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iii i 1 1< f Quakers under whose influences he had been

reared, ami asked to express Ins Borrow for uniting with
ii different religious faith ; ho refused, whereupon
he was expelled from the Society of Friends. Ever
afterwards ho was a promoter of church interests, and
during tho latter years of his life a member of tho Epis-
copal Church. Pour of his children and grandchildren
Bervod with honor in the recent civil war: Benjamin P.
Howey was captain of n company of New JerstyVolun-
teei , Dr. Charles O. Champion served as surgeon, Lewis

lien ry < ai-pentcr as colonel, and James Edward Carpen-
ter a- captain.

Benjamin P. Howey, son of Benjamin M. Howey, was
the homestead, in Gloucester I !u . N. J . March
17, 18 - JS. Hi- education was rereived at the cnmmoil
school of his native place and at tho academies at Swedes-
boro' and Bridgeton. At the ago of nineteen be went to
Philadelphia, where for eight year- he was engaged in
general business as a grain and Bonn (mission-mer-
chant. In 1855 he removed and settled in the township
of Knowlton, Warren Co.. N. .1 , and. in pa Imirshiji
with Robert K. Kill.-, of Philadelphia, engaged in the

slate business, quarrying a nd ini fucturingslate-rooflng

: iol-sliites. ' In 1861 a company known us tbo
" Delaware Water Gap Slate Company' was organized, in
which Mr. Howey has since had an interest, and which
has been successful in its operation-. Following in the
political line of his father, he is a member of the Re-
publican party, having formerly been a Whig.

In tho fall of 1878, Mr. Howey was elected Fhoriff of

Warren County, and it is a fact worthy of i in this

sketch that ho is tho first incumbent of that office from
the Republican rank- since that party was formed, in
I- ,,;. -the county ol Warren being largely Democratic,
and more especially hi- own town-hip, in which, how-
ever, he received a handsome majority. Sheriff Howey's
frankness, genial and social disposition, and his adapta-
bility to the duties of his office, make him popular with
and esteemed by both political parlies.

Mr. Howey marriod, June 5, 1867, Miss Martha,
daughter of Owen ai I I i:

Knowlton, where she was born Her father, horn in
\\ all . came while a young man in Nnva Scotin to ex-
.i- slate-quarries. Ilu sub-oqiieiillv resided in
New York City, and in 1825 married Miss Roberts.
II,. removed to Knowlton township, Warren Co . and
first man successfully to operate and curry on

the -late bus! - there, lie died in Fchl lla r\ ,1849, aged

sixty-four years. His wife, also a native of Wales, i swnc

to America in the beginning of tho century I died

June 15,1857 aged sixty four years. The children of
Mr. and Mrs. Howey were Frances Stratton di
Mary Isabella, and Anna Carpenter.



organization, in L867, there were 30 members in good


There are tliree burial-places or cities of the dead
in this township. Columbia cemetery is located in
I ige of Columbia, opposite the Methodist Epis-
copal 'lnm-li. Sere lie the representatives of the
Brugler, Cool, Ycomans, Cramer, Vankirk, Phillips,
Snyder, Snover, Kitchen, Jones, Allen, and other
families of that i icinity.

Hainesburg cemetery is located on a knob or knoll
north of ill" main road and east of Yard's Creek,
where are buried representatives of the Angle, Davi-
son, Brands, Bartow, Beck, Smith, Carol, Engler, Lol-
ler, Kinney, Merick, Burns, Met lain, Albertson, II nil',
Hedden, Kiser, and other families in thai neighbor-

Ramsaysburg cemetery is very pleasantly located
>>n the west side of the road between Bartuug's mills

and Ramsaysburg. The land for this ce tery was

the gift of Boberl Allison, and here repose the mortal
remains of the old pioneers. Here also In* the re-
mains of Drs. Leeds, Gwinnup, and Larabee, tliree of
the noic I pioneer physicians of this county. Here
also rests the body of thai winy pioneer irishman,
James Ramsay, who was often honored by thi
of K now 1 ton township. Sere the! !uminings, Albert-
sons, Adams, Brands, Sartungs, Kirkuffs, Craigs,
Pitzgeralds, Johnsons, and other families are repre-


