Monday, December 4, 2017

The Sparkling Wave - 1857

OKAY... Estep family descendants and friends!!!  This post is an update of information that I presented several years ago on the family of James Estep. I have found the actual ship's manifest from the Sparkling Wave showing their names and ages when they sailed from Wales and arrived in New York on October 29, 1857!
Family history passed down through the last several generations of the Estep family in Tioga Co., Pennsylvania has always said that the immigration of James and Elizabeth Pritchard Estep to the United States was in 1858 entering through the port of Philadelphia. Contrary to family lore, I have discovered that they in fact landed in New York, not Philadelphia. Believe me, it wasn't easy finding this document!  For one thing, the family name is spelled ASTOP.
Thanks to the internet and that so many historical documents are now being digitized I found the ship manifest and for the first time now know the name of the ship they sailed on; The Sparkling Wave! This manifest lists the names and ages of all passengers. Take a look by tapping the image here.  It is quite clear that this is the family of our James and Elizabeth Estep since the children's names which were all previously known are listed. James' age is given as 32 years and his occupation is listed as miner (good to know because he and his sons were all coal miners once they came to Pennsylvania).  Elizabeth is shown to be 30 years old on this list. These ages are different from what was previously thought.  Here's what I knew when I made one of my first webpages in 1998:  

                 The ancestral history of JAMES ESTEP, immigrant ancestor to Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.

James was born 5-12-1818 in Breconshire, Wales, the son of John and Jane (Lewis) Estop.  John and Jane had sons names John, Lewis James and George.  They also had daughters named Mary and Rachel.  The children were all baptised in Llanover (Llanvoyer) Breconshire, with the exception of Mary who was baptised again in Llanfair Kilgeddin at the age of two.
John, the father, was listed as a laborer until the 1834 baptism of George.  He is listed there as a carpenter.  He was born in 1794, in Great Whitley, Westershire and died in Llanfair Kilgeddin, Monmothshire in 1860.  He married Jane Lewis, born 1794 in Llanfihangel Cwm Du, Breconshire, in 1814 in the same town.  She also died in 1860 in Llanfair Kilgeddin.  Her parents were Lewis Lewis and Mary ?.  She had a sister named Anne, who was born in 1797 in Llanfihangle, also.
John Estop was the son of John Easthop born about 1760, place unknown, but believed to be Great Whitley.  He married Martha Goodsir, born in 1765, in 1791 at Great Whitley.  He died in 1844 at Llanfair Kilgeddin and she died in 1859, also in Llanfair Kilgeddin.
This is information gathered from Dewi Thomas, of Consultant Ancestral Research Wales by Al Estep (nekkid@hiline.net) who most generiously provided it to me to add to these ESTEP family history pages.
UPDATE:  James married ELIZABETH PRICHARD who was born in Grosmont, Monmouth, England August 16 1824 Christen 14 November 1824. Father William Pritchard, Mother Elizabeth Charles. (provided by Daniel B. Estep at dane26@juno.com)
Imagine you are a 30 year old women, the mother of 6 children aged 9 years to 2 months and you are on board a sailing ship for 6 to 8 weeks heading for a better life in the United States.  Such was the position of my great, great grandmother, Elizabeth Pritchard Estep. The names and ages of the children when they arrived were: Sarah Anne age 9,  Ann Astop age 3, Lewis Astop age 8, John Astop age 4, William Astop age 2 and the baby James Astop age 2 months.  The country of origin is given as England (Wales was under English rule) and their destination is listed as Pennsylvania. They brought with them one chest, one trunk and bedding.  During the voyage they traveled  in the Baggage section of the ship with these very few of possessions from home.

They arrived on the Sparkling Wave at the port in New York City on October 29th, 1857.  I found this  advertisement card on pinterest showing a picture of the ship. Even though this ad is from 1859 and says the Sparkling Wave is next sailing to San Francisco, I thought it was really neat to be able to see exactly what kind of ship the family traveled on.


