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 Joseph Coerten Hornblower

Joseph Coerten Hornblower

Belleville, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Death 11 Jun 1864 (aged 87)
Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Plot Sec N, Lot 76
Memorial ID 40952819 · View Source
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Joseph Coerten, b. 6 May 1777; d. 11 Jun 1864; studied law in 1798 with David B. Ogden, of Newark, and succeeded to his business when Mr. Ogden removed to New York in 1800, although Mr. Hornblower was not admitted to the Bar until 1803. He m. 9 Apr 1803, Mary Burnet, dau. of Dr. William Burnet, Jun., of Belleville; she d. 18 Dec 1836; he m. 2d, 9 Mar 1840, Mary Ann, dau. of Major John Kinney, of Newark, N. J. Was Chief-Justice of New Jersey 1832-46. See "Address on the Life and Character of the Hon. Joseph C. Hornblower, LL.D.," by the Hon. Richard S. Field, before the New Jersey Historical Society, 16 Jan 1865, Proc. Soc., X, 27. His children, all by his first wife, were:

1) Joanna Margaretta (29 Dec 1804 – 29 Apr 1874), m. 27 Jun 1827, Thomas Bell, of Philadelphia, merchant, who d. 29 Aug 1867.
2) Eliza Schuyler, (6 Feb 1806 – 7 Aug 1862), m. the Rev. Mortimer Talbor, Chaplain U.S. Navy (now dec.).
3) Emily, (6 Jan 1808 – 21 Jun 1874), m. 11 Apr 1826, Col. Alexander McWhorter Cumming, of Newark, afterward of Princeton, N. J.; Major First New Jersey Cavalry in the War of the Rebellion; he d. 16 Jul 1879.
4) Harriette Burnet (2 Sep 1810 – 5 Apr 1868), m. 4 Nov 1835, the Hon. Lewis B. Woodruff (19 Jun 1809 – 10 Sep 1875). He was Judge Court of Common Pleas, N. Y., 1850-55; Judge Superior Court, N. Y. City, 1856-61; Judge Court of Appeals, N. Y. State, 1868-9; and U. S. circuit Judge for the Second Judicial Circuit, comprising New York, Conn. And Vt., 1870-75.
5) Charles Williamson, b. 14 Oct 1812; m. Arabella Smith, of Salem, N. J.
6) Caroline Burnet, b. 14 Aug 1814; unm.
7) Mary, b. 28 Jul 1816, m. 23 Oct 1844, the Hon. Joseph P. Bradley (14 Mar 1813 – 22 Jan 1892), of Newark, now of Washington, D. C., Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
8) William Henry (21 Mar 1820 – 16 Jul 1883), graduated from Princeton College, 1838, and from Princeton Theological Seminary, 1843; ordained to the ministry and installed pastor of First Pres. Church, Paterson, 30 Jan 1844; resigned in Oct., 1871, to accept Professorship of Sacred Rhetorie, Pastoral Theology and Church Government in the Western Theological Seminary, Allegheny City, Pa., which he filled until his death. He m. 17 Jun 1846, Matilda Butler, of Paterson, dau. of Asa Butler, paper manufacturer, of Suffield, Conn.

~"Josiah Hornblower, and the First Steam-Engine in America, with some notices of the Schuyler Copper Mines at Second River, NJ, and a Genealogy of the Hornblower Family", by William Nelson, publ. 1883.
Excerpts from the book:
Joseph Coerten Hornblower was born at Belleville, three or four miles north of Newark, New Jersey, in a stone house still standing, near the west bank of the Passaic River, on May 6, 1777; he died at Newark, June 11, 1864.

Joseph was twelfth and last child of Josiah Hornblower (b. abt 1729) and Elizabeth Kingsland.

Josiah arrived from London to New York on September 9, 1753, with his cargo, the first steam-engine in America. It took about one and a half years before the engine was erected and in running order. Colonel John Schuyler, the owner of a copper mine at Second River (on New Barbadoes Neck, Bergen County, on the east side of the Passaic River, a short distance above the present Belleville), New Jersey, offered Josiah to undertake the superintendence of the copper mine. He accepted, and the same year, 1755, married Miss Kingsland, who was the daughter of the aristocratic Colonel William Kingsland. Josiah probably took up his residence in 1758 on the west bank of the Passaic River, where he started a general country store in 1760. In 1761, he became a lessee of the copper mine, which yielded him a handsome return until 1773, when the pump-house was destroyed by fire. He was elected to the Legislature in 1779 and 1780, being Speaker in the latter year; in 1781 he was elected to represent Essex County in the Council, and re-elected in 1782, 1783, and 1784. In 1785 he was chosen by the Legislature as one of the three delegates from New Jersey in the Continental Congress. After one year of service in that body he retired to his peaceful home on the Passaic, where he died January 21, 1809.

Joseph was below medium height, of slender frame, small hands and feet, a face and head somewhat long and narrow, a complexion rather pale, but flushing under any excitement, sandy hair, smooth-shaven face, light-blue eyes, his general appearance was not at all imposing. He was fastidious in dress and in person; in manner quite ceremonious; of that delightful courtesy which we are apt to characterize as of the "old school." He was kindly in his intercourse with everybody, frank almost to indiscretion, often conversing with surprising freedom about those soul and heart experiences most men sacredly keep to themselves. What in others might have been criticised seemed proper in him and men liked him all the better for his unreserved freedom.

He married his second wife, Mary Ann Kinney, on March 9, 1840. She was the daughter of Major John Kinney, of Speedwell, Morris County. She survived him some years.

Mr. Hornblower was one of the original members of the American Bible Society, and was active in local Bible societies, in the Essex County Sabbath School Union, Home and Foreign Missionary Societies, American Tract Society, and various other enterprises for the education of the ministry and the spread of the Christian religion. He was an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Newark from 1811 until his death.

One of the original members of the New Jersey Historical Society, and on February 27, 1845, was elected its first President. He filled the chair with great acceptance for nearly twenty years, until his death.

He delivered the second annual address before the Society, January 21, 1847, adverting particularly to the character of the first settlers of New Jersey, their honorable dealing with the aboriginal occupiers of the soil, the part taken by the State in the Revolution, and the propriety and importance of perpetuating such a proud record in the archives of the Society. He was elected a Corresponding Member of the New-England Historic Genealogical Society, May 5, 1847.

~Memorial Biographies of the New-England Historic Genealogical Society, Towne Memorial Fund, Volume V, 1862–1864, Boston, Published by the Society, 18 Somerset Street, 1894, p. 443-469.
1850 (Sep) Census, Newark, Essex, NJ:
Joseph C Hornblower, 73, lawyer, real estate $12,000, b NJ.
Mary, 51, b NJ.
Caroline, 29, b NJ.
Ann Quigley, 25, b Ireland.
Ann Kennan, 24, b Ireland.
James Stewart, 18, domestic, b Ireland.
Maria Kinney, 57, b NY.
1860 (Jun) Census, Newark, Essex, NJ:
Joseph C Hornblower, 83, lawyer, real estate $20,000, personal estate $10,000, b NJ.
Mary A, 65, b NJ.
Caroline B, 35, b NJ.
Mary Sweeney, 30, domestic, b Ireland.
Ann McKenna, 25, b Ireland.

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