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St. Paul's Reformed -Clear Spring


The initial acre purchased filled quickly and it was necessary to purchase another acre on the North side, which was done in 1867.  Another half-acre was procured by exchange and added to the east side, and the whole addition was laid out in family lots with walks between them. As early as 1857 there were no trees or shrubbery except a few lilac bushes and an occasional flower planted upon some new-made grave. The rows of beautiful cedar-trees which now adorn the graveyard were there planted by William Firey, at his own expense, and the plan was also projected by him of building the stone wall which now encloses the church grounds on the southeast side and along the turnpike, so as to prevent the washing of the soil. In 1873, Rev. Victor Miller solicited and collected the sum of five hundred and six dollars in the neighborhood of St. Paul's, to be known as the graveyard fund of St. Paul's Lutheran and Reformed congregations in Clear Spring District, Washington Co., Md. This fund was placed under the control of the trustees of the congregations and invested by them in Washington County Bank stock, and the interest alone is expended annually in beautifying the grounds and in keeping the graveyard and its enclosures and adornments in as good condition as possible.

The cemetery is associated with the church.  We were fortunate to visit in June 2015.  The church and cemetery are maintained to a very high degree and it was a very pleasant experience.

The transcription includes those found in Scharf’s ‘History of Western Maryland’.  Many of those we could not find the stone or the stone is so old it was worn and could not be read.  Those names marked with an (*) on the list do not have photos.  The others are included in the album for St. Paul’s Reformed Church and Cemetery.

Visit the Church website at www.stpaulsreformedchurchcs.com.

If you have photos or names to add, contact germanmarylanders@gmail.com.

Click here to see the photo album

Transcriptions from 6-13-2015

Last Name First Name Date of Birth Date of Death Notes
Ankeney Family Plot


Ankeney* George
9-24-1863 76 yrs.
Ankeney* Henry
7-7-1857 69 yrs. 6 mos.
Ankeney* Catherine 12-18-1787 12-6-1849
Ashkittel* James
9-28-1829 47 yrs. 9 mos.
Bargman* Michael 10-29-1738 12-17-1818
Bargman* Eva  11-30-1752 5-18-1827
Beard George C.
4-23-1880 21 yrs. 5 mos. 
Bell Amos 1842 1930 Fitzel-Grove-Kreps
Bell Daniel 1806 1860 Fitzel-Grove-Kreps
Bell Mary 'Mickley' 1823 1908 Fitzel-Grove-Kreps
Bell Barbara A. 1919 1980 Fitzel-Grove-Kreps
Bohrer Family Stone


Bower Ruth Ann
1876 wife of Samuel
Bower Samuel
10-7-1857 age 38
Bragonier* George
10-2-1862 61 yrs. 5 mos.
Brewer Otis 6-18-1841 4/15/1922
Brewer Sarah C. 12-25-1847 1/27/1910 wife of Otis
Brewer Otis L. 1-4-1877 3-4-1877 Son of Otis & Sarah
Brewer Luther M. 1871 1938
Brewer* Emanuel 10-30-1795 1-22-1839
Brewer* Catharine 4-11-1799 1-8-1843
Brewer* John, Capt.
1-1-1845 59 yrs. 7 mos.
Brewer* Henry
4-24-1837 76 yrs. 
Brewer* Catherine
5-10-1827 74 yrs.
Brewer* John Sr.
6-5-1832 65 yrs. 10 mos.
Brewer* Elizabeth 3-18-1797 8-10-1872
Brewer* Joseph
3-9-1863 73 yrs. 3 mos.
Brewer* Elizabeth
12-4-1873 71 yrs. 8 mos. 
Brewer* Jacob H.
9-2-1877 62 yrs. 6 mos.
Bridendolph Family Plot


