Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wordless Wednesday, Everlasting Love

Bert & Eva Hanaway
My great grandparents,
Married 1-15-1901
circa 1954

Monday, July 5, 2010

Road trip to Bunnell Cemetery

Friday evening I was working on my family history when I realized that quite a number of my Bunnell ancestors were buried in Reynolds, IN. After using Google Maps, I found out that Reynolds, IN was about 60 miles from my sister's home in Valparaiso. Not only that, but thanks to searching "cemeteries +Reynolds, IN" in Google, I discovered that there is a "Bunnell Cemetery" in Reynolds. Wow, there was a cemetery named after some of my I really had to see this! So, the very next day my sister Carole, my niece Hannah and I went on a little road trip to Bunnell Cemetery!

It was a beautiful day for a road trip too. The mandatory stop for ice cream made the time in the car fly by. For once, I didn't need to stop and ask for directions to the cemetery! We found it with no trouble at all. I remembered to bring the camera but forgot to wear shoes, and the ground was covered in cactus! The discoveries were so worth a number of stickers on the toes!

Nathaniel Bunnell, the son of my 4th G grandfather, Nathaniel Bunnell.
This Nathaniel Bunnell was born in Ross County, OH and
married Susannah

Susannah and her husband Nathaniel share a headstone.
Susannah's inscription faces the north
and Nathaniel's inscription faces the south.
This was the first Bunnell headstone I found. You
could easily see it from where we parked.
All in all, I found about ten Bunnell graves and a few other names I recognized from my family history. Many, many more of my ancestors, including my 3rd great grandparents are buried in the Monticello cemetery which is less than eight miles from this cemetery. My Bunnell and Hanaway ancestors came to White County around 1832 so there is a lot of family history to be found in this area!

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


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.


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!