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burial plot on you rproperty in Jackson Twp.?
Posted by: Thomas E. Robertshaw (ID *****9635) Date: August 22, 2010 at 11:19:38
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Looking for an old family burial plot, 30x 60, in Jackson Twp., Venango, PA. The plot is mentioned in the deed in which James I. Dey sold the property to William J. Bradley on 6 January 1877. The parcel that was sold is described as bounded on the east by Donation tract no. 1238, and names the neighbors, and is 44 acres. A burial plot of 30' x 60' was reserved.

The property is marked J. Dey on the 1857 plot map of the county. However, my copy is in very poor condition, and I care barely ready anything else, except that the parcel is on the north shore of Lake Creek, not far from the Crawford county line.

On a modern map, one researcher has indicated the farm to be about 3 miles due west of Sunville Cemetery, on a direct as-the crow-flies line, to Lake United Brethren Church, which appears to be 2-3 miles west of the old Dey Farm.

James Dey, who is thought to be buried on the farm, even after he sold it, died in 1882. The plot is surely not maintained, and difficult to recognize as a burial plot. Also looking for the burial place of his second wife, Eliza Ann (Phillips) who survived him. Perhaps a local person, out hunting, fishing, or farming, has seen a small number of cemetery stones in that area, perhaps removed from the graves, and stacked in some woods, a barn, or hidden behind some rusty old farm equipment?

Even if you have not seen the burial indicators, help with directions to the farm would be greatly appreciated. And do you know who owns the property now?


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