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erty ho has erected oommodious buildings, and everything
about hi- premises bespeaks a thrifty ami enterprising fanner.

Si hi ion with the quarry at Andover. along

with his forming, he has been a < tractor for tile Mo

cong Iron Company, and has got onl large quantities of stone,

which arc used If of iron ore.

Mr. Kinney is an enterprising and thoroughgoing business
man. lie has boon officially connected with the local affairs ol

his township, and has I n chosen freeholder and held DtDtf

minor places.

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Andrew Rose, grandfather of George F., was of Scotch
descent, was born near New (iortnnntown, N. J., and < 1 i > ■ • 1 in
1830, aged about sixty years; his wife was a Misa F razee.
After bin marriage ho settled near Ilackettstown, tut snbsc
quently purchased and settled upon what is commonly known
U the " Ogilcn tract," of several hundred acres, now mostly
owned by the Van Syokles, in Green township, Sussex Co., N. J.
llu also bought tho land where tho Rosorille mine is located,
but disposed of it to his brother Jacob. Ho was one of tho
pioneers of Methodism in the section whcic he resided, and his
house was the welcome and hospitable abode of the traveling
.Methodist preachers. Ho was the principal one in founding
tho Tranquillity Methodist Episcopal Church.

At his death his estate was divided among his children, who
woro as follows : Andrew D., sottlod in Indiana, where he died
about 1880; John, resided in (in-en township and there died;
Aaron; Mrs. Jacob Cross, resided in Andover; Mrs. John Van
Syeklo, resided in (Ireen; Mrs. I>r. Jaeob M. Welt/,, n

Of theso children, Aaron was father of the subjeel of our

sketch, and was bur I the Inmost. ad in Green township in

1822; tho property is now ow 1 and upicd h_\ Samuel I'nii

Byokle, He married, in 1817, Elizabeth, daughter of George

Fisher, who lived and died near New I lei maiilnw n. and who
was one of tho early local Mothodisi preaohen, and the l<>\
Hill church was built on a pari of his farm. She was born
March 24, 1794. The obildron of this marriage were Lndroil
W ., of Newton, George r . and Mary, who became the wife
of Hov. John 1>. Wain, who entered the ministry in 1st:' and
had his first charge in Newton. Me was subsequently a promi-
nent member of the Califoi Methodist Conference, where ho

did excellent work in laying Ihe foundation Of the Church On
the 1'aeilic coast.

His wife was a devoted Christian woman and shared the
difficulties uud hardships with her husband, and gave her life

as an early sacrifice, April 4,1857, in the new country. Sho
was born June 28, 1826.

Aaron Koscsoon after his marriage purchased, with his father,
the Kirkpatrick farm, in Frelingbuysen, where he resided tho
remainder of his life, and wbero be died in 1829. He was a
hardworking man and devoted his short life wholly to business
pursuits. He was a member of the Methodist Bpisoopnl Church,
and a devoted christian man.

After the death of her first husband, Mrs. Rose married
Martin Kispaugh, and by him had one son, Samuel D., who
died unmarried. Mr. Kispough was a farmer in Andover, and
died March II. 1844, aged sixty-four years. Sho remained a
widow for fifteen years, and for her third husband married
Peter A. Miller, father of Dr. John Miller, of Andover, and rc-
sided at Indover, where she died, March 24, 1879. Sho was a
n t great moral and Christian excellence, and esteemed

by all who knew her.

je P., son of Aaron Rose, was horn in Green township,

Oot 28, 1822. Early in life he was thrown upon his own re
source- on account of the death of his father, but through tho
kindness of his guardian he received a fair English education,
ond for one term wa a teacher. For some fifteen years ho was

engaged asaolerkin different placet I but natural ability

in this capacity and strict integrity inado his services sought.
For a time ho carried on a clothiug-sturc at Trenton, N. .1.
The latter part "t hi- business life, since 186B, has been spent
at Andover in tho care of bis property and in the transaction
of public business. He was ouo of the first commissioners of
appeall after the erection of Andover township. He was ap-
pointed coinnii-sioncr of deeds in 1886, and by reappointment
has held tl Ho-. tinu. u-l\ -inc. Be B.I

.,,, i eyor, and fot two yes i table.

