I promised to tell you about someone who lived and farmed on this land more than 200 years ago and is still right out behind our house. His name was Daniel Peifer [Pfeiffer].
Leaving his wife and child in Germany, he came to America in 1756 and landed at a Quaker colony in Amwell NJ. After being naturalized in 1764, he came to Elliottsburg PA and began farming much of the land around us.
Daniel’s grave is located right behind our house under a big Mulberry tree. Daffodils crowd his headstone. After we moved into our home, we surrounded his gravesite with iron fencing decorated with old glass insulators. I greet him each day as I walk to and from the hen yard.
Daniel left this Earth on Friday the 13th of May 1814, at the ripe old age of 92. Tomorrow will be the 200th anniversary of his death, so I’m planning a ceremony at his grave.
Now, I must confess that I have always wanted to own my own cemetery. When we were looking for some land in Perry County PA on which to build our home, I heard there was a nice piece of land with an old grave on it. I immediately said, “I’ll take it!”
I don’t know why Daniel is buried here all by himself. He must have loved this land so much that he didn’t want to leave it. I feel that way, too. There is a sense of history here and I can imagine Daniel working the land he loved.
There’s a lot of beauty in Perry County PA and a lot of it is right here!