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the township's existence no church edifices had been
erected, and the school -house was devoted to purposes
of worship and freely used by all denominations. In
localities remote from churches this custom is still


The township is now divided into three districts,
designated, respectively, the Harmony Vale, Lafay-
ette, and Lower Lafayette Districts. The former
contains a frame, and the latter each a brick, build-
ing, David lieiinis presides over the former school,
while Mrs. C. M. Hlanchard is located at the village,
and P. L. Crispell at Lower Lafayette.

Aside from the fund raised by taxation in the town-
ship for educational purposes, the following amounts
arc credited to Lafayette: From the State appropria-
tion, $7<U».-| ; from the surplus revenue fund, $71.94;
from the two-mill tax, $758.01.


The records of the Baptist Church arc devoted en-
tirely to a chronicle ol' the spiritual condition of the
church, and but little can be learned from them of its
temporal progress.

< )u May 19, 1830, a council composed of the follow-
ing delegates was appointed for the purpose of con-
stituting a church in the township of Newt now

Lafayette): from Wantage, Leonard Fletcher, Hum-
phrey Martin, Thomas Teasdale, Sr., Reuben F. Ran-
dolph, and .Nathaniel Martin ; from Warwick, John
C. Murphy, Jeremiah Morehouse; from Kingwood,

David Bateman; from Amwell, Charles Bartolett,

William .Men-ill; from Lower Dublin, Wilson Crane,

Xcloiiis Grencll, Matthews. The church was

ill constituted by the council under the name
of "The First Baptist Church of Newton, New
ferae} ."

\i a subsequent ting Moses Northrop was

chosen deacon, and Jacob B. Maxwell church clerk.
During 1831, through the assiduous efforts of Rev.
John Teasdale, who had been conducting religious

services in the vicinity, a subscription was raised

leu ing for its object the erection of a church edifice,

which was completed and dedicated the same year.

Rev. John Teasdale became the Brat settled pastor,

and under his ministry the church enjoyed a Season

of great prosperity, lie later removed to the Newton
Baptist Church, and subsequent events seriously im-
peded the advancement of the organization.

The church on its formation had joined the War-
wick organization, hut by vote at a meeting held
March !», 1888, it was determined to withdraw from
that body and form an independent association, of
which other churches were invited to become mem-

For an interval of some years, little interest was
manifested in the growth of the Lafayette Baptist
Church, and this lack of interest caused, for a brief
period, a suspension of services. At a later date more
zeal was manifested among its membership, and a
pa-tor was employed, under whose regular ministra-
tions accessions to its list occurred, and a renewal of

its former prosperity seemed apparent.

The church has recently been refitted ami embel-
lished at a cost of $600, and, though at present
without a settled pastor, is more prosperous than

Richard Vaughan is the acting clerk of the church.

The dca<on- are Joseph Y. Vought, Chauneey A.
Kinney, I lavid Kinney.

'fhc earliest efforts to Organize a church under the
auspice- of the Methodist Episcopal denomination in
Lafayette were made Dec. 9, 1837, when a meeting
was held at the house of Isaac- Van Gelder for the
election of trustees. On this occasion the following
officers wen- chosen: Samuel [ngersoll, Isaac Van
Gelder, Mahlon B. states, James Peters, Joseph

Northrop, Jr.

No further progress was made until 1840, when a
tract of land was purchased of Joseph Northrop, Jr.,
and wife, embracing ,7o of an acre.

At a meeting held on Feb. 6, 1841, James Peters,

Ji isC.Hagaman, and Joseph Northrop were chosen

a building committee, and labor upon the new edifice

was begun soon after. (In its completion the building

was dedicated with impressive ceremonies, the total

cost having been less than $1600. Tl ongregation

having increased in numbers and influence, it was

found necessar\ . in ls.V.i. to improve- and enl I

edifice, which was at a later elate- again renovated and

The earliest pa-tor. Rev. Warren i '. Nelson, began
his labors in 1848. Since that period the following
clerg] men hav.- in succession ministered to the peopli

Revs. W. W. Wiggins, Post, Gerrel Van n

Christine, Cross, Bardsley, Thomas

Bawling-. T. S. Dedrick, ll. [. Hoyter, W. 0. Nelson,
v\ B. l ■■i.i I — I- • . S. n. Bebout, J. F. Dodd, G. W.
Morton, w. w. Voorhees, W. II. Haggerty, and the
present pastor, Rev. K. W. Copeland.

