Foreword: At last, I have reached the final part of my story on my church, St. James Episcopal in historical downtown Lancaster, PA. It has been over three months since I returned home from the hospital after having spinal fusion surgery and finding myself bored to death as I recuperated. The two-volume set of books titled St. James Church by Klein and Diller helped me pass the time as well as acquaint me once again with the history of the church which I became a member of in the late 1940's. As I said in other "Foreword" entries, I hope I haven't changed history with my stories or left out any significant parts of the history of the church while trying to condense 271 years into a few manageable stories.
|St. James Churchyard in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.|
|This is the Churchyard as it appeared in 1929.|
|One of the stones in the "Memorial Garden."|
This stone holds the names of my mother
and father who were members of St. James.
|Stones are embedded in the Mercer tiles in front of the altar.|
|When the original choir room was removed and a new chapel|
was constructed in the early 1960s, some tombs were
disturbed. Their remains and tombstones were relocated
to the walls of the hall between the church and chapel.
|Looking through the brick posts which were part of the original|
Churchyard towards the memorial gazebo at the other end
of the Churchyard on the north side.
The south side of the Churchyard which is open to the public. This also shows the two large brick entrance posts and the beautiful metal gates they hold. The Chancel of the church can be seen in the distance.
This is the double-page, detailed map of St. James Churchyard that show where each grave is located. It matches a multi-page chart with names to help locate all the people buried in the Churchyard.
This stone is in memory of the more than 200 unmarked graves that are in the St. James Church graveyard.
A marker in memory of the signer of the Declaration of Independence, George Ross.
William Augustus Atlee was the Chairman of the Committee of Safety during the American Revolution. Also a Burgess of Lancaster and Judge of the first Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He was a Warden and Vestryman of St. James Church.