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capita.! iii the -.in.-, district, oxclnslre of Belrldere, PblMpsburg, and
Washington, is now mors than twenty tim.-s the amonut of tho capital
. Dank In 1820.

• But, :.-i Io from theso causes of success, a lnrgo measure of I

i il..- bank Is ur. i itedl) due to tho unllrlug Industry and

-liler, In concert with the prudent and eco-
nomical management "f » li - I it.- president, David Ryereon. To tl ■ of

you who arc familiar with the past history of this county I n I nol say

that among the names of directors who hove preceded us you will find

the principal business men of these times, — th to whom th<

i ii.v i -11111111111. ny could be safely int..

" in the space of forty years the bonking capita] has Increased, In Uie
district in which this was the only bank, m ire than twenty fold. . . .
Wo may safely conclude that the amount of business conducted Is more
than ten limes as much ns forty years ago,— nn.l that, too, in
cultural community,— and that the ralne of the pro lui Is has
in a like proportion, Judging by the past, re may reasonably eon dude
that in the future the business »f the community will give employment
to all the bunking capital it now po —


"The Sussex National Bank" was established, under
the provi-ions of the National Hanking law, in May.
1865. It is the successor of the old Su-scx Bank, which
wa- founded in 1818. The capital s t ,,ck was ^200,000,
and the officers, upon its formation, were David Ryer-
BOn, President; Theodore Morford, Cashier; George
S. McCarter, Teller. July 3, 1865, in consequence of
increasing infirmities, Mr. Ryereon resigned the pn -i-
dency, and David Thompson was elected his successor.

The firsl hoard of directors was composed of John
1>. Everitt, .lames R. Hull,* James B. Huston,

Thomas Lawrence. Jacob Lowrance,* Thoina- V
McCarter, William McDaiiolds, Charles V. Moore,

David Ryerson, George M. Ryereon, David M.

Sayre, David Thompson, and George D. Turner.
Levi Shepherd was elected a director in place of
George D. Turner, who resigned Jan. L9, 1869.

The first vice-president, Levi Shepherd, was ap-
P lintel Jan. 28, 1871 ; he served until his death, in
AiiL'tist, IS 75, when he was succeeded by David R.
Hull, at present officiating.

The present officers and management of this bank

are as follows: David Thompson, President; David

R. Hull. Vice-President ; Theodore Morford, Cashier;
Charles S. Steele. Teller; Hiram C. Clark, David
II. Hull, .lames B. Huston, Henry I '. K.lsey. Thomas

Kays, William McDanolds, Thomas Lawrence, Charles

V. M .', Charles Roe, David Thompson. Anthony

S. >t. .11. .1. Seward Wills, and Virgil H. Crisman,
1 lirectors.

lanking-house and r. udence of its cashier] is
located on the crner of i Ihurch and High Streets, in
a building erected by the old Susses banking corpo-



ration in 1S23, and in which that institution trans-
acted its business for over forty years. The counting-
room is in an addition to the original building, and is
of more recent construction.


Joris Ryerson, great-grandfather of David, was one
of the five sons of Martin Ryerson, who came from
Amsterdam and settled first at Flatbush and after-
wards at the Walabout, on Long Island. Joris, with
two of his brothers, Ryer and Francis, first settled in
the city of New York, and subsequently removed to
Bergen Co., N. J., about 1701, and were the first settlers
of Pacquanac. Joris Ryerson married Sarah Sehouten,
who died in 1743, by whom he had four sons and four
daughters, — John, Martin, George, Lucas, Mary,
Blandina, Elizabeth, and Ann.

Martin, son of Joris and grandfather of our subject,
married Catharine Coxe, and settled in Hunterdon
County, near Flemington, on the South Branch of
the Raritan. He was a surveyor and one of the
king's judges, also a colonel of the militia. He had
five sons and four daughters. Of these children,
Martin, John, and AVilliam A., with their widowed
mother, removed to Sussex County in the year 1770,
where each reared families.

