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Hopewell in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Joab Houghton

 
 
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By Alan Edelson, June 11, 2010
1. Joab Houghton Marker
Inscription.  Sunday, April 23, 1775, news of the Battle of Lexington reached Hopewell. While the people were worshiping in the First Baptist Church, at the close, Joab Houghton, standing on this block, inspired the men with love of liberty and desire for independence. In closing he said, "Men of New Jersey, the Redcoats are murdering our brethren of New England! Who follows me to Boston?" Every man answered "I".

On October 13, 1775, he was made a Capt. and March 15, 1777 a Lieut. Col. He was a member of the first legislature of the state, and also of the Baptist Church. Died 1796.

As a memorial to him and these events, this block was erected July 4, 1896, by the People of Hopewell.
 
Erected 1896 by the People of Hopewell.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is March 15, 1777.
 
Location. 40° 23.271′ N, 74° 45.88′ W. Marker is in Hopewell, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker is on Broad Street (County Route 518), on the right when traveling west. Located
Joab Houghton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, June 11, 2010
2. Joab Houghton Marker
Next to John Hart Monument & Hopewell Baptist Church
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in the Hopewell Baptist Church cemetery next to the John Hart Monument. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hopewell NJ 08525, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hopewell Academy (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Hart (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hopewell Call To Duty (approx. 0.4 miles away); Delaware and Bound Brook Railroad Historic District (approx. 0.9 miles away); Province Line Road (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Historic Village of Mount Rose (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Three Brothers (approx. 2.6 miles away); John Hart's Cave (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hopewell.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 12, 2010, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,268 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 12, 2010, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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