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Newton. This was several year- before thi opening
of the Revolutionary war. A number of his d -
ants by his tir-t marriage still remain in this vicinity.
among them the Bisters Evaline and Hannah B
bach, of this town. His second wife was a Miss
Fisher, of Hackettstown. By this marriage he had
six children, — Elizabeth, who married Pettit Brittou,
father of Pemberton Britton; Samuel, who was judge
in 1838; Susan. John, Hannah, and Richard. Han-
nah married George McCarter, father of Col. Harris
.Met 'ai-ier. The children are all deceased, the last
survivor being Susan, who died in Newton, Jan. 9,
1872, at the advanced age of eighty-four years, eight
months, and fifteen days, being born in the year 1787
(April 25th), and who was at her death one of the
oldest living natives of Newton/ George Rorbach,
though a clippie and an invalid, was a prominent
citiz.-n of Sussex County in its early days, and for a
number of years was keeper of the old county jail.
Andrew, one of his sons by his first wife, emigrated
from X.-w ton to Canada at the beginning of the pro -
. ni century, along with the Lundys, McElhones, and
olli.r families from this section.

I Mlu i- early families, who settled here prior to the

year 1800, are represented by the name- of Sausman-

house (now San-man . Johnson. 1 1. .line-, I irake, War-

basse, Stewart. Basset, Rosenkrans, Ryerson,
bcrton, Kerr, etc.
Charles Pemberton, a native of England, settled
■ iut the period of the Revolution, he bi
the time less than twenty-one years of age. He en-
gaged at first in teaching school and afterwards
lished ii store, becoming later associated with John
Holmes and Daniel Stuart. lie was twice sin-rill'. —
in 1797 and L808. His wife was a Miss Rorbach. He
left no descendants, his property falling to his wife's

relative- upon hi- death. He was familiarly known

i- "( .!•. in I," — a title earned by militia service. He
died Dec. L7, 1817.

l-aae Basset, an early settler, and an infll
man in his day, was also a tavernkeeper. The first

M - il ic lodge in Sussex County met at his hotel,
lie was proprietor and host of a public-house which

formerly -t I on the site of the present Cochran

House; in 1818 be removed to the County li-
the hill. He is described as being a short, thick-sot

man. jovial in hi- manners, and a popular landlord.

He married a Woolverton ami raised a large family
of children, one of whom became the wife of the Ri
Petei Kanousi ; a grand laughter in this line now n -
sides in Newton. Mr. Basset died about 1818. II
willow subsequently married the late Judge Mackey.

William 1. I'.a - el. a COUBin of I-aae. wa- :i -

ter, and also a hotel keeper.

and that wna when, Jnsl prior to 1812, alio wont »ltli harfatboi
i.. rlatl li.-i 1. 1. -Hi. i Andrew, being proventi 1 I y thi bnaklnf
voir fr..iu returning until lis clow.



Thomas Armstrong was an emigrant to this county
from Middlesex. "He first became acquainted with
this section of the State by bringing Indian corn
hither and exchanging it for wheat. He followed this
business as late as 17S4, at which time, to the best of
his knowledge, Indian corn was not cultivated here."
He located at Newton somewhere near the date above
given, — likely earlier. During the Revolutionary
struggle he was prominently identified with the
patriot cause, having the confidence of Gen. Wash-
ington and serving as quartermaster in the Continen-
tal army. He was among the first members of the
pioneer lodge of Masons in Newton, joining prior to
1794, as in that year he was elected as its Senior
Warden. He purchased his farm of Robert Hoops,
and, although most of it is now in the hands of stran-
gers, the homestead is in the possession of and occu-
pied by one of his sons, Robert, the only survivor of
a large family of children, — namely, James Britton
Armstrong, who married Mary Foster ; William, who
married Mary Pellet, daughter of Obadiah ; Thomas
Moore, who married Anna, daughter of William Saus-
man, and stepdaughter of Col. Van Cleve Moore;
Robert, married Loretta Pellet, another daughter of
Obadiah ; Margaret, became the wife of Theophilus
Hunt, and Elizabeth, of John Seward, kin of the late
Hon. William H. Seward; Jane G., married Uzal
Haggerty ; Evaline, became the second wife of Dr.
Beach ; and Maria, married John S. Warbasse.

