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Goodspeed Histories: The Barber Cemetery

Today I just published probably the longest article I have ever published, being the complete list, as far as I know, of the burials in the Barber Cemetery near Mount Airy, in Delaware Township, Hunterdon County. There are over 500 burials there. It is one of the few cemeteries that started out as a small, private family burying ground and turned into a major cemetery.

The Barber Cemetery (https://goodspeedhistories.com/barber-burying-ground/)
Needless to say, there are many members of the Barber family there, but there are also plentiful Holcombes, Hoppocks, Lamberts, Wilsons, and many others. If you think you have ancestors in that neck of the woods, be sure to check it out, and please be sure to let me know if I have goofed.

In the meantime . . .
I usually manage to publish an article every two weeks, but that is not the case this winter. It is my intention to focus, eventually, on a very interesting building on Main Street in Flemington. I got interested in it when I learned that it was built by one of the landowners I had discussed in my previous article, “Coming into the Station (https://goodspeedhistories.com/coming-into-the-station/) ,” the last one in the series on the Delaware Flemington Railroad route, the one that never got built. That landowner was John C. Hopewell.

But I can’t seem to write short articles anymore. Regular readers may have noticed how I have more and more come to see connections to people and places that make any story more complex and more interesting. When it comes to Main Street, Flemington, that could not be more true.

As a result, rather than focusing on one article about one building, I am collecting information on a collection of buildings and storekeepers near the Flemington Court House, that I will probably gather under the title of “Main Street Merchants.” Stay tuned.

Speaking of the Railroad Series
It took a long time, but I finally finished the saga of the Delaware Flemington Railroad Co. (“The Route Not Taken”) on January 9, 2021. Once finished, I decided to make a proper list of the articles in the series, and to my dismay found that I had not numbered them properly. So, I have updated the “Index of Articles (https://goodspeedhistories.com/index-of-articles/) ” and found that there were 15 in all! Much more than I expected when I started way back in 2019.

Winter Weather
February has certainly been making up for the lack of winter weather in January. Back in 1857, January delivered a whopper of a storm, as related in the Hunterdon Gazette for Jan. 21, 1857, with the headline: “FURIOUS STORM!” Subheadings for the story were
The article went on to report that “The Court House Safe.” Imagine a storm so severe it threatened the Flemington Courthouse! Regrettably, the editor did not estimate the depth of the snow, probably because the wind blew it into enormous drifts.

Take heart, spring is on the way; I know because Pollen.com is already counting pollen levels.

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