James P Snell.

History of Sussex and Warren counties, New Jersey : online

. (page 109 of 190)
Online LibraryJames P SnellHistory of Sussex and Warren counties, New Jersey : → online text (page 109 of 190)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook


Ulster Co., N. Y., the family is one of the leading and controlling ones,
and represented among the public men of that countv and State. Among
those who took the oath of allegiance in Ulster County in 1G89 were
Dirriek and Johannes Westbrook, and Peter and Jan Westbrook were
among the voters in the township <>f Rochester, Ulster Co., in 1740. The
Revolutionary "roll of honor," 1775, in Ulster County, was signed by
Tjerck Van Keuren Westbrook, of Mamukaiing (nuw Sullivan County),
and by Frederick, Jonathan, and Dirck Westbruuk, of Rochester, in that
county.

The family early joined the train of emigration through the Mama-
kating valley to the rich flat-lands of the Minisink region, and its repre-
sentatives were among the first settlers on both sides of the Delaware
River. Among those bearing the name who are mentioned in early
papers as being aiming the early residents of Sussex Countv are Johan-
nes, 1720; Cornelia and Cornells, Jr., 1748; Dirck, 17:io; John I., 17:54;
Martynus, 1775; Johannes, J., and Severyne, 1794. The will of Johan-
nes, who, as well as the others, was a large landowner along the Dela-
ware, tells us that his children were Ron jam in, Cornells Johannes, Abra-
ham, Masrdelinfwife of Capt. Johannes Westbrook), Hdletie (wife of
Cornelis Van Etten), and Mary (wife of Jacobus Quick). John Land
Severyne are declared in a deed to Martynus Westbrook, dated Juno
24, 17116, to bo brothers. Cornelis Westbrook died about 1755, leaving
two daughters.

Capt. Martynus Westbrook was the great-grandfather of the subject
of this sketch, and is supposed to have been a son of Abraham {son of
Johannes), who lost his life in tho Indian war of 1755. Besides Capt.
Martynu*, then- was a son by another wife, named Abraham, who settled
and founded a family in tho neighborhood of Westbruokville, N. Y.
dipt. Martynus located before the Revolution near whore Miss Eliza
Westbrook 1 ves in Sandyston township. Prior to his coming of ape
certain pmperty was held in trust for him by Tjerck Van Kouren West-
brook, of MiimaUating, Ulster Co. The family-seat of this branch has
continued to remain in the neighborhood of tho Eliza Westbrook home-
stead, whore its representatives have engaged in agricultural pursuits.
Sorno of the family served with distinction in the Indian wars and that
of the Revolution, and history records the death of several of them in
connection with tin- trying scenes that wore enacted on the ensanguined
soil of the Minisink region. Tho wife of Capt. Martynus Westbrook
was Margaret Lowe, of whom were born two children, — namely, Abra-
ham and Mary, who married Judge Daniel W. Dingman, of Pike Co., Pa.

Abraham, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born oil Nov.
15,1775. His wife was Ann, daughter of Reuben Buckley, born Oct. 11,
177*. and the children were Mary, born Jan. 19, 1800, married, first,
Matthias Clark, and second, Isaac (Janitor; Martin, born Juno 19, 1801,



died Oct. 15, lsl4 ; Hugh B., born March 2«. 1804 ; Reuben B., born Feb.
26,1806; Eliza, bent Aug. 2U, 1808, living on tho old homestead in 1881;
Daniel D , born Feb. 17, 180'J, died Aug. 18, 182.' ; and Abraham, born
April 3, IMl.died Sept. 8, 18-17. Abraham, Sr., died Aug. 7, 1811.

