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Are You My Cousin?: Tombstone Tuesday - Unusual Stone

Are You My Cousin?

Discovering My Ancestors -- One Cousin at a Time

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I tell the stories of my ancestors’ lives. Whether they lived 20 years ago or 200 years ago, they each have a story to tell. Some ancestors tell their stories willingly. Others must have their stories carefully teased from the records. Sometimes the stories are sad. Sometimes the stories are happy. Sometimes the stories are just funny. Regardless, my ancestors’ stories shaped their lives and the lives of those that followed. Come and share in the tales!

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?



Blogger Betty said...

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

May 11, 2010 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

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

May 11, 2010 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

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.

March 26, 2011 at 12:19 PM  

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