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to benefit himself, and his sociability, frankness of
manner, and sterling integrity made him many friends.
In his business relations he avoided everything that
would lead to litigation, and was often lenient in his
demands when justice to himself required it otherwise.
In 1879 his health, which had never been very good,
began to give way. Of rather a slender frame, and
never having had a very robust constitution, nature
seemed to gradually relax. He tried traveling, and
spent some time at the sea-shore, but only to find his
system still reduced. Shortly after his return home
the fell destroyer completed his work, and the honor-
able man, the useful citizen, the kind and obliging
neighbor, the worthy husbaud and father bid adieu
to all things in this world. His death occurred Sept.
23, 1880.


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George P. Wyckoff is fifth in regular line of Ae-
ro n John Wyckoff, of the township of Reading-

i Hunterdon Co., N. J., who purchased, May 1, 1771,

two hundred acres of land of Jerome Van X
Raritan, situated in Jackson Valley, in the township
of Washington, Warren Co. Simon, son of John
Wyckoff, married Mary Parley, and soon after their
marriage settled "ii this property, where they resided the
remainder of their live.-. For" a time they lived_ in a
dug-out, but soon erected a log house upon this v. i I
ract of land, and began clearing it and preparing

to raise e gh for a subsistence.

Their children were John, born Jan. 20, 1771 ; Caleb,
born Oct. 25, 1771; Phcebe, bom Nov. I, 1776; Jacob,
born Oct. 8, 1784; and Charity, born Jan. 8, 1788.
Jacob was grandfather of our subject, and succeeded his
father on the homestead. He married Mary Kitchen,
who bore liim eight children, four of whom
manhood and womanhood,— viz., John K., born Oct. B,
1809; Simon, born Jan. 17, 1817; Hester, born .March
25, 1822, who becalm- the wife of John ('. Miller; and
Nancy, born June 8, 182-1, who became the wife of
Andrew M Nuiiii.

Jacob Wyckoff led a quiet life as a farmer, and pur-
chased some sixty-five acres of land, and added to the
,.1,1 homestead, upon which he resided during his life

John K- Wyckoff, son of Jacob, succeeded to the
homestead farm He married Sarah, daughter of George
Perry, of Mansfield township, near Fori Murray, where
she was born Feb. I, 1809. She died March 16, 1871
The children of this union were Jacob, who su<
his father in the ownership of the old homestead;

i; -go P.; and Anna Maria, who died at the age of

nineteen unmarried. John K. Wyckoff was a represent-
ative farmer in every Bense of the term. He built a
fine farm residence on the homestead, and commodious

Mid Other buildings, which may be seen at this
lime (18S0), and put the whole place under a letter

state of cultivation than it had previously been. By

his industry and judicious management, he acquired
a fine property outside of his farm. He was known as a
man of strict integrity in all of his business relations.
Although he had limited opportunities for an education
while young, he had naturally a good business talent,
and was far-seeing in his calculations for the future.
He neither sought office nor its emoluments, but was
satisfied with agricultural pursuits and the quiet of the
farm. He was firmly fixed in bis own opinion in what
he conceived to be right, but was always ready to receive
counsel from his friends. In all his business he never
was in any litigation, and he was known as lenient and
kind to those who were his debtors and in more humble
circumstances than himself. He was a member of the
Presbyterian Church at Washington. lie died Dec. 18,
George P. Wyckoff, son of John K., was born on the
. tead, Sept. 21, 1888. His minority was spent al
home, and his education obtained from books connm r) to
the schools of his native place. For several years after
his majority he remained at home working for
his father, On Dec. 1, 1859, be married Miss Tamzen,
daughter of Cornelius and Margarel (Lomer Car-
hart, of Washington town-hip. Of this union have
been born three children,— Jacob K.. Mary, and Edith.

[n L861, Mr. Wyckoff Battled on the farm where he
now resides, near Port Colden, consisting of one hun-
dred and thirty three acres, which be has improved,

and u] which he lias resided sin e. Like his ancestors

,,f four generations, Mr. Wyckoff is an unswerving

of the Democratic party, and. although nol an

office-seeker, he does nol -brink from a share of public

burden. He has officiated as one of Ihe town-hip com-

i\ years, and was elected treasurer of the

town-hip in 1879, and re-elected to the same office i

Mr. Wyckoff is one of the substantial business men

and farmers of Warren County. He i- a supporter of

church and kindred interests, and o member of the
Presbyterian congregation at Washington.


