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.1. Flavol McGoej luno, I June, l>71.

l;, ,,i, in I. Bylngtonl November, 18H8. Novcmbor, 1872.

' bB Va\ i I ob I ,1 , 1870.

-in \ Blalrf luno, 1869. June, 1872.

ii slilpinnn i, , 1873. Jane, 1876.

Il.iii v S II, on, I , 1 i , . , 1876.

.'..lui I Kline luno, 1873.

siin.u Dewltl November, 1873. November, 1880.

Sin 1 Sherrerd Febru n


iltb ,

.1,1,,, M Vun Dyke N.,v •■,, 1875. November, 1878.

1 | b C Allen luno, 1876. June, 1879.

MniCl, I. ii .

t Itomoved from tbo county.

Dates or Admission.

As ranee] , .

June, 1876.

November, 1879.

Fobruary, 1880.

As Attornoy.

Price November, 1875.

i v ,b H Davis November, 187*.

Sylvester C. Smith

David .Mi\- II

Levi li. win Taylor February, 1876,

Char! L Scott February, 1876.

John Sbopperd Novem

Charles V Lot! . 1st,,

Jo, ,i, B. Stewart Febnmrv. 1877.

William A. Stryker lune, 1878.

Nb I. "I. ,- Harris November, 1878.

s Plereon Cook February, 1878.

0. ,\n„ it Angle Fane, 1879.

Augustus II. DelUcker Febrns

Daniel Vllet February, 1879.

Marshal] It. Smith Febnu

David Bortron Novem

.1 . |.i, M Boseberry November, 1880.

Martin J.Y igblood February, is-i.

The first Court of General Quarter Session, of the
Peace in and for the county of Warren was held at
lo ■], i. lore mi the second Tuesday in February, l.SL>."i ;
present, Thomas Stewart, Charles Carter, William
McCullough, William Kennedy, Robert Thompson,
Job Johnson, and others, justices. Proclamation
being made, the court opened in due form of law.
The grand jury were duly elected and sworn as follows:

Lambert Bowman, Henry M. Winter, Jeremy Hookey, John Connelly,

e King, James Davis ir., John S. Maxwell, Jinues Ramsay,

Daniel Vllet, .1 ph Carter, Henry Miller, William Bichey, Caleb H.

\ alenUne, Jacob Day, Ross Crane, Conrad Davis,.,,, Jr., George Crovo-
liug, Abmluini Smith, John Stinson, Benjamin T. Hunt, Israel Swayzo.

The first act of the court was the Licensing the fol-
lowing persons as innkeepers, who were assessed ten
dollars each besides the constables' fees : Joseph liar-
ton, William Hibbler, John Carling, John P. Ribble,
Elisha Bird, James Anderson, Jr., Joseph Drake,
Daniel Van Buskirk, John T. Rarick, John fine. Jr.,
John Warne, Jr., Joseph Roseberry.

The following speaks well for the moral status of

the county al that period :

"Tho Gnunl Jury came into court, itn,| -:iy thai they bavo no presont-

nts to null Indictments to oiler to tho Court, whoroupon they were

,ii-, barged with the thanks of the Court.

" Court adjourned »i„« die."


The first session of the Inferior Court of Common

Pleas in and for the county of Warren was held ill l'„l-

pidere, Feb. 3, I825,bj Thomas Stewart, Charles Car-
ter, William McCullough, William Kennedy,
Gwinnup, Robert Thompson, Job Johnson. John
Kinney, Jr., and Robert C. Thompson, Esqs.,
The attorneys present were Saxton and Bartles,
Charles and Morris < 'roxall, Job S. Ilalstcd, I'hineas
B. Kennedy, B, B.Swayze, William B. Sloan, Charles

Lewis, John 1. Willi-. Jacob 8. Th SOU, Thomas I '.

Rj erson.


The first Court of Oyer and Terminer and General
Jail Delivery for the county was held at Washington,
on the first Tuesday in June. L825, bj Bon. Charles
Ewing, chief justice of the Supreme Court, .■.-



by Thomas Stewart, Robert Thompson, John John-
son, William Kennedy, and Charles Carter, Esqs.
The grand jury empaneled consisted of

Abraham Bidleinan, Lefford Haughawout, John Clarke, Jonathan
Robins, Samuel S. "Williamson, Robert D. Stewart, Isaac Shipman, James
Egbert, Adam Runkle, Jacob Taylor, Jesse Barber, Jr., Isaac Hughes,
Thomas Scureman, Thomas Barton, David Reid, Joseph Anderson, Wil-
liam Thompson, Kitchen Hartpence, Samuel Carhart, Abner Parke,
Matthew Lowry, Elias Hushback.

