So This Is Quakertown

by Marty Campanelli

Located a mile apart in the heart of Hunterdon County, the villages of Pittstown and Quakertown were both affected by the Revolutionary War.

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Dan Campanelli's 2006 watercolor painting, Quakertown Meeting - Inner Light, Outer Beauty, depicts the meetinghouse in it renewed splendor today.

My husband, Dan, is a well-known painter of old mills, historic houses, and rural scenes in our area. One of the perks of my marriage is that I get to roam the countryside with him while he searches out locations to paint. One day in 2005, while driving through Quakertown, Hunterdon County, we spotted a 'for sale' sign and noticed a beautiful old stone house. The earliest section was built circa 1765, another in the 1790s, and the earliest part was enlarged in the 1920s. We fell in love with it on the spot, and thus began months of renovation and restoration to bring the house back to its 18th century bones.

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Willis W. Vail took this photo in 1925 after he enlarged the circa 1765 one-room stone cottage where his great-great grandfather, John Allen, had once lived. Allen, a Quaker, was taken to jail in Trenton by the Patriots in 1778 for refusing to sign an oath of allegiance to the State of New Jersey. The picture appears along with hundreds of other historical photographs in Arcadia Publishing's Franklin Township, Hunterdon County.
Below: Dan Campanelli painted The Shade Garden © in 2007 to commemorate the venerable old structure he and his wife have lovingly resotored. The watercolor painting has been published by the New York Graphic Society.

Then we began the long journey of researching the history of our new home. The previous owner had told us an intriguing tale. He said that John Allen, the Quaker cordwainer (or tanner) and owner of our property during the Revolutionary War, was taken to jail by the British for giving boots to the American soldiers passing through the area, and that British officers stayed in Allen's home, as well as in the Quaker Meeting House in town. The second part of the story was that, later on when the Patriots occupied the area, they took John Allen to jail for not signing an oath of allegiance to the state of New Jersey. We thought, "Gosh, this guy couldn't win. First he was nice to the American troops and they later came back and jailed him!

History buffs as we are, we immediately set out to confirm this tale. All the books written in the mid-to-late 1800s repeated various versions of these stories, some more embellished than others. One 1861 book stated that, "In the war of the Revolution, a party of soldiers took possession of this house (the Quaker Meeting) and defaced it. Snell's Hunterdon County, New Jersey, published in 1881, claimed that, "During the Revolution it (the Quaker Meeting House) was used and abused for a time by a detachment of British soldiers." On another page we read, "The British, it is said, were at one time encamped in the locust grove northwest of Quakertown. The officers were quartered in the house of John Allen."

To find out the truth we stepped back in time to the original settlement of the area by members of the religious Society of Friends who arrived soon after 1700. They had come north from Burlington and chose the vicinity around Quakertown because of its rolling hills, fine creeks and rich soils. Quakertown sits on a high plateau filled with plentiful natural springs that create streams which empty into the Capoolong and Lockatong Creeks in the valleys. Early maps of the area indicate Hoffs (today Pittstown), but show no name for the village containing the Friends Meeting House. The first mention we found was on a "sketch of the northern parts of New Jersey, made by a British officer in 1781. He noted the two villages as "Pitt" and "Quaker".

At first the Friends held meetings in their homes, until a log structure was built around 1733 in Quakertown. First it was known as Bethlehem Meeting for the name of the township that had been founded in 1730, but when Kingwood township hived off from Bethlehem in 1749, it became known as Kingwood Monthly Meeting. A stone building was erected in the mid-1700s and, in 1862, its stones were reused for the present larger structure set back further off the road. In 1750, some members who had moved up to Sussex County built a meeting house there, and for a time Monthly meetings were alternated between Kingwood (Quakertown) and Hardwick until 1797.

Picture the village of Quakertown dotted with log cabins and the beginnings of commerce in the early 1700s. The men were primarily farmers, but plied their trades of tanning, carpentry, blacksmithing and more. It was a thriving business center, with a general store, hat shop, and a tavern. Yes, a tavern! Quakers were supposed to refrain from dressing flashy, drinking, lottery playing, profanity, and marrying non-Friends. But minutes of the Kingwood Meeting are filled with names of Friends who broke the rules. One particular item in 1777 notes that, "The committee on reformation report there is one Friend keeps a tavern which is under care." This meant that a group of members met with the tavern owner and let him know they were keeping an eye on him.

