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fowunk slab benches for seats. This school was taught bra Yankee

IN .leorge Tlionij^ou, fi'-in '■'■

Sussex C... II was an excellent teacher,and taught Longen

than any other person. He cum.- here under the aammed namo of GII-

tiui true name before leasing. Hetanghtln

ii.- also taught In that low, rakish-looking

stone building still snm.liiii: in the north side of the ullage, opposite the

of A. Grover. Tlie first good teacher iift.-r Thompson was

Charles Berkley, who taughl in the northeast room of the -1 house

now occupied by Gideon L.Howell. John Stuart, afters

the Belridere Bank, taughl a sch.Hit in the (.ton.- hou |,| -n.- the

Methodist Episcopal church. Then came Dryal Hopkins, who taughl in
an nl.l l"s' Innise win!,- 1 1 1 <■ r, - i< le in . - > -f >1 i - I:. Turner now stands. Hop-
kins also tanght on the third Ooorol thi 1 Hotel Jamee Dewltt

taughl in an old i. - where tl..- Bplscopal pareonage now stands. Then

1 ,1 ardner f John Byan,Harrey Wycoff, Oornellu

and Others, who taught iu various places nlK>ut tho village. Still later,
Peter W. Blair taught In a room of the house now occupied by D.O.Hagar.
Blair had among Ms sebolare Daniel Hull, Esq., now of Bolvldere.Goorgo

Barnes, John McCain, Israel and ■' b Swayae, and John I. Blatr, the

railroad king, with others win, hare attained m,,r.- or I

In 1S10 tin- li.-t -el I building was erected. On the 27th of August,

in that y.-.ir, Gideon Leeds, Peter W. Blair, Joseph W. Dey, Jonah T.ir-
rge W. Drake, ,J,,hn Blair. Jr., James Dewltt, John Bhtner,
James K. Bwayze, William Hibler, Edward II. Bwayxe, and
having, by act of lncorporati therfbr the

[irom.-ti.ui -it learning," resolred (•• bnlld a sell, l-hou 1 e ,> ,-ordance

with that roSOlUtlon, a Btone building - :, I.y I- feet was built by Jnmee

Dewltt foi POO The in 1 board of trustees were Jonah Turner, Peter

w. lllair, John Blair, Jr., Joseph w. Dey, G ge W. Drake, Gideon

Leeds, and Thomas Darling. Of the incorporators and trustees but two

art- living. — vi/., .lames K. Sway/e.nf Hope, and Kdward II. Swayze.now

Urlt I- Illinois. Alrlu Lyons tanght In 1832; Edward Ool ton, an Eng-
lishman, taughl in 1833 84; Joseph B. Dyche, an old sea-captain, re-
in I as a tyrant In tho school-room, taught In 18

time 1 could accurately name all the succeeding teachers, — ami their
name was legion,— but it is unimportant und would he uninteresting.
Sulli, e t,< say that S. B. Ransom, now lawyer in Jersey City, taught the
-, boot in 1838-40; E. H. Jones, now a physician in New Tork City, taught
in 1-1:1 II ; Joseph Ml i-.ii taughl In 1840, and Sheppard in l-.'..;. Pram
.in time, 1.-;,,;, matters jiertalning to school Inl 1 Tory low

ebb. A little money would accumulate in the treasury, smile adven-

turercome along and g" tin gh the formality of teaching for a time,

ami then leave.

Meanwhile, tho old school-house having la-.-. inn- a disgrace, tin- inn -

tinii ,it building a new one was agitated. Iii 1858, by special act "f the
Legislature, the Inhabitants of llope school district wee- aim,
ia\ themsolres "i»t tin' purpose of erecting a newschoot building."
Under thi ent was made and part of the money collected,

but the official having the funds in hai .dvantogo

of this, the opponents of the act secured Its repeal. The next attempt to

aew school building was made after tin- passage of the present
school law. Tho first school-meeting was held July .:, 1867. other meet-
ings followed, hut, owing to strong adrerae Influence, nothing pni " al

QipUshed untti at a meeting held Oot.6,1868, It was d.s-lded.by
tin- requisite two-thirds rote, to " raise bj tax 13000 for the pu

.■reeling . 1 'lis money was assessed in the tall of 1869.

