Gaston Family Lines of Somerset
by Mrs. Anna Reger Gaston, Somerville, N. J.
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Part 1, pages 33-45
IN GIVING IN detail, so far as possible, the Somerset lines of the Gaston family, credit must be given, in the first place, to the results of patient inquiries and well-considered statements by Mr. Marshall Gaston, of Ohio, who investigated the Connecticut and Massachusetts Gaston lines, and to Mr. Charles A. Hanna, of Ohio, whose "Historical Collections of Hamilton County, Ohio," (1900) have gone into much detail concerning the early Somerset Gaston families. Without the latter work it would not have been possible to give herein so many of the descendants of Hugh Gaston, of Peapack, and it has also thrown much light upon the early descendants of Joseph Gaston, of Bernards. I also acknowledge the assistance of the Editor of the QUARTERLY in securing a large number of facts and dates, and that of Mr. John A. Powelson, of Bedminster township,
and of various correspondents. Some of the other authorities are noted in their proper places.
So far as known, nearly all Gastons in New Jersey descend from Joseph and Hugh Gaston, brothers, of Bedminster township, Somerset County. At present those of the name in the County are descendants of Joseph, the male descendants from Hugh being scattered elsewhere, chiefly in Pennsylvania and the West. But the Connecticut and Massachusetts lines also descend, as is believed, from brothers of Hugh and Joseph, viz., John and Alexander, as will presently appear.
That the Gaston family was a French family there is no doubt. As early as 1445 "two gentlemen" of the name of Gaston, living at or near La-Mothe St. Didier, became interested in what were believed to be wonderful cures wrought at the shrine of St. Andrew in that town, especially because one of these Gaston sons was there cured of the disease known as "St. Anthony's Fire." In consequence they devoted their property to the work, and, seven other persons assisting, built a large hospital. The hospitallers soon founded the "Congregation of Regular Canons of the Order of Anthony," and one of the Gastons was made Grand Master of the Order. (See McClinton and Strong's "Cyclopaedia of Biblical Literature" (1894), Vol. I, p. 252). The name was common in France afterward. Alphonse Daudet, the noted French novelist, used the name "Marie Gaston" as a pseudonym.
The Gastons with which we in America are concerned adhered to the Calvinistic Reformation in the Sixteenth Century and had to leave France. The first known Gaston in the British Isles, and the earliest certain ancestor of the New Jersey Gastons, was John Gaston, a French Huguenot, born about 1600, supposedly in France. He married in Scotland, and had, among other sons, three: John, William and Alexander. These three sons "emigrated to County Antrim, Ireland, about 1660 to 1668. Of these probably John, whose name appears on Hearth-money rate list for Ireland in 1669 as of Magheragall, County Antrim, had issue, among others, several sons, some of whom remained in Ireland and some emigrated to America, as did also the sons of other brothers." William, son of John, remained in Ireland, but all of his sons came to America and settled in South Carolina except one, who went to North Carolina. Their names were: John, Elizabeth, Hugh, Mary, Robert, Janet, William, Alexander and Martha. Alexander had a son William, b. 1778, who became a North Carolinian of distinction, serving in Congress 1813-'15 and being Chief Justice of North Carolina 1834-'44. One of this Scotch-Irish Gaston family (which one is not clearly stated), living in Gaston-town, County Antrim, had a daughter who m. Gavin MacArthur, whose son, William, born in 1796, came to America after 1818, settling in Vermont,
married Malvina Stone, and was the father of Chester Alan Arthur, who became twenty-first President of the United States.
John Gaston, the eldest son of the John of Scotland, is believed to have been the grandfather of:
Hugh Gaston, of Peapack, Somerset co., N. J., b. 1698.
Joseph Gaston, of Bernards township, Somerset co., N. J., b. about 1700.
John Gaston, of Voluntown, New London co., Conn., b. about 1704.
Alexander Gaston, of Richmond, Mass., b. 1714.
Mary Gaston, who m. Rev. James Cauldwell, who came to New Jersey about 1732 and settled at Long Hill, N. J.
There may have been others, both sons and daughters, who did not come to America.
Both John Gaston, of Connecticut, and Alexander Gaston, of Massachusetts, have many descendants, both in the East and in the West. One of this John's descendants was Hon. William Gaston who became Governor of Massachusetts in 1874.
It is said that the four brothers, Hugh, Joseph, John and Alexander, came at the same time and "landed in New Jersey," and, as we know from a Bible record and otherwise that Joseph arrived "about 1720," it is probable that is the approximate date of their arrival at (presumably) the port of Perth Amboy.
We are now concerned only with Hugh and Joseph of Somerset County and their descendants.
Line of Hugh Gaston, of Peapack, N. J.
1. HUGH GASTON, farmer (line of John, of Ireland, Scotchman, as before stated), was b. in the county of Antrim, Ireland, of Scotch parents, about 1687; d. at Peapack, Somerset County, N. J., Dec. 23, 1772, "in his 85th year," as his tombstone at Lamington indicates; m. (probably in Ireland about 1718) Jennet (???), who was b. about 1698 and d. Aug. 1, 1777, "in her 80th year." She was also buried at Lamington and has a tombstone. Some have supposed she was a Kirkpatrick, but without actual proof.
Hugh arrived in New Jersey, with his brothers previously named, about 1720. Where he resided for the first twenty years no record shows, but probably in Bedminster township, as, on April 21, 1744, in the Johnston "Journals," his house is mentioned in a survey of that date, viz., "at 10 chain Hugh Gastin's house," evidently near corner of Lot No. 7. (QUARTERLY, Vol. I, p. 264). So it is judged he, with other Scotch-Irishmen, drifted quickly to the Peapack Patent lots and, probably by an early lease, located in Bedminster township and built a log house, which
had fallen to ruin by 1755. (Ibid, Vol. III, p. 262). He had at that time a large family growing up, and these dates are certain:
On Feb. 10, 1746, he took up land (probably for his son William) in Mt. Bethel township, Bucks (now Northampton) county, Pennsylvania. This was over the river from Warren county, and was just being developed by the Scotch-Irish (especially by the Craig family, which formed a settlement called "the Craig Settlement" in that general vicinity).
On June 20, 1751, he again took up land in Mt. Bethel township, probably for one of his sons.
On May 2, 1755, he purchased Lot No. 5 in the Peapack Patent, embracing 268 1/2 acres. (QUARTERLY, Vol. III, p. 196).
He was an attendant at and contributed to the Lamington Presbyterian church during Rev. James McCrea's ministry (1740-'66), but no other records than those named, and the occasional references to him in the Johnston "Journals," throw light on his personal character, which no doubt was religious and positive after the Scotch fashion. Nor is there other data concerning him in Somerset, the early records of the County being destroyed in 1778. The data given below of his children is largely from the researches of Mr. Hanna, of Ohio, but have been extended and supplemented by searches in Somerset County and at Trenton.
CHILDREN OF HUGH GASTON (1) AND JENNET (???):
2. JOHN, b. about 1719; d. after 1793; m. (???). He settled in Upper Freehold township, Monmouth co., before 1740, attending the old Tennant church. In 1758 he owned a grist and fulling mill there (called "Gaston's Mill," being "on Rocky brook" in 1779; see "N. J. Archives," Vol. III, pp. 89, 99), and in the same year subscribed to the Presbyterian church parsonage at Cranbury. (Clayton's "Hist. of Middlesex Co.," p. 867). From Johnston's "Journals" of 1754, he was then of Cranbury, while his brother James was of Freehold. (QUARTERLY, Vol. III, p. 25). In 1793 he deeded a tract of land to his son, Hugh. His known children were all baptized at the Tennant church. (For children, see infra).
3. WILLIAM, of Mt. Bethel township, Northampton Co., Pa., b. about 1720; d. (killed by Indians) Dec., 1755; name of his wife unknown, but she d. before Sept., 1762. He went to Northampton (then Bucks) county in 1751. (For ch., see infra).
4. MARGARET, who m., Nov. 8, 1750, Thomas Moffat, of Middlesex county, N. J. He d. 1770, and Hugh Gaston (her father, or brother) administered on his estate. (For ch., see infra).
4a. ALEXANDER (supposed). There was an Alexander Gaston who was a lay Judge of Somerset County, N. J., in 1780, and it may have been he was a son of Hugh.
5. JOSEPH. He took up land in Mt. Bethel township, Northampton county, Jan., 1765; d. 1775; m. Isabell (???), who d. after 1775. He was Justice of the Peace 1766-'75. By his will his executors were "Hugh Gaston, of East Jersey, Samuel Rea, and Major John Gaston, of Mt. Bethel township."
7. HUGH, JR., farmer, of Peapack, N. J., b. 1734; d. June 25, 1808, "in his 75th year;" m. (1) Mary Sloan (dau. of William and Mary Sloan, of Lamington), who was b. about 1742 and d. Apr. 14, 1766, "in her 25th year;" (2) Mary Adams (dau. of John and Agnes Adams), who was b. about 1745 and d. Feb. 16, 1769, "in her 25th year;" and (3) Mary Kirkpatrick (dau. of Hon. David Kirkpatrick and Mary McEowen, of Minebrook, and sister to Chief Justice Andrew Kirkpatrick), who was b. Nov. 23, 1761, and d. July 1, 1842. After Mr. Gaston's death, Mary Kirkpatrick Gaston, his widow, m., Apr. 15, 1819, George Todd, who d. about June, 1830. Hugh, Jr., succeeded to his father's estate (perhaps purchased it after his father's death) and lived in a stone house at Peapack. He was appointed lay Judge of Somerset in 1782. On Aug. 18, 1808, his estate was administered on by his widow, Mary, and her brother, Alexander Kirkpatrick (who was the father of Rev. Jacob Kirkpatrick, D. D., of Ringoes, N. J.). It is believed Hugh, Jr., had no ch. by his second wife. (For ch., see infra).
8. JAMES, of Upper Freehold twsp., Monmouth co., in 1754. (See under John, 2). There appear to be no other dates concerning him, except that, sometime prior to 1758, he was on the congregational list of the Lamington Presbyterian church in Somerset Co., while in that year (1758) he subscribed to the building of a church parsonage at Allentown, N. J., and in 1785 he subscribed to the building of the Cranbury Presbyterian church, both being in Middlesex co. No further trace.
9. ELIZABETH, b. 1737; m. Thomas Kirkpatrick, who, in Sept., 1795, was a member of the Session of the Basking Ridge Presbyterian church, and who settled at Liberty Corner. (For ch., see infra).
10. REBECCA, b. Dec. 12, 1739; d. June, 1819; m. William Logan, of Bedminster twsp., who was b. Mar. 18, 1736, and d. Jan. 8, 1814. (QUARTERLY, Vol. III, p. 154).
CHILDREN OF JOHN GASTON (2) AND (???): (All baptized at Tennant church, Monmouth county, N. J.
