Cumberland County ...NJ


 Cemetery's of Cumberland County

Thanks to Carol for the Poem and the Family Story

Dear Ancestor
Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells in you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.
~Author Unknown
 

New to me & a terrific resource Interment.net

Cemeteries of Cumberland County,
 New Jersey


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Cumberland County
New Jersey

Millville Cemetery's 
were moved and graves reinterned.

The story from Jack Kelley, Millville Historical Society

Thanks, Jack for clearing up this question and for giving me permission to post the information.


more New Jersey Cemeteries listings

Table from the US Geological Survey Site   Cannot find site, but you may find the chart helpful
Feature Name St County Name Type Latitude Longitude USGS 7.5' Map
Carmel Cemetery NJ Cumberland cemetery 392533N 0750650W Millville
Cedar Hill Cemetery NJ Cumberland cemetery 392029N 0751153W Cedarville
Cedar Hill Cemetery NJ Cumberland cemetery 392528N 0751553W Shiloh
Fernwood Cemetery NJ Cumberland cemetery 392705N 0751704W Shiloh
Greenwood Cemetery NJ Cumberland cemetery 392403N 0750128W Millville
Holy Cross Cemetery NJ Cumberland cemetery 392455N 0750228W Millville
Laurel Lawn Cemetery NJ Cumberland cemetery 392735N 0751342W Bridgeton
Mount Pleasant Cemetery NJ Cumberland cemetery 392342N 0750318W Millville
Oak Hill Cemetery NJ Cumberland cemetery 392903N 0750240W Millville
Old Presbyterian Cemetery NJ Cumberland cemetery 392233N 0751411W Bridgeton
Old Stone Church Cemetery NJ Cumberland cemetery 392135N 0751328W Cedarville
Overlook Cemetery NJ Cumberland cemetery 392526N 0751513W Shiloh
Sacred Heart Cemetery NJ Cumberland cemetery 392811N 0750031W Millville
Siloam Cemetery NJ Cumberland cemetery 392944N 0750031W Vineland
Sockwell/Sheppard Family

The first Sockwells were in this country as early as the 1660s.  They
settled in the northern neck of Virginia and lived in Lancaster County.
Later generations migrated to Maryland.

 From the book FOOTPRINTS IN TIME by Janis Barry (1977) we learn that a
large area of Downe Township bounded by the Maurice River and the
Delaware Bay was part of a survey of 10,000 acres set off to Dr. James
Wasse of London in 1691.  After 1738 this tract was sold off in parcels
to the settlers.  Some of the first settlers came from similar tidewater
country in Maryland.  Whether or not this opportunity for land brought
Lancelot from his home in Maryland is only speculation, but it does
provide a logical explanation for his relocation.

In March of 1741/42 Lancelot Socwell/Sockwell  married Eve, daughter of
Dickinson/Dickason and Eve Sheppard.  Lancelot lived on the Newport
Landing Road property which adjoined that of his  father-in-law.
Lancelot and Eve's children were Charles, Eve, Rachel, Jonadab, Jonathan
Sr., b. 1742, Leah, Experience, Patience, Elizabeth, Phebe and Lancelot,
IV b. 1758.  Their son, Jonadab served in the Revolution.

On the right hand side of the road on the way to Newport Landing can be
seen an open field leading to the marsh.  At the back of this field was
the Dickinson Sheppard family cemetery.  This is believed to be the
final resting place of Lancelot, Eve and the rest of Dickinson's family.

Nothing is left to mark the graves of those who played such important
roles in the settlement of the Newport area.  The farmer who owed the
property in the middle of the 20th century saw no reason to allow the
old stones to remain.  He pushed them into the marsh.  Now, beneath
years of silt lie the last memorials to the early Sheppard family their
neighbors.

When those families placed their loved ones in this small cemetery, they
thought the stone markers would forever remind us of their existence.
The existence of people who cleared the land, established the churches
and formed town governments.  The stones are gone now, and we can no
longer know the exact location where each of these pioneers rest.
Their contributions are left to serve as testament to their lives.  In
this respect, the wishes of those families have been honored, and we do
still remember.

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