Iii January, 1ST0, a lot was purchased, and m March ii. -• contract for a
il-bnllding was gtren to atesnin B.andG. Bnl
Ibis building baring been completed, school was opened Jan. 16,
1871, win. Joseph I.. Terwllllger teachor, ..ml the following
Jai ii- c. Angle, I..M li. Globe, John u Angle, Dm.. ■

- (bet The main school-room is light, cheerful, and commo-
dious. It is tarnished with the Bancrofl desk, and will seat loo scholars
comfortably. The walls have a blackboard surface of Sou square feel,
Tl. - 1'li.vgn und contains one and a half acres, and Is Inclosed a
stantiai picket-fence. The school property

teacher* bars been nocsenirely Joseph l.. VsTwMllgvr, W, A. Prouty,
.nil I - P. Hine, now teaching his second year with us. Indeed, the

• By John II. Angle.



people of Hope have great reason to feel proud of their school. Orig-
inally one of the poorest, it now ranks as one of the best schools in the

The status of the other school districts is as fol-

Hoagland District, No. 65, is on the east side of the township. Total
amount received for school purposes, §300 ; present value of school prop-
erty, 8350; whole number of children between five and eighteen years,
SI ; months taught, 9 ; number of children enrolled, 65 ; average attend-
ance, 22 ; number of pupils school-house will seat, 45.

Free Union District, No. 66, is on the south part of the township.
Total amount received for school purposes, §300; value of school prop-
erty, §400; total number of children between five and eighteen years of
age, 6S ; months taught, 9 : total number of children enrolled, 65 ; aver-
age attendance, 23; number the school-house will seat, 40.

Townsbury District, No. 67, is in the southeast corner. of the township.
Total amount received for school purposes, 5300; value of school prop-
erty, §1000; number of children between five and eighteen years of age,
62; number enrolled, 53 ; average attendance, 2S; number the school-
house will seat, 40.

Hazen's District, No. 68, is in the southwest part of the township.
Total amount received for school purposes, §300; value of school prop-
erty, §1000 ; total number of children in district between five and eighteen
years of age, 45 ; months taught, 10.2 ; number of children enrolled, 39 ;
average attendance, 9; number the Bchool-house will seat, 60; female
teachers employed, 1.

Mount Hermon District, No. 69, is in the northwest corner of the
township. Total amount received for school purposes, §112.36; value
of school property, §1500; total number of children between five
and eighteen years of age, 40; months taught, 9 ; number of children
enrolled, 32 ; average attendance, 19 ; number school-house will seat, 50.

The total amount for Hope township from all
sources for school purposes, $1635.03.


The Honeywell Academy, located at Mount Her-
mon, was founded in 1798, and the buildings erected
with money left for that purpose by the late John
Honeywell, as specified in his last will and testament.
The following sketch of the academy was presented
to the board of trustees of the Philadelphia Baptist
Association at their annual meeting held in October,
1857, by Horatio Gates Jones, Esq., of Leverington,

( * John Honeywell, the founder of this school, was a resident of Knowl-
ton township, Sussex Co. (now Hope, Warren Co ), N. J., and died at
* Green's Chapel,' or ' Mount Vernon,' as it is now called, about the year
1780. It will be observed that Mr. Honeywell was religiously a Baptist.
His will is dated May 11, 1779, aud is recorded in the old Sussex County

" After providing for the support of his wife, Rebecca Honeywell, and
giving several small legacies to his relatives, he directed the whole of his
real estate to be sold, the proceeds to be invested, and the annual income
to be used for the establishment and support of a school or schools to bo
kept at the cross-roarls leading from the Moravian Mills (Hope) to Dela-
ware River, near Peter Wolf's, in Knowlton township, or 'near the
northwest corner of the laud whore I now live.' He then adds, 'My
desire is now that the master that is to receive his pay out of my estate
may be a man of civil conduct, and able to teacli the boys and youth to
read, write, and cipher, etc. ; and the mistress likewise to be of chaste
behavior, able also to teach the small girls to read, and the bigger to knit
and sew, and the like, so as to be a help to owners and children. 1

