Pictures of Headstones

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Guess only the poor folks get to go here, well not really when you see some of these headstones.
Guess only the poor folks get to go here, well not really when you see some of these headstones. | Source
My youngest LOVES cemeteries
My youngest LOVES cemeteries
Oldest one I found 1864
Oldest one I found 1864
Post Masoleum
Post Masoleum
Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth
Dedication
Dedication
About Sojourner
About Sojourner
Just a cool stone
Just a cool stone
The name reminded me of someone
The name reminded me of someone
So young
So young
The babies always make me cry
The babies always make me cry
An Angel to watch over the babies
An Angel to watch over the babies
They really must have loved their family
They really must have loved their family
They thought about visitors and needing a place to rest.
They thought about visitors and needing a place to rest.
Too cool
Too cool
Not even gonna touch this one!
Not even gonna touch this one!
Check out how the bushes are formed into a heart!
Check out how the bushes are formed into a heart!
Total devotion
Total devotion
I love reading some of the wonderful things people put on the headstones
I love reading some of the wonderful things people put on the headstones
We had Adam stand next to this to gauge the size!  He is 6' 3" and it dwarfs him!
We had Adam stand next to this to gauge the size! He is 6' 3" and it dwarfs him!
He over looks his family
He over looks his family
This one was just so HUGE I couldn't skip it!
This one was just so HUGE I couldn't skip it!
Being a Grandma, this touches my heart.
Being a Grandma, this touches my heart.

Why? Who knows

I’ve been sitting on this Hub for a couple for days now, waiting. I wanted to make it my 100th Hub. But was unable to do so. It’s not here for any income or earnings, just something I find very interesting and can’t even begin to understand why.

When my children were small we were always looking for ways of entertaining them that didn’t cost us much. With 5 kids the costs of just hanging out can go beyond the ridiculous. So we’d pack a lunch and head off for the day.

When I was younger I didn’t like to go to cemeteries particularly the ones where my loved ones were buried. I still don’t, but I do like to visit the families of others that have been buried. No one needs to tell me how odd this is, I already know.

Normally I don’t take the camera, just wander around looking at the graves, sometimes making up stories of how people lived and died. Sometimes the names on the headstones remind me of someone still alive, or names of friends. Without a doubt I am always drawn to the baby graves, and usually end up crying for the loss the parents must have felt.

There are many famous people in this cemetery.  All of the Kellogg family, Post family and many others along with Sojourner Truth.  Since Battle Creek has been known as 'Cereal City' for a very long time, it only stands to reason the founders of those delicious breakfast cereals we've all come to love, would be buried in their city.


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LillyGrillzit profile image

LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

This is very interesting and cool. Thank you for sharing. Lots of work!


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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for stopping by! We had a good time taking the pics, I tend to wander a bit and everyone gets ahead of me.. Was FINALLY able to upload!! So glad for that!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Hi, susie, as I read this I was wondering which Google advertisers would park an ad here. Then I noticed that the first one you see from Adwords is ancestry.com. Very appropriate.

That's a very interesting looking monument your son, Adam is standing nest to. Adam is very interesting looking, too. Cute!


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder

My grandmother always took me to the cemetery as it was a quiet, safe place to walk and run, and I always loved it -- all but the part where she would show me where she will be buried someday. That just never seemed right. lol

I still enjoy walking in cemeteries, and there is one in my region, that I recently heard of, that I must go visit. It is said that nearly every stone in it has a story carved on it.


"Quill" 6 years ago

Interesting Hub... cemeteries have so many stories. I stopped at the little one in the town I grew up in and walked among the many names I knew. There are many memories there and reflections of what each contributed to my lie.

Blessings


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QudsiaP1 6 years ago

Standing in the place of the dead, above the ground while they lay below it. To see the very ground where one may lie one day, it takes incredible courage and bravery to be so well what's the word... umm... can't think of it but yeah.

In our culture and belief, women are usually asked to not go to a cemetery, as it is believed that the dead can see the living naked.

In all walking upon the dead never really appeases me, sort leaves a very uncomfortable feeling.

From dust to dust but still most of us learn only when we are gravely ill.


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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan Author

@ drbj - I never really thought of the advertisers when I wanted to do it... funny though, maybe someone will park a headstone ad.. LOL Adam says "Thank You", you may have seen him before in another Hub... actually it was mostly his arm pits in that one.. hehehe

@ Ivorwen - That would be something that I wouldn't want to do, visit where someone 'would' be buried. As a child my mom and I would visit my Grandma, she pointed out the 3 spots one for Grandpa, my Dad and her. Oh I would cry! But life goes on... My Grandpa remarried so he is buried with his 3rd wife, my folks moved to the other side of the state and she is buried in another cemetery. So my Grandma is alone.

@ Quill - It's amazing isn't it? I would love to talk to an 'Elder' to get some stories of people. I suppose historian is a better term.

@ QudsiaP1 - We all will die eventually, it's the mark that we leave on the world while we are living that makes a difference. It's not the dying part that bothers me, I just want to make sure I leave a good impression before I go.

When my mother passed I came to the realization that her body was just a shell. She was no longer there, her spirit had gone elsewhere. So the bones/bodies and caskets of the dead do not bother me anymore.

Thank you all for stopping by and taking the time to comment!


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Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills

I love reading Head Stones, especially the old ones, there is so much humour to be found and you no me and humour.

"Here Lies the Body of my Brother John

Whose Horse Stopped but he went On !"

"Spare a thought as you pass by

For as you are so once was I.

As I am now so you will be,

Prepare thyself to follow me."


Cindy Keith 6 years ago

Thanks Susan. I never thought of looking at grave stones. This was interesting. I take pictures of mailboxes because they are all so different and this is just like that but have more meaning.


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Loveslove 6 years ago from England

there is a small village cemetary on route to the beach where our caravan is and I find it amazing that there are so many babies buried there. I know years ago many babies died at birth and so did mums hence lots of old graves where mum and baby are together ,but in these days of modern medicine somehow we dont expect it.

We often walk in this cemetary as it is a short cut to the beach,and when our daughter was young she was interested in a babies grave ,it just hapened that on the day we were looking at it ,it would have been the babies second birthday ,there were no visible signs that anyone had been to visit that day so my daughter picked some wild flowers and put them there for ' Julia Ann ' every year after that she remembered and did the same...even now we still look at that grave when walking through the cemetary 'Julia Ann' would be 22 now ...some would think it morbid,but it would seem there are many who like to do similar things...interesting Hub,Thank you XX


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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan Author

@ Merlin - Yes, I know how you like humour! That was very cool, thank you for sharing it. There is a sing my kids are planning on singing at my funeral... 'The Worms crawl in the worms crawl out...' I probably should have put it on here! Maybe I will when I find the complete song. BTW, that is at my request! Morbid I know.

@ Cindy - LOL, I never knew that about you! Strange isn't it? All of the things we find out about our family.

@ Loveslove - That is so WONDERFUL!! What a thoughtful daughter you have! Wouldn't it be lovely if the family ever discovered that? I wonder if they ever come to see her?

Thank you all for stopping by and commenting.


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arthurchappell 5 years ago from Manchester, England

fascinating feature and photos - i'm always impressed by cemeteries and memorials - they can be very moving places to visit and like yourself I photograph some of them too


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks arthur! I love cemeteries, yet seem to have an aversion to visiting my own loved ones. Maybe some day some stranger will come to my grave and place a sprig of flowers on it...

Thanks so much for stopping by!


redrico91 5 years ago

why i cant see my comments

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