Fayette County Cemeteries


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Helen Yes, you can use my listings. Do You have them all? My goal is to let as many as want to use them to find their ancestors. I have several larger cemeteries to post when I can find time. Take care and good luck Ken Missing a posting on this List -- or any gene List run by other Rootsweb-- is not a problem. Just browse on over to
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Enter "pafayette" to search the archives for this List, then to find Ken's cemetery postings, just enter "Ken and cemetery" on the next page. Hope this helps someone ...- Chuck
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Date: Tue, 30 Mar 99 20:51:57 Pacific Daylight Time From: "Kenneth O'Neal" kon@hhs.net List Members I went checking two old cemeteries today, I have no one that I am looking for in these old cemeteries, but thought that few people have seen the stones and probably no one will make a list for them. I hope what I found will help someone. The first one is located on the top of the hill on the left on Race Path Road. To get to it take Crawford Ave. up West Side Hill out of Connellsville. Stay on it for about 4or 5 miles until you come to a Y. Bear left about 1/4 mile turn left on Race Path Road. The cemetery can be seen from road, about 100 feet square, it had a high chain link fence around it, all that is left are the post, Only 2 stones are standing and in good condition. The landowner told me that many stones are down and covered with dirt. These are what I could read. George Paull departed this life Mar. 31, 1778 in the 14th year of his life Martha Paull departed this life May 11, 1800 in her 69th year Gen. Alexander McLelland Died May 8th, 1841 in his 74th year John Mc Lelland departed this live 15th of Feb. 1810 in his 80th year Experiaince Mc Lelland died 9th of Feb. 1811 in the 67 year of her life John McCleland father of Alexander McCleland and grandfather of James A. McCleland died in his 80th year on Feb 15, 1819 (notice spelling, this is as it was on stone.) Top broken off stone, can not read find first name, it reads and grandmother of James McCeland died Feb. 9th, 1815 in her 67th year Esther Rankin Canon July 3, 1820 age 21 months 1 day Ann consort of Wm. S. Canon died Mar 23. 1824 age 27 Pressley L. Canon Mar. 7, 1827 age 22 Danile Canon died 1797 in his 53rd year Agness Canon died Feb. 11, 1823 in her 74th year John Canon died April 9, 1814 in his 46th year Have a few names from another old cemetery will post later Good luck Ken O'Neal
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Date: Sun, 28 Mar 99 21:09:24 Pacific Daylight Time List Members I spent some of this spring day checking out a old family cemetery that I had found about 20 years ago while hunting. It is located on the river hill overlooking the Yough. off Rt. 201 near Vanderbilt. The cemetery is about 30 feet square and has 3 foot stone wall around it. There are about 10-15 stones, but most are sandstone and can not be read. These are what I could read: 1
George Elmer Son of J & L Parkhill, May 23, 1861, 11 years 2 Jane E. Patterson died Feb. 7, 1838 aged 7 mts. 3 George son of John & Elizabeth Newell died Dec. 13 1885 age is not clear looks like 1 y 4 m 4 Samuel Dudley born Dec. 10, 1802 died May 5, 1889 5 Mary Johnstone died May 20, 1830 aged 75 years 6 one stone very weathered might be ? Collins 7 One stone can not read name only May 20, 1870 age 7 y One large 5 foot high stone square shaped marked COLLINS with these names: First side: James Collins Oct. 17, 1777--Mar 20 1855 Sarah Collins 1787--Dec. 19, 1839 Second side: James Collins JR. April 23, 1810 -- Nov. 15, 1892 Edwin Collins April 14, 1819 -- May 27, 1851 Third side: John D. Collins April 30, 1813--Feb. 17, 1895 Agnes Collins Dec. 21,1823--No death date Forth side: Sarah Collins dau. of J. D. & A Collins Aug 13, 1853--Oct 9, 1854 Ehline Collins Mar. 5, 1822--May 27, 1834 These are about 6 other small stones, probably children, that can not be read. Hope these will help someone. Good luck Ken
