
been a stanch supporter of the Republican party since it was organized, and 
has been one of its liberal financial assistants and influential in its councils. 

Mr. Snyder married, in 1864, Anna E., daughter of Captain John Gould, 
who commanded some of the vessels since owned by his son-in-law. Of the 
four sons of Mr. Snyder the eldest, Rev. Joseph G., is a Presbyterian minister 
in Brooklyn. Another, Edwin H., is his father's successor in business, and 
is President of the Board of Education of West Hoboken. The third son, 
George W., is cashier of the firm of A. F. Young «& Company, a produce 
commission house of New York City. The youngest son, John H., is now 
attending the Law School of Columbia University, New York City. 

FREDERICK WILLIAM FARR, one of the rising young lawyers of Bay- 
onne, Hudson County, N. J.^ was born there on the 16tli of April, 1874, 
and is the son of William C. Farr and Dora Schmidt. His parents were 
both natives of Germany, but came to the United States when young and 
were married in Bayonne, where they have spent their active lives. 

Mr. Farr received an excellent private school education in his native city 
and at St. Matthew's Academy, New York City, and as a youth displayed 
those intellectual qualifications which early led him into the law as a pro- 
fession. He pursued his legal studies under the tutelage of Horace Rober- 
son, counselor at law, one of the leading lawyers of Bayonne, and at the New 
York Law School, and was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1895. Since 
then he has been actively and successfully engaged in the general practice 
of his profession in Bayonne. 

May 3, 1897, he formed a copartnership with William W. Anderson, under 
the style of Anderson & Farr, which still continues. In politics he is a Re- 
publican, and in religion a member of the Lutheran Church. He is public 
spirited, progressive, and enterprising, and actively identified with the best 
interests of his native place. 

Mr. Farr was married on the 7th of November, 1895, to Louisa Burkhardt, 
daughter of Ludwig and Augusta Burkhardt, of Newark, N. J. They have 
one son, William C. Farr. 

SAMUEL HESS, of New Durham, Hudson County, was descended from 
one of the oldest and most respected families in Pennsylvania. His ma- 
ternal grandfather, Adam Hart, was a soldier in the War of 1812 and was 
wounded and lost a finger in action. He was a radical Democrat, a promi- 
nent farmer in Lycoming County, Pa., and lived to the great age of one 
hundred and three. The Hart and Hess families were all substantial resi- 
dents of Lycoming County. W. W. Hart, uncle of the subject of this article, 
is a practicing lawyer in Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pa., having a large 
and lucrative clientage. Two other uncles, Davis Hart and John Hart, en- 
listed as members of a Pennsylvania cavalry regiment in the Union Army 



GENEALOGICAL 331 

at the outbreak of the War of the Rebellion and served three years, being 
honorably discharged. Davis became a Captain in the service. He was in 
Andersonville prison for a time and made a most honorable record. J. T. 
Hess, a brother of Samuel Hess, enlisted in the War for the Union at the 
first call for troops and after six months' service was discharged on account 
of sickness. 

Samuel Hess, son of Reuben and Jane (Hart) Hess, was born at Mont- 
gomery Station, Lycoming County, Pa., January 10, 1850, and received his 
education in his native State. His early life was that of the average farmer's 
boy. At the age of eighteen he began to learn the carpenter's trade, at 
which he ^served a two years' apprenticeship. In 1870 he engaged in rail- 
roading, becoming a fireman on an engine. After three and a half years of 
this service, running on the Eastern Division of the Philadelphia and Erie 
Railroad, a branch of the Pennsyhania line running to Sunbury, Renova, 
and Harrisburg, he was made a locomotive engineer and continued in that 
capacity until 1883, when he resigned. He then entered the service of the 
West Shore Railroad as a locomotive engineer and remained with that com- 
pany until 1S9C, when failing health compelled him again to resign and 
give up railroading. He then engaged in the hotel business at New Dur- 
ham, in the Town of North Bergen, Hudson County. During his long and 
active service on the railroad Mr. Hess made a first-class record, never be- 
ing suspended, and always discharging his duties with the utmost fidelity, 
energy, and satisfaction. He was respected by both employers and em- 
ployees, and gained a high reputation. 

Mr. Hess was a prominent Democrat and for several years took an active 
part in politics. In 1878, while a resident of Sunbury, Pa., he served as a 
member of the Common Council. In 1896 he was elected a member of the 
Board of Education of North Bergen Township, Hudson County, N. J. His 
brother, J. T. Hess, was Clerk and Recorder of Lycoming County, Pa., while 
his uncle, Frederick Hess, also held important oflBces there. Samuel Hess 
was a member of the Sunbury (Pa.) lodges of Odd Fellows and Knights of 
Pythias, of the Masonic fraternity, of AVest Shore Council, Royal Arcanum, 
of Cyprus Chapter, No. 32, Royal Arch Masons, of Union Hill, and of the 
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers of Sunbury, Pa., until 1896. 

Mr. Hess married Miss Gertrude Hasbrouck, of Ravena, Albany County, 
N. Y., by whom he had one daughter, Mary, who died in infancy. 

JOHN GEORGE SYMS, who with his father, the late John Syms, has 
done so much for West Hoboken and Hudson County, was himself long 
established in business in New York City. His grandfather, John Syms, 
was born and lived in the Town of Torquay, Devonshire, England, where his 
ancestors were long seated. About 1814 John Syms, the father of John 
George Syms, came to New York City, established himself in the shoe busi- 
ness, in Chatham Street, and acquired a comfortable fortune. He bought 
a large tract of land on the present site of West Hoboken, then known as 
the Indian Spring woods and subsequently as the Syms woods, and another 
trad from Palisade Avenue to Central Avenue. In 1843 he removed to 
"West Hoboken, which remained his residence from that time until his death 
in 1868. John Syms was very active in connection with public improve- 
ments. He was one of the builders and owners of the Jersey City Plank 
Road, joining with Mr. Armstrong and others in the execution of this 
project. He was also very prominent in establishing the public school sys- 
tem of West Hoboken, and always iook a lively interest in educational mat- 



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itf-^TW. 



