Category Archives: 1830

Bethel Burial Ground Name Index


It seems to me that the sky has opened and I believe there is a very good reason why I’m just stumbling upon such great information this week in particular. I’m pretty sure that within the next two weeks, I’ll have reviewed both the 1837 and 1856 African American Quaker censuses. I’m hopeful that I will find my 5th great grandfather in the 1837 index. However, any find for this time period, whether my ancestors are indexed or not, is  GREAT find in my opinion. Hopefully, one day this information will become useful to someone.

Among many historical institutions in Philadelphia, Mother Bethel is one of the most influential in African American religious life. In the past few years, on a site used as a municipal playground, the old Mother Bethel burial ground has been found.  After a campaign, the site will be preserved and not desecrated for development. Also, this site could prove VERY valuable for research purposes. So while burial ground site may not have any specific resources pertinent to me, in a general sense, it may help me build a better portrait of my ancestors on a broader level.

Terry Buckalew has created an index of African Americans buried in the Bethel Burial Ground. The list is not complete but it does offer nice details, akin to what we might find on a more contemporary death certificate, i.e. cause of death. Below is a description of the index with a link to the index.

The following is an alphabetical directory of 1,617African American Philadelphians who were buried at the Bethel Burying Ground in the 400 block of Queen Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1810 to 1864. Research is only 50% complete. (Revised 10 November 2013)


Additional information can be found here:


Trades of the Colored People in the City of Philadelphia and Districts 1838 – Part 2


*These carry on business. Of those not marked about one-half work as Journeyman, and the rest from choice or necessity follow other occupations.


