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Re: DeGraw of Morris Co. NJ 1800s
Posted by: Allen C. De Graw Date: December 02, 1999 at 19:26:10
In Reply to: Re: DeGraw of Morris Co. NJ 1800s by Bobbi Bise of 363

Dear Mrs. Bise:

I apologize for not monitoring my posting requesting information of the De Graw family. Genealogy continues to be an "on again-off again" endeavor for me. Eventually, I'll get it all together, stop collecting bits and pieces and begin writing. In the interim, I have some information, which I trust will be of interest. Some of which is speculative, but also some data I can support with documentation:

I believe that Michael and Mary De Graw were the parents of Jeremiah, b. 6 Oct. 1816. I've established this birth date based on his death certificate. He died 25 Sep 1889 in Greenville (re-named Marcella), N. J. He married Hannah Frances, (b. 1831) on 20 Oct. 1844. I believe Jeremiah and Hannah Frances are my Great Grandparents.

Immediately below are my personal notes about each one followed by a list of their children.

Jeremiah De Graw:

Burial: Winters Burying Ground, Marcella (formerly called Greenville), New Jersey. Information is published in Munsell's, "History of Morris County (1882), p. 348. Death certificate shows Winters Cemt

Since Samuel De Graw is listed as one of his children; my presumption is that Jeremiah is my Great Grandfather.
Jeremiah is listed as the father of Susan Electra in the Morris County Book of Births, Pg 11. His occupation is listed a farmer.
Hannah F is listed as the mother.
Residence of parents: Splitrock

DOCUMENTATION: Census: An 1850 Census lists his age as 30, and an 1880 Census Index records his age as 62. His death certificate lists his age at death, on 25 Sept 1889, as 72 years, 11 months and 21 days. Thus, Jeremiah's birth date would be 6 Oct. 1816 Accordingly, his birth date may be 1818 to 1820. On the 1880 Index Card his town is shown as Greenville which later was re-named as Marcella.

Marriage Certificate

MARRIAGES: To Hannah Frances Degraw, 20 October 1844 by Justice of the Peace, Hubbard S. Fiskle. The marriage was recorded 18 March 1845. The marriage is listed in the Index To Marriages, Book E, Pg. 69 for the recording period of April 20, 1841 to October 7, 1863. A request for a search of Hannah's death certificate was unproductive for the period searched from 1880-1889. Jeremiah's death certificate shows him being married at the time of his death.

WORK: Farmer is recorded as occupation on his death certificate.

Hannah Frances De Graw

DOCUMENTATION: Census: Listed in the 1850 Census as 19 years old and 49 years old in the 1880 Census Index and the wife of Jeremiah De Graw. She is also listed in the Winters Burying Ground in a "History of Morris County, by Munsell, Vol 50 P.131.

She is listed as being born In New York in the 1880 Census Index and in NJ in the 1850 Census. No maiden name found yet!

Hannah Frances Degraw is listed in the Index To Marriages, Book E,
Pg. 69 for the recording period of April 20, 1841 to October 7, 1863.

MARRIAGES: To Jeremiah De Graw, 20 October 1844 by Justice of the Peace, Hubbard S. Fiskle. The marriage was recorded 18 March 1845. Her name is listed as indicated immediately above. Apparently, she was about 13 years old at the time of this marriage.

ADDRESSES: The town of Greenville was later changed to Marcella.


1. Sarah Ann, b. 18 Jan 1845, d. 27 May 1867
(Conflicting DOB. 1847 or 1845?: 1850 Census lists her as 3 yrs old. Grave stone gives an age of 22.4.4 from a date of death as 27 May 1867 which would place her date of birth, 18 January 1845.
DOCUMENTATION: 1850 Census. 3 yrs old at the time of th e census
(21 Sept 1850). NB: Discrepancy in DOB: Grave marker has date of death as 27 May 1867 at age 22.4.4. which means DOB would be about
23 Jan 1845.