11. MARY, bap. Dec. 9, 1739; d. in infancy.
12. JAMES, bap. Mar. 28, 1742; m., Apr. 20, 1773, Lydia Tapscott. He (or James 21), in 1773, took up land in Mt. Bethel twsp., Northampton co., Pa. Later a James Gaston was on the tax lists of Cecil and Rostraver twsps., Washington co., Pa. James and Lydia had a son William,
who served in the Revolutionary War, and who m. Catherine English (dau. of Dr. James English, of New Brunswick), and had ch.: Lydia Tapscott; John Baird; Mary Ann; Letitia; Hannah.
13. HUGH, bap. July 15, 1744; lived in Millstone twsp., Monmouth co., until after 1801.
14. MARY (second), bap. Mar. 8, 1747.
15. ELIZABETH (twin with Mary), bap. Mar. 8, 1747.
16. DANIEL, bap. Apr. 3, 1749; m. (???); served in Revolutionary War. Children (bap. at Tennant) were: John; Catherine; John; William; Jane.
CHILDREN OF WILLIAM GASTON (3) AND (???):
17. JOHN, b. (probably in Somerset County, N. J.), May, 1740; d. Sept. 10, 1823; m., in Monmouth co., N. J., Feb. 4, 1760, Charity Cheeseman (dau. of Joseph Cheeseman, of Upper Freehold--now Millstone--twsp., Monmouth co.), who was b. Mar. 13, 1734, and d. Feb. 15, 1821. Both are buried in the Mingo churchyard in Washington co., Pa. John removed, after 1767, to Mt. Bethel twsp. (then Bucks co.), Pa.; took up 275 acres there in Feb., 1772. He served as a Major in the Revolutionary War. Between 1780-'82 he removed to Rostraver twsp., West-moreland co., Pa., and, about 1790, to Peters (now Union) twsp., Washington co., Pa. His ch. were: William, who removed to Ohio; Joseph, who went to South Carolina and then to Butler co., Ohio; John; Samuel; James, who went to Ohio; Samuel (second); Elizabeth; Margaret, who m. Samuel McClain, of New Jersey, and settled in Washington co., Pa.
18. WILLIAM, b. (probably in Somerset County, N. J.), about 1742; d. in Upper Mt. Bethel twsp. (then Bucks co.), Pa., about April, 1801; m. Elizabeth (???). (It is supposed his wife was a dau. of Robert Simonton, who resided in Bedminster twsp., Somerset County, prior to the Revolution). His children were: Alexander; William; Charles; Margaret; Elizabeth.
19. HUGH, b. about 1745; served in Revolutionary War from Mt. Bethel twsp., Pa.; removed to Allegheny co., Pa., in 1795.
20. JENNET, b. about 1748; m. Moses Phenix.
21. JAMES, b. about 1750. Supposed to have gone to Mt. Bethel twsp., Pa. (But he may be the James Gaston who was a Justice of the Peace of Somerset Co., in 1781, and was appointed a Lay Judge in 1783, as of this last named James there seems to be no other trace).
CHILDREN OF JOSEPH GASTON (5) AND ISABELL (???):
22. HUGH, b. in Somerset Co., N. J., Jan. 18, 1764; d. in Columbiana co., Ohio, June 24, 1839; m., Mar. 14, 1789, Grace Gaston (dau. of Robert Gaston, 40, and Rosanna Cooper), who was b. Nov. 25, 1764, and
d. Mar. 14, 1838. He remained in Bedminster twsp., Somerset Co., till about 1797, when he removed to Lycoming co., Pa., and subsequently went to Ohio. (For ch., see infra).
23. JAMES, b. in Somerset Co., N. J., about 1767; d. 1813; m. Jane (???). In 1788 he removed to Smith twsp., Washington co., Pa. Children were: William; Mary; Jane; John.
25. JOHN, who probably settled in Indiana.
26. ALEXANDER, a physician, b. July 22, 1769; d. July 9, 1825; m. Rachel Perry. He probably went to Canton twsp., Washington co., Pa., about 1792. Left descendants in Ohio.
CHILDREN OF HUGH GASTON, JR. (7) AND MARY SLOAN:
27. WILLIAM, b. Apr. 2, 1763; d. Dec. 15, 1763.
28. JOSEPH, b. Dec. 18, 1765; d. Aug. 14, 1777.
CHILDREN OF HUGH GASTON, JR. (7) AND MARY KIRKPATRICK:
30. SAMUEL KIRKPATRICK, physician, who m. Nancy T. Cooper (dau. of Henry Cooper, of Chester, N. J.). He resided in Bedminster twsp., Somerset Co., in 1816, when he conveyed 300 acres of land (doubtless the same as owned by his father) to Nicholas Arrowsmith, and on Oct. 27, 1817, a lot to the same. Had one ch., Henrietta. As there is no trace of him in N. J. after that date, it is supposed he went West.
31. JOHN, b. July 4, 1796; d. Feb. 17, 1800.
CHILDREN OF THOMAS KIRKPATRICK AND ELIZABETH GASTON (9):
(a) John Kirkpatrick; m. Anne Coriell (dau. of Elias Coriell). Ch.: Sarah, who m. John Layton and settled at Plainfield, N. J.; Elizabeth, who m. John King (son of John King, of Liberty Corner, N. J.); Thomas, who m. Maria Hurd; Elias, who m. Jane Squier (dau. of Ludlow Squier), and settled at Plainfield, N. J.; James, who m. (1) Aletta Van Arsdale (dau. of Philip Van Arsdale), and (2) Mary Stout; Lydia, who m. Stephen Woodard, and removed to Chicago; Jane, who m. David Kline; Mary, who m. Tunis Van Nest; John, unmarried; Ann, who m. Philip Van Arsdale (son of Peter Arsdale); Hugh, who m. Elizabeth King, of Belleville.
(b) Jane Kirkpatrick, who d. unmarried, aged 60 years.
CHILDREN OF HUGH GASTON (22) AND GRACE GASTON:
32. JOSEPH, b. Dec. 24, 1789. Whom he m., or where he settled and died is unknown. Children were: Samuel; Hamilton; Martin; Watson; Hugh; Jacob; Elizabeth.
33. JAMES, b. Jan. 20, 1793; d. Mar. 13, 1872; m. Elizabeth Kilgore, of Cadiz, Ohio, where he probably resided.
34. ROBERT, b. Feb. 23, 1794; d. June 4, 1801.
35. ELIZABETH, b. Sept. 7, 1797; d. Jan. 14, 1816.
36. HUGH, b. Apr. 9, 1804; d. Mar. 27, 1854. No further knowledge of him except that he had ch.: Hamilton; Martha; Elizabeth; Mary.
(All foregoing probably lived in Ohio).
Line of Joseph Gaston, of Bernards Township
(Numbering continued to facilitate reference).
37. JOSEPH GASTON (brother to Hugh (1) and son of John, of Ireland, a Scotchman, as before stated), was b. in County Antrim, Ireland, about 1700; d. about April, 1777, in Bernards twsp., Somerset Co., N. J.; m., probably about 1725-'28, Margaret (???). According to a record in the Gaston Bible owned by the late John W. Gaston, of North Branch, N. J., and according to published statements otherwise, he came to America with his brothers Hugh, John and Alexander, about 1720. He was a farmer, but little is known of him. No record of the date of his death appears, nor is his place of burial known (though it was probably at Basking Ridge); but his will, dated March 31, 1777, probated May, 1777 (Trenton Wills, Book 18, p. 577), provides for his wife "Margrete," and directs his executors to "find her a place to live upon" after the sale of his farm. The children named in his will are Robert, Joseph, Martha, Margaret Kirkpatrick and Prucilla, and grandchildren William and Joseph Gaston; also grandchildren John, Stephen, Elizabeth, Isaac and Margaret Gaston (children of his son John, who was deceased), and grandchildren Joseph, William and John (sons of David Chambers). His executors were his sons Robert and Joseph Gaston and David Kirkpatrick. His widow, Margaret, subsequently removed to, and doubtless lived with her son Joseph in Hardwick twsp., Sussex co. (now Frelinghuysen twsp.), where she died Aug. 31, 1795, aged 90 years. Her tombstone is to be found in the Yellow Frame Presbyterian church burying-ground in Frelinghuysen twsp., with these words following her name and date of death, "She was long a mother of Israel." This curious verse follows:
"Age and diseases in a throng
Attacked the house that stood so long
In spite of all attempts to prop
They tore the earthly fabrick up
Tho dead she speaks and thus she cries
Friends seek your house above the skies."
CHILDREN OF JOSEPH GASTON (37) AND MARGARET (???):
(All born in Bernards township, Somerset Co., N. J.).
38. MARGARET, who m. Andrew Kirkpatrick (son of Alexander and Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, the progenitors of the Kirkpatrick families in this
country), of Somerset Co., N. J. Andrew arrived in this country with his father in 1736, and inherited the homestead, but, shortly after his father's death in 1758, he sold it to his brother David Kirkaptrick, and removed to Redstone, Fayette co., Pa., and had ch.: Alexander; Jennet, who m. Abner Johnson; Elizabeth, who m. Hugh Bartley, farmer, who resided in Somerset County, N. J. (in Bedminster twsp.); Margaret, wife of Joseph McMartin; Mary; Sarah; Anne; Hannah. Elizabeth Bartley d. June 24, 1803, aged 86 years. [For other particulars of the Kirkpatrick family, see next number of the QUARTERLY; also Ibid, Vol. III, p. 268; Lee's "Geneal. and Memor. Hist. of N. J.," Vol. II, p. 458; also "Kirkpatrick Memorial," 1867.--EDITOR QUARTERLY].
39. JOHN, b. Nov. 10, 1730; d. Oct. 3, 1776; m. (1), June 27, 1758, Elizabeth Ker (dau. of William and Catherine Ker, of Lamington, natives of Scotland), who was b. Mar. 19, 1738, and d. May 6, 1765. He married (2) Sarah Ogden (dau. of Stephen Ogden and Elizabeth Whitaker, of Basking Ridge). John was a farmer, living, probably, near the Burnt Mills, which mills, or some other mills on the North Branch of the Raritan, he owned prior to his death, as his "mills" property is mentioned in a deed of 1787 to Colonel William McDonald, having been sold to him that year by John Gaston's executors. He was in the mercantile business with Bryan Lefferty prior to March, 1760 ("N. J. Archives," Vol. 20, p. 437). In 1762 he was one of the "Managers" of the Lottery for the Bound Brook Bridge. (QUARTERLY, Vol. III, p. 92). In a mortgage to him of 1769 he is described as a "merchant." From 1772 to '76 he was clerk of the Board of Freeholders, and during this time was also engaged in building bridges, so that he must have been an active business man in his day. Probably he was also a member of the Bedminster township Committee of Observation and Inspection in 1775 (as stated, without first name, in Mellick's "Story of an Old Farm," p. 286). He was an attendant at the Lamington Presbyterian church. His will, dated Sept. 10, 1776, probated Oct. 14, 1776 (Trenton Wills, Book 18, p. 1), refers to his wife as "Sarah Gaston," and mentions eldest son William, and sons Joseph and John. The will states eight children. (For ch., see infra).
