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Chess Cemetery
Richhill Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania

Lat: 39° 52' 58"N, Lon: 80° 25' 50"W

Contributed by Brad Jarvis, Apr 18, 2008, last edited Apr 08, 2009 [forza@windstream.net]. Total records = 47.

From Waynesburg follow Route 21 West approximately 6.5 miles through the town of Rogersville and to a blinking yellow light. Bear to the right and stay on Route 21 West for another 13.5 miles, passing through the town of Wind Ridge. Make a left onto SR 3022. This road also serves as the western entrance of Ryerson Station State Park. Remain on SR 3022 another 2.4 miles. The path to the cemetery will be on your left and begins at the park's eastern entrance sign. You must park at the eastern entrance and walk the rest of the way to the cemetery. The walk is about 3/4 of a mile on cleared paths and signs will point the way when the path intersects with other trails. The cemetery is surrounded by a wooden rail fence.

Despite its remote location, the cemetery is in fair condition. It is surrounded by large trees which mostly prohibits undergrown has given the stones some protection to the elements over the years. Only a few stones are worn badly, and only a few have fallen. I found ten unidentified fieldstone markers. No burials have occurred here in 108 years.

I walked the cemetery on 12 Jan 2008. This transcription is complete and includes all existing stones. I also have digital photographs of all the stones as well as many views of the cemetery itself and would share them with anyone interested.

- Brad Jarvis


b. = born
d. = died
d/o = daughter of
( ) = author's comments
s/o = son of
s/w = shares stone with
w/o = wife of

Campbell, Susanah, b. 1838, d. 1896
Chess, Alfred Anguish, s/o Thomas & Martha, (rest of stone is illegible)
Chess, Anna, 3 Nov 1847, aged 42y, w/o Peter
Chess, Eli, d. 12 Oct 1834, aged 2y 3m ?d, s/o Peter & Ann, s/w Mary Ann
Chess, Henry, d. 9 Sep 1868, aged 34y 6m 21d
Chess, James Henry, d. 28 Sep 1864, aged 3y 4m 7d, s/o Thomas & Martha
Chess, James Thomas, 6 Nov 1859, aged 1m 16d, s/o Henry & Susan
Chess, Juila Ann, d. 12 Mar 1865, aged 2y 3d, d/o Henry & Susan
Chess, Martha, 24 Dec 1900, aged 74y 9m 7d, w/o Thomas, s/w Thomas
Chess, Mary Ann, d. 12 Oct 1834, aged 4y 4m 6d, d/o Peter & Ann, s/w Eli
Chess, Mary Elizabeth, d. 21 Mar 1858, aged 5m, d/o Thomas & Martha
Chess, Micajah M., d. ? ? 18?7, aged 5y 5m 15d, s/o Thomas & Martha
Chess, Peter, d. 14 Apr 1866, aged 3y 6m 2d, s/o Jonas & Cassander
Chess, Peter, d. 8 May 1869, aged 69y 9m 29d
Chess, Rachel Ann, d. 28 Sep 18??, d/o Thomas & Martha, (rest of stone is illegible)
Chess, Rachel, d. 10 Apr 1855, aged 19y 21d
Chess, Thomas, d. 9 Apr 1890, aged 67y 2m 12d, s/w Martha, (also has a single stone nearby)
Chess, William, d. 17 Apr 1848, aged 24y 9m 8d
Crawford, Hugh, no dates, (rough concrete stone with no other information)
Funk, Nancy, no dates, w/o Jacob, (rest of stone is illegible)
Grim, Elizabeth, d. Dec 1873, aged ?6y 9m 23d, w/o I.N.
Grim, Prissilla A., d. 5 Feb 1860, aged 4y 2d, d/o Isaac & Elizabeth
Grim, Susanna J., d. 13 Apr 1859, aged 5y 2m 10d, d/o Isaac & Elizabeth
Grim, William S., d. 17 May 1865, aged 4y 6m 16d, s/o Isaac & Elizabeth
Jacobs, Elmina Naomi, d. 26 ? 1855, aged 3y 6m 17d, d/o E. & L.A., (stone is broken in two)
Jacobs, Freeman E., d. 13 Sep 1869, aged 15y 6d, s/o E. & L.A.
Jacobs, Jethro O., d. 2 May 1859, aged ?, s/o E. & L.A.
Jacobs, Lydia A., d. 10 Aug 1859, aged 29y ?m 5d
Jacobs, Nora E., d. 28 Sep 1865, aged 2y 4m 16d, d/o E. & L.A.
Jacobs, Samuel, d. 2 Jul 1844, aged 5d, s/o D.B. & H.
Nelson, Emeline, no dates, w/o ??, (stone is broken in two, bottom portion missing)
Parson, Alice A., d. 17 Dec 1864, aged 10y 2m 15d, d/o J. & J.A.
Parson, Elizabeth, d. Jan 1871, aged 3y 6m 17d, d/o J. & J.A.
Parson, Infant, b. 21 Jun 1867, d. 21 Jun 1867, d/o J. & J.A.
Parson, James, b. 30 Jan 1825, d. 6 Oct 1896, s/w Julian C.
Parson, Julian C., b. 9 Mar 1827, d. 13 Nov 1907, w/o James, s/w James
Parson, Mattie J., b. 11 Jun 1877, d. 22 Nov 1877, d/o Peter & Elizabeth
Parson, Thomas, d. 23 Mar 1861, aged 3m 6d, s/o J. & J.A.
Poland, Cavelier, d. Apr 186?, (rest of stone is illegible)
Poland, David A., d. 11 oct 1849, aged 1m 1d, s/o William C. & E.
Poland, Elizabeth, b. 28 Apr 1809, d. 21 Jun 1893, w/o William *
Poland, Isaac S., d. 28 Nov 1834, aged 2y 5m 26d, s/o William C. & E.
Poland, Margaret, d. 30 Sep 1840, aged 9d, d/o William C. & E.
Poland, Mary, d. 9 Jul 1845, aged 14d, d/o William C. & E.
Poland, Sarah, d. 12 Jul 1840, aged 24y 7m 2d, d/o C. & S.
Poland, Susannah, d. 3 Jan 1859, aged 67y 7m 2d, w/o Cavelier
Poland, William, b. 17 May 1807, d. 12 Oct 18??, h/o Elizabeth

* An earlier transcription of this cemetery completed in August of 1978 by James & Dorothy Hennen also lists Elizabeth Poland as being buried here. I could not find or identify this stone in 2008. It could have at one time been on one side of William Poland's stone which is badly worn today and barely legible.

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