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Mount Olive Cemetery

Wilmington, Delaware

Cherry Tree

The Cherry Tree

TIMELINE - a place in History

1862 - property for St. Peter's Cemetery purchased by Mother AUMP church
1914 - St. Peter's Cemetery moved to present location, Mount Olive
2012 - 150th anniversary of the cemetery founding
2014 - 100th anniversary of Mount Olive

(including records of burials moved from St. Peter's Cemetery at Bancroft Parkway and Lancaster Avenue)

STONES POSTED BURIALS IDENTIFIED
(St. Peter's and Mount Olive)
Earliest stone identified Last  Updated
927 4930 1861
  • POSTED:
    • 1862-1899
    • 1903-1906
    • 1916-1919
    • 1954-1955
Mount Olive Cemetery is an historic African-American cemetery located near Wilmington, DE on Lancaster Avenue. The cemetery entrance is marked with  a Historic Marker - from the Delaware State website.

Because of 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.

Quiet Woods

Snow blankets the east grove..

Footprints in the snow show visitors ...


VOLUNTEERS: Please see our contacts if you can assist with maintenance.

Work in progess:
Aug 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.
  • Research burial records to identify residents with no stones. Completed through 1897!
Digital images of existing stones are available. Contact  rmbarry1066@earthlink.net

LIMITATIONS:

Early death records don't always have a burial location. A transcript of the earliest records is here





The location(s) cited in burial / death records for this survey include 'St. Peters', 'Front and Union', 'Mt. Olive', 'Ezion', 'Union 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.

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UNIDENTIFIED STONES

All identifiable stones were photographed fall / winter / spring 2011-2012
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Notes for GPS:

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)

We 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 available. 

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

                        Spring Cherry blooms
Last updated:
Vistors since 28 Jul 2012