The officers of the church arc-: Class-Leadi re, w.
M. .v.-kci-son and Mrs. E. A.Smith; Extorters, V7m.
N. Ackerson, P. L. Crispell ; Trustees, Peter Acker-



son, Wm. N. Ackerson, James W. Hagaman, Gerret
Van Blarcom, Ernest Huston ; Stewards, Jacob
Shuster, William N. Ackerson, Peter Ackerson,
Ernest Huston, William N. Pollison, Edward May-
bee, Gilbert Ackerson, Benjamin S. Dormida.

The valuation of church property, including a sub-
stantially-built parsonage, is $6000.

A Sunday-school is maintained, with 95 scholars in
attendance, of which P. L. Crispell is the efficient
superintendent. An additional Sabbath-school is
established at Harmony Vale, with N. E. Benjamin as


An effort was made as early as 1842 to establish a
church at Lafayette, but the feebleness of the little
flock who desired thus to form themselves into an or-
ganization rendered action at that time inexpedient.
During 1856 the church was formed, however, with a
membership of 13, embracing the following individ-
uals: John D. Ackerson and Charity Ackerson, his
wife ; George Sharp and Elizabeth Sharp, his wife ;
Catharine Ackerson and Mary Richards, who were
received from the Frankford Church ; while Daniel
Gunderman, Abigail Demorest, Martha Demorest,
Tallmage Woodruff, and Phebe Woodruff, his wife,
Martha Simmons, and Agnes Ackerson were received
from the church of North Hardyston.

A house of worship was erected, and dedicated May
12, 1857, at 11 a.m., the services having been con-
ducted by a committee of the Presbytery of Rocka-
way, consisting of the following ministers: Revs. B.
C. Megie, S. Cook, Joel Campbell, Nathan Leighton,
and Livingston Willard. The official organization was
effected Aug. 22, 1857, and at the same date John D.
Ackerson was ordained an elder of the church.

Rev. Joel Campbell officiated as the first pastor,
and remained until death ended his labors, in May,
1872. At a special meeting of the Presbytery of New-
ton held in May, 1872, Rev. Jethro B. Woodward was
ordained and installed, and still continues his minis-

The present elders are Sylvester Slater and Sidney
Smith, the former of whom is also the clerk of the


There is but one burial-place located within the
limits of the township. Many residents have for years
buried their dead in a cemetery located in Sparta,
which, from its location, has proved more convenient.
It has thus become identified with the old families of
Lafayette, and is the centre around which many ten-
der memories cluster.

The burial-ground in use in the township is located
on a rise of ground east of the village, and was used
a century since, if tradition be correct, as a potter's
field. It was later controlled by a society, who placed
it under the direction of a board of trustees, and in-
terments were made irrespective oi sectarian prefer-

ences. About 1820 the lady who was owner of the
land which embraced this spot gave a deed of this
and additional ground to the inhabitants of the town-
ship, to be forever used as a burial-place. It was
much neglected for a term of years, but at a later
period funds were raised, and under the direction of
the trustees a substantial stone wall was built around
the ground. A tract of land was also purchased,
which increased its dimensions, and more care has
since been bestowed upon its adornment.

Many of the memorial -stones bear the names of the
oldest families of the township. There are unques-
tionably graves unadorned with headstones whose
mute history, if revealed, would recall many events
of the last century. The oldest inscription is that
upon the tablet of Mrs. Margaret, wife of David De-
morest, who died March 29, 1812, aged forty-seven.
Among others of earliest date are the following:

"Sacred to the memory of David Demoreat, who died October 2Sth,
1S25, aged sixty-four years, three months, aud twelve days."