The old burying ground behind the Meeting House is filled with early stones that are either blank or contain only initials, as was the Quaker style back in the 1700s. Later stones of those interred in the 1800s have full names inscribed and are descendants of the early Friends who first settled this picturesque plateau: Clifton, Robeson, Hampton, Rockhill, Emley, Willson, Large, King, Johnston, Stevenson, Allen, Laing, Wolverton and Vail. In 1764 the Friends opened another cemetery a short distance away to serve as a burial ground for non-Quakers. Some of the same family names can be found in this graveyard as well.

Dan Campanelli's painting depicts Pittstown from years past. This scene is familiar to those who frequent County Route 513 where it meets CR 579.

While Quakertown was growing, so was Pittstown, located a mile or so downhill in a valley bisected by the Capoolong Creek and its' tributaries, perfect waterways to be used as mill streams. Edward Rockhill, a prominent early Quaker, built his homestead in Pittstown around 1731, a gristmill in the 1740s and began practicing medicine there in 1743. Then Charles Hoff, a non-Quaker, bought much of the land that is now Pittstown and built a mill, an iron forge, and ran a general store. In 1764, Moore Furman, of Trenton, purchased the property known then as Hoff's Mills, and is said to have renamed it Pittstown. Furman established a nail factory, distillery, flour mills, general store, a hotel and dwelling houses. The hotel, or tavern, may have been built upon an original structure belonging to Charles Hoff, and was enlarged by Furman in 1800. It still stands today but has withstood a huge fire in 1913, and undergone many changes and additions.

By 1740, tiny, one-room stone or clapboard cottages with sleeping lofts began to replace the area's log cabins, and in 1764 Charles Hoff sold property he owned on the outskirts of Quakertown to his sister Phebe and her husband, Benjamin Coddington. The Coddingtons erected one of those early stone cottages, but did not stay long, as the property then transferred to a Quaker, Peter Potter, in 1772. Potter, who had established a tanning business along the stream that runs through the farmland, made the serious mistake of marrying 'out of unity' and he was dismissed from the Meeting. In 1776 Potter and his wife Mary moved away, selling the house and business to a young man from Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, our John Allen.

It is unclear whether Allen was a Quaker before moving here, but he quickly joined the Friends Meeting. We suspect it was because he was smitten with Mary Large, a local Quaker girl who lived a short distance away from his new homestead and tannery.

Meanwhile, the Revolutionary War was in full swing. Moore Furman became deputy quartermaster general of provisions for George Washington's army, and Pittstown became a base of activities for the troops. The village's citizens and military personnel were actively working to gather men, food, horses and other provisions for the Continental army. Due to their pacifist beliefs, the members of the Religious Society of Friends who inhabited the nearby village of Quakertown did not participate in the War, but some did allow provisions to be stored and hidden on their properties. In 1778 Moore Furman built a mill in Pittstown specifically for military use, and grain was ground to feed soldiers camped at Jockey Hollow and other New Jersey encampments.

In our search to find out if the British had occupied Quakertown during the War, friends of ours found a Revolutionary War pension claim made by Jacob Gearhart in 1832. Gearhart stated that, "In the Spring of the year 1777 (he) volunteered as a private in the Company commanded by Captain Jacob Gearhart (his father) at Kingwood Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey-and was immediately appointed orderly Sergeant of the Company-the Company was first marched to Pittstown to guard the Continental stores there. Had a guard house between Pittstown and Quakertown. Continued in the service keeping guard in the spring of the year 1777 till August Seventeen hundred and seventy nine. We guarded Quakertown as well as Pittstown...was employed in guarding Continental stores at different times in Pittstown, Quakertown, Jugtown and other places and in arresting Tories and taking them before the Governor."

Young Jacob Gearhart was about fourteen when he joined the company commanded by his father. The elder Gearhart had been one of the men who helped gather boats for Washington's crossing of the Delaware on Christmas day, 1776.

