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From History of Sussex and Warren Counties, New Jersey
by James P. Snell1881
George P. WyckoffGeorge P. Wyckoff is fifth in regular line of descent from John Wyckoff, of the township of Readington, Hunterdon Co., N.J., who purchased, May 1, 1771, two hundred acres of land of Jerome Van Neste, of Raritan, situated in Jackson Valley, in the township of Washington, Warren Co.Simon, son of John Wyckoff, married Mary Farley, and soon after their marriage settled on this property, where they resided the remainder of their lives.For a time they lived in a dug-out, but soon erected a log house upon this wilderness tract of land, and began clearing it and preparing to raise enough for a subsistence.
Their children were John, born Jan. 20, 1771; Caleb, born Oct. 25, 1774 ; Phoebe, born Nov. 4, 1776 ; Jacob, born Oct. 3, 1784 ; and Charity, born Jan. 8, 1788.Jacob was grandfather of our subject, and succeeded his father on the homestead.He married Mary Kitchen, who bore him eight children, four of whom reached manhood and womanhood,- viz, John K., born Oct. 8, 1809; Simon, born Jan. 17, 1817 ; Hester, born March 25, 1822 who became the wife of John C. Miller ; and Nancy, born June 8, 1824 who became the wife of Andrew M.. Nunn.
Jacob Wyckoff led a quiet life as a farmer, and purchased some sixty-five acres of land, and added to the old homestead, upon which he resided during his life.
John K. Wyckoff, son of Jacob, succeeded to the homestead farm.He married Sarah, daughter of George Perry, of Mansfield township, near Fort Murray, where she was born Feb. 1, 1809.She died March 16, 1871.The children of this union were Jacob, who succeeded his father in the ownership of the old homestead ; George P. ; and Anna Maria, who died at the age of nineteen unmarried.John K. Wyckoff was a representative farmer in every sense of the term.He built a fine farm residence on the homestead, and commodious barns and other buildings, which may be seen at this time (1880), and put the whole place under a better state of cultivation that it had previously been.By his industry and judicious management he acquired a fine property outside of his farm.He was known as a man of strict integrity in all of his business relations.Although he had limited opportunities for an education while young, he had naturally a good business talent, and was far-seeing in his calculations for the future.He neither sought office not its emoluments, but was satisfied with agricultural pursuits and the quiet of the farm.He was firmly fixed in his own opinion in what he conceived to be right, but was always ready to receive counsel from his friends.In all his business he never was in any litigation, and he was known as lenient and kind to those who were his debtors and in more humble circumstances that himself.He was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Washington.He died Dec. 18, 1877.
George P. Wyckoff, son of John K., was born on the old home stead, Sept 21, 1833.His minority was spent at home, and his education obtained from books confined to the schools of his native place.For several years after reaching his majority he remained at home working for his father.On Dec. 1, 1859, he married Miss Tamizen, daughter of Cornelius and Margaret (Lomerson) Carhart, of Washington township.Of this union have been born three children, - Jacob K., Mary, and Edith.
I n 1861, Mr. Wyckoff settled on the farm where he now reside, near Port Colden, consisting of one hundred and thirty- three acres, which he has improved, and upon which he has resided since.Like his ancestors of four generation, Mr. Wyckoff is an unswerving member of the Democratic party, and although not an office-seeker, he does not shrink from a share of pubic burden.He has officiated as one of the township committee for some six years, and was elected treasurer of the township in 1879, and re-elected to the same office in 1880.
Mr. Wyckoff is one of the substantial business men and farmers of Warren County.He is a supporter of church and kindred interests, and a member of the Presbyterian congregation at Washington.
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