Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Preservative of Gravestones

Without the preservative of gravestones, each generation conceives itself self-generated and sustained, without relation. We try to come to terms with a loss of continuity, called isolation. Do we solve it by analyzing those fears we cannot see which cause our self exaltations? What separates father and son if not the sons fear of the father’s expectations, retrogressive centuries removed? We could reconcile father and son, fathers and sons. They go on like that forever. Gravestones and books cry out.The heirlooms have a voice. The china speaks, the chests, the linens.  In the cases where these have personal identity they give their names, which in itself revives the innateness of the names themselves. Hovering around each example is a little light if we see it, a context for viewing the object if we can find it. Names are illumined by other names, linens by linens, chests by chests, books by books, quilts by quilts. Right away to place the names and their creations among their contemporaries is a way of proceeding. Contextualizing takes us into history, art, language with some startling surprises. The previous dark is shot with light. It makes us think even more light can dawn. In the end the whole is light if we find it. The recovery process seeks an heirloom as a means of restoration. Going back we track the antiques heard of but not found, the etched wood signs in the attic barn. More often the last will exists. More than the will, the man’s own words exist, impossibly true, court filings defending his actions, his inner thoughts and conflicts in the quotation of his words in letters of his antagonists prove his character, a father with an edge, but not a diplomat. Moreover this seems a family trait. It is all context and text, celebrations false and true, involvement in controversies of another kind, resolved in the will to faith. The more you look the more you see. I’m watching a hyperbole develop. As the lines increase so do the contexts. We see it better reversed, when they converge, concentrate when we are born, bring the essence to a focus as though the generations had a purpose, something to reveal, that this could be named, these attitudes repeated again and again. It seems best not to name them here. Let the details, artifacts, histories, contexts speak for themselves. Let each generation name itself, but the name is the same. We just won’t tell.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

He Sat Them Down in Rows

 Where will my resting place be?

“He sat them down in rows” describes those who were set down for life in their order before they were ordained. Then, when they were here, he sat them down on the hill to feed them and to teach, like an herb garden, a leek patch. Then, like rows of corn or wheat, they who came and were planted, were set  down in rows to wait. We find them as they wait. Tombstone lists are poetry, a community snapshot, but a poem too, cadence of the changes of name under text. Just because we can't read your name doesn’t mean you are denied. Many names, many meanings of lives are illegible. We prize them  more because they mark the struggle to hold. Names, families, births and deaths, those with no name or just a half-day of life are welcome with the illegible. 

Before they call I will answer.

We preserve without comment of any kind, whether in the written text or on the stones. This raises the question at difficulties as to whether it is typist's error or how to know the difference. The first compilers said every effort was made to be free of error; every effort is made here for accurate transcription where the original is preserved, except ditto marks in the typescript are replaced with complete spellings. Older and newer forms of spellings may be supposed true variations and not mistakes, but variances on tombstones also occur from wear which may make them illegible, or they may be simply errors, as seems possible in 1.33, Mengel/Mengal.

For they will be a people blessed by the LORD, they and their descendants with them.

Nothing of the text translated here is English. The dates abbreviated in the written inventory are assumed  abbreviated on the stones. If the past is a measure of the irony of living and dying, abbreviated in our present, then we know at least that when we go the grave our abbreviation will be our mother and father. That’s how we come and that’s how we go. Friends are not mentioned. Those who gave birth give meaning in death.

He who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth.

In those days Anthony KLEINSMITH, of Kraussdale, Lehigh county, died of blood poisoning after “early in April a horse kicked his heel and two months later the slight scratch caused the foot to swell which extended to the stomach causing intense agony.” In those days you called the pastor, family and friends when the doctor was done. But while we are working on a cure for old age, day old deaths are as important as the Seventy.  What are the poets talking about when they tell us what they think of life? Your mother and father! They are there when you're born and on the stone when you die.What lasts is this grave and this, ask me I know them.

To his servants he will give another name.

They say no atheists in foxholes, but what about graves? Rimbaud, Buñuel, Borges and Stevens could not resist the faith came to their mortal. What principles of these hypocrites! No atheists in graves? Live by doubt, die by faith? Taunted at the Judgment for their cremation, evolutionists hasten the “ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” Natural selection hastens their decay in the ground. Question the time. It’s all on the stones with the suddenness of life. 

For the past troubles will be forgotten.

II.
 
To keep accounts in this yard made simple, the symbolism is here retained. The names are not John but Johannes, hymn titles German (5.21-23), if that is not too simpleminded to say. Henry Mack, one collator, rightly observed that 25 percent of these names reached full maturity, meaning three score and ten. We expand the  inquiry to seek reasons. We ask of the death of children, read between the lines.

Row 1

There are some surprises. Compare 1.8 and 1.9, two children born apparently of the same parents, Anna and Henrich Bechtel, both who would die in childhood, but 33 years apart! David dies in 1810 at 14 days and Henrich at 3 years in 1846!
Henry and Cathrina Stauffer, (1.3-4) died at 1 and 6, but others are anonymous, known only as "a daughter" 1.6), "a son" (1.10) as though the pain of naming them now were so great it overwhelmed the loss. That is why we have poets, to speak this unspeakable as our brother William has done:

I have no name
I am but two days old.
What shall I call thee?
I happy am-
Joy is my name.

Of twelve born in the 18th century, eleven children, age six or less,
if Row 1 signifies the founding of the cemetery then 8 children at its start might suggest them been buried elsewhere and then moved here when the graveyard was begun. The dates are not quite right for that however, so even more it is a terrible run. No matter if they lived six days (1.11) or sixty years, their lives are counted down to the day. The implication is that each life, each day is precious, each hour is precious, more so in the case of Henry, son of William and Anna Mack, whose life is tabulated down to the half day. who "died Sept. 30th, 1846. Age, 1 yr. 9 mos. 2 1/2 days" (2.9).

There are 40 burials in Row 1. Twelve born 18th century, Oberholtzers, Gehmans. Eleven children die, six or less.

Spellings may vary, for names were not always coded for information bases, compare Clemmer 1.12 and Klemmer, 1.16 or Klemer, 2.18. Sometimes different spellings occur in the same line, Oberholtser and Oberholser (1.39), or differ from a previous, as Oberholtzer of 1.18-23.
We read the old spellings with joy, of Cathrina, (1.4), or Salharena, (1.32), or Therusah 3.1.

Say it again! Eight of the thirteen names on the stones tabled on page one are children. We can’t compare it to war, these people fled the study of war, so our only recourse is to compare it to life: Carry your sorrow, bear your grief to one pierced breast of love, the Lord's, and there we lie. In convention, the way the spaces fall, an "accident" at the end of the first page provides them with a shepherd "At Rest," the Rev. John M. Ehst, who "served this congregation 37 yrs."

Row 2

There are 35 burials in Row 2, eight children, seven born in the 18th century. As if in a delirium it seems like we keep saying this and the numbers change each time.  If you speak a word frequently it becomes nonsense the more you say it. Consider how this happens with the word “died.” Who died? What death? Whose death is this, this one and this?  It is an odd word that in the context of things means something entirely opposite, for all these deaths are lives. Which one of the stones reads, “the dead shall live, the earth shall cast out her dead."

"Klemer 2.18 is yet another spelling.
(No name) as if it were a name, supplied by the inventory 2.18.
Folk 2.21, Thomas, 2.22 English names.

Sahra Hunsbergerin 2.30. "less 11 days" 2.31
Maybe it is more revealing to see when they were born than when they die. Early years outweigh the rest. By this measure, while 18 died in the 18th cent, how many were born then? I can’t say.


I was 3 at the celebration of Henry Mack's ninetieth birthday, nearly the youngest in the family where he was the oldest. It is a great privilege to take up this work.

On Row 3:

Numbers changing again: 18 born 18th cent.7  children.

Old names and forms: Funkin, 2.10,  Salharena 1.32, Sahra Hunsbergerin 2.30, Bechtelin 3.33, Meyern 3.10, Kindig 3.13 Therusah 3.1, Septimus 3.19. Bennevell, 4.10.

Oddities: Weiz'n 4.13. Latchaw, 4.14.

There is a change of typist Row 4.6. “Mos. yrs.” no longer abbreviate, some more obvious mistakes, Weiz'n? 4.13, Latschar/Latscher 4.21,22, matrimon[e]y misspelled, "Nearly" capitalized, 4.21. Probably the first style of typing was Henry Mack for its punctiliousness. Then it changes back at 4.30 and continues in the first manner.

Perhaps the stones are like the paper programs handed out today with text and hymn numbers 4.15.

Preachers- John M. Ehst, 1.13 Samuel C. Clemmer, 2.19, John Gehman, 1.35, Heinrich Funk 3.31, John C. Bechtel 3.29, Deacon Philip Hoch, 3.32, John B. Bechtel 4.26, Abraham Bechtel 4.47

Notable age: Elizabeth Mengel, b.1741, 1.33, Hoch, b. 1755, 3.32, his wife Anna, b. 1762, 3.33, Abraham Gehman, b. 1766 1.37, Killion Weiss, b. 1751 4.32, wife Catharine, b. 1764, 4.31, Abraham Bechtel. b. 1749 4.47 

Make a list of people born before the Revolution.

Row 4: 9 children

Row 5 notes:

 9 children, Isaac Bauman, 5.30, "Age, 32 hours."

