__ __|__ __| | | __ | |__|__ _John JARMAN _| | | __ | | __|__ | |__| | | __ | |__|__ | |--John JARMAN | | __ | __|__ | __| | | | __ | | |__|__ |_Mary ________| | __ | __|__ |__| | __ |__|__
John H. Camenga, Compiler, HISTORY OF THE SEVENTH DAY BAPTIST CHURCH, SHILOH, NEW JERSEY, 1737 - 1987, Shiloh, New Jersey, Shiloh Seventh Day Baptist Church, pp. 32-34.
Mentioned in Salem court record with his father, John Jarman Sr., on 24 June 1704.
Bought 420 acres from Robert Ayars, 15 and 16 March 1718. (See also Ebenezer Mack Treman and Murray E. Poole, THE HISTORY OF THE TREMAN, TREMAINE, TRUMAN FAMILY IN AMERICA, WITH THE RELATED FAMILIES OF MACK, DEY, BOARD, AND AYERS, (Ithaca, NY, Ithaca Democrat, 1901), p. 1819.)
He is mentioned in Robert Ayars' will, dated 25 Feb. 1716, as being his daughter Esther's husband. (Frank D. Andrews, ROBERT AYARS AND HIS DESCENDANTS, Vineland, New Jersey, Privately printed, 1918, p. 8.)
John Jarman, who was the third man to sign the church covenant, is mentioned in an early court record in Salem, 1704, with his father, John Jarman, Sr. In those days, and for 100 years later, cattle and swine roved the country without fences. The owners had their brands which they registered at the court house. This is his registry. "John Jarman his cattle and swine are markt with a slitt right down in ye Near Ear. The above mark being relinquished by the above John Jarman is now taken by his son John Jarman jun the 24th of June 1704." We do not know how the Jarmans came to Cohansey, whether any of that name were with those at Swansea or not. But they are said to have been originally from Wales. This John Jarman married Esther, a daughter of Robert Ayars, and had his house right across the road from where the first church was built in Shiloh. He owned all that tract of land between the Shiloh corners and George More's place on the north, and from the corners east to a few rods from the road east of Shiloh, and north to Judson Harris' house. He had other Shiloh land to make up his 420 acres. A letter abstract speaking of this piece of land says; "In part of 420 acres said John Jarman bought of Robert Ayars by deed of lease and release dated 4th and 5th days of March 1716/7 (corrected to March 15th and 16th, 1718)." One may wonder why Jarman's wife did not sign with him. It is believed that his wife, Esther, had died before that time, so that now he was a widower. Soon after this, he is believed to have married Catherine Ayars, daughter of Isaac Ayars, and a niece of his first wife. He probably had John, Esther, and Mary Jarman by his first wife. We cannot say which wife was mother of his sons Reuben and Beriah. Jonathan and Susannah were born to his second wife. His eldest son, John Jarman 3, lived in Alloways Creek Township, Salem County. His wife, Mary Bowen, was baptized and joined the Shiloh Church, Sunday, May 29, 1769. Their sons were Malachiah, oldest, Ezekiel, Jonathan, Daniel, Azariah, and John, the youngest. Their daughters were Elizabeth and Sarah. Azariah and Phebe Jarman were baptized into the church at Shiloh, Sunday, June 24th, 1781. John Jarman 3, died May, 1769, the year following his father's death. The name of members of this family appear often in the church minutes, which began to be kept in 1784. Thus, at a Conference meeting, March 30, 1788, "Azariah Jarman, Joseph Bacon, and Reuben Davis were appointed on trial to set the Psalms." The next month's Conference says the appointment was continued. May 25th, "Malachi Jarman appointed grave digger and to have care of the grave yard, and may pasture ir [sic] if he pleases." In February 1789, "Jonathan Jarman appointed to dig graves, Malachi being moved." And the next month's minutes fixed the price of this serviced stating, "The charge not to exceed 7 shillings 6 penced [sic] apiece." How the cost of dying has gone up since then! The Bond family of Maryland, in its early days, was closely linked with Shiloh. Eleven years earlier than the date of the church covenant, Ann Sharpless, a strip of a girl, is said to have eloped with Richard Bond, on horseback, coming to Shiloh to be married. She was a member in the Chester Meeting, Quaker, in Pennsylvania, and lived at Ridley Park. After their