Name and Place Indexes have been included, and some historical notes provided. The pamphlet was updated by Roy P. Wildrick in 1968. We have no plans to transcribe the updated version, but will add sections here if anyone submits them.
It is inevitable that some errors will have been made in the transcription. Readers who want to check in the original can use this scanned version
Our duty to our family clan was and is to collect data on all family records and to arrange them in their rotation in the many branches and sub-branches, in order that any family can be readily traced from their origin on down through the years from generation to generation; and that this work may be sometime omplete to its fullest extent.
Some of this work has been taken from that of William C. Armstrong of 1930; with some corrections and many additions thereto.
It is here that we wish to extend our many thanks the those who have so gladly co-operated with us to make at least a part of this work complete.
The first lefthand figures represent the total names listed, in the second part of the number it represents the group, and the third part is the group number. The number enclesed in the ( ) is the generation number.
Example: *148-4-3 Colonel Abram Calvin Wildrick (4)
148 is the total number listed in group 4 and is the 3 child born in his family; the (4) shows that he is of the fourth generation.
The * placed in front of the number shows that that number will apear again and will be 148-4-3. COLONEL ABRAM CALVIN WILDRICK (4). The name will be in capital or bolder type, This is to denote some item of interest, mostly marriages, etc. In Group One you will note an added figure; this is to indicate the sub-branches of Michael as there were thirteen of them.
*210-1-3. 1. James M Wildrick (4)
These changes are (1) the change of "ch" to "ck" and (2) the intrusions of the inorganic "d". The final "k" was tacked on a number of words in colonial times where it is now discarded, such as musick, publick, and physick. The intrusive "d" that has crept into the middle of the word can also be easily accounted for, although the explanation is more technical and dates many years further back. Among English speaking people in the early times an inorganic "d" sometimes developed after an "n" and before "r" or "ll". For example, in the Latin word "ciner"; put in the "d" and you have cinder; in the Saxon word "thuner": put in the "d" and you have "thunder". In like manner the "d" slipped in before the "r" and Wilrick became Wildrick.
On the old records of the Reformed Church at Stillwater, N.J. may be found the names of Michael Wilrich, Phillip Wilrich and George Wilrich who were among the manes of parents who presented children there for baptism between the years of 1775 and 1800.
The present writer of this work (H.G. Wildrick of Hope, N.J.) was told by a native from Germany that in his home neighborhood the name Wilrich was a common name, "his own name being Ulrich." He said his father's neighbor was a Wilrich. That was around 1910.
It will also be noted that in some cases the name was spelled with the letter "e" as in Wilderick, but this might have been by the nisunderstanding of the writer, or in some cases of the stonecutter, as some old grave-markers have that spelling on them. This will be noted on the monument of John Wildrick, 1707-1793. The name there is spelt with the "e".
Also one branch of the family that settled in Pennsylvania went by the name Wildrike for a number of years; and another branch in New Jersey spelled it with an "e" as Weldrick. But these differences have been corrected and the name is known throughout the country now as Wildrick.
1. John Wildrick. (1) the imigrant and original Wildrick in America, was born in Bavaria, Germany, in the year 1707. He came to America and settled in the Province of New Jersey in the valley of the Paulinskill, in the vicinity of the present village of Marksboro on Route 8 near Blairstown, N.J. It is thought that he lived for a time on the west bank of the Hudson River, before settling in New Jersey. John's wife's name was Catherine ?. Her maiden name has not been ascertained. There is reason to believe that she was much younger than he, and it has always been assumed that they were married in Germany and came to America soon afterward. John died in 1793 and was buried in the old graveyard at Stillwater, Sussex County, N.J., and has a monument to his memory, which bears the following inscription:
After John's death Catherine survived him many years. She make her home with her daughter Catreen (Larrison) to whom she left property by will. She was undoubtedly buried beside her husband, tho no tomb-stone marks the place.
They had five children, three sons and two daughters:
First child "son" of John (1). He was born in 1753 and died in 1840. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, served in the Sussex Militia and also in the Continental Army. He married twice and had children by each wife. His first wife was a Hawk. His second wife was Mary Vass, a widow with four children named Ulp; 1. Conrad Ulp and 2. Mary Ulp. Marie died unmarried and there seems to be no record of the other two.
Michael's second marriage gave offense to his children, who did not conceal their bitter feelings. They all left home, and he disinherited them, cutting each of them off with a shilling. His will was written in 1830 and probated in 1840. He had ten children by his first wife and three by his second, thirteen in all as follows:
(Children of Michael Wildrick (2) by his second wife.)
3-2 Charity Wildrick (2) married George Hawk in 1780 or earlier; they were members of the Reformed Church at Stillwater, N.J. and presented children there for baptism about 1781. The church records are in German and the name is spelled Haack. It is known they had four children.
On January 14, 1789 she married Lawrence Larrison. They had five children:
names of Catherine's parents have not been ascertained. She had a half-brother, Conrad Erwin, who married Catherine Mingle. Conrad was a devout Methodist. Some of these Erwines afterward settled in Syracuse, N.Y. The surname Erwine was speld in various ways; also pronounced various ways. Other spellings were Arwine-Ervine-Erwin-Ervey.
George and Catherine settled on a farm one half mile south of Marksboro, and there spent their entire married life. George's homestead adjoined that of his brother Michael: George's lying to the east and nearer to the village. Bother were on the south side of the road leading from Marksboro toward Kerr's Corners and Hope. Each farm was reached by its own lane; these are parallel and run down hill. The dwellings were placed off the main highway in order that each might have a spring that furnished an abundance of good water for man and beast. The dwellings are seperated from each other by a meadow, but in full view and hailing distand of each other. These Wildrick farms were bounded on the south by the farm of Nathan Armstrong, the pioneer. George's is now owned by the Swains who are descendants. A very small tract was recently sold to the Board of Education to enable them to enlarge the play-ground of the public school.
George (2) and Catherine had ten children; there were six sons and four daughters, and listed as follows; eight of these have descendants now living
*25-4-1 Julia Wildrick (3) born December 30, 1797, and died January 3, 1870. She married George Crockett. He was born in 1793 and died June 5, 1855. Their only child, Samuel Crockett was born December 11, 1817 and died August 8, 1823. Both parents and child are buried at Marksboro and have tombstones.
*26-4-2 Charles Wildrick (3) born July 7, 1799, died February 25, 1831, aged 31y 7m, 18d. He married Jane Crusen; they had three children. After the death of Charles, Jane Married again.
*27-4-3 Eliza Ann Wildrick (3) born May 19, 1801; she married Martin Vass and they had two sons; after the death of Eliza, Martin married again.
Abram and Isaac, the twins
*28-4-4 Abram Wildrick (3) born March 3, 1803, died October 28, 1871. His first wife was Macrina Cummins; his second wife was Charity Larrison; his third wife was Savilla Jones. Charity was the foremother of all of Abram's descendants who are living today.
Abram died in the sixty-eighth year of his age. He was fatally injured while driving on the road leading from Prospect Hall toward Blairstown; his team ran away and he was thrown from the carriage.
*29-4-5 Isaac Wildrick (3) born March 3, 1803, died March 22, 1892. He married Nancy F. Cummins. They had four sons and four daughters.
*30-4-6 Sarah Wildrick (3) born February 19, 1805; died January 28, 1885, aged 79 years, 11 months, 9 days. She is buried in the Friends Yard on the banks of the Pequest River in Allamuchy. She married David Lundy. (David and Sarah were the grandparents of William C. Armstrong, the original compiler of some of this work.)
*31-4-7 Maria Catherine Wildrick (3) born March 16, 1807, died March 19, 1892. She was twice married. Her first husband was Isaac B Smith and her second was Robert T. Johnson. She dwelt in Marksboro and had three children by each husband.
*32-4-8 Jacob Wildrick (3) born March 29, 1809 and died February 6, 1828. He died in his nineteenth year
*33-4-9 John Marvin Wildrick (3) born March 10, 1811, and died November 14, 1851. He married Susan Stewart.
*34-4-10 William Tracy Wildrick (3) born March 21, 1813, and died June 27, 1851. He married Susan Younges.
