Captain Joseph Blewer (1734–1789)

Rev. Carl Magnus Wrangel married Joseph Blewer and Sarah Lindenmeyer at Gloria Dei Church on September 26, 1759.

Joseph Blewer being a ship captain assumed an active role in the War of Independence. In November 1775 Captain Blewer was in Cambridge, Massachusetts and was directed by General George Washington to deliver a letter to John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress. In June1776 Benjamin Franklin and others including Captain Blewer met at Carpenter’s Hall creating the Committee of the City, Council of Safety.

A meeting of the Council of Safety was held on August 14, 1776. During this meeting by order of the Board, John M. Nesbitt, Esq., Treasurer, was directed to pay to Captain Joseph Blewer £8 1s. 6d., for eighteen Muskets bought of him by the directions of this Board. At another meeting, Joseph Blewer was appointed to employ people to build ten flat-bottom boats for transporting Troops. The Council of Safety met in September 1776 appointing Captain Blewer, Captain Gurney, and Mr. Samuel Cad. Morris to form a regular Muster Roll for the Navy of this State. October 1776 found Captain Blewer appointed to sound the eastern channel of the Delaware River, near Fort-Island (known today as Fort Mifflin) and to give directions for stopping passage.

Captain Blewer attended the Pennsylvania Navy Board meeting on May 29, 1777. During this meeting, the first bill for colors for the fleet was approved. “An order on William Webb to Elizabeth Ross for fourteen pounds, twelve shillings and two pence for making ships’ colors, etc., put into William Richards’ store, £14.12.2.”

June 21, 1777 Joseph Blewer signed the Oath of Allegiance renouncing and refusing allegiance to George the third, King of Great Britain. Captain Blewer remained an active member of Gloria Dei and was laid to rest on July 1, 1789 in the graveyard. As you enter the Church, his grave is located immediately to the left of the doors. This flat tombstone is one on the list to be restored.

Conservation Assessment

Names: Joseph Blewer (1734–1789), Sarah Lindenmeyer Blewer (1737-1789), Maria Nordelind (1738-1826)


Inscription:
In Memory of Captain Joseph Blewer
who departed this life August 7, 1789 aged 55 years.
Farewell vain world I’ve had enough of thee
And now am careless what thou sayest of me
Thy smiles I court not nor thy frowns I fear
My days are past my head lies quiet here
What faults in my you’ve seen take care to shun
And look at home enough there’s to be done

Also in Memory of Sarah Blewer
his wife who departed this life May 4, 1801 in the 64th year of her age.
She left this world in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life
through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Also

Maria Nordenlind
sister of Sarah Blewer
relic of the Rev. Erick Nordenlind
she died January 20, 1826 aged 88 years
A possessor of that Faith which is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of
things not seen.


Type of Marker: Table tomb w/ brick
Material: Marble
Issues: Biogrowth, distorted, erosion, sugaring
Recommended Treatment: Cleaning w/biocide, consolidation, previously cleaned by MC, previously conserved by MC

Evaluation
Historic Integrity: Intact
Structural Integrity: Fair
Material Integrity: Fair
Legible Inscription: Poor

Marker Details
Inventory Number: 8
Ledger Book Number: 6
Cemetery Section: 1
Orientation: East
Marker Height/Length (in): 72
Marker Width (in): 36
Marker Thickness/Depth (in): 2
Base Height (in): 70
Base Width (in): 72
Base Thickness (in): 13

Written by Amy Grant

Amy Grant is a graphic designer and web developer. She is the founder of the Southwark Historical Society, a volunteer based group that studies the Southwark Historical District located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.