Old Tombstones

A truly Happy Person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.  
And, one who can enjoy browsing old cemeteries   ...  
Some fascinating things on old tombstones!

Harry Edsel Smith of Albany, New York:  
Born 1903--Died 1942.  
Looked up the elevator shaft to see if the  
car was on the way down. It was.  

In a Thurmont, Maryland, cemetery:  
Here lies an Atheist, all dressed up  
and no   place to go.  

On the grave of Ezekial Aikle in  
East Dalhousie Cemetery, Nova Scotia:
Here lies Ezekial Aikle, Age 102.  
Only the good die young.  

In a London, England cemetery:
Here lies Ann Mann, who lived an old maid  
but died an old Mann. Dec. 8, 1767  

In a Ribbesford, England, cemetery:
Anna Wallace  
The children of Israel wanted bread,  
And   the Lord sent them manna.  
Clark Wallace   wanted a wife,  
And the Devil sent him Anna.  

In a Ruidoso, New Mexico, cemetery:
Here lies Johnny Yeast.  
Pardon him   for not rising.  

In a Uniontown, Pennsylvania, cemetery:  
Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake,  
Stepped on the gas instead of the brake.  
In a Silver City, Nevada, cemetery:
Here lays The Kid,  
We planted him raw.  
He was quick on the trigger,  
But slow on the draw.  

A lawyer's epitaph in England:  
Sir John Strange.  
Here lies an honest lawyer,  
and that is Strange.  

John Penny's epitaph in the Wimborne,  England, cemetery:
Reader, if cash thou art in want of any,  
Dig 6 feet deep and thou wilt find a Penny.  

In a cemetery in Hartscombe, England:  
On the 22nd of June, Jonathan Fiddle went   out of tune.  

Anna Hopewell's grave in Enosburg Falls,  Vermont:  
Here lies the body of our Anna,  
Done to death by a banana.  
It wasn't the fruit that laid her low,  
But the skin of the thing that made her go.  

On a grave from the 1880s in Nantucket,  Massachusetts:
Under the sod and under the trees,  
Lies the body of Jonathan Pease.  
He is not here, there's only the pod,  
Pease shelled out and went to God.  

In a cemetery in England:
Remember man, as you walk by, 
As you are now, so once was I.  
As I am now, so shall you be,  
Remember this and follow me.  
To which someone replied by writing on the tombstone:  
To follow you I'll not consent,  
Until I know which way you went.

And the final one...
On a tombstone in Boothill Cemetery, Tombstone, Arizona:
Here lies Lester Moore
Four slugs from a 44
No Les, No more 

Mortality Schedules 1850-1885

Shady Rest Cemetery, in Henry County-this cemetery has four separate grave areas.  It consists of several families- Miltons, Spencers, Mize's, as well as Cahill's. There are other families buried here as well.

Access to cemeteries located on private property

Source Citation:  U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Non-population Census Schedules for Virginia, 1850-1880; Archive Collection, images from Ancestry.com.



"A people which loses pride in its past or which fails to preserve its heritage and the resting places of its forebears is poor indeed and without hope or foundation upon which to build the future."

As the owner of property that includes a cemetery, you are not obligated to do anything as long as you leave the cemetery alone. You may maintain the cemetery if you wish, or allow descendants or other parties to do so. Virginia law protects all cemeteries from willful and malicious damage, whether by the owner or by others (§18.2-127.   Should you decide to remove and relocate the graves so that the area may be used for other purposes, you are required to file a bill in equity with the city or county circuit court for permission to do so (§57-38.1 <http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+57-38.1>). This petition will require a good faith effort to identify and contact the families or descendants of the persons interred in the cemetery, as well as publication of a notice of intent in a local newspaper. If the cemetery is unmarked, and you wish to have the remains recovered by professional archaeologists, you will also require a permit (download the permit application 

<http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/pdf_files/Permit-RemovalOfHumanBurials.PDF>) from DHR   (§10.1-2305 <http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+10.1-2305>). Unless otherwise ordered by the court, you will be responsible for all costs incurred during the relocation process.


Off Calvert Road (Rte 788) in Hardy, One headstone

Mefford Lee Brown 1896 - 1936
            Son of MEP and Troy E. Brown

One Oakley marker;
Mary Elizabeth Patsel 1866 - 1953
            Wife of Troy E. Brown

Five flat stone markers

Off Valley View Road (Rte 682) in Coopers Cove
Two headstones
John William Patsel 1836 - 1901
Temperance Jane Harkrider, wife of JWP
Six unmarked upright stones


Fralin Family Cemetery in Franklin County , the picture to the right is the grave of a slave. Many of the slave graves are marked with old rocks that were hand carved with dates.

Cemeteries in Franklin & Henry Counties 

More pictures to come!

Cemeteries In Our Area