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Tombstone Tuesday: Thomas Anderson was born about 1742 in Mercer Co., NJ. He served in the American Revolution first as a Private, Minute Man in the Sussex County Militia; and then as an Assistant Quartermaster. Along with forwarding supplies to Trenton, Morristown and New Windsor, Thomas also procured care for cavalry horses, allowing for their recuperation. General Washington dined at his home on the Newton Green in 1780. Thomas was admitted to the NJ Bar in 1765 and moved to Newton, where he married Letitia Thornton in 1772. Together they had 5 children, 3 living to adulthood. Thomas was one of the pioneer patriots of Sussex Co. and among other positions, was chairman of the delegation to the Convention in New Brunswick in 1774, protesting unlawful taxation. After Letitia's death in 1784, Thomas married Hannah Evan in 1786. Thomas served as Master of Harmony Lodge No. 8, F.&A.M. for 13 years (1788-91, 1795-97, 1800-05). Thomas died on May 29, 1805.

Letitia Thornton Anderson was born in Newton in 1740. She served this Country as a Patriot during the Revolutionary War. She was one of four women from Sussex County to be chosen to become part of "The Ladies of Trenton", a society organized in 1780 for the purpose of raising funds for the brave men of the Continental Army. Letitia married Thomas Anderson in 1772 and together they had 5 children, 3 living to adulthood: Margaretta (Cowenhoven), William Thornton and Thomas Oakley. Letitia died in Newton on August 30, 1784 and is buried next to Thomas. From their graves you can see their house on Main Street, where it was moved to in 1896, originally being located on the Green.

Both Thomas and Letitia, along with others, will be honored on May 18th at 10am in a Memorial Service at the Old Newton Burial Ground. We hope you can join us.

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You may remember from an earlier post....we have one of the Ladies of Trenton buried in the Old Newton Burial Ground: Letitia Anderson. She will be the Patriot honored on May 18th at 10am along with 11 American Revolutionary War Veterans. Hope to see many of you there.

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