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A sermon preached June 12, 1799, before His Honor Moses Gill, Esq., lieutenant governor and commander in chief : the honorable Council, Senate and House of Representatives of the commonwealth of Massachusetts at the interment of His Excellency Increase Sumner, esq., who died June 7, 1799, aet. 53 online

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A. K. Brown, Esq., and his Honor Judge Bedle, who closed
his eulogium by saying :

It is just to his memory that these resolutions now read should be
entered on the minutes of this court, and it is also but just to his memory
that these courts should suspend business for the present. It is therefore


ordered that these resolutions be entered in full on the minutes of the
Circuit Court of this county. It is further ordered that the Circuit
Court and the Oyer and Terminer Court be adjourned till Thursday
morning, at ten o'clock, and the other courts till to-morrow morning at
ten o'clock.

It was then moved and carried that the Committee present
the resolutions to the Circuit Court, and move that they be en-
entered on the Minutes of that court. The meeting then ad-

The Board of Trustees of Rutgers College, at their late
meeting, held January 13, 1869, adopted the following minute :

Whereas, Since the last meeting of this Board, the Hon. Jacob R.
Wortendyke has departed this life ; therefore,

Resolved, That this Board have heard with unfeigned sorrow of the
death of Mr. Wortendyke, whose unfailing attachment to the College
and faithful assiduity in attention to all his duties as a member of this
Board, and the great services he rendered to the Institution, will loDg
be recalled with grateful remembrance.

Resolved, That this Board and the College have sustained a great loss
in the death of Mr. Wortendyke, and that they sincerely condole with
his family in their irreparable bereavement.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be communicated to his

family by the Secretary.

David D. Demarest, Secretary.


Special meeting of the Board of Water Commissioners held
Saturday, November 7, 1868, at 7| o'clock p. m.

Present : Commissioners Clerk,. Taylor, McLaughlin and Ege.

Commissioner Taylor offered the following resolutions, which
being seconded by Commissioner Ege, passed unanimously :

Resolved, That this Board has heard with deep sorrow of the death of
its late President, the Hon. Jacob R. Wortendyke.

Resolved, That his death, so awful in its suddenness, striking him
down in the full strength of his manhood, teaches us by what an un-
certain tenure this life is held, and that the "last enemy" knocks alike
at the door of the palace and the cottage, and warns us " Be ye therefore
ready, for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh."

Resolved, That in our intercourse with him in public and private life,


his virtues have commanded our profound respect, and to the zeal, integ-
rity and good judgment which he brought to the performance of his
official duties, this Board is largely indebted for its success since his con-
nection with it.

Resolved, That this Board sincerely sympathizes with his widow and
family in their sudden and grievous bereavement, and hopes that He
who "hath taken" will mercifully lighten their burden of sorrows and
sustain them in this the hour of their affliction.

Resolved, That as a mark of respect to his memory the "Water Com-
missioners' 1 office be draped in mourning for thirty days, and that this
Board, with the officers of the institution, will attend his funeral in a

Resolved, That the retired members of this Board be invited to attend
the funeral, and that the Registrar be instructed to notify them accord-

Resolved, That these resolutions be published in the Jersey City pa-
papers, and a copy of the same sent to the family of the deceased.

On motion the Board adjourned,

S. J. TURNER. Registrar,

At a meeting of the Third Ward Jackson Club, held last
evening, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted :

Whereas, We have heard with profound sorrow of the death of our
late fellow-member and associate, Hon. Jacob R. Wortenclyke ; therefore,

Resolved, That in the sudden manner of his death we recognize the
hand of an All-wise Providence, which doeth all things well, and to
whose fiat we bow in humble submissiveness, saying, Thy will be done.

Resolved, That in all our associations with the lamented dead, we ever
found him a courteous and Christian gentleman, an able adviser and a
staunch and faithful friend — one whose devotion to the cause was so
great that to his arduous labors in its behalf may be traced in some
measure the cause of his death.

Resolved, That the members of this Club sincerely sympathize with
the bereaved widow and family in the deep affliction that has overtaken
them, and trust that He who has prepared the burthen will give them
strength to sustain them in the hour of their sorrow.

Resolved, That these resolutions be published in the Jersey City Stand-
ard, and a copy, properly engrossed, be forwarded to the family of de-

6eok«e McLaughlin, President.
John McGttigan, Secretary.


