by Lewisburg University, Pa,
Publications.— Sermon commemorative of Rev.
Clarence W. Mulford, preached at Flemington, July
10, 1864; "A Discourse on Abraham Lincoln," 1865;
and other discourses in pamphlet form. Besides these,
he has contributed several hundred articles to various
newspapers of the Baptist denomination, — New York
Examiner/ Watchman, Boston; National Baptist,
Philadelphia ; Religious Herald, Richmond.
Thompson, Johs Bodine.D.D.— Born Oct. 4, 1880,
near Pleasant Run, Readington township, Hunterdon
«'o.,N..L; graduated at Rutgers College, 1S">1; taught
from 1851-57; graduated from theological seminary.
New Brunswick, lS.'iS; settled al Metuchen Reformed
Church, 1859-66; Tarrytown, 18d<>-U!>; Saugeities,
1869-71; Free Church! Italy, 1S71-73; Pcekskill.
1873 74; Catskill, 1874 to present; D.D. by Rutgers
Publications. — " Church Manual," 1867; "Hymns
of the ( 'hureh," 1 Still; " Hymns of 1 'ray era ml 1 'raise."
1870; "i 'hristian Praise," 1S7"; "< 'hristian 1 'raise for
Baptist Churches." 1870; "« 'hri-tian Praise" enlarged.
1880. Sermons : " Si^n- of Promise," during the war;
•• Development: A Thanksgiving Sermon," 1868; "In
Die inn i Dodwin I nnign 10 '■': l'h( 1 sntenmal
Exposition," 1876; "The Immovable Attachment of
the lie for m ei I Church of America to its own Faith and
Order," 1876; "The Christology of St. John," 1877;
"The Doubter" (a Tract), 1878. He has edited
" Teachers' Column" in S srset Whig, 1862 : "Q I
N.W-." a religious monthly, 1868; "Christian at
Work in Italy," 1872. lie has published many arti-
cles in different papers; the most important are
" Letters of Travel," in New York Timet, signed "H.
11.." 1851; "Heart Fancies." in the ChtJ
i J51 52; "The Abrahamic Covenant," "The
Life of Trust," " Our Country," in Berg's / wigelical
Quarterly, 1860-61; " M> Religion," in the /•'
/:,/,/,, 1868; "My Life," etc., in 1 News, 1868;
■• Letters of Basilius," 1*71 ; "The Dominie's Letter-."
in Christian Intelligencer, i s 7- 79; "Liturgical Arti-
cles," 1871; articles on "The History of the < Ihurchea
of the Reformation," 1876; "Catechisms," 1879,
" Father! 1 of God," 1880, in 1% Sneer; lessons on
HUNTERDON COUNTY, NEW JERSEY.
the Gospels, in Sunday-School Times, 1870. Besides
this, Dr. Thompson has written for a large number of
papers, both secular and religious.
Van Dyke, Rev. Joseph Smith. — Born Nov, 2,
1832, at Bound Brook, N. J. ; graduated from Prince-
ton College, 1857, and theological seminary, 1861 ;
tutor in college during seminary course ; settled over
Presbyterian Church, Bloomsbury, 1861-69 ; Cran-
berry, 1869 to the present.
Publications. — "Popery the Foe of the Church and
of the Republic," published by Ziegler & McCurdy,
Philadelphia. This is a valuable work, evincing re-
search and setting forth in clear and pungent sentences
the view of popery as stated in the title. It is highly
recommended and has reached the very large sale
of ten thousand copies, — an unusual number for
a work of that character. Sermons : " Elements
and Evidences of National Decay;" "The Scriptural
Mode of evidencing Piety;" "Hard Times" (six
sermons); "Justice and Judgment;" "God's Great-
ness;" "A Word to the AVeary;" a tract on "Legal
Prohibition of the Liquor Traffic: Address to the Peo-
ple of New Jersey," an appeal on temperance; "Criti-
cism of Stone's 'Invitation Heeded: Reasons for
Return to Catholic Unity,'" in "Our Monthly," 1872.
In addition, he has written numerous articles for
Presbyterian Banner, Presbyterian Standard, Presby-
terian Journal, The Presbyterian, New York Observer,
New Jersey Good Templar. Mr. Van Dyke has two
books nearly ready for the press, — one on sacred
biography ; the other on the origin, antiquity, and
primitive condition of man.
