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supposed to represent an antiquity exceeding a hun-
dred years. It is not known when the first burial
occurred, or which of the families of the neighbor-

I I were first called upon to dedicate the spot tn

sacred uses. The familiesof Wilson, Person, I'ltim-

iii. ir, I lew ill, and Kanli have for years made interments
in this ground. It is neatly inclosed and carefully
n: villained lv the o« ners. I h ■ cenieli rv a 1| lining

the Presbyterian church in Upper Han yis doubt-
less as old as the former, and is still in use. Many
beautiful memorial-stones have bei u i rected over the
graves, and evidences of tender care are manifested in

every direction.

The following inscriptions arc found in this in-

closure :

•• in i i ol William Gardner, who rtoparted till

KoTunb ■ . i l

"In Mill. i. .it of J ptl Killer, who deputed

thl»lir.. May lllh, 18! >. In the MID p

"Id me ry of John Ulllcr,« lied Novcmbei 13th, 1807, agod 21

•• In memory of Gorrel Bird, who departed Ihli life March 16th, 1631,
eged 1 1 years, - months, and. U dej -

i in my EeaTenly Father 1 ! arm*,
1 wonld forget my breath,

An- 1 loae mv llf.- nt g the -11111-101

Of aodiriin- a death."
■•In memory of Catherine Dewitt, who departed Ihli lit.' rebroarj
21«t, *.». 185 If daye."

"In memory of Dnac,aonof William and Catherine CUne, who died

Hay mil. 1 . i" mil -.iiii.l ■'■ daye."

•• in in, 'i v of Margaret, aire ol Jam. - Barber, wh

182/i, In hei 89th |

■' In momorj of John tt. Heal, who died 1 ebruarj 17th, 1-1 T
yeora, 7 month*, and -1 days.*'

A v.ry old cemetery is located near Boxburg, in

I Ixford town-hip. and known BS the " White" hiirial-

ground. Members of the Vanatta and Davidson
families find here a last resting-place.

A burial-ground whose founding is contemporane-
ous with the existence of lie ..I.I P.apti-t ChUTCh is

still in u-e at Montana. It was first used about 1827.


LOWER iivkmonv.

The earliest settler within the limits of this little
hamlet was probably Godfrey Person. The date of
his arrival is not chronicled, and few facts regarding
him are obtainable. It is known that he erected the

clover-mill which stood in the place, and also that In-
built and kept the tavern which is now used a- a

blacksmith-shop. This building Btood hen- during

the Revolutionary war. with its sign swinging, after

the fashion of ..Men times, in front of the building.
It is related that a squad of Morgan's cavalry, pass-
ing by On their way from s 1 marauding expedi-
tion, tendered it a salute with their muskets, which
nearly riddled the inoffensive signboard. At B later
day the tavern was kept by Henry Mcllick, hut has
long since been abandoned for any purposes of hos-

Mr. Person left one -,,,,, ia pt. Jacob, who inher-
ited the property and re hied the old clover-mill.

It was later owned by his sons. John and Jeremiah,

both of whom have removed from the tow oship.

The next remembered settler within the bounds of
the little hamletof Lower Harmony was one Nice,

who probably came during the latter part of the pa.-i

century. He purchased a tract of land, upon which
he located. His life was suddenly terminated by an
accident U I the year 1810, Henry Hoover ar-
rived, and. bavin- married Mrs. Nice, the widow, re-
sided upon the land she inherited from her husband,
and which is now in possession of Abrain Kaub. Mr.
Hoover cultivated the farm for B series of year-, and

mi the death of hi- wife removed to Pennsylvania.
ill, estate of Mrs. Hoover included portion- of both
Upper and Lower Harmony, which was ultimately
divided between Jacob Kaub and Mrs. John P. He-
witt. The present owner came into possession OB the
death of Jacob Kaub. Th irlicst mercantile ven-
ture was made by Daniel Barker, who opened i



eral store, which was at a later date kept hy John

A school-house was erected at a very early date, and
replaced later by a more substantial structure. The
spot was also the centre of religious gatherings many
years ago.

Dr. A. O. Stiles arrived in 1828 and established
himself in the practice of medicine. He has been a
resident since that time, and enjoyed an extensive
professional patronage, which was relinquished only
as advancing years necessitated rest from labor.

There are now at the hamlet a store (at present
vacant), a blacksmith-shop, kept by Benjamin Swarts,
and a saddler-shop, kept by Henry Simons. The
physicians in active practice are Dr. Garner H. Cline
and Dr. James D. Dewitt.

