52 Photos Week 37: Grave

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in The Tree House by Eowyn Langholf G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)

How does this thread have 8 answers and only 3 likes?  

Clicking the "like" button is how you say thanks for these fun weekly questions yessmileywinklaugh

Oh-oh, you caught me! I posted my pic then started working on a profile, chatting on the phone, etc., etc.
Sorry guys, not sure what happened before, blame the ghost in the machine.:)

28 Answers

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Photo week 37 


My husbands uncle Julius Svane Lorentzen Died 22 August 2019 99 years old, he would have been 100 year 28 October.

We went to his funeral 30 August 

The photo is his coffin in Dragør Church 

The prist hold a speak telling us the day before Julius died the nurse ash him do you want some sleeping pills to to sleep on, he had reply no thank You I settle with the madras 

He was always so funny and we will miss him 

Julius will be together with his wife in this grave 

by Susan Laursen G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
edited by Susan Laursen
What a cute story Susan!  Thanks for sharing the beautiful picture with us.
thank You Caryl you are always sweet
Thank you, Susan, for this photo and story. The church is beautiful!
Thank you my friend Robin you are always so sweet
99! I agree with Robin, the church is lovely.
Beautiful flowers, Susan, and a truly marvelous photo of the church.
Thank You Pip
Thank You Laurie
You always have a beautiful picture and a wonderful story to go with it, my friend. Thank you for sharing.
Thank You sweet Cheryl you are always so sweet
thank you for your lovely story
Tim how very sweet of you much appreciated
Hi susan, not sure if you will receive this as its probably late where you are, its 9.58pm here in UK, I lost my mum on February 25th this year, she passed whilst at her little bungalow doing what she loved, gardening, she suffered a massive stroke and the surgeon said that it would have been quick 1/10th of a second. When the time came for her finally to go it was 8 am the following morning and I was in the little room with her off the main ward. her breathing was rasping and getting slower so I climbed on the bed and lay with her. I held her close and I held her tight, I whispered in her ear that I would always look after my brother who has learning difficulties, I wiped a tear from my eyes and placed it on her eye I rubbed noses with her like she did to me when I was little and I whispered to her to go and make her journey, I kissed her on the cheek and away she flew , I miss her so much my mum
Sorry Tim to hear about your mother
Tim, what a lovely story about your mom's passing. I am so sorry about your loss. I am sure your mom was comforted knowing you were right by her side, holding her so close to her. You are a wonderful son. Thank you for sharing this with us.
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This is the gravestone of my great great grandfather,  George Washington Short, Jr. .  He joined the Union army in the Civil War when he was 50 years old.  I really love that about him!  He is buried in St. Clair County, Missouri.

by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Pilot (138k points)
What a beautiful gravestone Caryl thank You for sharing
I wonder what the inset carving is. Bible?
I think so Laurie.  One day, I hope to visit his grave and see it with my own eyes.  A FindAGrave member was very kind to give me permission to use his gravestone photo.
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This is a photo taken on Memorial Day, 30 May 2016, at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, South Dakota of me at the grave of my cousin PFC Jeffery Miles Marvin. He was wounded twice in Vietnam, and Jeff was like a little brother. He and his sister were my only first cousins, and as children we spent our holidays and all vacations together.  

by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Mach 7 (79.6k points)
edited by Alexis Nelson
thank You Alexis for sharing this wonderful photo
Thank you Susan.

Great photo and story, Alexis. Something tells me you've been adding 1900s dates to profiles today and one slipped in here.smiley

Very moving story and photo.  Thanks for sharing with us Alexis.
Thank you Laurie. You are so right, sometimes I think I live totally in the past.
Thank you Caryl.
You and me both, Alexis!
Such a lovely photo and story, Laurie.
Great photo and story - so glad to see you in the pic too! ;-)
Thank you SJ, windy day in South Dakota!
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This past Memorial Day weekend I finally drove to Irondale Cemetery in Millerton, New York to look for the grave of my 3rd Great Grandfather, John Traver. Not long after I started looking for his grave I found the family plot for his brother, Freeman Traver. After quite a bit more walking around, I found a sister, Emma Traver Manning. I had the picture on Find A Grave as a reference, but I just couldn't seem to find the right area. Finally after a couple of hours there, I found his marker - which I had walked right by to get to his brother's family plot. After visiting the cemetery, I drove across the state line to where he had lived in Sharon and Salisbury, Connecticut. It was a long hot day, but I was definitely glad I took the time to visit.

