Born in 1758, Clarkson Stelle was one of the eleven children of Oliver Stelle and Mary (Runyon) Stelle).
Upon Oliver Stelle’s death on June 3rd 1832, at age seventy-six, his son, Clarkson inherited the homestead farm (located between the Passaic River and present-day King George Road) and an adjoining tract to the south on the west side of the road.
From approximately 1832—1850, Clarkson Stelle owned the Farmstead.
Clarkson Stelle died intestate on July 13, 1850, at the age of 52, having “committed suicide by hanging himself in the wagon-house.” To settle his estate, his farm was sold at a court-ordered auction in 1852. The newspaper advertisement of the sale gives a general description of the property:
Splendid FARM for Sale. …. the Real Estate whereof Clarkson Stelle died seized, comprising the HOMESTEAD FARM of the said deceased, known as the “Oliver Stelle Farm,” containing about 200 acres of first-rate Plough, Meadow and Grazing Land. About 30 acres of very heavy Timber on said Farm. The improvements are a large and good Frame House, two large Barns, Cow House, and every desirable out building, all in good condition. A road running through, divides the Farm, and will be divided or sold together. There is a great variety of fruit on said Farm. It is also well watered, and the Passaic River runs on the east side of said Farm.
The property was purchased at auction by Isaac Runyon, Clarkson Stelle’s son-in-law.
Clarkson was married to Lucinda Terrell and they had five children.
Sources & More information:
Dennis Bertland Associates, Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmstead National Register Nomination, 2001 (Township of Bernards).
Siegel, Cemetery Records of Warren Township Somerset County New Jersey, no page; US Census, Bernards Township, 1840.
Siegel, The Baptist Meeting House Cemetery and Church, pp. 18 & 19.
US Census, Bernards Township, 1850; Snell, page 738; Somerset County Historical Quarterly, VIII, page 61.
US Census, Agricultural Schedule Bernards Township, 1850.
Plainfield Gazette, July 18, 1850 as quoted in Somerset County Genealogical Quarterly, IV, page 339; New Jersey Wills, 3211R; “Commissioners Sale of Real Estate, June 15, 1852” Somerset Messenger, July 23, 1852, page 3.
Resting Place: Mount Bethel Church Cemetery, Warren, New Jersey
Farmstead Owner: 1832—1850
Spouse: Lucinda Terrell Stelle
Children: Mary Ann, Mercy, Adeline, Thomas, Rachel
Parents: Oliver Stelle and Mary Runyon
Siblings: Christiana, Ephraim, Isaac, John, Anna, Mary, Rachel, Sarah, Harriet, and Ruth
Clarkson Stelle is buried in the Mt. Bethel Church Cemetery located in Warren, New Jersey. Grave #61461449
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