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Philip 8. Howell. < >n motion of P. S. Howell it was
decided that a meeting I'or the election of trustees
should be called at once ; also that the deed be exe-
cuted "it the following Saturday.

The locating committee, after considering -.vend
eligible Bites for the new church, finally chose a beau-
tiful heavily-wooded lot consisting ..tone acre, which
was generously donated by Thomas West, one who

took a very dee], i est in the enterprise, was the

subscriber, and who has Bince passed to his

In pursuance of a call issued in ac dance with

the New Jersey Btatutes, the people assembled in the
school-house Feb. 17, 1859, tor the purpose of elect-
ing a board of trustees. The meeting was opened
with prayer by Rev. F. Lummis, after which Jacob

\ 1 l.ii, Esq., was eleeted chairman, and F. I.llllllllis.

secretary. The electi resulted in the choice of

II is West, John West, Elisha Cook, James Kish-
paugh, and Jonas 11. Read, who were duly sworn in
office bj Jacob Allen, Esq.

At this meeting P. S. Howell with. new from the
building committee, and Elisha Cook eleeted in his
Btead. It was also decided in acknowledgment of the

helping hand of the Lord to call the church " I

e/ei" ; and as at Ebenezer of old the Lord thundered
with a great thunder upon the Philistines and discom-
fited them, so at this Ebenezer il was hoped the thun-
der of the gospel would discomfit and lead to

anee the itneoii v I Tie. I of I lii— e .mm il nity .

* By Ur.John Wut,ono "t tha itsmnb "i Ui« oliuroh.

The idea of a new church was first suggested by the
incapacity of the scfibol-honse to accommodal
crowds that flocked to the meetings, and was forced
upon the attention of the people by the Bchool tras-

t ilosing the Bchool-house in the midst of a revival

sting, which act, aggravating the feelings of the

neighborhood, was a mosl fortunate affair for the

church, as in consequence many person utributed

muc h more readily and liberally than they oth<


The first meetings held in the White Stone school-
house w.i-e in February, 1853, by Rev. Charles I
rew, of Hope charge, with which this society has since
been connected. Thi a continued sixteen

days, and resulted in the conversion of S persons.
For two years following meetings were held by Rev.
William Burroughs, during which time there were 8
conversions ami a class ol 15 members formed, with
Jacob R. Letson tor leader. Meetings were success-
ive^ held by Revs. Martin Hurr, Caleb Maulsbury,
and George 0. Carmichael. Dnder the last named
occurred 16 conversions, among whom wen Harrison
and Theodore Haggerty, now ministers in the New-
ark Conference, [n the spring of 1857, Rev. Fletcher
Lummis assumed the pastorship for two years, and
during the latter portion of this term the new edifice
was commenced and carried vigorously forward.
Through the untiring efforts of Thomas and John
West, who solicited subscriptions, and the generous
liberalitj of the people, $1 1"" were quickly sub-

ZibaOsmun gratuitously furnished the timber, and
many of those interested turned out in great earnest
and cut, scored, and hauled timber and lumberwithout
charge. So assiduously was the work prosecuted that

tii. Tier-stone was laid in dune by Rev. Griffin, of

Vienna, on which occasion $100 were raised.

Six u ths later Deeelliher. 1 *o!> i the eliur.h was

dedicated by Rev. Caleb Lippincott, assisted by Rev.
D.Graves, when the people raised $400, which covered

ill. whole imlel.tedlie-. It- COSt WSS $2 The

present value of the church property is estimated at


Rev. I. ST. Van-ant was tlie pastor iii charge during
the building of the church, and remained until the
spring of 1861. Following him wi re W. G. Wiggins,
two years; Garrett Vanhorn, one year: Caleb Lip-
pincott, two y.-ar-: Cornelius Clark, three year-:
William B. Wigg, two years j J. B. Heward, one year ;
Henry Sitts, three years ; Jacob Tindall, three year- ;

.1.(1. Winner, one year: J. F. Dodd, one year, and

R. Thomas, under whose ministration- I", members

were added to the church.

Since the date of organization then, has been con-
nected with the church a flourishing Sabbath-school,
of which the superintendents have been as follow-:
.1. R. 1,,-t-oii. year; 1'. S. Howell, one year; I.

I.. Howell, four year-: Win. SavaCOOl, fbttT year-:
Savon Newman, One year ; and John W. -t. ten year-.




