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ment, unassuming in his ways, honest in his dealings, and
Christian and moral in his character.

Mr. McKinney married, in 1S24, Mary, daughter of Henry
Winters, a man well known in Warren County as sheriff, and
whose son, William Winters, was clerk of the county at the time
of his death. She was born in 1804, and died Aug. 15, 1879.
Both Mr. and Mrs. McKinney were formerly members of tho
Greenwich Presbyterian Church, but, upon the organization of
the church at Stewartsville, were among its founders, and have
continued their relations with that body of Christians.

Mr. McKinney has officiated as one of the trustees of tho
church for many years. He has been an unswerving member
of the Democratic party since he reached his majority, but no
seeker after place, although he has not shrunk from tho duties
of a citizen, having held some minor offices in his township.
Soon after his marriage, about 1835, he built a new stone house
on his place, in which he residod until 1S65, when he erected a
fine wooden residence and commodious outbuildings on another
part of this farm, where ho resides in 1880. His children are
John, who married, Oct. 19, 1849, Mary, daughter of Archibald
Davison, and since 1805 has resided in tho stone house erected
by his father, and is tho possessor of a part of the original
homestead; Ellen, wife of Abraham Stewart, a justice of the
peace at Washington, N. J.; Catharine, wife of Peter Fritts, a
farmer at Andovcr; Sarah Elizabeth, deceased, who was the
wife of James Riehcy, deceasod, leaving three children, Georgo
W., Lizzie, and James Franklin; Henry, deceased; James;
Hannah, wife of John T. Oberly, a farmer in Franklin town-
ship ; and Belinda, wife of James M. Hoffman, a grain-merchant
and miller at Asbury.



in Cumberland County, Cingwood, Hunterdon Co.,
Harmony and Oxford, Warren Co., N. J. He died
at Harmony, Feb. 11, 1845', aged eighty-four years.
He was a brother of Rev. Holloway Hunt, a clergy-
man nearly his whole life mar Clinton, Hunterdon
Co., at the old Stone chinch, who » 1 i « -> I Jan. 11, 1858,
aged eighty-eight years. Her paternal grandfather
was Maj.-Gen. Auguatuine Hunt, an officer in the
British army during the Revolutionary war, ami who,
after its close, settled in New York State, where he
died. Her mother was Ruth, a daughter of Capt.
David Page, of Cumberland Co., X. .1., and her
brothers unci sisters are l)r. David 1'. Hunt, a grad-
uate of I'riiieetim College, who died at Marksboro',
where he practiced medicine; Rev. Holloway Hunt,
educated at Princeton College, and a Presbyterian
minister at Matuchen, Middlesex Co., most of his life;
Sally M., wife of Lewis ( 'line, brother of our subject.
For ~< . 1 1 j < - live years alter his marriage, Mr. Cline
rented a farm in Greenwich, and in 1S24 he pur-
chased two hundred acres at New Village, to which

he afterwards added si cine three h IredacreS. Upon

this property In- resided during his active business

life, aiel may be Bafely classed among the representa-
tive farmers of New Jersey. He has been a success-
ful and enterprising agriculturist, and by his industry,
economy, and judicious management has become the
possessor of large property.

Mr. and Mrs. Cline have passed the sixty-first an-
niversary of their marriage, and are among the very

few persons who are spared, with i iparative health

ami the right use' of their mental faculties, to enjoy
each other's society so long. Soon after their mar-
riage they united with the Presbyterian Church at
Btewartsville, and have been constant in their profes-

:a. -nice I lev have been liberal in their gifts 111

building churches and for cither benevolent objects
outside of the church of their choice, ami, while they

have been blessed with abundance of this world's

<_■ Is, thej have remembered the needy and those in

humbler circumstances than themselves. Mr. and

Mrs. Cline are members of the American ISible So-
ciety, and have made all their children and grand-
children members of the Bame.
Mr. ('line was a member of the Democratic pany

until the late Rebellion, but, being always an anti-
slavery man, he at that time joined the Republican

Me has never sought place or political preferment
from any party, but his integrity and ability as a
bu iiness man led I he people to place his name on an
independent ticket in 1851, and he was elected to the
State Legislature, where he Berved for one term. 1 1 i-
children are Hollowaj II.: Elizabeth, widow of the
late Martin II. Tinsman; Sarah, widow of the late
John II. Boyer; Caroline (deceased . who became
the wife of Andrew Slover, of Blairstown; John W.;

and I lamer A. < 'line, who Was burn S.pi. 8, l B38, and
died Sepl. 27, 1870.

