A few years ago, while at a Whittemore family reunion with my wife’s side of the family, I discovered that her great-great-great grandparents, Jonas Willey and Mary (Manley) Willey were from Potter County. Turns out Jonas, at least, was buried in the Sharon Center Cemetery, about a mile and a half from where I grew up. In fact, my Boy Scout Troop cleaned up that cemetery once. (There were branches and stuff from a storm). I felt like I should be singing “It’s A Small World After All.”
Yesterday, I started following one of her relatives on Find-A-Grave… and discovered that my wife’s great-great-great-great grandmother, through the Howell branches, Elizabeth (Tuthill) Luce (8 May 1814 – 17 Nov 1851), was buried in the Long Cemetery, in Hadley, Pennsylvania, in Mercer County. That’s just about FOUR MILES from where we lived in Clarks Mills, PA! In fact, Gay’s mom, Sherry, lived there with us for her last three years! We often talked genealogy and wished we could go to some of the cemeteries and look up relatives… and we drove past that little cemetery almost every day!
Now, according to the Find-A-Grave memorial for g-g-g-g-Grandma Luce, the gravesite is there, and is on record at the Mercer County Historical Society, but the stone is no longer there. So we wouldn’t have been able to find her gravesite. But talk about a small world! Sometimes relatives are closer than you’d ever think!