Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Daniel McDuffie, Derry, New Hampshire

This ledger stone was photographed on Settler's Row, at Forest Hill Cemetery in Derry, New Hampshire.

The Path of the just is as the shining light
and Mrs RUTH his wife
He departed this life in March
the 2d 1767.  In the 70th Year
of his age.
Likewise she departed this Life
Nov. 8th 1778 In the 86th Year
of her age.

detail of the top left corner of the ledger stone
Daniel McDuffie was born about 1692 in Northern Ireland, and he died 2 March 1767 in Londonderry, New Hampshire.  He was the son of John McDuffie and Martha Mansfield.  He married Ruth Britton of Colerain.  He was one of the original Scots Irish settlers of  Nutfield, the area that is now Derry, New Hampshire.  He emigrated with his brother Archibald about 1720.  Daniel and Ruth's first child, Martha, was born in Ireland, and then eight more were born in New England.  Two sons and a daughter settled next door in Chester, New Hampshire; three sons went to Bradford, Vermont; and a son and daughter remained in Londonderry.

Their son, Archibald McDuffie, born about 1735, married Sarah Emerson about 1768.  She was the daughter of Samuel Emerson and Sarah Ayer.  Sarah Ayer is my 1st cousin 9 generations removed.

Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

1 comment:

  1. I've never seen a "ledger stone" made like a bench, before. It makes it easier to read. I'm slowly learning that most of your ancestors must have stayed in the Derry area, making them easy to find -- or, I should say, easier than some.