by Terry Thornton
Below are links to seventy-two articles published by members of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits during the week December 13 - December 19. Click the links to be carried to the article; when you finish reading it, hit your return button to come back to this list. I encourage you to leave comments at those posts you visit --- Graveyard Rabbits, like all bloggers, thrive on reader comments!
Note: The following list was meant to be alphabetized but glitches happen --- and you will have to do with a garbled one.
7th Meet a Rabbit Column Posted! is a reminder by Jessica Oswalt of Rural Michigan Cemeteries Graveyard Rabbit that the bio about fellow Rabbit Kathryn Lake Hogan is available at www.thegraveyardrabbit.com
A Country Convict Cemetery: Sing Sing Cemetery 1891 by Terry Thornton, Graveyard Rabbit of the Hill Country, presents a newspaper description of the cemetery at Sing Sing in 1891.
NEW MEMBER: A Few Headstone From Citizen's Cemetery in Flagstaff, Arizona, is the first post by new Graveyard Rabbit Cheryle Hoover Davis of the Graveyard Rabbit of Northern Arizona. WELCOME, CHERYLE, to the Association of Graveyard Rabbits.
Acid Rain and Cemeteries by Travels Wright of the Graveyard Rabbit Travels Wright takes a look at the materials grave markers are composed of and of the effect which acid rain has upon them.
Alabama Health Statisticians Hit Century Mark, Still Counting by Stephanie Lincecum of Southern Graves links to an article by Dave Sparks about the work of the office of vital records in Alabama.
Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine by Stephanic Lincecum of Southern Graves presents a photograph of a symbol carved on a grave marker --- and explains its meaning.
An Epitaph a Day: Unknown Epitaph by FootnoteMaven of Western Washington Graveyard Rabbit. Short --- and what a lesson!
Backyard burials is another one of those little jewels of an article which makes William Morgan of Central Florida Graveyard Rabbit one of my favorite stops each day. Take a look at this description of a backyard burial from 1884.
Before and After (the cleaning of algae from a grave marker) by new member Linda Jean Limes Ellis, Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in Ohio. Take a look at the difference! The Duvall grave marker shown in the photographs is for Linda Jean's great-great grandparents buried at Forest Cemetery, Circleville, Ohio.
Cleaning Stone Grave Markers by Elyse of Graveyard Rabbit of Eastern Tennessee offers good advice. Says Elyse to those of us who don't know how to clean a marker, "Never, ever, under any circumstances, spray, pour, scratch, or rub anything onto the stone." Folks, Elyse is telling it like it is --- if you don't know how to properly clean a marker, DON'T! [On a personal note, I don't clean markers unless they belong to immediate family members or unless the cleanup is a join activity of a local cemetery group under the guidance and direction of a person with experience and knowledge of stone cleaning.] Thanks Elyse for the link and for bringing up this important topic.
Crompton Christmas Adveture Post 1 and Crompton Christmas Adventure Post 2 by Midge Frazel of Granite in My Blood ends and begins with these words, "Remember, it all started with a gravestone. . ." Midge explains her card file system --- and some current research she is doing. [It would be interesting to hear how others keep track of "who is who" among all the hundreds of folks with whom we correspond. Anyone care to volunteer their "how to?"]
Dangerous trees? by William Morgan of Central Florida Graveyard Rabbit looks at the problem of utilities destroying trees which give a cemetery/locale its charm and name --- and of the utility justifying the action as being in the public good.
Getting To Know The Essex County Graveyard Rabbit by LOOKING4ANCESTORS (Kathryn Lake Hogan) is a link to Kathryn's "Meet a Rabbit" article at The Graveyard Rabbit this week.
Grace Hill Cemetery, Longview, Texas, by Craig Manson of The Peripatetic Graveyard Rabbit is one of the articles not to miss this week. Craig explains how his visit to Grace Hill may have been his inspiration to blog --- read his account of his visit to Longview in 2004. But for that visit we might not know Craig in the world of genealogy of blogging.
Grave Marker Symbols: Hand Holding Broken Chain with Finger Pointing Down by Terry Thornton, Graveyard Rabbit of the Hill Country, provides a photograph and a brief explanation of this set of grave marker symbols.
Grave Marker Symbols: Hand with finger pointing up by Terry Thornton, Graveyard Rabbit of the Hill County, looks at a popular image often carved on grave markers.
