Cemeteries of Pequea Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Let These Stones Speak, The Lancaster County, Pennsylvania series: Vol 1 - Pequea Township contains tombstone photographs documenting 4,481 indexed individuals buried in Pequea Township within the 16 cemeteries documented below.
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1. Boehm United Methodist Church Cemetery (701): This cemetery is located to the rear of Boehm United Methodist Church, along W Boehm Rd, Willow Street. The cemetery surrounds the 1791 stone chapel, built by Martin Boehm, one of the founders of the United Brethren in Christ movement, the German parallel to Methodism in the 18th century. <see Mapquest map>
2. (Old) Byerland Graveyard (85): This graveyard is located south of Byerland Church Road, behind the farm buildings in the meadow. <see Mapquest map>
3. Byerland Mennonite Church Cemetery (1,335): This cemetery is located next to the church, at 931 Byerland Church Road, Willow Street.
4. Former site (Second Lock Road) (0): This graveyard was shown on the 1864 and 1875 maps, but there is no 20th century record of its existence. It is not known which families were buried here, nor what became of the tombstones. <see Mapquest map for approx. location>
5. Former site of Byerland Mennonite Meetinghouse and Graveyard (6): Located along Mount Hope School Road, there is no trace of what once existed on this site. The tombstones were moved to the rear of the Byerland Mennonite Church Cemetery. <see Mapquest map for approx. location>
6. Good Family Graveyard (7): This graveyard is located at the foot of the hill, behind the Hidden Acres housing development. It had not been referenced in any source prior to the release of Let These Stones Speak - Volume 1: Pequea Township. <see Mapquest map>
7. Harnish Family Graveyard (29): This graveyard is located south of Penn Grant Road, on the hill overlooking the Harnish and Kendig farms. <see Mapquest map>
8. Haverstick Family Graveyard (3): This obscure graveyard is located in the forest overlooking the Conestoga River, a few hundred yards north of the end of Short Lane. <see Mapquest map>
9. (Hans) Hess Family Graveyard (81): This graveyard is located on the hill overlooking Baumgardner Rd, west of Boehm United Methodist Church. It contains the oldest legible gravestone of the Let these Stones Speak project to date, Hans Hess, who died in 1733. <see Mapquest map>
10. Kendig Family Graveyard (former site) (19): This graveyard was located north of Kendig Rd, west of the large brick Kendig Mansion. The graveyard was moved to New Danville Mennonite Church Cemetery prior to 1933. <see Mapquest map for approx. location>
11. (Martin) Kendig Family Graveyard (former site) (0): This graveyard once existed south of Penn Grant Road, on the former Martin Kendig farm. A trolley line excavation reportly destroyed much of the graveyard in the late 1800s. It is unknown whether any stones have survived or where they are now located. <see Mapquest map for approx. location>
12. Line Family Graveyard (3): This graveyard is reportedly still in existence on former Hans Line farm, north of Byerland Church Road. The graveyard only contained one legible marker in the 1980s. We have not been able to locate it for photography. The three referenced individuals buried here are documents in older sources. <see Mapquest map for approx. location>
13. New Danville Mennonite Church Cemetery (1,462): This cemetery is located east of Marticville Rd beside the church at 103 Marticville Rd, Lancaster. <see Mapquest map>
14. New Danville Reformed Mennonite Cemetery (361): This cemetery is located on the north side of Schultz Rd, in New Danville. Milton Hershey, founder of Hershey Chocolate Company, has maternal grandparents buried here. the church that once existed on this site, was torn down in 1969. <see Mapquest map>
15. Pequea Brethren in Christ Church Cemetery (412): This cemetery is located at 40 Church Rd, Lancaster. It began as a Hess Family Graveyard. <see Mapquest map>
16. Rush Family Graveyard (5): This graveyard is located est of Radcliffe Rd, near the intersection with Hill Rd. The graveyard is what remains of what was once a much larger cemetery. <see Mapquest map>
16 cemeteries over 3,000 photographs.
The most common surnames on the Pequea Township CD are found below by rank. For all surnames, follow the surname index for the whole Let These Stones Speak series.
1. Hess + var (283);
2. Harnish + var (209);
3. Herr (122)
4. Kreider/Krider (122)
5. Miller (107)
6. Huber + var (106)
7. Eshleman/Eshelman (88)
8. Brenneman/Breneman (80)
9. Martin (80)
10. Thomas (67)
11. Charles (66)
12. Kendig/Kindig (62)
13. Good (60)
14. Shenk/Shank + var (60)
15. Groff + var (56)
16. Haverstick (50)
17. Lefever (50)
18. Bechtold (48)
19. Goss (48)
20. Sigman/Sickman (48)
Let These Stones Speak, Volume 1, Pequea Township, is a necessary research tool if you have interest in the above surnames, the above cemeteries, or have any ancestral or family connections to Pequea Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Please visit the Bookstore in you have interest in adding this CD to your genealogical collection.