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Raccoon Cemetery
Candor, Washington County, Pennsylvania

Lat: 40° 23' 37"N, Lon: 80° 18' 26"W
Robinson Township

Raccoon Presbyterian Church
858 Candor Road
Bulger, PA 15019-9735
(724) 796-5528

Contributed by Gary L Caldwell, Dec 18, 2009, last edited Dec 23, 2009 [caldwell.gary@gmail.com]. Total records = 301.

To reach from Midway PA, drive northeast on Prospect Street. Take the 1st left onto Washington Avenue and continue onto Midway Candor Road for about 2 miles. Turn right onto Candor Road. The church and cemetery are on the right.

The land on which the church and cemetery are located was part of a tract taken up by Col. Samuel Beelor on a Virginia certificate in 1780, he having settled there in 1774. The cause of the settlement of people at this place was that the Raccoon Church was located here. But few habitations were erected here before 1817. This cemetery was established in 1790.

The church and associated cemetery is located in Robinson Township, in the northern part of Washington County. It derives its name from a creek called "the Raccoon" as the congregation is situated on the head-waters of that stream. Raccoon was one of the oldest churches in Western Pennsylvania. According to a sign at the beginning of the cemetery, it was begun about 1790 but the historical records indicated that the first person buried in this cemetery was Mrs. Martha Bigger, who died in a fort located on Miller's Run, where the family had fled for safety from the predatory excursions of the Indians. A stone tablet marks her grave bearing the date of May 20th, 1780.

The location of this church in the then wilderness was, no doubt, determined by its proximity to Beilor's Fort, whose location has been pointed out by our forefathers as standing immediately southeast of the cemetery.

I have transcribed on Dec 13, 2009, with permission, the following data which was collected by the DAR and can be found in the genealogy section of the Washington PA library.

