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Look kindly upon this. 
Think how your fathers left their native land. 

— Pas tori ><s. 

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

— Whittier. 



P T< > tin- close of i he < "\\ il War family origin and lineage re- 
ceived lmt a small measure of attention in the United 
Stales. Here and there, along the line of the centuries, 
persons possessed of wealth and leisure had caught up and 
reunited t he broken t hreads of kinship; but I he great mass of the com- 
mon people considered time thus spent ms time squandered. In ac- 
counting for i his ii should be remembered thai the early settlers of 
the country never expected to set fool again on European soil. Hav- 
ing deliberately severed all the ties thai 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 arraved 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. 


Bu1 the surrender a1 Appomattox soon changed all this. The new 
nation had emerged triumphanl from her greal crucial stniiruh'- freed 
from the curse of human slavery. Moreover, and quite ;is Important, 
she had shown thai she could and would maintain t li<* integral v of the 

Union. She immediately took n commanding position among the 
nations of the earth, :i position which has grown stronger and more 
commanding as time has rolled on, until a1 I a si the respecl 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 it I hev were members of the same household. 


All this lias 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 Revolu- 
tion, the Daughters of the Revolution, 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 


the Qumerous genealogical societies qow established throughoul the 

1 'nioii. 

1 1 is a source of deep regrel thai the early records of Northern New 
Jersey are so widely scattered more so, perhaps, than those <>r any 
other section of the country. The historian and genealogisl must 
find them ;it Albany, New York, Goshen, Richmond, and New City 
in New York State, and ;ii Trenton, Perth Amboy, Newark, Jersey 
Uity, Paterson, and Hackensack in the Stale of New Jersey. Then, 
again, the chirography of the early records of ihis 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 greatesl importance to the searcher for 
knowledge, were never recorded and never even deposited in any pub- 
lic record office, owing to the bitter conl roversy be1 ween 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 
Prom the time the country began to be settled by Europeans. I am 
forced to the conclusion thai 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 <d the old pioneers, now hidden away and 
forgotten, in the garrets of their descendants. I have prepared this 
article from such data as 1 have been able to find, bul for the reasons 
above stated the matter it contains must necessarily be replete with 
errors and importanl omissions. Nevertheless, 1 am not without 
strong hope thai it may be of some assistance to the thousands of 
descendants of the sturdy men and women who settled the Counties 
of Hereon and Hudson. I have prepared and inserted four maps: 
No. 1, showing Bergen County as erected in L693; No. 2, showing the 
greater part of the same county as re-erected in L709-10; No. 3, show- 
ing Hudson County at the present time: and No. 4, showing the 
greater pari of Bergen County as erected in L709-10, and, as far as 
possible, the locations of the original land patents. In the text these 
ire called and on map No. 1 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 t he counties Into townships, boroughs, and 
other municipalities, and, lastly, I have given in tabulated form the 
surname ol each of the principal settlers, his nationality, and, as far 
as possible, the name and domicile of his European ancestor. 


The first municipality within the limits of New Jersey was erected 
by order of Director General Btuyvesanl and his council on Septem- 


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, 




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


1 may say that, bo far as my investigations have extended, the evi- 
dence seems to favor those who claim the name to have been derived 
from ili<* IIi>]1;iii<1 town. During the seven years following tin* christ- 
ening oew 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 thai they mighl be an- 
nexed to the main settlement. Accordingly, on the "ill of April, 
1668, Governor Philip Carterel and his council, of Easl New Jersey, 
granted to the settlers of Bergen (then comprising some forty fam- 
ilies) a charter under the corporate mime of " The Towne ami < Corpora- 
tion of Bergen." This new "Towne" comprised the present County 
<»f llmlsun as far wesl as the Hackensack River. The line on the 
nort li. as described in i he charter, started "a1 Mordavis meadow, lying 
upon the wesl side of Hudson's River; from thence to run upon a X. W. 
lyne by a Three rail fence thai is now standing to a place called 
Espatin [The Hill] and from thence to a little creek [Bellman's 
Creek] surrounding N. X. W. till it comes unto the river Hackensack 
[Indian name for "Lowland"], containing in breadth, from tin- top of 
the Hill, 1\ miles or L20 chains." During t he nexl sixteen years now 
settlements sprang up north of Bergen, bul in matters of governmenl 
these were termed "'out lands'" or "precincts," without any corpor- 
ate ] lower whatever, and subjeel to the jurisdiction of the authorities 
of t ho - Towne." 

As time W'-nt on and population increased, courts became neces- 
sary; and as all the colonial officials wore Englishmen, and many Eng- 
lish immigrants had settled in the colony, it was hut natural that t bey 
should desire the adoption of the English system of county govern- 
ment. < »n the 7th of March. 1682, tin- provincial legislature passed, 
and Deputy Governor Rudyard 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 River and the Hackensack River, be- 
ginning al Constable's Hook and so to extend to the uppermost 
bounds of the Province, northward between the said rivers with the 
seal of governmenl at the town of Bergen." (See Map No. l.i Essex 
County comprised " all the settlements between the west side of the 
Hackensack River and the parting lim- between Wbodbridge ami 
Elizabethtown, and nort bward to the utmosl bounds of the Province." 
r»\ this division the greater part of the present County of Bergen 
fell within the limits of Essex County, where il remained until L 709-10. 

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


timers, 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, L709-10, 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 I livers; t hence down 
the Pequannock and Passaic Rivers to the sound; and so following 
the sound to Constable's Hook where it begins." iSee Map No. 2.) 

In the Qorthwestern pari of the county, as above described, was 
included the County of Passaic, and on the 22d <d" February, 1840, 
all that pari 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 Backensack River known as New Bar- 
badoes Neck, were, by legislative enactment, erected into the County 
of Hudson. A pari id' this was annexed to Bergen County in 1852, 
leaving the boundaries id' Bergen and Hudson Counties as they are 
to-day. (See Map No. 3.) 


The first division of the counties into townships was made pursuant 
to two aids of the colonial assembly, one approved in September, 1G92, 
and the other in October, L693. 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 
publiek uses and the making orders amongst themselves respectively 
about swine, fences &c. 

" Whereas, a great inanv settlements are not reckoned within anv 
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 1092, for dividing the several counties 


uritsox and i;i:i;<;i:\ counties 

and townships, the time for the returns of the said divisions, being 
too short and the method of dividing by county meetings inconvenient. 
ThtTof'oiv 1)0 it enacted," etc. 

Under the above acts Bergen County (then including the |»n-sent 
Bergen and Hudson Counties) was divided into three townships: 
Hackensack, Veto Barbadoes, and Bergen. Of these, Eackensack com- 
prised "all the land betwixl the Hackensack River and Hudson's 



River, that extends from the corporation town hounds of Hereon to 
t Ik- partition lino of i In- Province." New Barbadoes comprised " all 
the land on Passaic River, above the third river, and from the mouth 
of the said third river aorthwesl to the partition line of the Province, 
including also all the land in Now Barbadoes neck, betwixl Hacken- 
sack and Passaic rivers, and thence to the partition line of the Prov- 
ince." Bergen comprised what is now thai pari of Hudson County 
easl of the Hackensack River. (See Map 2.) 



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






1 lackensack. 





New Barbadoes. 





Saddle River. 


New Barbadoes. 




New Barbadoes. 



dune 22. 


I lackensack and New Barbadoes. 



February 8, 


Saddle River and Franklin. 



December 1, 


New Barbadoes. 



January 30, 





February 5, 





February 19, 


Harrison in Hudson County. 



March 7, 


New Barbadoes. 



March 22, 


1 lackensack. 



March 22, 





March 22, 





March 30, 





Boiling Springs. 


A,>ril 17. 
April 2(>. 



Hohokusjand Washington. 



February 22, 






February 10. 

March 23, 



Englewood and Ridgefield. 



March 25, 



There i^ no record of the erection of Saddle tfiver and Franklin. 
They are first mentioned as townships in deeds and oilier recorded 
instruments in 17.">7 and 17ti7 respectively. Prior to that they are 
called "Precincts." Franklin is firsl mentioned in the county free- 
holders' book -May 17, 1772 

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








Bergen (Tp.). 





Jersey (City). 

January 28, 




Harrison (Tp.). 

February 22, 


Lodi, Bergen County. 


Van Vorst (Tp.). 

March 11, 




North Bergen (Tp.). 

February 10, 




Hoboken (Tp.). 

March 1, 


North Bergen. 


Hudson (Tp.). 

March 4, 




Hoboken (Citv |. 

March 28, 


North Bergen. 


Weehawken (Tp.). 

March 15, 




Bayonne (Tp.). 

Febiuary 16, 




Union (Tp.). 

February 28, 




West Hoboken (Town). 

February 28, 




Greenville (Tp.). 

March 18, 







DATE 01 




Town of Union. 

March 29, 


1 iiiiin. 


Kearnej Town). 

Maid! 1 1. 


1 [arrison. 


Bayonne (Citj . 

March 10, 




( ruttenberg Tp. |, 

April 1. 




\\ est New York Town ). 

March 21, 

is; is. 

I Inion, 


East Newark | Town). 
Secaucus i Bor.). 

1 s<ts 

1 [arrison. 
North Bergen. 


March L2, 


< »f ilic above, ;ill of Ponipton and ;i large pari of Franklin and Sad- 
dle River in Bergen County became pari of Passaic County by acl of 
February 7 3 L837. (See Map 4.i Union in Bergen County was 
taken from Earrison in Hudson County, February 1 ( .», L852, and Barri- 
son in Hudson was taken from Lodi in Bergen County, February 22, 
L840. Pari of Lodi in Bergen was annexed to Now Barbadoes in 
L896. Van Vorst, Eoboken, Greenville, Hudson, and Bayonne Town- 
ships in I hid soi i County have 1 icon absorbed by the remaining munici- 
palities in the county. Kearney was made a " Town " March 23, L898. 
West Now York absorbed the whole of Union. 


The borough system of government for small communities was iirsi 
introduced into Now Jersey -March 28, L789, by an act incorporating 
the " Borough of Elizabeth." During the next ninety years a num- 
ber of similar municipalities were erected in various pans of the 
Siaio. each of which was the creation of a special act of the legisla- 
ture. No genera] law on the subject was enacted until April 5, 
1878, when what has since been known as "The General Borough 
Act " became ;i law. It provided that the inhabitants of any town- 
ship, or pari of a township, embracing an area not to exceed four 
square miles, and containing a population not exceeding live thou- 
sand, mighl become a body politic and corporate in fact and in law 
whenever, ;n a special election n» ho called for thai purpose, it mighl 
ho decided by a majority of votes of the (doctors of the proposed 
borough qualified to rote ;it elections for State and township officers. 

For :i period of sixteen years following the passage of this ad very 
few boroughs were organized in the State, only three of them being 
in Bergen County. [n the spring ol L894anac1 was passed establish- 
ing an entirely new s est en i of public instruction. By i his acl i ho old 
school districts were blotted out and each township erected into a 
separate and distind district. All the taxpayers of each township 
wore thenceforth required io assume and pay, pro rata, the debts 
already incurred by the several old districts, as well as nil future 
debts of the township fop school purposes. The people complained 
againsl the injustice of such a law, and soughl a way to escape its 
operation. By the terms of the law it was inoperative in all Lncor- 



porated boroughs, 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 tins rush by amending the 
SChoo] law the whole count v would have heen carved into boroughs 
in less than two years. As it was, twenty-six boroughs were created 
in the county from January 2o, 1S1I4, to December IS, 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. 'Phis so effectually checked the borough movement that only 
five have since been formed. 

The following table shows the aames of the boroughs organized in 
Bergen County to date, tic dates of t heir organization, and the town- 
ships from \\ln<li they were respectively taken: 





OROANI/ \ 1 I'iN. 



September 21, 1881. 
EnlargedJune 10, '90 

- Union. 



Mav 25, 




Ridgefield Park. 

May 25, 




Tenaflj . 

June 23, 




East Rutherford. 

March 29, 


Boiling Springs. 



Ma\ 7. 





May 8, 




West wood. 

May 8, 




Park Ridge. 

Mas 11, 

1 S94. 




dune 2, 


Palisades and Englewood. 



dune L!7, 





June 29, 





dune 29, 




Schraalenburgh. ' 

July 19, 




Hasbrouck Heights. 

duly 21, 





August 25, 


Washington and Orvil. 



August 30, 


W ashington and Orvil. 



September 12 


Saddle River and Ridgewood. 


Little Ferry. 

September 18 


Lodi and New Barbadoes. 


Old Tappan. 

October Hi, 





November 8, 


Orvil, Hohokus, and Franklin. 



November 14, 




W oi>d ridge. 

November 15, 




Saddle River. 

November 19, 




Upper Saddle River. 

November 20, 


Orvil and Hohokus. 



December 5, 





December 5, 





December 18, 





December 31, 


Saddle River. 


Cliffside Park. 

January 15, 




Englewood Cliffs. 

May 19, 


Englewood and Palisades. 


North Arlington. 

March 9, 





March 26, 





March 15, 


Wallington Borough. 


Palisades Park. 

March 22, 



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


uudsox and i.kuckn counties 


A greal majority of the pioneer settlers of Bergen and Hudson 
Counties were emigrants from Holland, or descendants of persons 
who had emigrated from thai country and settled on Manhattan 
Island or Long Island. The resl were English, French, Germans, 
and Scandinavians. What broughi those to the shores of America? 
What led them t<» 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 

More than a century had elapsed since the Augustinian monk 

UISl I i;i> \M, HOLLAND 

Luther, had nailed his ninety-five theses on the church door at Wit- 
tenberg. Thai 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 Tor the conservation of learn- 
ing, againsl the barbarism ami ignorance of the times; and so long as 
the pontiff retained the character of chief clerk of such a confederacy 
his power remained irresistible, lint as su<>n as he abandoned the 
idle of chief clerk in spiritual affairs, and assumed that of secular 
prince, the greal revolution began. His former friends became his 
( nemies. The British schoolmen led the way in the revolt, followed 
by Wickliff, Ihtss. 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 Luther's trumpet. In Northern 




Europe the besl half of the people embraced the [^formation. 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 ;it the beginning of emi- 
gration to New Netherland. The Id ly conflict known as "The 

Thirty Years' War" was then paging 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, respecl for 
civil Liberty. As a result she 
had become the harbor of ref- 
uge and the temporary home of 
t housands of t he 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 Hollan d. 
Across her borders flowed a 
continual stream of refugees 
and outcasts. 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 thai 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, t here 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 L623 several voyages of discovery and 
adventure had been made by the Dutch to New Netherland, bu1 do 
colonies had been founded. Letters from these voyagers declared thai 
New Netherland was a veritable paradise -a hind "flowing with 
milk and honey," traversed by numerous greal and beautiful rivers, 




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 Netherland with 
i heir 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 
h\ the swrjit of their brows. 

In 1621 the "States-General' took steps looking toward relief 
from the sit mil ion, t he gravity of which t hey now fully comprehended. 
On June 3 they granted a charter to "The Dutch West India. Com- 

&' fort nicutf <±A trifle r<lam <?j> <7s J/r-h.tki/is. e*<S><<*r*£*dr?iS>iA03>' <^>- 


pany " to organize and govern a colony in New Netherland; and in 
June, L623-4, an expedition under Captain Cornelius Jacobsen Mey, of 
Amsterdam, carrying thirty families, most of whom were religious 
refugees, came over to New Amsterdam ami 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 Verhnlst, 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, 1G29, the " States-General " granted 
a bill of " Freedoms and Exemptions " to all such private persons as 



would planl any colonics in any pari of Now Netherland (except the 
[sland of Manhattan), granting to them the fee simple in any land 
they mighl be able to successfully improve. Special privileges were 
also granted to members of the Wesi [ndia Company. Whoever of 
its members should planl a colony of fifty persons should be a feudal 
lord, or " Patroon," of ;i trad "sixteen miles in length, fronting on 
a aavigable river and reaching eighl miles back." 

As vol only exploring parties benl 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 Now Netherland, in L630, 
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 
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' 1 back to that 
company. Michael Paulesen, an official of 
the company, was placed in charge of them 
as superintendent. Tt is said he built and oc- 
cupied n hut at Paulus Hook early in 1633. 
If so, if was the first building of any hind 
erected in either Bergen or Hudson County. Later in the same year 
the company built two move houses: one at Communipaw, afterward 
purchased by -Tan Evert se 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 superintendeni of 
the Pauw plantation, June 17, 1634, with headquarters at Commu- 
nipaw, 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 
officials iu great style. 

In 1641 one Mynderl Myndertse, of Amsterdam, (bearing the pon- 
derous title of " Van der Ileer Nedderhorsl ;,") obtained a grant of all 
the country behind I west of) Adder Kull i Newark Bay), and from 
thence north to Tappan, including part of what is now Bergen and 
I hid son Counties. Accompanied by a number of soldiers, Myndertse 
occupied his purchase, established ;i < niiip, and proceeded to civilize 
the Indians bv military methods. It is needless to say thai he failed. 



He soon abandoned the perilous undertaking of founding a colony, 
returned to Holland, and the title to this granl was forfeited. Early 
in L638 William Kiefl became Director General of Now Netherland, 
and on the first day of .May following granted to Abraham Isaacson 
Planck (Verplanck) a patent tor Paulus Hook (now lower Jersey 

Tli ore were now t wo " plant at ions " at Bergen, those of Planck and 
Van Vorst. Tarts of those, however, had been leased to, and were 
then occupied by, Claes Jansen Van Purmerend, Dirck Straatmaker, 
Barenl Jansen, Jan Cornelissen Buys, -Ian Evertsen Carsbon, Michael 
Jansen, Jacob Stoffelsen, Aerl Teunisen Van Putten, Egberl Wouter- 
sen, (iarret 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 governmenl was based mainly upon 
the principle thai the governor should gel all he could oul of the 
«-o\( rned. 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 de Vries, a 
distinguished navigator, who was t hen engaged in the difflcull task of 
trying to found a colony at Tappan, soughl every means in his power 
to conciliate the [ndians, and to persuade Kiefl that his treatment of 
! hem would result in bloodshed. 

The crafty and selfish governor turned ;i deaf ear to all warnings 
and advice and continued to goad the Indians by cruel t reatment and 
harsh methods of taxation. In 1643 an Indian no donbt under 
stress of greal provocation— shol and killed a member of the Van 
Vorst family. This first act of murder furnished a pretext for the 
whites and precipitated what is called "The .Massacre of Pavonia," 
on the nighl of February 25, L643, when Kieft, with a sergeant and 
eighty soldiers, armed and equipped for slaughter, crossed the Hud- 
son, landed at Communipaw, attacked the [ndians while they were 
a -h-ep in t heir camp, and, wii hoiit regard to age or sex, deliberately, 
and in the most horrible manner, butchered nearly a hundred of them. 
Stung by this outrage upon their neighbors ami kinsmen, the northern 
tribes at once took the war path, attacked the settlement, burned the 
buildings, murdered the sett has, wiped the villages out of existence, 
and laid waste the country round about. Those of the settlers who 
were not killed outright Hod across the river to New 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 



Director General, Julj 28, L646. Under his administration the settle- 
ment ;ii Bergen \\;is revived, grew rapidly, and prospered. Between 
his arrival and the year L669 tin following named persons purchased 
or leased lands, though ;il! of them <li<l not become actual residents: 


I 4 ' < 

Michael Pauw, Michael Paulesen, Jan Evertse Bout, Cornelius \';in 

Vorst, Mynderl Myndertsen Van der Beer Nedderhorst, Abraham 

[saacsen Planck (Yerplanck), Claes Jansen Van Purmerend (Cooper), 

 Dirk Straatmaker, Barenl Jansen, Jan Cornelissen Buys, John Evert- 



sen Carsbon, Michael Jansen ( Vreeland), •'Jacob Stoffelsen, Aert 

Teunisen Van Putten, Egberl Woutersen,VGarre1 Dircksen Blauw, 
\ Cornelius Ariesen, Jacob Jacobsen Roy, ^Francisco Van Angola 

(negro), Gnilliaein Ck>rneliesen, 'Dirt Sycan, Claes Carsten Norman, 

* Jacob Wallengen (Van Winkel)/ James Luby, ' Lubbert Gerritsen, 

/Gysbert Lubbertsen, John Garretsen Van [mmen^homas Davison, 

J Garret Petersen, Jan Oornelissen Schoenmaker, Jan Cornelissen 

Crynnpn, Casper Stimets, Peter Jansen,' Hendrick Jans Van Schalck- 

- \- 

wyck, Nicholas Bayard, Nicholas Varlet," I Ierman Smeeman, Tielman 
Van Vleeck/Douwe /Harmansen (Tallman), Claes Jansen Hacker, 
. Egberl Steenhuysen, Harmen Edwards Paulus Pietersen, Allerd An 
ihony/.Joiiii Vigne, 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 Now Netherland from the Dutch in L664, and, 
thereupon, Philip Carteret, by an appoint- 
ment of the "Lords-Proprietors" of the 
Province of Mast New Jersey, became its first 
governor. The t it les of i he set t lers of Bergen 
were confirmed by Carteret and his council 
in L668. In L669, following his appointment 
as governor, Carteret also granted other por- 
tions of the lands in Hudson County to the 
following named persons: Maryn Adrianse, 
Peter Stuyvesant, (lues Petersen Cors, 
Severn Laurens, Bendrick Jansen Spier, sealoi new Netherlands 
Peter Jansen Slott, Barent Christianse, Mark ' 

Noble, Samuel Moore, Adrian Post, Guert Coerten, Frederick Phil- 
lipse, Thomas Frederick de Kuyper, Guert Geretsen (Van Wagenen), 
Peter Jacobsen, John Berry, Ede Cornelius Van Vorst, Hans Diedrick, 
Hendrick Van Ostum, Cornelius Ruyven. 

••The town and corporation of Bergen," as appears by Carteret's 
charter, had an area of 1.1,500 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, 


power, or authority for so doing, withoul the consenl of the majority 
of the other patenl owners," so thai in the course of time ii could qoI 
be known how much of these common Lands had been taken up and 
appropriated. This state oi things caused greal confusion and 
numerous violent disputes between the setl lers, who. in January, 1714. 
petitioned Governor Hunter for ;i now charter empowering thorn, in 
their corporate capacity, to convey or lease their common lands, in 
fee, for one, t wo, or t hree lives or for \ ears. 

Governor Hunter, in response to this petition, procured a new 
charter for the town and corporation, known as ••The Queen Anno 
Charter." The power given by this charter had little or no effecl in 
putting a stop to encroachments upon, and disputes between, the 
settlers about the common lands. Thus matters continued until 
HUJ. when another effori was made by tin- settlers to proted their 
rights in The common lands. An agreement was made, dated June 
the Kith, of that year, providing for a survey 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 agreemenl 
was not carried out, and matters continued to grow worse until De- 
cember 7, 17<>:>, when the settlers appealed to the legislature for re- 
lief. That body passed ;i hill, 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, 17<i.». in the secre- 
tary's office at Perth Amboy, copies of which report and maps are 
also tiled in the offices of i he clerks of both Hudson and Bergen < !oun 

1 ies. 

In the division made by the commissioners tic- 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 do Mott, Gerebrand Olaesen, Joseph Waldron, Dirk 
Van Yec ht en. James < lollerd, Thorn, is Brown, Amir ies Seagaerd, 1 >irk 
Cadmus, Zackariah Sickels, Job Smith, Daniel Smith. Joseph Hawk 
ins. John Halmeghs, Philip French, [de Cornelius Sip. Herman 
Beeder, Nicholas Preyer, Sir Peter Warren, Anthony White, Michael 
Abraham Van Tuyl, Walter Clendenny, John Cummings, David 
Latourette, John Van I >olsen. 

Several other families, namely, those of Day, de Grauw, de Groot, 
Hessels, Hopper, Banta, Huysman, Van Giesen, Earle, Franzen, Mor- 
tis, and Swaen, had heroine residents of the county withoul having 
lands granted them. !t may therefore be safely said thai the fami- 
lies above named constituted nearly all of the original settlers of 
Hudson County easl of the Hackensack River. The westerly portion 





of the county was included in the purchase by Captain William Sand- 
ford from the Parish of St. Mary's in tin- [sland of Barbadoes. Gov- 
ernor ( arterel and council granted this trad to Sandford,July 4. !(»<'>>. 
h contained within its boundaries an area of L5,308 acres, extending 
from ili<- poinl of union of the Hackensack and Passaic Rivers about 
seven miles northward along said rivers, to a spring now known as 
the Boiling Springs, i r Sandford Spring, near Rutherford. This pur- 
chase was made by Sandford for himself and Major Nathaniel Kings- 
land, also from the [sland of Barbadoes, and the same was subse 
(iu.iiiIn divided between Sandford and Kingsland. Kingsland, who 
hem mi- the owner of the norl hern pari (including pari of the present 
Bergen County), resided ai whal is now known as " Kingsland 
Manor," south of Rutherford, in Bergen County, while Sandford, who 
became the owner of the southerly part, resided ai what is now Easl 
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. 


Some of the original se1 1 lers of what is now- Bergen County were de- 
scendants of those who have been mentioned as having settled Hud- 
son County. 01 hers 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 
granl of section 1 to William Sandford, in L668, as before stated, ex- 
tended north as far as Boiling Springs near Rutherford. 1 The 
northern half of this was released to Kingsland. In L702 Elias 
Boudinot, a French Huguenot, purchased a large trad from the 
Kingslands, described as butting on the Passaic River, in Bergen 
County. John and William Stagg, Bartholemew Feurst, Daniel 
Rutan, Jacob Van 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 trad in Bergen County, but the hulk of Kingsland's estate, 
a1 his death, passed l>y his will to his near relatives, who settled on 
it and retained ii for many years. In Kids Captain (afterward 
Major) John Berry received from Govern r Carterel a patenl for sec- 
tion 2, being all the lands between the Hackensack and Saddle I livers. 
for a distance of six miles north from Sandford's purchase, or nearly 
as Car as Cherry Hill, on the Now Jersey and New Fork Railroad. 
Berrj settled and buill his home mansion on the southerly pari of 
this tract, and on his death, most of it passed to the ownership of his 

1 For sections, refi r to Hap No. 1 



heirs. The northerly pari he had conveyed in parcels at various times 
to his son, Richard Berry, his daughter, Hannah Noel, and (Jarret 
Van I Hen, Laurence Laurensen Ackernian. Rev. Guilliaem Bert- 
holf, David Thomas, Thomas Nicholson, Albert Albertsen (Terhnne), 
Arie Albertsen (Terhune), Claes Jansen Romeyn, Dr. John Van Em- 
burgh, Hendrick Hopper, Ryck Lydecker, Juriaen Lubbertsen (Wes- 
tervelt), Herman Brass, Abraham Huysman, Isaac Vreeland, Nicho- 
las Devoe, Walling Jacobsen (Van Winkle), Elinor Mellinot, Folkert 
Hansen (Van Nostrand), Thomas Staag, Alexander Alliare, Peter 
France, Nicholas Kipp. Oorneliese Christiansen, -John Christiansen, 
Charles Maclean, and Anthony Anthonys (a negro), each of whom 


settled on the portions purchased by th< m. The " Moonachie " sec- 
tion he sold to Kutt Van Horn, Nicasie Kipp, and Thomas France. 
The Zabriskies, Voorheeses, Brinkerhoffs, Demarests, Coopers, Van 
Reipens, and Powlesses acquired interests in the trad at an early 
date. In HiliS Samuel Edsall and Nicholas Varlet bought from the 
native Indians section 3, comprising 1,872 acres <»f " waste land and 
meadow," bounded east by the Hudson River, west by the Hacken- 
sack River and Overpeck ('reek-, 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, aud the north boundary, beginning at 
Aquepuck Creek below Fort Lee, on the Hudson, ran northwest to 
the ( herpeck Creek near Leonia. Subsequently Carteret gave Edsall 
and Varlet a patent of this tract. Nicholas Varlet soon after sold 



his interesl in ii to Edsall, who, in L671, conveyed the northerly part 
of ii to Michael Smith (a son-in-law of Major John Berry). Smith, 
;ii his death, left ii to Uis son and tieir-at-law, Johannes Sm it h, who, 
in 1 7( Mi, conveyed ii to - F < > 1 1 1 1 Edsall, son and heir-at-law of Samuel 
Edsall, deceased, who settled <>n i) and devised ii to liis children. 

In L676 Samuel Edsall, by deed of gift, transferred the westerly 
pari of the remainder of the original trad to liis sons-in-law, Benja- 
min Blagge, of London, and William Laurence, of Newtown, L. 1.. who 
divided ii between them, Blagge taking the northerly pari and Lau- 
rence the southerly part. On Blagge's death 
his widow ;in<l devisee conveyed it to Wessel 
Peterson, who, in L690, conveyed it to David 
Danielsen, who settled on it. Laurence's pari 
of it passed to his son. Thomas Laurence. He 
sold half of it, said to contain 550 acres, in 
17:'.o, to Matthew Brown, who. in 17:57. sold ii 
to Cornelius Brinkerhoff. Joseph .Morris and 
Adriaen Boagland musl have go1 the balance 
of Laurence's half, as they were living on it in 
1 T: lo, ami they and the Brinkerhoffs were the 
first actual settlers. Brinkerhoffs purchase in- 
cluded the presenl Borough of Ridgefield. The 
easterly pari of the remainder of the original 
tract, which fronted on the Hudson River, was, 
on March L2, L686, conveyed l>v Samuel Edsall 
to Jacob Milburn, who. with Jacob Lois lor, then 
< rovernor of Now York, was attainted of and ex- 
ecuted for high treason, in 1691. Milburn's 
ostato (which by his will, executed just before 
his death, he devised to his wife Mary), .\as. 
by operation of the attainder, forfeited; bu1 
parliament, by special act, restored the estate to his widow and sole 
devisee. The widow i who a1 the time of her death was the wife of 
Abraham Governeur) lefl ;i 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 *\<' Groot, Petei 
de Groot, Michael \ r reeland, 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 trad be- 
tween the high rocks and the Hudson River was claimed l>y John 
Christ eon. of Newark, under a granl from Berkley and < Jarteret, prior 
to thai of Edsall ami Varlet. This hind Christeen sold in L7C0 t«» 
his daughter Naomi, wife of .John Day, and it seems to have become 





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

On June LO, L669, Governor Carterel patented to Major John Berry 
section I, comprising a trad of 1,500 acres, lying between the llud- 
sen River ami Overpeck Creek, extending one and one-half miles 
Qorth from the Edsall and Varlel patent. Berry sold the north hall' 
of this trad t<> George Duncan, an English merchant in New York. 
•lames Duncan inherited ii from his father. Richard Hacker, John, 
Samuel, and Matthew Benson, -Jacob Day, Michael Vreeland, Hen- 
drick Banta, and Jacob < Jowenhoven subsequeni ly acquired and set tied 
on portions of ii. The south half of it Berry conveyed to his son-in- 
law, Thomas Noel, who. ai his death, devised ii to his son, Monteith 
Noel, ami to his wife's son. Richard Hall. .Monteith Noel died in- 
testate ami 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 Ueirs of Richard Hall, then deceased. By or- 
der of the courl ii was sold in Roberl and Ann Drummond in trust 
for the two Hall children. <>n April I. L726, I he trustees sold it to 
.John Stevens and William Williamson, who soon after sold it to 
Samuel Englishman from the Island of Barbadoes. Will- 
iam Laurence, Cornelius 
Bri nkerholT. Wa 1 l or 
Briggs, Thomas de Ka \ . 
am! others eventually 
bough.1 parts of it. 

Sections 5, '». and 8, 
containing ti,770 acres 
of wildland, were, in 
L661, granted in one 
parcel, by Carterel 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. Carterel 
failed to settle within the prescribed time and it was again 
granted, in L669, to Robert Vanquillan, of Caen, France; James 
Bollen, an Englishman (then a resident of Ridley, Pennsylvania); 
and Claude Yallot, id' Champagne, France. Vanquillan sold his in- 
teresl to Carteret in 1(170. 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, 1770. 


granted to Mary, widow of Jacob Mil burn, who also failed to settle 
it. <>n December l<>. 1702, the southerly portion of section 5, forty 
chains wide and said to contain 500 acres, was granted by the pro- 
prietors to .Michael I law don, a native of Ireland, bu1 then a residenl of 
Now York and engaged in land speculation. On July L6, L676, llaw- 
don conveyed to George Willocks, of Kenay, Scotland, and the heirs 
of Andrew Johnston, deceased, of Leith, Scol land. 

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, nexi to the Berry trad, half a mile in width. Leslie, on No- 
vember 5, 17:'.::. sold the southerly half, this being a quarter of a mile 
in width and containing 330 acres, to .Manias Demott, of Bergen, who, 
it is said, sell led on it. Carrot Lydecker, I hen 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 L,000 acres. This made Lydecker's farm one and 
one-quarter miles in width on the Hudson Liver and the same width 
on Orei-peck ('reek. It extended northward as far as Englewood. 
On Ins death, in 1754, Lydecker's lands, comprising section 5, passed 
by his will to his four sons, Ryck, 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 H'>!>4, 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 ('», 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. Roelofl Lubberts Westervelt, a brother 
of the ti l-st husband of Loots's wife, purchased a strip north of Loots 
in section 6, as did also Cornelius, Hendrick, Dirk, and Seba Banta, 
i he sons of Epke Jacobs. The purchases were all made in L695. The 
combined purchases of Loots, Westervelt, and the Bantas, according 
to references in old deeds, must have included all of section <>, which 
extended north nearly as far as Tonally. Descendants of the de 
Motts, Demarests, and Komaines subsequently acquired parts of sec- 
tion G. 

The triangular lot, section 7, lying between the east and west 
branches of Overpeck Creek, was lirst patented by the East New Jer- 
sey proprietors, in 1688, to Samuel Emmett, of Boston. Without 
settling it, Emmetl conveyed it, September 17. L695, to Roloff Lub- 
bertsen Westervelt. The Indians disputed Westervelt'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 



Englewood, northward to the head of the Tlena Kill Brook, a Little 
south of 'Penally. The acquisition of section 7 by Westervelt gave 
him one of the largest farms <>n the Hudson. lie settled on it and 
his descendants si ill occupy parts of it. 

Section 8, containing 2,120 acres, extending from the Hudson River 
to the Tiena Kill, and one mile in width, was granted, April 27, 1688, 
to Colonel Jacobus Van Cortland! , of New York, who, on April 10, 
17:1s. conveyed ii to Abram de Peyster, Margaret, his wife, John 
Chambers, Anna, his wife, and Peter Jay and Mary, his wife, all of 
New York City. The wives of these three men were the daughters of 
Van Cortlandt. Thev divided the tract, .Mrs. Chambers taking the 
northerly third, .Mrs. Jay the nexl third south, and Mrs. de Peyster 
the mos1 southerly third. Mrs. de Peyster's 
third included the present village of Tenafly. 
Mrs. Chambers devised her share to her 
ni phew. Sir James Jay. who. by his father's 
will, also got the initei-'s third. Sir James 
devised the north third :<> his son, Peter Jay, 
and the other third to his daughter, Mary 
O'Kill. The north or Chambers third was 
sold by the sheriff in L820 to William Van 
Hook. Van Hook sold it in 1S21 to Moses 
Field, who sold it to David < >. Bell, in L829. 
The three farms were then divided into lots 
and mapped, being known respectively as 

the Bell, O'Kill, and de 1'eyster tracts. This section was settled by 
the Van Buskirks, Bantas, Baldwins, Tow losses, Demarests, Wester- 
velts, and other of the families already mentioned. 

Section !>, adjoining No. 8 on the south, was patented by Carteret 
and his council to Isaac Bedlow, a Swede, June 20. Kit;;). It was also 
one mile in width, ami extended westerly from the Hudson River to 
the Tiena Kill Brook. Its extent northward w;is to a point near Dem- 
arest, X. J., and it contained 2,120 acres. Bedlow had an Indian deed 
for this tract as early as L661. lie held it until 1728, when he sold it 
to Colonel Jacobus Van Cortlandt, id' .New York. Captain John Huy- 
ler, Johannes Rolofse Westervelt, Samuel Peters Demarest, Barent 
Jacobs Cole, and Peter Mathews Bogert became the owners and 
settlers on this section, and their descendants still occupy it. 

Another section, No. 10, one mile wide, adjoining and extending 
north from the Bedlow tract, was granted by Carteret, July 30, 1669, 
to Baltkazer de Hart. De Hart's heirs sold it March 5, 1701, to Ber- 
nard us Vervalen, Gideon Vervalen, and Rynier Vervalen. Under a 
grant from the Colony of New York it was claimed by Captain Lan- 




caster Symes, of London, who, prior to 1711, had sold parts of it to 
Casparus Mabie, Jacob Hertie, and others. Eventually, however, 
B( rnardus Vervalen, by a granl from Queen Anne in L709, and a re- 
lease from Symes and Ids grantees in 1717, acquired the title to the 
whole trad and conveyed portions of it to Matthew M. Bogert, Peter 
M. Bogert, Cornelius Harmensen Tallman, Dowa Harmensen Tall- 
man, Isaac Johns Meyer, Martin Powless, and Walter Parsells, who 
settled it. The remainder of the trad descended or was conveyed to 
Bernardus Vervalen's beirs, 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 \'an Schuyven, and 
Jacob ( Jole. 

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

The " L " shaped section. No. 1 1, adjoining 
this last tract on the north, contained L,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, Barenl and Resolveri 
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, bui on the east end it extended from 
the de Hart tract northerly beyond iho present south boundary of 
Now York. The Naugle brothers divided it between them in June, 
171s. Barenl taking the north half and Resolveri the south half. The 
sons of Barenl and Resolveri Naugle and their sons-in-law, Nicholas 
Demarest, Arie Auryansen, Tennis Van Honten, RolofE Van Houten, 
John W. Ferdon, and Roloff Stevens, together with William Ferdon, 
Daniel de Clark, John Parcells, and Peter Quidore, settled this tract. 
The sect ion No. L2, the next trad north of the Naugle tract, contain- 
in;: 3,410 acres, extended northerly into the Colony of New York, and 
was granted l>v < rovernor I )ongan, of New York, in L687, to 1 >r. ( reorge 
Lockhart, a London physician. The title passed from 1 >r. Lockharl 
to his half-brother, Colonel William Merritt, whose heirs sold it to 
John Corbett, an English sea captain, in L703, who. at his death, 
devised it to his only child, .Mary, wife of I Eenry Ludlow, of New York. 
The Ludlows sold it to the following persons, who settled it : Wilhel- 




ruus and John W. Ferdon, Hendrick Geisener (Gisner), bis sons John 
and Nicholas i risner, Matthias Concklin, Jacob Concklin, John 1 icy ken 
(Riker), Abram Abrams Baring, Teunis Van Houten, Johannes 
Hyberts Blawvelt, John J. Naugle, John Sneden, Cornelius Smith, 
Jonathan Lawrence, Nicholas Aekerman, William Campbell, and 

Jacob \';m Weart, who settled thai pari lying 
*%&3&s within the presenl County of Bergen. 

>$&■-; . '..w^& The " Tappan patent," section L3, consisting of 

■gf*i"-Z ..„ several thousand acres lying wesl of the Lock- 

^^^ ■*.-.', harl patent, was purchased from the rndians 

in L681 , and in Lf»8*i patented by 
Governor Dongan, of New York, 

to Daniel de Clark, Peter Jansen Haring, 

#'™*mN Coshm Haring, Carrel Steinmets, John 

®gr%$Mgg^ uel*John Straatmaker, Staats de Groot, 
,*V Lamberl Arianse (Smith), Arianse Lam- 
berts (Smith), Cornelius La mbeife (Smith), 
Hyberts Gerrits (Blawvelt), Johannes 
Con its (Blawvelt), and [de Cornelius Van. 
Vorst, the Indian purchasers. In 1704 it was surveyed and mapped 
and a pari of it partitioned between the last named persons and their 
heirs and assigns. A final division was made of the balance in 17:i0. 
The persons named in the two divisions, in addition to the above 
sixteen original purchasers, were .Manuel Claesen, Lewis Claeson, 
Elizabeth Claeson (children of Claes Manuel, deceased), Barbara de 
Croot (widow of Staats de Groot, deceased), Garret Hyberts Blawvelt, 
Maritie Hvberts Blawvelt, and Dirke Hyberts Blawvelt (children of 

W yen 


J"J^Ay ~Yjc\!Y &■ 


Huyberts Gerretse Blawvelt, deceased), Abram Johns Baring, Jacob 
Mattyce Flearboom, Cornelius Jansen Baring, Antje Meyer, John 
Barmensen T-a+httm*-- Henry Van Campen, [saac Gerrets Blawvelt, 
•hw -otitis John ilc Vries i V;m-4ixx baji). Abram Jansen Baring, Ryniere 
Ryserick, Laurence I ;«•<-< 1 . Daniel Blawvelt, Joseph Blawvelt, Jacob 
Blawvelt, Tunis. Roeloff, and Nicholas Van Bouten, John Van Dol- 
sen, John ; i ii*I Cornelius Eckerson, Jurie (Aaron) Tomassen, Gysberl 
Bogert, William de Graw, John Ward, Jacob Cole, Jacobus de (Mark, 
Jr.. Jeremiah Borroughs, Abram ami France Van Salee, Jacob King, 
Conrad Bertie, and Mynderi Myndertsen Bogencamp. Of these, all 
except the Claesens, Reed, Ward. Borroughs, and King became set- 
i lers "ii portions of ii. 

Early in jr>(; ( .) Oratani, the great chief of tin' [ndian tribes of the 
Backensack Valley, in consideration of her ser\ ices as interpreter be- 
tween his people and the whites, presented to Mrs. Sarah Kierstead, 
of New York, a deed of the southerly pari of section 14. containing 
2,260 acres, described as "A neck ol land between Backensack River 
and Overpeck Creek, beginning at the north line thereof of Backen- 
sack River ai a swale brook thai runs about twenty rods into the 
w Is. thence to cross over upon a direct east ami west line to Over- 
peck ("reek." The tract extended north as far as Nordhoff on the 
Overpeck, and to a point above Bogota on The Backensack. Mrs. 
Kierstead was the eldesl daughter of the celebrated Anneke Jans and 
the wife of Dr. Hans Kierstead. at thai 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 Elbertson (Stoothoff), 
of Platlands, L. I., one of tin- purchasers of section 29. Upon his 
death she married for her third husband Cornelius Van Borsum, 
whom she also survived. She died in L693. On June 24, L669, Gov- 
ernor Carterel issned a patenl to .Mrs. Kierstead containing a condi- 
tion that tin grantee should settle it within three years. 

On January 6, Ki7<> ( Tantaqua, Carquetiem, Wechlampaepeau, 
Bamougham, Banagious, Anesaschere, ami Poughquickquaise, 
sachems representing the Backensack tribes, with the consent of Gov- 
ernor Philip Carteret, deeded to Laurense Andriesen Van Buskirk 
and company " a parcel of land commonly called by the name of New 
Backensack, hounded on Old Backensack, and from thence to a 
small kill adjoining to the greal [ndian field, called 'the Indian 
Castle' northward forward." <Md Backensack was the name given 
to the Demaresl 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 granl covers, or was 
intended to cover, sections 14. L5, and L6, and indicates thai Mrs. 



Kierstead either lost her title by failing to comply with the condition 
in her dcnl or conveyed her interest in section 1 1 to Laurence Andrie- 
sen and company. 

During the year L669 Governor Carteret patented sections L5, L6, 
17, is. and 1!». each containing 2,000 acres, as follows: section L5, to 
Roberl Van Quillian; section L6, to James Bollen; section 17. to Mat- 
thias Nichols; section is, to William Pardon; and section in, to Major 
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<; 
were afterward, in L676, granted by the Indians to Laurence Andrie- 
sen (Van Buskirk) and company, the "company" consisting of John 
Corneliesen (Bogert), Martin Powlesen (Powles), Hendrick Joursen 
(Brinkerhoff), Roloff Lubbertsen Westerfield (Westervelt), and John 
Loots, or Lodts. The 
patents 1 1 wo or more) 
of Governor Carteret 
for t be last nieiit toned 
sect imis designal ed 
them as " parts of New 
1 1 a c ke nsa c k." 'I 1 h e 
1 a n d s described ox- 
tended south from the 
1 lemarest patents at a 
point between High- 
w 1 and Tenafly am! 

Were bounded west by 

llackensack River and east by Overpeck Creek. Lady Elizabeth 
Carteret confirmed the patents on April 10, 1682. A Large par! 
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, 1(586, to 
Eolof Vandelinda, Albert Zabriskie, Dirk Epke (Banta), Lawrence 
Lawrencen (Van Buskirk), Cornelius Christianse, and Gerret Gellis 
Mandeville, who subsequently made a division between them. The 
subsequenl owners ami settlers in section 14 seem to have been John 
Zabriskie, Joost Zabriskie, Jacobus Hendricks Brinkerhoff, 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 




19, 1 7<»:i, of ;i trad which is declared to be ;i pari of the Sarah Kier- 
stead patent. 

After ili«' forfeiture of the titles to sections IT, L8, ;m<l M>. James 
Bollen claimed them under an alleged patenl procured by him in 1072. 
Berry also claimed sectiou L8, and the subsequenl 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, H*>77. (by 
estimation,) aboul 5,000 acres, including sections L7, 18, 19, and 20, and 
lands north of them, bu1 received patents for only sections L8 ;in<! 
1 '.». I ' | ii in bis death, in L693, his lands were divided between his sons 
John, Samuel, and David, Jr., his nephew, John Durie, and liis numer- 
ous grandchildren. Mis granddaughters married, respectively, 
Jacobus Slotl (Slote), Peter Slotl (Slote), Abram Canon, Thomas 
Heyer, John Stewart, Abram Brower, James Christie, Peter Lub- 
bertsen (Westervelt), Andries Jans Van Orden, Wierl bJpke i Banta), 
Andries Lawrencen (Van Buskirk), Rynier Van Houten, Stephen 
Albertsen Terhune, Cornelius Epke Banta, Samuel Helms, Cornelius 
Van Horn, Jr., Peter Durie, Christian Debaun, Johannes Juriansen 
Westervelt, Jacobus Peack, and Benjamin Van Buskirk. AH these, 
except Canon, Heyer, and Stewart, settled on portions of the original 
grant. Demarest's hind was sometimes known as " Schraalenburgh ' 
and sometimes as " Old Hackensack." Section Xo. 20 was sd i led by 
Samuel Demaresl (son of David Demarest. Sr.), Jacobus Peack, 
Adolph Brower, Care! 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 Mas! New Jersey proprietors. The intermediate owner- svere 
Jurie .Maris i Morris) and Ruloff and 1 [endrick Vandelinda, who, how- 
ever, did nut locate on any i»t' the section, which was known as the 
•• Ninth West Hook." 

The tirs! attempt to settle lands wesl of the Saddle River was made 
iii L681, win n a patent was issued by Governor Cart erel and his coun- 
cil to Jacob Cortelyou, Hendrick Smock, Rutgerl I > sten, and others, 
for 3,525 acres of section 29, adjoining the Saddle River on the east 
and smith, partly on the Passaic River and partly on a brook, on the 
west. This patenl was declared forfeited for non-settlement. The 
second attempl was made seven years later (.March l!.~>, L687), 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 
i urns, reduced to a straighl line, four miles and t hirty-six chains to a 
white oak tree marked on four sides al the Mound 15 rook, thence from 


the Bound Brook north easl by a great Rod? of Stone, eighty four 
chains, thence north easl along the line of the Indian purchase, one 
hundred and eight chains, thence along Saddle River southwesterly 
to the place where if 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 Blizabethtown, X. J.; 
Captain Elbert Elbertsen (Stoothoff), of Flatlands, L. L; Jaques 
(Jaiiiesi Cortelyou, of New Utrecht, L. T.: Richard Stillwell, of Staten 
Island. N. V.; William Nicholls, of the City of New York; Catharine 
Hoagland, of Flatlands, L. T.; Peter Jacobus Marius (Morris), of the 
City of New York; and Roloff Joosten (Van Brunt) and Hendrick 
Matthiesen, of New Utrecht, L. T. 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 Honten, Garret Jurianse (Van Reipen), Garrel Garretson (Van 
Wagoner), Garret Garretson (Van Wagoner), Jr., John Garretson 
(Van Wagoner), Voter Garretson (Van Wagoner), Dirck Barentsen, 
Thomas Fredericksen, Warner Burger, Abram Van Varrick, Laurence 
Toers. Peter Jaeobson 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 Township 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 LTendricksen. The same year Lady Carteret patented to Cor- 
nelius Mattys 420 acres adjoining Laroux on the north and 424 acres 
to Albert Zabriskie, adjoining Mattys on the north Zabriskie seems 
to have acquired the title to the Mattys and Laroux purchases, and 
all the land west of himself. Laronx, and Mattys, as far as Sprout 

North of Zabriskie. in section 22. lav lands patented to Olaes 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 Romeyn, and to David Ackerman, John 
Zabriskie, Peter La roe, and Henry Van Giesen, husbands of his daugh- 
ters Gerrebrecht, Elizabeth, Lydia, and Sarah, respectively. Jurian 
YVestorvelt, Isaac Van Ciesen, Paulus Vanderbeck, and John Berdan 
each purchased farms from Romeyn, in this section, all bounding 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 Dnrie, and Peter Pranconier. The latter 



sold liis portion t<> John Demarest, who ;i few years later conveyed it 
to Cornelius CI aes < !ooper. The Demarests, Duries, < 'oopers, and Van 
Wagoners were the principal settlers in this section. The Indian 
sachems who signed the grants in this vicinity were Mamche, Sacka- 
maker, ( toorang, Rawatones, and Towackhack. 

Section 21, known as die Paramus patent, containing 11,067 acres, 
was boughl by Alberl Zabriskie in L662. Zabriskie's title to this 
trad was no1 confirmed by grants from the proprietors during his life- 
time, Inn Ins son Jacob procured a release Iron 1 Peter Sonmans, agenl 
id' ili" proprietors, .May 13, L731. In 1 675 the sachems of the tribes of 
Northern New Jersey became ind< bted to Allien Zabriskie for a con- 
siderable sum, to secure the payment of which t hey verbally promised 
to convev to Zabriskie a large trad in Rockland Countv known as 
" Xarransha we." The promise to convey was not, however, followed 

by the execution of a 
deed from t he Indians, 
and in due course of 
time a new sot of 
sachems sold and con- 
veyed the " Xarran- 
sha we '" tract to other 
persons. T h e s e sa- 
chems were probably 
ignoranl of the prom- 
ises which their pred- 
ecessors had made to 
Zabriskie. The latter 
d e in a n d e d a fulfill- 
ment of the Indian 
promise and a (}<'('•] 
from tin- sachems of 
lands in Bergen < boun- 
ty X. J., equal in area and value to the • Xarransha we *' tract On 
•Iiiii« 1. 177l'. Orachanap, Metachenak, Coorang, and Memerisconqua 
then sachems of the tribes of Northern New Jersey, executed to Zabris- 
kie a (]ci'<\ r.ii- 2,100 acres of land in Bergen County, described as 
•• bounded West by t ho Saddle River, North and Eas1 hy ("hies Jansen 
konievn. and South by Alberl Zabriskie." This large tract, con- 
stituting parts of 21 and 23, was known as the New Paramus patent, 
bu1 is frequently referred to as " Wieremus," and sometimes as 
• Paramus Highlands." Zabriskie procured mains from the proprie- 
tors of this last tract, which, added t>> his previous grant, made him 
one of the largesl landholders among the original settlers. One-half 
of the tract last mentioned Zabriskie conveyed March 20, L708, to 



Thomas Van Buskirk, of New Hackensack, who settled <>m it, and 
whose descendants still occupy portions of it. John George Achen- 
bach, :i German emigrant, together wit f i persons named Baldwin, 
Arkerman, and Conklin, settled on parts of it. Zabriekie's children 
;iml grandchildren settled in this section us well ;is in section ~2'.\. 
His sons were Jacob, John, Joost, Christian, and Henry. 

Section 23, besides Zabriskie's 2,100-acre grant, included several 
l>;iients granted ;it various times t<» ('hie-; Jansen Romeyn and Jacob 
Zabriskie, son of Albert, who cut it n|> into farms and parceled it 
out to their children. Romeyn's children have already been named. 
Jacob Zabriskie's sons were Albert, Peter, Stephen, and Jacob, and 
his sons-in-law were Anthony Lozier, Peter Lozier, John Ackerman, 
and Sylvester Earle. These with families named Duersen, Stagg, 
Eopper, Bogert, Terhune, Meyer, Van Gelder, Trapgagen, Verway, 
Tibout, Conklin, Volker, Banta, Vanderbeck, Van Blarcom, and 
Laroe settled in these several Paramus tracts. 

Section 25, known as the "Old Hook Tract," consisting of L,300 
acres, was purchased from the Indians, April 24, 1702, by Jaques 
(James) La Roux and John Alyea. This tract was part of the share 
of Peter Sonmans, one of the proprietors of East New Jersey. On 
December 1, 1 727, Nicholas Le Sieur (Lozier) purchased a one-third 
interest in it. The three owners then made a division of the trad 
between them, and on June 23, of the same year, Sonmans was in- 
duced to confirm the Indian granl by a den] in which the grantees 
named are Jaques (James) La Roux, Peter Alyea (son of John 
Alyea), Nicholas Lozier, Hendrick La Roux, and Samuel I. a Roux 
( sons of Jaques (James) Laroux). The trad was settled by the last 
named persons and their numerous sons and sons-in-law. Peter Van 
Buskirk, Andrew Hopper, Peter Debaun, -Jacob Debaun, Richard 
Cooper, Daniel Duryea, and Jacob Cough purchased parts of it. 
Families named Bogert, Blawvelt, Vandelinda, Ackerman, Rutan, 
Demarest, Perry, and Quackenbush also became settlers on parts of 
the tract. 

The southwest pari of section 28 was called " Wierimus " and fell 
within a patent granted to Samuel Bayard, in 1 703. The title passed 
from Bayard's heirs, by purchase, to Roloff Vandelinda, who died in 
New York in 1 70S. By his will he devised these lands to liis son, 
Hendrick Vandelinda. The area of land devised to Hendrick is not 
given, but it was large, and by several deeds from Peter Sonmans, as 
agenl of the proprietors, lie afterward acquired several other tracts 
in the vicinity. His binds 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 Vandelinda, Rev. Benjamin Vandelinda (pastor of Paramus 


Church), Frederick Wortendyke (the first settler a1 Pascack), Cor- 
nelius Baring, John and Albert Van Orden, Jacob Zabriskie, John 
Bogert, Rev. Bernard Van Duersen, Jacob Arents, John Durye, 
Daniel Baring, Care! Debaun, Abraham Post, David Bopper, Abram 
La Roux, Abraham Van Borne, ami Rev. Samuel Verbryck (pastor 
of Tappan Church). The two "dominies" conveyed parts of their 
purchases to Garrel am! David Eckerson, John Forshee ( Fiseur), Gar- 
re1 Baring, William Holdrum, Frederick Van Reiper,and .Michael and 
John Ryer. Wes1 and north of the above Cornelius Mattys, William 
Sandford Van Emburgh, John Guest, Peter and Andrew Van Buskirk, 
Cornelius Epke Banta, -lames Johnston, and John Stagg secured pat- 
ents from the proprietors. The locality of Arent's, Mattys's, and Van 
Emburgh's purchases was called " Awashawaughs's " plantation. 

Nearly all of the above purchases and settlements were made be- 
tween L728 and 1732. 

The lands comprising section iM, between iho Backensack River 
and the Pascack River, were within thai pari of the Bonan and Baw- 
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 L,800 acres of this lie sold to Dirk Cadmus, Garrex 
Bybertsen Blawvelt, Jacob Flierboom, John Blawvelt, Abram Blaw- 
velt, John Berry, Care! Debaun, Thomas Clark. Jonathan Rose, and 
Colonel Cooper. Owing to the long dispute between the Colonies of 
Xew York and New Jersey over the location of the boundary line be- 
tween them but very few of the conveyances of lands in sections 2<'>. 
27, and 28 were ever recorded, and it is therefore nexl 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 Demarest, Post. Merseles, Meyers, 
Storms, Mabie, Baring, Bogert, Banta, Holdrum, Cooper, Eckerson, 
Van llouten, Peack, Van Reiper, Westervelt, Bopper, Campbell, 
Zabriskie, Van Emburgh, and Peterson were among the earliesl set- 
tlers of section 24. 

Section 30 appears to have first been settled by the Ackermans. 
Garrel Ackerman bought of the proprietors 17s acres butting on the 
Saddle River as early as 1712. David Ackerman and Andries Bopper 
purchased large tracts adjoining Garrel on the south, while on the 
north of them were the purchases of Peter Van Buskirk and John 
Verway, in 1724, and William Sandford Nan Emburgh and John 
Guest, in 1720. 

On December 10, 1700, Peter Sonmans, styling himself "Sole 
Agent, Superintendent, General Attorney, and Recorder General " of 
the rest of the proprietors, conveyed to s^v+u* persons, to wit : John 
Anboinean (3-24), Elias Boudinol (3-24)J Peter Franconier (7-24), Lu- 


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.as Kierstead i 2-24), John Barberie I 3-24), Thomas Bayaux (2-24) 2 An- 
drew Fresneau (2-24), and Peter Board (2-24), a tract bel ween the Sad- 
dle and Ramapo Rii ers, aft< rward known as the Ramapo patent. An 
boineau, Boudinot, Barberie, Franconier, and Bayaux were French- 
men. Kierstead was a Dutchman and Board was an Englishman. This 
trad contained 12,500 acres and was eighl and nine-tenths miles in 
length from the head of Saddle Riv< r southerly i«> iln- junction of the 
Hohokus Brook with the Saddle River, from which poinl iis boundary 
ran N. <>7 W. 150 chains i<> .i l^ i - < - ; 1 1 rock or stone called Paniackapuka 
i in, w den Rock), thence X. G3 VV. sever and twenty-nine-fortieths 
miles i«i 1 1 it- Ramapo River, thence X. 1 •"> W. 77 chains i " i he top of the 
Ramapo mountains, thence along the top <>l the said mountains aboul 
uine and a half miles, and thence southeasterly to the beginning. This 
included all of iln- present Township of Ridgewood, nearly all of 
Franklin and Hohokus Townships, and pari of Orvil. William 
Bond surveyed and mapped ii in L709. The map is filed in iln- clerk's 
office at I [ackensack. 

On February I. 17H'. Franconier convejed his interest to Theodore 
V'alleau and David Stout, who, on Augusl Hi. 17.~»l\ conveyed to Mada- 
lene V r alleau, daughter <.i t> illiam Franconier. In i lie same year the 
proprietors discovered, or affected to discover, thai Sonmans's con- 
veyance of December L0, L709, to Auboineau and company was in- 
valid, and forthwith took steps n» regain the title. On March 29, 
17.".::. John and William Burnetl and Cortlandl Skinner, pursuant to 
a warranl of tin- proprietors, induced Madalene Valh-an t<> execute 
a release t<» the proprietors of all her interest in the original 42,000 
acres, upon receipt ol a, deed from the proprietors i<> her of 900 acres 
ai Campgaw. This 900 acres, located in section 30, .Mrs. Vallean 
afterward sold in parcels i<» Dirk and John Tiesbots (Tiebout), dohn 
Pullisfelt (Pullis), John Billfield, [saac Bogert, William Winter, 
Barent Van [lorn, and llarman Xax, who settled on it. Between 
LG99 and L753 several grants had been made of portions of this 12,000 
acres some by the proprietors or their representatives, and some by 
the grantees ot Sonmans, under the deed of December L0, 17<m. 
Thomas Hart, of Enfield, Middlesex County, England, procured a pat- 
'■iii for several thousand acres in the locality called Preakness, then 
in Bergen County, but now in Passaic County. By his will in L704 
he devised an undivided part of this tract to his sister, Patience Ash- 
field, and the other part to one Mercy Benthall. 

Patience Ashfield's will, made in L708, made Joseph Heale executor 

with power to sell. Thereupon Heale with Mercy Benthall and 

Richard Ashfield, heir of Patience Ashfield, sold their patented lands 

in parcels, the earliesl purchasers being Anthony Beem, Conrad Lyn, 

M 'i.i in Lyn, Derrick Day, Peter Post, Cornelius and John Blinkerhoff. 


Jacob Arents, Philip Schuyler, George Ryerson, Rip Van Dam, John 
de Reimer, John Berdan, ninl Cornelius Jans Doremus, who, with I he 
exception of Van Dam, were the principal settlers in thai locality. 
The lands were in seel ion 31. 

Andrew Johnston, Edward Vaughn, William Skinner, and George 
Leslie, all Scotchmen, received ;i patent for about 1,0(10 acres in the 
same locality, which was sold, among others, to John Berdan, John 
Boaert, Gysberl Nan Blarcom, and Abram Garretsen i Van Wagoner). 

In KiO!' George Willocks and Andrew Johnston procured a patent 
for several thousand acres, consisting of tracts in various localities, 
west of Saddle River 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 Romaine, Jacob Kip]), Tennis Bennion, David Bennion, Edo 
Merseles, Martin Ryerson, John Bogert, Jacob Outwater, Nicholas 
Slingerland, John Le Toere, John Berdan, Samuel Van Saun, Ruloff 
Romaine, George Vreeland, Stephen Camp, and Zekiel Harris. 

What was, and is still, known as the Totowa section was purchased 
by Anthony Brockholsl and company. On Brockholst's death it 
passed to his son Henry, who sold it, among others, to David Marinas, 
Gerrebrechi Van Bouten, Balmagh Van Bouten, Bastian Van 
Giesen, Abram Godwin, and .Martin Ryerson, in L768. These lands 
were in section 31. 

George T. Ryerson procured a patent lor a considerable tract in 
1748, adjoining north and east on the Preakness patent, which he sold 
to persons having similar names to Trie Westervelt, John Stagg, John 
Romaine (Romeyn), 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 River, in section 30. Garret Van Dien, 
Peter Johns Van Blarcom, and Dr. John Van Emburgh had procured 
from them the land between the Saddle River atid Bohokus Brook, 
for some distance northward, and Major Isaac Kingsland, Peter 
Johns Van Blarcom, Bendrick Bopper, and Garrel Van Dyke owned 
extensive tracts west of Bohokus Brook. John and William Van 
Voorhys, John Rutan, and John Berdan had procured grants and were 
located at what is now Wyckoff, where later families named Van 
Horn, Balstead, Ackerman, Winter, Van Blarcom, Stur, Folly, and 
others located. 

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


ing from some, and compromising with others. Many of the settlers 
would make no settlement, the courts were appealed to, and ;i bitter 
controversy ensued, which was do1 entirely settled until L790. In 
1 707 the whole 12,000 acre trad was surveyed and mapped by < reorge 
Ryerson, Jonathan Bampton, and Benjamin Morgan. The original 
map, a piece of sheepskin four feel square, is in the surveyor general's 
'•Hire ;ii Perth Amboy, N. J. li is badly worn, and much of the writ- 
ins is obliterated therefrom by time and use. After t li«* man was 
filed the lots were, from time to time, leased or sold to actual settlers. 

In L789 John Stevens, James Parker, and Waller Rutherford ob- 
tained a grant of 5,000 acres <>f 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 en the Ramapo patent or on lands south of it : Albert. H. Za- 
briskie, John Fell, Albert A. Terhune, Baron Steuben, Cornelius Bar- 
ing, Jacob de Baun, Abraham Van Voorhis, John D. Ackerman, John 
Doremus, Nicholas Bopper, David Bertholf, Benry Van Allen (the 
latter at The Ponds), Abraham Larue.. loin- Christie, Benjamin Wester- 
velt. dames Traphagen, Andrew Bopper, John Stevens, Andrew Van 
Orden (the last two at New Foundland), .Matthias Stuart, Garret 
Bopper, John Moore, dames Crouter, John Ramsey, Jacobus Van 
Buskirk, John Zabriskie, < Jonrad Wannamaker, Derrick Wannamaker, 
Benry Smith (the last named at New Foundland), Peter Baring, 
Abram Stevens, Rolof Westervelt, Ryer Ryerson (The Ponds), Gerret 
Garretson, Teunis Van Zyle, Andrew Van Allen. Edward Jeffers, 
< '"rnelius de i rraw, Richard de Graw, John Neafle, Derrick Tise, Esaac 
Conklin, David Simons, Daniel Rutan, Christiaen, Benry, and Peter 
Wannamaker, Douglas Caines, Adolph Sivert, Solomon Peterson. 
Conrad Massinger, William Jenkins, John Meyer, John Winter. John 
Straat, Joseph Wood, and Peter St hit. and also families named Fitch, 
Chappel, Oldis. Courter, Camp, Fountain, Folly, Fox, Osborn, Parker, 
Bamper, Dater, Frederick, Youmans, Mowerson, Packer, Quacken- 
biish. Bush, Vanderhoff, Van Dine, Van Bouten, Terhune, Bogert, 
John Arie Ackerman, and John Labagh. 

On November 11. L695, the proprietors granted to Anthony Brock- 
liolst, Areiii Schuyler, and Colonel Nicholas Bayard section 32, 4,000 
acres of land, on the east side of Pequannock and Passaic Pi vers, one 
and a half miles wide, and running northerly from aear Little Falls, 
up the Passaic River, along the Pompton River lour ami a half miles. 
This was then in Bergen County, now in Passaic Both Schuyler and 
Brockholst located on the tract <m the easl bank of the Pompton 
Rivera little south of Pompton Lake. The purchase was made for 
mining purposes, but the grantees conveyed the greatest part of it 
December 17. L701, to George Ryerson, John .Meet. Samuel Berry, 



David Mandeville, and Bendrick Mandeville. They settled on por- 
tions of it and sold oilier portions to Elias Smith, Michael Vander- 
beck, Thomas Juriansen (Van Reiper), Peter Van Zyle, Gerebreeht 
Gerrebrants, John Westervelt, Michael Hearty (Hartie), Casparus 
Schnyler, Dirk Van Reiper, Steven Bogert, Cornelius Van Horn, (Jar- 
ret Bertholf, Michael Demott, and Rolof Jacobs. 

In 17(U Oliver Delancy, Henry Cuyper, Jr., and Walter Rutherford, 
representing the proprietors, sold to Peter Hasenclaver what are 
known as the Ringwood and Long Pond tracts, in the northwest pari 
of Bergen County, containing about 12, (too 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 
( >gden, Sr., David < >gden, Jr., CJzal < >gden, Samuel < i overman-, Thomas 
Ward, John Morris, David Stevens, and Andrew Bell. 

1 1 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 1 fiver. The reader will 
note that nearly all the surnames given of sei tiers west of the Saddle 
River are the same as of i hose sot t ling east of that river, thus indicat- 
ing that the Ramapo patent ami the lands south of it were settled 
principally by the descendants of t hose who set t led I he 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. 


For the information of the reader and i hose who may become inter- 
ested in genealogical research a lisi of the earliest and most promi- 
nent landowners and sett has of Bergen and Hudson Counties is hereto 








David Ackerman 





Johannes Tomassen 

( )ostenvelt 




Maryn Adrianse 





Cornelius Ariesen 

N. Brabant 


ALLEN (1) 


Pieter Van Hallen 



ALLEN (2) 


Lorens Y;iu Hallen 





John Alvea 





.John Anderson 





Allerd Anthony 





Johannes Arents 





Jan Auryanse 

New York 

United States 



Lamhert Arianse 





Claes Jansen Backer 





Richard Backer 


West Indies 



Jacohus Backer 




iiihsi i\ 




KAMI ANH 1>I -il M 

in 1 riauM AN ANCESTOR. 




kc Jacobs 

1 [arlengen 




Dirk Barents 





Johannes Bastiansen 





Balthazar Bayard 

1 >aupheney 




Nicholas Bayard 




Sw edish 

[saac Bedlow 


• s \\ cden 



Herman Beder 




( rerman 

Alithull\ I'.ccin 



BELL .1) 

< rerman 

Hermann l>ell 

I >armstadi 




William Bell 

New York 

1 nited States 


Sw edish 

Dirck Bensingh 

( rronengen 




Jan Baerdan 





John Berry 


W est Indies 



Guillian Bertholf 





John Bilfield 





Philip Blackleach 





Benjamin Blagg 





Richard Blanch 





( .ci-id I [endericksen 

1 >c\ enter 




( iciTct I >ircks Blauw 





Herman Jansen Blauw 

' i vi mengen 




1 lornelius Board 

/on don 




< lornelius Jansen 

Schueiidew oerl 




John Louwe 





Tunis ( i-ysbertsen 





Jan Evertsen limit 





Dirk Claesen Braecke 





Walter Brig 


Rhode Island 



[oris Dircksen 





Anthony Brockholsf 



BR< >SS 


Hendrick Brass 


New York 



Peter Clementsen 

I [oorn 




Adam Brower 





Jacob Eldertsan Brower 

1 [olstein 




Thomas Brown 





Burger Joris 

1 1 srsburg 




Hendrick Bosb 





Jan Cornelisen Buys 



CADM1 - 


i >irck Fredricksen 





Alexander ( 'ampbell 

North Britain 



- <ch 

James Campbell 





William Campbell 

Isle of Man 




William ( iampbell 

1 1( land 



1 - ( !arstiaens 





John Chambers 

New York 

1 uited States 



Jan Elbertsen ( larsboon 

< relderland 




Christ iaen Pietersen 


1 leiiinark 



Barenl Christianse 

1 [olstein 

I Denmark 



James ( 'hri-t \ u 





• I on ( Ihristianse 





Gei brand < !laesen 

1 [oorn 




IL. Clark 

Caven Co. 


< i. i:\dt.\ny 

- itch 

^ alter ( llendenny 


( OLE 


Barenl Jacobsen Kool 





Jacobus < lollerd 





I tendrick Jan- ( lommegar 





( Ilaes Jansen 






OF -1 MM R. 



o; 1.1 Itoi'KAN ANCESTOR. 



Tennis Fredericks 

( Hdenburg 




Mattys Conkelin 


New York 



John Conklj ne 





Jacob Wolfortsen 

An sterdam 




John ( lorbetf 




Sw edish 

Cornelius Mattys 





W illi.iin Cornelise 





Claes Petersen C<>r> 





Jacques < iortelj ou 

It reidit 



( rerman 

Michael Cox 


( rermany 



John C. Cummings 

Sent land 



James & Jacob Danielsen 





John Davidsen 


1 Eolland 



Thomas Davison 

1 -olldoll 




William Davison 



DAY (1) 


Tunis \h\ 



DAY 2) 


William Day 

New York 

United States 

De baun 


Joosl de Baen 





llendrick De Boog 


I loll and 



Daniel de Clerq 



De i;i;.\\v 


Alberl Leendertsen 



Di GROOT (1 ) 


Dirk Jansen de < i n>i>t 



De GROOT (2 i 


Staats Jansen de < rroof 



l»i GROOT | :'■ i 


Win. Petersen de < 1-rool 





Balthazar de I [aerl 

I t ri.fil 


De KA1 


Theunes <le Kay 





Hugh Barents de Klyn 




1 Danish 

Thomas Fred. <le Kuyper 

( Udenburg 




Claude de la Maister 


1'" ranee 



.lean de la Montagne 





Da\ ill des Marets 





X icholas (!«• Meyr 

1 [amburg 



( i< in, an 

Frederick Temonl 


( rermany 

Di. MO'IT 


Mattys de Mott 


New York 



Petrus de Beimer 





Jacob ih- Bonde 

( lortl'd .Manor 

New York 

De VOE(l) 


Frederick de Voe 



De Vol. j 


Nicholse de Voe 



De VRIES (1) 


.Ian Jacobs de Vries 


1 lolland 

De VRIES (2) 


.Ian ( Sarretsen de Vries 



Di VRIES (3 i 


.Ian Petersen de Vries 





Dirk ( llaesen de Witt 





Hans I >iedricks 





Johannes Doremus 





W illiani 1 >ouglas 





Douwe Jans 





Volkert Jansen 





George Duncan 





Jan Durje 





Edward Earle, Jr. 


United States 



Jan Tomassen 





Samuel Edsall 





Harman Edwards 

New York City 

New York 



Elbert Elbertsen 





Nathaniel Ely 





John Everts Bout 





S\ moil Fell 






-i i:\ \mi 

"i si 1 1 i i i:. 

i i\i \(.i 

NAM! \ \l> DRSCRN1 

"i i i ropj \\ w< i - tor. 


• i' I man 

William Velta 


' rermany 

i i i;iM»\ 

1 i . ni'll 

Thomas \ erdon 

A msterdam 



1' lemish 

Barl holme w Feursl 



FLIERB( ><»\| 


Mattys Flierboom 

A 1 1 »:i n \ 

New York 

FRAN( 1 


Frans Jacobsen 





Dirk Fredericksen 





Phillip French 





< 'hard Fontej u 

Brooklj it 

Long Island 



< rerebrand ( llaesen 

1 [■m.iii 




1 \( net ( rerretsen 

W ageningen 




1 i ' rerretsen 

W ageningen 




W outer • rarrel sen 

W orkum 




Gysberl Lubberts 




< rerman 

1 [endrick < reisener 

W estchester 

New York 



Samuel < > i me 

Stepney > 
London , 


(, II -1 


John < i lies! 

l'cnii>\ Ivania 

I nited States 



Peter Roloefsen 

I trechl 



S\\ iss 

Hans Jacobsen 1 larding 


Sw itzerland 



Jan Pietersen 





Ezekiel Harris 

New England 

I nited States 



Thomas 1 lart 





Richard Hawkins 

1 don 

1 Ingland 



1 [endrick Teimis I lellinck 


II. .Hand 



Nath'l Pietersen Henyon 

New York 

United States 


Sw iss 

I [ans Jacob Hertie 





Peter I [essels 

New Utrechi 

Long Island 



William Holdrum 





1 >iik Jansen 





tielius Adriance 





Andries Hoppe 





1  iicii ( Jornelius Huysman 





< !apt. John Hu\ ler 

New Fork 

United states 



Peter Jacobs 





Roloff Jacobus 




Norw egian 

Peter and Roloff Jansen 





Matt ice Jansen 





Baranl Jansen 





Peter Jay 





John Hans Jerolemon 


New York 



Rutgert Joosten 


1 1.. Hand 



Andries Juriance 

Bergen op 



< rermau 

Kid Wblters 


* lermam 


1 English 

Nath'l & Isaac Kingsland 


Wesl Indies 



1 [endrick de K \ pi 





i laes Jansen 





( 'laude de Lamaister 

Riechbom g 



1 i • neb 

Jaques Laroe 




William Laurence 

St. Albans 




Arenl Laurens 

^ sselstein 



1 Danish 

Serven Lorens 

1 [olstein 

1 Denmark 

LAUREN* 1. 1 

1 >; 1 1 > i — 1 1 

Laurens Andriesen 


I •einiiark 



Paulus Leenderta 





_• Lockharl 





John 1 t> 

Norw ich 



1 1 1 iich 

Francois Luseur 

( iiliucnil 




>1 K\ \MK 







Jacoh Luby 





Gabriel Ludlow 





Ryck & Gerrit Lydecker 




( rerman 

( lonrad and Abram Lyn 

1 tarinstadt 




Casparus Meebje 





Charles Maclean 





Gillis Jansen de Mande- 


( larderen 




Cornelius Jansen Marinus 





James Mart in 

New York 

United States 



Peter Merselles 





Cornelius Mattice 



MEET (1) 


Adam Meet 



MEET (2) 


Pieter Jans Meet 





Michael Mellinoi 





William Meiritt 



MEYER (1) 

( rerman 

Adolph Meyer 


( iermanv 

MEYER •_' 


Nicholas Me\ er 


( rermany 

Ml A l.i; :; 


1 [armanus Meyer 


( rermany 



Jacob Milburn 



MOORE (1) 


Francis Moore 





Samuel Moore 


West Indies 



Carl Morgan 


( iermanv 



Robert Morris 





Richard Morris 





Anthony Morris 



MORRIS | 1 i 


Jurj Maris 

N w (ii.i: 


l'.aint Naugle 

( i ronengen 




( rerbrand ( ilaesen 





Mark Noble 

New England 

I 'nited States 



Adrian Yanderdunk 



()l rWATER 


Frans Jacobs < >utwater 

( hidewater 




Thomas Parcells 

I luntington 




Michael Pauw 

A msterdam 




Johannes Peack 

A msterdam 




.Ian Perie 





Gerrel Petersen 





Peter Rolofsen 





Frederick Phillipse 





William Pinhorne 





Abram [saacsen Planck 



POST ( 1 ) 


Jan Jansen Posl mail 



POST (2) 


(apt. Adrian Post 





Pow les Pietersen 

M erven 




Pow les Pietersen 





Michael Pom les 




Casparus Cornelissen 





David Provost 


United States 


( rerman 

John Pulisfelt 


< rermany 



Petrus Quackenbos 

( >ostergeest 




Petrus Quidore 





Samuel Ramsay 




Rynier Reyserick 





Alnam Reyken 





Claes Jansen Romeyn 





Jacob Jacobsen Roy 





Daniel Rutau 


New York 




m| 81 III. Kit. 

MM \(.l 

\ \Ml IND DE8CEN1 

01 ii ROPI \ \ A M l 3TOR. 



Adrian & Martin Ryerson 





( lornelius 1! u\ \ en 





William Sandford 

st Marys I 
Barbadoes ( 

West Indies 



Paul Saimier 

Normand j 



Germ au 

i lornelius Jans Scl - 



David Pietersen and 

1 [amburg 

I rermany 

Philip Petersen 





Andries Seagard 

New Albany 

New York 



Jan Cornelius ( !rj anen 




( rerman 

James Shureg 

I rarmstadi 

( ieiinain 


Aiist rian 

Zacharias Sickels 


A list ria 



Jan Adrianse S\ |> 




1 Inglish 

( reorge Simmons 


Pennsj Lvania 


( i-erman 

Adolph Shcit 

I'l ll\ lies 

I u! lliall\ 



Albert Slingerland 

A 1 ha ns 

New York 


1 Danish 

Jan Pietersen Slut t 


1 leninark 



1 Iciinaii Smeeman 

The Marsh 



I rish 

Morgan Smith 

( !o. ('man 

1 reland 



Matthew Smith 





Michael and John Sniii h 
Lambert Arianse 

( S-elderland 





1 lendrich Mat t ice Smock 





Johannes Sneden 




( J-erman 

Ahram Snyder 

( rermany 



Neeaseus de Stille 





Pieter Sonmans 


Scol land 


( rerman 

I >irck Jansen Spier 


( rermanj 



■John and William Stagg 





Egberi Steenhusen 





Oloff s te\ ensen 




John Stewart 


Scot land 



Alex. Stilluell 

1 runkirk 




Nicholas Stilwell 

Stateii Lland 

New York 



( laspar St iiuets 





Jacob Stoffelsen 





Elberl Elbertsen 

New kelk 




Dirk Sturm. 

1 t rechi 



( rerman 

Dirk St raatmaker 


I ri'iiiiam 


i rerman 

1 »iik Straatmaker 


• rermany 



Pel rus St u\ v/esani 




1 rish 

John Suffern 

Ant rim Co. 



Sw edish 

John Sw ;n n 

St ockholm 


M( AN 

1 • anish 

Dirk Sycan 

1 1 O I s | , • i 1 1 

1 Denmark 

1A I.I, .MAN 


1 >(iu we I la rmensen 




( rerman 

John Terbosh 

1 >elmanhors< 

Wesl phalia 



Albert Albertsen Terhune 

1 1 tinen 




Michael dan Tiboul 





Dirk Tysen 

( iehlellalld 




John Titsorl 

A msterdam 


\ wdki.inda 


Joosl \'andeil\ nileii 




( rerman 

PauluS Yaildellicek 

1 [amburgh 

I ici inan\ 



( lornelius Vandehoff 

I ichhrland 




M \ ndeit ( rerritsen 





Nicholas \ a rlel 



\ai;i;k k 


lkii(li>l]iliiis Van \ ariuk 

( relderland 









V A N 

ALLEN (1) 


I. mens Van Ilalcn 



V A X 

ALLEN (2) 


1 'it ins Van llalcu 






Johannus Van Blarcom 






Lourens Andriesen 



V A X 



Cornelius and ( rerrel Van 




V A X 



( iai ret Jansen 






( )hitl Stevens Van Cort- 

Wyck te dun- 




Y A X 



Rip Van Dam 


New York 



( icrn-ct ( lornelisse Van 


Xieu kiik 


V A X 

DINE (2) 


1 Mi k ( rarretsen 



Y A X 



rT a ii ( rarretsen Vries 



V A X 



1 >irk Jan Van Dolsen 

1 laarleni 





Ahraiu Pietersen 

1 rursen 


\' A X 



.Jan Toma sse Van 1 *\ ke 


I lollaud 

V A X 



I i j sherl Gysberts Van 







Jacob Jansen Nan Etten 



Y A X 



Jacobus Evei*tse Van 


( relderland 





l!\ uicr Bastianse 

( riesen 


V A X 



< !laes Jansen 

1 lool II 





Peter Roelfseu 






Dirk ( rarretsen \';m 




V A X 

X Kss 


Hendrick Garretsen Van 





Xos'li; AND 


1 [ans 1 [ansen 



V A X 

ORDEN i 1 


( 'lacs Jansen 



V A X 



Dirk Jansen 






Hendrick Van < )stuni 



V A X 



Aerenl Teunesen 



\' A X 



Juriaen Tomassen 



V A X 



Anthonj Franzen 



Y A X 



Jacob Van Saun 



V A X 


Henry Jans Van Schalck- 






V A X 



I'eti u> Van Schuyveu 



V A X 



Michael Abrams Van 







Johannes Wn idle 






Tunis I Urcksen Van 







Tielman Van Vleck 



V A X 



( 'ucit Albertsen 






Cornelius Nan Vorst 






( inert ( rerretsen 






Mattice Van Waert 

I trecht 



WART (2) 


Tunis Jacobsen Van 







Walling, Jacob and 

Simon Jacobsen 





Harman Albertsen 






John Verbruggen 


















( rermau 











w i x x i •: 










NAM] wi> DESCEM IKol'lAN \Mlsiolt. 

Jansen Verbryck 



( lornelius \ ri« aj 



.Idliii Viuge 



M ichael Jansen 



Resolved Waldron 

A msterdam 


Peter Wannamaker 



Peter Warren 



Lubber! Lubbertsen 



Anthony White 

Bosl on 


Peter Wilsej 

Leil li 


Cornelius Wj nhard 


1 [olland 

Peter Winne 



Nicaseus <lc St die 



Egberl Wouterson 

^ sselsl ine 


A niliics Jurianse 

Bergen o]> 



Albrechl Sobeiski 






*S5 . 

; • - 

DUTCH \\ I N I > .Mill. 


ABRAHAM OOTHOUT ZABR1SKIE 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 veins, because he was a brother of John III., the lasi king 
of Poland. The facts d<> qo1 sust.-iin such a claim. Albrechl Sobieska 
was not a brother of the last king of Poland, -lames Sobieska (the king's 
fathen and his wife. Theophila, had hut 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. .lames and Alexander, 
both of whom died childless, as did also the king's sister. 

Albrechl Sobieska (who in America was known as Alberl Zabriskie) 
was a cousin of the king of Poland. That fad, 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. None 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, noble 
Idood in Albert's veins. His ancestors foe two centuries had been Palatine 
nobles <d' Poland — famous generals who had fought long and bravely in 
the cause of their country, distinguished for their virtues in peace 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 had 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 «>f 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 fail* education. His turn of mind was such that his father 
had early hopes of seeing his son in the pulpit preaching the Reformation. 
To that end he sent Alberl to a Protestant school in Holland. The strict 
rules and Puritan tenets of the institution were not, how 7 ever, 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 1070 we find him 
at Bergen (Jersey 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 


of Brussels, Belgium, whose brother, Roloff Van der Linden, was destined 
later to become, like her husband, one of the largesl landowners in Bergen 
County. The intiiTiage ceremony was solemnized in the hutch Reformed 
Church .11 Bergen, near whal is qow "the Five Corners." 

In the year of his marriage il<i7<;i Alberl made his firs! purchase from 
the Backensack ;in<l Tappan Indians — a trad of L,067 acres— abutting 
south on Captain John Berry's purchase, extending north one and five 
eighth miles, and from the Saddle River easl to whal is known ;is Sproul 
Brook. This trad was known as "Paramus" or "The Point." <>n this 
In- lniili his family mansion, and spenl his life in agricultural pursuits. 
.Much of ii is still occupied by his descendants, who have become numerous 
in Bergen, Budson, and Passaic Counties, h bas been said thai the 
!ii(li;ins captured his eldes! sun. Jacob, and refused to give him up to his 
father until he should be taughl the Indian language; thai the father ac- 
quiesced; thai ili" boy mastered the language, and the chiei of the tribe 
thru gave the father title i<» his lands. This is probably only tradition. 
At any rate, the deed recites the consideration to have been wampum 
(white and black), peltries, clothing, rum, and implements of husbandry. 
In L682 Alberl obtained from Lady Carterel grants of several tracts of 
land adjoining his firs! purchase, principally one of 120 acres on the easl 
and extending to the Backensack River. In i<'»7!> the Indians in some way 
(nol stated) became indebted to Albert, and to liquidate such indebtedness 
the sachems verbally agreed to convey to him 2,000 acres in Rockland 
County, X. Y. This agreemeni was no1 performed until 171)2. when Alberl 
agreed to take lands in New Jersey instead of Rockland County lands. 
Accordingly, the sachems of the tribes deeded him 2,100 acres in Bergen 
County, north of his firsl purchase, and fronting wesi <>n the Saddle River. 
Albert's patents are known as the " Paramus " and " New Paramus" pat- 
ent ,. Altogether Alberl must have owned more than 4,000 acres in Bergen 
County. .Much of this was afterward claimed by Peter Sonmans. whose 
claims to it wen- not released until 1 731-35, long after the death of Albert. 
In his day he was considered a very wealthy man. lie was highly re- 
speded, no1 only for his greal liberality, Lin Tor his integrity, and above 
all for his fair dealings with the savages, who esteemed him highly. Be 
understood their language and frequently acted a- their interpreter. In 
Hi^fi he helped to organize the "Church on the Green" at Backensack, 
of which he was one of the firsl members. Be took an active pari in civil 
affairs and was the firsl Justice of the Peace for Upper Bergen County, 
to which office he was commissioned by Governor Hamilton in L0S2. Be 
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. Mis wife survived him, dying in L725. 

