Rules and Regulations of the Broad Street Cemetery, Bridgeton, NJ, 1892

Rules and Regulations of the Broad Street Cemetery, Under the Management of Trustees of the First Presbyterian Church, 1892. Published by George W. McCowan, Bridgeton, NJ.

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Salem County Sources episode of "Family Historian"

Bonny Beth Elwell, author, historian, genealogist (and one of my distant cousins!), was the guest on the cable TV show "Family Historian." Her episode was entitled "Salem County Sources." You can watch the show online at at this link: Stephen Conte, the producer of "Family Historian," has been producing this show in North Jersey since 1988.

Keep in mind that most of the sources she mentioned are out of copyright and available free online. has the Salem County Probate records (includes Orphans' Court, Probate, and Land Divisions) online for free as well (click here to go to the link for NJ Probate records at familysearch)


You can also check out Bonny Beth Elwell's book about Pittsgrove, Salem, NJ, on Amazon:


Old Broad Street Church Sexton's Book (1882)

Bridgeton Evening News (Bridgeton, NJ)

Friday, April 28, 1882, Page 2



Those having charge of funerals where the deceased are buried in the Presbyterian cemetery, this city, will please notify me of the fact, giving name in full age, &c, that it may be properly entered in the book kept for that purpose, by doing so will save considerable annoyance. Work in the yard will be promptly attended to by calling at my residence. No. 39 Washington St.




Old Broad Street Church Cemetery (1905)

Bridgeton Evening News (Bridgeton, NJ)

Wednesday, August 9, 1905, Page 2


Old Broad Street Church and Cemetery

An old-time resident of Bridgeton hands the News the following concerning the Broad Street cemetery and says he knows what he is talking about:
  • First person buried in Broad street cemetery was Mary Jones, August 27, 1792.
  • The first sexton was Stephen Miller. He served twenty-three years and buried 576? persons. [1792- abt 1815]
  • Next was Daniel Simpkins, until 1826, but kept no record. [abt 1815-1826]
  • Next was John S. Ware. He served eight years an buried 301 persons. [1826-1834]
  • January 1, 1835, Nathan Loper was made sexton and served nine years and buried 187 persons. [1835-1843]
  • January 1, 1844, John M. Maul was chosen sexton. Up to July 1, 1852, he buried 201 persons.

Date: Wednesday, August 9, 1905  

Paper: Bridgeton Evening News (Bridgeton, NJ)  

Page: 2  


Old Stone Church in Fairton cemetery conditions

I have always wanted to know whom to contact regarding improving conditions at the Old Stone Church cemetery in Fairton. Now we all know.

As per this article "Fairton residents concerned about conditions at Old Stone Church cemetery" by Spencer Kent of the South Jersey Times published January 19, 2013.

If you would like to complain about the conditions, you can send your complaint (and maybe some photos) to:
Rev. Dr. Deborah Brincivalli
Execuvive Presbyter
West Jersey Presbyterian Church
1701 Sycamore St
Haddon Heights, NJ 08035

Phone: 856-547-5100 Ext. 11


In Charge of Grounds of the Cemetery: Bob Francois (but needs help in manpower and funds)

Responsibility of maintenance for the grounds: West Jersey Presbyterian Church (Headquarters in Haddon Heights).

  • They own the property
  • Pay for grass mowing
  • Have no interest in funding any maintenance
  • Allegedly they do not care about the Church's roots and both parties want nothing to do with one another
  • Has not received complaints (as of 1/2013)

"New" Baptist Church at Roadstown

John Elmer's will dated January 29, 1813:

"I give and bequeath unto the new Baptist Church at Roadstown for the purpose of building the new Baptist meeting house about to be built at Bridgetown one third part of personal estate after my debts are paid."

(souce: Cumberland County Will Books, Volume A, p. 337)


He is referring to the Old Cohansey Baptist Church at Roadstown as the new Baptist Church. The soon-to-be-built church in Bridgeton is now known as the Pearl Street Baptist Church.


Occupation: Sitting in Chair (1897)

Aunt Bessie was the best chair-sitter there ever was. Her occupation was officially recognized by the State of New Jersey upon her death certificate in 1897.





Port Norris Oyster Farming outtakes - 1929

The University of South Carolina has a digitzed version of the outtakes from Fox Movietone News's footage of oyster farming in Port Norris, Cumberland County, NJ, taken in 1929.

You can view the video (with sound!) here:



The Moravian Church at Oldman's Creek (Gloucester County, NJ)

I am currently entering all of the information from this book


Minotty, Paul. The Records of the Moravian Church at Oldman's Creek (Gloucester County, New Jersey). Woodbury, 1968. [note: Chiefly records from 1742 through 1810]


into my database. You can purchase a copy at the Gloucester County Historical Society (where my copy was purchased) or see one at a library near you.

The people in this book lived mainly in Woolwich Township in Gloucester County and Upper and Lower Penn's Neck in Salem County.


Bridgeton Civil War Statue Has Been Restored!

The statue has been restored and was unveiled November 10, 2012.


For more information, check out the article: