OUR DIRECT HUGHES ANCESTORS ARE IN GOOD COMPANY IN THE EXETER FRIENDS MEETING BURIAL GROUND.
These photos, taken in 1996,
reveal a beautiful and well kept resting place for our forefathers.
Entrance sign to the Exeter Friends Meeting Burial Ground.
Exeter Friends Meeting Burial Ground. John Hugh, son Ellis, and Grandson John,
Lie here in Unmarked Graves. First Three of Our Direct Hughes Ancestoral
Generations in America.
Informational sign lists some of the famous names of people buried here.
(Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission)
The original inscribed stone marker mentions the names of Abraham
Lincoln and Daniel Boone.
Where Are they Buried?
The graves of the first three
generations -- John, Ellis and grandson John – and their families are
irrefutably in the Exeter Friends Meeting burial ground, about 8 miles
southeast of Reading, Pennsylvania. The exact locations of the graves
within the small graveyard are unknown. This may be because time -- more
than two and one-half centuries -- has worn the markers away. More likely, however, is that they weren't
marked in the first place. The 18th century Quakers, if I understand
correctly, did not erect gravestones, following their belief that such
attention given to the mortal
body was not fitting and proper.
I have not found the grave of George
(fourth generation). it is,
however, in the burial ground either at the Catawissa or the Roaring
Creek Meeting House.
The graves of Pennsylvanians
James and George, the fifth and sixth generations of our Hughes ancestors,
are in Pickering, Ontario, Canada and Salem, Iowa, respectively.
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