The Ryerson family, among the earliest in this vi-
cinity, are descended from Martin Ryerson, an emi-
grant from Holland to Flatbush, L. I., and later
resident at Wallabout. Joris, one of his five sons,
married Sarah Schouten, and had four sons and four
daughters, and his son Martin married Catharine Coxe
and settled in Hunterdon County. Three of the hit-
ter's sons, — Martin, John, and William, — with their
widowed mother, removed to Sussex County in 1770.

Martin was a member of the Assembly from 1793-
95. He married Rhoda Hull, daughter of Benjamin,
and had the following children who grew to maturity :
Jesse, David, Anna, Emma, Thomas C, and Eliza-
beth. The latter became the wife of Robert A. Linn.
Of these sons, Thomas C. (who died in 1838) was a
judge of the Supreme Court of the State, and one of
his sons, Martin, was also judge ; another, Thomas, is
a practicing physician in this place, while another,
Henry Ogden, was an officer in the late civil war.

David Ryerson (born 1781 ; died 1807) was in early
life a surveyor, as was his father ; in fact, it is said
there have been five generations of surveyors in this
family. He was county collector and for thirty-four
years president of the Sussex Bank; he was also
prominent in Slate affairs, being for several years a
member of the Council. Supplemental to this account
of the Ryerson family will be found full memoirs of
Judges Martin and Thomas C, and Henry O., in the
chapter on the "Bench and liar of Sussex County,"
elsewhere in this work; also a sketch of Dr. Thomas,

in the medical chapter, antecedent; and of David
Ryerson, in the history of the Sussex Bank, on subse-
quent pages.

David Sausman came from Germany very early and
settled on what afterwards was known as the " Drake
farm," near Newton. The name of the family in
Germany (and in this country as late as 1796) was
Sausrnanhaus.* The wife of David Sausman was
Anna Eich, a native of Holland, and the children of
the union were Peter, William, Henry, Mary, Anna,
Sarah, and Susan.

Peter Sausman removed to "the lake country,"
married a Teeter, and raised a family. Henry died
unmarried ; Mary married and had a family ; Anna
married a Hanners, of New York, and had a family ;
Sarah married Stephen Case, of Newton, and had
children, of whom the late William Case, who has
descendants in the county, was one; Susan married
twice. Her first husband was Uriah Lucas, by whom
she had two children, Uriah and Garret. For her
second husband she married a Labar, and settled in
" the lake country."

William Sausman was born on the family home-
stead, near Newton, where he engaged in agricultural
pursuits. He was a captain of militia, and familiarly
known as " Capt. Sausman." He married Bathsheba,
daughter of Uriah Lucas (father-in-law of Susan
Sausman), of Hope township. Her grandmother was
Irish, and her mother, Elizabeth Coutant, one of the
French Huguenots. By this marriage were born
Elizabeth, Anna, and Catharine Sausman. The first
married Judge John H. Hall (deceased), the founder
of the Sussex Register ; Anna married Thomas Moore
Armstrong, of Sussex County (she is living in New-
ton, at an advanced age) ; Catharine married Asa
Hall (deceased), of New York, brother of Judge

For her second husband Bathsheba Lucas married,
in 1804, Col. Van Cleve Moore, of Hunterdon County,
N. J. He was a man of prominence, and sheriff of
Sussex County in 1821-23. Of this union was born
Sarah Moore, wife of James Phillips, who died May
8, 1822, in her eighteenth year. Col. Moore died Nov.
11, 1824, in his forty-fourth year.

The third husband of Bathsheba Lucas was Judge
Richard Brodhead, of Milford, Pike Co., Pa. He was
the father of United States Senator Richard Brod-
head, of Pennsylvania. No children were born to
this venerable couple. Bathsheba Brodhead died at
Newton, Aug. 14, 1854, aged eighty-two.

