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The French Burying Ground

In New Bridge (New Milford) New Jersey

Orange Beads

History

The history of this cemetery has its roots in the immigrant, David Demarest Sr. David Demarest Sr., being a French Huguenot, had an ambition to form a French Colony and was eventually able to purchase about 2000 acres of land, a tract approximately two miles wide and six miles long, lying between the Hackensack and Hudson Rivers, called the French Patent. The land was granted with the understanding that he was to settle 45 families on the site. He failed to secure this number, but he brought with him several groups, including the families of Daniel DuVoor, Jean Durie, Jacques Laroe, Andries Tiebout and Nicholas deVaux.

David Demarest Sr. had plans to build a French church nearer to his home. (At first he and his family were attending the Bergen Reformed Dutch Church - now Jersey City.) The first meeting in the newly erected French church building was in 1682 and this church was known as the French Church of Kinderkamack. It was built on land belonging to the Demarest family (sometimes written DesMarets, DeMaree), directly to the east of their dwelling, adjoining the little French Cemetery which remains today. Traces of the church foundation were visible in the early 1900s. This is where David Demarest Sr. is believed to be buried, along with his family.

Services were held here until 1696, conducted by Reverend Pierre Daille, a minister at the French Church of New York. He left the New York parish in 1696 and thereafter the church declined. The French Church members joined with the Hackensack Reformed Dutch Church in 1696.

One side note. At the time the land was granted to the Demarest family, the Governor probably was aware that the grant already was covered, at least in part, by a prior patent given to John Berry. The Demarests did not patent their land immediately and later were so harrassed by other claims that they were obliged to purchase their land at least four times! After the death of David Sr., the grant was withdrawn from his heirs and a smaller tract was given them, although the final grant was of large proportions.

History Source: The Demarest Family Genealogy compiled under the auspices of the Demarest Family Association in 1964, Hackensack, New Jersey, Voorhis D. Demarest, President at the time.

NOTE: Tombstone Inscriptions, copied November 1902 by John Neafie; Verified October 1908.

John Heaton b. Sept. 18, 1756, d. Nov. 11, 1802, aged 46-1-24.

Mary Brower, wife of John Heaton b. Jan. 15, 1762, d. Sept. 28,
1800 aged 37-5-13.

Margaret Heaton, wife of William Williams, b. July 16, 1772, d.
March 3, 1842.

John, son of John and Ann Collins, d. Sept. 7, 1844 aged 15-3-7.

Rachel Ann, dau. of John and Ann Collins, d. May 19, 1837, aged 5-
7-6.

William Williams, b. Feb. 27, 1768 d. Feb. 23, 1809.

Richard Heaton d. June 25, 1796 aged 66-6-25.

Maria, wife of Richard Heaton d. July 19, 1810 aged 69-11-20.

Margaret Ann Westervelt b. June 17, 1842, d. Nov. 30, 1858.

Lavinia Devoe d. July 8, 1843 aged 22-3 mos.

Abraham F. Ryerson b. May 8, 1801 d. Oct. 14, 1856

Mary Ann, wife of Abr. F. Ryerson b. Sept. 22, 1821 d. March 27,
1857.

Frances Matilda, wife of Uzal Meeker d. Dec. 27, 1856 aged 25-5-11.

Sylvester Smith, son of Uzal and Frances Matilda Meeker, d. May 10,
1852, aged 10 weeks.

Sally Ball d. Aug. 8, 1860 aged 69 years.

Eliza Jane, dau. of John and Mary Zabriskie d. June 8, 1837 aged 1-
9-10.

Andrew J., son of John and Mary Zabriskie d. July 25, 1834 aged 14
mo. 18 das.

George Burt, a native of St. James Parish, London, d. Oct. 9, 1811
(or 1841) aged 12-7-6 (indistinct)

William T. Deuel d. Feb. 23, 1886, aged 68 yrs.

Charlotte, wife of Wm. T. Deuel b. Aug. 20, 1820 d. March 4, 1897.

Walter V. V. Deuel d. Feb. 11, 1886 aged 30 yrs. 8 mos.

Susan Purdy, wife of John R. Hill, d. Nov. 11, 1830 aged 20-2-27.

Mary Green d. July 31, 1832 aged 15-7-1.