- Gary L. Caldwell

Abel, James, d. 9 Jul 1848, age: 27yr
Adams, Rachel, d. 18 Aug 1830, age: 43yr, wife of William
Adams, Samuel, d. 30 Apr 1817, age: 61yr
Adams, Samuel, d. 30 Apr 1821, age: 58yr
Adams, William, b. 3 Nov 1785, d. 2 Jan 1865
Adams, William, b. 7 Nov 1785, d. 24 Jan 1861
Allen, John M., no dates, unreadable
Allen, John, d. 7 Jun 1811, age: 85yr
Allison, , d. 8 Jan 1810, age: 67yr, Consort of R.R.
Allison, Elizbaeth, d. Nov 1817, age: 26yr
Allison, George, d. 23 Nov 1813, age: 26yr
Allison, Martha, d. 15 Sep 1857, age: 62yr, wife of George
Annen, Emma, b. 1858, d. 1859
Annen, James, b. 1844, d. 1878
Annen, Maria, b. 1816, d. 1902, wife of Wiliam T.
Annen, William T., b. 1816, d. 1870
Arad, Jane, d. 1835, age: 20yr
Aten, Aaron S., b. 1924, d. 1970
Aten, Aaron, b. 1809, d. 1859
Aten, Earl B., b. 1887, d. 1973
Aten, Evelyn K., b. 1898, d. 1934, wife of John
Aten, George, b. 1889, d. 1966
Aten, Jessie M., b. 1923, d. 2005, wife of Aaron S.
Aten, John, b. 1844, d. 1892
Aten, John, b. 1891, d. 1933
Aten, Margaret A., b. 1849, d. 1930, wife of John
Aten, Mary F., b. 1884, d. 1963
Aten, Mary, b. 1816, d. 1895, wife of Aaron
Aten, Rachel, b. 9 Nov 1842, d. 1 Oct 1865
Aten, Sarah, d. 29 Nov 1902, age: 81yr, wife of William
Aten, William, d. 19 Mar 1863, age: 49yr
Ayers, William,, no dates, Unreadable
Bailey, Ani, d. 1839
Bailey, John, d. 16 Aug 1851, age: 86yr
Bailey, Margaret, d. 20 Jan 1845, age: 64yr
Bailey, Matthew, d. 18 Mar 1836, age: 88yr
Bavington, Henry, d. 14 May 1878, age: 66yr
Bavington, Rachel, b. 9 Apr 1819, d. 16 Oct 1860, wife of Thomas
Bavington, Rebecca, d. 5 Aug 1869, age: 22yr
Bavington, Thomas, Jr., d. 9 Jan 1870, age: 19yr
Bavington, Thomas, b. 5 Aug 1792, d. 5 Nov 1892
Bell, S. F., d. 5 Dec 1881, age: 77yr
Bidinger, Mari C., d. 10 Mar 1870, age: 34yr, wife of E.L.
Bigger, Hantha, d. 20 May 1780, age: 78yr
Bigger, James, d. 4 Oct 1817, age: 1yr
Bigger, John, d. 11 Nov 1807, age: 29yr
Bigger, Thomas, d. 7 Feb 1839, age: 89yr
Bigham, Malinda, d. 27 Dec 1861, age: 39yr, wife of William
Bigham, William, d. 14 Dec 1876, age: 55yr
Bilderback, Agnes, d. 1866, wife of Thomas
Bilderback, Gabriel, d. 20 Sep 1874, age: 67yr
Bilderback, Thomas, d. 15 Jan 1869, age: 25yr
Bitner, Banard, d. 25 Jan 1851, age: 49yr
Bitner, Martha, b. 2 Jul 1821, d. 12 Apr 18??
Brimmer, Elizabeth, d. 21 Mar 1856
Campbell, John, Sr., d. 20 Dec 1876, age: 89yr
Campbell, Margaret, d. 13 Aug 1847, age: 59yr, wife of John, Sr.
Casner, Adam, Sr., d. 2 Jun 1836, age: 90yr
Cavert, James, d. 7 Mar 1854, age: 103yr
Cavert, John, d. 29 Jan 1849, age: 58yr
Cavert, Mary, d. 18 Sep 1800, age: 14yr
Cavert, Sarah, d. 16 Jul 1844, age: 87yr, wife of James
Chestnut, Anne, d. 8 Mar 1836, age: 73yr
Chestnut, Benjamin, d. 25 Dec 1813, age: 85yr, Revolutionary Soldier
Chestnut, Josiah, d. 2 Sep 1838, age: 38yr
Christy, Mary Ann, d. 8 Feb 1838, age: 27yr, wife of John
Christy, Mary, d. 11 Jan 1851, age: 76yr, wife of Samuel
