Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Mellick, Mrs. George P. (Ella Hartley) '15

1919 Address: Woodland Avenue, Plainfield

1922 Address: Woodland Avenue, Plainfield

1928 Treasurer Book April 15th $10.00

1932 Directory* Address: Woodland Avenue
Mrs. George P. Mellick was listed in this directory as an "Honorary Member"
*This directory was not dated and is guessed to be from the year 1932.

Mrs. George P. (Ella Hartley) '15 daughter-in-law was Plainfield Garden Club member Mrs. Roger Drew (Catherine Whiting) Ginna '28

In 1965, the 50th Anniversary of the Plainfield Garden Club, Mrs. George Mellick was listed as an "Honorary Member" and deceased.



by Marjorie Blackman Elliott

NOTE: November 14, 2011. This booklet was discovered at a realtor's Open House in Giggleswick this past weekend by Plainfield Garden Club Member Phyllis Alexander.

The First Mellicks

My interest and curiosity led me to ask many questions, and as a result, I learned lots of fascinating things about the area and the people who lived here a generation ago. One thing has led to another. For instance, I was told that the name "Giggleswick" was in connection with the Mellick family who used to own and live on this property. So, I tried to track down this rumor.

I soon discovered that there was a book (now out of print) written by and about the Mellick family. A friend had a copy she kindly loaned me. This book, Lesser Crossroads by Andrew D. Mellick, Jr.,

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Photo caption: George P. Mellick rests, shortly after the turn of the century, along the allee of oak trees, known as the bridal path, that led to the front door of his home.

Photo caption: (Above) Today the allee has been retainted within the clusters of teh homes in Woodland.

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was orginally printed in 1889 under the title Story of an Old Farm. The author lived between the years 1844 and 1895. Due to an accidnt when a young man, he became paralyzed and, consequently, inactive. He turned to writing the history of the family and the surroundings where he lived. I became especially fascinated with the story of the migration of the Moelick (the original spelling) family in 1741 from the Rhine region near Cologne, Germany, to Tewskbury Township in the Far Hills area in New Jersey. They built a stone farmhouse, ran a leather tannery, and became successful farmers and businessmen and admirable citizens. I learned that the original stone farmhouse still exists and is lived in and appreciated. There is an

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Photo caption: The American homestead built by George Mellick's German immigrant forebears still stands in the Far Hills area of New Jersey and is identified by an historical marker (below).

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historical marker to identify its importance and background. So, I ventured forth to find it. While I was taking pictures of the marker sign and the house, a young member of the family appeared and invited me inside saying that his "Mom" would be glad to show me around. I was delighted, of course, when an attractive lady appeared from a back room and greeted me. The front hall had recently been decorated by a young man who lives in the area. A painted mural depicts the story of the old farm from the earliest days – showing the brook and tannery and buildings and neighboring landscape. It is beautifully done in soft colors and will be a visual testimony for future generations to appreciate. As much as I enjoyed the information and experiences that resulted from reading Lesser Crossroads, there was still no mention of the word "Giggleswick."

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Photo caption: The Hartley family which gave two windows to the church, had its roots in the Yorkshire village of Giggleswick, after which the Mellick estate was named.

Then, all of a sudden I learned that Mrs. George Mellick, formerly Ella Hartley, was the one who claimed the name. Her family originated in Giggleswick, Yorkshire, England. At last the word "Giggleswick" was identified. As for the meaning of the word – another incident occurred to help explain this mystery.

While my nephew and his wife were in England recently, they stopped in Giggleswick while driving through the lovely Yorkshire countryside. A tour of the local parish church of St. Alkelda resulted in the purchase of a cookbook, which was being sold to raise money for the restoration of the old church, and a pamphlet that gave the history of the church and village.

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Photo caption: George and Ella Mellick pose before sailing to England in 1901. They usually purchased furniture for the Great Room during these annual trips.

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In the back of the pamphlet there was a list of memorials and windows given to the church. To quote the following:

Both East and West windows were given by members of the Hartley family, once of Catteral Hall. The East window represents the Crucifixion and the Ascension. The West is sometimes described as "The Ebbing and Flowing Well Window." Th window in the choirmen's vestry is another "Hartley" window. It represents the "Song of Simeon."

How wonderful it was to find this information and now to be able to put it all together with the George P. Mellick who created a beautiful home and grounds on this property.

On the first page of the pamphlet was the following informaiton:

As a centre of human habitation, the Village of Giggleswick is very ancient, so ancient that the true origin of the place name has been lost in lists of antiquity. Several ingenious suggestions are current, of which the most probable, since it is the most matter-of-fact, is that the "Wic," or village, was that of a fromer Scandinavian chieftain named "Gigel," a name quite commonly found in early tax rolls in the North Riding.

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Photo caption: The original bungalow, shown in 1900, was greatly enlarged after the Mellicks had lived in it for a few years.

Ella Hartley and George P. Mellick were married in 1884. They lived on 7th Street in Plainfield for ten years before moving to the large property on Woodland Avenue that they named "Giggleswick." They built a bungalow that they enjoyed for a few years before their friend John B. Benson, artist and architect, changed it to a more formal house by adding a second story to the bungalow and extending a long living room with a high ceiling and leaded windows at the end. Some people called it a ballroom. Charles Detwiller, architect, descrives it as a "Great Room" with a little musician's gallery that hung out over the entry doorway from the small entry hall. To the left of the entry into the Great Room was a very large fireplace constructed with exposed brick and stonework from floor to ceiling and punctuated with shards of carved Roman ornaments broken from old sarcophagi. I am told that each year, on trips to England, the Mellicks would purchase some fine piece of furniture for that room. On the first floor there

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Photo caption: Giggleswick had expanded into an imposing home by the time George Mellick died in 1925.

Furnishings for The Great Room, the most impressive feature of the house, were often bought in England.

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was also a paneled den, a large dining room, and a kitchen. Up behind the stairway to the second floor was a room for the butler. There were four bedrooms and three baths on the second floor. The front door was heavily carved, and there were carved mantels over the three fireplaces as well as other carved doors, all of which must have been brought from England.

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The Grounds of "Giggleswick" page 10

Both Mellicks were enthusiastic gardeners and naturalists. Mr. Mellick created a rock garden with the help of Swiss engineers, using huge boulders dug up from the property. (This area is a the end of the terminal moraine, which accounts for their great size.) The cavities created by the relocation of these boulders formed pools that were filled with water. One could swim, after a fashion, in these pools. In one section there were caves and little docks where a toy boat could be tied. It is said that when Mr. Mellick arrived home from his daily commute to New York, he would climb the path to the top of

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Photo caption: The novel features of the Giggleswick's landscaping included the pools, crated by moving huge boulders, and Ella Hartley Mellick's iris garden, dominated by a 10-foot wooden mushroom.

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a knoll, sit in the gazebo that he had had built there, and turn a switch to activate the waterfalls that fed the pools. What an ideal spot to enjoy the evening and cocktails after the hot train trip from New York. (He founded the Wall Street firm of Carlisle and Mellick.)

Mrs. Mellick had a peony garden and an irs garden and a supervised natural plantings of wildflowers and shrubbery such as leucothoe, laurel, rhododendromm, and azalea. At the top of the knoll by the gazebo there were lovely clumps of lilies of the valley and jack-in-the-pulpits growing under the trees. She had a carpenter make a wooden imitation of a mushroom, ten feet high, which was placed at some strategic spot in the iris garden. Needless to say, the Mellick estated required the attention of a capable groundskeeper. For many years that responsibility belonged to a Mr. John Kilgallon, whose position was one of coachman, caretaker, and gardener.

One of the special attractions was the allee of great oak trees that led from the front door of the house – up past the rock garden and over the hill. This was called the bridal path. It connected with matching trees to the Miller Fargo's house. Later there were to be several other houses built beyond – for the Mellick's son Roger and his bride, Catherine Ginna, for one. They persuaded the J. P. Stevenses (Jack and Edith) to join the community. Then there was "White Chimneys," the residence of William H. Whitcomb, later occupied by the Robert Stevens family. All four houses are still there and occupied. The allee of trees is there, too, though the line has been broken at the ends to make way for the new development.

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The George Mellicks had three children: Hartley and Roger, the sons, and Edith, the daughter, who married Harold Belshaw. Their son, George P. Mellick Belshaw, was named for his grandfather and he spent a lot of time at "Giggleswick" as a young boy. Recently, my husband and I had the priviledge of visiting this "young boy," who is now an Episcopal bishop of New Jersey and living in Princeton. We had a delightful time with him and his wife. The bishop showed me pictures of "Giggleswick" and its original owners – some of which he has generously shared by having copies made. He also showed me some of the antiques brought from England to furnish the big room – and last, but not least – the ten-foot wooden mushroom which now stands on his grounds as a reminder of happy days at "Giggleswick."