Daniel Stuart came to Newton from Hackcttstown
about the year 17S0 ; he was of Irish descent. He
was early and for many years engaged in mercantile
pursuits in this village, associated with John Holmes,

* It is so spoiled in a (Iced to David's sons, " William mid Henry Saus-
mnnlionso," of duto of 10th or Mny, 1700, from John Armstrong, for a
tract of 242 acres, "situate in tjio township of Newton," and a part 01
which is now known as the Drake farm, in the present township of



Bol. Pemberton, and others, the firm being at one
time Holmes, Pemberton & Stuart. He was presi-
dent of the old Sussex Bank, and surrogate (appointed
Dec. 2, L808) tor nineteen year-. Hi- wife was Mar-
garet Ayers, a daughter of "Squire" Bzekiel Aver-.
of Hackettstown. They had no children, but adopted,
reared, and educated John It. Stuart, who became
one of the most successful physicians of Busses
Bounty.* Daniel Stuart died in January, 1*22; his
wile iii 1X42. James Stuart was a brother or half-
brotber of Daniel.

David Kerr was born in Warren County, near Bel-
videre, and came to New ton about 1809 or 1810. He
married here, about LSI"), a Miss Frances Bates, and
of his eight children (all living) only two, David M.
and Margaret, widow of Mr. Bryant, of Morris
County, are ii. iw residents "(' Newton. David M.
married Priscilla Kimball. The elder Kerr was a
hatter, and was thus engaged in Newton a- early as
1S20, possibly before, lb- died in 1839,and is buried
in tin' idd cemetery.

The VVarbasse family are descended from Peter
Warbasse, a native of Jutland, Denmark, born in
1722, and a carpenter by trade. In his native country
be joined the Moravians, or United Brethren, about
1740; with a company of that faith he emigrated to
America in 1753, settling in the province of Pennsyl-
vania. He resided at the Gnadenhutten mission of
the Moravians at the time of the massacre, in Novem-
ber, 1755, being one of the live who escaped.! -^ s ;l
Besident of Bethlehem, later, be kept the famous
"Sun Inn," and also owned a grist-mill. In 1769
lie re ved with his wife, Ann .Mary Schemelin who

ss.i- of bis own age, ami whom be married in 1764 .

and family to Knowlton township, Susses Co., now
Hope, Warren Co. He established himself at the
Moravian settlement firs! called "( liven la ml," subse-
quently Hope. He returned to Nazareth, Pa., in
1771, and died therein 1806. aged eighty-four. His
son- I'eter and Joseph settled in Newton town-hip at
an early day, — prior to 1800, and probably before

Joseph Warbasse, -on of Peter, curried on hi- i rade
— that of a blacksmith — in Newton. Hi- shop is yel
remembered by some of our oldest citizen-; it was
loiaied where the present Baptist church now stand-.
lie was the grandfather of Joseph, now and tor man]

years a merchant in this village, and of Samuel, of
Lafayette township; their parents' names were J a me-
lt, ami Anna (Tuttlei Warbasse.

ki t. Ii in tii'- diopter " Modlcal Profession ol Sussex County."
f "Our dear Brother Peter Worbnae hero hi Bethlehem f. .11 .« . .1 the
Qarpoutor's trado for manj years nud nlso has beou our putlh n

in our Coucorn. . . . lie has 1 Honour ihraUen .. Dg

wu» iii ii... town orOnndeiiliillton when Hie wild ravages burned II ; ..ur
pother Jumped out ..f ■ mlll-wludo« ; ran tbe Indhtn who Bred It, snd
pw a number ol "or Sisters in the Hamas, ol which he says behsda
niH-t painful iiensnl on. II.- traveled (0 mil. - ii...t night, iwrnn iha

U|hel river, and brought tin »- t.. BeUilehom."- I

Isnnas MSS o) /a. !■ Vm K/eeJ, mhlltr ol UsttMem.

