Who's Buried Here

Closed by mid-19th c., the graveyard is the resting place for a diverse population: artisans, craftsmen, elected officials, sea captains, merchants, doctors, lawyers, and members of Provincial Councils, State and Continental Congresses. The listing of 1793, 1794 and 1798 Yellow Fever victims is lengthy. Over 235 men of the 672 Third Church members who served (and counting!) in the Revolution are buried here…each grave marked with a 13 star flag.


Noteworthy people include: a signer of the U. S. Constitution; a captain of the First City Troop; Federal and State attorneys general; sexton/official bell ringer of the State House; Philadelphia’s oldest citizen (age 122); and a man who died, age 108, in 1792 leaving 121 living descendants. Also two notable 18th c. women: one a playmate of George III’s children, who also became the War of 1812 Keeper of Philadelphia’s powder magazine when her husband died; the other whose business became the official printer of legal forms in Philadelphia for over 50 years.  We are discovering and documenting history daily.