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Old 07-06-2013, 07:15 AM   #1235
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So for the rest of the cemetery lets start here.

There is what looks like what use to be a road/path through the cemetery so
I walked to what seemed like the center and took pictures towards each corner.

This is the NorthWest corner where Colonel William B. Robertson is buried.
There are 135 Civil War Veterans buried in this cemetery and it appeared most of them were buried in this section.
It boarders Mount Ephraim Avenue.

The tree in the center of the picture in the background is where Colonel Robertson is located. (just over my wife's head!)



This is the NorthEast corner.
Seemed to be and older section with private burials.
This is a more narrow section as a Salvation Army building, which you can see on the left, has land next to the cemetery.
The cemetery is not square for some reason.
This is along Haddon Avenue.
I'll be honest, I have ridden down here several times on Haddon Avenue and never noticed this was a cemetery!



This is the SouthEast corner.
Probably the most historically significant section.
However, most of the oldest grave markers are not visible for one reason or another.
On the corner of Haddon Avenue and Mount Vernon Street was built the New Newton Quaker Meeting House in 1801.
Which is said to be the first church built in Camden.
Which I found odd because I know Camden, under the name of Coopers Ferry, had been here for some time back into the late 1600's.

I assumed the church was located near that clump of trees in the back right.



This is the SouthWest section.
Along Mount Ephraim Avenue and Mount Vernon Street.
Also seemed to be for more private burials, but more recent then the rest of the cemetery.



I must say here, that this cemetery has had a lot of vandalism over the years.
From some of the pictures taken in 2004 I saw on the link you could see A LOT more grave markers then I could see in 2013.

So sad the vandalism that has gone on here.
Hardly any grave markers are still upright.

So here are some grave markers I found in each section.


NorthWest

I noticed the name Robertson on this marker.
I am sure they must be related to Colonel Robertson as it was pretty close to his grave.
I could not find any information about his wife or family on the internet.



This is David J. Painter.

He was also in the 24th NJ.

If you notice after the 24th it says U.S.C.T., which stands for United States Colored Troops.
Because of people like him who served with distinction cemeteries like this who legally
barred the internment of blacks, caused people to rethink their former prejudices.



Going UP!



Many places were overgrown like this.
Probably protected them though.




NorthEast

MY MOTHER AND BROTHER








SouthEast

This is the oldest section and any grave marker I could see in the far corner pretty much looked like this.





Away from the trees there were some still standing.



I thought this one had a date in the 1700's but is hard to read in the picture.



Stokes is a familiar name in my area where Stokes Road runs through Medford, NJ.




SouthWest



Interesting gnarly old tree that someone probably planted as a sapling years ago inside a family plot.





Records show there are up to 11,000 people buried here in the Old Camden Cemetery.

Original records from the Quaker Meeting House show 139 people buried in the oldest section. The SouthEast section.

The city started using this cemetery in 1836 and named it Camden Cemetery.
It was used until the 1940's.
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