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Mrs. Roseborry was born Jon. 21, 1815, and died May :m,
18S0. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Belvi-
dere, was a woman of high mural worth and Christian excellence,
and educated her children in all that makes true womanhood
and manhood.

Tho children of Joseph M. and Sally Ann Roseborry are
Miohael, a farmer in Washington township ; John and Abraham
Depuo, farmers in Oxford township : Kate D. ; Maggie, wife of
William Titman, of Oxford township; Nettie, wife of Jacob
Long, of Bangor, Pa.; Joseph M.. a sludent-at law with J. Q.
Shipman. Esip, of Belvidere; Arabella; and Frank, a Student
d Pi Inqeton College.

In I s :; I, Mr. Roseborry settled on n farm of one hundred and
thirty two acres in Oxford township, which In- Mil-e^m-nily
pare ha aed of his father, and has resided then ,

this farm ho has erected substantial buildings, besides i
other oommodiout buildings on apart of his proporty for one
of his suns. He i- am <«ng the Mi'-?- 1 thrifty and well -to d«» farmers

of Oxford, and besides accumulating the fine property now in his
possession, be ha- divided a oonsiderable amount with his chil-
dren. .Mr. EtOSeberry is known as a ninn of Untiring industry.

of prudence and sound judgment, and possessed of strong forco
of character. He i- positive in his opinions, and earric* for-
ward to a lueoossful oompletion whatever he undertake!
and « coivefl to be right. He was a member of the old

Whig party and is now a Republican, although be hi

held political offioe or boon s seeker after plaee. Be has

always been ■ promoter of all worthy local i

mem be i ol the First Presbyterian Church, at Belvidere, he has

sought to live tho life of a consistent Christian man.


Caleb Wyckoff is a great-grandson of Simon
Wyckoff, who settled in Jackson Valley, Warren Co.,
from Readington, Hunterdon Co., where he purchased
a farm of two hundred acres, May 1, 1771, which has
been kept as a homestead of this family since, and is
now owned by the heirs of the late Jacob Wyckoff.

The children of Simon Wyckoff were John, born
Jan. 20, 1771; Caleb, born Oct. 25, 1774; Phebe, born
Nov. 4, 1776; Jacob, born Oct. 3, 1784; and Charity,
born Jan. 8, 1788.

Of these children, Caleb is grandfather of our subject,
and settled in Mansfield township, near Pennwell, where
he resided as a farmer as long as he lived.

He died Feb. 17, 1823. His wife was Sarah Willever,
born Jan. 16, 1770, whom he married Oct. 8, 1797. She
died April 4, 1837. Their only child and son was
Simon, who was born on the homestead in Mansfield, Dec.
24, 1797; married, March 23, 1834, Martha, daughter
of Joseph and Sally (Lawrence) Colver, of Schoolcy's
Mountain. She was born May 23, 1793, and died Aug.
6, 1833. The Culver family were early settlers on the
mountain. The children of this union were Charity, wife
of William W. Pace ; Sarah C, wife of James G. Loder;
Caleb; and Elizabeth, wife of Michael Roseberry.

Simon remained on the place where ho was born until
1833, when he removed to Buttsvillo and built a grist-
mill, which he carried on for six years. Ho then pur-
chased a farm of one hundred and seventy acres of land
in l he township of Oxford, about one mile from Belvi-
cUre, upon which he resided the remainder of his life.
lie was an active member of the Democratic party, and
took an interest in all mutters of a local nature. Kor
several years he acted as justice of the peace, and for
one term of five years ho served as judge of the Court
of Common Pleas. Ho was of great activity, and was
known as a man of correct habits and integrity in all
the relations of life. At first ho was a member of the
Grove Church on Schoolcy's Mountain, but upon his
removal to Oxford he united with the Presbyterian
Church there, anil remained constant in his connection
with that body until he united with the church at IJol-
viderc, of which ho was elder at the time of his death,

which occurred Nov. 25, 1868. For several years he
was an elder of the Oxford Church.

