Also, called and known by some as the
Old Methodist Church Cemetery

[NOTE, 13 Apr 2001, courtesy of Gary MAHER: "It is my understanding that it was never associated with any Methodist Church. It was a private family burial ground. I have heard that there were discussions with the Methodist Church about assuming possession of the cemetery, but that they never did so."]

Courtesy of: Audrey (Shields) Hancock
October 2000

Located on PRIVATE PROPERTY behind stockade fencing at:
310 Springfield Avenue
but owned by the unknown family living at:
330 Springfield Avenue
Westfield, Union Co., NJ 07090

[NOTE, 13 Apr 2001, courtesy of Gary MAHER: It is located near Mountainside, NJ border, which is about .4 mile away, near the Springfield Avenue entrance to Echo Lake Park (Mill Lane).]

[NOTE: This little Colonial graveyard is located on PRIVATE PROPERTY and is in very poor shape, but in what could be a beautiful setting. It is accessible only via a steep PRIVATE DRIVEWAY beside the house at 330 Springfield Avenue, but located behind the house at 310 Springfield Avenue. This cemetery is situated in the northwest corner of the township in Westfield. The majority of the stones have been dislodged from their bases and found lying on the ground, thus covered with vines, weeds, leaves, etc.. Many are covered in dirt of varying degrees. They are being left to decomposition; and many are etched away in time via the elements due to their fate. The mini-story told on each gravestone is lost or will soon be lost forever.  ASH]

Dave KANE's site:

History & Genealogy of Westfield, New Jersey and Vicinity
There are links to MAPS, HISTORY, & GENEALOGIES.

Courtesy of: Harman R. CLARK
Other side: Brief outline of the CLARK family is not shown.

Courtesy of: Audrey (SHIELDS) HANCOCK
October 2000

Photo courtesy of: Audrey (SHIELDS) HANCOCK
October 2000

Jacob Miller
s/o Enoch Miller and Keziah Ross
born 4 Mar 1794 & died Dec 1869.

Jacob married #1 Elizabeth Ross b 1793 & d 14 Sep 1846 at 53y.
Jacob married #2 Elizabeth C. Lee b 1820 & d 28 Apr 1861.
As we can see both predeceased Jacob.
Information courtesy of Gary MAHER via Harman CLARK

Courtesy of: Audrey (SHIELDS) HANCOCK
October 2000

[NOTE: Elizabeth was the name of the 1st and 2nd wives of Jacob MILLER. It is unknown which wife's gravestone this Elizabeth represents.  ASH]

Courtesy of: Audrey (SHIELDS) HANCOCK
October 2000

According to above INSCRIPTION information, Keziah, was the wf/o Enoch MILLER (#3). This Enoch MILLER (#3) was actually the third generation of the Enoch Miller family. Enoch (#3) was the son of Enoch Miller, Jr. and Eliza Ross.
Information courtesy of Gary MAHER via Harman CLARK

Descendancy of Audrey (Shields) Hancock
  1. Samuel MILLER m Elizabeth RIGGS
  2. Enoch MILLER, Sr. m Hannah BAKER
  3. Enoch MILLER, Jr. m Eliza ROSS
  4. Mary "Polly" MILLER m Joseph DUNHAM & went to OH.
  5. Ross DUNHAM m Westfield, NJ to Sarah "Sally" ROLL & went to OH.
    Sarah "Sally" ROLL, dau/o Jacob ROLL & Elizabeth "Betsey" MILLS
    Jacob ROLL, s/o Abraham ROLL & Mary BROOKS
  6. James DUNHAM, Sr. m Anna SANDS
  7. James DUNHAM, Jr. m Margaret Elizabeth SLONAKER
  8. Mary Jane DUNHAM m Gideon Winfield CREAGER
  9. Sarah Margaret CREAGER m Raymond Dale SHIELDS
  10. Dale Caleb SHIELDS m Rita Marie LEHMANN
  11. Audrey Ann SHIELDS

Courtesy of: Dave SHIELDS of Long Island
October 1999

James ROLL (aka James RAWLE)
and his wife, Catherine "Caty" (DUNHAM) ROLL

James ROLL/RAWLE b 11 Apr 1787 Essex Co., NJ & d 2 Jul 1871.
Catherine, dau/o David DUNHAM & his unknown second wife; b 8 May 1792 Essex Co., NJ & d 16 Aug 1865.
James and Catherine were married 20 Nov 1808 in Westfield Presbyterian Church, Westfield, Union Co., NJ.
They lived in Westfield, Union Co. [originally in Essex Co.], NJ.
Both are buried in the MILLER-ROLL Cemetery [aka Old Methodist Cemetery at Branch Mills] in what is now Mountainside, Union Co., NJ.

  1. Jan Mangelse (aka Jan/Johannes/John ROLL) & Tryntje PIETERS
  2. Pieter Janse ROLL & Jannetje DuCHESNE
  3. John Mangels ROLL & Elizabeth ???
  4. Abraham ROLL & Mary BROOKS
  5. Brooks ROLL & Phebe ROSS
    [Brooks was brother of Jacob ROLL, my ancestral grandfather, who married #1 Elizabeth "Betsey" MILLS, dau/o William MILLS & probably Amy ???.
    Brooks & Jacob and others were siblings to the murdered Baltus ROLL for whom the Baltusrol Golf Club carries its name.  ASH]
  6. James ROLL & Catherine DUNHAM
[NOTE: David M. SHIELDS (a contributor & fellow researcher) descends via James ROLL.]

Union Co., NJ Cemeteries Homepage

Webpage by:   Audrey (Shields) Hancock of Portage, Michigan

Created: 17 November 2000
Revised: 17 August 2006

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