Feb. 10, 1864, Anna, daughter of Henry B. Staats, of
Bridgewater township. They have four ■ children, —
Simon A., Gertrude, died in infancy, Anna E., and
Henry Staats. David, Jr., and Abraham V.
mers in the township of Bridgewater, near North
Abraham Dumont was one of the early settlers of
Branchburg, and resided on the old Dumont farm
along the turnpike. He married Jane P., daughter
of Isaac Van Cleef, of Millstone. Their children
were four daughters and two sons, Isaac and Peter.
Abraham Dumont was a farmer during his life, was
ISA \C DUMONT.
known as a man of strict integrity in all his business
relations. Isaac Dumont, subject of this sketch, was
born June 21, 1707. His wife was Mrs. .Maria Xe-
vius, formerly Maria Van l)uren, daughter of Jamb
Van Doren, of Millstone, whom he married Oct.
23, 1828. She was born July 10, 1806. Their chil-
dren arc Cornelius N., born Aug. 19, 1829; Jane, wife
of William 1). .Smith, born Aug. 2, 1831; Mary Eliza-
beth, widow of John Van Doren, of Middlebush ;
Abraham, born Aug. S, ls.'lo; Joanna M., born March
17,1888; I'hrbr LrOdema, born July 21, 1840, mar-
ried David Wortman, of Long Branch; I'cter, born
Deo. 16, 1844; Jacob, died young.
Isaac Dumont spent his younger days on his father's
farm and at the district school. At the time of his
marriage he was carrying on his father's farm. In
|s:;:; he removed to the [dace now occupied by his
miii Abraham, mar the North Branch depot, where he
resided until about 1862, when he removed to the
plaee where his son Peter now reside.-, and where he
died in 1863.
lie was politically a life-long Democrat, and in \' r
aspired to office. He was liberal in matters of public
enterprise, and a promoter of church and kindred in-
terests. For many years he was a deacon and elder
of the North Branch Reformed Church, officiating as
elder at the time of hi- death.
Cornelius N. Dumont, a farmer in Branchburg,
was a member of the Centennial Board of Free-
holdi is in 1876, married Rachel, daughter of Peter
BrokaW. They have four children, — Isaac X., Peter
<>., Frank N., and Jacob, all living. Abraham mar-
ried Mary, daughter of Samuel Potter, of Lamington,
X.J. They have two daughters and one son, — Jennie.
Anna, and William E. Peter married Naomi, daugh-
ter of John Gaston ; they have three children, — John
G., Cora, and Oliver.
John A. Van Nest was born on the ho farm on
Jan. 28, 1782. In December, 1808, he married Jane,
daughter of George Van Nest. She was born on
Dec. 11, l?sj. II,- passed hi- life engaged in agri-
ABRAHAM VAN NEST.
Among the first to penetrate the wilds of Somerset
County and to seek out a home in its virgin forests
was I'eter Van Nest, who came I'r Loin: [.-land in
his;: and located mi the Karitan. near Somerville.
From a conveyance of one hundred acres of land made
by him to his children iii 1724, we learn thai the latter
were Peter, Jeromus, John, George, Bemardus, Judith,
t latharine, Yacominca, and I [annah.
Jeromus is believed to have been the ancestor of
the subject of this sketch. His grandfather was
Ahraham, who located soon after the close of the
Revolutionary war where his grandson, Jerome Van
Nest, resides, in Bedmiii-ter township, which became
the I'.uniU -e.it of his line. Here he passed B long
and useful life as a farmer, doing his part cheerfully
ami energetically to develop the resources of the
country and to establish its institutions, lie married
Sarah I'.oovam. and his children were Jerome, John
A., Ahraham, Kebccca. Anna, and Catharine.
cultural pursuits and abstained from all publicity,
living within the inner circles of society, lie was
known as a man of integrity in all the relations of
life, and enjoyed the reaped and esteem of all
wdio knew him. He died on Jan. 19, 1858, aged
aeventy-siz years. Hi- children were Catharine, wife
of (ienrgc Lane, of Bridge water, born Sept. 11, 1804;
Abraham, born Oct. 5, L806; George, bom April 5,
L810; and Sarah Aim. wife of Abraham Powelson,
of Bridgewater, born April 14, 1818. George was a
farmer, and succeeded his father on the home place.
