1234 ANDREW H. WESTERVELT, son of Peter D. Westervelt (775) and Rachel Westervelt, was b. Feb. 23, 1833, at the family homestead on Westervelt Avenue, near Tenafly Road, in Tenafly, N.J., being of the fourth generation to be born in the home built by Roelof Westervelt at about the time of his marriage in 1759. He m. Catherine Elizabeth Westervelt, Feb. 22, 1854. She may have been adopted, as there is no number assigned to her in the family genealogy, compiled by W.T. Westervelt. Andrew owned considerable property in Tenafly and gave each of his children a piece of land 100 feet wide by 250 feet deep, on Norman Place. This street is at right angles to Tenafly Road. The "new house" referred to above was later bought by a Mr. Browning for a fresh air summer home for New York City children and was named Rethmore Hall. He d. July 16, 1902.
Children of Andrew H. Westervelt (1234):
+1797 Peter J. Westervelt, b. Jan. 27, 1858, at the
1798 Lavina, b. May 27, 1860, in "the new house"
on Tenafly Road; m. Nov. 27, 1878, William H. Mowerson.
1799 Jacob C. (Jake), b. Aug. 13, 1862; m. Georgietta
Bogardus, Nov. 25, 1884.
1800 Elizabeth, b. March 8, 1865; m. James Roome, Nov.
1801 Rachel Ann, b. April 25, 1868; d. Nov. 4, 1875.
1802 Walter, b. June 2, 1872; d. Jan. 12, 1876.
1803 Catherine, b. May 21, 1875; m. Herbert B. Willis,
Sept. 19, 1894.
1804 Clara, b. April 25, 1884; d. July 14, 1884.
1797 PETER JACOB WESTERVELT, son of Andrew H. Westervelt (1234) and Catherine Elizabeth Westervelt, was b. Jan 27, 1858, in the homestead at Tenafly, N.J. He m. Jane (Jennie) Frances Tallman, dau. of Randall Albert and Mary Emma (Hopkins) Tallman, Jan. 7, 1885. Jennie was b. 1867, and d. 1940, bu. with her husband. He d. April 11, 1934, at Blawenburg, N.J.; bu. there in the Reformed Church Cemetery.
Although born in the homestead, Peter J. was soon taken by his parents to the "new house" on Tenafly Road, where his sisters and brother were to be born. While growing up there, he one day painted a picture of the woodshed and a log ona saw-horse. The caption read: "Instead of sawing wood, lazy Pete is in the house making a picture of the woodshed."
"Pete" was not too lazy to work. It was family knowledge that he was employed by the Post Office in New York City as a letter carrier, and that he left his job because he objected to the requirement of political party affiliation. The City Directory shows Peter J. Westervelt, carrier, residence 237 W. 30th Street, but only for the year 1887-1888. The following year (1888-89) and the four years preceding the carrier entry (1883-87), a Peter J. Westervelt is listed as a clerk, with residence at 45 Grove Street. This listing stops with May 1, 1889, and we know that our P.J.W. moved back to Tenafly that year. If the man on Grove Street is ours, he was not far from his future wife, who lived with her parents on King Street. Also, it would mean that his first child, Elmer, was probably born on Grove Street, and Berdie on either Grove or West 30th Street.
Pete liked to sing as well as work, and (as recalled by his daughter Frances) he met his wife when both were participating in choral singing.
After their marriage, Pete and Jennie continued to live in New York City until after their first two babies were born. (There is no P.J.W. in the Directories at that time except the man on Grove Street.) Then they moved to Tenafly and built a house for themselves on their Norman Place lot. On October 4, 1889, Marguerite (Daisy) was born in that house, #64, which she said was the first house on Norman Place. Pete also built a house for his brother Jake next door to his own, and one for his parents accross the street, which is #67. He subsequently built many other houses on Norman Place and elsewhere in Tenafly.
In 1899 or 1900, the family tried living on a farm near Dover, Delaware, but it was not a successful experiment. Educational facilities were limited, the children having to go to an ungraded school on the back of the farm, because, otherwise, they would have had too long a walk to Dover and would have passed through an unsafe neighborhood. The Westervelts' neighbors, however, were very friendly and helpful both in harvesting and in slaughtering the pigs. Butchering was a new experience for Pete, and Daisy speculated that it may have been one of the contributing reasons for his selling the farm at the end of only four to six months.