'■ He then appointed Rev. Samuel Jones, of Ponnepack, Rev. Benjamin
Miller, of Scotcli Plains, and Rev. Isaac Steele, of Piscataway, in con-
junction with the Philadelphia Association, trustees to carry out his in-
tentions, Ibie, however, was found to be no easy matter; for, as Dr.
Jones remarks, the will of Mr. Honeywell was written by one of our
ministers, who, it is lioped, was a better preacher than be wan a writer
of wills, for it was worded in so miserable a manner that when a copy
of it was read to the Association, it was a doubt amongst us whether wo
had anything to do with it or not.

"In 17S2, Dr. Jones, one of the trustees named in the will, called on
the Widow Honeywell, but found nothing done towards settling the es-
tate. Thus matters rested for several years, when another visit was made
by the doctor, when he fouud the widow had married a worthless fellow,
aud that she was dead and her husband claimed the estate, and also that
one of the executors was dead. Daniel Pridmore and Gabriel Ogden were
appointed trustees to fill vacancies, an actof the State Legislature passed,
clothing the trustees with necessary power in this particular case, and
soon, something better than £10i_0 recovered, while those previously in
possession of the property are charged witli the loss of £500.

" However, the land had advanced in value within the time, perhaps
equal to what had been wasted.

" Dr. Jones says in his report, ' Be that as it may, we have more than
we know what to do with, for it nets about £70 a year, whilst the poor
of the neighborhood do not take above £30 or £35 a year of it. We
have built a snug school-house, and the Rev. Jenkin David is now our
master. He takes as many children of the rich as he can get, and both
afford him a good living. It is true we can add the overplus to the
principal, but it will be of but little service, since it is too large already.'

" In 1S32 the school-house was enlarged, aud in 1834 a dwelling-house
was built for the use of the teacher, the house costing about $700. These
improvements were done under the direction of Abraham Newman, the
agent of the trustees, and who died in 1S32, having held the office of
agent for twenty-five years.

" In 1845, Mr. Ban-ass, the teacher, reported sixty-five scholars for the
first quarter, forty for the second, sixty-two for the third, and sixty-
eight for the fourth. The branches taught were reading, writing, arith-
metic, grammar, geography, knitting, .sewing, and other needlework.

" In April, 1S49, dining the administration of Mr. Clancey, the name
of the school was changed by the young lady pupils to that of Mount
Hermon, the present name of the post-office at this place.

"The trustees of the Honeywell fund in 1857 were Rev. John S. Jen-
kins, Rev. Levi G. Beck, and Horatio G. Jones, Esq. In 1858 the old
school-house was taken down and a new one built at a cost of $1400,
thus reducing the fund at that time to $2650. The new school-house
contains two rooms, each 20 by 24 feet, and so arranged that they can be
thrown into one. At the time of the dedication of the new building the
name ' Honeywell Academy 1 was given to it.

" In March, 18G9. the authorized trustees of the Honeywell Academy
granted the use of it for the keeping of a public school therein, and re-
signed the control of the building into the hands of the district Bchool
trustees for that purpose, with the provision that a liceused teacher
should be employed, and also holding the district for any injury to the
building. Since then it has been under the control of the district trus-
tees and used for a public school, receiving its share of the State school-
fund appropriations."

Honeywell Fund.- — The state of the fund in 1803
was given by Dr. Jones in general terms as £1000.
In 1816 it was $3227.91. This had increased in 1854
to $4056.

•' The diminution in principal was caused by the purchase of more
land and improvements. The fund at present (1881) amounts to $6000,
with Samuel Reed, of Mount Vernon, as agent of the Honeywell Fund.
The present trustees are Hon. Horatio Gates Jones, James S. Swarts, and
Rev. J. C. Walker, all of Philadelphia, Pa.

"The first teacher was Rev. Jenkin David, employed iu 1803. Rev.
Edward Barrass and wife were teachers from 1833 to 1848 ; Thomas F.
Clancy and wife from 1849 to 1853."



was the pioneer religious organization in
The Moravians located in what is now the
of Hope in 1769, founded a settlement, and
built the most substantial church edifice ever
in this part of the State. They used it for
purposes while the body of Moravians re-
in Hope.*

in 1781

* In 1828 the building '
into a hotel.

old to William Hihler, who converted it



It is two and a half stories high. The lower Btory
was divided originally into rooms, as at present, and
occupied as a parsonage and parochial school, while

the second stun was divided into :i Bmall room at
each cml of tlic building, less the stairway at each
end, and the large room in tin- centre was the audi-
ence-room, now cut up into sleeping-rooms. I he
original doors and locks are still in use in all the out-
side 'I '-.

•|'li,' United Brethren, or Moravians, derive their
origin from the Greek Church, in the ninth century.
Tli. society a- at present organized was placed on a
permanent foundation in 1722 by Count Zin/.endorf,
a German nobleman.

II. was subsequently consecrated one of their
bishops, and from thenceforward devoted his life
to their cause, lor which In- was pre-eminently fitted.
Ill' i- represented to have been one of the mosl extra-
ordinary divines that have appeared since the Refor-
mation, a man offervenl piety, powerful imagination,

original genius, ami extensive aci|uirement-, ami a

sound, though perhaps eccentric, theologian. When

hen- he traveleil much among the Indians, generally

on horseback, bul nol unfrequently on foot, and once

or twice In- narrow ly escaped being slain by them.

in.n. iki SBYTJEB] \N 0H1 ft II

Tie- article- of incorporation of this church were

acknowledged according to the laws of the Slate lie-
fore a justice of the peace, July 1, ls.~i4, when the

following-named persons became tin- constituent mem-
bers thereof:

v Ilium w. Baca, Charity Ri William E. Uattison, Fanny Mnttlson,

Simiti hill. DanlelV.Shi rrer.SeringWade,

iiui. ..n.u Wade, It ictta Halaey, and Kreline Star. I

William W. Kace ami William E, MattlSOD were
elected ruling elders.

The church society Imilt their present house of

Worship in 1855, which was dedicated Feb. 1^. lSoii.
The pulpit has been supplied by the following
preachers :

Bar, B n Beei i trow Koli - :. 1866, until March, I860; than a

ill July in, ISC9, when Rev. |>. 11. Brooks' name up-

ln'un* ii|h>ii tip- 1 •■ in .1 - How long be remained In nol known. Bar. I'.

rby supplied the pulpit from Joni i D jj. 1-T^,

fallowing which wai another facancy of two aud a half yean.

A call ir.-iii the church, June \ 181 i, was then accepted hj K<-\. Dan-
iel Deruelle, who was Installed ai pastor Sept 5, 1876, and remained till
Hay i. 1879, whei Hope Presbyterian

Ghuri h. He wn . R. J. Bartt, a b

the m.li ksboro'l [ngbeen put un-

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The church property at Hope is valued at - ,

The Siimla\ -clinol eonueeted with tin- church is
kept open only (luring the summer months.


When the beautiful valley at the foot of Jl mm;.

.lump Mountain, in which is located the Union
Met 1 1 ... I i-t i'". pi -i'ii pal church, was yet a dense wilder-
ness, with bul here and there a pioneer cabin, the
old itinerant preacher, on horseback, with his por>


inaiitcau fastened to the -addle, visited this
and laid the foundation of Methodism in Hop.. The
Union Methodist Episcopal society in Eope town-
ship was organized as early as 1785 or 1790, but in
the absence of records we have to rely wholly upon

traditionary evidence for whatever we have of this
church. It i- an established fact, however, thai the

first church edifice at this place was erected in 1810,
on the Bite of the present church. The old church
was taken down in 1855, and in 1856 the present
church was dedicated by the late Bishop E. L. Janes,

at a cm Of about .^OOO.

