Deans Cemetery
Deans, Middlesex County, New Jersey

Date: 08/20/2001

Cemetery: Deans Cemetery
Established: 1783
Street: Major Rd South Brunswick Farms
Type: Road-private

City: Deans N. J.
Township: South Brunswick
County: Middlesex
State: New Jersey
Nation: USA
Zip: N/A

Nearby: Crossroads School across RR bridge
Location: Rural-mixed
Land: Flat
Watersource: Yes
Features: Farm Land
Sign: Yes
Land Type: Private
Access: Open
Enclosure: Fence-Broken
Gate: Non-locking

Status: Abandoned
Size: Medium
Gravestones: 97
Oldest: 10/1783
Newest: 3/22/1916
Unmarked: Yes
Broken: Yes
Toppled: No
Buried: Unsure
Removed: No
Weather problems: Yes
Pollution problems: No

Association: No
Records: Yes
Inventory: No
Records location: Local historian around 1969

Condition: Cemetery neglected
Vandalized: No
Overgrowth: Graves-Disturbing
Overgrowth: Gravestones-Disturbing
Vegetation: Trees
Vegetation: Ground-Cover
Vegetation: Vines
Drainage: Good
Restoration: Work underway - Minor improvements made

Owner: Private
Use: Agricultural
Bordering: Agricultural
Change: Same
Reason: N/A
Visited: Rarely
Archeology: No
Contacted: You are the first official contact
Other Information

This cemetery lies surrounded by land owned by a developer. Past ownership contacted the family in a attempt to acquire the cemetery land but they were refused. I came into contact with a member of the Deans family and together we tried to clean it but we made a very small dent. I am in the process of contacting the local farm caretaker about putting together a group to clean the .53 acre site. Revolutionary soldiers as well as family slaves are buried in this cemetery. The descendent I have come to know is in Montana and cannot assist in saving this cemetery. I want to preserve and acknowledge it's existence for the community and the family members. I took them there in June 2001 because they had not been able to locate it. One soldiers grave has been covered by brush and perfectly preserved and others are in good condition. I am planning to contact a local VFW historian in town with hopes of gaining his help and the local boy scouts to clear the brush away. I was done in 1989 and had not been touched since. I have articles and pictures of the cemetery as well as family photos and wills. I have struck a strong bond with the descendents and hope to have the cemetery clean and acknowledge by the time they visit in December 2001.


I am the only contact right now. I am trying to drum up local support.

Submitted by:

Name: James Shackleford
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