This information seemed to confirm that no British troops occupied Quakertown or Pittstown. How could they with all those Continental troops around at the time? We recently came across an entry in a diary by a man named James Parker that puts a little twist into our argument. Parker was later discovered to be a Loyalist, and he resided on property a mile north of Pittstown. In December of 1778, some British troops stopped overnight at his home, apparently en route from New York to Virginia. According to the diary, Moore Furman was the one who informed Parker of the British activities, and we think that the Americans probably laid low and acted innocent as the troops passed through. The Continentals would have been outnumbered had they tried to attack the British.

The story we were told about Quaker John Allen was that the British took him to jail in Trenton for giving boots to the American troops that had passed through before them. Another tall tale! The Americans held Trenton since the start of 1777, so how could the British imprison someone there? We searched the Quaker meeting notes for any evidence that British troops occupied their meeting house in Quakertown, but found none. What we did find was that two Friends were jailed for refusing to sign the oath of allegiance. One was Joseph Moore of Ringoes and the other, John Allen of Quakertown. The meeting notes reveal in detail that, "Our Friend, John Allen about the age of 22, for refusing to take this test to the State of N. Jersey so called and abjuring the Crown of G. Britain, was confined in Jail for some time & fined by the court £25, for which was taken 1 Cow, 1 Feather Bed, 20 pr. of Shoes, worth £19 10s. For Militia Fines, 1 Cow, 3 sides of Leather, 2 pr. of shoes, 1 pr. Boots &_Some Leather worth £8 5s. "

We figure he was jailed sometime between February and May of 1778. Warrants were issued by Captain Jacob Gearhart, Moore Furman and others to arrest those who refused to sign the oath, so it is highly likely that Gearhart and his son came to John Allen's Quakertown home in order to arrest him.

So there you have it! The British troops didn't occupy John Allen's (our) house, and they did not take him to jail. He was imprisoned and fined by the Patriots for upholding his religious convictions and "not complying with the unjust requisition of Men to become instruments in shedding Human Blood. He didn't give boots to the American troops. instead, they took the product of his trade, boots and shoes, as military fines. John Allen did marry his sweetheart, Mary, in July of 1778, after he came back from jail. He prospered and even added a two-story stone addition to his one-room cottage. Several generations continued to live on the farmstead until 1934, and continued to be members of the Friends Meeting.

The Quaker Monthly Meeting closed in 1900. The only surviving trustee of the Meeting, Willis W. Vail, a great-great-grandson of John Allen, opened the meeting house for worship once a year starting in the 1920s. By the 1960s it was active again, and remains so today. In the 1840s a Methodist Church was built in the village, and later rebuilt as a beautiful Queen Anne-style structure in 1879. It survived a major lightning strike in 1895, but unfortunately one of its' parishioners did not. Two general stores and other commerce gave way to a handful of antiques shops in the 1970s and 80s, but today, there is hardly any commerce.


Quakertown still retains its small-town charm. A walk around the village will delight your senses with a variety of architectural styles ranging from Colonial to Victorian to Craftsman, along with the villagers' well-tended gardens. The Franklin Township School, opened in 1937 in the center of Quakertown to replace five one-room schoolhouses around the township, is presently undergoing expansion. The village is surrounded by beautiful expanses of farmland. In the early days, they were devoted to crops and animals for food. Today crops such as corn, soy beans, and hay still abound, along with vegetables, strawberries, Christmas trees and flowers. Sheep, alpaca, and horses also dot the landscape. A multitude of farm stands overflow with seasonal produce, and of the township's 14,746 acres, over 3,226 have been permanently preserved for farmland or recreation.

Pittstown is also still a small village at heart, although much to the residents dismay, a multi-faceted stop light now dominates the crossroads in the center of town. Moore Furman's mill still exists today, and houses two businesses, one a tack shop and animal feed store, the other sells swimming pool supplies. Furman's tavern, called the Century Inn in the early 1900s has gone through many metamorphosis. Presently it is known as the Pittstown Inn, and serves fine lunches and dinners in a beautifully restored stone structure. There were a few general stores up until the mid-1900s, but now Perricone's Market, established in 1988, is the place for local farmers, residents, and passers-by to catch up on the latest news or gossip of the day, while enjoying home-cooked breakfast, pizza, sandwiches and more.