Hugh B. Westbrook, was born on the family homestead on the date
indicated above, and passed his early life at work upon the farm and in
attendance upon the district schools of his locality. In 1S36 he pur-
chased the Capt. John I. Westbrook farm, in connection with his brother
Abraham, and lived thereon six years. In 1S42 himself and brother
bought the Dr. Jacob Hornbeck place, where he continued to reside
til his demise, on Feb. 16, 1840. He was



retiring n



ind



habits and .



of pla
■saful farmer, and one win
ng fondly attached to hi
Ho wa
politics

of Jacob and Hannah (Van Alien) Westbrook, to
a March 9, 1830; she was liorn May 21, 1808. The
ere Anna Marin, born March 22, 18:11, married
't Jorvis, died March 22, 18511; Jacob, born Nov.
no, born Nov. 7, 1*3(1, died in infancy,
is born ou tho old homestead of his forefathers
years were passed upon his
education as the



if life, be

s a supporter of tho Reformed Church of
Montague, and was in "
is Margaret, daughter
whom he was united c
issue of the union v
Wade Buckley, of Po
17,18:31); and Eliza J:
Jacob Westbrook w,
on tho date above mentioned,
father's farm, where ho enjoyed the benefits of &
district school of tho neighborhood afforded. Ho



has (



:ademic education at the excellent institution of E. A. Stilei
ertown. After the death of his father he worked the home-farm
his mother until ho attained his majority, since which time he
■iediton on his individual account. Ho' partakes largely of tho



! of hi



characteri.
clear-headed, and successful farmers of
and held in high esteem for his manly c
in politics, but no seeker after positioi
Sandyston township in I860, 1861, and
united in marriage to Ellen, daughtei
Etten) Westfall, of Orange O..N. Y.; si
children have been Anna Mar'



He



l Democrat
! was chosen freeholder of
On Fob. 28, 1 SGI, ho was
imon and Margaret (Van
■ born Sept. 29, 184(1. The
:!, 18112, died Jan. 27.1862;



Isabella, born Jan. 1(1, 18ti:i; an infant, bom April If), 1811'.. (lied Apiil
3(1,18(15; Anna D., born Feb, 9, 18(18; Hugh B., Lorn Feb. 22, 1870: Mag-
gie liuella, born March 28, 1871; and Levi, born April 1, 1870.

It is not definitely known at this writing whether tho two branches
of the family represented by Mr. Westbrook were connected by any
blood-relationship in years gone by. It is probable, however, lhat they
originally sprang from the same stock. His maternal grandfather was
Jacob, die father of Jacob was Solomon, and the father of Solomon,
Jacob. This branch of the family has also contained many successful
and |ir inent men. Col. John Westbrook, brother of Jacob, repre-
sented Pike Co , I'a . in Congress in 1840-41 ; John C. Westbrook, pro-
thonotarv of I'iko County, and Hon. Lsfayctle Westbrook, of that county,
are sons of Solomon, brother Of Col. John Westbrook ; and John I West-
brook, a leading merchant, at I'ort Jorvis, N. Y., is a son or Jacob, above

mentio 1. Col. John Westbrook married Sarah Brodhead, a sister or

Richard Brodhead, United Stales senator from Pennsylvania, and Iho
mother of Richard Brodhead Westbrook, of Philadelphia, and grand-
mother or Charles K. Westbrook, a practicing lawyer at Newark, N. J .






John D. Everitt was born in Montague township on March
23, 1798, and was the oldest of eleven children of Isaac and
Mnry (Davis) Everitt. Tho earlier history of the family lias
been given in tho sketch of his brothor, Allen Everitt, on
another pago <>f this work.

luoational advantages of Mr. Everitt were limited to
such instruction as be obtained at the district school of bis lo-
cality during the winter season. In the fall <>f 1814 be entered
upon the active •! n t i<-n of life as a clerk in the storo of Jacob
K. Kverson, at Newburg, X. Y., where he remained nearly a
year. Returning home, he assisted his father in his fanning
operations, and the following wintor taught school in a school- '
house that stood near the present residence of Jacob Westbrook,
in Bandyston township. II is income from this av 'nation for
the first three months amounted to ono dollar per scholar, out
of which he boarded himself. While engaged in procuring
subscribers for his school ho met, at tho bouse of Alexander

