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Big Spring Graveyard, Newville, Cumberland County


Jan 5, 2009

In the Very Historic Big Spring Graveyard at Newville

While, in attendance at a recent mesting of the Carlisle Presbytery, at Newville, Mr. Thomas H. West, elder from the Presbyterian Church here, walked through the old Presbyterian Graveyard at that place and found the following dates on some of the tomb stones:
James Neal, 1793
Martha Graham, 1777;
Mrs. John Stevenson, 1780
Paul Pierce, 1784;
Daniel McDaniel, 1789;
Rev. Robert Craighead. 1739, he having died in the pulpit.

This is one of the oldest burying grounds in the country, about 30 acres having been deeded to the Presbyterian congregation by William Penn. One of the interesting sights is a monument erected by the State over the grave of William Denning, who was a blacksmith and made cannon for the Continentals during the Revolutionary War.

SOURCE:  Page(s)117  Notes and Queries: Historical, Biographical and Genealogical, Relating Chiefly to Interior Pennsylvania By William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania State Library; Harrisburg publishing company, 1898

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