Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Images from Bomarton Cemetery, Baylor County, Texas

Kirby R. Moore
Our Beloved Dad
Rest in Peace

Here are some photographs taken by my cousin Vernetta Floyd in Bomarton Cemetery, Baylor County, Texas. The first picture shows my Grandfather Kirby R. Moore’s gravestone and the second is a general view showing the bluebonnets that cover the ground in season. Thanks, Vernetta!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

John C. and Ettie E. Terry, Mattituck Presbyterian Church Cemetery

John C. Terry
March 24, 1831
Feb 21 1895/6

Ettie E. Terry
Nov 8 1836
Feb 8, 1895

William H. Wood, Mattituck Presbyterian Church Cemetery

Jan 12, 1828
Dec 29 1867

Anne and James Shirley, Mattituck Presbyterian Church Cemetery

James Shirley
BORN jun 9 1793
Dec 3 1881

Aug 23, 1787
June 26, 1851

Parnel and Elizabeth Wickham

Memory of
Parnel & Elizabeth
Blessed are the pure in heart

The Wickham family has farmed in the Cutchogue area of Long Island for 300 years. I believe Parnel and Elizabeth Wickham may have been sisters. Apparently the Wickhams were prominent Loyalists during the War of the American Revolution.

Hannah Wickham, Mattituck Presbyterian Church Cemetery

In Memory of
Mrs. Hannah
Wife of Mr.
John Wickham
who died
Nov. 6, 1778
in the 40th Year
of her Age.

This was Hannah Fanning Wickham, daughter of James Wickham and Hannah Smith.

Samuel Shirley and Janet W. Melville, Mattituck Presbyterian Church Cemetery

Samuel Shirley
January 19, 1832
October 31, 1914

Janet W. Melville
May 18, 1834
March 29, 1914

James W. Shirley, Mattituck Presbyterian Church Cemetery

James W. Shirley
July 31, 1824
August 23, 1898

Mattituck Presbyterian Church Cemetery

Here are some photographs taken at the Mattituck Presbyterian Church Cemetery on Main Road in Mattituck, New York. We were visiting my husband’s parents this last weekend and my father-in-law Howard Koehl graciously took me out into the freezing cold and snow to do some Graveyard Rabbiting. He informs me that the blue building you see in the background of the cemetery in a couple of the photos was the original church building and that it now serves as the home of the local repertory theater. I took as many photos and did as many transcriptions as I could until my hands started to freeze and my pen did not want to write any more.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Celebrity Tombstone: Greyfriars Bobby, Greyfriars Kirkyard

When my husband and I were in Edinburgh on our honeymoon in 1982, a visit to Greyfriars Bobby's grave and memorial was one of our top priorities. The bottom photo is of his tombstone in Greyfriars Kirkyard (he is buried just inside the gate of Greyfriars Kirkyard, not far from the grave of John Gray, which Bobby is said to have guarded for the 14 years he survived John Gray). The top photo is of the Greyfriars Bobby pub and the middle photo is of the statue of Bobby in front of the pub.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Cemetery of St. Tikhon's Monastery-3

Here is a tombstone in the form of the three-bar cross. Unfortunately, I did not make a transcription of the inscription; that will have to be rectified in future visits!

Cemetery of St. Tikhon's Monastery - 2

Cemetery of St. Tikhon's Monastery

Above and in the following posts are some photographs my husband and I took at the cemetery adjoining St. Tikhon’s Monastery and Seminary in the summer of 2002. St. Tikhon’s, named for St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, an 18th century Russian bishop, is located in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. The monastery was dedicated on 31 July 1905. The graves here include those of a number of clergy and laypeople who have played a prominent role in the history of the Orthodox Church in America.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Goals of This Blog

As a member of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits, I hope to devote this blog to all things graveyard:

- To exploration, preservation, and restoration of graveyards and burial sites.
- To studying and chronicling the history and art of graveyards and putting this in the context of the history of the surrounding area.
- To mapping graveyards and transcribing tombstones.
- To learning about burial customs and tombstone/grave marker conventions.

I will post photographs and information on cemeteries that my family and I visit in the course of our travels.