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eessful ope r:i I ion, and eon tri I nit ions of a i nicnilablc

amount were made to benevolent objects. After the
withdrawal of Dr. Eckard the ehureh remained six
months without a pa-tor, :i m I then ealled tin- Uov.

Frank 10. Miller, a graduate of Princeton Theologi-
cal Seminary, who was ordained and installed July

I I, l.Sii.S. Hi- pastorate eontinut'd until .Ian. 27. I -71.
when he was reluctantly released by you to take the
important position as pastor of the First ('hiireh of

Eiaton. During bis ram.] try in tin.', ehureh ... addi
lions wire made to its membership. Tlie most im-
portant part of his work among you was his influence

in the erection of this large and eominodi. ill- house of
worship, which was dedicated to ( hid, Sept. 1'.",, lsti'.l,

and which, with commendable promptness, was soon
relieved from debt.

Nov. 2, 1871, the Rev. David Conway became the
pastor, ami continued in that relation until Jan. 22,
1876. During his ministry, part of which was at the
beginning of the " hard time-," th,- entire indebted-
ness was removed from the church and 35 persons

added to the roll of membership. The attendance of
the Sabbath-school was :tl-o greatly increased, and
much interest apparently infused into that depart-
ment of the work.

The present pa-tor began his ministry June 21, I <~i>,
having been called from the Firsl Congregational

Church of Elizabeth, N. J., and was installed pastor
Oct. 12, L876.

The four year- and more of my ministry have been
plea-ant ones — years of joy, for the most part — be-
cause of the affectionate consideration of my people,
and the uniform kindness with which my ministry

has I n received a rig you. During my pastorate

64 members have been added to the ehureh, a beau-
tiful parsonage ha- been erected, at a COSl Ol

the Sabbath-school has reached a high degree of pros-
perity, and the general affairs of the church are in a

prosperous and enc 'aging state,

During the twenty year- of onr history 206 persons
have 1 d added to the church, including thi 2

inal members. The -urn of sin, nun ha- hern

for congregational and benevolent purposes. Thus
has the church grown and prospered, disappointing
the expectations of some and the prophecy of others.

The following an- the officers of the church : Pas-
tor, Rev. ( leorge W. Tomson ; Elders, William Yliot
and Isaac Bennett; Sabbath-school Superintendent,
( lodfrey < '. Lightoap ; Trustci -. I r. C. Lightcap pri -
idenl and treasurer), Daniel Runkel, Thomas Hulsi-
zer, John Rodcnbough, John A. Willcvcr, Nelson
Creveling, and Warren Shipman.

The ehureh building is a neat brick structure with
pressed brick front, capable of .-eating 4oU persons.
Beneath is a commodious lecture and Sabbath-school
room, all erected at a cost of sis nun. Th,. present
membership of the ehureh is 115; that of the Sab-
bath-school is 100. The congregational expenses for
the last year were $1500. The parish includes a de-
sirable social element, and covers a radius of from
two and a half to three miles. The number of fam-
ilies comprising the congregation i- about 75. The
available territory i, exceedingly limited, being
closely bounded on eith i -ide b other congregations;
so that future growth must be rather an internal de-
velopment than an external addition. Still, the fu-
ture of the church, judging from the past, cannot be
otherwise than one of encouraging prosperity.


1 1 is probable that a class was formed at a very
early date, but no minutes are extant which afford a
rci-ord of its subsequent growth. A church edifice

was erected in 1842, which i- -till in use by the con-
gregation. The minutes of the society begin with
1862, when Broadway was set off from Harmony
( lircuit, and, though not full or complete, afford some
information as to the succession of pastors after that
date, which are as follows :
l862,Bev. G. 0. OannJchel; 1804,Bev.J F. Dodd; 1867, Bar. 1 i

ball; 1870, Iter. J. Raymond; [872, Bar. a. It. Bhaa ; 1874, Bar.A.L.

wil- ... ; 1876, Roy. J W.Barrett; 1878, Bar. J. W.Hartpanco, Bar.

Thomu BaVrllngs; 1879, Bar. J, II. I si ■•■it. the praam pallor.

The presiding elder- during this time were;

1802, Bor. A. 1.. Brlca; 1869, Bar. aS. Van Clara; 1 S<!6, Bov. Cliarlc*
Larue; 1870, Bi i M I . i.in- -u. i-:i. Bi i T. II. Smith; 1-7 -, Bar.
J. N. Fitzgerald; I860, Bar. 0. A. Colt

The present board of trustees embrace the follow-
ing individual- : I.. I.. Metier, D. W. Bowman, Daniel



Fitts, J. S. Baylor, M. B. Bowers, William Frorne,
A. J. Raymond. The present steward is D. W.


