As long as we have been involved in researching our family history, we have known of our link to Elizabeth, New Jersey and the Revolutionary War era. What we didn’t know until the last couple of days was that Karen’s 5-Great Grandparents Ogden left Elizabeth during the war and built a home that they named Sparta out in the New Jersey countryside and helped to found the First Presbyterian Church in what is now the town of Sparta. The house is gone but the church remains and their gravestones are located in a prominent position right next to the house of prayer.

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