Van Fleet, Abraham V., LL.D. — Born Jan. 6,
1831, in Hillsborough township, Somerset Co. ; ad-
mitted to the bar in November, 1852 ; began practice
in Flemington, December, 1862 ; appointed vice-
chancellor, May, 1875 ; degree of LL.D. conferred
by Lafayette College, 1880. (For further sketch, see
chapter on "Bench and Bar.")
Publications. — His written opinions will be found in
reports of Chancery, commencing with 11 C. E.
Green. Such legal opinions are entitled to be called
literary work as much as are any products of the pen.
They require more research and mental application
than a great deal of the current literature.
Van Liew, Rev. John, D.D. — Born near Ne-
sluinie, N. J., Sept. 30, 1798 ; graduated from Rutgers
College, 1816 ; from theological seminary, New Bruns-
wick, 1820; settled Mcadville, Pa., 1820-23; Mend-
ham, N. J., 1824-25, — both Presbyterian ; over Read-
ington Reformed Church, 1826 to his death, Oct. 18,
1869; degree of D.D. conferred by Rutgers College,
1867. (For further see Corwin's "Manual of Re-
I'libliciitioiis. — "Testimonial to Rev. Peter O. Stud-
diford, D.D.," 1866; "Discourse at Dedication of
I ; < • i'< j j- j 1 1 < ■< I dlinrcli, Iteadington," 1865.
VAN Kv'r'KKL, BENNET, LL.D. — Born in Union
township, Hunterdon Co., N. J., April 17, 1830. (See
chapter on the Bench and Bar of this county, ante-
Publications. — His opinions in the Supreme Court
and in the Court of Errors will be found in New
Jersey Law Reports, commencing with fourth of
Vrooni, and in the Chancery Reports, commencing
with sixth of C. E. Green. Among the earlier opin-
ions are those in the Vanderveer will case, reported in
sixth C. E. Green, 561, and in the celebrated case of
Black versus The Delaware and Raritan Canal Com-
pany, reported in ninth C. E. Green, 455.
Vassau, Rev. Thomas Edwin. — Born Pough-
keepsie, N. Y., Dec. 3, 1834 ; previous to entering the
ministry practiced dentistry ; studied theology under
Rufus Babcock, D.D., and was licensed as a Baptist
minister, 1856 ; pastor of Baptist Church of Amenia,
1857-65 ; Lynn, Mass., 1865-72 ; Flemington, N. J.,
1872-80, when he became pastor of South Baptist
Church, Newark. For one year, 1862-63, he served
as chaplain of the One Hundred and Fiftieth Regi-
ment New York Volunteers. (For further see " Bio-
graphical Encyclopaedia of New Jersey.")
Publications. — " Uncle John Vassar," American
Tract Society, 1879. This is a biography of the de-
voted colporteur and missionary John Vassar, whose
name is in all the churches. The life and labors are
portrayed in a graphic style well calculated to arouse
the ardor and consecration of the reader. Twelve
thousand copies have been circulated in this county.
The book has been reprinted in London. Sermons :
"The Hidden Life," "Ebeneser Jubilee Memories,"
"It is the Lord," "The Pillar and Ground of the
Truth," " Parting Words," " Three-Fourths of a Cen-
tury Reviewed," "The Soldier's Dues and Duties,"
"The Threefold Cord," "The Beloved Physician,"
"Woman's Wrongs, and the Way to Right them."
Addresses : " Farewell Counsels to Fellow-Soldiers,"
"Asymmetrical Character," "The Nation's Dead,"
"What Decoration Day Means," "The Moral Ele-
ment in Education," " The Beauty of Israel," " The
Adult Department of Sunday-School Work," "Our
Undeveloped Resources," " War Days, and the Chris-
tian Patriot's Duty," " Woman's Work in the War."
Vooehees, Nathaniel W., Esq,. — Born Mine
Brook, Somerset Co., N. J., June 29, 1829 ; graduated
from Rutgers College, 1847; admitted to the b£tr,
1852; in 1856 became cashier of First National Bunk
of Clinton, which position he still retains. (For
further see " Bench and Bar of Hunterdon County,"
Publications. — Articles for newspaper and periodical
press, chiefly on current subjects of interest, and re-
lating to financial, political, and historical subjects;
in 1873, a pamphlet, "Thoughts of Happiness from a
Bible Stand-point of View ;" an address before Hun-
terdon County Bible Society, and published by request.
