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him such time as he might want to pay for it in; but
Timbrel did not wish to burden himself with the obli-
gation. He carried on the place on shares fourteen
years, and then Benjamin Decker buying the farm,
Timbrel went over to the meadows and farmed it near
Stirling Hill. Jacob Timbrel had six sons, all of



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whom were born in Sparta. Ile/.ckiah settled in the
town, on a farm, and there died. lie and his wife died
faf a fever, Feb. 22, 1877, after having been ill some
time, and were buried iii the same grave. 1 f ■ i was
aged seventy-six and she eighty-one.

Near Ogdensburg, also about 1800, lived William
Johnson, formerly of Elizabetbtown. From the latter
place he entered the Federal service for the Revolu-
tionary war, and served therein seven years, two
months, and two days. He lived a long time on a
farm near Stirling Hill, and, removing from there I"
a place about a mile to the westward, there died.

John Iioss, a survivor of the Revolution, -rilled in
(Jreen township before 1790. About 1800 he moved
to Andover, and in 1809 changed his location to
Bparta township, where he bought a tracl of II-'
acres of one Klias Haines. A. M. Baldwin bad, it
was supposed, made the first improvements on the
place, and at the time John Boss came on to take
possession of it Henry Cook was living there. John
lioss had eleven children, of whom but two were sons.
i h the eleven children, two are now living in Sparta,

— John lioss, on the old homestead, and Mrs. A s

1'ierson, near there. They are aged respectively
eighty-three and seventy-five.

In the neighborhood of John lioss' settlement in

I.simi lived John Bradbury, grandfather to Benjamin
Bradbury, of Sparta village. Benjamin and Byram
Pitney lived where Joseph McMickle now resides,
and there, too, were William Ayers, William Corwin,
a tanner, and Amos Dustin, a Revolutionary survivor,

and a farmer as well as an occasional worker at Mor-
row's fulling-mill, in Sparta. Mr. Dustin's children
living in Sparta are Mrs. Peter Stites, Jane Dustin,
and Mrs. George Beatty.

John Butler, a carpenter, kept what he was pli ased
to call the " I'll!.- Hall Tavern," on the road from
Sparta to the Boss place. The tavern is not there,
liul the ruins are.

i Ieorge Robinson was located near, and on the pi are

now oecaipied by Richard McPeake lived .lames Brad-
bury. A portion of Bradbury's farm became the
property of William Himenover, who sold it to Ziba

Nichols. Nichols lived (here until his death, in I.S.St I,

at the age of eighty-four.

Richard McPeake, already utioned, came from

cVndover. He lives in the Boss neighborhood, and,

although in his eighty-fourth year, is hearty. He
married a daughter to Capt. 1-aac ( ioldc, a cooper,
living in Byram township, and afterwards in Sparta.
Isaac ( loble's father was I (avid < loble, an early settler
in Byram, where, bj reason of his ow uership of greal

tracts id' land, be was know n as " King 1 lav id."

There is now in the possession of Maj. John Boss,

living near Sparta village, a cannon-ball thai in a
battle of the Revolution shol away a leg from Lewis
i lhamberlain, uncle to Maj. Boss. The latter'e father
was with Chamberlain, at the battle, and, indeed, with
him when he was killed. A son of Lewis Chamber-



lain, named William, living in Hunterdon County,
was somewhat known to fame as a man wdio had four
wives and twenty-four children.

Thomas Beatty settled in Andover before the Rev-
olution, mar Struble's Pond, and near him was also
Robi it Mills, on a farm now occupied by his grand-
son, Robert Mills, liealty, with three of his son-,
removed to Ohio, of the three, one— James — wan a
soldier in the Revolution. Thomas, a fourth son, re-
mained behind, and, marrying Robert Mills' daughter,
moved in 181") to Bparta, where he made a settlement
on the farm now owned by his son, George li. Beatty.
There the elder Beatty died, in 1840. James Ludlam
had been living on the place to which Thomas Beatty
moved, and had not only improve. 1 it considerably,
but had drained much adjacent lowland for the pur-
pose of cultivating hemp. There was, however, no
decent roadway in 1815 from Sparta village to Beatty 's
farm, and lie, eager to supply the requisite conveni-
ence with speed, made what wire known a~ "road-
bees" or "road-frolics," and in pretty quick time had
as good a road as he wanted.

