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History of
aka St. Peter's Episcopal Church Cemetery
King's Highway, Mt. Royal, NJ

Historic Cemetery of St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Photograph of St. Peter's Cemetery sign
Mt. Royal, NJ - taken by J. Brown in April 2004

This cemetery, located near the crossroads in Mount Royal, New Jersey is called by several names, including "Colonial Cemetery," and also as St. Peter's Cemetery.

The deed for the church property in Mt. Royal was given by Uriah Paul, November 29, 1770 and was sold to Edward Evans of Philadelphia; Robert Friend Price, Esq., Isaac Inskeep of Deptford Township; Thomas Clark, Timothy Clark, Jonathan Chew, Jesse Chew, Joshua Paul, Thomas Thompson of Greenwich Township; George Van Leer, Esq., Jacob Jones and Samuel Tonkins of Woolwich Tonwship, managers and trustees, for six pounds, for one half acre of land for a church and burying ground on Salem-Glouceeester Road [now King's Highway] in Greenwich Township [now East Greenwich Township], and is recorded in the County Clerk's office. The foundation for the original St. Peter's Church Berkeley were laid out as early at 1765 and "stood on the old burial ground at Berkley."

In addition to the above list, Dr. Botto Otto Jr. was one of the church's earliest members.

Path to St. Peter's Cemetery
Path to St. Peter's Cemetery, Mt. Royal NJ
Taken by Janice Brown - April 2004

Some of the earliest burials here are recorded starting in 1810, including that of Laurence Shuster (no date); 1811: Joseph Chatham's child, Mr. Hilsey's child; 1812: Sarah Cooper, Micahel Stout, Hugh Haines, Joseph Meyers, Mary Fenimore, Child of Ines Fowler. SEE A LIST of BURIALS and Gravestone inscriptions for this cemetery! (TEXT FILE)

One known revolutionary war soldier is buried here, Abram/Abraham Jones who is listed in the old St. Peter's burial records, "1842, April 20 Abram Jones, Revolutionary Soldier, age near 81 yrs".

[A copy of the book "The History and Records of St. Peter's Episocopal Church at Berkley and Clarksboro," which includes all known burials and tombstone inscriptions, along with baptisms, confirmations and other church events is available from the Gloucester County Historical Society for a small fee. ]

Find-A-Grave has a partial listing of the stones in this cemetery (calling it St. Peter's Cemetery).

See a list of some veterans buried here, with photographs of a recent Memorial Day flag placing.

Tombstone Susan Tonkin Cowdy
Susan W.
wife of Ralph B. Cowdy
and daughter of
William D. Tonkin
born Jany 8, 1834
died May 11, 1853
(list of those buried says GOWDY, but it looks like COWDY)
Tombstone William C. Tonkin
William C. Tonkin
Born April 25, 1790; Died February 4, 1855
Elizabeth A.
wife of William C. Tonkin Born Dec 25, 1803 Died March 22, 1878

John Tonkin Co I 3d NJ Infantry, Died Jan 16, 1890 -- cannot read 2nd stone

Brown Family

Chubbuck obelisk

Joseph Wolfe tombstone

William, George, James and Elizabeth Brown

George W. Tonkin, Co K 9th Regt NJ Vol., March 1, 1831 - Feb 12, 1901.

Anson Cade & David Gill tombstones

Charles & Martha Wolfe; Caroline & William Batten

Knisell Family tombstones

Elizabeth Chatham

Amy Allen Chatham, Joseph Chatham, other Chatham family members

Isaac Shuster & Family

Egee Familiy

Joseph Wolf & Family

Mary Rambo and Rambo Family

More Rambo family members

Rambo Family and others

Stones worn smooth (no visible engraving)

Lock-Jones Obelisk

Lock family

Abraham Jones, Revolutionary War Pensioner

Meridith Jones & Family (son of Abraham Jones)

Elizabeth, William and David Dawson

Hendrickson stones

Stone of Civil War veteran

John H. Brown & Wife

John Guest & Family

Brown & Wolf families

Looking out toward road from graveyard

View of St. Peter's cemetery, Mt. Royal NJ
View of St. Peter's Cemetery, Mt. Royal NJ
Photograph by Janice Brown - April 2004

In 1846 it was decided to take down the old church at Berkley and to build a new one in Clarksboro. The stones from the original church were used for the cemetery walls that still surround the old church yard in Mount Royal on King's Highway.

Many broken stones found in St. Peter's Cemetery   Vegetation overcoming the stones, St. Peter's Cemetery, Mt. Royal NJ
St. Peter's Cemetery, Mt. Royal NJ
Photographs by Janice Brown - April 2004

Burials have continued here at least up until 1950, according to the church records (i.e. Samuel R. Stetser).

Tombstone of Samuel R. Stetser, the last person buried here, in 1950
Tombstone of Samuel Stetser


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