Stoner Family Cemetery, Middletown, Dauphin County

 

Stoner Family Cemetery

Lower Swatara Township

Middletown, Dauphin, Pennsylvania

(Located in an area locally known as Jednota)

 

Compiled by Linda J. Wileman

Contributed by William Hartman

This cemetery is located in Lower Swatara Township, Middletown, Pa.  The area this cemetery is found in is locally known as Jednota.  At one time this farm cemetery was the burial ground of the Stoner family and allied kin.  All that is known to be left of the farm is this cemetery and the adjacent farm house, which is now a restaurant currently known as Bratina’s and formerly known as the Old Stone Inn.  The cemetery is located on Pennsylvania State Road 230, which goes through Harrisburg, Steelton, Highspire, Middletown, Elizabethtown and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

 

The following table shows the names and dates inscribed on the headstones in the cemetery.  The first column gives the name or initials found on each stone.  The second column gives the dates and other identifying inscribed on the stone.

 

Name and other identifying information Dates
   
C. G. No dates
L. R. No dates
B.Z. No dates
A. Lincoln (son of Michael and Mahilda) b. 4-26-1861 d. 8-10-1881
John Stoner d. 2-5-1869 12 yrs. 3 mo. 5 days
Mahilda N. (wife of Michael Stoner) b. 4-26-1831(?) d. 4-16-1874
Michael Stoner (father) d. 10-29-1862 53 yrs 7 mo. 2days
Lydia Strayer (wife of Michael) d. 4-28-1851 36 years
Elizabeth Stoner b. 5-?-1844 d. 2-7-1869
Jacob Stoner d. 9-17-1829 30 years
Henry W. Stoner b. 11-22-1841 d. 12-28-1879 88 years
Mary A. Stoner b. 5-8-1815 d. 12-22-1910 (this was last burial in this cemetery
Solomon Stoner d. 12-3-1881 32 yrs. 3mo. 5 days
Mary F. Stoner d. 3-24-1879 32 yrs. 14 days

 

 

M. S. No date
S. No dates
E. S. No dates
Henry Stoner d. 10-17-1816 53 yrs. 6 mo. 11 days
Mary Ann (wife of Henry Stoner, daughter of George  and Mary Neibling) b. 5-18-1775 d. 9-15-1844

 

 

Elizabeth Stoner b. 4-29-1866(?) d. 3-1-1892
Martha (wife of Henry Stoner) d. 4-17-1825 21 yrs. 7 mo.
Magdelana (wife of Henry Stoner) d. 4-5-1835
Henry Stoner b. 8-25-1797 d. 8 -?-? 49 yrs. 11 mo. 8 days
Joseph (son of George and Barbara Zimmerman) d. 11-19-1856 b. 7-9-1840

 

 

Barbara (Wife of George Zimmerman) (Daughter of H & M. Stoner b. 11-5-1824 d. 8-16-1850

 

 

M. N. S No dates
A small gray slate stone lies in the corner of the cemetery.  On the stone someone wrote the name Stoner.  Under the name Stoner three words were scratched; My God Knows.  Apparently the writer meant that only God knows who’s buried there.
Benjamin Core No dates Civil War Soldier 93rd Pa. Vol Co. I
Blank Stone  
M.N.R. No Dates
Blank Stone  
S.A.S. No Dates
M.S. No Dates
Blank Stone  
L.S. No Dates
Martin Wetzel d. 6-13-1854
Charles Ritterspach d. 1-20-1852 32 yrs.
Mahala Neavling (consort of Charles) b. 1-15-1827 d. 10-16-1852 25 yrs. 9 mo. Days
Edward (son of Charles Mabal Ritterspach) b. 1-14-1851 d. 6-7-1851
C. M. R. b. 6-13-1848 d. 12-19-1850
Catharine Ghistwite b. 10-15-1784 d. 12-29-1855
Blank stone  
Blank stone  
Mary Ann (dau of Michael and Lydia Stoner) 6-1835 3 yr. 6 mo.

 

 

Infant of Michael and Matilda Stoner d. 8-21-1853 5 days
Infant of Michael and Matilda Stoner Born and died 3-1848
H.S. No dates
Sarah Ann (dau. of Michael Stoner) d. 7-22-1814 3 yrs. 19 days
H. Z. S. No dates – Civil War Soldier
H.W.S. No dates
George Stoner b. 3-28-1835 d. 6-24-1902

 

Some of these stones and stones with just initials are believed to be stones that were put at the foot of the graves.  Since the initials match with the names on the headstones, the suggestion of these small stones being footstones may be correct.

Linda J. Wileman, 1979