After the death of Catherine, George married Susan Koker, a sister of the first wife of his brother Phillip, and also a sister of the second wife of his brother Michael. Susan was the widow of Mahlon Mills, by whom she had a daughter, Eliza Mills, who married William Frazier. After the death of George, Susan made her home with her married daughter, Eliza Frazier, in Marksboro. Susan died August 3, 1875 at the age of 101 years and 24 days.
George Wildrick's (2) will is recorded in Belvidere, N.J, in Book Two of Wills, page 383. It was dated March 8, 1847, and probated April 11, 1859. In it he mentions his second wife and his seven surviving children and also Julia (4) George (4) and Charles (4) and John (4) sons of his deceased daughter, Eliza Ann (Vass) (3). The will disposes of lands in both Hardwick and Blairstown townships. The widow is to release her dower rights in certain lands in Blairstown township, which land is bequeathed to his sons Abram(3) and Isaac (3) who are named executors.
George Crockett was an Irishman by birth and had been in America only a short time when he met Julia. He claimed relationship with the famous Davy Crockett of Texas, and he may have been for they both had red hair.
George was not a wealthy man, but he was a good worker, he was witty and ambitious and not at all backward. It is no wonder he caught Julia's fancy. Julia was very young when she married, tradition says in her sixteenth year.
They rented the hotel in Marksboro with the farm belonging to it. Crockett not only farmed the fields but he ran a distillery which was located by a spring of cold water on the south side of the old road leading to Yellow Frame.
In the absence of Crockett, Julia sometimes tended bar. Unknown to George, she slipped ten cents aside now and then until she had accumulated sixty dollars. She then told her husband and proposed to buy a building just next to the church. He agreed, but they afterward changed their minds and bought a farm from William Tillman a little off the road to the south, half way to Yellow Frame Church. The dwelling house had two good rooms, but the barn and wagon house were not fit to use. Crockett was energetic; he added a large room to the house. He cleared the fields of stones and he built good fences. Things took on an air of thrift.
He planned new farm buildings: he had to cart his lumber from the beech woods on the Pocono Mountians in Pennsylvania.
When they made these trips, two men each with a big wagon went in company. If anything happened they could help each other; if a team got stuck on a steep hill, four horses could take the loads up easily. In June, 1855, Crockett and his brother-in-law William T. Wildrick went to the northern Poconos in Monroe County, to get lumber. That was a seventy mile trip. They loaded near Gouldsboro and started for home. Near Delaware Water Gap there was a steep hill to come down. Wildrick was ahead. He got safely down and looked back. He saw Crockett vainly clutch the air as he fell over the side of the wagon and in front of the rear wheel, which passed over his body. He was injured internally. Wildrick ran back but could do nothing except summon aid and have Crickett moved to a nearby hotel. They sent for Julia and she came. After about a month he recovered to some extent but he was never able to do any work and died shortly afterward.
Julia Wildrick rented the farm and went to live at Prospect Hall with her brothers, Abram and Isaac. She was too independent for such an arrangement to prove satisfactory, and at the end of the year she went back to her farm running it as best as she could with the aid of hired help. Crockett and she had taken a boy to raise, named Samuel White, who was now large enough to be a great help. Soon after this, William T. Wildrick died leaving his wife with several small children. Julia asked the widow for one of the children to raise, since she had no children of her own. Thus it came about that she took her nephew, William Clinton Wildrick (241-4-5 (4)) to raise. As Sam and Clint grew to manhood, Aunt Julia's affairs improved steadily; on her death they shared the property between them. Julia was a regular attendant and a great worker in both the church and the Sunday School at Marksboro. She was of slender build and a trifle undersize, but very dignified and determined in her actions. Nearby the main farm buildings was a log-cabin wherein lived a large negro with his family. His name was Peter Brisker. He helped as a farm hand on the farm of Crockett. He was also a preacher, and after the death of Crockett he moved to Morristown, N.J. where he became a preacher in the African M.E. Church.
Some interesting items about Abram and Isaac the twin sons of George Wildrick (2) and Catherine Erwine. Abram and Isaac (28-4-4 and 29-4-5) were twins, born March 3, 1803. They grew up together and their education was obtained in the district school at Marksboro, N.J. They married sisters, lived on the same farm and in the same house. They and their children lived together as one family. They gave liberally to build churches and the public schools and also they aided in establishing Blair Hall in its beginning. They never lived apart except when their official business called them to do so. They were born debaters and lived to discuss questions relating to State and Nation. Issac, with a fine and strong voice and good judgement of values made an unexcelled crier of public sales. In later years he took great delight in giving descriptions of Henry Clay's and Daniel Webster's thrilling powers of oratory.
The twin brothers followed droving for many years. One time while they were on a cattle buying trip to Pennsylvania, they heard of a man by the name of Wildrick who lived many miles over the mountain. The name being unusual there and knowing that a relative of theirs had left New Jersey and intended to settle in Pennsylvania they made a long detour and crossed the mountains on purpose to try to locate him, and they were very much surprised and pleased to find that he was the one person they thought he might be. This man was most likely a Samuel Wildrick (3) "the first sone of Michael" (2) as the records show that he married and settled in Luzerne County.
The record of services just presented have been carefully checked with the public archives to insure correctness.
At a public meeting of the citizens convened on March 22, 1839, for the purpose of organizing a Presbyterian Church, the following Board of Trustees was elected: John I. Blair, Isaac Crisman, John Konkie, Isaac Wildrick, Jacob Laterman, Joseph Wildrick, and William Laterman. The following Building Committee was appointed: John I. Blair, John Albright, Isaac Wildrick, Isaac Crisman, and William Lanterman.
They put up a stone building, forty by fifty feet, which served the congregation until 1870. In 1869 the Presbyterians, feeling the need of a larger edifice, appointed the following Building Committee: Isaac Wildrick, John Bunnell, Peter Lanterman, Dr. John C. Johnson, John Hull, John I. Blair, Andrew N. Snover, Abram Swisher, and Charles E. Vail. The new structure was of native limestone and was eighty by fifty feet. The Township of Blairstown was established by the Legislature in February, 1845. The first annual town meeting was held in John Hull's Hotel in Blairstown on April 14, at which meeting Isaac Wildrick was elected Moderator, and Simeon Cooke, Township Clerk.
Abram and Isaac Wildrick became drovers and followed the business for years. They went west every year and bought cattle and then drove them east and sold them to the farmers of New Jersey. At first the source of supply was in Pennsylvania, but later it shifted West to Ohio. It was profitable and as it was a cash business it was necessary that when they left home they had to have a large sum of money. In one way driving was a dangerous business as highwaymen were always planning to waylay any drover with a fat roll of money. It was a relief to those back home when they received a letter saying. Cattle all bought, we start for home at once. It meant that the risk of being murdered for money was ended.
In the year of 1839 there were but ten townships in the County of Warren; that was the year in which Isaac Wildrick was elected sheriff. Isaac's canvass to secure the nomination was a short one. During the week previous to the holding of ther county caucus, Isaac was in the west buying cattle. Suddenly he left his drove and started eastward. He reached home the evening before the day the caucus was to be held. He announced himself as candidate for the office of sheriff.
This action greatly surprised his most intimate friends and was unthought of even by his partner, John I. Blair. However, his sudden determination was productive of good results and on the following day he carried four out of the ten townships. There were two other candidates in the field and their strength was equally divided, each having three townships. This gave Mr. Wildrick the nomination. It is claimed that this is the shortest and most successful campaign that has ever taken place in the State of New Jersey.
6-5 Phillip Wildrick (2) Born 1772 and died 1827. He married Elizabeth Koker, born 1760 and died 1862, aged 102 years. They were both buried at Stillwater, N. J. In the cemetery at Stillwater there stood for many years a tombstone (since removed) that bore this inscription;
Phillip and Elizabeth had five children. They dwelt in a large stone house, one mile north of Marksboro on the road leading from Squiers Corner to Blairstown. They were both of old Hardwick township. During the war of 1812, Phillip belonged to Colonel Alexander Reading's Company. He saw service at Sandy Hook on the coast. His wife, traveling by horse back, took provisions and flour to him at Sandy Hook.
With the exception of one year when they kept a hotel in Middletown, they always lived within three miles of Blairstown. They had ten children, two of whom died in infancy and are not named here; the others follow:
9-5-3 Isaac M. Wildrick (3) born 1802, died May 16, 1852, aged fifty years, five months, and twenty seven days. He married Euphemia Ann Savercool. She was born in 1821, died October 27, 1888, aged sixty seven years, six months, twenty nine days. She was the daughter of Abram and Mary L Savercool. They had three children.
