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Old Presbyterian Burying Ground, Middletown, Monmouth County, NJ


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Located on the site of the original Presbyterian Church, the Old Presbyterian Burying Ground is situated along Kings Highway adjacent to the Hendrickson Burying Ground not far from the current Middletown Police Department but on the opposite side of the road, near the corner of Kings Ct. The plot is just about a quarter of an acre. It is difficult to locate during the warm months when desiduous trees and overgrown brush hide the stones from view of Kings Highway.

Dr. Stillwell noted "the tombstones in this cemetery are in singularly fine state of preservation, owing partly to the exposed condition of the stones and protection thereby from dampness, and partly to the fine quality of the stone itself." Alas, this is no longer true. The monuments are engulfed in a tangle of brush thick with trees. Spider webs rule this damp, dark lot and made our visit less pleasant than it might otherwise have been. The monuments have weathered badly since Dr. Stillwell's visit and are in dire need of preservation efforts. This would make an excellent project for Sheriff Oxley's crew.

  • Bown, Ann (wife of John Bown, Esq.) ~ (Dr. Stillwell figures the date of death as about Dec 22, 1793), aged 91 years, 23 days   ~ Photo - (note the ommission of an E at the end of Bowne which appears to simply be an error)

  • Bowne, Ann (daughter of John & Ann Bowne) ~ died Sep 16, 1738, aged 5 years, 10 months, 22 days   ~ Photo

  • Bowne, James ~ died Mar 14, 1750, aged 49 years, 3 months, 14 days   ~ Photo indicates that the year of death may have been 1740

  • Bowne, John, Esq. ~ (Dr. Stillwell figures the date of death as about Nov 5, 1774), aged 74 years, 5 months, 7 days   ~ Photo

  • Burrowes, Anna (daughter of John & Hope Burrowes) ~ died Apr 20, 1766, in the 2d year of her age   ~ Photo

  • Burrowes, Catherine (daughter of John & Hope Burrowes) ~ died Jan, 1777, in the 19th year of her age   ~ Photo

  • Burrowes, Deborah Shepherd (wife of Edward Burrowes) ~ died Apr 21, 1782, aged 62 years, 11 months, 23 days   ~ Photo

  • Burrowes, Edward ~ died Aug 31, 1785, aged 64 years, 8 months, 10 days   ~ Photo   ~ Photo # 2

  • Burrowes, John ~ died Sep, 1785, in the 67th year of his age   ~ Photo

  • Clark, Mary (wife of Thomas S. Clark) ~ died Apr 27, 1842, aged 26 years, 2 month, 5 days   ~ Photo

  • Crookshank, Catherine Norris (wife of George Crookshank) ~ died Apr 21, 1776, aged 39 years, 7 months   ~ Photo   ~ Photo # 2

  • Hopping, Samuel ~ died Feb 13, 1824, in the 81st year of his age   ~ Photo

  • Leonard, Caty (wife of Harry Leonard) ~ died Aug 25, 1783, aged 24 years, 3 months, 5 days   ~ Photo

  • Stout, John (son of Richard Stout, Esq.) ~ died Aug 16, 1782, aged 81 years, 7 months   ~ Photo

  • Stout, Peggy (daughter of Joseph & Jane Stout) ~ died Aug 27, 1787, aged 3 months, 5 days ~ Photo

  • Stout, Jonathan ~ died Apr 17 or 27, 1775, aged 71 years, 1 month, 1 day   ~ Photo

    The following information comes from Dr. Stillwell's transcription but these markers were not visible to us:

    • Bowne, James (son of Obadiah Bowne) ~ died Jun 16, 1807. aged 36 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Bowne, Capt. John ~ died Mar 13, 1715 - 16, aged 52 years
    • Bowne, Obadiah, ~ died Apr 19, 1726, aged 59 years, 10 months
    • Bowne, Obadiah, ~ died Mar 17, 1774, aged 35 years, 10 months
    • Burrowes, Eden. ~ died Jun 20, 1731, aged 44 years
    • Burrowes, Hope (wife of John Burrowes) ~ died Oct 27, 1792, in the 71st year of her age
    • Burrowes, William (son of John & Hope Burrowes) ~ died Jan 30, 1764, aged 2 years, 2 months, 18 days
    • Clark, David (son of Thomas S. and Mary Clark) ~ died Sep 9, 1848, aged 10 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Dennis, Cornelia ~ died Apr 9, 1734, aged about 40 years
    • Hopping, Sarah (wife of Samuel Hopping) ~ died May 12, 1800, in the 44th year of her age
    • Marsh, Charles ~ died Feb 14, 1765, aged 46 years
    • Morgan, Abel (pastor of the Baptist church, at Middletown) ~ died Nov 24, 1785, in the 73d year of his age
    • Schyer, Dr. John ~ died Aug 1, 1794, aged 40 years, 6 months, 2 days
    • Stillwell, Mary, ~ died Aug 27, 1810, aged 75 years, 3 months
    • Stillwell, Mary (wife of Dr. Richard Stillwell / daughter of Obadiah & Elizabeth Bowne) ~ died Feb 22, 1743, aged 30 years, 9 months
    • Stillwell, Dr. Richard ~ died Feb 27, 1773, aged 63 years
    • Stout, Anna (wife of Richard Stout) ~ died Dec 18, 1806, aged 71 years
    • Stout, Hannah (daughter of Jonathan & Leah Stout) ~ died Sep 18, 1757, aged 24 years, 9 months, 3 days
    • Stout, Richard ~ died Mar 6, 1807, aged 79 years
    • Watson, Capt. Abraham ~ died Jul 22, 1756, aged 67 years, 8 months, 6 days
    • Winslow, Isaac (son of Mr. Avery & Mrs. Jemima Winslow) ~ died Aug 19, 1790, in ye 19th year of his age, of Berkley, in New England

    We were not able to identify the following markers:

    References to "Stillwell" refer to the Dr. J. E. Stillwell whose "Genealogical and Historical Miscellany" provides the best available guide for researching old burial grounds in Monmouth County, NJ. We referred to Dr. Stillwell's work in order to make this listing as complete as possible.


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