Washington County, PA

Lower Buffalo Presbyterian Cemetery

McAdoo Ridge Rd (CR-24)

Wellsburg, Brooke County, West Virginia

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(contributed by Gary L. Caldwell)

Lat: 40 14’ 36” N, Lon: 80 31’ 46”W

Directions: From Washington, PA follow Jefferson Ave west to the intersection of PA Route 18N and PA 844 West, continue on PA-844 for 5.8 mi, continue on Wellsburg Streets (WV-27) for 0.20 mi, turn Left on WV-88 for 1.11 mi, bear right on McAdoo Ridge Rd (CR-24) for 1 mi, cemetery is on the left.

The Lower Buffalo Cemetery was originally established in 1795 at the junction of Beall's Ridge Road and McAdoo road near the Pennsylvania State Line in what was then part of Virginia but is now in Brooke County, West Virginia.  The DAR shows the earliest burial as 1791.

The cemetery is entirely surrounded by an old stone fence several feet high and several feet in thickness, most of the stone being five and six feet in length. The DAR data notes that the graveyard is beautifully kept; located in a slanting woods with a solid stone fence around it with steps of stone and a white marble slab on the front wall with “Lower Buffalo Graveyard” on it. There had been no internments for some years.  Many of the old sandstone tombstones are noted as being down and unreadable.

When the church was moved to Independence, Pa, many of the graves in the original cemetery were moved to the new cemetery at Independence.

This data was collected by the DAR and found in the genealogy section of the Washington PA library. The data is from 1936 but the burial records are likely complete.

(contributed by Gary L. Caldwell)

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