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I . fanner, of Frankford, died in March, 1877.

Abram ('. Van Aukcn was educated at the common
schools and spent his minority at home. At the age
of twenty-five he took the home-farm to work, and his

parents there lived with him until their death. April 2,
1831, he married Martha, daughter of Daniel Reese,
of Newark, N. J., and Maria | Crane) Reese, of Con-
necticut Farms, N. J. Their children are Catharine,
wife of Walter Van Syckle, a farmer of Wantage;
Obadiah C, born Jan. 27, 1834, a butter-merchant
of New York, who married Celesta L. Clark, of New
York City, and died at Passaic, N. J., Aug. 26, 1871 ;
.lane Mariah, wife of Robert McMickle, a farmer of
Wantage ; Martha Ellen, who lives at home; Barrett
A., who lives at home; Isabella P., born Aug. 13,
1848, and died Feb. 9, 1867; Cornelia, wife of
Daniel Dalrymple, Jr., a farmer of Frankford ; and
Rena Louisa, who lives at home. In the spring of
1841 he moved upon the seventy acres in Frankford
township, to which he added some two hundred acres
of adjoining land, and here spent the remainder of
his lifetime.

Mr. Van Aukcn was an active business man and a

successful I'u r. From 1S41 until about 1860 he

bought most of the butter made in the northern part
of Susses County. At first he shipped it to New
York by way of Goshen and Newburg, drawing it to
these places with his own teams, and afterwards by
way of I lover. Stanhope, and Newton. He was a kind
and generous neighbor, and was regarded as one of
the leading citizens of his township. Politically he

was always a staunch and unwavering Democrat, but
preferred to be a private in the party rather than hold
any office. Be was a member of the Beemerville
Presbyterian Church, towards which he contributed
at the time of its erection, and attended there with
his family, who are also members of the same church.
Mr. Van Aukcn died at Wykerlown. Jan. 21, 1880,
and .was buried in the Beemerville cemetery.


John Dalrymple, son of Brice and Mary (Struble)
Dalrymple, and grandson of Andrew Dalrymple, the
progenitor of the family in Susses County, was born
at Branchville, N. J., April 9, 1813. (For a further
account of the Dalrymple history, reference is made to
the biography, in this volume, of hjs brother, Squire
Dalrymple.) His educational opportunities were lim-
ited to the common school of his native place ; the dis-
cipline, however, obtained there, and at home, where
he spent his early manhood, has been since exempli-
fied in the successful farmer and the substantial busi-
ness man. On Nov. 24, 1847, he married Matilda,
daughter of Henry and Catharine (Stivers) McDau-
olds, and granddaughter of William MeDanolds, who
were among the old and worthy families whose his-
tories have been interwoven with the best interests of
this section of New Jersey. She was born Feb. 14,
1820. On another page, in connection with the
sketch of Judge William MeDanolds, of Branchville,
appears the early MeDanolds' history.

The old Dalrymple homestead originally comprised
two hundred and sixty acres of land. This property

was bought in 1848 by the sons, John, Richard, and
James, who purchased the interests of the other heirs
and made a mutual division of the same among them-
selves. Thus did Mr. Dalrymple become possessed of
the farm, of eighty-six acres, upon which he now re-
sides, and upon which he settled with his wife in
1848. It is here, upon this paternal soil, that they
have reared their children and traveled life's journey
together for more than thirty-three years. He erected
upon his farm a commodious farmhouse in 1848, and
barns in 1850.

