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The oflieers for 1881 are Lewis J. Martin, W. M. ;
.1. Emerson Decker, S. W.; Thomas B. Gould, J. W.

Tin: hrrhninun /"»/.<» I '< wf> /•// I -.„<•,',// i„/i. — This

a — iation was in porated April 3, 1872, it- first

officers having been: President,SamuelDennis; -
taryand Treasurer, Lewis J. Martin; Trustees, James

Cox, Van Rensselaer Adams, Jonathan Whitaker,

George W. Coe, Samuel Dennis, .lame- W. McCoy,
Jacob Wilson, Jacob V. Little. Lewis J. Martin.
Jacob Martin, William S. McCoy, Hosea J. Harden.
Its present officers are: President, Evi A. Wilson;
Secretary, Lewis J. Martin; Treasurer, Asa Havens;

Trustees, Lewis J. Martin, .lame - F. Martin. I Iwen J.
Little, Hosea J. Harden, Jaeob V. Little. James A.
Dennis, George Shepherd, Nelson W. Heater, Evi A.
Wils. m, James Cox, Asa Havens, James Shelly. The
annual election is held on the last Saturday in April
of each year. The beautiful ground- of this associ-
ation are located in the outskirts of Deckertown.
J%t Press of Deckertown. — The Sussex County Inde-
'. published at Deckertown, N. J., was estab-
lished by Stephen ll. Sayre, of Orange Co., N. Y.,
in 1870, the lirst number of the paper having been
issued on May tth of that year. After the expiration
of one year, Mr. Sayre associated with him in the
proprietorship of the paper Stephen II. Moore, who

retired a few months later. I tn April 1. 1872, Wil-
liam II. Ndblc. of Klmira, N. Y., was admitted to
partnership with Mr. Sayre, and the paper was pub-
lished by Sayre ,y Noble until 1875, when it passed
to the control of a stock company, under the cor-
porate nam.- of "The Independent Printing Com-
panv." (tn Dec. 1. 1877, Jacob L. Swayze, president

of the Men bant-' National Bank of Newton, pur-

chased the capital Btock of the company, and retained
possession of the paper until Oct, L 1878, when it
wa- purchased by the present editors and proprietors,

Whitfield Gibbs and John J. Stanton. Dur-
ing the pcri.nl that it was owned by M r. Swayze the
Columns were under the editorial management of H.

A. Van Fredenberg, present editor of the Pari Jervis
Daily Union,

I luring the early management of the paper it was,
while professedly "independent" in politics, in re-



ality a staunch and earnest supporter of Democratic
principles and candidates. In 1876 a new departure
was indulged in, and an open attack made upon the
regular Democratic organization of Sussex County,
which was alike energetic and ably sustained. The
paper at this time supported " independent Demo-
crats" for the offices of State senator and Assembly,
as against the regular nominees of the party. The
warfare against the controlling Democratic influence
of the county has been earnestly taken up and car-
ried through by the present editors of the paper, and
its influence has been felt in the politics of the county.

In 1880 an indictment for malicious libel was found
by the Sussex grand jury against the editors and
against Jacob L. Swayze, an able contributor. To
this indictment a " plea in abatement" was entered,
challenging, in effect, the entire panel of jurors be-
cause of hatred and prejudice against the defendants,
and the sheriff, on similar grounds, for empaneling
the jury. This was an unexpected and unusual pro-
ceeding, occurring for the third time only in the
entire criminal practice, of the United States, and its
discussion throughout the country was very general.
The prosecution demurred to the proceedings, chal-
lenging thereby the legality of the method of defense

Since the paper came into the hands of its present
editors and proprietors its circulation has greatly in-
creased. It enjoys the support of a number of the
ablest contributors of Northern New Jersey, and pre-
sents a neat typographical appearance. Messrs. Gibbs
& Stanton are both practical printers, graduated from
the "case" of leading journals, and are gentlemen
who enjoy the respect, confidence, and esteem of their
friends and neighbors.