Abraham Hulshizer, SOU of Jacob and Margaret

(Lungeri Hulshizer, was born in the township of
Franklin, Warren Co., N. J., Feb. 9, L781.


Jacob Hulshizer was ,,( Ccnuan birth, and is said
to have emigrated to this country with his parents at

the age of six years. Abraham in early life became

inured to work on the' farm, and assisted in clearing

..If tie' forest and preparing tin- land for crops. Like

most of the men of his time, his opportunities for an

education in boyhood were very limited. He pos-
sessed rare perceptive faculties and had a very re-
tentive memory, which enabled him iii after-years, by
reading, to be well versed in local matters, and in all
i|iie-tions of interest tending to promote the prosper-
itj of the country ami to sec-tire the well-being of
society. He was known as a man of practical ideas
and sound judgment, ami his counsel was adhered to
in the vi in il \ where In- spent hi lit; Ey his own
industry and perseverance he secured a good prop-
erty, and at hi- death was the possessor nl -nine two

hundred acres of very productive land, besides own-
ing village property at AsbuTy. The farm upon which
he resided is now owned by his son, William S., to
which he has made other additions, and who ranks
among the representative farmers of hi- town-hip,

Mr. Hulshizer was a supporter of church and school
interests, and lent his aid to all worthy objei ta. He
was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Asbury
for many years, and prominent in the councils of

that body "I 1 h:i Hans. In polltl D he alhh ;ted with

the Democratic party, and was often selected by his
fellow-townsmen to till positions of trust and r. spon-



sibility in his township. He was in all respects a man
who depended upon himself for everything he had,
and, self-reliant, prudent, and unselfish, he was es-
teemed by all who knew him. He died July 24,

His wife was Rebecca Thompson, of Hunterdon
County, whom he married Oct. 18, 1803. She was a
member of the church, a pious woman, and died in
1849. Of this union were born the following chil-
dren : John T., born July 29, 1S04 ; Jacob, born Dec.
8, 1806 ; Margaret, born Sept. 3, 1808 ; Rachel, born
April 22, 1810; Abraham, born Aug. 20, 1812 ; Rebecca
A., born Oct. 21, 1814; Mary, born July 21, 1818 ; Jo-
seph W., born July 23, 1821 ; William S., born March
24, 1824; Hetty Jane, born Dec. 18, 1827. Of these
children only William S. and Rebecca A., wife of
Christopher Insley, are living in 1880. Among those
who remember him kindly are his granddaughter,
Mrs. R. A. Apgar, and his son, William S., who deem
it fitting to place his portrait and this sketch in the
history of the township where he spent his life, and
to the interests of which he contributed so much.


His grandfather, Peter Creveling, resided near Jug-
town, in Warren County, and was a farmer. His
father, John P. Creveling, born Sept. 30, 1791, mar-
ried Jerusha Happock, who was born July 31, 1797,
and died March 19, 1865. He died prior to 1854.
He was a farmer by occupation, and owned something
over one hundred acres of land adjoining the village
of Broadway, where he lived the greater part of his
business life.

William Creveling, son of John P., born April 2,
1810, on the homestead at Broadway, was a man of
strong force of character, and lived a quiet and un-
ostentatious life as a farmer. For a time he carried
on the farm for his grandmother, after her husband's
death, but soon after his father's decease he moved
on to the homestead, where he remained until his
death, which occurred Aug. 5, 1873. He was some-
what active in politics, but never aspired to high of-
fices, and, as a member of the Democratic party, he
represented several minor offices in the township dur-
ing his life. He was a member of the Presbyterian
Church at Stewartsville for some time, and during
the latter part of his life he was connected with the
church at Washington. His first wife was Margaret
Opdyke, whom he married Jan. 21, 1836. She died
Dec. 25, 1852, aged thirty-eight years.

ForJ-ais second wife he married, Oct. 25, 1854, Tam-
zen, daughter of William and Anna (AVeller) Miller,
and widow of the late Robert Simanton. By her first
marriage, Nov. 26, 1844, she had one son, William M.
Simanton, who resides at Asbury, and married Ara-
bella, daughter of George Richey. Mrs. Creveling
was born Nov. 8, 1822. Her brothers and sisters are




Samuel, born May 11, 1812; Catharine, born Dec. 2,
1813, wife of James Lomerson ; Robert, born Jan. 1,
1817 (deceased) ; Elizabeth, born Jan. 30, 1819 (de-
ceased), who was the wife of William Welsh.

