This is the first and original Washington Church Cemetery. It is located on Legislative Route 32494, about one quarter of a mile southwest of the present Washington Church Cemetery, in what is generally known as the "church woods." The cemetery is located on the hillside just above the old road, now closed, which ran between the first church and the cemetery. The present road, up over the hill, goes through the upper part of this old cemetery, and some of the graves were no doubt affected by this relocation.
This tract of land on which the first church and cemetery are located, contained approximately 15 acres, and was deeded by William Augustus Patterson and his wife, Elizabeth, to three representative citizens of the community for the purpose of erecting a house for public worship or seminary thereon. These three persons were: James McLaughlin Sr., originally a member of the Church of England, Adam Stumpf, Dutch Reformed and John Bell Jr., Presbyterian.
This cemetery contains some 30 or 40 graves, identifiable only by their sunken condition, some with field stone markers, some few having dates and initials chiseled on them. Just when the first burials were made here is pure conjecture, but is thought that they preceded the deeding of the grounds to the Trustees of the Washington Township Meeting House in 1828. The new Washington Church Cemetery was opened in 1836 and most burials after 1836 occurred there.
GPS Coordinates: 40.7319, -79.1347
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #45705
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