I have a strange fascination for cemeteries and tombstones. I know. I know. It’s sounds morbid, but as a history buff and an amateur genealogist, it’s not as bizarre as it sounds. If you look closely, each stone tells a story. Recently, I’ve been checking out some funny, strange, and unusual headstones, and I wanted to take a peek at some of my ancestors’ grave sites to see what I could “dig up.”
Tom Allen and Elva Bryant Allen
My grandparents’ headstone holds special meaning. The engravings hold all they loved about Colorado, the mountains, the columbine, and the the blue spruce. It also had the horseless rider which is perfect since my grandfather enjoyed training horses too.
My 5x great-grandparents were Mary Plaster and Joseph Burson. Joseph was born on January 22, 1737 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He died on February 19, 1825 in Loudoun County, Virginia. He was buried at The Southfork Meeting House Cemetery in Unison, Loudoun, Virginia. Mary Plaster was born October 18, 1758 in Chester County , Pennsylvania. She died on May 9, 1836 in Loudoun County, Virginia. She was also buried at The Southfork Meeting House Cemetery; however, her tombstone could not be located.
Elizabeth Wheeler was my 9x great grandmother. She was born May 22, 1683 in Stonington, Connecticut, and she died April 14, 1735 in Voluntown, Connecticut. She was buried at the Gallup Cemetery in Sterling, Connceticut. Captain John Gallup was my 9x great grandfather, and he was born in 1675 in Stonington, Connecticut. He died on December 29, 1755 in Voluntown, Connecticut, and he was also buried in the Gallup Cemetery in Sterling Connecticut.
Philip Hupp and Mary Buzzard Hupp
My 4x great grandparents were an interesting couple. Mary lived to be 96 years old. She was twenty seven years old when she married my grandfather, Philip, a Continental Marine that served his country during the American Revolution. Both of my grandparents are buried at the Hesson Family Cemetery in Noble County, Ohio.
My 9x great-grandparents were Martha Cox and Thomas Kinne. Martha Cox was born on October 1681 in Sale Massachusetts. She died on October 25, 1747 in Griswold, Connecticut. Thomas Kinne was born on July 27, 1678 in Salem, Massachusetts, and he died on October 1, 1756 in Griswold, Connecticut. Both grandparents were buried in The Old Kinne Burial Ground in Griswod, Connecticut.
My 4x Great grandparents were Tamar Burson and Moses Wilson. Tamar was born on January 17, 1777 in Loudoun County, Virginia, and she died in 1825 in Loudoun County Virginia. She was buried at the Southfork Meeting House Cemetery in Unison, Loudoun, Virginia. Moses was born in 1772, and he died in 1822 in Middleburg, Loudoun County, Virginia. He was also buried at the Southfork Meeting House Cemetery in Unison, Loudoun, Virginia; however his tombstone was not found.
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