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his house that had been already used fur a burial-ground. He carried his
point, and the North Church of Hardyston was built, and called the
North Church to distinguish it from tho North Church at the head of
the Wallkill, now Sparta. This was very generally known as the Cary
meeting-house. It had a substantial frame, but otherwise was a m
shell of a building. It was long before it was floored and plastered. Iu
1815 it was taken down, and rebuilt on the site of the present North
Church. This house was burned by a negro incendiary, instigated by a
man imprisoned for debt in Newton jail, in 18:10. The new church,
built of stone, was dedicated May G, 1831, and is the house of worship
now standing.

"This village was for a time known as Sharpsboro', from the Sharp
who owned much land in the vicinity and called the place after the
own name. In 1792 the Hamburg furge was built, and the post-office
established later derived its name from that source.

"After the removal of the Lawrence Church to Pnpakatiug, the Pres-
byterians used a large school-house with a chimney at each end, which
stood near the iron bridge of the Sussex Railroad and the site now
covered by the bank. When Joseph Sharp came to live here, without
authority he tore down the large school-house and built a smaller one.
Dr. Samuel Fowler lived at Hamburg in 1S09, and, though not a church-
member, was very active in the Presbyterian congregation.

"About 1814 the First Presbyterian Church of Hamburg was organ-
ized and the Hamburg church built. It was built for a Presbyterian
meeting-house, but other denominations contributed, and had a right to
its use. The deed for the ground was finally given by Martin Ryerson
the Presbyterian and Anabaptist Societies of Hamburg, and in their nai
tho title still stands. The burial-hill had boon used for interments frc
the very earliest settlement. The location of a child's grave was fixed
by the flight of a dove, and other graves were placed around it.

"The Presbyterian congregation existed in Hardyston after the Ham-
burg Church was formed, the First Hardyston congregation having two
places of worship, tho Sparta Church and tho North Church. Tho same
pastor supplied two, and sometimes all three. Among other minister!
who supplied them was Rev. Joseph L. Shafer, who becamo the licentiate
of tho Presbytery of New Brunswick in 1812 (afterwards Dr. Shafer, of \
Newton), and gave one-fourth of his time, by agreement, to the North

"The churches of Hamburg and North Hardyston had now grown suf-
ficiently to bo separated from Sparta. On the 15th of May, 1819, tho North
Church was organized as a separate society with 02 members, 11 of them
being received on profession of faith. In Juno of that year Rev. Edward
Allen became the minister of the North Church. Ho continued one y
and a half, and during his ministry 28 were received to the communion.
I have no record of what ho accomplished at Hamburg.

"The Rev. Barr Baldwin came in July, 1821. He was given one-half
of his pastoral time, and received one-half of his salary in produce,
had preached hero previously and accomplished much good. Once
entered tho Hardyston school-house and addressed the children and led
iu prayer. A man afterwards declared he owed his salvation to that
visit of Mr. Baldwin. While hero the Hamburg Church became incor-
porated with the North Church, and the two became one congregation,

"After a ministry of three years, in which 21 members were added to
the church, Mr. Baldwin was succeeded by Rev. Nathaniel Conkling]
who remained four years, giving one-half of his services, during which
:19 were added to tho church roll. He was succeeded by Rev. Eliaa R.
Fafrchild. who served tho church exclusively for nine years, and whoso
activity and earnestness was rewarded by large accessions; 190 were



i-lil.il during his ministry, — an average of 21 per year. When the Noi th
(Jhurch was burned, tin' congregatiou was greatly disheartened, but
with great ffllth an' I untiring energy lie declared tin.- burning ol
tice would result in good, and rail"! upon the congregation to rl
ml i He ciri ulated tin- su I >*> option-paper ut home and in other plitces.
H<- obtained donations "I materials, mid when money Failed he Induced
thj rarmen t" give -lavs' work ami their own Bonn ami I

■ Btated worship under the trees in tlie on :hurd was continued so long
,- id. «.-ather permitted. The new houoe was dedicated on Friday,

Ma.v 6, 1831, fourteen months alter the- tiro, the Rev. Peter ha •>-•

a solemn and impressive sermon ->n th - -i-i-.n. Tin- j.-ii-.-l

Iialeh nil, -.-. ling tliis was one of great religions interest, 60 hav-
ing nnlted with the church in the yeal 1831. In 1836, Mr. Kair- l.il-l's
-niv-l .i year's -. icilllon, ami He v. Stephen Thi.lnpsi.li tilled the

nterval. In 183(1 ih - pastor returned, ami the year following his labors.