For his second wife he married, March 23, 1834,
Sarah C. Colver, a sister of his first wife, born March
7, 1804. She survives in 1880. Caleb Wyckoff, only
son of Simon Wyckoff. was born on the homestead in
Mansfield, Nov. 1, 1824. His opportunities for an edu-
cation from books were confined to the common schools
of his native place. He setih'd with his parents on the
farm in Oxford in 1839, and upon the decease of his
father succeeded to the homestead-farm, which he con-
tinues to carry on. Since the settlement of the family
on this farm they have very much improved it, and
erected commodious and substantial buildings thereon.
To this property Mr. Wyckoff has added other real
estate, although not adjoining.

In 1847, October 19t.h, Mr. Wyckoff married Mary,
daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Hobler) Baker, of
Lower Mount Bethel, Northampton Co., Pa. She was
born Juno 9, 1823. Their children are Elizabeth, James,
Jerome, who died at the age of twenty-one, April 20,
1872, and Sarah. James married Mary, daughter of
Levi Mackey, of Oxford township.

After his marriage Mr. Wyckoff resided on a farm
owned by his father in the township of Hope for two
years. He resided in Ha -kettbtown for four years,
where he purchased a farm nnd carried it on. In 1853
he purchased a farm (known as the Titnian farm) in
Bridgeville, Oxford township, upon which ho resided
for sixteen years, when he settled on the farm first pur-
chased by his father. Mr. Wyckoff is one of the sub-
stantial farmers of Warren County, and seems to inherit
the business ability of his ancestors, who have been
among the sterling farmers and business men since tho
tir-t settlement of Warren County.

Like his father and ancestors,' ho affiliates with tho
Democratic party, and, although not a seeker after politi-
cal preferment, he was selected during the lato war as
freeholder, and has held other minor offices.

Mr. Wyckoff is interested in church and kindred
interests, and ho and his wife are members of the Presby
torian Church at Relvidere.

SflrtZIs do-^U&>/yS\Ae/)c&rv

William Chamberlin's grandfather, William
Ohamberlin, burn Jan. 16, 1705, mnrried Hannah

Snyder, Nov. 10, 17KK. He removed from Alexandria
township, Hunterdon Co., N. J., and settled in Oxford
township in 1 7 '.*•"» , where he purchased a part of Hull's
tract. This land, when surveyed, overrun and made two
hundred and forty-lour Here*. Upon this lie resided the
remainder of his life, and died Jan. 13, 1850. His wife
died Oct. 24, 1HI7, aged lifty-one years, leaving the
following children: John, born Oct. 26, 1789; Peter,
hum Feb. '2D, 1792; Benjamin, born Dee. 24, 179S;
Mary, born Aug. 27, lnOl ; and Rachel, born Jun. 10,

His second wife was Susannah Prall, whom he married
July 27, isl'.i She died Sept. 25, 1851.

Peter Chamberlin was father of our subject, and mar-
ried Elisabeth, daughter of William Simple, who was
born Oct. 8, 1800, and died Jan. 14, 1803. He died
A]iril 4, 1857. He was a farmer through life, and in-
herited one-half of the homestead near Summerfii Id
church, on the mountain, where he resided. Peti r
Chamberlin was one of the founders of the Oxford
Baptist Church, and officiated as deacon. Uoth he and
his wife were members, and contributors to church and
kindred interests.

His children are "William, born July 30, ls'Jli, and
George, born April 17, 1824,

William Chamberlin received only a common bc! 1

education, but in early life learned to depend upon him-
self. IT |»>ii reaching his majority lie went into the
busy world to carve mil a fortune for himself. Hi bad
DO luck of resolution, but with willing hands and a
robust constitution lie met the obstacles to succes- and
overcame the difficulties attendant upon every young

man starting in life for himself without pecuniary

lie married, July :b 1 s 17, Sarah, youngest daughter
of David and Anna (Oliver) Wurman, who was horn

on the Warman 1 lestead, in Franklin township, April

'.i, IN2s. Her grandfather, Thomas Warman, was a
soldier in the Revolutionary war, and died near New
Village, at the home of his Bon. Her father died March
18, 1858, aged seventy-three years. Her mother died
in October, lsO.'i, aged seventy-live. David Wurman's
children were seven sons and four daughters, all of
Whom are living but one.

