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" H. Luse, dlod February 8, 1796.

"My race is i

My time Is spent :

N rial soul

i .in deatb prevent."
"John Wright, dlod 1707."
■•Moses Huzon, illodO, tuboi II, 1799, agod 23 years."

"I morj "I Isaac Loaning, Sr., older of Hardwlck church, died

I, I -II, lu tho Mill your of tils ago."


in M.-\ ii.i.i:.
The 1 village now known as I lunl-ville wafl settled as

cannot be ascertained. It was in 1750 that Thomas
Woolverton located on the site of Hunteville and

built a stone tavern, in which the County Court Was
held in IToti. The deed for that properly set forth

under date of Sept. 8, 1750, that "Samuel Green,
yeoman, of Hardwick, Morris Co., transferred to
Hernias Woolverton, shopkeeper, of Bethlehem, Hun-
terdon Co., '.'1 acres of land to be taken up and BUT-

• Now in tho possession •■< S, ll. Hunt, i:-i . ol Orocn.

of the old Hunt building. The storehouse was badly

built, and the wall- were removed and the -tone was

used for other building-. Judge Hunt died at Hunts-
ville, in ls|."., at the age Of eighty.

In the early day- there was a > ellow -w are pottery

at Pettit's Mills, but o/ho was the proprietor is not

know n.

The road through Petti fs Mill- was a direct high-
way to Newark and New York, and was a much-



traveled thoroughfare, especially for freight-wagons
conveying supplies towards New York. Woolverton
-and his stone tavern passed out of existence at a re-
mote period, for even the oldest of present inhabit-
ants in that neighborhood possess but vague remem-
brances of having been told once upon a time of the
existence of a tradition saying that Thomas Woolver-
ton kept tavern at Pettit's Mills "a long while ago."
Judge Hunt's was the only house (after Woolverton) \
that was regarded as a stopping-place for travelers
passing through Huntsville, although he protested
against the imputation that he kept a tavern. I. A.
Straley, now the oldest inhabitant, — that is, the person
longest resident — of Huntsville, came to the place in
1846 and bought the blacksmithing business then
carried on by Delancey McConnell. J. & S. Hill
were keeping store at that time in the old Hunt build-
ing, and Titman & Kelsey a store in Macksville (as
the locality just across the Pequest was called).

In 1851, Lewis Willson, having bought the mill
property at Huntsville, took possession of it, and has
been the mill proprietor ever since.

In 1S55, Lewis and Obed 0. Willson engaged in
mercantile trade, and at the end of six years, Obed re-
tired. Lewis carried on the business after that on his
own account until 1875, when he gave it up. Since
then Huntsville has been without a store.

A post-office was established at Huntsville about
1840, as a point on the route from Newton to places
in Warren County, but after a while the office was
discontinued. In 1865 it was revived, with Lewis
Willson as postmaster. In 1879 he retired in favor
of Isaac A. Straley, the present incumbent.

There is at Huntsville an old cemetery, but not
much can be related concerning the earliest interments
there, since the oldest graves appear to have been un-
marked by headstones. The oldest one to be found
there now bears date 1780, and stands in remembrance
of a member of the Buchner family. The burial-
ground was doubtless laid out years before the com-
mencement of the Revolutionary war, for there were
settlers in that vicinity about 1750.

Huntsville is now but a quiet hamlet, boasting a
mill, a saw-mill, a blacksmith-shop, a wheelwright's
shop, and perhaps a dozen dwellings.


The founder of Greensville, and the man after
whom Green township was named, was Ephraim
Green, whose ancestors came to America in the
famous ship " Caledonia."

Mr. Green was a Quaker, and settled at Greensville,
within hail of the Quaker colony in Warren County,*
but when his settlement was effected at the point
named is now altogether a matter of conjecture, for
none of his descendants can be found in Green town-

* Within the original Quaker settlement his near neighbor was Lundy,
the ancestor of Benjamin Lundy, the noted emancipationist and editor
of the Geniuti oj Emancipation, published in Baltimore about 1825, and
for a number "f yearn aftonvards.

ship. That he settled there before the opening of the
Revolution is certain, inasmuch as it is of record that
during that conflict he carried on a tannery at Greens-
ville and manufactured shoes for the use of soldiers in
the Continental army.

