Paint Township, Somerset Co, Pa
             Paint Township

Paint Township was part of Shade Township until 1836. Ogle Township separated from Paint in 1886.

Paint Township and Paint Borough took their names from Paint Creek, which reflected color from shale and iron deposits. The word Windber is formed from the Berwind-White Coal Company name that was inverted in syllables. Names of other towns came from their settlers such as Benson Borough, Foustwell, and Seanor (which related to the Zehner/Sanner name.) The name of Scalp Level is said to have come from Jacob Eash who directed his friends to "scalp it level, boys", when the frontiersmen cleared his land. (more...)

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Census Records

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  Paint Twp 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930
  Benson Boro             1900 1910 1920 1930
  Paint Boro             1900 1910 1920 1930
  Windber Boro             1900 1910 1920 1930

Public Cemeteries

  • Custer Community Cemetery (N40'12.095 W78'55.100) 1 mi SE of Holsopple, on the Ridge Road.
  • East End Cemetery East of Windber, on Graham Ave., behind the R. & M. Grocery Store.

Church Cemeteries

Family Cemeteries

  • Barnes Cemetery Shady Lane in village of Rummel (Must walk from road into a farm field at top of Lane.)
  • Joseph Berkey Graveyard 1 mile south west of Ashtola, 500 yards north of Roaring Forks.
  • Foustwell Cemetery near the village of Foustwell now known as Seanor or Livingstone.
  • Fyock Cemetery on Route 53, about two miles south of the Berkey School house.
  • Hershberger Cemetery Rt. 56 east of Windber, on A. Ray Shaffer property, Louella Dr. (Must walk from road on top of hill.)
  • Holsopple Cemetery I A small family plot overgrown with shrubs, on right side of road after passing Camp Hamilton, go under R.R. tressle, near the train tracks.
  • Holsopple Cemetery II Rt. 56 east of Windber turn off to Verla Drive to New Ashtola, on the E. Gully farm on right side of road. (Must walk from farm up the hill.)
  • Lehman-Hoffman Cemetery From Paint Boro, take Pa 601 south, then right on Hoffman Lane to Floyd Hoffman farm. On top of hill behind the barn among a group of spruce trees
  • Ott Graveyard located on the Fred Ott Farm near Hagevo.
  • Dorsey Ott Graveyard located on the Dorsey Ott farm near Hagevo.
  • Penrod Cemetery on farm north of the Old Ashtola School House.
  • Pfiel Cemetery Rt. 601 S. W. of Windber, into Seanor, 1/4 mile of road, follow path into the woods, above last curve of R.R. trestle
  • Ripple Cemetery I Maple Hgts. In the Village of Rummel, left side of road on the Lemon & Theda Seese farm. (Must walk to it.)
  • Ripple Cemetery II Village of Rummel, Maple Hgts. Rd. about 2/10th. Mile off road on Surfield Mining Co. property
  • Seese Cemetery on the Jonas Weaver farm


For a listing of churches, please see Somerset County.

Historical & Family Articles

The following articles mention many early settlers, and their families.


Paint Township pages 2005 Brian L. Cartwright Last Revised: Jan 8, 2008

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