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of hi- put! being largely in the minority.

For I"" years he ua- one of the chosen board of freeholder*,
and he has been chairman of the Repnblioan county oommlttee
fur the past eight

II. mi i". 1*71. Mary, daughter of Dr. Alex-

ander II. Thompson, of Marksborougb, Warren Co.. N. J. His
children are Kate and Andrew.




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ry lawyer, In his <| dies he gives little at-
tention i 'i rhetorical effect, but they are usually marked

by terseness of diction and great carnc-i i

Mr. < !ochran i- a I »emocral in ] ■< >1 i t i<-s, and has been
an influential member of his party for several years.
He was a director of the board of chosen freeholders
of the county for several yi ars, and was a dele
the National Democratic Convention held at Cincin-
nati, in June, 18.S0, which nominal d Hancock and
English for the I'i'i sidency and Vice-Presidency of
ili. I nited States. Although not a candidate, his

name was prominently mentioned in i nection with

the 1 1 mi aination for i Congress in the fall of

lie married, in 1869, Miss Ella S., daughter of

Andrew and I'h losia (Cummins) Shiner, of Newton,

ami bas three children, — Fred. A., Jennie M., and
Lewis < lochran, Jr.

< Ihabxes J. Roe. — The paternal great-gran [father,
Jonas Roe, came from Scotland with two of his brothers,
and settled at Florida, Orange Co., X. Y, about the
year L730. A deed of the property owned by him is
dated I":;", and is written on parchment. He reared
a family of seven sons and several daughters, of whom
.Nathaniel resided near Unionville, N. Y., and bas
several descendants there: William and Jonas have

descendants in Orange f inty . :.-. ijimin married

and reared a family in Susses < 0., X. J., and William

J., John, and Edward Roe, of Frankford township,
are his grandchildren,

i .' Roe, j ured of the family, married, in

IT'. 1 ?. Margaret, daughter of Leonard Struble, and
granddaughter of Peter Struble, who emigrated from
Alsace, Germany, in 1748, and settled on Smith's
Hill, in the old township of Newton, Sussex Co., in
1762, from whom descended the large family of Strubles
in Xew Jersey. Margaret Struble was horn in 1777.
and died al the age of Beventy-two years.

1 ;<■ Roe was horn at Florida, X. V.. in 1777.
and died in 1815, He lived at his native place for a
short time after hi- marriage, and about 17'.iS pur-
chased five hundred acres of land at the intersection
of the outlet of the " Ponds" and the Paulinskill, in
the' township of Frankford, Susses Co., X. J., upon
which he settled, and where ho resided the rem
of his life j this property is now owned by his descend-
ants. He was a Bomewhat public-spirited man, and
imiliarly know an Geo Roe," from

In- eon lion with the old State militia. His chil-
dren were sis sons and four daughters,— -viz., I,
Nathaniel, Timothy, James, Charles, William H.,
became the wife oi Wilhim < r* ■■ Sparta
and son led in Bradford Co., Pa. . Phebc was the wife
of l .> ' i Lewis, of Jerseyville, 111. I, < Sharlotte I became
tin' wife of John Williams, of Branchville, N. J.), and
Sarah Jane (became the wife of James Shotwell, of
Branchville). Only four of these children arc living
in 1881,— viz., Charles, William II.. charlotte, and

Sarah Jane.

Charles Roc, son of George, is father of our subject,



- h.rn on the hoim-tead, mar Augu-ta, April

j ;, 1812. He began mercantile business at Branch-
ville in 1886, ami continued it successfully until
18C3, when, -upon hi- election a- surrogate of -

County, he removed to Xewton, where he ha- sinCO

resided. By re-election he held the office continu-
ously lor fifteen years, and discharged the duties in-
cumbent upon him with credit to himself and with
justice to the p.oplc. in May, 1879, he purchase 1 a

ore in Xewton, and he continue- to carry it on

in 1881.

