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Daniel Walling Family Burying Ground (James Hoff Cemetery) - Miller Ave., Holmdel, Monmouth County, NJ


   
Text researched, transcribed and May 2001 by Trevor Kirkpatrick / photographs and page design June, 2001 by DistantCousin.com

History

The old Walling Family Burying Ground is a small plot located off Miller Avenue in Holmdel Township Monmouth County, NJ. The cemetery measures 100 feet North to South by 50 feet East to West and contains roughly 27 known grave markers (3 granite and 24 white marbel). Many of the markers are damaged or knocked over with many of the white marble stones illegible due to weathering. There are thirty-three interments known in this cemetery and all are descendants or relatives of Daniel Dunbar and Helena (Hoff) Walling of Centerville, Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ.

The property on which the cemetery is located dates back to 1688 when Gershom Walling, Great Grandfather of Daniel Dunbar Walling received 240 acres of farmland from proprietors of East Jersey. Over the next four generations parts of the farm passed out of the family. The first deed mentioning the cemetery was on March 6, 1850 in which Daniel deeded his ninety-four acre farm to his grandson Jonathan S. Walling, Leonard Bedle and Hendrick Ryder. The deed states "Excepting and reserving therefrom half an acre for a burying ground where the graveyard is now made adjoining to said Stillwell's land, to be a square half acre." Daniel purchased 53 acres of this farm along with his brother, Cornelius, in 1847 from John and Permelia (Holmes) Stillwell of Centerville.

The farm remained in the Walling family for some time. Jonathan sold the property to George Wilson Walling who later sold it to Edgar R. Walling. Edgar sold the property on March 29, 1922 to Charles E. Boyce of Raritan Township who in turn sold it to his son Charles E. Boyce, jr. on August 23, 1924. By this time the cemetery seems to have been shortened from 100x100 to 100x50. It remained in the Boyce family until May 14, 1956 when it was sold to Suburban Development Company for a new housing development called "Harmony Park" which still surrounds the cemetery on the north and southeast sides.

Also adjacent to the west side of the cemetery is an old farm road called John W. Hoff's Lane. the road was set aside on February 8, 1849 by John W. Hoff as a right of way from his farm to Route 35 which was given to him by Richard D. Walling, Amos Walling and John Walling in exchange for an equal 25 acres.

Today the cemetery is in good condition even after years of vandalism and neglect. In the summer of 1991, the Masonic Lodge of Keyport along with two local neighbors of the property, John Belina and Joseph Lucania cleaned up the cemetry. These two men were responsible for the headway made on the restoration of the cemetery in 1991 with the author advising on the genealogy and history of the property. As recently as February, 2001, the Keyport Fire Department has been upkeeping the cemetery and placed a sign identifying the cemetery to the public. It is not clear why the sign was made to read "The James Hoff Cemetery"as there is no evidence that James Hoff ever owned the lot or was interred here.

The first survey of the cemetery was conducted by Henry C. McLeean of red Bank, NJ on April 22, 1928. The resurvey and verification of the lot and plots was performed by the author in July 1986 and again in October, 1991. The following is a nearly complete list of those buried in the Old Walling Family Burying Ground based on genealogical and historical research by the author.

Transcription and Photographs

  • Aumack, Mariam Marsh (daughter of Richard and Sarah (Thorne) Marsh / wife Matthias Conover Aumack) ~ Aug 28, 1769 - Jul 22, 1831, aged 61 years, 10 months, 24 days   Photo

  • Aumack, Matthias Conover (son of Jacob and Catherine (Conover) Aumack) ~ 1766 - Nov 6, 1853, aged 87 years   Photo

  • Dangler, Sanford (son of William R. and Sarah Emily (Hornby) Dangler) ~ Sep 6, 1868 - Jan 26, 1903, aged 34 years, 4 months, 20 days ~ (He was removed to the family plot at Fairview Cemetery, Middletown on Apr 17, 1907)

