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New Jersey Obituaries - 1900 - William H. Posten, Sr.
William H. Posten, Sr., of Navesink died on Monday of paralysis, aged 74 years. He was first stricken with paralysis about ten years ago. At intervals he would be confined to the house but most of the time he was able to be about. He was confined to the bed for two weeks before his death. The funeral will be held to-morrow at twelve oíclock at the house. Rev. J. S. Russel will conduct the service, assisted by Rev. J. W. Nickelson. The body will be buried in Fair View cemetery.
Mr. Posten was the son of Mary and Samuel Posten and was born at Holmdel. His parents were Scotch. His father was a sargeant (sic) in the war of 1812 and was stationed at the Highlands. When Mr. Posten was fourteen years old he learned the blacksmith trade with John Henry Hankins of Coltís Neck. He served an apprenticeship of six years with Mr. Hankins at Coltís Neck and then went to Keyport with him. He stayed at Keyport one year and then went to work for John Casler at Middletown. Two years later he went to work for Timothy Mount of Chapel Hill and stayed with him seven years. He left Mr. Mount in 1856 to go in business for himself at Navesink. He was in the blacksmith business at Navesink over thirty years. His shop stood at the corner of the four cross roads in Navesink.
About twelve years ago he gave up active work, and a few years ago his shop was torn down.
Blacksmith shops were not very numerous in the days when Mr. Posten first started in business and he made considerable money. The money he made was wisely invested and in the blacksmith shop at Navesink was laid the foundation for a fortune that has grown to large proportions. Mr. Postenís shop at Navesink was the center of public discussion in its early days and many matters of political and public interest were discussed there.
In politics Mr. Posten was a Democrat. He served three one year terms as collector of Middletown township, he having defeated Gerardus C. Morris for that office. He was succeeded as collector by Dr. William F. Patterson. For very many years he was a school trustee in the Navesink district.
While working at Chapel Hill Mr. Posten joined the Baptist church at that place. Later he united with the Navesink Baptist church and at the time of his death he was a member of the Central Baptist church of Atlantic Highlands.
Mr. Posten married Sarah Davis, daughter of Sarah and Joseph Davis of Navesink. She survives him. He leaves also four daughters and two sons. The daughters are Mrs. A. T. S. Clark and Mrs. John Wesley Davis of New York, Mrs. Nathaniel Roberts of Atlantic Highlands and Miss Blanche Posten, who lives at home. The sons are Freeholder Amzi M. Posten of Navesink and William H. Posten, Jr., of Atlantic Highlands.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Mar 14, 1900
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