T(')-s. lie v,;is llic foinnlcr of wliat was known as the Syms Librarj-. He 
buill tlic on'i;iiial chiin-li (Mliticc of |]i(» First lja])tist (.'liurcli, of West Hobo- 
ken, of wliicli lie was lonj;' tlie leadin};- member, and by his will left a large 
sum of money to be devoted to the erection of the present church structure. 
He was acti\c and successful in elforts to secuic the observance of the Sah- 
balh-day. and to prevent its desecration. He was a stanch and leading meni- 
Ix'i' (if the \N'hin jiarty, and one of the most eminent and jiublic spirited men 

in the history of Hud- 
son County. He died 
in lS(i8, at the age of 
seventy-eight. H i s 
wife, Grace Lakeman, 
also a prominent 
member of the First 
Baptist Church, of 
West Hoboken, and 
active in church and 
benevolent work, died 
in 18.59, at the age of 
sixty-seven. 

John Ceorge Synis 
was born in New 
York City, ISTovember 
2.5, 1820, and received 
his education there and 
in institutions in Con- 
necticut. He was long 
engaged in business 
on (.'hatham Street, 
Xew York (Jity, as 
a dealer in guns and 
firearms, but retired 
in 1870 from active 
business in this line. 
Since that time he 
has been engaged in 
attending to his large 
real estate interests 
in Hudson County. 

He has resided in 
West Hoboken since 
1843, with the excep- 
tion of the years from 
181:8 to 1856, and, like 
his father, has been 
prominent in con- 
nection with matters 
affecting the general 
welfare of tlie community. He was conspicuous among the original number 
\\]](t secui-ed fi'om the New Jersey Legislature the act authorizing the im- 
]ii()vemeut of the streets of West Hoboken, to run parallel and at right an- 
gles, widening thi^m, and making a tax map which is still in use. He has 
held for many years such positions of local trust and responsibility as Treas- 




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GBNBAI.OGICAL 333 

urer of M'est Hoboken and member of the Township Committee. Trior to 
the beginning of the Ciril ^^'ar he was a member of the Whig partv. and 
since that time has been a Eepnblican and a leader in party councils. ' He is 
a member, an officer, and one of the most liberal supporters of the First Uap- 
tist Church of West Hoboken. He donated |15,000 to this church to enable 
it to carry out certain improvements. 

Mr. Syms married Louisa Gordon Brown, and has six children living: 
John B. Syms. (irace Lakeman (wife of James R. \Vhaples, a nalive of Con- 
necticut). ]Mary Louisa (wife of Thomas Reynolds, of Rhode Island), ^^'infleld 
H. Syms, George N. Syms, and Louisa G. (wife of William E. ^^'arner, of 
New York City). All of his children are members of the First Baptist 
Church, of West Hoboken, with which Mr. Syms and his father have been 
so prominently identified, while some of them hold official positions in con- 
nection with it. 

ERNST G. ASMITS has spent his active life as a florist and horticulturist, 
and from a small beginning has built up one of the largest and most suc- 
cessful establishments in the Fnited States. Born in Hamburg, Germany, 
on the 27th of November, 1844, he is the son of Christian A. and Elizabeth 
(Bade) Asmus, both natives of that city. There he obtained his preliminary 
education. In lSr,2 he came with his parents to this country and first 
settled on Staten Island, New York, but soon moved to the present Town 
of Union, N. J., where he completed his studies. 

After leaving school Mr. Asmus engaged in business as a florist. He 
started in a very small way and with comparatively little capital, but by in- 
dustry, perseverance, and economy, soon gained a foothold and a ready 
market for his products. He made a close study of plants and flowers, not- 
ing especially the conditions under which they attained the highest degree 
of perfection, and observing from a scientific standpoint the rules which 
produced the best results. Tn brief, he thoroughly mastered every detail of 
horticulture and floriculture and soon became a recognized expert. He 
also studied the market, the tastes of the people, and the best interests of 
his patrons, and steadily acquired an extensive trade, which has grown to 
be one of the largest in the TTnited States. His grounds, located on the 
Hudson Boulevard in the Town of North Bergen, cover an area of twenty 
acres, five of which are under glass, and his output includes every variety of 
ornamental plants indigenous to the climate or in demand for home decora- 
lion. 

Mr. Asmus is a public spirited, patriotic citizen, and thoroughly alive to 
the interests and welfare of the community. He is a Democrat in 
politics, a prominent member of the Association of American Florists, and 
a communicant of the Protestant Episcopal Church. 

He married Miss Josephine Lung and has three sons: Adolph E., born in 
1875: Edward E., born in 1878; and Grover E., born in 18S."i. 

AUGUST FRANK, a leading druggist of the Town of Union, is the son of 
Gottfried Frank and Maria Odenwiilder and a grandson of John Frank, all 
members of prominent families of Germany. His ])arents came to America 
in 1881. They were thrifty, respected people, and gave to their children 
the rich inheritance of a good name. 

Mr. Frank was born in Stuttgart, Germany, August liS, 18(;!), and there 
received his preliminary education. Coming to this country with his 
father and mother in 1881, he turned his attention to the drug trade, and in 



334: HUDSON AKD BERGEN COUNTIES 

ISSS was graduated from the New York College of rharmacy with the de- 
gree of (Iradiiate of Pharmacy. Afterward he held a clerkship in and sub- 
sequently became the Manager of the large drug store of F. W. Hille, re- 
maining until 1804, when he purchased the business for himself, adding to 
this pharmacy the one located at 146 Bergen] ine xVvenue in the Town of 
Union, which he still continues. With a large and practical expe- 
rience in the trade he has achieved a high reputation. He has devoted his 
undivided attention to a constantly increasing business, and by studying 
the demands of the time has kept abreast of every condition. As a busi- 
ness man he has displayed marked ability. His excellent judgment, his un- 
questioned integrity, his genial nature have won for him a deserved popu- 
larity as well as the confidence of the entire community. In the growth and 
welfare of the town he has exercised much influence. Public spirited, pa- 
triotic, and progressive, he has taken an active interest in various move- 
ments of local importance, and has contributed much to the general ad- 
vancement of the place. 

