Oldwick, Mountainville, Cokesbury

The Tewksbury Register

by Frank Dale
The village of Oldwick

Hunterdon County contains over 40 historic districts on the National Register. Some of those, in Tewksbury Township, are located in some of the most beautiful and serene countryside in New Jersey. With a little historic perspective, your trip through these antique villages will become an excursion of discovery. An afternoon driving or biking along this route is time well-spent; one that you'll likely tell your friends about.

From Interstate 78, County Route 523 strikes north to meet Route 517 just as it greets the village of Oldwick. The earliest European settlers here were English. As early as 1734 these citizens named their village "Smithfield" after its most prominent resident, Ralph Smith, who built the first mill in Tewksbury Township on Cold Brook. Most of these early occupants were farmers, with a few tradesmen to serve them who were located in the village. From these early days there was a general store in Smithfield.

Around 1745, German immigrants began to settle in this area and soon made up the majority of the village's population. By 1754, Smithfield had become "New Germantown" and would retain that name until 1918, when Germany became America's enemy in the First World War. In 1765, at age twenty-two, Dr. Oliver Barnet came to New Germantown, began his medical career, and bought Smith's Mill, using it to give poor patients a way to pay off their medical bills. Another of his investment properties was a tavern located on Hill Street, built in 1800, now in service as the Tewksbury Inn. The doctor built what is today the Oldwick Community Center as a schoolhouse for community use, then named Barnet Hall Academy.

The first commercial structure in New Germantown was a general store located on Church Street, followed by the introduction of a hotel, and by a tavern built by John Farley on land that he purchased from the Zion Lutheran Church. This church was a magnificent stone structure built by these German-American Lutherans in 1767; it remains prominent in the village.

By the 1870s, business in the town had begun to decline and became less diversified. The only operation to show any growth in this period was the carriage manufactory. Some of the decline was blamed on the lack of new rail transportation in the area, which would open up a wider market for the area's large peach crop. The Rockaway Valley Railroad went into operation between New Germantown and Whitehouse and brought back a little prosperity for farmers, until 1913, when blight devastated the local orchards. The railroad never prospered and went out of business.

Oldwick General Store

Later, prosperous families from the big cities began to buy the farms and beautiful land in the area. The fine older homes were not torn down but, instead, were restored to their past beauty. And new homes were located on large acreage on forested hillside. Oldwick, with its new name, was starting a new life. This situation prevails today, and the village center is busy. Route 517 is Main Street, but most of the old homes and stores still stand proudly, dating back a century and a half.

Follow Route 517 out of Oldwick and turn left on Hill and Dale Road. Turn right when it "Ts" at Rockaway Road and follow that into the village of Mountainville, northwest of Oldwick. The principal significance of this location was the fact that this village, originally called "Bulls Head", was nestled in a narrow valley at the confluence of four mountain streams. As early as 1803, Joseph Sergant acquired 15 acres of river-front property and established there a saw mill. But for many years this was the only non-agricultural business in the area.

Water Street approaches Mountainville

The "boom" period for Mountainville began prior to the mid-1800s. During this period, Daniel Potter, a competent member of the family that had created the village of Pottersville at the eastern edge of Tewksbury Township, moved his Bull's Head Tavern from his farm and attached it to a home in the village. And, in 1832, the Mountainville Academy was constructed and served the community for many years as its local educational institution. Around 1850 the first general store was established in town by Wesley Lindaberry, and in 1859 a post office was established here with Hiram Lindaberry as postmaster. Jonathan Hoffman established a distillery in town at about the same time and somewhat later built several houses here as a sideline business. In 1869, Joseph Farley built and operated a second general store and shortly thereafter, Jacob Apgar built and operated the area's first carriage factory. By 1860 the old school was replaced by a new and larger one, and in 1870 John Apgar opened a wheelwright shop. Three years later that old saw mill was replaced by another grist mill. At about the same time, outdoorsmen visited Hell Mountain, which overlooked Mountainville, and had many successful hunting expeditions for the vicious wildcats living there. This was a hunter's paradise into the 1870s.

As railroads and turnpikes elsewhere took commercial activity away, the village became a small summer resort area. Several urban visitors lived with local families or stayed at the Mountainville Hotel or at Lindaberry's boarding house during the summer months. The hotel stayed in business until the 1930s, and Farley's general store lasted until 1964. It has since been occupied by a series of restaurants and eateries.

Downtown Moutainville, Farley's Store on right.
Photo by Wilma Frey

Here too, rather than insist on modern structures, families have purchased some of the old ones and possibly provided them with a little discrete updating. If a new house is built, it's on a large piece of property and hidden on a wooded lot, A drive today through little Mountainville takes one immediately back a couple of hundred years; the homes, school, and commercial buildings belong to another time. This village, too, has earned a position on the National Register of Historic Places.