Like most others, this township has quite a variety
of industries; the foundati fall, however, is agri-
culture. Along the valley of the Delaware, the Pau-
linskill, and their tributaries, are some of the mosl
tive lands in the county, whose crops furnish
food lor all the other industries of the township.


pioneer Blatc quarry in this section of country
was opened in 1820 by a Mr. Schofield. li was lo-
up the mountain-side above the present quar-
ries, aud was worked but a I* w yi

In 1825, Owen Evans opened the quarry now worked
l>v the Delaware Water Gap Slate Company, and
worked ii until his decease, in L849. The business
was continued by his widow until 1866, when Benja-
min 1". Bowey, now sheriff of Warren County, as-
sumed control of the business and conducted ii until
1868, when the Delaware Water Gap Slate Company

was chart I. ["hi Hi b officers of the company were

William A. Ingham, President; Edward Roberts, Jr.,
Secretarj and Treasurer; Lbram Browning, Edward
Browning, George Markley, Charles Hacker, Edward
, Sr., Directors; Benjamin F. Bowey, agent.

rhere is also a lai ;i factory i onnected « itli the
quarry tor the manufacture of mantels, Baggin
in which is placed the most approved machinery for

this kind of work. The Blate mantels, ilaL r -, and all
<■ work used in and around the insane asylum

at .Morris Plains were from thi- quarry, which ha-
llow reached such a depth that its workings daily be-
come more and more profitable. Tin- -mall nn<
and tin- thorough drainage, with it- railroad facilities,
aside from the good quality of tin- slate, combine to
maki ii a valuable quarry.

'I'll.- school-slate factory on < lentreville < Ireek, north
of Delaware Station, belonging to the Widow Bell's
was buill in 1865 by Charles Cool. School
slates are manufactured at this place in Large quan-

MIL] -

The pioneer mills of this township were built prior
to the Revolutionary war, on the hanks of the Paul-
inskill ('reek, — the old stone grist-mill ai I [ainesburg,
also the one at Warrington. The old grist-mill near

tin- month of ( Vntivville Creek was also one of thi
pioneer mills. This latter mill was in use till about

ben it was abandoned for mill purj - and the

present grist-mill at that place was built in about the
369 b] Hutchinson & Osmun. The mill is now
owned by Mr. Low.

II Id Washington grist-mill was abandom

eral years ago, and the present grist-mill built in
1878 7 1 by J. A: A. Swayze,the present owners.

In 1800 a saw-mill stood on the -it.- now occupied
by the grist-mill a short distance above Delaware
.•station. The present grist-mill was built in 1850 by
William F. Hutchinson, the present owner.

lie Bartung saw-mill, between Delaware Station
and Ramsaysburg, was built in 1840 by Benry Har-
tung, and rebuilt in L862-68 by Charles Bartung,

who had heroine the owner of the properly. When

the improvements were made, in 1 862-63, steam-power
was added, to be used when occasion required, and is
1 1' >\\ a first-class saw-mill.



The A. lam- family i- probably >f the oldest In

Knowlton. The grandfather of the Bubject of this
i- Uexander Adams, who served his time as

al I boj tor a hotel-keeper iii Hunterdon County.

About L780 be came to what i- now Knowlton town-
ship ami settled there. He was married twice; bis
first wife was Ann Bellis, of Knowlton. By his in-
dustry and prudence he was able to leave each of
his seventeen children a farm. His Bon, Alexander
Adams, was horn in Knowlton, married Phoebe,
daughter of George Lundy, of Hardwick. Of this
union wire horn Esther [deceased), Stroudsburg;
\e\s i Irleans ; and I '. C. Adams.



Alexander Adams died in 1810 ; his widow married
William Fowler, of Stroudsburg, and died there.


D. C. Adams was born on the old homestead in
Knowlton, 18th of the ninth month, 1807. After the

death of his father he went to live with his maternal
grandfather, in Hardwick, where he remained until
his sixteenth year, when he commenced to learn the
trade of tanning and currying with A. McCoy, at
Martin's Creek, near Easton, Pa., remaining three
years. After that he went to New York State ; first
to Green County, and then to Batavia and Elba,
N. Y., working on farms and at his trade. He then
went to Canada for a short time, and then to Aurora,
N. Y., where he followed tanning and currying, work-
ing for A. Cross. Wishing to find out about his
brother, he went to Philadelphia ; then he removed
to Lafayette, Sussex Co., where he entered into part-
nership with his uncle, J. Lundy. They carried on
currying, harness and shoemaking until 1834, after-
wards removed to Knowlton.

