Closter in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Nauglel / Auryansen Cemetery
This active graveyard dates to the earliest settlement period of Closter’s history. Documented burials date to circa 1722 and include Dutch pioneer families with names like Vervalen, Naugle (Nagle), DeClark, Ferdon, Parsells, Auryansen, Demarest, Haring, Cole, Kearney, Montague and Bogert. Seven soldiers, Closter farmers, who served in the Bergen County Militia during the Revolutionary War and one veteran of the War of 1812 are known to be among the interred.
The Nauglel / Auryansen Cemetery, once known as the “Burying Place,” was part of the original lands purchased in 1710 by the Nagel brothers, Barent and Resolvert. They divided their lands in 1748 and the division stones carved with their initials (“BN” and “RN”) are still visible in the middle of the cemetery. Later, the place became known as the Auryansen Grave Yard because this family took title to the land upon which it sits. Many of the sandstone and frame houses built by these families and their descendants are still standing in the Borough today.
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A Restoration Project
of the Closter Historical Society
Previous work at the cemetery involved ground maintenance and clearing of debris by various caretakers. Ralph Heaton of the American Legion obtained granite plaques from the Veterans Administration and placed them at the foot of the Revolutionary soldiers’ graves.
In 1996, Scott Merritt, of Katonah, N.Y., masterfully began the inscription of the sandstone markers. This work could only have been made possible through the kindness and efforts of concerned citizens.
Erected by Closter Historical Society.
Location. 40° 58.491′ N, 73° 56.516′ W. Marker is in Closter, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker can be reached from Susan Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located behind the fence at the southeast corner of the cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 44 Susan Drive, Closter NJ 07624, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nagel – Auryansen Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Daniel De Clark House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Nagel (Naugle) House Walter Parcells Homestead (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Closter Horseman (approx. one mile away); Closter Public School (approx. 1.1 miles away); Hilderbrant Naugle House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Sautes Tave’s Begraven Ground (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Closter.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 26, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 410 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on February 26, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.