  • Walling, Adeline (daughter of George Wilson and Catherine Elizabeth (Bray) Walling) ~ Jun 6, 1854 - Jan 14, 1860, aged 5 years, 7 months, 8 days

  • Walling, Ann Eliza Willet (daughter of Taylor and Judith (Perrine) Willett / first wife of Richard D. Walling) ~ May 4, 1806 - Apr 16, 1858, aged 51 years, 11 months, 12 days   Photo

  • Walling, Asbury Willett (son of Richard D. and Ann Eliza (Willet) Walling) ~ Jan 30, 1830 - Jan 2, 1835, aged 4 years, 11 months, 3 days   Photo

  • Walling, Benjamin Franklin (son of Leonard, sr. and Deborah (Carroll) Walling) ~ May 27, 1835 - Aug 15, 1838, aged 3 years, 2 months, 19 days

  • Walling, Caroline (daughter of Leonard, sr. and Deborah (Carroll) Walling) ~ Jan 13, 1832 - Mar 15, 1836, aged 4 years, 2 months, 2 days

  • Walling, Catherine Aumack (daughter of Matthias C. and Miriam (Marsh) Aumack / first wife of Leonard Walling, sr.) ~ Jun 19, 1793 - Jul 25, 1828, aged 35 years, 1 month, 6 days

  • Walling, Cecelia (daughter of Richard D. and Ann Eliza (Willet) Walling) ~ May 24, 1833 - Nov 4, 1837, aged 4 years, 5 months, 11 days

  • Walling, Daniel Alexander (son of Jonathan Sproul and Mary Catherine (Applegate) Walling) ~ Nov 3, 1856 - Sep 6, 1884, aged 27 years, 10 months, 3 days (removed to his parents plot at Fair View Cemetery, Middletown on Apr 17, 1907)

  • Walling, Daniel Dunbar, sr. (son of John J. and Elizabeth Walling ~ Jan 1, 1761 - May 6, 1851, aged 90 years, 4 months, 5 days ~ (He served as a private in Captain Thomas Walling's Company, Captian Samuel Carhart's Company and in Captain John Schenck's Company, all as part of the First Regiment of Monmouth County Militia under Col. Asher Holmes during the American revolution. He also served after the war in Captain Thomas Walling's Company, District Four of Middletown, New Jersey State Militia November 30, 1792)   Photo

  • Walling, Daniel Dunbar, jr. (son of Daniel Dunbar, sr. and Helena (Hoff) Walling) ~ Feb 18, 1789 - Jun 25, 1834, aged 45 years, 4 months, 7 days ~ (He served as a private in Captain Samuel Demarest's Company of Infantry, Lt. Col. Joseph Jackson's regiment of New Jersey Volunteers, Detached Militia of Monmouth County in the War of 1812)

  • Walling, Elizabeth (daughter of son of Daniel Dunbar, sr. and Helena (Hoff) Walling) ~ Nov 6, 1790 - Jul 16, 1853, aged 62 years, 8 months, 10 days

  • Walling, Elizabeth Ann (daughter of George Wilson and Catherine Elizabeth (Bray) Walling) ~ Aug 17, 1852 - Jul 17, 1853, aged 11 months

  • Walling, Estelle Eulalee Peseux (daughter of Rudolphe J. and Emma Theresa (Merbach) Peseux / wife of Harry Cooper Walling) ~ Oct 20, 1880 - May 11, 1914, aged 33 years   Photo

  • Walling, Franklin (son of George Wilson and Catherine Elizabeth (Bray) Walling) ~ Sep 16, 1856 - Jan 8, 1860, aged 3 years, 3 months, 23 days

  • Walling, George Bennett (son of George Washington and Sarah Rosina (Bennett) Walling of New York City) ~ Feb 16, 1857 (New York City) - Nov 27, 1859 (New York City), aged 2 years, 9 months, 11 days   Photo

  • Walling, George Washington (son of Leonard, sr. and Catherine (Aumack) Walling) ~ May 1, 1823 - Dec 31, 1891, aged 68 years   Photo