YOUNG, Perry Pink, (Kensington)
ZEINER, Philip (and bell-founder) Juniper alley
KING, Thomas 338 South
*BROWN, Perry Apple, above Brown
NEWSOM, Nathan Apple, above Culvert
STEWARD, John B Little Pine, above 7th
TENNENT, sr, William Clymer, below 6th
Bricklayers and Plasterers
*BAGWELL, Edward Davis’s court, Christian
*BAGWELL, Richard Davis’s court, Christian
GILES, Thomas Pearl, bet 13th and Broad
GRAY, James Hurst
*SALTERS, Parris (and slater) 2 Elizabeth
COLLINS, Cato 100 North 4th
*LEWIS, Daniel rear 96 Gaskill
*LEWIS, William
BAPTISTE, Eugene 7th near Lombard
BARCLAY, Robert 334 South
BARNARD, William 169 South
CLEMENT, James rear 137 Lombard
*FRISBY, Charles 162 Lombard
*GROSS, jr, Thomas Pine alley
*GROSS, sr, Thomas Pine alley
KEATH, Mathew E Hunter, above 10th
LEE, James Gray’s alley
NASH, Charles (and bleeder) Quince, above Spruce
*RANDOLPH, John St Mary, bet 7th and 8th
RICHARDS, James Read’s court
THOMAS, Robert B 203 south 7th
*VAN BRACKLE, Samuel 123 Locust
Cabintet-Makers and Carpenters
BALLON, William 4 Little Pine
*CHARNOCK, Thomas rear 172 Pine
*JOHNSON, James 143 Lombard
LECOUNT, James Bonsall
*SCOTT, Daniel Washington, above 11th
*ATKINS, Charles 28 Blackberry alley
*ALMOND, Mukes Barrow
ALMOND, Nathaniel St Mary, below 6th
*ALMOND, Thomas Barrow
BELOSS, William Little Pine, above 7th
*BLACK, Charles Christian, above 8th
BROWN, Marcus Lebanon, below Fitzwater
*BROWN, Thomas C 169 South
*BUTLER, William 71 George
CLYMER, John Warren
CROPPER, Laban 61 Currant alley
DIGGS, Jos (and cooper) Juniper, above Race
DUTAIR, Francis between Federal and Fitzwater, and 13th and Broad
EVERSON, Gilpin 30 Gaskill
*FITZGERALD, Jacob Lombard, below 8th
GARNETT, Solomon Juniper alley
*GIBBONS, James Middle alley
*GIVEN, John Little Pine, above 7th
*GLAZO, Geo, (and blacksmith) Franklin (S)
*GRAYSON, James W cor. 8th and Emeline
HAINES, Peter 8th, below South
*HARDING, James 157 south 6th
HARRIS, Eli 14 Middle alley
HENDERSON, Joseph, George between Schuykill 6th and 7th
HICKS, Robt (and wheelwright) Apple, above Culvert
JACKSON, Henry 16 Gaskill
*JANIES, William rear 172 Pine
LOUDON, Richard 184 Pine
*MILLER, George Lombard, near 7th
PARK, John Warren
*RANDOLPH, John Pine alley
*ROBERTS, Joseph (and cooper) corner of 7th and St Mary
RUFFIN, Daniel Smith’s court, 8th near Vine
RUFFIN, Robert Washington, above 11th
TUNNELL, Abner 226 south 7th
*VENNING, Edward B Little Pine, above 7th
*VENNING, John Little Pine, above 7th
WANE, Cato B (and shoemaker) 161 south 6th
WEEKS, Severn Spruce, below Schuyl 6th
JAMES, Peter Lombard, below 8th
MCFARLAND, William School
JOHNSON, James J Shippen, above 6th
*AUGUSTUS, Peter J 3d above Spruce
GORDON, Sarah Ann 57 Pine
*JACKSON, Augustus 9 Goodwater alley
*LAMBSONG, Culvert above Apple
*MOLLINEAUX, Peter 1 Washington place
CLARK, Silas
