Last Saturday Mary Sue and I met my second cousin Don Neiderhiser who had offered to take us to the Neiderhiser Cemetery in Somerset County. Don lives in Mt. Pleasant, PA, not far from where my mother, Ida Rae Neiderhiser grew up. The Neiderhiser cemetery is ten to fifteen miles from my mother's home place--just barely across the county line into Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
|Don Neiderhiser and Mary Sue Rosenberger|
As we walked the gravel road toward the cemetery Don started pointing out landmarks: "Those mounds of dirt on our right are the remnants of the earthen dam." All of a sudden I realized where we were. This land was once owned by my great-great-grandfather Jacob Neiderhiser who operated a saw mill at this very location.
We walked a bit further and Don pointed to a flat spot to our left: "That is where Jacob and Eliza's house was located." Jacob Neiderhiser had married Anna Elizabeth (Eliza) Pletcher on January 6, 1842.
As we started up the hill, Don pointed to an overgrown lane to the left: "Jacob's barn and shop were back there."
There is only one other stone that is partially legible, but all that I can read is the deceased's first name, David.
After Samuel returned from the Civil War, he continued to live on that property -- apparently until his death. Like so many other families of that time, the Neiderhisers established a small family cemetery on their own land.
None of my direct ancestors are buried here, but many are at the Porch Cemetery near Donegal, PA. Still, it was interesting to visit a cemetery bearing the Neiderhiser name and to discover the site of my great-great-grandparents residence.
Now I have new memories of the place where my great-great-grandparents lived and worked.