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Tryon, the present pastor.

The elders in 1880 were William Space, Peter Roof,
and Edward Couse ; the trustees, William Space,
Peter Northrup, and Peter Roof.

In December, 1880, there were in Hampton thirty-
one people between the ages of sixty and sixty-five.
Those aged sixty-five or over are named herewith, as
follows :

Samuel Anderson, 69; Catharine Arnst, 70; Benjamin Anderson, 71;
Hester Anderson, 71; Phelie Anderson, 71 ; Rhoda S. Bale, 66 ; Sam-
uel Burner. OS ; Elizabeth Cassady, 71; William M. Cox, 65; Eliza-
beth Cox, 07; Clara Conkliu, 08; Benjamin S. Case, 05; Mary A.
Case, 67; David Couse, 70; Sophia Dennis, 73; Casper Graver, 75;
Ellen Griggs, 70; Thomas Hunterdon, Hi; John Hendershot, 00;
Martha Hendershot, 09; David I-Iedden, OS ; Peter Hendershot, 65 ;
Amanda Hendershot, 07; George Jones, 70; John G. Jones, 65;
John D.Johnson, 70; John Keene, 70; William Moore, 75; Andrew
Merring, 72; Elizabeth Mowing, 83; William Morris, 04; Alice
Northrup, 81 ; Sarah A. Ogden, 65 ; Abram Pittenger, 60 ; Mary Pit-
tenger, 92 ; Samuel Preston, 00 ; Sarah Perry, 72 ; Catharine Roof,
60; Elizabeth Struble, 07; Philip Struble, GO; William P. Struble,
79; Leonard Struble, liS; William Spaco, 71; Sarah Space, 70; Isaac
B. Smith, 65; Sarah M. Smith, 70; William Snook, 88; Richard
Sherrod, 09; Flora Shelved, 68 ; Daniel II. Struble, 70 ; Sarah Sny-
der, 70; James P. Smith, 07; Peter Smith, 65; Mary Smith, 72;
Johu D. Smith, 05; Jemima Totten, 80; Elizabeth Van Etten, 70;
Rachol Winter, 70.


The subject of this sketch is, in 1881, the oldest na-
tive born living resident of Sussex Co., N. J., having
boon born Sept. 15, 1787. His grandfather, Dennis
Morris, supposed to be of Irish birth, was the progeni-
tor of the family in Morris County, and reared the fol-

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lowing children: John, Dennis, Moses, Justis, Benja-
min, Samuel, June, and Betsey.

i ii' these children Moses was father of : Bubject,

ami ca to Sussex County prior to the French and


Indian war, and when he was only fourteen years of
age. Upon the breaking out of that war he entered
the army as a aoldier. He is said to have cut the
Brsl tree in clearing off il -iginal forest where t In ■

of Newton now is, and musl have been among
the earliest settlers of the county.

He married Polly, daughter of Benjamin Hull, who
was also one of the early setth rs of the county, and
after his marriage took up eighty acres of land in the
dli I township of Newton, upon which he resided during
his life, living i" the advanced age of eighty-four
years. After he began keeping house for himself,
which was when he was twenty-eight years of age,
hi.-, father, who had lost his wife in Morris County,

i live with him, and was welco 1 to his hos-
pitable roof as l"ii'_ r as he lived. He also lived to the
advanced age of eighty years, and both were buried in
the Baptist cemetery plot mar Augusta, in Frank-
prd township.

Che children of Moses M i a re N ancj . « ho be-
came the wife of Samuel Smith; Ethoda, who was
married to Leonard .Struble; Dennis; Ruth, who was
Uarried to Peter I.. Struble; Phebe, wife of Jacob
Roof; W illiam, Robert, and John. Several of these
children reached the advanced age of eighty years,
and only William is living in 1881, l > < i 1 1 -_r in the
ninety-fourth year of his age.

