Barry's Relatively Speaking: Live Relative Found In Cemetery

Posted on Dec 24, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on Linda shares the following experience.

Last Memorial Day I decided to investigate cemeteries in the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania area where my grandfather, Roy Stott was raised. I was trying to locate his parents' graves for information and clues that would help me in my family research.

There was only one cemetery listed on the map in that area, and I was disappointed to see that it was a Memorial Park with no tombstones, just markers, which would be tedious to read. This prompted me to seek information at the cemetery office, which was open due to it being a national holiday. When I explained to the manager of the cemetery that 1 was looking for the family name Stott, he looked at me and said, "My wife happens to be here today and her grandmother's name is Stott. Maybe she can be of help to you." After we were introduced and her husband explained why I was visiting the cemetery, she excitedly told me that her grandfather's name was Francis Earl Scott! An immediate chill went through me — her grandfather was my grandfather's brother!!

It was the first time I found a 'live' relative in a cemetery. We exchanged information and she then took me to an older cemetery several blocks away where I found my great grandparents' grave as well as my great-great grandparents' grave which were located in the same area of the cemetery.

Probably that was a once in a lifetime occurrence, but I'm sure my hobby will lead to other unique experiences and surprises.

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