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M. Aumen (#48411830)
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Bio Photo My great-grandparents are:
Bernard Francis Aumen
Bertha Mary Smith
Julius Friese
Natalie Antonie Lorek
Rudolph John Heinen
Wilhelmina Loretta Eischeid
Joseph Frank Bachmann
Eleanora Elizabeth Bunkers

Their families as well as those interred at Conewago Chapel Cemetery in Adams County, Pennsylvania are my focus. May they rest in peace.

Conewago Chapel Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Roman Catholic Church at the village of Edge Grove in Conewago Township, present-day Adams County, formerly York County, Pennsylvania
Included in the memorials I manage are any pertinent records from Conewago Chapel's burial, marriage, and baptismal registers. I attempt to record letter for letter what is written on the original pages, but if you have reason to believe that one is in error, then PLEASE by all means let me know and I will double-check. If it is for a memorial that is not my own, then I will include the information as a so-called "virtual flower" on the side of the memorial. If you are the manager of one of these memorials then please feel free to include the passage in the biographical section. If you prefer then I will provide a version of the text with embedded links to memorials for parents, godparents, or priests mentioned in the passages. The records are mostly in Latin so if you have a question concerning the translation of the records then I would be more than happy to answer if I can.

The following is adapted from the Eckenrode Family History compiled by William Kirkpatrick: We are deeply indebted for all that we know about the early history of the Catholic churches in Adams County and the pioneers who built them to two men and their publications. The first is John Timon Reily, who published between 1885-1905 ten volumes of delightful facts and information about the history of old Conewago Township. One volume is entitled Conewago, and the other nine Collection in the Life and Times of Cardinal Gibbons. The second man is John Poist Keffer, who extended the research activities of J.T. Reily, publishing his results in three books entitled The Keffers of the Conewago (1965 & 1974), and Homback Family History (1968).

Before the building of the first log chapel in the Conewago Valley about 1741, the Catholic people in the surrounding area were ministered to at the Robert Owings Mass house from 1732-1741. In 1768 the log chapel at Conewago was enlarged and became the headquarters of the Jesuit missionaries traveling the St. Francis Regis Mission Circuit. In 1784-1787, a stone church dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was constructed replacing the old log chapel, and is now the oldest stone Catholic church in the United States. This church was built with the help of parishioners and donations of money and stone by the Baron de Beelen-Bertholf. In 1962 the church was raised to the level of Minor Basilica because of its beauty and historical significance.

Until about 1810 the settlers in nearby Paradise and Berwick Townships were ministered to at the Mass house of Caspar Weis built in 1761. The Jesuit priests came from the Chapel at Conewago. Between 1810 and 1830 a new chapel was established at the home of Frederick Brandt in Paradise Township, York County and in 1846 the "Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary" church was built (East Berlin/Abbottstown, PA), also known as Brandt's Church.

The sacramental registers for the Paradise church were started in 1830. Records of the parishioners prior to that time were combined with and kept at Conewago Chapel. The earliest existing Sacramental registers of Conewago Chapel are preserved in the vaults of the Diocese Chancery Office at Harrisburg, PA. They consist of two volumes and contain record entries of:
Marriages: Feb 1796-Feb-1883 (Nov 1835-Nov 1838 are missing)
Baptisms: 1791-Jan 1854
Deaths: 1791-1853 (many missing parts)

In 1942 a partial translation of the registers was made by H.J. Young, on file at the Conewago rectory and on microfilm at the LDS Library in Salt Lake. Marriages: Feb 1796-1835.
Baptisms: 1791-1835. Deaths: 1791-1815.

The complete sacramental registers of Conewago Chapel were published in 1980-81 by the John Timon Reily Historical Society. Marriages: 1796-1883. Baptisms 1790-1900. Deaths: 1752-1979.

In 1850, the spire and transept were added to the 1787 stone church, building over the old cemetery. Some graves were moved to the present cemetery, and some were moved to St. Aloysius in Littlestown.
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Laura Kessler Hershey
Agnes Aumen
Hi Matt,
I added the obituary for Agnes. Thanks for getting it to me. I agree with seeing the headstones on your own versus just seeing it in a picture. It is nice! Some of the stones in the picture look much larger than they really are!! :) Have a great day!!!
Added by Laura Kessler Hershey on Sep 19, 2016 7:47 AM
Laura Kessler Hershey
Agnes Aumen
Hi Matt,
I deleted the entire bio for Agnes Aumen. I'm sorry, I think you had asked me months ago to do that and I forgot!! Thank you for the MANY additions you have added to the memorials! Take Care, Laura
Added by Laura Kessler Hershey on Sep 11, 2016 6:40 PM
Dennis Brandt
Charles Orndorff photo
Thank you!
Added by Dennis Brandt on Sep 09, 2016 6:48 AM
Sheila (Horn) Strickler
RE: Thank you
Glad we could help. It is a big cemetery and I have been there 2 days already and plan to finish checking all the stones this Sunday. There are a lot of empty spaces that must have had a stone at sometime and others that are flat and covered with grass.
Added by Sheila (Horn) Strickler on Aug 25, 2016 4:19 PM
Anne Offerman Martin
RE: Clara Offerman #134716165
Thank you for asking, but no.
Added by Anne Offerman Martin on Jul 27, 2016 11:07 AM
Larry G Britner
Anna Barbara Kuhn
If your Henry Eckenrode Sr was the husband of Anna Barbara Kuhn, Anna Barbara Kuhn is to me a 5th great-aunt. Anna Barbara was in turn a granddaughter of John Jacob Kuhn who to me is a 6th great-grandfather.

I am guessing that we are somehow related.
Added by Larry G Britner on Jul 11, 2016 1:05 PM
Larry G Britner
Catharine Briegner who married Adam Young
"1833 8 10 Junii Catharina Brichner circiter 70 an. provisa" (Conewago Chapel Burial Register page 287)"

Your access to the Conewago Chapel Cemetery seems to be quite complete, and again you bearing out and/or improving the specifics of my family roots. Can it be that you are in process of upgrading that entire cemetery?

My 5th Great Grandfather, Gottleib Briegner, arrived in 1740, and appears to have been involved in the construction of the improved chapel besides a faithful member of the church.

With you finding two of his daughters by page number, am looking so forward to what else you might yet uncover.

Thank you!!!
Added by Larry G Britner on Jul 11, 2016 9:44 AM
Ryan David Schweitzer
RE: Charles and Annie Smith Conewago
Thank you. Rather than simply the face of any grave marker, I try to take pics showing the location of the site as well. Take care.
Added by Ryan David Schweitzer on Jun 28, 2016 7:07 PM
Larry G Britner
re your memorial on Elizabetha McGinly; 142578143
Have no doubt at all that this is Elisabetha BRIEGNER, born about 1748 in York County a portion of which became Adams County in 1800.

In the Breighner Family Historical Registry, she is shown to have married a Patrick McGinty even while should have been "ly" it would seem.

All efforts to produce results with the original spelling have been quite empty while with your entry making the spelling correction has proven quite fruitful; certain of which make the spelling "McGinley".

Thank you so much for this entry; adding an entire new limb to our family tree.

just me, larry g
Added by Larry G Britner on Jun 10, 2016 6:14 PM
Maggie Mac
St Mary/St Pat photo requests
Re your photo requests. I just finished mowing this cemetery. It is the worse I have seen in terms of destroyed or toppled monuments. I have no idea whether it is due to vandalism, deer or topography. Unless someone does some major restoration the ability to locate, much less photograph these stones are unlikely. Sorry.
Added by Maggie Mac on May 19, 2016 6:28 AM
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