His children (of the second generation) were (1) Jacob A., born aboul 
April li'. L679 (married Ann Alliens Terhune), and had ten children; (2) 
John A.; (3) Joosl A., born in L687 (married November L2, L712, Christina 
Casparus Mabie), ami had eighl children; ih Christian A., horn July •*'.. 
IG0G (married .M ; i \ 28, 171 I. Lea Hendricks Bopper), and had five children: 
and (5) Benry, born in L696 (married Gertrude Bendricks Bopper), and 
had lour children. 

John A. Zabriskie, of the second generation, was horn at Backensack 
aboul L682. He married Hi September 20, L706, Elizabeth Claes Romeyn, 
who was horn in L683 at Graves laid. I.. I., and died near Backensack, 



\. J., in 171l'. lie i2i married again December (i, 1712, Margaretta Johns 
Durie. lit- succeeded to the ownership of part of Ids father's lands. In 
1720 he bought el' Samuel I >es Maresi (2) ;i large farm ill what is now 
Hawroth, N. •!.. some of which, until very recently, was owned by the de- 
scendants of Ids eldest son Albert. Il extended from the Schraalenburgh 
road west to the Hackensack River. Some of his lands were claimed by 
Peter Sonmans, hut were released to Zabriskie aboul L751, by Hans Spier, 
agenl of Sonmans. 

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


matters. He died in 17<><>. His second wife survived him. His children 
of the third generation were four by his first wife and nine by Ins 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. married, in 174-">. 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, 177."), 


Lena Lansing, <>r Albany, N. Y.. where she was born October .~i. 1 T ~» o . She 
died April 26, L826. 

John L. Zabriskie's widow, after his death, married (2) November 11. 
I7si;. General Abraham Oothout. John L. Zabriskie (4) had issue one 
son, John Lansing Zabriskie (5), who married Sarah Barrea. He was a 
prominenl clergyman ;ii Greenbush, X. Y., and had issue two children of 
the sixth generation: John Barrea Zabriskie (a prominenl physician a1 
Flatbush, L. I.) and Abraham Ootl i Zabriskie (the subjed of this sketch). 

Abraham Oothoul Zabriskie, LL.D., <»r Backensack and Jersey City, was 
born in Greenbush, N. Y.. June 1<>. L807, and when four years old wenl 
with his parents to .Millstone. N. J. lie received ;ni academic education 
and matriculated at Nassau Hall, Princeton, in L823. becoming a member 
of the junior class when only sixteen. He was graduated from thai insti- 
tution in L825, read law with dames S. Green, of Princeton, and was ad- 
mitted as ;ui attorney in November, 1828, and as a counselor in 1831. He 
practiced in Newark two years and in Hackensack aineteen years, and in 
1838 was appointed Surrogate of Bergen County and was re-appointed 
in ls-l.">. serving in all ten years. He not only learned how to frame state- 
ments of execution and administration, bu1 acquired a lull 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 lilies. 
He became familiar with the duties of a practical surveyor and also with 
the proprietary history of New Jersey, and understood i-\(\\ patent in 
the old "Field Book of Bergen County," and tin common hinds assigned 
to each patent, lie was regarded as a formidable adversary in all cases 
involving title to land, and was for several years Supreme Court Reporter 
io 1855. In l>li 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 ls."i<; to 1866 was a Director of the New J< rs< \ 
Railroad and Transportation Company. In 1859 he was appointed by 
Governor Newell Chancellor of New Jersey, bu1 the Senate refused to 
confirm him, and the State, during thai 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 performed the duties of that office with a promptness 
and ability thai have never been surpassed by any of his successors. lie 
took a prominenl pari in the greal railroad war as opposed to tin monopoly. 
aud for an expression used in a public speech earned the sobriquel of 
• Captain of the Pick-axe Guard." He was an eminent jurist, an aide and 
learned lawyer, a sagacious lmsinrs> man. and officially connected with 
several corporate enterprises. He traveled extensively, and while on a nip 
io the Pacific slope died a1 Truckee, California, dune 27, is"::. 

lie married Mi April 7. is:;*;. Sarah Augusta Pell, horn September '•'. 
1810, died April ::. 1845. He married (2) January :'. 1848. Julia M. Halsey. 
His children of the seventh generation were Abraham, Lansing, Sarah A.. 
and Augustus, of these, Abraham (8) was commissioned \djuiant of the 
Ninth New .Jersey Volunteers, October 18, L861, promoted 1<> Major Feb- 
ruary H>. 1862, to Lieutenant-Colonel December, L862, and subsequently to 


Colonel. Be died May 24, L864, of won nds received in the battle of Drury's 
Bluff, Va. Sarah A. (8) is the wife of Franz Ernsl de Bille, a native of 
Denmark, who is a1 present Danish Minister to England. 

Lansing Zabriskie (8), now deceased, was a prominenl lawyer in Jersey 
City, as iv ;l |si> his brother Augustus, at the presenl lime. Augustus and 
Sarah have children of ihe ninth generation. 

» v 

JOHN N. ACKERMAN is a descendant in the direct line from 
David Ackerman, the tirsi American ancestor of the family. Southeast 
of Rotterdam, in hutch Brabant, twenty-four miles from Breda, is the 
City of Bois-Le-Duc, called by the natives Eertogenbosch. It is now the 
chief low n of North Brabant, ami was built and strongly fortified in the 
eleventh century, though it was a place of some note much earlier, being 
near the Maas River and the great highway built by the Romans in their 
later coiii|i]csis in Northern Kurope. 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 tin- people, Tilbury, the nearest city, being noted for its 
extensive cloth manufactories. The « • i i \ contains the chapel and church 
of St. John, built in L260 and rebuilt in i:»L2, — 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 L620, vvas born David Ackerman, the son of a farmer and the pro- 
genitor of the Ackerman family in Hudson and Bergen Counties. Growing 
to manhood, he married in Hill, 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. L662, the power ol 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 
Lave since become n numerous host in Bergen County, embarked with 
their families on board the Dutch West India ship " Pox " (Captain .Jacob 
IIuvsi. and on September 2, following, landed at New Amsterdam. David 
had with him his wife and six children — t he latter aged respectively t wenty, 
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. Ii is tine that the emigrant list published is a list of those 
who sailed from Holland ports, not of those who actually arrived at New 
Amsterdam. It is likewise true That the records make no further men- 
tion of either David or his wife. lint these facts furnish no ground to 
doubt their arrival on our shores. The first family abode was in the 
Marhvelt Stegg. In 16G8 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 
'lied ,ii 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 
ihe 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 


Walters (ancestor of the Kiersens), who, however, died two years later. 
Lawrence was ;i youth of untiring energy and persevered in everything he 
undertook. In 1669, being then only nineteen, he hired ;i portion of whal 
was then called the Archer farm a1 Harlem, hi hill) he married Greetje 
Egberts and remained at Harlem until L685, during which time two daugh- 
ters were born to him. I>;i\id. the eldest son, wenl to New York, where, 
in L680, be married Hellegorid Ver Planck, and remained there until L686, 
during which time several children were born to him. Lodowyck, who 
us. .it first, t<» have been rather a wild boy, went to Kingston, X. Y.. 
where, in L681, he wooed and wedded .Miss Jenneke Blaeck, by whom he 
had at least two children. Alter his removal to Bergen County his wife 
died and he married Hillegorid Bosch, by whom he had two children. 

Abraham, the youngesi of the children, married, in 1683, at New York. 
[tie Van Lear, by whom he had six children before his removal to New 
Jersey, and four more in New Jersey. Lawrence and David were the first 
i l i he family to remove to Bergen County in 1686. Lodowyck and Abraham 
followed in 1694. They all settled on large tracts of land between the 
Hackensack and Saddle Rivers, and also west of the Saddle River. The 
family became very numerous both in Bergen and in what is now called 
Passaic County. Numerous members of the family have been the most 
active and influential 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 John and dames. 

John Ackerman, sou of Lawrence, married Catherine Etomaine. Both 
are buried at Wyckoff or Oakland. Their children were Lawrence, Nicholas, 

and dames. 

Nicholas Ackerman. son of John, was born .January 24, 17!).j. died dune 
1. ls:;!>. married Polly or .Maria Snyder, who was born in L801, died March 
24, 1S77. Their children were John N.. born January 28, 1818; Abraham, 
born August -7. 1830; 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 
oldesl residents of Hackensack. He is the eldest son of Nicholas Ackerman 
and Polly or Maria Snyder, a grandson of John Ackerman and Catharine 
Romeyn, and a great-grandson of Lawrence Ackerman. He was educated 
in the public schools of Franklin Township, lb- left home at the age of 
fifteen, and for two years worked at the trade of carriage making. Since 
tin n he has earned his own livelihood. When seventeen he went to New- 
York <"iiy and learned the carpenter's trade, mastering <-\e\-y branch. 
In L837 he returned to Hackensack, N. J., married Rachel K. Vanderbeek, 
and engaged in business as a manufacturer of sash, doors, and blinds. 
which In- followed with marked success until L896, a period of tifl\ 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 lias taken 
.in active interesl in the growth and development of the town, and all those 
public 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 greal ability, sound judgment, and 
commendable enterprise. 


Mr. Ackerman was married, June II. 1837, in Backensack, to Rachel 
Ryerson Vanderbeek, born February 7. L806, died June 26, 1891, a descend- 
ant, like himself, of one of the old Holland Dutch families of Bergen 
County. Their children are George J. Ackerman, born March i!7. L839, and 
.Mary R. Ackerman. horn September L'T. 1845. 

George J. Ackerman. oldest child of John X. and Rachel R. Ackerman, 
married Julia A. Groesbeck, Decembei 24, 1863. She was born November 
27, 1842, and died April 11. 1886. Thej had one child. George Groesbeck 
Aekorman, horn November ii. 1.867, who married, September 27, 1803, flrne- 
line Inglehart, of Watertown, X. Y.. who was horn December ■">. 1.869. Thej 
have one child. Alison Groesbeck Ackerman, born October 13, 1896. 

AARCXN E. ACKERMAN, of Backensack, is of the seventh generation 

from David Ackerman. the lirsi of I he family in America (see sketch on 
page 53). lie was horn a I Saddle River. Bergen < 'on my, September <">. L836, 
and is a sen of Peter Ackerman and Eliza Eckerson, ami a grandson of 
Allien Ackerman and Eliza, his wife. This Allien served as a soldier in 
the War of L812. Aaron Ackerman's maternal grandparents were Aaron 
Eckerson and Matilda YVestervelt. As will he seen. Mr. Ackerman is of 
Dutch extraction on both sides of the family tree. 

lie was educated in the public schools of Bergen County, remaining on 
his father's farm until he reached the age of seventeen. He then entered 
the employ of Conklin & Post, of Schraalenburgh, as a carpenter, and con 
tinned with thai well known firm lor aboul twenty-three years. (Mi (he 
death ol Mr. Posl ho became a partner with Peter I.. Conklin, the senior 
member of the old firm. The new firm of Conklin iV Ackerman continued 
in hnsiness eighl years, or until L882, when Mr. Conklin retired after an 
active life of lorn years. Mr. Ackerman succeeded to the hnsiness, which 
lie siill conducts, and which is one of the oldesi of the kind in Easl Jersey, 
having been in continuous existence for nearly sixty years. And under 
his able and energetic managemenl ii has not only retained hut greatly 
increased its old-time prestige ami usefulness. Tin- buildings and other 
carpenter work which he has erected in Backensack and vicinity would, 
if enumerated, make a list thai would Mil a good sized volume. 

Mr. Ackerman is a man of acknowledged ability ami integrity, and both 
in hnsiness and social relations has always enjoyed the respect and con- 
fidence of his fellow mien. Enterprising, patriotic, and public spirited, he 
has taken from the tirst a deep interesl in municipal affairs, and liberally 
encourages every worthy project, lie 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 Hackensack. 

He married Miss Abigail Wygant, and they have two daughters: Nellie, 
born in 1st;:;, and Fannie, horn in 1871. 

ALEXANDEB TAGGART McGILL, A.M.. LL.D., for thirteen years 
Chancellor of the State of New Jersey, was born October 20, 1845, in Alle- 
gheny City, Pa., where his father. Rev. Alexander T. McGill, D.D.. LL.D., 
was a professor in the Western Theological Seminary. His great-grand- 
father was an Indian fighter of note in Pennsylvania, and served as a 
Lieutenant-Colonel in the Continental Army under Washington 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. When the Chancellor was nine years old. 



iii 1854, ltis father accepted a professorship in Princeton Theological Semi- 
nary and the family moved to New Jersey. His father held that position 
until his deal h in L889. 

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


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 
L867, and afterward his alma mater and Rutgers College of New Jersej 
'•:>.li conferred upon him the honorary degre of LL.D. In June, i860, he 
was graduated from the < !olumbia Law School, and thereafter continued his 
legal studies with the late Hon. Kdward W. Scudder, of Trenton. He 
came to 1he bar in New Jorse\ as an attorney at the November term. 1867, 
and as a counselor in November, 1870. 


For ;i few months he remained in Trenton as an associate of his preceptor, 
Judge Scudder, and then, in L868, moved to Jersey City, where lie after- 
ward resided. Chancellor McGill soon achieved prominence as an able, 
industrious, ami conscientious lawyer. From L870 to L876 he was the law 
partner of the late Attorne} General Robert Gilchrist. In L374 and 1875 
he was counsel lor the Ci1y ol Bayonne and also member of Assembly from 
the then Firsl District of Hudson County. He was active and influential 
in the Legislature, and served on the loading committees. In April, 187s. 
Governor McClellan appointed him Prosecutor of the Pleas for the County 
of Hudson, and in April, iss::. ho was appointed Law Judge of that county 
by < rovernor Ludlow. 

On Mar.h 29. L887, ho was appointed by Governor Green as Chancellor 
of the State of New Jersey, and the appointmeni was unanimously con- 
firmed ''\ ihi Senate on the 31s1 of the same month. His lirst term ex- 
pired May 1. L894, and ho was re appointed to the office by Governor Worts, 
and ;n once unanimously confirmed by the Senate without reference. 

It was during his term as Chancellor thai the famous coal combine bill 
was passed b\ the Legislature. When Governor Abbot i 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 genera] broughl suit againsl the Coal Trust in the Court of Chan- 
cery. The Chancellor rendered t decision which not only laid down the 
relations of corporations to the State with a clearness and fairness that 
placed his ruling beyond ittack, bul dealt a blow to nil the monopoly com- 
binat ions of the I !oal Trust class. 

In the fall of L895 the Democratic party nominated the Chancellor for 
Governor. In the campaign thai followed he look no part, but continued 
to discharge the duties ol the office of Chancellor. The election resulted in 
Ids defeal i>\ John \Y. Griggs, now United states Attorney General, by a 
plurality ol 26,900. 

Chancellor McGill died April 21, I! a1 his home in Jersey City. His 

friends declare thai he died ;i martyr to duty. Mis office killed him. lb 
was ;t scrupulously conscientious man. and thoughl of duty above every- 
thing else. He would never shirk a responsibility, however much he might 
sutler 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 thai ever presided over the Courts of Errors and Ap- 
peals and chancery. As a citizen, lawyer, and judge he was universally 
respected am 1 esteemed. 

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

MATTHEW J. BOGERT.— 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 Bougaerl was Sellout of the City of Dordrecht in 1123. 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. Tins church was built in 1315 as a monument to 
Boerhave, the great physician, and contains the remains of the most dis- 


tinguished worthies of Holland. Adam's son Jacob became firsl physician 
to the City of Antwerp and afterward was Profesor of Medicine and Sur- 
gery .-it Leyden for more than twenty years. Like his father he also at- 
tained ili«- rectorship of the academy. He was a fluenl writer ob medical 
science, <»n which he published a treatise in five parts, the manuscript of 
which is now in the public library a1 Antwerp. ETarman Myndertse Bou- 
gaerl came to New Amsterdam in L620, 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 Infani metropolis. In l<;.".4 Rev. 
Everard Bogardus, a son of William Bougaert, and who wrote his name in 
Latin Everardus Bougardus, came over to New Amsterdam in company 
with Governor-General Wouter Von Twiller. Bogardus was the firsl regu- 
lar preacher on Manhattan Esland, where he married, in H>:'»7. Ann, widow 
of Roelof Jansen, of Maeslandt, Holland, the lady aboul 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 spenl much time and labor upon it. tobacco being a1 thai time 
the principal currency of the country. In time be quarreled with Governor 
Kieft because of the latter's cruelty to the New Jersey Indians. Kieft 
broughl charges of immorality against him, the investigation of which was 
cut short by ih»- superseding of Kieft, who was drowned off the coast of 


Joosl (Justus) Bougaert, in 1641, was appointed by Queen Christina, of 
Sweden, commander of a colony on the easl side of the Delaware River 
below Philadelphia. He held that position seine time on an annual salary 
of 500 florins. 

In M]~)'2 Tennis Gvsberl 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 Rapelje, a daughter of one of Brook- 
lyn's earliesl settlers. He was Mayor of Brooklyn for three years. His 
farm fronted on the Walabochl (Wallabout). His descendants scattered 
over Long Island and along the Raritan Riv -v in New Jersey. 

Matthew J. Bogerl is descended from Jan Louwe Bougaerdt, a cousin of 
Gysbert, above named. Jan was cradled and grew to man's estate at 

Scl ndewoerdl (a word meaning liner words), a small fortified village 

noted for its salmon fisheries, on a branch of the Maas River twenty miles 
above Rotterdam and about two miles from Hey Koop, the former home of 
his ancle Gysbert. Jan was reared a farmer, bu1 early in life struck out 
for himself. Reaching manhood, he married Cornelia Evertse, the daughter 
of a well ted.) neighbor, and settled down to farming in his native town. 
In common with thousands id' Hollanders he seems to have caughl the 
prevalent emigration fever, for, on April LG, 1663, we find him and his 
family with many of his neighbors embarking at Amsterdam on the Dutch 
Wesl India ship "Spotted Cow," hound for the shores of America. A 
month later the stamh crafl touched the what! at New Amsterdam, where 
some of the cargo of emigrants remained and others went to Brooklyn, 
Staten Island, and All. any. dan. no doubt, desiring to 1m- near his uncle, 
repaired to the vicinity «»l Bedford, I.. I., where he boughl a farm, and 
remained there until KiT:!. 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 uear Harlem. 
On the 1st of May, L671, he removed thither from Bedford, and thence 
forward for a period of twenty years was an active participanl in the civil 


ami religious affairs <>f Harlem. Thai he prospered is evidenced by the 
fad thai in L679, L691, and 1 To l he boughl lands a1 Hoorns Hook, Spuy ten 
Duyvil, ;iikI on Bellega1 Sound. Ele was chosen magistrate of Harlem 
in L675 and HiTti. bu1 tailed afterward in the realization of his political 
aspirations, which seem to have been strong. In L695 he sold his lands at 
Bedford and in I To* ; his farm lands a1 Harlem. The followins sorine 
stricken in years, he and his wife removed to New Amsterdam (joining the 
Dutch Church there .May l'7. L707), where they died soon after at a ripe 
old age. 

.Ian l.oiiwc Bougaerdl was a man of firmness and decision of character; 

born to c nand. 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 protecting his own interests, but 
honest iii his dealings with Ins neighbor; a man of sound judgment, keen 
intelligence, and possessing a large fund of general information; a stern 
hut affed ionate and dutiful husband and father, and a devoted Christian, — 
all qualities which, under i he i rying circumstances in which he was placed, 
lined him for the trials of a frontier lite. They had nine children of the 
second generation, to wit: Peter Jansen, Margaretta, Gysbert, Nicholas, 
Elizabeth, Catharine, Cornelia, Janneke, and John. 

Peter Jansen Bogerl (2d gen.), born at Schoondewoerdt, Holland, in 
L656, married in New York, September 29, L686, Sophia, a daughter of Judge 
.Matthias Flierboom, of Albany, lie. with his sister Margaretta, and his 
brother Gysbert, removed to Tappan, then a pari id' Orange County, X. Y. 
Gysberl and Margaretta's husband purchased large tracts of land at 
Tappan, on which iln\ settled. Peter Jansen died in New York, but his 
children remained at Tappan. These were of the third generation, to wit: 
Cornelia, Maria, Elizabeth, Catalyntie, John P., Matthew P., Peter I'.. and 


Mai I hew I*. Bogerl (3d gen.), baptized at Hackensack in L702, married, 
in L735, Margaretta Tunisens Talman, ami in January, L740, boughl of 
Bernardus Van Valen U ~» u acres of woodland south of Closter and ex- 
tending from the Hudson River to the Tiena Kill Brook. The westerly 
part of this was soon cleared and slocked .\\\A a family mansion erected 
on the easl side of the old road leading to Piermont. .Matthew P. Bogert 
followed agricultural pursuits until his death in list. His children of 
the fourth generation were Peter M., Sophia. < Jornelius, Maria, Matthew M., 
Maria, and Howe. 

Matthew M. Bogerl ilth gen.) by will obtained and resided on pari of 
i he 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 New Jersey militia in 177U. He was a. farmer and left children of 
the fifth generation, to wit: Margaretta.. Sarah. Mai ia. Matthew M., Albert 
M., and Sophia. 

Matthew M. Bogert (5th gen.), born .November 6, 1779, died March 30, 
1871, married .May «.t, L801, Willempie Haring, born March 28, 1783, died 
•Inly 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, -lane, Margaret, Maria, and Jacob M. 

•Jacob M. Bogerl (6th gen.), born at Closter. X. J., May 15, 1*]», died 
March 18, 1*74, married. November 30, 1842, Maria Haring. born in 1823. 
She survives him and resides in Hackensack. He was a farmer by oc- 


cupation. Their children of the seventh generation were Henry Ver Valen 
(deceased), Matthew •).. Cornelia, Sarah Jane, Leah, and Huyler. 

Matthew J. Bogerl (7th gen.), the subjed of tins sketch, born a1 Clost< v, 
X. J., .May l. 1846, was educated in the public schools al Closter and worked 
.hi his father's farm until L864, when he became a clerk in the wholesale 
tore of Pangborn & Bronner in New York City. Later he became ;i book- 
keeper in the hardware house of II. Carter & Bon. May 22, L873, he married 
.Miss Mary A. Hopper, daughter of James G. Hopper, of Etna, X. -T. Iu 
i v 7i he embarked in the business of wood-turning in Pearl Street, New 
York. This lie made ;i success, and will, his partner. Abraham .1. Hopper, 
now conducts an extensive business in William Street, New York, with 
mills a1 Kingsfield, Me. Mr. Bogerl is an active, energetic, and thoroughly 
practical business man. Though an active Republican with the exception 
ol being Postmaster at Demarest, X. J., since L892, he has aever 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 vears held other offices 
in th" Reformed Church at Closter, and for thirteen years has boon Super- 
intended of the Sunday School of thai church. His living children of the 
eight h general ion arc Jessie (married in 1900 Frederick \Y. Mai tocks, a New 
York lawyer), Virgil mow associated with his father in business!, and 
Clarence, who has jnst 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 dan Louwe Bougaerdl and son of Matthew 
P. Bogerl (3d gen.), was born at Closter, April L2, 17:Ui. died there L809, 
married November 22, 17.~>!t. Rachel Banta, born 1740. He was a plain 
fanner and resided near Closter on part of the lands which hi> 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 Hackeiisack in Washington Township. He 
was born in 17or> and died in L786. He was a man of wealth, a Judge of 
the Bergen County Common Pleas, and held main other offices. 

Seba Bogerl (5th gen.), born at Closter. March 25, 1771. died April 27, 
L84G, married Sarah Blackledge, born May 20, 177<i. died December 20, 
L81 1. 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. 

Mat i hew S. Bogerl (61 b gen.), born at < Jloster, April 9, 1 7!i!t. died < October 
23, LS74, married January 31, L824, Maria Kipp, who died March 2, L833. 
He married (2) November L3, L833, Margarel Christie, widow, born October 
27, L794, died September is. 1874 Matthew S. Bogerl was a farmer, but 
was active in township affairs. His children of the seventh generation 
were Seba M. mow a Wall Sire.t 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, L871. 

John M. Bogerl (7), the subjeel of this sketch, was born at Closter, X. J., 
Augusl <i. L839. lb- was reared on his father's farm, where he imbibed a 


greal liking for horses, which he still entertains. His business is farming 
and training horses for speed. Ee married, June 5. L858, Jane Bogert, a 
daughter of Johu J. Bogert, born Augusi 26, 1839. Upon his father's death 
he succeeded to the ownership of the <>I<1 homestead at Cluster, where he 
now resides. They have had seven children of the eighl generation, to wit: 
Margarel (died), David, dark. Morton, Emma (died), .Mabel (died), and 

David Bogert (Sth gen.) married in 1885 and has issue tour children of 
the ninth generation, and Morton h;'s one child. 

GARRET A. EARING.— The City of Eoorn is located on a small arm of 
t In' Zuyder Zee in 1 loll and. It is now a place of lit tie importance, but from 
the beginning of the fifteenth to the seventeenth century it was a city of 
considerable magnitude and trade. During the Spanish wars it was suffi 
ciently so to be fortified and stubbornly defended by the Spanish under 
Admiral De Bossu. It glories in being the birthplace of William Schouten, 
who in Hilt) first doubled the soiiihniosi 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. Manufacturing and shipbuilding were, two centuries ago. exten 
sively carried on there. It was at Boom thai the great fleet of Admiral He 
Ruyter was built. But the most extensive of its varied interests were its 
herring fisheries, which were numerous and of great value, employing large 
numbers of men. 

Among tin- families residing at Hoorn were tin- Earings. The name is 
mentioned on the pages of histon .is far buck us L573, and when the Dutch 
weie defeated ;ii 'he battle of Diemark, in that year, it is related of one 
John Earing, of Eoorn, that he 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 comrades had made their retreat. Then plunging into 
the sea, he escaped unhurt. Not 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 I'ieter Jansen Earing ih is said to have been a native of Newcn- 
huysen in Holland, where he was born in HI in. and from whence he removed 
to Eoorn. His third son. dan Pietersen Baring (2), one of a large family, 
was born at Hoorn. December 26, l»i-"»::. He emigrated to America in 16G0, 
and on Whitsuntide in L662 became the second husband of a young widow 
named Margaretta Cozine, born in Haarlem, Holland, in 1634. This was 
i he first marriage in the Dutch Church, on the farm called the Bowery, 
which chinch 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. Kis.'b on a farm of 100 acres, which extended from the Bowery Lane 
westward to and beyond Bedford Street, including both sides of Broadway. 
from vVaverly 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, Abraham, Brechie, 
Vroutie. and Maretie. All of these with their mother. Margaretta Cozine, 
removed to Tappan in 1080. The widow had previously (February 2. 1685) 
taken a third husband in the person of Daniel de Clark, by whom she left 


no issue. John Pietersen Haring's children all married and settled at or 
near Tappan on the Tappan patent, of which I wo of (ho sous were joint pur- 
chasers with de Clark, the Blawvelts, Smiths, mid others, in 1686. They 
all reared large families. Peter, Cozine, Cornelius, and Abraham settled 
within the limits of Harrington Township in Bergen County, N. .1.. 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 ami 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. (5) Abram Garrets Haring and Eliza 
beth Blawvelt, (6) Garrel Abrams Haring ami Maria Smith, ill Abram 
Carrots Haring and Charity Johnson, and (8) Garrel Abrams Haring and 
Lavina Van Houten. 

Rev. Garret Abram Haring, for many years the beloved pastor of the 
True Reformed Church of Schraalenburgh, Bergen County, is one of the 
oldest ami host 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 '2:1. 
L781, and who was the grandfather of tin subject of this sketch. This 
Garret A. Haring settled in Ramapo, Rockland County. X. V.. and spent 
his active life as a farmer and mil lei-, dying December li'. L869. He married 
Maria Smith and had two children: Abram G. and Hetty (Mrs. Albert J. 
Terhune). Abram C. Haring was born on the homestead in Rockland 
County on the Kith (if -Inly. 1803, and was also a farmer, succeeding his 
father in the management and ownership of t he family estate. He married 
Charity Johnson, of Ramapo, and had two sons: Rev. Garret A. and John 
J. Mr. Haring died March li'. 1864, after a career which equaled in use- 
fulness and prominence t ha1 of his honored father, who survived him nearly 
six years. 

Rev. Garret A. Haring, eldesl son of Abram G. and Charity (Johnson) 
Haring, was born on the family homestead in Ramapo, Rockland County, 
X. Y.. on the L8th of November, 1829. There he also spent his early life. 
acquiring in the distrit t schools the rudiments of an education and follow- 
ing various business pursuits. But he was not destined for a mercantile 
nor an agricultural life. His lastes were scholarly; Ids inclinations were 
for a profession. And with this end in view he took up the st udy of theol 
ogy. Having thoroughly tilled himself for the ministry, Mr. Haring re 
ceived a call ami was duly ordained pastor of the True Reformed Church 
• J 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 largesl 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 popular among all denominations. He has always 
interested himself in the a Hairs of the community, and is an anient advocate 
of every movenieiii and project which lias the welfare of the people at heart. 
He is a' Democrat in politics, a friend of education, and a benevolent, patri- 
otic, public spirited <it izen. 


Januan 1. L851, Mr. Haring married Miss Lavina Van Houten. They 
have three daughters: Melissa, Ellen EL, and Anna Naomi. 

ALBERT ZABRISKIE HARING is a lineal descendanl of Jan Pietersen 
Haring, the firsl emigranl of the name (see sketch on page 61). Cornelius 
Jansen Haring (2) (the third <>l' the children of Jan Pietersen Haring ill and 
Margaretta Cozine), born in New Vork in 1672, married, in L693, Catalyntie, 
daughter of Judge Matthew Flearboom, of Albany, X. V. Cornelius re- 
moved in Tappan, N. Y.. with other members of the family, in L686, and in 
1721, when the Tappan patented lands were divided, he received as 
his portion a large trad in Harrington Towmship, on both sides of the 
Tappan road and extending easl of thai read as far as what is now North- 
vale, lie subsequently boughl of Samuel Des Maresl (2) a farm of several 
hundred acres near whal is new Haworth, X. -I.. on which he erected his 
family mansion and resided until his death. Much id' this farm remained in 
the ownership of his descendants up to twenty years ago. His seven chil- 
dren of the third generation were John c. Margaret, Sophia, Vroutie, 
Daniel <'.. Cornelius < '.. and Jacob < !. 

of these seven children, Ljjxmdiu.v < '. Haring (3) married, in 1710. Ken si.' 
Blawvelt, and dying lefl eighl children ol the fourth generation: Caroline. 
A l»ra ha m J., Cornelius < '.. Margan i. Maria. Elizabeth, John < '.. and Sophia. 

A lira ha m Johns Haring i 1 1 married Elizabeth .Ma hie. He boughl and set- 
tled on a large farm jusl north ol whal is now called Wes1 Norwood, in 
Bergen County. This farm had formerly belonged i<» his grandfather, 
Cornelius Haring (2). He left three children: John A., born in March, 175] 
(died); Peter A.; and John A. (2), hern April 9, 1702. Of these Peter A. 
resided on his father's farm until his death. 

Peter Abrams Haring (5), hern a1 Norwood, X. J., April 16, 1754, married 
Maria Blawvelt, by whom In- had two children of the sixth generation: 
Elizabeth, hern January 20, 177:; (married Abraham A. Blawvelt), aud 
David P. 

David Peters Haring (6), hem Ma.\ 27, 1775, married Lydia Zabriskie, and 
lived all his lifetime on a portion of his grandfather's farm near West 
Norwood. l!is children of the seventh generation were Margarei (died), 
Lavina (married John Tallman), and Peter l>. 

Peter I>. Haring (7) married Betsey Bogert, and had issue of the eighth 
generation David P. (married Catharine Bross), Samuel B. (married Letty 
Blawvelt), Albert Z., Newton (died), Ann .Maria i married Isaac Onderdonk), 
and James (married Jane Van Houten). 

Allien Zabriskie Haring, the subjed of this sketch, was born near Nor 
wood. X. J., December 21, 1846. 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 
1873 he entered as a clerk tin- Hudson Countj National Bank of Jersey City, 
then under the managemenl of John Armstrong, John Van Vorst, and Hon. 
A. A. Hardenburgh. lie has been in the hank for twenty-nine years, has 
occupied various positions in it. and for the past twelve years has been its 
ravin- Teller. 

He married in 1866 Jemima, the daughter of the late Senator Ralph S. 
Demarest, and lias two children of the ninth generation: Chauncey and 
Minnie C. The latter is married and has issue of the tenth generation, 
CTarisse. horn in 1900. He has a summer residence at Demarest, X. J. 



ELMER WILSON DEMAREST is a din .1 descendant of Jean des 
Marest (1), a prominent citizen and resident of Beauchamp in the Province 
of Picardy, Prance. There, about L620, was born his son. David des Marest 
(2), who, upon reaching manhood, espoused the Protestant faith and lied 
to Holland to escape persecution, locating at Middleburgh on the Island 
of Walcheron in Zeeland. Hoc on July 24, L643, David married Maria, 

a daughter of Fran 
q o i s S h i e r, of 
Nieppe, a (own in 
Hainault. The couple 
resided at Middle- 
b u i- g h until 1651, 
when they removed 
10 Manheim on the 
Rhine River, in the 
lower Palatinate, 
then under the pro- 
it ction of the Elector 
Charles Lewis. At 
Manheim, tin- Protes- 
tants were already 
being threat* nod by 
the Catholic princes, 
and David des 
Marest, with others 
of a like religious 
faith, determined to 
go to America for 
safety. Accordingly, 
early in the spring of 
1663 they journeyed 
down the Rhine t" 
v - msterdam, w h e r e 
they embark* d for 
New Amsterdam on 
t h o ship •■ Spot ted 
Cow," reaching tin 
latter port on April 
11;. 1 (;<;::. \)i-^ Marest 
first went with his 
wife aad throe sons 
io Stati-n 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 applied to the 
upper end of .Manhattan Island. Here he prospered, acquired several 
town lots, and became prominent in town affairs. In L677, a tax having 
been levied on him for the supporl <>r the Dutch Church at Harlem, he 
refused to pay it. claiming immunity therefrom because he was neither 
:in attendant ma- a communicant of the Dutch Church. The "powers 
1 hat i»i-*' sued him for Hie tax. procured judgment, and proceeded by ex- 
ecution and levy to collect it. This angered Demarest and he determined 
1.. leave Harlem. <>n the 8th of June, 1077. lie purchased from the Hack- 



ensack and Tappan Indians a large trad (estimated a1 about 6,000 acres) 
of land on the fast hank of the Backensack River, extending northward 
from Now Bridge. By subsequent purchase lie added an extensive tract 
west of the Backensack, on which lie built two mills. He built his family 
residence ;u what is now old Bridge and erected a French Church on the 
easi 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 w ere not extinguished until after his death. He- 
died in New York <'ii\ in LC93, leaving a will by which he devised all 
his lands to his two surviving sons. John and Samuel, and to his very nn 
nieroiis grandchildren. 

David des Mutest. Jr. (3), the second of the i migrant's sons, died in 1691, 
before the decease of his father. At the time of his death he was residing 
east of the Backensack on part of his father's original patent near 
Schraalenburgh. Il< was horn at Manheim in the lower Palatinate in 
1652, ami married, April I. 1675, Rachel, daughter of 1'ierre Crasson, a 
French refugee. His occupation was that of a farmer, lie had twelve 
children: David, Peter, Susanna. Rachel, Jacobus !>.. Samuel, Mary, 
Daniel, Benjamin, Jacomina, Lea, and Lydia. 

Jacobus Davids ']<■<■ Marest (4), the tilth of these, baptized at New York 
October '■'». 1681, mat tied (1) Lea De Groot and (2) Margaretta Cozine 
Baring. 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, id' whom Garret Jacobse Demarest (5), born at 
Schraalenburgh, June 30, L725, died there December 17. lT'.is. married. 
in 1747, Jacomina (Tunis) Helms. They resided at Schraalenburgh, where 
Garrel pursued tin- calling of a farmer. His issue were fifteen children, 
of whom Abraham Garrets Demarest (6) was born at Schraalenburgh 
March L5, 17t;7. ami died there March is. i860. He married Margaret 
Demarest. a relative, born Decembers, L 761, died May L6, L832. Abraham 
was a farmer and left three children: Garret A.. John A., and James A. 

John A. Demarest (7), born April 11. L798, died May 23, l^fil. married. 
in L818. Jane, daughter of Peter Merseles, horn March .!. L803, died Sep- 
tember 22, L888. He purchased and resided, at the lime of his death, on 
lands at what is now Eastwood, X. J., where, on his death, he left two 
children: Margaretta -I.. wife of Albert X. Ackerman, and Abraham J. 
Demarest. lie was a cattle dealer, purchasing cattle in the west and sell- 
ing them in New York, under the firm name of Demarest iV Grant, lie also 
conducted an importing house of willowware, etc., in New York, and a 
country grocery store on the farm at Eastwood. 

Abraham .1. Demarest (8), born at Hast wood. X. J., April .".<). 1840, mar- 
ried, May 18, L859, Eliza W.. daughter of Jacob G. II. Lozier, of Teaneck, 
now Englewood. She was a descendant of Peter Wilson, a Scotchman, who 
held the degree of Doctor of Haws, and was for some time a member of 
the faculty of Columbia College, New 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 L892, when ho retired from business and 
is now residing at Bayonne, X. -I. Ho has had three children: Nettie 
Marcelia. married Horace Roberson, a lawyer, at Bayonne; Edwin S.. died; 
and Elmer Wilson, the subject of this sketch. 

Elmer Wilson Demarest i«»i was horn at Eastwood, N. J., May L5, 1870. 
He was educated in the public schools of Closter, X T . J., the Rutgers Pre- 
paratory School. Rutgers College, and Columbia Law College, graduating 


from tin- Ias1 named institution as ;i Bachelor of Laws in 1802. ITe was 
admitted to the New Jersey bar as an attorney in February, L892, and 
as a counselor in June, 1805, and i<> practice in the United Stales Courts 
in January, 1S07. Since liis admission he lias practiced law in Bayonne 
and Jersey City, and lias been successful in litigations, having conducted 
a number el' importan! cases. He i^ eounsel for a number of corporations. 

He inn only stands high in Ids profession, bu1 is also prominenl as a 
Republican leader, having always affiliated with the Republican party. 
He lias shown greal activity in lids connection. In L802 lie was a mem- 
ber of the Bergen County Republican Executive Committee. He has been 
a member and Vi<i President of the Hudson County Republican Coin 
niiiiee from L803 to Hie presenl lime. He is also a Trustee and a member 
of the Executive Committee of thai organization, in 1807 lie was elected 
to the New Jersey House of Assembly, was prominently connected with 
the equal taxation measure of that year, and conducted Hie fighl in the 
House for Hie Voorhees Judiciary Constitutional amendments. He is 
a member of the New Jersey Athletic Club of Bayonne, of the Newark 
Bay Boa1 Club of Bayonne, and of the Talma (dub of Jersey City. 

()n September !». L806, Mr. Demaresl married Miss Blanche Adeline 
Bristow, of Bayonne, ami they have one child. Kenneth I-:. Demaresl (10), 
born Au-nst M. L897. 

GARRET I. DEMAREST is descended from the same common ancestor 
as is Elmer Wilson Demaresl (see sketch on page 'Hi. David des Maresf, 
the first American emigran! of the name, had a great-grandson, Garrel 
Jacobus des Marest (5), who married Jacomyntie Tunis Helms, and had 
fifteen children. One of these. John <i. Demaresl Mil. was born at Schraal- 
enburarh, Januarv 23, 1771. and died there November 6, LS34. 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. Demaresl (7), born at Schraalenburgh, X. J., November 1. 1824, 
married Elizabeth, a daughter of Weirt Banta and Margarel Demarest. 
John G. Demaresl was a farmer and resided neai the North church at 
Schraalenburgh. He left two children. Garrel I. ami Margaret. 

Garrel I. Demarest (8), the subjeci of this sketch, was born al Schraalen- 
burgh May 25, L828. He is a prominent farmer ami resides in the Borough 
of Dunioni 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. Demaresl was educated in the public schools of Schraalenburgh, 
which lie attended until lie reached the age of sixteen. Since thai lime 
he has devoted his energies to the condud el tin- old family homestead. 
He succeeded his father on the farm, and through his integrity, industry, 
and sound judgmenl has achieved marked success. Having been horn and 
reared on tin- 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 ami 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 sergeani in the Twenty second Regimenl New Jersey Volunteers, He 
was for one \.;ii- ;i lie-nil n -p of the Town ('oiiiicil. is a nieiulier of the North 


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

Mi. Demaresl 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 
Maresl and Ins wife, Maria Sohier, who came to America in L662 (see sketch 
on page 64). The emigranl had a great-grandson, David Demarest, who 
resided ;ii Schraalenburgh more than ;i hundred years ago. This last named 
David had several children, one of whom was dames D. Deiuaresl (6), horn 
at Schraalenburgh March 2, 17«i::. died there April 28, 1830. Mis wife 
Rachel, born July 28, L768, died April lV,. L828. dames I), was a farmer 
residing at Schraalenburgh. One of his several children was Abraham 
J. Demarest (7), wlm married Rachel Blawvelt, daughter of David Blaw- 
velt. Th<-\ lived at Schraalenburgh. Both of them have been dead several 
years. Among their children was David Demarest. 

David Demaresl (8), the subjed of this sketch, was horn at Schraal- 
enburgh (now I Milium! i February 1. L832. lie owns and resides on pari 
of the farm which his French ancestor owned two hundred and twenty 
three years ago. This trad has passed from lather to son in an unbroken 
line for more than two centuries. In a barn on the premises is a beam 
which was tirst used in ,i barn on the same farm in L721. Mr. Demarest 
was educated in the public schools of the county. Ai the age of seventeen 
he ceased studying hooks ami took charge of the old family homestead, 
which he has ever since conducted. During the War of the Rebellion he 
served nine months as a private in the Twenty second Regimen! New Jersey 
Volunteers, being honorably discharged at the end of his term of enlist- 
ment. Mr. Demarest is regarded as one of the besl and most substantial 
farmers in Bergen County, where he has speni his entire life, lie is deeply 
interested iii public affairs, active and prompl in the supporl 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 the 
North Reformed Church of Schraalenburgh he lias been influential in pro 
moting various moral and intellectual movements which have contributed 
materially to the general welfare. 

In early life Mr. Demaresl married Christina de Kami, who died May 11. 
L895. They were the parents of five children — four daughters and a son— 
of t he ninth general ion. 


EDMUND W. KINGSLAND, President of the Provident Institution for 
Savings of Jersey City and one of the ablesl and hest known financiers in 
Eastern New Jersey, was horn in Jersey < 'it y on the loth of December, L839, 
his parents being Edmund \V. and Sarah A. Kingsland. He is a direct 
descendant in the sixth generation from Isaac Kingsland, an Englishman 
from the Parish of Christ Church, on the Island of Barbadoes, W. I., and a 
nephew of Major Nathaniel Kingsland, of the same place. On July 4, 1008, 
one Captain William Sandford, also of Barbadoes, W. 1., purchased of the 
Hackensack Indians a tract of land between the Hackonsack and Passaic 
Rivers, extending "northward about seven miles." Tin's purchase was 
made in the interest of Major Kingsland. On June 1, 1071. the Major con- 
veyed the south half of this to Sandford and kept the north half after ex- 
tinguish in.- the Indian title. By the Major's will, dated March 14, 1085, 


lif gave one-third <>t' his New Jersej lands — aboul 3,402 acres — to liis 
nephew Isaac, [saac's residence was a1 Kingsland Manor near Rutherford 
in Bergen County. His descendants are still numerous in both Bergen ;m<l 
Hudson Counties. The 1 1 ; 1 1 : i * - of his wife does nol appear. 

Edmund \V. Kingsland received his early educational training under the 
tutorship of the lat< William Leveretl Dickenson, and subsequently at- 
tended the New York Polytechnical School, from which he was graduated 
with honor in the class of L856. After completing his studies, which were 
designed i<» lii him for the practical affairs of life, he accepted a clerkship in 
i he wholesale in ii ion house of Lyman Cook & Co., of New York City, and re 
tnained with them until 1 >«",:;. gaining a broad and accurate knowledge of 
Imsimss matters as well ;is the entire confidence and resped of his em 


Iii L863 Mr. Kingsland resigned his position as clerk for Lyman Cook & 
Co. ami was made general clerk of the Providenl Institution for Savings 
in Jersey City. There he soon gained recognition lot- those abilities which 
have ever since characterized his business life and which have long made 
him a powerful factoi in local financial circles. He gradually rose by pro 
motion and in L888 was elected Secretary and Treasurer, which positions 
he tilled with greal energy ami satisfaction until duly i'ii. L896. when he was 
elected President. In this capacity he has maintained and in a large mens 
ure increased tin- prestige and substantial character of the Provident In- 
stitution for Savings, making it one of the soundest and besl 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 
community, and generously encourages those movements that have the wel 
fare of the place at heart. He is a member of the [Jnion League Club of 
Jersey City, a man of broad and accurate learning, and universally re- 
spected ami esteemed. Iii 1^77 he married Miss Justine Bayard Blackwell, 
of New York City, and of their five children two are living. 

DAVID l>. BLAWVELT. — After the Demaxests and Barings, the Blaw- 
velts ate the most numerous of the families that settled the northern part 
of Bergen County. < >n the east hank of the River Yssel, in the Province 
of Overyssel, in Holland, nestles the by no means sleepy town ol Deventer 
-the birthplace of the great Gronovios and the still greater Groote, — 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 Valley 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 L623, was horn 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 Hill he tired of agricultural pursuits, left the paternal fold, and found 
Ids way to America, landing, as all emigrants in those days did, at New 
Amsterdam. Two years later he married Mary, tin- eldest daughter of 
I.anihert 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 'he surname id' Blaw- 


veil (Blue-Field), in memory, it is said, of the blue hills about Deventer. 
Of Garret Bendricksen's sons, Hybert, John, Abraham, and Isaac Blawvelt 
were destined to transplanl the name in Bergen County, principally in 
Harrington and Washington Townships. Elyberl and John (2) joined in 
the purchase of the Tappan patent, in 1686, and in L689, with others of 
the family, became members of the Tappan settlement. Hybert mar- 
ried, April L5, Hi7'.», 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 
iL'i settled on the west side of the road leading along the rim north of 
the mill, late of Peter A. Demarest. Isaac and another brother settled 
on a large trad on which are now the residences of John R. Herring and 
others, lake the Demarests and Harings, though not to such an extent. 
the Blawvelts had much to do with the administration of civil, military, 
and religious affairs of Bergen County. 

David l>. Blawvell is of the sixth generation in direct line from Garret 
Hendricksen, the emigrant. He was born at Tappan. Bergen Countv, 
November 17, lsi'.i. and is a son of David < '. Blawvell (who was born 
February 1". 1 77:'. died January 30, L835, married Maria Demarest, born 
April L2, 1770, died .May L3, 1843), a grandson of Cornelius Blawvell (born 
January 9, L 744, died January 11. 1832), who also married a Demarest. His 
father had six children — four sons and two daughters: one daughter died 
in L824, aged nineteen; the other -Inly 6, L887, aged eighty-eight; dames 
D. Blawvell died in L891, ai the age of ninety: Cornelius D. died aged 
eightv-two: and John D. is still living a1 the age of eightv-four. Educated 
in the public schools of his native county and reared amid scenes of ances- 
tral associations and agricultural activity, Mr. Blawvell started, at the 
early age of sixteen, to learn the trade of cabinet making, which he followed 
successfully tor fourteen years, gaining in the business a wide and honor- 
able reputation. Hut this was not to be his life work. The influences and 
surroundings of his youth drew him back to rural pursuits, and since 1853 
he has been actively engaged in farming in Schraalenburgh. When the 
War of the Rebellion broke out Mr. Blawvell enlisted in the Union cause, 
becoming first sergeant of Company C, 'Twenty-second Regimenl New Jersey 
Volunteers. He served nine months, returned with an honorable discharge, 
and resumed his labors on the farm. 

In public life Mr. Blawvell 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 tor six years, and a member of the Town Council for three years. 
In each of these capacities he displayed eminent ability, sound judgment, 
and greal sagacity. He has been a consistent member of the Dutch Re- 
formed Church since April. L860. 

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 daughters — are living. They also have thirty- 
four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mr. 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. 



GILBERT COLLINS, a Justice of the Supreme Courl of New Jersey, 
was horn in Stonington, New London County, Conn.. A.ugus1 -<i, L846, and 
is a descendanl 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 (1732-1819), of Stonington, 
served in the Revolutionary War. and according to existing records was 

First Lieutenanl in the 
First Regimenl Connec 
ticul line, formation of 
1777. and il is also 
known thai lie was in 
service from 177.~>. Be 
married Anne Potter. 
Mis son Cilheii (1789 
L865), grandfal her of I lie 
present Gilbert Collins, 
served several terms in 
the Conneci Lcu1 Legisla- 
ture. His wife was 
Prudence Frink. Judge 
Collins's father, Daniel 
Prentice Collins (bom 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 event nally 
made choice of thai city 
as his field of labor and 
his home. His mother. 
Sarah R., was a descend 
ant of the Wells family, 
of ( !onnec,1 icut. 

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, X. J., 
in L863, and in lsti.") 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, L869, and as a counselor in February, \xl'2. 
On January 1. L870, he became a partner of .Mr. Dixon and continued in 
that relationship until thai gentleman was elevated to the bench in April. 
L875. He afterward formed a partnership with Charles L. Corbin. In L88] 
William II. Corbin was admitted as a member of the firm, which continued 
under the style of Collins & < Sorbin till March s, L897, when Mr. ( 'oil ins was 
appointed a Justice of the Supreme Courl of New Jersey, which position In- 
st ill holds, having recently been assigned to the Hudson circuit. 




His jury practice was the largesl in his county, and probably was not 
exceeded l>.\ thai of any one in the State. He was counsel for the Hudson 
County National Bank, of which be was a Director; counsel for the Now 
Jersey Title Guarantee and Trust Company, of which ho was one of the 
founders and active promoters; and local counsel for the Lehigh Valley 
Railroad < !ompanj . 

.lud^e Collins is. in politics, a Republican; he has been nominated by 
his party for State Senator (1880) once and lor Congress twice (1S82 and 
L888). For two years, from May, L884, to May, lssi;. he served as Mayor 
f Jersey City, having been elected by a combination of an independent 
organization of citizens with the Republicans. Foi five years previous to 
L893 he served as Chairman of the Republican County Committee, when he 

declined a re elect ion. 

June 2, L870, he was married to Harriel Kingsbury Bush. Of their six 
children, a son and two daughters survive. Their son. Walter ( 'oil ins. was 
graduated with honors from Williams College, and is now practicing law in 
Jersey City. -Indue Collins is .-i 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 II. HOPPER.— The Hopper family, ii is said, started in France. 
They spelled the name Hoppe, and finally changed it to Hopper. Some of 
them went to Holland during times oi religious persecution. It is known 
thai Andries (Andrew) Hopper came to America from Amsterdam, Holland, 
with a wife (and, perhaps, two or three children), as early as Hi.""):!, and lo- 
cated in t he City <>f New Amsterdam. The name of his wile does not a p] tea i 
in the New Jersey records. After their arrival the couple had three chil- 
dren hern in them: William in L654, Hendrick in L656, and Matthew in 

Of the three lasl named children William (2) married Mynen Paulus and 
hud issue three children: Christina, Gertrude, and Belitie (Bridget)., all 
horn in New Amsterdam. William's two brothers, Hendrick il'i and 
Matthew (2), went to Bergen (Jersey City) in L680. There, on March 14, of 
the same year, Hendrick (2) married .Mary Johns Van Blarkum, a daughter 
of the American emigranl of thai name, and April 15, L683, Matthew (~i 
married Ann Peterse, afterward called Aritje Jorckse. It does not appear 
thai Hendrick and Matthew purchased lands in Bergen. They probably 
lived on leased lands while there. William (2) went to Hackensack in L686, 
where he joined the Hutch Church in March of thai year. His brothers 
Hendrick il'i and .Matthew (2) went to Hackensack the following year. 
William (2) had a child. Andrew, baptized at Hackensack in March. L686, 
shortly after his arrival. Nothing more is said of William (2), and the in- 
ference is that he died soon after. Hendrick (2) and Matthew (2), soon after 
their arrival, each purchased from Captain John Berry a farm of between 
two and three hundred acres a1 Hackensack (partly in the presold village), 
and extending from the Hackensack River i<> the Saddle River. Each of 
them settled and lmilt on his farm, where they remained until their deaths. 
Both were farmers, hut took an active pari in town and church matters. 
Mat t hew was a. deacon of the " ( Jhurch on t he ( rreen " in 1705. 

Matthew's children (of the third generation) were Andrew, horn in 1684, 
at Jersey City, married Elizabeth Bross; Christina, horn in 1686 (married 
•John Huysman); Lea. horn in 1695 (married John Vanderhoff, of Albany); 
Rachel, horn in 17(»:'» (twice married); and John, horn in 1705 (married 


Elizabeth Kipp). Ml excepl Andrew were born a1 tlackensack. Hendriek's 
children oi the third generation were Andrew, born in l'isi (married 
Abigail A ckerman); John, born in L682 (married Rachel Terhune) : William, 
born in l(iS4; Catharine, born in L685 (married Peter Garretse Van Allen, 
of Rotterdam, Holland); Garret, born in L696; Gertrude, born in 1<'>!):> 
(married Hendrick Alberts Zabriskie) ; and Lea (married Christian Alberts 

Many of these, with their children, removed !<> Paramus ;in<l scattered 
through Saddle River, Ridgewood, and Midland Townships, where their 
descendants are to-day numerous. Members of the family have represented 
Bergen County in both houses of the Legislature; others have worn the 
judicial ermine with dignity and respectability; still others have held from 
time to time county and township offices, and have become famous .-is 
physicians, clergymen, lawyers, mayors of cities, publicists, mechanics, 
sailors, soldiers, and agriculturists. 

•Jacob II. Hopper, the subjeci 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, Augusl <i. L823. Having received a fair common school 
education in the schools of his native county, he acquired while quite young 
i lie trade of harness-making, which lie followed successfully at Hackensack 
until 1880, when he was made superintended of the cemetery in that vil 
lage. He still holds this position, having tilled 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- 
spect and the confidence of all who 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. 

lie 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 II. POST. — Captain Adriaen l'os! tirst came to America from 
Harlengen, Holland, about 1653, as agenl or manager of Baron Van der 
Cappellan's colony on Staten Island. Upon the destruction of that colony 
by I lie savages early in L655, Mr. Tost (led to Bergen (Jersey City), whence, 
in September following, he, with his wife, five children, two servants, and 
one girl, were taken prisoners by the savages at what is known as the 
second massacre at Pavonia. The family escaped by the payment of a 
heavy ransom, and Tost was thereupon dispatched by the Bergen colonists 
to treal with the sachems of the Hackensack tribes for a release of other 
prisoners. After his return from a successful performance of this duty 
he settled at Bergen and eventually became one of the most active and 
influential members of the struggling colony. Having had some military 
experience in Holland, the Bergen colonists appointed him Ensign of the 
militia September <i. L665. <>n Mn\ L2, L6G8, he boughl from Governor 
Philip Carteret lots Nos. ".."». 55, 117, l(t<>. and Hit. of the Bergen common 


lands, containing in all aboul Hi.") acres. Be built and resided on lot 164, 
containing fifty-five acres. <>n June in. Ib7">. fie was elected to represent 
the Towd el' Bergen in the provincial assembly, where fie acquitted himself 
with distinction. On duly 1!>. L672, fie 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, 
li!77. His wife's name is not mentioned. Me left a large family. He was 
the ancestor of all the Posts in Bergen and Hudson Counties. He resided 
in the town on lot \o. Kil. His children were Adriaen. William. Elias, 
Margaretta, Francis, and Gertrude. Adriaen lib became one of the paten 
tecs of the Aquackanonck patent. The latter"s two sons, Adriaen and 
Abraham (3), came to Bergen County in L735, and married respectively 
Bendricke Ackerman and Rachel Bertie. Abraham located on the upper 
Saddle River, purchasing lands of Bendrick Vandelinda. 

John II. Post, the subject of this sketch, is descended in the seventh 
generation from Captain Adriaen Post. His paternal grandfather, Benn 
Tost, a farmer, was horn in the western pari of the county, lnit died in Se 
can (Mis. where his son, Adriaen Post . the father of John II.. was horn in 1818. 
Adriaen Post was a farmer in New Durham and Secaucus, and died in the 
latter place March L5, L896, in his seventy-eighth year. His wife. .Mary Van 
Giesen, daughter of Garrel Nan Giesen, died December, 31, L891, aged 
seventy-two. Ber family was also a very early one in Hudson County. 
and like the Posts was of Holland hutch descent. Mr. and Mrs. Adrian 
Post had five 'hi Id ren. namely : I lenry. Leah Ann, John 1 1.. Adrian, dr., and 
one who died in infancy. 

John 11. Tost was born in New Durham, Hudson County, October 7, 1844, 
but has spent most of his life on a part ol the old family homestead on tin 
Paterson plank road in Secaucus. He received a thorough education, at- 
tending the public schools of Secaucus. Union Hill, ami Bergen Point, and 
a boarding school at Deckertown, X. d.. and since completing his studies has 
devoted himself to agricultural pursuits. Mr. post is one of the best 
fanners 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. Be is a progressive, patriotic citi- 
zen, honored and respected, and enjoys the confidence of the entire com- 

Mr. Post was married April 6, L868, to Fredericka Huber, daughter of 
Frederick Huber. of Secaucus. They have four children: Adrian. Christina, 
William 1 1., and Walter. 

CORNELIUS BURNHAM HARVEY.— The surname Harvey is cor- 
rupted from Bervey, and is from an ancient Norman name, Herve or 
Bervie. M. do Greville in his Mem. Soc. Ant. Norm.. 1644, observes: " We 
sometimes call it Bervot le Hervnrie. As a family designation it appears 
in the twelfth century.*' Didot, however, in his Vouvelle lii<></. Universale, 
shows the name to have been adopted much earlier, when he speaks of 
Bervie, Archbishop of Rheims, who, he says, died A.I). 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."' 


Lower (English Sur-names) maintains thai in the time of the Conquest 
Harvey was Hervie, and thai in Brittany and France Hervieu retains its 
I aim it i\ •«' terminal ion Herve. The same writer in liis Patronimica Bi'itannica 
remarks: " Osberl de Hervei is stvled in the Register of St. Edniundsbury 
the son of Hervey. Prom Hervie spring the Herveys ennobled in England 
and Ireland and also (in ;ill probability, from the resemblance of the arms) 
the Herves and Hervies of Aberdeenshire and other parts of Scotland." 

I'.oili SiuIiIps (Regi-strum sacrum Inglicanum) and the author of Li Veues 
Fastt Ecelesia Vnglicana make mention of Herve le Breton, Bishop of 
Bangor, in 1092, and Ely in L109, who died A. I >. L131. Didot, in Ids 
BiographU Universale, mentions a Hervie who was a noted monk in tin 
eleventh century, and also of a Hervie who was abbot of Si. Ghildas dp 
Rhins in Brittany in 111'.", and of Hervie, a monk famous as ;i religious 
teacher, who died a. i>. L145. This writer also praises the --kill of a 
celebrated French writer named Hervie Freerabras, who flourished A. I». 
t550; of one Francois Cucq de Hervie, a poel and Knighl of Si. John of 
Jerusalem in the sixteenth century; of William Harvey, the discoverer of 
the circulation of the blood; of Daniel Hervie, a greal French Theologian, 
who died in 1694; and of Gideon Harvey, a ureal English physician, born 
A. I>. L625, and died A. I>. t700. Michaud in his i:i<i</!<i/>hi< I'nivcrsali 
mentions a monk named Hervie as having acquired greal oratorical fame 
and ho tells something of N T oel Hervey, or Hervie, who was general of the 
Order of Preachers and Philosophers and died A. I). 1323. The Rotuli 
Hundredorum (of Edward l.i names Hemes as having become the holders 
of lands in England A. I>. li'Tii. and by Domes Day />'«»/,• Hervies are domi 
riled in lielis. Suffolk, and Bucks. Oridge, in his Citizens and Rulers <■ 
London, makes honorable mention of Sit- Walter Harvey, High Sheriff of 
London A. I >. 1268 and Lord Mayor of thai city A. I). il'Tl': of Sir dames 
Harvey, High Sheriff of London A. I). 1573 and Lord Mayor of the same 
eii\ a'. I>. L581 ; and of sir Sebastian Harvey, Sheriff of London A. I>. L609 
and Lord Mayor A. I>. L616. Cooper in his Ithenat Cantaorigiensis makes 
mile of William Harvey, a famous divine in London in L525, and of one 
Roberl Harvey, another equally noted preacher there in L570. 

Camden comments on several prominenl Herveys and Hervies to wit: 
••The ureal gate of i he church-yard of St. Edmonds was constructed by 
ller\e\ the Sociisl in I he lime of Aiiselni 7lh. AldioU of Si. Ldnionds in the 
eleventh cenl ury." Again he says: •• William de Hervie was king's a1 torney 
in .lime. iiT'.i. ami pleaded a celebrated land case in London in thai year.'' 
lie extols the bravery id' Sir Nicholas Harvey and other aobles in the 
battle of Tewkesberry in 1471. lie briefly alludes to John Harvey, the 
boatman ai < 'a la is. France, in l-*'» IT: and further says: " Some of the Harveys 
were merchanl adventurers at Lyme, England, in Queen Elizabeth's time. 
Richard Harvey gave the pulpil a1 Lyme Church in 1613 with an inscription 
on ii • Faith is by hearing.'' Rose in his Biographical I >i<-H<ui<irn stales 
i ha i Richard Harvej was famous as a writer, astrologer, and antiquarian in 
the sixteenth century, and thai another almosl equally noted astrologer in 
London was John Harvey in the seventeenth century. Watts in his 
Bibliothea Britannica mentions one Henry Ham \ as an eminent preacher 
and master in chancery and John Harvey as a -real writer, who died 
A. I>. L592. Chalmers in his (it mini Biographical Dictionary uotes 
Gabriel Harvey, a greal English lawyer and poet, Lorn A. I ». 
L546, died A. I >. 1630, and Lord John Harvey, of [cksworth, a political 
writer and versifier A. I >. 1696; while Foss in his Judges of England highly 


commends the wisdom and justice of Sir Francis Harvey. Prom Collection 
Tnj>. Gen. ii appears thai a Hervie was abbot of Hingham County, Salop, 
A D. L236-37; thai one Thomas de Harvye was clerk of St. Nicholas Priory 
at Exeter in the third year of Edward III.; that Goldstan Harvey was a 
truanl at Beauchamps A. 1>. L222; that Walter Harvey and his son wen 
tenants at Drayton in L222; and there were one Godeman Hervie and one 
Ulrica Hervie at Thorp at the same time. At St. Leonard's Parish, Aston 
Clinton. Bucks County, England, is the will of one Sylvester Baldwin 
wherein the testator leaves all Ids property to Henry and Sylvester Harvye 
and to the six children of Preamor Harvye A. 1). L564. Preamor Harvye 
married Baldwin's daughter Avelyne. This marriage license was made 
at the registry of the Bishop of London. She died in L585 and Harvey 
married (2) and died June L5, L621. Walker in Ids Independency says 
Adam Harvey, a silk merchant, was made a Colonel by Cromwell, and go1 
the Bishop of London's house and Manor of " Pulham." Clarendon in his 
Rebellion says this man was "a decayed silk man." and Buckle in his 
History of Civilization refers t<> the same person. 

The Harveys, two centuries after the Norman Conquest, had become 
numerous in Bedfordshire, Lincolnshire. Kent, Suffolk, .Middlesex, Hert- 
fordshire, ami Norfolkshire; at Beachamwell in Norfolkshire were John 
Harvey, Ids son Robert, and his grandson Robert; ai Northwald Thomas 
I lar\ c\ ; and at Norwich John Harvey, twice Lord Mayor of that city. 

Roberl Harvey, a descendant of one of t host Norfolkshire Harveys, had 
a son Robert, who was a man of note, possessing a considerable fortune, 
which his eldesl son. under the laws of primogeniture, inherited to the ex- 
clusion of his brothers and sisters. This eldest son had two brothers, 
Samuel ami Roberl Harvey, who emigrated to America about 17.~>H. and 
located in New York City, whence, after a brief stay, they went to Shrews- 
bury, Monmouth County, N. I. In May. L763, they purchased a trad of 1 Til 
acres in what was then Shrewsbury Township in Monmouth County. This 
tract lay south id' what is now Ocean Grove. Robert's firsl wife, who came 
over from England with him. died in 17<iL' and in January, L764, he married 
Hannah While, 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 Harvey (2), born in M on month < !ounty, X. J., Noam mber 
IT. IT.")."., married there, January lit. 177."). Elizabeth Sutton, born then 
December LO, L758. Thomas was a farmer and resided there oil a farm of 
115 acres, near what is now Belmar. He died December 11, 1811, and his 
wife survived until April 6, l^.'Ui. Their children of The third generation 
were L\dia. Abigail. Nathan, Asher, Reuben, John, Elizabeth, charity. 
Jesse, and Sarah. 

Of these eleven children Reuben Harvei (3) was horn at Shrewsbury, 
X. J., May 12, 1782, died at Enfield, X. V.. June 23, 1866. married, in 1806, 
Lydia Bennett, born in Monmouth Countv, X. J.. Januarv !». 17S4. died at 
Enfield, X Y.. May 23, 1862. 

In L806 i he "Genesee Country" began to open up and emigrants, par- 
ticularly from New Jersey, began To pour into the - Empire Stale.** All 
of Thomas Harvey's sens caughl the emigration fever, and loading their 
families and their household effects upon canvas-covered wagons or carls, 
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 thev went. Thev subsisted 


on what they could find en route, ;in<l slept in their wagons. In time they 
readied n poinl half way between the Cayuga and Seneca Lakes in Tomp- 
kins County, where they located <>n various tracts of wildland. These 
tracts, which they purchased from the original grantees of the Stale, were 
densely weeded, 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 renter, aboul eighl miles 
west of Ithaca, and with the aid of his sons cleared and lei n-ed ;i 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 | »i lis. poultry, and lambs. In the course of time his farm was denied 
and became one of the finesl in the county. Alter his boys grew up he, 
lor 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 ueigh- 
bors, who always gave him the prefix of "Uncle." His children of the 
fourth generation were Seneca. Charlotte, Charles, Joel B., Eleazer 15. . 
A slier, Cornelia, Mary A.. Elizabeth, and Reuben. 

Of these Joel 15. i4) was born at Enfield Center, N. Y.. November 21, L813, 
died at Howell, X. •!.. August 11. 1880, married Mi Lydia A. Wood; (2) 
Susan Arzilla Buck; and (3) Elizabeth B. Hagerman. Joel 15. engaged in 
farming at Enfield, X. Y.. until the winter of ls."iti, when he removed to 
Howell, Monmouth County, N. J., where he continued agricultural pursuits 
until his death. He was a respected citizen and a member of the Met hodist 
Episcopal Church at Jerseyville, X. J., which he helped to organize. His 
children of the fifth generation were Cornelius Burnham, Lucretia M., 
Huldah 15.. Samuel II.. -Mary E., Charles \\\, VVinfield S.. Euphemia II.. 
Joseph II. and Joel B. (twins), and Ida S. 

Cornelius Burnham Harvey (5), the subject of this sketch, is tin- eldest of 
these. He was born in Enfield Center, Tompkins County, X. Y., October 
20, 1839, and married. March 4. L873, Mary 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 throughoul the summer, with 
attendance at the district schools in the winter. He was '11111111 ions, and 
between 1855 and is.")!) every moment of leisure was devoted to study and 
reading. Having passed the requisite examination, in L859 he received a 
license in leach school from the School Board of Monmouth County. After 
teaching for two terms in thai county he attended school for some lime in 
New York City. 

Moved by a war sermon preached by Henry Ward Beecher in Brooklyn, 
early in the summer of L862 he enlisted as a private in Company I >. Four 
leenili New Jersey Volunteers, and was in camp on the Monmouth battle 
ground at Freehold, X. .1. Having been mustered into service in August, 
1862, the regimenl was sent to Monocacy. Md., and did its fust campaign- 
ing in West Virginia and Maryland. After the battle of Gettysburg ii was 
attached to the Third Corps of Hie Army of the Potomac, under the com 
tnand of General Sickles, a ml subsequently was attached to the Sixth Corps, 
under the command of General Sedgwick and Intel- of General II. G. 
Wright. Mr. Harvey served for three years, until the close of the war. lie 
became one of the uon-eommissioned officers on the regimental stall', be 
coming Chief Musician of the regiment. 

At i he dose of t he w;ir he resumed teaching, in Bergen County, following 
iliis profession for three years. In the fall of L868 he began the study of 


law in the office in Jersey City of the late Hon. Roberl Gilchrist, then At- 
torney-General of New Jersey, ami was admitted to practice in 1873, and as 
counselor in L876, and for a time was associated with Mr. < iilchrist in pro- 
fessional practice. 

He thus became employed in the arduous historico-legal work of preparing 
the rase for New Jersey in the famous jurisdiction and boundary suit be- 
tween the State of Delaware and the State of New Jersey, begun in L872, 
and not vet 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 were engaged. The results of this research can be 
seen by anyone fortunate enough to examine the large octavo volume 
privately printed ;it Trenton in 1ST.", for the lawyers in the case, and en- 
titled ••The State of the Question of Jurisdiction and EJoundary between 
New Jersey and Delaware, A. D. 1ST::." To achieve accuracy in this, every 
conceivable source of information was drawn upon, including the State 
records .it Trenton, the records of the early Proprietors at Perth Amboy, 
those ,n Albany. tog< ther with local records and original deeds, and what- 
ever of use could he found in the State libraries of New Jersey, Delaware. 
New York, and Pennsylvania. 

While engaged in researches in this case Mr. Harvey began to take notes 
with reference to the original land-grants of Bergen County, X. .1. This 
labor of lov< — lot- such it necessarily is — has been prosecuted to the present 
time, lie has had the record offices of New Jersey and other Stales 
ransacked tor every scrap ol information ascertainable respecting the early 
hi in I grants and transfers in Bergen County, has uncart lied numerous deeds 
thai were never recorded, ami has engaged in the arduous labor of identify- 
ing boundaries and preparing maps. The use. in the original surveys, ol' the 
old manner's compass, which was not perfectly accurate, renders this work 
el' identification one of the most delicate tasks imaginable. .Mr. Harvey 
has also collected ami arranged in alphabetical arrangement all the mar 
riaee records tor Bergen Countv known to be in record offices. In another 
series of manuscript volumes he has, in alphabetical order, the inscriptions 
from the tombstones in .ill 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. lie also 
has ;i set of large manuscript volumes containing miscellaneous historical 
and genealogical collections, never before used in historical works, 
and which would till many printed volumes. Prom 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 Bergen 
County, which will be more exhaustive and accurate, probably, than any 
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, History, ami Genealogy of tin 
Unci- Family, and has compiled the Origin and Genealogy of the Harvey 
Family, not yet published. 

On his mother's side Mr. Harvey is descended from Emanuel Buck, who 
came from England in L634, and settled at Wethersfield, Conn. 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. Mrs. Harvey 


was a studenl a1 Swarthmore College, Pa. On the paternal side she is de- 
scended from Jonas White, who emigrated to America from Avon, Somer- 
setshire, England, in L81 I. and became a farmer ;il " The Flatts " in Bergen 
County. On her maternal side she is descended from Albert Zabriskie, the 
Polander, whose family lias been traced in these pages. 

.Mr. Harvey's children are Augustus Hardenburgh Harvey , born in 1880, 
qow an accountant with the Mutual Life insurance Company' in New York, 
and Arzilla B., born in 1.886, now ai school. 

^Ir. Harvey is a member of the New Jersey Historical Society, of the 
Englewood Council, Royal Arcanum, of Guilliam \'an Houten Post, No. :'>. 
Grand Army of the Republic, of Jersey City, and of several oilier organi- 
/.:'. I ions. 

ISAAC ROM VINE, of Jersey City, is a lineal descendant of ill Klaas 
Jansen Romeyn, who came from Holland to America in 1653 and eventually 
sell led iii Hackensack, X. J., where his son (2) Alberi was horn in L680, and 
where the iai ter's son (3) Nicholaas was horn in I >eeember, 1711. The nexl 
in descent, i-li \lherl Romein, son of Nicholaas, was born in Schraalen- 
burgh, N. J., February 11.1 752, and had a son (5) Roelef A., whose birth oc- 
curred duly _'l. 1774. John R. Romine (6), son of Roelef A. Romein, was 
horn in Bergen County, X. J., May 18, 1806, and married Ann. daughter of 
John Zabriskie, of old Bergen mow 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, 1&4.0. 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 
urace the annals of their respective communities. 

Mr. Romaine attended the Columbia Distriel School until 1 s ~>l\ 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. ( ). Zabriskie, subsequently Chancellor of the Stale of New 
Jersey, he was admitted to the bar as an attorney in November, 1862, and as 
a. counselor in November, 1865, and since i he spring of 1863 has practiced in 
Jersey City, lie 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 
i ion of Bergen ami Jersey « !ity. from 1880 to 1885 he was a member of t he 
Board of Education of Jersey City. Tn 1883 he was appointed a member of 
the Board of Finance and Taxation, bui was not seated on account of legal 
complications until 1.885. 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 Joinl 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 ihe expiration of thai office by legal limitation, 
duly 1, ls'.»7. he was ;i Commissioner of the Circuil Couri of the United 
States for the Distriel of New Jersey. At the presenl time he is a Commis- 
sioner of the District Courl of the United States for the Distrid of New 
Jersey. He has been President of the Star Mutual Building and Loan As 


soeiation of Jersey City since L886, having been one of iis founders and iis 
first Vice President in L885. He is a member of the I loll and Society of New 
York Crh and was its Vice-President from Hudson County, X. J., in lsiiT 
;iihI L898. He is also a member of the Jersey City, Carteret, and Union 
League Clubs of Jersey City, and of other important organizations. 

December l".». L863, he was married to Miss Annie A., daughter of John \Y. 
Morton, of Jersey City, she died February 1. L895. 

VVHEELOCK HENDEE PARMLY, D.D., for forty years the beloved 
pastor of the First Baptisl Church of Jersey City, X. J., \\:>s born in Brain 

Vt., July 27, 1816, Ids parents being Randolph Parmly and Elizabeth 

B. Murray, the former of English and die latter of Scotch descent. He 
came of good New England stock. 1 1 is father was I he lirsi male child horn 
in i he village of Randolph, Vi .. i he dale of his birth being January 15, 1 783, 
and ai the request of the selectmen his parents, Jahial Parmly and Eunice 
Hendee, named him Randolph, after the town. His mother, a niece of 
Eleazer Wheelock, the founder and first President of Dartmouth College, 
was born in Chester, X. II.. .May 19, 1 782, and was the daughter of Robert 
Murray and Jane Ramsey. In L795 her parents moved into the State of 
N'etnioni. and there both families became prominent in all public and 
private a ffairs. 

When four years of age Wheelock II. Parmly removed with the family 
to Hancock and three years later to Middlebury. Vi.. whence they came, 
seven years afterward, to New Jersey, locating at Shrewsbury, Monmouth 
County. In l v :' v . after a residence of eight years in that town, they moved 
to New York City. 

Dr. Parmly's parents did all in their power in give him a good earlv 
training, but their means were limited and he was dependent in a greal 
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 ;i great Bible 
reader, a trait which characterized his entire life. His parents, though 
not members of any church, attended with their children the Episcopal 
services, but young Parmly, 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 •">. L834, in the Shrewsbury River. And connecting himself 
with Hie Baptist Church ;it Middletown, X. J. — the nearest society of that 
faith to his home, — he was faithful in his attendance on worship, active in 
ali departments of church work, and influential among both old and young. 

In 1838 Dr. Parmly entered Columbia College in New York City and was 
graduated from that institution in 1842. standing high in ids (lass and 
receiving many tokens of excellence in scholarship during Ids collegiate 
course. About the time he entered college he united with Hie old Amity 
Street Baptisl Church in New York, of which Rev. Dr. William R. Williams 
was pastor. He also formed a close friendship with Rev. Dr. Spencer II. 
Cone, of Xew Fork 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- 
fid during his career of half a century in the ministry. 

< >n leaving college Dr. Parmly 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 nianv friends who 





thoughl him peculiarly fitted for thai profession; others assured him of 
success in ;i mercantile career, while others still tempted him with flatter- 
ing offers in various branches <>t' business; bui the guiding voice of nature 
bade him preach the gospel, a labor i<> which his ••mind rather inclines." 
On Augusl 1". L842, at the requesl of Dr. Williams, he preached to the peo- 
ple of the Amity Streel Church, and immediately afterward made this 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. Parmly was unanimously voted a " license to preach the gospel " by 

the Amity Streel Church 
on the L6th of July, 1844, 
and in the following 
nnnii h | August) w a s 
graduated from Madi- 
son Theological Semina- 
ry, where lie had pur- 
sued a thorough course 
of study. On August •'>. 
1867, Madison Univer- 
sity conferred upon him 
the honorary Title of 
Doctor of Divinity. 

Soon after graduation 
he received a call To the 
pastorate of the Harlem 
Baptist Church 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- 
\ eloped d u r i n g his 
course in the seminary. 

A three Weeks" sea voy- 

age brought him to New 
( Orleans, where he began 
to preach, and while 
there he accepted the as- 
sistant pastorate of the 
Baptist Church at Clin- 
ton, La., which he filled 
must acceptably for two 
vears, declining during 
that period three calls 
to become paster of churches in the North. He developed a strong friend- 
ship 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 habil 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 York <"ity. and on November 1~>. l s 47. he accepted a 
call to the Baptist Church at Shelburne Falls, .Mass.. where he remained 

Win > LOCK II. I'AKMI.V. D.I). 


two years, and resigned, the winter climate of the Berkshire hills being too 
hard for his constitution. Shortly after be accepted ihis pastorate he mar- 
ried Katharine Dunbar, daughter of Rev. Duncan Dunbar, of the Mac- 
dougal Streel Baptisl Church, New York City, and a lady "lovely in 
character, strong in faith, wise in judgment, remarkable for patience, 
prayerful, and zealous in every good work." Upon her death on July 10, 
L877, he wrote in his diary: " The brightest light of my home has gone out," 
while another expressed these words and sentiments: -she added to the 
sum of human iov, and were everyone to whom she performed some [ovine 
service to bring a blossom to her grave, she would sleep to-night beneath a 
wilderness oi flowers." 

Dr. Parmly assumed the duties of pastor of the Baptist Church at Bur 
lington, N. J., in .May. L850, and remained there nearly five years, during 
which time the " church grew mightily." 

On the 1st of September, LS54, at the age of thirty-eight, he entered upon 
his labors .is pastoi of the First Baptist ('lunch of Jersey City, and ably, 
honorably, and satisfactorily idled that pastorate until his death, August 1, 
ism. — a period of fortj years, lacking one month. When he came to 
Jersey City there was but one church of the Baptist faith in the place, and 
that was mad" up <>\' the scatt< red membership of churches which had been 
formed and which had proved too weak to continue their organizations. 
The chinch was then known as the Union Baptist ('lunch and had 206 
members. Three other rigorous Baptisl churches now exist in the city, 
the beginnings of which came largely from the old church during Dr. 
Parmly's pastorate. The mother church changed its name on the establish- 
ment of the other churches to the First Baptist Church of Jersev City, and 
now has a membership of nearly four hundred. 

Dr. I'ainilx labored hard with great success, baptizing in the winter of 

lsi;.~i aim ver one hundred converts. In that year he spenl 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 suite, and the Nation. He was especially active in the 
establishment of the denominational school now known as Peddie Institute 
at Hightstown, X. J., contributing years of labor and large sums of money 
for t hat purpose. 

As a 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 t he man for t he place. < >nce each year he endeavored 
to visit personally every family in his congregation, and his calls upon those 
who were sick were frequent. Believing 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 844 funerals, performed L,425 mar- 
riages, raised nearly $300,000 for the church and $50,000 for benevolent 
purposes, received into the church over 1,000 members, and baptized more 
than 1.:: >thers. 

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 request the church called to his aid an assist- 
ant pastor Two years later he again asked to be relieved, and by unani- 
mous vote of the chinch was made its Pastor Emeritus, a position he held 
until his death, which occurred August 1, 1894. He was survived by four 

82 iiudsox and p,i:i;<;i:.\ cottnties 

children: Duncan D. Parmly, Mrs. Elizabeth P. Thompson, Randolph 
Parmly, and Christine I>. Parmly. < >ih* 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 pari : 

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

" Conic 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 upbuilding of Peddie 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. From almost the 
Hist he was also a member of the Board of Trustees of Peddie 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 Baptisi faith 
by an intense st inly of the Scriptures, and loyal to all the trusts confided to 
his care. No man had a more honored leadership in Ins church in the 
State, and none was more beloved or more universally esteemed. 

DUNCAN DUNBAE PARMLY, the oldest son of Rev. Wheelock II. 
Parmly. was horn in Shelburne Falls. .Mass.. .May 25, 1849, and until re- 
cently resided in Jersey City. lie Avas graduated from Mount Washing- 
ton Collegiate Institute of New York City and at an early age entered 
the office of Henry G. Marquand, banker, of New York City. Later he was 
connected with the St. Louis, Iron .Mountain and Southern Railroad — now 
a pari of the Missouri Pacific System, — and was one of the founders and for 
many years file 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 L893 became the President of the Phenix National Rank ol 
New York < Jity, and has since acted as the head of thai financial institution. 
For i he past eighl years he has been a resident of the State of New Jersey 
with his hone- at Middletown in Monmouth County. 

RANDOLPH PARMLY, of New York and Jersey City, was born April 2, 
L854, at Burlington, N. J., ami is the son of Rev. Wheelock II. Parmly and 
Katharine (Dunbar) Parmly. He was educated at Hasbrouek Institute in 
Jersey Cit.v and at the University of the city of New York, from which he 
was graduated in L875. Afterward he continued his course of study in the 
( 'oluniltia La w School. 

Mr. Parmly was admitted to the bar of the State of New .Jersey in .June, 
L878, and lias 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 t he City of New York. He is a member 
of the Association ol the Bar of Jersey City and of New York, and of the 
Lawyers' club and the University club of New York Citv. 


.IOI1N •!. VOORHEES- Steven Coerts (or Koerts, as he wrote it), the 
common ancestor of the Voorhees family in Bergen :ui<1 Hudson Counties, 
emigrated to this country in April, L660, 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 fronl of the little hamlel of 
Hees, Dear thai locality. Hence the name was at first Van Voorhees, 
•• Van " meaning "from," " Voor," meaning "near," and "Hees" (the 
hamlet name) "from near" or, ■■oxer from Hees." Steven was not the 
tiisi of the family to emigrate. In February, L659, Harman Koerts had 
preceded him on the shi|i " Faith," with his wife and five children. Steven 
soi i led ai Flatlands, L. I., where many other Dutch emigrants had already 
located. He musl have been born aboui L600. Who his firsl wife was does 
not appear, bu1 she died in aboui L675, and he married (2), in 11177, Well 
empie Roeloffse Leubering. IN' died aboui February, L684. lie bought, 
November 29, LG60, n\' Cornelis Dircksen Hoogland, eighteen acres of corn 
land, fourteen acres of woodland, twenty acres of plainland, ami ten acres 
of sail 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, kettle-house, and casks, with the appurtenances, which 
shows thai he musl have been a brewer as well as a fanner, lie was 
assessed ai Flatlands in L675, and was manager of taxes there in L683. His 
name appears as one of the patentees there in 1664 and K»<»7. Me died 
aboui February L6, L684. His children were Hendricke, Mergen, Coert, 
Lucas, John, Albert, Aeltje, lannetje, Hendricke (2), and Abraham. Mis 
son. \lheri Stevens Voorhees, and his wife. Jelletie Rynieres Wisselpen- 
aick, wein i«i Hackensack in L686, joined the Dutch church there, and 
boughl an extensive trad of land from .Major John Berry between the 
Hackensack and Saddle Rivers. 

John -I. Voorhees is a lineal descendant el the sixth generation of 
Steven Coerts Van Voorhees, the emigrant. His father. Peter Voorhees, 
was horn !in the "hi farm ai Flatlands, L. I., where Steven firsl settled in 

Mr. Voorhees was educated in the public schools of New Utrecht, 1.. I., 
and in L863 accepted a clerkship in a. country store, where he remained 
five years. After filling similar positions he obtained a position as assist- 
ant bookkeeper for the New Jersey Car Spring and Rubber Company, and 
ai the end of one year was promoted to head bookkeeper. Not long afterward 
he was made Secretary of the company and held thai position until L885, 
when he was elected Treasurer of the corporation. In lsss he was made 
Genera] Manager, and a1 the present time is Presidenl of the Voorhees 
Kul iher Manufacturing Company, of Jersey City, which is one of the largest 
and most successful concerns of I he kind in the country, having an exten- 
sive business and employing a large number of hands. 

