Erie County Genealogy

St. John's Lutheran Church - Old Cemetery


There was formerly a cemetery near the corner of Sassafras Street and 23rd Street which became unused in the later part of the 19th century. Supposedly most burials were relocated to Erie Cemetery around the turn of the century, but some remained, apparently to satisfy a deed requirement. Several years ago, a recording was made of all remaining graves, and any remaining stones were buried, the remains were left untouched, and the site is now used for other purposes. There is a 'flat in the ground' single stone memorial plaque between a parking lot and the back of the Lutheran Home with 30 names recorded. Audry Mascharka advised that there is also a listing in the St. John's Lutheran Church office, which she transcribed. There is one additional name on that list which is not on the stone as indicated by an asterisk below. Audry Mascharka also reported that she believes that at least two other of her ancestors or relatives could have been buried here but without grave stones and that her great grandmother was buried here in 1866 and then her body was moved in 1876 to Erie Cemetery. She believes the cemetery must have closed in that period of time. In addition to the 30 names, the stone reads - "ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH CEMETERY DEDICATED TO THE FOLLOWING ON APRIL 11, 1996" followed by the names and dates and at the bottom "AND WE HONOR THOSE ALSO BURIED HERE WHOSE NAMES ARE KNOWN ONLY TO GOD".

To the left and at the top of the page are pictures of the memorial site, while the photo above and at the bottom of the page are close up views of the memorial stone.

 

Photographs taken by William Klauk September & November 2000.

Listing provided by Audry Mascharka September 2000.

Contents on memorial stone read by William Klauk September-November 2000.

Surname Married Name First Name Birth Death
Ginz Biebel Charlotta

1816

1864

Graus Biebel Elisabetha

1777

1849

Bohmer   Andreas

1781

1838

Dettler   Wilhelm

1811

1840

Diefenthaler   Johann Jacob

1806

1846

Eisertraut   Johann Elias

1833

1863

*Eisertraut   S. A.

1840

1845

Hans   Elizabeth

1845

1846

Hans   George

1843

1849

Hans   Henry (Heinrich)

1837

1845

Schwartz Junghans Maria

1825

1859

Kuchler   Carl Elias

1838

1842

Kussmaul   Christian

1805

1849

Kussmaul   Adam

1842

1842

Kussmaul   Anton

1848

1849

Kussmaul   Christian

1838

1838

Kussmaul   Johannes

1843

1844

Kussmaul   Louise

1835

1839

Kussmaul   Maria

1836

1836

Kussmaul   Stephen

1840

1841

Schnider   George

1793

1844

Wesemann Schumacher Dorothea

1787

1846

Muller Schussler Catherine

1823

1849

Schussler   Christina

1850

1851

Seligk   Barbara

1865

1865

Simon   Andreas

1799

1851

Stein   Carolina

1858

1862

Stein   Elizabeth

1851

1862

Harrz Wagner Mary or Catherine

1828

1865

Warneke   Franz

1825

1849

Neef Werth Elizabeth

1834

1862