Advertisement

 Joseph “The White Pilgrim” Thomas

Advertisement

Joseph “The White Pilgrim” Thomas

Birth
Orange County, North Carolina, USA
Death 9 Apr 1835 (aged 44)
Johnsonburg, Warren County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Johnsonburg, Warren County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 8157669 View Source
Suggest Edits

Joseph Thomas was a famed traveling preacher. He preached in hundreds of cities east of the Mississippi. He began trotting through the quiet farm communities in New Jersey in the early 1800's. He was known as the White Pilgrim for dressing in all white, right down o white boots and straddling white horse. Some say it was to ward off evil spirits while other say it was to garner attention. He had a reputation of doing drastic things in the name of religion. He died of smallpox. He was originally interred in the Dark of the Moon Cemetery, near the Dark of The Moon Tavern. The church did appreciate their pastor's overzealous piety. They decided that they didn't want to have his contaminated corpse buried beside the upstanding Christian citizens of the area. He was re-interred in the Christian cemetery in 1846. ---Summarized from Weird NJ Magazine, "Your Travel Guide to New Jersey's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets."


Inscription

JOSEPH THOMAS
Minister of the Gospel in the
CHRISTIAN CHURCH.
Known as the White Pilgrim
by reason of wearing white
raiment,

Died April 9, 1835,
aged 44 yrs. 1 mo. & 2 d's.


Family Members

Spouse
Children

Flowers

In their memory
Plant Memorial Trees

Advertisement

  • Maintained by: Tom Childers
  • Originally Created by: Rich H.
  • Added: 5 Dec 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 8157669
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/8157669/joseph-thomas : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph “The White Pilgrim” Thomas (7 Mar 1791–9 Apr 1835), Find a Grave Memorial ID 8157669, citing Johnsonburg Christian Church Cemetery, Johnsonburg, Warren County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Tom Childers (contributor 46515204) .