40. ROBERT, b. Jan. 23, 1732; d. in Torbet (now Delaware) twsp., Northumberland co., Pa., Sept. 2, 1793, and was buried in Warrior Run graveyard; m., May 15, 1762, Rosanna Cooper (dau. of Daniel Cooper, the famous cenetenarian of Long Hill, N. J., and probably Grace Runyon, the first of Daniel's six wives), who was b. Mar. 23, 1742, and d. Jan. 14, 1817. Robert resided in Bernards twsp., Somerset Co., N. J., until about 1770; then in Pequannock twsp., Morris co., until 1778; then in Bedminster twsp., Somerset Co., until about July, 1792, when he removed to Northumberland co., Pa. While in Morris co., in May, 1776, he was
the first man to sign the articles of association of many citizens of that county to sustain the Continental Congress ("N. J. Archives," First Series, Vol. X, p. 717). On May 15, 1777, he was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel in the Western Battalion, Morris co. militia, but subsequently (date not given) resigned. ("N. J. Archives," Second Series, Vol. I, p. 290; Stryker's "Officers and Men," p. 358). On Oct. 15, 1777, he purchased ten acres of land in the township of Mendham, Morris co., but the next year removed to Bedminster twsp., Somerset Co., and resided on a place of about 20 acres (which embraced what is now known as Schomp's Mills), adjoining the "Old Stone House farm" of Johannes Moelick. In 1782 he was Justice of the Peace; from 1782-'84 he was clerk of the Board of Chosen Freeholders of Somerset. During the same period, in 1783, he was appointed a Lay Judge of the Somerset Courts. In 1787 he was assessed on 20 acres in Bedminster twsp. In the October Term, 1791, he again appears on the records as Lay Judge, but not after the June Term, 1792. During that year he sold the Bedminster place mentioned, and also 37 acres of land in Bernards twsp., to Nicholas Arrowsmith (as per Somerset Deeds), and removed to Northumberland co., Pa., where his son, Joseph, was located, and there died. He was a Free Mason, as appears by the Bedminster Lodge books. (For ch., see infra).
41. JOSEPH, of Sussex co., N. J., b. about 1738; d. Oct. 24, 1804; m., Nov. 2, 1772, Margaret Linn (dau. of Joseph Linn and Martha Kirkpatrick, of Sussex co.), who was b. about 1751 and d. Sept. 19, 1822, in her 72nd year. (The above-named Joseph Linn was a brother to Judge Alexander Linn, of Bernards twsp., Somerset Co., and his wife Margaret was the daughter of Andrew Kirkpatrick, of Mine Brook). Joseph Gaston was a farmer, and an elder in the Yellow Frame Presbyterian church in Hardwick twsp., Sussex co. (now Frelinghuysen twsp., Warren co.), On June 1, 1776, he purchased of his father-in-law "Lot No. 2" in Hardwick twsp., containing 218 acres. (Sussex Deeds, not recorded until Nov. 28, 1816). He also owned at the time of his death 59 acres in Newton twsp., and 60 additional acres in Hardwick twsp. In the Rev. Casper Schaeffer "Memoirs and Reminiscences" (1907), edited by Hon. William M. Johnson, of Hackensack, two interesting sentences occur respecting Joseph. "Immediately in front of the pulpit, on the west side of the middle aisle, appeared the aldermanic and portly form of Esquire Gaston and his family. . . . Joseph Gaston, Esq., was esteemed a judicious, upright man; he died of bilious colic." (Page 50).
Joseph was both a prominent and responsible man, as he was not only paymaster during the Revolution to the militia of Sussex co., but was also appointed sole agent for that county of forfeited estates (estates confiscated because belonging to Tories), and as such agent made several deeds in
1787, one being to Henry Johnson, of Newton, (Capt. Henry, son of Coart Johnson, of Readington, Hunterdon co., and grandfather of Hon. William M. Johnson). From 1798-1800 he was a member of the New Jersey Assembly. As Joseph died intestate, his real estate descended to his two daughters, Martha and Margaret, who, with their husbands, Dr. Elijah Everett and Rev. John Boyd, made a partition deed in May, 1809, by which Margaret received the homestead in Hardwick twsp. of 218 acres, and the other lands went to Martha. Joseph's wife, Margaret, in her will of June 22, 1821 (Sussex Wills, Book B), mentions these daughters and three grandchildren, Joseph Gaston Everett, Margaret Gaston Everett and Margaret Boyd. (For ch., see infra).
42. MARTHA, who m. (???) Paterson. No further trace.
43. PRISCILLA (or Prucilla, as spelled in father's will), who m. (license date), Sept. 24, 1771, Daniel McCain, of Somerset Co. (probably son of James McCain). They probably resided in Hardwick twsp., Sussex co., as McCains were there fifty years ago.
44. (???) (daughter, name unknown), who m. David Chambers, but was deceased in 1777, leaving ch.: Joseph; William; John, as per will of Joseph, 41).
CHILDREN OF JOHN GASTON (39) AND ELIZABETH KER:
45. CATHERINE, b. May 12, 1759; d. Apr. 14, 1762.
46. WILLIAM, of Pluckemin, N. J., b. Jan. 13, 1761; d. Feb. 13, 1809; m., Dec. 10, 1782, Naomi Teeple (dau. of John Teeple and Margaret Castner, of Pluckemin), who was b. July 20, 1760, and d. June 24, 1818. He learned the trade of harness making and kept a shop in Pluckemin, his house being a little west of the village. The parents of William's wife were somewhat noted in local annals from the fact that, after living together for fifty-seven years, they died on the same day, Mar. 17, 1813, within three hours of each other, and were buried in the same grave at Pluckemin. William died without a will. Naomi's will, probated in 1818 (Somerset Wills, Book B. p. 370), bequeathed all her property to her son, William, who was appointed sole executor. (For ch., see infra).
47. JOSEPH, of Pluckemin, b. Mar. 29, 1763; d. Oct. 16, 1796; m., Mar. 1, 1781, Ida Van Arsdalen (dau. of Capt. Isaac Van Arsdalen, noted patriot). This Ida is the one who, when fourteen years of age, gained glory by following the British who had made a raid at Pluckemin and had carried away her favorite colt, and recaptured the colt. (Snell's "Hunterdon and Somerset," p. 701). Joseph owned 19 acres of land in five lots in 1795 (when he mortgaged same), purchased of George Schamp, John Teeple, Garret Eoff and others. He d. when thirty-three, without a will, and his estate was administered on by his father-in-law and Abraham Brown. (For ch., see infra).
CHILDREN OF JOHN GASTON (39) AND SARAH OGDEN:
48. JOHN, who m. a Lansing and settled at Lansingburg, N. Y.
49. STEPHEN, b. July 20, 1769; m., at Troy, New York, Hannah Wright, who was b. in Massachusetts in 1783. He settled in the State of New York, and has now some descendants at Montclair, N. J.
50. ELIZABETH, who m. Elias Hedges and settled at Colerain, Ohio.
51. ISAAC, b. Mar. 25, 1773; m., Mar. 17, 1803, Anna Hedges, and settled near Morristown. Children: (1) Augustus L., b. May 15, 1801; d. 1841; settled at Reilly, Butler co., Ohio, in 1828. (2) Elias Hedges, of same place. (3) Margaret, who m. Smith Scudder, of Elizabeth, N. J.
CHILDREN OF ROBERT GASTON (40) AND ROSANNA COOPER:
52. GRACE, b. Nov. 25, 1764; d. Mar. 14, 1838; m., Hugh Gaston, who finally settled in Ohio. (See further under Hugh, 22, and, for ch., Nos. 32-36).
53. JOSEPH, b. Nov. 19, 1766; d. Apr. 18, 1834; m., Mar. 12, 1787, Margaret Melick (dau. of Aaron Malick--as he wrote his name--and Charlotte Miller), who was b. Dec. 22, 1767. He settled in Northumberland co., Pa., where he served as county commissioner. Their children being fully given, with details, in Mellick's "Story of an Old Farm" (p. 635), they are merely added here in brief, viz.: (1) Robert, of Warrior Run, Northumberland co., Pa., who m. Eleanor Shannon. (2) Charlotte, who m. James Durham. (3) Rosanna. (4) Aaron, who m. (a) Sarah Ann Clarke, and (b) Rosanna Camp. (5) Daniel, clergyman, who m. Rosa Morris. (6) Mary. (7) Anne, who m. William Sample. Mellick gives only a line to Rev. Daniel Gaston, but it ought to be added that he was educated at Lafayette College, was pastor at Beaver Meadows, Pa.; and from Jan. 1, 1845, until his death, Apr. 16, 1865, was pastor of the Cohocksink Presbyterian church at Philadelphia. After his death the members of this church established a mission, which has since become the fine Gaston Presbyterian church of Philadelphia, located at 11th street and Lehigh avenue.
54. MARGARET, b. Dec. 17, 1768; d. Sept. 10, 1807; m., 1785, Daniel Melick (brother to Margaret, of preceding paragraph), tanner and farmer, of Bedminster twsp., Somerset Co., N. J., who was b. Oct. 28, 1763, and d. July 9, 1815, in the "Old Stone House," Bedminster. Daniel subsequently m. (1808) Catherine Johnston LaRue. His children are only named here, because fully given, with their descendants, in Mellick's "Story of An Old Farm," (p. 639). These children were (by first wife): (1) Aaron, unm.; (2) Elizabeth, who m. Dennis Van Duyn, of Peapack; (3) Charlotte, unm.; (4) Roseanna, who m. William J. Todd, of Peapack; (5) John, who m. Ann Nevius; (6) Mary, who m. Peter Sutphen,
of Bedminster; (7) David, unm.; (8) William, who m. Maria Suydam; (9) Daniel, unm.; (10) Catherine, who m. John Allen. (By second wife): (11) Margaret, who m. Abram D. Huff; (12) Andrew D., who m. Elizabeth Dunn, and was father of Andrew D., Jr., author of "The Story of An Old Farm."
55. MARY, b. Feb. 12, 1770.
56. DANIEL, b. Apr. 5, 1773.
57. ANNE, b. Mar. 25, 1774.
58. GEORGE WASHINGTON, b. Apr. 2, 1777.
59. JOHN, b. Feb. 8, 1780.
(Of what became of the last five children, no record has been found).
