Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
McClelland Burials, Columbia Township,
Bradford County, Pennsylvania
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Article by J. Kelsey Jones
Photo by Joyce M. Tice
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The graves of John McClelland and Anna Weller were related to have been
on Sugar Creek west of Columbia Cross Roads and washed away in a flash
flood. Delphine FURMAN Elliott related this story to her granddaughter.
Delphine FURMAN Elliot was the daughter of Volney Furman and Sally Jane
McClelland. Sally Jane McClelland was the daughter of Peter McClelland
and Barbara Gernert and Peter McClelland was the son of John McClelland
and Anna Weller, the couple whose graves were lost in the flood. The exact
location of this cemetery is unknown and it is also unknown if this was
a family cemetery or a community plot. John McClelland b. July 1754 d.
16 Nov 1821 (pension). Anna b. 25 May 1760 (pension) d. 24 July 1842 (pension).
Interestingly, son Andrew McClelland d. 22 Feb 1836 42y 2m 16d before his
mother and he has a marker in Fries Cemetery nearby where the family resided.
Perhaps his grave and marker survived the flash flood and he was reinterred
in Fries Cemetery. This could be a possibility since the earliest dated
markers in Fries Cemetery other than the marker for Andrew McClelland are
The following from Paul Elliot Newel: "My aunt, Barbara NEWELL Shamp,
wrote the first version of our Newell-Elliott family history. Barbara was
born in Columbia Cross Roads and lived there for several years before moving
away. While writing the booklet, she interviewed McClelland, Furman and
Gernert families that lived in the area. Here are a few quotes from the
booklet; my comments in brackets [ ]. One paragraph says daughter Margaret
McClelland, married James Morgan, son of one of the first settlers of the
area, and later, John [McClelland] and his wife [Anna Maria WELLER McClelland]
would live with the Morgans until his death in 1820. He was buried in the
cemetery near the creek. Anne Marie seems to have moved to the home of
another daughter, Mary Ann or Eleanor Jane. Another paragraph says Anne
Marie died July 24, 1842, but before her death there are records that show
she applied for a widow's pension from the government because John had
served in the Revolutionary War. The record states that she was confined
to bed, ill, and unable to care for herself. She was buried beside John
[McClelland]. The cemetery was washed away in a flood sometime later in
J. Kelsey Jones
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