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HIS family patronymic is variously found spelled Squiers, Squires,
Squire, and Squier. We also find it spelled Swiers and Swires.
These various forms of spelling bear with them the meaning of
"Esquire" and were used at the time when the sons of these Knights
bore, as the name implies, their shields during the time of Henry
VI, when these forms of spelling were adopted by the heirs of the

higher gentry, and later were used indis'criminately by their descendants.

The coat-of-arms is as follows :

ArDis — Sable, a chevron between three swans' heads and necks erased argent.

Crest — An elephant's head erased argent, ducally gorged or.

Motto — Sahis per Christum Rcdemptorem. (Salvation through Christ the Redeemer).

The founder and settler of this branch of the family came from Peter-
boro, Northampton county, England. He first landed in New England, and
settled in Massachusetts, whence Ellis Squier came and settled in what
became known as the village of Squiertown, in the Province of New Jersey,
and later known at SufTolk county. Long Island. Ellis Squier continued to
live in the village of Squiertown with his family and fifteen children up to
about 1687, when his son, Ellis (2) Squier, was among the number who par-
ticipated in the settlement of Elizabethtown, Union county, New Jersey.
Another son of Ellis Squier, aforementioned, was Benjamin Squier, who was
one of the founders of the old Westfield neighborhood, and was living there
in 1699. Benjamin Squier's son, Thomas Squier, for many years resided in
the town of Westfield, New Jersey, where he was the owner of about 400 acres
of farm and timber lands, which he divided between his sons prior to his death.

Thomas Squier was born in 1701, and died February 14, 1778. He married
Rachel Ludnum, born in 1707, and died in December, 1753. They both came
from Suflfolk county. Long Island (probably East Hampton), and settled at
Westfield, where their remains were buried in the old cemetery there. Their
children were :

1. David. of Edward Moore, Jr., and Eleazer, Jr.,

2. John, of further mention. they being the two youngest of the fam-

3. Thomas, Jr., born in 1732, died Septem- ily ; the father, Eleazer Squier, was
bcr 9, 1814; he was buried at Scotch buried at Westfield, New Jersey; his
Plains. widow married (second) Ezra Marsh, of

4. Anna, married Isaac Frazer, Jr. Rahway, Union county, New Jersey.

5. Rachel, born in 1735, died May 12, 1780; 7. Deborah, born in 1741, died July 11,
married John Darby, who died in 1820, 1814; married Thomas Marsh, who was
aged eighty years ; both he and his wife born in 1735, died December 16, 1801 ;
were buried at Scotch Plains. his father was Jonathan Marsh, and his

6. Eleazer, born in 1739, died September 21, mother was Mary Marsh, who lived to
1784; his wife, Rachael, died January 10, be ninety-nine years of age.

1803; of their children only two are 8. Phebe.

known: Rachel, who became the wife

John Squier, son of Thomas Squier, was born December 10, 1730. He suc-
ceeded to a part of the homestead and resided there until his death, which
occurred during the period of the Revolution. His wife, Hannah (Clark)
Squier, born May 19, 1735, was a cousin of Abraham Clark, a New Jersey

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signer of the Declaration of Independence. John Squier, aforementioned, was
captured by the British upon his own farm, together with his sons, who were
later released. The father was taken by the British to Elizabethtown, where
he was held for a short time. John Squier died July 25, 1777, his death having
been caused by smallpox, through inoculation. He was a soldier of the Revo-
lution, and his remains were buried at Westfield.

John Squier married Hannah Clark, born May 19, 1735, daughter of Daniel
Clark, who died December, 175S. Their children were:

1. Daniel, born October 19, 1755; served in wife Rachel was bom in 1768, and died
tlie Revolution and took a prize from October 18, 1818.

the British; his wife Nancy was born 5. Rebecca, born in 1761, died September 27,
in 1759, and died April 18, 1830. 1771.

2. Abraham, born January 26, 1758; was a 6. Jonathan, of further mention,
privateer, was captured by the British, 7. Letitia, born in 1768; married Samuel
and died in the old Sugar House Prison ; Frazer.

while in confinement there he sent his 8. Recompense, born in 1770, died Novem-

Bible to his sister Letitia; this Bible is ber 21, 1805; married Esther Crane,

still in the possession of the Squier daughter of Stephen and Phebe Crane;

family. _ she was born in 1778, and died August

3. Jonathan, born in 1759, died in infancy. 16, 1824.

4. John, born in 1760, died October 19, 9. Hannah, born in 1774, died .August 8,
1817; succeeded to the homestead, which 1784.

remained in the family until 1880; his

Hannah (Clark) Squier, mother of the aforementioned children, married
(second) Matthias Hatfield, of Short Hills, Morris county, New Jersey, and
after his death she married (third) David Ross. She survived her last hus-
band, and died at the home of her son, Jonathan Squier, of Rahway, Union
county, New Jersey.