»Rel Joel Cnmphell began his ministry in 1838, and continn. -I
i long past. .rat.- -.1 eighteen yeaie. David C.Meeker became pastor

\i-ni, 1867, an- 1 remained two yenrs, and during lii- labors tl w pat>

KlDBge was erected. Rev. Goodloe li. Bell succeeded him. in October,

ontl I five years. Tin- present pastor began his labors the

Inri 3 tbbath of July, 1886, and has contl .1 there t - th.- pr.-s.-nt time,

-nt -in.- pastorate, that of Rev. Mr. Campbell, having been longer. Tl

..mi. -.-li yean have had tiioir sunshine and shadows, their dlsappoint-
n-iits and sin-, esses. I have bail tin- priv liege - t laboring in mj native
long mi- molt in the ministry.

"In 18C6 the church had been very much reduced in numbers and
(length. Instead of a membership of 200, with which Mr. Campbell
•cgun hi* ministry, Mr. Bell left a revised roll win Iv 10 members.

I'll. -.- constituted the membership at the close - t the war. lint it is al-
- Inn- h now. Of this number but 10 now remain, some hav-
ng re v.-.l ami others I n ili-mi 1 to ..titer ehur.li.-s.

"In 1867 the Old'School Baptist church was leased for a term oi ten
i n. 'inly Sl'Hsi expeuded on repaiis. The prospectof fnturo

rrjnrth at franklin was Buch as t-. warrant this outlay, and our i pie

-villlngly contributed towards the amount We soon had 30 comnmnl.
nuts living at Franklin, lint the change of ownership of the works,
.ml - li 1. 1 circumstances, caused tbo removal of most of tin - ., members,
.ml the tittle remnant were recently dismissed t-. unite with th.- K. -

■ ri.i.-.l Church then organized.

" h. Beptomber, i860, the lirst stone of this chapel was laid. Th - Aral

iubbutll of I'.-i .-nil-.-i il was solemnly -h-li.-at.-.l, with, -ill ileht, ... tlie

"■'-i-ii- "i Ood. The Sunday-school was organized and th« v.

light prayer-meeting established. These, with preaching on overy

- -I' daj . i'i- - i a contiuued over Blnce.

"The llrst Sunday-school was organized al th- North Church In lsis.

r, ill. I when the Church nil. t-. .,,.11 was held
i, i.l.-.v Susan Itear.lsh-e's kitchen.
"Another Suodaj In i , begun at I lamlnirg two or three years

.iter. Some years later another was organized a ng the charcoal-pits

ijpn tl tain, which was attended by lull-grown men ami women

Lsw.n as children, who learned tholr letters ami read th.- Testameut;

In- t.-.nlii-is went on horseback from Hamburg. Bon i the children

mil grandchildren of the scholars alien I have 1 elongsd to

, -1 Snnday-eohool, located tin ill.-, farther west

'•Inning na ministry the Sunday-a hools Inn- I n the most pleasing

i w,.rk. Several hundred have been schol-

have I n brought int.. tl Inn. h. M.mv have

a the frcnuonl changes taking place, and more have become for this
.-a - -n members - i other churches than our own.
"In contributions ol bonovolonce this church has an honorable record.
H gave vorj I n missions during th.- ministry ..f Mr. Kair-

hihl, ami also foi a linn- paid ll ipenses of a Btudetlt foi tin- liimisln

Iteologl u, H ha- maintained its , ham. tor in this
I'Oganl to the present ti ."


