St. James Collection Book (Circa 1833)

The Historical Committee of
Saint James Lutheran Church Presents

THE PLEDGE LIST

That Financed Our Current Sanctuary Built In

1834

   
"We the Subscribers promise to pay the Somes set opposite to our  Respective names toward paying the debt of the Greenwich Lutheran Church.  It has been Voted by the Congregation that the house is to be free.  The money Subscribedis to be paid out on or Before the 1st day of December Next Ensuing. Dated: February 1, 1835"     

We at St James are fortunate to have recently received this artifact from the past, revealing the people and the spirit that made the building of our current sanctuary possible. This small (4” X 5”) book might have been discarded after serving its purpose in the mid 1830’s, except for some saver who could not let it go. Now almost 200 years later it is recognized as a valuable gem that provides the names of the hundreds of people who financed the uniquely large and substantial building we worship in today.

Our current sanctuary’s cornerstone is dated 1834. The book contains dates from May 1, 1833 to May 20, 1838.  The total amount pledged was $6,325. We believe all debts were paid by 1838. There are 437 pledges listed with approximately 76 people giving multiple times for a total of 361 different individuals. Considering the local population was about 50 people per square mile, this was a truly remarkable number of people committing to this project. Many of these names are found in our extensive church records.  We have cross checked with our cemetery records and found almost 100 people from the book who are buried in our cemetery. Five more have been found to be buried at the nearby Greenwich Presbyterian Church Cemetery

The financing of this church building was not confined to church members only. Many local political leaders and businessmen of the time saw the benefits a strong church provided to a community and gave generously. Minimal research on the first alphabetical name, H. H. Abernethy, reveals an inspiring story of an orphan boy who became the local doctor.

We are pleased to present pictures showing the complete, never before seen book with an alphabetical list that will cross reference to the original pages. It is our hope that as you look through this book, you may find some name you recognize, maybe as an old local family, maybe an ancestor.  Linger on each one you like and draw on the strength and foresight each one passes on through the church they built for us.

Please share with us any knowledge or relationship you may have with anyone on this list. Our hope is that we may learn more about and thereby acknowledge each one of these people who gave of themselves for the future we now enjoy. Please accept the challenge, exercise your mind, select a name, do some research and send us your results that we may add information about them to this continuously growing memorial.     

 

To see the Original Book, view the Pages Below.     

Pages: [Cover] [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [12] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22] [23] [24] [Back Cover]

A transcribed version of the pledge list is listed in the table below
(Click on a Column Heading to re-sort the table)

