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400 bodies found in unmarked tombs in the South River

SOUTH RIVER -County authorities have used modern technology to prove what has been suspected for decades through local lore. As many as 400 people were buried without markers in a part of the Washington Monumental Cemetery. Experts believe that many of these people died during the devastating 1918 flu epidemic that killed 50 million around the world. Although most of the cemetery looks like many other local cemeteries there is a part of the property that has no grave marks. The historical experts in Middlesex County conducted a radar survey on the earth that proved "rows of unmarked graves", where they found hundreds of grave churches, according to a statement from the county. Using the radar, the authorities have found what they believe are the bodies of both adults and children. While they can not say that all deaths were from the flu, the counties believe that many of the people who died at that time buried at that place. Screenshot of Middlesex County video. "At the height of the epidemic, a quarantine was issued to the South River and its surrounding cities," said Mark Nonestied of Middlesex County Office of Arts and History. "In many communities they died so quickly, that hearses and chests were in demand." County officials shared a 1918 image showing a beer carriage used to move a pine box to the cemetery. There is a picture in the picture that says the demand for caps is so great that carpenters work around the clock to…

SOUTH RIVER -County authorities have used modern technology to prove what has been suspected for decades through local lore.

As many as 400 people were buried without markers in a part of the Washington Monumental Cemetery. Experts believe that many of these people died during the devastating 1918 flu epidemic that killed 50 million around the world.

Although most of the cemetery looks like many other local cemeteries there is a part of the property that has no grave marks. The historical experts in Middlesex County conducted a radar survey on the earth that proved “rows of unmarked graves”, where they found hundreds of grave churches, according to a statement from the county.

Using the radar, the authorities have found what they believe are the bodies of both adults and children. While they can not say that all deaths were from the flu, the counties believe that many of the people who died at that time buried at that place.

Screenshot of Middlesex County video.

“At the height of the epidemic, a quarantine was issued to the South River and its surrounding cities,” said Mark Nonestied of Middlesex County Office of Arts and History. “In many communities they died so quickly, that hearses and chests were in demand.”

County officials shared a 1918 image showing a beer carriage used to move a pine box to the cemetery. There is a picture in the picture that says the demand for caps is so great that carpenters work around the clock to fill the needs.

“As we continue to investigate this county history, we strive to restore the names and stories of the residents buried here, as we can,” said lawyer Kenneth Armwood. “Their stories deserve to be heard, and all living relatives should know they are not forgotten.”

The research was a combined effort with the South River Historical and Preservation Society and the Washington Monumental Cemetery and was funded by the Middlesex County Board of Freeholders and the New Jersey Historical Commission, the Department of State. More information can be found by searching #uncoveringmiddlesex on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The county encourages anyone with information about the cemetery to call the office from Arts and History at 732-745-3030 or email [email protected] .Nj.us.

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