“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Basking Ridge in Somerset County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Southard Park

Southard Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, August 27, 2009
1. Southard Park Marker
Henry Southard
Settled in Basking Ridge, 1755. Justice of the Peace, Assemblyman, U.S. Representative

Samuel L. Southard
Son of Henry, Born in Basking Ridge, Tenth Governor of New Jersey, Secretary of the Navy, U.S. Senator.

Father and son served together in the 16th Congress. The former Southard residence stands to the north of the park. Ten acres of these lands were the gift of Nelson and Rose Schaenen.

Dedicated July 4th in the year of New Jersey's Tercentanary, 1964
Erected 1964.
Location. 40° 42.635′ N, 74° 32.59′ W. Marker is in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, in Somerset County. Marker can be reached from North Maple Avenue. Click for map. Marker is located within the park. Marker is in this post office area: Basking Ridge NJ 07920, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Basking Ridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church Graveyard (approx. 0.4 miles away); Early Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bernards Township War Memorial (approx. 0.4
Southard Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, August 27, 2009
2. Southard Park Marker
miles away); a different marker also named Basking Ridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Brick Academy (approx. half a mile away); Washington’s Route from Princeton to Morristown (approx. 0.6 miles away); Madisonville (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Basking Ridge.
Additional comments.
1. Stories of Some Interseting People Buried in the Chuchyard
From the pamphlet titled Stories of Some Interseting People Buried in the Chuchyard available at the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church:

Henry Southard - Grave Number 351

Henry Souhtard had a big family, all overachievers. His grave was moved here from where Westminster Hall now stands.

Henry was born in Hempstead, N.Y., October 7, 1747. He was a member of New Jersey legislature, 1797-99, 1811; and a U.S. Representative from New Jersey, 1801-11, 1815-21. In 1821, his son Samuel was a U.S. Senator. This made them the only father-son serving in the congress of the U.S. at the same time in our history.

His son Samuel Lewis Southard, (1787-1842) was born in Basking Ridge, N.J., June 9, 1787.
Entrance to Southard Park image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, August 27, 2009
3. Entrance to Southard Park
He was a member of the New Jersey state assembly, 1815; justice of the New Jersey state supreme court, 1815-20; a U.S. Senator from New Jersey, 1821-23, 1833-42; the U.S. Secretary of the Navy, 1823-29 under Presidents Monroe and John Quincy Adams; New Jersey state attorney general, 1829-33; Governor of New Jersey, 1832-33. He died in Fredericksburg, Va., June 26, 1842 with interment at Congressional Cemetery, Washington D.C.

Henry Lived in the house on North Maple Avenue, the third after the driveway to Southard Park. He later moved to the house that was the 2006 Mansion in May which is located further up on North Maple.

His Epitaph reads:
In memory of Hon. Henry Southard who departed this life in the hope of a glorious immortality May 22, 1842 in the 95th year of his age. For 70 years he was a professed disciple of Christ and filled the office of ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church at Basking Ridge for upwards of 50 years with wisdom. He served his country during the war of the Revolution and in a civil capacity as Justice of the Peace, Judge of the Court and in the Legislative Councils of the State and Nation until beyond the age of three score and ten when he voluntaily retired from public life and maintained good profession in Holy conservation and Godliness. On such Thy second death hath no power.
    — Submitted August 28, 2009, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey.

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