Smithgrove (Kreamer) Cemetery
Kreamer, Middlecreek Township
"Jacob A. Smith was born on a farm in 1825 in what is now
Franklin Township. He was left an orphan when only three weeks old. He
had three brothers and seven sisters. At the age of seventeen, he began
his two-year apprenticeship at the carpenter's trade. For sometime he
followed this trade in Snyder and Perry Counties. He built the first
courthouse at Middleburg in 1856 and remodeled the 'Washington
House' as a hotel, and occupied it three years. In 1862 he purchased
the Jacob Mohr farm in Middlecreek Township and moved there in the same
year. Shortly thereafter, he went into the store business. At the time of
his coming, the site of Smithgrove was a farm with two houses. In twenty
years the village had grown to twenty-five houses, two general stores, a
hotel (half-way house), a post-office, a railroad station, a blacksmith
shop, a shoemaker's shop, and an Evangelical Church. The town
undoubtedly owed its growth very largely to the Sunbury-Lewistown
Railroad and the mining of iron-ore in the hills south of town... Jacob
A. Smith was an enthusiastic supporter of the Sunbury-Lewistown Railroad.
He contributed $1700 toward its completion, donated the land for the
erection of a station house, and was the first agent of the company at
this place. A postoffice was founded there about 1860, and Jacob A. Smith
served as postmaster from 1862 to 1882 when he resigned, and his daughter
became his successor. He served as associate judge of the county
(1885-1887). He was a school director in Middlecreek Township for sixteen
years, and was also assessor and assistant assessor of the township. He
was very active in church and Sunday School work, and was much in demand
as a speaker at conventions and Sunday School celebrations. He invariably
spoke in the Pennsylvania German dialect, related many humorous stories
to illustrate his point much to the delight of his hearers, and impressed
the people with his religious fervor and sincerity. He died in 1894 and
was buried in a private cemetery located a short distance east of the
town." Dunkleberger, p. 90.
Source of Inscriptions:
Irvin E. Buck, (Wagenseller,) 1904.
See the cemetery listing from Wagenseller's Tombstone
Inscriptions of Snyder County.
© 2003 by Thomas E. Finsterbush. All rights reserved.
- Aurand, Lewis A., s/o E.R. & H.E., d. Feb. 18, 1899; 6 m., 9 d.
- Bollinger, Manerva C., d/o Samuel & Anna, d. July 5, 1875; 5
m., 5 d.
- Bollinger, Martha A., w/o Samuel, d. Sept. 30, 1914; 78 y., 3 m., 9
- Bollinger, Samuel, d. Dec. 4, 1910; 68 y., 9 m., 27 d. Co. C, 136
Reg., P.V. [G.A.R.]
- Bollinger, William H., s/o Samuel & Martha, Jan. 14, 1869-Dec.
20, 1892; 23 y., 11 m., 6 d.
- [Gordon, Paul Smith, s/o Wm. & Lillian E.]
- Gutelius, infant d/o Nelson & Josepha, d. Feb. 24, 1894.
- Gutelius, Josepha Smith, w/o Nelson, Feb. 25, 1856-April 12, 1926.
- Gutelius, Nelson C., Jan. 26, 1856-Feb. 24, 1910.
- [Lenig, Margaret.]
- Mitchell, Agnes D., w/o John A., 1865-1927.
- Mitchell, Charles H., 1868-1939.
- Mitchell, Emma J., w/o Charles H., 1871-1954.
- Mitchell, Harry E., s/o Chas. H. & Emma J., d. Jan. 10, 1894; 6
m., 14 d.
- Mitchell, John A., Feb. 22, 1863-Dec. 18, 1937.
- Riehl, Elias A., c/o Joel & Rosa, d. April 5, 1888; 5 m.
- Riehl, Frances L., c/o Joel & Rosa, d. Oct. 18, 1886; 8 m.
- [Seaman, Mark, s/o Frank & Mollie; 2 m., 21 d.]
- [Seaman, Ward, s/o Frank & Mollie; 1 y., 9 m.]
- [Smith, infant d/o A.C. & Nora.]
- Smith, Jacob A., Dec. 30, 1825-Sept. 28, 1894; [61 y.]
- Walter, Elizabeth, 1829-1912.
- Walter, Laphenus, Dec. 25, 1837-Sept. 5, 1900; 62 y., 8 m., 11 d.
- Walter, Louisa E., w/o Laphenus, d. Jan. 4, 1896; 52 y., 2 m., 17
- Walter, Sallie A., w/o Howard A., d. Nov. 25, 1898; 22 y., 6 m., 18
- Wolf, Mary, 1847-1930.
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