Barry's Relatively Speaking: Buried Treasure
Posted on Oct 17, 2012
Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. Idane shares the following experience.
After waiting several months for answer from Pilgersdorf Church, Deutschgerisdorf, Austria, we received Grandfather Martin Sherman's Baptismal Certificate. Not knowing GREAT-Grandfather Martin Sherman's Birth YEAR, Pilgersdorf did the best it could and sent us Birtl>Records for FOUR male children of that name - two born 1805, one 1816, one 1817.
Near the old homestead at Silver Lake, McLeod County, Minnesota is the burial plot where seventeen of the early family members were laid to rest. The grounds receive proper attention periodically, but the markers (over a century old) are badly worn and only portions of them remain today.
The McLeod County Clerk's records could not help us. Despite the now frozen winter ground, an immediate search of the graveyard was begun. However, only the base and part of the Cross of GREAT grandfather's grave marker could be found. Not to mention our disappointment, we felt frustrated, even foiled in our search.
While bemoaning our plight to the present lady tenant of the acres (of which the cemetery is a section), her two little daughters-10 and 11 years old - excitedly supplied the information that they had helped to put the grounds in order and had buried the remnants of the grave markers, and remembered WHERE. Then the real search began; and as the girls produced the remnants, the puzzle pieces were assembled, GREAT-Grandfather's marker read, "1816-1869-53 yrs." We knew now he was No. 3 on the Pilgersdorf Birth
Record list. "... Out of the mouths of babes..."