The grandfather of Michael B., Jacob Bowers, was born
in Germany and settled in Greenwich township, "Warren
Co., N. J., prior to the Revolutionary war, where he
engaged in farming and resided during the remainder
of his life. His children were two sons, Jacob and
Christopher, and several daughters. Jacob, father of
our subject, born Feb. 4, 1770, married Margaret, a
daughter of Michael Banghart, and half-sister of Kev.
George Banghart, a well-known and prominent clergy-
man of the Methodist Episcopal Church for nearly a
half century. The children born of this union wero
Andrew (deceased), Jacob (deceased), Garner (deceased),
Michael B., John C, Catherine (deceased), and Sarah.
Jacob Bowers was a farmer. He settled near Bridge-
ville, in Oxford township, where he died April 19, 1818.
He was a worthy and esteemed citizen, and known for
his candid manner and for his integrity in all his deal-
ings. For many years he was an elder in the Oxford
Presbyterian Church, and his counsels there were wise
and judicious. His wife, a devoted Christian woman
and member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was
born June 27, 1772, and died Jan. 10, 1843.

Michael B. Bowers was born Oct. 25, 1808. On ac-
count of his father's death he was in early life thrown
upon his own resources. His education was limited to
that of the district school. At the age of eighteen, with
the consent of his guardian, lie was apprenticed to learn
the iron foundry business at Sarepta, Warren Co., where
ho served three years, and for three years following
worked as a journeyman in the same place for Mr. P.
P. Campbell. On Nov. 5, 1830, ho married Hannah,
daughter of Kobort Quick, of Sarepta, who bore him
two sons, Robert and John. She was born April 18,
1810, and died Jan. 6, 1838. For his second wife ho
married, March 26, 1840, Catherine, daughter of Peter
and Mary (Cruser) Hornbaker, of Jackson Valley.
She was horn Nov. 20, 1818, and had seven brothers and

six sisters, twelve of whom grew to womanhood and
manhood, and eleven reared families. The children of
this union are Sering, Mary Elizabeth, who died Sept.
25, 1875, aged thirty-one years, and George.

In 1832, Mr. Bowers established himself in the iron
foundry and plow-manufacturing business at Potters-
ville, on Black River, in Hunterdon County, where he
remained until 1843, when he purchased the foundry
property and thirty acres of land at Fairmount, in
Washington township, Warren Co.

The foundry here was started by Mr. Bowers in 1829,
just after learning his trade, for Jesse Vannatte. Sold
by Mr. Vannatte to Mr. Hutchison, and by the latter
gentleman to Abram Morgan, of whom Mr. Bowers
made his purchase. Mr. Bowers carried on the foundry,
blacksmithing, plow-manufacturing, and wheelwright-
ing, together with his farm, to which he has added sixty
acres, until 1805, when he took in his son Sering as a
partner, and this new firm run the same business until
1869, when Mr. Bowers retired from the firm and his
youngest son, George, became associated with his brother
in this manufacturing interest. In 1875, George with-
drew from the firm, and is now carrying on milling in
Belvidere. Unassisted pecuniarily in early life, Mr.
Bowers lias by energy and careful management secured
a lino property. Although his life has been one of
activity in business, he has not neglected the duties of
mankind to each other, and has been interested in the
various local objects demanding his attention. For
nearly forty years he has been a member of the Method-
ist Episcopal Church at Washington, and officially con-
nected with church work there for many years. Both
of liis wives have been members of the same church.
Held in high esteem by his townsmen, he has been
often selected to places of trust and responsibility in
township matters, and lias held the oflicos of committee-
man, treasurer, and freeholder.



usually Democratic by about two thousand votes.
During his term as senator In- has served mi the com-
mittees of finance, agriculture, state prisons, lunatic
asylums, and reform achool for boys, and, as chair-
man of the first, bis familiarity with business and
sound financial ability gave bim rank- among the first
wli'i have held -imihir places in the past.

Senator Cramer has always been interested in
church and kindred interests in the vicinity where he
besides, and a promoter of the besi interests of soci-
,-tv. lie is a man of sound practical ideas, of dis-
cretion, and in an unostentatious way fulfills the full
duly of the citizen. Although limited in his educa-
tional opportunities while young, and unassisted pecu-
niarily in starting out in life, he is well read in and

conversant with the leading topics of local and State
legislation, and by judicious management and an act-
ive business life he is the possessor of a good property.


His grandfather, John Vannatta, was a soldier in
the Revolutionary war, and received his pay in Con-
tinental money at its close, which, however, proved

Worthless, lie i.-ided in Han iv township, and

during the early part of this century removed to
( Ihio, where be died.

