Delaware’s Cemeteries, Part 4

The Cemeteries of Delaware Township, Part 4

There are many small cemeteries in Delaware Township on private property. They are cared for, at least periodically, and still hold clues to our township’s past.

There are ten known private cemeteries in Delaware Twp.

Cherry Family
Kitchen Family
Moore Family
Opdycke Family
Pine Hill Cemetery
Rake Family
Reading/Johnson
Rittenhouse Family
Sutton Family
Thatcher Family

I’ll write about each one, alphabetically, starting with:

THE CHERRY-VANCAMPEN CEMETERY

This cemetery on the Arleigh Emmons farm along Federal Twist Road, between Rosemont-Raven Rock Road and Highway 29, was used by residents of Kingwood Twp. in the 19th century.

Two daughters belonging to Thomas and Catharine Cherry of Kingwood are buried here. Catharine Cherry died November 20, 1815 and Hannah Cherry died October 17, 1858, both unmarried. Their birthdates were not given, but Catharine was probably an infant, and Hannah was probably a young adult. Thomas Cherry had a farm just over the township line in Kingwood, along Federal Twist Road in 1845. He was a supporter of John Quincy Adams and attended an “Administration Meeting” in 1828 at the house of David Everitt who lived on Strimples Mill Road. In 1829 Cherry was elected to the Kingwood Twp. Committee.

Thomas was the son of James Cherry, who is also here. James Cherry died January 15, 1814, age 75. He did not record a will, so I have no more information about him. He probably had a second son, James, who also lived in Kingwood Township. In 1795, this James appeared in the will of his father-in-law Jacob Kyple, who lived in Delaware Township at the corner of Strimples Mill Road and Federal Twist Road. Cherry was married to Mary Kyple who died on February 4, 1834, age 63, and was buried in the Cherry Family burial ground. Her husband, James Jr., died without a will in 1844, but his gravestone has not been found in this cemetery. His estate was administered by his brother Thomas Cherry.

I suspect that the Kyple family is the secret to why so many people from Kingwood are buried here. Jacob and Catharine Kyple bought property in Delaware Township in the vicinity of Strimples Mill Road and Federal Twist Road in 1774. Jacob died in 1794 and Catharine in 1801. It seems likely that they were buried here, but their stones have not survived.

Also buried here are Jacob Hall (1756-1830) and his wife Elizabeth Davis (1760-1845). They too were residents of Kingwood Township. Elizabeth Strimple is here, the wife of John Strimple, Cordwainer (Shoemaker), of Kingwood, who died in 1814. Elizabeth died in Kingwood on October 28, 1856, age 83. I have not been able to link her to the Calvin G. Strimple after whom Strimples Mill Road was named.

The name of this cemetery also refers to the van Campen family, even though no stones for that family have been found here. That is because the van Camps or van Campens acquired land here in the 18th century. About 1750, Guisbert van Camp bought 274 acres from Marmaduke Leet. At the time, Guisbert was living in Readington. We can get an idea of what life was like at that time by a legal document dated 1757: “Guisbert van Kampe of Redingtown” gave bond as administrator of Jacob van Kamp (van Campen) of Sussex County, who had been killed by Indians.

By 1775 Guisbert van Camp had moved to Amwell where he was a bordering owner of a new road, today’s Federal Twist Road. He and wife Titje or Tetye had at least eight children. Guisbert died without a will in 1782, and a gravestone for him has not been found, nor for any of his family. One connection might be through Guisbert’s son Isaac van Camp and his wife Margaret Kyple, daughter of Jacob and Catharine. Their son was named Kople van Camp, and he married an Ann Emmons. Perhaps Ann Emmons was connected with the family of Arleigh Emmons. However, Kople and Ann moved away from Hunterdon County.

There are some 18th century mysteries here, like so many of our cemeteries. R. P. died in 1781. T. R. died on October 11, 1766, and M. W. probably died in the 18th century, though his or her stone has no date.

R. P. might be a member of the Pettit family. John Strimple’s wife Elizabeth was a Pettit. T. R. and M. W. are unknown. Even more mysterious are these stones:

D E 1801 K D” and “D BI b.1787  F S D C W 32 Y A“.

The first could be ‘K. D. died 1801.’ But I cannot identify such a person. The second might be ‘D. B. I. born 1787, 32 years of age.’ But the meaning of “F  S  D  C  W” escapes me. If anyone out there can crack this code, please let me know.

The Cherry Family Burying Ground has been subdivided from the Arleigh Emmons property. I hope that the owners will recognize the bit of township history that lies there.

There are nine more private cemeteries to describe, in forthcoming articles.