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Susan (#47134135)
 member for 5 years, 10 months, 4 days
Ellen Johnson
Aaron Kephart
I made your parental link, but in the future, please learn to use the "auto-edit" feature, which includes parental and spousal link options.

Added by Ellen Johnson on Feb 27, 2015 1:55 AM

Mary and Charlie Burrow
This Louisa Barr was born about 1833 and is listed as the widow of Joseph in the 1907 city directory. Her son's name was Amos.


Added by Mary and Charlie Burrow on Nov 23, 2014 12:42 PM

Sharon Salza Spangenberg
RE: Germany Flats
Susan: Thank you for your kind words. Finding a gravestone with a visible inscription was so exciting to me. I posted my findings on this site to help others who are looking for their ancestors. So that you know why I decided to reclaim the cemetery, Below is a write-up that I prepared after I completed my work.

I have been asked why I decided to reclaim the Germany Flats Cemetery.

I grew up on the Germany Flats Road (now Lawrence Road) and remember “discovering” the Germany Flats Cemetery in the early 1960’s when I was “playing” with a friend who lived on (the then unnamed) Pierce Road. At that time it was not enclosed by fence and the cows roamed through the grave stones in the field. Although now there are berms on two sides of the cemetery, I don’t recall them being there 50 years ago.

I completely forgot about this cemetery until my adult years when I was told that there were some Hursh’s buried in a cemetery on the Germany Flats Road. My husband, Hixon’s ancestors were Hursh’s and in fact, his middle name is Hursh – his Grandmother’s maiden name. Knowing that the Hursh family dated back to the 1700’s in the Germany Flats area and remembering discovering a cemetery as a child, my first ‘order of business’ after retirement was to visit the cemetery. In 2007, my mom, husband, and I visited the cemetery looking for the Hursh’s. At that time, although somewhat overgrown, we saw that it had been cleared of brush and trees (as was evidenced by a pile of brush) and were told that the Sheriff’s SLAP/SWAP Program had done some clearing. We found the stones that we were looking for and I took pictures.

I like many others, never gave that cemetery any more thought. In 2011 I was asked by my husband’s cousin (who is President of the Layton Cemetery Association) to help her document the grave stones in the old part of that cemetery. After almost three years of work experience there, my thoughts returned to the Germany Flats Cemetery and the condition it was in. In May of 2014, I returned to that cemetery. I was quite disappointed to see that it was overgrown with picker bushes and poison ivy, and the stones were barely visible. I went to the cemetery with the intention of looking and perhaps doing some probing to see if there were any more Hursh’s buried there. Although I did find a few unmarked stones under the weeds, I left them on the ground where I found them as I would have had to sit on the ground and dig around the poison ivy to reset them. I decided that I would not go back unless I sprayed first. On that initial visit, I found a grave stone in a ground hog hole. Although broken without a name, I was excited to see the date inscribed was 1728.

I asked several people what they knew about the cemetery and all I was able to find out was that it was an abandoned cemetery and that others had been there previously probing for stones. I then visited a Pierce Road property owner who provided me with some documentation from 2010 that was given to her by a former Pierce Road resident who now lives in Rhode Island. I contacted that person by email but never received a response. I did find on a website that the cemetery is 0.23 acres located in Block 110 Lot 1.02 within Lot 1.01 assessed in 2013 for $18,400 and no annual taxes are paid.

In that packet of information was an article from 1986 written by Jennie Sweetman entitled a “Well-Kept Secret” about the ancient Germany Flats Cemetery. By the condition of the cemetery, it was obvious that no one was interested in maintaining it. So with the experience that I had working at the Layton Cemetery, I decided to take on the task of reclaiming the Germany Flats cemetery.

A few weeks after my initial visit in May, I returned with two gallons of weed killer and sprayed the entire cemetery. On June 28th, work began cleaning the cemetery. My husband hacked and cut all the multiflora rose and wild barberry bushes while I dragged the brush to a single heap just below that last visible grave marker. A few days later I began to probe for stones and reset those found in the exact place where they were discovered. Although exhausted after five hours of work, I was quite pleased having found many more unmarked stones than the few that had been originally visible. A total of 21 stones exist in Row 1 of which five have an inscription of some sort.