He died of cholera on Nov. 12,1866. His widow,
,<■■■ Margaret Davenport, and his sons, John, Abra-
ham. and Henry, occupy hi- late residence, mar North
The subject of this -ketch was born where Mr-.
Margaret Van Nest resides, in Bridgewater township,
at the date given above. When eighteen \ ear- of
age he commenced learning the trade of a shoemaker
with Philip Vroom, of Bedminster, and followed that
pursuit for eleven year-. In ls|o |,, established him-
self in the mercantile business al North Branch,
where he ha- -ince remained. He is purely a self-
made man. and from a humble position in life has by
industry and correct business habits and personal
deportment achieved success in the world, and. be-
CUmulating a large and valuable e.-tate, he
SOMERSET COUNTY, NEW JERSEY.
enjoys the confidence and respect of a wide range of
acquaintances and friends. He is a Republican in
politics, though he has never been a seeker after place.
He has been postmaster at North Branch for a decade
of years, having been appointed by President Grant
early in his first administration. He is a liberal con-
tributor to all worthy purposes, and has been actively
and officially connected with tbe Reformed Protestant
Dutch Church of North Branch for a long term of
years, filling the position of elder at the present writ-
On Oct. 22, 1841, Mr. Van Nest married Mary Ann,
daughter of James Ten Eyck, of North Branch. Two
children were born to the union, — viz., Esther J., wife
of Dr. James D. Van Derveer, of Liberty Corner, and
Catharine Isabel, who died in infancy.
G. VOORHEES QUICK.
G. Voorhees Quick is a grandson of Abraham
Quick, who was born in Hillsborough township, mar-
ried Catharine Beekman, born in Harlingen, and about
1776 settled the homestead, now occupied by our sub-
ject, and erected the house now standing on the place
and occupied as a tenant-house. He was a man of
sound judgment, an active member of the Reformed
Church of'Neshanic, where he filled the offices of both
deacon and elder. He died about the year 1800. His
children were Joakim, Christopher, Abraham, Catha-
rine, Martha, Glis, Maria, Magdalene, and Anna.
His maternal grandfather was Uriah Van Deripe,
who married Ann Voorhees, by whom he had two
children, Jerianna and John.
Joakim Quick, his father, born in 1789, died on
the homestead in his sixty-sixth year, having passed
his days as a farmer on the old place. He enjoyed
the same connections with the Neshanic Church as his
father. His wife was Jerriana, daughter of Jere-
miah Van Deripe, by whom he had four children, —
viz., John, Catharine, Abraham J., and G. V. Quick.
Catharine became the wife of Calvin Pepper, of New
York City, John resides at Clover Hill, and Abraham
J. is a minister at Rochester, N. H. Joakim Quick
died in 1855.
G. Voorhees Quick was born on the home farm on
March 5, 1835, where he has since resided, engaged in
agricultural pursuits. His farm comprises one hun-
dred and thirty-four acres. He erected his tasteful
residence in 1875. He is a Republican in politics, but
no office-seeker, though he has served on the town
committee two years. He is a member of the Reformed
Church at South Branch, where he fills the office of
deacon. He is recognized as one of the successful,
representative farmers of his section of country, and
respected for his upright and consistent course of life.
On Nov. 28, 1860, he was united in marriage to Ju-
liana, daughter of John and Doratha (Welch) Craig,
of Tewksbury township, Hunterdon Co. Her great-
grandfather was a physician, served in the Revolu-
tionary war, and was a close friend of Gen. Washing-
ton. The children are Arthur Craig, born Oct. 22,
1864, and Louis Woodward, born June 20, 1871.
PETER G. SCHOMP.