The Mellicks were very generous to their family and to the community. When I was married in 1937 and came to live in Plainfield, I was a volunteer at the Ella Hartley Mellick Community

Photo caption: The wooden mushroom now stands on the grounds of her grandson's home in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Photo caption: Active in Plainfield affairs, Mrs. Mellick supported the community house named for her that served underprivileged children.

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House, a neighborhood recreation center for underprivileged children. Ella Mellick was a charter member of the Plalinfield Garden Club, founded in 1915. By the time I became a member in 1946 she was inactive, and so I did not have the pleasure of knowing her. George Mellick died in 1925, and for the next 20 years Ella lived in the house with her brother, Leonard, and her sister, Edith, both of whom died shortly before she sold the house in 1945 to the Stevens family, who owned it briefly. From "Giggleswick" she went to live with her son-in-law, daughter and grandson in New Haven, Connecticut. She died there in 1951.

From 1945 to 1950 the house was empty, I believe. At this time the Alex Krolls were interested in converting a barn on the property. Plans were drawn up but proved too expensive. Their fifth child was on the way, and it seemed too much of an undertaking at that time to carry it out. It was suggested that they move into the big house with the provision that if they liked it they could purchase it. This they did. The Krolls are great tennis players. The big, long Great Room was turned into a badminton court. (They did not have proper household furnishings for such a room.) They spent several happy years there, and then the time came when it was advisable to move into Plainfield, where the schools were nearby. There were several occupants after that – Mr. and Mrs. Ed Rogers for five years, followed by others for a short time each. The Krolls were interested in developing the property but were prevented from doing so. They

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then sold it a realtor. The house remained empty – except for an invasion of hippies. The place was vandalized, a fire broke out, and as a result, the house was torn down.

Creation of "The Woodlands"

Many of the older Plainfielders whose children were grown and leaving home were tempted to sell their big houses and move into smaller and more convenient types of houses, but they could not find anything approbriate around this area and were moving elsewhere. At his point in the late 1970s, Mr. Charles Detwiller conceived the idea of building attractive cluster homes or condominium apartments on the Mellick property to fill this need. Knowing that Mr. Alden Loosli had had real estate development experiencein Florida, Mr. Detwiller went to him fro advice and consultation. They became interested in forming a partnership to build a "luxury complex" and formed the "Aldet Co." The needed permission from the Town of Edison was granted, and now they were ready to go ahead with plans. A well-known architect experienced in condominium style was consulted. When he came to inspect the property, he was enthralled with the setting and so took on the job of designing the buildings. Then a contractor was engaged. Mr. Loosli was in charge of the business end, and Mr. Detwiller supervised the building. Mr. Detwiller had a special sentiment for the place. His parents had been friends of the Mellicks, and as a boy he used to swim in the pools. He concentrated on saving as many of the landmarks as possible.

In building "The Woodlands" every effort was made by both partners to carry out the highest standards in every way. Not everything went smoothly. It was a gargantuan project. There were struggles and pitfalls along the way to achieve their dream. All of that is another story in itself. But most important of all, it is due to these two men – Charles Detwiller and Alden Loosli – that we owe our appreciation and gratitude for preserving these special features that link the present with the past and give "The Woodlands" its special attraction and charm.

Marjorie Blackman Elliott

Mellick Property now "The Woodlands"

I am most grateful to the following people who have helped me in putting this story together:

Bishop Mellick Belshaw
Arthur F. Blackman
Charles Detwiller
William P. Elliott
Victor P. King
Mrs. Alex Kroll
Mrs. Alden Loosli
Mrs. John Madsen
Mrs. Elinor Matchett

Elizabeth Dunn (Ayers) wife of Andrew D. Mellick, Plainfield

Notable Kin: The New England Ancestry of Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard's 28th President
Martin E. Hollick

When Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, introduced Drew Gilpin Faust at her inauguration as Harvard's 28th president on October 12, 2007, she said that Harvard had at last in its 371 year history chosen, and with a dramatic pause she continued, a southerner. With all due respect to her upbringing in Virginia, Dr. Faust was born in New York City, which is slightly north of the Mason Dixon Line. Her father, McGhee Tyson Gilpin, was a thoroughbred horse breeder and Princeton graduate of 1942. His ancestry includes families from Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Maryland and Pennsylvania, including his maternal grandfather, Lawrence Davis Tyson, a 1883 graduate of West Point and U.S. Senator from Tennessee. Faust's mother, Catharine Ginna Mellick was from New Jersey and her ancestry is a mixture of New Jersey and New England forebears.

Through her mother President Faust has two great-great-grandmothers with considerable New England ancestry. Mary Whiting (Stowers), the wife of George Cook Lewis, a physician in New Jersey and Elizabeth Dunn (Ayers), wife of Andrew D. Mellick, of Plainfield, New Jersey, provide Faust with two Mayflower lines to Edward Fuller and Gov. William Bradford. She also descends from at least two New Jersey residents whose Mayflower lines were once accepted, but now remain either unproven or incorrect: Temperance (Bonham), wife of Zebulon Ayers and Desire (Walker), wife of Joseph Freeman. Faust has two ancestors of known royal descent, coincidentally, both women: Mrs. Agnes Harris Spencer and Mrs. Elizabeth St. John Whiting.

President Faust is a direct descendant of the Rev. Jonathan Edwards, 18th century divine who was largely associated with the Great Awakening as well as the third president of Princeton. Among the noted progeny of the Rev. Jonathan Edwards we find his grandson, Aaron Burr, the third U.S. Vice President, Faust's first cousin, six times removed; First Lady Edith Kermit Carow (Mrs. Theodore) Roosevelt, a third cousin, three times removed; as well as short story writer O. Henry, the wife of inventor Eli Whitney, and poet Robert Lowell. Through her descent from Alice Richards, wife of William Bradford, Jr., Faust is part of the Bradford/Richards/Hinckley family group which includes the late actor Christopher Reeve, Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner, film icon Clint Eastwood , and inventor George Eastman (all Bradford descendants), both Presidents Bush and FDR, Senator John F. Kerry, and Mormon President Gordon Hinckley (Richards descendants).

Faust's Mayflower descent from Edward Fuller is through his son Samuel Fuller whose wife was Jane Lathrop, the daughter of the Rev. John Lathrop and Hannah House. The Lathrop family group includes Presidents Grant, FDR, and both Bushes, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his father the late George Romney, both father and son publishers Charles Scribner, poet Hart Crane, park architect Frederick Law Olmstead, governor of New York and two-time presidential candidate, Thomas Dewey, actress Dina Merrill, fellow historian, John Lathrop Motley, U.S. Vice President Henry Wallace, Clint Eastwood (again), traitor Benedict Arnold, Psycho actor Anthony Perkins, the Dulles brothers Allen and John Foster, poets Henry Wadworth Longfellow and Oliver Wendell Holmes, and the latter's son, the Supreme Court Justice, Chief Justice Melville Weston Fuller, the wife of Thomas William Lamont, namesake of one of Harvard's libraries, the wife of Leland Stanford, railroad magnate and benefactor of the university which bears his name, and TV chef and icon, Julia Child.

Another major family group that President Faust is a part is the Bulkeley family, derived from her ancestress Elizabeth St. John Whiting whose mother was Sarah Bulkeley. Descendants of Elizabeth St. John Whiting include President Coolidge, film icon Bette Davis, and Anne Foster Bellows, the wife of Thomas Hill, the 20th president of Harvard. The larger Bulkeley family includes both presidents Bush, astronaut Alan Shepherd, Ralph Waldo Emerson, patriot John Hancock, and another film legend, Katharine Hepburn.

President Faust descends from Jeremiah Mason and Mary Clark, also ancestors of Senator Kerry, her sixth cousin, once removed. Jeremiah's paternal grandparents were Daniel Mason and Margaret Denison, she a descendant of William Denison and Margaret Chandler, early immigrants to Roxbury, Mass. Their granddaughter Elizabeth, daughter of Daniel and Patience (Dudley) Denison married John Rogers, the 5th president of Harvard. John and Elizabeth (Denison) Rogers were the parents of Margaret Rogers, the wife of John Leverett, the 7th president of Harvard, and Elizabeth Rogers who married John Appleton who were, in turn, the parents of Margaret Appleton, the wife of Edward Holyoke, the 9th president of Harvard. A sister of Margaret (Appleton) Holyoke was Elizabeth who married Jabez Fitch and was an ancestress of Abbott Lawrence Lowell, the 22nd president of Harvard. Thus the Denison family can now claim at least five Harvard presidents in their ranks.