The old clover-mill, located upon a brook running
through the place, has since been converted into a
grist-mill, and is now owned by William Vanatta.
It has two run of stone and a capacity of one hundred
bushels per day, with a sufficient supply of water. It
is principally devoted to custom work, and enjoys a
large patronage from the neighboring country.


The earliest remembered owner of property at this
point was Adam Ramsay, who resided at Phillips-
burg, and whose son Adam made this spot his resi-
dence. Mr. Ramsay erected a store which was man-
aged by his son, and is now in possession of Charles
Ramsay, a son of the latter. Morgan B. Hineline
located very early near the village, and later removed
within its limits where he now resides. He followed
the occupation of a weaver. Charles Carhart, a cabi-
net-maker and carpenter, lived and died in the place.
His son, Jacob Carhart, now occupies the property.
A church was built by the Presbyterian denomina-
tion, whose history is more fully given elsewhere. It
was burned and speedily rebuilt. A school was
opened at an early date, and has since been main-

There are now one store, kept by Charles Ramsey,
and a blacksmith-shop, by Daniel Garrou. These rep-
resent the business activity of the place.

This place is a small hamlet situated at the ex-
treme northeast corner of the township, on Scott's
Mountain. The locality was early settled by the
Beers and Rush families, who have for years owned
much land in this locality. George Pickle located
soon after at the edge of the hamlet, where he resided
until his death. Four brothers of the Lance family —
Michel, Abram, George, and John — were also occu-
pants of land in the vicinity. They are since de-
ceased, and no descendants of the family remain.

There are at the place two churches, a school-
house, one store, kept by Ralph Rush, and one black-
smith-shop, owned by William Galloway.


This hamlet, located in the northern portion of the
township, was originally settled by John Young, who
owned most of the land in the immediate vicinity.
He erected a foundry and blacksmith-shop, the for-
mer of which was devoted to the manufacture of
plows, and managed by him for a period of nearly
40 years successfully. It is now owned by his son,
Isaac Young, but not driven to its full capacity.

There is also a grist-mill located at this place, the
proprietor of whom resides in Washington, the mill
being conducted by the miller, Mr. Beatty. It has
two run of stone, and depends for power upon the
stream running from the mountain upon which it is
located. It is equipped with steam-power, to be used
as necessity requires. The mill is devoted to custom
work, and has a capacity of at least 100 bushels per
day. There are at the place a store, kept by Oliver
Badgley, and a blacksmith-shop, conducted by Isaac



His great-grandfather and great-grandmother,
Philip Kline and wife, emigrated from Germany
about 1720 and settled in what was then known as
Sourland Mountain, now called Neshanic, in Som-
erset Co., N. J., and whose wealth consisted of strong
hearts and sturdy hands. To them were born three
sous and four daughters. His son Godfrey (grand-
father of Peter) was born in Somerset County in
1742, and married Mary Haines, a native of Prussia,
and who bore him three sons and two daughters, —
viz., William, Peter, Philip, Margaret, and Elizabeth.
Margaret left two sons. Elizabeth died unmarried.
Wm. Kline (father of Peter) was born in 1776, and
his wife, Catharine Horn, was born in 1781, and of
this marriage there were born seven children, — viz.,
Godfrey, John, Sally, Peter, Isaac, Mary, and Haines.

Peter Kline, the subject of this sketch, was born
Aug. 31, 1806, and in 1835 married Margaret Tins-
man, daughter of Peter and Mary Tinsman, also of
German descent, and of this union were born five
children, — viz., Mary Catharine, John, William, Eliz-
abeth, and Peter, and of whom only Peter survives.
John and William died in infancy. Elizabeth mar-
ried Mathias Brakeley. She died Jan. 18, 1878,
leaving an only son, George, an infant of two weeks
old, who bears a striking resemblance to his mother,
and who finds a home with his grandparents, whose
highest pleasure it is to tenderly watch over and care
for this orphan child.

The great-grandfather, Philip Kline, at an early
day bought one hundred and sixty acres of govern-
ment land at Still Valley, which at that time was a
part of Burlington Co., N. J., but is now in Green-


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wich township, Warren Co., and sent two sons and a their own business. Down through :ill these genera-
daughter to settle upon it ami make a clearing. He turns the Kline family have exhibited the sterling
afterwards bought six hundred acre- in what is now ijualities of industry, self-reliance, and thrift.
Harmony township, and in course of time divided it

William Merritt, the paternal grandfather of the
Bubjecl of this sketch, came from the city of London
about the year 1780, landed at New York, and after-
wards Bettled at Onion Furnace, in Bunterd
N. .1.. and of which he became proprietor. By bis

industry, eC my, and prudence he heeame | -■■■I

of considerable wealth. Be disposed of his furnace,
and received in payment thi r< foi I ontim ntal money,
and. not seeing a favorable opportunity for reinvest-
ment, thi- currency so rapidly depreciated that in a


among these three children, apportioning two hun-
dred acres to each. The farm on which Peter Kline
n sides has descended in an unbroken line to the
fourth generation, and if Peter, bis only living son,

survives the father, it will ere long have passed to the
fifth. Mr. Kline has in Ids possession now the orig-
inal parchment deed for this property, given under
the seal of King George III. Bis farm at this time
consists of one hundred and sixty-five acres of fine

grain-growing land.

Mr. Kline ha- heen a farmer all his life; in poli-
ties a lleinocrat. and member of the Harmony Pres-
byterian Church. lie belong- to our of the oldest
families in the county, and inanyofwhoin haw

a prominent part in its affairs. He bears the name
of Peter Kline. Sr., his ancle, whose name appears so
frequently in the list of freeholders and justices of
the county. As justice of the peace he did a very

large business In fore Warren <'ount\ was set oil', and

the distance to the county-seal induced most of the
people to have their law and justice business trans-
acted at home. Be re ved to Michigan, where he

died many \ cars ago.

Peter Kline. Sr., is in his seventy-fourth year, and
In and his wife are both well preserved in body and

mind, and quietly enjoying the comforts of a i pe-

tence, the fruil of s life of industry and prudence.

Thej are persons ol quiet, refi I tastes, not given to

ostentation, with the habit of attending strictly to


very short time his hard-earned competence had van-
ished into thin air, and at an advanced age he had to

Commence the battle of life anew. There "ere burn

to him six sons and four daughters. Samuel Merritt
was a captain in the Revolutionary army, and was
wounded in a hand-to-hand encounter by a cutlass at

the battle of Charleston. S. < '. John Merritt, the

fat lor of William, married Sarah t l.-tnun. and settled

near Foul Rift, in Warren Co., N. J., and from this

union there were born an only son and two daughters,
( ha rite ,,||, | I.riiti i. William was born \ v. I I so
while his lather resided at the place above named.

and has low al -t completed hi- seventy-eighth

year. Subsequently the family removed to Pennsyl-
vania, and after a residence of six years returned to
Warren County and Bettled in what was then an un-
broken forest, known as the "Barrens." Bere, by
indu-try and perseverance, assisted bj the son, the;



succeeded in clearing up one hundred and sixty acres
of what became a valuable and productive farm, and
descended from father to William, in whose possession
it has remained for thirty-eight years. In conse-
quence of the limited facilities for education in those
early days, his youth was largely spent in helping to
improve the farm. Notwithstanding this, he developed
the traits of prudence, sagacity, and self-reliance, and
has been so well esteemed for these that he has fre-
quently been called to fill official positions connected
with the finances of his township and county, and at
this advanced age retains his mental faculties in such

good degree that he is now one of the active members
[ of the board of directors of the county almshouse.
William Merritt has been twice married, — in 1824 to
Miss Catharine Huff, and who lived to the year 1838
and bore him four childreu, — viz., John, Abel, Rachel,
and E. Livingstone, of whom only John and Abel
survive. In 1843 he married Elizabeth, daughter of
of Morris Morris and Martha Galloway Morris, and
of this marriage three children were born, — viz., S.
Elizabeth, Martha, and Fannie, of whom S. Elizabeth
and Fannie are still living, the former the wife of
Roderick B. Vannatta.



Lopatcong township, lying on the Delaware, is
the smallest of all the townships of Warren. It is not
more than four miles in length between extreme points,
and about the same distance in width at its widest
part. Its population in July, 1880, was 1589, against
1150 in 1870. The boundaries are Harmony on the
north, Greenwich on the south and east, and the town
of Phillipsburg and the Delaware River — separating
it from Pennsylvania — on the west. The township is
peculiarly shaped, like a wedge, and on the east cor-
ners with three townships, — Harmony, Franklin, and
Greenwich. The surface of the country is uneven
and in places mountainous. Agriculture is a profit-
able industry, and well-to-do farmers are plentiful.
Iron ore is found to a limited extent in various
places, but nothing important in the way of mining-
has yet been developed. Ores are found on the lands
of John H. Boyer, Matthias Brakeley, William Ham-
lin, William H. Hamlin, John Smith, and others.
Some mining is being done by Henry Fulmer and
William Hamlin, with promise of something in the
way of profitable results. The township has no vil-
lage, and needs none, since Philllipsburg and Easton
are within hailing distance. The railway lines of the
New Jersey Central, the Morris and Essex, the Belvi-
dere-Delaware, and the Easton and Amboy, traverse
the township, while along the south and east lies the
Morris Canal.


