The Graveyard Rabbit in Etna Cemetery

25 01 2010

In honor of the February 2010 Graveyard Rabbit Carnival theme “Cemetery Critters,” I present (drumroll, please)….. The Graveyard Rabbit!

The Graveyard Rabbit in Etna Cemetery; copyright 2009, Amy Crow. All rights reserved.

I took a picture of this little guy (or gal — I couldn’t tell which) 5 July 2009 in Etna Cemetery in Licking County, Ohio.

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Joseph Herbert Layton: a follow-up

19 11 2009

On Tuesday, I posted about the tombstone of Joseph H. Layton in Etna Cemetery in Licking County. At the time, I did not have his obituary, but mused that there was probably a newspaper article about the train wreck. Bill Johns did a little bit of research and found that, indeed, that was the case. I was then able to go onto NewspaperArchive through the Ohio Genealogical Society (members have access — a good reason to join!)

Joseph H. Layton (referred to as Herbert in one of the articles) was killed in a train wreck near Bloomingburg, Fayette County, Ohio, on 14 May 1903. A repair crew had been working on the tracks and “the ballasting had been largely removed. The rails spread and three cars were plunged into a ditch at the bottom of a high embankment.” Layton, a fireman on the train, tried to save himself by jumping from the engine, but broke his neck. The B&O train was on its way from Cincinnati to Washington Court House when the accident occurred.

Also killed in the accident was engineer John May. No passengers were killed.

According the article, two days before the accident Layton’s father, J. M. Layton, had contacted photographer George Chase to get a photo of “his boy’s engine.” The two of them went to the depot and got “an excellent likeness” of the engine, Joseph Layton and John May. According to Chase, the father said he wanted a good photo even if it cost him his last dollar because, “He may be brought home dead from his next trip.”

Joseph Herbert Layton was the son of James and Mary Layton, who were living on Broadway in Summit Station at the time of the accident. Joseph moved to Newark circa 1900, about the time of his marriage to Laura Kelley. In 1900, they had a son James H. Layton. According to his obituary, Layton was survived by two children. I have not determined the identity of the second child.

Sources:

Herb Layton household, 1900 census, Etna Township, Licking County, Ohio, sheet 2B, nos. 41/41.

Joseph Layton household, 1880 census, abstract viewed on FamilySearch.org.

Newark Advocate, May 14, 1903, p. 1 and 3.





Tombstone Tuesday: Joseph Layton and the train

17 11 2009

This tombstone is in Etna Cemetery in Licking County, Ohio. I have not looked for an obituary for him yet, but I would not be surprised if there is an article about his death. Judging from the tombstone, I would say that he worked for the B&O Railroad and was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen. The fact that the occupational information is so prominently displayed and that it states that he was “killed at Bloomingburg, Fayette Co., O,” leads me to think that he was killed while working on the railroad.

A search of the Fayette County 1867-1908 Death Index and the Licking County Death Index yielded no results.

Joseph H. Layton
1876-1903
Killed at Bloomingburg, Fayette Co, O.

EDIT: More information found on Joseph H. Layton

Joseph H. Layton, Etna Cemetery, Licking County, Ohio. Photograph by Amy Crow, 5 July 2009; copyright 2009, Amy Crow. All rights reserved.

 





Tombstone Tuesday: Two Tiny Hands

7 07 2009

This broken tombstone is in Etna Cemetery in Licking County. It is the first I’ve seen with two small hands like this. Unfortunately, the surname is missing. The ages are illegible, but judging from the lamb, the two tiny hands, and the diminutive form of the first names, I think these are two young boys. Buried together like this, they are likely brothers.

Complicating discovering their identity is the fact that their ages are unknown and they died between census years. Also, Licking County’s death records for this time period were destroyed in a courthouse fire.

Tombstone of Artie and Georgie, Etna Cemetery, Etna, Licking County, Ohio. Photo by Amy Crow, 5 July 2009; all rights reserved.

Tombstone of Artie and Georgie, Etna Cemetery, Etna, Licking County, Ohio. Photo by Amy Crow, 5 July 2009; all rights reserved.

Artie E., died June 6, 1878

Georgie E., died April 15, 1875





Joseph M. Wehrle, Mount Calvary Cemetery, Newark

7 03 2009

Yesterday, I had the pleasure to go to Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Newark. I wasn’t able to spend a great deal of time there; I hope to go back soon and explore some more. 

At the top of the hill is the Wehrle family plot. There is a large monument in the middle, surrounded by individual tombstones. One of the things I found interesting was that all of the individual stones were identical; even the ones for people who died in the 1950s used a German-script style font.

In the Wehrle family plot is Rev. Joseph M. Wehrle. What caught my eye at first was that his tombstone includes his date of ordination. The front of the stone is an excellent example of the eucharist, chalice, grapes and wheat. As noted in Douglas Keister’s excellent book Stories in Stone, the use of all of these elements together was restricted almost exclusively to clergy. 

According to his death certificate, Joseph Michael Wehrle was the son of Joseph and Philamena (Morath) Wehrle. Joseph was a priest at Saint Mary’s Church in Columbus, which is located in the German Village section of town. 

From the tombstone: Rev. Joseph M. Wehrle/ Born October 24, 1865/ Ordained August 15, 1899/ Died April 24, 1924.

 

Rev. Joseph M. Wehrle tombstone, Mount Calvary Cemetery, Newark, Ohio. Photo by Amy Johnson Crow, 6 March 2009; all rights reserved.

Rev. Joseph M. Wehrle tombstone, Mount Calvary Cemetery, Newark, Ohio. Photo by Amy Johnson Crow, 6 March 2009; all rights reserved.





Hidden Message

7 02 2009

As I’ve noted earlier, I love celtic crosses. As I walked by this one in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Newark, it looked like just another celtic cross. It wasn’t until I was lining up the photo that I realized that there are words at the bottom. They blend in so well with the design!

Inscription: Edward Thomas, born Nov. 24, 1852, died Sept. 10, 1910 and his wife Jessie Clarke Thomas, born Apr. 10, 1862, died Jan. 7. 1943

 

Edward and Jessie (Clarke) Thomas tombstone, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newark, Ohio. Photo taken 19 June 2008 by Amy Johnson Crow; all rights reserved.

Edward and Jessie (Clarke) Thomas tombstone, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newark, Ohio. Photo taken 19 June 2008 by Amy Johnson Crow; all rights reserved.





Hog to Heaven

15 11 2008

Some graveyard enthusiasts tend to gloss over contemporary tombstones, but I have to admit a certain fascination with them. Some are so personalized that future generations will be able to get a very intimate look into their lives. One stone that made my jaw drop was this one in York Street Cemetery in Licking County. Since then, I’ve seen other motorcycle tombstones, but none as large or as detailed as this Harley-Davidson. (It isn’t full-size, but it is close.)

Harris Harley-Davidson tombstone, York Street Cemetery, Licking County, Ohio. Photo by Amy Crow, 31 August 2007. All rights reserved.

Harris Harley-Davidson tombstone, York Street Cemetery, Licking County, Ohio. Photo by Amy Crow, 31 August 2007. All rights reserved.