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Ivison Cemetery Headstone Transcriptions
Transcribed by George R. Warholic, Updated 8 Oct 2005

Stiles-Longenecker Cemetery

Row|HS|Surname         |Given Name         |Born       |Died       |Notes:                                      |
  1  1 Unknown                                                      White Cross & Fieldstone
  1  2 Unknown                                                      White Cross & Fieldstone, also Footstone
  1  3 Unknown                                                      White Cross & Fieldstone
  1  4 Boring           Lester                     1900        1923                                                     
  1  5 Boring           Nora                       1870        1906                                                     
  1  6 Unknown                                                      White Cross
  1  7 Unknown                                                      White Cross & Fieldstone
  1  8 Unknown                                                      White Cross & Fieldstone
Two 3" x 3" x 15" concrete posts about 6' apart
  1  9 Unknown                                                      Fieldstone
  1 10 Unknown                                                      Fieldstone
  1 11 Unknown                                                      Fieldstone
  1 12 Unknown                                                      Fieldstone
  1 13 Longenecker      Abram Henry         23 Jan 1848 03 Nov 1923 S/o Abram R. & Catherine (Rhoades) Longenecker                                             
  1 13 Longenecker      Mary                07 Feb 1860 09 Mar 1922 Anna Mary (Hileman)                                                    
  1 14 Unknown                                                      Fieldstone
  1 15 Unknown                                                      White Cross & Fieldstone
  1 16 Unknown                                                      Fieldstone
  1 17 Unknown                                                      Fieldstone
Two 3" x 3" x 15" concrete posts about 6' apart
  1 18 Unknown                                                      White Cross
  1 19 Unknown                                                      White Cross
  1 20 Unknown                                                      White Cross & Fieldstone
  1 21 Unknown                                                      White Cross
  1 22 Unknown                                                      White Cross
  1 23 Unknown                                                      White Cross & Fieldstone
  1 24 Stiles           Tillie K.           18 Jan 1886 28 Mar 1899 Or died 1893                                             
  2  1 Stiles           Frederick J.        10 Sep 1923 24 Nov 2004 S/o Edward Hale & Leora May (Stephens) Stiles
  2  1 Stiles           Betty J.            16 Apr 1932 15 Sep 2004 D/o Elvie & Margaret (Fronk) Marsh
  2  2 Toy              Alvie J.            12 Dec 1946 01 Dec 1993                                              
  2  2 Toy              Linda A.            18 Jan 1953 ****        D/o Frederick J. & Betty J. (Marsh) Stiles

Unknown Grave Locations:
       Stiles           M.B.                21 Jun 1896 10 Jul 1896                                              
       Longenecker      Bertha
       Longenecker      Hester
       Longenecker      Johnson
       Longenecker      Lathe
       Longenecker      Henry
       Longenecker      Jacob
       Longenecker      Unknown Daughter
       Longenecker      John Clarence          Nov 1889 12 Nov 1929 Age 40, S/o Abram H. & Mary Longenecker                                            

This cemetery has also been referenced as the Stiles Cemetery and the Longenecker Cemetery. It is a small 
private cemetery located in the middle of a field.

Concrete markers appear to divide the burial ground into three sections: Boring, Longenecker, and Stiles.
The cemetery is located near Ivison. In October 2000 wooden white crosses about 14" x 24" marked many of
the graves.

Directions: Take route 271 north from Belsano. Turn left (west) at Iron Bridge Road and proceed to the
intersection of Ivison Road. Turn right (north) on Ivison and proceed about a quarter mile (just short of
where Elzi Marsh Road forks off to the right). The cemetery is located about 200 yards to the right in
the field.

                                           Ivison Cemetery
I often wondered about the earliest burying grounds in Blacklick Township - where people were buried before 
the currently known church cemeteries were designated. In an article in Harper's Magazine in 1928, Malcolm 
Cowley talked about his visit to the Belsano area in the previous year. As he surveyed the landscape he noted:

     "A crumbling chimney in a pasture lot was all that remained of the cabin which James Duncan, 
      the deerslayer and pine-butcher, had hewn from the forest, log by log. He lay buried nearby, 
      under a blasted tree. It was his son Thomas who built the White Mill, first of the water grist 
      mills along our streams, now standing idle as a memorial to the days of more prosperous farming".

Where is James Duncan's grave? How many other unmarked graves exist in Blacklick Township from the early 
settlers dating back to the early 1800's? Most likely we will never know.