Henry Johnson came from Readington, Hunterdon
i '... N. J., and as a pioneer in Sussex County became
the progenitor of most of the families of that name
within its bounds, ami wbo-e lim-al descendants have
figured prominently in the history of Newton. He
had .-i.\ sous, — namely. Henry. t David and Jonathan
'twin-', John, Samuel, and William. His wife was

Susannah . His eldest son, Henry, was born

April 2o, 1 -<;:; ; married, April 20, 1796, Rachel, a
daughter of ("tersbom; and Anna* bible. She Rachel)
wa- burn April U2. 1770, and died .Inly 81, 1819; her
husband died .May 22. 1814. They had a family of
five children, as follows ;

1. William Henry, born Feb. ii, 1796; died July
j 9, 1863. He married, in 1-J7, Ann M. Gm.se (who

was born May 20, 17;iX i, and bad Henry W. and John
I C. (twins), born Oct. 21. 1828; Catharine if., born
March 28, 1831; Samuel, born April 19, 1-::; and
Mary A., born June 12, 1836, — all living, and all resi-
dents of Newton, except John C, a physician at
Blairstown, and Henry W., at Mattawan, N. J.

2. Elizabeth Ann, born June lb, 1800; married
Daniel Griggs, ami died March 18, 1837.

8. John A., born Jan. 19, 1808.; married Lydia L.,
daughter of Azariah Drake, and died Feb. 7, 1878.

1. Samuel, born Jan. 27, lsuti; died Nov. 12, ls-i:j;
married .Alary Trusdell, who is resident at Newton.

5. Emetine J., bom June 22, 1813. She became the
second wife of Daniel Griggs after the death of her
sister Elizabeth, who was bis lirst wife. Emetine is
the only one of the children of Henry and Rachel
Johnson now living; she resides in Deckerlown.

But little i- known of the other live sons of Henry
and Susannah Johnson, especially of David. Jona-
than, one of the twins, died Feb. 14, 1802. John, bis
brother, was county clerk, 1805-15, and also judge of
the Court of Common Pleas; he was three times
married,— to Mis- Roy, Miss Shafer, and the widow
of Thomas Anderson. His sons were Whitfield S.
and William J.; the former married Ellen Green.

The daughters were Susan, who died single; Eliza,

who married a Hopkins; Margaret, who became the

wile ol' Rev. (Vane; Harriet, the wife of Rev.

James ( '. Kdwar.b; and Catharine, who died single.

Whitfield s. Johnson was a lawyer, prosecutor of the

plea- f..r this COUnty for many years and, later g
laiy of State, residing at Trenton, where he died, and
where his widow is now residing.

Samuel Johnson, fifth son of Henry, Sr.. and
brother of the Henry, Jr., David, Jonathan, and
John already mentioned, came lo this vicinity about

the same time as did his brother-, married Rebecca

Heanor, and moved lo Muiiey, I'a., about 1840. Hi-
oldest -on. Brodhead, died unmarried in New I Mean.- ;
Henry, another son, is a lawyer in lVnnsy Ivania. and
married a Creen. Hi- daughters were named Ann,

* Henry Johnson «.u. i\ promtnenl ■ Mian "f JohneoDalmrir, the place

being named rot him. 11.- kepi a -i.t.- it. .■:.-, with \ ... u.ru.

i Cershei la IT] •


the wife of Heman Cummins; Laura, who married
Dr. Wood; Josephine, and Sarah.

"William, sixth son of Henry Johnson, married a
Miss Bray, near Lebanon. His son Theodore T. re-
sides at or near New York City, and is acting as secre-
tary of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company.

John Drake emigrated with his wife and family
from Hackettstown to Newton in 1804. He was a
minute-man during the Revolution, and was a native
of Pennington, Mercer Co. His wife, Phebe Hunt,
died in 1853, and he in 1854. His children were
Azariah, William, Martin, Nathan, Abigail, Rebecca,
and Nancy, — all deceased.