Dun.-, Roanna 1 kor, daughter of Daniel Deoker, whom ho

married on May 7. l s _'0; she was born May B, 1799. In the
spring of ISIS, 1819, and 1820 ho engaged in rafting on tho
Delaware River for George Nelden, and aftor three years of
weho.il. teaching bo worked on his father's farm for a time, and
then taught school in Pennsylvania. In tho fall of 1821 ho

oommonee.l keeping honse at the present residen f fleorgo

Cortright. In the spring of 182-1 be took up his residence with
his grandfather, Daniel Davis, where Benjamin Cole n->w live-'.
and, purchasing the farm the year following, taught school and
tilled tln> soil until the spring of 1S2'.1, when he sold tho farm

t" Prancis MoCormaok and bought the Qeorge rVestl k farm,

where Mark Siglei now Uvea, in Bandyston. In June, 1829, ho
pgaged in trade with Stoll .1 Hagerty, in Bandyston, After

i Mr. Hagerty was elected sheriff of Mi unty, and

tho linn remained Stoll ,v Everitt for nine year-, the bn

then passing to Jobs A. Westbrook. In the spriog ol I

sold tho Westbrook farm to Peter Myers, and ] based of

Partial lloweii the (arm and tavern (since dostroyod bj

John V, Clark, at llainc-ville. I'm two years and a half be

engaged in trade and kept tavern at that point, and, selling
out to John A. Westbrook, purchased the farm now ooauplod



by Henry Phillip-. After six months ho sold this property to
Peter .Myers, and bought of James Frout the family homestead
now occupied by his son, Robert H. Everitt, in Pandvston.
Here he continued to reside until his demise, Xov. 15, 1876.

.Mr. Everitt, .lurim; his lifetime, bore an important relation
to the development of the section of country in which be was
born, and was recognized as one of the leading men of his day.
Possessed of great energy and forco of character, an indomi-
table will, and deflniteness of purpose, ho made a success of
everything he undertook, and accumulated a valuable estate.
He wa- a man of generous impulses, a liberal supporter of
church and kindred interests, and in close sympathy with the
progressive movement.- of his age. lie was first a Whig and
then a Republican in politics, and a staunch supporter of the
principles of his party. Ho filled with success tho various
township offices Of Montague and Sundyston, and rose to the
rank of colonel in the militia of his day. For fifteen years he

was a justi. f the peace, a commissioner of deeds for four

terms, and for ten years ono of tho lay-judges of tho Court of
Common Pleas. He served as a commissioner to divide land-.
and ns executor and administrator in thirty-lour cases, and en-
joyed the respect anil confidence of many friends. For more
than thirty years he was a member of the board of directors of
m:iI Bank Of Newton, ami during all (hat lime
never borrowed a dollar of tho institution. He was postmaster
at lljinesville for fair year-, commencing in 1833.

.Mr. Bveritfs tir.-t wife .lied on Peb. 28, 1859. For hi- -. oond
wiie he married Diana, widow of Jaoob Kittle, and daughter
of Alexander Bnnos, who survive- him. By the tir.-t marriage
wcro born mx children,— namely, Catharine J., wife of John
P.. I, avion. Jr., of P.ul .lervi-. N. V.; Daniel Davis.
mi the homestead of Ins grandfather. Isaac Kveritt. in

hip. and a hading talUoo : I-aa. .1.. died in 1876, a I

orange. N. .1.. a pioinin.ni merchant and valuable eitlten for

many year-: Martin Oolo, pi. -i lent of the First National

Dank. Pi "i . : Robert II. liveritt, an Influential

former of Sandyston township, residing on bis father's homo-
stoadj and James Allen, who died in I s . .1 while a student at

1 ale College, New Haven. I'. .nil.



SAM'VSTON.



425



Memento along the Delaware, wrote to Governor
\\i Icher advising him of the atrocities committed by
til*- [ndiane along the river. JIN excellency for-
warded the following instructions to Col. Van
nmpeii :

"Sin,— I Just now received your Good letter of the 7th Instant, ul

h"i<<' you have before now mj order of the Cth of the same mo. I will

approve ..f what you purpose, <<T marching with your Regiment Into the

dnci i" ardor to inool und repel the enomy before they enter Into

!■ in matter I deslro you to I" very vigilant and diligent

in k r i^i"« mo notice of all your proceedings, ami pr express ir necessary.

" I inn, Sir, youi at mrod Frd.,

".I. Bblohkii.
■* Kliza-town, Nov lltli, L755

\ \S I'AMl-KN."

