Brake Family Cemetery, Brake's Run, Hardy County, West Virginia

Submitted by Perry Brake April 1999.

Brake Family Cemetery as viewed from CR 7 at the historical town of Brake's Run, approximately 15 miles south of Moorefield.


Catherine STUMP was the second wife of Jacob BRAKE, Sr. (the son of Johann Jacob BRAKE, the elder Brake in this line, who might have lived at Brake's Run for a short period, but returned to Frederick County, VA). Catherine was born in 1741. The inscription says "C-B Mar 31 1816." Catherine was the daughter of Michael and Katherine STUMP. She was born Oct 22, 1741 in Schlaitdorf, Germany. At one time, Jacob's stone was also in this cemetery, but it, along with several others, have disappeared. Jacob's first wife, Maria Elizabeth COOPER, was killed by Indians and if her body was recovered, the location of her grave is unknown.

A "Mystery Stone"

Beside Catherine BRAKE'S stone are a set of stones (head and foot, approximately 6 feet apart) for an unknown person. Shown is what is probably the foot stone. The head stone is identical except that the inscription at top and bottom are reversed. Analysis of both stones reveals the top (on the foot stone) to be "C-8" and the bottom to be "A-G" or "A-U." The date shown is 1789, a year that does not correspond to the death of any known Brake. Jacob is known to have had seven children: Jacob, Jr., Magdalene, John, Elizabeth, Isaac, Abraham, and Michael. Could this stone be that of an eighth child? C-8?

Leonard BRAKE

Catherine STUMP and Jacob BRAKE, Sr., had at least one son, Michael BRAKE, born 1779, d. 1861. He married Elizabeth DASHER, and they had three children: Leonard BRAKE, b. Apr 2, 1804, d. July 2, 1891 as shown on this inscription; Magdalena BRAKE, b. June 1805, m. Nimrod SEE; and Elizabeth BRAKE. After Michael left the South Fork area and settled near Petersburg in Grant County, his son, Leonard took over the Brake farm and was, among other things, the U.S. Post Master for the Post Office known as "Brake's Run." The Post Office, build of sturdy logs, still stands, and is in relatively good shape.


Margaret SIMON BRAKE, born April 14, 1804, died May 5, 1893, was the wife of Leonard BRAKE.


Elizabeth BRAKE, daughter of Michael BRAKE and Elizabeth DASHER, and granddaughter of Jacob BRAKE, Sr., and Catherine STUMP BRAKE, was born Sep 10, 1809, and died on Sep 26, 1894 at the age of 85 years and 16 days. She married Jacob SIMON in 1832. Inscribed on her stone is the 23rd Psalm - "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, He leadeth me beside the still water."

Margaret (BRAKE?) SITES

Margaret SITES, born Jan 12, 1834, d. Dec 12, 1906 was the wife of Daniel A. SITES (next entry) and probably the daughter of Leonard BRAKE and Margaret SIMON.


D. A. SITES (Daniel), husband of Margaret (BRAKE?) SITES above, was born June 2, 1836 and died June 8, 1909. On the side of his stone is the inscription "The Lord is my strength and my shield, my heart trusteth in Him, and I am helped, therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth."

Dice R. P. SEE

It is not known who Dice R. P. SEE, born June 16, 1891, died Mar 20, 1923 is or what relationship he holds to the BRAKE family.

Photos and Narrative furnished by Perry BRAKE, Tacoma, WA, 6g grandson of Johann Jacob BRAKE.

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