An early place of interment within the township
limits is known as the " McKinney Burial-Ground."
It was set apart for the purpose hy John McKinney,
is located near New Village, and inclosed hy a sub-
stantial wall with an ornamental gate guarding the
entrance. It is used by many of the citizens of the

The cemetery attached to the Methodist Episcopal
church may perhaps lay claim to an antiquity greater
than that of its neighbors. It was founded in all
probability prior to the erection of the church edifice,
and has been in use for nearly a century. Among
the inscriptions is the following :

" Sacred to the memory of Col. William McCullough, who departed
the life Feb. 9, 1840, aged 81 years, 1 month, and 19 days. He was a
friend and promoter of internal improvements, a member of the Legisla-
tive Council for a number of years, served upwards of thirty years as one
of the judges of the Court of Common Pleas in Sussex and Warren
Counties. He attached himself to the Methodist Episcopal Church in
the year 1786, and continued a useful member until his death. His end
was peace."

A cemetery is located south of New Village known
as the "Weller Cemetery." A sum of money was
left by Mr. J. P. Weller to maintain the ground,
which is inclosed by a stone wall bearing the follow-
ing inscribed tablet in marble :

"Erected by G. H. Weller, executor of J. P. Weller, deceased. Com-
menced in 1851. Finished in 1876."

The remains of various members of the Fritts,
Willever, and Weller families are here interred.
Many of the graves are very old and marked by rude
limestone tablets, upon which the inscriptions, if any
existed, are now defaced by the elements. Among
the legends the following are copied :

"Sacred to the memory of Lena, wife of John Powers, and daughter
of Philip and Elizabeth Weller, who departed this life Sept. 24, 1830,
aged 93 years, 6 months, &c.

" Rest gentle corps beneath this clay,
Since time has swept thy cares away :
Surely you can rest in ease,
Since no one can disturb your peace."

"Here is interred the body of Margaret Weller, daughter of Philip
and Mary Weller, who departed this life January 4th, 1S09, aged 3 years,
1 month, and 25 days."

"In memory of Jacob, son of J. P. Weller,— born the 6th of January,
1820,— who departed this life on 1st of March, 1822, aged two years, one
month, and twenty-three days."

" In memory of Sarah, wife of David V. Weller, who died March 27th,
A.D. 1830, aged 27 years, 7 months, and 5 days."


This village was formerly known as Hall's Mills,
and was settled as early as the period of the Revolu-
tionary war. In the year 1800 the corner-stone of a
small Methodist Episcopal church was laid by Bishop
Asbury, and the hamlet from that time was known as

The earliest settlers were the Hunts, Richeys, Wool-
evers, and McCulloughs. It is probable that of these
families, the Richeys and Woolevers were the first to
arrive. Little is recollected of the early years of the
hamlet. The advent of Abram Woolever occurred
prior to 1776. He built a log house near the Asbury
Mills, in which he resided with his family. His
death occurred in 1815, his remains having been in-
terred in an old burial-place on the banks of the Mus-
conetcong River, which has long since been aban-

John and Daniel Richey came at a very early date,
and located near Asbury. John Richey had three
sons, — William, John, and George, — all of whom were
located in the immediate vicinity, where they lived
and died. The widows of John and George, together
with their children, still reside in the village. Daniel
and David Hunt made an early purchase of land and
followed farming pursuits. None of the children of
the family are now residents of the township.

Col. William McCullough became a resident of As-
bury in 1784, and with his presence an era of enter-
prise dawned upon the little settlement. He pur-
chased a tract of land on his arrival, to which he
made later additions, until many of the most produc-
tive farms of the neighborhood were his. He erected
two grist-mills, a saw-mill, and an oil-mill, and con-
ducted an extensive business. Through his efforts
the first church in the village was erected.

In 1817, Thomas and James D. Wiggins built a fac-
tory of stone, which was for a while managed by
them, and later sold to Col. McCullough. ' After suc-
cessive ownerships it was purchased by John Allen,
who continued proprietor until it was consumed by
fire, in January of the present year. Silas Dunham,
in 1810, erected a store on the site of the present
hotel, and placed in it a stock of goods. Joseph Wil-
son also erected a store and was an early merchant.
Philip Wilson was the earliest worker at the anvil and
forge. There are now in the village two churches, one
academy, two hotels kept by Miss Vanderbilt and
Charles Hazard, two stores owned by Messrs. Watson
& Williamson and Messrs. Simonson & Gano, two

blacksmith-shops managed by Dalrymple and

James Lott, two wagon-shops kept by William Carlin
and Mahlon Johnson, a harness-shop owned by Josiah
Boughton, and a cabinet-shop of which G. C. Light-
cap is proprietor.

