Shank Family Graveyard (former site),
Antrim Township, Franklin County, PA
33.Shank Family Graveyard

(former site)

This is the cemetery referred to by Lillian Colletta as on the grounds of Mark Meyers (1981), on the west side of Brown's Mill Road, south of Brown's Mill. The S. Shank family lived on the farm in 1868. Lillian Colletta describes the graveyard as a stone wall with a tree growing in the center. No stones could be found in 1975.

Five or Seven markers of this Shank family were moved to Cedar Hill Cemetery at an unspecified date (pre-1975). There is no indication of the existence of additional markers.

The Shank family markers placed in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

I had previously thought this to be the location of the Mennonite graveyard mentioned by Daniel R. Lehman as the burial place of Jacob Lesher and his wife (see Lesher Family Graveyard). However, now that I've discovered the markers of the Shank family at Cedar Hill, I found no indication that additional markers were moved with the Shank gravestones. Therefore it appears that the Shank Graveyard was rather small, consisting of five or seven graves. The burial place of Jacob Lesher and his family is probably at a different, still unknown, location.


sources:

Daniel R. Lehman, Mennonites of the Washington County, Maryland and Franklin County, Pennslvania Conference, (Lititz, Pa.:Eastern Mennonite Publications, 1990), p.10.

Lillian Colletta, "The Lure and Lore of Burial Grounds of Greencastle- Antrim, Journal of the Kittochtinny Historical Society, Vol. XVII, 1978-1981; p.290.

 




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