8 Vets Buried in Neglected Family Plots
Following is a list of soldiers grounds in Perry Township, who served their country either in the Revolutionary War or Civil War.
George Lemley came to this country from Holland when very young, near the year 1745. At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, Mr. Lemley enlisted as a private in Captain Phillip Gable's company, 5th Battalion of Philadephia. After serving in the Army until the close of the war, Mr. Lemley migrated to this vicinity and settled on a farm along Dunkard Creek, a few miles above Mt. Morris. Many of the Lemleys now living in this vicinity and in Cass District in W. Va., are his descendants. Mr. Lemley died in the year of 1813 and was buried in what is now known as the Asbury Lemley Burying Ground. This buying ground is on the farm now owned by Fred Fox.
Phillip Height, Civil War veteran, enlisted in Company A, 168th Penna. Infantry, at the beginning of the war, and after the close of the war in 1865, he lived in the Mt Morris vicinity. He was the father of one son and four daughters. Many of his descendants are now living in this section, among them are the Lewellens, Hickmans, and a few of the Foxes. Mr. Height died about the year 1873 and was buried in the Long Burying ground about two miles east of Mt. Morris, now owned by Mr. F. S. Anderson.
John E. Headley, Civil War Veteran, enlisted in the Union Calvary [sic] in the year of 1862. Mr. Headley rode away from home on his farm horse, leaving his wife and three children to care for themselves. He rode his own horse in the battles. He was brought back the following May, in 1863, and was buried in the Headley Burying Ground, on the farm now owned by Lewis Lemley. Mr. Headley was 35 years of age. The families of the late John Lemley and Dave Dulaney are his descendants.
Joseph Fox, Revolutionary soldier, was born in New Jersey in the year 1753. At the beginning of the war, he enlisted in the Eleventh Virginia Regiment. He served throughout the war under Washington, and spent the cold winter of 1777-78 with the Army at Valley Forge. He took part in several battles, such as Stony Point, Monmouth, and Yorktown. After the close of the war in 1783, he migrated to Greene County, and settled on a farm in Perry Township, on hat is known as Fox Run. Joseph Fox was the father of three sons, two of whom settled in other places. Captain John Fox, one of Joseph Fox's sons, stayed on Fox Run and lived on the farm now owned by Ray Fox. Captain Fox was the father of twelve sons and four daughters. Most of the Foxes now living in this section are descendants of Joseph Fox. The late Grant Fox was a grandson. Among other descendants are the Lemleys, Haines, Longs, and DUlaneys. Mr. Fox died in the year 1847, at the age of 94. He was buried on a lonely spot, not far from his cabin on Fox Run, on a farm known as the Billy Fox Farm. Edward Headley now owns the farm where the garveyard is located.
Sergeant S. C. (Ren) Headley, Civil War veteran , enlisted in Co. G, 18th Penna Cavalry in the early part of the war. After being in the Army for some time, he was killed in a battle in Virginia with Mosby's guerrillaes [sic]. It is said that Mosby himself shot Ren because he would not surrender. Mr. Headley was brought back and buried on a high hill, known as Abe Dulaney Burying Ground. Mr. Williams now owns the farm where this burying ground is located. The Rev. Harry Headley of Pittsburgh, is a grandson of Ren Headley.
William Dulaney, Co. 22nd. Pa. Cavalry, enlisted in the early part of the Civil War, as a private. After serving throughout the war, he returned to his home, but died a few years later and was buried in the Walter Dulaney Burying Ground on the high hill where Ren Headley was buried. Walter Dulaney, now living on Shannon Run, who is now nearing his 93rd birthday, is a nephew. The late Frank Dulaney was also a nephew.
Morgan B. Wade, Civil War veteran, was born August 25, 1840. After serving in the Army for some time, he returned home and settled on Hackelbander Run, in Perry Township. He was the father of several children. Owen Renner's boys and the late Eli Russell's boys are grandsons. Oliver Wade was one of the youngest sons. Mr. Wade died Dec. 30, 1913, and was buried on the farm where he lived, known as the Wade Burying Ground. The heirs of the late George Craig now own this farm.
Joshua Pyles, Civil War veteran, served for some time in the Army, and at the close of the War he returned home and settled on a small farm on Ripley's Run, known also as the Dr. Morris Run. Mr. Pyles was the father of one son, Warren. Warren Pyles was the father of some eight children. Esther Pyles, a school teacher, is a greatgranddaughter of Joshua Pyles. Mr. Pyles died about the year 1900, and was buried not far from his home, in what is now known as Pyles Burying Ground. A coal company now owns the land where this burying ground is located. A Mr. John West, Civil War veteran, was also buried in the Pyles Burying Ground. His grave was located by Mrs. Minor Lemley. There is no marker.
American Legion Post No. 992 have been placing a small flag on all of these graves, with appropriate services at the graveside. This is done each year, a few days before Decoration Day, May 30th.
Democrat Messenger, June 16, 1954
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