2. Susan Electra, b. 25 Jan 1849 d. 8 Apr 1865 (the four year gap between births is suspect)
DOCUMENTATION: Birth Record Book of Morris County pg 11. She is listed as 1 year old, and she is listed In the 1850 Census.

OTHER: Burial is in the Winters Burying Ground in Marcella. Information about the burial ground is published in Munsell's, "History of Morris County (1882), p. 348. Specific information about interments is contained in a publication called Morris County Grave Stones and was provided by Anita Mott of East Hannover, NJ. The publication states that Susan died at age 16 years, 2 months 13 days.
The aforementioned Birth Record Book of Morris County identifies Susan's father as Jeremiah and that his occupation is farmer and her mother as Hannah F and that they resided in Splitrock.

3. Charlotte U., b. 1851
Census: 1880 Census Index Card, age 29

4. Charles H., b. 1852, d. 10 Oct 1856

5. Andrew, b. 23 Feb 1856
Census: Not sure of DOB; 1880 Census Index lists him as 25 years old and an information sheet obtained from the Mormon Church in Tallahassee has a birth date a 23 Feb 1855. Recorded on pg. 25 of the Birth Records of Morris County. The date of recording was listed as June 9, 1855. His father's occupation was listed as laborer. Requires further confirmation.

6. Emalene, b. 28 Feb 1857
(DOCUMENTATION: 1880 Census. Birth is recorded on page 149 of the Morris County, Rockaway Township Birth Records. I could not read the birth month and February is a guess. The birth was recorded on July 11, 1857. Place of birth is Greenville, father's occupation: laborer, and mother was identified as Frances.

MARRIAGES: Possible marriage to Amos Kimble on 15 July 1876 at age 19 Amos was 23 years old.
OTHER: She may also be known as Emily

7. Martin, b. 1860
DOCUMENTATION: 1880 Census, Sheet 86, Line 24, Soundex D260.

8. Peter DeGraw, b. 11 March 1862, d. 12 March 1862

9. Samuel (My Grand Father), b. 10 Oct 1864, d. 31 Jan 1935

DOCUMENTATION: 1880 Census, Sheet 86, Line 24, Soundex D260,listed as 15 years old and born in 1864; listed as head of household in the 1910 Census and married for 18 years, and was a property owner, Civil War survivor was not checked. Death Certificate: List birthplace as Marcella, NJ; father as Jeremiah born in NJ;

MARRIAGES: Mary Jane Stalter

WORK: He was a farmer and worked for his own account.

EDUCATION: The 1910 Census indicated that he attended school and could read and write.

OTHER: Requested Death Cer 1-16-95, Ck #948; Received 2-6-95

10. Louisa, b. 1867*
DOCUMENTATION: 1880 Census. She's listed as age 13.
Soundex D260

11. Hannah Frances, b. 1873
DOCUMENTATION: 1880 Census. She is listed as age 7. Soundex 260.

12. Jeremiah, b. 3 Feb 1863, d. 23 Aug 1863
Date of death is listed as 23 Aug on a grave marker in Winters Burying Ground. The date was illegible. Age was listed as 7 months and 28 days.

12. Charity, b. 1 Mar 1867*

* Can't explain why the two birth dates are in the same year nor why I have her listed as I do. I must have had a reason!
It has been several years since I've looked at this stuff:

I have a note about a Peter De Graw listed in the 1840 Census.

I have a note suggesting that Henry DeGraw, b. 1832 was the son of Michael and Rebecca DeGraw.

Of the given names you listed in your 23 Nov. note, I don't recall a Sylvester or a Robert.

I have not been able to trace the brothers and sisters of Jeremiah De Graw. That information would help unravel the DeGraws. As you may know, the name has been traced to the 1660s.

I'm not sure all of this longer than I expected "note" will make it the the e-mail system. If it doesn't, let me know, and I'll mail it to you.

I would be pleased to receive any additional information you may have.

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