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Are You My Cousin?: Tombstone Tuesday Oakwood Cemetery

Are You My Cousin?

Discovering My Ancestors -- One Cousin at a Time

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Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

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, June 14, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday Oakwood Cemetery

I recently visited historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, NC.  Oakwood Cemetery was begun in 1869 and sits close to the downtown area on 102 acres of land.  Buried there are the famous and not so famous.  A confederate soldier cemetery is also there.  Since beginning genealogy, I have found myself interested in the styles and designs of gravestones.  Oakwood Cemetery has its share of interesting stones as well.  For the next few Tombstone Tuesdays, I will share the tombstones that particularly caught my attention.  (For my cousins reading this blog, these departed are not part of our ancestry.) 

Gravestone Wth Pillow and Blanket
  This was the first time I had seen a gravestone with this motif.  This is the grave of S Brown Shepherd, Jr. Unfortunately, the dates were very worn and difficult to read.

Gravestone of S Brown Shepherd, Jr



Anonymous Taneya said...

very nice pictures Lisa. From the work done by the Cemetery Census group in their survey of Oakwood Cemetery it looks like this is the grave for Sylvester Brown Shepherd Jr. who died July 8, 1940 (

June 17, 2011 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger akellmurr72 said...

What a beautiful stone. I have never seen this motif either. Thanks for posting.

June 19, 2011 at 7:04 PM  

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