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This church is one of the oldest in the Presbytery
of Newton. A book was lately found among the pa-
the late Joseph K. Diltz, thai contains a record
of baptisms extending over a period of forty-four
years from Jan. -. 1776, to Oct. 26, L810. This book
is written almost entirely in the German lang

Ii tains a li-t of more than six hundred baptisms.

The record contains the name of the child, tl

of its birth, the date of the baptism, the names of the

pannt-, and the name- of the -j.. .11-01 - . .r l'." I- parent-.

and in most cases iln name of the minister by whom
die sacrament was administered. Then axe twelve

-in 'Ii records for tie- year 1766. Al 1 one hundred

ami twenty-five such entries occur in the lir-i ten
years. Twenty-one aregiven for the year 177.
show in- ilia i the people even in the midst of political
strife and impending war rem. ml. 1 red the God of
their fathers and devoted themselves and their off-
spring to Hia Ben ice.

Many of the name- given are the names of the an-
cestors of those living in and aln.nl here at the pres-
ent lime. Know lion was lint a German-English
church, and organized under the title of " First Eng-
lish and German Congregation in Knowlton." The
•id that ean he found of the Know lion Presby-
terian Church is taken from the minutes of a meeting
of the Presbytery of New Brunswick, held at tree-
hold. April 22, l77o:

" t number of ] pie In Knowlton, Sussex County, bi

;i Christian icletj I tery mi. I


fin following answer was

" Th.. Pi them uadsr theli

order the Peppard, one Bel

1 boi an, and Mi. Hanna one."

Rev. Francis Peppard wa- received from the Pres-
bj tery of New York. April '.'7. 177o, and labored some
tony years in this general region of country.

Rev. John Roseborough was a man of rare elo-
quence and undoubted patriotism. For further men-
tion Bee histories of the township of Greenwich and
borough of Washington. Knowlton "a- auppli
Sabbaths during the year 177".. ami eight Sabbaths
during the 5 ear 1776.

1 Li. 1 1. 1777. until October, L780, Ion. Mr.
Stockton supplied this church in connection with
those of Oxford ami Mansfield- Woodliouse.

He was ordained Aug. II, 177s. \i a meeting of
the Presbytery, in Basking Ridge, Oct. 17, 17s... Mr.

Stockton petitioned the l're-hy ten thai, on a. ...lint

of the divided and broken state of the Knowlton

.lion, he he liberated from that part of his

charge. Th. : ranted hi- request. Thus



the first pastorate only continued two years and
two months. During the next eleven years Knowl-
ton was supplied from time to time by different per-

On April 26, 1791, application was made by the
congregation of Knowlton for supplies for the ad-
ministration of the Lord's Supper, and to have some
person set apart to the office of elders. The Rev.
Mr. Wilson was appointed to ordain the elders the
third Sabbath in May, 1791, Rev. Mr. Condit to
administer the sacrament of the Lord's Supper the
first Sabbath in July.

Application was made April 26, 1796, for one-third
of Rev. Mr. Peppard's time, one year, which was
granted. Sept. 22, 1802, Rev. Ebenezer Grant was
appointed to supply the church at his discretion ; he
was also to inquire into the state of the congregation
and to find out if they considered themselves under
the care of the Presbytery. The congregation having
been for a long time without a regular pastor, it had
become greatly divided and scattered. In many of
the old records the name is spelled in different ways ;
for instance, "Nolton," " Knowltown," "Knolton,"
and frequently, as at present, "Knowlton."

