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equal dip and variation ..I the magnetic needle lor it-
whole distance.

The Staley mine was quite extensively worked For-
merly, and yielded an excellent ore lor bar-.

The new mine is the centre of the mining opera-
tion- DOM COJ ii, ,| ,,ii. It U : , wi.le vein \\ ilh a strike

V 25 W.. a dip of 56 7" N., and a pitch to the
northwest. It ha- been worked for a distance of

nearly 1000 Feet, and i- in some place- |o i". -.-t wide.

and averages l- Feet. I; ha- been worked down 140



feet in depth, and it is at this depth from the surface
where it has reached its greatest width (40 feet). A
very large annual production can he had from this
mine whenever it is wanted.

The Car-wheel or old mine is like an offshoot of
the new mine, and its eastern end curves around in a
very indescribable way. It has been worked in some
parts to a depth of 125 feet for nearly 500 feet in
length, and has a thickness varying from two to
twenty feet. The ore is a very good magnetite, and
has been largely and satisfactorily used at the furnace
for making iron for railroad car-wheels. The old
workings in the last century were on the western end
of this vein, cover a large surface, and are scattered
about in a most perplexing way.

The property was first owned by the Robesons ;
next by the elder Dr. William Shippen and Nicho-
las Biddle, grandfather of the banker, and David
Roberdau, afterwards surveyor-general of the United
States ; then by Judge Morris Robeson ; next by
the late Hons. William P. Robeson and John P. B.
Maxwell ; they were succeeded by the Messrs. Scran-
'ton, and at the present time by the Oxford Iron

In its early days the iron not used by forges in the
county, or for chimney-backs and cannon-balls, was
carted to the Delaware River below Belvidere, and
thence transported in Durham boats to Philadelphia,
some as pig iron and some in heavy square blocks
for ballasting ships. Cannon-balls have occasionally
been found in the old cinder-heaps, and many of the
old houses in this State and New York were fitted
out with iron chimney-backs in their fireplaces.
Some still are in existence, dating back respectively
1747, 1758, etc., with carvings of the lion and uni-
corn, and either the motto, " Dieu et mon droit," or
" Honi soit qui mal y pense."

The Rosebury magnetic iron mine is on Marble
Ridge, which runs parallel with Scott's Mountain.
This mine was opened in 1872 by Joseph M. Rose-
bury, Jr., and owned by him and A. Depue Rosebury.
Twelve hundred tons of this ore were taken out in
1872 and 1873 and shipped to the Durham furnaces,
since which time the mine has not been worked until
the spring of 1880. This ore contains most excellent
fluxing properties, and, used with harder magnetic
ore, produces excellent pig iron.

Parties are now negotiating with the owners with
the view of leasing it and working it with a strong
force of hands. A line of attraction running northeast
and southwest from this mine has been traced by Mr.
Rosebury several miles.*


* See also pp. 78-80 of this work.


His grandfather Mackey was of Irish origin, and re-
sided at Roxburgh, in Warren Co., N. J. He was a
captain in the Revolutionary war, and after its close
carried on farming and milling at Roxburgh, in Har-
mony township. He became the possessor of a large
quantity of real estate, which he left to his children
at his death. The children were John, Joseph, Wil-
liam, Jeremiah, Lewis, James, Mrs. Hazel, Mrs. Mi-
chael Roseberry, Mrs. William Roseberry, and Mrs.
Lowe Miller. The mother of these children was of
Dutch origin.

William Mackey, third son of William Mackey, and
father of our subject, was born on the homestead, in
Harmony, Nov. 1, 1767, and married Hannah Hen-
dershot, who was born Nov. 20, 1773, and died April
18, 1848. During his early business career he carried
on farming and milling at home, but after his mar-
riage he settled on a farm in Oxford township, which
was a part of his father's estate, where he resided the
remainder of his life. To this he added considerable
real estate, so that at his death he owned some eight
hundred acres of land, besides houses and lots in Bel-
videre. He was a good business man, and by indus-
try and judicious management acquired a large and
valuable property. In politics he was a Democrat,
and he was a member of the Presbyterian congrega-
tion of Oxford, and a liberal contributor to church
interests. He died May 21, 1848.