By purchase he succeeded in the possession of the
homestead, and i" ii has added other land, so that his


present arm contains one hundred and thii
acres. Upon this farm he was bora and lived nearly
one hundred years. He, lik<- his father before him,
has lived a quiet life as a farmer, and in an unosten-
tatious way has fulfilled the duties of a good citizen.
He never sought any position in township affairs, yet
he has been firm in his support of the principles of
the Whig ami Republican parties.

He recollects contributing with his father to the
building of the first school-house and the first
church erected in the vicinity, thus having lived t"
watch the progress of education from its infancy, the
gradual growth and development of agricultural i>ur-
-uits and the various industries of Sussex < lounty.

His wife was Polly Marring, a daughter of Andrew
.Marring, of Newton township, who died March 17.
1875, aged eighty-four years. Their children are
Oakley; Margaret, wife of Cruel Hagerty; William;
Mary , wife of Silas Lindsley ; Robert; Andrew; .lane,
wife of Isaac Drake; Jacob (deceased); Daniel S.;
John; Elias (deceased); Harriet, wife of Charles
Hancy ; and Marion (deceased).


The Coursen family, from wh the subject of this

sketch is descended, were among tl arly settlers of

Sussex County. Jacob Coursen's father was a mill-
wright by trade, and carried on a grist-mill for many
years near Fredon, formerly called Coursen's Corners.
lie died in middle life, and left the following chil-
dren: Jacob, Abraham, David, John, Mary (wife of
John Marsh, of Stroudsburg, Pa.), and Sarah (who
became the wife of John Smith, of Newton |. These
children are all dead but Mr-. Marsh.

Jacob Coursen was born Feb. 3, L789, and with his
widowed mother, he being the eldest of the children,
for many years resided on the old parsonage farm,
located on the Ridge road hading to Newton. He
married Anna, eldest of three daughters of John and
Margaret (Simmons Savercool, of Newton township.

Sin- died in 1847, aged fifty-five years. Mr.Saveri I

was a well-to-do tanner, owning several hundred acres
of land, and upon his decease left hi> large property
to his daughters. Alter the death of his father-in-
law, Mr. ( ioursen settled on the old Saveri I home-
stead, containing between three and four hundred
acres, upon which he resided the remainder of hie
life. Hi- death occurred Nov. 1 1. 1867.

Jacob Coursen was a plain, unassuming man, and
gpent his life in a quiet Way On his farm. He neither

ii official position in his township nor desired

the emoluments of office. He was a man of good
judgment and discretion in business matters, and was
ever esteemed for integrity in all his business relations

in life. His sociability and g 1 humor made him

mtv companionable, and his friends embraced all who
formed his acquaintance. Both he and his wife were
members of the Presbyterian Church at Newton, and



contributors to all worthy objects of a local nature.
Upon his death he left his large property to his sur-
viving children.

The children of Jacob and Margaret Coursen are
William B., died in 1835, aged nineteen years ; John S.,
a representative farmer residing upon the old Saver-
cool homestead, was born June 30, 1824, and married
Miss Catharine, daughter of Samuel Simonson, of
Vernon, by whom he has two children, — Westbrook
and Anna G. ; Margaret S., the only daughter, became
the wife of Philip Hibler, and by this marriage (in
1851) had two sons, — John J. and Edgar J. Philip
Hibler died in 1857. Her present husband, to whom
she was married in 1861, is Henry C. Northrup.


His grandfather, John Henry Couse, was born in
Germany, Aug. 4, 1735, and emigrated to America,
landing at Philadelphia, Pa., in the year 1749. He
came to Sussex County and worked for a German
family residing on German Flats until his marriage,
when he settled on what is commonly known as the
Shaler farm, located between Newton and Sparta.
About the year 1759 he purchased a farm at Augusta,
in Frankford township, where he resided the remain-
der of his life, and where he died Dec. 11, 1804. His
wife, Margaret Knoph, was born Nov. 30, 1727, and
died Feb. 28, 1814. Their children were Maria, John,
Margaret, Elizabeth, Eve, Peter, and Henry.

