proper to make brief mention of the pioneer efforts.
The following is from a record kept by one of its
"At t tlio niulillo of January, 1827, Mra. AMpiil Roberts, accom-
' panted by tier husband, Mr. Nathan Roberts, rudted the connty of Hun-
terdon imd attended a number of meetings in different neighborhoods,
whtcb produced great excitement among ttie people who came out to
hear her preach. . . . The third Sunday In June, 1829, ihere was ap-
pointed a two-days' meeting in the woods near Locktown, attended by
Simon CI or Ohio, John W. I
of Johnsonsburg, N.J., and Mm. Roberts. On Saturday the meeting mi
held In a i ul llc-l On Sunday
the i Hug was held tn th< wood ,fl Uu e unemblj of people being
William Lane preached on the 'Sonshlp of Christ,' and the
lused groat oxcltomont among the |
From further records, we conclude the organization
of the church took place between Oct. L6, 1829, and
Feb. 13, L832. The following is the record:
"OnSunday, Oct.16,1829, the Mnj1 Christian Church, acknowledged
at BUlford, Bunterd ' â– . N. J., with â– i>.ni ..I her members living in
the townships ofAmwell and Kingwo >d,a dlstan I f light to four-
teen miles, were met, and took into consideration the propriety of build-
ing n hour..' for public worship, A plot of ground was win ted, and the
owner, Jo of an acre in the
southwest corner of his farm for that purpo ' [d members
Qtton known to 1 1 < â€¢ - bodj of the church, it was agreed
ou. and u i tin^ appointed at tlie t Â»â– â€¢ ..f Samuel Oooley, in Milford,
for the purposo of appointing trustees; which nieeUng took place April
I chairman, and Samuel Oooley secre-
tary, when Francis Robcrsou was â€¢ppolntod trustee for one year, Philip
Gordon fortwo,and Eltsba ItlttenhouM t"r three yean. Trustees were
appointed ti> raise f Is and superintend the building:. Tin- building
snood the last of Hay, ralsod el t the middle of Ji d
far completed that n tings were hold In it on E rnd Sonday,
13th and MthofOctober, t> ] rj sermon was preached by
w illiam Lane, from Soman
At a meeting held \pril 21, L882, a series of reso-
lutions defining the doctrines of tin- christian Church
were adopted, which arc too lengthy for publication
in this work. The proceedings of that meeting were
signed bj Francis Roberson, chairman, and Samuel
secretary. The following i- a copy of the
subscription list by which uey was raised to build
the church :
" Ami i" the end that the same may be established, era the â€¢utweribers
.let RUsha Bitti I m aforesaid, or
c,.. ni. or their IUI it them, the several
-uch times and lunch instalments
HUNTERDON COUNTY, NEW JERSEY.
as the trustees aforesaid, or a majority of them, may agree upon, on de-
mand. In witness whereof, we hereunto subscribe our names, and affix
the several sums thereto respectively, the day of , a.d. 1832."
The trustees have been as follows : 1830-40, Francis
Roberson, Philip Gordon, Elisha Rittenliouse, Jona-
than Harden, David Lair, William Rake, Teunis Ser-
vis, Isaac Hann ; 1840-50, Elisha Rittenliouse, Nathan
Stout, Mahlon Emmons, Isaac Hann, Tunis Servis ;
1850-60, Nathaniel Stout, Joseph B. Slack, Eli Brit-
ton, Abraham Slack, Thomas Hibbs ; 1860-70, Fran-
cis Rittenhouse, S. D. Horner, David Bodine, John
Bodine, George Hoppock, Wesley Hawk, John Eick,
Samuel Bodine ; 1870-80, Peter Hoppock, Asa Cor-
son, David Bodine, Wesley Hawk, Edward Hellier,
William J. Walker, Richard S. Conover, John T.
Eick, Sylvester Lake.
The present chapel was built in 1864, on the site of
the old one, and the balance of the building debt can-
celed in 1871. During this time the sheds attached
to the chapei were built, at a cost of $225. Between
April 1, 1876, and July 1, 1877, the society built the
present parsonage, located on the opposite corner of
the street from the church, at a cost of $1100.
The following-named persons have served as pastor :
William Lane, from the date of organization till
May, 1833; James Macdoran, William Lane, Wil-
liam Lauer, Philip Hawk, Henry Black, 1858 ; Elder
James Lauer, 1859. Oct. 21, 1859, Elder William H.
