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GINGRICH  CEMETERY

This sleepy old cemetery is located along the Old Hershey Road south of the old Lehman schoolhouse in Vian. A four-foot limestone wall with an iron gate surrounds the cemetery. Large brownstone capstones top the limestone wall. It is believed to have been a family cemetery. The Milton Hershey Trust currently owns the property. The cemetery appears on the map of Derry Township published in the Dauphin County Historical Atlas of 1875, p. 69.

As of 1995, the oldest recorded burial is Dec. 31, 1819.  The cemetery contains 13 stones containing names and dates, and another six that appear to be footstones.  In 1995, volunteers of the Derry Township Historical Society recorded the cemetery stones.

In Spring 2003, the historic gate was stolen and a reward was offered.  When the stolen gate was not recovered, a similar gate replaced the stolen one.  The wall was re-pointed in June 2003.  The cemetery is threatened by groundhogs that are oblivious to the historic nature of the plot of land they roam.

Additional information about these early settlers may be available by contacting the Hershey Derry Township Historical Society at 40 Northeast Drive, Hershey PA 17033 or by contacting us by email.

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, please contact us

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.

The names carved on the stones are listed below:

Ginrich Anna
Ginrich John
Ginrich Elizabeth
Ginrich Henry
Shetz George
Shetz Elizabeth
Shitz Nancy
McElfatrick Sarah
Strach Lovina
Strach Reuben
McElfatrick Mary
Gingrich  ? Henry
 

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