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Demarest, Clayton


    One of the fullest and most interesting of the numerous records of the Demarest family, is that of the branch descending from David des Marie, whose date of landing in America is taken from an "entry in Emigrants Account Book," reading as follows: "David des Marie from Picardie, for passage and board when he came here on board the Bontekoe, the 16th of Apr. 1663 ^39

for his wife :39

& 4 children of 18, 11, 6 & 1 yr 97.10 [errors in scan of book]

fl. 175.10 David des Marie (son of Jean) was born at Beauchamp, in Picardie about the year 1620, and married Marie, daughter of Francois Sohier, July 24, 1643. Of their six children, three married and reared families, Jean, born April 1645, David, Jr., born 1652, and Samuel,

born 1656. Clayton Demarest, the subject of this sketch, is a lineal descendant of David, Jr., second son of the first David des Marest.

David, Jr.. married Rachel, daughter of Pierre Cresson, April 4, 1665. They had twelve children, Jacobus being the fifth, and through him the line descends. He married Leah, daughter of Peter DeGroot, March 8, 1707, and after her death married Margrietie Cozine Herring September 26, 1719. In all, his family numbered seventeen, the line coming down through Daniel the sixteenth child, who was born September 11, 1738. Daniel Demarest had two sons, James D., and Ralph, the lines coming through James D., the eldest, who was born March 20, 1763, and married Rachel Demarest. Of their five children Abram J., born October 4, 1793, was the grandfather of Clayton. He married Rachel Blauvelt, April 8, 1815, and the youngest of their seven children, David Demarest, was born February 1, 1832, and married Christina De Baun September 8, 1853. They had six children the youngest, and only son, being Clayton who was born December 15, 1865.

    David Demarest now resides on the farm at Schraalenburgh where the Demarests have lived for over two hundred years. The old house has passed through so many changes and has so often been remodelled that but little remains of its original construction. The barn has two large overhead beams hewn from red gum trees, and are marked 1721.

        Abram J. Demarest was a Captain in the National Guard until he was thirty-five years of age. His commission papers from the Governor of New Jersey, are now in the hands of the family. David Demarest enlisted as a volunteer in the Civil War, September 1, 1862, and was honorably discharged June 25, 1863.

        Clayton, his son, was educated in the public school in Schraalenburgh, afterwards taking a course of instruction in Thompson's Business College in New York city. Having accepted a position with the Chemical National Bank, December 1, 1882, Mr. Demarest has continued with that institution to the present time, the past ten years in the capacity of Assistant Paying Teller.

    In Hackensack, the home of Mr. Demarest, he has taken an active interest in the Fire Department, having become a member of Relief Hook & Ladder Company No. 2, in December 1891, in which he has served two years as secretary and four years as foreman, being now assistant engineer, and is justly proud of his work in the department.

Socially Mr. Demarest is a member of the Royal Arcanum, Fireman's Relief Association, Exempt Firemen and Hackensack Debating Society. He is an active member and teacher in the Sunday School of the Second Reformed Church, of which he has been a member the past twelve years.

    Mr. Demarest married Miss Marie Kipp, daughter of Nicholas R. Voorhis (and granddaughter of Ralph Voorhis of River Edge) on September 18, 1889. They have three sons.

James Van Valen, History of Bergen County, New Jersey, 1900