The children of William and Hannah Mackey are
Rachel, wife of Jacob Miller, of Harmony (deceased) ;
Margaret, wife of Elias Jones, of Blairstown (de-
ceased) ; Mercy, wife of Henry Young, of Harmony
(deceased) ; Levi; William; Marshall; Elizabeth (de-
ceased) ; Mary, wife of A. B. Randolph, of Belvidere

William, son of William and Hannah Mackey, was
born on the homestead, in Oxford township, May 1,
1808. Until twenty-two years of age he remained at
home, where he was fully schooled in the rudiments
of a practical business life.

For one year he carried on farming at home, and
for several years he worked a farm of his father's in
Blairstown. In 1849 he purchased one hundred and
sixty-six acres at Bridgeville, in Oxford township,
upon which he has erected commodious buildings, and
brought the land to a high state of cultivation. Upon
this property, in 1856, he built a grist-mill, which he
has carried on since in connection with his farming.
To this property he has added other real estate, and is
in 1880 the owner of some four hundred acres of land,
besides parcels of real estate in the borough of Belvi-
dere. He has never been a seeker after political pre-
ferment, although as a member of the Democratic
party he has always been interested in all measures
in any way affecting the prosperity and welfare of the

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His father, William Mackey, born Nov. 1,
1767, married Hannah Hendershot, who was
born Nov. 20, 1773, and died April 18, 1848.
Their children were Rachel (deceased), wife of
Jacob Miller, of Harmony; Margaret (deceased),
wife of Elias Jones, of Blairstown ; Mercy (de-
ceased), wife of Henry Young, of Harmony;
John (deceased); Levi; William, of Bridgeville;
Marshall; Elizabeth (deceased); Mary (de-
ceased), wife of A. B. Randolph, of Belvidere.

William Mackey resided in Oxford township
his whole life, and was a farmer. His real
estate consisted of some eight hundred acres
of land, most of which was situated in Oxford ;
besides he owned several houses and lots in the
borough of Belvidere. He was a good business
man, and by his own industry acquired his
large and valuable property. In politics he
was a Democrat; he was a member of the
Presbyterian congregation of Oxford, and a
liberal contributor to church interests. He
died May 21, 1848.

Levi Mackey was born Nov. 16, 1805, on the
homestead which he purchased at the death of
his father, and upon which he resided for many
years and still owns. To this he has made ad-
ditions of other real estate, and is now the pos-
sessor of upwards of four hundred acres of land.

He married, Feb. 19, 1829, Nancy K.,
daughter of Robert and Martha (Axford) Ax-
ford, of Oxford. She was born July 14, 1809,
and died Feb. 11, 1860. She was a mem-
ber of the Presbyterian Church at Oxford for
many years, and a devoted Christian woman.

Their children were Rebecca K., wife of Theo-
dore Hoagland; Elizabeth A. (deceased), who
was the wife of Marshall Titman; Sarah A.,
wife of J. W. Dernberger, of Oxford ; Edward
H. ; William B. ; Martha A., wife of William
Prall, of Princeton, 111. ; Levi D. (deceased) ;
Mary, wife of James Wyckoff, of Oxford;
Josephine B. (deceased).

Mr. Mackey has spent his life as a farmer,
and ranks among the most thrifty and judicious
agriculturists of Warren County.

He is a Democrat in politics, and has been
honored with some minor offices by his fellow-
townsmen. He has served as overseer of the
poor and surveyor of highways for several

He contributed to the building of the Oxford
Presbyterian church and parsonage, as well as
to the school originally designed to be ' under
the control of the church, and has always been
willing to do his part as a citizen towards for-
warding every worthy local work.