Mr. R pc's first wife was Lucy Coult, daughter of
Joseph and Jerusha (Price) Coult, of Frankford, and
granddaughter of Isaac Coult, who was a large land-
owner in that town-hip ami lived to be about one
hundred years old ; his will was dated in L764. Mi-.

I: lied very soon after her marriage, and Mr.

Roe married, for his second wife. September, Is 12.
Elizabeth Ann, a sister of his first wife. She was
horn in L814, and died Jan. 1, 1876, leaving one
-on and three daughters, — viz., Lucy M., a graduate
of Bordentown College, died in April, ls77, aged
twenty-eight; Charles J.; Anna M., a graduate of
Vassar College in the class of 1870; and Jennie J.

Charles J., only son of Charles Roe, was born at
Branchville, in Frankford township, Sept. II. 1850.
II obtained his preparatory education at Chester In-
stitute, in Morris Co., N. J., and at Xewton Collegiate
Institute; cut -red Princeton College in 1867, ami

was graduated from that school with the usual honors
in the class of 1870. Tic same month with his grad-
uation he entered the law-office of the late Levi Shep-
herd, a prominent lawyer af Xewton. and was admitted
to the bar as attorney at the June term in l*7o, and

as counselor at the June term in 1876. He began the
practice of hi- profession in Xewton immediately after
his admission to the bar as attorney, and lias continued
to do a successful business since. < In July 1. 1880, he

a dated with him as a law-partner Frank Shepherd,

under the firm-name of Roe & Shepherd.

In 1877. Mr. Roc was admitted to practice in the
United States Circuit tour;, and in l s 7s he was
appointed a special master in chancery.

Hon. William E. Skinner was admitted to the

bar of this county in November, 18i;n, and pi

at Hamburg, Newark, and Xewton till Ins removal to

i I to., a i\'K year- ago. I le mar-
ried a daughter of 1 "avid Ryerson, of Newton.

his removal to Bergen County he was appointed hy

ioi McClellan president judge of the Court of
Common Pleas, which office he now holds.

Ju |ge Skinner is a lawyer of good ahilit
acquirements, and a man of strict integrity.

Mvkmn RoaENKRAm— His great-great-grand-
father was Alexander Augustus Rosenkrans, who

came from Holland to New Amsterdam in 1'
Companied by his wife, whose maiden name i- not
known. He reared a family of sons and daughter-.
whom was John Rosenkrans, who was born



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May 18, 1724. He married, Aug. 8, 1751, Margaret
De Witt (a cousin of De Witt Clinton), who was
born April 18, 1731.

The wife of John Rosenkrans was a descendant of
the De Witts who came to New Amsterdam about
1639 and were the progenitors of the family in
America.

John Rosenkrans resided in Walpack, Sussex Co.,
and was one of the earliest settlers. During his day
the Indians were numerous in that section of the
country. He often related to his son, the grand-
father of the subject of this sketch, many interest-
ing and thrilling narratives concerning his adventures
and associations with the red man of the forest.
Bands of Indians would often come to his house and
partake of the generous hospitalities which he offered.
Frequently a score of them found shelter beneath his
roof for the night, sleeping on the kitchen-floor.
Often in the dead of night he would hear the Indian
war-whoop ring out in hideous tones, sending terror
to the bravest heart. He visited their wigwams,
whose locations were marked by the curling smoke
ascending from their camp-fires high above the tallest
trees of the then dense forests that crowned the
banks and flats of the Delaware on either side. The
river was dotted with Indian canoes, in which the
Indians would transport their families, provisions,
and weapons from place to place in the Delaware
valley.

When the Revolutionary war broke out he entered
the arm}', and was soon commissioned to the rank of
colonel for his gallantry. He (Col. John Rosen-
krans) accompanied Gen. Sullivan in his campaign
against the Indians of the upper Susquehanna and
Genesee valley, in 1779. In that memorable cam-
paign he commanded a brigade. He was the leading
man on the Delaware in the section where he resided,
and carried news to headquarters in the State, and
kept the government posted on the affairs of the
Northern country, in peace as well as in times of
trouble. He lived in a large stone house, now be-
longing to the estate of John Berk, deceased, which
may be seen in 1881 in good condition, having with-
stood the blasts of more than a hundred winters.