Martin married Rhoda, daughter of Benjamin Hull,
who bore him the following children, who grew to
maturity : Jesse, David, Anna, Emma, Thomas O,
and Elizabeth, who became the wife of Robert A.
Linn. Thomas C. died in 1838, then a judge of the
Supreme Court of New Jersey, and one of his sons,
Martin, was subsequently a judge of the same court;
a second, Thomas, is a practicing physician in New-
ton, N. J. ; a third, Henry Ogden, was an officer in
the late Rebellion ; and a daughter became the wife
of T. F. Anderson, of Newton.

David Ryerson was born Oct. 9, 1781, and spent his
early life on the farm. Prior to his decease, Jan. 21,
1867, for many years, Mr. Ryerson was one of the most
influential citizens of Sussex County. He was clear-
headed and practical, slow and deliberate in forming
his opinions, and firm as adamant in their mainte-
nance. During a part of his long life he dealt largely
in real estate. He purchased extensive tracts of land
of non-resident owners, divided them into farms, and
sold the latter to individuals at moderate rates, giving
them long terms wdierein to make payment. The re-
sult was that among the scores of men to whom he
sold upon such easy conditions hardly one failed in
due time to pay in full. By this process waste lands
were improved and plodding tenants were transformed
into independent farmers. The amount of good ac-
complished in this way by Mr. Ryerson cannot be
computed. It is undoubtedly true that he invariably
had a regard to his own interest, but, while subserving
that, lie ever aimed to put those around him in a way
of bettering their circumstances in life. Possessing a
judgment that was seldom at fault, he was an adviser '

who could be relied upon, and out of the hundreds
who sought his counsel and abided by it not one can
rise up and say that he was not the gainer by it.

In early life, and to some extent in his maturer
days, Mr. Ryerson followed the business of a surveyor,
which he had learned from his father. The accuracy
of observation and calculation required in this pursuit
was carried by him into everything which he did, —
in his systematic mode of living, of transacting busi-
ness, and of cultivating his farm and garden. For
twenty-six years he was collector of Sussex County,
and guarded its finances with unremitting vigilance.
From 1831 to 1865 he was president of the Sussex
Bank, and by his careful and cautious supervision
contributed more than any other man connected with
that institution to make it worthy of the public con-
fidence and to establish its reputation upon its solid
and impregnable basis. In 1829, 1830, 1831, and
1835 he was a member of the State Council, and dis-
tinguished himself by laborious application to busi-
ness and by a conscientious and intelligent discharge
of his public duties.

As a man and a citizen Mr. Ryerson was very de-
cided in his views and methodical in his actions. He
was rigidly just in his dealings and discriminative in
his charities. Any philanthropic project that met his
full approval received from him a liberal benefaction;
but if it contained aught that he considered objection-
able, he was invulnerable to all appeals in its behalf.
Unostentatious in manners, of fixed and temperate
habits, self-reliant in all his enterprises, and inflex-
ible in his purposes, he was a man of marked indi-
viduality and fitted to be a leader in a community.
In politics he was a Republican of the school of Bry-
ant and Bancroft, — more a patriot than a partisan,
whose highest aspirations were for the paramount
unity of the nation, and who felt that no sacrifice was
too costly to defend the government and perpetuate
the great principles of the Declaration of Independ-

His education was simply elementary, yet by read-
ing, observation, and experience he acquired a large
amount of knowledge. He was a clear and logical
thinker, and, though unacquainted with the rules of
grammar, spoke and wrote with remarkable precision
and perspicuity. He had a retentive memory, and,
from the fact that he was acquainted with nearly all
the heads of families in Sussex County at the begin-
ning of the century, his reminiscences of " olden
time" were exceedingly interesting. He left to his
children, besides a large property, the priceless legacy
of a good example.

