Richard Stockton

Burial Location Visited DoI Signer Grave #
Princeton, New Jersey April 23, 2010 18th Visited


Buried somewhere in the Stony Brook Meeting                             It was typical at the time for Quakers to
House Burial Ground is Richard Stockton, one                              be buried in unmarked graves, and
of the signatories of the Declaration of                                        Richard Stockton, who was indeed a
Independence.                                                                          laid to rest without having a tombstone
                                                                                              placed over him.


So, while the precise location of Stockton's                                                The marker was placed in the
corpse has been lost, this marker sits at the                                               burial ground in 1913, which
entrance to the small graveyard, alerting                                                   was 132 years after Stockton's
visitors about the patriot buried in its confines.                                          death.

                                       *** Interesting Facts ***

* On a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland in the 1760's, Richard Stockton was viciously attacked by a thief. What the attacker was not aware of at the time, however, was that his victim was carrying a small sword. Using the blade, Stockton was able to defend himself, although the thief was able to make his escape.

* Of the five New Jersey delegates that signed the Declaration of Independence, Stockton was the first to put his signature on the document. He was followed by John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, and Abraham Clark.

* Unfortunately for Stockton, in November of 1776 he was taken in the middle of the night by a band of British troops who had been tipped off by local loyalists. The signatory was then taken to New York, where he was held captive until his release could be negotiated.

* Although he was eventually turned loose by the British, Stockton received much abuse while in captivity, and his health suffered greatly from it. He passed away in 1781.

* In 1888, the state of New Jersey had two statues added to the National Statuary Hall Collection at the U.S. Capitol, both representing heroes from the Garden State. The two statues were likenesses of Philip Kearny, a famed military man, and Richard Stockton, who had represented New Jersey in the Continental Congress.

Spouse: Annis Boudinot Stockton (1736-1801)

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