Stelton Baptist Church Cemetery, Edison, Middlesex County, NJ

Good Luck Cemetery

Stelton Baptist Church lies on Plainfield Ave near the NJ Transit Edison station.   The congregation was founded in the late 1600s in what was then called Piscataway.   The land the church occupies was purchased and a building erected in the mid 1700s.   The building was replaced in the early 1800s.   Fires destroyed the church building a couple times and the current structure, built in 1925, looks quite modern alongside some of the rather dated gravestones.   The congregation is, according to Wikipedia, the second oldest Baptist church in the New Jersey.

The yard containing the cemetery is not particularly rundown but many of the older stones could use some proactive maintenance.   There are many stones which have become illegible through erosion which certainbly should be expected given their age and the types of materials used.   However, many stones have fallen, crashed and cracked.   Many fallen stones have been buried beneath the ground.   The general impression in one of an historic landmark destined for gradual wasting away.

One suspects that the completely unprotected graveyard might suffer occasional bouts of vandalism as the it is not in any way fenced.   Similarly aged graveyards are often protected by at least the, mostly psychological, barrier of a two or three foot tall picket fence.   Pedestrians might thereby be less encouraged to use the yard as a shortcut.   In short, something ought to be done to protect some of the older markers.

We have photographed the grave markers in total though many are not legible and some, as previously stated, are beneath the ground, turned over on their face, or broken into numerous pieces.   We have indexed those we were able to read.   You can access our transcription as well as these photographs by clicking on the first letter of last names, below.   Beneath the index, we present links to photographs of those stones we were unable to read and the piles of stones we found there.


Click on the first letter of last names you are researching to view burials

  A .. C   D   G .. J   L .. M   P .. R   S   V .. Z

The below markers were photographed but not readable:

  • not readable ~~ -   Photograph

  • not readable ~~ -   Photograph

  • not readable ~~ -   Photograph

  • unreadable ~~ -   Photograph

  • unreadable ~~ -   Photograph

  • unreadable ~~ -   Photograph

  • buried stone ~~ Apr 16, 18?? - Jan 3, 18??   Photograph

  • 3 partially buried possibly Runyon family stones   Photograph

  • unreadable, buried stone ~~ -   Photograph

  • unreadable, buried stone ~~ -   Photograph

  • unreadable, possibly Hummer family marker ~~ -   Photograph

  • unreadable, possibly Hummer family marker ~~ -   Photograph

  • unreadable, possibly Hummer family marker ~~ -   Photograph

  • buried, unreadable ~~ -   Photograph

  • ?, John D. partially buried marker ~~ -   Photograph

  • eroded ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • eroded ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • Buried .. Higg?, possibly William M. ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • Buried and broken ~~ died ? 26th year of his age   Gravemarker Photograph

  • eroded, probably Drake stone ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • eroded, probably Drake stone ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • buried, illegible ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • buried probably Dayton stone ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • buried probably Dayton stone ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • buried unreadable stones ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • illegible ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • illegible, possibly Dayton ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • unreadable ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • unclear except for 1743, possibly Manning family ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • unreadable possibly Stelle or Pyatt family ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • unreadable ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • unreadable ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • unreadable ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • unreadable, Susan ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • unreadable ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • unreadable ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • unreadable ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • broken in half, unreadable ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • eroded and unreadable except for "Phillip (possibly Hummer?) ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • ?, Rebecca (widow of ?nezer Th?) ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • unreadable ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • unreadable ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • broken unreadable Dye? ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • pile of broken stones next to John C. Stelle ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • unreadable ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • eroded, unreadable ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • buried stone "Hannah E" ~~ Jul 31, 1862, 56th year   Gravemarker Photograph

  • buried ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • partially readable but mostly buried ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • several broken and buried stones ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • broken and toppled stones next to Edward Manning ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

  • unreadable "Mary" ~~ -   Gravemarker Photograph

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