to Kentucky : Elizabeth married Jesse Hall, and be-
came the mother of Judge John II. Hall, of Sussex
County, the founder of the Sussex Register, and a
prominent man of that county ; Sarah married Jacob
Hilts, of Antwcll. and died in July, 1881, leaving six
sons and two daughters ; and I'rudence married If ,
kiah Bonhone, son of Uriah, and removed to Sussex
March 2, 171 1, < lharles Wolverton bought of Wil-
liam Biddle a tract oi 166S acre-. This is the earliest
record we have of the Wnlvertotis in Hunterdon
County. The location of this tract was about
iiii.ni. extending almost to Prallsville on the smith.
and to the north and west ab.uu one and a half
miles. Xo ibis point, which was then almost the
western frontier. Charles Wolverton came from Long
• In some cases It Is spelled irb/ivrfon, again WolltrUm, Id others IToof-
HUNTERDON COUNTY, NEW JERSEY.
Island. Just when he or his father came across the
ocean is not now known. The part of England
whence they originally came was Wolverhampton.
Charles Wolverton, the original settler, had six sons,
— Maurice, Dennis, Charles, Jr., Gabriel, Isaac, and
Joel. The order of their birth is not known. To
each of them was left a farm of about 280 acres out
of the original tract of 1665 acres. Dennis died
Aug. 9, 1774, aged sixty-three ; he was buried at
Rosernont. From this point we can trace hut one of
the lines of descent, — that through the son Maurice.
He married a Miss Baker. They had two sons
and three daughters. One son died young. The
other children were John, Margaret, who married
Silas Wilson, Abigail, who married a Kensall, and
Sophia, who married Samuel Cowdrick. The date
of Maurice's death was somewhere about 1787.
John inherited his father's farm in consideration of
his paying to each of his three sisters £115. This
farm was situated above Rosernont, being lands now
owned by E. P. Tomlinson, Andrew Sherman, and
others. The old homestead stood just east of where
Mr. Tomlinson now lives. He lived on this farm
until 1799, when he removed to one on the Delaware,
above Prallsville. He served in the war of the Rev-
olution. He married Rachel Quimby. They had
seven children, — Samuel, born April 22, 1779 ; Mary,
who married Joshua Opdyke, born Feb. 2, 1782 ;
Sarah, who married John Stockton, born July 2,
1784; Martha, born June 31, 1787; Margaret, who
married Asher Reading, born March 14, 1788 ; James,
born Oct. 19, 1791 ; Anna, who married Ambrose Bar-
croft, born June 22, 1794.
John Wolverton died Dec. 10, 1837, aged eighty-
two. He was buried at Rosernont. His son Samuel
was a cabinet-maker, and James a blacksmith. Sam-
uel was twice married. His first wife was Mary
Johnson. They had one child, — Asher, born Jan. 30,
1812. Mary Wolverton died March 6, 1812, aged
twenty-four. Samuel married Elizabeth Wilson for
his second wife. Their son, Maurice, was born Feb.
19, 1827. Elizabeth died Sept. 28, 1836, aged forty-
eight. Samuel served in the militia in the war ol
1812. He died Sept. 19, 1841, aged sixty-three, and
only four months later, Jan. 17, 1842, his mother died,
in her eighty-ninth year. Asher, Samuel's older son,
married Mrs. Ann Fisher, n/x Gearhart. He lived on
the old Wolverton farm, opposite Eagle Island, until
April, 1872, when he removed to Stockton, where he
now resides. Maurice, the other son of Samuel, mar-
ried (1850) Caroline M., daughter of William L.
James, the sixth child and second son of John
Wolverton, married Mary Sergeant. They had five
sons and five daughters, — Sarah, wife of Elias John-
son, born Dec. 2, 1818; Rachel, wife of Henry Fell,
born Nov. 18, 1820; Jane, wife of George Hoppock,
born July 6, 1822 ; John, born Oct. 27, 1825 ; Mary,
wife of Charles Jones, born Jan. 29, 1828 ; Permelia,
wife of Gardner B. Johnson, born April 29, 1833;
James, born Sept. 4, 1834 ; Joseph, born Oct. 6, 1836 ;
Charles, born Nov. 22, 1838 ; Samuel, Sept. 12, 1843.
Mary, wife of James Wolverton, died June 23, 1853,
aged fifty-five, and James died March 8, 1871, aged
seventy-nine. His son John studied medicine, and is
one of the leading physicians of Trenton, N. J. Jo-
sejih studied medicine, became a surgeon in the army
in the late war, and is now a druggist in Trenton.
