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History of Putnam County
Chapter XXVII (continued)
Town of Kent


The church at Ludingtonville bears the above name, and was organized December 5th, 1844, at which time thirty-seven male members and forty-three female members were organized as an independent church. The most of these were formerly members of the First Kent Baptist Church. It may be stated that there was a "Second Kent Baptist Church," which held covenant and business meetings in a school house near Elder Moseman Barrett's (now homestead of Coleman Robinson) of which he was pastor, worshipping alternate Sabbaths with the Kent and Fishkill Church, This body, with the help of some at Ludingtonville, built the church here, and worshipped in it in the year 1844, and called it their meeting house. The church was dedicated. February 5th, 1844.

Elder John Warren was the first pastor, preaching here half the time, and continued here as late as 1852, and his name is immediately connected with the history of this society. In 1850 Rev. Abijah Russell preached for one-quarter of the time, and in January, 1853, a committee was appointed to employ a minister, and another to raise the back salary of Elder Warren. The former did not effect anything. We trust the latter was more successful. In 1854 the church was supplied by Brother J. Smalley, and in this year Rev. G. F. Hendrickson, then pastor of the Patterson Baptist Church, was encouraged to preach in Ludingtonville on Sunday afternoons. For two or three years the church was not prosperous, and the house of worship was closed much of the time. Elder Hendrickson continued to supply the church for three years, and he baptized fifty-three, and S. B. Denton and John Barrett were elected deacons. In 1857 Elder Warren again became pastor, and remained one year. He was followed by J. Benedict, a licentiate, who also remained a year, and was succeeded by C. W. Palmer, a licentiate also. In 1861 Brother Addison Kelly was agreed with to preach for whatsoever the church felt disposed to give him. He remained three years. In April, 1864, Rev. E. Jewett was employed for one year. He was the first pastor that united with the church. Rev. A. D. Watrous, an Evangelist, followed for six months, and baptized thirty-eight. Elder Hendrickson was the next pastor, from March, 1866, to April, 1867. Rev. J. G. Ganung was chosen February 13th, 1867, and remained till January 1st, 1869. Rev. Daniel W. Sherwood came in 1870, and is the present pastor.

In 1869 the parsonage was built. The church was repaired and re-dedicated December 24th, 1878. The church stands on the east side of the road about one-quarter mile south from the corner of Ludingtonville. The land was given to the trustees by Frederick Ludington June 1st, 1843.

In the burial ground near the church rest the early residents of the vicinity, and from the tombstones we copy the following dates:
Calvin Kirk, died April 23d, 1880, age 75;
Anderson Merritt, Feb. 6th, 1877, 85;
Prince Cornwell, Dec. 29th, 1855, 105;
Frederick Ludington, Judy 23d, 1852, 78;
Susan, wife, Aug. 29th, 1855, 60;
Solomon Disbrow, Aug. 30th, 1851, 70;
Henry Lewis, Jan. 1st, 1864, 81;
Abigail, wife, April 12th, 1852, 61;
Henry Light, April 20th, 1852;
Joshua White, Jan. 24th, 1851, 61;
Samuel White, April 20th, 1859, 75;
Zephaniah Dakins, Aug. 11th, 1878, 78;
Joseph Sprague, March 16th, 1879, 89;
Fanny, wife, Dec. 25th, 1874, 79;
Lewis Mead, Jan. 15th, 1842, 77;
Sarah, wife, Aug. 3d, 1845, 81;
Isaac Ballard, Sept. 5th, 1882, 81;
Jane, wife, June 9th, 1871, 53;
Morgan W. Brownell, March 4th, 1884, 82;
Peter Bennett, Nov. 20th, 1867, 65;
Greeche Smith, March 17th, 1866, 90;
John A. Bowen, Dec. 18th, 1883, 80;
William Mead, Sept. 10th, 1870, 67.

A small private burying ground, on the corner of the road running west from Ludingtonville, has the following
dates: Phebe, wife of Stephen Merritt, born Sept. 22d, 1772, died May 7th, 1842, aged 69;
Anon Disbrow, died Feb. 27th, 1865, age 61;
Locky, wife, March 3d, 1877, 72;
Thaddeus Ketcham, April 24th, 1831, 31;
Ezekiel Ketcham, Oct. 26th, 1853, 82;
Mary, wife, Aug. 3d, 1849, 67.


" Act to alter the boundary line between the towns of Kent and Philipstown, in the County of Putnam," passed March 11th, 1879.