Pittman was chosen, and served ten years. In the
spring of 1870, Elder John Soule took charge and
remained four years. In the spring of 1874, Elder
B. F. Summerbell became pastor for one year, and
was succeeded by J. M. Woodward, in April, 1875.
April 1, 1876, Elder George Tenney became pastor,
and remained till July 1, 1877 ; he was followed by
Elder John N. Spoor, until Dec. 9, 1877, when he
was succeeded by the present pastor, Elder Jacob
The present membership is 204; present value of
METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, SERGEANTSVILLE.
In 1830 a "woods meeting" was held near Ser-
geantsville, when quite a religious interest was
awakened; a class of Methodists was formed, with
Amos Hoagland as leader, and Jonathan Rake, Amos
Merseilles, Philip Rockafellow, and a few females as
members. Meetings were continued at the residence
of Mr. Hoagland, who then lived in the house now
occupied by H. H. Fisher, Esq., of Sergeantsvillc,
and it was in this house that the first class at this
place was formed.
In 1832 the society built a church, of stone, on the
site of the present edifice, the lot and $100 in cash
being donated by H. H. Fisher, Esq. Amos Hoag-
land, Jonathan Rake, Amos Merseilles, and Philip
Rockafellow were the pioneer trustees, and Rev.
James M. Tuttle the first preacher. There is no
record of any formal laying of the corner-stone or
Of the dedication.
In 1867 the society enlarged the old church at a
cost of $4300. The rear end and side walls remain
as they were originally, the walls being raised and
an addition built on in front, making the seating
capacity 550. The church, as rebuilt, was dedicated
in the summer of 1868, by Rev. David Bartine.
The following are some of the ministers who have
served this society and congregation : Revs. McDou-
gal, Canfield, E. Page, Caleb C. Lippincott, Josiah
Campfield, Street, W. M. Burroughs, J. L. Hays,
Richard Thomas, in 1867-68, Albert Van Dusen,
George T. Jackson, Frederick Bloom, and John H.
Timbrel], the present pastor, who also preaches at
Stockton, this being a part of the Stockton and Ser-
The stewards are Wilson H. Snyder (president of
the board), John H. Green, Robert Post, John B.
Fuher, Manuel Green, and Joseph Hagaman; the
leaders, Robert Post, John B. Fuher, and Elisha
Alward ; the trustees, W. H. Snyder, John H. Green,
Robert Post, John B. Fuher, George R. Hann, Ed-
ward C. Green, Elisha Alward, Manuel H. Green,
and Joseph Hagaman.
Present membership, 85 ; present value of prop-
erty, $6000. A flourishing Sabbath-school is con-
nected with the society, of which John H. Green is
GERMAN BAPTIST CHURCH.
This branch of the Christian Church seems to have
had its origin among the Pietists in Germany, in 1708,
a miller by the name of Alexander Mack being
their spiritual leader. The word Bunker, by which
they are. sometimes known, is a corruption of the Ger-
man Junker, the signification being "dippers," or
" Baptists by plunging." In the fall of 1719, Peter
Becker, with a company of Dunkers, came to Penn-
sylvania and settled in Germantown, but soon their
principal settlement was in Ephrata, in Lancaster
County. It is supposed that a society was organized
in what is now Delaware township, and a church built
about a mile northeast of Headquarters, where their
church now stands, as early as 1750. The only records
of this church now in existence are in the hands of
Cyrus Van Dolah, the church clerk, from which we
make the following extracts :
"At a meeting of the German Baptist Church which is in Aniwell
township, N. J.,held on the 11th of August, 1835, at their meeting-house,
for the purpose of transacting business relative to the peace and good
order of said church, it was resolved that there bo a record made and
kept of all important business transacted relative to said church affairs.
" Jacob Waqqonkr,
"Resolved, That Gideon Moore, Henry Lawshe, and Asa Moore lie the
"April 13, 1830.â€” Agreed to take a lot of Gideon Mooro for a bur.vi ng-
* This lot adjo
i ttie church lot.
