Captain John Vertrees, whose name when he came to America was Van Tress, died in the Severns Valley in the year 1802. No one today knows the exact place of his burial, nor that of any other Vertrees who died in the early settlement. All are buried in the old Vertrees burying ground near present Elizabethtown.
Haycraft (Vertrees kinsman), relating the story of the murder of one Robert Kennedy (also a Vertrees kinsman) in 1804, two years after Captain John Vertrees' death, has this to say of the lost Vertrees burials:
"Kennedy ... was buried in Vertrees' old graveyard, where some 45 or 50 others were burial, near a spring on the hill, owned (1869) by Dr Harvey Slaughter. Although I witnessed the interment at nine years old, I could not, nor could any living man, designate his or any other solitary grave, nor are there ten men living who could find the graveyard."
Pike County Republican (newspaper)
Pike County IL History
Jess M Thompson
- Added: 23 Jul 2012
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2458756
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