Last NameFirst NamePledge $sPageMore Info
Abernethy H. H. $10.00 18  
Alhouse William $10.00 17  
Alshouse John $30.00 3  
Alshouse John $0.50 4  
Alshouse Samuel $2.00 17  
Andress Jacob B. $2.00 3  
Andrews Martin $25.00 15  
Arndt Abraham $50.00 14  
Arndt Jacob $5.00 17  
Arndt Jr. Abraham $20.00 14  
Bageart ? Henry $1.00 6  
Barber Jesse $10.00 4  
Barne Garshim $1.00 7  
Barnes Garshem $1.00 13  
Barnes James $2.00 6  
Barnes S. $2.00 17  
Beers William $5.00 15  
Benoles  ? Henry $1.00 18  
Bidleman Abram $50.00 19  
Bidleman H. E. $25.00 6  
Bidleman Hennery E. $30.00 14  
Bidleman Mariak $30.00 14  
Bidleman Mary $50.00 14  
Bidleman Mary $10.00 22  
Bidleman Nancy B. $25.00 6  
Bisey? Hennery $1.00 18  
Bloom Harbert $3.00 9  
Bodine John $2.00 15  
Bogert Hennery $1.00 13  
Boss Benjamin $4.00 5  
Bowers Christopher $5.00 13  
Bowers Christor $5.00 6  
Bowers Henery $2.00 15  
Bowers Jacob $2.00 13  
Boyer Mikel $5.00 4  
Brackley Cathereen $6.00 6  
Brackley George $100.00 12  
Brackley Mathias $10.00 13  
Butler Robard $2.00 15  
Calvin Luther $1.00 16  
Cammel James $1.00 13  
Cane Jacob $5.00 3  
Carling Peter $5.00 19  
Carling Wm. $2.00 19  
Carpenter _anfy ? $10.00 17  
Carpenter Isaac S. $5.00 21  
Carpenter Isaac S. $20.00 3  
Carpenter J. A. ? $10.00 17  
Carpenter J. H. ? $20.00 17  
Carpenter Jacob $10.00 17  
Carpenter Jacob $10.00 22  
Carpenter Jacob J. $40.00 9  
Carpenter Jane S.? $20.00 14  
Carpenter John $25.00 6  
Carpenter John $5.00 14  
Carpenter John J. $50.00 3  
Carpenter John J. $50.00 12  
Carpenter John J. $25.00 21  
Carpenter Joseph $1.00 13  
Carpenter Joseph B. $5.00 14  
Carpenter Mary Ezizabeth $5.00 17  
Carpenter Philip $5.00 15  
Carpenter Jr. John $5.00 15  
Carter Joseph $5.00 14  
Carter Spencer $2.00 18  
Carter William $10.00 3  
Case Jacob $1.00 5  
Cather Charles $5.00 16  
Cavfney William $1.00 16  
Cerling John $1.00 5  
Cline Jacob $5.00 4  
Cline Jacob $25.00 13  
Cline John C. $3.00 4  
Cline Lienas $15.00 13  
Cline Micheal $2.00 7  
Cline William $2.00 8  
Cline Wm $1.00 13  
Cline Jr. Lienas $1.00 13  
Cole George $2.00 9  
Cooper George $5.00 8  
Cooper Hennery $3.00 5  
Cooper Isaac $10.00 19  
Cooper John? $5.00 19  
Cowdrick Tomas $1.00 4  
Crev'g ? Ssm ? $1.00 7  
Crevling? Wm. $1.00 4  
Crivling John W. $1.00 5  
Cuire ? Charles g ? $100.00 14  
Davison John $1.50 7  
Davison Esq. James $20.00 9  
Dewitt Hyrem $2.00 4  
Dickey Charles $1.00 17  
Dietreich John $1.00 7  
Easterley Adam $1.00 16  
Easterley David $2.00 16  
Easterly John $2.00 16  
Eddinger Abraham $1.00 16  
Engel Godfrey $5.00 22  
Ensley Christopher $10.00 13  
Ensley Godfrey $10.00 3  
Ensley Godfrey $15.00 12  
Feit Paul $25.00 21  
Feite Paul $150.00 12  
Feite William $10.00 15  
Fine C. $10.00 21  
Fine Cathereen $50.00 3  
Fine Christopher $50.00 3  
