Welcome to Historic
The Cherry Tree
TIMELINE - a place
property for St. Peter's Cemetery purchased by Mother AUMP church
St. Peter's Cemetery moved to present location, Mount Olive
150th anniversary of the cemetery founding
100th anniversary of Mount Olive
of burials moved from St. Peter's
Cemetery at Bancroft Parkway and Lancaster Avenue)
(St. Peter's and Mount Olive)
Cemetery is an historic African-American
near Wilmington, DE on
Avenue. The cemetery entrance is marked with a Historic
Marker - from the Delaware State website.
the move from St. Peters to Mount Olive in the early 1900s,
the use of
death records, census and newspaper clippings will help identify not
only the persons with existing tombstones, but additional people buried
here as well.
Snow blankets the east grove..
Footprints in the snow show visitors ...
Please see our contacts
if you can assist with maintenance.
|Work in progess:
Jul 2014 -
Work is on-going; even in the summer heat.
The cemetery has been re-numbered at least 3 times - trying
to develop a plot map is challenging!
Some Wilmington burial permits do contain lot/section identification.
Some markers have been moved or replaced with family initial stones.
Digital images of existing stones are available. Contact email@example.com
- Research burial
records to identify residents with no stones. Completed
Early death records
don't always have a burial location. A transcript of the earliest
records is here
burial / death records
this survey include 'St. Peters', 'Front and Union', 'Mt. Olive',
Cemetery'. References to 'Col. Cemetery'; where other family members
are buried at Mount Olive or St. Peters are included. Some persons
identified by tombstones found in Mount Olive are actually listed in
the death records as 'internment at Mt. Zion'.
The earliest burial records do not indicate a burial location.
NOTE: Stones which were moved from St. Peters are sometimes in a WSW
orientation. Later stones are in an EW orientation, facing the dawn.
stones were photographed fall / winter / spring
The entrance to the cemetery is:
N39° 45'.379 W-075° 35'.863
All stones within the cemetery are:
N39° 45.xxx W-075° 35'.xxx
(note: my gps reads -075 as a positive number; on an absolute
coordinate map the cemetery is -075 xxxx)
were able to find stones with ca. 7 ft accuracy on a clear day using a
hand-held GPS. Accuracy under the trees was about 10 ft.
GPS coordinates will be added to existing stones as
This information is
provided to help
family genealogists, historians and anyone with interest in Wilmington
communities and families.
Facing East from West Corner of Mount Olive
Vistors since 28 Jul 2012