Sunday, February 3, 2013

James Dewitt, pioneer settler of Perkins Township

According to a newspaper article in the February 4, 1886 issue of the Sandusky Register, James Dewitt, a pioneer settler Perkins Township, was born at Harmony, New Jersey on March 4, 1812 (although his tombstone reads he was born March 11, 1813.) Erie County Probate Court lists the marriage date of James Dewitt and Sidney Ann Macky as February 16, 1843.

Sadly, the first Mrs. James Dewitt died on August 27, 1849. Her tombstone at Perkins Cemetery reads Cidnea A., Wife of James Dewitt.

On April 28, 1850, James Dewitt married Elizabeth Wolverton, who was sometimes known as Ann Elizabeth. Mrs. Ann Elizabeth Dewitt died on December 18, 1868. She was buried next to Mrs. Cidnea Dewitt at Perkins Cemetery.

Mr. James Dewitt passed away on February 2, 1886, having outlived both his wives. His funeral was held at the Perkins Methodist Church, and he was buried in Perkins Cemetery. James Dewitt and his first wife were the parents of well known Erie County Common Pleas Judge, James Lloyd Dewitt.

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