Monday, December 14, 2015

3rd Michigan Infantry soldiers buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Middleville, Michigan

James Dibble

Alpheus Hill - his body was brough home one of his sisters during the war

Sidney Smith and family

Alonzo Southwick

Frederick Teadt

Asahel Tewksbury

Monday, December 7, 2015

James and Ellen Carter - buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Middleville, Michigan

"And in death were not divided" - James and Ellen both died on March 8, 1910

Monday, October 26, 2015

Daniel C. Dodge and not D'Ooge - Fulton Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Buried in division 11 of Fulton Cemetery is Daniel C. Dodge. Born in Indiana around 1844 the son of Stephen and Rhoda, Daniel was living in Clinton County in 1862 when he enlisted in Company D of the 26th Michigan Infantry during the Civil War. After the war he returned to his home in Michigan. He was married to Hannah and eventually they settled in Gratiot County. Daniel eventually moved to Grand Rapids where he died in March of 1895 and was buried in Fulton Street Cemetery.

During their efforts to transcribe the tombstones in Grand Rapids cemeteries in the 1920s, the D.A.R. somehow confused Daniel's last name with that of the D'Ooge family from the Netherlands. Unfortunately that initial error has been reproduced in subsequent reproductions of those early transcriptions.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Kommer and Andrew Esveld - Fulton Cemetery Grand Rapids, Michigan

Kommer Esveld was born in 1847 in the Netherlands and came to the United States with his father Andrew. In 1864 Kommer enlisted in the 21st Michigan Infantry. He survived the war and returned to his home in Grand Rapids where he married and raised a family. He died in 1933.

Andrew Esveld was born in about 1812 in the Netherlands but eventually left Holland and brought his family to the United States. He died in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1880 and was buried in Fulton Cemetery.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Hubbardston, Michigan - east and west side

These two are a bit tricky to find, not your typical grid layout for this sleepy village to be sure.

So, the West Cemetery is right off of Boyden Road as you're coming into the village from the west; if you've come to the river you've passed it. It's on the left (north) side of the road.

As for the eastern cemetery, once you've crossed the river into the village you'll come to a stop sign; the Post Office is on your right. Turn right and drive a short distance to Church Street; make a left and up a few blocks at the corner of Church and Pleasant streets is the cemetery.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mount Auburn, the first Garden Cemetery in the United States 1831


Mary Baker Eddy looking out over Halcyon Lake

Consecration Dell

hints of Pere-Lachaise in Paris

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

King brothers in Whitneyville Cemetery - Kent County, Michigan

The King brothers are buried at the top of the hill in Whitneyville Cemetery. Alvin served in the 6th Michigan Infantry, Hiram in the 5th Michigan Infantry and Myron in the 3rd Michigan Infantry.

On Tuesday morning, November 28, 1893, Myron shot and killed his estranged wife and then shot himself. He was originally buried -- or at least his marker was arranged in line with his older brothers. By 2015, however, Myron's marker had changed position considerably; he was moved to a position that was almost outside of the cemetery.
Alvin King

that's Myron's marker to the left in the undergrowth

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Cascade Cemetery - then and now

The grave of Thomas Henfry, former member of the 3rd Michigan Infantry who died at his home in Cascade in 1867. First image taken c. 1993, the second 2015.