John Zabriskie Jr. d. July 6, 1793 aged 25-9-25.

Abraham Collins d. Jan. 31, 1813 aged 48-2-24.

James R. Heaton d. Aug. 12, 1853 aged 72 years.

Margaret Demarest, wife of James R. Heaton d. Dec. 18, 1858 aged 80
yrs.

James D. Heaton, son of James and Margaret Heaton d. May 26, 1814
aged 2-2-2.

William Ely b. July 22, 1810 d. Sept. 27, 1819 aged 9-2-5.

Mary Ely, b. Aug. 5, 1794 d. Feb. 18, 1807 aged 12-6-13.

Mary, dau. of Abraham and Addrayanna Ely d. Aug. 5, 1822 aged 1-8-
21.

William Ely d. Oct. 26, 1834 aged 67-10-9.

Mary Demarest, wife of William Ely d. March 26, 1848 aged 72-2-8.

Hester Van Saun, wife of James Ely d. Feb. 10, 1842 aged 32-3-21.

Also her two sons, one d. Feb. 21, 1841 aged 11 das. the other d.
Feb. 19, 1842 aged 5 das.

Margaret, dau. of James and Margaret Ely d. Aug. 5, 1855 aged 9
mos. 23 das.

Abraham Ely b. July 2, 1797 d. Apr. 13, 1848.

Eleanor Ely, wife of John Paulison d. May 2, 1801 aged 24-9-7.

John I. Paulison d. Dec. 19, 1852 aged 79 yrs. 8 mos.

Abigail Van Norden, wife of John Paulison d. Mar. 22, 1855 aged 84-
4-6.

Ellen Van Saun, wife of Cornelius A. Bogert d. Apr. 21, 1838 aged
28-9-20.

Lea(h), dau. of Cors and Ellen Bogert d. Apr. 29, 1845 aged 16-10-
9.

Catherine Hogland, wife of Abraham Collins b. July 20, 1775 d.
Sept. 2, 1849 aged 74-1-12.

Gilbert Banta b. July 2, 1776 d. July 16, 1849 aged 73-0-14.

Jacob I. Bogart d. Jan. 27, 1820 aged 70-4-23.

Margaret, wife of Jacob I. Bogart d. Aug. 31, 1825 in 73rd year of
her age.

Leah Bogert, wife of Gilbert Banta d. Nov. 26, 1833 aged 51-11-4.

James Bogert d. July 31, 1839 aged 80-4-27.

Mary Bogert, wife of James Bogert d. Aug. 23, 1843 aged 80-0-19.

Mrs. Mary McKinnon d. Aug. 15, 1827 aged 78 yrs.

John I/J. Demarest Jr. b. June 11, 1783 d. Jan. 1, 1842 aged 58-6-
20.

Patty Van Houten, wife of John J. Demarest b. July 22, 1786 d. Sept
28, 1842 aged 56-2-6.

John I/J. Demarest d. Nov. 15, 1843 aged 38-8-5.

George R. Demarest d. July 31, 1852 aged 19-7-25.

Rinaldo G. Demarest d. May 20, 1858 aged 27 yrs. 3 mos.

George A. Cluss d. Sept. 3, 1844 aged 37-10-11.

William Van Nest Sr. the relict of Jane Van Nest b. Feb. 10, 1796
d. July 28, 1858.

William Van Nest Jr., son of William and Jane Van Nest b. Aug. 19,
1833 d. May 28, 1855.

John, son of James H. and Mary Ann Demarest d. Sept. 1, 1836 aged
11 mos. 21 das.

Emma Agnes, dau. of James H. and Mary Ann Demarest d. Nov. 30, 1842
aged 2-9-21.

Sophia B., wife of Felix Oliver and dau. of David P. and Jane
Demarest d. Dec. 26, 1850 aged 31 yrs. 22 ds.

David P. Demarest b. Aug. 16, 1791 d. July 2, 1821.

John Demarest b. March 27, 1794 d. Sept. 6, 1832.

Mary Demarest b. March 31, 1793 d. July 31, 1870.

Ari Demarest b. Dec. 22, 1772 d. Aug. 15, 1777 aged 4-7-20.

Peter J. Demarest d. Oct. 1, 1820 aged 62 yrs. 9 mos.