I also found several newspaper advertisements in a Cardiff, Wales paper that listed costs and what was provided for a journey to New York in 1857.  A limited number of passengers were taken on in steerage for the cost of 8 Guineas per person. That  cost included food and water, but passengers needed to provide their own bedding. Accommodations were simple, you shared  space in the hold below deck with other passengers, sleeping on the floor or on your  belongings which for the Estep family were few.  Little privacy there. Imagine nursing an infant let alone being watchful of your other 5 children. Such was life for the 6 to 8 weeks it took to traverse the Atlantic.




Finding this record was not easy.  The family name is written "Astop" rather than Estep.  And their ship arrived in New York, not Philadelphia!  No  wonder it took so long to locate this record!  You may see a list of the descendants of James and Elizabeth Estep here.

Sources:
  • Personal family history records of Cynthia H. Smith, Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania
  • https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939V-5P92-9?/cc=1849782&wc=MX62-XZS%3A165789901 : 21May 2014
  • New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891, database with images, FamilySearch, 180-23 Oct 1857-24 Nov 1857>image 162 of 640; citing NARA microfilm publication  M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~chsmith/estepfamhist.html

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Descendants of James and Elizabeth Pritchard Estep of Tioga Co. Pennsylvania

Here are the first three generations of the James Estep family in America. After arriving from Wales in 1857, James and his family finally settled on Armenia Mountain in the area of the village of Covert in Bradford Co. Pennsylvania. James and his sons were coal miners. His daughter Sarah married Eleazer Jones who owned much of the coal mine land in this area. If you have information about this family in Wales before James and Elizabeth came to the USA, please email me at the address below. I am seeking information regarding the Pritchard family as well.  