Welch, Ashbel, A.M.— Born Madison Co., N. Y.,
Dec. 4, 1809 ; studied under Prof. Henry at Albany
Academy in 1827 ; has been civil engineer, canal
and railroad superintendent, and president of rail-
road companies, i I'm!- personal sketch, sec history of
Lambertville, in this work.)
Publication*. — These are numerous and valuable,
the principal of which are " Report t" General Rail-
road • lom enl ion on Safety Signals for Railroads," Oc-
i .1 r, 1866 j " Comparative Economy of Steel and Iron
Rails," Journal of Franklin Institute, 1870. In Trans-
actions of American Socielyof < 'ivil Engineers, the fol-
lowing: " i in Form, Weight, and Material of Rails,"
1 87 I and I s ""> (this was noticed favorably in Proceed-
ings of Institution of Civil Engineers of Great Britain,
1876); " Interoceanic Canal Projects," 1880; "Ship
Canal-Locks," ISSII. An address before Pardee Sci-
entific Department, Lafayette College, 1873 ; address
before International Young Men's Christian Associa-
tion, at Toronto, Canada, July, 1X7(1; address, before
Young Men's Christian Association of New Jersey,
MorristO'H n. 1879, on " The Association Work among
Railroad Men" (printed as a tract by the International
Committee, and distributed over the country); an
historical address before Hunterdon County Bible
Society on the five hundredth anniversary of the
Wycliffe translation of the Bible. Also three articles
in The Princeton Review, — " Anointment of Jesus
by Mary of Bethany," July. 1874, and January, L875 ;
■■ Perpetuity of the Sabbath," January, L876 ; "God's
Seventh Day's Rest," October, 1877.
WiiiUAMB, Rev. Albert. Born April 29, 1809,
at Wesi Orange, X. J.; graduated from Princeton
College, 1829, and from the theological seminary
there in 1882; >er\e.l four year- a- chaplain of the
American Seamen's friend Society, and in ls::s
became pa -tor of Presbj terian Church, Clinton, Hun-
terdon I 'o., when- he remained for ten 3 ear-, when, in
L849, as • of the second 1 ipauv of pioneers, be
ailed for California, where he -till resides. 1 for a
full sketch of Mr. William- see " Biographical En-
cyclopaedia of New Jersey.")
Publication. "A Pioneer Pastorate and Time-,"
San Francisco, 1879.
Weight, 1:1 \ . Willi \m Janes, Ph.D. Born in
1881, at Weybridge, Vt.; graduated fr Onion Col-
17, and Princeton Theological Seminary, 1862;
settled over Presbyterian Church, Ringos, 1865 68.
Publications. — Sermon on Jacob Eirkpatrick, D.D.,
1866. l>r. Wrighl i- now engaged in the publication
of a series of " Mathematical Tracts," on an average
seventy-four pages each. These relate to the higher
mathematics, such as "Determinants," "Trilinear
Co-ordinates," " Invariants," "Theorj of Surfaces."
These receive high commendation from Thomas Bill,
ex-president of Harvard, and Prof. Duffield, of
Princeton. He is the first American member of the
Loudon Mathematical Society.
W H '■ Mi:-. .1 1 11 \ \|, \ U i : . |'„, n , | Igwego,
NT. 5 '.. L840; wifeof Dr. Wright
Publications.- -Few authoresses have wi I
many ami such excellent works as has Mr-. Wright.
Her first book, "Freddie the Runaway," was pub-
lished in I s.v.i. when -he was only nineteen years old ;
the next year two more. In 1861, "Blind Annie
Lorinier" was published by the Presbyterian Board.
In each of the two following years three 18mo volumes
Came from her pen. While she' lived in RingOS
several books were published, among them "Golden
Heart and Golden Life" and " Almost a Nun," which
had a large sale. Op to 1870 she had written from
two to four book- each year; -iuee that date, the fol-
lowing Hi -ten et the I' 11T. 1 hurch in Lritun;
" Lights and Shadows of Bible Story ;" " Patriot and
Tory;" "Secrets of Convent and Confessional;"
"Complete Home." Most of her books belong to the
Sunday-school literature, and the better class of that.