This point was first settled by the Beemer family,
the earliest representative of whom was Henry Beemer,
who secured a large tract of land in the vicinity, and
some years later removed to Canada. His son Henry
next came into possession of the property, upon which
he lived until his death, in his one hundred and eighth
year. The third Henry Beemer occupied the ances-
tral estate, which embraced the present hamlet, and
died in his eighty-fourth year. His widow, who is
eighty-one years of age. is still residing upon the prop-
erty, now in possession of Gabriel L. Beemer, her son,
who is a merchant.

A log church was erected here at a very early date,
on ground above the village. It was used by various
denominations, having been built as a union church.
Among the earliest preachers, Eev. Mr. Overton is
remembered as having filled the pulpit. The build-
ing in 1N22 gave way to a more pretentious frame
edifice, which lor years did service at this point, and
was ultimately removed to Branchville.

Opposite the site of the Beemer residence a school-
house was built, which was superseded by one erected

on ground located opposite the stone church. The
third was located upon the hill near the cemetery,
and the fourth about midway between the former

The earliest building for mercantile purposes was
erected at what is known as Lower Beemerville, in
which Joshua Austin opened a s+ore adapted to the
country trade. He was succeeded by one Welland,
after which Samuel Whitaker and Nathaniel Loomis
were proprietors. David Gale opened a store at Beem-
erville in 1830, and he was succeeded by Gabriel
Swayze. Another building was erected, in which a
mercantile business was conducted by James Lane,
and which is still standing and occupied by O. 0.
Hockenberry. In 1860, Gabriel L. Beemer erected
the store at present occupied by him, and he is still
a merchant at this place.

A log tavern was opened at a very early day by
William Crigar. Henry Beemer (the second) was
also an early landlord, and extended hospitality to
the traveling public until his death, when his son
Henry succeeded to the business. The building has
since been converted into a dwelling. Another tavern
was built at an early period, burned and rebuilt, and
is now owned by William T. Harrison.

There are now in Beemerville one hotel, two stores,
— kept by Gabriel L. Beemer and 0. C. Hockenberry,
— two blacksmith-shops, three blacksmith- and wheel-
wright-shops, — conducted by Isaac Dolseu, Andrew
Adrian, and Westfall Brothers, — and a mill owned
by Mrs. Nancy Compton, which is run by water-
power and equipped with two run of stone.

Henry Beemer succeeded in having the place made
a postal station, and was commissioned as the first
postmaster. The mail was distributed at his tavern
at as early a date as 1820, and twenty-five years later
Horace I. Beemer received the appointment. Gabriel
L. Beemer is the present official.


This spot was first settled by Jacob Beemer, who
came during the latter part of the last century and
purchased a large tract of land. Joseph Cole was
also an early resident, and owned a farm in the neigh-
borhood. Silas Heminway, about 1835, opened a
store just below the site of the present mercantile
emporium, which he conducted until it was later con-
verted into a hotel. John Ayres also built a store,
which is now owned by Ezra Overton. There are
also a blacksmith- and wagon-shop, a school-house,
and a church.

The old Paterson stage-route passed through the
place and brought much business to the tavern.

In 1830 a post-office was established, with Jacob
Beemer as postmaster, the mail having been brought
by the four-horse stage that passed over the road on
its regular trips. In 1840, Martin Holmes was com-
missioned as postmaster, and Ezra Overton now holds
the position.



I ol.j:viLLE.

This hamlet derived its name from William Cole,
who emigrated from Montague about 1800 and pur-
chased lot 10 ariv- iif land, embracing the settlement
as it now exist*. He sold or donated portions of ibis
until lie was at bis death the possessor of but 116
acres. He erected a log bouse near the site of Cas-
fidy'e Hotel, and pursued bis vocation of millwright
and aurveyor. A grist-mill was also erected by him,
with a single stone, and at a later date another, which
was more capacious and equipped with two run of
stone. Adam Deavctiport came soon ami purchased
the first mill, and also followed farming pursuits.
William Wickham was the next pioneer to the settle-
pent, and secured the land now occupied by Harman
Biggs. Benjamin Smith also purchased land near
by, which lie cultivated. Abram Brink came from
Montague, and settled upon a farm which is now
occupied by bis grandsons. Benjamin Van Sickle,
at a later date, became owner of the land at present
occupied bj John Wilson. Levi Van Gordcn im-
proved the land now owned by Christopher Van
Auken. Bowdewine Brink and Christopher Cort-
rigbt eaidi owned farms in the vicinity, the latter
having been succeeded by bis son, Jacob Cortright.