Of these children, John, father of our subject, was
born on the homestead, at Augusta, Sept. 3, 1759, and
there spent his minority. At the age of seventeen he
became a soldier in the war for the independence of
the colonies, and was for a time detailed on the Dela-
ware to watch and check the raids of the Indians.
He was at the battle of Germantown, and was con-
nected with the commissary department for a part of
his time of service. He was a patriot who loved his
country more than self, and after the close of the war
refused a pension.

His wife was Mary, daughter of Henry Roriek, of
German Valley, N. J., who died Dec. 11, 1834, aged
seventy-five years, whom he married April 27, 1784.
In the year 1793 he purchased a farm in the township
of Newton (now Hampton), upon which he settled,
and there resided the remainder of his life.

Although he possessed little book knowledge, he
was a man of sound judgment, upright in his busi-
ness relations, and esteemed by all who knew him
for his integrity. He was often selected by his fel-
low-men as executor and administrator of estates,
and his counsel was often sought, and as often found
safe and judicious. He was one of the early members
of the Presbyterian Church at Newton, and held a
membership there when the church used to be sup-
plied occasionally by ministers who spoke in the
German language. He was very active in religious
matters, and a promoter of and a liberal contributor

to church and kindred interests. He belonged to
the school of Jeffersonian Democrats, and cast his
vote honestly and fearlessly for what he conceived
to be right. He was a substantial farmer by occupa-
tion, and, although he found only a log house, and
small clearing on his place where he first settled, he
did his part well in making improvements in build-
ings, and in clearing off the original forests and pre-
paring the virgin soil for crops.

He was successful as a business man, and owned
something over three hundred acres of land. His
death occurred March 24, 1845. His children were
Henry ; Catharine, who became the wife of Benja-
min Halsey ; Peter ; William ; Susanna, who became
the wife of Jacob Welsh; Mary; Anna M., widow
of the late William H. Johnson; John ; and David.
Of these children, only Mrs. Johnson and David are
living in 1881.

David Couse was born on the homestead, in New-
ton township, May 14, 1804, and by purchase suc-
ceeded in its possession. Upon this farm he has
resided during his life, and, although never of robust
constitution, he has been a man of great activity,
sound financial ability, and possessed of such reso-
lution and perseverance as to carry forward to a suc-
cessful completion whatever he has undertaken. He
is ranked among the representative farmers of the.
county, and by his industry and judicious manage-
ment he has secured to himself and family a good
competency. Mr. Couse is a man of liberal ideas, a
supporter of secular and kindred objects, and inter-
ested in all local enterprises that tend to the pros-
perity of the country and the welfare of society.

He was formerly a member of the old Whig party,
and became a member of the Republican party upon
its organization. In church relations he and his
family have always been attendants of the Presby-
terian church, formerly at Augusta, and latterly at

His wife was Mary A., a daughter of Henry and
Dorcas (Hull) Price, whom he married in February,
1835. She was born Nov. 13, 1812, and died in
March, 1865. She was a woman of great moral
worth, and taught her children the true principles
of manhood and womanhood. Their children are
Sarah E. ; John ; Dorcas Amelia, wife of J. W.
Snyder, a farmer of Andover ; and William H, also
a farmer in Andover.

Peter Struble, the progenitor of the family in New
Jersey, emigrated from the Province of Alsace, Ger-
many, in 1748, with his family, and settled at German
Valley, N. J., and about 1752 removed and settled on
Smith's Hill, in the old township of Newton, Sussex
Co. With two of his children, Conrad and Adam,
he subsequently removed to West Branch, on the Sus-
quehanna River, where he resided until his death,



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Kns Bevans settled in Sandyston township from
Wall - and reared n large family of children, of whom
James C, now residing in the same township, horn on
June 1, 1800, is father of our suhject.

