Saturday, August 2, 2008
Winchester, Virginia wasn’t that far away from Charles Town, West Virginia so we decided to go, look for yet another headstone!
Winchester National Cemetery is a closed cemtery, with no space left for any more burials. The cemetery is the final resting place for Civil War Union soldiers. The Confederate soldiers are buried in the cemetery across the street, according to the caretaker. It is a beautiful cemetery full of large monuments erected in memory of lost Union Soldiers.
We were looking for the headstone belonging to my father’s cousin, Edward Wheeler Niess, a veteran of WWII. After finding his name and location information in the book at the office, the caretaker took us right to the site.
After taking the pictures, we wandered around the cemetery looking at various monuments and asking questions of the caretaker, and didn’t leave the cemetery for another 1/2 hour! Looking over the wall from the front of the cemetery, you can see the Pennsylvania Monument. Edward Niess’ headstone would be out of the picture on the left hand side, clear at the back of the cemetery.
I thought that finding the headstones this week would be the high points of the week, but I found that was not so. While answering a genealogy request at the Historical Society I was searching through the tax records for the City, years 1850 through 1860, and I found several of my ancestors, but not theirs! I feel bad for them, happy for me!
I’m looking forward to the surprises next week holds. . . .
Thursday, July 31, 2008
We decided to take a Mid-Week Getaway this week and decided to drive to Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. Having never been there, we thought it would be a nice drive, something new to see, and a chance to stay in a Historic B & B in West Virginia.
Well, we had time to kill before check-in time and took a detour up to Sharpsburg where my Grove family called home! All I knew for certain was that Catharine Staley Grove was buried in “The Reformed Cemetery” in Sharpsburg. Do you think anybody knew where that was?? Even the Librarian had to call some body to ask! . . . and the town ain’t that big, folks!! The Librarian got directions to 3 different cemeteries. . . . kinda. . . and we took it from there. Don’t you know that the next block over from the Library, directly behind the restaurant we had lunch in (where the waitress had never heard of it) was the cemetery! Unbelievable!!!
Now according to the sign, this cemetery has been there awhile and the townfolk should know where it is! We found it on the first go-around! . . . . and wouldn’t you know, continuing with tradition, Jim found my ancestors’ headstones? Who cares? They were found!!!
Jacob and Catharine Staley Grove
Jacob’s even has a plaque directly in front of his headstone commemorating his Revolutionary War service. Life is good!
Tomorrow we’ll go the Veterans Cemetery in Winchester. It’s so nice to have such an accommodating husband. . . . . . I won’t even complain when he finds the next headstone!!
Sincerest apologies to the townfolk who do know where this cemetery is! I guess we just didn’t ask the right people!!!