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The Methodist Episcopal Cemetery

At

Laurytown, Pa.

Located a few miles outside of Weatherly near the road to White Haven, the Laurytown M.E. Cemetery is a truly forgotten cemetery. Unlike some of the other old abandoned cemeteries in the area that were old family owned cemeteries, this cemetery was once attached to a Methodist Episcopal Church and is still owned by the society. It was always a small congregation, and in the 1920s the church closed its doors for the last time. In October of 1926 H. H. Sloat tore down the old building and the grounds were abandoned. Today it is so overgrown that if you walk by the site you could easily miss the large stones close along the roadside. It is so filled with sticker bushes, brambles, sinkholes and deadfalls, trying to explore the site can be dangerous. Every so often, local people get together and clean up the site. However, it is not long before the undergrowth again takes over.    

We are fortunate that there are people dedicated to preserving local history, and Jack Koehler of Weatherly is one of those people. Known as the Weatherly historian and rail buff, in 1985, after one of the clean-ups at the site, Jack recorded and photographed the stones, made a plot map of the site, and has now kindly contributed his record of the cemetery for this web site.  Many thanks, Jack!

There are sixty-nine recorded burials shown here. They are not in alphabetical order, but are in the order in which they were recorded. Using that number, you can find individual burial sites on the

PLOT MAP.

This will show who is buried with whom, identifying family groups. The Plot Map also shows the location of a few stones that were too worn or broken to record.

What I found most striking about this cemetery has to do with the Sourwine/Cole plot near the southeast corner of the cemetery. Although the cemetery is terribly overgrown, this one plot is well tended, with heavy layers of mulch put down to keep the weeds at bay. The plot is well cared for, despite the fact that the most recent burial in the plot took place in 1912.

Click here to see two photos of the cemetery, taken after a 1998 clean up.


 

NO.

NAME

BORN

DIED

INSCRIPTION

AGE

NOTES

1

Van Horn, Joseph

 

 

ET. Surgeon, Co. B, 4th Regular Pa. Vol.

 

Veteran's stone

2

Horn, Samuel

1854/00/00

1938/00/00

 

 

Possibly a son of Samuel & Elizabeth (Koons) Horn

3

Hinger, Conrad

1814/00/00

1904/00/00

 

 

 

4

Hinger, Hiram

 

1902/06/04

 

44

 

5

Hinger, Harriet

1827/07/30

1892/07/27

 

64-11-27

 

6

Hinger, Jackson

1849/04/20

1890/05/09

Son of Conrad & Harriet Hinger

 

 

7

Koons, William

 

 

Co. H, 11th Pa. Cavalry

 

Veteran's stone; a son of George & Eve Koons

8

Horn, Samuel

1812/01/09

1892/02/24

 

80-01-15

Sp/o Elizabeth (Koons), on same stone with Eve Koons

8

Koons, Eve

1791/09/03

1875/06/06

Wife of George Koons

84

Sp/o George Koons, mother of Elizabeth (Koons) Horn, nee Kritchman (or a variation on that spelling)

9

Ryan, Susan

1852/00/00

1905/00/00

Mother

 

 

10

Luhman, Henry C.

1870/04/09

1914/11/12

Husband

 

 

11

Hinger, Josiah

 

 

Son of Conrad & Harriet Hinger

 

 

12

?

 

 

 

 

 

13

Bord, Henry G.

 

1850/04/22

Son of Thomas & Juliana Bord

 

 

14

Angst, Salinta

1824/05/10

1849/12/23

W/o Daniel K. Angst, D/o Nicholas & Catherina Beltz

25-06-13

 

15

Barber, Lucy

 

 

Children of Adrian & Margaret Barber

 

Lucy, Hannah & Chas. on same stone

15

Barber, Hannah

 

 

Children of Adrian & Margaret Barber

 

Lucy, Hannah & Chas. on same stone

15

Barber, Charles

 

 

Children of Adrian & Margaret Barber

 

Lucy, Hannah & Chas. on same stone

16

Stetler, C. Stans

 

1859/08/03

Child of Moses & Ellen Stetler

01-02-09

 

17

Stetler, Clarisa

 

1859/09/13

Daughter of Moses & Ellen Stetler

02-01-00

 

18

Stetler, Alonzo

 

1853/08/23

Son of Moses & Ellen Stetler

00-05-23

 

19

Beers, Jacob

1809/06/09

1867/03/04

 

 

 

20

Beers, Elizabeth

1809/05/18

1845/07/24

Wife of Jacob Beers

 

 

21

Stetler, Sarah Ann

 

 

Wife of (?-?-?)

 

 

22

Beers, Mary A.

1819/00/00

1899/00/00

Wife of Adam Beers

 

 

22

Beers, Adam

1809/00/00

1886/00/00

 

 

 

23

Rough, Margaret

1832/03/26

1850/02/11

Wife of Jacob Rough

17-10-11

 

24

Barthold, Theresa L.