30-5-1 Martha Ann Wildrick (4) married Martin Kishpaugh April 16, 1870. He was born June 11, 1844, and died April 27, 1922. He was a son of Hampton and Catherine (Wheldon) Kishpaugh. They dwelt in Hardwick Township, where all their children were born as follows:
(Writer's note:End of this line to date 1930. If any more records are received they will be added later.)
26-4-2 Charles Wildrick (3) 1799-1831. He married Jane Crusen; Charles was the second child "son" of George (2) and Catherine Erwine. They dwelt in the northern part of Warren County, New Jersey. Charles died of small-pox caught while selling produce in New York City. Both are buried at Marksboro, N.J. and both have tombstones. After the death of Charles, Jane married a Mr. Allen and had other children. Following are the three children of Charles and Jane:
35-4-1 Julia Ann Wildrick (4) married George Hampton Freeman; on February 25, 1847. He was born August 19, 1822 and died on December 31, 1892; he was buried at Linesville, Pa. They dwelt at Linesville, and owned a farm at Espeyville Station in North Shenango Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, where they settled in 1856. They had eleven children six of whom were born in New Jersey:
39-4-2 Adella Ann Freeman (5) married December 14, 1871, to Joseph Allen Elliott; he was born November 25, 1845 and died June 6, 1916. He was a son of Mathew Scott Elliot and Rebecca Wilson, and was buried at Espyville, Pa. Adel and Joe had three children:
43-4-6 Phebe J. Freeman (5) married in 1885, at Linesville, Pennsylvania, to William Harry Clift, born March 13, 1852, died at Indianapolis, Indiana, on January 1, 1925, and buried there in Crown Hill Cementery; they settled in Indianapolis in 1905; had three children:
After the death of Walter, Mary (sic. Surely Mabel is meant) married a Walter Estis; they dwell in Chicago, Illinois
46-4-9 Alveretta Freeman (5) married December 24, 1885, to Thomas Oliver Patterson, born on July 3, 1860, died, October 29, 1919. buried at Espeyville, Pennsylvania. He was a son of Thomas Patterson and Jane Blair. They had three children, all born in North Shenango:
After the death of Thomas Oliver Patterson, Alveretta married William P. Johnson, son of William F. Johnson and Mary Jane Ward. They dwell at Meadville, Pa.
72-4-3 Blanche Patterson (6) married April 12, 1916 at Williamsburg, Pennsylvania, to Adolph Augustus Barenther, who was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the son of Augustus Barenther and Augusta Meissner. They dwell in St. Louis, Missouri This seems to be the end of 36-4-1 Branch of Julia Ann Wildrick (4)
37-4-3 Charles Crusen Wildrick (4) was the third child "son" of Charles and Jane (Crusen) Wildrick. He was twice married; by his first wife, Mary Lanterman, whom he married on July 3, 1851, he had nine children. She was born September 16, 1830 and died July 27, 1885. She was the daughter of William and Isabella Dits Lanterman. By his second wife, Mary Alice Hoyt, he had two children.
Charles C. Wildrick (4) had a bright mind. In conversation and in argument he could hold his own at any time and on any subject. In trials at law he often represented one of the parties involved in the Justice of the Peace Courts. In later life he became blind in one eye, and it was a saying in the community that "one-eye" Charles wins all his good cases and seldom loses a poor one. He lived near Blairstown, N.J. The eleven children of Charles C. Wildrick (4) by his two wives are as follows:
77-4-2 William Lanterman Wildrick (5) married March 20, 1879 to Carlie Theodote Frey, born September 29, 1853, she was the daughter of Jacob Frey and Sarah Loretta Linn. They lived in Linesville but later moved to Hartstown, Pennsylvania. They had four children:
97-4-1 Mabel Jay Wildrick (6) married April 1, 1908, to Orestes Martin Hendershot. He was born April 23, 1886, son of Ira M. Hendershot. They dwell at Washingtonville, N.Y. and have two children, both born at Stillwater, N.J.
End of line to 1933. If any more records can be obtained they will be arranged and compiled later.
27-4-3 Eliza Ann Wildrick (3) born May 19, 1801; she was the third child of George Wildrick (2) the fourth child "son" of John (1). Eliza married Martin, son of John Vass the immigrant. John Vass born on the Atlantick Ocean. Eliza and Martin dwelt in Warren County and had two children:
After the death of (Eliza, Martin married again and had three children of whom we name two; (one) Philip Vass, who died a bachelor, and (two) Catherine Vass, born 1833, died 1922. She married Charles Kunkie and had an only child, Mary Kunkie who became the wife of Henry C. Wildrick (5) No. 80-4-5. Mary died on January 8, 1949, at Blairstown.
"The Vass homestead was on the right side of the road a short distance below Cedar Ridge Cemetery".
123-4-1 Nancy Macrina Vass (5) was married in 1865 to Jared Russell DeRemer and moved to Colorado in 1868. Jared died in Newark, N.J. on January 3, 1917. He was 73 years old. He was buried at Union Brick Cemetery. They had one son:
122-4-2 John Vass (4) married Julia Ann Hill, who died on May 21, 1921, aged 85 years, 2 months, and 22 days. She is buried at Cedar Ridge Cemetery. They dwelt at Spring Valley, in Hardwick Township and had one child:
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She married George Bryant Swain at Prospect Hall on May 9, 1866. George Bryan Swain was the State Treasurer of New Jersey from 1896 to 1901. He died December 25, 1901. He was the son of Mahlon and Jane Guerin Swain, who were both buried at Mt. Freedom, New Jersey. Belle had been in failing health for some time and on November 16, 1919 the end came peacefully and brought to a close a life which had been marked by generous friendships and by a kindness which had brought good cheer to her many friends. They had four children, all born in Newark, New Jersey:
We now turn back to the third generation or the fifth branch of George (2) and Catherine Erwine, beginning with the second twin Isaac Wildrick (3) and following on down through his line and their many branches.
29-4-5 Isaac Wildrick (3) was born March 3, 1803, and died March 22, 1892 (he was a twin brother of Abram (3)) He married Nancy Fisher Cummins. Nancy was born April 8, 1811, and died March 17, 1851. She was a daughter of John F. and Mary F. Cummins. They dwelt at Prospect Hall near Blairstown, and had eight children;
147-4-2 Ferdinand Wildrick (4) married November 20, 1856 to Margaret Pierson Mayberry, born October 27, 1834, and died May 2, 1915, at Hackettstown, N.J. She was buried in the Union Brick Cemetery, near Blairstown. She was a daughter of Jacob Mayberry. They lived two years at Hackettstown, two years at Dover, and twenty years in Blairstown. They had four children:
148-4-3 Colonel Abram C. Wildrick (4) married Marion White, the daughter of Charles Austin and Hulda Ann White. She died at Blairstown in 1896 and is buried beside her husband at West Point. N.Y. They had four children:
159-4-2 Edward White Wildrick (5) married on January 25, 1909, at Knoxville, Tenn., to Ella Johnson Barrett; she was a daughter of William Stapleton Johnson. They have three children. He died at Fort Wadsworth, N.Y. on November 16, 1894, at the age of fifty eight years. His funeral, which was a military one, was held at St. John's Episcopal Church at Staten Island. He and his wife, Marion White, are buried at West Point, N.Y. on the United States Military Reservation.
Abram Calvin Wildrick was a member of the first class to graduate from Blair Hall. He entered the United States Military Academy at West Point July 1, 1853, and graduated July 1, 1857, First Captain of the Corps of Cadets. Upon graduation from the Military Academy he first served at the Artillery School of Practice at Fortress Monroe, Virginia. Originally commissioned as a Brevet Second Lieutenant of Artillery he was promoted to Second Lieutenant, Third Artillery, October 5, 1857. Children:
In 1856 he was ordered to join his regiment on the Pacific Coast. He accompanied the second military expedition across the Plains; he was delayed in Utah and served in Johnson's campaign against the Mormons.