No causes were tried at this term. Several persons
were indicted and held for trial at the November
term, 1825. This term was held at Belvidere by Jus-
tice William Russell, of the Supreme Court, and the
same justices of the peace mentioned, with the addi-
tion of William McCullough and Job Johnson, Esqs.
One indictment for burglary was tried, — the jury
bringing in a verdict of " Not guilty," — several cases
of assault and battery were handed over to the Court
of General Quarter Sessions, and one case of " mis-
demeanor" was sent to the Supreme Court.

Gabriel H. Ford held the sessions of Oyer and Ter-
miner for the June term, 1826, at Hope, in Hope
township. His associates were Robert Thompson,
Charles Carter, Job Johnson, and John Summers,
Esqs. The names of no attorneys are given in the
records of these initial courts except that of William
C. Morris, prosecutor.

The first term of the circuit was held June 4, 1838.
Hon. Joseph C. Hornblower, justice of the Supreme
Court, presided. The attorneys were Martin Ryer-
son, William C. Morris, John M. Sherrerd, Jacob W.
Miller, William L. Dayton.


John Paterson Bryan Maxwell was born at
Flemington, in Hunterdon County, Sept. 3, 1804. His
father was Hon. George C. Maxwell, who represented
this State in Congress for several terms. He gradu-
ated at Nassau Hall in 1823 ; studied law with Hon.
Joseph C. Hornblower, chief justice, at Newark ; was
admitted as attorney at May term, 1827 ; as counselor
at May term, 1830. Sept. 11, 1834, he was married to
Sarah Browne, of Philadelphia, but, losing his wife
October 17th in the same year, he never remarried,
and remained an inmate of the family of his brother-
in-law Judge William P. Robeson. In 1836 he was
elected to the Congress of the United States on the
Whig ticket ; was renominated on the same ticket in
1838, the term of the " Broad Seal" controversy, but
was not awarded his seat, and was again elected in

Soon after his admission to the bar he opened a law-
office in Belvidere, in the house of John Nichol,
nearly opposite the Warren House, now occupied by
his widow ; afterwards he built the office now occu-
pied by S. Sherrerd, on Greenwich Street. About
the time of his election to Congress he became the
editor of the Belvidere Apollo, and published it from
the office on Front Street now occupied by Esquire

De Witt. He continued to hold a more or less inti-
mate relation with that paper until his death.

As a lawyer he was exceedingly well read and an
excellent counselor, but his retiring habits and long-
continued official absence from home prevented him
from ever establishing a very extensive practice. As
a member of Congress, though no speechmaker, he
was a particularly efficieut committee-man, and one
of the most useful men ever sent from this State.

In 1836 he joined the Presbyterian Church at Bel-
videre, and was ever after one of its most liberal
supporters and faithful and consistent members.

He died Nov. 14, 1845, and is buried at Belvidere,
in the cemetery donated to the Presbyterian Church
by Judge Robeson and himself, by the side of his
wife, who was the first to be laid there.

John Maxwell Sherrerd was born Sept. 6,
1794, at Pleasant Valley, on the Pohatcong Creek,
a short distance below the village of Washington, the
place where his grandfather had settled on his emi-
gration to this country. He was the son of Samuel
Sherrerd and Ann Maxwell, both natives of this

He received his preparatory education at Basking
Ridge, in Somerset County, at a school of some note
in those days, of which Rev. Dr. Finley was master.
From this school he entered the College of New Jer-
sey, and graduated from Nassau Hall in 1812. He
commenced his legal studies with his uncle, Hon.
George Maxwell, then a member of Congress, residing
at Flemington, in Hunterdon County, but, his uncle
dying during his clerkship, he continued there in the
office of Hon. Charles Ewing, afterwards chief justice
of New Jersey, at Trenton.

He was admitted as an attorney at November term,
1816, and immediately afterwards formed a copartner-
ship in the practice of law with another uncle, William
Maxwell, at Flemington. This connection was of
short continuance, for in 1818 he formed auother
partnership, this time for life. May 19th in this year
he was married to Sarah Browne, of Philadelphia, and
returned to Pleasant Valley, where his father had
provided him with a dwelling for his family and an
office for his practice. His wife died in 1844, leaving
him a widower for more than a quarter of a century.

On the erection of the new county of Warren he was
appointed the first surrogate, and in 1826 he removed
to Belvidere, where he resided until his death. While
attending carefully to the duties of his office, he did
not neglect the practice of his profession, but contin-
ued to give it close attention in the courts other than
those of which he was the recording officer.

