SOUTH 9th STREET (MEC) CEMETERY
1st Methodist Church in New Castle
The Methodist Episcopal Church that was established in New Castle about 1827 used this cemetery. The early church trustees were Hugh Carroll, William Conner, John Coleburn, John Powell and William Sparks. For several years those living in the area known as the "Hobson Neighborhood" used this more or less as a neighborhood cemetery. It was located on land that was owned by the Hobson family. It and the old New Castle cemetery that is located on North 14th Street were the first cemeteries in the town proper. They remained in use up until the establishment of the South-mound cemetery, which was established on 11 Sep 1858. The cemetery didn't see much use after that time.
Sometime in the early 1900s, the stones that were remaining standing were removed to the backyard of a home on Spring Street and remained there until several were discovered during a cleanup of the property on Spring Street in 2002. I have in my possession two stones from the old cemetery, Revil Coleburn's and his daughter's Jane Webster. Several others were located but taken away by someone before they could be recovered. The lot was then used for the erecting of a Methodist church over the old cemetery.
There are two veterans of the Revolution buried here, Hugh Healey and Revil Coleburn. Most of the people buried here were in some way related to Revil and Margaret Coleburn. Many of those that died during the cholera epidemic of 1833 are also buried here.
There are no known records of every burial in this old cemetery, some estimates have it as from 50 to 100 people were buried here, they say it was full of burials.
The following is a partial list of burials taken from several records that mentioned the old cemetery.
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