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The acting trustees of the church are John Hager-
i.ian, llem\ White, .l"hn Fines, Edward Thatcher,
and Levi l.auliach. A flourishing Sunday-school is

maintained bj the I R, with John llager-

mati as the efficient superintendent.

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\ society of Christiana was organized at Finesville

as early as 1885, when the union church was erected

and services regularly maintained. In 1*77 a church

edifice was l.uill by the society at Liuc-viHe. which i-

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Burial-places of gnat antiquity exist iii Greenwich

township. These spots are hallowed a- the final rest-

ing-places of many of the settlers whose advent oc-
curred prior to the war of the Revolution. The oldest
is probably that connected with the < rreenwich Pres-
byterian church. The site of the original meeting-
house st y ,„| upon the farm of II. R. Kennedy, and

adjoining it was the Old graveyard, in which repose
the hones of many wdto more than a century and a
quarter ago listened to the preaching of the Word in
the log church near by. The sod has long since been
upturned for purposes of agriculture, and fields of
waving grain for successive years have covered tin-
spot which was formerly hallowed ground. Another
cemetery adjacent to the present church has superseded
tie i, in- long since abandoned.

The burial-ground located near the St James Luth-
eran church may also lay claim to much antiquity,
[t is contemporaneous with the existence of the church,
and probably was in use some time before. The in-
scriptions on many of the headstones are of very an-
cient date.

A burial-ground is located on the farm of Samuel
Hughes, which has heen in use by the family for gen-
erations, though it is now abandoned, and the Green-
wich cemetery is used by the family for purposes of
interment. Burial-grounds of much later date are
I.ieaie, | at Stewartsville, Hughesville, and Finesville.

WARREN I. IE, No. 63, I. 0. 0. F.

This lodge received its charter July 21, 1847, its
first officers having I. ecu N. G., John State: V. G.,

\. II. Stone; Treas., Lawrence Lean; BeC., C. R.

Thompson. It became extinct in 1858, and was re-
organized Nov. 25, 1^71. with the following officers:

\.i... C. II. Kremer; V. <;., II. II. Stone; Treas.,

I). F.Stone; ReC. Sec., Robert B. TiltOn. It- pres-
ent officers an- V G., John Melick; V. G., C. II
Coiltrey : Treas., C. II. Kremer; Sec, C. Kremer, Jr.


BTEW \t;is\ tt.i.t:.

The village undoubtedly derived its name from
Squire Thomas Stewart, one of the early settlers, and
the pioneer of the family to the immediate locality.

The Kennedy family were also among the luo-t active

in promoting the interests of the place, and have

heen more fully mentioned elsewhere. Benjamin
Merrill and Ahram Lava were early landowners, as

was Robert Stewart, a brother of the squire. The

earliest manifestation of business enterprise occurred ,



in the erection of a store by Robert D. Stewart, after
which a hotel was built by Daniel Spouenberry.
About the same time or soon after came John Carr,
Benjamin Merrill, Philip Hawk, Peter Carling, and
Leffert Purcel. Dr. Silas C. Cook established himself
as the earliest physician of the township. John Ful-
mer arrived in 1822 and purchased the hotel property
and seven acres of land. He became the popular
landlord, and also followed the occupation of a tan-
ner and harness-maker. In 1831 he devoted his at-
tention to mercantile pursuits, and was succeeded by
his son A. J. Fulmer, the present owner, ex-member
of the State Legislature. Lawrence Dean next en-
gaged in business in the village.

As the hamlet grew in dimensions the need of
suitable educational advantages was felt by the citi-
zens, who erected the academy in 1837, which is still
standing and used as a public school. The hamlet
since that time has continued to grow, and is now one
of the most attractive little villages in the county,
with a fair degree of business activity and many
substantial and attractive residences.

There are now in Stewartville two hotels, kept by
A. R. Kase (temperance) and Titus Tetimer; four
stores, the proprietors of which are A. J. Fulmer, A.
R. Kase & Son, Frederick Stock, and H. H. Stone ;
one tannery, owned by A. J. Fulmer; one harness-
shop, by D. F. Myers; two shoe-shops; a machine-
shop, by J. H. Sharp & Son; one blacksmith-shop,
by William Helm ; a tin-shop, by C. H. Kremer ;
and two undertakers, R. R. Stone & Brother and
John Hartung. The physicians of the place are Drs.
P. F. Hulshizer and Cyrus Knecht. Dr. S. W. Bo-
gardus is the dentist. A. R. Kase is the village post-