In the Revolutionary war he was shot in the
shoulder, from the effects of which he never recov-
ered. A physician at Morristown, in the treatment
of his wound, scraped the bone of his shoulder,
which caused it to grow worse. He died June 5,
1786, and was buried in the old Shapanack graveyard,
near his residence, where stood a low Dutch church
built of logs, of which he was an elder.

His children were John, Jacob, Orianna, Orianna
(2d), Alexander, Catharine, Charick, Elijah, Levi,
Joseph and Benjamin (twins), Simeon, Simeon (2d),
and Mary. Of these children, Benjamin was the
grandfather of our subject, born March 31, 1770;
married, Oct. 27, 1790, Margaret Schoonover, who
was born Nov. 16, 1774, and died Feb. 1, 1842. He



died Dec. 30, 1848. He was a representative farmer
in his time, owning a large tract of land of some five
hundred acres on the Delaware, in the township of
Walpack.

During the war of 1812 he was in command at
Sandy Hook as major, and was subsequently con-
nected with the old State militia, and ranked as col-
onel. His children were Rachel, born April 17, 1791,
wife of John W. Vanauken ; John B., born July 19,
1792; Roanna, born July 14, 1794, wife of John
Young; Nicholas, born Jan. 31, 1796; Everitt, born
June 8, 1798 ; Levi, born March 10, 1800 ; Maria,
born March 14, 1802, wife of James C. Bevans ; Abra-
ham, born Nov. 11, 1803 ; Elijah, born March 11, 1806 ;
Sally, born April 4,' 1808, wife of Everson Wheat,
second wife of James C. Bevans ; Amanda, born Feb.
4, 1811, wife of Simeon Cole; Lucinda, born Dee. 4,
1813, wife of Leonard Bell ; Anson, born May 22,
1815, died young ; Margaret, born Feb. 28, 1817, wife
of Daniel Knight. Abraham, Elijah, Sally, Amanda,
and Margaret are living (in 1881).

Of these children, seven sons and seven daughters
grew to manhood and womanhood and raised families.
Everitt Rosenkrans was the father of our subject. He
was born in Walpack, June 8, 1798, and married for
his first wife Mary Smith, who bore him four children, —
viz., Benjamin, born Dec. 23, 1823, and died Dec. — ,
1874; Margaret M., died at the age of twenty-one;
Phcebe Jane, wife of John Swartwood; and Jacob.

His second wife was Mary Buss, daughter of Jacob
and Elizabeth (Miller) Buss, of Monroe Co., Pa. She
was born Sept. 1, 1812, and died Sept. 5, 1878.

The children born of this union are Martin; Sarah
E., wife of Martin Decker; Amanda, wife of Daniel
S.Smith; John S. Seely; Maria; Martha A.; Aquil-
lie ; and Celestia, wife of L. Milton Wilson.

Everitt Rosenkrans died July 7, 1874. He led a
quiet life as a fanner, and was a judicious and suc-
cessful business man. He took great interest in the
education of his children, and always lent his influ-
ence for the good of society.

For many years he was an elder of the First Re-
formed Church at Walpack, and took an interest in
all worthy local objects tending to the welfare of the
community in which he resided.

Martin Rosenkrans was born Sept. 11, 1840, in
Walpack, and spent most of his minority at home,
where he became inured to farm-work and received
the advantages of a district school education (going
to school during the winter seasons). At the age of
twenty he engaged as a teacher, and after teaching
several terms, following his early inclinations, he be-
gan his preparation for college, which was in May,
1802. He received his preparatory education at Mount
Retirement Seminary, and at Blairstown Presbyterial
Academy, and entered the Sophomore Class at Prince-
ton in 1864, from which institution he was graduated
with honor in the class of '67.

