New Castle, Delaware
Community History and Archaeology Program 

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Marker text: Founded as a Dutch Reformed Church in 1657. The first building was on the Strand end of the church lot. This church was one of 7 which organized the first Presbytery in American in 1706. Present brick meeting house was built in 1707.

New Castle Presbyterian Church
Historical information -- Graves and Member information since 1700

Church web site

Church history, by Jean Bankert (1989) (2mb pdf)

Cemetery records compiled by Richard D. Wright(1996), transcribed by Victor Clark(2006) who added the records for the Memorial Garden and and stones in the churchyard.

Before 1800, the church cemetery was on the site of the current education building. In 1802 land for a new cemetery was acquired. There are 674 individuals listed in the table for the cemetery, and 15 graves prior to 1802 in the churchyard.

Among the prominent early family names on stones here are Black, Cooch, Couper, Dalby, Darragh, Eliason, Francis Janvier (b 1655), Jefferson, Johns, Grantham, and McCallmont. The number of burials represents a small fraction of the people who have been members of the church.

Membership information since about 1700 (including birth, marriage and death dates) from Session records as a single large (3000 rows!) table or via a Name search

This information for New Castle residents was transcribed by Vic Clark from records at the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia.

James L. Meek '08