The village of Cokesbury is located on the western border of Tewksbury Township; part of the village overlaps into Clinton Township. Take Water Street out of Mountainville and you'll be there in ten minutes. The first settler in this area that we know of was Mindurt Farley, a German immigrant who became owner of 200 acres here in 1779, long before the village of Cokesbury came into existence. Mindurt Farley, after he acquired this property, served Tewksbury Township as Township Committeeman and then Freeholder. He died in 1790 and his farm was passed on to his son, Joshua. Joshua's brother John also owned farm property in the same area. Other early settlers were Jacob Apgar who married Mindurt Farley's daughter; and Jacob's brother, Conrad. When Conrad Apgar came to this area before the village existed, he lived in, and operated, a tavern until April of 1812, when it was destroyed by fire. He and his wife, Charity, then sold the property to their friend, John Farley, who built a new building there as a hotel.

At about the same time the Methodist Church applied for and obtained the right to construct here the first Methodist church in Hunterdon County. On March of 1814 the construction of the Cokesbury Methodist Church, named in honor of two outstanding Methodist Bishops in the United States, Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury, got underway. In August of 1815 the Cokesbury Church was ready for services and shortly thereafter the settlement was also named Cokesbury. The post office department complicated things by misspelling the name of "Cokesbury" as "Cokesburg" but this was corrected with typical governmental promptness.

One of the early records of this village notes that it was typical of the German-American families that the women work in the fields along side the men, and accomplish as much. It was also noted that among German-American farmers, male and female, the most important and handsome structure was not the home, but the barn.

The Cokesbury Methodist Church, noted for its Greek architecture

By the middle of the 19th century, the population of the village almost doubled and the Methodist Church could not handle the crowd. A fine new church was built in 1851 and is still in use today. In 1855 a portion of the old tavern building was purchased by John Johnson and used as a wheelwright shop, and, with some help from the local blacksmith, began building carriages and sleighs. And for many years there existed in this area an iron mine and furnace, first operated by the British before the Revolutionary War. After the war the mine became inactive until 1870, when it was reopened by yet another member of the Farley family. This was the only successful iron mine in the township. From 1851 to 1873, twelve new homes were erected in town, and the Methodist Church in 1875 had to open a new cemetery, this one on Water Street. This burial location is still open for business, but is almost filled with Farleys, Hoffmans, Suttons, Apgars, and Lindaberrys.

But by the 1880s, it was obvious this display of expansion was over. A publication that came out in 1881 stated that the community now consisted of "a hotel, store, blacksmith shop, wheelwright shop, two churches and fourteen dwellings." Thus, several business had ceased to exist, and as the new century approached, matters got worse. The old hotel closed at last, the wheelwright shop shut down, and in 1915 the post office moved away. Shrinkage was in progress and it continued through the Great Depression and World War II.

At the present time Cokesbury stands proudly at the intersection of Water Street, Cokesbury Road and High Bridge Road. The fine Methodist Church still stands near the center of the village with its cemetery nearby on Water Street. A group of 150-year-old, immaculate, frame homes cluster around the little intersection. The roads are paved now; otherwise the village dates back a hundred years or more.

Visit these villages, their churches and cemeteries, walk the beautiful streets, and admire those well-preserved homes of yesteryear. Many of the owners will welcome you for a visit.

For more information please contact the Tewksbury Historical Society. This is an inspired group which has lots of information about all of these beautiful villages.

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  • Lamington Lifestyles
  • A Bedminster destination for 31 years (formerly Lamington General Store) located in a restored 1890's general store, Lamington Lifestyles offers two floors brimming with home decor, unique gifts, women's apparel, baby gifts, jewelry and artwork... some designed by over 80 American artisans. Specializing in custom farm tables. Tues-Sat, 10AM-5PM; Sunday, Noon-5PM

    285 Lamington Rd., Bedminster 07921, (908) 439-2034

  • Ship Inn Restaurant and Brewery
  • New Jersey''s first brewpub where, in addition to14 British ales and hard cider on tap, you can enjoy selections brewed on-site. The menu is derived exclusively from cuisine from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Lively weekend entertainment, on and off premise catering.

    61 Bridge St., Milford 08848, 908/995-7007


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Lynn Newbill
12 Oct 2016, 20:38
My family moved to Tewksbury in the mid-1960s. We lived on Ridge Road, on what was then known as "Hell Mountain" (but is now "Laurel Mountain"). My father designed and built our home, and I still remember the view of the surrounding countryside from my bedroom window. Tewksbury was an ideal place to be a child. I grew up playing in the woods, climbing on glacier-formed boulders, wading in the stream at the base of the mountain, biking along country roads, and horseback riding with friends.
Bob Flowers
12 Jun 2016, 05:00
See the Facebook page on Mountainville NJ