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of law in the office of Omit \ Andcr.-on, al Newton,
where he remained for one year. For two years fol-
lowing he was a law-student in t lie ollice of C;i|it.
Lewis Van Blarcom, at Newton. He was admitted to
t Ik- bar as an attorney at the June term of the Su-
preme Court of New Jersey, in 1870, and as counselor
at the June term in 1873. In 1875 he was appointed
a special master in chancery by Chancellor Runyon.

During his law studies he taught for two terms in
the Newton < lollegiate Institute, and for one term in
the Stillwater Academy.

Immediately after his admission to the bar In- opened
a law-office in Newton, and since that time has givi n
In-' ur.divi I -d attenti in to the practi: e of In prs ; •-

sioll.

He married, March l'1, 1871, Martha, daughter of
Samuel and Eliza (Gunderman) Van Blarcom, who
was born Maj 16, 1848, in Sparta township, Sus
Co. Their children are Lillian M., Addison P., and

William.

Hon. Lewis J. Martin i- a -on of James J. Mar-
tin, second boh of Humphrey and Isabella Martin,
who was born in Wantage township, Sussex Co., N.J.
I'poti attaining manhood the latter entered into active
business life, and I ami' generally known through-
out the county, lie was at one time engaged in
the mercantile business in Newton, in partnership
with Michael B. Titman, and subsequently filled the
important office of county clerk of Sussex County, of
which he was the incumbent at the time of his death,
in .Ian nary, 1869. His wile was Eleanor Ann, daugbtei
of Roy and Mary McCoy, of Wantage township, and
tin- issueof the union Mary B., who became the wife
Of Oakley B. Pellet, Lewi- .1. Martin, and Alice I,.,

wile of Dr. John ('rater, of HackettstQwn, X. .1.

Lewis .1. Martin wa- borh on the 1 Iumpliny .Martin
farm, near l>eckertown, N.J.,on Feb. 22, 1844. Until
lie atiai ned the age of eleven Mar- he remained upon
the farm, and enjoyed the educational advantage
afforded fry the district school bl tie Locality. In
April. 1855, he removed with his parents to Newton,
ami completed bis educational career at the private
school of Miss Agnes McCarter, and at the Newton
Collegiate Institute. In the fall of 186] he entered
Upon the study of the law in the office of John Linn,

Esq., of Newton, and was formally admitted to prac-
tice at the February term of the Supreme Court, at

Trenton, in IStMi. For one year alter hi> admission
Mr. Martin engaged ill the practice of law at Kraneli-
ville and Newton, when, owing to tl.e declining health

of his father, then the clerk of the county, he was
obliged to enter thai office, and performed the duties
of the position, as deputy, until the demise of Ids
father, in January, 1869. He was then appointed by
Governor Parker to fill the unexpired term of office,
and acted a- count] clerk until November, 1869. In
February, 1870, he located, in the practice of his pro-
fe— i.m, at Deckertown, where he is at present. He
was appointed president judge of the Court of Com-



mon jdeas of Sussex County in April, lsM, for a
term of five J ■
Mr. Martin, though yet in the prime of life, with
aing future yet before him, has acbievt
a course of self-discipline and close personal appli-
cation, a pr incut place in life, and i> known and

recognized as one of the leading and representative
men of Wantage town-hip. A- a lawyer be is well
read, can-lul. and successful, and brings to the treat-
ment of hi- cases an amount of skill and a fertility of

resource not common in the profession. Politically he
is a Democrat, and has occupied various po-itions of
prominence in public life, and enjoys wide influence

in the counsels of his parly. He was town clerk of
Newton for two years, as well as county clerk, and has

represented Susses County in the State Legislature

for the past three years, — viz., 1879-81. As a legis-
lator he has proven a faithful and able representative

of his constituency, and secured recognition by the
member- of the House as a Useful and valuable coad-
jutor in the important work of legislation, serving on
such important committees a^ those on " Banks and

Insurance," the "Judiciary," and on the "Eevisi if

Taxes." He is a terse and argumentative speaker,

and is justly popular at home, where he i- best known.

and is identified with the various institutions of his
locality, and with all movements tending to advance
the moral, - icial, or educational interests of the com-
munity in which he resides. He has been for a num-
ber of years the attorney of the Fanners' National

Bank of Deckertown, of which he is also a director;
i.- the presiding officer of Samaritan Lodge, No. 98,
A. F. and A. M.. of Deckertown, and trustee of
School District No. 92, of that place. He is a member

of the Presbyterian Church of Deckertown.