One of the smallest and least known cemeteries in Blacklick Township is located in the far northwestern 
corner of the township on Ivison Road, near the fork of Ivison Road and Elzi Marsh Road. The Ivison cemetery 
is in a category halfway between the completely unknown gravesites like James Duncan and the better-marked 
cemeteries in the Township. I first became aware of the Ivison cemetery after Alvie Toy was buried there 
following a tragic truck accident at Ewing's Mill in Indiana County in 1993. When I visited the cemetery it 
was a complete surprise to see that a number of unmarked burials were located on this burying ground, located 
on the farm of Fred Stiles. I contacted the Stiles family about the graves located there and they knew little 
about the unmarked gravesites. They said there was a story that an epidemic had struck the Longenecker family 
in the area years ago and the remaining family members moved away.

Headstones exist for only Lester and Nora Boring, Abram and Mary Longenecker, Tillie K. Stiles and most recently,
Alvie Toy. An examination of the depressions and fieldstone markers (and more recently white wooden crosses) 
indicates that there are more graves in the plot.

Recently, two descendants of the Longenecker family, one from New York and one from Texas, contacted me.  Both 
are researching their family, trying to reconstruct the past and have a serious interest in the cemetery.
Stephen Longnecker, from New York, concluded from deed research at the Cambria County Courthouse that Abraham 
Longenecker, the elder, came from Bedford County before 1800 and purchased land in the Blacklick region in 1804 
but sold it in 1808. He then bought another property, which was probably the Longenecker homestead, in 1850.  
The Longenecker family settled in Blacklick Township after previously residing in Woodberry Township, Bedford 
County. (The Brallier family, formerly of Belsano, also came to Blacklick Township from Woodberry Township)

After visiting my Blacklick Township Website Diane (Longnecker) Larsen, from Texas, enthusiastically wrote, 
     "I am a Longnecker!  And I've been to the cemetery!  The first time I was there in about 1988, the 
     graves were all sunken in and it was a terrible mess.  However, some fieldstones were visible as 
     headstones or footstones.  Several years later I was back and it looked wonderful. The Longenecker 
     stone is for Abram and Anna Mary, my great grandparents.  Their son Samuel was my grandfather, and his
     son Russell was my dad.  Many of the graves with crosses are for the children of Abram and Mary.  They
     lost seven children in childhood, and another adult son is also buried there.  Abram was the postmaster 
     in Ivison from 1886 to 1918 when the post office was discontinued and moved to Nicktown.  The post 
     office was inside Abram's general store.  Their house and barn still stand across the road from the 
     cemetery.  That was their "lower" farm.  They also had a house further up the road on the "upper farm".
     Abram and Mary died in 1922 and 1923, and the property was sold to Charlie Marsh.   My grandfather, 
     Samuel, was raised there, the oldest child to survive.  My dad attended the Briar Patch School for a 
     very short while in about 1920."
Diane noted that several years ago she contributed a short story to a genealogy magazine featuring stories on 
barns. She wrote:

     "Abram R. Longenecker and his wife Catherine Rhoades bought farmland in Blacklick Township, Cambria 
     County, Pennsylvania in 1850.  There they raised a family of seven children.  My great-grandfather, 
     Abram Henry Longenecker, was their fifth child.  He eventually married Anna Mary Hileman, bought a 
     farm in the little community of Ivison in the same vicinity, and they became the parents of fifteen 
     children.  However, they were to raise only seven of those children.  In the summer of 1887 an 
     epidemic of black diphtheria swept through the area, and in just one day, claimed at least three of
     their children.  A neighboring farmer set aside a little plot of land on his farm as a burying 
     ground.  As one child was buried, Abram would go back to the house, only to learn that another had 
     died.  This father had to take the boards off his barn to make boxes to bury his little children, 
     Bertha, age 6, Hester, 20 months, and Johnson, an infant.  The barn still stands today, looking 
     across the road to the little country cemetery where the family buried their babies in coffins made 
     of barn wood.     
She further explained that Abram and Anna buried their first child, an infant named George, in Strongstown in 1878.
Another son, John Clarence, who was killed in an automobile accident on November 12, 1929 in Nanty Glo at age 40, 
was also buried in the Ivison Cemetery.  So that accounts for four of the white crosses.  In addition, Lathe, Henry,
Jacob, and a daughter also died as children and are presumed buried there, since that was the permanent family home.
Diane said that she wishes she had more accurate information, but this is all she managed to glean over the years.  
Sadly she says, "My grandparents and parents are gone, and I live in Texas, so the rest will probably remain a mystery."
Thanks to the efforts of Diane and Stephen, in a period of only a few months much of the mystery of the Ivison Cemetery
had been solved and hopefully will be preserved for future generations. 

This cemetery has been referred to as the Longenecker Cemetery and the Stiles cemetery. However, the 1929 newspaper 
article reporting the death of John Clarence Longenecker stated that he was buried in the Ivison Cemetery.

George R. Warholic
Blacklick Township Website
March 1, 2004

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