October…rocks!

The kind of rocks I am referring to are the gravestone variety. Or as a my friend Marsha Belty calls them, “marble orchards.” In August, I was in Trumbull County, OH and visited rural Pricetown cemetery in search of the grave of Mary Hofsteater, wife of Ulrich’s son, James. She died in 1840, at age 98. James has long been reported to be buried there as well, in an old section surrounded by Revolutionary War veterans. I found Mary’s broken ground-level stone, topped with an American flag and brass veteran’s medallion. Through networking with the cemetery grounds crew and others, I fortutiously ended up making an acquaintance with Kay Gary; a life-long Newton Falls resident and descendant through the Allen line (links with the Hofsteaters). We bonded immediately. She has proven to be an invaluable information source and now, a true friend of our family. Recently, she and fellow Newton Falls resident, Ed Hoerig, went to Pricetown, found the base of Mary’s broken stone, repaired it and re-set it upright. They belong to the local cemetery association, whose members had voluntered to work in Pricetown. Kay and Ed had Mary’s gravestone repaired before the group effort even began. I will post and link pictures of their efforts soon. We owe Kay and Ed a debt of gratitude for restoring a permanent link to the heritage of the Huffstutter/Huffstetter/Hofsteater and Hofstater family;a lingering footprint of our ancestors time in Ohio.

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