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juhjol I .. scheduleofthe places and the distances from each other, and

l II. ui, In. ... il. I.-, ..i V w York."

The above memorial, a copj of tie- original, bears
neither signatures nor date.

flu post-office ai l [ainburg was established as early
as 1796, with Thomas Lawrence a- postmaster. Col.
Joseph Sharp, having at an early date controlled
urge business interests at this point, had caused the
hamlet to be called Sharpsboro'. In L792a forge was
established by Jesse Potts, known as the Hamburg

Forge, and this m i, being pleasing to the citizens,

was adopted as the designatii f their post-office.

The mails were brought semi-weekly by a post-rider,
\\ ednesday ami Saturday having been the auspicious
days. The following quaint register of the time of
arrival of the Hamburg mail and its habitual tardi-



ness was kept by the earliest postmaster and is here
appended ■

An Account of (AS .irr.V.ii of Ji.ci SmUh, Pott /:. It at thu Office.
Time of arrival from Hhinebock, Saturday 7 •Clock P.M.
Time "i arrival from M. v..rk, Wednesday n "Clock a.m.



sax



1797.
Thursday March 30

Sunday April -

Thursday 6

Saturday \|.iil B

Wednesday.. April 12
Saturday \j.ril L'J

Thursday " 27



1 •Clock p.K.
9 "Clock P.M.

11 "Clock A.M.

12 "Clock A.M.



-,-



Bontfavr< Brought with him
the It.., kaway A

Sparta Packet

Southv/4
North*

Sollthw'

N-.i tl.u I

S.,lltli« <



\ I V.— T1IK LAST CENSUS.

The following list of residents of the tow nship who
have attained advanced years i- appended:

Harriet Babcoek, 85; David Beatty, To; Hannah .1. Beatty, 75; Jolili
Beatty, 7li; Sarah Beatty, l.o; Jonas B-ard . Beardn-

loe,73; Elian Bcurdslec, 09 ; Catharine Ball, 08; Elizabeth Beatty,
80; Mark Bellew, 65; ClorksOn Bird, 71 ; Mary E. Bird, 71 ; Eliza-
beth Card, si ; William Camp, 85; Catharine Crouley.Oo; Michael

Conley, i.T; Charlotte Conglet 69; Alexander Carpenter, 65; Gll-

berl \. Couplin, 67; Jonas Conkllng, 88; Cornelius Dorcruus, 71;

William Im 76; Julia Dunn, 66; Edward Dunn, 67; .tames Dunn,

SO; Henrj n. Graw, 68; James DeWitt, 74; Ja - Bvennan, 81;

William Edwards, 66; Richard L. Ed-all, GO; Lena Edsall, 79; Ann
Edsoll,80; Jeremiah Edsall, 79; Margaret Fuller, 66; Mary Fllnn,
6C; Almeda Hammond, 68; Bethia Biles, 69; Hoses J. Hardin, 74;
John B. Hamilton, 7"; Sarah B. Ingcrsoll, 09; Carrot KcniM.-. -'■ :
John tt. King, 66; Jacob I. nut/, 68; Martha Lemin, 05; John
Lewis, 90 ; Ann Longstreot, 83 ; Mary Lay ton, 74; Henrietta L.
Linn, 7o; William J. Lewis, 76; Hester A. LevrU,71; JohnMoscar,
i',7; Lucy Margarnm, 81; Asa Munsun, 72; Lydla Munson, 06;

William Main - . 65; Nan.y Mitt 07; Joel M.l'ann, 0'".; Mary

McCann. '.7; Blchard borne, 66; William Peacock, 74; Catharine
Peacock, 08; Israel Pollison, 74; Ellis, Polllson, 69; Seeley I
69; Joseph Plotta, 76; Samuel 0. Price, 70; Jam i i imoro,76;
Isacher Rude, 73; Eliza Rude, 60; Bernard ttiley, 66; Ann Rose-
well, 6". ; Mercy Ann Rude, 66 ; Thompson Biggs, 60 ; Abram Strait,
i, , . Luna E. Strait, ... ; Susan Smith, 77 ; Thomas w. Simpson, 70;
Harj Simpson, 65 ; Marj \ Stoll, 72 ; Jacob Smith, 69 ; Sarah A.
Smith, I ■■'; Stephen Smith, 85; Jesse Truadell, 76; l'liel.eTalmago,76;

