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Deacons, J. H. Black, Ira C. Read ; Trustees, Isaac H. Albertson, Ira
C. Read, Alpheus J. Swayze, Edward Howell, J. H. Black; Treasurer,
Ira C. Read; Church Clerk, J. H. Black; Ministerial Committee, A. J.
Swayze, J. H. Black.

The Sunday-school connected with this church was
organized in 1849, with 50 scholars, and Jacob Ja-
coby as superintendent. The present superintendent
is J. H. Black, with 53 pupils.


In 1810 the Union Methodist Episcopal church,
two miles east of Hope village, was built, which for
many years accommodated the Methodists in all the
surrounding country. As the membership increased



it naturally spread over a larger area of territorj . and

other appointments besides the old log church beca

a necessity. Thus the old Methodist itinerant, whose
eagle eye was ever on the watch for a weak spot in
iIh enemy's lines, pitched his tent al Hope village.

In 1832 the first Methodist church in Hope village
was built, since which time that lia- been the central
point for Hope charge, which consists of three preach-
ing-places even .-it the present time. For more than
40 years the little old church was the home of this
people; it then had become too small, to say nothing
of its "plainness," and in L875, through the perse-
verance of Rev. J. Tindall, then preacher in charge,
the old landmark was removed, and in the spring of
1876 tin' present church edifice was dedicated. It is
a stone basement ami frame superstructure. The
walls are neatly frescoed ami the seats upholstered.
The church, with its neatly-furnished r s, its com-
manding and durable outward appearance, with its
tall tapering spire, stands before the people of Hope
as a monument of Christian interest and Christian

The cost of the church was $6000. Value of church
property, including parsonage, $8000. The pn Bent
pastor is Rev. Richard Thomas, who i- al o pastor of

the old " Qnion" and " Eheiiczer," iii Frelinghiiysoii.

A- early as i lie year I s l7 services according to the
worship of the " Protestant Episcopal Church" were

1 1 eld at I lope li\ I'.Miop t 'n ie- and mi - i. unifies of his

appoint ing.

In the year L881 regular services were held and

measures taken to raise money to build a I imodious

church, which was raised and inclosed during
the summer of 1832. In this state it remained for
several years, but during 1836 the regular worshipers
had the basement of the church fitted up for service.
It was not li nisi led until the year 1839, and on I Ictober
10th of that year Bishop I loane consecrated the build-
ing, which was completed and tree from debt. This
l"""1 work was inainU accomplished by the pi i
. nerg] of the Rev. P. L. Jaques, and this tribute was
paid him b) the bishop :

" I im\ ii instance moi

o in a good work than has i a exhibited Id the orectluuand

completion "I tbi- church, and t t ■ . - whola result has been I mplisbed

with Hi" ■ i i v i 1 1 . ■ blearing bj blm whom li iru m; dellgliUul offli otopul

in lull i«' • ton a i ' prii I and rector, 1 of H"' work ■ >! bis own hands."

St. Luke's church is a singularly, beautiful Gothic
structure of stone, and is finished and furnished
throughout in the \ery best taste. The Rev. P. I..
Jaques died at I'lainlield, Jan. 7, LS77, aged seventy.
The parish i- al pri -nil without a pastor.

There are four cemeteries in this township, located

as follow - :

Moravian, at Hope village. This is tl Idest in

ihe township, and contains the remains of man) of

the Moravian- who u . re l.uried here before the return
of the society to Betbjtahem.

Here maj be found the .'rave- of about 40 or 50 of
the Moravians. A Blab of gray stone about two feet
long is placed horizontally over each grave, each
with a simple inscription recording the name, birth,
and death. The following is a copy of two o
inscriptions :


Born Doccmbor 18,

.inly 2, 1792.''
" M\iiia Sauimk


Born Jane 11,

lull ipe,

Departed Aug. 3n,


Union Cemetery is located iii the northeast part of
the township, adjoining the Qnion Methodist Epis-
copal church lot, and was occupied as a cemetery as
early as 1785. There have been buried here the

members of the Fortner, Howell, Albertson, Harris,
( look, Bennett, Newman, ( Ihristian, Burdge, ami many
other families in that vicinity.

Swayze Burying-! i round, located near the centre of
the town-hip. Here are represented the Swayze, Hoit,
Winters, Hildebrant, Osborn, l>ill, Archer, Cook,
Weaver, Miller, Cypher, and other families in that

Green's Chapel Cemetery is located at Mount Her-
liiiiii. in the northwest part of the town-hip. These
grounds contain the remains of members of the
Green, Van Camp, Tin-man. Flummerfelt, McCain,
Lngle, Ldams, Kishpaugh, Miles, Larow, and many
other families in that locality.


