Waretown, N J

Waretown is in an unincorporated area within Ocean Township in Ocean County, New Jersey.


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Waretown, N J — 7 Comments

  1. Linda, the source of this information is Wikipedia, on line. Notice it says unincorporated area, meaning it could be a district or neighborhood.

    Vicki Ware Cheesman

  2. I agree with Hazel. I have never heard this version before. Where did you find your research materials?

  3. Could there have been or be two Waretowns in New Jersey? The story ere mentions, “As well another Older New Jersey, Waretown was an unincorporated community of Gloucester Township in Gloucester County, New Jersey that existed between c. 1794-1874” The Waretown I know of was part of Monmouth county if I remember right until the making of Ocean County. There had been an early settlement of a sect known as Rogerenes sometimes reffered to as Quaker other times as Baptist. They were followers of John Rogers from the New London Ct area who left in search of a place they could practice their faith in peace. there was another even earlier sect of Rogerenes who lived around what is now Lake Rogerene area in northern NJ and then those ho lived in Waretown these people stayed about 11 years or so then ent back to the Schooley Mountin area near Hackettstown. Abraham Waeir/Waier/Wyer/Ware remained it is said behind in Waretown where he onced owned salt mills and eventually died there in 1768. He is buried in the old Waretown burial ground which i have read is no longer visable etc. Abraham Waer/waier/Wyer/Ware was born in 1683 I have not found parents or siblings to date for him only his wife Abiah Colver and two of their children, Thomas born about 1723 and Sarah (married Thomas Mann).Could the brothers mentioned in this story be related perhaps to my Abraham, maybe descendants? I know also there are other Ware families who lived in South Jersey and I had written a question about the subject to a message board and recieved responces saying hat not one of the ware families were found to be related to each other that they all were from seperate ancestry.. which i thought strange yet intresting. i know also of the Ware chairmakers years ago i had been told they were related to those who had settled Waretown.. As can be seen this is why this is so interesting for me.. I am including a small part of what i found from the Library below.. I hope this helps make this story as interesting for those here as it has for me.. Hazel

    Local History
    The Township of Ocean was incorporated on April 13, 1876. At that time, the major village, situated on what is now Route 9, was Waretown. Approximately seven miles to the west lay the village of Millville, which became Brookville in 1892, when the post office was established. Since that post office no longer exists and there is no municipal government in Brookville, Waretown and the Township of Ocean are now one and the same.

    At one time, Pancoast Road brought the Lenni-Lenape Indians to the Bay every summer to fish and hunt. The first vessel on record as having sailed in Barnegat Bay was an American built sailboat entitled the Onrest. “It was a Dutch ship and the name meant restless. Its function was to map the bay, its streams, channels and other points of interest to make way for future colonists. Before long the bay was full of white sails so that some of our first settlers came here by boat, while others filtered down by land using old Indian trails. Waretown was originally called Waier Creek or Waier Mills in 1762, after Abraham Waier, who had come to the area with a religious sect known as the Rogerines. Expelled from Connecticut for their hostility to the Puritan laws of New England, the Rogerines arrived here in 1739.They moved on eleven years later, but Waier stayed and built a mill.

    Children in Ocean Township attended the Little Red School House from the mid 1800s until 1958, which is when the Waretown Elementary School opened its doors. The Little Red School House was originally located on the current site of the Waretown First Aid Squad. With increased enrollment, an addition was added to the Waretown Elementary School in 1965.

    As Waretown grew, it became evident that either another addition or new school was needed. A referendum was scheduled and the new school passed by one vote, 631 to 630! In September of 1974, the Waretown Elementary School went on split sessions, K-6, until the Ocean Township Elementary School was completed in 1978. At that time, kindergarten and third grade classes were moved to the Ocean Township Elementary School while the Waretown Elementary School was for first and second grades only.

    In 1984, Chief School Administrator, Frederic A. Priff, passed away and soon the name of the Ocean Township Elementary School was renamed the Frederic A. Priff Elementary School in his honor. In 1993, additions to both schools were built. This enabled kindergarten and third grade students to be back at the Waretown Elementary School. The total district enrollment for Waretown’s elementary students is 519.

    “The first recorded religious society to settle in Waretown was the ROGERINES who came here in 1737. This peculiar sect, founded by John Rogers in Connecticut, came to New Jersey because of its tolerance to religious beliefs and customs,” (Beattie and Lopez unpaged). The Methodist Society formed in Waretown about the time of the Revolutionary War and the Waretown United Methodist Church was completed being built in 1968. Waretown’s St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church’s mission began in 1923 and has grown into a church at 367 Route 9.

