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Neshannock Presbyterian Cemetery - Wilmington Twnp PA

A small group of Presbyterians began holding meetings in the late 1790’s in the rural area around what later became New Wilmington – then located in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. Early settler James Waugh donated land to the group and a small “tent” was erected, which was soon replaced with a crude log cabin chapel. The congregation was officially organized as the Neshannock Presbyterian Church in 1799 and the Reverend William Wick soon arrived to preach regular sermons. In 1819 a newer log cabin chapel was erected and a church cemetery was also soon laid out. In the fall of 1841 a larger wooden frame church was opened at the same location and served the congregation for the next sixty years. In the late 1890’s the congregation decided to construct a new building, but a dispute commenced about whether to build at the same location or move east into the nearby settlement of New Wilmington – laid out by James Waugh back in 1824. In June 1899 it was decided to abandon the current location and relocate into town. The new church as opened in early June 1900 and the old church west of town was soon torn down. The cemetery, the final resting place of many of the area’s earliest settlers, remained is use and was greatly improved within the next few years. The cemetery is still in use today and is located in the heart of Amish country. It continues to serve the Neshannock Presbyterian Church, which celebrated its 200th anniversary in 1999.


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  1. Is there a list of those buried in Neshannock Presbyterian Cemetery?

    Ronda · 02/04/2012 03:23 PM · #

  2. (EDITOR’S NOTE) Thanks for your interest. Well, start at findagrave.com which currently lists about 142 burials at the cemetery. Check it out at:

    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2191917&CScn=neshannock+&CScntry=4&CSst=40&

    The New Castle PA library also should have a copy of Dwight Edward Cooper’s 1999 book – Neshannock Presbyterian Church Cemetery: Wilmington Township Lawrence County Pennsylvania. It lists all the burials. You may be able to have your local library get it via inter-library loan. Ask them if they participate it that service. If that is not feasible try calling the Neshannock Presbyterian Church located in New Wilmington
    at 724-946-2081 to see if they hold the burial records. Hope this helps. Jeff

    Jeff Bales (EDITOR) · 02/04/2012 07:47 PM · #

  3. Ronda, any names in particular you are looking for? I could search old obituaries if they were buried from about 1895 until now. Jeff

    Jeff Bales (EDITOR) · 02/04/2012 07:53 PM · #

  4. I was wondering if you have list of any Donaldson’s buried in this cemetery. If so how could I get a copy of the cemtery listing with the title page and page where they are listed. I dont find them on findagrave.

    Ebenezer Donaldson wife Mary

    Thank you
    Darlene

    Darlene · 12/06/2013 07:53 PM · #

  5. I was wondering if there are two difference cemeteries in Lawrence County, PA – one named Neshannock Presbyterian Church Cemetery – and one named Nesshnnock United Presbyterian Church Cemetery?

    Dors · 04/15/2014 10:38 AM · #

  6. (EDITOR’S NOTE) Doris, Yes, there are two Presbyterian churches and associated cemeteries named “Neshannock” in Lawrence County. They are not affiliated in anyway. The Neshannock Presbyterian Cemetery is located on Route 208 west of New Wilmington, while the Neshannock United Presbyterian Cemetery is located on Fairground Road in Hickory Township. Hope this helps! Jeff

    Jeff Bales Jr (EDITOR) · 04/21/2014 03:29 AM · #