“Greater Love Hath No Man Than This,
That A Man Lay Down His Life For His Friends.”
The Denville Township Roll of Honor was originally
placed in front of
town to the fallen heroes of World War I and World War
II. In 1982 the plaque was updated to include those from
1984. It now hangs on the new Municipal Building Entrance.
now know as
area, its inhabitants were listed in the census that year as
3551, with 710 of these being males. The culmination of the
Civil War in 1861 would see one third of these men enlist
to defend the
During the Civil War
John Logan a Senator form
During his many years of service he crossed many fronts,
and battlefields . While riding across the former battlefields
of the south
women placing flowers on the graves of the men buried
on the fields where they fell. After the war was over
. As a Congressman he was instrumental in starting
the first veterans
organization in the
Grand Army of the Republic. John Logan would be the
3rd Commander In Chief of the G.A.R., and one of his first
acts as the head of the organization was to write Order #
the church to the grounds outside. Almost all who gathered
had suffered a loss in the Civil war. All had gathered
to pay homage to these men. It was decided at this assembly
to erect a suitable monument to those fallen men, and
to establish a permanent record of the fallen soldiers.
Minutes of the Public Meeting
The grateful memory of our community for those who
sacrificed their lives in defense of our country was shown
by the large and sympathetic meeting held in this place
( Presbyterian Church) on the last Monday in May 1869
for the purpose of commemoration of the service of our
martyred and fallen
and to decorate the graves of those who have found their final resting place
near those who cherish their memory with
love and gratitude.
The meeting was organized by the appointment of
Rev. J.R. Adams President, and Henry D. Tuttle Secretary,
and was witnessed by Rev. Adams,C.C. Clark, Rev.
O.P. Deyo, and others.
It was then :
RESOLVED— That this meeting be formed into a permanent
society for the purpose of perpetuating the memory
of our deceased soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the
defense of our
country and for the preservation of the
In accordance with this resolution a permanent society
was organized by the election of Rev. Adams President,
The names of our deceased soldiers were read as far as
they could be ascertained. The names of 66 were read, including
the 11 buried in the cemetery.
It was then:
RESOLVED _ That we erect a monument in the cemetery
at Rockaway to our fallen and martyred defenders of our
names be inscribed.
To carry into effect this resolution the following committees
To collect money to erect a monument: Barnabus Stickle,
Abraham Kitchell, Mahlon Hoagland, Stephen Cooper and
To ascertain the names of the deceased soldiers with particulars
to their services and deaths: Rev. C.C. Clark, Edmund
D. Halsey, and Henry Tuttle.
The meeting then formed a procession and passed through
the graveyard bestowing their tokens of love and gratitude
on the mounds that mark the resting place of heroic
and fallen defenders with the heartfelt resolve to cherish
their memory and perpetuate it to future generations.
during The war of the Rebellion.
On every great battlefield of the Middle States, in every
Army of the Republic, and in the endurance of every
prison horror, this township had its representative. First
upon the roll are the names of the nineteen members of
Company L, Twenty Seventh regiment New Jersey Volunteers,
who were drowned while effecting a crossing of the
The regiment was enlisted for 9 months in September
1862, and Company L , Captain Henry W. Willis , was almost
entirely from this township. The story of this disaster
is told by Lieutenant Henry Lumsden, who was an
“ The Twenty-Seventh
and Third Ohio, and Second East Tennessee left their
camp at Stanford as the infantry part of a column pursuing
the rebel General Morgan. After driving him out of
their supplies, when
they came to the
the Twenty Seventh reached the river they found two
ropes across, fastened about one hundred yards apart to
two trees on the north bank. The artillery was crossing by
the lower rope and the infantry by the upper one, on flat
boats manned by a detail from the Twelfth Illinois Regiment.
As the boat containing our men was crossing and
had reached the middle of the stream, the men lost their
hold on the rope and the boat drifted down the stream.
Reaching the lower rope the men manfully endeavored to
throw the rope up over their heads, but the current,
swelled by the recent rains was very swift and their effort
unsuccessful. The rope caught and in an instant the
boat was upset and sixty men were struggling together in
the water. Most of them had their rifles, blankets and
Equipment strapped to their shoulders, which prevented
them from making the effort they might otherwise have
made to escape.
Thirty two of the sixty were drowned. Some of the bodies
were recovered and buried by their comrades, but others
were never found.”
Of the thirty two who were lost, the following nineteen
were from Rockaway. (Unless otherwise stated they were
Gideon Bostedo, son
of Jacob Bostedo, of
about twenty-one years old.
