Cemetery Tour Relives History

On Saturday, Oct 28th, six of the 400 historical graves at First Reformed Church were featured in a special Cemetery Tour, each with a costumed re-enactor who presented a brief biography of the person buried there.

A re-enactor dressed as a Native American spoke about the 96 soldiers, two Native American scouts and one horse believed to be buried in a pre-Revolutionary mass grave located at the rear of the cemetery.

Also featured was the grave of Captain James Schureman, who was captured by the British during the Revolutionary War. He was imprisoned in New York and escaped, making his way to New Brunswick. Having served  in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, Schureman was mayor of New Brunswick from 1801 to 1813, and again from 1821 until 1824, when he died in office.

Mary Kirkpatrick How, who lived in New Brunswick from 1793 until 1882, was from an influential family and married the Rev. Dr. Samuel Blanchard How, one of the earliest pastors of several of the city’s churches.

Theodore Frelinghuysen served as the captain of a volunteer militia in the War of 1812 and was New Jersey’s attorney general from 1817 to 1829,  later becoming a U.S. Senator. He served as the 7th president of Rutgers College from 1850 until his death in 1862.
Lieutenant Theodore Strong, a Civil War soldier in the 30th regiment infantry of New Jersey, was sent to the South in 1862. Strong died from disease in 1863 contracted during the battle known as the Mud March, during which heavy rain caused the ground to turn to mud. He is believed to have been studying law at Rutgers and was 25 years old when he died.


John Henry Livingston is famous for starting the Reformed Church in America and was the fourth president of Rutgers College from 1810 until his death in 1825.

Many thanks to all who participated in making this a very special entertaining and informative event for the people of New Brunswick.


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