On July 24, after 13 days and 65 hours of exhausting work, and a lot learned, I am completely done probing and resetting the stones. I plan to return to the cemetery in the fall to spread grass seed.
Important facts:

• There are over 200 stones in the cemetery of which 37 have an inscription. I want to note that every stone found in the cemetery was reset it in its exact location, categorized by rows, given a number and a photograph taken. It is possible that some of the stones represent a foot marker, some may be a broken piece of another stone in the cemetery, and some may not even be marking a grave. I took the attitude though that “who am I to say” a small/large thick round boulder-type stone or an 8 inch piece of shale is not a grave marker. At the end of Row 9, which was the last row in the cemetery, several stones and pieces of stones were found in a four by six foot area next to the berm. The large stones were reset in the place where they were found, however, the small pieces were set in a special section near the middle of Row 9.

• Although provided information indicates that the cemetery is approximately 105 feet by 92 feet, the actual measurement where the visible stones are located is approximately 70 feet by 42 feet. Could the raised berms that were placed on two sides of the cemetery actually cover some grave sites?

• The oldest stone found was the first one that I pulled out of a ground hog’s hole. Could that 1728 stone make the Germany Flats Cemetery the oldest in Sussex County?

• The latest marked stone was another unnamed piece of shale with 1809 scratched on it.

• The latest named gravestone is “In Memory of John A. Fezler a native of Germany who died on April 10, 1804 in the 50th year of his age.” This stone is the only commercial-type headstone in the entire cemetery and was engraved by J.C. Mooney C Farms as is clearly etched in large letters on the stone. This grave marker was one of the last stones uncovered in Row 9. My husband spent two hours probing and digging close to the berm for two missing pieces of this stone to no avail.

• Found directly behind the Fezler stone underground about three inches was a flat stone measuring 36 inches by 24 inches by one inch thick. The only inscription is that of a “6” or a “9.”

• Most of the inscribed stones are etched in the old German language and therefore difficult to translate. Looking at the photograph taken, I believe some of the names that others previously attempted to translate are actually different than what they indicated.

• Five broken small stones have been taken off the cemetery property in an attempt to epoxy them together. They will be returned to their exact location after they are repaired.

• I have compiled a binder of photographs of the entire cemetery together with the information that I have collected the past two months.

So, to answer the question why I decided to reclaim the Germany Flats Cemetery, I saw that this ancient cemetery, perhaps the oldest in Sussex County, was never well documented and in fact, being neglected. Germany Flats was once home to some of the earliest immigrant German pioneers who settled in the area when Sussex County was an untamed wilderness. It is important to remember these pioneers who moved into a strange new land unable to speak the language to eventually help form a new nation. Imagine the hardships they suffered and what they accomplished for their hard work. To remember them in their resting place is to show respect for our ancestors and what they accomplished for future generations.

Sharon A. Salza Spangenberg
July 25, 2014, Rev. Aug 5, 2014

Added by Sharon Salza Spangenberg on Sep 29, 2014 5:30 PM

Brian Burtt
John and Paul Treaster
Well I figured out how to link them myself and have done that.

Added by Brian Burtt on Apr 18, 2014 1:11 PM

Brian Burtt
John and Paul treaster
Paul E Treaster Sr is the SON of John Z Treaster. They are my cousin and Uncle.. Could you link them please or give me control so I can link them and other family members.

Added by Brian Burtt on Apr 18, 2014 12:58 PM

Mary Denzinger
RE: Ella Gearhart Stephenson
Good. So glad I found her for you. That made my day!

Added by Mary Denzinger on Sep 02, 2013 10:03 AM

Mary Denzinger
RE: Ella Gearhart Stephenson
You are most welcome for the photo. Im out in a cemetery right now and heading to several more. If i can be of further help let me know.
Mary Denznger

Added by Mary Denzinger on Sep 02, 2013 9:29 AM

Neil D Scheidt
RE: Printz family
You are welcome. It was a pleasure to find them and many are concentrated in the same cemetery area.