Among the original or early member- we find the
following name- :

Ubertson and wife, Levi Howell, Isaiah Bonnott,Abi
man, John Howell and wife, B|. bard Howi II and ail . J tin Harris and
wife, Henrj Onok and wio, Abraham UcMorbie and wife, Mary G.
Strickland, Hai arel Strickland, Alexander Bain and wife, George Biles
and wife, i tius Flun rfell and wife, and Joseph Herri!) and uiiv.

The pioneer preachingwas done in John \
son's bam, near where the present church stands.
Soon after this John Howell's house was used as a

preaching-place, as well as a dwelling. This was
when the weather wa> so cold that the ham became

uncomfortable. In 1810 the pioneer society had
grown to such iliin.n-ioiis that a meeting-house was
thought to be necessary, and was accordingly built.
The first sermon preached in it was upon the occasion

of the funeral of Mr-. John A lb( rl-oii. This ■'■

fore the church was completed. The land upon which

the church stands, and the burying-ground adjoining,
were given to the society by Levi Howell ami John

\ I'" I l-Oll.

This i- supposed, ami claimed, to be the mother-
church of quite a number of other- in this section of
country, ami from this society have sprung the John-
sonburgand Ebenezert !hurches,inFrelinghuy8en, the

BlairstOWn ami Hope Methodist Episcopal ( 'hurche-,
and some others.

Among the pi ser preacher- whom the venerable

Mi - Howell remembers are the names of i

Banghart, Manning Force, ami Benjamin Abbott.

who preached in barn- and houses. She heard Ab-
bott preach in her father'- (John llowelli house
when she was a -mall girl. This W88 before the lir-t
church was built. Then followed ]>avid I'.artyne,

Jacob 1 1. ivenor, James Moon, Thomas Meals, John

Potts, Peter Vanness, [saac SVinnt r, Ja - Long,

.lame- Quick, Thompson, Abraham Qearhart.

James quick died at John Ho well's house, while he
' aching on this circuit Others have come and

: wl I we have no record. Rev. Richard

Thomas i- the prescnl pastor, preaching lure once in

two weeks. He also preaches at Hope ami Ebenezer

< 'hurch,-.

..i;i:t v- . it M'l t , mi i it. it u- 1 t ri-' "I'M. ct ii BOH, U01 N1

Through the labor- of BOme "f the earh Metho-
di-t itinerant preacher- a -ocicty wa- formed, and on



Friday evening, Feb. 8, 1811, a sermon was preached
by Rev. John Vanscoit to the congregation assem-
bled at the house of William Honeywell, in what
was then Knowlton township, Sussex Co. After
the religious services the following gentlemen were
elected trustees : Abram Newman, William Honey-
well, John Hodge, Herbert Henry, and Jacob Rice.
Thomas Green, Esq., was elected manager and treas-
urer, who also gave the ground for the erection of a
house of worship, subject to the rules and regulations
of the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal
Church forever.

On Saturday, Feb. 16, 1811, the above trustees met
at the house of Andrew Flummerfelt to organize them-
selves into a body corporate, agreeably to the act of
the Legislature, and assumed the name of the " Meth-
odist Church in Knowlton." Abram Newman was
unanimously chosen president of the board. On
the 1st day of March following a deed was given for
three-fourths of an acre of land by Thomas Green
and wife, money was raised, the building begun, and
the church dedicated the same year.

From that time the traveling preachers occupied
the pulpit as a regular appointment in their large cir-
cuits until 1848, when the old house was taken down
and rebuilt, and thereafter known as " Green's
Chapel," and dedicated free from debt by Bishop E.
S. Janes. In February, 1831, a great revival and
large increase of the membership was experienced
under the labors of Revs. J. Hevenor and C. A. Lip-
pincott. Some of the oldest members were gathered
into the church at that time, having now (1881) been
connected with the church here for fifty years.