5.28 Maria Bauman, 9 sons, age 40.

5.44 Heinrich Stauffer, m. three times, in succession, but his wives are buried in reverse order from his grave, the first farthest away, 5.47

What pantywaists women and men today. Anna Bauman had 9 sons! What about companionship, friends? Unless you see their lives as prisons. Who lived better?


Row 6 notes:  Bachtly 6.17

Almost all 19th century births. Of 22 names in Row 6, nine are children. 5 child graves in a row, 6.5-9. Then an 82 year old. We like to see them interspersed. The children are fully equal in their humanity and its record with the old.
Clara, 6.9, was loved beyond telling but not beyond recall. We feel her loss even now.

There are people now weeping beside these stones at the early deaths. No death is too late to bear, only today, then they died before their time. At the grave of Lydia Stauffer Row 6.21 her daughter of three, 6.20, husband and father John has inscribed the lines written there. "Thou art gone to thy rest while thy ties were the dearest, With smiles on thy lip, and delight in thine eye; While love was the brightest, and friendship sincerest; Desirous to live thou were ready to die."
His care is shown in it and a poet's heart too, but more the loss, the loss of his love.

How to visit a graveyard. How is the pie? It’s good, but I have been to the graves. It is unlike anything else. When you go in person you cannot feel it as well, too many sense impressions. But at leisure, contemplating the fact of the life, the sorrows…

Tombstone politics in 5.20. two children Irwen and Nelson, died two days apart.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

He Sat Them Down In Rows. Introduction and Preface

 Salford Menonite Graveyard here

Introduction
“He sat them down in rows” describes those set down for life in their order before they were ordained. Then when they appeared he sat them down on the hill to feed  and to teach, like an herb garden, a leek patch. Then after, like rows of corn or wheat, he set down in rows to wait. Tombstone lists are a community snapshot as we find them, but a poem too, cadence of the changes of a name under text.  Many names like the meanings of lives are illegible, but prized for the struggle to have names, families, births, deaths, so no names or a half-day of life are welcome. 

In those days Anthony KLEINSMITH, of Kraussdale, Lehigh county, died of blood poisoning after “early in April a horse kicked his heel and two months later the slight scratch caused the foot to swell which extended to the stomach causing intense agony.” In those days you called the pastor, family and friends when the doctor was done. But while we are working on a cure for old age, day old deaths are as important as the Seventy.  What are the poets talking about when they tell us what they think of life? Your mother and father! They are there when you're born and on the stone when you die.What lasts is this grave and this, ask me I know them.

Presented without comment of any kind in the written text, the stones raise a question at difficulties whether it is a typist's error and how to know the difference. The first compilers said every effort was made to be free of error; every effort is made here for accurate transcription where the original is preserved, except ditto marks in the typescript are replaced with complete spellings. The dates abbreviated in the written inventory are assumed  abbreviated on the stones. Older and newer forms of spellings may be supposed true variations and not mistakes, but variances on tombstones also occur from wear which may make them illegible, or they may be simply errors, as seems possible in 1.33, Mengel/Mengal. Again, if the past is a measure of the irony of living and dying, abbreviated in our present, then we know at least that when we go to the grave our abbreviation will be pg our mother and father. That’s how we come and that’s how we go. Friends are not mentioned. Those who gave birth give meaning in death.

II.
 
To keep accounts in this garden the symbolism is retained. The names are not John but Johannes, hymn titles are in German (5.21-23), if that is not too simpleminded to say. Henry Mack, one collator, rightly observed that 25 percent of these names reached full maturity, meaning three score and ten. We expand the  inquiry to seek reasons. We ask of the death of children, read between the lines.

Row 1

There are some surprises. Compare 1.8 and 1.9, two children born apparently of the same parents, Anna and Henrich Bechtel, both who would die in childhood, but 33 years apart! David dies in 1810 at 14 days and Henrich at 3 years in 1846! 
Henry and Cathrina Stauffer, (1.3-4) died at 1 and 6, but others are anonymous, known only as "a daughter" 1.6), or "a son" (1.10), as though the pain of naming were so great it overwhelmed the birth. That is why the poet speaks the unspeakable, as our brother William Blake has done:

I have no name
I am but two days old.
What shall I call thee?
I happy am-
Joy is my name.


I prefer  he had no name but then those who do will think it odd, but who will you think he is and how will we know? He has no name, how could he have a name, he is  one who came the way all of us might prefer to think we must have come, special to ourselves without doubt, trumpets our fantasy of mind, until reason kicks not in and we boast not in the cup of the great. How does anybody escape this illusion? In their public character they seem all humble and empathic who are really interested in ourselves as much as I am in this one with no name, this neuman nhuman who came down from the sun on ice waves and hydrogen fire, swoosh, to forgetful joy. To the world he is so wrapped up in his coming he forgets there is to be an exit. Then the brain waves change. Oh you didn’t know it is coming, takes about seven decades to get the news at last, peace, hope, death.

So I don’t have a name for him, never did and been writing about him all his life. I found out he is a little obtuse in his pretendings and has the ability to dance. There is no need to think him different from any other despite the scientific studies that justify his steps. He’s a dancer and when he gets into art he makes onion skins out of paint or some such to cover up the empty. Nothing new, so he has no name, and not much of an identity, all the coverings taken away, although we insist on his dignity.

Of twelve born in the 18th century, eleven children die age six or less.

If Row 1 signifies the founding of the cemetery then 8 children at its start might suggest them buried elsewhere and moved here when the graveyard was begun. The dates are not quite right for that however, so even more it is a terrible run. No matter if they lived six days (1.11) or sixty, their lives are counted to the day. Each life, each day is precious, each hour, more so in the case of Henry, son of William and Anna Mack, whose life is tabulated  to the half day, who "died Sept. 30th, 1846. Age, 1 yr. 9 mos. 2 1/2 days" (2.9).

There are 40 burials in Row 1. Twelve born 18th century, Oberholtzers, Gehmans. Eleven children die, six or less.

Spellings may vary, for names were not always coded for information bases, compare Clemmer 1.12 and Klemmer, 1.16 or Klemer, 2.18. Sometimes different spellings occur in the same line, Oberholtser and Oberholser (1.39), or differ from a previous, as Oberholtzer of 1.18-23.
We read the old spellings with joy, of Cathrina, (1.4), or Salharena, (1.32), or Therusah 3.1.

Say it again! Eight of the thirteen names on the stones tabled on page one are children. We can’t compare it to war, these people fled the study of war, our only recourse is to compare it to life: Carry your sorrow, bear your grief to one pierced breast of love, the Lord's, and there we lie. In convention, the way the spaces fall, makes an "accident" at the end of the first page and provides them with a shepherd, "At Rest," the Rev. John M. Ehst, who "served this congregation 37 yrs."

Row 2

There are 35 burials in Row 2, eight children, seven born in the 18th century. As if in delirium it seems like we keep saying this and the numbers change each time.  If you speak a word frequently enough it becomes nonsense the more you say it. Consider how this happens with the word “died.” Who died? What death? Whose death is this, this one and this?  It is an odd word that in the context of things means something entirely opposite, for all these deaths are lives. Which one of the stones reads, “the dead shall live, the earth shall cast out her dead?"

"Klemer 2.18 is yet another spelling.
(No name) as if it were a name, is supplied by the inventory 2.18.
Folk 2.21, Thomas, 2.22, English names.
Sahra Hunsbergerin 2.30. "less 11 days" 2.31.

Maybe it is more revealing to see when they were born than when they die. Early years outweigh the rest. By this measure, while 18 died in the 18th cent, how many were born then? I can’t say. I was 3 at the celebration of Henry Mack's ninetieth birthday, nearly the youngest in the family where he was the oldest. It is a great privilege to take up his work.

On Row 3:

Numbers changing again: 18 born 18th cent.7  children.

Old names and forms: Funkin, 2.10,  Salharena 1.32, Sahra Hunsbergerin 2.30, Bechtelin 3.33, Meyern 3.10, Kindig 3.13 Therusah 3.1, Septimus 3.19. Bennevell, 4.10.

Oddities: Weiz'n 4.13. Latchaw, 4.14.

There is a change of typist at Row 4.6. “Mos. yrs.” no longer abbreviate, some more obvious mistakes, Weiz'n? 4.13, Latschar/Latscher 4.21,22, matrimon[e]y misspelled, "Nearly" capitalized, 4.21. Probably the first style of typing was Henry Mack for its punctiliousness. Then it changes back at 4.30 and continues in the first manner.

Perhaps the stones are like the paper programs handed out today with text and hymn numbers, 4.15.

Preachers- John M. Ehst, 1.13 Samuel C. Clemmer, 2.19, John Gehman, 1.35, Heinrich Funk 3.31, John C. Bechtel 3.29, Deacon Philip Hoch, 3.32, John B. Bechtel 4.26, Abraham Bechtel 4.47

Notable age: Elizabeth Mengel, b.1741, 1.33, Hoch, b. 1755, 3.32, his wife Anna, b. 1762, 3.33, Abraham Gehman, b. 1766 1.37, Killion Weiss, b. 1751 4.32, wife Catharine, b. 1764, 4.31, Abraham Bechtel. b. 1749 4.47 

Make a list of people born before the Revolution.