Dennis ryan
20 Dec 2015, 08:11
I lived there from 1965 to1978 on Longview road in a log cabin.It was a great place to grow up!I have many great memories!
april staller
10 Nov 2015, 13:28
I am a direct desendant of not only the founding Apgar family but also all the Hoffmans. my grandmother was born in Pottersville and lived fpor awhile in Cokesbury, she was Leila alpaugh Thurston hodge, her mom was ella apgar who married George Thurston, ant thing anyone can tell me would be wonderful planning on exploring the town this coming spring cant wait
09 Nov 2015, 16:06
The clock maker named Michael Hackear (not spelled Hecker) was a German descendant expert clock maker in New Germantown and made several clocks in the 1770`s and 1780`s.
Tom Jacobsen
23 Aug 2015, 12:53
We used to vacation up in High Bridge. Driving there from Edison NJ we passed an old general store at Cokesbury or Tewksbury. I seem to remember that it had a woman's name like Sadie's or similar. Any help on the name of this small general store/restaurant?
Lona Soice
02 Feb 2015, 22:10
Looking for info on Joseph Stillman, a clockmaker from New Germantown, c. 1800.
02 Aug 2014, 18:02
I'm curious about the former church next to the cemetery on Water Street in
Cokesbury, NJ. When was it decommissioned as a church? If anyone has information
on buying churches and remodeling them, I'd love to write to them. Are there photos of the inside of that particular church (I think the address is 5 Water Street.)

Thanks so much.
Dawn Thomas
05 Jul 2014, 02:17
My great grandmother was named Farley. They were from south jersey. I was little than but I recall an Ida May Farley, Betty Jean and Nanny Farley. I think there was a brother named Riddle also. I believe they lived in Salem, NJ. Any connections to the Farleys here?
Randy Smith
27 Apr 2014, 21:53
I am looking for information regarding Ralph Smith and wife Huldah Buchanan (for which Oldwick/New Germantown was originally named "Smithfield"). I have seen the deed for the land leased/sold to the Zion Lutheran Church by Ralph Smith listing his wife and children. Looking for any other information. Thanks, Randy
Jeff Coulter
24 Jan 2014, 12:41
Forgot to include my email address: jeffreycoulter@msn.com.

Jeff Coulter
24 Jan 2014, 12:39
I am looking for old interior and exterior pictures of the Old Church on Water Street. We live there and are working on restoration and would especially like to see what the interior looked like. Maybe some old wedding pictures, etc.

