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Benjamin Yard, Sr
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Birth: Jul. 23, 1718
Mercer County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Oct. 3, 1808
Mercer County
New Jersey, USA

Benjamin was born in Trenton, old Hunterdon (now Mercer) Co., NJ, the son of William Yard and Mary Tindall. He married first to Ann Pearson on 18 July 1744. They had 10 children together (see links below). He married second to Jean Wert, or possibly West, on 10 May 1786 in Windsor Twp., old Middlesex (now Mercer) Co., NJ.

Benjamin was a blacksmith and gunsmith, who made muskets used by the American Army in 1776 and 1777. In 1750, he made steel in an iron works founded by Isaac Harrow, 1733-34. The mill was on Petty's Run in Trenton, NJ, which now flows underground. It was one of the earliest steel mills in America, the first in New Jersey, and a forerunner of the great industries of Trenton. This site is now featured in an outdoor archaeological exhibit next to the State House.

Benjamin was a justice of the peace for Hunterdon County by 1781. In 1765, he was an elder of the First Presbyterian Church, Trenton, and a director of the schoolhouse. At the age of 71, he constructed the famous 13-arched passageway for President-elect George Washington's triumphant return to the the City of Trenton. Benjamin had suffered considerable loss of property during the occupation of Trenton by the Hessians and Americans during the war. [Note that the construction of the 1789 archway is mistakenly attributed by some to a teenage relative named Benjamin Yard.]

The following obituary was published in The True American, Trenton, NJ, 10 Oct. 1808, p. 3:

"In this city, on Monday last, BENJAMIN YARD, esq., aged upwards of 90. Mr. Yard was also one of the early and inflexible revolutionary patriots, who never wavered in his principles nor varied in his conduct."

For a detailed account of his life, and his role in and loss of property during the Revolutionary War, see "Family Records: Benjamin Yard" by Joseph R. Klett in The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey 64:137-43 (September 1989). 
Family links: 
  William Yard (1674 - 1744)
  Mary Tindall Yard (____ - 1747)
  Ann Pearson Yard (1721 - 1772)
  James Yard (1745 - ____)*
  Elizabeth Yard (1747 - 1747)*
  Robert Yard (1748 - 1749)*
  John Yard (1750 - 1807)*
  Nahor Yard (1752 - 1791)*
  George Yard (1755 - 1837)*
  Samuel Yard (1757 - ____)*
  Mary Ann Yard Yard (1759 - 1834)*
  Elizabeth Yard (1761 - 1801)*
  Benjamin Yard (1764 - 1803)*
*Calculated relationship
Grave was located in section of burial ground paved over for a parking lot in the 1970s. Gravestone does not survive.
Note: Heartfelt thanks to Scott Balyer for creating this memorial and the photo.
First Presbyterian Churchyard
Mercer County
New Jersey, USA
Maintained by: Joseph R. Klett
Originally Created by: Scott Balyer
Record added: Jan 29, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33379722
Benjamin Yard, Sr
Added by: Scott Balyer
Benjamin Yard, Sr
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Rest easy to my 5x great grandfather.
- Debbie Sweeney
 Added: Apr. 2, 2015
Thank you for your part in bringing about my life and for your patriotism. May you rest in peace.
- Joseph R. Klett
 Added: Jan. 22, 2014
For my 5x great grandfather, Benjamin. "We are who we are because they were who they were".RIP ♥
 Added: Nov. 9, 2013
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