Historical Images of Franklin Township

Photos from the book Franklin Township, Hunterdon County published by Arcadia Publishing
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The center stone section of the Pittstown Mill was built in 1778 by New Jersey deputy quartermaster general of provisions, Moore Furman. The mill produced flour to feed Gen. George Washington's army encampments throughout the state.
perricone's
Dalrymple's Store, near the Pittstown Mill, housed gasoline pumps and the village post office in the late 1940s. Today Pericone's Market occupies the building
sunday school
This 1888 First Day (or Sunday) school at the Freinds meeting house (behind the group) was open to all community members, regardless of their religious affiliation.
market
At the intersection of Allens Corner, Croton, and Franklin School roads, people proudly posed for the camera with their newly acquired items around 1890 when the traveling grocery wagon came to town.

A walk through these two villages steeped in history, and listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places will reveal only a portion of the township's 183 frame houses built before 1900 and only a handful of the area's 99 Colonial-era stone structures. You can find more if you drive along the townships scenic roads, along with miles of beautiful farm fields, ponds and streams. Slow down and enjoy the scenery, and please be mindful of the farm vehicles you may encounter. They represent our historical past and our agricultural future. You can easily see the beauty that brought us to the area, and it is our hope that residents today will help fight to keep the township rural, and thus continue to become part of its history.


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Ken Lazier
26 Aug 2016, 05:32
Hi Brenda. Yeah I remember that house. It caught fire once and then they tore it down. I think the family that lived there their last name was Falk. I think the oldest boy's name was Chris. We lived in that two-family to the right of that house (parking lot).
Brenda Crawley Hornbaker
25 Aug 2016, 15:10
I grew up in Pittstown- across the street from Dalrymples. In the picture of Dalrymples, you can see the corner of a two story stone house that once stood where there is now a parking lot. The small building next to the store was our bank.
Ken Lazier
17 Aug 2016, 12:41
Debbie K Franks I knew the Dalrymple family. Don Dalrymple and his sister Dottie had the store in the 1960s and 70s. My Mother used to grocery shop in that store. Dottie would give me candy up front while my Mother shopped.
Tammy Brown Mabey
07 Aug 2016, 17:51
Hello,
I am a descendant of Samuel Willson and Hester Overton. I understand they built a large home about a mile southwest of Quakertown. Does anyone know what became of the home or if it is still standing? If so, where exactly is it located?

I will be visiting the East Coast next year and would like to find it, if possible.

Any information would be much appreciated.

Thank you,
Tammy
Robb Haberman
18 Sep 2015, 07:55
I am studying the diary of John Jay.

In the summer of 1791, Jay travelled from Stockton, NJ to Sussex, NJ.

On 6 Aug. 1791, he travelled 13 miles from Howell's Ferry to Anderson's tavern in Quakertown

He then travelled 19 miles to lodge at Miller's [inn] located 7 miles below Hackettstown.

The next morning, he had breakfast with Mr. Rutherford of Hackettstown.

Would you be able to provide the full names of Anderson, Miller, and Rutherford?

Any assistance would be most appreciated.