At a special meeting of the Board of Managers of the Fifth
Ward Savings Bank of Jersey City, on Saturday, the 7th day
of November, A. D. 1868, the following preamble and resolu-
tions were passed :

Whereas, It has pleased Almighty God to remove from our midst
Jacob R. Wortendyke, an honored member of this Board and Presi-
dent of this Bank ; therefore,

Resolved, That we mourn the loss of our late associate as one whom
we highly cherished for his maoy virtues, his strict integrity, and his
devotion to the interest of this institution.

Resolved, That this Board by his decease loses one of its most useful
and energetic members — a man of the old school — grave, yet ever kind
and sociable. He accepted the position as President of this Bank in
its darkest hour, but doubting not its ultimate success, he gave to us
willingly, not only the might of his name and character in this commu-
nity for honesty and integrity, but his personal supervision over the
affairs of the bank, and we rejoice to know that his most sanguine ex-
pectations were realized in the success of this institution while under
his care and charge

Resolved, That as a friend, associate and fellow citizen we mourn his
decease ; as to the first he was ever true and reliable, as an associate
agreeable and instructive, and as a citizen a pattern to us all, discharg-
ing every public duty devolving upon him with fidelity, true to his in-
tegrity of character.

Resolved, That we tender to his wife and family in this their hour of
great affliction, in the loss of so kind a husband and affectionate a fa-
ther, our hearfelt sympathy and sincere condolence, and desire for them
in the great depth of their grief that consolation that flows from an eter-
nal source alone.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions, attested by the Vice-Presi-
dent and Secretary of the Bank, be presented to the family of the de-

Resolved, That the Managers attend the funeral on Monday next, at
3 o'clock p. m.

A. A. Gaddis, Vice-President.
G. S. Boice, Secretary.

At a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Northern
Railroad Company of New Jersey, held on Saturday, Novem-
ber 7th, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted :

Resolved, That in the recent removal from earth of our late esteemed
associate and fellow-member of this Board, Hon. Jacob R. Wortendyke,


hardly more than in the prime of his life, and in the full career of his
usefulness and honors, we recognize one of those inscrutable decrees of
Providence so grievous to remaining friends, but only to be borne with
submission and resignation.

Resolved, That the kindly and courteous manners of our departed
friend in social and business intercourse, his love of truth, his fine sense
of justice and honor, have so endeared him to us all as to ensure that
his memory will long be green in our hearts.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions, signed by the President
and Secretary of the Company, be communicated to the family of the
deceased, assuring them of our sincere and heartfelt condolence and
sympathy with them in their great bereavement.



Regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the city of
Bergen, held Monday, November 9, 1868, at 7-J o'clock p. m.

Present : President Brinkerhoff, Aldermen Bums ted, Cleve-
land, Hay, Sigler, Soper, Sutphen, Yreeland, Van Keuren, Yan
Riper and Woodward.

Absent : Alderman Speer.

The President announced the death of our late Corporation
Attorney, Hon. Jacob R. Wortendyke, and suggested that suit-
able action be taken in relation thereto.

On motion of Alderman Cleveland, the rules were suspended,
and the regular order of business passed, in order to allow ac-
tion on a preamble and resolution lying on the Clerk's table.

Alderman Cleveland then presented the following :

Whereas, We have heard of the death of the late counsel to the cor-
poration, the Hon. Jacob R. Wortendyke, with feelings of deep sor-
row ; and,

Whereas, It is proper that some action should be taken by this Board
as an expression of our respect and confidence in his public and private
life ; therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Board of Aldermen of the city of Bergen receive
with the most profound sorrow, intelligence of the death of Hon. Jacob
R. Wortendyke, Counsel to the Corporation.

Resolved, That when in the mysterious dispensation of Him, who yet
doeth all things well, our honored ones are stricken down in the strength
of their manhood and in life's high prime, to whom the future seemed


full of honorable usefulness, it becomes us to bow with deep reverence
and confess that God alone is great.

Resolved, That in the sudden death of such a man, whose purity of
character, joined to the high qualities of a well-balanced mind, enabled
him so long to enjoy the confidence of our citizens, it is best fitting that
we place upon the public record our high estimation of the qualities
which adorned his whole life, and caused him to be thus universally
respected and esteemed.

