My 6x great grandparents, Cornelius and Phebe (Ward) Vincent, both fought for freedom during the Revolutionary War. Over 100 years ago, a newspaper journalist visited the cemetery where they had been buried more than 100 years earlier. He wrote a wonderful description of the cemetery, and happened to include the inscription of my ancestor's headstone!
|Image of tombstone of Cornelius and Phebe Vincent taken by Jeff Harvey and posted 21 Nov 2012|
This headstone is now more than 200 years old and is mostly unreadable. I appreciate Jeff Harvey, a volunteer at Find A Grave, for posting this photo and granting me permission to share it.
The cemetery, located in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, is described in 1911 as follows:
Within a few miles from this [Watsontown] borough is an ancient cemetery that is without doubt among the most peculiar and noticeable to strangers passing by that can be found in Pennsylvania. It is situated within the shadow of the old Warrior Run Presbyterian church in Delaware township - a church massive in proportions built nearly a century ago of brick, with heavy English pillars in front. It stands upon a rise of ground and is surrounded by a grove of mammoth oaks, under which the open gatherings of its people are held annually.
|Image of Warrior Run Cemetery, approximately 100 years after article.|
Photo taken by Jeff Harvey and posted 21 Nov 2012
These Catch the Eye. [My family is the 2nd monument listed, so I'm skipping the first.]
This monument is erected by John Vincent, Esq, to rescue from oblivion the memory of his beloved parents, Cornelius and Phebe Vincent. They were born in Newark, N. J. and died in Milton, Pa. He [last line of paper & very smeared, but the inscription is posted on Find A Grave, so I'll continue...] died July 16th 1812 in the 76th year. She died February 25th 1809, in her 70th year. Here the weary are at rest. [The newspaper has a typo saying "she died... 1908, but it should be 1809.]
I am grateful to this newspaper for publishing this account, and also to John Vincent, Esq (1772-1860), a brother of my direct ancestor, Daniel Vincent Esq (1760-1827), for erecting this wonderful monument to our common ancestors.
Source: [Watsontown, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 25 Apr 1911, page 7, column 6, digital image, newspapers.com (http://newspapers.com : accessed 25 May 2016]
My Line of Descent:
- Cornelius Vincent (1736-1812) m. Phebe Ward (1740-1809)
- Daniel Vincent (1760-1827) m. Angelchy Hough/Huff/Heuff (1760-1821)
- Elizabeth "Betsy" Vincent (1789-1846) m. George Watson (1783-1856)
- Sarah Jane Watson (1826-1853) m. John Quiggle Stewart (1825-1883)
- Alexander Stewart (1852-1922) m. Catherine Jane McClintock (1850-1929)
- Andrew McClintock Stewart (1882-1954) m. Bessie Waldron Merrill (1879-1959)
- My paternal grandfather