Thanks,
Robb
Debbie K Franks
22 Apr 2015, 16:27
My great-great grandfather was Abram Dalrymple-born in Stewartsville NJ. Does anyone have any info on the Dalrymple that owned Dalrymple's Store/gas station in the 1940s?
William Van Natta
07 Feb 2015, 12:23
This comment is directed towards Sue Gano. Im tracing some Ganos in my family. Wondering if we might be in the tree. email is bsv131@yahoo.com
Thanks
Mary (Mathews) Kiser
13 Jan 2015, 14:57
My grandfather Samuel B Mathews was born and raised on a farm just outside of Pittstown. His mother was Mary Martha Case. Every year when I was little we would travel from Ohio to New Jersey for our Mathews family reunion. My g-g-g grandparents are buried in the "burying ground" out back of the Quaker Town church.
Linda Smith
19 Dec 2014, 21:01
I am researching my 2 GGrandmother Rebecca Earl Hook who died 4 Mar 1864 in Pittstown, NJ at the age of 51. I can find no record on Ancestry of her marriage to my 2 GGrandfather Daniel Hook, a local farmer, except thru a birth record for one child. Do you have any info on Daniel and Rebecca Hook and possibly Rebecca Earl's parents? She was born 4 Nov 1811/12 in Jobes Town, NJ. Again, no confirmation other than another Ancestry member. I would be so grateful for any lead.
Sharon Moore Colquhoun
06 Aug 2014, 14:13
My ancestors include Hannah Atkinson Emley b1755, David VanSickle b1771, Mary Opdycke b1771, Moores, Kitchins, Hanns, Holcombe, Johnson, Naylor, Sutton and Hope. If you're related to any of them, feel free to contact me! I have already tracked down some of them but would love to know more. We love Kingwood and the surrounding areas.
Friend of the Friends
12 Jun 2014, 07:46
To anyone that is looking for the book that the Campanellis wrote on the Quakertown Monthly Meeting (and actually a history of Quakertown as well), there are still a small quantity left and you can send $10 plus $5 shipping to the Quakertown Meeting (address shown above)and they will ship you an autographed copy.
LaVonne Murray
31 May 2014, 12:56
Thank you for sharing this wonderful history. I also would like to know if the book, Quakertown Monthly Meeting, is still available.
Geoffrey Rockhill
29 May 2014, 13:06
What a lovely account of the history of the area, thank you for putting it on the web!