Peter G. Schomp is a grandson of Peter Schomp,
one of the first settlers of the township of Readington,
Hunterdon Co. He was a farmer by occupation, and
a wealthy landowner, the tract of land that he owned
comprising about a thousand acres. His wife was
Margaret Hoffman, of Flemington, N. J. Of the ten
children born to the marriage, George P., John P.,
Peter P., David P., and Jacob P. were the sons. Peter
Schomp was a devout member of the Reformed Church
of Readington, and died in 1809.
George P. Schomp was the oldest son of Peter
Schomp, and was born in Readington township.
Upon attaining manhood he engaged in agricultural
pursuits, and in that avocation passed his life. He
was an adherent of the Republican party, and, though
no aspirant for public position, filled various minor
offices in his township. He was an active and worthy
member of the Readington Reformed Church. He
was twice married. His first wife was Elizabeth,
daughter of George Anderson, of Readington, who
bore him the following children, — viz., Ann, who be-
came the wife of Cornelius M. Wyckoff, Peter G.,
George A., Jacob G., John G., David G., and Corne-
lius W. Mrs. Schomp died Nov. 2, 1818, and a few
2W-J §) <J^^>
Tunis D. Myers was a grandson of Burtis Myers,
an early resident of Hunterdon County. His father,
Peter Myers, was a farmer by occupation, and resided
in Kingwood township in that county. Peter Myers
married Elizabeth Dilly, and had one child by the
union, Tunis D. Myers, the subject of this sketch.
The latter was born on May 2, 1806, and passed
the earlier years of his life on his father's farm. His
only educational advantages were an attendance at
" seven quarters of school under nine school-teachers."
With this modest preparation for life's duties, his
father being poor, he left home at the age of eighteen
years to do for himself. He repaired to the old De-
mun farm in Branchburg, at present occupied by
John Vosseller, and began life as a farm laborer.
Later on he worked the place on shares for a number
of years, and in 1854 he purchased one hundred and
three acres of land, where his son, John B. D.
Myers, now resides. Here he remained twelve years,
when, owing to failing health, he removed to South
Branch, N. J., where he lived a retired life until his
death, May 30, 1880, at the age of seventy-four.
While Mr. Myers confined his attention closely to
his duties as a farmer, he was nevertheless active in
public affairs, and took great interest in all matters
tending towards the advancement of the material
interests of his locality. He was a member of the
Democratic party and a strong supporter of the war,
but was never an aspirant for political place. He was
one of the founders of the township of Branchburg,
and a devout member of the Reformed Church of
Readington, with which he was officially connected
both as deacon and as elder. He contributed with a
liberal and generous hand to all worthy enterprises,
and was actively identified with the various public
movements of his day. At his death he enjoyed the
confidence and esteem of all who knew him.
His wife, who survives him, was Ann, daughter of
John Naylor, whom he married on Dec. 1, 1834, and
their children have been John B. D. and Elizabeth
Myers. The latter is the wife of John K. Reger, of
South Branch, and has a son, William M. Reger, who
was born Nov. 14, 1871.
John B. D. Myers was born July 3, 1839, and was
brought up on his father's farm. His education was
obtained at the district school and at the Trenton
(N. J.) Academy. He began the life of a farmer at
the age of twenty-two years on his present farm, and
has since resided there. He occupies an influential
position in the township ; is a Republican in politics,
and has filled the offices of assessor, justice of the
peace, and collector, being an incumbent of the last
two positions in 1880. On March 13, 1866, he was
united in marriage to Mary L., daughter of Jacob
Vosseller, and has one child, Roger, born Aug. 29,
years later -Arc. Schomp married .Mr-. .Mary Vosseller.
By this marriage were born Tnnifl 0. and Henry P.
Schomp. Mr. Schomp died on March 21, L847, in
the sixty-ninth year of bis age, and was buried on
his own farm.
Peter G. Schomp, to whom this sketch is dedicated,
was born on hi- father's farm in Beadington on Lug.
