MUNICIPALITY:  Woodward Township
CEMETERY NAME:   Bartholomew Cemetery SCHADT NUMBER:  051


Number of Burials (approximate):  Unknown

Dates of Activity:  1802 - 1860



The Cemeteries of Woodward Township, Clinton County, Pennsylvania (CCGS) (2005)



From Lock Haven, cross over the bridge at Water Street and Jay Street, North into Lockport.  At the end of the bridge, turn left and travel 2.0 miles.  A lane appears on your left.  This lane leads to one of the farms that was taken out of the Bartholomew farm.  Another farm is slightly before this 2.0 mile point.  Unfortunately, it is no longer known on which of these farms, or where, the cemetery was located, but it is in this general vicinity that the Bartholomews were buried.

Landowner / Caretaker:

(probably) Jerry J. and Darla J. Swope

857 West Bald Eagle Street

Lock Haven, PA 17751






Johann Wendel Bartholomae, also called Bartholomew, was born in Hunsbach, Aldensburg province, Germany, in 1734.  There he met and married Elizabeth Heysels, and they came to America in 1764 aboard the ship "Richmond."  The Bartholomews settled in what would become Lebanon County, PA.  They moved to the Monseytown flats in what is now Woodward Township in 1803, settling on a large farm tract.  The Bartholomews had eight children, seven of whom moved to the Clinton County area with their parents. Bartholomew built a large barn the year of his arrival which stood as a landmark for many years.

Wendel Bartholomew died in 1808 and was buried in a field on his farm.  One of the sons, Adam, died in 1821, and was also buried in this plot, and when the mother died in 1828, she was also interred there.  Additional burials included a grandson, Simon Peter Bartholomew, who was killed in the woods, and three other children of Peter Barthlomew.  Adam Bartholomew's wife Catharine may also have been buried there.

The farm passed out of Bartholomew family ownership until after the death of Adam.  It was sold by the heirs in 1833 to John Quigley and has since been divided up into three farm tracts.  Part of it became known as the Swope farm, and another part as the Hanna farm.  Ed Swope dismantled the old barn in 1935.

Unfortunately, the old cemetery was considered to be of little value, and the stones were removed.  One story says that some of the stones were used to help fill in a swampy area and make it into pasture land, possibly around the area where the old canal route to Farrandsville crossed the farms.  The exact site of the cemetery is no longer certain.

Oddly, the gravestone of Adam Bartholomew somehow escaped destruction and is now erected on a family plot in the Dunnstown Cemetery.  His body, however, was never removed from the last resting-place on the farm, wherever it is.