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The Rancocas Burying Grounds

Thanks to Nora Dunfee for this information.


Rancocas Cemetary

The Friends Burying Grounds on the Centerton Road was originally part of the Daniel Wills plantation. A part of the graveyard is probably also part of an old Indian burial site. There have been several references by writers who so stated and by some closely involved persons who have said that when new graves were opened bones would sometimes be found of previous interred bodies. The following list if from DeCou's book, The Historic Rancocas and from current records of the Rancocas Meeting.

   1687    Mary Kendall, wife of Thomas
   1688    William Evans
   1688    Judith Olive, 1st wife of Thomas
   1691    Joseph Wills, son of Dr. Daniel
   1691    Mary Wills, wife of Daniel
   1692    Samuel Wills, son of Daniel
   1692    Thomas Evans
   1692    Elinor Harding, wife of Thomas
   1697    Mary Stokes, wife of Thomas
   1701    Sarah Paine, wife of John
   1702    Ann Green, wife of Edward
   1703    John Wills, son of John
   1707    Elizabeth Harding, wife of Thomas
   1708    Hannah Eves, wife of Thomas
   1708    Thomas Harding
   1709    John Hudson, son of Robert
   1713    George Elkinton
   1713    Lydia Horner
   1714    Mary Wills, daughter of John
   1714    Mary Elkinton, wife of George
   1714    Rachel Humphries, wife of Joshua
   1718    John Woolman
   1718    Elizabeth Woolman, wife of John
   1720    Hope Wills, wife of John
   1721    Joshua Humphries
   1721    William Wickam
   1724    Hannah Wills, wife of John
   1724    Joseph Elkinton, son of George
   1727    Nicholas Buzby

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Later burials taken from a plan drawn by Charles Stokes in 1872 include: Samuel Wills, E & A Haines, Samuel Haines, Joseph Wills.

The following names are from a 1967 survey by A. Russell Pettit in which he included Maurice E. Lundy's records from 1926 to 1939 and J. Leeds Borwn's records thereafter. Also included are the more recent burials as recorded by Frank D. Smith.

1852-1903    Baldwin, Axcy A.

1832-1869    Barryan, Hannah
1847-1872    Barryan, H. L.

1804-1880    Bishop, Edith D.
1802-1889    Bishop, Joseph
1813-1896    Bishop, Marth
1811-1902    Bishop, Isaab F.

1895-1959    Bloomer, Robert G.
1895-1970    Bloomer, Edith S.

1805-1866    Borton, John
1850-1876    Borton, John W.
1830-1916    Borton, George B.
1838-1923    Borton, Susan W.
1863-1914    Borton, Frank L.
1867-1959    Borton, C. Walter
1865-1930    Borton, Sarah Carter
1872-1937    Borton, J. Harvey
1874-1962    Borton, ALice E.
1860-1872    Borton, J. Howard
1900-1981    Borton, Mary W.
????-????    Borton, John

????-1948    Bowker, Samuel James (B and D)
????-1987    Bowker, Ernest D.
????-1992    Bowker, Ruth Horner
????-1981    Bowker, Keith Horner

1877-1950    Browne, Clemma S. Haines
1880-1941    Browne, Samuel

1928-1933    Burkley, Elizabeth (Betty)
1891-1958    Burkley, Joseph
1888-1973    Burkley, Helen S.
1916-1994    Burkley, Joseph G.

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1918-1935    Buzby, Dorothy L.
1890-1958    Buzby, Elgar L.
1887-1966    Buzby, Nellie S.
1897-1964    Buzby, T. Harvey
1863-1939    Buzby, Elizabeth L.
1861-1925    Buzby, Thomas T.
1848-1918    Buzby, Phebe Woolman
1849-1922    Buzby, Evan
????-1919    Buzby, Annie S.
1819-1902    Buzby, Rebecca
1819-1906    Buzby, Amos
1865-1950    Buzby, Walter J.
1865-1926    Buzby, Emily W.
1895-1922    Buzby, George H.
1895-1954    Buzby, Margaret H.
????-????    Ella T.
????-????    Mary Ann
1887-1925    Buzby, Richard
1807-1866    Buzby, Mary
1808-1884    Buzby, John
1921-1970    Buzby, Thomas Jr.
1893-1976    Buzby, J. Howard
1897-1981    Buzby, Ellen E.
1805-1889    Buzby, Benjamin V.
1856-1891    Buzby, Lottie H.
1817-1897    Buzby, Elizabeth P.
1819-1915    Buzby, Mary Jane
1779-1868    Buzby, Amose
1788-1868    Buzby, Mary W.
????-1931    Buzby, Ida
1921-1970    Buzby, Thomas Harvey, Jr
1893-1976    Buzby, J. Howard
1897-1981    Buzby, Ellen E.

