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.
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?
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.