TuccamirgenFlemington’s favorite Native American is a “Delaware Indian” chief Tuccamirgan. Tuccamirgan was friends with Flemington’s first settler, John Philip Kase. John Kase bought land in 1738 from William Penn. Tuccamirgan and his small group of “Delaware Indians” were living on this land. When John Kase and Tuccamirgan met, they became friends. Tuccamirgan had his tribe help Kase build his log home.
When the Kases had their first child, the chief had the Native Americans make a log cradle for their baby. The chief and his wife did not have any children, so they would often “borrow” some of the Kases’ children to spend a day with them in their teepee.
When Tuccamirgan died in 1750, he was buried in the small Kase cemetery after a night-long traditional Native American funeral ceremony of bonfires and dancing. He was buried in a sitting position with his pipes, blanket and weapons of war.A white marble monument now marks Tuccamirgan’s grave. On Bonnell Street is a small burial ground with the graves of Flemington’s first settler, John Kase, and the “Delaware Indian” chief Tuccamirgan. A park off Bonnell Street was named Tuccamirgan Park in honor of Chief Tuccamirgan.