Mr. Dalrymple ranks among the substantial and
successful farmers of his township, and has spent a
life almost wholly devoted to agricultural and business
pursuits. In politics he is a Democrat, and, although
no seeker after political place or the emoluments of
office, he has been chosen to fill some of the minor offices
in the township, having officiated as one of the town-
ship committee-men and as commissioner of appeals.
His children are Daniel, a farmer in FrankPord ; Wil-
liam II., a merchant at Branchville; Brice, Halsey,
John S., James M., and Jennie H.



fed here has spent bis life and successfully followed riage in obtaining an education and in learning and

agricultural pursuits. His children are Thomas, :i
former of \Vantage ; Charlotte P., born Feb. 16, L829,
died, unmarried, Sept. 26, 1808; John, died in infancy;
.hums I)., a farmer of Franklin, Gloucester Co., X. J.;
Martha M., wife of Henry McDanolds, present surro-
gate of Passaic Co., X. J.: Ceorge N., residing mi the

I estead; Robert V., Jr., born March 28, 1836, died

Jan. 17, 1864; Sarah E., born Sept. 15, 1X39, was
drowned near borne April 3, 1844; and Sarah I'... re-
ddingat home. Mr. Armstrong was formerly a Whig,
I, ni has been identified with the Republican party
from its organization. He has never been solicitous
of office, but has held several offices in his township.
Be and Ids family are attendants of the Presbyterian
Church at Branchville, of which his wife is a member
and towards which he contributed at the time of its
. motion.


Andrew Dalrymple came from Morris County dur-
ing the latter pari of the eighteenth century, and
about 1801 purchased some two hundred and fifty
acres of land, and resided where Frank Roe nofl does,
adjoining the village of Branchville, Frankford town-

ship, Sussex Co., \. .1. Both he and his wife spent

the remainder of their lives on this place, assisted in

the early interests connected with the growth of the
township and village, and did their part well as
citizens of a new country, in establishing schools,

churches, and for the welfare and good of society.
The\ were buried in the " Plains Cemetery."

I i: ir children wen- liriee lane ' John. Israel, Jo-

seph, Jane (wife of Benjamin Drake), Elizabeth (wife
of John Phillips i.

Brice Dalrymple was father of our subject, horn
April 17, 1777 ; married. .Ian. 6, 1804, Susan, daughter
of Daniel and Marj Couse Struble, and grand-
daughter of Peter Struble, the first settler of the
Struble famih in Sussex County, and who settled on
Smith'- Hill in 17-"c'. Susan Struble was horn on the
place now occupied for an almshouse iii the township
ol Frank ford, Jul) li, 1788, and died .March 15, 1870.
lie died \|.ril 10, 1849.

rheir children are Mary Ann (deceased), wile of
Henry, I. Bedell, horn April 10, 1807; A ndrew, horn

July 22, 1808, redded in Knox Co., Ohio, and there
died aboul 1874; Daniel, born March 28, 1810 un-
married), resides in Branchville; James, died young;
John (see his sketch); Richard, horn Jan. _'l. 1*1. 1,
died Aug. 9, 1874, and also his wife, Catherine Stoll,
died about the same time, lea> ing two children ; Elea-
nor, horn Sept. 80, 1816, became the wife of David
Simmons, both are deceased, leaving five children;
Margaret, died at the age of twenty-eight; Squire,
subject of this sketch : Elizabeth, horn Jan. 28, I 528,
wife of Peter Roy, of Wantage; .lame-, horn April
I'.i. L826, a coal-merchant at Branchville.
liriee Dalrymple spent his time until his mar-

working at the millwright trade. Afterwards he pur-
ehascd nearly three hundred acres of land adjoining
the village of Branchville, and where a part of the



village now is, upon which he resided the remainder
of his life. Hewasaquiel fanner, sought to fulfil]

the whole duties of the citizen, was no seeker after

office, hut contented with agricultural pursuits. Both
he and his wife were members of the Presbyterian
Church, and contributors to all local worthy objects.
By their industry and perseverance they accumulated

a good competency, which was divided among their

Squire Dalrymple, son of liriee, horn Sept. 30, 1821,
remained at home until he was twerity-tivc years of
age, obtained a good practical education, and became

inured to and acquainted with the care and manage:
men! of a farm.

