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This early cemetery is located behind the residence at 1237 Middletown Road, on the south side of a dirt road that is just south of Country Market, in the southwestern part of Derry Township. A short stone walk leads from a neighbor's field and back yard, through vines and overgrowth to hidden burial grounds in the woods. Because of the heavy overgrowth, the cemetery is dimly lit, making an accurate reading more challenging. A number of stones are caked with mud and lying face side down.

Many of the stones are written in German script, broken, and/or impossible to read. According to a neighbor, descendants of some of those buried there maintain the burial ground about once a year. The cemetery is documented on the map of Derry Township in the Dauphin County Historical Atlas of 1875, p. 69.

The list of those buried here, according to information available on the Internet, has been compiled from a number of lists: a list from the Mennonite Historical Society, a list by Roger V. Landis and others who are unidentified, and a list from the Londonderry Landis Cemetery in Dauphin County. Another list has been on the Internet for a number of years. All of these lists are believed to be the same cemetery.

As usually happens when a number of lists have been compiled by a variety of recordings, and each at a different state of weathering of the stones, the compiled list will contain many duplications, some of the same names with conflicting dates, and at least one individual with the same dates and names of parents but with a different last name.

The oldest recorded burial is April 30, 1785. Many of the surnames in this cemetery are familiar entries on the Warranty Map, Glass Tax (or Direct Tax) Roll of 1798, and the Map of Derry Township of 1875.

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.

Names carved on the stones that were once in this cemetery include:

Landis Anna
Landis Anna (Poorman)
Landis Christopher
Landis Heinrich
Landis Jacob
Landis Mary Ann
Manning Daniel T.
Manning John H.
Noll Christina
Noll Peter
Shoop Barbara
Shoop Samuel
Smith Elizabeth
Stickler Elizabeth
Strickler Abraham
Strickler Abraham B.
Strickler Anna
Strickler Jacob
Tennis Catherine
Weltmer Elizabeth
Wisler Anna
Wisler Jacob
Wisler Peter

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