Stillwells Corner

In 1992 my Aunt sent me the following short article written by my Great-uncle Vernon. The article describes my Great-grandparents farm at Stillwells Corner, located outside of Freehold, NJ. I do not know when Vernon wrote this article, but it dates prior to 1968, the year he died.

Also included in the letter were hand written copies of some old Bible records for the family of my fourth Great-grandfather Joseph Stillwell, born in 1747, and his wife Jemima Throckmorton.

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Jan. 25, 1992
Dear Chris,
Sending these to you. I'm sorry Uncle Vernon didn't go on about the family. But thought you'd like to have this tid-bit.
I believe he copied the other from the old Bible. Penmanship looks the same.
Hope you all are keeping well. So much flu and colds around.
Jimmy has a birthday next week. He'll be 43! Time does fly.
Aunt Elizabeth

A short compilation of facts and incidents in the early lives of

Eliphalet Barkalow Stillwell
born December 2, 1883
Vernon Cook Stillwell
born July 18, 1885

I, Vernon, am endeavoring to write this article at the suggestion of my dear and only niece, Elizabeth Stillwell Brown.

As little boys, Eliphalet and I grew up on a farm


at Stillwells' Corner, which is approximately three miles south of Freehold, New Jersey. The farm of fifty six acres was owned by our grandmother Stillwell. The house, a very modest little dwelling consisted of, 1st floor, kitchen, living room, and a very small bedroom, 2nd floor, two small bedrooms. Outbuildings consisted of a large barn with six horse stalls, hay mows and a cow shed attached. There was a three-bins wagon house with overhead loft, a shop and
Eliphalet as young man.
Eliphalet Barkalow Stillwell
1883 - 1963
Young Elizabeth Stillwell, born 1912, helping her grandmother feed the chickens.


wood house, a small chicken house, and a duck pen.

Eliphalet was born at the home of our maternal grandparents Eliphalet Reed Barkalow and Elmira Matthews Barkalow, and came home to the farm when but a few weeks old.

I was born on the farm nineteen months later.

We attended a little one-room school a mile and a quarter distant towards the village of Adelphia. The school was known as the Paradise Grove School. In those days there was no

New Jersey Farm
Early 1900s


school bus service. We walked along those clay and sand roads which in stormy weather were muddy and in dry weather were very dusty. During the winter season of freezing and thawing occasionally wagons with heavy loads would become stuck and create problems for those involved.

Eliphalet was a studious and energetic pupil which enabled him to enter second year of High School in Freehold. This was in the fall of 1897, when our country was striving desperately to recover from


the devastating blows which had been delt us during the Grover Cleveland administration. Tramps were traveling the highways, and a certain fear was instilled in us. Sometimes it was not uncommon to see groups with as many as eight passing our farm on their way to the poorhouse. This was in the locality known as Unionville and managed by Wyckoff Barkalow.

Rebecca Barkalow, James Henry Stillwell
Eliphalet Barkalow Stillwell, Vernon Cook Stillwell
Stillwells Corner 1909

Sometime after the deaths of my Great-grandparents James H. Stillwell and his wife Rebecca, my Grandfather Dr. Eliphalet B. Stillwell and his brother Vernon sold the old farm at Stillwells Corner. Soon houses began to sprout where once corn and potatoes grew. It was not long until the only thing left of that fifty six acre farm was the "modest little dwelling" of a farmhouse. In the fall of 1986 I was assisting my Aunt Elizabeth with packing in preparation for the sale of my Grandmother Stillwell's home at 200 Washington Ave., Spring Lake, NJ. My Grandmother, Father, and Mother had all passed away in 1984. One afternoon we drove in to Freehold to visit Maplewood Cemetery, the final resting place of four generations of my family. On our way we passed by the spot where that old farmhouse stood, only to find a bulldozer parked next to a large pile of broken lumber. Today the only thing which remains are a few old photographs, fading memories, and a street running through the suburbs of Freehold, NJ named Stillwells Corner.

Christopher A. Stillwell
December 10, 1997


Last updated on December 10, 1997