Through the ancestors of Jonathan Edwards, Faust is also a descendant of Thomas Willet, the first mayor of New York City, her birthplace, and the Rev. Thomas Hooker, founder of Hartford, Connecticut. Lastly, the Rev. Jonathan Edwards' maternal grandfather was the Rev. Solomon Stoddard, Harvard Class of 1662, whose mother Lucy Downing, was the daughter of Emanuel Downing and Lucy Winthrop, the sister of Gov. John Winthrop, whose sermon on the Arabella, President Faust quoted in her inaugural speech. Through the Downings, Faust is a kinswoman to the Adams family, including both presidents and the later professors of Harvard, Brooks and Henry Adams.

Presented below in modified notable kin style is the ancestry of President Faust. Note that ancestors Elizabeth C. Tompkins and George Cook Lewis were not traced further and may have additional New England ties.

Catharine Drew Gilpin, b. 18 September 1947, New York, New York, now known as Drew Gilpin Faust, A.B. Bryn Mawr (1968), A.M., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (1975); McGhee Tyson Gilpin & Catharine Ginna Mellick; Kenneth Newcomer Gilpin & Isabella McGhee Tyson, Roger Drew Mellick & Catharine Whiting Ginna; Henry Brooke Gilpin & Hattie Newcomer, Lawrence Davis Tyson & Bettie Humes McGhee, George Phelps Mellick & Ella Hartley, Daniel Frederick Ginna & Catharine Whiting Lewis; Bernard Gilpin & Sarah Thomas, Benjamin Franklin Newcomer & Amelia Louise Ehlen, Richard Lawrence Tyson & Margaret Louise Turnage, Charles McClung McGhee & Isabella McNutt White, Andrew D. Mellick & Elizabeth Dunn Ayers, Stephen A. Ginna & Elizabeth C. Tompkins, George Cook Lewis & Mary Whiting Stowers; Simeon Ayers & Abigail Dunham, Uriah Morris Stowers & Catharine Spencer Whiting; Ezekiel Ayers & Charlotte Cotheil Freeman, James Dunham & Ursula Dunn, Mason Whiting & Mary Edwards; Zebulon Ayers & Temperance Bonham, Matthew Freeman & Margaret Cotheil, John Dunham, Jr. & Mary Gilman, Hugh Dunn & Abigail Carman, William Whiting, Jr. & Anna Mason, Timothy Edwards & Rhoda Ogden; Joseph Freeman & Desire Walker, John Dunham & Mary Drake, Jeremiah Dunn & Sarah Hull, William Whiting & Anna Raymond, Jeremiah Mason & Mary Clark, Rev. Jonathan Edward & Sarah Pierpont; Benajah Dunham & Dorothy Martin, Benjamin Hull, Jr. & Sarah Drake, Samuel Whiting & Elizabeth Adams, Daniel Mason, Jr. & Dorothy Hobart, Timothy Edwards & Esther Stoddard, James Pierpont (Harvard Class of 1681) & Mary Hooker; Edward Dunham & Mary Bonham, Benjamin Hull & Rachel York, Rev. John Whiting (Harvard Class of 1653) & Sybil Collins, William Adams (Harvard Class of 1671) & Alice Bradford, Daniel Mason & Margaret Denison, Jeremiah Hobart & Elizabeth Whiting, Richard Edwards & Elizabeth Tuttle, Solomon Stoddard & Esther Warham, Samuel Hooker (Harvard Class of 1653) & Mary Willet; Nicholas Bonham & Hannah Fuller, Rev. Joseph Hull & Agnes (–), William Bradford, Jr. & Alice Richards, John Mason & Ann Peck, Edward Denison & Elizabeth Weld, Samuel Whiting & Elizabeth St. John (RD) (parents of Elizabeth), William Edwards & Agnes Harris (RD), Anthony Stoddard & Lucy Downing, Rev. Thomas Hooker & Susannah Garbrand, Thomas Willet & Mary Brown; Samuel Fuller & Jane Lathrop, William Bradford (MF) & Alice Carpenter, Thomas Richards & Welthean Loring, William Denison & Margaret Chandler, Sir Oliver St. John & Sarah Bulkeley, Emmanuel Downing & Lucy Winthrop; Edward Fuller (MF) & (–), Rev. John Lathrop & Hannah House.

Sources: The immediate ancestry of President Faust is gleaned from newspaper articles: "In Faust, Early Bold Streak" by Marcella Bombardieri and Maria Sacchetti, Boston Globe, 25 February 2007; New York Times 22 October 1942 (parents' engagement), 31 December 1966 (mother's obit), 22 June 1947 and 3 April 1983 (obits of her Gilpin grandparents), 4 December 1968 and 31 July 1989 (obits of her Mellick grandparents), 20 December 1916 (engagement of her Mellick grandparents), 24 August 1925 and 25 March 1951 (obits of George P. Mellick and his wife Ella, the obit for George Mellick notes his membership in the Mayflower Society and SAR), 8 November 1895 (obituary of Andrew D. Mellick), 7 January 1914 (obituary for Daniel F. Ginna), 16 January 1905 (obit for Stephen A. Ginna), ; Washington Post of 24 June 1947 (obituary of her paternal grandfather); Social Security Death Index #068-24-7421 (father, McGhee Gilpin) and #230-52-8618 (Isabella Tyson Gilpin); Dictionary of American Biography 19:104-5 (Tyson); Patty Barthell Myers, The Ancestors and Descendants of Lewis Ross Freeman with related families (1995), pp. 5-13, 21-2, 47-8, 421-3, 429-30, 439, 473, 466, 448 (Ayers, Freeman, noting that Elizabeth Dunn Ayers appears in this work); William H. Edwards, Timothy and Rhoda Ogden Edwards of Stockbridge, Massachusetts and their Descendants (1903), pp. 1-15, 28-29, 126, 129, 134, and 137 (Edwards, Pierpont, Ogden, Whiting, Lewis, noting that Catherine Whiting Ginna appears in this work, which is part of Google Books); NEHGR 93 (1939):203-4 (Bible record of Simeon Ayers and Abigail Dunham); Biographical Note for the Gilpin Family Papers, Southern Historical Collection #4535 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; National Register of the SAR (1902), p. 706 (George P. Mellick); Mayflower Families Through Five Generations 4 (E. Fuller), pp. 3-4, 6-8, 13-14, 34, 36-38, 105-6 and 22 (Bradford), pp. 1-8, 17-18, 55-57, 206-7; Mayflower Families in Progress: George Soule (5th ed. 2006), p. 10 (Walker which relies on Mayflower Quarterly 50:31-40); The Ancestry of Thomas Chalmers Brainerd (1948) (Whiting, Collins, Lathrop); connections to notable kin via the extensive writings of Gary Boyd Roberts, including The Ancestry of American Presidents (1995), Notable Kin, vols., 1 and 2 (specifically 1:107 which lists the progeny of Jonathan Edwards), and various notable kin columns appearing in the NEHGS NEXUS, New England Ancestors and online at, specifically nos. 65 (Clint Eastwood) and 56 (John Lathrop Descendants); and the work of William Addams Reitwiesner at, specifically the ahnentafel of George W. Bush and John F. Kerry. For the royal line of Elizabeth St. John Whiting to Henry II of England see RD600, pp. 442-44 and Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry (2004), p. 629; the royal line of Agnes Harris Spencer Edwards to Hugh Capet of France at RD600, pp. 548-50.

Martin Hollick is a reference librarian at the Harvard Law School Library.

July 12, 1896 New York Times article

Plainfield society article referencing many of the Plainfield Garden Club families.

Miss Hartley of New York is visiting her sister, Mrs. George P. Mellick at their residence on Lalorande Avenue.

February 4, 1914 New York Times article

PLAINFIELD GOLFERS DINE.; Annual Meeting and Banquet of the Country Club Held Last Night.

The annual meeting and banquet of the Plainfield Country Club was held last night in Columbus Hall, Plainfield, N.J., with Leighton Calkins presiding for the last time, after serving ten years on the Board of Trustees. The annual report showed that the membership has increased from 544 in 1903 to 741 in 1913, and the regular annual income has increased in the same period from $10,000 to $27,009

referenced is former president George P. Mellick and many other husbands of the Plainfield Garden Club

December 5, 1900 New York Times article

Republican George P. Mellick elected to Councilman. Other Plainfield Garden Club husbands referenced.

1918 House & Garden architecture section


The garden is on the estate of George P. Mellick, Esq., at Plainfield, NJ The landscape architect was CW Maredydd Harrison. Includes an incredible black and white photo of a lily pond ringed with boulders and rockery plants.

Ginna, Mellick and Gilpin families

8. Andrew D. Mellick (Daniel (Malick) Meleck3, Aaron (Ehrenreich)(Moelich,Malick) Melick2, Johannes (Mellick) Moelich1) was born 7 APR 1811, and died 1895 in Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey. He married Elizabeth Dunn Ayres 9 JUN 1841. She was born 26 OCT 1821 in New Jersey, and died 1897.

Child of Andrew D. Mellick and Elizabeth Dunn Ayres is:+ 9 i. George Phelps Mellick was born 13 SEP 1862 in New Jersey, and died Unknown.


