Friday, May 24, 2013



 CHERYL ANNE CRAMER (BRIARD) - Born June 15, 1948 in Collingswood, NJ.  Mother is Marcelle Louise Koch (Cramer) and Father is Richard Scovel Cramer.   Raised in Englewood, NJ and Deal, NJ.  Graduated from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, PA.  Illustrator and Art Teacher, married Fred K. Briard on December 22, 1973.  Three children Anne Elizabeth, Alice Victoria, and Marie Marcelle, one grandson, Christopher James.

FRED KENNETH BRIARD -  Born March 23, 1942 in Newark, NJ.  Mother is Gertrude Blatherwick (Briard) Father is Kenneth Louis Briard.  Raised in Chatham, NJ.  Graduated from Washington & Jefferson College and Rutgers School of Social Work. Served in U.S. Army, Captain, Intelligence, American Red Cross,  School Social Worker.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


RICHARD SCOVEL CRAMER - Born August 15, 1918 in Merchantville, NJ, graduated Atlantic City HS,  attended Rutgers Univ., Market Research Analyst, married Marcella Louise Koch (Cramer),
children, Geoffrey Scovel, Richard Scovel, Charles Wayland, Timothy Matlack, & Cheryl Anne Cramer (Briard)*.  Died September 11, 1995.  Buried Arlington Cemetery, Pennsauken, NJ.

MARCELLE LOUISE KOCH (CRAMER) - Born January 26, 1920 in Camden, NJ,  graduated Camden Catholic HS, graduated Peirce College, Philadelphia, PA., Secretary for Smith, Kline, & French and RCA Victor, married Richard Scovel Cramer September 21, 1945.  Died August 17, 1987.
Buried Arlington Cemetery, Pennsauken, NJ. 



Thursday, May 16, 2013


MARGUERITE DEAN BROOKE (CRAMER)-Our Grandmother - Born December 24, 1890, Camden, NJ.,  Married June 10, 1909 to Wayland Post Cramer, our Grandfather.  Children:  Dorothy Scovel Cramer (Curtis), Elizabeth Merriel Cramer (Marks), Richard Scovel Cramer*, Janice Mulford Cramer (Thuring),  Married 1926 Baltimore, MD to Joseph Mason Cramer.  Died March 17, 1950, Margate, NJ.

WAYLAND POST CRAMER-Our Grandfather - Born  October 1885, Cramer Hill, Camden, NJ, Died 1935 NJ.  Graduated Peddie Institute, Hightstown, NJ ,  graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1909.  Treasurer of Cramer Real Estate Co. and Cramer-Bilt Homes.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013


ANNA (Annie)  DEAN SCOVEL (BROOKE)- Society of Friends,  born August 12, 1864, Camden, NJ, married Charles John Brooke on December 1, 1889, died June 28, 1938 at home, 29 W. Maple Ave, Merchantville, NJ. Children:  Marguerite Dean Brooke (Cramer), Evelyn Garnham Brooke.
CHARLES JOHN BROOKE - Architect, born March l1, 1869, St. James Rd., Croydon, Surrey, England, lived on High Street, Gorleston, England, attended Great Yarmouth School of Art, emigrated to America in 1888, died August 7, 1933 at home, 29 W. Maple Ave, Merchantville, NJ.


Sunday, May 12, 2013


COLONEL JAMES MATLACK SCOVEL, ESQ. - b. January 12, 1833 Harrison, Ohio, d. April 3, 1893, Camden, NJ.  Buried at  Cape May Courthouse, Cape May, NJ.  Married Mary Mulford (Scovel), b. June 5, 1831 Camden, NJ d. April 3, 1893 Camden, NJ,  Society of Friends, daughter of Dr. Isaac Skillman Mulford & Rachel Mickle (Mulford).  Children;  Henry Sydney Scovel, Esq., Anna Dean Scovel (Brooke)*, Mary Scovel (Senor). 

     (The following is reprinted from the book, "Hannah Matlack Scovel" by Eleanor Scovel Miller, 1930)

     Hannah's first son, James Matlack Scovel born in 1833, attended Hanover College and then went to Camden, New Jersey, to study law with Abraham Browning who had married his (James') mother's half sister and he became one of the foremost criminal lawyers of his era.  He had the gift of oratory and a wit that sometimes bordered on the Rabelaisian.  In the agitation that preceded the Civil War, the young lawyer's speeches attracted the favorable attention of President Lincoln and they became friends.  During the Civil War, my Grandfather was sent by the President to London on confidential government business.  He married a charming member of the Society of Friends, Mary Mulford, daughter of Doctor Isaac Skillman Mulford, Camden's second medical man and author of "A Civil and Political History of New Jersey." 

     James Scovel travelled extensively in Europe and made two trips to the Holy Lands, (rather unusual in those days).  His upbringing was rigorous and in conformance with that of a Minister's son, however, he was a big, handsome man with great vitality and much charm; generous to a fault.  He tasted of the flesh pots and enjoyed life thoroughly.  He loved good food and drink but never to excess.  Several amusing stories are told of him.  One, the neighbors across the way in the Arch Street (Camden) house deplored his carelessness in not pulling down the blinds and wrote a note to that effect.  The reply was: "I shall try to keep in mind pulling down the blinds but I should like to remind you, if you don't like it, you needn't look."  Another:  Senator Sewell said in meeting:  "Jim, I haven't seen you around lately.  Been away?"  "Yes," my Grandfather replied, "I was hunting - in South Jersey."  "Any good?"  said the Senator.  "Well," was the reply, "the hunting was good but the shooting was damned poor."  There were two daughters and when my Grandfather thought the beau or beaux were staying too late, he had no hesitancy in coming into the "parlor", his long nightshirt flapping around his legs, going to the window, throwing open the shutters with a flourish and saying:
"Beautiful sunrise, gentlemen, beautiful sunrise!"  The young men took the hint although it was often not later than 9:00 or 10 o'clock.  Annie* and/or Mary were furious with embarrassment.  "Jim" was fond of poetry, had a wonderful memory and recited stanza after stanza of Sir Walter Scott's poems.

     Walt Whitman was a friend often entertained in the Arch Street house.  The poet sat in front of the open fire, reading his poems, having been fortified by a whiskey toddy.  There is, treasured by a member of the family,  an autographed portrait of the poet and an autographed copy of "Leaves of Grass"** bound in pin-seal on which, unfortunately, one of the grandchildren scribbled over the title page.  

     When James Scovel was President of the New Jersey Senate and voting was to be gone into o the amendment to give negroes citizenship, $20,000.00 was laid on my Grandfather's desk and he was told it would be his if he voted against the amendment.  It was most insulting to one so enthusiastic about the cause of the negro.

                                                                       *Anna Dean Scovel (Brooke) my Great Grandmother
                                                                      **Bequeathed to Lehigh University Library by Dorothy 
                                                                          Cramer (Curtis)

Friday, May 10, 2013