The Chronology of Millville Cemeteries and Reinterments.
In 1801, Joseph Buck, Millville's founder, deeded to Millville Twp. the South half of a city block to be used as a nondenominational burial ground. This block was bounded by 2nd Street on the West, 3rd Street on the East, Sassafras Street on the South, and Pine Street on the North. A small building occupied the Southwest corner and was used as a school house, for town meetings, and by all religious groups. Burial lots were to the North and to the East of this building. Joseph Buck died in 1803, so was one of the first buried at this location. In later years other locations were established for burial.
The First Methodist Church was originally on the site of the present Trinity Church. They used the area South of the Church for burial. The Presbyterian Church had no actual burial location prior to the building of their Church in 1838. After the Church was finished they used the area to the East of the Church for burial. This was the North half of the block mentioned previously as a Twp. burial ground. Prior to 1838 burials of some Presbyterians were on land owned by Nathaniel Foster, he being an original Elder of the Church. This area was along the Northwest side of Hance's Bridge Road, which, at that time, went diagonally through town to the bridge at Smith Street. It was bounded by what is today 5th and 6th Streets, and Pine and Mulberry Streets. The Baptist Church, built in 1843, was in the block immediately to the South of the town burial lot. Their burial location was to the East of the Church. St. Mary's.
Millville's Roman Catholic Church, took care of their own reinterment to what is today named Holy Cross Cemetery. Mt. Pleasant Cemetery was established in 1866. From that time on no one was buried at the original town lot. In 1867 the City of Millville reintered those from formerly Foster's lot to Mt. Pleasant in order to expand the limits of the City. About 1880 the City of Millville reintered to Mt. Pleasant, some from the original town lot. On this area was built a combination Fire House, City Hall and Mayor's Office. About 1887 the Baptist's reintered several gravesites to Mt. Pleasant.
In 1893, after purchase of property from the City of Millville, the Board of Education reintered to Mt. Pleasant, many more graves from the original town lot. This area was used for the construction of Millville's first High School, which was immediately North of the Fire House. In 1898, when the Trinity Church decided to expand, all located graves were reintered to Mt. Pleasant. Many relatives of those to be reintered purchased their own lot at Mt. Pleasant for this purpose. Those with no located relatives, and who had headstones, were buried at the West end of Mt. Pleasant with their stones abutting each other. This group is the only one firmly identified as to their original burial location.
Jack Kelley, Millville Historical Society
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