Thursday, September 30, 2010

So Sad...

I came across this marker at Bethel Cemetery in Gravette, AR.  Nothing unusual about it just a standard obelisk.  It's the inscription that caught my eye. So sad how many women died trying to have children back then.
Wife of
W.E. Austin
June 10, 1833
July 7, 1858

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The West Family Crosses

This is the West's family plot. Located in Berryville Memorial Park Cemetery in Berryville, AR.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

New Springplace "God's Acre"

This memorial marker is located in Oaks Cemetery in Oaks, OK.
New Springplace
"God's Acre"

The New Springplace mission was established
 by the Moravian Church in 1842. New Springplace
 was the second Moravian mission station in the
 Indian Territory after the forced removal of the
 Cherokees on the Trail of Tears from the East.
The Moravians named the mission New Springplace
after the original mission in Georgia. The mission
buildings were on the hillside just north of this location.

Brother Boas a Cherokee member of the Moravian
 Church was the first burial in the New Springplace
graveyard. He died October 9 or 10, 1844 In a written
 letter to Salem, North Carolina, Rev David Z Smith
 tells of the death of Brother Boas. His remains
were interred at a little distance behind the garden
at Springplace where a site was selected by the
Brn (Brethren) for a future burial ground.
Moravians call their graveyard "God's Acre".

 Brother Aucustus G Fogle described the New
Springplace graveyard in his travel diary for
 June 28 1854. There are 33 graves in a row, 
3 of which are missionaries wives. Twenty-nine
of those burials were recorded in the Moravian
records. Those names and dates are on the
reverse side of this memorial stone.

An asterisk (*) preceding a name indicates that
the person came on the forced removal of the
Cherokees from the East.

Erected in 2010 by
Cherokee Moravian Historical Association
The Goingsnake District Heritage Association
 The Oklahoma Chapter Trail of Tears Association

Monday, September 27, 2010

Historical Cemetery - Sadly Neglected

This is the Poor Farm Cemetery located in Bentonville, AR. This cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Sadly the only thing being taken care of in this cemetery is the entrance and the fence. As you can see by these photos. But it does have an interesting story.
View to the left of entrance.
View to the right of entrance.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

A French Freedom Fighter

A French Freedom Fighter and a concentration camp victim in Centerton, AR. Really?  This was an amazing find for me. (Even if it is only a cenotaph.)  Not only was it completely unexpected but incredibly sad as well. 

Nestled into the back of the Centerton Cemetery in Centerton, AR sits a Cenotaph that brings tears to my eyes.  Erected, I can only assume, by her Margot Baird as a loving tribute to her mother.
I can't help but wonder what her story is.  Sadly I have been unsuccessful in finding out much so far.

Freedom Fighter
in the French Underground, Killed
in February 1945 in the concentration
camp, "Ravensbruck." She was gassed,
burnt and buried in a mass grave.
Missed by many.
In spirit let Centerton be your resting
place until we meet again,
Forever love,
your daughter
and  "the coming generations"

"May global peace prevail"

Saturday, September 25, 2010

An Interesting Urn Idea

For those loved ones who were sticklers on time.  Heres the web address for them the other video on this web site is interesting as well.

Saturday Symbol: A.A. or Alcoholics Anonymous

The triangle in a circle design was used by Alcoholics Anonymous as a logo on their literature for many years, but the use of this logo came into controversy in the late 1980s and was stopped soon after.  Bute use of this symbol has not been exclusive to AA.

 These are A.A. medalians or coins inlaid into a person headstone. The first on is the front side, designed with the year of the corresponding birthday/anniversary and the triangle with the words UNITY, SERVICE, and RECOVERY around it. This coin signifies 7 years sober. The second is the back.
God, grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Is inscribed on it.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Hobbies and Occupations - GYR Submission

Hobbies, Sports and Occupations are everywhere. Well, not exactly. I haven't found many in the older sections of the cemeteries but they are everywhere you turn in the newer sections. I wonder if this has anything to do with the change of priorities in peoples lives? Back hundreds of years ago the focus for most people was the church and family. And for the most part just surviving. Now its seems to be more focused on our careers and how we live. Or could it possibly be because carving is all done by machines now and doesn't require near as much skill as it did back when they had to make the markers by hand.

I will leave you to ponder this question.  But before I go here are a few examples I have found.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Cute Little Guy

This little fellow is located at Forest Park Cemetery in Fort Smith, AR.

In Memory of
Infant Son of
Mar 3, 1906
Another little lamb has gone
 to dwell with him who gave

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sweet Little Angel Hidden In A Shrub

This beautiful little angel is located at Tahlequah Cemetery in Tahlequah, OK.
Isabel Daughter of
James & Ellen
May 14, 1900
??? 23, 1905

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


I am so excited! One of my pictures got selected for the commemorative book "175 Years of Reflections" for Laurel Hill Cemetery. It will be published in 2011. When I have more info on the release date I will let you guys know.

