aka St. Peter's Episcopal Church Cemetery
King's Highway, Mt. Royal, NJ
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.
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, Mt. Royal NJ
Taken by Janice Brown - April 2004
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!
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".
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. ]
has a partial listing of the stones in this cemetery (calling
it St. Peter's Cemetery).
a list of some veterans buried here, with
photographs of a recent Memorial Day flag placing.
wife of Ralph B. Cowdy
and daughter of
William D. Tonkin
died May 11, 1853
(list of those buried says GOWDY, but it looks
Born April 25, 1790; Died February 4, 1855
wife of William C. Tonkin Born Dec 25, 1803 Died March 22, 1878
Tonkin Co I 3d NJ Infantry, Died Jan 16, 1890 -- cannot read 2nd stone
George, James and Elizabeth Brown
W. Tonkin, Co K 9th Regt NJ Vol., March 1, 1831 - Feb 12, 1901.
Cade & David Gill tombstones
& Martha Wolfe; Caroline & William Batten
Allen Chatham, Joseph Chatham, other Chatham family members
Shuster & Family
Wolf & Family
Rambo and Rambo Family
Rambo family members
Family and others
worn smooth (no visible engraving)
Jones, Revolutionary War Pensioner
Jones & Family (son of Abraham Jones)
William and David Dawson
of Civil War veteran
H. Brown & Wife
Guest & Family
& Wolf families
out toward road from graveyard
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View of St. Peter's
Cemetery, Mt. Royal NJ
Photograph by Janice Brown - April 2004
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.
St. Peter's Cemetery,
Mt. Royal NJ
Photographs by Janice Brown - April 2004
have continued here at least up until 1950, according to the church records (i.e.
Samuel R. Stetser).
Tombstone of Samuel