Friday, February 8, 2019

The Tales Told inside Old Cemeteries #kentuckypioneers #genealogy

The Tales Told inside Old Cemeteries

Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin

Genealogy Books by Jeannette Holland AustinThe tales told in old cemeteries are both written and unwritten. Relatives often erect an obelisks which defines the lives of their ancestors at the entrance of the cemetery and the DAR marks the burial location of Revolutionary War Soldiers. It is the result of a ton of research performed by interested persons. The unwritten part lies in the the graves themselves. I once found a concrete slab covering a sunken grave of an uncle born in 1795. This would not have occurred had I not first cleared away the thorny briars. Soil indentions inside the family plot could suggest the burial of an infant or small child. Everyone was buried inside the family plot except uncle Joe. His grave was discovered in a neglected wooden area. The old slate tombstones did not last long. They often broke and fell into the dirt. Did you search nearby sheds and wooded areas? I was surprised to find several slate tombstones stacked inside an old barn in the general vicinity of where the old family home once stood. 
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