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Dorsett Town Historic Cemetery - Telegraph Hill Rd., Holmdel, Monmouth County, NJ


  Located in the woods along Telegraph Hill Road near a newly developed residential section, the Dorsett Town Historic Cemetery caught my eye while driving one summer day. The cemetery was almost completely hidden by overgrowth during July of 2001. Someone has apparently cleaned out much of the brush and briars as of April, 2002 when we visited and photographed gravestones.

Many of the markers are in pretty good condition but by and large the cemetery is in dire need of maintenance. Many stones are toppled or apparently missing. This cemetery purports to hold the grave of James Dorset, whose memorial states he settled in the area in 1676 which would make him one of the earliest settlers of Monmouth County.



Transcription and photographs

  • Bailey, Mary (wife of Joseph Bailey) ~ died Jan. 20, 1789, aged 40 years   ~ Photo

  • Batterman, Eunice Oterson (wife of Ferdinand Batterman) ~ died Sep 5, 1909   ~ Photo

  • Batterman, Ferdinand ~ died Jul 26, 1930   ~ Photo

  • Bayley, John ~ died Jul. 19, 1844, aged 71 years, 3 months, 22 days   ~ Photo

  • Bayley, Sarah (wife of John Bayley) ~ died 1870   ~ Photo

  • Cornell, Samuel ~ died Nov. 5, 1784, age 30 years, 3 months, 28 days   ~ Photo   ~ Photo # 2

  • Dorset, Elizabeth ~ Sixth in descent and last of the name who resided on this property. Died in 1879 aged nearly 102 years and requested this monument erected in memory of the Dorset's   ~ Photo

  • Dorset, James ~ Settled here in 1676, died 1720 and was buried her. His descendants occup[ied this farm to 1840   ~ Photo

  • Dorset, John ~ departed this life Sep 29, 1765, aged 56 years, 9 months   ~ Photo

  • Dorsett, Elizabeth (wife of Joseph Dorsett ~ departed this life Jan ?, 1769, aged 80 years, 10 months, 5 days   ~ Photo

  • Dorsett, Joseph ~ departed this life October the "ewelueth" Anno Domini 1741, aged 60 years, 5 months, 21 days   ~ Photo

  • Dorsett, Joseph   ~ Photo

  • Dorsett, Joseph ~ departed this life Apr 10, 1831, aged 88 years, 1 month, 3 days   ~ Photo

  • Dorsett, Joseph ~ died Feb. 14, 1822, aged 41 years, 7 months, 12 days   ~ Photo

  • Dorsett, Joseph (son of Joseph & Sarah Dorsett) ~ died Mar 6, 1847, in the 27th year of his age   ~ Photo

  • Dorsett, Joseph I. ~ died Feb. 5, 1858, aged 78 years, 1 month, 1? days   ~ Photo

  • Dorsett, Maria Schenck (wife of Joseph Dorsett) ~ died Jul 31, 1864, aged 74 years, 8 months, 26 days   ~ Photo

  • Hoff, Elizabeth (wife of William Hoff) ~ died Jan. 17, 1774, aged 81 years, 9 months, 3, 5, 13 or 15 days   ~ Photo

  • Hoff, William ~ died Nov 8, 1746, aged 62 years   ~ Photo

  • Neil, Janet ~ Oct 31, 1804 - Mar 18, 1881   ~ Photo

  • Oterson, John ~ died Jan 9, 1873, in the 47th year of his age   ~ Photo

  • Oterson, Louisa (wife of John Oterson) ~ died Feb 22, 1864, aged 34 years, 10 months, 18 days   ~ Photo

  • Pollock, Adelia B. (wife of Hugh S. Pollock) ~ born Sep 28, 1828 in New York City - Jun 4, 1877   ~ Photo

  • Pollock, Agnes ~ Apr 16, 1814 - Aug 4, 1890   ~ Photo

  • Pollock, Henry B. (adopted son of Hugh S. and Adelia B. Pollock ~ Jun 3, 1844 - Nov 11, 1847   ~ Photo

  • Pollock, Hugh S. ~ born May 24, 1817 in Glasgow, Scotland - May 28, 1890   ~ Photo

  • Poole, Elizabeth (wife of Richard Poole) ~ died Mar. 18, 1827, age 65 years, 9 months, 26 days   ~ Photo

  • Poole, George ~ died May 6, 1812, aged 77 years, 2 months, 15 days   ~ Photo

  • Poole, Richard ~ died Feb. 14, 1830, aged 69 years, 4 months, 1 day   ~ Photo

  • Ritschy, Fred'k W. (Co. F. 99th N.Y. Inf.)   ~ Photo

  • Ruckman, Caroline (wife of Elisha Ruckman) ~ died Jun 6 1862   ~ Photo

  • Sproul, Catherine ~ 1826 - 1905   ~ Photo

  • Sproul, Elizabeth (daughter of James & Zilpha Sproul) ~ died Jan. 26, 1860, age 81 years   ~ Photo

