Straw Church Cemetery

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Name: Henitz, Peter, 1718-21 February 1777
Stone date: 1779
Text:

ALHIer
RUHeT • IN • GOTT
PeTer • HenrTZ • IST
GeBOHren A • 1718
IM • FreYeN •  GrUND
IN • Der • GrAFSCHET
HAGeNBUrG • IN
TeUTHLAND • IST
GeSTOrBeN • DeN
21 • FeBr.
1777 • IST • AL
SO • SeINeS
ALTerS
59 • JAr

Photographed July 12, 2019 by Richard Mammana
St. James Lutheran Straw Church Cemetery
Stewartsville, Warren, New Jersey
40°40’48.4″N 75°08’42.0″W

The only stone by the Northampton County Carver outside of Pennsylvania is in the Straw Church Cemetery. It was erected two years after the death of the person mentioned in the epitaph.

“Other early markers survive in the St. James Lutheran Cemetery in Warren County, including the wonderfully ornamented gravemarker of Peter Henitz. Peter’s stone has his biographical information on one face and a wonderful relief image of tulips in a vase on the reverse. The marker is probably the work of a Northampton County, Pennsylvania carver.”—Richard F. Veit and Mark Nonestied, New Jersey Cemeteries and Tombstones: History in the Landscape (Rutgers University Press, 2008), p. 65.

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