Somewhere, although I do not remember where, I know that there is a genealogy topic to post for each day of the week. I was reminded because of visiting Randy's Genea-Musings. I don't know that I'll post on these kinds of things regularly because I generally like to post what I want when I want. So this is "Tombstone Tuesday."
I've had another blog and only recently decided to split my history and geneaology topics into a blog of their own. I transfered all my old posts here, but not the comments. So welcome, if you are new, and welcome back for those who read my other site.
This tombstone has a great story behind it... a "happy dance" kind of story behind it. From a marriage record showing a second marriage of my ancestor Albertus Van Hoesen, I knew that the first wife likely died. They had moved from Clarksville, Butler County, Iowa, in 1896 to Willow Springs, Missouri. However, in perusing all the cemetery books, I was unable to locate any gravesite for Carrie A. Burton Van Hoesen.
To back up a bit, I had been in Clarksville, Iowa, a few years ago looking at courthouse records, visiting cemeteries, and viewing the files of Rudolph Priepke who had been the town genealogist and historian for many, many years. Mr. Priepke's files can be found in the public library in Clarksville, staffed, I might add, by the wife of a descendant of one of the original settlers of the town. Although quite a bit is known about the Burtons, not that much is about the Van Hoesens who arrived in about 1866. Nevertheless, Mr. Priepke did have a small file on the Van Hoesens which contained a letter to him asking about my ancestors. The letter's author was descended from a sister of Robert Van Hoesen, father to my Albertus. This letter was written some time in the 1970s. When I got home, I looked her up and found she was living in the same house from which she had written!
When this new-found cousin (Emma Lou Stanislav) found out about the difficulty I had finding Carrie's grave in Willow Springs, she immediately volunteered the fact that she had gotten a response to a query to the Willow Springs area. The woman (Aletta Van Hoesen) who responded to her query had told in which cemetery Carrie was buried (it's a big one), and she had made a drawing of the tombstone and transcribed it. My cousin photocopied it and mailed it to me. Because of the kindness of these two women, I was able to stand in the cemetery, rotate, and zero in on the correct tombstone. I was thrilled to find resolution to the life of one of my ancestors.
In loving remembrance
Carrie A. Wife of A.L. Van Hoesen
Daughter of H.F.L. and M.E. Burton
Born Nov. 18, 1861 Died Sept. 17, 1897
Sweetly slumber angel Carrie, Let no strife disturb thy rest,
Thy loving eyes are closed forever, Thou art with the blest.