New Jersey Obituaries - April 13, 1898 - John W. Herbert

John W. Herbert Dead

An Old Republican Leader Passes Away

His Ancestors Came to This County in 1677 - Mr. Herbert's Large Possessions and the Many Public Positions Held by Him

John W. Herbert died on Saturday night at his home at Wickatunk in Marlboro township. He was 78 years old, and had been in feeble health for several years. He was a descendant of one of the early families of Monmouth county, and he inherited vigorous traits which were characteristic of the family.

He was an ardent Republican, and became identified with that party at its organization in 1856. For thirty years he was the Republican leader of Monmouth county, although he was a resident of one of its smallest townships. He was several times a delegate to the national conventions of the Republican party, and was recognized not only as the Republican leader in Monmouth county, but as one of the Republican leaders of the state. He was chairman of the Republican county executive committee for ten years, and for sixteen years he was its treasurer. He was nominated for congress in 1872, but declined the nomination, and in 1875 he was the Republican candidate for state senator.

Mr. Herbert was chiefly instrumental in having Marlboro township set off from Freehold township in 1848, and was the first freeholder elected in that township. After serving as freeholder for one year he was elected assessor of the township and served in this office until his failing health forced him to give up his public duties. During the greater part of his term of service as assessor he was year after year elected chairman of the county board of assessors at their annual meeting. For thirteen years he was the county superintendent of schools, and for five years he was one of the judges of the county court.

Besides being a very active man in politics, he was an excellent business man, and was interested in many enterprises. At the time when turnpikes provided about the only good roads in the county, he was a stockholder and director in many of these enterprises. For four years he owned and published the Freehold INQUIRER, which then, and now, was the official organ of the Republican party in the county. He was for twelve years associated with Theodore Aumack in carriage building at Keyport, and the firm did a large and profitable business.

Mr. Herbert was a direct descendant of Francis Herbert, who with thirty associates, came from Long Island in 1677 and settled at Middletown. The wife of Francis Herbert was Hannah Bowne, a daughter of the celebrated Quaker, John Bowne, who had located on Long island in 1659. This couple had four sons, Thomas, Francis, David and Obadiah; and three daughters, Elizabeth, Deborah and Mary. Obadiah married Hannah Lawrence, a daughter of William Lawrence, Jr., and a great-granddaughter of Sir Henry Lawrence, who was president of Cromwell's council in England. Obadiah and Hannah Herbert had nine children, of whom one son was named Obadiah, This second Obadiah in 1765 married Elizabeth Warn, a granddaughter of Colonel Thomas Warn, who was one of the proprietors of East Jersey. This couple had five children, of whom one was William Herbert. In 1804 William Herbert married Eleanor Conover, daughter of Benjamin Conover, and a granddaughter of Garret Conover and Neeltje VanMater. They had seven children, one of whom was John W. Herbert.

Mr. Herbert was born June 13th, 1820, in Madison township, Middlesex county. When he was seven years old the family moved to Marlboro township. Shortly after he was 21 years old he received the farm as a gift from his father. He added to the farm until at one time he owned over a thousand acres of land.

In 1851 Mr. Herbert married Agnes D. Wright, a daughter of Savage Wright of Middlesex county. His wife survives him, as do also five children. The children are John W. Herbert, Jr., of Helmetta, who is the vice-president and treasurer of the George W. Helme company of that place, one of the largest tobacco and snuff manufacturers of the state; William Herbert, who lives at Omaha, Nebraska; and Richard, Kate and Jeanne, who live at home.

The funeral was held at three o'clock this afternoon from the Brick church at Bradevelt, to the support of which Mr. Herbert had always been a very liberal contributor.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, April 13, 1898