Friday, September 23, 2011

My Apology For Our Error In The Lisbon Tour

The first rule when doing any research of an area is never assume anything.  I am sorry to say that I broke that rule in my search of Lisbon History.  This Lock Stone, outside of the old Stone Tavern says it is from Lock 27.  For us today, Lock 27 is Lusks Lock out past Elkton.  I took this and ran with it.  I knew that Lusks Lock did have it's Lock Stone replaced and I assumed this was the old one.  IT SAYS LOCK 27 in my defense.  However, 100 years ago the locks were numbered differently.  E. Gill had his own numbering for the locks, which does not match what we have today.  According to the original Lusk's Lock Plate,  it says it is number 41.  You can find this information at THE SANDY BEAVER CANAL BY JERRY KING .   It is complicated as I still do not understand why there is such a discrepancy, but needless to say this lock stone is from a lock that was once at the end of Market Street in Lisbon.  It was not at Lusks Lock.  I am still not done feeling like an idiot for this and again I do apologize.  But the story of the Little Girl being buried in Lusks Lock was still a good legend to share and this Lock Stone was a good introduction for it.  I will strive to get my facts straight in any future endeavors. 

A Picture of the Barn That Erastus Eells Made His Coffins In

This little barn (photo by Chris and Debbie) was where Erastus Eells operated his little wood working shop.  Here he made cabinets and coffins.  Here is also where he may have smuggled slaves out of the country by hiding them in the coffins he made and shipping them to Canada.  He may have been doing this as early as the mid 1840's, long before the Civil War ever broke out.  I am honored to know that our county was made by strong and brave men like Erastus Eells. 

Lt. Col Johnathon Laird-Laid To Rest In His Own Back Yard

One of the many stories on our Lisbon Tour was that of Lt. Col. Johnathon Laird.  He was a Revolutionary Soldier, may had been involved in a few Indian Skirmishes, and might also have been involved in the War of 1812.  He was also buried in his own back yard when he died in 1824. He is buried beside his daughter, Catherine Laird Kidd (which might tie into another story later).  When the property he was buried on was sold in 1830, a provision was made that the graves of these two people would remain.  With each sale of this property, that was always a provision.  The last owner of the home that was once here was William Sexton.  He sold the property to The Eagles Club (the former Joshua Hannah home) and as all their predecessors have done, they kept the grave area and maintain it beautifully.  The house was torn down and the parking lot made, but the graves of Johnathon and Catherine will always be safe.