On tin- following day the Governor again wrote to
( lol. Van < 'ampen :

"Sir, — Since l - 'lit vnii my order for a speedy muster of your Regi-
ment, I bare re olvcd repeated n intsol the approai I » ■ ■ t the Savago

fntH l> ft ud Indians to tit.- Borders ol Pennsylvania, and t.. those of this

ProVllH (•.lulllllMllillk- till' 111.. -| kill-wll- ..ll'i .

. liter, Blood, und fc'iro wherever thej n

■ n fore to i ommand you, In HI ttajt itle i ■

readinc to march t" the Borders of tbia
Penii I vjiii in ii i«. n the most sudden notice of dis-
tress by the enemy, for the iiid nml n-Vwi >>( Hi Maji t i « ul k I
-.hull ii. i doubt the good courage und spirit of yoursolf, the otlicers and
; i h.-i.I win n it shrill In.- necessary, and would
11 publish this ni) ordei at the head of your regiment at their
DUUter.

"Given undoi tn\ Hand and Seal "i" Arms at the Borough of Eliza-
beth, this 12th da) -I S*ovembi i . En the twenty-ninth year >-t" HIi U i ■
flp reign, Anno P.. mini 1766.

'* J. BlLCHEB,
'*Coi.. Van Cam PI \."

In reply to Col. Van Campen's report of the same
mil the < toy •■! u"v n rote as follows :

I have duly received yours of the 17th ol this month, and well

i in pviny in-' Inf.. iniiitii.il Imw 1 1 1 1 ii - - .no

olrniin-T ax with R< peel tot] nemy,etc.

i ill's to muster their Reglmi
Bepell the Enomj ovei In Pennsylvania Province, and so prevent their
passim? the River Delaware, and which I think wonld be better than

i" lei the t-i "ii the frontiers ••! thlt Provlm •■.

" I pray Almighty God to have you and your people In hi- good protec-
tinii, and am, Sir, \ qui Inured I rieud,

"J. BXLOHKB.

" Buka WN, NoV 24th, 177"..

Van i iMi'i s.'



BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH.

Bl \.i \MI\ II ITLE.
Hi- father, William Tuttle, was of New England
i, and settled in Orange Co., N. Y., prior to the
Oevolutionan war, where he carried on farming, and
mere he died.

His wife was Vnna Terrj . who bore him the follow-
ing children: Benjamin; Vincent; Elizabeth, who
became the wife of Samuel Kays, of Lafayette town-
ship, Sussex Co., V.I.; Anna, who became the wife
of James Warbasse, of Lafayette; and William.

Benjamin, eldesl son of William 'runic, and sub-
ject of our sketch, was born on the homestead, near
28



Goshen, Orange Co., Aug. 20, 1795, and there spenl
his minority.

He married, July ■':. 1819, Lucy, daughter of Solo-
mon ami Anna Brown Smith, of Wantage, Sussex




Co., and soon afterwards removed to < ul Gap in the
Blue Mountains, in the township of Sandyston, Sussex
Co., N. J., where he remained only aboul one year,
during which time he purchased one hundred and
fifteen acres of land, then a wilderness tract, at what
is now Tunic's Corners, which for a few years was
called Benville. I pon this property, which was lo-
cated on the old stage-line from Newton. X. J., to
Milford, Pa., he was really the pioneer settler, and
thereon erected a public-house or hotel, which he
conducted with great hospitality ami popularity for

nearly a half-century.

Mr. Tuttle was the acknowledged popular and
hospitable landlord on this stage-line, and kepi his
house there for nearly a quarter of a century before
railroads were built, and at a time when large quanti-
ties of lumber were hauled over this route, through

the Gap in the mountain-, fr Pennsylvania to New

Jersey lor building purpos

1 te was of a very social disposition, had a retentive

memory and a fondness tor the Stories of "olden

time." His ready wit ami humor, with his welcome

to all. gave him a large trade, and he became widely

known throughout Sussex ami adjoining countii -.
Upon the creation of the post-office at the Corners, be
became the first incumbent of the office of postmaster,
which place lie held continuously through Republican



4-2G



SUSSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY.



and Democratic administrations alike for nearly fifty
years, serving the public with the greatest satisfaction.-

He held most of the various township offices, and,
while serving as freeholder of Sandyston, he was one
of the hoard who strenuously opposed the location of
the court-house at Augusta after its destruction by
fire at Newton.

