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Sad News: It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of David W. Hoff, a dedicated friend of Straw Cemetery, on Saturday, June 16. David and his wife Carol worked tirelessly with us in digitizing all the cemetery records, locating fallen invisible stones and gravestone restoration. His constant smile will be terribly missed. Our heartfelt condolences to Carol and family.

Aaron Kichline News Items: Click here to see pics from the May 12, 2018 Gravestone Dedication & Celebration and here to view the ceremony’s program.  Click here to read the May 16 article on the Gravestone Dedication & Celebra-tion in honor of Aaron Kichline and here to read the January 31 article on Aaron Kichline that appeared in the online version of ‘The Express-Times’.  The grave of a Civil War Veteran, Aaron Kichline, recently has been located in the cemetery. Click here to read more about this exciting find. 

Welcome to the website of Saint James Lutheran “Straw Church” Cemetery located near Phillipsburg, NJ. The cemetery has been associated with Saint James Lutheran Church since 1750. The purpose of this website is to honor all who are buried here. We honor them by remembering, in many ways: veterans, relatives, friends and strangers who have experienced the gift of life, left their mark on this earth, were buried here and moved on to another realm.  We also honor those before us who for the past two and a half centuries have walked these hallowed grounds endeavoring to insure that these dead are not forgotten.

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We wish to share with you the history, updated lists, current events and genealogy we have uncovered, and will continue to find, in this awesome old cemetery. For those of you who cannot make an actual visit, we hope this site will serve as a fulfilling virtual sojourn. Please join us in this ongoing adventure. We look forward to many questions, comments, corrections and contributions from those interested in this pursuit. So keep watching for new exciting updates and adventures at “Straw Cemetery”.

Straw Cemetery is listed in the NJ & National Registers of Historic Places. Click here to read more about our place in history.