    ~ He was the first Police Superintendent and Commissioner of the New Tork City Metropolitan Police Department and Keyport's first Fire Chief

  • Walling, George Washington (son of Leonard W., jr. and Mary Elizabeth (Cooper) Walling) ~ Jun, 1876 - Apr 22, 1927, aged 51 years   Photo ~ (He served as a Sargeant Co. G, 3 Reg. NJ Inf Vols., Spanish American War)

  • Walling, Gershom D. (son of Daniel Dunbar, sr. and Helena (Hoff) Walling) ~ Mar 2, 1812 - Nov 28, 1883, aged 71 years, 8 months, 26 days

  • Walling, Harry Cooper (son of Leonard W., jr. and Mary Elizabeth (Cooper) Walling) ~ Sep 8, 1878 (New York City) - Feb 28, 1911, aged 33 years   Photo

  • Walling, Helena Hoff (daughter of John W. and Helena (Stout) Hoff / wife of Daniel Dunbar Walling, sr.) ~ Mar 29, 1771 - Feb 6, 1849, aged 77 years, 10 months, 8 days   Photo

  • Walling, Herbert (son of George Washington and Sarah Rosina (Bennett) Walling on New York City) ~ Mar 8, 1869 (New York City) - Apr 18, 1869 (New York City), aged 1 month, 10 days   Photo

  • Walling, Ida Wilson (wife of Daniel Dunbar Walling, Jr.) ~ Aug 10, 1787 - Jun 5, 1873, aged 86 years   Photo

  • Walling, Jeannette Marsh (daughter of Robert and Rhoda Marsh of Staten Island / first wife of Leonard W. Walling, jr.) ~ Mar 26, 1823 (Staten Island) - June 27, 1868, aged 45 years, 3 months, 1 day   Photo

  • Walling, Judith Willett (daughter of Taylor and Judith (Perrine) Willett / second wife of Richard D. Walling) ~ Dec 12, 1799 - Feb 20, 1872, aged 72 years, 2 months, 8 days   Photo

  • Walling, Katherine Ann (daughter of Leonard, sr. and Deborah (Carroll) Walling) ~ Apr 1, 1840 - Jul 19, 1843, aged 3 years, 3 months, 18 days

  • Walling, Leonard (son of Daniel Dunbar, sr. and Helena (Hoff) Walling) ~ Apr 25, 1793 - Jul 26, 1841, aged 48 years, 3 months, 1 days

  • Walling, Leonard "Papa" jr. (son of Leonard, sr. and Catherine (Aumack) Walling) ~ Jan 13, 1828 - May 17, 1893 (New York), aged 65 years ~ He was a retired Police Officer with the New York City Metropolitan Police Force

  • Walling, Lucy Anner Vanderbilt (daughter of Thomas Bedle and Lucy Ann (Aumack) Vanderbilt / second wife of Leonard W. Walling, jr.) ~ Aug 27, 1851 - April 4, 1872 (New York City), aged 20 years, 7 months, 8 days   Photo

  • Walling, Lucy Anner (daughter of Leonard W., jr. and Lucy Anner (Vanderbilt) Walling of New York City) ~ Mar 30, 1872 (New York City) - Apr 8, 1872, aged 9 days   Photo

  • Walling, Richard D. (son of Daniel Dunbar, sr. and Helena (Hoff) Walling) ~ Aug 9, 1801 - Nov 11, 1867, aged 66 years, 3 months, 2 days   Photo   Photo

  • Walling, Sarah Rosina Bennett (wife of George Washington Walling / daughter of William and Maria (Selover) Bennett of Long Island, NY) ~ Jan 30, 1832 (Long Island) - Nov 25, 1874 (New York), aged 42 years   Photo

  • Walling, Theresa (son of George Washington and Sarah Rosina (Bennett) Walling of New York City) ~ Mar 2, 1865 (New York City) - Mar 12, 1865 (New York City), aged 10 days

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