-\ I SI >1. His early advantage-, were limited, and his
daily life was that common among the farmers' sons
of his day. About the age of twenty-one years he
received a small allowance from his father and com-
i farming in Beadington on his own account.
I" 1888 he purchased of Garret Probasco one hun-
dred and forty acres of land in Branchburg township,
Somerset Co., which hi< son George now occupies,
and here he took up his residence. To this trad Mr.
Sr|, ,, nip -uh-cipienth made additions, so that al pres-
ent (1880) he owns a line farm of 200 acres, under a
good state of cultivation. He erected his present
substantia] and hand-, .me residence in I860.
In the year 1821, Mr. .Schomp was united in mar-
riage to Catharine, daughter ..I Aaron Kline, of Read-
ington. His children were George; Catharine Ann,
who married John Sntphin, of Branchburg, and who
died in January, 1880; Elizabeth, who married Wil-
liam WyckoiT, of Branchburg, and who died Maj 8,
lsi;:: ; Caroline, wife of Abraham H. Lane, of Branch-
burg; and John, who died July 31, 1846, aged five
Mr. Sell, ,m]> has now attained the advanced age of
seventy-nine years, and is still a well-preserved and
energetic old gentleman. His has been a singularlv
active and laborious life, and the success which has
crowned it has been due to his energy of character
and to close and faithful performance of duty. By
industry and economy he has gathered together a fine
estate, and he enjoys the highest respect and esteem
of all who know him. While he has always been a
supporter of the principles ..I' the Democratic party,
he has avoided political strife and confined his labors
strictly to his chosen avocation. II, ha- always been
a liberal supporter of the benevolent and philan-
thropic enterprises of the day, and has been a mem-
ber of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of
Beadington tor about forty years, a portion of this
time filling the offices of deacon and elder.
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GEOGRAPHICAL AND DESCRIPTIVE.
Tins is the largest township in the county of Som-
erset. Its present boundaries are as follows : North
by the Baritan Biver, which separates it from the
townof Bridgewater; northwest bj the South Branch
of the Baritan, which separate- it from the town of
Branchburg; southwest by the county line, which
separates it from the towns of Raritan and Easl Am-
well, in Hunterdon County: south by the town of
Montgomery; cast by the Millstone Biver, which
separates it from the town of franklin. The town-
ship contains ::s;i farm-, and its superficial area is
87,894 acre-. ,,r 59.2] square miles. Its population,
as given in the census of l.sso, i- ::-|;i.
XATIK w. I'l 1 1 ORES.
The surface ,,f the eastern part i- level or gently
undulating; the soil is red sandstone. The Burface
of the western part is hilly; the soil consists of clay
and loam. Neshanic Mountain, composed of trap
rock, enters the southwest corner and extend- into
the township about •"> mile.-; it i- about 600 feet high.
With the exception of the top ,,!' this mountain, the
1 By Rot. E. T. Corn in, D.D.
whole township is well cultivated. But very little
timber-land is now to be seen.
The streams wholly within the township are com-
paratively small. The X, -hanic River crosses the
northwest corner, and after a northeasterly course of
about 3 mile- How- into the South Branch of the Rar-
itan. Royce Brook has several sources at the foot of
Neshanic Mountain, near Plaggtown, and after (low-
ing southeasterly about :: miles, and northeasterly
al i I mile-, with a sudden turn to the -,,uth for
a quarter of a mile, it flows into the Millstone at
Weston. N" Pike Brook courses southeasterly about
8 miles on the southern border, and. turning south-
ward, flows through Montgomery town-hip into
Beeden's Brook. Cattail Run, or Rock Brook, passes
through a gorge in Neshanic Mountain, near the
southwest eormr of the township, at Book Mills, and
bei s the north branch of Beeden's Brook. Very
many small streams, a mile or two long, issuing from
springs, flow into the larger brook- or the rivers ,,n
the border-. The Mill-tone River form- a crooked
boundary ,,n the east, extending about 8 miles by the
COUrse of the river. This stream, owing to the level
character of the country and the mill-dams upon it.
i- more than loo feel wide and ."> or 6 feet deep. ]t
How- into the Baritan.
