County, and lived there till his marriage to Hannah
Kekman, daughter of .Linn- and Sarah f'onoverl
Kekman. above referred to; and after bis marriage
came to live with his father-in-law on the Kekman,
now the Willever estate, in Bethlehem township.
Was active ill town affairs, especially in the militia,
in which he held at different times the positions of
captain and major. He died in 1886, leaving two
sons, Joseph W. and James; the latter now owns
the original homestead, but resides at Bloomsbury,
Joseph W. Willever was brought up on the old
I id and bred to th ciipalion of a farmer;
HUNTERDON COUNTY, NEW JERSEY.
received his education at the common schools ; has
been an indefatigable worker, carrying on a large
farm, remodeling everything upon the premises, and
erecting buildings which no farmer would be ashamed
to pattern after, for their appearance, convenience, and
durability. He is living in the third house erected
upon the same foundation, probably laid more than a
hundred years ago by John Beamer, a native of Ger-
many, who came here before the Conovers and erected
a stone house. That house was torn down by Mr.
Willever and a frame one erected upon the same
foundation ; the latter was burned down and another
built, which was also destroyed by fire, and was re-
placed by the present brick residence in 1859.
Mr. Willever married, May 19, 1842, Elizabeth W.,
daughter of James Horner, of Northampton, Pa.
They have had eight children, five of whom are liv-
ing, — viz., James H., Hannah M., deceased ; Jane
Alice, deceased ; Robert M., George W., Willard C,
deceased ; Stephen A. D., and Anna E. James H.
was educated at the Delaware Literary Institute, at
Franklin, Delaware Co., N. Y. Robert M. and George
W. were prepared for business at Eastman's Com-
mercial College, Poughkeepsie, N. Y. Stephen A.
D. is studying medicine in Philadelphia. Anna E.
was educated at the Moravian Seminary, in Bethle-
In politics Mr. Willever is a Democrat, and has
held several local offices of trust and responsibility,
having been justice of the peace and a member of
the Legislature for two years, — 1855 and 1856. He
has been for some fifteen years a director in the
Readington Fire Insurance Company, and is a mem-
ber of the Presbyterian Church at Bloomsbury.
The grandfather of Mr. Tinsman formerly resided
across the line from the present homestead, in Green-
wich (now Franklin) township, Warren Co., and sub-
sequently removed to Kingwood, Hunterdon Co.,
where he settled on a farm and lived there till his
death. William Tinsman, Sr., the father of the sub-
ject of this sketch, was born and brought up in
Franklin township, Warren Co., and in 1838 moved
across the line into Bethlehem township and settled
on the place where his son now resides. It is a beau-
tiful situation, in the rich valley between West End,
or Bethlehem village, and Bloomsbury, within sight
of both the Lehigh Valley and Central Railroad of
William Tinsman, Sr., married Mary, daughter of
John Fine, of Fineville, N. J., and had children, —
John, William, Sally, Catharine, Margaret, Elizabeth,
Mary, and Emily. Only two of these arc living at
this writing, — to wit, Elizabeth, wife of Abraham
Hance, of Bloomsbury, and William, the subject of
William Tinsman was born in Greenwich (now
Franklin) township, Warren Co., N. J., May 1, 1811.
He married, while living in Warren County, Rachel,
daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Gardner, in 1839.
They have had children, as follows : Mary, wife of
Charles Alpaugh, of Bloomsbury ; Theodore, who
married Anna Smith and lives in Bloomsbury ; Eliz-
abeth, wife of Joseph B. Emery, living on the farm
with Mr. Tinsman ; and Margaret, wife of William S.
White, a keeper of lighthouse in Salem Co., N. J.
Mr. Tinsman inherited 2:>art of his estate from his
father and purchased the rest of the heirs. He has
been justice of the peace several years, and has held
nearly all the responsible offices in his township, has
been county collector, and was a member of the Leg-
islature in 1851-52. He was elected on the Dem-
ocratic ticket, of which party he has always been a
staunch supporter, and an active worker in many of
In his ecclesiastical relations he was first connected
with the Lutheran Church, and represented it in the
General Synod. Since his settlement here he has
joined the Presbyterian Church of Bloomsbury, in
which he is an elder. He has represented this church
in the Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly, and
was elected to represent it in the Synod convened at
Bridgcton, N. J., in October, 1880, but his health
would not admit of his attending. He is a liberal
giver to charitable and church enterprises.