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country and its citizen*. As a member of the Pres-
byterian congregation at Oxford he has been a pro-
moter of church interests.

Mr. Mackey is a man of -mind business principle - ,
and has spent his life as an active and enterprising
business man. By his own management he ha- been
successful in acquiring property, but in no way by
sacrificing principle or sound business relations. Ib-
is known as correct fn his habits, unassuming in his
ways, and as possessing integrity in all the relations
of life. His first wife was .Mary, a daughter of Peter
Kline, of Harmony. His second wife was Catharine
II. Painter, who was burn in Hunterdon Co., X. J.,
Feb. 26, is"'-', and died June 26, 1866.

The children born of this union were Mary 11.. died
young, and William Henry, burn June 22, 1845, and
died at the ageof twenty-eight, llis present wife is

Huldah Larue.

His grandfather, Michael Banghart, born in Ger-
many in 1740, came to America with his parent- when

quite young, and with them settled near the old Forge,
in Hunterdon Co., N.J. The family was poor, and

young Michael was sold for his passage. I poll ar-
riving in the land of his adoption he began learning
the shoemaker's trade, but in after-years be gave his
attention to farming, which he followed for many
years prior to his death, which occurred in lXL'o on
the farm owned by William Maekev, in Oxford town-
ship, Warren Co., X. J. He owned - five hun-
dred acres of land, all of which In- bad acquired by his

own industry and hard labor. His tir-t wife wa- Miss

Angle, and his second Mi - Bertha Grimes. !'•> the

first he had -ix children, and by the second two sons
and two daughters. Hi- son Michael, born of his

first wife, was lather of our -uiiieet ; married Eliza-
beth Cummins, of [ndependence township, who bore
him eleven children, as follows: George; Mary, wife
of Cornelius Flummerfelt ; Philip; Josiah; Wesley;

( 'atherine, w il'e of Zaehariah Flummerfelt ; Sarah, wife

of Lewis A. Misner, of Penn Van. \. Y.; Jacob;
Barnabas; Ann, wife of John J. Van Allen, of Eas-
ton, Pa, ; Bothia, \\ ife of II. I >a\ idson.
Michael Bangharl began life upon the farm now

owned bj our subject, where he re-ided during the

remainder of his life. He was a thorough student
of the Bible, although he acquired little I k knowl-
edge while young. Both he and his lather were
among the earlj members of the Methodisl Church

and promoters of kindred interests. He was born in
1' " I, and du'il in 1841 1 1 1 ~ wit: lived a ( i:n tian lit. .
and was also a member of the Methodi-i I 'lunch.

Wesley, son of Michael I '.angl la rt , succeeded to the
homestead of one hundred and thirty-five acre- upon
the death of his father by purchase of the other heirs.
He was born Sept. I, 1806. He has remained upon
the property his whole life, and has made additions

thereto, so that his real estate i-. in 1**0, two hundred

and eighty-one acre-. II.- is also the owner of valu-
able personal property, and enjoys a good comp-
as a result of his industry and care. Resides agricul-
tural pursuits he has engaged quite extensively in
lumbering, and erected a saw-mill for that purposi .
He married. Xov. 29, Is.'iS, Hannah Rourbaeher.
formerly of Cortland Co., X. Y. She was injured by
the cars, and died Nov. 11, 1864. For his Becond
wife he married, Nov. 29, 1871, Maria Lott, of New

In politics Mr. Bangharl is a Democrat, and has
been honored by his fellow-townsmen with the office
of justice of the peace for fifteen years, besides filling
some minor places. He is an attendant and supporter
of the Oxford Presbyterian Church.

Mr. naiiL'hart i- one of the substantial farmers and
worthy citizens of the township where he resides,
and has always been known a- a man of strict integ-
rity in all his business relations.


His paternal grandfather, Michael Keyser, came
from Germany about the middle of the eighteenth
century, and settled in Pennsylvania.

His maternal grandfather, John Fulmer, also came
from Germany in I7tiil, and settled in Richmond,
Northampton Co., Pa.

