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, Hechler/Esterly, Levan, Lincoln 1,2,3, Messersmith, Neukirk, Ritter 1,2, 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
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.
Hans Martin Coricer
Mary Louisa Goodhart
Anna Catherine Neikirch
Anna Maria Hyett
Catherine (Berz) Ries
Charles Sylvester Ries
Mary Elizabeth Ries
Rachael Breusch Ries
Abraham J. Ries
Anna M. Ries
George Washington Gulden
Ann Catherine Guldin
John Peter Housum
2-D/O William & Rachel Gilbert
Not Readable Hofer (Gertraud Hoffer 1777-1826)
William Henry Lorah
Henry K. Bechtel
Jacob C. 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.
Created by: Neil D Scheidt
Record added: Jan 07, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 103214893
Added: May. 24, 2013