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Whether you are new to Sussex County or claim kin from generations ago, the Sussex County Historical Society invites you to visit our museum and research area located in the beautiful Hill Memorial building.
Sussex County  Historical Society - NJ
Sussex County Historical Society - NJ
#tombstonetuesday: Lakeland Andover School staff and students have stepped up once again in the Old Newton Burial Ground. Over the past few weeks we have been sharing information on the wonderful job they did with moving and resetting the stone of John and Elizabeth Knox. The stone of one of their daughters - Isabella Knox Chambers was also in need of resetting. The base had tilted downhill and the large top was laying flat on the ground. It now has a new concrete footing and is upright. On the back we found the names and info about two of their children: Winnie and Sarah. Check out the pictures.

Isabella Knox (1848-1880) married Newman C. Chambers (1844-1884) on June 23, 1866 in Sussex County. During the Civil War Newman served in the Union Army as a Private in Company D, 3rd Infantry Regiment New Jersey Volunteers. He enlisted and was mustered in on May 27, 1861. After serving three years, Newman mustered out on June 23, 1864 at Trenton. At the time of his death, Newman is listed as a painter by trade, however on the 1880 census, he is listed living in Andover as a R.R. Track Boss. Isabella and Newman had eight children: Ida, Elizabeth, Olla, Winnie, Elikum, Matilda, John and Sarah. Winnie died at age 4 years and Sarah died at age 2 years, seven months…they are buried near Isabella and Newman at the Old Newton Burial Ground…one row in front of John and Elizabeth Knox.

Check back next week for another #tombstonetuesday.
Sussex County  Historical Society - NJ
Sussex County Historical Society - NJ
#Tombstonetuesday: Continuing once again from last week's post: John and Elizabeth Knox's stone was removed from James Knox's grave and moved some 18 feet uphill to its correct location by the staff and students of Lakeland Andover School. That left James with only a piece of his original stone and his engraved flag marker. Plans are underway to apply to the VA for a new stone.
James Polk Knox (1845-1874) served during the Civil War in three different Union Army units: as a Private – promoted to Sergeant…Companies L (enlisting in 1861) & H (transferred in 1862), 72nd Regiment, New York Infantry; Company D, 120th Regiment, New York Infantry (transferred in 1864); and Company F, 73rd Regiment New York Volunteers (transferred in 1865). He mustered out on June 29, 1865 with his company, near Washington, DC. James was a builder by trade and he never married. James died in Newark, NJ. He is buried in the same row as his parents, John and Elizabeth Knox.
This being Thanksgiving week, the cemetery committee would like to acknowledge some of the many people who have helped us with the restoration of the Old Newton Burial Ground since we reactivated in 2017. John O’Brien, member of the Association for Gravestone Studies, has taught the group how to properly clean and repair the stones, and has repaired several of the stones himself, including transforming a “pile of pieces” into an impressive monument for Revolutionary War Veteran Charles Pemberton. Five of the Revolutionary War Veterans now have new stones, four from Veteran’s Affairs, which members of SWAP helped to install, and the fifth donated by Paul Ferguson of the Sussex County Monument Company.
Check back next week for another #tombstonetuesday.