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  • ID: I67726
  • Name: Peregrine * SANDFORD
  • Prefix: Judge
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 23 MAR 1796 in near Bloomingdale,Morris County
  • Death: 14 NOV 1884 in Paterson,New Jersey
  • Burial: Cedar Lawn Cemetery,Paterson,New Jersey
  • Note:
    Peregrine was Mayor of Paterson, New Jersey 1857-58.

    Ex-Judge Peregine Sandford, one of the oldest and best-known citizens of Paterson, N. J., died in that city on Friday night in his eighty-ninth year. He was born March 23, 1796, near Bloomingdale, Morris County,
    N. J. In 1688 Capt. William Sandford, of Barbadoes, in the West Indies, bought an immense tract of land, lying between the Passic and Hackensack Rivers and extending for seven miles from their intersection, for L20 per annum forever. He was a man of great energy and force of character, and for years was a promenent memberof the Government of East New Jersey. The ex-Judge was named after one of his sons.

    The ex-Judge's father was John Sandford, who was born in 1758, and who served for several years in the Revolution as a private. He was at the battles of Long Island, Trention, Princeton, Monmouth, and other important engagements. He married Catherine, daughter of Capt. John Debow, of Pompton Plains, and lived with her for 65 years, dying at the age of 93 years. He had 10 children, 93 grandchildren, and 109 greatgrandchildren. He enlisted, with three of his sons, including the one just deceased, in the war of 1812, going as far as Sandy Hook, but seeing no active fighting in that war.

    Peregrine Sandford was apprenticed, when 15 years old, to a harnessmaker at Morristown, but at the close of the war of 1812 he returned to Bloomingdale, where he married Maria Romaine, who bore him four children.

    In 1823 he married Rachel Jenner, by whom he had four children. In 1834, when a second time a widower, he married Margaret Benjamin, who also bore him four children. Six of the ten survive. In July last the aged couple celebrated their golden wedding. In 1834, Mr. Sandford was elected constable. Soon after he leased a hotel in Paterson, and he remained in that business for many years. About 1830 he was elected Justice of the Peace, an office he held for more than 50 years. In 1837, when Passic County was created, he was appointed County Clerk by the Democratic Governor, a position he held only until the following October, when the Whig Governor appointed a Whig to succeed him.

    In 1839, 1843, and 1845 he was clerk of Board of Chosen Freeholders of the county, and in 1841, 1842, 1845, 1846, 1849, and 1850 he was a member of that body from Manchesdter Township, which was afterward largely incorporated into that city of Paterson. In 1839 he was appointed one of the Lay Judges of the Court of Common Pleas, and by successive reappointments held that office fopr 40 years consecutively. For most of that time he presided over the county courts, and his practical knowledge of the law was generally acknowledged and his decisions respected.

    Mr. Sandford in 1857 was elected Mayor of Paterson, on the Republican ticket against a Democrat. He was re-elected the following year. About four years ago he retired from active life on account of the infirmaties of age, and lately he had been quite feeble, drospy setting in and causing his sudden death. A few days before his decease he met with some verses ascribed to the late Stephen A. Douglas, "Bury me in the morning," and the setiments made such a deep inpression on his mind that he urged his family to keep his body in the house one night after the funeral services, and to bury him the following morning. This will be done, the interment taking place on Tuesday next, at 9 A. M. Mr. Sandford was for 50 years connected with the First Methodist Espiscopal Church of Paterson.


    Romeyn Romaine Family Herbert S. Ackerman 1953....Pg. 132.

    T. N. Y. T....11/16/1884.
  • Change Date: 1 JAN 1996 at 01:34:08

    Father: Johannes 'John' * SANDFORD b: Bef 13 MAY 1733
    Mother: Catherine "Caty" * DEBOW b: Bef 11 MAY 1765

    Marriage 1 Maria * ROMAINE b: 13 AUG 1794
    • Married: Abt 1818
    1. Has No Children Catherine Jane SANDFORD b: 28 MAY 1819 in Pompton Plains,Passaic County,New Jersey c: in Dutch Reformed Church,Pompton Plains,Passaic Co.,NJ.
    2. Has No Children Maria SANDFORD b: 3 FEB 1821 in Pompton Plains,Passaic County,New Jersey c: 26 MAR 1821 in Dutch Reformed Church,Pompton Plains,Passaic Co.,NJ.

    Marriage 2 Rachel JENNER
    • Married: 1823

    Marriage 3 Margaret BENJAMIN
    • Married: 1834
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