Reconstructing Snow Hill

Early genealogy of what is now called Lawnside, New Jersey 

Snow Hill Genealogy will focus on the time period pre-dating the incorporation of Lawnside, New Jersey in 1926. During the 19th century this community was known as Snow Hill. 


Like many other African American communities, Snow Hill has a unique and interesting history. Using genealogical records, we will gradually uncover the personal histories of those living in and connected to the Village of Snow Hill.


Our goal is to share our passion for family history research and provide a genealogical component to the great works of the Lawnside Historical Society. We present this information in honor of the work of Linda Waller Shockley, President of the Society. . 

Civil War Burials in Lawnside, NJ
The goal of this project was to map, transcribe and photograph the headstones of the nearly 150 Civil War burials. View headstones on Google Maps and individual biographical timelines for most of the soldiers and sailors. 

The men were from the Mid-Atlantic states (NJ, PA, MD, DE). Legally they were free, indentured, and enslaved.  Most mustered into Philadelphia regiments but some were in the famous 54th Regiment. One sailor, John Lawson was awarded the "Medal of Honor."  Go to main page
Snow Hill in the News
This project seeks to gather historical and genealogical data from 19th century newspapers. Sometimes sensational, sometimes empowering, the coverage of Snow Hill paints a picture of a vibrant active "hamlet." 

Early articles mention Anti-Slavery Society meetings. Also numerous camp meetings with hundreds of visitors in attendance are reported, showing that this community was a major part of the Black experience in the area.  
Another quality which is evident is that  they fought to have their voice heard. Go to main page.