Burlington County New Jersey
Obituaries and Death Notices

Edgar Allen
Source: Trenton Evening Times (Monday, 4 Jan. 1909) transcribed by FoFG mz

MOUNT HOLLY, Jan. 4. - Edgar Allen, a prominent farmer living on the Ayertown Road, near Vincentown, died in the Mount Holly Hospital last evening at 8 o'clock, from injuries received some days ago, when he was struck by a train at Lumberton.

Mr. Allen was well known politically in Southampton Township.

Near Pemberton, N.J., Sept. 14, ae. 85. He was a member of the Society of Friends, was for many years a publisher in New York city. In establishing the Apprentices' Library, he rendered an invaluable service to the community.
Source Citation:
Annual OBITUARY NOTICES OF EMINENT PERSONS who have died in the United States FOR 1858; BY HON. NATHAN CROSBY; BOSTON: JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY. 1859. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

, aged about 65 years, was killed by the cars in Mount Holly on Saturday week. [January 18, 1882]

Mount Holly, N.J., Oct. 2, cashier of the Mount Holly Bank, having served as cashier for the past 40 years.
Source Citation:
Annual OBITUARY NOTICES OF EMINENT PERSONS who have died in the United States FOR 1858; BY HON. NATHAN CROSBY; BOSTON: JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY. 1859. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

Elizabeth (Walder) Burmeister

Newspaper: Burlington County Times
Date: Feb. 2, 2011
Submitters Name: Ken Wright

Obit: Elizabeth Burmeister of Florence died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, in Cinnaminson Center. She was 86. Mrs. Burmeister was born in Hedding and was the daughter of the late Charles and Madelina Geisler Walder. She resided in Florence since 1940 and was formerly of Hedding. Mrs.
Burmeister was a retired Electrical Technician employed by Cobra Co. and Infatron Co. Elizabeth enjoyed drawing and painting. She was a founding member of the Florence Wesleyan Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry A. Burmeister Jr. and son, David Burmeister. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Henry 'Gus' and Lois Burmeister of Florence, sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Harry Dubell of Florence, seven grandchildren and their families, Henry 'Gus' IV, Amy, Noah and Ally Burmeister, Rachel, Heath, Gavin and Rogan Wolf, Aaron, Amber, Abby and Asher Burmeister, Jason, Victoria and Aubree Burmeister, Eric, Veronica, Hudson and Sadie Burmeister, April Burmeister, Adam, Sarah and Micah Burmeister and a daughter-in-law, Amanda Burmeister of Mansfield Township, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Koschek and Porter Funeral Directors,
1115 Hornberger Ave., Roebling with Pastor Ken Miller officiating.
Friends may call Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Interment will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Florence.

Peter T. Burtis
Arizona republican. (Phoenix, Ariz.), December 17, 1901, Page 4
Funeral of P. T. Burtis
Funeral services for the late Peter T. Burtis, held at the family home on North Second avenue were attended by a large number of mourning friends and were simple yet impressive. The pastor of the Baptist church, Rev. Lewis Halsey, was assisted in the service by Chaplain Winfield Scott, D. D.
Mr. Burtis was born in what is now known as Chesterfield (Recklesston), Burlington County, New Jersey, seventy-five years ago. After being for a time clerk in a store, he removed to St. Louis, where he entered the whole-sale house of his cousins, Joseph K. and James K. Burtis. Here he married Sarah E. Hume, for forty-six years his faithful and cherished help-mate.
After remaining in St. Louis he removed to Chicago where for nearly twenty-eight years he was the superintendent, civil engineer and chief executive officer of the Chicago Gas Light and Coke company. He was a careful and successful business man, doing thoroughly and well everything committed to his care.
Mr. Burtis was a good citizen, a true friend, a faithful Christian. He especially loved and was loyal to his church for which he prayed and labored during his life. He dearly loved children and was kind, helpful, ready to aid all who were worthy and in need. He was a student of affairs, having his own opinions and always able to maintain them. He was an honored member of the two great philanthropic fraternal organizations, the Free Masons and the Odd Fellows, with which he affiliated in early manhood.
He united with the Second Baptist church in St. Louis and was baptized by the well-known Dr. Jeter. He was afterward a member of the First Baptist church of Chicago and later a member and clerk of the Fourth, now Ashland Avenue, church. About ten years ago he united with the Phoenix Baptist church, of which he has been one of the most loyal and faithful members, serving most acceptably as trustee and later as deacon.
Besides his wife, Mr. Burtis leaves five children, Messrs. D. H. and G. D. Burtis of this city, Mrs. E. P. Budd of Mount Holly, N.J.; Mrs. J. H. Eils of Keokuk, Ia., and Mrs. J. C. Putnam of Chicago.