Azariah located in 1804, with his father, John, near
what is now the steam-mill, purchasing of John
Holmes a tract of nine acres. He erected thereon a
barn and blacksmith-shop, wherein he pursued his
trade. There was already a dwelling-house built by
Mr. Holmes upon this land, or before it came into Mr.
Drake's possession. He resided there until his death.
The property is still in the family, in possession of the
heirs of his brother Nathan. Azariah had a family of
twelve children, — namely, Phebe, Archibald, Alexan-
der, John, Lydia, Margaret, Azariah, Nathan, Rebecca,
William, Jacob and Euphemia (twins), who are all
deceased except Azariah, Lydia, and William, only
the last named residing in Newton.

Nathan, son of John, married Rebecca Morrow, of
Sparta; William, his brother, married Rachel Dil-
dine, of Warren County; and' Martin married Mary

William, son of Azariah Drake, was born Nov. 14,
1816, and was, in 1849, united in marriage to Eliza-
beth Gray, a native of Newton; she died Jan. 8,
1880. Has only two children living, William G. and
Elsie E., who are the great-grandchildren of John

John T. Smith was a native of Maryland, and a
saddler by trade. He came to Newton from Philadel-
phia in 1812 with his wife (Mary Dietz, a native of
the last-named place, but of Hollandish descent) and
his sons, John and Alexander H. Soon after his ad-
vent here he opened a saddlery-shop where now is the
shoe-store of Moore & Co. He made a specialty of
.ladies' side-saddles, which, before he came, were of
the "pot-pic" style; he manufactured a much im-
proved article, and consequently did a thriving busi-
ness. He died in December, 1820, and his wife in
1812. At the time of his demise he was living where
is now the store of Stull & Dunn. His son Alexan-
der continued the business until 1830, and after that
date in partnership with his brother George. John
•was a blacksmith, and served his time with Azariah
Drake. He married Sarah J. Coursen, and died in
1839; his wife is also deceased. Alexander married
Harriet, daughter of Martin Drake ; he died in 1843.
George T., brother of the above, married Nancy,
daughter of Jamc-s and Elizabeth Huston, of Newton.
He was born in Philadelphia in 1812, and came to

this village in 1817. Their children, George Hamil-
ton and Elizabeth, are both living.

The McCarter family of this section were descend-
ants of John McCarter, who came to this country
from Londonderry, Ireland, in 1773, and settled in
Morris County. He espoused the cause of American
independence, joined the army, and was appointed
commissary of hides and leather in Col. Wind's regi-
ment, serving until the close of the war. He then
engaged in mercantile pursuits and the manufacture
of iron, but was not successful in either. He married
the daughter of George Harris, of New Windsor,
Orange Co., N. Y., and settled in Mendham, N. J.,
where all his children save the youngest were born.
Over the signature of " Old Man of the Mountain"
he contributed many articles to the newspapers in
support of Mr. Jefferson ; these attracted much atten-
tion. Governor Bloomfield sent him a commission
addressed to "John McCarter, Esq., the 'Old Man of
the Mountain.'" He was also county clerk, surro-
gate, and a member of the Legislature. He died in
1807, leaving a widow, six sons, and three daughters.

