From The Leydich Burying Ground by John R. Tallis:
Formerly, due to the fact that there were no church yards near, it was customary in rural sections among the leading families to bury their dead on their homesteads. For this purpose an elevation overlooking the farm, or near a stream was usually chosen. The largest, private burying ground in this district is known as the Leydich Cemetery. It is located in the southwestern part of Frederick Township east of Swamp Creek near the cross roads one mile south Keelor's Church. A unique spot was chosen at the junction of four farms owned respectively by: Rev. John Phillip Leydich, Christian Stetler, George Michael Kuntz and George Moore; an equal square portion from each farm was set aside by each family. This plot was at first was surrounded by a beautiful grove of White Oak and Hickory trees, which since has been cut down and all that now remains are a few trees that mark the fence lines. The plot is about 100 square feet in size and is kept in an excellent state of preservation. A stone wall was built in the fall of 1783. the corners of which point direct to the cardinal points of the compass; the corner of the Stetler plot points to the north, of the Moore plot to the east, of the Kuntz plot to the south and of the Leydich plot to the west. According to the will of Christian Stetler another 1/4 of an acre is willed to the cemetery on the Stetler side; and George Moore willed a piece of land to run the length of the wall and reach out 40 feet from it on the entrance gate side so that there would be space! for the teams at a funeral; these extra plots are not enclosed but are at present farmed by the present owners of the surrounding farms. Before Keelor's church was built, the Reformed Congregation voted to locate the church at this burial ground but the location was voted down by the small margin of three votes.
GPS Coordinates: 40.28259, -75.52776
- Added: 13 Jun 2005
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2145601
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