James commenced the study of medicine, and died
March 3, 1861. Charles S. is a farmer on the old
homestead, near Rosernont; he married Elizabeth
Fell. Samuel is a dentist in Trenton ; his wife was
Susan Lukens. The children of Maurice and Caro-
line M. Wolverton are Elizabeth (died Sept. 13,
1854), William H., Eva, and Samuel.
The following facts concerning the Reading family
— one of the first to locate in Delaware township —
are communicated by P. A. Reading :
" Joseph Reading was my grandfather. He lived on a plantation of sev-
eral hundred acres, about a mile southwest uf what is now Rosernont
which tract was originally bounded by two creeks on its east and west
sides. Tt was entailed, and the entail ran out in bis eldest son's (William)
heirs. This original homestead is now owned and occupied by Gardner
Johnson. On the northeast line and county road is the family burial-
ground of the later descendants of the family. The old homestead com-
manded a view of the Delaware River, of the Pennsylvania shore, etc.
I remember visiting it when a boy of eight to twelve years. The man-
sion was reached from the county road by a drive of one-fourth of a mile,
on each side of which were cherry- and other fruit-trees, planted in reg-
ular order, till the mansion-house was reached, thence continuing for
one-ieighth of a mile to the Delaware River with a double row of multi-
caulis, or silk-worm trees. The attic of the dwelling was devoted to the
hatching and rearing of silk-worms, from which my Aunts Mary, Amy,
and their sister reeled off the silk thread and manufactured their own
" ThiB original plantation was divided, and a portion of it is now in the
occupancy of one of my grandfather's great-grandsons, John Reading.
The two estates — or ' palatines,' as they used to he called — extended from
the county road to the Delaware River, about one mile. My grandfather,
Joseph, at his death, in 1806, willed to my father a farm of some 250 acres,
directly on the bank of the Delaware River, immediately opposite what
is known as ' Lower Black Ledge.' The eastern line is marked by a creek,
which empties into the Delaware at what is now the head of the feeder
of the Delaware and Raritan Canal ; it embraces what was at one time
the most valuable shad-fisliery between the head of tide-water, Trenton,
and Easton. With it was connected the ferry right for the Jersey side.
This ferry long since disappeared, and a bridge at Point Pleasant station
has taken its place. This second Reading home was my birthplace.
The old stone mansion is yet standing, about one-fourth of a mile below
Point Pleasant, and half a mile above Bull's Island station ; it is owned
by me, although routed out. It is in sight from the car-windows of tho
Belvidere Delaware trains. I am a frequent visitor there, often taking
my children and grandchildren to see my birthplace and the play-ground
of my youth. I was eighty-three years old on the 11th inst. (October,
1880), and until my last sickness used to walk up to the homestead and
back — eight miles— the same day.
" My great-grandfather, the Governor, settlod desirable farms for somo
of his sons near Flomington, on the Raritan River, and two of the houses
built by him I think aro standing yet. Tho one nearest the village
named was long occupied by John Reed Reading, — ' Gentleman John,' as
ho was familiarly called. These houses were built of brick imported
from London, and constructed in the old Virginia style, — a red brick and
a black one alternating."*
Among a number of old documents in the posses-
sion of Cyrus Van Dolah, Jr., is a bill of Henry Van
* Seo a further account of the Reading family in tho history of Raritan
township, in this volume.
Dolah for sundrj goods bought of Lewis Moore in
1781. Another paper i- an agreement to purchase
the Van Dolah farm, dated May 6, 1738, witnessed by
II i-i Vanvorst and Christopher Search. There are
also a receipt of Capt. Derrick Hoagland, dated April
18, 174-1, Ibr £2 1".. from Sarah Johnson, widow of
Henry Van Dolah; an article of agreement signed by
[saac Stelle and Hendrick Van Dolah, dated April 1,
1786; and the lease of the farm to Andrew Orison, by
j } i « - widow of Henry Van Dolah, dated Dec. •">, 1743,
signed by Emanuel Coryell, Sarah Van Dolah, and
Andrew Orison, with John Larisonand Edward Mur-
phy :is witnesses.
We also cite the following:
"Becelved, April 26, 1808, of Henry Van Dolah, one of the executors
of Garrett Van Dolata, late ->f Amwell, deceased, eight dollars for making
Bin. Rue 1 by Die lsitAia. I'kiij*. .x."