He was then stationed in California. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, the earlier operations of importance were confined to the East. Officers serving on the Pacific Coast chafed at the lack of opportunity to show their metal. Abram repeatedly requested to be transfered to the east, but in vain. On April 27, he was promoted to First Lieutenant, Third Artillery, and to Captain on February 8, 1864. The War Department refused permission to come east and take command of the successive New Jersey regiments that were being mustered in. This was because there were threats of sedition on the west coast and a military force had to be maintaned there. Thus it came about that he missed many possible opportunities for distinction on the eventful theatre of early operations in the Civil War. At last he was allowed to come east and take command of a regiment; he came east in 1864, almost at the close of the war. Grant, having failed to crush Lee in the Wilderness, had transferred the Army of the Potomac to the south bank of the James River and begun the long and stubborn siege of Richmond and Petersburg. Here, before Petersburg, Col. Wildrick saw plenty of action. He was made Colonel of the 39th N.J. Volunteers October 11, 1864.
He displayed his courage before Petersburg in the assault on Fort Mahone, "nicknamed Fort Hell". A bullet took off a part of his mustache and passed through his coat; that was being kissed , as it were, by a bullet. He received the Brevet of Brigadier-General of Volunteers on April 2, 1865, for gallant and meritorious service before Petersburg, Va. On March 13, 1865, he was breveted Major and Lieutenant Colonel in the regular Army for gallant and meritorious conduct.
The war ended at Appomattox. Col. Wildrick was mustered out of the volunteer service, June 17, 1865. Upon he mustering out of his regiment, he assumed command of Battery E, Third Artillery, which he served with until promoted to Major, excepting when on detached service as Aide de Camp to Major General George G. Meade from Oct. 5, 1869, to May 25, 1871. He became Major, Fifth Artillery, Nove. 3, 1882, and Lieutenant Colonel, First Artillery, July 1, 1892.
He retired from service Oct. 10, 1894, and died the following November. His wife survived him only two years; both are buried at West Point, where a monument stands to his memory. It Reads:
This stone is of Quincy granite, about three feet high. It consists of a slab nearly as wide as it is high, mounted upon a suitable base. The front surface of the slab is slanting, while the back is perpendicular to the base. The front is polished while nearly all the rest of the monument is rockfaced. On the smooth surface of the front, in addition to suitable words of inscription, is the badge of the Ninth Army Corps which consists of a shield with an anchor and a cannon crossed.
The writer of a biographical appreciation, who had served for six years as an under-officer of A. C. Wildrick said: He was kind to all alike; he knew what exact performance of duty meant, and appreciated those who did their duty strictly and uncomplainingly. He never wounded the feelings of anyone: his kindly advice to inpetuous youth left no sensation except thankfulness, which time cannot efface; he was particular as to how duty should be done without having in the least the spirit of the martinet. Those who had served under his command, shether officers or enlisted men, were always glad to renew that relationship. Such are the recollections of the writer, of the days of youthful service passed under the tutelarge of his departed comander and friend. His memory is embalmed in the affections of the Third Artillery, in which he served continuously for a quarter of a century.
John R. Foster, the historian, in his book, New Jersey and the Rebellion, wrote as follows: From first to last, Colonel Wildrick's record is that of a thorough soldier; and the efficiency of his regiment, when finally brought to the test, was in a large degree owing to the influence of his example and careful training.
160-4-3 George Albert Wildrick (5) married June 10, 1908, at Governor's Island, to Marion Warren Newcomb, a daughter of Colonel Warren Putnam Newcomb, and his wife, Caroline Richards; they have two children.
Llewellyn Kensel Wildrick (5) was for many years Deputy Treasurer of the State of New Jersey.
(No further records)
John Wildrick died at Washington, D.C. on April 27, 1950.
161-4-4 Col. Meade Wildrick (5) born May 6, 1887, at Fort Hamilton, N.Y. He was a graduate of the West Point Military Academy in 1910. He married Belle O'Driscoll Battey on June 4, 1913. They had two children. His second wife was Beatrice Block, whom he married on February 10, 1940.
174-4-1 Belle O'Driscoll Wildrick (6) married Junius Giles, M.D. He was born June 27, 1907; a graduate of the University of North Carolina, also the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. They have three children:
149-4-4 John Albright Wildrick (4) born November 17, 1838, died at Newark N.J. March 19, 1918, in his 50th year, was buried at Marksboro. He was not married. He served in the Civil War, and was taken prisoner at Chancellorsville and confined in Libby Prison. He was a colonel in the 38th New Jersey Volunteers. His political record: County clerk of Warren County, N.J., assembly man, New Jersey.
He responed to President Lincoln's call for troops and was commissioned first Lieutenant of the Sussex Rifle Company by Governor Olden on May 1st of that year. Finding that his company would not go to the front immediately, he assisted in recruting Company B, Second New Jersey Volunteers: he enrolled for three years and was commissioned first lieutenant of this organization on May 27, 1861
He was promoted to the captaincy of this same company and subsequently became lieutenant colonel of the Twenty-eighth New Jersey Volunteers.
At the battle of Chancellorsville in 1863 he was captured by the Confederate troops and confined in Libby Prison for a year. He was paroled and exchanged in June, 1864, by special order No. 101, which document he always kept. Among numerous other articles preserved from those years while he was defending the Union was one which he prized very highly: it was a soiled sheet of writing paper containing the signatures of a large number of fellow Union officers in Libby prison, the old warehouse in Richmond, Virginia, used to incarcerate Federal Officers during the War.
Returning home after the war, Colonel Wildrick settled on his homestead from at Prospect Hall, near Blairstown, and devoted his attention to agricultural persuits. He was a director of the First National Bank of Blairstown and was affiliated with Warren Lodge, R. & A. M. at Belvidere, N.J. He took a keen interest in the success of the Democratic party and was elected a member of the General Assembly, serving during the years 1903-1905. He was also honored by his party by election to the office of County Clerk, which office he held for a period of five years.
In 1916 he was one of the candidates for Presidential Elector on the Democratic ticket in New Jersey; although he missed the honor of voting in the Electoral College, he rejoiced in the national victory. Colonel Wildrick was a delightful companion and a charming host, polished in manner and of exquisite courtesy. Truly a gentleman of the old school.
Colonel Meade Wildrick (5) 161-4-4 Member of a Warren County Military FamilyMt. Hermon, N.J: Standing midway between three generations of West Point graduates, Colonel Mead Wildrick of this Community a short distance outside of Hope, New Jersey, spent thirty six years in the Army, the last five years as Public Relations Office at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
From the eighteenth century the Wildricks have been extremely influential in building Warren County.
Living in his home which he calls "Wildrick Corners; the first anchor we've had and where our friends can find us" the colonel and his wife spent the winters in their New York home, at 19 West 55th Street, N.Y.C. and their summers in their Mt. Hermon home, which they bought in 1941.
Modestly demurring any emphasis on his own life, the Colonel turned the spotlight on his ancestry which stretches back to 1707, when his great-great-great grandfather John Wildrick, born in Bavaria, Germany, came to this country and settled in the valley of the Paulinskill, at what is now known as Marksboro, N.J. One of his five children, Michael, (2) 1753-1840, served with the Sussex Militia in the Revolutionary War. Michael's oldest son Samuel (3) moved to Pennsylvania, where he began the branch of the family. George (2) remained in his state and the New Jersey branch of the family springs largely from him. George, who lived from 1769 to 1850 farmed at Marksboro. He was the father of twin sons, Abram (3) and Isaac (3) by his marriage to Catherine Erwine.
In 1853 he appointed his son (Col. Wildrick's father) Abram C. Wildrick (4) to West Point where he graduated four years later. Abram rose to the rank of Brevet Brigadier General while serving with the 39th New Jersey Volunteers in the Civil War. Of Abram's four sons, three entered the army. Two were in West Point and one in Princeton.
Colonel was apppointed in 1906, and his older brother Edward (5) entered in 1902. In 1936 Colonel Wildrick retired. When the second World War broke out he offered his services and was given a special detail because of his physical condition. He was decorated with the Legion of Merit after the War.
His brother George (5) graduated from Blair in 1900, and from Princeton in 1904. He was also Colonel in the A.E.F. and had charge of the G3 of the 79th, Div. His son Warren (6) graduated from West Point in 1936 and was a Colonel in the China-Burma theatre in the second World War.
148-4-3 Abram Calvin Wildrick (4) was a graduate of the first class at Blair; And his war records show that for daring courage and bravery shown at Petersburg in the Civil War, he was breveted to Brigadier General. He was the first man to enter Fort Mahone during the attack at Petersburg just before Appomattox.
