Nathan Anthony
Morris Co. Up


Biographical and Genealogical History of Morris County New Jersey. Illustrated. Vol. II., Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1899.

The substantial and thorough-going farmer is the one who has the confidence and respect of all men. Not only with those of his own community, who know him well, but also with all with whom he meets, whether at home or abroad, is his honest, earnest, open, sincere life a sure passport. Among this class of worthy citizens in the vicinity of Middle Valley, New Jersey, is found the subject of this sketch, Nathan ANTHONY.

Mr. ANTHONY dates his birth in Hunterdon county, New Jersey, May 27, 1821. His boyhood days were not unlike those of other farmer boys, and his educational advantages were those afforded in the country schools. About the time of his marriage, which event occurred in the year 1844, he purchased the old Dufford homestead, his present farm, and here for more than half a century he has lived and prospered. His farm comprises one hundred and twenty-one acres and is well improved and under a high state of cultivation.

Mr. ANTHONY's forefathers were likewise farmers. Jacob ANTHONY, his father, was born on Schooley's mountain, New Jersey, a son of Philip ANTHONY and his wife, whose maiden name was MOORE. Philip ANTHONY and wife had a family of six children, two sons and four daughters.

Nathan ANTHONY was married, as above recorded, in 1844, the lady of his choice being Miss Annie F. SWACKHAMER, daughter of Jacob SWACKHAMER. For nearly half a century their lives were happily blended together, until December 24, 1891, when death called her to her last home. She was a woman of beautiful Christian character, greatly beloved by all who knew her. Of their family we record that

  • George W., the eldest, is deceased;
  • James is married to Fannie HUFFMAN and has one son, James, Jr.; and
  • Mary L., wife of John J. Swazey, resides at the ANTHONY homestead.

Mr. ANTHONY is a consistent member of the Lutheran church, as was also Mrs. ANTHONY. Politically, he is a Democrat. In early life he took an active interest in political matters and was one of the local lights of his party.

This biography was scanned and contributed by Catherine Smith DeMayo.


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