1. ^ Placed by the Hester Schuyler Colfax Chapter DAR in 1981 (1981 was the Bicentennial of the Battle of Yorktown)
2. ^ Dates and information concerning the building and rebuilding of the church obtained from the plaque above the church entrance, and the Morris County Heritage Commission sign in front. (Both pictured above)
3. ^ There are references to Washington's possible attendance at the church in several articles. Most of them state that his attendance is unconfirmed.
• On Appendix A, Page 2 of the document, Open Space and Recreation Plan Update - 2012, compiled by The Land Conservancy of New Jersey and the Pequannock Township Open Space Advisory Committee, it states, "While Washington stayed at the Schuyler-Colfax House in nearby Pompton,
unproven oral history states that he attended church services in the First Reformed Church
located in Pompton Plains, also known as the Pompton Meeting House, which had been
constructed in 1771." This document is available online as a PDF here.
Similar similar statements can be found in other articles. These usually acknowledge that the reports are unconfirmed, so it would appear there is no primary documentation for it.
However, since the Schuyler-Colfax is only several miles away, this seems possible. The fact that Washington stayed at the house from July 11-14, 1777, and that the 13th was a Sunday, also adds to that possibility.
• Another possibility that has been mentioned is that Washington was here to attend a baptism. A July 26, 2009 Bergen Record article Community Rising to Old Heights by Andrea Alexander states, "It's a fact that George Washington was the godfather of a child whose parents were members of the church. But it's uncertain whether Washington ever set foot in the sanctuary." However, the article does not state what documentation shows that Washington was godfather to a child at the church.
4. ^ Open Space and Recreation Plan Update - 2012, compiled by The Land Conservancy of New Jersey and the Pequannock Township Open Space Advisory Committee, Appendix A, Page 3. Available online as a PDF here.
• David Hackett Fischer Liberty and Freedom: A Visual History of America's Founding Ideas( Oxford University Press: Rutgers University Press, 2005) p.47. Fischer lists Pequannock as one of the towns in New Jersey that erected Liberty Poles. This book is can be read at Google Books Here.
5. ^ Names and date information taken from gravestones and markers in the cemetery.
Sanford's actual gravestone states that he he fought in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Another more modern marker in front of the grave
provides the information about his rank and regiment.
The Colfax grave is marked
with a Revolutionary War Soldier marker by the Garrett A. Hobart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. His first name is no longer readable on the stone.
Doremus, Mandeville, Schuyler, Wanmaker, and Van Ness have markers stating "U.S. Veteran", but do not actually state Revolutionary War. However, in each case the dates listed for their birth and death led me to conclude that they were most likely Revolutionary War veterans.
6. ^ Record of Captain DeBow's burial in this cemetery in:
George Van Riper, Maryjane Proctor, Pompton Plains Reformed Church Cemetery (Paterson NJ: Passaic County Historical Society, 2002) p.9
This book is based partly on the work of Edwin A. Doremus, who beginning in 1931 transcribed by hand the inscriptions on the gravestones in the cemetery.
I was made aware of this information by Linda Peloquin, a descendant of Captain DeBow. According to Linda, "The grave no longer has a headstone but must have had one in 1931 when Edwin Doremus copied the individual inscriptions from headstones in the cemetery. I suspect that when the church burnt in October 1937 and then was rebuilt that this and other stones were either moved to preserve them and subsequently lost or may have been damaged or otherwise obliterated during the fighting of the fire. Either way, the stone was there in 1931 to be recorded by Doremus but isn't there now."
7. ^ Plaque placed by the Rochambeau March Committee of Pequannock Township, on October 12, 1982