Row 4: 9 children

Row 5 notes:

 9 children, Isaac Bauman, 5.30, "Age, 32 hours."

5.28 Maria Bauman, 9 sons, age 40.

5.44 Heinrich Stauffer, m. three times, in succession, but his wives are buried in reverse order from his grave, the first farthest away, 5.47

What pantywaists women and men today. Anna Bauman had 9 sons! What about companionship, friends? Unless you see their lives as prisons. Who lived better?


Row 6 notes:  Bachtly 6.17

Almost all 19th century births. Of 22 names in Row 6, nine are children. 5 child graves in a row, 6.5-9. Then an 82 year old. We'd like to see them more interspersed. The children are fully equal in their humanity and its record with the old. Clara, 6.9, was loved beyond telling but not beyond recall. We feel her loss even now.

There are people now weeping beside these stones at the early deaths. No death is too late to bear, only today, then they died before their time. At the grave of Lydia Stauffer Row 6.21 her daughter of three, 6.20, husband and father John has inscribed the lines written there. "Thou art gone to thy rest while thy ties were the dearest, With smiles on thy lip, and delight in thine eye; While love was the brightest, and friendship sincerest; Desirous to live thou were ready to die." His care is shown in it and a poet's heart too, but more the loss, the loss of his love. Ready to die. That is the very spirit of gelassenheit that Henry's daughter Anna showed when her daughter Elizabeth nearly died in her first year. After all was said and done Anna released her to God. This was important for us all, for without Elizabeth none of this would every have been written, nor any of these Pennsylvania Blogs. Elizabeth you see started it all. Her nephew had it handed to him. What a gift life is!

How to visit a graveyard. How is the pie? It’s good, but I have been to the graves. It is unlike anything else. When you go in person you cannot feel it as well, too many sense impressions. Here at leisure, contemplating the fact of the life, the sorrows…

Tombstone politics in 5.20. two children Irwen and Nelson, died two days apart.

They say no atheists in foxholes, but what about graves? Rimbaud, Buñuel, Borges and Stevens could not resist the faith came to their mortal minds. What principles have these hypocrites! No atheists in graves? Live by doubt, die by faith? Taunted at the Judgment for their cremation, evolutionists hasten the “ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” Natural selection hastens their decay in the ground. Question the time. It’s all on the stones with the suddenness of life. 

Preface

Mid 18th century graveyards are among the oldest of American settlements. Oak Hill Cemetery of Washington DC is one of these, but Stones of Faith, including the Hereford Old Mennonite cemetery, are frequent in the five county area of Berks, etc. Seventy-five duplicated copies of Record of Tombstone Inscriptions of the Old Hereford Mennonite Cemetery were issued in 1934. The authors hoped that "if later anyone is interested to carry on the work, this can be used as a start, and improved."

Record is organized by the 18 "Rows" of varying length and eight appended,"Toward Meeting House" of the burial ground. The originals are in German, but as the preface explains, "the inscriptions are copied as closely as possible as they appear on the tombstones, and for the benefit of the future generations, the German was translated to the English as closely as possible."
As to errors "made unaware," there is variation in the spelling of some names affecting the count of 59 families given in the preface.

This typescript was discovered in the estate of the granddaughter of Henry S. Mack (1854-1946), Anna Elizabeth Reiff Young (1910-2005). Henry Mack lived with his granddaughter and daughter, Anna Mack Reiff (1880-1970) from 1936 to 1944. "Henry S. Mack was born near Bally, Pa., June 20, 1854; died at the home of his son (Philip), Cornwells Heights, Pa., Oct. 23, 1946; aged 92 y. 4 m. 3 d. Over seventy-two years ago he united with the Bally, Pa., Mennonite Church, where he retained membership the rest of his life, serving as chorister for sixty years."



RECORD OF / TOMBSTONE INSCRIPTIONS / OLD MENNONITE CEMETERY / OF THE / HEREFORD CONGREGATION OF MENNONITES / IN THE / BOROUGH OF BALLY / BERKS COUNTY / PENNA.

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Preface

The Hereford Congregation of Mennonites adopted by vote of the church the resolutions outlined on the following pages, and established a separate fund, the income of which only is to be used in the upkeep and cleaning of the cemetery, and with the substantial amounts already so kindly donated, it is made possible to keep the cemetery mowed with the lawn mower. However, there are lots of other improvements that could be made, and as time goes on may be made possible as more gets added to the funds by such who are interested in this plan, and the upkeep of the cemetery.

The record of the inscriptions on the following pages are listed in the order in which the graves appear, and the rows numbered, running along the highway, beginning at the southwest corner.

The inscriptions are copied as closely as possible as they appear on the tombstones, and for the benefit of the future generations, the German was translated to the English as closely as possible.

The object when this was started was to have this in print in book form, however, because of the expenses involved no one was interested at the time to finance it. Therefore, it was done by duplicating for a start, and if later anyone is interested to carry on the work, this can be used as a start, and improved. No doubt, there are errors that have been made unaware, and possibly someone may later take up this work.

The work of transcribing this and reading the proofs of the inscriptions was done in the summers of the years 1932, and 1933, by the following:

Henry Mack, Philadelphia, Pa.
Mrs. Joseph Beidler, Bally, Pa.
Bertha Lizzie, and Amy Gehman, Bally, Pa.
Mr. and Mrs. David Gehman, Bally, Pa.


Master copies, with 75 duplicate sets, and the following statistics, were compiled during the Winter of 1934, through the courtesy of Gehman Knitting Mill, Bally, Pa., with Ralph Berky, Clayton, Pa., cooperating:--

The first Mennonite Colonists settled in Eastern Berks from 1725 to 1730. The earliest probable death date, legible, in the Hereford Cemetery is “1758 A.D.,” on a brown stone marker. The earliest birth date, legible, is that of Chasber Bauman “1724—1789.” The earliest complete record is that of “Peter Eshbach, 1762—1774.” Other interesting date observed:--

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Number of markers with death dates, legible, prior to the year 1800 17
Number of markers with inscriptions wholly or in part legible 613
Number of markers illegible 10
Number of markers on Cemetery 623

Highest age recorded, Maria Gehman, wife of Rev. John Gehman,
95 yrs. 9 mos. 5 days.

Oldest couple buried on Cemetery, Rev. John Gehman, 89 yrs. and
wife Maria, 95 yrs.

Number of ministers buried on Cemetery 7
Average age of ministers 73
Average age of ministers’ wives (6) 79

Number of nonagenarians – 13 women, and 1 man 14
Number of octogenarians ---35 women, and 34 men 69
Number of septuagenarians – 40 women, and 35 men –
Attaining age of 70 or more
-- 88 women, and 70 men -- 158

Number of family names represented 59
Number of Bechtels buried on Cemetery 78
Number of Stauffers buried on Cemetery 65
Number of Moyers buried on Cemetery 41
Number of Baumans buried on Cemetery 40
Number of Oberholtzer buried on Cemetery 36
Number of Eschbachs buried on Cemetery 34

In two hundred years the Hereford Congregation has laid to rest in “God’s Acre” more than 600 bodies. Of this number, 158, or approximately 25%, attained the allotted three score years and ten. “Truly God is good to “Hereford.” (Israel) Ps. 73:1.

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Resolved—That we establish a separate fund to be known as “THE BURIAL GROUND FUND” the income of which only, is to be used to keep the burial grounds belonging to the Meeting House of the Hereford Congregation of Mennonites of the Franconia Conference District, in the Borough of Bally (formerly Hereford Township), Berks County, Pennsylvania, in perpetual good, neat and clean order, condition and repair.

Resolved—That all money or property given, bequeathed, devised or conveyed to the said congregation to be used for the said burial grounds, shall constitute the said Burial Ground Fund, shall be under the control and management of the Board of Trustees of the said congregation.

Resolved—That the Board of Trustees shall not, at any time expend any part of the principal of said Burial Ground Fund, and no part of the income thereof except on orders granted by said trustees on the treasurer of said fund.

Resolved—That the Board of Trustees shall annually exhibit to the congregation a statement showing the receipts and expenditures on behalf of the said Burial Ground Fund for the preceding year, and where and how the principal thereof is invested.

Resolved—That the said trustees shall have no power or authority to expend any part of the principal of said Burial Ground Fund, but if the annual income from said fund should at any time exceed the necessary expenditures for the same year, this congregation may, in its discretion direct such excess to be added to and become a part of such principal.

Resolved—That the Burial Ground shall be under the control and management of the Board of Trustees and that no person or persons shall grant any permission except by the consent of the Board of Trustees, and that the Board of Trustees of the aforesaid Burial Ground shall at all times be under the control and management of the above mentioned congregation.

Adopted by vote of The Hereford Congregation of Mennonites on Aug. the 11th A.D., 1929.

Signed by the Ministry and the Board of Trustees Of Mennonites as follows:

Ministry (John Kriebel
(Abraham Ehst
(Elias Kulp
Trustees (Daniel Schantz(Solomon Gehman, Treas.





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Page 1
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1. Stauffer. Tighman, son of Jacob and Lusette Stauffer, born Jan. 25th, 1860. Died Sept. 3rd, 1881. Age, 21 yrs 7 mos. 8 days.