Mr. Martin was married on < let. 11. 1868, to Prances

M., daughter of ( h-orgc C. ami M. Antoinette Shaw,
Of N.w toii. and ha- a family of live boy.-, — namely,

Frank, George, Scott. Lewis, and Sayre Martin.

Joseph Coult was born in Frankford township,
Susses Co.j studied law with Hon. Thomas N. Mc-
Carter at Newton, and was admitted to the bar in
February, 1861. After a short period of practice by

himself at Newton, In- formed a partner-hip with

Hon. Thomas Anderson, president judge of the Su -
sex County Common Pleas, lb subsequently became

a member of the linn of Coiilt iV Van Blarcom, to
which Lewis Cochran, now prosecutor of the pleas,
was afterwards added, constituting the firm of Omit,

Van Blarcom e< Cochran. Mr. Coult moved to New-
ark in 1870, and formed a copartner-hip with Mr.
Leonard, the former partner of Chancellor Runyon,
in which he remained for awhile, when he became

associated with Thomas N. McCarter and < Irsen Keen.
in the firm of McCarter. Keen & Omit. Alter a time
this was dissolved, and Mr. Coull united with .lames
E. Howell, under the firm-name of Coult & Howell.

Mr. Coult was one of the leading lawyer- of the
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Essex bar since his removal to Newark. A Repub-
lican in politics, he was the leader of his party in
Sussex County while he resided in Newton. He was
also during his career in this county a very enterpris-
ing and public-spirited man ; had much to do in build-
ing the present Presbyterian church at Newton, the
public school building, and other interests. He was
one of the organizers of the Merchants' National
Bank of Newton, and was counsel for the Sussex
Railroad Company and a director in that corpora-
tion. While in Newton he built the fine brick resi-
dence on Elm Street now occupied by Mr. Levi
Adams.

Alfred Ackerson is a native of Lafayette, Sus-
sex Co. He studied law with .Hon. A. J. Rogers, was
admitted to the bar in June, 1861, and commenced
practice at Newton. He subsequently removed to
Sparta and thence to Newark, and is at present en-
gaged in the duties of his profession in that city.

Elias M. White was born near Andover, Sussex
Co., N. J., and is a son of Samuel S. White. He
studied law with David Thompson, Esq., at Newton,
and after his admission, in June, 1864, went to prac-
tice at Dover, Morris Co. He served as a member
of the Legislature from that county, but is now prac-
ticing on Staten Island.

Dowson Woodruff, admitted in June, 1866 ; son
of Moses Woodruff; born in Sparta, Sussex Co. ;
studied law with Col. Robert Hamilton and with
Hon. A. J. Rogers, and is at present a member of
the Sussex bar. He was admitted also in the State
of New York, and for a while practiced law at Port
Jervis.

William S. Leport, formerly of this bar, is a son
of Cyrus S. Leport, and a native of Stanhope, Sussex
Co. He studied law with his father; was admitted
in 1867 ; began practice at Stanhope; removed thence
to Newton, and thence to Dover, Morris Co., where
he now resides. He has the reputation of being a
good lawyer and a man of integrity.

Thomas M. Kays, son of Henry B. Kays, born in
Lafayette, Sussex Co. He studied law with his uncle,
Hon. Thomas Kays, was admitted in June, 1873, and
has since practiced in Newton.

Walter I. Ross, of Stanhope, formerly practiced
at Lafayette, in this county. He was born at Augusta,
and is a son of Jacob Ross. He was admitted as an
attorney in June, 1870.