At that time communication with the State capital
was not as convenient as it is now, and most of the
business of the Supreme Court was transacted by the
lawyers residing at Trenton. In consequence of this
arrangement, he did not apply for admission as coun-
selor until 1831, and was admitted as such in the
February term of that year.

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During his entire life be continued in the active
practice of his profession, and was for a number of
years the leading member of the bar in the county,
being engaged in almost every case thai came up for
trial. He was noted for sharpness in examining wit-
nesses and for attention to the interests of his clients,
often at the cost of lively encounters with bis adver-

As be grew older, however, he fell less inclination
for the rough and tumble <>f professional life, and de-
voted his attention more to office business, lie bad
early taken a decided stand in religious matters, and
a- be advanced in life be I ait more and more de-
moted to benevolent and Christian enterprises. He
preferred the quiet of his own family and the pleasures
of social intercourse to the turmoils of politics, and
never held office except as surrogate; for the same
reason, he never sought or held a judicial appoint-

He died May 26, 1*71, and is buried at IVlvidere.
He was beloved and respected by all who knew him.

Samuel Sheekerd is the son of John M . Sher-
rerd and Sarah Browne. He was born April 25,

L819, his parents then residing at I'leasant Valley,

now in Washington township. He removed with
them to Belvidere in 1826; graduated at Princeton in
1836; studied law with Judge Henry 1 >. Maxwell al
Easton, Pa., and was admitted to the bar there in

Alter engaging in other business in Virginia and
Pennsylvania, he practiced law for several years at
Bcranton, Pa., and returned to Belvidere in 1868. In

1S7:; lie was admitted as an attorney in New Jersey;

in 1874 was appointed as president judge of the i' -

icon Pleas of Warren I ' tty for the unexpired term

of Hon. James M. Robeson, who bad resigned that
office. He is residing at Belvidere and engaged in

practice, though, having lor so long a time been occu-
pied with other matters, be lias not sought or attained
any large share of professional business.

Caleb II. \'u entine. — Among the most promi-
nent men in the legal profession at an early day
ranked Judge ('abb II. Valentine. He was eminently
a self-made man, and, although he had few of the

advantages of the present day, his decisions arc

quoted in man] of the statutes of the State. He

never read law with an attorney, but purchased books
ami pursued his studies at home. He Berved as jus-
tice of the peace for many years, and was appointed
judge of the Court of Common I'leas. lie was also a
judge Of the Court of Errors and Appeal-. Among

hi- notable decisions was one on the ownership of
riparian lands. He held that the State owned them,
and was opposed by all the judges on the bench. The
ease was finally carried to t In- Supreme Court of the
United States, where Judge Valentine's opinion was
sustained, He was a member of the state Legisla-
ture in 1821 24, a state senator in 1827-30. He died

in 1K61, aged seventy-four.

Hok. David A.ybeh Depots. "Nicholas Depue
was a Huguenot French Protestant of the pi i

the religion- wars in that country, who, with many
others, fled from France to Holland in the year 1685,
when Louis XIV. exposed them to papal vengeance
by revoking the Edict of Nantes.

"Soon after this date, Mr. Depue emigrated with
other- to America, lived a short time at EeopUS (now
Kingston . Ulster Co., N. V.. and came to the Mini-
sink in 172~>, where he purchased a large portion of
the land in which the present town of Shawnee is

situated, of the Min-i Indians, in 1727, and likewise
the two large islands in the Delaware, — Shawano and
Manwalamink. He also purchased the same prop-
erty of William Allen in 17:::;. \\-w communities
can lay claim to a family of greater worth and re-
spectability, and fewer still can witness a reputation

-neb as tlii- family ] essed, and maintained untar-
nished for live successive generations.

"For nearly ball' a century Mr. Depue and other
members of bis family continued in undisturbed
friendship with the Indians of the Minisink, and

alter the main body of the tribe were exiled the few
who loudly lingered until the outbreak of 1755, when
they were, hunted like wild beasts of the forest, ever

foiiml a generou- welcome at bis door. Robert Head-
ing Depue, of Stroudsburg, i^ the sole surviving rep-
resentative of this branch of the family in the Mini-

The progenitor of the Depue family from whom
the subject of this sketch trace- bis descent — a branch
Of the same family that settled at F.sopus — was Ben-
jamin I leptie. who was born at EsopUS | now King
Ulster Co.. N. Y., in 1727; removed and settled at

Lower Mount Bethel, Northampton Co., Pa., in 1765 ;

was commissary during the Revolutionary war, and
died at Mount Bethel in 1811. His wife was Catherine,
daughter of Col. Abraham Van Camp, n, who was
appointed a judge of the Court of Common Fleas of
the county of Sussex, X. J., in 1761, and for many
years honorably filled that position.