1 James Estep (12 May 1818 - 3 Aug 1901) & Elizabeth Pritchard (16 Aug 1824 - 27 May 1912)
|    2 Sarah Ann Estep (25 Jul 1847 - 4 Nov 1929) & Eleazer Jones (2 Feb 1845 - 22 Jul 1924)
|    |    14 Abiathe Jones (ca 1868 - 1870)
|    |    15 Catherine Jones (26 Oct 1868 - 9 Mar 1953) & Frank Harrower (5 Sep 1865 - )
|    |    |    86 Curtis Gabriel Harrower (16 Aug 1894 - )
|    |    16 James Estep Jones (13 Jul 1874 - Jan 1966)
|    |    17 Benjamin  Franklin Jones (1 Nov 1876 - 19 Dec 1964)
|    |    18 William Charles Jones (11 Feb 1880 - ) & Edith Harney (abt 1884 - )
|    |    19 Adelaide Leoma Jones (5 Jan 1882 - 26 Dec 1906) & Hughes
|    |    20 Sarah Anne Jones (15 Jun 1885 - ) & Fred Schultz (abt 1882 - )
|    |    21 Bertha Jones (20 Sep 1890 - 17 Dec 1893)
|    3 Lewis Estep* (26 Nov 1849 - 7 Mar 1922) & Mary Gardner (1855 - )
|    |    22 William Estep (1873 - ) & Viola Hyde (abt 1882 - )
|    |    |    87 Mary Estep (abt 1905 - 1993)
|    |    |    88 Howard Lorenzo Estep (25 May 1906 - 30 Dec 2000)
|    |    |    89 Margaret Estep (1909 - 1922)
|    |    |    90 James Estep (29 Jul 1916 - 5 Jan 1996)
|    |    23 James Estep (1 Dec 1877 - 5 May 1958) & Sarah Hall (17 Apr 1883 - 11 Mar 1937)
|    |    |    91 Raymond Estep (20 Nov 1901 - 17 Jan 1966)
|    |    |    92 William L. Estep (1910 - )
|    |    24 Mary Estep (1880 - 1881)
|    3 Lewis Estep* (26 Nov 1849 - 7 Mar 1922) & Mary  Esler Morgan (1846 - 1936)
|    |    25 Marie Estep (28 Jun 1897 - abt 1980) & John R. Parsell (Jan 1893 - )
|    |    26 Lewis Estep  II (7 Sep 1899 - 1972) & Hilda (1900 - 1989)
|    |    27 George E. Estep (15 May 1902 - 18 Sep 1902)
|    |    28 Scott Estep (22 Mar 1904 - abt 1980)
|    4 Ann Estep (1852 - bef 1870)
|    5 John Estep (8 Apr 1852 - 10 Aug 1910) & Annie Alsop (28 Feb 1858 - 17 Aug 1911)
|    |    29 Elizabeth Estep (15 May 1873 - 5 Oct 1950) & Daniel Murray (Apr 1872 - bef 1910)
|    |    |    93 Iva Murray (Jul 1891 - ) & Sherman Rodgers
|    |    |    94 Francis Murray (May 1893 - 11 Jul 1973) & Edna Kunkle
|    |    |    95 James Murray (May 1895 - )
|    |    |    96 John David Murray (6 Jan 1898 - 15 Jul 1957) & Iva Dorothy Miller (24 Mar 1903 - 13 Jun 1987)
|    |    |    97 Daniel Murray (abt 1901 - 15 Jul 1957) & Anna Hissong
|    |    30 Susanna (called Hannah) Estep (4 Sep 1874 - 17 Nov 1956) & Thomas Lochrie (abt 1872 - )
|    |    |    98 LeRoy Lochrie (20 Oct 1896 - abt 1990) & Mary Leona Berkley (22 Oct 1898 - abt 1990)
|    |    |    99 Mary Lochrie (abt 1899 - )
|    |    31 Rebecca Estep (1877 - )
|    |    32 Charlotte Estep (4 Nov 1879 - )
|    |    33 John B. Estep  II (1 Aug 1881 - 20 Dec 1928) & Edna Martha Huntington Estep (1878 - 29 Dec 1932)
|    |    |    100 Edna Estep (1904 - ) & Edgar Renneberg
|    |    |    101 Irene Estep (18 Aug 1906 - bef 1965) & Henry Vermilye ( - 9 Dec 1965)
|    |    |    102 Velma Vermont Estep (23 Dec 1908 - 12 Apr 1964) & Walter Fielding
|    |    34 Sarah Estep (8 Feb 1884 - ) & Dorsey Lambert (abt 1880 - )
|    |    35 Benjamin Estep (10 Sep 1885 - )
|    |    36 Bertha Estep (22 Jun 1888 - 10 Jan 1933) & John Calvin Luther (5 Aug 1880 - 4 May 1931)
|    |    |    103 Clarence Robert Luther (4 Mar 1909 - 14 Nov 1992)
|    |    |    104 Don Luther (12 Sep 1917 - 24 Aug 1970)
|    |    37 Ethel Estep (26 Jul 1890 - 9 Mar 1969) & Robert Lewis Frye (12 Sep 1890 - 17 Nov 1956)
|    |    |    105 Harold Eugene Frye (23 Jun 1911 - 21 Jun 1968)
|    |    |    106 Mary Ellen Frye (30 Sep 1923 - 8 Apr 1975) & Charles Theodore Klahre (26 May 1921 - 8 Apr 1975)
|    |    |    107 William Alfred Frye (14 Feb 1926 - 24 Sep 1984)
|    |    38 Vermont Estep (5 Apr 1893 - 8 Feb 1906)
