Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Postcard Collection...Report Number Seven

The Germantown Cemetery in Philadelphia was known as the Upper Burial Ground. It was once known as the Ax Burying Ground because John Frederick Ax was the keeper of the accounts for the cemetery. Later on it was called the Concord Burial Ground. There was a school built next to it in the year 1775 called The Concord School. By 1756, John Frederick Ax was too old and feeble to attend to the grounds and accounts. It was during the time about 1756 that it received the name of Ax's Burying Ground. The burying ground was run by John Frederick Ax from 1724 to 1756.
Here are buried fifty-two known and five unknown soldiers of the Revolution, as well as eleven from the War of 1812 and one from the Mexican War. The burying ground was created in 1692 and the high front wall was completed in 1724. The burying ground was created from a deed by Paul Wulff. It had its own trustees who kept their own records, but didn't actually start keeping records until 1761 One of the earliest stones is Cornelius Teisen who arrived in Germantown in 1684 and died in 1716 at age 63. There are Indians buried here and Germantown's "Methuselah," Adam Shisler, who died in 1777 and whose tombstone incorrectly reads, "age 969 years."

Soldiers buried in the Upper Burial Ground can be found here:

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