The Oak Tree by Thomas Bewick

The first of the Poulson family to appear in Hunterdon County was Rev. Israel Poulson, born in Somerset County. He must have arrived in Hunterdon by the mid 1790s, for he married a Hunterdon woman, Esther Moore, about 1794.

Rev. Israel Poulson was one of those people with enormous influence on those who lived anywhere near him. He must have been fairly charismatic, considering how many people who were named after him. There are ten that I am aware of, not including his son Israel P. Poulson, Jr.

Israel P. Waterhouse (c.1800-?)
Israel P. Brewer (1818 – 1852), grandson
Israel P. Wagner (1829-1852), grandson
Israel P. Hoppock (1830-1895)
Israel P. Poulson (1843-1923), grandson
Israel P. LaRue (c.1850-?)
Israel P. Williamson (1850-1932)
Israel P. Trimmer (1854-1888)
Israel P. German (1857-1863)
Israel P. Huffman (c.1861-1944)
Israel P. Shepherd (1863-1953)

Israel Poulson, Sr. did not become minister to the Amwell German Baptist Church, known as the Dunkards, until about 1810, when he was 40 years old. His first appearance in Hunterdon County land records is in 1801, when he gave Abraham Hagaman a receipt for construction of a house and barn.1

His first wife was Esther Moore, daughter of Daniel Moore and Catharine Stout. She died childless, shortly after her marriage, when she was only 24. Poulson’s second wife Hannah Moore was Esther’s step-sister, daughter of Daniel Moore and his second wife Elizabeth Rouser. She and Israel Poulson married in 1797.

First Generation:

(1) Rev. Israel Poulson (1770 – 1856) & Hannah Moore (1776 – 1839)

Second Generation:

|     (2) Hester M. Poulson (1798 – 1843) & Thomas West Brewer (1792 – 1857)
|     (2) Charles Poulson (1802 – 1885) & Sarah (c.1805 – after 1885)2
|     (2) Elizabeth Rouser Poulson (1805 – 1889) & Jacob Wagner (1802 – 1879)
|     (2) Rachel P. Poulson (c.1778 – 1811) & Elias Hubbard Conover Esq. (1796 – 1871)3
|     (2) John Poulson (1810 – 1873) & Sarah J. Carkhuff (1813 – 1893)
|     (2) Daniel Poulson (1813 – 1890) & Lucy Emley Opdycke (1813 – 1898)
|     (2) Rhoda Poulson (1815 – 1874) & Paul K. Hoffman (1816 – 1895), m. 18404
|     (2) James P. Poulson (1818 – 1856)
|     |     m. 1) Rachel S. Trimmer (c.1822 – 1844), no children
|     |     m. 2) Mary ?
|     (2) Rev. Israel J. Poulson Jr. (1821 – 1896) & Harriet Johnson (1821 – 1908)

Third Generation:

|     (2) Hester M. Poulson & Thomas West Brewer
|     |     (3) Israel P. Brewer (1818 – 1852) & Elizabeth Runyon (c.1815 – 1843)
|     |     (3) William P. Brewer (1820 – 1871) & Susan M. Ott (c.1825 – ?), left Hunterdon
|     |     (3) Lorenzo D. Brewer (1823 – 1909) & Hannah Rittenhouse (1827 – 1895)
|     |     (3) Charles Poulson Brewer (1824 – 1907) & Mary Ann Hellerman
|     |     (3) Harriet P. Brewer (1826 – ?), no information
|     |     (3) Jerusha A. Brewer (1828 – 1914) & William Oscar Stout (1821 – 1907)
|     |     (3) Rachel P. Brewer (1831 – ?), no information
|     |     (3) George P. Brewer (1834 – 1837)
|     |     (3) David C. Brewer (1837 – ?) & Mary E. (c.1839 – ?)
|     |     (3) John Brewer (c.1839 – 1910) & Corinda A. __ (1841 – 1934)
|     |     (3) Hannah Elizabeth Brewer (1841 – 1842)
|     |     (3) Cornelia Brewer (c.1841 – ?), no further information

|    (2) Elizabeth Rouser Poulson & Jacob Wagner
|     |     (3) Catharine Wagner & Christopher Kuhl Johnson (1821 – 1911)
|     |     (3) Israel P. Wagner (1829 – 1852), never married
|     |     (3) Hannah P. Wagner (1833 – 1916) & Paul Kuhl Hoffman (1816 – 1895), m. 1875
|     |     (3) Elizabeth Wagner (c.1836 – ?) & Daniel E. Polts, no information
|     |     (3) Sarah R. Wagner (1840 – 1903) & Peter Hulsizer (1833 – 1910)
|     |     (3) Rhoda H. Wagner (c.1843 – after 1920), never married
|     |     (3) George W. Wagner (1846 – 1927) & Ellen E. Merrell (1852 – 1914), no more information
|     |     (3) Rachel P. Wagner (c.1850 – after 1920), never married