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Date: Tue, 30 Mar 99 22:32:32 Pacific Daylight Time From: "Kenneth O'Neal" kon@hhs.net This cemetery is about 1/ 2 mile down Race Path Road (see other post for directions) setting out in the middle of a field. It has been called the "Ball Cemetery". It is grown up with large trees and brush. Groundhogs have dug under the stones and caused most to fall over. I understand over the years some have been buried by the landowners, as they cleared more land. Some are sandstone and hard to read. These are what I could read:
Rachel J. dau. of J. & S. Dennis died Mar 11, 1872 in the 20th year of her life Mary E. Dennis died April 21, 1882 in the 18th year of her age (one stone) Robert M. died Oct. 3, 1865 aged 3 y 1 m John E. aged 1 y 7 m children of Samuel & Mary Ball Richard Ball died Jan. 19, 1811 aged 26 years 9 months 16 days Rachel Joanna Ball died May 1, 1811 age 57 years Mary Ball died Dec. 5 th 1830 in the 76th year of her age (one large stone) Nancy wife of William Ball born May 29, 1807 died Jan. 12, 1878 William Ball Born May 6, 1811 died Nov 28, 1876 (one stone, can not see surname) Samuel Feb 10, 1833 Aug. 8, 1902 Mary Aug 25, 1833 no D. D. (one Square high stone on ground, can see only 3 sides) Side 1 Infant son of Wm. & Eliza Dennis Side 2 Eliza wife of Wm Dennis died Oct 27, 1899, in the 33rd year of her age (William might be on other side but I couldn't roll it over) One stone marked Infant. I hope someone will find a long lost ancestor in these Cemeteries. Good luck Ken
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Date: Sun, 04 Apr 99 09:33:21 Pacific Daylight Time From: "Kenneth O'Neal" kon@hhs.net Subject: Re Headstone Hi Have been busy looking for small cemeteries. Found one but it is within sight of dirt road. Don't know if it has been listed. Can't find it on Fayette Co Cemetery listing. Will post it soon. I did find something unusual, hope someone will know more about it. Found 1 headstone about 10 feet off on the right side of Rich Hill Road. It is alone and this is how it reads:
David Studebaker died 1777, Erected by the kindness of Henry Etling and citizens of Rich Hill May 1912. Now the unusual part is the story about why it is where it is. Seems David had killed someone and when he died (don't know if executed or natural) no one would let him be buried in their cemetery, so they buried him along the road about 1/10 of a mile down the road from the Rich Hill Church. There is some confusion as to whether his name was Studebaker and the area below his grave was named Studebaker Hollow for him, or the Hollow was named Studebaker and they put that on his stone, for what ever reason. Has anyone heard anything about this? To find the stone take Breakneck Road out of Connellsville (haven't had a chance to check miles to Rich Hill Rd. yet) to Rich Hill Road turn up the hill go 1.2/10 miles stone is on right 1/10 mile before Rich Hill Church
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From: kon@hhs.net Subject: Re Greenlick Cem Date: April 03, 1999 List Members A while ago someone asked directions to Greenlick Cemetery. To get to Greenlick Cemetery take Rt 119 North out of Connellsville, Pa turn right onto Rt 982 Go about 5 miles you will go through a small village called Wooddale. About 1/10 mile after the intersection you will see a building with large letters, BULLSKIN TWP FAIR GROUNDS on the right. Go 1 6/10 mile to MUD SCHOOL ROAD (TR 766). Turn left go across small bridge go 1/10 mile turn left onto Greenlick Road Follow (TR 822) road to top of hill, can't miss it as it is a large cemetery. Good Luck Ken
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List Members Found another small cem. Didn't find it on Fayette Co Cemetery List. If it is on list might be a refresher for someone. To get to it take Breakneck Road out of Connellsville. Go 4 and 7/10 miles to Spruce Hollow Road, turn RIGHT. Stay on Spruce Hollow Road for 2 and 5/10 miles to a Y in the road, Spruce Hollow Road turns to the left. GO STRAIGHT on Tucholski Road (TR 828 A). Go 6/10 of a mile on Tucholski Road, the last 1/10 of a mile is not paved. The cemetery is in a field on the left, with a white fence around it.
