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

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… 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… Read More

Cecilia, Ruth, Abeona, and Hannah Gale – Ballerinas

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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read More

John McCullough (1832-1885) – Actor

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… Read More