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Suggested Resources | Listing of some Cemeteries in Gloucester County NJ
Ancient Burial Places in Gloucester County, New Jersey

Suggested Resources:

1. Gloucester Co USGenWeb Archives - you may be amazed at what you find here and also White's Cemetery Listing for Gloucester Co NJ
2. Many of the older records of the following cemeteries have been microfilmed by the Mormons, and are available through your local LDS Family History Center.
3. The Gloucester County Historical Society - see their listing of available cemetery inscriptions (some of which are available online)
4. Cemetary Transcription Library - also shows locations
5. For Jewish cemeteries, check with the AJGS Cemetery Project.
6. Consider Famous politicians buried in New Jersey web site
7.Browse Find-A-Grave.
8. Searchable Cemetery Contacts in New Jersey
9. The New Jersey Cemetery Board has records of cemeteries of which they have taken control. All other inquiries should be directed to the actual cemetery

Some (not all) Listings, Contacts, and Tombstone Inscriptions for Gloucester County cemeteries:
Aura Methodist Cemetery
Aura Methodist Church
Bethel Methodist Cemetery
481 Delsea Drive
Hurffville, NJ 08080
Bridgeport Cemetery
Main Street
Bridgeport, NJ
Brotherhood Cemetery
First Presbyterian Church Brotherhood Cemetery,
Walnut Street, Williamstown, NJ 08094
Cattell Burial Ground, Deptford NJ

Cedar Green Cemetery
Located on E. Academy St.
Clayton, New Jersey 08312
Ebenezer Cemetery
Swedesboro, NJ
Cattell Burial Ground, Deptford (new) Old Deptford Strangers Burial Ground (new)
Eglington Cemetery
320 Kings Hwy
Clarksboro, NJ 08020-1404
2nd link for Eglington Cemetery
Includes listings of some of the oldest gravestone inscriptions there; has information on how to contact the cemetery who have index cards on all burials.
First United Methodist Cemetery
Williamstown, NJ

First United Methodist (Old Methodist) Cemetery
Glassboro, New Jersey
Delsea Drive (Rte. 47) & McClelland Ave.
Glassboro, NJ
Friendship Finley United Methodist Cemetery
Garden State Cemetery Company
Salem Pike
Clarksboro, NJ 08020-1404
Gates Of Heaven Cemetery
aka Martin Luther King Memorial Gardens
Mantua Road
Mt. Royal, NJ 08020
Green Cemetery
950 Cooper St.
Deptford, NJ 08096-2573
Hillcrest Memorial Park
Delsea Dr.
Sewell, NJ 08080-1810
Lake Park Cemetery
Park Avenue (at the end of the street)
Swedesboro, NJ 08085
Land Of Canaan Cemetery
C/O Robert Bright
1 Sewell St.
Glassboro, NJ 08028
Lippincott Family Graveyard
(on grounds of Shady Lane Nursing Home, Clarksboro NJ). Restore Lippincott and a few generations of his direct descendants buried here.
Malaga Cemetery
Delsea Dr (across street from 303 Delsea Drive)
P.O. Box 39
Malaga, NJ 08328
Manahath Cemetery
N. Main
Glassboro, NJ 08028
Mickleton Monthly Meeting Graveyard
Mickleton NJ
Early Quaker families living in the Mickleton (East Greenwich) area are buried here. Records of burials are held by Mickleton Monthly Meeting
Mount Zion Cemetery
C/O Gladys M. Nicholson
40 Spruce St.
Sewell, NJ 08080
Mullica Hill Baptist Cemetery
Main Street
Mullica Hill, NJ
New Freedom Cemetery
Linwood Ave and Main St just off of Delsea Drive, near Malaga NJ
Odd Fellows Cemetery
C/O Charles Curry
1050 Church St.
Deptford, NJ 08096
Old Lake Cemetery
Franklinville, New Jersey
Piney Hollow United Methodist Church Cemetery
C/O L. A. Jaggers
Dutch Mill Rd.
Newfield, NJ 08344
Porchtown Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery
Franklin Township, New Jersey
Richwood Methodist Church Cemetery
Route 322, Box 27
Richwood, NJ 08074
[Glassboro NJ area]
Rose Hill Cemetery
Newfield, New Jersey
Saint Bridget Cemetery
125 Church
St Glassboro, NJ 08028
Saint John Methodist Cemetery
3 Main Street
Harrisonville, NJ 08039-0002
Saint. Peter's Colonial Cemetery
Mt. Royal, New Jersey
The earliest burial was in 1810, and the last burial here was in 1950. Includes a list of tombstone inscriptions, and a separate list of known veterans buried here.
St. Paul's Methodist Church Cemetery; Paulsboro NJ (new) St. Stephens Burial Ground, Mullica Hill (Harrison Township)
Shady Lane Cemetery
Clarksboro NJ
For burials of some residents of the old Alms House, and Shady Lane Nursing Home