In all bis ini - is Mr. Etc e ii kno« n ■ ■ man ..t

-trict integrity and honesty of purpose. In politics !„■ wa-
fortnorly a Whig, and is now a Republican.




was delV'utc-d on account of tin- Legislature being
fcr^elj Republican. Mr. Hid was m earl? life a
i of the Methodisl < hurch, bul baa been a
r of thi I '■■ bytcrian ( Ihurch at Andover Bince
loi/ation in 1857. For twelve years he was a
Director ..! the I lackettstown Bank, and for :i time be
Iras one of tin- board of uianagi rs of tin- Newark
gavings-Bank. His life has been one of great ac-
tivity, and almost wholly devoted to business pur-


His father, Robert Farrell, wa« born in [reland,
and emigrated to America in early life. He first
fame to Newton, X. .T., where he married Jane, a
daughter of John Stuart, who was born in [reland
ami came t" America about the close of the B

ind resided at Hackettstown, N. .1. She was
1. irn Jan. 16, IT'."', and died June 27, 1857. Her
Uncle, Daniel Stuart, was the first president of the
Sussex Bank at Newton, and officiated as surrogate of
niily for several years. Robert Farrell settled
in Florida, Orange Co., X. Y., about the time of bis
marriage, bul returned to Newton in the year 1814,
where be resided the remainder of his life, working
at hi- trade, that of a mason, lie died Dec. 7, 1827.

Their children are Daniel A.; Margaret 6., who
became the wife of Robert Chapman; Mary. R., wife
of James Howeth ; Sarah R., wife of Henry Jeffers ;
and Thomas R. Only Daniel and Margaret survive
tal8 i.

Daniel A. Farrell was born in Florida, X. Y.,
April -'■'■, 1812, and was two years of age when his
parents returned to Newton. During his minority

be obtai 1 what education he could, and in

life In- was obliged to depend upon his own n
for a livelihood. With willing h resolute

he-Hi he started out in life for himself, for many
years he worked for different farmers, and by indus-

try and stricl i nomy saved some five hundred dol-
lars by the time he reached his twenty-fifth ;■ ■

He married, March 2, 1887, Marj L, daughter of
John and Sarah (Predmore) Frazer. She was born

1814. Her lather, John Frazer, born
18, 17 - . in I'd.' Co., Pa,, was a clerk at Augusta,
Susses Co., N. J., for some time, for Thomas Au-
gustine, one of its early merchants, and was there
He re \red to Newton, where he i n

as a teacher, and aNo as surveyor. He was for

ier of the Sussex < lounty < krart,

and his name wa- familiar with the leading men who

bad business at Newton. He was prominently iden-
tified with the order of Masons.

His wife, Sarah l'ledinore. was horn Nov. 21

and died Sept. 17. 1871. They were married March

1, 1808. Their children were Nelson, Benjamin,
Mary Allen, Joseph, Elizabeth, William, and John

The children of Daniel A. and Mary A. Farrell
are Emma, wife of W. A. Vought, of Dover, N. J.,
and John, married Ida M.. daughter of \V. S. [nger-
SOll, Of Newton, and carries on the homestead with
his lather.

For one year after his marriage Mr. Farrell rented

a (arm in Newton, and for one year following he was

prospecting in the Western country with a view of

it. For nine years thereafter he resided in

the township Of Frankford, where he carried on

and in 1848 purchased some two hundred
land in the southwest corner of tl M town-
ship of Newton, which has since been his hoi ■

Mr. Farrell has brought this land into a high State of

cultivation, and caused to be built one of thi

and most substantial harns in the county. All of his

surroundings bespeak an and thrifty


In politics he is a De rat. bul has never sought

B li he and his wife are members of the

Methodist ( lliur :h at Newton, the latter having united

with the M ith idisl Church at the age of sixteen.