Samuel Dildine, one of Green's journeyman shoe-
makers, and the owner of land also in Green township,
lived to be a very old man, and is yet remembered by
a few of the dwellers in the township. He belonged
to the militia, and, telling once how he and other
militiamen were sent out to chase Moody the Tory,
said that all hands stopped en route to decorate their
hats with sprigs of pine; so that by those tokens each
would know the other, and in case of a scrimmage
with the enemy there would be no mistaking friend
for foe.

Ephraim Green had a strong fancy for making
cranberry-wine, and devoted much time and attention
to the cultivation of the berry, at which business he
was eminently successful. Green was not only tanner,
shoemaker, and farmer, but Quaker preacher as well,
and, it is said, held forth frequently and with remark-
able vigor at the Friend's Meeting south of Greens-
ville, in the Quaker settlement. He was exceedingly
fond of delivering a discourse that he entitled "The
Wallet." The moral philosophy he sought to ex-
pound in the course of that sermon was that many
people, were prone to put their sins into the dark parts
of their wallets, and the sins of their neighbors into
such portions as readily disclosed them to sight. His
admonition to all such persons was that they should
change the order of things once in a while, and by
exposing their own sins to the light of discovery con-
vince themselves that they were sadly in need of re-
formation. His language was plain but forcible, and
never failed to impress itself as the outpouring of a
sincere conviction.

One of Ephraim's sons, Ephraim, Jr., was succes-
sively chosen clerk and sheriff of Sussex County, and
was for some time president of the Sussex Bank of
Newton. Another, David, was a practicing physician
and died in New York. George, another son, also a
physician, lived at Belvidere. William was the only
one of the sons to settle in Green. He succeeded to
his father's business upon the latter's death, and added
to it a store, the first in Greensville. He moved to
New York, and thence to the West, where he died.

About half a mile south of Greensville one Zophar
Hull had a grist-mill that must have been there some
time before 1800, for in 1802, when Amos Shiner
moved to Greensville, Zophar Hull's mill was called
"the old mill." Hull was the monarch of that old
mill until his death, about 1820, and after that the
mill-wheel turned no more.

Amos Shiner, whose father, Peter Shiner, built a
grist-mill at Pleasant Valley, on the Paulinskill, be-
fore the Revolution, settled in Stillwater village pre-
vious to 1800 and set up a blacksmith-shop there. In
1802 he sought to improve his fortunes and so moved



to ( r reens\ ille, where lie resumed business as smithy,
— the first to start in thai trade al Greensville. Be
followed it until hie death, and then his sons Isaac
and Andrew contin I it for several rears. Mr. Shi-
ner's children numbered eight, of whom the sons
were Isaac, Andrew, Robert T., and Enoch T. The
only "iie now living of the eight children is Andrew
Shiner, of Newton. Enoch T. settled in Hope and
died in Newark. Isaac and Robert died in Newton,
imong those who are remembered as living near
tin- village in tin- early part of tin' ninetei ath century
Were Jonathan Lundy, n Quaker; Alexander Redding,
who Berved as colonel in the war of 1812-; Isaac Bird,
also a soldier of the war of 1812; John Sharp, William
Sharp, Benjamin Lemmens, Col. John Ogden, Enoch
Thatcher, and Christopher Hibler.

.1. I'. Stinson, now postmaster at Greensville, came
in tin' village first in 1*24, mill there found K. <l.
< sen mill William Green carrying on :i store, tan-
nery, and shoemaking-shop. \\'illi:iin Hibler, Robert
Swartz, and .1. 1'. Stackhouse were apprentices in the
shoe-shop, intu which Stinson entered a- a journey-
man. Coarsen & Green manufactured a g 1 many

pairs of boots and shoes, which they sold generally
throughout tlir county. In 1824 they leased tin' tan-
yard to Francis A. Stackhouse.