  • Sproul, James ~ died Aug. 8, 1872, aged 71 years, 2 months, 7 days   ~ Photo

  • Sproul, Jonathan (son of Oliver & Rachel Sproul) ~ died Nov. 22, 1820, aged 12 years, 9 months, 22 days   ~ Photo

  • Sproul, Jonathan (son of James & Julia Ann Sproul)   ~ Photo

  • Sproul, Julia Ann Walling (wife of James Sproul) ~ died Oct. 26, 1890, aged 85 years, 5 months, 26 days   ~ Photo

  • Sproul, Julia Ann (daughter of James & Julia Ann Sproul) ~ died Mar. 1, 1860, aged 19 years, 2 months, 16 days   ~ Photo

  • Sproul, Oliver (son of James & Julia Ann Sproul) ~ died Jan. 29, 1835, aged 5 years, 9 months, 11 days   ~ Photo

  • Sproul, Oliver ~ died Jun 3, 1859, aged 82 years   ~ Photo

  • Sproul, Rachel (daughter of James & Julia Ann Sproul) ~ died Jan ?14? 1835, age 4 years, 5 months, 3 days   ~ Photo

  • Sproul, Wilson ~ 1842 - 1904   ~ Photo

  • Stillwell, Jacob C. ~ died Apr. 10, 1850   ~ Photo - per McLean* age at death was 55 years, 11 months, 1day

  • Unsworth, Carrie Oterson (wife of George Unsworth) ~ Feb. 13, 1862 - Jan. 25, 1906   ~ Photo

  • Vanderbelt, Elizabeth (wife of John Vanderbelt) ~ died Dec. 28, 1822, aged 81 years, 4 months, 29 days   ~ Photo

  • Vanderbelt, Jane ~ died Sep. 15, 1844, age 81 years, 6 months, 8 days   ~ Photo

  • Vanderbelt, John ~ died Oct. 6, 1765, aged 30 years, 11 months, 12 days   ~ Photo

  • Walling, Elizabeth (wife of Gershom Walling) ~ died Feb 28, 1875, aged 56 years, 6 months, 22 days   ~ Photo - per McLean*, Elizabeth's middle initial was D and she died in 1879

  • Walling, Elizabeth C. or G. (wife of Thorn Walling) ~ died Oct. 22, 1854, age 70 years   ~ Photo

  • Walling, Garret ~ died in the City of New York and was interred there Jan or Jun 24, 1838, aged 56 years, 10 months, 6 days   ~ Photo

  • Walling, Mary Jane (wife of Thorn Walling) ~ died Nov. 2, 1872, aged 41 years   ~ Photo

  • Walling, Sarah (wife of Garret Walling ~ died Mar 23, 1854, aged 68 years, 3 months, 15 days   ~ Photo

  • Walling, Thorn ~ died May 7, 1880, age 69 years, 9 months   ~ Photo - per McLean age was 68 years, 9 months Van Der Belt, Anne, d. Dec. 5, 1758, age 19-5-10, wife of Aris Van Der Belt, daughter of James & Anne Dorsett; Vanderbilt, Mary, d. Jan. 13, 1851, age 85-9-15, daughter of John & Elizabeth Vanderbilt;

  • Unknown ~ -   ~ Photo

  • Cottrell, Mary (wife of Robert Cottrell) ~ died Oct. 7, 1868, age 74 years, 6 months   ~ Photo   ~ Photo # 2

  • Cottrell, Catherine (wife of Robert Cottrell) ~ died Mar. 9, 1817, age 28 years, 21 days   ~ Photo   ~ Photo # 2

  • Cottrell, Robert ~ died Jan. 22, 1877, age 97 years, 7 months, 2 days   ~ Photo

  • Cottrell, Robert ~ died Nov 18, 18?11?, aged 73 years -   ~ Photo

  • Cottrell, Rachel (wife of Robert Cottrell) ~ died Jan 5, 1823, aged 75 years   ~ Photo

  • Cottrell, Roder?? M?E????? (son of Robert and Mary Cottrell ~ died Nov 13, 1827   ~ Photo

  • Hoff, John ~ died ?, ? 1878, aged 85 years, 11 months, 16 days   ~ Photo

  • Gent, William ~ died 1854, aged ?47 years?   ~ Photo

    * = References to McLean refer to a prior work transcribed by Henry C. McLean available at the Monmouth County Historical Association Library located in Freehold across the street from the courthouse.

    As we said, many stones were missing, broken or otherwise unreadable. We photographed the un readable and broken ones and include them as follows:

    Photo 4   ~ Photo 16   ~ Photo 17   ~ Photo 42   ~ Photo 55   ~ Photo 57   ~ Photo 60   ~ Photo 69   ~ Photo 70   ~ Photo 71   ~ Photo 72   ~ Photo 73

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