In politics Mr. Frank is a stanch Democrat, and in religion a Protestant. 
He is a member of AX'est Shore Council, Royal Arcanum, of Jefferson Lodge, 
I O. 0. F.. and of the Independent Order of Foresters. In all of these he is 
prominent and influential. He is also a member and Secretary of the 
Schuetzen Corps of Union Hill, and a member of the Turn Verein, of the 
Uncle Sam Bowling Club, and of other social and political organizations. 

Mr. Frank was married, April 8, 1896, to Miss Tillie Beier, daughter of 
Plorian and Carolina Fransisca Beier, of Germany. They have one son: 
Richard August Frank, born January 29, 1897. 

GEORGE BRUCE has been a resident of Hudson County, N. J., since 
1857, and throughout this period has had his home at North Bergen, with 
the exception of the j'ears from 1861 to 1864, when he resided at Jersey 
City Heights (then Hudson City). He is of Scotch descent and the son of 
a shipbuilder. 

^Ir. Bruce enjoys the unique distinction of being the leading restorer of 
oil paintings in the United States. He has restored many valuable public 
and private collections, including the Trumbull and Jarvis collections for 
Yale College. In 1888 he restored the collection of historic portraits in 
the Governor's room of the City Hall, New York City. His success in 
this delicate work is of course only possible because he is a talented artist, 
and has executed many original studies in oil of high merit. In 18-57 he 
met the late Alexander H. Taylor, the celebrated restorer of oil paintings, 
and started with him to learn the art. His business relations with Mr. 
Tayloi' remained very close, and upon the latter's death in 1878 Mr. Bruce 
became his successor. 

Mr. Bruce has been honored with many local trusts. He was elected a 
Town Committeeman of North Bergen in 1867, when the board consisted 
of three members. For twelve consecutive years, beginning with 1873, 
he was a member of the Board of Education and Disti"ict Clerk of School 
District No. 3. North Bergen. He served as township Assessor contin- 
uously from 1878 to 1900, when he declined further service. He is a 
Democrat and has been prominent in the councils of the party for many 
years. For twelve years he was a member of the Democratic County 
Committee of Hudson County. He took a prominent part in perfecting the 
new method of voting at the primaries. Ha was the first Treasurer of North 
Bergen Township, and has ser^'ed eflQciently as commissioner on many im- 



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335 



poi-laut iinproveiuents iu the northern part of Hudson County, including the 
Paterson Avenue and Secancus road, the Hudson County Boulevard, tlie 
joint outlet sewer from the Town of Union, and a number of others. He 
has also been useful iu various other capacities^, being an active member 
of the Fire Department in Hudson County from 1803 to April, 1900, when 
he resigned. He is prominent socially, and at his home in New Durham 
has a rare art collection, including valuable oil paintings, prints, engrav- 
ings, and curios. He is a member of Hoboken Lodge, No. 3."), F. and A. M., 
of Pentalpha Chapter, No. 11, R. A. JL, of Pilgrim Commanderv, No. 16, 
K. T., and of Mecca Temple, A. A. N. O. M. S., of New York City.' 




GEORGE BRUCE. 

Mr Bruce married Catherine, daughter of Major John S. Sexton, of 
Bull's Ferrv, a veteran of the War of 1812. Of their five children two are 
living, namely: John S., of the Town of Union, and George, Jr., of Wee- 
hawken. 

C\RL HENUY RUEMPT-ER, ShcrilT of Hudson County, was born in 
Cermany on the 12th of March, 1848, his parents being Ceorge Martin 
Kucmpler and Dorothy Egoets, both natives and descendants of ancestors 
of the Fatherland. 



336 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

Mr. Ruein])lei' was educated in the public schools of Germany and then 
learned the carpenter'ss trade, which he followed for several years. In 
IS7;> he came to this country, arriving in Jersey City on the 6th of Septem- 
ber. Immediately afterward he took up his trade as carpenter and con- 
tinned the same until Maich, .187.5- On the 1st of May of that year he es- 
tablished himself in the liquor business in Jersey City and so continued un- 
til issl. when he became proprietor of the Court House Hotel, formerly 
Allen's Hotel, which he continued until May 2!), 1899. 

Soon after coming to this country Mr. Ruempler identified himself with 
the political and public life of Hudson County. He declined political 
j)refcrment until 1S95, when he was elected to the New Jersey Assembly by 
a majority of 4,417. He served one term in that body and gained a high 
reputation. In No\-ember, 1S99, he was elected Slierifif of Hudson County 
for a term of three years, his majority being 9,951 — the greatest majority 
evei" leceived by any Sheriff of Hudson County. 

Mr. Ruem])ler is a public spirited and patriotic citizen, deeply interested 
in the affairs of his adopted city and State, and thoroughly identified with 
its business and political prosperity. He married, in 1884, Elizabeth 
Landwehr, and has two children: Elsie and Minnie. 

J. WILLIA^NI GRIPFIX, Superintendent of the New York and New Jer- 
sey ^^'ater Company and a respected citizen of Arlington, Hudson County, 
was born in Washington, D. C, on the 28d of September, 1860. His an- 
cestors were Virginians, and for many years were conspicuous in the his- 
tory of that Colony and State. His mother's maiden name was Ja7ie Ander- 
son. His father, Dennis Griffin, served with the celebrated Home Guards at 
AA'ashington during the War of the Rebellion. 

Mr. (rriffin acquired his educational training in the public schools of New 
York City. He became an expert in matliematics, and early displayed a 
strong desire for a profession. After leaving school he took up the study 
of civil engineering, and from books and active practice soon achieved the 
reputation of an expert. That lie has put his broad and accurate knowledge 
to practical use is evident fronx the responsible position he now holds, that 
of Superintendent of the New York and New Jersey Water Coinpany at 
Arlington. He has discharged the duties of this important office with abil- 
ity and satisfaction. Mr. Griffin is a public spirited citizen, and takes a 
deep interest in every movement affecting the welfare of the community. 
He resides at Arlington, Hudson County, where he is held in high esteem, 
not only for his professional achievements, but also for those eminent 
cpialiflcations and personal attributes which distinguish the successful 
man. He is a member of the Royal Arcanum and prominent in other 
connections. 

Mr. Griffin married Miss Hanna Engelsheim, and has two children: Wel- 
don Dominick and Herbert Lauris. 