SOMERSET COUNTY, NEW JERSEY.
LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF THE TOWNSHIP.
There seems to be no record preserved of the for-
mation of Hillsborough township. In 1693 the Legis-
lative Assembly divided the counties into townships,
extending Piscataway, on the south side of the Rari-
tan, from the Somerset line of 1683 (see Map) to the
South River and the western bounds of the province.
This included nearly all of Franklin, the southeast-
ern part of Hillsborough, the southeastern half of
Montgomery, and much more territory besides. In
subsequent acts, when the towns are specified for as-
sessment and other causes, we always find the county
of Somerset named with the towns of the province.*
Bridgewater received a royal patent or charter in
1749. It is highly probable that the southern part of
the county (all south of the Raritan) received a char-
ter at the same time.
In 1760 an act was passed for running the lines
between the several counties and respective town-
ships.! At this time Hillsborough, including Mont-
gomery, was styled the " Western Precinct" ; it was
more commonly known, however, as Hillsborough.
In 1775 this title was in common use, and gave name
to the church of Millstone, which was then incorpo-
rated as " Hillsborough."
In 1798, under the general law for the incorporation
of each of the several townships of the State, it was
directed that the township of Hillsborough should be
styled and known by the name of " The Inhabitants
of the Township of Hillsborough, in the County of
LAND TITLES AND SETTLEMENT.
Hillsborough township was long disputed ground
between the proprietors of East and West Jersey.
Keith's partition line, which was run in 1687, consti-
tutes the present western boundary of the town and
of the county. But Lawrence's line, which was run in
1743, threw by far the larger portion of the township
into West Jersey. According to Map No. II. in the
Elizabethtown bill of chancery (1747), Lawrence's
line runs about a mile west of the present Millstone
church. The same is true according to the map of
the commissioners of 1769, appointed by the Legisla-
tive Assembly of the province. This latter map is
reissued in the reprint of Smith's " History of New
Jersey," 1877. But if we take the tree by the John
M. Mann house, just west of Somerville, as a true
point on the line, and run a straight course on our
present maps to Little Egg Harbor, the line falls a
quarter of a mile east of Millstone, in Franklin town-
The present line between the townships of Still-
water and Hampton, in Sussex County, is a remnant
of Lawrence's line. But this, if extended on our latest
maps, crosses the Millstone at Weston, runs nearly
two miles east of Millstone, and falls into the sea far
* Rco laws of 1000, p. 364; 1098, pp. 1171-74; 1713, p. 16; 1726, p. (
t Allison's Laws, p. 327.
to the east of Little Egg Harbor. It is also stated in
the preamble to the laws subsequently passed con-
cerning this line that private parties had often mu-
tually agreed as to where the line should run between
their respective plantations. Some of the land titles
in the village of Millstone, and north of it along the
river, are recorded at Burlington, while others farther
west are recorded at Amboy. The deed of the origi-
nal parsonage farm, in 1774 (now owned by Joseph
V. S. Van Doren), nearly a mile north of the village,
and on the west side of the Millstone, is described as
being in Middlesex County ! Millstone village often
passed under the name of Hillsborough, and is some-
times called Middleburg in early deeds. Many titles
along the Millstone are on record at Trenton, in the
office of the Secretary of State, while others were re-
corded in Middlesex County, long after Somerset was
formed. It is not likely that the burning of two suc-
cessive court-houses (at Six-Mile Run in 1737, and at
Millstone in 1779) caused the loss of many valuable
papers, as several early statutes required titles to be
recorded at the capital of the province. Perhaps only
the books of the board of freeholders and justices,
together with the charter of Hillsborough and Frank-
lin, with some loose papers on current business, were
Under the Dutch sway there was no land formally
taken up within this township, with perhaps a single
exception. The late Rockhill Robeson, of Weston,
in 1866 assured the writer that family papers showed
his ancestors settled on the Millstone River (on which
side was not stated) as early as 1642, and that they
removed to Philadelphia in 1666.
