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Mt. Bethel Meeting House
Warren, New Jersey

Mt. Bethel Meeting House
Mountainview Rd. and Mt. Bethel Rd.
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Mt. Bethel Meeting House was built in 1761. It originally stood several miles from here on Quibbletown Gap Road (now called Old Church Road). In 1785, the building was taken apart and moved to this site in ox-drawn wagons. This building continued as an active church until the mid-1900's, when a new Mt. Bethel Baptist Church building was built about a half mile from here at 147 Mt. Bethel Avenue. [1]

The cemetery has the graves of six known Revolutionary War soldiers: [2]

David Ayres (Ayers or Ayer)
(Died January 16, 1814)

Benjamin Coddington (Corrington)
(Died August 28, 1836)
Private, Captain Ogden's Company, First Regiment

Israel Coon
(Died August 7, 1809, Age 51)
Corporal in Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee's
"Lee's Legion," Continental Army

Benjamin Moor(e) 
(March 22, 1754 - February 4, 1836)

Azariah Parker
(May 16, 1795, age 39)
Private, Somerset County

David Smalley, Esq.
(September 8th, 1816, Age 71)
Ensign, Colonel Hunt's battalion, Heard's Brigade"
Ensign, Colonel Thompson's battalion "Detached Militia"
Captain, First Battalion, Somerset County

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Kirch-Ford House, Warren NJ

Kirch-Ford House
1 Reinman Rd.
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The Kirch-Ford house was built circa 1750. It was originally owned by a man named Thomas Terrill (sometimes spelled "Terrell") who lived here with his wife Tryphena. Thomas died in 1777. Tryphena remarried, most likely by 1778, to William Ford. Ford served as a private in the Revolutionary War for one month in October 1777 in the Middlesex County Militia, Third Regiment. William Ford (1731 -1815) is buried in the Old Colonial Cemetery in Metuchen. [3]

The Kirch part of the house's name comes from a later time: a family named Kirch lived in this house from 1857 - 1978.

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Source Notes:

1. ^ Information drawn from:
  • Plaque placed outside the Mt. Bethel Meeting house by the New Jersey State Society - Colonial Dames XVII Century, in March 1979.
  • History page of the Mt. Bethel Baptist Church website.

2. ^  Cemetery plaque placed by the Basking Ridge Chapter of NSDAR on October 1, 1991 lists the names of the six soldiers (and also states that there are "others unknown.")
Additional information was drawn from:
  • The soldier's individual gravestones and markers
  • Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System
  • William S. Stryker, Official Register of the Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War (Trenton: Wm. T. Nicholson & Co., 1872)

Links for individual soldiers in the DAR System and the Official Register are shown below:

David Ayer: DAR Listing
Benjamin Coddington: DAR Listing  / Stryker, Official Register
Israel Coon: Stryker, Official Register
Benjamin Moore: DAR Listing
Azariah Parker: Stryker, Official Register
David Smalley: Stryker, Official Register

3. ^ Alan A. Siegel, The Kirch-Ford House (Warren Township, NJ: Warren Township Historic Sites Committee, 2003) p. 4-11