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On Sunday morning George Hance, of Shrewsbury, died of softening of the brain. He was nearly eighty years old, having passed his 79th birthday last March. he was probably the richest practical farmer in the county, and was among the wealthiest residents in the township. He owned three large farms, aggregating 740 acres, and he had in addition over a hundred acres of out-lands. he was also the possessor of a large amount of personal property. His estate is estimated to be worth from $100,000 to $150,000.
Mr. Hance was a descendant of German parentage. His grandfather, John Hance, was one of the early settlers of the county, having come here in the early part of the last century. he resided on Rumson Neck. Mr. Hance's father was also named John Hance. he was born in 1762, and died in 1827. George hance was born at Bingham Hill, at Rumson Neck, march 8, 1808. the house in which he was born is still standing. He had three brothers and two sisters. Of these the only surviving persons are Asher Hance, of Red Bank, and Miss Susan B. Hance, of Bordentown.
Mr. Hance was married in February, 1838, to Sarah, the daughter of Benjamin and Sarah White, of Shrewsbury township. Mrs. Hance's father served in the Revolution under General P???????, and for fifty years was postmaster at Shrewsbury. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Hance. These were John, who now resides at Long Branch; Georgiana, wife of County Clerk James H. Patterson; Susan J., widow of Samuel H. Patterson; and Borden, deceased.
In his youth, Mr. Hance farmed the land of his father, but he was energetic and ambitious, and desired more land than was embraced in his father's possessions. The farm at Shrewsbury on which he died was purchased many years ago from the late Charles G. Allen, and from time to time he added to its acreage. he was noted as a successful farmer, his orchards and stock bearing evidence of thrift. He was formerly interested in a number of local enterprises, banks, steamboat companies, etc., but during late years his attention was wholly occupied by his farming business. In politics he was a Republican, and in religion a Quaker.
Mr. Hance left a will, but its provisions have yet been made known. This funeral was held this afternoon and the remains were interred in the old Quaker burying ground on Rumson Neck.
Source: Red Bank Register Wednesday, July 13, 1887