William Irvine, Brigadier General, U.S. Congressman

William Irvine (1741-1804) graduated from Dublin University, became a physician, and served as a surgeon in the British Navy before immigrating to Pennsylvania in 1763. He resumed practicing medicine and was a Delegate to Pennsylvania’s anti-Stamp Act conventions in 1764 and 1766. Irvine also took part in Pennsylvania’s conventions held to consider independence in 1774 and 1775.

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Read more about the article Jacob Jackson: A Navy Man In The War Of 1812
A portrait of Jacob Jackson. From the Gloria Dei Church archives.

Jacob Jackson: A Navy Man In The War Of 1812

Jacob Jackson, whose body rests near those of his wife Catharine and several of their children, was a U.S. Navy veteran of the War of 1812. He was an active supporter of Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church, elected as a member of the vestry in 1842.

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Read more about the article Sven’s Woods: Bringing More Wildlife To Gloria Dei
The passenger pigeon was a dominant bird species in the Philadelphia area two centuries ago. Plate 23 in Volume 1 of The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and Bahamas by Mark Catesby and George Edwards published in 1754.

Sven’s Woods: Bringing More Wildlife To Gloria Dei

By Michael Schreiber

The proposal to restore a portion of land at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church in Philadelphia to help attract wildlife is very timely. Its status as a National Historical Park and location within a big city can help make Gloria Dei a prominent example of ecological land management others can copy.

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A Peach Of A Botanist

By Amy Grant

Many local residents may not realize Queen Village is actually older than the City of Philadelphia. “Philadelphia’s First Neighborhood” was settled by Swedish immigrants in 1654, 28 years before William Penn founded Pennsylvania.

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Jenny Lind

By Michael Schreiber

Jenny Lind was the first international superstar of the musical world. The frenzy over her visit to the United States in 1850 even surpassed that of the “British Invasion” of the Beatles a century later. Yet those who met the “Swedish Nightingale” described her as being incredibly modest and generous. She gave large sums of money to charities and the poor, and regularly gave free concerts at Swedish churches in America—including one at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’ Church) in Queen Village.

Lind’s visit to this country was arranged by master showman Phineas T. Barnum. He offered Lind the unheard-of sum of $1000 for 150 concerts, plus a share of the profits. Barnum was at his newly opened museum in Philadelphia in February 1850 when he received word that Jenny Lind had agreed to his terms. But the showman had difficulty raising the capital for Lind’s tour. At the last minute, a Philadelphia minister, the Rev. Abel C. Thomas, lent Barnum the final $5000 that was needed.

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Susan Atmore and Fausto Gonzalez

Susan E. Atmore passed away suddenly on April 15 th, 2019. Susan was born February 4 th, 1943 to Joseph and Lavinia Lyons of Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from Southern High School, she was proud of her roots from South Philly. For over 30 years, Susan loved taking care of her old farm house in Media, PA with her husband. She made everyone who entered the home part of the family with her warm and inviting way. Spending time with her daughters and her grandchildren in her home and her Sea Isle City beach house was the highlight of her life. Susan is survived by her husband of fifty-one years Thomas (Tom) Atmore, daughters Melissa (Michael) O’Brien and Noelle (Matthew) Bamonte, granddaughters Meg, Molly and Michaela O’Brien and grandsons Matt and Tommy Bamonte, brother Joseph (Rosalie) Lyons and sister Lavinia (Anthony) DiDio and all her nieces and nephews.Relatives and Friends may call Friday April 19, from 6-8 pm in the J. Nelson Rigby Funeral Home, 1 W. Baltimore Avenue Media. Prayer service at 8 pm. Interment Private – From Obituary.com.

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Neills Laickan

Nils Lycon died at ‘Pour Island’ on December 4, 1721 at the age of 55, survived by his wife and six daughters.*

On January 12, 1691. ‘Nicholas Nellson’ asked the Board of Property to replace his meadow north of Philadelphia because it was being drowned by a new mill. Otherwise, however, he was known as Nils Lycon (by its many spellings), the eldest son of Peter Nilsson Lycon. He lived on a tract adjoining Shackamaxon known as ‘Poor Island,’ granted to his father in 1680, surveyed in 1683, and conveyed to him before his father’s death.