Joseph Class, son of Mrs. Ann Class, from Rockaway
Valley, aged twenty four years. He left a widow, Henrietta
Class, and two children, William August and Joseph
Jesse DeMouth, son of
widow Elizabeth DeMouth, of
aged about twenty years.
Lemuel DeGraw, son of
Isaac DeGraw, of
brother of Joseph, who is named below, aged twenty five
James H. Fuller, eldest son of James( deceased) and
Harriet N. Fuller,
Lewis O. Green, who was a workman at the Rockaway
Rolling Mill and Steel Works, aged twenty-eight years.
John McCloskey, an employee in the Rockaway Steel
Works, aged twenty years.
Edward Nichols, son of Abial Nichols, of Beach Glen, aged
Thomas Odell, son of Isaac Odell, about twenty-four years.
He left a widowed mother, Mrs. Catherine Odell.
James O’Neil, twenty-one years, another employee of Rockaway
Ralston Peer, son of Ira and Eliza Ann Peer, from
Wilson Pittenger, son of Charles . And Matilda Pittenger,
from Powerville neighborhood. He was born at Stanhope,
Anna A. and Charles W.
James Shaw, son of James Shaw (deceased) and Anna
William Ocabock, son of Fredrick Ocabock, of Rockaway
Valley, aged twenty one years.
George Shawger, son of Lewis M. Shawger, of Splitrock.
Eliakim Sanders, from Beach Glen, son of Peter Sanders,
forty years old the day of his death. He left a widow, Mrs.
Jemima Sanders, and seven children. He was buried on the
Samuel H. Smith, son of Daniel Smith, aged thirty two
years. He left a widow, Maria Smith ( afterwards Mrs.
Joseph Smith ), and two sons, Lewis A. and Frank H.
Smith. He had learned his trade, that of painter, from
who lost his life at
William H. Weaver, aged twenty six years, and a son of
widow Winnafred Weaver of Denville.
Of this same Company there perished by disease:
William Howell, son of Silvanus and Harriet Howell from near Powerville,
typhoid fever, and is buried at Rockaway. He left a widow
Mrs. Margaret Howell.
John Tenike, son of David and Sarah Ann Tenike, born
of typhoid fever and is buried at Rockaway. He left a
widow, Hester Tenike (Name is Denike in the Adjutant
Lewis Ward, son of Phineas and Nancy Ward, born April
29, 1829, he was discharged July2, 1865, but died August
27,1865 of disease contracted in the Army. He is buried at
James M. Freeman (Sergeant), son of Dayton C. and Jane
He is buried at
,Kentucky-Section D ,Grave 97.
James H. Collard, of
8, 1863 at
Collard, but no
now known as the
Sailors home in
Joseph DeGraw, son of Isaac DeGraw, died of dysentery at
William DeMouth, son of widow Elizabeth DeMouth,
about twenty three
years old. He died
Thomas DeMouth, son
of James DeMouth of
about thirty three
Cemetery,D.C. He left a widow, Susan Greenswicke DeMouth,
and two children, Martha and Vinnir.
William Haycock, died
1863, and is buried there. He was about forty two years
old, and left a widow and six children. One of his sons
Jeremiah, was killed serving in the Fifteenth Regiment.
William Duly, of Company B, Twenty Seventh Regiment,
New Jersey Volunteers, and son of William and Jane
Duly, died at the age
of eighteen years at
Many of the young men did not wait for the formation of
Edward L. Marsh, son of Benjamin and Mary, born October
which he was released
regiment. He died at
his home in Rockaway
from the effects of his imprisonment. He was the first soldier
to be buried at Rockaway.
Joseph E. Dickerson, son of Joseph G. and Rachel
Dickerson of Denville, enlisted just after the battle of Bull
Run in Company A,
Volunteers. He died
of typhoid fever
one month, and is buried at Denville. He was at the battle
of Ball’s Bluff.
Edward Smith, son of
Jacob H. Smith, of
Sixth New York Volunteers, but died of fever February 1,
1862 at the age of
twenty six, near
is buried there.
In the Ninth New Jersey Volunteers were the following:
Hampton Whitehead, son of William B Whitehead of Mt.
March 14th. He received a ball through the lungs,
and after his wound called the officer commanding his
company to him and said, "Lieutenant, I am going to die,
but give it to them! Give it to them!"
James Dougherty, brother of Anthony Dougherty, enlisted
Andersonville Prison, of dysentery caused by bad food and
exposure. He is buried
Grave # 4650.