2. Stauffer. Jacob C. Stauffer, born Dec. 11th, 1811. Died Nov. 12th, 1889. Age, 77 yrs. 11 mos. 8 days.

3. Stauffer. Henry, son of Gehard and Magdalena Stauffer. Born Nov. 21st, 1845. Died July 28th, 1847. Age, 1 yr. 8 mos. 7 days.

4. Stauffer. In memory of Cathrina, daughter of Gehard and Magdalena Stauffer.Born Sept. 3rd, 1845. Died Sept. 26th, 1851. Age, 6 yrs. 23 days.

5. Stauffer. In memory of Garret B. Stauffer, son of Heinrich and Barbara Stauffer. Born Oct. 29th, 1803. Married to Magdalena Hornetter Oct. 9th, 1842. Lived in matrimony nearly 25 years. Children 2 sons, and 1 daughter. Died July 2nd, 1867. Age, 63 yrs. 8 mos. 3 days.Text, Romans 6:23.Hymns: "Ich weis das alle selig sein, " "Gott du has is so beschlossen."

6. Young. In memory of a daughter of Jeseph and Maria Young. (No date of birth or death.)

7. Young. In memory of Maria, wife of Joseph Young. Born May 18th, 1813. Died Oct. 1st, 1867. Age, 54 yrs. 4 mos. 13 days. Daughter of Heinrich and Cathrine Stauffer.

8. Bechtel. David, son of Henrich & Anna Bechtel. Born Jan. 9th, 1810. Died Jan. 23rd, 1810. Age, 14 days.

9. Bechtel. Henrich, son of Henrich & Anna Bechtel. Born Apr. 9th, 1843. Died Sept. 6th, 1846. Age, 3 yrs. 4 mos. 27 days.

10. Clemmer.In memory of a son of David & Maria Clemmer. Born Mar. 26th, 1860.

11. Clemmer. In memory of Maria, daughter of David and Maria Clemmer. Born Oct. 17th, 1850. Died Oct. 23rd, 1850. Age, 6 days.

12. Clemmer. Here rests David, son of David & Maria Clemmer. Born Oct. 5th, 1855. Died Nov. 18th, 1860. Age, 5 yrs. 1 mo. 13 days.

13. Ehst. At Rest. Rev. John M. Ehst, son of Abraham Susanna Ehst. Born Mar. 14th, 1844. Died May 4th, 1923. Age, 79 yrs. 1 mo. 20 days.
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14. Ehst. At Rest. [ ] S., Wife of John M. Ehst, daughter of John and Susanna Gehman. Born Dec. 7th, 1845. Died Apr. 9th, 1911. Age, 65 yrs. 4 mos. 2 days.

15. Clymer. At Rest. Mary G., wife of Henry B. Clymer, nee Ehst. Born Feb. 32d, 1875. Age, 23 yrs. 3 mos. 5 days.

16. Klemmer. Maria, daughter of Christian and Barbara Klemmer. Born Feb. 13th, 1840. Died Dec. 5th, 1843. Age, 3 yrs. 9 mos. 21 days.

17. Klemmer. In memory of Anna Klemmer, daughter of Christian and Barbara Klemmer. Born Dec. 31st, 1843. Died Aug. 21st, 1864. Age, 20 yrs. 8 mos. 10 days.

18. Oberholtzer. In memory of a daughter of Isaac and Lydia Oberholtzer.

19. Oberholtzer. In memory of Henrich, son of Isaac and Lydia Oberholtzer. Born Sept. 19th, 1853. Died Apr. 17th, 1854. Age, 6 mos. 29 days.

20. Oberholtzer. In memory of Martin Oberholtzer. Born June 21st, 1782. Married Apr. 21st, 1814, to Barbara Clemmer. 3 sons and 4 daughters were born to this union. Died Oct. 8th, 1862. Age, 80 yrs. 3 mos. 17 days.

21. Oberholtzer. Barbara, wife of Martin Oberholtzer, born Mar. 9th, 1796. Died Dec. 21st 1846. Age, 50 yrs. 9 mos. 12 days.
Hymn: "Christus der ist mein leben un sterben mein gewin. Dem hab ich mich ergeben, in dem fahr ich dahin."

22. Oberholtzer. In memory of Esther, daughter of Jacob and Esther Oberholtzer. Born Jan. 28th, 1772. Died Aug. 7th, 1848. Age, 76 yrs. 6 mos. 10 days.
"Sie lebte furstsam, fromm, war trei und glaubensvol. Drum geht es ihr gewiss auch nock im tode wohl."

23. Oberholtzer. In memory of Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob and Esther Oberholtzer. Born May 5th, 1780. Died Oct. 8th, 1865. Age, 85 yrs. 4 mos. 23 days.
"Sie lebtre furstsam, fromm, war trei und glaubensvol. Drum geht es ihr gewiss auch nock im tode wohl."

24. Hunsberger. In memory of Marie, wife of Johannes Hunsberger, daughter of Martin and Barbara Oberholtzer. Born July 20th, 1815. Died Dec. 24th 1851. Age, 36 yrs. 5 mos. 4 days."Christus der ist mein leben un sterben mein gewin."




25. In memory of Aaron, son of Henrich and Susanna Landis, nee Oberholtzer. Born July 1st, 1800. Died Oct. 4th, 1813. Age, 13 yrs. 3 mos. 3 days.
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26. Landis. In memory of Susanna, wife of Henrich Landis, daughter of Jacob and Esther Oberholtzer. Born Sept. 8th, 1803. Died Jan. 21st, 1852. Age, 48 yrs. 4 mos. 13 days. Lived in matrimony nearly 29 years. Children 4 sons and 2 daughters.Text, Psalm 25: 17-18. Hymn No. 54.


27. Landis
In memory of Henry H. Landis. Born May 13th, 1798. Died Mar. 17th, 1860. Age, 61 yrs. 10 mos. 4 days. Married to Susanna Oberholtzer in 1823. Married again to Elizabeth Knetz 1856. Children, 1 daugher.

28. Oberholtzer.
Our Mother. Ann Oberholtzer. Born Nov. 4th, 1815. Died Nov. 26th, 1884. Age, 68 yrs. 11 mos. 22 days.


29. Oberholtzer. In memory of my husband Johannes Oberholtzer. Born Aug. 7th, 1811. Died May 8th, 1857. Age, 45 yrs. 9 mos. 1 day. Married Feb. 18th, 1838 to Anna Blum. Children 6, 2 sons and 4 daughters.
Text, Heb. 4: 9-10. Hymn No. 147, "Komm sterberlichen betrachte mich. Du lebst ich lebt auf erden."

30. Oberholtzer. Here rests Esther Oberholtzer, nee Mauer. Born Mar. 16th, 1784, died Jan. 3rd, 1848. Age, 63 yrs. 9 mos. 27 days.

31. Oberholtzer. In memory of Jacob Oberholtzer. Born Dec. 5th, 1773. Married to Esther Moyer. To this union were born 2 sons and one daughter. Died Apr. 3rd, 1859. Age, 85 yrs. 3 mos. 28 days.

32. Mengel. In memory of Salharena Mengel. Died in May, 1812. Age, 47 yrs. (?)

33. Mengel. In memory of Elizabeth Mengal. Born Sept. 9th, 1741. Died Feb. 1st 1828. Age, 86 yrs. 10 mos. 2 days.

34. Mengel. In memory of Elizabeth Mengel. Born Nov. 20th, 1774. Died Oct. 4th, 1857, at the age of 83 yrs.

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35. Gehman. Rev. John Gehman, son of Abraham Gehman. Born June 28th, 1793. Died, July 3rd, 1882. Age, 89 yrs.

36 Gehman. In memory of Maria, nee Latshaw, wife of Rev. John Gehman. Born Feb. 6th 1786. Died Nov. 8th, 1881. Age 95 yrs. 9 mos. 2 days.

37.Gehman. In memory of Abraham Gehman. Born July 12th, 1767. Died Jan. 8th 1843. Age, 75 yrs. 6 mos. 26 days.

39. Oberholtser. In memory of Esther Oberholser. Died Nov. 1816. Age. (?) yrs.

40. Oberholser. In memory of Jacob Oberholser. Born in 1741. Died Apr. 29th, 1811. Age, 70 yrs.

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1. Stauffer. In rememberance of Elizabeth, nee Dihlman, wife of Jacob Stauffer. Born June 2nd, 1820. Married 20 years. To this union were born 2 sons, and four daughters. Died June 25th, 1862. Age, 42 yrs. 23 days.

2. Stauffer. In rememberance of Amanda, daughter of Jacob C. and Luselle Stauffer. Born Nov. 26th, 1850. Died Nov. 17th, 1856. Age, 5 yrs. 11 mos. 21 days.

3. Stauffer. In memory of Adeline, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Stauffer. Born Mar. 1851. Died June 23rd, 1865, in her 13th year.

4. Stauffer. In rememberance of Anna Stauffer, nee Clemmer, and wife of Abraham Stauffer. Born Apr. 23rd, 1787. Died Apr. 23rd, 1860. Age, 73 yrs.

5. Stauffer. In rememberance of Abraham Stauffer. Born Oct. 21st, 1787. Married to Anna Klemmern. To this union were born 8 sons, 4 daughters. Died Sept. 22nd, 1853. Aged, 65 yrs. 11 mos. 1 day.