Her father, William Miller, born Oct. 9, 1786, died
Jan. 13, 1872. He was fifth son in a family of seven
sons and five daughters of Robert Miller, born in
1746 and died in 1816. His wife was a daughter of
Peter Weller, whom he married Sept. 17, 1811. She
was born Jan. 21, 1793, and died Jan. 3, 1858.

The Miller homestead was in the township of Wash-
ington, adjoining the William Shields farm. Mrs.
William Creveling survives in 18S0, and resides on
the farm left by her second husband at his death.
She is a member of the Presbyterian Church at Wash-
ington, and a woman of great moral worth.



Hakmon Shipman, grandfather of the above, came
from Germany about 1740 and settled in the township
of Harmony, Warren Co., N. J., where he purchased
two hundred acres of land, most of which he cleared
of its original forest, and upon which he resided during
the remainder of his life. His first wife was Miss Howe,
who bore him several children, of whom Abraham, born
April 8, 1773, was father of our subject.

Abraham Shipman married, Feb. 1, 1800, Mary,
daughter of James Eckman, of Franklin township.
She was born Jan. 16, 1775, and died May 12, 1851 ; he
died Feb. 25, 1848. The children born of this union
were Jacob, Oct. 1, 1800 (died Oct. 13, 1876) ; William
and Elizabeth (twins), Sept. 5, 1802 (the latter died
Sept. 2, 1875); Naomi, Dec. 10, 1804 (became the wife
of Peter Bowman, and married, for her second husband,
Christopher Little) ; James, Oct. 31, 1806 (died Aug. 5,
1809) ; Charles, Dec. 8, 1817 (died Jan. 7, 1835).

Abraham Shipman, with his brother Harmon, suc-
ceeded to the old homestead in Harmony upon the death
of their father. In 1807 he sold his interest in the estate
to his brother Harmon, and removed to Franklin town-
ship, near Asbury, where ho purchased one hundred and
fifty acres of land, to which he afterwards added two
contiguous parcels of eighty-three and fifty-seven acres
respectively. This land he improved, and erected com-
modious buildings thereon.

He lived in a quiet way as a farmer, and was known
as an honest man. He sought no political place, although
he was a staunch Democrat of the olden time. Both
he and his wife were members of the Valley Church,

near Hampton, and assisted in the building of that

William Shipman, son of Abraham, born on the old
homestead in Harmony, married, in January, 1829,
Margaret, daughter of Abraham and Ann (Inscho)
Warne, who was born Jan. 23, 1810. Her father and
paternal grandfather were farmers, and resided near
Broadway. The children of this marriage are Abraham,
Joseph (deceased), Elizabeth (deceased), Mary (de-
ceased), George (deceased), Sarah Catherine (deceased),
Amy (wife of John Willever), William W., Charles,
and James H. After his marriage Mr. Shipman settled
on a part of his father's property, the whole of which,
upon the father's death, came to his surviving children,
and is still in the possession of the family.

William Shipman has passed his life as an industrious
and prudent farmer, and, while he has been favored with
a competency, he has remembered the needy and de-
serving around him. His plain and unassuming ways,
his known integrity in all his business relations, and his
conscientious regard for justice to all make him esteemed
by his fellow-men. Both he and his wife have been
members of the Presbyterian Church at Asbury since
its organization, having formerly been connected with
the Valley Church.

Mr. Shipman has always been a member of the Demo-
cratic party, and in middle life took quite an active part
in local politics. He has been honored by his fellow-
citizens with several official positions in his township, —
coroner, surveyor of roads, judge of election, — and in
all has held office for some thirty years.

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Benjamin Warxk whs the first settler of the family
in the township of Franklin, and selected his farm of
three hundred and three acres adjoining what is now the
village of Broadway. Here for a time he resided in a
log house by the brook, but prior to his decease erected
a stone dwelling-house, in which his son's widow resides
in 1880. He built a grist-mill on his property, which
be carried on, and many years after his death his widow
erected a second one, which is still standing and has been
used for milling purposes since. He died March l!0, 1810,
aged fifty-seven. His wife, Hannah McKinney, was a
woman of great energy and possessed :i business enter-
prise After Iht husband's death she managed the farm,
carried on the milling interests, and reared her children
to habits nf industry and business. She was horn Sept.
30, 1709, and died Nov. 13, 1845. Their children were
Thomas, born Sept. 1>3, 1796; Stephen, born April 8,
I798j William, born June 80,1800; Elizabeth, born
Juno 4, lsii^, who became the wife of Chapman Warner;
Richard, born July 1, 1804; Nicodemus, born Sept. 16,
1806; and John, born April 9, 1809.