"Ill memory of Katheriue Demorest, daughter of I>avid and Katherine
Demorest, who died November 30th, 1825, aged thirty-four years, three
months, and seven days."

" In memory of Maria, wife of Mahlon 13. States, and daughter of Paul
and Maria Ackerson, who died April loth, 1831, aged twenty-three years,
eight months, and six days."

"In memory of Peter Demurest, who died August 29th, 1825, aged
thirty-five years and six days."

"Sacred to the memory of Henry Demorest, who departed this life
August .'list, 1836, aged thirty-four years, eight days.

" Farewell, my friends ! I must be gone :
I have no home or stay with you.
The Lord doth call, and I mu6t go,
And leave you in the world below."


Henry Bale was the first settler in this hamlet, and
the very full history of himself and his descendants
under the title of " Early Settlements" makes a re-
capitulation of facts under this head unnecessary.


The oldest remaining landmark in that portion of
the township designated as Lower Lafayette is the
old mill now known as Messrs. Collvcr & Huston's
foundry. Tradition accredits this building with an
existence of at least one hundred years, and, although
no definite information with reference to its origin is
accessible, the authenticity of this statement has never
been disputed. It passed, early in the present century,
into the hands of Joel Benjamin, Joseph Predmore,
and Gilbert Ingersoll, and was by them conveyed in
1819 to Thomas Kays. He conducted the business,
and also filled the office of justice of the peace, until
his death, in 1829. The premises, after passing through
several hands, were purchased in 1843 by George W.
Collver and Henry B. Kays, a son of Thomas, above
mentioned. They erected the present grist-mill in
1843 and 1844, and also a saw- and planing-mill and
many tenant -houses. A very extended milling,
foundry, and mercantile business was conducted by
them until 185.'!, when Mr. Collvcr purchased the

Joskph Snyder oamo from Germany more than one hundred
years ago and Bottled in Now Jersey. Ho reared a family of
tgo ohildren, — Jacob, Elizabeth, John, Amu-, Catharine, Henry,
Margaret, William, Eve, and Mary. Of these children, Wil-
liam, the lather of mir subject, was born March 6, 1 1
married Sarah Putman, duly 5, 1801. She was born Nov. 12,
1770, and died July 1, lSJ'J; he .lied Sept. 1», 1853. Their
children wore Margaret : John, who married Sarah V o
Kuril, i ; Kii'a, win. married Jacob Hiloaj Catharine, who mar-
ried Daniol C. Adams, of Warren Co., N. J.; Sarah, who mar-
ried Hubert M. Ogden; Mary; William; ami Elizabeth, who
mai i iod Uonry C. Northrup.

William Snyder the elder — or " Capt. Snyder," as he was
familiarly known — was a representative farmer, a Democrat in
politios, and touk a deep interest in and was a liberal contrib-
utor to ohurohea and oharitable objects.

William Snyder, the subject of this skotch, was born in La-
hyettc township, Oct. 4, 1M7. He remained on the farm at
intil ho roachod hii majority, and for a few years after-
wards ho worked his fathor's farm on shares. On the I-t of
January, 1842, he married Mary J., daughter of Samaol and
i , of Hardyston, Sussex Co., N. J. j she
was bom May 1, 1821. Thoy have had six ohildren, live of
whom arc living, — viz., Samuel, who Borred three years in tho

inuy in Hie late Rebellion; Raymond, who
Kale Hoot, daughter of Christopher Hoot; .lohii ; I, aura; and
William. I. aura is the wife of Henry Huston, of Newton.

After his marriago .Mr. Snyder purchased the farm where

Rjohard Vaughan now lives and i ioultural busi-

lumsilf. To this farm ho mado additions until ho owned

tome two hundred acres of land. After living there four!

old that proporty and bought tho farm wboro his son
Raymond now residos (1881), to which he remo\ od in the spring
„f 1856. Ho livod on this place until tho spring ol 1868, when
lie romoved to tho village of Lafayetto, having pnroho od and
ttoo.'n jhly rcbuill tho fine residenoe whei i on lives,

while hi [iafoyetto he ws engaged i"> tl ; - in tho

milling busl a with Mi. ". P. Armstrong. He resided hi tho

Milage until Ins death, which occurred Oct. I I. I ■- 7 7 .