This church via- first organized within the limits

if the present township of Ver i, which was then

embraced in the township of Hardyston, the date ■>!'
it" formation being L798. It was probably formed
under ill.' labors of Rev. Th as Teasdale, who be-
lts firsl pastor ami continued hi- labors until
1S'J7. During 1811 a church was for <1 in Bamburg,

under the guidance <»F the same pastor, who was buc-
.-.-.-< I .-. I by Kcv. Jnliii Teasdale, whose ministry ex-
tended overs period of four years. A brief interval
was filled by Rev. < '. Park, and Rev* Elias Pros) was
also the officiating clergyman for one year. In April,
1838, Rev. William II. Spencer was called t" the
charge, ami remained until December, 1845, when
Rev. Thomas Davis was settled, ami remained one
year. In 1846, Rev. John Mavis came, ami devoted
three years tn labor in the field, closing his work in
1849. In I860, Rev. .1. M. Hope became pastor, ami

during 185:2 the pulpit was again supplied ley Riv.

Thomas Davis, who officiated on each alternate Sab-
bath afternoon. Rev. John S. I Iristine came in April,
1853, and remained until 1855. From this date for
a period often years the records ate deficient in I'aet-,
lnit it is remembered that Rev. .1. ML Sope conducted

tin- services tin' a s,-ri,-s of wars.

On Jan. 1, 1865, the Rev. David Silver began his
ministry, which continued until 187'J, and \va- the
longest in ill.' history of the church. Sine that time
tin- congregation has been without a settled pastor.

The present officers of the church are Deacons
William Rude.T, 1>. Riggs, William Simonson, S. 1!.
Bdsall. The board of trustees embraces II.. I. Har-
den, William Rude, T. I", ltiggs, S. P. Rude, William
Simonson, Jacob Bellen,andS. B. Edsall. The church

clerk is Samuel II. Kdsall.


\ Methotlist episcopal organization has existed in
the township for some years. Services were con-
ducted in the house of worship belonging to the Bap-
tist denomination until a building for the use of the
society was erected al Hamburg.


A society under the auspices of the Baptist denom-
ination was organized in 1828, under the following
covenant :

"\\.- whose nomas ore here recorded srera . ..n-iiiiit - 1 lnt>
.hni. h - li th.- lie , 1823, by Elders Trott, On

Gilbert, Brethren Doland, Belts, Sayre, and r.-ii-k. Oder Scott
'li.- sermon from 8amnal f 22d chapter, 1st and 2d varesa. Elder
Gillett gave the right band of fellowship, and Elder GronaU gave tin-
charge, z.-l.to- Orenoll modsimb r, ami P. i». Giilett clerk.

"Tin- namss ol memben are l-m-y Borldc, Hichs

Maliitm-ml, I athaiiiK- Hammond, Catharine Clay, ClariSM Sharp, Han-
nah Van Wait, Mai v iliuniii-.ml, Bponcai Scott, Fanny Itull."

Those nam. s above assume the title of " The First
Particular Baptist Church of Hardyston."

The church building was erected in 1882, much in-
terest having been felt, which caused th ngregation

to subscribe liberally towards the enterprise. Bap-
t i-t Ben ices were maintained until 1868 with a greater
,.r less degree of regularity, when the] were suddenly
abandoned, ami for several \ ears the church remained
closed. It was reopened for Presbyterian service at a

later dale, and under ihe OUSpices ol' tbis con
lion tin- edifice was remodeled and made more in-
viting. Alter a period of prosperity the church was



again without a pastor, and was in 1877 reopened
under the auspices of the Reformed (Dutch) Church,
the members of which are the present worshipers,
though without a settled pastor.


The Roman Catholic church of Hardyston is loca-
ted at Franklin Furnace on the high-road to Ogdens-
burg, about one-quarter of a mile from the furnace.
It is pleasantly situated between two low and parallel
ranges of hills, both of which are offshoots of the
Hamburg Mountains. The edifice is 70 by 30 feet in
dimensions, and built of brick in a plain and sub-
stantial manner. It is one of the many church edi-
fices that are indebted for their erection to the un-
remitting labors of Rev. Edward McCosker, who
continued its pastor from its completion, in 1863,
until 1S80, when, much to the regret of his congrega-
tion, he was transferred to another field of labor. He
was succeeded by Rev. George Corrigan, brother of
the present archbishop of New York, under whose
care the parish is in a prosperous condition.