Ahimas Knopsnyder b. Mar. 6, 1833 D. Nov. 12, 1905 his wife: Martha A Koopsnyder b. Mar. 22, 1845 d. May 1, 1892 Arnold William Knopsnyder b. 1952 d. 1972 Arnold G. Knopsnyder b. 1922 d. 1972 William H. Knopsnyder son of Ahimas & Eva b. July 20, 1923 d. April 20, 1924 Ahimas M. Jan. 8, 1905 d. June 4, 1928 Wilmer G. Knopsnyder b. 1921 d. 1966 his wife: Janet B. b. 1918 d. 1963 Elmer G. Knopsnyder b. 1867 d. 1941 his wife: Cora b. 1877 d. 1948 Henry C. son of E. G. & C 12- 25- 1903-- 11-14-1906 William M. Knopsnyder b. Dec 2, 1865 d. Aug. 26, 1956 his wife Rebecca C. b. Feb. 12, 1876 d. Jan 8, 1917 Infant dau of William m. & Rebecca April 25, 1893 Raymond son of W. & R. 1915--1915 Rachel Beth Knopsnyder b. June 4, 1982 d. Mar. 2 1983 Walter J. Knopsnyder 1935--1998 Aiverda Blystone 1923--1968 Carl J. Geary WW II vet. B. May 27, 1908 d. Dec. 31, 1972 William G. Geary 1880--1978 his wife Mary F. Geary 1884--1952 Michael Dewy Eutsey infant Jan 18, 1974 Delbert F. Hixon Aug 2, 1925 NO D. D. his wife Mary J. Nov. 5, 1930 Dec. 12, 1993 Cyrus B. Geary Feb. 11, 1888--April 10, 1924 Eliza Geary 1863--1951 Richard Geary Feb. 17, 1933--Mar 4, 1933 Hazel A. Geary 1911--1975 Roy H. Geary 1906--1975 his wife Dorothy J. Geary 1924-- NO D.D. Helen E. Ritenour May. 14, 1942-- July 2, 1973 John G. Tucholski June 2, 1963--Feb. 10, 1990 Russell E. Stillman U.S. Army Vietnam April 22, 1948--Feb. 26, 1995 Terry M. Thomas July 1, 1927--Oct. 14, 1996 his wife Dorothy N. June 17, 1926--Oct. 30,1992 William E. "Willie" Blackburn 1947--1983 his wifeMary Jane "Sue" 1954-- NO D.D. Harry "Art" Freeman 1943--1988 his wife Mary 1938-- NO D.D. David G. Smith Jr. Nov. 22, 1967--May 2, 1994 One stone marked Geary Infant 1904--1904 Chauncy 1914ó1923 Dollie 1922--1924 Stanley 1910--1925 Hope someone finds a long lost relative here Good luck Ken
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List Members Found 2 more small (very) cemeteries. On is right where many of us have probably passed many times. I know I have. I had forgotten about it until my son reminded me of it. It is on West Side Hill in Connellsville. On West Crawford Ave go up West Side Hill, when you get to the second turn look to the left right along the curb are the headstones. They read:
David Harbaugh died Dec. 12, 1871 aged 72 ys. 2 ms. 22 ds. James son of D. & A. Harbaugh March 28, 1865 age 22 ys. 6 ms 13 ds. One stone Harbaugh can not read first name or names on top, -on bottom Isabella their dau born Dec. 21, 1850 died Feb. 3, 1851
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Now for a interesting one I found while hunting deer about 5 years ago, didn't think any thing about it then. But now that I have looked at one of the names, it gets interesting. Go through Dunbar, PA Take the road along Dunbar Creek. Follow signs toward Ohiopyle State Park. When you get to Kentuck Road (sr 2010-130). Go on Kentuck Road 8/10 mile, you will see several Pine trees on right, stop at beginning of pine trees. Go to the left across the road. Go straight up in the woods about 75 yards, you will come to a cleared power line Turn right on power line go just past first pole starting up the hill. You will find 3 headstones in the cleared power line, and one high one, that can be read to the left in the woods about 75 feet away. The first one:
Tho. Faucet died Mar. 23, 1822 Aged 109 y 9 mo (is this the man who claimed to have shot Gen. Braddock ?) I think it is. 2 stones in power line: Joseph son of J. & J. Hall Dec. 21, 1850 Sarah C. dau of J. & J. Hal Dec. 21, 1851 This stone in woods to right of power line facing up power line: Rose E. Orndorff Born Sep. 11, 1870 died Jan. 8, 1898 There are 7 or 8 field stones used as markers standing in a area of 50 feet square or so. One has writing on it but can not be read. Others do not. One on ground in power line, no writing. These must be grave markers as there are no other flat field stones in area. Hope someone finds a relative will look for more small cemeteries, and post what I find. Good luck. Ken
