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pally in New York.


This manufacturing enterprise, which employs both
water- and steam-power, was built by John Rose as
early as 1805. It later became the property of Reu-
ben Westbrook, and from him passed to the owner-
ship of Samuel A. Evert, from whom it was purchased
by the present owner. The structure now used was
erected by Mr. Westbrook, but has been enlarged by
Mr. Mattison.

The capacity of the tannery is fifteen hundred hides
and the same number of calf-skins per year. The
bark used in the process of tanning is procured in the
vicinity. New York affords an ample market for the


The following list embraces the names of residents
of the township who have reached or exceeded their
sixty-fifth year :

Robert V. Armstrong, 77; Lorotta Armstrong, 73; James Adams, 00 ;
Jeremiah Bancker, 71; Anna Bancker,71 ; Honry Babcock, 72 ; John
Bray, 72; Eliza J. Bray, 70; Anna L. Black, 76 ; Catharine Butler,
71; Henry J. Bedell, 72; Margaret Barker, 74; Elias Bloom, 76;
Daniel Bassett, 74; Susan Bowman, 74 ; William M. Cramer, 73;
Emetine Clark, (15 ; Nelson Crane, 05 ; Catharine Cummins, 85 ; Lewie
Cosner, 69; Parmella Cosner, 66 j David Ccmpton, 76; William Cort-

right, 76; Eliza Cole, 70; Thomas Compton, 71; Elizabeth Drake,
70; William W. De Kay, 67; Nancy Dilliston, 75; Thomas Dickson,
75 ; Benjamin A. Drake, 72 ; Daniel Dalrymple, 70 ; William Drake,
65; Stephen Foster, 84; John W. Goble, 65 ; John A. Grinn, 76 ;
Tobias Haines, S9 ; Thomas 0. Hazen, 87 ; P. Hotalen, 68 ; John
M. Hulshizer, 70; Stephen Hunt, 73; Maria Hagerty, 72; Julia
Huffman, 70: William A. Harker, 69; John Kymer, 86; Cornelius
Kitchcart, SI ; Malinda Lantz, 65 ; John Lantz, 66 ; Parmelia Lanter-
man, 75 ; Polly Litts, 80 ; Lizzie Losey, 65 ; William Losey, 67 ; Peter
Mills, 70; Charles Malone, 66; Dennis J. Morris, 72; Elizabeth J.
Morri6, 69; Daniel McNara, 68 ; William Myers (col.), 70; Harriet
Mercer, 67; Jacob Morris, 75; Nancy McDanolds, 7S ; Jane McDan-
olds, 77 ; William McDanolds, 77; William McPherson, 77 ; William
Nixon, 77 ; Elizabeth Osborne, 66 ; Lucretia Phillips, 90 ; Zachariah
H. Price, 66 ; Henry Phillips, 77 ; Simon Phillips, 70 ; Maria Pitney,
71; John P. Price, 73; Thomas Perego, 70; Clarissa Perego, 65;
Elizabeth Ross, 73 ; Jerome Riker, 77 ; Delia Riker, 65 ; Peter
Rodimer, 72; Mary A. Rodimer, 70; William H. Roe, 66; Char-
lotta \Villiam6, 74; Elizabeth Roe, 69; Jane Roe, 70; Joseph H.
Strader, 67; Margaret Snook, 80; Mary Snook, 82; Philip Snook,
72 ; Jesse Spangenberg, 74 ; James Spargo, 72 ; Sarah Spargo,
65 ; Eliza Stevens, 73 ; Elizabeth Struble, 88 ; Abram Snavel, 71 ;
Elizabeth J. Smith, 69 ; Henry Snook, 71; Sarah J. Shotwell, 70;
Peter Stepenfleld, 80; Christiana Stepenfield, 70; Jack Stahter, 80;
Patrick Scanlon, 75; Mrs. Van Auken, 69; Hannah Van Riper, 65;
Andrew L. Williams, 65 ; Catharine Williams, 73; J. Weaver, 65;
Seeley Yetman, 77. Number between the ages of 60 and 65, 55.


Robert Price, mentioned elsewhere as one of the
earliest settlers in the township, w r hen a lad, was
made a prisoner by the Indians, as was also his
mother. They were conveyed to a place of security,
and Mrs. Price, having previously acquired a limited
knowledge of the language of the savages, compre-
hended, from their conversation and ominous ges-
tures, that she was speedily to be made the victim of
their brutality. She conveyed this intelligence to her
son, and warned him not to cry lest he also be mur-
dered. The heroic woman was soon after toma-
hawked, and the hoy found favor in the eyes of a
kind-hearted squaw, who, having lost her child but a
few days before, adopted him as her own. He led the
nomadic life of his captors until his twenty-first year,
when he was rescued by his friends. Civilization for
a time presented no charms to him, and he fre-
quently expressed a desire to return to the scenes of
his early life. This desire was at length overcome,
and some years later he removed to the township of

The Sussex Register of date Feb. 14, 1814, contains
the following notice, which indicates that the system
of slaveholding was in full force in New Jersey at
the beginning of the present century :

A Healthy Wench, about twenty years old, and two male children,
one throe years old and the other one year old, are for sale in Frankford
township, Sussex County, the wench undertaking all kinds of housework,
and will be sold with either one or both the children.

" Enquire of H P .

" Feihhtaiiy 14th, 1814."

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WILLI \M M< ii IN0LD8.

Hi- paternal grandfather, William, runic from
Morristown, X. J., about 1790 and settled at Branch-
ville, Frankford township, Sussex Co., N. J. At the
game time his brother, Joseph McDanolds, and a
sister, Mary, came, bul soon afterwards Joseph re-
turned to Morristown. Mary married Simon West-
fall and settled in Waj nc < '<>.. V V., where -lie died
a few years since.

William McDanolds, the progenitor of the. family
in Sussex County, was a chick-maker by trade, which
business he carried on lore as long as he lived, and
taught all his sons the same, trade. He died in
middle life, and both he and his wife, .lane Stoll,
were buried iii the "Plains Cemetery," about three
miles from liranehville. Their children were Henry,
Hugh, Israel, Mary, wife of John W. Smith, and


Hugh was a noted hunter and mark-man, and kept
the first public-house in Lafayette. Israel worked at
his trade of clock-making during his early life, but
alter his marriage was a farmer. Joseph carried tin-
mail from Newton to dill'crent parts of Sus-e\ and

Wan-en Counties for many year-; was subsequently

a merchant at Colesville, N. J., and at Swart-w I.

N. J. He died at the latter place.

Henry, eldest s.m, and lather of Judge William
McDanolds, was born in 1799, and married, in 1819,
Catherine, a daughter of Randall Stivers, of Frank-
ford township. She was horn in 1800, and died in

1862. Mrs. McDanolds was an active member df the
Presbyterian Church at liranehville. was a woman of

great moral worth in the Community where sin- re-
sided, and reared her children under the influences of

all that pertains to true manhood and womanhood.
Henry McDanolds spent his early life working at
clock-making and in carrying the mail from Newton
on variou- mail route-. For six years following his
marriage he worked at his trade; for I year- he re-
Bided at Dingman's ferry, on the Delaware, where he
carried on mercantile business and bought and shipped
lumber to Philadelphia, Pa. In 1829 lie returned to
Branchville and established a general mercantile bus-
iness, which he carried on successfully until 1850,
when he gave it up to his sons, During this time he
purchased the woolen - factory and flouring- mil] at
Branchville, rented the former, and carried ou the
hitler himself. Besides, he also purchased, in con-
nection with the mills, a farm, which he carried on

lor a short time. He was an active, enterprising, and
prosperous business man. His word was his bond,
and all who knew him esteemed him for his sterling

integrity in all the relations of life. 1 [e died in 188 I.

His children were Matilda, wife of John Dalrymple,

a farmer in Frank lord ; William; Henry, Jr.. the

present surrogate of Passaic Co., N. J. ; Israel, a -pe-

dal mail-agent at Elmira, N. Y.. poet-office detective,
and carries on milling business at Horseheads, N. Y.,
and was formerly a merchant there; John, a merchant
at Branchville; Mary Ann. deceased, who was the
wife Of William P. Crane, of Frankford town-hip;

Jane, wife of George Hursh, died in Missouri; and
James B. McDanolds, who served in the late Rebel-
lion, was wounded in the battle of the Wilderness,
and is the present State librarian of New Jersey.

William, eldest son of Henry McDanolds, was born
at Branchville, June 9, 1822. His early education
from books was received in the Bchools of bis native
place, and his practical business education in his
lather's store, where he was a clerk lor many years.

Mr. McDanolds was a merchant in Branchville most
of the time from 1S44 to 1868, except on,- year, when
he was iii business at Vienna, Warren < 'o., with George
Roe, and a short time that be carried on mercantile
business at Hackettstown prior to the death of his
father. He purchased a farm and the woolen-factory
in 1855, which interest he disposed of about two years


In I860 he purchased a farm near liranehville. upon
which he settled in 1865, and ha- resided upon it for

a part of the time since. He was formerly identified
with the old Whig partj . and became a member of the
Republican party upon it- organization. In 1865 he

was appointed judge of the Court of Common Pleas
for Sussex County, but alter serving for four years

resigned. In 1*78. Judge McDanolds was elected
freeholder of his township, and by re-election is
serving his third term ; and it i- a fact worthy of
note that although politically opposed to the majority
of Frankford township, he received at each election
the whole number of votes cast within less than

In 1862 he was appointed postmaster at liranehville
by President Lincoln, and officiated about one year.
He was again appointed bj President Hayes in April,
1880, and i- the present incumbent of the office.

Judge McDanolds is interested in all Worthy local

objects, a promoter of the best interests of society, and
a leading and influential citizen of hi- township and

COUnt}'. For upward- of twenty years he has hceii a

director of the Sussex Hank, at Newton, in which,

al-o, hi- lather wa- a director lor many years prior to

hi- decease. His wife was Margaret (>.. daughter of

James II . and Eliza A. (< >shornei St ruble, and grand-
daughter of Jacob I.. Struble, who was -on of Peter
Struble, the progenitor of the family in Buss cx

County, and settled here from Alsace, Germany, in
1752. Mrs. McDanolds w:<_- horn iii ls:tL', married in

1857, and died without i-siic in 1 866.


Hi- lather. Samuel Shotwell, reared under (juaker

influence-, came from the Quaker Settlement in War-

ren I !o., N. J., and lor a time wa- a fanner in the old



township of Newton. He subsequently owned and
resided upon a farm in the township of Frankford,
on the road from Newton to Augusta, where he died
in 1804. His wife was Hannah Lundy, who bore him
the following children and survived him several years,
— viz., Abraham, Joseph, James, Mary, wife of Charles
Van Gorder, and Sally, wife of Jacob Bales.

James Shotwell was born May 30, 1792, and mar-
ried for his first wife Mary Van Gorder, a daughter of
Peter Van Gorder, of Frankford township. She died
about 1836, leaving children, — viz., Hannah, wife of
Canfield Struble ; Sally Ann, deceased, wife of Sam-
uel Smith ; and Maria, wife of Oliver Struble.

For his second wife he married, Aug. 10, 1839, Sa-
rah Jane, daughter of George and Margaret (Struble)
Roe, of Frankford township.

George Roe was the son of Jonas Roe, of Florida,
Orange Co., N. Y., of Scottish birth, who settled there
about 1730. George Roe, youugest in a family of seven
sons and several daughters, purchased five hundred
acres of land at the intersection of the outlet of the
" Ponds" and the Paulinskill, in Frankford, where
he settled about 1798. For a more detailed sketch of
the Roe family, see sketch of Charles J. Roe in the
history of the bench and bar.

Mrs. Shotwell was born May 18, 1810, and resides
in Branchville.

The children born of this second marriage to Mr.
Shotwell are Margaret O., wife of William M. Mc-
Danolds, a farmer in Frankford; Arminda, wife of
William Slater, died leaving three children, — Mary
Isabel, Willie H. and Willis J. (twins) ; Lucy Irene,
wife of Henry S. Smith, of Loudon, Va. ; Lutheria ;
wife of Jacob Slater, of Frankford ; Alwilda, wife of
Joseph Smith, formerly of Virginia, but now of Con-
necticut ; James H, of East Stroudsburg, Pa. ; and
Elba Jane, wife of Dr. J. C. Price, of Branchville.

James Shotwell resided for six years after his second
marriage upon the homestead of his father, for some
sixteen years upon a farm he purchased of Mr. Ry-
erson, at Augusta, and the remainder of his life on a
farm adjoining, known as the Pellet farm. He re-
ceived little pecuniary assistance in starting out in
life, but by his superior management and untiring
industry he accumulated a large property, and at the
time of his decease owned some sixteen hundred acres
of valuable land. His life was wholly devoted to ag-
ricultural pursuits, and he was known as a represen-
tative farmer. He gave little attention to politics,
never sought office, and never held any, except to act
as surveyor of highways. He possessed a kind dis-
position, was frank and manly in his ways, and never
feigned ostentation or disjday in his daily walk in life.
He was known to the citizens of his township as a
practical business man and. an upright citizen. He
died Oct. 15, 1867.

His paternal grandfather, Hugh, emigrated with his
family from Londonderry Co., Ireland, about 1740,
and settled at Short Hills, Middlesex Co., N. J. His
children were Robert, who inherited the homestead
at Short Hills, and there died, April 13, 1802 ; Thomas,
father of our subject, born at Short Hills, Aug. 3,
1750; William, who served in and died during the
Revolutionary war ; Margaret, died in 1828, aged
eighty -one years ; Jane, Hannah, and Polly. Hugh
Armstrong died at his place of settlement, Oct. 23, 1781.
Thomas Armstrong married Martha Brittin, who died
in 1817, at the age of fifty-eight. He served through
the whole of the Revolutionary war, was quartermas-
ter, and ranked as major. In April, 1782, he and his
wife settled on the Papakating, in Wantage township,
Sussex Co., N. J., where they resided for eight years,
and bought land at Sugar Loaf, Orange Co., N. Y.,
upon which he settled, but sold it three years after-
wards. In 1793 he purchased about three hundred
acres of land, mostly uncleared, on the Papakating,
in Frankford township. Soon afterwards his mother,
Margaret (Moore) Armstrong, came to live with him,
and here died, March 11, 1811, aged ninty-nine years.
Thomas Armstrong added to his original purchase
and owned at his death, Jan. 3, 1833, seven hundred
acres of land in Frankford township, which was
divided among his sons ; also one thousand acres
mostly in Newton township, which was divided
among his daughters. At his original purchase of
Mr. Hoops he obtained twenty-seven slaves, whom he
retained in his possession until the law of the State
liberated them. He managed farming on a large scale.
His children were James B., born Sept. 15, 1782 ;
Elizabeth, wife of John Seward, born March 11, 1784;
Margaret, wife of Theophilus Hunt, born June 13,
1786 ; Thomas M., born Sept. 6, 1788 ; Jane G., wife
of Uzal Hagerty, born Juue 6, 1790 ; Robert, born
Jan. 21, 1792; William, born Feb. 13, 1794; Martha
M., wife of John S. Warbasse, born in September,
1796; Susan, born Feb. 6, 1798, died in infancy;
Susan E., wife of Dr. John Beach, of Branchville,
born Aug. 4, 1800; and Robert V., born Sept 15, 1803.
Such was the ancestry of the subject of our sketch,
and the experiences incident to pioneer life were not
unknown to him. His education was obtained at the
common schools, and his minority spent at home. On
March 9, 1827, he married Luretta, daughter of Obe-
diah and Charlotte (Westbrook) Pellett, of Frankford
township. She was born Sept. 25, 1807, and belongs
to a family of six daughters and six sons, all of whom
were married and reared families in the vicinity of
their birth. It is a remarkable fact that at this time
ten of these children arc living, the youngest being
fifty-five years old. Mr. Armstrong inherited of his
father's homestead estate one hundred and seventy-
five acres, and resided in the homestead house until
1845, when he built his present residence. He has
added some two hundred acres of contiguous land,


re among the first white men who found a
! Jersey. It is related of Robert that when a
Dther were taken prisoners by the Indians at
the Eastern States, and marched off together
versant with the language of the savages, soon
ation and gestures thaUhe was to be dispatched,
licated the intelligence to her son. She told
him that he must not cry when they killed her, or they would kill him
too. She only marched a few rods farther before she was killed. The
boy was eventually adopted by one of the squaws aB her child, she having
lost one of her own a few days previous. He lived with the Indians

necticut and settled 1
home in this part of N
small boy he and his
one of the massacres i
She, being somewhat c<
learned from their
and immediately

until In


then rescued by his
hly reconciled to
i to return to the
away after his release. He re-

r er twenty-c

i a long time beforo he became th(
civilized society, and he soineti
Indians, but the feeling gradually w<
moved to Frankford, Sussex Co., N. J.

John only remained a short time in Frankford, and returned to Con-
necticut, and subsequently became a mariner, and was never heard of
afterwards, which business he and bis brothers had previously followed
on their own account, until they lost several valuable cargoes by wreck-

Samuel and Robert remained where they settled, the latter on lands
about the "Plains church" now occupied by Z. Simmons, and the former
on lands at present owned by Elijah Martin and William Lantz.

Samuel died in 1768, aged seventy-five years, and both he and his wife,
Sarah, who died in 1701, aged fifty-live, years, were buried in tho ceme-
tery near the "Plains church," which tho Prices had laid nut for a burial-

Samuel is thought tu have been married prior to his settlement in New
Jersey, and left a family of children in Connecticut. Upon his death
he left two sons, Zachariah, grandfather of our subject, and Francis.
Robert left children, the descendants of whom ar
and other Western StateB .*

Zachariah, son of Samuel, born Sept. 22, 1743,
Depue.a lady of Huguenot extraction, who was born Oct. 20. 1754.
children were Samuel; Henry; Sarah, wife of Zachariah ['rice; Mary,
wife of Joseph Hill; Zachariah; Klizaboth, wife of Jonathan Hill; Je-
rusha, wiTe of Joseph Coul! ; Francis, father of ex-Governor Price, of New
Jersey; Rachel; Joanna, wife of Jonathan Hill; John, and Robert.

Znchaiiah Price resided where his granddaughter, Mrs. Joseph A. Os-
borne, now resides, owned Nome six hundred acres of laud in one body,
and quantities of real estate in Vernon and Lafayette. In tho latter
township ho owned the laud where the village of Lafayette now is, and
there bad a carding-mill, lloiiriiig-mill,and distillory. He also builtand
ran a distillery on his farm in Frankford. Ho was an enterprising,
thoroughgoing business man, was largely engaged in connection with
the commissary department during the Revolutionary war, furnishing
supplies for tho American army, in which his brother Francis was a cap-
tain. Roth be and his wife were Fpisropal ians and Hiippoilersof religious

nostly settled in Ohio
ried, in 1772, Mary

arly history of Frankford township.

Henry Price, son of Zachariah, was born on the homestead, March
20, 1775, and married, Dec. 31, 1S10, Dorcas, the youngest of ten daugh-
ters in a family of thirteen children of Benjamin Hull, t lie progenitor of
the Hull family in Sussex County. She was born April 4,1772, and died
Jan. 24, 1848; lie died July 10, 1831. Their children were Mary Ann,
(deceased), bom Nov. 13, 1812, wile of David Couse; Zachariah H., born
Feb. 10,1814; Phebe Elizabeth (deceased), was the wife of John Cum-
mins, of Lafayette, born June 21, 1815; and Sarah D., born Aug. 20,
1817, widow of the late Joseph A. Osborne, who was onco a sheriff and
deputy collector of Sussex County.

Henry Price succeeded to the homestead property partly by purchase
and partly by inheritance, and owned altogether one thousand acres of
land. He followed agricultural pursuits during his life, and preferred
the quiet life of a farmer to tho bickerings of politic;)] strife and official
position. He was often solicited to represent Sussex County in the State
Legislature, but always declined office or its emoluments. In politics
he was a firm adherent of Gen. Jackson, and after that memorable cam-
paign voted with the Democratic party.

