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About one and one-half miles up river from Mattawana, between the railroad and the river, on land owned by John French, is the site of what is believed to be the oldest church and the oldest known burial place in Mifflin County. There are several remnants of a stone wall (most of which has been destroyed by several floods) indicating a plot of about 160' x 200'. Large flat stones in SW corner are assumed to have been part of the church area.
Only a few tombstones were located in 1978, when this reading was taken, however, several rows of field stones would indicate many graves (perhaps as many as 50) whose identity is not known.
THE GENESIS OF MIFFLIN COUNTY - 1957:
P54: August 26, 1766, Rev. Charles Beatty crossed the river early and had breakfast at Andrew Bratton's on the south side of the river, where a church was later erected and where ruins of an old cemetery are now to be found.
P57: Tradition as well as documentary evidence points to the year 1776 as marking the erection of the church at Andrew Bartton's. THE FIRST CHURCH TO BE ERECTED IN MIFFLIN COUNTY. A bequest made by Hugh Harper in his will on record at Carlisle, in which he bequeaths 5 pounds "to William Bratton for the use of building a Presbyterian meeting house at the graveyard in Andrew Bratton's plantation." This would indicate that a meeting house had not yet been built at the time of the date of the will, 1774, but that such was being contemplated.
McVeytown-Oliver-Bratton History - 1976
P88: A burying ground was laid out and enclosed with a stone wall where the early settlers were buried. It is located along the Juniata River, just south of Mattawana, on property now owned by Donald French. This plot was severely damaged by several floods.