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Dominick Capitolo, Jr.

Aug. 9, 2018. Devoted husband of Anna Marie (nee Lutz). Loving father of Dominick “Sonny” (Barbara) Capitolo, Donna (Anthony) Sulpizio, Diane Capitolo and Vincent (Marie) Capitolo. Grandfather of Deanna (James), Dianna, Dominique, Vincent, Javier, Lucas and Delaney. Great grandfather of Julianna, James and Jude. Brother of Florence Moliterni and John Capitolo. Master to his beloved dog BoBo. Viewing Tuesday 8:00 A.M. at THE STOLFO FUNERAL HOME, 2536-38 S. Broad St. Funeral Mass 11:00 A.M. at Epiphany of Our Lord Church, 11th and Jackson Sts. Int. Old Swedes Cemetery, Swanson and Christian Sts. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hollisticare Hospice are appreciated.

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Captain Joseph Blewer

Rev. Carl Magnus Wrangel married Joseph Blewer and Sarah Lindenmeyer at Gloria Dei Church on September 26, 1759.

Joseph Blewer being a ship captain assumed an active role in the War of Independence. In November 1775 Captain Blewer was in Cambridge, Massachusetts and was directed by General George Washington to deliver a letter to John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress. In June 1776 Benjamin Franklin and others including Captain Blewer met at Carpenter’s Hall creating the Committee of the City, Council of Safety.

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Sarah J. Fosque

“Mrs. Sarah J. Fosque, aged seventy-five years, died suddenly at the Virginia Home for Incurables Sunday morning about 5 o’clock.  She was subject to heart attacks and this disease as the cause of her demise.  A few moments before she died she rang the bell for a nurse and told her when she came that she wanted the doctor at once.  Before he could get down the steps she was dead.

The remains were shipped yesterday to Philadelphia, where she was born and had a number of relatives.  She married Captain William F. Fosque, of Accomac County, and survived him several years.  She possessed considerable property at the time of her death and was by no means a charity patient at home.  She was a staunch but very liberal minded Episcopalian, frequently, when in better health, attending Methodist camp-meetings and taking great interest in the work of all denominations.  She thought Easter the choicest day on the calendar and this was the day of her death.”

Source: “Obituary.” Richmond Times 14 April 1903: 2. Print.

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Reverend John Craig Roak

John Craig Roak served as Gloria Dei’s rector from 1933 to 1972. Reverend Roak guided his congregation through the end of the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War and all but the very end of the United States’ involvement in Viet Nam. Social changes during his tenure at Gloria Dei included the Great Migration of African Americans from the South, the Civil Rights Movement, the rekindled Women’s Movement that began in the 1960’s, President Lyndon Johnson’s experiment with the Great Society, and increasing immigration from “new” parts of the world, especially Southeastern Asia and Latin America.

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Reverend John Dylander

The 1730’s through the 1780’s was an era dominated by controversy and efforts to maintain the Gloria Dei congregation in the face of strong competition from other denominations. The pastorship was vacant from 1733 to 1737, and the beloved John Dylander had to rebuild the congregation. He was largely successful in this before his untimely death in 1741. Like Rudman, he is buried in the church. Dylander was succeeded by Gabriel Nasman, whose time at Gloria Dei was marked by competition from Moravian missionaties that reduced the size of the congregation, and a debate within the congregation about cooperating with the newly powerful and numerous German Lutherans, who were led by the energetic and capable Reverend Henry Melchior Muhlenberg.

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Gloria Campisi

Gloria Campisi was a pioneering journalist who was among the first female reporters hired at the Daily News. She passed away on Aug. 10, 2017 at age 75. She is buried next to her parents, Salvatore Campisi and Alyce Hopkins.

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