Richard, son of Benjamin Warne, carried on the mill
property and also the farm for several years prior to bi-
death, which occurred Oct. 24, 1884. He also < stablished
a tan-yard ami carried on the tan and currier business.
1 1 was a practical business man, and as long as he lived
well represented the admirable traitsofcharaoter so prom-
inent in the life of his mother. His wife wat Bli iah,
daughter of John and Rachel \ Larason I Van Byckel, of
which union was horn, Nov. 9, Is:;:;, a daughter, M>
nab, who became the wife of John F. Phillips, of m ■

Co., N. J. Mrs. Warne was born Sept. 4, 1811, and was
married in 1882. She has been a member of the Pres-
byterian Church for many years, and is a woman of great
moral worth and Christian excellence. For her second
husband she was united in marriage in 183u to Stephen
Warne, a brother of her former husband, of which union
were born the following children: Elizabeth, Oct. 21,
L886, died at the age of twelve; Rachel, March 29, 1839,
wifeof J. E. Hulshizer, of Jersey City ; and Nicodemus,
July 80, 1841.

Stephon Warne succeeded to the homestead by pur-
chase of the other heirs to the estate. He carried on
only the farm property, but retained possession of the
mill, letting the tan-yard run down. He was a man of
integrity in all the relations of life, and sought to do his
part well as a citizen. He was a member of the Pres-
byterian congregation at Stewartsville, and afterwards
at Washington, and assisted in the erection of church-
edifices at both places. He was somewhat active as a
in. ml er .,f the Democratic party, was a freeholder of
his township for several terms, and represented his sena-
torial district in the State Legislature in 1848-46. He
died Jan. 1, 1869, esteemed by all who knew him for his
desire to do honor to all public places which be had been

ch n to fill, and for his conscientious regard for justico

in all his dealings with his fellow-men.

emu-, only son of Stephen Warne, succeeded in

ate of his father, and on June 6,

irieil Zeruiah, daughter of Daniel and Margaret

(Carpenter) Hulshizer, of Greenwich township. They

have an only child, — a daughter. — Keiiiab.



Washington township is situated a little south of
ilic centre of Warren County, in the tier of towns
which bonier upon the Musconetcong. It is in shape
very nearly square, being about four miles wide by
five long. Its boundary lines do not, however, run in
Ml exact east and west or north and south direetion, —
varying about 30°, -yet they are nearly at right
angles with the Musconetcong and with each other.

The township is bounded on the north by Oxford,
on the east by Mansfield, and on the west by Frank-
lin township; while on the south the famous Musco-

neleurig separates it from Lebanon and Bethlehem
townships in Hunterdon County.

Bight out of the heart of this township, in l.sijs,
was taken a tract of about a mile square, and formed
into a borough, with a separate civil government.
(Washington borough has been specially treated on
preceding pages.) The population of the township
is a little over 2200.


This township has very marked and varied physi-
cal features,— pleasant valleys, -welling hills, and
mil I. older mountains, interspersed with which

arc mi runs springs, rills, creeks, and rivers. The

tugged Musconetcong -Mountain -weeps along its
Southern bounds, and the I'ohatcting Mountain crosses
ii near the centre, while between the-e two ridges lies
tin Musconetcong valley, extending northward (in
this township) from the river of the same name nearly
to the village of Washington. To the northward of

the PohatCOng arc other valleys and elevated table-
lands extending to Scott's Mountain in the north.
The latter, at Oxford furnace ill i feet above tide-
water), is a greater elevation than the I'ohatcong
Mountains near Washington borough (505 feet), Or
the Musconetcong Mountain at the Junction i-Ml'

feet). Proceeding northward from the Musconetcong

River, the land gradually rises until the base of the

1'ohati g is reached. The I'ohatcong Mountain is

parallel to Scott's Mountain, and joins it to run into
the Allainiichy Mountain to the eastward. There is

one remarkable feature about most of these ridges,

the very gentle slope with which they sink away to
the northeast and arc lost, while at their southwest
cuds tiny fall oil' very abruptly, owing, no doubt, iu

part to the diluvial agencies which have acid ■

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fully over this whole region; but it is chiefly struc-
tural and the result of the peculiar and inclined fold-
ing of the rocks.

The Musconetcong River and the Pohatcong Creek
drain almost the entire surface of this township.