His lather. Samuel Vannatta, born about L785, mar-
ried Polly Snyder, who lived to the ripe age of eighty-
nine years, lie resided on Scott's .Mountain, near

Springtown, for a while, and ahout lSu:i purchased a
farm of one hundred and -ixty acres in Harmony

township, on the Delaware River,and there carried on
tiirn.in,: during the remainder of hi; hi II al.-o
purchased the Snyder terry, which he ran. This

farm and ferry arc now owned and carried on by his
son Silas, who succeeded his father on the farm and

iii the transportation business of the ferry. Samuel
Vannatta died in 1855, leaving twelve children, — viz.,
John, Henry, Nancy, Emily, A.ar Moses, Sally.

Elizabeth, Samuel, Silas, Mary, and l.iicinda.

John Vannatta, eldest son of Samuel, and subject

of our sketch, was horn in Harmony, Aug. 18, 1801.

He remained at home assisting his father on the farm
and ferry until he reached the age of twenty-live

years. In 1826 he married Nancy, daughter of John

ami Susan Rosenbury, of Mount Bethel, Pa., who bore
bim the following children, — viz., Samuel. J. dm K.,
Joseph, Moses, Lemuel, Mary Ann wife of Lemuel
< tardner), Morris, and Elias.

In 1827, Mr. Vannatta purchased a farm in Har-
mony township of sixty acres, which he paid for in

live years, then -old it. ami purchased in ls:ti> one

hundred and fifty acres in the township of Washing-
ton, upon which he has since resided. This farm had
been poorly cultivated, and upon it was a one-and-a-
half-story stone house in i r repair. With his ac-
customed energy Mr. Vannatta set al I improving

his farm, and about L887 built a new stone house, and
subsequently erected com lion- barns and out-
buildings. He resided in this house until 1-7 1.
when, after securing a fine property bj his industry
and judicious management, he thought to retire from


the more actn e duties of farm-work, built a house on
a pari of bis (arm in which he now resides, leaving

his farm in the hands of one of his sons. Ahout the

time he was going to remove to his new home, in
1874, his wife died ; she was horn in 1806.

Besides paying for this property, Mr. Vannatta
purchased a farm of sixty acres near his other farm,

which he sold to his son John R., and upon which he

resides. In 1875 he married Susan, daughter of But-
ler Morris, of Mount Bethel, Pa., and widow of the
late William Joseph Scott, who bj her former mar-
riage has one -on, John Wesley Scott.

In politics Mr. Vannatta has been a life-long
Democrat, and has never held office except to serve
as town-hip committeeman. He has been a member
of the Presbyterian Church for thirty year-, and a
contributor to church and kindred interests. His tir>t

wife was a devoted Christian woman, having united
With the church prior to her marriage.

Mr. Vannatta has spent a life of industry and ac-
tivity, and one wholly devoted to his business. H<

i- a man unostentatious ill bis manner, and ha- SOUght

to fulfill the whole duties of the citizen in a quiet
way. He is no« marly fourscore years of age, and
quite well preserved in both body and mind.



The first settler of the Wandling family in Wash-
ington township was Jacob, grandfather of Adam,
who resided near the Franklin line and on the farm
where Adam Wandling was born and has since re-

He was a blacksmith by trade and had a shop near

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the creek, where his son Adam for many years carried
on his trade also as a blacksmith.

During the latter part of his life Jacob removed to
Mooresburg, Pa., where he resided until his death.
His children were Jacob, John, Henry, Adam, and

Upon the removal of the family to Pennsylvania,
Adam, father of our subject, remained. He was born
Dec. 18, 1769, and married Margaret Wine Gardner,
Aug. 1, 1797. She was born June 1, 1777, and died
Jan. 28, 1864. Adam Wandling, Sr., had no pecuni-
ary assistance in starting out in life. He did most
of his blacksmithing in the old log shop built by his
father, but erected a stone one in 1817, which is now
standing (1880). By his own industry and judicious
management he soon accumulated sufficient to pur-
chase the homestead, and subsequently added to this
purchase; so that at his doath he had some five hun-
dred acres in one body. He had little book-knowl-
edge, but possessed a good business ability and sound
judgment, and ranked among the substantial farmers
and business men of the vicinity where he resided.
During the latter part of his life lie gave his attention
more to agricultural pursuits. He was a member of

the Presbyterian Church at Washington, and gave
liberally for its support. He died March 30, 1857.
His children were Catharine, John, Elizabeth, Anna,
Mary, Jacob, James, Peter, Daniel, Adam, Margaret,
and Sarah.

