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Old Leister's Church Cemetery


The old Leister's Church Cemetery lies in the woods on the north side of Gorsuch Road, just south of the Leister's Church Road intersection, east of Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland.   Information was obtained from the Historical Society of Carroll County and was submitted by Rose Marie von Gunten (undated) which states she believed her father was the only person around who knew the cemetery was there.   She remembered her father telling her Gabriel Hammer, one of the names on the tombstones, had come over from Germany.   Her father told her the people buried there were the first German settlers in that area which used to be referred to as "Dutch Heaven".   The old German Church was torn down and a large new home is now on the property.   A new Leister's Church and cemetery was built not too far from the old site.   Inscriptions were copied by George Horvath but not dated.

HAMMER
Henry W. b/ 4 Jul 1866; d/ 27 May 1888 @ 21y.10m.23d
Andrew d/ 22 Mar 1893 @ 73y.11m.23d
...Margaret (wife) b/ 15 Nov 1827; d/ 5 Jun 1893 @ 66y *

HOFFMAN
Andrew b/ 29 Oct 1850; d/ 28 Feb 1902 @ 51y.3m.29d

ROCK
John - Co H., 3rd Maryland Infantry *

STRUTH
William b/ 23 Sep 1819; d/ 25 Sep 1908 @ 89y
...Christina E.H. (wife) b/ 10 Sep 1815; d/ 13 Jan 1902 @ 86y.4m.3d
George b/ 12 Jun 1822 in Laulerlanik, Germany; d/ 9 Apr 1896 @ 73y.9m.27d
...Catharine (wife) b/ 20 Oct 1822; d/ 26 Jul 1903 @ 80y.9m.6d

WITTE
William F. b/ 31 Jan 1883; d/ 2 Oct 1937
...Mary F. (wife) b/ 28 Nov 1885; d/ 16 Oct 1909
(In 1980, Joan Hoffman Porterfield took inventory and has their birthdates as 1833 and 1835, respectively, and William's death year as 1907) *

Footstones
J.S.B.
M.H.
C.S.


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