There was also in the village a blacksmith and
wheelwright-shop driven by Amos Shiner and his two
miii-, Isaac mnl Andrew, with whom Freeman Claus-
Ben and Daniel Freeman were apprentices. Hampton
I In/in was the village tailor and Timothy H. Cook the
carpenter. Some person whose name cannot now be
recollected had a small shop tor the manufacture of
spinning-wheels, but that industry ilhl Dot last very
long, Ti thy Cook, the carpenter, was an old resi-
dent, and in 1826 built tin' present village tavern, of
whirli be himself became the presiding genius. The
house in which E. G. Coursen lived is now occupied
as tin' residence of Mrs, Cornelius Hull, and, as it
was old in I sj I. the impression prevails that it i- ao\i
not far from the age of one hundred j cars.

Greensville endured a licensed tavern from 1826 to

1872, and then the temperance wave swept away the

- of rum-selling in the townsh p. Since that

time it Inn never been able to regain it-; bold, and

tavern topers have therefore been pleasantly scarce.

\ lining the early storekeepers in Greensville may
be named Andrew Shiner and Nathaniel Drake, the
ptter of whom succeeded William i rreen.

Green was postmaster at tircensville in 18:24, and
bad probably occupied the office some years at that
date. After the lapse of Isaac Shiner's term as post-
master, the Greensville post-office was discontinued.
In 1870 it was revived and called " Lincoln." J. B.
Stinson. who via- then appointed postmaster, has held
tl ilii'i- ever since.

Bird belonged to Light-Hone Harry Lee's loglon In the Roto-
■ win-, and received e penalon iii lii- '>til ago.


Hunt's Mills (or Washington is scarcely even a
hamlet, although it is a postal Btation. The only

business interest at that point is the mill of Joseph
I!, ami Theodore !•'. Hunt. It has been in the bands
of the Hunt family ever since its erection, about 1780,
by Ralph Hunt, who in 1768 married Elizabeth Phil-
lips and removed to the site of Hunt'- Mills to take
possession of property i about :i2o aires) left him by
his father, Samuel Hunt.

Samuel Hunt was the owner of a good deal "i land
Iii Su-si'x County, and on one of his excursions of
inspection, accompanied by a negro servant, he was
taken ill. Although not alarming at lir-t. his illness
developed fatal symptom- in a little while, and tin-
old man knew he would have to die. It appear- that

he had previously been struck with the idea that the
blull' overlooking the sheet of water called by the
Indian- am-hole, and now known as Hunt's Pond,
would make a good place for a cemetery. In pursu-
ance of ih at idea, be directed his negro man to deposit
his remains on that spot ; and there they -till lie. He
died in 1752, and, as already observed, Ralph Hunt

OCCUpied the property in 17ti*. He devoted himself

to farming until 1780, when he erected a distillery,
saw-mill, and grist-mill. Some time later he added
a fulling-mill and carding-machine.1 His business
enterprise was keen and liberal and made him known
to many. lie died in 1821, aged upwards of seventy,
and lie- now in the graveyard selected by his father,
in 17">2, where also many of the name rest beside

Although Ralph Hunt owned the mills, he always
lived chiefly in Stillwater, on the stage-mad between
Newton and Johnsonsburg, and there kept tavern.

.Io-eph, on,- of his sons, had charge of the mill busi-
ness iii < liven, and Thcophilus, another son, of a
second mill, in Stillwater. These two mills and about
icon acre- of land wen- left by Ralph Hunt at his