^^ /pt WUM^
f\es!DENCE or W.H. DRAKE, Bethie^em Jr., Hunterdon Co., N.J.
The great-grandfather of W. R. Little came
from Europe, and settled in Chester Co., Pa., in
1710. He had a son, Roger, who was a soldier in
the Revolution, although a Quaker, being forced
into the service on account of his value as a
scout. He settled after the war in Charlestown,
Chester Co., Pa. ; was twice married, and had
five children by his second wife, of whom Wil-
liam, the father of Dr. Little, was the third,
and was born in the year 1800. He lived
on the homestead property till 1857, when he
moved to East Bradford, Chester Co., where he
spent the remainder of his life, and died there,
in 1879, in his seventy-ninth year. He never
would accept any public office, although nomi-
nated for the Legislature with a good chance of
election, being a staunch Republican. He fol-
lowed farming through life. In 1833 he married
Ann Chrisman, by whom he had four children
who arrived at mature age, two sons and two
daughters, — viz., George Little, who lives on
the homestead property ; Martha, wife of Samuel
Fetters, of Glenloch, Chester Co., Pa. ; Mary
J., who died in young womanhood ; and Wil-
liam R., the subject of this notice.
William R. Little was born in Charlestown
township, Chester Co., Pa., Oct. 27, 1850. He
was brought up there, and received his rudi-
mentary education at the common schools ; was
prepared for college at Litiz Academy, in Lan-
caster Co., Pa., and graduated at Lafayette
College, Easton, in 1873. Two years later he
entered the Medical Department of the Univer-
sity of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia, and re-
ceived his degree of Doctor of Medicine in
1877. He immediately settled in Bloomsbury,
N. J., where he has remained ever since, acquir-
ing a large practice and a good reputation as a
physician. In addition to his practice he is also
proprietor of a drug-store in Bloomsbury.
He is a member of the State Medical Society
and of the District Medical Society of Hunter-
He married, April 5, 1878, Celia, daughter
of William H. Creveling, of Hunterdon County,
and has one son, William D. Little.
c/rGP^eA /l^^ia ghoj^tsrL, c/% c/i^vK,
Moses' great-grandfather, Jonathan Robins,
settled in Alexandria township, adjoining the
"Old Hickory Tavern," in 1751, and bought
land of " one Widow Merrill." The original es-
tate contained two hundred and eighty-five acres
of land. He had two sons, Jonathan and rsaac,
and tour daughters, the former being the grand-
father of Moses Kohins. lie lived and reared
a large family on the old estate. One of his
son-, Jonathan, the third of that name, was the
father of our subject. This Jonathan married
Widow ( 'harity Law-lie, and had by lier nine
children, (ieorge, .lames, and Kphraiui, of the
sons, are deceased, and one of the daughters,
Mary, is deceased; those living are Moses,
Jonas, Sylvester, Sarah, and Elizabeth. Jonas
married Sarah Jane Case, and lives on the old
homestead in Alexandria; Sylvester married Isa-
bella Bird, and lives in Branchburg town-hip,
Somerset Co.; Sarah married James Sidders,
and lives near (Jrbana, Ohio ; Elizabeth mar-
ried, first, Reuben I!. Wright, deceased, and
s rod, donas Tharp; they live in Union town-
ship adjoining the original hi -had.
Jonathan Robins, the father, bough! out the
heirs and owned mo-l of the old homi
tract ; and after bis marriage to \\ idow Lawshe
purchased the other homestead in Union town-
ship, wlnre he died Dec 1-, 1 *7"J, and was
buried on the original place. His wife died
March - J. r i, 1869, aged sixty-two year-, ten
months, and twenty-four day-.
Moses Robins was born in Bethlehem (now
Union) township, Ilunteidon Co., X. J., Sept.
.",, lSL'ii. lie was brought up on the place, and
lived there till twenty-three years of age. Oct.