In 1833 he married Catherine, daughter of William
Snyder, of Lafayette. Her maternal ancestors were
the Putnams, of Connecticut. Of this union were
born George O, married, 1879, Elizabeth Strahan, of
Cuba, N. Y., who died the same year; George O,
now resides at Stroudsburg, Pa., but owns the Haines-
burg grist-mills, Knowlton ; W. S., deceased 1863 ;
John, now living at Philadelphia ; Sarah, at home.

In politics, D. C. Adams has always since the for-
mation of the Republican party been a consistent sup-
porter of the same, and has never sought office. He
has for many years followed farming, and his farms
are in as high a state of cultivation as any in the
county. He and his family are members of the
Society of Friends.


Blairstown, one of the northern townships of War-
ren County, so named in honor of Hon. John I. Blair,
one of its most prominent citizens, was formed from
a part of Knowlton township, by an act of the State
Legislature, in February, 1845, and embraces 27.30
square miles, or 17,471! acres of land, and at the cen-
sus of 1830 contained a population of 1458. It is
bounded on the east by Hardwick and Frelinghuysen
townships, on the south by Hope, on the west by
Knowlton, and on the north by Pahaquarry township.


The north border of this township lies along the

summit of the Blue Mountains, and from that point

down to the valley of the Paulinskill is a succession

of hills and valleys, and from the Paulinskill toward

■ By W. II. Shaw.

the south border is a gradual rise, until near the
south line, where a ridge runs across the township,
forming a divide ; the waters on the north side fall-
ing into the Paulinskill, while those upon the south
flow into the township of Hope. The soil is mostly
a gravelly loam, susceptible of a high state of cultiva-
tion, and yields abundantly under proper treatment.

The principal stream is the Paulinskill. Other
water-courses are the creeks named Jacksonburg,
Walnut, Yard's, Dilts', and Blair. Buttermilk Pond
is a beautiful sheet of water lying in School District
No. 71, about one and a half miles from Blairstown
village. It has become quite a popular summer re-
sort. Cook's Pond is in the southwest corner of the

Elephant Rock is one of the natural curiosities of
this township, and it is doubtful whether there is a
like specimen to be found in the United States. It is



situated on the road leading from Jacksonbu
Walnut Valley post-office, about half way between
the two places, and is a perfect likeness of a big ele-
phant asleep.


Just when the first white settler located in this
township, or who he was, is not a certainty al the
present time; however, we give the names of
of those who are supposed to have been the piom ere
of what is now the township of Blairstown.

Henry tdlt- was among the early settlers, locating
on a trad of 600 acres of land on the Paulinskill at
Walnut Valley. At his death the tract was divided
between his four sons, and was subsequently divided

into six farms, ii| some of which his descendants

an- still living. Alfred ' Iwinnup located on the south
aide of Paulinskill in al I 1800, where he still lives.

< 'harlos Jones ]i\ r- hi tin- farm settled by his jrrand-

father, Eliaa Jones, in the early part of this century,
a mile easl of Walnut Valley post-office. Joshua

Smith, who came al I the same time, located on

the Paulinskill, east of the mouth of Walnul I
where he and his sons still live. A part of the original
(iwinnup and l)i Its property is now owned by J. I.
Blair, and occupied by Philip Linaberry. Ervin

Smith was alsci one of the earh settlers all


John Henry c: in thi- valley prior to the Revo-
lutionary war, and located half a mile north of Wal-
nut Valley post-office, on the place now occupied by
l'relis. The balance of the 300 acres taken
up by Mr. Henrj is now owned bj different parties.

The Rauh property, upon which Mr. E. Baub now

lives, along the Paulinskill, tw ilea east of Walnut

Valley, was settled by bis grandfather, as near as Mr.
Baub can ascertain, about 1780. The Cool and Prance
farms in this same vicinit] were settled about the same
time, as near a- can be ascertained.