The land upon which the meeting-house stands wan
ili -f-li-'l i" i In- church hy Israel Poulson and hia wife,
Hannah, and the deed specifies that ii is " for the use
of u (itTniun Baptist < 'hiiiih, iind for mi other use
whatsoever," and is Bigned, sealed, and delivered in
presence of I 'eter Fisher and 1 1 < -t t \ I'oulson, May 27,
1X11. The ili ril was L'iM'ii In I liili-uii Mi ii i iv, San i in -I
Faus, and Henry Lawshe, trustees, etc. The church
building was originally of wood, bu1 was rebuilt in
1856 ai a cos! of $1600. The presenl pastor is Rev.
The church property is valued at $8500.
GERMAN BAPTIST "'III BOH OF SAND BE i.
This church, locally known as the " Moorites," is a
branch from the German Baptist Church located in
School District N'o. '.M, on the road from Headquarters
tu Sand Brook, and was organized by adopting the
following articles of association, under which the
church is still working:
"We the undorslgnod, after careful and serious consideration, do
Unanimously ii-i.i' In -liit.il iii iiiiiuii |,.,'.'lluT ns prolV-sis! riiri-timi
brethren and deters, Inasmuch a* we think it la .m all-Important matter
and privilege thai wi have the Indisputable i i^ia to worship God accord-
ing to the dictates of om ofrn con lence ,conslsiont m ii'i Bis word as
we understand It, for wbloli |trivii.-^t< u, .-,,r,i'i â€” tlmi w<- i â–
en tu be very thankful; therefore we have concluded thai I
slstliig grace of God wo design to try to keep il rdlnancesof tho Lord's
hou sordlng to the doctrines and prlnclpli A oui Lord and Savi
Jesus Ohrlst, and His holy a] ore dollvored unto us in the
Gospel, which our Saviour soys shall Judge us in the coming day. There-
fore we feol that we aro undor obligation, as much as In us Lies, to try
and live in union together in the i hurch militant (because we feel that
it hits in timi' past done much hurl una made aoro by being of different
mind ' ; and therefore we would thai there should bo no pro-eminence
ono abovo nnotbor, considered thai In regard to tho business that wo do-
sIku to transact of Importance we wanl i" be united In, and
havo ofllcora In Maid ohnrcb,and also did li jallj appoint as elder John P.
Mooro, ond as deacons William II, Mono- ami ,Ia< "b li"iiss; and furthor
â– greed thai our plan of receiving mbers in said church I- thai all tbc
in- Mil., i . pi'i-si-nt must In' a^'ii'o.l. anil, tu I'M.iniiiiuiiiiati', all must be
consulted before ami agi 1 1"; which subscribe our oa s, tins tonth
day nf Uarch in the i ird one thousand eight hundred and
lb] 1 1 olnc
"JOHN P. MOOBK, Et.l/.AIIKTII TlttMMiat,
"W'll.lIWI II. A| II', M\IO IlAt.KYMI'I-E,
" Danii.i. .1. M II, t'AimniM: livi.niMi't.r,
" Wil.l.i in S. M [>:, Asa MoobK,
"Sw:\ll Itm.win, SILAS Sio:m:m\\,
" i'aiii wmni V M a, U una M.'.iio',
"HlESTKIl OOBSON, LUOI Altll Sim,
"KE7.IUI OounBIOK, OatBARIKK siouoian,
" M.MtlllA COUDBIOK, Anna U
The church edifice, centrallj located in the village
of Band Brook, was buill of Btone. Elder John I'.
Moore has the pastoral care of the church at presenl
METHODIST Kl'I.SCOl'A I, ('III lii'll. KoSKMoNT.
Tlie lirsi Methodist Society at Etosemonl was or-
ganized in 1859 at the house of Samuel Eartpence
h\ Rev. William M. Burroughs, with the following
members: Asher Beading, Samuel W. Reading, Asa
Oronce, Lewis Snyder, Wilson 11. Snyder, Joseph
Beading, Sr., Samuel Hurt pence, ami Charles Crecn.
The church was I iii iii in I860, of â– Â« 1, ami dedicated
November 8th of tin- -am.- year by I'.isliop Edmund
S. Janes. The present membership is 42; value of
The pastors who have served an- W. M. Burroughs,
John 1,. Hays (two years i, John I'.. Switzer (two
years), Richard Thomas (two Mai- , Henry Trnm-
linnvr itwo years), Albert Van Dusen two
i m nr-e 'l. .laek-oii (two years i, P. G. Buckman (one
i ii . Richard Thomas (three years), J. M. Michael
(two years i, ami A. S. Compton, I he present pastor.