Descendant Register, Generation No. 4


9. George Phelps Mellick (Andrew D. Mellick4, Daniel (Malick) Meleck3, Aaron (Ehrenreich)(Moelich,Malick) Melick2, Johannes (Mellick) Moelich1) was born 13 SEP 1862 in New Jersey, and died Unknown. He married Ella Hartley OCT 1884 in New Jersey. She was born 3 JUN 1864 in New York, and died Unknown.

Child of George Phelps Mellick and Ella Hartley is:+ 10 i. Roger Drew Mellick was born 13 SEP 1894 in Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey, and died 1968.


Descendant Register, Generation No. 5


10. Roger Drew Mellick (George Phelps Mellick5, Andrew D. Mellick4, Daniel (Malick) Meleck3, Aaron (Ehrenreich)(Moelich,Malick) Melick2, Johannes (Mellick) Moelich1) was born 13 SEP 1894 in Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey, and died 1968. He married Catharine Whiting Ginna ABT 1917, daughter of Daniel Frederick Ginna and Catharine Whiting Lewis. She was born 22 JUN 1895 in New Jersey, and died Unknown.

Child of Roger Drew Mellick and Catharine Whiting Ginna is:+ 11 i. Catharine Ginna Mellick was born ABT 1918, and died 24 DEC 1966.


Descendant Register, Generation No. 6


11. Catharine Ginna Mellick (Roger Drew Mellick6, George Phelps Mellick5, Andrew D. Mellick4, Daniel (Malick) Meleck3, Aaron (Ehrenreich)(Moelich,Malick) Melick2, Johannes (Mellick) Moelich1) was born ABT 1918, and died 24 DEC 1966. She married McGhee Tyson Gilpin. He was born 26 APR 1919 in Virginia, and died 7 MAY 2000 in Virginia.

Child of Catharine Ginna Mellick and McGhee Tyson Gilpin is:+ 12 i. Living Gilpin.

George Phelps Mellick marries Ella Hartley

172. George Phelps MELLICK.24 Born on 13 Sep 1862.24

On 29 Oct 1884 when George Phelps was 22, he married Ella HARTLEY24, daughter of Justinian HARTLEY, in Bergen Point, NJ.24 Born on 3 Jun 1864

Melick House, Inman Avenue behind Plainfield Country Club

The home and wind-mill crowned farm buildings recorded here and on the preceding page by Reina Lawrence reappear, little changed, in a 1933 photograph identified as the Melick house in Images of American - Edison by Stacy E. Spies. The venerable dwelling stands today on Inman Avenue behind the Plainfield Country Club grounds, near Wardlaw-Hartridge School. Its site is part of the original Plainfield Plantation settled by John Barclay in 1684, south of the Cedar Brook. The Plainfield grant, covering most of what is now South Plainfield, was sold by the Barclays to Woodbridge Quaker John Laing in 1692. Courtesy of the Plainfield Library - Plainfield, New Jersey

from Plainfield, New Jersey's History & Architectureby John Grady and Dorothe Pollard

From Plainfield, New Jersey's History & Architecture by John Grady and Dorothe Pollard

Clockwise from top left: The slopes where American patriots once fought the British were under a new assualt. Residential development surged on into the Short Hills, the last bastion of unspoiled farmland on the outskirts of Plainfield, and a new decorative element entered local garden design. Water had long been a feature of the city's brook side gardens for obvious reasons. Rock now added a fresh dimension for the reasons less obvious. Deposited as a terminal moraine at the end of the last ice age, the boulders forming the underpinnings of the Short Hills had ended their long journey. Eons later, they resurfaced as the bane of eighteenth and nineteenth century farmers and the delight of twentieth century landscapers.

A gentrified farmhouse enters a new phase of its existence. The house appers ancient, the hilly road has not been paved, a well house remains in place, but this is no longer a working farmyard. Land once allotted to husbandry has been transformed into a pleasure garden replacing a formerly utilitarian landscape.

Designed during the 1920's. the Albert Atterbury garden on Hillside Avenue mirrors the garden principles of Giggleswick (seen in the bottom left picture) – water, rock, and luxurant bloom. The house rides the crest of the hill, with lawns and flower beds spilling down the slope toward the rooftops below in graceful waves of texture, punctuated with rare trees and shrubs.

Climbing roses clasp the home's trellised walls in a warm embrace and the basic bones of the garden have been preserved and enhanced by the gentle refinements of today's owners. Continuously cultivated for over three-quarters of a century, this urban Eden is truly one of Plainfield's living legacies – a legacy shared by many during house and garden tours.

"Giggleswick" seems to have started it all. Marjorie Elliott's 1989 treatise on the Giggleswick estated on Woodland Avenue dates the stone cottage of George and Ella Mellick to 1894, with a larger, medieval-style great hall added soon after, and describes the rock gardens developed withthe help of Swiss engineers using huge boulders dug up from the property. "The cavaties created by the relocation of these boulders formed pools that were filled with water . . .(where) one could swin, after a fashion." Spring bulbs, irises, peonies, wildflowers, lilies of the valley, and jack-in-the-pulpits swathed the landscape in naturalized plantings. Though the estate house was razed after a fire, an enclave of luxury condominiums arose on the site, incorporating many of the pre-exisiting garden features. Thus, a legend lives on. Courtesy of Courier News – Bridgewater, New Jersey

2010 Image of a Giggleswick condo

Giggleswick Memories of Childhood By George Phelps Mellick Belshaw

Plainfield Library

June 16, 1966 New York Times article

WEDDINGS;Dorothy Murray, George Belshaw Jr.
Published: June 16, 1996
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Dorothy Millang Murray, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lohmann Murray of East Hampton, L.I., was married there yesterday to George Phelps Mellick Belshaw Jr., a son of Bishop and Mrs. G. P. Mellick Belshaw of Princeton, N.J. Bishop Belshaw, who is retired from the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, performed the ceremony at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

Mrs. Belshaw, 30, is the director of business development and research at George Little Management, a trade show organizer, in White Plains. She graduated from Hamilton College. Her father, who is retired, was the manager of sales at the Continental Group, a manufacturer of cans, bottles and other packaging materials in New York. From 1980 to 1984, he was a senior vice president of the New York City Partnership. The bride's mother, Martha Murray, is a consultant with Geller Associates, a media consulting company in New York, and was the publisher of Bon Apetit magazine in New York.

Mr. Belshaw, 31, is a partner in Altar Rock Films, an independent film production company in New York. He graduated from Colby College. His father is the chairman of the trustees of General Theological Seminary in New York.

George Phelps Mellick Belshaw

Bishops of the Diocese of New Jersey

Before you read the tables below, it might be helpful to define some terms.

A bishop is the supervisor of clergy and laity within a certain area (diocese). It's the third order of ordained ministry; from the Greek word episcopos, meaning 'overseer'. A bishop traditionally is chosen from among the priests and is ordained to the episcopate by three other bishops to preserve the apostolic succession and to ensure continuity with church teachings.

A diocesan bishop is the chief administrators of a diocese. A suffragan bishop is an assistant bishop who has been elected to that position. A bishop coadjutor is also an assistant bishop who is elected, but with the right of succession. An assisting bishop is someone who is already a bishop, and who is appointed to help a diocesan bishop or who acts in an interim capacity during the absence of a diocesan bishop. The presiding bishop is the chief bishop of a national church, sometimes called a primate or archbishop.

In the rosters below, the number in parentheses after a bishop's name refers to the rank in succession from the first American bishop, Samuel Seabury.

Diocesans/Number in succession Born/Died Served
I John Croes (16) 17621832 18151832
II George Washington Doane (29) 17991859 18321859
III William Henry Odenheimer (66) 18171879 18591874
IV John Scarborough (111) 18311914 18751914
V Paul Matthews (278) 18661954 19151937
VI Wallace John Gardner (395) 18831954 19371954
VII Alfred Lothian Banyard (459) 19081992 19551973*
VIII Albert Wiencke Van Duzer (614) 19171999 19731982*
IX George Phelps Mellick Belshaw (702) 1929 19831994*
X Joe Morris Doss (886) 1943 19952002*
t vacant t 20022003
XI George Edward Councell (990) 1949 2003

*See list of other bishops

Other Bishops Title Born/Died Consecrated Served
Albion W. Knight (224) Coadjutor 18591936 1904 19231935
Ralph E. Urban (384) Suffragan 18751935 1932 19321935
Alfred Lothian Banyard^ Suffragan 19081992 1945 19451955
Albert Wiencke Van Duzer^ Suffragan 19661972 1966 19661972
g Coadjutor g g 19721973
George Phelps Mellick Belshaw^ Suffragan g 1975 19751982
g Coadjutor g g 19821983
Vincent King Pettit (781) Suffragan 19242006 1984 19841991
Joe Morris Doss^ Coadjutor 1943 1993 19931994
Herbert A. Donovan, Jr. (748) Assisting 1931 1980 19992000
David Bruce Joslin (871) Assisting 1936 1991 20002003

^See list of diocesans


December 12, 1993 New York Times wedding announcement

WEDDINGS; E. M. Belshaw And Peter Ham
Published: December 12, 1993
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Elizabeth Mellick Belshaw, the daughter of Bishop and Mrs. G. P. Mellick Belshaw of Princeton, N.J., was married there yesterday to Peter Morrison Ham, a son of Barbara A. Morley of St.-Jacques-de-Grasse, France, and Donald M. Ham of Glenbrook, Nev. The Rev. Leslie C. Smith performed the Episcopal ceremony at Trinity Church.