JAMES HENRY SYMES, a leading resident of West New York, Hudson 
County, and for many years a Captain in the National Guard of New Jersey, 
was b(un in Somersetshire, England, April 21, 1847, being the youngest but 
one in a family of ten children of James Symes and Jane Dally. His father 
was a carpenter. His mother was the daughter of John Dally and a sister 
of William Dally, the founder of what was called Dallytown on Union Hill, 
the place being named in honor of him. 

In 1849 the family started for America in a stanch sailing vessel. When 



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337 



off the cove of Toi-k, Ireland, the shiji was wrecked, and Captain Svnies's 
father, his twin l.rotliei- Henry, another bi-dlhei- Albert, and a sister' J^^llen 
died dnring- tlie trip, v.hicli lasted fonr nionlhs. Undaunted, however, by 
this terrible disaster, which iiiclnded also the loss of nearly all their goods, 
the brave mother contlnned the \oyage, arri\ing in New York January 17, 
1850, with her renuiining seven childreji: John Symes, now of Elniira, N. Y.; 
Louisa, wife of Jose[ih Stetfens, of Saciamento, Cal.; Ennua, wife of Will- 
iam W. AVhitman, of Oakland, t"al.; Cecelia Symes, also of Oakland; 
Aaron Symes, of ('alifomia ; and Sarah, who died in ISSS. ^Vrri\-ing in this 
country, with scarcely a friend or ac(piaintance, and bereft of her husband 




JAMES H. SYMES. 



and three children under circumstances at once sudden and sad, the mother 
lost no time in establishing a home for her family in what is now 1he Town 
of T'nion, then North Bergen, X. J. She died there in Se])tember, 1881, aged 
seventy-four. Hei- life w;is oJie of great self-saci'itice, of genuine hero- 
ism, and in e^cry respect exeni[)lary. The manner in which she reared her 
fatherless family attests the goodness and purity of her character. 

Captain Symes was edurated in the jiublic scho(ds of the Town of Union 
and at the Free Academy in New York City, and at the age of seventeen 
entered a New York l;'-oker"s offiee, remaining there from ISCL! to 1867. 



338 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

He was then made teller of the New "^"ork Gold Exchange Bank, an insti- 
tution doiii^ a gold clearing honse and banking business, and continued in 
lliat cajtacity until after the memorable Black Friday of September, 1869. 
This experience has been of inestimable ralue to Captain Symes, and is 
one that he regards with peculiar satisfaction. It enabled him to acquire a 
broad and liberal knowledge of general business matters as well as of the 
intricacies of banking, and by strict industry and perseveiance he gained 
an honorable record. His fondness and skill in mathematics made him an 
expert, while his ability and sound judgment attracted no little attention. 

The panic of tS":',, however, turned the course of his life into channels 
outside of banking, and, becoming active in political affairs as a member 
of the Democratic party, he served as Town Clerk of the Town of Union 
for three terms between 1S71 and 1S76. He was also Town Recorder for 
two years and a .Justice of the Teace. About 1S78 he entered the office of 
Speelman & Bruch, map jiublishers of Hoboken, and assisted them on the 
surveys and in the jtublication of maps for New York City and Hudson 
County for tliree years. He not only did much of the selling, but also acted 
as financial man and confidential clerk. 

In 1881 he purchased property in West Xew York, Hudson County, and 
took up his permanent residence there, and there, in September, 1882, he 
established a lumber yard and at once entered upon an energetic business. 
He was successful from the flrst. Starting on a modest scale, he gradually 
and steadily built up an immense trade, aggregating over fl()0,0(l() a year — 
a sum not exceeded and i)robably unequaled by any similar business in 
North Hudson County. He conducted this business with uninterrupted 
success until the spring of 1S!)8, when, having accjuired other large and 
important interests, he sold it to the Dodge & Bliss Company, the present 
owners. 

During the decade between 1885 and 1895 he also purchased large tracts 
of land in the Towns of "\\'est New York, North Bergen, and "\\>ehawken, 
which he laid out into lots, streets, and avenues, with all the modern im- 
provements, and upon which he built manj' houses, factories, etc., thus con- 
tributing materially to the growth and development of those communities. 
He has developed properties amounting to over 1,000 city lots, and has built 
uji and sold over a quarter of a million dollars' worth of holdings. 
He still owns large properties, principally real estate, to the development 
of which he is devoting all his time and energies. With a number of other 
gentlemen he is activeh interested in a project having for its purpose the 
establishment of a gj-and railroad terminal, with coaling and other facili- 
ties, on the Hudson County Boulevard in North Bergen, at the head of Main 
Street. 

Captain Symes has always been actively interested in educational mat- 
ters, in politics, and in every movement affecting the futui-e of his town and 
county. He has always been one of the most generous and benevolent of 
men, giA'ing liberally of time and ineans to every worthy object. Though 
often urged to accept public office he has generally declined to 
do so. on account of engrossing business cares, yet he has never failed to 
dischai'ge with promptness and fidelity all the duties of a citizen. In 
]SiHi-!t7 he was a prominent nvmber of the Board of Council of AYest New 
York, being the only Democrat in that body. He has also been a delegate 
to many town, county, disti-ict, and State Democratic conventions. 

He has been especially prominent in the National Guard of New Jersey 
and in rifle practice, bei/ng widely known as an expert marksman. In 1867 



GENEALOGICAL 339 

he joined Company B, First Battalion, N. G. N. J., as a private, and was 
successivelv promoted to be Corporal, Sergeant, Second Lieutenant, and, 
in 1872, Captain, and served until 1877, when he resigned, the battalion in 
the meantime becoming the Xinth Regiment. He declined a Major's com- 
mission in order to take care of his company, which he built up, and which 
gained the reputation of being one of the best disciplined companies in the 
State. In 1878 and 1879 Captain Symes acted as Quartermaster of the 
regiment, and at the end of that period he took command of Company E, 
a position he was urged to accept to save and re-organize the company, 
v.hich had scarcely enough members to give it a standing. About this time 
the Ninth became the Second Eegiment, N. (!. N. J. He was Captain of 
Company E for about three years, and recruited and re-organized it, put 
it in good shape, and then resigned. When James A. Garfield was inaugu- 
rated President he induced the regiment to go to Washington, where 
it received the honor of being the largest and best military organiza- 
tion in line. In 18SS Captain Symes was persuaded by Colonel Edwin A. 
Stevens and the other officers of the Second Regiment, and by the members 
of Company B, to accept the captaincy of that company, which he did, 
although he had retired from the other command with the intention of de- 
voting himself entirely to private affairs. The company had run down to a 
membership of about fifteen, but under his able guidance it was soon re- 
cruited to its full quota and became one of the " crack " companies of New 
Jersey. 

