Category Archives: 1870s

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:


1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Wards 10 thru 12 – African Americans


A few more posts for 1863. The following covers Wards 10 thru 12. At a later date, I will attempt to find the individuals in this Census with the 1860 and 1870 Census. An earlier attempt was not fruitful but I will try again to draw connections and attach these individuals with their census records. There is so much to do – continue with older Septennial censuses, attempt to connect with the Federal census and I’m also working on posting a Trades census for Colored People.

I hope this finds someone who can find this information useful. It certainly is helpful to me in that even if I do not find ancestors, I know I’ve been through the entire census. However, this census did lead to who I believe is a 5th great grand uncle.


Ward 10

Name Surname Occupation Sex Division Pg
Barrett Saml Barber M 1 3
Perkins Amelia F 1 19
Frisby Jas M 2 36
Davis Thomas H Barber M 3 65
Richardson Nancy Ann Laundress F 6 168
Owen Jonas Coachman M 7 193

Ward 11

Name Surname Occupation Age Yr Born Sex Division Pg
Davis Moses Dealer 60 1803 M 5 111


Ward 12

Name Surname Occupation Age Yr Born Sex Division Pg
Bustill David Gent 60 1803 M 2 29
Bower D.B. Painter 40 1823 M 3 58
Fossett Redman Dealer 36 1827 M 5 119
Fossett Susan 69 1794 F 5 119
Fisher Gottlieb Corder M 5 119

Source: Septennial Census Returns, 1779–1863. Box 1026, microfilm, 14 rolls. Records of the House of Representatives. Records of the General Assembly, Record Group 7. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA.


Other Documents

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 1 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 2 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 3 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 4&5 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 7 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 8 – African Americans

1863 Septennial Census – Philadelphia Ward 9 – African Americans

Catherine (nee Little) Hogan


Catherine Little Death Certificate Catherine is my 4th Great Grandmother.

There is a portion of her death certificate that is barely visible. It states that her occupation was a Housekeeper, that she was born in Philadelphia, that she resided in the 7th Ward at the time of her death. It also lists her address and as best as I can tell that is No. ??? So. 12th Street.

Catherine was buried on January 21st, 1871 in the Lebanon Cemetery. Lebanon is now defunct and all remains have been moved to Eden Cemetery, in Collingdale, Pennsylvania. Lebanon Cemetery is where Octavius V Catto was also buried. Here is a link to a collection with some of Catto’s paper’s including the returns of the Lebanon Cemetery the week Octavius Catto was murdered in the Philadelphia Riots.

The undertaker was H.S. Duterte at No. 632 Lombard Street.