25, 1849, be married Susan M. Kels, daughter
of Henry Kel-, of Alexandria, and has bad
children as follows: Lucy E., born Sept. 2,
1850, married .lame- A. Creveling, Feb. 13,
L875: Sarah E., born May 21, 1853, died July
14, 1857; George, bom Aug. VI. 1854, died
Nov. 7. 1855 j Sylvester, bom April 19, 185(5,
lives ai home; Mary A., born Nov. '22, 1857;
< 'haritv K., born Jul v : :)n, lS.V.i; Ilenrv K., born
July 1, 1861 ; John I.., born Oct. 22, 1Si;i>,
died June 2o, lSli.'5; Anna, born Nov. 11,1864,
died Jan. 11, L873; Jonathan E., born Oct. 13,
1866 ; [sabella, bom Aug. 2, 1870.
Mr. Robins moved to the farm he now occu-
pies in 185.'?. It was purchased by bis father
of Adam l>. Runkle. He has made great im-
provements on the place, both in buildings and
culture, and it is one of the finest (arms in this
section of New Jer-ey.
He is a Republican, and has served his town
in several responsible offices. Wa- nominated
and ran as a candidate for the Legislature in
l >77, but was defeated, although running ahead
of hi- ticket. He has been coinini — ioner of
deed- several years, school trustee, and district
clerk. He and his wii'e are members of the
Presbyterian Church of Bloomsbury, and he is
an elder in that body.
Tins township is situated in the northeast corner
of the county, and is bounded north by Morris
County; east by Somerset County and Keadington
township; south by Keadington and Clinton town-
ships; treat by High Bridge and Lebanon. It com-
prises 85.82 Bquare miles, or 22,925 acres. By the
census of l.SNO, it ha- 1-'.' farms ami a population of
The town-hip is traversed by a range of high and
rolling land called Fox Hill, after one of the early
•tors. It constitutes a considerable portion of
its area, ami ranges generally northeast and south-
west, reaching from Pottersville to Cokesborg, and
from the .Morris county line to within a mile of
New Qermantown. A rich limestone valley sonth of
this covers most of the remaining portion of the
A little over half of the eastern side of the township
is washed by the Lamingtun Kiver, and the northern
half of it- west side by the South Branch of the Rari-
tan, both ol' which furnish splendid water-powers at
Pottersville and Califon, A small branch of the
latter cuts across the northwe-l corner of the township
and empties at < lalifon.
The north branch of the Rockaway t 'reek rises in the
northwestern part of the township in three hi
v 1 1 i i 1 1 meet at Mountain villi-, and run- theme south-
eastwardly across the southern part of the township,
and for a distance of three miles fr its southern
boundary. It furnishes water-power- at Fairmount,
Monutainville, and to a mill below Moiintaiuvillc.
Cold Brook furnishes water-power lor the mill at New
The whole township is a fine farming region, and
most ot it is in a high Btate of cultivation. Numerous
lime-kilns indicate the source of fertility ol' the land.
EARL'S -ill l.i MENT.
The earliest settlement in Tewksbury was made
about 1700, where .New Germantown m.w is, li
was originally composed of English people, Ralph
Smith being the leader ami becoming the most im-
portant landowner. The town was first called, after
him. "Smithfield." He resided in s house stand-
ing probably where Peter W. Melick now lives-
rebuilt ami known after his time as Barnet Ball. Se
may have been an ancestor of the numerous Smith
family hereabouts. He appears to have had a church
• Ool. It. B. ll.ii.'Viiiaii in "Our Home," p. 117.
building erected, which he sold to the Lutheran so-
ciety in 1749. He also sold the lots opposite the
church, on the smith side of Church Street, from Main
Street east His name appears in the managing com-
mittee of the Larnington Church in 1749.+ Other
Kmrlish names appear in that early time, — Johnson,
Thompson, Cole, Plat, Ireland, Carlisle, — but they
disappear again. James Cole appears n- the purchaser
of a lot corner of Main and Church Streets in 1761,
though he came from Boston in 1734 with a family,
having left one child "buried at the east end of the
old English church in Boston in 1728." He had thir-
Mr-. Ireland lived on the lot next north of that now
occupied by .Mr, J. Bosenbury,but which was probably
owned by John » !arlisle.J Tl las Holme appears as
I he owner of the next lot north, and he and John Fleet
a< the owners of the corner of Main and Church
Streets, where the tavern now stands. These names
all disappear, and their places are taken by those of
German settlers who came in soon after.
