George Wesley Stroby (1877-1934) – A Founder of the Trilby String Band and Mummers Parade


This story was told to me by my Aunt Viola, Georges youngest child. George Wesley Stroby was born on 23 February 1877 to George B. Stroby and Mary Wilson.  His father was a “Segar maker” and was of Swedish descent.  George was the youngest …Read More

George Ewell – Baseball Player and Oysterman

An Oyster Barrow in front of the Chestnut Street Theater. Artist: Attributed to John Lewis Krimmel (1786–1821)

Born: October 29, 1850 Died: October 20, 1910 Plot: Section 18, Lot 52 In March of 1871, the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players was established.  Baseball would have its first league made up of professional clubs with an established method of determining a …Read More

John Deasley – Baseball Player

Born:  January 1861 Died:  December 25, 1910 Plot: Section 133, Lot 81 John was the son of William and Margaret Gable Deasley and the younger brother of Thomas “Pat” Deasley, a fellow Mt. Moriah Notable.  Both Pat and John were baseball players, but John …Read More

John C. B. Standbridge – Composer, Organist, and Organ Builder

J.C.B. Standbridge 1868

Born: 1801 Died: December 15, 1871 Plot: Section 47, Lot 22 John C.B. Standbridge was born in England and emigrated to the United States as a child, settling in Philadelphia. In January of 1828 he married Eleanora Gowing, daughter of John and Mary Gowing. …Read More

Matthew Semple (1813-1867) – Doctor and Professor


Born: May 21, 1813 Died: May 17, 1867 Plot: Section 18, Lot 30 Matthew was born to Matthew and Hannah Jackson Semple in May of 1813. The senior Matthew came to America in 1798 and for years operated a shipping business in Philadelphia. At …Read More

Pietro Stea – Victim of the Poison-for-Profit Ring


Birth: Unknown Death: July 1936 Plot: Section 135, Lot 305 In late 1930′s Philadelphia, playing out in neighborhoods across the city, was a murder for hire scheme that would tantalize the city and its residents for almost two and a half years. The bizarre …Read More

Israel Wilson Durham – Politician and Owner/President of the Phillies


Born: October 24 Died: June 28, 1909 Plot: Section 108, Lot 38 Israel W. Durham was born in Philadelphia, the son of Thomas and Jane Norris Durham, both Irish immigrants. The year of his birth has been listed on various documents, including US passport …Read More

Thomas T. Tasker (1799-1892) – Engineer, Industrialist, Inventor, Millionaire, and Pastor

Courtesy of the New Castle Historical Society

Born: May 12, 1799 Died: January 27, 1892 Plot: Section 130, Lot 1 Thomas T. Tasker, Sr. was born in Yorkshire, England of humble beginnings and grew throughout his life to be a very wealthy man, greatly respected by the cities of Philadelphia and …Read More

Louis LeBlanc

Born:    about 1854 Died:    8 September 1878 Plot: Section 46 Louis LeBlanc was born about 1854 in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, a sea port on a bay connected to the Caribbean Sea and long considered the second most important city in Cuba. Exactly why and when Louis LeBlanc left Cuba is …Read More

Reverend Thomas Hewlings Stockton (1808-1868)


Born:  June 4, 1808 Died:  October 9, 1868 Plot:  Section 7, Lot 58 Thomas H. Stockton was born in Mt. Holly, NJ, on June 4, 1808. He was the first of six children born to William Smith Stockton and Elizabeth Sophia Hewlings. William Stockton was …Read More