As you know J has been sick with high temps for several days now. I took him the the DR today and on the way home we stopped for a second at the rental farm I have listed for sale as part of my grandparent's estate to check on a deteriorating barn. Hiney got out of the car with me (J stayed in) and as we were rummaging around he said "Hey Mom, check this piece of granite out". All you saw was a corner, I never noticed it before but that doesn't mean anything with all the stuff that is there. First thought: "Sweet! Wonder if it is big enough for a bench?". Hiney helped me move the wood that was covering all but the corner and it was…
a headstone from 1854!
So upon further investigation we discovered that Hannah's husband, John Beatty was the first settler in the area where my grandparent's homestead and main farm are (in 1835). If fact, from description, The Beatty farm may be either the far corner of Grandpa and ma's farm or the cattle farm directly behind theirs.
Here is some of the info I found, complete with a direct reference to the stone I have in the estate's possession!
The cemetery seems to have been moved. Residents remember the last readable stone as being Hannah (Hackett) Beatty, wife of John (before the stone was carried off by a tenant who took a liking to it). Hannah can now be found at the Garfield Cemetery.
My plan is to first confirm that Hannah has a new stone and then I will be contacting my mom's old friends at Garfield Farm Museum (across from the cemetery where Hannah now is) and asking their advise on what to do with her old stone.
I did look to see if Hannah has any living relation and everything I read said that there were no living relatives because after confirming that she had a new headstone I thought "that would be soooo cool to have the original headstone of my great-great-great…grandmother if she had a new one!" I did learn that she had a daughter that lived to 16 and a son that moved to MO eventually and had a daughter, that daughter never had children but did marry.
Why do all these crazy things happen to me? LOL! Guess The Lord thought I needed a distraction for a bit…a really cool and different one with [hopefully] a very rewarding result!
Hope you have a wonderful and blessed evening my friends!
For Him, always for Him,