Memorials with flower note attached "Tombstone Transcriptions, Berks County Historical Society" were transcribed and documented to be at this location. Those without the note or otherwise sourced, should be considered as speculation.
This cemetery is located at the junction of Route 10, Lancaster Avenue, and West Shore Bypass, just off the Thun trail. The 175-year old private burial ground is believed to be the oldest family cemetery in the city. It is about 50 yards long and 40 feet wide. The cemetery was established about 1816 by John Garber and Daniel Bitting on Garber's land. Garber died in 1819 and the court ordered the cemetery would forever remain as such. Later Samuel Deem bought adjoining land which was sold to Ludwig Bitting, then to Daniel Bitting, then to Jacob Bitting. In 1873 Jacob sold it to Samuel Fix. Samuel then established the cemetery as described in his will of 1895:
Item:I order and direct my executors to have built outside of burial ground wall on new piece a two-story brick dwelling house thirty-seven feet long and fourteen feet wide, containing three rooms on first floor, three rooms on second floor, and a garret, said building to be rented away and the rent thereof to be used in keeping my share in plots in Graveyard known as "Garbers and Bittings" in good order.
Item: I direct that my children's part of the so named Garbers and the whole of the so named Garbers and the whole of the so named Bittings graveyards be surrounded by a good substantial board fence with two rows of barbed wire on top.
Item: I direct that a stone be erected in the old part of the so named Bittings Graveyard with the inscription " Bittings Graveyard" thereon.
Item: I direct that the sum of one hundred dollars be laid aside to constitute a graveyard fund, to be named the "Samuel Fix Graveyard Fund" for the purpose of keeping my children's part of the so named "Garbers" graveyard and the whole of the so named Bittings graveyard in good order and repairs. The Bittings part of said graveyard shall not be sold nor shall the name be changed as long as the sun shines. End
Transcribed by contributot N.D. Scheidt 2/3/2018
GPS Coordinates: 40.32333, -75.93213
- Added: 15 May 2010
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2354233
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