Cemetery notes and/or description: The Ninevah Cemetery, more recently called Wakefield or Rodgers Cemetery, is located in East Wheatfield Township just off Route 56 in Indiana County, across the Conemaugh River from Seward. The earliest known burial was November 11, 1832. Burials continued until 1946. The cemetery includes the graves of 20 Civil War veterans and two men who fought in the War of 1812.
The Johnstown floods of 1889 and 1936 did much damage, as did Hurricane Agnes in 1972. The grave markers which remained standing were transcribed on May 8, 1977, totalling 114 names. On a return visit twelve weeks later (two weeks after the July 20, 1977 flood) only about a dozen markers were high enough above the silt, fallen trees and debris to be read.
In 2001-2002, volunteers reclaimed the cemetery, removing more than 2 feet of silt and locating approximately 150 graves. Most of the markers were recovered and stood upright.
Sources: Indiana County Cemeteries by Roxie Thompson from The Indiana Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, Pennsylvania Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 1, Page 8, Summer 1978.
Como, John, "Cemetery Dedication Set: Ninevah Cleanup, Headstone Recovery Complete" Indiana Gazette, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Friday, May 17, 2002, Front Page.
Directions: Rte 954 S, turn L on Rte 56, turn L on Rte 711, before going over bridge, turn L to ball field. Go to end of drive. Cross bridge on foot. Cemetery is there.