Henry Thompson is the postmaster. The place has
also two physicians, — Dr. Alfred Gale and Dr. Welch.
Martin Wyckoff, Esq., represents the legal talent of
the village.

J. M. Hoffman's flouring-mill at Asbury is erected
on the site of the mill originally built by Col. McCul-
lough, Mr. Hoffman having, in 1863, purchased the
property and erected the present structure. It has
four run of stone, is run by water from Musconetcong
River, and has a capacity of 200 bushels per day,
though its average product is 100 bushels per day.

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Both custom- and merchant-work are done. The
market for flour is found in adjacent portions of the


The earliest owners of the land covered by the ham-
let and its immediate neighborhood were the members
of a family named Probosi V portion of the estate

came into possession ol ( Yd. William -Met 'ullough.and

remained in litigation for a period of years, but was
finally adjudged to Mr. McCullough. A hotel was
erected, ol' which Benjamin McCullough «as the
landlord. It was sold to one Eveland, but reverted
again to its former owner. The first store in thi place
was erected by I'eter lllazer lor William Warm-, who
was for several years its proprietor, and in connection
managed a woolen-factory, -a u -mill, and plaster-mill.
He ultimately disposed of the property to Henry M.
Winter, who conducted it for several years and sold to
Jesse L. Fritte, who in turn disposed of it to Samuel
Wellcr. After an ownership extending over a period
often year- he aold to the present proprietor, William
Warman, who rebuilt the -tore and house. The mill
and factory have gone to decay. The earliest black-
Bmith was John Willever, who alter a residence of

eight years removed to Illinois. He was followed by
Richard Van Born, and he by Henry V. Anderson,
alter which Eoberl Reding, now of Hackettstown,
conducted the shop. It has since thai time had suc-
cessive owners. The earl ie-t phy-ieian was Dr. Weller,
who arrived about 1X|H and |iraelieed hi- profession
in Broadway for three year-, when his death occurred.

lie was followed by Dr. Samuel Glenn, who remained
a short time and removed to Washington. He was
succeeded by Dr. Creveling, the present physician of

the village.

Broadway now has two general stores owned by

William Warman and Charles Blazer, one grocery

fcept OJ Henry Nukirk, and one blacksmith-shop
managed by Isaac J'. Hull. William Warman holds

the commission as postmaster.

The grist-null located near Broadway ami owned

by N. Warne was erected b\ Benjamin Wane on
Mill Brook. It has three run of -tone and a capacity
of 100 bushels per day, \\ Inch can be increased as ue- !
ccssity requires. It doe- custom-work principally, and
enjoys an extensive patronage from the surrounding
country .

m:\\ village.

This hamlet, local ed upon the Morris ( 'anal, is but a

mere collection of l -os.with but little pretension to

business enterprise. The first .-ell lers were John \ n-

drews and John Wooster, who followed their respect-
ive trades, the former having been a hatter and the
latter a blacksmith. Each erected houses of I.e.
which they occupied, dames Bell, a weaver bj trade,
came soon after, and, purchasing a lot, erected a dwell-
ing. Other houses were built by Abner Parks and

John MacElroy. The land on which these buildings

stood was owned by one MiT'.ulire, who also kept a

tavern east of the village. The first -tore was opened
by Jacob Melliek. Thi- place of business is now kept
by Thomas That. her. There- are also two blacksmith-

shops and a wheelwright-hop owned by Stewart




Hi- paternal grandfather came from Germany and
settled near Belvidere, in Oxford township, Warren
Co., N. J., about the middle of the eighteenth cen-
tury. He was a Tory, and refused to fight for the
independence of the colonies, and by secreting him-
self kept out of the ranks. He died soon after the
clo-e of the war.

Hi- children were John, Jacob, James. Lawrance,
Julia Ann, wife of John I-'itt- ; Lena, wife of Mr. Ben-
ward ; Elizabeth, wife 'of Mr. Crawford ; and Barbara,
died unmarried.