Barbara Burgess
09 Feb 2013, 19:25
Mh grandmother was Minna Apgar, dtr of Frank Apgar b.July 1882 died in Lebanon, NJ? Grandmother: Jennie Cook b.Dec.1882 -children: Frank Apgar (worked for Merv Griffin),Grace, Margeret, Ida, Minna(my grandmother) & Anna. Minna Apgar married Jay Allen Griggs. Minna was born in Phillipsburg, NJ. Their children: Reginald Allen, Betty Jane, Norma Jean, Doris, Ida May or Mae (my mother), and Jay Austin.\r\n\r\nAny help? Thanks, Barbara
buck buchanan
08 Dec 2012, 18:33
I saw the inquiry about Michael Hacker clocks. My wife and I have a Michael Hacker grandfather clock. My wife's grandparents bought it about 80 years ago for $100. The medallion reads "Michael Hacker, New Germantown, 1788" It is a wonderful clock. The interesting thing is that this summer, we were in Estonia and saw an identical clock, although it was by an English clockmaker, dated 1778. \r\n\r\nWe now live in Florida and miss the beautiful town of Oldwick.
Carol Farley Yapel
23 Jan 2012, 15:26
I am a descendant of Myndert Farley and his son Joshua and his son Issac Newton. Does anyone know where this Farley homestead was located? Any info such as an address or directions would be helpful. Picture(s) would blow me away.\r\nThanks in advance!
marilyn reed miller
15 Jan 2012, 16:10
i have just accessed this site & saw the message posted 11/13/2010 by geraldine kohn. if she sees this my ? re the swicks. do u know if u r descended from james read b 10/11/1805 who married 2/23/1823 elizabeth catherine (katy) swick b 8/21/1807 ? i haven't heard of a family named reat. where were they located? i hope u see this & wd b interested in ur reply. many yrs ago i researched with a midge covert who gave me some info on swicks.
Wayne Apgar
26 Dec 2011, 16:33
Reading all the interesting family research going on. I wanted to invite all the APGAR Descendents or maybe descendents to our annual Family reunion the third (3) Saturday in Sept every year, This coming year Sept 15,2012 at the Stanton Grange. Research with our Historians may assist with your family search; You can also visit www.apgarfamily.org Wishing everyone a great 2012
Peg Browne-Corcoran
10 Dec 2011, 08:14
Hi! I am looking for a small town to live in. The prior emails make the town sound just what I am looking for. Do any of the small towns have senior centers or low income housing and business streets to get a job to subsidize my benefits? I am looking to move near a Catholic Church also. Thank you!
Nancy Lindquist
20 Sep 2011, 07:45
Hi all,\r\nStill looking for pictures and, or info, on the Cokesbury School which I live in and love.\r\n I want to get some kind of sign that says Cokesbury School. Does anyone know if there was a sign here when the school was being used?\r\nThanks for all the good info about the area. It is a great place to live.\r\nNancy
12 Sep 2011, 18:47
To the Farley/Brown searchers, \r\n\r\nI am a descendant of the Farley's and the Browns and I have some good information on both families,but I get stuck on the Browns. \r\n\r\nWould love to exchange information. \r\n\r\nTricia
Susan Hatwell
12 Sep 2011, 17:48
Hi D. James Cox,\r\n\r\nSent you an response directly, but thought to respond here. I used to live next door to the flat rock you speak of, and it had magnificent views. I had alway heard of the rock referred to as "House Rock". I am not certain if it was always called that.\r\n\r\nGood times on the mountain. :-)\r\nRegards,\r\n\r\nSusan
D. James Cox
26 Jun 2011, 16:57
Just sent in a request a moment ago and did not intend to hide my email address.Jim Cox
D. James Cox
26 Jun 2011, 16:56
My parents were born in Mountainville in the 1880's. We used to visit the "old homestead" almost every weekend during the 1930's and 40's. Hell Mountain had a flat rock surface that we used to hike up to....does anyone know the name of the huge rock? Thank you very much, 80 years young and living in Fla. for the past 25 years. Jim Cox, #13 of the Cox Family of Lebanon.
20 Apr 2011, 14:14
Hey susan and simone its carly semcer how r u
simone Patrick
29 Mar 2011, 15:08
i need help on the mountainville hotel and i need your help really please for me\r\nsend me a email at\r\nsimone
Simone Patrick
29 Mar 2011, 15:00
hey pips\r\nsimone
Susan Scott
20 Mar 2011, 06:53
I have lived on the foot of Hell Mountain for 7 Years. I also live across the Rockaway Creek. Oh, how I love Hell Mountain. When I was on the bus, I saw the sun rising over the mountain. It was beautiful.\r\n\r\n When you look at Hell Mountain, what do yo see, hear, taste, smell, and or feel.
Susan Scott
20 Mar 2011, 06:47
Hell Mountain is very beautiful. I live on the foot of Hell Mountain, and right above the beautiful Rockaway Creek!
Tricia Bacigalupo
10 Mar 2011, 07:22
Ken, \r\n\r\nI sent you an email. Thanks so much for responding. \r\n\r\nTricia
Carly Semcer
10 Mar 2011, 06:33
