|Steward, Paul||03/06/1858-04/03/1858||son of David & Rebecca|
|Steward, Julianna||02/17/1785-03/24/1830||w. of Capt. David Steward|
|Steward, David||12/01/1778-03/06/1864||1st Steward in Quakake|
|Gerhard, Sarah Elizabeth||06/08/1871-12/11/1871||dau. of Jonas & Elizabeth|
|Gerhard, Asa Franklin||07/01/1864-02/05/1880||son of Jonas & Elizabeth|
|Gerhard, Reuben||05/01/1828-04/15/1929||dau. of Jonas & Elizabeth|
|Gerhard, Daniel||12/13/1781-05/29/1860||son of Mathias & Anna|
|Gerhard, Elizabeth||04/27/1789-12/31/1868||[dates very worn]|
|Eroh, Charles F.||03/20/1858-06/21/1877||s. of Joel and Mary|
|Mace, Emma||1849-1939||Mace plot|
|Mace, Jacob||1821-1904||Mace plot|
|Mace, Mary||1821-1905||Mace plot|
The cemetery known as the Reed Cemetery, actually contains no known members of the Reed family. It was given this name because it is located on land once owned by the Reed family. Earlier, it was known as the Horn Cemetery. Located on private property in the West End of Packer Township, it is within a small stand of woods, roughly triangular in shape, at a place where three fields come together. There may be twice as many burials as shown above, but some of the stones may have been taken, buried, or just broken beyond recognition. Some of the stones still standing are so illegible and worn, I couldn't include them here. There is at least one member of the Hinkle family buried here, but that surname is the only thing that can be read on the very worn stone. Some small stones have only initials on them, including an "H" for the second initial, which may indicate more Hinkles or maybe Horns are buried here. This is probably the oldest cemetery in the valley. Supposedly, Philip Hoffecker, a veteran of the Revolutionary War, was buried here in 1796.
David Steward was born
in Alsace Twp., Berks Co., according to his stone, though other sources
say he was born in Edinborough, Scotland. Family legend has it that David
and his mother were the only family members to survive an Indian massacre
in Berks County.
He married Julianna Swoyer, who was born in Pricetown, Oley Twp., Berks Co., and they moved north to Rush Twp. in Schuylkill Co. about 1829. David and Julianna both died in Rush Twp. David and Julianna had about eight children. They included Julianna (mar. Jonas Merkle), Reuben, Daniel David (mar. Rebecca Gottshalk), Lydia (mar. John Steiner), Christiana (mar. Edward Gangwer), Joseph (mar. Maria Leigh of Germany), Matilda (mar. Joel Gerhard), and David Jacob (mar. Rosina Neifert). "Steward" appears to be the original spelling of the name. Some of David's sons changed the spelling to "Stewart", though. Joseph Steward and his descendants seem to have mostly stayed with the original spelling. His son, David L. Steward, who married Rebecca Gerhard, daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth (Heil) Gerhard, were the parents of Paul Steward buried in the Reed Cemetery.
Daniel Gerhard was a son of Mathias Gerhard and Anna Yeakel, who came to the Quakake Valley around 1790. Daniel married Elizabeth Heil, daughter of Daniel Heil, who pioneered settlement in the Quakake Valley. They had about 9 children: Benjamin (mar. Sarah Santee), Joel (mar. Matilda Steward, a daughter of David and Julianna), Hannah (mar. Ephraim Ballliet), Daniel (mar. Molly Neifert), Elizabeth, Susanna, Mary (mar. Jacob Mace), Jonas (mar. Elizabeth Bachart, daughter of Jacob and Rebecca Bachart), Sarah, Solomon B. (mar. Matilda Romig, daughter of Benjamin and Julia Romig, who first settled the site where Weatherly would be), the father of Jefferson Gerhard, Reuben (very likely a twin brother of Solomon's, Reuben died before his first birthday), and Rebecca (mar. David L. Steward, son of Joseph and grandson of David and Julianna Steward).
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