Grave Marker Symbols: Hand with finger pointing up; holding a rose by Terry Thornton, Graveyard Rabbit of the Hill County, shows photographs of this grave marker symbol.
Grave Marker Symbols: Roses --- Buds and Mature Blossoms by Terry Thornton, Graveyard Rabbit of the Hill Country, looks at roses on stones.
Grave Marker Symbols: Weeping Willow and Urn by Terry Thornton, Graveyard Rabbit of the Hill Country, presents an 1842 burial marker with these two symbols combined.
Graveyard wildlife by William Morgan of Central Florida Graveyard Rabbit takes a look at a bald eagle nest at a cemetery in downtown Orlanda. Yes, according to Billy the nest is an "active" one.
Here Lies Leslie C. Bingel presents the grave stone and information about Mr. Bingel --- from New Jersey to Texas. Posted by Graveyard Rabbit of Denton County.
Hood County Texas: C.S.A. Veterans & Southern Cross of Honor Symbol by Judith Richards Schubert of Graveyard Rabbit of the Covered Bridges. Judy takes a look at some of the Confederate Veterans buried in Hood County Texas. She finds that the majority of those burial stones make no mention of C.S.A. military service and only a few show the Southern Cross of Honor symbol.
Ice and Death is a look at the problems recent ice storms have created in some local graveyards of New England. Posted by Naufragio Bella of In the Dark of the Moon Graveyard Rabbit, we are all reminded of the devastation that storms can create on cemeteries. [Maybe these would be a good project for all GYRabbits --- assisting with cemetery cleanup following winter storms or wind storms which fell trees and bring down limbs into a cemetery.]
In Memorial To My Mother by Cheryle Hoover Davis of Graveyard Rabbit of the Runnels Iowa Area --- a tribute to Patsy L. Halterman West buried at Warren-Powers Cemetery, Polk County, Iowa.
Joseph and Zemuly McClesky Guyton by Janice Tracy, Graveyard Rabbit of Attala County, presents the Guyton family late of Mississippi. Janice traces a very typical migration of this family from Maryland to South Carolina to Georgia and finally to Mississippi.
Josiah Broadfoot's Memorial by Midge Frizel of Granite in My Blood shows the Rhode Island World War One memorial stone for a family member who is buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, France. Earlier Midge had posted about the service available for family members to receive photographs of soldiers graves overseas. Thanks, Midge.
Kirkwood Cemetery offers a look at William McWillie, former Governor of Mississippi. His home, Kirkwood, is his burial place in rural Madison County. One of the markers shown is an excellent example of the "open book" design. Article and photographs by Janice Tracy, Graveyard Rabbit of Madison County.
List of Madison County Cemeteries, Mississippi, is provided by Janice Tracy, Graveyard Rabbit of Madison County. Forty-seven cemeteries are identified.
Lowman Cemetery by Cheryle Hoover Davis of Graveyard Rabbit of the Runnels Iowa Area is an introduction to the Lowman family and to the cemetery which bears their name near Runnels, Iowa.
Mrs. Eliza B.R. Mendenhall and Her Infant Grandson by Stephanie Lincecum of Southern Graves. A wonderful historic grave marker from South Carolina is presented in words and photograph --- the wording of the stone is unique. It begins "This marble marks the spot where repose the remains of . . ."
Non-traditional source reveals citrus pioneer by William Morgan of Central Florida Graveyard Rabbit shows how much information can often be found when looking outside the traditional references of census reports and genealogical books. A publication from the Florida Horticultural Society gave the information needed for an 1899 burial in Orlando.
Pilgrim's of the Night by William Morgan of Central Florida Graveyard Rabbit takes a look at a funeral hymn mentioned in one of his earlier posts. The hymn sung at a "backyard burial" in 1884 Florida was written by Frederick W. Faber. Some of you may recognize Faber also as the author of the words of that standard hymn, Faith of Our Fathers.
South Carolina: Historic cemetery data is a review and a link to three Jewish Cemeteries of Charleton posted by Schelly Talalay Dardashti of the Jewish Graveyard Rabbit. This excellent reference book is just but one available on Google FullView Books.
Graveyard Photos at Flickr by Denise Olson at Graveyard Rabbit of Moultrie Creek. Denise shows how she has set up a St. Augustine Cemeteries series of photographs at Flickr --- and shows, by example, how other Rabbits may wish to present local cemetery photographs using the services of Flickr. Thanks Denise!
