My original intention was to publish an article by Jonathan M. Hoppock on the history of the Baptist Church in Locktown. And that is what I will do here, but after reading his article, I discovered that some of the ministers he listed had troubled careers, and that, of course, makes them interesting. But first, here is Mr. Hoppock’s history of the Church.
J. M. Hoppock
Articles by Jonathan M. Hoppock published in the Democrat Advertiser
Jonathan M. Hoppock, known as ‘Jonty,’ was born Sep. 20, 1838 to Henry J. Hoppock and Lydia Wolverton. The family lived on a farm near Sand Brook in Delaware Township. Hoppock became a school teacher and developed a love of local history. Late in his life, the Democrat-Advertiser published articles he submitted about the places he knew best, nearly all of them in Delaware Township.
Below is a list of the articles attributed to Mr. Hoppock–first the ones that have been published on this website, followed by the rest of his articles. The numbers beginning with JMH refer to my catalog of articles available in hard copy. To request a copy of the latest version of the catalog, please use the “Contact” link at the top of the website.
Articles Published to Date:
- Washington’s Headquarters, Raritan Twp., 1777 (Sep 26, 1901) published 3/21/11
- Washington’s Headquarters, July 1777 (Oct 11, 1901) published 3/2/11
- White Hall Recruiting Station, 1775-1781 (Oct 24, 1901) published 3/20/11
- Sergeant Mansion and Mill, 1745 (Dec. 5, 1901) published 3/20/14
- Mr. and Mrs. Asa Romine (Oct 30, 1902) published 3/23/15
- Rev. Joshua Primer (Mar 24, 1904) published 2/7/15
- The Bowne Homestead (July 6, 1905) published 11/20/15
- The Old Sergeant Mill (July 20, 1905) published 3/20/14
- The Old Opdyke House (July 27, 1905) published 8/22/10
- The Old Oak—a Scrap of Local History (Aug 3, 1905)
“A Pirate in Old Amwell,” published 9/12/15
- Home of Capt. David Jones (Aug 31, 1905) published 2/27/12
The Old School Baptist Church at Locktown (Jan 4, 1906)
“Some Controversial Baptist Ministers,” published 3/20/15
- Hunterdon’s Oldest Schoolhouse (Risler) (Jan. 25, 1906) published 4/9/12
- Delaware’s Old-Time Mills (Sep 13, 1906) published 5/12/11
- Obituary of Jonathan M. Hoppock (Nov. 1, 1906) published 2/26/2011”
- Camp Ground of the Glorious Old Continental Army in 1777, (10/10/1901)
- Amwell German Baptist Church, 1733-1901 (10/17/1901)
Articles Yet To Be Published:
1902 Feb 13, First Brethren Church in NJ
1902 Jun 26, The Williamson Homestead
1905 Jun 8, The Poulson House at Grover
1905 Aug 10, The Sandy Ridge Church
1906 Apr 19, Neglected Revolutionary Heroes
1906 Aug 30, Sergeantsville Hotel
by J. M. Hoppock, March 24, 1904
published in the Democrat-Advertiser
This is an obituary, for Rev. Joshua Primmer, who died on March 18, 1904. I wrote about Rev. Primmer in May 2014, in my article “From Primmer to Pauch.” At that time, I had forgotten my intention to eventually publish all of J. M. Hoppock’s articles with annotations. So today I am making up for that oversight. If you check the very end of the page “Index of Articles,” you will see a complete list of those articles, separated into those that have been published here, and those as yet unpublished.
It is odd that Mr. Hoppock consistently wrote the name as “Primer.” I wonder if he pronounced the name that way. Apparently that is the way his grandfather wrote it, but it is not the way Rev. Primmer wrote it.
by Jonathan M. Hoppock
published in the Democrat-Advertiser, July 20, 1905
This article is a follow up to the one published in 1901 titled “Sergeant Mansion and Mill, 1745.” Some of the information in this article was taken directly from the earlier one. Perhaps Mr. Hoppock figured no one would remember what he had written before. I am publishing these articles on the website because there are errors and this is a good way to make note of them.
by Jonathan M. Hoppock
published in the Democrat Advertiser, December 5, 1901
This interesting old property deserves a much longer treatment than Mr. Hoppock was able to give. He did return to this subject when he published “The Old Sergeant Mill” on July 20, 1905. However, that article was focused on the mill, rather than the house—the mill was located just north of the house, but has since been torn down. The most remarkable thing about the house is that it has been in the same family since Charles Sergeant and wife Sarah Green took possession in 1805, over 200 years.1