Title: History of Centre and Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania
Year: 1883 (1880s)
Authors: Linn, John Blair, 1831-1899. cn
Publisher: Philadelphia : Louis H. Everts
Contributing Library: University of Pittsburgh Library System
Digitizing Sponsor: University of Pittsburgh Library System
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tory of Potter township, wasthe pioneer church of that denomination in the val-ley. They also built what was called the DeckerChurch, which was used prior to 1840. Burial-Places.—The oldest burial-place in thetownship is that known commonly as Heckmansgraveyard. The ground was set aside in 1785 byJohn Shook, to be used by him and his neighbors,and thus came in genera! use. The first burial is be-lieved to have been a child of Shooks. There are agreat many old graves which have no visible meansof identification, the marks having gone to decaylong ago. The remains of most of the old settlersrest within it, viz.: the Mussers, Shooks, Heck-mans, Marks, Longs, Sunday, and others. In 1848an association was formed, and the grounds improvedand enlarged by the purchase of additional ground.It is at present kept in excellent order, the expensesbeing defrayed by a nominal tax on those applyingfor the use thereof. The present trustees are PhilipShook, Daniel Gentzel, and Joseph Smith. A trustee
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GREGG TOWNSHIP. 293 is chosen every year, his term being for three years.Meetings are held on Easter Monday of eacli year. An ancient burial-place is that located on theMusser farm, where the old Union Church formerlystood. It was used as early as 1790, although alltraces of the early graves have long ago become ex-tinct. The only remaining grave which bears anydistinguishable marks is the one of the Rev. JamesMartin, the pioneer Presbyterian pastor. The fol-lowing inscription appears upon his tombstone : • Here lies the body of the Rev. James Martiu, Pastor of tlie firstPresbyterian Congregation in Penns Valley, who died June 20, a.d.1795, aged about 65 years. Deep was the wound, 0 Death, and vastly wide,When he resigned his useful breath and died.Ye sacred tribes, with pious sorrow mourn, – And drop a tear at your dear pastors urn. Concealed a moment from our longing eyes,Beneath this stone bis mortal body lies.Happy the spirit lives, and will, we trust,In bliss associate with bis
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