Burg Witmer Tomb Lancaster Cemetery


(Individuals buried here are indicated in bold)

Christian Burg: (dates are illegible) bought a house in 1763??, father of John Burg??

John Burg (March 29, 1753-December 18, 1834) died at age 81.  He was a soldier of the Revolutionary War and was at the battle of Long Island.  When the term of his service expired he retired to his native town, Lancaster, in which he resided until his death.  He was also a trustee of his church, the German Lutheran Congregation of Lancaster.

Maria Barbara Burg (January 9th, 1754-February 16, 1834) married John Burg. 

Lewis Burg (January 1785-June 7, 1867) son of John Burg and Maria Burg.

Abraham Witmer Jr. (1773-1819) married Anna Catherine Burg (1784-1869) both not on the tombstone, but Anna Catherine Burg must be the daughter of John Burg and Maria Barbara Burg.  They had the following children: Ann(a) Catharine Witmer (1807-1853), Mary Witmer (1809-1818), Juliana Witmer (1813-1885) married John Russel (1797-1874) in 1830, and Theodore Burg Witmer (1818-1856).

Ann(a) Catharine Witmer (1807-1853) -daughter of Anna Catherine Burg, married Alston Boyd in 1826.  She was made the trustee of John Burg’s estate after he died and she put a notice in the Lancaster Examiner and Herald cautioning people to not give anything on credit to Lewis Burg, John Burg’s son.

Theodore (Theo) Burg Witmer (On the front of the family tombstone): was born in Lancaster, PA on April 26, 1818 (7?).  He spent the first year after graduation (from Yale University in 1840) in the Law School of Harvard University and was admitted to the Philadelphia bar in 1843.  He soon sailed for Europe and was absent until 1845.  After that his residence was in Philadelphia but he went back to Europe several times.  While sailing along the Spanish coast (Malaga) of the Mediterranean Sea, he drowned in a collision on March 29, 1856 when he was 38, he was unmarried.

Based on the earliest date of death of people that are buried here, we would have to conclude this monument was constructed around 1834. However, given the monument’s Victorian flair and a death as late as 1867, it is entirely possible that this monument could be a mid-nineteenth century replacement for an earlier tombstone.









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