The oldest of these sons was Robert Harris. At
quite a youthful age he served as deputy clerk of
Morris County, and later, for two terms, as clerk. He
then embarked in the mercantile business at Eliza-
bethtown, and two years after removed to Newton,
where he joined his younger brother, George, in the
firm of R. & G. H. McCarter, which was continued
until the death of the latter. He was elected one of
the county judges, and, although not a lawyer, sus-
tained a high reputation through his equitable deci-
sions. Soon after the new constitution was adopted
he was chosen judge of the Court of Errors, which
place he filled at the time of his death, in Trenton, in
1852. Soon after removing to Newton he purchased
a lot of Thomas C. Ryerson; he subsequently found
the title imperfect — that the person who sold to Mr.
Ryerson had only a life estate in the land. Judge
McCarter had meanwhile built a comfortable house
upon the same, and unless he could get a release from
the heir-at-law before his mother's death the property
would pass out of his hands. He went to the heir-at-
law and offered him the original cost of the lot,
giving him until the next morning to decide, inti-
mating that if his offer was declined he would pull
down his house and remove the materials to another
place. The offer was accepted, and the property
saved. This is but one of the many instances we
could give illustrative of Mr. McCarter' strong common
sense and prompt manner of action, which gave him
success in business and in all other interests with
which he became connected. Robert was the father
of Thomas N., a lawyer, formerly of Newton, but
more recently of Newark, and of John, once a mer-
chant hero, but now of New York, and a resident of

George H. McCarter, the third son of John, was
apprenticed at the age of fourteen to Col. Pemberton!


Merchant, of Newton ; before reaching his majority
he became a partner. < !ol. Pemberton died soon after,
leaving 1 1 i in a small legacy and making him his ex-
ln 1840 he was elected sheriff, and was twice
je-electcd. J I »■ ■ li.-<l in 1845, greatly esteemed and la-
mented. 1I<' was vice-president of the old Susses
Hank. He built, in 1819, and died in, the brick
house now the residence of David Thompson, Escp
Be owned a farm of 130 acres west of the village,
which lie divided into lots and sold; some of these

U)ts have since, by the growth of the town, bi me a

part of the village. He married Hannah Rorbach, a
sister to Mrs. Col. Pemberton and Mrs. Pettil Britton ;
had three sons and one daughter. Of the former,
Qeorgc was the editor of the Sussex Democrat, New-

from 1858 to 1862, during its continuance. He

fell from a ferry-boat in crossing the Hudson, at New
Sfork, took cold, and died from the effects. Robert
died in Newton. Col. Harris McCarter, the only sur-
viving child, is also a resident of this place. Eliza-
Betty") married Harvey Raymond, and is de-
li their only daughter is a non-resident. George
.Met arter married for his second wife a Ludlow, sis-
ter of George Ludlow, of Morris County, but had no
issue. George was a partner with his brother Robert
in the lumber business, and carried on that branch of
tirade here at an early day. Their.yard was first lo-
n High Street, opposite Church, and later at
the corner of High and Division Streets. They were j
also interested jointly in the erection of many resi-
denees and store buildings. lie built for hi.-, own n-e

the house now occupied by Thomas Kays, Esrp Both

and G -ge were for many years among the

leading Democratic politicians of Sussex County.

Benjamin McCarter taught school in Newton, in
tie old academy, now the Nicholas dwelling. He
never married.

John McCarter, brother of the above, married a
Miss Kelsey, aunt of Henry C. Kelsey, Esq. ; he died

in Newton. One s Ludlow, is a lawyer in Newark

and law-judge of Essex County; another son, William
II., is living at Middletown, N . V.

.lames, the fifth son of John, Sr., was bom at Mend-
ham, V J., Dec. I I. 1800. He went to Charleston,

S. ('., iii 1 Si 1 :',, engaged ill the book business, made a
fortune, and married a daughter of Jonathan Bryan,
of thai i it\ 1 or Lis second wii ho married a Bister
first; in had one daughter by each. I [is es-
tate, which before 1861 yielded him ten thousand a

year, lie lost during the war of the Rebellion. He
went to Europe in I860, and managed to save some of
his property. After the war lie returned here and
engaged in business with his nephew John, but sub-
sequently removed to Columbia, S. <'., where he died
a few years since. During his residence South he
usually spent his summers in Newton.

Of Daniel S., another son of the "< >ld Man of the
Mount i in," little is known, or of the daughters, Mar-
tha, Mary, and Ellen ; the former married Luther Y.

Howell, the latter became the wife of Dr. Harvey

llalleek; Mary never married. Ellen, of all the

children of John M ■•< larter, Sr., is the only survivor ;
she is living in Newton with her family.

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