CHILDREN OF JOSEPH GASTON (41) AND MARGARET LINN:
60. MARTHA, b. about 1774; m., Jan., 1800, Dr. Elijah Everett, who d. Jan. 11, 1850. Dr. Everett resided in Greene twsp., six miles from Newton. They had at least two children, Joseph G. and Margaret G. (As to land inheritance of Martha, see under her father, Joseph, 41).
61. MARGARET, b. about 1776; m., Apr. 10, 1806, Rev. John Boyd (son of John Boyd, of Franklin co., Pa.). Rev. Mr. Boyd was a brother to Rev. William Boyd, pastor of the Presbyterian church of Lamington, Somerset Co., N. J., from 1784-1807. From 1803-'12 he was pastor of the Yellow Frame Presbyterian church in Hardwick twsp., Sussex co. (now in Frelinghuysen twsp., Warren co.), and of the Newton Presbyterian church, jointly, but when or where he died I have not been able to ascertain. They had at least one ch., Margaret. (As to the land inheritance from her father, see under Joseph, 41).
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CHILDREN OF WILLIAM GASTON (46) AND NAOMI TEEPLE:
62. JOHN W., b. Sept. 26, 1783; d. June 20, 1859; m., Oct. 17, 1805, Sarah Castner (dau. of Daniel Castner and Mary Thompson), who was b. Oct. 26, 1782, and d. Apr. 8, 1859. He was brought up to the harness maker's trade, but became later a farmer, and was probably a resident of Pluckemin until 1808, when he removed to Somerville. In 1809 he purchased a lot next to the Academy lot, near the corner of Main and Bridge streets, Somerville, having sold his Pluckemin residence in 1808 to James Harriot. In 1812, or before, he seems to have again settled near Pluckemin. On Dec. 10, 1816, he purchased a farm of 141 acres from Dennis Stryker. This farm adjoined those of Tunis Van Derveer and Abraham Quick, and has been known, during the whole century since, as the "Gaston Homestead of North Branch." When an effort was made to build the Presbyterian church at Pluckemin he was so deeply interested that he volunteered to mortgage his farm to raise money for building the edifice. At the organization of this church in 1851 he was one of its founders. His wife met an unfortunate death by fire. During the absence of a maid, while busy with the cooking, her clothing took fire from a spark from the stove, burning her so severely that she died the same day. (For ch., see infra).
63. WILLIAM, b. Sept. 26, 1785; d. Sept. 12, 1837; unm. This William was given a liberal education and, in November, 1805, established himself as a cotton merchant in Savannah, Ga., with a branch office in New York City, where he employed his nephew, William Ker Gaston, as his assistant. While he was in his New York office, conversing with this nephew, he became suddenly ill and died in a few hours. The late Dr. A. W. McDowell, writing of him in 1873, in "Our Home," says of him (but making an error as to his education):
"He was a self-made man. As a merchant he built up a character for probity, energy and success, of which any man might be proud. With but limited means of education he was forced to learn lessons of wisdom by his own experience. Under all these disadvantages he was a most successful merchant; his name to this day is always mentioned in Savannah, or Georgia, with the highest respect and consideration. . . . He was a bachelor living in handsome style and was fond of entertaining his friends and lavishing his hospitality. The father of the writer [the Rev. Dr. William A. McDowell], while residing in Charleston, had occasion to visit Savannah. He met a select party of gentlemen at William's house. He remarked to me he had never seen a handsomer
entertainment at the South. . . . In one of [its] wide old streets, under the shade of lofty evergreens, is the old Savannah cemetery. Here, in a handsome vault, erected at the expense of $1,500, masoned up with a marble door, reposes all that is mortal of William Gaston."
The following was published as a "broadside" in Savannah in 1837:
"At a meeting of merchants and citizens generally, held (in pursuance of a public notice) at the Exchange, in the city of Savannah, on Thursday, September 21st, 1837, for the purpose of testifying their respects for the memory of the late William Gaston, Esq., and their deep sense of the loss sustained by this community by his decease.
"Joseph Cumming, Esq., was called to the chair, and William P. Hunter was appointed Secretary.
"The following preamble and resolutions were offered by George Schley, Esq., and unanimously adopted, viz.:
"'William Gaston, for many years conspicuous as one of our most eminent merchants and respectable citizens, having been through the wise dispensations of Providence removed from us by death, and this sad event having occurred when at a distance from this, the place of his home, so that his fellow-citizens were denied the melancholy satisfaction of individually offering to his remains the last rites of respect and affection, they deem it proper publicly to commune on this occasion, and to express their deep regret for a bereavement which cannot but touch the sympathies, not only of this community, but of thousands far away, for the strangers' friend will not be unwept, while gratitude yields to worth the just tribute of a tear.
"'It is therefore Resolved, as the sentiment of this meeting, that Mr. Gaston as a merchant was distinguished for his intelligence, industry and integrity--for his promptness, frankness and liberality. That, as a citizen, he was patriotic, public-spirited and munificent--and in the contribution of private charity, of unsurpassed benevolence. That he was the patron of merit in every form and emphatically the friend of the stranger, dispensing with a liberal hand the avails of his honorable and successful enterprise. That in the intercourse of domestic life his friends can, through long years, remember his cheerful welcome and kind hospitality--his glowing genius, refined intelligence and accomplished manners--his generous and confiding spirit. That Mr. Gaston in his character as a man and a citizen, combined a rare assemblage of virtues which no time can efface from our memory--and although they are extensively known and appreciated, we choose the melancholy pleasure of repeating them, as a salutary contemplation and attractive example; and for their commemoration be it further
"'Resolved, That under the superintendence of a Committee to be appointed for that purpose, there shall be erected in the Old Cemetery a vault for the interment of strangers, which shall bear the name of the Gaston Vault, as a monument to perpetuate the living kindness of the strangers' friend, and teaching posterity a lesson of universal philanthropy.'
"A committee of seven was then appointed by the chair as the
committee to erect the vault, and the following resolutions were then offered and adopted:
"'Resolved, That the chairman in behalf of this meeting, be requested to address Mr. Wm. K. Gaston a letter requesting him, if it meets his approbation, to have the remains of his late uncle, William Gaston, Esq., brought to this city, it being in the opinion of this meeting the most proper place for their repose.
"'Resolved, That a copy of the proceedings of this meeting be forwarded to the relatives of the late William Gaston, and that they also be published.'"
64. WALTER, b. Oct. 10, 1787; d. Nov. 8, 1787.
65. MARGARET, b. Oct. 30, 1789; d. Nov. 3, 1827; m., Mar. 30, 1819, John Mehelm McEowen (son of William McEowen, Esq., and Martha Mehelm), who was b. about 1784 and d. Nov. 7, 1820, in his 33rd year. They resided in Pluckemin. No children.
66. JOSEPH, b. Feb. 13, 1792; d. Apr. 5, 1814; unm.
67. OLIVER, b. Jan. 8, 1795; d. June 10, 1821; unm. By his will of Aug. 8, 1818, he gave all his estate to his brother William, of Savannah. He signed his name "Oliver B." in his will (presumably Berton). William was made executor, but renounced in favor of Sheriff John I. Gaston (73).
68. JAMES (twin with Oliver), b. Jan. 8, 1795; d. 1860; m., Mar., 1820, but name of wife is unknown. He settled in Huntington, Ala., and had children; names unknown. He and a son Oliver visited their friends in N. J. in 1858, when he came to New York to witness the first laying of the Atlantic cable.
69. ABRAHAM, b. Apr. 25, 1797; d. Jan., 1823; unm.
70. HUGH, b. Aug. 27, 1800; d. Mar. 30, 1821; unm. At the time of his decease he was about to enter college.
CHILDREN OF JOSEPH GASTON (47) AND IDA VAN ARSDALEN:
71. ELIZA, of Pluckemin, N. J., b. Nov. 17, 1782; d. Nov. 11, 1857; m. (???) Annin. She resided, when a widow, with her sister Sarah E. [A correspondent states that she m. (2nd?) John Collyer, who d. Jan. 5, 1865.--EDITOR].
72. ISAAC VAN ARSDALEN, of Pluckemin, N. J., b. Sept. 9, 1784; d. Feb. 11, 1811; m. Mar. 15, 1810, Jane Van Arsdale. He was a farmer and also saddler. If ch., names unknown.
73. JOHN I., known as "Sheriff" Gaston, b. Feb. 14, 1787; d. Mar. 23, 1846; m. (1) Catherine Annin, who was b. Jan. 22, 1787, and d. Aug. 30, 1834; (2), May 14, 1835, Elizabeth Van Veghten (widow of General John Frelinghuysen), who d. in 1867, and by whom no ch. (Her will names her children by her first husband). John I. seems to have resided
in Bernards twsp., in 1813, when he and his wife Catherine, of that twsp., conveyed land there to Dr. Samuel Swan. In 1814 he was of "Bridge-water twsp.," and sold 2 1/2 acres of land at Pluckemin. He was an auctioneer in 1821, perhaps living then at Pluckemin. He was afterward a prominent citizen of Somerville during most of his life. He was sheriff of the County 1826-'28, and again from 1832-'34. In 1836 he was one of those who projected the Raritan water power. He served on the Committee which built the original Second Reformed church at Somerville in 1834, and was elder of that church in 1836 and 1845. By his will of Mar. 2, 1846, he mentions his daughter Eliza Sergeant, deceased, son Joseph A. Gaston, and son-in-law, George H. Brown. (For ch., see infra).
74. MARGARET B., b. Feb. 21, 1789; d. July 9, 1804.
75. WILLIAM B., b. Aug. 9, 1791; d. Mar. 9, 1859; m. (1) Elizabeth Vail (widow of Alexander Vail and dau. of Alexander Kirkpatrick and Sarah Carle), who was b. Sept. 21, 1789, and d. Jan. 28, 1837; (2); Martha Demun, who was b. July 19, 1805, and d. Oct. 19, 1863. He was a merchant at Basking Ridge during the early part of his life, but removed to Somerville about 1824, and kept a grocery store opposite the Courthouse, besides becoming the owner of considerable real estate. He became an elder of the Second Ref. church, Somerville, in 1837. He served three terms as Justice of the Peace, dating in 1827, 1837 and 1842, and was appointed one of the lay Judges of the county in 1827, 1832, and again in 1842. In 1847 he was one of the organizers of the Somerset County Bible Society. By his will of Dec. 1, 1855, he mentions his wife Martha and his sons John, William, Alexander K., Joseph and Hugh M. (For ch., see infra).
76. SARAH E., b. Dec. 9, 1793; d. 1885; m. Garret Conover of Pluckemin, a shoemaker, who was some twenty-five years younger than his wife. She was an educated lady, and a teacher in her younger years. They lived nearly opposite the Presbyterian ch. in Pluckemin. Garret's shop was in the second story of his house, and this was, says a correspondent, "quite a rendezvous for those who liked to hear him tell good stories." No ch.
