The Leatherman

The Leatherman

Birth
Death 1889
Mount Pleasant, Westchester County, New York, USA
Burial Ossining, Westchester County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 10790490 · View Source
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The Leather Man's real name was originally believed to be Jules Bourglay. A fixture of Connecticut & New York history and folklore, he walked a circuit of 365 miles every 34 days. He is buried in the Sparta Cemetery in Ossining, New York.

The saga continues!

Exhumation and Reburial:
The Leatherman's original grave in Sparta Cemetery was within 16 feet of Route 9. His remains were exhumed and were reburied at a different site in the cemetery on May 25, 2011. When the first grave was dug up, no traces were found of the Leatherman's remains, only some nails, which were reburied in a new pine box, along with dirt from the old grave site. The reason his body wasn't found could easily be explained; 30 years after he was buried, the daughter of the woman who found the Leatherman's body decided to bring some friends to the grave site, she pointed to a place and said he was buried there and hammered a metal pipe into the ground, she could have simply pointed to the wrong place. The new tombstone, installed May 25, 2011, simply reads, "The Leatherman." Part of the reason for the exhumation process was to test his remains to determine his origins. He had been rumored to be of French descent but there were several conflicting reports.


Identity controversy:
The Leatherman's former tombstone read, "Final resting place of Jules Bourglay of Lyons, France, 'The Leather Man'…", and he is identified with that name in many accounts. However, according to researchers, including Dan W. DeLuca, and his New York death certificate, his identity remains unknown. This name first appeared in a story published in the Waterbury Daily American, August 16, 1884, but was later retracted March 25, 26 and 27, 1889 and also in The Meriden Daily Journal, March 29, 1889. DeLuca was able to get a new headstone installed, when the Leatherman's grave was moved away from Route 9 to another location within the cemetery on May 25, 2011. The new brass plaque simply reads "The Leatherman."



For more on The Leather Man, visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leatherman_(vagabond)


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  • Created by: EJM
  • Added: 15 Apr 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial 10790490
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for The Leatherman (unknown–1889), Find a Grave Memorial no. 10790490, citing Sparta Cemetery, Ossining, Westchester County, New York, USA ; Maintained by EJM (contributor 46785634) .