Shared Photo: Grave monument for Joseph P. Hardesty

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I wanted to share this family photo of Joseph Hardesty's grave monument  with the community. Location: Rosehill Cemetery, Barber County, Kansas. Taken 7 June 2018. The iron medal in front says F.L.T. = "Friendship, Love, and Truth" (Independent Order of Odd Fellows). Behind the monument are the headstones of him and his wife, Mary Ann Godwin Hardesty.
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WikiTree profile: Joseph Hardesty
in Photos by Lee Recca G2G6 Mach 1 (12.0k points)
I have also added Joseph P. Hardesty's memorial to Find a Grave at https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/207644889/joseph-p-hardesty

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That’s a really cool gravestone, Lee. As a cemetery hound, I always appreciate the creativity and art of stones. It makes me sad to see graves where folks couldn’t afford a carved stone, just a fieldstone, or one where the inscribing has worn away over time, and the memory of who’s buried there long forgotten.

Thanks for sharing this photo with us, Lee.
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)
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Joseph Hardesty was also a Freemason. You can see the Masonic Square & Compasses symbol (with the letter 'G' on the inside) clearly on the gravestone.

Find out more about this at the Freemasonry Project.

by Eric Weddington G2G6 Pilot (235k points)
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This is probably the most elaborate memorial I've seen in my family. Not only does Joseph have a large monument with carefully incised inscriptions and symbols, topped by a Bible sculpture, but he also has an iron medallion from the International Order of Odd Fellows and a double headstone behind the monument with separate stones for him and his wife. Plus, somebody planted a juniper tree! Why all this show? I think it's because he had a large family and was well loved. He lived a long life and was a member of several fraternal organizations.
by Lee Recca G2G6 Mach 1 (12.0k points)

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