" A true anil porfect inventory of all and singular the goods, and chafe
tela, r i^lit.H and credits of Garrett Van Dolah, late "f Amwell, in the
county "»f Hunterdon, and suit.- of New Jersey, deceased, made tins '21st
day of August, 1807:
Pone and apparel
2 pr. steelyards
;i pair .if beds, etc 60.00
1 Hetchel a.isi
Pewtai Plait I b« In t.00
1 l'i< •■■! n '" "wm-d Lv C. V. !>., Jr.l 1.5U
i Si ill rifle " " " 10.00
i Hone,. 6.33
1 i ..». and 2 jroung cattle 84.00
1 Splnnlng-wi I. m ned by 0. V. I>„ .ir 1.00
Hand in. im, duii^li tn. ugh, and brass candle stand... 3.50
The following is a verbatim copy of the last will
:iml testamenl of John Van Dolah, late of this town-
" In th.. nai f God, Amen, tins Eighteenth day of November,
in,- Fear of oui i i one thousand icTen hundred and nfty-elght, tins
n. be nvj last will and Testament in the fear and Lov of God. I pool my
two Brothers, Garret Vandolah and Peter Yandolah; I leavTIiem my
Bxeouto] i Dlrlde my Estate, as followa: To my oldest Brother, Garret
Vandolah, I leav one-third part of my estate, and to my other, Peter Van-
dolah, Another tliird part of my Batata; and t J lu. Sisters, Anna
Wllgus and Charity Bailsman, I lea* the other third Part of my estate,
Equally DlTlded betwaen my two listers, to be divided by nvj I
Tins my last Will and testamenl SI I and Sealed in the presents of us
"Joua ;■ vandolau.
M Jacob Labrowb,
" AllKAHAM I.AIUti'W K,
" BlGHABD V I'n vmhmu.in."
The farm mi which Cyrus Van Dolah, Jr., now
lives was purchased of I'.. Marcellison, in 1788,
by Hendrick Van Dolah. The deed was witnessed
by Hannah Vanvorst, Joseph Bell, and Christopher
Search, and acknowledged before Andrew Reed, May
in. 1756. The farm i- located in Scl I District No.
96, and is part of the Biddle tract of 5000 acres. When
ii was purchased of Marcellison there were 220 acres,
but by a distribution of the property there remain
lb", acres, which have descended by bequest to the
present ow ner, i '\ rus Van 1 '"bib. Jr.
•Died April SO, 1814,
Israel Poulson, first pastor of the "German Baptist
Church" in this township, was also collector of Am-
well township previous to tin- formation of Delaware
township, and in a notice published in tin Hunter-
ilmi t'oiiitty <ni:iiii of Nov. 2, 1829, In states that on
spe: ill '1 days he will be at the houses ol v \ illi im Bit-
tenhouse, James W.Hart, Delilah Buchanan, Nathan
Price, Siiiiiiii'l l-arire, John S. Stout, David W. 'i
Cornelius II. Anderson, Lemuel Howell, and John
Larison, to receive tax. He concludes his notice in
the follow ing words :
"There's one thing moro you may remember:
rule - 'li- paid I'V tin- twentieth l>
Of course there will be two cents cost,
Which will he -.. much to you lost;
And If not paid in Ave days more,
An additional sum .if thirty-four.
The law is plain, ymi all may see;
Thou I would have you not blaino mo;
If I return you to the Sipiir.-,
'Twill he just what the laws reipiire."
The following extracts from the records present
the proceedings of the tirst town-meeting held in
l lelaware township :
"At the hrst annual town-meeting of the Inhabitants of the township
..I I'l-laware, held hi ill.- hunse -I II- in\ Wagners, in Sergeairtsville,
April '.', a.d. 1838, the following were chosen, to wit: Juhu Barber, Esq.,
Moderator; Ampllus B. Ohamberlln, Town Clerk; Jacob Bake, Assessor;
MaM.ni Sniiili. Collector (asaessor and collector, overseor of tlio poor to
Serve Without pay); Benjamin Hani. Mali Ii. n Smith, Jan. I. K. llii.-liiu- m,
Commissioners of Appeals ; Jas. J. Fisher, Jos. Snyder, Ksq., Clemen
l' holders; Ubertus Wagner, John Hoffman, Surveyors of Highways;
WUUara Rake, Constable ; Ahmham Oooover, Judge of Election; John
liarher, Esq., Adam w illiamsuo. Benjamin Hani. James J. Usher, w il-
liniii Serjeant, Tuwn Committee; Jacob link.-, A. II. Chamberlln, William
- i I Committee.
