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Belleville in Essex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Belleville Reformed Church Cemetery

 
 
Belleville Reformed Church Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 6, 2012
1. Belleville Reformed Church Cemetery Marker
Inscription.
          Josiah Hornblower is buried in this cemetery along with his wife and many of Belleville’s early settlers. Sixty-two Revolutionary soldiers are also buried here. It could be that no other town in the United States can make such a claim. Actually, there are at least three more Revolutionary vets that are not listed because they fought in other regiments. They are Col. Van Courtland, who is buried in the Van Courtland crypt, and Captains Robert and Gerard Rutgers, whose monuments are in the Rutgers plot, making a total of sixty-five Revolutionary vets. This is truly a historical fact, one of which Belleville should be proud. The Rutgers that are buried here are related to Col. Henry Rutgers for whom Ruters University is named.
 
Erected by Belleville Historical Society.
 
Location. 40° 47.201′ N, 74° 8.955′ W. Marker is in Belleville, New Jersey, in Essex County. Marker is on Rutgers Street / Belleville Tnpk (New Jersey Route 7), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located in the cemetery behind the Belleville Reformed Church. Marker is in this post office area: Belleville NJ 07109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
Belleville Reformed Church Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 3, 2010
2. Belleville Reformed Church Cemetery Marker
. Revolutionary War Soldiers Monument (a few steps from this marker); School Number One (a few steps from this marker); Josiah Hornblower (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dutch Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rutgers Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Belleville First Fire House (about 500 feet away); Route 7 Bridge (about 700 feet away); LCpl Osbrany Montes De Oca Bridge (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Belleville.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesColonial EraSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 
Belleville Reformed Church Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 6, 2012
3. Belleville Reformed Church Cemetery Marker
The marker was moved slightly north since the original photos were taken two years earlier.
Belleville Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 6, 2012
4. Belleville Cemetery Marker
Belleville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 3, 2010
5. Belleville Marker
Graves in Belleville Reformed Church Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 3, 2010
6. Graves in Belleville Reformed Church Cemetery
Several of the graves mentioned on the marker, and the marker itself, can be seen in this photo.
Van Cortlandt Crypt image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 6, 2012
7. Van Cortlandt Crypt
As mentioned on the marker, Capt. Steven Van Cortlandt is entombed in this crypt.
Revolutionary Soldiers Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 3, 2010
8. Revolutionary Soldiers Monument
This monument honoring Revolutionary War veterans buried here is located against the back of the church.
Belleville Reformed Church image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 3, 2010
9. Belleville Reformed Church
The marker is located in the cemetery behind this church, a National Historic Site established in 1697.
1776 Retreat Route Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 3, 2010
10. 1776 Retreat Route Marker
In 1776, Gen. George Washington and the Continental Army passed this site on their retreat across New Jersey. This marker commemorating that fact is found in front of the church.
Belleville Church Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 6, 2012
11. Belleville Church Cannon
This Revolutionary War cannon is located in the Belleville Reformed Church Cemetery.
 
 
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