Thomas P. Hunt, his son, succeeded to the mills at

Hunt'- Mills, and built the present Btone mill, tin-
property of Joseph 1'-. and Theodore 1". Hunt, grand-
sons to Ralph Hunt. Ralph Hunt had twelve chil-
dren. Of them John moved'to Newton (now Andover)
in 1824; Joseph was a mechanic and fanner and died
in Green; Samuel was a fuller, and, emigrating to
Oakland Co., Mich., in 1886, died there; Thcophilus
was a miller in Stillwater, where he died: Ralph, a

fanner, and father of J. B. and T. F. Hunt, died in

Richard never married ; and Thomas, the
mill-owner, died al Hunt's Mills. During hi- possi -
sion of the property he transformed the distillery and

tt'lio griit-mlu, ww-xnlU, apple- and i >. -listlil.-ry, and fulling-nilll
be death of Ralph Hunt, lei tl P Hunt, till bod, In

the atrial t bit nl ite. Ralph Bant nttled on hit land loft to him i-y

the «iii >f in- brother John, and built the itone honae before the Bovo-
luuonarj wmronthli land,onthe n,n,l from Ni-wt.ni to LogJ

Rere he kept a tavern. Eta afterwards bought
the land on whli h he built hla mill Samuel U. Burnt.



fulling-ruiH into a clover-mill and built a foundry,
which was carried on several years.

Of Ralph Hunt's daughters, Abbie married Joseph
Hill ; Elizabeth, Charles Roy ; Mary, Absalom Price ;
Martha died unmarried ; Sarah became the wife of
Samuel Wells. Singularly enough, eight of Ralph
Hunt's twelve children became paralytics.

Richard Hunt is said to have built a saw-mill north
of Hunt's Mills before 1780, but more than that
nothing is known. Thomas P. Hunt was probably
the first storekeeper at Hunt's Mills, although his
store was of comparatively recent birth.


The village of Tranquillity (called sometimes Ken-
nedytown), lying two miles east from Greensville, on
the Pequest, was a portion of Amos H. Kennedy's
farm in 1844. Amos Kennedy was born on the Na-
thaniel Hart place, near Tranquillity church, then
occupied by his father, Moses Kennedy, who had
married a daughter of William Hart. Moses Kennedy
was from Warren County, in which section Lis grand-
father, Dr. Samuel Kennedy,* a Scotchman, located at
an early period and practiced medicine, his home be-
ing near Johnsonsburg, on the road to the Quaker

When Amos Kennedy was but five years of age
his father removed to Ohio, leaving Amos a bound
apprentice to a Mr. Mann, in Warren County. With
him he remain until he was seventeen, and then, bar-
gaining to buy the remaining four years of his time in
labor at fifty cents a day, shifted for himself. In 1819 he
married Catharine Stillwell, and settled in an old house
near Tranquillity, on a farm that had come to him as
a legacy from his grandfather, William Hart. The
site of the village was then a forest, and its vicinity
lived the families of William Hart, Jr., Col. Redding,
and a man whose name is now unknown. Amos
Kennedy followed the business of farming and stock-
droving until 1844, when he built on the Pequest a
grist-mill 26 by 36 and two and a half stories in height.
He built a store about the same time, and leased it
to George Steele. Pretty soon Tranquillity post-office
was established, and the village grew apace.

Mr. Kennedy himself built a number of dwelling-
houses there, and carried on the mill business until
his death. It is now the property of his son, E. V.
Kennedy, who materially enlarged the mill in 1869,
and added to it the appointments of a saw-mill.

The Dairymen's Association of Brighton was incor-
porated in 1874, with a capital of $5000, for the pur-
pose of establishing a creamery and of manufacturing
butter and cheese. A building was fitted up at
Brighton, and since 1874 has been constantly and
profitably employed. The officers of the association

* Dr. Samuel Kennedy, Bon of Eev. Samuel Kennedy, of Basking Ridge,
a Scotchman; lie also practiced medicine. (See chapter on "Medical
Profession of Warren County.")

in 18S0 were Silas Young, President; Theodore F.
Young, Secretary ; W. H. Hart, Treasurer. The
directors were Silas Young, Theodore F. Young,
Joseph Ayers, W. H. Hart, W. K. Young, Albert
Puder, Samuel Hill, and James Hardin.

G. 0. Ousted is the lessee of the creamery, and car-
ries on a flourishing business in the manufacture of
butter and cheese and the shipment of milk and
cream. The receipts at the creamery have gone as
high in the summer as 6000 quarts of milk daily, and
2000 quarts per day in winter.