George Tlnkey, 80; Anthony Teal i, '*.'*; Tun. - v

Walter, 79; Joseph 11. Williams, si; Ada Williams, 7S; Hannah
Winans, 66; Hoadiah Wade, 74 Number between tbo ages of GO
and 65,

XV.— HISTORICAL NOTES AND [NOIDJ
In a letter addressed in 1804 by one of the early
residents of Hamburg to ;t member of his family,
then absent, the following passage occurs as fore-
shadowing the future "Jersey Citj :"

■• i v. lab t.. entertain yon with all the newa afloat, and an Ini
was announced t.» me last njghl that will !«> new an I
What think you of a new city, to be called Iho (n.
grounds have all be rears, of the Inn. h-

i.i. in the proprietor. This has been .1 bj a company .-f genUe n In

N.\\ ^'..i k. Th.' Iota, in.uiv of th. in. have baan Utld trot, and many sold.
The plan is to be similar to the dtj ..f Philadelphia. The dl

tlabrlry <■( it will Induce t-> Itsj ipaadj h. tfl-ment."

In a very early day-book ..i' Thomas Lawrence,

embodying hi- business transactions in Sussex County,



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occurs the following stricture ou the inhabitants of
that day :

" Day-Book of Thomas Lawrence respecting bis transactions in Sussex
County, commencing in February, 17SJS, and which is hereafter to be
produced in evidence in case of dispute. This method and exactness is
rendered essentially necessary from the present temper and disposition
of the inhabitants of this county, in general being extremely fond of
litigation."

An old postal record kept by the first postmaster
during the early days of the Hamburg post-office has
the following entries :

March 13, 1815.

John Colt, balance due on a letter marked paid for his brother

sent to Massachusetts 17 cts.

J. Colt, 1 letter for Mr. Jefferson 11 cts.

Dr. Samuel Fowler, due this clay on letter postage, 4s 5 cts.

John Cox, 1 Letter from Philadelphia 13 cts.

Lewis Adams, 1 Letter for Mrs. Loomis 26 cts.

12th.

William Edsall, 1 Letter dl'd himself 13 cts.

Joseph Sharp, 1 Letter sent by his son Isaac, by order of Mrs.

Sharp, for New Brunswick 17 cts.

Thomas Lawrence, 1 Letter from Caroline 13 cts!

28th.

Michel Rorick, 1 Letter delivered to his son 17 cts.

Ford & Fowler, 1 Letter by Tommy 10 cts.

Jabez Colt, 1 Letter for his brother, sent bvTomniv, not included

in the account of Mr. Colt 17 c ts.

May 9th.
Judge John Linn, For 2 letters for this day, 36 cts. Judge Linn
called in my absence for this letter, and paid 12U cts , so
there remains due....; 23% cts.

10th.
Due Martin Kyerson, as change ou a letter sent to Maryland 8 cts.

16th.

Peter Decker, 1 Letter to-day 8 cts.

" " dated some days since 10 cts.

Simeon McCoy, 1 pamphlet 9 c ts.



Due 87 cts.

Benj. I. Seward, at John Ford's, I Letter sent by Negro boy 17 cts.



BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.



ASA MUNSON.
The Munson family is of English ancestry. The
father of the subject of this sketch was Israel Mun-
son, who was born in Morris Co., N. J., in 1771, and
was one of the early settlers of Hardyston. He was
a farmer, and lived on the property now occupied
by his son. He married Nancy Conger, of Morris
County. Of this union were born the following chil-
dren : Amos, now living at Deckertown ; Lavinia
(deceased); Samuel, living at Paterson, N. J.; Asa;
Susanna, living in Illinois; Sering, living in Mich-
igan; Israel, Jr. (deceased); James L., living at
Sparta, N. J. ; John, living at Wantage, N. J. ; Theo-
dosia (deceased); Nancy (deceased). Israel Munson,
Sr., died in Hardyston. Asa Munson was born on
the farm on which he now resides, Oct. 27, 1807. He
received such an education as the township school of
Franklin then afforded. While a young man, he
removed to Beaver Run, N. J., but soon returned to
the old homestead, where ho has since remained. In



