Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - The Unknowns

Seward Mound Cemetery is a small farming community cemetery in rural Kendall County, Illinois. Some of the burials date back to the 1850's. There are several lots that no longer have markers, and some of the markers that do remain are broken or weathered beyond legibility. These are some of those gravestone remnants.


Mattie or Hattie D. 


unknown, died 1872

© 2012 Sally Knudsen

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - Catharine in White

This broken white gravestone marks the area where Catharine Heilman lies. The stone has a traditional weeping willow carving. The top is engraved with:


I didn't want to disturb the broken pieces of the stone to locate ages and dates. A little online detective work reveals that Catharine was born about 1813 in Pennsylvania, had at least three children in Indiana with her husband Jacob, and eventually settled in the farming community of Aux Sable Township, Kendall County, Illinois. She last appears on a census in 1880 as a widow, living with neighbors. Catharine is buried next to Jacob in Seward Mound Cemetery, Kendall County, Illinois.

Rest in peace, Catharine.
© 2012 Sally Knudsen