1923-1955    Copsley, Rosemary Hilyard

1874-1961    Cotterel, Ernest A. S.
1878-1972    Cotterel, Isabel Mary

1875-1961    Cotton, Rachel W.
1869-1949    Cotton, Randolph

1890-1914    Crammer, Ada H.
1881-1962    Crammer, Sarah H.
1878-1938    Crammer, Jesse E.

1899-1971    Halonen, Emil

1898-1939    Hamilton, Beatrice

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1899-1964    Hammond, Clearnce E. Jr.
1903-1960    Hammond, Myrtle S.

1811-1881    Hansell, James S.
1880-1881    Hansell, Florence
1810-1887    Hansell, Hanna
1840-1824    Hansell, Albert
1879-1881    Hansell, David G.
1858-1888    Hansell, Elizabeth H.
1887-1888    Hansell, Bertha
1849-1933    Hansell, Wilmot
1854-1917    Hansell, Virginia Tracy
1880-1923    Hansell, ALbert Jr.
1846-1878    Hansell, Mary R.
1885-1970    Hansell, Lydia C.
1882-1971    Hansell, Amos, Sr.

????-1882    Harbison, Anna E.

????-1981    Harrison, Laura

1826-1885    Hill, Mary
1820-1909    Hill, Franklin
1846-1878    Hill, Mary
????-1879    Hill, Adam
1827-1872    Hill, Ann B. ??

1802-1870    Hilyard, James
1803-1884    Hilyard, Joseph W.
1813-1909    Hilyard, Hannah Thompson
1818-1891    Hilyard, Emeline E.
1850-1903    Hilyard, Mary E.
1848-1913    Hilyard, J. Barclay
1845-1912    Hilyard, Jonathan H.
1850-1917    Hilyard, Anna
1857-1926    Hilyard, Cora
1853-1942    Hilyard, Susan L. M.
1847-1937    Hilyard, J. Franklin
????-????    Hilyard, James
1835-1860    Hilyard, Anna Maria
1807-1869    Hilyard, Jonathon
????-????    Hilyard, Scott, Jarrett, or Jacob

????-????    Haines, Ellen, age 18
1833-1890    Haines, Benjamin

????-1978    Houck, Lois M.

1829-1904    Hunt, Rachel G.

1894-1973    Jamison, Francis L.

1858-1933    Jones, Sarah H.

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1894-1971    Janney, Ernest F.
1896-1973    Janney, Frances Stokes
????-1996    Janney, William

????-????    Keen, Amanda
????-????    Keen, Edward
????-????    Keen, Sarah
????-????    Keen, Emily
????-????    Keen, Lizzie P.
????-1865    Keen, Ruth Anna
????-1871    Keen, Elmina
????-????    Keen, Peter

1819-1906    Kensett, Thomas
1825-1910    Kensett, Charlotte

1908-1957    Koschke, Rudolf
1886-1987    Koschke, Albert

1911-1972    Knoke, Eleanor C.
1905-1974    Knoke, Eberhard Fred'k

1854-1917    Leeds, Granville W.
1853-1926    Leeds, Nancy M.
1826-1901    Leeds, Jacob H.
1832-1901    Leeds, Margaret W.

