One of my favorite towns! Marietta, Pennsylvania! and a beautiful old Meeting House, surrounded by an old cemetery, and I have ancestors buried here! I know for a fact that my 5th great grandfather, Lewis Leader, is buried here ~ around the back with his 2nd wife, Sarah and son, Lewis. and I’d almost bet my 4th great grandfather, Samuel Leader is buried here.
Now let me explain the picture of the pile of stones above! I believe the above mentioned Samuel Leader’s headstone may be in several pieces in this pile and the reasons for that are:
- 1820 Census shows Samuel Leader in Marietta with one male 45 and over
- 1830 Census shows Samuel Leader in Marietta with one male 40 -50. Probably Samuel because he had to age more than 5 years in a 10 year period, right?
- When the Cemetery was transcribed in the 1950’s there was a broken stone transcribed right after Lewis and Sarah Leader. It showed a person aged 63 yrs, d. 4 ? 1839.
- Newspaper article found in “Marietta Scrapbook” at Lancaster County Historical Society, lists Samuel as eldest son of Lewis.
- Bible in my possession belonging to Samuel’s widow, Susannah has a date of April 15, 1839. Susannah was illiterate and had no reason for a Bible. (my theory is it was given to Susannah at Samuel’s funeral.)
- 1839 is the first tax year Samuel does NOT appear on the tax list for Marietta Borough. (falls right into line with the above Bible and headstone date)
- Susannah purchases a home in a neighboring town taking possession in her name only in 1840.
The broken headstone is no longer by Lewis’ headstone ~ after all, it’s been 50 years! My husband told me “No Way! No! Never!” would he move each headstone in this pile looking for Samuel’s headstone. Now, he’s usually pretty accomodating about my requests, but for some reason, he refused this one. Now, I’ll never know for absolutely certain if indeed, Samuel’s headstone is in this pile of rock located in Marietta, Pennsylvania. . . .
What do you think?? Think it’s Samuel’s Stone??