James C. Bovans married, for his first wife, Maria,
daughter of Col. Benjamin Uosenkrans, of Walpack,
who bore him the following children : Priscilla, wife of
David Uepue, of Luzerne Co., I'a. ; ( )hadiah and licti-
jainin, of Sandyston ; Hezekiah, of Orange Co., N. V . ;
Edwin ; Maria, wife of Evi S. Decker, of Clark's Green,
Luzerne Co., I'a. ; and Philena. The mother of these
children died about 1813. His second wife is Sarah,
widow of the late Solomon Wheat, and sister of his first
wife. The children horn of this union who aro now
Hying are Hannah J., wife of Richard Vaughn, of La-
fayette, and Victor E, Bevans, who carries on the home-
farm in Sandyston.

James C. Bevans is ••w of the representative fanners

of Sussex Coiinn, and among its large. \ pal-estate
owners. Having been horn with the century, he is now
In his oighty-flrsl year, quite well preserved, and
to bis own business affairs.

Edwin Bevans, Son of .lames ('.and Maria Bl
Iras born Feb. 1, 1839. His minority was spent at home,

where he I ame inured to farm-work and lean

Inestimable lessons of industry and perseverai thai

are indispensable to a successful business career. Ho
married, Dec. 12, 18G0, Kate, a daughter of Aaron and
Permelia i Howell | Schooley, of Newton township, and
granddaughter of Joseph Schooley, one of its first set-
tlers. She was born Aug. 13, 1841, and was one in a
family of fourteen children— four sons and ten daugh-
ters — by the first marriage of her father, and six chil-
dren by a second marriage. The living children of Mr.
and Mrs. Bevans are W. Barger and Blanche 1.

From 18o0 to 1868, Mr. Bevans carried on a general
Utile business at Bushkill, Monroe Co., I'a., and
on April 1, 1868, he was selected as steward of the Sus-
sex County almshouse, to which place he removed.
II by reappointment, he tilled the position of steward

until April 1, 1877, and then removed and settled 0D the

farm where he now reside-, at YYashingtonville, which

is a part of his father's real estate

Mr. Bevans has given great attention to dairying
since his residence on a farm, and has kept, on an aver-
age, some thirty-flve milch-cows annually ; these supply

him daily with some two hundred and fifty quarts of

milk, which he -hips to a New York market, and gets,

in l8so, one do] la i and sixty cents per can of fort} quarts.
Mr. Bovans is known as a good judge of stock, as a
: tative farmer, and at a thrifty, industrious, and
enterprising business man.

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Peter Struble, the progenitor of the family in New Jersey,
emigrated from the province of Alsace, Germany, in 1748, with
his family, and settled at German Valley, N. J., but about 1752
removed, and settled on Smith's Hill, in the old township of New-
ton, Sussex Co. With two of his children, Conrad and Adam, he
subsequently removed to West Branch, on the Susquehanna
River, where he resided until his death, reaching the great age
of one hundred and one years. The children left in New Jer-
sey were Leonard, George, Peter L., Daniel, Jacob, John, and
one daughter, Phener, who married a Mr. Simmons.

Of these children, Leonard was the grandfather of our subject,
and was eight years old when he came to this country with his
parents. His wife was Margaret Longcoy, who was born in
Germany, in 174S, and came to America with her parents at
th* age of four years, settling in Andover, Sussex Co.

After his marriage Leonard Struble settled on a farm on
Smith's Hill, but subsequently purchased one at Myrtle Grove,
in Newton township, where he continued to reside until his
death, in 1805. He was quite a large real-estate owner, and
left a good competency for his children. He was a man of
general information, a member of the Presbyterian Church at
Newton, and could speak well both the German and the Eng-
lish language. His wife died in 1822, aged about eighty years.
One brother, Daniel, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war,
and was stationed at Morristown in 1779 and 1780. His chil-
dren were Anthony, Mary, Leonard, Margaret, Elizabeth, Peter
L., Catharine, Jacob and Susan (twins).