The earliest store in Coleville was erected by Wil-
liam Cole in 1.S2S; he was for a while proprietor,
when his -on- -ii, ronled to the business. Levi Dea-
veuport also built and conducted a store, and Hal-ey
Winlield erected the building at present occupied for
mercantile purposes by I. S. Loccy.

John Dodderer erected a hotel about 1840, and
Jacob BolosOD became landlord of another puhlic-
housc in lsos.

There are now two -tore-, kept by Timothy Vale
and I. S. Loccy, two blacksmith— hops, by Horace
Deavenport and James Post, a grist-mill, owned by
Theodore Matthews, and two hotels, of which James

i lassidy and William M\ era are the popular hosts,

Ilo' pioneer settler of this hamlet was James North-
rop, who became a landowner and fanner about 1S00.
It came by inheritance to his son, Thomas Northrop,
and from bim to the present owner, .lame- It. North-
rop. In L886, Nelson Hoyt made his advent, erected
a storehouse, and opened a store. He also built a
tavern, which was rented to Richard Masterson. This

ia\nn, which had in succession many owner-, i-
now closed. William Gibson opened a second store,
and James K. Northrop and James Bmalley soon
after formed a copartnership in mercantile business.
Tboiici- A. Wickham BUCCeeded them. Another store
was built bj James Wickham, burned, and rebuilt.

There are now a grocery, kept by Gabriel FergOSOn,
a blacksmith- and wheelwright-shop, owned by ( '. ( '.

Easterlin, and a post-office, with J. I!. Northrop as
postmaster and Henry Wilson as deputy. A Baptist
church is also locate. I at the hamlet.

VIII.- CHI i:< in-.


The Congregational ( 'liureb of Wantage and Frank-
ford, now known as the " Boomer Meeting-House,''
was organized ahoul 1711, and is without doubt the
oldest religious organization in the township. It was
the lir-t and only Congregational Church in the county
of Sussex.

A colony from New England settled in the vicinity,
and brought their form of church government with
them. One of the early pastors was Rev. Jabez
Collver, who was proprietor of an extensive tract of
land in the vicinity of Collver'a Gap, and after whom
the gap and lake are named. He left Sussex County
in l7'.'o and settled in Canada, where bi< .loath oc-
curred in 1812. Mr. ( lollver was known a- a " United
Empire Loyalist" by the British, and by Americans
as a "Tory." The Governor (Simcoc) of the Prov-
ince of < lanada offered Mr. CoUver, as an inducement

to locate within his boundaries, loon acre- of land for
himself, 4III > acres each for his married children, and
2oo acres for those who were single.

The pastor- of this cbiirch in succession have been
Revs. Jabez Collver, Mr. Beeley, Mr. Overton, Salve-
iiu- 1 1 owe li. ( hristopher Youngs, Mr. McDowell, Mr.
Swayze, Mr. Gillett, David Abel, R. W. Knight, liar-
ret Matthias.

The organization was gradually absorbed by other
denominations until 1844, when the congregation, by
a vote of its members, deride. 1 to unite with the Sec-
ond Presbyterian Church of Wantage, at Beemerville,
in whose custody the property still remains. By the
deed to the Presbyterian < Ihnrch there i- a restrictive
clause that if at any time five or more members shall
in good faith desire the property for the use of a Con-
gregational Church, it shall revert to such organiza-


This church — more generally known as the " Clove

Church" — was organized under the Brunswick I la— is

..I \iu Jersey as a Reformed Dutch church by the
Rev, I'.lia- Van Benschooten in 1788. The petition
to the Classis was forwarded the year previous and
reads as follows :

"To THE KimiiiM' Olaabu 01 Heu Bkvkswicc:

