Mary Ellis cemetery

Mary Ellis lived in the area of NJ that 200 years after her deat would become Edison & Rahway. She lived near the Raritan River, and in 1813 purchased a piece of farm land near its banks. She married a sea captain, but he went to sea & never returned. In 1827 she passed away, her husband’s whereabouts unknown. She was buried on her own property, with her sister and even, some say, her husband’s beloved horse. The property was passed down through the family, and heirs maintained the graves. In the early 20th century, the wooded area surrounding the Ellis property was sold to developers and became strip malls. The land immediately around the grave itself was leveled, then paved, leaving the grave site an island in a sea of asphalt. The terms of sale of the property give the descendants the right to visit the grave and to maintain it. Currently the grave sits directly behind a Lowes Multi-plex. Biding by the agreement, the grave should remain undisturbed for years to come.



2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mick on January 3, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    This is as legend would have it,the woman the band “Looking Glass” called “Brandy” in their 70’s hit song of the same name,is it not?


  2. Posted by Lynne Tobias on June 16, 2009 at 7:34 PM

    Would you consider amending the location? Mary’s grave is just south of present-day Highland Park, and across the Raritan from the city of New Brunswick. Just an FYI~~


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