Request for Help on History

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Posted by Gayle on March 11, 1999 at 11:31:47:

"There is an instance recorded of the Indians attending with much solemnity the funeral of a prominent Quaker woman, Esther Spicer, for whom they had acquired great respect. The funeral was held at night, and the Indians in canoes, the white men in boats, passed down Cooper's Creek [known as Cooper's Ferry until 1794, later Camden NJ] and along the river to Newton Creek where the graveyard was, lighting the darkness with innumerable torches, a strange scene to think of now as having been once enacted in front of the bustling cities of Camden and Philadelphia." ("The Quaker Colonies", Sidney G. Fisher, 1919)

This would have been ca. 1760, and Esther Spicer's husband was Jacob Spicer. Do any of you historians out there have any information on this little piece of arcana?


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