".; w i imiv,— We, in liui 'itaiiir ..f tl..' i'1m\.oui.I it.s \i. iniiy, Beg Leaf
i. ]..-•.. i oaneWei Id the following Manner: Our i
Dumber who foi rly belonged to the Dutch Reformed Ghurah nttled

Our I-.1IHI.V about f.irly remll rinfa mi. lei pert .-f Which t irilo tlio Botc^

■ u u.iinin tty parnlanon ..f hut Qharcfa Council ud

DgBl ill. Bj >.i« tearing

ih. in \\o IWcumo again Dcstituto Ull the Bcvor 1 Sir. Bunscooting was
Installed In Mii.i - ink Cod labored aomo time

us, whoso labors to appearaiui lias Boon attended wltti Uic Morning* of
O.i.l, S. .i.* «■■ have ujuur.l- ..f thirty communicant inoiutK.ni Amongst
V i .l.iitly DoalroOQl Of the propaga-
tion ..f tl.o Gotpel ud of Being Mltled onder tho OonaUtution of tho

' '. Reformed Chuj Iod Unit y.ui w.-ulii I

i<> Gnuit an.l Appoint ttir BevaH Mr. Klias BuDaabootJnff; or any panon
...ii dm] think i'i'i n to .i—i-t ni in appointing end oatatiuh'
lug u. propei i'i... u r,. r Uia

Inline, .iiol i.r.ml Ul oicti nippllea in ..iir Dl ! . in \ in



wisdom shall think Meet and Necessary. May the Blessing of Almighty
God attend your Conucills and we your partitioners are in Duty Bound to

"David Westfall, Benjamin Middaugh,

" Willlam Jeans, Moses Coykendall,

"Benjamin Westfall, William Coykendall,

" Phillip Rouss, Joel Crowell,

"Jacob Dewitt, Matthias Strider,

"Jacob Ross, Peter Beamer, Jr.,

" Moses Dewitt, Joseph Coykendall,

" Frederick Decker, Jonathan Coy:

" wlllhelmus gltsort, emmenial coykeni

"Frances King, Peter Vangaveen,

" Gulielmas Jans, Matthew Jinson,

" David Quick, Samuel Westeall,

" Moses Quick, Abraham Cole,

"Daniel Coykendall, Benjamin Quick,

" Cornelius Myers, Spencer Calston,

" Peter Coykendall, John Masterson,

"James Coykendall, Wellhalmus Sti

"Bowdewine Decker, Lenonerd Wentermode,

"Johannes Westeall, Peter C. Nitten,

" David Cowsad, Emanuel Wintfeld,

*'Gerret Van Sickle, Thomas Dupuy,

" Cornelius "Van Sickle, Jacob Cortrigh,

"David Compton, Abram Quick,

" Jacob Compton, Matthewes Brinck,

" Cosmoo, John V. Sickle,

"Benjamin Coykendall, Nehemiah Brinck,

"Solomon Middaugh, Joseph Brinck.

"John Middaugh,
" Clove, August the 21st, 1787.

" The petition of the Clove has been examined and approved by the
kerkenraad of the three united Congregations of Menesing, and the
Rever* 1 Classis of New Brunswick would please to order the erection of
a Congregation among that people, to he .and remain in Union with the
above said Congregations till a minister is settled among them. Done
this the 27th of August, 1787. Signed by order of the kerkenraad.
" Elias V. Bunschooten,
" Prosis."

The church was accordingly organized with 50
members, — 25 males and the same number of females.

The Rev. Mr. Van Benschooten, having received a
call, then became pastor of the Clove Church, and
with the people of his church he lived and died much
respected and beloved. He was the only pastor this
church ever had under its then existing form. At the
first, being unable to pay their minister one-half of a
very small salary, the Clove united with Westtown in
his support, and his labors were divided between the
two places. But the Clove Church soon increased so
as to be able to pay a full salary, from which time the
Eev. Mr. Van Benschooten withdrew from Westtown
and devoted his whole time to the congregation in the
Clove. This church rose from very small beginnings.
The barn of Helmos Titsworth served them for some
time as a meeting-house. It deserves to be recorded
that the Rev. Elias Van Benschooten made an en-
dowment of $20,000 to the College of New Bruns-
wick, — a gift that will bless the church while the
present order of things continues, and by which,
though dead, he yet lives and preaches.

