Location: Salem Twp,Luzernes Co,Pa
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I have spent a year,so far,searching for this cemetery and I have come to the conclusion that it must be on private property somewhere in Salem Twp,most likely somewhere along Stone Church Rd. An 1873 township map shows a church at the lower end of Varner Hollow Rd where Varner Hollow Rd intersects with Stone Church Rd but there is no cemetery there,the current Stone Church is just up the hill a short distance but there is no cemetery there either.I have searched the other 3 known cemeteries in Salem Township and the people who are listed as buried in Stone Church Cemetery aren't buried in any of those. On Find A Grave this cemetery is confused with the Stone Church Methodist Cemetery which is in Briar Creek Township in Columbia County,I believe all the pictures except for possibly a couple are actually from Stone Church Methodist. I think this church was also called St Pauls or Salem Church,there are Baptisn records on the Salem Twp page for Salem Church and St Pauls that appear to be mostly duplicates and the names of the people are the same names of people buried at Stone Church.
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I think the location is somewhere in this patch of trees, northeast of the current Stone Church. My reasoning is that in the background of this photo you can see a gazebo and a house; the gazebo appears to be on the adjoining property and the house (though difficult to tell) seems to be this one across the street. It does seem a little too close for comfort to the house next to it, though I cannot tell if the cemetery itself is actually on their property. Hoping these links actually format properly.
edited by M. Dryden
I was last here 32 years ago looking for Henry Remaly and other Remaly's. I rediscovered it on April 24 on a trip to Shickshinny and Salem Township (Luzerne County) where this is located. There seems to be confusion with some as to the location of this cemetery since there is an Old Stone Church Cemetery west of Berwick which is in Columbia County. The residents here on Stone Church Road have in fact a Berwick address and maybe that’s where the confusion begins. The one that is near Berwick is located on Lake Road. The cemeteries are approximately 7 miles apart.
This is long-forgotten cemetery with some headstones standing or leaning, quite a few lying flat on the ground. Needs a lot of attention. Took many photos of headstones and posted them on Find a Grave.
A problem with the Find a Grave site for this cemetery is that there are listings of persons that are not buried here but are in the Old Stone Church Cemetery.