Rev. Chauncey Colton
Colton, Rev. Chauncey, of this city, and Ann Coxe, dau. the late Wm. Coxe of Burlington, were m. in Burlington, N. J., 15 Oct. 1832, by the Rev. Charles H. Wharton. (29 Oct. 1832) [Source: Vital Records From The National Intelligencer, by George A. Martin; transcribed by V. Bryan]

Daniel COPPUCK died at Mt. Holly, NJ., Sept. 17 (Sept. 22, 1831, National Intelligencer - sub. by K. Torp)

William COXE died Feb. 26 near Burlington, N. J., in the 10th year of his age. (March 8, 1831, National Intelligencer - sub. by K. Torp)

A. S. Doughty
Source: Trenton Evening Times (Saturday, 8 Apr. 1905) transcribed by FoFG mz
Mount Holly, April 8. - A. S. Doughty, 72 years, died here yesterday. Mr. Doughty's home was at Keyport, but when he became ill he came here, where his son resides. The funeral will take place Monday at Berlin. Services will be held there in the Presbyterian Church.

Elizabeth A. (Fox) Engle
Daily capital journal. (Salem, Or.), April 21, 1917, Magazine, Image 11
Elizabeth A. Fox was born Jan. 20, 1827 at Pemberton, New Jersey. At the age of 16 she was converted and united with the Baptist church. Nov. 24, 1853, she was married to Emlem S. Engle. They two were active in the work of the church of this place until 1887 at which time they moved to North Dakota. The husband was deceased Oct. 17, 1900. In 1904 Elizabeth Engle moved to Salem, Oregon, in company with her daughter, Mrs. Owen Cotterman and family, with whom she made her home after the death of her husband. The other daughter, Mrs. W. C. Polka and family having moved to Oregon few months before. Our friend and sister departed this life April 17, 1917, being more than 90 years old. There are two daughters, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, besides many friends and neighbors who knew her quiet and cheerful life mourn this loss.

Lucy A. (Willett) Fenner
The News-Herald. (Hillsboro, Highland Co., Ohio), June 04, 1908, Page 4, Image 4
Lucy A., daughter of Hosa and Liza Willett, was born in Burlington County, New Jersey, Dec. 3, 1834, and came to Hillsboro when a child. She departed this life May 28, 1908. She was united in marriage Oct. 11, 1835(?), to Jasper N. Fenner. To them were born nine children, eight sons and one daughter. Three sons and the daughter have preceded her to that heavenly home, leaving husband and five sons to mourn her loss. She united with the M. E. Church at Pike chapel when a young girl and was faithful until her affliction prevented her from attending. She often spoke of that heavenly home and loved ones there. She made the remark a few days before she died to her son Ed, "Be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not the son of man cometh" I long to go home to see Clara and the rest of them, they are only waiting at the river for me.