Enthusiastic, patriotic, and popular, he gained the love of his men and 
the respect and esteem of his superior officers, and was noted as a good 
disciplinarian. In rifle practice he was expert and proficient. He was a 
member of the State team of ISSO, which won Ihe Hilton trophy, a statue of 
the " Soldier of ilarathon." This match occurred at Creedmore, and was 
open to every State in the T'nion and to the Ignited States regular army. 
In ISSl Captain Symes won the first prize — a rifle — a prize olfered by the 
Governor in a match open to all line officers in New Jersey, five shots each, 
the distance being from I^IMI and 500 yards. He has also won many other 
honois as an expert marksman, both in military and in private contests. 

He is a close student of natural history and science, an expert mathema- 
tician, and deejdy interested in all questions of current import, and has a 
large and valuable collection of scientific works. His travels include two 
trijis to California, one to the Yellowstone Park, and another with team 
through the entire Adirondack region. He is a member and Past Master of 
Mvstic Tie Lodge, No. 12:!, F. and A. ^M., and a member of Cyrus Chapter, 
No. 84, R. A. M. 

Captain Symes was married, April 10, 1S7.S, in the Town of Union, N. J., 
to Matilda, daughter of Henry F. Maacla'us, a native of Holland, and Ma- 
tilda, his wife, who was born in Germany. Jlrs. Symes was born in the 
Town of Union in IS."):;!. Slie died ^Nfarcli 1, 1892, leaving three children: 
Jane Victoria, wife of Arnold H. Eippe, of the Town of Union; Henry Fred- 
erick Maackens Symes; and Matilda Symes. Two other children died young. 

LOUIS DIEHJI. Jr., the well known ice dealer of AYest Hoboken, N. J., 
was born in that town July Ki, 1865, and has always resided there. He is 
the son of Louis and Lizzie Diehm, both of whom came to this country from 
Germany. 

Mr. Diehm obtained his education in the public schools of his native town, 
and, like most young men, found various employments until he was twenty- 



34:0 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

live. In ]S!»() lie engaged in the ivc business, which he has continued with 
marked success to the ))r('scnt time, having his headquarters in AVest Ho- 
boken. He is an active, enterprising citizen, deeply interested in public af- 
fairs, and thoroughly alive to the needs of his town and county. For some 
time'he served as a member of the AVest Hoboken Town Council. He is a 
member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and of other organiza- 
tions. 

Mr. Die'hm married Miss Leonie T. Thourot and has four children: Emilie, 

Lucy, Edward, and Harry. 

DAVID DAVIS, of Kearny, overseer of the Marshall Thread Mills, 
is the son of William Davis and Mary Morrison, both natives of Wales and 
descendants of old and prominent A\'elsh stock. He was born in Shrews- 
bury, England, February 1, 1870, and thei*e received his education in public 
schools. After leaving school he turned his attention to the linen thread 
business, and by energy and perseverance has mastered every detail, be- 
coming a recognized expert. 

In 1887 Mr. Davis came to the United States and settled in Kearny, N. J., 
where lie at once associated himself with the well known Marshall Thread 
Mills, of which he is now overseer of one of the departments. This 
position he has filled with practical ability and satisfaction. He is thor- 
oughly conversant with every branch of thread manufacture, having grown 
up in the business. 

Mr. Davis is an ardent Republican, and for some time served as Town 
Clerk of the Town of Kearny, where he resides. He is a member of the 
Masonic fraternity, of the Independent Order of Foresters, of the Benev- 
olent Order of Redmen, and of the First District Republican Club. 

He married Miss Helen Connett and has one son, William Gladstone 
Davis. 

THOMAS JEFFERSON DOBBS, a member of the old family which gave 
its name to Dobbs Ferry-on-the-Hudson. is the son of Frederick Fowler 
Dobbs, who was born at Dobbs Ferry, N. Y., in 1800, was engaged in the 
business of shad-fishing, and died at North Bergen, Hudson Ciinnty, Febru- 
ary 14, 1854. Frederick F. Dobbs's wife, Leah Carling, whom he mar- 
ried in 1836, died March 10, 1888. His parents were Jerry Dobbs and 
Jane Fowler, daughter of Vincent Fowler, of Dobbs Ferry, with whom 
Aaron Burr stopped for a time after his celebrated duel with Alexander 
Hamilton in 1804. The site of this duel is near the present residence of 
Thomas J. Dobbs, in Weehawken. Thomas J. Dobbs's maternal grand- 
father, Michael Carling, lived at Kingston, N. Y., and married Margaret, 
a daughter of John Bartholf. Force of circumstances compelled John 
Bartholf to serve the British during the Revolution, and he was instru- 
mental, while carrying powder, in defeating General Wayne's attempt 
to capture the block-house, just north of Guttenberg, on the Hudson, 
opposite New York City. Mr. Dobbs's paternal great-grandfather was 
a pilot and ship's carpenter, who served the patriot cause during the 
Revolution, building batteaux for Washington across the Hudson. Dobbs 
Ferry was named after him and his family. Mr. Dobbs's grandfather, Jerry 
Dobbs, was also a carpenter, and was killed by accident at Tappan, 
Rockland County, N. Y. The present Mr. Dobbs is a worthy descendant 
of this interesting family, and enjoys the highest esteem of a wide range 



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341 



of fi'iends and ac(iuaiiitanccs liirout^hout Ihulson (Jonnty and l)ey(Hul ils 
boundaries. 