See photographs of this cemetery
Solomon's Graveyard
Early Quaker families living in the Mickleton (East Greenwich) area are buried here. Records of burials are held by Mickleton Monthly Meeting
St. Joseph Cemetery, Swedesboro NJ
St. Joseph Church, which was built in the 1860's is closed. New St. Mary's Church (Bryn Mawr PA) has the records for this cemetery.     You may call them at
856-931-1570 (updated April 2006)
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Mullica Hill (Harrison Twp) - small cemetery, Main Street. St.
Stephen's Family Cemetery in Deptford NJ Stranger's Burial Ground - Deptford NJ
Trinity Episcopal Cemetery
1208 Kings Highway
PO Box #31
Swedesboro, NJ 08085
See photographs of the graveyard and also burial spot of Dr. Bodo Otto Jr.
Union Methodist Cemetery
Centre Square, Logan Twp., New Jersey
Wenonah Cemetery Association
101 N. Marion Ave.
Wenonah, NJ 08090-2042
Woodbury Memorial Park
Kings Highway
Clarksboro, NJ 08020
(856) 423-0165

Note: the actual cemetery is NOT in Clarksboro NJ, it is in West Deptford NJ (on Kings Highway)
Zion United Methodist Cemetery
Clarksboro NJ

See photographs of the church and cemetery

Source: Notes on old Gloucester County, New Jersey : historical records published by the New Jersey Society of Pennsylvania; New Jersey: 1917.

The oldest of the burial places established by the early colonists of Gloucester County is that at Swedesboro, now known as Trinity Church Burying-Ground. Swedesboro was first settled by the Swedes, probably as early as 1638, and although the written records of the church do not begin until 1702, it is quite likely that the present site of the church and the adjoining burying-ground is one originally selected for the purpose.
     It is situated on a bluff at the intersection of the Raccoon creek and the King's Highway, and is enclosed by a well-kept stone wall. With the beautiful colonial church, built in 1784, in the background, the effect as one approaches the town is quaint and picturesque, reminding the traveler of an English village.
     In this yard lie buried hundreds of the pioneers of Swedesboro. Although the yard is quite large, it was evidently soon filled with graves, for in the early part of the last century another burial ground was established about two squares to the west, which is enclosed with a stone wall, and both wall and grounds are kept in excellent condition by the church.
There was another Swedish settlement at Repaupo, which possibly antedated that at Swedesboro by a short time; but the site of Repaupo is not known, although the name survives in a locality near the river which is today known as Repaupo.

The next oldest burial place in the county is probably the Wood burying-ground, on the south side of Woodbury creek, near its mouth. Richard Wood is said to have settled at this place in 1681. Other members of his family followed and within a few years the huts of settlers were scattered here and there throughout that section of the country. A graveyard was laid out and was probably used by the entire community until the establishment of the Friends meeting in Woodbury, about two miles away, in 1715. It has been used by descendants of the Wood family within the memory of persons now living. The earlier graves were marked by rude field stones, most of which have disappeared. There is one, however, which bears the initials R.W. and this may be that of the founder of the colony. Other stones bear the names of Wilkins, Hillman, Peter Crimm, and of course, Wood.
     It is said that between 1840 and 1845 there was a freshet which washed away a portion of the graveyard, dislodging a number of bodies and carrying them away. Although the Gloucester County Historical Society has erected a memorial stone with an appropriate inscription, the cemetery is in danger of disappearing. Boathouses occupy the banks of the creek, and the cemetery is almost a public thorofare. The ground is gradually filling in and some of the stones are covered half-way up. It is quite possible that within a few years all traces of it will have been obliterated.