oh wow , my town oldwick! I love it , there is so many places to see as in the magc shop, the tewksbury inn,the church and much more but there is one thing that is a satifaction to me and that is the general store i think of it as a cottage a peaceful place to eat and the delightful food.Yuummmm!\r\n\r\n Another great place to do in the general store is to go there in the summer and you can get some fresh tasty cold ice cream you can also see all your friends in the general store just chillaxing by the old wood stairs.You can talk for hours in the general store it is one of my favorite places to go.\r\n\r\nThe most peaceful place of all of the general store is the view you will never get lost in oldwick you will never need a map just go on the front steps and look around just accross from the general store is the church the old bells ringing again and again this will never get annoying.it is just nice to hear the bells ringing some times.I mean when do you ever get a chance to have a place like this to call home?\r\n\r\nJust left from the general store is the magic shop the magic shop is a place to expire kids that they can do anything.The name of the magic shop might be a little curious to you.But when you look inside and see that it is just not magic stoff it is toys!The toys make the magic shop have a great sense of kid style.\r\n\r\nAfter a long day of shopping it is a good idea to go to thetewksbury inn it is a great restaurant for adults and kids.There is also great food.A kid menu is included to any family with kids.kids cups too.So their will be no spilling .The tewksbury inn is a great place to eat lunch and dinner.\r\n\r\nNow there is alot of history that goes with alot of these features . That will come soo so if any of you know any history about any of this just respond or email me .P.S i am a kid.
10 Mar 2011, 06:09
i live in tewksbury it is a wonderful place to live the most historic place is oldwick i would write and write about oldwick for ages it is a beautiful town and i would recommend it to anyone.Carly
Ken Lazier
08 Mar 2011, 10:24
Tricia I just came across a church record that talks about the relatives you mentioned. It was typed in 1929 and is the first 119 year history of the church. If you email me I can send it to you. I have it as a pdf. lazierkrl@earthlink.net
Tricia Bacigalupo
08 Mar 2011, 09:15
I am researching my family history. I descend from the Apgar's/Brown's and Farleys. \r\n\r\nMyndert Farley is the son of Caleb Farley III and Margreitja Wiltsie. \r\n\r\nMyndert married Barbara Van Dieren from Somerville NJ and they settled in Cokesbury area. Mydert and Barbara had a son Joshua Farley who is buried in the United Methodist Church in Cokesbury.\r\n\r\nJoshua Farley was married twice, first to Hannah Sutton, with whom he is buried and the to Margaret Jane Seals. \r\n\r\nJoshua's daughter Lydia Ellen Farley was married to James Austin Brown. \r\n\r\nI get stuck there, as I only have James Austin Brown's mother as Mary Apgar. \r\n\r\n\r\nAny information anyone has on the Brown/Apgars would be great.
Ken Lazier
30 Dec 2010, 08:45
I attend the Cokesbury United Methodist Church and have recently been elected the Church Historian. If anyone has any old documents with regard to the church I would love to see them. On my Mother's side I am an Apgar. My Great Grandparents Sadie Woolverton and Casper Apgar were married in that church in 1900. The church has lost many of it's historical documents because people have borrowed them, then passed away, and now we don't know where the documents are.
Greta Else
23 Dec 2010, 08:39
I am doing research on my father's family. His Grandfather, Alfred Benjamin Johnson (B: 20 Feb. 1841 Wales-D:16 July 1924 New Brunswick, NJ) married Elizabeth Ann Philhower (B: 28 July 1840 Washington twp?-D: 20 June 1908 New Brunswick) Married in 1861. I'm looking for information & pictures on Elizabeth & her children with Alfred. Thank you for anything you can pass on to me.\r\n\r\nGreta
Steve Petrucelli
13 Nov 2010, 11:52
Does anyone have information to share about the 2 clockmakers from New Germantown ? Michael Hacker, Joseph Stillman ? Thanks in advance Steve Petrucelli, Cranbury NJ
Geraldine Kohn
13 Nov 2010, 07:28
Hello, I just found this page. I am the genealogist for the Reat/Swick family.\r\nI remember going to my Aunt Mary and Uncle Bob's each holiday in the 50's and 60's. I just leaned the reason we stopped going is that my aunt after a divorce sold her store. My aunt was Mary Swick and she was married to Robert Swick a photographer in OldWick, NJ. My aunt had a store we knew as Mary's Sweet Shop. I am interested in who she may have sold it to, the Swick side of the family. I have a lot of great memories about that area. My aunt sold the store around 1962 or 1963. Thanks.
MaryJane Sutton-Pieper
28 Oct 2010, 14:29
Margaret, the Philhower family used to have a big Philhower reunion at the Methodist church every year. My grandfather Percy McCatharn attended faithfully and somewhere I have a magazine about the church, families,Cokesbury, etc. I will try to find it. Christina on here is my cousin Joyce's daughter and Kevin, I remember growing up with our families, sunday school, skating & swimming on the pond. You, LouAnne & I were all in junior choir together. I remember you working for PopPop.
Margaret Specht
28 Oct 2010, 14:02
My husband Dennis Specht was related to Walter Specht, (grandfather) and Benjamin Specht (great-grandfather). Benjamin married Mary Apgar. Through the years family members have told us we are related to not only the Apgars, but also the Hoffmans. I also remember family friends the Philhowers. I am just begining to put together a family tree and would greatly appreciate any information regarding the Spechts, Apgars, Hoffmans, etc. I have an old picture of the Cokesbury Hotel, but I have no idea where that may be. \r\n\r\nThank you. \r\n\r\nMargaret Specht
Richard Davis Barber
26 Oct 2010, 06:28