lie married, Dec. 9, L846, Elizabeth, daughter of
John and Irania I. um, of Milt Morris Co., N. J.

she was born July 7. L819. Her father was born

April 27, 1 7 7 '. » . ill Knowllon, Warren Co., and was

largely engaged at Milton in the manufacture of iron.
ami owned and managed several iron-forges. He
died i let. is, L862. Her mother was born May 7. 1786,

at Hanover. N.J. .and diedS.pt. I'.i, 1862. The chil-
dren horn to John l.um win- five -on- and three




Upon the decease of his father, Squire Dalrymple
succeeded to the property of one hundred and fifty
acres of land, partly by purchase, and partly by in-
heritance, it being a part of his father's estate.

In place of the log house upon this farm, he erected
in 1853 his present substantial farm residence, and has
built thereon commodious barns, and his surroundings
show the work of a thrifty and prosperous farmer.

In politics Mr. Dalrymple is a Democrat, and has
been honored by the citizens of his township with

official position for many years. For more or less,
during a period of thirty years, he has served as free-
holder of Frankford, and held other minor offices.

Both he and his wife are members of the Presby-
terian Church at Branchville, and interested in the
propagation of the principles of morality and religion.

Their children are Charles A., Margaret (wife of
George Boe, of Augusta), Susan Irene (wife of Dr.
Jacob I. Boe, of Vienna, Warren Co.), Edward S.,
and Franklin B.

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Sparta lies upon the eastern line of Sussex County,
having Hardyston township on the north, Byram on
the south, Morris County on the east, and Andover
and Lafayette townships on the west. It contains 40
square miles, or an area of 25,650 acres. The lines of
the Sussex and New Jersey Midland Bailways touch
the town, both having stations in it, — Sparta on the
former, and Ogdenshurg on the latter. The Wallkill
Biver, flowing through the centre of the town, sparkles
in a valley whose beauty challenges the admiration of
every beholder.

Sparta is rich in mineral products, among which
the most valuable are found in the zinc-ore mines at
Ogdensburg and the iron-ore mines two miles distant
therefrom, at a locality known as Ogden Mine. In
the working of these mines a great many people and
a large amount of capital are employed. Blue lime-
stone exists in the valley of the Wallkill, near Sparta
and Ogdensburg, and crystalline limestone northwest
of Sparta, in the Pimple Hills range, as well as in the
Wallkill valley, near Stirling Hill, but these minerals
have not been utilized to any extent.

Like its sister-townships, Sparta is more or less
mountainous, and looks for agricultural profit more
to the business of grazing and dairying than to other
branches of husbandry.

The population of Sparta in July, 1880, was 2274,
against 2031 in 1870.

There are two villages, called Sparta and Ogdens-
burg. The former, located near the centre of the
township, is maintained by the agricultural interests
surrounding it. The latter is adjacent to iron- and
zinc-ore mines, and receives thence its chief support.
The assessed valuation of Sparta is $937,300, and the
total taxation $11,600.

* By David Schwartz.


One of the earliest settlers, and probably the first
permanent settler, in what is now the township of
Sparta, was Bobert Ogden, of Elizabethtown, N. J.,
who came hither with his family about 1778,t and
occupied a large tract of land lying upon and around
the site of the present village of Ogdensburg. It is
said that Mr. Ogden was a commissioned officer in
the service of Great Britain during his residence in
Elizabethtown, and that after a time he looked with
such disfavor upon the course of the mother-country
in its relations with the American colonies that he
threw up his commission some time before the out-
break of the Bevolution. To the cause of liberty
in that memorable struggle he gave his four sons, —
Aaron, Henry Warren, Elias, and Bobert. Aaron
rose to the rank of colonel, and won conspicuous re-
nown as the commander of the famous Life-Guards
of Washington. Henry Warren Ogden joined the
naval service in the same war, and it is of record
that he frequently distinguished himself by heroic

Mr. Ogden built a framed house on the road between
Ogdensburg and Sparta, and with his elder sons,
Bobert, Jr., and Elias, engaged in the cultivation of
his land, which covered in the aggregate several thou-
sand acres. They set out great numbers of apple-
and peach-trees and set up a distillery, in which they
made a good deal of apple- and peach-brandy. They
also established, near the present location of Ogdens-
burg, a forge, in which they made bar iron from ore
taken from the place now called Ogden Mine.