Abraham, the son of Benjamin Depue, resided at
Mount Bethel, where he reared a family of eleven
children. One daughter, Susan, is the mother of
Abraham Depue I la/.cn. third assistant postmaster-
general, and one son, the father of our subject, is
Maj. Benjamin Depue, born Sept. I, 17'.>i'>. who is a
resident of Belvidere, N.J., where be settled with his
family in 1840. He married Elizabeth, daughter of
Moses Ayrcs, of Mount Bethel, a woman of rare qual-
ities, to whose early training ami influence Judge
Depue attributes much of his success in life.

David Lyres Depue was born at Mount Bethel on
the 27th of October, 1*26. Altera thorough prepara-
tory course at the school of the Rev. John Vander-
vcer, D.D., at Fa-ton. Fa., he entered Princeton Ool-

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lege in 1843, from which he graduated in the class of
1846. Immediately after his graduation he began the
study of law in the office of John M. Sherrerd, Esq.,
at Belvidere, Warren Co., was admitted to the bar as
an attorney in 1849, and began the practice of law at
Belvidere, where, by his familiarity with the law, his
perseverance and ability, he soon won a place in the
front rank of the profession. In 1866 he was ap-
pointed a justice of the Supreme Court of New Jer-
sey by Governor Marcus L. Ward, and upon the ex-
piration of his term, in 1873, was reappointed for a
second term by Governor Joel Parker, and was again
reappointed for a third term in 1880 by Governor
George B. McClellan. In 1874 he received the degree
of LL.D. from Rutgers College, New Jersey. The
same year he was, by the appointment of the Legis-
lature, associated with Chief-Justice Beasley and
Cortland Parker, Esq., in the revision of the laws of
New Jersey. In 1880, Princeton College, his Alma
Mater, also conferred upon him the degreee of LL.D.
His circuit at first embraced the counties of Essex
and Union, but the great increase of population and
of judicial labor in the circuit occasioned a division
of the circuit, and now Essex County is by itself a
judicial district. The judge, on his appointment to
the bench, removed from Belvidere to Newark, in the
county of Essex, where he now resides.

For the period of upwards of thirty years Judge
Depue has pursued not only the practice, but also the
science, of the law, and has won distinction as a
judge in a State prolific in able jurists. Possessing in
an eminent degree a judicial mind, he brings to his
decisions and opinions rare knowledge and under-
standing united with the greatest care and clearness
of statement. As a dispenser of justice he stands
equally high, and is accounted the soul of judicial
honor and purity. The fact that his second and third
reappointments to his judicial position were made by
Democratic executives — he being a Republican in
politics — attests the excellence of his record as a

In private life Judge Depue is distinguished for
the same modesty and uprightness which characterize
him in the performance of his official duties. Blended
in his character is a keen appreciation of humor, and
over all he wears the graceful and fitting garment of
a courteous affability. His first wife was Mary Van
Allen, a daughter of John Stuart, a native of Scot-
land, who came to America and settled in AVarren
County in 1811, and was the first cashier of the Bel-
videre Bank, which position he retained from the or-
ganization of the bank until he resigned, in 1854.

Of this union Judge Depue has one child living,
Eliza Stuart Depue. For his second wife he married
Delia A., daughter of Oliver E. Slocum, Esq., of
West Granville, Mass. The children of this union
arc Sherrerd, Mary Stuart, and Frances Adelia.

JOHEPH Vi>iict was bom in Franklin township,
Warren Co., N. J., Feb. 16, 1818. He was the son of

Daniel Vliet, and a grandson of Garrett Vliet, major-
general of New Jersey militia, and whose division
performed escort duty on the occasion of the visit of
Gen. Lafayette to Trenton, in 1825. The family was
among the early settlers of the Musconetcong valley,
and several of his ancestors participated in the war of
the Revolution. He received his early education in
the schools at home, and in 1845 entered the law-of-
fice of Hon. A. G. Richey, where he commenced his
preparation for the bar, to which he was admitted as
an attorney Jan. 3, 1850, and in 1852 was appointed
a master in Chancery. He was licensed as a coun-
selor in 1855, which entitled him to practice in the
Supreme Courts. The same year he was appointed
by Governor Price prosecutor of the pleas for AVarren
County, and held the position for the usual term of
five years. After an interval of five years, during
which time the position was filled by James M. Ro-
beson, he was again appointed, in 1865, by Governor
Randolph, and again, in 1870, by Governor Parker,
and a fourth time, in 1875, by Governor Bedle. Dur-
ing the long period that he filled the position of pros-
ecutor of pleas he tried over twenty cases of homicide,
noticeable among which was that of Rev. Jacob Har-
den, convicted and executed for the murder of his
wife. In this case he was assisted by James M. Ro-
beson and the late Hon. AVilliam L. Dayton, attorney-
general of the State. During his long service the
great variety of criminal business of which he had
charge was ably managed, and there is probably not
an instance where an indictment of his preparing was
quashed through a defect in the bill. After receiving
his license as attorney, in 1850, he practiced his pro-
fession for one year at Asbury, and then removed to
AVashington, where he resided until his death, which
occurred Jan. 7, 1879.