Thomas J. Dobbs was born in Norlii liorgen TowTislii]i, now West Xcw 
Yorlj;, Hudson County, Mavcii 7, 1S41, and received liis edui-ation in llie 
public schools at Bulls Fei-ry. He worked with his talher until the hitter's 
death, February 14, 18o4, following the calling- of a shad-tishcrnian. After 
working for a time with others in the same business he established himself 
in ISdO in the business of quarrying pavement stones, \vlii<h he conducted 
for manv vears. On July 26, 18G4, he enlisted in the United States Navy, 




THOMAS J. DOBBS. 

and was honorably disch.arged July (i, ISO.l. He was on blockade duty at 
Wilmington, X. c'., and on the James Kivcr, and was in a(.-tion at Huwlclt 
House and other engagements. His two brothers, Henry and Kichard, 
also served in the Union Army during the Rebellion, the former in the 
Twenty-second New Jersey Volunteers and the latter in the Sixth Cali- 
fornia Infantrv. 

At the close of the t.'ivil War Mr. Dobbs resumed the (piarrymg business 
which he had estal'lished, and successfully carried it on for some tinie. 
Afterward he was engaged in tlie ice business, about seven years, in 
which he was no less successful. He sometimes jiut up as much as 



342 HUDSON AND BEEGBN COUNTIES 

3,300 tons of ice in a winter. Still later he followed successfully the 
business of piledriving, while he sieved as inspector and timekeeper for 
John H. r.onn, in connection with the piledriving for the old iron bridge 
or viaduct at the ^Vest Shore ferry in Weehawken. Mr. Dobbs has also 
established a considerable reputation as an inventor. His important in- 
ventions include an apparatus for clearing spiked cannon, an unconnect- 
able harness, and other devices. He is a member of Ellsworth Post, No. 
3-t, G. A. R., of Union Hill. He has long been one of the prominent leaders 
of the Republican party in Hudson County, and has held a number of 
local offices. In the Town of ^^'est New York, where he resides, he has 
served with credit in the positions of Collector of Taxes, Town Treasurer 
(two terms— 1867 and 1878), School Trustee (several years), and Town 
Committeeman (three years). For several years he was a court officer in 
Hudson County. 

On July 29, 1880, he married Elisoa '\\iley, daughter of John M. Wiley 
and Matilda Young, of West New York. They have four children: Leah, 
Thomas Jefferson, Jr., Aaron B., and Matilda Dobbs. 

GABRIEL B. REID, Treasurer of the Town of Kearny, N. J., and one of 
the leading real estate men of that section of Hudson County, was born in 
Glasgow, Scotland, on the 15th of May, 1851. In 1853 his parents, James 
Reid and Elizabeth Menzies, came to this country and settled in Newark. 
N. J., whence they removed, in 1873, to Kearny, where both died — the 
mother in 1884 and the father in 1897. James Reid, a compositor by trade, 
held positions on different newspapers. He and his wife brought from 
their native land all the sterling attributes of their race and transmitted the 
same to their children, together with an honorable name. 

<Tabriel B. Reid received his early education in the public schools of 
Newark, and for a time, while the family were on a visit to Scotland, at- 
tended the schools in Glasgow. There he also began active life as a mer- 
chant. Upon his return to America in 1872 he was for twenty-five years 
connected with the Clark Thread Company in Newark, N. J., and during the 
last two years has been successfully engaged in the real estate business. 
He is a typical Scotchman — a man of excellent character and sound judg- 
ment, and a public spirited, enterprising, and patriotic citizen, being one 
of a family of ten children brought to this country by his parents. He has 
relied from a very early age upon his own resources, and enjoys the dis- 
tinction of being a fearless and conscientious exponent of the higlier char- 
acteristics of the Scotch race. 

Mr. Reid is a prominent and active Republican, and has filled several 
positions with ability and satisfaction. He was Town Committeeman of 
Kearny for three terms. Town Clerk two years, and Treasurer of the town in 
1897 and in 1899 was again appointed to that position, which he still holds. 
He is Past Master of Copestone Lodge, No. 147, A. F. and A. M., and was 
one of its charter members. He is also a member of the Knox Presbyterian 
Church of Kearny, where he resides. Mr. Reid married Miss Jennie Tanne- 
hill, also a native of Scotland, and they have five children: James M., 
Gabriel B., Elsie J., John W., and Annabel G. 

JEREMIAH CLARE WHITTLES, one of the Sinking Fund Commis- 
sioners of Kearny, Hudson County, N. J., is the son of Abram Whittles and 
Mary (Jones) Whittles and a grandson of Abram Whittles, Sr., and was 
born in Rochdale, Lancashire, England, April 25, 1859. There his ancestors 



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had liyed for many generations, his father being superintendent of woolen 
mills. Mr. Whittles was educated in his native town, and from early in life 
has been artively identified with cotton and woolen manufacturing. Learn- 
ing the trade as a boy, he devoted himself to it with energy and mastered 
every detail. Coming to America, he interested himself in the manufac- 
ture of machinery for cotton and woolen industries, and in IS!):! invented 
and patented an automatic cloth-feed appliani e which has met with great 
success. This appliance is entii-ely dilferent from anything heretofore 
made. It does not tear the most delicate cloth, and yet it works with won- 
derful rapidity and in some respects revolutionizes the work for which it 
is intended and which was formerly done by hand. 

Mr. Whittles has not only achieved prominence as an inxcntor and manu- 
facturer, but has also taken an active interest in public affairs, and as a 
Republican has filled several positions with credit and satisfaction. He 
served for two years as a member of the Kearny Board of Education, and 
is now a member of the Sinking Fund ('onunission of that city. His a(ti\- 
ity in i^olitics covers a period of five years, during which time he has ren- 
dered efficient service to his party and town. He is a prominent member 
of the ilasonic fraternity, of the Independent Oi'der of Odd Fellows, of the 
Knights of Pythias, of tlie Improved Order of Redmcn, and of the Episcopal 
Church. Having spent five years in a technical school in England, and be- 
ing of an inventive turn of mind. ^Ir. Whittles has gained a wide reputation 
in the industry to which he has devoted his active life. He is a public 
spirited, patriotic, and progressive citizen, a man of unswerving integrity, 
and highly esteemed in the community. 