     The Friends erected a meeting house in Woodbury in 1715 and the adjoining burial-ground was probably established at the same time. It contains the grave of Ann Whitall, the heroine of the battle of Red Bank. It is said that a part of the ground has been filled in three times and each time used again for burial purposes. The meeting house and cemetery occupy the most commanding spot in Woodbury and form one of the attractive features of the beautiful and historic town.

     The Presbyterian burying-ground in North Woodbury dates back to 1721, at which time the ground was obtained, the church built and the graveyard established. The first church was of logs and was replaced by another building when the congregation grew larger. The church building was ordered to be sold in 1803 and in 1833 the congregation built a commodious building about a mile south, on the site occupied by the present church building. The old yard continued to be used for burial purposes for many years, but now only an occasional interment is there made. The yard is in a deplorable condition and no attempt is made to keep it up. Mrs. Ann Hunter, the wife of Rev. Andrew Hunter, is buried there. She had so endeared herself to the people that they all sought to do her honor at her funeral. Samuel Mickle, however, in his diary, which is reproduced in this volumne, deplored the pomp and ceremony with which she was buried.
The stones remaining in the yard represent the Roe, Cozens, Clark, Moffett and other prominent local families.

Samuel Mickle, in his diary, under date of Nov. 10, 1802, records that he laid off a family burial-ground on part of Benjamin Hopper's land. The writer has been unable to locate this. [There was a Hopper burial-ground adjoining Friends ground].

Many of the settlers had their own private burial-grounds on their plantations. The roads were poor, transportation was difficult, and they preferred having their dead in a place convenient of access rather than in the church cemeteries, which were difficult to reach and not particularly well-kept. Many of these private burying-grounds are still in existence and some are even used to this day; but others have been entirely lost track of.

The most attractive of these private burying-grounds in Gloucester County is the Reeves burying-ground, located on the old Reeves plantation about a mile south of Woodbury, between the West Jersey and Seashore Railroad and Mantua Pike. The farm is now owned by Clement R. Budd.
     This cemetery was established by Joseph Reeves, who was born in 1700 and died in 1780. The stone marking his grave is in excellent condition. The plot is enclosed by a stone wall with two pairs of heavy iron gates, and is surrounded by a number of noble trees. It is a very attractive spot, and the manner in which it is cared for reflects credit upon the descendants of its founder, some of whom are members of the New Jersey Society of Pennsylvania. It is still used for burying purposes, the most recent interment being that of the wife of Rev. Herbert Burk. Her grave is marked by an Irish cross, which is one of the most beautiful mortuary emblems in the county. The stones in the yard represent the Reeves, Moffett, Snow, Saunders and other allied families.

Further down the Mantua road is the old Chew Cemetery, located on Mantua Creek, about a quarter of a mile west of the road. The cemetery contains stones representing four generations of the Chew family, including the first settler, Nathaniel Chew, and his wife Mary; his son Jeffrey, who became one of the largest land owners in that locality, and his wife Ann; David Chew, the son of Jeffrey, and his wife Hannah; and Stille Chew, son of David, and his wife Rebecca M. David Eldridge, who died June 18, 1823, aged 89, is buried here; also his first wife, Sarah Chew, and his second wife, Rebecca Moffett. David Eldridge was one of the best-known men in Gloucester County, and was the ancestor of several members of the New Jersey Society of Pennsylvania.
     There are also numerous graves marked only by rude stones and there is a tradition that a number of victims of an epidemic of cholera are there interred. One of the descendants of the Chew family recently erected a very substantial enclosure for the cemetery, consisting of granite posts with iron rails between.

On the east side of the Mantua road, just before it crosses Mantua creek, lies the plantation formerly owned by Samuel Maffet and his wife Rachel. Samuel Maffet, in 1763, sold his farm to Jeffrey Chew, but reserved "A privilege on 20 feet square of land to the said Samuel Maffet, to inter and bury his friends at the place where his two sons are now buried, adjoining on the line between the tract herein mentioned and other land of the said Jeffrey Chew." This item in the deed throws some light upon the customs of the early settlers, for it will be observed that Samuel Maffet hospitably allowed his friends to find a last resting place upon his land.
This plantation descended to Samuel Chew, grandson of Jeffrey Chew, and is now owned by a Mr. Redrow. The graveyard has long since disappeared, and no one todays knows even of its approximate site.

On the road from Mantua to Sewell, near the bridge over the tracks of the West Jersey R.R., lies another Chew cemetery. This cemetery contains the remains of Jesse Chew, minister of the Gospel, who died in 1812, aged 74 years. There is also a stone for his wife Mary, and for several of their descendants, representing the Eastlack, Carpenter and Earley families.

The Driver cemetery is located in the village of Barnsboro. It was established by Samuel Driver, one of the earliest settlers in that locality, who was a member of the Woodbury Friends' Meeting. It was enclosed by a stone wall, part of which has lately fallen down, and contains a number of gravestones of the Driver family.

On the old road which winds through the country from Barnsboro to Mickleton, a road which is to-day but little used, lies what is left of the Jessup cemetery, on the brow of a hill near the old Jessup homestead, about a mile from Barnsboro. The farm is now owned by Harry Lafferty. This yard was formerly surrounded by a good stone wall, but about two generations ago this wall was dismantled by the owner and the larger part of the yard is now under cultivation. There are but three stones remaining: John West, son of Richard and Rachel West, died August 14, 1798, aged 63; Sarah West, died August 13, 1826, aged 70 years; and Mary Jones, died May 25, 1789, aged 21.

About one-half mile south of the Jessup graveyard on the other side of the road is the old West burying-ground, on the farm now occupied by a Mr. Sharp. This ground is on the brow of a hill forming part of a meadow and is without enclosure of any kind. The stones now standing are those of Job West, died March 4, 1800, age 30 years; Isaiah West, died June 21, 1811, aged 39; Sarah, wife of Michael Hess, died October 8, 1774, age 28. The cows ramble freely over the place and it is quite probably that in a few years these stones will be broken and will disappear.

On the road that leads from Pitman to Jefferson, about one mile east of Jefferson, is the Tomlin cemetery. The farm on which it is located is owned by William Duffield. This cemetery is enclosed with a brick wall, which was originally very good, but is now beginning to fall apart. The plot is overgrown with briers, underbrush and young trees, and is almost impenetrable except in winter.

In North Woodbury, on the opposite side of the old Kings Highway from the Presbyterian cemetery and about two squares north of it, lies what is left of the old Ward burying-ground. There are but two stones remaining in this ground: Benjamin Ward, born February 8, 1733, died February 22, 1795; Hannah Ward, died October 30, 1802, aged 35 years and 4 months. This land is restricted for use only as a cemetery and since the present owners do not care to spend any money upon it, it is used as a dumping ground and a playground, and it is really remarkable that the two stones that remain standing are in such good condition. A toll gate at one time stood upon the front part of the cemetery lot.

The old Methodist Cemetery in Woodbury now forms a part of the Green Cemetery and is located on the old Egg Harbor road just east of Evergreen Avenue.

About a half mile father out the road on the same side is a farm now owned by Doctor Ralph J. Iszard, formerly the Nathan Ward place. There is an old graveyard on the lane leading to the house, but only a few unlettered field stones remain, two of which are imbedded in the roots of a tree. The ground is about 50 feet square, and, while not enclosed, it is held sacred and is not used for any other purpose. The dwelling house on the farm is a well-built brick structure, bearing on the gable the inscription, "N.A.W. 1791."

On the road from Woodbury to Almonesson, at the point where it crosses the stone road which leads from Westville to Glassboro, lies a farm now owned by Dr. Brewer of Woodbury. In the center of a field bounded by these two roads lies an old cemetery, the original owner of which is not known. It contains a number of stones representing the Perce or Pierce family, and is spoken of as a Pierce burying-ground. Some veterans of the Civil War are buried there, and their graves are remembered each memorial days by their comrades of the G.A.R.

There was a cemetery adjoining Christ Episcopal Church, in Woodbury, until a few years ago, when the bodies were removed. The ground is now partly occupied by the parish house.