His wife was Mary, granddaughter of Joseph and
Martha (Kirkpatrick) Linn, and daughter of Dr. An-
drew Linn. Her maternal grandfather, Andrew Kirk-
patrick, with his two sons, John and David, and two
daughters, Martha and Elizabeth, and his brother,
Alexander Kirkpatrick, with his family, removed
from AVattie's Neach, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, where


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By were born, to Belfast, Ireland, about 1725. In
173G they embarked al Belfast for America, landed al
N \ Castle, Del., crossed the Delaware at Philadel-
phia, and wandered up through New Jersey, reaching
Pound Brook. Finally they settled on the southern
llopc of Round Mountain, near Basking Ridge, in Som-
erset County. They were all on foot, and there was
no road Mllicr than the Indian path.

The descendant* of Andrew and Alexander Kirk-
patric.k have Idled many of the most prominent offices
in the State and nation, both as legislators and as
judges, and many members of the family have been
among the most prominent of the legal and medical

Joseph Linn had eight children. Dr. Andrew
Linn, third sun, died at Newton, aged forty-four.
He practiced medicine in Sussex County and New-
ton nearly the whole of his professional career. His
wife was Ann Carncs, of Bladensburg, Md., and sister
<rf Thomas Games, member of the Third Congress
from Georgia. Ills children who lived to maturity
were Robert A., a merchant of Hamburg; Margaret,
wife of Maj. William T. Anderson, for many years a
prominent lawyer at Newton; .Mary, wile of David
Ryerson ; Martha, who was first the wife of Hugh
and after his decease became the wife of
Richard R. Morris, of New York; and Alexander, of
East, ,n, I'a.

The children of David and Mary (Linn) Ryerson

■e Andrew L., died al the age of seventeen, i

ber of the junior class at Princeton College; George
ft., :i graduate of Prince! in and lawyer at Newton ;

I. i E., widow of the late Rev. Myron Barrett, of

m; Margaret A., wife of Dr. Anthony Morford,
at' N'yack, N. Y. ; Catharine I!., wife of William Mc-
Murtry, of Newt in; and Mary L., wife of Judge
William E. Skinner, of Hackensack, N. J.


Zebulon Morlord, grandfather of Samuel D., a
OBtivc of Wales, was horn in 17-2, and died in Cran-
bitry, \. J., Oct. 25, 1 7 '. M . His wife was Susanna
Barton, who was born in England, Sept. 25, 1727,
mid died, also in Cranbury, Jan. lo, ]s|->.

Zebuhm Morford and his wife are 3Upp03ed t > have
settled at Cranbury soon after their marriage, and
there they resided until their decease. They had
rlcven children, -viz., John, Mary, Noah, Ben

i, Zehulon, Susanna, Lewis, Theodo-ia,t 'ha rle-,
and Sarah.

Prominent among these children was Stephen, who
married Mary Hamilton (whoso parents are men-
tioned with the Dentons in the "Republican Court"),
[>f Philadelphia, I'a., March 17. 177'.'. He was one
if the earliest volunteer* in the cause of his country
(Iter the signing of the I » ■ duration of Independence,
having enlisted in August, 177o, being then in the

nth year of Ids age. Throughout tl ntire

Itruggle, until the peace of 17s::, he was tin active,

efficient, and patriotic soldier, and ranked a- major.

1 o casions be was selected by Washington
personally for the performance of duties difficult and
hazardous, and acquitted himself to the entire satis-
faction of the commander-in-chief. He was stationed
as one of the guards over the prisoners taken at the
of Princeton while they were confined in the
college, and when they were marched to Philadelphia

he was ,,i f the soldiers detailed to take charge of

them, lie was born Nov. 10, 1756, and died in the
seventh year of his age.
Another son, Zebulon, was father of our Bubject,

horn March 30, 1759; married, Nov. 18, 1785, Mary

Denton, who was a descendant of Denton Sail, of

Warned. I lounty of < 'um'.ierlaiid, England. The ear-
liest records of the Dentons area! Hempstead, L, I.
Rev. Richard Denton came from England with Win-
tbrop in 1630, and at his death left four sons, one of

whom led from Hempstead the settlers of Jamaica,
I.. I., an 'ilber in a like manner sett! ei I Elizabethtown,

N. J. Zebulon Morford died at Princeton, where he
resided, April 2. 1841. His wife, born Dec. 5, 1765,
died Dec. 20, 1843.