H A M P T ON. 4

HAMPTOX, peculiarly shaped, like a wedge, contains
l" 1 square miles, covers an area of about 19,000 acres,
and measures 5 mile- wide in it- broadest pari l>y '.i
mile- in length. It- boundaries arc frankford on the
north ; Stillwater, Newton, and Andover on the south ;
Andover and Lafayette on the east ; and Stillwater on
the west.

Bj Davl i -

Hampton had. in |ssn. : , population of 895, against
L028 in 1870.
On the northwest, where the Blue Mountain range

louche- the farthest extremity of the town. Hampton
"corner-" with the four towns of Sandy-ton. Wal-

rd, and Stillwater. Generally, the face
of the country is hilly, hut handsomely attractive.
The valley of the Paulinskill is a beautiful stretch of

landscape set within gracefully-towering elevation-.



from whose heights the eye may feast upon pictorial
nature with delightful satisfaction. The Paulinskill
is a small hut rapid stream that for a century or more
has afforded at Baleville fine mill-power, which has
been utilized during that space of time almost without

Hampton is a purely agricultural town, and as a
grazing and milk-producing region takes a deservedly
high rank.

There are two so-called villages, — Baleville and
Washingtonville, — but they are simply hamlets. The
only post-office in the town — known as Pleasant Val-
ley post-office — is located at the former place.


It is not easy to ascertain who effected the first
white settlements in the region now called Hampton
township, but, according to the best available author-
ities, the distinction lay betweeu the Boofs and Hen-
dershotts. Which family, if either, took precedence
cannot be told, nor can much be said, indeed, about
them, for the reason that the settlements took place
some years before the Revolution, and for the further
reason that there is no satisfactory or definite living or
documentary evidence affecting the events. Accord-
ing to the testimony of Mrs. Smith (a descendant of
the Roofs now living on the old Christopher Roof
place), Christopher Roof, who died in 1844, at the age
of eighty-four, was born on the farm mentioned, and
so we fix the presence of Michael Roof (Christopher's
father) in Hampton certainly at 1756, and doubtless
may fix it before that ; but beyond that the matter
would be mere conjecture.

Whatever the time of his coming, Michael Roof
made his settlement in Hampton shortly after emi-
grating from Germany. He died at an advanced age,
leaving two sons, Christopher and Michael. Christo-
pher took the old farm, and Michael the one on which
now resides Mr. J. R. Stoll, the place being generally
designated as the Jacob Roof farm. Christopher, who
married a Hendershott, had four children, of whom
Michael and Jacob were the sons. Michael, last
named, had twelve children, of whom the four living
ones are John and Philip, in New York State, Mrs.
Joshua Harden, in Green township, and Mrs. Smith,
already named. Jacob had a family of ten children.
Three are living — to wit, Alfred, in Andover; Cath-
erine and Clara, in Hampton. Christopher Roof, son
to Michael (the first of the name to come to Hampton),
was an enlisted soldier in the Revolutionary war, and
fought gallantly through all its seven years.

The first of the Hendershotts was Jacob. The pre-
sumption is strong that if he did not come in with old
Michael Roof, his coming was not much later or ear-
lier than Roof's. Both families made locations on
tin' Paulinskill, and, in 1771, when Moses Morris came
to tin: town, they had made material improvements
on their farms.

Moses Morris, just mentioned, was not only one of

Hampton's earliest settlers, but he was a local char-
acter of some celebrity, especially as a hunter, as will
be seen later on. AVhen a lad of fourteen he came
from Morris County to Stillwater township with
Michael Ayers, his foster-father, who then, in 1757,
settled in Stillwater. At the age of sixteen young
Moses shouldered his gun, and went out in the Indian
war of 1759. His field of operations was along the
Delaware, and, although but a boy, he gave a most
excellent account of himself. After the fighting was
ended he returned to Sussex County, and for the en-
suing twelve years devoted himself to the peaceful
pursuits of farm-labor wherever he could find employ-
ment. He used to say that he was one of the first to
strike a blow towards clearing the land upon which
the village of Newton stands. In 1771 he married a
daughter of Benjamin Hull, of Frankford, and bought
80 acres of wild land in the present township of Hamp-
ton, that land being a portion of the farm on which
his son AVilliam now lives. A squatter named John
Hendershott had been living on the land bought by
Morris, who, with his bride, moved into the log cabin
vacated by Hendershott. Moses Morris had a family
of twelve children, of whom five were boys, — Jacob,
Dennis, William, John, and one who died young. The
four who grew to manhood settled upon farms in Hamp-