Added by Neil D Scheidt on Aug 03, 2013 9:51 PM

Sandi Gill
Susan, I'm posting photos of the graves for the Mervines as you described them. Please check them out carefully to be sure you agree. I've posted a group photo with each and an additional photo of the back for George. The first (left) in the group photo is likely little Margaret; hers is the smallest stone and "X days" is visible. Sarah is the second grave. George is the broken stone, which may be lying face down; a stray piece lies in back of Sarah's headstone. There is no way to identify George's headstone. The final stone is likely that of Joseph, though the letters are not clear enough to be certain. If you would like any removed, please contact me. Sandi

Added by Sandi Gill on Apr 06, 2013 12:14 PM

Mary and Charlie Burrow
I just posted her obit to the memorial. Hopefully it will help you determine if she is the one you are looking for.


Added by Mary and Charlie Burrow on Mar 23, 2013 3:22 PM

Jenn O.
Just uploaded a photo for Charles, Rose, and Elmer. Also on the stone are Thomas P. Griffith and Ester A. Griffith. Not sure what the relation is. If you'd like to make these two memorials I'd be happy to upload my photo.

Jenn O.

Added by Jenn O. on Mar 09, 2013 2:06 PM

Gwendolyn Stroup
Thanks for the information. I think I updated all. I'm transferring Gwen to you, since you are related and I'm not. Also found I had her obit and posted it to the memorial.

Added by treetracker on Nov 11, 2012 4:10 PM

Lilydale Memorials
Daniel Fichthorn Memorial
Thank you for the biographical information.

Added by Lilydale Memorials on Oct 31, 2012 11:42 PM

Thank you so much for the Buxton photos from Prospect Lawn.

Added by Sherry on Jul 21, 2012 6:10 AM

Carol Chambers
Thank you getting these pictures, i appreciate it very much, John is a 4th grand dad of mine.

Added by Carol Chambers on Jul 07, 2012 1:11 PM

Leigh Miller
Emma Timm
Thank you so much for fulfilling this request. She was my grandfather's sister. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated!

Added by Leigh Miller on Mar 15, 2012 12:55 PM

Jessica JC
Minnie (Juhl) Nerthling
Thanks so much for finding, getting photo and posting pic of headstone.



Added by Jessica JC on Mar 10, 2012 9:12 PM

Gerri Aitkin
Great photo of Mary Ellinger thank you

Added by Gerri Aitkin on Feb 13, 2012 7:52 AM

Robert Lembke
Adamsburg Cemetery
I was recently in Beaver Springs and visited the two cemetery locations (Adamsburg and the cemetery located at Snyder Ave. and Elm St.).

The two pics showing views (see site for Adamsburg) of the the two locations are accurate. My question and anyone who knows the answer, I would appreciate informaton: Are NOT these two separate cemeteries? They are separated by at least 1/4 mile. Clearly the Snyder Ave. cemetery is much older (original Adamsburg?)based on headstones alone. I did not find any sign identifing or naming this location.

Should these two locations be divided into separate names and separate site? My reason for visiting the locations is that my mother's side of the family are Snooks!
Bob Lembke

Added by Robert Lembke on Sep 11, 2011 12:37 PM

Snook Family
Hi Susan,

It is good to hear from you. I hope you have been doing well.

Thank you for all the Snook family information and connections. I have added it to their memorials.

I have made a photo requests for all the Snook family edits you gave me so hopefully we can have a grave marker photo for them.


Added by Michael on Jul 23, 2011 7:14 AM

Helen Bortz
Jacobson Stone
Susan, thank you so much for the fast response to my request for a photo of the Jacobson Tombstone. All your effort and time is very much appreciated!

Added by Helen Bortz on Jun 18, 2011 6:35 PM

Pat Ratcliff
Bock Pictures
Thanks so much for the Bock pictures

Added by Pat Ratcliff on Jun 08, 2011 8:45 PM

Antoinette and Maude Webster
Thank you so much! I'm so surprised...I'd almost given up seeing these ancestor's markers! I'm thrilled beyond words. Bless you for taking the time to fulfill this request! I'm so pleased!

Added by JanMary on Jun 08, 2011 6:24 PM

Mona Anderson
I was out the other day photographing Birch Hill Cemetery in Burnham until the rain chased me out but I managed to get a few Kephart photos. I also added some names. If they are yours, feel free to ask for the transfers. Hope you enjoy the photos, too.


Added by Mona Anderson on Sep 17, 2010 6:25 PM

Melva M. (Girton) Sloan
Super job!

Added by Melva M. (Girton) Sloan on Jun 03, 2009 9:08 AM


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