Bobert Ogden was a man of more than ordinary

| " Towards the close of the Revolution, Bobert Ogden, Sr., retired to
Sparta, in the county of Sussex, where he owned largo tracts of land." —
Elmer's Itcmiiiucmicct, p. 1:10.

Robert Ogden, Jr., appears first in the records of the county in 1778.
Soo sketch In "Bench and liar" of Sussex.



capacity for the time. He occupied a place in the
ranks of the judiciary at one time. Hi- ardent love
for clmrcli works and the zeal he exercised in the
direction of church affairs as a "deacon" caused him
to be popularly known by the latter title, and for
miles around whoever did not know Deacon Robert
Ogden at once set himself down as inexcusably
ignorant. He died in his Sparta home, in January,
1787, at the age of -events, and was buried in the
Presbyterian churchyard at Sparta village, where a
tablet commemorates his virtues, and where by In-
side lies Phoebe, his wife, who survived him nine


The foundations and the frame of the house that
Bobert Ogden built on the Sparta road are still in-
tact, and are portions of the present residence of Jo-
seph youngs. It was occupied by Robert Ogden, dr.,
after his father's death, and upon the marriage of Dr.
Samuel Fowler to Rebecca, daughter of Robert Og-
deii, last named, Dr. Fowler purchased that as well
as much adjacent property, which then became known,
and still is known, as the "old Fowler property."

Robert I Igden was a lawyer, and paid less attention,
douhtle.-s. to landed interests than did Maj. Elias, who
w:us not only a famous tanner, but concerned himself
not a little iii the business of iron mining at his prop-
erty on the mountain, and forging iron at hi- forge

near Ogdensburg, when- the forge-site may still be
-ecu. Robert was, however, closely and warmly as-
sociated with religious affairs, and in the foundation
of the Presbyterian Church at Sparta not only bore a
leading part, but obtained from Lord Rutherford, a
Scotch nobleman, a donation to the church of 50 acres

of land, upon a port ion of which the church edifice
st;mds. Mr. Ogden assisted with his own hands in
the preparation of the timbers for the church frame
in L786, and during his after-residence in Sparta was
a staunch supporter of the church and one of its most
devoted workers. An entry upon the church records
in his own hand sets forth licit on May 7, 1821, lie re-
moved from Sparta to franklin with Dr. Fowler, and

that on that asion he deposited the church com-
munion service with William Corwin. He died in
L826, eleven years later than his brother Elias. The

remain- of both rest in the Sparta village church-

dust when Noadiah Wade, a carpenter by trade, and

earlier a captain in the Revolutionary war. ca to

the neighborhood of Ogdensburg cannot be said. It
was surely Borne time pre^ ious to I BOO, since Noadiah

Wade's son bearing the same name, and living now
in the house his father then- built, was horn in it in
1800. About all that is known of the elder Wade is
thai he kepi a tavern on the place, and between lodg-
ing travelers and doing odd jobs of carpentering
managed to eke out an existence.

