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.





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.