77. LYDIA, b. 1795; d. 1800.
CHILDREN OF STEPHEN GASTON (49) AND HANNAH WRIGHT:
77a. ELIZABETH, b. Oct. 1, 1808.
77b. SARAH, b. Jan. 24, 1810.
77c. MINERVA, b. Feb. 14, 1812.
77d. JULIA, b. Feb. 26, 1815.
77e. OGDEN, b. Mar. 5, 1822; m. Elizabeth Ann Simpson (dau. of
John Simpson of Cambridge, N. Y.). They removed to Andersonville, Michigan, in 1852, and later to Detroit. Children:
(1) CHARLES HENRY, b. at Troy, N. Y., May 15, 1850; m. first, June, 1873, Mary Beatrice Warren (dau. of Rev. Square Warren, a pioneer Methodist clergyman of Michigan), who d. Aug., 1903; second, a Mrs. Billard, of Connecticut. He has been in the American News Co. employ for forty years, and for twenty years of that period has been manager of the New York Blank Book Co., a branch of the former-named Company. Ch. (by M. B. W.): (a) CHARLES ROBERT, Ph.D., b. Sept. 6, 1874; President of the New York Association of Teachers of English, and head of the English department of the Richmond Hill High School, New York City. He is also the editor of thirteen volumes of "English Classics." (b) ALICE ELIZABETH, b. June 6, 1876. (c) HOMER WARREN, b. Aug. 11, 1877; d. 1895. (d) JOHN OGDEN, b. Jan. 10, 1879; a physician of Rochester, Mich. (e) MARY BEATRICE, b. Jan. 6, 1888. (By Mrs. B.); (f) MARGARET.
(2) MARIETTA, b. Sept. 24, 1854.
(3) FREMONT, b. Oct. 31, 1857; d. by drowning, in 1876.
(4) THEODORE WILLIAM, b. Mar. 7, 1860.
(5) ORRA MARIA, b. Nov. 16, 1862.
(6) GEORGE TIFFANY, b. Mar. 28, 1867. He was city clerk of Detroit, Mich., two terms and was sheriff of Wayne county, two terms.
CHILDREN OF JOHN W. GASTON AND SARAH CASTNER:
78. WILLIAM KER, b. July 23, 1806; d. Dec. 24, 1885; m., Nov. 10, 1846, Aletta Margaret Tunison (dau. of Abram Tunison of Burnt Mills), who was b. Aug. 5, 1821, and d. Dec. 12, 1890. He was employed by his uncle, William Gaston (63), the Savannah merchant, in the branch office in New York City. After his uncle's death he owned a stock farm at Bound Brook; then removed to Somerville, where he resided until his death. (For ch., see infra).
79. DANIEL CASTNER, b. Oct. 14, 1807; d. Aug. 2, 1888; m., Jan. 28, 1830, Ida Ann Vliet (dau. of William Vliet and Catherine Van Dyke), who was b. July 9, 1811, and d. Feb. 29, 1880. Mr. Gaston was a farmer, owning a farm originally near Burnt Mills, Somerset County. In 1855 he sold this farm to Frederick H. Lane, which is at present occupied by Archibald B. Vanderbeek. Between 1856 and 1875 he resided on a small farm near Pluckemin, previously owned by his brother, Hugh (87), on which the latter had built a fine new house, and now in possession of William B. Powelson. The southern half of his farm embraced the tract on which the well-known Bryan Lefferty house, of Revolutionary fame, stood, which was torn down about 1879 by the then owner, Alvin T. Peck.
In the latter year he removed to Somerville, where he resided on Bridge street until his death. (For ch., see infra).
80. SAMUEL BRANT, b. Dec. 14, 1809; d. Nov. 1, 1870; m., June 15, 1833, Jane Maria Van Derveer (dau. of Tunis Van Derveer and Sarah Van Arsdale), who was b. Oct. 4, 1815, and d. June 28, 1891. He became a New York merchant dealing in dry goods, and later removed to Trenton where he was engaged in selling general clothing, and tailoring. (For ch., see infra).
81. MARGARET, b. Nov. 29, 1811; d. Oct. 31, 1869; m. Dr. Thomas Blackwell, who d. Feb. 12, 1876. Dr. Blackwell first practiced medicine at Kingston, N. J., and then removed to the farm of his father near Burnt Mills, where, retired from practice, he spent the remainder of his life. Children: (1) Sarah, b. 1738; d. Feb. 4, 1853. (2) John Gaston, b. Sept. 9, 1839; d. Dec. 18, 1857. (3) Margaret, deceased.
82. ROBERT, b. Dec. 15, 1813; d. Feb. 17, 1890; m., Feb. 4, 1839, Martha Eliza Lane (dau. of Job Lane and Susanna Nevius), who was b. Nov. 28, 1813, and d. Aug. 10, 1878. Like his brother Daniel he owned a farm at Burnt Mills, which he sold to William E. Paulison, and then removed to Pluckemin where he made his home until the death of his wife in 1878, when he removed to Somerville, and thereafter resided with his brother Hugh. He was a successful business man, and at his death, having no children, it was found that his will made bequests to the Reformed church at Bedminster of $2,000 and a similar bequest to the American Bible Society and the Boards of Domestic Mission and Education of the Reformed church in America, while the residue (about $35,000) was willed to the Board of Foreign Missions of the same denomination. The last bequest was contested by his relatives and a compromise effected. No ch.
83. JOSEPH, b. Apr. 12, 1816; d. Dec. 3, 1832.
84. JOHN, of North Branch, N. J., b. Aug. 31, 1818; d. Feb. 3, 1888; m., Nov. 17, 1842, Rebecca Ann Wortman (dau. of Capt. John Duryea Wortman and Catherine Van Nest), who was b. Oct. 2, 1816, and d. Dec. 15, 1902. The farm of 160 acres owned by his father was deeded to him June 16, 1857, and he resided thereon until his death. Capt. Wortman, who was named for Rev. John Duryea, of Bedminster, was b. 1790 and d. 1860; was Captain of local militia. (For ch., see infra).
85. OLIVER BERTON, b. Jan. 14, 1821; d. Jan. 8, 1894; m., Oct. 8, 1840, Sarah Aletta Wortman (sister to his brother John's wife), who was b. Apr. 5, 1821, and d. at Baltimore, Md., Aug. 30, 1903. After marriage he resided about two years in New Brunswick; from about 1842
to 1852 farmed a small farm between Pluckemin and North Branch; then returned to New Brunswick and engaged in the clothing and tailoring business, and was choir master of the Second Reformed church of that city He subsequently resided at Plainfield, Brooklyn, L I. and Glen Head, L. I., where he died. (For ch., see infra).
86. NAOMI (twin with Oliver), b. Jan. 14, 1821; d. Oct. 17, 1897; m. Isaac Farley Stephens (son of Joseph Stephens and Margaret Farley). Mr. Stephens was a farmer at Peapack, Somerset Co., but afterward removed to Canton, Ill., where he d. Oct. 17, 1900. Children: (1) George; (2) Augustus; (3) Annie. (There were perhaps, two more).
87. HUGH, b. Apr. 23, 1823; d. Mar. 28, 1899; m., Nov. 2, 1844, Jane Vanderveer Garretson (dau. of Peter Garretson and Catherine Wilson), who was b. Sept. 29, 1828, and is living in Somerville. Mr. Gaston was a farmer near Pluckemin until he sold the farm in 1856 to his brother Daniel; then was a merchant in that place, and, later, went to Plainfield. In 1869 he removed to a farm north of Readington, Hunterdon co., and during his stay in that vicinity was the chorister of Readington Ref. church. Removing later to North Branch, he became prominent as a member of the Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1876-'80, being one of the reform members of that board, and doing much to stop county "graft." Becoming county collector he removed to Somerville in 1884, and resided there until his death. When he resided at Pluckemin he was chairman of the Building Committee which erected the Presbyterian church in 1851, and of that church he was both trustee and chorister. (For ch., see infra).
88. ISAAC, b. July 23, 1825; d. 1900; m. (1) Catherine Cornelia Sutphen, who d. in Plainfield, Jan., 1869; and (2) Catherine E. Sutphen (cousin to his first wife), who d. at Newark, Jan., 1915, aged 82 years. He entered Columbia College in 1839, but did not stay to graduate. He was a merchant in Pluckemin, the firm being Gaston & Willets, and was active in the building of the Presbyterian ch. there in 1851. He subsequently removed to Plainfield, and then to Newark, where he was cashier of a National Bank, and where he resided at the time of his death. (For ch., see infra).
CHILDREN OF JOHN I. GASTON (73) AND CATHERINE ANNIN:
89. JOSEPH ANNIN, b. July 14, 1807; d. June 20, 1853; m., Mar. 2, 1836, Mary Collings, of Frankfort, Pa., who d. Nov. 2, 1892, in her 84th yr. He taught school at one time in Somerville, was a commissioner of deeds and executor of his father's estate. In 1848 he was a justice of the peace, and the same year was appointed one of the lay Judges of the County. The place of his death is unknown to the writer; his wife was buried at Somerville. (For ch., see infra).
90. IDA MARIA, b. Mar. 19, 1810; d. Sept. 7, 1887.
91. SARAH ELIZABETH, b. July 15, 1814; d. July 19, 1842; m. May 3, 1831, Albert Sergeant. (For ch., see infra).
91a. JOANNA BROWN, b. May 30, 1815; d. Feb. 20, 1869; m., Mar. 10, 1841, Hon. George Houston Brown, who was b. Feb. 12, 1810, and d. Aug. 1, 1865. Judge Brown was the son of Rev. Isaac V. Brown, of Lawrenceville, N. J., long the head of the Classical Academy at that place, and of his wife, Mary Houston. Judge Brown graduated at Princeton in 1828, and was a student in the Law department of Yale College. He became attorney at the February Term of the New Jersey Supreme Court, 1835, and counselor in November, 1838. He practiced law at Somerville; was State Senator in 1845 and Member of Congress from 1851-'53; in 1861 was made an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, serving until his death in 1865. "An honest man and an honest lawyer, and had always the confidence of Court and jury; of brilliant genius and generally respected by all." (For ch., see infra).
91b. WILLIAM, b. Oct. 4, 1817; d. Jan. 18, 1847.
91c. EVELINA BELMONT LINN, b. Dec. 15, 1820; d. June 23, 1838; m., Sept. 25, 1834, John Reynolds.
91d. SAMUEL SWAN, b. Aug. 2, 1823; d. Feb. 2, 1876; m., Nov. 19, 1846, Margaret Ellen Whitenack, who was b. Nov. 18, 1826, and d. Jan. 24, 1895. (For ch., see infra).
91e. ALLETTA SWAN, b. July 3, 1825; d. Oct. 16, 1909; m., Sept. 4, 1845, William Stewart of Pennsylvania. (For ch., see infra).
