Samuel Meeker and the Westtown Meeting House

Brave Men Follow Me, The Life of Patriot Samuel Meeker (Part 5 of 10)

V. The Later Life of Samuel Meeker Samuel Meeker’s later life is perhaps best described as tragic. All of his efforts for the Patriot cause in the Revolution left him injured and in debt. Long after the injury healed, his debt remained. It would trail him the rest of his life. His debt, according to […]

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Brave Men Follow Me, The Life of Patriot Samuel Meeker (Part 4 of 10)

IV. Samuel Meeker in The Revolutionary War In the early 1770s both Samuel Meeker and his brother Nathaniel Meeker were living relatively quiet lives as a yeoman farmers. While Nathaniel’s life would remain fairly quiet1, Samuel’s involvement the Revolutionary War brought to him many changes and challenges. Samuel would soon be embroiled in that Patriot

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Brave Men Follow Me, The Life of Patriot Samuel Meeker (Part 3 of 10)

III. The border farms of Samuel Meeker and Nathaniel Meeker. Samuel Meeker went on to purchase a number of lands in Sussex County, NJ but the one which is most important to his story is a 173 acre parcel near the New York border he purchased in 1767 for £350 from Joseph Barton (1723-1788) who

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Brave Men Follow Me, The Life of Patriot Samuel Meeker (Part 2 of 10)

II. Samuel Meeker’s First New Jersey Farm and Early Wealth The first land Samuel Meeker is known to have purchased in Sussex County was a 157-acre lot south of present-day Branchville, New Jersey deeded to him on April 11, 1763. In the deed he is referred to as “Samuel Meeker of Newtown in Sussex County”

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Brave Men Follow Me, The Life of Patriot Samuel Meeker (Part 1 of 10)

[Each week or so I intend to post a new section of my research on a figure local to me, the Revolutionary War Major Samuel Meeker of the Sussex County, NJ militia. Researching his life has been a fascination of mine for a couple years now. The parts I will post here will, I hope,

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1770s Presbyterianism in Wantage, New Jersey

I’ve been continuing research on what I call “Meeker’s Meeting House,” an overlooked late 18th Presbyterian church in Wantage, New Jersey near the New York border. Recently in this research I found church records (minutes of the Presbytery of New York, and the Presbyterian Church General Assembly) noting preachers being sent to “Wantage” for supply

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Finding Meeker’s Meeting House, the story of an overlooked Revolutionary War era church near the New York – New Jersey border.

Finding Meeker’s Meeting House, the story of an overlooked Revolutionary War era church near the New York – New Jersey border. By Rev. Douglas J. Douma, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church at Unionville, NY In the year 1780—or sometime previous—a meeting house was built on the land of Samuel Meeker in northwestern New Jersey near

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