Early records of Schwarzwald were lost. The church is estimated to have formed in 1737. Beginning with a log cabin it was later replaced with a stone structure. And later in 1870, with a brick structure which stands today. The cornerstone was laid on Jul 17, 1870. In mid 1950s additions and paved parking lots were added. And in 1962 another addition was added. With each of these major building upgrades, graves and tombstones were displaced and or paved over. Except for the last change in 1962, no records are found as to the disposition of the graves and stones. The names on the plaque represent those graves moved or covered about 1962. All the readable stones were transcribed. There were a total of 147 stones, 31 unreadable, faded or missing. These stones, as well as other earlier removed, and burial remains, are thought to be below the concrete floor of the social hall. The tombstone transcription data details was further transcribed and entered into findagrave and ancestry.com by Neil Scheidt in 2010. Also see http://berks.pa-roots.com, go to cemeteries' and then go down the list of names until you see Schwarzwald and plaque.
In 1945 and again in 1986 every readable tombstone was recorded. EVERY PRE-CIVIL WAR PERIOD TRANSCRIPTION FROM THOSE LISTS HAS BEEN ENTERED INTO THIS WEBSITE ALONG WITH THE GRAVE LOCATION. ALL OTHER MEMORIALS CREATED AND NOT MENTIONED BELOW, WITHOUT A GRAVE LOCATION, IS LIKELY SPECULATION IF NO BURIAL SOURCE IS PROVIDED.
Although most pioneer residents of Exeter attended Schwarzwald church and had marriages and baptisms there, many were not buried here. They were buried on their homestead cemeteries. The cemeteries located and documented include Bishop, Boone, Close/Kline, Custard, Deturk/Boone, Frill, Guldin,Hechler/Esterly, Levan, Lincoln 1,2,3, Messersmith, Neukirk, Ritter 1,2, Schneider/Snyder,Wagner and Young/Kissling. Sadly, many of the tombstones have been buried, stolen, plowed under, or are unreadable.
Names on the plaque at Schwarzwald United Church of Christ In Memorium June 10, 1962 This plaque is in loving remembrance of those whose last resting places were relinquished by consent of the surviving relatives that they might contribute to the growth of Schwarzwald United Church of Christ. The church school unit is a living tribute to their unselfish interest and faith in this beloved church. Known names as follows of burials on the old Schwarzwald graveyard. Henry Hoffa Sarah Hoffa Joseph Hahn Hans Martin Coricer Susanah Lorah Michael Lorah Samuel Faber Susanna Faber Mary Faber John Farber Catherine Farber Elizabeth Hunter Hannah Fry Henry Fry Johannes Farber Elizabeth Farber Reuben Goodhart Lovenia Goodhard Benjamin Guthart Fredrick Guthart Maria Guthard Mary Louisa Goodhart Amelia Schaffer David Schaffer Christina Huett Heinrich Huyett Johannes Neikirch Anna Catherine Neikirch Anna Maria Hyett Maria Hyett Samuel Hyett Sarah Hyett Henry Hyett Levi Hyett Mary Hyett Ephraim Hyett John Klinger Jacob DeTurck Esther DeTurck Catherine DeTurck Samuel DeTurck Infant Mason John Mason Catherine (Berz) Ries Charles Sylvester Ries Mary Elizabeth Ries Rachael Breusch Ries Abraham J. Ries Anna M. Ries Isaac Rlohs Rebecca Stoudt Elizabeth Spatz Jacob Spatz Dortherine Brumbach Susannah Brumbach Daniel Guldin Hannah Guldin Jacob Guldin Margaretha Guldin George Washington Gulden Ann Catherine Guldin Louisa Lies Amos Lies Anna Dieter Jeremia Dieter Charles Housum Peter Lindermuth Catherine Lindermuth Frances Housum John Peter Housum Daniel Dreher Catherine Christian Jacob Christian John Breahm Hannah Breahm Hannah Questro Arin Questro 2-Helena Questro Henrietia Davidheiser Sarah Davidheiser 2-D/O William & Rachel Gilbert Perry Gilbert Not Readable Hofer (Gertraud Hoffer 1777-1826) Johannes Hoffer Maria Hoffer Jacob Reifschnider Sarah Reifschider William Henry Lorah Rebecca Reifschnider Sarah Lorah Jacob Baum Elizabeth Baum Infant Baum Henrietta Baum Elizabeth Coller 2-Henry Klein William Diehl Catherine Briedegam Henry K. Bechtel Jacob C. Bechtel Lydia Bechtel Frederich Henry Leinbach This plaque presented by Mabel L. Kramer and Claude W. Kline in memory of our parents Walter W. and Estella Kline.