This village is located in the extreme southern por-
tion of the township. Philip and John Fine, who
were of German descent, came at an early date and
purchased the land on which the hamlet is built.
Philip Fine erected a dam on the Musconetcong
River, and soon after built an oil-mill, a grist-mill,
and a saw-mill. These mills were the earliest in this
portion of the county, and successfully conducted by
Mr. Fine for some years. The property came by de-
scent to his sons, Philip, Christopher, and Henry
Fine, who conducted an extensive business and were
large dealers in grain. Philip also erected and con-
ducted a store located on the opposite side of the
stream in Hunterdon County. A son Philip was also
a merchant, and held the offices of justice of the peace
and judge of the Court of Common Pleas. A woolen-
factory erected for the manufacture of cloth is still
standing and now used as a blacksmith- and wheel-
wright-shop. The flouring-mill was consumed by fire
and rebuilt as a paper-mill. It is now devoted to the
manufacture of knives and owned by Messrs. Taylor
& Stiles. Its location is within the bounds of Hun-
terdon County. A hotel was erected by John Fine,

of which he was for years the landlord. It is still
standing, and occupied now as a residence.

The only member of the Fine family now in Green-
wich is John Fine, who resides at Finesville, and is
the present township clerk.

There are now in the village two stores, kept by
Samuel Warner and John R. Cyphers; one black-
smith-shop, owned by Robert Butler; one wheel-
wright-shop, by Jacob Seyler ; the mill above spoken
of, two churches, and a school-house.


The earliest settler at this hamlet, which is located
on the southern border-line of the township, was
Judge Hugh Hughes, who was of Welsh extraction.
He came at least a century ago, and purchased a tract
of land of vast extent in the vicinity. He died here,
and was interred in the family burial-ground. Judge
Hughes had three sons, Dr. John, Isaac, and Brace-
lidge, and two daughters. All the sons made Hughes-
ville their residence, and died there. The children
of Isaac were seven in number, but two of whom —
Henry G. and Mrs. John S. Fine — survive. The fam-
ily of Dr. John Hughes have all removed from the
township. The homestead is now occupied by Sam-
uel, son of Henry G. Hughes. At an early day a
forge was erected at Hughesville, which did an ex-
tensive business. It was converted by James M.
Long into a grist-mill, and has since been consumed
by fire. There is now at the place a store kept by
Howard Young and a blacksmith-shop. A very early
school was located at Hughesville, the building of
which is still standing, and at present occupied as a
stable. It has been superseded by a more spacious
and convenient structure.


This spot was so named from the numerous small
springs emanating from the valley. There is much
difficulty in recalling the earliest settler at this point,
unless it was one Hixson, who owned much land in
the vicinity. His sons, Daniel and Amos, each owned
a farm, in which the hamlet was embraced. They are
both deceased, and have left no representatives in the
township, Edmund Stocker and Samuel Pluinmer
being the present owners of the property. David
Mixsell, of Easton, purchased land, upon which he
erected a distillery, mill, and store, all of which were
conducted by him until his death. The former is
now closed, and the latter owned by Jacob Paulus.
A church edifice and a school building are the only
public edifices. A post-office is located here, with
Henry Biglow as postmaster.


This spot, which was for years known only as Sei-
gletown, is a mere collection of houses. The earliest
member of the Seigle family who located here was
Benjamin, who was of German origin, and a large
purchaser of land in this vicinity. He had seven
children, — Catherine, Charlotte, Abram, Thomas,





William, Penninah, and Sallie. Tlic sons all located
near the homestead, Thomas having built a clover-
mill mi tlic MusciiiK'tcong. This was sold to one
drover, who converted it into a grist-mill. It has
bad successive proprietors, the present of which is
Isaiah M. Jacoby. It has four run of stone, and docs
Imlli merchant and custom work.

I he representatives < I the !" i :le I mills' now in the

place are Abram, son of William I:. Beigle, Sirs.
Levi Apgar, daughter of this gentleman, and the

children of Thomas ScLde.

A pottery, owned by the estate of William R. Seigle,
is located here, and a store, now closed, formerly en-
joyed an excellent patronage.


The ground occupied by this spot was formerly
owned by Judge Kennedy and his son . rami's, the

latter of whom built the hotel, and was for a while

proprietor. It was later kept by Phineas Kennedy,
Fred. Miller, Thomas Hunt, ami others, the present
landlord being Samuel Metier. The business enter-
prise of the [dace i- represented b\ a small store, kept

by .1. K. Thatcher, a wheelwright-shop, ow ned by .1"-

sepb [tuple, and a blacksmith-simp, by Jacob Stone.

