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Carpenter's Cemetery

"Though the generations wander, the lineage survives, and all of us, from dust to dust. . .we all become forefathers, by and by" - Dan Fogelburg

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"The Ferree Graveyard"

 
Oldest Cemetery in Lancaster County, PA

Lancaster County Historic Preservation
Trust Site 120

Located approximately one and a half miles south of Paradise on Black Horse Road at the Strasburg Railroad crossing.

 

The site was selected by Madame Ferree soon after her arrival in Paradise for use by the Ferrees as a private family burial ground. Located on the original Daniel Ferree farm, it was laid out and walled around at a very early date in the northeast corner of that tract. Madame was the first one buried there when she died in 1716. The Ferree and Carpenter families were connected by marriage when Daniel Ferree, Jr. married Mary Carpenter in 1739. Over the years ownership of the farm changed and in time came into the possession of John Carpenter and Abraham Carpenter. Ferree descendants became concerned about the future of the graveyard and in 1787 executed an agreement with the Carpenter family whereby the cemetery would be maintained and available for use by both families.

"This indenture, made the twenty-eighth day of December, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven, between John Carpenter and Abraham Carpenter, both of the Township of Strasburg, in the County of Lancaster & State of Pennsylvania, yeomen of the one part, and Samuel Lefevre, Sen'r, Joel Ferree, Sen'r, Philip Ferree and David Witmer, all of the same place aforesaid, Witnesseth: That the said John Carpenter and Abraham Carpenter, in consideration of the covenants hereinafter mentioned and the mutual agreements heretofore made by and between the said parties (as well as with Abraham Ferree, Isaac Ferree and Jacob Ferree, now deceased), and in consideration of the further sum of five shillings, lawful money of Pennsylvania, to them, the said John Carpenter and Abraham Carpenter, in hand paid, at and before the ensealing and delivery of these presents, hath granted, covenanted and released, and by these presents do, and each of them doth, grant, covenant, release & confirm to and with the same Samuel Lefevre, Joel Ferree, Philip Ferree & David Witmer, their heirs, descendants and successors, and the heirs, descendants and successors of the said Abraham Ferree, Isaac Ferree and Jacob Ferree, deceased, the full free and uninterrupted privilege and free access and recess of, in and to that certain graveyard and burying ground situate and being on the lands of the said John Carpenter and Abraham Carpenter, in the Township of Strasburg aforesaid, and being on the high ground near the line of lands late of the said Isaac Ferree, deceased, containing and being 108 ft. in length and 96 ft. in breadth, as the same is walled in now, from time to time and at all times hereafter to bury their dead human bodies which shall or may happen to die in their and each of their families and the families of each of their heirs, descendants and successors, from this time being, without hindrance, obstruction or molestation of them, the said John Carpenter and Abraham Carpenter, their heirs, executors, administrators or assigns forever. Provided always, nevertheless, and it is the true intent and meaning of these presents and the parties thereunto that the said parties to these presents and the heirs, descendants and successors of them, and also the heirs, successors and descendants of the said Abraham Ferree, Isaac Ferree, and Jacob Ferree, deceased, shall and will, from time to time and at all times hereafter bear and sustain their and each of their proportionate shares or purparts respectively of, for, and towards the repairing of the walling or fencing of the same occasionally, as from time to time it may be found necessary, and that the said John Carpenter and Abraham Carpenter, their heirs, descendants and successors, shall and may have and keep their and each of their indubitable and equal right and rights, privilege and privileges, with all or any of the parties aforesaid, and which are concerned in the said premises forever." Parties to the conveyance were John Carpenter, Abraham Carpenter, Samuel Lefevre, Joel Ferree and Philip Ferree.