Archive for the ‘Cemeteries’ Category

These three gravestones are those of Peter Sherman’s family.

Grave of Phian Strevy, first wife of Peter Sherman

who died May 2, 1862 at the age of 29 years


Grave of Esther E.  Sherman, daughter of Peter Sherman and Phian Strevy.

Esther died at the age of 5 years, 6 months and 6 days


Graves of Maggie Sherman, Henry Sherman and Lottie Sherman

children of Elizabeth Hatch and Peter Sherman


Susan J. Edminster, October 3, 2011, Granite Falls Washington, All Rights Reserved

Pictures are the sole property of Susan J. Edminster


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This post includes gravestones for some of Henry Sherman’s children.

Sons of Henry Sherman and Catherine Hunsinger:

Gravestone for Jacob Sherman and his wife Hannah (Musselman) Sherman

Gravestone for Henry Sherman

Gravestone for Peter Sherman


Children of Henry Sherman and Elizabeth Thrash:

This one is a little hard to read but is the gravestone for Caroline (Sherman) Molyneux and  her husband Albert.

Gravestone for John Sherman

Gravestone of Nelson Sherman

Gravestone of Loretta (Sherman) Bleiler and husband Augustus

Gravestone of William Sherman


Susan J. Edminster 10/2/2011, Granite Falls Washington, All Rights Reserved

Pictures are the sole property of Susan J. Edminster

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This Peter Sherman is a mystery to me…. maybe my readers can help me determine where he fits in the family line.

As you can see, this Peter Sherman was born around 1810, too old to be the child of our ancestor Henry Sherman whose date of birth was 1801.  Was he perhaps Henry’s brother? A cousin?  Or possibly he’s not related to Henry at all…. I really don’t know at this point. If anyone reading this has the answer I’d love to hear from you.  Thanks!


Susan J. Edminster, October 3, 2011, Granite Falls Washington, All Rights Reserved

Picture is the sold property of Susan J. Edminster

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Good Afternoon,

Today I’m going to bounce back to the Leach family for just a bit. I’d asked cousin Dale Leach if he’d be willing to write a biographical sketch on the life of his great-great-grandfather, Sylvester Leach. Dale was indeed willing! So he’s started us off with this introductory version to whet our appetites and will create the “rest of the story” as time permits. Enjoy this lovely tidbit!




“People will not look forward to posterity who will not look backward to their ancestors.”

Sir Edmund Burke – 1729-1797, British Political Writer, Statesman

And so it was on that cold, January day in 1979 when I first began my journey as my father & I trudged back through the snow-drifted, country cemetery in Michigan to find the grave of my great, great grandfather, Sylvester Leach, whom I was later to discover had been a Civil War veteran and a private in the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. The occasion was my 31st birthday and I had recently developed an interest in family history, being a father myself with a 1 year old son, and was thus eager to learn more about my father’s family which had always been a great mystery as I grew up. Not the least of which was the perplexity of this man, whose posterity and long decayed remains, now lay frozen beneath my feet.

My avid interest in the Civil War did not originate on that winters day at Pine Grove Cemetery, but years before when I made a trip to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, with my parents and older brother, to visit some of my Mother’s relatives. As a nine year old: I vividly remember the wonderment I felt at first seeing the numerous Civil War battlefields & relics in an area which, unlike Michigan where I had grown up, was heavily touched by that great war 100 years before. How enthralled I was to hear the fearful family stories told of hated and much feared Federal troops who once burned and pillaged this beautiful valley that I now stood within as a wide eyed boy. Little did I realize then the great irony I was later to discover that my paternal great, great grandfather was among those marching with invading Union army of 1864 nor, quite simply: just how he would profoundly affect my life hence forward. A blessing this journey has been to my life since that cold winters day not only to have glimpsed the life of this admirable man, Sylvester Leach, but also the special people I have been privileged to meet along the way such as Lloyd A. Carr, Esther Starr Allen, Naomi Norton Blaine, and many, many more.

Dale H. Leach
April 2008

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SOURCE: Gravestone picture, Pine Grove Cemetery, Arbela, Tuscola County, Michigan

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Edminster Cemetery is located near the village of Cornish in New Hampshire and though it seems to be out in the country a good distance it’s well maintained and still in use. It contains both historic graves as well as some quite recent. The Edminsters buried in this cemetery are descended from John Edminsteire through his son James and grandson William. A complete history of the line is included in “The Edminster Family in America” by Frank Custer Edminster, Jr. published in 1965. For anyone interested in visiting the Edminster Cemetery, consult MapQuest or another mapping service for directions to the community. It’s a lovely area.

Here’s a sign near the cemetery entrance, there’s also a road sign “Edminster Cemetery Road.”

Grave of T.B. Edminster

Grave of Zebedee Edminster

Grave of Elizabeth Edminster, daughter of Zebedee

Grave of Sarah Edmester, daughter of Zebedee, 1804

Grave of Mary Edmister, wife of Zebedee

Some stones contain spelling variations of the Edminster name.

All photographs are the personal property of Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, Washington

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