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Tombstone Tuesday - Henry Johnson first served in the American Revolutionary War as a Corporal in the 2nd Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Establishment of the New Jersey Line. He then served as a Quartermaster, followed by a promotion to Captain, in the 2nd Regiment of the Sussex County Militia. Henry was born on Oct. 7, 1737 in Readington, Hunterdon County, NJ. He married his 1st wife, Susanna Hover, in 1762 and together they had 5 children: Samuel, Henry, John, William and Sarah. His 2nd wife was Anna Vanheste, married in 1795. Henry died on Jan. 5, 1826 in Frankford Twp. He is buried next to Susanna. Henry's original brownstone lies in pieces behind his new VA stone that was installed in Oct. 2018.

John Holmes first served in the American Revolution as a Second Lieutenant in Captain Longstreets's Co., 1st Battalion, 1st Establishment beginning on Dec.16, 1775. He served next as a 2nd Lieutenant in Captain Polhemus's Co., 1st Battalion, 2nd Establishment starting on Nov. 29, 1776. Finally, John served as a Captain in the 1st Regiment, beginning Feb. 1, 1779, being discharged at the end of the War. John was born about 1749 and was a lawyer according to his gravestone. John also served as the Master of Harmony Lodge No. 8 F.&A.M. in 1792. He died on Dec. 22, 1809.

Please join us on May 18, 2019, at 10am, at the Old Newton Burial Ground to honor Henry, John and 10 other local heroes from the American Revolutionary War.

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#MuseumMonday This week we will be looking at the firemen of Sussex County from the Townley Glass Plate Collection. First we see two firemen from the Walkill Hose Co No 1. There are a group of firemen from the Kittatinny Hose Company including a foreman and an assistant foreman. Last are a group of firemen from the Newton Fire Department including a photo of Charles Steele, a foreman holding a speaking trumpet and a photo of the Chief. Any help identifying these men would be appreciated. Please leave your comment to help us identify them.

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