In 1885 Mr. Voorhees 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 hoard, being annually re-elected without 
opposition. As a member of the Condemnation Commission on the County 
Roads in L892 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, lie is a member of The Hoard 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 
the Commercial Trust Company of New Jersey, of the Board of Trustees 


of the Free Public Library of Jersey City, and of the Palma Club, the 
Carterel Club, and the Holland Society of New Fork City. 

Mr. Voorhees was married October 14, 1S74. to Annie M. Collier, of 
Brooklyn, N. Y. They have had three children, and reside at ."»" Duncan 
Avenue. Jersey City. 

CHARLES E. VOORHIS is a descendanl in the eighth generation from 
Steven Coerts Van Voorhees, Hie 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 bis father 
to America in L660, and located with the rest of Ids family a1 Flatlands, 
L. L. where he married ill 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. TTe removed with Ins family, in 1686, 
to Hackensack, where he purchased from Captain John Berry a large farm 
extending from the Hackensack to the Saddle River, Lie joined the church 
in 1686, 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. 1 72<>. Ann Kipp. 
They resided at Hackensack. 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 
Albeit N.. Ann. Lucas. Henry, and Jannetje. 

Albeit N. Voorhis (5) was born in 1767. TTe was a farmer and resided 
at Schraalenburgh. He married, December 10, 1791, Grietie Demurest, who 
died in 1854, leaving several children of the sixth generation. 

Of these children of the sixth generation Henry A. L. Voorhis f6), who 
was born September 20. 1702. married Levina Blawvelt. born September 14. 
171»2. and died July 15, 1872. He was a farmer- and resided near Demurest. 
N. J., on part of the farm formerly belonging to John Peack. Among his 
children of the seventh generation were Elizabeth. Maria. Margaret, Henry 
D.. David H.. Nicholas 1L. and John. 

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

Charles E. Voorhis (8), son of Nicholas n. and the subject of ibis sketch. 
\\;is 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 thai time he engaged 
with the firm of Peter Henderson & Company, the famous New York City 
firm of seedsmen and tlorists. Tie has continued with this house to the 
present lime. TTe is a member of the Dutch Reformed Church. 

Mi- Voorhis married Ruth Richardson and bus four children: Edward, 
aged thirteen; Henry, aged eleven; Raymond, aged nine: ami Clarence, 
aged seven. 

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JOHN ALBERT BLAIR, Judge of the Court of Common Fleas, 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 



II. Blair and Mary (Angle) Blair. Be is the grandson of William and 
Rachel (Brands) Blair, of Know lion Township, Wan-en Count v. N. J., and 
descends from one of the mosl distinguished families in the State His 
ancestors sprung from 
ill,, noted Blair family 
of Blair-Athol, Perth- 
shire, Scotland, whence 
they came to this conn 
try in L720, settling in 
Pennsylvania and Now 
Jersey. Among tin-in 
were two brothers, Sam- 
uel and John Blair, 
both of whom were edu- 
cated at the Lou College 
on the Neshaminy an 
dor the celebrated Will- 
iam Tennant. They be- 
came disi inguished min- 
isters of the Presby- 
terian Church. The 
Rev. Samuel Blair was 
culled to Fagg's Manor 
in < Jhester < 'ounty, Pa., 
in L739, where, in con 
junction with his pas 
torn! work, he con 
ducted a school I hat was 
among the mosl aote- 
worthy of the early 
Presbyterian academies. 
Ilis son. also the Rev. 
Samuel Blair, was pas- 
tor of the Old South 
< 'hurch in Boston before 
the Revolul ion. He be- 
came Chaplain of the 
Pennsylvania Battalion 
of Riflemen that part ici- 

pated in the siege of Boston. The Rev. Samuel Blair, the second, was 
offered the presidency of the College of Now Jersey (Princeton), but de- 
clined in favor of Dr. Witherspoon. The Rev. John Blair was ordained 
pastor of Big Spring, .Middle Spring, and Rocky Spring in the Cumberland 
Valley in 174:!. but resigned in consequence of the frequent Indian incur- 
sions on the frontier 1 L755-57) and succeeded his brother at Fagg's Manor. 
In 17<>7 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 17<;!>. 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 w r as 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 



Blair was sent by a Philadelphia linn id lake charge of the iron industry 
at Oxford Furnace, in Warren County, X. -I. This Samuel Blair was the 
great-great-grandfather of Judge John A. Blair and the great-grandfather 
of the laic John [nsley Blair, who died December 2, L899, ai the age of 
ninety-seven, after one of the mosl eventful careers in the history of Now 


Judge John A. Blair's rudimentary education was obtained in the public 
schools of his native place, and later on lie prepared for college ai the 
Blairstown Presbyterian Academy. He entered the College of New Jersey 
ai Princeton and was graduated from thai institution in ls<»<>. At the close 
of the college term he began the study of law in the office of the Hon. 
d. <;. Shipman, at Belvidere, X. d. lie was admitted to the bar as an 
attorney at the June term, L869, and as a counselor at the dime term, 
L872. In January, L870, 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 firs! judges 
thereof by the Hon. Joseph l>. Bedle, who was at that time Governor of 
the State. In .May. L885, Mr. Blair was appointed Corporation Counsel 
of Jersey City, which office he held until his resignation in L889. He was 
re-appointed in L894 and served in thai capacity until April 1. L898, when 
he resigned to accept the appointment of Judge of the Court of Common 
Pleas, General Quarter Sessions, and Orphans' Court of the County id' 
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 eloquenl speaker, a 
man of tine rlassir;il 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 Stale. He is a regular 
ai tendant of i he First Presbyterian < Jhurch of Jersey < Jity. 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 a 1 ton i 1 71 1. and weni to Bergen County, where he married, in L742, 
Eva, daughter of Cornelius Banta. He purchased of the heirs of Colonel 
Jacobus Van Cortlandi a large trad of land (several hundred acres) bei ween 
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 ill Effie 
Westervalt and (2) Anntje Banta; Jannetje (dead); and Wilhelmus, married 
< 'hrisi ina ( !ole. 

John Huyler il'i known as "Captain John," born in 174s. 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 s. L7S1, married Catharine Benson, and had 
children Barney, Carrel. Henry, John, and George, the latter of whom 
obtained 1 it le to the old homestead. 

Henry Huyler ill married Margarel Voorhis and by her had three chil- 
dren: Peter E., Harry, and Albert V.. the hitler of whom is the subject of 
this sketch. 

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


education in the public schools. At the age of nineteen he left school and 
engaged in the watch and diamond business a1 No. -1 Maiden Lane, New 
Fork City, in which he has continued for the pasl fifteen years, doing 
business under the style of X. II. White & Co. lb- is a public spirited and 
nroeressive citizen, ami thoroughly identified with the affairs of the com- 

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

ALBERT IRVING DRAYTON, President and General Manager of the 

Xew Jersey Title ami Abstract Company am! one of the leaders of the 
younger bar of .Jersey ('it v. is the son of Henry S. Drayton, M.D., and 
Alraira E. Guernsey, and a grandson of William R. ami .Mary M. (Shipman) 
Drayton ami of Dr. Henry ami Martha .1. (Halsey) Guernsey. His paternal 
greal grandparents were Henry ami Mary (Rood) Drayton ami Jacob and 
M;h\ (Mulford) Shipman, while those on his mother's side were William 
ami Elizabeth Nancy (Scofield) Guernsey and Rensselaer ami -lane 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 L776-77 and a member of the Continental Congress in 
177ST!». and another member of the family was Captain Percival Drayton, 
an eminent naval commander. 

Albert I. Drayton was born in Jersey City on the 14th 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 
wit h t he class of Issn. | determining upon t he law as his profession, he was 
a law student from L888 to L891, and in the meantime took a course of 

lectures at the Columbia haw Scl I. He was admitted to the bar of New 

Jersey as attorney in November, L891, and as a counselor February, L895, 
and ever since his admission as an at torney has been actively and success- 
fully engaged in the practice of law in his native city. In the many cases 
in which lie has been identified in all the courts of the State he has 
displayed marked ability, sound judgment, and broad ami accurate learn- 
ing, and. although a young man. he has gained a leading position at the 
Hudson County bar. His legal connections with imporiant 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 
Jersey City he is widely known and an acknowledged authority on land 


tie is also an officer in various other corporations, being President of the 
Jersey City Coif 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 Nyaek < Jountry 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 Pood and Grace Traphagen Drayton. 



HENRY D. WIXTOX. for thirty years editor and proprietor of the 
Bergen County Democrat, of Hackensack, N. J., is the son of EbeD Winton, 
and was born on the I It h of February, 1848. He received a common school 
education, .[\\(\ in L8G3, a1 the early age of fifteen, entered the office of the 
Democrat, where by assiduous attention to Ids duties he soon became a 
thorough practical printer. In 1870, when bu1 twenty tun years old. lie 

became proprietor and 
assumed the editorial 
control of the Bergen 
County Democrat, which 
under his judicious man- 
agement h a s steadily 
grown in influence and 
popularity, and which 
now ranks among the 
leading newspapers of 
New Jersey. 

M r. W'int on is an able 
editor and business man 
—a fad which is abun- 
danl h shown by the sin- 
cess and development of 
his paper. He is one of 
Hackensack's most pub 
lie spirited c i t i z e n s. 
deeply interested in lo- 
cal affairs, and thor- 
oughly identified with 
everything affect ing the 
community. In politics 
an active and influenl ial 
Democrat, he represenl 
ed his Congressional dis 
trict as n delegate to t he 
Democrat tc Nat ional 
( 'onvention at ( Jincin- 
nati in 1880 and al the 
convention in Chicago 
in 1896, and in various 
other important capaci- 
ties has rendered ef- 
ficient service to his party and town. He was elected Senator from Bergen 
County in 1889 and served two terms, and has the record of being the only 
Senator from Bergen County who has served six years in the Senate of 
New Jersey. 

II I \KY I). \\ IN'loN. 

ABRAM QUICK GARRETSON, for aine years prosecuting attorney 
..l the most populous county of the State, during five years more haw 
or President Judge of the Cour-1 of Common Pleas of Hudson County, and 
now an Associate Justice of the Supreme Courl ot New Jersey, is d< 
scended from the old Holland stock which contributed so largely in early 
colonial days to tin- stability and prosperity of the States of New York and 
New Jersey. The names of his ancestors appear in the old Dutch records 


of New Jersey, the tirst of them having come over from Eolland soon after 
the tirst planting of New Amsterdam. The Garretsons were among the 
number who originally settled in the presenl territory of New Jersey, in 
the vicinity of New York City. Later branches of the family pushed into 
the western counties with the tirst 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- 
grandsou of Abraham Quick, a colonel of New Jersey militia in the Revo- 
lutionary War. 

Judge Garretson was horn in Franklin Township, Somerset Comity , on 
the 11 th of March, L842. 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 thai he was enabled to enter the sophomore class in the 
classical course a1 the age of seventeen, graduating with honors three 
years Inter, in L862, and standing tirst 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 citj 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. < >. Zabriskie, of Jersey < !ity. After 
spending two years in the Chancellor's office, lie rounded out his legal 
studies by a year a1 the Harvard Lav* School, in November, L865, he was 
admitted to practice at the bar of New Jersey as an attorney, and at the 
end of three years, in L868, and ;is soon as the law of the State permitted, 
he wns admitted as a counselor, giving him the righl to practice in the 
highesl courts of the State. He was afterward admitted to practice before 
the United States Supreme Courl at Washington. 

The young lawyer's success was not only immediate, but quite phe- 
nomenal. ,-is wns shown by his appointmenl in 6'ebruary, L869, only one 
year after his admission as a counselor and only four after his lirsl prac- 
tice, to the responsible position of Prosecutor of Pleas for Hudson County, 
an office identical in every respeel except its mime with that of the or- 
dinary district attorney of other Stntes. He was appointed for a term of 
live years l»\ Governor Randolph, and tilled 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 tins 
second term, making n continuous service of nine years, and then resigned 
to accept in L878 the appointmenl by Governor McClellan as Law or 
"President" Judge of the Courl of Common Pleas of Hudson County, 
lie served in this capacity for five years. 

The ability and integrity displayed by Judge Garretson upon the bench 
only served to great ly increase t he esteem and respect of his fellow-citizens. 
Bui notwithstanding all this, he desired to return to private' practice, and 
this he eventually did in L883, when his term as judge expired, he having 
announced thai In- 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 P>. Vreden- 
burgh in Jersey City. In 1900 he was appointed an Associate Justice of 
the Supreme Court of New Jersey. 

While .Indue darretson has always been a consistent Democrat in poli- 
tics, in local affairs his sympathies are fully enlisted in the welfare of 
the community. He lias served ;is one of the Commissioners for the Ad- 
justment of Tax Arrearages for Jersey City since 1887, when that connnis- 


sioD \v;is organized. In Jersey City an immense amount of property has 
been snowed under ;i ureal 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 lias been the delicate 
and difficull task of the commission to readjusl 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 lilt :i burden which 
could not tail to depress values and impede municipal growth and develop- 
ment, claims aggregating millions of dollars ha\e been thus readjusted, 
while the commission is now beginning to see the prospective end of its 

Judge Garretson was a founder in L888 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 niiisl ever be linked with 
the progressive development of his adopted city, where he has resided 
since 1st;."). 

November li'. L879, he married Josephine, daughter of Joseph and Mary 
(Davis) Boker, of Philadelphia. Their children are Leland Beekman, .lose 
phine Boker, and Eleanor Helen. 

JAMES CHIDESTEE EGBERT, D.D., for forty-two years the be- 
loved pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of West Hoboken. X. J., 
and now pastor emeritus of that society, is a lineal descendant of dames 
Egbert, who was born in L695. 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 L801. He learned the trade of printer in the office of the Palladium of 
Liberty at Morristown, X. J., and, moving to New York, became a partner 
of Mahlon Day. one of the earliest printers in thai 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 Antic. James Egberl 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, X. J., No- 
vember 17. L881, having settled there about 1867. His father. Enos, was 
a blacksmith and iron founder, and also a native of Elizabeth, dames 
Egbert married Joanna Jones Chidester, daughter of dames and Peninah 
(Guerin) Chidester, all of whom were born in New Jersey. She died in 

Dr. Egberl was born in New York City on the 17th of October. L826, 
and there received his education, lie attended one of the public grammar 
schools and t hen taughl for four years in the same institution. Afterward 
he continued his studies and also taughl in the private school of Professor 
John Jason Owen, of New York, and in L848, having received a thorough 
preparatory training there, entered New York University, then under the 
presidency of Theodore Prelinghuysen. He was graduated with honors 
in lsr>L\ receiving the degree of I»..\.. and on March 1. L889, 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. Egberl began the study of theology at the Union 


Theological Seminary in New York. Be was graduated from thai institu- 
tion in April, L855, and licensed to preach by (lie Third Presbytery of New 
York od i he Llth of i lie same monl h. 

<>n .lime L3, is.")."), he was ordained pastor of the Firsi Presbyterian 
Church id' West Eoboken, N. -I.. and continued in that capacity for forty- 
two consecutive years, resigning dime Id, 1 s;»7. Soon afterward he was 
made pastor emeritus id' the congregation. This church was organized 
dime L2, 1850, willi eighl members, and the church edifice was dedicated 
dune 25, L851. For four years Rev. Charles Parker supplied the pulpit, 
and through his efforts, and with the aid of Rev. William Bradford, then 
editor of i he New York Evangelist, the church building was erected. Dr. 
Egberl was their firsi settled pastor, and faithfully and diligently dis- 
charged the duties nf the trust, gaining not only the love but the confidence 
and affection of the entire community as well as of his own parishioners. 
Prom a very small congregation he lmilt it up to a membership of over 
-Id.) and the Sunday school in 500 scholars, with a chapel in Jersey City 
of aboul 250 members. The society made a strong effort to retain him 
as their active pastor, bu1 advancing years and the evident need of rest 
inipelh-d him to resign, and the pastorale has since been undei Rev. Charles 
Alexander Evans, a graduate of Princeton, class of L884. As pastor 
emeritus, however, Dr. Egbert continues to exercise a broad and wholesome 
influence in i he church. 

He has twice been Moderator of the Presbytery of Jersey City, is a 
member of the Associate Alumni ami of the Alumni Club of the Union 
Theological Seminary, and is known throughout the Slate and in other 
Presbyteries as a man of broad culture, of greal learning, and of line 
intellectual attainments. Ilis 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. L855. to Harriet Louise Drew, daugh 
ter of George and l'hilimla Drew, of New York City. Their children are 
Annie Lake Egbert, a teacher in the New York public schools; dames C. 
Egbert, Jr., professor of Latin in Columbia College, New York; Rev. 
George Drew Egbert, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Cornwall, 
X. Y.: and Marion Dupuy Egbert, also a teacher in the New York public 
schools. Two other children died in infancy. 

RAYMOND I'. WORTENDYKE is descended from Cornelius Jacobse, 
alias Siille (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 aud located on a planta- 
tion at Bushwick, L. I. From thence he removed to what is now the 
Williamsburgh district of Brooklyn. In 1664 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 Now York City. 
He married (1) August 24, L692, Classic Tennis, and (2) duly 28, L695, 
Tryntie Wallings Van Winkle, of Amsterdam, Holland. He died in New 
York in KIT!), having had nine children of the second generation, the 
eldest of whom was Jacob Corneliesen, born in 1<>44, who married, March 
11, Kill, 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- 


dyke, located on the upper west side of Manhattan Island. He and his 
descendants adopted the surname of Wortendyke, while those of his broth- 
ers retained thai of Somerendyke. The old Somerendyke mansion house, 
built of stone, stood, ;i few years ago, on the Bloomingdale road near Wes1 
Seventy fifth Street. Frederick (3d gen.) married, June LO, l Tot. Divertie 
Rynearsen Quackenbush, a granddaughter of Peter Quackenbush, of 
Oostergeest, Eolland. Aboul lTJi! Frederick removed to Bergen County, 
\. J., where he purchased several tracts of land, the principal one of which 
was nearly five hundred acres in ana al 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. Rynier, Elizabeth, Frederick F., and < 'lassie. 

Frederick F. Wortendyke (4th gen.), horn in New Fork city. April 10, 
L720, married April :!. 174s. 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 L770, 
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 1 77«; and confined for 
some time a prisoner in the old Sugar House in New Fork. 

Peter F. Wortendyke (5th gen.), baptized August 29, 17."i4. married 
.Martha Demarest. He resided at Pascack. where he was a farmer and 
millet'. His children of the sixth generation were Frederick P.. Angenitie, 
Peter P.. and Jacobus. 

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

Peter I*. Wortendyke, of the seventh generation, born .June 11. L816, 
died April L2, L900. He married Harriet Cumniings, a native of Spring 
Valley, X. 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 11.. ami Charles P.. the second of whom is the subject of this sketch. 

Raymond P. Wortendyke (8tb gen.), one of the prominenl members of 
i he bar of .Jersey City, was born at Pascack, Bergen County, X. J., De- 
cember 30, 1845 He is the youngesl son id' Peter P. a ml Harriel (Cummin gs) 
\\ oiieiidyke. and inherits from a long line of ancestors on both side» the 
sturdy characteristics of his race. He attended the public schools at 
Pascack and Hackensack, Bergen County, and was graduated from" the 
New -Jersey Stat.- Normal School at Trenton. June L5, L862. Subsequently 
he taugh! 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 R. 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 .",. L869, and as counselor 
June • '>. L872, and for over thirty years has been actively and successfully 
engaged in the general practice of his profession, his present office being 
in .Jersey < 'ily. 

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


old Public Road Board for ten years. Ee has been counsel for the Town- 
ship of Englewood for many years, and is now City Attorney for the 

Gitj of Kn-lrw I. During his career at the bar he has been connected 

wiili a number of importanl cases in which he lias displayed marked abilil \ . 
sound judgment, untiring industry, and great force of character. He is 
public spirited, progressive, and patriotic, thoroughly identified with the 
besl interests of the community, and holds a prominent place at the bar. 

Mr. Wortendyke has been twice married, lirst on December 30, 1869, 
to Caroline, daughter of Levi and VVilhelmina (Ackerman) Gurnee, of 
Pascack, X. -I.. who died February 11. 1895. On September 29, L897, he 
married .Mis. Aim E. II. (Demarest) Gurnee, of Backensack, daughter of 
David A. Demarest, of Tenafly, Bergen County. 

DAVID A. DEMAKEST was without doubt in his day one of the most 
widely known and highly respected men in Borden County. He was of 
ili" sixth generation from David des Marest, the French Buguenot emi- 
grant, concerning whom see page 64. The line of descent was as follows: 
David des .Maresi ih. the emigrant, and his wife. Maria Sohier. had four 
children, one of whom was David Demarest, Jr. (2), who married Rachel 
Cresson ami had twelve children, one of whom was Jacobus (3). who mar- 
ried Lea de (iroot and Margrietie Cozines Baring, and had fifteen children, 
one of whom iby the second wife) was Abraham I >. Demarest i 1 1. born at 
old Bridge, Bergen County, September 25, L738, died uear Closter, X. .1.. 
•Inly 9, L824, married, in 17<;::. Margaretta Garrets Demarest. born at 
Schraalenburgh, December 2, 1711. died June L3, L834. Abraham D. Dem- 
arest ih resided at old Bridge for many years, when he removed to Back- 
ensack and kepi the Mansion House. About ITsi he purchased a large 
farm on the west side of the Schraalenburgh and Tappan road, lying on 
hot 1 1 sides of i he rond to old I look. There until his death he kept a general 
store of groceries, hardware, and smh wares us farmers require, lie also 
kept (until L809) a tavern where the elections were held and other public 
business transacted. In April. 1 7>7. he added to his farm on the south by 
purchases from the Barings and Van Boms. Abraham was a man of some 
note. His store and tavern were known and patronized by the people for 
miles around. From L781 until L799 he held uianv 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 Schraalenburgh, in which he several times held the offices 
of Deacon and Elder. His issue were David A..; Rachel, 1768; Margaret, 
1 77:'. ; John, 1775 (died); and Christina. 1783. 

Of these David Abraham Demarest (5), the subject of this sketch, was 
born at eld Bridge, August 28, 17C4, ami died at Nyack, N. Y., February 
1. L860, aged ninety-five years, five months, and three days. He married, 
in 17s7. Charity Baring, daughter of Cornelius Baring, of Pascack, where 
she was born duly 24, L769. She died at Schraalenburgh, January. 2!). L849, 
aged about eighty years. She was a lady of sound judgment, with a kind 
and cheerful disposition, 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 Schraalenburgh, N. J., 
September 5. 1789. 

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



manship and composition. Clerking in and purchasing stock for liis 
father's store, as well as attending to Hi" wants of the tavern guests, 
threw liim in contacl with all kinds and conditions of people from whom 
he obtained a large fund of information which, in Unci years, be turned 
to good account. When the Revolutionary struggle broke ou1 he was a lad 
twelve years old, yd the father had difficulty in restraining the patriotism 
of liis son sufficiently to pr< venl him from offering his services ;is a drum- 
mer boy to the < '<>mi inental forces. 
Thai struggle over, and having married and settled dow r n i * » business, 


he gave liis attention qoI only to the store but to agricultural pursuits, 
which were then profitable. Products <>l the farm were senl by sloop from 
old Bridge, or Closter Dock, to New York. A considerable trade in pi.u 
iron was carried <»n with the iron works ;ii Ramapo. Groceries were <\ 
changed for pig iron and the iron shipped to New York and sold ;ii a profit. 
In October, 1T!M. he was one of the militia force from New Jersey, Virginia, 
and Pennsylvania sent l>\ President Washington to Pittsburg to suppress 
what in American history is known ;is the "Whisky Insnrrect ion." In 
1796 he began to mingle in and wield influence in town affairs. From 
that time to 1843 he held numerous town offices, including that of Justice 


of Hie Peace. In 1800 he superintended the construction of Ins father's 
new stone dwelling istiii standing). The tavern business was abandoned 
with the demolition of the old family mansion. 

His daughter Margarel married, in L810, John Perry, a member of one 
of the oldesl and mosl prominenl families in Rockland County, X. Y., by 
whom she had issue i wo daughters, Catharine (181.1) and Charity iisi'iM. 
In lsii' the quota of Bergen County drafted troops for the war with Greal 
Britain rendezvoused ai Jersey City for three months. Captain Samuel 
(i. Demaresl (of what is now Westwood, X. J.), who raised a company of 
men for thai war, recruited pan of Ins force a1 the store of Abraham l>. 
Demarest. Ii has been said thai David A. Demaresl served in the War 
of L812, Ian it so his name does noi appear upon the muster rolls of the 
companies thai wenl from his vicinity, commanded by Major Van Saun. 

At his death in 1824 Abraham l». Demaresl 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, lie 
also owned a large farm west of the Hackensack River and a trad at 
Ramapo. Henceforth ami until his death he was considered a wealthy 
man. Bui he was one of those men whom wealth makes neither proud nor 
avaricious -a most genial and hospitable man. noted I'or his liberality. 
Nearly all his life ho had been a member ami liberal supporter of the 
North Church at Schraalenburgh, which he helped to organize and to 
which In- liberally gave. Ilis commodious mansion was always open to 
the ministers of thai and sister churches. They came and went ;il (heir 
pleasure, sometimes staying with their families lor weeks at a lime. Their 
host's hospitality was of the good old fashioned variety, spontaneous and 

hearty. Everybody was welcome bent^ath his roof. He had ureal inilm e 

over his neighbors ami a happj wax of settling disputes. As a Justice 
of the Pence for many years his practice was to avoid trials, if possible, and 
usually he would bring the parties to an agreemenl to settle before the i rial 
day came on. lie was a gentleman of " ye olden time " a sort of " Cadi " in 
the community t»» whom the people wenl for advice in time of trouble 
and did not go in vain. He was a lover of music, ami in lsiil organized 
n band in which he played second clarinet. The minutes <d' this hand in 
his handwriting show thai ii prospered for some time. He was an 
entertaining conversationalist and storyteller who never lacked for lis 
timers. Physically he was remarkably robust, and was never severely ill. 
lie was found dead in bed one morning at the home of his daughter, :M 
Xyack. X. Y.. whom he was visiting, lie lay as though he had quietly 
dropped into n peaceful sleep. He was of the type of man rarely to be 
met with in these days, lie saw the Revolutionary War. the War of L812, 
and the .Mexican War, ami had he lived another year he would have seen 
the beginning of tin- <"ivil War. The year before his death (he 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 (rain. 

Catharine and Charily Perry, has granddaughters, married, respectively, 
Isaac and Tunis Smith, of Xyack, X. Y.. who, for many years, owned and 
operated a steamboal line between New Fork and Nyack. Isaac and Tunis 
Smith were descendants of Lamberl 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, L682, he married Margaretta Garrets Blawvelt, a 
daughter of Garrel Hendricksen Blawvelt, of Deventer, Holland. In Hist; 


Lamberl and his brothers-in-law, the Blawvelts, and others purchased 
the Tappan patent. Lamberl settled od pari of it a1 the "Green Bush," 
in Rockland County. His descendants sood became so numerous thai it 
was accessary to distinguish one from the other, and as Lambert was a 
smith by profession it became convenienl t<> designate him as Lambert 
Ariaense Smidt. .Most of the family eventually dropped the Ariaense and 
called themselves Smith. Lamberl Smith and Margaretta Garrets Blaw- 
vell had issue, among other children, a son. Garrel 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, ami had issue, besides other children, a son. Isaac ih. who mar- 
ried Rachel Smith, and had issm- several children, anion- whom was Peter 
Smith (5), who married Christina Demaresl (a sister of David A. Demarest, 
above mentioned), old patrons of the steamer " Chrystenah ,; will re- 
member her portrail ;it tin- head of the stairway to the uppei deck. They 
had issue of tin- 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 Nam- Smith were 
John, -lames, and Margarel Ann. all now deceased. The issue id' Charity 
Perry and Tunis Smith were six children, all now deceased excepl David 
and Sidney. 

JAMES KII'P is of the tenth generation in lineal descent from Roeloff 
(Ralph) de Kype, who. as the prefix "de" unmistakably indicates, was 
of French origin, bu1 who resided at Amsterdam, Holland, whither he 
had lied from France. His life-long calling was that of a soldier, wherein 
In- exhibited bravery, energy, and capacity of tin- highest order. He at- 
tained prominence as a military leader in L555, 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 foughl 
againsl 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 tin- 1'rotestant cause. One of them is said to have 
been a stockholder in the Dutch East India Company and an active pro 
moter of the vx>yage of Bendrick Hudson to New York in L609. 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 firsl of the 
name iii the New World. Bendrick (3d gen.), owing to ill-health, soon 
returned to Holland, but his son Bendrick (4th gen.), who seems to have 
been the firsl to drop the "de" from the name and who was usually 
known as " Bendrick Bendricksen Kype," married and became one of the 
lirst permanent settlers on Manhattan Island. Being a tailor by occupa- 
tion, he was sometimes dubbed " Schneider Kype." On April 28, Hit."., he 
purchased a lot 30x110 east of "The Fort" mow Bridge Street, near 
Whitehall i. on which he built his family residence and shop. There, for 
years, he was the principal tailor of the town. Be married Ann de Sille. 
a daughter of Nicholas de Sille, of Wyck, Holland. Aboul this time Ki< ft 
was Governor of New Amsterdam. Kype despised the governor and pub- 
licly denounced him as "a butcher" for permitting the massacre of the 
Backensack Indians at Pavonia. Kiefl 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 


Kype was made a Councilor. Later he was chosen to be one of the nine 
Selectmen, because, as is said, he was one of " the mosl 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 
lie seen after sold mil and removed to Amstel, in Delaware, where he 
embarked extensively in the brewing business on the west hank 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 trad of two hundred 
acres of land smith of Backensack, from the Hackensack River to the 
Saddle River, and including in it the present village of Lodi. lie died in 
New Amsterdam about 1703. leaving children of the fifth generation < !or- 
nelia. Catharine, Peter, and Nicasie (Nicholas). 

Nicholas (5th gen.), born at Amstel, Del., in L668, went to Hackensack 
in 1694, and married Ann Breyant, of old Bergen. The same year the 
couple joined the Dutch Church at Hackensack. In L698 Nicholas, with 
Thomas Fraunce and Rutgerl Van Born, of Bergen, purchased from Cap 
tain Berry a large trad at Moonachie. Nicholas made other purchases 
in dm- time— one of two hundred acres from Garrel Lydecker extending 
from the Backensack to the Saddle River, and another large area of 
•meadow land" for which, as his i\^^\ 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 mosl extensive landholders in thai section. He resided on 
the Polifly road, was active in town and church affairs, and held several 
responsible official positions. His eleven children of the sixth generation 
were Ilenrv. Peter, Isaac. Cornelius. Jacob, Ann. Catherine. Elizabeth, 
< iarret. Nicholas, and John. 

Nicholas (6th gen.), born at Moonachie in L720, married in 1749 Lea Vree 
land, of Bergen, lie was a farmer by occupation and resided for thirty- 
five years in Lodi Township. In L755 he removed with his family to 
Schraalenburgh, where he boughl a large farm lying on both sides of the 
Schraalenburgh road near the present North church. The same year 
lie and his wife joined the Schraalenburgh South church, of which Nicholas 
was made a Deacon in 17<i<!. lb- was a man of means and greatly re- 
spected by his neighbors His children of the seventh generation were 
Sophia, Isaac. Catharine. Peter. John, .Maria. \nn, and Jemima. 

Isaac Kipp (7th gen.) was born at Schraalenburgh, May 14. 1756, and 
died there March 10. 1813. He joined the Smith Church in ITS.",, and 
became one of the principal and. in fact, the most influential man in 
Schraalenburgh. He owned and managed a large farm on both sides 
of the road near the North Church. Though wealthy, both he and his 
father Nicholas fervently espoused tin- 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." ami 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 was at 
first a Major and later a. < Jolonel. He was oneof the principals in the organi- 
zation of the North Church Congregation, and one of the seven men chosen 
by resolution of the Consistory in 1800 to build the present church edifice, 
receiving for that service si\ shillings per day. He died in March, 1813, 
and was buried near the church in which In.' was so long prominent. His 


children of the eighth general ion were Nicholas, I >avid, I [enry (who became 
a prominent physician), Ann. Leah, Maria. Christina, Isaac and James. 

David Kipp (8th gen.) was born at Schraalenburgh, January 24, 17^::. 
and died May L8, L864. He was reared on his father's farm, and in L806 
married Elizabeth, daughter of William de Graw, of old Tappan. David 
resided and for man.\ years kept a general store at what is now Bergen- 
field, 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 1!». 1812, 
and died in L871. He married, November 24, LS31, Elizabeth Banta, born 
in L813. William resided for many years at Old Tappan, new Harrington 
Park. Although reared a farmer, he was a born politician, and for many 
years was the Democratic leadei in Harrington Township, hate in life 
lie removed to Closter. At his death he left living issue David, John B., 
Isaac Levina, James, and William de Graw, the lasl two named being 
the subjects <d' this and the following sketch. 

• lames Kipp (10th gen.) was born at old Tappan, N. J., October L5, L844, 

and received his scl ling in the public schools at Tappan. At the age 

of fifteen he lefl 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 1862 to take 
the place <d' his brothers John B. and Isaac who had joined the Union 
Army in Virginia. Upon the return of his brothers dames soughl 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, bu1 remained there 
only three months. A more lucrative position was offered him with the 
New York Rubber Clothing Company at :'>47 Broadway, which he accepted. 
In duly. 1><i~. 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 >till holds at Nos. 
787-789 Broadway, New York. To manage a concern doing the great vol 
nine 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 (lose attention to its details have marked 
him for the early future as one id' the great army of successful mercantile 
men in the great city, lb- is thoroughly domestic in Ids habits ami tastes, 
and spends his spare time with his family, lie belongs to no city clubs, 
does not dabble in politics, has never held political office. lb' "leans 
toward " the hutch Reformed Church ami t he Republican party. 

IP- married, February 21, L872, Rachel, a daughter of John d. and Hannah 
M. Naugle. .Mrs. Kipp was born at Closter, X. J., March 25, L850. The} 
have three daughters : Ada (married in L895 to Edward Livingston Gilbert, 
a New Fork 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 tin- New York City public schools. Ada 
has a daughter, Margery (11th gen.), born in L897. 

WILLIAM De GRAW KIPP (10th gen.), brother of the above, was horn 
at old Tappan, N. J., February 25, L848, 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 <d' Ward Carpenter, 


No. 520 Sixth Avenue, New York. Here he remained for 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 business 
on his own accounl at Closter, X. •). This venture being unprofitable, he 
beca?ne a salesman in the house of Wrighl Gillies & Brother, New York. 
He loft them in L880 to take charge of the city sales department of the well 
known house of K. R. Durkee & Co., of New York, and still tills that posi- 
tion. Their factory and office are at ~i'-'A Washington Street. As a sales- 
man his knowledge of general merchandise and his long experience on the 
i-oad and behind the counter have made him one of the most expert and 
valuable men in his line of business. Ai 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 i he < !ongregat ional < 5hurch for a number of 
years, and was also the prime factor in placing the railroad station at 
Closter in its present local ion. 

lie married in 1^71 Sarah Elizabeth, a daughter of John -T. and Hannah 
M. Naugle. Sarah 1-:. Naugle was born at Closter, X. J.. March 25, L853. 
They have four daughters living: Edna, born October 31, ls7.~» (married 
in L899 William < '. Bouton, an employee of the Union Trust Company, of 
New York); Lizzie, born in 1878; Ethel, born in L882; and Grace, born 
in 1 ss 1 . Three others — two daughters and a son — died in infancy. 

THE WESTERVELTS on- You Westervelts, as they once called them 
selves) are another of the very prolific families of Bergen and Hudson 
Counties. Should the traveler happen to journey through the Province of 
Overyssel in Holland, about a mile oast of the coast of the Zuyder Zee, 
on the highroad from Deventer to Groningen, he will pass through a con- 
siderable town called Meppel. In the middle of the seventeenth century 
this town was a mere hamlet. Thro.- miles east was the town of Zwolle, 
where Thomas a Kempis for half a century resided, where he wrote his 
famous book'. J a Imitation of Christ, and where he died about 1471. Easl 
of Meppel the country for miles was then a desert waste of lowland. 
To-day this has been bought up by humanitarian societies to secure from 
beggary able bodied laborers and their families by locating them on these 
lands and employing them in bringing the lands to productiveness. South 
and west of Meppel were rich, green pasture lands. Near Meppel lived 
William and Lubbert Lubbertsen, two sturdy brothers, tillers of the soil, 
and raisers of cattle. 

In April. 1(102. those two brothers joined the throng of emigrants which 
was then heading from Amsterdam to America to better their condition 
in life. William, with a wife and four children, and Lubbert. with a wife 
and six children, readied New Amsterdam about tin' first of May, 10(12. 
in the Dutch West India ship " Faith." William repaired to New Utrecht, 
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 15, 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, near the close of the century, his 
sons Lubbert, Jr., Roeloff, John, and Juriaen went to Bergen County, N. J., 

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and settled. Lubbert, Jr., who married Billetje Pouwless, resided for a 
time in what is now Jersey City, and then removed to the vicinity of what 
is now Highwood, X. •!.. where lie died and his wife remarried. RoelofE 
and .lohn (who married respectively CJrsolena Stimets and Magdalena Van 
Blarcom) bought lands south of Highwood and in the vicinity of Cresskill, 
X. d. The Indians disputed their titles, bu1 subsequently the sachems 
signed releases. Juriaen, who married ill Gessie Bogert, (_i Antjie Banta, 
and (3) Cornelia Van Voorhis, boughl and settled on lands on the Backen- 
sack and Saddle Rivers. Lubbert's two daughters, Margretie and Mary, 
married and settled a1 New Backensack. The descendants of these four 
sons and two daughters of Lubberl Lubbertsen, intermarrying with the 
Demarests, Naugles, Barings, Blawvelts, and others, became a mighty 
host, and are scattered throughoul Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic Counties, 
X. J., and Rockland County, X. Y. 

SAMUEL WESTERVELT is of (he seventh generation from Lubberl 
Lubbertsen, the tirst emigrant, and was born at Tenafly, Bergen County, 
X. J., on the L6th of August, L853, being the son of David I. Westervell 
and Sophia Parsels, and a grandson of John R. Westervell 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 
eighl 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 tin' quality or kind of its business. As an attache 
of this great establishment .Mr. Westervell has displayed the highesl 
business abilities, great executive energy, and superior judgment. He 
is a public spirited, patriotic and progressive citizen, and as a resident of 
Tenafly, Bergen County, has taken an active interest in local public affairs. 
He has served two years as President of the Board of Education and stijl 
holds that office, and is also Trustee and Treasurer, as well as a member, 
of the Presbyterian church of Tenafly. 

Mr. Westervell married .Miss Charlotte E. Bolden, and they have four 
children: Florence E., born in L880; Ralph E., born in L884; .lames B.. 
born in L887; and Martha B., born in L891. 

THE BEBRY FAMILY.— One of tl arlicst emigrants ai Bergen was 

•lohn Berry, an Englishman who came from Christ Chinch Parish in the 
Island of Barbadoes. presumably with Kingsland, Sandford, Moore, and 
one or two others, lie was, perhaps, one of tin- most active and energetic 
of all the emigrants, and certainly the most liberal. In 1668 he bought ;ill 
the hinds between the Backensack and Saddle Rivers, extending from the 
Sandford patenl ;i^ far north as Cherry Hill in Bergen County. The same 
year he bought three other tracts: one of L,500 acres on the Hudson River 
adjoining Edsall, another of 2,000 acres at Schraalenburgh, and another of 
nearly number of ma-es on the upper Saddle River. He came to be 
one of the most wealthy of tin- Bergen settlers, and in a sense "ran the 
towne." lb- was a member of the Governor's Council several years, at one 
time acting Governor, member id' tin- ('(denial Assembly, a Justice for 
Bergen County, ;i Captain and Major in the militia, and Commander of the 
"Bergen Rangers" or train bands. In L670 In- boughl hind at Bergen, 
where ho made his home. He gave lands for various purposes, especially 
the land at Hackensack on which stands the " Church on the Green." He 



died in New York. leaving a large family of children, among whom were 
John, Mary, Samuel, Richard, Francis, and Francina. .Most of these ve- 
mained in Bergen Countv, where their descendants arc still numerous. 

HENRY 11. BRINKERHOFF, Jr., M.D., member of the Board of Health 
and one of the leading physicians of Jersey City, was born at Rocky Hill, 
Somersel County, X. -I.. on the 23d of May, L865. His ancestors were 
among the earliest seniors of the State, coming originally from Holland. 
" Joris Dircksen Brinckerhoef, the founder of the American branch of 
this family, came from the 
Count v of I> r ent, r 
Drenthe, in the United 
Provinces, and having lived 
sonic time at Flushing, a 
seaporl in Zealand, arrive. 1 
in t his count rv in L638. He 
settled on Staten Island. 
a ail entered into a conl r;ni 
with Cornelius Melyn, the 
owner of the island, to re- 
side there; bu1 owing to t he 
murder of some neighboring 
planters h\ the Indians, in 
L641, he obtained a release 
from the contract, August 
1.-,, 1641. Then he wenl to 
Long Island and settled in 
l'.reokh q. lie married Su 
sannah Dubbels, who died 
January L6, L661." The 
family settled in Bergen 
< 'oiinty ;if a very early day, 
and is one of the oldesl and 
best known in the eastern 
pari of New Jersey. In H»77 
Hendrick Brinckerhoef, son 
of Joris Dircksen Brincker- 
hoef, purchased land on 
Bergen Hill, Jersey City, 
and was the ancestor of I hi 
family in Hudson and Ber- 
gen Counties, w Idle another 
son of the original emigranl . 
Abraham Brinckerhoef, is the founder of the Long island branch. 

i>r. Brinkerhoffs parents were Henry II. Brinkerhoff and Elizabeth Vree- 
land, daughter of Michael Vreeland. granddaughter of Michael Vreeland, 
Sr.. and a great-granddaughter of Johannis Vreeland, who was the son of 
.Michael Vreeland, who was the son of Cornelius Vreeland, who was the 
son of Michael Jansen. The Vreeland family arrived in this country in 
L636 from Holland. On his father's side Dr. Brinkerhoff is a grandson of 
John V. \Y. Brinkerhoff, a great grandson of Hartman Brinkerhoff, a great- 
great-grandson of Hendrick Brinkerhoff, and a great-great-great-grandson 
of Hartman Brinkerhoff, whose father, Cornelius Brinckerhoff, was the 



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

Dr. Brinkerhoff was educated in the public scl Is. graduating from 

the High School of Jersey City in L883. Subsequently he spenl half ;i 
dozen years in mercantile pursuits, and then, having decided upon medi- 
cine as his life work, entered Bellevue Hospital Medical Colh ge, and after 
graduating began a private pra< tice which he has since continued, and in 
which he lias achieved erainenl success. 

lie is one of the besl known physicians in Jersey City. He is City 
Physician, member of the Jersev <"ii\ Board of Health, Visiting Physician 
and Associate Surgeon of St. Francis Hospital, Treasurer of the Hudson 
County .Medical Society, and prominently identified with the Home for 
the Homeless and the Hospital for Contagious Diseases in Jersey City. 
He enlisted as a private in Company A. Fourth Regiment, X. <:. X. J., 
November '••. L886, was promoted Corporal December 13, 1887, became 
Sergeanl of his company April ::. 1888, and was commissioned Second 
Lieutenanl of Company C January 15, 1894, Captain duly 2, 1894. and 
Major of the Fourth Regiment in 1899, which latter position he still holds. 

He is a member of Woodland Lodge, Knights of Pythias, of the Hol- 
land Society of New York, of the Hudson County Medical Society, of 
the New Jersey State Medical Soci< ty, and of the American Medical Asso- 
ciation, and is thoroughly identified with the affairs of the city and active 
and influential in promoting every worthy 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 
1 Ia\ es. of Newark. X. J. 


RYNIER J. WORTENDYKE is descended from the same ancestor as is 
Kay m oml P. Wortendyke (see sketch of latter on page !>1 1. His great-great- 
grandfather, Rynier F. Wortendyke (son of Frederick Wortendyke and 
Divertie Quackenbush), baptized in New York March 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. Rynier spenl 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 II.. Mary. Albert, and Aeltje. 

Jacob R. Wortendyke, of the fifth generation, born May ~>. 1704. died 
December 18, 1858, married December 7. 1792, Elizabeth Campbell, born 
October 26, 177::. 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.), horn Augusl 16, 17!»:'.. died 
December •".. 1884, married, January 1<». 1M V . Cornelia Haring, who died 
Augusl 12, 1891. The; resided at Pascack. Their children <•! the seventh 
generation were Jacob R., Peter R., Garret, and Elizabeth. 

Jacob II. Wortendyke (7th gen.) was born a1 Pascack, X. .1.. November 27, 
1818, and died at Jersey City, November 2, 1868. He married, June 2, 1853, 
Susan J. Doremus, born Augusl '.». 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. Alter his admission to the bar he was successful in his prac- 
tice and held numerous official positions in Hudson County. He organized 
ilm Jersey <'it\ Water Board and served as a member of the Riparian 


Commission. In L857 he was elected to Congress from the Hudson 
district and served two terms in that body. In 1.868 he was a delegate 
t»> the Democratic National Convention. His children of the eighth genera- 
tion were Nicholas l>.. Cornelia E., Rynier J., .Jacob (died), and Jacob R. 

Rynier J. Wortendyke isth "•end, the subject of this sketch, was born in 
Jersey City, N. J., August 24, L860, and has always resided there. Having 
received a thorough preparatory education, he entered Rutgers College 
and was graduated from thai institution with lienors in the class of L882. 
lie then took up the study of law with James P>. Vredenburgh at Jersey 
City, and after the usual course was admitted to the Xew Jersey bar as an 
attorney in dune. L885, and as a counselor in dune. 1888. He has been 
actively and successfully engaged in the general practice of his profession 
in his native city. Be is a promineni member of the Presbyterian Church, 
;i 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. Cooley, October 11. L893, and 
their children of the ninth generation are Rynier d. Wortendyke, dr.. and 
Howard B. Wortendyke. Airs. Wortendyke died September 22, 1900. 

JAMES B. VREDENBURGB is of Holland descent, the respectability 
of which has been strengthened by intermarriage with the Coles, Schure- 
inans. Van Horns. Brinckerhoffs, and oilier id' the most promineni Holland 

Isaac Van Vredenburgh 1 1 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 [saacsen 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 t<> America in May, L658, on board the good 
ship " Gilded Beaver." lie s,.enis to have done military duty in and about 
Xew Amsterdam for several years, during which time, on October I'd. L664, 
he married Apollonia Barents, a daughter of Barenl Jacobsen Cole (Kool), 
a promineni 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 Fori William llendrick, 
and part of the time in the new fortification at Xew Orange. In 1677 he 
must have left the military service, as he then, and as late as L680, was 
living with his family ai Esopus, X. Y. His children were eighi in number, 
the eldest of whom was Isaac Van Vredenburgh (3), baptized in Xew York, 
October 1. L665, and who married March 7, 1»>!)4, Janneken Joosten, a 
daughter of Joosl 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. 177:!, 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 duly 26, 1810, married I Margarita, daughter of Jacobus Schureman, 
and (2) Elizabeth Fisher. His children by his two wives were eleven in 
number. He removed to New Brunswick, X. J., in 1712. One of his sons, 
Petrus Mil. baptized in Xew Brunswick. X. 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 Xew Bruns- 
wick, where he became one of the most influential men in Middlesex 
County. He was County Collector of that county for forty-one years (from 



17m' in L823) and ;i member of the New Jersey Assembly from 1790 t<» 
lT'.t.". Hi- also held many local offices, including thai <>i' Justice of the 
Peace. Of his two children Petrus (7), born in New Brunswick, October 
.-). 177>. removed to Somerville, X. J., where he became one of the most 
prominenl physicians of the State, and where he died September L5, 1848. 
Be married December 20, 1804, Maria, daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Van- 
derbilt) Van Dorn, who was bora April 7. 17>.*'.. and died April 2, 1855. 
Petrus (7) left a large family ol children, one of whom, Peter Vredenburgh, 
Jr. (8), bora ;ii Somerville, X. -I.. October .".1. 1805, entered IIui^ts College 
and was graduated therefrom in 1821. He read law at Somerville and 
was admitted i«» the New Jersey bar in 1829. Soon afterward he removed 
to Freehold, X. J., where In- commenced the practice <>t' his profession. In 
due time he was appointed Prosecutor oi the Pleas I'm- 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 
('(Hiii df Xc\\ Jersey, which position Ik- la-Id for fourteen years from 1854. 
.Many of tin- opinions which la- rendered were beautifully expressed and 
are continually quoted as precedents. He married April 19, 1836, Eleanor, 
daughter of Abraham and Catharine (Remsen) Brinckerhoff, bora duly l. 
1815, died March 29, 1884. Judge Vredenburgh died ai Freehold, X. J., 
.Match L'4. 1873. ilis children were Peter, William II.. and James B. (9). 
Of these the eldest was Major of the Fourteenth Regiment of New Jersey 
Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion. He served as Inspector-General 
of the Third Army Corps, mi the staff of General William II. French, and 
was presenl and look part in all the battles in which his regiment wa 
engaged. At the battle of Oppequan < Jreek, near Winchester, on September 
19, 1864, while in command of his regiment, ho was killed while bravely 
leading it in a charge. 

<>n his mother's side -lames B. Vredenburgh is descended from an old 
New -lersey family, the founder of whom was Joris Dircksen Brincker- 
hoff, who came to America from Drenthe in the United Provinces in 1638, 
settling on Staten Island and subsequently in what is now Brooklyn. His 
sons subsequently sett led in Bergen and Hudson Counties. 

dames B. Vredenburgh, the subject of this sketch, is of the seventh 
generation from William Isaacson Van Vredenburgh, and was born ai 
Freehold. X. J.,-October 1. 1844. He received his early education in Free- 
hold, was graduated from Princeton University in 1st;:;, read law with 
Aaron R. Throckmorton, of Freehold, and was admitted to the bar of New 
dorse \ as an attorney in dune. 1866, and as ,-i counselor in June, 1869. Upon 
his admission he located in Jersey City and soon came into prominence 
as a lawyer of abilitv, 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 acquired an equal share in 
an extensive ami lucrative practice. This partnership continued until the 
death of Hon. Isaac W. Scudder in 1881. In l 883 Mr. Vredenburgh associated 
himself with Judge Abram <,}. Garretson, and the two have ever since 
carried on a large and successful business, practicing in all the State 
and United Si.-nes courts, the firm name being Vredenburgh & Garretson. 
Mr. Vredenburgh succeeded Ids 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 


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

He has never soughl political preferment, yel he has discharged the duties 
of the citizen with characteristic energy and is widely known as a man of 
commanding influence. Be has maintained the high reputation, not only 
of his father, bu1 of his ancestors, and has displayed those sterling attri- 
butes and high legal qualifications which have distinguished the family 
for generations. 

Mr. V'redenburgh married .Miss Emily II. Van Vorst, a descendant of the 
well known Van Vorst family, the founder of which was Cornells Van 
Voorst, who came to this country from Holland as early as L636. Their 
children are Peter, .lames. John, William. Eugene, and Eleanor. 

CORNELIUS BRINKERHOFF, of Secaucus, is the son of .lames D. 
and -lane (Alcorn) Brinkerhoff and a grandson of John Brinkerhoff and 
Kate Bogert, and was born in West Hoboken, X. •!.. October .'11. LS59. lit' 
is descended in the ninth generation from Joris Dircksen Brinckerhoef, 
of the Province of Drenthe, in Holland, who left Holland and lived for a 
lime in Flushing, a seaporl in New Zealand, whence he came to this conn 
try in L638. Settling on Staten Island. N. Y.. he contracted with Cornelius 
Melyn, the owner, to reside there; bu1 on account of the murder of some 
of the planters by the Indians, in 1641, he secured a release from the con 
tract and moved to Brooklyn, Long Island, lie married Susannah Dubbels, 
and died January l»'». L661. Of their four children the second, Hendrick 
Brinckerhoef, married Claesie, daughter of Cornelius Boomgaert, and 
seii led near English Neighborhood in New Jersey. In H>77 he purchased 
land on Bergen Hill, and became the founder of a numerous family in 
Hudson and Bergen Counties, his children being Geertje, Margrietje, Cor- 
nelius, Joris, Derrick, and Jacobus. Most of these as well as their parents 
united with the Hackensack church, -lames l>. Brinkerhoff still resides 
in West Hoboken, his wife having died in December, LS93. 

Mr. Brinkerhoff was educated in the public schools of his native town 
and spent much of his early life on the farm. Afterward he was employed 
by his uncle. ( '. II. Brinkerhoff, on a tugboal in New York harbor, ami 
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 tilled various responsible positions, and at the present 
time is superintendent of the New Jersey Trap Rock Company af Snake 
Hill. X. .1. lie is also Chief Engineer of tin- Pire Department of North 
Bergen Township, having been appointed to that office in August, L8 ( J8, 
and having Keen a leading member of the department for about eighl 
years. He is also a member of the Royal 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 marked success. He resides in 

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



daughter of Thomas and Mary Leahy, of County Tipperary, [reland. They 
have oik' daughter, Lillian May, born November L5, L883, in New Fork 

belongs to on< 

of the inosi numerous and 
members thereof having held 


influential families in Bergen County 
numerous and important positions ol trusl and responsibility, civil and 
religious, during the pasl two hundred years. Mis fust American an- 
cestoi was James Christie, who emigrated to this country from Aber- 
deen, Scotland. i1 is said aboul L685. bu 


C(ii:\l in - CHRIS") IK. 

eighl years. Bis children were Jacol 
Elizabeth, James, David, and Williai 

William Christie (2), the lasl named, 
28, L720, died September 28, L809, ma 
Demarest. Be was ;i farmer, reside 
children: James, Margrietie, Magdal 
Jacomina, I >avid, and Sophia. 

James Christie (3), known ns " Capi 
burgh, Augusl 20, 171 1, died July 3, 1 


d at 

iina. A ne 

probability is thai it 
w;is much later, un- 
less In* was ;i boy a1 
the I ime of Ids emi- 
gration. Be \\<-nt to 
Backensack in L703, 
and from thence, 
tin- same year, to 
s c li r a a 1 e nburgh, 
where, on the 81 h of 
September, he mar- 
ried M a g d a 1 e n a, 
daughter of John 
Demaresl (2), and be- 
came the owner, by 
purchase, or in right 
of his wife, from the 
D e m a r es1 s, of a 
large farm (aboul 
300 acres) just norl h 
of the North ( Jhurch, 
and extending from 
the Tiena Kill Brook 
w e s t w a r (1 to I lie 
S c li r a ;i 1 e n burgh 
road. His residence 
was on the site re- 
cently occupied hy 
John H. Anderson. 
< >n t his farm some <if 
liis descendants have 
ever since resided. 
lie died in 1768, al 
the advanced age of 
ninety-six or ninety 
ije. Lae, John, Maril ie, 

tized ;it Schraalenburgh Augusl 

September 20, L743, < Jatharine 

Schraalenburgh, and lefl ten 

Maria, Peter, John, < !ornelius, 

;iin -lames.*' was born at Schraalen- 
817. I Ie married Maria Mama, horn 


August I, L754, died September L3, 1815. " Captain James " was a farmer 
by occupation, bu1 patriotic ;in<l public spirited. Be 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. Eenry, and Jacomina. 

David Christie (4), horn December 1. L789, died April 8, LS48, married 
March 12. L814, Anna Brinkerhoff. 

Cornelius Christie (5), one of their children and the subject of this sketch, 
was horn in English Neighborhood mow Leonia), X. -I., December <i, 1835. 
lie was graduated from Vale University in the class of 1855. After read- 
ing law one year in the Harvard Law School he studied in the offices 
(it Mercer Beasley, ai Trenton. N. J., and of Abraham < >. Zabriskie, at 
Jersey City. No was admitted i<> the New Jersey bar in February, L860, 
ami his practice since has been largely an office practice ami in con- 
sultation. For many years he has served as counsel for his own township 
and for the hoards of adjoining municipalities. In 1867 he was elected 
to the House of Assembly in I he New Jersey Legislature, from the County 
of Bergen, ami was re-elected in lsi;s. From L870 to L876 he was editor 
and proprietor of the Vew Jersey Citizen, a local weekly journal. Independ- 
ently Democratic, published bj him ai Hackensack. lie has been from 
time to lime interested in various real estate enterprises ami in develop- 
ing ami carrying them forward t<» successful issues. Among others lie 
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, L894. lie was elected the first Mayor of the borough, 
and has since held that office. By the insertion of explicit provisions in 
his own deeds ami 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- 

THE ALLLX FAMILY of Bergen Count;? is descended from Peter Gar- 
rets Van Ilalen. The name is probably derived from Eaelen or Ilaalen. 
a town in Belgian Limbourg, from which place the family originally hailed. 
The name has gone through several forms: Ilaelen, Ilalen, Aelen. Alen, 
and Allen. Peter Van Ilalen was the sou of (ierrel Van Ilalen, of the City 
of Rotterdam, in Holland, where Peter was born about L687. He came to 
America in 1706 and settled in the Paramus section of Bergen County, 
where, on the 11th id' August of that year, he married, at Hackensack, 
Tryntie Hendricks Hopper. He purchased lauds on the west side of the 
Saddle River, where he resided and reared a large family of children, whose 
names were Eenry, 1707; Garret, 17))!); William, 1710; Andrew, 1712; 
Maritie, 1714; Willempie, L716; 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 Count v. 


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


Holland, and had come to Americn in the capacity of catechiser yoorleser 
and schoolmaster, in these capacities he labored ;ii Bergen until L690, 
when he removed to Hackensack, where the people so esteemed him thai 
in L693 iIm\ smi him to Holland i<> !»<■ licensed as :i minister of the Dutch 
Church. The Classis of Middleburgh, Holland, ordained and licensed him, 
;iikI on liis return in L694 he accepted the pastorate of the " Church on the 
Green," ;ii Hackensack, where he preached until liis death. For the firsl 
fifteen years of his ministry he is said to have been the only Dutch 
preacher in \e\\ Jersey. During his pastorate he had the control of all the 
surrounding churches, preaching a1 Tappan, Tarrytown, Staten island, 
Raritan, 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 ;ii Sluys in Flanders), 
and Henry, Corynus, Jacobus, Martha, and Anna, all of whom joined the 
Hackensack church. Sarah married David l». Demarest, Maria married 
John Bogert, Elizabeth married John Terhune and Rolof Bogert, Henry 
married Mary Terhune, Corynus married Anna Ryerson, Martha married 
Allien Bogert, Jacobus married Elizabeth Van Emburgh, Anna married 
Abraham Varrick. Rev. Guilliam Bertholf purchased from John Berry ;i 
farm ni Hackensack, extending from the Hackensack to the Saddle River, 
mi which the village of Hackensack is now partly located, and there he 
died, universally respected, in L724. All his children remained in Bergen 
< 'on niy. 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. lie is the son of Matthew Erwin and Caroline A. 
i( Sore) Erwin and a grandson of John Erwin, a nai ive of Ireland, who came, 
a1 an early dale, to New York City, where .Mai I hew was born. On his 
mother's side Mr. Erwin is a grandson of William (lore, of Deal, Kent, Eng- 
land, the birthplace of both William Gore and his daughter, Caroline A. 
One of Mr. Erwin's maternal uncles, William Shrewsbury, was a missionary 
lo Africa in L835, while another, James Shrewsbury, for whom he was 
named, was a prominenl English barrister in London. John Erwin, his 
paternal grandfather, was in the War of L812, being a member of a New 
York company called " McQueen's Men." 

Judge Erwin received his preliminary education in Public Schools Nos. 
1 and .". in Jersey City. He also attended Cooper Institute, New York, and 
finished Ids studies under private tutors. Having received a thorough 
training, he took up the study of law in the office ol Washington B. Will- 
iams, and. in February, L881, was admitted to practice as an attorney in 
his native State. In February, L884, 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 L881, and in a large number 
of importanl cases with which he has been identified he has displayed high 
legal qualifications, a broad and accurate knowledge of the law, and ureal 
skill and ability. He has established a reputation as a lawyer and advocate- 
in 1890 Mr. Erwin represented his distrid in the General Assembly of 
New Jersey, and there magnified an already high reputation. He served as 
Distrid Courl Judge from January 26, L897, to February 27, 1898, when he 
resigned on his acceptance of the office of Prosecutor of the Pleas of Hud- 
son County. His term expires in L903. Judge Erwin is a prominent, 
progressive, and public spirited citizen, a man of broad attainments, and a 



member of the Union League of Jersey City, of the Minkakwa Club, of 
the Royal Arcanum, of the Loyal Additional Royal Arcanum, of Bayview 
Lodge, No. 146, Free and Accepted Masons, of Jersey City, and of Amity 
Chapter, \<>. 31, Royal Arch Masons, of Bayonne, N. J. 

November 22, L882, -Judge Erwin married Martha J. Robinson, and their 
children arc Margarei •!., Martha, James R., and Hobart <!. Erwin. 

WAIIXKi: W. WESTERVELT, a prominenl member of the New York 
bar and a leading citizen of Woodcliff, Bergen County, N. J., is of the 
seventh generation from Lubberi Lubbertsen, the emigrant (see sketch on 
page 99), and was born in Spring Valley, Rockland County, N. V., on the 
L3th of July, L847. Be is descended from a long line of worthy and dis- 
tinguished Holland ancestors, his parents being Sylvester Westervelt and 
Margarei Blauvelt, liis 
grandparents dames 
and Ilanna (Ten Eyck) 
Westervell and Joseph 
C. and Rebecca l Rem- 
sen) Blauvelt, and his 
great-grandparents A I 
berl Westervell and 
Cornelius and Bridge! 
(Talman) B I a u vel t. 
James Westervelt, his 
grandfather, was a 
private in the War of 
L812. These names rep- 
resent some of the 
oldest and mosl promi- 
• icni families in Rock- 
land Count y, New 
\ oik. those who have 
h o i' n e them having 
been conspicuous in 
military, profes 
and business 

si o nal , 


Westervelt ac- 
ids educational 


training at the New 
York State Normal 
School in A Ibany, from 
which he was grad- 
uated in July, L867. At 
the age of twenty he 
began teaching, first in 
the Union Academy at 
Belleville, N. Y., later 

at Union Hall Academy in Jamaica, L. I., and then at the Polytechnic In- 
stitute in Brooklyn, N. Y. Subsequently he taught in the Ashland Public 
School at East Orange, N. J., and finally in the schools at Plainfield, N. J. 
These various positions gave him a broad and valuable experience as well 
as a high reputation for scholarship and ability as a teacher. 

110 Hudson a.\i> r.i:i{(;i:.\ counties 

Bui teaching was not to be his life work, though he had been eminently 
successful, llis tastes, his ambition, and his efforts were for the law :is 
;i profession. Having pursued the regular course of legal study, he w;is 
admitted t«> the New York bar in May, L880, and since then has practiced 
in \c\v York City with marked success, lie has built up a large and suc- 
cessful clientage, and as n lawyer and advocate Ims gained a wide reputa- 

Mr. Westervelt is a prominenl citizen and a member of the Reformed 
Church of Pascack a1 Park Ridge, Bergen County, near where he resides, 
lie is thoroughly identified with the affairs of the community. His alien 
lion, however, has been devoted to his professional labors to the exclusion 
of public trusts and responsibilities, which have often been urged upon 
him. lie married Miss Mary A. Beach, of Orange, N. -I.. and they have six 
children: Jennie II.. born in 1870; Burton B., horn in IsTl!; Mary A., horn 
in L876; Margaret, born in 1878; Warner \Y.. dr.. born in L883; and 
Stuart <\. horn in 1891. 

ABRAHAM GARRISON DEMABEST 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 Demaresl was horn in Ber- 
gen County in L778 and removed to ••The Ponds" fin 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 ls:',7. and his wife in L850. 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 st ill quite young he moved with his parents to 
New York City, where he early became i mimed 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 is."):;. In 1855 he was asain commissioned, by Governor Myron 
II. Clark, while in ISoT he was commissioned by Governor John A. King. 
In L860 he removed to Cresskill, X. d. When the civil War broke out he 
recruited a company at Closter, X. J., for the Independent Battalion of the 
Bergen County Brigade, and in 1862 was commissioned iis Captain by 
Governor Charles S. Olden. One hundred and fifty men rendezvoused -it 
Trenton under his command, becoming a part of the Twenty-second New 
Jersey Volunteer Infantry. When held officers were appointed Captain 
Demarest became Major, lie held this rank until January, 1st;::, when he 
was commissioned Colonel. The regiment left Trenton for Washington, 
September 22, L862, joined the Army of the Potomac, and thereafter partici- 
pated in all the campaigns and hard fought battles ^\' t ha t 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 return to civil life he removed from Cress- 
kill to Tonally. X. J., where he has since engaged successfully in mercan- 

t ile pursuits. 

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



Ferdon and Prances Tallman. She died in October, 1872. Ee married (2) 
Ellen Van Giesen, of Paterson, X. J. His issue by the firsi wife were Mar- 
garetta, Maria Louis.-, and Edwin, and by the second wife Clifford, Amy 
E., M;uion L.. and II. Le Roy. 

WALTEB CHRISTIE is descended from the same American ancestor 
as Cornelius Christie (see sketch on page 106), .lames Christie, of Aberdeen, 
Scot land, the emigrant, who had ten children or more of (he second genera- 
tion, one of whom, William (2), married Catharine Demaresl and by her 
had ten or twelve children. One of these was "Captain .lames," and an- 
other was Peter \Y. Christie (3), who married Belitie Westervelt, by whom 
he had several children, one of 
whom was Ralph P. Christie i 1 1. 
born at Schraalenburgh, October 
L2, lis::, died June L5, 1ST::, mar- 
ried Catharine Westervelt, born 
October 7. L787, died April 26, 
is is. They resided .it Schraalen- 
burgh and had three sons: Cor 
nelius R. and Doweh, who were 
apprenticed to the harnessmah 
ing trade, and Peter, who w:is ap 
prenticed to the trade of mason. 
( Jornelius R. < Jhrisl ie (5) married 
Annie < 'hristie. ( me of I heir chil- 
dren was Walter ("hristie, the 

subject of this sketch. 

Walter < ?hris1 ie ((5) was born at 
Schraalenburgh, near t he Soul h 
Church, November 16, LS63, and 
st ill resides on the old homestead 
o f his paternal grandfal her. 
Ralph < 'hrist ie, purchased by t he 
latter March 31, L808, from Wierl 
Banta. The locality is now known 
as the Borough of Bergenfield, of 
which Walter Christie is now the 
.Mayor. For many years after his 
purchase from Banta, Ralph 

Christie conducted a tannery on the farm, and when his sons, Cornelius and 
Doweh, reached the age of sixteen he apprenticed them to the harnessmak- 
ing trade, which thev successfully followed until the breaking out of the 
Civil War. 

Walter Christie attended the public schools of his district, and succeeded 
his father as a farmer, having inherited the homestead. Tie still conducts 
the farm, and has, in addition, built up a thrifty real estate and insurance 
business, lb- has also managed with great success a number of large and 
important estates, for several of which he has acted as executor. In all 
these connections Mr. Christie has gained an honorable standing as a man 
of ability, integrity, and enterprise. 

He has also been prominent and influential in public affairs, having 
served for eight consecutive years as Collector of Taxes for the old Town- 
ship of Palisade, which embraced the territory lying between the Hudson 



River on the cast and the Hackensack River on the wesl .in Bergen County. 
In .Mardi. L897, he was circled Mayor of the Borough of Bergenfield, ami 
served two years, declining a renomination in t899, and was succeeded by 
Mr. Van Valkenburgh, the presenl Mayor. On the 15th of March, L900, he 
was elected a member of the Board of < "li< >s< -n Freeholder's of Berg< n ''nun 
i_v by the largest majority ever given any candidate for any office in Pali- 
sade Township. Mr. Christie lias discharged every duly with satisfaction 
and credit, no1 only to himself bu1 to all his constituents, and is widelj 
respected and esteemed for those qualities which mark the successful man. 
and for thai public spirit, methodical devotion, and genial good nature 
which have characterized his life. He is a member of Lodge No. 3,63$, 
Knights of Honor, of Tenafly, X. J., and a regular attendanl ai the Chris- 
i ian Reformed < fhurch. 

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

JOHN W. HECK, who has been actively and successfully engaged in 
the practice of law in Jersey City since ls~<i. was born in Trenton, X. .1.. 
July 27, L855, and when three years old (1859) came with his parents to 
Jersey City, where his father took charge ol the oil works of I. & C. 
Moore, located at the fool of Morris Street. His father died in LS65. 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 I.. X A. Zabriskie on September 
28, L874, and at the November term of the New Jersey Supreme Courl in 
L876 he was admitted to the bar. 

After the dissolution of this firm Mr. Heck remained with Lansing 
Zabriskie, the senior member, until L884, when Mr. Zabriskie retired from 
practice. Mr. Heck then assumed charge of the business as Mr. Zabriskie's 
attorney, and upon the hitter's death on March 29, L892, continued as the 
attorney I'm- estates for which Mr. Zabriskie had been trustee. Mr. Heck's 
practice has been largely in thai field of legal work. 

In L884 Mr. Heck was elected a member of the New Jersey Assembly 
from the Sixth Hudson District, and during his t< vm introduced the famous 
citizens' charter, which was defeated by his Republican colleagues from 
Jersey City. He also introduced and secured the passage of the firemen's 
tenure of office act, removing the Jersey City Fire Departmenl from 
politics, and re-introduced the bill providing for a bridge over the " Gap," 
on Washington Street, which, as in i former attempl to pass this bill, was 
defeated, owing to the powerful influence broughl to bear againsl it. In 
1885 Mr. I hek was renominated for member of Assembly, bu1 was defeated 
by Hon. R. S. Hudspeth. Two years later, in l vv 7. 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 connect ion 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 ad was per- 
formed by the commission appointed by Judge Manning M. Knapp, of 
which Mr. Heck was clerk, and completed in fourteen months. Hudson 
County now has the host sei of indices to us land records thai exist in the 

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


and in L884 was its President. Be 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. 
Hi- was married October, L884, to .Miss Lillian Benson, of Haverstraw, 
.\. Y. They have had two children. 

J. HULL BROWNING, prominenl financier and railroad president, was 
born at Orange, N. -J.. December 25, L841, and is the son of John Hazzard 
Browning and Elizabeth Smith illnlli Browning, both natives of New 
London County, Conn. His paternal ancestor, Nathaniel Browning, came 
to this country from England in L645 and settled at Warwick. R. L On the 
maternal side he descends from Rev. -Joseph Hull, horn in Somersetshire, 
England, in L595, who settled in Weymouth, Plymouth Colony, in Ki:;."), 
and in L639 was one of the founders of Barnstable, Cape Cod, Mass. The 
descendants of Rev. Joseph Null were conspicuous in the Revolutionary 
War and in the War of L812, Loth in the army and navy. Colonel John 
Hull, grandfather of J. Hull Browning, commanded a regimenl at the 
hat t le dt Stonington, ( !onn. 

.Mr. Browning was broughl to New York at the age of two years, was 
educated in the puhlic schools, and was graduated from the New York 
Free Academy mow the College of the City of New York). He engaged 
in the wholesale clothing business in New York City with two brothers 
until 1883. Upon the death of Charles G. Sisson, his wife's father, he 
was left as executor of his estate, and one year later (1875) succeeded him 
as President of the Northern Railroad of New . Jersey, a position which 
he held till July, L897, when In- sold out his interest in that corporation. 
He was left, also, as executor of his father's estate and succeeded him 
as Director and later became President of the Richmond County Cas Lighl 
Company. He has been prominently and successfullj connected with 
numerous railroad and commercial enterprises. He improved the facilities 
of the Northern Railroad of N< \\ Jersey, and lmilt some of the finest 
railroad depots in the country to accommodate its business. 

Although a prominenl and influential Republican, Mr. Browning ban 
always refused offers of nominations for puhlic office, hut he has taken a 
leading part in every movement made to advance the interests of Bergen 
County and of the Town of Tonally, when- he resides. He was for some time 
President of the County Republican League and is Vice-President of 
Chris! Hospital in Jersey City, a charity which has profited by his business 
ability and generous liberality. He was a Presidential Elector on the 
Republican ticket in 1892 and L896, hut with the exception of these honors, 
and local responsibilities in the Borough of Tonally he has held no offices. 

Tn fSTl he married Eva B. Sisson. daughter of Charles (I. Sisson, of 
Jersey City, and they have one son, J. Hull Browning, Jr. 

HENRY SIMMONS WHITE was horn at Red Bank, Monmouth County. 
N. J., July 13, 1S14, and is of the fifth generation of his family in this 
country, the founder. Thomas White, 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 White. Jr.; and a great-grandson of Thomas White, Sr., the 
immigrant. On the maternal side Mr. White is of English and Irish an 
cestry, his mother, Adaline Simmons, being a descendant of the old Sim- 


mons family of Maryland, from which State her parents, Abraham Sim 
mons ;ui(] Temperance Jones, removed to Ontario County, X. Y.. where 
she was born. 

.Mr. White was graduated from the ( 'ollege of Physicians and Surgeons of 
New Fork i. Medic; 1 1 Departmenl of Columbia University) in L86 1, but, being 
under age, did no1 receive the degree of M.D. until March, L866. He was 
Acting Assistanl Surgeon in the United States Armv in the War of the 

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Rebellion, enlisting in L864. Prom L865 to 1868 he practiced medicine ;ii 
Red Bank, X. 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, L872, he was admitted 
to practice as an attorney at the bar of New Jersey, and in November, 
INT."). as a counselor. Since L872 he has successfully practiced Ins pro- 
fession in Jersey City. He was Assistanl Collector of Customs. Port of 
New York, from 1878 to L882, delegate from New Jersey to the Repub- 
lican National Convention at Chicago in L888, 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 Departmenl Commander in 1895 
and 1896. 

Mr. White was married, November 19, 1878, at Freehold, X. J., to Annie 
II.. 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 W'esl Bloomfield, Essex County. X. J., on the 22d of December, 
1834. 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, was descended from Rynier Bastienstianse, a native of Giesen, 
a village in North Brabant, who came to this country in 1660 and taught 
the first school at Flatbush, P. P. 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 salary of 200 
florins, exclusive of perquisites. He removed to Bergen, X. .P. where he 
and Ids sons Garret, Isaac George, and Rynier boughl 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. Bucklej received his education in the public schools of New York 
City and Bergen County, X'. J., and subsequently took up t he 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 Xew York, he was in partnership with William G. Wheelrighl 
until 1862, and afterward with .lesse C. Smith ami John S. Woodward 
under the firm names of Smith A: Woodward, Smith. Woodward X' Buckley, 
and Woodward X Buckley. Since January P 1891, he has been associated 
with William \Y. Buckley under the firm name of ( '. p. & \\ . \\. Buckley. 
In 1873 he was appointed master in chancery by Chancellor Runyon. 


Mr. Buckley has resided in Tonally since L865. Upon the formation of 
Palisade Township in L870, and thereafter for aboul ten years, he took an 
active part in political matters, attending all the State and county con- 
tentions, at the same time declining all nominations for office. In March, 
L899, however, he became Mayor of the borough. He is n member of the 
Lawyers' Club and of the New York Athletic Club, of NVw York City, and 
of the Long Beach Club, of Barnegat, and the Tenafly Club, of Tonally, X. .1. 

Mr. Buckley was married in New York City, in L857, to Ella Augusta Mix, 
who died in 1884, leaving four children: William \Y. Buckley, a graduate 
of Columbia College, Now York City; Thomas .!. Buckley, a graduate of 
Stevens Institute. Hoboken, X. .1.; and two daughters. 

WILLIAM JAMES TILLEY, pastor of the Protestanl Episcopal Church, 
in Harrison, Hudson County, was born in Bristol, R. I., on the L6th of Sep- 
tember, L815. He is the «>u of Benjamin Tilley and Susan \Y. Easterbrooks, 
a grandson of Benjamin Tilley and Rachel Simmons, a great-grandson of 
William Tilley and Catherine Sabine, and a greal greal grandson of Will- 
iam Tilley. dr.. and Dor, as. his wife. William Tilley, Jr., was horn in 
Exeter, England, aboul L685. He came to Boston, Mass.. where he mar- 
ried his wife. Dorcas, in 17."><i. and subsequently went to Newport R. I., and 
established himself in business. From that early colonial period until the 
presenl the family has been conspicuous in civil and public affairs, and 
respected in the communities in which they resided. The name Tilley is 
firsl found on tin roll of the companions of William the Conqueror in 
England, in L066, and since that dale it is found in every county in Eng- 
land, fiance, and Holland, and in L620 in America. The coal of arms of 
the Tilleys of Prance is the same as of the family of England today. The 
first of the mime in America were Edward and John Tilley, who came over 
in the •" Mayflower," and whose names are on the Plymouth monument. 

Mr. Tilley is ;i brother of Benjamin F. Tilley. Commander in the United 
States Navy, who was in command of the United Stales gunboat, "New 
port," of the blockading squadron during tin- late Spanish-American War, 
and who in that capacity captured numerous prizes and distinguished him- 
self for bravery, patriotism, and loyalty to duly. 

Rev. William dames Tilh-y was educated in the schools of his native town 
and at North Yarmouth Academy, near Portland, Me. He also took a spe- 
cial course of classical study under the direction of Dr. Leonard Bacon, of 
Yale University, and under Dr. McClintock, and was graduated from Drew 
Theological Seminary in 1871, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Divinity. 
In the meantime he had spent three years in the Treasury Department at 

After graduating from Drew Theological Seminary he was successively 
pastor of charges at Sand Lake. X. Y.. Dalton, Mass., Troy, N. Y., and 
Brandon, \'t., in which State he remained about ten years. In 1880 he 
took a special course in divinity under the direction of Bishop Bissell, of 
Vermont, and entered the ministry of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 
with which lie has ever since been actively connected. He 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 

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



a wholesome influence in advancing its doctrines throughout the com- 
munities in which he has held rectorships. Endowed with intellectual abil- 
ity of the highesl order, he is an eloquenl speaker, forcible ;in<l convincing 
in his arguments, simple and concise in diction, and beloved and esteemed 
by all who know him. He 1ms also gained distinction in literature, having 
contributed a Dumber of important articles to various magazines and 
periodicals. His poems in the New York Independent and other journals 

have been favorably received. !!<• \\;is awarded the second prize <>m <>f 
four hundred competitors by judges appointed by The Great Divide for 
a poem <>n Colorado, and is also the author oi n volume entitled Masters 
of the Situation, which lias Keen issued in both trade and subscription 
editions. Mr. Tilley married Katharine J. Travis, <d' Cohoes, Albany 
Countv, X. Y. 


KDW IN MANNERS, 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, L855. His father was for several terms Mayor of 
Jersey City and universally esteemed and respected as one of its best ex- 
ecutives and citizens. Be 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 KITS, emigrated to America about 
170)1. and married Rebecca Stout, of Middletown, X. .1., a granddaughter of 
Kit-hard and Penelope Van Princess Stout, of interesting memory, and the 
first in America.. John Manners, Si-., smiled at Upper Freehold, N. J., but 
afterward moved to Amwell, Hunterdon County, in this State, where he 
died in 177(1. 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. 

(>n his mot hoi's side Edwin Manners is a grandson of David Johnes, a 
great-grandson of David Johnes, Sr., a great-great-grandson of Stephen 
Johnes, and a greal greal great-grandson of Samuel Johnes, dr., who was 
the son of Samuel Johnes, Sr.. whose father. Edward Johnes, of Somerset, 
England, came to Charlestown (Boston), Mass., with Governor Winthrop 
in Hi-">(»; ho later was one of the founders of Southampton, Long Island, 
and died there in L659. 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 directly 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 L620. fid win Manners's great-grandfather, John 
Schenck, was a Captain in the Revolutionary War, took an active part in 
the principal battles in the Slate, ami by a well-planned ambuscade pre- 
vented the British troops from overrunning Hunterdon County. His 
grandfather, David Manners, who married Captain Schenck's daughter 
Marv, was an officer in the War of lsii'. and won honorable mention in 
several important engagements. On the maternal side Mr. Manners's 
great-great-grandfather, Stephen Johnes, married Grace Fit/- 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 

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 
(Jiiill. a school paper, and while pursuing his studies at Sing Sing-on-the- 
Hudson was the editor of the Mount Pleasant Reveille, the organ of the Mount 
Pleasant cadets. During his senior year at Princeton University, from 
which he was graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1S77, he was one of the editors 
of the Nassau Literary Magazine, and on class day delivered to the dis- 
tinguished class of 1S77 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 City, and at the same time took a course at the Co- 


liitiiliin Law School in New York City, graduating from thai institution 
with the degree of LL.B. in 1879. In November, L880, he was admitted to 
the bar, and 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 managemenl of 
his own property and business affairs. 

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

\s a 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 <'lnl>s of Jersey City, 
the Princeton Club of New York City, the Sons of the American Revolution, 
and other societies. Of literary aptitude, he writes occasionally for news- 
papers and magazines. He is unmarried. 

PETEB E. MOORE, merchant. Borough Collector, and since ls-TT Post 
master of Schraalenburgh, Bergen County, X. -I.. was born in New York 
Cits <»n the LSth of October. 1842. He is the son of Peter D. and Elizabeth 
(Voorhis) Moore, his mother being of Holland Dutch descent. Samuel 
Moore ami his wife Naomi emigrated to America from the Island of Barba 
does. \Y. P. in L671-72. 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 Moore, was born about 1<>74. 
Francis Moore came to New York and from thence in L69C to Bergen 
County (English Neighborhood), where he married Jannetje Laurens, 
daughter of Thomas Laurens, of Newtown, L. I. They eventually settled 
:it English Neighborhood (near Ridgefield), in Bergen County, where some 
of their descendants have ever since lived. He had several children, the 
youngesl of whom was Samuel, who married Sara (Michaels) Smith, an- 
other el the original settlers in Ridgefield Township. From this couple 
have sprung mosl of the Moores in Bergen County. 

Peter E. Moore was educated in the public schools of Bergen County, 
whither his parents removed from New York Citv when he was a mere boy. 

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He htt 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 agriculturisl 
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, ami gained a reputation for industry, enterprise, and integrity. 
P.ui farming was not destined to be his life work. In L873 he engaged in 
the grocerj business in Schraalenburgh, which he has ever since followed. 
building up a large ami successful trade. He has been for main years 
one of the principal merchants in thai village. In )s77 he was appointed 
Postmaster of Schraalenburgh, ami by successive re-appointments has con- 
tinued to hold thai important position. Mr. Moore is also Collector of the 
borough, having held that office since L895. He is a regular attendant al 


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

Mi. Moore married Miss Charlotte Christie, and has had five children — 
i luce sons and t wo daughters. 

AI'.KAM I. AURYANSEN, of Hackensack, whose career as a locomotive 
engineer dates from L852, is the son of John and Elizabeth (Auryansen) 
\ iiryansoii, and was horn in Closter, Bergen County, N. J., April 5, 1822. 
His ti rst American ancestor was Lambert Arianse, who came from Holland 
to America in M^- and became one of the original patentees of the Tappan 
patent. Most of liis descendants adopted the name of Smith and are scat- 
tered principally throughout Rockland County, X. Y. Lambert Arianse (or 
Auryansen) married in New York, in April, 1682, Margaretta (lerrets Blaw- 
vell. a_dauijhl»-r of another of the Tappan patentees, and resided in Rock- 
land County. Two of his 3ons, John and Arie (Aaron), who married re- 
spectively Margaretta Meyers and Cornelia Naugle, settled near Closter, 
Bergen County, X. J. The subjeel of tins sketch is descended from Arie 
(Aaron) Auryansen and Cornelia Naugle, who liad children John, Resolvent, 
\ iiiiiiie. Garret, Ann. and Maria. Mr. Auryansen's paternal grandparents 
were Daniel and Tiny (Cole) A uryansen, Daniel being a son of .John Auryan- 
sen. His maternal grandparents were Garretl and Elleanor |Yan Valen) 
Auryansen and liis great great grandfather Aaron Auryansen. above men- 

Mr. Auryansen received liis 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 
thai line of industry, and leaving school at the age of seventeen began 
to learn the trade of blacksmith. In L843 he engaged in this business for 
himself and followed it with great success for eight years, leaving it in 1851 
to acce] i 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 influence 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 LINN LAWRENCE, one of the prominent members of the 
bar of Jersey City, was born in Sparta, Sussex County, N. J., October 4, 
L851. He is the son of Thomas and Margaret Rembert (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, lxiil. His great great-grandfather, Lewis Morris, was one 
of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence and Judge of the Court 


of Admiralty from L760 i<> 1876, and the son of Lewis Morris, Sr., who was 
Judge of the Courl of Admiralty in l~:;s. having jurisdiction in the Prov- 
inces of New Y<>rk. New Jersey, and Connecticut. Lewis Morris, the father 
of Judge Lewis Morris, Si .. Ias1 named, was < rovernor of X<-\\ Jersey, Judge 
of the Courl of Common Pleas in L692, and Chief Justice of the Supreme 
Courl of New York from 171.", to 17.".::. 

Robert L. Lawrence thus numbers among his ancestors sonic of the 
mosl distinguished men in tin- professional history of New Jersey and 
New York, and at an early age developed those sterling qualities which 
characterize his race. Be 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, 1 s 7<i. and as a counselor in June, 1885. Since L876 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 judgmenl and greal energy, he lias through his own efforts 
achieved distinction as an aide industrious, and painstaking lawyer, and 
is highly esteemed and respected by all who know him. He was associated 
with Stewarl Rapalje in conducting tin- Criminal Laic Magazine from the 
commencemenl of the work until L883 and in the preparation of thai valua- 
ble and well known work entitled Rapaljt and Lawrence's Law Dictionary. 
Those enterprises as well as a number of other important achievements 
in ih. held of legal literature have gained for him a wide reputation in 
Wei h legal and literary circles. 

