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January 9, 2011 2 comments

I was out in the country on Saturday with the camera, looking for some interesting scenery when I saw this tiny, ancient graveyard in the middle of a field. You see these from time to time in the country, and they’re usually really old, and the headstones often leave you wondering. This one was no exception.

I was on Vanderkaar road, so of course there are Vanderkaars buried in the cemetery.


Stewart Road is the north-south road just to the west, and there are Stewarts, too. Joseph was born in 1795! Lived a long life, too. He was almost certainly a farmer; there wasn’t much else in this area in the mid-1800s.


These next two photos struck me. Mr. and Mrs. Lumley’s baby died at 6 months, apparently without a name? The 1800s were harsh. The modern toys at the gravestone are interesting. Maybe whoever mows the site left them.


Jennie E. was only 23 when she passed. Maybe in childbirth? Tragic. This may be one of the older gravestones in the cemetery.


On the other hand, there are also some modern burials. I saw a couple of dates from the early 2000s. There’s also at least one WWI veteran, with a nicely kept up wreath and flag by his side.


My fingers were getting numb at this point, so I packed it in. I was fascinated by the age of some of these stones; I’ll probably go back on a warmer day and take another look. I’d like to see if there are any older than 1866.

There are just a few more pictures in this set up on Flickr

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