    From 1700 to 1900, Waretown was quite the shipbuilding center. “The place was Waretown Creek, which harbor was larger than of today, it lay between Skipper’s Cove, of today, and Pennsylvania Avenue on the south the estuary was known as Shipyard Point,” (Beattie and Lopez unpaged). This gave employment to lumbermen because someone had to cut oak, cedar, and other woods for the ships. “As steamboats became more popular, the delivery of cordwood, cheaply, was needed and Waretown became an extremely busy place. Carpenters, shipbuilders, fitters, ironworkers, blacksmiths, caulkers, sail makers, and all specialists in the art of shipbuilding were needed. In the 1830s, competition between the steamboats was very keen, it was found that cordwood was taking too much space on deck, especially on long voyages it displaced cargo. The demand for charcoal, in the absence of coal, grew in popularity,” (Beattie and Lopez unpaged) and the men of Waretown were trained on how to make charcoal. From 1920 to 1940, there was a good market for oysters and Waretown had plenty. From 1930 to 1950, clamming became very popular and prosperous. After the fifties, the scallops came back into the bay which also proved to be quite prosperous. Cranberrying was a booming industry in Waretown around the 1900s. Cranberrying started in Waretown in 1916 by Arthur and Stogton Corliss. Arthur and Stogton Carliss also owned a successful mossing business, The American Moss and Peat Co., Corliss Brothers Proprietors. “Spagnum moss was usually ordered in the early spring by florists and asparagus and strawberry growers and the like,” (Beattie and Lopez unpaged).

    Waretown’s railroad was established in 1870 and was a necessity not only for the transportation of people and mail, but for the quick shipment of seafood to North Jersey and New York.

    Perhaps because of the unique nature of many of its early industries, there is a strong sense of community among Waretown’s older families. However, in the last 25 years the town has become a significant retirement area, and while many of these retirees have now been here for decades, they do not identify with the town in the same way as the families who have been here for generations. Their loyalties are more to the developments they live in (Skippers Cove, Pebble Beach, etc.) than to the Township of Ocean as a whole.

    Most residents who have moved into the township since World War II came from either northern New Jersey (especially Bergen and Hudson counties and the Newark area), or from Greater Philadelphia, but some have also relocated from New York City, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and the Trenton area.

    According to the 2000 Census, population of the township is 6,450. Of that total, 4,807 residents were over the age of 18, while 1,743 were under 18.

  4. Hi I am interested in the story of Waretown on this page I have never heard this version in all the years i have been tracing my Waer family.. Following is the story of waretown I was told long ago by the library there.. The Abraham Waier/Waeir/Wyer in the story i am familar with is my 7th great grandfather.. I have included the url where the version I am familar with can be read.. Can someone tell me where I can find more information on the brothers mentioned in the Waretown story on this page please . Thanks so much, Hazel Melroy

  5. Waretown, Ocean County, New Jersey 08758-9999 is a wonderful place. Inasmuch as I am able attest to it .Waretown is home to Albert Music Hall.
    George E. Smith (born 1930), winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize winner in Physics for his work on the charge-coupled device.


    As well another Older New Jersey, Waretown was an unincorporated community of Gloucester Township in Gloucester County, New Jersey that existed between c. 1794-1874. Historically, it was located about 3.3 miles northeast of the center of Williamstown and about 8/10ths of a mile from the current site of Sicklerville.
    Waretown was located at and around the crossroads of Williamstown and New Brooklyn Erial Roads, known today as “Mongan’s Corner”.

    Waretown was named for three Ware brothers who moved into and settled the area. They were John Jr., Jacob and George Ware.[1][5] There was also a fourth brother, Joseph Ware, who also lived there with his family until his death in 1796. His son, Joseph O. Ware eventually took over his father’s homestead and sold it to one of Jacob Ware’s children. Their sister Patience Ware and her husband Paul H. Sears and family also moved there about 1794. All of the seven children of John Sr. and Sarah Marple Ware lived in Waretown during this time except for two of them who left New Jersey and migrated to Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Beginning in 1794, the offspring of these families were all born in Waretown. Since they did not have their own cemetery, those who died in Waretown were usually buried in the Williamstown Old Methodist Church Cemetery, including John Ware, Jr., George Ware Sr., Patience Ware Sears and her husband Paul H. Sears, Rachel Ware Whitecar, Sarah Ware Ireland, and several others.

    The 1794 date comes from the John Ware, Senior land deed to his son George Ware and son-in-law Paul Sears. John Ware Senior obtained the land sometime after 1784 and appears to have had considerable influence in his children settling in the Waretown area.

    The number of inhabitants of Waretown appear to have been quite numerous based on the number of children and grandchildren these 4 family members produced. However, shortly after 1810, many of the married and single children of John Ware Junior began migrating westward. By 1830, eight of John Ware Junior’s eleven children had migrated to one of four counties in the far southwest corner of Ohio which reduced the overall number of Waretown inhabitants. The children of George, Jacob and Patience continued living in Waretown although some of their family members also moved away.

    The three sons and one sister who were the original settlers of Waretown also began to pass away during the first half of the 1800s. According to death records in Gloucester County, John Jr. died in 1810; John Sr. died in 1819; Amy, the first wife of George Ware Sr. died in 1805; George died in 1828; George’s second wife, Naomi continued to live in Waretown until her death in 1868; Patience died in 1843 and her husband Paul followed her in 5 years; and Jacob and his wife died in 1861 and 1860 respectively.

    Sometime between 1790–1810, John Sickler (son of Christopher Zeigler, born in Germany) moved his family from Chews Landing, Gloucester County, New Jersey and settled one mile southwest of Waretown, at the present crossroads of Williamstown and Sicklerville Roads.John’s son William Tatem Sickler married Parnel Sears, daughter of Patience Ware Sears in Waretown in 1812 and their children were born and raised in Sicklertown.

    Both Waretown and Sicklertown existed a mile apart and were referred to by their own names.Today, some have erroneously referred to them as the same town.

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