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.