Sally Devoe, wife of Peter J. Demarest d. Oct. 16, 1859 aged 96-2-
19.

Rev. John Demarest d. Apr. 8, 1837 aged 72-7-3.

Sarah Christie, wife of Rev. John Demarest d. Nov. 27, 1839 aged
75-11-20.

Hannah Demarest, and her two children, wife of Abraham Devoe, d.
Aug. 26, 1817 aged 22-5-12.

Aron Demarest d. May 11, 1819 aged 19-6-11.

James Demarest d. Oct. 22, 1826 aged 54-7-5.

J.D. a small brown stone.

D D M R 1765 a small brown stone.

Jane Demarest, wife of Charles Conklin d. June 16, 1828 aged 43-10-
28.

Rachel, dau of Abraham and Sarah Demarest d. July 10, 1835 aged 2
yrs. 15 das.

James, son of Abraham and Sarah Demarest d. Oct. 4, 1842 aged 8
mos. 21 das.

Jacobus Demarest, b. Apr. 21, 1735 d. Oct. 21, 1807 aged 72 yrs. 6
mos.

Maria Smith, wife of Jacobus Demarest b. Apr. 1, 1741 d. Oct. 12,
1829 aged 88-6-12.

Rebekoa Demarest d. Aug. 12, 1780 aged 8-10-17.

David D. Demarest b. Jan. 27, 1780 d. May 31, 1781.

A D M R very old brown stone (? Arie Demarest? d. c. 1785?)

M x E very old brown stone.

M x E very old brown stone.

P D M R (Petrus Demarest) d. Sept. 5, 1780 aged 65-5-25.

Cataline (Catrina Benson), wife of Peter D. Demarest d. Aug. 12,
1842 aged 71-9 mos.

Peter D. Demarest, a large white stone broken off (Peter D. d. May
1844)

Ao 1758 HIER LYE S D M R 81 JAER 4 MAAND (Sara Bertholf wife of
David).

F B 2 1735 MARYA DMRST (? Maria deRuine wife of Samuel desMarets?)

ANNO DOMINI DEr 19, 1745 MD (? Margrietje?)

M S 1721 6 M E Y (The oldest dated stone) (Mary Demarest Slot?)

Ao 1759 D D M R 83 Jaer 8 mas OVE (David Demarest, husband of Sara
Bertholf).

Mary, wife of Arie Demarest b. Dec. 24, 1719 d. Aug. 7, 1787 aged
68-7-14.

Abraham P. Demarest d. July 1, 1843 aged 44 yrs. 19 das.

A small square brown stone, all lettering scaled off.

Mary Elizabeth, dau. of David A. and Jane Zabriskie d. Aug. 30,
1855 aged 10-8-6.

Catherine Ann, dau. of David A. and Jane Zabriskie d. Apr. 20,
1854, aged 4 mos. 8 ds.

A.J.Z., a small foot stone.

Andrew D. d. Apr. 15, 1836 aged 3 mo. 26 ds., son of David and Jane
Zabriskie.

A.D.Z., a small foot stone.

John J. Zabriskie, son of S---y Bogert d. - A - 1822.

John A. Bogert d. Nov. 15, 1826 aged 22-1-19.

Aaron J. Bogert, son of James A. and Jane Cummings b. Apr. 17, 1847
d. Aug. 18, 1847 aged 4 mos. 1 day.

Sitchy Demarest, wife of Cornelius Bogert d. Sept. 11, 1816 aged
68-6-1.

Cornelius Bogert d. Sept. 30, 1825 aged 81-1-21.

James Bogert d. Dec. 15, 1836 aged 11 yrs. 6 mos.

Jacobus Lozier b. Oct. 5, 1707 d. Jan. 13, 1792 aged 84-3-8.

Dan Lozier b. July 17, 1776 d. June 10, 1777 aged 10 mos. 23 ds.

-Gestorven - Out 7 yr. 3m (stone broken) (probably Lozier)

Joa. Lozier b. Nov. 2, 1772 d. Aug. 11, 1776 out 3 Ja. 9m. 9 ds.

Ja. Lozier b. Feb. 11, 1771 d. Aug. 5, 1776 out 5-5-25.

