Isaac Tatem Hopper
was born in Deptford Township, near Woodbury
, West New-Jersey
, in the year 1771, on the third day of December, which Quakers call the Twelth Month
His grandfather belonged to that denomination of Christians, but forfeited membership in the Society by choosing a wife from another sect.
His son Levi, the father of Isaac, always attended their meetings, but never became a member.
A family of rigid Presbyterians, by the name of Tatem
, resided in the neighborhood.
While their house was being built, they took shelter for a few days, in a meeting-house that was little used, and dug a pit for a temporary cellar, according to the custom of new settlers in the forest.
The country at that time was much infested with marauders; but Mrs. Tatem
was an Amazon in physical strength and courage.
One night, when her husband was absent, and she was alone in the depths of the woods with