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Nov 14, 2022

Middletown DAR to Mark the Graves of all Revolutionary War Patriots

Rob Meyer, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR); member of Boy Scout Troop 122; Gail Bozza, DAR; Stacey Andiorio, DAR; four men from Chorus of the Atlantic; Maureen Foster, DAR; Michele Donnelly, DAR; Mayor Tony Perry; Deputy Mayor Rick Hibell; Dave Tinker, SAR; Clark McCollough, SAR; Joe Foster; Gary Walling; Ed Glidden, SAR

The Middletown Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has begun its quest to identify and mark the graves of all the American Revolutionary War Patriots in Monmouth County. The chapter will identify those stones or markers that are missing or damaged beyond repair and obtain replacements, leaving the original relic in place. A team of volunteers and DAR members will repair fallen or broken stones and clean others, and then they hold ceremonies to acknowledge and honor these patriots.

The first dedication ceremony of a new grave marker in Middletown was held in Fairview Cemetery on Oct. 15 to honor Dr. Jacobus Hubbard.

The Hubbard family is among the early Dutch settlers of Monmouth County. Jacobus Hubbard, the eighth child of James and Altje (Ryder) Hubbard, was born May 23, 1744 in the part of Middletown that eventually would become Holmdel. 

 

In August 1760, Jacobus was indentured to William Clark of Freehold for the purpose of learning the “skills and practices of a doctor, and in all the several branches of physics.”  Jacobus was about 16 when he began his medical studies. His term of indenture was for four years and eight months. It cost £100; £30 down and the remainder to be paid in four installments over next four years. During this time, Jacob’s indenture prevented him from playing cards, dice or other games of chance. He was also prohibited from going to taverns or ale houses and from marrying. At the end of his indenture, Jacobus was promised a new set of pocket instruments, copies of Soloman’s Dispensatory, Quence’s Dispensatory and Fuller on Fevers.  

In November 1765, Jacobus married Rebecca Swart, daughter of Tunis and Greetje (Luyster) Swart. They settled on the Swart farm in Holmdel and raised seven children while Jacobus practiced medicine in and around the Holmdel area. 

Jacobus Hubbard’s service record includes active duty as surgeon in the 1st Regiment under the command of Colonel Asher Holmes. On Dec. 30, 1779, he was present at the capture of the British brig Britannia, Shoal Harbor. He was awarded a portion of the prize money realized from the sale of the Britannia’s cargo and the ship’s parts.

After the war, Dr. Hubbard assisted several veterans or their widows to obtain pensions based on Revolutionary War service. His son, Dr Jacobus Hubbard Jr., was one of the founders of the Monmouth Medical Society.

Hubbard Sr. died in 1807 and was buried on the Swart family farm in Holmdel and was eventually reinterred at Fairview Cemetery, Middletown.

DAR will continue to honor these patriots through 2023. If you would like to help clean local burial grounds or can prove you are descended from a Revolutionary War Patriot and interested in joining the DAR, email middletowndar@gmail.com for more information.