The farm now owned and occupied by Morris ( Iris-
man, one and a half miles south of Blairstown

in Bel I District No. 7 J, was settled bj < lharles < vi -

inan in 1765. Abraham Lanterman Located on the
farm nnu owned by bis great-grandchildren. The
pnip.rt \ on which Gerehom Bartow located in the
latter part of the last century i- now o\i ned and occu-
pied by Hon. Isaac Wildriek. John Bescherer bl-
eated on what is now the Cooke property, in the
southeast corner of the township.

The tracl of laud embracing the farms of David F.

Brands, G. Kiser, and Klia- Vnjrle, west ..l Walnut

Valley Greek, and on the north side of Paulinskill,
ami l>. F. Brands', south of the " kill," was first sur-
veyed by Samuel Green, Deputj Surveyor of West
Jersey, in L729, and was deeded t" John Hyndshaw,
and contained 1000 acres^ with a tenth added for pub-
lie roads, and is described as being a part of what was
then known aa " the last Indian purchase."

Tie- ,1 1 covers Paulinskill, or,. as it was then

called, the " Tonhonkneatkung.'' In 17''.:.'. Hyndshaw
became involved in debt, and there apj « a judg-
ment against him for £563, and other claims after-
wards running up to marly £2000. Some of his cred-
itors resided in Philadelphia, and others in the city
of Bristol, England.

On the draft of the track the springs on David F.
Iiramls' farm appears, but no graveyard is shown.

It is quite probable that there were white settlers in
this vicinity as early as 17"".

\iii..iii: tl t h.r early settlers in the -out Ilea- 1 part

of the town-hip was t labriel ' Igden, Benjamin ' Igden,
Rev. Daniel Vaughn, who used to preach in the
school-house, in what i- now District No. '-. and
Joseph lb-ad. . I. .im Albn. the Balls, Bolsbys, Butts,
Freemans, Greens, Eerrs, Konkles, Lannings, Lan-
terman-, l.ebar-. Robbins, Stouts. Snovers, Swashers,
Sipleys, Silvcrthorns, etc., the descendants of m..>t of

whom are -till living and OCCUpy the old hone -i. ad,

or live iii the immediate neighbor! oi d in which their
ancestors dwelt.

"In July, 1877, as -hi. men were employed hi digging upon the
premises of John M. Raub,ii westol Painter's grist-mill,

mi. I ui t two milee ttova Blairstown, they nueartbed ;t laige stone, under

which wore (bund four heavy Iron bote, upon which was stamped the
an in largo l.-tti-r-.
'• Before the Revolutionary war there was an old diatillory I
tin- point, and owned by Tories, and ii i- believed that these Irons were
used In Its construction, and thai they were manufactured atO

ty. The late Michael Baubused t late thai he hi

ik ..I this still-tniiise ami it* British ..wilts,
v. bile W i " i al Horristow d

Ih.ini- in thl -

There are yet visible signs of an Indian village

along the Paulinskill. on the farm of David F.
Brands, near the west Ii f the town-hip. ( In the

high knoll above the big spring was the old Indian
burying-ground. The mounds and rude headstones
are -till visible, though grown over by trees and


Alexander Adam-, one of the pi rs of what IS

now Blairstown, located in the latter part of the last
century on the farm now owned by A. 1-'. Lanning, in
the southwest corner of the town-hip. He took a
traet of 17"" acres of land, comprising the present
farms ,,f ,1. McCain, Albert, B. Titman, D. T.

Tin-man. J. I.uiidy. and others, i iprising what is

now a line of farm- from a little ea-t of the Delaware
River, aero - the township of Knowlton, ami the

30Uth .nd of this town-hip a- far ea-t a- the Union

brick -.-1 l-house.

.1,,-, ph Reed located in the latter part of the last.

century on the Aaron Haggerty farm, in the south-
east corner of the town-hip, taking up 1 I"" ac
land in the southeast corner of this township, and run-
ning over into what i- now Prelinirhny-en. Among
the farms a- now divided are the .1. Cook. .1. 1 lender-

shot, H. Cook, II. N niton. A. Swisher, M. West, John
We-t farms in this township, and the Th h.r. 1 1

-erty. .1. Y. Allen. A. II. Allen. .1. Smith, ami Thomas



West farms in the northwest part of Frelinghuysen

The folding is a correct copy of the record of the
first town-meeting of the township of Blairstown :

"Blaihstown, April 14, 1845.

