A couple of weeks ago friends and I went on a tour of the Whippany Burying Yard in Whippany, NJ, in celebration of its founding in 1718. It's a small cemetery--a little over 2 acres--containing about 300 markers from the early 18th to the 20th century.
It is listed on both the
State and National Register of Historic Places and is the oldest
cemetery in northwest NJ. There are 11 Revolutionary War veterans interred there as well as 9 Civil War veterans.
A laminated map at the entrance indicates where all the graves are located.
Of special interest is the grave of Abraham Kitchel who d. 1741. He was an early settler of Whippany and one of the 6 original judges of Morris County in 1739. He is also a 9th generation ancestor of Barbara Bush.
It was schoolmaster John Richards who donated the lands for the burying yard and the first to be buried there in 1718. It is the oldest gravestone in the cemetery and was preserved in a granite monument by his descendants in 1914.
One of my all time favorite gravestones is this one of John Bigelow, a skilled wood worker. The carving of the winged cherub is the most intricate and ornate in the burying yard. The gravestone was refurbished in 2002.
Joseph Tuttle was a blacksmith and a Colonel in the Morris County Militia in the French and Indian War. His grave is in the only horizontal vault above ground.
It was recently restored.
An interesting support frame protects the gravestone of Mary Sheldron who died in 1827 at age 53.
It was the first time I'd ever seen an American Beautyberry bush. Love that magenta!
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