The family went next to Camden, New Jersey. There Pete became engaged in buying houses, moving in, remodeling, and selling them in their improved condition. Daisy recalled that he hid this four times in the year spent there. While in Camden, Berdie quit school at 13 and started to work in a photographer's shop in Philadelphia. Her would-be career was cut short by a smallpox epidemic and her mother's decision to keep her home. Daisy was vaccinated and continued her schooling.
During the Christmas holidays, Pete visited his mother in Tenafly, and while he was there, Jennie packed everything and moved the family back to Tenafly. Pete built a very lovely house on the open side of his former Norman Place home. It was, in Daisy's words, a "dream house", which her mother had designed with the expectation of having her parents live with them. Instead, it was bought by people named Harper, and the Westervelts moved back into their old home, where Richard and Frances were born, #64 Norman Place.
Farming, once again, was combined with carpentry, when the family moved to a farm in rural Skillman, N.J., a few miles from Princeton. On March 17, 1920, the P.J. Westervelts pulled up stakes once more and moved a mile or so to the village of Blawenburg, where they occupied one of the old post road houses between Philadelphia and New York City. Here they had less work to do, and it was time for them to slow down.
It is interesting to note in passing that another rural village near Blawenburg and Skillman is Harlingen, named, no doubt, for Harlingen in the Netherlands, the hometown of Jennie's Tallman ancestors.
On February 19, 1930, Pete wrote a letter to his daughter Daisy acknowledging receipt of a picture of the interior of the old Westervelt homestead. He poured out his reminiscences and I shall let his words speak to you:
That clipping you sent us of the old homestead in Tenafly was some surprise. Well the old room shown there was where my old great-grandfather sat and smoked his clay pipe for a good many years before he died. Right where the rocker stands was located his old arm chair and a small square walnut box of tobacco with a half dozen clay pipes right handy by the side of it. The mantle over the fireplace is not the one that was there originally that was a very ornate carved mantle and as I remember it was painted black. They sold that for $500 when they overhauled the house. I have in mind quite a few things that happened in that room. One in particular, when I was not a very big boy and going to school my father had given me a silver watch and in the play around the school my watch was pulled out of my pocket and pretty well broken up. Well I was in a pickle as I did not want Dad to know I had broken my watch so I went to the old gentleman and told him all about my trouble and he gave me the money to have it fixed up. Right where that rocker stands is where the business took place. I was born in that old house as well as my father, grandfather and my great-grandfather.
Children of Peter J. and Jane Frances (Tallman) Westervelt:
+Elmer Randall, b. 1885, New York City.
+Bertha E. (Berdie), b. 1887, New York City.
+Marguerite (Daisy), b. 1889, Tenafly, N.J.
Clara Belle, b. Oct. 30, 1895, Tenafly; m. 1934, O. Van
Cortland Smith; no issue.
Emma, b. 1900 (?); d.y. 1903.
+Richard Peter, b. 1904, Tenafly.
+Frances Lavinia, b. 1906, Tenafly.
ELMER RANDALL WESTERVELT, son of Peter J. (1797), was b. July 12, 1885, in New York City. He m. Mabel Snook, dau. of Cornelius and Georgiana Snook, of Neshanic, N.J., on Feb. 21, 1911. Elmer and family lived in Belle Mead, N.J. Mabel Snook was b. April 14, 1892; d. Sept. 10, 1967. She m. (2) Edward Hancock and they lived in Florida.
Children of Elmer Randall Westervelt:
+Irma Ruth, b. Dec. 4, 1911.
+Ralph Elmer, b. July 9, 1913.
Dorothy Leona, b. Dec. 17, 1916; m. (1) Harry Conrad,
divorced, (2) Donald M. Ward, b. Jan 11, 1916, divorced, (3) Oscar Benjamin of Sun City Center, Fla. No issue.
BERTHA E. WESTERVELT (Berdie), dau. of Peter J. (1797), was b. July 17, 1887, New York City. She m. Jackson Calvert, b. Feb. 19, 1890, of Liverpool, England, Dec. 19, 1916. She d. Dec. 6, 1962, Alliance, Ohio. Berdie and Jack lived in Alliance, Ohio. Jack m. (2) Dorothy (Fraser) Nash, his widowed cousin, in England, on Sept. 10, 1965, and lived in Rhyl, Wales, until his death, Sept. 3, 1969.
