The Elizabeth Cemetery Association was issued a charter by the Court
of Common Pleas President Judge Isaac P. Stennell on May 22, 1869. The
charter was recorded on June 22, 1869. The Board of Managers at that
time was comprised of John Craighead, Alfred Brauff, Robert A.
Craighead, Robert Craighead, and Andrew Craighead.
The Craighead family operated the cemetery until December of 1991. After over $100,000 in vandalism was done to tombstones, Martin D. Craighead, the remaining director for the Craighead family, turned the cemetery over to a group of citizens for the purpose of operating the cemetery as a non-profit comunity-oriented corporation. The cemetery had been in the Craighead family for over 122 years.
Although official records state the establishment of the Cemetery Association in 1869, there were at least 44 burials prior to that, some dating to the Revolutionary War era. The first recorded burial that we are aware of was that of John McCune in 1773. The next recorded burials are that of Lucinda Finney in 1800 and Lonetta Kidney in 1801.
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