Discover NJ: A 230-year-old murder that still resonates today

EDISON - A murder that took place in Elizabeth 230 years ago still resonates today.

Hannah Caldwell was murdered during the American Revolution. The belief is that she was murdered by a British soldier who shot her through a window while she was tending to her children.

Union County Freeholder Betty Kowalski says that in 1933, an image of Caldwell?s death was adopted as the Union County seal. It's believed to be the only government seal in the country depicting a murder. Kowalski says the seal "symbolizes the fighting spirit."

The town of Caldwell is named for Hannah?s husband, James Caldwell. He had property in that part of Essex County and the town adopted the family name.

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