----- ............Cemetery Walk: An afternoon of discovery! Every stone has a story. And they are waiting to be told........... -----

Monday, August 3, 2009

Young man sleeping

I came across this grave during my walk in the Lincoln Cemetery. Searching the internet led me to a message board posting that reveals David L. Farnsworth died on 9/23/1878, at the age of 14 years, 9 months & 23 days, the same day his parents were burying his little sister, Margretta Jane. She died on 9/18/1878 at the age of 7 years, 3 months & 19 days. Both died of Diptheria.

I took several photos of his grave, with and without flash, since it was hard to see. What I found was a little boy sitting against a tree stump. He appears to have fallen asleep with a book on his lap. I obviously missed any headstone for his little sister, but did get the one for his parents, L. D. and Barbara A. Farnsworth. What a beautiful memorial.

I found the family in the 1875 Lincoln Co., KS state census.


  1. The pose on the tombstone reminds me of a graveyard sculpture I've seen on one of the other GYR blogs, I think. Now I'm going to go crazy trying to figure out which one....

  2. I was even thinking about this today at work (not that I'm obsessive or anything... it just drives me crazy not to be able to remember certain things); I may scan through a GYR blog or two per day to see if I can find it.

  3. One can't even begin to imagine how the parents made it through that day.Some things are not so great these days but we have many blessings,not the least is we don't bury as many of our children before us as they did in the past.The children stick with you.


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