Boorem research trip to Monroe County, Pennsylvania.
My wife and I just completed a research trip to Monroe County and Scranton Pennsylvania, (June 2003), the results of which will be posted here.
Probably the most significant discovery was the identification of the graves of two 3rd-generation and one 4th-generation Boorem family members, Sarah A. Boorem, her brother Samuel Boorem, and Samuel’s son Stewart Boorem. Thanks go out to Harry Robbins for providing me with the location of Sarah’s grave.
Sarah Ann Boorem was the daughter of John Boorem & Elizabeth Nauman. She was born in 1825, probably in the family’s original place of settlement, Lower Nazareth in Northampton Co., Pa. She married Samuel Robbins and they settled in Dickson City, near Scranton. Sarah died on 6 May 1880, and was buried originally in Steven’s burying ground in Dickson City. In 1883 Sarah and several other members of the Robbins family were moved to Forest Hills cemetery in nearby Dunmore, where they rest today in a six-grave lot, number 356. Sarah’s grave marker reads as follows:
In Memory of
Sarah A. Boorem
Wife of Samuel
Aug 4, 1825
Mar 6, 1880
Her brother Samuel Boorem rests in a single, unmarked grave, number 2416. He was born in Paradise Valley in 1842 and died 2 Jan 1913. Samuel’s only child Stewart lies buried in an unmarked grave in lot number 763. He shares the plot with 4 members of the Vipond family. The Vipond’s relation to the Boorem family (if any) is unknown.
At the Monroe County Historical Society in Stroudsburg I discovered the date of death for Jacob Boorem, Sarah & Samuel’s older brother, in the county courthouse death register. He was born in 1823 and died in Paradise Township on 29 Jan 1901.
We also revisited the old Paradise Church Cemetery. The Paradise Lutheran Church was the first church in Paradise Valley, Monroe Co., Pa., and was dedicated in 1825. The church is long gone, but the cemetery which contains the bodies of many of the area’s pioneer settlers is still accessible behind a quarry off Red Rock Road. Here’s some directions to this difficult-to-find, but important cemetery:
The cemetery is located on Red Rock Road, which is accessible via Route 940, Route 191, orthe Swiftwater – Bush Road. Park down a gravel road leading to a quarry directly across from Merry Mill Road. Quarry is marked “Private Property – No Trespassing” however you can go around the quarry to the left where you will see a sign on a tree marked “Cemetery Only” with an arrow pointing to the left. Follow the arrow to a wide track going around the left of the quarry. Continue around the back of the quarry until you see two large boulders on the left. The path to the cemetery is beyond the boulders.
We also located and purchased a copy of the Beers 1870 Atlas of Monroe County. The page for Paradise Valley shows the location of the old Boorem family homestead (Mrs. J.E. Boorem) and the locations of farms owned by her sons Joseph and Francis Boorem (brothers of Sarah, Samuel & Jacob above).
That’s all for now. Please contact me if you have any questions or comments, or if you would like to contribute information to the Boorem family record.