Days of Yore
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Bill Day


A 'Ghost' Story by Anthony C. Hopkins, Haddon Gazette May 6, 1982 p5
The other day, while walking on Haddon Avenue by the Friends graveyard, I heard some very eerie noises coming from the other side of the brick wall that separates the cemetery from Haddon Avenue.  It sounded like someone turning over in their grave.  Looking up over the wall, I saw the bronze tablet, in memory of Elizabeth Haddon, fastened to an old buttonwood tree, where it has been for many years.  The table reads in part "Founder and Proprietor of Haddonfield, N.J. Born 1680 - Died 1762.  Buried near this tablet.:  Wondering what could be disturbing the quiet serenity of this little Quaker cemetery, I decided to go home and refresh my reading about the history of Haddonfield.

First, I chose a book entitled " Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Settlement of Haddonfield, N.J. 1713 - 1913", printed by Franklin Printing Co., Phila., copyrighted by J. Linton Engle.  The Forward of the book tells of a letter written by Samuel N. Rhoads to the Haddonfield Civic Assoc., calling attention to the fact that " the year 1713, Elizabeth Haddon had built and occupied her house in the present borough limits, and this was properly the two hundredth anniversary of the founding of Haddonfield."

At the end of the Foreward are listed the names of the Committee on Publication.  They were Julia B. Gill, Samuel N. Rhoads, J. Linton Engle, George J. Bergan and James I. Pennypacker, Chairman.

Secondly, I chose a book entitled "This is Haddonfield", a volume published by the Haddonfield Historical Society, 1963, in recognition of the 250th Anniversary of Haddonfield, prepared by a committee of its members and under the Chairmanship of Mrs. Jesse G. Haydock.  On the first page of this book is a proclamation by the three Commissioners of Haddonfield, proclaiming 1963 to be the 250th Anniversary year of the founding of Haddonfield.

Thirdly, I checked five "Welcome Signs" posted on each of the streets leading into Haddonfield.  They all read "Welcome to Historic Haddonfield, Founded in 1713."

Fourthly, I got out three or four recent copies of the Haddon Gazette and found several articles written by Joan Alken.  One in the April 8 [1982] edition, entitled "Anniversary Dates Clarified", say that 1913 was the date which commemorated the 200th anniversary of the "founding" of Haddonfield.  The Book printed by J. Linton Engle, and describing the celebration is clearly entitled "The 200th Anniversary of the Settlement of Haddonfield".

1982 is the 300th Anniversary of the date on which Francis Collins built a house in the wilderness and called Mountwell, long before there was a Haddonfield.

2013 will be the 300th Anniversary of the date that Elizabeth Haddon built a house on a tract of land owned by her father John Haddon of England.  She named it Haddonfield.  I line in Haddonfield, not "Mountwell" or "Collinsville".

From now on when I walk past the not so tranquil Friends Cemetery along Haddon Avenue, I will be careful to cross over to the far side of the street and start whistling until I get by. Homepage
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