At the meeting of the Presbytery held at Princeton,
April, 1803, Rev. Ebenezer Grant made the following-
report in regard to the people of Knowlton :

" That so far as lie had been able to learn there is no regular organized
congregation in the township of Knowlton, nor any house of worship be-
longing exclusively to the Presbyterians, the officers and members of the
society with which the Kev. Philip Stockton was formerly connected hav-
ing almost all died or removed, and that the Presbyterians, who were the
most numerous, and a considerable number of High Dutch Calvinists, to-
gether with a small body of Episcopalians, all worshiped in a stone church
which had been erected many years since, near the banks of the Delaware
River, into which the clergy and people of all denominations were, re-
ciprocally admitted. But this house being situated on one side of the
township rendered it inconvenient for the great body of the people to at-
tend public worship, and that therefore the three congregations before
mentioned had subscribed liberally towards erecting a large and conve-
nient building for public worship, in a pleasant spot and nearly in the
centre of the township. 1 '

This was the first church building erected on the
present site of the Knowlton frame church.

The union church, "built of stone," near the banks of the Delaware,
in all probability stood a short distance below where Delaware Station is
now located.

The first Presbyterian church building erected on the present site of
the Knowlton church was built during the summer of 1802 and 1803,
through the liberal subscriptions of the "High Dutch Calvinists," Epis-
copalians, and Presbyterians. The building was huge and convenient,
and located in a pleasant spot nearly in the centre of the township. At
this time the Presbyterians, although many had died, and some families
removed, were still the most numerous denomination in the township.

At a meeting of the Presbytery held in Trenton, April 20, 1803, Mr.
John Linn, an elder from Knowlton, was present. This is the first
time the name of an elder from Knowlton appears upon the records of
Presbytery, Mr. I.inn asked for supplies. Five were appointed. In
October, at the meeting of the Presbytery, two ciders were present
from "Noltou,"— Hugh Foreman from the old church, and J. Linn from
the new. Rev. Dr. S. S. Smith was appointed to administer the communion
and catechise the people the third Sabbath in November. This is, in all
probability, the first time the sacrament was administered in the now

At the advice of Presbytery, Rev. David Barclay accepted calls from
Lower Mount Bethel, Oxford, and "Noltou." June 10, 1805, Mr. Barclay

waB installed into the pastoral charge of the three churches. Each of
the churches was to give two hundred dollars toward the pastor's salary.

At a meeting of the Presbytery held in Newton, in the year 1811, cer-
tain charges were preferred against Mr. Barclay by members of the
Knowlton congregation, which occupied the attention of the Presbytery
and even the Synod for the space of four years, at the conclusion of
which the pastoral relation between Rev. Mr. Barclay and the Knowlton
congregation was dissolved.

Oct. 3, 1815, Mr. Joshua Swayze represented Knowlton in the Presby-
tery. Supplies were appointed for this and a part of the following year.

In the year 1817 the Knowlton and Hard wick Churches called Mr.
Jehiel Talnmge, a licentiate, to become their regular pastor. The call
was accepted, and June 19, 1817, he was installed.

Ill the year 1817, Rev. Mr. Talnmge and others were set off, and be-
came the Presbytery of Newton, under whose care this church still con-
tinues. Mr. Talnmge continued to be pastor of this church until some
time during the year 1839, when the pastoral relation was dissolved and
he went to Ohio. During this pastorate of twenty-two years, 57 were
added to the church on examination and 4 by certificate, making in all
61, of which 9 are still living and connected with the church.

Rev. T. B. Condit served the church as a supply a part of the years
1839-40. In 1841 he became the settled pastor, but continued as such
only a few months.

Rev. David Longmore served the church as supply from December,
1S41, to April, 1843, he having declined to accept a call made to him. He
was a native of Ireland, — a man of great power, although very peculiar
in his personal habits.

The Presbyterian Church at Blairstown wns organized in 1840, largely
from members of the Knowlton Church. Rev. Mr. Longmore supplied
both churches, and it is said he, being a poor horseman, was accustomed
to walk from Blairstown t<p meet his appointments at Knowlton.

At an adjourned meeting of the Presbytery, held Oct. 16, 1843, Rev. John
M. Lowrie was ordained and installed pastor of the churches of Blairstown
and Knowlton. He continued to serve these churches until August,
1845, when (ailing health caused him to resign his charge. He died at
Fort Wayne, Ind., in the year 1857.

