REMEMBRANCE: Mike Mangum, a member of the Colonel Richard Somers Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, offers an handle at the grave internet site of Ebenezer Tucker with the N.J. Culture SAR Colour Guard standing proud. (Photos by Pat Johnson)
PIPING: Keith Tice of Shamrock and Thistle plays patriotic tunes on the bagpipes in the course of the ceremony.
FOUNDING FATHER: The grave of Reuben Tucker, who would take part in a tea get together and whose son Ebenezer would fight in the Revolutionary War.
May well 1 was a excellent working day for a display of patriotism in the variety of a wreath-laying on two graves of Groundbreaking War veterans, Reuben Tucker and his son Ebenezer, in the Outdated Methodist Church graveyard on Church Avenue in Tuckerton.
The event introduced jointly the Colonel Richard Somers Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, hosts of the program, along with the New Jersey Culture Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard the Captain Joshua Huddy, Good John Mathis and Typical Lafayette chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution Morvan Chapter Little ones of the American Revolution Boy Scout Troop 117 of Eagleswood Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore and nearby dignitaries.
Ocean County Parks and Recreation Director Mike Mangum, who belongs to the Colonel Richard Somers Chapter, was the grasp of ceremonies. He remarked on how Tuckerton was privileged to have so a great deal heritage inside its borders. He gave a swift background lesson of Reuben and Ebenezer Tucker to individuals gathered all around.
Reuben, whose grave marker is minimal much more than a marble stump with his name, arrived from Orange County, New York about 1745 to construct a boarding dwelling/lodge on Tucker’s Island. It’s claimed Tucker’s Island was the to start with seaside resort in the region. When his son Ebenezer was 8 a long time old, the family members moved to the mainland of Very little Egg Harbor.
Information of Reuben’s element in the Revolutionary War is sketchy, but Mangum said there is an account by Ebenezer that says his father was just one of a team of early patriots who participated in the seize of a British vessel entire of tea sure for the colonies. They threw the tea overboard – just like the in popular Boston Tea Celebration, other than the South Jersey rebels did not dress as Indians. This function occurred off Absecon Island.
When Ebenezer was 23, he participated in the war as a privateer and captained his have vessel, the Kitty, out of Chestnut Neck. In 1776, he also participated in the Struggle of Extensive Island under Gen. George Washington.
Right after the war, Ebenezer bought much of the land that would grow to be the city that bears his name. In 1791, the Minor Egg Harbor district was built an formal port of entry, and Ebenezer was the first collector of customs. His father, Reuben, became postmaster, a posture Ebenezer would sooner or later fill and maintain all over his everyday living other than when he was elected to Congress in 1824 and 1826.
In Congress, Ebenezer pleaded for the rights of veterans of the Innovative War to acquire their pensions. He held other positions of belief, including freeholder for Burlington County (Ocean County did not still exist), justice of the peace and main justice of the Court of Widespread Pleas.
He was energetic in politics right up until his dying in 1845 at age 88. Obituaries in Mount Holly and Washington, D.C. newspapers talk of his generous and gentlemanly personage. His obelisk grave marker in the Methodist churchyard attests to his Masonic ties.
It was at this obelisk that Charlie Morgan, president of the State Society SAR, Ocean County Commissioner Virginia Haines and Tuckerton Mayor Sue Marshall created remarks on patriotism. Chaplain Don Higbee of the Somers Chapter of SAR gave the blessing and benediction for the working day. Keith Tice of Shamrock and Thistle performed the bagpipes.
— Pat Johnson