Jonathan Squier, son of John and Hannah (Clark) Squier, was born in
1765, died in 1823. He owned a farm of one hundred acres, now within the
limits of the city of Rahway, Union county, New Jersey, where he resided.
About the year 1800, he established a factory for the manufacture of hats and
clothing in Rahway. He succeeded in developing and building up a large
Southern trade, having branch houses at New Orleans and Mobile, Louisiana ;
Columbus, South Carolina; and Augusta, Georgia.

He married Hannah Crane, a great-great-granddaughter of Stephen
Crane, who came in the "Caledonian" from England. She was a niece of Gen-
eral William Crane, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, a distinguished officer of the
Revolution. She was born in 1777, died December 11, 1823; a daughter of
Stephen and Phebe Crane. Their children were :

1. John, born October 27, 1794. S- David, born April 14, 1805, died Septem-

2. Job, born October 20, 1796, died July 37, ber 26, 1823.

1854; he married Mary, daughter of 6. -Anna, born December 18, 1807, died Au-

Frazer Cole; she died December 20, gust, 1822.

1875, aged sixty-five years, eleven months, 7. Jane, born January 14, 1809, died May

twenty- four days; had ten children. 10, 1S69; she married Jacob Crane, who

3. Eliza, born September 21, 1799, died No- was born August 13, 1806, died Decem-
vember, 1886; she did not marry. ber 3, 1864; both he and his wife were

4. David, born in 1802, died April 14, 1805. buried at Elizabeth.

8. William Crane, of further mention.

William Crane Squier, youngest child and son of Jonathan and Hannah
(Crane) Squier, was born at the family home in the town of Rahway, Union
county. New Jersey, January 8, 181 2. His early educational training was

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under the private tuition of a noted educator in Morristown, New Jersey. He
next entered the University of New York City, where he continued his studies
up to 1834, at which time he decided to enter upon a commercial career, and in
order to accomplish his purpose he traveled by stage coach and crossed the
numerous rivers between the cities of New York and New Orleans, a journey
which required fifteen days of irksome and difficult travel. Upon reaching
New Orleans, he located in business at the corner of Magazine and Canal
streets, with Andrew and Samuel Smith. Here William Crane Squier engaged
in dealing and handling personal supplies for the large plantations throughout
the various Southern States. In this undertaking he met with a marked
degree of success as the logical result of his thorough and practical manage-
ment of commercial afifairs. In 1846, Mr. Squier returned to his home in Rah-
way. Union county, New Jersey, and soon after reaching the North, he again
became active in various business enterprises. About 1848 he and Richard H.
Manning, of Brooklyn, New York, formed a partnership under the firm name
of Manning & Squier, and together they established a warehouse and dis-
tributing centre in New York City, where they acted as the sales agent for the
New Jersey Zinc Company. In 1852 the two partners, Messrs. Manning and
Squier, and others, organized the Passaic Zinc Company. William Crane
Squier was chosen president of the organization and continued in that position
up to 1887, when he resigned the presidency and was succeeded by William
Smith Brown, who died in 1892. The company had become extensive manu-
facturers of zinc, their factory and plant having been located in Jersey City,
New Jersey.

William Crane Squier and Richard H. Manning were the majority stock-
holders in a company which owned and operated the red oxide zinc mines at
Ogdensburgh, Sussex county. New Jersey. In 1877 Messrs. Manning and
Squier acquired a carbonate of zinc mine in Union county Tennessee, which
they operated for several years. The Stirling Hill Mine at Ogdensburgh and
the Mine Hill Mine, two miles northeast of Stirling Hill, which were owned
by the New Jersey Zinc Company, were the only red oxide of zinc producing
mines in the world that had been discovered and operated up to 1923. The
Ogdensburgh Mine had been originally owned by Lord Stirling before the
period of the Revolution. Lord Stirling had sunk several shafts, but never
utilized the valuable deposits found, and he remained of the opinion that the
products of these mines were productive of copper ore. William Crane Squier
having withdrawn from active participation in the management of the Passaic
Zinc Company about 1896, his sons have since been actively identified with
the interests of the aforementioned mines up to the present time (1923).