"At the first annual town-meeting of tile township of Blairstown, in
the county of Warren, and State of New Jersey, held at the house of
John Hull, in said township, agreeable to an act entitled ' an act to di-
vide the township of Knowlton, in the county of Warren, and to estab-
lish a new township in said county, to be called the township of Blairs-
town,' passed February, a.d. 1845.

" The following officers were duly elected for the ensuing year, together
with all the proceedings had thereat : Isaac Wildrick, Moderator ; Simeon
Cooke, Town Clerk; Jacob Blayberry, Judge of Justices' Election; Ira
Cooke, Clerk of Justices' Election; Isaac Smith, Assessor; John F. Cool,
Collector ; Isaac Wildrick, John N. Honeywell, Freeholders ; Elias
Jones, Gideon L. Swisher, Constables; Robert Clayton, Cornelius Stout,
Overseers of the Poor; Abraham Rice, George Titman, Surveyors of the
Highways; John T. Cornell, William Lauterman, John Lanterman,
Committee of Appeals in Case of Taxation ; James Cool, Ira Cooke,
Walter W r ilsou, Abraham Wildrick, John Flock, Town Committee; John
31. Lawrie, Simeon Cooke, John D. Mills, School Committee ; John Hull,
Daniel Van Scoten, Pound-Keepers ; Overseers of the Highways: First
District, Jacob C. West; Second District, Isaac Lambert; Third District,
Philip Raub; Fourth District, Matthias Voss; Fifth District, William
Harden ; Sixth District, John Doree ; Seventh District, George F. Snover ;
Eighth District, Cornelius Stout; Ninth District, Gersbom C. Lineberry;
Tenth District, William A. Gardner; Eleventh District, Joseph S. Smith ;
Twelfth District, Bartley Titman; Thirteenth District, Samuel T. Tins-

" Resolutions.

"First. That the sum of S500 be raised for the repairs of the highways.

"Second. That 75 cents per day be allowed a hand for working on the
highways. Two dollars for a team, plow, and hand, and SI .50 for a team,
wagon, or sled, and hand per day.

" Third. That the last day of working on the highways each district
elect their overseer, and report the same to the next annual town-meet-
ing for confirmation or rejection.

" Fourth. That the interest of the surplus revenue be appropriated to
the nse of common schools.

"Fifth. That the next annual election and town-meeting beheld at the
house of John Hull, in the village of Blairstown.

"Isaac Wildiuck, Moderator.

"Simeon Cooke, Toiiii Clerk."

For the election of justices of the peace, held April
14, 1845, the whole number of votes polled were 221,
given as follows: For David Vankirk, 120; John
Teel, Jr., 96 ; John Bunnell, 96 ; Peter Lanterman, 64.

The following is a complete list of the town clerks,
collectors, freeholders, and town committee from 1845
to 1880 :


1845-50, Simeon Cooke; 1851, David Park; 1852-54, 1856, William L.
Hoagland; 1855, 1857-58, Samuel H. Lanterman; 1859-60, Andrew
L. Flock; 1861-03, A. N. Sliover ; 1864-65, Nathan S. Smith; I860,
1870, 1875-77, Samuel BlcConachy; 1867-68, 1871-72, John Painter;
1873-74, John R. Logan; 1878-80, Frank P. Bunnell; 1881, A. F.


1846-40, John V. Cool ; 1847-40, Joseph D. Linaherry ; 1850-52, Lewis
Smith ; 1863-55, Abraham Hill ; 1866, Isaac Kinney ; 1857-69, Dart-
ley Larowe ; 1800-62, William I. Teel ; 1863-66, John 31. Raub ; 1867-
68, Nelson L. Brands ; 1860-72, James D. Hill ; 1873-81, John Painter.