The children of Zebulon and Mary Morford wen-
Susan, Mary who became the wife of William Lit-
tle), Samuel Denton, Charles, Harriet (married John
Niehol i, Josiah Firman, Uoliert ('., and Evelina Bel-
mont (who became the wife of Robert L. Weakley .

Of these children, one son, Josiah Firman Morford,
born April 23, 1799, was graduated at Princeton, and

soon after went to Tennessee, where he read law with

Judge Crabb. After his admission to the bar he lo-
cated at McMiiinville, where he began a brilliant
professional career. He had a mind stored with t

historic reading; besides, he was perfectly familiar
with all the polite literature of the day. He was one
of the best hclle-lcttrists in the State. lie was a
brilliant debater, and possessed high mental endow-
iii n - and culture of character, but his -hilling virtue
was kindness for and sympathy with the pour and

essed, In 1886 he was elected to the State Senate,

and was made a clerk and Master in I 'hancery, hold-
ing jurisdiction over ten counties; this position he
tilled with great credit for many years, tn 1840 he
was chosen as one of the Presidential electors ,,,, the
Harrison ticket, His death occurred April 5, 1865.

Another son. I 'h aides, came to Vu Ion, \. .1., while

a young man, and for some time was engaged as a
teacher. I [e died al the age of twenty-one year-.

Samuel Denton Morford, subject of this sketch, was
born Sept. 20, 1790, on the old homestead, at Prince-
ton, N. J. lie received a liberal English and business
education in his native place, and during his early
manhood was for several years a clerk in a bank in

\ h York City. On June 25, 1818, he married

a daughter of Samuel de Reimer, and granddaughter
de Reimer, of New York, and some two

months after his marriage came to Newton upon the

solicitation of some of the hading business n of



the place, and organized the Sussex Bank, of which
he was made cashier. He continued to fill that posi-
tion uninterruptedly during a period of forty-seven
years, and until his sudden death, which occurred
April 11, 1S65. He was buried at Newton on the
afternoon of the day of the assassination of President

Mr. Morford's long continuance in connection with
the Sussex Bank made him widely known among the
business men of New Jersey and of New York City.
His care and vigilance over all the interests of its
finances, his skillful management and good judgment
in the investment of its funds, in more cases than one
received the indorsement of the stockholders of the
hank in other ways than by mere resolutions of ap-
proval. He was known to the people of Newton and
Sussex County as a safe, prudent, and successful finan-
cier, a skillful banker, and an honest man. With a
disposition naturally social and a temper remarkably
uniform and cheerful, he was successful in making
friends and happy in retaining them.

Mr. Morford was a promoter of the best interests
of society, and a member of the Presbyterian congre-
gation at Newton. He was in no sense of the term a
politician, but kept aloof from any office of a political
nature, yet, as formerly a member of the old Whig
.party, and subsequently of the Republican party, he
exercised the right of suffrage with unswerving fidelity
to his principles. His wife possessed those womanly
qualities that grace the pleasant home, and reared her
children under the influences of the Presbyterian
Church, of which she was a devoted member. She
was born June 13, 1795, and died Sept. 1, 1851.
Their children are Charles Augustus, of New York
City ; Anthony Denton, of Nyack, N. Y. ; Mary An-
thony, wife of Peter C. Adams ; William Edwin, of
Los Angelos, Cal. ; Robert Halstead, of Minnesota ;
John Henry Livingston, cashier of the National Cur-
rency Bank of New York City at the time of his
death ; Theodore, cashier of the Sussex Bank — now
the Sussex National Bank — since the death of his
father; and Harriet Eveline.