Is the book about the history of the Quakertown Monthly Meeting still available?
Michelle Profico
20 Mar 2014, 06:00
I am trying to locate information on Thomas J. Stevenson and Sarah Hantraft that lived in Florence Township when first married in 1883. I am fairly certain that Thomas was of Quaker upbringing. I am not sure if Sarah was a German or Dutch Quaker. I think that Thomas's father and mother were Thomas Stevenson and Ann Fields. If anyone can be of assistance that would be great. Thanks. M
Lauren Brown
05 Mar 2014, 06:26
Hi - Do you have maps and/or images of what Pittstown Road (south of Pittstown, north of Sky Manor Road) looked like back from the 1700's onward. I live in a very old, little farmhouse on Pittstown Road (440) and think there used to be other buildings on the property and possibly a road going through. If you have anything, I would be very interested in seeing it. Thanks, Lauren
Barbara Davis McGavock
08 Feb 2014, 12:24
Rebecca and Edward Harned are my 7th great grandparents through William Rittenhouse and Rebecca, daughter of Rebecca and Edward. Want information concerning Rebecca Harned Rittenhouse drowning in the well at Cross Keys/Rittenhouse Tavern at Rosemont around 1780.
To Thomas Lee Harned, It is my understanding that Edward Harned died in Woodbridge, NJ.
mary haas
12 Nov 2013, 20:48
Researching the Godley ancestors in my husband's family tree, especially Mahlon \r\nGodley (1788-1875) and his family. Most interested in records pertaining to the "Sylvania Society" and the migration of \r\nhis family members to Steuben County, NY. Thanks for any help.
Dixie Stephenson
08 Sep 2013, 13:31
I am responding to NANCY EARL regarding Joseph And Hannah Parke. This family moved to Shelby County, OH. They can be found there in census records. I have been watching them because they lived near my ggg-grandfather, George Scott in Shelby County, OH. Joseph Parke appears to be an appointed executor of George's will. I have been trying to establish a connection between the two families. Also responding to the message about SCOTT DESCENDANTS: I have no proof, but always felt perhaps my ggg-grandfather, George Scott was from Hunterdon or nearby. He was born in 1766. Would like to hear from about the George Scott you are looking for.
David O. Furman
31 Aug 2013, 19:53
I am recently searching my family history to compile a more complete history of my own ancestors and I am just amazed at how my search continues to go places I had no idea it would go, now Moore Furman has come up within my search unbelieable!!!!!!! Thanks, David Furman
Diane D'Alessandro
11 Jul 2013, 21:37
Happy to stumble upon this site...I'm researching HOFF ancestors in Hunterdon. What is the source that names Phebe as a sister of Charles of Pittstown & is there further information available on his lineage?
Amy Matsuo
01 Jun 2013, 17:24
Any response to the question posed on March 8 to this site with respect to George and Elizabeth Scott (buried in the Friends Cemetery)? Any information or suggestions appreciated.
Art Smart
30 Apr 2013, 08:40
Dan and Marty Campanelli have recently authored another book, this one is about needlework samplers made by Hunterdon County girls in the early 1800s. it features genealogies about the families and over 220 color images. The Hunterdon County Historical Society is publishing the book and it retails for $25, with all proceeds benefiting the Society. Go to the HCHS website to order the book. There will be a one-day book signing and small exhibit of about twenty-five samplers on June 1st at the Historical society in Flemington from noon to 4pm. All are welcome, free of charge. Call 908-782-1091 for details.
Lora Jones
21 Apr 2013, 08:16
For Mr. & Ms. Christopher Gibbs: Welcome to Franklin. I understand Dan & Marty Campanelli saw your comment and have responded. You are in good hands.
Christopher Gibbs
18 Apr 2013, 09:24
My wife and I just purchased the property at 186 Quakertown Rd and we are looking for the history of the house. Any help out there?
Scott descendents
08 Mar 2013, 18:21
Trying to find out more about George Scott (1743-1821) and Elizabeth Scott (-1833) buried in the Friends Cemetery Pittstown (per findagrave site). Would Friend meeting notes or other materials document the children of George and Elizabeth (unable to locate full listing in online Friend notes, wills, etc., and hoping to confirm whether they had a son George Scott). Also, are their graves in the Quaker or non-Quaker section of the cemetery? \r\n\r\nThank you so much for any help.
Lora Jones
22 Sep 2012, 19:31
Joseph King IS buried at the Friends graveyard, next to several of his relatives, including his father. His grave is the third row in from Whitebridge Road, which runs by the cemetery, and nine stones from the back stone wall in front of the private dwelling behind the Meeting House. The stone inscription reads: Joseph King departed this life October 17, 1886 age 69 years, 8 months, & 13 days. A listing of interments at the Quaker cemetery is on the internet at http://www.findagrave.com/ . Go there and look for the Friends Cemetery in Pittstown, NJ. [This information provided by Quakertown residents familiar wih the burial grounds.]