Buchannan Michael 1851 1918
Buffecool Lewis W. 12-27-1838 12/2/1909
Buffecool Mary E. 9-30-1842
wife of Lewis
Burger Mildred 6/19/1921 11/17/2009
Burger Debra 'Benner' 1/26/1953 11/16/2002
Charles Rudolph 6-19-1855 10/21/1935
Charles Mary L. 11-1-1854 8/19/1944 wife of Rudolph
Cushwa* David 8-10-1777 3-8-1849
Cushwa* Catherine 1-20-1783 8-27-1861
Cushwa* George   9-9-1857 54 yrs. 6 mos.
Danner William E. 1877 1932
Davis Samuel 1838 1907
Davis Matilda A. 1834 1915 wife of Samuel
Davis Melvin 1869 1906
Diffenderfer Family Stone


Dillehunt* Milcih?   3-13-1848 81 yrs.
Ditto Abraham 1-15-1846 12/2/1904  
Ditto Elizabeth 'Oliver' 7-30-1844 8/8/1912
Ditto* William 4-16-1797 12-16-1855
Ditto* Hannah 8-31-1803 2-29-1880
Draper Family Stone


Dulebohn D. H.    4-1857 12/1/1907
Dulebohn Annie Eva 'Corbett' 11-1864 7/1/1941 wife of D.H. Dulebohn
Ebersole Roy L. 2-2-1897 10/12/1990
Ebersole Dorothy E. 5-13-1897 3/3/1985
Eichelberger David L. 7-10-1866  
Eichelberger Dorothy 5-19-1863 10/18/1932 wife of David
Eichelberger* Sarah
8-26-1871 83 yrs.
Elliott* Mary
9-5-1836 52 yrs
Elliott* John  12-27-1860 59 yrs.
Elliott* Mary   5-1-1876 68 yrs.
Everhart Clarence E. 10-17-1873 1/27/1924
Everhart Olive May 11/26/1913 12/6/1915
Everhart Sarah C. ? ? wife of Clarence
Farley* Henry   12-27-1861 68 yrs. 5 mos.
Farley* Martha   8-30-1871 70 yrs. 6 mos.
Firey Milton, Rev.
12/22/1908 Son of H. & Martha
Firey C. Anna 'Griley'
4/15/1904 wife of Rev. Milton
Firey Martha E.
8/27/1927 daughter of Rev. Milton & Anna
Firey Alice M.
3/12/1941 daughter of Rev. Milton & Anna
Firey Luther H.
12/19/1936 son of Rev. Milton & Anna
Firey Ada
10/29/1928 daughter of Rev. Milton & Anna
Firey Milton Jr.


Firey Luther H.
1849 son of Rev. Milton & Anna
Firey Julia E.
1868 age 35 Daughter of Milton & Anna
Firey Lewis P.
1885 age 60 son of Rev. Milton & Anna
Firey John S. 1822 1899 son of Rev. Milton & Anna
Firey William 1823 1896 son of Rev. Milton & Anna
Firey* Joseph
7-24-1833 61 yrs.
Firey* Mary Magdalene
7-10-1832 57 yrs.  
Firey* Henry
11-19-1813 47 yrs. 9 mos.
Firey* Elizabeth
9-21-1853 83 yrs.
Firey* John
11-30-1824 60 yrs.
Firey* Sabina 10-7-1779 3-8-1843
Fitez George R. 4/6/1907 5/19/1986
Fitez Frances 'Grove' 8/12/1912 9/3/2004
Fowler Virgil E. 1881 1940
Frantz D. Reed 11/9/1907 6/19/1986
Frantz Florence 'McDonald' 3/2/1907 7/11/1985
Frantz    Fannie 'Kreps Reed' 2-3-1829 3/17/1910
Frantz Family Stone



