“Death be not proud, though some have called thee”

Because I attended two funerals in the last week, sadly, I have death on my mind.  Ironically, we learn a great deal about the lives of people from the recordings of their deaths.  Did they die of cholera or myocardial infarction?  Did 3 generations die from the same cause?  Was there a history of mental illness in the family that led to suicide?  I was shocked to learn that so many people on my family tree died of pneumonia and respiratory diseases.  I do a cardio workout to try to prevent that from happening to me!  Death certificates tell us a lot, but tombstones impart information, too.  Sometimes they show the place of birth and the dates of birth and death.

In the case of this double tombstone, you see the date the husband (still living) and wife were married in the double wedding bands. Notice that if they married in 1945 that they were both still teenagers.  She lived (presumably happily married) until 83, and he was still alive at age 84.  But, there’s more information to be gleaned:  if he’s Riley and she’s Rogers, who’s Privett?

This is a link I found for pictures of tombstones in my own ancestral town of Ananiev, Ukraine.  For relatives buried overseas, you may run into issues of translating what is written on their stones.

© 2012 Copyright Billie Elias

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About Billie Tekel Elias

Author of upcoming book, Pearl's Party...and you're invited.
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