" One thousand di-llars in ls> raised f..r making and repairing roads.
J The committee to ascertain the amount to be raised Ibr the poor.
" link' tu\ i" pay for sheep kiUed hj dogs,
; "Ovor>- - Joseph Sergeant, Samuel Wolverton, James
Barcroft, Abraham Wllllamaon, Uahlon Smith, Joseph Lair, James I>.
Gabriel Allor, Henry Trimmer, Jacob Bodlne, Job Wolverton,
Kelson Hoi i-. Bobert Bonhs lohnO. Holoomb,John I
B. HIggina, Richard Bhepherd, John Hoppook, Samuel Holcoml
•• Elections to be bi Id, Brat .lay at tin- house of Petal B. Melllck, and
the - 1 da] at the house "I Henry Wagner,
i. Tim i in tin- oplntonol this town-moating public oow
will I - promoted by the dlvlsl t the township ->t Amwell; so far we
approve "i said .iiM-i.>ii.a!ni we have lesira thai th<
mini should in- disturbed. Hut at the same time we would say that any
act ol tiii- kind passed wlthoul tin- knowledge - r oonsenl of th< -
dlately Inten ited I Itlon to the fundamental pi i
i"l..l"liv llMini I-., .V- leraior.
"An -a i\, Otart."
-I NDBl 1 1: ivmi i [ONa
At a Bpecial town-meeting held Dec. 29,
the house of Henry Wagner, in Sergeantsville, it was
resolvedi "that the township will not buy a poor-
housc farm," but "that the paupers In- kept all to-
gether bj -"in' "in- individual antl re-blent oi' this
April I-. 1840, ii was voted "that >l be raised
for molting ami repairing roads, $600 i"t tin use "i
HUNTERDON COUNTY, NEW JERSEY.
the poor, and that the interest of the surplus revenue
go towards supporting the poor." It was
" Resolved, That this township buy a poor-house property, and that we
take the proceeds of the poor-house establishment to purchase said
The committee appointed to purchase said prop-
erty consisted of John Barber, Adam Williamson,
and Abram Conover, and it was decided that " the
interests of our share of the old poor-house establish-
ment go towards the support of the poor."
At a special town-meeting held May 17, 1864, at
the house of George W. Comley, in Sergeantsville, in
accordance with a special act of the Legislature, ap-
proved March 25, 1864, it was
"Resolved, That the sum of §31,000 shall be raised by assessment and
taxation, in accordance with the requirements of a special act of the
Legislature, approved March 25, 1864, for the purpose of enabling us to
raise this tax.
"Resolved, That the sum so ordered to be raised, or such part thereof
as shall come into the hands of the collector, shall bo applied by him to
the payment of the commutation money for the exemption from the
draft Of such persons as shall be drafted and accepted for the township
of Delaware at the ensuing draft (the one i
Oct. 27, 1864, the inhabitants met agreeable to
public notice, and the following resolutions were read
by the clerk :
" Resolved, That the sum of 946,000 shall be raised by assessment and
taxation, in accordance with the requirements of a special act of the
Legislature approved March 25, 1864, for the purpose of enabling us to
raise this tax.
" Resolved, That the sum so ordered, or such part thereof as shall come
into the hands of the collector, shall be applied by him to the payment
of the obligations and debts incurred by the township committee of the
township of Delaware in raising money to pay bounties to volunteers to
fill the quota of said township of Delaware on the last call of the gov-
ernment for 500,000 men, and wherever any person has furnished a sub-
stitute which counted on the quota assigned to said township under said
call for 500,000 men, such person shall be paid the sum of $668.08."
A vote was then taken, which resulted as follows :
For the resolution, 237 ; against, none.
A special town-meeting was held Jan. 14, 1865, at
Sergeantsville, to take proper measures to provide for
a call for troops ; John T. Sergeant was elected mod-
erator and Edward M. Heath appointed clerk. G. S.
Bellis, J. G. Sutphin, and Dr. I. S. Cramer were con-
stituted a committee on resolutions, which it appears
were presented, but never placed on record.
From the first election, in 1838, to the present time
the officers have been as follows :
1838-44, Amplius B. Chamberlin ; 1845-61, Beading Moore ; 1852-05, John
M. Chamberlin; 1850-04, Andrew B. Kittenhouse; 1865-73, E. M.
Heath; 1874-70, H. F. Bodino; 1877-79, Asa H. Holcombe; 1880,
George W. Holcombe.