The afore going notes were taken from a clipping from a Warren County newspaper of 1947, with a few corrections and added items of a later date.
Some interesting items about Col. Edward W. Wildrick *159-4-2 Taken from a newspaper clipping Feb. 23, 1945
Col. E.W. Wildrick, 64, Blairstown, N.J.
Retired Veteran of World War I succumbs in Washington.
Washington--Col. Edward W. Wildrick, U.S. Army, retired of 2902 Porter Street and Prospect Hall, near Blairstown, N.J., died Wednesday night at his home here. He was 64.
Col. Wildrick was in France in World War I as action assistant chief of staff of the Sixth Army Corps and assistant chief of staff of the 33rd Division. In France he also was with the 42nd (Rainbow) Division in the Baccarat sector and with the 79th Division in the Troyan sector.
Candidate for Congress
Col. Wildrick retired in April, 1937, and in 1938 was the Democratic candidate for representative in the seventh N.J. District.
Born in Fort Wadsworth, S.I., the son of Col. A.C. Wildrick, com-Volunteers in the Civil War, and Mrs. Marion White Wildrick, Col. Wildrick was a grandson of Representative Isaac Wildrick of Warren County. He was graduated from Blair Academy in 1899 and from West Point in 1906.
Col. Wildrick served at military post, in Cuba in 1906-1907, in the Phillipines in 1909-1911, in France from March 1918 until May 1919, and in Hawaii from 1932-1935. From 1912-1915 he taught tactics at West Point and was an instructor and director of the Coast Artillery School, Fort Monroe, Va. from 1920 to 1922. He was a student and instructor in the Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth Kansas, 1922-1926 and was graduated from the Army War College in 1927.
Col. Wildrick was assistant chief of Staff, Third Corps Area, Baltimore in 1936, and instructor at Plattsburg Training Camp in 1917, and adjutant of the 37th Division, Camp Sheridan, Montgomery , Ala. until he sailed for France.
Col. Wildrick leaves his wfe, Mrs Ella Johnston Wildrick; two sons, Edward W. Jr, and Lt. John A. of the Navy; a daughter, Mrs Richard B. Morris, and three brothers: Col Mead Wildrick public relations officer at West Point: Col. George A. Wildrick; and Capt Charles Wildrick.
150-4-5 Henrietta Wildrick (4) daughter of Isaac (3) married the Rev. David Kerr Freeman; he was a Presbyterian clergyman. He held pastorates at Harmony and Medham, N.J., and at Scranton and Huntington, Pa. He was minister of the church at Huntington for twenty-five years. They had four children:
Henrietta Wildrick Freeman (4) was an active and helpful wife, prominent in all the local and presbyterial church work, being for many years president of the Missionary Society of Huntington Presbytery. Her genial disposition and kindly efficient character made her greatly loved by a large circle of friends. Henrietta and her husband are buried at Scranton, Pa.
153-4-8 Hulda Elizabeth Wildrick (4) married at Blairstown, N. J., on October 11, 1876, to Carl Lentz. Carl was born July 1, 1845, in Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany. He died December 21, 1923, and was buried at Marksboro, N.J. They dwelt in Newark and had two children:
182-4-1 Wilhelmina Lentz (5) married November 19, 1900, to Judge Thomas Fisher Bailey, son of John M., and Letticia Bailey: Thomas graduated for Princeton University in 1894. They reside at Huntington, Pa. and had one child. Thomas died July 11, 1949.
*184-4-1 Elizabeth Wildrick Bailey (6) born January 9, 1905
183-4-2 Carl Wildrick Lentz (5) born October 15, 1879, married Magdalene Dickerson; in Brookline, Mass., on January 11, 1909. She was a daughter of Stephan Adams Dickerson and Florence Carrington Dickerson; Carl graduated from Newark Academy in 1898, and engaged in business in Newark. They reside in Short Hills, N.J. and have two children:
30-4-6 Sarah Wildrick (3) born February 19,1805, died January 28, 1885. She was married on March 10, 1825 to David Lundy, who was born near Glover's Pond, N.J., on October 8, 1791, and died September 19, 1853, on the farm where he was born, and is buried at Friends Yard near Allamuchy, N.J. They dwelt on the Lundy homestead bordering Glove 's Pond. Here are the inscriptions on their tombstones in Quaker Yard:
The Wildricks and the Lundys lived seven or eight miles apart, so that Sarah and David were only slightly aquainted. One bitter cold night when no one was home except Sarah, there was a knock on the door and who stood there but David. He was invited in, and had to sit in a cold room until Sarah kindled a fire in the fire place. That was his first and last cold welcome. They were married some time later, and had five children:
From here on there is an extensive history of the Lundy and the Armstrong families in the book by Armstrong published in 1933. That part is being left out of the History of the Wildrick Family.
31-4-7 Maria Catherine Wildrick (3) daughter of George (2) and Catherine Erwine: she was twice married. Her first husband was Isaac Babbit Smith, born November 23, 1788, and died April 30, 1841. Isaac was an officer in the United States Army during the War of 1812, and was stationed at Sand Hook, N.J. They had three children:
Maria Catherine's (3) second husband was Robert Thompson Johnson; he was born in 1788 and died February 6, 1868, and was buried in Yellow Frame Cemetary. Robert was a cabinet-maker by trade but devoted his chief attention of the making of grain cradles. Maria was Robert's second wife: they had three children:
199-4-2 Anna Elizabeth Smith (4) born September 2, 1833, died March 9, 1910, married in 1854 to Abram Isaac Wildrick (4) he was a son of David (3) and Dorothy Brands Wildrick; Gr., son of Michael (2) by his first wife, Abram was a descendant of Group One. They had four children:
207-4-4 Edward Ainsworth Wildrick (5) born Oct. 28, 1864; married Jennie Helen Burt, daughter of the Rev. Burt of Marksboro. They dwelt at Columbia, N.J. for a time, but in 1916 they moved to Paterson, N.J. They have two surviving children;
Note: 201-4-1 Marshall Hunt Johnson (4) born Feb. 8, 1842; he was a son of Maria Catherine Wildrick (3) by her second marriage; he enlisted in 1861 in the 8th Regt. New Jersey Volunteers, served nine months and was honorably discharged. He lived four years at Pontiac, Mich., after his marriage he lived at Andover, N.J. until 1886 when he moved to Somerville, N.J.
33-4-9 John Marvin Wildrick (3) born March 29, 1809 and died November 14, 1851. He was a son of George and Catherine Wildrick (2) He married Susan Stewart; Susan died in 1905. She was a daughter of Robert L. Stewart. They dwelt near Marksboro until after John's death, then the widow and her six children moved to Newark. They had eight children, two of whom died very young; (George (4) died in 1844 and Isaac (4) died in 1846)
226-4-1 Macrina Wildrick (4) born May 14, 1848, married John T. Wilson, he was born May 10, 1833. They had one son, Elmer Elston Wilson (5) born February 25, 1861, died May 13, 1907, buried in Fairmont cemetery.
*227-4-2 Sarah Catherine Wildrick (4) born August 29, 1839, died at Newark, N.J., November 13, 1925.
230-4-5 Witfield Wildrick (4) was born at Marksboro , N.J. There were twin sons at this birth and they were named Abram and Isaac. Abram died at eight months of age, then Isaac's name was changed to Witfield, who died in Newark at the age of eight years. He was buried in the burial ground of the old Presbyterian church.
*231-4-6 David Lundy Wildrick (4) born ? he died at Joplin, Mo., and was buried at Dover, N.J. He married Ella Gage. She died July 9, 1936.
227-4-2 Sarah Catherine Wildrick (4) born August 29, 1839, died at Newark, N.J. November 13, 1925, buried in East Ridge Lawn Cemetery. She was a member of the Park Presbyterian Church. She married Jehiel T. Smith, and they had four children (Refer to No. 198-4-1 (4) of this work).