A post-office was formerly established lure, which has
since been withdrawn.

(•AtifKM ruvn.t.i;.
This hamlet is simply a station on the Pennsyl-
vania Railroad (Belvidere division] with a store kept

by Young, and a grist-mill with t\\ i of stone

and moved by water-power from a neighboring spring,

and owned by K. ]!. Avers. The railroad to this point

was completed in 1854, and a depot erected with
Jacob Carpenter as station-agent. The earliest set-
tler was Jacob Carpenter, who emigrated from Switz-
erland as early as I7K and purchased land in the
immediate vicinity. His wife accompanied him and

assisted in tilling the soil, lie had four children,—

two boys, Jacob and John, and two daughters. Both
ions 'Hied in the township, where they died. Jacob

left two sons, Jacob and Charles, and one daughter.
John left two sons, Isaac and William, and two
daughters. The family are at present represented by

Jacob, son of Jacob, and William and [saac, -on- of

John Carpenter. Henry Hawk i- postmaster at the


i: 1 i QEL81 II. I.E.

This village, which lies both in New Jersey and
Pennsylvania, is located upon the Delaware, at the

extreme southern point of the town-hip. It was first
BOttled by a family of Hunts, who came here at lea-t
one hundred yean ago. William and John Hum,
who reside in the village, are of the same family.

Benjamin ftiegel, of Northampton Co., Pa., made

the place his residence in 1818, purchased the saw-

ind prisl mill alread} erected, and conducted an ex-
tensive business. Mr. Riegel died in I860, and bis
son, John L. Riegel, came into possession of the prop-

erly. The lumbering interest was abandoned in 1 366
and a paper-mill erected on the same site, which i-.
elsewhere described. There is a general -tore kept by

Robert A. Shinier, who conducts a large busine - ,
and a carriage-factory owned by George W. Snyder.
Riegelsville is located on the Belvidere division

of the Pennsylvania Railroad, with It. A. Poor as
station-agent. It. A. Sbimer i- the postmaster.


The Wnrren Mtutujiirhn-iinj C"ui/»ini/. — This estab-
lishment, which is one of the largest of its kind in the
State, i- located at Hughi-ville and devoted exclu-
sively to the manufacture of manilla paper. The
works are located upon the banks of the Muscorieteong
River, which affords an ample supply of water, though
steam-power is also employed, the establishment
being provided with three steam-engines. The work-
consist of the mill, storehouses, stables, and numerous
dwelling-houses. The material principally used is
commercially known as jute-butts, and imported from
the East Indies. About H.'iiin pounds are consumed
daily, which produces 5 tons of paper. There are
also used daily 6 1 bushels of lime, three-. piarters of a
ton of chloride of lime, and ti tons of coal, — and 10'
horses are required in the daily routine of labor.
The Warren Manufacturing Company is an incorpo-
rated company, the stockholders being John L. Kiegel.
I'.enjamiii Riegel, John Brown, Samuel Boileau, and
James W. Long. John Iirown is the president, and
Benjamin Kiegel treasurer.

Benjamin RiegeFt Paper-Miil. — This mill is located
at Riegelsville, and i- also devoted to the production
of a superior grade of manilla paper. Jt is located
on the banks and derives its power from the Mus-
eoneteong River, the water-power having been greatly
improved by Mr. Riegel. The mill has :1 capacity of
600 tons of paper per year. The material is imported,
and the product of the mills shipped to New York
and other large cities.

Mr. Kiegel also has a grist-mill, with a capacity of
75,000 bushels per annum, which does both custom

and merchant work.


The Hulshizer family is one of the old substantia]

families Of Warren County. Martin HuMiizcr came

from Germany between the years 1760 and 1760,
bringing his family, consisting of a wife and several
children, with him. He was a brick-mason bj trade.
i located at Phillipsburg, X.J. He subse-
quently resided at various points along the Mils-
conetcong < reek. His sons were < Ihristopher, Jacob,
Valentine, and John Martin. A daughter married



and went South ; another married a Mr. Bobbins and
removed to Pennsylvania.

