The last of the siblings of Chester Van Syckel! This week #52ancestors lead me to Clinton, NJ. Joseph Van Syckel was the only one of Aaron‘s children to show a real interest in the store and farm established by his father.
Joseph was born on 18 June 1818 on a farm near Norton, NJ in Hunterdon County. He was educated locally and began to work in the family store at Van Syckel’s corners. After buying out his father in 1853, he continued to operate the store for another five years. He also built up the farm where he was born, and appears to have branched out into bloodstock as I found a notation about him owning trotting horses: Lotta V. foaled 1885 by Bayonne Prince and the Mitchner Mare bred by Joseph B. Bird passed to Joseph Van Syckel, 1890. He was also instrumental in the creation and management of the Clinton National bank (1856) and served as bank president from 1876 on.
On 16 June 1842, Joseph Van Syckel married Catherine I. Smith (1823-1855), with whom he had three children: John Van Syckel (1843-1879), Helen Van Syckel (1849-1851) and Mary Van Syckel (1851-? died young?). After Catherine’s death, Joseph married Cyrena Martin (1830-1901) with whom he had two children: Frank Van Syckel (1859-1864) and Kate Van Syckel (1860-1943).
Joseph Van Syckel died on 19 February 1904 at home on the farm near Norton, NJ where he was born. He is buried in Bethlehem Baptist Cemetery, Pattenburg, NJ.
I was lucky enough to be in Hunterdon County last month and got the chance to explore the town of Clinton (beautifully situated on the south ranch of the Raritan River). Driving around the countryside gave me some insight into where this branch of the family came from and how settling in Bethlehem, Clinton, and Flemington probably allowed these sibs to stay in touch without sitting on top of each other.
Lost daughters, half sisters, connections. #52ancestors is good for many things, not the least of which is getting me to acknowledge the limits of my online research capabilities. This week I try to track down each of the children of Martha Eliza Hine Brown.
Mattie, as she appears to have been called by family, was the eldest daughter of James Edwin Hine (1837-1915) and Catherine E. Tyrrrel Hine (1842-1868), born 24 September 1864 in Orwell, PA. She was the older sister of Minnie Arabella Hine. In 1887, she married a widower named William Amos Brown. He had two children by his first wife Bessie Purvis: Camilla May Brown (1876-1966) and Annabelle Brown (1878-1964).
Mattie Hine Brown and William Amos Brown settled in Athens and had five children:
Edna L. Brown (1893-1984) married Lyman Edward Talada, moved to Michigan
Rachel A. Brown (1894-1990) married Daniel William Bean, stayed in Athens
Vera Margrette Brown (1897-1972) married Charles Gustav Peter Friedericks, moved to Reading, PA
Thelma Augusta Brown (1901-1984) married Harold Fred Chase, moved to Los Angeles, CA
John Edwin Brown (1904-1983) did not marry, lived in Sayre, PA
Mattie died of something called quick consumption on 16 April 1913 and is buried in Tioga Point Cemetery in Athens with William Amos Brown (1854-1941).
This post is a fishing expedition: I know next to nothing about Mercy Van Syckel and her two husbands but I would like to know more. Help! #52ancestors
Mercy Van Syckel was born 14 April 1820, the oldest daughter of Aaron Van Syckel and Mary Bird Van Syckel. She married Samuel C. Dilley (1827-1852) in 1846 in Hunterdon County. She had one son by Samuel, Chester Van Syckel Dilley. However, after Samuel’s death in 1852, she appears to have married Henry Carter on 12 February 1861. I find the marriage record in Greenwich, Warren County, NJ.
What killed Samuel C. Dilley at such a young age. He was a farmer in Hunterdon County, so it could have been anything.
Who is Henry Carter? Life dates?
In 1870, Mercy is living with Chester on land he is farming in Hunterdon County. However, Mercy’s worth has increased from $2500 in 1860 to $17,000 in 1870. That’s a jump by any standard. Then, Mercy died on 24 December 1875. Details? Inquiring minds and all that. If you can shed any light on this at all, please let me know!
Arthur Thomas Hine is one of those relations that I did not question in childhood but was a bit of a mystery when I tried to figure out how he was actually related. I think he’s a great uncle by way of a second marriage. Curious labels one discovers with #52ancestors.
I have already written about my great-great-grandfather James Edwin Hine. Arthur is his son by his second marriage to Ann E. Phillips. Arthur was their only child and James’ only son, born 11 January 1874 in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. He lived with his parents until he married Flora Campbell (1875-1961) on 17 December 1902. They had two children, both girls: Edith Augusta Hine (1907-1998) and Ella Marie Hine (1913-1916). Ella Marie died of bronchitis related to infantile paralysis (polio).
Arthur appears to have worked as a general laborer, first for the “shops” or the Lehigh Valley Railroad, and then later for the local hospital.
I got to know Edith Hine after visiting her with my father. We drove down from Ithaca to visit her and take her out to dinner. Later, after I moved to Philadelphia, I would sometimes drive home by way of Athens so that I could stop by to visit with her. She gave me some family letters which I have used to write the blog about Sabrina Hine.
