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Frizzleburg (Freedom) Cemetery - Frizzleburg PA

Frizzleburg Cemetery, located in Pulaski Township in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, was established sometime prior to or in the 1850’s. It is located just off Marr Road (part of “old” Route 422) in Frizzleburg, a once-thriving little settlement that was vanquished to obscurity when new Route 422 bypassed the area beginning in 1948. The burial ground contains an estimated fifty gravesites and is sometimes referred to by the names of Marr Cemetery, Freedom Cemetery, or Rowland Family Cemetery.

William Rowland (1785-1863), an early resident of the area, and a handful of his family members are buried here. I’m guessing it was established as a private burial ground for the Rowland family and close neighbors. Among the other surnames you will find on the gravestones include Dean, Kelly, McClung, Murdock, Waters, and Whitworth. Several veterans of the War of 1812 and the Civil War are among those interred here. I’m not exactly sure when this cemetery was abandoned for burials, but the latest interments I can identify are 73-year-old Olkey McClung, buried in April 1925, and her 75-year-old husband Oliver McClung, buried in September 1925.

In November 1963 a group of local citizens successfully petitioned the Lawrence County court system to force the Pulaski Township Supervisors to take over the maintenance of the cemetery. It’s possible that arrangement is still in effect today. Either way the small cemetery, located on Topper Hill Road in Frizzleburg, is very well maintained these days.


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  1. I was born and raised in frizzleburg.
    our house was directly across from the old school. My grandparents John Pearson
    lived along side of us. One of my older brothers (Dick) married Leola Allen
    they lived on Maple Lane The next house from the Walker Family toward Norman (Everett) allen.
    Rode my bike many times past the cemetery on my way down to Deer Creek to swim.
    After coming out of the USAF I entered the ministry and served the Pulaski United Methodist Church for 20 years. I then went to the Savannah United Methodist and served as the associate minister for 15 years. All the time working for Penn Power for 37 years before retiring. In 2007 my wife and I moved to Amelia, Ohio (about 18 miles from downtown. My wife, daughter and I all attended Shenango High School. For almost 50 years Dorothy and I lived at 2519 Old Pgh. Rd. My parents.. Boyne F. and Phyliss Boyd are buried at the Evergreen Cemetery in New Bedford, Pa. Thanks for a great informative site

    B. Edward Boyd

    Edward Boyd · 05/27/2014 09:02 PM · #

  2. Good to see you are still around Ed.
    Richard J. Harvey
    rjharvey15@gmail.com

    Richard J. Harvey · 01/17/2016 09:35 PM · #

  3. Hi! I’ve done some research on the nearby Pandenarium settlement in Mercer County, PA. Established in 1854, the settlement included approximately 63 freed African American slaves hailing from the Everett estate, Belmont Plantation, in Ablemarle County Virginia. One of the prominent/central families was the John and Rosie Allen family. I’m wondering if the Allens or Everetts mentioned might be related to or associated with some of the families in the Frizzleburg/Marr/Freedom area which was also established around the same time? I’d love to get in contact with the descendant community.
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
    Sincerely – Angie

    Angela Jaillet-Wentling · 07/11/2017 01:54 PM · #