Mr. Lawreme was married on the L8th of December, 1893, to Lillian M. 
Fisher, daughter of the hire John H. Fisher and Jeannette P. (Walters) 
Fisher, of Jersey City, N. J., where they reside. 

JOSEPH CHILD, Streel Commissioner of the 'hewn ,,f Kearny, N. J., 
is the son of George and Bridgel (Noon) Child, and was born in Bradford, 
Yorkshire, England, on the 26th of September, 1S49. 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 wer< both born and married in England, 
and spenl th< ir active lives in thai country. There he received an excelh m 
private school education, and after completing his studies he engaged in the 
business of brick contracting, which he followed successfully until L873, 
when he came to America. Locating tirst in New York City, he soon 
mastered and for some time followed the trade ol 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 meal 
business for himself. He followed thai line with marked success until he 
was obliged to abandon i1 in order to devote all his energies to the public 
positions which his fellow-citizens conferred upon him. 

\- a stanch and consistenl Republican Mr. Child has taken an active 
interesl in the a Hairs of his adopted town, and for several years has wielded 
an importanl influence in party councils and municipal matters. He has 
served as Water Purveyor and Streel Commissioner of the Borough of 
Kearny with greal satisfaction and still holds these positions. He is an 
active member of the Exempl Fire Departmenl <d' Kearny and has held 
the positions of Foreman and Assistant Foreman. He is a member of the 


Methodisi Episcopal Church, ;i prominenl member of Victory Lodge, 
Knights and Ladies of the Golden Star, of Arlington, public spirited, patri- 
otic, and enterprising, thoroughly interested in the affairs <>t' the com 
munity, and highly respected as ;i liberal and energetic citizen. His integ- 
rity of character, his faithfulness in all business relations, and the close at- 
tention whirl: he has given to public duties have broughl him into more 
than local prominence, and stamp him as a man of the highesl 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 first to .Mail ha Ann Berry, daughter of William 
and Sarah (Greaves) Berry, of Oldham, England. She died leaving two 
children. William and Matthew, lb' married for his second wife. Eva 
(Jilbert (nee Revere), daughter <>f Judge Revere, of Harrison, N. -I. She 
died January -'■'>. is!)!). For his third wife he married .Mis. Annie Eastwood. 
of Kearny. X. -I.. where they reside. 

PETER BENTLEY, Sn. : was one of the most illustrious members of the 

bar ot the State of New Jersey, and was (peculiarly identified with Jersey 
City as one of t wo or three lawyers who tirsl practiced in t hat municipality. 
Mr. Bentley was the son of Christopher and Eleanor (Althouse) Bentley, of 
English descenl upon his father's side. I lis mother's family was one of the 
ancient Holland stocks of New Amsterdam. Their sen was born in LS05 
upon a farm in the village of Half Moon. Saratoga County. X. Y. 

Young Bent ley's services were required upou the farm during the sum 
mer season, and he enjoyed only such educational facilities as the crude 
disirict 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 L825, 
after twenty years spenl upon t he farm, he came to Jersey City and entered 
the employ of Yates & Mclntyre, who conducted a species of printing busi- 
Hess. He remained with them for live 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 L830 he entered the law 
office 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, lie gained the confidence of the old Dutch 
farmers of Bergeu 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 L834, and in the September term of is:!!) was admitted as a coun- 
selor, with the full privilege of practice in all the higher courts of the 
State. But in 1s:::;. 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 lie 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 



;is an expression <»t' confidence and good will among neighbors." During 
i his same year 1 1843) was inaugurated the famous case in which Mr. Bentley 
maintained the righl of .Mrs. Bell t<> lands under water, <>n the western 
shore <»!' the Eludson River, which had descended to her by will and been 
re-affirmed by an ad of the New Jersey Legislature. This controversy was 
carried from courl i<» court, and contested in all the higher courts in the 
State during the greater pari of a quarter of a. century, when .Mr. Bentley 
finally triumphed, i<> I hi greal 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 importanl elemenl of his success in all his cases 
1 hroughoul his life. 

.Mi-. Bentlej also contributed largely toward the commercial upbuilding 
oi Jersey City. Finding the banking facilities wholly inadequate to the 
needs of the growing city, and having the lull confidence of capitalists, in 
L853 he organized tin- Mechanics" and Traders' Bank and became its Presi- 
dent. In this position he manifested remarkable business abilities, and to 
his persona] efforts tin institution is principally indebted lor its prosperity. 


Be also became a prominent Trustee of the Providenl Institution for 
Savings in Jersey City, and continued as its legal adviser until his death. 
Similarly, he was Vice-Presiden1 of the Savings Bank of Jersey City, a 
Director and at one time Treasurer of the <!as Company, and Treasurer of 
the Jersey City and Bergen Plank Road Company. Beginning with an ex- 
tensive purchase of land in L854, 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, hut of the ureal confidence which was reposed in him by shrewd 
business men en every hand. 

" Peter Bentley," says Jacob Wean. 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 thai the accumulations of un- 
paid taxes of many years had imposed burdens upon millions of dollars 
worth of property which wen- absolutely unjust and unendurable to the 
1 »m per t \ holders, be conceived the idea oi a com mission composed of leading 
citizens which should readjust these burdens upon an equitable basis, ad 
vantageous to the suffering citizens and the city treasury alike. Accord 
ingly, in ls7:'». he broughl his plan before the consideration of the Legis- 
lature, and had the pleasure of se< ing it enacted into law. Under its pro- 
visions a com mission was appointed with Judge tiaines, an ex-< rovernor and 
ex-Justice of the Supreme Court, at its head. The work accomplished by 
this commission has been simply invaluable to Jersey t'ity, and has satis 

factorily solved the s1 formidable problem which ever threatened the 

welfare of the municipality. The accomplishment of this plan of relief 
was the last ureal service which Mr. Bentley rendered to his fellow-citizens 
ere he passed away, on the 26th of September, L875. 

lie was a rate 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 of life that the 
faintest breath was never raised to question his perfect integrity. 

on the L3th of October, L842, 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 strengtli 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 sen. 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. Never was a father more wrapped up in a son, 
and never did a son respond more perfectly to the high ideal of his father, 
lie was born in Jersey City on the 5th of December, 1845, and received 
his education entirely at home and in his father's law office. As a boy he 



manifested ;i most amiable disposition, and was much given to serious 
reading— the thorough investigation <>f historical questions, and peculiarly 
<>!' everything concerning his father's ;i Ffairs and importanl law cases. 'I 1 lie 
Rev. Van ('leek was ili<" boy's tutor, and he grounded him in a mosi 
thorough education. When ;i boy, during his summer vacations and <>n 
Saturdays, In- used i<> accompany his father in his office, and there <'<>]p.\ 


papers and entertain himself with various law authorities. Mis father en- 
couraged him in think thai he was thus <>r greal assistance, and presently, 
indeed, he was enabled in copy briefs and make citations, He, with a skill 
which was of real service. 

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


the examination which must precede his admission i<> the bar. It has been 
said thai the hopes of the lather were completely wrapped up in the sou. 
The desire of the former thai the 3'oung man should do well in the examina- 
tions was so greal that, as the ordeal approached, his anxiety quite un- 
nerved him, and he was obliged to absenl himself during the examination. 
I n 1 his suspense his relief can be imagined when a neighbor brought him the 
news of the result, remarking with 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 examination." 
And such indeed was the fact. Immediately upon his son's admission to 
the bar, the elder Mr. Bentley formally turned over his office to him, 
placed all his affairs in his hands, ami gave him the full revenues of their 
joint practice. Tims gradually the elder lawyer withdrew from active 
practice, devoting his energies in other directions, until the full burden of 
Ids extensive legal business was fully set t led upon his son's shoulders. 

Nor was the latter in any way unworthy to take his father's [dace. lie 
maintained the same relative position in the community as his father, 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 properly, and upon property where the water privi- 
leges were not used, were set aside and made inoperative, with thus a great 
saving effected to t he 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 inequality in its assessment. But his 
practice was most remarkable for his handling of commercial entangle- 
ments and the adjustment of the affairs of greal corporate enterprises, lie 
manifested greal ability in settling disputes, and thus keeping them out 
of tin- courts, lie was the counsel for the Standard Oil Company, one of 
the leading counsel of the Lehigh \ 'allev Railroad Company, and counsel for 
the Barber Asphalt Company, of New York City, and the Provident Insti- 
tution for Savings and the Consumers <ms Company, of Jersey city. He 
also rendered important legal services to the Pennsylvania Railroad 
< Jompany. 

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 fuel at any time. After his father's death he, in 1.875, formed 
a legal partnership with Charles EL 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. From this 
time until his own death Mr. Bentley practiced alone. This sad event oc- 
curred on the 30th of April. 1888, when 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 Bay. 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 days. Their children were Eleanor, born July 13, 


nrnsiiN ami i v i : u< ; 1 :x counties 

1 s 7 1 . now the wife of Warren H. I >i xon, son of Judge Dixon, of Jersey City; 
Emily, born December 5, L872, now Mrs. Joseph M. Rector; Peter Bentley, 
third, born February «'». L874; Richard Parker Bentley, born September 25, 
1st.".: John, bom June L6. L879; Eugenie, born December 23, 1881; and 
Parker, boi n June L6, L884. 

PETEB BENTLEY, Third, eldesl son of Peter Bentley, Second, and Emma 
(Parker) Bentley, was born in Jersey City on the 6th of February, L874. 
He pursued Ins studios at Princeton College for a time and subsequently 
read law with Warren Dixon. He was admitted to the bar of New Jersey 


before the Supreme Courl November 27, is!).~i. and since then has been 
actively and successfully engaged in the practice of his profession in 
Jersey City. Mr. Bentley has displayed marked legal qualifications, and 
though a young man lias already gained distinction as a lawyer and advo- 
cate. He is prominent l\ identified with public alia its and respected and es- 
teemed hv all who know him. 

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


is said, from Wethersfield, Conn., to New York, in 1709, and on November 
20, 1710. married Willempie ' Jonwell, born in England in 1680. 

Philip Blackledge removed from New York to Elizabethtown, X. J., early 
in \T-->. and there remained until his death in 1761. His will was proved 
and recorded at Trenton, N". J., July 11, 1761. He was a man of some means 
and wrote the title " Gentleman " after Ids name. By Ids will lie gave Ids 
children each five shillings and Hie balance of Ids estate, lands and monev, 
folds wife absolutely. His issue were eiglri children, four baptized a1 New 
York and four ai Elizabethtown, X. J.: Annatie, 1713; Philip, 1716; 
Zacharias, 1718; Philip, 1720; Catharine, 1730; Jacob, 17:'.."); Sarah, 1740; 
and Benjamin. 

Benjamin Blackledge (2) was born ai Elizabethtown, X T . J., August 2f>, 
171*'.. While slill a young man ho went on foot from Elizabethtown to 
Closter and taugh! school there, the firsi one in the northern part of Ber- 
gen County. Here ho married, April L'o, 1770. Cathelyntie Tallman. He 
became the most prominent man in the northern part of Bergen County, 
was the Mist Town Clerk of Harrington Township in 177o. a Justice of the 
Peace, a Judge of the Comity Couni of Common Picas, and tilled other 
township and county offices. lie was a splendid penman, of which fad 
hundreds of old deeds and other documents still extant hear witness. TTe 
died at Closter, November 27, 1815, and Ids wife died October 5, 1836. TTis 
issue were Benjamin, 1770; Maria, 1 77*_' : Cornelius, 1774; Sarah. 1776; 
Jacobus, 177!»; Peter. 1782; Henry, L784; Jacob, I7^i; and Elizabeth, 1788. 
These married as follows: Benjamin, Deborah Westervell and LeaPowless; 
Maria. Daniel Van Sciver; Cornelius, Rachel Tow less: Sarah, Seba P. 
Bogert; Peter, Elizabeth 1). Naugle; Henry. Catharine Manning; and 
Elizabeth, Cornelius Van Valen. Their descendants are slid numerous 
throughout Bergen ( '< >u n t \ . 

THE BLANCHES of Bergen County are descended from Richard Blanch, 
a uative of Bristol, England, where he was born in 1704. He came to 
America prior to 1732, and settled near Closter in Bergen County. Tn 
17.".:'. he married ('lassie Van Giesen, of New York. He owned lands in 
what was then called the "Closter Mountains," on the Palisades of the 
Hudson, lie died September 0. 1707. TTis issue were Ann. 1734; Isaac, 
17:'.0; Thomas: and Cornelia, 171.",. 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 (lassie. 

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 ( 'aptaiu of a company of volunteers from Bergen 
County during the Revolutionary struggle. He was born near Closter in 
1710. and died June ::, 1825. He married, in 4 701, Erne Johns Mabie, of 
Tappan, who was born in 1741. and died August 28, 1825. Their issue 
were thirteen children: Elizabeth, 1762; Classie, 1763; Ann, 1705; Rieh- 
ard, 1700; Susanna. 1769; John. 1770; Thomas, 1<74; Isaac, 1776; Eliza- 
beth, 1770. and Cornelia, 1779 (twins); Effie, 1783; and Lea, 1786, and 
Rachel, 1786 (twins). The descendants of these are scattered over Bergen 
County, particularly the northern part. 



.MAKKIIAM E. STAPLES, of Jersey City, President of the New Jersey 
State Board of Prison [nspectors, was born in New York City on the loth 
of December, L850. lb- is the son <>t John Buthune Staples and Elizabeth 
Douglass Young, daughter of William Young, liis paternal grandfather 
being s<-th 1'. Staples. The family is an old and prominenl one in Ameri- 
can history ami for generations have been influential citizens. 

.Mr. Staples was edu- 
cated a1 Dwighl and Bol- 
brook's School in < Mint on. 
X. Y., and ai Pough- 
keepsie (New York) .Mili 
i a r y Ens1 ii ate. After- 
ward hf spciii one year 
as draughtsman with -I. 
A. Wood, a prominenl 
architecl in Poughkei p- 
sie, and three years as 
draughtsman and rod- 
man in the < 'i-oioii Aque 
dnci Department, New 
York City. For fourteen 
months he was brakeman 
and baggagemaster of 
the Iowa division of the 
Chicago, Burlington and 
Quincy Railroad, and for 
twenty-seven years he 
has been associate d wi1 h 
the Fa-it' Railroad as a>\[- 
ductor, yardmaster, sta- 
tion master, superinten- 
dent of floating equip- 
ment and lighterage, and 
general agent of the New 
York terminal, which re- 
sponsible posii ion he qow 
holds. In all those a 
pacities Mr. Staples has 
displayed untiring energy 
and devotion to duty. 
greal executive ability, 
and all those qualities which win both resped and approval. 

In public life he has also achieved distinction. He has been an In- 
spector of the New Jersey state Prison for eighl years and Pr< sident of the 
Board of Inspectors for five years, and has lour years more to serve, FTe 
was appointed to this office by Governoi Abbetl and was re-appointed by 
Governors YVerts and Voorhees, and has discharged its duties with uni- 
versal satisfaction and approval. Mr. Staples is a prominenl member of 
St. Mary's Episcopal Church of Jersey City, of the I>. McLaughlin and 
Robert I >a\ is Associal ions, and of the < 'ai terel < "lab. all of Jersey < Mty. and 
ot' the Commercial ami Railroad Clubs of Now York City. He is a life 



member <>t' Jersey City Lodge, 211, B. 1'. (>. F.. 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 two children, Francis George and Mary \Y. 

EDWARD EVERSON, of West Hoboken, X. J., who has boon associated 
with the Delaware Coal and ('anal < 'onipany ever since 1863, was born at 
Homestead, North Bergen, Hudson County. January 14, 1S40. His father. 
Benjamin Everson, was born at Pompton Plains. X. J. nis mother's 
maiden name was Sarah Biker. 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 ;it 
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, lie then entered the employ of Edward 
Ackerman as an apprentice at the blacksmith trade, continuing in that 
capacity until L862. in that year he enlisted in Company E, Eighth New 
York Volunteer .Militia, tor three months, and at the expiration of his 
term of enlistment was honorably discharged. He then entered the service 
of the Federal Governmenl at the Brooklyn Xavv Yard, where he re- 
mained for a short time, and in L863 he associated himself with the Dela- 
ware Coal and Canal Company, with which he lias ever since remained. 
Hiiiing his long and active service of over thirty three years in tin employ 
of this corporation .Mr. Everson lias discharged every duty with singular 
fidelity and great satisfaction, and from the lirst 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 ;i member of tin [ndependenl Order of odd Fellows. 
In -Inly. L863, 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 tin- City of Bayonne and widely known 
as a merchant in thai part of Hudson County, was born in Ulster County, 
X. Y.. December L5. L850, the son of dames Seymour and Sarah Ann, 
daughter of David and Elenor Radiker, and grandson of (diaries 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 Comity, and another six months at the academy in Xew- 
bnrgh.' 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 City. 

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


efficienl servic< as ;i member of the Board of School Trustees. As Mayor 
of the City of Bayonne he has seised three terms. He has been instru- 
mental in advancing the best interests of the community, in 1 mi Mini; up the 
city, and in promoting many importanl public improvements. When his 
present term expires on May i. L901, he will have filled the office for six 
consecutive years, and ii is sale to say thai no man ever discharged its 
duties willi more fidelity and honesty of purpose. Mr. Seymour is respected 
and esteemed tor liis ability and integrity of character, and in every ca- 
pacity has gained the confidence of nil who know him. He is a promineni 
member of the Newark Bay Boa1 Club, <>l the Exempl Firemen of Bayonne, 
of < 'ouncil Nn. 695, Royal Arcanum, and of Council No. 434, Benevolenl 
and Protective Order of Elks, of Bayonne. He is also n leading member of 
the Bayonne City Democratic Club and of the Rober! Davis Association of 
Jersey < !ity. 

Mr. Seymour married, October 22, isl.'k Marietta II. Neafie, and their 
children are James II. and Everetl E. Seymour. 

THE BROWEK FAMILY is another very numerous family in Bergen 
County, rhey are descended from Adam Brouwer, who emigrated to 
New Amsterdam from Cologne, Franco, in 1642. Three years later he 
married Madalena Jacobs Ferdon, of Long Island. He was a miller, and 
lived in New Amsterdam until lt>47. when lie removed to Brooklyn, where 
lie joined the Dutch Church in DiTT and paid taxes from L675 to L698. His 
issue were fifteen children: Peter, ' Jacobus, Aeltiej Matthew," William,' 
.Mary. Magdalena', Adam, Abraham*, Sophia', Ann. Sarah.' Nicholas' Daniel.' 
and Rachel. 

Peter, baptized in Ui-in. married ill Pieternella Uldricks, (2) Gertrude 
dans, and (3) Anne Jansen. lie tirst -resided at Flatlands, I.. I., and sub- 
sequently removed to Brooklyn, where he died. I lis issue were Abram, 
.John. Adolph, Magdalena, Ulrick, Adrientie, Vroutie,* Cornelia, -Jacob, 
I Ians<'. and .Madeline. 

Abraham, .John, and Adolph removed to Hackensack aboul 1700, where 
Abraham married ill Lea Johns Demaresl and (2) Elizabeth Ackerman. 
Ulrick married Hester de Vow, and -John married Ann Hendricks Mande- 
ville. The descendants 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 t<i L676. The name of his 
first wife (hies mil appear, bu1 the couple broughl two or three children 
with them ami had two baptized in New York (Daniel and Abraham, 
i winsi. March L3, L678. His wife died soon after, and he married (2), March 
!. L685, (ieertje Cozines, a widow, by whom he had mi 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 L686. became one of the Tappan 
patentees with the Barings, Blawvelts, Smiihs. and others, and removed 
id Tappan, where, in L702, lie 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 id have been the 

biggesl man of them all. Tic marriage of his son Jacobus to Antic Van 

<;i:\i: u.ocmai. 


Houten, September 14. lToti. is one of the earliesl in the county. Jacobus 
had eighl children, all of whom reared large families and gravitated south- 
ward into Bergen < Jounty. 

JAMES S. NEWKIRK, Secretary and Treasurer of the Provident Insti- 
tution for Savings, of Jersey City, was born in Bergen mow Jersey City) 
September !». L852. 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- 
turv ago some members of the family settled in New York State, in Ulster 
and Sullivan Counties, where their numerous descendants have spread 
rapidly and become 
prominent in the \:ir 
ions walks of life. 

Mattlieiis < Jornelissen, 
who is said i o ha ve been 
a native of Nienwkercke 
iN.'w Church) in Hoi 
land, emigrated to 
America in about the 
year L660, and after 
landing and sia \ ing at 
New A msterdam a short 
time went to Flatbush, 
I . I., where he bouglil 
and located on a " Hon 
werie " of about thirty 
six acres of land, hutt- 
ing, as ins deed de 
dared, on " < Jorlears 
Flais." This trad lie 
sold March in. L665, to 
one Aiimii Evertse, and 
he removed thence lo 
i ho •• Town ' of Bergen," 
in New Jersey. Here, 
on December 1 1. IG70, 
ho married one Anna 
I,ub\ . daughter of Jacob 
Luby, who had served 
as a non-commissioned 
officer (Sergeant i in i he 
I mtch West India sen 
ice, hut who had for 
some years been a resi- 
dent and landholder at Bergen. .Matt hens Cornelissen assumed the sur- 
name of Newkirk — in honor of his birthplace, no doubt. He leased lands 
ai Bergen which were afterward conveyed to his children. His occupa- 
tion seems to have been that of a farmer. His wife, Anna, died December 
I'll. L685, and he married in 1686 Catharine Pouwless, a daughter of 
Poulus Pieterse, of Bergen. She died in April, 1764. The children of 
Matthew Cornelissen Van New Kirk were twelve — live by the first wife 
and seven by the second wife: Gertrude, Gerritie, Jacomina, Cornelius, 
Jacob, lannetje, John, Jannetje, Peter, Gerrit, Poulus, and Cornelius. 



Those by the lirst wife scattered to differenl parts of 1 1 1 « - 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, 
(in rit New kirk iiM gen.), born ;ii Bergen November L8, L696, married 
September 5, I7.".u. Catrina, daughter of Hendrick Kuyper (Cooper). She 
died September 12, 1 T.~» 1 . He died April 23, L785. Their children of the 
third generation were lour: Catrina, Janneke, Matthew, and Henry. 

.Mm i hew (3d gen.) married Caroline, daughter of Arenl Toers. lie died 
July 10. L811, leaving three children: Garrel M., Aaron, and Henry. 

Garrel M. Newkirk (4th gen.), born a1 Bergen April !). L766, < 1 i « *< I August 
28, L832, married Polly Ackerman. They had six children: Catharine, 
Margaret, Sally, Sally, Henry, and Garret. 

Garrel G. Newkirk (5th gen.), born a1 Bergen October 17. lsus. married 
ill October 25, L828, Rachel, daughter of Halmigh Van Houten. She died 
December l. L835. He married (2) Jane Fowler, widow of Abram Tice. 
She died October 6, L849. He married (3) September <i. 1851, Eliza Ann 
Beatty, daughter of George E. Beatty, born in L820. His children by three 
wives were: two by lirsi wife, ten by second wife, and four by third wife. 
One of these children is the subject of this sketch. 

•Innies S. Newkirk (6th gen.) inherited all the sturdy characteristics 
of Ids race and early displayed those intellectual finalities 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 <>f Jacob Van Winkle, of Bergen Square, in 
L865. 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 b> business affairs. For five years 
he was a member of tin- Fourth Regiment, N. G. X. J. lie is a member if 
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 
A merican Mechanics. 

Mr. Newkirk's lirst wife. .Mary Elizabeth Terhune, died in l>7s. In 
L881 he married Annabella Meeker Randall, and they have four children 
of the sex cut h general ion. 

ALBEKT Z. BOGERT, of River Edge, Bergen County, is descended from 
one of the oldest families in New Jersey. His first American ancestor, 
Cornelis Jansen Bogaerdt, came to America from Holland with his wife, 
O.eesie Williams, a few years prior to 1661. He bought and settled on a 
village ph>i in Flatbush, h. I., which he subsequently sold to one Peter 
Jansen. la H'»77 he was one ■>! the patentees of the Flatbush patent. He 
resided at Flatbush until his death, about L684. His children were \V\ ntio. 
.John Cornelise, Classic, Roloff, Maritie, and Peter, all of whom, except 
W'xntie. eventually removed <<» Hackensack, N. •!. His son dan Cornelius 
(2) married Angenitie Strycker, and resided ai New Lots, I.. I., until 1694, 
when he sold his farm there and with several others purchased a large 
trad of land southeast of Hackensack. His numerous descendants have 
spread oxer the County of Bergen, and have exerted an important and 


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

Albert X. Bogert, the subject of ihis sketch, is of the eighth generation 
from Cornells Jansen Bogaerdt, the emigrant above named. His parents 
were Allien -lames Bogert and Catherine A lei la Zabriskie. His grand- 
parents were John and Catharine Zabriskie Bogerl and Albert G. and 
Sally Annie (Winters) Zabriskie. Mr. Bogerl was horn in Spring Valley, 
Bergen County, X. J., on the llth of November, L864. 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 lie remained five years. In 
isss he settled permanently in River Edge and bought a half interest 
with P. V. 15. Demaresl in a large coal, lumber, and grocery business. A 
year later Mr. Demaresl sold his interest to John II. Banta and the busi- 
ness was continued by .Messrs. Bogerl and Banta until L892, when Mr. 
Banta died. Since thai time Mr. Bogerl has successfully continued it 

Mr. Bogert's activity, enterprise, and influence in the community stamp 
him as one of I he leading citizens, while his success in business has won 
fei' him a high reputation. He is a member of the Borough Council of the 
Borough of Riverside 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 Bergen 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, 
dames Gordon Bogert, born in isss, and John \Y. Bogert, born in 1891. 

JOHN J. BOGERT, the miller of Earrington Park, is a descendant in 
the ninth generation from Cornells Jans Bougaert, I he emigrant t see sketch 
on page 132). Stephen Bogert, of Ihe seventh generation, son of Guilliam 
Bogerl ami Maria Banta, was horn in IT.").",, married Sophia Alyea, and 
lefi issue a son. Jacobus (James) Bogert, of the eighth generation. 

Jacobus Bogerl (8) was born January 24, L788, died March (J, 1871, mar- 
ried .lane Meyers, who was hern February 13, 17!M. 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, (laughter of John R. 
BlawveH and Leah Demarest. Their issue, of the tenth generation were 
four children: Jane, Leah Ann. Klma, 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 1892 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. 



EDWIN BERKLEY YOUNG, a Leading and successful real estate and 
insurance man of Union Hill, is descended from :i distinguished family 

of United Empire royalists. The ¥ igs made the firsl settlemenl in 

Athol, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada, a1 Eas1 Lake. Some his- 
torians claim they were the lirst settlers in thai county. Certain ii is they 
wciii there when the country was a forest, unbroken and practically im- 
penetrated by man, : 1 1 1 < 1 ou1 of the wilderness carved for themselves and 
their families a home which siill remains in the possession <d' their descend 
ants. Colonel Henrv Young, born in Jamaica, Long Island, in l7.">7. was 


the second son of six children of an English gunsmith, who came there 
from Nottingham ai an early age, and who founded a family which has 
spread over this country and Canada. Some of his posterity still live <m 
Long Island. I lenrv joined t he Bri1 ish army when a \ oung man. served with 
distinction for six pears in the French and Indian wars under Generals 
Amherst and A.bercronibie, and with the English participated in the battle 
of Bennington and in no less than seventeen other engagements againsl 
the continentals. For gallanl services at Bennington he received an en- 
signcy in the " King's Royal." His title of Colonel, 1»> which he was popu- 
larly known, was conferred upon him by provincial appointment. At the 


close <>t' the American Revolution he retired on half pay, and received a 
grant of 3,000 acres of land for himself and ether tracts for various mem- 
bers (if iiis family. His tirst residence in Canada was at Cataraqui. With 
a brother officer lie set out in a canoe in 1 7s:', and selected a site at East 
Lake in the Town ..I Athol. Thither he brought his family in the fall of 
L7S4. lie 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 In- d\cr eighty years of age. Of his two sens, Henry 
and Daniel, the former settled on the homestead, and as a soldier in the 
English army died at Kingston el' cholera during the War of 1812. 
Richard Young, son of Henry, Sr.. was a farmer in At hoi, and married 
Nancy 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, lie is a cousin of the Rev. George 
Young, D.D. , President of the Methodist Episcopal Conference of Ontario, 
lie married Sarah -lane Clark, daughter of Enoch Dorland ("lark- and 
Namy Smith, of Ontario, who. like the Van Vlackrens, were descended 
from Holland I Mitch stock. The family have long taken a leading pari in 
the agricultural and military affairs of Ontario, and have always borne 
high reputations tor honor and integrity. 

Edwin B. Young, eldest son of William Henry Young and Sarah Jane 
('lark, was born in Athol Township, Prince Edward County, Ontario, 
Canada, January 4, L860. He at tended the public schools ami remained on 
the homestead until he reached the age of twentv-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 rolmsi constitution, and indomitable 
pluck and courage. For a lew months he was employed in various ca- 
pacities. Becoming superintendenl of the Grove Church Cemetery a1 New 
Durham, Hudson County, N. -I.. he look up his residence in the Town of 
Union, and has ever since been identified with its besl interests. During 
the past nine years he has also keen extensively interested in real estate in 
the town, and in L896 he opened a general real estate and insurance office 
at i:::'. Bergenline Avenue, which he still conducts, and to which he de- 
votes his entire attention, having resigned the superintendence of the 
< '.rove ( diurch < Vmetery in January, L899. In addit ion to I his 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 operations, 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 genera] welfare, and always ready to respond to 
the demands of good citizenship. Progressive in all that the word implies, 
he has he.. ii 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 years Treasurer, and of which he was an original Director. 

It mav he 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 


has since been maintained by the public :is a free library. In ;ill <>f these 
movements Mr. Young was active and influential, :m<l to him is due in ;i 
large degree the establishment of this institution. He is an ardenl Demo- 
crat, a Justice of the Peace, and a prominenl member of various fraternal 
and social organizations, including Mystic Tie Lodge, No. \--\. P. and A. M.. 
of New Jersey, of which he was for four years tin- Worshipful Master, He 
is also a member of the Scottish Rite bodies, 32 . of Now Fork City, of 
the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Masonic fraternity, and of the Royal 
Arcanum. In September, L899, In- was elected Most Worthy Grand Patron 
of the Order of the Eastern Star of Now Jersey, and in the spring of L900 
ho was one of the organizers of the Past Masters' Association of Hudson 
County, of which ho was elected the hist President. 

Mi-. Young's brother, George Alfred Young, was horn May it. L869, came 
to New .Jersey when seventeen, and is now head bookkeeper for (he Hudson 
Trusf and Savings Institution of West Hoboken. He is a member and 
Worshipful Master of Mystic Tie Lodge, No. L23, F. and A. M. 

Mr. Young was married October LO, Ins:;, to Henrielta Hell, daughter of 
Henry and Ellen (Westerfield) Bell, of the Town of Union. Her father was 
horn 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. 

ROBEBT CAMPBELL DIXON, Jr., one of the leading architects of Onion 
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 Ins mother in Perthshire, Scotland. Some of 
his ancestors were prominently engaged in the East India service, others 
tilled 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 affairs, contributing to their respective communities a wholesome 
influence, and achieving for themselves distinction as men of learning and 

Mr. Dixon was born in New York City on the loth of May. L857. He at 
tended the public schools of Pough keepsie. 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- 
ingfrom Eastman's Business College at Poughkeepsie. A large part of his 
early education was intended to tit him for a military career, hut he turned 
his at tent ion to architecture, and in the early pari of ls7<> entered the office 
of D. <V .1. .laid inc. architects, of New York < !ity, as a student. Be continued 
with them a little over four years, after which he was for a brief period 
in the office of -I. ( '. Cady & Co. In L883, having received important work in 
competition, Mr. Dixon engaged in busim ss for himself as a practical archi- 
tect, and lias ever since been devoted to his profession, achieving marked 
success and a notable reputation, lie has had an office in New York City 
for about fourteen years, and many important public and private buildings 
have been erected from his designs. The town hall, the Palma and ( Columbia 


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 greal artistic taste and practical skill, and represent some of the finest 
and choicest work in the country. 

In political matters Mr. Dixon has been an active and influential leader 
since about L884, 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 Boboken, 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 ot 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, 
Xo. LSI, 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 -lames < ;. 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. KiTT, at Pembrepoch, Bergen County, married il), September 20, 
L706, Ann (daughter of Albert Alliens Terhune ami Hendricke Voorhis), 
born in L678 on Long Island. He resided at Upper Paramus on part of his 
father's large estate, where he died in 1 7.~»s. having had issue ten children 
of the third generation: Hendricke. Sophia. Maritie, Albert A., Peter, 
Jannetje, Rachel, .Matilda. Stephen, and Jacob. 

Albeit A. (third generation) was baptized February 1. L708, and mar- 
ried, May 8, L739, Maritie Hopper. He resided at Paramus, and had at 
least two children. Ann. born 171M. and Andrew. 

Andrew Zabriskie ifi, born in L746, died about L805, 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, 17(iS, and 
died there. One of his children of the sixth generation was Casper .1. 
Zabriskie (6), born at Paramus. April 27, 1799; died there June 4, 1849. He 
married Catharine Post, who died in February, L872. They lived at Para 
mus and had issue of the seventh generation: Andrew < )., Robert, Catharine 
J., Mary M., Alletta P.. Sophia, and John C. 

John C. Zabriskie ill. born September I'll. L822, married il) .Maria Hop- 
per. (2) -lane Demurest, and (3) .Maria C. Bogert. lie resided at Paramus, 
and was a farmer by occupation. His children of the eighth generation 
were Andrew J., Maria J., Catharine, Emma. David !>., Ida, Simon, John, 
and Alletta. 

David D. Zabriskie (8) was born at Paramus. X. 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 <dass of 187!), and then entered Columbia College Paw School, from 
which he was graduated with the degree of LL.B. in 1881. He was admitted 


t<» the New Jersey bar as an attorney al the November term of the Su 
preme Court, L882, and a1 once began active practice. In June, L889, 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 ;is n lawyer of 
unusual ability, ;m<! steadily won recognition for those eminenl legal ;hh1 
judicial qualifications which lie has since displayed both a1 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 no1 prevenl him from taking an active interesl in public 
ami political affairs. As a Republican from boyhood he lias contributed 
much in the success of the partj as well as to the government of his town 
and county. In 189-J and L895 he represented his district in the State 
Legislature, serving on some of the most important committees, and taking 
a prominent pari in shaping legislation. In L896 and L897 lie was Count} 
Counsel for th" County of Bergen, and from L894 to L89S he >\;is Chair 
man of the Republican County Committee of Bergen County. In January, 
L898, Governor Griggs appointed him Law -Indue 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 ami universal satisfaction. 

Judge Zabriskie was married in October, L883, to Lizzie S. Suydam, of 
New Brunswick, X. J. They have one daughter, Ethelind S., of the ninth 
generation, and reside in Ridgewood. 

ABItAM De BAUN.— The common ancestor of all tin- DeBauns in !ier 
gen and Hudson Counties was Joost de Baen, a native of Brussels in 
Flanders (Belgium), who came over to Now Amsterdam in L683. The 
next year ho 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 taugh! the village school. 
This was during the controversy over Hie conduct of Governor Leisler. De 
Baen entered that contest and took an active part agains! the Governor, 
which caused him to lose his clerkship. He, however, continued to teach 
school ami to reside at New Lrtrecht, where he took the oath of allegiance 
to the English king in lo^T. Early in 1704 he sold his hinds, of which he 
acquired a considerable area, and removed to Bergen County, X. •!.. where 
lie joined the Kinderkamack settlement, lie died in L718 or 1719. his 
children of the second generation were Matie (married, in L7Q5, David 
Samuels Demarest), Christian (married Judith Samuels Demarest), Mayke, 
Carrel, Christina, jacobus, am! .Maria. 

Of these seven children Carrel (Charles) (2) married, in 1711. Jannetie 
Peters Haring, of Tappan. He first boughl a large farm, in 171!>. on the 
north side of Hardenbergh Avenue mow in Harrington Township), ex- 
tendi'!!.: from the Schraalenburgh road to the Tiena Kill (including part of 
w h.-i ! 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 thi' Pascaok Livers, on one of which he settled and died. I lis issue of 
the third generation were Joost, Margaret, Elizabeth, John, Jacob, Carrel, 
and < liristiaen. 

Carrel i.".i. born in I 7l's. married ill Bridgel Ackerman (born December 
in. 17:11. died January 27, L793) and (2) Lea Van Orden. He was a farmer 
by occupation, and settled in the upper part of Bergen County. His issue 


of the fourth generation were Carrel, Margaret, Abram, Jannetie, Andrew, 
Sarah. I >a\ id, John, ami Isaac 

Isaac de Baun (4) was born December 9, 177!), and died .June 18, 1870. 
Ee was a farmer and resided nearly all his life al Mousey, X. Y. He mar- 
ried June L3, 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 Monsey, X. Y., August 22, 1S27. He 
was a remarkably precocious child. Although he had hut an ordinary com- 
mon school education he, by dint of an untiring perseverance and constant 
application to study, qualified himself tor the ministry (which under the 
circumstances was a rare achievement), and on April 17, is.")."), 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 County, 
X. Y.. and at Ramseys in Bergen County, X. •)., where he preached alter- 
nately until L860, when he took charge of the two churches al Hackensack 
and English Neighborhood, X. .1. or these two churches he was the pastor 
Tor twenty six years. During this time he resided al Hackensack. where he 
established and was the editor of the Banner of Truth, a monthly magazine, 
which is still the organ of the Tine Reformed Dutch Church. He died at 
Leonia, X. J., in February L895. lie was twice married : (1) April 8, 1st'.), to 
Margaret Iserman, who died about L893, ami (2) to -lane Van Houton, who 
survives him. He was a thoroughly self-made man, an eloquent preacher, 
and in every way worthy of his high and noble calling. His issue of the 
sixth generation were Susan E., Martha A., .lames D., Abram, Edwin, 
Anna. John Z., James E., and Isaac < \. of whom Abram ((>) is the subject 
of this sketch. 

Abram de Baun (6) was horn April 2. L856, at .Mousey, X. Y., where he 
spent his childhood days. When old enough he entered 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, 1S77, and as a 
counselor in June, L880. After his call to the bar he became a business 
partner of his old tutor, with whom he remained until March, L894, when he 
formed a law partnership with Milton Demurest, 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 L895 and for three years a member of the Backensack 
Improvement Commission, during two years of which he was treasurer. 
For twelve years he has been counsel for the Hackensack Mutual Building 
and Loan Association. He is a Director of the Hackensack Old Ladies' 

He married (1) in L878 Mary B. Christie, of Leonia. She died in Septem- 
ber, 1881, and he married (2), October 2, 1884, Lydia B. Christie. He has no 

JAMES A. ROMEYN. — The Romeyns, Romanies, and Romains.of Bergen 
Countv, claim to be of Italian lineage, which they trace to one Giacomo de 
Ferentino, an Italian gentleman who settled at Bongham 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 



daughter of Thomas de Leicester. Many of Peter's descendants became 
noted men in England. One of them, Jan Romeyn, went from England to 
the low countries (Holland) and settled in Amsterdam. Be had several chil- 
dren, among whom were Claes Jansen, Simeon Jansen, and Christofer .Jan- 
sen. Claes and Christofer sailed from Rotterdam, Holland, to Brazil, as mem- 
bers of an expedition to thai eon nt iv com n landed li\ Prince Maurice of Nas- 


san. Soon after arriving in Brazil thai country was ceded to Portugal, and 
i hereupon i he i wo Romeyns sailed lor America. There is a disagreemenl as 
to the dale when they arrived, bui it was probably aboul L661. They 
settled first ;ii New Amersfoort, I.. I. Christofer married, in L678, Grietie 
Pieters Wyckoff, and settled in Monmouth County, X. -I. Claes married 
lit is said), .May 2, L680, Stymie Alberts Terhune, and in L690 went to 
Hackensack, where lie !>onv,ht four Indian fields between the Saddle River 



and ilif Backensack River, called in his deed Wierimus, Paskack, Gemagkie, 
and Marroasonek. These four tracts were north of Paramus, on the east 
siil< of the Saddle River. He did not locate od these lands, 1 > 1 1 1 returned 
to NVw 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 
then! into farms and mntuallv released or sold to actual settlers. (Maes 


Jansen's children of the second generation were Gerrebrecht, Elizabeth, 
L\ dia. Albert C, John < '.. Rachel, Sarah, and 1 >aniel. 

Jan Claas Romeyn (2) married, in May, L690, Jannetie Bogert, at Hack 
ensack, and resided on part of his father's lands. He was a member and 
church master of the "Church on the Green'' in 1715. His issue of the 
third generation were Nicholas, John. Christina, Roelof, Rachel, Isaac, 
Angenetie, Christina, and Ursula. 

Nicholas Romeyn (3), baptized at Hackensack in February, 1699, mar- 


nrnsox and r.i:i;ci:.\ counties 

pied, in lTiMi. Elizabeth Outwater, who died in L732. Be died in 17<;::. He 
married (2) Rachel Vreeland, who died in L761. The issue of Nicholas 
Romeyn (3) and liis t\\<> wives oi the fourth generation were Rev. Thomas 
Romeyn and John Romeyn. 

Rev. rhomas Romeyn ih. born a1 Pompton, X. -I.. March ~. 17l'!i. died 
October 22, L794. He was graduated from the College <»!' New Jersey in 
1750, studied theology, and after preaching ;i few times <m Long Island 


wenl to Holland, in 1 752, for ordination, and was settled ;il Jamaica, L. I., 
until 1790. He married (1) June 29, 17.~>(i. Margaretta Frelinghuysen, who 
died ;ii Jamaica, December l".. 17.17. He married (2) Susanna Van Camp- 
pen. He died a1 Fonda, X. Y.. ( >ctober 22, L794, and was buried there under 
the pulpil of liis church. Mis issue of tin- fifth generation were seven: Rev. 
Theodore F.. Rev. Thomas, Nicholas, Abraham, Rev. Broadhead, Benjamin, 
and Rev. James Van < Jampen. 



Rev. James Van < Jampen Romeyn (5) was born ;ii Minsink, Sussex County, 
X. •).. November L5, L765, and died at Baekensack, June 27, 1 sin. He at- 
tended Schenectady Academy in 1784, studied theology under Rev. Theo- 
dore Romeyn, his uncle, was a Trustee of Rutgers College, and preached al 
several places, the last in the Reformed Church of Hackensack and Schraal- 
enburgh from L799 lo 1833. He married ill Susanna .Maud Van Vranken, 


of Schenectady, and (2) Elizabeth Pell, who survived him. His issue of 
the sixth generation were Susan. Harriet, Anna, Maria. Rev. James, D.D., 
Anna, Eliza, Caroline, Theodore, and Sarah. 

Rev. James Konievn Mil was horn at Blooming Grove, N. J., September 30, 
17!)7. and was graduated from Columbia College in L816 and from the 
Theological Seminary al New Brunswick, N. J., in 1819. He declined the 
Doctor of Divinity degree bestowed on him bv Columbia College. He 


preached ;it several places, \v:is pastor of the old "Church on the Green" 
ai Hackensack from is:;:: to L836, and was a Trustee of Rutgers roller in 
L842. Be married Joanna Bayard Rodgers, daughler of .John K. P.. Rodgers, 
-Ml ► . of Columbia College, New 5Tork. His children of the seventh gen- 
eration were . James R. and Theodore li. 

Rev. Theodore Bayard Romej n (7) was born ai Nassau, N. Y., October l'2, 
ISl'T. He attended school ai Hackensack and other places, was graduated 
from Rutgers College in L846 and from the Theological Seminary in New 
Brunswick in L849, and received the degree of 1>.I>. from Rutgers College. 
He preached ai Blawenburgh, N. •!., and ;it Hackensack, and was the author 
of the History of the Reformed Church of the latter tillage. He married 
Amelia A. Letson, who died October 22, L897. He died at Hackensack, 
August 29, L885. His issue of the eighth generation were Mary L. (deceased.) 
and dames A., the latter being (lie subject of this sketch. 

James A. Romeyn (8) was horn in Blawenburgh, N. J.. May 15, 1853, and 
received his education at Rutgers College. He studied law with Bedle, 
M airhead & McGee, of Jersey City, and successfully practiced Ids pro 
fession until L890. Since then he has been the editor of the Rnnin;/ Record 
of Hackensack, where he resides. 

Mi. Romeyn is a. man id' acknowledged ability ami 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 (1SSS ;>.">) 
served as Treasurer of the Hackensack Hospital. At the bar and in the 
editorial chair he has wou distinction ami honor, aud as a citizen he is 
highly respected. 

In L884 Mr. Romeyn married Flora May Cochran, of Lancester, Pa., who 
died in 1891. By her there were two children: Theodore B. and Katharine, 
lie was married, second, in 1894, to Susie Burgess Conover, of Newark. X. J. 

JOHN LANK has achieved distinction in the twofold capacity of marine 
surveyor and public officer. He is a native of Shrewsbury, X. J., where 

I btained his early education in the public schools. Subsequently he 

pursued ;i course of study at Cooper Institute, New York. 

Reared on his father's farm in Shrewsbury, he developed a strong con 
slitution. 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 menially and physically quali- 
fied, and in which he has won an honorable reputation. Entering, as a 
youth, the shipyard of McCarthy & Brother, of Hoboken, he tilled 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 
murine 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 which he has achieved remarkable success. In 1888 he removed from 
Jersey City to West Hoboken, X. 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- 


tion. In L89J he was appointed ;i member of the Wes1 Hoboken Board of 
Health. 1 n L893 he \\;is elected ;i member of t he Board of School Trustees. 
Since LS95 he has served as one of the Councilmen of West Hoboken, and 
in 1898 and L899 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 lias always encouraged and sup- 
ported every movemenl 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 Lydecker, the common ancestor of 
the Lydecker family in Bergen County, was from Amsterdam, Holland, 
but thai city was probably not his birthplace. At all events he was a 
Hollander. The lime of his arrival in America does not definitely appear. 
He lirst settled permanently at Bushwick, L 1.. on a granl of land ob- 
tained by him in L660 or 1661. There he resided several years — perhaps 
until his death, which is snid to have occurred prior to L696. lie was 
magistrate of Bushwick from L682 to 1685. <>n June 2-1, L663, he was 
appointed captain of a company of militia and received orders from Govern- 
or Stuyvesanl to fortify the town, which he did. The records show thai 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 every nighl to guard againsl an expected attack by the savages, 
who were at the time very troublesome to the settlers. His wife's name 
was Clara Vooreniere, 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 
boughl a large trad of land of Captain John Berry. Garrel (2) married 
Neeltie Cornelis Vandehuyl, of Holland. Mo 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 
sous after named, who partitioned it between i hem. it contained more than 
one thousand acres. His issue of the third generation were Ryck, Eliza- 
beth, < Jlara, < Jornelius, < rarret, and Abraham. 

Garrel (3) married Wintie (Levina) Terhune, and resided near Englewood 
on his father's homestead. His issue of the fourth generation were Neeltie, 
L724; Garret, L728; Geertie, 17".l: Cornelia. 17J4; Ann, 17J<;; Elizabeth, 
1738; and Albert, 1740. 

Garrel i4i married Lydia Demarest. He became a man of note, and 
commanded a company of Continental troops during the War for Inde- 
pendence. Roth he and his wife were prominent members of the Did 
South church at Schraalenburgh. His issue of the fifth generation were 
Garret, IT.".::; James, L755; Levina. IToT; Margaret, 17.~>!L Garret, 1761; 
James and Cornelius (twins), L764; Lydia. 1766; James, 176!); Elizabeth, 
1771 ; and .Maria. 1 77-L 

James (5), last above named, born in 1769. married. September 25, 1790, 
Maria Day, and had issue Lydia and Garret -1. of the sixth generation. 

la-ret -I. (6) was born in 17!>7 and died in 1SSI). He occupied a prominent 
position in the locality then known as English Neighborhood, having 
large farming interests, and 1 eing one whose advice was sought in all 
leading questions of the day. He married Sarah Ryer and had issue of 
the seventh generation James, John R., and Cornelius, the last of whom 
is the subject of this sketch. 

1-46 innsox \\i> bergen counties 

Cornelius Lydecker (7) was born ;ii Englewood, X. J., on the place where 
be now lives, April P>, lsi'7. Be has bi»en prominenl in public and private 
affairs. In 184(1 lie entered as a clerk the dry goods store of his brother 
John R. in New York, where he remained two years. In L849 he caughl 
the gold fever and wenl to California via Cape Horn. Two years in the 
gold " diggins " was enough for him. He returned home and soon after 
entered the political field by being elected Surveyor of Highways in his 
native town. Following this venture n|>. he became Township Collector in 
1862, and later County Collector, which office he held for five years. In 
L872 In- was elected to the State Senate on the Democratic ticket, and 
was from year in year returned antil L875, 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 William B. Dana 
lie built in L871 the Palisade Mountain House, and then look a resl by 
traveling for a time, finally returning to embark in the real estate business. 

He married in L852 .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, Garrel mow in a 
banking house at No. is Wall Street, New York), Kate, and Cornelius, 
new at Englew r ood. Mr. Lvdecker is a member of Masonic Lodge No. 114. 


CHARLES WESLEY RANDALL, of Jersey City, has been actively and 
successfully engaged in the practice of architecture in Hudson County 
since 18.80, or during a period of t wenty years. He was born in t he Hudson 
City sect ion of Jersey City in 1856 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 lias ever since been active and in 
fluential in important capacities. 

Mr. Randall was educated primarily in Public School Xo. 1. of Hudson 
City (now Jersey City), and subsequently took a course at Cooper Institute. 
New York, graduating therefrom as an architect. In 1S80 he entered upon 
the active practice of his profession in Hudson County, and from that 
time to the present has built a large number of houses and other building, 
in all of which appear evidences ot his genius. He is a man of decided 
artistic talent, energetic and influential in all the affairs of lite, thoroughly 
identified with the besl inn rests of the community, and one of the besi 
architects and builders in the County of Hudson. 

In L880 Mr. Randal] married Eleda Erickson. They have three children: 
George E., Elizabeth G., and Josephine E. Randall. 

JOHN 1 RATHBONE RAMSEY is one of the leading lawyers of Hack- 
ensack. Bergen County. X. J., and. in November, 1895, was elected to the 
office of County clerk by a majority of 961, being the first Republican ever 
elected to that position in that 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 
Kanisey. came to America in 1772, and settled a1 New Scotland. Albany 
County. X. Y. The son John, born in 17-~7. married Margaret Connolly, 
and settled at New Scotland, where he enlisted and served in the Conti- 
nental \rmy againsl the British in !h«- war for independence. 

Peter Kanisey. 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. Kanisey. both of whom settled in the Ramapo distrid of Bergen 


County. Peter P. married Jane Reyerson, and William I*. married Hannah 
— . The inscriptions on their tombstones show the following fads: Peter 
P. Ramsey, born July is, 1770, died March .*'»o, 1854; Jane Reyerson, his 
wife, died January 2S, 1825. William P. Ramsey, boru December 25, 1774, 
died July 19, 1863; Hannah, his wife, born January 29, 177.~>, died Augusl <>, 
1849. These were the first of the uame in the county, and were undoubtedly 
the ancestors of all the Ramseys in Bergen County, including the subject 
of i Ins sketch. (>n his mother's side John R. Ramsey's ancestors were of 
English descent. 

Mr. Ramsey was born in Wyckoff, Bergen County, X. J., on the 25th of 
April, 1862, and spent much of his early life — from 1872 to 1X7!> — with his 
maternal grandfather, John V. Rathbone, in Parkersburg, \Y. \'a., where he 
received a private school education. In 1^7'.i he returned to New Jersey 
and entered the law office of the late George 11. Coffey, of Hackensack. lie 
subsequently continued his law studies with the firm of Campbell & He 
Baun, also of Hackensack, and was admitted to the New Jersey bar as an 
attorney in November, 1883, and as a counselor in February, 1887. For 
nearly twelve years following his admission he was actively and success 
fully engaged in the practice of law in Hackensack. displaying marked 
ability as a counselor and advocate, and gaining an extensive clientage. 

Mr. Ramsey has always been an active, ardent, and consist cut Republican, 
ami for many years has been a power in the councils of his party. He was 
the Republican candidate for the office of County Clerk, of Bergen County, 
in 1890, lmt was defeated by a very small majority, although In- tan ahead 
of the res! of the Republican tickel by several hundred votes. In November, 
1895, he was again the Republican candidate for that office and was 
elected by a majority of 961, for a term of five years from November is, 1895, 
being the firsl Republican ever elected County Clerk in the County of Ber- 
gen, lie has discharged the duties of this office with marked ability and 
satisfaction, and has displayed 'he same energy which characterized his 
career at the bar. lie is .i member of Fidelity Lodge, No. 113, Free and 
Accepted .Masons, of Ridges I. N. J., of Wortendyke Lodge, No. 17.~>, In- 
dependent Order of odd Fellows, and of various social organizations and 


lie was married, January 26, 1898, to Mary Evelyn Th pson, of Clarks- 
burg, \Y. Va. She died very suddenly April 27, 1898. 

CHARLES A. HAMILTON, of Closter, Bergen County. X. J., was born 
at Canaan Four Corners, Columbia County. X. V., March :!4. 1859. He is 
the son of Silas P». and Emily -I. (Haight) Hamilton, a grandson of James 
Hamilton and William Haight, ami a descendant of a long line of Scotch 

.Mr. Hamilton received his education in his native Slate. He left school 
at the age of seventeen and entered a railroad office, where he remained 
three and a half years. He then accepted a position with the Mutual Life 
Insurance Company, of New York City, and has since continued with that 
well known corporation. In this latter capacity he has developed ability 
in a line which requires accurate knowledge of mathematics and all 
business forms, ami lm has discharged his duties with satisfaction and 
earned f«,r 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 the community, has served as a member of the School 
Board, ami is a member of the Dutch Reformed Church. 



Mr. Hamilton married Carrie L. Preston. They have two sons: Charles 
EL, horn in L883, and Kenneth P., born in L885. 

WILLIAM OUTIS ALLISON, of Englew I. X. •!.. is descended in the 

eighth generation from Lawrence Ellison (or A-llison), :i Puritan, who 
moved from Watertown, M;i^.. to Wethersfield, Conn., thence to Stain 
ford, in the same State, and finally to Hempstead, Long Island, with other 
emigrants who accompanied Rev. Richard Denton in Hill. These emi- 
grants are supposed to have been ;i pari of the colony which came over 

from England with Rob- 
er1 Winthrop and Sir 
Richard Saltonstall in 
1630. John Ellison, son 
dl' Lawrence, became one 
of 1 1n- founders of I temp- 
stead in KM L His son 
John, a nal ive of Hemp- 
stead, Mas the imme 
<li;ii( founder of the fam 
ily of Allisons which, 
for several generations, 
have lived and slept 
within the limits of 
Haverstraw, Rockland 
( 'ounty, New York. He 
was one of the company 
that purchased the north 
part of tin- Kakiat pal 
en1 of land in Orange 
County, which is now 
Rockland County, in 
t719, and founded the 
Town of New Hemp- 
stead, now Ramapo. TTe 
died in 1754, after a life 
of ureal usefulness and 
activity. Of Ins nine 
children, Joseph, the 
third, was born in An 
iiiist. 17'_M or 1 Ti'l'. re- 
sided in Haverstraw, 
and died January -. 
I7!>0. lie was called 
Captain Joseph Allison, and became one of the largesl landowners and 
farmers in Ids section. March tO, 171-".. lie married Elizabeth, daughter 
of Matthew Benson, who died December li'. 17<i7. leaving ten children. 
His second wife, whom lie married May I. L769, and who died April 16, 
L815, was Elsie Parsells, and she bore him eighl children. 

Matthew Allison, i fie eldest of all these eighteen children, was born 
in Haverstraw, and died before L795, leaving several children, among them 
Hendrick Allison, who married Sarah .Marks, daughter of George .Marks. 
of the same town. They moved to Manhattan Island, theme to New 



hock. X. -I.. and finally i<> Hackensack Township, Bergen County, to a point 
beneath the Palisades, near wliai is now Englewood Township. They were 
the grandparents of the subject of this article. William Henry Allison, son 
of Hendrick and father of William <>., was born in Hackensack Township 
on ili.- Kith of September, L820. In 1S4(> he married Catherine, daughter of 
David and Elizabeth (Blauvelt) Jordan and granddaughter of Joseph -Jor- 
dan, a French soldier, who came over with Lafav. lie and foughl 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 < >. Allison were among the original 
1 Mi tch settlers a I Old Tappan. one ol t he earliest settlements in New Jersey, 
ami have resided in Bergeu < iounty for more than two hundred years. 

William < ). Allison was born in old Hackensack mow Palisade) Town- 
ship, Bergen County, X. J.. March 30, L849. Prom his early boyhood he 
lived much of the time in the family of William P. Dana, a prominent 
resident of the Palisades, a man of forceful and exemplary character, and 
a journalist of culture. The accidenl of this environmenl had an im- 
portant part in his career, and he has never failed to fully acknowledge, 
by word and deed, the benign influence which Mr. Dana's wife, .Mrs. Kath 
arine Floyd Dana, exerted upon him. She took a deep interest in the hoy, 
and his intellectual development was guided by her in a manner horn of 
superior intelligence and refinemenl and by the greal 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. 
Never 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 " < hit is *' in complimenl to a fancy of hers t hat his initials should 
correspond to those of her nom de plume, " Olive A. Wadsworth." 

In L868 Mr. Allison, having received an excellent training at the hands 
of this childless woman, entered the office of the Financial Chronicle and 
the Daily Bulletin, which were owned by Mr. Dana and John (!. 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 reporter 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 copy successfully. When he entered Mr. Dana's employ 
he received $7 per week; inside of three years he had a weekly salary 
of spt as a reporter. Put this rapid progress did mil 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, 
lo issue the firsr number of the Oil, Paint and Drug 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. 

Put 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', muted with great business 
tad 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 


obtaining and furnishing accurate, comprehensive, and valuable infor- 
mation concerning all the 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 "'in- of the most profit 
able class publications in the country, ;in<l exerts an influence in the 
nudes in which it is allied such ;is uo other commercial publication has 
wielded. In 1>71 he established Tin Painters Magazine, with which was 
subsequently consolidated the Wall Paper Tradi Journal, and aboul the 
same time he purchased Tin Druggists Circular, whirl) was started in ls.~i7. 
These three publications — the Oil, Paint and Drug Reporter, Tin Druggists 
Circular, and Tin Painters Magazine — not only continue to hold their 
prestige and influence among the trades which they represent, bu1 enjoy 
;i constanl ly increasing measure of sue. ess and a world-wide popularity and 

These relations have brought Mr. Allison into close personal contact 
with a large clientage, have made his judgmenl and opinions much sough! 
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 
1«» time considerable tracts <>r land on or near the Palisades until he has 
become one of the largest landowners in that section. And the eminenl 
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 
financial 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 id' none 
of the difficulties and temptations which every one encounters. 

Mr. Allison was married October 22, L884, to Caroline Longstreel Hovey, 
daughter of Alfred Howard Eovey and Frances Noxon, of Syracuse, X. Y. 
Her parents dying when she was very young, she was adopted by tin- 
late Hon. George F. Comstock and his wife, and look tin- name of Com 
siock. Mis. ("onistock was a sister of .Mis. Allison's mother, and .Mr. 
Comstock was a1 em- time Attorney-General of the United States and 
chief Justice of the \cu York Court of Appeals. .Mrs. Allison was born 
in Syracuse on dune L2, L862, received her education at Keble School in 
ih.ii city and at a French school in N'euillv. near Paris, France, and resided 
in Syracuse until her marriage. She died at Paris on March 31, L89G. Their 
children were Katharine Floyd Allison, horn duly 1.".. L885; Frances Cor 
in lia Allison, born November 23 1887; Allis Allison, born September 30, 
1888, died April If. L880; William Dana Allison, born September 8, 1890, 
died September 8, 1894; John Blauvell Allison, horn January L3, L893; 
and Van Kleeck Allison, horn May i'::. L894. All wen- horn in Englewood, 
\. ■). .Mr. Allison married, second, .Mrs. Caroline A. Comstock, daughter of 
I »;i\ id Shaw, of I Detroit, .Mich. 

dolIX ENGEL, formerly Post master of Hackensack, and one of the 
most popular hotel proprietors in Bergen County, was born in Prussia, 
Germany, on the L6th of April, 1845. Hi-; parents, Charles Engel and 
Agustia Kuehn. were both horn and married in Prussia. 

Major Engel received his education .it the military school at Schloss, 
Annaburg, Province of Saxony, and in I860 came to this country, arriving in 


New Vork City od tin- ltiili of October. His tirsl business here was as a 
barber in New York. In L868 he removed i<» Hackensack, X. J., where he 
has since resided, and where he was for some time engaged in the barber 
business. Be became Postmaster of Backensack in 1888, and served one 
term. Afterward he engaged in the hotel business in Backensack, in which 
lie lias since continued, becoming one of the mosl popular and besl known 
hotel keepers in Bergen < !ounty. 

As a soldier in the Civil War .Major Engel made an enviable record. Be 
enlisted, in L862, in the One Bundred and Sixty-fifth New York Volunteers 
and served until the close of the war in L865, receiving an honorable dis 
charge after a long and active service ai the front. In L898 he enlisted for 
active service in the War with Spain, becoming .Major of the Second 
Battalion, Second Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers, and going into camp 
with his regiment at Jacksonville, Fla. Be was mustered ou1 in November, 
1808. Be is Past Commander of -lames B. McPherson Post, No. 52, G. A. 
R., and also CaptaiE of Major John Engel Command, No. -"><>. Spanish War 
\ r eterans. Be served twenty-seven years (1872-1899) in the National Guard 
of New Jersey, rising from a private to the command of the same battalion 
in which he enlisted in L872. 

Major Engel is a man of ureat energy, ability, and enterprise, and 
during his entire career has maintained the respect and confidence of all 
who know him. Be 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. Be is a mem- 
ber of Lodge No. 177. independent Order of odd Fellows, of Hackensack. 
of the Improved Order of Red Men. of the Hackensack Wheelmen's Club, 
and of the Basbr k Beights Field Club. 

on October 31, L867, he married Miss M. II. Gehrels, of Charleston. S. C. 
Their children are Charles W.. George S., John A.. Augusta, Berberi 15., 
Frank I'.. Emma T. B., ami Daniel O 

ALEXANDER FISHER was born in Buffalo, X Y.. on the Hth of May, 
L849, his parents being John Fisher and Margaret Cortelyou. His an- 
cestors came to this country from England, lie was educated in lite public 
schools of Buffalo and spenl his early lite as a traveling salesman. In this 
capacity he gained a wide practical experience. He is now private secre- 
tary To Henry Dalley, of New Fork City. 

In L892 Mr. Fisher became a resident of Closter, Bergen County, X. -I.. 
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 Mrs. H. R. Downs (na Dn Hois). 

NELSON JAMES HARRISON EDGE was born in Jersey City, N. 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 tin- country, his first American ancestor. Roberi Edge, em- 
barking with twenty others with their families at London. September 15, 
Hi:!."), in the ship " Hopewell," Thomas Babb, Master, for New England, 
where they first settled. Mr. Edge's grandfather, Isaac Edge, left Brooklyn, 
where hi had been residing from about 17!)7. and came to Jersey City — then 
I'anlns Hook — in the year L806, when there were but three houses in the 



place: a tavern, the barracks, and a private residence. The family has 
resided here ever since. In L815 iliis Isaac Edge buill a large windmill 
ilhe material for which he imported) near what is dow the northeast 
corner of Green and Montgomery Streets, and which at that time was 
lapped by the waxes el' the riyer. The eld mill was for many years a 
prominent landmark and still lives in the memories and traditions of the 
(ddest inhabitants, lie married Frances Ogden, of Duffield, England, 
and died -Inly 7. L851, leaving surviving him four sons: Isaac Edge, dr.. 
who died March Hi. 1859; Benjamin O. Edge, who died Jun< 11. L871; 
George W. Edge, who died January 1, L880; and Joseph <i. Edge, who died 


.May Hi. L883. lie also had two daughters: Alice Edge, who died Decem- 
ber II. L870, and Elizabeth Edge, who died in 1887. George W. and Eliza- 
beth died unmarried : the others, Isaac Hen jam in ( >.. Joseph G., and Alice. 
married and left families surviving them. 

Isaac Edge, Jr., father of Nelson J. II. Edge, al a very early age enlisted 
in Captain Smith's company, Third Regiment, New Jersey Infantry, and 
served his country in the armj during the War of L812. lie subsequently 
became one of the pioneer manufacturers of Jersey <'ity and achieved a 
national reputation as n pyrotechnist. Prom his establishment for many 


years went forth all the displays of fireworks which were a1 one time annu- 
ally .uivcii on the Fourth of July by all the principal cities of the country. 
llf was also die originator of movable pieces, the first being a representa- 
tion of the battle of Vera Cruz given on Boston Common, lie died March 
lo. L859, and left surviving him liis wife Margaret, who died October 27, 
LS79; his son. Nelson .). II.; and his daughters, Mary Louisa and Prances 
Ogden. The latter died January 5, 1885. 

Nelson J. II. Edge has been a life-long resident of Jersey City, lie firsl 
attended old Public School No. 1, afterward studied at Mr. Dickinson's 
school in the Lyceum, and from there entered St. Francis Xaviei College in 
New York City, where he finished his education. His early training was 
designed to tit him lor 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 
tiie First National Bank, and from there went to the Merchants' Bank of 
New York City as cashier's assistant. In L887 he assisted in the organiza- 
tion of the Bank of New Amsterdam, of New York, and acted as its Cashier 
until L896, when he retired from business, lie was not long permitted lo 
remain idle, however, for in 1899 he was called t<> the post of Cashier of 
the Hudson County National Hank of Jersey City, which he accepted, and 
which he is now filling with characteristic energy, ability, and satisfaction. 

Mi-. [Edge is one of the foremost bankers of Hudson County, lie 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, lie was one of the organizers of the 
Jersey City Vn-c Public Library, and was appointed one of the original 
Trustees by Mayor Cleveland in L889, being re-appointed by Mayor Wanser 
in 1.893 and again by .Mayor I loos in L898, tor terms of five years each. 
Since his first appointment he has filled the office of Treasurer of the 
library. In L896 Mr. Edge was the candidate of the "Gold" Democrats 
for Presidential Elector on the Palmer ami Buckner ticket. He served 
seven years in Company F, Seventh Regiment, National Guard of the State 
of New York, enlisting in L876 and acting as Paymaster the greater part 
of that period. Mr. Edge is a member and President of the Palma Club of 
Jersey City, a member of the Carterel ami Cosmos Clubs, ami a member 
of the Lincoln Association, of the Jersey City Board of Trade, of the 
Seventh Regiment Veteran Club, of the Reform ('bib of New York, and 
of the Society of the War >A' L812. lie has never married. 

cooK CONK" LI NO. 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, Mass. This ancestor married Mary Gardiner, daughter of Lyon 
Gardiner, proprietor of Gardiner's Island, and moved from Salem to Long 
Island. Calvin B. Conkling's wife was Harriet A. \Y. King, who was also 
descended from an old New England family. 

Cook Conkling was born in Ledgewood, X. J., on the 4th of November, 
L858. 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. Aft<T leaving college he taught country school for a time, but soon 
abandoned that occupation to go "upon the road" as general traveling 


agen! 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. Conkling 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 ;ii large 
encountered in his travels have been reprinted and favorably commented 
upon, lie has probably seen us much of the United Slates as almost any 
other citizen of the country, and is well known throughoul Northern New 
Jersey, over which his business connections extend. 

Mr. Conkling finally studied law, was admitted to the bar of his native 
State, and in 1888 began the active practice of his profession with a part 
tier in Rutherford, N. J., where he still resides. This association continued 
until February, L893. Afterward he was engaged alone in a general bank- 
ing and law business in Rutherford until dune 1. ls'.is. when he formed a 
copartnership with es Mayor Luther Shafer, of Rutherford. 

Mr. Conkling is a Democrat by inheritance, his ancestral lines on his 
mother's shh — 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 everj capacity has 
displayed characteristic enterprise. 

JOHN T. HARINGPS ancestors, for many generations, have resided at 
old Tappan. lie is descended in tin eighth generation from dan Pietersen 
Haring, the emigranl from Hoorn, Holland, for an account of whom and 
of his children, see page 61. 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, horn November 24. 1693, 
and his wife. Aeltie Van Dolsen, horn in April, L696, had issue of the 
fifth generation eight children, of whom one was Frederick d. Haring (5). 

Frederick Johns Haring (5), horn December 7. 1729, died March <i. 1807, 
married (1), April 30, 1 T.~l'. Rachel Abrams Haring, born May L3, 1732, died 
Angus! 27, L795. He married (2), November If. 1796, Ann de < dark (widow 
of Peter Perry), horn duly 7. 1741. died September 18, L816. Frederick's 
children (of the sixth generation) by Rachel Abrams Haring were ten: 
Aeltie, Abram F.. Dirkie, John F.. Garrel F.. Harman, Rachel. Margaretta, 
Maria, and Abram B. 

John Fredericks Haring (6), horn dune 15, 17<>(>. died Augusl in 1836, 
married, in November, L781, Jemima, daughter of Tunis Blawvelt, horn 
November 2.",. 1 77: >. died January 27. 1859. Their issue of the seventh gen- 
eration were two: Frederick d. and 'funis d. 

'funis d. Haring (7) was horn at Tappan, September 17. 17>7. died there 
October L8, L881, married il I, October 7. 1806, Elizabeth Perry (daughter of 
Peter Perry), horn March 2.".. L784, died November L3, 1858. He married (2), 
November 22, L859, Lea Demaresl (widow of John R. Blawvelt). horn Febru- 
ary •".. L 785, died Augusl 6, L872. Tunis i7i by his firsl wife had issue of the 
eighth generation Abram B.„ Jane, Peter P.. ami John T.. the last named of 
whom is the subject of this sketch. 

John T. Haring (8) was horn in Harrington Township, Bergen County, 
May Pi. 1822, and received his education in the local schools. He hit 
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 oilier business. 

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


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

Mr. Earing married Rachel Blawvell and has three children: Tunis J., 
of Hackensack; Richard B.; and Elizabeth P., of Sparkill, X. Y. They 
reside at old Tappan, Bergen County. 

MILTON T. RICHARDSON, a well known publisher of New York City 
and for two terms President of the Village of Ridgewood, Bergen County 
\. J., was born in VVestford, .M;iss., on the 7th of February, 1S4.'». He is the 
son of Thomas Richardson and Mary Fletcher, ;i grandson of Abijah and 
Elizabeth (Livingston) Richardson and of Peletiah and Sully i Woodward) 
Fletcher, and a ureal 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 1630. His 
mother's family — the Fletchers- are equally old residents of \eu England, 
her emigrant ancestor, Robert Fletcher, coming from England also in 
1630. Both the Richardsons and the Fletchers as well as their collateral 
ancestors bave long been prominent in the history of New England and 
other Eastern States, 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 
VVestford, .Mass., and at Eastman's P.usiness College in Poughkeepsie, 
N. 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 ;is publisher of trade and class journals 
.it 27 Tark Place, X< w York City. At the present time he is the publisher 
of the Blacksmith and Wheelwright, the Amateur Sportsman, and Boots and 
Shoes Weekly, being President and Treasurer of the corporation styled 
the M. T. Richardson Company, 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 n 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 (ill important positions of trust and responsibility, being 
elected, iii L892, 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- 
munity, 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 Park Association, a member of the Ridge- 
wood Club, and also a member of the Knights of Honor and of the Royal 
Arcanum. lie is a member of tin- New York Press Club, of the American 

















Trade Press Association, and in 1898 was elected President of the latter 
body, lie 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. 
II. Dunbar Johnston, lie 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 mow written Cole), of Amsterdam, Holland, 
an officer 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 lime with credit to himself and to his country. 

Mis son. Jacob Barentseu Cole, married Maritie Simmons and located 
at Kingston, X. Y., about L659. This Jacob had eight children, the youngest 
of whom was Jacob, baptized at Kingston, X. Y., January 1. 1673, married 
Barbara Hanse, and in L695 removed t<> and settled at Tappan, X. Y., 
where he died, leaving six children, all of whom married and settled either 
in Rockland County. X. Y., or in Bergen County, X. .1. One of these, 
Abraham, born in 1707. married Ann Meyer. They were the great-grand- 
parents of Rev. Isaac Cole, who was for many years pastor of the Dutch 
Church at Tappan, and whose son. Rev. David Cole, of Yonkers, X. Y., 
has published a History of Rockland County, X. Y., ami of the Tappan 

Barent, said to he 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 Eackensaek. 
It may he safely said that many hundreds of the family are scattered over 
Bergen and 1 1 udson < Jount ies. 

THE CONKLIN FAMILY are scattered over Bergen and Hudson Coun- 
ties, most, if not all, of them being descended from John Conklyne, of 
Nottinghamshire, England, and his wife, Elizabeth Allseabrook (married 
in 1625), who came to America in 1638 and settled at Salem. Mass., where 
he and his brother, Ananias, established the lirst glass works in America. 
They moved to Southold, L. L. ahoitt 1650. Prom thence .John removed 
to Buntington, L. L. where he died in 1683, aged aboul 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 he- 
came one of the purchasers of the " Kakiate" patent of many thousand 
acres in Rockland County, X. Y.. and settled at Haverstraw in 1711. He 
left several children, among whom were John. Edmund, Elias, William, 
and Joshua. Of these. John, horn at Eastchester, N. Y., about 1700, 
married. January 1, 1721). Gertrude, daughter of John de Tew, 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 1700. Matthias 
Conklin, probably a brother of Nicholas, above mentioned, left his home 
at Philips Manor in Westchester County, N. Y., early in 1710, 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 



south of the present New York State line, bounded south by the Biker 
farm, north by the Gesner farm, easl by the Hudson River, and wesl l>y 
the "Ludlow Ditch." His sons were Jacob, Abraham, and Casparus, of 
whom Jacob inherited the bulk of his father's lands. Be married Hester 
Lawrence and had issue Delifrens, Parent, Maria, John, Elizabeth, David, 
.•mil Jacob. Abraham, his brother, married Margaretta, daughter of Will- 
iam Bell, and Ief1 ;i family of nine children, while Casparus, who married 
Mynote Marl ling, Ief1 six children. 

The descendants of the above spread rapidly over Rockland County, 
X. Y.. and Bergen < !ounty, X. J. 

WILLIAM GALBRAITH, probably the earliesl and mosl noted taxider 
mist in Hudson County, was born in County Down, Ireland, of Scotch-Irish 
ancestors, the name being conspicuous in Scotland before the exodus caused 
bv the wiirs and political disturbances. When a young man be emigrated 
in America and settled in New York City, bu1 sunn went to Long island, 
and in April, L838, removed to Wes1 Hoboken, X. J., where he died in 
October, 1872, in his sixt; seventh year. He was a distinguished taxider 
mist, and in the constanl practice of his profession achieved considerable 
fame and eminenl 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 Wes1 Hoboken when 
the countn was new and practically an unbroken forest, he found plenty 
of birds and animals, many of which exisl now only in the specimens which 
he preserved. 

Mr. Galbraith purchased a house and two hits on the corner of Spring 
and Cortlandl Streets, of Cyrus W. Browning, the founder of the Town of 
West Hoboken, and during Ids active life took a prominent part in local 
ah'aii-s. serving as Town Committeeman, etc. He was also a member of 
the Methodisl Episcopal Church. He married, first, Jemima Payne, who 
bore him four children: Elizabeth Charity (Mrs. Whittemore), of Chicago, 
Charles S., of Wes1 Hoboken, and two who are deceased. His second wife, 
Eliza Billings, whom he married in New York, died in Wes1 Hoboken, 
leaving two children: William and John, both deceased. He married, 
third, in New York <"itv. .Miss Dorothy Nixon, by whom he had seven 
children, of whom one is living, nameh : Richard E., of West Hoboken. 

Charles Stewart Galbraith was born on Long Island, on the 2ls1 of 
September, 1831, 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 Wesl Hoboken. 

RICHARD EDWIN GALBRAITH, eldest surviving son of William and 
Dorothy (Nixon) Galbraith, was horn in West Hoboken, X. J., April IT, 
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 t V Co. and their successors. Bene, 
Creighton & Co. These connections gave him a broad experience and a 
valuable training in both professional and commercial affairs, and broughl 



him into prominence ;is a man of unusual ability, of greal force of character, 
and of rare mental and executive attainments. 

In 1SS4 Mr. Galbraith engaged in the real estate and insurance business 
in WVst Hoboken, which he still follows with characteristic energy and 
success. lb' lias been an extensive operator in real property in thai 
section, and through his enterprise and foresight lias been instrumental 
in developing several importanl tracts. 

In politics he is a conservative Democrat, lb' was four years a member 
and nnc year Chairman of the Town Council <>t West Eoboken, three years 


Chief of Police, two years a member and one year Chairman of the West 
Hoboken Board of Education, and one of tin- founders of the Hudson Trust 
and Savings Institution, of which he is a Director and a member of the 
Executive Committee. Do has been President of the Palisade Building 
and Loan Association of West Hoboken since its organization in April, 
L891. lie is a promineni member and for three years was Master of 
Doric Lodge, No. si;. F. and A. M., of West Hoboken, and is a member 
of Cyrus Chapter. No. 32, R. A. M., of Pilgrim Commandery, No. 16, 
K. T., and of the Scottish Kite bodies in the Valley of -Jersey City, of 
Mecca Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, of New York, and of the 


Masonic Veterans' Association, of Brooklyn, and is Pas1 Junior Grand 
Steward of the Grand Lodge of Masons of New Jersey. He is also a mem- 
ber of Ellsworth Post, No. 11. G. A. R., of the Town of Union, hav- 
ing enlisted in August, L862, in Company F, Twenty-firsl New Jersey 
Volunteer Infantry, and serving in the Third Brigade, Second Division, 
Sixili Army Corps, of the Army of the Potomac, in the Civil War. This 
was the tirsi nine-months' regimenl from New Jersey in the War of the 
Rebellion. Mr. Galbraith participated in both battles of Fredericksburg, 
and ;ii 1I1-' second battle was captured by the enemy and confined as n 
prisoner for aboul ten days. His high standing in the community, the 
esteem and confidence in which he is held, and his greai popularity and 
wide acquaintance are attested by the several importanl positions he 
has filled, the duties oi which he has discharged with ability, integrity, 
sound judgment, and faithfulness. Almost every importanl movemenl in 
West Hoboken, during the lasl fifteen or twenty years, has fell the impetus 
of Ids wholesome and benevolent influence. 

Mr. Galbraith was married, dune 1. L8G5, to Surah Jane, daughter of 
William Granger Quigley and Esther, his wile, of New York City and later 
of AYosi Hoboken. 

TIM': De BOW FAMILY. — Dirk de Bow, or de Boog, as ii appears on 
tin- records ai Amsterdam, Holland, emigrated from thai city to America 
in L649, with his four children, and settled a1 New Amsterdam, where he 
died. His children were Catharine (married, September 5, L649. Wilhelmus 
Beekman), Susanna (married, in L660, Arenl Everson), Frederick (married 
Elizabeth Fredericks), and Garrel (married, September 1<'>. 1663, Hendricke 
Paden, of San Francisco). 

Garrel had issue three children: Henry, John, and Isaac. This John 
was a baker in New York, and had a son, Garrel de Bow, born in New 
Vork aboul L703, died aboul 17<;s. a1 Pompton Plains. X. .1.. married, May 
i'::. ITl'T. Maria, daughter of Paulus Vanderbeck and Catharine Ryerson. 
She was baptized February 21. 1706. Garrel settled on the lands of his 
father-in-law (Vanderbeck) at Pompton, where he spent Ids days, and left 
six children: Catalyna, horn in ITl's (married Simeon Van Ness); Eliza- 
beth, horn in L729 (married Abraham Gould); Paulus, horn in L731; John, 
horn in 17.".."; Maria, horn in 17:'." (married Samuel Berry); and Sarah, 
horn in 1740 (married Philip Schuyler). 

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

THE COOPEK FAMILY is still one of the more numerous families 
throughoul Northern New Jersey, and particularly in Bergen County. 
Claes Jansen Van Permerend emigrated to America in 1647, from Per 
merend, a town near tin- Zuyder Zee. between Amsterdam and Hoorn, 
Holland. His fust stopping place was Brooklyn, where In- married Pie 
tartie Brackhoengie, of Gowannus. She died soon after and he removed 
to Bergen, N J., where he married (2), November 11. L656, Ann. a sister 
of [de V;iii Vorst. <>r January 1. 1662, he obtained a patent for a trad 
of hind near Harsimus, en which In located and remained until his death. 
which occurred November 20, Kiss. His widow survived him until January 
1.2, L726. Two weather-beaten headstones mark their last resting places 
in the cemeieiv of the old Bergen hutch Church, ('laes was an active. 


energetic man. and attained prominence in town affairs. He was some- 
times known as "John Pottagie," and in later days as " Kuyper." il is 
said, because he was a cooper by trade. His descendants have ever since 
retained the name Kuyper, anglicized to Cooper. On April lb. L671, he 
boughl from Governor Carteret 240 acres on the Hudson River, including 
in it the present Village of Nyack, N. V. The same year he bought 400 
acres adjoining lus first purchase on the north, and in 1678 lie bought 
several traits of meadow adjoining him — in all about Ids acres of meadow. 
Seme of these lands he owned in partnership with the Tallnians v All of 
them,eventually passed to his sons. Hi^ issne wire Cornelius, John, (Maes, 
hirls. Henry, Vroutie, Trvntie. Divertie, Pietartie. Janetie, Grietie, Marine. 
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 L689, bul soon sold to Tall- 
man. He thin removed to Schraalenburgh, where he boughl of John 
Demaresl -~><> 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. 

RICH \KI> B. HARING is descended in the ninth generation from Jan 
Pietersen Haring, the emigranl from Hoorn, Holland, and the line of de 
scent is the same ns that of his father, John T. Haring (see page L54), ex- 
tending it one generation further, as follows: 

John T. Haring (8), born May Hi. L822, married. May 24, LS43, Rachel, 
daughter of John R. Blawvelt, born August 24, 1822. He resides at Tappan, 
on pari of the farm which his lirst American ancestor purchased from the 
Indians. The issue of John T. Haring (8) of the ninth generation are 
three: funis. I.. Richard B., and Elizabeth 1'.. of whom the second, Richard 

B. (9), is the subject of this sketch. 

Richard B. Haring (9) was bom in Harrington Township, Bergen 
County, January 24, LS56. He acquired his education in the Bergen County 
schools, which iie left at the age of eighteen to go to work on his father's 
farm. He still remains on the homestead. About L886 he engaged in the 
business of general auctioneer. In L897 he also established himself in the 
coal business at Tappan. X. Y.. and still continues both enterprises. 

lie 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 t he Borough < Council. He is a member of t he 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 < I. Banta, and has six children of the tenth gen- 
eration: Lila Kay. Charles lb. Vbram Demarest, J. Eugene, D. Leroy, and 
< lert rude. 

JOHN JOSEPH NEVIN, Judge of tin Criminal Courts of Jersey City, 
is the son of Patrick Xevin. and was born in Summit, X. -I., on the 31st of 
August, 1*70. After attending private schools he entered St. Peter's 
College of Jersev City and was graduated from that institution in the class 
of L889, receiving in -Inly of that year the degree of Bachelor of Arts; a 
year later he received the degree of Master of Arts. On leaving college 
lie was offered the position of clerk to Mayor Cleveland, which he accepted, 



and wlirii Mayor Wanser succeeded Mr. Cleveland in office Mr. Nevin was 
retained on accounl of his efficiency, industry, and superior qualifications. 
In these capacities Judge Nevin gained a wide reputation and displayed 
those broad executive abilities which have since distinguished him in both 
public and private affairs. He also engaged in journalism, being the Jer- 
sey City corresponded of the New York \Io?'ning Advertiser and also of the 
New York Star and Daily Gotitinent during the existence of those papers. 
Ho is now Judge of the Criminal Courts of Jersey City, which office he is 
lilliiiL: with marked ability and universal satisfaction. In L899 he was ap- 
pointed a member for Jersey City of the Hudson County Consolidation 


Commission, and he is now Secretary of thai body. Judge Nevin was mar- 
ried April 30, L895, to Katharine Walsh, of Jersey <'iiy. and has two chil- 
dren, Joseph and Edward. 

THE De GROOT FAMILY, still numerous in Bergen and Hudson Coun- 
ties, arc of Holland descent. William Pietersen de Grool came to America 
in LG62, on hoard the ship '* Hope," with his wife and five children. They 
were from Amsterdam, Holland. Dirck Jansen de Groot, a Dative of Ryle- 
velt, in Holland, came to Now Amsterdam as a soldier in the Dutch 
service, on hoard the ship "Spotted Cow," April L5, L6C0, leaving behind 


him hi-- wife, Grietie Gerrets, and two children. In April, L663, Dirck's 
brother, Staats de Groot, who, the chip's register says, was a resident of 
Tricht, Holland, came to America on the same ship which had brought 
over his brother. Staats broughl over with him his brother's wife and 
children. Staats married, in 1664, Barbara Springsteen. Dirck and his 
first wife. Wybrig Jans, resided in New Amsterdam antil 1679, when they 
removed i«» Flatbush, L. I., where they remained permanently. From 
Flatbush several of the children removed to Hackensack in L695-96. Siaais 
first settled at Brooklyn, where the assessmenl roll of KIT.") showed him 
to be a taxpayer. He was of a roving disposition. In L678 he was living 
in Westchester County, X. Y. lie next turned up at Bergen, X. .1.. where, 
in June, L678, his second daughter was baptized. While living at Bergen, 
where many id' his relatives lived, he became in L686 one of the Tappan 
patentees, lie was ai New Amsterdam in Hiss, and probably never lo- 
cated on his Tappan lands. He died between Kiss and 17<M. having deeded 
or willed his lands to his wife Barbara, who was a daughter of Casparus 
Springsteen, of Groningen, Bolland. His children were Yoost, Neltje, 
Mary, and Geesie. Yoost settled a1 Tappan and his descendants spread into 
Bergen County. The descendants of Dirck and William Pietersen de Grool 
spread through Bergen County from Bergen and EJackensack, where they 
seit led. 

