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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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