Ano. 1760 or 1780 - G.L. x F.E. (brown stone)

1763 H.L. (brown stone) possibly Hildebrandt Lozier, wife of
Christina DeBaun, dau of Judith Demarest and Christian DeBaun.

-Geboren-1772-; very dim.

M.D. 1734 brown stone, broken.

I x C. died 30 Sept. 1798.

S x C died 4 Oct. 1798.

William Henry, son of David A. and Jane Zabriskie d. June 27, 1844
aged 1-10-14.

Jacob Demarest, Co. A, 22nd N.J. Vols. died Nov, 28, 1893.

Sarah, dau. of Peter and Cataline Demarest d. March 28, 1828 aged
19-9-7.

Mary, second wife of Peter Demarest d. Jan. 6, 1794 aged 89 yrs. 10
mos.

Elizabeth Collins, wife of Cornelius A. Bogart, d. Aug. 2, 1832
aged 30-3-3, also of their children, viz - John Bogart d. Apr. 22,
1825 aged 7 mo. 14 das; Cornelius Bogart d. July 29, 1832 aged 1-6-
20; Catherine Bogart d. Aug. 16, 1832 aged 6 yrs. 2 mos.; Sarah E.
Bogart d. Aug. 14, 1832 aged 4 yrs. 4 da.

John Demarest b. Jan. 26, 1732 d. May 14, 1809.

Patrick O. Conor d. June 1, 1822 aged 46 yrs.

Margaret O. Conor d. Nov. 16, 1830 aged 21 yrs. 1 mo.

John Everson d. Nov. 29, 1848 aged 28 yrs.

Walter M. Conn. d. Nov. 30, 1841 aged 4 yrs. 9 mos.

Maria, second child of George and Rachel Clark b. Oct. 7, 1833 d.
Nov. 21, 1834 aged 13 mos. 14 das.

Ann Aller, wife of Alexander Clark b. Apr. 26, 1811 d. Aug. 24,
1833, also her son Joseph H. Clark d. Jan. 24, 1834 aged 5 yrs.

Willempie Bogert, wife of John Demarest b. June 30, 1734 d. Feb.
10, 1813.

John Bogert, son of Jacob C. and Ann Bogert d. May 23, 1826 aged 1-
10-27.

Ann Demarest, wife of William Demarest d. Aug. 30, 1837 aged 81-10-
10.

Peter I/J. Demarest b. Feb. 5, 1758 d. May 19, 1820 aged 62-3-14.

John, son of James and Hester Demarest, d. March 22, 1839 aged 9
mos. 22 da. 

James, son of John and Ann Demarest, b. July 4, 1829 d. Aug. 17,
1829.

A large brown stone, lettering scaled off, between the above two
head stones (Jane Ann Demarest d. Oct. 2, 1831 aged 4 mos. 25 das.)

Catherine Aller, wife of J. A. Polhamius d. Sept. 19, 1858 aged 36-
3-12.

Catherine Aller, b. Feb. 28, 1776 d. Oct. 15, 1840, also her son
James Aller d. Oct. 26, 1876 aged 51 yrs.

Jacob C. Bogert d. Nov. 3, 1861 aged 67-10-18.

Ann Demarest, wife of Jacob C. Bogert d. Sept. 2, 1855 aged 57-11-
21.

James J. Demarest d. Nov. 18, 1846 aged 82-8-8.

Elizabeth Ely, wife of James J. Demarest b. Apr. 15, 1773 d. Oct.
18, 1849 aged 76-6-3.

Abraham J. Demarest b. March 30, 1795 d. Oct. 11, 1854 aged 59-6-
12.

Adriana Banta, wife of Abraham Ely, b. Dec. 7, 1802 d. Oct. 1,
1885.

Matilda Bogert, wife of John B. Ely, b. Feb. 13, 1842 d. June 6,
1866.

Mary Ada Ely b. Apr. 29, 1860 d. Sept. 5, 1860.

Abrham Ely d. May 10, 1876 aged 40-7-16.

Abraham, son of William and Ann Elizabeth Ely d. May 24, 1858 aged
2-9-7.

J.H. - M.B. on a foot stone, may belong to John and Mary Brower
Heaton, first names listed.

Also buried in this cemetery: Martha Gustafson b. March 1, 1903,
died Feb. 19, 1928, wife of Ola John Demarest.

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