He was a member of the old Whig party, voted with
the Democratic party from 1840 until the election of
Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States,
and afterwards was a Republican.

Mr. Tuttle was a leading and influential citizen in
Sussex County for many years, was a man of good
judgment and sterling honesty ; his counsel was often
sought in matters of a local nature, and as often found
safe and judicious.

He was especially fond of his friends, had a faculty
for making many, and was always happy in retaining
them. Few men have lived in Northern New Jersey
whose names were more familiar, or who were more
highly esteemed for their many manly characteristics,
than was Benjamin Tuttle. He died on his homestead,
Dec. 17, 1875. His wife was bom Sept. 9, 1801, and
died Nov. 15, 1877. She did her part well in the
battle of life, was a devoted wife and mother, and
reared her children under the influences of sound



parental training and culture. Their children are
William, died in 1853, aged thirty-four; John, died in
Elizabeth City, N. C, in 1854, aged thirty-four; Anna,
wife of Joshua Reeves, of Unionville, N. Y., died at
Waverly, N. Y., about 1855, aged thirty ; Adelia,
became the wife of John Jackson, of Oswego, N. Y. ;
Elrnira, became the wife of Jacob Snook, of Lafayette;
Charlotte, wife of Allen Rosenkrans, of Walpack, died
in 1870, aged thirty-seven ; Rutherford, was born Nov.
2, 1835; Jason H, of New York; Elizabeth, wife of
Joseph E. Layton, of Sandyston ; and Benjamin
Franklin.

Rutherford Tuttle was for several years a clerk in
a dry-goods store, and came to Newton in the spring
of 1856. He established himself in the merchant
tailoring and ready-made clothing business in Newton
in March, 1860, which he successfully carried on until
1870, when he associated with him Mr. Tully, since
which time the firm of Tuttle & Tully have ranked
among the substantial clothiers and business men ot
Newton.

Mr. Tuttle married, in November, 1860, Miss Amelia
D., daughter of John and Sarah J. (Coursen) Smith,
of Newton. Their children are Frederick Allen,
Anna E., Florence (deceased), Lucy, Sally, Amelia,
Rutherford (deceased), and Theresa T.



GREEN.



I.— VALUATION, BOUNDARIES, Etc. '

In respect to size Green is one of the smallest town-
ships in the county. It covers an area of 19.65 square
miles, and contains 12,576 acres. Its assessed valua-
tion is $957,295, and total taxation $4742.39.

The boundaries are Andover and Hampton on the
north, Warren County on the south, Byram and An-
dover on the east, and Stillwater on the west. In the
east lies a mountainous district, but, generally con-
sidered, the township is by no means as hilly as a ma-
jority of the towns of Sussex County.

The Pequest River crosses Green from north to
south, and furnishes mill-power at Huntsville and
Tranquillity, two small mill-villages. Besides the Pe-
quest, there are numerous streams. One of them
(Bear Creek) passes through Hunt's Mills (or Wash-
ington) and drives two mills there. Besides the vil-
lages named, there is a fourth called Greensville.

In population, Green has not gained much since
1840 ; then the inhabitants numbered 777. Huntsville
was taken from Newton in 1852, abstracting 150 of

* By David Schwartz.



the people. In 1870 the population was 868, and in
1880 it was 723.

There was some little iron-mining industry in the
town, at the Glcndon Iron-Mine, some years ago, but
latterly there has been nothing of consequence done.
Grazing engages the attention of the husbandman,
and yields profitable results in rich dairy returns.

Limestone deposits cross the township in a north-
easterly and southwesterly direction, with a slate belt
on the northwesterly side. Slate outcrops back and
also northeast of Greensville, where the East and West
Jersey line crosses the township. On the southwest
side of the township, along the mountain, is the gneiss
rock, with white or crystalline limestone near. The
blue limestone is about .33 magnesian; some of the
fine or close-grained is nearly pure lime.