DIGGS, Joseph (and carpenter) Juniper, above Race
JOHNSON, Edward 6 Washington, above 11th
NORFLET, David Eagle court
PETERS, Lee 205 north 9th
GREEN, Samuel
MINTOS, James S Raspberry alley
MCCRUMMILL, Jas (& bleeder) 266 north 3d
*ALMOND, Juliana corner of Carpenter and P. road
*ALZIER, Dephene 11th above Lombard
*ANDERSON, Ann corner 8th and Lombard
*ARMSTRONG, Sarah 61 Currant alley
*BEULAH, Sarah Bonsall
*BIRCH, Esther 26 Sassafrass alley
*BOARDLEY, Rebecca 10 Pleasant avenue
*BROWN, Georgeana 95 Lombard
*BROWN, Henrietta Bedford, corner 7th
*BROWN, Jane 241 Shippen
*BROWN, Mary Plum, below 5th
*BROWN, Rebecca Bonsall
*BUNDY, Harriet 239 Lombard
*BURR, Mary 113 south 5th
*CAREY, Margaret Bedford, below 8th
*CAREY, Mary 6th, above Lombardd
*CORK, Henrietta Hog alley
*CORNISH, Emeline 71 George
*CRIPPIN, Anncerbella McCloskey’s court
*DOYER, Louisa 166 Lombard
*EDWARDS, Eliza St Mary, below 7th
*EMERY, Juliana 129 Locust
GARDNER, Margaretta 239 south 7th
*GIBBS, Mary Ann 115 Lombard
GORDON, Sarah Ann 57 Pine
*GREEN, S Little Pine, below 7th
*GUILBERRY, Mary 147 Locust
*HAMPTON, Ann 147 Locust
*HANN, Rachel Bedford, below 8th
*HARRIS, Ellen Carpenter, above 8th
*JACKSON, Mary Paschall’s alley
*JEFFRIES, Wealthy Bonsall
*JOHNSON, Elizabeth 237 south 7th
JOHNSON, Jane corner 8th and Emeline
*JONES, Eliza 242 Lombard
*JONES, Matilda Bedford, below 8th
*KENTON, Elizabeth 154 Pine
*LECOUNT, Isabella Bonsall
*LECOUNT, Jane 17 Elizabeth
*LEE, Ann Gray’s alley
*MARTIN, Letitia Carpenter, above 8th
*MATHEWS, Susan Washington, below 12th
*MCKENSIE, E 172 Pine
*MILLER, Mary Ann Pearl, bet 13th and Broad
*MINTON, Catherine Washington, below 12th
*MOORE, Louisa 150 Locust
MOORE, Susan SE corner 9th and Shippen
NICKENS, Harriet C 107 north 9th
*PETER, Mary Jane 128 Locust
*PETTS, Elizabeth Bonsall
*PORTER, Susan Lombard, above 7th
*POTTS, Wilhemina Lombard, below Schuykill 5th
*PROCTOR, Mary 17 Elizabeth
*PURNELL, Emily Catherine, below 7th
*RIX, Rachel Mercer
*ROBERTS, Elizabeth Ann NE corner 7th and St Mary
*ROBERTS, Hannah 29 Currant alley
*ROGERS, Mary Helmuth, above Schuyl. 6th
*ROLLEY, Eliza Watson’s alley
*ROLLEY, Mary 112 north 5th
*ROWLAND, Mary Clymer, below 6th
*ROWLEY, A 7th, below Lombard
*SCOTT, Margaret 144 Locust
*SHEPPARD, Emma Bedford, below 8th
*SPILLER, Eliza 237 Lombard
*SULLIVAN, Sarah SW cor 7th and St Mary
*TENNENT, Louisa Clymer, below 6th
*TENNENT, Margaret Clymer, below 6th
*TILGHMAN, Ann Twelve-foot alley
*TODD, Ann Green’s court
TODD, Mary 11 Wagner’s alley
*TRUETT, Emeline 5th, opposite Powell
*VENNING, Elizabeth Bonsall
*VENNING, Mary Barley
*VENNING, Sarah Lebanon, below Fitzwater
*WAITTS, Rebecca 243 Spruce
*WARDRUPT, Mary Ann Eagle court
*WHITE, Martha Pearl, bet 13th and Broad
*WHITE, Mary Ann Pine, near 10th
*WILLIAMS, Naomi Eagle court
*Woodson, Ann 8th, below South

