The First Presbyterian Church and Cemetery
Seventy names of soldiers from several New Jersey regiments are carved on the monument, including soldiers from Company H of the NJ 14th Volunteer Infantry Regiment that was formed in Cranbury in August 1862. Company H was the unit in which the largest number of Cranburians served, and it had the larges casualty rate in its regiment. Other Cranbury soldiers enlisted in units such as Company B of the NJ 28th Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
*1740 A Meeting House was built on the highest point of land in the oldest section of this cemetery.
*1750 King George II granted the church a Royal Charter.
*1759 One hundred fifty
*1788 A new church was built on the site of the present church building.
*1839 It was rebuilt, as pictured above, in Greek Revival style.
*1859 An extensive rebuilding, referred to as “building a new church,” enlarged the building from three to five windows on each side.
In 1858, as the need for more cemetery space grew, the western section was laid out in a formal landscaped grid pattern. The cemetery was named for David Brainerd who preached to the local Lenape Indians during the summer of 1745.
Brainerd Cemetery contains, among its grave markers, the monuments and headstones of pastors of the church, early settlers, and those who served our country during and since the American Revolution.
Location. 40° 18.479′ N, 74° 31.079′ W. Marker is in Cranbury, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is on South Main
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cranberry Mills (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Encampment (about 700 feet away); The Cranbury Dam (about 800 feet away); Site of House of Dr. Hezekiah Stites (approx. 0.2 miles away); Parsonage Barn (approx. ¼ mile away); Todd Beamer (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Second Presbyterian Church of Cranbury (approx. half a mile away); Hightstown (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cranbury.
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