For three years following hi* marriage, Mr. Chamber-
lin lived on rented farms. In 1860 he purchased the
property first settled by his grandfather, where be
resided until IsOK, whin' he sold it and settled at Old
Oxford, where he has since resided.

Mr. Chamberlin has been a successful agriculturist,

and his life has been oi f activity and wholly devoted

to business. In all bis dealings and business relatione
bc has be. n . -leu . d for his integrity and devotion to
principle. lie has always avoided such business a-
would lead to litigations or differences, and never sued
a man or had a process of law served upon him.

Mr. Chamberlin is a supporter of local objci Is of a
sectarian nature, and a member of the Summerficld
congregation. Mrs. Chamberlin was raised under Pres-
byterian influences, but is a member of the Summerflold
I 'bin ch.

Following the political line of his father, Mr. Cham-
berlin is a supporter of Republican principles, and was
originally a \\

The\ have an only child, Marj Elizabeth, who be-
came the wife of Hartley l'rall, a farmer in Oxford town
-hip, and who has two children, Mary Qenovia and
u i I no Thomas.

The family of Warman i* of English descent, and
Mrs. Chamherlin'e great-grandfather was of English

birth, and had on n who was killed in tbo war oi the

Rl volution. Her father was drafted to Berve ill the w:u

of 1812, but Bupplied a substitute. The Chamberlin

family i- of Dutch origin.


John Mackey, father of Marshall P., was
born April 20, 1800, and was the son of
William and Hannah (Hendershot) Mackey;
he married Mercy Sharp, of Oxford. She was
born Oct. 2, 1800, and bore him five children:
Israel, deceased; Marshall P.; Abbie P., wife
of John V. Deshon, of Belvidere; William
M. ; Sarah E., widow of the late William Arm-
strong; and Elias J.

John Mackey resided upon the farm now
owned by Marshall P. the most part of his life.
He was a representative farmer, and accumu-
lated a large personal property, besides some
three hundred acres of land. He was an
attendant of the Oxford Church for many years,
and during the latter part of his life he was
a member of the Presbyterian congregation at
Belvidere. He was esteemed for his manly
virtues, for his sound judgment, his unas-
suming ways, and for his good business ability.
He died March 23, 1864.

Marshall P. Mackey, born July 16, 1831,
succeeded to the homestead upon the death of
his father, and has taken great pride in keeping
in good repair the property so largely the
result of his father's industry. He is safely
numbered among the most intelligent farmers
of Oxford, and his judicious management and
thoroughness in all his undertakings give a
look of thrift and prosperity to his home and
its surroundings.

He married, Nov. 25, 1858, Elizabeth,
daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Miller)
Horn, of Pennsylvania. She was born Nov
4, 1834. Their children are George, Mabel,
Bessie, and Nettie.

Mr. and Mrs. Mackey are members of the
Belvidere Presbyterian congregation, and sup-
porters of kindred interests.

Following in the line of the political princi-
ples of his ancestors, he is a member of the
Democratic party.



Tins is our of the northeast border townships of
Warren County, and is bounded on the northeast by
Busses County, on the southeast and south by Paul-
inskill ('reek, which is the dividing line between this
and Frclinghiiysen township, on the southwest by
Blairstown township, and on the northwest 'by I'aha-
quarry township. Ii contains 15.9] square miles, or
ln.l.sj acres. The population of the township, ac-
cording to the ci n-ii- of I 880, was 583.