This hand was organized in December, 187">. with
the following officers and members: Samuel Read,
Leader: S. J. Tnai. President; John Limine
Secretary : John T. Tinsman, Treasurer J J. B. Loller,
James I. Cook, Milton Tinsman, Kpliraim Green,
1 G. Leida, Silas I ribbs, John Melick, A-a Sway/.-, Jr.,
John A.. Swayze, W. 1.. Treat, G. B. Swayze, Caleb
( libbs, John Letson, and Aaron Brugh r.
The following name- have been added to the band

roll since its organization : i i -ire I livm, Alva New-
man. Whitefield Swayze, Winfield Swayze, Robert L.
Letson, and t lharles I

The present officers are G. Leida, Leader; S.J.
Treat. President; John Flummerfelt, Secretary ; J. T.
Tinsman, Treasurer.

Che Mount Hermon Cornet Land is the only civic

or military organization In this township.



The pioneer mill was built by Sampson Howell,
soon after 1767, on the farm now owned by Jonah
Howell. At this mill was sawed all the timber and
lumber used by the Moravians in building their grist-
mill and their houses, which, being built of stone,
required comparatively little lumber. This mill has
gone to decay, and scarcely a stone remains to mark
its site.

The Moravian grist-mill was built about 1770. It
is a three-story stone building, and one of the most
substantial buildings of the kind in the State. The
inside of the mill was burned in 1808, and immedi-
ately rebuilt by the Moravians, who subsequently
sold it to a Mr. Lorentz. He owned it but a short
time, when the Moravians again became the owners
of the property, and then sold it to James Blair, who,
in 1854, sold it to Jacob P. Angle and Edmund H.
Ink. The mill was burned again in January, 1856.
Mr. Angle then became sole proprietor, and rebuilt
the mill that year, the walls not being injured, so
substantially were they built. He is the present

The Swayze grist-mill, in the west part of the town-
ship, on Muddy Run, was built by Joseph Swayze,
about 1787, and the saw-mill was built by Edward
H. Swayze, at a later period. These mills are now
owned by Preston Allen.

The grist-mill on Beaver Brook, below the mouth
of Honey Run, was originally built by Israel Swayze,
and now owned by Charles Bartow.

The grist-mill at Feebletown was built for a clover-
and plaster-mill, and subsequently converted into a
grist-mill, and is owned by Joseph M. Read.

The Parks' saw-mill, at Green's Pond, was built
many years ago, and rebuilt by J. Parks, the present

The Crane Iron Company are working their mine,
known as the " Kishpaugh Mine," south of the Jenny
Jump, where they are raising large quantities of
" magnetic ore," which is being carted to the railroad
at Hackettstown.

"Hoagland Mine," south of the Crane mine, is
owned by Nathan Hoagland, and is worked quite ex-

The mine owned by A. J. Swayze, near Rice's Pond,
was opened in 1880, and produces a fine quality of ore.


James Dewitt was one of the prominent pioneers
of his day, and for many years a justice of the peace.
He was also a leading man in the Methodist Church.

John Allen and Nathan Stevenson, of this town-
ship, were appointed commissioners of deeds in 1846.

Abram Freese, of Hope township, was elected
sheriff of Warren County in 1833, and James K.
Swayze in 1860.

Josiah Ketcham was born in 1763, in East Jersey,
and settled in Mansfield, Warren Co., in about 1800,

where he raised a large family, the oldest son of
whom was Andrew Ketcham, who was born in 1791.
Andrew settled in Hope township, near Townsbury,
about 1815, where he became the father of a large
family, and died on the old homestead in 1868. He
was one of the original members and one of the first
elders of the Dansville Presbyterian Church.