mike pittman
21 Sep 2012, 13:45
Hi,\r\nI am looking for the gravestone of Joseph King, 1817-1886, who is buried in the Friends Cemetery behind the meeting house. I looked for, but didn't find his gravestone. Many stones are unreadable - is there any kind of listing available that gives the location of his stone, even if his name is no longer visible? \r\nThank you in advance,\r\nMike Pittman
Lora Jones
09 Aug 2012, 17:27
One of the Friends is emailing you directly about meeting you at the Meeting House on Aug, 18. Let me know if that direct email doesn't get through to you. The graveyard is unfenced right behimd the building.
Jim Stevenson-Mathews
08 Aug 2012, 16:58
I don't know that we need to see the Meeting House itself, if that is not convenient to be opened, but will we find the Stevenson stones if we just wander through the cemetery by ourselves? I assume that we can go through the graveyard unaccompanied?
Jim Stevenson-Mathews
06 Aug 2012, 02:17
Thank you. Yes, Joseph and Susannah (Kester) are great-great-great-great grandparents, and John and Hannah (Wilson) are great-great-great grandparents.
Lora W. Jones
05 Aug 2012, 15:07
A listing of the persons buried at the Quaker Meeting House in Quakertown does not show a Thomas Stevenson, but many of the headstone are missing. Stones are found for Joseph(1770-1841)and his wife Susannah (1771-1870), and John (1801-1854)and his wife Hannah (1802-1889). In a book "Facts & Fantasies of Franklin" by J. Edward Stout [$20 at the Franklin Township Municipal Building], Thomas is mentioned as the son of Samuel who came from Pennsylvania and as the grandfather of Samuel C. Stevenson. I trust you are aware of the book "Thomas Stevenson of London and His Descendants" by John R. Stevenson, A.M.; M.D. Stout wrote, "Thomas owned a farm on the west side of the Trenton Road, extending for more than a mile -- from Allen's Corner to the road westward from the Frog Tavern." You may also want to check out "The Kingwood Records" [of the Friends' Meeting] by James W. Moore, which can be read online at http://archive.org/details/recordskingwood00moorgoog. \r\n\r\nYou also may want to query the Hunterdon County Historcal Society at hunterdonhistory@embarqmail.com about Stevenson genealogy. \r\n\r\nAs for arranging to visit the Meeting House on August 18, I have passed your email address along to the Friends and someone will be in touch with you about that. \r\n\r\n
Jim Stevenson-Mathews
05 Aug 2012, 11:36
I am coming to New Jersey on August 18, 2012 for a family wedding, and my sister will be among those travelling with me. I would like to stop at the Friends Meeting House in Quakertown and see whether there are any Stevenson stones/graves that we might visit. Thomas Stevenson (as far as I can tell) was one of the earliest of my ancestors to have lived in the area in the early 1700's. Is the Quakertown Meeting House open for visitors (on a Saturday?) and would we be able to find Stevenson burial stones?
Lora W. Jones
05 Apr 2012, 08:24
Terry A. McNealy,Librarian for the Hunterdon County Historical Society, says there is a write-up on this family in the book Trails of our Fathers: Descendants of the American Schooley Family and Related Families, by Thomas Henry Silliman Schooley (revised edition, 1988). He can provide photocopies of the pages about the Myers family at the cost of $10.00. (The family moved to Loudoun County, VA)\r\nContact him at 114 Main Street, \r\nFlemington, NJ 08822, call \r\n908-782-1091, or email hunterdonhistory@embarqmail.com\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n
Rosemary Hitt
03 Apr 2012, 12:18
Trying to find info on Jonathan and Mary Schooly Myers, around 1725, Any other info on the Myers family would be appreciated. Thank You
shirley trimmer legg
11 Mar 2012, 12:25
i am a trimmer i have alot of info on family if u need help let me know can take pictures of tombstones if need/thanks
Lora W. Jones
22 Feb 2012, 12:32
Information for Nancy Earl from the Hunterdon County Historical Society Executive Administrator Terry McNealy: The Society has a very thorough list of clergymen in Hunterdon County, and the name Joseph Parke does not appear on it. No Park or Parke at all. The standard county history by James P. Snell (1881) has no reference to Joseph Parke. Contact the Parke Society, editor Dr. Paul Jordan-Smith at parkenews@csedl.org.
Nancy Earl
21 Feb 2012, 16:56
I am looking for any information on Joseph Parke and Hannah Hartpence Parke. My research is taking me to Hunterdon, New Jeresey. Joseph was a Methodist preacher, justice of peace and farmer. Born May 27, 1787.\r\n\r\nThank you
Lora Jones
23 Nov 2011, 06:31
In response to Terry Godley: \r\nThere are five Godley gravestones in the Friends' cemetery behind the Friends Meeting House in the heart of Quakertown. Email me at contactus@ruralawarenessorg for more information.
Terry Godley
06 Nov 2011, 18:55