In the fall of 1S45, Rev. John A. Reiley became pastor of the two
churches. This arrangement continued until 1854, when Blairstown be-
came s-lf-sustaining, and called Mr. Reiley for all his time. Mr. Reiley
is still living, although not actively engaged in pastoral labor. His
home is in Louisiana.

A church was organized at Hope with 11 membei-s, June 11, 1854.

Rev. R..II. Reeves was ordained and installed by the Presbytery as
pastor of the churches of Knowlton and Hope, at Knowlton, Nov. 21,
1854. He remained with the Knowlton Church until Oct. 2, 1867, and
died at Franklin, Ind.. May 7, 1875, in the fifty-first year of his age.

The Rev. Peter H. Brooks was called to this pastorate in the fall of
1868, and entered upon his duties in the spring of 1S69. During t lie
pastorate of Mr. Brooks the present parsonage property was purchased
and nearly paid for. The church building was repaired, the pews were
reversed, and the pulpit placed in a recess.

In October, 1871, at a meeting of the Presbytery, the pastoral relation
of the Rev. Mr. Brooks was dissolved in order that ho might accept a call
from the Presbyterian Church at Susquehanna Depol, where lie still re-

In the spring of 1872, Rev. D. F. Lockerby became pastor of the
three churches. This pastorate continued just one year, and was unfor-
tunate in every respect.

During 1872, Rev. Andrew Tally acted as stated supply, but no per-
manent settlement was effected. During the years 1873 and 1874 occa-
sionally supplies were enjoyed and many candidates were heard, but one
cause and anothor prevented the settlement of a pastor.

A call was made out April 17, 1875, from the churches of Knowlton,
Hope, and Delaware, for the present pastor, Rev. Daniel Deurelle, then
of the Presbytery of Lehigh. The call was accepted, and he was in-
stalled June 9, 1875. During the past winter the rotary system of older-
ships was adopted.

The records show that at least 360 persons have been connected as
members with this church. Knowlton is also a mother of churches,
Blairstown, Hope, and Delaware all being her daughters, while she has
contributed members to many other churches. There have been four
seasons of special revival in the history of this church. In the year
1832, under the pastorate of Rev. J. Talmage, 26 were added on examina-
tion ; in 1843, with the Rev. David Longmore as pastor, 21 were gathered
in ; in 1851, 27 were received on profession of their faith : Rev. John A.
Reiley was pastor at that time; and lastly, in the year 1875,23 were
received on examination.



II,, iy changes since Jan. 8, 17661 It is recorded Hint preaching

was occasionally done in a tog building standing In what la now Ihe

cemetery, and tbattbo Mrvlcee wore c lucted In the German

bnl of this there can be no definite r< ept the book above

referred to. A- Knowlton Qerman-English

chnrob, this was probablj bofon the alliance had been formed between

it,. Presbyterian! and 11 i men i: Ibi m< : low]

lowed memories linger around tbi- old cbun i tbelog»

il in,, - trncl tillb i In a building noartbo church.

Tin, cbnrch ballding that was erected in the yeai 18021s now used k« a

barn, having I n removed a Bhort distam e t it- original -it.-. The

dedicated in October, 1-H, during
(orate "i Rev. John M. Lowrie, and ih a iie.-afr.uiie bulldln
white, with neither belfry nor basement Tb i , and, as In

Id ire present each Sabbath. Bei

heldeverj Sabbath i nlng, and a congregational pmyer-m

The following-Di id persona were the elders and

trustees in 1881: Ruling elders, William « >. Ward,
David B. Low, I. W. Smith, Jehiel Earris, John
Swartswelder ; trustees, Harrison Blair, David A.
Brands, I. W, Smith, Ji liii 1 Harris, Alfred M. Smith,
( hades Smith, Jr.