Linda's Headstone of the Week --- Week # 9 by Linda of Lancaster Pennsylvania's Graveyard Rabbit is a beautiful site within Woodward Hill Cemetery, PA. Take a look at this lovely grave site.
On This Date, December 17th, by Stephanie Lincecum of Southern Graves is about the life and burial of C. H. Schlichting Kornahrens, born in Germany and buried in South Carolina. Stephanie presents a photograph of a wonderful angel from the grave site.
On This Date, December 18th, by Stephanie Lincecum of Southern Graves, highlights Ora Hudson Bryant late of Bibb County, Georgia.
On This Date, December 20th is a short post and a link to information about the late Minnie A. Hammock of Georgia. Posted by Stephanie Lincecum of Southern Graves.
Playing with your tombstone photographs and Playing with your tombstone photographs # 2 are two posts by Mel at Graveyard Rabbit Kauai. Mel is trying to develop digital photo enhancement techniques to help her visualize some of the writings and symbols on grave markers from Hawaii. She shows in these two posts some of what she is trying. [My only suggestion is to take many many photographs of each stone including a variety of closeups from various angles and various lighting conditions (if possible) using the highest resolution settings on your digital camera. Then, on thecomputer, try using the zoom features to enlarge. If the writing/symbol is still not clear, try changing the setting to "negative" --- sometimes that works wonders!] I do hope some of you will take a look at Mel's problem stones and suggest alternate photo solutions.
Rising Sun Cemetery by Cheryle Hoover Davis of Graveyard Rabbit of the Runnels Iowa Area gives information and location for the cemetery of the community of Rising Sun.
Roses Abound in Texas Cemeteries is presented by Judith Richards Schubert of Graveyard Rabbit of the Covered Bridges. With photographs of historic markers and contempary ones too, Judy shows a variety of rose symbols carved on grave markers and provides a brief history of the rose symbol.
Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery by Dorene of Graveyard Rabbt of Sandusky Bay takes a look at one of the largest cemeteries in her part of Ohio. The huge bandstand (pictured in Dorene's excellent article) in the cemetery is of interest to me.
Sebastian and Bridget Haffey Burns by Janice Tracy of Graveyard Rabbit of Madison County. [Technical problems prevented me from reading and reviewng this article.]
Taking it to the Grave by Janice Tracy of Graveyard Rabbit of Holmes County is one of the most interesting articles I read this week. You owe it to yourself to read what folks are "taking to the grave" in this amazing look at perhaps a new burial custom. [Memory of this post has "popped" up numerous times since I read it. I recommend you go now and read this account!]
The First in my Famous People Buried in Northern Arizona Series by new member Cheryle Hoover Davis of Graveyard Rabbit of Northern Arizona introduces us to not only her new series but to William Wallace Bass. Cheryle provides a brief look at Mr. Bass and his contributions to the area around Grand Canyon and offers a photograph of his cenotaph/memorial stone in Arizona.
The Halterman Family by Cheryle Hoover Davis of Graveyard Rabbit of the Runnels Iowa Area introduces both Cheryle's Halterman family and the Warren-Powers Cemetery of Iowa.
The McAfee Family Buried at Bethel Cemetery by Janice Tracy, Graveyard Rabbit of Attala County looks at a family burial at Bethel Church Cemetery. Janice also provides information about the meaning and origin of the family name "Taliaferro" in her article.
The Old Tehachapie Cemetery is posted by Linda at Lancaster Pennsylvania's Graveyard Rabbit. Writing about a California cemetery near her former home, Linda shows photographs of the current cemetery and from almost a decade ago --- and the changes are marked. Further she discusses some of the updates at the historic cemetery.
The Porter Family in Oregon Cemetery presents information about two J.M. Porters of Mississippi, and the unclear relationship between them by Janice Tracy, Graveyard Rabbit of Holmes County.
The Last Word -- John D. Davies is the 1895 obit for a Times Herald (Chicago) writer killed in an accident. Presented by FootnoteMaven of Western Washington Graveyard Rabbit, this obituary provides excellent glimpses into the life of Mr. Davies as well as funeral customs circa 1895.
The Postmaster from Prussia by Janice Tracy, Graveyard Rabbit of Holmes County, offers information about Julian Lockenvitz, postmaster Ebenezer, Holmes County, Mississippi, 1890.
