I am wondering if you know that John Lewsader, b. Dec 18, 1819, is buried in a small cemetery in Highland Twp., Vermillion Co., IN. His wife Sarah Ann and their son Milow are also there. An article from the ILLIANA GENEALOGIST states:
Located in Highland Twp, Vermillion Co.,IN. State Route 136, then south on Old State Route 63 to just past county road 1350 north to first house east on private land. Originally there were about a dozen stones, but only seven could be found at this reading. Copied by Rodney and Donna Prather in 1977.
Jaobs, Elizabeth d/o J&S Apr 16, 1854 27d
Lewsader, Milow Oct 11, 1871 20y 9m 11d
Sarah Ann w/o John Jul 13, 1867 30y 3m 12d
John Apr 1, 1872 52y 3m 12d
Tower, Thomas Nov 3, 1841 66y
Vaughan, Eld John Dec 7, 1859 64y 7m 3d
Another stone with just the top half of some letters and a
footstone with AWL (end of article)
In the 1860 census from Highland Twp. John had the Jacobs family on one side of him and the Vaughan family on the other side. I suspect the deceased listed here are related to these families. The age for Sarah Ann is wrong as she is listed in both the 1850 and 1860 census as being two to three years older than John. She was probably 50y, 3m, and 12d when she died. Easy to misread a 5 for a 3,especially on an old headstone.
It has been established that this John from Highland Twp. is a brother to Abel Lewsader(my branch). In a petition for a Civil War pension, John Lewsader from Highland Twp., signs the petition for Elizabeth (Lewsader)Adam (daughter of Abel) stating that he is her uncle. His neighbor, Mary Jacobs, also signs as a witness. Mary and Nathan Jacobs were John's next door neighbors on the 1860 fed. census. Although we do not have documented evidence of Abel and John's parents, I have no reason to doubt the history handed down that states their parents were 1791 Andrew and Rebecca (Davis)Luzader. Rebecca's father was Abel Davis. Abel b. 1814 is her first son. It is well established and accepted by the DAR that 1791 Andrew is the son of AaronII, b.20 Sept.1731 and Sarah Cole b. 1 April 1738.
The AWL on the footstone might be for 1791 Andrew. Although John does not move his family to Highland Twp. until 1856 according to the biographical sketch given on his son Homer, Andrew who was basically a hunter and trapper could have been there much earlier working both sides of the Wabash River. If an accident befell him in the winter, Mother Nature may have prevented his return to Fountain Co for burial. It is thought that he died in the winter or early March as the Letter of Administration is dated late March, 1839. Whatever the circumstances,the letters AWL are food for thought.
You may know all of this already. The biographical sketch on Homer states that he was living on his father's farm(John's)located in section 22. It would be interesting to find out the proximity of John's farm to the Lewsader Cemetery. I wonder if it might not be on what was earlier John's land.
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