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William Nearpass Case
Birth: Apr. 14, 1804
Sussex County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Apr. 29, 1896
Orange County
New York, USA



He Lived to the Age of Ninety-two - For Many Years He Had Held Offices in Sullivan County - A Survey Afterwards Showed That He Lived in Orange.

William N. Case, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of this locality, expired at his home near Oakland, Orange county, a few miles north of this place on the Monticello Railroad, at 12:40 o'clock Wednesday, April 29. He was 92 years of age and his death was caused by general debility and infirmities peculiar to one of his age. Mr. Case had been in ill health the greater part of last winter, and had been confined to his bed for the past two weeks. The end was peaceful and quiet.

William Nearpass Case was born April 14, 1804, in Montague, Sussex county, N.J. His parents were Henry Case and Catherine Nearpass, who formerly resided on the "Clove" road in that town. His grandparents were Absalom Case and ---- Dunn and are believed to be of English descent. Before the Revolutionary war Absalom Case was the owner of a farm in the town of Deerpark, where the late Abram J. Cuddeback lived.

The parents of William N. Case removed from New Jersey to Oakland Valley, Sullivan county, N.Y., in 1806, when he was only two years old. Here he grew up to manhood, married, and raised a family of children. He lived on the farm he owned at his death for over thirty years. Mr. Case was one of the most prosperous men in that part of Deerpark, and he was a large land owner.

At one time he possessed 500 or 600 acres of land on both sides of the Neversink, embracing nearly all the available flat land in the neighborhood of Oakland Valley. His life occupation was that of farming and lumbering, in both of which he was successful. For a number of years, until the building of the Delaware & Hudson Canal, he rafted lumber. He ran small rafts down to the Bashas Kill and Neversink river to Carpenter's Point, where four of these small rafts, or "coli-," as they were called, were put in one and sent down the Delaware river to tide water.

For a period of twenty years Mr. Case was a Justice-of-the-Peace in the town of Forestburgh, Sullivan county, although he resided in the same house in which he after lived and which is in the town of Deerpark, Orange county. This was owing to a dispute as to the boundary line between the two towns. The court appointed Charles Woodward, of Mount Hope, and Stephen Royce, of Monticello, commissioners to run the line. The new survey placed Mr. Case's residence in the town of Deerpark by about three chains. Mr. Case was Supervisor of the town of Forestburgh about 20 years ago and was Commissioner of Highways and School Trustee for many years. He obtained his education in a log school house and his teacher was Dudley Stearns, a popular instructor in this region in his day.

The family of Henry Case and Catherine Nearpass, of whom the subject of this sketch was the eldest, consisted of five sons and three daughters all of whom lived to an advanced age. They are as follows:
William N., born April 14, 1804; George, born Jun. 21, 1806; Jacob, born June 11, 1808; Annie (called "Nancy" born March 20, 1810; Elizabeth ("Betsy") born April 25, 1812; Mary ("Polly") who married Charac Van Inwegen, and was the mother of Charac J. and John Van Inwegen, and other children, and who died in this village, Jan. 11, 1895; John D., born November 12, 1819, and is now living in Matamoras; Henry, born Feb. 21, 1821, who lives near Port Jervis.

William N. Case married Sally Cuddeback, daughter of William Cuddeback and Annetje VanInwegen, of Deepark. She died several years ago. Their children were Benjamin, who for many years was Supervisor of the town of Forestburgh, and died a few years ago; Henry, of Bridgeville, Sullivan county; Jacob resides on the homestead farm; Samuel, who died at Hawley, Pa.; Jeremiah Gumaer, who lives on the farm adjoining his father, and two daughters, both of whom are dead.

Mr. Case was a man of the highest integrity, and was held in great esteem by all. He lived a useful and honorable life and had the respect and confidence of all who knew him.

The funeral will take place, Friday, at 2 o'clock p.m. from his late residence. The interment will be at Cuddebackville.
--The Evening Gazette (Port Jervis), April 30, 1896

Note: The age given on his gravestone (92 years, 8 months) indicate that he might have been born in August, 1803. 
Family links: 
  Henry Case (1783 - 1859)
  Catharine Nearpass Case (1785 - 1842)
  Sally Cuddeback Case (1806 - 1888)
  Benjamin Case (1829 - 1893)*
  Henry William Case (1830 - 1911)*
  Jeremiah Gumaer Case (1842 - 1914)*
  William Nearpass Case (1804 - 1896)
  George Case (1806 - 1891)*
  Jacob Case (1808 - 1895)*
*Calculated relationship
William N. Case
Died Apr. 29.1896 AE. 92 Yr. 8 Mo.

Sally Cuddeback
His Wife
Died Apr.20.1888 AE. 82 Yr. 3 Mo. & 4 Ds
Rural Valley Cemetery
Orange County
New York, USA
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