The Friends Meeting House and Cemetery
Association of Randolph Township
June 28, 1898: Descendants of the
Randolph (originally Mendham) Friends Meeting (1758-1865) and of
individuals interred in Quaker Cemetery (1758 and continuing) met
in the office of attorney Eugene J. Cooper, Dover NJ. They agreed
to form an association to acquire and to preserve the Meeting House
and Cemetery of their ancestors. James W. Brotherton presided.
October 14, 1898: Trustees of Rahway
and Plainfield Monthly Meeting (RPMM) relnquished claim to the
property and transferred title to James W. and Etta H. Brotherton
and Rachel Brotherton Vail. James and Rachel had been members of
Randolph Meeting and were now members of RPMM. In the later nineteenth
century they had maintained the site with Rachel’s husband
Elwood Vail and other descendants, overseeing activity there after
October 22, 1898: Founding members
met to organize the Friends Meeting House and Cemetery Association
of Randolph Township. The meeting was held in the office of Eugene
J. Cooper in Dover. Members present at this first Association meeting
were: James W. Brotherton, elected Chairman; Henry Alward (sp.
Alwood), Cornelius D. Burg, Eugene A. Carrell, Eugene J. Cooper,
M. Wheeler Corwin, Phoebe J. Corwin, Edward S. Hance, Elias B.
Mott. Following adoption of the Bylaws, the founding members elected
the first Board of Trustees, who elected the first officers. James,
Etta and Rachel then transferred title to and responsibility for
the site to the Association.
First Board of Trustees and Officers,
elected October 22, 1898
years of service.)
James W. Brotherton, 1898-1910; President, 1898-1910
William H. Baker, 1898-1918; Treasurer, 1898-1918
Edward S. Hance, 1898-1914; Secretary, 1898-1914
Henry Alward, 1898-1944
Eugene A. Carrell, 1898-1942; President, 1912-1942
M. Wheeler Corwin, 1898-1937
Elias B. Mott, 1898-1918
Trustees and Officers elected between
1899 and 1955
Charles H. Brotherton, Sr., 1912-1956; Custodian Buildings & Grounds,
1915-1922, 1954-1958; Treasurer,
1919-1953; President, 1953-1956
Frederick Hance, 1914-1953; Secretary, 1914-1953
E. Bertram Mott, 1919-1961; President, 1958-1961
Thomas H. Baker, 1919-1952; Chairman, Buildings & Grounds,
1922-52; President, 1945-1952LeRoy
Clifford H. Alward, 1944-1972; Chairman, Buildings & Grounds,
Rev. Harold L. Meyers, Jr., 1945-1975
James H. Bennett, 1953-1975; Secretary, 1953-1975
Charles H. Brotherton, Jr., 1953-1976; Treasurer, 1953-1976
Henry O. Baker, 1955-1974
Annual Meeting in June, the Association amended the Bylaws to
increase the Board from seven to nine members. Also at that meeting,
Society of Friends members from New York residing in the area
for the summer requested permission to hold meetings for worship
at the Meeting House until September. The trustees granted permission.
Dover Monthly Meeting grew out of this summer activity and was
organized September 18, 1955. With approval of the trustees,
Friends Meeting has continued to use the Meeting House and Cemetery
as its spiritual home since that time. The name was changed to
Dover-Randolph Monthly Meeting on March 9, 1980.
1958: At a meeting in December,
three members of Dover Monthly Meeting were elected to the Board
of Trustees. These first, non-descendant, Society of Friends trustees
B. Chandler Bellows, Jr., 1958-1976; President,
Richard Haydock, 1958-1995; President, 1976-1984;
Trustee Emeritus, 1989-1995
W. Dumont Van Doren, 1958-1970
1958 - 1973: Friends Meeting assumed
primary responsibility for maintenance of the site. Association
trustees continued in office unless removed by death or resignation;
however, vacant positions were not filled. Trustees conducted business
via telephone and correspondence. Among other activity, the Annex
was moved to the site in October, 1964.
1973 - 1974: Concerned about the
long-term future of the site, Richard Irwin, Chairman of Randolph
Landmarks, Marion Irving, Clerk of Dover Monthly Meeting, and Chandler
Bellows, President of the Association, identified potential new
members and began a new era of Association activity.
1975: President Bellows called a
meeting for November 2 at which the three remaining trustees (Bellows,
Brotherton and Haydock) admitted new members. The Bylaws were amended
to include people with specific interest in preserving the site.
The Association then re-elected the three continuing trustees and
elected the following new trustees to serve until Annual Meeting.
1976: Edith E. Alward, James T.
Brotherton, Richard T. Irwin, Albert B. Jeffers, Jr., Harriet C.
Meeker and John R. Mott.
Trustees elected between 1976 and 1985
(-- indicates tenure continues
Richard Haydock, 1976-1995; President, 1976-1984; Trustee Emeritus,
John R. Mott, 1976-1987; Treasurer, 1976-1987
Richard T. Irwin, 1976-1992; Secretary, 1976-1984; 1985-1986;
James T. Brotherton, Sr., 1976-2000; Chairman, Bldgs & Grounds,
Vice-President for Buildings and Grounds, 1987-2000
B. Chandler Bellows, Jr., 1958-1978; President 1961-1976
Edith E. Alward, 1976-1989; Trustee Emeritus, 1989-1992
Albert B. Jeffers, Jr., 1976-1981
Harriet C. Meeker, 1976-1993
Hope G. Stewart, 1976-1983
Edward M. Emire, 1978-1981
Dorothy E. Mott, 1981-1998; Secretary, 1984-1985; 1986-1988
John S. Ruch, 1983--; appointed Chairman, Buildings & Grounds
as a non-trustee, 1979-1982
Helen R. Emire, 1983--
Margaret L. Steneck, 1984--; President, 1984--
Marion W. Irving, 1985--
William C. Mott, 1985-1997
1987: At Annual Meeting on April
12, the Association amended the Bylaws to increase the number of
trustees from nine to twelve and to create the position of Vice-President
for Buildings and Grounds.
1991: The Association incorporated at Annual Meeting on May 11.
Trustees elected following the 1987
revision of the Bylaws
Mary E. Robinson, 1987--; Treasurer, 1987-1999
Henry A. Emmans, 1988--; Secretary, 1988--
Richard V. Lenat, 1994--
James T. Brotherton, Jr., 1999--; Treasurer, 1999--
Wm. Hal Haydock, 2001--; Vice-Pres. for Buildings & Grounds,
Kathryn M. Munch, 2002--
Mary F. Brotherton, 2003--
Lee Whildin, 2006--
2004: The Association again amended
the Bylaws with the intent of bringing more people into active
participation as members and trustees and to honor the past. Among
• Trustees will henceforth be elected for
five-year terms rather than serving indefinite terms, usually
for life, as had been the case previously.
• The position of Vice-President for Buildings and Grounds
was named the “James T. Brotherton, Sr. Vice-President
for Buildings and Grounds.”
Compiled by Margaret L. Steneck, 2005
from Association minutes and other primary materials