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The Eastmond Burying Ground, Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ


The Eastmond Burying Ground is located at the end of Wood Ave. and York Ave. in Port Monmouth, Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ. The burying ground is on a wooded lot and has been badly vandalized to a point that very few grave markers still exist. The first survey of the lot was conducted by Dr. John E. Stillwell about 1860. The author's first survey was conducted in a heavly wooded lot in May 1986 and again in the Spring of 1990. Only six grave markers could be found and several footstones were still in place. The author had been informed that several garve markers had been removed in the past by people in the area using the stone for fill. The author could not prove this except the fact that very few stone fragments could be found.

The burying ground was first started by Jacob Covenhoven Jr. of Middletown with the death of his son Jacob in 1802 and was located on the east side of the family's 159+ acre farm. On July 3,1818, Jacob made his last will and testiment and stated the following "son William to have use of farm and other sons and daughters to have home with him for three years which it is to be divided between them." The will was executed on November 9, 1818.

On February 21,1831, William sold the farm for $2500.00 dollars to John A. Eastmond, an accountant from New York City. The farm consisted of two lots which ran alog Pews Creek on the west side near Shoal Harbor (Port Monmouth). The first lot consisted of 88 acres and the second lot consisted of 71 acres and the burying ground. The deed states the following "Saving and reserving out of the tract last described one quarter of an acre of land for a burying ground to be laid out in a square form at the place at present occupied for burials."

On August 7,1856, John A. Eastmond died and made his oldest surviving son, Edward Eastmond of New York, the executor of his estate. The last will and testiment of John, made March 13, 1845 and, set forth on August 7, 1856, instructed Edward to "sell the land at his option." So on December 4,1856, Edward sold to his brother John S. Eastmond of Middletown for $3,714.75 dollars approximately 46 26/100 acres of the farm tract with the family burying ground. The deed states " reserving out the above description of farm twenty five hundredths of an acre for a place of burial where the burying ground is now located." The farm and burying ground remained in the family, being purchased by Franklin H. Eastmond from John S. Eastmond in 1861 for $6,637.08 dollars and remained in the family of John Franklin Eastmond at least up though the 1960's. In May 2001, the Monmouth County Sheriff's Department, using convict labor, cleaned the cemetery lot and placed a fence around the entrance area off York Ave.

I would like to give special thanks to Virginia "Ginny" Poling of Nokomis, Florida for her assistance. Ginny is a descendant of John A. Eastmond and has inherited many of her ancestors personal papers including John's diary and the old Eastmond family bible.

  • The following is a list of Individuals buried in the Eastmond Cemetery based on genealogical and historical research by the author:

    • Jacob Covenhoven, son of Jacob, Jr. and Mary (Dorsett) Covenhoven of Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ, born May 30,1801 in Middletown Township and died May 3,1802 in Middletown Township aged 1 year and 27 days.

    • William Conover, son of Jacob, Jr. and Mary (Dorsett) Covenhoven of Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ, born March 5,1798 in Middletown Township and died July 12,1859 in Port Monmouth aged 61 years, 4 months and 7 days.

    • Richard Conover, son of Jacob, Jr. and Mary (Dorsett) Covenhoven of Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ, born September 5,1805 in Middletown Township and died March 11,1830 in Middletown Township aged 24 years.

    • Jacob Covenhoven Jr., son of Jacob, Sr. and Sarah (Suydam) Covenhoven of Middletown, Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ, born April 13,1774 in Middletown and died October 19, 1818 in Middletown aged 44 years.

    • Mary Dorsett, daughter of Joseph and Hannah (Burdge) Dorsett of Middletown, Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ and wife of Jacob Covenhoven Jr. of Middletown, born April 15,1774 in Middletown and died September 15,1849 in Port Monmouth aged 75 years and 5 months.

    • Johanna Hoff, daughter of Jacob and Arintha (Truax) Hoff of Waycake (Keansburg), Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ and wife of Thomas B. Hoff of Waycake, born March 11,1811 in Waycake and died April 17,1872 in Granville (Keansburg) aged 61 years, 1 month and 6 days.

