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 Zachariah Rexrode, Sr

Zachariah Rexrode, Sr

Birth
Germany
Death 1799 (aged 74–75)
Pendleton County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Pendleton County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 41333157 · View Source
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A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at the Rexrode Cemetery located seven miles south of Franklin alongside Highway 220. Remains believed to be those of Zachariah Rexrode Sr., his wife Anna Maria Rexrode, and one other unknown person were discovered in unmarked graves beneath a hay field on Zachariah's home place. They will be re-interred in the cemetery where his son Zachariah Rexrode Jr. and many other Rexrode descendents are buried.

Zachariah Rexrode Sr. was the first Rexrode to come to America, arriving at Philadelphia in 1749. He and his wife lived on the South Fork near Brandywine. He died there in 1799. She died in 1806.

Basagic Funeral Home of Franklin is in charge of the arrangements.

Bill Rexroad - Aug 29, 2009 Here's the story (short version): Several years ago, as I was doing research for my book on Zachariah Rexrode Sr., I determined and proved where his home place was (it is described in the book, Chapter 5 on p. 42). I met a man who used to walk across the property fifty odd years ago as a child as he went to catch the school bus. He told me about having seen depressions in the ground - graves - on the edge of the property.

In 2007 I arranged with Sandra Pope of FSHEA to have the area surveyed with ground penetrating radar (GPR). The man who had seen the depressions as a child was there to show us where they had been (they are no longer visible, what with the ground having been cultivated for decades and covered with vegetation). The
GPR found anomalies right where the man told us to look. Their appearance on the radar output suggested graves.

I have the GPR results showing the grave locations and that is where we are going to dig. We begin work there on 7 September. Two of my sons are coming to help. My original intent was to have DNA testing done. It turned out to be
extremely expensive ($10,000) and I was told by experts that any chance of finding Y-chromosome DNA on remains that old is very unlikely.

Assuming we find remains, will they actually be those of Zach? Can't prove it. That's why I say "believed to be those of ..." My hope is that years from now DNA testing methods will have progressed and cost will be lower and somebody will take it upon themselves to have it done. At least they will know where to find those remains.


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  • Created by: David Bruty
  • Added: 30 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41333157
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Zachariah Rexrode, Sr (22 Feb 1724–1799), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41333157, citing Rexrode Cemetery #21, Pendleton County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by David Bruty (contributor 46939293) .