Fine Christopher $50.00 12  
Fine Hennery M. $25.00 15  
Fine Henry M. $10.00 21  
Fine John $1.00 6  
Fine Philip $150.00 12  
Fine Thomas $3.00 12  
Fine William $5.00 17  
Fite Paul $90.00 2  
Fulmer John $25.00 3  
Fulmer John $75.00 12  
Fulmer G.W.B. $1.00 5  
Fulmer Jr. John $15.00 22  
Ganopover? Jacob $5.00 18  
Gardner Joseph $5.00 18  
Garret John $2.00 9  
Garrit John $5.00 15  
Green Charles $5.00 14  
Green Eanich $10.00 14  
Guire John M. $5.00 4  
Hagermen Isaac $1.00 4  
Hagerty John $1.00 4  
Hagerty John $2.00 22  
Hagerty Tra $5.00 8  
Hance John $4.00 22  
Hance John $10.00 5  
Hance Wm $0.50 18  
Harrison Joseph $1.00 19  
Hawk John $1.00 15  
Hawk Samuel $1.00 15  
Hecht John P. $25.00 8  
Hecht John P. $75.00 18  
Hiner? Jho.? $10.00 19  
Hiner ? John $10.00 22  
Hitesmen George $1.00 13  
Hixon Ames $50.00 12  
Hixon Sandford $1.00 5  
Hixson Isaiah $2.00 15  
Hixson Jn ? $5.00 16  
Hixson Joseph $2.00 15  
Hixson Timothy $1.00 15  
Hoff John $5.00 7  
Hoffman William $2.00 6  
Hontley ? David B. $5.00 6  
Horn Mel ? $5.00 19  
Housel Furman $1.00 8  
Housel G. W. $2.00 8  
Howel Jr. John $10.00 13  
Howell John $15.00 13  
Howell Joseph $3.00 7  
Howell Joseph $5.00 15  
Huff Able $5.00 7  
Hughes Iassc $3.00 17  
Hulshizer Andrew $10.00 3  
Hulshizer Andrew $25.00 17  
Hulshizer Daniel $5.00 5  
Hulshizer Godfrey $2.00 3  
Hulshizer Godfrey $10.00 8  
Hulshizer Godfrey $50.00 12  
Hulshizer Jacob S. $2.00 3  
Hulshizer John M. $2.00 4  
Hulshizer Martin $5.00 3  
Hulshizer William $5.00 4  
Hulshizer William $5.00 21  
Hulshizer Wm $10.00 12  
Hunt D. G. $5.00 18  
Hunt Garner S. $3.00 4  
Hunt George $2.00 5  
Hunt George $10.00 12  
Ihrey Edward $2.00 14  
Johnson Charles $3.00 13  
Kase John $2.00 5  
Kase Philip C. $1.00 5  
Kennedy James C. $5.00 5  
Kerr T. Kennedy $1.00 5  
Kesler George P. $10.00 13  
Kimple Wm $1.00 13  
Kinney Wichkoff M. $10.00 15  
Kinney Jr. J. $5.00 7  
Kitchen John J. $1.00 8  
Kleinhart Peter $5.00 7  
Kleinhauz? Jacob $10.00 7  
Kline Wm. $5.00 4  
Lamasen ? Benjamin $1.00 17  
Lambar Samuel $11.00 6  
Learch Anthony $50.00 2  
Learch Anthony $100.00 15  
Leffler Christopher $1.00 7  
Lefler Jacob $5.00 4  
Lefler John $5.00 8  
Lefler John $15.00 13  
Lefler John $3.00 22  
Lenchany Wm $1.00 15  
Lightcap George $2.00 18  
Lightcap Jacob $5.00 8  
Lightcap Jacob $10.00 14  
Lightcap Peter $2.00 15  
Long Jesse $1.00 22  
Mackey Jeremy $3.00 7  
Maddock John $1.00 7  
Mannen John $10.00 12  
Mannen William $2.00 16  
Mannen? John $10.00 3  
Maunen Frederick $2.00 16  
McCormick David $10.00 6  
Meginly James $2.00 7  
Melick Elizabeth $5.00 5  
Melick G. H. $5.00 22  
Melick Godfrey $5.00 3  
Melick Godfrey H. $10.00 15  
Melick Jacob $5.00 4  
Melick Jacob $100.00 15  
Melick Jacob $5.00 22  
Melick Jacob H. $25.00 3  
Melick Jacob H. $20.00 14  
Melick James $25.00 3  