Mr. Snyder was a thoroughgoing farmer and careful business
m.in. lie was possessed of clear judgment and practical ideas,
and may safely bo classed among tho most active and progrcs-
Bive fanners of his day. Thoroughly honest and exact, he was
prompt in his I usiness engagements, and was a man of whom
It was frequently said that his word was as good as his bond.

In politics he was a Democrat until Henry (day ran for Pres-
ident, 1 afterwards, voted with the Whigs until the formation

of the Republican party, which ho at once joined and warmly
supported during the rest of his life He served as freeholder
and held other minor offioes in his township, although his party
was largely in the minority. He was a stockholder in and a
director of the .Merchants' National Hank of Newton. Ho was
not a member of any church, but an attendant and supporter
of the Methodisl Episcopal Church. A man of strong forco of
r and correct habits, ho was a pronounced advocate of
temperance, and at his death a professor of Christianity.

Mrs. Snyder's paternal ancestor, whose name was Kays, camo
from Edinburgh, Scotland, and settled in Philadelphia. He
hud two sons, John and David. The former- — her grandfather
— was horn March '.i, 1739, and died July IS, I^L".': I
Sarah Hull, daughter of Benjamin Hull, was lorn Oot. 21, 1754,
and died Sept. 20, 1824. He served in tho Revolutionary war
as one of Gen. Washington's body-guard. Their children wcro
Mary, dohn. Lottie, David, William, James, Thomas, Benjamin

II., Martin 1!., Samuel, and Martha.

Of these ohildren, Samuel Kays, the father of Mrs. Snyder,

o dune 2, 1791, and on Sept. 12, 1816, married Eliza-
beth Tattle, who was lorn dune 11, 1797, and is living, in 1880,
in fair health and full mental vigor, with lor daughter, Mrs.
Snyder, at I.alayMo: -he has ho many yat- drawn a pension
iemler.il h\ lur liu-hand in the war of 1812.
Samuel Kays had six children, Martin, win. live- in Iowa;
William T., who BOrVod in the late Rebellion as captain and

. boh i lawyer in Mis-
souri, Mary J., who married William Snyder; Sarah A., who
married Daniel Dolan J Martha: and John. All are living
OXOepI the last two, and the other four re-ide in different

i//^*^n a ,/A^stc^c^

Tor; progenitor of the Warbasso family in Sussex County
Hi Potor Warbasso, who wns born May 10, 1722, in Denmark,
was eonfirmoil by a Lutheran minister, afterwards united with
the Moravians, and with a company of that religion seot,
about 175.'!, emigrated to Amoriea and settled in lSethlchem, on
tho Lehigh, in Pennsylvania. His wife was Anna Mary
Bebemelin, also a native of Denmark, who bore him tn
Peter and Joseph, both of whom settled in Newton, N. J.
Pater juinod tho army about 1794, and was last heard of in
Virginia. Joseph carried on blaeksinithing in Newton for
some lime, and subsequently worked at his trado on his farm,
which bo purchased of John Jay, in tho township of Lafay-
ette, in 1811. This farm has remained in the family since, and
is in 1S80 the property of Samuel Warbasso.

Joseph Warbasso married Pbobe Hull, who bore him the fol-
lowing ohildroo : John, Joseph, Sally (who became the wife of
John Snyder), Phcbo (who became tho wifo of Jonathan Cotton),
James R., Bdward, and Man Ann. Be died on his homesti ad,
in Lafayette.

James It., son of Joseph, born Sept. 2, 1797, married, July
. tnna Tuttlo, who bore him children as follows: Bath,
wife of Jonathan Dusonberryj Elisabeth, wife of teaao L.
Elewman, of Illinois; Elias II.: Joseph, a merchant at rTew-
ton, N. J.; Vincent; David It.; and Samuel, who occupies
tho old homestead, in l.afnyotte.

