The topic for the May 2010 edition of the Graveyard Rabbits Carnival is: Cause of Death, submitted by Matt Hucke, who authors the blog, Graveyards of Illinois.
In this edition of the GYRabbit Carnival we share those most intrigueing causes of death you've stumbled upon in your cemetery research. Let's begin our virtual cemetery walk to see what you've found!
Dorene Paul presents Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay: Cause of Death: Tuberculosis posted at Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay, saying, "Mrs. Julia Orshoski died of tuberculosis in 1919, leaving her husband a widower with six young sons."
Matt Hucke presents Cause of Death, Noted posted at Graveyards of Illinois, saying, "Of the hundreds of thousands of monuments that I have seen in my travels through the Graveyards of Illinois, only a tiny fraction list the cause of death. These are invariably tragic: an accident, a murder, a drowning, a fire; yet some offer tales of heroic deeds, like those police and firemen who give their lives to protect others."
Denise Olson presents Heretics posted at The Graveyard Rabbit of Moultrie Creek, saying, "A pristine beach hides a mass grave of French Huguenots massacred by the Spanish. They had already surrendered to the Spanish forces so why were they killed? They died because the Spanish considered them heretics."
Midge Frazel presents GYR Cause of Death: Drowned posted at Granite in My Blood, saying, "Young William, age 14, must have ventured out onto thin ice and drowned. What heartbreak this must have caused his parents."
Tammi Thiele presents Cause of Death ... For the Graveyard Rabbit Carnival posted at Escape to the Silent Cities.
Lorine McGinnis Schulze presents Graveyard Rabbits Carnival: Broken to Shivers posted at Olive Tree Genealogy Blog, saying, "Poor Joseph was broken to shivers. He was only 33 years old."
Kimberly J. Sawtelle presents News From the Front posted at On a Grave Subject, saying, "Epitaphs revealing the details and circumstances of death for Civil War soldiers point to the disruption of nuclear family bonds caused by war and the impact of permanent separation of family by death. The public sharing of news from the front may have helped forge bonds between families sharing in the sorrow of sacrifice."
Henk van Kampen presents Cause of death: Execution by firing squad posted at The graveyard rabbit of Utrecht and Het Gooi, saying, "The graves of Gerrit Westdijk and Justus de Swart. Both men were killed by a firing squad during the second world war, in December 1944 and January 1945, respectively."
Gale Wall presents GYR Carnival - Cause of Death posted at Digital Cemetery Walk, saying, "I think the cause of death most often listed on a tombstone is when a person died in military service. Those I have found that listed other causes left me thinking about the grief of the family."
That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Graveyard Rabbit Carnival using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.
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