My 3rd great grandfather - Silvanus Daniel Davies (1762-1830)(Surname change to Davis upon arrival in US from Wales abt 1792), a tailor by trade, resided in the area from (abt 1792-1830). Silvanus and 2nd wife Mary Hiler (1775-1837)of German decent, were members of and married in the Zion Lutheran Church of Oldwick in 1803. Sinah Unk-Davies (1765-1802) was Silvanus' first wife and arrived in area with him. Believe all died and buried in area, but unable to locate burial sites.\r\n\r\nAny help further would be greatly appreciated.\r\n\r\nAll the best,
Maryjane Pieper
28 Jun 2010, 14:53
Found this page looking up some Cokesbury/McCatharn history. Saw some familair names on here too. Percy McCatharn was my Grandfather, he was of Irish decent, not german. I lived on the farm for many years as a child and then as a newly married lady in my Uncle Bob McZCatharn=Doris's father's) house my grandparents rented to us. My grandparents are buried in the Mountainview cemetary on the high bridge road headed west out of Cokesbury. I remember swimming in the pond by the McDowells, Peg Farley was my school busdriver, and the church sponsered a COuntry Fair ever summer and my Grandfather whom we always called Pop Pop drove the tractor and haywagon all around Cokesbury during it. The ladies for the church held a dinner and my Grandmaother Carol McCatharn was alaways found up in the sanctuary selling the tickets for the dinner. I was married at the Cokesbury United Methodist church Spetember 22, 1973. I also have pictures of our youth choir when I was very little. Cokesbury has only the best memories for me.
Linda Brown
06 Jun 2010, 22:03
Lived in Oldwick on Miller Rd when I started school at Tewksbury Township Elementaty School, K, 1,2nd grades. While living in Singapore years ago, I met another alumni who started school the year behind me, 1962. Tis really a small world. I have the fondest memores of Living in Oldwick. My first kiss, Walter Farley. I giggled too much on the bus and had to go before the student body board and explain my actions, I was 5! Wandering through the graveyard alone, what a beautiful town to live in. But the world is large and I had to go.
Nancy Lindquist
18 May 2010, 09:23
David Uhry,\r\nSorry I missed your message. I would love to see the pictures you have of the interior of the Cokesbury Schoolhouse. If you are in the area, or I could copy the pictures, please contact me. I believe I spoke on the phone with your mother last year.\r\nThank-you, Nancy
David Kemp
08 Apr 2010, 15:10
Diana: from my study of deeds from the New Germantown area I can tell you that a Jonathan and Sarah Barckman(spelling is from the deed) sold a 0.5 acre lot in 1819 to Henry Miller. The lot is the one just east of Zion Lutheran Church, or the first on Church Street just behind Zion.
Diana L Barkman
08 Apr 2010, 13:23
Hi!\r\nI am following the Barkman, geneology trail. Tewksbury seems prominent in our geneology. If anyone reads this who has information on a John Phillip Barkman married to Anna Myra Stomer or a Jonathan Barkman, please respond.\r\n\r\nThank You!\r\nDiana Barkman
Lisa Edmund
31 Mar 2010, 14:58
My daughter is also doing the Historic project and would love to have information on the oldest cematary in town. Would that be the one across from the General Store???
arlene Ball
16 Mar 2010, 20:37
To HA Farley I am a descendant of George Farley. \r\nA descendant..Minard Farley came to MI, and is buried in south LYON Cemetary. Do you have further info on the Farley that came from Massachsetts Bay in 1639?
Eric Teets
22 Dec 2009, 06:57
Hi,\r\nI was born and raised in Cokesbury, went to kindergarder and 1st grade in Mountainville. My mother, father and 2 brothers along with my sister lived in the stone house fight next to Stan and Peg Farley. The old stage coach inn as it was called burned in 1952 and I remember sitting on the porch of the Farley's with my grand mother as the fire dept was putting out the fire.\r\nThe pond as I can remember was a very busy place in the summer.\r\nA lot of good memories. \r\nThanks, Eric Teets
Kevin McDowell
18 Dec 2009, 03:58
Christina\r\n How's your family doing?Yea,I know your family.I remember you when you were a little girl.Doris is the name of Percy's grand kid.I helped Stan get around.The way things are today I wish I could go back in time.
Water Street
11 Nov 2009, 06:15
When and why was the pond on the corner of Cokesbury Road and Water Street filled in? Everyones memories of swimming and skating on the pond sound great. I would love to have the pond back.
07 Nov 2009, 16:11
Kevin,\r\nI do remember Peg & Stan Farley. We lived in the house across the street from the pond. Peg & Stan lived in the other 1/2 of our house. My maiden name is Dudek, I believe you know my father Rich. I agree what a great little town with lots of fond memories.\r\n\r\nDavid,\r\nI have sent you an email in response to yours. Sorry for the delay. I don't think it was Darcy, there was a Dottie. Yes I believe the two street signs are still different spellings.\r\n\r\nSamantha,\r\nWhat information are you looking for. I was "back home" in July of this year and went through the original cemetary and the cemetary next to what was the original church to gather some name information to get a family tree together. Are there any specific names that you were looking for? I too remember the pond as well. The summernights with the frogs croaking, nice to fall asleep to. We lived in the house across the street from it.
Kevin McDowell
04 Nov 2009, 11:34
It was a great little town.I lived across the street from the church and worked when I was young for Percy.Those were the days swimming in the summer and skating in the winter at the pond.Anybody remember Stan and Peg Farley?
David Uhry
12 Sep 2009, 12:05