Here were my entries.

The "Guardian Angel" got selected.  EKKKKEEEEE! I have to go celebrate now!

Interesting Military Photos & Stones

I found these two wonderful military pictures on stones at Blue Springs Cemetery in Gideon, OK.
Grady W. Corn
PVT 69 Regt.
Coast Art. Corps
July 20, 1894
March 28, 1922
To him we trust a place
is given among the sain
ts with Christ in heaven
Wiley A. Taylor
December 24 1892 - October 6 1918
Motor Co No 14
Greenleaf Geor

Monday, September 20, 2010

Ft Smith National Cemetery

These are the gates that greet you as you enter the Ft. Smith National Cemetery in Ft Smith, AR.  They were originally erected in 1942.
The administration building that is located just inside the gates was constructed in 1904. It was originally the home of the superintendent. But now serves as the office and maintenance area.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sunday Styles: Truncated or blunt obelisk

Truncated or blunt obelisk - Similar shape to the standard obelisk but with a rounded capital (top).

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Saturday Symbol: Knights of the Holy Sepulchre

This symbol was accompanied by the group name.
The symbol itself is actually a Jerusalem Cross also called the Crusaders' Cross. It is made up of 5 Greek Crosses which are said to symbolize the 5 Wounds of Christ or the 4 Gospels and the 4 corners of the earth (the 4 smaller crosses) and Christ Himself (the large Cross). The Knights of the Holy Sepulchre adopted it as their symbol.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Famous File: George Lowrey Jr

Located at Tahlequah Cemetery in Tahlequah, OK.

George Lowrey Jr was a Native American Cherokee Chief. His birth name was Agin'-agi'li which translates to Rising Fawn, his father came to America from Scotland and his mother was the daughter and granddaughter of Echota Cherokee chiefs. He was well known and respected in the Cherokee tribe as a courier, banker, soldier, translator, law enforcement officer, planter, breeder, and political leader. In 1792, he met with President George Washington as delegate for the Cherokee Nation to help form protections for the Cherokee Territory from settler over population. His efforts resulted in the signing of The Treaty of 1819 for which he received a medal from President Washington. In 1828, he was elected Assistant Principal Chief and he was Principal Chief and President for the council of the Eastern Cherokees at the Washington meeting in 1839, this meeting was to fuse the eastern and western divisions into the present Cherokee Nation.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Horse Lovers I Guess

Located at Pea Ridge Cemetery in Pea Ridge, AR.
Allan Franklin Gastineau
July 1, 1933
Aug 6, 1973

Malburn Wayne Laughlin
Mar 20, 1927
May 9, 1977

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Massive Amounts of Vermont Granite - Farrar Family Plot

Welcome to the Farrar's monuments. All of these massive pieces of Vermont granite are located at Bluff Cemetery in Springdale, AR.
William Talafaro Farrar's monument is the one in the foreground and his daughter's, Jewel, monument is in the background on the right. On the other side of this larger monument the Name "Farar" is written marking the family plot. There are also two smaller markers in this grouping (Not visible in this photo, but directly on the other side of the monument.) that are also made from Vermont granite. The two smaller ones are William's and his wife Dora's.

To give you an idea of how large these monuments are I will tell you this, William's larger monument took a team of eight horses to drag it into Bluff cemetery. Jewel's monument is considerably smaller but it is still large by any standards.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Just A Photo I Like

Above That of Rubies...

Located at Maplewood Cemetery in Harrison, AR.
Wife of
July 7
May 1

Her price was
far above that
of Rubies.

I though this epitaph was interesting.  When I first read it I will admit my first thought was who is Ruby and way would you put that on another woman's stone. But after a google search I found that it is from the bible.

"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies."
From the King James Bible - Proverbs 31:10

Monday, September 13, 2010

Hitch Your Horse Here

Located at Westville Cemetery in Westville, OK.
Bringing a touch of the cowboy to his final resting place.
Thomas Theodore
April 30, 1978 - Oct 29, 2007

Happy Trails To You
Til' We Meet Again

Sunday, September 12, 2010

My Gravin Gadgets: Gravin With An IPhone

I fought getting an IPhone for a long time. I was always happy with my Blackberry. Well my last Blackberry finally gave out and my husband talked me into an IPhone 4.  I am so glad he did because it has become my best gravin gadget.

Here is a run through on how I use my IPhone and the different apps that I use for gravin.

App # 1: MAPS  (Comes standard with the IPhone.)

