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Hummelstown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
Hummelstown Cemetery, Hummelstown, PA
GPS: 40.261409, -76.710010
186 S Railroad St.
Hummelstown, PA 17036
Published: January 14, 2020
Total records: 6,912
Hummelstown Cemetery is a locally owned, non-profit cemetery.
The cemetery was formally dedicated on June 3, 1859 by German Reformed Church ministers. In November, 1860, the Hummelstown Cemetery Association was formed to independently maintain and manage the grounds, relying solely on private funding.
Burials Prior to 1859
Records in the Dauphin County Court House revealed that George Bower owned the original 4-acre field and orchard, which he sold to John Greiner in 1837. Five years later Greiner conveyed it to Benneville Klopp, who sold it to John Yingst in 1858, but not before they drew up a formal agreement conveying the acreage to the Trustess of the German Reformed Church. This paper included a provision that Klopp and Yingst be reimbursed for all costs associated with purchasing and laying out the ground during their ownership. Research indicates that this agreement formalized the existence of this ground as the German Reformed graveyard even before 1858. Within the northeast corner of the cemetery, which the iron fence now partially surrounds, are 211 graves predating the formal 1859 dedication. Fifty of these gravestones were removed from other places, leaving 161 stones dating from as early as 1820, but mostly from the 1840’s and 50’s. Most of the names on these early graves are of families from the Reformed congregation. In addition to Klopp and Yingst, you will find names like Rhan, Strickler, Rhoads, Lutz, Heffelfingers, and Nissley.
Records linked below were acquired from Hummelstown Cemetery on January 14 ,2020. Dates of death range from 1801 to 2019.
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