Ml-. Whittles married Miss Elizabetli Emily Dixon, of Carlisle, England, 
and they have five children: Mary Ellen, Fiank, Camilla, Ethel, and Ceorge. 

ATILLIAM KEUDEL LEK 'HT.— At Schottenstein, a town in the King- 
dom of Bavaria, early in the nineteenth century, resided Andrew Leicht, 
the earlier home of whose ancestors ^\as in the Tyrol, an Austrian province 
on the southwestern frontier of (4eruuiny, from whence some of their de- 
scendants found their way into Bavaria and settled at Schottenstein many 
generations back of the nineteenth century. Andrew Leicht and his wife, 
Eva Barbarie, had issue, among whom was ^Vndrew Leicht (12), born at 
Schottenstein, June 5, 1817. At twenty years of age the latter came to 
America and located at Hudson, Columbia County, Is. Y., where in 1S40 
he met, wooed, and married Miss Maria Seniler (daughter of John and 
Anna Semler), who had come to America in lsi>!j, from the village of Gross- 
Felda. in the Grand Duchv of Hesse-Darmstadt, where she was born May 
1, 1822. 

After his marriage Andrew Leicht {-} embarked in the butcher business 
at Hudson, X. Y., continuing successful 1\' for sixteen years. In IS.'^fi he 
sold out ajid came to New York City, and the following yeai' removed to 
Hudson County, X. J., where he puicliased a valuable tract of land west 
of Hoboken on what was then known as " Van ~\'orst Heiglits." On this 
tract, in the following year (18.j7), he built and equipped a large brewery 
plant, and with John Roemmelt, his son-in-law, began the manufacture of 
lager beer under the flrmname of Roemmelt & Leicht. The business was 
continued with varying success until the death of the jiartners. During the 
first twenty yeai'S of its existence the lager beer industry of the country 
was in its infancy, and Roemmelt & Leicht's products were known far and 



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wide. Mr. R^ieiniiiolt, who \\iis n viatiNC of Seliwanfelt, in Bavaria, died 
in 1884, and Mv. I;oiclit's deadi occniTed in 188.T. In his lifetime Mr. Leiclit 
was one of flie best Icnown and most i)r(imini>at men in llndsoii County. He 
took an active i)art as a Democrat in I lie |iolilical atfaiis of old Hudson 
(Jity before it was swallowed up by Jei-sey City, being twice elected Alder- 
man and once Freeholder of the \sai'd in wliicli he resided. He was acti^■e, 
energetic, scrupulously liom'st, and possessed sterling integrity, blended 
with good business cajiacily, wliich (pialities made him popular with and 




WILLIAM K. LEICHT, 



resj.ected by a large circle of his fellow-citizens. His widow, a lady of 
cheei-ful disposition and kind and matronlv instincts, survives him, having 
passed the seventy-eiglith mile post of lift-. The issue of the tliird' genera- 
tion of Andrew Leicht and :\raria Sender (all born at Hudson, N. Y.) are 
five children: Andrew E., born in 1842; Amelia, born in 1843; Charles K., 
born in 1854; William K.; and John ^f., boi-n in 18ri(;. Of these Andrew 
E. mari-ied (18.")2) T.ouise Miller and is a retinal brewer with two children 
m Chicago, III. Amelia married John Iloemmelt (now deceased) and has 
had ten children (now in Jersey City). Cliarles P. married Kate Mahoney 



ERRATA 

In sketch of William Keudel Leicht, pages 343-345, read as 
follows : 

Charles K. Leicht was born in 1851 instead of "1854" as 
printed (first date in 4th line from hottom, page 344). 

William K. Leicht was born October 4, 1853, instead of 
"October 1, 1854," as printed (4th line from top of page 345). 



GENEALOGICAL 345 

and with four childieu is in Xewburgh, X. Y. John U. married Eugenia 
Veyresset and with two children is at Cleveland, Ohio. 

William K. Leicht C!), the snbjeit of this sketch, was born at Hudson, 
Columbia County, X. Y., October 1, 1854, and came -with his parents to 
New Jersey in 1857. He obtained a thorough education in the German 
academy at Hoboken, at a high (grammar) school in Xew York City, and 
at Columbia College, from which institution he was graduated, lie read 
law in the office of the late Attorney-General Kobert Gilchrisl in Jersey 
City, and was admitted to the Xew Jersey bar as an attorney in Februaiy, 
1875, and as a counselor in February, 1878. He then formed a law part- 
nership with ('. B. Harvey, of Jersey City. A few years later this partner- 
ship was dissolved, since which time iMr. Leicht has maintained an oftice 
and successfully practiced his profession at Xo. 328 Palisade Avenue, Jer- 
sey City, making real estate law and conveyancing specialties. .Vs one of 
the executors and trustees under the will of his wealthy uncle, Joseph Eub- 
sam, of Stapleton, Staten Island, Mr. Leicht has been kept busy since 1890 
managing a large estate, and for the past hve years he has been Secretary 
of the Rubsam & Horrmaun Brewing Company, at Stapleton, a position 
which requires much of his attention and from which he receives a hand- 
some salary. He is a great lover of travel, and notwithstanding his many 
business responsibilities has found time to travel all over the United States, 
Mexico, South America, the TN'est Indies, the Bermuda Isles, and through 
every country in Europe as far north as '' the land of the midnight sun." 
In 1900 he made an extended trip through Scotland and Ireland. He is 
sociabh' inclined and genial in his disposition. Extensive travel and ob- 
servation have made him an agreeable convcisalionalist. He is a member 
of but one club — the Berkeley, of Jersey City. He has never married. 

JAMES G. \\'ALLACE, senior member of the well known real estate 
brokerage and insurance Arm of Wallace & Limonze, of Union Hill, is the 
son of Lawrence W. A\'allace and Jlaiy (jolden. He has always resided in 
the Town of Union, Hudson County, X. J., where he was born December 3, 
1865. There he received a public school education, graduating at the age 
of twelve. He then accepted a position as clerk in the banking house of 
James G. King's Sons, the widely known Wall Street firm which has since 
retired from business after a continuous existence of over a century. Mr. 
Wallace rose from office boy to a position of trust and res}»onsibility, and 
during the fifteen years of his connection w ith the firm handled millions of 
dollars, became an expert accountant and penman, and had the advantages 
of a thorough business training in foreign and domestic banking. The 
broad and valuable experience which he o))tained in that institution has 
served him in various capacitii's and brought him into prominence as an 
able, conser\ ative business man. 