I don’t remember the year but it must have been after 1995, when it came time for Edith, who had been a nurse in the public schools for most of her career, to leave her home on Pine St. and go to live in a retirement home where she got more assistant with day to day living. My father and I went down to the auction where her furnishings were sold to help raise the money to fund this. We purchased a bedroom suite made up of a bed frame, bureau and washstand that had been Arthur and Flora’s wedding present. It was quite ornate Eastlake style and I held onto it for years. When I made the move from Ohio down to Kentucky, I sold it at auction myself, as it was too big for my new house.
I love having pieces of the family around me. Sometimes they bring memories and sometimes they are just great inspiration for my imagination.
I think the thing that amazes me about Alice Van Syckel Killgore is that she had eleven children in fourteen years. I realize that that is not a world record, or even the most children per union on my family tree, but can you even imagine? No multiples, fourteen pregnancies. I stand in awe. #52ancestors
Alice Van Syckel was the third child of Aaron Van Syckel and Mary Bird Van Syckel. She was born on 14 January 1822 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. On 3 January 1843 she married Robert James Killgore (1820-1898). Robert Killgore, a Kentucky transplant to NJ, owned a farm in Raritan township and held various clerical and public service positions in Bethlehem and Raritan township until October 1875, when he became the Editor of the Hunterdon County Democrat. He is listed as a Justice of the Peace in 1863 and a Surrogate from 1869 to 1874, all of which probably gave him great insights into the citizenry of Hunterdon County.
Alice and Robert Killgore had eleven children, five of whom died young:
Mary Van Syckel Killgore (1844-1928)
Lucy Ficklin Killgore (1845-1860)
Louisa Graves Killgore (1846-1855)
Alice Killgore (1847-1928)
Robert Killgore (1847-1922)
Charles Killgore (1849-1940)
Jonathan Killgore (1851-?)
Lora Killgore (1852-1922)
Sylvester Van Syckel Killgore (1854-1855)
Anthony Killgore (1856-1922)
John T. Killgore (1858-1875)
Two of her sons went on to have careers as chemists: Robert was a druggist in Dover, NJ. You can find bottles with his name on them. And Charles went to Utica, NY where he invented a machine that would compress powder into tablets. Charles later moved to New York City and retired to Short Hills.
Alice Van Syckel Killgore died of consumption in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 26 January 1875. She is buried in Bethlehem Baptist Cemetery in Pattenburg, NJ.
Welcome to the family, Abigail. I apologize for misidentifying you as Abigail Russell Davis and squirreling down rabbit hole after rabbit hole looking for you. I’m sure Abigail R. Davis was a perfectly nice woman but she’s not my relative. Lesson learned yet again about taking time to follow each lead to its natural end. #52ancestors or bust!
I have already written about my great, great grandfather Moses K. Wells. This post is about his mother and father: Abigail Warner Wells and Samuel Wells. However, this is also a work in progress as I know very little about the Wells family and even less about the Warner line.
Abigail Warner appears to have been born in 1824, possibly in Atlantic County, New Jersey. She married Samuel Wells before 1853. I have no idea how they met, as Samuel is living with his parents Samuel and Mercy Wells in the 1850 census in Southampton, Burlington County. However, when the 1855 NJ state census is taken five years later, Samuel and Abigail have settled in Weymouth Township in Atlantic County and have two small boys, Michael and Moses, living with them. The complete list of their children is:
The family seem to have moved back to Burlington County by 1860 however, and stay there. Although Abigail appears to have died in Cumberland County on 6 October 1884, she is possibly buried in Methodist Cemetery in Pemberton. Samuel Wells is living with son Michael and his wife Jennie Leeds Wells in 1900. Samuel died shortly after that census on 9 October 1900 and is possibly buried in the Methodist Cemetery in Pemberton.
This was one of those essays I almost did not write. I know so little about these two and it would have been so easy to just put it off until later. However, on the theory that people don’t know I am looking if I don’t tell them, I am putting this out there in the hopes that someone can help fill in the blanks.
Investigating women of the 19th century can be trying. Birth, marriage, children, death, burial are often all that can be found. This week in #52ancestors I continue with my quest to document each of the siblings of Chester Van Syckel.
Fanny Van Syckel was born 12 April 1824 in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, most likely in Van Syckel’s Corners, the fourth child of Aaron and Mary Bird Van Syckel. I do not know if she was formally educated. Really her life as documented by what was left behind starts on 11 January 1844 when she married John Taylor Leigh, a local farmer. Fanny and John produced seven children between 1845 and 1858, only two of whom died in infancy:
Sylvester V. Leigh (1845-1848)
Milton Leigh (1847-1862)
Bennett Van Syckel Leigh (1850-1929)
Mary V. Leigh (1852-1875)
Emily B. Leigh (1855-1937)
Charles W. Leigh (1857-1926)
John T. Leigh (1858-1888)
Fanny died of consumption shortly after the birth of her youngest son, on 8 March 1860, in Clinton, New Jersey where she and John T. Leigh had settled. I am not sure if she ever lived in the immense Leigh house John had built around 1860 but this is where her children grew up after her death.
John T. Leigh remarried after Fanny’s death to Mary Van Syckel, Fanny’s first cousin. They went on to have ten additional children bringing the total to seventeen. Again, two died in infancy.
Fanny is buried in Bethlehem Baptist Cemetery in Pattenburg, New Jersey.