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Do You Know that you can search just the Bradford County Cemetery Records on the site by using the Cemeteries -Bradford button in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the Current What's New Page? If you use that partition follow these steps to search just one cemetery
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The graves of John McClelland and Anna Weller were related to have been on Sugar Creek west of Columbia Cross Roads and washed away in a flash flood. Delphine FURMAN Elliott related this story to her granddaughter. Delphine FURMAN Elliot was the daughter of Volney Furman and Sally Jane McClelland. Sally Jane McClelland was the daughter of Peter McClelland and Barbara Gernert and Peter McClelland was the son of John McClelland and Anna Weller, the couple whose graves were lost in the flood. The exact location of this cemetery is unknown and it is also unknown if this was a family cemetery or a community plot. John McClelland b. July 1754 d. 16 Nov 1821 (pension). Anna b. 25 May 1760 (pension) d. 24 July 1842 (pension). Interestingly, son Andrew McClelland d. 22 Feb 1836 42y 2m 16d before his mother and he has a marker in Fries Cemetery nearby where the family resided. Perhaps his grave and marker survived the flash flood and he was reinterred in Fries Cemetery. This could be a possibility since the earliest dated markers in Fries Cemetery other than the marker for Andrew McClelland are dated 1842.

The following from Paul Elliot Newel: "My aunt, Barbara NEWELL Shamp, wrote the first version of our Newell-Elliott family history. Barbara was born in Columbia Cross Roads and lived there for several years before moving away. While writing the booklet, she interviewed McClelland, Furman and Gernert families that lived in the area. Here are a few quotes from the booklet; my comments in brackets [ ]. One paragraph says daughter Margaret McClelland, married James Morgan, son of one of the first settlers of the area, and later, John [McClelland] and his wife [Anna Maria WELLER McClelland] would live with the Morgans until his death in 1820. He was buried in the cemetery near the creek. Anne Marie seems to have moved to the home of another daughter, Mary Ann or Eleanor Jane. Another paragraph says Anne Marie died July 24, 1842, but before her death there are records that show she applied for a widow's pension from the government because John had served in the Revolutionary War. The record states that she was confined to bed, ill, and unable to care for herself. She was buried beside John [McClelland]. The cemetery was washed away in a flood sometime later in the century."

J. Kelsey Jones
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA

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