91f. ISAAC, b. Sept. 14, 1828; d. Mar., 1901; m., Sept. 24, 1851, Mary E. Burnet. They resided in Newark. (For ch., see infra).
91g. CATHERINE, b. Feb. 1, 1831; d. Apr. 20, 1865.
[Most of the names and dates of above children of John I. were received too late to pursue further inquiries for this article; some other facts may appear in the July number].
CHILDREN OF WILLIAM B. GASTON (75) AND ELIZABETH VAIL:
92. ALEXANDER KIRKPATRICK, physician, of Brandywine Manor, Pa., b. Jan. 25, 1814; m., June 23, 1836, Elizabeth Dennie. Children: EMMA; EUGENE; ELIZABETH; IDA.
93. JOSEPH, physician, of Honeybrook, Pa., b. Nov. 6, 1816; m., Nov. 12, 1846, Agnes Greenbank. Children: MARY; FRED; FANNIE; JOSEPH; AGNES; CARRIE; JOHN (deceased); LILLIAN; EDWARD; HELEN.
94. HUGH M., lawyer, of Somerville, b. in Bernards township, Somerset county, Nov. 29, 1818; d. Apr. 21, 1892; m., May 24, 1849, Frances Mallet-Prevost (dau. of Louis Mallet-Prevost, of French descent), who was b. July 4, 1822, and d. May 3, 1914, aged ninety-one years. Mr. Gaston was long the respected leader of the Bar of Somerset
County. He studied law with Judge George H. Brown, of Somerville, and was admitted as an attorney in September, 1840, and as counselor in November, 1848. The only important office he was willing to hold was the appointive one of Prosecutor of the Pleas, which he held from 1857 to 1867, He was one of the chief organizers of the Raritan Water Power Co. in 1863; President of the Somerville Cemetery Association from its formation in 1879; and a Republican Presidential Elector in 1873. In 1880, owing to his gratuitous services rendered to the County in prosecuting civil actions against officials who had diverted public funds to their own use, he was presented by leading citizens with a silver pitcher and salver of elegant design. He was a lawyer of unyielding integrity and high sense of honor. (For ch., see infra).
95. FREDERICK, physician, b. Jan. 5, 1821; d. Feb. 2, 1847. He settled in 1846 at Woodville, Somerset County, but, his health failing, soon went to Somerville, and there d. at the early age of twenty-six. He was unmarried.
96. REV. JOHN, D. D., b. at Somerville, Nov. 12, 1825; d. Dec. 1, 1901; m., Nov. 12, 1852, Anna Terhune. He graduated at Rutgers College in 1849, and the New Brunswick Seminary in 1854. His charges (of Reformed churches) were: Pompton, N. J., 1852-'62; Saugerties, N. Y., 1862-'9; Aquackanonck, N. J., 1869-'95, when he retired as a pastor emeritus. He was trustee of Rutgers College from 1876 until his death, and received the degree of D. D. from that College in 1872. He was also, for some 36 years, a member of the Board of Education of the Reformed church, and from 1880 until the time of his death the President of that Board. He was a most successful minister and pastor, and a strong preacher, possessed of a delightful personality. (For ch., see infra).
97. WILLIAM, of Newark, N. J., b. Sept. 14, 1828; d. Jan. 5, 1907, m., July 23, 1856, Anna Conklin. Ch.: BENNETT J., who m., Oct. 7, 1896, Luella Pereau, and is an insurance broker of 257 N. Seventh St., Newark. No ch.
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NOTE.--Since the publication of the previous instalment of these articles in the April number the following corrections have been received:
91c. Evelina Belmont Linn Gaston was m. Sept. 25, 1838 (not 1834), and d. June 23, 1849 (not 1838).
91g. Catherine Gaston m., June 2, 1864, Rev. George Zahniser. He subsequently m. his wife's niece, Mrs. Charles McGill (dau. of Dr. Albert Sergeant and Sarah Elizabeth Gaston, 91), as will appear under that family below].
CHILDREN OF WILLIAM KER GASTON (78) AND ALLETTA MARGARET TUNISON:
98. ELIZABETH, b. Sept. 13, 1847; d. Jan. 23, 1858.
99. WALTER; m. (1), Nov. 4, 1873, Gertrude J. Phillips, who was b. Jan. 3, 1850, and d. Apr. 1, 1894; (2) Mary L.(???). He formerly lived in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., then at Plainfield, N. J., but now resides in Buffalo, N. Y. By his first wife there were two children: WILLIAM and EDWARD.
100. MARY, b. Sept. 10, 1851; d. Sept. 13, 1890; m.(???) Vreeland, and had one child; Gertrude.
CHILDREN OF DANIEL C. GASTON (79) AND IDA A. VLIET:
101. MARGARET, b. Nov. 16, 1830; d. Jan. 28, 1816; m., Feb. 28, 1850, James English Hedges (son of William Woodhull Hedges and Jane English, of Chester, N. J.), who was b. 1824, and d. Jan. 7, 1892. Mr. Hedges was an active and successful merchant in New York, head of the firm of Hedges, Powers & Co., with business at 27 Murray and 31 Warren street, but with residence in Elizabeth, N. J. Child: J. Edward Hedges; deceased; m. Amanda Louise Bedell. Two ch.: Frank Louis, of 12 Floral ave., Elizabeth, and Caroline Bedell.
102. WILLIAM, of Elizabeth, N. J., b. Oct. 26, 1839; d. Sept. 18, 1907; m., May 15, 1865, Margaret Ann Keiley (dau. of Matthew Keiley and Rachel Parker, ne Connelly), of New York City. (For ch., see infra).
103. JOHN D., of Somerville; living; m., May 31, 1881, Margaretta G. Brokaw (dau. of John B. Brokaw and Magdalena Garretson). He served as a private in the Civil War in Company A, 30th N. J. Volunteers, from Sept. 17, 1862, to June 27, 1863. Children: (1) LENA MAY, b. Jan. 23, 1884; d. Feb. 12, 1884. (2) JAMES HEDGES, who was b. in Kansas, June 18, 1888.
CHILDREN OF SAMUEL B. GASTON (80) AND JANE M. VANDERVEER:
104. SARAH; d. in infancy.
105. SARAH JANE, b. May 11, 1835; d. June 17, 1836.
106. WILLIAM B., of Trenton, photographer, b. Mar. 29, 1837; d. Mar. 23, 1902; m. Sarah Anderson, who d. in 1910. He was a member of Co. A., National Guard of Trenton, from Apr. 16, 1861, to July 16, 1861. Child: MORRIS, b. 1874; d. 1876.
107. CORNELIA JANE, b. Mar. 10, 1841; d. Dec. 4, 1891; m. Captain Owen Huntingdon Day of Trenton, also deceased. No ch.
108. EMMA LOUISE; living in Trenton.
109. SAMUEL BRANT, Jr., b. Feb. 14, 1846; d. Nov. 11, 1906; was twice married, but left no descendants. He served in the Civil War as private in Co. D., 9th Reg't, N. J. Volunteers, from Feb. 9, 1864, to Jan. 15, 1865, and was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps, being discharged Mar. 1, 1865.
110. JOHN; living in Trenton; unm.
111. SARAH, b. Feb. 2, 1851; d. Apr. 29, 1908. Graduate of State Normal School, Trenton, and long a teacher in public schools of that city.
112. CHARLOTTE; m. John Chapman, who d. about 1906. No ch.
113. OLIVER; living in Trenton; m. and has ch.: (1) FRED, traveling salesman in the West; is married; (2) PERCY, artist, of Los Angeles; m. and has one ch.; (3) ALBERT, machinist, of Sacramento, Cal.; m. but no ch.; (4) OLIVER; (5) FLORENCE; (6) HELEN.
114. LIZZIE, b. June 3, 1858; d. Aug. 2, 1867.
CHILDREN OF JOHN GASTON (84) AND REBECCA A. WORTMAN:
115. JOSEPH; d. in infancy.
116. JAMES (twin with Joseph); m., Jan. 1, 1873, Emma Jane Potter (dau. of Samuel Potter and Jane B. Rue). Mr. Gaston long kept a stationery and book store in Somerville, and still resides there. He served in the Civil War in Company A of the 30th N. J. Volunteers, from Sept. 17, 1862, to June 27, 1863. He was for about thirty years librarian of the Second Ref. church Sunday school, Somerville, N. J. No ch.
117. JOHN WORTMAN, of Somerville, married Anna Reger (dau. of Augustine Reger and Margaret Vosseller). He resided on the homestead
farm until 1891, when he removed to Somerville; has been an active elder in the Second Ref. ch. Child: MABEL, supervisor of drawing in the Montclair public schools.
118. NAOMI, b. Dec. 16, 1846; d. June 27, 1903; m., Nov. 21, 1866, Peter Dumont (son of Isaac V. C. Dumont and Maria V. D. Nevius, the widow of Cornelius Nevius). He is an agriculturist of White House, N. J. Children: (1) John Gaston, farmer, of White House; m., Sept. 1, 1897, Margaret Vail, and has two ch.: Leroy; Mabel Naomi. (2) Cora, of Dunellen, who m., Mar. 14, 1887, Alvah Haver, and has ch.: Clara Matilda (wife of William Smalley, having dau. Helen); Florence; Earle; Ruth; Charles; Russell; Elsie. (3) Oliver Pillsbury, of Dunellen, who m., Dec. 3, 1902, Carrie Wyhnskey, and has ch.: Naomi Alberta; Harold, deceased; Evelyn Frances.
119. WILLIAM KER, of Somerville; m., Dec. 3, 1873, Eliza Van Arsdale Nicholas (dau. of Tunis Vanderveer Van Arsdale and Sarah DeMott, widow of William Henry Nicholas), who was b. July 18, 1846, and d. May 4, 1916. Mrs. Gaston, by her first marriage, had one son, Rev. Vanderveer Van Arsdale Nicholas, formerly pastor of Kennett Square Presby. church, Pa., but recently of the First Presby. church at Midland, Mich. Mr. Gaston is in the employ of the C. R. R. of N. J., and has been an active deacon of the Second Ref. ch., Somerville. (For ch., see infra).
120. OLIVER B., b. July 18, 1852; d. Sept. 1, 1853. He was drowned by falling in a spring.
121. HUGH, of North Branch; m., Nov. 24, 1880, Rachel A. Ten Eyck (dau. of John S. Ten Eyck and Margaret Hull). He owns at present the Gaston farm at North Branch. Child: ETHEL REBECCA, who m., Dec. 15, 1908, Fred Clinton Kellem, and has ch.: Darothy Charlotte and Alice Ray.
