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Dee Burris Blakley ([personal profile] dee_burris) wrote2011-01-16 01:49 pm

Mystery Monday: Things that make you go hmmm...

Can't reconcile these.

One has to be a cenotaph.

Josiah Hazen Shinn is buried beside his wife, Mildred Carleton Williams Shinn, in Roselawn Memorial Park in Little Rock, Pulaski County, AR.

Isn't he?

I mean, I photographed their graves. Personally.

It wasn't an hallucination.

I can prove it.

The stone for the family plot...

Josiah's marker, at the foot of his grave...

Minnie's marker, at the foot of her grave...

So what is this?


It looks like a gravestone for Josiah Hazen Shinn to me.

In another cemetery.

A devoted husband and loving father. He has entered into the fullness of life. He lived a peaceful, constructive and an honorable life and such a life smiles at death. He lived no inglorious life and came to a peaceful and glorious death. He was the bough broken under the load of ripened fruit and such as he have passed into God's acre, the christian's home.

And the earth is mounded up behind the stone. There's a footstone there. Like a fairly recent grave.

Next to a retaining wall very similar to the one that surrounds the (former) Williams family plot in Oakland Cemetery, Russellville, AR. Where Katharine Leah Williams is buried. She was Minnie's niece.

And who is that little girl bearing flowers...

The grave

(Anonymous) 2011-01-17 05:23 pm (UTC)(link)
So my thoughts are this:

Do you know where the other grave was, for sure? If so, you can contact them about the records for Mr. Shinn.

What most likely happened, like the other lady mentioned, was that Minnie died and the family re-interred his body with his wife.

The above picture was probably taken in 1917, when he died. Maybe the little girl is a granddaughter.

Perhaps they reused this already paid for grave for Minnie's neice. I would request information from both cemeteries, and I would also research the neice's death to see if it is probable that she reused the family plot.


Re: The grave

[identity profile] 2011-01-17 06:24 pm (UTC)(link)
The niece died in 1904 at the age of 5.