237-4-1 Edward Moore Wildrick (4) married January 7, 1836, to Phebe Elizabeth Cochran, She was born March 8, 1841, died April 27, 1911. She was the daughter of Dennis Cochran and Lydia Hunt. Dennis Cochran established the Cochran House in Newton, N.J. Edward was for many years the manager of the Franklin Iron Co., General Store at Franklin Furnace, Sussex Co., N.J. They had five children:
238-4-2 Adelaide Wildrick (4) married in 1861 to Henry Hulshiser, M.D. Henry had graduated from the Philidelphia Medical College in 1855. They dwelt at Hope, New Jersey, until 1871, and then moved to Port Oram, N.J. They had four children:
240-4-4 Marjorie Irene Wildrick (4) was twice married. Her first husband was Thomas B. Armstrong, by whom she had a son, Edward (5) who died in childhood. Father and son are buried at Yellow Frame. Her second marriage was to Esek DeWitt Youmans, born March 3, 1827, died on August 1, 1917, buried at Ruowlton, New Jersey. The had one child:
241-4-5 William Clinton Wildrick (4) married November 6, 1878 to Florence Augusta Simpson. She was born August 19, 1859, near Marksboro and died on March 19, 1931, buried at Hackettstown, New Jersey. She was the daughter of Robert F. Simpson and Lavina Cooke. They dwelt at Marksboro until they moved to Hackettstown in 1908. They had five children:
This seems to be the end of Wildricks in this branch.
And it came to pass in the Land of Marks, Ad. Dom., 1803, that George and Catherine of the House of Wildrick did begat twins, Abram and Isaac, and there was great rejoicing as it had been written that famous twins would be born in the Land of Marks. And Abram and Isaac did grow and wax fat.
And it came to pass in the year 1828 they did leave the House of Wildrick and go out of the Land of Marks and into the Land of Blair and on the Hill of Prospect in the Land of Blair did establish a new House of Wildrick. And since that time the House of Wildrick has grown great and prospered and the peoples have multiplied.
And it has been the custom in the House of Wildrick since Abram and Isaac did establish themselves on the Hill of Prospect for the people of this House on the Day of Independence to break bread and drink wine with the other.
Now this being the One Hundredth year after the founding of the New House of Wildrick, it is ordained that you and your children and your children's children journey to the Hall of Prospect. And there on the fourth day of the seventh month of this year do break bread and drink wine with the other descendents of Abram and Isaac. As it has been the custom for these many generations so to honor Abram and Isaac and the Independence of the Land.
Writer's note: The House of Abram and Isaac is located on top of Blairstown to Hope, just after crossing the the hill of the old road leading from Blairstown to Hope, just after crossing the tracks of the D. L. & W.R.R. (cut off). You will hit the old road to the right off the concrete by the Raub farm.
But first let me explain why the last came first and the first comes last. We might say it this way: Some folks always pick out the easiest job with the least work first, leaving the big job with the most work for last, thinking some one will come along to help.
Well, that sort of applies to this case; as you will note there is not so much work connected with branches 2, 3, and 5 as there is with branches 4 and 1, as branches 2 and 3 run for only about two generations, and as for branch 4, we had great cooperation with the descendants of that branch, having all the sub-branches complete to date and ready to be arranged.
As you may observe, there were only four dirct descendants of branch two and then the name Wildrick was dropped, likewise with branch three; only five direct descendants until the name no longer was used, and in branch five there were thirty until the name was dropped.
In branch four, well, I will let you count them. And as for branch one, well, I don't know yet, but there are thirteen sub-branches and some of them have a lot.
So here we go for number 2-1 Michael Wildrick (2) and his thirteen children.
2-1 Michael Wildrick (2) and his thirteen sub-branches, listed as follows: the first ten children listed were by 1, his first wife, who was a Hawk and the last three by his second wife who was Mary Vass.
Those numbers which left no descendants, or other records for history will be listed first and following in their turn will come the others.
9-1-7 Mary Wildrick (3) not married in 1830: no other record.
10-1-8 Charity Wildrick (3) not married in 1830, no other record.
14-1-12 Charlotta Wildrick (3) (see above family list)
16-1-1 1. Samuel Wildrick Jr., (4) born July 29, 1793 and died on June 7, 1889, buried in the cemetery on the north bank of the Lehigh River at Stoddartsville, Pa. He married after moving to Pennsylvania, and had two children by two wives. His decendants constitute the Pennsylvania branch of the Wildrick family. The birth date on his tombstone is 1793.
[ Logically, there should be an entry for 22-1-1-5 at this point. It is missing in the pamphlet. For a theory of what is missing, see here ]
*16-1-1 1. Samuel Wildrick Jr. (4) He married three times. His first wife was Mary Saxe. She was born June 14, 1796 and died September 25, 1839. His second wife was Mary Everit. She died January 1860. His third wife's name and dates are not given, but it is taken that they were married in Pennsylvania (Armstrong's history says there were no children by this marriage).
I have some records sent to me by Louise Jane Wildrick of Ithaca New York which will be added to this list, and certainly must tie in as decendants of this Samuel Wildrick (4). But I will first continue with the records by Armstrong of New Jersey.
The children of *16-1-1 1. Samuel Wildrick Jr. (4) as follows:
*39-1-1 15. Elizabeth Wildrick (5) born January 14, 1860, She was twice married.
There seems to be a little difference as to dates and generation numbers between the Pennsylvania records of Samuel Wildrick as to exactly which one it was, as there are records of four Samuel Wildricks, but they are all of the branch, as Samuel, First, son of Michael, then comes Samuel Jr., First , then his son Samuel Jr., second, and his son Sam. Therefore it will be necessary to run this number sort of independent of the others, unless we can get the records later and kow exactly which is which and who is who.
In Armstrong's history he states that Samuel Wildrick Jr., moved to Pennsylvania, also that he had children by two wives in New Jersey, then after moving to Pennsylvania he married for the third time but gives no records from there on. According to the New Jersey record this Samuel Wildrick was *16-1-1 1. Samuel Wildrick Jr. 1.(4) and he had a son Samuel Wildrick Jr., II (5), number *25-1-1 2.Samuel Wildrick jr. II (5) of which there are no New Jersey records. Now this seems to tie in with the Pennsylvania records which I have from Louis Jan Wildrick Whipple, who states in her records that Samuel Wildrick came to Pennsylvania as a small boy, then the father left him and his mother not state what become of the father) Samuel Wildrick come from New Jersey when a young boy and settled on a farm along the Susquehanna River near Homet's Ferry. There he made a home for his mother until she died. She was buried in Wyalusing Cemetery, Pa. Now this ties in with the New Jersey records for they show that Samuel Wildrick Jr., (4) 16-1- 1 1. was also buried in the same cemetery. Now everything ties in with the records excepting the statement about the young boy record, as our New Jersey records show that Samuel Wildrick was twice married before going to Pennsylvania, and had already raised families by two wives here, and as our records show he was married again in Pennsylvania, this would have been his third marriage, which the New Jersey records do not show, as the Pennsylvania records do not show his two marraiges in New Jersey. Therefore I am satisfied and inclined to believe that the Samuel Wildrick in question is the grandson of Michael (2) or as these records show the one numbered as *16-1-1 1. Samuel Wildrick Jr. (4) and his son Jamuel Jr. (5) (as refered to as coming to Pennsylvania when a young boy) are responsible for the Wildricks in Pennsylvania. Therefore we will start with *25-1-1 2. Samuel Wildrick Jr. II (4) as the one who married Weltha Fanning (These records were supplied by Louie Jan Whipple).
25-1-1 2. Samuel Wildrick Jr. II (5) came from New Jersey and settled on a farm along the Susquehanna River near Homets Ferry, Pa. There he made a home for his mother until she died "the father having left them". She was buried in Wyalusing Cemetery in Pennsylvania. He married Weltha Fanning, and they had seven boys who were raised in a little house just across the lawn from where the home now stands. This was built by Samuel Fisk and Samuel Wildrick. Samuel died on October 3, 1896. Their seven sons were:
100-1-1 1. Joseph F. Wildrick (6) married on February 25, 1885, To Annie Eliza Fisk. Joseph was a farmer who lived in the Old Homestead at Homets Ferry, Pa. He died on November 28, 1931, at the age of 89 years. His wife, Annie E. Fisk Wildrick died June 26, 1909. Her age was 48 years. They had six children:
106-1-1 7. William P. Wildrick (6) born October 31, 1861. William was a railroad engineer and was killed in a wreck at Boone, Iowa, on February 8, 1898. He married Sara Ellen Null. She was born October 25, 1862 and died October 2, 1930. They had one daughter:
107-1-1 1. Samuel W. Wildrick (7) son of Joseph Wildrick (6) paid off the heirs to be full owner of the Old Homestead, which is now called Cold Springs Dairy Farm and is operated by his two sons, to whom he left his property by will.
