Saturday, December 6, 2008

Links To Articles By The Graveyard Rabbits: November 29 - December 5

by Terry Thornton

Below are the titles and links to the articles posted by members of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits during the week, November 29 - December 5, 2008. The variety of topics makes this list contain something for all readers --- from the light and funny to the somber and thought-provoking the Rabbits covered a lot of subjects this week. Here is a sampling --- these articles and many more are linked below:
  • Some of you were cross-country from your home locale and visiting graveyards and writing excellent posts about cemeteries from those out-of-state visits including Linda of Lancester Pennsylvania Graveyard Rabbit writing about a 112 year old outlaw/cowboy in California and his cemetery marker and mural.
  • And don't miss the discussion by Celia at Jewish Graveyard Rabbit about the skull and crossbones symbols on early graves in a UK cemetery --- perhaps skull and crossbones are not Jewish pirate symbols after all.
  • Henk posting from the Netherlands (Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi) shows photographs of a Bishop's grave from 1317. I was happy to present photographs of the oldest marked European grave in Monroe County Mississippi in an article this week at Graveyard Rabbit of the Hill Country. Henk's Bishop's marker is 507 years older! Those of us in the more recently developed portions of the United States sometimes get smug about the antiquities of our region --- but they pale in comparison to the ages of such from elsewhere.
  • Read the question post, Graveyard or landfill? by Craig the Peripatetic Graveyard Rabbit. Far too many cemeteries have been destroyed in the name of "progress" and Craig's article raises an important issue.
  • And finally, because bottle trees and Mississippi are two of my favorite topics, look at the bottle tree found and photographed by Janice at Holmes County Graveyard Rabbit.
Here are links to all of the articles published by members of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits this week:

Engraving After the Fact [Editor's Note: Sheri raises such an important question. I do hope she will post more of what she learns about adding information to old markers. Perhaps some of you have had experiences along this line and will provide information.]

Gilson Road Cemetery (First post by new member Naufragio Bella at The Dark of the Moon Graveyard Rabbit --- Welcome, Naufragio Bella!)
Last Will of Mr. Farmer -- Lingleville, Texas [Editor's note: This epitaph is so funny you must read it. Thanks, Judy, for both an excellent post about your memories of the local cemetery and of this funny new marker you located Thanksgiving.]
Nice stone for a not-so-nice graveyard [Missed link from last week, 11-28-08 post by Billy Morgan at Central Florida GYRabbit]
Victorian Cemetery Design [Editor's Note: Read about the "reasons" given by the designer of an 1880s cemetery for various elements within a designed garden-like graveyard. Those Victorians were planners --- and didn't leave anything to chance.]

Welcome to Grave Addiction [First post by new GYRabbit Beth Santore to her existing website, Grave Addiction. Welcome, Beth!]
Where is Virginia? [Link to an article posted 11-26-08 by Billy Morgan, Central Florida GYRabbit and missed in last week's roundup]
Willie's second wife [Link to an article posted 11-27-08 by Billy Morgan, Central Florida GYRabbit and missed in last week's roundup]
Yoo-Hoo! Are You In There Daniel? [Editor's Note: This would be amusing except this is the sort of problems family historians run into. Relocated remains and incomplete engravings on headstones to totally confuse!]


Sheri Fenley said...

Thank you Terry for the editorial comments. One of the main reasons I chose to undertake the Graveyard Rabbit blog is to educate and raise awareness.

I feel certain that one by one, Rabbits will make a difference.

Sheri Fenley
The Educated Graveyard Rabbit

Terry Thornton said...

Sheri, All of us encounter stones without the date of death engraved upon them --- many times there is a temporary marker (from the funeral home) that shows date of death) but then those small markers are gone, dates of death are sometimes never engraved. For some it is an oversight; for others it is a lack of funds. Currently (or from four years ago) the standard cost to get the monument company who provided the stone to return to the cemetery for an update is $100.00. I don't know what just an engraver would charge --- but these prices are easily obtained by contact local monument firms. The only other issue I can think of with regard to having such done is ownership rights --- family members collectively have ownership rights to tombstones in many states. And as long as no one in the family objects to a new stone, additional engravings, especially dates, on old stones, I don't see a problem. Let me know what you learn about this issue --- I do hope you post additional articles about your findings.

Terry Thornton

Judith Richards Shubert said...

Thanks, Terry, for your response to my post about the Farmer's last will! So glad you enjoyed it and encouraged others to read it. I still laugh when I think of my sisters and I discovering it and actually laughing out loud - in the cemetery, no less!!