Zachariah H., son of Henry Price, obtained his education at the com-
mon school and under the instruction of the well-known teacher, Rov.
Clarkson N. Dunn, of Newton. With the exception of a short time
Bpent in the store of Linn & Haines, of Hamburg, as a clerk, his mi-
nority was spent at home and in obtaining an education. He married,
Feb. 8, 183S, Sarah A., daughter of John and Sarah < Baughart) Titman,
of Lafayette, but formerly of Oxford township, Warren Co.; she
was born Oct. 20, 1815. Their children were Margaret Elizabeth, wifo
of Michael Coohran, of Newton; Henry; Sarah Rethier, died in infancy;
Sarah Dorcas, wifo of John B. Armstrong, of Lafayette township.

iageMr. Price settled on a part of the home-
le hundred and eighty acres, nnd upon it
; in 1S47, where ho has resided Bince and

A few years after li
stead-farm, consisting of
built his present reside


bis I'arn

party hi

irly manhood Mr.
as a member of the Dom

lluential part in tho affairs of tho township and
ho was chosen freeholder of Frankford, ""
Merchants' National Bank of Newton
July 11, 1S65, and has also been a direci
Insurance Company since its in corpora
elected State senator for three years in
in opposition to tho Republican and /
three years, always voting to stop all w
the best interests of the tax -payers gei
The Sussex Iteghter of M

nterested in local politics,!

ny ye

; lake

nl years
He has been a director in tho
since it was first organized, on
Of in tho Sussex County Mutual
lion, in tho year 1840. He was
the fall of 1&55, as a Democrat,
.nierican parties, and served for
astes and extravagances and for

n opposition to Mr. Price

leported himself in the Senate i
.inexccptionable manner, and has earned, by a firm and intelligent
...neons discharge of his duties, a high character among his us-
es, and rellectB credit upon the county. Wo opposed the election
.Price, and in the ardor of a heated political canvass may have

in question his fitness for tho senatorial office. If so, we desiro
all it, and to say that his course ns a senator satisfies us that the

and tho Interests of Sussex Comity, so far as they are committed

guardianship, are in safe hands."

Price whilst senator also served on many important committees,
is counsels were always regarded as safe and judicious.


Daniei,, grandfather of Abram Cole Van Aukcn,
emigrated from Holland about 1750, and settled at
Minisiok, Orange Co., N. Y. lie there married Leah
Kettle, and for some time held office under the king.
They reared a family of fifteen children, all of whom
were married and had families living near the vicinity
of their birth. Among these were Jeremiah, a school-
teacher of Minisink, killed by the Indians under Brant
at the time of the Ncversink massacre ; Daniel Na-
thaniel, who was a farmer of Wantage ; Elijah, born
Oct. 23, 1759; Absalom, Isaiah, Jeremiah (2d),
Leah, and Rachel.

Elijah, father of our subject, was wounded at the
time his brother Jeremiah was killed; their mother
escaped by concealing herself in a ditch. He married
Catharine Cole, of Minisink, May 27, 1784. She
was born March 8, 1767, and died Sept. 8, 1849.
In 17S5 they moved from Minisink to Dalsontown,
Orange Co., and in 1701! to Wantage township, Sussex
Co., N. J. Here he bought two hundred acres of
land known as the Swartz properly, and afterwards
added seventy acres in Fraokford township, upon
which were a saw-mill and grist-mill. Daring life
he was a farmer, and died in Frankford, Aug. 27,
1S:',7. His children were Daniel, horn July 2, I 7^5 ;
Elijah, born Jan. 16, 1789; Jesse, born May 23,
1791; William, born Feb. 26, 1794; Maria, born
Sept. 2, 17!'ii, married John Dunning, of Beemer-
villi- ; Uaehel, horn Dec. 2!!, 17!>S, married John
Decker, of Papakating; Abram Cole, born Dec. 3,
1800; and Elinor, born Jan. L0, 1803, married -I

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