The iir-i superintendent of the Sunday-school was
Wilson H. Snyder. The total number of scholars is
75, with an average attendance of 30. Asa Cronce is
the present superintendent.
METHODIST EPXSOOPAX '111 la II OF ST0I KT0H
The first property owned by the board of trustees
for the Methodist Episcopal Church of Stockton was
a lot on Broad Street, purchased of Aaron Van Sickle,
on which l he society built a chapel, which was used
lor some years for a place of worship, ami -ulisi -
quentlj converted into a parsonage. The first board of
trustees was organized in L865, under the administra-
tion of Kev. 1 1. Trumbower, pastor, ami was a- follows :
Charles Bomine, John Hendricks, Philip Bockafellow,
Thomas ( '. Wanamaker, Charles R. Hunter, (iarrct
S. Bellis, ami Henry M. Trumbower. The proceed-
ings of the board have been very loosely kept, conse-
quently most of them have been mislaid or destroyed.
The chapel referred to, with the lot upon which it
was built, cost $1000. The trustees purchased of Wil-
liam Bodine, for $550, a lot on Main Street, upon
which was erected the present church edifice, at a cost
,,f $3500. The building is of w 1. and has a neat
and attractive audience-room, with a seating capacity
of 300. There was no formal layinjr of the corner-
stone of either chapel or church. The former was
dedicated in 1866 by Rev. J. B. Craw, then of Lam-
bertville, and the latter in 1876 by Kev. Robert I..
I lashiel, since deceased.
The first class-leader ami original members of this
aocietj wereas follows: Pierson Williamson (leader),
P.Williamson and wife, Charles Romine and wife,
Philip Rockafellow and wife, Hannah Ann Wana-
maker, John Hendricks, Mrs. Hunter, Qeorge Day
and wife, Daniel Hilts and wife, Silas Hutfman and
H it'e. ami t lharles I treen and wife.
The pastors of the church since its organization
have been Revs. II. Trumbower. Richard Thomas. A.
Van Dusen, Phineas Q. Ruckman, Qeorge Jackson,
Iii if rick Bloom, and John II. Timbrell. the present
pastor. Present membership, 15; value of property.
The present officiary of the church is as follows:
Stewards. Silas lluifinan, William MeNeal. Albert
Rockafellow; Trustees. William MeNeal, Silas Huff-
man, Daniel Hilt-. Albert Bockafellow, Pierson Wil-
liamson, John K. Bowlsby, Charles Titus; Leaden,
William MeNeal. A. 11. Kockaf. How.
HUNTERDON COUNTY, NEW JERSEY.
The Sunday-school was formerly part of a union
school whose sessions were held in the Baptist church,
and was organized June 28, 1868, with Rev. Richard
Thomas as superintendent and George Day as assist-
ant, with 25 scholars. It is at present flourishing,
with William McNeal as superintendent, Albert
Rockafellow assistant, Jesse W. Weller librarian.
BEREAN BAPTIST CHURCH OF STOCKTON.
The records of this church furnish us the following
in relation to its history :
" Stockton, N. J., March 9, 1S59.