The surface is very uneven, while all the waters
rising in the township, or running through it, How in
a south or southeast direction. The Blue Mountain-
skirt the northwest border of the township, and form
the dividing line between this and I'ahaquarry town-
ship. This is the highest point of land in the town-
ship, and from this to the I'aulinskill, whieh forms
the other parallel boundary, is a succession of ridges
and knobs till the valley of the Paulinskill is reached.

The principal stream running through the township
is Blair Creek, which rises in the northeast corner of

the township, Hows in a southerly direction to very

near the Bouthwest corner of the township, and emp-
ties into the Paulinskill at Blairstown village, t'pon

this stream :ne several e I mill Bites, some of which

are occupied. Jacksonburgt 'reek takes it- rise in the
extreme northeast corner of the town-hip and Bows
southwesterly at the fool of Blue Mountain and down
through Blairstown town-hip into the kill. The
Paulinskill washes the southeast border, upon which
has been, and still are, several mills. White Pond, a

beautiful Bheel of water lying about half a mile north
from I'aulinskill, and about half way between the

southwest and northeast lines of the township. This
name is given to the pond on account of the deposits
of white shells distinctly visible at it- bottom. Mud
Pond and Shuster Pond are situated in the east cor-
ner of the township, The latter was so nam.. I from
one of the earlj settlers sinister) who located near
it, and whose descendants occupy the old I stead.

Mu. I Pond, al I half a mile we-l of Shuster Pond,

was,,. i named from it- muddy appearance. Both of

these are small bodies of water, covering UOl "6

than six or eight acres each. Band Pond is situated on
Blue Dlountain, on the northwest border of the town-
ship, and finds an nutlet in .lacksonblirg Creek.


H\ W. II. Shaw.


Among those who settled in what is now llardwick

township, in the first halt' of the last century, were
Frederick and Jacob Snovcr, who located her. as
early as 1735 or 1740, on quite a large tract of land
in the west part of the township, nearly all of whieh

is now owned by parties outside of their descendants.
Frederick Snover was also a soldier in the Revolu-
tionary war.

John Wa— . or Vass, a- it is now spelled, was also

among the settlers about the middle of the last cen-
tury. The Konkles came in about the same time and
loeated north of White Pond, and the Sinister family
-ettled on the southeast side of the township, near
what is known as Sinister Pond. John Teel and John

Mingle both located here al t 17"."., taking up land

which is still in possession of their descendants. The

Armstrongs, Wintermutes, Wilsons, Walters, Luses,
and the Savacools were also here previous to the I.'
lutionary war. Their numerous descendants are -till
the owners, in most cases, of the original homestead-.
The farm settled by Philip Wildrick, uncle of Isaac
Wihlriek, late sheriff of this county, is now owned
by P. W. Squier. Jacob Armstrong was at one time
owner of the larger part of what is now llardwick
township, and by BOme at the present day would not

be considered a very large landholder at that.
Among the very first settlers in llardwick were

Jacob I. un.lv, Kbeiiezer and Jacob Wilson. Samuel

Lund] . an.l Tl as Season, or Eazen, as it is now

spelled, and Daniel Harker, who were Quakers, and

located here as early as 17o">. In the beginning theSfl
people were compelled to go to Kingw 1. in Hunter-
don l untv ! r tin ir culling a- no miils had been
built in this section prior to 1783. The trip was
usually performed on horseback, and occupied, when
the weather was fa\ . irablc and the intervening streams
ii. .1 too much -wollcn, ab..ut two and a half days.
About 1788 a grist-mill was built near the present
village of Paulina, and shortly after this another was
built at Marksboro' by Col. Mark Thomson.

I MU \N 01 I I

< Ine of the most audacious act- in the wholi

of predatory aggressions by the Indians in this town-
ship was the incursion of a party of Indians into
llardwick in L755, when they captured a boy named
Thomas Hunt, and a negro then belonging to Richard




Hunt; and on their retreat by way of the Big Pond
they surprised and made prisoners a man named
Swartwout and two of his children, a son and daugh-
ter, having first shot his wife, who stood in the door
when they reached his house.