CHILDREN OF OLIVER BERTON GASTON (85) AND SARAH A. WORTMAN:
122. JANE MARIA, of Jamesburg, N. J., b. Sept. 27, 1841; d. Nov. 3, 1903; m., Nov. 3, 1869, George Henry Smock (son of Henry Smock and Maria Boice), who was b. Aug. 19, 1842, and d. Sept. 19, 1910. Children: (1) Freddie G., b. 1872; d. 1880. (2) Cassie Van Nest; m., Aug. 18, 1904, Robert Ayres Graff, farmer at Jamesburg, N. J., and has ch. Janet Gaston, b. Oct. 9, 1905. (3) George Willets; m., Apr. 5, 1907, Belle Brown; also farmer at Jamesburg, and has ch., Homer Brown. (4) Edna C.
123. CATHERINE VAN NEST, b. Feb. 4, 1844; d. at Locust Valley, N. Y., June 1, 1905; m., June 12, 1866, Rev. John Henry Smock (son of Henry Smock and Maria Boice), who was b. at Freehold, N. J., Jan. 20,
1836, and d. at Locust Valley, Jan. 8, 1903. Mr. Smock graduated from Rutgers College in 1863, and from the New Brunswick Seminary in 1866. In college he was a classmate of former Vice-President Hobart. His charges were Oyster Bay, L. I., 1866-'71; Readington, N. J., 1871-'83; Oyster Bay and Locust Valley, 1883-'96; Stated Supply, Locust Valley, 1896-'98; without charge until death. Children: (1) Augustus Hobart, who m., Nov. 29, 1892 (a), Anna Grace Cock, and had ch., Helen Maria (b. and d. 1893); and (b) Nancy Burgess. Mr. Smock is said to be the highest paid tenor of any church singer in this country; was for a time in All Saints church, New York, and is now at Baltimore, Md. (2) Jennie Alma; d. in infancy. (3) Clarence McKay; m., 1900, Eula Whiting. (4) Ethel L.; m., Dec. 22, 1902, Henry C. Dudgen (son of Frank P. Dudgen and Phebe Wright). Have ch.: Dorothy Grace and Eula.
124. IDA ANN, b. 1846; d. Sept. 30, 1851.
125. JOSEPH, b. June, 1848; d. Sept. 10, 1851.
126. REBECCA W., b. 1851; d. Feb. 10, 1852.
127. JOSEPH (second), b. Mar. 8, 1853; d. July 14, 1853.
128. OLIVIA B., b. Apr. 8, 1854; living; m. (1) Oct. 5, 1882, William S. D. Chandler, of Elizabeth (son of Charles S. Chandler and Louisa Styles), who was b. July 18, 1853, and d. Dec. 21, 1891; and (2) Aug. 3, 1898, Rev. Abram Irving Martine (son of Jeremiah Martine and Charity N. Crum), who was b. at Clarkstown, N. Y., Oct. 19, 1848. Mr. Martine was graduated from Rutgers College in 1873, and from the New Brunswick Seminary in 1876. He was pastor of Reformed churches at Stanton, N. J., 1876-'82; Manhasset, L. I., 1882-'91; Dunellen, N. J. (Presby.), 1891-'99; Marlborough, N. J., 1899-1905; Little Falls, N. J., 1908-'11; New Prospect, N. Y. (P. O. address, Pine Bush), 1911 to the present. From 1905-'08 he was Superintendent of the Passaic General Hospital. There were two children by the first marriage, both dying in infancy.
129. SYLVIA BEAVERS; m., Aug. 3, 1876, George Sidney Willits, Jr. (son of George S. Willits and Elizabeth Githens), of Philadelphia, who graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., June, 1875. Ch.: (1) Charles C., who m., Oct., 1902, Ethel Dumont. (2) Albert, who d. aged seven. (3) Grace G., who m., Jan. 19, 1912, Henry W. Von Bremen, and has child Berend, b. Nov. 28, 1913. (4) Alfred S. (5) Jessie A., who m., Oct. 25, 1913, Edward B. Yansey. (6) Oliver G.
130. LIZZIE, of Elizabeth, N. J., m., Oct. 17, 1888, George Muny Williams (son of John R. Williams and Caroline McCormick), who is director of the P. Lorillard Tobacco Co., New York. Children: (1) Carolyn Gaston, who m., Apr. 22, 1910, Captain Charles Stuart Donavin,
U. S. A., and has one child, Elizabeth Stuart. They reside in Texas. (2) Ralph Schuyler, unm.
CHILDREN OF HUGH GASTON (87) AND JANE V. GARRETSON:
131. ROBERT, b. Aug. 21, 1845; d. June 11, 1852.
132. CATHERINE; m. (1), Jan., 1869, Andrew Quick, of North Branch, and (2), Apr. 4, 1894, Oscar Dunham, of Newark. Mr. Quick was a farmer who settled in Virden, Illinois, and died Nov., 1872. After his death his widow returned to N. J. Child by Andrew Quick: Jane, of Arlington, N. J., who m. Archibald Derby and has ch., Cathrine.
133. SARAH, who m., Nov. 2, 1869, William Voorhees, of Pluckemin (son of James Voorhees), who d. at Jacksonville, Ill., Mar. 28, 1913. Children: (1) Ella Ramsey, deceased. (2) Lena May; m. Otto Coultons, of Riggston, Ill. (3) Hugh, who m., Mar. 28, 1915, Harriet Pierson and resides at Woodson, Ill.
134, 135. MARY and MARTHA (twins), b. 1851; d. 1851.
136. MARGARET, of Somerville, who m., Dec. 25, 1872, Ira Voorhees (son of John S. Voorhees and Sarah Vosseller), who was b. 1851 and d. Apr. 6, 1913. Mr. Voorhees was a skilled wood-worker, who met his death through an injury while in charge of the mill of Smith, Schoonmaker & Co., in Somerville. He was long active in the Second Ref. church. No ch.
137. CORNELIA, of Somerville; m., Sept. 30, 1879, James Henry, of North Branch, now deceased. No ch.
138. JANE, m., Dec. 6, 1876, Isaac Newton Dumont (son of Cornelius Nevius Dumont and Rachel Brokaw). Resides at Trenton, N. J. Child: Helen Gaston Dumont, who m., Oct. 20, 1914, Clifford Dean Phoenix, of Somerville, paying teller in the First National Bank of Somerville.
139. MARIETTA, of Somerville; m., Dec. 25, 1878, Peter B. Dumont (brother to her sister's, Jane's, husband). Children: (1) Emma Jane, who m. William Parry, merchant of Somerville. (2) Hugh Gaston. (3) Cornelia, deceased. (4) Irene, deceased. (5) Lillian. (6) Mary, who m., Jan. 22, 1913, Clarence Wyckoff. (7) Harold. (8) Arthur.
140. JOHN GARRETSON, of Somerville, who m., Mar. 17, 1886, Ella Bergen Smith (dau. of Cornelius V. D. Smith and Judith Tunison Ten Eyck). He is the well-known head of the firm of Gaston, Black & Co., merchants of Somerville. He was Post Master of Somerville 1906-1914, and is Vice President of the First National Bank of Somerville. Child: GEORGE A., who m., Nov. 22, 1911, Mary E. Brown, is connected with his father's dry goods firm, and has one ch., JOHN GARRETSON, JR., b. Nov. 23, 1915.
141. HUGH, b. June 11, 1865; d. Aug. 16, 1866.
142. ISAAC, b. Oct. 20, 1867; d. Sept. 9, 1868.
143. WILLIAM GARRETSON, of 254 West 76th St., New York City; m., Oct. 12, 1897, Elizabeth Sutphen Craig (dau. of David Kline Craig and Mary Elizabeth Amerman). He started in the Fifth Avenue Bank of New York in the lowest capacity, over 20 years ago, and is now cashier of that institution. Children: (1) KATHARINE CRAIG, b. and d. 1903. (2) MARY ELIZABETH.
CHILDREN OF ISAAC GASTON (88) AND CATHERINE C. SUTPHEN:
144. ARTHUR SUTPHEN, who m., Dec. 20, 1871, Ella R. Ramsey (dau. of Joseph Ramsey and Euphemia Cramer). He was postmaster at North Branch Station in 1885, and was, until recently, in the employ of the N. J. Central R. R.
145. ANNA S.; living in Newark, N. J.
146. IDA; living in Newark.
147. JOHN WALTER; deceased.
148. MINNIE; living in Newark.
CHILD OF ISAAC GASTON (88) AND CATHERINE E. SUTPHEN:
149. EDDIE, deceased; d. from railroad accident.
CHILD OF JOSEPH A. GASTON (89) AND MARY COLLINGS:
150. CAROLINE CUTHBERT, b. 1837; d. 1910; m. John R. Phillips, of Philadelphia. Before her marriage she taught in the Butler school, at Somerville.
CHILDREN OF DR. ALBERT SERGEANT AND SARAH E. GASTON (91):
(1) Elizabeth Sergeant, b. in Somerville, N. J., May 25, 1835; living at Mercer, Pa.; lived for a number of years with Judge Brown's family in Somerville, after she was Widow McGill; m. (1) Charles McGill, by whom no ch.; (2), July 5, 1866, in Somerville, Rev. George Wright Zahniser, of Mercer, Pa., who was b. Mar. 19, 1823, and d. June 12, 1889. Mr. Zahniser's first wife was Catherine Gaston (91g), youngest dau. of John I. Gaston, whom he m. June 2, 1864, and who was an aunt to his second wife. Mr. Zahniser graduated from Jefferson College, Canonsburg, Pa., 1846; subsequently entered Princeton Theological Seminary, and was licensed by the Presbytery of Erie, Pa., April 10, 1851. His pastorates were at Conneautville, Pa., 1851-'59; Huntington, Pa., 1859-'75. He then removed to Mercer, Pa., where he filled various supplies in the Presbytery of Erie until his death. Children: (a) George Brown Zahniser, civil and mining engineer of Newcastle, Pa., who m., 1902, Ruth Agnew, of Sewickley, Pa., and has ch., Elizabeth and George Brown, 2nd. (b) Katherine Gaston Zahniser, unm. (c) Albert Wright Zahniser, civil
and mining engineer, now member of firm of Camp & Zahniser, of Philadelphia, who m., 1905, Hannah Oliver Barton, of Baltimore, and has ch., Hannah Mary, Albert Wright and George Wright.
(2) William Gaston Sargeant, b. Nov. 25, 1837; d. Oct. 21, 1898; m., in Waterford, Pa., 1876, Jessie Benson who d. June 2, 1910. Children: (a) William Gaston Sargeant, who m., 1915, in London, Mary Jaffrey, of New York City. (b) Dorothy Sargeant, who lives in England. (This family spells the name "Sargeant," as above).
CHILDREN OF HON. GEORGE H. BROWN AND JOANNA B. GASTON (91a);
(1) Mary Houston Brown, b. Feb. 15, 1842; d. Jan. 23, 1912; unm. She was a teacher for many years in Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa.; also at Grove City and Newcastle, Pa., but died in Somerville.
