I’ve come to the realization lately that in my zeal for researching the Hacker/Hockers and Huber/Hoovers, there are quite a few of my family lines that I haven’t done much work on. This weekend one of those lines opened up.
I just recently sent away for the death certificates of my 3x great grandfather Samuel K[rehl?] Leedy and his wife Sarah (Parsons) Leedy from my father’s side of the family and my 3x great grandmother Anna (Mechling) Wieder, wife of Saul Wieder, from my mother’s side of the family. That will finish up the last of my ancestors who died after 1906 when state-wide death registration began in Pennsylvania.
Coincidentally, I was going through my binders of gravestone photos I’ve taken, comparing what I have to what’s up on Find a Grave, when I saw a photo request for the gravestone of Anthony Parsons from Hill Cemetery in Perry County, Pennsylvania. Several years ago I’d visited the cemetery looking for Samuel K. and Sarah (Parsons) Leedy and taken photos of gravestones with surnames that I recognized. One of those was Anthony Parsons’. So, I uploaded the photo and several others I’d taken.
This led to a connection with a new cousin—and the information that Sarah (Parsons) Leedy’s father was very likely Anthony Parsons!
Now, maybe I’d have learned that when Sarah’s death certificate comes back, but maybe not. Anthony Parsons died 24 March 1834 at the age of 41 years 10 months and [24?] days. Sarah was born about 1833, so she never really knew her father. The informant for her death certificate may not have known the names of her parents. I’ll have to wait and see. But, in the meantime, I can research Anthony Parsons to learn all I can about him and his family!