Memorial Day, 2016, Part 2–Generations 5 and 6

Continuing our virtual visit to my family cemeteries with my great-great-grandparents, let’s start with my mother’s side, where we’re coming to the Civil War generation.

Her paternal grandfather Roland R. Neifert’s parents were Martin Neifert (1840-1912) and Harriet (Gerhard) Neifert (1939-1915). Martin is buried in Christ Church Cemetery, Barnesville, Pennsylvania, the cemetery where his daughter-in-law Eva and most of his ancestors are buried. Harriet is buried in Lehighton Cemetery, Lehighton, Carbon County with her daughter Mary (Neifert) Jones and son-in-law William H. Jones.

Mom’s grandmother Eva E. (Whetstone) Neifert’s parents were Absalom K. Whetstone (1833-1915) and Rebecca (Andrews) Whetstone (1843-1902). Absalom and Rebecca are buried in Zion Lutheran Cemetery (also known as Greenwood Cemetery) in Tamaqua.

On the maternal side, Mom’s grandfather Edward Elwood Weaver’s parents were Daniel Weaver (1842-1906) and Angeline Elizabeth (Frantz) Weaver (1841-1931). To visit them, we can stay in Tamaqua, but we’ll have to go back to Odd Fellows Cemetery at the other end of town.

To visit Mom’s maternal grandparents we go to Connecticut. George Trewren (1851-1911) and Mary (Edmonds) Trewren (1851-1926) are buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Watertown, Litchfield County, near Waterbury, where the family moved in the 1890s.

On my father’s side, only the parents of Tillie (Buscavage) Sakusky are buried in the United States. Her father, Michael Buscavage (1862-1952), is buried in the Lithuanian Cemetery near Tamaqua. His grave was probably originally unmarked; the marker visible today was erected by a cousin in the early twenty-first century. Tillie’s mother Victoria Klimas (variants: Klimavage and Klimawicz) (1865-1908) is buried in the “Lithuanian cemetery” in Shenandoah. Her grave was apparently unmarked; it’s not even certain which of the several Lithuanian cemeteries in “the Vilnius of North America” she is buried in.

Going back to my mother’s side, we can continue our tour of Pennsylvania cemeteries, with detours to Cornwall and Kansas, as we move on to Generation 6, my great-great-great-grandparents.

My Neifert great-great-grandfather Martin’s parents were Jacob Neifert (1709-1864) and Elizabeth (Faust) Neifert (1799-1881). They are buried in Christ Church Cemetery in Barnesville, the same place as Martin Neifert and his daughter-in-law Eva Ellen (Whetstone) Neifert. There are lots of Neiferts buried here–in fact, the church and cemetery are sometimes called the Neifert church and cemetery.

Martin’s wife Harriet (Gerhard) Neifert’s parents are also buried in Christ Church Cemetery, Barnesville. They are Joel Gerhard (1811-1883) and Matilda (Stewart or Steward) Gerhard (1818-1889).

My Whetstone great-great-grandfather Absalom’s parents were Johannes (John) Wetstein (Whetstone) (1798-1848) and Barbara (Moser) Whetstone (1796-1879). John, who died many years before his wife, is buried in St. John’s Cemetery, Tamaqua, while Barbara is buried in Zion Lutheran Cemetery with her son Absalom and his wife. John is buried in the German Lutheran cemetery, while Barbara is buried in the English Lutheran cemetery that her children helped found.

Absalom’s wife Rebecca’s parents’ graves are not marked. Her father Peter Andrews (1814-1882) died in Montgomery, Lycoming County, near Williamsport. He is probably buried in the St. John’s Lutheran, known as the Brick Church Cemetery, but there is no marker. Rebecca’s mother Phoebe (Houser) Andrews (abt 1818-abt 1859) has no grave marker, and no death record of any kind. It is probable that she died in December 1859 or January 1860 following the death of her twins Lewis and Catharine, and is buried in Friedens Cemetery, Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County, where she attended church and her oldest children were confirmed.

To find the parents of Daniel Weaver, we’ll have to go to nearby Lehigh County, where Daniel was born. His parents, Jonas Weaver (1810-1874) and Barbara (Peter) Weaver (1815-1882) are buried in the Ebenezer Union Cemetery in New Tripoli, Jonas in the old cemetery next to the church, and Barbara across the street in the new cemetery. Notice that Jonas’ gravestone is inscribed in German, while Barbara’s is inscribed in English.

The parents of Daniel’s wife Angeline (Frantz) Weaver are buried back in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Tamaqua, not far from Daniel and Angeline. They are Stephen Frantz (1809-1894) and Hannah (Lutz) Frantz (1818-1891).

The parents of George Trewren are buried an ocean and a continent apart. George Trewren (senior) (1812-1862) is buried in Ludgvan, Cornwall, while his wife Mary (Glasson) Trewren (1816-1895) is buried in Scranton City Cemetery, Scranton, Osage County, Kansas.

Last, but not least, are the parents of George’s wife Mary (Edmonds) Trewren, buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Tamaqua. (Cemetery records note that this is a reburial from Tamaqua’s Methodist Cemetery, which is no longer in existence.) They are James Edmonds (1818-1860) and Eliza (Spargo) Edmonds (1825-1884).