Not long after tie- beginning of the nineteenth cen-
tury John Lenterman came from Frankford town-hip
to Sparta, where he had bought of the Ogdens about

400 acres of land that included the site now OCCUpii d
by the village of Ogdensburg. He made his residence
jii-t south of where the village i-, and began to burn
lime and brick. He i- -aid to have been the first to
project these industries in those part-, and, as a con-
sequence, was kept busy supplying the demand- ot
tin- people for a great way about, especially in the
matter of brick. .Mr. Lenterman also established a
store near his residence. The building yet stands
there, and, from a date-mark upon it, appear.- to have
been erected in 1821. The produce he received in
exchange for hi- store-goods he caused to be carted to

New York, and by the -ame methods transported from

New York the goods he needed for his trade. True,
his -tore was a small affair, and his stock of goods
likewise -mall, but those were not the days of huge
enterprises, since the sparse population thereabout did

not demand any very great development of trade.

William Lenterman, now aged eighty, who succeeded

his father in the business, resides near Ogdensburg.

There were in that vicinity, at the time of John
Lenterman's coming to Ogdensburg, Noadiah Wade,
Andrew .Johnson, a carpenter, Michael Kohrick, and
his son Casper, Noah Talmage, the Ogdens, Kembles,
Munsons, Hammonds, and Deckers.

Michael Kubrick is supposed to have come to the
town before 1S00 and made his home in a log house
that stood not far from Jacob Sutton's present resi-
dence. Mr. Kohrick said that he found on the place
three bearing apple-trees of sturdy growth. Those
trees are now on Jacob Sutton's place, and still bear-
ing fruit, as faithfully as ever. Mr. Sutton says tin y
are undoubtedly over a hundred years old, and is in-
clined to think they are the oldest fruit-bearing trees
in Sussex * 'ounty. Michael Kohrick li\ cd to be about
ninety years of age.

Henry Decker is supposed to have come from
DeckertOWU in 1795 and located on a portion of the
Ogden tract near Ogdensburg. His children were
James, William, Benjamin, Susan, Jane, and Mar-
garet. William died at Big Eddy, on the Delaware;
Benjamin, at Deckertown; Susan moved to Ohio with
Margaret, who married a Mr. Mapes; Jane married
John Ilapparec and moved to Pennsylvania. The
only one of the family to identify himself with the
history of Sparta was James, who married a daugh-
ter to John Norman and settle. 1 near Sparta village,
on the James Ludlam property, now owned by James

B. Tilnian.

Mr. Decker joined with Nelson Hunt and Lewis
Sherman in introducing al Sparta, in 1886, the manu-
facture of anchors, having, however, carried on a forge
lb. re for some year- previous to that time in company

with Mr. Sherman, lie owned a fan i the Sparta

road, where his -on John lives, and there also carried
On a distillery at an early day. In company with his
-on, Jam.- I., lew sheriff of Sussex County . In-
built si grist-mill near Sparta in 1854. Mr. James

Dcker died Feb. ■"., 1862, aged seventy-five.



Two brothers named Sutton came from France
before the Revolution and settled in Morris County,
where they died. Jonathan Sutton, son to one of
them, located in the village of Sparta after the Revo-
lution, and, moving not long after to Hardyston, died
there. He was at one time a resident of Morris Co.,
N. J., and entered the army from that county as cap-
tain. His son Jacob, who died in Hardyston, was
father to Jacob Sutton, now living in Sparta township.
The latter came to Sparta in 1820, and in 1825 mar-
ried a daughter of Martin Cox, who came from Wan-
tage in 1823 and located on a farm formerly owned by
Benjamin Quick, to whom it had descended from his
father. Benjamin Quick did not. possess the faculty
of taking care of the property left by his father, and,
although it was a valuable one, Benjamin squandered
it in a brief time. Jacob Sutton settled, when he
married, upon a farm owned before that by George

In 1820, George Givens was living on the place now
occupied by E. G. Braisted. Givens died on the farm,
as did his son George, to whom the property descended.

E. G. Braisted is a son to Thomas Braisted, who
married Martha, daughter to George Givens the

Garret Van Blarcom lived where the widow of his
son Samuel now lives. Garret Van Blarcom was a
stone-mason by trade, but devoted himself chiefly to

Joseph Cole was on the Titman place, and Ephraim
Kenible near Monroe Corner, where his sons Ephraim
and Robert now live.