The Strangers Burying-Ground, which was for more than a century one of the landmarks of Woodbury, occupied about an acre of ground on the south side of Cooper Street went of Broad. In this cemetery many of the Hessians killed at Red Bank were buried. Buttons of uniforms and bayonets were found when the cemetery was vacated. It was condemned about two years ago, and a new street known as Lupton Avenue marks the site. The bodies and remaining stones were removed to the Paupers' Burying-Ground, which is located on the old road, now little used, leading from a point near Almonesson to North Woodbury.
     Farther along this road and about a quarter of a mile nearer Woodbury is the Cattell cemetery, founded by the ancestors of the numerous families of that name. It was used to some extend by members of the Cattell family until quite recently. Jonas Cattell, famous as the guide of the Gloucester Fox Hunting Club, is said to be buried there.

Back in the region of sand and pine trees between Almonesson and a point on the stone road known as New Sharon, lies the old Walton place. The old cemetery on this place is located on a hill about 30 feet high which slopes down to a small stream. The hill is covered with noble oak trees and the spot is peaceful and quiet. But a few field stones remain to mark the graves, two of which are rudly lettered, one "J.W." and the other, "M.W." The farm was lately occupied by Azariah Eastlack, who left it to the Presbyterian Church at Blackwood. It is now owned by J.B. Vanneman.

On the road leading from Bethel to Clement's Bridge, just north of its intersection with the road which leads from Almonesson to Blackwood, is the Perce cemetery. This cemetery is enclosed with a very substantial stone wall and is used to this day by the descendants of the family. The inscriptions on the stones represent the Perce, Montgomery, Best and Brewer families.

About a mile to the north of the Perce cemetery, on the same side of the road, is the Jaggard cemetery, now used as a burying-ground by residents of Almonesson. The ground is well kept.

The Crown Point road leading from Westville to Gibbstown, passing through Thorofare and Paulsboro, was originally one of the main roads of the county and the farms through which it runs were occupied by well-to-to planters. Quite a number of private burying-grounds are located on farms along this road.

In a paper read before the Gloucester County Historical Society, in 1906, Mr. Ezekiel L. Cloud states that there was a burying-ground on the northeast corner of Delaware Street and Crown Point Road, known as the Pierce graveyard. The stones have been used for paving and doorsteps and the ground has been ploughed over, so that all traces of it have disappeared.

The STEPHENS cemetery is located about a mile north of Paulsboro on the farm of Richard B. Davis. Through the briers and sumac the names of Stephens, Ward and Shuster may be seen on some of the tombstones. The yard is still used for burial purposes, three burials having been made there within recent years. This farm was probably part of the plantation owned and occupied by the famous Tench Francis.

At Mantua Point on the Delaware River, on a site now occupied by the I.P. Thomas & Sons Co., phosphate works, was the Paul burial-ground. The bodies in this cemetery were removed in about 1880 to the Methodist Episcopal Cemetery in Paulsboro, and the ground is now used for commercial purposes.

The Lodge cemetery stood on the Lodge farm on the banks of the Delaware River, near the village of Billingsport. This farm now forms part of the plant of the Vacuum Oil Company, and in 1917 the bodies and tombstones were removed to Eglington Cemetery, in Clarksboro, N.J.

There is an interesting bit of tradition connected with the Methodist Episcopal Cemetery in the town of Paulsboro. The ground was owned by Samuel P. Paul and was at the time of his death, in 1831, covered with a beautiful growth of rye. Mr. Paul on his death-bed requested that he be buried in his ryefield and his wishes were carried out. Later his heirs presented the ground to the Church for use as a cemetery.

At the southern end of Paulsboro, at the junction of the Main Street with the road leading to Swedesboro, stands a farm formerly owned by Joseph L. Locke, prior to whose ownership known as the John Fleming farm. There was quite an extensive graveyard on this farm, which was located along the Swedesboro road near the present land. No one seems to know the history of the yard. It has been farmed over for many years and in former years it was quite a common occurrence for a plow to turn up a skull or some other part of a human skeleton. The ground in that particular part of the farm is now being used for building sand, and all traces of the former cemetery have entirely disappeared.

