Leo DeHart
Morris Co. Up

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

Engaged in the livery business in Madison, the subject of this sketch is carrying on an enterprise which has been conducted under the name of DE HART since 1838. He is well known in industrial circles here and is a representative of an old family of Morris county. His birth occurred in Madison January 7, 1852, and he traces his ancestry back to Moses DE HART, his great-grandfather, who was born July 15, 1763. The great-grandmother, Sophia DE HART, was born July 8, 1765, and died April 8, 1831, her husband departing this life August 13, 1833. Their children were

  • Moses, Jr.;
  • Samuel, born May 9, 1786;
  • Joshua, born April 10, 1788;
  • Edward, born September 13, 1790;
  • Mary, born April 11, 1792;
  • Abigail, born January 25, 1794;
  • Aaron, born March 5, 1796;
  • Rachel, born September 25, 1797;
  • Edward, born September 13, 1799;
  • Catherine, born August 17, 1801;
  • William, born August 27, 1803; and
  • Eliza, born October 28, 1810.

Moses DE HART, Jr., grandfather of our subject, was a veteran of the war of 1812. He wedded Mary Harris and their children were

  • Luke,
  • John,
  • Mary,
  • Albert,
  • Phoebe,
  • Elizabeth and
  • Charles.

The parents of our subject were Luke and Mary (SPENCER) DE HART, both natives of Morris county, the former born March 7, 1805, the latter March 17, 1812. The father opened the first livery stable in Madison, in 1838, and carried on the business throughout the remainder of his life; his death occurred in 1889. His wife departed this life in 1886. They held membership in the Presbyterian church of Madison, and reared a family of seven children, as follows:

  • George E.,
  • William, of East Madison,
  • Anna Augusta,
  • Mary E.,
  • Sarah L.,
  • Sanford and
  • Leo.

Mr. DE HART, whose name introduces this review, acquired his education in Madison and spent his boyhood days under the parental roof. In 1874 he was admitted to a partnership in his father's business, under the firm name of L. C. DE HART & Son, a connection that was continued until the father's death, since which time our subject has been alone in the conduct of the enterprise. He has a well appointed livery barn containing a number of fine carriages and horses, and his courteous treatment of his patrons, his honorable dealing and his well directed efforts have secured to him a large and profitable business.

Mr. DE HART is a valued and active member of the Masonic fraternity, in which he attained the Knight Templar degree. He exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the Republican party and is well informed on the issues of the day.


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