It was under the twenty-four proprietors that the
valleys of the Millstone and the Raritan began to be
permanently settled. Their government lasted for
twenty years from 1682. Of these proprietors, Son-
mans, Hart, Plumstead, Cooper, Lawrie, and Barker
had land set off to them in what afterwards became
the township of Hillsborough. Lawrie sold 250 acres
of the meadows on the south side of the Raritan, in
1682, to James Graham, John White, Samuel Winder,
and Cornelius Courzer.J The proprietors in posses-
sion, in the same year, sold 3000 acres in the angle
of the Raritan and Millstone Rivers (exclusive of
the above meadows) to Capt. Anthony Brockholls,
William Rinborne, John Robinson, Capt. Mathias
Nicholls, and Samuel Edsall. In 1683, John Ben-
nett purchased an irregular plot at the northwest of
the township, embracing Neshanic and Clover Hill.
In 1685, John Royce bought the tract at the angle of
the Raritan and Millstone of Brockholls & Co.,$ and
required a title from the proprietors, || as well as from
the above company. This plot extended up the Mill-
stone to "Indian Wigwam" (now the place of Isaac
Brower, Esq.), and up the Raritan 31 miles (opposite
X Amboy Records, Lib. A, 273 ; Trenton, Lib. A, 261.
g Trenton, Lib. A, 202, 200.
|| Ibid., 273, 274.
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Bro °1 HILLSBOROUGH. ^MONTGOMERY
N'iMkiiskt iO. N .1
Compiled rr„,„ fUeeUMap /«*;
tinrl horn I lftif/r
ji~-,,~i /, v i:t i iiini/v. i,D
Hen mi afSmunet
I 't'irji ti/
1. Dr. Mercer (in Middlesex).
2. Philip Fronoh.
3. Henry Guort.
Philip French (at Ono-Mile Ran, we«t tide of brook).
I> C......U'- r? If . '
5. P. French's Farm Uonee.
S. Rood to Millstone.
7. John Shanks.
9. John Kent.
9. Threo-Milo Rnn.
10. Cornelius Waldron's Tavern.
11. John Van Liow.
12. Jacobus Cornell.
14. Samuel Qarretson.
15. Fulkert Van Nostrandts.
18. Rov. John Light (Leydt).
17. William Williamson.
18. Nicholas Van Lewen.
19. Jacob Wikoff.
20. Simon Wikoff.
21. John Pyatt.
22. Six-Milo Rnn (Brook).
23. Philip Koarney.
„ t j Simon Hagaman.
' J Benjamin Hagaman.
.j t Peter Suydam.
' I John Surdam.
26. Widow Str'yk...
■27. Peter Pomme (Pumyea)
28. John Manley.
,„ f William Stothoff.
"• 1 John Stothoff.
30. Widow Wood's Tavern.
81. Dutoh Church.
32. Joseph Qifford (Tavern).
33. Adrian Manley.
34. Nicholas Johnson.
35. Nino-Mile Run (Widow Hoagl.nd)i|- ?"'[, f.' * 1 "!:
38. Jacobus Wvnknff '° 5 - Samuel Worth
49. Jcdediah Higgins.
50. Presbyterian Church at Kingston.
51. Dr. Ilendriokson.
62. Forman's Mill.
63. Barefoot Brinson.
54. Riohard Stockton (Wnltehouse)
65. Capt. Howard. .
56. Samuel Brinson.
57. John Opdiko.
58. Richard Stockton, Esq.
59. Ezekiel Forman.
60. Joseph Oldon.
61. Robert Stockton.
62. Joseph Stockton.
63. Sylvanus Hunt
64. Worth's Mill.
36. Jacobus Wyokoff.
37. Daniel Barcalow.
38. Potor Guliok (date).
39. Still House.
40. Dollis Hegeman.
41. Jacobus Labre.
42. John Ouliek.
43. Tunis Quick.