|    |    39 Mary Estep (7 Nov 1896 - ) & Nelson Horner (abt 1898 - )
|    |    40 George Estep (28 Mar 1899 - 13 Jun 1980)
|    |    41 Edward Estep (13 May 1902 - 29 Sep 1990) & Thelma Evelyn Myers (8 Jun 1909 - 1 Mar 1973)
|    |    |    108 John Clarence Estep (24 Jul 1927 - 6 Sep 1991)
|    |    |    109 Edward Estep
|    |    |    110 James Estep
|    |    |    111 Shirley Estep & Phil Halsted
|    |    |    112 Eileen Estep
|    |    |    113 Doris Estep
|    6 William Estep (Jan 1855 - 19 Dec 1936) & Mary Ewan (1861 - 8 Sep 1927)
|    |    42 Elizabeth Estep* (15 Mar 1877 - 6 Nov 1968) & William Oscar Alleman (1867 - 3 Apr 1943)
|    |    42 Elizabeth Estep* (15 Mar 1877 - 6 Nov 1968) & Edwin Harvey Derby (27 Aug 1864 - 13 Feb 1938)
|    |    |    114 William Estep Harvey Derby (1897 - 81) &  Jeannette Disston Moore (1900 - 1980)
|    |    43 May V. Estep (Dec 1880 - 25 Feb 1969) & Wilson Samuel Grenell (May 1874 - 21 Jul 1925)
|    |    44 Hazel Estep (Apr 1888 - 17 Nov 1939)
|    7 James Estep  II (1857 - 24 Jun 1895) & Jane (Jannie) Marshall (8 Dec 1860 - 16 Apr 1940)
|    |    45 Charles Estep (16 Mar 1878 - ) & Jemima (Mime) Lockary (May 1875 - )
|    |    |    115 Earl Estep
|    |    46 Annie Estep (19 Aug 1880 - 5 Jan 1968) & Robert G. Miller (30 May 1877 - Apr 1949)
|    |    |    116 Ruth Miller (27 Jan 1903 - 17 Apr 1907)
|    |    |    117 James Miller (20 Feb 1905 - 20 Jun 1907)
|    |    |    118 Isabella Elaine Miller (8 Jul 1909 - ) & Otto Randolph
|    |    |    119 Marjorie Elizabeth Miller (2 Aug 1912 - 23 Sep 1984) & Curtis W. Irwin
|    |    |    120 Curtis DeLancy Miller (4 Jul 1917 - 1 Mar 2005) & Mary Phillips ( - 2000)
|    |    47 David Estep (6 Aug 1882 - 23 Dec 1888)
|    |    48 William Estep (11 Jul 1885 - 9 Aug 1885)
|    |    49 William Joseph Estep (29 Aug 1887 - 7 Sep 1888)
|    |    50 Ethel Estep (18 Feb 1890 - 16 Jan 1969) & Winfield Cadwell Sleight (May 1880 - 10 Jul 1966)
|    |    |    121 Frederick Winfield Sleight (29 Oct 1918 - )
|    |    51 George Estep (9 Mar 1893 - 26 Mar 1907)
|    |    52 Jenny Estep (9 Nov 1895 - 24 Jul 1896)
|    |    53 Carl  (Carlson) Estep (24 Nov 1898 - 25 Jan 1962)
|    8 David Estep (2 Mar 1859 - 30 Oct 1929) & Inez Ripley (1 Oct 1861 - 12 Apr 1926)
|    |    54 Lula Estep (1 Oct 1882 - 1 Jun 1906)
|    |    55 Lester James Estep (1 Jun 1884 - 4 Oct 1965) & Evelyn Williams (abt 1891 - 18 Apr 1982)
|    |    |    122 Eleanor Estep (24 Apr 1916 - ) & Jennings Bryan Mitchell
|    |    |    123 Howard Stephens Estep (22 Oct 1920 - ) & Anna Heath
|    |    |    124 Daniel Brooks Estep (5 Feb 1927 - Mar 2002) & Catherine Rios (1930 - 3 Jul 2004)
|    |    56 Helen Elizabeth Estep (13 Mar 1886 - 14 Dec 1973) & Claude Symonds (abt 1882 - )
|    |    |    125 Russell Lavern Symonds (29 May 1925 - 5 Sep 1955) & Evelyn Vine (abt 1925 - 9 Sep 1955)
|    |    |    126 William Claude Symonds (29 Apr 1927 - ) & Margaret J. Young
|    |    57 Leonard Estep (25 May 1889 - 9 Jun 1973) & Florence M. Cunningham (21 Sep 1894 - )
|    |    |    127 Roy  Jack Estep (7 Sep 1917 - 23 Jan 1998) & Marjorie  "Midge" Jenkins ( - 1993)
|    |    |    128 Vernia May Estep (16 Dec 1913 - 1990) & William Maloney
|    |    |    129 Harold Thomas Estep (10 Dec 1915 - )
|    |    58 Leon Charles Estep* (20 Mar 1891 - 25 Sep 1968) & Sarah Watkins (8 Apr 1903 - 19 Jul 1934)
|    |    |    130 Bernard Leon Estep (21 Jan 1926 - 1979) & Rose Collins
|    |    58 Leon Charles Estep* (20 Mar 1891 - 25 Sep 1968) & Ada Gordon ( - 14 Jul 1993)
|    |    |    131 Sandra Jane Estep (8 Sep 1938 - )
|    |    59 Vernia Estep (26 Dec 1894 - 7 Aug 1980) & Clark Brewster (30 Jan 1894 - 25 Jul 1960)
|    |    |    132 Helen Brewster (15 Dec 1914 - ) & Robert Curren