|     (2) John Poulson & Sarah J. Carkhuff
|     |     (3) John Poulson (1836 – 1902) & Catherine Opdycke (1834 – 1916)
|     |     (3) Margaretta Poulson (1840 – 1916)
|     |     (3) Rachel Poulson (1842 – 1842)
|     |     (3) Caroline Poulson (1851 – 1923) & Samuel Foreman Martindell (1842 – 1898)

|     (2) Daniel Poulson & Lucy Emley Opdycke
|     |     (3) Israel P. Poulson (1843 – 1923) & Catherine Rebecca Gerry (1854 – 1923), left H.C.
|     |     (3) George L. Opdycke Poulson (1844 – 1912) & Ella G. Gaddis (1848 – after 1910)
|     |     (3) Charles Poulson (1846 – 1847)
|     |     (3) Hannah Rebecca Poulson (1847 – 1914) & Asa Robbins (1845 – 1916)
|     |     (3) Charles Poulson (1848 – 1930) & Laura __ (1880 – 1933)
|     |     (3) Winfield Scott Poulson (1851 – 1940) & Sarah E. Thatcher Reading (1857 – 1942)
|     |     (3) John Baker Poulson (1853 – after 1930) & Mary J. Shepherd (1857 – 1920)
|     |     (3) Daniel K. Poulson (1856 – 1920) & Lillie Robinson (1865 – 1949)

|     (2) Rhoda Poulson & Paul K. Hoffman
|     |     (3) Charles P. Hoffman (1844 – 1930) & Mary Ellen Titus (1852 – 1925)
|     |     (3) Hannah Elizabeth Hoffman (c.1848 – 1898) & George T. Thatcher (1842 – 1890)
|     |     (3) Anna Hoffman (1856 – 1947) & Henry S. VanDyke (1858 – 1943)

|     (2) Rev. Israel J. Poulson Jr. & Harriet Johnson
|     |     (3) Urania J. Poulson (1844 – 1926) & Andrew R. Dilts (1842 – 1908)
|     |     (3) infant Poulson (1847 – 1847)
|     |     (3) William J. Poulson (1848 – 1848)
|     |     (3) William J. Poulson (1849 – 1834) & Emma A. Hudnit (1849 – 1926)

Fourth Generation:

|   (2) Hester M. Poulson & Thomas West Brewer
|     |     (3) Israel P. Brewer & Elizabeth Runyon
|     |     |     (4) Sarah R. Brewer (1842 – 1842)
|     |     |     (4) Esther Brewer (1843 – ?)
|     |     |     (4) Rebecca Brewer (1846 – ?)
|     |     |     (4) Henry Brewer (1849 – ?)

|     |     (3) William P. Brewer & Susan M. Ott, left Hunterdon
|     |     |     (4) Hon. John Hart Brewer (1844 – 1900) & Julia __ (c.1840 – ?)
|     |     |     (4) Anna Ott Brewer (1855 – after 1910) & James C. Thomas (c.1852 – ?), divorced
|     |     |     (4) Charles A. Brewer (1860 – 1903) & Anna L. Muirhead (1864 – 1890)

|     |     (3) Lorenzo D. Brewer & Hannah Rittenhouse
|     |     |     (4) Abijah Rittenhouse Brewer (1847 – 1919) & ?
|     |     |     (4) Wilson T. Brewer (1848 – aft 1890) & Martha J. Van Renssalaer
|     |     |     (4) Mary Esther Brewer (1851 – 1852)
|     |     |     (4) Ida A. Brewer (1857 – 1936) & George Hartpence (c.1845 – 1913)
|     |     |     (4) Allie/Alice B. Brewer (1857 – 1935) & John C. Hart (1856 – 1949)
|     |     |     (4) Sarah Etta Brewer (1862 – 1954) & Oliver N. Roberson (1859 – 1907)

|     |     (3) Charles P. Brewer & Mary T.
|     |     |     (4) Fred H. Brewer (c.1862 – ?)

|    (2) Elizabeth Rouser Poulson & Jacob Wagner
|     |     (3) Catharine Wagner & Christopher Kuhl Johnson
|     |     |     (4) Elizabeth Wagoner Johnson (1860 – ?) & Clarence James Hamilton (1849 – ?)
|     |     |     (4) Jacob Wagoner Johnson (1863 – 1909)
|     |     |     (4) John Grandin Reading Johnson (1868 – 1945) & Catherine C. Smith (1870 – 1951)

|     |     (3) Sarah R. Wagner & Peter Hulsizer
|     |     |     (4) Rachel W. Hulsizer (1867 – 1920), never married
|     |     |     (4) George W. Hulsizer (1872 – 1919) & Ida D. Abbott (1876 – 1963)
|     |     |     (4) John Chamberlain Hulsizer (1874 – after 1930), never married
|     |     |     (4) Jacob W. Hulsizer (1876 – 1926), never married