His father. Michael Keyser, married Katy. daugh-
ter of John Fulmer, and spent a part of his life in
Northampton Co., Pa., and was a farmer. He died
in 1809 al the age of fifty-one. His mother lived to
the age of seventy-live, and died in 1841. Their chil-
dren were John : Frederick : < leorge ; Michael ; Jacob ;

Katy. died unmarried : Sally, became the wife id' Jacob

Btrepy; Susan, became the wife of Frederick Lair;

Polly, was married to Jacob Cole: Rebecca, became

the wife of Francis Steeples; Elizabeth, became the

wit ■ ef Ib-i;r\ Mill-. I H tin lai ;e fai::ih of children
only .Michael and i leorge survive in I 880.

Q ■ge Eeyser was born at Upper Mount Bethel,

in Northampton Co., Pa., Sept. 26, L802. He n -

mained at home until he reached the age of -ixteen

years, when he went to Richmond, Pa., and began

learning the tanning and currier's trade. After be-
coming master of this business at the end of four

years, be worked for Bome -i\ years as a journeyman
at his trade, [n December, L826, be married Eliza-
beth, daughter of Frederick and Christina (Emery]

Miller. She was born Feb. II, 1800, and died Aug.

25, 1872. she was a member of the Oxford Presby-
terian Church. Their children were Sally Ann,
widow of the late Jacob Pace; I ton; Elizabeth,

wife of Jacob Angle; Jane; < 'hristina. w il'e of Wil-
liam Maekev; Cate, deceased ; George; and John.
In 1828, Mr. Keyser re ved from Pennsylvania,

and Settled at Oxford, Warren Co., N. J., where he
purchased SOme -i\t\ acres ,,f hind, a part Of which



was the site of the distillery owned by Hugh Smith,
of Philadelphia. Here he established himself in the
tanning and currier business, using the old distillery
for his tannery building. At first, for a few years, he
hauled his stock of leather to New York and Phila-
delphia in wagons, which was in striking contrast
with the rapid transit carried on nowadays by rail-
road. He made his shipments by water after the com-
pletion of the Morris Canal, and by railroad subse-

Mr. Keyser continued to do business in the old
distillery until 1839, when he erected a stone building
for a tannery, in which he carried on business until
1849. This building is standing in 1880, and for some
time after he gave up business as a tanner the build-
ing was rented to his sons-in-law for a tannery. By
industry and judicious management Mr. Keyser car-
ried on a successful business as a tanner, and used
much of his surplus funds in the purchase of real
estate ; so that in 1880 he is the possessor of some-
thing over nine hundred acres of land here, besides
in connection with Dr. Green, of Belvidere, he pur-
chased some sixty thousand acres of tax land in Illi-
nois, a large part of which has been redeemed. In
1869 he gave his six children ten thousand dollars

Mr. Keyser is a careful and judicious business man.
He is a man of independent thought and action,
although he is conscientious and has always tried to
act in justice to all men.

As a member of the Lutheran Church, which he
joined in 1823, while a resident of Pennsylvania, and
of the Oxford Presbyterian Church since he has been
a resident of Warren County, he has always been a
contributor to church interests and a promoter of all
worthy local enterprises.

For many years he was an elder in the Oxford

■ Benjamin B. Cooper, son of Benjamin and Mary
(Cooper) Cooper, was born in Bucks Co., Pa., in
1796. His boyhood days were spent at home, but
before reaching his majority he learned the mill-
wright trade, which he followed for several years.
About the year 1823 he married Sophia, widow
of the late David Johns, and a daughter of Jacob
Creveling, of Bloomsbury, Warren Co. She died
in 1850. For his second wife he married, in 1853,
Jemima, daughter of William and Jane (Ross) Gal-

loway, of Lower Mount Bethel, Northampton Co.,
Pa. She was born Jan. 2, 1815, and is still living.
Her only child and daughter is Miss Mary Ellen
Cooper. Mrs. Cooper's father, William Galloway,
was a soldier in the war of 1812, and was engaged at
Sandy Hook, where his brother Robert, who also
served in the army, died of fever. William Galloway
spent most of his life as a teacher in Pennsylvania and
New Jersey, and died at middle age. Her maternal
grandfather, Thomas Ross, was a soldier in the Rev-
olutionary war, and his wife received a pension after
his death. Her mother died in 1854, aged sixty-three.
The family of Galloway were old settlers of Lower
Mount Bethel, and prominent among the founders
and promoters of church interests there.