Mr. Realty's neighbors were not numerous. Among
them he reckoned John Anderson, on the John Ru-
therford farm; John Bedell, in Byram; and William
B. Ayers, nearer at hand.

Peter Mains emigrated from Germany before 180<1,
and located iii Andover, and his son Peter, who was
horn on German Flats, became a settler in Sparta
about 1815.

m.— TOWNSHIP ORGANIZATION.

The act organizing Sparta was approved Feb. 13,

1 s (.">. Section 1 of the act reads as follows:

"All those parts of the townships of Bardyston, Btankford, Newton,

and Bynun, in the county of Sussex, King within tho houndaries and
il. ".Tiptione following:,— to wit, beginning at & point In the centre of tho

1 Union turnpike road north of the tavern-house of Juntos L. Hurd, where
the Morris ami Sussex County line croaeofl Bald road; thence i In a
northwesterly courso to tlio northeast corner of Heury I.. Smith's farm;
them iii<- same course to the Intersection of the line between the town-
ships .if Ilyrnin ami Xcwt.m, on the Brogden ridge, west ,.f William
Kinney's dwelling-house ; thence lg) In a northerly couise to a |*iint of
junction in the road leading from Jonah Howell's mill and the road
leading from Thomas House's by Merrit Pile kn- y's to Newton; from

! thence (:1) to a iioplar-treo in the line between the townships ol Hi « ton
if Peter Q Demareel ; ihenco (4) a
northeasterly course to the Intersection ■ ■i the tin.- between the town-
ship- of Bardyston aid Prankibrd near a white-oak tree bearing north
forty-two degrees west from the storehouse ol Thomas Brasti

ia limestone rock on tho east lank of the road

leading front Sparta to Hamburg, being near to, ami the Ural rock north
on] Iby William Martin at Ogdensburg; from thence a sou te-
aching the south bonndsol Beeloy PowIommtv farm to
Hon ol the line between the oonnUes ol Morris and Sussex;
thence B) along the same to the beginning— shall t e, ami the same is
hereby, sol oil from Una townships ol Bardyston, BTanklbrd,
and Byram, In the county of Sussex, and made a separate township, to bs

called and known hv the mil lie of ' the township of S|MU-ta.'"

The township designation was taken from the vil-
lage "i' tin same name, settled and christened years

before the town was organized.

The first town-meeting was held al John K.l-ev's
inn. April 11, 1846, when officers were elected as fijl-



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lows: Moderator, James Decker; Town Clerk, John
H. Munson ; Assessor, Moses Woodruff; Collector,
Joseph Read ; Commissioners of Appeal, Thomas M.
Davit, Thomas House, Serring Wade ; Chosen Free-
holders, Elias Potter, John Kelsey ; Surveyors of
Highways, James Van Kirk, John Read ; Overseers
of the Poor, Joel Aber, Jacob Vaughn ; Constables,
John Roe, George Read, John Guntyman ; Judge of
Election, Robert Van Kirk ; Town Committee, Wil-
liam M. Cox, John Campbell, James Decker, Lewis
Sherman ; School Committee, Isaac Goble, David
Smith, John R. Stuart, William Current; Pound-
Keepers, William Torrey, Thomas House.

At the same meeting it was resolved to raise $1000
for highways, $200 as a school fund, that $300 be
raised for the use of the township, that $1 per day be
paid for work on the road, and that the next meeting
be held at the inn of John Cox.

From 1846 to 1880, inclusive, the following persons
have served annually as judges of election, clerks,
assessors, collectors and, chosen freeholders:

JUDGES OF ELECTION.
1816, E. Vau Kirk; 1847-49, T. Lawrence ; 1850, M. Roh rig;. 1851-54, Ef.
W.Ogden; 1855, J.WMson; 1850-57, J. L. Munson; 185S-(!0, J. L.
White; 1861-62, D. H. Lantz; 1863-64, K. B. Smith; 1865, M. Mack-
erly; 1860-67, .1. Van Kirk; 1808-70, J. L. Munson; 1871, D. H.
Lantz ; 1872-78, A. Boss ; 1879, S. M. Fisher ; 1S80, J. Timbrel.

CLERKS.
1846, R. Howell; 1S47, M. Wade; 1S4S-55, M. Hoppough; 1850-60, D. F.
Lyon; 1861, B. Bradbury ; 1862-70, J. H. Shuman; 1871, H. M.
Sands; 1872-78, J. Timbrel; 1879, C. Halsey; 18S0, J. Shuman.

