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Youngsville I. O. O. F. Cemetery
Brokenstraw Township

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This entrance leads into well-maintained grounds dating from 1867. Commonly known as the Odd Fellows Cemetery for obvious reasons.

Youngsville I. O. O. F. Cemetery
Entrance gate, Highland Avenue

Driving directions from the Hickory Street bridge in Warren: go west on Pennsylvania Ave W/US-6 (business route) along the much-diminished Allegheny River (visit Kinzua Dam). Follow Hwy 6 to Starbrick and Youngsville. Watch for an overpass (across Brokenstraw Creek) because the first exit for Youngsville is just beyond. After exiting, turn left at the stop sign. Enjoy a leisurely drive on East Main Street, tree-lined, vintage homes, then into the red-brick downtown.

At the stop sign, turn right to Route 27 (North Main Street). Then the first right onto Highland Avenue. A short drive through a quiet neighborhood and there will be the cemetery on the left, extending up and over the hillside.

Two nicely maintained stone pillars and impressive pines mark the entrance.



A stroll through the cemetery...

The entrance, as seen looking down from the hilltop.
Take either direction on the paved road, branching just inside the entrance. The loop around the terrain-challenged grounds is a must to see many of the gravestones.
And this fine vantage point..
Youngsville I.O.O.F. Cemetery

One of the entrance pillars is visible.
Make a hard left on Highland, just before that first stone pillar, to see newer stones. Gravel, level, and a loop.

A level dirt track near the crest
Youngsville I.O.O.F. Cemetery
circles the outside perimeter with lush fields and woodlands beyond the fence.
Quite worth the hunt to find the tracks.

A few busy oil wells in the pasture. You are in oil country.

In the ensemble of gravestones on the level bench of the hill is a short stone sandwiched between two more imposing.
This stone,
second from the right, reads -

Elvira H.
Wife of J. A. Culbertson
Died May 19, 1858
Aged 57 yrs 2 mos 31 ds

Youngsville I.O.O.F. Cemetery  

The middle stone is split for two Whitney children who died within days of each other in 1841.

Sacred to the memory of

Everett Emory who died Aug. 25th 1841
Aged 6 years 11 months & 23 days

Walter Van Buren who died Aug. 29th 1841
Aged 4 years 11 months & 1 day

Sons of Nathan & Susan

Imagine their grief.

The 4th stone from the right seems to suggest Susan outlived husband Nathan.

Susan Davis
Wife of Nathan Whitney
May 27, 1888
Aged 78 yrs 6 mos 9 dy

Numerous McKinney burials.

History begins with John, born in 1770, Ireland, but in Philadelphia by 1790.
This John McKinney, in 1792 under General Irvine, carried the chain to survey Western Pennsylvania, including Warren county. Apparently he liked what he saw.
One of his sons was sheriff of Warren County.

More about this Brokenstraw family, beginning with Arthur McKinney born in 1814.

Youngsville I.O.O.F. Cemetery
On the left:
Donald E. McKinney
March 5, 1927
December 14, 2007


Anthony Bialcak
1913 - 1943
World War II
Col. I 112th Inf.



Helen Bialcak
1896 - 1930

Admitted to the Warren Maternity Hospital, Helen delivered a stillborn daughter, June 16th.
The infant was buried the next day

Helen died June 24th
of a partial obstruction of the bowel following labor.
She was born December 17 in New Jersey and was the wife of Stanley Bialcak.
34 years, 6 months, and 7 days at the time of her death.

Presumably Helen, about 17, had a son they named Anthony.

But where is the baby buried?

  Youngsville I.O.O.F. Cemetery
A large cemetery, old and new stones mixed.
Youngsville I.O.O.F. Cemetery
All photographs contributed by P. Repko
Looking uphill from the paved road in the older section.
Unclear the nature or use of the stone wall with green door...abandoned, storage, or ? Closer examination is needed.
Wear sturdy shoes - the hill is steep and uneven. What's new?


To see more - almost 3,000 interments - visit Find-A-Grave -Youngsville Cemetery. Many Include photographs of the individual tombstones, some have brief biographies, photos, links to family gravestones; even obituaries, newspaper clippings, and copies of death certificates. You can never tell what you might find.


Carol Brown has also done a partial survey of the cemetery stones. Lots of hours spent, thank you Carol.




Contributions are always welcome by sending information to the Warren County coordinator.

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