1777, in tho 06 yoar of her age."
â€¢â– Ban Ilea y bodj or Uberl V...rheee, who died Sep' y MÂ», 17-1. la
.r of his ago."
Â» In memory of tha ReT. Johannes Martlntu Van llarlingen, Pastor cf
SOMERSET COUNTY, NEW JERSEY.
the Reformed dutch congregation of Sourland and new Shannick, who
died December 23<i 1795, in the 71st year of his age."
" In memory of Harriet Romeyn, daughter of the Rev. Peter and
Maria Labaugh, who died February 27, 1S14, aged 2 years 11 mo 17
" In memory Hendrick Van HarlingeD, who
1795, and died JanJ the 21" 1780."
born Oct. the 15th,
A HISTORIC WELL.
The following circumstance, which at the time of
its occurrence was trivial enough, has, in the interve-
ning years, become fraught with historic interest, from
its connection with the terrible struggle by which our
land gained its independence.
In 1783 a detachment of Gen. Washington's army
en route to the headquarters of their commander, at
Rocky Hill, came along the road leading by Mr.
Duryea's farm, and stopped at the well to drink and
fill their canteens with its delicious contents. Tired
and thirsty and almost choked with the dust of a long
march, each man drank copiously, and, although
Nature did her best, by means of an unfailing spring
at the bottom of the well, to replenish the water thus
consumed, the demand was greatly in excess of the
supply, and by the time each thirsty soldier had sup-
plied his want the water was literally exhausted.
The well is only about ten feet deep, but its supply
of water had never before failed to meet the demand,
neither has it done so since. It is located on the
present estate of Alexander D. Duryea.
JOHN VAN ZANDT.
JOHN VAN ZANDT.
The subject of this memoir was the great-grandson
of Bernardus Van Zandt, who was born in Holland,
Oct. 3, 1700, and came to this country at a date of
which we have no record. Soon after his arrival here
he purchased a tract of two hundred and twenty-six
acres of land, adjoining the Voorhees estate, in Mont-
gomery township, Somerset Co., then a part of the
" Eastern Division of the Province of New Jersey."
He died March 27, 1778.
Nicholas, the second son of Bernardus, was born
Dec. 25, 1737. He married Lucretia Van Brunt, and
succeeded to the homestead on the decease of his
father, where he continued to reside until the time of
his death, in 1805. The old homestead was then
conveyed by the other heirs to Capt. Bernardus Van
Zandt, who was the second son of Nicholas. He
married, Jan. 7, 1790, Sarah Sutphen, a most amiable
The marked ability of Capt. Bernardus in the man-
agement of his farm and the excellent qualities of
his wife attracted the attention of her uncle, James
Nevius. He had no family and lived alone upon an
adjacent farm, and finally, in 1809, persuaded his
niece and her husband to leave the old homestead and
live with him. He died about two years afterwards,
leaving his large farm by " will" to Capt. Bernardus,
subject, however, to the payment of certain legacies.
They remained upon the Nevius farm as long as they
lived and raised a family of two sons and eight daugh-
ters, three of whom are still living (January, 1881).
Their second son, Nicholas, lived upon the old
homestead, and il ia Btill in the po ion of his
heirs, and within the same boundarj lines as when
purchased, nearly our hundred and fifty years ago.
The eldeal of the ten children, Jora Van Za dt,
was bora June 10, L791. He married, Nov. 20, 1817,
Anna, the eldest daughter of Stephen Voorhees, a
Woman of lovely disposition ami unalfectcd piety.
They succeeded to the Nevius farm in L860,hj "will"
of his I'atlier, ami resided tlu'rc until their decease.
They had six children, two Of whom died in their
youth. Their sons Ji - and Augustus and
ten Sarah and Anna Eliza are still living.
Mr. Van /amh was a pr ine ml per of the Re-
formed Dutch Church of Harlingen until aearlj fifty
since, when he and a few of his neighbors
founded the Reformed Dutch Church of Blawen-
burg. He was one of a most excellent building com-
mittee who, l>y their liberality, zeal, and personal
labor, erected what must then have been a hand-
some and substantial eluircli ediliee, and it remains
to-day an enduring monument of their philanthropy
and piety, lie cherished the welfare of that church
with greatest ardor, and was always glad to give his
time, his labor, and his money to promote it- interests.
He served in the oilier.- of eld .a- and deaeon at vari-
ous times. He was a most libera] contributor, and
was identified with everj beneficial interest of the
Bis educational advantages were only such as the
district school afforded, but he was intelligent and
fond of reading, and in his later years was well in-
formed, lie received a "second >i";ht,'' and read
without Lclaâ€” c-.
A marked peculiarity of his old age was that he
took a unai interest in ever) m m project and in-
In politics he was a -launch Whig and afterwards
a Republican, never failing in duty at the polls. He
lived under the administrations of nineteen I 'residents
of the United States, commencing with Washington,
and probably voted at sixteen Presidential elections.
Lfter a long and useful lit-, of integrity, pi tv, l>-
hor, ami success in every particular, lie died dan. 'J.,
L881, in the ninetieth year of his age, respected, hon-
ored, and beloved by all who knew him. Just two
week- afterwards his amiable wife died also, and was
buried by his side in the cemetery at Blawenburg.
They leave, surviving them, four children, twenty
grandchildren, and ele\ en great-grandchildren, nearly
all of whom arc living in the vicinity of tlnir ances-
JAMES X. VAX ZANDT.
â€¢lames N. Van Zandt, a view of whose attractive
place â€” endeared to himself and children by memories
of] e, ami so indicative of the industry, thrift, and
cultured taste of the owner may be seen on another
page of this work, is the eldest son of John Van
Zandt, of Blawenburg, and i- regarded as one of the
model agriculturists of Somerset County. He lirst
purchased of Garret Van Zandt a small farm of
Beventy-two acres, situated in Montgomery town-hip,
near Blawenburg, to which, in I860, was added
hundred acre- of the old homestead of his father. In
that year he erected thereon : > I sidence
with outbuildings. He has confined his labors
strictly to the cultivation and improvement of his
farm, expending time and money iii under-draining
it, adopting all of the practical modern improvements
tending to facilitate the operations of agriculture.
He i- a gentleman extremely i lest and unassuming
in manner, devoted to his home and family, and by
his manly Christian life has earned for himself a
place among the most respected representati
of his vicinity.
IBB \.M C. WIKOFF.
Ahrani ( '. W'ikolf, the third son of Samuel and Alu-
mI Bembridgi Wikoff, and grandson of Garret
Wikoff, was born in the township of Hillsbo
CsYCr^CtS)/* ' '~ '
Somerset Co., N. J., Feb. 29, 1826, and removed to
Montgomery tow nship, to the place where he now rc-
sides, in I860. He is by occupation a fanner, and is
among the leading agriculturists of the town-hip.
Dec. 18, 1849, he married Louisa M. Garreteon,
daughter of .lame- Garreteon, of Raritan Landing.
They have four children, viz., ( atharine, Samuel,
Hannah M.. and .lane- W'ikolf. Catharine married
Stephen Gano, a civil engineer, residing at Fleming-
ton, N. J., ami has one child. Frederick.
SOMERSET COUNTY, NEW JERSEY.
Mrs. Louisa M., wife of Mr. Wikoff, was born at
Weston, Hillsborough township, Oct. 3, 1825.
Mr. Wikoff was formerly a Whig, but since the dis-
solution of that party has been a staunch Republican.
He has never sought office, but has filled several offi-
cial positions in his township, and has been surveyor
for Bound Brook Fire Insurance Company for several
years. He is an active member of the Reformed
Church of Harlingen, and has at various times held
the offices of deacon and elder, the latter of which he
Samuel and Abigail Wikoff had, besides the subject
of this notice, the following-named children : Garret,
Adrenna, John B., Peter W., Isaac V. C, Maria,
Jacob T., William Henry, Matilda, and Samuel L.
Abigail Bembridge, the wife of Samuel Wikoff, was
a daughter of John Bembridge, of Hillsborough.
DAVID 0. V00RHEES.
The subject of this notice was born in Blawenburg,
Somerset Co., N. J., Aug. 3, 1816. He is a son of
Okey Voorhees, who was born Aug. 29, 1743, and died
May 21, 1819. His wife's name was Allemma Ker-
shaw, who was born Aug. 3, 1781, and died March
23, 1863. They had two children, â€” viz., Peter O.,
born March 6, 1806, and David O., as stated above.
