Exploring a cemetery
Heinrich Weisz, 1750-1827, 77 jahr (years), 17 tage (days) old. Across the top is the word Andenken, which was also on a second stone, but no one knew what it means.
The Chestnuthill Township Historical Society took a field trip Nov. 17 to an old, as in 1700s, cemetery in McIlhaney, Monroe County.
There are two houses associated with the cemetery and it is expected that the reason the cemetery was situated on a knoll behind the homes was that the ground between is swampy. The knoll is now wooded.
A barely noticeable trail crosses two streams before the cemetery is reached.
Many of the larger gravestones are laying flat on the ground others are mere stones poking up through the brush and weeds.
In the late 1970s or early 1980s there was a dedication by the Daughters of the American Revolution for a Revolutionary War soldier and a brass plaque was placed at the grave, but no readable name remains. However, according to the DAR record, his name was Henry Weisz.
One stone in the shape of a triangle is marked with a backward D, an indecipherable middle letter and a W possibly Weiss as many of the other stones are. The shape is because found objects were used rather than cut and shaped gravestones.
Bob Stewart visited the cemetery in 1974 or 1975 and said many of the stones were still standing at that time.
When some of the names with years were noted, members of the society said they may be able to learn more about the people from the census records. The research is part of the Chestnuthill 250th anniversary celebration.