John Martin Hulshizer was born on Jan. 18,
1747. He learned the trade of a blacksmith, and
carried on that occupation for many years near
Bloomsbury, X. J. He also engaged in farming at
the same point. He subsequently became the owner
of five hundred and seventy-five acres of land within
the present township of Greenwich. Upon this,
however, he never resided ; but at his death it was
divided among his children. This was about the year
1811. His wife was Mary Margaret Melick, born
Aug. 20, 1757, who bore him eleven children, — viz.,
Catharine, Godfrey, Martin, Margaret, William, Han-
nah, John, Mary, Daniel, Andrew, and James.

Daniel Hulshizer was born near Bloomsbury, Hun-
terdon Co., on Feb. 15, 1797. He grew up at home,
enjoying the benefits of a common-school education.
When about fourteen years of age his father died. He
remained on the home farm with his mother and an
elder brother, and when in his twentieth year com-
menced farming near Stewartsville, N. J., on a farm
which he had derived from his father's estate, and
which he still owns. In 1833 he removed to the farm
which he now occupies at Stewartsville. On these
two tracts of land Mr. Hulshizer has passed a long
life of industry and toil engaged in agricultural pur-
suits. By habits of economy and thrift he has ac-
cumulated a large estate, and he enjoys a commanding
influence in the township. Aside from his farming
pursuits he has entered somewhat into outside business
operations. He has engaged largely in selling wood to
railroad corporations ; was in the mercantile business
for several years at Stewartsville, and until a few years
ago was interested, with others, in the Phillipsburg
Iron-Rolling Mill. He retired from this enterprise
after having suffered heavy losses. He was at one time
a stockholder and director in the Phillipsburg Saving
Institution, filling the position of president for about
two years. He is a stockholder in the Phillipsburg
National Bank. All his business relations have been
characterized by the strictest integrity, and he justly
enjoys the respect and esteem of all. He is a liberal
contributor to church and kindred interests, and is a
friend to the cause of education. He has been an elder
in the Presbyterian Church of Stewartsville since its
organization, in 1850 ; previous to that time he was
connected with the Presbyterian Church of Green-
wich, where he was also an elder. At the ripe old
age of eighty-three he now lives in retirement at
Stewartsville, and is in the' full possession of all his

His wife was Margaret, daughter of Abraham and
Ann (Noyes) Carpenter, formerly of Carpentersville,
N. J. The children have been Andrew, born June
22, 1822 ; George, born Dec. 8, 1824 ; Abraham Car-
penter, born May 5, 1826 ; Philip Fine, born Feb. 11,
1828; Theodore, born Sept. 27, 1830; Henry Furman,
born Jan. 15, 1833 ; Ann Elizabeth and Zeruiah,born

Jan. 18, 1844. Of these all are living, save George,
who died March 11, 1825. Ann Elizabeth is the wife
of Abraham Baker, and resides at Mount Bethel, Pa.;
Zeruiah is the wife of Nicodemus Warne, of Broad-
way, N. J. ; Andrew is a retired farmer, and resides
in New Village, N. J. ; Philip F. is a prominent phy-
sician at Stewartsville ; Theodore resides at Stewarts-
ville, and is cultivating the home farm; Henry F.
resides with his parents at Stewartsville.


Hon. Robert S. Kennedy was one of the six chil-
dren of Thomas and Margaret (Stewart) Kennedy
who attained mature years. The family was origi-
nally from Bucks Co., Pa. Thomas Kennedy, with
his father, located in Greenwich township over one
hundred years ago. The latter was a large land-
holder in that section of Warren County, and some
of the property that he owned is still in the posses-
sion of his descendants. Thomas Kennedy died Oct.
15, 1846.

Judge Robert S. Kennedy was born in Greenwich
township, Oct. 10, 1802. His earlier years were passed
upon the paternal farm. He attended the common
schools of his locality during the winter season, and
completed his education at a select school in Easton,
Pa. He returned to the cultivation of his father's
estate, and at the death of the latter came into the
possession of two farms. These he continued to cul-
tivate throughout his life, and they are now owned
by his descendants.