When they went to the house of Richard Hunt (an
elder brother of the boy Thomas) they found youug
Hunt and the negro alone. The latter was fiddling and
dancing, and the boy Hunt was a gratified spectator.
In the midst of their hilarity the Indians were dis-
covered close by and about to enter. Quick as thought
the boys sprang to the door, closed and bolted it.
The intruding savages bore this rebuff with appar-
ent philosophy, and soon disappeared, but returned
in about an hour. Their footprints indicated that
they had reconnoitered the house of a Mr. Dildine,
in his absence, where Richard Hunt happened to be
at the time, but they evidently dared not make an
attack at that place.

They returned to Hunt's house and made a move-
ment to set it on fire, as the surest method of making
the boys open the door. This stratagem succeeded ;
the boys yielded, and were forced to accompany the

At Swartwout's house, after murdering his wife,
the) 7 attempted to enter, but he seized his rifle and
held them in check for a while, when he finally agreed
to surrender if they would spare his life and the lives
of his son and daughter, which proposition the Indians
agreed to ; but, as usual in all such cases, they violated
their pledges, tied him to a tree, tomahawked him, and
left his body to the birds and beasts of prey. His two
children were taken to an Indian town, Shawnee (now
Plymouth), on the Susquehanna, on the opposite side
of the river, and five miles below the city of Wilkes-
barre, while Hunt and the negro were taken to Can-
ada. Hunt was sold by his captors to a French mili-
tary officer, and accompanied him as his servant.
Hunt's mother, anxious for his return, if alive, at-
tended the general conference at Easton in October,
1758, where a treaty was made with the Six Nations,
and finding an Indian there who knew her son, she gave
him £60 to procure his freedom and return him to
his friends. This proved to be money wasted, but
Hunt was soon after liberated under the provisions of
the treaty of Easton, which made a restoration of
prisoners obligatory upon the Indians, and reached
home in 1759, after a servitude of three years and
nine months.


The first account we find of a general election was
in 1791, as follows:

" We, llio Judgo of EleclioD, Assessor, and Collector of the township
of Hardwick, in the county of Sussex, do hereby certify that, having
Proceeded to Receive the Votes of the Electors of the said Township, the
following is a liflt of all the Persons Voted for as Representatives from
this State in the Congressnl' the UniM Slates, and the number of votes
for each: Robert Hoops, one hundred and ninety-four; Elias Budinut,
one hundred and sixty-three; James Linn, one hundred und forty-five;
Abraham Clark, one hundred und ninety; Jonathan Bay ton, fifty-seven;

Abraham Ogden, five; Aaron Kitchel, twelve; John Baily, one; Robert
Ogden, fifteen; Lambart Cadwalider, three; Joseph Bloomfield, six;
John Weatherspoon, three: Joseph Ellis, one; James Scureman, five.

" In testimony whereof wo have hereunto subscribed our names anil
affixed our seals, the thirty-first day of January, 1791.

"Aaron Hankinson, Judge.
"George Armstrong, Assessor.
" THOMAS Hazen, Collector.

" Attest, John Brown,

" Town Clerk"

178S.— At the town-meeting held in 1788, it was "Voted that no dog
tax be paid Last year nor the present year in this town."

1793. — " Voted that the overplush money in the Collector's or Consta-
ble's hands in s d Town be applied to the use of the Poor of this town."

1798. — "Voted that the Election for town officers next Town meeting
be by Ballot & all the Candidates on nomination that day must he giyin
in to the Clerk one week before the day of town meeting & to he Adver-

1799. — " Voted that the Sum of Forty-five Pounds he raised the En-
suing year for the Support to the Poor of this town*."

18UU. — "Election to be held the first day at the Log Goal, the Second
day at Magor Abr m Shavers."

