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Information Card for Cooke Burial Ground

Washington County, Pennsylvania Cemetery Database – compiled by Gina Nestor, 2001.

Cemetery Name: Cooke Burial Ground 


Phone: N/A

Location: Off Country Club Road in S. Strabane Twp., Washington, PA

Background: This is a small cemetery that was restored by a boy scout in the 1990s. The sign in the cemetery is visible from Interstate 79 north before the Meadowlands exit. From intersection at Rt. 19 South at Washington Mall/Home Depot, make right onto Oak Springs Road. At end of Oak Springs Rd. at intersection, make a right onto Locust Ave. Travel a few hundred feet and make a left onto Country Club Rd. (Proceed to Enterprise Rd. a short ways past Fairway Drive.) Make left onto Enterprise Road. The cemetery is over the hill behind the Washington Country Club Clubhouse.

More Information:  Lola (Swearingen) Weber submitted the following information with the diagram:  Notes: "The gravestones face east with the rising sun.  Many are badly deteriorated/ leaning in 2010 and the burial ground area is surrounded by a thicket. Some of the smaller stones look like possible foot stones and/or have no markings. There are stakes in places that may mark a burial location but no other information. 

This land was originally owned by Andrew Swearingen and Elizabeth Chaplin. The first known burial was in 1803 of their son, Thomas Swearingen. 

Ancestors from several generations of Swearingen and Cooke families are buried in the Cooke Burial Ground. The 1863 will of John L. Cooke (d 1872) indicates he is “of South Strabane township in the County of Washington and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania… which he devises his executive and their heirs, in trust to be used as a burial place about one half an acre of ground as the spot on my farm now used for that purpose….”

The small burial ground is not maintained at this time. 

The SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) have placed flags to denote Revolutionary and Civil War service." 

Census on PAGenWeb includes the work of Gina G. Nestor's reading in 2003 (see ), but Lola (Swearingen) Weber expanded the list of burials

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Washington County, Pennsylvania Cemetery Database – compiled by Gina Nestor, 2001.

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.

Directions to Cooke Burial Ground

Information Card for Cooke Burial Ground

Going to, Entrance and Overview of Cooke Burial Ground

Diagram for Cooke Burial Ground

Photos for Cooke Burial Ground

Burial List for Cooke Burial Ground

Illegible tombstone and PA Shield or Crest in Cooke Burial Ground

A 10-page Word Document compiled by Lola M. (Swearingen) Weber


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