The congregation is partially composed of wor-
shipers from the adjoining village of Ogdeusburg, and
numbers 600, including the children of the parish.
Services are held on alternate Sabbaths, the pastor
dividing his labors between this field and the one at
Newton, his residence. The temporal concerns of
the church are intrusted to a board of trustees, two
of whom, William Newman and David McCarthy, at
present officiate.


The first Episcopal service in Hamburg was held on
Sunday, Feb. 14, 1869, by Rev. William Welles Hol-
ley, rector of Christ Church, Newton. A small Sun-
day-school had been organized in 1868, and under
Mr. Holley's care the name of " The Good Shepherd
Missson" was assumed. In 1871 the convocation of
Newark resolved to take charge of the mission work
in Sussex and Warren Counties, and Rev. H. B.
Stuart Martin was sent, July 2, 1871, to Vernon and

In 1872 a lot was offered by the heirs of R. F. Linn,
and an effort made to obtain funds for the building of
a church. An offer of $500 from convocation, pro-
vided $1000 could be raised in the place, was ac-
cepted, and the amount readily promised. The cor-
ner-stone was laid June 24, 1872, but the work was
delayed by a decision to have a stone building instead
of a frame one. It was completed in 1874, and the first
service held June 3d, of which an account is given in
the Church Journal (June 18 and 25, 1874). Mr.
Martin resigned his position March, 1878, and was
succeeded by Rev. Levi Johnston.

The debt remaining on the church was paid Easter
day, March 28, 1880, and the church consecrated
June 24, 1880, by Rt. Rev. T. A. Starkey, of Northern
New Jersey, assisted by Rt. Rev. Dr. Quintard, bishop
of Tennessee, and a large number of the clergy. The

work is still in the care of the bishop and convocation
of Newark. Services are held by their missionary
every fortnight.

There is no information obtainable regarding the
earliest burials in the cemeteries of the township.
The one adjacent to the North church, and known
as the " North Church Cemetery," is doubtless more
than a century old, though few of the memorial
stones bear that early date. It is now in general use
among the older families of the township, and is by
them maintained with much care. Many inviting
shade-trees ornament the inclosure, which is sur-
rounded by a substantial stone wall. The monu-
ments and tablets are of much beauty, and not a few
of them imposing in their proportions. Among the
inscriptions are the following :

" Sacred to the memory of Isaac Cary, Esq., who died January 18th,
A.D. 1791, aged 4S years and 11 months."

"Sacred to the memory of Benjamin Northrop, who died September,
1774, aged thirty-five years.

" Also Leonora, wife of the above, who died March, 1811, aged seventy-
two years. Their son Joseph, from a sentiment of filial duly, had this
stone erected."

"In memory of Jonathan Hopkins, who died March 4th, 1849, aged
sixty-eight years and seven months. Funeral sermon by James Camp-
bell, from Isaiah 32. 2.

"Whoever reads my sudden call,
Prepare ! you may as sudden fall.
I in old age was called away;
Death's summons we mu6t all obey."
"In memory of John Beardslee, who died February 27th, 1828, aged
twonty-nine years."
"Sacred to the memory of Abram Johnson, who died November 29th,

1821, aged seventy-six years, three months, and four days."

"Sacred to the memory of Hannah Johnson, who died August 16th,

1822, aged eighty-three years and five months."

" Sacred to the memory of Mary C. Rorick, wife of John C. Rorick, who
died June 17th, 1S57, aged thirty-seven years, three months, and four

"She was a kind companion, an affectionate mother, and leaves five

" Sacred to the memory of Simon Wade, who died September 21st, 1S17,
in the sixty-eighth year of his age."

" In memory of Charles Beardsleo, who died March 25th, 1803, in the
sixty-first year of his age."

" In memory of Charles Beardslee, who died March 25th, ISIS, in the
fifty-seventh year of his age."

