Your relative’s tombstone may not have been erected immediately after her burial. Consequently, various details may have been given to the stonecutter from a memory which may have not been precisely accurate.

Court records indicate one relative who died in 1888 did not have a stone erected on her grave until 1906. Is it possible your ancestor’s stone was erected decades after his death, perhaps with information submitted by someone whose memory was not quite accurate?




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  1. A friend’s aunt was aghast to see family members had no grave markers, probably due to the depression of the 1930s. So, she took it upon herself to purchase them. She guessed at the birth and death dates. Beware of well-meaning aunts.

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