William W. Armfield
Morris Co. Up

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

William W. Armfield, of Millington, who was formerly prominent in the business circles of America's metropolis, is now enjoying a quiet, retired life in the beautiful Passaic valley. He is a native of England and came to the United States in 1845, making his home in New York city and later in Brooklyn, where he was engaged for several years in the coal business, building up an extensive trade. In 1865 he purchased a tract of land in Millington, and erected thereon a beautiful home.

Mr. Armfield has been twice married. He first wedded Miss Mary Winterton, of New York city, by whom he had one daughter, now Mrs. Holt, of San Jose, California. He married again in 1895, his second union being with Miss Augusta Dunn, the youngest daughter of Abram and Catherine (Cooper) Dunn. Mrs. Warfield descends from two of the oldest families in the state, the Dunns settling in Middlesex county as early 1666, and the Coopers in 1695. Her father was the youngest son of Clawson and Alice (Coriell) Dunn, and was born at New Market, New Jersey, May 20, 1807. He married Catherine Cooper, only daughter of Peter and Susan (Boyle) Cooper, and settled in Millington, New Jersey, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was a prominent and influential citizen, one of the founders of the Millington Baptist church, and held a number of offices of honor and trust, while his advice and counsel were sought by all classes of people. In his early life he gave his support in the Whig party, and on its dissolution he joined the ranks of the new Republican party. He took an active part in public affairs, and in all relations of his life bore a reputation that was unassailable. He died very suddenly February 1, 1874, and his wife surviving him twenty years, passed away July 19, 1894.

Some years ago Mr. Armfield sold his home in Millington, but after his second marriage he erected a fine residence there. His wife is a native of the place, and has spent the greater part of her life there.

Transcribed by Christopher Cresta

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