This is my home screen.
I plot my course to where I am going. Then I figure out what towns are along the route.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Saturday Symbol: Lambs

A lamb usually marks the grave of a child. The lamb ALWAYS stands for innocence. Christians go a little further and associate it with the Lamb of God, meaning Jesus.

Just for the record I have found lambs on adults headstones so they don't always signify children.

Have you ever noticed the vast variety there is for this one specific symbol?  Here are a few of the ones I have collected this year. Well, at least the complete ones. I find a lot that are missing their heads.
The one in the lower right corner of the above collage is my favorite. But I think it looks more like a baby fawn than a lamb. What do you think?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Famous File: Felice Orlandi

Located at Oak Hill Cemetery in Siloam Springs, AR.
After his death his ashes were scattered under an orange tree in the backyard of his and Alice's home. Upon the death of his wife this Centopha was added to the back of Alice and Glady's gravestone for him.

Who was Felice Orlandi? Good question, sadly finding information on him has been rather challenging.  Being famous and having stared in a number of movies and TV shows there sure isn't much on the net about him. Mostly all I can find is "married to Alice Ghostley" and a list of roles he played. 

This is the description i found on Life in Legacy - Actor who appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows like the films “Bullitt”, “They Shoot Horses Don’t They?”, “Catch-22” and “Another 48 Hours”, and TV shows like “Hogan’s Heros”, “Dallas” and “Gunsmoke”, and who was the husband of actress Alice Ghostley

He does have a Find A Grave memorial.

I did locate Felice's obit but it's not much.  

Felice Orlandi, 78; Versatile Actor in Film, Plays and TV

Los Angeles Times, Obituaries May 24, 2003 From a Times Staff Writer

Felice Orlandi, an actor who appeared in many movies, plays and television programs, died Wednesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. He was 78.  Orlandi, who was married to actress Alice Ghostley -- Bernice Clifton on "Designing Women" -- and lived in Studio City, died of lung cancer.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Horrible Accident for Russel Bird.

Russel M Bird
Dec 5, 1856
Aug 20, 1885
28 yrs 8 mos 15 days
Located at Salem Lutheran Cemetery in Springdale, AR.
If you look closely at this stone you can see a man beside a well with his hands on the rope for the bucket pulley. Sadly my pictures of this one are not the best. I went back 3 times and still could not get good pics. So I have tried to change the pic up so you can see it.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Interesting Coffin Shaped Box Tomb

Found this beautiful box tomb at Rose Hill Cemetery in Harrison, AR.
I have seen coffin shaped ledger stones and I have seen box tombs but not combine like this.  I think its very nice and unique. Also in amazing shape to be 125 years old.
Purdy J
Daughter of
S C & Ella
1881 - 1885

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Genealogist's Dream Stone

This very interesting marker is located at Maplewood Cemetery in Harrison, AR. 
 Not only is the front of this stone very unique and interesting looking, but the back holds a wealth of information for both people.
James W Starkey
22 Sept 1923
4 Apr 2006

Marie (Scott) Starkey
27 Apr 1926
9 June 1997

Monday, September 6, 2010

To Enhance or Not to Enhance that is the Question.... I want your opinions

Hello my fellow graveyard wanders,

First off  Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog.  I put a lot of time into it so I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do.

I was recently asked a question on a topic that tends to be a bit taboo in the gravin world "Enhance or Not to Enhance?"  Taboo or not it did spark my curiosity about how others felt about the topic. So I thought I would give my wonderful readers a chance to voice their opinions on this topic.  And PLEASE keep your responses friendly and respectfully. I don't want anyone to get bent out of shape over this discussion. Also keep in mind everyone has an opinion so we will have to agree to disagree if we view it differently.  I am just interested in what everyone thinks.  Examples are always great and please provide links if you have them. If you have pics you would like so share for illustrative purposes please send them to me and I will post them for you. (Email addy is

The Topic:
Should methods be used to enhance a stone that is hard to read? For example should we use Shaving Cream or Chalk to make the stone more legible?  Also, I want to know which you think is more important, preservation of the stone or preservation of the data?

Just to illustrate what I am talking about for those who aren't sure. Here are a few before and after pics of a stone that has had shaving cream applied to it. (Pics were sent to me by a friend. So they are not mine.)

Dr. Silas Shruggs Stacey

Meet Dr. Silas Shruggs Stacey. Located at Jasper Cemetery in Jasper, AR.
Dr. S.S. Stacey
Jan 20, 1828
July 27, 1915

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Newspaper Article About Me

Here is the article written about me in the Overton County Newspaper.  This was put together by  Emily Sells who has a regular collum in the paper called Josephine's Journal.

If the print is to small you can like the pic and it will open in another window and you can zoom.