4-2 John Wildrick (4) will hereafter read as 4-1-2 John Wildrick (3). The numbers represent that he was the second child of the first group; the first part of the number will represent the total number listed in group one, and so on through the several sub branches.
4-1-2 John Wildrick (3) the second son of Michael (2) was born June 15, 1787, and died February 10, 1873. He married Sarah Moore, who was born October 1, 1785 and died February 4, 1867. Both have tombstones in Free Union cemetery, Warren County, New Jersey. They lived near Townsbury and had six children:
113-1-2 2. Josiah Moore Wildrick (4) married Matilda Cooke. She was born in 1821 and died on March 29, 1896. She was a daughter of Consider Cooke. They dwelt in Hope township and have tombstones at Free Union. They had six sons:
114-1-2 3. Thomas Philip Hunt Wildrick (4) born 1820, killed by the kick of a horse one Monday morning in 1845 when his son Jason was only two years old. He is buried in the Old Union cemetery in Hope township and has a tombstone there, with the following inscription:
[Russ Cowell has sent us an updated tree of the descendants of Thomas Philip Hunt Wildrick. Our thanks to him]
Thomas and Rosanna had one son:
115-1-2 4. George Crocket Wildrick (4) born April 6, 1826, died January 14, 1878. He married Keziah Bell on September 25, 1847. She was born August 24, 1824 and died December 20, 1894. Both have headstones a Free Union Cemetery in Warren County, N.J. They had five children:
After the death of his 3rd wife Susan in 1874, Jason married again, this time his first wife's sister, Marietta. She was born August 14, 1847, and died September 22, 1905. They had six children of whom 1. Albert; 2. George; 3. Gertrude; and 4. Oria died very young. The remaining two are:
(Russ Cowell has added additional details, suggesting the above entries should read:-
147-1-2 3. Ida May Wildrick (6) born June 30, 1873. Married John Ernest Cowell September 12, 1892. They had two children:
Laura Belle and Raymond were married on February 22, 1895, and dwelt at Belmar, N.J.
126-1-2 3. Abram Freese Wildrick (5) the third child, son, of Josiah and Matilda Wildrick (4) born February 19, 1844, died August 17, 1912. He married Mary Swayze in 1869. She was born January 26, 1846 and died on March 20, 1909. She was a daughter of Wilson Swayze. They dwelt for forty-two years on their farm near Centreville, N.J. and both died there and are buried in Fairview cemetery in Knowlton township, N. J. They had two girls:
128-1-2 5. Isaac Wildrick (5) born 1852, died 1934. He married Emma Tinsman. She was born in 1849 and died in 1926. They are both buried in the Moravian cemetery at Hope and have a large marble monument near the church. They farmed nearly all of their lives on the farm east of Hope, which at one time was known as Wildrick's Grove. It is said that the Warren County Farmers' Picnic was originally started in that Grove or piece of woods located between the farmhouse and what was know in those days as the Goose Island farm.A
Issac and Emma had one daughter:
We will now turn back to *131-1-2 1. Julia A. Wildrick (5), the first child of George Crocket Wildrick and Kesiah Bell
5-1-3 Jacob Wildrick (3) third son of Michael (2) married Sarah Hartman, a sister of Lawrence Hartman, who married Rachel Wildrick (3) 11-1-9. Sarah and Jacob were married, October 10, 1816, Sarah died March 25, 1879, aged seventy one years, five months, and eleven days. They dwelt near Ebenezer in Frelinghuysen Township. Of their twelve children, Marshall, Sarah, and Charlotte died unmarried, and have tombstones at Marksboro. The remaining children follow:
210-1-3 1. James M. Wildrick (4) born December 13, 1817, died on January 16, 1900, aged eighty three years, one month, three days. He married Delilah Christian, who was born January 21, 1816 and died January 13, 1899. They dwelt two miles north east of Hope, near Shiloh, and both died at the home of their son Marshall, who lived at the time near Shiloh less than on mile from the old homestead. They had four sons:
219-1-3 1. Marshal C. Wildrick (5) married Mary Catherine Hazlett, who was born on September 29, 1841 and was a daughter of John Hazlett and Charity McLain, also a great great grand-daughter of old Christopher Worman, who at one time owned a large tract of land on which the City of London, England, is located. They had five children, all girls as follows:
223-1-3 1. Lydia Castner Wildrick married William J. Kohl of Pen Argyl, Pa. They had a son, Harrison G. who lived with his grandparents, Marshall and Mary Wildrick, and always went by the name of Wildrick. He was commonly know as Harry Wildrick, but for the record
Lydia and William J. Kohl had one daughter:
225-1-3 3. Allie Edna Wildrick (6) born January 3, 1869, married George Matlock on January 13, 1892. George was a carpenter by trade. They had one daughter, Buelah Matlock. All three died and are buried in Belvidere.
This is the end of Marshall and Mary's branches to date December 11, 1949.
220-1-3 2. Ira C. Wildrick (5) born in 1842, died November 30, 1918, and is buried in Old Union Cemetery, Plot 19A. His first wife was Ruzilla Poyer. Several years after her death Ira married a widow by the name of Edith Poff. He had eight children by his first wife and three, so far as is known by his second. The children he and Ruzilla had were:
250-1-3 1. Fredrick Wildrick (7) married on July 4, 1932 to Catheryn Ayers, a daughter of Nelson E. Ayers of Vienna. They have nine children: (Writer's note: as this information was received late there is a jump in numbers)
243-1-3 7. Hester Ann Wildrick (6) married October 16, 1913, to Jehiel Hindebrant, who was killed in an auto accident. He and Hester were in the insurance business and Hester still continues in the same business at 20 Bloomfield Avenue, Flemington, N.J. They had one daughter:
270-1-3 1. Russell Wildrick born near Ebenezer, Warren County, N.J. in 1900. He attended common school at Hope and Blairstown and after that was on his own. He continued his education by reading and studying by himself, and carried on day work for the farmers of the vicinity until he finally secured a postion with the Bellewood Dairy Co., at Stroudsburg, Pa. He was with that company for six years when they sold out to Lotz Brothers, when he became manager for them for eight years. Then in 1940 he moved to Bridgeville, N.J. and took over as manager for the Van Herward Mild and Crem Co. who have a receiving station near that place on the L & H R R. and is still there at this writing (February, 1950)
He married Louise Bell. They had two children and were divorced shortly after the birth of the second child. Their children were:
(Writer's note: As you will notice, the Wildricks have followed mostly to Bible first names, but this is the first Paul I have come across in this work)
221-1-3 3. Archibald Christian Wildrick (5) born February 2, 1843, died October 23, 1921, buried at Center Moreland, Pa. He married Selina Evans, who was born December 10, 1842, and died October 30, 1931. They had:
293-1-3 3. James Watson Wildrick (6) married Olive Burdge on March 31, 1909. They dwell at 114 Prospect Street, Hackettstown, N.J. James has worked on the D. L. & W. R. R. as a flagman since 1918. They have one daughter:
Abram dwelt in Great Meadows and for many years has been the yardmaster of Morgan Brothers Lumber Company of that place. His son Frederick seems to be following in his father's footsteps. After Laura's death Abram married Edith Catherine Morgan on April 21, 1934. She died in August, 1935.
213-1-2 4. George Wildrick (4) born 1820, died 1901, was the fourth child of Jacob (3). He married Sarah A. Brown, who was born in Easton, Pa, in 1819, and died March 10, 1876. She was buried at Wapwallopen, Pa. They moved from New Jersey about 1852. Of their nine children, six died unmarried; the other three were:
[ Logically, there should be a 328-1-3 here, somehow linking Lewis Jacobs with Anna Kate Jacobs, below. This is missing from the pamphlet ]
Emma and Lewis were married at Berwick, Pa. Lewis Jacobs was born August 5, 1846, and died on March 30, 1917. They were buried at Mt. Zion.
320-1-3 3. Corilla Wildrick (5) married on January 2, 1879 at Beach Haven, Pa. to William Hinkle. He was born April 1, 1847 and died July 1, 1900. They dwelt for a time in Nescopeck, Pa. and in 1887 moved to Wilkes-Barre, Pa. They had three daughters:
We here again turn back to Jacob Wildrick (3) and take up 214-1-3 sub branch 5.