THE EDSALL FAMILY are still numerous in both Bergen and Hudson 
Counties. The founder of the family in America was Samuel Edsall, a 
native of Reading in Berkshire, England, where he was born about li;::o. 
lie was a hatter by trade, and came to America early in the spring of 
L655 ias is saidi. settling first ;ii New Amsterdam. There, on .May L'!>, 
L655, he married Mi Jannetie Wessels, then a belle of the city, whose 
mother kept a tavern in Tear! Street, celebrated for burgomasters' din 
ners. In April. L657, lid-all was made a small burgher. From Xew Am- 
sterdam he went id Newtown, I.. 1. In L663 he volunteered his services in 
the Esopus Indian War, and was made a Sergeant. <>n October <>. HiiU. 
he. with Richard Nichols, bough.1 of Governor Philip Carterel a tract called 
Xipnichsen on the Kill Von Kail in Eudson County, containing about ><M> 
acres. lb sent over four men to Bergen thai year to help fortify the 
•• towne." In L668, with Nicholas Varlet, he boughl from the Indians I.sTl* 
acres of land fronting on the Hudson River, bounded west by Overpeck 
("reek, and extending northward from the town bounds of Bergen to 
what is now beonia in Bergen County. After the surrender of the Dutch 
to the English he took the oath of allegiance to the British king ami re- 
moved from Newtown to Bergen. There he was a member of Carteret's 
Council from Kills to 1672. In L668 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 I he Dutch 
government that the books and papers of Xew .Jersey be delivered to Sec- 
retary Bayard. September 12, L673, and was one of the commissioners sent 
by Bergen to the same government. In 1689 he removed to Xew Amster- 
dam and became a partisan of Governor Leisler, a member of the Com- 
mittee of Safety, and of the Court of Exchequer. Ee was caught in the 
net with Leisler and put on trial for high treason, of which charge he 
was honorably acquitted. In 1699 la- removed to Queens County, L. I., 
where la- was" Justice of the Peace in 1690, and where In- died. He mar- 


iic<l (2) Augusl 27, 1689, ;ii Flatbush, I.. I.. Janneite Stevens, widow of 
Cornelius Jansen Beory, of Newtown. 

His issue were Ann. L656; Judith, 1658; John, L660; Ann: Julia; and 
Richard. Of these Ann married William Laurence, <>t' New York, and 
Julia married Benjamin Blagge, <>i Plymouth, England. -I « >liii seiileil north 
<it' liis father's farm en the Budson. Blagge ami Laurence by the deed of 
Edsall became the owners of pari of liis Budson River farm, and the 
remainder passed i<> the ownership of the he ilivmis. Hays, Sniiilis. and 
other settlers of Bergen County. Seme of Edsall's descendants are siill 
living on portions of the farm bought from the savages by their Mist 
common ancestor. 

THE FLIERBOOM FAMILY.— The first American ancestor of the 
Elierboom and Vlierboom families was Mattys Elierboom, a Bollander, 

who emigrated to America somewhere aboul 1660 and settled at New 
Orange (Albany), where !n- became a man of note, rising to the dignities 
and honors of ;i judge of the courts at Albany. There he reared a family 
of five children: Caroline, Wellempie, Maritie, Servaes, and Jacob, and 
perhaps others. About L692 the family removed to New Amsterdam, 
where Wellempie married in 1693 Cornelius Eckerson. Caroline, in L6!)3, 
married Cornelius Jans Baring. .Maritie married in L694 Rynier Reyserick. 
Servaes, in 1697, married Gertrude Lesting. Jacob married in 1699 .Mari- 
tie Peters Baring. All these, except Servaes, became residents of Bergen 
County. Jacob, at the division of the Tappan patent, boughl a large farm 
at what is now Rivervale, in Washington Township. He owned other 
lands there. His issue were .Mary. Matthew. John, Abram, Rynier, -Inn 
uetie. .lames, and Jannetie. All of these except Matthew were baptized 
at Tappan. Jacob's children (a large family) located west of the Backen- 
sack on lands bought of John McEvers, and their descendants are scat- 
tered over Bergen County, some having taken the name of " Freeborn." 

THE GARRABRANT 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 Amsterdam, 
and was at Bergen probably two or three years before he married Maritie. 
only daughter of Claes Pietersen <'<>s. which was Augusl 25, L674. Be 
became a large property owner and held many official positions. In L6S9 
he obtained permission of < rovernor Leisler to purchase a tract of land now 
in Putnam County, X. V.. and. on December <i. L699, he purchased of < reorge 
Willocks an extensive trad of land on the Pequanonck River, then in 
Bergen < bounty. 

His issue were nine children: Peter, Claes, Berpert, 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 ' bounties. 

MOSES E SPRINGER, the leading undertaker of Englewood, X. J., was 
horn August 5, 1 V 1'7. in New York <"ity. where he resided until 1857, when 
he went to Wisconsin, where he remained two years. His education was 
acquired partly in the public schools, but chiefly through his own exertions 
and by those means which an ambitious youth linds amid the active employ 



nients of life. Thrown at an early age upon his own resources, he manfully 
paved his way in the world, picked up here and there valuable bits of in- 
formation, and rapidly acquired a practical experience which has served 
him well throughout his career. 

For aboui fifteen years, both before and after his residence in Wisconsin, 
Mr. Springer was successfully engaged in business as a builder and con- 
tractor. In 1859 he returned Last and settled in Englewood, X. -I., where 
he si ill resides, and where he has successfully conducted an undertaking 

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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 ;is Tax Assessor. He was one of the founders of Englewood 
Lodge of Good Templars and was a (barter member of Tuscan Lodge, No. 
11". r\ and A. M., of Englewood, of which he is still a prominent member 
and Past Master. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal 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 


eleven years he has been Secretary of the Englewood Mutual Loan and 
Building Association, a position which he si ill holds. 

Mr. Springer was married, in L854,to Mary A.Golding, of New York City. 
Their children are Hester, Mary E., George W.. Charles \Y.. and Josephine 
Burr Springer. 

THE GOETSCHIUS FAMILY is also a numerous family in the western 
pan of Bergen < !ounty. They are all descended from John Henry < roetschy, 
who was born in the Canton of Zurich, in Switzerland, about 1695, where 
he studied for the ministry in the University of Switzerland. He came to 
America aboul L728, and firsl preached a1 Skippach and in the valleys of 
the Delaware and Susquehanna in Pennsylvania. His son. John Henry 
Goetschius, born at Liguria, Switzerland, in 17ls. studied in the University 
of Zurich, and came to America with his father in Ill's. He was licensed 
to preach in 1738, and preached on Lout: Island until 1740, when he came 
to Hackensack, X. •). There he preached until Ills, when he took charge 
of the church at Schraalenburgh, which he kepi until his death in 1771. 
He was an able, eloquent, and effective preacher. His son Stephen, also a 
minister, preached at Saddle River and Pascack from L814 to L837. His 
father. John II. Goetschius, married. August 26, 174'.i. Rachel Zabriskie. 
Both John Henry and his son Stephen reared large families, who scattered 
rapidly over Bergen < Jounty. 

THE GAUTIEK FAMILY, at one time numerous in Hudson County, 
was a French Huguenol family who came to America after the revocation 
of the Edid 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 Greenville, is known as the " Gautier farm," de- 
scended through om Captain Thomas Brown. Jasques Gautier, of Saint 
Blancard, in the Province of Languedoc, France, is said to have been the 
tirst 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 <i. 171*',. Maria Bogert, and had eleven 
children, one of whom was Andrew (3), who was horn in L720 and married 
(1) in 1714 an English lady named Elizabeth Crossfield, and il'i in 1774 
Elizabeth Hastier. Andrew (3) was a prominent man in New York, 
and left issue four children, one of whom. Andrew i4i. horn December is. 
1755, married Hi Mary Brown, of Bergen, and il'i Hannah Turner. Andrew 
ill took up his residence at Greenville and left eighl 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, X. J., ami since 1895 has represented that county in the 
State Senate. He comes from distinguished families, his fatlu r being Hon. 
Whitfield Schaeffer Johnson, Secretary of State of New Jersey from L861 
to L866, and his mother Ellen, daughter of Enoch Green, granddaughter of 
John Green, and sister <>l Hon. Henry Green, Chief Justice of the Supreme 
Courl of Pennsylvania. His paternal grandparents were John Johnson and 
Maria < '. Schaeffer. His paternal ureal grandfather was Captain Henry 
. Johnson. ,i Quartermaster in the Continental Army. Hon. Whitfield 
Schaeffer Johnson, father of the subjed of this article, was eminent in the 
Stale of Xew Jersey, alike as a leading lawyer, a leader id' the Republican 
party, and as a public man. lie was horn in Xew ion. Sussex Comity. No- 



veinber 14. L806, read law in Newark with Chief Justice Joseph C. Eorn- 
blower, and came to the New Jersey bar in L828. For many years he was a 
successful lawyer in New ten. and for seme time served as Prosecutor of the 
Pleas of Sussex County. In 1^<>1 lie was appointed Secretary of State by 
Governor Olden and served until 1866, and in 1867 lie was made register in 
bankruptcy. He died in Trenton on the 24th of Decemb< r. 1S74; his wife's 
death occurred there September 1.6, L894. 

William M. Johnson was horn in Newton. Sussex County. N. J., Decem- 
ber 2, L8.47, and received his preparatory education at the Newton Colle- 
giate Institute and the State Model School nt Trenton. lie was graduated 
from Princeton College with honor, receiving 'he degree of Bachelor of 
Arts in L867. Subsequently lie also received the degree of Master of Arts 
from the same institution. .Mr. Johnson read law in Trenton with the hit" 
Hon. Edward W. Scudder until the I atter's appointment to the bench, and 
afterward in the same city with Garrel I >. YV. Vroom, now and for several 

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years Slate Law Reporter, and was admitted to the bar of New Jersey at 
Trenton in June, L870, as an attorney, and in dune. 1ST:;, as a counselor, 
As a member of the firm of Kingman & Johnson he successfully practiced 
his profession in Trenton from L870 to December. 1S74, when he moved to 
Hackensack, Bergen County, where he has since resided, becoming one of 
the recognized leaders of the Bergen County bar. In connection with an 
extensive legal business, and as a progressive, public spirited, and liberal 
minded citizen, he has achieved a wide reputation and an honorable stand- 
ing throughout the State, lb- is one of the most conspicuous figures in the 
public and political life of his section. He has appeared in a large number 
of very important cases, ami is universally regarded as one of t lie ablest and 
most talented lawyers of the county, eminent in the profession, and re- 
markably successful as an advocate and counselor. His sound judgment, 
his integrity, his broad legal attainments, and his fine sense of honor as a 



111:) 11 have woe for him the confidence of no1 only his clients, biri of 1 1 n • 
entire community, in ;mi unusual degree. 

Ilr is ;ils<> one of the influential leaders of the Republican party in the 
stale, having served on the Republican Stnte Committee in 1884, and 
being a delegate to the Republican National Convention ;ii Chicago in L888. 
In the autumn of L895 he was nominated and elected State Senator from 
Bergen County for ;i term of three years, and so ably and satisfactorily 
did he discharge the duties of that office thai in L898 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 ol 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 L898 and L899 he was 
tin" leader of his party on the floor of the Senate. He was the first Re- 
publican senator ever elected in Bergen County, and received 6,287 votes in 
L895 and 6,999 in L898; 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 t his important trust. In L900 he was elected President of the New Jersey 
Senate and became Acting Governor during the absence of Governor Voor- 
hees in Europe in .May. L900, and in Augusl of the same year he was ap- 
pointed by President McKinley First Assistant Post mast er-< lenera I of the 
United Stales, vice Perry S. Heath resigned. 

Senator Johnson has also been prominent in the local affairs and public 
interests ^\' Hackensack, where he lias so long resided. He has held various 
town offices, has served on the Hackensack Board of Education, and Ims 
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 L900 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. Hi' was ime of the original organizers and founders of the Hack 
ensack Bank, and has served upon its directorate continuously from its 
organization to tin- present time, lie is also President of the Hackensack 
Trust Company, lie 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 <'lnl». the \'<ntli Jersey Country Club, the Hamilton 
('liih. the Lawyers* Club, and the Princeton Club of New Fork. 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. Privateh he is possessed of scholarly attainments, and is 
universally respected for those virtues which make up the loyal friend and 
lieiiesl man. 

He was married October 22, L872, to Maria P.. daughter <»f William 
White, of Trenton. X. .1. Their eldest son, Walter Whitfield Johnson, died 
March Hi. 1891, aged sixteen. The other two, who are living, are George 
White Johnson and William Kempton Johnson. 

THE MEYEB FAMILY.— The first American ancestor of the Meyer 
family in America was Adolph Meyer (or Mayer), a native of risen, a 
parish of Bertheim in the German Province id' Westphalia, who emigrated 
to New Amsterdam in LG61. His arrival was followed soon after by the 
advent of his kinsmen. Andrew and .lohn Mover, brothers. Thev must 


have been on friendly terms wit li I he Van Vorsts at Bergen, for, on Novem- 
ber 5, L671, Andrew's Qiarriage to .Miss Vroutie, eldest daughter of Ede 
\';iu Vorst, was dnlv solemnized in the old hutch ('lunch on the heights, 
and on June L3, ItiTT. .Miss \mii Win 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 1»''.U John removed to Tappan and located near the Sparkill Brook. 
John's wife, then a widow, received her share of the Tappan patent at the 
division in L704. Their children, whose descendants spread southward into 
Bergen County, were Catharine, [de, John, Judith, [den, Cornelius, Ann. 
Elizabeth, and A adrew. 

Adolph .Meyer removed to near Demaresl 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 uumerous today. 

TIM': OTJTWATEK FAMILY.— Franz Jacobsen was a native of Oude- 
water, a small town on the River Yssel, between Leyden and Utrecht, Hoi 
land. This town is also the birthplace "\' Vrminius, after whom the •• Re- 
monstrants" were called A i ininia ns. A picture in the Stadt hnys. by Dirk 
Stoop, commemorates the brutal excesses committed t here by t he Spaniards 
in 1575. Jacobsen came to America prior to L657 and located at Albany. 
( Mie of his sons. Thys Franz < Mil water, went from A Ibany to Tappan, X. 'S .. 
in L686, where he married Geertie Lamberts .Moll (widow of John Jacobs 
Harding). Mis descendants spread over Rockland County and into New 
Jersey. One of them. Mr. Thomas Ouiwaier. was a noted surgeon in the 
Revolutionary Army. Thomas Franz (Mil water, another son of l'Tanz 
Jacobsen, the emigrant, removed to New York, where he married Neetie 
Peterse. He subsequently removed to and settled in Bergen County, south 
of Baekensack, where he married (2) in 17-">n Jannetie Durie, widow of 
Cornelius Epke Banta. Bis children were Jacob, Thomas, John, Peter, 
Elizabeth, Janneke, and Annatie, all of whom married and settled around 
Hackensack, where their descendants still reside. 

THE LAROE (La ROUX) FAMILY, still numerous in Bergen County, 
are descended from Jaques la Roux, who was horn in l(ir>7. .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 surname the first two or three 
times el Roey, and finally adopts the form of El Roe. As he must have 
had warrant for this, probably Jaques was of mixed blood, Spanish and 
Walloon, lie is always called by Vander Vin ' Jaco," a juvenile form of 
Ins name used by the Walloons. He was at New Harlem as early as 1<!7.'». a. 
young man and unmarried. Probably he had then been here bu1 a short 
time. In 1 < '» 7 7 he joined the I Mitch 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 
Belling (Helms), and by 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 .">, 1696. The same year lie. 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, 



after his death. He was known ns " Siques La Roux." Upon his death 
his children inherited his property, married, and reared large families, the 
descendants of whom spread rapidly over Bergen County. They are still 

HENRY PUSTEE is a fine example of the German-American citizen, one 
of that large class whose industry, economy, intelligence, and sturdy in- 
tegrity have done so much toward the developmenl of our country, and 
whose solid qualities and \aluahlr services in all departments of private 
and public life have been recognized in everj portion of the republic. He is 
a native of Jersey City, N. J., where he was born March LO, 1858, and where 

he has ;d w ays resided. I lis 
father. Valentine Puster, a 
na1 ive of Bavaria, came to 
America about the year 
L850, and located in Jersey 
< 'iiy. where his son enjoyed 
the advantages ot the pub- 
lic as well as the German 
private schools. 

While bui a youth he 
made choice of the jew (dry 
business as his life work: 
bu1 after a short appren- 
ticeship he became con- 
vinced that his tastes, 
abilities, and natural apti- 
tudes pointed tO a very 

differeni sphere of action. 
Heme, with more mature 
• judgment revising h i s 
former decision, he resolved 
to make the law his pro- 
fession. In the li^hi of 
subsequent events no one 
can doubt that 1 his was a 
most fortunate change. Mr. 
Puster now entered the law 
office of Hon. William I). 
Daly, since Stale Senator and Congressman. For four years following he 
received kindly advice and instruction from Mr. Daly, as well as from his 
partner lai thai time), Mr. Wynkoop, who look a lively and warm inierest 
in him, seeing his aptitude and industrious endeavors, and coached him 
through all the intricacies confronting the law student. Mr. Puster also 
found a warm friend in the late Hon. Bennington F. Randolph, Judge of 
the Jersey City Districl Court, who did much for him while pursuing the 
rugged course of the law student, and he afterward had the extreme pleas 
ure of succeeding his benefactor and friend on the Districl Courl bench. 

\i the close of ihis period Mr. Puster took his examination in company 
with a number of i el low students from i he same building (Flemming Build- 
ing), and to-day is the only living and successful lawyer of all those who 
look the journey to Trenton benl on attaining the same goal. After be- 
coming regularlv admitted to the bar of New Jersev, he at once entered 



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 1881, 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 tor two years, and labored 
assiduously for his district with good effect. In L890 he was chosen As- 
semblyman for the same district by a large majority over his opponent, 
lion, -lames S. Erwin. The duties of this office he discharged with ability 
till the Hon. Leon Abbett, having discovered his titness for the honors and 
responsibilities of the bench, m April, L891, appointed him to succeed 
William I*. Douglass as Judge of the First District Court of Jersey City. 
As a jurist he fully met the high expectations of his friends, presiding 
with marked dignity, ability, justice, and decision. 

.Judge busier is u member of <ir;ini Lodge, X<». 89, K. of 1'.. of Unique 
Council, R. A., and of the Order of Good Fellows; bast Grand of Lincoln 
Lodge. No. 136, I. t >. o. V.. and representative to the Home for Aged 
Indigent odd Fellows of New Jersey, of which institution he is a Director 
and formerly President. lb- has also served several years as the repre- 
sentative to the ( Ira lid Lodge of Odd bellow s of New .Jersey. He is one of 

the managers of the Aged German Home, known as the Raymond Roth 
Altenheim, under the management of the German Pioneer Verein, as well 
as counsel for the same institution. He is also counsel for five different 
building and loan associations. 

On the 24th of January, L883, Judge Luster was married to Miss Julia 
A. Weiiner. daughter of John < '. Wenner, for many years past a leading 
business man and manufacturer of Jersey City. They are blessed with 
four daughters, in whom -Judge Luster 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, ami has 
a suite of finely appointed offices in the Davidson Building, Jersey City. 
Judge Luster 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 Meebji. 
He was Casparus (Jasper) Maine, 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 lied from France to Amsterdam, in Hol- 
land, from which city he emigrated to America about 1692 with his wife, 
Elizabeth Schuerman, and three children: Christina. Sophia, and Peter. 
The family went to New Harlem, where Casper bought lands of Daniel 
Tournure, and where he became a considerable landholder. On September 
L'!», L696, 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 171(1 he purchased 
of Captain Lam-aster Symes a large tract on the west bank of the Hudson, 


extending westward to Closter. Here he settled, and here he died aboul 
1 7i'<>. I lis children were Christina (married Joosl Alberl Zabriskie), Sophia 
(married Matthew Oonklin), and Peter, all born in Holland, and Jeremia, 
Abraham, Frederick, and John, baptized a1 Harlem. Of these Peter mar- 
ried Catelyntie Johns Bogerl and had issue a1 lens) thirteen children, all 
baptized a1 Tappan. Peter located ai old Tappan. The descendants of 
his children spread over Bergen County, and many of them are siill 

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, 1 1 « > 1 
land. He lefl Amsterdam in April, L661, with his wife, four children (aged, 
respectively, twelve, six. four, and tw r o years), and two servants, on the 
Dutch Wesi India ship " Beaver,'" and arrived ai New Amsterdam on the 
Oth of May of the same year. The ship's register shows he paid 232 florins 
passage-monej for the family of eighl persons, all of which goes in show 
that even then he must have been a man of considerable means, lie re- 
moved in Bergen, where he settled, and where his wife died in L680, and he 
followed her in L681. His issue were James, Jannekie, Pieter, Merseles, 
Elizabeth, and Hillegond. These all married ami remained at Bergen. 
Peter, the eldest son, died wealthy. Some of his descendants settled in 
Rockland < 'ounty, X. Y.. and in t he north end of Bergen < bounty. 

THE VAXDELINDA FAMILY.— Pieter Linde was a native of Belle, a 
town on the road from Bruges to Ghenl in Flanders. He was a physician, 
and came to America in lii.",!i with his wife, Elsie Barents. The shipping 
records show that, on April is. 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 contrad with Martha Chambers, or 
Ekomberts, of New Kerck, in Flanders. She was the widow of John Manje, 
or Monnye. The marriage knot was tied .Inly 10, Ki44. ai New Amsterdam. 
After tins marriage Vandelinde removed to Brooklyn, where he became 
the owner of the patent of his wife's iirst husband. This he sold January 
23, 1652, to Barenl Joosten. He owned several other pieces of property, 
both ai Brooklyn and New Amsterdam, and in 1655 was tobacco inspector 
of the latter city. After Linde's death his descendants assumed the name 
of Van der Linde. 

Ilis son. Joosl Van der Linde, removed to Bergen, \. J., in the fall of 
1670, where, mi January 30, 1671, he boughl aboui 'an aires of land of 
Pieter Jansen Slote between Constable's Hook and Bergen Point. Here 
he resided until Ids death. His children of the third generation were 
John (died in 1696), Roclof, Jannetie (married Peter Laurens Van Buskirk), 
Hendricke (married I. aniens Laurens Van Buskirk), and Machtell (mar- 
ried Albert Zabriskie). All of these excepl John removed to Bergen County. 
Roelof resided with his father ai Bergen, where, on October 2, 1682, he 
married Susanna Hendricks Brinkerhoff. lie removed i«> Hackensack in 
1686, where he helped to organize and became a member of the Dutch 
chinch. He became joint owner with his brothers-in-law, Laurence and 
Peter Van Buskirk, in the Now Hackensack patented lands, and also 
bought of the New Jersey proprietors large tracts of wild land west of the 


Pascack River in Washington and Midland Townships in Bergen County. 
Mis first wife having died in L700, he married (2) Rachel Cresson, widow of 
John Peters Durie, who survived him, bin by whom he had no issue. Be 
was a man of wealth, and died in Now York City early in 170!>, leaving a 
will daiod September »». L708, proved February L3, 170!). His issue of the 
fourth generation were Peter, Benry, ('lassie, Maritie, Sophia, and Geesie. 
Peter, by tin will of his father, received his father's plantation at New 
Backensack, and Benry all the lauds on the Pascack and Saddle Rivers, 
in the northern pari of the county. Bendrick resided at Polifly, below Hack- 
ensack. The numerous descendants of Peter and Benry ill have become 
scattered over a large area of territory, including Bergen and Hudson 
( bounties. 

GEORGE LOURIE WILEY, a well known electrical engineer and a 

prominent resident of Arlington, X. •!.. was born in St. Louis. Mo., on the 
li'th of May, L849. He is the son of George W. Wiley and Elmira M. 
Gregg, a grandson of James Wiley, dr.. and Margarel Sutherland and of 
dainos ( rregg and A.bagail Wright, and a great-grandson of -John Wiley and 
.Matilda Lourie and of Joseph Wrighl and Mary Sinclair. The Sutherland s 
and Louries were of royal Scotch blood ami the Greggs and Wrights on his 
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 Wall 
Street twenty-five years ago; he was an esteemed and prosperous citizen, 
and died in Chicago in L899, having retired from business in L87S. 

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 L868 he became a clerk in the New York (Sold Exchange Bank, 

where he remained one year. He then associated himself with the (iold 
and Sleek Telegraph Company of New York, and continued with that cor- 
poration for eleven years (1869-1880), serving successively as clerk, As- 
sistant Superintendent, and Superintendent. In L880 the Gold ami Stock 
Telegraph Company's telephone business, which was t hen under his charge, 
was consolidated with that of the Bell Telephone Company of New York, 
forming what is now the New York Telephone and Telegraph Company. 
Mr. Wiley continued under tin- consolidation of tin- new company as Gen- 
eral Superintendent for two years, resigning in L882 to become President 
and General Manager of the Central Telephone Company in Mexico. Be 
sailed for that country dune 22, L882, and continued with that company 
in Mexico for three years, until it was put on a paying basis. In L885 he 
returned to New York and became manager of the Standard Underground 
("able Company, manufacturers of electrical wires and cables, with offices 
in New York, Pittsburg, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco, and 
factories in Oakland, Cal., Pittsburg, Pa., and Perth Amboy, X. J. He is 
also President id' 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 

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



him and which he has discharged with ability and satisfaction. II«' is a 
Mason, an Odd Fellow, a Pas1 Regenl of the Royal Arcanum, and a member 
of the Loyal Additional. He holds membership in America Lodge, No. 
1304, R. A., and in Arlington Council, 1-. A. He was raised in the Presby- 
terian Church and has affiliated with ihai faith. His career lias been an 
active and successful one, and in both business and social relations he is 
highly esteemed and respected. As a resident of Arlington, X. J., he has 
contributed much t<> the growth and developmenl of that attractive 
borough, and is prominently connected with many of its leading instil 1 1 - 
t ions. 


On Christmas Day. December 25, ]s~:\. Mr. Wiley was married to Jo- 
sephine (irilliths Polhemus, of New York, a lady well known in literary 
circles. They have six children, three sons and three daughters, the eldest, 
a son. being t went v-t wo vears of age. 

THE PEACE FAMILY. — John Peeck (as he spelled it), the common an- 
cestor of the Pake and Peak families of Bergen County, ^till quite num- 
erous, was of English parentage, lmt whether he came to New Amsterdam 
from Holland or England does not appear. He must have come over in 


16-19 or 1650, for his marriage t<> Maria Vlockers (widow) is recorded in 
ilif New Amsterdam church records ;is of February 20, 1650. This entry, 
unlike iimisi of the other entries, contains no reference to the place 
of his nativity. As the name Peeck dees not appear in any of the 
New York or New Jersey records prior to this, he must have been the 
tirsi of the name in New Netherlands ;it least. The couple lived in New 
York, where he died in 1659. His children were at least four: Ann, L651; 
John, L653; Jacobus, L656; and .Maria. L658. 

John Peeck married in New Fork, duly is. L683, Elizabeth, daughter of 
Dr. Gysberl Van Emburgh, the American ancestor of all the Van Km 
burghs of Bergen County. Dr. Van Emburgh was from Amsterdam, and 
began as a shopkeeper and book-vender in New Amsterdam, hut went from 
there to Albany to reside. From there In- removed to Kingston, where he 
practiced medicine successfully, and was scheppen from 1663 to his death 
in 1.665. His son. John, was a physician, and married a daughter of Will 
iam Sandford, of Bergen County. Me boughl considerable land in Bergen 
County, where he eventually set t led. 

John I'eeck had eight children by his wife. Elizabeth Van Emburgh, all 
id' whom settled in Bergen County, principally in the localities called 
Schraalenburgh and Kinderkamack, where his descendants still flourish. 

TIM", row I.kss FAMILY, still very numerous in Bergen County, trace 
their descent from Paulus Pietersen, who was horn at Merwen, Holland, 
in n;:'.'_\ and emigrated in this country in 1656. His wife. Tryntie .Martens, 
was among the emigrants who came over from Holland in tin- ship •• Gilded 
Beaver," in L658. The marriage of Paulus Pietersen am] Tryntie Martens 
is that announced on the records of the eld Dutch church in New York: 
'•Paulus Pietersen j.d. Van Merwin in1 Stiff Aken in hint van Gilberl 
Sept 1. 1685." Merwin is a small town in Holland, and Aken a town in 
Prussian Saxony, on the left hank of the River Elbe. Paulus Pietersen 
located at Bergen, N. J., where he soon became a prominent man in all 
town affairs. In L663 Governor Stuyvesanl appointed him one of the 
commissioners to fortify the town (a1 what is now Bergen Square, Jersey 
City) against the depredations of the surrounding Indians. In the same 
year he obtained patents lor several pan-ids of laud in and about the 
Town of Bergen, containing in all thirty-seven acres. After the occupation 
by the British (May 12, L668), Governor Cartere! confirmed Pietersen's title 
to his Bergen lands. In IKil these lands passed to the ownership of Gar- 
re! New kirk. Paulus Pietersen died December IS. 17<>L\ and his wife's 
death preceded his on May l!l 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 Hit;:'., 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 are 
numerous today in both Hudson and Bergen Counties. 

DANIEL RTJTAN was located at Esopus on the Hudson River prior to 
L700. The place of his nativity does not appear, but he was no doubt a 
Hollander. His sons. Abraham, Daniel, Jr.. and Peter, came to New .Jersey 
and located at Aquackanonck (Passaic) as early as 1702. In 1703 Abraham 
married, at Hackensack, Mary Rutan, probably a near relative of his. In 
1710 Daniel married Ann Hanse Spier, of Bergen, whose parents were then 



living ;ii Passaic. In November, L713, Daniel's brother Peter located al 
New Barbadoes (wesl of Backensack), where he married Gertrude Vander- 
hoff. The Vanderhoffs and Rutans came to Bergen County from Albany 
about the same time. Probably they were related. The Rutans settled 
wesl of the Saddle River in the Eohokus and Paramus sections of Bergen 
Countv, where many of them still reside. 

THE SCHUYLER 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 1<;:> 
at Amsterdam, Holland, who, with his brother David, emigrated to 
America in L650 and settled tirst at Fort Orange (Albany), N. Y.. on I »«• 
cember ilk L650. Following his arrival at Albany he married Margaretta 

Van Schlectenhorst, of Nieuwkirk, Holland, 
her father being then manager of the <"ol 
onie of Van Rensselaer. He was a masris- 
trate a1 Albany in L656, L657, and L661. In 
Kifii' he received permission to plant a vil- 
lage on the Esopus River. He died March 
mffr ^^ QlP§^ ^'Ir 'if !♦. 1 t',s4. His children were six. on.- of whom 

A^'^_/Ja NV;IS ,\ rent Schuyler, born dune 25, LG82, 

who married and came to New York while 
yet a young man. In L793 he went to IV 
quannock (then in Bergen County), and with 
Anthony Brockholst purchased 4,000 acres 
for mining purposes. lb- also boughl large 
tracts of land in Orange County. X. Y.. bur 
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 
eighl children, several of whom became fa 
men. and their issue scattered over Bergen and Hudson 


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moiis Jersey 
( 'ount ies. 

JOHN d. KENNEDY, glove manufacturer of West Boboken, is an 

example of what one man can accomplish by his own indomitable efforts 
united with untiring industry, constant application, and original methods. 
Born ami reared in the town, and educated in the local schools, he has 
paved his way to success and reputation through those channels which 
would appal a less courageous man. but which, nevertheless, are the only 
true means of laudable endeavor. His present 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 id' 
difficull ies and perseverance. 

lb- is the eldest son of Andrew and .Mar\ (Kelly) Kennedy, both natives 
<d' Ireland, ami a grandson of dames and Bridgel Kennedy, who came from 
Ireland to this country when Andrew was about nine years old. They 
settled in Weehawken, X. d. Andrew Kennedy followed the trade of 
mason and bricklayer during his active life, and is now retired. His wife 
died May C. I^-HT. Their children are John -I.. Thomas A., and Mary (Mrs. 
John Curran), all of West Hoboken, N. J. dohn J. Kennedv was born 



March 21, L858, attended the public and parochial schools of his native 
town, and al the age of fifteeD entered the office of the old Highland 
Sentinel, in West Eloboken, with a view of learning the printer's trade. 
After an experience of two years in Miis capacity and another year as a 
fisherman he turned his attention i<» fine glove cutting, associating him- 
self with a Dane uamed Gustav Elgeti, who claimed to be the first man to 
learn the French glove cutting system in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mr. 
Kennedy was the tirst native of this country i * > learn French glove cutting, 
and, so far as can !><■ ascertained, is the onlv man in the trade who lias 


mastered and follows thai excellent but little known system in its entirety. 
In L880 lie engaged in the manufacture oi fine gloves in West Hoboken, 
on Hill Street, near Palisade Avenue. He started on a very small scale, 
mi 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 difficulties, principally the introduction of his 
goods, were met, fought, and overcome, but not without indomitable per- 
severance and constant endeavor on his part. Competition being keen and 
general, it was some time before he got his product into the chief centers of 
the glove trad-, but when once it was there no scheming nor maneuvering 


by rival manufacturers could prevenl its instanl success, in l^s.", he in- 
vented and patented a re-inforcemen1 for the opening slit which proved at 
once valuable, practical, and economical, and in L890 he obtained another 
patent which has become famous as the Kennedy patent cu1 glove. 

Mr. Kennedy steadily overcame all obstacles, numerous though they 
were, and successfully 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 aboirl 
eighty people and manufactures about $60,000 worth <>f fine street and 
driving gloves annually. The produd is all sold through Wilson Brothers, 
of New York, Chicago, and Paris, the largesl dealers in men's furnishings 
in the world. Mr. Kennedy luis revolutionized the glove business, both 
in manufacturing and in selling. I lis success is due entirely t<> the genuine 
merit of his goods, together with his personal efforts and tad 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 1883 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 differenl 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 ami persistently hews to the line and eventually 
achieves the goal of his ambitions. His whole life has been spent in the 
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 tirst 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, tit 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 lakes 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, L885, to Nellie, daughtei of John and 
Julia Lucey, of -Jersey City Heights, N. -I. Of their nine children two died 
in infancy; the others are John, Mary. Ellen, Julia. Alice, Andrew, and 

THE QUACKENBUSE FAMILY in Bergen and Hudson Counties un- 
descended from Peter Quackenbush, of Oostgeest, Holland. His son, 
Rynier Pietersen Van Quackenbosch, came to America in HIT:; 71 and lo 
cated at New Amsterdam, where he married, March 2, 1674, Elizabeth dans, 
of Flushing, L. I. He was a carpenter by trade, and pursued that calling 
in New Amsterdam. His wife having died in L691, he married, the follow- 
ing year, Classie Jacobse. He had a large family of children, among whom 
were Abraham. Jacob, and John. Abraham settled at Schraalenburgh in 
Bergen County ami married Susanna, a daughter of Samuel Hellings 
(Helms), by whom he had issue ten children. His brother .John married 
Lena Van Houten, and his brother Jacob married Ann Brower. John 


and Jacob both located in the northerly pari of Bergen. Abraham, John, 
and Jacob each reared large families, from whom have sprung numerous 
descendants now scattered over Bergen County. 

THE RYERSONS arc the niosi numerous today of any family in the 
western pari of Bergen County. The original surname of the family was 
" Reyertzoon." The family were numerous in Amsterdam, Holland, as 
early as L390, in which year one William Reyertzoon was Burgomaster of 
the city. Another member of the family filled the same office in 1414 and 
14 is. Members of this family hold prominenl positions in Amsterdam up 
to L585. .Many of them took an active part in the expulsion of the Span 
iards from Holland, for which two of them wore banished by the Spanish 
king, and another. Albert Reyertzoon, was beheaded April ll', \~>'M. The 
family coat-of-arms, as registered in Amsterdam, is described as follows: 
■• Eradicated arz; 1 and I Sa. a tree withered and eradicated Arz; *J and 
:; Arz; three halberts bend ways and in bend sinister, the middle one 
longer than the ethers, sa. the blades vert; Surtout, az, a martlet, or. 
Crest, a swan roussant. Motto Voor < 5 « ><1 en Paderland." The fad that 
the family had a. coat-of-arms, of course, indicates that some of them be 
longed tot he nobility of I [olland. 

Martin Reyerson, with his brother, Adriaen Ryerson, emigrated from 
Amsterdam. Holland, in 1646, and settled at Brooklyn, where Martin 
married. Ma\ 11. L663, Ann. daughter of Joris Jansen Rapeljea. He re- 
sided at Brooklyn until 1685. Be joined the Dutch Church there in 1(!7T, 
was elected a magistrate in L679, and constable i:i L682. In His.") he re- 
moved to Flatbush, L. I., where he was one of the patentees of that patent 
that year. His issue were Marritie, Joris (George), Ryer, Catalyntie, Sarah, 
Cornelius, Jacobus, Geertie, Helena, and Franz. 

Joris (George), baptized September L9, L666, married, Augusl 11, L691, 
Ann Schouten, widow of Theunis Dircksen Dey, of New York. In L695 
George, in company with Auihou\ Brockholst, Arenl Schuyler. Colonel 
Nicholas Bayard, and John Meet, 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 4,000 acres of land in what was 
then Bergen County (now Passaic), extending northward from the junction 
of the Pompton River with the Passaic River. 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, 1698; Helena, L701; 
George, 17(>:S; Lucas, 1704; and Blandina, L706. 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 SICK] 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 soiit with a fleel on a cruise to 
Curaqoa, where he remained until 1655. In the service he attained the 
rank of Adolhorst or Cadet. In 1655 Governor Stuvvesant 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 L658 he became a tapster at New Amsterdam, 


and upon the surrender by the Dutch to the Biitish in 1664 he married 
Anna, daughter of Lamberl Van V T aelkenburgh, and wenl to work to gain 
n livelihood ;is ;i carpenter. In 1<;td he was elected "town herder," which 
office he held for thirteen years on ;i salary of L8 gelders ;i head for the 
season. He was appointed rattle-watch, so called from the rattle used to 
give warning in making liis uightly rounds, lit- was also for sonic time 
crier to call the people together on Deeded occasions, and porter or keeper 
of the city gates, to close them a1 nighl and open them in the morning. 

In Ki<i!t he purchased a lot of land in Bergen, X. J., on which his eldest 
son. Robert, settled. The children of tins son scattered through Bergen 
County, where many of Zacharias's descendants still reside. Be had nine 
children, the eldest of whom was Robert, who married Gertrude Redden- 
hause and located at Bergen, where he was a prominenl 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 uumerous descendants spread south into Bergen County, where their de- 
scendants are st ill found. 

JAN A DKAIXSK SIP was at Bergen as early as L6S4, where, on April 
22 of that year, he married Johanna Van Voorst. He bought several lots 
at Bergen during the nexl fifteen years, and became an important and 
influential person in the town. His issue were eleven children, among 
whom were Ide, John, Cornelius, Abraham, Henry, and Helena. .Most of 
them married and became residents of Bergen. Their descendants ate still 
numerous in Hudson < Jountv. 


AARON STOCKHOLM BALDWIN, of Hoboken, comes from one of 
the oldest families of New England, his ancestors emigrating from the 
mother country with the early colonists. From New England th<*\ moved 
into Eastern New York, and tin re raised the standard of their race, con 
quered t lie primeval forests, am] exemplified in their lives the sterling traits 
of industry, integrity, and progress. Like the subject of this sketch, many 
<<f them achieved prominence in public ami business affairs, wielding a 
potent influence for good, and leaving behind them the memories of an 
honorable name. 

Mr. Baldwin was born in East Fishkill, Dutchess County, X. Y.. .June S, 
L839, being 1 he sou of Elisha S. Baldwin and Ale1 ta C. Stockholm, a grand- 
son of Daniel Baldwin, of Lake Mahopac, Putnam County, X. 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 horn at Lake Mahopac, and during his active life followed sin-cess 
fully tin- dual occupation of farmer and live stock dealer. Mr. Baldwin 
attended the Last Fishkill public schools until he was twelve years old. 
when he entered Pingre< Acadonn a1 Fishkill, where he remained five 
years. Afterward he spent five years at what is now Drew Seminary in 
Carmel, Putnam County, graduating in L860. His studies in these institn 
tions were in every wa\ worthj of the broad ami receptive intellectual 
qualities which he manifested as a boy, and which have served him well in 
business and public relal ions. 

Having received a thorough classical training, he returned home, ami in 
September, L8G3, went to Chicago to accepl a position with the American 
Express Company, which he held until July, 1870. At that date he moved 
to Weehawken, X. J., and engaged in the live stock storage business as 



general live stock agenl for the Erie Railroad, ;m»l continued in thai ca- 
pacity miiil L898, when he organized ;tii(l incorporated the Weehawken 
Stock Yard Company, of which he is Presidenl and Treasurer and a Direc- 

Mr. Baldwin lias been an active Republican ever since he cast his lirst 
vote and almosl ever since the organization ol the party, and for aboul a 
quarter of a century, with the exception of one or two years, lias been a 
leading member of the Hudson County Republican Committee; and he is 
now Chfiirman <>f its Organization Committee, which has been asked to 


devise ways and means by which the party can he re-organized in the 
county. !!<• was a member of the Hudson County Board of Chosen Free- 
holders in 1.881, L882, and L883, from the Tenth Assembly District, and for 
seven years served as a member and Chairman of the Board of Tax Com- 
missioners of Ilohoken. where he settled in April, L886, and where he still 
resides. He is now one of the commissioners appointed by Governor Voor- 
hees to inquire into the expediency of consolidating the several municipali- 
ties of Hudson County into one great city. This commission was formally 
organized June 14, L899. Mr. Baldwin is also one of the commissioners in 
Ilohoken to adjust the taxes in arrears under the .Martin act. lie has been 


a delegate t«> almosl every State, district, county, and local Republican con- 
tention for upward of twenty-five years, was an alternate delegate to the 
Republican National Convention of L880, and in L896 was his party's candi- 
date for Sheriff of Hudson County, and, though defeated by aboul L,100 
votes, carried Hoboken by over 500 and uo1 <»iil\ reduced the usual Demo- 
cratic majority to an insignificant figure but changed entirely the com- 
plexion of the Democratic vote and raised the standard of the Republicans. 

His activity and prominence in the ranks of the Republican party ;in<l his 
long ;m<l honorable connection with the live stock markets of New Jersey 
and New York have won for Mr. Baldwin an extensive acquaintance, among 
whom he is universally respected and esteemed. He is one of the most 
popular men of Hudson County. Il<' is a member of the Benevolent and 
Protective Order of Elks of Hoboken, and has always supported with ;i 
liberal hand every movemenl designed to promote the general welfare. 

Mr. Baldwin was married, June :'»<». L869, to Elizabeth Janet Watson, 
daughter of George L. Watson, of Auburn, X. V. 

THE SLOTE FAMILY.— The first American ancestor of the Slote family 
was John Pietersen Slot, a Dative of the Province of Holstein in Denmark, 
who came i<> America aboul L650 with his two sons. John ami Pieter, ami 
settled .it Harlem, where In- bought lands ami became a prominent and 
useful citizen, filling the important office of magistrate from L660 to L665. 
In Hit;.") he bought of Governor Stuyvesanl ami located on lands on the 
Bowery in New Amsterdam, remaining there until L686, when he bought 
and occupied a house in Wall Street. In 17o:; he removed to the south 
ward of the city, where he died. His son John, married in L672 Judith 
Elsworth, and made his residence in New Amsterdam. Some of his chil- 
dren removed to Hackensack. His brother, Peter Jansen Slot, bought, Maj 
11. It;.")!, fifty acres at Communipaw, in Bergen County, X. -I.. on which 
he located in April, l<><>r». having first married (1663) Maritie Jacobs Van 
Winkle, of Bergen. He joined the hutch church and remained there until 
Kill, when he sold his Bergen lands and removed to New Amsterdam, 
remaining there until KiTT. when he removed to Esopus X. Y.. and followed 
his trade as a builder. Returning in L683, he again located at Bergen, 
hut was soon hack in New Amsterdam, living near the Stuyvesanl Bowery. 
lie died there in Hiss, 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, L665; Jacobus, 1669; Tryntie, H'»71 
(married Nicholas Lozier); Aeltie, 1678 (married Adam Van Orden ami 
Cornelius Banta); and donas. L681. The descendants of these are thickly 
scattered over Rockland County, X. V.. and Bergen County. X. J. 

THE SMITH FAMILY.— A branch of the Smith family, which is still 
numerous in the northern and western parts id' Bergen County, is descended 
from Lambert Ariaense, who was a native of the Province of Gelder- 
land, in Holland. lie emigrated to America when young and settled at New 
Amsterdam, where, on the 9th of April. 1682, he married Margaretta Gar- 
rets Kkiuvelt. ,i daughter of Garrel Hendricksen Blawvelt, of Deventer, 
Holland. In L686 Lambert Ariaense became, with his brothers-in-law, the 
Blawvelts, and others, ;i purchaser of the Tappan patent, a large part of 
which was in Bergen County, X. -I. Lambert received n large portion of this 
patenl ;it each of the divisions. Rev. David Cole in his •■ History of Rock- 
land < 'ount v " savs: 


- Lambert and his two sons located ai the 'Green Bush.' where he built 
n stone house, uear where the burying-ground now is. This house was 
torn down after the Revolution and a new one erected on the same spot 
by Gerrel Smith. Lambert had three sons. The eldest. Garret, was set- 
tled, by his father, smith of the swamp. Abraham, the second, staved on 
the eld place, and the third. Cornelius, built on what was then called the 
Ridge, just west of the present Erie Railroad. Garret, the eldest, was 
great-grandfather of Gerrel 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 ;i smith by 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 t lie family was known 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 

THE SNEDENS of Bergen County are descendad from John Sneden, 
;i native of Amsterdam, Bolland, where his family had lived for many 
generations. On tin- 23d of December, Ki~>7, John Sneden, Ids wife, 
Gretie Jans, his two children, Carsten and Grietie, and his brother. (Maes 
Sneden. set sail from Amsterdam in the ship "St. John Baptist," bound 
for the Colony of New Amstel, <>n the Delaware River. Three years later 
('hies Sneden removed to New Amsterdam, and John to New Harlem, where 
the latter purchased two town lots on which he permanently located, and 
where he died early iii L662. Beginning on the 25th of March, 1662, his 
estate was sold ;it public auction. The house, lands, and standing crops 
brought L35 gelders and the household effects L85 gelders. After the 
payment of debts 42 gelders remained for the widow and two orphaned 
children. Carsten and Grietie, of whom, on April 28, L662, Philip easier 
and Lubbert Gerritsen were appointed guardians. Grietie married, Au- 
gust 1.".. following, dean Guenon (Genung), and went to reside at Flushing, 
L. I. Carsten entered the service of Daniel Tourneur, January L5, 1668, 
f<»r 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. Maria - — . 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. X. Y. John's sons. Dennis (who died un- 
married) and John, became the owners of his lands at Ids 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 Tlh 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 paper bag business. Later he engaged 
in manufacturing sample mailing boxes and rust preventive in New York 

In 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 Ward Republican Club, as President of 
the Republican City Committee of Bayonne, and as Secretary of the latter 



organization. He was twice elected Supervisor of Taxes, and received the 
unanimous nomination of his party for Freeholder and member of Assem- 
bly. Under McKinley's administration he became Postmaster of Bayonne, 
where he has resided for :i number of veins. He is a member, Trustee, and 
Treasurer of the Fourty-fourth Streel Methodisl Episcopal Church, a mem- 
ber of the Hudson County Republican Committee, a member of the Bayonne 
City Republican Committee, and ;i member of the Union League Club, the 
Masonic order, and the Improved Order of Red Men. In every capacity he 
has displayed greal patriotism, sound judgment, and unfailing public spirit, 


and is highly respected and esteemed by ;ill who know him. lie 
charged the various public duties he has been called upon to 
notable zeal. 

in L869 Mr. Melville married Philona A. Smith, and of their four 
l wo survive, namely: Florence, born in 1872, and Francis Lome 

has dis- 
til] with 

born in 

.IKSSK \Y. FERDON.— Thomas Ferdon (he spelled ii Verdon) emigrated 
to America ns early as 1045. It \\;is probably ;i sister of his. Magdalena, 
who married, March 19, 1645, Adam Brower, a1 Flatlands, l>. I The Ferdons 


came of a French famih which bad for some time resided in Holland. 
Thomas settled in the Gowannus section of Brooklyn, on a farm late of one 
Anthony liaise, lie married Mary Dadge, ;i daughter of Aeltje Bredenbend 
(widow of William Bredenbend) by a former husband, by whom he had one 
child. Thomas Ferdon (2) was born aboul L654. The elder Thomas was a 
magistrate in Brooklyn in L6G1, 1662, L663, and L664, and is recorded there 
ns haAing taken the oath of allegiance to King Charles in 1687. His sen 
Thomas (2) \\;is thrice married, Ins first wife being Yte (or Elsie) Jurianise 
(or Jeuriens), widow of Tunis Ten Eyeke. By Ins second and third wives he 
had no issue. He is enumerated in i lie census of Brooklyn in L687 as having 
only three persons in his family. He was an Ensign in the Kings County 
militia in 171.~>. and both he and his fust wife were members of the Dutch 
Church ut Brooklyn. When he tool? the oath of allegiance, in K»s7. he was 
described us u "native" and as residing a1 < lowannus. owning and occupying 
the homestead of his father. He was a constable in L664. In Ills he is se1 
down us residing a1 New Utrecht, where he wns a deacon in the Dutch 
Church and where he died. One child, Jacob Ferdon (3) by his firsl wife. 
was Ids only issue, born ;ii Brooklyn. March 10, L656. 

Jacob (3) .Miiiiied. May 17. 1078 lal New York), Femmetye Williams, of 
Flatlands, I.. I.. ;i native of Meppel, Holland. The couple lived ni Flatbush, 
where i hey joined i he Dutch Church in 1694. Jacob bought ;i farm ;ii New 
Utrecht, to which lie must have removed, as his name appeared on the as 
sessmenl roll there for that year and in the census of lens. The census re- 
cites that he had then seven children. In 1709 his name appears on a peti- 
tion for .-in additional ferry t<» Brooklyn. His children were Barbarba, 
Wilhelmiis. Thomas, .Maria. Jacob, Jannetje, Femmetje, Dirke, and John. 

Of these nine Wilhelmus ih transplanted tin- name in \ew Jersey, lie 
was born at Flatbush in April, L680, and married Elizabeth --, of 

New Utrecht, L. I., where he resided until his removal to this Stale. On 
t he erect it m o! t he ne w ch u rcli a t New I 'tree III. in 1700. he was allot led three 
men's ami three women's sents. In 1720 he was a deacon, and in L738 an 
elder, in I he s; line church. He removed in Bergen County, X. J., as early as 
171'!. On the loth <>l March. 171!). he made his firsl purchase of a tract of 
170 acres of land at Closter from Henry Ludlow. On this tract he settled 
and luiilt his family mansion wesl of the presenl residence of Ben S. Smith, 
northeast of Closter. He boughl other lands of Ludlow north and east of 
his home tract, until he owned over 1,000 acres. The surname of his wile 
and the dale of his death are unknown. His children were John, William. 
Elizabeth, Dirke, Abram, John (2), and Phebe. His farm after his death 
passed to the ownership of his three sons. John, William, and Abram, ami 
his numerous descendants spread oxer Bergen and Rockland Counties. 

of the above children. John Ferdon (5), horn at Closter, Augusi 5, 1700, 
died i here .Inly l'O. 1827, married, December 20, 17S4. Marytie (or " Marishy," 
as she was called) Sickles, horn August 31, 1704. died June 11, 1.824. John 
was a farmer ami always lived on pari of his father's farm. His children 
were Braekie (married John A. Haring), Nicholas, and Abram (dead). 

Nicholas Ferdon (6), horn October L8, 17s7. died December 22. f862, mar- 
ried, in L809, Jemima Westervelt, horn October L0, 171)1. died February 1!). 
L870. By tin will of his father all the hitler's lands, including the old home- 
stead of his father, went to Nicholas. 

Abraham X. Ferdon i7i. son of Nicholas (6), was horn at Closter, October 
5, 1810, and died there in L883. He married 1 1 1 Maria Demarest and (2) Leah 
Ferdon. He was a farmer and resided on the old homestead at Closter. 


His children were eighl — six by liis tirsi wife and two by liis second wife: 
Caroline, John l>.. Margaret, Abraham, William, Martha, Jesse W.. and 

Jesse W. Ferdon (8), the subject of this sketch, was born ai Closter, 
N. •!.. < October L4, L8 18. 1 Ee lias been a life long resident of Bergen < Jounty. 
lit- was educated in the public schools at Closter, leaving, however, at i In- 
age of fifteen to rain liis own livelihood. When eighteen years old he left 
farm work, ai which he had been employed, i<» learn the carpenter's trade 
and by steady application soon mastered every branch of carpentering, 
joining, and building. Bu1 circumstances and inclination finally led him 
after some four years, to abandon the trade and return to farming, which 
he has since followed with success. 

Asa resident of Bergenfield, Bergen County. Mr. Ferdon has been nunc or 
less active in public affairs, bu1 lias invariably declined to accept political 
office, even \\ hen urged to do so by hosts of f fiends. 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 religion 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 Westervelt, a member of one of the old 
Bergen Counts families, and by her has had three sons. 

EDMUND W. WAKELEE. a prominent lawyer of New York City and 
Englewood, Bergen County, N. J., was born in Kingston, N. V.. on the i!lst 
of November, L869. He is the son of Nicholas and Eliza C. (Ingersoll) 
Wakelee, a grandson of Joseph and Susan (Curtiss) Wakelee and of Justus 
and Esther (Stow) Ingersoll, and a great-grandson of David and Hannah 
Ingersoll and David and Anna (Perkins) Stow. 1 1 is father, Nicholas, was a 
prominent business man in Kingston. 

Mr. Wakelee 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 «»f both New York and New Jersey in L891, having 
graduated from the University of the < Jity of Now 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 York 

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 
ele.t. .1 a member of the New Jersey General Assembly, in which he gained 
distinction as an able debater, lie was re-elected to the General As- 
sembly in L899 and was selected as the leader on the floor of the Republican 
majority. He has always been a lb-publican. Asa lawyer he has achieved 
eminent sin-cess, 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 Tonally Club, of the Phi Delta Phi and tin- Delta Qpsilon fraternities, 
of Northern V r alley Lodge, Knights of Honor, of Tenaily, ami of Alpine 
Lodge, No. 77. Free and Accepted Masons, of Closter. N. d. He is also 
President of the Demarest Firemen's Association, and is a life member of 
the New Jersey State Firemen's Association, lie is unmarried. 



ERNEST KOESTER, of Efaekensack, X. J., Prosecutor of the Pleas for 
Bergen ( lounty, was born <it Norristown, Pa., April 28, L858, the son of <!. F. 
and Mary B. Koester. He attended the excelleni schools of dial place and 
afterward the High School in Philadelphia. He then went to Germany and 
studied three years in Heidelberg University, and on returning to his native 
State entered A llegheny ( Jollege ai Meadville, from which he was graduated 
A. II. in ls~<i. receiving the A.M. degree in course in L879. He studied law 
at Meadville, was admitted to the bar of Pennsylvania August IT, 1881, and 
was elected Distriel Attorney for McKean County, Pa., on the Republican 
tickel in L884. After the expiration of his official term (January 1, L888) he 
practiced law in McKean and adjacent counties until ls ( .»4, when he came to 
Hackensack, X. •!.. where he at once entered upon the work of his profession 
throughout Bergen County and soon secured a lucrative practice. He was 
admitted to the New Jersey bar at Trenton June 6, 1895. 

(>n coming to Bergen County Mr. Koester immediatelv took an active in- 


lerest iii Republican politics and soon became one of the most prominent 
leaders of his party. While his political convictions and partisan action 
are consistent there is uothing of what is called hitter partisanship in his 
make-up. He is one of the ablest lawyers and most respected citizens of the 
community. In February. L900, Governor Voorhees appointed him Prose 
cutor of the Pleas for Bergen County for the usual term from March follow- 
ing. Mr. Koester's high standing in his profession and his qualifications for 
the prosecutorship are unquestioned. He was not inexperienced in the 
duties of that office, and his effort to make the administration of justice by 
the courts in Bergen County impartial, efficient, and economical is note 
worthv. He is married and has two children. 

ALEXANDER CASS, of Englewood, was born at Carlisle. Schoharie 
County. X. V.. November 20, L825. His maternal ancestors were Germans 


.iihI Hollanders, while those on his father's side were English, the ancestral 
lines going hack to LC86. Hon. Lewis Cass, United States Senator from 
Michigan, was a aienib< r of i his family. 

Mr. Cass's father died when he was aboul eighteen months old, and some 
two years later his mother remarried and moved to Carthage, Jefferson 
County, in thai State, where she died in L852. Alexander was left, after 
his mother's marriage, with his maternal grandparents ai Carlisle, where 
he spent his early life mi a farm, attending the districl school. Ai the 
age of twelve lie was senl to Albany as clerk in a grocery store, bul a year 
later he returned to his grandparents, and for t wo years attended Schoharie 
Academy. Afterward he attended the select school of Professor A. Smith 
Knight, who was also a civil engineer and lawyer, and there he studied 
surveying and acted as amanuensis. <>n April 1. L842, he became the 
teacher of the Carlisle school (Districl No. I. or the Little York district), 
where 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 1848 to L850, he spent a pari of his time in the law offici 
of John 1 1. Salisbury . of < !arlisle. 

In November, L850, Mr. Cass entered the law office of T. & II. Smith, of 
Cobleskill, X. Y.. and there pursued his legal studies until September, 
1852. In April, l^o.*'.. ho was graduated from the Law Departmenl of the 
University of Albany, and in the same month was admitted before the 
Supreme Court lo the New York bar as attorney and counselor, being .it 
that time associated with his old preceptor, Thomas Smith, who had moved 
to the capital city. 

.Mr. Cass moved to Bergen County. X. J., May 22, L853, and on Augusl <i 
assumed charge of the Upper Teaneck public school, lie continued as 
teacher there and at Lower Teaneck in all thirteen years, and was instru- 
mental in building up the schools to the standard of excellence which 
i hose districts have long maintained. In 1845 he was elected Town Super- 
intended <d' Public Schools at Carlisle, X*. Y.. hut on account of his youth 
could not qualify. In 1846, however, ho was re-elected and served two 
terms. He moved from Teaneck to Englewood in L865, and in L867 was 
appointed the first School Superintended for Bergen County, serving two 
terms, or six years. Since retiring from thai position he has acted as 
civil engineer and in public capacities, lie was elected a Justice of the 
Peace in 1864 and is now serving his fifth term. From 1859 to L865 he was 
Town Clerk of Englewood. lie was Assessor for Englewood Township in 
isTC and lsTT. Coroner from L87S to 1881 and from 1892 to L895, Com- 
missioner of Appeals for several terms, and one of the two examiners and 
visitors of the public schools of Bergen County in L858-60. In all of these 
positions he displayed sound judgment, marked ability, and greal execu- 
tive energy. 

-Inly 1. L855, Mr. Cass married Maria Louisa Halleck mow deceased), a 
native of Delaware County. X. Y.. and a lineal descendant of Fit/, (ire. lie 
Halleck. the noted author of "Marco Bozzaris." They had two children: 
Willard < ass. the subject of the following article, and Hat lie ]■].. who died 
at the age of sixteen months. 

WILLARD CASS the well known «i\il engineer of Englewood, X. J., 
has been a life-long resident of that town, where he was horn January 5, 
1861. He received an excellent public school education, and subsequently 

studied civil engineering, which profession he has followed successfully 



in Englewood. II*- has been connected with many Important engineering 
enterprises, and in every instance lias displayed emineni qualifications and 
a thorough mastery of the business. Public spirited, progressive, and enter- 
prising, In' is one <il the most respected citizens of Englewood, and lias 
always taken a deep interesl in the general walfare of liis section. .Mr. 
('ass was married in 1895 to Isabella Tavlor, of Now York city. 

ISAAC L. NEWBERY, of Arlington, is the son of Joseph II. Newbery 
and Emily Ann Rockefellow Sharp, daughter of .Matthias and Catherine 
(Wilier.) Sharp, and a grandson of William Newbery, all natives of Eng- 
land. His father. Joseph II. Newbery, came from London in early life, 
settling in New York City, and there successfully carried on business as 
a halter until his death in 1865. His wife died in L866. 

Mr. Newbery was 
born in New York < Jity 
on t he I'll h of August, 
1854, and I here received 

.111 excellent ]> n b I i c 

school educal ion. grad 
dating in 1867 from 
Grammar School No. 
:V2. In the same year 
he engaged in the ens 
torn house brokerage 
business, in which he 
has ever since contin 
nod. achieving marked 
success and gaining 
wide reputation. Hi 
moved to Arlington, 
Hudson County, in 
L881, and in that at 
tractive suburb has 
erected a beautiful 
home which he now 

Although Mr. New 
bery has devoted him- 
self assiduously to his 
business interests he 
has been act ive in pub- 
lic affairs, and since 
taking up his residence 
in Arlington has be- 
come prominent in 
various important ca- 
pacities. A Republican 

in politics, he was a membei of the Township Committee in lss.~>, 1886, 
1806, and 1897, serving in 1896 as Chairman of that body. He is Presi- 
dent of the Kearny Building and Loan Association, having held thai 
position during the last nine years. This is one of the largest and 
strongest corporations of the kind in Eastern New .Jersey, and under 
Mr. Newbery's able and energetic managemenl has made an excellent 



record. Mr. Newbery is an honorary member of Company G, X. G. X. J., 
n member and Pas1 Master of Triune Lodge, A. P. and A. M.. and ;i member 
and Past Regenl in the K« >.\ . » 1 Arcanum. In L882 he organized the Society 
of Foresters in Arlington, of which he is Past Chief Ranger. He is also 
Pasi Grand of Pilgrim Lodge, I. O. < >. P.. and has long been a member 
of ilif Volunteer Fire Department of Kearny, which he firsl served as 
Foreman and Assistant Chief for two years each. In these various ca- 
pacities as well .-is in all business relations Mr. Newbery has displayed 
marked ability, sound judgment, and greai enterprise. As a citizen he is 
highly esieeined 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 II. L. Pra/eei. William A.. Arthur X.. Jennie S.. [saac L. (de 
ceased), Joseph II. (deceased), and Emily S. 

JAMES WRIGHT MERCER, Freeholder of Bergen County and Pes! 
master of Lodi, X. J., was born in Scotland on the LOth of May, LS66, his 
parents being dames Mercer and Ann Coverun. James and Ann Mercer 
were hern and married in Scotland and came to the United States in L882, 
locating in Lodi. 

Mr. 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 he still follows, having built up a large and suc- 
cessful trade. 

In public life Mr. Mercer has displayed 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. 387, Benevolent Order 
of Elks, and of the Crescent Social Club of Lodi. He was married, No- 
vember 8, L893, to .Jennie Langford, of Lodi. X. I. 

JACOB L. VAN BUSKIRK.— The founder of the Van Buskirk family 

in ihis country was Lourens Andriessen, who. after his emigration to 
America, took the surname of Van Buskirk, the Van 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 Hi"). Although a single man when he arrived, he set to work at his 
trade, which he soon abandoned for that of a draper. On dune 20, L656, 
he boughl a lot on Broad Street. Soon afterward he went to Bergen and 
purchased about ITli 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 L665. He soon becamea man of prominence, and wielded 
greai influence in the affairs of Bergen. On September L2, L658, he married 
Jannetie Jans, widow of Christiaen Barrentsen, who broughl 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- 



feiture of the lands he and John Berry, Samuel Edsall, and William Sand- 
ford appeared a1 Fori William Benry, August is, L673, to request thai their 
plantations be confirmed in the privileges which they obtained from their 
previous patroons." When a contesl arose between the Town id' Bergen 
and tin- inhabitants on tin- south of them, concerning fences and the sup- 
port of ;i schoolmaster, la- again appeared before the council to plead the 
cause of his neighbors. 

Under the ad of November 7. 16G8, for the marking of horses and cattle, 
he was appointed recorder and marker for Minkakwa, April <>. L670, and 
marker-general for the Town of Bergen, t October 8, 1676. On that day he was 
also appointed ranger for Bergen, with power to name deputies to range 
the woods and bring in all stray horses, males, and cattle. He was com- 
missioned a member id' the Bergen court February Hi, 1(177, and February 
is. L680, ami President of the same Augusl 31, L681, and President of the 


County Court August 31, L682. Ho was a member of I he ( rovernor's Council 
for a number of years, appointed first March is. L672, and held the first 
commission to administer crowner's quest law in the county in 1 (JTii. On 
January <i, 1676, jointly with the Bogerts, Bantas, and others, ho bought 
a large tract of land north and east of Hackensack, known as \ew Hacken- 
sack, upon which he resided as early as 1688. His issue of the second 
genei at ion were four children : Amities A. i L660), Lawrens A., Peter A., and 
Thomas. Of these Peter and Thomas remained at Bergen, while Andries 
(2), who married in 1717 Jacomina Davids Demarest, and Lanrens (2), who 
married in 1716 Hendricke Vandelinda, bought and settled on extensive 
tracts of land on the east side of the Saddle River. 

Andries's grandson John (4) was born at Saddle River in 1741 and died 
in L815. He was a fanner, and was known as " Decke Jan" (thick John), 
because he weighed some 40(1 pounds. His grave is in the old Blue .Mills 
graveyard at Saddle River. His wife Sarah is buried at the Lutheran 


Church. Their issue of the fifth generation were John, 1777 (died), Andrew, 
177it. ! lannah, Jemima, and John. 

John (5), liisi above named, was born ;ii Saddle River in 178G and died in 
L873. His wife, Elizabeth Ackerman, was born in L790 and died in I860. 
He and his wife arc both buried in the Lutlieran cemetery at Saddle River. 
This John was a farmer. His issue of ilu sixth generation were John, 
Adelaide, Sarah, David, Eliza, Jasper, Charity, Andrew, and Jemima M. 

John (6) was horn al Saddle River August L3, L809, and died a1 Haeken 
said-; October IS. L8GG. Hi^ wife was Eliza Buyler, of Tenafly. Both are 
buried at Cherry Hill near Hackensack. This John was a butcher by <•«• 
cupation. His issue of the seventh generation were seven children: Sarah 
Ann. Euphemia, John EL, David, William 11.. Alvin, and Jacob I... the last 
named being the subjed oi this sketch. 

Jacob L. Van I'.uskirk (7) was born at Saddle River, X. J., duly I'll, L851, 
and received his education in the district schools al New Bridge and Hack 
ensack, after which he learned the trade of a blacksmith, which he fol 
lowed successfully for nine years. He then took up the calling of a butcher 
in Hackensack, which he still pursues. Some years ago he was elected 
Freeholder from his township, which office he faithfully idled for six years. 
For three years he was Director of tin- hoard. He was elected Sheriff id' 
Bergen County in 1898 by a majority of 7(1!) votes over his Republican 

He married Miss .May E. Naugle, of Areola, who was horn .May 11. L851. 
The couple have issue of the eighth generation three children: Margarel 
V.. ( Seorge, and Henry C, 1 he first two of whom are married, and each have 
one daughter of the ninth generation. 

Mr. Van Buskirk is a member of Hope Encampment, I. < >. O. F.. of the 
Order of American Foresters, of the Order of Red Men, and of the Order of 
United Workmen; President of the Exeinpf Firemen's Association: 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 Keller, was horn July 5, L827, in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, 

where his father, who died in L839, was a prominent furniture manufac- 
turer and upholsterer. He was educated ami learned the trade of upholster- 
ing and decorating in the Fatherland. In 1848 he took pari in the revolu 
lion, and in consequence was obliged to flee to America, in company with 
many other fellow patriots, and here he was extensively engaged in iiianu 
facturing furniture and upholstering in New York City until L870. hi 
that year he moved his business to West Hoboken, X. 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 even 
relation id life has gained the confidence as well as the respecl of the 
community. In politics he is a Republican from conviction, especially on 
National issues, hut in local affairs he is independent, casting his influence 
in favor of matters promising the greatesl good, lie is a prominenl mem 
her of the Patriots' Society of 1 s IS and '49 of New York. 

In May. L852, he married Sophia Ziegeler, daughter of Daniel Ziegeler, of 
Hamburg, Germany. She died in October, 1898. <>l their ten children six 
are living, viz.: Charles, -\v.. Cora, Sophia, Otto, Thekla, and Rose. 



CHARLES A. SCIIINDLER, Jr., eld< si sou of Charles A. Schindler, Sr., 
and Sophia Ziegeler, was born January :!. L857, in West Boboken, X. J., 
where he lias always resided, and where he received a public school educa- 
tion. After leaving school he learned the cabinetmaker's trade in the 
establishmenl of Brunner iK: Moore, of New York, where he remained five 
years, or until aboul 1884. Since then he has been engaged in business for 
himself, making a specialty of line cabinel work and of election appliances 
such as booths, registry cases, ballol boxes, etc. He is located at 287 Pali 
sade Avenue, Wes1 Boboken, where he resides with his father, being un- 


In the prosecution of his trade Mr. Schindler has achieved marked suc- 
(rss and a wide reputation, and by industry, honesty, and enterprise has 
buill up an extensive business, lie is a public spirited, patriotic citizen, 
a Republican in politics, and a man universally esteemed and respected. For 
two years — 1894 and L895 — lie served as Recorder of his town. He was one 
of the principal organizers of the old Hillside Boat Club, of which he was 
for nine years the Captain, and was one of the founders and organizers of 
the Lincoln Club of Wesi Boboken, of which he is President, having held 
that office during the last ten years. These and other connections attest 


his popularity ;is well ;is the deep interesl he takes in the progress and 
welfare of the community. He 1ms a fondness for horticulture, and all the 
fine shrubbery around the old horn* stead was propagated by him. 

WILLIAM D. EDWARDS, a leading lawyer of Jersey City, was born 
in Greenpoint, Long Island, X. Y., December IT. 1855. In I860 he removed 
with liis parents to Jersey City, the family settling in thai pari known ns 
Lafayette. Mr. Edwards received his rudimentary education in the Jersey 
city public schools and in L867 entered Hasbrouck Institute, where la- 
was prepared for college. In 1871 he entered the University of the City of 
New Fork, from which he was graduated with honor in 1875. Immediately 
afterward he became a student a1 the Columbia College Law School, New 
York <'ity. and was graduated from that institution with the degree <>f 
LL.B. in 1S7S. Dining 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 admit ted to the bar of New Jersey as an attorney in June, 1878, and 
in 1879 formed a partnership with Hamilton Wallis, under the firm aame 
of Wallis .S: Edwards. William G. Bumsted was admitted to the firm in 
isss. and since then it has continued under the style of Wallis. Edwards & 

Mr. Edwards has been for twenty years one of the active and influential 
leaders of the Democratic party of Hudson County, and in various official 
capacities has displayed .ureal executive ability and political sagacity. 
He was Secretary of the Hudson County Democratic Committee in L879, 
Chairman of thai organization in L880 and 1881, and in the latter year was 
elected Corporation Attorney of Bayonne, which office 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 18X9, and filled that responsible position with marked 
energy and ability until the spring of 18!t4. In 1889 he was unanimously 
nominated by the Democratic party for a second term as State Senator. bu1 
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. 

BAKEK 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 tiist settled at English Neighborhood in Bergen County, X. J., 
where he married Fram-ina (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 two: Frances and John, the latter of whom 
married Debora, daughter of Thomas raurens, of Newtown, L. I. Frances 
married Debora's brother, Thomas Laurens. 'I 'he dates of birth of Frames 
and John Smith are unknown, hut 1 1 h • \ were both baptized in the Hacken- 
sack Dutch Church in duly. 1695. Michael Smith's land in Bergen County. 
at his death, and which he had bough! in 1679, jointly with John Berry, 


passed to his son and luir, John Smith. John's children of the third genera- 
tion were Francis, born in L712; Michael, born in 1714; and John, born in 
17 Hi. 

.Michael Sniit h, t hird 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, born at English Neighborhood, X. J., July 10, 1750. 
Aliel and John subsequently became largely interested in Secaucus lands. 

Baker 15. Smith, the subject of this sketch, is descended from either .John 
or Abel, above named. His father, Baker Smith (whose father's name was 
Enoch Smith), married Elizabeth Sickles, of Bergen, prior to ISO:;, and 
settled at New Durham. Hudson County, X. J., where Baker B. was born 
November 29, L817. Baker Smith died in L857, at the age of sixty-eight, and 
his wife at the age of eighty-six. Their children were Mary, Enoch, Eliza, 
Phcebe, Abram, Baker P.. Rebecca, and Philip. Baker P.. 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-fishing, al the same time carrying on fanning 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, 
lie 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 II.. who became Mrs. A. II. Rider, and is now deceased; 
Philip EL 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 <>f the Reformed Church of New Durham. 

CORNELIUS \Y. BERDAN— During the religious persecution in Frame, 
Jan Baerdan tas he wrote his name), one of the persecuted Huguenots, 
tied to Amsterdam and from thence came to New Amsterdam sometime 
prior to L682, with his wife and one son, Jan Baerdan, Jr. The elder 
Berdan tas his descendants now spell the name) bought land and settled 
at Plat-lands, Brooklyn, L. 1. His wife dying soon after, he married again 
and had issue by his second wife two daughters. 

• Ian Berdan (2) and his stepmother could not agree, so .John left home 
and went ti» Ilackensack sometime previous to the year l<i!>:'>. for on .May 
2d. 1693, under the name of -Ian Bordet 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 dispelled or misun- 

derst 1 the name. The baptism of his eldest child was recorded in the 

" ('hurt h 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 County of the Romeyns. His issue of the third generation were 
ten children: John, 1695; Eva, 1697; Ferdinand, 1700; Albert, 1701; YYill- 
imina. 1704; Rynier, 1706; Elena, 1708; Dirck, 1712; David, 1711; and 
Annatie, 1718. 

David Berdan (3), who married, May 12, 1738, Christyontjin Daniels 
Ronieyn. 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 ill was born at Maywood, N, J., in 1740, and died there in 


iiidsox and r.i:K<;i;\ counties 

L818. His calling was thai of a farmer. He married Ursula Van Voorhis, 
by whom he had eleven children of the fifth generation: Albert. Isaac, 
Daniel, John, Peter, David, Peggy, Anna. Christian, Hannah, and Maria. 

David Berdan (5), born April •".. ITsii. married twice. By his first wife 
he had children Jane and Sally, and by lus second wife, Abagail Bean, he 
had seven children: John, James, Albert. Harriet, Ann. Rachel, and Chris- 
tina, all of the sixth generation. 

.Innies Berdan (6) was born at Mayw'ood, March LO, L818, and died there 
September 6, L862. He was a farmer, and married .Marv Wortendvke, bv 
whom he had issue of the seventh generation Abagail L., Mary E., Corne- 
lius \\\. and Waller, of whom Cornelius \V. is the subject of this sketch. 

Cornelius \V. Berdan was born in New York City, December 24, L850. 
While yet a mere lad his parents removed to Maywood in Bergen County, 
where Cornelius attended the district school. He subsequentiv finished 


his education at Professor Williams's private academy at Hackensack. 
At seventeen years of age he became a clerk in a New York broker's office, 
and later entered the employ of the American News Company, where he 
remained until L874. when he entered, as a law student, the office of the 
late Judge Manning M. Knapp, at Hackensack. A yc^v later he entered 
the office of Garn t Ackerson, dr.. then the most prominenl lawyer in the 
county. .Mr. Berdan was admitted to the bar in February, L878, and has 
been successfully practicing his profession ever since. 

He married, October L5, 1ST!). .Mary Pond O'Connor, daughter of John 
< \ and Elizabeth O'Connor, of Milford, Conn., by whom he has issue a 
daughter, Elizabeth H.. born May 20, L883. He is a member of Pioneer 
Lodge, Xo. 7(i. I\ and A. M.. of New York Council. No. 348, Royal Arcanum, 
of the Hackensack Club, of the Hackensack Golf and Wheelman's Clubs 
and of Relief Hook and Ladder Company, of Hackensack. He is also 
counsel for three townships and two boroughs. 







ROBERT CHAPMAN, of Arlington V J., who lias been associated 
with the Citizens' Insurance Company of New York since L871, is the 
eldest sou of Captain William Osborn Chapman and Harriet J. Tel- 
ler, and a grandson of Darius Chapman and Millicent, his wife. Ilis 
grandfather, a native of New York City, was for many years a prominent 
carpenter and builder. Captain William O. Chapman was born in 
New York in 1826, and 
for about twenty-four 
years was actively as- 
s o c i a t e d with the 
A n c h o r Steamship 
Line. Ho enlisted in 
L861 in the famous 
Seventh New York 
Regiment, and three 
months later re-enlist- 
ed in the Ninety-fifth 
New York Volunteers 
served until the 
of I he War of i lie 
llion, being Cap 
of his company. 
1 n 1 8(>6 he look i! j) his 
residence in Jersey 
City Heights, N.J., ami 
about 1800 removed 
from there l<» Arling- 
ton, Hudson County, 
where he still lives, 
lie is prominenl in 
Grand Army circles, 
being a member ami 
Past Commander of 
Zabriskie Tost, of 
Jersey City, lie has 
five children: Robert, 
.Millicent, Fannie, Car- 
rie. and William ( >s 
born. Jr. 

Robert Chapman was 
born in New York < 'it y 

November 4. 1S.~>2, and received his early education in the New York public 
schools. When thirteen years of age he entered the employ of the old 
Indemnity Insurance Company, ol which Colonel Emmons (Mark, now Sec- 
retary of the New York Board of Health, was Secretary, lb remained 
with that corporation until it failed, about two years later, when he as 
sociated himself with the Harmony Insurance Company, which he left in 
1871 to accept a position with the Citizens' Insurance Company of New 
York. Since then ho has been actively and prominently identified with 
that company, having charge at the present time of its loss department. 

Mr. ( 'hapman's career of nearly thirty-five rears in the fire insurance busi- 
ness has given him an unusually broad experience in underwriting, and the 
various positions which he lias held have enabled him to gain a practical 



knowledge of every branch. An expert mathematician, he is recognized as 
authority, qo1 only in the lines with which he has been mosl intimately 
connected, bul in the business generally, and in every capacity he lias 
achieved eminenl success. In politics he is ;m ardent Republican. He is 
a member of the Insurance Clerks' Association <»f New Fork, of Lafayette 
Camp, Sens of Veterans, of New York City, and of the Seventh Regimenl 
Veterans, having been an active member of the Seventh Regiment, N. <'.. 
X. Y.. from L873 to L878. In L890 he settled in Arlington, X. .J., where 
he still resides, and where he has wielded no small influence in advancing 
the liest interests of the town. 

September LO, L874, Mr. Chapman married Josephine, daughter of 
Joseph and Mary Pollock, of Jersey City Heights, X. J., and their children 
are Walter Roberl and Florence. 

VEDDER VAN" DYCK, a well known resident of Rayonne, X. .1.. and a 
lawyer in New York City, is descended from Hendrick Van Dyck, who came 
to this country from Holland with the first hutch settlers before 1630. 
These Dutchmen first settled at Communipaw, X'. J., bul soon found their 
way over to Manhattan Island. 

Hendrick Van Dyck was an ensign in command of the Hutch forces in 
their early wars with the Indians. He was the first Sellout Fiscal — a 
soit of judge and sheriff — in Xew Amsterdam, and held his office until 
Ht.~)2. 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 Rroadway, below Trinity Church, and running to the North River. 
His son Cornelius removed to Albany. X'. Y.. where he practiced his pro- 
fession as physician. This Cornelius had a son. Jacobus Van Dyck, also 
a physician, who settled at Schenectady. X". 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 Hutch settlers who 
came to New Amsterdam. 

Vedder Van Dyck was born at Schenectady, X". Y.. on the 22d day of 
January, 1*42. and there received his early education, first in the public 
schools and subsequently at Union College, being in the class of L865, but 
leaving college in L862 to join a Xew York regiment during the civil War. 
lie continued in the service until the war was over, and then entered 
Harvard haw School, leaving there in L867 and being admitted to the bal- 
ed' his native State. Since L867 he has been engaged in the practice of his 
profession in Xew York City, having an office a1 No. 15 Wall Street. Since 
L885 he has resided in Bayonne, Hudson County, X. J., where he has served 
a term of three years as School Trustee, and since L894 has been one of its 
Health Commissioners. He married Emily Adams in Xew York City in 

ROBERT OSCAR BABBITT was born in Mendham, .Morris County. X. 
J., November 5, L848, and is the son of Roberl Milieu 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 


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 L871, entered the 1 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 Lot t s. Linn & Babbitt, for one year, 
after which the tirm was re organized as Linn & Babbitt, and so continued 
for seven years. However, in ls^i', he formed a partnership with Robert 
Linn Lawrence, which continues to the present time. 

Mi*. Babbiti 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 otliee. 

Soon after his admission to the bar .Mr. Babbitt set himself to the task of 
mastering the Spanish language, to til 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. Babbiti 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 !». L875, to Mary Elizabeth McCrea, of 
Middletown, Orange County. N. Y. 

REV. JOHN JUSTIN, pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church of the 
Town of Union, Hudson County, since L865, was born in Germany in 1842, 

the son of Peter and Margarel -lust in. lie spent his early lite in hard study. 
In 1.858 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. .lust in 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 Lnioti 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. 



JOnN CLEMENT -ll'STIN. M.D., of Guttenberg, X. J., son of Rev. 
John Justin and Catharine Westerfeld, was bom in the Town of Union. 
Hudson County, September 26, L868. He began his education in the public 
schools of his native town, spenl a year and a half in the employ of the 
Equitable Life Assurance Society, and was graduated from Hasbrouck 
Institute, Jersey <"i1y. in L885, and from New York University in the arts 
and sciences with the degree of B.A. in ls s '.». In L891 he began the study 
of medicine a1 the Medical Departmenl of the University of the City of New 
York, from which he was graduated with the degree of M.D. in L893. He 


immediately entered Heidelberg Hospital in Germany, where he remained 
one year, and ilicn look special courses in the Wiirzburg hospitals. After 
ward he traveled through the principal cities of Germany, visiting hospitals, 
and thence went to Switzerland, italy, Prance, and England. 

Returning to America, Dr. -In si in substituted for Dr. Exton, of A rlington, 
for a period of i wo months, and in the fall of I s '.' I began the practice of his 
profession in Guttenberg, and afterward buill Ids present residence in 
West New York, Hudson County, where he continues to reside. 

Dr. Justin lias already achieved success as a physician and surgeon, and 
throughout the section in which he has acquired an extensive practice is 


highly esteemed and respected. His ability, integrity, and genial good 
nature have won for him the confidence of the community. He is a mem- 
ber of the Royal Arcanum, of the Knights of Honor, of the Order of 
American Mechanics, and of 1 1 1 * * Foresters of America. 

November 26, L895, Dr. Justin married Ottilie [Catherine Kothe, daughter 
of William and Ottilie [Catherine (Fuchs) Kothe, of the Town of Union, N. 
J. They have one son living, viz.: John ('lenient Justin, Jr., born October 
Hi, L897. 

GARRET T. HARING is descended in the ninth generation from dan 
Pietersen Haring, the emigranl from Hoorn, Holland. The line of descenl 
is the same as thai of Garrel A. Haring (see page 61) down to the fifth 
general ion. 

( Jarrel Johns Haring (5). a sen of John Cozine Haring (4) and A el tie Van 
Dolsen, born April 28, L725, married, in L751. Cornelia Lent, and had issue 
et' i he sixih generation eighl children: Aeltie, Peter, Frederick, dames, 
Catharine. Elizabeth, John, and Abraham. 

John Garrets Haring (0), horn at Tappan in 1.752. married Rensie (Gar- 
retsi Eckerson and had issue of the seventh generation four children: Altie, 
( rarret, A itie, and Margaret. 

Garrel Johns Haring (7), horn January 24, 177!). died .May •_'.'">, 1849, mar- 
ried Elizabeth Eckerson, and had issue of the eighth generation Reusie 
.iiid Thomas E. 

Thomas E. Haring (8), horn March .".. L808, died duly 6, 1S7<>, married 
Rachel Taylor, and had i^sue several children, one oi whom is Garrel T. 
I Caring, i 1m subjeel of this sketch. 

Garrel T. Haring (9) was born ai River Vale, Bergen County, February 
'2'J, L851, ami received a good education in the local schools. Leaving 
school ai the age of uineteen, he began active lite on his lather's farm, and 
subsequently engaged in the business oi' breeding and dealing in horses, 
in which he has since continued with substantial success. 

Mr. Haring is one oi the besl known men in Bergen County, and lor a 
uumber of years has been prominenl and influential in public affairs. lie 
has served mosl efficiently as a mem her id' i he Board of Chosen Freeholders 
for nine vears. 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 esteemed by all who know 
him. He married Anne A. Hasbrook and has two children: Sarah < \ and 
Thomas < \. 