Peter O. married Frances B., daughter of Stephen
Strykcr, of Harlingen, N. J., by whom he hud six
children, four of whom are now living (1880), two
having died in infancy.
Stephen S., the first son of Peter O., married Se-
lina, the daughter of Peter J. Stryker, of Blawenburg.
They have two children. Mary Ann married Peter
Cortelyou; they have five children.
Mr. Cortleyou and his family are now residing in
Sommerset, Kan. David P. married Elizabeth, daugh-
ter of John Moore, of Hopewell, Mercer Co., N. J.
They have one child. Allemma Voorhees is still single.
David 0. was married, Dec. 15, 1839, to Rebecca Ann,
daughter of Samuel H. and Mary S. Hageman, of
Blawenburg, by whom he has one son, Holmes Hage-
man Voorhees, born Sept. 9, 1857. Mr. Voorhees has
been brought up on a farm and is strictly an agri-
culturist; has received such an education as was
usually acquired at the common town or district
schools of his time. He has never taken great inter-
est in political affairs ; has been a Whig, and since
the Republican paity has been the dominant one he
has been identified with that. Mr. Voorhees has been
a " freeholder" of his township one term ; has been a
member of the Reformed Church of Blawenburg
about thirty years, holding at different times the
principal offices pertaining thereto.
PETER STRYKER STOUT.
Peter Stryker Stout is a lineal descendant of Richard
Stout, the general paternal ancestor, probably, of all
PETER STRYKER STOUT.
the families of that name in America. Ho came over
to this country from Nottinghamshire, England, some
time between 1.640 and 1648.
William Stout was the grandfather of Peter Stryker
Stout, and married Rachel Carr. They had a family
QUJ Ujty^UJLH, (vdjUL. oClUfl/^e.
LawRENOE Van DER Veer is the grcat-grcat-grnndson of
Cornelia Jansen Van der Veer, who arrived in this country
from Amsterdam, Holland, in February, 1659, on the good > 1 1 i i â€¢
"Ottor," and was probably the progenitor of all the Van dcr
Veers at present in America. Ho came originally from llemsfleto,
in North Holland. On arriving he settled in the vicinity "I llit
bush, L. l.,nnd afterwards married (iillis de Mnndcvillc. The
..nlv i 'tie of his children who interests us in this connect inn. how-
ever, is his son, Cornolis Cornclisscn, who married and roared a
numerous family of sons, who, although their father -
have lived and died at Flatbusb, themselves possessed more of
the spirit of adventure, and sought new homes in .New Jersey
and elsewhere. His youngest son, Points or Peter, born in
1720, might perhaps be called the immediate progenitor of
the branch of tho family with which we havo to deal, as he
moved from Flalbush to Montgomery township in 1761, and
pnrohased ubovit six hundred ncres of land along the Millstone
Rivet and its tributaries, nnd erected a house which is at prethe township in 1849.
George Brown, son of Andrew, lived on Stony Hill,
where John W. Hand afterwards resided. His wife's
name was Elizabeth Martin, of Woodbridge. She
died Aug. 6, 1777, aged twenty-five, and he afterwards
married a Wood, sister of Samuel, of Dayton, and of
Esther, the wife of Jonathan Totten. His children
were Thompson, whose name occurs frequently in the
town records; Noah, who died at about twenty-two;
Elizabeth, who married Lewis Badgleyand removed
to Paterson. Thompson Brown married Patty, daugh-
ter of Andrew Wade, of Morris County. Be removed
to Westfield, and owned there a large distillery. He
Irfi tis wife and children there and went to Ohio
where 1 j i â€” daughter Mary afterwards married John
Keith. His son, Andrew Wade, married a daughter
of Jesse V. Douglas and moved to Bayer's Bridge, in
Springfield I'm nship.