Melick James $10.00 13  
Melick Jas $15.00 22  
Melick John C. $5.00 3  
Melick John C. $10.00 14  
Melick Stuart $1.00 13  
Melick Jr. Hennery $5.00 5  
Merrel Joseph $1.00 5  
Merril Benjamin $2.00 5  
Merril Ritchard $1.00 4  
Messinger Mikel $5.00 4  
Messinger Mikel $25.00 12  
Mets John $2.00 7  
Metz Folteen $2.00 8  
Metz Folteen $1.00 13  
Metz John $2.00 18  
Mikerel Philip $1.00 22  
Miller G.? $50.00 18  
Miller Hennery $100.00 6  
Miller Hennery $200.00 12  
Miller Henry $20.00 23  
Miller Jacob $1.00 4  
Miller James $2.00 13  
Miller Joseph $1.00 7  
Miller Sr. William $2.00 6  
Mires George $1.00 17  
Mires John $5.00 17  
Mires John $5.00 22  
Mires Margaret $1.00 17  
Mires Peter $5.00 16  
Misimi Mikel $5.00 22  
Mogle Hanes $5.00 4  
Morehead Jonathen $2.00 17  
Mulhollen John $3.00 4  
Murehead Wm $5.00 14  
Mutchler George $2.00 13  
Overly Charles $10.00 5  
Park Jr. Abner $5.00 7  
Parke Abner $5.00 14  
Parke Sr. Abner $5.00 7  
Person Christian $1.00 4  
Person Jacob $20.00 13  
Person John $2.00 13  
Person Wm. $1.00 4  
Person  ? Jacob $5.00 9  
Peters Isaac $3.00 17  
Philips Theophilis $5.00 8  
Pickel Mathies $5.00 4  
Plumer Samuel $1.00 14  
Pomp P + W. H.? $1.00 8  
Poweson John $4.00 16  
Pursel Lefford H. $5.00 16  
Pursel Peter $2.00 18  
Rambo William $5.00 8  
Randall Jacob $10.00 12  
Rarick John $25.00 4  
Rarrick John T. $10.00 12  
Raub Jacob $2.00 6  
Raub Jacob $2.00 13  
Rees Jeremiah $11.00 9  
Reese Jerremy $5.00 14  
Reese Philip $5.00 17  
Reese Thomas $5.00 8  
Reese Thomes $5.00 15  
Reipley? John T. $2.00 3  
Right Benjamin $1.00 5  
Rodenbough P? $3.00 8  
Roseberry Godfrey $25.00 18  
Roseberry John   hisXmark $10.00 10  
Roseberry John M. $20.00 8  
Roseberry John M. $50.00 12  
Roseberry John M. $15.00 22  
Roseberry Jos W. $5.00 8  
Roseberry Joseph $2.00 8  
Roseberry Joseph $50.00 18  
Roseberry Joseph W. $10.00 13  
Roseberry Jr. Mikel $20.00 8  
Roseberry Sr. Joseph $10.00 8  
Rosebery Godfrey $100.00 15  
Rosebery Mikel $100.00 15  
Rosebery Jr. Joseph $5.00 14  
Samsel Jacob $1.00 4  
Scherrer Abraham $1.00 6  
Schot George $1.00 19  
Scott George $3.00 3  
Searfos Hennery $2.00 3  
Searfoss Hennery $5.00 18  
Segraves Hennery $20.00 14  
Segraves Heny $5.00 6  
Segraves John $1.00 4  
Segraves William $1.00 4  
Seigle Wm R. $2.00 9  
Sellers Wintle $100.00 12  
Seurfoss John $3.00 5  
Sharps Jacob $25.00 6  
Sharps Jacob $25.00 14  
Shasocnp  ? Thomas ? $2.00 17  
Shearp Christian $50.00 3  
Shearps Christian $25.00 13  
Shearrer Abraham $8.00 12  
Shearrer Jacob $25.00 12  
Shields Jonathin $1.00 3  
Shietz Fridrick $5.00 6  
Shimer John $100.00 2  
Shimer John $100.00 12  
Shimer John $50.00 21  
Shimer John W. $10.00 22  
Shimer Peter $50.00 3  
Shimer Peter $50.00 12  
Shimer Peter $10.00 21  
Shimer Robert H. $15.00 21  