    • Thomas Benjamin Hoff, son of Thomas B. and Elizabeth (_____) Hoff of Waycake (Keansburg), Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ, born January 20,1804 in Waycake and died April 18,1878 in Granville (Keansburg) aged 74 years, 2 months and 28 days.

    • James B. Hoff, son of Thomas B. and Johanna (Traux) Hoff of Waycake (Keanburg), Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ, born April 11,1841 in Granville (Keansburg) and died in 1878 in Granville (Keansburg) aged 37 years. James served as a private in Company D, 29th Regiment, New Jersey Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.

    • James B. Hoff, Company D, 29th Regiment, New Jersey Volunteer Infantry. (Govenment issue marker)

    • Arintha Truax, daughter of John and Euphemia (Covenhoven) Willett of Port Monmouth, Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ and wife of Jacob Truax of Waycake (Keansburg), born September 4,1785 in Port Monmouth and died March 21,1858 in Granville (Keansburg) aged 72 years, 6 months and 17 days.

    • Mary Eliza Willett, daughter of John and Euphemia (Covenhoven) Willett of Port Monmouth, Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ, born March 8,1790 in Port Monmouth and died January 10,1872 in Port Monmouth aged 81 years, 9 months and 2 days.

    • John Willett, son of John and Mary (Wall) Willett of Shoal Harbor (Port Monmouth), Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ, born November 11,1757 in Shoal Harbor and died March 14,1823 in Port Monmouth aged 65 years, 3 months and 14 days. He served as a private in Captain Samuel Carhart and Captain Thomas Walling's Company, First Regiment of Monmouth County Militia and also served as a private, Company of State Troops, commanded by Captains David Anderson and Moses Sheppard for the defense of the frontiers of the state during the American Revolution. He also served after the war in November 1792 in Captain Joseph Johnson's Company, District Three, Middletown Township Militia.

    • Euphemia "Affie" Willett, daughter of William Williamse and Elizabeth (Aumack) Covenhoven of Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ and wife of John Willett of Shoal Harbor (Port Monmouth), born April 30,1764 in Middletown and died February 22,1849 in Port Monmouth aged 84 years, 10 months and 1 day.

    • John Allin Eastmond, son of Edward and Martha (Farrendon) Eastmond of Kintbury, Berkshire, England, born January 16,1772 in Kintbury and died August 7,1856 in Port Monmouth aged 84 years, 6 months and 21 days. He was a Teacher when he first came to America on October 15,1794 from England and settled in New Cornwall, Orange County , New York where in 1797 he married his first wife Susanna, daughter of Langford Thorne of New Cornwall. He soon after went into banking and was an accountant, as well as, an attorney . John resided, after his second marriage to Margaret Lawrence, in Staten Island from 1822 till early 1831. He then moved to Port Monmouth in February 1831 with the purchase of the Jacob Covenhoven farm. Epitaph: " Beneath this stone to worms to prey; Himself as poor and low as they; John Eastmond lies in hopes of rest; He denied all further hope a jest; and near on fancy's wing could rise; to heav'n built mansions in the skies; Content from whence he spring to lie; Nor wish's to live nor fear'd to die."   ~ Photo

    • Margaret Eastmond, daughter of Silas and Miriam (_____) Lawrence of Flushing, Queens County, NY and 2nd wife of John A. Eastmond of Staten Island, Richmond County, NY, born February 3,1777 in Flushing and died April 17,1836 in Port Monmouth aged 59 years, 2 months and 14 days. Epitaph: " Underneath this stone doth lie as much virtue as could die, which when alive did vigour give, To as much virtue as could live. She was Margaret Lawrence the wife of John Eastmond. She died on the 17th April 1836. much repretted." "Spectator No.33" (reference to the newspaper obit)   ~ Photo

    • Gertrude Maria "Girty" Leonard, daughter of Thomas B. and Johanna (Truax) Hoff of Granville (Keanbsurg), Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ and wife of John Joseph Leonard of Port Monmouth, born January 30,1837 in Granville and died April 13,1890 in Port Monmouth aged 53 years, 3 months and 14 days.

