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TOMBSTONE TUESDAY: Tombstone with life story? Plus tips from gathering information from tombstones

Reader Comment by Bob Anderson:
Remind your readers that tombstones can carry a lot more info than just name, birth date and death date.  We were trying to complete my wife’s DAR application and knew that one of her ancestor’s daughter’s. Susannah, had married a Morgan but could not prove which one even though all evidence indicated Isaac Morgan.  We also knew that their daughter Penelope (Nellie) had married Wm. Curtis.  We could not tie Isaac and Susannah together nor Nellie to Isaac and Susannah.  While on a trip to Indiana we located Nellie’s grave and low and behold, on the tombstone was “Nellie, wife of Wm. Curtis, daughter of Isaac and Susannah Morgan”.  Happy days were here again.
This is an interesting tombstone from Carter Fowkes and I wish we could find many like this

Tombstone life story

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey



  1. John H. Allen

    Why can’t I post another tombstone example? Y’all are too private.

    1. Alabama Pioneers

      Sorry, we do not allow posts because we would be covered up with SPAM posts. You may send your example to [email protected] and if you have the copyright, we may post it on the site.

    2. John H. Allen

      Alabama Pioneers Never mind.

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