Thursday, November 6, 2008

A couple of mysteries in Eatonville

Further to yesterday's post, I ask ye rabbits to jump just across Interstate 4 from Maitland to a little cemetery that you've probably seen many times as you've flown along that highway north of Orlando.

Today's hopping ground will be the Eatonville Memorial Gardens in America's oldest black-incorporated township.

Sadly, this is not a very restful spot due to the proximity to all the interstate traffic.

I was intrigued enough to visit, though, because my research indicated there is a Confederate veteran buried on the site: David C. Shaw (1838-1895), who served in Company A of Holcombe's South Carolina Cavalry Battalion during the Civil War. Unfortunately, I never did find his gravemarker. Perhaps it no longer exists. It would certainly be an oddity to find a Confederate memorial in this little corner of heaven.

As so often happens in graveyard hopping, though, I did stumble across another interesting marker.

It reads simply MARAGRET BREWING (1818-1929).

Note the spelling of the first name MarAgret, NOT MarGaret.

If the dates on her marker are accurate, this lady lived to the advanced age of 111 years!

I have not as yet been able to find any additional information on her. So, would like to issue a challenge to ye loyal followers of this blog!

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