Josiah Ketcham, grandson of the pioneer Ketcham,
of Mansfield, is the present editor and proprietor of
the Belvidere Apollo, and was born in 1841, in Hope


James K. Swayze, the subject of our sketch, was
one of the representative men of Warren Co., N. J.
He was of Welsh descent, his great-grandfather's
family having emigrated from Wales to Long Island
about the year 1660, where Israel, his grandfather,
was born. That great-grandfather removed with his
family, consisting of several sons, from Long Island
to the vicinity of Chester, Morris Co., in this State,
about the year 1722, after which Barnabas, an elder
brother of Israel, removed from Chester to what is
now called Hope township in 1743, and purchased a
large tract of land, containing about eight hundred
acres, a part of it lying on the present road leading
from the village of Hope to Belvidere, and part of it
in the direction from Hope to Delaware Station.
This purchase of Barnabas proved larger than he
could handle and pay for, so his father said to the
brother Israel, " You must go up there and take part
of it, and I will come and divide it between you,"
which was done about the year 1745. Nearly the
whole of this land was then covered with forests.
From these two brothers, Barnabas and Israel, sprang
the numerous family which since then has branched
out over the United States in different directions from
this locality. Israel, the grandfather, had four sons, —
Joshua, Caleb, Jacob, and James, born in the order
named. Joshua died at ninety-five, Caleb at fifty-
nine, Jacob at thirty-nine, all in the neighborhood of
Hope; James in Ohio, at eighty. Caleb Swayze, one
of the sons, and father of James K. Swayze, had five
sons and two daughters. One daughter, Sarah, died
in infancy, 1803; Lydia D. in 1819; one son, Henry
D., in 1819; Jacob in 1833; and James K, the sub-
ject of this sketch, May 5, 1878, aged seventy-one.
Israel and Caleb are now living. James K. Swayze
was born on a farm near Hope, on the 1st of Febru-
ary, 1807. He remained on the farm until his eight-
eenth year, and acquired such an education as the
neighborhood school afforded. In 1824 he went as a
clerk in a small country store at Johnsonsburg, which
was kept by Abram Shaver. In 1825 he went to clerk
for Benjamin Shackelton in another small store, at

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The subject of this sketch, the son of Caleb Swayze, of Hope,
was born June 22, 1813. He attended school at the old school-
house in Hope, which was formerly the Moravian church, now
the Union Hotel. At the age of fourteen he went as clerk in
his brother's store, where he remained in his employ and with
the subsequent firm of Turner & Swayze until 1833, when he
was taken into the partnership, Turner retiring, and the firm be-
came J. K. & C. Swayze. In 1838 the firm dissolved, and he
retired from business and went on a farm for a year, when he
bought out John A. Davis, who had succeeded James K. Swayze.
He continued in business until 1843, when he took into part-
nership his nephew, J. L. Swayze, of Newton, N. J., and after-
wards sold out to him. He remained out of business until
1851, when he built his present store, where he continued until

In 1878 he was elected freeholder, the first Republican one
since the township was organized. His election was productive
of great results.

Mr. Swayze had for a long time noticed things were going
wrong in the management of the county affairs, and when he
took his scat in the board he offered the following resolutions,
which we insert :

" Whereas, the tax levies of the county of Warren for State,
county, and school purposes have been increasing each succeed-
ing year; And Whereas, the indebtedness of the county has at
the same time been accumulating until a large portion of the
tax-payers have become dissatisfied and desire to know in what
way and for what purpose the moneys raised by these large as-
sessments and proceeds of this indebtedness have been ex-
pended; therefore, in order that the tax -payers of the county
may bo informed as to the expenditures for the last year for
county purposes and as to the indebtedness of the county, and
in order that the present board may act with proper knowledge
and understanding, it is

" lUnolved by the Board of Vhonen Freeholder, That the ac-
counts of the county collector, sheriff, jailer, steward of the
county poor-house, clerk, surrogate, and jail committee, the re-
port of the building committee appointed to make repairs upon
the county court-house, jail, and offices, shall all be reported to
the board by itemized statements in writing, made by each of
the aforesaid committees, before I lie said several accounts shall
be referred to the auditing committee to be examined and re-
ported upon, and that such itemized accounts shall be filed with
the clerk of the board of freeholders, who shall deposit them
in the vault in the clerk's office of the county of Warron, in a

case provided for that purpose, there to bo safely kept for refer-
ence thereto.

" Resolved, That the clerk of the board of freeholders furnish
to the board a statement in writing of the funded indebtedness,
giving the names and amount due individual or corporation to
whom the county is indebted."

The effect of these resolutions was, as it were, that of a thun-
derbolt. A committee of fourteen was appointed. Mr. Swayze
was the chairman, and the committee unearthed some of the
most gigantic frauds that had ever disgraced this or any other
county. Legal proceedings followed against the Warren County
ring, and some twelve were sent to prison.