1832 he married Lydia, daughter of George Dolan,
of Hardyston. The children of this marriage were
George D. (deceased) ; Chilleon (deceased) ; Phebe
Ann, married W. C. Roe, of Lafayette, N. J. ; Chil-




y//6<yuyts?-^ry\.



leon ; Daniel D. ; Susan (deceased) ; Sarah E. (de-
ceased) ; Nancy Amelia, married Samuel George, of
Ogdensburgh, N. J. ; Asa, Jr. (deceased) ; Lydia (de-
ceased), married A. J. Van Cott, of New York. In
politics Mr. Munson has always been a Democrat.
He was a freeholder of his township for many years,
but latterly his ill health compelled him to decline
the office. Though not a member of any church, he
and his family have been regular attendants of the
North Church (Presbyterian), Hardyston, and he has
been a liberal supporter of the same. He has always
followed fanning, and his farms are in as high a state
of cultivation as any in the county. The business of
the farm and extensive distillery are now carried on
by his sons, C. & D. D. Munson.



GEORGE WALTHER.
George Walther is the son of Christian L. and Ma-
ria B. Walther. He was born at Neaderstoelten,
Kingdom of Wiirteinberg, Germany, March 25, 1801.
His father died when lie was nine years of age, and
after acquiring an education he learned the trade of
tanning and leather-dressing. He traveled exten-
sively through his native country, and went to St.
Petersburg, Russia, where he remained three years.
He returned to Germany, and in 1825 came to Amer-
ica, landing at Boston. He visited Washington, D. C,



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thence to Frederick, .Mil., where he remained one
year, working at his trade. He then came to New
York, where he started business for himself; but alter
two years gave up his business relations and went to




New Orleans, and was tor Borne months engaged in
trading in hide- up the Bed River country. He re-
turned to New York, and in 1837 came to Snufttown,

V J., where he has sii resided, In 1853 he married

Phebe J., daughter ol David Stait, David Stail was a
Dative of Milton, Morris Co., N. J., and removed to
Bnufftown in 1831. He was a wheelwright bj trade,
a man of good influences, and a member of the Meth-
odist Episcopal Church at Bnutftown, of which he
was a class-leader for over forty years. He died in
1874. The children of this marriage were (leorge,
deceased; Josephine, living at home; Albert, de-
ceased ; Augusta, de :eosed ; Sarah ; Mary ; and • Ihris-
tian Arthur, living at home. Sinn- bis residence in
Bnufftown, Mr. Walther has carried on the business
hi' tanning and ruining, and his tannery is one of
the oldest establishments in that enterprising \ illage.
lie is a man temperate in In- habits, persevi xinglj

industrious, and has I n successful in business, and

Doted for his honesty and fair-dealing with all, and is
universally respected. In politics he has identified
himself with the Republican party, ami has Berved
for several uar- as Bchool trustee in his township.
Though not a member of any church, be and his
lamily alien. I the Methodist Episcopal Church ai
Bnufftown, of which he is o liberal supporter.
23



CHARLES WADE.

The Wade family is of English origin, it- progeni-
tors in America being early settler- in Connecticut.
Simon, father of Charles Wade, came to what was




then the township of Hardyston, now apart of Sparta,
and resided with the Ogden family, which came to
New Jersey about the same time, until he was mar-
ried. His wife was Abigail Beardsley, of Pough-

keepsie, X. V. He wa- a carpenter by trade, but
Subsequent to hi- marriage settled nil the farm and

erecb 'I the buildings at presenl on it, where the sub-
ject of this sketch resides. He died Sept. 21, 1817,
aged sixty-eight years. During the Revolutionary
war he worked in a powder manufactory. His chil-
dren "ere Clara, wife of John P.llekley, Sarah, Reu-
ben Buckley, Hope, Baron, and Charles.

Charles Wade was horn on the old homestead, Dec.
4,1796. lie married, in 1838, Mary Jane, daughter

of Samuel Tuttle, of Hardyston. N. J.

The children of this union were Saron, died in
1863; .Samuel T.. a resident of Illinois; Abbej I..

man led W. II. Maine-, of Sj.arla; (leorge \\\. at

home; l.ydia E., became the wife of John V. Hur-
ling, of Sparta.