CHA 1'TKK IX.
Sketch of the Hnotordon County Bible Society — Hunterdon County
Agricultural Society— County Orange, PatroiiB of Husbandly— The
Temperance Alliance — Teachers' InatitnteB — County Bondaj
THE HUNTERDON COUNTY BIBLE S0CI1 CT.
'fins society was organized in 1X1G. Pursuant to
public notice, a large number of the inhabitant- of
the county assembled on Thursday, October L6th, at
the stone meeting-house in Amwell, otherwise known
as the Tinted First Presbyterian church, which has
long since been torn down. Among those present at
this initial meeting were most of the mini-lets and
many of the prominent laymen of the county at that
day. not one of whom survive- at the present time.
'I'b.' Rev. Mr. Huntington, of New Brunswick, V J.,
preached the -erne. n from Nt heniiah iv. 6. The meet-
ing was duly organized, with Gen. John Beatty. of
Trenton, a- temporary chairman, and Joseph Bishop,
of Ringos, a- secretary. The constitution was then
considered and adopted, after which the following
persons win' elected for the ensuing year, - the tir-t
officers "I the -oeiety : lion. Samuel L. Southard.
President; Gen. John Beatty. First Vice-President ;
Rev, Jacob Kirkpatrick, Sec I Vice-President; Rev.
.1. P. Clark, Third Vice-President; Rev. John I
Fourth Vice-President; Peter I. Clark, Correspond-
ing Secretary : Joseph Bishop, Recording Secretary;
John Q. Blackwell, Treasurer ; Peter Gordon, Jacob
Anderson, Peter Thompson, Charles Lie,', Dr. John
Bowne. Thomas Gordon, Benjamin Hayden, Richard
M. i Ireen, Jacob Johnson, .lame- Dunham, Abraham
stout. Isaac Dunn, John Carr, Jeptha Arrison, John
Scudder, James Stevenson, John I 'rail. Jr., Jeremiah
Kcr-how. John Carpenter. Samuel W. Fell,
t lulick, Levi Know h-. Richard Stockton, dr.. I ii
Wyckoff, and Joshufl I'umi, Man
At a meeting of the board of D was re-
HUNTERDON COUNTY, NEW JERSEY.
solved that five hundred copies of the constitution
and the proceedings of the meeting be printed in
pamphlet form for circulation through the county. It
is an evidence of the thoroughness of the organiza-
tion and of the general interest awakened that at a
subsequent meeting of the board committee-men were
appointed for the different townships, and also " dis-
tributing managers," to supply the destitute with
copies of the Scriptures. It seems, however, " like a
day of small things" when we read the resolution that
a committee be appointed to purchase a number of
Bibles, not exceeding one hundred, as soon as the
treasurer is enabled to furnish the money.
At the second annual meeting, held at Flemington,
July 29, 1817, the sermon was preached by Rev. Sam-
uel Howe, of Trenton, and the plan of holding quar-
terly meetings was resolved upon. A collection was
taken up, amounting to fifteen dollars and eighty-
The third annual meeting was held at Flemington,
July 28, 1818, when an important change was made
in the connection of the society. Up to this time it
had been auxiliary to the New Jersey Bible Society,
but it was at this session resolved to sever the relation
and transfer its allegiance to the American Bible So-
ciety. This latter relation has since been sustained.
The Rev. John Boggs, pastor of the Baptist Church
in Hopewell, preached the annual sermon.
It is a mark of progress that at the next annual
meeting, held at Lebanon, Aug. 31, 1819, it was re-
solved to purchase two hundred Bibles, and, as soon
as the funds would admit, twenty-five more, — double
the number they were able to purchase three years
The first record of any remittances to the American
Bible Society was in 1821, when the treasurer was di-
rected to pay to the parent society fifty dollars. From
the report of the latter society we find that for the
three years ending in 1821 the total amount sent them
by the Hunterdon County Bible Society was one hun-
dred and sixty dollars and fifteen cents.
At a special meeting held in Trenton in 1823 it was
recommended to form auxiliary societies in the sev-
eral townships; but this recommendation was not
carried into effect.
In 1825 was made the first systematic effort to sup-
ply the destitute of the county with Bibles. Mr.