ASSESSORS.
1846-47, M. Woodruff; 1848-50, L. Moore ; 1851-54, J. L. Decker; 1855-
57, J. McMickle; 1858, M.Woodruff; 1850-66, J. L. Decker; 1867,
A. Ackerson ; 1868, J. B. Stanaback ; 1869, M. Mackerly ; 1870, J. B.
Stanaback; 1871, W. P. Smith; 1872, J. Decker; 1873-76, J. L.
Decker; 1877-7S, J. B. Stanaback; 1S79-80, S. S. Byram.

COLLECTORS.
1846-52, J. Read; 1853-54, J. Willsoh; 1855, M. Kohrig; 1856-57, A.
Read ; 1858-60, M. Van Kirk ; 1861, S. Smith ; 1862-66, R. P. Washer ;
1867-70, M. Mackerly; 1871-73, I. Goble, Jr.; 1874-76, D. F. Lyon;
1877-78, J. L. Decker ; 1879, J. M. Shafer ; 1880, I. Goble.

CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS.
1845, Elias Potter, John Kelsey; 1846, William Howell, John Kelsey;
1847, James Decker, R. K. Washer; 1848-49, Mills Van Kirk, Wil-
liam Kinney ; 1850-54, James Byram, Mills Van Kirk ; 1855, James
Byram, William Current; 1856, James Byram, William Kinney;
1857, James Byram, James L. Decker ; 1858, A. II. Bedell, James L.
Decker; 1859, John Reed, James B. Titman ; 1860, John Reed, Dan-
iel Stillwell ; 1861, John Reed, James B. Titman; 1862, John Reed,
Daniel Stillwell; 1863, John Reed, John Decker; 1864-00, Peter
Washer, John Decker; 1807-70, Robert M. Kimble, John Decker;
1871, James B. Titman, James H. Brooks ; 1872-75, James Byram,
James L. Munson; 1876-78, J. D. Ackerson, James L. Munson;
1879, William J. Morton, James B. Titman; 1880, Owen Conly,
Aaron Boss.

IV.— ROAD DISTRICTS IN 1845.

The road-masters appointed at the first town-meet-
ing, in 1845, were :

Moses Lentcrman, James Van Kirk, Thomas Van Kirk, Jonathan Ham-
mell, William Howard, Nathaniel Hoping, Isaac Goble, James W.
Rose, George B. Bcatty, William Pullis, .Jacob Strader, Garret Ack-
erson, John Burrel, Kphraim Kimble, Peter Washer, Thomas House,
William Mackerly, Elias Potter, John Campbell.



There were nineteen road districts set off as follows :

No. 1. — Beginning at Lenterman's bridge, and running thence to the
Hardyston line, through Sodom, and also the road from Sodom by Jacob
Uurirk's (o tin' Hardyston line.

No. 2. — From Lentoiman's bridge t.> the Forge I.ane near David Cory's,
and also the Meadow road near Happaugh's to the Wild Cat road.

No. 3. — From Forge Lane through Sparta to the Sliding Rock, in the
road on the hill towards Newton, and also the Lafayette road to the rock
in the old Newton and Hardyston line.

No. 4. — From Sparta to Hopewell road.

No. 5. — From Hopewell road to the Morris County line.

No. 6. — From the Hopewell road through Hopewell to the Morri;
County line.

No. 7. — From Jonathan Hammel's corner to John Boss' saw-mill.

No. 8. — From Andrew Chidester's to the Byram line ; also to John Boss'
barn.

No. 9. — From Sparta up the Meadow road to the Byram line.

No. 10. — From Sliding Rock through by Charles P. Johnson's ; also to
the Newton line by Pullis'.

No. 11. — From Polhemus school-house to the Newton line by Jacob
Strader's ; also by James Current's from Pullis' Corner to the Newton
and Lafayette corner.

No. 12— From P. Van Kirk's corner by Garret Ackerson to William
Current's, and also the Wild Cat road to the Hardyston line (to include
Lewis Moore and Cornelius Rollson).

No. 13.— From William Current's corner by Joshua Predmore to Wil-
liam Bedell's corner; also to Jacob Sutton's corner.

No. 14. — From Jacob Sutton's corner by William Lane to the old Frank-
ford line ; also by Brasted's to Hardyston line by Lewis Sutton; also by
Kimble's Mill to the Fraukford line.