|    |    |    133 Nona Brewster (24 Aug 1918 - ) & Walter Tolbert
|    |    |    134 Lola Brewster (26 Jun 1920 - ) & Cenis Jones
|    |    60 Lena Estep (26 Dec 1894 - aft 1895)
|    |    61 David  Frances Estep  II (26 Jun 1900 - 9 May 1972) & Florence Reynolds (1906 - 28 Dec 1992)
|    |    |    135 David Estep (21 Oct 1927 - ) & Charlotte Winchell (26 Jul 1936 - )
|    |    |    136 Lois Estep (30 Jun 1929 - ) & Charles Edward Jaquays (4 Mar 1927 - )
|    |    62 Cecil Ripley Estep (3 Dec 1902 - 4 Oct 1942) & Alice Gordon
|    |    |    137 Cecil Gordon Estep  Jr (12 Feb 1927 - ) & Jeanne Terry
|    |    |    138 Barbara Elizabeth Estep (24 Jun 1930 - ) & Beecher Saunders
|    |    |    139 Elaine Marian Estep (29 Jul 1935 - ) & Gary Gensler
|    9 Rebecca Estep (1861 - 17 Jul 1895) & Jake Carlson (23 Apr 1856 - 9 May 1899)
|    |    63 Eric Carlson
|    |    64 Lewis Carlson (abt 1881 - )
|    |    65 Albert Carlson
|    |    66 Emma Carlson & William Strong
|    |    |    140 Florence Strong
|    |    |    141 William Strong
|    |    |    142 Katherine Louise Strong & James Francis Callahan
|    |    |    143 Ruth Strong
|    |    |    144 Edward Strong
|    |    |    145 Helen Strong
|    |    67 Annie Carlson (1891 - 2 May 1973) & J. August Peterson
|    |    68 William Carlson
|    10 George Estep (1863 - 30 Jun 1888) & Mary Frances Whitten (abt 1866 - )
|    11 Charles Shafer Estep (5 Feb 1865 - 12 Feb 1943) & Helen Florence Scott (5 Nov 1860 - 13 Aug 1930)
|    |    69 George Estep (18 Mar 1885 - 30 Jun 1888)
|    |    70 Angeline Estep (20 Dec 1886 - 28 Apr 1980) & Clem Arthur Loomis (12 Feb 1885 - 1956)
|    |    |    146 Lucille Loomis (23 Nov 1908 - 18 Dec 1997) & Tom Henderson
|    |    |    147 Sara Helen Loomis (1913 - 1914)
|    |    |    148 Clem Arthur Loomis  Jr. (29 Jan 1917 - 29 Nov 1999) & Peg Bourgeois (16 May 1916 - 24 Dec 1996)
|    |    71 Florence Helen Estep (18 Jun 1889 - 1 Oct 1984) & Frank Yeomans (31 Aug 1889 - 6 Apr 1947)
|    |    |    149 Merle Yeomans (15 Mar 1908 - 20 Feb 1985) & Cora Lydia Baldwin (30 Dec 1911 - 3 Apr 2010)
|    |    |    150 Bill Yeomans (28 Sep 1912 - 1 Jun 2008) & Lillian Hezel (Oct 1925 - )
|    |    |    151 Helen Yeomans (29 Apr 1919 - 2009) & Gordon Edmond Williams (3 Mar 1917 - )
|    |    72 Francis Raymond Estep (5 Feb 1891 - 8 Dec 1951) & Maude Vannoy (9 Oct 1894 - 10 Nov 1974)
|    |    |    152 Robert Francis Estep* (4 Aug 1915 - 11 May 1997) & Lauren Sellesk
|    |    |    152 Robert Francis Estep* (4 Aug 1915 - 11 May 1997) & Helen Manley (17 Aug 1923 - 3 Mar 2009)
|    |    |    153 Eldon Estep (29 Oct 1917 - 12 Jan 1994) & Hazel Strope (12 May 1918 - 14 Oct 1992)
|    |    |    154 Gerald E. Estep (6 Dec 1927 - 8 Mar 2012) & Janice Hager (5 Aug 1929 - )
|    |    |    155 Jeannine Estep (16 Sep 1931 - ) & Walter Beardslee (12 Apr 1930 - 28 Jul 2003)
|    |    73 Chauncey Estep (9 Mar 1892 - 18 Jul 1892)
|    |    74 Esther Viola Estep (18 Apr 1894 - 12 Nov 1957) & Dr. Frank Stiles (5 Aug 1893 - 24 Dec 1945)
|    |    |    156 Beth Joyce Stiles (14 Jun 1921 - Jun 1991)
|    |    |    157 James Oliver Stiles (25 Sep 1925 - 21 Apr 1984) & Carrie Dell Allen (7 Jun 1923 - 5 Apr 1976)
|    |    75 Clarence Benzette Estep (29 May 1896 - 20 Jun 1957) & Fanny Gould (1896 - 22 Oct 1971)
|    |    |    158 Ronald Gould Estep (21 Jun 1931 - 2 Mar 2015) & Barbara Fahler
|    |    76 Laura M. Estep (25 Apr 1898 - 1949)
|    |    77 Wilma Jane Estep (9 Jul 1900 - 20 Jan 1988) & Curzon Ferris (7 Sep 1902 - 2 Sep 1969)
|    |    |    159 Curzon Ferris  Jr.* (5 Nov 1921 - 27 Jul 1993) & Lucille Bond (1921 -2011)
|    |    |    159 Curzon Ferris  Jr.* (5 Nov 1921 - 27 Jul 1993) & Sylvia Van Voast 