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Amber Jaynes had written me asking the location of the "Sloneker Cemetery" as in the Fayette Cemetery List it only says near Pennsville. I live about 2 1/2 miles from Pennsville and thought it would be easy HA HA. After 3 weeks I contacted my neighbor, who is 78 and knows local history. He told me where one was that I didn't know about, he didn't know the name of it. I found it and checked the names with the Fayette List, IT IS the Slonecker Cem. It is ONE mile from my front door, and it took 3 weeks to find and I though I knew my way around. Here are directions from RT 119. Turn off RT 119 on to Rt. 982 (it is 3 miles North of Connellsville, PA) RT 982 dead ends at 119 so you can only turn one way, no matter which way you are going on 119 Go 7/10 of a mile to Longnecker Road turn LEFT go 5/10 of a mile to Bullskin Twp. Fire Station. Turn into parking lot (Donít block doors). The cemetery is behind and to right of fire station. All you can see are brush and small trees. It has a stone wall on three sides. Walk to the right along the brush when you get to end of brush turn left and you can walk right in. Someone has kept it cut in the middle The Gault stones were hard to find as they were standing against the far wall with brush in front of them. All stones listed in 1951 are still there. As the list is on Fayette Co Page I will not list them. Good luck Ken
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Hi Found a small cem. while looking for another. It is right beside a back road but could be easy to miss. Go to White PA, at the main intersection (there is only one) turn towards Melcroft. Go 2 1/10 miles to stop sign, go straight through intersection 4/10 mile cemetery is on left. One large stone marked:
GRIFFITH Alexander born April 26, 1831 died May 14, 1904 Elizabeth his wife born Jan. 31, died Oct. 32, 1906 Smaller stone Johnie W. son born Sept. 1860 NO D.D. Willie J. born Jan 16, 1866 NO D.D. Sadie E. Beal born Dec. 21, 1872 died Dec. 20, 1897 erected by A. Griffith Jonnie Byron son of S & L. E. Biestel born Nov. 14, 1892 died Mar. 6, 1898 John Muir born Feb. 14, 1825 died May 12, 1900 Elizabeth Muir Died Nov. 17, 1878 aged 84 years 8 mths, 7 days James Muir Sept. 5, 1856 Aged 23 yrs. 9 mths. 12 days
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List The letter below is why I feel it is more important for me to find and list cemeteries in the woods or otherwise forgotten, than ones that are cared for, and aren't as likely to be destroyed. As logging and coal stripping is being carried out over much of our land, and will continue in the future, many will be lost for good, and no one will know who was buried there. The coal and logging industry won't let a few graves stand in the way of their making MONEY. If Ray hadn't made a list, people like us, would never know what happened to those ancestors. Take care Ken
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Linn/Lynn cemetery was on the farm at "Crabtree Bottom". I posted the survey info to the Lynn list last fall. However, the cemetery is no longer in existence. Some company went in and stripped the land for coal, cemetery and all. Got away with it too. Ray A. Lynn Jr. rlynn@nb.net Lynn Homepage