by Emily Holmberg G2G6 Mach 5 (56.1k points)
Emily what a fantastic beautiful gravestone thank You for sharing this
The carving on this gravestone is wonderful.
Nice memorial and beautiful photos!
Thank you all for your nice comments. The big one with just Traver was for Freeman and his family and very easy to spot at the top of the hill. You can even pick it out on Google Earth!
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My sisters Grave in Ngaruwahia, near Hamilton, New Zealand


by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (617k points)
Robynne thank You for sharing this wonderful gravestone where your sister are buried
I think it's so nice that photos can be included on the stones now.
Robynne, thank you for sharing your sister’s beautiful headstone and her tragic story, So sad for your whole family and especially her being so young and having three little children.
Thank you for sharing. It is a beautiful headstone.
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Last summer I traveled through the area of Spain from which many of my ancestors come. I visited some cemeteries in small towns, trying to find family names. This is one of them.

by Margarita López Gila G2G6 Mach 1 (14.5k points)
Margarita, photo not showing.
Wonderful photo, Margarita.
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The gravestone of my 4x great-grandmother Agnes Shannon (1775-1857) at Drummond Hill Cemetery, Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Shannon farm at Muddy Run was on the old Portage Road that ran along the Niagara River.

by Laurie Cruthers G2G6 Pilot (111k points)
Laurie what a fantastic gravestone if your gggg great grandmother thank You for sharing
Thanks, Susan!
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This is a shameless copy and paste from a post I made after the connect-a-thon but it just fits this theme so perfectly:

While adding profiles for the Connect-a-Thon I was entering the children for John Benskin and Mary (Hobbs) Benskin.  I entered the first child and then when I got to the third child, I saw that there appeared to be some conflation and the two were actually one person.  Looking at them side by side, you can see the similarities and understand how they got mixed up:

Frederick John BENSKIN was born on 22 Dec 1820 in Margate, Kent, England, was christened on 25 Feb 1821 in Margate, Kent, England, died on 21 Mar 1904 in Texas, Henry Co., Ohio at age 83, and was buried in Mar 1904 in Washington, Henry Co., Ohio.

John Frederick BENSKIN was born in Dec 1823 in Margate, Kent, England, was christened on 14 Dec 1824 in Margate, Kent, England, died on 16 Jun 1906 in South Austin, Travis Co., Texas at age 82, and was buried on 18 Jun 1906 in Blanco, Blanco Co., Texas.

Just to be sure, I went to the back of the book and checked the sources for each profile and the sources show them as different people and as siblings.  A further search reveals two different Find-a-Grave memorials.  Yup, two different brothers - a bit of an uncanny connection - similar but inverted given name and one died in Texas, Ohio and the other in the state of Texas.

by SJ Baty G2G6 Pilot (611k points)
I like the carving of the bird and the verse. To my mind, this is a wonderful example of a gravestone from this era. I'm glad you decided to be shameless SJ!
SJ they stones are wonderful thank You for sharing
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The two gravestones below are for a husband and wife who died on the steamer the "Brother Jonathan" when it went down off the coast of Del Norte County in California on July 30, 1865.  Today this shipwreck, with the loss of over 200 lives, still claims the largest number of shipping casualties on the Pacific Coast.

These two people, Daniel Rowell and his wife, Polina Buell Rowell were two of the casualties.  But in addition, their four sons were also lost.  It is assumed that their bodies were found but were never identified.  If that is so, they would have been buried in a mass grave for the unidentified in the cemetery with their parents. 

by Robin Shaules G2G6 Pilot (375k points)
Someone is taking care of the graves and stones, which is heartwarming to see.
I agree with you, Laurie. The cemetery/memorial is now part of a public park so it is well-cared for.
Robin the stone are wonderful but what a sad story

Thank You friend for sharing this
Very cool Robin.  Thanks for sharing this.
I agree Susan. Polina's father came to identify the bodies, but he had not seen the children for a while, and had not seen the baby at all so he was unable to identify them.
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I have many grave photos ... but the topic of Grave made me think of my Mumma ancestors who had a role in the civil war ... below is a photos and article about the graveyard honoring them in Antietam National Battleground.

by Bill Sims G2G6 Mach 2 (29.6k points)
Neat.  I live in MD so I am lucky to be able to visit many civil war battlefields.  When I visit Antietam/Sharpsburg it really raises the hairs on my arm. I get a very spooky feeling there.  One of my favorite places to visit.  Thanks for sharing this Bill.
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I was excited to find this magnificent Johnston family headstone the other week, while researching David Johnston, who is actually buried in the Ayr Cemetery, in Queensland, Australia, in an unmarked grave.

by David Urquhart G2G6 Mach 4 (49.5k points)
That's a great family marker with lots of information, definitely an exciting find.
Thanks Emily, I was little upset that David didn't have a military cross, but now I know why.
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This is the grave of my great-uncle Bracken Ridge Underwood (note that the stone has “Hall” as his middle name). He died at the age of 2 1/2, and is buried at Flat Rock Cemetery at the former site of the Hebron Baptist Church. 