Mrs. Anna Tuttlo Warbasso was born in tho township of
Minisink, Orange Co., N. V., Sept 1, IS03. Her father, Wil-
liam Tuttle, is believed to bo ono of tho descendants of the
William Tuttlo who oaine to this country from Kngland in the
roar 1636 and settled in Now Haven, Conn. Her mother was
Anna Terry, daughter of Uriah Terry, of Kingston, -V Y.
Of this branch of lb.' family it is known tb.it an oarlj progen-
itor was driven from Pranoe in the lattei pari of tho ixteenth
oontury for his adherence to the cause of the II

Prenoh Protestants, and after a tomporary sojourn in England
camo to this country.

Tho parents of our subject moved to tho township of Wan-
tage, in this county, when sho was but a child; in that placo
she received such education as was afTorded by tho common
schools of the time. Her husband was a farmer by occupation,
and during the first sixteen years of his married lifo resided in
Sussex County. He then purchased a farm in what is known
as tho Quaker Settlement, in Warren County, intending to
make that place his homo during life. And so it proved, for
after six years' residenco thero he was taken sick, and after a
short illness died, on Sept. 12, 1844, leaving no picture of him-
solf. Notwithstanding he m- a man of more than average
mental ability, bo never joined in tho general scramble for placo
and power, but, instead, found his highest enjoyment in his
home and its surroundings, and in honestly performing the
everv-day duties of life as be understood them. Faithful to
family, to friends, country, and to humanity, — such a man was
James H. Warbasso.

Mrs. Warbasso was now left with a family of sovon children,
tho youngest being but three year- of ago. and, having been
accustomed to rely with entire confidence on the judgment of
lor husband in regard to the management of tho farm, she was
unschooled in the new duties she was compelled to assume. But
she provod equal to her task, for under her management tho
remaining indebtedness upon the farm wns paid, a small ad-
joining farm was bought and paid for. and the children given
d business ednoatton. In 1858, when, in eonaequenoe
of tho death of her father In-law, Joseph Warbane, " Bden
r'unn" « "no the purebaaor, and moved there in

April of thai year. This was her home until the til t he!

death, which occurred Oct 17,1885. Like her husband, she
! not for -boo, and had tie- reipeel and t iteem
of all g"ol i pie when nown,



His paternal grandfather Philip came from Ger-
many and settled near Marksboro', Warren Co., N. J.
He reared a family of four sons, — Adam, Jacob,
Philip, and John, — who grew to manhood and reared

Adam, father of our subject, was born in 1780,
and about 1811 married Mary Shuster and removed
to what is now Lafayette, Susses Co., N. J., where
he purchased a farm of one hundred and twenty-five
acres, to which he made additional purchases, until ho
owned some four hundred and twenty acres at the
time of his death. He was a farmer through life.
He was a man of strong force of character, and was
known as a man of good judgment and sterling princi-
ples. He died in 1867. His children were Eliza-
beth, became the wife of William M. Coxe, of Hamp-
ton ; Philip, deceased ; John, deceased ; Margaret,
wife of Andrew F. Vass, of Newark, N. J. ; Jacob ;
and Isaac. The mother of these children died in
1871, aged eighty-five years. She was a devoted
Christian woman, and was a member of the Lutheran
Church near Stillwater.

Jacob, son of Adam Simmons, was born in the
town of Lafayette, Jan. 8, 1825. Until twenty-four
years of age he remained at home, at which time
(1849 j he married Margaret, daughter of Elias and

Sarah (Givens) Potter, of Sparta ; she was born
Sept. 16, 1827. The children born of this union
are Wesley, Dee. 26, 1849, died Sept. 11, 1851;
Lucy A., April 12, 1851 ; Elias P., Nov. 24, 1853;
Edwin J., Dec. 11, 1863. Lucy A. Simmons was
united in marriage to Dr. John C. Strader, of

Mr. Simmons' life has been spent as a farmer, and
he may be safely classed among the representative
agriculturists of Sussex County, and all the appoint-
ments about his place show thrift and thoroughness.
He has been honored by his fellow-townsmen, as a
member of the Democratic party, with the office of
commissioner of appeals, and in 1879 he was elected
freeholder of the township of Lafayette, and re-
elected to the same office in 1880. Although not a
member of any religious denomination, he is a pro-
moter of church interests, and is one of the trustees
of the Presbyterian Church at Lafayette. His wife
is a member of that church.