Soon after the demise of the Rev. Mr. Van Bens-
chooten the Clove Church was dissolved by a vote of
its members, passed Nov. 24, 1817, and merged in the
First Presbyterian Church, Wantage, which was or-
ganized under the Jersey Presbytery, Aug. 11, 1818,
with 25 members, — viz., 12 males and 13 females.

The first pastor of this church was the Rev. Ger-
shom Williams, during whose ministry there were re-
ceived on confession of faith 64 members, and 44 on
certificate, — total 108.

In 1821 the Rev. Edward Allen was installed over
the church, and labored here until 1830. Under his
ministry there were two powerful revivals of religion,
besides other seasons of refreshing of more limited ex-
tent. As the fruits of the whole, there were 342 mem-
bers added to the church. In consequence of ill health
the Rev. Mr. Allen resigned his pastoral charge, and
was succeeded by the Rev. Peter Kanouse, Sept. 27,
1830, who was installed and continued his charge
until Dec. 29, 1834. During his ministry there were
two revivals, and some other seasons of refreshing ;
163 members were added as the fruit of the two revi-
vals. In 1833 this church consisted of 512 members.

In 1835 the Rev. George Pierson became the pastor
of this church, and about this time the parsonage was
burnt and the church records were consumed.

Some time in 1839 the Rev. Anthony McReynolds
received a call to become their preacher, which he ac-
cepted, and continued to serve them until the autumn
of 1843, when he resigned his charge, and the church
gave a call to the Rev. Sylvester Cooke, who accepted
it, and was soon after installed. His ministry, which
extended over a period of many years, was greatly
blessed, and has left many tender memories behind.

In September, 1873, Rev. Laurens T. Shular re-
ceived a call to succeed Rev. Mr. Cooke in the pas-
toral work, which he accepted, and began his labors
soon after. He continued with the church until the
latter portion of the year 1875, when Rev. Theodore
F. Chambers received a unanimous call in January,
1876, and still continues pastor of the church.

The present Session of the church is composed of
Jacob W. Dewitt, W. W. Titsworth, and L. C. Dea-


Among the oldest church organizations in Sussex
County is that most familiarly known as the Papaka-
ting Baptist Church of Wantage. About 1751 a num-
ber of persons from Mansfield, Conn., who had been
recognized as members of the Baptist Society, emi-
grated to Sussex County and settled at or near New-
ton, where a church was organized with William
Marsh as pastor ; the date of this organization was
Nov. 14, 1759. In October, 1759, the church joined
the Philadelphia Association. Mr. Marsh left the
church in 1763 and went to Wyoming, where he was
murdered by the Indians.

In 1770, Rev. Constant Hart was pastor. He was
succeeded by Rev. Nicholas Cox in 1772, who was
pastor for ten years.

For some years this was the only Baptist Church
in Newton, Hardyston, and Wantage. A church was
organized in Hardyston, and afterwards, in 1777 and
1778, large numbers of the congregation settled in
Wantage, when it was agreed to remove the meeting-



house from Hardyston to Wantage, near where the
present Papakating church now stands, which was
erected in 1830.

Mr. Cox continued as pastor until 17*2, when he
resigned :uid removed to Kingwood, N. J., a* pastor
of the Baptist Church in thai place. He was a native

of New < 'astle < '<)., I >e!., w here lie was horn, March 24,

1712. Hi ) was licensed in Philadelphia in 1771, and
ordained at Wantage, April 15, 1772. He was suc-
ceeded by Rev. .lames Finn in ^83, who resigned
in 1785. Silas Southworth, a member of the church,

became the next pastor, ami was ordained May 21,

1786. From this period until the death of Mr. South?

worlli. I'Vk 20, 1814, letters of dismission were given
to several mem her, (o organize a church a I Mount Sa-
lem, and also at New Foiimlhind and Iteeinerville.
Notwithstanding the sending out of these colonies,

She old church increased by frequent revivals.

