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Hackettstown's Ancestral Families
Obadiah Ayers was one of three brothers who came to this country from Aberdeen, Scotland. The Charles Osmun Family c1907 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 Hackettstown.

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.

Silent Clues from the Past
The Old Presbyterian and Union cemeteries One of the headstones in the Olde Burying Groundquietly 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 early citizens.

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".
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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 contact the Hackettstown Historic Society.
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Did You Know...
Frederick 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.