THOSE WHO BOUGHT
THE FIRST BURIAL PLOTS
IN THE
"OLD FIRST" REFORMED CEMETERY

An Historical Document
Written by Aaron A. VAN HOUTEN in the (Eighteen) Fifties

From "The Daily News" 1922 May 25

Through the courtesy of Counsellor Frederick W. GASTON, grandson of the late Rev. John GASTON, D.D., for many years pastor of the "Old First" Church, The Daily News herewith presents an interesting historic document which gives a list of the persons who purchased the original burying plots in the Old First Cemetery, upon which ground was broken with week for the erection of the new armory.

The document is in the handwriting of Aaron A. VAN HOUTEN, great grandfather of former City Clerk Zabriskie A. VAN HOUTEN, who was at that time serving as president of the trustees of the protestant Reformed Dutch Church of Acquackanonk. In the blankbook, which contains the entries, he recorded the name of each person who bought a burying plot between December 25, 1849 and February 1, 1864, with the date and sum paid. Following are a few entries made in another hand for the year 1867, where the record ends. Counsellor Gaston found the book on a shelf in the closet in the Gaston law office in the National Bank building that was torn down a few weeks ago. He found it where William F. GASTON, his father, placed it, more than twenty years ago.

A number of old names, some of recent memory, appear in the list. The document follows:

"This Book containing the names of the purchasers with the numbers of lots in the new grave yard of the Protestant Reformed Dutch Church of Acquackanonk and the dates of the deeds, December 5, 1849, as will appear by a map dated thirty-first day of December 1849.

"It was unanimously agreed by the trustees of the Protestant Reformed Dutch Church of Acquackanonk to deed two burying lots in the new cemetery to the Rev. William R. BOGARDUS, number nineteen and twenty-one, lying on Avenue A and B Eastern Division, which lots were paid by a settlement of the first day of May in the Year of our Lord, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty One for wood not delivered by the Congregation according to his call----by order of the trustees."

"Aaron A. Van Houten, Pres."

The following deeds were dated 1850: (Note this text following has been altered slightly from its original "Daily News" format. It has been alphabetized for easier reference.)

ACKERMAN, John I.
BRINKERHOOF, Cornelius G.
BRINKERHOOF, George E.
CADMUS, Andrew C.
CADMUS, David
CADMUS, James
CAMPBELL, David
CARPENTER, Noah S.
CAVEROCK, John A. Post
DAVIDSON, John
DOREMUS, Henry P.
FROLEIGH, Peter O.
HYLER, Cornelius
HYLER, Cornelius
KIP, Edo
KIP, Henry P.
KIP, Peter P.
KIP, Walling,
MERSELIUS, Edo P.
MERSELIUS, John P.
MERSELIUS, Peter E.
MESEROLE, Mary E., widow
OUTWATER, Richard
POST, Halmagh M.
POST, John A.
POST, Mary, widow
PRAWL, Aaron
RIKER, Thomas
SIMMONS, James
SIMMONS, James
SIP, Cornelius I.
SIP, Edo and Aaron
SIP, John
SIP, Tunis I.
SNYDER, John A.
TURSE, John
VAN BUSSUM, David
VAN BUSSUM, Phillip P.
VAN HOUTEN, Aaron A.
VAN HOUTEN, Cornelius A.,
VAN HOUTEN, Cornelius H.
VAN IDERSTINE, Eliza
VAN IDERSTINE, Henry
VAN INDERSTINE, Hannah
VAN RIPER, Abraham A.
VAN RIPER, Garret
VAN RIPER, Jacob G.
VAN RIPER, Richard
VAN RIPER, Uriah
VAN RIPER, Uriah
VAN VORST, Casper
VAN WINKLE, Adolphia W.
VAN WINKLE, Caty
VAN WINKLE, Caty
VAN WINKLE, John V.S.
VAN WINKLE, Michael
VREELAND, Abraham I.
VREELAND, Matilda
VRELAND, Elias A.
WESTERVELT, David A.
YERRIOUNCE, Casper
YERRIOUNCE, Eliza
YERRIOUNCE, Henry
YERRIOUNCE, John

The following deeds were dated from 1851 to 1864: (Note this text following has been altered slightly from its original "Daily News" format. It has been alphabetized for easier reference.)