|    |    |    160 Charles Earl Ferris* (24 Aug 1924 - 21 Sep 1997) &  Dorothy Lou Dixon (1926 - 2000)
|    |    |    161 Arthur Ferris (26 May 1929 - 20 Jan 2013) & Patrica Emery
|    |    |    162 James Ferris* (18 Oct 1933 - ) & Elaine Cloe
|    |    |    162 James Ferris* (18 Oct 1933 - ) & Roberta
|    |    78 Zilpha  Marie Estep* (23 Jul 1902 - 15 Aug 1978) & Richard L. Hughes  Sr. (1900 -1973)
|    |    |    163 Richard Lyle Hughes  Jr. (1 Nov 1921 - 3 Oct 2002) & Lois Marie McEwen (18 Mar 1922 - )
|    |    |    164 Nina Loreen Hughes* (19 Mar 1923 - 21 May 1999) & Roger Holleran
|    |    |    164 Nina Loreen Hughes* (19 Mar 1923 - 21 May 1999) & Dr.  Orlo McCoy
|    |    |    165 Nina Marie Hughes (31 Dec 1925 - 16 Dec 1927)
|    |    78 Zilpha  Marie Estep* (23 Jul 1902 - 15 Aug 1978) & Norman Lawrence
|    12 Elizabeth Estep (Apr 1867 - Nov 1946) & Francis Meredith (1864 - 1918)
|    |    79 William Meridith (May 1889 - ) & Minnie Moore (1890 - )
|    |    80 Charlie Meridith (Dec 1891 - )
|    |    81 Russell Meridith (Mar 1897 - )
|    |    82 Bertha Meridith ( - 1994) & Crane
|    13 Edna Martha Huntington Estep (1878 - 29 Dec 1932) & John B. Estep  II (1 Aug 1881 - 20 Dec 1928)
|    |    83 Edna Estep (1904 - ) & Edgar Renneberg
|    |    84 Irene Estep (18 Aug 1906 - bef 1965) & Henry Vermilye ( - 9 Dec 1965)
|    |    85 Velma Vermont Estep (23 Dec 1908 - 12 Apr 1964) & Walter Fielding