Lawrance Lomerson, father of our subject, born in

177o, married Elizabeth, daughter of Robert and Jane
(Todd) Caskcy, u ho was born Aug. 23, 1781, and died
Pec. 20, 1841. She was a woman of excellent moral
worth, a devoted wife, and possessed a kind and sym-
pathizing heart towards the poor. Her mother was a

sister of Maj. Todd, of Revolutionary fame. The
children born of this union were Jane C, wife of
Samuel Weller, born April (i, 1803, and died in 1843;
William, born Oct. 18, 1804, and died .May 80, 1849;
Robert C.,born Aug. 9, ism;, and died March 15,1839;
Eliza Ann, wife of Philip D. Weller. born Dec. Is,
1-07, and died March 20, L852 ; Margaret, wife of
Cornelius Carhart, bom March 29, 1810, and died

Oct. 18, 1878; Julia Ann, wife Of William Carhart
by her first marriage, and wife of I'hilip 1). Weller
b\ her sec 1 marriage, born April 21, 1812, and re-
sides at Stewarts ville ; Jainc-. born March 22, 1814;
Rebecca, wife of George H. Weller, born Jan. 29.
1816, and died July 12,1849; Mary, wife of Adam
Wandling. born Jan. 15,1818, and died March lib.
1852; Caroline, born March 7, 1820, diedyount -
rah, wife of William McCullough, born A.ug. L'L',
1821, died Dec. 20, 1870; Lawrance. born Mav i.
L824, died Oct. 18, 1872.

After his marriage, Lawrance Lomerson Bettledin
Belvidere, where In- worked at his trade- as a mill-
wright, and during the spring season he ran Durham

boats and acted as .steersman of rail- on the Dela-
ware, shipping lumber to Philadelphia and bringing
back goods on the return. During these days those
in charge of a rail were obliged to force the raft up
stream by mean- of long pole-, and the journey in re-
turning was often long and tedious. In 1810 he pur-
chased a farm of one hundred and six acres, and sub-
sequently one of thirty-four acres, and another of one
trundn 1 acres in Franklin township, it being a part of



the Joseph Shippen tract, taken up by him and en-
tered in the land-office at Burlington in September,
1744, where his son, James Lomerson, now resides.
His first dwelling was a log house, but he erected two
substantial brick residences on his property, and com-
modious barns, which are standing and in good re-
pair in 1S80. He was a man of little book knowl-
edge, but his ideas were practical, and his judgment
based upon good common sense. Although not a
member of any church until in old age, he was a pro-
moter of church interests. By his own industry and
judicious management he became the possessor of
a large property, which he left for his children.
He died Nov. 19, 1864. James Lomerson, son of
Lawrance, succeeded by will to the possession of the
homestead property at his father's death, to which he
has added by purchase nearly three hundred acres of
contiguous land. This farm, comprising, as it does,
several hundred acres of the most productive laud in
Warren County, and reaching entirely across Pleasant
valley, is one of the most desirable parcels of real
estate to be found for agricultural purposes.

Besides carrying on his farm, Mr. Lomerson has
found time to engage in other matters of a local na-
ture demanding his attention. He assisted largely in
the erection of the Presbyterian church edifice at
Washington,' N. J., has been one of the trustees, and
president of the board since 1846, and a member of
that church since 1840. Following the political line
of his father, he is a member of the Democratic
party. He was chosen town clerk in 1851, and held
the office for five years, and about the same time
served for several years as one of the township commit-
tee. He served with the late Judge Vliet for two years
as school superintendent, and is, in 1880, serving his
second term as freeholder. He has been a stockholder
and director of the Phillipsburg National Bank for
many years. On April 1, 1873, Mr. Lomerson, asso-
ciated with the late Joseph Vliet, Peter T. B. Van
Doren, and William C. Van Doren, purchased and
laid out the new cemetery plot near Washington
borough, the corporation being known as the " Wash-
ington Cemetery Association, ' : since which time he
has been president of the board of trustees of this
association. In all places of a public or private char-
acter that Mr. Lomerson has been called to fill his in-
tegrity' has never been questioned, and his far-seeing
judgment and good business ability have given him
rank among the substantial business men and best
financiers of Warren County. On Dec. 12, 1837, he
married Catharine, daughter of William and Ann
(Weller) Miller, of Washington township. She was
born Dec. 2, 1813. She united with the Presbyterian
Church at Washington in 1840. The children born of
this union are Tamzen, wife of Samuel Stewart, of
Mansfield ; Elizabeth, wife of P. G. Creveling, M.D., of
Broadway; and William Miller Lomerson, who occu-
pies a portion of the homestead, and married Miss
Jennie, a daughter of the late Benjamin Fritts.


