Lukens Burying Ground

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This was a very old burying ground which is located on privately owned land in Whitemarsh Township in Montgomery County, PA, and is somewhere between Stenton Avenue and the Wissahickon Creek. It was close to the former Williams Public School house. The area of Whitemarsh Township that was once known as Williams is centered at the intersection of the present-day Stenton Avenue and Joshua Road.

From Bean's 1884 "History of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania," Chapter LXXIX : Whitemarsh Township, By William J. Buck, and contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives by Susan Walters:

"On the farm lately owned by Lewis A. Lukens, near the Wissahickon, is an old burying-ground that deserves notice. It was used for this purpose in 1722 and most probably earlier. Samuel Farmar, a son of Edward, conveyed, by a deed dated September 2, 1746, half an acre of ground to Henry Bartleson, Peter Knight and James Stroud, for the purpose of a burying-ground and place of worship, for the consideration of five pounds Pennsylvania currency. Peter Knight, as the last surviving trustee, continued the tract, August 2, 1786, to George Hocker, Nicholas Kline, Patrick Menan, Peter Bartleson and Bartle Bartleson, for the object contemplated. For its better preservation and care the whole was inclosed in a wall which was greatly dilapidated. The earliest tombstone here containing an inscription is that of John Nichols Knight, who died December 29, 1729, aged forty years and ten months. It is of some size, deeply paneled, with antique-looking letters, which, for that early day, must have cost some labor as well as expense. Isaac Knight and Isaac Knight, Jr., who were land-holders in Abington in 1734, may have been relatives. A stone is inscribed to the memory of Elizabeth Bartleson, who died March 24, 1769, aged sixty, and another to Bartle Bartleson, deceased February 17, 1777, aged eighty years. The names of Trump, Menan, Siddon, Hench, Coleman, Mason and Bilger are also found here. A number of the graves are unmarked, which, of course, cannot now be ascertained. Among those were some of the Kline family and George Heydrick. That no house of worship was built here, as originally designed, was probably owing to the erection of Barren Hill Church, in 1761. [The author is referring to St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, in the present-day Lafayette Hill] "

The farm that had at one time been owned by Lewis A. Lukens, a prominent manufacturer and businessman, mentioned above, consisted of 156 acres of land that had originally been purchased from William Penn by Major Jasper Farmar in 1683. Acquired by Lukens in 1850, he sold it again in 1857 and went back to manufacturing.

Information for the memorials at this graveyard came from "Historical Sketches: A Collection of Papers, Volume 1."History of Whitemarsh, by William A. Yeakle. Historical Society of Montgomery County. Norristown, PA. 1895.

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