John T. Griffitts
The record-union. (Sacramento, Calif.), June 11, 1898, Page 2, Image 2
Death of John T. Griffitts
Pioneer Merchant of Sacramento Passes Away
The many friends of John T. Griffitts will regret to learn of his death about midnight last night at the Railroad Hospital, although it has been expected for some time.
Mr. Griffitts was one of the pioneer merchants of this city and was well-known and well-liked throughout the country. He was born in Burlington County New Jersey in 1835, and came to California in 1856, to take a place in the store of Charles Crocker. In 1863 he bought out Mr. Crocker's interest and firm became Deuel, Griffitss & Co. He afterward bought out his partners and conducted the business alone, and subsequently became a member of the firm of C. H. Stevens & Co. He has held many positions of trust, having been President of the City Board of Education two years, a Fire Commissioners for six years and County Assessor for four years. For some time past he has held a position in the railroad freight sheds.
Mr. Griffitts was Secretary of Sacramento Lodge No. 40, F. and A. M., Sacramento Chapter, No. 3, R. A. M., and Sacramento Commandery, No. 2, Knights Templar. He leaves, besides his wife, two sons and a daughter. He was a man of kindly impulses, genial and even tempered and always ready to do a good turn for anyone whom he could. His honesty and integrity were unquestionable, and he enjoyed the esteem of all who knew him.

Mrs. Rachel Helme
On Saturday the 11th instant died at Burlington, in the 29th year if her age, Mrs. Rachel Helme, wife of Benjamin Helme, Esquire. - Her agreeable manners rendered her very amiable to those who had the pleasure of her acquaintance: and her patience and fortitude, during a long and painful illness, fully evinced her entire resignation to the Will of heaven. Her remains were decently interred on Monday following in Friends burying-ground in Burlington, attended by most of the inhabitants.
[New Jersey Gazette (Burlington, NJ) Volume I Issue 20 Page 3, April 15, 1778 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

John N. Hurto
Evening times-Republican. (Marshalltown, Iowa), December 27, 1918, Image 8
John N. Hurto Dead
Old Resident of Jefferson Township Succumbs to Uremia
After suffering for ten days with uremia, which followed an illness due to an enlarged prostate, with which he was stricken ten weeks ago, John N. Hurto, 309 West Main Street, an old resident of Jefferson Township, and for five years of this city, died at his home at 12:50 this morning.
Mr. Hurto's death removed the last but one of his father's family. Descended from old French Huguenot stock, Mr. Hurto's ancestors took refuge in this country in an early day. Mr. Hurto was born in Burlington County, New Jersey, Jan. 17, 1846, a son of John and Charlotte Hurto. In 1860 the elder Hurto came west and settled at Davenport. In 1880 John N. Hurto engaged in farming north of Grinnell, and in the following spring came to this county, settling on a farm one mile west of Laurel. There the family lived until 1911, when Mr. Hurto moved to Pharr, Tex. He came north again in May, 1913, coming to this city, where he invested quite extensively in city property.
Mr. Hurto is survived by his widow and six children. Before her marriage at Colona, Ill., April 18, 1883, Mrs. Hurto was Miss Bessie Davis. The children are Leanna, who is in government service in Washington, D. C.; Ivan F., of Cedar Rapids; Lenore, Earl N., and Rhea F., who are at home; and Kyle E., who is serving with the 133d infantry in France. Earl Hurto was in the army until a week ago when he was discharged at Jefferson Barracks, Mo. Miss Hurto expects to reach the city this evening.
Mr. Hurto's only surviving brother is Samuel W. Hurto, of Davenport. A brother Frank died in Chicago, five years ago; a sister, Mrs. W. H. Robinson, died twelve years ago in Davenport; and a brother, James B. Hurto, died in October, 1892 near Rhodes. A step-brother of Mr. Hurto, John Remine, is a member of the soldiers' home.
Funeral services will be held from the Hurto home Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment will take place in Riverside.