1846-1926    Linton, Ester A. Heston

1868-1921    Stokes, William J.
1870-1954    Stokes, Margaret Perkins
1896-1922    Stokes, Hillyard R.
1827-1913    Stokes, Phebe P.
1777-1854    Stokes, John
1780-1853    Stokes, Elizabeth W.
1788-1875    Stokes, Mary
1871-1966    Stokes, Evalina Bartlett

On bronze plaque:
   1640-1720    Stokes, Thomas
   ????-????    Stokes, Mary Barnard
   1675-1749    Stokes, John
   ????-????    Stokes, Elizabeth Green
   ????-1713    Stokes, John 2nd
   1718-1790    Stokes, Hannah Stockdale
   1751-1830    Stokes, David
   1759-1826    Stokes, Ann Lancaster
   ????-????    Stokes, S.
   ????-????    Stokes, I.

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1898-1868    Smith, Frank D.
1894-1974    Smith, Helen B.
1951-1970    Smith, Barbara Joyce

????-????    T M.B.T. initials only - no dates

????-????    Tait, Colin

1846-1911    Taylor, Aunt Al
1845-1929    Taylor, Hudson B.

1860-1878    Thompson, Rosanna
1850-1913    Thompson, Rebecca
1847-1924    Thompson, Alexander

1846-1861    Troth, Joseph E.
1852-1867    Troth, Mary Emma

1825-1902    Vansciver, George W.
1827-1915    Vansciver, Elizabeth A.

????-????    Walker, Reginald George, age 52
????-1934    Walker, Clara Louise Lumley
????-????    Walker, Mary Hilyard
1920-1929    Walker, Robert Geoffrey
1869-1933    Walker, Mary Hilyard
1896-1963    Walker, Marjory F.
1906-1964    Walker, Gwynneth D.
1878-1969    Walker, Cora E.
1897-1977    Walker, Geoffrey R.
????-1975    Walker, Henry

1866-1947    Whitney, Laura K.

1993-1972    Wickersham, Martha

1902-1962    Wiggins, Norman S.
1903-1974    Wiggins, Emily

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1855-1915    Williams, Henry W.
1858-1928    Williams, Louisa C.
1882-1942    Williams, Charles R.
1882-1953    Williams, Helen S.
????-1898    Williams, Robert E.
????-????    Williams, Hannah B. age 63
????-????    Williams, George
1890-1898    Williams, Joseph T.
1821-1899    Williams, Sarah W.
????-????    Williams, Samuel age 82
1857-1915    Williams, Hannah C.
1852-1943    Williams, Rachel A.
1878-1880    Williams, George Henry
1914-1992    Williams, Charles R.

1886-1951    Wills, Joseph
1866-1954    Wills, Robert C.
1875-1958    Wills, Caroline S.
1801-1885    Wills, Rebecca B.
1840-1884    Wills, Charles H.
1835-1922    Wills, Sallie S.
1852-1905    Wills, Sallie A.
1857-1932    Wills, Alfred S.
1838-1913    Wills, John
1848-1915    Wills, Rosalie H.
1844-1938    Wills, Howard H.
1869-1954    Wills, Jerome
1879-1967    Wills, Lilla (w Jerome)
1874-1960    Wills, Cornelia S.
1871-1963    Wills, Howard Jr.
1857-1887    Wills, Anna T.
1871-1892    Wills, H.
????-????    Wills, Chalkley C.
1785-1833    Wills, Samuel

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The following is up to 8/17/2007

1925 - 1/12/2000    Percy Malcom Bowker
1921-12/3/2001    Ernest William Bowker

1919-2000    Dorothy Compton

1927-2005    Leland C. Cheyne

1931-2005    Marvin H. Dunfee

10/19/1915 - 6/28/2006    Raymond Charles Gravatt

1901-1997    Dr. Mildred Fox Jamison

1923-1998    Ruth Bartlett Janney-Lacey

1909-2006    Mary Keating
1912-1988    Les Keating

1915-2003    James R. Mathis

1906-2003    Myrtle B. Pettit

1923-1997    Betty L. Rowan
1947-1968    James E. Rowan
1950-1978    David S. Rowan

1915-2001    Mary T. Severns
1912-2006    Aubrey Severns

1917-2000    Virginia Smith

1910 - 12/26/1990    Joseph C. Tyler
3/9/1915 - 10/10/2006    Miriam E. Tyler

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