This action of Mr. Swayze saved the county many thousands
of dollars, and the effect is seen by the value of the county
bonds. While under ring rule it was difficult to borrow money
on the county's credit at seven per cent., after the collapse of
the ring the bonds were funded atfive per cent. The New York
Tribune at the time of the exposure says : " Mr. Swayze is a
man whose character compels universal respect, and his excel-
lent business habits, his executive force, and his polite persist-
ence make him a very uncomfortable member of a board which
wants to organize itself for predatory purposes."

In politics Mr. Swayze was a consistent Whig, and became a
Republican when that party was formed, and as such has al-
ways taken a lively interest in political matters. During the
war he, with his brother, James K. Swayze, raised the first
troops sent from Warren County for the defense of the Union.
He married Miss Sarah, daughter of Caleb Howell, of Freling-
huysen (1843). Of this union were born Olivia L., married T.
S. Van Home, of Hackettstown ; Julia C, now at home ; Savon
B., died 1852; Caleb 0., died 1S59; Montgomery H., died 1863;
Erastus I. ; and Sarah H., now at home.

In 1860, Mr. Swayze succeeded his brother, James K., as
director of the Hackettstown Bank. He has been a director of
Hard wick Insurance Company for thirty-eight years, and its
treasurer for thirty years, during which time the affairs of the
company have been in a prosperous condition. He hns been a
master in Chancory for fifteen years. Though not a member of
any church, ho attonds the Methodist Episcopal Church, Hope.

Mr. Swayze's disposition is mild, his attachments warm; his
natural amiability and courteous manners have attracted hosts
of friends and render his companionship pleasing, lie has
never cherished malignity nor sought revenge, and has had re-
markable self-control in withstanding the stormiest antago-



what was then called Lawrenceville, aow Paulina,
Warren Co. In 1826 he returned to Hope and en-
tered the store of Blair & Lawrence as a clerk. In
1827, though he was not of age, he opened a Btore in
Hope on hia own account. In 1830 he formed a part-
uerehip with the late Jonah Turner, under the name
of Turner >V Sway/..-, and carried on the Btore, mill-
ing, and farming. In 1833 the firm dissolved, when

hf associated with him his younger brother, Caleb,

under the partnership-name of J. K. & C. Swayze,
and carried on merchandising alone for live years,
when this firm dissolved bj mutual consent, Caleb
retiring. In l839hesold his stock and good-will to
John A. Davis, and retired from merchandising.
During the whole twelve years from 1827 to 1839 he
confined himsell Btri il\ to hie Legitimate business,
that of merchandising, milling, and farming, — and by

hi ind judgment, keen, penetrating foresight, and

indomitable energy everything he touched seemed to
yield him a profit. He possessed that ran- faculty of
acquiring, as it wnv, by intuition a knowledge of the
correct principles of doing business, which adds to
the wealth of nation- as well as individuals. It was
in these early days, before 1840, that he laid the solid
foundation of his large fortune He was closely iden-
tified with the- people among whom he lived all his
days; perhaps no one more so. He was born among
them, always lived among them, was an active busi-
ness man for fifty-one years, and used hi- wealth to

promote their interests and welfare as well as his own.
He was averse to Bbow and display, and Ins charities,

which werc> large, were dispensed in a quiet and un-
ostentatious manner. He was fond of children, and
fchej of him. He was a kind and indulgent father
and grandfather, and a liberal and generous ancle.
lie had a nice love of order and a quick instinct for

dee., nun. In all his large business operations he sel-
dom became involved in lawsuits, and his advice was
BOUgh! by those in bis locality : and no man ailed in
more instances as administrator and executor of es-
tatee than he did and gave better satisfaction.

In politic- he was a Whig while the party la-ted,

and when it ended he became a Democrat. In I860
lie was elected state senator, hut alter serving his term

of three years he declined to allow his name to he put

forward for office, though he was frequently urged to
do bo. At the outbreak of the Rebellion, in 1861, he

promptly placed his wealth and time at the service of
the Country. He Bold his government bonds and ad-
vanced the money for organizing troops, and be was

one of the lirst to raise troops in Warren (' lty, in

which he was ably assisted by his brother Caleb.
Placing his wealth at the disposal of the government
was an aet of great patriotism in those dark days of
our country's history.

When the Haeketi-town Bank was established, in

Is.,.,, he Was one of its lir-t director-, and at the time

of his death one of it- largest stockholders. He as-
sisted in organizing the First National Bank of Wash-

ington, N". J.; was I rst president, which

position he held until his death, at which time he

owmd one-quarter of the capital stock. He was a
stockholder in the North Ward National Bank, New-
ark. Phillipsburg National Bank, and was largely
identified with other banking and large landed in-
terests. He was twice married. Hia first wife, Kiss

Rachel I'"., Blair, whom he married in 1829, died young,
having two son- and a daughter. The youngi
and daughter aurvived her but a shorl time. The
eldest -on. L. Marshall Swayze, married .Miss S. K.

