“ASSOCIATORS” WERE MEN OF REVOLUTION IN PENNS GROVE AREA
The area of Upper Pens Neck of which Penns Grove was a part did its part in the Revolutionary War time. When the “Associators” committees were formed
the Township had one and the men from this area who were in it were Thomas Carney, John Summerill, George Somervell, John Helms, Jr., Garrett
Vaneman, Andrew Helm, Thomas Carney Jr., Peter Boon, Casper Sack, John Kidd, William Strimple, John Bittel (now spelled Biddle), William Bittel, William
Dalbow and David Wiley.
When committees on correspondence were formed in July 1, 1774 members from this area were Thomas Carney Sr., George Somervell, William Smith and
A company of minute men was formed and met at Pole Tavern in Pittsgrove Township. Members from this area was Isaac Dubois and others.
A small naval battle was fought in the Delaware River between Helms Cove and the Christiana Creek. To English Warships were engaged by Row Galleys
which were sent down from the Philadelphia area. This engagement occured May 8, 1776 and cannonading was heard on the 8th and on the 9th. One of
the cannon balls from the English ship hit the brick wall and entered the wall of the Carl Summerill house on East Maple Ave., then known as Helms
Tavern. This colonial brick home is now owned by Katherine Summerill Madole who has the cannon ball in her possession.
BOROUGH OF PENNS GROVE
SUPPLEMENT OF PENNS GROVE RECORD
AUGUST 14, 1969