Frush Walter H. 12-13-1876 12/15/1957
Frush Alma D. 3-13-1886 2/21/1974
Gearhart Lester 10/13/1906 5/18/1945
Gearhart Martha 'Mason' 5/2/1910 3/17/1995
Gehr Elizabeth Forsyth
1-6-1857
Gesford* Robert
3-24-1877 76 yrs. 10 mos.
Gesford* Sarah
2-8-1877 75 yrs. 10 mos.
Gomer* Maria
1-15-1877 86 yrs. 6 mos.
Grove M. Clyde 1881 1957 Fitzel-Grove-Kreps
Grove Marie 'Kreps' 1878 1942 Fitzel-Grove-Kreps
Hamilton* John 4-8-1793 2-27-1835
Hamilton* Margaret
6-18-1872 73 yrs.
Harsh* George
4-9-1855 57 yrs. 11 mos.
Harsh* Sarah
8-13-1861 64 yrs. 9 mos.
Hartman Elizabeth G. 12/24/1919 4/14/1991
Hauer* Daniel
2-9-1860 67 yrs.
Hauer* George 8-9-1787 1-20-1855
Hawbaker Crist Edward 1909 1987
Hawbaker Haxel 'Carbaugh' 1905 1991
Hawbaker William A. 1872 1950
Hawbaker J. W.  1908 1967
Heller* Daniel 9-7-1779 12-16-1873
Heller* Dorothea 6-20-1782 1-2-1829
Helser Solomon 3-1-1873 8/24/1913
Helser  Ellen 'Evans' 11-10-1875 1/3/1929
Henson Charles E. 1874 1957
Henson Flora F. 1886 1973 wife of Charles
Hitchcock* Sarah E. 1-25- 1827 7-19-1880
Hoffmeier T. Franklin 1837 1902
Hoffmeier  Sally 'Ankeney 1848 1915 Wife of T. Franklin
Holbrunner* Jacob
12-20-1872 77 yrs. 9 mos.
Hovermale Pendleton 1847 1920
Hovermale Lorena G. 1880 1952
Howlett Ronald R. 12/16/1965 8/26/1976
Jacques* Sarah 12-14-1774 3-13-1837
Jones* Jacob 7-23-1779 2-4-1847
Keefer Thomas J. 3-1-1861 6/14/1944
Keefer Florence 'Helser' 7-18-1871 4/18/1935
Keller Robert M.
7-14-1891 age 12 years
Keller Mary C.
7-29-1887 age 13 years
Kershner Andrew 2-6-1838 8/5/1902
Kershner Hannah 'Lesher' 9-5-1844 2/20/1926 wife of Andrew
Kershner Cyrus B. 8-12-1864 5/29/1920
Kershner Mary E. 1-13-1870 4/2/1947 wife of Cyrus
Kidwiler Florence May


Kitzmiller Enus L. 11-2-1864 9/27/1928
Kitzmiller Clara V. 11-23-1862 9/28/1924 wife of Enus
Kline* George
2-21-1876 76 yrs. 9 mos.
Knepper Family Stone


Kreigh Family Plot



Kreps Joseph C. 1910 1986
Kreps R. Jeanette 1911 1983
Kreps James Beattey 1852 1913 Fitzel-Grove-Kreps
Kreps Cora 'Bell' 1853 1910 Fitzel-Grove-Kreps
Kretzer Millard E. 3538 8/27/1988
Kretzer Olive 'Rhodes' 1089 12/20/1975 wife of Millard
Kretzer Paul D. 2-6-1897 4/18/1967
Kretzer Lovesse K. 8-28-1896 5/6/1977 wife of Paul
Kriech Peter H. 12-5-1845 9/26/1912
Kriech Ella 'Spickler' 5-22-1869 5/25/1940
Kuhn Family Plot



Leatherman D. Ralph 1894 1973
Leatherman Katherine D. 1897 1955
Leatherman Martin 11-2-1861 8/21/1948
Leatherman Mary S. 10-3-1873 10/19/1962 wife of Martin
Lizer Family Stone



Mann James D. 5-12-1866 10/29/1945
Mann Mary E. 11-15-1874 6/27/1958 wife of James
Masters* Sarah
4-24-1852 56 yrs. 8 mos. 
Mentzer Carlton 4-10-1868 11/4/1928
Mentzer Anna   8-19-1869 8/2/1932 wife of Carlton
Miller  Anna May 5-29-1878 8/27/1963
Miller  John D.
1851 age 26
Miller  Sallie H. 10-15-1855 1/16/1916
Miller  Jacob 9-5-1851 7/11/1902
Miller Family Stone