Campaign on the
seven lost their lives:
Jabez Winget, son of Joshua and Eunice Wingate, born
in Company D
shot through the head
William H. Stickle, son of J. Parliament Stickle and
Phoebe E. stickle,
New York Volunteers, and was killed at the battle
George Wesley Peer, youngest son of Jacob and Hannah
1861 in Company K,
Denville. His commanding officer wrote, "He was a good
soldier and much loved by his comrades."
William H. Gard, son of William Gard, enlisted December
30,1861 in Company I
died of fever at
John W. Palmer, son of Abraham and Catherine Palmer,
born at white Meadow
22, 1861, in Company
A Eighth Regiment New
Volunteers. He died
of fever at
George W. Blakely, son of John S. and Mary Blakely, of
Splitrock, was born
19, 1821, and
28, 1862 at
Sarah Blakely and seven children, most of them under sixteen
years of age.
Jacob M. Kinney, son of Jacob and Charlotte Hoff Kinney,
23,1861, in Company
He Was taken prisoner
and died of privation
Two young men were killed during Pope’s Campaign in
Chileon Odell, son of widow Catherine Odell, (whose
brother drown in the
1861 in Company A,
One Hundred and First
Volunteers, and was killed
He was probably buried on the battlefield.
John R. Lyon, son of Stephen and Elizabeth Lyon, born
received at the
29,1862. He was buried on the battlefield.
During the same year, 1862 besides those killed, the following
men died of disease:
Abraham Stickle, son of Mahlon and Dororthy Stickle,
born in 1837, and
Mahlon Stickle, brother of Abraham, born August
1840, and enlisted
1, and died
Lewis Shawger, son of Lewis Shawger, of Splitrock, and
brother of George who
was drowned in the
First New York Volunteers, and died of disease November
Elijah Bruen, son of Cyrenus (deceased) and Charlotte
Bruen, was born in
1842 and enlisted
Company K, Seventh
to Company C. He died while on furlough, at Rockaway on
contracted in the
service. He is buried at
Jacob P. Stickle Jr., son of J. Parliment Stickle, enlisted
Boonton. He left one daughter - Ada Stickle.
Henry Weaver, son of
Thomas Weaver, was born at
in Company A, Eighth New Jersey Volunteers, and reenlisted
1865, on account of wounds received in action, and died
from consumption and his unhealed wounds December
27,1866. He is buried at Rockaway.
Richard Henderson, son of Henry and Harriet Henderson,
aged about twenty-one
in Company H, Eleventh New Jersey Volunteers, and died
of the lungs. He was buried there.
The campaign of 1863
opened with the battles of
Thomas Jefferson Hyler, son of Daniel and Mary Hyler of
May 3, 1863, and was buried on the field.
Daniel H. Palmer, son of Ezekiel and Sarah Palmer, from
May 3, 1863 and taken
Felix Cash, son of widow Sarah Cash, born about 1838,
Volunteers. He was
shot in the arm on May 3 at
Heights and died at
(Felix Cash was
identified in 1932 and re-interred at
There followed the
lost their lives:
Anson Waer, son of William H. and Sarah Waer, of Rockaway,
born 1841, enlisted
Thomas Tinney, son of Neal and Ellen Tinney, born in
fills an unknown grave.
Eliphalet Sturtevant, son of Thomas and Mary Sturtevant,
Eleventh New Jersey Volunteers, promoted to Sergeant,
was wounded July 2, and
died of his wounds
buried at Rockaway. He left a wife and five children.
In this year 1863 ,there died from disease from this township:
Joseph Smith, son of Burnet and Delia Smith of Denville.
He enlisted in the Second District of Columbia Volunteers
( Lincoln Guards) and
month, seven days. He is buried at Denville.
Columbus M. Shawger, son of Daniel and Cynthia Shawger,
(Columbus Shawger’s remains were identified in 1932 and
Benajah D. Waer, aged about thirty three, enlisted August
12, 1862, in Company
After following the
to White Oak Church,
he died at the latter
1862 of chronic diarrhea, and was buried there. He left a
widow Mary Waer, and four children, Louisa, George
Sarah and Emily, all under the age of sixteen.
Abraham Earls, son of Morris Earls, born at Stoney Brook,
In the western armies, besides those of the Twenty Seventh
John Henry Beach, son of Joseph H. and Elvira Beach,
May 1864 while in
H, One Hundred and
One Hundred Day Men. He died of typhoid fever June
Edward Barnes, son of Edward and Hannah Dobbins Barnes,
aged thirty two, of
1863 in Company C, Fourth Wisconsin Cavalry, and died of
disease contracted in
Almira C., and Edward S.
Besides those named, and who died in battle, in hospitals,
or as prisoners of War, the following died at home from
wounds received, or disease contracted in the service:
Clifton Peer, son of widow Susan Peer of Denville, born at
Denville, enlisted in Company K, first New Jersey Volunteers.
