LAMINGTON BLACK CEMETERY
Cowperthwaite Road, Bedminster, Somerset County, New Jersey

Submitted by Allan P. Duncan


I am sending you records of the Lamington Black Cemetery located in Bedminster, NJ. I found it abandoned and forgotten and as a community service project with the kids I work with we cleaned it up. I then set up a committee and we renovated it over the past year.

It is also believed that Cuffy Barnet, “The Lamington Black Saint” is buried in this cemetery, however no records exist of his burial. Cuffy presided over many of the burials at the cemetery before his death in 1844. Rutgers University conducted a survey of the Lamington Black Cemetery in the Fall of 1985 and found that were at least 96 graves at the burial ground. There are a number of plain fieldstone markers with no inscriptions marking graves and rows of sunken unmarked graves still in existence. The cemetery was cleaned and preserved by a group of concerned citizens and re-dedicated on October 7, 2001. It is probably the most historically significant black cemetery in New Jersey since research has shown documented links between people buried there with their lives as slaves in New Jersey.

I have also included a URL to an article about our work there:

Lamington black cemetery restoration celebrated



Tombstones Still Present On May 24, 2000

1. Martin King, died March 25, 1867, aged 72 years (Slave of Henry Blackwell of Bedminster, Manumitted on June 17, 1830)
2. Harriet wife of Samuel Henry, daughter of Martin and Catherine King, died May 25, 1861
3. Susan daughter of Martin and Catherine King, died February 19, 1867
4. George Henry, died June 1, 1863, aged 80 years old. (Slave of James Henry of Bedminster, Manumitted on April 16, 1825)
5. Agnes S., daughter of Rheuben and Hannah Craig who died March 16, 1889
6. Samuel Lane, died June 4, 1848, age 55 years (Slave of Tunis Lane of Bridgewater, Manumitted April 18, 1829)
7. George W. Lane, died from disease contracted while in the service of his country, June 16, 1861, aged 21 years, 1 month, 5 days 
8. Oliver C., son of PC and Lydia Lane, died December 9, 1880, age 15 years
9. Savilla Ann Bray, died November 26, 1868, age 57 years
10. Abraham Bray, died May 9, 1866, age 38 years
11. Nancy Kennedy, died July 26, 1868, age 38 years
12. Nancy wife of Jacob Vandervoort, born 1806, died 1869
13. William H. Van Horn, d. August 30, 1887 age 58, Private, Company H, 43rd Regiment, US Colored Troops
14. Samuel Field 1834-1906
15. William Dodd 1828-1908, Private Company B, 8th Regiment, US Colored Troops
16. Betsey Traphagen, Colored, died March 18, 1874, age 72
17. Jacob Pierson, born June 8, 1779, died February 27, 1864. Wife Mary Pierson, born July 8, 1782, died June 29, 1856
18. Children of John II and Nancy Pierson, Jacob H., died December 13, 1865, age 2 years, 9 months, 18 days, Ann Elizabeth, died October 19, 1867, age 9 months, 17 days
19. Harriet Neual Layton and her children

William Timbrook Layton, born August 31, 1846
Peter Clark Layton, born September 4, 1848
George Vesoner Layton, born February 18, 1852
Anna Augusta Layton, born September 1, 1856
Mariah Louisa Layton, born May 18, 1866
(There are no death dates for any of these people on the stone)
20. Agnes S. daughter of Rheuben and Hannah Craig who died March 16, 1889
21. Richard Hurling, born January 5, 1813, died April 14, 1881, his wife Leah, died June 17, 1890
22. Thomas Herling, died November 27, 1856 (Born 1786 according to Rutgers study)
23. Dian wife of Benjamin Somerset, died March 18, 1865 age 66 years (Benjamin Somerset and wife Caty were slaves of Aaron Longstreet of Bedminster, Manumitted on December 16, 1837)

Tombstones Recorded By Rutgers University in 1985 But That Are Now Missing

24. Jacob Vandervoort, born September 8, 1812 (attached to the bottom of wife Nancy’s broken stone)
25. “Cuff” Cline, born 1808, died March 16, 1906
26. Anabela Henry, born 1883, died April 2, 1884, (Daughter of George Henry)
27. John W. McIntyre, born 1847, died June 8, 1882
28. Nathan Branch Sutphin, born 1880, died December 4, 1882
29. William Tennet Todd, born October 18, 1854, died 1929
30. Mary Isabela Vanderveer, born 1820, died June 4, 1884


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