Archive for June, 2011

The Old Bainbridge  Cemetery, not to be confused with The Bainbridge Cemetery, is behind a Lutheran Church in the heart of Bainbridge, Pennsylvania. Now, it is NOT a Lutheran Cemetery, just on their back lawn. Now, it is NOT on the lawn, however, but carefully cemeted to a slab in the middle of the lawn, and it doesn’t appear it is a part of the Lutheran Church, but a park of sorts.The corner of the lot that the cemetery sits in has a large flagpole, so large I would have had to stand in the street to take a picture of the entire pole. It is dedicated to veterans of Conoy Township who served their country in World War I, II, the Korean Conflict, and to those who “made the supreme sacrifice.” Below that, on the side of the memorial is a more current one honoring those veterans who served in the Vietnam conflict, and the one who lost his life doing so.A little further back is the cemetery, or just the remaining headstones from the cemetery, all neatly saved in a cement slab.The first thing you notice is the memorial dedicated by the American Legion in 1936, honoring the Veterans of Bainbridge.Then the fun starts! The oldest headstone I found was 1819and darling Mary Dunman was only six months old when she died.Many were very difficult to read, this one for an example! I know that she was somebody’s wife, but little else.Catharine died in June of probably 1864 and her headstone was broken off at the time of creation of this cement garden. Her’s is cemented flat on it’s back, and saved!There were several military headstones and Jacob Keener’s was one. They were all fairly easy to read. This was an exciting discovery for me. My ancestor, Anna Maria Disinger Bischof, had a sister, Margaret Elizabeth who married this man! Too bad her headstone wasn’t there. I knew the Vogelsong’s were in Bainbridge, but finding him was like extra-credit in school! I did the Genealogy Happy Dance that family historians are so familiar with!
The Cemetery was transcribed in 1979 and I had a list in hand that I got at LancasterHistory.org to help me read these. I was able to photograph 41 headstones, and posted 47 to Find-a-grave. Six that can’t be read isn’t too bad after 32 winters. To see the others, check out Bainbridge Cemetery on Find-a-grave.

It was a great day, even if I didn’t find Margaret Elizabeth’s headstone!

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First of all, I found my very own Graveyard Rabbit! He looks like a baby to me, and didn’t have the good sense to hop away.  Of course, that iron fence between Lancaster Cemetery and St. Mary’s Cemetery was his protection from this Graveyard Rabbit.He was as curious about me as I was him and even posed for me!  Twice!  Now the second jackpot could be fodder for a number of jokes, because I found a graveyard in a Trailer Park! Yes, Brubacher Cemetery is located under a tree, behind the barn and next to one of the trailers in King’s River Haven Mobile Park, just north of Bainbridge, Pennsylvania.
Sounds like something on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, doesn’t it? Jeff Foxworthy could probably think of a quadzillion jokes! All of that went thru my mind, too, until I saw the spot. Notice how manicured the lawn is? and no broken headstones! But the truly remarkable thing to me is the fact that after almost 200 years, the headstones were still readable!
Abraham Brubacher’s headstone is over 200 years old and has been thru that many winters, very close to the Susquehanna River, is still in one piece and can still be read without any effort or strain. Every one of the seven headstones there were in the same condition.  I just wished I had Brubachers in my family tree!

With my good luck rabbit and my Trailer Park Graveyard, I can honestly say

It’s been a good week in Graveyard’s for this Lancaster Graveyard Rabbit!

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