Site visitor Intense Guy lives near where our latest family lived and died, and recently visited two cemeteries seeking their final resting places. His story is a testament to genealogy and how powerful these old photographs can be for later generations. Read on, courtesy of Iggy:
I drove to the old Zion Presbyterian Church were William L. Mearns is buried and … it was quite an experience. The cemetery is quite small – only about 20 graves wide by about 10 rows – In the first row to the right of the entrance gate is William L. Mearn’s beautiful grave stone. I’ve been researching him long enough that somehow I felt like I “knew” him. The arrangement of the graves is interesting. From left to right:
Emma Fulton Mearns – Samuel J. Mearns – William L Mearns – Amy T. Rittenhouse Mearns … with Amy on the end of the row
In the second row to the right – Sarah Rittenhouse, wife of Jeremiah Rittenhouse (Amy’s father), Jeremiah Rittenhouse, Benjamin Rittenhouse, David Rittenhouse, some space, and then Gertrude Rittenhouse Roberson and her Dr. husband.
In the row behind right behind Gertrude is Sylvester Bowlsby and his wife. In this row are all the Lair’s (they were related to William via the Rittenhouses I think)
I took a bunch of pictures.
I then drove to a cemetery about 1/2 mile away in “Brick Meeting House” and pulled in. When I opened the car door, the gravestone immediately outside was Mr. and Mrs. Rutledge T. Gifford. About three graves away was Annie Chandlee and her husband. Emma Chandlee and her unmarried sister were a couple graves further down the row. I found a bunch of Scarboroughs too.
Thanks for putting up with me and my “obsession”. I felt like these people were trying to talk to me – but I can’t understand what they are saying.
Between the photos and the graves, these people somehow become more real, don’t you think? Click on the photos for a larger image. Iggy, as always, thank you for your deep interest in this family and your fantastic research skills. Hopefully we will find someone who loves these pillars of the late Victorian middle class as much as we do!