In June, 1880, there were in Green seventeen people
between the ages of sixty and sixty-five. Those of
sixty -five and over were :

Saml. II. Hunt, 66; Geo. Armstrong, 70; Jos. Ayres, 65; Abram S. Ben-
net, 65; Geo. B.Drake, 68; Sarah A. Drake, 65; Ralph Dildine, 65 ;
Jos. C. Drake, 68; Elizabeth Drake, 67; Hannah D. Feasler, 68;
John Speer, 65; Hannah S. Hart, 69; Effa Hardin, 71; Godfrey F.
Hawk, 68; Mary Hardin, 70; David Hamler, 67; Jane Hull, 69;
Margaret Miller, 69; Barret Phillips, 6G; Susan Roy, 79; Mary A.
Koe, 65; Moses Steele, 7:J; Elizabeth Steele, 72; John B. Stinsou,
73; Jonathan P. Stackhouse, 66; Elizabeth Teel, 76; James Van
Sickle, 74.



Samuel H. Hunt (John 5 , Ralph*, Samuel 3 , Samuel 2 ,
Ralph 1 ) is sixth in regular line of descent from Ralph
Hunt, of Newtown, L. I., whose share of the pur-
chase of Middleburg of the Indians, in 1656, was one
pound. In 1662 he was chosen one of seven men to
conduct the affairs of the town. In 1663 he was, with
other leading men, denounced for resisting Dutch
authority, aiding to form a junction with the Connec-
ticut colony.

In the same year he was chosen, with six others,
"in the name of His Majesty, Charles II.," to town
office in Hastings (the new name of Middleburg) for
the ensuing year, and in 1664 he was admitted as a
freeman of the colony of Connecticut. He was chosen
surveyor to view the " Indian reserved lands" the
town was to purchase. In 1665 he was commissioned
lieutenant of the military in Newtown (the new name
of Hastings) by Governor Nicoll ; in 1666 he was a
freeholder of Newtown, and was one of eleven land-
holders who agreed to inclose their lands in a single
field for cultivation. He became one of the patentees
of Newtown, after having been appointed by the town
to get a draught of boundaries, and in 1667 he was
chosen constable. His house, barns, and corn col-
lected for rates were destroyed by fire in 1668. The
first church edifice in Newtown was erected on a gore
of land appropriated by him in 1671, and he was
sworn to office as schepen, or magistrate, upon the
reinstating of Dutch authority. His wi/lv/ns dated
Jan. 12, 1676. He died leaving the following chil-




pen: Ralph, Edward, John, Samuel, Ann, and

Ann became the wife of Theophilus Phillips, of
Newtown, L. [. Their children were as follows:
Theophilus, William, and Philip, of whom Theophi-
lus and Philip removed to Maidenhead, Eunterdon
i o., v .1., and William became a freeman of New

Samuel, son of Ralph Hunt, resided in Lawrence-
rille, formerly called Maidenhead, X. J., and there
died, leaving his homestead farm by will, dated Jan.
16, 1717, to his Bon Samuel and widow. He left to
his other children, Ralph and John, other lands; to
Thomas, Jesse, .Mary, Anna, and Elizabeth, legacies.

His farm is described as lying on both sides of the
King's mad. in Maidenhead.

Samuel resided on the homestead left bim by his
father, and became a real-e3tate o« ner in other parts
.,!' the State. He died in Sussex County, while there
d in improving his property, Dec. L5, 1752,
and was buried on the farm now owned by J. B. and
Theodore F. Hunt, in Green township, and his pos-
sessions were divided among his children, as follows:

Samuel received the homestead at Lawrenceville j
Richard received I in- I 'ox tract, of four hundred and
fbrtj aens, located near the Yellow Frame church,
in thr township of Stillwater, Sussex Co.; John and
I nomas received the Bainhridge tract, of six hundred
and thirty acres, east and adjoining the Cox tract ;
Ralph received, in lieu of land, an education and a
legac) of one hundred and ninety-live pounds: Sarah,

who married Price, received thirty pounds;

Martha, who married Dildine, received thirty

pounds and a negro girl; Abbic became the wife of
John Axford, receiving for her share thirty pounds
and a negro girl. To his sons he also gave his m gro
men and horses, and to his wife Abigail he willed the

use of a part of the homestead and a negro man and

John died without issue, and left Ins lands to his
brother Ralph. Thomas was a prisoner with the
flench and Indians for three years, during the

French and Indian war, and served as a militiaman

dnring the Revolutionary war.

