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The Begets and Begats of the Henrietta Haring Coverlet, Part 2

Kay Yeomans

How did Henrietta Haring’s coverlet find its way to the Hopper family? It took us a while to find the right direction, although the clue was right in front of us in Ree Hopper’s book, THE HOPPER FAMILY GENEALOGY. The link was Jennie’s grandmother, Hannah Quackenbush, b. 1802, wife of Andrew Nicausie Hopper. It was Hannah who gave the coverlet to her granddaughter and namesake Hannah Jane (Jennie) Hopper.

Hannah Quackenbush’s mother was Henrietta Van Ryper, b.1780. Ree’s book notes that Henrietta married three times, first to Hannah’s father, John J. Quackenbush in 1802. He died in 1811 and she married Richard Bush, son of John Bush. The Bush family had mills in Upper Saddle River and Ramapo, New York and were members of the Saddle River Reformed Church. John Bush died in 1827 and Andrew Nicausie Hopper became guardian of Henrietta’s son Richard Bush* when Henrietta married for a third time in 1831. Her third spouse was Abraham Haring of Ramapo, New York. He had eight children by his first wife Brechtje Ferdon, three of them still teenagers.

Abraham Haring had the coverlet made for his wife Henrietta Haring in 1833. In the early stone houses, the bedroom often doubled as the parlor. The fancy woven coverlets were meant to be seen. A coverlet was on the bed for show as much as for warmth. The beautiful Jacquard coverlets that were made in Bergen County in the 1830s were treasured. They are often listed in inventories. Abraham died in 1842 at age 61, and Henrietta died in 1846 at age 65. Her daughter, Hannah Quackenbush Hopper, inherited the coverlet.

It is amazing what researching a coverlet can yield. Up until about 1850, the surnames of the residents of Bergen and Rockland Counties remained pretty much the same — they were the names of the early Dutch, French Huguenot, Scotch Irish, Palatine and English settlers who were there before the Revolutionary War. If they did not know each other personally, they knew of each other or knew their cousins or other relatives. It was a small world.

So we should not have been surprised that when Regina Haring aided our search by asking Haring genealogist Carole Cummings to research the coverlet, she discovered that Hannah Jane (Jennie) Hopper had married Willis S. Haring in 1869 in New York. Her grandmother Hannah Hopper, who lived till 1879, must have thought it propitious to see her namesake marry a Haring. Perhaps she gave the coverlet to her as a wedding gift. In the 1870 census of Upper Saddle River, Willis and Jennie were living at the sandstone house of his in-laws in Upper Saddle River. Unfortunately Willis passed away in 1878.

In 1882 Jennie married John W. Woodruff of Saddle River at the Old Stone Church. She had no children. When she died in 1924, she left the coverlet to her nephew, John Jacob Hopper, the son of her sister Frances Etta’s second husband. John Jacob, in turn, left it to his son, John W., who had a great interest in his family’s history. See the chart below to follow the journey of the coverlet.

John W. Hopper thought about it for several years before he donated the coverlet to the Hopper-Goetschius Museum. He wanted to be sure it would be treasured just as it had been by the Hopper family. And it is.

Footnotes:

* When a wife remarried, it was traditional for a family member, usually from the previous husband’s family, to assume guardianship of an underage child, to satisfy the courts that his or her best interests were being looked after.

Resources:

1. Ancestry.com

2. Upper Saddle River Historical Society archives

3. Maria Pratt Hopper, The Hopper Family Genealogy, 2005, p. 140

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