Child of Jackson and Bertha E. (Westervelt) Calvert:
+Jane Calvert, was b. March 10, 1918. She m. (1) May 31,
1941, Marion McArtor of Salem, Ohio. He was b. May 16, 1915, and d. Jan. 13, 1956. She m. (2) Bob Blanchard, but resumed her first husband's name after a divorce in 1966. She m. (3) in 1970, Henry Klose, Jr., father of three grown children. He d. in 2001. Jane raised her children in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she was a music teacher. Her first husband had served on the faculty of the University of Michigan.
Children of Marion and Jane (Calvert) McArtor:
Rebecca Jane, b. Jan. 8, 1945.
Nancy Ann, b. April 18, 1947.
Carol Ellen, b. June 8, 1951; m. Thomas Doyle,
Nov. 11, 1978. Children of Carol Ellen (McArtor) and Thomas Doyle:
Melissa Jane, b. May 1, 1985.
Jackson Thomas, b. August 18, 1988.
MARGUERITE ADELIA WESTERVELT (Daisy), dau. of Peter J. (1797), was b. Oct. 4, 1889, at the home of her parents, 64 Norman Place, Tenafly, N.J. Her middle name was self-chosen, being the name of her aunt, Mary Adelia (Tallman) Wood, whom she enjoyed visiting. She m. (1) June 17, 1911, Frank Pittenger, a descendant of the Skillmans, in the Reformed Church at Blawenburg, N.J. He was b. Oct. 5, 1890; d. Sept. 20, 1932, and (2) Scott Wheatley, b. March 24, 1892; d. Feb. 20, 1968. She d. June, 1983, in Oregon.
Daisy and Frank Pittenger started their married life in Philadelphia, where Frank was with the piano department of John Wanamaker's store. Both his father and brother worked in the same department, when it was started. His father, a former Methodist preacher, had given up the ministry, because he did not want to subject his family to frequent moving.
A trip to the west coast sold the young couple on California and Oregon, and from then on, they followed jobs from Portland to San Diego; from Los Angeles back to Portland in 1915; to Salem in November 1920, where Frank opened a piano department in Hamilton's furniture store; then back to Los Angeles, where he died in 1932. The following year, Daisy took the children on a trip back East to get acquainted with the relatives they had never seen. Upon their return to the west coast, she faced her responsibility as bread-winner and, in time, settled in Salem, Oregon. We are indebted to Daisy for supplying much of the Westervelt material.
Children of Frank and Marguerite A. (Westervelt) Pittenger:
Baby Pittenger, d. in infancy, 1914.
+Roger Frederick Pittenger, b. June 20, 1915; m. (1) and
divorced; m. (2) Mary Lou Krishnek, b. Feb. 3, 1920. Had issue:
Sandra Eileen Pittenger, b. March 18, 1943.
James Roger Pittenger, b. Sept. 14, 1947.
Mary Jo Pittenger, b. Sept. 9, 1949.
+Vivian Lorraine Pittenger, b. March 6, 1919; m. (1) 1939,
John Vernon, divorced; m. (2) Aug. 19, 1946, Fred Rifer, b. May 30, 1910; m. (3) Matt Rawlinson.
+Lois Louise Pittenger, b. Sept. 4, 1923; m. Feb. 13, 1944,
William Morse, b. Feb. 5, 1920. Had issue:
Raymond William Morse, b. Jan. 6, 1945.
Gregory F. Morse, b. Oct. 2, 1947.
Diana Sue Morse, b. Dec. 13, 1952.
RICHARD PETER WESTERVELT, son of Peter J. (1797), was b. Jan. 11, 1904, at the home of his parents, 64 Norman Place, Tenafly, N.J. He m. Sept. 10, 1925 in Philadelphia, Penn., Marie Jennings, b. May 4, 1907. After starting in New Jersey, this family lived mostly in Pennsylvania, with a period in Wheeling, West Virginia. He d. Dec. 22, 1992.
Children of Richard P. Westervelt:
+Beverly Marie, b. Nov. 16, 1928; m. Sept. 2, 1950, John
(Jack) Daly Cummings. Had issue:
John DalyCummings, Jr., b. Dec. 15. 1951.
