52 Ancestors Week 22: At the Cemetery

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At the Cemetery

From Amy Johnson Crow:

 I have a feeling that you might enjoy cemeteries just as much as I do! What discoveries have you made at the cemetery? Do you have a favorite ancestral cemetery or tombstone? What cemetery do you want to visit?


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in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)
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I am going on what i call my cemetary tour this summer. Im going to about 10 different cemeteries to visit different relatives

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I recently went on a vacation trip with my husband to New Orleans.  I wanted to see if I could find my gggrandmother's grave.  Her name was Marie Julie (Deloye) Antony by her first marriage, and she remarried 18 months after her first husband's death to Davide Merola.  This did not sit well with her eldest daughter, Mathilde, who had married a man named Pizzini in New Orleans. Marie Julie's youngest daughter, my ggrandmother, Julie (Antony) Wooten, died on Christmas Day at age 25 in Memphis, and left 5 young children.  Marie Julie was on her way to Memphis to help take charge of the children, but died suddenly on arrival at the train station in Memphis.  Mathilde insisted she be returned for burial to New Orleans, though my ggrandfather had planned to bury her next to her second husband, who had died and was buried in Memphis. I imagine he was not in a position, what with his wife's death only three days earlier, to object.  So Marie Julie was sent to New Orleans.  Mathilde buried her in the Pizzini family tomb at Greenwood Cemetery, but NEVER marked her mother's name on it.  I had heard she was buried there, but could only find the Pizzini tomb, and no evidence for a Marie Julie Antony or Merola.  A check with the computer records at the funeral home on the grounds showed that Marie Julie was buried there, in the Pizzini tomb, as "Julia Merola, age 62, 29 Dec 1901".  I can only assume Mathilde wanted Marie Julie's resting place to be anonymous, as her father-in-law's burial a year later is inscribed on the tomb, as are three of Mathilde's children, her husband, and last, herself.  Marie Julie's two Merola daughters were given no say in their mother's burial, either.  I'm just glad I found her, and can let the family know where she is.
by Anneliese Kennedy G2G6 Mach 1 (15.6k points)
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Shadrach Springer Montgomery, who married my 3rd Great Grand Aunt, Isabel McCullough, donated the land for the cemetery where most of my early Ohio ancestors are buried. The church is where all of them worshipped during their lifetimes. 

by Sheri Taylor G2G6 Mach 2 (24.6k points)
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My Grandparents and the Mountain Cemeteries — A Funny Story

Yeah, okay, we do what we must for genealogy. Some cemeteries are nice, some are overgrown. Some have flowers and others have snakes. (Wear thick boots!!) But I thought I'd provide a bit of humor with a family story.

When I was about twelve and my sister about ten, our family drove our Pontiac Ventura on a road trip from Kentucky to Washington, D.C., passing by necessity through the mountains of West Virginia. My mother's parents, Ernest Lane and Clorene (Musick) Lane agreed to accompany us on the journey. In those days the only roads were two lanes wide, twisty, winding, and sometimes a bit narrow. From the front passenger seat, my grandfather could sometimes peer directly over the edge of the mountain which often dropped precipitously down to a distant valley below. As a result, Ernest became very nervous, often imploring my father to drive slower and not so near to the edge.

Meanwhile, my dear, sweet grandmother sat in the back seat with my sister and me. Clorene was a small, quiet, and good-natured woman, who enjoyed looking at the scenery. As I soon discovered, Clorene also had a wry sense of humor. On this trip, the views from high above afforded her a look at many small, neat, attractive cemeteries which she enjoyed pointing out to everyone in the car. "Oh, look at that precious little cemetery," she would say. After our grandmother had called attention to perhaps a half-dozen cemeteries, her anxious husband Ernest finally reached his breaking point. "Hell fire, Clorene," he yelled from the front seat, "do you have to point out every damned cemetery that we pass?"

My sweet grandmother didn't say a word, but she looked at me with a faintly devilish grin, raised her eyebrows and stifled a laugh or a giggle. After that when she saw a cemetery, she would just look over at me and grin from ear to ear, repressing the urge to intentionally annoy her husband by saying something. I would just smile back, enjoying being included in her silent joke.

by Bill Vincent G2G6 Pilot (134k points)
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When I visited Ireland, about 20 years ago, relatives who I had never met before took me to the cemetery where many of my Higgins ancestors were buried in Claretuam,County Galway. I saw the graves of ancestors going back three generations. I was so grateful for the chance to connect with my roots.
by Rosemary Dill G2G6 Mach 1 (16.2k points)
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The following is a picture of the grave of 3 of my ancestors Sarah Cassidy her daughter Gladys Dorothy Yates and Edward Stedman Langridge Gladys husband

Shame it has become so weathered. Sarah Cassidy was from Cork in Ireland, Gladys was from Sussex and Edward was from Hambledon mainland Hampshire, before they all lived on the Isle of Wight.

by Janet Wild G2G6 Pilot (172k points)
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Unfortunately, my brothers and I made a mistake on my father’s headstone. It is supposed to read 08 Sept 1916 and it reads 16 Sept 1916. I am not sure what it would take to correct,
by Rosemary Dill G2G6 Mach 1 (16.2k points)
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I would love to find details for the location of the Crumbliss Family Graveyard in Kingston, TN. It holds the graves of Elizabeth Estes Crumbliss and Thomas W Crumbliss.

There's mystery surrounding not only the location, but also questions. Thomas died in 1832. His son (and my Gxgrandfather) Hugh Carroll died in 1850. Elizabeth Estes Crumbliss died in 1851. Although family history is fairly determined to support that Elizabeth was Thomas' wife, I can entertain the possibility of being open-minded until (and it may never be) proven - possibly, Elizabeth was the wife of Hugh Carroll Crumbliss and they cared for Thomas until his death. It would definitely affect the understanding of our family connections. :/ And so I keep looking for the Kingston, TN Crumbliss Family Graveyard which I'm told was either covered by new development without moving the graves, or by the flooding to create the lake.
by Tess Obenauf G2G6 (8.8k points)

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