Tuesday, September 27, 2011

“mary weeks dyed”

The oldest gravestone I have stumbled upon in this part of Ohio is that for Mary Weeks (d. 1811). The sandstone is mottled and weathered, but the inscription is legible.

No frills, unless you consider cursive writing a frill, but do I see an attempt at a willow carving at the top?

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mary weeks dyed
augt 11, aged 59
years, 1811,

According to online sources (Ancestry, FindAGrave, and so on), Mary was married to Daniel Weeks, a Revolutionary War veteran also buried in Galena Cemetery.

I found no stone for Daniel, but there is an unexplained 1776 star marker next to Mary’s gravestone. For Daniel?

Galena Cemetery, Delaware County, Ohio

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