No. 15. — From the poplar-tree to Englis' corner, and up the lane to
Fraukford and Hardyston corner; also from Elias Potter up to the old
Hardyston and Fraukford line ; also from George Washer's to David
Smith's; also from Englis' corner towards Kemble's Mill.

No. 16. — From the old Hardyston line by Washer's to the Lafayette
line by Jacob Maybee's; also from Thomas House's by John Campbell's
to Lafayette aud Newton Corner ; also from Thomas House's to David
Smith's old Fraukford line ; also from Joseph Reed's to David Ackerson's
corner ; also from Jacob Vaughn's by Samuel Oliver to the Joseph Read ;
also from turnpike to M. Woodruff's.

No. 17. — From John Boss' barn by the saw-mill to James Cannon's cor-
ner; also from the saw -mill to the Byram line near the old forge.

No. 18. — From the Kinuey brook to the hill above Potter's barn, from
Potter's to the Englis' corner, and from Englis' corner to the Lafayette
line on Struble Hill.

No. 19. — From Jacob Vaughn's to the road by Quackenbush's to the
Howell road, and from Thomas House's to the Quackenhush road.

V.— SCHOOLS.

There were, of course, schools in Sparta village
some years before the beginning of the nineteenth
century, but the oldest remembrance now available
cannot recall an earlier school-house than the " old
frame" that stood in 1816 at the south end of the vil-
lage. Similarly, the earliest teacher remembered was
a Mr. Wilcox, an excellent instructor and the profes-
sor of skillful vocal powers, the which he was fre-
quently called upon to exercise as the teacher of a
singing-school and at social gatherings, where he was
ever a welcome presence. Other early teachers in
Sparta were Mr. Lent, Miss Easton, and Elias Beach,
the latter of whom in his eightieth year is now living
in Wisconsin.

The school-house next succeeding the "old frame"
was a two-story affair that stood on the site of the
present school-house, and, by reason of its rather pre-
tentious appearance, it was dignified, by common con-
sent, with the name of " the academy." The first
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Cory, James Ludlani, Thomas Leninirton, Dan Eurd,
and William Corwin, Jr. The academy was de-
Blroyed by fire in 18G0, and in thai year the house now
in use was erected. The enrollment of Bchool chil-
dren in the district is 120, and the average attendance
about 70. There are two departments, Moses Delaney
i.. in ill.' principal, and Annie Delanej the assistant.

Mr. Delaney lias taught at Sparta al I ten

and is held in high repute. The district trustees are
T. II. Andreas, Job Cory, and Jacob Timbrel.

In 1806 children living in the neighborhood of the
pjace now known as Ogdensburg went to school in a
little log cabin that stn.nl upon the presenl village

school site. The teacher in 1806 was Ephraim W I-

ruff, on.- of the survivors of 1776, and much given,
when in one of lii- happier moods, to the narration
of his turbulent and venturesome militarj experi-
ences during the stormy period of the Revolution.
He was not, however, always inclined to indulge a
happy mood while "pursuing the active duties of his
business as pedagogue, and to this day tradition deals
with livelj reference to Ephraim's inordinate fond-
iM 86 for whipping his scholars. In 1834, when a Irani.. I
M-lin.il-hi.u - r took the place of the log cabin, Eliza-
beth Youngs was the teacher, and. after her, Rebecca
Decker. The third bouse was built on the same site
in 1856, and the fourth— the present on< — in 1872.
The house built in 183-1 is now a dwelling, and tin-
one built in 1856 a storehouse. The edifice now used
Is a two-story brick, and cost $7500. It contains three
departments, with an average attendance of 100 out
<.f an enrollment of 200. The principal is .1. P. Do-
Ian, and his assistants are Elsie Hill and Martha I..

Maxwell. The distri.-t trustees are .I.J. l-'ranci-co,
\\ illiiiin Morton, and .1 . II. Stidworthy.

In the district called New Prospect the first seliool-
honse was built in 1820, upon the place now occupied

h\ .1 b Sutton. It was burned in 1825, and the

house then built stood upon the present school site.
The house now used is the third the district has had.

i ■■ ivera al tend -.- i- 30. The trustees for I smi

E. G. Braisted, Allen Smith, and D. C. Sutton.
Wesl Mountain District was set off from New Pros-
peel and Ogdensburg Distri.-t- in 1850, and has had
but one school building. The district trustees an J,
H. Chamberlain, G. M. Monnell, and Austin Berry.