Both Mr. and Mr-. Wade were members of the
North Church of Hardyston (Presbyterian). Mr.
Wade was a Democrat in politics, was freeholder of

his town-hip, and held Other olliees in eonneetion with

township affairs. He was a man esteemed for his
good judgment and discretion in all business relations,
and possessed of sterling integrity. He died Nov. 22,
L869.



V E R 1ST O N.



I.— GENERAL DESCRIPTION.

The township of Vernon is the extreme northeast-
erly township of the county, and lies adjacent to
Orange County, in New York State, which bounds it
oh the north. On its southern boundary is Hardys-
ton, while Passaic County lies on its eastern line, and
Wantage bounds it on the west.

The last census accords Vernon a population of
1828, which, though not equal to that of the most
populous of the townships of the county, is much in
excess of the larger number of them.

Like her sister-township of Hardyston, Vernon is
rich in mineral ores, the deposits of iron being espe-
cially abundant. Many of these mines await the
labor of the miner to make their wealth productive,
while others are being worked and their products
shipped for purposes of smelting.

These mines have not conduced greatly to the busi-
ness development of the township, for the reason that
the point has not been deemed an advantageous one
for the erection of extensive manufacturing enter-
prises. The dairy industry, here as elsewhere in the
county, is the chief source of revenue to the farmers,
and all parts of the township are admirably adapted
to grazing.

Vernon embraces an area of 36,150 acres. The
total value of real estate is $658,900, and of personal
property $215,835. The total assessment of the town-
ship is $781,000. The two-mill tax for the past year is
$1405.80, the county tax $2165.87, the road-tax $2000,
and the poll-tax $392. The rate per thousand is
10.015.

The Sussex Railroad and the Warwick Valley Rail-
road both traverse the township, forming a junction
at McAfee Valley, where each has a depot.

II.— NATURAL FEATURES.

The surface of Vernon, as of other portions of the
county, is mountainous. The Wawayanda range on
the east, together with a chain of the Hamburg and
the Pochuck Mountains, covers a large portion'of the
township. The valleys intervening are fertile and
very productive.

Vernon is also well watered. The Black Creek, the
principal stream, has its source in a rivulet near Mc-
Afee Valley, and flows north through much marshy
land, after which it joins the Pochuck Creek. The
latter stream rises in Orange County, and, flowing

* By B, 0. Wagner.



southwest clown the mountain, makes a devour near
Vernon, and on forming a junction with the Black
Creek returns again to Orange County. On the west-
ern border is the Papakating River, which separates
the township from Wantage. The Wawayanda Lake,
on the east, is a very picturesque sheet of water, while
the Decker Pond and Roe's Pond, on the west and
northwest, though of less size, are equally attractive.
On the summit of the mountains are also numerous
small lakes, — a natural phenomenon which is not fre-
quently observed. On the west side lie the extensive
marshes known as the " Drowned Lands of the Wall-
kill," which are more fully spoken of on preceding
pages, in the general history of Sussex County.

III.— EARLY SETTLEMENTS.
The history of the Baptist Church of Sussex County
is indelibly associated with the name of Rev. Thomas
Teasdale, who left England and settled in New Jer-
sey in 1792, having made the township of Vernon his
residence. He devoted himself mainly to the labors
of the ministry, but also owned a farm near the
present McAfee Valley, which absorbed a portion
of his energies. Mr. Teasdale died in 1827, greatly
mourned by all to whom he was personally known.
The memory of his pious life and elevated character
still lives among his descendants who are residents of
the township. The historian has been permitted to
copy documents relating to this worthy man which
will doubtless be esteemed by many readers in the
township :

