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.