John Crawford lived on the farm now occupied by
D. C. Sutton, and had effected material improvements
upon it.

Before 1800, Israel Munson settled near Franklin,
where his son Asa now lives, and there he died in
1837. Jacob Munson was a blacksmith at Ogdens-
burg at an early day, as was Moses Wright. J. L.
Munson lives now on the Sparta road, near Ogdens-
burg, upon a place belonging pretty early in the nine-
teenth century to a widow known far and near as
" Granny" Newman.

Thomas Van Kirk came to America from Europe,
and made a settlement in Sparta upon a farm now the
home of his grandson, Mills Van Kirk. Thomas Van
Kirk was a blacksmith, and set up a shop on his place.
He died on the farm in 1825, and his son Peter, taking
possession of the property, remained upon it until his
death, in 1841. Of Thomas Van Kirk's other sons,
John died when young, Patrick became a farmer,
lived on a piece of land near the old homestead, and
died there at an advanced age. Peter Van Kirk mar-
ried a daughter of Robert Mills, an early settler in
Audover township, and had a family of three daugh-
ters and four sons. The daughters are still living, and
known as Mrs. John Kelsey, of Newton; Mrs. M. L.
Basley, of Elmira, N. Y. ; and Mrs. John Case, of
Franklin. Of the four sons, Thomas, Robert, and

James are dead. Mills lives on the 300 acres owned
by his grandfather in 1780, and to that tract has added
50 acres.

Among the hands on Elias Ogden's farm along
about 1800 was Peter Norman, a Jerseyman. He
married Rebecca, daughter to John Chamberlain, and
then moved to a farm on the mountain, east of where
J. L. Munson now lives. Peter bought the place of
his brother Oliver, who had improved it some as he
could spare time from his business as forgeman, which
he followed near by.

» In 1780, Job Cory, a blacksmith and farmer, came
to the vicinity of Sparta village and undertook the
work of driving a distillery that had been built by a
Mr. Morrow, who was in his day the owner of a dis-
tillery, a potash-works, and saw-mill, and by general
consent considered the richest man in those parts.
In the midst of his prosperity, however, the dam at
Morris' Pond gave way, and as the loosened flood of
waters came rushing- down they swept away in a
twinkling Mr. Morrow's distillery, his potash-works,
and his saw-mill, and left him an impoverished man.
By the flood two of Mr. Morrow's saw-mill em-
ployees, named Beers and Kinney, were carried off'
and drowned. Search for their bodies amid the gen-
eral wreck and ruin proved fruitless, and no one sup-
posed they would be recovered. Singular to relate,
the body of Kinney was recovered through the instru-
mentality of a dream of Samuel Wade, to whom ap-
peared for three successive nights the vision of Kinney
buried under the sand some ways down the stream
from the saw-mill site. He told his dream, and, act-
ing upon its instructions, the people searched at the
exact spot indicated, and there, buried just as the
dreamer told it would be, the searchers found the body
of poor Kinney.

Job Corey had four sons and three daughters. Of
his sons, James died in Sparta, William in Penn-
sylvania, Silas in Iowa, and David in Sparta, in 1870.
David's son Job now lives in Sparta, on the road be-
tween Sparta and Ogdensbnrg.

Recalling the fortunes of Peter Norman, it may
suffice to state that he died in 1865, at the age of
eighty-six. He was the father of sixteen children.
Of the sixteen, five now live in the township, — to wit,
William, aged seventy-five, at Sparta village ; Mrs. M.
Riker, on the old mountain-farm ; and Robert Nor-
man, Mrs. Peter Riker, and James Norman in various
portions of the township.

Presumably before 1800, Jacob Timbrel, a native of
New Jersey, engaged to work on " halves" for Robert
Ogden the place now owned by John Decker. Mr.
Ogden wished Timbrel to buy it, and agreed to give

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