After his first marriage, Mr. Cooper for some time
kept a hotel at Bloomsbury, N. J. ; but in 1833 he
went to New York City, where he engaged in the
wholesale grocery business, his place of business be-
ing at 64 Dey Street. In this business he was very
successful, and carried it on with that energy and care
so characteristic of his business life. Having secured
a sufficient competency, Mr. Cooper, in 1849, retired
from the business in New York, removed to Belvidere,
where he purchased some valuable real estate, upon
which he made improvements. A short time before
his death, which occurred July 26, 1868, he completed
arrangements for the construction of a fine brick res-
idence fronting the public park in Belvidere, which
was subsequently completed, and is now occupied by
his widow and daughter.

While a resident of Belvidere, Mr. Cooper took an
interest in all worthy local objects. He was a man of
great kindness of heart, and sympathized with the
needy, who always found a friend in him.

During the late Rebellion, when families were left
destitute by members of them being called to serve
in the army, Mr. Cooper publicly, but more often
privately, gave aid and assistance to those in need,
and, as he was blessed with property, he liberally dis-
tributed to those who risked their lives in support of
the Union cause. Although not a communicant of any
church, he was a member of the Presbyterian con-
gregation at Belvidere, was one of the trustees of the
church, and a promoter of church and kindred in-

Mr. Cooper was politically a Democrat, although
not a seeker after place, yet he was honored by the
citizens of the borough of Belvidere, and served as
mayor, besides holding some other minor offices.

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Michael Boyer, great-grandfather of our subject,
was the progenitor of the family here, and emigrated
from Germany, settling in Pennsylvania, where he died.

George, son of Michael Boyer, was born near the
" Dry Land Church," in Northampton Co., Pa., in
1776. Married Anna Maclin, of Saucon, Pa.

In March, 1800, he removed to Warren Co., N. J.,
and purchased and settled on two hundred acres of
land in the township of Lopatcong, where he spent
the remainder of his life as a farmer. He belonged
to that sterling class of agriculturalists who make up
the substantial citizens of a township. He died Jan.
10, 18G8. His children were Catherine, deceased,
who became the wife of Charles Shinier, of Saucon,
Pa. ; David W., deceased, was a farmer in Franklin
township ; and Michael.

Michael, youngest son of George Boyer, was born
on the homestead in Lopatcong, March 26, 1804.

He succeeded his father on the homestead farm,
and there resided, making improvements and beautify-
ing the phiee, until 1810, when he purchased one hun-
dred and fifty acres in Oxford township, where he
spent the remainder of his active business life. His
son John II. succeeded to the homestead in Lopatcong,
and his son George to the farm in Oxford.

Mr. Boyer was a man esteemed for his manly ways,

his correct habits, and for his moral and Christian
principles. He was a promoter of church interests ;
was a member of the Greenwich Church while a res-
ident of Lopatcong, and a member and elder of the
Oxford Church after his removal to Oxford township.
His influence was always for the good of society where
he resided, and while he enjoyed pleasant surroundings
and a comfortable home, he was interested that his
friends and neighbors should also enjoy the blefsings
of life. In politics, Mr. Boyer was a Democrat, and
although he did not seek after oflice he did not refuse
to bear a share of public burden, and for several years
officiated as one of the township committee. He
died Sept. 10, 1869.

