This week we are to share a photo of something that says “heritage” to us. My daughter Deb and I have been deep into genealogy and tracing our roots. On my father’s side our family, the Freeman’s go back to the original founding fathers of Newark, New Jersey. My 8th times great grandfather (not sure of the number), Robert Treat and a host of other men from Milford and Branford, CT founded the city of Newark in 1666. I am the last of our particular Freeman line to be born in Newark as was my father, my grandfather etc.
There are two monuments to the founders of Newark in the city. One is in Fairmont Cemetery where many of my family are buried. That’s Robert Treat on the top.
The other monument, which had fallen into disrepair was restored and put in its new location last year for the 350th anniversary of the founding of Newark. This monument has the founders names on it… there’s my 8times great grandfather, Stephen Freeman.
May 19, 2017 at 9:53 am
How cool to have your family heritage imprinted on these memorials!
May 19, 2017 at 9:56 am
I know. And the thing was I never knew any of this growing up, just found it all out in the last year.
May 19, 2017 at 10:38 am
May 19, 2017 at 11:32 am
Thank you 🙂
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May 21, 2017 at 4:19 pm
Wow, to think you didn’t know all these really cool facts about your family!
May 21, 2017 at 4:36 pm
I know, and on my mother’s side as well in New England. It’s been awesome.