D. Hudson Dalrymple
Morris Co. Up


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

A well known resident of Dover, Mr. DALRYMPLE comes of a family whose connection with the history of Morris County covers a long period. Back to bonnie Scotland his ancestry is traced, the founder of the family in America being Andrew DALRYMPLE, who left the land of hills and heather to seek a home beyond the water. His son Joseph DALRYMPLE, was born Oct 29 1714, and became the father of Solomon DALRYMPLE, who was born April 6 1749, in Morris County New Jersey, showing that the family has for two hundred and fifty years been identified with this locality. His son Daniel DALRYMPLE, the grandfather of our subject, was born September 12 1783 in Morris County, and had a family of three children: Phoebe, born in 1808; Solomon, born in 1810; and James, born in 1813.

Solomon DALRYMPLE, the father of our subject was born in Randolph township, on the 20th August 1810, and arriving at years of maturity was united in marriage to Miss Jane SMITH, who was a native of Essex county born on the 22nd of September 1818. Their family numbered the following: D Hudson; Mary J., who was born June 24 1844, and is the wife of R.A. LYON; William S., born Jun 3 1847; and Phoebe Caroline, who was born May 28 1853, and died in infancy. The father of this family, Solomon DALRYMPLE, died January 23 1895. His wife is still living, in her eightieth year, and makes her home with he son Hudson. She is a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church of Dover, to which her husband also belonged. In his political affiliations he was a stalwart Democrat.

D. Hudson DALRYMPLE was born on the old family homestead in Randolph township, two miles south of Dover, October 15 1842, and spent his boyhood days there being early trained in the methods of farm work, which he followed through the summer months, while in the winter season he attended the Center Grove School, acquiring there a good practical English education. When twenty years of age he began teaching, and followed that profession, through the winter months, for eight years, while during the season of planting, cultivating and harvesting on the farm, he worked in the fields. Since that time he has devoted his attention entirely to agricultural pursuits and is now the owner of one hundred and fifty acres of valuable land, which is under a high state of cultivation and yields to the owner a golden tribute in return for his care and cultivation. All the latest improvement in the way of farm machinery are there found, and substantial and commodious buildings provide shelter for grain and stock. Near the house stands a huge chestnut tree which is one of the landmarks of the neighborhood. Through many decades it has braved the winter's storms, and each year it yields a harvest of nuts.

On the 16th of September 1874, Mr. DALRYMPLE was united in marriage to Miss Sarah J. COOPER, of Randolph township. She was born there August 16 1854, and is the second daughter of James & Phoebe (DAVENPORT) COOPER. Two daughters now grace the union of our subject and his wife: Ella Eugenia, born Mar 22 1883, and Mary Jane born Dec 31 1889. The parents are members of the First Presbyterian church of Dover, and the community where their entire lives have been passed they have a large circle of friends, which fact indicates that their lives have been well spent. In his political views Mr. DALRYMPLE is a pronounced Democrat, has served as clerk of Randolph township, and during several years' incumbency as a member of the school board did effective service on behalf of the educational interests of the locality.

Transcribed by Ida King


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