Lamington, New Jersey

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Lamington, New Jersey
unincorporated community
Lamington, New Jersey is located in Somerset County, New Jersey
Lamington, New Jersey
Lamington, New Jersey
Location within the state of New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°39′39″N 74°43′03″W / 40.66083°N 74.71750°W / 40.66083; -74.71750Coordinates: 40°39′39″N 74°43′03″W / 40.66083°N 74.71750°W / 40.66083; -74.71750
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Somerset
Township Bedminster
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 877657

Lamington is an unincorporated community located within Bedminster Township, in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. It contains the Lamington Presbyterian Church Cemetery and the Lamington Black Cemetery.

The name[edit]

"Lamington" is a corruption of the Native American word for the nearby stream, the "Allemetunck" or the "Loamatong". Its name means "the place within the hills" or "the place of paint clay." There are 113 recorded variations on the spelling of Lamington, including "Alamatunk," "Lametunk" and "Lamberton."[1]

The church[edit]

The Lamington Presbyterian Church was constructed in 1740. Church membership included Scots-Irish Presbyterians, Dutch and German settlers, tenant-farmers, large and small landowners, lawyers, teachers, millers, weavers, tailors, other craftsmen and workmen, slaves and freed blacks.[2]

National Register of Historic Places[edit]

The Lamington Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 as district #84002802.[3]

Notable people[edit]

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Lamington include:

Notable burials:

  • James Linn (1749–1821), a United States Representative from New Jersey who was a member of the Provincial Congress of New Jersey in 1776, served in the Somerset County Militia during the Revolutionary War and is buried in the Lamington Presbyterian Church Cemetery.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Landers, R. Gloria. Pioneers, Pastors and Patriots: The 250-Year History of Lamington Presbyterian Church. (Bedminster, New Jersey: Lamington Presbyterian Church, 1990), p. 9 and front end paper.
  2. ^ Landers, p. 12.
  3. ^ New Jersey - Somerset County, National Register of Historic Places. Accessed December 21, 2012.
  4. ^ Powell, William S. Joseph Caldwell, 1773-1835, Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press, 1996. Accessed June 9, 2014. "Caldwell, Joseph (21 Apr. 1773-27 Jan. 1835), mathematician, Presbyterian minister, and first president of The University of North Carolina, was born at Lamington, N.J., in northeastern Hunterdon County, the youngest of three children of Joseph and Rachel Harker Caldwell."
  5. ^ Backes, William J.. "General Zebulon M. Pike, Somerset-Born" in Somerset County Historical Quarterly, Volume 8, p. 245. Somerset Historical Publications, Reprint Publishers, 1919. Accessed January, 17, 2015. "If one will pick up almost any encyclopedia or biography he will find it stated that General Pike was born at 'Lamberton, now part of Trenton, New Jersey, January 5, 1779.' But this name has been confused with his real birthplace, which was not at Lamberton in Mercer County, but at Lamberton (now Lamington) in Somerset County."
  6. ^ Washington Irving, “Biographical Memoir of the Late Brigadier General Zebulon Montgomery Pike,” The Analectic Magazine Volume 4 (November, 1814): 380.
  7. ^ Baldwin, Tom. "Where did Pike peak? Colo. explorer got start in New Jersey", Courier-Post, August 25, 2008. Accessed January 17, 2015. "Nineteenth century Jersey explorer Zebulon Pike was born in Lamberton, now a part of south Trenton, but gave his name to Colorado's 14,000-foot Pikes Peak."
  8. ^ John Van Dyke, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed September 1, 2007.
  9. ^ James Linn, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed December 21, 2012.