" It was in 17<t. that a number of German Reformed
people residing between two cities in < rermany, called
Wolfenbeutel and Halberstadt, driven by persecution,
Bed first to Neuwird, in Rhenish Prussia, and then
to Holland, where, two years later, in 1707, they em-
barked for New York, but by adverse winds their
frail ship was carried into Delaware Hay. Deter-
mined, however, -till to reach the place for which
they were destined, to have a home among the Dutch,
they set off from Philadelphia by the overland route
to New York."i?
Following the old York Road, they were led to
Hunterdon County, and a portion of them ultimately
to Tewksbury town-hip, where they settled, and
where the present inhabitants are largely their de-
scendants. The old family name- of Picket, Welsh,
Apgar, Farley, Alpaugh, Philhower, Melick, Hoff-
man. Kinehart. etc, Come down from these.
Mindurt barley was in all probability on
first immigrants. He was the first settler in Cokesburg
in the early part of the la-t century, and bought about
■Jon acres of laud where Oliver W. Farley now lives.
He had five -on-— Caleb, l-aae, John, Mindurt. and
Joshua— and two daughters, — Margaret and Mary.
Margaret married Abraham Pickel; Mary. Conrad
t 1>r. W. W. BlauTalfl ..on. .11 ..n tii.l.n .f Lunlngton Church, quoted
jit 'our 11 tu., 1 |
tit "our II. .in,.," p. 119,
I Sarmoii of It. v. Mr. Wick, in
HUNTERDON COUNTY, NEW JERSEY.
Apgar. Mindurt had three children, — Dr. Francis
Asbury Farley, who was a man of some peculiarities,
and lived where William Farley now lives ; Anthony,
who married a Miss McCullough ; and Barbara, who
married a Mr. Kennedy. Anthony had two sons—
AVilliam and Mindurt, the latter a lawyer of some
distinction — and three daughters. Barbara Kennedy's
daughter Catharine married Rev. Mr. Brown, a Meth-
odist minister, and her son Archibald is a lawyer of
Joshua Farley, born in 1769, married Miss Sutton,
daughter of Aaron Sutton, another of the first settlers,
and had ten children, — Aaron, Mindurt (3), Oliver W.,
Mercy, Elizabeth, Hannah, Huldah, Mary, Charlotte,
and Barbara. Mercy married Charles Wolverton ;
Elizabeth, William Wolverton ; Hannah, David Ulp ;
Huldah, Samuel I. Houseworth ; Mary, John Wol-
verton ; Charlotte, Jesse Reed ; Barbara, Richard
Wolverton. The six last named removed to Penn-
sylvania. Oliver W. lives on the old homestead, and
his children, and those of Mercy and his brother's, were
brought up at Cokesburg. His wife was Anna Apgar.
Jacob Apgar (1) came from Germany, and had nine
sons, — Peter, Herbert, Adam, Frederick, Caspar,
John, Jacob, Matthias, and Conrad. Jacob came to
Cokesburg, and bought land half a mile northwest of
the town. He married Charity Pickel, and had twelve
children, — Anna, Sophia, Effie, Sallie, Catharine,
Frederick, Conrad, Nicholas, Adam, Jacob, Caspar,
and Matthias. Most of them lived around Cokes-
burg. Sallie and Jacob went West; Anna married
Herman Henry ; Sophia, Charles McKagin ; Effie,
John Melick ; Sallie, McCloskey Skureman ; Cath-
arine, George Cramer ; Frederick, Eve Hoffman, in
1790 or 1791. Nicholas had eight children, — Jacob,
Peter, Abraham, Elizabeth, Charity, Catharine, Anna,
and Martha. Jacob lived on Fox Hill, the rest about
Frederick, who married Eve Hoffman, had eight
children, — Jacob (3), Conrad, Anna, Nicholas, Freder-
ick, Charity, Sallie, and Mary. Conrad, born 1800,
married Mary Apgar ; Anna, 1794, George Hoffman ;
Nicholas, 1803, Delilah Apgar; Frederick married
the Widow Apgar, once Katy Trimmer ; Sallie, Aaron
Alpaugh ; Mary, born 1818 or 1819, Elijah Apgar.