1845, Isaac Wildrick, John N. Honeywell ; 1810-48, Isaac Wildrick, Bal-
tus Titman; 18-19, Philip Raub, Baltus Titman; 1850-61, John F.
Cool, George F. Snover; 1*52-06, 1805, Matthias Voss ; 1867-68, Jacol)
B. Raub; 1860-60, Eliae Jones; 1S01-04, Isaac Wildrick; 1806-68,

Gersbom C. Linaberry; 1869-71, Andrew Tetter; 1872-73, Isaac F.
Reade ; 1S74-76, John R. Logan ; 1S77-S0, Joshua Jones ; 1S81, Sam-
uel McConachy.


1S45— James Cool, Ira Cooke, Walter Wilson, Abraham Wildrick, John

1840.— Ira Cooke, Walter Wilson, Abraham Wildrick, John Flock, Noah

1847^S.— A. Wildrick, N. Hixson, John I. Blair, Philip Raub, David Van-

1849.— A. Wildrick, Bartley Larowe, David Vankirk, M. Voss, John I.

1850.— William L. Hoagland, B. Larowe, Elias Jones, Joseph D. Linaberry,
David V. France.

1S51.— B. Larowe, Andrew Teel, Joseph R. Dilts, E. Jones, Cornelius

1S52.— Andrew Teel, B. Larowe, J. R. Dilts, Andrew Vought, Gershom

1S53.— B. Larowe, A. Teel, A. Vought, G. S. Parr, David V. France.

1854.— Andrew Vought, Andrew Teel, Gershom S. Parr, Elias Jones, Cas-
per L. Henry.

1855.— G. S. Parr, C. L. Henry, Bartley Titman, Jacob B. Raub, George
F. Snover.

1856.— B. Larowe, Jacob Mayberry, Jeremiah BIcCain, Michael Raub,
Richard France.

1857.— Nathan S. Smith, Jacob Mayberry, John V. Cornell, Michael
Raub, Richard France.

1858.— N. S. Smith, J. Blayberry, Abraham Wildrick, 31. Raub, R. France.

1859-61.— A Wildrick, Charles G. Hoagland, John BIcCracken, 31. Raub,

1802.— A. Wildrick, Matthias Voss, John BIcCracken, 31. Raub, Abraham

1863.— A. Wildrick, C. G. Hoagland, J. BIcCracken, M. Ranb, A. France.
1864.— A. Wildrick, C. G. Hoagland, Conrad N. Linaberry, Erastus V.

Raub, Jacob L. Luce.
1865.— A. Wildrick, J. L. Luce, C. N. Linaberry, John I. Blair.
1866.— A. Wfldrick, Edmund Hoagland, J. L. Luce, Walter Wilson, J. I.

1S07-08.— A. Wildrick, J. I. Blair, W. Wilson, J. L. Luce, John Blessler.
1869-70— A. Wildrick, J. I. Blair, W. Wilson, J. Blessler, Nathan S. Smith.
1871-74— J. I. Blair, N. S. Smith, A. N. Snover, W. Wilson, J. Messier.
1875-7S.— N. S. Smith, J. I. Blair, W. Wilson, James D. Hill, George F.

1879-SO.— J. I. Blair, N. S. Smith, Samuel Linaberry.

At the thirty -seventh annual town-meeting, held in
March, 1881, the following were elected: John M.
Place, Judge of Election; A. F. Edmonds, Town
Clerk ; George Carter, Assessor ; John Painter, Col-
lector ; Samuel McConachy, Freeholder.


Roads. — At the time this township was formed it
became necessary to lay out and bound the several
road districts in the township, which was done in the
following manner, as recorded in the township com-
mittee's book :

District No. 1.— Beginning at the southeast corner of the township,
near Anthony I. Osmun's house, thence along the Hardwick line to Wil-
liam Lanternian's farm, from thence to the alone bridge at Israel Swayze's,
from thence passing between Elijah Pearson's and widow of ThoinuB
West's, to where the Hope line crosses the road that runs in front of
West's farm, thence along the Hope line to the place of beginning, in-
cluding all the within roads and inhabitants in said district.

District No. 2.— Beginning at the stono bridge at Israel Swayze's, thence
along the lino of District No. 1 to where the Hardwick line strikes Wil-
liam Lanternian's farm, from thence along the said Hardwick line to
Paulin's Kill, thence down Paulin's Kill to lower side ofthestono bridge

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