Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Emma Knott Grice

Emma A. Knott, born Sept 1862 in Indiana, was the wife of Charles C. Grice (son of Henry Grice and Mary Jane Heath). Emma was the mother to at least two children; William Franklin Grice and Katie Louise Grice. She is buried at the Tomlinson Cemetery in Muncie, Indiana.

Tombstone image found on findagrave.com

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Back From Hiatus

It has been almost a month since my last blog post. My husband's mother passed away at the beginning of June and life has been busy with grieving, a funeral and helping where needed. Truth be told I have not felt like writing any posts until now. Moving into the middle of summer life is still busy so I am not sure how regular my posts will be but if you can bear with me I will make an effort!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Mary Ellen Barrett

Mary Ellen Barrett was the daughter of George Barrett and Lydia Melvina Halstead. Mary married Caleb Grant Van Dusen and had three children with him. The marriage did not last. Her second husband was to James H. Austin. Mary is buried in Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Here is a link to her find a grave memorial page.

The picture of the grave marker was found on findagrave.com

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Baby Richards

Baby Richards, child of Frank Richards and Elizabeth Hodges, is buried right next to the mother Elizabeth. The sex of the baby unknown. It is unclear if the baby was a twin to his/her sister Genevieve Alice Richards who was born 25 February 1915 or if he/she was lost later in that year.

Not satisfied, I called the Crown Hill Cemetery to see what information I could find. They told me that did not have a "Baby Richards" on file but they did have a Frank Richards born 1915 and died 1915. Any other information was non-existent. I asked where Frank Richards was buried and it turns out to be right next to Elizabeth Hodges Richards. So in conclusion, I am going to make a bit of a leap...Baby Richards in the picture above is actually Frank Richards in the cemetery records.

Image of grave marker found on findagrave.com

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Cornelius Vandusen

Cornelius Vandusen, eldest son of Daniel Vandusen and Lora Bagley, died fighting during the American Civil War. He was a private in Company E, 20th Indiana Infantry. Cornelius was 21 years old at the time he was killed at North Anna River on 23 May 1864 in Virginia. He is buried in the Fredericksburg Nationa Cemetery in Fredericksburg Virginia.

Gravestone found on findagrave.com

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Sympathy Saturday: Caleb Grant Van Dusen Memorial Page on Find A Grave

As you know, I recently started getting involved as a volunteer and as a memorial page manager for family on findagrave.com. 

A few weeks ago I found the death certificate for my gg grandfather Caleb Grant Van Dusen. On the certificate is stated that he was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona. Naturally I looked up the cemetery on findagrave and found that in the early 1950's Greenwood Cemetery merged with another to become one big cemetery, in fact it is the biggest cemetery in all of Arizona with over 100,000 graves. The last I checked only 27,800 interments were listed and of that 27,800, 78% of the graves were photographed. What a crazy big job! Needless to say my gg grandfather was not listed yet.

I called Greenwood Memorial Lawn Cemetery to confirm that my gg grandfather Caleb Grant Van Dusen was indeed buried there and he was. I asked for the exact location so that when I added a memorial page the information would be correct as possible. Next, not living anywhere near Phoenix I requested a photo. To my dismay only some flowers mark his grave. There is no headstone or flat grave marker. Something will need to be done about that. 

Checking online for flat granite grave markers, the cheapest one is about $158.00. Not too horrible of a price. But with the trip to see it done, the price is a little out of range at the moment. 

I have a feeling that there is a new life mission coming my way! Making sure that at least my direct ancestors have at the minimum a grave marker with their name, dates and their parents names. They lived a life that eventually produced me. They deserve that much in death.  Here is a link to the Find A Grave memorial page I added for my gg grandfather