Previous to the advent of the present century the old
Methodist itinerants, ever on the lookout for a place in
which to plant the standard of the Cross, wended their
way along the intricate, winding paths, over moun-
tains, across the plains, through streams, in sunshine
and storm, finding here and there a place where to
. bear aloft the banner of their Master would be a bless-
ing to their few hearers, who received the word spoken
as eagerly as and with the seeming satisfaction that a
hungry person receives food. Among the old pioneers
of Methodism in this region were such men of ac-
knowledged piety as Manning Force and George
Banghart, who in their wanderings came to Johnson-
burg and pitched their tent at the house of Amos
Mann, about a quarter of a mile out from what is now
the village. Here they made an appointment, and
Mann's became one of their preaching-places. An-
other appointment was at the house of B. Shaver
Kennedy, who lived out on the Allamuchy road.
Preaching from time to time was kept up at these two
places, which in time resulted in the formation of a
" Methodist Class," and B. Shaver Kennedy and John
Harris were in all probability the first class-leaders,
with William Hibler, Mrs. Vasbinder, Isaac Dennis,
Mrs. Hunt, and Mr. Vought among the pioneer mem-
bers of the one or two classes thus formed.

Among the other and later itinerants who traveled
this then long and wilderness circuit were such devout
men as Hevenor, Winner, Best, Nicholas Albertson,

Newman, Richard Van Horn, and C. A. Lippin-


Services were held in houses and barns in winter,
and in groves in summer, for a number of years, till
the old union or Episcopal church was built, when
the Methodists were allowed a certain portion of the
time in which to hold their services.

Methodism in Johnsonburg having been planted
by men of God in good and honest hearts, it grew
up and bore fruit to the honor of God, and in 1850,
during the administration of Rev. Van Cleve, the so-
ciety built their present church, at a cost of about
$1500. Isaac Dennis donated the lot upon which the
church stands, also gave $500 towards the building.
The church was built by a Mr. Flomerfelt, and dedi-
cated by Bishop Janes, and the ministerial supply
has been by the Newark Methodist Episcopal Con-
ference, most of the time in connection with some ad-
jacent church. Revs. Burrows, Herr, Paul, Seran,
Hayter, Tindall, Wombough, Dodd, and Litts are
among the number.

The present pastor, Rev. T. S. Haggerty, of the
Newark Conference, has been in charge since April
last (1880). The members of the church at present
are represented in about thirty families. The Sab-
bath-school is being sustained through the winter
season and is prosperous. George C. Gearhart is the
present superintendent.


The Yellow Frame Presbyterian Church was or-
ganized about the year 1763, by the Presbytery of
New Brunswick.

The precise time of its organization cannot be as-
certained, as there is no record of the transaction in
the minutes of the Presbytery, and the church rec-
ords previous to the year 1823 were destroyed in the
burning of the house of Mr. Aaron Hazen, one of the
elders of the church.

The Presbytery of Newton was formed in 1817.
From that time until the present the church has been
under the care of Newton Presbytery.

The original name of the Hackettstown Presbyte-
rian Church was Hardwick, and when a Presbyterian
church was organized near Johnsonburg (Log Jail),
it was named the Upper Hardwick Presbyterian
Church, and the Hardwick (Hackettstown) Church
was called Lower Hardwick. These names were re-
tained by these respective churches until the year
1782, when the township of Independence, including
the village of Hackettstown, was formed from the
southern part of Hardwick township. The Lower
Hardwick (Hackettstown) Church was then named
the First Presbyterian Church of Independence, and
the Upper Hardwick (Yellow Frame) took the name
of the Hardwick Presbyterian Church.

The church was not incorporated until April, 1841,
when it took the corporate name of " The First Pres-
byterian Church of Hardwick."

In May, 1859, the corporate name of the church
was changed from that of "The First Presbyterian
Church of Hardwick" to that of " The Yellow Frame
Presbyterian Church. "t

The original church edifice, which was doubtless a
log building! and of rude structure, stood on the
south side of the road leading from Johnsonburg to
Greensville, distant about a mile from the first-named

No record seems to have been made in the minutes
of the New Brunswick Presbytery of the names of
ministers appointed to organize the church, but it is
well established by tradition that the Rev. William
Tennent, Jr., took part in this service.

The present church edifice was completed in 1786, its
erection having been begun in 1784. It is a frame build-
ing, originally nearly square, having the pulpit, which
was high and contracted, on the west side, entrance
being at the south and east. The building was re-
paired and remodeled in the summer of 1841, at an
expense of about $1200. The pulpit was at this time
changed from the west side of the building to the

* By the pastor, Rev. R. B. Foresman.

t The name derived from the fact of the church building being a frame
anil painted yellow when completed.

t The present "Yellow Frame" is the lineal successor of the old " Log
MeetiiiK-house" at Dark Moon. The first " Yellow Frame" was built in
1780, as indicated hy the date on the old weather-vane, in the possession
of the church until a few years past.



north end, and the gallery and Beats alt. -red and the
building painted throughout.