I will be traveling to NJ in Sept. 2012 I am intested in finding the Friendship cementary in Quakertown. I am planning to locate some of the Godley's and then will be traveling back to Missouri. I will be taking pictures as I go to add to my family tree.\r\nThanks for any help.\r\n\r\nTerry\r\nBakersfield, Ca
JAN GODOWN ANNINO
02 Aug 2011, 13:29
Lovely post with wonderful research.\r\nThe images are fabulous.\r\nCongratulations on the book.\r\n\r\nI attended Franklin Township School in the 1950s & enjoy many fond memories of my classes there plus time outside on the playground.\r\nI well remember our school bus stopping in Quakterown on the last day of school at the general store. The wonderful drive bought us a big box of ice cream treats.\r\nMy mother, who was a writer for the weekly down in Flemington, took me to the Quaker Meeting one of those times that the historic Quaker Meeting house was open.\r\nWe lived on the road to Clinton, before Cherryville, between Quakertown and Cherryville. My parents called out little red house Blueberry Hill. We were opposite the Kinspel Dairy & correct me if my memory fails, on any spellings.\r\n\r\nLovely work & kudos, again.\r\nI well remember
Chris Holloway Florence
30 Dec 2010, 15:28
I also came from Charles Woolverton of Hunterdon County. Charles, Joel, Andrew, James Matthew, William Lewis, Elijah, George,my Mom,then me. We lived on Woolverton Mt. in Arkansas for 5 generations.
Thomas Lee Harned
20 Nov 2010, 08:45
Rebecca Harned 1704-1775 is buried Pittstown, Hunterdon, NJ in Friends Cemetery. I am trying to discover if her husband Edward Harned 1700-1774 who died Hunterdon county NJ is buried in Friends Cemetery. Any help would be appreciated.
Edward Wolverton
06 Nov 2010, 16:28
My Family is a direct from Quaker Charles Woolverton, Isaac, Isaac, Isaac- who lived in Hunterdon County. To Joseph Snapp Wolvertom= pioneer to Missourri, to Albert May, ........................... to Richmond, California....Edward Wolverton Oct 8, 1952/////\r\n\r\nI have a son , Edward jr...he has a daughter... brook Micheal Wolverton- Redding, California
kathleen cruger
01 Nov 2010, 07:59
I am related the the Hoff family and trying to use Charles Hoff as my patriot for the DAR. I have some bible records.\r\nLavina Hoff was married to Lewis Stewart\r\nof Kingwood Twp. I do not know how Charles is related to her. Do you have any records of the Hoff family? I believe they came from Long Island. Charles ran the Hibernia mines in Rockaway where he is buried. I went to the Pittstown Inn and discovered a brick out front with the initials J.O.E., a mystery. The license inside reads Joseph Horfe. I would appreciate any help you can offer. Thank you.
Nicholas Mundy Saborn, Sr.
29 Aug 2010, 12:20
Re: my earlier "comment", my e-mail address is ngsanborn@aol.com
Nicholas Mundy Sanborn, Sr.
29 Aug 2010, 12:13
Samuel Willson b. 1/19/1705/06 m. 5/8/1732 Deborah Willett b. 1/14/1711/12, dau. of Joseph Willett. Son Samuel Willson was b. 1/5/1737/38 Bethlehem Monthly Meeting, m. Deborah Collins, dau. of Jonathan & Ann Collins of Bucks Co., PA.\r\n\r\nSamuel born 1/19/1705/06, by some accounts, had 10 children, son Samuel above, Esther b. 3/13/1755 (by that time they were at Hardwicke MM, up in the "Drowned L:ands") and a Deborah who is supposed to have moved to Ont. CAN.\r\n\r\nWho were the other 7 children? I don't find them in the Hardwicke records.\r\n\r\nI "suspect" a Sarah b. 1735, d. 7/14/1791 m. Thomas Mundy, Jr. b. 1731, d. 9/26/1794, both buried Piscataway Cemetery, Edison, NJ and a John b. 7/27/1739, d. 7/8/1829, York Co., Upper Canada, bur. Holy Trinity Cemetery, Richmond Hill, ONT. CAN. He was a "Loyalist", first went to New Brunswick, CAN in the "May Feet" of 1783, later over to Upper Canada. His wife Rebecca "Thixton", b. 1743 Middlesex Co., NJ, d. 6/6/1804, also buried there, I suspect she was a Thickston or Thickstone, others with that spelling buried at Piscataway Cemetery.\r\n\r\nI believe John Willson the Loyalist was connected to the Yonge (?) Steet MM in Canada.\r\n\r\nSarah b. 1735, who m. Thomas Mundy, Jr., 1/3/1770, that record at Christ Church, New Brunswick, NJ (but the records of St. James Church, where the Piscataway Cemetery is located, were merged with Christ Church when St. James closed) would have "married out".\r\n\r\nPinning down the other 7 children of Samuel Willson could either "prove" or "disprove" my theory as to who the Sarah Wilson/Willson who m. ancestor Thomas Mundy, Jr. might be.\r\n\r\nNicholas Mundy Sanborn, Sr.\r\n1937-????
Lora W. Jones
09 May 2010, 08:13
I am Historian of Franklin Township and would like to be able to communicate with Sue Gano Nissen because there are people here who would be happy to help her locate her relatives' burial place. \r\n\r\nIs this possible?
Sue Gano Nissen
14 Apr 2010, 13:04
Planning to visit in the area the end of May, 2010. I have ancestors both Quaker and non-Quaker buried in various cemeteries -- one non Quaker prior to about 1794 in "Pittstown and am not sure where to look or if a grave may still be findable.
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