Samantha, \r\n\r\nYes, I remember when there used to be a pond there. My sister and I used to ice skate on it when we were kids.
David Uhry
12 Sep 2009, 12:03
Nancy, \r\n\r\nMy grandfather bought the old school house back in 1950 I believe. He lived in the house that is now owned by the Andersons. Sadly, he past away in 1985. I some pictures of the interior of the old schoolhouse and others of Cokesbury as well. \r\n\r\nChristina, \r\n\r\nMy grandfather was great friends with Percy. I knew him and his wife Carol. One of their daughters, Whose name slips me right now (Darcy?), I knew when I was visiting. I lived there from 1979-1985. We used to get our eggs from Percy. Little fact: McCathern Rd was going to be named Rascovar Rd after my grandfather, but he declined the offer and therefore it became McCatharn Rd. Do they still have the different spellings on each street sign? I would love to buy my grandfathers house back. It truly is "home" to me. \r\n\r\n\r\nDave\r\n
02 Sep 2009, 19:05
I am looking for information on the cemetaries in the Cokesbury Road area. Does anyone remember when there was a rather large body of water at the turn off between Water Street and Cokesbury Road? Let me know. Thank you.
David Kemp
27 Aug 2009, 14:53
In 2006 and 2007 I created a late 18th century, early 19th century map of the Tewksbury area by researching the earliest deeds of record in Flemington, NJ. You can download a jpeg file of this map from my website www.newgermantown.embarqspace.com and you will see some of the names mentioned here such as Minard(or Mindurt) Farley, or Hermanas Huffman(the u comes from the deeds, not my misspelling). Also, the Tewksbury Historical Society has an old picture(late 1800's?) of Mountainville taken from Hell Mountain which was donated by Stephanie Stevens. It shows all of the large farms to the north of the village - contact the society thru their wesite tewksburyhistory.net if you would like to see it sometime.
11 Aug 2009, 07:12
There is a William August Wolfe buried in the Monument Cemetery in Burlington County NJ
Williaam Wolfe
29 Jun 2009, 18:24
William Wolfe to William Wolf of 20Aug, 2008.\r\nI too am descendent of Johann and John Wolf(e) and the folks of Wolfe farm at Budd Lake You mention his two brothers; who,and where did they go. Also, George had two brothers, William and Jacob(?) Any trace on them? I am:bwolfehhi@hargray.com and retired to Hilton Head.
16 Jun 2009, 12:11
Hi,\r\nI grew up in Cokesbury right at the corner of Cokesbury Road & Water Street just down from the Methodist Church. I moved away when I was in 3rd grade (1979/1980 I believe), but remember all the fun I used to have. My great-grandfather, Percy McCatharn, had a farm up at the intersection of Haytown Road & McCatharn Road. I loved fishing in his pond. I am starting to do some research on the history of the town and would like to know if anyone has any photos that they can send me. I plan on going "back home" the beginning of July to take some pictures of the Church, the farm, & my old home, and other sites in the area as I am putting together a scrap book. Thanks for any help you can give.
Susan Osmun
11 Jun 2009, 08:21
When my son was in 4th grade at OTS (now in college) an historian came in & explained the origin of the name "Hell Mountain". The original German/Dutch settlers named it "Heil" (which means high in German) Mountain as it was the highest part of the area. When the map was being made, the ink dotting the 'i' dripped and it looked like it was Hell instead of Heil. It was left that way, hence the name. Nothing spooky about it. :)
Nancy Lindquist
01 Jun 2009, 12:44
I am looking for pictures of the Cokesbury Schoolhouse. My husband & I bought it about 6 yrs. ago and would like to find some old pics of it to include inside and perhaps have a sign made for it. Any help would be appreciated. Old students welcome to contact us.
Susan Cummings
27 May 2009, 06:05
Would luv to have a picture of that lil stone bridge at the base! I remember the cabin beside that bridge, a sweet retired lady just up from that on the left, then way up was the Teploff's, with us on the right, then Hay's, Cecil's, and Hargrove's. There were several summer places, like the Shoemaucher's from NYC, but that was all of us in 1961. What a loooong wild zoom biking all the way down from that old fire tower at the very top; and we rode our horses on trails crisscrossing everywhere.
Robert Hendershot
07 May 2009, 08:37
William Wolfe,\r\n\r\n Lots of information on Augustus Wolfe. Do a search on the web for the Hendershot Researchers web site and History of Oldwick Zion Lutheran Church and you should find quite a bit. There was also a law suit that involved Augustus that went all the way to the NJ Supreme Court that is documented.\r\n\r\nRobert
Robert Hendershot
06 May 2009, 07:16
Just a correction: The Zion Lutheran Church in New Germantown/Oldwick was built starting in 1749 on land owned by Ralph Smith and was about 3/4 complete before the congregation had acquired the land it sat on. The construction was completed in 1750 on the original building not 1767. It has since been remodeled and added onto several times in it's history.
Nancy Stazzone
16 Apr 2009, 17:14
Hi,\r\n\r\nWe are also working on a historical essay and we are looking for information on the Mountainville General Store. Any information you can provide I'm sure would be helpful.\r\n\r\nThank you,\r\nNancy Stazzone
helen reep
15 Apr 2009, 16:13
Hi,\r\nMy son is doing a report on Hell Mtn. and the History is somewhat limited in the research my son has done so far.\r\nAny suggestions??
