Captain John Outwater Gravesite
Next to the Wonder Bread Building at 720 Washington Ave.
Map / Directions to the Captain John Outwater Gravesite
This cemetery can be accessed from the parking lot of the Wonder Bread building on Washington Avenue. From the parking lot, a small flight of wooden steps leads to the graveyard. It contains the grave of John Outwater
(September 17, 1746 - May 18, 1823),
who was a captain of company of Bergen County militia during the Revolutionary War. Outwater was wounded by a musket ball in his knee during the March 1780 British raid that led to the burning of the courthouse in Hackensack.
Captain Outwater's militia company was likely formed in early 1777, and was under the overall command of Colonel Theunis Dey, whose home still stands in Wayne. The company was elevated by the New Jersey legislature from militia to the status of State Troops in December 1780 .
A modern group of Outwater's Militia re-enactors maintains an informative website, www.outwatersmilitia.com, which is recommended to those who would like to learn more
about John Outwater's company.