HENRY (i. HARING is a descendant in the eighth generation from Pie- 
ter Haring, of Hoorn, Holland, for a sketch of whom and of Ids sons and 
grandsons see page 61. This branch of the family always resided around 
Tappan. Hillsdale, Westwood, and Pascack, in Bergen County. Henry G. 
Haring's line of descent from Pieter, of Holland, is as follows: Pieter Har- 
ing ill. of Hoorn. Holland, dan Petersen Haring (2), of Hoorn. Holland, 
the tirst emigranl to America, married Margaretta Cozines (widow), and 
had i^sue of the third generation six children, one of whom was Cozine 
•Johns Haring (3). Cozine Jansen Haring (3), born in l(i(i!). married Margar- 
etta dans Bogert, and had issue of the fourth generation eight children, of 
whom one was John Cozine Haring (4). John Cozine Haring (4), born in 
1696, married Altie Van Dolsen, and had issue eight children of the fifth 
generation, one of whom was Garrel Jansen Haring. Garret Jansen Har- 


ing (5), born in April, 1Tl'.~. married Cornelia Pent, and had issue of the 
sixili generation eighl children, one of whom was Jacobus Garrets Bar- 
ing (G). Jacobus Garrets Baring (6), horn in October, L764, married, about 
I7 s !t. Rachel Fredericks Baring, and had issue of the seventh generation 
John, Rachel, Garrel (died), Cornelia, Altie, Ann. Garrel J., .Maria. Catrina, 
and Frederick. 

Garrel Jacobus Baring i"i. born near Tappan, November 30, L801, died 
November L9, l s 'i'.*. married Caroline, daughter of Benry P. and Adeline 
(Smith) Westervelt, and had issue of the eighth generation Adeline. Benry 
[died i, I Ieiir\ ( ;.. and others. 

Henry G. Baring (8), the subject of tliis sketch, was born in Hillsdale. 
X. •!.. December 5, L837, and received his education in the public schools 
of Bergen 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 lor 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 

Mr. Baring 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 L868 and 1869, 
and from 1881 to 1886 held the office of Cinder Sheriff. At the present time 
he is Overseer of The Pool-. lie 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 Buguenol 
family of In- Bauns who are noticed elsewhere in this work. They have 
had three children : Annie. Harry, and Garret (deceased). 

ANDREW B. BARING is descended in the ninth generation from Jan 
Petersen Baring, the emigranl from Boorn, Holland. The line of his de- 
scent is the same as that of his umle. John T. Baring (see page 154), down 
to the seventh generation. Tunis .1. Baring (7) and his wife, Elizabeth 
Perry, had issue four children of the eighth generation, one of whom was 
Abram P.. (8). 

Abram P. Baring (8) was horn May 20, 1811, and married 1 1 1. April 18, 
1835, Ann Eliza Baring, who died April !». 1841. He married (2), in 1843, 
Mary, daughter of Peter Hopper, horn September 16, 1819, died May 31, 
1853. He married (3), May ::. l>.~>7. Margaret Demarest. The issue of Abram 
P.. Baring 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. Baring (9), the subject of this sketch, was born at River 
Vale, Bergen County, X. -I.. October Hi. 1852, and received his education 
in the local schools and at Fergusonville, X. Y. At 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, which he conducted for twenty years with 
marked success. A few years ago he accepted a position with the West 



Shore Railroad and still continues in the employ of that lino. He has also 
been engaged in I he coal business at Harrington Park and Tappan. 

Mr. Haring early took an active interest in public affairs, and during his 
entire life has wielded a wholesome influence in the community. He served 
for ten years as Township Collector, and is now Marshal of the Palisade 
Protective Association. He attends the Dutch Reformed Church at Tappan. 

He married Surah \V. Westervelt, also a member of an old New Jersey 
familv, and thev have t wo sous and three daughters. 

LUTHER A. CAMPBELL— William Kempbell (Campbell) was born in 
Ireland, duly 20, L718, and came to America in the spring of 17:'.."). He 
settled in the Schraalenburgh section of Bergen County, where, on August 
111 of the same year, he married Elizabeth Samuels Demarest.- She was 
horn April •">. L716, and died duly 9, 1707. The couple lived at Schraalen- 
burgh, and had issue of the second generation seven children, one of whom 
was John \V. 

John \V. Campbell (2) was horn duly 31, L746, and died at Pascack, N. J., 
March 1."). L826. He married Letitia Van 
Valen. of Closter, who was born May 11. 
L751, and died dune 25, L841. John \V. 
Campbell (2) early in life located at Pas- 
cack, where In- established a wampum 
factory, and for years conducted an exten- 
sive business, supplying the United Siates 

and traders of 
His descend 

continued the 
John W. had 
ie fourth 


governmenl Indian agents 

the day with Indian monej 

ants, until quite recently. 

manufacture of wampum. 

issue eighl children of ti 

'■ration, id' whom one was Abraham d. 

Abraham d. Campbell (4) was born at Pas 
cack, October L3, L782, and died there March <i. 
1S4T. I lis wife. Margarel Demarest, whom he 
married May 9, L807, was born October 10. 177!), 
and died October L5, L834. He had issue of the 
tilth generation John A.. Peter A., dames A., David A., 
and Abram A. 

David A. Campbell (5), born January 1<», 1812, died dune 
20, L893, married Sally Haring, of Pascack (born March (i, 
1814, died dune L2, L899), and had issue of the sixth gen- 
eration Ritie, Margaret. Elizabeth, Daniel II., John A., 
dames A., and Abram D. 

Abram D. Campbell (6) was born ar Pascack, October 10. 1S42. Pie 
was educated in the public schools of his native place and at Hackensaok, 
and after teaching for a short period, during which time he was elected 
School Superintendent of his township, he resigned and entered the State 
Normal School at Trenton, from which institution he was graduated in 
1863. After leaving school he engaged in teaching until 1S0.~>, 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 1869 
and as a counselor in 1875. A few months after his admission as an 
attorney 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- 



nation of Colonel Ackerson, and on September 1. of the same year, h" wis 
appointed by Governor Randolph to lill thai office until the close of the 
next session of I lie Legislature. On April ."». LS71, lie was appointed for the 
full term, and by subsequent appointments held tin- office for twenty-five 

Having enlisted in Company I '. Second Battalion, X. G. X. J., October 8, 

L872, In- was commissioned Quartermaster of the battalion with the rank 

of First Lieutenant January 14, 1873, and on March L5, ls7<;. received the 

commission of Captain. He served during the railroad strike of lsTT. and 

retired with the rank of Brevet-Major December 1G. 1890. 

.Mr. Campbell was married, September 22, L869, to Ann E. Hopper, 
daughter of .Jacob Hopper and Lydia Bogert, of Hackensack, horn August 
."). 1846. They had five children of the seventh generation: Luther A., Eva, 
David (deceased), Harry (deceased), and X. Demarest Campbell. 

Luther A. Campbell (7), the subject of this skdch. was born at Hack- 
ensack. November 28, 1872. He was educated in the public schools, and 
was graduated with honors from the Union Street High School, of which 
Dr. Nelson Haas was Principal. Immediately after leaving school he began 
i he study of law in Ins father's office, and in June, 1894, was admitted to 
the bar as an attorney; subsequently la- became associated with his father 
under the firm name of A. 1). & L. A. Campbell. In 1894, at the organiza 
tion of the Improvement Commission, Mr. Campbell became counsel and 
clerk of thai board, and was also for several terms clerk to the Grand Jury, 
by appointment of Judge Dixon, bui was forced to give up his position 
because <»f growing business in general practice. He has also been chosen 
counsel in several townships ami boroughs in Bergen County. He is n 
member of Hope Encampment, No. •'!."). I. (). (..). F. 

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 ."». 1897, and Clarendon, born March 7. 1899. 

DAVID W. McCREA lias 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 \V. T. McCrea and Harriet E. Schroeder, and was born in New 
Hampton, X. 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. lie also pursued his studies at 
Middletown i X. Y.i Academy, and later at the private school of Dr. Henry 

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 Ids energies with 
uninterrupted success. Mr. McCrea was admitted to the bar of New Jersey 
at the February term of the Supreme Courl in L882, 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. 



He was married on the 1-ih of January, L899, t<> Emma Fenner Smith, 
Hi' Jerse\ ( 'ii y, N. J. 

DAVID W. LA WHENCE, of Jersey City, N. ■).. was born in the City of 
New York. November L0, L850. While a child his parents moved t<> Pike 
County, Pa., and continued i * » reside there and in the contiguous County 
of Monroe until L863. Thai region was then (and is still) a wilderness. 
While the family lived at Shawnee, Monroe County, the Civil War broke 
(int. and Mr. Lawrence's two older brothers enlisted. In 1863 the family 
returned to New York, 
and Mr. Lawrence's fath- 
er also enlisted. He was 
wounded in t he ba1 1 le of 
the Wilderness, taken 
prisoner, and subs e 
quently died in Ander- 
sonville military prison. 
This left Mr. Lawrence, 
I hen a boy of thirteen, as 
the main support of his 
widow ed una her a n d 
two brothers younger 
than himself, lie ob- 
tained employraenl in a 
retail store, attending 
school nt night. 

In L868 Mr. Lawrence 
moved i <> Jersey City 
and engaged in a mer 
cantile business until 
L872, when he accepted 
an appointment in the 
New York postoftice 
where lie remained eighl 
\ ears, discharging h i s 
duties with ability and 
satisfaction, and being 
promoted to Assistant 
Chief Clerk of the Reg 
istrv Department, which 
position he resigned in 
L880. In L877 he was 
elected a member of the 
Board of Aldermen in 

Jersey City over ex-Mayor John r>. Romar, a popular Democrat. He de 
(dined a renomination in the spring of L879, bui accepted the nomination 
for Assembly in the fall and was elected over David J. Post, receiving more 
majority than his opponent had votes. He was re-elected in 1880 and 1881. 
At the session of L881 he was appointed Chairman of the House Committee 
selected to represent the State of New .Jersey at the centennial celebration 
of the battle of Cowpens at Spartanburg, S. C. At the session of 1882 he 
was the Republican nominee for Speaker of the House. Prior* to the (dose 
of the session he was elected in joint session of the Senate and House of 



Assembly ;i Police Justice for Jersey City for the term of three years. At 
the expiration <»f his term of Police Justice Mr. Lawrence decided to retire 
from political lit". Two days later, however, lie was appointed by 1 1 1« - 
Board <>!' Finance and Taxation, ai the request of ;i <'iti/.ens' Committee, 
Assessor for the Fifth Aldermanic District. This position In- tilled for 
three consecutive years, each year being unanimously elected Presidenl of 
the Board of Assessors. In L888 he was nominated as a Republican and 
citizens' candidate for Sheriff of Hudson County. Though net elected, he 
received a very gratifying indorsement. In L889 he was appointed by 
Mayor Cleveland, under the new citv charter, a member of tin- Board of 
Tax Commissioners I'm- the long term of three years, and while he was the 
minority member his associates unanimously elected him Presidenl of the 
board. Before the expiration of his term he publicly announced thai he 
would not accept any other political office. Bui en the requesl of Justice 
Lippincotl he has served on several commissions appointed by the court. 

lie was formerly a member of Monticello Lodge, No. 140, I. < >. of 0. F.. 
of the Orion Rowing Association, and of the Palma, Berkeley, and Jersej 
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 
( 'In 1). 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. Be 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 Fast -Jersey. In 1 732 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 Hois 
lit Id on October 24, \~-V2. 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. uoted 
for its efficiency and bravery. John Smith, son of this patriot Daniel, 
had a son. Abel I. Smith, S;\. who was the father of the subject of this 
article, ami who served as a private in the War of L812, 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 L865. He was one of the few persons honored 1»\ 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, ami 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 1 1 hen Bergen I County. He is t he son of \bel I. Smith, Sr., 
ami Prudence Cary, his wife, and was born in North Bergen, X. -I.. June 12, 
L843, on the lam! conveyed t<> the original Abel Smith in \~'\'2 by a deed de- 
scribing him as " i 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- 


wick Theological Seminary. In l^ii' he was graduated with honor from 
Rutgers College, and the same year began his legal studies in the office 
of J. Dickerson Miller, of Jersey City, being admitted to the New Jersey 
bar as an attorney in June, L866, and as a counselor in June, 1ST:',. He 
has practiced Ins profession in Hoboken since L868, 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. 

lie has also tilled several important positions'. In L869 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 1S70. TTe was the first Republican 
elected from that district and the only Republican from Hudson County 
in the session of thai year. He declined a renomination. Tn 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 100.°>. 

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. TTe is an able and talented lawyer, one of Ihe ac- 
knowledged lenders of the Hudson County bar, a learned, fair-minded, 
and conscientious jurist, and :i public spirited, progressive citizen. His 
practice has been largely confined from the first to civil suits in the Court 
of Chancery, in Ihe Circuit, Supreme, and Orphans' Courts, and in the 
Court of Errors and Appeals, and also in the United States Circuit and 
District Courts of Xew 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 (he most 
important and noteworthy improvements in Hudson County, namely: 
the " Bull's Perry "Road." the " Bergen Ta'ne Road," and the " Bergen Wood 
Road." For ten years lie 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 Ihe County of Hudson. 
For four years he served as President of the Hudson County branch of 
the State Charities Aid Association of Now 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 pained a merited eminence. Well 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 Fast 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 familv since their settlement in America. His collection 


includes gold pieces of various countries from L632 to L800 and ;i number of 
continental coins which wore 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 1653. 
lie 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 

Judge Smith was married December 7. L870. 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 
Railroad and Transportation Company, the Camden and Amboy Railroad 
Company, and other important corporations. They have three children: 
A-bel I. Smith, dr.; Eliza Howell, wife of .lames Brown Mabon, of the firm 
of Kingsley, .Mabon & Co., brokers. Wall Street, New York; and Dorothy 
Gailbraith Smith. 

THE VAX BUSSU.M FAMILY— Egbert Van Borsum was a native and 
resident of Linden, a little town between Groningen and Delfsyle, 1 1 < > I 
land. There was born, about 1605, his son, Egberl Van Borsum, dr.. who 
emigrated to America in 1639 and settled at New Amsterdam, where, on 
December 11 of the same year, he married Antic Hendricks a native of 
Sweden. Van Borsum was a sailor and captain, or skipper, of the ship 
"Prince William" in 1664. On July 15, 1654, he obtained a paten! for 
two lots at Hie ferry in Brooklyn, and on March 12, 1636, he bought an- 
other lot adjoining his firsi purchase. On these lots he resided. He leased 
and operated the ferry between New York and Brooklyn, dune 1. 1654, and 
in li;.->7 was assessed ten gelders toward supporting the salary of Dominie 
Polhemus. Prior to 1660 he belonged to the New Amsterdam Hutch 
Church, and took the oath of allegiance to the English King. In L670 he 
appears to have resided at Flatbush. lb- is said to have died on Long 
Island. His issue were Herman. 1640; Cornelius. 1642; Henry. L648: Ty- 
man. L651; Janneken, 1653; and Ann. 1656. 

Cornelius married, September 1. 1669, Sarah Roelofse, widow of Hans 
Kierstead. lb- was then residing at the ferry at Brooklyn, where he had 
previously married Grietie Gysberts. August <>. Kids, he was allotted lands 
at Canarsie, but he probably resided on a farm at Flatbush, which he 
and Paulus Richards had bought in 1654. On dune 28, 1678, he was at 
Bergen, X. J., and purchased from Anthony Verbruggen a lot of meadow 
hind on t he Hudson River at Weehawken, since known as Slaugh's meadow . 
He afterward became interested in the Saddle River patenl in Bergen 
County. Herman Van Borsum, a descendant of Egbert, Jr., settled a1 Hack- 
ensack in 174s with his wife. Abagai] 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 \Y AKL.MAX WHEELER, of Hackensack. X. J., was born in 
Easton, Conn., on th< 1 ~t h of October, is:; l . He is t he son of Hon. Charles 
Wheeler and Jerusha Bradley. His father was a Judge of Probate in 
Connecticut and a member of the Legislature in that State. 

.Mr. \\ heeler received his preparatory education a1 the old Easton (Conn.) 
Academy and at Dudley School at Northampton, .Mass. Afterward he 
entered Amherst College, from which he was graduated in the class of 



IS56. Ele spent much of his early life teaching school, and in Mississippi, 
where li«' resided for a time, filled the position of Superintendenl of Schools 
with acknowledged ability and satisfaction. 

Settling anally in Backensack, N. J., Mr. Wheeler soon came into pronii- 
aence as a man of energy and public spirit, and as Chairman of the Backen- 
sack Board of Education rendered important service to the community. 
Be also served for some time as .Indue of the Courl of Common Pleas. I lis 
business has been mainly that of an insurance broker, although he lias been 
interested in various financial enterprises. He is Treasurer of the Backen- 
sack Cemetery Company and Vice-President of the Bergen Turnpike Com- 
pany. In politics he is a Democrat. Be is a member of the Episcopal 
Church, a Royal Arch Mason, and a Past Bigh Priest in the Masonic order. 
He has traveled extensively in this country as well as abroad. 

In L859 he was married to Lucy Howie. They have two sons: Bon. 
George W. Wheeler, dr.. a Justice of the Superior Courl of Connecticut, 


and Henry I >. Wheeler, a commission merchanl of New York City. 
Mr. Wheeler is a member of the State Geological Hoard of New Jersey, 
of the Geological Survey, and of the Forestry Committee, and a life 
member of the New Jersey State Forestry Association. He was President 
of the Backensack Hall and Armory Association tor ten years, and has been 
actively associated with every movement ami project which had for its 
object the welfare and advancement of the community. 

THE SPEEK FAMILY. — 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 
Hutch West India ship "Faith," in December, 1659. It is not doubted 

that he was a native of Holland. He located at New Amsterdam, whore 
he was known as Hendrick Jansen Spiering, and whore three of his chil- 
dren were baptized. In the spring of 1668 he removed to Bergen, N. J., 


iiidso.n and r.i:i;«;i:\ countiks 

where, on the 12th of May of thai year, he obtained from Governor Philip 
Carteret a patenl tor about fifty acres of land (extending across the nock 
from Newark Bay to Now York Bay), to which lie added by subsequenl 

purchases. lie died prior to L680, and Ins widow married, in 1681, Aertsen 

Van der Hill. His issue were five children, only three of whom survived 
him. These were John (married Maritie Franse), linns miarried Tivntie 
Pieterse), and Barenl (married Cathelyntie Jacobs). 

John Hendricks Spier became largely interested in the Aqnackanonck 
(Passaic) patent, on which he located about 1C>!>2. 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, llo*: Franz to Dircke Cornells, 1705; Gertrude to 
Arent Laurense Toers, 1704; Jannetie to Roelof Cornells Van Houten, 
1715; and Maritie to John Reyerson in 171<». Tin- numerous descendants 
of these are now spread over Bergen and Passaic Counties, while the de- 
scendants of the family who remained al Bergen are numerous in Hudson 

THE TERHUNE FAMILY is another whose members are widely 
scattered over Bergen and Hudson Counties. They an- descended from 
Alberts Alberfse. 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 lie was residing at New Amsterdam for some lime 

prior to Kirn. In that year he re 
moved to the Nyack patent in New 
Utrecht, L. I., where in January, LCG2, 
he obtained a patent for -i farm which 
he sold. April ::. 1664, to Nathaniel 
Rritton, of Stale,, Island. In 1G60 
and lf)<io he boughi hinds ;it Plat- 
lands. L. 1. Subsequently lie. with 
Jaques Cortelyou and others, ob- 
tained the Aquackanonck (Passaic) 
patent of about 5,000 acres on the 
Passaic River, in New Jersey, in 
which the Van Winkles. Gerretsons, 
Spiers, and many other families be- 
came interested. His children were 
John, Albert, Heyltie, Ann,. Styntie, 
ami Snrah. All of these settled near 
Hackensack in Bergen County. Al- 
bert, the second, born in 1651, mar- 
ried ill Hendricke Stevens Voorhis, 
and (2) Levina Brickers. lb- resided 
a; Flat lands. L. I., until 1676, when he re, mixed to Hackensack, where he 
was on" of the leading spirits in the Dutch (■lunch, and was sent to the 
Colonial Legislature in 1696. He houghl ;i large farm of Captain John- 
Berry, extending from tin Hackensack to the Saddle River. His i^sim were 
Wlllempie, Albert, John, Antie, Gerrebrecht, Willempie, Stephen, Maritie, 
Gertrude, and Rachel. Excepl the Demarests 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 t<> Bergen County. In New Amsterdam and Long Island it was 

TiiK nirucii AT II.ATI.ANDS. 



GEORGE STEVENS, of Jersey City, was born in Paterson, N. J., April 
L5, is:, i. He is the son of George T. Stevens and Caroline, daughter of 
Abram and Cynthia Stager, and a grandson of Ephraim Stevens and Ruth 
Doughty. His ancestors were early Massachusetts people. 

Mr. Stevens's entrance into Jersey City was marked by his entrance into 
Public School No. 2, under tin celebrated Yerrington. lie was an apt 
scholar, his keen, quick 
perception proving his 
ability to comprehend any 
task set before him. 
Leaving school, he became 
;i niessi nger hoy for the 
Western Union Telegraph 
Company, under the su- 
pervision of Charles Cary, 
and afterward accepted a 
similar position for the 
Erie Railroad Company. 
A Her 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 when he was 
about eighteen, he was 
obliged to assist tin rest 
of the family, and from 
that lime manifested a 
tendency for entrance in- 
to liu^iiiess for himself. 

The opportunity came. 
During his employment in 
Wall Street he often visit 
ed 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 sufficient insight 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. 1880, Mr. Stevens engaged in the undertaking business for 
himself, at CI 7 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, and in 1890 moved to No. 605 
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 personal characteristics, as he possesses 
all the qualifications that go to make up honesty and fixed purpose. 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 <jrewsome air which often character- 



i/.cs such places. In brief, they are particularly arranged so as n<>i to pre- 
sent any unpleasanl feature to the mosl delicate-minded observer. His 
business is large and lucrative, and exclusively among the better class of 
people, :is i Ik isc with whom he is closely associated attest. His entire es- 
tablishmenl is the consummation ol his own itlcns and designs. 

As a citizen Mr. Stevens is known to foster ;t jnsi pride in his surround- 
ings, and is an active participanl in any movemenl thai will advance local 
improvement. He is a member of St. Paul's Methodisl Episcopal Church, 
of Jersey City, of Rising Star Lodge, No. 1 07 F. and A. M. of Rising Star 
Lodge, No. 210, 1. < >. ( ). 1\ (which was named upon his suggestion), of 
I [armony Encampment, IT. I. ().(>. P., and of i he Union League Club. 

Mr. Stevens married Melvina Wayne, daughter of George Wayne, ami a 
native of New York City. They have no children. 

TIM-; TOERS FAMILY.— The lirsi f this family in New Jersey were 
Laurence Arents Toers and (Maes Arents Toers, and. no doubt, they were 
Hollanders. They were at Bergen as early as Hill', where, on Augnsl L5th 
of thai year. Laurence married Francyntie Thomas. Claes married, Julj 8, 
1684, Jacomina \"<in Neste. Both boughl land al Bergen in Kill on which 
they permanently located. Laurence's issue were twelve children, among 
whom were John. Thomas, Mary, and Aaron. Claes, who died in L730, 
had eighl children, among whom were Judith, Pietertie, Arent, Nicholas, 
and George. Of Claes's children only three survived, among them being 
Arent, who received Ins father's property. Arenl married, in 1609, Ann 
Spier, and reared a large family. The descendants of Laurence and < 'lacs 
are still quite numerous in Hudson ( bounty. 

Till-; VANDERHOFF FAMILY.— In 1711 Cornelius Vanderhoff, John 
Vanderho IT, and Gertrude Vanderhoff came from Albany, N. Y. to Hacken- 
saek. They are said to have been the children of Cornelius Vanderhoff (or 
Vander Horen, who came to America from Horen, a tillage in Gelderland, 
Holland, and fust settled at Bedford, L. I., from whence he removed to 
Albany). Cornelius, John, and Gertrude Vanderhoff settled in the Saddle 
River districl of Bergen County. Cornelius married iITIl'i 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 Geertie, Catharine. Jacob, Cornelius. Egbert, 
and Jannel ie. 

John Vanderhoff had issue John, Geertie, and probably Catharine, Doro- 
thy, Jacob, and Jacobus, hut this is uncertain. The descendants of Cor- 
nelius and John are still quite numerous in Bergen County. 

GEORGE WILKINSON ST< >RM was for many years, and until recently. 
one of the mosl prominent and public spoiled 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 encouragemenl to 
others, and a brief outline of the fads is here given with that end in view. 

Mr. Storm enjoyed the advantage oi excellent ancestral antecedents —an 
advantage which no doubl 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 



price: the richest legacy from parenl to child. The sou of Edward Storm 
and Helen, daughter of George and Sophia Wilkinson, and the grandson 
of John A. and Catherine Storm, the subject of this sketch descended from 
strong American strains on both the paternal and maternal sides. Ilis first 
American ancestor was Dirck Storm. ;i native of Utrecht, Holland, who 
emigrated from Holland to the New Netherlands during the early Dutch 
period. Mr. Storm's lather was a member of the Holland Society of the 
City of New York. On the maternal side his ancestors were long seated 
in New England, and came originally from England. 

George Wilkinson Storm was horn in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, 
N. Y.. in July, L856. Be attended St. Mark's School at Southboro, Mass.. 
and completed his education a1 Harvard College. Having determined upon 
a business care";, he engaged in the manufacture of elevators and thor- 
oughly learned the business. Saving original ideas of his own. and having 
acquired patent rights, he engaged in manufacture on his own account in 


L889. His business has continually developed ami extended to the present 
time. The Storm elevator has become a well known standard make. Since 
L889 the factory has been in Newark, N. .I., while for nine years from that 
date .Mr. Storm resided at Hackensack. He now resides in Orange. 

.Mr. Storm has been active in ;; social way. and in connection with church 
work and general philanthropy. Ho is a member of various social clubs 
and of the Episcopal Church, lb- interested himself in Hie cause of edu- 
cation in Efackensack, and in various interests in the community. He mar- 
ried, in New York, in October. 1ST!). Isabel T. Abeel, and has two children. 

THE VAN DUSEN FAMILY.— The Van Dusens and Van I Misers are de- 
scended from Abraham Pietersen Van Deusen, a miller by trade and a 
native of Deusen in Holland, where he was born about 1602. He came to 
New Amsterdam prior to L641 with his wife, Tryntie Melchiors, and sev- 
eral children. In that year he was appointed one of the "twelve men" 


of the city, and in 1643 one of the "eight men." In 1<>.~>7 h<. was admitted 
to the rights of ;i burgher. His children were Levina, Peter, Abraham, 
Isaac Catharine, and Henry. Of these [saac Abraham, Sr., was born in 
Holland in L634. He came over with his father and settled in New Am- 
sterdam, where he married in L659 Jannetie dans, widow of Adam Van 
Sandt, from Arnheim in Gelderland. He eventually removed to Albany. 
\\ Y.. where his son. Abram Isaacsen Van Deusen, married, in 1(1*2, Ann. 
daughter of Zacharias Sickels. His son. Isaac Abrahamsen Van Deusen, 
horn at Albany in Kiss, married, April 5, L713, Ann Waldron, and had is- 
sue, among other children. Daniel, who married Lea Hertie and settled ai 
Tappan in L735. Johu Bernard Van Dusen, probably a brother of Isaac's. 
married a La Roe, and set i led in Washington Township, Mermen County, 
N. J. From these two brothers are descended I lie Van Dusens of Bergen 
I 'oiiniy. 

AUGUSTUS A. RICH, who lias successfully practiced law in Hudson 
County since L876, 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, X. J. In 
1st, (i the family settled in \V"si Hoboken, Hudson County, where the sub- 
ject ol this article 1ms 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, Cillender & Thompson, and was admitted to practice in that State 
in 1ST:!. He was admitted to the bar of New Jersey as an attorney in 
November, ls74. and as a counselor in February, 187s. He began the active 
work of his profession in Hudson County in 187G, 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 
localii v. 

He has also held several positions of trust and honor. In 18S2 and again 
in L883 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 lulls 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 was drawn. In tin's resped Mr. 
Rich has gained wide distinction. Having made a special study 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 connect ion with them attests his standing and usefulness. 
During the pas: eighteen years he has served as corporation attorney for 
West Hoboken, and a1 present he is also attorney for the Townships of West 
New York and Weehawken. Since L895 he has been Chairman of the Hud- 
son County Board of Elections, and in May, LS99, be was appointed a mem- 
ber of the committee whose object is the pro lion and ultimate incorpor- 
ation of Greater Jersey City, to include all or nearly all the cities, boroughs. 



and townships in the County of Hudson. He is a Democrat in politics, and 
lias distinguished himself as a public spirited, progressive, and patriotic 
citizen. I [e is unmarried. 

ROBERT F. LORD, of Kearny, Hudson County, is the son of John and 
Jane Lord, and a grandson of Robert Lord and James and Sarah Lang. 
His ancestors on both sidrs came to this country from the North of Ire- 
land. .Mi-. Lord was born in Newark, X. J., on the 22d of January, 1853, 
ltul was taker by his parents when young to Kearny, Hudson County, 
where he received Ids educal ion. For i went v-tive years ho has boon actively 


associated with the Stewart Hartshorn Company, the well known manu- 
facturers of shade rollers, of Harrison. During that period he has filled 
nearly every position in the establishment, being at the present time the 
efficient and successful manager of the company's New York office at 480 

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 



of two years ;is a member <»t the Board of Aldermen, and upon the incor- 
poration of Kearny :is n town he was circled ;i member of the first Common 
Council, :i position he new holds, lie has also been active in the Kearny 
Volunteer Fire Departmenl and is a member of the .Masons and the 
I [eptasophs. 

Mr. Lord married .Miss Martha Coulson, of Jersev <"itv. N. J., l>v whom 
lie lias had Com children: Bella, John, Roberl J., and William J. 

THOMAS 11. CUMMING, a prominent business man and Justice of the 
I' >ace, of Uackensack, was born in New York City on the fiili of November, 
ls.'.'.i. lie received liis education in Ids native city, and after completing 
Ids studies entered a large dry goods store, where he remained three years. 
laying the Inundations of a successful career. On severing his connection 
with that house he formed a copartnership with his father, and actively 

engaged in the business 
of contracting, chiefly in 
New York and New Jer- 
sey, the former being 
mainly in the line of 
building sewers. Among 
ni her important contracts 
winch 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 
Si reet to Woodbridge. 

In lsiil Mr. Cumming 
engaged in the oil trade 
in I rreenwich St reel. New 
York, and so continued 
for two years. Following 
this he was for six years 
engaged in the leathei 

business. Al the end of 

that period he removed to 
I [ackensack, X. J.. wher« 
he si ill resides, and en- 
gaged in contract ing. Ir. 

each of these lines of in- 

dustry he has achieved 
marked success and a 
wide reputation for hon- 
est v and uprightness. 
Mr. Cumming is also a 
Commissioner of Deeds and a. Notary Public, and since 1885 has held the 
office of Justice of the Peace. He has always taken an active interesl in 
the Backensack Fire Department, serving faithfully and efficiently as a 
member of Hook and Ladder Company, No. 2, for twenty-six years, a part 
of the time as iis Foreman. He is now an honorary member of thai or- 
ganization. For a number of years he has been President of the Hacken- 



sack Relief Association, and during the last thirteen years has served as 
Collector of License for the Hackensack Commission. He is an adivc and 
influential Republican, being Vice-Chairman of the County Executive 
Committee. He is also a member of the Royal Arcanum and a charter mem- 
ber of the National Union. His father, Thomas Cumming, Sr., was for 
many years a Lay Judge of Bergen County. 

Mr. Cumming married a daughter of the late John II. Banta, of Hacken- 
sack, and has t liree sons. 

FRANK It. POOR, President of the Hackensack Board of Trade and 
one of the niosi enterprising citizens of Bergen County, was horn in Hack 
ensack, X. J., aboul thirty years ago, and is the son of E. E. Poor, formerly 
Presidenl of the Park National Bank of New York City. He has spent 
nearly $250,000 in beautifying Hackensack and advancing its interests. He 
erected the Hamilton Building in 1899 1900 at a cost of $50,000. He formed 
the Bergen Count) [ce Company, which recently erected a $50,000 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 
hnilt in l'.MHi a s7.~).(iiin structure. His aim is to see Hackensack advance. 

As was recently said of him: ".Mr. 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 consolidation of the gas and electric lighi 
companies in Bergen County, which corporation now supplies thirty three 
towns. Their producl will he cheapened, and not a single stockholder 
in the old companies has losl a cent by the change. Mr. Poor is spending 
money lavishh ami intends to turn over to the town many miles of macada- 
mized Streets, with sewers, etc.. withoul a cent of expense to the town. 
Such enterprise is unprecedented, ami it is done for the best interests of 

his hill hplace." 

JAMES 'I. BLACK, who has been successfully engaged in business as a 
blacksmith and carriage-maker in Harrison, Hudson County, since 1888, 
was born in Belleville, Essex County, N. .1.. January L5, 1st;:;. lie is the 
son of .lames V. Black ami Elizabeth Vreeland, ami a great-grandson of 
Benjamin Vreeland, a member of one of the oldest families of (his State. 
His hist maternal ancestor in this country was Michiel Jensen, who left 
Holland. October 1. L636, in the ship " Rensselaerwyck," with his wife and 
two children, and originally settled opposite Albany, N. V.. hut a few years 

later re red to New Jersey. He was one of the hist magistrates of the 

new conn at Bergen, and. although he bore the surname of .Jensen, was 
the founder of the Vreeland family in Eastern New Jersey. Mr. Black's 
father, .lames V., was a native of Arlington, N. .1., while his mother was 
born in Moonachie in this State. They were married in New Durham, 
Hudson County, and in ls.~>7 removed to Belleville, w here the subjeel of this 
article was horn and educated. 

James II. 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 Woodside, X. J. In 188S he 
removed to Harrison, Hudson County, and has since followed that business 
with constantly increasing success. He is widely known, not only for his 


mechanical skill and ability, but also for his public spirit, enterprise, and 
great force of character. 

Mr. 1 Mack is an independent Republican in politics, and lakes a deep in- 
terest in every movement thai affects the welfare of the community. He 
is thoroughly identified with the best interests of Harrison, lias contributed 
materially to the success of many worthy objects, and is highly esteemed 
and respected. He ; s 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. 

Ob Christmas hay. December 25, L8S7, Mr. Black married Lillian Seaver 
daughter of Joseph B. and Annet te (Sexton) Seaver, of Newai k, N. J. They 
have t wo children: Ruth Black and Annette Black. 

LOUIS FORMON, 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 ( rermany, who came to America about 1850 and firsl set t led in New York. 
There William Formon engaged in ship blacksmithing until jusl before the 
outbreak of the Rebellion, 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 Union Hill in L872, 
widely respected and esteemed. He was a man of great strength of char- 
acter, of unquesl toned integrity and enterprise, and gave to his children the 
rich inheritance of a good name. His wife died January 7. L898. 

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 sm-cess. 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 greal care and practical devotion 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, lb- 
has taken from the firsl an active interest in the welfare of the community, 
;ind 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 with out o| iposi i ion ; and so faithfully and satisfactorily did 
he discharge the duties of thai position that when he resigned in L896, 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-Officials of the Town of Union. N. J., for efficiency and 
faithful service as Town Clerk from April, L890, to May. L896." This is 
a silent bul potent evidence of the esteem in which he is held by his fellow- 
citizens, and especially by those who represenl the Leading interests of the 
town. Mr. Formon is still manager of the People's Safe Deposit and Trust 


Company of the Town of Union, whose main office is in Jersey City, and 
which has a capital of sunt, (Min. h is one ol the leading fiduciary institu- 
tions in Eastern Now 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. Be lias distinguished himself as a sate 
financier of marked ability and sagacity. In L897 ho was nominated and 
elected Treasurer of the Town of Union for ;i period of three years. For 
fourteen years .Mr. Formon 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 hit n :i member of the department's Board of Repre- 
sentatives and a Vice-President of the Slate Firemen's Association. lie 
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, lie is a member of the Royal Arcanum, and a public 
spirited, progressive, and highly respected citizen. 

Mr. Formon was married on the "-'."dli id' February, L879, to Miss Elizabeth 
A. O'Brien, daughter of Michael and Mary (Foley) O'Brien, of the Town of 
Union, X.J. They have eight children: Louisa. Martha, .Mary, Louis, Jr., 
Elizabeth, Henry. Frederick, and August. 

MAX BECHT, MA).. IMi.C. of \\ est Boboken, is the son of Ansel Becht 
and Rachel Jacobs, both natives of Banover, Germany. Ansel Becht came 
io this country when a young man and first settledin Baltimore, Md., whence 
lie soon removed to New York City, where he was for many years a large 
manufacturer and import, r of lace goods, collars, and cuffs. He resided in 
the meantime in Boboken, X. .). In L866 he moved to West Boboken, Hud- 
son County, and purchased the present family homestead on the corner of 
Palisade Avenue and Courtlandt street, where he died in March, LSI*!. His 
wife still resides there. lb- was a member of Doric Lodge, F. and A. M., of 
West lloboken. 

Dr. Max Becht was born in Boboken, N. J., Jan nary 1. lS(»."i, but has spent 
practically his whole life in West lloboken, moving there with his parents 
when he was one year old. After attending the West lloboken public 
schools he entered Cooper Union Institute, New York, from which he was 
graduated in 1883. Subsequently he look- ;i full course at the New York 
College of Pharmacy, graduating with the degree of l'h.(i. March 1.3, 188G, 
and then matriculated at Bellevue -Medical College, from which he received 
the degree of M.D. March 30, L891. Thus equipped with a thorough literary 
and professional training, he immediately began the active practice of medi- 
cine in West lloboken. opening and ever since cont inuing 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- 
vim Dispensary in New York. 

In the twofold relations of physician and citizen Dr. Becht has already 
gained no little distinction, even outside of his town and county. He is 
w idely known as a practitioner of recognized ability and skill and has a very 
extensive acquaintance. Steadily developing his talents in every branch of 
medicine, lie 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- 
i ice. He is a member and physician to the Independent Order of Foresters, 
the chief medical examiner in West Hoboken for the Prudential Life Insur- 


.nice Company <>f Newark and the Equitable Life Assurance Society of New 
York. ;uh1 n 1 1 1< •!! 1 1 m ;r of the < ><1<1 Fellows ;111(1 of I lie I Iudson Count \ Medical 
Society. He has been quite extensively interested in real estate in the im- 
mediate vicinity of his home, where he has recently completed a handsome 

Dr. I Ice hi was married, March 8, L898, to Clara Elizabeth Heath, daughter 
of Joseph A. Heath, of Hoboken, X. J., and n descendant of an old English 
family . 

-lolix FRANCIS MARION, of Jersey City,is i lie son of John Marion, who 
came from Ireland to Jersey City, X. J., when thirteen years old, and soon 
removed to Key West, Va.. where he was engaged for a time in the catth 
business ; he returned t<> Jersey City, and for manv vears was in the employ 
of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, and died here in L879, aged forty 
vears". John .Mai ion married Ellen Bradv, whose father, James Brady, 

t » • 

came to Jersey City from Ireland about 1830 and died here in L879, having 
been long employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. 

John F. .Marion was born in Jersey City, X. J., on the 7th of June, 1867. 
He attended St. Peter's Parochial School and then entered St. Peter's 
College, Jersey City. Afterward he road law with Hon. J. Herberl Potts 
and Frederick Erambach, Jr., in his native city, and was admitted to th< 
bar in November, L891. Since then he has been actively and successfully 
engaged in the general practice of his profession in -Jersey City. He was ,-i 
partner of Thomas II. Kelly. Collector of the Porl of Jersey City under 
Cleveland's first administration, until Mr. Kelly's death in L895, the linn 
name being Kelly & Marion. He practiced one year alone, and then formed 
a partnership with Daniel P. Byrnes, 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 <d the Hudson County bar. He 
probably has charge of more law work for Catholic institutions than an\ 
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 Xew 
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 ai the bar. Imt has also gained 
distinction for those qualities of citizenship which characterize an ener 
getic, patriotic, and progressive man. In L895 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 
Vews. 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- 
nevolenl Legion. In politics he is an active and ardent Democrat. 

Mr. Mnrion was married, October U7. I s '.i7. in St. Peter's Church, Jersey 
City, by his former preceptor in chemistry, Francis de Fullerton, to Miss 
Belle Priest, daughter of George and Fannie IJ. Priest, natives of Boston, 

.1. HERBERT POTTS, -Justice of the Police Courl of -Jersey City, was 
born in Trenton, X. J., July -"». L851. He was educated at Laurenceville 
High School, a1 which institution he graduated in 1868 and prepared for 



college. Por two years he was ;i member of the Princeton class of 1X72. 
Returning to Trenton ai the end of thai period, he entered the law office 
of Hon. Edward T. Green, subsequently a Justice of the United Stales Cir 
ciiii Court. Mr. Polls was admitted to the bar of New Jersey as an at- 
torney February 5, L874, and in the same year began the active practice of 
his profession in Jersey City, associating himself with a relative, Joseph 
C. Toits. He has continued in the active practice of law here, except when 
holding official positions. 

In 1ST.". Judge Potts appointed Assistant Clerk of the House of the 


Assembly at Trenton, and in 1880 and 1881 he was a member of thai body, 
representing the Sixth Assembly District of Hudson County. In the session 
of 1880 he was ( Jhairman of i he < Committee on the Revision of Laws, and in 
the session of the following year was < 'hainnan of the Judiciary Committee. 
He was again (dec ted to the Assembly in 1889, 1890, and 1891, representing in 
the new re-apportionmeni the Second Assembly District of Hudson County, 
and being the only Republican Assemblyman from the county in 1892. 
During thai year he was the party (minority) leader on the floor of the 
House and served on many important committees, including the Judiciary, 
Revision of Laws, and Treasurer's Accounts. In the autumn of ISO:.' he 

222 iiiDsox ami i:i:ki;i:\ counties 

was nominated by the Republicans for State Senator from Hudson County, 

and, although defeated, reduced the Dei iratic majority from 8,000 to 

3,000. This fad illustrates the popularity which he 1ms always enjoyed. 

In 1894 he was appointed Justice of the First District (Criminal) Courl of 
Jersey City, which position he still holds, having been re-appointed in L897. 
In the spiin- of ili< latter yeai he was ;i candidate for Mayor of Jersej 
("iiv ;ui<l was defeated I>\ Mayor lines by tin- very small majority of aboul 
3,000 votes. 

Judge I'oits has achieved distinction ai the bai ;i< an able and talented 
lawyer, and on the bench has displayed greal dignity, broad and accurate 
Learning, and acknowledged judicial qualifications, lie is especially pop- 
ular in serial circles, prominent in the councils of tin- Republican party, a 
member of the Carterel Club, of which he was Vice-President two rears, m 
member of the I'nion League, and a member of tin- Palma Club, having 
served the latter fouj years as a Trustee. For a number of years he has 1m -en 
a leading am! influential member of the Repul lican County Committee of 
Hudson I 'emit v. 

In ls7<> 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 horn in Manalapan, Monmouth 
County, X. J., on the L8th of March, 1867, and descends from some of the 
oldest ami most respected families in the State, lie is the son of William 
Stephen Conover, the grandson of Stephen Conover, a great-grandson of 
John P. < 'o wen ho ven. ami a great-great-grandson of Peter i !owenhoven, who 
was the -en of William Cowenhoven, who was the sen of John William 
I lowenhoven, who was the son of William < rerrets < Jouwenhoven, who was 
the son of Gerrel Woolferts Couwenhoven, who was the son of Woolferts 
Garretson Van Couwenhoven, who came to this countrv from Amersfoort, 
Province of Utrecht, Netherlands, in 1630, who was superintended of farms 
for the Patroon of Rensselaerswyck, now Albany, ami who subsequently 
boughi a farm at Amersfoort, L. I., and settled there. Mr. Conov< r's mot I mm 
was Nancy I*. Mart in. a. ml on her side lie 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 he seen that I larr\ Mart in Conover descends from some of the 
oldest families in this country, each generation having distinguished itself 
in official ot- private capacities. From these lines of ancestors he inherits 
those sturdy characteristics which the Holland immigrants broughl with 
them to their new hemes, and which still characterize the race. Mr. Con- 
over received his education in Monmouth County, X. J., and in Brooklyn, 
X. Y. At the age oi sixteen he entered tin- employ of the New Fork Kile 
Insurance Company in New York City and has been associated with that 
great corporation ever since, holding position-, of trust and honor and gain- 
ing for himself the confidence of his associates and superiors. 

Mr. Conover served for five years .is a member of the Twenty third Regi- 
ment, National Guard of New York, receiving an honorable discharge. He 
was with the regimenl in Buffalo during the well known strike riots of L894. 
He is a member of the Dutch Reformed Church. 

September 28, l v '->-".. Mr. Conover married Louise Ferdon Kipp. They have 
two children : David Kipp Conover and Alberl Stephen Conover. 



JOSEPH FRANCIS XAVTEE STACK. M.D., was borD July 6, 1871, in 
Boboken, Budson County, N. J., where he still resides. Be is the son of 

Maurice Slack and .Mary Can !y, and a grandson of Martin Stack, who 

married Mar\ Kelly. His ancestors on both sides descended from Irish 
emigrants who, since their set i lenient 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 
foi ce of Boboken, where 
the family settled in 
July, 1863.' 

Dr. Stack was educat- 
ed at Si. Peter's < Jollege 
in Jersey City and at 
Bellevue Hospital Medi 
cal College, New Fork, 
gradual ing from the lat- 
ter institution with the 
degree of M.l>. in March, 
L896. Be then served in 
the Ou1 Patient Depart- 
ment of St. Vincent's 
Hospital. New York 
( 'ity. for t wo years, and 
mi November 2, L897, en- 
gaged in the act ive prac 
l ice of his profession in 
Boboken, opening lii^ 
present office at 212 < ; ar- 
den Street. In May. 
L898, he was appointed 
( ' i t * Physician, which 

office he still holds. 

He is physician to 
('mill Castle' Point and 
< Jhristopher < Jolumbus 
Lodge, Ancient ( >rder of 
Foresters of Boboken, a 
member of Council No. 
!>!>. Royal Arcanum, of 

Boboken, and a member of Court Harmony. 
Athletic CI up, and of the Knights of Columbus. 
man, has achieved an excellent practice and a 

• losil'll I. X. STACK, M.I). 

A. <). F., of the Riverside 
I >r. Stack, though a young 

recognized standing in the 
community, and enjoyed a wide acquaintance and popularity. He is deeply 
interested in public affairs, is n public spirited, energetic, and progressive 
citizen, and one of the leading young physicians of Hudson County. 

CHAUNCEY II. SILLIMAN was horn in New Bedford, Mass., De- 
cember 24. 1855, and is the son of Joseph Silliman and Electa -I. Miller, 
a grandson of John Leeds Silliman and Catherine Lock wood, and a great- 
grandson of Joseph Silliman. Some of his ancestors were conspicuous in 
the Revolutionary War, among them being Arnold, Wooster, and Silliman, 
who repulsed Tryon in the Tory raid at the battle of Bennington. The 


iirnsox .\\h i v i ; i i< : i : \ counties 

family is -m old one in this country, and for generations has been active 
and influential in local affairs and honored and respected for their sterling 
qualities, patriotism, and progressive spirit. 

Mr. Silliman received a preparatory education in the Betts Military 
Academy <>n Strawberry Hill. Stamford, Conn., and subsequently entered 
Columbia College, from which he was graduated in the class of L876. He 
then entered upon a successful business career as assistanl freight ageni of 
the Fall River line of steamers; was subsequently associated with Lord & 
Tavlor, of New York, for ten years: and in L895 engaged in the express 


business, in which In- still continues, under the style of tin* Suburban 
Parcel Deliver^'. His held of operation embraces aboul twenty-five square 
miles radiating from Arlington, and affords employmenl to some thirty 
horses and thirty men. In this business Mr. Silliman has been very 

He is a Dei -rat in politics, having cast his tirsl vote tor Samuel .1. 

Tilden. As a member of tin- Board of Education and Town Council of 
Arlington he has rendered most efficienl service to that borough, and 
is noted for his public spirit, patriot ism. and energy. He is a member of 



the .Masonic order, a Presbyterian by birth, and a liberal contributor to the 
church of thai denomination. He married Lutie Lainhart, by whom he has 
two children: Florence E. and Chauncey EL, Jr. 

SAMUEL AUSTIN BESSON, member of the well known law firm of 
Besson & Spohr, of Hoboken, and one of the foremost attorneys and ad- 
vocates in Hudson County, was horn in Everittstown, Hunterdon County, 
\". .1.. April <>. LS53. His great-great-grandfather, Francis Besson, a French 
Huguenot, came to this country in the latter pari of the seventeenth cen- 
tury and solllcd in the Township of Amwell, in Hunterdon County, where 
lie was an extensive 
landowner. In thai 
vicinity the family has 
been established foi sev- 
eral generations, always 
wielding a potenl influ- 
ence in public affairs ami 
taking a prominenl pari 
in nil matters affecting 
the welfare of tin- com- 
munity. Mr. Besson's 
greal grandfal her, -I oh n 
Besson, Si-., was an en- 
sign in Hie American 
Revolution and presenl 
at the siege and capture 
nf Yorklown. and ;il the 
dose of the war married 
Margaret, daughter of 
John Opdycke. T h e i r 
son, John Besson, Jr., 
had a son William, who. 
by his wife, Margarel A. 
Case, was the father of 
Samuel Austin Besson, 
t he subject of this art icle. 
Mrs. Margaret A. (Case) 
Besson was the daughter 
of < Godfrey and Elizabeth 
(Welch) Case and a de- 
scendanl on her father's 
side of one of the oldest 
families in the southern 
pari of II u n I e r d o n 

Mr. Besson attended the public schools of Everittstown, the State 
Normal School at Carversville, Pa., and Lafayette College at Easton, from 
which he was graduated in 187<i. During his college course he was Prin- 
cipal of the Franklin (Pa.) High School for one year, and immediately 
after his graduation became Principal of the High School at Phillipsburg, 
N. J. In 1877 he moved to Hoboken, and for three years read law in the 
office of his brother. Hon. John C: Besson, one of the leaders of the Hudson 
County bar and one of the ablest lawyers in the State. It was Mr. Besson's 



intention i<» complete ;i course of study ;ii the < Jolumbia Law School in 
New York, but business matters compelled him to abandon this hope. 
[Jnder his brother's instruction, however, he enjoyed, practically, tin- full 
benefits of such ;i course, niid when he came to the New Jersey bar ;is an 
attorney in June, L879, he was well iittr<] for the general practice of his 
profession. Entering at once upon his legal career in Boboken, he seen 
displayed qualifications <d the highesi eider, and in May, L882, \v;is up 
pointed Corporation Counsel. 

At this time he was ;i Republican. Be served as Corporation Counsel 
one year, when there was ;i complete change in the political offices of the 
city. During his term, however, he rendered valuable and importanl 
services to the municipality in various cases, including those which raised 
the question of the waterfronl rights. In L886, 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 
Budson County Republican Committee, and in thai year, and again in L887, 
was the candidate for Mayor of Boboken on the Prohibition ticket, in 
L888 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 excited 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. 
FTe was counsel for the Hoboken Land Improvement Company, and the 
Hoboken Ferry Company until .Much. L898, the First National Bank of Bo- 
boken until L894, and is ye1 counsel of the Budson Trust and Savings Insti 
union and various other importanl corporations and financial enterprises, 
lie 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 < J. Besson. 
December 1.1. 1894, when the firm of Besson, Stevens & Lewis was or- 
ganized, which continued until April 1. L89S, when by requesl 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 offices in the Hoboken Savings Bank Building on the 
southwest corner of Washington and Newark Streets in the ('it\ of Bo- 
boken. Mr. Besson devotes considerable time to tin study of political 
economy, history. English literature, etc. !!<• 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 Boboken. He was one of tin- Iwo found* is and one of the firs! 
Trustees of the Columbia Club of Hoboken. of which he is still a popular 
member: and is also a member of Columbia Lodge, No. ''»•".. I. < >. < ». F.. of 
Euclid Lodge, F. and A. M.. and of the Budson County Bar Association, 
which he has served as President. 

Mr. Besson was married on the l'tth of November, 1881, to Arabella, 
daughter of Joseph M. Roseberry, of Belvidere, N. J. Their children are 
Benrietta and Barlan. 

JOHN CASE BESSON, brother of Samuel Austin Besson, was born in 
Alexandria Township. Bunterdon County, N. J., April 30, L838. Be 
received his rudimentary education in the public schools of his native 
village, completing his studies at the Pennington Seminary. After leav- 


ing the latter institution he taughl school for a short time. Afterward 
he studied law in the office of Edward R. Bullock, of Frenchtown, X. •!., 
where tie remained for one year. He thou look a thorough course a( the 
New York and National haw School at Poughkeepsie, X. Y.. where he 
was graduated LL.B. in the class of L860. After his graduation he entered 
the law office of Abraham \'an Fleet, of Flemington, X. J., where he re 
mained until February, L863, when he was admitted to the bar as an 
attorney. Mr. Bessou then opened his own office, locating at Millville, 
Cumberland County, X. .1. His first month's revenue amounted to fifty 
rents, and the succeeding nine months were bu1 little better, lie removed 
to Flemington, where he formed a copartnership with George A. Allen, 
which continued for one year. lb' then removed to Clinton. X. .1.. opening 
;in office, where he remained for two years. In February, L866, he was 
admitted as ;i counselor. On .May 1. 1867, he located in Hoboken and 
opened an office on Washington Street, in the old Reed house, and began 
u practice which became one of the largesl in Hudson County. In L883 
he formed a copartnership with his brother. Samuel A. Besson. 

Mr. Besson married Miss Hasseltine Judson Nice, daughter of Rev. 
George I'. Nice, a prominent Baltimore clergyman. They had two sons. 
Mr. Besson died December L5, L894. 

He was ;i Director of the First National Hank, the Hudson Trust and 
Savings Institution, the Hudson County Cms Light Company, the New 
Jersey Title Guarantee ami Trust Company, and the North Hudson County 
Railroad Company. In L875 he published Besson's ¥ew Jersey Loir Prece 
dents, which has been adopted us authority by the general legal profession. 
He was n member of the Quartette, Columbia, and Union Athletic Clubs, 
was for six years the Corporation Counsel, and served as Assemblyman 
in 1885-86. 

JOSEPH -lollN HASEL, pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in West 
Hoboken. was born in Newark, X. J., on the Ith 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. Fiances, and Joseph -I.. the subject id' this article. 

Father Hasel was educated at St. Benedict's College, Newark, at St. 
Vincent's College in Pennsylvania, ami at Seton Hall. Newark, and was 
ordained i«> the priesthood April II. 1886. He was successively assistant 
pastor of St. Teresa church. Summit. X. J., of St. Peter's, Newark, and of 
the Holy Family Church in the Town of Union, in the meantime attending 
Si. 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 greal 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 §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 Rt. Rev. W. M. Wig^er, D.D. 

Father Hasel has also greatly increased the communicant membership 
of the parish and enlarged the parochial school connected therewith. 

228 hudson and bbrgen counties 

giving 1<» both ;i new impetus, a very large measure <>f his own enthusiasm, 
and thai hearty support which emanates from ;i pure hearl and honest 
endeavor. He organized the Sacred Hearl Society, the Young Ladies' So- 
ciety, and the Children of Mary, and also the Young Men's Katolischer 
Gesellen Yen-in, which is incorporated, and of which he is President. 
These societies have wielded a powerful influence for good, and under his 
able and efficieni direction are carrying on a work second only in impor- 
tance to that of the church. 

EDWAED C. STRIFFLER, a prominent citizen of Harrington Park, 
Bergen County, N. J., was born in New York City on the 1st of November, 
1868. lie is the only son and child of Christian Striffler and Mary Herzog 
and a grandson of John Striffler, all natives of Wurtemberg, 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 (he Bowery aboul L868 
and in 1873 moved to Ninth Avenue, near Forty-seventh Street, where the 
firm of C. Striffler & Co.. which was formed aboul L889, still carries on a 
thriving business and is one of the important hardware stoics of New York. 
Mr. Striffler was a member of the Knights of Honor, and ;it one lime a 
Sergeant in the New York militia, in 1884 lie 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 25, 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 Rudolph, his cousin. Tins 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 1ST.'!. 

Mr. Striffler has been active and influential in the community where he 
resides, and as the successor of his father's business and affairs lias 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 dune. L892, to Elenore Banta, 
daughter of the late Garrett TT. Banta. They have two children: Willard 
C. and Helen M. 

JOHN G. FISHER, formerly County Clerk of Hudson County, was born 
in New Brunswick, N. J., January 22. isj::. ami is the son of d. G. Fisher, of 
New Brunswick, and his wife. Julia, daughter of Captain William Henry, 
of the merchant murine. 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 dune. L862, he enlisted ;is ;i volunteer in the Fourteenth 
New Jersey Volunteers, being mustered out in August, L864, with the rank 
of First Lieutenant. He was severely wounded during the buttle of Cold 
Harbor. In L867 he entered the law office of Judge W. T. Hoffman, of 
Jersey city, with whom he remained for several years. In isit lie accepted 
;l position under County Clerk John Kennedy, ami continued to serve 
through several succeeding administrations. When County Clerk Dennis 


McLaughlin entered the office Mr. Fisher resigned and entered a real estate 
office, inn subsequently resumed his position at Mr. McLaughlin's request. 
He \\;is elected a member of the Board of Aldermen of Jersey Citv in L873. 
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 thai time to the present has been an 
active and zealous Republican. He is a prominent member of Zabriskie 
Tust. No. 38, ( rrand Arnrj of the Republic. 

Mr. Fisher married Jennie E. Baldwin, of Newark, X. J., and has two 
sons and t wo daughters. 

WILLIAM M. VAX SICKLE, Supervising Principal of Schools of the 
Town of Wes1 New York, Hudson County, was horn on a farm near Peters 
Valley, Sussex County, X. J., March ir>. L854, 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. Van 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 mouths engaged in the profession. 
From this fust school he entered the New Jersey State Normal School, and 
after finishing a course t here he took a special course at Cooper I'n ion. New 
York. He has taughl school all along tin- line since he completed his 
studies at Cooper [Jnion, teaching at the country cross-road, afterward at 
the rural tillage, then going to the town, and is now the Supervising Prin- 
cipal of Schools at West New York, where lie lias successfully tilled the 
position i he pa -a eighi 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 limes 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. 

lie is also co-editor with Superintendent A. .1. Demarest, of Hoboken, 
in writing the famous system ol reading known as "The Synthetic Phonic 
Word Method of Teaching Reading," which will in lime 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 Hoard. 

He was married in March, L886, to Miss Harriet Brown, of Stockholm, 
N. .1., and has two children: Koscoe and Edith. 

ANDREW J. DAVIS, formerly Treasurer of the Town of Weehawken 
and ex-Chairman of the Board of Council, was born in Albany County, N. 
V.. March !), 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, X'. 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, 
running between Albany and New York. In 18G3 he was engaged by the 


Camden and Amboy Railroad us n deckhand and subsequently, in L869, he 
was raised to a pilot, running between New York and South Amboy. In 
L873 In- was engaged by the Erie Railroad as Master of the "General 
McCallum," where he has since remained. 

His career has bei o an eminently successful one. As a Republican, Mr. 
Davis has long taken an active pari in political affairs and is recognized as 
one of the party's foremosl leaders. He lias 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 bighesl integrity, and has long wielded a commanding influence 
in the affairs of Weehawken, X. J., where he has resided since L883, having 
resided for six years in Guttenberg prior to thai 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 sal isfaction. 

Captain Davis married Amanda \Y.. daughter of Samuel II. and .lane 
(Caruthers) Houston, of Blnglishtown, X. .1. They have had three children: 
Lillian (deceased). Jesse A., and Lester L. -Jesse A. was graduated from 
Slovens Institute and is now in the Navy Department as an inspectoi of 
steel. He was born in 1ST-*, in South Amboy, X. J. 

WILLIAM CLAYBORN MARION, of Arlington, X. 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 1.2, 1834, he is the 
eldest son of Captain William C: and Caroline (Elserth) Marion and a 
grandson of Alfred M. Marion and Mary. Ins wife, who settled in Kentucky 
in the eighteenth century, all being Americans of French extraction. As 
pioneers in the famous Blue Crass region the family wielded an important 
influence and distinguished themselves for their artistic taste and median 
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 L846. His 
mot her died t he same year. 

Breathing in his father's house a wholesome mechanical atmosphere, and 
having received at the district schools a good rudimentary education, lie 
left home at the age of fourteen and apprenticed himself to Andrew .1. 
Berrian, a maker of gold pens at 75 Nassau Street. New York. Mr. Marion 
remanied t here three years, and became so skillful in the art of pen making 
thai he secured, at the early age of seventeen, a position as journeyman in 
tin' shop of Albert (!. Bagley, on the corner id' Duane and Centre Streets. 
New York. Mi-. 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 tin' leading gold pen maker of the 
world, and Mr. Marion not only became deeply interested in his work, but 
devoted much id' his spare time alter working hours to the study of difficull 
mechanical problems connected with the trade, and as a result of this close 
application lie achieved a national reputation as an expert gold pen maker, 
orders for difficull work being sent to him from all parts id' the country. 

In L884 Mr. Marion formed a partnership with <i. 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 



oldest living working i^ < » 1 < 1 pen maker in the world, his successful and active 
career extending over a period of more than fifty-three years. He is still 
in active service, and enjoys a reputation unequaled by anyone in his line 
of business. 

.Mr. .Marion has carved out his own fortune and paved his own way to 
success. Coming to New York a small hoy. without money, he steadily and 
courageously went to work, fust in Burton's old theater in Park How and 
soon afterward in Bagley's pen factory, and when the War of the Rebellion 
broke out hade good-by t<> wife and children and enlisted in the Union 


cause. In The summer of 1861, with James Miller, he recruited a company 
which became a pari of the Fifty-second New York Volunteers, Shepard 
Rifles. He enlisted, however, in Company I. Ninth New York Volunteer 
Infantry, in the fall of L861, 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 was wounded in the right hand. After this service in Maryland 
and Virginia he was detailed on recruiting duty in New York City, as a 
Sergeant, and continued in that line for about one year and three months. 
In November, 1863, he was honorably discharged. 

On his return from the war .Mr. Marion resumed the trade of gold pen 


maker. Tn his business relations as well as in private life he is regarded 
wiili greal affection and as :i 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 v. hich 
is reposed in him. Mr. Marion lived in Brooklyn for many years. In 
August, L889, he moved from thai city to Arlington, N. J., where he now 
resides, lie is a Democral in politics and for several years was Presidenl 
of the Arlington Democratic Club, resigning with all the other officers 
when the free silver question came to the fronl in L896. Be attends the 
Presbyterian Church, is a member of Chancellor Walworth Lodge, P. and 
A. M.. ami holds membership in the Scottish Rite bodies, '■'>- . of New Fork 
City. He was n member of Tribune Lodge, No. L59, P. and A. M.. of Ar- 
lington. I Ie is ;i member of Pilgrim Lodge, L O. O. P., of Arlington, which 
he served as Noble Grand two terms, has been a delegate to the Masonic 
and (>i\*\ Fellows Grand Lodges of New Jersey, and as ;i member of the 
Jamaica Bay 5Tach1 < !lub. 

.January 29, 1855, Mi'. 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: Prank \\\. 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 < '.. Jr., the New York manager of Hie 
Morgan-Wrighl Company; Alfred I'.. foreman for Armeny & Marion: Daisy 

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I. (Mrs. Barry Stover), of Brooklyn; Sidney T.. who is employed by his 
father in the factory; Emma, unmarried; and Edwin and Winfield, 

WILLIAM II. VOORHIS has always resided in Schraalenburgh, Bergen 
County, N. -I.. where he was born on the 6th of November, L870. He is a 
dire, i descendant of Steven Coerts Van Voorhees, the emigrant (see sketch 
on page 83), of the seventh generation. His father is John W. Voorhis. 
The Voorhis family has given many eminent men to the State: its mem- 
bers have been conspicuous in tin* professions, in military and civil life, 
and in the quieter pursuits of business and the trades for man\ genera- 
tions. His mother was Sophia Yross. daughter of .lames Yross; her fam- 
ily also came originally from Holland. 

Mr. Voorhis acquired his early education in the public schools of 
Schraalenburgh. Leaving school ai the aire of fourteen, he entered upon 
the active duties of life. lie 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 citi/en. 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 L897. 

EDWARD EARLE, known as Edward Earle, dr.. came to Bergen mow 
Jersey City, N. J.) early in the spring of L676, from Maryland. He was an 
Englishman, <>r of English descent. On the 24th ol April, following his 


arrival a1 Bergen, he purchased Secaucas Island, taking a deed therefor 
from Samuel Edsall and Peter Stoutenburgh, executors of the will of 
Nicholas Varied, who hist purchased it from the Indians. Earle's deed 
recites thai the area of the island was about 2,000 acres. Three years 
later he sold one half oi the island to Judge William Pinhorne for £500, 
including one half of all the stock, "Christian and negro servants." A 
schedule attached to this (\t-r\\ discloses what improvements and personal 
chattels were on the island at this time, and enumerates "one dwelling 
house, containing two lower rooms and a lean-to-below-stairs and a loft. 
above, live tobacco houses, one horse, one mare, two colts, eighl oxen, ten 
cows, oae hull, four yearlings, seven calves, thirty or forty hogs, four aegro 
men. and live christian servants." Edward Earle died December 15, 1711. 
Me married, February 13, Kiss. Elsie Vreeland. After his death his 
widow. Elsie Vreeland, went to Hackensack, where, on the 24th of dime, 
L716, she married Hendrick Meyer, by virtue of a license from the Governor 
of Xew Jersey, dated ,M;i\ 8, 1 71 <">. i:d ward. Jr.'s children by Elsie Vree- 
land were seven in Dumber: Edward, born in L690; a soil, horn 1692; 
Hannah, bom in L685; Marmaduke, born in L696; John, horn in L698; a son 
horn L703; and a daughter born in L704. All of these children eventually 
settled within the limiis of Bergen County and mostly at English Neigh- 

SAMUEL E. EARLE, tin- subjed 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 
horn in old English Neighborhood, now Ridgefield, tilled the offices of 

school trustee, mad master, etc. and died March L2, L898, ;il (he 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, L898, aged eighty- 
seven. She was of Scotch descent. Eer paternal grandmother lived to be 
Over one hundred years old. Mr. and Mrs. Earle were both endowed with 
greal 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 Road Commissioner of North 
Bergen for nine years and a member of the North Bergen Board of Educa- 
tion since 1892. In politics he is an independent Democrat. Mr. P^arle 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. 


m i)So.\ and j:i:k<;i:\ cou.xtiks 

November I. L880, .Mr. Earle married .Miss Mary s. Rodgers, daughter 
of Abiatha and Rhoda Rodgers, of New York City. They have two chil 
(lieu: Rhoda Ann and Fred Reed. 

JAMES SMITH, Treasurer of the City of Boboken, X. J., sin.-,. .May, 
L888, is ili.' son df James Smith, Sr., and Elizabeth Eaton, and was born in 
County Meath, Ireland. May .1, IMS. In L850 In- was brought by liis 
parents to America. The family settled in Boboken, Budson County, and 
there Mr. Smith has ever since resided, idenl ifying himself \\ iili the growth 
and advancemenl of the city and contributing materially in iis general 

welfare. lb- attended Bo- 
boken Public School No. 1, 
being one of iis first scholars, 
and finished his si udies a1 St. 
Francis Xavier College in New 
York City. Subsequently he 
engaged in the provision i rade 
in Boboken, and for thirty 
years has followed thai busi- 
ness wi1 h constanl ly increas- 
ing success. 

In politics Mr. Smith has 
always been a Democrat. He 
was elected Treasurer of the 
< 5ity of Boboken in .May. L8S8, 
and by successive re-elections 
has ever since held thai office 
wit h greal credil and honor to 
himself and entire sal isfaction 
to the people. Thai he is 
popular, trust woi i hy, and uni- 
versally respected is attested 
by the fad thai he has had 
no opposil ion at I he polls since 
his firsl election, and even then 
his opponent for t he office was 
Dominated on an independent tickel and polled a very small vole. Mr. 
Smith has discharged his duties as Treasurer of the city with unceasing 
fidelity, and with such marked ability and integrity thai in IS'Jfi he was the 
Democratic nominee for the State Treasurership. Be is public spirited, 
enterprising, and patriotic, prompt and exad in the discharge of every 
obligation, genial and affable in manner, and popular among all who know 
him. Be is a member and one of the founders of the Columbia Club of 

Mr. Smith married Miss Minnie -Indue whose father was one of the 
original Police Commissioners of Boboken. They have three sons and two 

EUGENE VAX A RTSDA LUX MAGEE, of Boboken, was born in -lames 
burg, X. •!.. December 21, L852. lie is the son of Joseph C. and Elizabeth 
(Van Artsdalen) Magee and a grandson of Jonathan Magee and Daniel Van 
Artsdalen, and springs from a family whose members have long been 
active and prominent in the State. 




Mr. Magee was educated at Freehold Institute in Freehold, N. J., and 
for a time was in the First National Bank of Jamesburg. In 1S71 he went 
to New York City, where he added to his practical knowledge of business 
affairs. Be engaged in the business of clothiers' trimmings in 1880, and so 
continued with marked success until L894, when the death of his brother- 
in-law caused a change in his commercial relations. He then associated 
himself with his father-in-law, William II. Harper, in the real estate and 
insurance business in Ilohoken. of which he is the manager and proprietor. 
This agency dates hack to L860, and conducts an extensive business t hrough- 


out Hudson County. Mr. Magee is an expert in all matters connected with 
real property and, whenever differences of opinion in respect to values 
arise, his judgment is accepted as final. He is a resident of East Orange, 
a gentleman of excellent social and financial standing, and is held in much 
respect by all with whom he has business or personal relations. He is a 
member of the Munn Avenue Presbyterian 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. The 


Bantas, the Demarests, the Duries, and other prominent families came 
over from Holland and were original set) lets 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 America from Harlengen in the Province of East 
Friesland, Holland, in 1659. The register of the ship " De Trouw" shows 
thai Banta with his wife and children: Seba, aged six pears, Cor- 
aelius, aged four years, Henry, aged two years, and Weart, aged nine 
months, left the port of Amsterdam, February 13, L659, 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 PiT'.t was there 
appointed one of the Judges of The Court of Oyer and Terminer. The 
same year he bought a tract of land neat- Eackensack. His son Dirk bought 
lands adjoining his father in 1681, and in 160.") 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 (Williams) 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 River 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 1806 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, ami 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 
I topper, of Hillsdale. N. J. 

THE VAN HORN FAMILY.— The first American progenitor of the Van 
Horn family in Hudson and Bergen Counties was .(an Cornelissen, who 
en • t ( , America from his birthplace, the City of Hoorn, Holland, pre- 
viously to the year Kit.".. Mr. Winfield, in his " History of Hudson 

< 'oiinty.*' 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. PUT. a power of attorney was executed by him for the purpose 
of collecting money due him from his guardian in Holland. lb- sided with 

the English in L664, and took tl ath of allegiance to the king the same 

year. One id' his sons, named Joris, married. March 11. 1663, Maria Rut- 
gers, of Amersfoort, L. I., and had eight children, one of whom was Rutgert 
Jansen Van Born, baptized at New York, January 5, 1667. This Rutgert 
married. April 25, 1697, Neeltie Van Vechten. Another son was Cornelius 


Jansen Van Horn. In L697 both Rutgert and Cornelius went to Schraalen- 
burgh, where Cornelius married Jacomina Demarest, widow of Samuel 
Belling, and settled east of Closter, where liis 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 L5, 1711. Rut port's descendants spread 
over Hudson County, and those of Cornelius over Bergen County. 

THE VAN HOITKX 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, L659, and 
settled at New Amsterdam. His wife's surname was Teunis. The names 
of the children he brought wiih him were Halmagti, Cornells, Tennis, and 
Matilda, and after his arrival in New York he had two more children bap- 
tized there: Henry, February 6, L661, ami Catharine, October S, L662. 
Roelofsen's children after his death removed to and set t led at Bergen, X. -I. 
Halmagh married. September .".. 1<»7(>. Jannetje Peters, a daughter of Peter 
Merselis, of Beest, Holland. Cornells married. November 11. 1<>77. Mag- 
dalena Rynese Van Giesen. Tenuis married. January 8, 1678, Catharine 
Claes Kuyper (Cooper)( Matilda married, duly l'l*. L683, John Hendricks. 
No further men t ion is made of I lie 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 L6, L684, lie and several others purchased 
and settled on a large tract known as the Aquackanonck (Passaic) patent. 
His children were Grietie, Roelof, Rynier, Drickie, John, and Cor- 
nelius. These remained at Passaic, and their descendants are numerous 
in Passaic < bounty and in : he western and northern parts of Bergen < 5ounty. 
Teunis removed to Rockland County, X. Y. (then Orange County), where he 
purchased lands and located, ami where he became somewhat noted. In 
L689 he was a Justice for Orange County, and the same year he was a 
member of tin- Committee of Safety to deal with the treason of Governor 
Leisler at New York. He had thirteen children, some baptized at Bergen, 
some n Xew York, and some at Tappan. Their names were Grietie, Rolof, 
Ann, Claes, Jannetie, Vroutie, Cornelia, John, Vroutie, Elizabeth, Pietartie, 
Grietie, and Anetie. Many of these married and their descendants spread 
over Rockland County. X. Y.. and southward into Bergen County, X. d. 

THE VAX GELDEB 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 Xew Amsterdam, where he had 
issue Hester. 1»;<;l!; John, 1664; Hermanns. L666; Elizabeth; Maria; Abra- 
ham, 1673; Cornelia; Emmerdus; and dames. John married in 1686 
Effie Roos. Hermanus married in 1689 Catharine Teunis. Abraham mar- 
ried, in 1695, Catalyntie Elias. dames settled at Hackensack, X. J., in 171)."), 
and married Susanna Devoe, a widow. Abraham's son John, born about 
1702, married Catalina Vanderbeck, and about L730 settled at Pompton, 
then in Bergen County. From these two. John and dames, there are nu- 
merous descendants living in the western part of Bergen County. 

ABKAM C. HOLDRUM.— The Holdrums of Bergen Countyare of Holland 
extraction. The first to come to America was John Holdrum (or, as he 



spelled it, Holdron). Tl xacl date of his arrival ;it New York is not 

known, bul ii musl have been early in 17ns. for in thai year he married 
.Miss Cornelia Van Tienhoven, a daughter of Director-General Cornelius 
Van Tienhoven, of Xew Amsterdam, where she was born in the fall of KITS. 
John Eoldrum and his wife resided in New Amsterdam for five years 
after their marriage, during which time three children were born to them. 
In L713 John and his family removed to Tappan, X. Y.. where they seem 
to have resided, neighbors to the Coopers, Eckersons, Barings, and 
Straatmakers, sonic of whom were living within the limits of Bergen 
County. Of whal pari of Holland John Holdrum was a native docs nor 
definitely appear. It is known thai he styled himself "yeoman," which 
signified he was a man possessed of some property, and thai he sailed 

from Amsterdam. He 
was an agriculturist, 
and must have been a 
man of respectability to 
obtain an introduction 
into such an aristo 
ciat ic family as the Van 
Tienhovens. His chil- 
dren of t he second gene- 
ration were William. 
Elizabeth, and Lucas, 
born in New York City, 
and Elsie, Sarah, John. 
and Cornelius, born at 
Tappan, X. Y.. the last 
of whom married Antje 
.Meyer, and had five 

William Holdrum, of 
the second generation, 
born in New York aboul 
1710, married, in L734, 
M a i- gr i e1 i e Peters, 
d a n g li t e i- of < 'lacs 
Peters, of Rockland 
County, X. Y. William 
purchased lands in Har- 
rington Township, Ber 
gen < 'omit v. just soul h 
of the State line, about 
174."). Inn what ana 
does not appear, the 
deed never having been recorded. <>n December is. 1760, he purchased 
from Dominie Benjamin Vandelinda a trad of 258 acres west of the Hack- 
ensack River, adjoining the State line. On i his William resided all his life- 
time, following the occupation of a farmer. Mis children of the third gen- 
eration were; John, born in 17.">.~p. married Catharine Lepper (and had 
three children); Cathelyntie, born in 17.'!7; Cornelia, born in 17.''>!i: (Maes, 
horn in 174n; William, horn in 1711': Maria, born in 174."; Abraham, born 
in 1717; Cornelius, born in 174!t: and Catharine, horn in L751. One of these 
last (Cornelius, third generation) married Elizabeth Haring. He died May 




31, L831. They had a son, James C. Boldrum (4), born December 21, L785, 
who oiarried Margarel Demarest. lie died October 5, 1ST7, and she died 
.March 30, L870. One <>l their children was Cornelius -I. Boldrum (5), who 
married Elizabeth De Pew, and had children, one of whom was Abram 0. 
Holdrum (6), the subjed of this sketch. 

Abram ( '. Boldrum was born a1 Orangeburgh, Rockland County, X. V., 
September 23, is:',7. Be received his education in the local public schools 
of his town, and. alter 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 ISTl' and 
removing to Bergen County, where he has since resided. From thai time 
to the present he has been honored by almost every local office of trusl 
within the gifl of the county and State. 

lie is and has been for many years a commissioner of deeds and a notary 
public I'm- New Jersey. Pennsylvania, and New York. Be has served 
us ,-i member of the Board of School Trustees of Washington Township for 
more than twenty years, being distri el clerk most of thai period. In L879 he 
was elected to the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and was the 
tirsi Republican representative from the Township of Washington. He 
was appointed to take the United States census in L880 and again in L890, 
and in the latter year was appointed by the Governor a member of the 
Bergen County Board of Elections, of which he served as Secretary until 
his election to the New Jersey Legislature of L897. In L895 he was com 
missioned Postmaster of Westwood, N. .1.. and held that office four years. 

Elected to the Assembly of L897 by a plurality of 3,633 over Van Em 
burg, the highest Democratic candidate, Mr. Boldrum served on the Com- 
mittees on Game and Fisheries and Revision of Laws, and was reelected 
for the session of L898, his majority over Mr. Fellows, the Democratic nom- 
inee, being 808. I lis 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 us well as a wide and intimate acquaintance. 

Mr. Boldrum has been a leading member of the Republican County Ex- 
ecutive Committee of Bergen County for many years, and in 1896 he- 
came the committee's Vice-Chairman. He has been President of the Ber- 
gen County Farmers' .Mutual Fire [nsurance Company since 1891, has been 
Vice President of the Bergen County Board of Agriculture and a delegate 
to the State board for some time, and is also President of the Progressive 
Building and Loan Association, of Billsdale, N.J. In all these capacities 
he has displayed greai business ability, sound judgment, and unerring 
foresight, united with manly courage, indomitable industry, and honest 
effort, lb- has faithfully and honestly discharged the duties of every trust. 
He is a member and past officer of City Lodge, F. and A. M.. of New York 
City, and a member of Rockland Chapter. R. A. M.. of Nyack, X. V. 

lb married, in January, L872, Miss Mary Leah Hopper, and has two chil- 
dren living: Bessie C, born in L876, and Garret S. ML, born in L881, and 
resides in Westwood, Bergen County. 

THE VAX DIEN FAMILY has numerous members in the central parts 
of Bergen County. Their common ancestor was Gerret Cornelise Van 
Duyn isaid to have been a native of Zwolle in the Province of Overyssel in 
Hoi kind i. In \i\V.) he emigrated from Niewkerk in Zealand to New Am- 


sterdam and married Jacomina Swarts. He settled at Brooklyn, where lie 
plied his trade of a carpenter and wheelwright. He was fined there in 
L658 for refusing to pay toward supporting the minister. On Augusl in. 
1<;7(». he obtained permission to return to Holland, and. with his wife, kepi 
house at Zwolle, but, do1 prospering, lie returned in 1<;7 ( .» in the ship " The 
Charles.'* on hoard oi which wen- several lenders of the seel known as 
i.ahadisis. He finally located on a farm on Long Island, between New 
CJtrechl and Flat hush. II- boughl other lands at Flatbush. He was 
among the Flatbush patentees in Hi^<; and 1687, took the oath of alle- 
giance in H'» s 7. and was a magistrate in L687-88 and a justice in L689-90. 
He died in 1705, leaving issue Cornelius, Garret, Denys, William, Dirck. 
Cornelia, Abraham, Aeltie, and Jacomina. 

Cornelius removed to Somersel County, X. Y. Abraham settled on the 
Raritan River in New Jersey, and later went to Cecil County, Md. All the 
ethers excepl Carrel settled in Somersel and .Middlesex Counties, X. ■). 
Garrel went to Bergen, where he settled, and died in Hist;. n,. married 
Gertie Hopper, and boughl lands in 1662 from Governor Stuyvesant, on the 
Saddle River. His children wrote their names Van Dien. Among Ins issue 
was Cerret Van Dien, who married Vroutie Verwey, and lived west of 
the Saddle River. His issue wen- Dirk. Cornelius, Hendricka, Alberl and 
William, and the descendants id' these children are now numerous in 
Bergen ( Jounty. 

THE VANDERBECK FAMILY is among the mosl numerous of any in 
Bergen and Hudson Counties. Paulus Vander Beek, the common ancestor 

of the family in America, was a native of Bremen, in Germany, and came 
to America aboul 1<>4.">. stopping firsl at New Amsterdam, where, on < October 
9, 1644, he married Maria Thomas (or Baddie). a widow who had previously 
heen the wife of Thomas Farden and William Arianse Bennett, of Gowan- 
nus. Paulus Vander Beek appears to have heen 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, In 
boughl plantation lot No. 17 ai Graves End. He was enrolled as a tax- 
payer of Brooklyn in Kilo, and was one of the patentees of the Brooklyn 
patent in KIT". In l»i7!> he sold half of a farm at Gowanus for 3,000 
gelders. He resided on the farm at Gowannus, late of Garrel Bergen. He 
died in 1680. His children were Conrad, 1647; Aeltie. 1649; and Paulus. 
Hester, Isaac, and Catharine. Paulus Vander Beek (2), baptized at Xew 
A sterdam. November 17. 1650, married, dune !::. n;77. Sarah Schouten. He 
resided at Gowannus, where he died aboul 1690. His issue id' the third 
generation were Sarah. Maria. Paulus. Sarah. Lucas, and Janneken. 

Paulus Vanderbeck (3), baptized a1 Gowannus, November <">. 1681, mar- 
ried Jannetie Springsteen, and settled at Hackensack, joining the church 
there September •*!<>. 1 7 1 < L which is aboul the time he went there. He 
boughl land in what is now .Midland Township and at Paiamus. where 
he setth-d. His cousin. Paulus Vanderbeck, son of Conrade (2), married Hi 
Jannetie Johannes, widow of Jacob Culver, and (2) June, 17u::. Catryn 
.Martens, widow of Samuel Berry. He likewise settled near Hackensack. 
Paulus (3) had issue Ahrani. 17ns. and Isaac, 1712, and Paulus (3), son of 
Conrad, had children Conrad. Jacob Elsie, Paulus, and Catharine. From 
these residing aboul Paramus and Hackensack have sprung a numerous 
host, scattered over Bergen and Hudson Counties. 



HENRY ISA .\r DARLING, of Jersey City, was bom in County Meath, 
Ireland, on the 7th of June, 1S47. He is the son of James Darling and 
Susan Pfolliotl and a grandson of Hiram Darling and .John Pfolliott. He 
received Ins education at Santry College, in Dublin, and in 1865 came to 
New Fork City, where he began hi^ active career. In L866 he went to 
California and spent four eventful years in San Francisco and Sacramento, 
gaining a wide experience 
and a full knowledge of 
business generally. Re 
turning easl in L870, tie 
was in the greal ( 'hicago 
fire of L871, and the next 
year (1872) returned to 
New York, where he was 
employed for several 
years in the wholesale dry 

goods business. 

Mr. Darling remo^ >'d | o 
1 [oboken, 1 1 adson ( Jounty, 
X. J., in L875 and lived 
there nine years. In l s ^ ! 
he moved to the Hudson 
( 'it.\ section of Jersey < 5ity 
and engaged in real estate 
business and building op- 
erations. He was the 
first in his sect ion of Jer- 
sey City to inaugurate i he 
system of building a de- 
tached house on a lot and 
selling the whole property 
on eav\ terms, thus enab 
ling working people of 
moderate means to gel 
possession of their homes 
and pay for them in the 
easiest possible manner. 
In this line of operation 
Mr. Darling has been emi- 
nently successful, and a 
large number of families 
to-day are enjoying homes 
Among the buildings whi< 


which he has provided for them on this basis. 

h he has erected up to the present time are 
<me hundred and thirty-five houses by actual count in Hudson Count}', 
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 $300,000.00, and improving; lands 
which would still be unproductive and of small value as a taxable asset. 
Numerous builders and contractors have followed his example 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 lie is the acknowledged leader. Blocks 
of houses all over the Hudson City and Bergen sections of Jersey City, on 


Weekawken Heights, and in West Hoboken attest his design of working 
people's homes. .Mi. Darling makes a specialty of one and two family 
houses, and he justly claims thai he never built a house Ian whai he could 

sell easily. 

As a business man and citizen Mr. Darling lias achieved an excellent 
reputation. He lias been successful in all his efforts, for in their inception 
and execution he lias displayed the highesl abilities, untiring industry, and 
superior judgment. He was ai one time a member of the Republican 
County Committee of Eudson County and also served a five years* term as 
Justice of the Peace, bu1 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. (). I". \\\. and of the Berkley 
( lull. Both he and his family were prominent in the Ascension Protestant 
Episcopal Church, New York Avenue and South Street. Jersey City, for 
mam rears; they now attend St. John's Church on Summit Avenue, Jersey 

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 Xew York University. 1901, and two daughters. Kli/.abeth and 
Isabel Letitia. 