1839/00/00

1908/00/00

Mother / Nee Kengle

 

 

25

Slyker, Henry H.

 

 

 

 

 

26

Gobert, ?-?-?

 

1846/12/15

 

01-08-28

 

27

?

 

 

 

 

 

28

Evans, Mary

 

1857/07/29

W/o Wm. Evans, D/o George Beers, Born in England

24

 

29

Timney, Mary Ann

 

1864/06/16

Daughter of William & Eliza Timney

02-03-00

 

30

Samler, John

1832/09/02

1855/02/09

Adopted son of Memander & Mary Samler

 

 

31

Eberts, Jacob

1837/00/00

1909/00/00

 

 

 

32

Eberts, Ester

 

1897/05/29

Wife of Jacob Eberts

63-05-28

 

33

Hazzet, George Elwood

1819/08/15

1851/12/08

Son of Philip & Hannah Hazzet

02-01-22

Dates & age do not match

34

Sherry, Charles

1834/04/07

1851/07/30

Son of George & Elizabeth Sherry

 

 

35

Sherry, William W.

 

 

Children of Samuel & Catherine Sherry

 

Wm., Charles & Ida on same stone

35

Sherry, Charles E.

 

 

Children of Samuel & Catherine Sherry

 

Wm., Charles & Ida on same stone

35

Sherry, Ida L.

 

 

Children of Samuel & Catherine Sherry

 

Wm., Charles & Ida on same stone

36

Sensenbach, Dorothy

1909/10/31

1909/12/05

 

 

 

37

Slyker, Charles P.

1844/00/00

1866/12/20

 

22-11-28

 

38

Decker, Hannah S.

1846/00/00

1915/00/00

Wife of Solomon Decker

 

 

39

Decker, George C.

1875/07/27

1882/04/25

Son of Solomon & Hannah Decker

 

 

40

Mullen, Mary J. Taylor

1855/00/00

1910/00/00

 

 

 

41

Taylor, Y.

 

 

 

 

 

42

Taylor, William B.

1827/00/00

1902/00/00

Father

 

 

43

Taylor, Jasper

1863/00/00

1881/00/00

Brother

 

 

44

Taylor, Ruth

1827/00/00

1875/00/00

 

 

 

45

Taylor, George B.

1859/00/00

1873/00/00

 

 

 

46

Miller, David

1796/01/06

1883/11/11

 

 

 

47

Miller, Lydia

1806/06/20

1871/07/23

Wife of David Miller

65-02-03

 

48

Rabert, Emma

1867/03/13

1870/01/11

Daughter of Daniel Rabert & Ann Miller

 

 

49

Sterling, Albert H.

1849/05/11

1851/02/01

Son of Joseph & Harriet Sterling

01-08-21

 

50

Sherry, Mary

 

1854/02/26

Daughter of William & Isabell Sherry

00-01-00

 

51

Miller, Mary

1830/08/15

1890/08/25

Wife of Gabriel Miller

60-00-10

 

52

Blakslee

 

 

 

 

No other info on stone

53

Barr, Clara m.

 

1882/12/15

Daughter of William & Emma Barr

 

 

54

Smith, William H.

 

 

Son of Daniel & Mary Smith

01-06-13

 

55

Rawley, Caleb

 

 

Co. E, 28th Pa. Infantry

 

Veteran's stone

56

Diehl, J. Justus

1832/01/06

1852/05/20

 

20/04/11

 

57

Huff, Mary J.

 

1862/08/16

Daughter of J. A. & F. P. Huff

00-10-16

 

58

Decker, Elizabeth

1831/02/18

1875/12/20

Wife of John F. Decker

44-10-02

 

59

Decker, John F.

 

 

Co. A, 28th Pa. Infantry

 

Veteran's stone

60

Sourwine, William H.

1869/07/04

1870/09/22

Son of Hillman & Julian Sourwine

 

 

61

Sourwine, Emma Jane

1871/03/10

1872/07/06

Daughter of H. & J. Sourwine

 

 

62

Sourwine, Lilla May

1877/10/29

1877/10/29

Daughter of H. & J. Sourwine

 

 

63

Cole, Julia Mae

 

1905/01/29

 

 

 

64

Cole, Alvah F.

 

1899/08/17

 

 

 

65

Cole, Myrtle O.

1880/10/25

1912/03/06

Wife of B. C. Cole

03-04-11

 

66

Sourwine, Tilghman H.

1841/04/16

1900/04/03

Co. K, Pa. Vol., 47th Regiment

 

Veteran

67

Decker, Sarah Elizabeth

1845/08/25

1863/11/05

Daughter of John & Jane Decker

18-02-10

 

68

Decker, John

1814/03/14

1863/10/02

 

49-06-18

 

69

Decker, Jane

1815/10/12

1886/04/07

W/o John Decker, D/o James & Catherine Whiteside

 

 

 

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Web page design and text by

Jack Sterling

2001

 

Burial records and photos contributed by 

Jack Koehler


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