Location: Cumberland County NJ

Biography of John Hanson

John Hanson, who loyally served this country as a member of the navy, is now successfully engaged in farming and stock raising on Camas prairie, in Idaho county, where he owns four hundred and eighty acres of land. He is a native of Denmark, his birth having occurred in that land on the 9th of June 1827. At the age of fifteen he bade adieu to home and friends and went to sea, eventually sailing to New York, in 1849. While there he joined the United States Navy and served for sixteen months, at the expiration of which period he received an honorable discharge. He then sailed on merchant vessels on the Pacific ocean and on the Mediterranean sea, and became a well informed seaman, his ability and worth winning him promotion from time to time, until he became a first mate. During his seafaring life he passed through many dangers and hardships, which if written out in full would make a most interesting volume. He was shipwrecked twice off the coast of San Francisco, where the ship was driven ashore, and was also in a fearful typhoon in South American waters, the ship being lost, but the crew escaped with their lives. When the United States became involved in the greatest civil war known to modern history, he determined to aid in the perpetuation of the Union, and...

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Biography of Thomas E. Sheard

Thomas E. Sheard. There are no business men who, outside the medical and dental professions, come into such close, personal contact with their fellows as do barbers, and often their delicate ministrations are just as comforting and beneficial. A long course of careful training is necessary to bring about deftness of hand and quickness of eye, and when these are accompanied by a genial presence and a personal interest, a barber finds himself popular and prosperous. For thirty-two years Thomas E. Sheard had conducted his barber establishment in the same block on Kansas Avenue, Topeka, and during this time his visitors and customers have included many of the leading men of the country and particularly distinguished characters of western life. Thomas E. Sheard was born in Winnebago County, Illinois, June 17, 1854. His parents were William and Emma (Morrill) Sheard, natives of Nottingham, England, where they were married in 1845. William Sheard came first to America in 1850, accompanied by his wife, and settled at Elgin, Illinois, shortly afterward removing to Pecatonica in Winnebago County, Illinois. From there the family returned to England in 1856 and continued to live there for six years and then came back to the United States. For a few years Mr. Sheard resided at Vineland, New Jersey, and in 1869 removed to Rochester, New York, and from that city, eight years later, to Wayne...

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Fannie Skinner Todd Felton of Bridgeton NJ

FELTON, Fannie Skinner Todd7, (Samuel6, Eliel5, Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born April 16, 1823, in Enosburg, Vt., died Dec. 28, 1900, in Bridgeton, N. J., married May 14, 1845, William C., son of Capt. William Felton, of Franklin, Vt., who died Aug. 9, 1866, in Saratoga, N. Y., to which town he had moved the preceding year. Children: I. Albert Devitt, b. Feb. 9, 1848, in Franklin, Vt., d. in 1880, in Saratoga, N. Y., married June 13, 1872, Ida M. May, in Saratoga, N. Y., and while there he was a physician. Issue: (1) Nina May, b. June 14, 1875, in Syracuse, N. Y. She is now (1917) living with her mother in Poughkeepsie, N. Y. II. Bryan Lawrence, b. May 29, 1859, in Franklin, Vt., married Nov. 29, 1882, Henrietta Van Lier, in Bridgeton, N. J. He is now (1917) living in Berkeley, Cal. Issue: (1) William C., b. June 13, 1886, d. Dec. 8, 1889, in Bridgeton, N. J.; (2) Flora Willetta, b. March 8, 1893, in Bridgeton, N. J., m. Aug. 9, 1913, George F. Hagarty, of Vallejo, Cal., and had Esther Carol Hagarty, b. Dec. 11, 1914; (3) Albert Vernon, b. May 10, 1897, in Bridgeton, N....

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Biography of Henry Sheppard

Henry Sheppard, among the early people of Greene county, was the man who made and left the best impression. He was born in Cumberland county, New Jersey, on November 8th, 1821, of the seventh generation from the original settler of his name. His father was a quiet man of moderate means who gave to his sons what education he could in schools and at home taught them, by precept and by example, industry, self-reliance and truth. The mother was a deeply religious woman. Henry, the oldest son, an ambitious and independent boy supported himself from the age of fifteen. He was trained in business in an old-fashioned Philadelphia firm; and he learned well their lessons of judgment and labor. During these years of youth his chief recreation were a literary society and the volunteer fire company to which he belonged. Often after a hard day in the store he would run miles with his engine and work for hours at night, sometimes in stations of danger. A vent for his superabundant energy was necessary, and he found it in this innocent excitement. During this period he joined the church of Dr. Albert Barnes, whose influence on his life was great and good. Leaving Philadelphia with the savings of his salary and full credit on his late employers’ book, he went in 1843 to Camden, Ark., where he remained about...

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