6. Stauffer. In remberance of Anna Maria, wife of Abraham KI. Stauffer, daughter of Jeshua and Susanna Buling. Born Apr. 7th, 1828. Died Mar. 6th, 1850. Age, 21 yrs. 10 mos. 29 days.

7. E. G. (The only inscription on stone.)

8. Mack. At Rest. William Mack. Born June 3rd, 1809. Died Oct. 28th, 1897. Age, 88 yrs. 4 mos. 25 days.

9. Mack. In memory of Henry, son of William and Anna Mack. Died Sept. 30th, 1846. Age, 1 yr. 9 mos. 2 1/2 days.

10. Mack. In remberance of Anna, nee Funkin, wife of William Mack. Born May 1st, 1815. Died July 5th, 1875. Age, 60 yrs. 2 mos. 4 days.

11. Gehman. In rememberance of Maria, daughter of John and Elizabeth Gehman. Born Mar. 11th, 1848. Died Feb. 12th, 1854. Age, 5 yrs. 10 mos. 26 days.

12. Gehman. In rememberance of Anna Gehman, daughter of of John and Elizabeth Gehman. Born Mar. 10th, 1862. Died Feb. 27th, 1893. Age, 30 yrs. 11 mos. 17 days.

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13. Gehman. In rememberance of Elizabeth Gehman, wife of John L. Gehman.Daughter of Abraham Stauffer. Born Feb. 8th, 1825. Died Dec. 8th, 1891. Age, 66 yrs. 10 mos.

14. Gehman. In rememberance of John L. Gehman, son of preacher John Z. Gehman. Born Sept. 12th, 1819. Died Mar. 3rd, 1892. Age, 72 yrs. 5 mos. 21 days.

15. Gehman. Here rest the remains of Susanna Gehman, nee Stauffer, wife of Johannes Gehman. Born Sept. 5th, 1823. Died Dec. 20th, 1845. Age, 22 yrs. 3 mos. 15 days.

16. Gehman. Here rests Anna Gehman, wife of Abraham Gehman, nee Hiestand. Born Nov. 12th, 1818. Died Apr. 28th, 1844. Age, 25 yrs. 5 mos. 16 days.

17. Gehman. In memory of Johannes, son of Abraham and Elizabeth Gehman. Born July 13th, 1850. Died Dec. 16th, 1858.

18. (No name)Here rests a daughter of Samuel C. and Judith Klemer, born July 19th, 1857

19. Clemmer. In rememberance of Samuel C. Clemmer. Text Acts 20:26-27. He was born Aug. 10th, 1821, died Feb. 16th, 1870. Age, 48 yrs 6 mos. 6 days. In the year 1853, he was ordained a minister of the Hereford Mennonite Church, and served faithfully in that capacity until 1868, when he was called to Philadelphia, as the first preacher of that congregation, where he served faithfully until close to the end of his life, when the Lord called him at the above named date.

20. Clemmer. In rememberance of Judith, wife of Preacher Samuel Clemmer. Nee Gerhard, born Mar, 18th, 1828. Died Aug. 13th, 1895. Age, 67 yrs. 4 mos. 17 days.

21. Folk. L. Folk. (Just a small stone.)

22. Thomas. In rememberance of Adison, son of Reuben and Rebecca Thomas. Born July 31st, 1850.

23. Thomas. Maria, wife of Reuben Thomas. Nee Stauffer, born Dec. 19th, 1810. Died June 16th, 1844. Age, 33 yrs. 5 mos. 27 days. Text 1st Kings, Chap. 2, verse 2.

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24. Stauffer. In rememberance of Jonathan K. Stauffer. Born Apr. 27th, 1822. Died Apr. 9th, 1884. Age, 61 yrs. 11 mos. 12 days.

25. Eschbach. Aaron Eschbach, born Apr. 13, 1832. Died Mar. 21, 1910. Age, 77 yrs. 11 mos. 8 days.

26. Bechtel. In rememberance of Abraham B. Bechtel, son of Abraham and Esther Bechtel. Born Apr. 24, 1808. Died Feb. 1, 1851. Age. 42 yrs 9 mos. 8 days.

27. Bechtel. In rememberance of Abraham C. Bechtel, born Dec. 5, 1776. Married to Esther Bechtel. Died Aug. 24, 1861. Age. 84 yrs. 8 mos. 19 days.

28. Bechtel. Esther, nee Bechtel, wife of Abraham C. Bechtel. Born Apr. 6, 1782, died Mar 10, 1848. Age 65 yrs. 11 mos. 10 days.

29. Bechtel. In rememberance of Susanna, daughter of Abraham and Esther Bechtel. Born July 1, 1818. Died Dec. 31, 1872. Age, 54 yrs. 5 mos. 21 days.

30. (Illegible). Here rest the remains of Sahra Hunsbergerin, born Mar. 31, 1787. Died Feb. 17, 1815.

31. Bechtel. Here rest the remains of Abraham Bechtel, born Jan. 25, 1768. Died Jan. 14, 1815. Age, 47 yrs, less 11 days.

32. Bechtel. Here rest the remains of Elizabeth, wife of Abraham Bechtel, nee Allebach, born Apr. 18, 1770, Died Apr. 18, 1815. Age. 45 yrs.

33. Bechtel. Here rest the remains of Anna, daughter of Heinrich and Ann Bechtel. Born Nov. 25, 1837. Died Oct. 12, 1838.

34. (Illegible)

35. (Illegible)

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1. Stauffer. In memory of Therusah Stauffer, died July 11, 1873. Age 1 yr. 1 mo. 26 days.

2. Shelley. In memory of Magdalena Shelly, born Apr. 28, 1794. Married Abraham Shelly. Died July 23, 1853. Age 59 yrs. 2 mos. 6 days.

3. Diehl. Milton, son of Henry and Maria Diehl. Born May 26, 1869. Died Spt. 6, 1869. Age, 3 mos. 11 days.

4. Diehl. Here rests Henry B., son of Michael M. and Maria G. Diehl. Born Sept. 5, 1879. Died Feb. 11, 1881. Age 1 yr. 5 mos. 6 days.

5. Diehl. In memory of Michael Diehl, born Dec. 25, 1830, died Jan. 31, 1889. Age, 58 yrs. 1 mo. 6 days.

6. Diehl. In memory of Maria G. Diehl, born Bertolet, wife of Michael M. Diehl. Born Aug. 5, 1838, died Sept. 2, 1880. Age, 42 yrs. 27 days. Children, 2 sons and 1 daughter.

7. Diehl. In memory of Henry Diehl, born Apr. 16, 1806, died Sept. 9, 1879. Age, 73 yrs. 4 mos. 23 days.

8. Diehl. In memory of Catharine, nee Moyer, wife of Henry Diehl. Born Aug. 6, 1807, died Dec. 21, 1860. Age, 53 yrs. 4 mos. 15 days. Married Mar. 9, 1828, to Henrich Diehl. 6 sons and 4 daughters.

9. Diehl. In memory of Catharine, daugher of Henry and Catharine Diehl, born Feb. 19, 1851. Died Apr. 18, 1855. Age, 4 yrs. 1 mo. 29 days.

10. Diehl. In memory of Anna, nee Meyern, married Michael Diehl. Lived in matrimony 15 yrs. 6 mos. Born Oct. 8, 1763. Died Jan. 1, 1848. Age, 84 yrs. 2 mos. 23 days.

11. Hunsberger. In memory of Catharine, nee Sauder, wife of Christian Hunsberger. Died Oct. 2, 1865. Age 90 yrs. 2 mos. 8 days.

12. Bechtel. In memory of Anna, nee Meyern, married Abram Bechtel. Lived in matrimony 20 yrs. 2 hcildren, 1 son and 1 daughter. Born Mar. 5, 1786, died Apr. 22, 1863. Age, 77 yrs. 1mo. 17 days.

13. Moyer. In memory of Michael Moyer, born Dec. 28, 1779, died Jan. 9, 1857. Age, 77 yrs. 11 days. Married Elizabeth Oberholtzer, Mar. 27, 1806. Children, 6--3 sons, 3 daughters.

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14. Moyer. In memory of Elisabeth, wife of Michael Moyer. Nee Oberholtzer. Born Sept. 4, 1781, died July 7, 1874. Age, 92 yrs. 10 mos. Lived in matrimony 51 yrs. 6 children, 3 sons, 3 daughters.

15. Moyer. In memory of William Moyer, born Jan. 3, 1784, died Oct. 11, 1846. Age, 62 yrs. 4 mos. 8 days.

16. Moyer. In memory of Catharine, nee Kindig, wife of William Moyer. Born 1787, Aug. 17, died 1866, Sept. 1. Age, 79 yrs. 14 days.

17. Moyer. In memory of Peter Moyer, born Dec. 14, 1781. Married Eva, nee Shelly, in the year 1809. Died June 21, 1848. Age, 66 yrs. 6 mos. 7 days.

18. Moyer. In memory of Eva, nee Shjelly, wife of Peter Moyer. Married 1809. Born Nov. 15, 1787, died Mar. 9, 1869. Age, 81 yrs. 3 mos. 24 days.

19. Moyer. Here rests Septimus, son of William and Susanna Moyer. Born July 10, 1849, died Aug. 31, 1850. Age, 1 yr. 2 mos. 21 days.