It is not easy to determine the date of the first set-
tlements upon the territory now occupied by the town-
ship called Lopatcong, since such settlements were
effected as early, perhaps, as 1740 or thereabout, and
as there happens, unfortunately, to be but little in the
way of preserved history referring to this particular

* By Davit] Schwartz.

region, the argument as to first settlers must neces-
sarily be vague and somewhat unsatisfactory. It may,
however, be definitely stated that among the very
earliest comers was John Feit, the first of the name
to locate in the county. John Feit was an inhabit-
ant of the Rhine country between France and Ger-
many, and at the age of perhaps eighteen emigrated
to America, to escape, military proscription, which at
that time was driving the Germans in great num-
bers to the New World. Of his family nothing is
known, nor is anything known concerning the cir-
cumstances under which he left the mother-country,
aside from the statement already made. That he was
well provided with means would appear from the fact
that not long after his arrival in America he bought
a large tract of land in New Jersey. The supposi-
tion must be that his parents were well-to-do people,
if not wealthy, and supplied him with means to push
himself forward in his new home, for he himself was
too young to have acquired a fortune through his own
exertions. At all events, the fact remains that not
far from 1740 he settled on land near the town of Phil-
lipsburg. The date of his earliest land purchases is not
at hand, but deeds bearing date 1749 show that he ac-
quired important landed possessions in that year.
One deed, dated Jan. 1, 1749, sets forth that on that
day, for the consideration of £80, Samuel Carman, of
Greenwich, yeoman, transferred to John Feit, of
Greenwich, yeoman, 100 acres of land. On the same
date Jaspar Carman, of Greenwich, deeded to John
Feit, of the same place, 90 acres, for a consideration
of £80. Oct. 31, 1749, William Coxe, of Philadel-
phia, Daniel Coxe, of Trenton, and John Tabor
Kempe deeded to John Feit 500 acres of land for
£750. The deed recites that this land was surveyed
to Daniel Coxe in 1715, under a warrant issued by the
Council of Proprietors of New Jersey, March 10, 1714.
July 30, 1766, Thomas Cadwallader, of Philadelphia,



physician, deeded to John Feit a certain piece of land
for 680.

Although the year L7 19 is given as the date of the
first purchase, it is altogether lik.l \ that Feit bought
land in the county long before that, or lived on the
land as a tenant, for it was pn;tty well settled that he
resided near Phillipsburg before his marriage, which
event he himself has recorded as having taken place
in 1741, bis wife being Anna Mary, daughter to a
Mr. Bender. It would Beem, therefore, that Mr. Feil
was asettler in 1740. The land he bought in 1749
and 1766 was located in what i- now Lopat. ■: town-
ship, along the line of the Morris Canal, and to a
extent has remained since 1741) in the posses-
sion of his descendants. His home was upon the
plan- now occupied by the widow of his great-grand-
son, William Feit. There he died in 1790, in the
seventy-sixth year of his age, and there five childn a
were born to him.

Three generations of the Feits have passed away
upon the old Feit property bought in 1749 by John
Feit, and their representatives of the fourth gener-
ation -till till the soil. ' >f that generation there are,
however, but two, John and his brother Daniel.
Their lather, Paul, lived upon the place now the
home of John Feit. He was horn then- in 1782, and
in 1790, so be used to tell his children, he wenl to

School in an old log Cabin that Stood ill what is now

a corner of John Feit's garden. One of the first
teachers in that school was one Stewart, an Irish-

The Shipmans have for more than a century been
identified with the history of what is now Warren
County. The first of the name to make his home
here was Mathias, who served during the Etevolu
tionary struggle as colonel and commissary. He and
Hendershott migrated in company from Bay-
brook, Conn., to New Jersey, in search of lands.
Thej squatted in German Valley, Morris Co., and
directly determined to make a tour in search of per-
manent location-. Making a horseback journey, they
rode far and wide, and eventually selected lands in
what i- now called Lopatcong township. The date
of their settlement is not known, but presumably it
was about 1768, which date appear- upon an old deed
for land bought by Shipman and occupied from the
beginning of his possession bj four generations of
Shipmans, Mathias Shipman's old homestead is now
the home of hi- great-grandson, William Shipman.
According to the deed above referred to, the title was
made out in 1768, to shipman, hut it is quite likely
that he mav have bought the land some time before
that period, and, paying for it in installments, did
i his deed until perhaps a few years alt. ir he
had been in [ ession. The instrument reads as fol-
lows :

