It is said every person has three
deaths. The first is the actual
physical death, when the spirit leaves the body. The 2nd death is when the body is lowered into
the grave, never again to be seen in the flesh. The 3rd and final death comes much later, when
all who knew that person have joined him in the afterlife, and the name, even
existence of that person vanishes from knowledge.
Some of the cemeteries in Carbon County have kept good
records of those interred. Others
haven’t, with the only record of those interred being that which is etched in
stone. The phrase “etched in
stone” implies permanence, but in reality that is not true. Even solid stone weathers and erodes,
sometimes helped along by negligence and vandalism. To try to delay that “3rd death”, an effort is
being made to record from the old grave stones what can still be read, lest the
name, and all knowledge of the person laid to rest there, fades into
Much has already been done, and the following is a list of
cemetery records that now appear online.
Of these, only the Mauch Chunk Cemetery and St. John’s Towamensing
Cemetery had good records to work from.
The rest were gathered by recording the info on the old
gravestones. In the case of the
Mauch Chunk Cemetery, record keeping began in the 1860s, although the burials
began about 1819. I’ve spent time
there looking for those graves not in the records and adding them to the
Though much has been done, much more remains to be done in
the preservation of these cemeteries.
Anyone interested in volunteering to help record other cemeteries in the
county, please contact me.
following cemeteries are complete lists
Following these, there are several partial
cemetery lists towards the bottom of the page.
In Jim Thorpe
the West Side of Jim Thorpe, Carbon’s most historic cemetery, online since
February of 2001. Includes lots of
additional genealogical info, with more to come…
On the East Side of
town, the borough’s other public cemetery
In East Mauch Chunk, in the old
Coalport section of town one of Jim Thorpe’s two Roman Catholic cemeteries –
THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
A work in progress by Bill Auld
East Penn Twp., the county’s oldest cemetery (online since 8/2005)
since 2004, some updating done June 2005
In the borough of Beaver Meadows
Lehigh Gap in 1844, now within the borough of Palmerton
over the county line in Luzerne, but being the resting place for many from
the east end of Franklin Twp., near Beltzville Dam
the woods of Packer Township, near Weatherly, abandoned, overgrown and very old
OLD REED CEMETERY
Weatherly and White Haven, on a bluff overlooking Rockport
the Mahoning Valley near St. John’s Lutheran Church
Once in the town of Summit Hill, now long gone
outside of Palmerton, one of the oldest cemeteries in Carbon
By Tom Jones
the midst of the borough of Nesquehoning
Packer Twp., the cemetery most central to the early history of that part of
Carbon Co. north of the Broad Mountain
the border of Kidder and Penn Forest Townships is the
to the Upper Mauch Chunk Cemetery
[Formerly this cemetery was listed as a separate cemetery, but is now included as part of the Upper Mauch Chunk Cemetery – this link will take you to that site]
located in White Haven, Luzerne Co., this partial listing is of families with
ties to Carbon County
In Mahoning Twp.
In East Penn Twp.
There are many other cemeteries in Carbon not mentioned here. Hopefully, they too will one day be added to the list of records.
Background image is of he
Benjamin Barge monument in the Upper Mauch Chunk Cemetery
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