20. Bauman. In memory of Sophia, nee Moyer. Married Heinrich Bauman, Dec. 11, 1842. Born Nov. 9, 1819, died Aug. 8, 1852. Age, 32 yrs. 8 mos. 29 days. Born, 3 sons, 1 daughter.

21. Bauman. In memory of Isaac, son of Henry and Caroline Bauman. Born Sept. 30, 1859, died Aug. 21, 1861. Age, 1 yr. 10 mos. 21 days.

22. Bauman. In memory of Heinrich Bauman, born Nov. 25, 1813, died Oct. 28, 1862. Age, 48 yrs. 11 mos. 3 days. Married Dec. 11, 1842 to Sophia Moyer. Married 2nd time, June 21, 1857, to Carolina Will.

23. Bauman. In memory of John L. Bauman, born Aug. 4, 1804, died Dec. 15, 1885. Age, 81 yrs. 4 mos. 11 days. Lived in matrimony with Elizabeth Bauer. 8 children, 2 sons, 6 daughters.Text: Lamentations of Jeremiah 1:12--"Schouet doch und seyet ob urgend euer Schmertz sei wie mein Schmertz der mich getroffen hat."

24. Bauman. In memory of Elisabeth, nee Bauer, wife of John L. Bauman. Born Mar. 23, 1801, died Mar. 10, 1894. Age, 92 yrs. 11 mos. 17 days.

25. Haleman. In memory of Noah Halteman, son of Benjamin Halteman and Feronica. Born Funk. Born Feb. 3, 1814, A.D., died July 2, 1844. Age, 30 yrs. 4 mos. 29 days. Lived in matrimony with Susanna Bechtel. Children, 2 sons and 1 daughter.

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26. Halteman. Susanna, nee Bechtel, wife of Noah Halteman. Born Oct. 13, 1813, died May 27, 1872. Age, 58 yrs. 7 mos. 14 days.

27. Bauman. In memory of Isaac L. Bauman, born Nov. 11, 1808, died Aug. 3, 1889. Age, 80 yrs. 8 mos. 22 days.

28. Bechtel. In memory of Elisabeth, nee High, wife of John C. Bechtel. Born Feb. 5, 1789, died Aug. 24, 1873. Age, 84 yrs. 6 mos. 19 days.

29. Bechtel. In memory of John C. Bechtel, preacher of the Mennonite Congregation. Born Sept. 9, 1779, died May 2, 1843. Age, 63 yrs. 7 mos. 24 days. Lived in matrimony with Elizabeth High.

30. Bechtel. In memory of Maria Bechtel, daughter of Rev. John C. and Elizabeth (Hoch) Bechtel. Born July 5, 1822, died June 15, 1842. Age 20 [19] yrs. 11 mos. 10 days.

31. Funk. Here rests Heinrich Funk, Preacher, born Mar. 25, 1787, died Dec. 12, 1826. Age, 39 yrs. 6 mos. 17 days.

32. High. Here rests Philip Hoch, deacon of the Mennonite Church. Born Mar. 9, 1755, died Sept. 4, 1828. Age, 73 yrs. 5 mos. 26 days."Sent das on und thut es lesen was ir seid bin auch ich gewesen was ich bin das mist ihr werden zur lauter aschs, staubt und erden."

33. High. In memory of the beloved wife and mother, Anna, born Bechtelin. Born Oct. 29, 1762, died Feb. 20, 1819. Age, 56 yrs. 3 mos. 21 days.

34. Bauer. In memory of Abraham Bauer, died Feb. 23, 1815. Age, 25 yrs. 8 mos. 13 days.

35. Latschar. Here rests Abram Latschar, born Oct. 28, 1798, died Nov. 28, 1818. Age, 20 yrs. 1 mo. 3 days.

36. Latschar. Here rests David Latschar, born July 10, 1817, died Aug. 13, 1840. Age, 23 yrs. 1 mo. 3 days.

37. Latschar. Here rests Elisabeth, nee Bauer, wife of Abraham Latschar. Born Aug. 20, 1776, died Jan. 5, 1869. Age, 92 yrs. 4 mos. 15 days.

38. Latschar. Here rests Abraham Latschar, born in May, 1767, died July 29, 1843. Age, 76 yrs. 2 mos. Married Elizabeth Bauer in the year 1795.

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39. Bechtel. Here rests in God Elisabeth Bechtel, daughter of George Bechtel. Born Oct. 1, 1819, died Dec. 11, 1822.

40. Bechtel. In memory of Heinrich Bechtel, son of George Bechtel. Born Feb. 21, 1818, died Jan. 28, 1837. Age. 18 yrs. 11 mos. 4 days.

41. (Illegible)

42. Oholser. Here rests in God, Jacob, son of Jacob and Esther Ohoser, born Nov. 8, 1807, died Apr. 1, 1810. Age, 2 yrs. 4 mos. 23 days.

43. Latschar. Here rests Francis Latschar, died 1802. Age, 68 yrs. 3 mos. (?)

44. Latcharin. Here rests Esther Latcharin, died Aug. 22, 1815. Age, about 82 yrs.

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1. Diehl. Maria, nee Horn, wife of Joseph M. Diehl,, born Nov. 21, 1842, died Nov. 9, 1879. Age, 36 yrs. 11 mos. 18 days.

2. Diehl. Joseph M. Diehl, born Aug. 4, 1836, died Oct. 5, 1881. Age, 45 yrs. 2 mos. 1 day.

3. Diehl. Maria, daughter of Joseph and Maria Diehl, born Jan. 5, 1878, died Sept. 11, 1880. Age, 2 years, 8 mos. 6 days.

4. Diehl. Catharine, daughter of Joseph and Maria Diehl, born Aug. 14, 1874, died Jan. 31, 1900. Age, 25 years, 5 mos. 17 days.

5. Stauffer. Abram S. Stauffer, born Feb. 11, 1859, died June 17, 1919. Age, 60 years, 4 mos. 6 days.

6. Stauffer. Samuel S., son of Wm. and Sarah Stauffer. Born Jan. 25, 1862, died April 8, 1916. Age 54 years, 2 months, 13 days.

7. StaufferSarah, wife of William Stauffer, born Oct. 25, 1821. Died July 13, 1871. Age, 49 years, 8 months, 18 days.

8. Stauffer. In memory of William, son of Henry and Catharine Stauffer. Born Sept. 27, 1818, died Jan. 31, 1870. Age, 51 years, 4 mos. 19 days. Lived in matrimony with Sarah Stauffer 21 years. Text. St. Mark 24:44.9.

9. Moyer. Allen, son of Amos and Sarah Moyer. Born Dec. 19, 1858. Died April 19, 1865. Age. 6 years, 4 months.

10. Beeler. In memory of Elisabeth, daughter of Bennevell and Maria Beeler. Born Sept. 1, 1848. Died Dec. 19, 1856. Age, 8 years, 4 mos. 18 days.

11. Fretz. Johannes, son of Joseph and Maria Fretz. Born Nov. 1822. Died Aug, 19, 1850. Age, 27 years, 9 months.

12. Fretz. In memory of Maria Anna, daughter of Benjamin and Catharine Fretz. Born Aug. 21, 1846, died July 12, 1849. Age, 2 years, 10 months, 21 days.

13. Fretz. In memory of Benjamin Fretz. Married to Catharine Weiz'n. Born Aug. 9, 1819. Died Sept. 26, 1847. Age, 28 years, 1 mo. 17 days.

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14. Weiss. Hannah, nee Latchaw, wife of Samuel Weiss. Born Aug. 5, 1803, died Jan. 28, 1848. Age, 44 years, 5 months, 23 days.

15. Weiss. Samuel L. Weiss, born Jan. 1798, died March 21, 1876. Age, 78 years, 2 months, 20 days. Text, Isaiah 57:2. Hymn 72, 83. Sanger am Grab.

16. Weiss. Margaretha, nee Quillman, wife of Samuel Weiss. Born Oct. 9, 1817, died Feb. 7, 1854. Age, 36 years, 3 months, 28 days. Married to Samuel Weiss Jan. 30, 1853.

17. Weiss. Anna, wife of Samuel Weiss, Born June 27, 1804, died March 2, 1882. Age, 77 years, 8 months, 5 days.

18. Bauman. Anna, daughter of Johannes and Anna Bauman. Born Sept. 14, 1831, died May 4, 1880. Age 48 years. 7 months, 20 days.

19. Bauman. Lovina, daughter of Johannes and Anna Bauman. Text, Matt. 25:1.

20. Bauman. In memory of David Bauman, son of Johannes and Anna Bauman. Born Jan. 21, 1844, died Feb. 12, 1855. Age, 11 years, 22 days.

21. Bauman. In memory of Anna Bauman, daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth Latschar. Born June 30, 1801. Married to Johannes Bauman 1822. Lived in matrimony nearly 30 years. 7 children, 4 sons and 3 daughters. Died Apr. 24, 1853. Age, 51 yrs. 9 mos. 20days.

22. Bauman. In memory of Johannes M. Bauman, born Nov. 4, 1801. Married to Anna Latscher, Nov. 25, 1822. Again to Sarah Geiger, July 20, 1860. Died Jan. 28, 1883. Age, 81 years, 2 months, 24 days.

