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Hathaway & Fairchild
Capt. Benjamin Hathaway (1699-1762)
Benjamin Hathaway is regarded to be the donor of the land on which the original Presbyterian Church in Morristown was built in 1742. In addition to Benjamin Hathaway, there are nine other Hathaways buried in the grave yard of the Presbyterian Church. See the Who's Who in the grave yard based on church records.
Benjamin Hathaway was the first President of the Board of Trustees when the church was incorporated in 1756. He is referred to as a neighbor of Reverend Timothy Johnes. On Erskine's map, Reverend Timothy Johnes's house is located on the present site of the Mid-Town Shopping Plaza at the corner of Morris and Spring Streets. Based on the monograph, Benjamin Hathaway's house would be the one across Morris Street about on the present site of Cutter's Grill
The monograph makes reference to Benjamin Hathaway being a Physician and Innkeeper. However, the church records (i.e., The Combined Registers at Page 101) show a Dr. Benjamin Hathaway with no date of death. The church records (Ibid) show the Benjamin Hathaway, who was the church Trustee, as Captain Benjamin Hathaway (died 21 Apr 1762, age 63). I think the writer of the monograph was in error in believing that the Physician and the Captain were one and the same.
Benjamin Hathaway Headstone Epitaph:
There is a Hathaway Rd. named after the family in Morris Plains, NJIn Memory of Benjamen [sic] Harthaway [sic] Esqr. Aged 63 years Dead Apr 21 1762 Here sey Remains of him that was a Esq. may Rest with Kings & Princesley Dust Until ye World Desolves In Flameing Fire At ye Last Resurrection of ye Just When ye arch Angels trumpets Sound Arise ye Dead appear before ye Lord. when christ will meet ye Righsous In Cload & Crowns of Glory will be their Reward
Benjamin Hathaway and Benjamin HATHAWAY, JR. pages at GardLine
The John Hathaway (1629-1705) entry at Calistri-Yeh Genealogy says:
"In 1676 John Hathaway was elected constable." Of this position in Colonial history says, 'the office of constable was one of great responsibility & power, as representing the civil government & being the chief exponent of law."
FairchildMary Fairchild, who was the first wife of Benjamin Hathaway was the child of Zachariah and Deborah Fairchild.
There are eleven Fairchilds buried in the grave yard of the Presbyterian Church including Deborah the wife of Zachariah. Her headstone reads "Dabriat." There are a page and a half of descendants of Zachariah and Deborah listed in the church records (i.e., The Combined Registers at Pages 67 & 70).
Zachariah Fairchild was the First Leading Elder of The Presbyterian Church In Morristown after it split off from the Hanover Presbyterian Church in 1737. Cam Cavenaugh, Op. Cit., at Page 89, talks about the Vails of Speedwell and states, "The Whippany River narrowed and deepened in its flow from Speedwell Lake into Pocohontas Lake, creating a natural source of water power that had been harnessed there since colonial days. Zachariah Fairchild operated a sawmill there in 1767 and John Johnson, Jr., had a forge "adjoining Zachariah Fairchild's pond" which appears on Revolutionary War maps." I haven't come across the maps or maps she refers to, but it may be part of the Erskine series which hasn't had the circulation that the more famous one referred to above which depicts the center of Morristown. There is every reason to believe that much of the land that makes up what is now known as the Fairchild Section of Morris Township was part of the original Fairchild spread.
Although there are twenty nine Gards (or Guards) listed in the chur h records (i.e., at Page 83) none show up in the burying ground. Both Phebe and Esther are among those listed in the records.
Source: Scott Shepherd
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