II.— EARLY SETTLERS.

Green's earliest settlement apjoears to have been
effected not far from 1750, at the place now known as
Huntsville. Reference to the settlement of that place
will be found in the history of villages in this town-
ship.



GREEN.



427



Thomas Woolverton, who ia mentioned as having
located at Huntsville in 1750, had neighbors then, or
Bboul then, in the families of the Youngs and Buch-
ners, who were probably, with Wbolverton, the earli-
est coim-rs into < Ircen.

Darius Young, coming from England, found a home
upon the land now owned by Theodore Young, of
Green. That property, since the possession thereof
In I larius Young, in say 1 750, has been occupied and
owned hy the Youngs, Theodore, the present owner.
being the great-grandson to Darius Young, the first
occupant. Unfortunately, bul little can In- learned
touching Darius Young, save as ahead; narrated.

Similarly, the present recollections or traditions
concerning the history of the Buchner family in
Green are exceedinglj meagre. John Buchner lived
Upon the place now owned bj Joseph lyers, having
ne to America from German} about the ti Da-
rin- Young landed here from England. A Frederick
Buchner, who was probably John Buchner's son, en-
listed from i i recti in the war of 1812, and rose to the
of colonel. Hig period of service extended
through the war, and is said to have been distin-
guished by many brilliant and heroic experiences.
Like Darin- Young, John Buchner was great-grand-
father to Theodore Young, now of Green. Several
of the descendants of Darius Young fought in the
war id' the Revolution, but who they were cannot be
ascertained.

Before the outbreak of the war of 1776, Nathaniel
Hart lived in Green township, near the locality now
called Tranquillity, and in that neighborhood owned
Upwards of loon acre- of land. Henry Hart, of An-
dover, grandson to Nathaniel, above mentioned, says
that he has heard his father, William Hart, tell the

story of how, at the (dose of the Revolutionary war,

Washington's army i Mr. Hart gives it as his recollec-
tion thai he was told Washington was with the troops

passed through Green en rout* from Easton through
New Jersey, and halted for a few days' rest upon a
tract of lowland, including about LOO acres, that

formed a portion of Nathaniel Hart's looo-aerc farm.

Hart had previously learned of the advance of the

the army, and viewed its progress with apprehensive

fears, since he bad been told that wherever they had
camped the troops had fallen upon all rail-fences with
vigorous vengeance and burned them in their camp-
Bres. Han felt, ind I, little like losing hit rail-
fences, for he had a long li if them ; and so, when

the troops came along and halted upon his land, he
ai once laid before the commanding general the
proposition that if the promise were given to spare
his fences, he wotdd haul to the camp all tin wood
likely to he required. This was accepted. The order
was issued that 1 1 an's fences should not be molested,
and forthenext four days and nights Hart and his

son- did nothing hut supply w 1 for the camp-lircs.

Hart saved bis fences, however, and when he saw the
soldiers leave lie wa- prohahly d. \ out ly t hankful sis



well for their departure as for the salvation of his rails

and the term ination of his brief but active wood -haul-
ing campaign-, lie did not much mind, therefore, the
fact that several sick soldiers were left behind by the

main body, but, with other- of his family, set about

nursing the unfortunates. Some of them got well and

went forward, while others died and ware given de-
Cent burial upon the Hart farm, where it is likely
their hones rest to this day.

Nathaniel Hart's SOnS were Amos, William, and
Nathaniel, Jr. They became farmers, and, each
locating in Green upon a farm of his own, lived in
the township all their lives. \ -on of William re-
sides now in \ndover town-hip, and ha- already been
-poken of as Henry Hart. Stephen Hart, his brother,
died in IS'iU, ,,n the place now occupied hy his widow.
William Hart, a descendant of the Nathaniel llari
!ir.-t named, also lives ,,n a farm formerly owned hy

Reed, and probably settled by him, on thi Pe-

quest, mar Huntsville. Mr. Hart settled on that

!>laee in ls.".2, having come from Warren County.

The Reeds ware among some of the earliest occu-
pants of the property, but sonic time before them one



Online LibraryJames P SnellHistory of Sussex and Warren counties, New Jersey : → online text (page 109 of 190)