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William Adair
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Birth: Jul., 1836
Death: Jul. 27, 1836
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Dying at just 8 days old, William Adair was the son of William and Mary Ann Adair. His cause of death was listed as "inflammation of the stomach". I do not know if he was related to my Adairs, but wanted to add his record for posterity.

City records indicate he was interred at Philanthropic Burial Ground in south Philadelphia. Those buried there were moved in 1914 to Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill. We must hope young William made the trip, and that here online he may rest in peace.

A plaque stands at Arlington Cemetery which reads:

"To the memory of those who were buried in the Philanthropic Burial Ground located at Passyunk Avenue, Tasker and 12th Streets, in the District of Southwark. Removed to Arlington Cemetery November 1914."

The local press covered some of the proceedings:

Philadelphia Inquirer, June 5, 1914

Philanthropic Cemetery at Twelfth and Dickinson Streets Sold
93 Houses to be Built on Land

The old burial ground at the southeast corner of Twelfth and Dickinson streets has been sold by the Philanthropic Cemetery to A. J. Margolin. The price paid is not disclosed. The property has the following frontages: 240 feet on Twelfth street, 120 feet on Dickinson street, 140 feet on Tasker street and 170 feet on Passyunk avenue by 125 feet on the southwest line and 370 feet on the northeast line. The land will be developed by the purchaser, who will erect on the site an operation of 93 dwellings. The total expenditure for the land and the improvements will approximate $200,000.

Philadelphia Inquirer, August 7, 1914

Wish to Abandon Old Cemetery

The first legal step in the proposed abandonment of the cemetery of the Philanthropic Burial Grounds Association at Passyunk Avenue, Twelfth, Tasker and Dickinson streets, was taken yesterday in Quarter Sessions Court. Judge Audenried signed an order directed to parties interested to show cause why the bodies not in the cemetery should not be removed to some other burial ground and re-interred. The rule will be argued on August 31.

Philadelphia Inquirer, September 1, 1914

Judge Audenried heard objections to sale of the Philanthropic Burial Grounds and removal of bodies to Arlington Cemetery.

Philadelphia Inquirer, September 3, 1914

Authorizes Cemetery Sale
Judge Also Directs That Bodies May Be Removed

Complaints of lot holders having been heard and adjusted in the matter of the abandonment of the cemetery of the Philanthropic Burial Grounds Association, at Twelfth and Tasker streets, Judge Audenried, in Quarter Sessions Court yesterday, entered a decree authorizing the removal of the
bodies and the sale of the ground.

The Philanthropic Burial Grounds Association was organized in 1834, and there are now about 800 lot holders with 10,000 to 12,000 bodies interred in the grounds. The prospective purchaser of the old cemetery made an offer of $67,000. The cemetery contains little over two acres of ground.

Arlington Cemetery
Drexel Hill
Delaware County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: unknown
Created by: sr/ks
Record added: May 27, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27130611
William Adair
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