Tombstone Tuesday: William D. Pinkerton, Jr.

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William Douglass Pinkerton, Jr. is buried in Eagle Point National Cemetery, Eagle Point, Oregon. Findagrave Memorial Page

 

 

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Headstone: Mary Ellen Barrett

 

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Mary Ellen Barrett was born 18 Sept 1881 to George Barrett and Lydia Melvina Halstead in Smith County Kansas.

Mary married Caleb Grant Van Dusen and had three children with him. The marriage did not last.

She married her second husband, James Henry Austin on 22 July 1922 in San Juan County New Mexico.

Mary died on 24 Feb 1959 in Albuquerque New Mexico. Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery in Albuquerque is her final resting place.

 

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A Sad Sight

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One of the many things I do as a genealogist is volunteer for Findagrave. A useful aspect of the virtual cemetery website is the ability to request photos of headstones. There are hundreds of camera-toting volunteers across the United States ready to fulfill picture requests for those who cannot trek across country on a genealogy journey.

It is a treat to bring genealogy alive for others even in a small way.

However, one of the saddest sights to see in the genealogy world is a small poorly cared for grave site.

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Recently, I took my son, who loves the headstone hunt, to full fill a picture request.

I am an advocate for getting children involved with family history. The benefits are countless. It provides a sense of belonging that is invaluable, and it keeps the memory of those who have passed alive.

Back to the cemetery.

What struck me so profoundly at this particular cemetery was the number of grave markers about the size of a brick with just a name. Many names were worn to little better than nothing.

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Grave after grave was over-shadowed by massive monuments. The pictures speak for themselves.

Many of the brick-sized grave markers were broken or faded beyond reading. It would take a trip to the cemetery office to learn information on who is interred in those spaces.

The saddest grave gets to spend eternity shoulder to shoulder with the trash.
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If you would like to get more involved in the genealogy community, consider volunteering for Findagrave. It is easy to do and costs nothing other than a little bit of gas and time.

 

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J. R. Findsen

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Headstone of an Infant

 

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Helen E. Gurney, born in 1852, was the youngest infant daughter of Ebenezer Bourne Keen Gurney and Almira Jane Josselyn who were members of the Hanson Massachusetts community.

According to Massachusetts death records, Helen died on 7 August 1853 of a severe case of whooping cough.

She was only eight months and fifteen days old. She is buried with her family in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Pembroke Massachusetts.

 

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Headstone of Albert Dargatz

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Albert Dargatz was born in Germany on 24 Dec 1857. He was the son of Carl Dargatz, Sr. and Johanna Miske.

He married his wife Rosa Peters, who was born in what is now Poland, around the year 1881.

Then in 1893 Albert and his family immigrated to the United States.

By the 1900 US Federal Census, they were living in Buena Park, Orange County, California.

Albert passed away on 16 Jul 1941 in Orange County, California. His grave is located in Anaheim Cemetery in Anaheim, California.

 

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