Paying Respect

By Eilene Lyon

As with my other genealogy trips, when I went to Blackford and Jay counties in Indiana last year, I visited several cemeteries to pay respects to my ancestors and other relatives.

For me, that means more than just placing some flowers, saying a silent thanks (or maybe out loud, talking to myself is becoming a habit in my doddering old age), and taking some photos.

As with Dexter Cemetery in South Dakota, if it’s feasible, I will document all the graves and post them on Find-a-grave.

At  Trenton South Cemetery in Blackford County, I found  many graves for people related to me by blood or marriage. This is a cemetery that could use some TLC. Unfortunately, at the time I could only straighten up a few things and add some silk flowers.

P1140295

View of Trenton South Cemetery from the road in April 2017 (E. Lyon)

P1140521

Ransom family graves at Trenton South Cemetery in April 2017 (E. Lyon)

I dug Sarah Jellison Anderson’s headstone out of the dirt and set it upright and put the two pieces of the obelisk together to get a picture. It needs to be repaired.

P1140542

The three pieces of 4th great-aunt Sarah Jellison Anderson’s vandalized headstone (E. Lyon)

I took time after I got home to create a more complete listing of the graves for the local historical society.

Trenton South Cemetery

At Hillside Cemetery (aka Old Quaker Cemetery) in Pennville, Jay County, I found a different story altogether. The township trustee takes an active role in maintaining the cemetery and it looks well-cared for. (See feature image, above)

While I was there, I met a man who’d been hired to repair and clean headstones professionally. It sounded like he keeps a very full schedule, so I didn’t try to hire him.

Recently, I was having an email conversation with someone I found on Ancestry who is related to one of my Gold Rush men (Dennis Lowry). She mentioned that her sister does gravestone restoration and lives in Indiana. It turns out she learned from the man I met at Hillside.

She visited the two cemeteries and I asked for a quote for her to clean Henry and Abigail Jenkins’ headstones. She finished the job recently and I want to share the wonderful results!!

P1140156

Jenkins family graves in Hillside Cemetery in April 2017 (E. Lyon)

P1140158

Abigail Bedford Jenkins’ headstone in April 2017 (E. Lyon)

IMG_1356

Abigail’s headstone in the cleaning process (Annie Hoffmeier 2018)

Abby

Abigail’s headstone after cleaning (Annie Hoffmeier 2018)

Gravestone design by HZJ

This scrap of paper from my files was written by Henry Zane Jenkins after Abigail’s death and shows his original sketch for her headstone (March 1882). The inscription was modified somewhat from what he wrote.

P1140161

Henry Z. Jenkins’ headstone in April 2017 (E. Lyon). His was in much worse condition than Abigail’s.

Henry

Henry’s stone after cleaning (Annie Hoffmeier 2018)

7-04-18 318

Headstones of Abigail and Henry after cleaning (Annie Hoffmeier 2018)

We are fortunate to have places in this country where we can pay respects to our loved ones. I discovered in Germany that grave rental is common. Some cultures don’t do the cemetery thing. And, sadly, many people are lost in wars and natural disasters who never receive a proper burial.

 

7 thoughts on “Paying Respect

Add yours

  1. Great post! It’s a good reminder that I should go do more cemetery research and upload some pic to help others. That’s such a great service. Thank you for the “kick in the pants”. Also very interesting about the grave rentals in Germany! Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sometimes I’m a bit torn on whether cemeteries and monuments are a good idea. But when we do have them, I think we should take care of them. One of the cemeteries I visited in Indiana was horribly vandalized. Many stones were beyond repair.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑

raynotbradbury

Creative Writing. Book Reviews. Adult Humour.

Plantaesthetic

Everything we do is driven by aesthetic

The Indiana History Blog

Presented by the Indiana Historical Bureau

ResearchBuzz

News and resources covering social media, search engines, databases, archives, and other such information collections. Since 1998.

Fiction Favorites

with John W. Howell

unbolt me

the literary asylum

Diverting Journeys

A travelogue of museums, historic homes, and other curious destinations.

Love Travelling

Travel diaries providing inspiration for planning the perfect trip

Princes, Paupers, Pilgrims & Pioneers: Our Predecessors & Me

“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings.” Teaching children values and giving them the opportunity to excel are essential to good parenting. However, I feel I must also provide my children (and myself) insight into the ones who came before us: our ancestors whose lives and stories have shaped us into who we are. This is my journey; these are their stories…

Sunshine, Raindrops and Tea in the Garden

🌸 Life | Body | Soul and a sprinkle of sparkle 🌸

UNREMEMBERED

A History of the Famously Interesting and Mostly Forgotten

K.M. Allan

A YA Writer Fueled By Chocolate And Green Tea

HistorianRuby: An Historian's Miscellany

Early modern historian. Loves gender, women's, social & royal histories. Ventures elswhere when interest is piqued. Blog may cover above themes or something a little more random. Find me on Twitter @ruthrblair

ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/

To participate in the Ragtag Daily Prompt, create a Pingback to your post, or copy and paste the link to your post into the comments. And while you’re there, why not check out some of the other posts too!

My Slice of Mexico

Discover and re-discover Mexico’s cuisine, culture and history through the recipes, backyard stories and other interesting findings of an expatriate in Canada

Entomology Today

Brought to you by the Entomological Society of America

Tom's Nature-up-close Photography and Mindfulness Blog

Mindfulness, Philosophy, Spirituality, Meditation, Awareness, Religion, Nature Photography

Writer Side Of Life

Kim Jacque - A sleep-deprived crafter of corset-busting females

%d bloggers like this: