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Wenger Meeting House Cemetery
Jonestown
Lebanon County
Pennsylvania  USA

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The cemetery, which was in use decades before the church was built, is associated with the Wenger Meeting House (United Zion Church). The meeting house was built in 1871 and dedicated by Mathias Brinser who founded the United Zion Church. The cemetery is just north and east of Jonestown on the original homestead of Hans Wenger. The earliest stone is for Christian Wenger who died in 1841. His grandfather is believed to be buried in the graveyard as well as other earlier members of the family, but no stones exist. There is another larger and newer cemetery adjoining this cemetery which is Lutheran. Jacob Wenger gave a deed of trust to his brother Levi Wenger in 1859 for the then 75x80 foot grave yard. In 1871 the meeting house was built on the south side of the graveyard. Then in 1872 Levi Wenger deeded the grave yard back to Jacob Wenger. Later in the year of 1872 Jacob Wenger gave a deed of the land where the church was built, the yard in front of the church, including the driveway leading to the then public road, and the grave yard to the United Zions Church for five dollars. The deed called for the graveyard to be used for the Wengers, Heiseys, Haldemans, Books, Lights & Longs and their relatives, or anybody who wished to bury there, with the survivors sharing in paying for the upkeep of the fence around the grave yard. In 1889 land was bought from John L. Wenger, Jacob's son, to the west of the church for burial lots. In 1906 another addition to the cemetery was bought and also additional ground for a shed to shelter the horses and carriages during the times of services. In 1925 the cemetery was separated from the church proper and was chartered to be operated separately. In 1955, the horse and carriage shed was removed and additional land was acquired from Mr. Clayton H. Fortna for additional parking space. In 1977, the cemetery association purchased the property. The building was rented to a religious group in the 1980s, but when that group stopped using, it wasn't used again until around 2003 when the Wenger family began holding Sunday worship services there during reunions.
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