Where Pebble, Sand and Marble Meet

Every year, the Daughters of the American Revolution visit our grave yard before Memorial Day to put up flags on the graves of veterans. One of the veterans is Jasper Provost. The inscription on his grave stone reads that he “died July 5, 1851, in the 93rd year of his age, Soldier of the Revolution”. His grave is next to the grave of his wife, Catherine. Her grave, however, no longer has a headstone.

Over the years, a large maple tree had grown from the Jasper Provost grave with the branches hanging over the fence on Neilson Street. During the winter of 2005-06, this tree fell into the intersection of Patterson and Neilson Streets and was removed. However, as the stump was right next to the Provost headstone, the stone had to be removed as well.

It spent one year leaning against another stone so that rain water was easily diverted. On May 25, 2007, this finally changed. Mark Nonestied from the Middlesex Cultural and Heritage Commission came and reset it for us. I was happy to assist, and Josh Bernhofer had provided the necessary 50 lbs. of pebble and 50 lbs. of acid-free sand. Today the stone is back in place; the flag was there just in time for Memorial Day, and I had learned a lot from Mark about the art of setting an old marble stone.

On behalf of us all – I am grateful for his generous help.



About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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