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Information Card for Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery  ("Dutch Glory") 
WASHINGTON CO., PA.

Washington County, Pennsylvania Cemetery Database  compiled by Gina Nestor, 2001. jgnestor AT comcast.net


Cemetery Name: Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery  ("Dutch Glory")

Address: 21 Church Rd., Scenery Hill, PA 15360 (church Address ) 

Phone: (724) 945-5198 (church) 

Location: Within the area known as "Ten Mile", above Glyde, before Scenery Hill when traveling East on Rt. 40, in North Bethlehem Twp., Washington Co., PA. 

Directions:   To reach the cemetery, take Interstate 70 to the Eighty Four exit (exit 9). Take Rt. 519 South and cross Rt. 40. Turn left at LR60285 (the second road after Rt. 40 intersection). It is approx. 0.5 miles to the church which is on the left. 

OR, from Rt. 519 S turn left onto Rt. 40 E and go to the top of the hill.  When the hill flattens out, take the first right onto Brush Run Road, then turn onto Church Road which makes a wide upside down "Y" where it meets the lower road. The "Y" immediately goes up a long hill.  The church and cemetery are near the top of the hill.

Background: This is a fairly small cemetery. Originally the cemetery was behind a log church and this site is marked with a plaque.  Some of the oldest tombstones are inscribed in German and date from the very early 1800s. They are near the plaque marking the original log church. The present church is a large brick edifice that stands to the northeast of the cemetery. The cemetery is still in use. 

From http://www.chartiers.com/raybell/1991-hewitt1.html  -- "Bethlehem Lutheran Church, founded 1788. The book DUTCH GLORY by Margaret M. Simon has provided many data. Bethlehem Lutheran Church (originally Reformed and Lutheran) is located on a hilltop in North Bethlehem Township. It is south of Glyde and about 7 miles southeast of Washington. The congregation was organized in 1791 with the appointment of John Stauch as pastor.  Confirmation records begin in 1791 (May), baptisms in 1792 (February).  Adjoining the church is a cemetery dating back to the 1790s. The inscriptions, older ones in German, have been published in the book " DUTCH GLORY".  The deed for the church was made March 29-1788. A combined school and church house was erected. The first log church was completed in 1797.

" Another minister associated with Bethlehem Church was (John) George Pfrimmer, born in Alsace 1762, died in Corydon, Indiana 1825. He lived in South Strabane Township 1801-05. His son George was baptized at Dutch Glory August 2-1802. George, Sr., who later became a United Brethren minister, borrowed money from Peter Hewitt and bought items at the 
estate sale. Peter Hewitt's estate papers show that he had 2 farms and extensive personal property. His inventory tells how a farmer lived at the end of the 18th century."  Copied from " Raymond Bell Anthology" (Note: Incorrect use of the word "anthology". Bell's writings are not compiled in a book form e.g. "an anthology", but are separate writings that were collected into one place after his death.  The mis-named title of "anthology" has unfortunately stuck and is a source of disappointment when researchers want to see the book (anthology) when they visit Citizen's Library, when there is no book.

Census: 

More Information: For information on burials, write or call church.

The book "DUTCH GLORY" by Margaret M. Simon is out of print and hard to find.  
Simon, Margaret Miller.
Dutch Glory : Church Register, 1791-1860, of the Bethlehem Lutheran and Reformed Church, Bethlehem Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. Descriptors: Bethlehem (Washington County, Pa. : Township); Genealogy; Washington County (Pa.); Registers of births, etc. Pennsylvania; Bethlehem (Washington County); Washington County; Bethlehem Lutheran and Reformed Church (Washington County, Pa.). translated, arranged, and indexed by Margaret Miller Simon.; Includes index. Youngstown, Ohio: Mahoning County Chapter, Ohio Geneal. Society, 1981. F159.B5 S58

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Washington County, Pennsylvania Cemetery Database  compiled by Gina Nestor, 2001. jgnestor AT comcast.net


Note: The numbering is not any reference to the cemetery records, if any exist at all.  Instead, the numbering is only a count on this alphabetical list.

 

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