Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Assumption Cemetery, Fords, Middlesex County, NJ

The area on the map where the Raritan river and bay, Garden State Parkway, NJ Turnpike, Route 440 (287), Route 9, and Route 35 all seem to come together is a place containing a number of cemeteries.   The Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Assumption Cemetery lies on a fairly quiet street in this area called North Florida Grove Road.   To get there, exit Rt 9 at Rt 184 (aka West Pond Rd), heading east, towards Perth Amboy.   The second traffic light away from Rt 9 should be Florida Grove Rd.   Turning left puts you on North Florida Grove Rd and the cemetery is located on your left.

I believe the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Assumption Cemetery lies within Fords which Wikipedia describes as "a census-designated place and unincorporated area within Woodbridge Township."   The church for which the cemetery is named lies within the city of Perth Amboy.   Florida Grove Road lies right on the border between Fords and Perth Amboy and the cemetery is physically just outside of Perth Amboy on the Fords/Woodbridge side.   If you have a navigator, try using Fords but if you are not successful, then try both of the other two.

The cemetery holds about 2,000 or so burials.   It remains open with some smallish areas vacant and some very recent burials evidently having taken place there.   There is a Magyar cemetery located directly adjacent to the Ukrainian one so please, if you visit, make sure to check the signs next to the two driveways before wasting your time in the wrong place!

There are some great names at both cemeteries and right before your eyes, you can see Andrewshetsko / Andruziechko convert itself into "Andrews."   Where varied spelling of seemingly same names appear next to each other, we have tried to draw the connection for users of this site.   Also, where it is not obvious whether one surname or another is correct for a particular burial, we have tried to make sense of it or presented both names or spellings.

Most inscriptions are in English though some use the Ukrainian language and alphabet.   I am unfamiliar with the Ukrainian alphabet which is one of several variations of Cyrillic script.   As such, I cannot in any way interpret some of the photographs we took of tombstones.   Photographs of these stones are presented below.   If you, can help us out on any of these, we would appreciate the help.

Note that there are a fairly large number of veterans of World War II within the cemetery.   There is a seperate monument for those who perished fighting the war.   We have included the names of those on the memorial monument within the regular burials, listed by surname.   We hope this work is of value to you in your research or otherwise appeals to you.


Click on the first letter of last names you are researching to view burial information and tombstone photographs:

  A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   R   S   T   U .. V   W   Y .. Z

Markers we weren't certain about or need help with:

  • unreadable ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ ? 20, 1913 - ? 29, 1981   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ ? 6, 1922 - ? 25, 1965   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ ? 31, 1951 - ? 23, 1970   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1932 - 2007   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1886 - 1936   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1893 - 1937   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* / Unreadable ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1878 - 1917   Tombstone Photograph   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1884 - 1930   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1913 - 1914   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unreadable ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unreadable ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unreadable ~~ - 1916   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unreadable ~~ 1907 - 1913   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unreadable, broken stone ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1863 - 1924   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1883 - 1924   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown / Unreadable ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unreadable ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* - worn and barely readable ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1892 - 1916   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1895 - 1922   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1864 - 1918   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1892 - 1922   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1881 - 1931   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1921 - 1922   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1879 - 1925   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1848 - 1927   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ Nov 25, 1889 - Sep 27, 1945   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1876 - 1942   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1903 - 1922   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1886 - 1918   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1922 - 1990   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1915 - 1998   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1883 - 1960   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1877 - 1955   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1911 - 1930   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown*, O?ekca ~~ 1878 - 1942   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown*, Eva ~~ 1888 - 1964   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ 1915 - 1921   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown* ~~ died Jan 25, 1910, aged 3 yrs   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown, unreadable ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

  • Unknown, Unreadable ~~ -   Tombstone Photograph

    * = need help with translation