Davis and Deyoe Family History

The Genealogy of Lester and Eleanor Davis


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Burial place for Abraham H. Trautman

Interred in Simeon United Lutheran Church Cemetery, Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA.

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Owner/SourceLester B Davis
Linked toAbraham H. TRAUTMAN

Simeon United Lutheran Church Cemetery, Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA

Notes: Simeon United Lutheran Church Cemetery is located on North Center Street, Gratz, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA.
This cemetery has also been known as Gratz Union Cemetery and Simeon Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Cemeteries were important parts of the church properties. The area to the south of the church building was originally designed as the Simeon’s Reformed Cemetery, and the area to the north was designated as the Simeon’s Lutheran Cemetery. After the aforementioned merger of the two congregations, the cemetery became known as Gratz Union Cemetery – but most of the locals still refer to it as Simeon’s Cemetery.
Around 1979, the Lutheran congregation published a history of Simeon United Lutheran Church that was written by Lynn C. Schadle. In it, the various stages of the construction of the facilities are discussed, there are pictures of the social life of the church, biographies of the ministers, pictures of many of the confirmation classes with the confirmands identified, and some early church records from the 1820s and 1830s. But one of the most important parts of this book for genealogical research was the final section entitled “Gratz Union Cemetery.” This was the first widely publishedSimeon list of those buried in the cemetery. It was organized by section and row as well as alphabetical by surnames of those interred. This list was used to identify the exact burial location of the Civil War soldiers and their families who were buried in this cemetery. Over 50 Civil War veterans are buried here, most with the G.A.R. star flag-holder placed at their grave. There are also four unidentified graves on the north side in row one; each bears the G.A.R. star flag-holder. Unfortunately any record of who is actually buried there has been lost.
Today, the Gratz Historical Society has a collection of high resolution digital photographs of nearly all the grave markers in this cemetery. Many of the older stones have been worn over time and are difficult to read. Enlargements of these new photographs makes the data on the stone more easily readable. Also, a group of people at the church has been working on a video of the cemetery and a new list of those buried there. Information on that list can be obtained from the church.

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