" To all presents Wlmine Thk nimj Concern or Hint, may Desire to Invrstiijnte
the Caracter of the Iteo. Thomas Teasdale, Lately from England ;
" My acquaintance with this worthy servant of Christ for many years
Induces me to give forth a few lines concerning his Caracter, abilities,
and the esteem that lie was held in botli by Professors and piofane. But I
don't mean to attempt to illustrate the caracter of this worthy servant of
Christ with my Pen, for I well know my abilities is not equal to the task,
therefore must beg excuse at present from my present enquiries, and at
the same time leave to simply tell a few facts concerning this Gentleman,
his Life, and conversation. Perfectly agreeable to the Gospel of Christ,
His Name waB held in great Esteem By all that Know him. His Church
was crowded with a numerous Congregation, To whom bo preached the
interesting truths of his Master's Gospel with Pathetic energy. The
Lord owned and blessed Mis labors and clothed his hand with power, and
it is beyond a Bout with me that there are many Precious souls now in
Paradise giving glory to God for his loving kindness to them in sending
this faithful messenger and making him instrumental in opening the
eyes of the Blind and Turning many from darkness to light, from the
Power of Satan to the glorious liberty of the Children of God. Great
was the Loss that many precious people sustained when this faithful
Shepherd, who watched so carefully over this flock, loft the Favored
Isle of Groat Brittain in ordor to Come to America to declare his Mas-
tor's Council in our Ears, and I have no dout but the Loss of our Absent
friend will he an infinite gain.



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" We ITiiv- Had many Letters this Spring wherein our aloent friend
strongly regret the loss of their absent Fatbei in the Gospel. Tbl
■umcient evidence To any thinking person that this gentleman was much
Beloved by hla Congregation, Hanj ol them have Informed me thai

they have uncle ninny preparations fur rro-slng the Atlantic purely for

i mure meeting with their beloved IMhei In thi I

that they may havo tlie happiness of sitting hcncath thu b id ol bl>

lard and receive Directions while this faithful messongcr shall bo De-
claring his Master's Council that shall enable them to -leer their Course
straight to Slon's Happy Shore.
•* I mnst now conclude with mj sincere prayers that the future labors

H this Eminent servant ol God ma) i iwnsd with the good of Bonis

mi. I the Glorj ol God, whli h I rullj bellevi i. lib only aim.

"John BuorcnovBE.

"To Till: PBKSBYTKIll 01 StV YoIIK.

» \pul 28th, 1793."

Another document reads as follows :

"This Article of As mont, made the Eloventh day of August, In

II,.. year "I "in Lord 1708, Between Thome Feasdale, Minister of the
Bospel, of the one part, ami we the subscribers on theothel pari, wit-
ueMoth, that Hi" said Thomas Teasdale doth ngroo to preach the
gospel at Mr. Ensign's, or where the Inhabitants shall provide a place,
for the torm of one whole year IV the date hereof, (vlie.) to prem h two

Irmon once a fortnight on tho summer season and one In the winter on

ii,,- Sabbath day for the su f fifty i to lawful money of Ui

of Now Jera.-y, with a sufficient liousi In Ih e In and s snffli [em :y of 6re-

I I foi the above term : Aud we the subscribers do hereby pmmlso to

pay to sold Thomas Teasdalo, oi to the Trus s appointed to collect the

snnio, tho several sum* opposite i n naiiies, will r eijual share to

ih,- house rent an, I fire-w I In regular quarterly payments, as witness

. ■, bave hereto sel our names.

" Itieliar.i Edsall, £3. " Knos He Kay, 10».

•• Daniel 1 lOS, "Thomas Be Kay, £1.

"Thomas Ds Kay, Jr., £2. ".lames Edsall, £1,

" Win. De Kay, 10.,. "Thomas Kdsall, Us.

"Nathaniel Dunn, 10s."

The following extract from a letter dated Nov. 14,
|799, embodies an invitation to accept a living in one
ui' the provinces:

" Ever since I cams Into this country it has Iwon my study to provide
a living for you ii you should be luclluod to come into this country. I

havoal Inst suei-ee.leil as I wished. On Hi" arrival of I. ell. Iluntor to

tho govornmoiit of ihis province, lie was waited on by Col. Byann, ..f the
Dbuntj "i Norfolk, a partlcnlni r. i.m.i of mine, n g i man, and com

iimiel.-r-lii-rlii"! ,,f tlo- cnluty aforesaid. Col. Kyaiin ineliti,,iie,l y,,u

through me to Gov. Hunter, who was very much taken with your char-
had i i retailod to Col Byann by me. Hi- Excellency pro-

■ented his compliments t" me, and desired me lei my friend know thai
If he would come his province ho would have him appointed im-
mediately and S"tll" a han, Is,, ni" ine.i mo upon him. The county 0>w n i-

now laid out, a church will Immediately be built, and a minister will be
i •> 1 1 In a state ol respectability, with a large eongrepitlon and an Inde-

pendenl living. If you , hero and si Id id lik" it, it shall not

u mything. Th" country is healthy, ami p-ihaps ,....,[- .,,,■,

part of America In a atato of nnturo. I wish you would write as s as

passible end h-t mo know your mind."

