In 1855, the Roseville section of Newark became a part of the township. It was named for Rosa Kelly who married into one of New Jersey’s most prominent Irish-American families and whose husband donated land as well as funds to build an Episcopal Church in what is now known as James Street Park on Raymond Boulevard next to St. Philip’s Protestant Episcopal Church.
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Until 1898 when it was annexed by Newark along with neighboring Belleville, Roseville had been home to many wealthy residents including industrialists Charles Crane (who invented refinements that helped make canned foods practical), John Ballantine (cofounder of Ballantine Brewing Company) and his son Robert Knight Ballantine; railroad executive Cornelius Vanderbilt II; manufacturers Peter Cooper Hewitt, James Henry Smith and John Harper Jr.; the Reverend Jonathan Edwards (son of theologian Rev. George Whitefield), his son David Finley Baldwin; and president of New Jersey’s first gas company Joseph Diesterweg.
The neighborhood was the home to many wealthy residents including industrialists Charles Crane who invented refinements that helped make canned foods practical, John Ballantine cofounder of Ballantine Brewing Company and Robert Knight Ballantine railroad executive Cornelius Vanderbilt II manufacturers Peter Cooper Hewitt James Henry Smith Jr., And President Of NJs First Gas Company Joseph Diederweg
Many private schools were located in Roseville before World War I when Newark began a large-scale school construction program including St. Philip’s Episcopal Grammar School which was housed at the old Roseville Academy building on Raymond Boulevard.