The Tanzer Cenotaphs at Greenwood Memorial Park by Randy Seaver of South San Diego County Graveyard Rabbit shows a set of fifteen memorial stones of Carrara marble statuary. Stunningly beautiful is this "Sermon of Love" --- I wished for more pictures of these lovely carved statues.
The Welded Link, and Other Poems by J.F. Simmons, Sardis, Mississippi, 1881: A Review by Terry Thornton, Graveyard Rabbit of the Hill Country. The 1878 yellow fever epidemic in Mississippi was the inspiration for several of the poems by Judge Simmons --- his footnotes to many of his poems are wonderful primary source materials to the epidemic and to life and times and burial customs in circa 1880 Mississippi.
Tolsteeg Cemetery is a photo-tour of a cemetery in Utrecht, Netherlands, by Henk van Kampen, Graveyard Rabbit of Utrechty and Het Gooi.
Tombstone Tuesday -- 12/16/08 by Julie Cahill Tarr of Graveyard Rabbit of Bloomington-Normal is a look at a marker for Henry Glaubitz 1827 - 1910 and Charles Neitz 1825 - 1869.
Tombstone Tuesday -- 12/16/08 is a look at a Robertson Family marker presented by Julie Cahill Tarr of the Chicagoland Graveyard Rabbit.
Tombstone Tuesday --- Annie H. Self by Stephanie Lincecum of Southern Graves looks at the 100+ year old Annie H. Self and her burial stone.
Tombstone Tuesday: Another View of Prairie River Cemetery's Graves by Jessica Oswalt of Rural Michigan Cemeteries Graveyard Rabbit is a photographic record she made to help her locate her relatives' markers within the cemetery.
Update on Part Two of Searching For My Ancestor's Grave by Jessica Oswalt of Rural Michigan Cemeteries Graveyard Rabbit tells us to stay tuned --- will we ever find out if the search she started in Part One ends in success? I do hope so!
Using Interment.net to Find Your Ancestors by Elyse of Graveyard Rabbit of Eastern Tennessee offers a link and the suggestion to try Interment.net to locate family information.
NEW BLOG: Warren-Powers Cemetery in Adelphi, Polk, Iowa is the first article at a new blog started by Cheryle Hoover Davis, Graveyard Rabbit of the Runnells Iowa Area. Cheryle, a new GYRabbit, also began the GYRabbit of Northern Arizona this week. WELCOME, Cheryle, to the Association of Graveyard Rabbits.
NEW MEMBER: Welcome to The Mount Timpanogos Graveyard Rabbit! First post by new member JoLyn who welcomes us to Utah and Mount Timpanogos Graveyard Rabbit. [Her banner photo contains three of my favorite things: snow, mountains, and cemeteries! This is gonna be good!] WELCOME, JoLynn, to the Association of Graveyard Rabbits.
What's New At Grave Addiction is a list of what all Beth Santore has added to her site, Grave Addiction. I always check out the new symbols Beth adds to her excellent reference, Gravestone Symbols. This week she added the "tulip" --- check the photograph and the "meaning" of a tulip carved on a grave marker.
Why visit a Jewish cemetery? by Daniel Horowitz of the Jewish Graveyard Rabbit offers a baker's dozen list of reasons why. Indeed!
Wicker Cemetery by Cheryle Hoover Davis of Graveyard Rabbit of the Runnels Iowa Area introduces the Wicker (or Clark Cemetery) in Polk County Iowa.
Witch Bonney by Naufragio Bella at In The Dark of the Moon Graveyard Rabbit is an account of a burial in Lowell Cemetery. A legend of witch surrounds this burial and Naufragio Bella presents the tale in photographs and in narrative.
Wordless Wednesday: Glass. The Graveyard Rabbit of Utrecht and HetGooi, Heck van Kampen, of the Netherlands, shows examples of glass grave markers in his country.
Wreaths Across America by Denise Olson of Graveyard Rabbit of Moultrie Creek discusses the Christmas wreaths on graves of veterans, its history, its importance, and presents photographs from the St. Augustine National Cemetery. Several of you may wish to learn more about this annual program and get your local community involved for 2009.
Wreaths Across America by Sheri Finley of The Educated Graveyard Rabbit offers another look at this annual program to honor veterans. Check out the stunning photograph included in her article showing the Arlington National Cemetery.
NEW MEMBER: Your ancestors' gravesites is the first post by new member Linda Jean Limes Ellis of Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in Ohio. Welcome, Linda Jean, to the Association of Graveyard Rabbits.