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the Old Burying Ground
by Jim Gerrish
The mapping project of the Old Burying Ground began
on 03/18/08. Mr. Robert Reed, historian from the First Presbyterian Church in Orange, NJ,
met with me and gave me a tour of the grounds, plus
access to the church archive records of grave stone
inscriptions, old historical photos, and so on.
I divided the Burying Ground into sections, as you
see in this modified satellite photo. The Church is in
the center of the plot. Mr. Reed explained that the
church was built over the remains of settlers, but that
their tombstones were moved to the outside areas. Thus,
the stones may or may not mark the actual positions of
the deceased's remains.
I decided to begin mapping and cataloging from the
South East Corner, nearest the parking lot, and map
another section each time I return to the site over the
next few months.
I began at the South East Corner
(SE) and am currently working counter-clockwise around
Click on any of the section names
above, or on the sections shown on the photo at the left
to be taken to the Interactive map of that section.
Asterisks show which sections are currently on-line.
Other sections will come on-line as they are being
How to Navigate
using the Interactive Maps
Modern headstones are made of marble (M), and are
shown in white. Earlier stones were made of limestone
(L), and these are shown in gray. The earliest stones are
made of sandstone (S), shown in brown. In the Key, they
are listed as S, L, or M.
Beginning at the entrance from the parking lot, the
stones were numbered from 1 to 26 in the South East
Corner section. Each section will have its own separate
numbers, beginning again at 1.
The trees are marked with green circles for now. As
spring begins to make them identifiable, I will add the
variety of tree to the map, as I did for the White Pine
in the lower right of the South East Corner section.
You can look up basic information about the headstone
from the numbered chart that accompanies each map, like
the one shown above.
When you click on a number in the Key, or click on a
numbered in the map, you will be taken to a page
containing additional detailed information, a photo of
the actual headstone, and other references to the
deceased that we may have located in the archives.
The small blue boxes with the letter "S"
represent corner posts that formerly held a chain or pipe
to contain the members of the Smith family.