1838-40, Mahlon Smith ; 1841-43, John Huffman ; 1844-40, Jacob Bodino ;
1847-49, Philip Rockafellow; 1800, Robert Bonham; 1851-02, Wil-
liam Heading ; 1853-65, Dilte Larowe ; 1856, Charles Denson ; 1857-69,
Cornelius L. Hunt; 1800-02, Samuol Fauss; 1803-00, David Jackson ;
1860-67, Gorshuni Lumbort; 1808-70, Allison Holcombe; 1871-73,
John Bush; 1874-76, Daniel It. Sharpe; 1877-70, L. C. Fisher; 1880,
J. P. Dills.
1S38, John Barber, Adam Williamson, Benjamin Horn, James J. Fisher,
William Sergeant; 1S39, Benjamin Horn, N. B. Higgins, John S.
"Wilson, Adam Williamson, Asher Lambert; 1S40, Jonas Sutton,
Asher Lambert, John S. Wilson, Adam Williamson, Benjamin Horn ;
1841, John C. Fisher, Mahlon Smith, Asher Lambert, John S. Wilson,
William Hice; 1842, Asher Lambert. Mahlou Smith, Benjamin Horn,
John S. Wilson, William Hice; 1843, James Wolverton, Mahlon
Smith, Asher Lambert, William Hice, Benjamin Horn; 1814, Benja-
min Horn, William Hice, Asher Lambert, John Barber, Mahlon
Smith; 1845-47, Mahlon Smith, Benjamin Horn, Asher Lambert,
William Hice, James Snyder; 1848-49, Asher Lambert, William Hice,
Jacob Bodine, Mahlon Smith, James Snyder ; 1850, Tobias Shadinger,
William Hice, Charles K. Swallow, James Snyder, Hiram Bobbins;
1851, Jacob Bodine, William S. Dalrymple, Tobias Shadinger, John
Hoffman, Mahlon Smith; 1S52, Mahlon Smith, Jacob Bodine, Bead-
ing Moore, Tobias Shadinger, John Hoffman ; 1853, Mahlon Smith,
John Hoffman, John J. Sutphin, Silas Hoffman, Heading Moore ;
1854, John Hoffman, Reading Moore, Andrew B. Ritteuhouse, Silas
Hoffman, J. J. Sutphin ; 1855, Eli Kitchen, A. B. Kittenhouse, Daniel
J. Moore, Silas Hoffman, Daniel Poulson; 1856, A. B. Ritteuhouse,
D. J. Moore, Daniel Poulson, Andrew Wolverton, Eli Kitchen;
1857, Mahlon Smith, D. J. Moore, D. Poulson, Andrew Wolverton,
Eli Kitchen; 1858, William H. Barcroft, William Bearder, Wil-
liam H. Larue, A. Wolverton, Mahlon Smith ; 1S59-60, W. Bear-
der, John T. Kisler, Eli Kitchen, W. H. Larue, Charles W. Go-
down ; 1861, Eli Kitchen, John T. Risler, Jonathan M. Dilts, Charles
W. Godown, J. M. Dilts; 1862,Eli Kitchen, Jonathan M. Dilts, Jona-
than M. Hoppock, Francis Kittenhouse, Gershom Lambert; 1863-
64, Eli Kitchen, J. M. Dilts, John Bodine, Francis Rittenhonse,
Gershom Lambert ; 1865, J. M. Dilts, William H. Barcroft, G. Lam-
bert, Cyrus Risler, William Aller; 1860-08, Eli Kitchen, W. H. Bar-
croft, William Aller, Andrew Wolverton, Cyras Risler; 1869. Eli
Kitchen, W. H. Barcroft, William Aller, William R. Bearder, Thomas
Lake; 1870, Thomas Lake, Eli Kitchen, Acker Moore, William R.
Bearder, W. H. Barcroft; 1871-73, John Hoffman, Thomas Lake,
Acker Moore, W. R. Bearder, Eli Kitchen; 1874, Anderson Bray,
Thomas Lake, J. Hoffman, A. Moore, W. R. Bearder ; 1875, J. Hoff-
man, A. Moore, Anderson Bray, Azariah Stout, Jeremiah F. Horn ;
1876, Charles Fisher, J. F. Horn, A. Bray, A. Moore, J. Hoffman ;
1877, J. Hoffman, A. Moore, C. T. Fisher, E. Kitchen, A. Bearder;
1878, C. T. Fisher, E. Kitchen, A. Bearder, D. B. Ege, Albert John-
son ; 1879, Audrew R. Bearder, Daniel B. Ege, Albert R. Johnson ;
1880, Daniel B. Ege, Albert Johnson, Samuel Homer.