Mrs. Ham, a graduate of Connecticut College, teaches the third grade at the Spence School in New York. Her father is the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey in Trenton.

Mr. Ham, a graduate of Dartmouth College, is a vice president of the Merrill Lynch International Bank in New York. His father is the director of marketing at Vitamin Research Products Inc., a manufacturer and retailer of nutritional supplements in Carson City, Nev.

Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Plainfield Garden Club by Lucy Von Boskerck

November 13, 1940
Penciled above her name are the initials "H. M." indicated Mrs. Mellick's status as "Honorary Member"

Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Plainfield Garden Club by Lucy Von Boskerck

The critic, Issues 698 - 723 year 1895


Andrew D. Mellick, the author of "The Story of an Old Farml of, Life in New Jersey in the Eighteenth Century," died in Plainfield, NJ on Nov. 6 at the age of fifty-five. He was a constant writer of sketches of travel and historical papers for the periodical press, notably The Evening Post, and was Historian General to the Sons of the American Revolution in New Jersey and a member of the New Jersey Historical Society. He had been an invalid for fifteen years, dictating his work to an amanuensis.

Ella Hartley Mellick at Mellick Community House

Plainfield Library Photo File

C-20217 1945 Collier Celebration at Mellick Community House, May 1945 519 North Avenue Celebration of 25th anniversary with cake and candles, 1945, Plainfield, 519 North Avenue, Mrs. Ella Hartley Mellick poses with group of children, at least one woman, and a set of triplets.

December 11, 1903

Daily Princetonian, Volume 28, Number 140, 11 December 1903 – GLEE CLUB CONCERT In Plainfield To-night. Program and List of Patronesses.


In Plainfield To-night. Program and List of Patronesses.

The second concert of the Glee, Banjo and Mandolin Clubs will be given in the Casino of Plainfield, N. J., to-night at 8.15 o'clock. The clubs will leave Princeton to-day at 1.21 p. m., and arrive at Elizabeth at 2.20. Leaving Elizabeth on the C. R. R. of N. J. at 2.35, they will reach Plainfield at 3.03. The men will be entertained at the homes of the Princeton alumni, and immediately after the concert adance will be given in honor of the clubs. On the return trip the men will leave Plainfield on Saturday at 9.40 a. m., reaching Elizabeth at 10.04, leave at 10.06, and arrive in Princeton at 11. The program of the concert follows: PART FIRST. 1. Old Nassau, Carmina Princetonia Glee Club. 2. A Rag Time Ball, J. H.Jennings Banjo Club. 3. 1904 Medley, Arranged by K. S. Clark Glee Club. 4. Selections from Babes in Toyland, Herbert Mandolin Club. 5. Fantasienstuck, Arranged Banjo Club. PART SECOND. 1. Step Song, Carmina Princetonia Glee Club. 2. Gondoliere, Nevin Mandolin Club. 3. The 1904 Rakion, Joseph Chapman Banjo Club. 4. Solo, Selected Mr. Truesdale. 5. Espanola Viva, Arranged Glee and Mandolin Clubs. 6. The White Crow, Paul Eno Banjo Club. PART THIRD. 1. Bedelia, Schwartz Mandolin and Banjo Clubs. 2. Selection, Arranged Glee Club. 3. Danse Caprice, Grieg Mandolin Club. 4. Triangle Song, Carmina Princetonia Glee, Banjo and Mandolin Clubs. The patronesses are as follows : Mrs. Charles F. Abbott, Mrs. Frederick H. Andrews, Mrs. Ernest R. Ackerman, Mrs. John T. Baker, Mrs. Eliot T. Barrows, Mrs. James R. Blake, Mrs. Charles I. Brooks, Mrs Howard W. Beebe, Mrs. E. H. Booth, Mrs. P. W. Bakely, Mrs. P. T. Brown, Mrs. J. Hervey Buchanan, Mrs. J. Edgar Corlies, Mrs. George A. Chapman, Mrs. J. B. Dumont, Mrs. M. E. Egerton, Mrs. Chapman Fisk, Mrs. Howard Fleming, Mrs. Walter Gaston, Mrs. Wm. T. Gaugh, Mrs. John F. Harmon, Mrs. Ellis W. Hedges, Mrs. Eugene H. Hatch, Mrs. W. E. Honeyman, Mrs. James Hayes, Mrs. Samuel Huntington, Mrs. Henry L. Hall, Mrs. Henry C. Irons, Mrs. D. C. Ivins, Mrs. William T. Kaufman, Mrs. William E. Lowe, Mrs. Edward H. Ladd, Jr., Mrs. E. L. Mack, Mrs. George P. Mellick, Mrs. H. Raymond Munger, Mrs. William H. Murray, Mrs. Henry A. McGee, Mrs. Walter Mc- Gee, Mrs. Samuel St. J. McCutchen, Mrs. Frank S. Martin, Mrs. Theodore W. Morris, Jr., Mrs. F. G. Meade, Mrs. Arthur J. Otterson, Mrs. D. W. Pond, Mrs. W. G. Peckham, Mrs. W. A. Pinto, Mrs. Joseph W. Reinhart, Mrs. David Rowland, Mrs. George S. Ring, Mrs. George T. Rogers, Mrs. Joseph M. Shellabarger, Mrs. Walter E. Stewart, Mrs. Lemuel W. Serrell, Mrs. Alfred F. H. Streuli, Mrs. Henry M. Stockton, Mrs. Joseph W. Sandford, Jr., Mrs. C. L. Sykes, Mrs. R. B. Strong, Mrs. George A. Strong, Mrs Duncan W. Taylor, Mrs. Evarts Tracy, Mrs. Lewis G. Timpson, Mrs. Mason Tyler, Mrs. Edward M. Van Buren, Mrs. George W. Van Boskerck, Mrs. A. Vandewater, Mrs. J. Vandewater, Mrs. William B. Wadsworth, Mrs. Orville T. Waring, Mrs. Lewis E. Waring, Mrs. Theodore D. Wilson, Mrs. E. Woltman, Mrs. John S. Zelie.

The relatives in Oldwick

The Melicks of Oldwick - Tewksbury's first family of farming

by Maude Kenyon

as printed in General Store magazine, Autumn 2001

How many of us can say we are tenth generation Americans, and that we live in the same town and farm the same land that our ancestors settled nearly three hundred years ago? The children of George and Norma Melick can, and they're rightfully proud of it.

Lesser Roads by Andrew D. Mellick, Jr.

Story of an Old Farm by Andrew D. Mellick, Jr.

The Old Farm -- Treasure of Somerset Hills

Stone House

The Hartley family in England

Charity Organization Society of Plainfield and North Plainfield

The Charity Organization Society of Plainfield and North Plainfield was founded in 1907. It assisted thousands of individuals and families, providing emergency relief and basics necessities. They also maintained the Ella Hartley Mellick Community House, which was a center for children and young people to gather, learn, and play. Instructional and recreational classes were held and clubs, such as the local Boy Scouts, met there. More than one hundred volunteers ran the house's programs. The organization later merged with the Plainfield Relief Association to become the Organized Aid Association (OAA).

Holdings: Two annual reports from 1933 and 1939.

Related Material:
Annual report of Charity Organization Society of Plainfield and North Plainfield [Charity Organization Society of Plainfield and North Plainfield, 1907-1939] PR 361.9 CHA

Charity Organization Society material relief report [United Family and Children's Services (Plainfield, N.J.), 1917-1929] PR 362.8 UNI

Minutes of the Charity Organization Society of Plainfield and North Plainfield [Charity Organization Society of Plainfield and North Plainfield, 1912-1913] PR 362.8 CHA

Charity Organization Society Scrapbook PR 362.8 Un3S v.3

Plainfield Library

Plainfield CC

New York Times August 18, 1901


Results of Weekly Marches at Hillside and Park Clubs.

PLAINFIELD, N. J. Aug. 17 – Notwithstanding the warm weather, there was a good attendance at the links of the Hillside Golf Club today. In the contest for the Mellick Cup, played this morning, Miss Maude Van Boskerck carried off the honors, the scores being: Miss Maude Van Boskerck 116, 12 - 104; Miss Herwarden, 110, 4 - 106, Miss May Holly, 137, 30 - 107; Miss May Wharton, 150, 35 - 115; Miss Louise Holly, 172, 25 - 137.

