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 Geil Family Cemetery

Geil Family Cemetery


Broadway, Rockingham County, Virginia. From Court Square in Harrisonburg, take Route 42 north about 12.7 miles and turn left onto Route 1414 (Turner Avenue). Go to South Sunset Drive and turn left. Go 4/10ths mile and turn left onto dirt lane. Drive past poultry house and park by barn. Walk through pasture field to location behind barn.


Cemetery also referred to as the Old Bowman Graveyard. Property presently owned by J. Alvin Byers. In 2002 the only marker belongs to Jacob Geil. We did find a couple of footstones & half of an old sandstone marker with no writing on it among a pile of tires. In 1954 Rev. C. E. Nair wrote "The old Bowman graveyard at the Samuel Bowman Mill place where Jacob Geil, Germany immigrant, was buried." In 1967 J. Robert Swank noted "None of the original markers remain. A monument to Jacob Geil has been placed. The plot is in open field. There were others buried here."

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17 Oct 2002
Bennie Getz, Walter Mason, Matthew Miller



Lois Emswiler

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Born in Germany

Notes from Swank: To America in 1754, Mr. Wenger in his history of the Geil family says Jacob was married 4 times: 1st Miss Clymer; 2nd Miss Fly; 3rd Unknown; 4th Miss Trissel. In 1783 he bought 500 acres of land from David Brenneman. The children were-1st m. Abraham 1769, Jacob 1771, Susan 1773, Nancy 1775, John 1778, Catherine ?, Mary 1780; 2nd m. Philip, Rebecca, Bettie; 3rd m. Barbara 1783; 4th m. none. Mr. Wenger states some of the children returned to Bucks Co. PA after the father's death.


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