Christy, Samuel, d. 15 Dec 1857, age: 72yr
Christy, Samuel, d. 15 Jun 1801
Cloke, Susan, d. 16 Jan 1828, age: 28yr
Cochran, Samuel, d. 29 Aug 1849, age: 46yr
Cochran, Sarah, d. 2 May 1850, age: 80yr, wife of Samuel
Conn, Margaret Russel, d. 24 Jan 1868, age: 32yr
Connelly, Isabel, d. 28 Feb 1882, age: 83yr, wife of James
Connelly, James, d. 7 Mar 1870, age: 79yr
Connelly, Mary, d. 17 Mar 1848, age: 78yr, wife of William
Connelly, Rebecca, d. 27 Feb 1865, age: 76yr, wife of William
Connelly, William, d. 10 May 1818, age: 83yr
Conner, Mr, d. 7 Mar 1820, age: 75yr, Husband of Sarah
Conner, Sarah G., d. 5 Jun 1852, age: 31yr
Crawford, Mary, b. 12 Aug 1822, d. 30 Jul 1858, wife of Thomas J.
Crooks, Elizabeth, d. 11 Mar 1864, age: 76yr, wife of Henry
Crooks, Henry, d. 10 Mar 1831, age: 88yr
Crooks, Henry, d. 15 Nov 1868, age: 91yr
Crooks, Jane, d. 15 Jul 1816, age: 64yr, wife of Henry
Crooks, Margaret, d. 20 Sep 1823, age: 40yr
Cupps, Prudence, d. 12 Feb 1840, age: 49yr
Dailey, Alexander, d. 30 Sep 1863, age: 72yr
Dailey, Sarah, d. 16 Jul 1872, age: 81yr
Donahoo, Daniel, d. 8 Nov 1825, age: 78yr
Donaldson, Casandana, d. 11 Feb 1869, age: 69yr, wife of John
Donaldson, Elizabeth, d. 8 Oct 1869, age: 33yr
Donaldson, James, d. 6 Apr 1838, age: 78yr
Donaldson, Jane, d. 30 Sep 1839, age: 79yr, wife of James
Donaldson, Jean, d. 2 Jun 1812
Donaldson, John, d. 31 Jan 1862, age: 70yr
Donaldson, John, d. 7 Aug 1801, age: 57yr
Donaldson, Margaret, d. 24 Apr 1818, age: 66yr
Donaldson, Richard, d. Apr 1812, age: 56yr
Donaldson, Thomas, d. 8 Apr 1873, age: 87yr
Donehoo, John, d. 11 Jan 1850, age: 54yr
Dunbar, Hannan, d. 20 Dec 1817, age: 22yr, wife of William
Dunbar, Mary, d. 1 Dec 1830, age: 51yr
Dunbar, Mary, d. May 1832, age: 70yr, wife of T.H.
Duncan, Elizabeth, b. 1776, d. 1866, wife of William
Duncan, William, b. 1770, d. 1840
Dunlap, Elizabeth, d. 30 Mar 1814, age: 63yr
Dunlap, Samuel, d. 28 Mar 1829, age: 9yr
Elder, David, d. 22 Jan 1837, age: 65yr
Elder, Elizabeth, d. 5 Jun 1851, age: 27yr, wife of John
Elder, James, d. 12 Feb 1848, age: 60yr
Elder, John, d. 5 Nov 1854, age: 40yr
Elder, Margaret, d. 2 Dec 1819, age: 15yr
Elder, Maria, d. 6 Nov 1876, age: 61yr, wife of James
Elder, Mary, d. 25 Oct 1847, age: 65yr, wife of David
Elder, William, d. 15 Aug 1846, age: 20yr, son of William and Cassy
Elder, William, d. 2 Feb 1857, age: 74yr
Falls, Andrew, d. 8 Oct 1820, age: 51yr
Farrar, Arron, b. 1830, d. 1872
Farrar, Infant, d. 1872, daughter of Aaron and Julia A.
Farrar, Julia A. Buchanan, b. 1839, d. 1909, wife of Aaron
Ferguson, Hugh, d. 12 May 1869, age: 78yr
Ferguson, Sarah, d. 16 Feb 1874, age: 74yr, wife of Hugh
Forbes, Arthur, d. 2 Jan 1840, age: 55yr
Forsythe, Ann, d. 3 Jun 1818, age: 28yr, wife of John
Forsythe, John, d. 27 Mar 1817, age: 68yr
Gavert, James, d. 10 Dec 1833, age: 10yr
Gavert, James, d. 27 Mar 1854, age: 103yr
Gavert, John, d. 29 Jan 1849, age: 58yr
Gavert, Mary, d. Sep 1800, age: 14yr
