William Ledent
(Cir 1842-1899)
Agnes Allen
Andrew Allen Ledent
(Cir 1869-1877)


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Andrew Allen Ledent

  • Born: Cir 1869, Philadelphia, PA
  • Died: 19 Feb 1877, Philadelphia, PA at age 8
  • Buried: 21 Feb 1877, Machpelah Vault

bullet   Cause of his death was Shock.


bullet  Research Notes:

Machpelah Cemetery
The Philadelphia Inquirer July 22, 1894
Proposed Abandonment of Down-Town Cemetery Likely to Create Trouble. Descendants Who Will Forcibly Protest Against the Exhuming of Bodies. Peaceable Overtures by the Officials Rejected by Those Who Want the Grounds at Tenth and Washington Avenue to Remain as They are. A contest is brewing between the relatives, descendants and friends of the dead buried in the Machpelah Cemetery, at Tenth and Washington avenue, and the officials of the cemetery, who are determined to move all the bodies now buried there to the new ninety-acre grounds on Baltimore avenue, just west of Mount Moriah Cemetery. The Machpelah Cemetery is the second oldest in town, being opened in 1830, and the descendants of the persons originally buried there are among the oldest and most conservative families, and they have determined to invoke every aid the courts can give them to prevent the raising of their dead. Others who are less conservative, at least in the methods they propose to use, threaten to resist by force any attempt to disturb the remains of their ancestors. Yesterday, in response to an appeal sent out by E. M. Allen, secretary of the corporation owning the ground, a number of lotholders called at the cemetery, and selected the positions they desired in the new cemetery. Others flatly refused to accept the terms offered, even through they were tendered larger lots in fee simple in the new cemetery, whereas they now have only privllege of burial without any ownership of the ground. In these contested cases a representative of the company explained that when the consent has been obtained of as large a number as possible the work of exhuming the dead will begin, and those who desire to do so may apply to the courts for injunctions. A MENACE TO HEALTH. The condition of the old cemetery on the north side of Washington avenue, extending from Tenth to Eleventh streets, has been a source of worriment to the Board of Health for some time. From the small size of the grounds, their long use for burial purposes, and the fact, as one member of the cmetery company expressed it, that the bodies of the dead are sown there as "thick as herring," the cemetery has been considered a greater menace to public health than any other, and since 1890 burials have been prohibited. For the same reasons greater restrictions have been placed about the work of exhuming than in any other cemetery, and while elsewhere the work may be done through five months, in the Machpelah it is confined to the months of December, January and February. All work in the cemetery which involves any disturbance of the earth must be done, also, under the supervision of the Board of Health, and in the case of one or two recent removals Medical Inspector Taylor has officiated, and has liberally sprinkled the earth, as it is thrown up, with chloride of lime. THE FORGOTTEN DEAD. A great many of the lots contain the bodies of persons long dead and forgotten, whose friends and relatives have drifted away and for whom no claims will be presented. Among the number is the grave of John Augustis Stone, the ??gitted author of "Metamora." Above the grave is a marble shaft, last falling into decay, which bears an inscription telling that it was reared to the memory of Mr. Stone by his friend, Edwin Forrest, in 1836. In Pursuance of their determination to clear the groudn, with or without the consent of all the lot-holders, the cemetery company hopes to vacate by the first of next year, and the ground will then be offered for sale to the city to be transformed into a small park and children's play ground. The Philadelphia Inquirer November 21, 1894, Page 2 SANITARY MEASURES. Bodies to Be Removed From Machpelah and Union Cemeteries. On the renewal of the application of Secretary C. A. Quinby the Health Board resolved yesterday to permit the removal from Machpelah Cemetery of the 13,000 bodies now lying there to a new burial ground in Delaware county. Disinterment will begin on the 1st of December, under the supervision of Chief Medical Inspector Taylor. Twelve or thirteen bodies of Chinamen, whose remains are to be sent back to their native land, are also to be removed from the Methodist Union Ground. All the bodies are to be placed in hermetically sealed cases and transported in closed cars on the Pennsylvania Railroad from the cemetery to a siding adjoining the new grounds. The time consumed in the operation will be about sixty days. The Philadelphia Inquirer December 6, 1894, Page 3 RAISING THE DEAD. First Body Removed from Old Machpelah Cemetery. The first of 13,000 bodies was removed from old Machpelah Cemetery yesterday, and the rest will follow as quickly as the work of removal can be accomplished. Most of the bodies will be interred at Mount Moriah. The contract for the removal of all the bodies has been given to C. A. Quinby, undertaker and Coroner of Media, who proposed to have from eighty to a hundred men occupied in the work every day. A high board fence is to be erected about the cemetery to keep out curious persons. The bodies as they are exhumed will be boxed, placed in closed cars on Washington avenue and shipped to their destination. Very few bodies were taken up yesterday, but the work will soon be actively under way. The Philadelphia Inquirer December 7, 1894, Page 3 Removing Bodies From Machpelah. Four more bodies were taken out of Machpelah Cemetery yesterday, and the general work of removal will begin on Tuesday. The work is in sole charge of Undertaker C. A. Quinby, of 1712 North Twentieth street. The Philadelphia Inquirer January 6, 1895 Removal Temporarily Halted. Because a lotholder is seeking an injunction, the work of removing the dead from the old Machpelah Cemetery has been temporarily abandoned. It is claimed that 300 members of the lot holders' association agreed to the removal before the work was begun, and it is thought that the trouble will be adjusted in a few days. The Philadelphia inquirer January 23, 1895, Page 9 REMOVING BODIES. Cemeteries Giving Way to the March of City Progress. At the Machpelah Cemetery, Tenth and Washington avenue, the removal of the bodies will be resumed this week. Old deeds for lots in the cemetery are being exchanged for lots in the North Mount Moriah Cemetery. The Philadelphia Inquirer April 23, 1895, Page 3 An Author's Remains. The men at work disinterring the bodies in old Machpelah Cemetery yesterday came to Lot 33, of Section L., in which the remains of John Augustus Stone, author of the tragedy "Metamora; or, The Last of the Wampanoags," were interred. Henry F. Stone, of New York, son of the author, was present at the time of disinterent. The bones were placed in a sealed box and deposited temporarily in the vault. John Augustus Stone was born in Massachusetts, in 1801, and died in 1834. He was a strong personal friend of the great tragedian Forrest, from whom he won a prize for his "Metamora." This file has been created by a form at http://www.genrecords.org/pafiles/ File size: 7.6 Kb This file is located at http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/philadelphia/cemeteries/machpelahremoval.txt

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Philadelphia Death Certificate at www.familysearch.org
Andrew Allen Ledent
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 19 Feb 1877
Event Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male
Race: w
Age: 6
Birth Year (Estimated): 1871
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
Father's Name: William Ledent
Mother's Name: Agnes Ledent
Address: 1126 Carpenter St
Cemetery: Machpelah Vault
Burial Date: 21 Feb 1877
GS Film number: 2027862
Digital Folder Number: 004010267
Image Number: 00536

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