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List members This cemetery is easy to find and get to if you know where to look. Has 7 stones. Go to Normalville, Pa, take Rt 381 out of Normalville toward Mill Run 1 1/10 mile turn left on to Rt 653. Stay on 653 until you see sign for Laurel Ridge State Park, slow down, 1/10 mile you will see signs on both sides of road Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, at the edge of the woods. Go to the sign on left side of road, face sign look to right you will see a low stone wall. 7 stones in a straight line. 4 are fieldstones not marked. 3 old stones with metal frame around of them, and small tags with names and dates. stones can be read. Mary Leonard died Jan. 6. 1894 aged 49 years 4 months 8 days Elizabeth daughter of Adam & Elizabeth Dietz died Sept. 8, 1818 aged 12 years 9 months 15 days Adam Dietz died June 8, 1852 aged 54 years 11 months 25 days Good luck Ken
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List Members Found 2 cemeteries that are on the PA- WV line. Take RT 40 East out of Uniontown, PA Go to top of the Summit Mt. just at top turn right toward Laurel Caverns on Laurel Caverns Rd. Stay on this road until you come to a Y. Take the right road (Skyline Rd.) 3 3/10 miles to Wirsing Rd turn right, go 2 miles turn right. This road is dirt and rough but take it easy and a car can travel it. Go to bridge, stop look to left you will see a large rock blocking a old road. Walk past the rock about 175 yards to cemetery. This is known as the "Maust Cem."One high four sided stone with these names marked:
MAUST Jonas Maust Feb. 6, 1828--April 8, 1910 Mary Ann his wife Jan. 17, 1835--Feb. 27. 1879 Armor son of Jonas & Mary Sept. 5, 1869-- Mar. 24, 1870 Two small stones beside George died April 16, 1869 age 6 Mo Amanda April 1857 age 4 years Large 4 sided stone marked: HAINES Daniel son of Jonas b. Sept. 25, 1840 d. Nov. 2, 1862 Elizabeth b. Jan. 15, 1840 d. Jan 11 1900 Father Jonas b. Sept. 24, 1808 d. April 24, 1870 aged 61 Rebecca wife of Jonas b. July 24, 1813 d. Dec 8, 1900 aged 84 years 4 mo 14 days Noa F. son of J. & R. b. June 13, 1831--d. Aug. 23, 1900 aged 69 ys. 2 mo 10 d. Infant son of James & Laura Spindler can't read B. D. d. April 16, 1900 Infant son of W. H. & C. A. Cupp b. Oct. 2, 1893 no D.D. Mother Sarah E. Wirsing wife of J. M. Wirsing b. Nov. 20, 1850 d. July 17, 1900 J. M. Wirsing b. June 2, 1894 d. May 26, 1900 Elan Wirsing b. Jan. 25, 1888 d. Feb 28, 1889 Vesta C. Wirsing d. Dec. 21, 1883 age 4 mo. 17 d George W. son of J.M. & C.M. Haines d. Jan. 31, 1862 age 2 ys Silvia Alice dau of Sarah Cecela Haines b. June 4, 1876 d. Sept. 15, 1876 Laura Bell dau. of ? b. June 20, 1886 d. Aug 15, 1890 Levi son of A. & L. Maust Jan 11, 1870 George Frev 1869--1948 Sarah Cumberland Frev 1869--1951 one stone: John Maust b. Mar 9, 1836 d. April 12, 1862 Susanna his wife b. Jan. 1, 1838 d. Jan. 12, 1912 Joseph W. May 24 1860 Daniel W. Mar. 7, 1861--Feb. 7, 1863 I talked to the gentleman who lives about 1/2 mile from the cem told me that John Maust joined Co H 3rd MD Vol on Mar 31, 1862 in Bruceton Mills as was the custom at the time and died from sickness 12 days later. He has done some checking of local history. He also said that this cem. is in W.V. NOW go to car drive across the bridge go 2/10 mile you will see a old road going up the bank to left. Walk up road about 150 yards to where hill levels off, angle to left go 50 yards you will see several field stones sticking out of ground. This is known as the "Thorton Cem." as they lived along the road as you walked up the hill, you can make out the remains of the foundations. There are 8 field stones and 1 newer stone. It has a flag by it. It is marked: Samuel Darby Pvt. Garth Waits Co. Thomas N. J. Rev. War died July 21, 1850 aged 98 years beside his stone is a field stone marked H. D. D. November the 11, 18 ? aged 90 ys Can only read one other stone, it reads L. M. Deceased Oct. 24, 1777 aged 45 I'm told this cem. is in PA. Thatís it for now. Good luck Ken
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