Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A different type of headstone, tombstone Tuesday





These two different headstones are located in the Old Monticello Cemetery in Monticello, Indiana. I have never seen any other tombstones or grave markers like these two. It appears that a fallen tree was covered in cement. Notice the ornate vines, fruits and leaves which surround the trunk of the trees, all in cement! Click on the pictures to enlarge them and see the great details!
My great great grandparents, Jacob and Eliza Hanaway and several of their children are also buried in this cemetery. Unfortunately, my relatives tombstones are in very poor condition.

4 comments:

Liz said...

Could be a "Woodmen of the World" (W.O.W.) member; headstones are often shaped like tree trunks. Google the term & you'll see more. I see "of" in the middle of the medallion at the bottom of the trunk photo but can't read if it's a WOW seal of some kind.

Taylorstales-Genealogy said...

Wow, thank you Liz. I have never heard of the Woodmen of the World. Very interesing indeed! Thank you again, I never tire of learning something new!

Liz said...

You're welcome. My great-grandpa Stevenson had their emblem on his (regular) headstone, not a tree trunk-type one. I found out about them through blogs or Google myself.

Heather Rojo said...

When I saw the first photo I thought this was one of those stones that had a tree grow around it! After scrolling down and reading the comments, I agree with Liz. The Woodsmen gravestones are often cement/concrete.

The Family

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck

Genealogy Pox, author unknown

WARNING: GENEALOGY POX IS VERY CONTAGIOUS!

SYMPTOMS: Continual complaint as to need for names, dates and places. Patient has a blank expressions, sometimes deaf to spouse and children. Has no taste for work of any kind, except feverishly looking through records at libraries and courthouses.
Has a compulsion to write letters. Swears at mailman when he doesn't leave mail. Frequents strange places such as cemeteries, ruins, and remote desolate country areas. Makes secret night calls and hides phone bills from spouse. Mumbles to self. Has strange, faraway look in eyes.

NO KNOWN CURE!

TREATMENT: Medication is useless. This disease is not fatal, but gets progressively worse. Patient should attend genealogy workshops, subscribe to genealogical magazines and be given a quiet corner in the house where he/she can be alone.

REMARKS: The unusual nature of this disease is that the sicker the patient gets, the more he or she enjoys it!

I am my own Grandpa, by Ray Stevens