William Cole lived on the north Bide of Green
Brook. His wife was Betsey Dennis, and had six
children. William, his oldesl son, married Elizabeth,
daughter of William Williamson, of Plainneld, and
had eight children. He was a surveyor and school-
. and was known as " Master ( lole." 1 1
wli. re bis father did, and left numerous descendants,
whom have been a number of men of some
Mulford Cory, the oldest child of Rev. Benjamin,
lived "ii a place near Union village. He had seven
children, among whom were Joseph and Benjamin,
twin-brothers, who entered Princeton College together
raduated in the same class. They studied the-
ologj . were licensed on the same daj to preach, in
1884, were both ordained at the same session of the
tery, in April, L835, â€” Joseph over the church
'i \. .'. Ver Morris Co., and Benjamin over that
at Perth Amboj . \l iddlesex t !o.
There were, and are Btill, several branches of the
t lory family in this township and contiguous territory.
Daniel, who lived on the north Bide of Long Hill
\m Providence township I, was an elder in the l'rcs-
byterian Church of New Providence, and died on
June 26, 1816, aged eighty-two. He left a large fam-
ily of children, from whom numerous descendants
have sprung. Daniel Cory, of Warren township, is
the son of John Cory, who resided on the same farm.
John Cory was I i March 5, L762, on Long Island.
Hi- first wife was Martha Kerry, horn in Rockaway,
Morris Co., in 1 7 * ". 7 ; married Jan. 26, 1784 ; died April
80, 1799. His second wife was Phebe Ruckman
- of Daniel Cory), born July II. 1785; mar-
ried to John Cory, June 29, 1800. John Cory died
July 16, 1884; Phebe Ruckman) died I let 18, 1
Children: Daniel, horn June 17. 1808; Lot, horn
June 1". 1818, died Ma;. L6, 1814; Jonathan, horn
June 13, 1815, an attorney and counsclor-at-law in
>an Jose, 111. Daniel married Rachel Willi
::, 1881 : she was hum Nov. I i, 1 308. Their children
andchildren are Matilda, born Dec. 8, 1882,
married Samuel Titus, Nov. 5, 1858 children, An-
nette Titus, horn Dec. 24, 1854 ; Isaac Titus, I let. I -.
1857; Edwin F. Titus, March 29, L859 ; John, born
May 24, 1884, married Mary French, Sept.
i M., horn Nov. 20, 1866; Mary Emma,
Jul) 80, i \ ie I... Nov. 15, 1872; M
Jan. 28 ' E., born Dec. 20, L836, married
Jacob A. lam- (children, Daniel C, horn \
L865; Rachel I ., Lpril II. 1867, died Maj IG
Mary. Aug. 28, 1868 : Hannah W.. horn June 10,
1838, died Sept. 21, L860; Preston C, horn March 1.
L840,died March 25, 1871; Edwin F., born Dec. 13,
L841, died Nov. 11, 1866; Eugi ... . born Jan. 24, 1844,
irch 24, L844; Thomas W.. born April 1. L845,
died May i. L845; Rachel, horn July 1 1. 1846, died
April 23, 1868; Zachary Taylor, born March 4, 1849,
died March 21, 1873.
Both Daniel ami his brother, Jonathan Cory, were
members of the ] ire from Â£ i -ei County.
Enos Mundy came from Middlesex County and set-
tled in Washington Valleyabout 1800. He had chil-
dren, â€” David, Lewis, Fanny, Peter, Margaret, Cath-
arine, and Isaac, in tin- order named. Lewis, Fanny,
and Catharine are -till living. Lewis married Mary
Swazey, of Chester, Morris Co., ami lived at Mount
Bethel, on the farm now occupied by his son, Ira.
He had children, â€” Ira, Simeon, Catharine'. Mary.
Julia Ann, and Sarah. Ira ha- been twice married,
bis first wife being Mary, daughter of William B.
Coddington, and his second wife Hannah Titus, widow
of Philip Winans. lie has ,,ne s.m by the first mar-
Lewis Mundy, who is married and re-ides in
Bernard township. Catharine married Jacob Van
Dy] of Bridgewater. Julia Ann married ']'h as
Coddington, former sheriff oi Somerset < lounty. Mary
married Jonathan Mo..re, of Warren township. Sarah
married Thomas Hays, now residing in Kentucky.
Simeon married Catharine Todd, and is a fanner in
Bernard (own-hip ; be has a family of six children.
