Ben Salem Cemetery
Founded by Carbon Countyís oldest religious congregation
East Penn Twp.
The Ben Salem Union Church congregation (Lutheran and German Reformed) is the oldest in what is now Carbon Co.† The exact date of the congregationís formation is not known, but it dates back at least to the early 1790s.† The first church was commenced around 1794 and finished in 1797.† It is likely the burial ground goes back to the earliest days of settlement in the East Penn & Mahoning area, the area being populated prior to the Revolutionary War.
The earliest death in this list is from 1800, the most recent from 1949.† Many of the earliest stones are not included here because they are lost, broken or worn illegible.† Later burials were made in the new section of the cemetery.
For a more complete history of the congregation and church, visit the Matthews & Hungerford 1884 History of the Counties of Lehigh and Carbon, Pennsylvania, Chapter 13, East Penn Township.
Genealogical information researched by Jack Sterling