daughter, Margaret Bond, grew up and married Jonathan D. Davis, of Newark, Delaware, her religious convictions compelled her to leave her family long enough to come to Shiloh, to be baptized and join the church. Richard Bond, only son of Samuel and Ann Sharpless Bond, came to Shiloh to marry his wife, who was Mary Jarman, daughter of John Jarman 2, and Esther Ayars, his wife. Richard and Mary had nine children. They made their home first at Cecil County, Maryland and later at Lost Creek, West Virginia. It is interesting to note that Margaret Bond's husband turned to keep the Sabbath, located on a farm at Shiloh, and became a pastor of the church. Her sister, Susannah Bond, married the noted surveyor, Elnathan Davis, of Shiloh; and her other sister, Sarah Bond, wife of Ebenezer Howell, located with her husband and family at Shiloh, where she might be near the church of her faith and membership. What a large chapter of the early Bond family history ties up with Shiloh, and the Jarmans, Davises and Howells! Susannah Jarman, born August 31, 1741, daughter of John and Catherine Jarman, married John Ayars 3, son of John 2, son of Robert Ayars, Sr. Beriah Jarman had a daughter, Eleanor, who married David Sheppard. They had five children, one of whom was Caleb Sheppard. This man was prominent in the church and society. He perhaps did more than any other person to secure from Stephen Girard and the city of Philadelphia money then belonging to this church for its interest in the Sparks lot. He was also a chief contributor to Union Academy. He was the father of Caleb Henry Sheppard. Jonathan Jarman, the third son of John Jarman 2, who signed the church covenant, and Catherine Ayars, his wife, was born October 20, 1740, in the house across the road from the church. He became a noted minister in our denomination. He was baptized by Elder Jonathan E. Davis on Sunday, July 7, 1765. Referring to the calendar, it is noticeable that most of the early church's baptisms were on Sunday. Sometimes they were on other days of the week, but very seldom on the Sabbath day. He married Alice Cantrell. The Shiloh church licensed him to preach about 1770. he was ordained by the Piscataway Church in 1772 and preached there for about 4 years. While there, he accepted a call to the Seventh Day Baptist Church at French Creek, Pennsylvania. He returned to Shiloh near the close of the pastorate of Rev. Jonathan D. Davis, in 1885. Here he became a part time pastor, alternating in the pulpit with Rev. Moses Winchester and Elder Nathan ayars. Taking exception to the teaching of these men on doctrinal grounds, he became party to a division of the church, and became pastor of this group. For many years, a struggle between factions for the possession of the church, nearly destroyed the church life and spiritual interest. Men fell away from the church, and no new converts entered it. Weary of the struggle at last, when a supreme court ruling gave over the church property to the majority party, this valiant leader of the orthodox group, went to Cape May Court House to accept a call as pastor of the First Cape May Baptist Church. Though Elder Jarman and his party were the losers, they saved the Shiloh Church from the strong Universalist influence within it. Elder Jarman always had the strong support of his old congregations in French Creek and Piscataway, during these troublesome times. He served at Cape May from March 27, 1802, until his death, January 3, 1808. His remains were brought to Shiloh and to rest near the old church and home. Rev. Jonathan Jarman had 4 sons, John, Reuben, Richard, and Jonathan, and four daughters, Catherine who married Richard Crooks, Hannah who married Elisha Ayars, Sally and Mary who married into the Barrett and Hawn families. Once an important part of our congregation, the name Jarman has long since disappeared from our church and neighborhood, but the old Jarman stock remains in our families here.
(History of the Seventh Day Baptist Church of Shiloh, New Jersey: Prepared for the 200th Anniversary Celebration of the Constituting of the Church, August 23, 1937: Part I, by John H. Bonham, privately published by the Shiloh Seventh Day Baptist Church, Shiloh, New Jersey, 1937.)