His grandfather, Lewis Cline, came from Germany,
landed at Amboy, and in 1740 settled on two hundred
acres of land between Phillipsburg and Stewartsville,
in Warren Co., N. J. He died in 1798. His wife
was Catharine Bordelmay, who bore him the follow-
ing children : Michael, Mrs. Burke, Mrs. William
Teel, Mrs. John Teel, Mrs. Dumond, and Lewis. At
the time Mr. Cline settled here the country was
almost an unbroken wilderness, there being only a
small settlement at Stewartsville in the vicinity, and
the Indians and wigwams holding claim to the vast
domain were scattered over the country. Nearly a
century and a half have passed away, and the subject
of this sketch, third in regular line of descent from
the progenitor of the family here, having passed four-
score years, can see the rich fields of grain in place of
unbounded forest, fine farm buildings and stately
mansions dotting the beautiful valley, showing the
advance of civilization and the work of the hardy
pioneer and the more advanced agriculturist.

Lewis, son of Lewis Cline, and father of our sub-
ject, born in 1766, married, in 1790, Elizabeth, daugh-
ter of Jacob Weller, who, with his brother Philip,
came from Germany with their father about 1740,
purchased a quantity of land, and before their death
became the possessors of over one thousand acres
apiece near New Village, in Franklin township. She
was born in 1774. Their children were Jacob, born
April 26, 1791, a miller and farmer in Lopatcong, and
died aged sixty-four years; Anna (deceased), born
Nov. 19, 1792, became the wife of Peter Winters, and
resided in Greenwich ; Mary (deceased), born Oct. 14,
1794, wife of Thomas Reese, and resided at Phillips-
burg; John, born Jan. 4, 1797; Lewis, born Jan. 11,
1799 ; Eliza, died at the age of sixteen, unmarried ;
Christiana, born in June, 1804, wife of Archibald Da-
vison, resided near Belvidere; William, born in 1806,
died at Chambersburg, Pa., where he resided; Mi-
chael, born in 1808, resides on the old homestead, in
Greenwich, adjoining the farm settled by his grand-
father, and Garner Hunt Cline, who has been a resi-
dent physician of Harmony for forty years.

The father of these children received two hundred
acres of land from his father, near the old Straw
church, where he was born and where he resided
most of his life. To this he added some two hundred
acres. He was a representative farmer, and a man of
a liberal education for his time. For many years he
was an elder of the Presbyterian Church in Harmony.
He died about 1847. His wife was a worthy Chris-
tian woman, and made remarkable cures among the
sick, who came to regard her as possessing superior
knowledge of disease, its effects and cures. She died
March 31, 1857.

John Cline received limited opportunities for any
book knowledge during his boyhood. He married,
Sept. 9, 1819, Ruth, daughter of Rev. Garner A. Hunt,
who was for forty years a Presbyterian clergyman


Among the substantial families who early settled in the
beautiful valley in the vicinity of Broadway, iu the township
of Franklin, was that of McKinney. The progenitor of this
family here was William McKinney, who was born in Ireland
on Aug. 20, 1723, and who while a young man emigrated to
America and settled on some five hundred acres of land about
half-way between the villages of Broadway and New Village.
Little more is known of this sturdy pioneer than that he found
hia new homo a wild tract of uncultivated land and resided
upon it during the remainder of his life. He died on Oct. 24,
1777, just at the beginning of the war for independence in this
country. His first wife, Hannah, was born Sept. 9, 1730, and
died March 18, 1765.

Of their children, John was father of our subject, and suc-
ceeded to the homestead. He was born Sept. 11, 1757 ; married,
March 29, 17S6, Eleanor Davison, who was born March 24,
1761, and died June 8, 1843. He died Feb. 8, 183S. His life
was spent on this farm, on which he erected a stone house and
stone barns, the latter of which are standing and in good repair
in 1880, having been built in 1805. Besides carrying on his
farm, he built a distillery, which was carried on by his son for
some time after his death. His children were Hannah, born Sep-
tember, 1787, died Oct. 5, 1797 j William; Mary, died Nov. 2,
1812; Jemima Tnylor, born Dec. 15, 1794, died Sept. 24, 1797 j
Eleanor Stinson, born Feb. 26, 1792, died Oct. 4, 1797; Sarah
Davison, born March 24, 1797, died Sept. 24, 1819; James Davi-
son, born June, 1799, died Sept. 24, 1819 ; and William, born Oct.
15, 1801. It will be readily seen by the above dates that nearly
this whole family of children were swept away by death in early
life. John McKinney reached his majority just as the colonies
began to free themselves from the yoke of the mother-country,
and, patriotic to the land of his birth, he served as a soldier in
the American army.

William, youngest of these children, was born and has lived
on the old homestead during his life, and, now nearly fourscore
years of ago, he can look back through the decades and mark

the advancement in every department of industry, and contrast
the labor-saving machines with the hand-work of a half-century
ago, when he was in tho prime of manhood. His life has been
spent as a farmer on the land first settled by his grandfather,
near the middle of the eighteenth century, and during his long
and useful career he has been known as a man of sound judg-

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