In the I'ullis District there was a Lie. school-house

in 1825, and about then the teachers were Hunt,
Matthews, and Headly. The second house was a
framed building, and so was the third, the present,

whi.-h was buill in 1877. Th.- trustees for 1880
w.re Richard I lase, Robert Mills, and David Pullis.

Ogden Mine District was set off from Hopewell in
1870, when the presenl -d 1-1 se was built. The

first teacher was John Calhlll. The trustees l'..r lssll

were John Mi-t unc. George Kinney, and Benjamin
Castimore.

In 1845, Sarah < '. Day ton, widow of Kev. K/ra
Dayton, who had been pa-tor of the l're-hvterian



Church of Sparta, resolved to establish a female sem-
inary at Sparta, and employed Pierson Hard to erect
the building, which cost about 12500. Mrs. Dayton

need teacher, and, succeeding straight-
way in obtaining a full quota of pupil-, continued her
successful ministrations for the spa if about twenty

y.ar-, and achieved for the Sparta Seminary a fame

that called int.. constant demand all the accommoda-
tions ii possessed. Mrs. Dayton retired from the
school only when advancing age brought infirmities
that forbade arduous labors.

VI.— nil i;< in 18.

PRESBYTERIAN 0H1 K' II ..1 BPARTA.

The first church society under the general act pro-
viding for the incorporation of religious bodies, passed
March 10, 1786, was th.- First Presbyterian < Ihurch in

I lar.lyston. The record of the incorporation read- a-

follows:

" At o ii ting ..f the Pi e-l-y lei i:m congregation in Ilnrydston, county

mi Snss.-v, lii .1.1. -n at the dwelling c.f I: n t ] -i-nt and

ii.n-i usual place of meeting of said congregation, on Thursday, '•
1786, Inordei to form a body corporate and choose trust
an act of the Legislature ol thfe State passed March 1", lTsc, dno notice
log i.e. in been given by advertisement agreeable to the di-
rections oi said act, a sermon \*-.s preached by the It.- v. Mr. James Wil-
son previous t<> the election. The meeting then proceeded to I

and chose RobertOgdon, BBq., derator and Robert Ogden, Esq., Jr.,

clerk. Trustees were then elected, as foUows: Robi
OharloaBeardsley, Esq., Japhot Byram, Thomas Van Kirk, Esq., Christo-
pher Hoagland, Esq., Christopher Longstreet, Enq^Boberi 0gden,Jr.,
Esq.

■■ At a mo. -ting of the trustees at the liouso of Robert Og-l.-n, Esq.,

Nov. 28, it>o, the said trustees having taken ii aths of allegiance and

abjuration, and also an oath for the faithful performance of their duty,
agreeable to thedirecUonsof an act of the Legislature of this .Stato passed

M,.i 1 1 In, 1 7 -i;, l.n.k anil as-illm-d lljt..li tlu-lli^elvi s the D UHS and Style

of "The first Presbyterian Church In Hardysl ' and unanimously

chose Robert Ogden, Jr., Ksq., presidont."

The name of the church and society was subse-

ipi.-iith chanired to "The Presbyterian Church of

Sparta."

Tin- oldest church records dealing with this society
begin al the di f Ma) 16, 1805, with the explan-
atory note that up to that time in session-book bad

been kept. < >ral testimony, however, has handed
down th.- -tat. in. hi that in 1780, or before, a Presby-
terian Church wa- organized at Sparta village and
called " The First Presbyterian Church of Hardys-

t " and that the members worshiped in Robert < Ig-

den's house, under the ministrations of Rev. II. W.
Hunt. Th.- constituent members are supposed to
have numbered ten, and t.> have been named as fol-
lows Christian Clay Man ( 1 1- his wifct, Jonathan
Sutton, Roberl Ogden, Jonathan Sharp, Jane Mills,
wife of Roberl Mills, Mar] Johnson, wife of Andrew
Johnson, < rabriel Paine, John Linn, and Martha, bis
w ife.

In lT^ii a church edifice was erected, and, in token
of the substantia] methods employed in its construc-
tion, it may be observed that after nincty-l'i.ur years
of service it -till s.r\i- as a Imu-c of Worship, and to
all intents hid- lair to endure another century. It



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was repaired in 1837, and again in 1869, at an ag-
gregate expense of upwards of $5000 ; but the orig-
inal frame is yet intact.