" A number of brethren, members of the Sandy Ridge Baptist Church,
feeling the need of a suitabl e house of worship in the village of Stockton,
N. J., assembled themselves together and appointed Garret Wilson, To-
bias Shadinger, and Frederick S. Phillips for the purpose of erecting a
house of worship in said village, to be built under the direction of five
persons, whom we agree to elect on the 6th of April next at the school-
house in Stockton, at 1% o'clock p.m., and to be held in trust by them as
a place of worship until there shall be constituted and recognized a reg-
ular Baptist Church. The following persons were elected to erect said
building and hold the same in trust until such time as recognized an
independent Baptist Church : George W. Sharp, Tobias Shadinger, Joseph
H. Butterfoss, Asa Reed, and Frederick S. Phillips.
" Arrangements were made for building said house, and it was com-
menced in the fall of 1859, and dedicated in January, 1861. After the
dedication the pulpit was supplied as a branch of the mother-church at
Sandy Ridge until Feb. 1, 1866, when the following brethren and sisters,
receiving letters of dismission from the Baptist Church at Sandy Ridge,
met in council with members of neighboring churches, and were consti-
tuted and recognized as the ' Berean Baptist Church of Stockton :' Gar-
ret Wilson, Tobias Shadinger, George W. Sharp, Joseph H. Butterfoss,
Rev. Joseph Wright. Hester Wright, Joseph M. Van Cleve, Hester A. Van
Cleve, R. A. Robertson, Sarah M. Rittenhouse, Watson R. Bodine, James
Salter, Jacob H. Ten Eyck, Rachel M. Smith, Mary Ann Sharp, Mary E.
Sharp, Melissa Ann "Wananiaker, Rachel Ann Dilts, Dickerson Naylor,
Mrs. Naylor, Asa Reed, Sarah Reed, Esther A. Butterfoss, C. Q. Higgins,
Elizabeth Higgins, Mahala Lambert,-William R. Allen, Rending Hol-
combe, Eliza Holcombe, Mary E. Holcombe, Ellen Rank, Anna H. Wolver-
ton, Permelia W. Boss, John E. Bodine, Catharine Shadinger, Sarah Dilts,
Edward Knowles, Mary Bodine, Charles W. Bodine, Hannah Shadinger,
Susan S. Paxson, Elizabeth Sharp, Ann E. Sharp, Amelia Knowles, and
The first deacons were Garret Wilson, Tobias Shad-
inger, and C. Q. Higgins. The first trustees after the
recognition of the church were George W. Sharp,
Tobias Shadinger, Frederick S. Phillips, Joseph H.
Butterfoss, Asa Reed, William R. Allen, and Henry
March 20, 1866, the church called Rev. Charles E.
Cordo to the pastorate, which he filled till July, 1867.
He was succeeded by the following: Rev. John S.
Hutson, May 17, 1868, to Sept. 1, 1871 ; Rev. Alfred
Caldwell, Nov. 2, 1871, to Feb. 14, 1875 ; Rev. Benja-
min F. Robb, Sept. 5, 1875, to June 1, 1879; Rev.
George W. Noecker, Oct. 19, 1879, and at present
officiating as pastor.
The present (1880) deacons are C. Q. Higgins,
James Salter, and Charles W. Bodine, and the trus-
tees James Salter, William Bodine, Joseph M. Van
Cleve, Henry B. Helyer, Charles W. Bodine, Enoch
Mcginnis, and Hiram Deats, Jr.
The present membership is 142 ; cost of prop-
erty when built, $5100 ; present value, $5450.
The Sunday-schools in Stockton were conducted as
union schools, but of them there is no record prior to
the spring of 1867, when a division took place, and
the Baptist Sunday-school was formed. The first
superintendent was Tobias Shadinger. Average at-
tendance of scholars, 75 ; present number of scholars,
168 ; number of officers and teachers, 27. Present
superintendent, Andrew J. Hunt.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF STOCKTON.
In the spring of 1867 it was found that there were
at least thirty Presbyterian families in Stockton and
its vicinity, a goodly number of whom were desirous
of organizing a Presbyterian Church and erecting a
house of worship. A subscription was accordingly
started, and $3500 was soon subscribed for the purpose
of purchasing a lot and putting up a building. En-
couraged by this success, they took measures to or-
ganize a church in connection with the Old School
General Assembly. Accordingly, on April 9, 1867, a
petition to that effect was presented to the Presbytery
of Raritan, in session at Frenchtown, N. J., signed
by twenty-five members in good standing in neighbor-
ing Presbyterian Churches, and also by fifteen other
persons, mostly heads of families and holding to the
Presbyterian faith, although not communicants. The
request of the petitioners was granted by the Presby- .
tery, and an adjourned meeting of that body was held
at Stockton, April 23, 1867. The following persons
then presented certificates from the several churches
with which they had lately been connected :
From the Presbyterian Church at Rosemont: George W. Runk, Eliza
H. Wilson, Rachel Alward, Jacob Morgan Vanderbelt, Elizabeth Vander-
belt, John Stockton, Elizabeth Stockton, Leman K. Strouse, Sarah Cath-
arine Strouse, and Jane E. Hoppock.