23. Bechtel. In memory of Elisabeth, nee Oberholtzer, Bechtel. Born Jan. 10, 1819, died Nov. 28, 1844. Age, 25 years, 10 months, 18 days. Text Mark 13:33.

24. Bechtel. Catharine, nee Oberholtzer, wife of Abraham H. Bechtel. Born April 11, 1809, died April 4, 1874. Age, 65 years, less 7 days.

25. Bechtel. Abram H. Bechtel, born Nov. 2, 1817, died March 24, 1888. Age, 70 years, 4 months, 22days.

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26. Bechtel. Mary, nee Longaker, wife of Rev. John. B. Bechtel. Died April 8, 1898. Age, 83 years, 8 months, 21 days.

27. Bechtel. Rev. John B. Bechtel, minister of the Mennonite Church. Died June 5, 1889. Age, 82 years, 2 months, 28 days.

28. Bechtel. In memory of John L. son of John B. and Maria Bechtel. Born Oct. 20, 1842, died Dec. 25, 1869. Age, 27 years, 2 months, 5 days.

29. Bechtel. In memory of Ephraim, son of Johannes and Mary Bechtel. Born Oct. 10, 1846, died Jan. 15, 1858. Age, 11 years, 3 months, 5 days.

30. Bechtel. Maria, daughter of Rev. John B. Bechtel. Died Mar. 2, 1851. Age, 1 month, 5 days.

31. Weiss. In memory of Catharine, wife of Killion Weiss. Born Sept. 4, 1764, died May 20, 1826. Age, 61 yrs. 8 mos. 16 days.

32. Weiss. In memory of Killion Weiss, born Dec. 15, 1751, died Feb. 16, 1840. Age, 88 years, 1 mo. 22 days.

33. Bechtel. In memory of Heinrich Harrison F., son of Abraham and Hannah Susanna H. Bechtel. Born Aug. 27, 1850, died Apr. 12, 1851. Age, 7 mos. 16 days.

34, Bechtel. In memory of Lydia Bechtel.

35. Bechtel. In memory of Heinrich Bechtel.

36. Bechtel. In memory of Elizabeth Bechtel, born Oct. 15, 1796. Wife of John Bechtel. Died Jan. 19, 1838. Age, 41 yrs, 8 mos. 1 day.

37. Bechtel. John B., son of Martin and Susanna Bechtel. Born July 7, 1786. Married Mar. 15, 1816, to Elizabeth Bechtel. Died Sept. 22, 1847. Age 61 yrs. 2 mos. 14 days.

38. Mack. In memory of Elizabeth nee Moyer, wife of Peter Mack. Born Feb. 16, 1779, died Dec. 29, 1851. Age. 72 yrs. 10 mos. 13 days.

39. Mack. Peter Mack, born Mar. 5, 1784, died Feb. 14, 1815. Age, 30 yrs. 11 mos. 4 days.

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40. Weiss. In memory of a son of Samuel and Margaretta Weiss.

41. Weiss. In memory of Susanna Weiss, died May 12, 1837. Age, 2 yrs. 10 mos. 5 days.

42. Weiss. In memory of Johannes Weiss, died June 25, 1833. Age, 5 mos. 7 days.

43. Fox. In the memory of Jacob Fox, born in the year 1783. Married to Catharine Eschbach. Died Sept. 4, 1863. Age. 80 years.

44. Fox. In memory of Catharine Fox, wife of Jacob Fox (nee Eschbach). Born Sept. 11, 1792, died Mar. 5, 1835. Age. 42 yrs. 4 mos. 24 days.

45. Fox. In memory of Antonius, son of Jacob and Caharine Fox. Born Feb. 25, 1831, died Mar. 26, 1835. Age, 4 yrs. 1 mo. 1 day.

46. Fox. In memory of Sarah, daughter of Jacob and Catharine Fox. Born Feb. 23, 1820, died Oct. 15, 1838. Age, 18 yrs. 7 mos. 22 days.

47. Bechtel. In memory of Rev. Abraham Bechtel, born Nov. 26, 1749, died Mar. 22, 1815. Age, 65 yrs. 3 mos. 3 weeks, 6 days.

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1. Shelly
Here rests Annie, daughter of John R. and Susanna Shelly. Born Jan. 11, 1874, died Jan. 20, 1880. Age 6 yrs. 9 days.

2. Shelly
Here rests Susanna, daughter of John R. and Susanna Shelly. Born Oct. 21, 1879, died Feb. 4, 1882. Age, 2 yrs. 3 mos. 13 days.

3. Shelly
Here rests Moses, son of John and Susanna Shelly. Born Oct. 10, 1881. Died Feb. 12, 1882. Age, 4 mos. 2 days.

4. Moyer
Here rests Susanna, nee Bechtel, wife of Heinrich Moyer. Born Sept. 5, 1803, died Dec. 23, 1884. Age, 81 yrs, 3 mos. 18 days. Text, Isaiah 57:2.

5. Moyer
Here rests Heinrich, son of Martin and Susanna Moyer. Born July 6, 1813, died July 31, 1880. Age, 67 yrs. 25 days.

6. Moyer
In memory of Martin Moyer, born Dec. 14, 1782. Husband of Susanna, nee Bauman. Died Feb. 3, 1863. Age, 80 yrs. 1 mo. 19 days.

7. Moyer
In memory of Susanna, nee Bauman, wife of Martin Moyer. Born Feb. 24, 1787. Died Mar. 10, 1858. Age, 71 yrs. 16 days. Lived in matrimony 52 yrs. 10 children - 8 sons and 2 daughters.

8. Clemmer
In memory of George Clemmer, born Jan. 29, 1786. Married Aug. 14, 1809, to Anna Geisinger. Died June 25, 1864. Age, 78 yrs. 4 mos. 26 days.

9. Clemmer
In memory of Anna, nee Geisinger, wife of George Clemmer. Born Mar. 26, 1787, died Dec. 25, 1872. Age, 85 yrs. 8 mos. 29 days.

10. Klemmer
In memory of David, son of Johannes and Susanna Klemer. Born Mar. 19, 1842, died July 28, 1861. Age, 19 yrs. 4 mos. 9 days.

11. Clemmer
Father, John G. Clemmer, born Sept. 8, 1810, died June 21, 1894. Age, 83 yrs. 8 mos. 13 days.

12. Clemmer
Mother. Susan, wife of John G. Clemmer, born Sept. 1, 1813. Died Apr. 2, 1900. Age, 86 yrs. 7 mos. 1 day.

13. Strunk
Here rests Heinrich Strunk, son of Peter and Susanna Strunk. Born Nov. 8, 1803, died Jan. 14, 1866. Age, 62 yrs. 2 mos. 6 days. Married Rebecca Yerger, April 8, 1827.

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14. Strunk
Rebecca, wife of Henry strunk. Ne Latshaw. Born Jan. 28, 1808, died Jan. 2, 1900. Age, 91 yrs. 11 mos. 4 days.

15. Moyer
In memory of Lovina, daughter of Jacob and Maria Moyer, born Nov. 21, 1829. Died Nov. 2, 1847. Age, 17 yrs. 11 mos, 11 days.

16. Berky
In memory of Catharine, nee Stauffer, wife of Daniel Berky. Born Aug. 23, 1819, died Aug. 15, 1883. Age, 63 yrs. 11 mos. 22 days.

17. Berky
In memory of Daniel Berky, born July 17, 1817. Died Feb. 22, 1880. Age, 62 yrs. 7 mos. 5 days.

18. Berky
In memory of William, son of Daniel and Catharine Berky. Born Mar. 17, 1857.

19. Berky
In memory of Esther, daughter of Daniel and Catharine Berky. Born Apr. 21, 1848. Died Jan. 4, 1854. Age 5 yrs. 8 mos. 13 days.

20. Bechtel
In memory of Irwen, son of Jacob and Hannah Bechtel. Born Feb. 5, 1850. Died Aug. 7, 1851. Age, 1 yr. 6 mos. 2 days.

20. (Bechtel)
(A) On same tombstone as above, appears the following: ("Nelson, son of Jacob and Hannah Bechtel. Born July 8, 1847. Died Aug. 9, 1851. Age. 4 yrs. 1 mo. 1 day.")

21. Stauffer
In memory of Andrew Stauffer, born Mar. 26, 1786, died Sept. 7, 1870. Age 84 yrs. 5 mos. 11 days. Married Esther Latschar, Jan. 19, 1812.

22. Stauffer
Here rests Esther, nee Latshaw, wife of Andrew Stauffer. Bon Mar. 29, 1789. Died Feb. 6, 1880. Age, 90 yrs. 10 mos. 7 days.

23. Bechtel
In memory of Esther, wife of Abraham (nee Springer). Born July 1, 1804. Died Dec. 12, 1888. Age 84 yrs. 3 mos. 11 days.

24. Bechtel
In memory of Abraham Bechtel, born July 20, 1795. Lived in marriage with Esther Springer (second wife) 29 yrs. Died Oct. 1, 1876. Age, 81 yrs. 2 mos. 11 days. Text, Hebrews 4, verse 9.

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25. Bechtel
In memory of Anna Bechtel, wife of Abraham Bechtel. Born Jan. 30, 1792. To this union were born 3 sons and 2 daughters. Died July 15, 1845. Song # 294.