Jacob married Margaret Trimmer, and had ten
children, — David, who married Charity Alpaugh, and
lives at Mountainville; Elizabeth and Daniel, who
died young ; Sarah Ann married John Alpaugh, also
of Mountainville; Catharine, Henry Roberts, tanner,
Fox Hill ; Mary, Arthur Seals, and afterwards Alfred
Chamberlain, Flemington ; Martha married and went
to Illinois; Edward S., Effie Swick, removed to
Philadelphia; Wesley went to Iowa; Margaret died
Peter N. Apgar married Isabel Hoffman, and has
nine children ; Abraham married Mary Ann Apgar,
and had eight children; Elizabeth, Peter Philhower,
and had fourteen children, — viz., Mary, married John
L. Hoffman ; Abraham, Thisbe Starker, then a second
wife, and went to Illinois ; Susan, George Sutton ;
Nicholas, went to Illinois; Jessie, married Jacob
Hoffman, and removed to High Bridge; Martha Ann,
Joseph Apgar, and went to Dunellen ; Charity,
Morris Eick, and located in Mountainville; Katy,
Silas, Hannah, and Harmon.
Charity Apgar married Andrew Stout, and had
eleven children, — Margaret, Mary Jane, John, George,
Charles, William, Frances, Charity Ann, Martha
Elizabeth, Hetty, and Amelia. Catharine Apgar
married Morris Teats, and had seven children, — Asa,
Lucy, Emma, William, Mary Ann, Sarah Elizabeth,
and Jacob. Anna Apgar married Oliver W. Farley ;
their children are at Cokesburg. Martha Apgar mar-
ried William Alpaugh ; children also at Cokesburg.
David Apgar's children are about Cokesburg and
This was a very numerous family, and the different
members of the same name were distinguished by
various nicknames, — "Fiddler Bill," "Pony Bill,"
"Tinker Jake," "Straw Creek Crackle," "Old Cross
Harmon Hoffman came from Germany, and settled
where James Stevenson now lives, between Cokes-
burg and Mountainville. His children were John,
Frederick, Harmon, Dolly, and Mary. John Hoff-
man bought 120 acres next to and after Farley's pur-
chase at Cokesburg. He married Miss Young, of
Fox Hill ; their children were Henry I, Peter I,
William I, Frederick I, John, Philip C, Ann, Mary,
Margaret, Elizabeth, and Elsie. The middle letter,
"I," is not an initial but a distinctive letter, another
family being Henry H, Peter H, Frederick H, etc.,
another being "M," and another still "P," to distin-
guish the Henrys, Fredericks, etc.
Henry I Hoffman married Margaret Fritz. Their
children are John, Jacob, Philip, Henry, Mancius,
Frederick, Rachel, Eliza, Margaret, Mary Ann, and
Jemima. They are scattered in other parts of the
State and the West.
Peter I married Ellen Bauman. Their children
are Peter W., Thomas B., Noah, Philip, Jane, Eliza-
beth A., Lydia, Ellen, and Mary, of whom Peter W.
married Emily Cox; Noah, Elizabeth Teats; Jane,
Abraham N. Hunt ; Lydia, John Felmley ; Ellen,
George Teats ; Mary, Andrew Johnson, — all in the
vicinity. Peter I is still living, at the age of ninety-
eight, between Cokesburg and Califon.
William I married Ellen Hays. His children are
Peter, married Anna Eick ; Frederick, married Ann
Teeter; John, married Sedosa Brown, and lives in
Newark ; Rebecca, married Peter Post, and after-
wards D. L. Evert; Lydia, married John Voorhees,
of Elizabeth, N. J. ; Frederick I married Betsy Lowe.
His family live in High Bridge township.
John married Lydia Hays ; their children are John
IL, married Harriet Cox ; Henry, Catharine Rine-
hart ; Charles, Mary Flummerf'elt ; Thomas, Sarah
Cole; Lottie, John Fleet; Elizabeth, Peter Eick ;
Lydia Ellen, Isaiah Apgar ; Mary Jane, died young.
These are in anil near the township.
Philip C. died single.
Ann Hoffman married Henry Hoffman; she was
born 1772 and died 1808, aged ninety-six.
Mary married Jacob Urts. Her children are John
Urts, who married Mary Schuyler, and Jane, single.
Margaret, still living, maried Benjamin Robinson.
Their children are John, married Mi-s Johnson ; Jo-
seph, Peninnah Jacques; Philip, Miss Longwood ;
William, Sarah Emmons; Elizabeth, Peter (?) Hill; '
Mary Ann, Peter Ely; Sarah Ann, died early.