ACKERMAN, Abraham A.
ACKERMAN, Albert A.
ACKERMAN, Albert I.
ACKERMAN, David T.
ACKERMAN, William P.
ALLEN, Jane
ALLEN, Jane
ANDERSON, David J.
ANDERSON, William S.
ANDRUS, William L.
BAXSTON, Daniel
BERRY, George
BERRY, John
BERRY, John I.
BERRY, Mary
BLAUVELT, John A.
BONTA, John C.
BONTA, John G.
BONTA, John R.
BORNEMAN, Banardus
BUSH, Isaac
CADUMS, Peter
CAMPBELL, David
COUENHOVEN, Samuel G.W.
CRAWFORD, Henry
DEMAREST, David
DEMAREST, Garret D.
DEMAREST, Martin
DEVOE, Cornelius
DEVOE, James
DOREMUS, William P.
EDSALL, Daniel
ELTING, Jane
ENNIS, Richard
FARMER, Edgar
FOLLY, Abraham
FREDERICKS, Henry
GILLHAM, John
GLAP, John
GLAP, Lawrence
GREER, Leonard L.
JACOBUS, Garret I.
KINGSLAND, George W.
KIP, Nicholas I.
KIP, Sarah
KIPP, Nicholas T.
LILLIAM, George M.
LINCOLN, George S.
LINKFOOT, Harriet
MERSELIS, John C.
MERSELIUS, Cornelius I.
MERSELIUS, Elizabeth,
NUTTY, William H,.
PELL, Captain John B.
POST, Abraham
POST, Caroline
POST, Cornelius C.
POST, Cornelius C.
POST, John G.
POST, Rachel R.
POST, Richard R.
POST, Theodore
PRENTICE, Henry
PROCTOR, William B.
RIKER, Thomas
SANDFORD, William
SIMMONS, Henry P
SIMMONS, Rachel P.
SIP, Halmagh
SIP, Halmagh
SIP, Tunis
SPEAR, Burnett T.
SPEAR, James P.
SPEAR, John I.
SPEAR, John P.
SPEAR, Joseph
SPEAR, Joseph
SPEAR, Margaret
SPEAR, Ruliff G.
SPEER, John W.
STEENBURGH, Ransom
STRONG, The Rev. J.P.
TATTERSALL, Christopher
TERHUNE, Doctor Garret
TERHUNE, John N.
TERHUNE, Nicholas P.
TERHUNE, Richard
VAN BUSSUM, Garret C.
VAN BUSSUM, Phillip P.
VAN IDERSTEIN, John F.
VAN IDERSTINE, Aaron
VAN IDERSTINE, John
VAN IDERSTINE, John P.
VAN IDERSTINE, John P.
VAN IDERSTINE, Michael
VAN IDERSTINE, Peter
VAN NORST, Henry
VAN RIPER, Abraham
VAN RIPER, Captain Abraham
VAN RIPER, Cornelius G.
VAN RIPER, Cornelius G.
VAN RIPER, Jacob G.
VAN RIPER, John G.
VAN RIPER, John G.
VAN RIPER, John P.
VAN RIPER, Lydia
VAN RIPER, Richard
VAN RIPER, William P.
VAN WINKLE, Daniel
VREELAND, Elias J.
VREELAND, George E.
WATERS, Thomas
WHARTON, Charles
WHITE, John J.
WICKROASE, Malngthem S.
WILBUR, Morgan P.
WILLIAMS, George N.
YERRIOUNCE, Frederick
YERRIOUNCE, Henry F.
YERRIOUNCE, John H.
YOUNG, Malinda
ZABRISKIE, Maria

(The above is taken from an article within PCHS’s "Winfield Scott Collection." Scott, a Passaic Attorney, maintained a collection area newspaper articles from about the late 19th century which he organized into a series of five scrapbooks and later donated to PCHS.)

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