CONESUS, N.Y. (AP) — The man who led what’s known as Shays’ Rebellion is getting a new gravestone to correct an old mistake.
Massachusetts native Daniel Shays was a Revolutionary War veteran who led a protest against the state’s harsh economic policies. After the six-month armed rebellion was put down in 1787, Shays fled to southern Vermont, where he and others settled near the New York border. He was pardoned a year later.
Shays moved to western New York around 1814 and died there 11 years later. He’s buried in a cemetery in Conesus, 30 miles south of Rochester.
His gravestone is missing the “s” at the end of his surname. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports (http://on.rocne.ws/2aZFkDo ) that a descendant, Phil Shays of Clarence, is dedicating a new stone on Aug. 12.