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Matawan in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Poet’s Grave

 
 
Poet’s Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 16, 2014
1. Poet’s Grave Marker
Inscription.
Philip Freneau
Died
Dec. 18th
1832

Aged 80 years
11 months and
16 days

He was a native of
New York
but for many years
a resident of
Philadelphia
and New Jersey.
His upright and
benevolent character
is in the memory of
many and will remain
when this inscription
is no longer legible.

Heaven lifts its everlasting
portal high,
and bids the pure in heart
behold their God.

( Back of Monument : )
AGNES

Relict of
Peter Freneau,
Mother of
Philip Freneau,
and late widow of
James Kearney.

Died Oct. 18th
1817
the 91st year
of her age.

 
Location. 40° 23.467′ N, 74° 14.085′ W. Marker is in Matawan, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker can be reached from Poet Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 Poet Drive, Matawan NJ 07747, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Philip Morin Freneau (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hawkins House (approx. half a mile away); Mt. Pleasant Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Signal Hill
Poet’s Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 16, 2014
2. Poet’s Grave Marker
(approx. 2.8 miles away); Roll of Honor (approx. 3.6 miles away); Civil War · Spanish War · World War Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away); Old St. Gabriel’s Church (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Old Brick Reformed Church (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Matawan.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Rear of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 16, 2014
3. Rear of Monument
Poet’s Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 16, 2014
4. Poet’s Grave Marker
This obelisk marks the grave of Philip Freneau, the "Poet of the Revolution." He wrote poems that supported the cause of American independence.
Poet’s Grave image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 16, 2014
5. Poet’s Grave
A privateer captain during the Revolutionary War, Freneau was captured and abused by the British. He survived imprisonment, shipwrecks and hurricanes, but ultimately died after losing his way in a blizzard returning home from the general store.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 16, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 276 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 16, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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