    • John Joseph Leonard, son of Frances and Catherine (_____) Leonard of New York City and formerly of County Caven, Ireland, born 1833 in New York City and died about 1890 in Port Monmouth aged about 57 years.

    • Garrett Truax Davice, son of John M. and Lydia (Truax) Davis of Granville (Keansburg), Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ, born April 26,1842 in Granville and died November 28,1851 in Granville aged 9 years, 7 months and 2 days.

    • Adaline Davice, daughter of John M. and Lydia (Truax) Davis of Granville (Keansburg), Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ, born 1844 in Granville and died December 29,1851 in Granville aged 7 years.

    • Lydia Truax, daughter of Jacob and Arintha (Willett) Truax of Waycake (Keansburg), Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ and wife of John M. Davis of Granville (1st husband), wife of Joseph Matthews of Granville (2nd husband) and wife of David Lane of Granville (3rd husband), born August 13,1822 in Waycake (Keansburg) and died June 13,1878 in Granville aged 55 years and 10 months. Epitaph: "May we all when life is over, gather in that heavenly land. Where no farewell words are spoken in that joyous band. In memory of my mother, John E. Lane."

    • John E. Lane, son of David and Lydia (Turax) Lane of Granville (Keansburg, Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ, born June 29,1865 in Granville and died December 5,1885, he drowned in the Raritan Bay off of Keansburg while cleaning ice from the deck of the schooner he was a boatman on, aged 20 years, 5 months and 6 days. Epitaph: " Here lies my form beside my mother and now I trust in Jesus love, that each of us someday may meet together in that happy home above."   ~ Photo

    • Langford Eastmond, son of John A. and Susanna (Thorne) Eastmond of New Cornwall, Orange County, NY, born May 22,1814 in New Cornwall and died March 10,1895 in Port Monmouth aged 84 years.   ~ Photo

    • Anna Maria Bridgeman, wife of Langford Eastmond of Port Monmouth, Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ, born November 3,1816 in England and died January 10,1899 in Port Monmouth aged 83 years.   ~ Photo

    • Mary Anna Waters, daughter of Langford and Anna M. (Bridgeman) Eastmond of Port Monmouth, Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ, born March 27,1858 in Port Monmouth and died January 14,1902 in Port Monmouth aged 44 years.   ~ Photo

    • Franklin A. Willett, son of Martin Deeatin and Jennie (_____) Willett of Middletown, Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ, born June 25,1889 in Middletown and died July 25,1889 aged 1 month.

    • Lillie Viola Carhart, daughter of Edson R. and Matilda R. (_____) Carhart of Port Monmouth, Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ, born October 25, 1875 in Port Monmouth and died August 2,1881 in Port Monmouth aged 6 years.

    • Mabel Raynor, daughter of Layfayette and Mavernia Raynor of Port Monmouth, Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ, born August 2,1884 in Middletown Township and died October 20,1884 in Middletown Township aged 2 months and 18 days.

    • Frances Leonard, son of John J. and Gertrude M. (Hoff) Leonard of Port Monmouth, Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ, born 1859 in Port Monmouth and died in infancy.

    • George Leonard, son of John J. and Gertrude M. (Hoff) Leonard of Port Monmouth, Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ, born 1862 in Port Monmouth and died in infancy.

  • The following individuals were removed to the Eastmond/Brown Family plot at Fairview Cemetery, Route 35, Middletown, Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ on November 11,1899:

    • Charles Eastmond, son of John Franklin and Flora (Brown) Eastmond of Port Monmouth, Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ, born 1886 and died August 7,1887 in Port Monmouth of Cholera aged 1 year.

    • Olive Eastmond, daughter of John Franklin and Flora (Brown) Eastmond of Port Monmouth, Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ, born February 22,1892 and died March 31, 1893 in Port Monmouth aged 13 months.

    • Hazel Eastmond, daughter of John Franklin and Flora (Brown) Eastmond of Port Monmouth, Middletown Township, Monmouth County, NJ, born September 18,1894 and died September 25,1894 in Port Monmouth aged 7 days.

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