Adam, son of Adam, was born on the old home-
stead, Jan. 14, 1816. His business life has been mostly
that of a farmer, but for several years he was a dealer
in grain and lumber, making his shipments by the
Morris Canal to New York City. In 1843 he erected
the substantial brick house in which he resides on a
part of the homestead. He also erected a grist-mill
and saw-mill on his place, which he carried on for
several years prior to 1854.

Mr. Wandling has taken no very active part in poli-
tics, but is well read in the principles of his party.
Until the organization of the Republican party he
was a Democrat, but has since acted with the former.

He married, Dec. 18, 1838, Mary, daughter of Law-
rence and Elizabeth (Todd) Lomerson. She was born
Jan. 15, 1818, and died March 26, 1852.

The children born of this union were Elizabeth,
wife of D. R. Wilcox, William Clark, and Mary
Catharine, wife of Aaron Vough.

For his second wife he married, Sept. 20, 1853,
Elizabeth, daughter of Robert C. and Mary (Stephens)
Caskey. She was born Aug. 9, 1826. Both her father
and grandfather Robert were farmers near Hacketts-
town, where they resided. Her brothers and sisters
are William C. ; Sarah S., wife of John Hance ; Eliza-
beth ; Enoch T. ; Addie N. ; Olivia, died at the age of
twenty-nine; and Clorinda C, wife of Robert Osmun.
Her father died April 14, 1852, in the sixty-third year
of his age, and her mother died March 12, 1866, aged
sixty-seven years.

The children of Mr. Wandling by his second mar-
riage are Enoch C, Robert C, Lewis J., and Addie C.

William G. Dufford, of German ancestry, was born
in German Valley, Morris Co., N. J., June 13, 1824.
His father, George Dufford, born in German Valley in
1794, married Elizabeth, daughter of Leonard Neigh-
bor, of the same place. He resided several years on
Fox Hill, afterwards returning to his native place,
where he remained the rest of his life. His life was
spent in agricultural pursuits. He was a large land-
owner, and at one time owned some five hundred and
fifty acres. He gave little attention to politics and
spent an active business life, preferring the quiet of
the farm to official notoriety or preferment. He was
a member of the Lutheran Church for some thirty
years, and died about 1863. His wife was formerly a
member of the Presbyterian Church, but after her
marriage united with the Lutheran Church. She is
now (1880) living, and enjoys health in body and an
unimpaired mind. She. was born in March, 1800.
Their children are Leonard, deceased; Stephen, de-



Jacob Vusler, whose father came from Germany, re-
moved from Albany, N. Y., and settled in Hunterdon
Co., N. J., where he carried on farming during the re-
mainder of his life. He was a soldier in the war for in-
dependence and subsequently received a pension. His
wife was Sally Castner, and his children were Katy,
Jacob, Delana, Peter, Katrina, Phebe, George, and Mrs.
James Duffy.

Jacob woe father of our subject, and married Margaret
Ockerman, who bore him children, as follows : George ;
Sally, wife of .lame - Bazlett; Robert ; Katy, wife of
John Barnes; James; Delana, wife of John Moore;
Daniel ; and John. They resided in Hunterdon County,
and most of the time after their marriage were farmers.
The father died about 1869 at the age of eighty-two.
The mother died at the age of seventy-nine. Both were
members of the Lutheran Church at Spruce Run,

George Vusler, eldest son of Jacob and M
Vusler, was born in Hunterdon County, Oct. 26, 1805.
On account of the straitened circumstances of his parents
he, with the rest of the children, had little opportunity
for education, and what they did obtain was by going
many miles to school. Thus early in life he mel the
obstacles incident to poverty, and while a boy learned

that to heco successful lie inu-t lie self- reliant, and

that only by industry and ecoi y could he ever secure

anything of this world's goods. II is early training was

such that temperate habit- and honest dealing have

characterized ids whole life. With a resolution to do

something for himself and a strong, robust constitu-
tion, upon reaching Ids majority he started in life for

himself. On May 6, 1826, he married Mary Ann,

the daughter of John and Anna (Moore) McDonald,
who proved a worthy help-meet, a devoted Christian
mother and wife, and a kind neighbor, as they traveled
through life's journey and carved out a fortune for
Ives. The children born of this union are
Andrew M. ; Jacob; Sylvester; Elizabeth, wife of James
Anthony ; and Margaret Ann, widow of the late Jacob


