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 Raccoon Presbyterian Church Cemetery  (Candor) 
WASHINGTON CO., PA.

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


Cemetery Name: Raccoon Presbyterian Church Cemetery  (Candor)

Address: 858 Candor Rd., Bulger, PA 15019 (church Address: ) 

Phone: (724) 796-5113 (church) 

Location: Candor Rd. in Candor, Robinson Twp., Washington Co., PA. Take SR 4009 north from Midway. 

Latitude: 40 23' 37"N

Longitude: 80 18' 26"W

Directions from Midway PA: Drive northeast on Prospect Street; take the 1st left onto Washington Avenue and continue onto Midway Candor Road for about 2 miles. Turn right onto Candor Road. The church and cemetery are on the right.

Background: According to "History of Raccoon Church, Candor, Pa., 1778-1899" by Margaret S. Sturgeon, published about 1899 and Boyd Crumrine, "History of Washington County, Pennsylvania with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men" (Philadelphia: L. H. Leverts & Co., 1882), the land on which the church and cemetery are located was part of a tract taken up by Col. Samuel Beelor on a Virginia certificate in 1780, he having settled there in 1774. The cause of the settlement of people at this place was that the Raccoon Church was located here. But few habitations were erected here before 1817. 

The church and associated cemetery is located in Robinson Township, in the northern part of Washington County. It derives its name from a creek called "the Raccoon" as the congregation is situated on the head-waters of that stream. Raccoon was one of the oldest churches in Western Pennsylvania. The location of this church in the then wilderness was, no doubt, determined by its proximity to Beilor's Fort, whose location has been pointed out by our forefathers as standing immediately southeast of the cemetery.

According to a sign at the beginning of the cemetery, it was begun about 1790 but the historical records indicated that the first person buried in this cemetery was Mrs. Martha Bigger, who died in a fort located on Miller's Run, where the family had fled for safety from the predatory excursions of the Indians. A stone tablet marks her grave bearing the date of May 20th, 1780.  Although a very old cemetery with interments as early as 1780, the census done in 1936 is incomplete and only lists 313 interments.

Census: The census data was collected by the DAR and can be found in the genealogy section of the Washington PA library. The data is from 1936 so the burial records are not complete.  Published in "Miscellaneous Cemeteries, Washington Co., PA", Vol. 3. Copies in genealogical collection at Citizens Library and Washington Law Library. 

More Information: Recently (pre-2009) some old church and cemetery records were found in a basement of a man's house in McDonald, PA. 

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.

Photos of Raccoon Presbyterian Church Cemetery  (Candor)

Information Card for Raccoon Presbyterian Church Cemetery  (Candor) 

 Census A-J for Raccoon Presbyterian Church Cemetery  (Candor) 

 Census L-Z for Raccoon Presbyterian Church Cemetery  (Candor) 


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