Saturday, March 17, 2012

Here or there?

One grave at Indian Run Cemetery gets your attention the moment you see it. There is an above-ground tomb near the center of the small, sparse cemetery.

The slab on the top—the inscribed stone—is broken into many pieces, some of which are missing.

  

Who is buried here? It appears to be Lucinda Mitchell (d. 1839).

[To the] memory [of]
Mrs LUCINDA MITCHELL
[wife] of
AARON MITCHELL

A date is legible, presumably the date of death: Aug. 2, 1839.

A bit of epitaph is legible as well, and I recognized it right away as one of my favorites.

Forgive, blest shade, the tributary tear,
That mourns thy exit from a world like this:
Forgive the wish that would have kept thee here,
And stayed thy progress to tho realms of bliss.


According to a marriage record available through Familysearch.org, Aaron Mitchell and Lucinda Chapman were joined “in the bands of wedlock” in February, 1838.


A hint from Ancestry.com led me to a FindAGrave memorial page for Aaron Mitchell that places his burial 50 miles away. Imagine my surprise to find a memorial page for Lucinda Chapman Mitchell (but no gravestone photo) that places her burial in the same distant cemetery! There is also a memorial page that places her burial, as expected, in Indian Run Cemetery.

So where is Lucinda buried?

For now, I like my own evidence—an inscribed tombstone—that Lucinda Chapman Mitchell is buried beneath the tomb I visited today in Indian Run Cemetery.

Indian Run Cemetery, Franklin County, Ohio

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