Marriages and deaths from the West Jersey Pioneer 1852-1859 in a book!

Latest book from I Find Dead People Press, available May 30, 2014, at Amazon and other retail outlets.

"The West Jersey Pioneer of Bridgeton, New Jersey, Marriages & Deaths: November 1852-1859"

by Andrea E. Batcho

ISBN: 978-1499553468

Not every marriage or death in or involving persons from Cumberland County, New Jersey, was filed with the government. Fortunately, many families placed a notice in the local newspaper, "The West Jersey Pioneer." No longer do you have to go page by page, squinting at hard-to-read microfilm hoping to locate a person! In this book, you will find the marriage and death notices from every available issue from November 20, 1852, until December 31, 1859, with bonus local news stories of deaths. The special design features of the index include a notation if a woman was married and her husband’s name, if mentioned, as well as all different spellings of the same surname grouped together. Now you can easily pinpoint a married woman with a popular name, such as Sarah Ayars, in 12 point type without the headache and frustration!

The West Jersey Pioneer of Bridgeton, New Jersey, Marriages & Deaths: November 1852-1859


Sheppard Family Papers at Haverford College

Finding Aid for the SHEPPARD FAMILY PAPERS, 1656-1887
Collection No. 858
3 document boxes (1.5 linear feet)

Abstract: The collection particularly provides connections between Irish and Philadelphia Friends in the 18th century, especially the Sheppard and Wansborough families who intermarried. Included are letters of John Wilbur, central in the Gurney-Wilbur controversy.

Pay special attention to Box 1 for correpondence of James Wansborough


Samuel Howell - first person in Cumberland County, NJ, to be carried in a hearse for interment

Bridgeton Evening News (May 1, 1879)

Hon. Lewis Howell informs us that the first person carried in a  hearse for interment in this county was Samuel Howell, son of Ebenezer Howell, and brother to Gov. Howell. This was about the year 1776, previous to which the custom prevailed in this part of the country of moving deceased persons for burial in wagons or carts.


Interview with Judge Daniel M. Woodruff (1788-1881) in March 1879

As appeared in the March 21, 1879, issue of the Brigeton Evening News.
(Orginally one long paragraph, edited for readability)

Interviewing an Old Citizen.

Having an afternoon of leisure, we made a call on the venerable Daniel M. Woodruff, now in his 91st year.

DW: “Take a seat, “said the Judge, “in the oldest chair we have in the house, a chair given me by my father, who died in February 1777.” […]

What is your present age if you please, we first enquired.

DW: “If I live until the first day of July next, I shall be ninety one years of age. I came to Bridgeton in 1793 or six year before the death of Gen. Washington, and I remember well, when a boy, and going to school where the Masonic building now stands, of going out with the rest of the school to witness a parade or mock funeral on Broad street in honor of the illustrious dead Washington. Bridgeton at the time, east of the creek, comprised but very few dwellings and those few of but little account. Where Davis’s hotel and Grosscup’s store now stand, were plain small buildings, and where Moore & Son have their shoe store was a one-story frame, then used by Daniel Seeley as a country store; these and one above where the Episcopal church now stands, and a few other unimportant structures comprised all of East Bridgeton.”

How about the bridge?

DW: “Oh well, we had a bridge and each end of it rested on log pilings and it was so low down that in time of high tide, the water washed entirely over it and the plank were fastened down to keep them from floating away, andd was so narrow that there was barely room for a wagon and a footman on the side.”

Then the bridge had no draw?

DW: “Well, yes, though not at first, but after a while we got one and a harry of a draw it was, “ he added, with characteristic emphasis, “ It was like a trap door opening on hinges. I remember once,” he continued, “a horse running away down the hill on Broad street, and the bridge was up at a pretty steep angle, and on the animal came and ran right up the draw and fell back on the wagon,”

Ah, that was a primitive affair, truly and the Judge enjoyed a quite a chuckle at the quaint imagery conjured up.