                                                               
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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Old Union Cemetery, Upper Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania

                                                      Old Union Cemetery
           Please visit Inscriptions in the Old Union Cemetery to see a list of burials.


The Old Union Cemetery of Stone Church is located in Upper Mt. Bethel twp., Northampton Co., Pennsylvania. The cemetery grounds are maintained by a board of directors representing the two churches to which this burial ground first belonged. These churches are Trinity United Church of Christ and the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church. The cemetery is adjacent to Trinity United Church of Christ at 632 South Delaware Drive (Route 611)Stone Church, Pennsylvania 18343. Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church is across the street. 

In the beginning the congregations of both churches, The German Evangelical Lutheran and the German Evangelical Reformed worshiped in the same building in the village of Stone Church (also known as Centerville). Some earlier records refer to The Old Union Cemetery as Christ Church Cemetery, because the congregations of both denominations were known as Christ Reformed and Christ Lutheran. The original church, a stone structure, was located in the middle of the now existing cemetery. The Stone Church (thus the name of the present day community) was removed when in 1832 a new brick building was erected and is occupied today by the Trinity UCC congregation. Both congregations worshiped in the new building until 1910 when Christ Evangelical Lutheran congregation built a new church located across the street from the cemetery. 

There were at least 769 graves, but over the last 200 years many of those grave markers have been lost to time. The earliest burial in the cemetery is that of Anna Marie Goetthardt Correll, August 8, 1794. The last burial was Sarah Dildine in 1911. The cemetery is the resting place of twenty- six known Revolutionary War Soldiers; Ludwig Bartholomew, Abraham Eckert, Jacob Emerick, Phillip Emerick, John Flory, Joseph Fox, Frederick Frutchey, George Gross, John Hartzell, John Heil, Christian Hess, George Heller, Isaac Hilyardt, Peter Hilyardt, Simon Houck, Jacob Miller, John Miller, Valentine Miller, Valentine Phillips, John Ratzel, John Schoch, John Smith, Christian Snyder, Valentine Steiner, Peter Rundio, and Daniel Weidmen. Two who served in the War of 1812 buried here are Peter Reimer and Jacob Houck. Four Civil War veterans buried here are; Calvin S. Heller, Joseph J. Horn, Benjamin Kurtz and William H. Strauss. 

Unfortunately, it can not be assumed that related persons are buried next to each other. When the old church was removed the then empty space in the middle of the cemetery was used for burials. Also at some point in time gravestones that had been removed from their proper gravesite were uprighted to the middle vacant area, "to make the cemetery look good." Therefore, while stones are erected they may not be in the actual place of burial. 

An early transcription of the monuments in the cemetery was done by John Eyermann in June of 1899, in which only those monuments of persons who were born before 1780 were recorded. A later transcription was done by Wm. Atchley and Miss Katherine Atchley about 1909.  Both of these records are available for review at the Northampton Co. Historical and GenealogicalSociety in Easton and at the Easton Area Public Library Marx Room.

Please be sure to visit Inscriptions in the Old Union Cemetery to see a list of burials as compiled in the Atchley booklet.
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