Old Burying Ground Orange, NJ c. 1723 - 2008

First Presbyterian Church Site as of 1928

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Mapping 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 the Church.

The Codes are:
SE - South East Corner *
ME1 - Mid-East Section 1 *
ME2 - Mid-East Section 2 *
NE1 - North East Section 1 *
NE2 - North East Corner

NW - North West Corner
MW - Mid-West Section
SW- South West Section

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 mapped.

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.

Click HERE to begin exploring the Interactive Map at the South East Corner

Headstone Lists (these are constantly being updated): Excel File (xls)

Newly added (5/3/08) Tombstone Records from "The First Church in Orange" Published in 1928, Pdf File

In the Interactive Map section you can click on the various items within the Key for more detail.

South East Corner Interactive Map

Mid-East Section 01 Interactive Map

Mid-East Section 02 Interactive Map

North East Section 1 Interactive Map

Back to the Interactive Timeline History of East Orange

Construction of this Interactive Map is on-going

2008, James Gerrish and Frederick Goode, Temporary Custodians, www.eohistory.info