Moses Morris fought not only in the Indian war of
1759, but in the war of the Revolution, although his
term of service in the latter was not extended to any
great length. Slpropos of his capacity as a hunter, he
boasted of having unaided killed forty wolves with
his own hand, and to have killed sixty more with the
assistance of other hunters. His success as a wolf-
hunter was something remarkable, even for that day,
when every man in new settlements was more or less
of a hunter; and such was his fame that it traveled
even beyond the borders of the county. The bounty
on wolf-scalps was a neat sum, and he found the busi-
ness of hunting quite as profitable as, if not more so
than, farming. His wife used to scold like sin because
he " idled away so much of his time in hunting," but
he loved the sport and the gain thereof too much to
give it up because the old lady scolded about it; and
so he hunted away day after day.

Morris got so he could imitate a wolf's cry almost
to the life, and by the exercise of that accomplishment
he frequently drew the beasts near to his hiding-place
and then easily killed them. He once chased a wolf
into a creek, and, wading in after, captured him alive.
Tying him securely by the feet, he dragged him home-
ward, and rather startled his peaceful neighbors dur-
ing the triumphal march, Cor they were not exactly
prepared to see even Morris bearing home a live wolf
in that style.

Morris was on another occasion aroused from his
midnight slumbers by an outcry from his hog-pen.
Eastening out with gun in hand, he found a big bear
playing havoc with the swine. Opening fire upon the

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invader, he .succeeded in simply diverting Bruin's
attentions to himself, and in a trice the bear, with
distended jaws, made wildly for Morris, as if to devour

It i iii with a single gulp. The emergency was a des-
perate one, liiii Morris was equal to it. Acting upon an
instantaneous thought, he met the onslaught boldly,
rammed hi- rifle down the bear's throat, and pulled
it. This was the end of His Bearship.
Mr. Morris died in 1827, al the age of eighty-four,
upon the Morris farm, in Hampton, where he bad
lived fifty-six years, and ten years Liter died his
widow, at the same age. Oi f his nephews, Fred-
erick Slo.il', died in Western New York, aged one
hundred and seven. Moses Muni-' -on William, now

on the old farm, was born there in 1786, and justly
lays claim to the distinction of being not only the
oldest native of Hampton, but the oldest resident
therein. Sarah Morris, the widow of William's
brother Dennis, has reached her ninety-fifth year;
her present home is Stanhope, in By ram township.

The place now known as Baleville was founded bj
Peter and Henry Bale shortly before L800, bul many
years before that Benjamin Barton built a grist-mill
close i" the dam and carried it on until some little
time after the outbreak of the Revolution. Barton's
Toryism was too strong, however, for the patriots of

I he I ieiuily, and when matter- grew tOO n arm Tor him

to be comfortable he closed his mill and went into
hi'ling. While the mill was thus idle the country
people used to come in with grists all the same, and

each man who understood anything about milling

would griml what he wanted. Those who could not
manage the mill would gel -•Hue more skillful neigh-

lo the work for them. Meanwhile, Barton

was afraid to look after or profit by his property, and
i luring the war the mil I was destroyed bj fire, whethi i
liv accident or design was never known. Barton was
pot heard of after his Right, and of course his posses-
sions were confiscated. While he was conducting thi
mill business his house was a well-known Torj ren-
dezvous, and among others who wished to find out

what was going forward there was M - Morris.

Morris could not get into the t n where Barton and

his crew were, and in his desire to draw some of them

out cried out loudlj Prom an ant I hat he si >od

reaily i" fight tin man in the Tory crowd.