Geary, Maria, d. 9 May 1813, age: 29yr, death date also shown as 9 May 1818
Geary, William M., d. 18 Aug 1866, age: 26yr
Gilbreath, Agnes, d. 4 Oct 1858, age: 30yr
Gilbreath, Esther, d. 10 Apr 1810, age: 10yr
Gilbreath, Letitia, d. Jan 1860, age: 33yr
Gordon, Rachel, d. 8 Jun 1849, age: 38yr, wife of David
Goshorn, Robert, Dr., b. 7 Jan 1821, d. 23 Jan 1851
Graham, ??, d. 17 Dec 1842, age: 61yr
Graham, Abigal, d. 14 Jan 1850, age: 62yr
Hanna, Margaret Duley, d. 12 Aug 1856, age: 34yr
Harper, Joseph, d. 5 Nov 1832, age: 29yr, death date also shown as 5 Nov 1852
Hoge, Margaret, d. 18 Dec 1813, age: 85yr
Holmes, Samuel, d. 8 Feb 1803
Hutchinson, Elizabeth, d. 21 Mar 1858, age: 67yr
Johnston, Elizabeth, d. 10 Feb 1877, age: 83yr
Johnston, Ephraim, Jr., d. 3 Jul 1845, age: 76yr
Jones, Samuel, d. 18 Jan 1854, age: 55yr
King, Hugh, d. 16 Dec 1832, age: 43yr
King, Sophia, d. 18 Aug 1835, age: 73yr
King, Thomas, d. 14 Dec 1827, age: 43yr
Kinney, Mrs, b. 16 Oct 1818, d. 28 Sep 1852, wife of William
Lard, James, d. 19 Aug 1803, age: 55yr
Lewis, Adaline, d. 27 Dec 1848, age: 22yr
Lewis, John, b. 12 May 1784, d. 18 Oct 1863
Lewis, Margaret, b. 14 Jul 1790, d. 13 Jul 1871, wife of John
Lindsay, William, d. 20 Dec 1847
Link, Daniel, d. 20 Jul 1843, age: 78yr
Lisk, Jane, d. 11 Mar 1825
Lisk, John, d. 25 Mar 1811, age: 87yr
Lisk, Mary, d. 27 Aug 1815
Mathews, Mary, d. 3 Oct 1838
McCandless, Hugh, d. 11 Jan 1856, age: 89yr
McCandless, Hugh, d. 19 Feb 1861, age: 53yr
McCandless, Jane, d. 26 Jul 1853, age: 75yr, wife of Hugh
McCarty, Jane, d. 5 Aug 1845, age: 56yr, wife of Timothy
McCarty, Timothy, d. 21 Apr 1858, age: 83yr
McClarren, Thomas, d. 22 Oct 1852
McClean, Margaretta, b. 25 Aug 1815, d. 24 Apr 1852, wife of William
McClelland, Nancy, d. 27 Feb 1856, age: 81yr, Consort of William
McClestor, John, d. Sep 1798, age: 75yr
McCloskey, Isabelle, d. 8 Nov 1875, age: 31yr, wife of John
McConkey, Elizabeth, d. 30 Nov 1822, age: 66yr
McDonald, Edward, Jr., d. 21 Jul 1858, age: 24yr
McDonald, Edward, d. 30 May 1867, age: 75yr
McDonald, Elizabeth K., d. 12 Apr 1849, age: 21yr
McDonald, Hannah J., d. 6 Jul 1846, age: 20yr, daughter of Margaret and Edward
McDonald, James, d. Sep 1837
McDonald, John, d. 17 Jan 1815, age: 77yr
McDonald, Margaret B., d. 22 Mar 1878, age: 71yr, wife of Nesbit
McDonald, Margaret N., d. 2 Mar 1895, age: 56yr
McDonald, Margaret, d. 24 Jun 1839, age: 39yr, wife of Edward
McDonald, Nesbit, d. 2 Oct 1882, age: 61yr
McFall, Eliza, d. 23 Dec 1837, age: 78yr
McFall, Martha, d. 5 Aug 1855, age: 7yr
McFarland, David N., b. 1846, d. 1905, son of Thomas and Isabel
McFarland, Elizabeth, b. 12 July 1825, d. 17 May 1847
McFarland, Elvira, b. 1848, d. 1927, wife of David
McFarland, Isabella Caldwell, b. 10 Aug 1826, d. 13 Jun 1910, wife of Thomas
McFarland, Jane, d. 24 Aug 1853, age: 39yr, wife of Samuel
McFarland, John, d. 12 Mar 1872, age: 84yr
McFarland, Margaret, d. 17 May 1811, age: 34yr