In 1876 the church edifice was somewhat remodeled
and renovated, making it one of the most comfortable
and inviting country churches. With good congrega-
tions and a membership able and willing to support
their pastors well, the prospect is hopeful.

The society, in connection with the congregation of
" Zion Chapel," now forming the present pastoral
charge called Mount Herrnon, have a commodious
parsonage, erected at a cost of some $4000. William
W. Voorhees is the present pastor.


This church is located in the south part of the
township, near the centre of School District No. 66,
and was built about the year 1865 by the combined
efforts of those of all denominations, as well as those
not owning allegiance to any church organization,
solely for the convenience of those living in that lo-
cality. It has in turn been occupied by most all de-
nominations, and, as its name implies, is a " free-for-
all" church. Its pulpit is now supplied mostly by
the Methodist preachers, and is placed in the appoint-
ments with the Vienna charge.


This organization is located in and near the village
of Hope, and was formed July 23, 1842, at the house

now owned and occupied by Mrs. Mahala Cool, by Rev.
Simon Clough, assisted by Revs. Jonathan S. Thomp-
son, O. J. Waite, and N. Summerbell, Mr. Thompson
delivering the charge to the people on Sunday the 24th
of July. The first officers were : Deacons, Sampson
G. Howell, Samuel Read, Esq., Jacob Jacoby, Israel
Swayze, Jr., and Isaac Freese; Clerk and Treasurer,
Jacob Jacoby; Trustees, Israel Swayze, Jr., Jacob
Jacoby, Martin F. Read, Asa Swayze, and Gideon L.

The following-named persons were the original
members of the Christian Church, of Hope :

Samuel Read, Esq.. Sampson G. Howell, Jacob Jacoby, Israel Swayze,
Jr., Isaac Freese. Charles Beatty, Jonathan West, John Dennis, W. Win-
tersteen, Silas A. Beemer, Joseph Swayze, Elias Derenberger, Lydia
Derenberger, Ann Swayze, Sarah M. Darling, Euphemia Howe, Eliza-
beth Silverthom, Elizabeth Wintersteen, and Martha West.

In 1844 the society built their present house of wor-
ship, located on the southwest corner of Walnut
Street and Cider Alley. The corner-stone was laid
in July and the church dedicated in December of
the same year. The cost of the church was $2979.85.
The building committee consisted of James Blair,
Israel Swayze, Jr., Joseph A. Swayze, Peter P. Camp-
bell, and Isaac Freese. The church building stands
upon the. site formerly occupied by the Moravian
tavern. The church parsonage was built in 1861,
and is located opposite the church.

Pastors. — Simon Clough. from the organization of the church in July,
1842, until April, 1S44, when he resigned the pastorate of this church,
leaving a membership of 65; Rev. J. J. Harvey, April, 1844, until April,
1846; Rev. William Bradley, from April, 1846, to April, 1848; Rev. Wil-
liam Lane, from April, 1848, to April, 1851; Rev. J. S. Maxwell, from
April, 1851, to April, 1854; Eev. Mr. Currie, April, 1854, but died during
the year, and was buried in the Hope Cemetery. The church was then
supplied by Godfrey Hawk until April, 1856, when Rev. J. Jackson was
installed, and remained till April, 1859. Mr. Hawk supplied until Aug.
1, 1859, when Rev. J. D. Laurie was installed, and served until April, 1865 ;
Rev. Charles A. Beck, front April, 1S65, to April, 1867; Rev. John Mc-
Glafling, from April, 1807, until April, 1869; Rev. John N. Hicks, from
April, 1869, until April, 1S70; Rev. J. C. Tryon, from April, 1870, until
April, 1871. Mr. Godfrey Hawk again supplied for one year. Rev. Geo.
Tenney, from April, 1872, till April, 1874; liev. Albert Godby, from
April, 1874, until April, 1877, wheu he was succeeded in April, 1877, by
the present pastor, Rev. William W. Lane.

There have been received into this church 117, of
whom 35 make up the present membership.

Present value of church property, $5500. The
present officers of this church are as follows :

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