Family History: Judge John Berrien

Rockingham, the home of Judge John Berrien (from an engraving in the collection of Andrew Berrien Jones)


Judge John Berrien, a grandson of Cornelius Jansen Berrien, served as a justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, served in the colonial assemby and was a trustee of the College of New Jersey, now Princeton. He died in 1772, and his grave, in Witherspoon Cemetery, lies just blocks north of Princeton's Nassau Hall. His home in Rocky Hill, which he named Rockingham, served as Washington's headquarters at the end of the Revolutionary War. It was here where Washington wrote and first delivered his farewell address to the Continental Army. in October 1783. The home is now a New Jersey State historic site.