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First Graveyard in Beaver County

Milestones Vol 26. No. 3

The first graveyard in Beaver County was at McIntosh (now Beaver). It was known as the burial place of three colonial soldiers who deserted from old Fort McIntosh January 25, 1786. They were pursued and captured at the mouth of the Little Beaver, taken prisoner back to the fort. Major Wylis, who did not want to wait for a court martial, is said to have ordered out a file of soldiers who shot them within an hour of their return. When Beaver was plotted, the northwest park covered the site of the three soldiers' graves and this became the old town cemetery.