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There are twenty-eight houses now occupied as
dwellings ; two grist-mills, one owned by John Till,
the other by Thomas A. Haggerty ; and a hotel, kept
by Eliphalet Hoover.


is a hamlet half-way between Hackettstown and Alla-
muchy. About 1830 there was started here a car-
riage-factory, which was run till 1860, a hotel, and
a foundry, where plows were quite largely manufac-
tured. In 1840 there was a store kept here by George
Wire, which did a large business. The place has no
business now, nor has it had since the railroad was


For many years the Society of Friends (at the
"Quaker Settlement") had a house for public wor-
ship. Those belonging to other denominations at-
tended the churches in Hackettstown, or other con-
venient localities.

The Methodists and Presbyterians held occasional
meetings in the school-house, which stands on the
site of the old Quaker church, but there is no regular
appointment there, nor any church organization in
the township.


The people of Allamuchy soon are to have a railroad
through their township. It is known as the Lehigh and
Hudson River Railroad, and is to run from Belvidere
to Andover, where it will connect with the Sussex road.
Its route is along the Pequest Creek, through the
Great Meadows, crossing Allamuchy township about
its centre. The contractors have already commenced
the work of its construction, and it is expected that
it will be completed and in operation during the
summer of this year, 1881.*

* See also page 489, this volume..


be chapter on the Revolution a younger brother

,. Jamts M I> '>- referred to as having been

captured in an attempt to rob the archives of the Con-
:l Congress and executed as a spy. We find
in a copy of tin- Pennsylvania Packet, in the collec-
of the Pennsylvania Historical Society, an ac-
ttion. It appears that the young
man's name was John M ly. and that hie was exe-
cuted "agreeable to the usages of nations" on the
18th of November, 1781.

at my own expense, and a accond call not having been made, I waa com-
pelled, under tho circumstances, to disband tl.em. When, arter a long In-
terval, a secoud call camo for nine months' service, I found tho company
scattered ; somo of tho men had gone to Pennsylvania and Now York, and
had volunteered In oU.or Stales. I than vrent to New York City and en-
lUted aa a private In the Twonty-aecond Beglmcnt, Rational Guard,
... commandant. Tho National Guard of New York »ul called

upon in .in emergencj bj tho government for throe montha' service.

Tho Twonty-eocond Begln.ont moved flret to Baltimore, and aftorwarda

waa ordered to Harper'. Ferry, Va, and was acatterod down the Sbenan-

,l„ ; ,h nil tor, prim IpaUj engaged in picket duty.

Aftur the expiration of our term of aervlco the reglmont was ordered
Sew Y.,rk for the purpono of suppressing the riota In that city.

After these disturbances ended I receivod an honorable discharge and waa

mustered out of service."

The assistant adjutant-general of the State reported,
Oct. 30, 1880, the reserve militia of New Jersey ap-
proximately, in which Sussex County has the number
of 4776, and Warren County 7855.


There have been Sunday-school conventions and
organizations of one sorl or another La the county for
many years, but the present organization was •
in 1869. The last annual convention was held at Port
.Murray in May, 1880, Rev. Mr. Kelley, of Stewarts-
v i 1 1 • ■ . being president.

The following are the offici re at the present time,
—namely, President, Rev. Richard Van Born, of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, Washington; Vice-
Presidents, Judge Somerville, Port Murray; L. M.

Teel, Phillipsburg ; Corres] ling Secretary and

I i nrer, J I<>n. ('. II. Albertson, Vienna, Joseph S.
Smith, the recording se< retary, died within the year.


\- supple ntal to the atatemi the foot

of page 81, and to tin- account to be found on
654, the following letter from D. C. Blair, Esq., to
Col. Charles Scranton, of date April 12, 1881, and
kiiidh placed at our disposal, is here given:

"Upon the first call by President Uncolu, In April, 1861,

,i Blalratowu • ipanj •-< rolun-

teem, in all BS men, and waa nnanh -ly elected captain.

11,. i Ilentenai Land Arthur Hemlngwa]

in! ...ny.aa every regiment
was full ami then

f,,r rolonl pinion lhal tin- wmi


hold together and await ■ ■■■ ond i all; Iml man] grew Impatient al fur-
tbei 'I. 'in;. Finally, afti i rupporl

The following sketch of School District No. 6, for-
merly the "Straw," but now known as ";?till Val-
ley," was accidentally omitted from the history of the
township. H is condensed from an article written by
E. t*. i line:

The first school known to have bcon kept in Ihb vicinity was in a log
Brnnswtok turnpike, a few rods cast of what la now
, „•, Bridge. Tho building stood opposite the brewory (now at
this place), between the road and week. Mr. Banes,

irg, Informs ni lhal be want lo scl I in this noose seventy-two

,„.i thai Mr. Cohen was • commonly called

. ■ How long there waa I ... previous to 1804

1 1 thai :.i nil- tin"' it was a verj ol I
lapidated building, it being almost impossible to kcop school In it any

Id through it between the logs In almost any part

,,f tbe'house. It was aban I '■" u»rti(

, a few rods east of bin mill, In which

np for a school-room and tin' other part as a dwell-

i i « owned ly It. K, Shlmer.

