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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...

Shinn gravestones

Date: 2011-01-17 02:23 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I wonder if you can contact the cemetery where you took the photos and ask for interment information. Is it possible he was moved from another cemetery? What a mystery! I hope you can unravel it.

Shinn gravestones - again

Date: 2011-01-17 02:28 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Dee, I always forget that I have to add my name when I post a comment here. So, the previous comment about contacting the cemetery came from me, Nancy, from My Ancestors and Me.

Date: 2011-01-17 04:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] (from
Perhaps he was moved when his widow died and was buried? Mysterious to be sure. Let us know what you find.

The grave

Date: 2011-01-17 05:23 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
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

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

How intersting

Date: 2011-01-18 01:23 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Let us know if you ever find out! I wonder why they didn't reuse his stone if they moved him - it's so much more ornate than his other one. Maybe they didn't have money to make a matching one for his wife? I wonder what happened to it.


Date: 2011-01-18 03:05 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I don't have the answer to your question, but I recognize the Shinn name from my own Russellville records. I think a Shinn family was very active in the Shiloh Cumberland Church. Does that ring a bell?

(Amy - We Tree Genealogy Blog)

Date: 2011-01-18 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Minnie Shinn was active in "the Christian church," according to what Josiah wrote about her in one of his books, which I transcribed in this entry. (

You have to scroll down almost to the end to see the transcription.

Re: How intersting

Date: 2011-01-18 03:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I called Roselawn.

He was disinterred from Oakland in Russellville and reinterred at Roselawn just a few months before Minnie died. They did not know anything about the other stone.

So now, I have more questions. (


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