Tombstone of the Month


The controversy over the Hetrick ancestry in Jefferson County involves 2 Jacob Hetricks, both of whom were in the Revolutionary War. One was Jacob Hetrick, a 1St Lt. from PA, born 10-26-1761, died 12-4-1834, who married Lydia Shaffer. The other Jacob Hetrick, a Pvt. from PA, was born 7-25-1763, died 9-4-1834, and married Margaret Himes.

This tombstone was erected by the Hetrick family over the grave of Jacob Hetrick, but is it the right dates for the right Jacob? The Pension Application for Jacob Hetrick of Rose Township, Jefferson County, PA, states he was born in 1763, and served as a Pvt. The tombstone has the death date of 1st Lt. Jacob Hetrick, who died at the age of 73y 1m 9d, which calculates to a birth date of 10-26-1761.

Questions: Were they both in Jefferson County? Did they both die in Jefferson County? Was there one Jacob and he married twice? Was the stone correctly dated? Was the correct military information on the Pension Application, which states that Jacob had had a "paralytic stroke" and was unable to appear in court? Was Jacob physically and mentally able to verify that it was his military record, not the record of the other Jacob Hetrick? Can you document the correct Jacob Hetrick?


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