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Ashton Cemetery - Edinburg PA

The village of Edinburg was laid out by Crawford White in 1824 – in what later became Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. The site is known to have been home to a Native-American Indian settlement many years earlier. White settlers began coming to the area in the late 1790’s and the early 1800’s. Among those early settlers was Joseph Ashton (1760-1817), whose family was of English heritage and had long been settled in Philadelphia. Ashton was a Revolutionary War veteran and surveyor by trade. He married Scottish-born Mary McDonald (1770-1824) in Allegheny County in 1791 and together they started a family. They later moved northward and settled in what became Edinburg. The Ashton’s, who were Methodists, established a small family burial ground on their property. Among the surnames visible on the old stones are Ashton, Allen, Angus, Kale, Richards, and Ripple. I believe there are about thirty or more burials at this site. The cemetery has been abandoned and neglected over the years, but volunteers periodically clean it up. It is located in a wooden area, just off the road at the intersection of Routes 224 and 551. Keep in mind Ashton Cemetery, which is easily accessible, may be located on private property.


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  1. My maternal great grandfather was Charles Wesley Ashton (1862-1908) His father was Thomas E, Ashton who died in 1900 whose wife was Harriet (nee Fosnett) Ashton who died in 1889 > I believe Thomas E. Ashton’s father’s name was Thomas Ashton and his mother was Isabelle, but I do not know their birth and death dates. that Thomas Ashton was probably a son of Joseph Ashton (1760 -1817)
    IF you have any information about please contact me at email address. I was up in that area the past weekend but did not know the Ashton Cemetery was still around. would love to visit it sometime

    William Evans · 10/28/2014 07:24 PM · #

  2. Everytime we passed this cemetery Mom would say that our Leeper Family on her dad’s side of which is last name was Kerr, were buried in this cemetery. I don’t know if some of granddad Kerr’s father’s family buried KERR.

    DORTHEIA LAUGHLIN · 07/24/2015 01:19 PM · #