(2) William Rezeau Brown, b. Nov. 25, 1844; d. July 10, 1870. He was employed in the National State Bank at Newark, N. J., and died at Roselle.
(3) John Gaston Brown, b. July 2, 1846; d. Sept. 23, 1893; m., Oct. 11, 1871, Jennie B. Bryant, who was b. Nov. 3, 1852, and d. Nov. 29, 1889. He was long connected with the Adams Express Co., N. Y. City; lived and died in Somerville. Children: (a) Rezeau Blanchard Brown, who is general manager of the Milwaukee Gas Works, in Wiscousin; m. Eliza Schmelzel, and has ch., Dorothy Hatton, Louise Elizabeth and Marjorie. (b) George Houston Brown, of Somerville (with the Mutual Life Ins. Co., of N. Y. City); m. Anna Ethel Dorland, and has ch., George Houston. (c) Elinor Garretson Brown, teacher in the Somerville High School.
(4) Churchill Houston Brown, b. Apr. 16, 1849; d. July 1, 1881. He was a clerk in the National State Bank of Newark; lived and died in Somerville.
(5) George Houston Brown, b. July 30, 1852; d. at Cincinnati, Ohio, Mar. 25, 1908; m., first, June 6, 1883, Gertrude C. Carmer, who was b. Jan. 9, 1859, and d. Sept. 14, 1896; second, Apr. 14, 1898, Laura Hasbrouck Le Fevre, now of Somerville. Mr. Brown was well-known for years in Somerville as an insurance agent of the firm of Carmer & Brown. About 1874 he became a partner in the firm of Fitzgibbon, Messer & Co., paper and strawboard dealers, in N. Y. City, and, later, went to Colorado and then to Iowa, where he became interested in a paving brick plant; subsequently was a public official in Sioux City. In 1894 he gave up the office and became associated with the Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., of N. Y. City; from 1895 to 1908 was Superintendent of the Cincinnati, O., district for that Company. The Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., in paying a tribute to him, declared that "his character, his personality, his rugged
honesty and all his splendid qualities of mind and heart will be a precious and abiding memory." Children: (By G. C. C.), (a) Morris Houston Brown, now of State of Washington, who m., 1914, Gertrude Campbell, of California, and has ch., George Houston. (b) Joan Churchill Brown, now of Elizabeth, N. J., who m., 1914, Stockton Cranmer, (son of Rev. William Stockton Cranmer, D. D., of Somerville) and has ch., Winifred Stockton. (c) Henry Carmer Brown, now in the West, who m., 1913, Dora Brown, and has ch., Georgia and Marjorie. (By L. H. LeF.), (d.) Mary Loomis Brown.
(6) Isaac Henry Brown, b. Dec. 18, 1854; d. Jan. 6, 1860.
(7) William Stewart Brown, b. Aug. 13, 1857; m. Aug. 31, 1907, Anna Flora Hugo; living at Dayton, Ohio.
(8) Ida Augusta Brown, b. Nov. 23, 1859; d. May 29, 1883; m., July 1, 1880, in Sioux City, Ia., Judge Samuel Smiley Mehard, Jr., formerly of Mercer, Pa., now a prominent lawyer of Pittsburgh, Pa. Child: Churchill Brown Mehard, who m. Mary Klein, of Anniston, Ala.; lives at Sewickley, Pa.; is a lawyer associated with his father in Pittsburgh, the firm being Mehard, Scully & Mehard, and has ch., Ida Brown.
CHILDREN OF SAMUEL S. GASTON (91d) AND MARGARET E. WHITENACK:
151. JOANNA BROWN, physician, of Elizabeth, N. J.; living; m. George S. Leary. Children: (1) Lewis Gaston Leary. (2) Russel Woodward Leary. (3) George Daniel Leary; deceased. (4) Evelyn Leary.
152. SARAH ELIZA; d. Mar. 8, 1857.
153. IDA ALMIRA, of East Orange; living; m. Ferdinand Adams. Children: (1) Nellie Frances Adams. (2) Marjorie Catharine Adams. (3) Flora Adams. (4) Ferdinand Gaston Adams.
154. MAGGIE; d. Aug. 6, 1862.
CHILDREN OF WILLIAM STEWART AND ALLETTA S. GASTON (91e):
(1) Evelina Reynolds Stewart; living in Seattle, Wash.; m. Austin Gillette, of Mercer, Pa., later of Sioux City, Iowa, who is deceased, and has ch.: (a) William Stewart Gillette, b. 1865; d. 1888. (b) Charles Austin Gillette; living in Salt Lake City; m. Natilda Freitsche. (c) Aletta Maria Gillette.
(2) Mary Stewart; living in Sioux City, Ia.; m. Daniel T. Gilman, of Mass., who is deceased. Children: (a) Sarah Marshall Gilman, who m. William Jordan, of Montana, now of St. Paul, Minn., and has ch., Mary Leighton, Katherine Gilman and Marjorie Stewart. (b) William Stewart Gilman, who m. Florence King, of Mass., and has ch.: Florence King, Daniel Trimble and Henry King.
(3) Robert Annin Stewart; living in Omaha, Neb.; m. Alice Boyle,
and has ch.: (a) Aletta Stewart, who m. Clinton Brome, of Omaha. (b) Elizabeth Hunter Stewart. (c) William Stewart, who m. Ruth Birchard.
(4) Alletta Young Stewart; living in the Stewart homestead at Mercer, Pa.
(5) George Brown Stewart, b. Feb., 1868; d. Jan., 1893.
CHILDREN OF ISAAC GASTON (91f) AND MARY E. BURNET:
155. JOHN FREDERICK, b. Sept. 12, 1852; d. Oct., 1892; m., June 12, 1880, in Newark, N. J., Rose A. McNeill, who d. Jan., 1884. Child: ETHELWYN, b. Sept. 12, 1881; living in Newark.
156. WILLIAM HENRY, b. Nov. 16, 1855; living at 35 Oxford St., Montclair, N. J., m., Apr. 5, 1893, Suzanne Lauenstein, of Springfield, N. J. He is with the Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., of New York. Children: (1) MARY ELIZABETH. (2) WILLIAM ISAAC.
157. GEORGE HOUSTON, of Broadway and 79th St., New York City, b. Apr. 11, 1858; m., Sept., 1885, Martha Elizabeth Wilson. He is an active business man, and second Vice President of the Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., of N. Y. City. Children: (1) HELEN WILSON; d. Sept. 3, 1888. (2) GEORGE HOUSTON. (3) DOROTHY WILSON.
158. KATE ZAHNISER; living at 201 N. 6th St., Newark, N. J.; unm.
CHILDREN OF HUGH M. GASTON (94) AND FRANCES MALLET-PREVOST:
159. MARY, who has been a well-known physician in Somerville; graduate of the Woman's Medical College, Philadelphia, 1888; unm.
160. EVELYN; m., June 15, 1882, Augustus Van Derveer, who was b. June 4, 1850, and d. Apr. 9, 1902. Children: (1) Hugh Gaston; (2) Elizabeth K., graduate of Vassar College and teacher in the Somerville High School.
161. FRANCES; living; unm.
162. LOUIS PREVOST, civil engineer, of Somerville; m., Sept. 5, 1895, Maude Safford. Children: KENNETH S., student in Harvard College; MARY; HUGH; BEATRICE.
163. HARRIET PREVOST, b. May 25, 1850; d. Dec. 2, 1856.
164. HUGH KIRKPATRICK, lawyer, of Somerville, b. Aug. 10, 1858; m., Oct., 1888, Sue D. Cammann. No ch.
165. ELIZABETH, b. Mar. 11, 1863; d. Aug. 30, 1878.
CHILDREN OF REV. JOHN GASTON, D. D., (96) AND ANNA L. TERHUNE:
166. WILLIAM FREDERICK, b. at Pompton, N. J., Feb. 11, 1854; living at 170 Lexington Ave., Passaic, N. J.; m., Oct. 11, 1876, Mary Zabriskie (dau. of Christian A. Zabriskie, of Bergen co.) Mr. Gaston is a well-known lawyer of Passaic, having graduated from Rutgers College in 1874, and being admitted to the Bar in June, 1877. He was also a member of the Legislature (Assembly) in 1882 and 1883. Children: JOHN; FREDERICK W.; ALICE M.
167. MATILDA B.; d. Sept. 7, 1890.
168. ANNA E.; living; unm.
CHILDREN OF WILLIAM GASTON (102) AND MARGARET A. KEILEY:
169. FREDERICK KEILEY, of 734 N. Broad st., Elizabeth, N. J., b. Jan. 6, 1868; living; m., Apr. 19, 1892, Charlotte M. King. Mr. Gaston is a general insurance broker, with offices at 30 East 42nd St., New York City. Ch.: (1) Charlotte King, b. Nov. 28, 1895. (2) Frederick K., Jr., b. Oct. 6, 1897. (3) Elizabeth H., b. July 26, 1899.
170. IDA V., of Keene Valley, N. Y., b. June 2, 1871; m. (1), Jan. 10, 1893, Edgar J. Runyon, who d. Nov. 15, 1900; (2), Aug. 19, 1905, Arthur Dracas. Children: (By E. J. R.); Margaret G. Runyon, b. Nov. 23, 1893. (By A. D.): Mary Elizabeth Dracas, b. Feb. 4, 1907.
171. WILLIAM EDGAR, b. July 14, 1873; d. July 27, 1874.
172. MARY B., of Jersey City, N. J., b. Sept. 3, 1875; living; m., Apr. 22, 1909, James W. Pyle.
173. MARGARET H., of Hartsdale, N. Y., b. Dec. 27, 1879; living; m., Jan. 23, 1904, Kenneth Wilbur. Ch.: Margaret K., b. June 2, 1906.
CHILDREN OF WILLIAM K. GASTON (119) AND ELIZA V. A. NICHOLAS:
174. WILLIAM IRA, of Plainfield, b. Jan. 2, 1875; d. Dec. 13, 1908; m., June 20, 1900, Bertha Adelle Philpott, who was b. June 1, 1879, and d. Mar. 20, 1909. Children: (1) CLARENCE WARNER. (2) ARTHUR HERBERT.
175. ANNA REBECCA, of Somerville, who has a position in the branch office of the Prudential Life Ins. Co.
176. JAMES HERBERT, of Somerville, in C. R. R. employ; m., Nov. 17, 1904, Louisa Rockafellow (dau. of Solomon Rockafellow and Jeanette Dalley). Children: (1) EDYTHE LOUISE. (2) RUTH TILTON. (3) WILLIAM ELLSWORTH.
Source: Gaston, Mrs. Anna Reger. Gaston Family Lines Of Somerset. "Somerset County Historical Quarterly." Somerville, New Jersey: Somerset County Historical Society Publishers. Editor: A. Van Doren Honeyman. Vol. V, (1916), pp. pp. 33-45, pp. 125-133, pp. 198-207.