Robert “Bobby” Newcomb (aka Robert Hughes) – Performer

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Born:    November 13, 1847 – England Died:    June 1, 1888 Plot: Section 123, Elks Rest The earliest report of a performance by Bobby Newcomb is recorded in Canada in 1856. A year later, he drew the attention of W.W. Newcomb and became a member of the …Read More

Richard Risley Carlisle (1814-1874) – Circus Performer


Born: 1814 Died: May 1874 Plot: Section 11, Lot 14 Richard Risley Carlisle, athlete, gymnast, postmaster and bounty hunter amongst other things was born in the Bass River area of New Jersey. At an early age he became a gymnast in a traveling circus …Read More

Cecilia, Ruth, Abeona, and Hannah Gale – Ballerinas

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Plot: Section 36, Lot 77 On the evening of September 14, 1861, an audience of more than 1,500 filled The National Theatre on Walnut Street to see a performance of “The Tempest” produced by William Wheatley. Wheatley, a Philadelphia actor and manager, had leased …Read More

Edwin Adams (1834-1877) – Actor


Born: February 3, 1834 Died: October 28, 1877 Plot: Section 203, Lot 37 Edwin Adams was born in Medford, Massachusetts in 1834. Although he did not come from a theatrical family, he chose to pursue the dramatic profession at an early age. He first …Read More

Luigi Germani – Circus Performer


Born: 1820 Died: December 5, 1902 Plot: Section 1, Lot 93 Born in Italy in 1820, Luigi Germani became a member of the Royal Italian Circus when he was 18 years old. The horseback rider, performer and juggler came to the United States in …Read More

John Whitehead (1948-2004) – Musician


Born: July 10, 1948 Died: May 11, 2004 Plot: Across from section J in front of the Gate House near the trolley loop John Whitehead was born and raised in Philadelphia. He teamed with fellow Philadelphian and high school classmate Gene McFadden to form …Read More

Robert Heller – Magician


Born: August 19, 1829 Died: November 28, 1878 Plot: Section 135, Lot 189 Heller was born William Henry Palmer in England, the son of a concert pianist. He was a student at the Royal Academy of Music when he became fascinated with magic. He …Read More

John McCullough (1832-1885) – Actor

John E. McCullough

Born: November 14, 1832 Died: November 8, 1885 Actor Plot: Section 149, Lot 1 John Edward McCullough was born in Coleraine, Ireland. He went to America at the age of sixteen, and made his first appearance on the stage at the Arch Street Theatre, Philadelphia, …Read More