In tlic suramei and autninn of 1858 an addition
was built mm the north end of the edifice as a vesti-
bule, crowned with a tower in which has recently been
put a fine-toned Maneely bell, a gift from Mr. Levi
Lanning, one of the ruling elders of this church.

At this time some changes were made in the audi-
pnce-room, the walla were handsomely frescoed, and
the building repainted and tastefully refurnished.
The expense incurred was $1337.

In the summer of the year 1874 the building was
again tastefully frescoed and repainted within, and
the pews handsomely cushioned, at an expense of
No record has been found of exercises held at the
laying of corner-stones, or al the dedication of either
of the church edifices.

The names of the original members cannol be as-
certained. A Dg the names of those originally con-

cted « itli the church were perhaps those of Ulen,
Armstrong, Cook, Green, Dyer, Eazen, Lanning,
I. inn, Bhafer, Roy, 1 hint, and Reeder.

The church was Berved for a ti after it- organiza-
tion by supplies appointed by the Presbyters of New

The Rev. Francis Peppard was the firs! pastor of
this church. He was installed pastor of the Upper
and Lower Hardwick churches April. 177::. and con-
tinued to serve the-e ehinvhes until May, 1783.

The Rev. Daniel Thatcher supplied the church for
a time after the release of the Rev. Mr. Peppard, but
for the most part the church was dependent upon oc-
casional Buppliea until October, 1786, when the Rev.
in. i londil was appointed stated supply. He was or-
dained and installed pastor of the churches of Hard-
wick, Newton, and Shappenach in November, 1787.

Mr. Condit's pastoral relation to this church con-
tinued until t October, 1793, when it was dissolved, and
he was dismissed to the I llassis of New Brunswick of
the Reformed I >utcb < Ihurch.

From this time until November, 1803, the church
was without a pastor, being served by supplies ap-
pointed by Presbj tery.

From November, 1803, to I Ictober, 1812, the R i .
John Boyd was pastor of the churches of Hardwick
and Newton, -en ing them on alternate Sabbaths.

From October, 1812, until June, 1824, the church
was again served by supplies appointed bj I

In June, 1824, the Rev. Benjamin [. Lowe was in-
stalled pa-tor of the churches of Hardwit k, Marks-
boro', and Stillwater,

Mi. Lowe's pastoral relation to the Hardwick

Church continued until October, 1887, and was greatly

d; during his pastorate 117 were received upon

profession of faith, and ;:i bj certificate from other


The Rev. Samuel B. Lyers, now of Tallula, III.,

was stated supply of the church for a short time after

M r. I. owe.

The Rev. John Sherwood was ordained and in-
stalled pastor of the churches of Hardwick and Marks-

lioro'. June, 1839, and served until February, 1841,

when be removed to Milford, N. J., where he died
soon after.

K. . . William C. McGee was installed pa-tor of the
two churches (let. i>(l, 1 S4 1 , having ministered to
these churches about six month- previous to bis in-

Mr. Met lee continued to serve these churches faith-
fully and acceptably until his relation to them was

I by his death, .May 26, 1867. He was, there-
tori th ir pastor l;r a pen id ot twenr. tiv v irsand
seven mont li-.

For about a year after Mr. Mc< lee's death the church
remained vacant, being supplied by appointment of
Presbytery every alternate Sabbath.

Until this time the church had always been asso-
ciated with a neighboring church or churches in the
support of a pastor.

The congregation now felt that their interests would

lie bc-l promoted by ha\ing a pastor tor the whole of

his time. An effort was therefore made, and a sum

deemed adequate for the comfortable support of a

pa-tor for the whole of his time was pledged.

The Rev. William <'. Stitt was called to the pas-
torate of the church under this new arrangement, and
was installed May. 1868. Mr. Stitt continued the

faithful and beloved pastor of this church until April.

1872, when he was released to accept a call from the

Reformed Church of Piermont, N. Y.

Tin present pastor, the Rev. Robert I!. Foresman,
began his tabors in this church on the first Sabbath of
January, 1873, and was installed pastor May 16, 1878.
The present membership of the church i~ U2. The
Rev. William ( '. Metier was the first superintendent
of the church Sabbath-school. The Rev. R. I!. Fores-
man is the present superintendent.