Barrett, who was appointed to carry out this work,
reported at the next meeting of the board of man-
agers that he had found one hundred and sixty fam-
ilies without the Word of God. He had evidently
canvassed but a portion of the county, as in 1826
measures were taken to employ one or more agents to
ascertain the wants of the destitute. The agent, Wil-
liam Corwin, reported to the managers, June 3, 1827,
that he had explored the townships of Lebanon,
Rcadington, and Tewksbury, and found sixty-four
Hi in i lies destitute.
From 1827 to 1839 (except for the year 1832) the
minutes are missing. In 1832 a communication was
received from Chief Justice Ewing, requesting a com-
mittee to be appointed by the society to meet and
confer with the New Jersey Bible Society in reference
to supplying the Sandwich Islands with the Sacred
In 1841 measures were again taken to seek out those
who were without Bibles. In 1845 the various evan-
gelical ministers in the county preached on the sub-
ject of the Bible cause. In 1847 a colporteur of the
American Bible Society was employed to make a re-
survey of the county, that none might be left in want
of God's Holy Word. During the ensuing two years
increased care was given to the collections, and the
Bible cause was much advanced by a more systematic
work in its behalf. John C. Agin, as colporteur, was
again in the field in 1849.
The thirty-sixth annual session (at Flemington, in
August, 1851) was one of unusual interest. Two of
the prominent members of the bar took active part in
the proceedings. A donation of two hundred dollars
was made to the parent society, and five hundred dol-
lars pledged for the ensuing year, which pledge was
redeemed, and that amount paid to the American
Bible Society in 1852. In 1853 they increased it to
eight hundred dollars, and this year appears to have
been the first in which delegates were appointed to
other societies ; this fraternal greeting was extended
to the societies of Somerset, Mercer, and Warren.
In 1854 and 1855 one thousand dollars were pledged
and paid to the parent society.
In 1856 a colporteur was employed, the collections
were eleven hundred dollars and ten cents, and one
thousand dollars was donated to the American Bible
Society. In 1857 this society, for the fifth time, sup-
plied the county with the Scriptures.
In August, 1860, on motion of Rev. Mr. Janeway,
"Resolved, That, in view of the increasing demand that God in His
providence is making upon His people for the foreign field, the Hunter-
don County Bible Society endeavor, the ensuing year, to raise the sum
of fifteen hundred dollars, and, if this sum be raised, that five hundred
dollars he devoted to the Turkish mission."
At the annual meeting of 1862 it was resolved to
send a Testament to every soldier who goes to the
Federal army from Hunterdon County.
In the minutes of 1863 are resolutions of respect to
the memory of Col. Peter I. Clark and Samuel E. Stry-
ker, Esq., the former of whom had been president,
and the latter holding that office at the time of his
death ; and in 1864 tributes of respect were paid to
the memory of Rev. Joseph Rogers and Col. A. W.
Dunham, two of the managers.
The report of John C. Agin, colporteur for Hun-
terdon County Bible Society for the year 1864 to 1865,
was as follows :
Number of families visited 6003
Number of families not at homo 292
Whole number uf families G955
Famlllei rotated 218
Famlllea snppllod in gift HH
i imili supplied partlj by Bale... 26
FBmillea supplied bs Bale 12
Single peiwma Buppllod with Bible 7
I'lith.dk famili. - Ni-il-l ^77
Catholic fimiiliei supplied M
Bibles given 104
Testaments given 123
The semi-centennial jubilee of this society w its hcbl
in August, 18titi, in :i beautiful grove near the eluireh
in which, fifty years before, it was organized. Some
two thousand persons were present. Nothing marred
the joy of the occasion save thai two loved and hon-
ored men, earnest worker-, in tl ause, who had
looked forward to this meeting, had been called away
by death. After the preliminary exercises, in which
Rev, John Van Liew, of Readington, Rev. John Bur-
rows, of Mount Airy, Rev. Mr. Uphain, of Reaville,
Rev. .Mr. draw, of Lambertville, Rev. Dr. W . II.
(irrt'ii, of Princeton, and others, participated, Hon.
Alexander Wurts took the chair as president of the
society. After the transaction of the usual business
the society took a recess and repaired to the tables
near by, where a bountiful repasl had been provided.