The "Roaring Hock" is locally renowned, and a
great resort for picnic parties, romantically-inclined
lovers, and those fond of the picturesque in scenery.
The Brass ( 'astle, a mountainous stream fed by springs,
here dashes over rocks and fallen trees until it reaches
the Roaring Rock, over which it rushes, to be again
buried in the underbrush. The rock is about 10 feet
wide and 20 in length. In the days of the early set-
tlers it was called the " Indian Stamper," from the
fact that it contained several large, circular holes,
which had evidently been used for grinding or crush-
ing corn, — a sort of rude aboriginal mortar. The
name it now bears was given it by the present gener-
ation, and is likely to adhere in preference to the
early one.


One of the early land-proprietors of this town-hip
was John Bowlby, who owned several thousand acres.
He - ive the land for the old Mansfield-Wooillmu-,-
church. Col. McCullough and Col. Mark Thomson!
were also large landowners. The latter was located
at Changewater, although he was interested in other
portions of the county. The following letter, written
by him, is preserved. The name of the person to
whom addressed is not given. It is dated "Change-
water. April 20, 1787," and is as follows :

" Dr.AR Sin,— I shull doI have it in my power to pond you any money
before the 12th of Muy; If it will not then roll v ,„i to receive it for tho
Pig Hotel, I most semi y.m the I!nr Ir igroeablo to contrail. lex-
peel by tlio above iloto to bo ablo to pay for tho remaining !•
Pig, union sadly dleapp >lnted, end should it doI mil yon t" reoelve the

ley then, it will bo no Inconvenience to mo. lean assure you that

paper money ut now ■career than Hard wu befbreonr Loan Monoy was
tamed. My Bellowa will nol want Dressing until Oi tober next I will

thank you to req t ttr. Hillei to come oVer then to Dram them. lam

your very Humble 5

" Uaxk Tiiomwx.
no Ton Plggs by the bearer, John Swartza.

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Tin' "Historical Collections of New Jer-ey" sayB
that "previous to 1811 there were not any dwellings
here (in Washington village! excepting a \>\y huts.

In that year a brick tavern was erected by the late
Col. William McCullough. of A«biiry. A year later

the dwelling now owned by Grershom Rusling was

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built, since which the village has grown up and pro-
gressed to its present prosperous condition."

This would indicate that Changewater was settled
earlier than Washington, or, at least, that the former
was the more prominent point prior to the year 1800.

A venerable pioneer, and a very large property-
holder, in Washington township was the Col. Wil-
liam McCullough just mentioned. He owned the
land on which AVashington and Port Colden were
built, and from thence to the Musconetcong and As-
bury. His residence was at the last-named place, of
which, as well as the village of Washington, he is ac-
credited as the founder. Born in 1759 ; died at As-
bury, in 1840.

Early settlers in the central part of the township, in
what is now known as the borough of Washington,
were the Laceys, Van Horns, Van Nattas, Crevelings,
Van Dorens. In the history of Washington borough,
elsewhere given, will be found special mention of the
above. Garret Lacey and Jacob Van Horn were
early justices; Maj. Hankinson was an early lawyer;
Henry Hughes an early physician ; John G. Robbins
the first harness-maker, and an early postmaster ; and
Capt. Henry, Imla Drake, and John Beavers pio-
neer innkeepers.

At Port Colden the oldest settler, so far as known,
was Newbold Woolston. John B. Woolston, Esq.,
now residing there, is a grandson. Jonah Smith, de-
ceased, and John Gibson, now living there at the age
of upwards of eighty years, were also residents quite
early. William Dusenberry was an active spirit here
for many years. He built the first storehouse, erected
a chapel and several houses, and engaged in mercan-
tile traffic in the old stone building. Soon after his
advent, and after putting up his store, he prophesied
a large town would soon occupy the site. His neigh-
bors, rather skeptical, called the settlement " Dusen-
berry's Folly." But he, anxious to change this sug-
gestive name, called the place Port Colden, in honor
of Governor Cadwalader Colden, of New York.

Changewater, formerly known as the "Forge," em-
braced the Thomsons among her earliest families.
The forge was kept by Robert C. Thomson, son of
Col. Mark, an old residenter. It may have been, and
quite likely was, owned by his father. Jacob S., an-
other son of Mark, lived at Marksborough, but was
born at Changewater.

The first settlers at Brass Castle were the Wand-
lings. Adam Wandling was born near the Brass Cas-
tle Creek, in the year 1769. He lived all his days
near the spot where he was born. He married Mar-
garet Winegardner, and both lived to see their eighty-
seventh birthday. His children were all born there,
— six sons and six daughters. Three sons died in
childhood ; the others reside in the township, — Jacob
about one-fourth of a mile east from the homestead,
in the stone house, Peter, a half-mile south, and
Adam near the old home. The homestead is now oc-

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