This bank was established March G, 1865, and began
business June 1st, with a capital of $100,000, under
the following management: Robert Hamilton, Dr.
Franklin Smith, Joseph Coult, Zachariah H. Price,
William H. Pinkney, George Nelden, Anson P.
Rosenkrans, Christopher B. Van Sickle, William W.
Woodward, Jacob L. Swayze, Luther Hill, John
Linn, and William Snyder.

Robert Hamilton was its first president, and offi-
ciated until his death, when Jacob L. Swayze was
chosen as his successor, and is the present incumbent.
He was the first cashier, and upon his promotion to
the presidency ho was succeeded by John C. Howell,
who is still officiating in that capacity.

The first teller, William H. Faull, served as such

from May 20, 1869, until Oct. 11, 1873, when he be-
came connected officially with the North Ward Na-
tional Bank of Newark, N. J., and so continued until
his death, Aug. 14, 1880. He was born at Newton in
January, 1854, while his father, the Rev. John Faull,
was pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church of this
place. He was but fifteen years old when he became
teller, and was under twenty-six when elected cashier
of the North Ward Bank, — the youngest cashier in
the State of New Jersey.

William H. Faull was a faithful and efficient bank
official, a polished gentleman, of the strictest morals,
and of unimpeachable integrity, wdiose demise was
sincerely mourned in Newton, Newark, and wherever
he was known. 5 ' In 1873, R. J. Nelden became teller,
and is still officiating.

The hank was first located in a building owned by
Mr. Swayze, on High Street ; two years later it removed
to its present location, on Spring Street, near the
Cochran House, occupying the first story of the build-
ing which was erected by the bank in 1867.

Most of the original directors are either deceased
or removed ; four only remain in the present board,
and their names are the first four of the following list
of members of the board of directors, as constituted
in 1881: Jacob L. Swayze, Zachariah H. Price, Chr.

B. Van Sickle, William H. Pinkney, Henry W. Mer-
riam, Obadiah P. Armstrong, John J. Baxter, Daniel
Vliet, Joseph Andress, Jr., Jacob L. Lawrence, John

C. Howell, Samuel H. Hunt, and Ralph Dildinc.
The capital stock of the bank is the same as when

first instituted. It declared a dividend six months
after it was organized, and has done the same semi-
annually ever since, without a single omission. It
has been well managed, is on a firm basis, and has a
clean record.


The progenitor of the family in New Jersey was
Samuel Swayze, born in Southhold, L. I., March 20,
1689, and removed to Roxbury, Morris Co., N. J.,
May 17, 1737, where he resided until his death, May

* lie was a young man of the most sterling probity, and added to a
high order of business talent the faculty of winning and retaining friends.
By the president of the board of directors of tho North Ward National
Bank, with whom he came in constant and close intercourse and inti-
macy, lie was highly esteeniod, as well for his fidelity and business
capacity as for his genial nature and courteous dorneanor. He died at
tho residenco of his father-in-law, Allen Ridgoway, in Middlotown, N. Y.,
of consumption, lie had been granted a furlough by the directors of the
baiift, believing that a month's absence from his labors, with recreation
in the open air, would rostoro his health; and it was not until a few
weeks before his death that his father abandoned hopo of his recovery,
and bo notified tho bank officials. His remains woro removed to the
resilience of his father, at New Springville, Staten Island, and wore
buried at that pluco on Tuesday, Aug. la, 18S0. A highly complimentary
notice was published in tho Neirark Daily Adverliier at the time of his
death, and we are informed by an officer of tho Merchants' National
Bank of Newton that tho character given to Mr. Faull is not too highly
drawn, but that much that is truthful might ho added thereto. Mr. Faull
was such a raro specimen of an honost man in ehargo of other people's
money, in those days of moral as well as financial delinquency, that wo
feel we can do a public service by calling attention to tho fact, and give
it as wide a circulation as lies within our domain.