"Tun iM.i mi in: mule the 21st day of Oct iber, In the reign ..f ...ir
Sovereign I the Third otot Great Britain, etc., King, Anno
Domini On* thousand avanl Irod and utty-thi a, between William

Allan and Joseph Turner, » - tlt ■■( the City of Philadelphia, In U

[res, on tlio one [tart, and Mailing Shipman,
of the townahlp ■■! Qrwrnwlen, in the county ..f Sussex, and an
vi-i r th< o theothar parV

William Pel

ninety equal and undivided hundred parts ..f the western division of the
Province of New J hundred

equal pan Billing, his holm, and aa-

r thedln

Edward Billing by their Indenture dated the .— id d H

thousand six hundn int, bargain, and —II ..f the

rai.l olnetletii parts ol it" ssld wi rti Jersey commonly

called and known by the nai fa Propriety unto Bobert Squib, Sr.,aud

Squib, J Igna forever, which the said Bobert,

Sr.dldby bis Indenture dated thelOtfa day ol November, 1688, grant and
release all l * i — estate and Interval In it.*- aforesaid propriety unl

nil., Jr., un.l to hi* tolls mid ii-*ii:ns f.r.v.r. An I whereas by

tripartite, dab March 14, 1081, between the said William

Pei ntheflrsl pnrt,Oawen Lavrrej on tl ad part, and the said

Billing on the thir.1 part, the mid Wilii.ua Penn forth.
iiii.ii. therein mentioned and by the i) dd Edward Dining

did grant, confirm, and n.-louie all hid roUtt- unto the

nidOawen Lawrey,hls heirs and assigns forever, In trust nev.
foi the -..i'l Edward Billing, his heirs and at I

Billing, Gaweu Lawrey.and Nicholas Lucas by their
Indenture, etc."

The instrument goes on at length to trace the his-
tory of the property, and to sho« that Allen and
Turner, for the consideration of £353 17-. of "good
lawful proclamation money of the sai.l province of
New Jersey," did sell and transfer to the said Mathias
Shipman a tract of land in the town-hip of Green-
wich, county of Sussex, containing :>o"> acres '■', .piar-
ters and 25 perch.-.

Mathias Shipman had tour sons, named Paul,
Jacob, Mathias, Jr., and Isaac. The first three re-
moved from the town-hip. Isaac remained on the old
homestead, where hi- father, Mathias, died in L812,
aged eighty-six. [saac himself had six sons,— -Mathias,
Isaac, Jr., Philip, John, Jesse, and William. Mathias

died 3 ig, Isaac .lied in Lopatcong in 1879, Philip

and John live in Lopatcong, Jesse in Boston, and
William in Greenwich. Their father, Isaac, died in
1 853, aged eighty-six.

There was at a very early date a Herman Shipman

at the place called (Jniontown, but he was not related

to Mathias Shipman.

West of there, and not far from Phillipsburg, were
i lie 1 ><■ Witts, win i came in bi fore thi Revolution and

located upon lands that have to this day remained in

the possession of a I >>■ Witt.

Westofthl I >e Witt-, an. I toward- Phillipsburg, a

( lerman, by name < '< ge < reasarrh, was a large land-

ownerasearLj at least as 1755. Shortly after his arrival
in America from Germany he bought a trad of 700
acres of land lying on the Delaware and running east-
ward therefrom. Perhaps 25 or 80 acre- of thai tract

lie now within the limit- of the town of Phillipsburg :

th.- residue is included in Lopatcong township. Mr.
i leasarrh was a farmer of some pretensions for those
days, and occupied a verj considerable apace among
the men prominent in his neighborhood. He raised
grain enough to warrant him in building a stone

h..ii- i the hank of the rivei and in owning a uuiii-



ber of boats, which he employed in transporting his
grain down the Delaware to Philadelphia. He em-
ployed a good many people to labor for him, and
owned also several slaves. When he made his land-
purchases there was but little of the tract cleared. It
did not take him long, however, to level timber enough
to make a fruitful farm and begin to increase his pos-
sessions rapidly, for such farming methods as he em-
ployed were of the most vigorous and industrious
kind, and yielded quick returns. His first dwell-
ing-house was a log cabin that stood upon ground
occupied by a brick house in which resides Ellen
Howell. Mr. Geasarrh had seven children, all of
whom were girls. One of his daughters married

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