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Society Hill in Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Commodore John Barry

1745 - 1803

 
 
Commodore John Barry Plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
1. Commodore John Barry Plaque
Inscription.  Father of the American Navy
 
Erected by Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesPatriots & PatriotismWar, US RevolutionaryWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 13, 1803.
 
Location. 39° 56.751′ N, 75° 8.931′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. It is in Society Hill. Marker can be reached from 4th Street. Plaque is in St. Mary's Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Don Juan Bautista Bernabeu (here, next to this marker); General Stephen Moylan (here, next to this marker); Thomas Fitzsimons (here, next to this marker); Mathew Carey, Publisher (here, next to this marker); Phillippe Charles Jean Baptiste Tronson DuCoudray (here, next to this marker);
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Emanuel Holmes (here, next to this marker); Michael Bouvier (here, next to this marker); Col. Charles Von Kusserow, (Oct. 3, 1832 - Feb. 3, 1879) (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other markers at St. Mary's church and cemetery.
 
Also see . . .  John Barry at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on July 21, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Additional commentary.
1. The Epitaph
Commodore Barry's Epitaph reads:

Let the Patriot, the Soldier and the Christian
Who Visits These Mansions of the Dead
View This Monument with Respect
Beneath It Are the Interred Remains of

Commodore John Barry
Father of the American Navy

He Was Born In the County Of Wexford in Ireland
And The Theatre of His Usefulness
In The Revolutionary War, Which Established The
Independence of the United States, He
Bore an Early and Active Part as Captain In Their
Navy and After Became Its Commander-In-Chief.

He
Commodore John Barry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), January 13, 2023
2. Commodore John Barry Marker
Fought Often and Once Bled In the Cause Of Freedom
His Habits of War Did Not Lesson His
Virtues as a Man. His Piety as a Christian
Or His Practice as a Roman Catholic.
He Was Gentle Kind and Just In Private Life,
Was Not Less Beloved By His Family and Friends Than By
His Grateful Country.

The Number and Objects of His Charity Will Be
Known Only at That Time When His Dust
Shall Be Reanimated and When He Who He Sees In Secret
Shall Reward Openly.

In The Full Belief in the Doctrines Of The Gospel
He Peacefully Resigned His Soul into Arms of His
Redeemer.

The 13th Of Sept. 1803, In the 59th Year of His Age.
    — Submitted February 19, 2021, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
 
Grave of John Barry image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, July 5, 2008
3. Grave of John Barry
This is a photo of the gravesite before additional interpretive signage was added.
Commodore Barry's Monument image. Click for full size.
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4. Commodore Barry's Monument
“Commodore Barry's tomb is near the entrance to the cemetery of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, on Fourth Street, Philadelphia” -- BJL, 1896. from The Pictorial Field-Book Of The War Of 1812 by Benson John Lossing, 1896 Page 101.

 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,448 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 13, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on January 15, 2023, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3. submitted on July 13, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   4. submitted on February 19, 2021, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

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