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Jeremiah Leeds Grave & Cemetery - Northfield, NJ
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
N 39° 21.789 W 074° 33.036
18S E 538714 N 4357173
Quick Description: Whoa! Talk about strange. Wake up in the morning in your suburban home, go out front to the car, back up and be careful to not run into the cemetery in the middle of the cul-de-sac!
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 8/5/2010 12:08:50 AM
Waymark Code: WM9DDC
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member Max Cacher
Views: 2

Long Description:

This site is also worthy of Weird NJ. There are four graves, on a mound, in the center of a cul-de-sac surrounded by houses. The most notable grave is that of Jeremiah Leeds, the first full time and permanent resident of Atlantic City, NJ. The three other graves were hard to read and I am pretty sure they were not as noteworthy as the aforementioned citizen. The locals seemed unimpressed we were posing and snapping pictures. There are steps made of concrete blocks, set into the ground, leading up to the mound. The name of the street is called Oxford Circle (I grew up @ Oxford Circle, except that is in N.E. Philadelphia).

This roadside attraction is definitely roadside. You do not need to leave the car. Just drive around the circle. There is also a historic marker there. It reads:

Jeremiah Leeds Settled On
Absecon Beach in 1783 The
First Permanent Settler
In What is Now Atlantic City

It is agreed by most historians that Jeremiah Leeds was the first permanent settler on Absecon Island although there is some difference as to the exact date. Jeremiah's son, Chalkey, Atlantic City first mayor, was of the opinion that it was about 1783 but others say around 1800. It is known, however, that in 1805 he owned a plantation on the island laying claim to everything from the Inlet to Dry Inlet (Jackson Avenue) except 131 acres to the north end of the island called the Chamberlain Tract.

City, Town, or Parish / State / Country: Not listed

Approximate number of graves: Not listed

Cemetery Status: Not listed

Cemetery Website: Not listed

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