346-1-3 1. Sarah Groner (5) married Robert Hill, a son of John Hill and his wife Rachel Marie Ulp. (Note: this Marie Ulp, is mentioned as a daughter of the second wife of Michael (2) by a former union. It stated there that Marie died unmarried; but this information was found in the records of the descendants of John Hill.)
This is the end of Jacob Jr's record
216-1-3 7. William Lawrence Wildrick (4) the seventh son of Jacob (3). His birth date is not given. He was killed in the Avondale Coal Mine disaster four miles below Wilkes-Barre, Pa on September 6, 1869 and is buried in Hanover Green Cemetery, Pa. He married Mary Elizabeth Hoyt. She died January 24, 1919, at Easton, Pa. and is buried in Jackson Hill Cemetery in New Jersey. They had seven children, two of who died in infancy, one yet unnamed and the other one, Sarah Wildrick, is buried at the Old Union Cemetery near Hope, N.J. and has a grave marker with the inscription:
Their other living children were as follows:
357-1-3 1. George H. Wildrick (5) married Cynthia V. Vopleus of Wyoming Co., Pa. George died on September 13, 1941, Cynthia died November 24, 1924. Both are buried in Albert Cemetery, Pa. They had one daughter
358-1-3 2. William Preston Wildrick (5) was born June 22, 1856. He married Delphine Harris. She died April 4, 1915, aged 63 years. They dwelt near Bass Lake near Blairstown, N.J. and had five children:
Floyd and Lloyd were twin brothers and so much alike it was hard to tell one from the other. They were in the saw mill and lumber business together for a number of years.
Anna died June 15, 1885, and was buried in the Old Union Cemetary at Hope.
End of Hezekiah's branches to 1949
218-1-3 9. Jerome Wildrick (4) born 1837, died May 7, 1925. He was the ninth child of Jacob (3). His first wife was Mary Elizabeth Creamer. She was born on March 23, 1843 and died May 30, 1869. They had two daughters. His second wife was Catherine ?. She was born October 10, 1846 and died January 30, 1900. Jerome and his two wives are buried in Moravian Cemetery at Hope and have two monuments there. Jerome's two daughters were:
End of Mary Ann Wildrick and Fletcher Bailey to date. December 1949
393-1-3 2. Emma Macrina Wildrick (5) 1864-1947; married John Milton Kostenbader, 1861, September 16, 1924. He was a miller by trade and operated flour and grist mills in Hope township for forty-one years. They had seven children:
Walton served in World War I, in the 303 Ammunition Train, 78 Division, U.S. Troops, France, At home he is dairyman, farmer and chicken grower.
Dayton served in the U.S. Navy during the First World War. He crossed the Atlantic eight times on the U.S.S. Kroonland. He now operates a gas and service station on Route 8, Blairstown.
421-1-4 2. Jacob Brands Wildrick marred Elizabeth Shaffer. They farmed six years at Prospect Hall while the twins, Abram and Isaac were away on their droving trips. Afterwards Jacob was a blacksmith at Marksboro. About 1881 he moved to the Smith homestead near Oxford. They had two children:
No records of the lst two to date.
422-1-4 3. John H Wildrick (4) was the third child of David and Dorothy. He married about 1844 to Mary R. Harris who was born April 1819 and died May 5, 1894. She was a daughter of Nicholas and Sarah (Albertson) Harris. They dwelt near Ebenezer and had six children:
447-1-4 2. John Read Wildrick, married June 1900 to Carrie D Raub. They dwell at Portland, Pa. John was the editor of the Portland Enterprise, for many years the only newspaper published in Portland. He is also Justice of Peace. They have three children:
Fifty years is a long time for one man in any business, what with depressions and all the other pitfalls that face businessmen but last Monday marked the fiftieth year that John R. Wildrick has been printing in Portland.448-1-4 3. Milton Armstrong Wildrick married Maud Fish. They dwelt on a farm near Ebenezer. They had three children:
His office and shop familiar to almost everyone in this area, have not always been located in the same spot for fifty years however. Wildrick began his printing in a building two doors above his present office when he first began working in Portland in 1900. This building burned to the ground on April 2, 1902 in a fire which destroyed the block.
How does the slogan of the postal service go - "Neither fire, nor flood, nor rain, nor -quot; or words to that affect. Well, Wildrick had to start from nother after the blaze which destroyed his printing plant and a lesser man might not have done it. But his easy manner is a cover for a determination hard to hide, so he began again.
In 1903 Wildrick came close to experiencing a second catastrophe when the gread flood did so much damage in this area. His press was then situated on the second floor of the building which now houses the A & P, and at one point, when the river was at its highest, the water was within a foot of the ceiling on the first floor. Wildrick often wonders what he would have done had the water not receded. A second blow in as many years might have been too much of him.
Job printing is not his only calling however, for in 1922 Widrick assumed his duties as Justice of the Peace. In his twenty-eight years in this capacity, he has performed 171 marriages. The first being that of a couple from Reeder, Monroe County, on June 22, 1925.
Wildrick was born February 2, 1886 and spent his early years on his father's farm at Ebenezer. New Jersey. He learned his trade at the Blairstown Press, and at time has worked in Bethlehem. Irvington, New Jersey, and Newark, N.J.
Mrs Wildrick taught in country schools in this area for many years and it seems as tho the couple's three children are following their mother's footsteps. One son, Ronald R. is the principal of the school in Avon By the Sea. New Jersey. The second, Dr. John R. Jr., is at present teaching at the Stroudsburg State Teachers College, but will be remembered for his service as the principal of Portland schools until this year. The third member of the trio of educators, Mrs Marjorie R. Maring, is teaching in the Columbia School.
Information concerning this number is meager and uncertain. Hir first wife was Lavinia ? They had a daughter Sarah who died in 1884 when but a young girl. She has a headstone in Marksboro. On May 25, 1849, Charles married Eliza Heater. The records show that Charles was the father of at least five children:
425-1-4 6. Abram Isaac Wildrick was the sixth child of David and Dorothy. He was married to Anna Eliza Smith in 1854. She was born September 2, 1833 and died March 9, 1910, a daughter of Isaac B. and Marie Catherine (Wildrick) Smith. They had four children:
Samuel Dangler, who married Sarah Ann Bogart. They owned a house and lot near Harmony M.E. church and had two sons who died unmarried and a daughter:
(No further records of an of the above)
513-1-9 2. Edith Kishpaugh (6) married Milton James Vusler, who operated the old Moravian Mills at Hope for a number of years. The old mill is known by Moravian history to have been in operation as far back as 1768.
He and his wife moved from Hope to the old homestead of her father at Hainsburg.
End of Sub Branch Nine
13-11-1 Mahala Wildrick (3) was born July 3, 1811 and died at Hope, N.J. on June 20, 1899. She was buried in the Moravian Cemetert at Hope. She was the eleventh child of Michael and the first child by his second wife. She was married three times; first to a Mr. Leida (no issue) then to an Adams by whom she had:
John was a cripple and was always known as Johnny Adams the Peddler. He was a very religious man and often prayed for people who were in trouble, and strange but true, his prayers were always answered. And for this honesty, he once walked five miles to give back to a woman a penny, which he had overcharged her by mistake for a small item of merchandise. It was reported one time that he had been caught in the mountains and frozen to death in a blizzard, and when this was told to him later he replied, "Yes, I heerd that, too bit I knowed it was not true as soon as I heerd it."
15-13-1 George Washington Wildrick born April 5, 1817, and died near Hope in 1896. He married Hanna Rebecca Hartman. They had no children of ther own but raised the childrn of his half sister Rachel Wildrick Hartman. He inherited the old homestead farm near Marksboro. This he finally sold to James Blair. Then he rented a farm near Delaware, and afterwards bought at farm at the foot of Jenny Jump Mountain on Hope-Great Meadows road. He died there in 1896. He and his wife are buried in the Moravian cemetery at Hope.
For information on the above go back to Rachel Wildrick, 11-1-9 (3) numbers 477-1-9. 1 and 482-1-9 2. and follow through.
Writers's note: It will appear as if I had overlooked three sub-branches of Michael's. But I did not, as these left no records, only what is given in the short sketches at the beginning of the book. Their numbers are : 8-1-6 (3); 9-1-7 (3) and 10-1-8 (3)