While Judge Kennedy confined his life-work to
agricultural operations, it was in connection with his
public life that he became most widely known through-
out the county and State. He was a large, robust man,
and possessed of that genial nature and peculiar mag-
netism that gives a man prominence among his fel-
lows. Politically, he was first a AVhig, then a Re-
publican, and finally a Democrat. Besides filling the
minor offices of his township, he was called by the
people to places of greater trust and responsibility.
He was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention
of 1846, one of the lay judges of Warren County for a
number of years, and for two terms one of the lay
judges of the Court of Errors and Appeals of New
Jersey. He was United States marshal of the State
in 1850, and took the census of New Jersey for that
year. In all his public positions he enjoyed the rep-
utation of an able and upright man and a safe and
valuable citizen. He was widely known throughout
the State, and enjoyed a commanding influence in its
counsels. He was active in all movements tending
to improve and develop society, and was a liberal
contributor to the various benevolent and Christian
enterprises of the day. He was for many years a
member ot the Greenwich Presbyterian Church, and
was chosen an elder in 1848. He was subsequently
one of the founders of the Stewartsville Presbyterian

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Jesse Stewart's grandfather, Kobert, resided in Green-
wich township and died about 1800, leaving two sons,
Thomas and Kobert, and daughters, Margaret, wife of
Thomas Kennedy, and Mary, wife of William Kennedy.

Thomas was the father of our subject, and married
Eachel Deweese. For some time he resided in Pennsyl-
vania, but in the spring of 1793 he removed to Green-
wich township, Warren Co., N. J., where he purchased
some three hundred and sixty acres of land, upon which
he resided during the remainder of his life. He was a
man favorably known and esteemed by his fellow-towns-
men. He held the office of justice of the peace for
several years, and was for a term of five years judge of
the Court of Common Pleas of Sussex County prior to
the organization of Warren County. He died at the
advanced age of eighty-six, and left his estate to his
surviving offspring. His children were Kobert, lived
to be about seventy years of age, and died in Wisconsin ;
Kachel, became the wife of Morgan Long, of Durham,
Pa. ; Samuel, lived to be seventy years of age, and
resided in Greenwich ; William, reached the age of
eighty-five, and died in Greenwich ; Thomas, has reached
an advanced age, and resides in Loekport, N. Y. ; Sally,
became the wife of Joseph Carpenter, of Greenwich ;
Jesse ; John, resides in Easton, and is nearly eighty-live
years of age; and James, died at the age of eighty.

Jesse Stewart, son of Thomas, was born on the home-
stead, in Greenwich, Sept. 9, 1793. Ho resided at homo
until he was twenty-four years of age, and Oct. 30,
1817, married Mary, daughter of Michael Kosoberry, of
Greenwich, on the Delaware. She was born Jul}- 18,
1800, and died Oct. 15, 1837. The children born of this
union are Thomas, Michael, Jesse Deweese, Margaret,
wife of Richard Wilson ; Kachel Deweese, wife of Peter
Purse], of Lancaster, Ohio; Ann, widow of the late

William Carter ; Elizabeth, widow of the late Andrew
Lommason ; and John. For his second wife Mr. Stewart
married, Feb. 14, 1839, Kebecca, daughter of Samuel
Drake, but at the time of the marriage Mrs. Osmun.
She was born Feb. 1, 1797, and died Dec. 2, 1865, leav-
ing one daughter, Mary, who was married to George
Lance, and resides on the homestead in Greenwich.

After his first marriage Mr. Stewart settled on a part
of his father's farm, and at his father's death received
about one-third of his real estate. This farm ho im-
proved and brought to a high state of cultivation, and
he also erected thereon a stone dwelling-house and a
stone barn which are in good repair in 1880. He was a
representative farmer in every sense of the term, and
his farm and surroundings during his active days of
business always showed thrift and prosperity.

Following the line of his father, Mr. Stewart was
formerly identified with the old Whig party, and is now
a Republican. He has given little attention to politics,
preferring the quiet of the farm and the pleasure of
seeing its products as the result of his own industry.
For a period of sixty-six years he has been a voter, and
cast his first ballot about the time of the election of
James Monroe for President of the United States. For
fifty- five years he has been a member of the Prcsb3'terian
Church at Greenwich, a part of which time he has offi-
ciated as deacon. In all his relations in life, whether
in business or otherwise, he has sought to be honest,
upright, and manly, and his integrity is acknowledged
by all who have known him.

At the age of sixty-six ho retired from the active
duties of life, and a few years since disposed of his farm
to his son-in-law, Mr. Lance, and for the past eleven
years has resided with his daughter, Mrs. Lommason,
at Belvidero, N. J.



Church, and one of its first elders. On several occa- many friends for his integrity and uprightness as a
siom lie was a delegate to the General A - .ml.ly of citizen. He was identified with the Democratic party

his denomination, and was greatly interested in the
Sabbath-school work of his church, serving as super-
intendent for forty years. He passed away on March
20, 1879.
Judge Kennedy was married, on Jan. 5, 1826, to
ine 8., daughter of .John and Frances Btrader,

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