The progenitor oi the Winans family was Isaac
Winans, whose sun William removed from Florida,
I Irange I !o., N. Y., to this township and located at the
poinl known as the Williams Mountain, Sis chil-
dren were Elizabeth, Rachel, Abigail, Matthias, Isaac,
[chabod, Boss, William R., Henry K., and Maria, all
of whom were natives of Vernon.

Mr. Winans made the township his residence during

tin' war ni' the Revolution, and thr fhis sons located

in Vernon, one of whom was Ross, who followed farm-
ing pursuits. His inventive genius here first devel-
oped itself, his father's garret having been devoted to
mechanical experiments. He constructed a train of



cars which performed its functions successfully over
the garret-floor, and its inventor spent much time in
pursuits of this character, while the labors of the farm
were often of secondary importance. He was also for
a term justice of the peace. His brother William was
an attorney in Vernon, and Henry K. was for a period
of twenty years judge of the Court of Common Pleas.

In Is:; . Boss Winans math' Baltimore his residence,
where, shortly after his removal to that city.hewas
appointed by the Baltimore aud Ohio Railroad Com-
pany to visit Europe and investigate the railroad

syste f England. He had, two years before the

beginning and construction of the Baltimore and
Ohio Railroad, visited the city and exhibited the
models of a rail-wagon in running order, the model
weighing 125 pounds. This, which worked well in

the presence of Charles Carroll of Carroll was the

original and progenitor of the famous camel-back cn-
gines,

Mr. Winans established extensive machine-shops
in Baltimore, and constructed locomotives for many

of the leading railroads in the United States. He

discontinued business at the breaking out of the civil

war in lSlil, ami has not mingled much in public life
since the cli.se of tile war, taking up his residence

upon a farm near the Relay House.

The De Kay family are of Huguenot extraction, and
were undoubtedly among the hand of French refu-
gees who early during the last century sought the
hospitable shores of America. The first of the family
to arrive in New Jersey was Thomas De Kay, who
became an owner of real estate in New York, about
60 acres of which he exchanged with Lancaster Symes
and Benjamin Aske lor 1 2< M ( hundred acres of land
embraced in Vernon township and I irange Co., N. Y.,
as appears by the deeds, which are acknowledged as

follows :

Xr.w York, 20th Juno, 1734.

"This day pen illy appeared before me l'hilip c.rtland, one of His

Majesty's Council aud lusrl f the peace For Hi" provlnoeof Hew V.ok,

Joseph Hurray, who declared upon the Holy Evangelists ,.f Almighty
God that Lancaster Syuu« and Benjamin Ash axecnted this Indenture
as tliolr voluntary act iinil I larod thai lie hard Parsons

id as it a no, ss.

" l'niur 0'itTi.ANO."

The land in New Jersey was known as the Waway-

anda patent or settlement.

Tli as 1 >e Kay, on his arrival, camped out for the

night, and, being cbarmed # with the spot, selected it

as the site of his future home, and also as his htirial-

plaee. He built a house, and, with his wife, Chris-
tina, and their family, became a permanent resident
,,l Vernon. He lived to advanced years, and was

buried in 1768 on the Bpot which he had -elected,
where now repose the hone- of the older members of
the I !c Kay family."
The earliest member of the Simonson family in the

township was Nicholas, who came from Statin bland
and located upon the farm now occupied by Francis

• See biographical sketch at olo f this township history.



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SUSSEX COUNTY, NEW JERSEY.



Walling. With him came Simon Simonson, then a
mere lad, who about 1790 removed to the present
home of Theodore Simonson, where he kept a hotel.

He had two sons and four daughters, of whom
Joseph remained on the Walling farm and William
resided on the homestead, where he died at the age
of eighty-four. All the descendants of Joseph emi-
grated to the West. The children of William were
three sons and one daughter, of whom Thomas located
upon the homestead, where his death occurred, in



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