Resolved, That we but tender the tribute due to exalted merit, in the
expression of our admiration for that honesty and consistency which
marked his official intercourse, that warmth of genial kindness which
gave pleasure to association, that high respect for constituted law. and
that reverence for correct principle which form the basis of his charac-
ter, that ennobling ambition, whose purposes and aims were devoted to
others' weal, and that patient earnestness in whatever he undertook
which found its reward rather in the approving sanction of his own
conscience than in ephemeral plaudits, which threw aside the gaudy
robes of honor and of office, when their acceptance would compromise
the obligations which he felt were clue to the loved one of his heart and
home, or draw him away from the closer pursuits of a profession which
he alike dignified and adorned, and whose members cannot but cherish
his memory as a happy 'illustration of the Christian lawyer and the
Christian statesman, who, though dead yet in his example ever liveth,
and ever speaketh for his country, God, and truth.

Resolved, That we tender to his stricken family the assurance of our
earnest sympathy in their sad bereavement, and commend them to the
care of Him who alone can assuage the mourner's grief, as the God of
the widow and the fatherless.

Resolved, That the members of the Board of Aldermen wear upon their
left arm for the space of thirty days the insignia of mourning.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions, duly attested by the seal of
the city, be forwarded to the family of the deceased, and that they be
published in the various papers in the counties of Hudson and Bergen.

It was unanimously adopted by the following vote :

Ayes : President Brinkerhoff, Aldermen Bumsted, Cleveland.
Hay, Sigler, Soper, Sutphen, Vreeland, Van Keuren, Van Riper
and Woodward.

Nays : None.

Absent : Alderman Speer.

On motion of Alderman Cleveland, as a further mark of re-
spect to our late Corporation Attorney, the Board adjourned
to meet on Tuesday, November 10, 1868, at 7| o'clock p. m.



Hiram Lodge, No. 17, F. & A. M.,
Jersey City, N. J., November 16, 1868.

At a regular communication of Hiram Lodge, No. 17, F. and
A. M., held this evening, the following preamble and resolutions
were adopted :

Whereas, It has pleased the Supreme Architect of the Universe to re-
move from our midst our late Brother Jacob R. Wortendyke ; therefore,
Resolved, That while we bow in humble submission to His Divine will,
we sincerely mourn the loss of one who, by his upright conduct, Chris-
tian example, and honorable dealing with his fellow-men, had endeared
himself to all who knew him.

Resolved, That in his death this Lodge has lost one of its brightest
ornaments, and a vacancy is made which cannot easily be filled, and
that our sympathies be extended to his bereaved family.

Resolved, That in testimony of our regard for our departed Brother,
the jewels of this Lodge be draped with the usual badge of mourning
for thirty days.

Resolved, That these resolutions be spread upon the records, and a
copy sent to the family of the deceased, signed by the officers of the

Joseph Reaney, Master.
Charles H. Parsons, S. W. Pt.
George W. Laforge, J. W. Pt.
William Plumley, Secretary.


Whereas, It has pleased God, by whom we all live, and move, and
have our being, to remove by sudden death the Hon. J. R. Wortenclyke,
teacher of Class No. 1, in this Sabbath-school ; therefore,

Resolved, That this dispensation of Divine Providence is to us a heavy
affliction, and by the death of Mr. Wortendyke we feel that we have
lost a counsellor of great wisdom, a teacher of inestimable worth for his
faithfulness and extensive knowledge of Bible truth, and a friend of
great value for his warm sympathies, exalted piety, completeness of re-
ligious character and hearty devotion to the work of doing good.

Resolved, That his sudden decease is the voice of God calling upon us
all to be also ready for the coming of the Son of man, and urges us to a
fuller consecration of ourselves to the Master's service, and to more
prayerfulness and diligence in the study of God's Word, that we may
be better able to teach to the youth of our respective classes the saving
truths of our holy religion.


Resolved, That we will cherish the memory of this departed brother
and fellow-laborer with profound respect and deep affection, and that
we pray to God that his death may be so blessed to his class and to us
all, that we may be able by faith to look beyond the present clouds and
see the clear shining of infinite goodness and mercy, and be able to say,
" Thy will be done," blessed art Thou, O Lord God ! who doest all
things well.