06 Apr 2009, 16:31
I am 1o years old and i still live in Mountain ville it is a beautiful place to live whoever reads this should move here!!!!!
Georgia Woodruff
02 Feb 2009, 10:35
Bruce,\r\nEd O'Donnell (Oldwick architect) mentioned to me when we had him out to our Hell Mountain home last year that the name derives from Ancient Greek Hellas (the Greek word for "Greece"), from prefix - (el- "sun, bright, shiny", (elios, "sun")). He said it meant "light." I don't know where he heard this.
William M. Wolfe
29 Jan 2009, 20:23
Hi Cheryl.\r\nPlease give my email address to William Wolfe but don't publish it please. \r\nif he is looking for info on Jahann August Wolf, I have a bundle for him. I want to know what he knows about the two brothewrs, and what happened to them. Johann married a farm girl named Maria Margaretha Vogt,(Voogt?) They had three sons, Jacob, George and William.I am also descended from George, but his brothers seem lost.anyone know? To complacate matters, there is a parallel Wolfe line. Jacob came from Germany as a child and his first born was Peter, on Schooley's Mountain. Evidentally, both Peter's Mother and sister were named Maria Margaretha (aka Mary Margerate,)Wolf.I have a friend who is tracking this family.No blood ties that we can find. but if anyone hasinfo., I can pass it along. Bill Wolfe, Hilton Head SC.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n
Bruce Waller
03 Jan 2009, 21:01
I lived on Hell Mountain as a child in the mid-sixties when there were maybe only 8-10 homes built upon it. Does anyone know the origin of the mountain's name? I have a vague recollection of a rumored Indian burial site?\r\n\r\nMy mother's best friend was local artist Gene Morgan and I still have a number of paintings including the old stone bridge that crossed the brook at the base of the mountain.\r\n\r\nI hope when I die I can relive my childhood playing on Hell Mountain, exploring the caves, riding my Schwinn Sting-Ray, listening to TOP 40 on my AM radio and the starry winter night that my Dad's Electra 225 got stuck in the snow at the base of the mountain. He bundled me up in his overcoat, loaded me in our sled, and pulled me up the mountain to our home... just my father and me. My pesky brother was not with us!
03 Jan 2009, 13:57
I am looking for data & Photo's for my ancestors Henry H & Harmon McNamus Hoffman who lived around Cokesbury in 17 & 1800's, family originally from Germany. Also, Philip & John Philhower from Germany who lived in Mountainville area in 17 & 1800's. John's dughter Susannah Philhower married Harmon McNamus Hoffman on Oct 9, 1819. Does any one know where I might be able to find some pictures from back then?? Also trying to find record of Philip Philhower's marriage to Anna Maria (Mary) Margaretha Mueller was told was in 1753 St Michaels Zion Church in Tewksbury, NJ.
H.A, Farley
01 Jan 2009, 07:18
re: Cokesbury\r\nMindert Farley was not a German immigrant but rather the great, great grandson of George Farley an Englishman who came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony from England in 1639. His mother was probably German which accounts for his German name.
Glenn Dietz
07 Nov 2008, 13:44
Jack Cox,\r\n\r\nWe're both in luck! I have old photos marked "Cokesbury, NJ" that I can't identify further. Mostly the town from a distance that I've seen so far. I'll be in touch once I get them sorted out and scanned.
Jack Cox
03 Nov 2008, 21:03
Lived in Lebanon 1929 - 1948. Grandfather lived in Mountainville during that time. Am looking for old pictures of the area.
Travis Chapin
24 Sep 2008, 20:26
I used to live on Sawmill Road where the old Sawmill School is located. I lived on a farm on that road which was called "Hell Mountain Farm" back in the early 1970's which was owned by a man named Richard E. Kates. Can someone tell me if that farm is still in existence? Some might know my father, who worked there and we lived there too with my mother named Mary Ann Chapin he is known as Buck Chapin too. My name is Travis Chapin as well. Thank you for your time.
17 Sep 2008, 12:36
To William Wolfe,\r\n\r\nThis might be nothing, but I wanted to let you know that there is a Wolf's Farm Road in Union Township, Hunterdon County, NJ (Perryville / Jugtown area).
William Wolfe
30 Aug 2008, 19:46
I am looking for data on Rev Jahan Ausgustus Wolfe who come from Lobegun, Gernamy with 2 brothers in 1734 to be pastor if Rareton-Mountsin congretion(s) untim 1744 (about). He left the church as, aka John A. Wolfe. Where did he go? with or with out wife and children. George is my ancester who was evidentally a Presbyterian, born 1737, and is buried in Pleasent Hill Cem north of Chester. We suspect he movewd to around present day Flanders, NJ. His decendents founder Wolfe Farm in Mt. Olive, active to post WWII.George had a sibling. Who? John A. Wolfe's wife was Margager Vogt Wolfe. Where is she buried?
Lisa Meyer
20 Apr 2008, 18:48
My neighbor's family owned the Tewksbury Inn when she was a young woman many year's ago. She has many stories to tell. Not sure when your son's project is due, but I could contact her (she lives in Cokesbury).\r\n\r\n
Cheryl Symanski
13 Apr 2008, 08:35
Hi,\r\n\r\n My son, Louis, is doing a report about the history of the Tewksbury Inn for his 4th grade project. I was wondering if you knew where I could get some information about the inn. The Oldwick library had limited information.\r\n\r\nThanks, Cheryl
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