Friday, December 31, 2010

Jesus Watching Over

Located at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.
Oscar W. Schwerdtfeger
Dec 25, 1914
June 14, 1995

Betty Schwerdtfeger
Oct 24, 1913
July 8, 1984

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Marie & Settha Sikemeier

Located at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.
Marie E. Sikemeier
Born Feb 10, 1823
Died Feb 12, 1886

Settha Sikemeier
Born Nov 7, 1861
Died Sept 8, 1878

In Memory of My
Mother and Sister

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Angel in Waiting

Located at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, MO
 Charles Bland Smith
April 30, 1830
November 15, 1889

Emilie Laure Smith Nee De Mun
November 24, 1831
January 29, 1913

The souls of the just are in the hands of God
And their hopes are full of immortality.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Seeing Doubles

Located at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.
Hyland - Carney
(Family Plot Marker) 

 Found this very similar one at the other side of the cemetery.
(Family Plot Marker)

Both very beautiful and touching both slightly different. The differences I noticed were the:
Flowers - one still holding them one has dropped them
Wings - from the front view you can see the differences in the height of them and the side view you can see the difference in the curve of them.
Arm - the placement of the left arm

Monday, December 27, 2010

Chief Taylor

Loacated at Tahlequah Cemtery in Tahlequah, OK.
Richard Taylor
Chief of the
Cherokee Nation
Born Feb 10, 1788
June 15, 1853

He was born in the Cherokee Nation. He served in the Military in 1814 during the Creek War  with Capt.Gideon Morgan Cherokee Volunteers. He served as the Conductor during the winter of 1838 for the Trail of Tears Removal.  He acted as the Cherokee delegate to Washington, D.C. in 1845; He was also elected Asst. Principal Chief Cherokee Nation for the West.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Matching Cradle Graves

Located at Tahlequah Cemetery in Tahlequah, OK.
May 19, 1887
Aug 27, 1894 

May 17, 1889
Dec 7, 1894 

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Yule and Merry Xmas!

Friday, December 24, 2010

One of my All Time Favorites

Located at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA.
William Son of
WM & Anna Catharine Warner
Died Jan 20, 1889

This monument was designed by Alexander Milne Calder, whose father was a Scottish tombstone carver, the monument depicts Warner's soul released from the tomb as a wisp of air with his image

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Angel in Waiting

Located at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.
Jules J. Leduc
Husband of
Mary A. Leduc
July 2, 1840
Oct 28, 1912 

Mimi Chauvin
Wife of
Jules J. Leduc
March 3, 1845
Nov 19, 1895

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Came by Ox Drawn Wagon

Located at Douglas Cemetery in Highfill, AR.
Jesse T. Douglas
Nov 3, 1808 - Sept 11, 1863
His Wife
Majincy E. Roughton Douglas

Both were born near Murfreesboro
Tennesse.  Came by ox wagon to Twelve
Corners, Arkansas in 1839. Settled on
this homestead in 1860.  In 1863 they set
aside this cemetery site which was deeded
by the heirs in 1904.

To them were born six sons: J. Marion,
Thomas Hopkins, Jesse Powell, Eligah H.,
John Jasper and Decatur Quitman and
two daughters: Christina Belle and
Amanda.  The sons are all buried here
except Dr. J. Marion Douglas, a high ranking
officer in the Confederate Army who
was killed in the Battle of Corinth and
buried in the Confederate Cemetery at
Vicksburg, Mississippi.

During the Civil War, Eligah was killed
by Bushwhackers a mile north of this
site while trying to save his brother's
horse.  These Bushwhackers took
all livestock, tore up the kitchen floor
where food was hidden, missing only one
box of corn buried in a field.

Thomas Hopkins Douglas also served in
th Confederate Army.

We honor our pioneer forefathers who
carved out of the wilderness this wonderful
land we love.

Eligah H. Douglas
Aug 18, 1843
Dec 20, 1864

He was killed by Bushwackers as they
were stealing his brother's horse who
was in the 15th Inf of Noethwesr Arkansas
just north of this spot on the homestead.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Unusual To See On A Child's Marker

Located at Mt. Salem Cemetery aka Salem Cemetery in Elkins, AR.
When I first seen this marker I thought it was a military marker. Because that is the first thing I think of when I see and eagle holding a flag. Then I read the inscription.  Deffinately not a military stone unless they recruited three year olds in the 1880s. (The bird could possibly be a dove.) 
Liley May
Daughter of
A.M. & S.H. Harris
June 29, 1881
3 Years
9 Months 1 day

Monday, December 20, 2010

Last Day To Vote

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My fingers are crossed.

I'm Seeing Double Angels

Located at Mt Salem aka Salem Cemetery in Elkins, AR.
Amanda Barnes
Dec 26, 1832
Mar 6, 1906

To live in hearts we leave
Behind is not to die.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Update: Seddie

I finally received an email back from Bellefontaine Cemetery and this is the info they provided:
The monument belongs to:
Seddie L. Clark

Here is my Original Post which I have corrected the info on.

Little Lettie

Located at Stokenbury Cemetery in Elkins, AR.
I bet this marker was very pretty in its early years.
Lettie Jewell
Dau of
R.H. & L.K. Stokenbury
Born Oct 23, 1899
Died Nov 15, 1902

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Saturday Symbol: Alpha & Omega

The term Alpha and Omega comes from the phrase "I am the alpha and the omega" an appellation of Jesus in the Book of Revelation (verses 1:8, 21:6, and 22:13).

Its meaning is taken from the fact that alpha (Α) and omega (Ω) are the first and last letters of the Classical (Ionic) Greek alphabet.  This symbol comes from the belief, by many christians, that Christ, as well as the Father, is "the First and the Last" therefore Alpha and Omega in juxtaposition are often used as a Christian visual symbol.

Catholic Encyclopedia

Friday, December 17, 2010

Update on: Death Head Angel

I just found the answer to what these were called.  In Stories in Stone a Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography by Douglas Keister he has a section on the evolution of the Death Head which is now called a Soul Effigy. He even has photos to go along with the section to show how the Death Head went from a skull and bones to an angel head with wings.

My Original Post

If you haven't read this book it is a great book that every cemetery wander should own a copy.


I always find the "Unknown" ones sad.  If they are unknown to those who buried them chances are their loved ones never knew where they were laid to rest.  Which means no one came to visit after they died. I just hope they weren't alone in life as they have been in death.

Located at Old Newtonia aka Civil War Cemetery in Newtonia, MO.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Death Head Angel

I call these "Death Head Angels" because I am not sure what the are really called and haven't been able to find a name for them. (If you know please leave me a comment and tell me what they are called.) This is one of the few really detailed ones I have found in my area.

Located at Hester Cemetery in Fayetteville, AR.
Emily Ferguson
Aug 1, 1842
Mar 11, 1912
Only Sleeping


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Raleigh Family Marker

Located at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.
I love the interesting coloring the face has taken on.  Not sure what has caused it to streak like that.
Isn't it odd that the streaks are only on her face.
 John J. Raleigh
1862 - 1910