Herrold Family Cemetery
Peffer Valley Rd., Port Trevorton, Union Twp., Snyder Co.
"Herrold's graveyard is located...a short distance south of
the town of Port Trevorton, along the Susquehanna Trail where the river
makes an S-shaped turn. This is below the three Herrold stone
houses, a short distance back from the trail, and facing the Herrold
schoolhouse. It is a very old burial ground. It is definitely
known that burials were made there as early as 1810, and probably as
early as 1775. In it are buried members of the Herrold family and
soldiers of the Revolutionary War. The graves were marked for many
years by old rough stones but were without any inscriptions. In 1937 a
memorial service was held at the place in which was unveiled a marker in
the form of a huge boulder taken from the river near Chapman. This
marker bore a bronze tablet giving a brief history of the soldier and
pioneer, John George Herrold... The place was used for burial
purposes up to about 1885. Adjoining the Herrold graveyard, but separated
from it by a wire fence, is an Indian burial ground. Maintaining
separate burial grounds for people of different nationalities was in line
with the generally accepted practice of not burying Indians and whites in
the same cemetery... In the Indian graveyard, adjoining the graves
of the white settlers, is buried an old but friendly Indian by the name
of Long John because of his abnormal height of seven feet and ten
inches. His grave is marked by two sandstones. Tradition has
it that this Indian served as a soldier under an assumed name in both the
Colonial and Revolutionary Wars. Long John was probably the last
surviving Indian in that area. He died about 1800..."
Dunkelberger, p. 652.
Source of Inscriptions:
Finsterbush: 8 December 1993
Finsterbush & Swanger, 27 May 2000
© 2003 by Thomas E. Finsterbush. All rights reserved.
- Burket, [Burkhart,] Philip, Jan. 9, 1835. Pvt., Harris's
Pa. Regt., Rev. War. [Old stone has Borka, 1835.]
- Herold, George, [John George Herrold, Jr.,] April 27, 1779.
Pvt., 5 Bn., Pa. Mil., Rev. War.
- Herrold, John George, Sr., 1725-1803. "In honor of John
George Herrold, Sr., 1725-1803, first Herrold in the Susquehanna Valley
and the pioneers of that period are gratefully remembered by their
posterity. Dedicated July 3, 1937, by the Memorial Committee of
the Herrold Reunion Association. Memorial Committee: T.G.
Herrold, Chairman; Ned E. Herrold, Treas.; Chester S. Herrold, Francis
Shaffer, Frank S. Attinger, Dr. Charles A. Fisher, Family
- Reed, Casper, Aug., 1802. Captain, 5 Bn., Pa. Mil., Rev. War.
- Straser, Nicholas, [John Nicholas Strawser,] 1814. Pvt., 6
Bn., Berks Co. Mil., Rev. War.
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