In the play for the Golf Committee Cup on the Hillside links, T. R. Van Boskerck led W. L. Glenny today by three points. The scores were: T. R. Van Boskerck, 92, 12 - 80; W. L. Glenny, 88 6 - 83; Walter Peterson, 99, 15 - 84; W. C. Faber, III, 27 -84; C. W. Abbott, 94, 8 - 86; C. A. Stevenson, 116, 24 - 92; C. C. Burke, Jr., 111, 19 - 92; E. W. Hedges, 115, 22-93; J. W. Sandford, 107, 13 -94; E. W. Newkirk, 122, 27 - 95; H. C. Tracey, 123, 17 - 96; L. H. Van Buren, 113, 15 - 98; J. R. Blake, 118, 18 -100; H. C. Munger, 114, 12 - 102; R. Rushmore, 127, 20 -107.

There was a comparatively small field in the weekly competition for the President's Cup at the Park Golf Club, and first and second honors went to Joseph L. Myers and Charles L. Nichols, respectively, who are newcomers in the race, while Charles B. Morse took third place. Senator Charles A. Reed still leads for the trophy.

The score cards better than 100 were: Joseph L. Myers, 117, 30 - 87; Charles L. Nichols, 119, 30 - 80; Charles B. Morse, 107, 15 - 92; William R. Faber, 113, 21 - 97; H. G. Phillips, 124, 25 - 90; Henry C. Wells, 118, 19 - 99.

New York Times October 4, 1908

New York Times October 4, 1908


Plainfield Club Members Start New Movement to Amend Rules.

Special to The New York Times

PLAINFIELD, Oct. 13 – For the third time within two years the members of the Plainfield Country Club are trying to introduce Sunday golf here. Several commuters have called a special meeting for next Tuesday, when an amendment to the constitution will be voted on. Notwithstanding that the Baltusrol, the Westfield, and other golf clubs in this section, permit Sunday golf, the Plainfield club has a rule against it.

Ex-Councilmen George P. Mellick, a New York banker, and Elliott T. Barrows, a member of the New York Produce Exchange, are back of the open Sunday movement. With them are many prominent commuters. Opposed to them are many Wall Street men, who teach Sunday school classes here. Craig A. Marsh, Corporation Counsel, and President of the Union County Bar Association, is leader of the opposition.

April 12, 2012

The Library of Congress will make Frances Benjamin Johnston's photographs of gardens accessible online on Friday. Capturing the Gardens of America

Library of Congress Prints and Photography

Biography of Frances Benjamin Johnston

Although your editor does not have the time to spare to confirm her suspicion, this world renown GCA photographer was most likely related to our own member Frances Johnston Mali.

Garden photography evolved with professional landscape architecture at the turn of the 20th century. Johnston produced her first landscape and garden images while photographing The White House in the late 1890s. In 1903, she photographed the northern California ranch designed by Albert C. Schweinfurth for education reformer Phoebe Apperson Hearst. Then, in October 1904 Country Life in America published Johnston's photographs of the Mission Revival house and garden. The magazine was a mainstay for the photographer's work before the 1920s when The Garden Magazine, The House Beautiful, House & Garden* and Town & Country became leading clients.

The two photographers formed a professional partnership in 1913, the year twelve garden clubs founded The Garden Club of America. As part of its mission to promote garden design, in 1914, the club began a collection of photographs of member gardens. Already established as photographers through their published images of Daniel W. Langton's Princeton, New Jersey garden for Moses Taylor Pyne; J. Pierpont Morgan's Cragsland estate along the Hudson River; and Long Island North and South Shore houses, Johnston and Hewitt produced a large body of work for the club's photography initiative. They worked in black and white and autochrome, an early color process. The Glen Cove garden of George D. Pratt, designed by James L. Greenleaf, the Southampton garden of Colonel Thomas H. Barber designed by the Olmsted firm and Gray Gardens in Easthampton by author Anna Gilman Hill were among Johnston and Hewitt's work from this period.

*We had two members who had their gardens photographed for Home & Garden magazine:

Mrs. John Brokaw (Annie Wright Mason) Dumont '15

Mrs. George Phelps (Ella Hartley) Mellick '15

At first glance, these gardens do not look as if they were photographed by Frances.

Ella Hartley Mellick Community House

In this illustrated book, the Courier-News has sought to present some of the representative homes of The Plainfields and adjoining territory, together with such other buildings of interest and importance as would serve to convey an idea of the physical attractioins of one of the most beautiful and healthful cities in the Metropolitan District. The homes reflect the desirability of this community as a place of residence.

The churches, schools, clubs and public buildings pictured serve to give the stranger some conceptions of the beauty of the city and its right to be termed the "Queen City" of New Jersey.

With picturesque Watchung Hills as a background, this section with all its natural advantages, plus a progressive spirit, coupled with high class local governing bodies and a live Chamber of Commerce, is pecularily adapted for home sites and, as a result, it has enjoyed a steady and healthy growth for many years.

publication circa 1917

"Giggleswick," Residence of Mrs. G. P. Mellick, Woodland Avenue

In this illustrated book, the Courier-News has sought to present some of the representative homes of The Plainfields and adjoining territory, together with such other buildings of interest and importance as would serve to convey an idea of the physical attractioins of one of the most beautiful and healthful cities in the Metropolitan District. The homes reflect the desirability of this community as a place of residence.

The churches, schools, clubs and public buildings pictured serve to give the stranger some conceptions of the beauty of the city and its right to be termed the "Queen City" of New Jersey.

With picturesque Watchung Hills as a background, this section with all its natural advantages, plus a progressive spirit, coupled with high class local governing bodies and a live Chamber of Commerce, is pecularily adapted for home sites and, as a result, it has enjoyed a steady and healthy growth for many years.

publication circa 1917

1920 Muhlenberg Hospital Womens Auxiliary

Mrs. G. P. Mellick
Woodland Avenue

1915 - 1923 Book: Meetings of The Plainfield Garden Club



Sept 22 Mrs. Mellick
Mr. B. S. Bowdish "Birds"

1915 - 1923 Book: Meetings of The Plainfield Garden Club

1915 - 1923 List of Meetings

1925 Meeting Minutes

May 13, 1925 Meeting Minutes

1918 Meeting Minutes

1919 Meeting Minutes

1920 Meeting Minutes

Film of the Mellick Garden

1915 Meeting Minutes

Plainfield Garden Club
Minutes of regular meetings
May 12, 1915 to March 20, 1918
From its origination

May 12 1915

Minutes of the 1st General Meeting

First general meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held at the home of Mrs. Conner on Wednesday, May 12th at 3.30 o'clock.

President in the chair. Roll call showed 39 members present.

During the meeting rain began to fall to everyones regret making a tour of Mrs. Conner's garden impossible.

A few ? of congratulations on the formation of the Club by the President was followed by some notices given, and request to have members offer to exchange plants when possible.

We then listened to a most comprehensive talk on perennials given by Mr. Maurice Field of New York which was greatly enjoyed and appreciated by the members. He brought specimens of many plants showing how to divide and separate grubs and other garden enemies.


All felt stimulated and helped by his talk and as the rain prevented us from going in the garden his lecture of two hours ?? too long.

After a cup of tea the meeting adjourned.

Ella M. Gilbert Secy

May 26, 1915

Minutes of the 2nd General Meeting

Second general meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held at the home of Mrs. Barrows on Wed. May 26th at 3 oclock.

President in the Chair.

Roll call showed 33 members present.

Minutes of previous meeting were read and approved.

Giving to the inclement conditions of the weather the meeting was held indoors. ?? later on the sun came out and a visit to the garden was enjoyed by all.

Mrs. E. Yarde Breeze of Raritan ? Garden Club gave a very delightful paper on foreign gardens.

A letter was read from Mrs. W. S. Tyler giving notice of sale of garden things for the benefit of a young boy that she and some others were especially interested in.

It was noted ?? bring out of town guests and the Hostess. Plainfield friends After enjoying the hospitality of the hostess tea being served the meeting adjourned.

Ella M. Gilbert secy

June 2 1915

Minutes of the 3rd general meeting

The third general meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held in the garden of Mrs. Dumont on Wednesday June 9th at three oclock.

The president in the chair.

Roll call showed 25 members present. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Miss R. E. Zimmerman of Brooklyn gave a most interesting and helpful talk in "L?? garden flowers."

It was noted to have a "Bird talk" during the year and also to have Mr. Maurice Field give a course of lectures during our next season beginning in April.

It was a most glorious June day and the garden most beautiful which was enjoyed and appreciated by those present who strolled about among the flowers. Tea was served in the tea house. The meeting then adjourned.