Miller* John Capt.
4-24-1804 48 yrs.
Miller* John Calvin 3-14-1854 9-8-1879
Miller* Jacob 5-16-1811 11-16-1859
Miller* Samuel
6-3-1849 65 yrs. 5 mos.
Miller* Mary
8-5-1877 81 yrs. 5 mos.
Mish Frank Wnder 4-4-1865 11/23/1939
Mish Eleanor Dubbs 4-14-1865 5/10/1946
Mish* George 3-13-1772 6-26-1826
Mish* Mary
8-21-1854 74 yrs. 2 mos.
Mong* Rebecca 8-29-1792 3-29-1872 79 yrs. 7 mos.
Moser Family Plot



Moudy* Michael 8-1-1779 9-28-1844
Moyer* Catherine
4-10--1866 85 yrs.
Myers Roy P. 1889 1965
Myers Nelia 'Thomas' 1887 1945
Myers Charles W. 3-27-1890 6/20/1925
Myers Clara B. 6-5-1892 1/10/1919 wife of Charles
Myers Thelma M. 7/23/1917 8/1/1917 daughter of Charles & Thelma
Myers* Henry
8-12-1864 71 yrs.
Newcomer* D.H.
12-15-1873 65 yrs. 4 mos.
Nicodemus* Frederick
4-20-1858 52 yrs. 1 mos.
Ott George N. 1904 1996
Ott Linda  1943 2008
Ott Ethel 1905 1975
Pinder* Susan
1846 90 yrs
Pladt Mary 'Grove' 11/18/1914 9/22/2012 Grove-Fitez Plot
Potts Elizabeth 4-10-1801 12-7-1861
Potts Martha
4-24-? Daughter of Geo. W. & Susan
Potts Hannah   1828 1850 Moudy Stone
Potts John 5-25-1826 11-7-1871
Potts* Charles
12-7-1854 87 yrs. 3 mos.
Reed* Phoebe
7-9-1852 82 yrs. 2 mos.
Reeder Mary Catherine
11-24-1848 wife of Thomas
Reiff Family Stone



Renner John B. 1870 1952
Renner Annie E. 1874 4/29/1905
Rhodes J. Luther 3-14-1870 2/22/1929
Rhodes Fannie K. 10-17-1871 11/13/1937 wife of J. Luther
Rich Frederick, MD 3-24-1859 6/3/1943 born Chicago Ill
Rich Harriet 'Smith' 4-29-1862 1/21/1931 born Chicago Ill
Ridenour Family Stone


Ridenour* Jonathan
3-3-1875 78 yrs. 4 mos.
Ridenour* Sarah
1-19-1862 53 yrs. 11 mos.
Roher Samuel 12-3-1882 9/27/1962
Roher Lessie G. 3-26-1886 5/31/1962 wife of Samuel
Rohrer Clement M. 1910 1977
Roney* Martha
7-4-1842 70 yrs. 9 mos. 
Roser Patricia 1/30/1948 8/26/1976
Schnebly Family Stone


Schnebly* Catherine
4-1-1825 56 yrs. 4 mos.
Schnebly* Ann Barbara 8-2-1749 3-3-1833
Schnebly* John 2-3-1750 1-17-1838
Schnebly* Martha
9-20-1871  89 yrs.
Schnebly* John
2-19-1876 79 yrs. 4 mos.
Seiberg* Jacob
5-20-1864 66 yrs. 4 mos.
Seibert Bernard 1888 1956
Seibert Susan 'Negley' 1893 1985
Seibert* J. Michael
4-10-1859 71 yrs. 2 mos.
Seibert* Elizabeth 12-2-1792 4-13-1875
Seibert* Catherine
10-20-1880 84 yrs. 11 mos.
Shank Paul M. 1898 1984
Shank Meta G. 1897 1972
Shank Garrett 1894 1973
Shank Ethel 1896 1920 wife of Garrett
Shank Margaret 1907 1987 wife of Garrett
Shank Elmer 1894 1975
Shank Elizabeth 1898 1963
Shank H.H. 2-2-1859 3/25/1928
Shank Prudence 3-9-1858 7/9/1917 wife of H.H.
Shank William 1898 1898 son of H.H. & Prudence
Shank Maude 1899 1900 daughter of H.H. & Prudence
Shenebeck Charles   
1/8/1918
Shenebeck Annie M. 1850 1934
Shenebeck Charles H.   2/15/1904 age 22 years
Shirk Charles Page 9-24-1889 12/23/1950
Shirk Hattie 'Rash' 4-15-1888 5/11/1980
Shupp Paul K. 6650 3/16/2002
Shupp Dorothy J. 7992 2/6/2000
Shupp Paul K. 3/16/1918 3/16/2002
Shupp Dorothy 11/17/1921 2/6/2000
Shupp-Fernsner Family Plot