"I. The boundary line between the towns of Kent and Philipstown is altered so as to be run as follows: Beginning at what is known as the Sunk bridge, on the Putnam county road, adjoining the northern boundary line of Putnam Valley, and thence running northerly, on a line parallel with the now westerly boundary of the town of Kent, to the Dutchess County line; thence easterly with the said Dutchess County line to the present northwest corner of the boundary line of the said town of Kent; thence Southerly with the present westerly line of said town of Kent, to the said Putnam County road, and adjoining the northerly line of the town of Putnam Valley; thence westerly along said road and with the said northerly line of Putnam Valley, to the place of beginning; and that all that part of and territory of said town of Philipstown, lying within the above described boundaries is hereby taken from the said town of Philipstown and annexed to the said town of Kent, and shall hereafter form and be a part of said town of Kent."

The tract of land thus added to this town is mostly wooded mountains and with comparatively few inhabitants. Large tracts of mountain land, in this part of the town, were bought by the "Fishkill Iron Company." This company was incorporated by Act of the Legislature, March 24th, 1834, and by its provisions, James Emott, Nath. P. Talmadge, Walter Cummingham, James Hooker, Ira Spooner, Samuel R. Halsey, Rufus Fuller, Nath. P. Perry, Uriah Gregory, Solomon V. Frost, Aaron Frost, Teunis Brinkerhoff, Richard Dewitt, Andrew Stockholm and Abner W. Spooner were made a company "for the purpose of mining and working ores, and manufacturing iron and steel and vending the same," with power to hold lands in Dutchess and Putnam counties, and the capital was $100,000. 1,100 acres of land were sold to this company by Frederick Parks, "lying at the junction of the Wicopee and Shenandooh roads," January 29th, 1838, and many smaller tracts were bought from various parties.


This institution was established November 22d, 1848, the incorporators being Nelson Robinson, Robert W. Kelly and David Kent. The place of business was at Farmer's Mills, the office being in the store bui1ding, now owned by Reuben R. Barrett. The capital was $100, 000. This bank while at Farmer's Mills did not prove successful, and it finally merged into the "Bank of Kent," and the place of business was changed to Ludingtonville. It finally ceased to exist at the time of the establishment of the National Banks, in 1865. The "Bank of Kent" was organized in 1856, David Kent being president, and George Ludington, cashier. The place of business was at Ludingtonville.


This company was organized at a meeting held May 23d, 1868, and the trustees appointed were: John Bennett, Isaac Bennett, Ezekiel Merritt and Henry C. Light. The land for the cemetery was sold to the association by John Hulse, two acres "situated on the west side of the Westchester and Dutchess turnpike." An elegant map is in the county clerk's office.


About half a mile southwest of Pine Pond is a locality where arsenical iron is found. This is one of the old mine holes, from which silver is reported to have been taken, and it is locally known as "the silver mine." The mine was leased and worked about 1848, by a company called the "Hudson River Mining Company." The shaft is about forty feet deep, and yellow pulverulent sulphuret of arsenic covers the shaft, resulting from the decomposition of the arsenical sulphuret of iron, of which there is evidently a large quantity. The idea that silver exists here is received with doubt.

Steatite or soapstone is found in the southwestern part of the town, and in one locality in Peekskill Hollow. In 1849, the "Putnam County Mining Company" was organized. The object of this company was "to develop and work soapstone, granite and iron in the town of Kent." Little, however, was done, one reason being that the steatite is mixed with other minerals to a considerable extent.


Reuben Ferris, 1790-97; Consider Cushman, 1798-1802; John Wilson, 1803; John Hazen, 1804 to 1812, probably; Edward Smith, 1813-14; John Phillips, 1815-17; Edward Smith, 1818; John Phillips, 1820-21; Daniel Kent, 1822; Jarvis Washburn, 1827-31; Joseph Cole, 1835; Robert W. Russell, 1836-37; James J. Smalley, 1838; Coleman Townsend, 1839; Moses G. Robinson, 1840; James J. Smalley, 1841; Warren Townsend, 1842; James Foshay, 1843; James J. Smalley, 1844-45; Smith Worden, 1846; Coleman Townsend, 1847; Smith Worden, 1848; Benjamin B. Hopkins, 1849; James J. Smalley, 1850-51: Robert Mead, 1852; Coleman K. Townsend, 1853; Allen Light, l854; Samuel A. Townsend, 1855; Addison J. Hopkins, 1856; Charles Mead, 1857-58; Coleman Robinson, 1859; Charles Mead, 1860; Samuel T. Barrett, 1861-62; Eli Mead. 1863; Sarles Drew, 1864-71; John H. Spencer, 1872; Lewis G. Robinson, 1873-74; Coleman Robinson, 1875; Sarles Drew, 1876; A. J. Foshay, 1877; Wellington Kent, 1878-79; Lewis G. Robinson, 1880; Watson D. Robinson, 1881-83; Reuben R. Barrett, 1884-85; Wellington Kent, 1886.

Source: pages 700 through 704.

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