Bi Djamin, Archibald, and John < loddington settled
at Mount Horeb before the Revolution. Their de-
scendant- have been prominent in the civil affairs of
both town-hip and county. The name appears to
have been originally Bpelled Corrington, and may be
so found in -oiue of the early records. Archibald
married Mary Coon and had children, â€” Isaiah, Jere-
miah, Caty (who married a Campbell), Sarah Mrs.
Bird . Abigail Sirs. I ompton), John who died at
of eight |, Benjamin, David I horn 1797 .
Israel, William A., Isaac V., and Archibald. Wil-
liam A.. Isaac V., and Archibald are -iill li\ ing.
Thomas < loddington is the oldest -on of his grand-
father's oldest -on. Isaiah. He was born I
Isi'l. and married Julia Ann Mundy. They have
children, â€” William, Lewis, I Marietta. M
dington was elected sheriff of S erset County in
1868, and discharged the duties of that responsible
office three years.
John t loddington, brother of the tir-t Benjamin and
Archibald, married Mary Coon of another family)
and had child] larine, \nn. I
W., Reuben, John, Bartholomew, and Mercy. I
W., of this family, lives in Bernard township, and has
Bat h â– >â– â– â€¢â– is a resident of Warren
town-hip ; he married a daughter of William B. < !od-
dington. His children are llavid. Wii
and Charles, w ho reside in this township, and daugh-
liarine, Jane. Mary, etc
SOMEKSET COUNTY, NEW JERSEY.
Benjamin Coddington, the first of that name in
Warren, married Hannah Coon. Of his children
were William B., Isaac, Aaron, and Millard. Israel
C, George O, and William H. are all descended
from William B., and are worthy citizens of the
township of Warren. One of the daughters of Ben-
jamin married an Alward, and lived many years ago
where Thomas Coddington, the ex-sheriff, now resides.
One of them married Maxfield Miller, and another a
Israel C. Coddington married Christiana M. Rob-
erts and has two children, â€” Mary B. and Ida L.
George C. married Harriet Moore, and has four chil-
dren, â€” Christian, Ezra, Harriet, and Emma Jane.
William H. married Mary Spencer, and his children
are Joel, Franklin P., James, Kirch, and Horace.
Another of the old settlers was Edward Drake.
He came from Piscataway and settled in Washington
Valley. From him are descended Jeremiah, Andrew,
Noah, Ezra, Jonathan, Humphrey, Martin, Randolph,
Edward, William, Nathaniel, and a long line who
perpetuate the name of their worthy ancestor. Sev-
eral of these names, with many others of the promi-
nent old settlers, will be found in the civil list of the
David French came from Connecticut Farms, now
Union, and settled about a mile from David Smalley's
old homestead. He had a brother, John, who lived
on the place where Thomas Coon resided at a later
James Marshall was an early settler in Stony Hill
Valley. He was a son of James, Sr., of Rahway, and
married Phoebe Marsh, of that place. His children
intermarried largely with early families in Warren.
Mary married Peter, son of Joseph Allen, of Wash-
ington Valley ; Nancy, William, brother of Peter ;
James, Mary, daughter of Isaac Moore ; John, born
in 1789, Hannah Wilcox, and lived on Stony Hill,
where he reared a family of three children, the oldest
of whom was Stephen, who married Amanda, daugh-
ter of Samuel Smalley.
Isaac Moore, son of John, lived in the Passaic val-
ley, in Warren township, and had a family of seven-
teen children, few of whom, however, remained in the
township. Susan, the seventeenth child, married Wil-
liam, son of James Stevens, and lived on Wolf Hill,
near Union Village.
Other early settlers were Jonathan Ruckman and
his sons, Nathan and Levi. Jonathan's place was on
Stony Hill, south of David Smalley's. David was the
son of John Smalley, the first settler of that name in
the township ; he had a brother, James, who lived
near the Passaic River, where his father did. The
sons of James were Abuer, David I., John, Reuben,
Jacob I., and Benjamin. Isaac was a son of John,
and lived on the Mahlon Smalley place, on Stony
Hill. Jacob was the son of John and Tabitha Moore.
The sons of David Smalley were Henry, Daniel,
Samuel, and David D., who owns a large estate in
Warren, in the Passaic valley. Smalleytown takes
its name from this family, who have been numerous
and influential citizens.