In this house was Mr. Blaq In Itsl the

, imo . ibi i In the iommi mediately

rebulll with an extension of id feet The whole tnlldlng hi now 56 by

HIdr t r two families. Ths burned part can

Ustlngnlshsd, Ihi

i found i- the mlnute*ook of Ihi
l„ the wlnlei of 181S. it li headed thus: "Liberty Hall

a of Ihbt
,t known, but It was a verj appro] ' Ume,oni

in .in. m 111 "» on i-'tii hind at

• n „. „, ,„ the rebulll hon

i ory Bidleroan, LeOerd Haugbawout, and John

,1 i ., a Urns But, I ol knows,

1 " -

i i, boundaries ■ •{ tl"' district before « I .•- dii
made Were slmosl nnllmltad, this being Ihi

, Phllllpsbarg t.. Bloomsbury. it I I " I own-

ship Included what i- now "ship and Pullllpsburg, tho

after being rehollt; but the] must be wrong, foi M

ni iii.it she went I





now being sixty-five years of age makes the date of the fire 1S12. Mr.
Perdoe, who owned this house a number of years, also informs us that it
was burned in the summer. We have the original lease for the first lot
on the site of the present building, given by Dr. John Cooper, and made
out to John Sharps and Lefferd Haughawout, in behalf of the trustees of
the school. The lease is dated Feb. 15, 1814, which proves that the divi-
sion was made some time in the winter of 1813-14. This district is more
generally known by the name of Straw School, from the old straw-
thatched church. The origin of the present name, Still Valley, is not

A frame building was erected in 1814, school being kept in a log house
a few rods farther south, opposite the farm-house (then owned by the said
Dr. Cooper), until it was completed. This farm is now owned by Mr. H.
Metier. The cost of erection is not exactly known, but thought to have
been about $300. The site of this building is about two miles east of
those of the original district, the other part of which also built a new
house in 1814, about three-quarters of a mile farther west, and was called
Ihrie school-house, the first in the limits of what is now Phillipsburg.

We now confine our history to the Straw school, or District No. 6. Mr.
Beckworth was the first teacher in the new building, and also taught in
the log house while it was being built. The following are also known to
have taught in this building previous to 1847 : Messrs. Simpson, Warner,
Erskine, Spiddle, Moulton, Smith, and Fair.

In 1836, or near that time, the house occupied all the ground they had,
25 by 20 feet. Being painted red, it was sometimes called the Ked Frame
school-house. It seems they had a variety of names.

The following teachers taught from 1847 till the summer of 1858 : M.
F. Stillwell, J. V. Fair, Daniel E. Phillips, David Seem, William Sibly,
C. W. Faucher, P. M. Melick, G. C. Eddy, M. Sheeleigh, Henry Hulshizer,
Miss Thompson, Miss R. W. Davis, Josiah Davis, W. H. Godber, Mr.
Shoemaker, Dr. Herrick, and Dr. Jennings.

In 1S58 a brick building was erected at a cost of $1200, 24 by 36 feet
in size. The 6ize of the present lot is 240 by 60 feet, divided into two
play-grounds and inclosed with a fence The building committee were

Michael Cline, Lefferd Thompson, and R. L. Cline. Dr. N. Jennini
last teacher in the old house, was the first in the n w one. The i
ing are his successors : Mary E. Jennings, J. B. Alsow r Julia M. Tl
Ambrose Asy, C. W. Wood, J. P. Weymouth, Emma' Granger, E
Johnston, Joseph S. Smith, Miss Alice Besoer, Frank B. Keckma'n,
J. Edmunson, and E. F. Cline.

The trustees of Liberty Hall Bchool have been mention ed. Tl
of the present district (in 1S14) were Lefferd Haughawout, 'John 6
and William Carter. After this date none are recorded un til 1
which year the following were elected : John H. Hamlen, Ji. <- '
shizer, and John K. Thatcher.

From I860 to 1S70, George Insley, George B. Hawk, Peter Sl'i.
William S. Karr, William Hamlen, and William Carter served.
1870 to 1SS0 the incumbents were G. B. Hawk, William Carter, W
Hamlen, George W. Hance, Philip L. Hawk, and Thomas Dalrj I
None of the trustees who served prior to 1844 are now living.

J. B. Alsover and Ambrose Asy, who taught here a short time, ar
Pennsylvania lawyers. Joseph S. Smith, ex-superintendent of W
County, taught at this place a while, and is deceased. Mr. Fra
Heckman, who taught this school during the winter of 1872-73, i-
living in Phillipsburg, N. J., and, being an able writer, is deeply en
in literary work. The present teacher is E. F. Cline, who has hi
school in charge for nearly three years.

On page 537, the name of Philip Y. Brakele;
member of the Council for 1847 should be Philij

On page 549, last line of second column, " 15
should read " 1880."



Online LibraryJames P SnellHistory of Sussex and Warren counties, New Jersey : → online text (page 190 of 190)