The present value of church property, including
parsonage, is $5000; the membership, Jan. 27, 1881,
was 60; Sunday-school superintendent, Jehiel Harris ;
total number of scholars, s " ; avei - ace, 35.

A society known as the " Sunday-school Temper-
ance Alliance of the Presbyterian Church of Knowl-
ton" i- connected with this church, and was organ-
ized in 1878, and numbers 1 i x members, [ts officers
are Rev. David Deurelle, President; William S.
Perry, William O. Ward, and Jehiel Harris, Vice-
Presidents; W. S. Anderson, Secretary; M. L. Dcu-
relle, Treasurer.


This church, located in the village of Delaware
Station, is an oflshoot of the Knowlton Church, and
with that church shares the support of a pastor, he
living a1 Delaware station, preaching there in the
morning and evening, and at the Knowlton Church,
five miles distant, in the after n. When the vil-
lage of Delaware Station had attained to marly its
present Bize, it was found thai there were several Pres-
byterian families among the inhabitants, and the dis-
tance from the Knowlton church, together with bad
roads it great portion of the year, rendered church-
going by the villagers quite unpleasant : therefore we
find that

"At the sprlnj r.heW at Phllll| -•

burn in I] David Tnlly, Bar.

Rev. Peter 1 Eldei Cli ul< - i: \ ail, «••,.-

appointed t<> * ifii Dolav. ai
ol the i- opb . ind If the way be > !• ,.r to organise n cJUurch thore."

The following persons, having reci ived certificates
of dismission from the Knowlton Church, presented
to the committee, thus becoming the constituent
members of this organization,— viz., Elders William
II. Hemingway and John Burd, Mrs. W. II. Hi
way, Mrs. John Burd, William V. Hutchinson, L. O.
Osmun and wife, Jercmj Osmun and wife, A. J.
Hutchinson and wife, Mrs. Joseph <i. Angle, Miss

Ann I-:. Angle, Mi* Sarah C. Angle, Mr-. Philip
Hartung, Mrs. Mary E. James, the latter present-
ing a certificate from the Pn sbytt rian < !hurcb at Bel-

The following ruling elders won- then chosen:
William H. Hemingway and John Burd. The pro-
ceedings thus far were signed by Peter II. Brooks,
who became pastor of this church, in connection with
that of Knowlton. of which he was already the pastor.

Ih. first board of trustees ot the Delaware Pres-
byterian Church were elected June 7. i~7l. as fol-
lows: William I-'. Hutchinson, president of thi
for three years; C.T.James, for two years; and James
Trail, for one year.

The present frame edifice, 38 bj 60 feet, with base-
ment for lecture-room, Sunday -schools, etc., was built
in 1875, and dedicated August 10th of that .war by
Rev. Cor-,- W. Smith, D.D.

The church edifice is of modern architectural de-
sign, sunn ited with a slated spire in which hangs

a very fine-toned bell "'. At thededica-
ervices Hon. John I. Blair presided, when he
. aye an exhibit! in of Ins usual liberality upon such
occasions by presenting to this infant organization
the lot upon which the church stands, also the par-
sonage house and lot now occupied by the pa-tor, to-
gether with ey enough to make his donation

14000, which was just one-third of tin- total
rlinivh. par-onagc. and grounds, thereby dedicating
the church without any debt upon it. The audito-
rium will comfortably seat 250 persons. The orches-
tra or choir is supplied with a fine church organ.

The pastors of this church have been Rev. Peter

II. Brooks, from date of organization until Aug. 29,

1871, when he resigned. !!<• was 3U seded by Rev.

D. I'. Lockerby, from Sept. 1 I. 1872, until I
1873. Rev. David Deurelle, the present pastor, was
installed July 18, 1875.