26. Bechtel
Here rests Abraham A. Bechtel, born June 6, 1799. Lived in matrimony with Elizabeth Latschar 28 years. Died Apr. 6, 1882. Age, 82 yrs. 10 mos.

27. Bechtel
Here rests Elizabeth Bechtel, nee Latschar, wife of Abrdaham A. Bechtel. Born Aug. 18, 1806. Married Mar. 11, 1826. Died Dec. 22, 1864. Age 58 yrs. 4 mos. 4 days. Text, Mat. 25:13. Song: "Ach Herr nicht mehr, ach, fern v. mir."

28. Bauman
Maria, wife of Isaac Bauman, daughter of Johannes and Elisabeth Ehst. Born Oct. 18, 1815. Married Dec. 26, 1833. Lived in matrimony about 22 yrs. Children, 9 sons. Died July 10, 1856. Age, 40 yrs. 8 mos. 22 days. Text, 2nd Cor. 5:1.

29. Bauman
In memory of Johannes, son of Isaac and Maris Bauman. Born June 29, 1836. Died Aug. 8, 1858. Age, 22 yrs. 10 days.

30. Bauman
In memory of Isaac, son of Isaac and Maris Bauman. Born Feb. 19, 1853. Age, 32 hours.

31. Bauman
In memory of Levi, son of Isaac and Maria Bauman. Born Mar. 5, 1843. Died Oct. 29, 1853. Age, 9 yrs. 7 mos. 24 days.

32. Bauman
Heinrich, son of Isaac and Maria Bauman. Died May 2, 1840. Age, 3 yrs. 2 mos. 13 days.

33. Bechtel
Here lie the remains of Jacob, son of Martin Bechtel. Died June 28, 1823. Age, 40 yrs. 11 mos. 22 days.

34. Bechtel
Here lie the remains of Susanna, daughter of Martin Bechtel. Died Apr. 2, 1830. Age, 34 yrs. 9 mos. 21 days.

35. Bechtel
Here lie the remains of Martin Bechtel. Born Feb. 20, 1753. Died June 16, 1835. Age, 83 yrs. 3 mos. 24 days.

36. Bechtel
Here lie the remains of Susanna, wife of Martin Bechtel. Born Feb. 25, 1758. Died May 26, 1837. Age, 79 yrs. 3 mos. 1 day.

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37. Bauman

In memory of Magdalena, nee Latschar, wife of Jacob Bauman. Born Dec. 26, 1779. Died Nov. 23, 1865. Age, 85 yrs. 10 mos. 27 days. Married in the year 1803. Children, 5 sons.

38. Bauman
Here rest the remains of Jacob Bauman, born April 21, 1778. Died April 21, 1833. Age, 55 yrs.

39. Bauman
Here rest the remains of Jacob Bauman, born Sept. 21, 1806. Died July 24, 1830. Age, 23 yrs. 10 mos. 3 days.

40. Bauman
Here rests Esther, nee Allebach, wife of Jacob Bauman. Died April 16, 1823. Age, 67 yrs.

41. Bauman
Here rests Jacob Bauman, born April 30, 1750. Died Mar. 28, 1831. Age, 80 yrs. 10 mos. 28 days.

42. Bauman
Here rests Isaac Bauman, son of Jacob Bauman and his wife, Esther. Born May 28, 1776. Died April 9, 1833. Age, 56 yrs, 10 mos. 15 days.

43. Bauman
In memory of Elizabeth Bauman, nee Moyer. Born Nov. 20, 1778. Married to Isaac Bauman. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters. Died April 4, 1858. Age, 79 yrs. 4 mos. 14 days.

44. Stauffer
In memory of Heinrich Stauffer, born Jan. 27, 1779. Married first time to Barbara Bechtel, Aug. 23, 1804. Second marriage to Catharine Moyer. Third marriage to Barbara Moyer. Died Aug. 18, 1856. Age, 77 yrs. 6 mos. 21 days.

45. Stauffer
In memory of Barbara, nee Moyer, wife of Heinrich Stauffer. Born July 2, 1775. Died April 4, 1861. Age, 85 yrs. 9 mos. 2 days.

46. Stauffer
In memory of Catharine, nee Moyer, wife of Heinrich Stauffer. Born Aug. 20, 1775. Died Oct. 1, 1821. Age, 46 yrs. 1 mo. 14 days.

47. Stauffer
Here rest the remains of Barbara Stauffer. Born Aug. 20, 1779. Died Jan. 27, 1810. Age, 30 yrs. 4 mos. 29 days.

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1. Shelly
John R. Shelly. Born 1842. Died 1911.

2. Shelly
Susanna M. Shelly. Born 1841. Died 1900.

3. Bobb
In memory of Daniel Bobb. Born Oct. 12, 1810. Died Dec. 19, 1891. Age, 81 yrs. 2 mos. 7 days.

4. Bobb
In memory of Nancy Jane, wife of Daniel Bobb. Nee Eshbach. Born Jan. 24, 1821. Died Nov. 2, 1876.

5. Pflieger
Here rests Irene Amanda, daughter of William S. and Ellen Pflieger. Born Dec. 7, 1870. Died Sept. 65, 1878. Age, 7 yrs. 8 mos. 29 days. Text, Mark 5:39.

6. Pflieger
Here rests Walter Franklin, son of William and Ellen Pflieger. Born July 19, 1868. Died Feb. 28, 1869. Age 7 mos. 9 days.

7. Stauffer
Here rests Daniel, son of David and Anna Stauffer. Born Mar. 22, died Mar. 31, 1874. Age. 9 days.

8. Stauffer
In memory of Sarah, daughter of Johannes and Hannah Stauffer. Born May 29, 1856. Died Mar. 31, 1861. Age 4 yrs. 10 mos. 2 days.

9. Stauffer
Here rests Clara, daughter of Henry and Sarah Stauffer. Born June 22, 1868. Died Mar. 22, 1870.

10. Stauffer
In memory of Hannah G., wife of Johannes L. Stauffer. Nee Lieser. Born Feb. 10, 1812. Died April 8, 1894. Age, 82 yrs. 1 mo. 28 days.

11. Stauffer
In memory of Johannes L. Stauffer. Born Mar. 12, 1813. Died Dec. 19, 1879. Age, 66 yrs. 9 mos. 7 days.

12. Stauffer
Here rests Sally W., daughter of Henry L. and Sara Stauffer. Born Mar. 5, 1878. Died Feb. 22, 1886. Age, 7 yrs. 11 mos. 17 days.

13. Buler
In memory of Angeline Buler, born Wolf. Wife of David Buler. Born Oct. 18, 1832. Died May 14, 1852. Age, 19 yrs. 7 mos. 26 days.

14. Bechtel
Our Father. William H. Bechtel, born Dec. 2, 1819. Died Dec. 8, 1896. Age, 77 yrs. 6 days.

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15. Bechtel
Our Mother. Mary B., wife of William H. Bechtel, nee Oberholtzer. Born Oct. 31, 1839, died Jan. 23, 1888. Age, 49 yrs. 2 mos. 23 days.

16. Bechtel
In memory of Isaac H. Bechtel, born Sept. 26, 1808, died April 10, 1875. Age, 66 yrs. 6 mos. 14 days.

17. Bechtel (Bachtly)
In memory of Catharine Bechtel, born Feb. 22, 1815, died Nov. 12, 1855 (?) Married Nov. 22, 1835.

18. Bechtel
In memory of Amanda, daughter of Gerhard and Christina Bechtel. Born Feb. 7, 1867, died Oct. 20, 1871. Age, 4 yrs. 8 mos. 21 days.

19. In memory of Amos, son of Levi and Catharina Bechtel. Born Mar. 13, 1853, died Feb. 17, 1857. Age, 3 yrs. 11 mos. 4 days.

20. Stauffer
Sacred to the memory of Mary Elizabeth, daughter of John M. and Lydia Stauffer. Born June 2, 1849, died Juloy 8, 1852. Age, 3 yrs. 1 mo. 6 days.

"This lovely bud so young and frail, Called home by early dawn; Just came to show how sweet a flower, in Paradise would bloom."

21. Stauffer
Sacred to the memory of Lydia, wife of John Stauffer. Daughter of Gerhard S. and Maria Bechtel. Born April 2, 1818, died Aug. 2, 1852. Age, 34 yrs. 4 months.

"Thou art gone to thy rest while thy ties were the dearest, With smiles on thy lip, and delight in thine eye; While love was the brightest, and friendship sincerest; Desirous to live thou were ready to die."

22. Bechtel
In memory of Maria, nee Erdman, wife of Gerhard S. Bechtel. born Feb. 15, 1795. Died June 27, 1849. Age, 54 yrs. 4 mos. 12 days. Text: Rev. 7, verses 15, 16, 17.

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23. Eschbach
In memory of Sarah Eschbach, born May 29, 1810, died Oct. 2, 1897. Age, 87 yrs. 4 mos. 3 days.

24. Eschbach
In memory of Heinrich L. Eschbach, born Oct. 6, 1807. Married Nov. 2, 1830, to Sarah Moyer. To this union were born 5 children. Died Mar. 27, 1868. Age, 60 yrs. 5 mos. 21days. Text, Rev. 14;13.

25. Eschbach
In memory of Peter Eschbach, born Nov. 7, 1802. Died Dec. 22, 1844. Age, 42 yrs. 4 mos. 15 days.