DW: “Do you know where the present Errickson property opposite the Lutheran church Friesburg, is?” He suddenly broke in, “well, I placed the last brick there was put on that chimney north, the very day I was twenty one and at precisely 12 m. I have also built and assisted in building many of the oldest structures in Bridgeton. The late Brewster property on South Laurel now owned by C Albertson was moved a long time since from Commerce st. on the site as before said of J. Moore & Son’s Shoe Store, and the chimney and cellar were put up by me. The old Robert Fithian house was built in 1792 and the house now occupied by Dr. Jones, in 1793, and I build the Ice house on which stands the small statue rescued from the foundered ship St. John. I also put up the Pearl street church and the Bank (Cumberland National Bank building) on Commerce street.

DW: “The day I finished the ice house spoken of I went right across to the court house and deposited my first vote and I have voted for nearly 70 years at this one polling place.”

And always unanimously, we put in.

DW: “Yes, always,” and then suddenly, in his energetic way, replied with a rattling no, no, no, “I was once fool enough to vote for James Buchanan, and have been sorry for it ever since.

You have held offices of this kind and another for a number of years?

DW: “Yes,” the Judge replied, and bringing a pack of papers from a drawer handed them over with the remark, “there is enough papers to ruin any man,” and sure enough the Judge produced more commissions and at a great variety, we believe, than Gen. Washington himself ever held. Freeholder for a number of years, Moderator for 15 years, Justice of the Peace for years, and Constable for ever so long. He also at one time, 1839, held commission from the Legislature of Judge of Common Pleas, signed by W. J. Pennington. 



History of the Formation of the 24th New Jersey Regiment Volunteers

Found at the Southeat Missouri State University Special Collections and Archives Digital Collections


History of the Formation of the 24th New Jersey Regiment Volunteers written by the editor of the Bridgeton Chronicle (probably Isaac T. Nichols?)




Re-Opening at Woodruff (1864)

The West Jersey Pioneer (Brigeton, NJ)
November 12, 1864

Re-Opening at Woodruff

The M. E. Church at Woodruff has been neatly reparied and fitted up on the inside, and will be re0-opened for Divine Servce on saturday, the 12th inst. [...]


Bridgeton (NJ) incorporated as a city

The West Jersey Pioneer (Bridgeton, NJ)
April 2, 1864

 "Bridgeton is now a city, the act of incorporation having passed both houses of the Legislature. The Act has been so amended as to not take effect until March 1st, 1865."


Mrs. Elizabeth Ogden follows the 3rd NJ Vols

The West Jersey Pioneer (Bridgeton, NJ)
May 26, 1862

"A correspondent of the Newark Daily, says: -- I met a New Jersey woman of the name of Elizabeth Ogden, from Bridgeton, N.J.; she has a son in the Third N.J. Volunteers; she has been with the Regiment eight months, but was not allowed to go further after they got to Fortress Monroe, and is on her way home.


Mrs. Sarah Hand greeted Washington in Trenton in 1789

The West Jersey Pioneer (Bridgeton, NJ), September 15, 1860


Three of the choir of young girls who, dressed in white, greeted Washington as he entered Trenton in 1789, on his way to assume the Presidency, and strewed his pathway with flowers, still survive. One yet lives in Trenton; one is mother of Senator Chestnut, of South Carolina; and one, Mrs. Sarah Hand, resides in Cape May County, New Jersey.


Old Stone Church at Fairton (NJ) 1784-1856 Sextons Book spreadsheets

Download PDF's of the Presbyterian Old Stone Church at Fairton, Cumberland, NJ, sexton's books transcribed and sorted into spreadsheets!

Transcribed by Andrea E. Batcho from the microfilmed copies of the original handwritten books.








Family History Library microfilm reel 50355, Item 3. "Deaths 1799-1845"

Title: Church records, 1759-1970
Authors:     Fairfield Presbyterian Church (Fairton, New Jersey) (Main Author)
Format:     Manuscript/Manuscript on Film
Language:     English
Publication:     Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1966, 1981
Physical:     on 2 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.