Barry's Relatively Speaking: "Lost" Great-Grandfather
Posted on Jul 13, 2012
Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. Marie shares the following experience.
In genealogy it is not at all unusual for one to be looking for her great grandfather, butlhave a different problem! My great grandfather did not disappear until he had already been dead and buried for 84 years! He died in 1855 and was buried in a small private cemetery near Jefferson, Texas. The family then moved about fifty miles away, and the cemetery became almost inaccessible with vegetation and undergrowth. In 1939 a hunter went bythe cemetery, and noticed things looked "upset", so he stopped to look around, and found that my great grandfather's grave was open and empty! He told the authorities, and they in turn notified our family, but the body was never found. Even the cast iron vault made in a nearby foundry was taken. The lot was enclosed by an iron fence and well marked with a large granite marker, so it was not a case of mistaken identity. Here I am 32 years later still looking for my great grandfather!