Ella M. Gibert Secy

June 23 -1915

Minutes of the 4th general meeting

The fourth general meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held in the garden of Mrs. Runkle, on Wednesday June 23rd at 3 oclock.

The president in the chair.

Roll call showed 25 members present.

Minutes of the former meeting were read and approved.

Mrs. L. A. Brown of Shedvira?? Garden Club Garden City L. I. read a most useful and interesting paper on color harmony in gardens she also answered very pleasantly all questions asked regarding plants and flowers.

July 14 1915

Minutes of the 5th General Meeting of the Garden Club was held on July 14 in the garden of Mrs. Fleming.

The day was a perfect summer one and we were addressed by Mr. L. V. F. Randolph who read an original paper on "What Some Plants Feel and Think."

An interesting discussion followed after which we took a stroll in Mrs. Fleming's charming garden and then were refreshed with fruit punch and cakes served under a ?? on the lawn. After a delightful afternoon meeting adjourned.

Ella M. Gilbert Secy
Per H. B. H.

September 15 1915

Minutes of the 5th General Meeting of the Garden Club

A regular meeting of the Garden Club was held at the delightful farm of Mrs. Eaton on Valley Road, on Wednesday, Sept. 15th. The President presiding.

In the absence of the Secy, Mrs. Patterson called the roll and heard the minutes of the last regular meeting. The Pres. Welcomed the members of the Club after the separation of the summer & suggested that some slight expression of gratitude for the please we had enjoyed at the Garden Club meetings or shown by a gift of 100 glasses of jelly to the Fruit & Flower ?ision. This idea was approved by the members present in that 2 glasses of fruit jelly from each member may be sent to the house of the Pres. For this purpose. A letter was read from Mr. Chester Jay Hunt extending a warm invitation to the Garden Club to visit his tulip gardens next spring and make a picnic of the day there. We then listened to a delightful talk on "Roses" by Mr. Geo. H. Peterson of Fair Lawn, N. J. and were afterwards ?? with fruit punch and cakes in an arbor on the grounds.

A visit to the farm buildings & flower garden brought to a ?? a delightful day.

Ella M. Gilbert Secy
From H. B. H.

September 22 1915

Minutes of the 7th General Meeting of the Garden Club

A regular meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held at the Bungalow of Mrs. Mellick on Wednesday Sept. 22nd at three o'clock.

Mrs. E. J. Patterson acting as Sec'y in the absence of Mrs. Gilbert.

The afternoon was given up to a talk on "Birds in Our Gardens" by Mr. Bucher S. Bowdish Secty v ?? of the ?? State Audubon Society of was felt greatly moved by the pleasure of Mrs. William Dra??? Who has done so much for the conservation of Bird Life in America. The Club was entertained delightfully by Mrs. Mellick after which we adjourned.

Ella M. Gilbert Secy
Per H. B. H.

Oct 13 1915

Minutes of the 8th General Meeting of the Garden Club

A regular meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held at the residence of Mrs. H. N. Stevens on Wednesday Oct 13th at 3 o'clock. Pres. In chair. After roll call & minutes of last meeting read to approved, a letter was read from our lecturer on "Birds" of the meeting before. Minutes were approved by two of the members. The day was like one in June and all enjoyed the interchange of ideas and the informal talk of our garden troubles. The lecturer of the day was Mr. Otto Shilow Sec'y & Treas. Of the Duer ? Co. who gave us a most instructive and helpful talk on "the care of our gardens." All had so many questions to ask that after a long ?? it was difficult for Mr. Shilow to get a cup of tea before his departure for Philadelphia.

All expressed the wish that we might have the pleasure of having him again. After a social gathering about Mrs. Stevens tea table, the club adjourned.

Ella M. Gilbert, Secy
Per H. B. H.

NOTE: This next entry follows in the order the Meeting Minute notebook was photographed, however the date is "1916" not sure if this entry is from 1916 or was not recorded correctly as "1915" which seems unlikely.

Oct. 27, 1916

Minutes of the 9th General Meeting of the Garden Club

A regular meeting of the Plainfield Garden Club was held at the residence of Mrs. E. T. Barrows on Wednesday Oct. 24? At 3 o'clock.

The Pres. In the chair. After the roll call and the minutes of the previous meeting read & approved, the Pres. Brought up the subject of the mid winter lecture, to be held in the evening and for which an admission should be charged.

After some discussion it was decided to have Mr. Shilow give his illustrated lecture "Flowers From Snow to Snow" admission to be 50 center and each member to be responsible for two tickets.

The time and place was left to be determined.

The Pres. Expressed our great sorrow in the death of Mrs. Louis Hyde the members of the Club all standing and moved that a note of condolence be sent to Mr. Hyde and his family.

The Pres. Announced that Mrs. Ackerman and Mrs. Ivins had provided a lecture from Mr. Field for the . . . instead of having a meeting of their homes this year. He then spoke to us on "Bulbs.: Late in the afternoon tea was served & the meeting adjourned.

Lucy Van Boskerck
Secy pro tem

1915 - 1918 Meeting Minutes

Mrs. Mellick

This photo was taken from the film that was converted in March 2013. Mrs. Mellick's great-grandson confirmed that this was indeed Mrs. Ella Mellick outside her home, Giggleswick, Edison, New Jersey.

1915 Meeting Minutes referred to Giggleswick as a "bungalow."

The film is not dated but suspected to be pre-1930's.

Mrs. Mellick

Home & Garden Volume 33

1918 Edition of Home & Garden Magazine

A Glacial Gorge Rock Garden

Thirteen months before this photograph was taken the spot was a glacial moraine – a bare field with many fine boulders scattered about. With a fine discernment for the natural beauty of rocks and water, the designer laid out this lily pond at one end and built up a cave of the winds where the breezes ??? dancing ??aiths of myriad colored misty spray. Rock plants are tucked away between the boulders. From this pool the channel leads to two others, accorded a similar treatment. The garden is on the estate of George P. Mellick, Esq., at Plainfield, N.J. The landscape architect was C. W. Maradydd Harrison.

Home & Garden Magazine

Top half of the photo

Home & Garden Magazine

Bottom half of the photo

Hartley Family, Yorkshire, England

HARTLEY: granted to John HARTLEY Esq of Catterall Hall, Giggleswick Yorkshire. John and William HARTLEY were solicitors at Giggleswick, Yorkshire.
1881 Census: Dwelling: Catterall Hall, Giggleswick, Yorkshire
William HARTLEY Head M Male [54] Sawley, York Solicitor [William d.1901 aged 76]
Emily HARTLEY Wife M Female [48] Skipton, York Solicitor Wife
John HARTLEY Son U Male [20] Giggleswick, York Solicitor Articled Clerk
William HARTLEY Son U Male [16] Giggleswick, York Solicitor Son
George M. HARTLEY Son U Male [14] Giggleswick, York Scholar
Robert HARTLEY Son U Male [12] Giggleswick, York Scholar
Emily M. HARTLEY Daur U Female [10] Giggleswick, York Scholar
Mary A. HARTLEY Daur U Female [8] Giggleswick, York Scholar
Helena I. HARTLEY Daur U Female [5] Giggleswick, York Scholar
Esther A. HARTLEY Daur U Female [3] Giggleswick, York
Marian BENTHAM Sister In Law U Female [64] Broughton In Furness, Lancashire
Mary E. VANT Visitor U Female [28] Ripon, York, Visitor
Eliza SMALLWOOD Serv U Female [22] Darlaston, Stafford Cook Domestic Servant
Harriet DUCKENFIELD Serv U Female [25] Bristol, Gloucester Housemaid Domestic Servant
Eliza DUCKENFIELD Serv U Female [23] Bristol, Gloucester Nurse Domestic Servant
John Ledford ROBINSON Serv U Male [16] Settle, York Page Domestic Servant

Arms: Gu a cross erm on a chief ar three hearts of the field Crest A heart as in the arms enslgned with a crown vallery or betw two wings barry of six az

7] HARTLEY of Settle, Giggleswick, Yorkshire.
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Hartley's of Giggleswick

Posted by: Malcolm Bland (ID *****9303) Date: July 05, 2004 at 01:04:58
In Reply to: HARTLEY's at Giggleswick Yorkshire by Kathy Hartley of 3626

Dear Kathy

I taught for ten years at Catteral Hall, a school which began in about 1935, after the Hartleys had sold their family seat.

I did a small amount of research on the coat of arms which is carved in stone above the "Garden Door" of the house.

Now a former colleague is trying to produce a pamphlet about the Hartleys of Catteral Hall and Settle for the Giggleswick church flower festival in August of this year.

I can put him in touch with you if you are prepared to give any help. The usual acknowledgements would appear and this is being done for the church and not for any private profit.

Any help would be very gratefully received!

