& Associated Families

John TenEyck                             Emma Williamson
Taken c1905 at age 39                    Taken c1905 at age 27

Photos from Emma (Williamson) TenEyck
John DeMott TenEyck,
one of two children, was born in Whitehouse, New Jersey, in 1866 and lived his entire life in central New Jersey. Named after his grandfather, who farmed, as did his father, he studied medicine and graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1895. After building himself a house with a clinic attached, as was then the custom, he opened his practice in Franklin Park, where he became a highly regarded country doctor. He married Emma Williamson in 1906, when he was forty, and together they raised two daughters. They lived in his original 1900's-era house for the rest of their lives - he died there in 1942. He practiced medicine there almost that long.

Emma Adele Williamson,
born in 1878, lived her entire life in central New Jersey. One of three children, she grew up on her generations-old family farm outside of New Brunswick - a real Currier-and-Ives type of farm. Before her marriage to John TenEyck in 1906, she taught school. When she married and moved to Franklin Park and to her husband's home, that became her home until she died in 1972, well into her nineties. But the farm where she grew up was always referred to as "down home." Besides raising two daughters with her husband, John, she had a knack for enjoying the life that presented itself. Last, but certainly not least, she was a stalwart member of the Dutch Reformed Church - which was just up the road- throughout her life.
Above vignettes by S. Acree

THE TENEYCK HOME built c1906

3017 Lincoln Highway, Franklin Park, New Jersey


Photo from Emma (Williamson) TenEyck


1866John was born near Whitehouse, Readington Twp., Hunterdon Co., New Jersey, probably at his parents' farm, as their second child and only son.
1878Emma was born in Livingston Park, Middlesex Co., New Jersey, probably at her parents' farm, as the second of three children.
1895John graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Baltimore, Maryland. A few months later he established his medical practice in Franklin Park, Somerset Co., New Jersey.
1898John's mother died in Readington Twp. His father later moved in with John's family.
c1900-c1906Emma worked before marriage as a school teacher.
1906John and Emma were married at Emma's home in Livingston Park.
1907A month later, at the beginning of the new year, after their honeymoon in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., John and Emma moved into the house he had built in Franklin Park, now at 3017 Lincoln Highway, with an attached clinic, where they lived nearly all of their married lives.
1908Their first daughter, Frances Irene, was born at their home in Franklin Park. John's father moved in with them.
1911For compelling reasons never explained to their descendents, they sold their house and moved to Bradley Beach, Monmouth Co. New Jersey, where John established a new practice. Emma's orphaned niece, Eleanor Conover, had just begun living with them and stayed until her marriage four years later.
1914Their second daughter, Elizabeth Anna, was born in Bradley Beach.
1915John's father died in Bradley Beach.
1923The family returned to their house in Franklin Park, which they re-purchased from the family of the owner, another physician, who had recently died in an auto accident. John re-established his practice there.
1924Emma's father died at his farm in Livingston Park.
1933Emma's mother died at the farm in Livingston Park.
1942John died at home in Franklin Park, at age 76, having been afflicated with muscular dystrophy and nerve degeneration for four years .
1972Emma died at a hospital in New Brunswick, Middlesex Co., New Jersey, at age 94.


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