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South Plainfield in Middlesex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Samptown Cemetery

 
 
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By Don Morfe, April 7, 2016
1. Samptown Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Site of an early colonial burial ground associated with the hamlet of Samptown. This place was chosen by local Baptists to be the location of the meeting house of the newly formed Samptown Baptist Church in 1792.

The first church building was expanded in 1812, and replaced by a larger structure in 1834. This building was destroyed by a fire, caused by a spark from a passing train in 1879, and was replaced by a new church constructed in the nearby village of New Brooklyn (South Plainfield).

The cemetery contains the graves of many families and individuals who were prominent in the area. The northern boundary of this property marks the position held by Hessian Troops under the command of Captain Johann Ewald. He was defending the Samptown Bridge from attack by American forces advancing south from the direction of Plainfield, during the Revolutionary War, June 21-23, 1777.
 
Location. 40° 34.811′ N, 74° 25.921′ W. Marker is in South Plainfield, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is on New Market Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1391 New Market Avenue, South Plainfield NJ 07080, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Baptist Church of South Plainfield (approx. one mile

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By Don Morfe, April 7, 2016
2. Samptown Cemetery Marker
away); Police Athletic League Memorial Field (approx. 1.6 miles away); Quaker Meeting House (approx. 1.6 miles away); Plainfield Garden Club (approx. 2.1 miles away); Site of the Blue Hills Fort and Camp (approx. 2.1 miles away); Drake House (approx. 2.3 miles away); Drake House Flag Pole (approx. 2.3 miles away); World War II 50th Anniversary Commemorative Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in South Plainfield.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.War, US Revolutionary
 
Samptown Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 7, 2016
3. Samptown Cemetery Marker
 
 
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