Dill, of New York. He died In 1864, leaving a widow,

• -on. and three daughters, all of whom are DOW

living. His B6C 1 wile was Ravinah H. Alhert-on,

daughter of the late Isaac Alhert-on. whom he mar-
ried in 1842. Of this union were l.orn two sons, —
James A. Swayze, president of Firs! National Hank
of Washington, N. J., and Aurelius .1. Swayze. Mr-.
Swayze died in 1874. His sons -till reside al Hope,

where the family have lived for so many year-, .lames

K. was buried in the cemetery of Hope, and hi- funeral
was attended by the largest concourse of people that
,ver collected in that part of the county at a funeral.
lie bequeathed large amounts to his sons, grandchil-
dren, nephews, and nieces, and one thousand dollars
to the Presbyterian Church at Hope. Iiy his death
the community in which he lived lost a good neigh-
bor and kind friend, and his life was one to which all
can look as an example of what energy, perseverance,
and industry can do.


The subject of this sketch i- of English ancestry.
His grandfather, George Beatty, was horn at Trenton,
N. J., about the middle of the eighteenth century.
seven of who-,- brothers served in the army during
the ltevolutionary war. He was twice married.
His second wife was Elizabeth (Cummings). Of this
union were born one s,,n, ( 'harlcs, and two daughters.
Nancy and Catharine. Nancy married Joseph Pang-
born, of Rensselaer Co.. N. V., where their descend-
ants arc still living, lie removed to 1 1 ii n t erdon Co.,

N. J., and afterwards went to live at Vienna, Inde-
pendence town-hip. Later in life he went to live with
his daughter in Rensselaer Count v, where he died.
His son, Charles l'.eatty. was born in Trenton in
1779; married Mary (Henry), olde-i daughter of
Herbert Henry, of Susses County. Of this union
were born Eliza deceased ; Stewart (deceased, in
Mi -hi, an: ; 1 : ruin i now living at Saratoga Springs,
N. Y.: and Ce.. i"., II. Realty, t 'harle- Realty lived

at Vienna, where he followed farming, and was for
- time engaged in the manufacture of hats. In

181 1 be removed to Hope town-hip and settled on a

farm to the west of that village. In l<L".i he purchased
the farm on which hi- -on now resides. He died ill



George H. Beatty was born on a farm in Independ-
ence township, Dec. 13, 1811. His mother died when
he was quite young. He acquired such an education
as the neighborhood school afforded, and after quit-
ting school remained on the farm until he was twenty-
two, when he engaged in the cattle business, buying
cattle in the West and bringing them East. This
business he followed in connection with farming for
over thirty years. In 1841 he bought the Union Ho-
tel, at Hope, which was once the Moravian church,
built 1781. He kept hotel for six years in connection
with his other business, left the hotel five years, then
kept it one year, when he disposed of his property and
returned to his farm, where he still resides. In 1853
he was elected to the State Legislature and served
during his term of three years. While in the Legis-
lature he was chairman of the committee on corpora-
tions and a member of the joint committee on asylums,
besides being on other important committees.

In politics he has always been a Democrat, and has
taken an active part in all political matters, having
been a delegate to the different conventions,— State,
county, and congressional. He has always identified
himself with town matters, and has held various re-
sponsible town and county offices,— freeholder (three '

years), town collector, and director of the county
house. While he was connected with the town affairs
the debt of the township of Hope was paid off, and
since then it has remained out of debt. He has been
a director of the Hard wick Insurance Company for
twenty -five years. At the outbreak of the war ( 1861 )
he was chairman of the first war-meeting held in
Hope for the purpose of raising troops, and took an
active part in the matter.

In 1838 he married Miss Charity M. Swayze,
daughter of the late Caleb Swayze, of Hope. Of
this union were born Mary (deceased, 1842) ; James
F. (deceased, 1860) ; Josephine, now living at home;
Wilhelmina S. (deceased, 1870) ; Marcella, married,
1871, J. L. Kirk, who was born in Russia, now auditor
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, Pittsburgh, Pa. ; G. W.,
married, 1870, Elizabeth Silverthorn, daughter of the
Hon. W. Silverthorn ; Lewis Cass, now living.

Mr. Beatty, though not a member of any church,

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