Robert T. Johnson, born at Marksboro', Warren
Co. ; studied law with John Linn ; was admitted in
September, 1870, and commenced practice in Newton,
where he was at one time a partner with Hon. Thomas
Anderson.

Charles M. Woodruff, son of Moses Woodruff,
born in (he township of Sparta, Sussex Co. ; studied
law with his brother, Dowson Woodruff; is in prac-
tice at Newton.

James Howell, formerly of this bar, is now prac-
ticing at Newark in partnership with Joseph Coult.



He was born in Beemersville, Sussex Co., and studied
law at Newton with Coult & Van Blarcom.

Theodore Simonson, son of Thomas T. Simon-
son, late sheriff of Sussex County ; studied law with
Hon. Thomas Anderson, and commenced practice at
Newton, but subsequently removed to Vernon, where
he is now in business.

Robert L. Lawrence was born at Hamburg,
Sussex Co., N. J., and is a son of Hon. Thomas Law-
rence, present State senator from this county. Robert
L. studied law with Hon. Thomas Anderson, and
after his admission, in November, 1876, commenced
practice at Newton. He is now a promising lawyer
of Jersey City.

Winfield H. Courses, son of George H. Cour-
sen, farmer and justice of the peace ; born in New-
ton ; studied law with Van Blarcom & Cochran at
Newton, where he is in the practice of his profes-
sion.

Theodore E. Dennis is a member of the Sussex
bar, practicing at Hamburg, where he studied law
with Michael R. Kemble.

Henry Huston, son of Judge James B. Huston ;
born at Lafayette ; studied law with his uncle, Hon.
Thomas Kays, and is in practice at Newton. He was
admitted as an attorney in June, 1877, and as coun-
selor in June, 1880.

A. Lewis Morrow, attorney-at-law, Deckertown ;
son of Samuel Morrow, of Wantage; born in that
township, and studied law at Newark with his brother
Samuel.

A. Watson Slockbower, bom in Andover ; stud-
ied law with Van Blarcom & Cochran, and is in prac-
tice at Deckertown, Sussex Co., N. J.

David B. Hetzel, attorney-at-law, Newton ; born
in Hope, Warren Co. ; studied law with Van Blarcom
& Cochran.

Frank Shepherd, son of the late Levi Shepherd ;
born in Deckertown, Sussex Co., and studied law with
Charles J. Roe, whose partner he now is, — firm of
Roe & Shepherd.

William M. Smith, attorney, born at Newton;
son of Samuel Smith ; studied law with Hon. Thomas
Kays ; was admitted in June, 1878, and has practiced
since at Newton.

Charles D. Thompson, young lawyer in practice
at Newton; son of David Thompson, Esq., studied
law with his father, and was admitted as an attorney
in June, 1877, and as counselor in June, 1880.

Allen R. Shay studied law partly with Hon.
Thomas Kays and in part with Charles J. Roe ; was
admitted to practice as an attorney in February, 1877,
and advanced to the rank of counselor in June, 1880.
He is a son of Timothy E. Shay, and was born in the
township of Sandyston ; is in practice at Newton.

IV.— IMPORTANT TRIALS IN SUSSEX COUNTY.

Crimes of magnitude, according to Mr. Edsall, had
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luring the first hundred years of the existence of the
county. We quote the following:
"The doom of death lias been denounced against
persons since our county had an existence,
ami two Hi' these had not committed murder. The
two who were thus executed with hands fortunately
un-iain.. 1 by human blood were named Maxwell and
JicCoy, and were the first victims to capital punish-
iiirin in the county. They were hung on the public
in the year 17-1 for breaking into the bouse of
John Maxwell, of Greenwich township, robbing the
him and severely beating and bruising the owner.
TIhv protested their innocence to the last; and it
subsequently was made manifest that their dying as-
itions were true. Though two girls who were in
the plundered house, and were compelled to light the
through the apartments, swore positively to
the identity of Maxwell and McCoy, it was neverthe-
less discovered that the crime was committed by a
party of Tories, who a few years afterwards returned
the property stolen to the owner.* Thus, the first



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