For four years after their marriage Mr. Vusler rented
farms, but in IS.'JO he had accumulated sufficient by his
industry and care that he purchased one hundred and
thirty-seven and a half acres of land in the township of
Bethlehem, Hunterdon Co., which he paid for after a
few years, and then purchased another farm of the same
size contiguous to it. Upon this property he resided
until 1801, when he removed to the township of \\ ash-
ington, Warren Co., where he had purchased a farm of
one hundred and thirty-three acres near Port Coldcn,
upon which he still resides. Thus by his own hands
and unassisted pecuniarily he has become the possessor
of three line farms. On Feb. 11, 1871. he wa- called to
mourn the l088 of his wife, who for forty years had been
a member of the Lutheran Church at Spruce Run, He
w:is a member of the same church and one of the build-
ing committee in the construction of the church-cdilice,
and for thirty-live years one of the trustees und treas-
urer of tho church.

Through life Mr. Vusler has been a member of the

Democratic party, and cost his tirst vote for Andrew

a. Ho has held some minor place- in his party,

and for many years was judge of election under the old




ceased; William G.; Lawrence; Elijah; Elizabeth,
wife of Philip L. W'.l-li. . 1. .-.:,-<-, 1 ; Henry I'.; Ccor-e;
Sophia, wife of Jesse Smith ; Andrew ; and Ann, wife
of John Wert.
William G. Dufford received only a district school

was at the time of the purchase one hundred and one
y eara ,,i,i. |„ this be resided until 1868, when he
built his present two-story hriek residence, one of the
finest and mosl substantial structure- in the county of

Mr. Dutl'ord is interested in all that pertain- to the
rityof the place where he resides and the well-
being of the people. He has been honored by his
fellow-townsmen with places of trust and responsi-
bility, was one of the township committee during the
war. and treasurer tor Borne three year-. He was also
a member of the borough council for three years, lie
was formerly a member Of the Lutheran Church, but
upon taking up his residence in Washington united
with the Presbyterian Church, of which he was chosen
elder in 1878.

His paternal grandfather resided in Hunterdon
County, where he reared a family of four sons, —
John Nathaniel, Jacob, and Robert.


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education. He early in life became inured to farm-
work, and -pent his minority on the farm at home.
Under the thorough training of a careful father be
Learned the important lessons of industry, economy,
and Belf-reKance ; bo that when he reached his ma-
jority he felt able to think and act for himself. He re-
mained at hom.' until the age of twenty-four, and For
one year worked on the Morris Canal. On Jan. 13,
1848, he married I laroline, daughter of Jacob and
Susan Welsh, of his native place. She was born Sept.
26, 1828, and died Feb. 19, 1851, leavings daughter,
Elizabeth, who became the wife of Daniel Spangen-
burg, of Washington, N. J. For bis aecond wife he

married, .line L8, L858, Mary Ann. daughter of Henry

1. and Margaret Hoffman, of Scl ley's Mountain.

Of this union were horn George; Stephen; Marga-

retta Fritts, died in infancy; Caroline; Henrietta;
Mary Jemima; \nna: Sarah Alice: and Minnie
Louise. The mother oi these children was born Nov.

9, 1821, and died April 9, L876.

For eight years after bis marriage Mr. Dufford
rented a farm of his father, and in 1867 be purchased

one hundred and thirty -live acre-. 0OW within the cor-
porate limits of the borough of Washing V J.

To this be has added, ao that his present farm i- one
hundred and fifty acres. The bouse upon this place

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Robert was father of our subject, horn in 1777,
married for his first wife Sarah free-, who died in

middle life in L808, leaving -i\ children,— viz., Wil-
liam, Jacob, Mary. John, Samuel, and .lam.-.
these only John and .lame- survive (1880). His

second wife was Polly Bryant, who Lore him the fol-
lowing children, all of whom arc deceased: Joseph,
Daniel, Charles, Susan, and Rebecca Ann. Alter the
death of this wife he married Hettj Bartrown, who

died without i — ii. .



Eobert Skinner was a carpenter by trade. He re-
sided on a farm near New Hampton for twenty years,
and worked most of his time at Ms trade. He sub-
sequently resided below Asbury for ten years, and
afterwards settled in the township of Hope on a farm,
where he lived the remainder of his life, and died
Aug. 22, 1831. He was plain in his ways and led a
quiet life. He was esteemed by all who knew him
for his uprightness of character and temperate habits.

James, son of Robert and Sarah Skinner, born near
New Hampton, Sept. 30, 1806, married, Nov. 20, 1828,
Rachel, daughter of Elias and Hetty (Higgins) Smith,
of Hampton. She was born in Bethlehem township,
Nov. 20, 1807. Her father was a carpenter by trade,
and worked at this business for many years. He was

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