McFarland, Mary, b. 16 Apr 1823, d. 21 May 1847
McFarland, Mary, d. 3 Feb 1880, age: 78yr, wife of William
McFarland, Mary, d. Mar 1860, age: 51yr
McFarland, Matilda, d. 23 Apr 1865, age: 42yr, wife of Samuel
McFarland, Robert, d. 17 Jan 1847, age: 35yr
McFarland, Thomas, b. 15 Oct 1815, d. 27 Dec 1886
McFarland, William, d. 3 Feb 1848, age: 48yr
McFarland, William, d. 7 Apr 1871, age: 26yr
McNall, James, b. May 1789, d. 15 Mar 1872
McNall, Jane, b. 12 Dec 1805, d. 11 Feb 1899
McNall, Mary, b. 23 Jul 1804, d. 7 Sep 1841
McNall, Mary, d. 7 Sep 1841, age: 38yr
Melone, John, d. 21 Feb 1849, age: 64yr
Meloney, James, d. 20 Feb 1829, age: 25yr
Meloney, Rosanna, d. 13 Jun 1837, age: 21yr
Meloney, Samuel, d. 25 Nov 1859, age: 86yr, death date also shown as 1839
Meloney, Sarah, d. 30 Sep 1807, age: 29yr
Mewhirler, Hannah, d. 12 Apr 18??, age: 25yr, May be McWhirter
Mewhirler, John, no dates, May be McWhirter
Miller, David, Esq, d. 23 Jan 1840, age: 43yr
Miller, Elizabeth, d. 1819
Montgomery, Hugh, d. 4 Feb 1840, age: 83yr
Montgomery, Jane, d. 12 Apr 1860, age: 76yr, wife of Moses
Montgomery, Rachel, d. 1849, age: 37yr
Montgomery, Rebecca, b. 25 Jun 1773, d. 23 May 1849
Moore, David, d. Apr 1796, age: 53yr
Moore, James, d. 4 Feb 1864, age: 55yr
Moore, John, d. Apr 1829, age: 59yr
Moore, Margaret, b. 6 Sep 1821, d. 6 Mar 1861, wife of William
Neal, John, d. 29 Aug 1817, age: 22yr
Neil, John, d. 11 Jul 1815, age: 77yr
Partridge, Ann, d. 10 Apr 1842, age: 72yr
Partridge, Thomas, d. 10 May 1850, age: 86yr
Patterson, Benjamin, d. 1778, age: 2yr, son of Rev, Joseph. Body interred in York Co. Pa.
Patterson, Esther, d. 21 Feb 1816, age: 24yr
Patterson, Joseph, Rev., d. Feb 1832, age: 80yr, first Pastor of Raccoon and Montour Run Church for 44 years. Body interred in Pittsburgh
Patterson, Mrs, d. 4 Feb 1808, age: 58yr, wife of Rev. Joseph
Patterson, Nancy, d. 18 Jan 1796, age: 81yr
Patterson, Samuel, d. 14 Dec 1811, age: 22yr, son of Rev, Joseph
Peables, Mary, d. 15 Sep 1807, age: 82yr
Perry, Mary Ann, d. 6 Jun 1855, age: 25yr
Plotts, Martha, d. 4 Jul 1852, age: 24yr, wife of Thomas
Plotus, Hannah, d. 24 Feb 1858, age: 48yr
Provines, Charles, d. 17 Jan 1849, age: 71yr
Provines, Mary, b. 1835, d. 1909
Ramsey, John, no dates, unreadable
Reed, ??, d. 1818
Reed, Elizabeth Bavington, b. 17 May 1840, d. 1863
Reed, Elizabeth, d. Nov 1818, age: 70yr, wife of J.E.
Riddle, Abraham, d. 22 Sep 1853, age: 46yr, son of S & M Riddle
Riddle, David, d. 19 Jan 1855, age: 31yr, son of S & M Riddle
Riddle, John, Esq, d. 11 Mar 1818, age: 57yr
Russel, James, b. 30 Apr 1787, d. 24 Mar 1863
Russel, Jane, d. 21 Aug 1853, age: 36yr
Russel, Rachel, d. 6 Jul 1874, age: 78yr, wife of James
Scott, Alex, d. 4 Mar 1853, age: 75yr
Scott, Alexander, d. 27 Dec 1833, age: 19yr
Scott, Fanny, d. 1814
Scott, Jane, d. 10 Apr 1810, age: 73yr, death also shown as 16 Apr 1810
Scott, Joseph, d. 26 Mar 1872, age: 29yr