Thomas Richard Cummings, b. Nov. 29, 1953; m.
Laura Woelfle, Aug. 10, 1974.
Timothy Edward Cummings, b. March 7, 1955.
Susan Aline Cummings, b. Jan. 19, 1956.
Patricia Marie Cummings, b. Dec. 11, 1956
Richard Edward Cummings, b. Nov. 27, 1957.
Edward John Cummings, b. July 16, 1961.
Michael P. Cummings, b. Feb. 8, 1964.
+Richard Peter, Jr., b. July 15, 1930.
+Valerie Virginia, b. Dec. 4, 1931, in Pleasant Gap,
Pennsylvania. She m. May 3, 1958, Walter A. Egner, b. July 5, 1930. Had issue:
Ann Marie Egner, b. Feb. 5, 1959, in White Plains,
Walter Anthony Egner, Jr., b. July 31, 1960, in
Valerie Victoria Egner, b. Jan. 26, 1962.
David Jerome Egner, b. Oct. 14, 1963.
FRANCES LAVINIA WESTERVELT, dau. of Peter J. (1797), was b. Feb. 24, 1906, at the home of her parents, 64 Norman Place, Tenafly, N.J. She m. Nov. 25, 1933, at Doylestown, Penn., Albert Lewis, of Roseville, Illinois, b. June 29, 1901. Frances and Albert lived in her parents' home in Blawenburg; also in Princeton and in East Trenton. When Albert retired in July 1971, they moved to Clearwater, Florida, where she d. in April, 1978.
Frances provided some of the information for this report, but is not to be confused with the Bergen County historian, Frances A. Westervelt Mrs. Wm. H., née Johnson).
Children of Albert and Frances L. (Westervelt) Lewis:
+Patricia Lewis, b. June 28, 1934; m. June 2, 1956, John
Bauman, a United States naval officer, b. Dec. 31, 1933. Had issue:
Kenneth Wayne Bauman, b. Dec. 26, 1957, in
Newport, Rhode Island.
Robert Alan Bauman, b. April 13, 1960, in Monterey,
+Peter A. Lewis, b. Feb. 18, 1938; m. May 31, 1958,
Gretchen Gunkel, b. Oct. 6 1937. Had issue:
Sharon Lynn Lewis, b. Aug. 13, 1959, in Trenton, N.J.
Jeffrey Scott Lewis, b. April 23, 1961, in Trenton, N.J.
Timothy Brian Lewis, b. April 6, 1973.
IRMA RUTH WESTERVELT, dau. of Elmer R., was b. Dec. 4, 1911 at the home of her parents, in Skillman, N.J.; m. Frank P. Rocknak, April 8, 1931. He was b. in Griggstown, N.J., Dec. 14, 1906.
Children of Frank P. and Irma R. (Westervelt) Rocknak:
+Frank Donald Rocknak, b. May 11, 1932; m. Patricia
O'Kane, b. Aug. 25, 1931. Had issue:
+David Wayne Rocknak, b. April 29, 1954.
+Cynthia Ann Rocknak, b. May 7, 1955.
Laurie Jeanne Rocknak, b. April 11, 1961.
+Richard David Rocknak, b. March 15, 1935; m. (1) Ann
Hendrick, Jan 31, 1960, and (2) Bonnie (Sherman) Heath. Had issue by Ann:
Dianna Gaye Rocknak, b. May 26, 1961.
Had issue by Bonnie:
+Cheri Lynn Rocknak, b. May 25, 1969.
Dale Heath, b. Sept. 16, 1958 (Bonnie's son from first
marriage), adopted by Richard.
RALPH ELMER WESTERVELT, son of Elmer R., was b. July 9, 1913 at the home of his parents, in Skillman, N.J.; m. Jan. 17, 1937, Elizabeth Helen Warmke, dau. of William George and Elisa Cecelia Maria (Jorgensen or Nelson) Warmke of Hillsborough Road, Belle Mead, N.J. She was b. Feb. 23, 1916 and d. April 19, 1991. He d. April 17, 2000.
Children of Ralph E. Westervelt:
+James Peter, b. Aug. 16, 1938.
+Betty Elise, b. Nov. 15, 1940.