William Crane Squier, during the years of his commercial activities in the
city of New Orleans, was a member of the board of directors of the Commer-
cial Exchange Bank of that city. He was also an active director of the West-
ern Marine Insurance and State Insurance companies of New Orleans. Upon
his return to the North, and during his many years of residence in the city of
Rahway, Mr. Squier became identified with the financial institutions of that
city. He was for many years a director of the Farmers' and Mechanics' Bank
of Rahway, and was president of the Rahway Savings Bank up to the time of

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his death, which occurred August 31, 1906. He was one of the incorporators
of the Rahway Public Library, and was a member of the board of trustees of
the First Presbyterian Church, of Rahway. He held a life membership in the
New Jersey State Historical Society, and frequently gave of his time and sub-
stance towards advancing the social and civic interests of his native city.
During the early years of his manhood, Mr. Squier gave his support to the
principles and policies advocated by the Whig party, and after the formation
of the Republican party he became an ardent supporter of the political creed
of Abraham Lincoln. Throughout the entire period of his active commercial
and civic affiliations, he never sought nor held political office. His chief con-
cern and greatest delight was to direct and manage his numerous business
interests, in addition to counselling and aiding his sons in the management of
the family interests.

William Crane Squier married, November 8, 1841, Catherme Craig, born
February 17, 1822, died February 4, 1913, a daughter of Dr. David Stewart and
Phebe (Anderson) Craig. The former was for many years a prominent
physician of Rahway. In politics, he was a Democrat, and served in the
State Assembly for one term. The old David S. Craig homestead was
purchased in 1799 from Philip Paine, who had built the house prior to the
Revolution. Catherine (Craig) Squier was a great-granddaughter of Dr.
David Stewart, who came from Scotland on the "Caledonian," and was the
first practicing physician of Woodbridge, New Jersey, where he died. Cath-
erine (Craig) Squier was a highly cultured woman and of fine mental training.
She was possessed of many excellent qualities of both mind and heart, and
was highly respected and esteemed by all who knew her.

William Crane and Catherine (Craig) Squier were the parents of six sons,
as follows:

1. Stuart Craig, see following sketch. 4. Charles Burnham, born February 12,

2. William Crane, Jr., born March 27. 1845, 1850, died October 6, 1904.

died July 6, 1915. 5. Edwin Meredith, see a following sketch.

3. Frank Walker, born February 22, 1848, 6. Frederick Craig, see a following sketch,
died July 14, 1851.

All of the aforementioned sons, except William Crane, Jr., were associated
with their father in the Passaic Zinc Company. Catherine (Craig) Squier,
mother of the aforementioned children, died at the family home in Rahway,
Union county. New Jersey.


TUART CRAIG SQUIER, eldest child and son of William Crane
and Catherine (Craig) Squier, was born at the family home in the
city of Rahway, Union county, New Jersey, October 10, 1842. His
elementary educational training was acquired under private tuition,
and soon after completing his preparatory training he entered upon
a course of study in the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale Univer-
sity, where he continued his studies for some time. Immediately upon leaving

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his alma water, the young student became actively identified with his father
in his office and counting room in Jersey City, Hudson county, New Jersey,
where he acquired a practical knowledge of the various details and technique
of his father's mining and manufacturing interests. He remained actively
connected with the Passaic Zinc Company in association with his father and
brothers up to about 1896.

Soon after his marriage, in 1868, Stuart Craig Squier located with his wife
in the city of Rahway, where they continued to reside up to 1890, when he
removed with liis family to New York City, their home until 1898. Later Mr.
Squier purchased his present home in Park avenue, in the city of Greenwich,
Connecticut, where he has made his residence up to the present time (1923),
except during the period of an extended trip of travel abroad, when he visited
the various cities and countries of Continental Europe and also the Northern
countries of the Continent of Africa. During his travels abroad, Mr. Squier
was accompanied by his wife and two daughters, Katharine and Hester. Mr
Squier has also traveled extensively in the United States, and in company with
his wife, he visited numerous places of interest throughout the central portion
of this country and along the Pacific Coast. Since his return home, in 1914,
Mr. Squier has continued to reside at the family homestead in the city of
Greenwich, Connecticut, where he has during nearly a quarter of a century
become well and favorably known as a useful and worthy citizen.

Stuart Craig Squier married, in the city of Rahway, Union county. New
■Jersey, October 14, 1868, Caroline Elizabeth La-Bau, born March 4, 1846,
daughter of Francis and Hester (Freeman) La-Bau. Both the latter were
residents of Union county. New Jersey. Of their union in marriage they had
born to them the following children :

1. Helen Stuart, born July 13, 1869; mar- 4. Katharine Craig, born March 9, 187S;
ricd Frank H. Keen, October 32, 1895; married Chester Montgomery; their chil-
their children are: Harold R., Kath- dren are: Katharine C, and Hugh
arine S., Stuart Craig, and Hester M. Chester Montgomery.

Keen. 5. Elsie Morgan, born December 18, 1876;

2. WiUiain Craig, of further mention. married, November 23, 1897, Franklin

3. Caroline La-Bau, born November i, Edson ; their children are : Stuart Frank-
1873; married, in 1896, Augustus Sey- lin, Roger Cameron, Franklin, and
mour Houghton; their children are: Stephen Morgan Edson.

