Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Unusual Stone

I recently came across this unusual tombstone in Oak Ridge Cemetery in South Boston, VA. (Cousins, this is NOT one of our ancestors.) It is the grave of William Munford McCorkle who died in 1894. I found smaller and less elaborate stones in the image of trees with the insignia of Woodsmen of the Woods. This is by far the most elaborate I saw. Did you notice the Confederate Cross, too?


  1. Lisa, I have seen Woodsmen of the World gravestones before with tree motifs, but never one this big or elaborate! Very interesting find!

  2. I have seen them too and I posted one a few weeks ago, but it is smaller. This one is gorgeous!

  3. This is the marker of William Munford McCorkle, s/o Dr Miles McCorkle, MD and Catherine Ann "Kitty" Munford of Lebanon, Wilson Co., TN. Miles was a personal physician to President Andrew Jackson.

    "Taken from "The People of Wilson County, TN, 1800-1899", page 108:

    Wm. McCorkle, a former attorney in our town, is now a preacher of the Gospel in Virginia", Lebanon Democrat Excerpts, 7 November 1889.


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