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Hartz / Hudsondale Cemetery
at Hudsondale, Carbon Co. Pa.

The Hartz Cemetery, also known as the Hudsondale Cemetery, is on private land deep in the woods outside the village of Hudsondale.  No burials have taken place there in over 100 years, with the earliest known burial taking place in 1813.  Long abandoned and heavily overgrown, the exact location of the cemetery is known to only a few local residents.  This record of the grave stones was taken about 1980, and since that time some of the stones shown here may have fallen victim to time and the elements, becoming illegible.

NAME                            DATES            LOCATION                    NOTES

Hartz, Abby

1818 - 1871

Hartz Plot

D/o Jacob & Barbara

Hartz, Barbara

1778 - 1861

Hartz Plot

Wife of Jacob

Hartz, Elizabeth

1813 - 1891

Hartz Plot

D/o Jacob & Barbara

Hartz, Jacob

1773 - 1848

Hartz Plot

Family patriarch

Hartz, Jonas

1799 - 1856

South of Hartz Plot

S/o Jacob & Barbara

Hartz, Margaret

1806 - 1851

Hartz Plot

D/o Jacob & Barbara

Hartz, Susan

1801 - 1884

Hartz Plot

D/o Jacob & Barbara

Hartz, Susanna

1800 - 1882

South of Hartz Plot

Wife of Jonas

Hartz, William

1828 - 1861

South of Hartz Plot

S/o Jonas & Susanna

Hartz, William

1808 - 1865

Hartz Plot

S/o Jacob & Barbara

Hersh, Reggie

1883 - 1886

West of Hartz Plot

 

Lentz, George

 

S.E. of Hartz Plot

No legible dates

Petrin, Maria M.

1787 - 1813

N.E. of Hartz Plot

 

Steel, Catherine

1782 - 1876

South of Hartz Plot

 

Steel, Peter

1803 - 1826

South of Hartz Plot

 

Taylor, Ellen Hartz

1803 - 1884

Hartz Plot

D/o Jacob & Barbara Hartz

W., J.

Died 1850

N.E. of Hartz Plot

Probably a Washburn

Washburn, Joseph

1795 - 1851

N.E. of Hartz Plot

 

Wetzel, Aaron

 

S.E. of Hartz Plot

No legible dates

Whitebread, Samuel

1854 - 1856

S.E. of Hartz Plot

 

Williams, Sallie

1844 - 1873

Hartz Plot

Granddaughter of Jacob Hartz

Young, Caroline

1827 - 1831

S.E. of Hartz Plot

D/o Michael and Esther Young

Young, Esther

1785 - 1866

S.E. of Hartz Plot

Wife of Michael Young

Young, Fanny

 

West of Hartz Plot

No legible dates, wife of John

Young, Frances

18?? - 1825

West of Hartz Plot

D/o Michael and Esther Young

Young, John

1815 - 1895

West of Hartz Plot

S/o Michael and Esther Young

Young, Michael

1785 - 1850

S.E. of Hartz Plot

Young Family Patriarch

Young, Samuel

1826 - 1871

S.E. of Hartz Plot

S/o Michael and Esther Young

The basic layout of the cemetery is in five rows, running east to west.  About one third of the burials are in the Hartz Plot.  Some of the stones lie far removed from the others.  The stones of Aaron Wetzel and George Lentz in particular, are outside the main burial ground.

Johannes Jacob Hartz was born April 17, 1773 in Salisbury Township., Northampton Co., Pa., the fourth child of Peter and Catherine Barbara (nee Clader) Hartz.  On March 25, 1798 he married Barbara Levan in Exeter Twp., Berks Co., Pa.  About 1805 Jacob moved his family from Berks Co. north to the sparsely settled Quakake Valley.  Not long after, he became known as "Col. Jacob Hartz," most likely from serving  in the War of 1812.  There was a Jacob Hartz who served in 71 Regiment, Hutter's Pa. Militia, and this was probably him.  Originally a clock maker by trade, on arriving in the Quakake Valley he built the first hotel, the Spring Mountain Hotel, located along the north side of the valley.  The hotel, situated along the Lehigh and Susquehanna Turnpike, did good business.  He later sold the Spring Mountain, and constructed another hotel and tavern, the White Swan, at the south side of the valley at the base of Broad Mountain.  The village that sprang up around this hotel became known as Hartz Station.  Many years later, the name was changed to Hudsondale, in honor of Samuel Hudson.
    In 1829 Jacob Hartz ran for and was elected Sheriff of Northampton County, of which the Quakake Valley and all of Carbon County was then a part.  After Jacob's death March 30, 1848, his sons Jonas and William continued to run the White Swan Hotel for many years.  Levi and Peter Hartz, both sons of Jonas, later conducted hotels in Packer Township and Weatherly.
Aaron Wetzel was the eighth child of Johannes Wetzel and Catherine Hinkle.  Though his stone contains no legible dates, other sources put his birth at about 1827.  He married Sybilla Minnig, and it is very likely that Sybilla is buried by Aaron, her grave unmarked.  Aaron and Sybilla had about 7 children, and only their eldest appears to have stayed in the Quakake Valley.  She was Ellen Jane Wetzel, and she first married a Leininger, by whom she had one son, John.  After her husband's death, Ellen married Philip Woodring of Hudsondale, and her son John later took the surname of his adoptive father.

Michael Young (name originally spelled "Jung") was an early settler in the Quakake Valley, arriving between 1800 and 1810.  He was a farmer, and with his wife Esther had at least eight children.  These included Mariana, Ruben, John, Edwin, Elizabeth, Samuel, Carolina and Hannah.  Of these, Ruben, John and Edwin stayed in the Quakake Valley and Weatherly area, raising large families.  Samuel Young, who never married, fought in the Mexican War of 1846-1848, and was a member of the Stockton Artillerists Militia unit, which saw heavy service.

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