About a mile father down, on the opposite side of the road, is a farm now occupied by Joseph Clement and formerly owned by his grandfather, Mark Clement. On the north side of the entrance of the lane leading to the house is an old burying-ground, known as the Mickle burying-ground. It is a small plot, covered with a thick growth of young trees, but there is nothing to indicate that it is a burying-ground, except three uncult and unlettered field stones, which may be found by searching through the leaves and underbrush.

The Catnac or Catnack cemetery was located on a farm formerly owned by E.G. Green, now owned by the DuPonts and occupied by Turner Ashton. It was enclosed by a substantial wall and contained several stones. The wall was torn down years ago, and, with the gravestones, was used as foundations for some farm buildings. The ground is now under farm cultivation and only the approximate site of the graveyard is known.

In the village of Gibbstown there once stood an old Methodist meeting house, built of stone, with a graveyard adjoining. When the building was abandoned as a church it was converted into a barn, which was torn down when the land, which was known as the Mullen farm, was acquired by the DuPont interests.
     The cemetery is just outside the entrance gate to the DuPont plant, but the stones have been entirely destroyed by vandals and have disappeared. Rev. Jesse Mullen, a local preacher, who was born about 1803 and died about 1855, at one time owned the farm and frequently preached in the church.

Farther down the road, about a mile before reaching Bridgeport, is the old Cooper family burying-ground. It is enclosed by a wall, but is so full of young saplings and briars as to be almost impenetrable. Some of the bodies have been removed to other cemeteries and no one appears to have any interest in those which remain.

One of the most interesting spots in the county is the ancient Moravian Church with its adjoining burying ground, on the road from Swedesboro to Sharptown, near Oldman's Creek. The history of this church is given elsewhere in this book. The gravestones bear the names of Pierson, Vanneman, Gill, Shute, and other early settlers, whose descendants are among the leading citizens of the present generation.

SOLOMON'S GRAVEYARD is located about 100 yards from Wolfert's station, on the Woodbury-Salem railroad, and marks the original site of the first meeting house of the Upper Greenwich Preparative Meeting of Friends. The lot was granted by Solomon Lippincott in 1740, and a frame meeting house was built, which served its purpose until the society built a new meeting house in Mickleton in 1798. The graveyard continued to be used as such by Friends long after the meeting was removed, and it is still known as Solomon's thus preserving the memory of its donor. It is enclosed by a substantial stone wall. The original meeting house no longer exists.

There were two early Methodist churches near Swedesboro which are of considerable interest. Oak Grove and Ebenezer. Oak Grove is about one and one-half miles from Swedesboro, on the road to Bridgeport. The church is still standing and is familiarly known as the "old stone church." The adjoining graveyard is enclosed by a stone wall, and contains a number of graves with a few headstones remaining.
     Ebenezer churchyard is a half mile north of the stone road leading from Swedesboro to Auburn, on the last cross-road before reaching Oldman's creek. The church, which was a frame structure, is no longer there, but the cemetery is enclosed by a brick wall which is falling into decay. The names appearing on the stones are Jackson, Kimble, Guest, Hurff and Titus.

The old Cozen's burying-ground lies on a farm located on a road leading from Eastlack's corner near Mantua, past Jessup's mill to a point in the road leading from Clarksboro to Jefferson. The cemetery is located on the top of a cone shaped hill which seems very much like an Indian mound. It slopes down on one side to a branch of the Mantua creek and is covered with trees, some of which are quite large. The stones now standing are those of Elijah Cozens and his wife Ann, and their daughter Sarah Cozens.
     Elijah Cozens was a deputy surveyor and a scrivener and part owner of a mill near his home. He did much of the conveyancing for that part of the county and his name frequently appears in the public records.

There is an interesting burying-ground at the northern end of the town of Glassboro. Glassboro was first settled in 1775, at which time the Stanger brothers established there the pioneer glass-works of the county. The Stangers and most of their employees were Germans, and doubtless the first business which occupied their attention was the building of a house of worship. The cemetery is said to be the site of the first rude church building, and the original settlers were probably all buried within its shadow. The gravestones of several of the Stanger brothers are still in good condition, as is also that of their mother, Catherine Stanger, who, according to the inscription, died in 1800, aged 85.
     The graveyard is in a neglected condition, although the stones have not suffered as much violence at the hands of vandals as is the case in most old cemeteries. The remaining tombstones contain the following family names: Stanger, Bodine, Shaffer, Swope, Focer and Thorne.