Resolved, That these resolutions be entered on the journal of the school,
and that a copy be sent, with assurance of our deep sympathy, to the
family of our late associate teacher.

Edwin Pierce,

G. F. Angier, y Committee.

S. C. Barber.


At a meeting of the Board of Publication, the following
resolutions were adopted :

Resolved, That this Board desire to put on record their profound sense
of loss in the decease of their friend and associate, the late Hon. Jacob
R. Wortendyke. His devotion to Christ, his hearty interest in the work
entrusted to our care by the Master and the Church, his clear insight,
his trusty judgment, his simple hearted piety, his general kindness, made
him by the grace of God, a wise counsellor, a pleasant companion, a
faithful fellow -worker unto the kingdom of God ; and in his departure
we are sorely bereaved. It becomes us to submit to His holy and blessed
control who has seen fit to call his faithful servant to a higher service,
and purer communion, and more blissful life. But with affectionate
fondness we linger over his precious memory, and pray God that the
mantle of this departed saint may rest upon us. Our deepest sympa-
thy is with his stricken and smitten household, and we commend them
to the tender care of the merciful Redeemer and the Holy Comforter.

Resolved, That this record be entered on the Minutes of the Board,
and that a copy, duly authenticated, be transmitted to the family of our
deceased brother, and be published in the Christian intelligencer.

A true extract from the Minutes.

J. A. Lansing, Corresponding Secretary.


prominently on the record of that day as holding offices of
trust and importance, — magistrate/ selectman of his town,
member of the "general court," (legislature) &c. ; which
evinces the high estimation in which he was held through-
out the colony during his earthly career. After an active,
useful, beneficent and Christian life, he died at Hartford in
1684, aged about 81 years. Kespected and honored by his
cotemporaries and relatives while living, his memory will
ever be cherished with grateful reverence by his numerous
descendants, — those bearing the name of White having
thus far numbered some four or five thousand, while those
in the same line, of other names, may be estimated at from
70,000 to 80,000 !

In view of this rather extraordinary record of the ratio of
increase of the human family, it is perhaps not so much to
be marveled at that the eminent scholar and learned Eng-
lish professor, Thomas Robekt Matthus, should have con-
ceived and promulgated to the world, in the rudeness and
simplicity of the art of the husbandry during the past
century, the note-worthy and somewhat startling theory,
that the multiplication of our species was becoming alarm-
ingly disproportionate to the ability of the farming classes
to provide sustenance for them ! Nor, in order to avert the
calamity of an imagined realization of so anomalous a crisis
in human affairs, is it at all strange that so speculative a
philosopher as Matthus should have proposed the equally
novel scheme of checking population as a remedy, instead of
seeking out new methods of creating subsistence adequate
to meet the exigences of a rapid increase in numbers of con-
sumers ! But if Matthus were living at this day his fears
would doubtless be allayed on view of the almost illimita-
ble invention of labor-saving implements of agriculture,


whereby the production of food, for all animated nature,
may at will be made to exceed rather than fall short of any
conceivable demand for home consumption. And as this
supeeabundakce of the products of the broad area of our
country has become a marked feature in its onward course
and destiny, the minds of our enlightened statesmen are
becoming more and more imbued with the necessity of
encouraging and fostering reciprocal trade and commerce
with all the world, not only as a wise governmental policy
for a Eepublic, but as conducing to national and individual
wealth in our own case especially, by creating a demand for
and a ready sale of the illimitable sukplus fruits of the soil
and the toil, of the genius and the enterprise of our match-
less people.

It appears from a genealogical publication, of 322 pages,
issued in 1860, containing " Memorials of Elder John White
and descendants," that Hugh White, of Waterford, was of
the seventh generation from that patriarchal father of the
American race of Whites ; and that he and his cousins con-
stituted the third branch of the Whitestown genealogical
tree, — grandchildren of Judge Hugh White, the pioneer
and founder of the town. Eight children were reared by this
Whitestown ancestor, five sons and three daughters, all of
whom married, and each reared a goodly offspring: So that
at one period, some fifty or sixty years ago, there were no
less than fifty- five living grandchildren of this Whitestown
pioneer, of which Hugh White of Waterford was one. But
of these fifty-five only sixteen are known to survive him —
who are, Mrs. Susan Porter, his sister; Commodore John J.
Young of the U. S. Navy, Wm. 0. Young, Chas. C. Young,
Mrs. John L. Curtenius, and Mrs. Washington Roosevelt,
whose mother was a White, intermarried with Judge John


