Obadiah Ayers was one of three brothers who came to this country from
In 1754, with the purchase of 1200 acres in the Musconetcong Valley, he
became one of the earliest known settlers in the area. Ezekial Ayers
II, the grandson of Obadiah, was the first child born in this area.
However, it was because of the influence of the Hackett family, John
and his son, Samuel, that the area would eventually be known as
Ayers and Hackett were joined, over the years, by
families named Caskey, Cummins, Davis, Everitt, Hazen, Johnson, Little,
Moore, Rusling, Sharp, Stiger, Valentine and others. These were among
the families who helped build Hackettstown from a small village into a
thriving community. To this day, descendants of many of these families
remain Hackettstown and the surrounding area.
Clues from the Past
The Old Presbyterian and Union cemeteries quietly provide a wealth of information to
help us learn about the ancestral families of Hackettstown.
These two locations, one on Main Street and one on
Mountain Avenue, are excellent resources for the genealogist, student,
historian, or anyone interested in learning more about Hackettstown's
There are over 500 headstone images available on
this site. For a specific search, simply type the name into the search
field, or for a wider range of results, type the word "headstone".
to Our Collections
Do you have family history, photographs, vintage clothing, artifacts or
other memorabilia you would like to contribute to the Hackettstown
HHS will gladly accept your contributions on
a short term loan basis or as part of our permanent collections. We are
also happy to scan your family photographs.
For additional information on how you can
contribute, please contact the Museum at (908)-852-8797.
|The woman in this
photo is a member of the Boyd family. The picture was taken at
Allen-Barker Studio, Newark, NJ.
If you know who she is or have more information about her, please
Hackettstown Historic Society.
for a larger picture.
Kluppelberg was born in 1827 in Cologne, Germany. He arrived in America
in 1866, and came to Hackettstown, where he opened a music and
stationary store. He was well respected businessman in town. Frederick
Kluppelberg died in September 1902.