His wife was Naomi, daughter of John and Mary
Howell, of Phillipsburg, who survives in 1880, and
resides in Belvidere ; she was born Oct. 1, 1802.

Their children are John H., deceased ; Thomas,
who married Elizabeth, daughter of Benjamin Titman,
and resides in Oxford township; Mary, died at the age
of nineteen ; George, married Ellen, daughter of
William and Margaret (Demott) Anderson, of Oxford,
and resides in Belvidere ; Savilla, deceased, was the
wife of John Cline, of New Village; Ann C., deceased,
was the wife of John M. Andrews ; and Emeline, be-
came the wife of Joseph Iliff, of Lopatcong.

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John R08BBBBRY, grandfather of tho above, was the first
settlor of tho family in Warren County. Be was a farmer
where Bhillipsburg is now located, and there died.

Ho had four sons and two daughters, — viz., John, Joseph,
William, Michael, Hannah, and Sally. Of those children,
Michael was father of our subject. Ho was born on the hotno-
-hail, \\ hep- liu spent his day- as a farmer, and died at the age |
of seventy-four years. His first wife was Elizabeth Feit. His
sen hi- I witV wn < Margaret, « daughter of Joseph Markov, who.-e
father was among the early settlers of the county. She died in |

Of this second union wore born the following children : Mary,
wifo of Je8S6 Stewart, of Greenwich; John, of Greenwich;
Joseph M. ; Elisabeth, who was first married to John Kline, and
second to Jacob Lovell, of Harmony ; Michael, went to Virginia,
where be died; Jeremiah, a physician of Cedar Bluff, Wis.:
Margaret, wife of ||. nry Seip, of Easton, l'a.

For his third wife he married Elisabeth Itunyon, of Reading,
Pa,, who bore biro children os follows : Isabella, wife of John
AUahouse, Of Harmony: Valeria, wife of Samuel Able, of Eas-
ton ; Henrietta, deceased, wife of William Sharpe, of Greenwich ;
Robert, decoasod; Charles K., a physician in BaatODj Pa. : and
Louisa, wife of Edward Aokerman, of Boston, Pa,

Joseph M., sun id' Mifliai-I an>l M;ir;';nrt I; ■ . ■ . ■!,■•; i \ , w.\-
born on the liMtiie>tead, ' >rl . I, |mi|. lit- remain - .! at limine
until twenty-seven years of ago, and rrrei\ > I a i mi - ■ ■ i i i i • :» t i ^ i i
in tho schools of his nativo place, where he learned those
inestimable lessons of self-rolianco and industry which have
so characterized him through life. On Jan. l'.>, 1S;!2, ho
married Sally Ann. daughter of Abraham Depuc, and grand-
daughter of IJeTijamin Depuo, who was born in tho city of
Kingston, Ulster Co., V 'i ., in 1727, was a commissary during
the Revolutionary war, removed from Ulster County in I76fi
and settled at Lower Mount Bethel, Northampton Co., Pa.,
whore he died in ' s ' L Sis wife was Catharine, daughter of
Col. Van Campon, of Revolutionary fame. She WW born in
1770, and died in 1854. The Depues and \ an Compel bi Ion
to tho most prominent of the Huguonol families whiofa settled

at Ksopus, n..w lister County, and date baoh to the middle of
tho seventeenth eeutury as settlors on the Hudson. Abraham

Depuo had cloven children, as follows: Martha, deceased, wifo
of Henry Taylor, of Niagara Co., N. Y. ; James, Moses,
Jacob, Abraham, and John, died at Mount Bethel, Pa.; Benja-
min ; Catharine, deceased; Philip, died in San Francisco, Cal.;
Susannah; and Sally, deceased, wife of Joseph M. Roscborry.
Only Benjamin and Susannah survive in 1SS0.

One daughter, Susannah, is the mother of Abraham Depuo
Bozen, third assistant postmaster-general: and one son is
Maj. Benjamin Depuo, born Sept. 1, 1796, and is, in 1880, a
resident of Belvidere, N. J.

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