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Salem Reformed Church Cemetery
of
Rockport / Laurytown, Pa.
Located on a bluff overlooking the village of Rockport in Carbon County, is the tiny cemetery of the Salem Reformed Church.  Though the most recent burials were in the 1930s, the cemetery is well cared for and most of the stones are still legible.  The earliest legible burial occurred in 1824, making this one of Carbon County's oldest cemeteries.  During that early era, Rockport was known as "Grog Hollow", and was a lumbering center for the area, the cut logs being sent by river to Mauch Chunk where they were used to construct the early canal boats.

                                                NAME                                     DATES                      "INSCRIPTION"/AGE        PLOT
 

Adam Deal

No dates

 

Henry Deal

Henry Deal

10/5/1854-8/12/1???

 

Henry Deal

Jacob Deal

12/2/1797-3/18/1847

 

Henry Deal

Jacob Deal

Died 11/22/1880

Age 83 yrs, 3 mon.

Jacob Deal

William M. Deal

4/18/1822-6/5/1893

 

Jacob Deal

Gertrude E. Fritz

1875-1877

 

Fritz

William H. Fritz

1891-1893

 

Fritz

Erwin Fritz

1878-1879

 

Henry Fritz

Henry J. Fritz

1850-1904

 

Henry Fritz

J. Florence Fritz

1887-1890

 

Henry Fritz

Jane M. Fritz

1852-1919

 

Henry Fritz

Jonas Fritz

10/13/1826-3/27/1885

 

Jonas Fritz

Matilda Fritz

3/22/1827-2/1/1899

 

Jonas Fritz

Philip Ginder

8/16/1820-1/24/1912

Age 95y, 5m, 8d

Philip Ginder

Rebecca Ginder

3/20/1828-3/8/1907

 

Philip Ginder

Thomas Ginder

2/9/1867-11/20/1870

 

Philip Ginder

Freddy A. Gower

8/11/1892- ???

 

Gower

Maud O. Gower

Dates illegible

 

Gower

Elamena Beam

2/5/1869-2/5/1900

Age 31 years

August Henry

Julius Henry 

No dates

"Son of August Henry"

August Henry

Emma Hittinger

1855-1934

"Wife of William"

William Hittinger

William Hittinger

1853-1931

"Father"

William Hittinger

Gilbert Hunt

11/23/1891-7/25/1893

Son of Josiah & Mary

Josiah Hunt

Josiah Hunt

5/18/1866-10/4/1894

 

Josiah Hunt

Joseph Lowry

Died 3/12/1824

Age 68 years

Joseph Lowry

John A. Meier

1911-1931

 

Meier

Samuel A. Meier

1916-1931

 

Meier

Elizabeth Schmeiskors

Died 1892 (?)

[near illegible]

Schmeiskors

Frederick Schmeiskors

1829-1892

[near illegible]

Schmieskors

Catherine Sensenbach

??/11/1791-5/17/1859

"Wife of Godfrey"

Godfrey Sensenbach

Godfrey Sensenbach

8/25/1781-10/2/1859

 

Godfrey Sensenbach

Clara Smithcors

1850-1923

"Wife of James"

James Smithcors

James Smithcors

1854-1895

 

James Smithcors

Solt/Crocker

No dates or names

 

Solt/Crocker

Amelia Sterner

1853-1893

 

Paul Sterner

Paul Sterner

1821-1914

 

Paul Sterner

C. Carl Thomas

1904-1905

 

Thomas

Cliffard A. Thomas

1897-1897

 

Thomas

Frantz H. Westerville

12/21/1821-2/22/1915

"Born in Germany"

Frantz Westerville



 

    Frederick Schmeiscors was born in Prussia about 1829.  He came to America with his wife and children when he was still a young man and settled in Carbon County, locating in old Lausanne Twp., now Lehigh Twp.  He took a job with the Hazleton Railroad, and was put in charge of the section from the Hazle Creek Bridge to the Planes at Penn Haven.  He commanded this section very ably for many years, until the branch and the planes were abandoned.  Afterward, he moved to Hazleton and for a time was a track foreman for the Lehigh Valley Railroad, but eventually he tired of being a railroader, and about 1885 he returned to Lehigh Twp. where he took up farming.  He spent his final years in following that occupation, residing near Rockport.  He died January 11, 1892 at his home.  The cause of his death was from pneumonia.
     Frederick  was well known in the area as one of its most useful and enterprising citizens.  Among his surviving children, Henry was a well-known engineer on the Lehigh Valley Railroad, while son James Schmeiscors (who shortened the spelling to “Smithcors”) continued the working of his late father’s farm, surviving his father by only a few years.  Daughter Nora served as the postmistress at Rockport until that office’s closing.
     Frederick and his wife Elizabeth, as well as their son James and his wife Clara, are buried in the old Salem Reformed Cemetery in the Laurytown Valley, near Rockport.

Email:  Jack Sterling

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