The year of our Lord 2005, marked the 325th year of a congregation of God's people who eventually became known as Fairfield Church.
A committee was established and set the following goals for the celebration:
An official celebration took place on October 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2006
(For the schedule of events, click here)
Our Keynote Speaker was Dr. David Calhoun,
Professor of Church History at
Covenant Theological Seminary
Fairfield Presbyterian Church is eager to preserve the history revealed in the New England Town Cemetery. This burial ground is also known as the Cohansey Cemetery. What ever the designation, these solemn grounds and grave markers are an essential expression of the history of Fairfield Presbyterian Church and in the broader context, an integral part of the history of the settlement of the early colonies and the founding of our nation. This history must be preserved.
As a part of the celebration of 325 years of history, Fairfield Presbyterian Church solicited help in the restoration work necessary to preserve the story inherent in these grounds and stones.
This involves surveying the cemetery, charting all grave markers, taking photos of the stones, doing rubbings of them and repairing the table stones of the Rev. and Mrs. Ramsey. Fairfield Church will put the information gleaned from this restoration project into a form that will be usable for many, especially for those who would do genealogical research.
To see the progress of the restoration project, click below:
Cemetery Restoration Begins
If you would like to assist in the restoration work, please send an e-mail, or call (856) 451-7687
Below is a link to an index of websites that post the names on the tombstones from several old Cemeteries in Cumberland County, New Jersey, including the two cemeteries associated with Fairfield Presbyterian Church. The index notes these cemeteries as Old Cohansey Cemetery and the Presbyterian Church, Fairfield. These are known correspondingly today as the New England Town Cemetery and the Cemetery at the Old Stone Church.
Note: these lists of names on the headstones were compiled in 1914, so later burials at the Old Stone Church yard are not listed. There were no more burials at the Cohansey Site after 1788.
Tombstone Index Link
Fairfield Church History Page
Fairfield Church Home Page
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