Colonel Alexander Harper
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N 41° 46.788 W 081° 00.120
17T E 499833 N 4625328
Quick Description: Located in the Colonel Alexander Harper Memorial Cemetery, Harpersfield Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio.
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 3/31/2009 12:44:03 PM
Waymark Code: WM64DA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Sneakin Deacon
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Long Description:
Alexander Harper was born in Middletown, Connecticut in 1744. In the year 1770 he took a patent of a large tract of land and moved to Harpersfield, Delaware County, in the state of New York.

In 1777 he received a captain's commission in a regiment of rangers commanded by Col. John Harper, the regiment having been raised by the direction of Gov. Clinton. He was afterwards promoted to the rank of colonel, and served with distinction in the War of the Revolution.

On June 28, 1798 he moved with his family to what is now Harpersfield, Ashtabula County, Ohio, and settled there, dying on the tenth of September of the same year. This section of the country was then a wilderness, and Col. Harper gave the township of Harpersfield it's name.

It is said that soon after landing he placed his staff in the ground and dedicated a portion of land as a cemetery, and he himself was the first to be buried there; he being the first white person buried in the Western Reserve, whose grave can be identified.
Location type: Single Grave

Date of Birth: 1744

Date of Death: September 10, 1798

Cause of death: Died Later

Grave Marker Text:
Col. Alexander Harper died September 10, 1798 aged 54 Years Around this monumental stone, Let friendship drop a sacred tear. A Husband Kind a Parent fond, An Upright Man lies buried Here.


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