|     (2) John Poulson & Sarah J. Carkhuff
|     |    (3) John Poulson & Catherine Opdycke
|     |     |     (4) Joseph Poulson (1859 – after 1940) & Catherine W. (c.1861 – bef. 1940)
|     |     |     (4) Georgeanna Poulson (1861 – after 1930) & Henry Hetzel (1861 – after 1930)
|     |     |     (4) Charles Poulson (c.1864 – 1945), unmarried

|     |     (3) Caroline Poulson & Samuel Foreman Martindell
|     |     |     (4) Samuel L. Martindell (1888 – 1893)

|     (2) Daniel Poulson & Lucy Emley Opdycke
|     |     (3) George L. Opdycke Poulson & Ella G. Gaddis
|     |     |     (4) Mattie Hart Poulson (1872 – 1937) & Frank Julius Eppele (1864 – 1936)

|     |     (3) Hannah Rebecca Poulson & Asa Robbins
|     |     |     (4) Judge Adam Opdycke Robbins* (1876 – >1940) & Marion Blackwell Hunt (1893 – )
|     |     |     (4) Judge Adam Opdycke Robbins* (1876 – >1940) & Bertha Hunt
|     |     |     (4) Infant Robbins (1879 – 1879)

|     |    (3) Winfield Scott Poulson & Sarah E. Thatcher Reading
|     |     |     (4) Theodosia Y. Poulson (1881 – 1972) & James Mulheron
|     |     |     (4) Jonathan Opdycke Poulson (1885 – 1952) & Nora McDonnell, left H.C.
|     |     |     (4) Lucy E. Poulson (1889 – 1968) & Harry Wiese
|     |     |     (4) Mary H. Poulson (1893 – 1983) & George C. Gernhardt
|     |     |     (4) Anna O. Poulson (1897 – 1975) & Wilmer Ervin Mount (1889 – 1972)

|     |     (3) John Baker Poulson & Mary J. Shepherd
|     |     |     (4) Anna Poulson (1890 – 1969) & Carmen Wilson Larison (1884 – 1942)
|     |     |     (4) Blanche Poulson (1894 – 1984) & Russell Hoagland (1892 – 1961)

|     (2) Rev. Israel J. Poulson Jr. & Harriet Johnson
|     |     (3) William J. Poulson (1848 – 1848) & Emma A. Hudnut (1848 – 1926)
|     |     |     (4) Edward A. Poulson (1883 – ?) & Elizabeth Hires (1881 – 1965)

Fifth Generation:

|     (2) Daniel Poulson & Lucy Emley Opdycke
|     |     (3) George L. Opdycke Poulson & Ella G. Gaddis
|     |     |     (4) Mattie Hart Poulson & Frank Julius Eppele
|     |     |     |     (5) Martha Eppele (~1917 – ) & Fougere
|     |     |     |     (5) William Eppele (~1920 – 1945)

|     |    (3) Hannah Rebecca Poulson & Asa Robbins
|     |     |     (4) Judge Adam Opdycke Robbins & Marion Blackwell Hunt
|     |     |     |     (5) Dorothy Eleanor Robins (1918 – )

|     |     (3) John Baker Poulson & Mary J. Shepherd
|     |     |     (4) Anna Poulson & Carmen Wilson Larison
|     |     |     |     (5) Martha P. Larison (1914 – 1998) & George A. Vocke (1906 – 1995)

|     |     |     (4) Blanche Poulson & Russell Hoagland
|     |     |     |     (5) Virginia D. Hoagland (c.1923 – ?)

Footnotes:

  1. Cornelius W. Larison, M.D., “Skech of the Fisher family of old Amwell Township in Hunterdon County, NJ,” Fonic Publishing, 1890.
  2. Charles Poulson is mysteriously missing from the census records. His dates come from his gravestone. And I have no information at all on his wife.
  3. As you can see from the disparity of their ages, Rachel and Elias seem an unlikely couple. Even if they married one years before her death, Elias would be too young to marry her. Rachel’s dates are taken from Egbert T. Bush’s article “The German Baptist Church and Vicinity,” March 26, 1931. Elias H. Conover’s come from his gravestone in the Sandy Ridge Baptist Church cemetery. I cannot resolve this issue. It appears that Mr. Bush got his dates wrong, given that Rev. Poulson did not marry Hannah Moore until 1797. Mr. Bush wrote that Rachel’s was the first grave in the new cemetery attached to the Dunkard Church. Perhaps he mistook 1841 for 1811. That is a common mistake, and if so, then Rachel was born in 1808, which is consistent with the dates for her siblings.
  4. There was a different Rhoda Poulson (1834 – 1913) who married James B.. Housel (1827 – 1887) of Raritan Township in 1855 and had five children, three of them dying young. The surviving children were Isabel “Belle” Housel (1857 – 1918), who married William S. Kline (1854 – 1930) in 1878; and daughter Georgiana Housel (1859 – after 1910), who had been briefly married to __ Frey. I have not been able to identify this Rhoda Poulson’s parents. It may be that she was related to a different Poulson family.