Dinner over, the society resumed its session, and
listened to the " Memorial Address" delivered by the
Rev. P. A. Studdiford, of Lambertville, selected by
the executive coi 1 1 1 ii i I tec in place of the late Rev. 1 >r.
P. 0. Studdiford. Among the delegates present from
sister-societies were Hon. John Hill, Morris; Rev.
.lames Le I'cvre, Col. J. D. Hope, Somerset ; and Rev.
Dr. Sheldon, from the A rican 1'ilde Society. Res-
olutions were adopted expressive of the feelings of
the society in the re val by death of Jacob Kirk-
patrick, D.D., and Peter 0. Studdiford, D.D. This
was followed by several tributary addresses, which,
together with the usual miscellaneous business, filled
out the balance of i he -e— ion.
The financial reports show that the average of
moneys received for the firsl ten years was Imt a trifle
over fifty-seven dollars per annum. This steadily in-
creased, until the decade fr 1856 66 presents an
> n gate of eleven thousand six hundred and thirty-
eight dollars and ninety-four cents, or an average of
one thousand one hundred and sixty-three dollar- and
ninety cents per year.
The annual sessions since IXlib have been held as
1867, at Mount Pleasant Presbyterian church : lxi'.x,
Stanton Reformed church, sermon bj Rev. Mr. Suaim ;
1869, at Presbyterian church, Lambertville, sermon
by Rev. David 'fully (at this session a minute was
adopted on the death of Adam Stigcr. the last survivor
of the founders of the society! ; 1 s7o, at Pre-hvterian
church, Mil ford, sermon by Rev. J. G. Van Sly ke re-
ceipts, $2068.88) j 1x71, at Bethlehem Presbyterian
church, Sidney, ser n by Rev. N. L. Upham (re-
* This address, to which we are Indobtod f"r much of the Information
parralning to the bo del y*a early htatory,wai pnbllshod In pamphltl Ibnn
ceipt-, xl'o.'.o.o:;. ami motion adopted to recanvass thi
county i ; 1872, at Reformed church, Lebanon, sermon
by Rev. M. Herr (receipts, $1997.78 ; John ('.Agin.
canvassing agent, reported: Families visited, 3678;
f am ill ; destitute of Bibles, 243; tunihca refused to
receive Eibles 11; l.-man ( ;thcbc families visited
li'.L'; Roman Catholic families supplied, 8; Bibles
donated, 35; New Testaments donated, 2:i ; New Tes-
taments sold. 177; Bibles sold, 117; value of I k-
donated, s:;."i. :iii ; amount received tor Bibles and Tes-
taments sold, 221.08 : lx7"; at Kirkpatriek Memorial
Presbyterian church, Ringos, sermon by Rev. Wil-
liam llailcv 1 receipt-. .xi;n:;.i;;, ; 1x74, at Reformed
church, Readington, address by the president, in place
of the customary sermon 1 receipts, £1.">1-">.'.I7 i ; 1x7."..
at Methodist Episcopal church, Mechanicsville, ser-
mon by Rev. G. S. Mott, D.D. (receipts, $1496.06) ;
1876, at the Fair Grounds, Flemington, president's
address in place of sermon (receipts, $1372.44 ; it was
estimated that two thousand persons were present, and
that there were four hundred vehicles in the inclo-
-urei ; 1877, at Agricultural Society's grounds, Flem-
ington, address by William P. Emory, the president
1 receipt-, .xl 1 150.53) ; 1878, al Presbyterian church.
Bloomsbury, sermon by Rev. P. A. Studdiford re-
ceipts, $1005.15) ; 18711, at Methodist Episcopal church.
Clinton, sermon by Rev. Mr. Anderson 1 receipt-.
$972.02); the last session (that of 1880) was held at
the Presbyterian chinch, I bertville, sermon by
Rev. J. II. Si k, and receipts, .x7l'7.X'J. This being
the semi-millennial of the English Bible, Ashbel
Welch, Esq., delivered an appropriate address on the
subject. The officers elected were: President, Rev.
0. H.Traver; Vice-Presidents/Cornelius Arnett, Rev.
William Rose, Rev. Alexander .Miller. Rev. Thomas
E. Gordon, Moses Bobbins, Wilson Thomas : Record-
ing Secretary, Rev. C. S. Converse; Corresponding
Secretary, Rev.G.S. Mott: Treasurer, J. II. Higgins.