It is said every person has three deaths. The first is the actual physical death, when the spirit leaves the body. The 2nd death is when the body is lowered into the grave, never again to be seen in the flesh. The 3rd and final death comes much later, when all who knew that person have joined him in the afterlife, and the name, even existence of that person vanishes from knowledge.
Some of the cemeteries in Carbon County have kept good records of those interred. Others haven’t, with the only record of those interred being that which is etched in stone. The phrase “etched in stone” implies permanence, but in reality that is not true. Even solid stone weathers and erodes, sometimes helped along by negligence and vandalism. To try to delay that “3rd death”, an effort is being made to record from the old grave stones what can still be read, lest the name, and all knowledge of the person laid to rest there, fades into oblivion.
Much has already been done, and the following is a list of cemetery records that now appear online. Of these, only the Mauch Chunk Cemetery and St. John’s Towamensing Cemetery had good records to work from. The rest were gathered by recording the info on the old gravestones. In the case of the Mauch Chunk Cemetery, record keeping began in the 1860s, although the burials began about 1819. I’ve spent time there looking for those graves not in the records and adding them to the record.
Though much has been done, much more remains to be done in the preservation of these cemeteries. Anyone interested in volunteering to help record other cemeteries in the county, please contact me.
The following cemeteries are complete lists
Following these, there are several partial cemetery lists towards the bottom of the page.
In Jim Thorpe
On the West Side of Jim Thorpe, Carbon’s most historic cemetery, online since February of 2001. Includes lots of additional genealogical info, with more to come…
On the East Side of town, the borough’s other public cemetery
In East Mauch Chunk, in the old Coalport section of town one of Jim Thorpe’s two Roman Catholic cemeteries –
THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
A work in progress by Bill Auld
In East Penn Twp., the county’s oldest cemetery (online since 8/2005)
In Franklin Twp.,
Online since 2004, some updating done June 2005
In the borough of Beaver Meadows
Established near Lehigh Gap in 1844, now within the borough of Palmerton
Just over the county line in Luzerne, but being the resting place for many from Carbon Co.
In the east end of Franklin Twp., near Beltzville Dam
the woods of Packer Township, near Weatherly, abandoned, overgrown and very old
OLD REED CEMETERY
Between Weatherly and White Haven, on a bluff overlooking Rockport
In the Mahoning Valley near St. John’s Lutheran Church
Once in the town of Summit Hill, now long gone
Just outside of Palmerton, one of the oldest cemeteries in Carbon
By Tom Jones
In the midst of the borough of Nesquehoning
In Packer Twp., the cemetery most central to the early history of that part of Carbon Co. north of the Broad Mountain
Near the border of Kidder and Penn Forest Townships is the
Adjacent to the Upper Mauch Chunk Cemetery
[Formerly this cemetery was listed as a separate cemetery, but is now included as part of the Upper Mauch Chunk Cemetery – this link will take you to that site]
Although located in White Haven, Luzerne Co., this partial listing is of families with ties to Carbon County
Charlotte’s lists for
In Mahoning Twp.
Beth’s lists for
In East Penn Twp.
Other Carbon cemeteries that I have listings or partial listings for include:
There are many other cemeteries in Carbon not mentioned here. Hopefully, they too will one day be added to the list of records.
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