1801. — " Voted to Raise the Sum of three Hundred Dollars to Support
the Poor of this town."

1803.—" The Town Voted to Rase Six hundred Dollars for the Use of
the Road."

1824.—" Resolved, That fifteen hundn
of the highways."

" Resolved, That one thousand dollai
Poor of the Township of Hardwick."

1827.—" Resolved, 3d. No man is to wi
Road Tax."

liml, 8th, That the Tow

1 dollars be raised for the support

be raised for the support of the

irk out on the road more than his

appoint a School Committee &
oil iu School districts & appointed Ceoige Mott, James
Kvingtou, Isaac Lanning, Esq., & John I<\ Snover for

1829.—" Res
lay the Towns
Cooke, Rodeii
said Committee."

" First meeting ol the committee, after Warren was erected into a new
county, was at the house of Morris Sharp, iu Johnsouhuig, on Friday,
the 18th April, 1S25.

" Grant Fitch, Clerl."

It will be well to notice here that the township of
Hardwick embraced at that time the territory now
embraced in the townships of Frelinghuysen and

The settlement after the division of Hardwick in
1848, as shown by the records :

" Pursuant to an act of the Legislature of the State of Now Jersey,
the committees of the township of Hardwick aud the township of Fre-
linghuysen, met at the house of Robert Slater, iu the township of Fre-
linghuysen, on the 17th day of April, 1848.

"The town committee of the township of Hardwick — Michael Hetzel,
Charles Wintermute, Isaac Savercool, Georgo W. Conkliu, and Isaac R.
Konkle — and the town committee of Frelinghuysen — Abraham H.
Cooke, Levi Lanning, Henry Mott, John W. Vastbinder, and Dennis
Rice — were all present, and appointed Michael Hetzel chairman of the
joint committees.

"The chairman then appointed the following-named persons to draft
a duplicate to ascertain the ratables of each township: John Moore,
William Armstrong, and Levi Lanning.

"The committee then adopted the following resolutions:

" FirBt. — That the township committee of each township abide by the
23d section of an act of the Legislature concerning roadB.

"Becond. — That tho committee of each township settle with their own
overseers of highways for 1847.

" Third.— That the township of Hardwick pay the amount of the old
county debt, sixty-nine dollars aud forty-six cents being their share of
tho debt, and the township of Frolinghuyson pay tho amount of tho old
county debt, one hundred and fifty-one dollars and thirty-two cents
being their share of tho debt, subject to alterations if any mistakes have

" Fourth.— That the township of Hardwick receive one-third of tho
amount on the tax worrant, and the township of Frolinghuyson two-
thirds of tho amount of tax of tho warrant of 1S47, in tho hands of Wil-
liam Armstrong, constable of the township of Hardwick for 1847.



" The amount paid to th townshlpol Bardwiek «u

923,11 being Ita proportion aocordli tnd the amount paid

to the treasurer ol thotownibl] I, that being

its ihure according t>» taxation.

- /;. olm tit lii it the p i led In the
township i lot ol n irdwl I and Frellnghuysen.

■' i;< oh "i, Thai it..-.. ,,, . .1, , , utMl by both comml

" !■'■>'■ Hardwick. For Prefmaavyaen.

"Micdail Hmn, Adiuiiaii W.I

"Ciiiki i - W imh.mi ,i . J« n JOBM W.Vl -i -iM.r.l:,

" Ikaac SAt KB ., I nm\..,



"H.ir.ii, T. Kn::., I . , ,. .

Toim, i -I. rh. 7-,„r„ Clerk."

The township was divided into road districts by
the township committee, April 14, L848, after Fre-
llnghuysen was taken from Hardwick.

DlHrtet V... i,_.p..i,„ Shuater, Bandmaster. First, Irom Marksboro'

1 ■conil i i Dudder'a bridge <" the

' <" road by .1 Shuatei ; third, n Jhuster's to

i ■■■■• lo Bonrj U Shei rei ronrtl i

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