On this day, 13 December 1852, Jacob Dilatush, my 5th great-grandfather, passed away.
Born on 24 March 1781, in Monroe Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey, Jacob was the son of Henry Dilatush and Geradina Van Wickle. He joined older sisters Syche “Sophie” Dilatush, born on 25 March 1779, and Anne Dilatush, born in 1780.
Sister Dinah Dilatush was born two years later on 14 January 1783, in Monroe Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey.
Two years after that, on 31 May 1785, sister Susanna Dilatush was welcomed to the family in Matchaponix, Middlesex County, New Jersey.
Another two years passed. Then, on 18 November 1787, sister Elizabeth Dilatush was born in Matchaponix, Middlesex County, New Jersey.
Five years went by. When Jacob Dilatush was 11 years old, another boy joined the family: John Dilatush, who was born on 18 April 1792.
His final sibling, brother Nicholas Van Wickle Dilatush, arrived two years later on 22 September 1797.
In 1807, when Jacob Dilatush was 26 years old, he married Esther “Hester” Cox, age 17.
The next year, in 1808, Jacob and Hester Dilatush experienced great joy and great sorrow, when their first-born child, Henry Dilatush, was born and died in Monroe Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey.
After a time of mourning, the couple tried again. Two years later in 1810, daughter Hannah Dilatush (my 4th great-grandmother) was welcomed to the couple’s home.
About a year later in 1811, son John Dilatush was born.
Another son came along approximately two years later on 17 February 1813. Like his older brother who had died, this child was also named after his paternal grandfather, Henry Dilatush.
It was a good thing that elder Henry was able to witness the birth of his namesake, because a few months later on 13 May 1813, Jacob’s father, Henry Dilatush, died in Jamesburg, Middlesex County, New Jersey.
A year after this sadness, Jacob and his wife Esther celebrated the birth of another son, John Dilatush, on 23 February 1814.
Daughter Emaline “Emma” Dilatush was born two years later in 1816.
Two years after that (1818), son Everett Dilatush came along.
Two more years went by. Then, on 5 March 1820, son George Dilatush was welcomed to the family’s Middlesex County home.
A daughter named Sarah Ann Dilatush was born two years after that in 1822.
Another son, James Dilatush, arrived in 1824.
Daughter Eleanor Dilatush was welcomed to the family in 1826.
The couple’s final child, a daughter named Hester Ann Dilatush was born in 1828.
With her birth, Jacob and his wife were parents to ten living children. However, sometime between their youngest daughter’s arrival and 1830, eldest daughter Hannah left her parents’ home, marrying a farmer, Allen Layton (my 4th great-grandfather). Over the next decade, most of the elder children, now adults, moved out of their parents’ household.
In 1840, the Dilatush family was still living in Monroe Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey. According to the U.S. Census, in the household were one white male between the ages of 70 and under 80 (Jacob: The enumerator mismarked; this should be between 60 to under 70, instead.), two white males between the ages of 20 and under 30 (George and James: Again, the enumerator mismarked; this should be between 16 to under 20, instead.), one white female age 10-15 (Hester), one white female age 15 to under 20 (Eleanor), and one white female between the ages of 40 and under 50 (Esther/Hester).*
Four years after this census, grief came to Jacob Dilatush, when his mother Geradina (Van Wickle) Dilatush, age 89, died on 22 January 1844, in Matchaponix, Middlesex County, New Jersey. She was laid to rest in the Saint Peters Church Cemetery in Spotswood, Middlesex County, New Jersey.
Six years later, on 12 October 1850, Jacob Dilatush (age 69) and his wife “Hetty” (age 61) were still residing in Monroe Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey. The census shows the couple living on a farm valued at $1,000.
Then, just two years later on 13 December 1852, Jacob Dilatush died at the age of 71 years, 8 months, and 20 days. He was buried near his mother in the Saint Peters Church Cemetery in Spotswood, Middlesex County, New Jersey.
*It is interesting to note that the first time this Jacob Dilatush appears in the U.S. Census. Although he was head of the household for the 1810, 1820, and 1830 U.S. Census, no record of him can be found. Although variations of the spelling of this surname were tried (Delatush, Dillentash, Dillatash, Dillatush, etc.), he was still not found. Perhaps someday, Jacob Dilatush (and his family) will be located in these records.