+Elmer Randall, the second, b. Sept. 13, 1943
+William George, b. May 10, 1952.
RICHARD PETER WESTERVELT, JR. was b. July 15, 1930, in Princeton, N.J., m. Dec. 8, 1951, Joyce C. Siegfried, b. May 14, 1931, and d. March 25, 1968. Joyce m. (2) July 13, 1969, Frank Garner.
Children of Richard P. Westervelt, Jr.:
+Carol Joy, b. March 27, 1952.
Debra Marie, b. Nov. 21, 1953; m. Aug. 11, 1973, John
JAMES PETER WESTERVELT, son of Ralph E., was b. Aug. 16, 1938. He m. on Aug, 22, 1959, Margery Jane Coates, dau. of Norman and Margery Coates of Auten Road, Hillsborough, N.J., and d. March 5, 1987. She was b. on Oct. 30, 1938, and m., (2) Robert Mazey, Sr. of Belle Mead.
Children of James P. Westervelt:
+James Peter, Jr., b. Sept 11, 1960.
Barry Wayne, b. April 6, 1962. d. Jan 18, 1988.
BETTY ELISE WESTERVELT, dau. of Ralph E., was b. Nov. 15, 1940. She removed to Florida abt. 1960 and m. (1) Albert McDonald on Aug. 11, 1962, who d., (2) Stephen Pfeiffer (divorced with no issue), and (3) Charles Bean, b. April 28, 1939 (no issue).
Children of Albert and Betty Elise (Westervelt) McDonald:
Peggy Sue McDonald, b. Sept. 7, 1963; m. _____ Forsyth
and had issue:
Errick Ryan Forsyth. b. Jan 22, 1988.
Brittney Yevon Forsyth, b. June 5, 1989.
Kathy Elise McDonald, b. Nov. 30, 1964; m. _____ Harris
and had issue:
Albert John Harris, b. Nov. 21, 1984.
Matthew Scott Harris, b. March 9, 1988.
Cory Michael Harris, b. Dec. 18, 1989.
Linda Marie McDonald, b. Oct 30, 1966. Had issue:
Jason Andrew McDonald, b. Dec. 18, 1985.
Samantha Marie McDonald, b. Feb. 15, 1989.
ELMER RANDALL WESTERVELT, II, son of Ralph E., was b. Sept. 13, 1943. He m. (1) Gloria Colon, of Flagtown, N.J. on Feb. 16, 1970 (divorced), and (2) Carol Urbanowicz of Manville, N.J., March 17, 1974.
Children of Elmer Randall Westervelt, II:
+Christina Marie, b. Nov. 4, 1973.
+Benjamin Randall, b. June 2, 1976.
+Adam Brian, b. Oct. 7, 1979.
Jennifer Ann, b. July 23, 1982.
WILLIAM GEORGE WESTERVELT, son of Ralph E., was b. May 10, 1952. He m. (1) Rosemary Alison Bradstreet, dau. of Philip R. and Virginia A. (Brady) Bradstreet, of Bradstreet Lane, Eliot, Maine at the Bradstreet home on June 29, 1975, divorced in 1998. He m. (2) Laura Lee Smith, dau. of Calvin C. and Hilda (Sally) Smith of Webster, New York, at Cape May, New Jersey on July 27, 2005.
Children of William G. and Rosemary A. (Bradstreet) Westervelt:
Jesse Daniel, b. April 20, 1978, in Houston Texas.
Sean Timothy, b. Nov. 27, 1984, in Portland, Maine, d. Feb. 25, 2003, at his mother's home in Standish, Maine.
CAROL JOY WESTERVELT, dau. of Richard P., Jr., was b. March 27, 1952; m. Sept. 2, 1972, G. Scott Davis.
Children of Scott D. and Carol J. (Westervelt) Davis:
Ryan Scott Davis, b. March 17, 1973.
JAMES PETER WESTERVELT, JR., son James P., was b. Sept. 11, 1960. He m. Sharon Marie Yock, dau. of Ray and Dorothy Yock of Hillsborough, N.J. on Oct. 21, 1989.
Children of James P. (Pete) Westervelt, Jr.:
Jacqueline Michelle Westervelt, b. Feb. 1, 1991, New
Jennifer Elizabeth Westervelt, b. Feb. 11, 1995, New