Garret Kemble

Garret Kemble’s grandfather came from Devonshire, England, with his wife and four sons. Three of the sons entered the Revolutionary Army, two of them losing their lives during the war, and the survivor afterwards settling in Virginia. William, the youngest son, studied medicine and practiced in that part of Bergen County which is now Northern Passaic. He married Elizabeth Cole, of Holland descent, and lived at Oak Ridge. He had a large family of hardy children, but died himself in middle life. Garret was born near Oak Ridge, September 4th, 1793. He came to Sussex County in 1812, in his nineteenth year, and entered the employ of Captain Beardslee on his farm in the vicinity of the North Church. When New York City was threatened by the British, during the second war, Captain Beardslee marched his company to Sandy Hook, and young Kemble had the entire management of the farm. This was conducted to the satisfaction of his employer, who encouraged him to bring here his mother and her three youngest children. He was remarkable for his strength, and his industry and integrity made him respected by all. He married in 1818, Anne Carnes, the daughter of Michael and Lucretia Rorick, who was born 1795 and named by Mrs. Anne Carnes Newman, the blind wife of Emmanuel Newman, who lived in the J. Ludlum Munson house. After their marriage, Michael Rorick built a house for them, and they lived upon the farm which Mrs. Kemble inherited from him, until their death. The house and farm remained in the family until recently. Mrs. Kemble died in 1877, aged eighty-two years, and Garret Kemble in 1884, in his ninety-first year. They united with the Baptist Church of Franklin in 1824, and were esteemed and useful members, distinguished for their consistent piety and fidelity to the Christian profession. Garret was ordained a Deacon in 1828, and held the office until his death.

Source: Haines, A.A. 1888. Hardyston Memorial: A History of the Township and the North Presbyterian Church, Hardyston, Sussex County, New Jersey. Newton, NJ: New Jersey Herald Printers.

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