Montgomery Cemetery (West Norriton Township, Pennsylvania)
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Montgomery Cemetery is a cemetery located near the Schuylkill River on Hartranft Avenue and along Jackson Street in West Norriton Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, immediately adjacent to and southwest of the Municipality of Norristown. Founded in the late 1840s, the cemetery is the final resting place of several high-ranking Civil War officers, as well as one of the former governors of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The cemetery is adjacent to Riverside Cemetery, which was founded a half century later, during the fin de siècle era of the 19th century. The cemetery is currently administered by the Historical Society of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, located in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
==Origins and History==
The Montgomery Cemetery Company, which originally owned and maintained the cemetery, was incorporated by act of the Pennsylvania General Assembly on April 10, 1848. The initial members of the cemetery company were William Hamil, John R. Cooken, Adam Slemmer, Henry Freedley, James Wells, Abraham Markley, John Freedley, and Joseph Fornance, with the first five being trustees.〔Act of April 10, 1848 (1849 P.L. 734, No. 398), https://archive.org/stream/lawsofgenerala1849penn#page/734〕 The of land for the cemetery had been sold to the company on March 31, 1848, by one of the trustees, William Hamil, and his wife Willimina.〔Deed, from William Hamill et ux. to Montgomery Cemetery Company (dated March 31, 1848, recorded November 21, 1849). Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Recorder of Deeds. Deed Book 74, Pages 694-695. Available at the Historical Society of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, in Norristown.〕 The first burials in the cemetery ensued shortly thereafter.
The cemetery was originally a part of Norriton Township when the cemetery company was incorporated.〔Act of April 10, 1848 (1849 P.L. 734, No. 398), https://archive.org/stream/lawsofgenerala1849penn#page/734〕 When the then-Borough of Norristown annexed the land immediately to the northeast of the cemetery in 1853, the cemetery's land, including the road leading to the cemetery (now Hartranft Avenue), was specifically omitted from the annexation.〔Act of March 26, 1853 (P.L. 228, No. 163), §§ 1-5, https://archive.org/stream/lawsofgeneralass1853penn#page/228〕 However, the cemetery company's land along and beside Hartranft Avenue, not including the cemetery itself, became a part of the then-Borough of Norristown on January 18, 1909.〔Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Clerk of Courts. ''In re Extension of the Borough of Norristown'', Election Case No. 206 (Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, January 18, 1909) (filing of annexation ordinance). Available at Montgomery County Archives, East Norriton, Pennsylvania.〕 Less than two months later, the cemetery itself became a part of West Norriton Township after Norriton Township was divided on March 9, 1909.〔Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Clerk of Courts. ''In the matter of the Application to divide the Township of Norriton into two Townships'', Election Case No. 205 (Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, March 9, 1909) (final decree). Available at Montgomery County Archives, East Norriton, Pennsylvania.〕
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