EGLINGTON CEMETERY, in Clarksboro, has grown up around the old private burying-ground set apart by John Englington, in 1776, in his last will and testament. The original plot is still kept in its original condition and contains the gravestone of Jeffrey Clark and other pioneers of Clarksboro.

The Lippincott Cemetery is located in the grounds of the country farm and almshouse, which was formerly owned by Restore Lippincott, who purchased it from William Gerard, one of the largest landowners among the early settlers.

There is an abandoned cemetery about two miles south of Swedesboro, located on the right side of the road to Centre Square, about a half-mile west from the Swedesboro-Auburn road. The cemetery is on the boundary line between the farms now owned by Charles G. Batten and Charles Hampton. The part which is on the Batten farm has been plowed up to a large extent, and broken pieces of tombstones may be seen here and there. The only inscription which can now be deciphered, is as follows: Betsy Roberts // Died April 30, 1841 // In the 69th Year of Her Age.
     This stone was standing in good condition until a very short time ago, but it now lies on the ground, broken in several pieces.
      The part of the cemetery which lies on the farm of Charles Hampton is covered with a heavy growth of young trees, underbrush and poison ivy, and is not safe to visit, except in winter. Members of the Dunn and Avis families are said to be buried here, but, if there ever were gravestones there, none remain at this time.

One of the oldest Methodist Church organizations in the county is the Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church, located in the village formerly called Bethel, but now known as Hurffville. It dates back to 1770. The church building now standing ther eis the third one to be erected and used by the congregation. The adjoining cemetery is quite extensive, and contains the graves of hundreds of the pioneers of that part of the county. The principal family names represented on the tombstones in the old section of the cemetery are as follows: Chew, Dilks, Heritage, Bee, Swope, Turner, Brown, Beckett, Hurff, Watson, Clark, Firth, Carpenter, Prosser, Eastlack, Porch and many others. It is said to be the site of an old Indian burying-ground.

The Union Graveyard and United Association in Mantua, was founded February 13, 1804. The ground for the cemetery was given by Martin Turner and deeded to Richard Moffett, Moses Crane, Thomas Carpenter, Edward Carpenter, and Captain Robert Sparks and their successors. Mary W. Pancoast by will bequeathed $1,000 toward the building of the wall. The yard is scarcely more than a quarter-acre in extent, and soon became completely filled. No burials have been made there of late years. The principal family names to be found upon the tombstones are Turner, Chew, Clark, Eldridge and Paul.

A most interesting old burying-ground is the one on the outskirts of Blackwood known as the Walling or the Powell burying-ground. It was included in the original limits of Gloucester County, but is now just over the line in Camden County. It is supposed by some historians to mark the site of the lost town of Upton, which appears frequnetly upon the early records of the county. It is picturesquely located on a high piece of land which slopes precipitously down to Timber Creek, and gives every appearance of having been a village or church cemetery.

There are many interesting old burying-places within the present limits of Camden County, which was formerly a part of Gloucester County. The oldest and most important of these is the Newton Burying-Ground, which was established by members of the Society of Friends, who settled on the banks of Newton Creek in 1681. Their meetings were at first held in the homes of various members, but as soon as they found it possible, they built for themselves a meeting-house and set aside space for a cemetery adjoining.
     Thomas Sharp, who proved to be the historian of the Society, in his account of their early settlements, says: "In 1684, the Friends in the vicinity of Newton, desirous of erected a house of worship, selected a lot of land on the bank of the middle branch of Newton Creek, containing about two acres, it being on the bounds of land of Mark Newby and Thomas Thackara, which was laid out for a burial-ground and at the went end a log meeting house was erected." They chose the banks of the creek for the reason that their plantations were located on the various branches of the creek, and their only means of communication was by water.
This burying-ground is very convenient of access, being not more than one hundred yards from the West Collingswood Station on the Reading Railroad. The original Newton Burying-ground, together with an additional plot of one acre which was given for the purpose in 1791 by James Sloan, is enclosed with a substantial stone wall, and is the most impressive relic of the first settlement of that part of New Jersey.

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