From the Presbyterian Church at Lanibertville : Daniel D. Dilts, Mary
Dilts, Hannah Hoppock, Caroline M. Wolverton, Eden B. Hunt, Louisa
Hunt, Clarkson T. Hunt, Lizzie Hunt, Silas W. Volk, Lizzie S. Volk,
Eliza Rounsaville, and Sarah E. Hendrick.
From the Presbyterian Church of Alexandria: "William V. Case and
From the Second Presbyterian Church of Amwell : Sarah Maria Lefler.
The church was then duly organized as the " First
Presbyterian Church of Stockton," with the foregoing
members, twenty-five in all, and George W. Runk,
Eden B. Hunt, and William V. Case were chosen
ruling elders. Mr. Runk having been ordained as a
ruling elder in the church at Rosemont, the other two
were ordained, and all were then installed.
At the request of the church, the Presbytery ap-
pointed Rev. B. Carroll stated supply. This gentle-
man for several years had labored in the church at
Rosemont, and also preached in the school-house
and elsewhere in Stockton and vicinity.
On May 11, 1867, a meeting of the congregation
was held at the school-house* in Stockton, at which
the following persons were elected trustees : George
W. Runk, Maurice Wolverton, John Stockton, Wil-
liam V. Case, and Clarkson T. Hunt. A certificate
of organization was then duly drawn up and signed
by the trustees, which was soon after recorded in the
* The old stone school-house which stood on the site of tho present
clerk's office of the county of Hunterdon, according
to law, thus constituting the trustees and their suc-
cessors ill office a body corporate.
The building committee consisted of John Stockton,
Maurice Wolverton, and Robert Sharp, with John
Finnej as treasurer. June 6, 1867, the trustees of tin-
church having purchased from Eden B. Hunt a lot of
ground, 150 feet front on .Main Street, or the river
road, the building committee proceeded to erect
a church edifice thereon; and on the 1st of July
following entered into an article of agreement with
.raincs Bird, of I.amlicrtville, to erect and complete
the structure for $6270, the house to be of sandstone,
40 by 60 feet, < tothic style of architecture. Aug. 27,
1867, the corner-stone was laid by Rev. B. Carroll,
with appropriate ceremonies.
At a congregational meeting held March 11, 1868,
a call was made to Rev. Win. Swan, who was installed
.In ne 2, at which time the church was dedicated. He
continued to officiate with great acceptance and suc-
cess for a little more than ten years, when, in the fall
of 1878, having received a call from a Presbyterian
Church at Batavia, N. Y., he obtained a dissolution
of his pastoral relation to the church, and on Sunday,
November 10th, preached his last sermon in this
church, after which it was several months without a
pastor. April 4, 1879, at a congregational meeting,
Rev. John S. -Foulk, of Northumberland, l'a., was
called; he accepted the call, commenced preaching at
Stockton May 2">th, was installed July 22d following,
and is officiating at the present time. The church
mi niliers at the present time (18S0) 151 members in
full communion. The property, including the par-
sonage, is estimated to be worth $10,000.
THE CHOTON BArTIST I'll I 01 II
This church was organized April 21, 1861, by
twenty-two persons dismissed from the Eingfl I
Baptist Church, seven from Chcrryville, twelve from
Flemington, and thirty-seven baptized converts, mak-
ing seventy-eight constituent members, under the pas-
toral care of Rev. W. I>. Hires, a missionary of the
New Jersey Baptist Stale Convention. Hiram Rob-
bins, Daniel B. Rittenhouse, I lolcomlie Warlord, and
Watson B. Event! were chosen deacons, and Edward
M;i\ l, L861, the church was n gnized, according
to Baptist usage, by a council of minister- and mes-
sengers from the Flemington, Cherryville, Sandy
Ridge, Bethlehem, and other churches. The council
was organized with Rev. Thomas Swaini moderator,
and Rev. 11. I '. I'm nam clerk. After the exaini nation
of the el i in eh'- covenant and Articles of Faith, it was
voted i" recognize it as a regular Baptist Church.
June 1, 1861, the following persons were elected
trustees: Hiram Robbins, Holcombe Warfbrd, Jacob
Boarder, Smith Cronce, Watson P.. Everitt, King
Pyatt, and William Kick. The church was incorpo-
rated June 12, 1861.
Rev. William Archer succeeded Rev. W. 1Â». Hires