Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Written in stone?

Well, rabbits, today's post takes us to a little cemetery south of downtown Orlando.

In fact, it's so little most folks wouldn't even notice it if it weren't for this new green sign the county erected recently.

The Powell Cemetery was established as a family burying ground back in the 1800s.

Yours truly has two family members buried here. The first was my great-aunt Mattie Patrick McCraney (sister of my great-great grandmother Alice Patrick Macy). The second was her young niece, whose grave marker will serve as today's reminder:

Just because it's written in stone doesn't mean you can take it for gospel!

Sometimes there is an incorrect date or year. In this case, however, it is a misspelled name.

The stone clearly gives this poor young victim of the Influenza Epidemic as Eula Mae JONES.

But, her surname was actually JOHNS.

Her parents were Charles and Maggie (Patrick) JOHNS.

Makes you wonder why nobody caught that back in 1918, doesn't it? Maybe, they got a discount from the stonecutter . . .

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