He was discharged
disease contracted in service. He left a widow Ellen
(Cook) Peer, and two children– Elvira and Clara. He is
William Heminover, son of Luther and Emmeline Henderson
First New Jersey Cavalry, discharged at Satterlee United
7,1863, and died the next day, aged sixteen years and eight
days. He is buried in
In Grant’s Wilderness Campaign of 1864 five men from
Rockaway were killed, all from the Fifteenth regiment:
Alfred B. Jackson, son of Stephen J. and Mary Ann Jackson,
recruit, in Company D, Fifteenth New Jersey Volunteers.
In the unsuccessful
the hands of the rebels.
Bernard Johnson, son of widow Ellen Johnson,( his father
was killed in Teabo
recruit in Company D, Fifteenth New Jersey Volunteers.
He was wounded in the
charge May 8 at
was buried at the field hospital.
John Moran, of
a recruit in Company D, Fifteenth New Jersey Volunteers.
He was wounded at
widow, Mrs. . Catherine Moran9 a sister of Bernard Johnson)
and six children-Mary9 (Mrs. .Walter McKinnon),
Edward, Barney, Michael, Amelia and Frank.
Jeremiah Haycock, whose father died while serving in the
Company C Fifteenth
wounded in the charge
May 8 at
The next day in a field hospital, where he was buried.
Samuel Farrand Kitchel, son of Abraham Ford and Elizabeth
Seventh New Jersey
to Company C, was
May 8, 1864, and died at Andersonville Prison September
12, 1864. He is
buried in the
there in grave # 8649.
John T. Heminover,
E, Third New Jersey Cavalry, was taken prisoner, and
George Crim, son of Henry Crim, from Guinea Forge, born
Second New Jersey Cacalry 9 Harris’ Light), was taken
when Colonel Dahlgren was killed. He died at
Company B, to which he was transferred while a prisoner.
During this year there also perished by disease the following:
Elijah Struble, son of William (deceased) and Catherine
on the Adjutant generals record.)
Charles Spencer, son of Nathaniel and Betsey Spencer,
1864 in Company D,
John Spear, son of Benjamin and Ann Spear, born in 1828,
enlisted first in Company L Twenty Seventh New Jersey
Volunteers, served his nine months in that regiment, and
New Jersey Volunteers, transferred to Company C. He
1864. He is buried at Denville.
In the closing scenes
of the war, in about
which was invested on one side in July 1864, and finally
captured in April 1865, the following lost their lives:
Edwin Zeek, son of Stephen and Jane Zeek, of Beach Glen,
Cavalry. He died of
William Thompson, son of William and Jane Thompson,
3, 1861 in Company G
and was discharged
enlisted the second
New Jersey Volunteers, and was killed by a sharpshooter
and is buried at Rockaway.
First New Jersey Cavalry, and was killed at Farmville,
while in pursuit of the enemy. He left two children– Whitfield
and Clara (Mrs. Frank Stephens).
Lemuel O. Smith, son of David Smith, enlisted December
30, 1863 in Company
E, grave # 276.
George Daniel Foulds, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Foulds
at” The Angle” at
was buried on the battlefield. He was in every battle of his
nearly as many as the bullet, and of these the following,
besides one already named, were from Rockaway:
Joshua Beach, son of John and Sophia Beach, enlisted August
18, 1862 in Company
He was captured at Locust Grove, near Mine Run,
Cemetery there in grave # 1548. ( Joshua Beach was moved
Gilbert Blanchard, son of Aaron and Susan Blanchard,
Volunteers. He was
and taken to Andersonville Prison. He died there
1864. He is buried in the National cemetery there in grave
Cyrus Talmadge, son of widow Catherine Talmadge, born
Locust Grove, near
Mine Run in
1863 and taken to Andersonville Prison. He died there September
2, 1864. He is buried
The Civil war
Monument in the
Was erected in 1892 by the Soldiers Association of Rockaway
Township. One of the goals set forth at the first
It would take until 1892 for the Association to
gather the funds, the land, and the monument. The
monument was re-dedicated by the now named Rockaway,
Marcella and Denville Memorial Association on
WORLD WAR I
Those who were Killed or Missing In Action:
3 grave 17.
Anthony Keplar, born
St. Cecilia’s Cemetery.
Vincent R. Manning,
87th Division, died
Frank Reynolds Sr., born 1891, 307 th Labor Battalion,
died 1918, buried St. Cecilia’s Cemetery.
of the Missing
Robert G. Snyder, U.S. Army, 84th Company, 6th regiment,
Expeditionary Force, born 1893, died 1918, buried in
Marcella Union cemetery, section C lot 8.
