New Jersey Obituaries - 1899 - Washington L. Hope

Washington L. Hope Died On Monday

He Had Been Sick a Long Time

Washington Lafayette Hope died of pneumonia at his residence at Shrewsbury on Monday. He was born in New York City August 4th, 1824. His father, Reuben Hope, was one of the officials of New York City who was delegated to meet General Lafayette of France on his arrival in New York on August 15th, 1824, when he visited this country by invitation of the United States government. Amid the general enthusiasm then prevailing Reuben Hope named his son, then eleven days old, Washington Lafayette.

Mr. Hope engaged in mercantile pursuits, and during the construction of the Erie railroad he furnished a large quantity of material for building portions of the road. Later he engaged in farming in Rockland county, New York, and later at Shrewsbury.

On September 26th, 1846, Mr. Hope married Miss Helen Cobb Allen, daughter of Anna and George L. Allen. The marriage was celebrated at the home of the bride, which had been the homestead of the Allen family for over 200 years, and where Mr. Hope died on Monday.

Mr. Hope was a man of sterling character, and with strong convictions of right and duty. He had been a member of Baptist churches for more than forty years. He was a deacon and superintendent of the Sunday-school of the Eatontown Baptist church for 25 years, and was prominent in the charitable and educational work of that denomination. He became a Republican when that party was first organized, and did vigorous work in the campaigns of 1860 and 1864, when Abraham Lincoln was elected President; and he performed the same service in 1868 and 1872, when Grant was the party’s candidate. He was a strong anti-slavery man, and during the civil war, when he lived in Rockland county, he was patriotic and zealous in supporting the government and in suppressing disloyal persons in his neighborhood. At the time of the draft riots in New York he was called on to surrender to the mob two aged colored servants, and he armed his family and employees to resist the threatened attack which followed his refusal to do so.

When the prohibition party was formed Mr. Hope allied himself with that party and ran for congress on the ticket with Clinton B. Fisk for President.Mr. Hope at one time held the chief office in the organization of Good Templars in New Jersey. He was state lecturer of the New Jersey state grange, and was an officer of that order.

Mr. Hope’s widow and four sons survive him. The sons are George Allen Hope and Charles Vernon Hope, who are engaged in farming at Shrewsbury; Frederick Waller Hope, of the firm of Applegate & Hope of Red Bank; and Rev. Benjamin Pike Hope, pastor of Memorial Baptist church at Salem, N. J. The funeral will be held at his late residence at Shrewsbury on Friday afternoon at three o’clock.

Reuben Hope, Mr. Hope’s father, came from England about 1899 with his two brothers, Cornelius and Thomas. He married Catherine Taylor, a daughter of Abner Taylor, who was in the Revolutionary war and who won distinction for his efforts in blockading the Hudson river at West Point with chains and other obstructions to prevent the British getting up the river.

Per the Death Notice Mr. Hope was aged 74 years, 6 months and 9 days.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, February 15, 1899