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Stoner Family Cemetery

Lower Swatara Township

Middletown, Dauphin, Pennsylvania

(Located in an area locally known as Jednota)

Researched by Linda J. Wileman

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

 

 

 

 

 

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