Samuel Kennedy of NJ - Cemetery Photos
rev. Samuel Kennedy's parsonage

Rev. Samuel Kennedy
(pre 1729-1787) He was born in Scotland, graduated at Nassau Hall in 1749; was licensed by New Brunswick Presbytery, May 18th, 1750, and was installed pastor of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, June 25th, 1751. He exercised the office of a physician and teacher. He died August 31st, 1787.
From the history of the Early Presbyterians

Their son, Ebenezer, is buried under the oak tree
Kennedy Family Basking Ridge, NJ

"God's holy law thy mouth proclaimed,
Pure gospel flowed through every vein;
To dying men thy lips proclaimed
The glory of they Savior's name.
Sleep, then, beneath this earthly clod -
Thy flesh shall see its Saviour-God -
Till the bright morning shall appear,
And thou thy Saviour's image bear."

Tombstone Inscription
Bernards Township Historical Society

"The labors of Mr. Kennedy were terminated by death August 1787, in the thirty-seventh year of his ministry, at Basking Ridge. He deserves to be considered one of the Fathers of the Church in the United States. He contributed extensively by his prudent counsels and faithful labors, to the promotion of evangelical piety, and to the establishment of the Church of Christ." Memoirs of the Rev. Robert Finley
Kennedy Monument

In memory of Mrs. Sarah wife of The Rev'd Samuel Kenneday who departed This life Janu the 1st 1787 In y 64th
Here lyes y Body of Ebenezer
Son of y Rev'd Samuel Kenneday & Sarah his wife Dec'd Febry y 5th 1752 Agd 5 months.

Babes to Heav'n Caught from womb & breart.. Claim'd Right to Sing above the rest.Because they found the happy shore
They never saw nor sought before.
Tombstone Inscriptions

In memory of
Casper Shaver, who
Departed this life Dec.
The 7th 1784 in the 72
Year of his age.

Casper Schaeffer was a member of the Assembly from Sussex County, NJ
1776-1779.  He was born in Germany; died in Stillwater, N.J.
Casper married Maria Catrina Berhnardt (1722-1794)

D.A.R. Lineage Vol. 151 Pg. 38
Photo by Tina Keppler
Phyllis & Charles McCarthy      

"I learn that Dr. Kennedy was a Judge of the Courts of Sussex County, and a member of the Assembly in 1780. As far as known he was the first practicing physician in the County Sussex, afterward Sussex and Warren Counties. There is no doubt but that Dr. Kennedy's professional reputation was very high. He is described by the very few persons now living, who knew him, as of fine personal appearance, short and stout, rather fleshy." Medical History of the County of Warren, from 1765-1890

 In memory of Doctor Samuel Kennedy, Esquire, Who departed this life, July 1st, 1804, In the 59th year of his age. Pioneer Families of Northwestern New Jersey Page 344    

Peter Bernhardt Shaver 1744-1799 And Elizabeth Simpson 1747-1823 Parents of Anna Shaver Peter Bernhardt Shafer commanded a company of Sussex County, New Jersey militia under Col. Aaron Hankinson. He was born and died in Stillwater, NJ He was the son of Casper Schaeffer. D.A.R. Lineage Vol. 151 Pg. 38