The meiiihcrship at the dedication of the church
edifice was one less than at the organization. The
membership in January, 1881, was Is; value of the
church property, $8000. Ruling elders, William II.
Hemingway, John Burd, Dr. T. C. Osmun, Jeremy
Osmun; trustees, \. Ammerman, William I-'. Hutch-
inson, James Trail, I>r. I.. C. Osmun, William II.
1 lemingway, .John Burd.

The Sunday-school superintendent is William II.

Hemingway. Total mbership, 75; average at-


There is connected with this church a society known
as "The Sunday-school Temperance Alliance of the
Presbyterian Church of Delaware." It was organized
in 1879, and numbers 85 members, (ts officers are :
President, Rev, l>. Deurelle; Vice-Presidents, W. II.
Hemingway, Jennie E. Lynes, and Ann: B
retary, Miss Lizzie Hutchinson. The regulai

, held on the Tin-day evening on or before the
lull of the moon in each month, in the parlors of the
Presbyterian church.




Just when the Methodist class and society was
formed at this place we are unable to state for want
of data upon which to place reliance. However,
Hainesburg was one of the preaching appointments
as early as 1825 or 1830, when this place was yet con-
nected with a large circuit and had Methodist preach-
ing only once in four weeks.

In 1840 the society had attained that numerical and
financial strength that warranted it in agitating the
subject of church building, as thus far the accommo-
dations were only such as were afforded by a private
house or the old district school-house.

In 1842 it was decided by the society and congre-
gation to build, when the site upon which the church
edifice stands was selected, which, together with
§100, was donated by Andrew Smith. He also took
the contract for building for $1100, and used the tim-
ber for the church frame that he had just got ready
for a barn of the same size, and thus, without delay,
the church was built and dedicated that year. The
parsonage connected with the church was built in
1849. Present value of church property is $2000;
present membership 35, with Rev. Sylvanus Harris as
pastor. This place is connected with Columbia, which
is also under charge of Rev. Harris.

The present trustees are Jabez G. Smith, John C.
Davison, John Beck, Samuel Albertson, Lemuel Har-
den, and Abram Hedding.


Preaching by the old itinerant Methodists was com-
menced at Columbia as early as 1828 by old Fathers
Colburt and Hevenor, two noted Methodist evangel-
ists, and such was the prejudice of the people against
the "sect," as they were called, that the itinerants
were obliged to make converts to their faith as best
they could till they got a foothold in some pioneer
cabin, or barn; if not there, then in the highway.
However, in 1835, people having begun to get the
scales off their eyes, we find that " Old Hevenor," as
many called him, was holding a " revival" in the
school-house, which had been built a couple of years
previous. Here "Old Hevenor" continued to "hold
the fort" till 1840, when the present Methodist church
was built, the first and only one in this village.


The Methodist Episcopal society of Wolftown,
Knowlton township, was organized at the house of
Zenos Everitt, about the year 1832, near where Zion
Methodist Episcopal church now stands.

A regular afternoon and evening service was held
once a fortnight at Everitt's residence.

We see by an old Methodist Episcopal class-book
for 1833 that Samuel G-raee and Francis A. Morrell
were the preachers in charge, Zenos Everitt leader,
and Philip Q. Quick assistant leader.

At that time the class contained 20 members, and
continued holding service at the same place mostly

until after the school-house was built, in 1836, when
the service was held at that place. In 1841, at the
request of Rev. Mr. Hevenor, preacher in charge,
David Brands, with most of his family, who were
members at Green's Chapel (now Mount Hermon),
joined the society at this place. Service was held
Sunday afternoon, once in two weeks, for some ten
years. The congregation in 1851 built a small house
of worship. Many precious revivals were enjoyed by
the society while they worshiped in the school-house,
which added much to their numerical strength ; also
after the church was built the congregation continued
to increase until 1875, when the church was enlarged
and remodeled.

