Sunday, April 12, 2015

Whigville Cemetery

I'm back!  

It's been a while!  I spent a good part of yesterday out exploring some cemeteries out near my sister's house - in the Hunt / Horse Country of northern Oakland / Lapeer Counties. 
Nothing much has been greening up yet, but it was mostly sunny / partly hazy and comfortably warm to be out in just a hoodie.  Best of all - no bugs!  

I planned on stopping at 4 cemeteries and ended up going to 6. The first of these is located in Dryden, Lapeer County.  

I couldn't find out much info about Whigville Cemetery, other than according to Find-A-Grave saying it has 129 interments.   The name likely came from a settlement of the same name when the area had a lot of lumbering in the mid 1800s.  The dates on the stones ranged from 1862-1949 with one from 1976 and another from 1986, but nothing more recent than that.  A lot were hard or impossible to read, as with older cemeteries.  

There was no sign and the very small cemetery was surrounded by a farm.  The driveway to the house ran up the right side with house to the rear.  Directly behind was a barn and to the left a small swampy area and pastures - from where a large gray draft horse watched me intently.  A woman who I assume was the lady of the house, came out while talking on the phone and hung out near the barn, I assume the cemetery doesn't get many visitors so she was keeping an eye on me.  I made a point to stoop often to peer closely at inscriptions and also to consult my phone.  Honestly, there are 2 photo requests and I was looking to find the stones while I was there. 

 The one side was terraced and the stones have fallen off their bases and been set back up. 
Isaac Newton!
 Her name was Asenath - quite unusual.  Isaac's wife
 Close up of the hands.  Still lovely since 1881.

 At least an attempt was made to keep the stone together. 
 I liked the chain links.



 Fayette. Another unusual name that I saw several times this day.
March 4, 1964 - Sept 28, 1867
I love there are flowers by her stone!
 Close up of the branch and possibly bird?
Beautiful carvings. 


 Their last name was Smiley.  I like how Joseph & Jennie's names are carved at an angle below daughter Lizzie's name. 


  

 Adaline is another name I saw a lot of. 

One of the photo requests was for an Ira Smith.  This whole row of fallen stones were Smiths - and the 3rd one is missing.  I bet that is Ira's.  
 Anett and Mary Smith both have beautiful detail on the corners of their stones.  

2 comments:

  1. how crazy is that the flowers are still by the old grave site. It makes you wonder just a little bit who has still taking the time for their loved one.

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  2. Much as you like to explore cemeteries, you might want to check out an ebook called translating tombstones. I bought it awhile back, it was either free or a couple dollars. Good finds!

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