Margaret, Caroline La-Bau, and Augus- 6. Hester Freeman, born March 15, 1883;

tus Seymour Houghton. married October 31, 1907, Hugh Smiley;

their children are: Virginia La-Bau,
and Hugh Smiley.

William Craig Squier, only son and second child of Stuart Craig and Caro-
line Elizabeth (La-Bau) Squier, was born at the family home in the city of
Rahway, Union county. New Jersey, April 8, 1872. He married, September
29, 1897, Bessie Bittinger Miller, daughter of Charles W. and Rachael (Rod-
gers) Miller. She was born January 12, 1871 ; she died May 10, 1906. Of
their union in marriage they had born to them three children as follows :

I. Virginia Rodgers, married, June 4, 1921, 2. Elizabeth La-Bau.

Ashley Richards Pomeroy ; their daugh- 3. Stuart Craig (2).

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DWIN M. SQUIER, son of William Crane and Catherine (Craig)
Squier, was born at the family home in the city of Rahway, Union
county, New Jersey, April 8, 1852. His early educational training
was acquired under private tuition and in the schools of his native
town. He was reared to early manhood years under the parental
roof. In 1872 he became identified with his father's mining and
manufacturing interests, the office and plant being then located in Jersey City,
Hudson county. New Jersey, where he acquired a practical knowledge of the
details and management of the zinc nihiing and zinc manufacturing business,
under the guidance and tuition of his father, and remained actively connected
with the Passaic Zinc Company in various capacities until the interests of that
company were mutually dissolved. Edwin ]\I. Squier, however, has contmued
in identification with his father's interests in the zinc mining and zinc manu-
facturing business in the capacity of director and member of the executive
committee of the New Jersey Zinc Company, until the present (1923), a period
of over fifty years. During this period the industry has been developed to its
present magnitude, largely through the efTorts and practical business judg-
ment of the late William Crane Squier and his sons, who succeeded to his
interests upon his demise in 1906.

Edwin M. Squier has continued to reside at the parental homestead on St.
Georges avenue, in the city of Rahway, where he has substantially given of his
time and substance to the support of the numerous charities and other worthy
enterprises to which his honored parents had so generously contributed. It can
be justly stated that Edwin M. Squier has proved himself a worthy scion of a
notable line, and has the sincere respect and esteem of his fellow-citizens.


REDERICK CRAIG SQUIER, son of William Crane and Catherine
(Craig) Squier, was born at the family home in the city of Rahway,
Union county. New Jersey, October i, 1856. His elementary and
academical educational training was acquired under private tuition.
He spent the years of his boyhood and eariy manhood under the
parental roof. Soon after passing his twenty-third year, he became
actively identified with his father in the office and counting room of the Pas-
saic Zinc Company, in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he acquired a practical
knowledge of his father's mining and manufacturing interests, and remained
actively associated with the elder Squier, continuing to reside at the parental
home in the city of Rahway up to 1891, in which year he erected his present
commodious residence on St. Georges avenue, which he has since made the
family home. Having practically resided in Rahway during the entire period
of his life, he has always given generously of his time and substance towards
advancing the social, civic and moral interests of his home town, where among
his neighbors and fellow-citizens he has become highly respected and esteemed.
Frederick Craig Squier married, at the home of his bride, in the village of

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Picton, Union county, New Jersey, February 14, 1882, Minnie Cornelia Scud-
der, born March 20, 1856, daughter of Linus and Eliza (Banta) Scudder. The
former is a descendant of an old Colonial family of Northern New Jersey,
where many of their descendants are to-day classed among the leading pro-
fessional and successful business men. Of their union in marriage they had
born to them the following children:

, Marjorie Stuart, born October 22, 1886;
married, June 2, 1917, Harold M. Scarles,
son of Stephen B. and Wendella (Lip-
pincott) Searles; the Searles family an-
cestors have for several generations
resided in Westchester county, New
York, where they were prominently iden-
tified with the social and civic interests
of the various communities wherein they
resided ; of their union in marriage they

had bom to them one daughter, Cath-
erine Craig Searles, born April 30, 1920.
Frederick C, Jr., born February I, 1897;
he obtained his preparatory educational
training in the Hills School, borough of
Pottstown, Montgomery county, Penn-
sylvania, and next entered Princeton
University, from which institution he
graduated in June. 1921, with the degree
of Bachelor of Science.

Of the good ship "Caledonian," which was sometimes referred to as the
"Mayflower of New Jersey" by Thomas O. Crane, a former resident of Rah-
way, who had given much time to antiquarian research, and who died at an
advanced age, left among his papers the following written narrative :

I had this morning from James Crane, who had it from Alderman William Miller, a pious
man, a mill-stone cutter who lived to a great age and was well acquainted with Stephen Crane,
one of the first of the name who came to this town (Elizabethtown), and related it to said

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