THE VAX GIESEX FAMILY.— One Reynier Bastiaensen Van Giesen, 
from Giesen, a village in Xorth Brabant. Holland, came to New Amster- 
dam with his wife. Dircke Cornelis Van Groenland, prior to 1660, and 
setth d ai Flatbush, L. I. He was a schoolmaster, and The first one at Flat- 
bush, as appears from an agreement dated June <i. 1660, which he signed 
between himself and the consistory of the Dutch church of Flatbush. He 
resided at Flat hush 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. Ai this time he had dropped 
th" Bastians from his name. His issue were John; Jacob, L670; Gysber- 
tie, 1673; Bastianse, Abraham. Henry, Isaac Rynier, 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 Those settled at Hackensack. and later their descendants set 
tied in the western part of Bergen County, where the name is now 

Till-] VAX SAI'X FAMILY. — The Van Sauns are a numerous family 
today in Bergen County. Jacob Van Zauwen came to America in 1 < > 7 7 
and settled at Xew 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 in. horn in New Amster- 
dam aboul L683, wenl to Hackensack in L705, and married Rachel Bogert. 
lb- purchased lands in the Paramus district of Bergen County, where he 
finally settled. He and his wife joined the Hackensack Hutch church in 
1726. His issue were Jacob. ITitC; John. 1709; John. 1711: Jannetie, 



1714; Isaac, 1717; Angenitie, 171!»; Lucas. 1722; and a daughter, 1725. 
These intermarried with the Bantas, Demarests, Goetschius, and other 
families, and scattered over the Counties of Bergen and Passaic. 

FKEDERICK \Y. HORSTMAN, of Eas1 Newark, Hudson County, was 
horn in Newark. N. -I.. on the 9th of January, 1843. lie is the son of Henry 
Horstman (son of William and Margaret Horslinanl. a native of Hanover, 
Germany, who came to America in L837 and settled in Newark, where he 
was married in 1841 to Wilholmini Luderson. daughter of Frederick Luder- 
son, and where he spent the remainder of his life as a manufacturer of 
steel springs. 

Mr. Horstman received a 
thorough public school edu 
cation in his Dative city, 
and at an early age learned 
the machinist's trade. <>n 
Lincoln's firsi call for 
troops in L861 he enlisted in 
Company E, First New Jer 
sey Volunteer Infantry, in 
which he served three 
months, when he was hoE 
orably discharged. He sub- 
sequently associated him- 
self with the firm of Hughes 
X- 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 politics 
Mr. Horstman is an ardent 

and consistent Dei -rat. 

He has for many years 
taken an active part in the 
a Hairs 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 People'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 and satis- 
faction, and is highly respected by all who know him. He has always 
enjoyed the entire confidence of the communitv, 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., 



came from Germany in L865. Their children are Henry J., Frederick W., 
Jr., Bertha, [da, Julia, .Minnie Sophia, Grace, and Franklin (1. The family 
reside in the Borough of Eas1 Newark. 

THE VAX VOORST FAMILY.— The firsl American of the Van Voorsts, 
of Bergen and Hudson Counties, was Cornelius Van Vorst, who came to 
America between L634 and 1636, as is supposed, from the little town of 
Voorst, in the Province of Gelderland, Holland, near the River Yssel; but 
as there was a town of the same name in the Province of Antwerp, in 
Belgium, there is seme doubl aboul Van Voorst's birthplace. He arrived 
ai Bergen (while the Lord of Achtienhoven was still the patron of Pavonia, 
and Wouter Van Twiller, I director ( reneral of New Ne1 herlands), and settled 
at Ahasimus. The evidence makes ii likely thai before his advent at Ahasi- 
mus he was engaged in commerce between Holland and the New Nether- 
lands, lie appealed at Pavonia in 1636 as superintendent of Michael 
Pauw's plantation ar Pavonia. The name of his firsl wife does no1 appear, 
lml his second wile's name was Vroutie Ides. He died in the summer of 
L638, 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 ai 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, bis property, and family to attacks by 
the savages. In L656 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 Beriien and nudson 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 Dame of -Ian- 
sen. He and his wife, Pietertie dans, are said to have gone tirst to Esopus, 
but, qo1 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 L660. 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 aboul 
1700, where, en AugUSl 31, of that year, Andries married Rachel, eldest 
daughter of David Demaresi (2), by whom he had a son. John. Rachel 
Demaresl died in L708, and Andries married, August L2, 17H>. Antie la 
lliiux. a granddaughter of Jaques la Roux, the emigrant. Andries's chil- 
dren were Jacobus, Elizabeth, Jannetie, Meter, and Wybrig. Albeit, 
brother of Andries. married in 1717 Margarel Mains, of Hackensack, by 



whom 1h- had issue. Many of tin- children of A.ndries and Albert settled 
on lands now in Washington, .Midland, and Bohokus Townships, where 
the name is frequently met with to-day. 

EDWARD McDERMOTT, for more than twelve years a leading architect 
and builder of North Hudson County, was born July 31, L866, in West Ho- 
boken, N. J., where he has always resided. lie is the son of -John McDer- 
mott and Elizabeth McClure. lie received his education in the West 
Hobokon public schools, and after completing his studies tinned his atten- 
tion to architecture, for which he had decided taste. Saving gained a prae- 


tical as well as a theoret ical knowledge of the profession, he opened an office 
for the active practice of architecture in West Hobokon, in 188G, and 
through his ability and skill has gained an extensive business. He has de- 
signed and elected 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 marked 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- 


iug several positions with the same ability and satisfaction which have 
characterized his professional career. Elected a member in L890 and Treas- 
urer in 1S!)1 of the Hoard of Fire Trustees of West Hoboken, and Tax As- 
sessor of the town in LS92, he si ill holds the latter office, discharging his 
duties with ability, faithfulness, and honor, lie is a member of Cosmopoli- 
tan Lodge, No. 351, I. O.O. F. 

Gerretsen was a native of Wageningen, an ancient town near the Khiue 
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. L660, on the ship -> Faith" (commanded by skipper -Ian 
Bestevaer), and reached New Amsterdam on December L':!. 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 consider* d and esteemed as pious and 
honest people, and that no complain! of any civil or disorderly conduct has 
ever reached their ears." (lerretsen went to Bergen, where, on May 12, 
L668, he bought of Philip Carteret eight parcels of land in the Town of 
Bergen. Lie resided in what is now the Communipaw section of Jersey 
City, where he died, in October, 1696. His wife died September 7, K59G. 
His issue were seven children: (Janet, 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 today numerous throughout Bergen and Hudson 
Counties. One of them is Hon. Abram Q. Garretson, jnst il!H)()i appointed 
Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. 

THE VAX WINKLE FAMILY.— Mr. Winfield lias written in reference 
to the origin of this family: "This name is derived from winkel, 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 Harsimns shortly aftei 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 Waleheron, about forty miles southwest of 
Rotterdam, well built and populous, with a line harbor and a prosperous 

'• 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, Synion, Annetie, and Oriel ie; their patronymic being Jacobse — 
children of Jacob. Jacob was the founder of the family in Hudson County. 
Waling and Synion were of the company from IJorgen 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 Uergen County as 
well as in Hudson County. Jacob's son Jacob married Egie Paulis in lToi*. 
and Symon's sou married Aniie Saunders in 17<C>. Both of these settled at 
Hackensack. and so spread the family name through the central parts 
of Bergen County. 


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 17:'..") and his wife. Mary, in IT:'.!*. 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 17!»L.\ and he survived her 
until 1802. Their issue of the second generation were eight children, all 
born near Bristol: Ann. October. 23, 1 7<i:i ; Isaac. November 17, 176!); 
George, March 24, 1771; .lames, September 17, 1774; Thomas, December 
20, 1775: Benjamin, 1777; Jonas: and Solomon. December 23, L781. 

Ann il'i 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 ii'i, born near Bristol, November •">, 1779, came to America in 1822, 
and located on '"The Flails,"' in what is now Palisade Township. Bergen 
County, X. J., where he married. December 24, 1808, Mary (daughter of 
Peter Lozier), who was born at Schraalenburgh, July 19, 177s. She dying 
a few years later, he married (2) Jane Westervelt i widow). He bought lands 
al •"The Flatts." where he spent his lime farming until late in life, when 
he removed to New York, where he died May in. 1856. His issue of the 
third generation by his tirst wife were William, IS] I (died); Mary, 1818 
(died); and Peter J.; and, by his second wife. William. 

Peter -I. While (3) was bom at "The Flatts." February 17, 1812. His 
occupation was always thai 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 111. 1841, Sarah (daughter of Abra- 
ham .1. Zabriskie and Susanna Helms), born at Paramus, May 2s, 1806, 
died at Closter, X. -I.. October Hi. 1875. Their issue of the fourth genera- 
tion were David S.. .Iul\ 25, 1842; Charity, May :*>. 1845; Mary Frances, 
October 29, lsis; and Lydia Zabriskie, January 24, 1852. These all have 
children of i he fifth general ion. 

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 1S62 he organized the tirst 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. Fben 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 hitter'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 Ins children the best 
educational advantages. His family were at all times the friends and 


defenders of schools and school teachers. Be was generous and hospit- 
able ahnosi to a fault, for which reason tie was often imposed upon by 
those whose motives were purely selfish. 

JOHN \Y. ROCHE, of Kearny. Hudson County, was born in Elizabeth, 
N. J., May 17, L863, 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 L861 and sell led in Elizabeth, where his father died in is<)4. 
His mother still survives and resides in Kearny. 


Mr. Roche was educated in the schools of Elizabeth, where he resided 

until he was sixteen years old. when he removed with his parents to 
Kearny. As a boy he served his lime as ;i machine moulder, and (•on- 
tinned in ilia I avocation until about the year L887, when he engaged in the 
hotel business. In L889 he built his present hotel, the Windsor House, at 
345 Kearny Avenue, in Kearny, a commodious struct are 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 


years taken an active and Leading part in public affairs, and from its 
organization until L897 was a member of the New Jersey Naval Reserve. 
In politics he is a Democrat, lie lias served as a member of the Demo- 
cratic County Committee of Hudson County, and in LS98 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 


Mr. Roche married Delia C Smith, daughter of Owen Smith, and by her 
has had eighl children: .John and James, both deceased, and Catherine, 
Helen. Thomas. Margaret, Mary, ami John, who are living. 

HLILMAN WALKER, Mayor of the 'town of Guttenberg, is one of the 
most prominent citi/ens of Hudson County. N. .1. This is true alike of his 
business career and influence, ami ol his activity in political and public 
life. Since L878 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 Eighwood Park, Eldorado, Grand View, Hudson Eeights, Bergenwood 
Park, Cliffside Park, and others, having jusi taken title to the Van Yorst 
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 largesl stockholder. He is Presi- 
dent of the North Hudson Land Company, of the New York and Rochester 
Steel .Mat Company, and of the Hudson View Land Company. He is an 
officer ami stockholder in ni;in_\ more corporations. In L890-91 he was Vice- 
President of the New Jersey State Firemen's Association. He is a member 
of t he Union League club and other organizal ions. 

.Mr. Walker is one of the most influential leaders of the Republican 
party in Hudson County, lb' has been a delegate to nearly every New 
Jersey Republican State Convention since L871, and for twenty years he 
has been a member of tin- Hudson County Republican General Committee. 
As the candidate of the Republican party and Jeffersonian Democrats for 
County Clerk of Hudson Counts in L889 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 lie has never failed of election to any of the many offices for which 
he has been a candidate. In L878 he was Assessor and Clerk of the Joint 
Committee to set off the Town of Guttenberg from the Township of Union. 
From L878 to April. 1886, he was Town Clerk of Guttenberg. From 1881 
to 1SS<; he was Tow n Recorder, and again, from 1888 to 1895, held the same 
office. He was a member of the Board of Councilmen in 1880, 1887, 1897, 
and 1898, and held the position of Chairman of the board in 1880 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 1800 — 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 


assumed the management <>r this business, in which he showed marked 
ability, i I « - began investing in real estate in Eudson and Bergen Counties, 
however, and since L878 has devoted himself exclusively lo ihis business. 
on August 26, L875, he married, a1 Guttenberg, Diana E., 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 greal public interest. Ee conceived the 
plan oi preserving the Palisades by the construction of a grand boulevard 
along the entire edge of the bluff, making the most magnificenl driveway in 
the world. Ee also conceived the plan of the consolidation into one large 
municipality of the various towns and villages in Northern Hudson and 
Southern Bergen Counties. Be was one of the large donators of land for 
the building of the presenl loop of the County Road, under tin ad 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 Bighwood Park, instead of through West Eoboken, as 
originally contemplated. Some time ago be acquired a brewery in Gut- 
tenberg. with thirteen lots and buildings, which had been inactive for 
several years, but through his ett'orts a New York syndicate was formed 
and the plant sold to a stock Company and is now successfully operated. 

JOHN J. WESTERVELT is descended in the seventh generation from 
Lubber! Lubbertsen (Von Westervelt), who with his wife and children lefl 
their home at Mepple, in the Province of Drenthe, Holland, and emigrated 
to America on board the ship " Hope ** in April, L662 (see page ( J9j. 

John J. Westervelt is the grandson of Peter and .Matilda Westervelt, 
and a son of -lames P. Westervelt and Margarel Demarest, daughter 
of -John Demarest. He was born ai West WoodclifT, N. J., October 14. 
L829, and obtained his education in the schools of Bergen County. Ee 
leti 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 fortv-six, when he returned to Bergen Countv and has since devoted 
himself to agricultural pursuits. He is one of the best farmers in his 
section, a member of the Dutch Reformed Church, and honored and re- 
spected by the ent ire community . 

Me has been twice married, first to Helen Ely, who died in L878, leaving 
two children: Margaret and John. In L884 h( married, for his second wife, 
Margaret Brinkerhoff, a member of an old New Jersey family. 

MAURICE -I. STACK, Countj Clerk of Hudson County, was born in 
Hoboken, N. -I.. May 20, L865, and has lived there all his life, lb- attended 
the public schools in thai city and sold uewspapers during much of his boy- 

Mr. Stack was appointed a patrolman in the Hoboken Police Department 
July 1. 1886, whenonl\ twenty-one years old. In L890 he was promoted to 
lie ;i roundsman. Two years later he was made a sergeant. In December, 
L892, at the request of the late Prosecutor Charles il. Winfield, the Ho- 
boken Hoard of Police Commissioners detailed Mr. Stack as a detective in 
the Prosecutor's office to take the place of .Mayor P. R. Stanton, of 1 1 oho ken. 
who gave up the position as Prosecutor's detective when appointed Sheriff 



of Hudson County to till the vacancy caused by the death of Sheriff John 
M. iPhillips. .Mr. Slack continued as Prosecutor's detective until the death 
of Mr. Winfield. In L899 he was elected County Clerk of Hudson County 
and has Idled that office with characteristic ability and satisfaction. He 
has three children — two sons and a daughter. 

EDWIN KAYXOR CASE has been a life-long resident of Jersey City, 
Hudson County, where he was horn on the 7th of April. L855. He is the 
son of Menzies Ravnor Case and Amanda .Malvina Coon, a grandson of 


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 Simsbury, Conn., in 
L650. He is also a direct descendant on the maternal side of Anne Hatha- 
way and of Commodore Perry, 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. Case was educated ;ii Public Schools Nos. 1 and L3, in Jersey 
City, and .11 Hasbrouck Classical and Commercial Institute, which he 
lefl in January, L872, t<» engage in the tea brokerage business with his 
father. He continued in thai emplojinenl until September LO, isT.'t. and 
from thai iim<' until November 1. L899, was associated with the People's 
Gas Lighl Company of Jersey City, ftrsl as a clerk and from October li'. 
L880, to October 31, L899, as Secretary and Treasurer of the company. Prom 
the leasing of the gas company to the United Gas [mprovemenl Company, 


iii September, L886, to the presenl time, he has been engaged in the stock 
and bond brokerage business. 

Mr. Case has been a member of the Jersey City club since LS84, and is 
also a member of Unique Council, No. 134. Royal Arcanum, and of Vigilant 
Council, No. t3, Loyal Additional Benefil 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 .-ill who know him. 

September 25, L876, Mr. Case married Emily Pay Hoyt, and they have 
had three children : Caroline Hoy1 Case, Edwin Raynor Case, deceased, and 
Herbert llo\ I ( 'use. 


HAMILTON WALLIS. one of the leading members of the New York 
mid Hudson County bars, was born in New York City ou the 25th of No- 
vember, L842. lie is die son of Alexander Hamilton Wallis and Elizabeth 
Geib, a grandson of John and Mary Ann (Geib) W'allis and of John and 
Margaret (Lawrence) <ieil>. and a great-grandson of Joseph and Sarah 
(Tatterson) W 'allis, of .John and Rebecca (Shrimpton) Geib, and of Thomas 
Lawrence, whose wife was a Bogardus, a descendanl of " Dominie " Bogar- 
dus, the first Dutch minister in New Amsterdam. Joseph W'allis, .John 
Geib, Jr., and Mary Ann Geib were natives of England, the tirsl reaching 
this country about 177.~» and the latter two in 17!»7. John <ieih. Sr., was a 
native of Staudernheim, Germany. Alexander Hamilton W'allis was Presi- 
dent of the First National Hank 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 Stales Collector of Internal Revenue for the Fifth Dis- 
I ricl of New -Ierse\ . 

Hamilton W'allis received his preliminary and preparatory education 
under the tutorship of W. L. Dickinson, ai public school No. l, and in 
Ibisbromk Tnsiiiuie. all in Jersey City. He subsequently studied under 
Charles M. Davis, of Bloomfield, N. J., and under Rev. Samuel Jones, of 
Bridgeport, Conn., ami entering Yale Colleg< was graduated from that 
institution in 1863. He look a course ai the Columbia College Law School. 
graduating with the degree of LL.B., and was admitted to the bar of New 
York in May, L865. He was admitted to practice as an attorney in New- 
Jersey in February, L875, ami as a counselor in November, L878, and is 
also a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of tin- United Stales. 

Mr. Wallis has practiced his profession in New York City ever since his 
admission to the bar there in 1st;:., and has also had an office in Jersey 
City since L875. 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 lie 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 & W'allis. and in Jersey City is senior 
member of the firm of W'allis, Edwards & 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 TTopntcong Club of New Jersey. He is also a distinguished member 
of the Lodge of the Temple. No. Hit. 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 years L879 and 1880, and in these important official capac- 
ities has rendered valuable service to the fraternity in the State. He is 


President of the Board of Trustees of the I {rick Presbyterian Church of East 
Orange, N. J., and to the duties of all these positions he lias brought the 
same ability and integrity which have conn-United so largely to his success 
and eminence at the bar. 

Mr. W'allis was married <»n the L3th of October, lscs. to Alice Waldron, 
and their children are Emeline Waldron i W'allis') Dunn, Alexander Ham- 
ilton W'allis. Nathaniel Waldron W'allis. and Clinton (ieib W'allis. 

CHARLES hi: CLYNE, until his death a leading citizen of Hudson 
County, and the lather of Gustave and Kinil de Clyne, prominenl business 
men of New Durham in the same county, was born in Schwarzburg, Sonder- 
schausen, Saxony, dune 24, 1821, and died at his residence in New Durham, 
X. J., November ."">. 1886. Be 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 agriculturisl and was in- 
spector of a large estate. He was. in turn, the son of Albert de Clyne, 
a farmer, who was al one time Burgomaster of Schwarzburg, and who was 
: he descendant of a Eluguenol family which lied from France on the revoca- 
tion of the Fdid of Nantes, one branch of it settling at Schwarzburg, 

Charles de Clyne received his education in a school of forestry, becom- 
ing proficient as a civil engineer, mineralogist, and botanist. Following his 
course a1 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 Y<uk 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 
t he service until t he close of the war. taking pari in many act ions. He was 
commissioned Lieutenanl and assigned to the stall of General Thomas D 
Doubleday; subsequently he was commissioned Captain, and by General 
Halleck was appointed [nspector-General of defenses south of the Potomac. 

Upon th" termination of tic 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 lor public office, holding only some such unremunerat i ve 
trusts of honor as school trustee, etc. He established his residence at New 
I Mirhaiii. 

December 13, L855, he married Helen, daughter of Christian Klien, of 
North Bergen, Hudson County. Their children were Caroline (who became 
Mis. Abram Kittel), born October 25, L856; Theodore, born November 26, 
L857; Gustavus, born December 29, L858; Emma, born March 31, 1861. who 
married Thomas Alcorn, of New Durham; Helen, born Angusl 20, 1866, who 
married John Henry Outwater, of Washington Grove, Bergen County; and 
Emil and Clara (twins), born May 1."). 1869. Clara, the last named, married 


Francis A. Kilgour, of Passaic, N. .1. Of the three sons, Theodore, a grad- 
uate of Columbia College, is n veterinary surgeon, while Gustavus and Kuril 
conduct the large business established by their father. 

Upon the death of Their father in November, 1SSC, the brothers Gustavus 
and Kniil de Clyne assumed the active managemenl of the manufactory, 
and under their supervision it lias 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 ;i familiar landmark of North Bergen and 
comprises several large buildings, covering a floor area of over 50,000 
square feet. That at Eomestead was established by them in 1897 for the 
purpose of grinding mica and has been a greal 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, X. Y., February L9, 1826, 
his parents being -lames A. Thompson and Catherine Kay. The Thomp 
sons were originally from Ireland, emigrating to America at the time of 
the religious rebellion, settling lirst in Orange County, N. Y., subse- 
quently removing to Long Island, and finally locating in Bedford, West- 
chester County, N. Y. Tiny have been engaged in farming and dairying 
for several generations. The Kay family, his mother's ancestors, came to 
this country from Scotland. 

Mr. Th pson was educated in the <»hl Brick Church which stood on 

the site of the presenl Tribune building in New York City, and well 
remembers that locality as it is now portrayed in history. He also at- 
tended Hoi-are Greeley's free lectures. At the age of thirteen he left home 
under very ad verse circumstances, with nothing bui a will and determination 
lo succeed, finding himself in N< w York City withoul a cent. He obtained 
employmeni in a bakery, where he worked for live years and thoroughly 
mastered the business. When eighteen years old he stalled on his own 
accounl in the baking business, with which he has ever since been identi- 
fied. His career in tins 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 he organized 'he business now con- 
ducted at 82 Sullivan Street. New York City, by the widely known Now 
York Pie Baking Company, of which he is President. This extensive es 
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 Tinted 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 American Jour- 
nal of Health, published in New York, says: 

" The average home-made pie, owing to improper equipment and lack- 
ing faeilifies, 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 



from ;i health standpoint. The New York Pie Baking Company of this 
city is a fitting example to illustrate the point in question. This house 

possesses every facility, every convenience, and c\c\y advantage sessary 

to the production of an article for household consumption which is above 
criticism. Their establishment is a model of cleanliness, and as they nsi; 
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 quality, it naturally follows thai the product is all that 
could be desired by either the epicure or the hygienist. 

'•There may be. and probably arc in other cities throughout the conn 


try. manufacturers whose goods arc as wholesome as the New York Pie 
Baking Company's pies, but a most searching investigation of this spe- 
cial product enables us to write advisedly concerning its merits as a 
health food." 

A. X. Talley, dr.. M.D.. in an article in the United States Health Reports 
for Augusl 1. L899, 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 commercially, Americans being satisfied only with 


tin- best of everything. This demand has been ably filled by the New York 
Pie Baking Company, of No. 82 Sullivan Street, New York City, who have 
established the reputation, justly deserved, of producing the besl and 
greatest number of pies <>r any firm in the United States. 

"In ilic rigid inspection and examination made by our experts great 
care was taken to thoroughly note the physical environments and hygienic 
conditions of the entire plain and establishment <>i' the company, all of 
which were found i<> be in the highest possible state of cleanliness, with 
the added fact of complete compliance with all sanitary requirements. 

"The final reports of our experts have been compiled and unanimously 
approved by our medical staff, showing so high a grnd< <>t' merit that we 
are pleased to extend to I he product of the New York Pie Baking Com- 
pany, for the protection of patrons, the official recognition of the / nited 
States Health Reports." 

Mr. Thompson's vast fund of reminiscence is well known. A most 
interesting article in a recent cumber of the Hold and Restaurant \laifii- 
zine, entitled " Reminiscences of New York in the Forties; Gleaned from 
an Interview with One of the Mosl Prominenl Business Men in the Metrop- 
olis," contains this allusion to his ability to recall past events: 

•• lb- 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, web known to the New York business public 
as the President of the New York Pie Baking Company, the writer was 
entertained for several hours with a graphic portrayal of incidents in 
.Mi. Thompson's experience back in the forties. Unhappily, written lan- 
eruaere fails to srive the inflections of verbal narration; it fails also to 
portrav the expression of the features when the mind of the narrator is 
Ijecalling the events of half a century past. The reader can assist in ob 
taining a clearer comprehension of these reminiscences if he will give free 
vent t<» his imagination and ('raw a mental picture of Mr. Thompson, a 
hale and hearty gentleman, although seventy years of age, sit tin!.' in his 
cozy office with a tar away look in his eyes, living over again, as it were, 
the days thai are gone. As recollections crowded each other for utter- 
ance his countenance would glow with enthusiasm in the one moment 
and be saddened in the uext as he referred to companions who have passed 
away. Being requested to give some of the factors which entered info 
his notable business success, he said: Perhaps the most valuable factor 
in my success was the experience back in the forties. At that time there 
was a ureal rivalry among pie-baking establishments — every one was try- 
ing to obtain the reputation of making the best old fashioned pie. The 
public was a critical one. and a good pie was in great demand. I entered 
into the business contest with vim and started an establishment, 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 forgotten 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 every 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 (hey could thoroughly 


rely upon every pie at all times, and thai tfforl to secure trade by ;i 

good article and then afterward furnish an inferior grade would be made. 
The Ih'si testimonial i<> the ironclad rule, 'never to have our inferior pie 
leave our doors' is contained in the fad 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 oughl to he need judges of things to eat. then Dolan and 
Hitchcock are those men. ;is the public fully knows. 

"Another factor which Ins aided materially in our success is the fad 
that our large patrons, when visiting this establishment, are at perfed 
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 (hat can not he in 
fringed upon more than once." 

In politics Mr. Thompson has always been a Republican. Deeply in- 
terested in the affairs of Ins country and prominent as a citizen and business 
man, he is especially well informed upon almost every current topic, lie 
is a life member and was one of the founders of the Carterel 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 
Gerrel Hendricksen (Blawvelt), the emigrant, and the progenitor of all 

the family in New Jersey. ITis parents were Isaac Blawvelt and .Mary. 
daughter of John Hopper, and his grandparents were Cornelius Blawvell 
and Mary Lydecker. He was horn on Staten Island. X. Y.. February !». 
is 17. but removed fo 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 lie en- 
gaged in the general trucking business in New York for James Ackerman, 
in which he continued until 1S7.~>. when he established himself in the sugar 
and molasses trade. In this line he remained until 1895, when lie re- 
tired, and has since been engaged in the real estate business at Ridgewood, 
X. J., where he resides. 

Mi-. Blawvell has achieved success in every business relation, and during 
his entire career has enjoyed the confidence and resped of all who know 
him. lie is a public spirited citizen, a Mason, a member of the Knights 
of Honor, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. lie married 
Annie E. Chisholm, and of their three children one. Annie, is living. 

PETER W. STAGG. — The earliest of this uame to settle in Bergen Coun- 
ty was John Stagg, who is described as " a young man born at Bergen, Fasi 
N. Jersev." 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 l l. 1697. The marriage of Will 
iam Stegg, described as "a young man born a1 New Barbadoes Neck," 
was to Magdalena Peters Demarest, registered in the same church. October 
l'J. 10!i7. John and William were probably brothers, but where they came 
from does not appear. The New York church records throw no lighl upon 
the question. John's wife must have died soon after their marriage, as 



on November L'«i. L698, his marriage to Cornelia Verwey was registered. 
By his tiisi wife he had no issue, hut by Cornelia Verwey he had issue 
Thomas, I7t>::; Margaretta, 1710; [saac, 1712: Jacob, 1 7 1 r, ; George, 1717; 
and William. 171 ( .». There were probably others whose baptisms were not 
noted on any record. 

The record shows that William Stegg and Magdalena Peters Demaresl 
had only one child, Magdalena, hern in 171':!, bu1 he had a daughter, Eliza- 
beth, who married John Ackerman a! Schraalenbnrgh in 1728. John and 
William Stegg (Stagg) settled in the vicinity (south) of Backensack on 
parts of the Berrj tract. Abram Stagg, of Backensack, smiled a1 Schraal- 
enburgh when he married Maritie Bogerl in June, 1732. Ii was his brother 
(probably), Cornelius Stagg, a widower, of Xew Barbadoes, who also set- 
tled at Schraalenburgh and married Ann Christie in January, 1734. 

It is said that in the start three brothers came to America from IIol- 


land, one of whom settled in Xew York City, another at Sicamac in Ber- 
gen County, and a third •• win west." I low ever I hat may be, a John Stagg 
was known to have smiled at Sicamac in Bergen County much more than 
a century ago, where he married a Miss Van Houten and prospered as a 
farmer. His son, .lames Stagg. was horn and resided for a time at Wyck- 
off, Bergen County. He also followed agricultural pursuits. His wife, 
Sally Westervelt, was born at Tenafly in 1800. The couple eventually 
moved to Teaneck. where they boughl a pari of the old Brinckerhoff farm, 
on which the\ spent their days. They had issue John, Joseph, James H., 
Sarah E., and Letty. 

John was born in New York City, but was brought up at Teaneek. He 
married (li Sally Westervelt and (2) -lane Voorhis. By his tirsi wife his 
issue were James and Peter W., and by his second wife Ins issue were 
Edward. Henry. Jesse, and John, of whom Peter W. is the subject of this 


Peter \Y. Stagg was born in New York City < October 24, L850. His child- 
hood and early life, In wever, were spenl in Cresskill, X. •!.. where In- -^ 
tended the public school. In L875 lie wenl i<> Jersey City and became a 
studenl ;ii law in the office of the late Charles Schofield, and there lie re 
mained two years, after which lie moved i<> Hackensack and entered the 
office uf Ackerson & Van Valen, continuing with them until LS79. when be 
was admitted to tin- bar at the June term. Immediately after being 
admitted he opened an office for the practice of his profession, in which 
he rapidh buill up a good business. 

\ I i lie June 1 1 'in i uf L883 he was made a counselor al law. He served as 
assisiani clerk to the House,)! the Assembly mi the sessions of L891-92, 
and in 1895 was appointed by Governor Weils 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 Bergen County Lodge, I. < >. <>. ]\. and has 
been Grand Master of the Stale of New Jersey, having in 1 ^iH the care and 
jurisdiction of two hundred and forty-nine lodges in differenl parts of the 
State, comprising a membership of 25,000 odd Fellows. He is also a mem 
ber of the Fire Patrol. His oldest sou. Arthur, w.-.s a member of the Sec- 
ond Regiment, 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 n. and 
Charles W. (both electricians), Elmer, and Harry (I. 

GEORGE CADMUS.— The Cadmus family are numerous in Hudson and 
Passaic Counties, Xe\\ Jersey. Cornelius Cadmus (Cadmuys) was living 
at Aquackanonck (Passaic) as early a- His. for the records of the Hacken- 
sack Dutch Church register the fait that in April of that year Arientie 
Cadmus, of Aquackanonck, and Ide Sipp, of Bergen, were married ai 
Hackensack. It is more than likely that Dirk (Richard) Cadmus (who 
Mr. Winfield thinks was the lust of the name in Hudson County) was a son 
of Cornelius, of Passaic. This Dirk was at Bergen before L718, for on 
June 20th of that year he married Jannetje Van Horn. Early in the 
spring of 17."!1 he boughl of John McEvers and wife ;i trad of -".^t; acres of 
laud at Tappan mow in Bergen County),  xtending from the Hackensack 
River u> the Pascack River. The (\i-t'(\ describes him as •• Dirck Culm is 
of the towne uf Bergen." Some or all of ii he soon after sold to the 
Blawvelts, of Tappan. He seems to Lave remained in Bergen, for in No 
vember, 1740, he boughl lands of his father-in-law 7 , Van Horn, at Con 
stride's Hook. He died November 8, L745. He was beyond doubl a Hol- 
lander, bul when he emigrated oi what pari of thai country he hailed as 
his birthplace are questions which the early records do not answer. I'»\ 
Jannetje Van Horn he had issue of the second generation Rutgert, Catrina, 
Frederick, John, Cornelia, and Joris (George). He must have had other 

•(oris Cadmus (2), born .it Bergen, married Hi Jannetie Vreeland and (2) 
Jenneke Trior, she died January 29, L795, and he died April 2, L781. Their 
issue of the third generation were Jannettie, Jannettie, Jannettie, Joris, 
Metie. Dirck, Casparus, and Jenneke. 

Casparus Cadmus (3), born at Bergen, August L6, L770, died September 
■_'•".. L845, married Cathlantie Johns Dodd, horn January 27, litis, and died 


October 11. L822. Their issue of the fourth generation were thirteen: 
Sara, Joris, John, Casparus, Jannetie, Seeltie, -Martha, Martha, Michael, 
Richard, Cathrina, Andrew, and Eleanor. 

Richard Cadmus ill. born November 22, isn::, died October 16, 1X7:5, 
married Cathaline (daughtei of Michael de Mottj, died, aud had issue of 
i In- fifth generation, one of whom was George Cadmus, the subject of this 

George Cadmus (5) was bom April 12. 1840, in Bayonne, N. J., where 
he still resides. Be was educated in the schools of Bayonne and Bloom 
held, in his native State, and has spent his active life as a farmer. He 
now lives on the old family homestead at Bayonne. In politics he is a 
Republican, and in everj capacity he has displayed marked ability and 
won for himself the confidence and respect of his fellow-citizens. He mar- 
tied, first, Cornelia B., daughter of William X. Smith, of New Brunswick, 
X. J., formerly of New York. She was born October L5, L839, and died in 
L8G7. They had one child. Henry S. Cadmus, born April :!<>, L865, died Feb- 
ruary 1. ls»;7. Mr. Cadmus married, second. June 11. L889, Mrs. Lillie A. 
(Jones) Abbott, of Bayonne, and has two children of the sixth generation, 
namely : < !larence \Y. and May. 

DA XI Kb DRAKE BRYAN was born in New York City on the 2d of 
December. L864. lie is the sen of James II. and Nancy (Hall) Drake, his 
father being of English am! his mother of Holland Dutch descent. 

Mr. Bryan was educated in the public schools of New York, and has 
spent the most of his active life in the custom house brokerage business in 
thai city. He is a Republican in politics, a member of the Royal Arcanum, 
and ;i public spirited citizen. In Arlington, X. J., where he resides, he 
has taken a deep interest in local affairs, and in both business and social 
relations is highh esteemed as a man of integrity and enterprise. 

lb married Mary Hay Berry, of New York City, ami has one child, 
Edna I Make Bryan. 

DARIUS S. JOHNSON is of English descent. Forty years ago John P. 
Johnson went from New York (where he was born October 8, 1819) to 
Pascack mow Park Ridge in Bergen County) and established a passenger 
stage line between Pascack and Hosier. This he operated successfully 
until the construction of the New York and New Jersey and the West 
Shore Railway lines did away with all cross-country stage lines. Mr. John- 
son then removed to Closter and established a livery business, winch he 
continued until his death, June 7, L882. He married (1) Ellen de Baun, who 
was born May 13, 1s:>l>. and died Augusl is. L859. He then married (2) 
Maria Christopher, born May 22. 1sl»7. died April 4, 1882. Mr. Johnson's 
issue of the second generation were Euphemia, Maria, Henry 1). B., Marga- 
rei olied i. Delia, Darius S.. Carrie (dead), George, and Maggie — live by his 
tirst wife and four by his second. 

Darius S. Johnson (2) was born May 4. 1863, 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 liver} stable. When eighteen years old 
he engaged in business for himself, becoming 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 Collector for Harrington Township and 



during the past ten years 1ms been Road Commissioner. He is a member 
of the Dutch Reformed Church and highly respected by ;ill who know him. 
lie married Blanch Pearsall and has two children: Hazel and Martha. 

JESSE KIMBALL VREELAND, I'm- many years one of the leading 
contractors and builders of Hudson County and from 1864 a resident of 
Bayonne, was born in Rahway, X. I., on the L5th el' October, is:;."). Ids 
parents being Jesse Kimble Vreeland, Si-., and Lockey Brant. His family 
is one of the oldest in the Siate. the branch in Hudson County descending 
from Michael Jansen. who came from Broeckhuysen (North Brabant). He 

' left Holland, October 1. 
l(i:!(i. in the ship " Rens- 
selaerwyck," with b i s 
wife and two children. 
He settled at w hat is now 
Greenbush, opposite Al- 
bany, as a boereknecht, or 
farm servant. It was not 
long before he g r e w 
weary of agricultural 
pursuits and the narrow 

road thereby opened to 
wealth, and engaged in 
the fur trade, in which 
•• he made his fort une in 
t wo years." Such private 
speculation being p r o- 
hibited by law, he was 
soon broughi into diffi- 
culty with the authori- 
t ies. He thereupon aban- 
doned his farm and came 
to Manhattan. The date 
ot this change is not 
known. Imt he was a resi- 
dent in New Amsterdam 
November 4. 1G44. on 
winch date he empower- 
ed Arenl Van Curler to 
settle with Patroon Van 
Rensselaer all accounts 
and differences. In LG46 
he came over to Commu- 
nipaw and settled on the 
bouwerie, owned by Jan 
of t he stock on it he paid 
n the years Kill. L649, and 
Nine," and joined his asso- 
In L649 lie was ap- 


Kvertsen Bout. For this •• Bouwerie" and pai 
Bou1 tlie good round sum of 8,000 gelders. 
L650 he represented Pavonia in the Council el 
ciates in their crusade against Governor Stuyvesani 

pointed one of the delegates in Holland against the Colonial administra- 
tion, lmt owing to the unsettled state of his business he declined the up 
pointment. It was a1 his house in New Amsterdam that the journal of 
Van der Donck entitled " Vertoogh" was written. It was seized, and it 

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was suspected upon information furnished by Michael Jansen. lie was 
a signer of Mi*- application for the first municipal government in Nevi 
Netherland, July 26, L649. 

During the troubles of 1<;.V> the Indians drove him from his home, when, 
mi September L5, they made a raid on Pavonia and killed every man there, 
excepl the family of Jansen. From the dangers and uncertainties of 
border life at " Gemoenepa " he t n<»l< refuge on Manhattan. On January 
22, L658, lie asked for permission to return to Pavonia and to be relieved 
from certain tithes. In September, L661, he had become a man of "com- 
petence," living on his bouwerie at Gemoenepa. Be was one of the firsl 
magistrates of the new courl at Bergen. In December, L662, he joined 
Ids neighbors in asking the governor for a minister of the gospel, and for 
whose support he subscribed twenty five florins. Be died in 1663. His 
wife was Fitje Hart mans, and they had eight children, from whom are 
descended various branches of the family now represented in Eastern Xew 


Jesse Kimball Vreeland was of the seventh general ion from .Michael dan- 
sen and his wife, Fitje Bartmans, the emigrants. His parents were both 
horn ami married in Rahway, where he received his education in the public 
schools. Afterward he speni several years in the South. Be finally re- 
moved from Rahway to New York City and thence, in L864, to Bayonne, 
\. J., win re he was long prominenl in both business and public affairs. 
Alter leaving school Mr. Vreeland identified himself with the building and 
contracting business, which he thoroughly learned and successfully fol- 
lowed. Be 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 
original it \ as well as enterprise. 

Mr Vreeland was also prominenl in military and civil life. He served 
throughoul the War of the Rebellion, being connected with the (Juarter- 
master's Departmenl at Porl Royal. He also served us chief of the Fire 
Departmenl 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 ability and satisfaction. In politics he was 
a Democrat, and in religion a memb< r of the congregation of the Hutch Re- 
formed < Jhurch. His life was one of constant ad i\ ity and in evevy way suc- 
cessful, and during his entire career he won and maintained the confidence 
of all with whom he came in contact, lie died duly 23, L900. 

Mr. Vreeland married Emma -I. .Meyer, of Charleston, S. C They had 
nine children: Jennie, Emma, Henrietta. Rachel, Jesse. Frederick, Chester, 
( 'lareiice, and Edna. 

WILLIAM SCOTT FERDON is descended from Thomas Verdon, the 
emigrant, who came to America about L645 (see sketch on page L84). The 
line of descent is as follows: Jacob Ferdou, of the third generation, had 
issue seven children of the fourth generation, as lias been stated. One 
of these. Jacob Ferdon (4), baptized in New York in L687, was known as 
Jacob Ferdon, Jr. He married .Maria Flierboom, April 8, L720, and re- 
mained on Long Island until L730, when he removed to Schraalenburgh, 
X. J., where he bought lands and died about 1752. He had issue of the 
lifih generation several children: Jacob. Jannetje, Servaes (died), Servaes 
(died), Maria. Servaes fdied), and Catharine. 

Jacob Ferdon (5), born on Long Island about 1723, married at Schraalen- 
burgh, May 5, 174S, Helena Van Blarcom. They resided at Schraalenburgh 


and had children of the sixth generation Jacob, Henry, Servaes, Jacobus, 
Jacob, A mi. Maria, and Peter. 

Henry Ferdon (6) married Jannetje Archbold, lived a1 Schraalenburgh, 
and had children of the seventh generation David, James, Lena I [enry, and 
Jannel Le. 

Henry Ferdon (7), born a; Schraalenburgh, March Hi. 1790, died Febru- 
ary -7. L855, married. Augusl 2, LSI !. Eflie Banta. She was born March 22, 
L795, and died Augusl 27, 1>7D. They Nil issue, among whom were Sam 
in-] B. Ferdon (8), who married Sarah M., daughter of Daniel and Rachel 
Christie, and had issue, among other children, William Scotl Ferdon of 
the ninth genera i inn. 

William Scotl Ferdon, the subjecl of this sketch, was born in New York 
City <in the 29th of July, L858, and there received a public school education. 
For several years he has been successfully engaged in the coal and lumber 
business a1 Dumont, X. J., succeeding in May. L899, the firm of De Coster 
\- Ferdon. He is a member of the Dutch Reformed Church, a public spirited 
citizen, and actively identified with the affairs of his section. 

On Augusl is. L880, Mr. Ferdon married Jemima Christie, and thej 
have two children: Sadie M. and Myra C. 

JULIUS BERGEE was born in Davenport, Iowa, March 20, 1860, his 
parents having emigrated to this country from Germany 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. 

Mr. Berger acquired a limited education in the public schools of Daven- 
port, Inn in the harder school of practical life he laid the foundation upon 
which he has hnilt a successful career. The death of both of his parents 
in lsT'i threw him upon his own resources at the tender age of thirteen, 
and from that time to the presenl he has relied upon himself. Anxious 
and willing i<> work, endowed with plenty of pluck and energy, and de- 
termined to pave a way in success and reputation, he entered, in April, 
I s "-'!. a manufactory of hats and furs in ids native city, where he soon 
gained a valuable experience, which supplemented the earlier training he 
had obtained in t he public schools. 

In dune. L880, he removed from Davenport, Iowa, to Jersey City, X. J., 
and entered the employ of the firm of Harris & Russack, of New York 
City, 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 368 
Centra] Avenue, Jersey City, where he has since continued. He started 
with a capital of $150, hut with pluck, perseverance, and practical business 
knowledge acquired from his long association with his former employers 
slum iuiili up ;ii! extensive trade. 

Mr. Berger was the founder of the Hudson city Business Men's Associa- 
tion and was its President for two terms. He was also President of the 
Hudson City Turn Verein in 1888 and 1896, and was very active for the 
welfare and advancemenl of both organizations, lie is also a member of 
the Jersey City Board of Trade. He was appointed a member of the 
Board of Rdueation of Jersey City in May. L899, by Mayor Hoos, and has 
continued to hold thai position. He is a public spirited citizen, active in 
the affairs of the community, and respected by all who know him. Mi-. 
Berger married Marie Bechtoldt, daughter of George Bechtoldt, a veteran 
of the Civil War. 



ANTHONY JACOB VOLK has gained the reputation of being one of 
Mir best known and oiosl enterprising undertakers in Hoboken, N. .1. 
where be was born November -\. 1865. In ;i measure he inherits litis from 
his father, Jacob Volk, who, a1 the time of his death, on Augusl •"., L874, was 
the oldesl and foremosl undertaker in Hudson County, and who, profes- 
sionally and privately, was universally respected and esteemed. Bu1 Ins 
reputation is no1 altogether inherited from his honored father, h is very 
largely the resull of his owe efforts, and of a natural ability developed from 

He is the son of Jacob Volk and Rosa Raab, hoih natives of Germanv 


who came to this country when young and were married in New York 
City. They settled in Hoboken, and were well known throughoui the Coun- 
ty of Hudson. Mr. Volk attended the public schools of Hoboken and also 
Hoboken Academy, where he received a thorough classical training. Leav- 
ing school at the early age <>f fourteen, he entered the employ of the Na- 
tional Express Company, and in this and in the office of the American 
Express Company, both of New York, he spent three years. In 1S74 his 
father died, leaving a large and successful undertaking business to the 
ear.- of his wife, the mother of Anthony J. Yolk, and the latter, when 


seventeen, assumed iis immediate management. Though bu1 a boy, he 
displayed marked business ability, excellenl judgment, and great sagacity, 
and soon woe the resped and confidence of the community. His success 
was practically instantaneous and uninterrupted. In addition to the un- 
dertaking establishmenl he conducted a large livery stable, and combining 
the two \v;;s necessarily a very busy man. In L886 he purchased the entire 
business, which he still continues. 

Mr. Volk is independent in politics, firm in his convictions, I nisi worthy in 
all the relations of life, and influential and active in the best interests of 
the community. In the autumn of LS93 he was elected Coroner of Hudson 
County by the handsome plurality of over 4,400, the county usually giving 
a Democratic majority of aboul 6,000. This office he tilled with grenl 
credit and satisfaction for three years. He is ;i 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. 111. Knights and Ladies of Honor, of the American Legion of Honor, 
of Guiding Star Lodge, Xo. 189, I. O. O. F., of Hoboken Council, No. it!). 
Royal Arcanum, of the Germania Schuetzen Bund of New .Jersey, of the 
Hoboken Schuetzen Corps, of the Hoboken Quartette Club, of the Hoboken 
Independeni 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 Fori Or- 
ange lAlbanyi. where he followed his profession, which was that of a school 
teacher. On October 4, 1673, 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, Jennekei Cornelius. 
Catalyna, John, Peter} Nicholas. Roeloff, Abraham, and Gertrude. 

Lucas Stephens lib 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, 17<;.~>; Aluam. 17<>7; Jannetie, L769; and Hendrick, 1771. 

Hendrick ill. born at Clarkstown, June 11. 1771. married Ann de ("lark, 
l.oin at Clarkstown. December 11. 1771. died there December 25, L843. 
Hendrick died there October 25, 1834. They had issue, among other chil- 
dren, .James II. Stephens of the fifth generation. 

• lames II. Stephens (5), born at Clarkstown. N. Y., August 28, L804, died 
at Closter, N. J., August 28, L867, married (1) Catharine Pye in L824 and (2) 
Ida E. I've, widow of Edmund Irish, .lames II. 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 i hat time being shipped to California. Early in t he fifties he purchased a 
large farm in Monmouth County on which lie devoted his time to the pro- 


duel ion dt fruits, for which he found .1 ready markel in New York. In 1867 
he sold his Monmouth farm and removed to Closter, X. J., on the farm for- 
merly owned by David A. Demarest. He died there five months after his 
arrival. 1 lis issue by Catharine Pye were two sons, Abraham and John II. 
Stephens, and by Ida E. Pye two children, Edmund and Catharine. 

John II. Stephens (6) was horn in Bank Street. New York. February 8, 
1831, and died at Closter, X. J., September 8, L887. He learned the car 
penter's trad" with ids lather in New York and married Rachel D. Hinder, 
daughter of Barney and Maria (Demarest) Hinder. In 1.858 he removed to 
Closter, X. J., bough 1 lauds, 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 agenl for 
twenty-five years, Postmaster for thirty years, laid many town offices, and 
was the promoter and Leading spirit of the village. In fact he may justly he 
called the father of Closter. His issue of tin seventh generation are dames 
II., Eugene, and Percy. 

dames II. Stephens, the subject id' this sketch, was horn in Closter, N. J., 
September L9, L860, and received his education in the public schools of 

Bergen County. Leaving scl I at the age of eighteen, he tirst engaged in 

the sugar business in New York City, in which he continued four years. 
He was then engaged in the meat business in Closter for seven years, 
and subsequently, after a retirement id' 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. IVi-don and has one child, a 
daughter, E. Marion Stephens. 

CALVIN DEMAREST, of Hackensack, is descended in the eighth gen- 

eralion from David des Marest. the emigrant and first American ancestor 
of the family, for a sketch of whom see page 64. <'alvin*s grandfather, 
Thomas Demaresl (of tin* sixth generation from the first David), was 
born July L8, L757, and died April 27, 1829. He married, in 1 782, Lena 
Naugle. Their issue id' the seventh generation were Sarah. Cornelius T., 
William, Vroutie, and perhaps others. 

Cornelius T. i7i. born January 23, 1786, died December 26, L862, mar- 
ried Margaret L\ decker, born August 1. 1791, died dune L'7, 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 White 
House. X. J., from 1808 to 1813, and at English Neighborhood, N. J., from 
1813 to 1824. lie organized the new church at English Neighborhood and 
preached in it from 1824 to 1S39, and also preached at Hackensack and 
English Neighborhood from 1839 to 1851 and in King Street, New Y T ork, in 
the Tine Reformed Church, from 1851 until his death. His children of 
the eighth generation were fifteen: Helen. Cornelia, Leah, Thomas W., Cor- 
nelius Lydecker, Christiana. Penelope, Maria. Calvin, 1st., Charles, Calvin, 
Garret 1... 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 Ins education in Bergen 
County. He left school at the age of fourteen and went to work on his 
grandfather's farm in Bergen County, where he remained fourteen years. 



since then — for a period of forty-six years — he has been successfully en- 
gaged in the general trucking business in New York City. He resides 
in Hackensack, is a member of the Reformed Church, and for years lias 
taken a deep interesl in the affairs <>f Bergen County. Mr. Demaresl mar- 
ried Mar\ Lozier and has two children living: Waller and Mvra. 

WALTEB K1SSA.M BIRDSALL, a rising young lawyer and a member of 
the Board of Education of Jersey City, is the son of David and Susannah 
A. (Clyde) Birdsall, and a descendanl of the Birdsalls in the vicinity of 
Leeds, England. His parents were born in New York State, bu1 came 
in Jersey City in 18-19, where his father, David Birdsall, established the 

Jersey City Lr o n 
Works, in which he is 
still interested. 

Walter K. Birdsall 
was born in Jersey 
City, X. •!.. on the 2d 
of January. L869, and 
received his educal ion 
in thai city, ai tending 
Public School No. 1 
and the Jersey City 
High School. I [e was 
graduated from Yale 
University in i he class 
of L891, and during 
his senior year there 
look a year's course 
in elementary law in 

I lie Yale Law School. 

Subsequently he spent 
four years in the office 
of William A. Lewis. 
as a student, and was 
admitted to the New 
Jersey bar a1 i he Feb- 
ruary term of the Su- 
preme Court in L895. 
Since then he has 
been acl ively and suc- 
cessfully engaged in 
the practice of his 
profession in Jersey 

In politics .Mr. Bird 
sail is a Republican. 
He has tak< n an active interesl in the affairs of his party, has contributed 
largely to its success, and among its younger members is recognized as a 
leader. On May 1. 1899, he was appointed a member of the Board of Edu 
cation of Jersey <'Jt.\ for a term of two years, and is now serving in thai 
capacity with the same marked ability which he has displayed in profes- 
sional life. 

lie is a member of Jersey City Lodge, No. 71. Free and Accepted Masons. 
of William T. Sherman Council, Roval Arcanum, of the Zeta Psi Greek 



Letter fraternity, and of the University Club, lit- was formerly a member 
of I In- I'alina ( 'lull of Jersey < 'ity. 

Mr. Birdsall is a prominent, patriotic, and public spirited citizen. He 
has already achieved a high reputation, and through his liberality, integrity 
ut' character, and activity is universally esteemed and respected. 

Mr. Birdsall was married on the 24th of August, L807, to Fannie E. Wat- 
son, of Perry, Wyoming County, N. Y. 

JOHN HILLRIC BONN, the founder of the presenl system of street 
railways in North Hudson County, and one <it' the mosl enterprising and 
successful men of his day. was born in the City ••(' Norden, East Friesland, 
in list- extreme northwesl of Germany, September 11. L820. There he 
received his early education under private tutors and ai the national and 
classical high schools. He sprung from an honored and respected family, 
his parents being people el' greal energy and force of character, and as a 
boy developed those strong intellectual and moral traits which charac- 
terized his entire life. His father was for many years a. successful master 
of vessels in the Eas1 India trade, and with him .Mr. Bonn visited the 
East Indies as a youth. This enabled him to acquire, a1 an impressionable 
period, a liberal km>w ledge ot i he v orld. 

Subsequently he attended a nautical school near Amsterdam, Holland. 
passed the difficuH and intricate examination before the Royal Examining 
Committee in that city, and was awarded the first degree. Bui he was 
not destined for a life <>u the ocean. From the autumn of L845 to October, 
ls.'iii. he was employed by a firm in Emden, East Friesland, which con 
ducted an extensive commercial, shipping, and banking business. In 
October, L850, he left Germany and came in New York City, where he 
accepted a position as bookkeeper and English am! French correspondent 
in a large Greek shipping-house. Two years later, having saved some 
money, he invested in real estate in North Hudson County, X. -I.. and also 
became a permanent residenl there, and as soon as he could legally do so 
lie became a citizen of the United States. These relations «oon resulted in 
making him a man of commanding influence. In L856 he spent considerable 
lime in traveling in America and Europe, and in October of that year 
was married to .Miss Angelina Bonjer, of Einden, Eas1 Friesland. In 
April. L857, lie brought his bride to this country and took up his residence 
in Weehawken, Hudson County, whence he later removed to Hoboken. 
They returned to Weehawken in L867 and made that city their permanent 
home, settling on the spot formerly owned by Daniel Webster, the states- 
man. There Mr. Bonn di 'd on the 1 5th of November, 1891. 

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. Fie was untiring in his efforts to secure for that 
section those permanent improvements 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 
llmlson County Hospital. In L868 he was appointed by 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, 
W'esi New York, and other territory. Upon the organization of Has 
commission .Mi-. Bonn was unanimously chosen chairman by his col- 
leagues. For various reasons the plan which had been contemplat- 


ed by the commissioners was not carried out, although the incep- 
tion ;iihI construction of the magnificent Eudson County Boulevard issued 
from the movement. In 1872 Mr. Bonn also became chairman of the 
Board of Commissioners which supervised the improvement of the Bull's 
Ferry road from Nineteenth Street in Eoboken, northerly, and which also 
built the main sewer in lloboken to the Hudson River, this public work 
being completed in 1875. 

But his uiosi notable work, and one to which he devoted the best 
energies of bis life, was in connection with the surface and (derated rail- 
ways of t lie* northern half of Hudson Count v. He was the founder, oriei- 
nator, and father of the present system of transit. He commenced the 
construction and operation of street railways in IS.")!), and soon had lines 
radiating in every direction from the Hoboken ferry. His investment in 
this enterprise proved wonderfully successful. He was the lirst. and 
indeed the only. President of the various original corporations; and when 
these were consolidated in 1865, forming the North Hudson County Rail- 
way Company, he became the first President of that corporation, and so 
continued until his death in 1891, a period of twenty-six years. During 
that time the several linos were extended and improved, new roads were 
built, and the system placed upon its present efficient basis. In 1X74 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 lie 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 
• able, and was the lirst elevated road so operated in the United Stales. 
All these roads have adopted electricity as Hie motive power. In 1800 
the .meat 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 
Bergen, 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.. dr.. and 
Hillric -I., arc 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 degree of Mechan- 
ical Engineer from Stevens Institute at Hoboken. Afterward, for several 
years, lie followed his profession with success in Scranton, Pa.. Hoboken, 


N. .1.. New York City, Pittsburg, Pa., and Chicago, and was assistant 
engineer during the construction of the North Hudson County Elevated 
Railway. On the death of his father in ls!H he was elected Vice-President 
of i liai corporation. 

JOHN HILLRIC BONN, Jr., another son of John II. and Angeliua 
(Bonjer) Bonn, was born in Weehawken, N. J., May L5, 1 s 7 1 . and received 
his education a1 Boboken Academy and Slovens High School, from which 
he was graduated in 1889. In lsitl he was graduated with the degree of 
LL.B. from the Law Departmenl of the University of the City of Now 
York, and then took a post-graduate course at thai institution, graduat- 
ing as .Master of Laws in L892. Be also read law one year in Now York 
in the office of Brainerd, Davenporl & Brainerd. and for a time in Hoboken 
with Hon. Abel I. Smith and John S. Mabon, and was admitted to the bar 
of N« w York in L893, ami to the New Jersey bar as an attorney in Febru 
aiv. 1895. In the latter rear he opened offices in both Hoboken and West 
Hoboken. lie subsequently gave up his Hoboken office, but still continues 
the one in Wes1 Hoboken, where he has a large and successful general 
practice. In 1898 he was attorney tor the Township of Weehawken. He is 
a master in chancery, a membt r ol the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, and 
an ardent Republican. 

.Mr. Bonn was married January 26, 1898, to Marguerite L.. daughter of 
Thomas and -lane Fisher, of Jersey City. They reside in Weehawken. 

LIVINGSTON CONKLING, the founder and President of the Asso- 
ciated .1 nsi ices of the Peace ami Constables' Protective Association of Hud- 
son County, is a descendanl of some of the oldest and most distinguished 
families in this country. Ilis paternal ancestors came from England and 
Ireland in L735, settling firsl in New York ami removing thence in L750 to 
Hackensack, Bergen County, X. J. lie is the great-great-grandson of Al- 
fred ami Hannah (Marshall) Conkling, a great-grandson of Nathaniel and 
Hortley (Schrone) Conkling, a grandson of Matthew ami Prances (Brickel) 
Conkling, and a son of Matthew II. and Elvina (Van Ripen) Conkling, his 
mother being a daughter of Jacob Van Ripen ami [Catherine Van Drouf, a 
granddaughter of Isaac and Martha (Goetschins) Van Ripen, and a great- 
great-granddaughter of Jacob and Mary (Vreland) Van Ripen. Her ances- 
tors came from Holland in liilii 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 i he late Hon. Roscoe Conkling, whose ances- 
tors came from Kent County, England. His grandfather, Matthew Conk- 
ling, was one of the famous drummers of his (\-,\y. In L854 he was presented 
with the firsl 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 represented 
the family, which has been prominently identified in the politics of Hudson 
County for upward of sixty years. Mr. Conkling's mother's cousin. Hon. 
Garrel I>. Van Ripen, was .Mayor of Jersey City, while another relative and 
namesake, Jacob Livingston, represented 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 



dropped the .Matthew and lias continued to use only the middle name. Liv- 
ingston. The family name was. originally, Conklin, and not Conkling, but 
a number of the descendants added the y. thus giving the name its present 
form. On the | aternal side the family is of Irish and English descent. 

Livingston Conkling was bom in Hoboken, X. J., on the loth of May, 
1801, and inherited all the sturdy characteristics which made his ancestors 
s<> famous in the early and subsequent history of this section of the State. 
Receiving an excellent public school education in his native city, he learned 
the trade of decorating and painting, and at the presenl time is senior mem- 


ber of the well known firm of L. Conkling & Co., painters and decorators, 1 I-"' 
Clinton Street. Boboken, and li'.~) Eighth Avenue, New 5TorK City. Mi'. 
Conkling has achieved marked success in business and is popularly known 
as a man of ability, integrity, and greal force of character. 

He has also achieved prominence and distinction in public life, and in Hi is 
connection hears with credit ami honor the eminence which the family has 
maintained for so many generations, lie entered the National Guard of 
New Jersey as a private in the old Ninth Regiment, and from 1880 to 1889 
served as Sergeanl in the Second Regiment, X. <',. X. .1.. and from 1889 to 
1892 he was Captain of the old Columbia Guards in New Jersey. In polit- 


ical affairs he has been for several years one of the ablest leaders of 1 1 1 • 
Republican forces in the county. He lias served efficiently as a member of 
the Hudson County Republican General Committee lor six years, was a 
member of the Republican Executive Committee of Hoboken for a time, and 
Vice-President of tin Ninth Assembly District Republican Committee for 
one year, lb- 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, lb- was Secretary of the Garfield Club in L893, 
President of the McKinlej club of Hoboken four years, orator of Achaean 
League, No. 2, of Hoboken, Commander of Christian Woerner Post, No. 1. 
Sons of Veterans, in L888, and Judge Advocate-General of the National 
Department. Sons of Veterans, l". S. A., in L889. In L899 he organized the 
Associated Justices of the Peace and Constables' Protective Association. 
of which he is President. 

Judge Conkling is serving ins second term as .lust ice of the Peace, 
having been tirst elected in L894 and reelected in L899, 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 
inanity. He is an energetic, progressive, and public spirited citizen, and ;i 
man of broad intellectual attainments. 

June •'!<>. L889, Judge Conkling married Miss Julia Hetzel. They have 
six children: [rving, Raymond, Gertrude, Roscoe, Isabel, and Matthew Liv- 
ingston, Jr. 


JOHN II. LINDEMANN.— The Lindemann family is anion- the most 
numerous and important in Germany. Many of them have, within the last 
century, attained wealth and distinction in the United Stales. Henry Lin 
demann was born in 17!»!». near Bremen, in the Kingdom of Hanover, Ger 
many, where he married Anna C Butts ami established himself in the dual 
business of baker and grocer. His only sun and child. William L. Linde- 
mann, was boin at Bremen and adopted the business of his father. In L840 
William I... 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. 
•I.. adopted farming for a livelih 1. Henry, the bit her, died in 1867, intes- 
tate, and his lands descended to his son William I... 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, 
X. J.. August 20, 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. TTe 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 integrity of character, and is highly respected by the entire community. 

Mr. Lindemann married Amelia Waetge and has three children: Her- 
miena. Dorothea, and Alien. 


ANDREW H. BRINKERHOFF is a descendanl in the eighth generation 
from Joris Dircksen (Brinkerhoff), the first American progenitor of the 
New Jersey branches of the family. .Juris (George) Dircksen ill 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 bora about L590. Early in life his family removed to Vlis 
singen (Flushing), a seaporl on the Islam! of Walcheron in Zeeland, at 
which city many persons were Seeing from religions persecution. Here 
Joris married Susanna Dubbelo. In 1638 Joris, with his wife, emigrated to 
America. II<- first settled on Staten Island and is said to have entered 
into a contraci 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 be settled at Brooklyn, where, on March 23, lf»40. 
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 lf»r>4 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 ikilled by the Imliansi. Hendrick, Abra- 
ham, and Aeltie. 

Hendrick (2), horn 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, 
ami became a member of the Colonial Assembly in 1665. On June 17. 
L685, with dan 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 1011. A stone marks the spot where his remains art- 
buried in the cemetery of the  church on the Green," at Haekensack. 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 (bed September 1. 1770. aged ninety-seven. Derrick 
Brinkerhoff (3) married (1) Margaret Sibse Banta and (2) Abagail Acker- 
man, ami Jacobus (3) married Angenitie Hendricks Banta. The descend 
ants of the last three named have spread over Hudson and Bergen Coun- 
ties and are <t ill numerous. 

Andrew H. Brinkerhoff (8), the subject of this sketch, is a descendant 
of one of tlcse. and was born at Boiling Springs, Bergen Coun- 
ty. October 13, 1S47. He is the S on of George C. Brinkerhoff i7i and 
Kezia H. Hopper, daughter of Andrew P. and Anna Hopper, and a grand- 
son of Cornelius d. (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. Tfishm 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. 



In public life he has also been active and prominent. IT<> has served 
efficiently as Collector of Taxes, and in 1890 was elected a member of the 
Borough Council, serving two years, and in 1899 was again elected to 
that office for a term of three years. He is a member of the Knights of 
Pythias and (A' the Board of Trustees of the First Presbyterian Church of 
Rutherford, of which he is a regular attendant and liberal supporter. 

Mr. Brinkerhoff was married on duly 12, L868, to Jennie M. Brinkerhoff 
and has five children: George 0., Eenry A.. -Tames IT., Kezia H., and May. 

ISAAC A. HOPPER.— The Hoppers in Bergen and Hudson Counties 
are descended from Andries Hopper, who. with his wife, (iriolie Hen- 
dricks, emigrated to America in L652 and settled a1 New Amsterdam, where 
he was enrolled and granted the privileges of a small burgher in 1657. 
He acquired considerable property, bu1 did no1 live to long enjoy it, as he 
died within a year. He had entered into an agreemenl 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 
Trichl in May. L660, thereby securing 
to each of her three children two 
hundred gelders. These three chil- 
dren were William, burn 1654 (mar- 
ried Minnie Jurcks I'aulusi; Hen 
drick, bein L656 (married Maria Van 
Blarcom); Matthew Adolphus, born 
L658 (married Anna Jurcks I'aulusi. t hi w ami I [endrick sett led in 
New Jersey. 

Isaac A. Hopper i^ descended in 
the eighth generation from Andries 
Hopper ami Grietie Hendricks, the 
emigrants. Matthew Hopper married 
Aedtje Peters (see sketch on page 
71 1. This Matthew Hopper (3) had 
a son. Andries (4), who married 
Elizabeth Bros and had a son. Peter 
(5). Who this Peter married the 
Paramus church records may show, 
but Peter (3), it is said, had three 
sons: Canei P. (6), Andrew P. (6), 

and Henry P. (6). Andrew P. was born about 1772, married, .July 2:}, 1797, 
Anne Voorhis, and had issue, among other children, Henry A. Hopper (7), 
who married Helen, daughter of Isaac Ackerman, and had issue, besides 
other children. Isaac A. Hopper (8), who is the subject of this sketch. His 
father was Sheriff of Bergen County and a member of the New Jersey 

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, completing 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 



Chancellorsville, Frederickburg, the Wilderness, and Gettysburg, where 
his regiment formed a part of General Meade's reserves. 
After t lie war Mr. Eopper again Engaged in agricultural pursuits on his 

father's farm, and soon became active and prominenl in local public affairs. 
He served for six years as Assessor, and in 188] was elected Sheriff of Ber- 
gen Comity, which office he filled with ability and satisfaction for three 
years. He was again chosen Assessor for I lie 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 

Mr. Hopper is a stanch friend of public improvements, has been especially 
persistent and successful in his efforts to secure improvement of public 
i-oads. and is highly respected by all who know him. He is a member of 
Gabriel Paul Tost, 0. 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 Tost, 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, X. J.. 
April 20. 1862. In the schools of Bergen County he acquired a fail' 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 Fnion Sunday School. In every capacity he lias 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 tin- family. 
Thel 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 born 
November 28, 1736, and died dune 8, 1813. They lived northwest of Hacken- 
sack, and had issue ten children of the fifth generation: Abrani 11.. Lucas 
H., Albeit n., John II.. Annatie. Nicholas II., Jacobus II.. Catharine. Mag- 
dalena, and Henry H. 

Jacobus IT. (5), born November 2. L769, died April 13, 1833, married Mary 
Demarest, who was born duly 1 !. 17s::. and died August II. 1849. Three 
generations of the above are buried in the old Voorhis graveyard on the 
west bank of the Hackensack below New Milford. Jacobus II. Voorhis (5) 
and Mary Demarest had issue, besides other children. Albert .1. Voorhis (6), 
who married Rachel Hopper. She was born October .". 1809, and died 
April 10. 1S77. They had issue, among other children. Peter A. H. Voorhis 
(7). who married Cecelia C. Smith, and who was the father of William 
Willcox Voorhis (8), the subjed of this sketch. 


William Willcox Voorhis (Si was born November L'T, 1865, in Hacken- 
sack. N. •).. when he received his education. Ee Left school at the age of 
sixteen and engaged in business with his father, continuing in that relation 
until the latter's death, lie then retired and has since devoted his en- 
ergies to the managemenl of the estate. 

In public as well as in business affairs Mr. Voorhis has achieved distinc- 
tion. He served for a time as ['resident of the Hoard of Council of the 
Borough of West wood, is a life member of the New Jersey Society for the 
Prevent ion of < 'ruelt v to A ninials. 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 W'estervelt, a member of an old Bergen 
Countv family, and they have two children: Cecelia Marguerite and Marie 

JOHN EXSTICK has achieved as a contractor a measure of success 
which stamps him as one of the must prominent men in his line of business 
in Eastern New Jersey. His reputation and high standing are doublj 
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, lie comes from the 
sturdy old Enstice and Giles families <>r Cornwall, England, where he was 
beiii March 20, L867, his parents being .lames Enstice and Annie Giles 
and his grandparents John Enstice and Maria Norway. His mother, who 
still survives, is the daughter of .lames and Amelia Giles, of Cornwall. On 
belli sides he inherits the admirable characteristics of people whose broad 
and liberal attainments had ;i mosl important influence upon the com- 
munity in which they lived, and who raised l>\ deed and word the high 
standard of industry, honesty, and fearless fidelity thai marks their de- 
scendants in both the Old and tin New World. 

Mr. Enstice has been a resident of New Jersey since he was four years 
eld. In May, L871, tin- family bade adieu to the Cornwall home of their 
ancestors and emigrated to America, to seek, in broader fields, a fortune 
for I hemselves and t heir children. They tirst located in 1 diver. X. J., where 
the father, .lames Enstice, successfully prosecuted his business as a con- 
tractor until shortly before his death, which occurred on the 9th of March, 
1 883. I le had five sens and t wo daughters, .John, t he subject of this article, 
being t he t hird son. 

John Enstice attended Public School No. 2, at Mine Hill, near Dover, 
Mollis County, X. -1.. until he was 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 besi titled for a business life, he became an apprentice to the 
carpenter's trade in Dover, and there and in Morristown, N. J., followed his 
vocation with constantly 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 lirst attempts were modest and unassuming, but the high reputation 
which he had made soon followed him to his new field of operation, and 
within a very short time he occupied a foremost place among the promi- 
nent contractors in that section. He associated himself with his brothers. 



William and Edward J., iinder the presenl firm name of Enstice Brothers, 
and many of the finesl and most imposing buildings in Kearny. Harrison, 
Newark, tin- 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 lie- distinctive stamp el' their skill and energy and thorough 
workmanship. In L899 they completed extensive government contracts at 
Sandy Hook, which they had commenced in February, L897, and their 
work there is among the largest and most importaDl military posts along 
the Atlantic coast. 


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 ureal executive ability, untiring en- 
ergy, sound judgment, and unusual foresight. 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 tin- result or 
his own efforts, <>f constant application, and of the broad and progressive 
id<-;is of an able man. As a citizen as well as a contractor he is prominent. 
In .May. l!MK). he formed a partnership with John Bohenna, and under the 
linn mini  of .John Bohenna & Co. engaged in the real estate and insurance 


business. Mr. Enstice is public spirited and universally esteemed, and in 
the growth and prosperity of the Township of Kearny he lias taken an im- 
portant part, having been a liberal supporter <>i' its chief institutions and 
lending bis influence in favor of every commendable object. For two years 
be was a member of the Kearny Board of Education. He is a member of 
Kane Lodge, No. 55, P.and A. M.. and of Union Chapter, No. 7, K. 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 < "hutch of Kearny. He is a Director of the Harrison and 
Kearny Building and Loan Association, a Republican in politics, and in all 
t he relations of life has displayed the highest attributes of a loyal, energetic, 
and useful ci1 i/.eii. 

Mr. Enstice was married, June 8, ls ( .>!». 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, X. J., where he now resides. 

JAMES T. LILLIS, Surrogate of Hudson County, is the eldest son of 
Martin and ( 'atherine (Mc< 'arth.v i Li 11 is, both natives of Ireland, who came 
to this country about L849 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, L879. His mother's death 
occurred there August l*i, L887. 

Surrogate Lillis was horn in West New York, Hudson County, 
March 6, L853, and when about four years old his parents moved to 
.Jersey City. He there acquired his early education in public and 
parochial schools. Entering Rutgers College at New Brunswick in 1870, 
on a scholarship mauled him by the freeholders after he had passed 
the required examination, he was graduated with the degree of B.S. in 
1ST:'., and the same year entered the Hudson County surrogate's office in 
Jersey City, with which he has ever since been connected. The probate 
history of Hudson County during the past twenty seven years is practically 
a historv of Surrogate Lillis*s life, and via versa. Prom a clerkship he 
lose steadily to the post of Assistant Surrogate, and in November, 1896, 
was elected Surrogate on the Democratic ticket over his Republican op- 
ponent. Hon. P. P. Wanser, then Mayor of Jersey City, receiving a flatter- 
ing majority. Surrogate Lillis still holds thai 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 Robert 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 20S Palisade Avenue. 



Surrogate Lillis was married June 3, 1ST", to Alice Dooley. daughter of 
Felix Dooley, of Poughkeepsie, N. Y. They have four children: Martin J ., 
. lames T.. Jr., John, and Anna. 

WILLIAM SEBASTIAN STUHR, of Hoboken, one of the ablest and 
foremost lawyers of Hudson County, was bora in Williamsburg, N. Y.. 
October 1. 1859. Ai a very earlyage he moved with his parents to Hoboken. 
X. J., where his lather exerted for many years a commanding influence 
in political and public affairs. 

.Mr. Stuhr has, therefore, spent his active life in Hoboken. and to the 

growth ami welfare of 
the city and also to many 
of its leading institu- 
tions he has contributed 
some of I he best ele- 
ments of his life. There 
he acquired his elemen- 
tary 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 w i t h 
honor in 1ST!), receiving 

the degri f LL.B. He 

subsequently continued 
his legal studies in the 
office of -lames W. 
Vroom, of Hoboken. and 
was admitted to the bar 
of New .h-rsey as an at- 
t o r n e y in November, 
1880, and as a counselor 
in November, ISS'i. 
Since L880 .Mr. Stuhr has been actively and successfully engaged in the 
practice of his profession 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 exercise of recognized legal ability, ami by those honest. 
straightforward p;iihs 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 



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 

Mr. Stuhr was Corporation Counsel of the City of Hoboken from iss:; 
to 1885 inclusive, and served as Assistant Counsel to the Hoard of Chosen 
Freeholders of Hudson County in isss. 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 Jeffersoniau Democ- 
racy of Hudson County. In L889 lie was nominated by that party as their 
candidate for Slate Senator, and also received the indorsement of the 
Republicans, 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, width appeared at once to have been brought about by unfair 
means, lie therefore determined to make a contest, and did, with the 
result that he was seated in the Senate in .May. lS'.MI. 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 till the position 
which he had so honestly and dearly won. In .la unary, 1891, the Democrats, 
gaining control of the Senate, unsealed 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 loth of that month, im- 
mediately after the election of officers, he defended his seat with a zeal 
and coinage which challenged the admiration of his political adversaries 
and gained lot- him a host of friends from all parlies. Tacked galleries 
at first attempted to interrupt him. but after five minutes all were quiet, 
and In- was given the closest attention lo 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 Revolutionary 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 


unwise, the Senate Flection Committee decided then not to call a new 
election, hut to declare thai Mr. Siuhr had probably received a majority 
of the votes cast, and should be sworn into office. ;nid the Senate solemnly, 
on its own responsihility as a judicial body, so adjudicated." 
Again the same paper, in speaking of Mr. Stuhr's brillianl effort, said: 

'• Senator Stain's address in defense of his seat, yesterday, was at limes 
burning with an eloquence which is rarely heard in the New Jersej Legis- 
lainre. . . . He lias shown qualities of courtesy and manliness which 
have made for him hosts of friends, lie came to the legislative halls a 

stranger, bu1 his i lest demeanor and pleasant manner, proving him at 

once a gentleman and a fair minded, conservative man. won praise and 
friendship. He goes hack 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 liighly respected and 
esteemed. He is a prominent member of Euclid Lodge, No. L36, F. and 
A. M., of Hoboken; of the Quartette Club and of the Deutscher Pioneer 
Yerein 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, L886, to .Miss Marietta Lindsay Miller, 
daughter of Thomas Miller, a leading citizen of Flushing, L. I. 

WILLIAM H. DANIELSON was bom in New Durham, Hudson County, 
X. 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 ^\"ill- 
iam Danielsou 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 fanner. He has been a success- 
ful agriculturist and an influential member of the Democratic party, and 
has served as Town Committeeman of Nev» Durham. He has been a sup- 
porter of the Baptist Church and of various kindred interests, and is 
highly respected and esteemed. 

He married, first, Rachel Biker, by whom he has four children: William 
II. (born in L850), Anna M.. Joseph, and Ella. He married, second, for 
his present wife. Caroline Wilmington. 

AUGUST SEITZ was horn in Kay. near Eerrenberg, Wurtemberg, <ior- 
many. November 24, L815. He studied for the ministry, but owing to the 
war of L830 was obliged to give up his studies. In L836 he went to Paris. 
engaging in business until L848, when he came to the United States, 
locating at New Orleans, and one year later in New York. In L852 he set- 
tled in Hoboken, X. -I.. and resided there until his death. May 13, 1S!»!>. lie 
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, 1st:;, at Paris, France, Miss Athenias .1. A. Grivel, 
daughter of Joseph and Rose (Rottier) Grivel. She died in Hoboken, Febru- 
ary 23, L899. Mr. Seitz was an Elder for man\ years in the Cerinan Luther- 


an Church of Boboken, one of the organizers of the Hoboken Academy, 
and a member of the old Volunteer Fire Department, or his seven chil- 
dren i\\<> arc living. His brother Charles was knighted for services to the 
king of Wurtemberg. Another brother, William, succeeded Ids father as 
keeper of the king's forests, was recently retired, and is siill living. His 
nephew was one of the < io\ < ■nuneiit architects at Stuttgart, Germany. 

Israel Seitz, lather of August, Charles, and William, was descended 
from an old and honored Lutheran family of Wurtemberg, Germany, who 
had held the office of king's forester for several generations. Their in- 
tegrity of character and honesty of purpose made them conspicuous in the 
Fat herland. 

ARTHUB SEITZ, son of Augusl and Athenias J. A. (Grivel) Seitz. was 
born in Hoboken, X. -I., December 6, LS55, 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 Linneiuau, W'ehry & Co., of 
New York City, and remained one year. He then entered the shipping 
house of Sailer «.V lavermore. in New York, and later the employ of the 
Eamburg-American Packel Company, as collector. Soon afterward he as- 
sociated himself with the Domestic Sewing .Machine Company as note 
clerk. ;ind Liter in Hoboken with Charles S. Shultz, lumber dealer. In 
April, L882, he engaged in business tor himself as a dealer in coal and build- 
ing materials, under the firm name of Seitz & Campbell (Herbert P. Camp- 
bell). In L883 they opened the Hoboken free stores, the tirst 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 L886, he again engaged in the 
building material and coal business with <*h;irles Fall, as Seitz & Fall, 
ami soon afterward they began extensive building operations. Mr. Fall 
withdrew and Thomas II. 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. I*. \\\, 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 commissioner for Hoboken to the State Exposition to be held 
in Newark in 1902. 

Mr. Seitz was married to Miss Helen Jamieson Borthwick, of Hoboken, 



N. J., April 1 1. 1887. Be is a public spirited citizen, active and influential 
in all the ;i IT; i irs of the community, deeply interested in American shipping, 
and highly respected by all who know him. 

JOHN ZELLEB is one of the foremosl men of Hudson County and an 
acknowledged leader of the Democratic party. Having lived in the Town- 
ship of North Bergen since he was one year <>l<i. he is actively identified 
with public and political affairs, and through his integrity, ability, and 
genial u<»<>d nature lias gained a wide popularity. He was born in New 
York City on the 16th of December, 1855, the son of Gottfried and Mar- 

garel Zeller, both na- 
i ives of Germany. 1 1 is 
parents came to iliis 
count i- y from the 
Fatherland and firsi 
settled in New York. 
When John was less 
i han on*- year old they 
removed In X o i- I ll 

Bergen, Hudson < kmnty, 
\. J., settling in the 
vicinity of ( Jul tenberg. 
Ai the outbreak of the 
War of the Rebellion, 
in 1801. Go1 tf ri ed 
Zeller enlisted in the 
Fifty-sixth New York 
Infanti-v Volunteei s. 
and served two years 
and six months, when, 
having received an 
honorable discharge, 
lie reenlisted in the 
T li i r d New Jersey 
< ' a v a 1 r y. He re- 
raained with thai regi- 
niein until the close of 
the war. gaining dis- 
i Miction for bravery in 
action and honor and 
acknowledgment for 
high soldierly qualities 
which lie displayed in 
ad ion. 
John Zellep obtained a public school education in the Guttenberg section 
<>f North Bergen, and in early manhood learned tin* trade of barber 
and hairdresser, which lie lias followed more or less down to the presenl 
time. In politics lie lias always affiliated with the Democratic party, ami 
from his youthful days 1ms taken an active and influential part in its 
councils. For many years Ids prominence and popularity in party affairs 
have made iiim a recognized leader, while his sound judgmenl and great 
executive ability have won the confidence as well as the respecl and admira- 
tion of the entire community, which has frequently honored him with elec- 

• lolIN ZELLER. 


lion to offices of responsibility and trust. He was Assessor for the Town 
of Guttenberg from 1883 to L886, a member of the Guttenberg Town 
Council in L890 and L891, and a representative to the New Jersey Legisla- 
ture in L892 and L893 from the Eleventh District, comprising the Town- 
ships of Union and North Bergen, tin- Towns of Union, West Hoboken, 
and Guttenberg, and the north pari of the Township of Weehawken. 

In each of these capacities .Mr. Zeller displayed those broad and brilliant 
qualities which have made him so popular throughoul Eastern New Jersey, 
.ind which have won for him an extensive acquaintance and hosts of 
friends. His legislative career was marked by close attention to duty, bv 
valuable and efticient 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 
pas! is an indication of the future there are yei higher honors in store for 

DANIEL G. BOGERT, Jr., is of the ninth generation from Cornelis Jans 
Bougaert (see sketch on page <'>~n. who was the firs! American ancestor of 
the several branches of the Bogerl family in New Jersey. Among his 
children were two son*. John Cornelise and Guilliam of the second gen- 

John Cornelise Bougaerl (2) emigrated with his father about 1662 and 
first settled in the Walkabout 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 farmer, and in Hist; removed 
to Hackensack, where he had previously (with the Bantas, Van Buskirks, 
and others) purchased a large trad called •• New Hackensack." lb' and 
his wife joined the Dutch Church there in L686. He was elected a Deacon 
of the church in L696. He is presumed to have died about 1715, as his 
name does not appear on the records alter that date. 

Guilliam Bougaerl (2), the other son of the emigranl firsi named, came 
over with his father aboul 1662 and also settled in the Wallabout section. 
He mat lied a widow, a Mrs. Bergen, who was the tirst white child born on 
Long Island. Their issue was seven sons and three daughters who settled 
in differeni localities. 

Guilliam (3), one of the sons, settled in Teaneck, Englewood Township. 
Bergen County, X. J., in L697, where In- built a log cabin, which he occu- 
pied for a number of years ion 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 


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 wore Maria and Albert J. 

Albert J. Bogerl (5), born July 29. 170.". married Sophia Westervelt. and 
continued on his father's farm. His children were Sarah. Jacob, Albeit, 
•lane, Gilliam, Henry, and Belinda. 

Gilliam Bogert (6), born March 3, 1797, bought his great-grandfather's 
farm and married Maria Deniarest. a direct descendant of north of France 
Huguenot stock. Thev had issue of the seventh generation Albert G., 


Sarah. Sophia. Daniel Gr., John C... Hannah D., Marie B., Andrew D., Be- 
linda. Jacob (J., and Elsie. 

Daniel (I. Bogerl ill. son above named, was born October 13. L825. He 
is a farmer in Teaneck, near the old Bogerl homestead. He lias served as 
Assessor for several years, as a Freeholder and Deputy Sheriff, and as 
Census Enumerator in L864, L865, 1866, 1870, 1880, and L890. 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. Bogerl (8), born in Teaneck. October 12. 1850, married Emily, 
daughter of Stephen Gr. Hopper, of Hackensack, and lias two children liv- 
ing: Charles A. and Stephen G. He is engaged in the lumber business in 
Englewood with Andrew D. Bogert. 

Gilliam D. Bogerl (8) is a carpenter and builder of Hie firm of Gilliam 
D. Bogert & Brother, which operates in Englewood and Leonia. TTe mar- 
ried Mary E. Christie, daughter of Peter and a granddaughter of Dower 
Christie, of Schraalenburgh, and has two children: Daniel CJ., Jr.. and 
Sarah A., of the ninth generation. 

This family of Bogerts have ever since their settlement in New Jersey 
lived at Teaneck. Etiijlewood. and vicinity. The old Bogert homestead ;\\ 
Teaneck is now owned by the William Walter Phelps estate. 

Daniel G. Bogert, Jr. (9th gen.), was born in Englewood, N. J.. December 
27. 1S77. 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 lias been a resident of Secaucus, Hudson Coun- 
ty, since 1854,and is one of the most prominent atid highly respected citizens 
of that community. A Republican in politics, he has held such local of- 
fices of honor and trust as Town Committeeman and School Trustee. He 
was born on Staten Island. N. Y.. December 0. 1S24. and was educated in 
the public schools of New York City. lb' 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 ami 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 identitied with the 
Reformed Church. In 1S47 he was a member of the Carbine Hangers (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 It. (wife of A. S. Engle), William E. 
Johnson, Alvah W. Johnson, and Marie Louise, wife of George H. Dentz. 
The eldest son. William Edgar Johnson, who resides at Homestead. Hud- 



son County, is in the Registry Departmenl of (lie New York Postoffice, 
where lie has been for the |>asi eighteen years, lie was hern in 1852, and 
married Mary Olson, by whom ho has live children. Mrs. Greorge H. Dentz 
resides at Jersey City Eeights and has five children. .Mrs. A. S. Engle re- 
sides ai Kearny and has three children. Mrs. .Johnson died February 7, 
1899. Florence Delavergne, daughter of .Mr. and Mrs. Dentz, died Septem- 
ber 26, iS'.is. William Delavergne, son of William E. Johnson, died Febru- 
ary 12, IS!'''. 

