"A Few Old Cemeteries"

Cumberland Valley Chronicles, Burkhart

One of the largest sections of the referenced work is a chapter of smaller cemeteries in Shippensburg and the western townships of Cumberland County, plus a few located in Franklin. The burials in these cemeteries were not indexed. Jerry and Judy Thayer, the Cumberland County lookup volunteers for this work, figured that an index of all persons would speed lookup requests. They generously offered their compiled index to USGenweb for use in the Archives and on county pages. A Special thanks to both of them for preparing this extensive listing (2418 entries!).

Page numbers from alpha lists may be cross referenced with the descriptions below to find Cemetery name. For your convenience this list is repeated at the end of each page. Additionally, there is a navigation aid for browsing.

Cemetery Descriptions

pp. 333-344: God's Acre Cem. (Oldest cemetery in Shippensburg.)
located: intersection King and Prince Street, Shippensburg

pp. 344-346: Old Dutch Graveyard
(burials from Union Ref Luth Ch 1849; 2nd oldest cemetery in Shippensburg.)
located: Orange and Queen Streets, Shippensburg

pp. 347-352: Former Ref Ch Graveyard (incl burials removed from Spring Hill Cem.)
located: Orange St., betw Prince St. and Gettle Ave., Shippensburg

pp. 352-358: Lower Middle Spring Presby Cem
location: village of Middle Spring, Southampton Twp, Cumb Co Rtes X 311 & 322

pp. 358-369: Upper Middle Spring Presby Cem
location: east of hiway former k/a Rt. 696, north of the church

pp. 369-373: Orrstown Presby Cem
location: south side Orrstown, South Street forks into Rtes. 433 and 604

pp. 374-377: Rebuck Cem
location: "west of Xroads at Otterbein UM Cem on Rt. 641, at a barn abt halfway betw Newburg and Roxbury, a dirt lane leads south across the fields to Paxton's Run. Rebuck Graveyard is reached by following this lane south across the run (there is NO bridge) and into a field. From this point the graveyard can be seen a short distance to the west close to the south bank of the run."

pp. 377-380: Shoemaker Graveyard
location: "foot of Blue Mtn., and north of Rt. 641 abt midway betw Newburg and Roxbury." (Read Burkhart's description, p. 377, how to find this cemetery.)

pp. 380-393: Ridge Church of the Brethren Cem
location: abt halfway fr Shippensburg to Newburg, Ridge Rd. branches east off Rt. 696. A short distance beyond, Ridge Ch/Cem "caps the ridge" on the east.

pp. 393-397: Hanna Graveyard
location: about a mile north of Newberg.

pp. 397-399: Hoover-Bert Graveyard
location: west side of Three-Square Hollow Rd, abt 2 mi north of Newburg.

pp. 399-419: Zion Hill Cem
location: Hopewell Twp., Newburg; Rt. 997 northeast to Zion Hill Rd 377, just before 997 passes under the PA Turnpike.

pp. 419-421: Memorial Luth Ch Cem
location: cem gone, but stones preserved in basement of church at Orange and Penn Streets, Shippensburg.

Burkhart mentioned a number of other cemeteries, saying that there wasn't space in the book to allow transcription.