The Yellow Frame Presbyterian Sabbath-school,

which meets near the church on Sabbath morning
before public worship, is -mall, on account of many
of the families of the congregation residing quite a

distance fr the church. Its number of pupils is

about 35. There are lour other Sabbath-schools in

the b ids of the congregation, where children of the

congregation attend. The whole number of Sabbath-
school children in the families of the congregation is

about 125.

The property belonging to thi- congregation con-
sists of the main church edifice, which i- a substan-
tial, commodious, and comfortable building, in good

repair, and neatly furnished. A large cemetery,

which is kept in "/ I repair. A comfortable church

building in Johnsonsburg, erected in L861, at tin ex-
pense of about $1700, which has recently been re-
painted and olherv, A half interest in a
Commodious and well-furnished chapel at ( iivensville.



A large and comfortable parsonage building, with a
good barn and wagon-shed, to which is attached four
acres of good land. The parsonage property was gen-
erously donated to the congregation, June, 1871, by
Levi Lanning, one of the elders of the church.

The congregation have an invested fund of about
$500 for the purpose of keeping the parsonage prop-
erty in good repair.

The church property is unencumbered, and is worth,,
including the fund, about $9500.

There are five plats of ground in this township
occupied as public burial-places,— one at Marksboro',
on the north side of the township, one on the north-
east side of the township, at the Presbyterian (Yellow
Frame) church, one on the south, the fourth on the
east of the village of Johnsonburg, and the fifth is
the old


This is also known as the " Dyer burying-ground,"
as a man by the name of Dyer owned the land in
that neighborhood.

In this ancient city of the dead lie the remains of
many of the pioneers of this valley and the- hills sur-
rounding it. These are the grand- and great-grand-
fathers of the present generation of people inhabit-
ing this part of the township and adjoining country.
Among the inscriptions still legible are the following :

"Here lies the body of Anne Eeeder, the of Benjamin Reeder,

who departed this life in the 25th year of her age, June 25th, 1769."

This is the oldest date, no doubt, and is cut on a
thin slate stone of a shelly nature, from which time
or the rude hands of man have removed several chips.
Another stone was a mere fragment, lying upon the
sod, and of the inscription the date only (" 1772")

" Mary, daughter of John and Anno Wright, aged 17 years. Died July
4th, 1791.

" In faith she died, in dust she lies,
But faith foresees that dust shall rise,
When Jesus calls, while hope illumes,
And boasts her joy among the tombs."
" Thomas Allen, died 27th January, 1790, aged 65 years."
" Anne Hunt, wife of Abram Hunt, died Nov. 16, 1796, aged 26 years
9 months and 20 days. Mourn not, dear friends, for me— for why— my
race is run, because it was the will of God. So let his will be done."
"John Wright, died 1797."
" M. Luse, died February 8th, 1796.

" My race is run,
My time is spent,
No mortal soul
Can death prevent."
" Moses Hazen, died October 1 1th, 1799, aged 23 years."
"In memory of Isaac Lanning, Sen., Elder of Hardwick Church, died
August 30, 1811, iu the D4th year of his ago."

by Jonah Crisman. Mr. Armstrong also had a grist-
mill at Johnsonburg prior to the Revolutionary war,
on the site of the mill now owned by Samuel Harden.
He also owned a grist-mill at Marksboro' at the same
time he owned the others.

Uzal O. Howell built a saw-mill on the Vasbinder
property, at the outlet of Glover's Pond, previous to
1775. A saw-mill is still in operation on the same
site, now owned by J. W. Vasbinder. Farther down
the creek is the saw-mill, bending-shop, and distillery
of the Howell Brothers. In the south corner of the
township, at a small hamlet called "Shiloh," is a grist-
and saw-mill owned and operated by C. W. Ribble,
on Albertson Creek. A short distance east of Marks-
boro' is the cider-mill and distillery of C. Shuster.
The grist-mill at Marksboro', built one hundred and
twenty years ago, is now owned and operated by Jacob
C. Van Horn.

Col. Mark Thomson and Judge Armstrong were
probably the most prominent men of their time in
this township. George Mushback was elected sheriff
in 1825, and was afterwards judge of the county.
William Armstrong was elected sheriff in 1860.


The pioneer mills of what is now Frelinghuysen
were built by the Armstrongs and Thomsons. Wil-
liam Armstrong built the original grist-mill at Paulina
about the year 1768 or 1770. There has been a grist-
mill on the same site ever since, and is now operated


Levi Lanning is one of the oldest residents of Fre-
linghuysen township, Warren Co., N. J., and was born
Oct. 31, 1799.