In 1893 Mr. Wallace formed a copartnei-sliip with George Limouze, under 
the Arm name of Wallace & Limouze, and since then he has been actively 
and successfully engaged in the general real estate brokerage and insur- 
ance business in the Town of Union, their office being at 165 Bergenline 
Avenue. He is an ardent Democrat, and was one of the founders and or- 
ganizers of the Democratic Central Organization, of which he is still a lead- 
ing member, and which he served for a time as Secretary. He is also a 
member of the old Third (now First) ^Vavd Democratic Club, formerly Vice- 
President and now President of Columbia Hose Company of Union Hill, and 
a member and the present Advocate of Palisade Council, No. :'>87, Knights 



346 HUDSON AND BERGEN COUNTIES 

of Columbus. He was one of the organizers in 1898 of the Hamilton Build- 
ing and Loan Association of Union Hill, and is its Secretary. He is also an 
enthusiastic member of the Foresters of America, a Commissioner of Deeds, 
a JSTotarv Public, and a Justice of the Peace, which office he has held since 
1891, having been re-elected in 1W»6 for a second term of five years. 

He was married. May 16, 1888, to Miss Katherine H. Walker, daughter of 
the late -James Walker, of the Town of Union, N. J. They reside at 20G 
Palisade Avenue, Union Plill, and have three children living: Katherine 
\A'alker, Ethel May, and Marguerite Mary Wallace. 

THOMAS F. BULGER, iiiciulcr of the Board of Aldermen and one of the 
leading manufacturers of Harrison, Hudson County, was born in Newark, 
N. J., March 25, 1857. His parents, John and Mary (Eustis) Bulger, were 
natives of Ireland, but came to the United States when young, and in 1854 
were married in Newark. In LS58 they moved across the river and took up 
their residence in Harrison, Hudson County. 

As a boy Mr. Bulger attended the parochial schools of Newark and Har- 
rison. He not only acquired a good practical education, but developed a 
rugged physique, and when he arrived at man's estate he entered upon the 
career which has won for him both honor and success. After leaving school 
he engaged in the business of manufacturing wire cloth, which he has ever 
since followed, building up a large and successful industry. He stands 
among the leading manufacturers of Hudson County, and through his own 
indomitable efforts, applied with intelligence, united with skill and ability, 
has achieved an honorable reputation. 

His public life has been ecjually conspicuous. An ardent and enthusias- 
tic Democrat, he was for seven years a member of the Harrison Board of 
Education and is now (1900) a member of the Board of Aldermen, repre- 
senting the First Ward. His services in these and other capacities have 
brought him into more than local prominence as a man of ability, integrity, 
public spirit, and enterprise. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus 
and of the (Catholic Church. 

Mr. Bulger married Ellen McPhillips. Of their eleven children eight are 
living, namely: Henry J., Joseph, Kate E., John, William, Thomas P., Jr., 
George, and May. Three — Charles, James, Mary Lizzie — died young. 

DA\'ID ST. JOHN, M.D., of Hackensack, one of the leading physicians 
of Bergen County, was born in Berne, Albany County, N. Y., in March, 
1850, his parents being David St. John and Mary Johnson. His mother 
was of Scotch descent. He is descended from Matthias St. John (Sention), 
who came from England in 1635 and settled in New England. His grand- 
father, Noah St. John, moved to New York State upon his marriage to 
Elizabeth Waterbury, of y^'aterbury, Conn. 

Dr. St. John pursued a pieparatory course of study in the Albany schools 
and then began to fit himself for the profession of medicine, entering the 
office of Dr. H. W. Bell, of Berne, N. Y., and afterward the office of Pro- 
fessor James H. Armsby, then the leading surgeon of Albany. He took a 
course of lectures at the Albany Medical College, the Buffalo Medical 
College, and the Bellevue Hospital Medical College, graduating from the 
latter institution with the degcee of M.D. in 1875. 

Upon graduation Dr. St. John settled in Hackensack, N. J., where he 
has since resided, and where he has acquired one of the largest and most 
successful practices in Eastern New Jersey. He is not only prominent in 



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the profession of medicine and surgery, but has also been closely identified 
with all matters of local or public interest. He was the first to realize the 
need and advantages of a hospital for the better treatment of a class of 
medical and surgical cases, and in ISSS was instrumental in organizing the 
Hackensack Hospital, one of the most useful institutions in Beigen County. 
While his energetic and untiring efforts in its behalf have been ably sec- 
onded by all classes of citizens, his indefatigable labors have been the 
primary cause of its success, and under his able direction as President of 
the Medical Board and visiting physician and surgeon the hospital has 
outgrown its present quarters and is being replaced by a much larger 
structure, which will be one of the best equipped institutions of its class 
in the State. One wing of the new building, consisting of two wards, will 
be known as the St. John wards. Dr. St. John having assumed the cost of 
this part. Another wing will be the Prank B. Poor wards, that gentle- 
man having given the amount necessary for its construction. Dr. St. Jolm 
is a member and former President of the Bergen County ^Medical Society, 
and a member of the Xew Jersey State Medical Society, the New York 
State Medical Association, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the 
American ^Medical Association. He was ai)pointed by (Governor Griggs 
one of the managers of the New Jersey State Hospital for the Insane at 
Morris Plains, and is surgeon for the Erie Kailroad. He also does a great 
deal of surgical work in the western portion of Bergen County outside of 
his hospital practice. Associated with him is Dr. A. A. Swayze, a graduate 
of the College of Phj-sicians and Surgeons (if Baltimore, Md. 

Dr. St. John is First Vice-President of the Plackensack Trust Company, 
a Director of the Hackensack Bank and of the Cas and Electric Company 
of Bergen County, and President of the Hackensaclc Heights Association, 
owners of a large tract of valuable real estate on Hackensack Heights. 

Courteous, dignified, and sympathetic, Dr. St. John has a<•hie^'ed marked 
success in