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Saint James Church

Piscatawaytown Burial Ground

 
 
Saint James Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 9, 2011
1. Saint James Church Marker
Inscription.
St. James Episcopal Church was established in 1704. The original structure was built in 1724. In 1835 the church was destroyed by a tornado. It was rebuilt using as much of the original wood and fixtures as possible. The rear section was built in 1913. There was considerable military activity in the Piscatawaytown area in 1776/1777. Woodbridge Avenue was a main land artery for British communications and movement of supplies and troops. The British Army used St. James Church as a barracks and a hospital from December 1776 to June 1777. Battles were fought at or very near to the church. To the east of this monument is the common grave of British soldiers who died in the Revolutionary War. They were buried in the British breastworks (defensive trench) emplaced along the Post Road (now Woodbridge Ave.). At the request of the opposing American forces, the British also buried a number of American soldiers but their resting place is not known. The Piscatawaytown Burial Ground is one of the earliest in Middlesex County. The oldest readable monument is dated 1693. There are many American soldiers buried from several wars. The highest-ranking veteran buried is Brevet Major General Thomas Swords. He was a veteran of both the Mexican War and Civil War. May all be remembered and their sacrifices not be lost in history.

Dedicated September
Piscatawaytown Burial Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 9, 2011
2. Piscatawaytown Burial Ground Marker
11, 2004

Edison Historic Preservation Commission
George A. Spadoro – Mayor
 
Erected 2004 by Edison Historic Preservation Commission.
 
Location. 40° 30.038′ N, 74° 23.76′ W. Marker is in Edison, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Woodbridge Avenue and Myrtle Street, on the right when traveling east on Woodbridge Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2136 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison NJ 08817, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Raritan River (approx. one mile away); The Ravine Bridge (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Indian Trail (approx. 2.3 miles away); New Brunswick (approx. 2.4 miles away); New Brunswick Inn Site (approx. 2.5 miles away); Route Taken by Washington (approx. 2.5 miles away); Christ Church (approx. 2.5 miles away); Christ Church Parish (approx. 2.5 miles away).
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.War, US Revolutionary
 
Marker at Saint James Church image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 9, 2011
3. Marker at Saint James Church
Saint James Church /<br>Piscatawaytown Burial Ground Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 9, 2011
4. Saint James Church /
Piscatawaytown Burial Ground Marker
Saint James Church image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 9, 2011
5. Saint James Church
British Soldiers Common Grave image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 9, 2011
6. British Soldiers Common Grave
British Soldiers from the Revolutionary War were buried in a mass grave seen here behind the marker.
Graves in Piscatawaytown Burial Ground image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 9, 2011
7. Graves in Piscatawaytown Burial Ground
Grave of Gen. Swords image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 9, 2011
8. Grave of Gen. Swords
Bvt. Major General
Thomas Swords
U.S. Army

Born   1806
Died   1886

As stated on the marker, Gen. Swords is the highest ranking soldier buried in Piscatawaytown Burial Ground.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 537 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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