His grandfather, Richard Lanning, resided near the
Yellow Frame Presbyterian church of Hardwick, and
was one of the founders of that church, about 1780.
He was a farmer by occupation, and lived there when
the country was new, and probably prior to the Revo-
lutionary war. His wife was a Miss Hunt, who bore
him the following children : Richard, Edward, John,
Katy, wife of Samuel Stroud, and Rebecca, wife of
Mr. Bebout.

On account of his lameness he was not called to
serve as a soldier in the war, but on one occasion he
was compelled to take a load of provisions to Sara-
toga, when the struggle was going on.

His son Edward was father of our subject, was
born May 15, 1764, and married, April 1, 1792, Jane,
a daughter of Michael Smith. She was born Jan. 18,'
1768, and lived to be over ninety years of age. He
died in the seventy-seventh year of his age.

Soon after his marriage, Edward Lanning purchased
about one hundred and four acres of land in what is
now Frelinghuysen township, to which he subse-
quently made additions of land, owning in all, for a
homestead, three hundred acres. Most of this land he
cleared of its timber and prepared for crops, and
upon it he spent the remainder of his life. He was

^Ut^ ' nz&f-

Daniel Vliet is a grandson of Cornelius and
Eleanor Vliet, who were early residents near New
Germantown, N. J. They had two children, — John, a
tanner by trade, who settled in Brooklyn, N. Y., where
his descendants still reside, and Abraham M., the
father of the subject of this sketch.

The latter was born on Feb. 20, 1797, and on June
20, 1822, married Ann, daughter of George and
Mary Biles, of Hope township. She was born on Nov.
22, 1801. Of this union were born the following
children, — namely, Eleanor M., born Aug. 23, 1823,
widow of W. H. Cook, of Frelinghuysen township;
Margaret, born March 10, 1825. widow of Jonathan
Lundy, of the same township ; Sarah E. Y., born July
4, 1827, wife of Gideon L. Albertson, of Hope town-
ship; William D., born Jan. 24, 1829, farming in
Mansfield township; Edna, born Aug. 28, 1831, died
March 30, 1834; and Daniel, born Sept. 13, 1833.
Abraham M. Vliet passed the earlier years of his life
as a bound boy in Independence township. Upon at-
taining his majority he worked on the farm of Jacob
Cummins, of that township, for three and a half years,
then on the " Widow Stewart" farm, near Newton,
N. J., for six years, and on "that of Nathan Drake, in
the same locality, for three years. In the spring of
1832 he purchased the farm at present occupied by
Daniel Vliet, in Frelinghuysen township, where he
passed his days as a farmer, and where he died in
February, 1868.

He was a man of quite unostentatious habits, a
Democrat in polities, though no seeker after place,
and for many years a strong pillar in the Union
Methodist Church in his locality. His wife died on
Jan. 4, 1874.

Daniel Vliet was born on the farm which he now
occupies on the date indicated above, and enjoyed the
usual advantages of a farmer's son, attending the
district school in the winter season and being trained
to habits of industry during the summer. He assumed
the management of the home-farm in 1860, and upon
the death of his father came into possession of it,
where he has continued to reside. The tract now
comprises two hundred and thirty-six acres of land,
besides seventeen acres which he owns in the adjoining
township of Hope. Mr. Vliet is recognized as one of
the leading farmers in his section of country, and is
universally respected for his enterprise, thrift, and
rectitude of character. His buildings are all good and
well arranged, his fences substantially and handsomely
built, and his fields carefully irrigated and tilled. The
products of his farm frequently receive special recog-
nition, by way of premiums, at the fairs of Warren
and adjoining counties. He has confined his life-work
entirely to agricultural pursuits, and, while an ardent
Democrat, has persistently refused political place. He
is a director in the Merchants' National Bank of
Newton, N. J., and has been for a number of years a
member of Harmony Lodge, No. 23, A. F. and A. M.,
of that place.

Mr. Vliet has been twice married. His first wife
was Maria E., daughter of Robert Ayers, of Freling-
huysen township, whom he married in 1860, and who
died Sept. 12, 1864, leaving one child, Arna M. Vliet,
who is still living. His present wife is Mary E.,
daughter of Alexander and llachel Decker, of Blairs-
town, to whom he was united in 1866. By this mar-
riage have been born Abraham M. Vliet, and Rosa E.,
Emma D., Anna E., and Mary E. Vliet.



one of tlic early members of the Yellow Frame

Church (80 also was his wife), and for many war- he

served as elder.

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