11, 1759. His father was of Welsh birth, and with
lii- family emigrated from Wales and settled on Long
Hand about tin- \ ear 1660.

The wife of Samuel Swayze was Penelope, who "a I
horn in Southhold, L. I., Feb. 14, 1690, and died at
Kxbury, Dee. I, L746.

The children of Samuel and Penelope Swayze were
Pi nclopi . born July 31, 17lu; Samuel, Jr., born July
4, 1712; Barnabas, born Jan. 12, 171'); Richard, bnni
Max 20, 1717; [srael, born Oct. 16, 1720; Caleb, born
March 22, 1722; Johannah, born June 2::, 172".;
liehitable, born July 27, 1728; l.wlia, born March
4,1731; .Mary, born April •'!, 17:::'.. Mary, youngest
daughter of Samuel, married John Seward, a captain
in the Revolutionary war. Capt. John Seward was
father of 1 )r. Samuel S. Seward, whose son was Hon.
William II. Seward, Senator and Governor of New
Voi i;, I 'nited Stale- Senator and Secretary of State.

Barnabas, son of Samuel Swayze, Sr., removed from
Boxbun or Chester to Hope township, Warren Co.,

\. .1., in 17 1:;. where be purebaseil s c Sill) acre- of

land, a pari of it lying on the present road leading
from the village of Hope to Belvidere, and a part of
ii in the direction from Hope to Delaware Station.
The purchase of Barnabas proved to he larger than
h i could handle and pay for, so bis lather said to the
brother Israel, " i'ou must go up there and take a part
nl' it. and I will come up and divide it between you,"

Which was ai rdingh done in about the year 17 1"'.

Nearly the whole of this laud was then covered with

From these two brothers — Barnabas and Israel —
nrang the numerous family which since then has
branched mil over the Tinted States in different
direction- from that locality.

Israel had four sons, Joshua, Caleb, Jacob, and
■Tame-, born in the following order; Joshua, died at
Exty-five years of age; Caleb, at fifty-nine; Jacob, at

thirty-nine, -all in the neighborhood of Hope; and
Jaiiies, in i )hio, at eighty.

Caleb Swayze, one of the sons, had five sons and
ughters. ' hie daughter died in infancy, the
other at the age of nine years. Henry I), died Nov.
■8, 1819, aged twenty year- ; Israel survives at the age
bf seventy-seven; James K. died May 1">. 1878; Jacob
Bed in 1888; and Caleb survives, aged sixty-six.

Israel Swaj ze, son of < laleb, and lather of our sub-
net, was born at Hope, Feb. 22, ISO,'!, and married
Mary Ann, daughter of John Lowrence, of the same
Dace, she was born in 1801, and died in 1878

Their children who grew tanhood and woman-
hood are Jacob 1..; Lydia, wife of Jacob R' '•
bf Hope; Alpheus, a farmer and merchant of Hop,-;
Camilla S., wife of Prof. Ellis A. Apgar, Slate super-
intendent of public schools; and Minnie ( '.

Israel Swayze has led a quiet life as a tanner, and

has always been interested in all worthy local enter-
prises of bi> township. As a member of the old Whig

party he was active in placing other- w lioni he thought

lit in positions of tru-t and responsibility, but was

olicitOUS of any place for himself. Since the

organization of the Republican party he has been a
firm supporter of its principles.

For many year- he was a member of the < hristian
Church ai Hop., and a ] promoter of religions interests
and charitable institutions, sine,- L 870 his residence
has been at Trenton, with his daughter, Mrs. Apgar.

Jacob L. Swayze, son of Israel and Mary Swayze.
was born March ::. lsj|, in the village Of Hop.-.

Warren Co. He received his early education in the

schools of his native place. At the age of fourteen

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