Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - A Backyard Cemetery

Livingood Private Family Cemetery
Tulpehocken Township, Berks Co., PA

(original photo taken 25 Sept 2010 by Karen Fox)

Disclaimer: I am not related to the Livingood Family (well, that I know as of now).

The Livingood Family Cemetery is located outside the Village of Mt. Aetna, in Tulpehocken Township, Berks County, PA on privately owned land (it actually sits in a family's back yard, at the end of their driveway) and is not normally accessible to the public. Although the property no longer belongs to Livingood family descendants, the current owners do a fine job of respecting and maintaining the graves.

I was fortunate to be able to visit this site while participating in a driving tour sponsored by the local Andulhea Heritage Center during which the property owners granted special access permission to participants that day. 

At one point in time, 26 stones were standing and their inscriptions  were recorded. There are indications that there was room for 125 graves, most lots were likely filled. The modern monument lists all known family members that are buried there.

One of the known burials is of Georg Livengood, a Civil War soldier who died from wounds received in the Battle of Gettysburg.

List of Livungood Cemetery Burials 

Inscriptions of the 26 stones that were recorded

Just because you aren't my own ancestor, doesn't mean that I don't find you interesting,

~ Karen the AncesTree Sprite

1 comment:

  1. It is nice that they are so well maintained.
    Welcome to the geneabloggers family.