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Gravesite of Lt. Richard Wickes, who died at the Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet
Cape May historic sites
Cape May, NJ

Cape May, New Jersey
Cold Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery

Cold Spring Presbyterian Church
780 Seashore Rd.
Map / Directions to the Cold Spring Presbyterian Church

Cold Spring Presbyterian Church has held services at this site continuously since 1714. The original church building was a log meetinghouse. In 1764, the log building was replaced with a frame-and-shingle church. The current church structure was erected in 1823. [1]

The church's cemetery has the grave of Revolutionary War soldier Lt. Richard Wickes, who died June 29, 1776, at the Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet. In the section of the cemetery marked as the Veteran's Field of Honor, his grave is the centerpiece. There is also a plaque at the bottom of the flagpole which pays tribute to Lt. Richard Wickes. (Shown above right.) [2]

Another plaque in honor of Lt. Wickes can be found in a small park at the corner of Jackson and Lafayette Streets, located about three and a half miles south of the cemetery.

There are at least three other Revolutionary War soldiers buried in the Cold Spring Presbyterian Cemetery: [3]

Captain Aaron Bennett
1737 - 1870

James Schellinger
Died June 25, 1816

Matthew Wilden
1749 - 1828

The grave pictured on the right is a short walk from the south side of the church. It is marked as the grave of a Revolutionary War soldier, but there is no name. It most likely belongs to Schellinger or Wilden. The exact location of the other two graves is unknown.

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Source Notes:

1. ^ The Cold Spring Presbyterian Church History Page

2. ^ Plaque erected by the Cape May Patriots Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

3. ^ Information about these three soldiers, and the grave most likely belonging to Schellinger or Wilden, was obtained in a phone conversation with Cold Spring Cemetery caretaker George Carpenter, on October 28, 2013.
I would like to thank Mr. Carpenter for taking the time to speak with me about the cemetery.

An article about George Carpenter and his role as caretaker of this cemetery ("Cold Spring Cemetery Caretaker Ensures Final Resting Places of Those Who Died since 1714 are Properly Taken Care Of," Press of Atlantic City, May 25, 2011) is available to be read at the Press of Atlantic City website here.