In response t" thi-, Burton came out ar I with

Bword and pistol, and, offering Morris and his men
drink, bade them bi quiet and go home. After that

Barton was threate I with violence unless he left

that pari of the country, and so he wisely decamped.
Peter and Henrj Bale were Germans, and came to
Hampton not long after the close of the Bevolution-
btj war. Peter sel up a blacksmith-shop in the
Btruble neighborhood, while Henry, obtaining the

bid Barl nill-site, built a saw-mill near ihe dam.

Whether he built a grist-mill there or -imply pul a
run of -tone into hi- saw-mill eann.it be told, nor can
it be told when hi located there, although it seems

pretty certain that be did so bi fore 1790, since there
are account-books of date IT'. 1 ", showing that he was
in business then- then, and showing, further, that he
had kept a mill account-book there before that date.
However thai may be, it is known that he built, in
1800, the grist-mill now carried on by A. .1. Bale, as
well as a carding-mill, and a few year- Laterawoolen-
t'aet.iry, in which he manufactured cloth for a wide
stretch of country about, and drove for some years a
remarkably hrisk and profitable business.

The preserved account-books kept by Mr. Bale be-
gin with the 'late IT'. 1 "., faking the books between
that i late ami is in, a list of the nam. - of his customers
will not only show that his business was considerable,

but it will also show pretty nearly who were thi

dents in what i- now Hampton township between
those \ ears. The li-t i- as follows :

Jobn Anders in, Paul Ackers >n, Robert Adorns, Knthantol Ayors, Robert

Bell, Petoi Briltan, Jobn n .11 ivt.-r Uell, Isaai it.i — t. Jiunea

Hi ink. Jacob Cftry, Jobn Muddy, Jr., Hi i Our, William i ariaty,
Artbui' Cox, John ' too, Wl limn ' ompl i il I

p. ni, Willi. .. - i.iv Tbo Oouu, Jobn Chaml-rrlnin, Cornelttu

Gox,Phlllp Dormer, JohnDammoi David Demmoree,

Ainriiih Dinke, NIcl Dully, Ira Fuller, F.I I fuller, Sinn

Grant Fill 1>. Samuel Griggs, Jr., A I

BenJ In Griggs, Danlol Griggs, John Griggs. David Hut

Honderohott, - . Petei Hondei lott, Sr., Beujamin Hull, Sr., Eph-
rniiii H..1I-... Ji.iin Hnrtfn, Georgi Hnggorty, Dilley lloluies, Alex-
ander Hurtin, Jobn Heudorshott, Pctor Hondersbott, Jr., Jobo S.

; irty, Gapt. John Huffman, Gilbert tngorson, Gld Engerson,

Samuel Ingorson, James [ngllsh, Samuel Jones, Andrew Johnson,
I l.-ii i \ Couse, Jr., John 0uuse,John bag tfathals

Lane, John Lcnterman, Sr., Daniel Luse, Petoi I , Jacob Lance,

Sr., Mutii.-w i.iitl... Rubert Lambart, G ge Marring, Ji

Morris, Sr., Hugh HcOonnol, Abraham Man-it, Peter Mains, Jr.,
Id Hon 1- Sr., John More, M oes tforthrup, Abral
Geoi Ousted, Joshua 1 Pi 1dm re, Mli In

Samuel Pettee, Henry Primrose, Charles Pemporton, II. -i.

John Prid re, Benjamin Pridmore, William Phi I

lips, David Phillips, Daniel Pridmore, Samnel Price, Daniel Prid-
more, Esq., Gabriel Payn, Michael II
1;., ti,, Ryerson, S I Rohra : Roe,

1; ivrael, w Hllam Reed, 1 50 Strol

Peter Smith, Joseph South, James Smith, Matiifas Snook, Anthonj
Stroblo, -i. .in. Soloin ! 1 I I, Samuel

South, Thomas South, Poter I.. S1...1.1. . .1 -

Space,! - ' lin Stoll,Sr., DnulolStruble, J

John Truosdoll, J0I111 Turner, David \ . D

Vaughn, Mawnes 8baw, John K. S k, llenrj Smith, Richard II.