Shimer Samuel? $1.00 22  
Shimer  ? John $5.00 22  
Shimer Jr. John $25.00 3  
Shipman Isaac $150.00 2  
Shipman Isaac $150.00 12  
Shipman Isaac $50.00 21  
Shipman Jesse B. $5.00 18  
Shipman John $10.00 12  
Shipman John $10.00 3  
Shipman Philip $5.00 5  
Shipman Philip $10.00 12  
Shipman Jr. Isaac $10.00 6  
Shipman Jr. Isaac $15.00 13  
Shiveley Mikel $50.00 2  
Shiviley Mikel $50.00 12  
Shiviley Mikel $20.00 23  
Sidders Samuel $3.00 3  
Sidders Samuel $2.00 15  
Sitgreavies C. $3.00 19  
Slack Thom E. $1.00 4  
sleeu ? E H P ? $10.00 7  
Smith John R. $2.00 19  
Smith John R. $20.00 9  
Snyder Hennery $5.00 3  
Snyder Hennery $2.00 3  
Snyder Hennery $5.00 17  
Snyder Hennry $2.00 8  
Snyder William $2.00 6  
Snyder William $2.00 22  
Snyder Jr. Hennery $1.00 3  
Spanebry ? Daniel $50.00 18  
Staymetz Jacob $2.00 17  
Stewart R. D. $5.00 17  
Stiles A. C. $5.00 4  
Still Abselem $1.00 18  
Stiner John $40.00 3  
Stiner John $25.00 14  
Stocker John $2.00 18  
Stocker William $5.00 17  
Stone Jacob $1.00 5  
Stone John $10.00 4  
Stone Wm. R. $3.00 5  
Stryker John $15.00 17  
Stuart Mary $5.00 5  
Stuart Thomas $10.00 5  
Stuarte James $2.00 5  
Stuarte Jesse $5.00 5  
Stucker Lennerd $10.00 14  
Thatcher John $3.00 4  
Thomsen Esq. John $5.00 14  
Tieuce  ? Dairce Meixsele? $2.00 8  
Tinsman Peter $30.00 3  
Tinsman Peter $50.00 12  
Tinsman Peter $12.00 21  
Tinsman William $30.00 3  
Tinsmen John S. $5.00 14  
Tinsmen William $50.00 14  
Tomson Lefferd $2.00 16  
Trimmer Janathen $1.00 18  
Unongst Banet $3.00 4  
Vannatta Peter $3.00 4  
Vaugh James M. $5.00 14  
Wagoner Tomes F. $1.00 4  
Watsinger Nicholes $1.00 5  
Weiss Saml $5.00 15  
Weller David V. $1.00 4  
Weller George $1.00 16  
Weller John P. $5.00 18  
Weller Joseph B. $1.00 16  
Weller P. D. $5.00 22  
Weller Philip D. $3.00 9  
Williams Daniel C. $2.00 5  
Willson James $0.50 16  
Wilson John $2.00 7  
Wilson Levy $2.00 7  
Wilson Philip $5.00 14  
Wilson Samuel $1.00 7  
Wilson Wm. $1.00 6  
Wilson Jr. Wm. $2.00 6  
Winter George B. $5.00 6  
Winter Hennery ? 18  
Winter Henney Y. $50.00 18  
Winter John $3.00 18  
Wise Samuel $2.00 4  
Young Abraham $10.00 16  
Young Henry $1.00 7  
Young Jacob $100.00 16  
Young John $2.00 5  
Young John $1.00 7  
Young John $50.00 16  
Young Jonas P. $1.00 6  
Young Peter $2.00 7  
Young Peter $10.00 14  
Young Jr. Jacob $20.00 16  
Young Jr. Peter $1.00 7  
Zeller George $50.00 3  
Zeller George $50.00 16  
Zeller George $10.00 22  
Zeller Isaac $25.00 19  
Zeller John $50.00 2  
Zeller John $50.00 12  
Zeller Wendel $75.00 2  
Zellers Isaac $8.00 3  
Zellers John $5.00 9  
Zellers? Wintle $10.00 22  

 

Thank you Dave Morris for the Article, Photos and Transcription.

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Phillipsburg, NJ  08865

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