Mrs. Simmons' father died July, 1865, aged sixty-
five years. His life was spent as a carpenter and
joiner and farmer. He was a member of the Presby-
terian Church, and in polities a Democrat. Her
mother died about 1860, aged fifty-nine years, and
was also a member of the same church.



Tnt: family of Collver from whom our subject is descended ia
traced liack in line of regular descent to .luliti Collver, who lived
in England and hod three sons, — John, Edward, and Joseph.
John inherited the c-tato in England; Joseph wont to Ireland,
where ho settled and reared a family ; Edward, with his two
sons, came to America and Battled at New London, Conn. One

killed by the Indians ; tbo other son, John, had a son

John, who married Sarah Winihrop, a granddaughter of Gov-
ernor Winthrop, and onme with his family and located on
Sehooley's Mountain, ill Morris County. The farm upon whioh
they settled remained the homestead of the family for many
generations, lie died in 17110. aged ninety; his wile died in
1766, aged eighty-three. Until were interred in the private
burving-ground near Pleasant Grove ohuroh.

The descent of this family is traced still farther to Thomas,
son of John, who purohased two hundred acres of land on

Schooloy's Mountain in 1749, and "I ison Simon, grandfather

of our subjeot, WW bom April 7. 1745 J married Jem i ma Tut tie.

who was horn June :'.n, 17 >J I died Nov. 2, 1843. Simon

OoUvei was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and died July
II. 1828.

David •'.. 1 1 Si a i ollver, born Jan. 16, 17S7, on the

oil homestead, married. April S, ISII'.t, Margaret, daughter of
Jacob Myers, Shewn- born May 14, 1792, and died Jan. 6,
1866; he'died Deo. 13, 1878. Thoit ohildron were Ceorgo W.,

Simon ltar Jonas. . I: Ij Myors, Lmos, Edward, John Miller.

. roily. V. II.. Jomima, Nathan. Elisabeth Sceplo,
Catharine, and Andrew Jackson. A nophewof Thomas Collver

was Rev. Jabe/ Collver, who was the -' ml pastor of the only

Congregational Churoh over organised In 9ussez County. En
179a. at the solicitation of Governor Simooo, he went to Canada,
and settled In Norfolk Count] upon a traot of one thousand

acres of land given him by the Governor, 'there I rganised

a ohuroh, and itinue I preaohlog (br twenty-five year-, He

die. I in 1818, at an adval I age, David .1. Collver romovod

from Bol ley's Mountain in Isil and settled in Lafayette.

During the late war he had three sons and fourteen grandsons

in the Union army. OnooaJaokson De trot, he afterwards

booamoand remained a Ropubllonn ; was patt lotio. pat I

In the oentennlal ' Newton in 1876, bearing the

cap of Liborty and singing the American ode, "The Liberty
Trco," — a song over s hundred years «>|.l. t>n his ninetieth

birthday I iposed the Bong,"Tho Republioan Victory,"

i afterwards published In tin- /.'. / it

of Haokettatown, published in tho Haekoltatown UantUi about

1875, arc interesting and authentic. He was formerly a mem-
ber of tho Baptist Church, and over sixty years ago organized
the first Sunday-school in Northern New Jersey, on Sehooley's
Mountain, in 1SI8.

George W., son of David J. Collver, was horn on the 1 le-

stead, on Sol ley's Mountain, Feb. I, 1810. He was bound

out at tho ago of soventcen to learn the millwright trade, and
alter reaching his majority worked as a journeyman for one

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