Elizabeth married Mr. Lomison, and, at his death,
Garrett Conover. Her children were John ; Conrad
married Miss Cramer and went West: Nancy, Adam
Hope; Elizabeth, George Eick, and afterwards Jacob
Reed; Margaret, Harmon Hoffman; Ellen, Crouch
Bead; ( 'atharine, Harmon Hoffman; (iarrctt Cono-
ver; and Sarah Conover, who married William Lance.
Elsie Hoffman married William Apgar (" Fiddler
Bill") ; their children are John, married, first, Han-
nah Potter, and, second, Nellie Van Houten ; Jacob,
married Katy Apgar ; George, went to Ohio with .la-
cob ; Adam, married Mattie Fleming; William, Miss
Beam; Peter, Miss Robinson, afterward a second wife;
Elizabeth, William Beam; Barbara, Peter Schuyler;
Margaret, John Jacques; Anna, William Trimmer;
Mary, Philip Trimmer ; Fannie, Benjamin Robinson;
Philip, died earjg,
Frederick Hoffman, son of the immigrant, married,
first, Miss Schuyler, second, Mamie Hotrum, and had
nineteen children, — Mary, Peter, Philip, John, by his
first wife ; George, Adam, 1 [armon H., Jacob, Conrad,
Annie, I'.llie, Elsie, Amy, Mary Ann, Charlotte, Hul-
dah, and others who died young. Annie married
John Hunn ; Effie, Jacob Seed; Elsie, first, William
Reed, afterward Matthias Apgar; Charlotte, James
Buchanan; Euldah, Peter Apgar. Adam and Har-
mon are still living, Adam near Califon, Harmon
Harmon Hoffman, son of the immigrant, married
\iini Schuyler. He bought 160 acres where Enoch
and Philip and George B. Sutton now live, three-
quarters of a mile southwest of Farmersville. His
children were Henry M., Peter M., Philip, Lizzie,
Mary, and Ann. Ilenrv M. married \ nne I loll'inan ;
Peter M. married Charity Philhower; their children
were John, married Anna Robinson; Mary, George
H. Lindabury; Anna. Samuel G.Hoffman; Frederick
P., Mary Philhower, and afterward Mary A.Canada;
I'.llie, Thomas Apgar; Margaret; Philip I'.. Sophia
Apgar. Frederics P. is still living i mile northwest
of Fairmount. Philip married Mar] Philhower and
went West. Lizzie married Michael Rhote, Mary
married Coon Wean. Ann married l(enr,\ Teats.
John Alpaugh came from Germany and bought 800
or 400 aires, a mile southward from Cokesburg. II i-
children were John, Peter, George, Eve, Elizabeth,
Ann, and Mary. Their families settled in Tewks-
Philip Philhower and his wife, Mary, came from
Germany, with his brother George, who went to Vir-
ginia. They settled where David Philhower now
lives. It was about 200 acres then, and has been in
the Philhower name ever since. His sons were Chris-
topher, John. Peter, Jacob, and William ; daughters,
Elizabeth, Charity, Mercy, Catharine Ann.
Christopher married Elizabeth Fox. Their children
were Christopher, George W., Catharine, Charity,
Mary, Elizabeth, and Sallie. Catharine married
Asher Morgan; Charity, Adam Philhower; Mary,
Adam Apgar; Elizabeth, a Mr. Young.
John married Rachel Sutton, of Fox Hill. His
children were Jacob, Philip, John, Peter J., Wil-
liam. Richard, Aaron; half-brothers, Frederick,
Isaac; Elizabeth married Andrew Schuyler; Susan,
Harmon Hoffman; Mary, Adam Tiger; the half-sifl-
ter, ( larissa, Robert Cox.
Peter married Elizabeth Hotrum. Their children
were George, married Sophia Ann Felmley ; David,
Elijah, Mary, married Frederick P. Hoffman; Catha-
rine, John Hoffman ; Amy, Peter F. Hoffman, brother
of John; Charity, Henry M. Hoffman; Elizabeth.
Conrad Lindabury; Mahala, Jacob Apgar; Huldah.
and others who died young. Elizabeth, Mahala, and
David wore triplets.