Salisbury Union Cemetery
The old Salisbury cemetery on the hill east of town, is a hallowed spot.  There are many graves in that cemetery that have been filled for almost two hundred years. For a long period of time it was the only community burial ground.  When that tract of land was set aside by the town fathers as a cemetery, burial lots were not sold, but people were free to bury their dead in it in such location as most appealed them.
However, in the 1880's there arose a need for additional land for burial purposes, and we find that one April 7, 1887, the Salisbury Cemetery Company was formed.  On June 6, 1887, we find the officers of that company purchased three acres of land that adjoined the old cemetery, which satisfied the needs of the community for many years.
The old burial ground holds the mortal remains of such venerated men as
Jost J. Stutzman, The Grammer King, Christian Shockey and David Kreider, 
soldiers of the American Revolution, and many others who did a noble work 
for country and community, Peter Welfley, to whom the community also owes
much, rests in the old cemetery overlooking the town where he labored so well.
(information taken directly from the Salisbury Centennial)

Click on links (below) to see individual headstones


Today we walked where others walked
 On a lonely, windswept hill;
   Today we talked where other cried
For Loved Ones whose lives are stilled.

 Today our hearts were touched
By graves of tiny babies;
   Snatched from the arms of loving kin,
In the heartbreak of the ages.

 Today we saw where the grandparents lay
 In the last sleep of their time;
Lying under the trees and clouds -
Their beds kissed by the sun and wind.

Today we wondered about an unmarked spot;
Who lies beneath this hollowed ground?
Was it a babe, child, young or old?
No indication could be found.

Today we saw where Mom and Dad lay.
We had been here once before
On a day we'd all like to forget,
But will remember forever more.

Today we recorded for kith and kin
The graves of ancestors past;
To be preserved for generations hence,
A record we hope will last.

Cheri , my friend; preserve it, my friend,
For stones sometimes crumble to dust
And generations of folks yet to come
Will be grateful for your trust.

Additional Cemetery Pages

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The Salisbury Union Cemetery

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