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Trenton in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Capt. Joseph A. Yard

 
 
Capt. Joseph A. Yard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, circa January 2008
1. Capt. Joseph A. Yard Marker
Inscription. Born March 23, 1802, in Trenton.

Captain Yard was involved in the export and manufacture of bristled brushes, which proved to be lucrative, but lost his fortune in 1835 due to the wars in Europe. He later was appointed principal keeper of New Jersey State Prison, occupying what is still the warden’s house, at Cass and Second Streets. He served in the New York State Assembly in 1849 and 850 and as warden of the Albany State Penitentiary. In the Mexican War he was a captain in Company G, 10th United States Infantry, which he raised from men of Trenton. For the Civil War he raised Company A, 3rd New Jersey Volunteers (3 months) and then formed a company of men to repel Lee’s invasion of Pennsylvania in June and July, 1863.

Died at his home in Farmingdale, N.J.
 
Erected 1992.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 40° 13.197′ N, 74° 45.347′ W. Marker was in Trenton, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker could be reached from South Clinton Avenue near Barlow Street. Touch for map. This marker is the seventeenth of seventeen markers on individual grave sites in Mercer Cemetery which is located on South Clinton Avenue between Magowan and Barlow Streets. Marker was in this post office area: Trenton NJ 08609, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Site of Capt. Joseph A. Yard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, circa March 2008
2. Site of Capt. Joseph A. Yard Marker
This marker's pedestal was destroyed but the actual marker was recovered and moved to the Trentoniana Room of the Trenton Public Library for safe keeping.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Dr. John Manners (a few steps from this marker); Ira Wells Wood (within shouting distance of this marker); Mercer Cemetery at Trenton (within shouting distance of this marker); William Young (within shouting distance of this marker); Capt. James Olden Paxson (within shouting distance of this marker); William Borrow (within shouting distance of this marker); Sgt. John P. Beech (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Hewitt (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trenton.
 
More about this marker. This marker is towards the center of the cemetery closer to South Clinton Avenue.
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 746 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 3, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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