Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A Very Old Cemetery

In the year of 1670, approximately 70 Dutch and English Settlers mostly from New England, received title to their lands located 10 miles Southwest of Newark and 6 miles North of New Brunswick. At that time, this territory was dominated by an Indian Chief known as Matouchin, the term meaning Rolling Land, the natural scenery here being the most attractive of any between New York and Philadelphia.
Metuchen is near Edison NJ where 'Maidenform' my husband's work is.

We visited this very old cemetery while there for the bullriding.

If you double click you will be able to read the plaque.

Those who are buried here are from the Revolutionary
War period.
The Cemetery sits right in town with houses
and streets surrounding it.

I was intrigued by the old but perfectly inscribed stones.

Can you imagine how hard it would have been to
cut and inscribe this stone in 1760?
I could not believe how well preserved the stones
seemed to be.

A Few of the stones were literally 'stones' inscribed
like the one here.


Bird Girl said...

Interesting. I really love the way they wrote more than a century ago. "Here lies the body of Peter..."
"From worldly woe to relms of joy" (though I don't think they always spelled correctly) Wonderful workmanship and sentiment in these old stones!

jalynn01 said...

I agree Bird girl! Could have stayed there and read every single stone, but didn't have time.

Jotter Jan said...

Wow that is old! I always liked to read those old epitaths too!!!

Anonymous said...

It could be that some local group takes care of the stones.

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