If your last name is Mabey and you were born in northern New Jersey, or if your parents or grandparents were born in northern New Jersey, it is safe to say that you are a descendant of John Peter Mabey. There were and are most likely over one thousand descendants of John Peter Mabey.
John Peter Mabey was born on November 12, 1802 in Pequannock Township, New Jersey. It is important to remember that, at that time, Towaco and Beavertown (now Lincoln Park) were part of Pequannock Township.
John Peter Mabey died on April 26, 1881. He lived his entire life in Pequannock Township.
John Peter Mabey’s father was Peter John Maybe. Here is where there was a spelling change in the Mabey name. John Peter Mabey’s father’s last name is recorded as “Maybe.” This may have been just a spelling mistake on a document such as a birth certificate, baptism certificate, or death certificate.
At this point in time, I cannot find when Peter John Maybe was born. He was baptized on January 20, 1771 in the Reformed Church in Paramus, New Jersey. Peter John Maybe died on July 13, 1849.
John Peter Mabey’s mother was Jannetje Jersey. She was born on November 27, 1769 in Tappan, New York. Either she migrated to Pequannock Township, New Jersey or else her parents did.
John Peter Mabey was a farmer by trade.
John Peter Mabey was married to Eliza Kimble. She was born on October 10, 1809 in Passaic County, New Jersey. Eliza (Kimble) Mabey died on December 11, 1861.
John Peter and Eliza Mabey had eight children. There were:
1) Peter John Mabey, who was born on January 1, 1829.
2) Catherine Mabey, who was born in 1831.
3) William Mabey, who was born in September of 1837.
4) Sarah Mabey, who was born in 1838.
5) Hannah Mabey, who was born in 1840.
6) Emaly Mabey, who was born in 1842.
7) Mary Ann Mabey, who was born in 1844.
8) Daniel Mabey, who was born in September of 1847.
It is John Peter and Eliza Mabey’s third child, William Mabey, who is the great patriarch of most of the Mabey’s from Lincoln Park and Towaco. William Mabey built the Towaco Mabey Homestead at the foothill of Hook Mountain.
Somewhere along the line, most of the Mabey men transitioned from being farmers to working on the Morris Canal. The Morris Canal was officially opened on November 4, 1831. That is when the historical first boat trip was made on the Morris Canal, from Newark, New Jersey to Phillipsburg, New Jersey.
It is hard to find which Mabey men were farmers and which Mabey men worked on the Morris Canal. In some cases, it could be that a man could declare himself as a farmer, but also work on the Morris Canal on a seasonal, part-time basis. That part of it makes it tough to find out how the transition, from farming to working on the Morris Canal occurred, in the Mabey family of northern New Jersey.
The biggest mystery of all, seems to be the question, what drew the Mabey family to the specific spot along Route 202, at the foothills of Hook Mountain, at the Beavertown (now Lincoln Park) and Towaco border?
It is hard to find exactly where John Peter Mabey lived in Pequannock Township. However, we know that William Mabey, his son, built a home at the foothills of Hook Mountain at the Beavertown and Towaco border.
At any rate, it is important to remember that John Peter and Eliza (Kimble) Mabey had to live among the Native Americans, who flourished in this area in the early nineteenth century. Pequannock Township was extremely rural at that time. And, diseases were prevalent. So, a most respectful salute is given out to the dear memory of John Peter and Eliza (Kimble) Mabey.