Early Cemetery Association To Host Event

Posted: September 5, 2013

The Early Cemetery Association will host an event for historians and local residents alike from 2-5 p.m. Sept. 14 at Early Cemetery in Pleasant Valley, in honor of the association’s 50th anniversary and efforts in preserving the cemetery.

Those in attendance will learn the history and heritage of the Pleasant Valley area of Rockingham County.

Spectators will not only study the families who once roamed the area, they will also discover the cemetery’s connection to the Civil War.

Early Cemetery Association President Brent L. Rodes says he hopes the event will bring more awareness to the history and the origin of the cemetery, and the association formed to preserve it.

“We know that there [are] a large number of descendants in the community that [are] unaware of their ancestor’s origin in the Pleasant Valley community and burial within the Early Cemetery,” he said.

The cemetery’s origins date back to the late 1790s. The families interred then represent some of the earliest settlers in the Pleasant Valley area.

Many of them — the Earlys, Rhodes/Rodes’, and Wengers — are still present in the community today.

The Early Cemetery was one of two primary burial grounds — the other being the St. Jacob’s Spaders Lutheran Church Cemetery — that served the area throughout the 1800s.

For more information, contact Rodes at brentlr2001@yahoo.com.

Therran Dennis

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