This post is a follow-up to my post last night about Old Yoder Gravestones.
While looking for where the cemetery was near Sugarcreek I also thought about what route the family took from Northkill, Pennsylvania to Sugarcreek, Ohio.
I really need to do more research, but will share some of what I found out.
On Facebook one of my Hochstetler cousins posted the following comment in response to my post:
The Magdalena (Stutzman) and John Yoder graves on their home farm are listed in the 1975 Cemetery Directory by Leroy Beachy, in Cemetery M-3, on the then (in 1975) Noah Coblentz farm. Beachy describes the location as “1 mile north of Shanesville square, Sugarcreek.”
Here is a view from Google earth that shows that this is definitely out in the country. You can see the nearby farm with all the out buildings. Can you make out the little square where the cemetery is?
How about a closer view. Here you can see the two big trees in the cemetery and the rows of gravestones. Look at my post from yesterday for pictures taken 25 years ago of the cemetery. Old Yoder Gravestones
Sometime around 1780 the John Yoder family moved from Northkill Creek to Somerset County, Pennsylvania which is circled on the map above. They would have traveled through the Cumberland Narrows and then followed Braddock’s Road to their new home.
Two sons, Daniel and Stephen, of John and Magdalena moved to the Sugarcreek area in the early 1810’s. They would have traveled up to Pittsburgh and then across to Sugarcreek.
I used the bicycle routing when using Google maps to show the possible route that the Yoder’s would have taken. Many of the old trails are now bicycle trails. One of these trails is the Great Allegheny Passage, which runs from Pittsburgh to the Cumberland Narrows. The total journey would have been almost 500 miles.
I also liked the feature that showed the elevation change of the route. You can definitely see where they would have passed over the Allegheny mountains.
Later this year my brother will be biking on the Great Allegheny Passage. He will follow the trail from Pittsburgh to Cumberland and then take the C & O Canal Towpath on to Washington D.C. I am looking forward to seeing his pictures as he will be following the same path as our ancestors would have followed during part of their journey.
Now to finish packing for my flight to Singapore tomorrow.