SUMMIT CITY HISTORY NOTES
The two graves of Anthony Wayne
By RICHARD BATTIN
Anthony Wayne is the only famous person in American history known to have
Thirteen years after Wayne's death, his son, Isaac Wayne, decided to move
his father's body to the family's burial plot at St. David's Church in Radnor,
Isaac Wayne drove over the mountains to Erie, Pa., in a one-horse sulky to claim his father's body.
Young Wayne enlisted the help of Dr. J.G. Wallace, who had been with Wayne
at the Battle of Fallen Timbers.
Wayne's body was remarkably preserved even after 13 years. There was little
decay except in the lower portion of one leg. The men decided ti was
impractical to reduce the body to small packages that would fit into the back
of the sulky. With Isaac Wayne's permission, Wallace dissected the body and
boiled the parts in a large iron kettle to render the flesh from the bones.
Isaac Wayne took the cleaned skeleton back home in the sulky.
The rendered flesh and the knives used in the operation were replaced in
the original coffin and reinterred in the old grave.
--Jan. 24, 1994