Source: Register Of Trades Of The Colored People In The City of Philadelphia And Districts, Merrihew and Gunn, Printers, 1838

Trades of the Colored People in the City of Philadelphia and Districts 1838 – Part 1


*These carry on business. Of those not marked about one-half work as Journeyman, and the rest from choice or necessity follow other occupations


Name Address
BROWN, George Parham Street
CAMPBELL, Randolph U. Bradford below 12th
FOX, Daniel D. Passyunk road below South
HAINESLEY, Risdon S 7th below Shippen
HOY, Isaac 12th below Shippen
*MILLER, James 27 Prune
ROUKER, Alfred Eagles court
TURNER, John Hog Alley
*BANKS, Murrill Pine above 10th
*BROWN, William C corner of South Second and Swede’s alley
*RUSSELL, Richard Giles’s alley
BANKS, Solomon Eagle court
*BOOKER, Cornelius Lebanon, below Fitzwater
*BOOKER, John Lebanon, below Fitzwater
BOUNDS, Richard
*BRAVARD, John Shippen, below 8th
BROWN, John Relief alley
COSTELLO, Reuben Prosperous alley
GLAZE, George, (and carpenter) Franklin st, Southwark
GREEN, Samuel T Davis’s court
HOLLEY, Aaron Type alley, above 12th
JOHNSON, John 36 Gaskill
LEWIS, John Davis’s court
MILLER, John Coates, between 11th and 12th
MILLER, Nathaniel Morris, below Fitzwater
MOORE, George Paschall’s alley
MORRIS, Benjamin corner of Broad and Paper alley
*QUIN, John near Schuykill Front and Vine
ROBERTS, Charles J Bonsall street
SHAD, Jeremiah Kneass court, George st
STEVENSON, John Shippen below 8th
THOMAS, William Atkins court
WELLS, John Currant alley, above Locust
Black and Whitesmith
ALBERT, Abraham Bedford, below 8th
CRAMER, James Pine, below 10th
SCOTTRON, Samuel 6th, below Catherine
SMITH, Amos Wagner’s alley
*SMITH, Thomas Wagner’s alley
*ALLEN, Richard 7th, below Lombard
*BIAS, James J.G. 2 Acorn alley
*BUTLER, Wallace 16 Bird’s court
*COPELAND, Allen (and shoemaker) 155 Lombard
*MCCRUMMILL, James (and dentist) 266 North 3d
*NASH, Charles (and cabinet maker) Qunice, above Spruce
*NORMAN, William 226 Lombard
PEPPELL, Philip 3 Shippen
*PURDY, John (and shoemaker) Middle alley
Bleeders and Hairdressers
*BASS, Joseph Race, corner of 4th
*BUTLER, Thomas 3 North 8th
*FURBER, William W 85 South 12th
*ROLLEY, Abner 112 North 5th
*WHITE, Jacob C 100 Old York road
Boot and Shoemaker
ANDERSON, Philip P Emeline street
*ARMSTEAD, John Juniper alley
*ARMSTRONG, John 61 Currant alley
BARR, Alexander 12th above Spruce
BIBBINS, John Osborn’s court
*BIRD, James 252 South 7th
*BLAKE, Levin Shippen, below 7th
BROWN, Andrew (and tanner) 1 Toy’s court
*BROWN, James 243 Shippen
*BROWN, John L 359 South
*BROWN, jr. Morris 359 South
BROWN, sr. Morris 241 Shippen
*BURNS, Francis Locust, above 6th
*CAMPBELL, Anthony Milton, above 10th
CHAVERS, Jesse Leydon court
*COLLY, Daniel (and tanner and currier) 189 South 6th
*CONDY, James Catherine, above 7th
*COOTS, Reuben 12th, above Spruce
*COPELAND, Allen (and bleeder) 155 Lombard
*CORNISH, Henry C St Mary’s, below 7th
CUSTIS, Lewis Washington, above 11th
*DAVIS, Manuel 34 1/2 South 2d
DAVIS, Peter Sterling alley
DEPEE, Abraham Prosperous alley
*DORSEY, Thomas 36 North 6th
*DOUGLASS, Levi 3d, below Race
*DRUMMOND, Lewis 20 North 4th
FLAMER, William Carpenter, between 8th and 9th
FORMAN, Francis Type alley
FOSTER, William Mary’s alley
FREEMAN, Charles 150 Spruce
*GORDON, jr, Robert C 57 Pine
HARRISON, Isaiah Catherine, below 7th
HENRY, James
*HILL, Champion corner 7th and Carpenter
*HOLCOMBE, Robert L rear 126 North 2d
JACKSON, Richard Lombard, above 7th
*JAMES, Richard Wood, below Schuykill 6th
JAMES, Toliver Carlton, near Schuykill 6th
JEFFRIES, jr, William corner 7th and Fitzwater
JOHNSON, H M B Otter, by Front
*LANDOWAY, Abel 20 South 4th
*LEWIS, Joseph St Mary’s, above 7th
*LUCAS, John 150 Spruce
MACKLIN, Isaac Prosperous alley
MEDAD, George Washington, above 11th
*MEDAD, Stephen Washington, above 11th
MINTO, Henry Washington, below 12th
MONTIER, Hiram Webb’s alley
MONTIER, Joseph 10th above Market
MONTIER, Richard 18 Lombard
*MONTIER, Solomon 10th above Market
MONTIER, William Webb’s alley
*MOORE, Richard 210 south 7th
MOREN, John 119 Plum
*NORRIS, John 197 Lombard
PARKER, Elam Powell, below 6th
PARKER, Wesley 18 St Mary
PERRY, John Middle alley
PLEASANT, Peter Pearl, bet 13th and Broad
*PROCTOR, Walter 17 Elizabeth
PURDY, John (and bleeder) Middle alley
*PUSEY, Alexander 157 south 4th
QUIRE, Peter Dean’s alley
*RICHMOND, James 4th, above Coates
RILEY, William H corner Little Pine and 7th
RINGOLD, Henry 157 south 4th
*ROBERTS, John B 151 Locust
ROBINSON, Joseph Pine, above 11th
*ROLLINS, Daniel North-East corner 10th and Cherry
SAUNDERS, Joseph Pine, above Master
SCOTT, Henry 144 Locust
SCOTT, James 20 North 4th
*SIMPSON, Charles 95 north 5th
SIMPSON, Emery 5th, below George, (NL)
*SIMPSON, William 48 south 4th
SMITH, William Union, above 2d
*SPENCER, Peter Locust, above 10th
*STILLE, John Centre, below 13th
STOKELY, John Pearl, above 13th
*STRATTON, John Bedford, below 8th
*TEMPLE, James Chestnut, corner Strawberry
*TERONE, Charles corner 8th and Lombard
*THOMPSON, Thomas Locust, above 10th
TURNER, Jesse Quince, above Spruce
VENNING, Luke Lebanon, below Fitzwater
*WANE, Cato B (and carpenter) 161 south 6th
WATSON, Jacob St. Mary, above 7th
WEEKS, Nathaniel Quince, above Spruce
WILLIAMS, Jacob St. Mary, above 7th
WILLIAMS, Stephen 150 Spruce
WILSON, Thomas 19 Parham
WILSON, William Henry 10th, below Lombard

Source:  Register Of Trades Of The Colored People In The City of Philadelphia And Districts, Merrihew and Gunn, Printers, 1838