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Sunken Revolutionary-era gravestones undergoing restoration

Revolutionary-era gravestones in Elizabeth, New Jersey that had sunk severel feet have been raised, revealing inscriptions that have long been hidden.

Brought to light were the intricate carvings and carefully chiseled words on the tombstone of Ebenezer Price, who had a workshop in Elizabeth and was one of the most skilled and prolific gravestone carvers in colonial America. He died in 1788.

Long-forgotten information about Matthias Ogden was recently lifted into the sunlight after decades of darkness. Ogden, who died in 1791, was one of those who tagged along with his friend, Aaron Burr, on Benedict Arnold’s march to Quebec and became a soldier. The conflict was the first major military initiative by the newly formed Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.

Restoring the centuries-old headstones is a tedious task Gartland and others have been involved in as part of a $7 million rehabilitation of the church and cemetery. Work on the oldest English-speaking church in New Jersey and cemetery began last year with the refurbishment of windows and a roof repair in the parish house.

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