Mr. Vliet was attorney for the First National Bank
of AVashington from the time of its organization, in
1864, until his decease, and was counsel for the Morris
and Essex Railroad Company in Warren County
during its construction, and until it was merged into
the Delaware, Lackawanna and AVestern Railroad.
In February, 1877, he was appointed law-judge of
AVarren County, which office he held at the time of
his death. As a lawyer he ranked among the first in.
the county, and was highly esteemed by the members
of the profession for his integrity of purpose in all
causes over which he had control. As a citizen he
was generous, charitable, sociable, and gentlemanly.
Politically, he was a Democrat, although too deeply
engrossed in and devoted to his profession to be an
office-holder or an office-seeker, outside of his profes-
sional appointments.

Mr. Vliet was well read in and conversant with
local and national legislation, and always interested
in all questions in any way affecting changes in the
laws of his country. He was a promoter of all
worthy objects in the vicinity where he resided, and
always stood ready to fulfill the full duty of the citi-



Ben, Be was twice married. Bis first wife waa Chris-
tiana, daughter of Jacob Creveling, of Bloomsbury,
N. J., who died in 1872, leaving one son, Daniel,
Who studied law with his father, waa admitted to the
bar in February, L879, and ia now practicing law in
Washington, occupying the office formerly occupied
by his father, and one daughter, AnnaC. En I874he
married Martha Voorheea Losey, of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Mr. Vlict died .Fan. 7. 1X79.

Jehiel G. Shi iwi an, bod of David Shipman, of
Hope, Warren Co.. X. J., was born near Belvidere.
The family is of Norman desci nt, tte founder having
been knighted by Benry III. of England ld. 1258),
and granted the following coal "farms: Gules on a
bend argent, betwixt six etoiles, or three pellets ; crest,
a leopard sejant ar., spotted >a.. resting bis dexter paw
on a ship's rudder az. ; motto, "Non sibi Bed orbi."
'J'lie family seat was at Sarington, in Nottinghamshire.

In L685, Edward Shipman, a refugee from religious
persecution, came to America in company with Bugh
Peters, John Davenport, and Theodon Fenwick, and
|ettled ai Saybrook, Conn. From him the American
branches of the faniilj are descended.

J. G. Shipman's grandfather was one of the first set-
ters "I Morristown, V .1.. assisting in the erection of
(he first house built there. Three of his uncles si rved
with credit throughout the Revolutionary war, and
a in iiber relative, James Shipman, died aboard the old
"Jersey" prison-ship in Wallaboul Bay. I fe graduated

at Union College in the class of 1842, which included
also Clarkson N. Potter and William A. Beach, of the
New York bar, entering soon alter bis graduation the
law-office of William C. Morris, of Belvidere, remain-
ing there until admitted to the bar, in 1844. On bis
admission he immediately began practice, hia first
cause having been the celebrated Carter and Park
murder case, in which he was retained by the State,

the opening oft be prosecution falling to him. In the

performance of this part he displayed such ability and

llniriiiigbiiess in argument, and sticb tact and skill in

management, as at once to attract the attention of the

bar and the public, introducing him to a practice
which, nurtured by the qualities that planted it, has
grown to be one of the largest and must lucrative in
ill' State. Be has been engaged in a number of im-
portant criminal cases, among which may be men-
tioned the celebrated case of the Rev. J. S. Barden,

convicted and bung for wife-murder, and that of the

Frenchman, Peter Cucle, of Morristown, V J. Be
practices extensively in all the courts of the State and

of the iniicd States, in oi f the former ,,f which

he argued successfully, in 1861, a case of exceptional
i m port a uee, involving the right of t be State to tax the
traffic in coal passing through it from another State.
The high quality of his professional character maybe
inferred from the fact that he is counsel for the Dela-
. n< Lackawanna and Western Railroad, the Morris
Canal, the Belvidere National Bank, the Phillipsburg



National Bank, and other corporations. Few lawyers
in the State manage so great a number of really im-
portant cases as he, particularly in railroad litigation
and Chancery practice. He is remarkable for what

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