MUNICIPALITY:  Woodward Township
CEMETERY NAME:  Unidentified Irishman Gravesite SCHADT NUMBER:  166


Number of Burials (approximate): 1

Dates of Activity:  circa 1833




Directions/GPS:  The exact site is not known; the 1862 map shows that the schoolhouse was located near the intersection of North Alleghany and Jay Streets in Dunnstown.  The grave may have been made a little bit north of this site, perhaps along North Alleghany Street in the vicinity of Fulmer's Personal Care Home and PA Route 150.

Landowner / Caretaker:





Gravesite not located; probably obliterated by time



"For many years church services in Dunnstown were held in a little log school house that formerly stood along the main street.  In this building, about the time the canal was being built, an Irishman committed suicide one night.  Next morning his body, cold and stiff, was found lying on the floor.  The remains were buried along the roadside north of the village, and from that day to this the spot and vicinity has been known as the 'Irishman's grave.'  It was in a lonely place, and is one of the 'bugaboos' in the life of Dunnstown children."

-- Meginness, Historical Journal, Vol. 2, page 43 (1894).

NOTE: The canal was constructed through Dunnstown about the year 1833.  There is a mention that a suicide was chronicled in the Lycoming Gazette of July 1, 1835; it may be worth reviewing to see if it is this man.