After the death of Mr. Southworth the church was

supplied by Elders House and Teasdale. Thechurch
|gave a call to Rev. Levi Hall, Nov. 4, 1815, who was
installed the following May. lie died Aug. 31,1821,
alter a brief bul successful ministry. Elder John Ha-
gan l" came pastor in March. 1822, and resigned 1825.
lie was succeeded by Elder Leonard Fletcher in
March, 1X2H, who continued pastor until December,
1831, being followed b) Elder Timothy Jackson, who

' ober, IXo.l, and was succeeded the follow-
ing year by Elder [saac Moore. Elder W. M. Fay

followed Mr. M e, in 1840, and remained until 1842.

Rev. Banford Leach was pastor for the next two years.
In Nos ember, 18 l">, the church gave a call to Rev. D.
F. Tuiss; he resigning in 1849, the Rev. T. Davis was
called, and remained as pastor until 1858. Rev. Jo-
seph Belden was pastor for eighteen months, and in

March, 1861, Rev. <; ge F. Love followed ; in 1865,

Rev. Daniel T. Hill, and in 1870 Rev. George F. Love

was again recalled. II.- w . i - succeeded b_v Rev. Mr.

Jewed, and he by the present efficient and successful
pastor, Rev. .1. G. I tyer. The church has licensed
tight persons to preach the gospel. This is one of the
few churches in the county that have preserved most
of their records, and each year adds to the interest
and val if such records.

The present deacons of the church are .lame- Cox,

J. V. Little, J. A.Thurber, Levi Mull, Samuel Den-
nis, Lebbeus Martin, < ieorge Shepherd; Church I llerk,
Lei. I,, ns Martin ; Treasurer, Humphrey Martin. The

trustees are .1. V. Little, llalsey l'..rr\. George Shep-
herd, Lel.l.eiis Martin, Samuel Dennis, .Tohn llal-


The first Baptist Church sustains three Sabbath-
schools, one at the Pond, another at Lewisburg,
ami a third at Deckertown. The superintendent of

tlie Pond Sunday-school is Levi Hull, while .lames

McCoy presides at Lewisburg, and < >. .1. Little at
Deckertown. The various schools have an attendance

of 17". scholars. The present roll of the church em-
braces 17* members.

THE SECOND PHKSUYTKRIAN . iii la II of wantv.;k.

Some of the members of the first Presbyterian
< Ihurch of Wantage, who found the increasing dimen-
sions of the society a serious difficulty, determined to

petition for a division of the congregation. In re-
sponse to this wish the Second Presbyterian Church
was organized, duly 18, 1834, with L22 members.

\ n.w -ton.- edifice, i" by 60 feet in dimensions,
was erected, and dedicated Jan. 4, L835, Rev. Edward
Allen having preached the dedicatory sermon from
the t.\t. '' I'.aee l.e within thy walls." The cost of
the edifice was s:;iinn.

The Rev. Edward Allen became the stated supply,
and continued hi- labor- until 1841, during which

time a valuable parsonage was secured and several
additions made- to the church. The elder- at this
time were Daniel Van Auk-en. Henry Iieemer, Jacob

In 1842, Rev. Peter Ivn -.' became the pastor,

and labored with great zeal for the growth and pros-
perity of I he church. He was for years so largely
identified with the interests of Wantage, Loth tem-
poral and spiritual, that a brief sketch of hi- life will

uot be amiss here.

Peter Kanouse was born in Rockaway Valley, Mor-
ris Co., N. .1., Aug. 2o. 17S I. and died at Deckertown.

Y.L. May 30, 1864. He Learned the trade of a black-
smith, and for several years followed that business at
Rockaway. In 1807, the first year of the labors of
.in Rev. Barnabas King in that place, Mr. Kanouse

was received into the church, and in 1X0! I became one

of i In eldci -. I A en i hen, u bleated as he w as, be

was greatly esteemed for both his piety and his natural
talents, lie was unusually gifted in prayer and ex-

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