When the church was built the membership was
about 50 ; Rev. R. Van Horn was preacher in charge.
About the beginning of 1852 it was dedicated. Rev.
George Winsor officiated at these services. Revs.
George Banghart and C. Larew were the preachers in
1852; in 1853-54, Rev. W. M. Burroughs; 1855-56,
Rev. M. Herr; 1857, F. Lummis; 1858-59, A. H.
Brown; 1860-61, J. C. H. Brown; 1862, J. A. Rutan;
1863, J. Mead; 1864, J. I. Boswell; 1865, J. Mead;
1866, E. P. Crane; 1867-69, S. N. Bebout; 1870-71,
W. H. McCormick ; 1872-74, J. N. Keys; 1875, A. R.
Shaw; 1876-7S, C. S. Vancleve; 1879-80, W. W.
Voorhees. The society at present contains about 90
members. One Sunday-school, the first superintend-
ent, A. Brands ; superintendent at present, George G.
Depue. Sunday-school held during the season every
Sunday afternoon, immediately preceding the preach-
ing service.


This church was constituted in 1835 by Rev. Ed-
ward Barrass, who became the first pastor and re-
mained three years. During his pastorate a brick
meeting-house was built at Ramsaysburg. Mr. Bar-
rass was succeeded by Re.v. J. Spencer, who remained
one year, when Rev. Mr. Barrass again assumed the
pastorate for one year. The next 'pastor was Rev. J.
R. Morris, who remained one year, and was followed
by Rev. J. Currin for three years. He was succeeded
by Rev. John Teasdale from 1845 to 1847. Rev. T.
F. Clancey became pastor of the church in 1849, and
remained four years, and was succeeded by Rev.
Alfred Harris, who remained one year, when a call of
the church was accepted by Rev. William M. James,
who remained one year, leaving in 1859. The church
was then without a pastor till 1864, when Rev. Charles
E. Cordo became pastor of this church, in connection
with the Baptist Church at Belvidere. Mr. Cordo
was the last pastor of this church. In 1868, by a
special act of the Legislature of New Jersey, the
church property was sold, on account of the Dela-
ware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad running so
near the meeting-house that it became untenable as
a house of worship. During the thirty-odd years of
the existence of this church it received by baptism
105 members, and at the time of dissolution of the

$% Jfy $&£&& &&

Tiik family of Howey in this country -"'■
of Quakers bearing the name of " Howe," of Suffolk
County, England. John and Robert came to America
during thu old colonial times, and one brother, unmar-
ried, remained in England and inherited the parental
estate. John settled in Philadelphia. Robert, progeni-
tor of the family in New Jersey, purchased some three
thousand acres of land in the county of Glouci ster,
State of New Jersey, a part of which tract, " Pleasant
Meadows," became the homestead of the Howey family
(■it Bve generations, and was finely situated and well cul-
tivated. Isaac, son of Robert Howey, born in 176G,sur-
, . deil to this homestead, and upon In* death Benjamin
M., father i>f ..ur subject, came into possession of the

Benjamin M. Hcnvey was born .Ian. Is, 17U'2, and mar-
ried, in 1816, Isabella, daughter of Dr. James Stratton,
d prominent physician of Swedesboro', X. J., Who died
in 1812; she was born July 10, 1799, and died July 1,
1 s it. Benjamin M Howey died July 4, 1840.

Benjamin M . Howey died on the homestead at " Plea -

a ut M rai b> w>, " where be resided during hi* life, lie was
an active business man and a representative agricultur-
ist He took an interest in all worthy local objects,
and was largely instrumental as a contributor and fore-
most in rebuilding the Zion chapel of Moravia at that

place. During the tines of the Old State militia lie was
an officer.

Benjamin M Howoj was a man of positive convic-
tions, and carried to n succcs'ful i tpletion « hatovor he

was engaged in or hi ceived to bo right. Hpon his

in i! i iage to \l iss Stratton, who had been reared an Epis-
copalian in religious boliof, he was waited upon by a com-

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