Recently, someone mailed me a DAR record for a Custer. I read the document and wondered.
This morning I found on a primary record, Conrad Kuster, 1734, Tax Lists, 1734: Philadelphia Co., PA, now Berks Co., PA,
Conrad Kuster, Franconia Twp. and some Krebs
Do you have any knowledge of a Lawrenceville cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA area? I understand that when this cemetery was taken over by a school district, it caused quite a furror among residents, namely one Morrison Foster?
The bill opens by saying that the plaintiff, J. Roger Jeffrey, was a citizen and taxpayer of the city of Pittsburgh, and was a citizen and taxpayer of the borough of Lawrenceville and was the next of kin of certain persons buried in the graveyard or cemetery lot which was in dispute; that William D. Moore, plaintiff, next of kin of W. D. Moore, Sr., buried in the graveyard or cemetery lot; that A. M. Moreland was of the next of kin to two brothers buried there, with privilege to have all citizens and taxpayers having friends interred in said burial grounds in dispute who may desire to become parties thereto added.W. D. Moore further complained that his father, W. D. Moore, Sr., then deceased, purchased from the authorities of Lawrenceville at divers sales the right to inter certain of his (W. D. Moore, Sr.'s) children, to-wit: Elizabeth and Mary; that they were sisters of complainant, and that he is, among others, the next of kin of said bodies and the right of their interment and the articles of value interred with them." The Fleming account also informs us that "The plaintiffs (orators', as the law calls them), further averred that Colonel Foster in laying out his tract into town lots and streets in 1814 set apart and solemnly dedicated as a burial ground for soldiers and inhabitants of the then village of Lawrenceville, a tract or square of gound containing nearly two acres, a full dscription of which, with plots was annexed to the bill of complaint and made part thereof, and that continuously from 1814, when the grant and dedication to the public for burial purposes, was made by Col. Foster, the ground had been used and occupied as acquired for burial purposes, until upwards of 500 interments had taken place therein, of citizens of Lawrenceville, and many soldiers of the United States Regular and Volunteer Army."The plaintiffs also argued that the land was donated expressly for the purpose of a burial ground and not for "educational purposes" as the school board petition had falsely and fraudulently maintained. Although the sentiment of the Lawrenceville residents side of the plaintiffs, a compromise was eventually reached.
IF one Emanuel Custer d. before c14 Jul 1834, there is a very strong possibility that his body may have been one of the bodies removed [disposed of] in this cemetery.
My great great granduncle's first born [Ransom Uriah Custer] was buried in the Allegheny Cemetery, a victim of measles when he enlisted in Civil War. He died at Copeland Hospital 1864. This Copeland line goes back to Paul Custer that m. 1. Lucinda Malone, 2. Margaret Malone, and then to Conrad Kuster & Susannah Adams.
My understanding is that Samuel E. Custer was a descendant of this said Custer. His grandson, Samuel Uriah Custer lived to 103 years of age. 10 February 1881 - 08 August 1983 and died in St. Francis Hospital, PA.
PA - Lawrence Co. - New Castle - Oak Park Cemetery, Tuesday - August 9, 1983, buried at Oak Park Cemetery in New Castle, PA.
Noga Funeral Home Inc. by Rev. Clarence Drake of Evangel Community Church.
Further, the surname Morrison can go to Mary Morrison, whose descendant come from the line of Conrad Kuster & Susannah Adams, daughter of Richard Addams.
Also, this said "Custer" had a daughter, Susannah that m. Charles C. Moore, c1848 in her second marriage. The marriage was brief, as she died shortly thereafter. [01 March 1850].
I really am puzzled by the mystery surrounding this action of cemetery removal and who was interred there.
I am also puzzled that no concrete [primary] document has been found. If such a document exists, I would dearly love to know where to find said document. I have searched primary documents for years and can find no solid evidence. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.