MOUNT HOLLY-Frank Jones fell dead in the driveway of the Arcade hotel from appoplexy. His son Frank of Camden was sent for. He was the father of Mrs. Samuel D. Sleeper of Paxon street, with whom he lived. He was a blacksmith and a veteran of the Civil war. The remains will be buried at Vincentown. [Los Angeles Herald; October 06, 1907 - Transcribed by Kate Watson]

Mrs. Morris H. Keller
Source: Trenton Evening Times (Monday, 21 Aug. 1911) transcribed by FoFG mz

MOUNT HOLLY, Aug. 21. - Mrs. Morris H. Keller of Mount Holly died on Saturday at the summer home of her son-in-law, the Rev. Percy Perinchiff of Camden. She was president of the board of managers of the Burlington County Children's Home and of the Mary Dobbins Memorial Home.

James Lawrence


On board the United States frigate Chesapeake, on the 5th ult. Capt. JAMES LAWRENCE, fighting in defence (sic) of "Free Trade and Sailor's Rights," Et. 30.-No officer in our Navy of Capt. Lawrence's age, has seen more or harder fighting; and a more gallant and patriotic spirit never ascended the skies.

"Let us, who born in recent days,
Behold the monuments of praise;
The forms , that valor's glory save,
And see how Athens crown'd the brave;
For Honor heave the patriot sigh;
And for our country learn to die."

Columbian Gazette, (Utica, NY). July 13, 1813. Transcribed by a FOFG.

Dr. Rachel Lloyd
The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.), March 17, 1900,
Died in Beverly, New Jersey, on March 7th, 1900 Dr. Rachel Lloyd. For seven years she was professor of analytical chemistry in the State University from 1887 to 1894. She resigned on account of broken health and her death was the culmination of the illness which began then. Chancellor Bessey's memoriam spoken in the chapel on Wednesday was a beautiful tribute to a noble woman.

William P. Melcher
Source: Trenton Evening Times (Tuesday, 1 Dec. 1914) transcribed by FoFG mz

MOUNT HOLLY, Dec. 1. - Dr. William P. Melcher, one of the town's leading physicians, died at his home after a few weeks' illness. Dr. Melcher was born at Bath, Me., in 1849, graduated from Bowdoin College in 1871, taught school, studied medicine and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1876. He practiced in Camden and Pemberton and came to Mount Holly in 1882. A widow and three unmarried children survive him.

Stacy Mills
Source: Trenton State Gazette (Friday, 28 May 1858) transcribed by FoFG mz

Mr. Stacy Mills, the oldest citizen of Mount Holly, died on Saturday last, at the great age of ninety-four years and eight months. He remembered perfectly when the British and American troops were encamped in the neighborhood, and also seeing the British army march through Mount Holly, before the battle of Mount Holly.

Died on Friday afternoon, the 18th inst., at the residence of his Father, in Burlington, NJ, Bloomfield McIlvaine Esq., of Philadelphia, in the 30th year of his age. [Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pa August 30, 1826 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]

Died on Friday afternoon, the 18th inst., several hours after his son’s death, in Burlington NJ, Joseph McIlvaine, Esq., Senator of New Jersey, in the Senate of the United States, in the 58th year of his age. [Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania August 30, 1826]

Thomas Phillips
Source: Trenton Evening Times (Friday, 12 Apr. 1912) transcribed by FoFG mz

MOUNT HOLLY, April 12 - The funeral of Thomas Phillips, a veteran of the Civil War, who died here Wednesday, will take place tomorrow, with internment in Cedar Hill Cemetery. A widow and two daughters, Mrs. Albert Warner and Mrs. Harry Sheppard, survive.