Scott, Mary, d. 30 Aug 1880, age: 84yr
Scott, Robert, d. 2 Nov 1863, age: 74yr, Also shown as 77 years old
Scott, Samuel, d. 27 Aug 1810, age: 27yr, death also shown as 27 Apr 1810
Scott, Susannah, d. 16 Feb 1811, age: 62yr, wife of Alex
Scott, William, d. 11 Nov 1939
Scroggs, James, Dr., d. 30 Jul 1848, age: 33yr
Scroggs, James, d. 22 Jun 1837, age: 51yr
Scroggs, Mary Jane, d. 15 Aug 1852, age: 25yr
Simanton, Jane, d. 16 May 1831, age: 27yr
Simanton, Margaret, d. 5 Jun 1838, age: 71yr, wife of Peter
Simanton, Peter, d. 10 Jan 1836, age: 75yr
Simpson, James, d. 26 May 1838, age: 55yr
Smith, Ann W., d. 9 Feb 1849, age: 29yr
Smith, Catherine, d. 20 Oct 1856, age: 5yr
Smith, Christopher, d. 22 Sep 1814, age: 44yr
Smith, Martha, d. 20 Jan 1861, age: 47yr, wife of Robert
Smith, Nancy, d. 26 Jan 1845, age: 77yr
Smith, Robert, d. 28 Sep 1866, age: 24yr
Smith, Sarah, d. 5 Oct 1825, age: 47yr
Springer, Mary Ann, d. 22 Mar 1872, age: 58yr, wife of John
Stevenson, Elizabeth, d. 21 May 1869, age: 73yr, wife of James
Stevenson, James, d. 12 Mar 1852, age: 82yr
Stevenson, John, d. 30 Nov 1860, age: 71yr
Stewart, Jane Lewis, d. 26 Jan 1852, age: 37yr
Stram, Elizabeth, d. 30 Sep 1824, age: 76yr, wife of Samuel, name may be Strain
Stram, John, d. 1 Nov 1813, age: 61yr, Name may be Strain
Stram, Samuel, d. 22 Aug 1869, age: 85yr, Name may be Strain
Sturgeon, Eliza, d. 28 Jul 1829, age: 24yr
Sturgeon, Elizabeth, d. 15 Jun 1824, age: 18yr
Sturgeon, Mary, d. 14 Feb 1846, age: 87yr, wife of William
Sturgeon, William, d. 28 Aug 1836, age: 84yr, Revolutionary Soldier
Symington, Isabelle, d. 22 May 1830, age: 24yr, wife of Robert Johnston
Toland, Margaret, d. 7 May 1852, age: 27yr
Trimmer, Samuel, d. 21 Apr 1849, age: 63yr
Vaneman, Garret, b. 2 Oct 1792, d. 16 Jul 1855
Vaneman, Rachel, b. 15 Apr 1795, d. 8 Jan 1843
Walker, Jane, d. 7 Dec 1811, age: 88yr
Wallace, Elizabeth, d. 16 Sep 1827, age: 71yr, wife of Robert
Wallace, Rebecca, d. 25 Nov 1863, age: 73yr, wife of Robert
Wallace, Robert, d. 11 Nov 1859, age: 71yr
Walter, Samuel, d. 1813, age: 73yr
Weagley, Charles, d. 5 May 1883, age: 33yr
Weaver, Ann, d. 26 Jan 1867, age: 75yr
White, David, d. 14 Jul 1851, age: 75yr
White, Jane, d. 5 Nov 1825, age: 51yr
White, Moses, d. 15 Nov 1850, age: 53yr
White, Thomas, d. 15 Jan 1817, age: 66yr
Williams, Hannah, d. 27 Apr 1849, age: 57yr, wife of Robert
Wilson, John, d. 14 Oct 1855, son of William, died at home of David Miller
Wortman, Elizabeth, b. 20 Dec 1821, d. 19 Dec 1856, wife of Dr. J.D.Wortman

Misc:
Brimmer, , no dates, Rest unreadable
Brimmer, , no dates, Rest unreadable
Brimmer, , no dates, Rest unreadable

"History of Raccoon Church, Candor, Pa., 1778-1899" by Margaret S. Sturgeon, published about 1899 and Boyd Crumrine, "History of Washington County, Pennsylvania with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men" (Philadelphia: L. H. Leverts & Co., 1882).

 

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