Kind regards

Malcolm Bland

1918 House & Garden magazine

1918 House & Garden magazine


If you are going to have a water feature, let water be its dominant ?? and do not overcrowd the planting. Here, on the estate of George P. Mellick, Esq., at Plainfield, N.J., this principle has been rigidly adhered to, and the result is a pool which serves admirably as a mirror for its surroundings, a place of changing lights and colors which never loses its appeal. C. W. Meredydd Harrison, landscape architect

1918 House & Garden magazine

1918 House & Garden magazine

Caption: Another view in the Mellick glacial garden shows a series of deep, naturalistic pools connected by tiny trickles of water over gray rocks. This particular setting is one which few amateur gardeners would care to attempt because of its magnitude and intricacy, but it illustrates admirably the effectiveness of informal water gardening. C. W. Mereydd Harrison, landscape architect


August 25, 2013 Personal Account of the Mellick Garden

We received a very interesting email from a gentleman who grew up in South Plainfield and has vivid memories of Mrs. Mellick's estate, Giggleswick. As we all know, the "personal" memories of these homes & gardens, (and club members), make the most fascinating stories. And this one is no exception.

For those not familiar, Giggleswick was the large estate adjacent to Plainfield CC. To this day, if you peer over the parking lot fence, you can still see the allee of Oaks and an old gazebo – we really must go there and photograph it!

As the gentleman who wrote in can attest, the house sadly burned and then Mr. Detwiller and other PGC husbands, developed the land into the current condo complex. We can thank PGC member Marge Elliott for writing down the history and Phyllis, for finding it last winter and uploading it on the website.

In 1918, the garden was photographed for Home and Garden magazine (along with founding member Mrs. Dumont's estate) In the sole photograph from the magazine, you can see the incredible cascading pools and rock formations. The magazine enlightens us to the use of these boulders as it states the property is part of the large glacial moraine of the area (basically, when the ice receded it left large boulders behind.) Who knew we have been traipsing all over a glacial moraine?!

This past winter, we converted some old film and discovered a brief snippit of Mrs. Mellick and her Giggleswick. To learn more about Giggleswick and Mrs. Mellick (a transplanted Brit), click her link:

Founding Member: Ella Hartley Mellick (Mrs. George P.) '15

And check out this personal memory and get a glimpse into Plainfield circa 1970's: Email Exchange Regarding Giggleswick

If anyone has memories of Giggleswick, please write in!

Princeton Alumni News 1928

Class '05

Mellick Tweedy has been made General Manager of the South American Development Co. and will spend most of his time hereafter at their New York office, 185 Broadway, and will only make occasional trips to the mines in Ecuador. He and his family are living for the present in Plainfield, NJ.

September 11, 2013 "September Charms" Horticulture Show

September 14, 2013 Trip to Kykuit

The road from Plainfield to Kykuit was traveled once again on Saturday as 19 made the trip to see the famed estate of John D. Rockefeller.

"Once again" you say?

Why, yes. Many Plainfielders worked for Mr. Rockefeller in his New York Standard Oil offices as well as offices located in the oil refineries right off Route 1 in Linden where the descendant companies of Standard Oil still store, refine and ship petroleum. These Plainfielders perhaps were not invited to Kykuit, but Rockefeller's lifelong friend and spirtual advisor most likely was an invited guest . . . and perhaps even his wife, founding PGC Member Mrs. Charles A. Eaton '15

Mrs. Eaton and her husband had their lives and fortunes changed upon meeting the owner of Kykuit. Mr. Eaton was the preacher at Euclid Avenue Baptist Church, situated on Cleveland's 'millionaire's row,' and as a result he came to the attention of John D. Rockefeller, a summer resident of Cleveland who attended church there. Rockefeller and Eaton became lifelong friends, and this connection influenced Eaton's future path.

This connection with Rockefeller also influenced Mr. Eaton's favorite nephew, Cyrus S. Eaton, who went to work for Rockefeller as a college student and later became one of America's greatest industrialists. He is best remembered (for those of us that can remember back to the '70's) for his role in US relations with the Soviet Union. In the late '60's his business deals with Communist Russia and the Rockefellers earned quite a bit of bad press.

In 1909, the Eatons followed Rockefeller by moving to what is now Watchung, but at one time was considered part of Plainfield. Their house still stands on Valley Road. Although a "dairy farmer" on their Valley Road estate "Sunbright," Mr. Eaton's main role was that of preacher to a prominent Madison Avenue Baptist Church congregation. However, after Mrs. Eaton helped found the PGC in 1915, in 1924, Mr. Eaton ran for Congress, won his seat and stayed there until 1952.

Congressman Eaton rose to become chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and served on the Select Committee on Foreign Aid. Eaton signed the original United Nations Charter in San Francisco as part of a delegation representing the United States Government. He helped gain support for the Marshall Plan, also known as the Economic Cooperation Act of 1948, which was passed by Congress in 1948 by a vote of 329 to 74. For several years, he served in Congress alongside his nephew William R. Eaton, a Representative from Colorado.

Eaton was a steadfast opponent of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. However, he was frequently invited to the White House for meetings with both presidents Roosevelt and Truman because of his sharp understanding of international politics.

While in Congress, he and Mrs. Eaton entertained many foreign dignitaries at their home. Between raising her family, and supporting her husband's career, Mrs. Eaton was very active in the PGC, serving as President twice, 1921 - 23, and then again in 1928-30.

The other likely Plainfielder to have made visits to Kykuit would have been the original owner of "The Castle" located at 900 Park Avenue. Mr. Orville T. Waring lovingly built that house and was partners with John D. Rockefeller, after selling his petroleum interests to him and then becoming Director of the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey. Mr. Waring's daughter was founding member Mrs. Lewis Gouveneur (Helen Frances Waring) Timpson '15. His daughter-in-law was Mrs. Orville G. Waring '35.

Mr. Waring had eight children and two wives, and many of his progeny were elite members of the Plainfield Garden Club: Fleming, Hyde, Mellick, Tweedy, and MacLeod. When Mr. Waring's daughters were wed, the news appeared in the New York Times along with reports of Mr. Rockefeller and John D. Rockefeller, Jr.'s attendance at the events and their gifts of "gold and silver ornaments."

To view the photos from the most recent trip to Kykuit, click here: Field Trip to Kykuit

Other members associated with the Standard Oil Company and the Rockefellers included the large McGee clan:
McGee, Henry Augustus (Emma Louise Whiting) '22
McGee, Mrs. Harry Livingston (Sarah M. Howell) '18
McGee, Mrs. Walter Miller (Mary Alice Yerkes) '22

And of course Barbara Sandford was Rockefeller's neighbor on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, her father & John D. belonging to all the same clubs with the most notable distinction of being residents of "Millionaire's Row."

1975-1976 The Junior League of Plainfield

Helped Mellick Community House expand recreational program.
Contributed funds for purchase of outdoor equipment at Mellick Community House.
Paid for resurfacing of Mellick Community House playground and also provided new swings and other equipment.

Giggleswick by Marjorie Blackman Elliott, 1989

Ella Hartley Mellick

Giggleswick Gazebo

Taken from the Plainfield Country Club parking lot December 15, 2013

Giggleswick Gazebo

Giggleswick Gazebo

Woman's National Farm and Garden Association - 1918 - ‎World War, 1914-1918

1901 Harper's Official Golf Guide

Monday Afternoon Club Membership

December 12, 2015 Email

In our Inbox today was this lovely email:

While doing genealogy research I have come across your PGC website. My grandfather, John Kilgannon, was caretaker for the Mellick/Kroll estate. He and my grandmother and their children lived in the cottage down the driveway from the big house. I can remember bringing the newspapers down to the big house accompanied by the Kroll's large Irish Setter, "Big Red" each Sunday morning. There is a picture of me, my Dad and Grandfather in front of a huge lilac bush in the apple orchard on my first Holy Communion Day in 1956. My grandfather passed in 1959 and my grandmother moved in with us in Edison. I have many, many wonderful memories as a child of playing in the rock pools, the apple orchard and on the bridal path. My grandfather used to drive an old "woody" which was parked in the very large barn of a garage. There was a clock that was in the garage which froze that my brother has with a pencil written history on the back. I can remember the huge hydrangea bushes that were right outside my grandparents front door although that was never the door we entered. We always went around the back of the cottage up one step and into the house. That whole property was a kid's dream of a place to spend time. I have some pictures of the estate - one of my grandfather with a cow in a field with the big house behind him. Great memories!

Learn more about "Giggleswick" here:
Mellick, Mrs. George P. (Ella Hartley) '15
Mellick, Mrs. Roger Drew (Catherine Whiting Ginna) '28
Kroll, Mrs. Alexander (Nancy Dwinnell or Mrs. Prince H. Gordon) '60
Barrett, Mrs. William R. (Penny Kroll) '67
Farnum, Mrs. Henry W. (Priscilla Kroll) '80
Kroll, Mrs. Steven (Sally Lindsay) '80

*Forwarded to the Mellick Family