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Sunday, July 10, 2016

A Change of Location

& Something Different:

"Dead Actors Guild" Graveyard Tour

 MCGS General Meeting at 1:30PM

Christ Church,

at the Four Corners in Shrewsbury

Join us for a different kind of July General Meeting at our usual time, 1:30 p.m., at a different location. This time we will be meeting at Christ Church, the historic Episcopal Church on the southeast corner of Shrewsbury’s historic Four Corners, Route 35 and Sycamore Avenue.

We will be treated to a tour of the church’s historic graveyard led by church Historian Robert Kelly, Jr. and costumed docents from his troupe, the Dead Actors’ Guild. Members Patrice Thornton and Judi Buncher are scheduled to tell us about the long-gone church members they portray, as well as narrate tales about many other celebrated, noted or colorful residents of the cemetery.

Historian Kelly has researched and written the scripts for the various actors in his troupe. Judi Buncher, who will portray Shrewsbury Historian J. Louse Jost, makes many of the costumes. She has enjoyed making authentic costumes for historic interpreters at Allaire State Park for many years.

Patrice Thornton will portray Graham Kearney Cooke, wife of 18th century pastor Samuel Cooke. Reverend Cooke, as a representative of the Church of England, was unsafe in the Revolutionary hotbed of Monmouth County and returned to England in 1775, but his wife’s remains are buried in the graveyard.

The parish of Christ Church was founded in 1702, soon after the Reverend George Keith, an Anglican missionary dispatched by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (SPG), held services in the home of Lewis Morris, later the first Royal Colonial Governor of New Jersey. In 1706 the parish acquired the small parcel of land at the present-day church location.

The first church building was erected on this site 1732-33. King George II granted the official charter in 1738 (on display in the church today), but after about 25 years this building was determined to no longer be suitable and the present building was constructed between 1769 and 1774 under the leadership of Reverend Cooke.

The entrance to the church parking lot is located on Sycamore Avenue, just east of the parish hall. Limited parking is available on Sycamore Avenue. You can also park in the Shrewsbury Borough complex just across the street. Note: Be careful crossing busy Route 35 on foot. We’d rather you didn’t join the other residents of the graveyard quite yet.

TMC July 2016

Refreshments are at 1:30: and the meeting will start at 2PM  at the Christ Church in Shrewsbury Guests are welcome.

Irish Special Interest Group

Frustration, like misery, loves company. That’s the idea behind the founding of the new MCGS Irish Special Interest Group. Already at least six sons and daughters of the Old Sod have signed up for the inaugural meeting 10 a.m. Saturday, July 23rd at the home of  Susan O’Brien, 875 River Road, Fair Haven.   Bring a book on Ireland.

To add your name to the list of attendees, contact either: Susan O’Brien by phone at 732-747-0090 or email at  or Judy Bretzger at 732-542-0963 or

African-American Special Interest Group

We meet at 1PM the second Saturday of each month at the Calvary Baptist Church at Bridge Avenue and River Street in Red Bank. 

The next meeting is Saturday, June 11th at 1:00PM.    

For more information contact Charles Lawson at (732)530-1995 or .

German Special Interest Group

The next German Special Interest Group will meet Saturday, June 18th, 2016.  We are having a German Potluck lunch at Ray Veths.  Contact Debbie for more information.

At this time we don't have a group leader but if anyone is interested in taking over this position, it would be very welcome. 

If you aren't already on the email list, please contact  Debbie White at so that you can be added to the list and informed of any changes in meeting dates etc.

Monmouth Roots Group

The next Monmouth Roots Group will meet Saturday, June 11th the Colts Neck Library, 1 Winthrop Drive, Colts Neck from 10AM to 12PM

For more information, please contact Lynn Wilson so that you can be added to the list and informed of any changes in meeting dates etc.

Scot-Irish Special Interest Group

The New Scots-Irish Special Interest Group will meet Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 10AM to 12PM.  Contact Donna for the location.

If you aren't already on the email list, please contact  Donna at for more information.

Memoirs Group

 June 8th  will be the next meeting. Contact Lynn Wilson at for more information.

Also available here:

Cornelius Walling complete will 9627M dated August 22, 1825 from Book B wills folio 461 from the Monmouth County Surrogates Office.

Cornelius Walling inventory 9627M dated January 25, 1826 from Book C inventories p. 144  from the Monmouth County Surrogates Office



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