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Spruce Hill Township
Cemetery Directions and Photographs


Book Farm Cemetery
Spruce Hill Township

Nothing is known about this family cemetery other than its approximate location in Spruce Hill Township. It was included in the 1970's survey and probably named for its location. The cemetery map at the JCHS locates it to the left of SR 3006 [Mountain Rd] just after T328.

Ebenezer Methodist Church and Cemetery
Spruce Hill Township

“On this Kenny survey, near the Mill Run, a fourth of a mile east of Pleasant View, is Ebenezer Church and graveyard – ’surveyed February 4, 1843, at the request of Samuel Heddin for the use of a Methodist Episcopal Church.’ The draft shows a spring in the corner of a one-acre lot. The present church was dedicated October 7, 1877.” [1]

The church and cemetery are located in Spruce Hill Township, tucked into a pretty little vale along Ebenezer Church Road. From Mifflintown, take 75 south/west through Port Royal, Old Port and Spruce Hill. After driving about 10 miles turn right onto SR 3019. A Pleasant View road sign marks the spot. Drive approximately 0.7 miles to an abandoned schoolhouse on the right. Turn right on T 343[Ebenezer Church Rd.] and follow this road for an additional 0.7 mile. Church and cemetery are on the left.


[1] History Of That Part Of The Susquehanna And Juniata Valleys Embraced In The Counties Of Mifflin, Juniata, Perry, Union And Snyder In The Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania
Volume I, Philadelphia, Everts, Peck & Richards, 1886, page 793.

McKee Graveyard
Spruce Hill Township

John McKee created the McKee Family graveyard from a portion of his land. It was laid out, along with a lot for a church, but the church was never built. In 1778, McKee had married Mary Hogg, daughter of Robert Hogg [also spelled Hoge], who is claimed by some to be one of the earliest settlers in the Tuscarora Valley. In 1763, Hogg had warranted some choice land in the valley and Mary Hogg McKee and husband John occupied part of this tract.

Those buried in the graveyard include Robert Hogg who died in 1798 at the age of 80 years, his wife Letitia who died in 1812 at the age of 88 years and 10 months as well as John McKee and other McKee family members. There are also three Revolutionary War soldiers buried in this cemetery. They are Capt. Roger Stainer, 2nd PA Infantry, Pvt. George McCulloch, 8th Cumberland Militia and Thomas Milliken [unmarked], 2nd PA Infantry.

Long ago this cemetery lost its caretakers and like many others in the county depends upon the goodwill of neighbors, friends and volunteers. When the Tuscarora Valley Railroad was in existence, a descendant of the Hogg family came to the cemetery and had it cleaned by a local laborer [ca. 1917]. In 1957, members of the Spruce Hill Grange cleaned it as a community project, hauling away trash, leveling the ground, straightening tombstones and placing stone steps up the bank to the cemetery. Today, the family who lives adjacent to the site maintains the graveyard.

From Mifflintown, take 75 south/west through Port Royal, Old Port and Spruce Hill. After driving about 10 miles turn left on SR 3019. The cemetery is on the right side, about 0.2 mile up the road.

Primitive Baptist Church
Spruce Hill Township

"On June 9, 1794, William Patton conveyed to Nathan Thomas, Daniel Okeson and Jesse Fry, 'representing the Baptist congregation of Milford Township in trust, one acre, to erect a house of worship,' adjoining Patton's mill-dam and race 'together with the free privilege of a spring and way to and from it, situated over the mill race'. On this ground they erected a log church building, in which they occasionally held service. The congregation becoming weak in this vicinity, it was abandoned to strengthen another church erected near the old forge on Licking Creek. The land was sold to William Gilson by Lewis Horning and Denis Randolph, trustees of the church, April 12, 1829. Before this a number of persons were buried here on this church property".

"On a part of this tract. . . It is near "Conn's Store" a small hamlet near the mill, on the main road up the valley"
[1]

This "main road" is route 75. Exact location is not known.

[1] History Of That Part Of The Susquehanna And Juniata Valleys Embraced In The Counties Of Mifflin, Juniata, Perry, Union And Snyder In The Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania
Volume I, Philadelphia, Everts, Peck & Richards, 1886, page 795.

Wharton Family Cemetery
Spruce Hill Township

“William Christy . . took up one hundred and fifty acres… who sold it to William Wharton August 14, 1811, then one hundred and seventy-eight acres. It has since passed to William Wharton Jr. The Wharton grave-yard is located on this farm.” [1]

Drive South/west on Route 75 through Port Royal, Old Port, and past the intersection with Route 74. The cemetery is 2 miles further on the left-hand side, across farmed fields, on private property
[2]. Along the road are utility poles #’s 103-102-101 and 556. The cemetery is across the field in a straight line with utility pole #556. [poles present 2002].

Turn left onto Matamorus Church RD drive 0.2 miles, turning left into the first farm driveway. This cemetery is on private property. Permission and further directions must be obtained before proceeding.


[1] History Of That Part Of The Susquehanna And Juniata Valleys Embraced In The Counties Of Mifflin, Juniata, Perry, Union And Snyder In The Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania
Volume I, Philadelphia, Everts, Peck & Richards, 1886, page 794.

[2]The cemetery, until 2003, was located in a copse of trees, which have been removed by the land-owner. The tombstones could not be viewed due to heavy vegetative growth.

Weishaupt Family Cemetery
Spruce Hill Township

This is the family graveyard of Valentine and Elizabeth Saylor Wisehaupt. Three other family members are buried there as well. A marble monument seven feet high contains an inscription and their names. [1]

From Mifflintown follow old Rt. 22-322 to the intersection with Rt. 75. Take Rt. 75 West for about 4.3 miles. The cemetery is in a field off on the left after passing the intersection with Rt. 74. It is approximately 190 yards into the field. A telephone utility pole # 57 marks this spot along Rt. 75.

[1] The Flickinger Family History by Robert Elliot Flickinger, 1927, Success Composition and Printing Co., Des Moines, Iowa, pg 705.

Yoder - Amish - Mennonite Cemetery
Spruce Hill Township

Take Route 75 South/west through Port Royal and Old Port; continue driving, passing the intersection with Route 74. Turn left onto Crossing Road. T 388, this is a dirt road leading to several houses. The cemetery can be seen from this road and is on the left side of the road. It is enclosed with a fence and gate. A transcription of those buried in this cemetery is found at the Juniata County PA GenWeb site, see bottom of this page.




Some cemetery transcriptions are available online at the Juniata Co PAGenWeb site.



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