Balsbaugh, the original owner of the land near the southeast corner
and Governor Roads, donated land for a church and cemetery. Consequently,
the church was named the Balsbaugh Church,
but, according to Jay Curry, a local resident and descendent of
one of the original subscribers, the cemetery was never officially
connected to the Balsbaugh Church and was never officially called
the Balsbaugh Cemetery.
original governing body, called the United Christian Cemetery
Association, was chartered on May 16, 1904, with the following
listed as subscribers: Rev. John B. Curry of Derry Township Dauphin
County, his son, Rev. Irwin K. Curry of Derry Township Dauphin
County, Franklin Balsbaugh of Derry Township Dauphin County, George
H. Balsbaugh of Conewago Township Dauphin County, and M. D. Landis
of Palmyra, Lebanon County. The original subscribers became the
first Board of Directors. After a vote of the lot holders in June
of 1965, the name of the cemetery was officially changed from
the United Christian Cemetery to the Broadview Cemetery.
present, in 2005, an elected, five member Board of Directors is
responsible for all decisions concerning the administration of
the cemetery. The Directors are elected, as needed, at the annual
June meeting of lot holders. Perpetual care is provided through
a fund administered by the treasurer.
for the Derry Township Historical Society recorded this cemetery
in 1996. Photographs of most of the stones are on file at the
Derry Township Historical Society.
We would be happy to conduct a
cemetery search or do more extensive research for you. The cemetery
search would include all Derry Township cemeteries plus others that are closely
associated with our township. Most of the names in our cemetery database
are not available elsewhere on the internet. The cost is $5 per surname
and you may supply up to three alternate spellings (total of four). If
you find your ancestors in the list below and require additional information,
For more thorough research, please
request a copy of our research policy. In addition, our obituary
list and our name index of "lost and
found" ancestors may be of interest to you. Please check our main library
page for these and other links, as we continue
to update our information on line.