Wednesday, October 25, 2017

From a Boston Cemetery

I can't tell you which cemetery in Boston these two monuments were found but a friend sent these to me and I thought they were worthy enough to pass along to you.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

S. H. Harden in Newaygo Cemetery

This monument is certainly unique among civil war veteran gravesites.

While it is not uncommon to see a life-size statue of a Union soldier at a Grand Army of the Republic Monument, it's rare to see one at the grave of a single soldier.
S. H. Harden, 6th Independent Co. Ohio Sharpshooters

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Newaygo City Cemetery

Men of the 3rd Michigan Infantry (1st organization) buried in Newaygo City Cemetery.

Stephen Thompson, 3rd Michigan Infantry, and his wife Adelia

Ira Poats, 3rd Michigan Infantry

Wallace W. Dickinson, 3rd Michigan Infantry and 10th Michigan Cavalry

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Updated history of the 3rd Michigan Infantry

The two volumes of the Third Michigan Infantry history have been updated along with my biographical sketches of the five men who began the war in the Old 3rd and ended it as generals.

You can find out more by visiting The Books page on my website.

Thanks for the support!

Greenwood Cemetery

The veterans graves of GAR Post Champlin Post No. 29 in Greenwood Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Woodlawn Cemetery Vanden Berg and Van Halsema

Susan saying hello to her family --  Aunt Will and Uncle Jim Quackenbush:

Susan's cousin Mark Van Halsema

Susan's dad, Tun is Vanden Berg

Susan's Aunt Frances "Fran" Van Halsema

and the Van Halsema family

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Woodlawn Cemetery Baltutat

I wonder what "their way" was?

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Woodlawn Cemetery Vanden Berg

Susan saying hello to her aunt "Tine" VandenBerg and her father Tunish VandenBerg.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hilton Cemetery

William Johnson

Chancey and Gertrude Parmenter

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Ravenna Cemetery

Herman Kusig of Company K:

And the ubiquitous GAR statue:

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

McNitt Cemetery

wife of Frederick Bartels
died January 17, 1898
75 years, 4 months 19 days

Dear Mother, in earth’s
Thorny paths,
How long thy feet have
To find at last this
Peaceful rest,
Safe in the arms of God.

Frederick Bartels
died March 6, 1899

74 years 11 months 10 days

Dear Father, with a
Reverent Hand
This to thy memory given,
While one by one thy
Household band
God reunites in Heaven

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Casnovia Cemetery

John W. Thompson of Co. B reorganized 3rd Michigan

Gabriel Pruden

Ira Johnson and Mortimer Bonner

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Hart Cemetery

An interesting deviation from the typical GAR monument, the one that uses a solitary standing solider with a rifle. Instead, we have this small group of large cannonablls on a short square base.

So should we live that every hour
Should die as dies the natural flower

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Pentwater Cemetery

It appears that the majority of the older lots in this cemetery, which is built on a series of hills,  use this unique terrace system to demarcate and preserve the many hillside grave lots.

Fruitland Cemetery

I was in Fruitland Cemetery recently looking for the grave of a former member of the 3rd Michigan Infantry and during my stroll discovered several fascinating and intriguing headstones.
Melissa Nyquist

Catherine Burns Porter


Note he is listed as "Nubian", which typically describes someone from the Sudan or southern Egypt.

Love Bonnie's "secret"

Connor - a gorgeous stone, one that you should not miss and certainly not miss the reverse side. . . 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Simms family Plainfield Cemetery

The Simms family: mother Mary (1817-1870), sons William L. (1853-1885) and Lavie J. (1848-1866) in Plainfield Cemetery, Kent County, Michigan.

It is quite likely that James W., husband of Mary and father of the two boys is buried here as well, at least according to cemetery records. He died during the civil war.



Family plot it's likley that the father James W. is buried in the open space next to his wife Mary

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Oakwood Cemetery in Muskegon

Zeph Jeffers: 3-8-6, among a group of government stones

August Eckermann and his wife Florentine: 2-7-8

Himelberger: 1-10-12

George Schwegler: 2-21-8, buried with Bodendorfer

William Bodendorfer: 2-21-8

George Childs: 2-25-25