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SHOPE'S  FARM  CEMETERY

Shope's Farm Cemetery was located just north of Landvater Road and west of Waltonville Road on property that was the Hocker farm around 1950. At one time, according to Donald Koons, there were 14 tombstones at a location in the middle of the woods. About 1960, Lee Hocker (d. 1963) cleared an apple orchard and had some strong boys remove the three remaining stones. These remaining stones were moved from a spot in the front of the property at 1565 Landvater Road to a fencerow (also at 1565 Landvater Road ) that probably was a property line.

Later, the Lee Hocker farm was bought by George Hocker, Lee Hocker's brother. Jean Hocker Guth, George's daughter, inherited the farm, planted pine trees there, and, eventually, sold the land. The stones that remain are brownstone: about 4” thick, 15” high, and 11” wide. The stones were later moved to an adjacent property, at 1535 Landvater Road. Neither the spot along the fencerow nor the current location of the stones marks the original gravesites.

Only initials and dates of birth and death were carved, in German script, on the stones. All were young children with a last initial of B.  A trace of the property ownership to the 1880s might provide a clue to the surname. Pictures of the three remaining stones are shown. According to the log of the Fishburn Cemetery, John Sweigert's wife was buried in this cemetery and moved to the Fishburn Cemetery sometime after 1889.

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.

 

 

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