When preparations were ripe for beginning the
work on the church, in 1786, Robert Ogden, attended
by a goodly company, led the way to a white-oak tree
on the Lafayette road, and, while all knelt about the
tree, Mr. Ogden offered a fervent prayer, in which he
besought God's blessing upon the undertaking. The
white-oak was the first to fall as a tribute to the work,
and, as stout hearts and willing hands urged the busi-
ness forward, the frame was soon in position. For
some years, however, the church was a mere shell of
frame roof and weatherboarding, with roughly-hewn
seats for the worshipers, but in due time improve-
ments followed, and made the edifice comfortable and
attractive.

Oct. 6, 1818. the number of members reported was
51 ; 78 had been received to that time, and 27 dis-
missed. As the names of the ten constituent mem-
bers have already been given, mention of the follow-
ing 68 will complete the list, — to wit :

Hannah, wife of Robert Ogden, John Butler, Polly, his wife, Nancy Pit-
ney, Jemima Davis, Nicholas Byram, Martha Corwin, Rhoda White-
head, Margaret Joralomon, Nathan Whitehead, John Johnson,
Margaret Hnrd, Mary Morrow, Elizabeth Morrow, Sarah Roberts
Hindes, William Corwin, Jr., Rachael Sutton, Mehitable Perrigo,
John Burwell, Cyrus Condict, Phoebe, his wife, Rebecca Sutton, John
Ryan, Nicholas Eckerson, Mary, his wife, Abigail Talmage, Mary
Johnson, James Morrow, Jane, bis wife, Abigail (a woman of color),
Margaret Simmons, Herman Carter, Jenny, his wife, John Yaw, Da-
vid Arter, Elizabeth, his wife, Mary Buckley, Susannah Bird, Susan-
nah Cooper, Elizabeth Tarver, Mary McColluni, William Darling,
Sarah Ann, his wife, Samuel Johnson, Hannah Robinson, Elizabeth
Johnson, Charity Pierson, Nancy Hurd, Bethany Osborne, Elizabeth
Linn, Phoebe Matthews, Rachael Wade, Phoebe Eastou, Mary Darling,
Samuel Wade, Jane McDaniel, Anne Harwood, Abby Wade, Eunice
Munson, Mary E. Barr, George Buckley, Sarah Van Duzer, Richard
Whittaker, Elizabeth, his wife, Rhoda Bailey, William Corwin, Mar-
tha Corwin.

May 14, 1819, the church lost 62 members by dis-
missal to join the North Church, in Hardyston. There
were then remaining to the First Presbyterian Church
of Hardyston 37 members. From 1805 to 1880 there
appears from the records to have been about 800 mem-
bers admitted ; of these, there were remaining 90 in
December, 1880. From 1807 to 1832 the baptisms
numbered 361.

As has already been remarked, Rev. W. Hunt was
the first pastor of the church, but when he com-
menced his pastorate or when he ended it cannot be
told. The record of date May 46, 1805, notes that
"Revs. Gershom Williams and Matthew La Rue
Pierce attended at the meeting-house in Sparta, ac-
cording to tlie appointment of Presbytery," and that
Mr. Pierce preached from Psalm cxix. 176. The Ses-
sion was at that time composed of Elders Jonathan
Sutton, Robert Ogden, and Jonathan Sharp.*

* Wo learn from early annals of the Presbyterian Church that Rev.
Barnabas King came to New Jorsey in 1805, and began at once to preach
at Sparta, Sussex Co. In 1807 he officiated nltornato at Spuria and Rock-
away (Morris County), and in 1808 was called to the lattor church. Born



The first pastor of whom mention is made in the
records was Rev. Joseph L. Shafer, whose term of ser-
vice reached from 1812 to 1815. Previous to 1812 the
church appears to have depended upon such uncer-
tain and irregular supplies as could best be obtained.
Following Mr. Shafer came Rev. Noah Crane, who,
as pastor and stated supply, preached to the church
for a period of upwards of eighteen years, and estab-
lished himself so firmly in the affections of his people
that his name is to this day remembered with rever-
ence. Between 1830 and 1836, Revs. Edward Allen,
Peter Kanouse, E. R. Fairchild, Moses Jewell, and
James Wykoff supplied the pulpit. Following Mr.
Wykoff, the pastors were :

1S36-39, Rev. E. F. Dayton; 1839-44, Rev. W. Torrey; 1S44-45, Rev.
Thomas S. Ward; 1845-40, Rev. W. Torrey ; 1846-52, Rev. W. E.



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