" In memory of Mary Morris, wife of Thomas Lawrence, Esq., of Phil-
adelphia, born in 1723, at Morrisania, West Chester County, N. T., died
at the residence of her son, Thomas Lawrence, of Hamburg, Sussex
County, N. J., in 1804."

" In memory of Thomas Lawrence, Esq., of Morris Vale, in the couuty
of Sussex, who departed this life November 18, 1823. aged soventy-niue

" In his death a wifo was deprived of a kind and devoted husband,
children of an affectionate parent, and society of an honest and virtuous

" In memory of Dr. Samuel Fowler, born October 30th, 1779, died Feb-
ruary 20th, 1844."


The burial-ground attached to the Baptist church
at Hamburg, though probably not so old as the one
already mentioned, has many graves of an early date.
The memorial tablets which were originally erected
over them have in many instances been destroyed,
while others have no inscription to designate their


Tiik progenitor of tlic Edsall family in this country was Sam-
uel Edsall, who camo from Rending, Berkshire County, England,
and settled in New Amsterdam in 1650. One of his descend-
ants, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was Riohard
Edsall, who lived nt English Neighborhood, Bcrgon Co., N. J.

lie was a land-surveyor during the latter part of tin lonial

period, was afterwards an officer in the New Jorsey Line during
the Revolutionary war, and participated in several general on-

gagr hi-. Mr mail icd Jemima Srdy. The children of this

marriage wore Socly (deceased), Clara (deceased), Joseph (de-
ceased), Elizabeth (deceased), Almeda (deceased), Sarah (de-
oes ed), Susan i now living in New York), Richard (deceased).
Richard Edsall, Br., died in Vernon township. His son,
.lu-epli Edsall, was born in Vernon township, and married
Sarah Do Kay. "I this union were bom Hi,- In Mowing chil-
dren: Almeda, married William Seymour (deceased); Mr-.

Seymour, now living in New York : Thomas (deceased), at
Hamburg, N. J.; It. E. Edsall; Julia, married 0. II. Pond,

now living in St. Louis; Susan A., married John Vandegriff
Bd), Mrs. Vandegriff now living in Florida: Clara,
married. I. II. Bortholf, now living in Philadelphia; A. J. (de-
ceased), at Terre llanie: .In-.jih, captain's clerk United Stntes
Navy. Joseph Edsall, St., was a uicmhor id' the Legislature in
1S25, and was quartermaster in the army during the war of
1812. He died in Vernon township.

R. K. Edsall was born in Vernon township, Nov. 1:1. ISi::.
lie acquired Buch an eduoalion as the neighboring school!
utTorded. At the age of seventeen he went to New Orleans nnd
entered the commission house of I. Thayer A Co., where he
remained seven years. In 18.17 he removed t" Haml
was tilers for the Arm of Edsall a Vandegriff, wbiob position

he held until 1841, when he entered into partner-hip witli .1 .

Cowdrey and kopl store at Warwick, ST. T., undei the urm
name of Oowdroy a Edsall until 1844, when ho retired from
business and wax disengaged for a year. Subsequently he be-

came book-keeper for Col. J. E. Edsall, at tho Hamburg fur-
nnce, where he remained until 1849, when he commenced busi-
ness in Hamburg as n merchant, where ho has since resided.
In 186.1 ho took in John Vandegriff as a partner: in 1855,
Vandegriff retired from the firm. In 1858, W. II. Charda-
voync was taken in as partner, and the firm became R. E. Ed-
,-all A t'o. This firm continued business until 1ST'.', when W.
T. Anderson was taken in as partner, and the firm of Edsall,
Chardavoync .1- Co. continue business in I - SO.

Mr. Edsall is a member of the firms of Chardavoync, Drew,
& Co., of Dc Witt, Iowa, and T. Lawrence, Jr., .1 Co., of Belle
Plain, Iowa. In 185S he married Emma E., daughtor of Rob-
ert A. and Elizabeth (Ryerson) Linn, of Hamburg. The mn-
tcrnal grandfather of Mrs. Edsall was Martin Ryerson, a land-
surveyor, and one of the early settlers of Hamburg. The
ohildren of this marriage were Robert Linn, Frank II., Thomas
De K iv. Richard E., David I,., Henry J., nil living at home.