Strubl 1 - 1 icph Warbes, Philip Waldruft*, Christian Wll-

1 p B v. Ulan: w illlams, Ja oh 'i oast, P il

Jami s Hun 11. Henry Hand, Ml ihael Hendurshott,J 1 11 il

J pii Bates, John GusUn, C

. lark, Brico Dalrj " rmple, Cornelius

James Fox, Elijah Qrisvrold, Gnrrol Brink, Samuel Hart

lliii.t. lt.iij in Halsey, John II. .li 11 idl f, John John-

, James Kays, Cornel us
Lowry, Philip It

1 . Henry
Wasl -

it, Poter Couse, Slhu Hopklna,J ph N-.nli-

rup, P ibrahom Shavlno, Leonard sinii i

Struhlo, Zacbariah Pi n, Edmund South, Henry

. 1 Huston, Isaiah
A.i.,.,. Uillli . 1

Strickland, Arthur
-; adwell, Abrahan

Ralph 1 Holly, V.



From entries in Mr. Bale's books it is learned that
carpenters then received as wages 12s. a day ; that
corn was 5s. per bushel ; wheat, 18s. ; grinding wheat,
55s. per hundred bushels ; rye, 7s. per bushel ; that
Edmund South was charged $4.50 for " a pair of
leather Breatches ;" that buckwheat was 6s. per bushel,
and flour 26s. 6d. per hundred ; inch boards were 8s.
5d. per hundred feet ; cider whisky, 6s. per gallon ;
shad, Is. 6d., and a coffin " made for Noar Ogden,"
6s. Feb. 26, 1800, George Struble was charged with
" two shillings, lent at the time of seeing General

Mr. Bale appears to have dealt also quite largely in
" tickets in Bidde's lottery." These tickets he sold
at first at 10s., but presently advanced the price to
12s., — probably on account of the extraordinary de-
mand. Charges for tobacco and mutton are frequent.
A "saddel" is charged once, as is "making a sled."
To one man he sold a "bool" for §15, and a haystack
for $12. Pork was 6 cents per pound, and " caster
hats" $6 apiece. For " boarding the taler twenty
days," he charged at the rate of Is. 4d. per day.

Judged from the fact that boots, stockings, and
other supplies were kept on hand, as well as the arti-
cles already enumerated, Mr. Bale must have kept a
store at Baleville, although there is no telling where
it was located.

Sept. 17, 1804, a record appears to the effect that
Mr. Bale sent by the hands of Alexander Huston for
collection two notes against William Current and
David Kimble. Money with those gentlemen was
probably scarce about that time, for below the record
of delivery of notes appears the legend, " These notes
returned to me again." Mr. Bale records further:
" My youngest daughter, named Abigail Bale, died
Oct. 9, 1804, my only comforter I had in this world,
and a funeral sermon delivered by Mr. Fellows, Oct.
10, 1804."

Peter Bale, brother to Henry, had a blacksmith-
shop in the Struble neighborhood, and afterwards one
at Baleville, where Henry Bale and James Fox also
had one. Henry Bale had three sons, named James,
John, and Peter, who were all at one time concerned
with the mill business at Baleville. James removed
to Ohio, and lives there yet, aged eighty. John and
Peter continued the business together for some time,
when Peter, moving to Warren County, left the mill
to John, who managed it until his death, in 1873.
The property is now owned by his son, A. J. Bale.
Of the three runs of stone put into the first grist-mill
by Henry Bale, one run has been in constant use in
the mill ever since.

A grist-mil] was built at Pleasant Valley by Peter
Shiner some time, it is supposed, during the Revolu-
tion. It was on the kill, but a stone's throw below
Baleville, and was always known asthe"lower mill."
li itood iini.il L870, when fire destroyed it. Of its
curly history or the history of Mr. Shiner's operations
there scarcely anything can be learned.

The first store kept at Baleville, aside from Henry
Bale's, was opened by Benjamin Curry. When a post-
office was established there it was given the name of
Pleasant Valley, which it still retains. The first post-
master was Robert Lewis, storekeeper.

The Strubles have been connected with the history

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