Of these children, Anthony wns father of our subject, Thomas,
who was born June 9, 1809, at Myrtle Grove, on the homestead.
He married, Nov. 20, 1841, Caroline, a daughter of William
and Christiana (Stivers) Snook, of Newton township. Her
father is now in the eighty-eighth year of his age, and well

preserved in body and mind, having been born in 1793. The
Snook family is one of the oldest in Sussex County, and three
generations of Mrs. Struble's ancestors, including her father,
have lived to the age of eighty-eight years.

The children of Thomas and Caroline Struble are Walter,
died July 7, 1868, aged twenty-five years; William, died
Aug. 24, 1851, aged seven years; Henry M., born Nov. 9,
1846, graduated, at Lafayette College in the class of '73,
studied law with the late Levi Shepherd at Newton, and died
Nov. 1, 1875; Thomas, bom July 2, 1849, died March 24, 1875 ;
William A., graduated at the collegiate institute at Newton,
was for some time a teacher, and is now carrying on the home-
farm at Myrtle Grove; Anna M., wife of Dr. Joseph F.
McCloughan of Swartswood ; Laura, wife of William A. La
Rue, of Anandale, N. J.

Prior to his marriage Mr. Struble purchased a farm of two
hundred acres, upon which he lived for several years, and in
1859 he purchased another, of David Ryerson, of two hundred
and sixty-six acres, at Myrtle Grove, upon which he resided
until 1869; he had, besides, other real estate; Ho was never of
robust constitution, but was possessed of great energy and
resolution. He was a man of good judgment and sound fiimn-
cial ability. Although he had little pecuniary assistance in
starting out in life, by his own industry, assisted by a devoted
wife, he paid for all his property and left a good competency
for his children at his death, which occurred March 24, 1S75.
He was a promoter of all worthy objects, and well read in tho
current topics of the day. He was plain and unassuming in
his ways, and never sought preferment in the township by way
of public office. In politics he was formerly a Democrat, but
voted for President Lincoln at his second election. Ho was
known as a man of strict integrity in all his business relations.



reaching the remarkable age of one hundred and one
years. The children left in New Terse) were Leon-
ard, George, Peter I... Daniel, Jacob, John, and one
laughter, Phener, who married a Mr. Simmons.


Of these children, Leonard was grandfather of our
subject, and was eighl years of age when he came to
fluscountrj with his parents. He married Margaret
Longcor, who was born in Germany in 17 is ami came
h, America with her parents at the age of fouryeare,
Battling in A.ndover.

\ 1 1 . i- his marriage Leonard Struble Bettled on a

i' ;ir Smith's Hill, but subsequently purchased a

(arm at Mj rtle Grove, in Newton township, where he
continued to reside until hi- death in 1805. He be-
came a 'i"' 1 '' 1:n '-'' real-estate owner, and left ■< g I

competency for his family. He belonged to the Jef-

ferson scl 1 in politics, and, although no seeker after

place, was chosen as collector, « liich position he filled
for several year-. He was one of the early members
af the Presbyterian Church at Newton, and a pro-
(noterof benevolent and charitable interests. He is
said i" have been a man of general information on
ilu' current topics of the times in which he lived, and
could speak well both the German and English lan-

Hia wife died in 1822, aged over eighty years.

One brother, Daniel, was a Boldler in the ft
tinnary war, and was stationed at Morristown, N. J.,
in 177'.' :ind 1780. The children of Leonard Struble
were Anthony; Mary, wife of Robert Bell; Leonard;
Margaret, wife of George Roe; Elizabeth, wife of Peter
Bales; Peter I..: Catharine, wife of John Hoffman;

Jacob and Susan (twms). Susan became the wife of

William Roe.

Pete) 1... -"ii of Leonard Struble, was born on the
homestead on Smith's Hill. July 8, 1778.

liis first witi- was Margaret Lame, who bore him
four children, — William 1'. ; Anna Maria, who became
the wife of Benjamin Griggs, of Ohio; Eliaa; and
Elizabeth, who became the wife of Richard Merring,
of Illinois.

