An eroded brownstone stele featuring a "winged skull" soul effigy in its tympanum marks the grave of an early colonist named Sarah. Located near the eastern wall of the church and facing east, most of its inscription appears to have sunk below ground level. It reads:
"Here was Layed ye Body of
Sarah Wife of Jo...
It's possible that Sarah's surname may have been Dod / Dodd, like dozens of members of the Newark Mountain (Orange) church, or the letter D may be the start of another word entirely. Her husband's name may have been Job, Joel, John, Jonathan, Jonah, Jonas, Joseph, or Josiah, among many possibilities. Based on the style of her gravestone, however, and its proximity to the church and the earliest graves in the burial ground, it seems very likely that she died during the 1720's-1730's.
First Presbyterian Churchyard
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Nr. East wall of church building
Created by: Nikita Barlow
Record added: Jul 12, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28236729
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