IV1NS I). APPLEGATE, chief Engineer of the Fire Department of 

Hoboken, Hudson County, was born in that city on the 14th of May, 1853. 


lie is the son of Ivins D. Applegate, Sr., and Susan Deas Whitney, and a 
grandson of John B. and Nancy (Anderson) Applegate and John and Mary 
i 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 1871 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 X. rarslow% a prominent undertaker in Hoboken, with whom he 


remained until June 1, 1891, when the paid fire department was organized 
and lie was made its Chief Engineer. Mr. Applegate became a member of 
the old Hoboken Volunteer Fire Department by joining Engine < Jompany 
\<>. l 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 Representatives of the Widows' and Orphans' 
Relief Fund, and during five terms of one year each was the company's 
foreman. Be served as Chief Engineer of the Volunteer Fire Department 
during the years L889 and L890, until the organization of the present paid 
department on June 1, 1891, when ho was appointed Chief Engineer, which 
position he still holds, having been three times elected Chief to succeed 
himself. Be 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 ono 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. Tie is one of the leading 
tiro chiefs in the State, being well known not only in this section but 
throughout Xew Jersey for his efficient executive ability and courage. TTe 
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. l.°>fi. 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 Fvantrlyn 
Parslow. sister of his old employer. William X. Parslow. of Hoboken. They 
have seven children: Tvins D.. Whitney Parslow. William Nassau, Susan 
Elizabeth. Evanglvn Marv, Path Alga, and Arthur Knox Banta. 

JAMES W. PEAPSALL. President of the New Idea Pattern Company 
of Xew York City, which he organized, and of which he is the owner, has 
lonjr been a resident of Ridgewood, Bergen Countv, 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 Xew York City. October 17. ISfW. and is the 
son of Silas Pearsall and Ellen, daughter of Alonzo Parker, nis 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 Xew York public schools, 
about 1856 Mr. Pearsall entered the employ of James V. Freeman in the 
wholesale butter trade at 101 Front Street. Xew York City. Afterward 
he was with W. H. Phillips, his successor, with whom he remained for nearly 
eight years. He then removed to Hempstead. Dong Island, where for some- 
thing more than two years he was engaged in the retail grocery business. 
Returning to Xew York City, the next ten years were also spent in the 
wholesale battel- trade in the employ of S. W. & J. I. Boyt. 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. lb- entered the employ of th«- Domestic Sewing Machine Com- 


pany in New York, and remained with them for eighteen years, until the 
company failed. During the lasl seven years of the eighteen he had been 
manager of the pattern departmen! of this concern, and he recognized the 
existence of needs in the pattern trade which no one had undertaken to 
incci. Thus having severed Ids connection with the Domestic Sewing Ma- 
chine Company, in April, 1894, he organized and secured the incorporation 
of the New [dea Pattern l !ompany, of which he is President and chief owner. 
This business has been recently described as follows: 

"When the New [dea Pattern Company was started, about six years 
ago, it had practically no cash capital, but whai was even more valuable 
than a bank account was Mr. Pearsall's experience in the pattern business, 
Ids acquaintance and good standing among New Fork houses, and, most 
important of all. a plan for selling patterns thai 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 ii 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 others 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 I... William I\. Edgar L., Silas E., Lina G., 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. lb- 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 Kidgewood. For 
fifteen years he has also been a member id' the Knights of Honor, and in 
IS!i!) held the position in this order of Grand Dictator of New Jersey. 

MTLTOX DEMAREST, of Hackensack, X. J., is descended in the eighth 
generation from David des Marest, the French emigrant, concerning whom 
see j). 64. The line of descent is as follows: David des Marest and his 
wife. Maria Solder, 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, refer, Jacomina, Judith, Sarah, Simon, Rachel, Susanna, and Daniel. 

Samuel Demurest (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 Kockland County, X. 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. I.ydia. Jacobus, and Garret. 
•~iL Jacobus Demarest (5), born at Tappan, August 20, 1748, married, in 1784, 
Rachel, daughter of Cornelius C. Smith, who was born at Tappan, May 14, 

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L756. She died April 28, L825, and he died October 9, L844. They had issue 
of the sixth generation Cornelius J.; Jacobus, L789; Sarah, iT'.ti': Eliza- 
beth, 1795; and Joost, L797. 

Cornelius .1. ((;) was born ni Orangetown, X. Y.. May l'4. 1785, and died 
September 27, L863. His wife, Catherine Holdrum, was born June :'»<». 1787, 
and died August 31, L852. Both are buried a1 the cemetery at Tappan. 

Among the children of Cornelius J. (6) and < Jatherine i Holdrum) Demaresl 
was John C. Demaresl (7), who married [sabella. daughter of Daniel I>. 
Tallman, and had issue, among others, ol the eighl generation, Milton 
Demarest, the subject of this sketch. 

Milton Demaresl (8) was born in Rockland County, N. Y.. June 8, 1855. 
lie spent his boyhood days [j\ attendance upon the public schools at Nyack. 
N. Y., and finished his education in the private school of Professor William 
Williams and at Backensack Academy, his parents having removed to 




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Hackensack when he was quite young. After completing a thorough aca- 
demic course h>' entered as a student the law office of M. C. Grillham, at 
Hackensack, where he completed a full course of study. In dune, l>77. he 
was admitted io the New Jersej bar as an attorney, and three years later 
as a counselor. He practiced his profession until the summer of L879, 
when he formed a law partnership with Walter Christie, of Hackensack, 
which lasted for one year. From that time until L894 he practiced alone, 
and then associated himself with Abram de Baun, with whom he has since 
carried on an extensive and lucrative practice. 

From L872 to l v 77 Mr. Demarest served as a member of Company C, 
Second Battalion, N. G. X. J. II<- has served seven years as counsel and 
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 .Match. 1.900. He is a member of Pioneer Lodge, F. and A. M.. 
of Bergen County Lodge, I. O. O. F., and of the Oritani Field Club, and 


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. 

lie has beeu twice married, (1) to Carrie W. Christie and (2) to Adaline F. 
Christie. His issue of the ninth generation are Lottie, Carrie I., and Edith. 

SAMUEL BTJRRAGE REED, one of the oldest and most prominent 
architects in this country, was born in Meriden, Conn., on the 7th of 
January, L834. TTe is the son of Samuel Francis "Reed and Sarah Tharp, 
and ih" 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- lie settled 
in the fertile valley or pass which for upward of one hundred years has 
been known as "Reed's (Jap." between the mountains that skirt the east- 
erly boundary of Wallingford, Conn. The Air Line railroad between 
New York and Boston inns 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 Xew 
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, 177$. 
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 
el' this " Charter with the Acts and haws 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, leaving three daughters with nothing, or risking that 
in life'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 the minority. Sarah was the eldest, and from the time she was seven- 
teen, when her mother died from sunstroke, she took entire charge and 
• •are 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 24, 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 
post 1, unions 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 " Flack Fiver 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. Feed spent seven years of his boyhood with an aged couple 
who had nearly worn themselves out on a partly-cleared farm of two 



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 bus 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, 



having forgotten her features. They very soon became acquainted 
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 lie 
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 


of the New York Sun). This structure was erected from designs furnished 
b\ 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. Reed, 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. Heed had no knowledge. 
These books lie 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 lie 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 subjeel of medicine became a secondary matter. As his 
skill in his trade developed he became intensely interested in its problems, 
and finally at the ag< of twenty-one with his chest of tools he settled in 
Flushing, L. I. lie took his books with him and continued his studies, 
determined that he would not allow himself to be in ignorance on any 
subject, lie veiy soon made the acquaintance of Prof. Howard Osgood 
(now of Rochester University), who kindly offered to give him instruction 
in the Greek language. This otter was gladly accepted and Strong's Epit- 
ome, as his primer, and Intigone, 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, Not! and Gliddon, 
Dick, Koch. Gill, Howling. 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 Inning been proposed during the 
following winter, Mr. Reed 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 purpose 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. Reed, 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, which 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 


branch he took a course of instruction under Prof. James McLean (brother 
of -Judge McLean, of Ohio), who for twelve years was a designer on govern- 
ment work 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 Lands 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. average of upward of one full s< t of original designs per month 
during the whole time. Buildings in everj style and for all purposes are 
included in the list. He was the first to develop what has go long been 
known as the " Queen Anne Style," or more properly " Cottage Style." The 
Pinard cottages in Newport. P. 1.. represent his lirst work in that style. 
Mr. Reed is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and is the 
author of five publications on architecture specially intended to assist 
in the erection of convenient and comfortable cottages. Hew well this 
laudable endeavor to aid the deserving classes has been appreciated is 
best told in the fact that the sales of ids 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 
Cnurcn on isecoiia 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 li.-i 
here. We should mention his latest work as the Passaic County courl 
house, at Paterson, N. J., which Mr. Peed secured in a competition, in- 
cluding forty-eight architects from all the principal cities. This beautiful 
structure is in classic design, id' white marble, lire-proof throughout, sin- 
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. Reed 
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 d< termined 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, lb' has 
decided convictions concerning any action, believing in any case thai 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 archited has such a record. 

For several years Mr. Reed has resided in Woodcliff, N. J., where he has 
taken an active pari in public alfaiis. He was twice elected Mayor of 


WoodclitV, and afterward was elected .Justice of the Peace. Subsequently 
lie was appointed I 'ommissioner of Deeds. The two latter positions lie 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 ho was an Elder in the Reformed Church in New York City, 
and for i lie 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. 


COKXEIJl'S CHRISTIE, train master of the West Shore Railroad at 
Weehaw ken. X. 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 
L06. The line of descent is James Christie ill. the emigrant, who married 
Magdalena Samuels Demarest, of Schraalenburgh, and had issue of the 
second generation thirteen children, one of whom was William Christie, 
who married Catolyntio Demaresl and had issue of the third generation 
ten children, of whom < 'aptain Jam< s ( Jhrisl ie. of Revolutionary fame, mar- 
ried Maria Banta, and had issue of the fourth generation seven children, one 
of whom, David Christie, born December 1. 17S!>, married Anna Brinkerhoff, 
and removed to New York City, where he made a fortune as a stone cutter. 
In 1835. having bought the farm of Carrel Mayer .it Ridgefield, X. J., he 
retired from business, lie had issue of the fifth generation, one of whom 
was Albert B. Christie, who married Lydia A. Christie (a distant relative) 
and settled at Uidjjelield 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 Ridgefield Park, September 24, 1864, 
and was educated in the public schools, graduating from Washington pub- 
lic school, No. 32, Hackensack, in July, L881. Beginning business as a 
telegraph operator in the office of the New York, Susquehanna and West- 
ern Railroad, in May. L881, he continued in their employ until June, 1883, 
when he entered the office of the West Shore Railroad Company as tele- 
graph operator. He so continued until March, L888, when he was promoted 
to the position of train despatched which he held until April 1, 1895, when 
bv 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, X. V.. only daughter of James E. Wells, 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, 
L862, his parents being Jacob W. Doremus and Sophia E. Van Dien. He is 
descended in the fifth 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 Ackerman. The date of the registry of 



the marriage is August 19. He bought lauds in the limits of the Ramapo 
patent at Preakness and on the Saddle River neai Paramus. Joris (George) 
Doremus, probably his sou, lived at Passaic. He married Mary, daughter 
of Jan Berdaen (1 Jordan). 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 
Garretsen Van Dien, of Utrecht, Holland. His grandparents were John U. 
and Margaret iW'estervelt) Doremus and Cornelius G. and Susan E. (Post) 
Van Dien. 

Mr. Doremus received his primary education in the public schools of 
Bergen County, and after graduating therefrom, in 1878. entered Stevens 
Institute in Hoboken, where lie completed his academical studies. In lssi) 
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- 


mined to the New York bar in the same year, lie was admitted to the 
bar of New Jersey as an at torney in 1884 and as a counselor in 1889, and has 
successfully practiced his profession in Hackensack, Bergen County, and at 
L20 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 four 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 municipalities. 

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 highesl legal abilities and qualifications. He has 
devoted himself unceasingly to the interests of his clients, and (luring the 
sixteen years of his pracl ice has built up a large and lucrative business, both 
in New York < 'ity and in his native county, lie has never as] tired to public 
office, but in L895 was induced by his friends to accept the nomination for 


State Senator. Be is a member of (he Reformed Church of Ridgewood, N. 
.1., 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 worthy object, and highly esteemed and respected by all who 
know lii 111. 

.Mr. Doremus was married on the lith of December. 1885, to Jennie M. 
Lake, of .Mousey, N. Y., and their children arc Florence L., born September 
23, lssu. died July 25, L887; Mabel, born June 14, 188S; and Nellie Budlong, 
born September 26, 1891. 

HAMILTON VICTOR MEEKS is one of the most successful business 
men of Hudson County, X. J. He is President of the Gardner & Meeks 
Company, which controls large lumber interests at Union Hill and Gutten- 
berg. lb- is a Director and Vice-President of the Hudson Trust Company 
of Hoboken and Wes1 Hoboken, of which he was one of the original in- 
corporators. In ism 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 WoodclilT-on-the-Hud- 
son. The Grand Boulevard, constructed by Hudson County at a cost of 

|3,000,000, runs i hrough I he edge of W Icliff, on the crest of the Palisades, 

and from this elevated poinl -i remarkable view of New Fork City is spread 
before the eye. Whether it be view< d by day. or whether it be identified by 
iis 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 lirst meetings were held at his home. 
His name appears in the poll list of the electors of the City of New York 
in lTiil. ' He was 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 Rou of L'Eglise de Saini D'Esprit of New York City. John 
Meeks held the commission us 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- 

1 See James Grant Wilson's Memorial History of the City of Neiv York, vol. ii., p. 322. 


Iution and a descendant of one of the besl known old Dutch families of 
New Fork. They had several sons and | w ( . daughters. 

John .Mocks, father of the presenl Mr. Meeks, was the oldest son of the 
preceding. He married Elizabeth Bush, granddaughter of Richard Bragaw, 
of Revolutionary lame Mr. Mocks became a residenl of Hudson County, 
X. J., and in L85] acquired aboul one hundred and fifty acres of land, —the 
presenl site of Woodcliff, — purchasing from nineteen differenl titles. It is 
upon this land that, through the enterprise of Hamilton V. Mocks, the 
presenl beautiful village of Woodcliff has sprung up within loss than a 
decade. As already slated tins land has an interesting history. A portion 
of it was once the property of Commodore do Kay. one of t he most remark- 
able characters in the history of Hudson County. Again, the poinl 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' 1 Wayne made his unsuccessful sortie againsl 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, ami 
this performance became the inspiration of the satirical poem, '•The Cow 
chase.*' published in New York City by tin' ill-fated Major Andre' just 
previous to his capture and execution for acting as a spy in connection 
with the treason of Benedict Arnold. In AVintield's History of J}tnls<,n 
Cou nti/ 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. Mocks 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 bv their father, in turn, in the early 
pari of the present century. This business was originally established on 
Broad Street, and barely missed destruction in the great fire 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 L872. On November 1. 
L874, he married Euretta Eleanor, daughter of Robert E. < rardner, 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 & Me, -ks. 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 Cardner <S: Meeks. Upon the death of Mr. Gardner in L895 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 
Cliih of Hoboken, and is on its entertainment and library ami 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 office. 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 righl <>\' way al » enabled the con- 
struction of the Grand Boulevard, on the cresl of the wesl bank of the 
Hudson, overlooking New York City, to hi' carried into execution. 

Mr and Mrs. Meeks have three children, two sous and a daughter: How- 
ard Victor Meeks. clarence Gardner Meeks, and Euretta Eleanor Meeks. 


FLAVEL McGEE was born April 6, 1S44, in Frelinghuysen Township, 
Warren County, N. J. He prepared for college at Newton Collegiate In- 
stitute, Newton, X. 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 William Muirheid, under the firm 
name of .Muirheid & McGee. The degree of counselor-at-law was con- 
ferred upon him at the dune term <>t the Supreme Court, L871, the first 
term possible under the rules. At the same term that he was admitted 
lie 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 
thai of the International Life Insurance and Trust Company r. Haight, 
in which it was held for the firsl time in New Jersey that in estimating 
the assets of a corporation for taxation United States securities and mort- 
gages not liable to taxation niiisi lie deducted. The other was the case 
of Ransom ads. Ruckman, wherein the Courl of Errors settled the law on 
the doctrine of arbitration. Within the firsl year after his license as a 
counselor he was employed in importanl railroad litigation, and since 
that time has at all times been extensively employed by corporations, 
uotably railroad, banking, and insurance corporations. He was one of 
the earliest members of i he .NVw Jersey bar lo engage in the practice of 

In the year L876 the late Governor Bedle was added to the firm, which 
was known as Bedle, .Muirheid i\: McGee until L888, when Mr. Joseph D. 
Bedle, dr.. was added to the firm under the style of Bedle, Muirheid. McGee, 
iV Bedle, Jr. This continued until the death of Mr. Muirheid in L892, when 
the firm became Bedle, McGee & Bedle. <>n the death of ex-Governor 
Bedle in October, 1894, the firm was changed to McGee, Bedle & Bedle, Mr. 
Thomas I\ Bedle being added. The latter retired from the firm in L899, 
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 railed Slates, and upon the death of the late Chief 
dust ice Beasley his name was urged for the position of chief Justice of the 
State, lie holds commissions as Master in Chancery, Supreme Court Com- 
missioner, and Advisory Master of the Cour-1 of Chancery. He is also a 
counselor of the Supreme Courl of the United Stales. 

He has ad ways been a Republican, and in important elections has 
frequently taken the stump. In the contest for the United States Senator- 
ship, in which the late Governor Abbott was defeated by Rufus Blodgett, 
Mr. McGee took an active part with his then partner, Governor Bedle, 
in opposition to Mr. Abbett's candidacy. In the canvass, which resulted 
in the nomination of the Hon. John W. Griggs for Governor of New Jer- 
sey. Mr. Met lee 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. Winfield, Governor Griggs offered 
to Mr. McGee the position of Prosecutor of the Pleas of the County of 
Hudson, and earnestly urged its acceptance. The latter declined, how- 


ever. He has been offered by his party the nomination for almost every 
important office within the gift of the party in Hudson County, all of 
which he has declined. He is Vice-President of the Republican County 
Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. He is a member 
of the Union League Club of Endson 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. P. 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 Jerse,y bar before the Supreme Court as an attorney at the June term, 
1881, and as a counselor at the June term, 18S4. Since his admission to the 
bar of his native State Mr. Black has successfully followed his profession in 
Jersev Citv. 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 1890 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 cons* ientious 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 Law <tn<l Practia 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 Si ale. 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 


of Odd Fellows, and of the Ancient Order of United Workmen. In religion 
he adheres to the faith of tin 1 Society of Friends. 

On the ll'th of February, 1S!I0\ Mr. Black was married to Alice G. Hazen, 
at Flushing, L. I. They have no children. 

PRANK P. MeDERMOTT. one of the prominent members of the bar of 
Jersey City, was born on the historic battleground of Monmouth, N. J., 
October l':'.. ls.ll. For more than a century the family name has been promi- 
nently identified with (hat 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 Monmouth County, where his de- 
scendants have ever since resided. 

Mr. McDermott received an excellent preparatory education, attending 
first the common schools and subsequently Freehold institute. He was 
obliged, however, to abandon the cherished hope of ;i college course, and, 
turning his attention to the law, entered the office of Acton C. Hartshorne 
and Chilion Bobbins, both skillful, studious, and eminent advocates. Mr. 
McDermott pursued his legal studies under their instruction, and in Novem- 
ber, 1875, shortly after attaining his majority, was admitted to the bar. 
He began the active practice of his profession at Freehold, Monmouth 
County, X. J., and there his abilities ;is 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 held 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. L880, Mr. McDermott married Elizabeth Thompson, daughter of 
Dr. Joseph C. Thompson, of Monmouth County. They have three sons and 
one daughter. 


JOHN H. Du BOIS.— The Du Boisos 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, and 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 w r ife, at one time, w r as 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 w r ell as their worthy ancestors exemplified the sterling characteristics 



of their race. Mr. l>u Bois is now one of the foremosl citizens of Wee- 

John II. Dm Bois obtained his education in the Kingston public schools. 
After completing hi* studies he found ernploymenl as a bargeman for the 
Delaware and Hudson Canal Company, with whom he remained until he 
attained his majority. Subsequently he was for four years the master of 
n coal barge, and al the end of thai period came to Weehawken as an 
overseer <>l' men for the same corporation. Ai 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 Mr. 
Dii Bois has won the confidence of qo1 only his associates, bul of all the 
company's officials and <>1' the community in which he is an honored citizen. 
He is universally esteemed for those qualities of manhood which distin- 
guish his race, and which deserve the trusl and resped 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, lie is also a prominent member of the Lincoln Club, a 


leading Republican organization of Weehawken, and a member <>l' the First 
.Met lunlisi Episcopal Church of Koboken. Progressive, patriotic, and enter- 
prising, ami imbued with the highest principles of manly courage and de- 
motion, ho has always supported every movement designed to advance the 
community and its people. 

Mr. Du Bois was married, on the 28th of December, L864, to Miss Alice 
R. How land. They have two sons: George II. and Charles II.. and reside in 
Weehawken. X. .1. 

WILLIAM LEWIS STEWART, formerly Tost master of Arlington, Hud 
sod 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 15, L894, aged eighty-four years. His mother, 
Maria (Hoyt) Stewart. died May 1. L895, at the age of eighty-three. Both 
were Presbyterians, the father being an Elder in thai church and otherwise 
connected with the churches .n Muscatine, la.. Brooklyn, X. Y., and Ar- 
lington, X'. J. They had I wo sons: William L.. the subject of this article, 
and John E. Stewart, of Plainfield, X. J., senior member of the firm of 
Stewart, Warren X Co., stationers, '_"•> Howard Street. New York City. 

Mr. Stewart comes from Revolutionary stock. He was horn in Middle- 
town, X. Y.. A | nil is. L843. and received his education in the district schools 
of Iowa, whither the family removed while he was young. After leaving 
school he engaged in farming in [owa, and subsequently became a practical 
sugar planter in Louisiana, where he remained seven years. He removed 
to Brooklyn, X. Y.. in L875, ami thence in 1876 to Arlington, X. J., where he 
has since resided. He was successfully engaged in the stationery business 
in New York City from IsTT to 1804. Hi- served as Postmaster at Arling- 
ton from 1894 to December 31, 1899. 

Mr. Stewart served with distinction in the War of the Rebellion, lie was 
mustered into Company E, Eighteenth [owa Infantry. Augusl 6, L862, and 
served on the frontier division of the Southwest under Curtis, Schofield, 
and Steele, his regimenl being a pari of the Seventh Army Corps. He par- 
ticipated in a number of importanl engagements, notably those at Spring- 
field, Mo., second I'ea Ridge, Poison Springs, ami Camden, Ark., and was 
honorably discharged from the service in August, 1865. 

Returning from the war, Mr. Stewari entered upon an active business 
life. He is ;i member of the Union Veteran Legion and of* the Veteran Asso- 
ciation. He is a member of the Union Veteran Legion and of the Veteran 
Association of Arlington, ami respected as a man of ability, enterprise, 
and public spirit. 

Mr. Stewari married, in 1884, I.ydia II. Miller, daughter of James Burt, of 
Warwick, X. Y. They have no children. 

JOnX HENRY MACDONALD has been a life-long resident of Bayonne, 
X". J., where he was born on the loth of February, 1844. He is the son of 
John Macdonald and Hanna Everson, and a great-grandson on his mother's 
side of ;i soldier in the Revolutionary War. His parents were both born and 
married in Hudson Comity. N. J., where the Macdonalds and Eversons 
have resided for many years. 

Mr. Macdonald attended the Bayonne pnblie 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, 
X. J., under President Lincoln. He enlisted in 1861 and served nine months 


iiudsox and bi:r<;ex cor.NTircs 

in Company C, Twenty-first New Jersey Volunteers, participating in tlie 
battles of Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, and other engagements, and 
being honorably discharged from the 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 nil who know him. In politics he is a Republican, and in 
religion a Methodist. He is a member of Van Houten Post. Grand Army 


of the Republic, of Jersey <'ity. and prominently identified with other im- 
portant organizations and enterprises in his native county. 

Be was married on the 24th of December, 1865, to Ann L. Barnes, daugh- 
ter of Stephen I), and Judith Barnes, of Porl Richmond, Staten Island. 
N. Y. They have three children: John S., Emma J., and Charles W. 

JAMES PRENTICE NORTHROP, a membei of the well known law firm 
of Wallis, Edwards & Bumsted, of Jersey City, X. J., springs from some of 
the oldest families of Now England, his paternal ancestors coming over in 
1630 and his mother's in 1640. Both lines were among the earliest settlers 


of Massachusetts and Connecticut, and were represented in the Colonial 
and Revolutionary 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 James K. Northrop and Catherine S. Prentice, daughter of Nathan 
and Alice (Spencer) Prentice. His father was the only son who attained 
maturity of Rev. Bennetl 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. 

•lames P. Northrop was born in Springfield, Mass.. on the ~>th of August. 
L856, and received Ins 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 ai the November 
term of the Supreme Coui'1 in L880 and as a counselor ai the February term 
in L892. 

Since L880 Mr. Northrop has been actively and successfully engaged in 
the genera] practice of his profession, and is now a member of the law firm 
of Wallis. Edwards \ Bumsted, of Jersey City. He resided for a lime in 
P.ayonne. Hudson County, where lie served for two years as City Attorney. 
lie is now a residenl of North Plain field. X. .1. Mr. Northrop is an able law- 
yer, a man of broad attainments, ami respected ami esteemed by all who 
know him. He is n member of lam rprise Lodge, No. 1 17. F. ami 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, L883 Mr. Northrop married Harriel R. Wilson, daughter 
of Milton li. and Harriel (Metcalf) Wilson, of Danielson, Conn. Both the 
Metcalfs and Wilsons are among i he oldest families of thai Slate. Mr. 
and Mis. Northrop have one daughter, Norma. 

FRANCIS DOUGLAS JACKSON, of Hoboken, one of the leading prod- 
uce commission merchants in Hudson County ami a .Major in the Spanish- 
American War, born in Brooklyn, X. Y.. on the I'.Mh of August. 1841. 
Me is the son ..f Charles Jackson and Eliza M. Castle and a grandson of 
Amasa ami Mary (Phelps) Jackson and of William and Sarah (Marvin) 
Castle. His great-grandfather, Colonel Michael Jackson, was Colonel of 
the Eighth Massachusetts Enfantry in the American Revolution and was 
brevet ted Brigadier General for meritorious service. 1 lis ^reat-great-grand- 
father, Jonathan Jackson, was the firsl Collector of the Tort of Boston, 
Mass.. while his t'nst ancestor, Edward Jackson, came to New England 
about L630 and settled near Boston. The family lias always been prominent 
and influential 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 gem-rations. 

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 lie has been actively and successfully engaged 
in the commission business, dealing extensively in farm and dairy products, 
with Ins office 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 1862 and 1863, in Company H, Seventh New York 
Infantry. Afterward lie was active in the New Jersey militia, becoming 


First Lieutenant and Adjutant in the Ninth Regiment December 20, 1881, 
Captain of Company E, Second Regiment, April (>. 1886, Captain of Com- 
pany L. Fourth Regiment, May 31, 1892, and .Major of the Second Regimenl 
May -'2. 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. L898. Major 
Jacksou is a member and Trustee of the Columbia (Mult of Hoboken, a mem- 
ber of the Seagirl (X. 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 vears a Vestryman in St. 
Paul's Church, Hoboken. 

Major Jackson married Lizzie H. (Jaunt, by whom he has had six chil- 
dren: Gertrude, E. 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 0. 1850, the son of James Lawless and Ellen Sims. 
His parents were both natives of Ireland, but were married in this come 
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 L879. 

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 Assembly during the sessions of 18f>2 and 1S93. 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 Knights of Colum- 
bus. and of the Master Masons' Association, and in religion is a Catholic. 
He has never married. 

JAMES SHI "ART. of Ramsey*. Bergen County, is the grandson of 
Adolphus Shuart. who fought in the War for Independence. His maternal 
grandfather, John Sutherland, was in the War of 1S12. 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 Bergen County since coming 
to America. 



Mr. siniaii is the son <>f Benry A. Shuarl and a grandson of A.dolphus 
Shnart, and was born in Hohokus Township, Bergen County, August L9, 
1844. After receiving a limited education in the common schools lie began 
business in tin- dry goods and grocery trade in Orange County, X. Y. This 
proved successful, and in L870 he came to Ramseys, where In- opened a meal 
market. This also became a profitable business, and in L896 he retired. Mr. 
Shuarl is a Free Mason and a prominenl ^h\<\ Fellow, lie served three 


years as a member and Presidenl of the Board of Education, and was re- 
cently elected to serve three more years in the same capacity. He has also 
s"ivt d as Assessor and Road Commissioner of Hohokns Township for three 
years. In politics he is a Democrat. Tie and his family attend the Lutheran 

Mr. Shuart was married at the age of seventeen to Susan Jane Hunter, 
daughter of David Hunter, of Orange County. X. Y. They had one son, 


Franklin Shuart, of Bamseys. Mr. Shuart's lirst w i f r* died in 1868, and he 
married, in 1872, Miss Eleanor N. Litchult, of Brooklyn, N. Y. They have 
had four children: Elizabeth, who married Alberi G. May, of Bamseys; 
Eva E.. who married S. <>. Conklin, of Newburgh, X. Y., and died ;it the 
age of twenty and one-half years; Harry, formerly a studenl a1 Peddie In- 
stitute and now a studenl al Yale College; and Edna. a1 home. 

HENBY HOPE VANDEBBILT, of Hoboken, descends from the noted 
Vanderbilt family of Staten Island, X. Y. The first ancestor of this family 
in America was dan Aersten Van der Bildt, who came from Holland 
about 1650. He was married three times. His sou. Jacob Janse Van der 
Bildt, was married, August 13, 1687, to Maritje (Mary) Van der Yliet (" of 
the stream "), and their son Jacob, born in 1002. 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 
Xew York, and numerous branches of the family in different sections of 
the country. 

Henry H. Vanderbilt was born in Williamsburg, X. Y.. April 8, 1S02. 
but has spent nearly all his life in Hoboken, X. 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 office and 
yards are on Willow Avenue and Seventeenth Street. Hoboken. 

Ha vine,- devoted his energies strictly to business. Mr. Vanderbilt has 
never sought nor held public office, 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 1 virtues and attributes which 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 DABLING, one of the most prominent residents of 
West Xew York, formerly the Township of Union, Hudson County, was 
born in New York- City, July 29. 1853, the son of James Darling ami .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 L85A and 1S44. respectively. 
For eighteen years his father was engaged in business in that city as a 
plumber and gas fitter. Subsequently he was a collector for the Man- 
hattan Gas Company of Nev York. He moved to West Xew York (Taurus 
postofficek X. 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, 1S20. and died in West Xew York. X. J.. July's. 1000. 

John S. Darling was educated in the public schools of Xew York' City 
and in Xew Jersey in what is now West Xew York. He served an ap- 
prenticeship as a bricklayer, and then engaged in the business of bleach- 
ing and refinishing lace curtains in West Xew York. Disposing of this 



business in 1889, 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 nexl engaged in manufacturing music-boxes, under the name 
of the American .Music Box Company, of Wes1 New York and later of Ho- 
boken. since L893, however, his business lias been that of a real estate and 
insurance operator, and in this line he has been remarkably successful, 
having cilices on Bergenline Avenue in West New York, opposite the 
town hall. 


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 term of enlistment of seven years. He 
is a charter member of the Empire Hook and Ladder Company and was its 
Foreman for two years, and belongs to Mystic Tie Lodge, No. 123, F. and 
A. M., to Cyrus Chapter, No. 23, R. A. M., to Pilgrim Commaudery, No. 16, 
K. T.. of Iloboken. 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 West New York, to Oak Cliff Council, No. 1,748, 
Royal Arcanum, and to Palisade Lodge, No. 128, Knights of Pythias. He 


has held various official positions in these orders. He is also ;i member 
of i he I Mitch Reformed ' 'lunch. 

Mr. Darling has been conspicuous in various public capacities. He is a 
Democrat, and an active leader of the party. He was Township Clerk of 
the Township of Union mow Wesl Ww STork), being in fad iis firsl Clerk, 
and served three years. For four years In- was 'lax ( Jollector and Treasurer 
of the same township, being successively elected without opposition. For 
two years In- was Chief ol Police of the Township of Union. Hi- was also 
both Tax Collector and Disbursing Officer of the school funds of tin- Town- 
ship of Union, and is now the Tax Collector of Wes1 New York, being 

elected oil the Organization of llie town ill L897 UIld re-elected in ]s.'.l!l )',,, 

a term of three years. Hi- is also a Commissioner of Deeds and a Notary 

He married, September 17. L893, Abigail B., daughter of James and 
Sarah Crossley, of Fairview, X. •).. by whom In- has one child. Sidney Louis 
Darling, born August !». 1894. 

STEWART LOWRY, ;i well known hotel proprietor of Secaucus, Hud 
son County, has been a life-long residenl of thai place, having been horn 
there on the 3ls1 of .March. L854. lie is the son of Roberl Lowry and Mar- 
garet Folev, both natives of Ireland, who came to this country in earlv 
life and took up t heir home in Secaucus. 

Having received a good practical education in the Secaucus public schools, 
.Mi-. Lowry engaged in the business of a hotel keeper and farmer, which 
he has since followed with uninterrupted success. He 1ms 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. 

JSA.\<' i>. BOGERT, .Mayor of Westwood and a leading merchant of that 
borough, is descended in the eighth generation from Cornells Jansen Bo- 
gaerdt, the Hutch emigrant, concerning whom see the sketch of Daniel <;. 
IIo<;eri on pace L32. The line of descent is as follows: Cornells Jansen 
Bougaerl (1), the emigrant, and his wife. Geesie Williams, had issue of the 
second generation Wyntie, John C, Classie, Roelof, Maritie, and Peter. 

•John <". Bogerl ii'i married Angenetie Strycker. of Long Island, and set 
tied at Hackensack, N. J., where !n- had issue of the third generation 
Roelof, Lammetie, Claes, John, Cornelius, and Allien. 

Alberl Bogerl (3), of Hackensack, born about L690. married. February 17. 
1713, Martha Bertholf, and had issue of the fourth generation John, Guil- 
liaem, Isaac. Jacobus, Angenitie, Henry. Cornelius, Cornelius, and Angen 

Isaac Bogerl (4), born in L718, married, June 4. 1742, Lea. daughter of 
John Demarest, and settled near Westwood, X. •!.. on a farm purchased in 
17<;~. His issue of the tilth generation were Albert, Jacobus (who died in 
the Revolutionary cause), John, and .Martina. 

Alberl Bogerl (5) inherited his father's homestead, married, ami had issue 
of the sixth generation, one of wbom was I sane A. Bogert, horn about L766, 
who married, Mn 31, L788, Margarel Durie. They resided on the old home- 
stead and had issue of the seventh gem ration two children: David and Lea. 

David Bogerl (7), born July 2, 1800, married Hannah Ackerman, and re- 



sided a1 Westwood, where he had issue of the eighth generation, one of 
whom was Isaac I>. Bogert, the subject of this sketch. 

Isaac l>. Bogerl (8) was born on the old Bogert homestead ai Westwood in 
1834. Having 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 Bogerl & 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 official capacities. He was Freeholder for six 
years, during a pari of which time he was Director of the county board. 
He also filled the office of Collector for Washington Township, and in L899 
was elected the tirst Mayor of Westwood. Id conjunction with Richard 
Hopper, Abram B. Bogert, and others he organized the Reformed Church 
at Westwood in L887, and has filled the office of Elder since that time. Mr. 
Bogerl is a member of the Grand Army, but aside from this his relations 
in life are domestic, lie is public spirited, and through his kindly aid the 
village has received greal help. In 1894 he generously donated for public 
use two acres of valuable ground in the center of the borough for a park, 
in which are I went y-seven sugar trees of his own planting. 

In L852 .Mr. Bogert married Anna Van Wagoner, daughter of John Van 
Wagoner, of < >radell, X. -I. They have no children. 

ADDISON 1>. WHITE, a veteran of the Civil War and now a Justice of 
the Peace in Harrison. Hudson County, was born on Slaten Island, New 
York, April !), lSKi. He is the son of Richard White and Ann Sinionson, 
;iud a descendant of ancestors who came to this country several generations 
ago, both his parents being natives of Staten Island. 

Mr. While 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 
Ynrk 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. X. J., where he 
has since resided, and until 1875 was successfully engaged in real estate 
operations. He is now connected with the Domestic Sewing Machine 
Works. In politics Mr. White is an ardent and influential Democrat, and 
for several years has been active in the interests id' 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 DARLIX'G, a prominent citizen of West New York (Taurus post- 
office), Hudson County, and a brother of John S. Darling, whose sketch 
appears on page .''»<>S. was born on Forty-second Street in New York 
City, on the Kith of April. 1857, and moved with his parents to West 
Xew 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. 



In 1873 Mr. Darling entered the employ of the National Wood Man- 
ufacturing Company, of New York. He continued with thai concern as 
outside man, laying parquel floors, until L878, when lie became super- 
intendent of lighters for the Wes1 Shore Railroad. Aboul L885 he re- 
signed thai position, but after ;i year spent in a bleachery returned as 
ferry master a1 the old ferry, where he continued from L886 to L890. He 
was subsequently foreman of the Union Granite Company until 1893, and 
since that time has been Stale agenl for New Jersey of the Climax Powder 
Company, of Emporium, Pa., having liis office in West New York (Taurus 


In public life Mr. Darling has been prominenl for a number of years. 
He was a member of the Board of Council of the Township of Union for 
one vear. Chairman of (lie board for two vears, Police Sergeanl 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, lie has been a member of the 
Democratic Countj Committee from his district since about 1895. 

Mr. Darling was a charter member of Courl West New York, No. 29, 


Foresters of America, has been Chief Ranger for three successive terms, and 
has served as District Deputy for Courl Fori Lee and Court Palisade, lie 
was one of ill" organizers and is still a prominent member of the Fire De- 
partment »>t' West New York, and was most active and useful in the 
organization of that township. He is also a member of the Royal 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. L880, 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 dames. 

.IOIIX JAMES TOFFEY, of Jersey City, for two terms Sheriff of Hud- 
son County and State Treasurer of New Jersey from L875 to L891, was 
born in Pawling, Dutchess County, X. Y.. on the 1st of dune. L844. lie is 
the son of George A. Toffey and Mary D. Cooke and the grandson of Daniel 
and r,etsc\ Toffey. 

In ls."«l he removed with his parents to Hudson County and since then 

he has 1 n a resident of Jersey City. He received his education in the 

public schools and in the I 1 1 i \ ei sit y of the City of New York. He look an 
active pan in the War of the Rebellion, enlisting, August 21, L862, at the 
age of eighteen, in the Twenty-firsl Regiment, Xew Jersey Volunteers. 
After serving with that regimenl 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, Xew Jersey Volunteers, and was cone 
missioned First Lieutenant of Company G. < >n November 23, 1st;::, during 
an engagement at the battle of Missionary Ridge, Tenn., he was severely 
wounded, which disabled him from further service in the held. President 
Lincoln afterward commissioned him a Lieutenant of the Veteran lie- 
serve Corps, and he performed duty until dune, L866, 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 1.866 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 mosl 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- 


hit ion. passed March !>. L891, the Legislature being Democratic in both 

"Whereas, The retiring State Treasurer, Bon. John •). Toffey, has dis- 
charged the duties of his office in a manner honorable i<> himself and 
greatly to the hcncfll and advantage of the State; 

"Resolved (the House of Assembly concurring). Thai we hereby express 
our recognition and appreciation of the services ol' our retiring Treasurer, 
and congratulate him upon the excellent record he has made for himself 
and the State." 

In 18!»."> Mr. ToiVcv was again elected Sheriff of Hudson County by over 
6,000 majority, and served another three years. In L867 he organized Com- 
pany D, Fourth Regiment, Now Jersey Hide Corps, which became a pari of 
the National Ouard, and of which he was Captain. He was elected Major 
of the new regiment, and later was elected Lieutenant Colonel, which | >« ► 
sit ion he held until 1876, when he resigned. 

Colonel Toffey is one of the mosl popular men of Hudson County. He 
is a member of G. Van Houten Post, No. :'>. G. A. R., and of Pennsylvania 
Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion. He is Pasl Master 
of Bergen Lodge, No. 17, F. and A. M., and a member of .Mourn Vernon 
Chapter, E. A. M., of Hugh de Payen Commandery, K. T., and of Now 
Jersev Consistorv, 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 < Jhurch. 

Colonel Toffey was married. May 17, 1870, 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 .1. Toffey, 
Jr. (1900), is Firsl Lieutenant in the Fourth I nited States Infantry ai 
Manila, Philippine Islands, having been in many of the engagements in 
that place. His brother. Daniel Toffey, was an officer on board the [Jnited 
States steamer " Monitor " during the historical engagement with the Con- 
federate steamer " Merrimac " in the < s ivil War. 

JOHN E. OTIS, the first Chairman of the new Town of Wes1 New York 
and one of its leading business men. is the son of Patrick Henry Otis and 
Margarel Gillorly, natives of Ireland, who came to this country in the 
spring of L853 and settled in New York City. There Mr. Otis was born on 
the 20th of September, 1S5.",. soon after their arrival. The family removed 
shortly afterward to Philadelphia, where Patrick II. (Mis engaged in busi 
ness as a distiller, rectifier, and wholesale dealer in liquors, which he con- 
ducted with success for several years. He died in Jersey City Heights 
about 1875. 

Mr. Otis was reared in Philadelphia. He attended St. Michael's Faro 
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 a1 Philadelphia until he was fifteen, when he 
moved to Brooklyn, E. I >.. N. Y.. ami 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. \. J., until 1ST.", when his father died. In 1876 the family 
moved back to Philadelphia, when Mr. Otis was employed by Gould & Co., 



wholesale milk dealers, of Washington, to manage their dairy during the 
Centennial Exposition. In L877 the family moved to Baltimore, Md., where 
Mr. Otis engaged in mining, which business he followed successful]} 7 in New 
Jersey, New York. Maryland, and Georgia. For lour years he was in the 
service of the West Shore Railroad. In L888 lie established himself in the 
hardware trade al West New Fork, where lie has since resided. 

Few men have contributed more to the growth and welfare of a com- 
munity than .Mr. Otis has to the section in which he lives. He has not 
only given it an important impetus in business affairs, hut has also been 


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 Wesf New York was set off and legally incorporated July 5, 
L898. He was the principal founder and organizer of the new r town, and 
in the spring of 1899 became 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 


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 hie 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 L883 to Emma Hoppelsberg, daughter of Fred- 
erick August Eoppelsberg, of G-uttenberg, N. J. They have live children 
living: Henry (jeorge, Charles Carhart, John Edward, Walter William, 
and Cecelia. 

CLEMENT De R. LEONARD, of Hoboken, attorney and counselor at 
law. is the son of Francis De P. Leonard, a grandson of John Leonard, and 
a great-grandson of Joseph Leonard, who was Bigh 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 lime 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 Slates 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, X. 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 iis professional, 
civil, and military welfare. 

Mi. Leonard was born in Red Bank, Monmouth Countv, X. J.. Februarv 
is. 1846, and inherited the sturdy Holland Hutch and Huguenoi character- 
istics of his race. He received his early education at St. Charles College 
near Ellicoti city. Md. Subsequently he took a full classical course at Seton 
Hall College in Orange, X. J., and was graduated therefrom with honor in 
the class of 1869. During the next three years he read law in the office of 
diaries H. Trafford, of Red Hank, and then became assistant to Hon. 
Roberl Allen. Jr., Prosecutor of the Fleas 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 .lime. 1>7:'>. and as a counselor in 
June. L876, and in ]s77 removed from Red Bank to Hoboken. where he 
has ever since practiced his profession, lb- is one of the ablest lawyers in 
Hudson County, and the many importanl cases with which he has been 
connected as counsel attest his legal skill and attainments. He has built 
up a large general practice, ami enjoys tin- confidence of the entire com- 

A Republican in politics, .Mr. Leonard has long been active in the welfare 
of his party. He was a delegat to the Republican State conventions of 
1888, 1892, and 1896, a delegate to all the Republican congressional and 
county conventions in his district from L888 to 1896 inclusive, and Chairman 
of the City Republican Executive Committee of Hoboken in 1894, and did 

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IS ALBERT MENEGAUX, a leading plumber of Union Hill. N. J., 
Lember and formerly President of the West Hoboken Board of 
ion, was born in Philadelphia, ra., June 14, 1868. His parents, 
i Frederick Menegaux and Louisa Petchin, were natives of France 
3cendants of old and respected families; his paternal grandfather, 
ck Menegaux, being Mayor of Dembenois, Canton of Audincourt, 
Charles Frederick was born. The latter came to America in 1853 
ttled in Philadelphia, where he was for many years engaged in 
re manufacturing, and where he died in August, 1868. His wife. 
Petchin, who still survives, came over in 1855, and they were mar- 
Philadelphia. He was a man of great enterprise, and highly re- 
and esteemed. 
i A. Menegaux received a thorough education and a military train- 

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Ball College in Orange, X. J., and was graduated therefrom with h 
the class of L869. During the next three years he read law in the i 
Charles II. Trafford, of Red Bank, and then became assistanl i 
Robert Allen. Jr., Prosecutor of tin- Pleas for Monmouth County. I 
offices he gained a wide and valuable experience, lie was admi 
the New Jersey bar as an attorney in June, 1873, and as a couns 
June, l s 7<>. and m 1877 removed from Red Hank to Boboken, wl 
has ever since practiced his profession. Be is one of the ablesl law 
Hudson County, and the many importanl cases with which he hi 
connected as counsel attesl his legal skill and attainments. Hi- h« 
up a large general practice, and enjoys the confidence of the enti 

A Republican in politics, Mr. Leonard has long been active in the 
of Ins party. Be was a delegate i<> the Republican State convent 
lsss. ls'.n'. and 1896, a delegate to all the Republican congressioi 
count v conventions in his district from isss in 1SD0 inclusive, and Ch 
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IS ALBERT MENEGAUX, a leading plumber of Union Hill. N. J., 
uember ;m<l formerly President of the West Hoboken Board of 
ion. was born in Philadelphia, Pa., June 14, 1868. His parents, 
? Frederick Menegaux and Louisa Petchin, were natives of France 
scendants of old and respected families; his paternal grandfather, 
ck Menegaux, being Mayor of Dembenois, Canton of Audincourt, 
Charles Frederick was born. The latter came to America in 1853 
ttled in Philadelphia, where he was for many years engaged in 
re manufacturing, and where he died in August, 1868. His wife. 
Petchin, who still survives, came over in 185;*), and they were mar- 
Philadelphia. He was a man of great enterprise, and highly re- 
l and esteemed. 
3 A. Menegaux received a thorough education and a military train- 


near bJincoti uity, hut suosequenuj ae ^ ,t nm . ..i^i. <<■ , o, ,. 

Hall College in Orange, X. J., and was graduated therefrom with li 
the "-lass df lsoii. During the nexl three years la- read law in the 
Charles EL Trafford, of Red Bank, and then became assistanl i 
Robert Allen, Jr., Prosecutor of the Pleas for Monmouth County. ] 
offices he gained a wide ami valuable experience. II'- was admi 
the New Jersey bar as an attorney in June, l s 7.*t. and as a coun 
June, ls7<i. and m lsTT removed from Red Bank to Eoboken, w 
has ever since practiced Ids profession. He is one of the ablest la\ 
Hudson County, and the many important cases with which he li 
connected as counsel attest his legal skill and attainments. He h 
up a large general practice, and enjoys the confidence of the enti 

A Republican in politics. .Mr. Leonard has long been active in the 
of his party. He was a delegate to the Republican State conven 
1888, 1892, and 1896, a delegate t<> all the Republican congressio 
countv conventions in his district from L888 to L896 inclusive, and CI 
of the City Republican Executive Committee of Hoboken in 1S94, 


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 lie 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, X. J., was horn in Clarkstown, Rockland 
County, X. V.. on the 4th of September, 1847. His parents, Peter D. W. 
Smith and Sarah Tye, were both natives of Rockland County, where they 
were married. 

Mr. Smith received his educational training in the Clarkstown district 
schools and early displayed those business attainments which have since 
marked his life. He first engaged in the grocery trade at Closter, X. .1., and 
subsequently in the livery business at Nyack, X. Y. On the 1st of April, 
1^7.".. he removed i<» 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, 
ami 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, X<>. '•'!». F. and A. M., and of 
Bayonne Council. No. ''»"•"">. Royal Arcanum. His religious affiliations are 
with the Dutch Reformed Church. 

Mi-. 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 tin- political destinies of his party (here. 

On June 2°.. 1S70. Mr. Smith married Emily Gilhooley, daughter of R. G. 
and Eliza (Hoffman) Gilhooley. of Nyack, X". Y, They have four children: 
Frank. W4*>ii Tallmau. -Uthn. and Mary. 

LOUTS ALBERT MENEGAUX, a leading plumber of Union Hill. X. 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- 



Lng in Girard College, Philadelphia, from which he was graduated with 
honor in L885. He also spent ;i few months in a public school in Wesl 
Boboken, N. J. His father having died when he was only six weeks old, 
he was reared by his mother, a woman of greal force of character and of a 
peculiarly sweel disposition, and t<> her able guidance he owes much of 
his success in life. On leaving college he spenl a year in his native city 
learning the Hade of plumber and gas and steam fitter, which he finished 
in Union Hill. Hudson County, with Allien Thourot. removing there in 
August, 1886. he remained with Mr. Thourol for aboul five years, mas 


tering every detail of the business, and in 1MH he purchased the estab- 
lishment and still conducts it. Mi-. Menegaux is a man of recognized 
ability, and as a plumber has achieved eminent success. He has one 
of the finest and mosl complete establishments in his section of the 
Slate, and the many important contracts which he has executed attest 
his skill and enterprise. Few 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 spirited, energetic, and progressive, encourag- 
ing all worthy movements, and liberally and cheerfully supporting every 


commendable enterprise. In polities he is an ardent Republican. He re- 
sides in West Hoboken, where he lias been a member of the Board of 
Education since 1895, being the only Republican elected to that body in year, and being re-elected in the spring of L899 without opposition. 
Be was President of the board in 1897 and L898, and in that capacity and 
as a member has rendered most efficienl service to the cause of local edu- 
cation. Mr. Menegaus is a member of Hoboken Lodge, No. 74, Benevolent 
and Protective Order <>f Elks, and of Palisade Lodge, No. \~x. 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. \-'.\ % F. and A. M.. of Cyrus 
Chapter, R. A. M., of Pilgrim Commandery, No. L6, K. T., and of Mecca 
Temple, A. A. < >. Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, lie was appointed United 
States Grand Juror for the September term, L900. 

JOSEPH ELLIOTT WRAGG, a prominent retired manufacturer and 
ice dealer of North Bergen, X. -I., descends from a distinguished family 
of England, one of his ancestors, John Wragg, being buried in Westminster 
Abbey. No is the son of -lames Wragg and Hannah Hbdkins, and was 
born in Chesterfield, England, mi the 18th of April. L828. When a boy — 
qoI four years of age — he came with his parents to America, and in 1889 
sci i led in Bergen County, X. -I. hi L8o9 he removed to English Neighbor- 
hood, Hudson Countv, where he still resides, and where he was engaged 
wii)i Ins brother. John Wragg, under the firm name of -lames Wragg's 
Sons, in the manufacture of worsted, linen, ami horse hair oil press-cloths 
for linseed, cotton seed, rape seed, mustard seed, sperm, and stearine. He 
continued in this business with success until L870, gaining a wide reputa- 
' ion for ability, sound judgment, ami executive skill. Prom 1869 to 1S82 he 
was engaged in the ice business, building up a large and successful trade 1 . 

He had received, ;is a boy. a good private school education in Williams 
burg, X. 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 t he relat ions of life. 

Mr. Wragg was married. Octobei I". is.")!), to Catharine Fisher Tracy, 
widow of William Henry Tracy, daughter of Michael Fisher and Martha 
Engle, and granddaughter of Lieutenant Andrew Engle, a distinguished 
Revolutionary soldier, and Janette Strachan, his wife. Mrs. Wragg died 
May 15, 1898. She had two daughters by 1km- tiist husband, viz.: Margaret 
M. Tracy and Elbe M. Tracy. The family reside at Fairview, N. J. 

MICHAEL FISHER was for many years one of the most prominent and 
hest 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, 1S14. he married Martha Engle Banta, daughter of Andrew Engle aud 
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 Countv Treasurer for many years and Freeholder from 
North Bergen in 184G and 1847. His ability and integrity, his broad execu- 
tive qualities, his strength of character and genial habits made him popular 


and esteemed, while his long and intimate connection with public interests 
gained for him the confidence of the entire community. 

Mr. Fisher lefl three daughters, the youngest of whom, Catharine, was 
married twice, and is survived i>\ two daughters: Margarel M. and Ellie 
M. Tracy. The former was born in English Neighborhood, N. J., March 4. 
1S44. Jioth are daughters of William Benry Tracj and granddaughters of 
Ephraim Tracy and Elizabeth Youmans. 

Mrs. Martha Engle Banta Fisher's father, Andrew Engle, enlisted at 
Philadelphia, October 1, 177r>. as Ensign in the Twelfth Pennsylvania Regl- 
meiii. Continental Army, and served in the American Revolution with dis 
tinction, being promoted to a second lieutenancy in Brigadier-Cienoral Con- 
way's brigade. He saw considerable service, and a1 the battle of Mom ith 

his regimeni 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, 177s. 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, X. 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 youngesl son. dames Engle, was 
educated ai West Point and served in the United States regular army. 

ELIJAH STROXG COWLES, one of the prominent members of the bar 
of Jersey City and New York, was horn in Coventry. Vt.. on the 30th of 
April, 1836. His ancestors came to Xew 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 Xew 
York City and practiced his profession for about two years, or until 1868, 
when he removed to Jersey City. X. J., and entered the law office of Wash- 
ington 45. Williams. Here he formed the acquaintance of Edward B. Wake- 
man, then a prominent lawver and resident of Jersey City, who soon 

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retired from active practice. 

Mr. Cowles entered Mr. Wakeman's office and upon the hitter's retire 
incut succeeded to his business. Tn 1875 he associated himself again with 
Washington F». 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 IT. Carey, formerly a professor in Basbrouck 
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 
Xew Fork. 

Mr. Cowles has achieved an eminent reputation at the bar. and during 
his entire career has maintained the respeel 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 influential in every movement which affects 
the welfare of the community. He is interested in an important corpora- 



t ion known as the Automatic Fire Alarm Company, of New York City, 
of which he has been for several years President. Much of his time has 
boon devoted t«» the organization and development of Christian and chari 
table work and especially in connection -with the Young .Men's Christian 
Association of Jersey City, of which he was one of the founders and which 
he served for five years as President. In politics he is an ardent and con- 
sistent Republican, taking at all times an active part in political affairs. 

Mr. Cowles's first wife was Miss Sarah L. Persons, of Coventry, VI., who 
died in L871. Thev had two children, both deceased. In 1X75 he married 


Miss Sarah E. Woodward, of New York City, who died in L893. January 3, 
lS!)r>, he married Miss Anna Banta, 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 Corporation Attorney of the city, was born 
in Bordentown, X. J., November 12, 1846. He is the son of Garrit 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 



families. beini: ;i i:reat meat-grandson of John Kinsey, a great-grandson of 
James Kinsey. and a grandson of Charles Kinsey. whose daughter Hannah 
married Garril S. Cannon, .lames Kinsey was for some time Chief Justice 
of the Supreme Courl of Now Jersey. 

Mr. Cannon obtained his early education a1 Burlington, N. J. He was 
graduated with honor from yah College in the class of L867, and then 
tool; up the study of law, graduating from Columbia College Law School in 
\ew York city with the degree of LL.B., in June, 1870, and being admitted 


in the New York bar at the same lime. 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 Courl as a counselor. Mr. Cannon has hen 
in constanl practice for thirty years, and during that period has tried a 
large numbi r <>f importanl cases in the various courts of the State which 
have won for him a recognized leadership at the bar. He is a lawyer and 
advocate of unusual ability, of marked judicial qualifications, and of keen 


discrimination ami 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. 

\\\< energies have been devoted almost uninterruptedly to the duties of 
his profession, in which he lias achieved eminence and success; yet he 
has been called upon to till several important trusts and positions, among 
them that of Corporation Attorney, of Hoboken, from May, 1S77. to May. 
L878. He lias been Vice Presidenl of the Columbia Club of Hoboken since 
ls!»."). and is also a Director of the Firsl 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 t he communil y. 

Mi-. Can nen was married on the 22d of April, L880, to .Miss Agnes R. Her- 
bert, who died March 22, L897. They had two children: Can-it S. and Agnes 
II.. who are still living. 

CHARLES LUXTON, one of the earliesl real estate operators in Hud- 
son County, was born in London, England, and came to America when five 
or six years of ag< . 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 L850 he moved to 
Jersey City Heights, X. •!.. and at once became a large landowner and real 
estate operator, being one of the very lirsl to make thai business a distinc- 
tive feature in the industries of Hudson County. No man was more promi- 
nent or active in promoting the growth of thai section, or in developing 
its resources and contributing to its prosperity. He secured the charter 
incorporating old Hudson City on the 11th of April, L855, furnishing the 
ni(>ne\ I'm- the purpose oul of his private aieans. He also organized the 
old Hudson City Fire department and was its first Chief Engineer. He 
was a leading Democrat, for smne 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 Streel 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 Paterson 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 ureal mechanical genius, he invented several 
important appliances, including a post socket, a machine for manufacturing 
peat into fuel, and others. ITc 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. 


GEORGE JOHN LUXTON, only son of Charles and Susan (Hopper) Lux- 
ion, was born in New York City on the 20th of February, 1S44. Tn 1850 
he moved with the family to New Jersey, and there, in the public schools 
<if old Hudson City, received his education, which was practical and cal- 
culated to lit liiui 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, 
siiicr which time he lias engaged in peal 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 
oldesl wesi of the Hudson River in Eastern New Jersey. Probably no 
other man in the State lias 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, 
lie opened and built up, in Jersey City Heights, the Loinau tract, a tract 
of L02 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 !»u lots, the Buse tract on Malone and Spring 
Streets, and the Van Amberg tract. IIS 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 $40,000; and Weehawken Heights in Weehawken. 
The last named tract represented property valued at about 8400.000. and 
under the name of the Palisade Land Company Mr. Luxton converted it 
from a field, overgrown with brush and trees, into one of the finest and 
most thickly settled sections of the county. The houses which adorn it 
cosi from $4,000 to $18,000, and the whole was developed between 1S04 and 

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 pari of North Bergen. TTis method has 
been to buy the land, lay it out into cit\ 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, F. and A. M. In politics he is a Democrat. lb- has long been a 
prominent and useful citizen. His patriotism led him to enlist, January 
30, L865, 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 -Lily 13, 1865. 



Mr. Luxton married Louisa C, daughter of Charles and Margaret (Nil- 
tier, natives <>f Prance, who moved to this country and settled in Jersey 
City. Of their four children two are living: George and Emily .Mai-ion. 

WILLIAM HENRY \\ I LI I ELM has been a lifelong resident of Hani 
son. Hudson County, X. J., where he was born on the 1th of November, 
is.').",, his father being Pete] Wilhelm, a native of Prance, while his mother, 
Mary Hasson. was horn in Ireland. They came to the United States when 
young and first settled in Barrison, X. J., where they were married. Dur- 
ing their long and eventful careers they enjoyed the respect of all who 
knew them. They were 
industrious, progressive, 
a n d patriotic people, 
whose native character- 
istics impressed them- 
selves upon the commu- 
nity in a remarkable de- 

Mr. Wilhelm received 
his educational training 
in the public schools of 
Newark and Harrison, 
and after completing his 
studies engaged in the 
brewing business with his 
fat her, who then conduel 
ed a large brewery in 
Newark. Leaving his fa- 
ther's employ, tie ac- 
cepted a position with 
the Peter Haucb Brew- 
ing Company, of Harri- 
son, X. .1.. 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 tins well 
known corporal ion is due 
in no small measure to 
Mr. Wilhelm's efficient 
and energetic manage- 
ment. He has been iden- 
tified witli 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 



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. L20, I. O.O. 1\. of Newark, of Lodge No. 21, B. P. 6. 
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 nai ive town. 

Mr. Wilhelni was married on the L2th of May, L889, to Tilley Haas, 
daughter of Frederick and Josephine (Bridgem) Haas, of Newark, X. J. 
They have one child, Hazel Wilhelni. 

ALONZO WOEDEN LETTS, a well known lawyer of Hoboken, descends 
from some of the oldest families of New Jersey and New York. Be 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 Let's and Benneti families were earlj 
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 historv of both the Colonv 
and State. It is prominently mentioned in the Town Book of Middletown 
as early as December 30, Ki(>7. 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 (Stahli 
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. 
( tcean County. N. J., January 29, 1827. At the age of thirteen he left home 
and for many years followed the sea. In L850 he settled in Hoboken, 
Hudson County, where he has since resided, being successfully engaged in 
the ice business. William Henrv Letts, his son, and the lather of Alonzo 


W., was born in Hoboken on the 13th of November, L852, and has always 
lived in thai 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 ;i leading member of the Hoboken Volunteer Fire Department, 
serving for t wo years as Assistant Foreman and for three years as Foreman 
of Excelsior Engine Company No. 2. in LSS2 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 thai office. This indi- 
cates at once his popularity and the confidence in which he is held by both 
Republicans and Democrats, hi 1SS7 he was elected to the New Jersey 
Utilise of Assembly, and being re-elected in lsss served two terms in that 
body with ureal honor and ability. In L892 he was appointed Fire Com- 


missioner of Boboken. In isi»7 he received the appointment of Clerk of 
the Eoboken District Court, which position he still holds, having for three 
years discharged its dnties with acknowledged ability and satisfaction, lit- 
is one of i he best known < :itizens of Eoboken, where he has spenl his life. 

Alonzo Worden Letts was born in Boboken, X. J., May 28, L876. As a 
student in Public School No. - and later in the Boboken Bigh School he 
developed a strong Inclination for professional life as well as decided 
scholarly ambitions, and after leaving the latter institution entered the Law 
Departmenl of New York University, from which he was graduated with 
the degree of LL.B. 

On the L'lst of February, L898, .Mr. Letts was admitted to the New Jersey 
bar, and at once began the practice of law in Boboken. <>n the 22d of the 
following March In- 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 Boboken Council, No. 
99, Royal Arcanum, and of the Columbia Club of Boboken, and actively 
identified with the affairs of his native city. Be was married July 21, L898, 
to Marie ( '. Koch, of West I lav en, Vt. 

THOMAS B. USHER, of Wesl Boboken, Secretary of the New Jersej 

Siate Board of Taxation since its inception in L891, is descended from 
sturdy Scotch ancestry, being connected with the family of which the Very 
Right Rev. dames Usher, l>.I>.. Archbishop of Armagh, Ireland, was a dis 
tinguished member, dames Usher, his father, was horn in Edinburgh, 
Scotland, came to America about 1M:'. and first settled in Canada, whence 
he removed in L860 to West Boboken, N. d. He was a genealogist and 
writer of family history. His large and valuable library, comprising more 
than three thousand volumes, covered marlv everv phase of the history of 
this country, and was regarded as one of the best and lines! in its line in 
the United Stales. He died in West Boboken. His wife, who also died 
there, was Harriet Birks, daughter id' John Birks and a native of England, 
and their children were James Usher, id' the Town of Union, a member of 
the New Jersey A-Ssemblj in L894 and L895 and in the latter year the leader 
of the Democratic minority and the party nominee for Speaker of the 
House; Thomas 15. Usher, the subject of this article; Walter Scott Usher, a 
Captain of the police force of West Boboken; and Wallace Bruce Usher, of 
West Hoboken. 

Thomas B. Usher was born in Bonnsville, Hudson County. X. J., on the 
30th of March, L861. 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 lie was graduated at the age of nineteen, 
and then became a clerk in the hook 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 West Hoboken, he 
took his seat in the House of the Assembly and served with honor as Chair- 
man of the Committee on Labor and Industries and as a member of the 
Revision 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 


cipal reforms, and on entering the Legislature he at once took a promi- 
nent part, nol only in the measures coming before thai body, but also in 
the introduction of various bills, which soon gained for him a recognized 
leadership, especially in reform legislation. Anions these bills was one 
separating prisoners confined in the State prisons on a basis according to 
their moral standing, and. although ii was defeated, the measure attracted 
wide attention and received the supporl of the better elements of society. 
lie ill so introduced a bill allowing a will to be probated during the lifetime 
of the testator, thus eliminating the chances of a legal contesl and permit- 
ting the testator to sec thai his or her intentions were carried out. lie 
originated and secured tin- passage of a bill authorizing the floating of the 
American flag on public school houses, another providing for the establish- 
ment and maintenance of free reading rooms in different cities, and many 
others of equal nolo and importance. 

On the organization of the X' w Jersey State Board of Taxation in March, 
L891, Mr. Usher was appointed by Governor boon Abbott the Secretary 
of thai 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 Democral in politics, has served as a member of the Hud- 
son ( )ounty 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 West Hoboken, and have two sons: James and 
Edward, both students at Blair Presbvterial 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, X. J.. 
where he engaged in the shoe business. He died in New Durham in L855, 
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. He 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 greal many years he has also been con- 
nected with the Fire Department, lie 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 firsl wife. Sarah House, of 
Schenectady County. N. Y .. he has five children: Mary. Kale. John, William, 
and James. He married, second, Augusta Blythe, by whom he has two 
children, Frederick and I toward. 

GEORGE M. SNYDER, one ol the most prominent and public spirited 
citizens of West Hoboken, Hudson County, is a native of Germantown, 
Columbia County, X. Y.. where he was born January 29, 1842. He is the 
sen of George AN'. Snyder and Margarel Rouse, a grandson of Samuel and 
Lydia Snyder, and a descendanl of German Palatinates who sett led in New 
York near the beginning of i he eighteenth cent ury. 



Mr. Snyder attended the districl schools of Greene County, X. Y., and the 
Claverack Institute, of Columbia County. II" became a deck hand on a 
steamer plying on the Hudson River, and a little later was fireman on the 
same vessel. At the age of twenty he came to New York City and engaged 
in tla produce commission business in Washington Market. This business 
he followed tor twenty eighl years, being very successful. Through his early 
steamboat experience he also became interested in the project of the Cats- 
kill lino <>\' boats on the Hudson River. He was at first a Director in the 
corporation owning this line, hut presently became its President and Gen- 


oral Manager, and has continued in this position for twenty-two years, to 
the present time. Under his management the business of this line has 
grown, and five boats are now kepi in commission, instead of two boats, as 
formerly. Among the well known boats of this line are the " Escort," now 
the " City of Hudson *'; the " Walter Brett,"' now out of commission; the 
" Citv of Catskill," which was destroved by fire in the winter of 1884: and 
the •• Kaateiskill.*' one of the finest steamboats on the Hudson, now in ac- 
tive service. The " Escort *' was rebuilt and lengthened and rechristened 
the - City of Hudson."' The steamers " W. 0. Redfield " and " Thomas Mc- 
Manus " were purchased under the present management. In 1898 the " On- 


teora" was buili by W. ».V A. Fletcher, of Boboken, is entirely new, with 
steel hull, and has proved to be one of the fastest and ablest boats on the 

Mr. Snyder lias long resided in one of the most elegant mansions on Pali- 
sade Avenue. West Boboken. Be liiiilt this edifice, and has also elected 
twenty-four other residences in West Boboken. Be is also well known for 
his public spirit in other directions, has taken greal interesl in the public 
school system, has contributed to it^ development, and is likewise conspicu- 
ous in connection with other public institutions and public movements. 
lie is a leading member of the First Presbyterian Church of Wes1 Boboken, 
with which he has been officially connected for about thirty years. Be 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 1804, Anna E., daughter of Captain John Gould, 
wlie 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 B., is his father's successor in business, and 
is President of the Hoard of Education of West Boboken. The third son. 
' i orge W., is cashier of the firm of A. F. Young & Company, a produce 
commission house of New York City. The youngesl son. John B., is now 
attending the Law School of Columbia University, New York City. 

FREDERICK WILLIAM FARR, one of the rising young lawyers of Bav- 
onne, Hudson County. N. J., was born there on the 16th of April, 1S74. 
and is the son of William C. Fair and Dora Schmidt. His parents were 
both natives of Germany, but came to the United States when young and 
were marrii d in Bayonne, where they have spent their active lives. 

Mr. Fair received an excellent private school education in his native citv 
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. Be pursued his legal studies under the tutelage of Horace Rober- 
soii. 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 L895. 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 na1 ive place. 

Mr. Farr was married on the 7th of November, L895, to Louisa Burkhardt, 
daughter of Ludwig and Augusta Burkhardt, of Newark. N. J. They have 
one son. \\ illiam C. Parr. 

SAMUEL BESS, of New Durham. Hudson County, was descended from 
one of the oldest ;i| M l 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, lb 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 < Jounty. 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 Fnion Army 

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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 
iirst call for troops and after six months' service was discharged on account 
of sickness. 

Samuel Hess, son of Reuben and -lane (Hart) Iless. was born at .Mont 
gomery Station. Lycoming County, Pa., January 1<>. L850, and received Ins 
education in Ins Dative State. His early life was thai of the average farmer's 
hoy. At the age of eighteen he began to learn the carpenter's trade. a1 
which he served a two years' apprenticeship. In L870 he engaged in rail- 
roading, becoming a fireman on an engine. After three and a half years of 
this servict . running on the Eastern Division of the Philadelphia and Erie 
Railroad, a branch of the Pennsylvania 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 L89C, 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 tirst -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. Iless was a prominent Democrat and for several years look an active 
pari in politics. In L878, while a resident of Sunbury, Pa., he served as a 
member of the Common Council, in L896 he was elected a member of the 
Board of Education of North Bergen Township, Hudson County, X. J. His 
brother, J. T. Hess, was Clerk and Recorder of Lycoming County, Pa., while 
his uncle. Frederick Iless. also held important offices there. Samuel Hess 
was a member of the Sunbury (Pa.) lodges of Odd Fellows and Knights of 
Pythias, of the .Masonic fraternity, of West Shore Council. I {oval Arcanum, 
of Cyprus chapter. No. 32, Royal Arch Masons, of Union Hill, and of the 
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers of Sunbury, Pa., until L896. 

Mr. Iless married .Miss Gertrude Hasbrouck, of Ravena, Albany County, 
N. V.. by whomhehad one daughter, Mary, who died in infancy. 

JOHN GEORGE SYMS. who with Ids 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 1S14 .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 trad of land on the present site oi West Hoboken, then known as 
the Indian Spring woods and subsequently as the Synis woods, and another 
trad from Palisade Avenue to Central Avenue. In 1843 he removed to 
YVesI Hoboken, which remained his residence from that time until his death 
in L868. 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 took a lively interest in educational mat- 


nrnsox and rer<;ex counties 

tors. He was ili<' founder of was k n< »w n as the Syms Library. He 
lmili the original church edifice of the Firsl Baptisl Church, of West Hobo- 
ken, of which he was long the leading member, and by his will lefl a large 
sm a of money to be devoted to the erection of the presenl church structure- 
He was active and successful in efforl s to secure the observance of the Sab- 
bath-day, and to prevenl its desecration. He was a stanch and leading mem- 
ber of the Whig party, and one of the mosl eminenl and public spirited men 

in t lie history of 1 1 ad- 
son ( lounty. I le died 
in LX()X, at the age of 
seventy-eight. H i s 
wife, Grace Lakeman, 
also a prominent 
member of the Firsl 
Baptist Church, of 
West Hoboken, and 
active in church and 
benevolent work, died 
in L859, at t he age of 

John George Syms 
was born in New 
York City, November 
2o. L826, and received 
hiseducation there and 
in inst ilut ions in Con- 
nect icut. lie was long 
engaged in business 
on Chatham Street, 
New Fork City, as 
a dealer in guns and 
firearms, but retired 
in lsTli from active 
business in this line. 
Since that time he 
lias been engaged in 


at tending to his 

la rue 

real estate interests 
in Hudson County. 

He has resided in 
West Hoboken since 
1st:;, with the excep- 
tion of the years from 
1848 to L856, and. like 
his father, has been 
prominent in con- 
nection with matters 
affecting the general 
welfare el the community. He was conspicuous among the original number 
who secured from the New .Jersey Legislature the act authorizing the im- 
provement of the streets of West Hoboken, to run parallel and at righl an- 
gles, widening them, and making a tax map which is still in use. He has 
held for many years sm-li posil ions of local trust and responsibility as Treas- 


urer of West Hoboken and member oi the Township Committee. Prior to 
the beginning of the Civil War he was a member of the Whig party, and 
since that time lias been a Republican and a leader in party councils. He is 
a member, an officer, and one of the niosi liberal supporters of the First Bap- 
tist Church of Wes1 Boboken. lie donated $15,000 to this church to enable 
it to carry onl certain improvements. 

Mr. Syms married Louisa Gordon Brown, and lias six children living: 
.John B. Syms, Grace Lakeman (wife of James R. Whaples, a native of ( 5on- 
necticut i. Mary Louisa (wife of Thomas Reynolds, of Rhode Island), Winfield 
II. Syms. George X. Syms, and Louisa <!. (wife of William E. Warner, of 
New York ('it vi. All of his children are members of the First Baptist 
Church, of Wesl 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 <i. ASMUS 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 United State*. Born in Hamburg, Germany, 
on the L'Tth id' November, 1Mb he is the son of Christian A. and Elizabeth 
i Had ei A smus. both natives of that city. 'I'h ere he obtained his preliminary 
education. In 1852 he came with his parents to this country and first 
settled on Staten Island. New York, but soon moved to the present Town 
of [Tnion, X. .1.. 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, lb- 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. In 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 tin- largest in the [Jnited 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 ulass. and his output includes every variety of 
ornamental plants indigenous to the climate or in demand for home decora- 

.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. 

lie married Miss Josephine bunt; and lias three sons: Adolph E., born in 
1875: Edward R.. born in 1878; and Grover E., born in 1885. 

AUGUST FRANK, a leading druggist of the Town of Union, is the son of 
Gottfried Frank and Maria Odenwalder ami a grandson of John Frank, all 
members of prominent families of Germany. His parents 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, ISC!), 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 


L888 was graduated from the New York College of Pharmacy with ili«' de 
gree of Graduate of Pharmacy. Afterward he held a clerkship in and sub 
sequentrj became the Manager of the large drug store of F. W. Eille, re- 
maining iiniil L894, when he purchased the business for himself, adding to 
iiiis pharmacy the one located .11 lie Bergenline Avenue in the Town of 
Union, which he still continues. With n large and practical expe- 
rience in the trade he has achieved n high reputation. He has devoted his 
undivided attention to ;i constantly increasing business, and by studying 
the demands of the time has kepi abreasl of every condition. As n Imsi 
ness man he lias displayed marked ability. His excellenl 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 growl b and 
welfare of the town he has exercised much influence. Public spirited, pa- 
triotic, and progressive, he has taken an active interesl in various move- 
ments of local importance, and has contributed much to the general ad 
vaneemenl of the place. 

In politics Mr. Frank is ;i stanch Dei -tat. and in religion a Protestant. 

He is ,-i member of Wesl Shore Council, Royal Arcanum, of Jefferson Lodge, 
i 0. O. F.. and of the Independenl ( >rder of Foresters. !n all of these he is 
prominenl and influential. He is also a member and Secretary of the 
Sohuetzen Corps of Union Mill, and a member of the Turn Verein, of the 
Inch Sam Bowling Club, and of other social and political organizations. 

Mr. Frank was married. April 8, 1896, to Miss Tillie Beier. daughter of 
Florian and Carolina Fransisca Beier, of Germany. They have one son: 
Richard Augusl Frank, born January -U, ls ( .»T. 

GEORGE BRUCE has been a resideni of Hudson County, X. J., since 
L857, and throughoul this period has had his homo at North Bergen, with 
the exception of the years from 1861 to L864, when he resided a1 Jersey 
City Heights (then Hudson City). He is of Scotch descenl and the son of 
a shipbuilder. 

Mr. Bruce enjoys the unique distinction of being the leading restorer of 
oil paintings in the United States, lie has restored many valuable public 
and private collects us, including the Trumbull and Jarvis collections for 
Yale College. In 1888 he restored the collection of historic portraits in 
the Governor's room of tin- 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 L857 he 
met the late Alexander H. Taylor, the celebrated restorer of oil paintings, 
and started with him to learn the art. UN business relations with Mr. 
Taylor remained very (dose, and upon the kilter's death in L878 Mr. Bruce 
became his successor. 

Mr. Bruce has been honored with many local trusts. Ho was elected a 
Town Committeeman of North Bergen in lstiT. when the hoard consisted 
of three members. For twelve consecutive years, beginning with L873, 
he was a member of the Hoard of Education and District Clerk of School 
Disirict \o. ::. North Bergen. He served as township Assessor contin- 
uously from L878 to L900, when ho 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 prominenl pari in perfecting the 
new method of voting at the primaries, lie was the first Treasurer of North Township, and has served efficiently as commissioner on many im- 



portant improvements in the northern j >;i i- 1 of Hudson County, including the 
Paterson Avenue and Secaucus road, the Hudson County Boulevard, the 
joint outlei sewer from the Town of Union, and a number of others, lie 
has also been useful in various oilier capacities, being an active member 
of the Fire Department in Hudson County from 1863 to April, 1900, when 
lie 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, lie is a member of Hoboken Lodge, No. 35, F. and A. M.. 
of Pentalpha Chapter, No. 11. B. A. M.. of Pilgrim Commandery, No. 1(1. 
K. T.. and of Mecca Temple, A. A. N. O. .M. S., of New York City. 


Mr. Bruce married Catherine, daughter of Major John S. Sexton, of 
Bull's Ferry, a veteran of the War of 1812. of their live children two are 
living, namely: John S.. of the Town of Union, and George, Jr., of Wee- 

CARL HENRY RUEMPLER, Sheriff of Hudson County, was born in 
Germany on the 12th of .March. 1848, his parents being George Martin 
Ro< mpler and Dorothy Egoets, both natives and descendants of ancestors 
of the Fatherland. 


Mi. Ruempler was educated in the public schools of Germany and then 
learned Ihe carpenter's trade, which he followed for several years. In 
1ST-", be came to this country, arriving in Jersey City on the 6th of Septem- 
ber. Immediately afterward be took up his trade as carpenter and con- 
tinned the same until March, 1.875. On the 1st of May of thai year he es- 
tablished himself in the liquor business in Jersey City and so continued un- 
til 1881, when he became proprietor of the Courl House Hotel, formerly 
Allen's Hotel, which he continued until May 29, L899. 

Seen after coming to this country Mr. Ruempler identified himself with 
the political and public life of Hudson County. He declined political 
preferment until L895, when he was elected to the New Jersey Assembly by 
a majority of 1,417. Efe served one term in thai body and gained a high 
reputation. In November, L899, he was elected Sheriff of Hudson County 
for a term of three years, his majority being 9,951 — the greatesl majority 
ever received li> any Sheriff of Hudson County. 

Mr. Ruempler is a public spirited and patriotic citizen, deeply interested 
iii 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. WILLIAM GRIFFIN, Superintendent of the New York and New Jer- 
sey Water Company and a respected citizen of Arlington, Hudson County, 
was born in Washington, 1). < '.. on the 23d of September, 1860. His an- 
cestors wore Virginians, and for many years were conspicuous in the his- 
tory of that Colony and State. His mother's maiden name was .lane Ander- 
son. His father. Dennis Griffin, served with the celebrated Home ( ; wards at 
Washington during the War of the Rebellion. 

Mr. Griffin acquired his educational training in the public schools of New 
York <"ity. He became an expert in mathematics, and early displayed a 
strong desire for a profession. After leaving school he took up the study 

of civil engineering, and from 1 ks and active practice soon achieved the 

reputation of an expert. That lie has put his broad and accurate knowledge 
to practical use is evident from the responsible position he new holds, that 
of Superintendent of the New York ami New Jersey Water Company al 
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 tin- welfare of the community. 
He resides at Arlington, Hudson County, where he is held in high esteem, 
net only for his professional achievements, but also for those eminent 
qualifications and personal attributes which distinguish the successful 
man. He is a member of the Loyal \rcannm and prominent in other 

Mr. Griffin married Mis-; llanna Engelsheim, and has two children: Wel- 
don Dominick and Herberl Lanris. 

JAMES HENRY SYMES, a leading residenl oi Wesl New York, Hudson 
County, and tor many years a Captain in the National Guard of New Jersey, 
was born in Somersetshire, England, April 21, L847, being the youngest but 

one in a family of ten children of .lames Symes and -lane Dally. 1 1 is father 
was a carpenter. His mother was the daughter of John Dally and a sister 
<d' William Dally, tin- founder of what was called Dallytown on Union Hill, 
the place being named in honor id' him. 

In 1S4!) the familv started for America in a stanch sailing vessel. When 



off the cove of Cork, [reland, the ship was wrecked, and Captain Symes's 
father, his twin brother Henry, another brother Albert, and a sister Ellen 
died during the trip, which lasted four months. Undaunted, however, by 
(his terrible disaster, which included also the loss of nearly all their goods, 
the brave mother continued the voyage, arriving in New York January 17, 
L850, with her remaining seven children : John Symes,nowof Elmira, N. Y.; 
Louisa, wife of Joseph St< [fens, of Sacramento. Cal.; Emma, wife of Will- 
iam \Y. Whitman, of Oakland, Cal.; Cecelia Synies, also of Oakland; 
Aaron Synies, of California; and Sarah, who died in L888. Arriving in this 
countrv, with scarcely a friend or acquaintance, and berefl of her husband 


and three children under circumstances at once sudden and sad. the mother 
Ins- no time in establishing a home for her family in what is now the Town 
nf Tin <>n. then North Bergen, N. J. She died there in September, 1881, aged 
seventy-four. Her life was one of greal self-sacrifice, of genuine hero- 
ism, and in every respect exemplary. The manner in which she reared her 
fatherless family attests the goodness and purity of her character. 

Captain Synies was educated in the public schools of the Town of Union 
and at the Free Academy in New York City, and at the age of seventeen 
entered a New York broker's office, remaining there from 1862 to 1867. 


Ee was then made teller of the Ne\* York Gold Exchange Bank, an insti- 
tution doing a gold clearing house and banking business, and continued in 
thai capacity until after the memorable Black Friday of September, L869. 
Tliis experience has been <d 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 ;is of the 
intricacies of banking, and by strid industry and perseverance he gained 
an honorable record. Ili^ fondness and skill in mathematics made him an 
expert, while Ins ability and sound judgmenl attracted no little attention. 

The panic of l v ~.">. however, turned the course of his life into channels 
outside of banking, and. becoming active in political affairs as a member 
of ili'- Democratic party, he served as Town Clerk of the Town i I' Union 
for three terms between l s ~1 and L876. Ee was also Town Recorder for 
two years and a Justice oi tin Peace. A.bou1 l v 7^ he entered the office of 
Speelman & Bruch, map publishers of Boboken, and assisted them on the 
surveys and in the publication of maps for New York City and Budson 
County for three years. Ee no1 onh did much of the selling, bu1 also acted 
as financial man and confidential clerk. 

In L881 he purchased property in Wes1 New York, Budson County, and 
took up Ins permanenl residence there, and there, in September, L882, he 
established a lumber yard and at once entered upon an energetic business. 
Ee was successful from The first. Starting on a modesl scale he gradually 
and steadily buill up an immense trade, aggregat ing <>\ er $100,000 a year — 
a sum not exceeded and probably unequaled l>\ any similar business in 
North Hudson County. Ho conducted this business with uninterrupted 
success until the spring of L898, when, having acquired other large and 
important interests, he sold it T <> the Dodge & Bliss Company, the present 

During the decade between L885 and 1895 he also purchased large trac - 
of land in Tin- Towns ot YV< st New York, North Bergen, and YVeehawken, 
which he laid out into lots, streets, and avenues, with all the modern im- 
provements, and upon which he buill many houses, factories, etc., thus con- 
tributing materially to the growth and development of those communities. 
He has developed properties amounting to over LOGO city hits, and has buill 
up and sold over a quarter of a million dollars' worth nf holdings 
Ee 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 actively interested in a project having for its purpose thi 
establishment of a grand railroad terminal, with coaling and other facili- 
ties, <»n Tin- Hudson Countv Boulevard in North Bergen, at the head of Main 

Captain Symes has always been actively interested in educational mat- 
ters, in politics, and in everj movemenl affecting the future of his town and 
county. Ee has always been one of tin most generous and benevolent of 
men, giving liberally of time and means to everj worthy object. Though 
often urged to accept public office he has generally declined to 
d<> so, on account of engrossing business cares, yet he has never failed to 
discharge with promptness and fidelity all the duties of a citizen, [n 
L896-97 he was .1 prominent member of the Board of Council of West New 
York, being the only Democrat in that body. Be has also been a delegate 
to mam town, county, district, and State Democratic conventions. 

He has been especially prominent in the National Guard of New Jersey 
and. in ri