I only saw my Grandpa cry twice in his life. One of those times was when he related the story of Bracken’s death. Grandpa was only five years old when Bracken died. He related that his father made the little coffin and his mother made the lining for the coffin. 

No other family members are buried with Bracken as his family moved across the River a few years later. 

Grandpa and I often visited this grave. He would stand there for a little, looking at this stone, but never said what he was thinking while standing there.

by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)
What a amazing old stone Pip how sad he died so young thank You for sharing
Really beautiful stone and story.  Thanks Pip.
Thank you for this wonderful but sad story.
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Maple Grove Cemetery is a few blocks from my house. I don't know anyone buried there, and my ancestors didn't live where I live. But I go once or twice a month anyway, because the cemetery is one of the best places in the city to look for birds.

I remember the day I took this photo, there were dozens of bluebirds, more bluebirds than I'd ever seen flocked together at one time in my life.

Since it's early in the morning when I visit, I'm almost always the only one there, except for the foxes and raccoons and deer and birds. It's a big place, with thousands and thousand of people buried there, and I wonder about them sometimes. They're other people's family, but not mine.

So mostly I just enjoy the peace and look for birds. 

by Jessica Hammond G2G6 Mach 1 (19.5k points)
very beautiful photo
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My parents, grandparents, gr-grandparents, 2GG, cousins, and even many of my wife's cousins are buried at John's Chapel Cemetery.  It is an old, country church cemetery in Greene Co., Missouri - very peaceful and I always enjoy going there.

I am slowly documenting everyone in the cemetery.  

by Randall Gardner G2G6 Mach 1 (16.4k points)
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This is my parents' grave in Hellesdon, Norwich, Norfolk. England.

by Christine Frost G2G6 Mach 3 (37.9k points)
Christine this is a wonderful stone where your parents are buried The flower are beautiful thank You for sharing
Thank you Susan.  The cemetery is an extension of their local churchyard, which is now full.  They lived in that parish for around 60 years.
Fantastic  always love the english church  and graveyard

We been driving around Uk in car many times just to se the church and graveyard and castles

Because Uk has so many exciting ones
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I'm using a profile I made that is not a relative of mine, but a mystery I'm working on: simply someone I've been curious about since I was a child. When I was about 10, I discovered an old grave, here in Albion, Mendocino county, California, out in the "pygmy forest" (a stunted forest that grows in some places near where I live). It had been through a fire (in the 1800's and into the early 1900's, settlers used to burn off the pygmy forest from time to time).


The headstone was still readable, saying: William D. Miller, Born in Maine, Died Aug. 14. 1890, Aged 59 years.

I found the grave in about 1970. I asked the old-timers I know about it, and have done so over the years. People know it's there, but no one really knew who he was or why he was buried there. I was told one story that he had syphilis, and they didn't want to bury him in the graveyard. I doubt that it was true.


I have consulted with the local historical society and genealogists. We found a short blurb in the local newspaper, saying that he died at the home of W. M.  Wright on Albion Ridge Rd., and to copy to Humboldt papers. When I looked for record of him in Humboldt county (to the north), I found someone by that name in the great registry, that came from Maine in the 1870's. There were two other people with the same last name who registered to vote the same day, also from Maine. I'm surmising they may be brothers.

I have not yet solved the mystery, but have some clues, and bits and pieces of his life. He was a rancher in Humboldt county. Why he was in Albion, I don't know. If the two other people who may be his brothers, were, one of them moved to Ukiah, the Mendocino county seat. But that's about 60 miles away. Puzzles...

If anyone knows of any Millers in Maine, who have long-lost relatives who went west, let me know!

by Alison Gardner G2G6 Mach 4 (45.4k points)
edited by Alison Gardner
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Here is the grave of James Truslow, my 4th Great Grandfather who was the first tailor in Charleston, Kanawha, Virginia (now West Virginia).


by Dorothy Truslow G2G3 (3.8k points)
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This is Adam Spach Grave. His profile is https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Spach-20 52_Photos_Week_37_Grave-1.jpg

by Linda Barnett G2G6 Pilot (381k points)
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I just found this tombstone on Saturday. My 5th great-grandfather, William Crenshaw, was born in North Carolina in 1774 and died in Equality, Illinois in !814. He is buried at Hickory Hill cemetery with his wife Elizabeth Hart Crenshaw who was also born in North Carolina or Virginia in 1772 and died in 1829. For years it was thought that Elizabeth was the daughter of John Hart, the signer of the Declaration of Independence, but that is no longer believed to be true.

ago by Angie Conner G2G Crew (670 points)
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Hello everyone, this is a photo my grandpa Victor Edward Johnson took in Japan while he was stationed there during World War II. The back of the photo says "American dead on the island." I found it in an album he kept of pictures and documents from his time in the war.

ago by Erin Johnson G2G3 (3.3k points)
Thank you for this poignant photo.

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