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Elizabeth in Union County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Colonial Church

 
 
Colonial Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 5, 2008
1. Colonial Church Marker
The congregation of the church included a President of the Continental Congress, signers of the Declaration of Independence, signers of the U.S. Constitution, Generals in the Continental Army, and a Governor of New Jersey.
Inscription. Church of 1724 burned by British. Present structure, 1786. Reverend James Caldwell Pastor here, 1761-76; famed later as “Fighting Chaplin.”
 
Erected 1964 by State of New Jersey.
 
Location. 40° 39.749′ N, 74° 12.901′ W. Marker is in Elizabeth, New Jersey, in Union County. Marker is on Broad Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elizabeth NJ 07201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Borough Court House (within shouting distance of this marker); Elizabeth Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Revolutionary Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); Patriotic Dead (within shouting distance of this marker); First Site of Princeton University (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Academy (about 400 feet away); Washington’s Inaugural Bicentennial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Seven Astronauts (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elizabeth.
 
Also see . . .  The British invasion of June, 1780. (Submitted on April 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Notable BuildingsWar, US Revolutionary
 
The First Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 5, 2008
2. The First Presbyterian Church
The church was burned on the night of January 25, 1780 by a group led by Cornelius Hatfield, Jr., a British spy and native of Elizabethtown. Witnesses say Hatfield himself started the fire at the church.
Grave of Rev. Caldwell image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 5, 2008
3. Grave of Rev. Caldwell
Rev. James Caldwell is buried in the churchyard of the Presbyterian Church. Known as the Fighting Parson, he was a stanch Patriot and enemy of local Tories and Loyalists.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,058 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.
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