William Stites settled early at Mount Bethel. He
was a descendant of John, who was born in England
in 1595, and emigrated to New England in the time
of Oliver Cromwell. He finally settled on Long
Island, where he died at the remarkable age of one
hundred and twenty-two. Richard, son of John, was
born in 1640. He lived at Hempstead, L. I., and died
in 1702. He had a son, William, born in 1676, who
settled in Springfield, N. J., and had seven children,
one of whom, William, Jr., died at Mount Bethel,
aged ninety-one. He married a Searing for his first
wife, and, for his second, Sarah, widow of Amos But-
ler. His children were John, William, and Isaac,
from whom the numerous family of that name have
Samuel Giddis, of this township, is descended from
a long line of early residents. Others who came in
later are deserving of mention, particularly the thrifty
and influential German settlers. Many of this nation-
ality have taken the places of the older American
families. Andrew Mantz bought the old Aaron Coon
farm, at the head of Dockwatch Hollow, about 1840.
On this farm was a grist-mill. Andrew Mantz had
sons â€” Martin, George, and Andrew, Jr. â€” and two
daughters, Mrs. Theodore Brogley and Mrs. Jacob
Gunten. Another daughter married Jacob Voehl, of
Peter Winans is a son of John, son of William, who
settled in Washington Valley, where Peter, his great-
grandson, now lives. William Winans owned here a
large tract of land, on which the following persons
now live : Lyman Hasley, David E. Mnndy, Hannah
Winans, David M. Leinbarger, John Kelly, William
Rose, Chester A. Cleaves, Emmanuel Dealman, Wil-
liam Krause, Charles Ward. William Winans ahd
six sons and two daughters ; four of the sons settled
here, â€” viz., John, Lewis, Winant, and Philip, â€” but
have no descendants in the township except Peter
Winans and his family. Peter was born Oct. 31, 1818 ;
married Rachel Ann Martin. They have one child,
Walter Wesley. Mr. Winans has followed the occu-
pation of a farmer all his life.
The township of Warren was organized as a civil
municipality by an act of the Legislature passed
March 5, 1806. The records open with the minutes
of the first town-meeting held at the house of David
Stewart, innkeeper, April, 14, 1806, when Jacob
Smalley was chosen moderator, and Thomas Terrell
township clerk. The inhabitants then proceeded to
elect a full set of officers for the ensuing year. We
give below a list of the principal township officers
elected from that meeting to the present time :
1806, Alexander KIrkpatrick, Frederic Vermeule; 1807, Alexander
Kirkpatrick, Jumob Wimyess; 1808-0, AlexandorKirkputrick, AmoB
Line; 1810, Alexander Klrkpatrick, Parkhurst Cory; 1611, Jacob
Snmll.y. -,.i. ,n-l c. ..I; 1-1'J, N"itli Drake, Nathaniel Tnynor;
1813-1.'., Jacob Smaller, Alexander Klrkpatrick; 1816-18, Alex-
ander Klrkpatrlck, Parkhnral Cory; 1819, JÂ« ma! ..Charles
Toms; 1820-21, Jacob Smnlley, Stephen Brown; I
Toms, Jacob Smalloy; 1823, Noah Drake, Alexander Klrl |
182-1, Balph Shotwell, Enos B. Townley; 1826, Edward A. Darey,
Stophmi Brown; 1826, Balph Shotwell, Stephen Brown; 1827,
Noah Drake, Stephen Drown; 1*2,*, Thumpsou Brown, William
D. Stewart; 1829, Thompson Brown, Samuel A. Boss; 1830,
Stephen Brown, Noah Drake; 1881, William D. Stewart
Pope, Jr.; 1882, William 1'. Stewart, Isaac V. Coddlngton;
William A. Coddlngton, D 18 16-86, William A. Coddlng-
ton, Isaac T. Smalle;; 1887 :;s . Lewis Handy, Noah Drake; 1839,
William A. Coddlngton, Jonathan Cory; 1840, William A. Coddlng-
ton, Sqolei Rurg 1841, Sqnier Bnnyon, Jool Coddlngton; 1842,
Bandolph Drake, Joel Coddlngton; 1848, Randolph Drake, Isaac . I.