Bethel Township: Look for the lane just North of 1410 Pine Grove Road, Bethel Township, on the left (west) before crossing Meck Creek. GPS location for entrance to the lane is 40.4853 -76.3888. This is a two track dirt lane. A high clearance vehicle is needed and 4WD may be helpful. Proceed back the lane a little over 0.2 mile to the site on the left (GPS location of tombstones 40.4863 -76.3935). In July 2017, the grass was nicely mowed and trimmed around the tombstones. You will find the monument noted below along with 10 tombstones all of which are no longer legible.
Size: 40' x 100'
History: Monument erected along lane (1985) by Bixler descendants. Peter Bixler of Bethel died in 1772, will in B.C.C.H. Marker reads: "in loving memory of the Peter and Barbara Bicksler (Bichsee) family and their seven children: Peter, Jr., Joseph, Daniel, Christian, Barbara, Anna and Susanna. Their family burial plot is on this knoll where many of the family were laid to rest. Peter Sr. was an immigrant from Eggwil, Switzerland and arrived as the first Bicksler in America on the ship "Friendship" in October, 1727 after
almost four months in crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Incomplete records do not give dates of the family. Peter born in 1691 died in 1772. The last family member to be buried here was a 91 year old grandson, Daniel, born in 1777, died in 1868". Research on the first 3 generations of this family would probably provide evidence for more of the burials.
GPS Coordinates: 40.4863, -76.3935
- Added: 27 Jan 2016
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2602056
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