In 1865, Mr. Edsall was elected sheriff of Sussex County.
In lsti:; he was elected to (ill the unexpired term in tho State
Legislature occasioned by the death of tin- late CoL Samuel
Fowl, i. In 1867 he was elected Stnto senator, and remained
in office six years. While in the Senate he was chairman of
the committee on railroads and canals, and member of many
other important committees. He has been a delegato to the
different conventions, State, oounty, and congressional. In
politl I I '- on i at, and has always taken an active in-

terosl in political matters. Though not a member of any church,
blwayfl given his support to all church and kindred in-
II. in I his family attend the Protestant Episcopal
Church of Hamburg.

Mi. II ill hat pent his life as an active business man, and

in his business relation) his integrity, his desire for justioe to

all. and his frank and open way- have always secured the

OS of those with whom he has been brought into




location. Aiimiiil' the oldest legends are the follow-

"Sacred to tlio memory of Martin Byerson, who died November ltd,
1820, aged seventy-two yearn, two month*, and six da} -."

11 In memory of Rhode Byerson, born November 4th, 1767,
nptembei 16th, I 3, o ;ed «ixty-fivc yearn, nine months, and twenty-
two days."

" In memory of Jesse Ryeraon, son of Martin and Rhode Ryerson, born
Mar. h 27th, 1780, died October 3d, 1803, aged twenty-three yearn, six
niontliH, and sevon .lay*.''

"In memory of Anna Ryoreon, daughter of Hartiu and Rhod
ton, born April 11th, 1784, died February 13th, 1-11. aged twsnty-ati
years, ten montha, and two days."

There is also a cemetery connected with the old
Baptist church (now Reformed lhitch i at Franklin.
As this building was erected in 1823, many of the

burials are coexistent with this date, if not earlier.

The following memorial is indorsed " A memorial
k the P. M. General from the citizens of Hamburg,
Stockholm, Pompton, Paterson, and Acquanunck, on
the subject ..!' the establishment of a stage between
Hamburg arid New York :"

•■ •/■„ Qldeon r „■.„„„,, E*n>j .,;-... Hosier Oerwral of Hit United Slates at Ou
cilij of WtuMntfrn :
"The subscribers, luhabltantii of the villages of Hamburg, Stockholm,
Dompton, Paterson, and Acqunnunck, and their vicinity, in the Stats ..t'

Hi n Jet ley, beg leavti I present thai a turnpike road has lately I n

bmploted from Hamburg through the several other villages to the city
of New York. That the distance thereby to tbedty has been made much
shorter, and the fnctlltyof traveling greatly Improved. That the cltlzons
I iii i in and aear the villages aforesaid beg leavo to solicit the Post
Master General to favor them with the convenience of having a Poel
BBce established at the villages of Stockholm, Poropton, Paterson, and
Lcqnanunck, of which they have heretofore I n deprlved t and conso-

Bnently has subjected them to v.tj _r.'.il iu.oin .-ni.-ri. •■-. .'\ |. ....-.■, and
delay in tin -ir i i. in llci I l.ii-im — with tin- city. That the set-

th'ini-iii- on this route have bee very populous, and the business trans-
acted, even under their pn sent privation of a public conveyance, Is such
that in their opinion it would add very considerably to the revenue of the
postal department. Your memorialists pray, therefore, that yon will take

th.ir request tut slderat , and grant them the conveniences they

now solicit.

" Your petitioners as in duty. Ac,

* They nog to add further that It Is contemplated to commence miming

a nta^e sh.ully ln.ni tin- villa,:.- of llaml.iHK oii the abuVe route to New

Y..1-1, city, and which they take the liberty to suggest to the P. M.G., un-
ion thnt a tract \ possibly from that circumstance be made

with no .r \ foi the conveyance of the mail, and thai thi'distAnces

fiatweeu the offices solicited rur maj be known, >our morlaliata have

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