His second wife was Ruth, n daughter of Moses and
Mary i J lull i Morris, she was born March 18, L788,
ami died Nov. 11. 1867. The children horn of this

union wen- Phebe, witi- of A/.ariah Drake, and


Peb i I.. Struble was a cabinetmaker by trade, an. I
carried on business at Branchville for -
after his first marriage. Upon his father's decease he
settled upon a farm now owned by his son Oliver.
which was a part of bis father's estate, and there re-
sided until his death, which occurred Nov. Ii

He was a man of sterling integrity, and sought to

fulfill the full duties of the citizen.

Oliver Struble, son of Peter L., was born on the
farm where he now re-ides, March 28, 1821. His

minority was spent on the farm and attending the

scl 1 of his native place. In .June, |S4i>. he mar-
ried Maria, daughter of .Tames and Mary (Van Gor-
der) Shotwell, and granddaughter of Samuel Shot-
well, of Frankford township. She was horn Aug. 12,
L822. Their children are Peter I... Albert. James
O, and James D., died young; O. Linn, J. Watson.
Ruth, and II. Jennie. Mr. Struble succeeded to the
homestead by purchase of the other heirs, which con-
tains some two hundred and eighty acres. To this
property he has added the homestead of his grand-
father, at Myrtle drove. He ranks among the sub-
stantial business men of Sussex County, is a man of
strict integrity in all bis business relations, and well
read in the current topics of the day. In politics he
is a Denim-rat, and has been chosen to (ill sonic offices
in his township. He was one of the township com-
mittee for several years, was judge of election and
surveyor of highways.


Ike llendcrshot i'nniK t -•u - e\ ( .. V.I are ot
Holland origin.

I. ob I lender-hot married Miss Effie PaUgh, and re-
sided in the oh 1 township of Newton lew Hampton ,
mar the village of Newton. lie was ,|nite a large

real-estate owner. Hi- children were Peter; John:
Jacob; Abraham: Isaac: Elizabeth, wife of Nathaniel
\..i-: Effie, wife of Daniel Predmore; Mary, wife of

.lame- Smith : and Catharine, wife of Jacob Arvi-.

Jacob Hendershot was father of John, and died at
the age of fifty-one years, in the year 1884. Hi- wife
was Mary Louis, ot' Pleasant Valley, who survived

bun several vears. and dud in 18 S, aged i\t\-tw..



years. Their children are Peter, died young ; Jesse ;
Phebe, became the wife of John Bell ; John ; Mary
Ann, wife of Garret Rosenkrans ; Jacob ; Clarissa ;
Levi ; Hannah. Of these children, only John and
Mary Ann survive in 1881.

John Hendershot was born on the homestead where
he now resides, April 19, 1S14. This property be-
longed to his grandfather, and upon it his father sub-
sequently resided. He married, March 19, 1836,
Martha, a daughter of Anthony and Mary (Kays)
Struble, and granddaughter of Leonard Struble, who
was a son of Peter Struble, the first progenitor of the
Struble family in Sussex Co., N. J., and who settled
on Smith's Hill, in the township of Hampton, about
1752, and was born in Germany, province of Alsace,
from which place he emigrated in 1748. She was
born April 11, 1811. Their children are Margaret

Ann ; Jacob B. ; Joseph A. ; Mary L. ; Frances A., wife
of James S. McDauolds, State librarian of New Jer-
sey ; George D. ; and Rosie E.

Mr. Hendershot is one of the representative agri-
culturists of Sussex County, and a man widely known
for his integrity in all his business relations. His life
has been wholly devoted to farming. In 1839 he
erected a substantial farm residence on his place, and
in 1840 commodious barns, and all his surroundings
show the work of a thrifty and judicious farmer.

He has lent his aid in the erection of the churches
at Swartswood, and has been a supporter of benevo-
lent and charitable objects in the vicinity where he

He was originally a member of the Democratic
party, but upon the organization of the Republican
party he became allied to its principles of reform.

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