Those who Died Non
The World War Memorial Monument was erected in
1935 by the Soldiers Association. The monument is in the
Monument. This memorial carries the names of all the
soldiers who served in World War I from the 3 towns.
There is one error on the tablet, Theodore Marshall is
erroneously listed as being killed in the war, he was not.
WORLD WAR II
Those killed or missing in action from the 3 towns:
Squadron ,Missing In
Bomber Group, Large Missing In Action December 12,
1945,Tablets of the Missing at Manila American cemetery
John H. Bonsall,
Bomber Squadron 30thBomber Group, Heavy.” Pistol
Packin Mama”, Missing In Action September 11,
1944,Tablets of the
Leslie L. Cook, U.S.
Navy, died 1942,torpedoed in the
Charles B. Copeland,
Mate, Missing In
Edward T. Everman,
1944,Tablets of the Missing at
7th Army, died
3rd Army, died
Richard J. Glattly,
Squadron, 2nd Bomber Group, Heavy , died November 2,
plot A row 8, grave 46.
Charles E. Henning, U.S. Army, killed in action 1945 buried
Robert J .
Thomas A. Hosking,
Robert H. Jenkins, U.S. Marine Corps, died November 30,
1942, buried National
cemetery of the Pacific,
Orin S. Lamerton, U.S. Navy, SM, 2nd C1, died September
Andrew C. Martin,
Robert F. Mac
taken as a Prisoner
of war to Reserve Lazaret
Austin J. Minor, U.S.
section, grave 14060.
Arthur G. Nichols,
U.S. Army Air Corps, died
Wallace Peer, U.S. Army
Air Corps, 622nd
11, 1943, buried
John F. Phillips, U.S. Navy Seabees, died September 10,
Carroll W. Roleson,
Felix Rovinsky, U.S. Navy, Chief Water tender, Killed In
Action 1945, no burial information.
Harry M. Smith, U.S. Army , 112th Infantry regiment,
7, grave 13.
Richard A. Winters,
Bomber Squadron, died
Those who Died Non
John T. Best, U.S. Army, no further information.
Paul A. Bakos, U.S. Army,5th Ranger Battalion, died September
14, 1945, buried
William Burrow Jr.
U.S. Army, died at
Frederick J. Deck
Squadron,466th Bomber group, Heavy, died September 16,
1944 , buried
plot F, row 3 , grave 71.
Joseph A. Machinshok,
Infantry Division, died
plot N, row 0, grave 1211
Robert F. Malloy, U.S. Army, Flight Officer, died March
18, 1945, buried
Anne E. Passmore, U.S. Army, Women’s Army Corps,
Aviation Cadet, no further information.
Wiley W. Walters, U.S. Army Air Corps, died September
Florence Lorraine Weil, U.S. Army, Women’s Army Corps,
The Rockaway Township Roll of Honor was erected in
1972 by American Legion Post # 344. The monument sits
by the gazebo at
Those Killed In Action:
Walter Clark Jr. ,
U.S. Army, died
Clarence Corby Jr.,
U.S. Army, died
William D. Rhodes,
Company, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division,
The original plaque at the Library in Rockaway Borough.
Those Killed In Action :
Frank A. Price
Battalion ,5th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry
1968, burial unknown.
William P. Weber,
Infantry, 198th Light Infantry Brigade, died July
7, 1968, buried
1968, burial unknown.
Those who died Non Battle:
Charles A. Philhower,
U.S.S. Kitty Hawk,
Grand Army of the Republic
with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades
who died in defense of their country, and whose bodies lie in almost
every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.
All the consecrated wealth and care that the nation can add to
their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory
of het slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rude on such
hallowed ground. Let pleasant paths invite coming and going of
reverent visitors and fond mourners . L et no vandalism, or avarice,
or neglect, no ravage of time, testify to the present or coming
generations that we have forgotten s a people the cost of a
free and undivided country.
If other eyes grow dull, and other hands slack, and other hearts
cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the
light and warmth of life remains to us. Let us then, at the time
appointed, gather round their sacred remains and garland the
passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of
springtime. Let us raise above them the grand old flag they saved
from dishonor; let us in their presence renew our pledges to aid
and assist those whom they left among us—a sacred charge of a
nations gratitude-the soldiers widows and orphans.
It is the purpose of the Commander in Chief to inaugurate this
observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to
year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory
of his departed comrades.
By Order of:
John A. Logan
Commander in Chief
Grand Army of the Republic
Thank you for your service