1838-39. James Snyder, Esq., and James J. Fisher; 1840-42, James Sny-
der, Esq., and Abraham Conover ; 1843, A. B. Chamberlin and James
Snyder; 1844, A. B. Chamberlin and John S. Wilson ; 1845-46, John
S. Wilson and Jeremiah Smith; 1847, Acker Moore and Jacob Go-
down ; 1848, Robert Dilts and Jeremiah Smith; 1849, Robert Dilts
and John Dilts; 1850, Peter Rockafol low and Acker Moore; 1861-53,
Andrew B. Rittenhouse ; 1854, Charles B. Everitt ; 1855-57, Joseph
B. Case; 1858-00, David Jackson; 1861-62, Amos Thatcher; 1S63,
Andrew B. Rittenhouse; 1804-66, Daniel Sharp; 1807, George N.
Holcombe ; 1868, G. W. Holcombe ; 1809, George N. Holcombe ; 1870-
75, Joseph Smith; 1876-78, Jonathan M. Dilts; 1879-80, William.
The following county and State officials have been
elected from Delaware :
Sheriffs.— Amplius B. Chamberlin, 1844; James
County Clerks.— Andrew B. Rittenhouse, 1864;
served five years. It is said " no man ever held the
office who sustained himself and the interests of the
county more creditably."
Surrogates.— J esse C. Reed, 1849; died near the
close of his term, Oct. 26, 1854. His son, John C.
Reed, was appointed by Governor Rodman to fill the
unexpired term, which was but a few weeks.
Judges of Common Pleas— John Barber, 1846; died
.Tun. 4, 1X07, aged seventy-nine. Mahhm Sin it li . 1X53;
held the position ten years; died May 27, I *fix f aged
Directors. — James Snyder, 1843; he had been a
member of both branches of the Legislature, and was
subsequently fleeted sherill' of the enmity. Amplius
B. Chamberlin, L844; elected sheriff the same year,
which terminated his residence in Delaware township.
Andrew I!. Kitteiihouse, 1853.
Clerk of Board of Chosen Freeholders. — Edward M.
Mem)' i nbly. -James Snyder, 1888; Wil-
liam Sergeant, L856.
Stair S uuin, . ,i;iue- Wiisnn, 1835, 1842 13; born
in the north of Ireland; came to this country in isini;
died Xiiv. 11. 1865, aged eighty-six. James Snyder,
ls;!!i. Joseph < i. liowni', l^il.Sjhi .' < • | >t ■ -c 1 the nomi-
nation very reluctantly, not being an office-seeker, in
the common acceptation of the term, and made an
honorable and reliable ollieer.
Assistant United Slates Marshals. — John Barber,
I860. William W.Moore, 1870; he was unable to
perform the duties of the ofliee, which was done by
John 0. Sine. Mr. .\b.,, re died Sept. 13, 1870.
\ [LLAGES A\n ll 1MLET8.
Stockton, located in School District No. 98, is a
village on the Pennsylvania Railroad, lour miles up
the Delaware from Lambertville. It was first known
as "Beading's Ferry," subsequently as "Howell's
Ferry," after Howell purchased the property from
Reading. Upon the advent of the railroad at this
place, the name was again ■■han-jed, and became
" ( lentre Bridge Station." which corresponded to the
name of the post-office and hamlet on the Pennsyl-
vania side of the river, at the opposite end of the
This place a i became the centre of trade and
shipments tor the products of the township, so that in
ls:>i a post-office became a i essity, and was estab-
lished with the nameof "Stockton." Jeremiah Smith
was appointed the first postmaster. The office was
kept at firsl in tin' tavern, and subsequently trans-
ferred to the store now kepi bj G. W. Mason.
The pioneer store was kept by Daniel R. Sharp and
Qershom Lambert, in 1 s Il\ in tl Id -tone house
across the creek, west of the Baptist church, [twas
built in 1842 by Col. John Sharp. The first house
was that of Joseph Howell. It si loathe present
site of 0. S. Conkling's steam saw-mill. The ferry
was at this time owned by Joseph Howell, and ran
from what is now the foot of Ferry Street, in Stock-
ton, to ti point nearly opposite, on the Pennsylvania
The pioneer blacksmith was John | mi-, who in
1882 started an axe-factory in the old stone building