Rachel M. Powell
Source: Trenton Evening Times (Saturday, 26 June 1909) transcribed by FoFG mz

BORDENTOWN, June 26. - The funeral of Rachel M., wife of Benjamin Powell, who died suddenly at her home on Willow Street, Tuesday, took place yesterday afternoon from her husband's residence at 2 o'clock. Services were conducted at the house by the Rev. Dr. Stevens, pastor of the First Baptist Church, assisted by the Rev. James Lisk, formerly of this city and now of Hackensack. A large number of floral tributes were presented by relatives and friends of the deceased. The pallbearers were: David Thorn, Frank Sprague, Edward Trout, Joseph Reed, Roland Carter and Samuel Peak. Internment was at the Bordentown Cemetery, under the direction of Clark B. Rogers.

Shocking Death – Mrs. Hannah RANDOLPH, of Burlington, N.J. was burned to death a few days since by her clothes taking fire. She was a widow, and has left three orphan children without means of support. [Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) May 10, 1836 - sub. by N. Piper]

Sarah Reed
Source: Trenton State Gazette (Friday, 10 Oct. 1851) transcribed by FoFG mz

In Mount Holly, on Thursday evening last, Mrs. Sarah Read, widow of the late General Samuel J. Read, in the 71st year of her age.

James Robinson
Willmar Tribune (Willmar, MN), September 14, 1897, page 2
James Robinson, who on the night of August 8 brutally murdered his wife by cutting her throat at their home in Fieldsboro, near Bordentown, N. J., died in the county jail at Mount Holly, N. J. of tuberculosis.

SCHAFER – Suddenly, in Birmingham, N.J., on the 11th inst., Milton, infant son of Dr. Herman and Mary M. Schafer. [The Medical and Surgical Reporter, Philadelphia, Sept 11, 1875 - Submitted by Linda Rodriguez]

Reuben H. Schoetz
Source: Trenton Evening Times (Tuesday, 14 Mar. 1905) transcribed by FoFG mz

Mount Holly, March 14. - Reuben H. Schoetz died Sunday night from consumption. He will be buried in St. Andrew's cemetery Wednesday afternoon. For many years the deceased man, who came from Doylestown, Pa., was foreman of the Herald office, at this place.

James C. Slaght
The evening world. (New York, N.Y.), January 14, 1911, Final Edition, Page 5, Image 5
Capt. Slaght, Old City Official, Dead at 92
Served through Civil War with Banks and Grant, but Never Took a Pension
Capt. James C. Slaght, the oldest official in the city's service, succumbed to a complication of ailments last night at the home of his son, No. 397 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn. He was in his ninety-third year.
Until about a month ago, when he last appeared in his office as Keeper of Records in the Municipal Building, Brooklyn, he had steadfastly refused to compromise with old age and its imposts, arriving in his cab at 9 o'clock every morning, and remaining to the end of the day's work.
Although entitled to a pension for distinguished service throughout the civil war, Capt. Slaght refused to permit his name to be placed on the rolls, preferring to the last to accept nothing that did not come from his own head and hand.
Capt. Slaght's father was Bornt Slaght and the family home was in Burlington County, New Jersey. Capt. Slaght was married at twenty-four to Miss Melvina E. Willits of Lincoln county, New Jersey. He is survived by two sons.

Dr. James STILL, colored, of Medford, NJ, who was known throughout the country as the "black cancer doctor," died Friday at the age of seventy-one. He was wealthy, had erected a large hotel to accommodate his patients. [March 22, 1882]

John SIMONS, a veteran of the war of 1812, died near Red Lion, Burlington County, Friday, aged 94. [The Weekly Trenton Times, Sept. 20, 1883, submitted by Candi Horton]

Insolvent Laws -- An instance of the cruelty and injustice of the insolvent laws in Maryland , is related in the Baltimore papers: “Reuben D. Tucker, Esq., of Burlington county, New Jersey, died on the 13th ult., in the Baltimore county jail. The deceased had been confined for debt, since Feb. 1824, and not being a citizen of the state, he could not avail himself of the benefit of the insolvent laws thereof. It is believed that his death was caused by grief.” Is not this a stain on the state, and on the creditor? NY. Nat. Adv. [Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) April 13 1825 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]

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