Monday, July 22, 2013

Gravestone #33 Floyd and Sarah Helen Curtis, Middletown, OH

My great grandparents Floyd and Sarah Helen (nee Fox) Curtis at Woodside Cemetery in Middletown OH. This one was taken recently, during Memorial Day weekend 2013.

Gravestones 30 thru 32 East Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson, IN

 Edna (nee Groff) and Willard Clement Cookman, my great grandparents. East Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson IN.
Belle (nee Sharpe) and Martin Luther Forkner, my great grandparents. East Maplewood
 Samuel Forkner's obelisk, my great great grandfather. East Maplewood. He's near his son Martin.
Close up of Samuel Forkner

Gravestone 29 Alfred Makepeace

 Alfred Makepeace, my 4th great grandfather on the Forkner-Clifford line. West Maplewood.

"The Home is located on Lot 3 of the original plat patented by President Monroe in 1823 as Andersontown by William Conner, son-in-law of Chief Kikthawenund (Chief Anderson). Here Captain John Berry built a log cabin. In 1865 Alfred Makepeace erected a dwelling which forms the East wing. In 1871 Moses Cherry started a French Second Empire Townhouse which forms the West wing. Martin Gruenewald finished the Townhouse in 1873."

Gravestones 21 thru 28, West Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson, IN

Daisy (nee Hollingsworth) Clifford, my great great grandmother on the Forkner-Clifford line. West Maplewood.
Hadley Clifford, my great great grandfather on the Forkner-Clifford line. West Maplewood.
Hannah (nee Irish) wife of Alfred Makepeace, my 4th great grandmother on the Forkner-Clifford line. West Maplewood.
Letitia (nee Makepeace) Clifford, my third great grandmother on the Forkner-Clifford line. West Maplewood.
Lieut. Emery Clifford, my third great grandfather on the Forkner-Clifford line. West Maplewood.

He served in the Civil War, in Company G of the 17th Indiana Infantry. From my research, it looks like he was promoted twice (sergeant to 2nd lieutenant to 1st lieutenant) and he served for several years. The 17th was part of Wilder's Lightning Brigade. As I'm sure you can imagine, I was beyond happy to find a Civil War veteran in my family tree!
Mary (nee Sangston) wife of Isaac Clifford, my 4th great grandmother on the Forkner-Clifford line. West Maplewood.
George and Sallie Groff, my great great grandparents on the Cookman-Groff side. West Maplewood. Sallie's name was Sarah Elizabeth Dobell, but they called her Sallie.
Minter Bailey and Sarah Jane (nee Meade) Cookman, my great great grandparents. West Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson, IN. Minter is pretty much the farthest back I've found on the Cookman line.

Gravestones 19 and 20, Anderson Memorial Park, Andeson, IN

 Harriett (nee Clifford) Forkner, my great grandmother. Anderson Memorial Park, Anderson IN.

Samuel Raymond Forkner, my great grandfather. Anderson Memorial Park.

I usually just refer to them as Grandma Harriet and Grandpa Sam. My father's middle name is "Ray" after his grandfather.

There's also a 'family plot' in Anderson Memorial Park that my grandparents own. They lost an infant son and he is interned there. I believe they have six spaces.

Gravestone 18 James Irish Grove Lawn Cemetery

James Irish, my fifth great grandfather on the Forkner-Clifford side. Grove Lawn Cemetery, Pendleton, IN.

Gravestone 17 Amasa and Betsey Makepeace in Otterbien Cemetery, Chesterfield, IN.

Amasa and Betsey Makepeace's obelisk in Otterbein Cemetery, Chesterfield, IN. It is off to the left as you enter the cemetery, near a large tree.

 Close up of Amasa Makepeace's carving. He is my 5th great grandfather on the Forkner-Clifford line. Otterbein Cemetery.

Close up of Betsey Makepeace's carving. She is my 5th great grandmother on the Forkner-Clifford line. Otterbein Cemetery.  She was born Elizabeth Babbitt and called Betsey.

And we just take a moment to reflect on how surprisingly old they were when they died? Amasa was seventy while Betsey lived to the age of seventy-one!

Gravestone 16 Penniston or Croan Cemetery

Penniston or Croan Cemetery, Madison County IN: The farmer who owned this land in the early 20th century removed the stones and plowed the cemetery, destroying the graves of about thirty people. Now its a small fenced off area in front of a house with only this memorial to mark the burials.

Samuel Moore, listed as a known veteran buried there, is my ancestor. My research shows that his wife Eliza, along with her parents Isaac and Sarah Elizabeth are also buried here.

Gravestones 13 - 15 Nelson Cemetery in Madison County IN

I took this picture of Nelson Cemetery, with the side visible because there was one grave we were unable to find. My research shows that Elizabeth (nee Curtis) Hollingsworth, the first white woman in Madison County, is buried here but her grave is unmarked and forgotten. She is my 5th great grandmother on the Forkner-Hollingsworth line.
 Hannah (nee Cornelious) Forkner, Jesse's wife and my 5th great grandmother on the Forkner line. If you can see, the last name is spelled "Falkner" instead of the modern Forkner. Nelson Cemetery, Madison County, IN.

Finding this grave was kind of funny. My Aunt Sarah knew where Jesse's grave was but my research said Hannah was buried there was well. I remember turning from Jesse's grave and seeing "HANNAH" with "wife of Jesse Falkner" underneath. I looked at my aunt and said something along the lines of "I bet that's Jesse's wife's grave".

If my memory serves me right (my research is not at hand), Forkner was "Falconer" then "Faulkner" then "Falkner" and finally was changed to the modern "Forkner" spelling.
 Jesse Forkner, my 5th great grandfather on the Forkner side. Buried at Nelson Cemetery in Madison County, IN. Him and his wife are along the east side border.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I'm Still Here!

Sorry guys, I apparently have been REALLY lax in updating this blog. My apologies.

I do plan to post all my Cookman / Forkner cemetery photos, so watch for those.

My vacation this year will once again be genealogy related: My mother and I are going to New England for a week. We will be visiting Plymouth! So keep an eye out for grave pictures from there, as well as other photographs, because I'm sure that I'll take a ton :)