Young, their father; Halsey White, Ansel White, John
White, and Mrs. Catharine Crouse their sister, children of
Ansel White, Sen., Jonas White, Philo White, Mrs. Harriet
Goodrich, and Mrs. Esther Macomber, whose father was
Philo White, Sen. ; Mrs. Abigail Wilcox, daughter of Joseph
White, Sen. ; and Melancton C. Wetmore, whose mother was
a White, intermarried with Parsons Wetmore.

In 1784, the year after the acknowledgment of the Inde-
pendence of these United States by the mother country, the
then Senior " Hugh White " of the American family, impelled
by a spirit of enterprise, and a laudable desire to better the
worldly condition of his somewhat numerous and rapidly
multiplying family, migrated from Middletown, Connecti-
cut, with his sons and daughters and their progeny, to this
then far off and wild region of the Upper Mohawk. In
journeying hither up that river, the German Flats was the
last civilized frontier settlement in their route. There they
tarried long enough to plow and plant a field of corn, on
cleared land temporarily vacated by the ravages of the recent
war of the Eevolution. Eesuming their route onward, the
next point at which these adventurous seekers after new
homes made a landing, was near the old dismantled Fort
Schuyler. Here they halted a day or two; but, after a
cursory view of the laud at and near the point of their
debarkation, the soil seems not to have suited them, much
of it being wet and " springy," with the clay-pan too often
cropping out at the surface. And it was a matter of no
little surprise to them to find that "springy" characteristic
of the land more fully developed as they ascended up some
one-third or one-half of a mile S. W., to what is now known
as " Corn-Hill." But however uninviting that locality ap-
peared to those hardy pioneers for farming purposes, yet


time and circumstances, and. enterprise and capital, have
demonstrated its eligibility as a business point : In proof
of which, it is sufficient for the world to see and know, that
it is the fortunate site of modern " Utica," (not " pent up,"
as was its ancient synonym, but) one of the most beautiful
and prosperous of the interior cities of the Empire State at
the present day.

From Fort Schuyler, these voyagers resumed their batteau
navigation up stream, and next landed at the mouth of
Sauquoit Creek : Here, on the Delta formed by the con-
fluence of the Eiver and the Creek, they found the goodly
land they were in quest of ; and all their anticipations were
more than realized, the apparently exhaustless fertility of
the interval and table lands of the Mohawk, immeasurably
surpassing the stony and sterile soil they left in Connecticut.
And here, then a wilderness, this Patriarchal Pioneer of
the Upper Mohawk valley, in conjunction with other capi-
talists, bought a tract of land (large for those days) and
gathered his sons and daughters, nine in number, in near
proximity around him. With this nucleus of a colony, soon
joined by many of his former neighbors in Connecticut,
who migrated hither on hearing the growing accounts of
the marvelous productiveness of the soil of the Mohawk
Flats, he founded the " Settlement " (and subsequent
Town) of " Whitestown," with proportions comparatively
more ample and far-reaching even than those of our neigh-
boring modern City oe Eome. Whitestown, at its first
organization, (then in Herkimer county) embraced all the
State of New York westward of a line passing through and
including Utica, and reaching from the southern boundary
of the State, on the Pennsylvania line, to the St. Lawrence


River on the north, and to the Niagara River and Lake
Erie on the west.

This large area of unbroken wilderness was claimed and
occupied by the "Six Nations" of Aborigines, pertaining
to the powerful Iroquois Confederacy, — one or two tribes only
of whom were decidedly friendly to the American whites
pending the war of the revolution, while the neutrality of
others of them was at least equivocal, with one tribe (the
Mohawks,) so hostile to our people that the entire "nation"
followed the fortunes of the British colonial officers to
Canada immediately after the conclusion of our war of
Independence, where the remnants of the tribe still linger.

Judge White's migration to the wilds of this then Indian
country, and the settlement of himself, his family, and his
followers, in the midst of Savages thus semi-belligerent,
with but the feeble nucleus of a colony about him, was a
daring and adventurous movement. But they proved equal

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