Siebert-Boyd Family Stone


Smith John W. 9-2-1844 4/12/1924
Smith Amanda 11-12-1850 1/22/1932 wife of John W.
Snyder William 12-16-1849 12/9/1915
Snyder Margaret

wife of William
Sowers Wade Family Stone


Spickler John F. 1-11-1841 4-2-1897
Spickler Emma Z. 6-12-1845 6/20/1925 wife of John
Spielman George 11-2-1869 12/3/1951
Spielman Anna 'Weese' 10-1871 1954
Spielman Family Stone


Spigler* Frederick
6-18-1833 69 yrs/
Spigler* Mary
5-30-1848 82 yrs. 4 mos.
Sprecher Paul 12/1/1982 9/1/1960
Sprecher Paul Elmer 1892 1960
Sprecher Myrtle Rosella 1897 1990 wife of Paul
Sprecher   Clarence L. 1917 1973
Sprecher Family Stone


Sprecher* Daniel
6-30-1876 80 yrs. 1 mos.
Sprecher* Mary 8-25-1800 3-23-1877
Sprickler* Mary
8-10-1873 35 yrs. 5 mos.
Springer* Margaret
3-12-1856 66 yrs. 7 mos. 
Startzman* Christian Rev.
3-3-1880 70 yrs. 3 mos.
Staubs Samuel 1869 1956
Stauck* Samuel 7-26-1792 10-1-1840
Strite Newton 12-5-1867 4/15/1921
Strite Clara V. 12-19-1876 4/27/1965
Strite Fiery C. 2-3-1897 6/25/1918
Strite Marguerite L.


Swisher Nancy 7-27-1770 1-15-1862 91 yrs. 5 mos.
Swope* Peter 12-20-1750 7-15-1811
Troup* Adam 5-13-1771 5-26-1840
Troup* Mary Elizabeth
8-3-1853 76 yrs. 10 mos.
Troup* Samuel 10-15-1809 2-27-1862
Troup* Elizabeth 4-15-1831 8-21-1877
Troup* Adam 3-6-1806 3-10-1870
Trumpower-Bowman


Weller Biram 1852 1927
Weller Adaline 1855 1946 wife of Biram
Winders Millie?
3-3-18? age 2-Daughter of Samuel & Susan
Winders* Samuel
11-13-1878 76 yrs. 2 days
Winders* Susan
5-28-1864 59 yrs. 4 mos.
Wingert Eliza J.

On Stone w/Firey Family
Witmer Rosanna
6-4-1861 65 yrs. 2 mos.
Witmer Daniel 1872 1954
Witmer Amy K. 1883 1973
Witmer* John Jr.
8-24-1847 48 yrs. 5 mos
Wolferd John Sr.
11-15-1856 62 yrs. 1 mos.
Wolford Ann

wife of John
Worley* Jacob 9-3-1787 7-7-1837
Yeakle John T. 2-24-1898 5/27/1984
Yeakle Ethel 12-1896 2/16/1966 wife of John
Young  Cora 'Grove' 191 1939 Fitzel-Grove-Kreps
Zimmerman Walter 5-6-1879 4/5/1972
Zimmerman Rebecca C. 6-20-1879 9/15/1970 wife of Walter
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