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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Finding a LOT!*

In my pages and pages of missing place details for Lexington (KY) Cemetery, I am discovering quite a few people who are also missing the cemetery record as a source. The online cemetery database is helpful, but there are a few who can't be found in the database. They can't all be memorial stones, can they? And then there are the people who died before 1848 and were buried after 1848. My Bowman and Todd and Parker lines are among these. How can you tell they were disinterred from the original burial grounds and re-interred in Lexington Cemetery? By the date of course and the interment number. They tend to all take place within a few days of each other and the interment numbers are sequential or very close to being sequential.

Then there are the people for whom I have obituaries and the last line will say "Interment tomorrow at Lexington cemetery," yet no record of them online is found. When I am done with my 11 page project, I am going to print out that record and see if they were somehow skipped during indexing. There aren't too many of them thank goodness.

One of my families, the Todds, are a real good example of multiple interments. In some instances, just the last name appears in the index. It can be very confusing since my relative General Robert Todd died in 1814, yet his record shows he was buried there in 1856; the same for his wife, Ann Todd (she was his cousin.) There are headstones in the cemetery in Section F for a lot of the Todd family. A good number of them rested elsewhere, probably in family burial plots. The Bowman line also is a transplanted line. In this instance, the heads of the family Col. Abraham and Sarah Henry Bowman were not transplanted until April 19, 1912. Abraham died in 1837 and Sarah followed him in 1845. They have a nice monument and family buried around them in Section H, lots 50 and 51 with scatterings in other lots in the same section.

And yes, since we are talking Lexington, Kentucky, they are also related to the Mary Ann Todd who married Abraham Lincoln. My own great-great-great-great grandmother was Isabella Todd who married John Parker.

Back to work now before Miss Mouse decides to come in and lay on top of my list, after she knocks it off the copy clip.

*Actually, the pun was unintended.

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