|Wetmore Cemetery, North Warren|
Sydney's Stone is on the right side
The large stone in line with tree in the cemetery
|The grave of Sydney Berry|
The badly weathered stone bears witness
To his death
Sydney was employed to help construct the Hazel Street Bridge that crossed the Allegheny River. The Hazel Street Bridge was a covered bridge that existed from 1839 to 1855 and was the first bridge over the Allegheny River at Warren.
The understanding I've always had when I've read about his death (which due to the passage of time is very little) is that he was at the site of the bridge when the accident occurred. However, I did stumble upon an article that states Sydney was at the sandstone quarry when the accident happened. The sandstone was being quarried to build the piers for the covered bridge to rest upon. While helping to quarry the stone to be used, one of the rocks shifted and fell, striking and killing him.
Which version is correct, I'm not sure, but it happening at the quarry does make a little more sense in my mind. Sydney's remains would be buried in the Wetmore Cemetery and from the rock that claimed his life a marker was formed.
A note about Sydney's family: At the time of his death, Sydney was married to Janet Sill Berry. They had two children, Gurdon and Elias. His wife was pregnant at the time of the accident with their third child, who would be named in honor of his father. Sadly young Sydney passed at the age of three and rests near his father.