Samuel had a son who was M prisoner among the
Tripolitans and ne\ er returned, although a large ran-
,-oin was offered.

Richard was a lieutenant in the French and Indian
war, and the Indians wanted to take him a prisoni I
at the time they took Swartwood and Thomas Hunt.
Hi was a militiaman, and also served in the Revolu-
tionary war.

Ralph, s if Samuel, was grandfather of our sub-
ject. He residcil on the stage road, between Newton
and Johnsonsburg, \. J., was a large fanner, owned
two rlouring-mills, a saw-mill, fulling-mill, apple and
rye distillery, ami carried on a general and extensive
business, lie owned some sixteen hundred acre- of
land, besides h large personal property. He served as

a -oldier in the Revolutionary war, and died in 1*:J1.

aged about eighty-nine years. His wife was Eliza-
beth, a daughter of Joseph 1'hillips, whom he mar-
ried about the year 17'i7. She was a descendant of
Theophilus Phillips, previously mentioned in this
sketch, and a sister of Hezekiah and Joseph Phillips.
carpenters, who were early settlers in Newton, owned

Considerable property there, and built for their own

use the Durling House, now owned bj Seeley Howell,

formerly called the " Phillips House."

The children born of this union were John, Jo-
seph, Samuel, Theophilus, Ralph, Richard, Thomas,

Sarah, wife of Samuel Wells. Abbie, wife of Joseph
Hill, Elizabeth, wife of Charles Hoy, Mary, wife of

A bsal Price, and Martha.

Of these children, John, eldest -on of Ralph, was
father of Samuel H. Hunt, and was horn in October,
L768. He married, Jan. 3, 1809, Anna, a daughter of
Samuel and Elizabeth Opdyke) HilI,ofGreen town-
ship. She was born June l, 1775, was a woman of
great moral worth and Christian excellence, and died
Jan. 31, L854. He died in July, 1846. she was a

daughter of Joshua Opdyke. of Kingwood. Hunter-
don Co.. X. J.

John Hunt resided in Green township, Sussex Co.,
on the property left him by his father, for several
years, and subsequently owned and re-sided on the
farm owned in lsX] by the heirs of the late Robert
Slater, near Newton. His life was spent in a quiet
way, and devoted to agricultural pursuits. He was
an attendant ami vestryman of the Episcopal Church

at Newton.

In politics he was an adherent id' the old Federal-
ist party, and subsequently a Democrat, but never a
seeker after political place or the emoluments of


His children are one son, Samuel 11.. and one

daughter, Mary K., wife of Daniel Budd, of Chester,
V J.

Samuel II., son of John Hunt, was bom on the
homestead, in I Ireen township. July •">. 1814. I taring

his boyhood, and until be reached the age of -i\teen.
Mr. Hunt was, on account of a naturally delicate
constitution, kept in school. At that age he began
to work on the farm, only attending School winters.

and became healthy, and during the pas! fiftj years

he has nol been ill that necessarily he should be

confined to bis bed to exceed twelve days. For some
time he was a pupil under the well-known teacher
Rev. ( 'lark-on X. Dunn, of Newton, where he ob-
tained a fair knowledge of Hie English and Latin
languages. I "til he reached the age of forty-five

year- he wa- a working farmer, and engage,] in the

incut and improvement of his property. Dur-
ing his middle life Mr. llnnt was somewhat active

in state and national politic-, and. although a member

of the Democratic party, he has always taken an in-
dependent position ill political action.

He has been connected with the local educational

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