Friday, January 28, 2011

The Broken Stone

The mystery of how a centuries-old tombstone from North Haven wound up in the basement of the former Clinton Police Department remains. But through modern-day communication and some old-fashioned research, the burial plot where the stone belongs has been identified.

Members of Clinton's highway department were working at 48 E. Main St. — the building that housed the police department from 1971 to 2005 — when they found the 214-year-old relic on Jan. 4. The headstone, which is in three pieces, is gray slate inscribed with "In Memory of Mrs. Ruth Sackitt wife of Mr. Solomon Sackitt who died March 27, 1796 in the 41st year of her age." And at the bottom: "Death is a debt to nature due that I have paid and so must you."

Sgt. Joe Flynn keeps track of property and evidence that comes through the police department, now at 170 E. Main St. He said he checked with Clinton's town clerk to determine whether Ruth Sackitt's name was listed in the town's records.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Leather Man

Leather Man' to be exhumed from Ossining

The obscurity behind a 19th-century, leather-clad wanderer who traversed Westchester County and Connecticut for more than 30 years may soon be unearthed.

A recent state Supreme Court ruling will allow a team of scientists to exhume the body of the "Leather Man," a legendary figure who was buried at Ossining's Sparta Cemetery in 1889 and whose true identity continues to stir intense speculation.

"He is one of this country's major historical mysteries," said Ossining Historical Society President Norman MacDonald. "Not only can we give this man a more dignified resting place, but we hope to find out a lot more about him."

The Ossining Historical Society, as owners of Sparta Cemetery, sought the court order so forensic testing could be conducted on the Leather Man's remains and also to rebury him elsewhere on the 2-acre site, MacDonald said.

Presently, the Leather Man is buried in a "pauper's grave," mere steps from busy Route 9 and, as such, a safety hazard. The second-hand headstone — another man's name is etched on the back — sits alone, removed from other plots, at the cemetery's entrance and is easily missed.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Bog Bodies

Scholars have long tried to make sense out of one of the oddities of the archaeological world —bodies pulled from ignominious burials in cold water bogs everywhere from Ireland to Russia.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Work stops on excavation at old cemetery in Los Angeles

Officials have halted some excavation on the site of a planned Mexican American cultural center after complaints about the removal of skeletal remains that have been unearthed there.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Roadwork in Poland unearth German WWII mass grave

Construction workers in Poland have reportedly disturbed a mass grave of German soldiers from World War II.

Polish police say human bones, scraps of military uniforms, belts, gas masks and bullets have been found scattered along a road under construction.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Bones beneath Derry church may be mass grave from siege

A mass grave dating back to the 17th century and the Siege of Derry has been unearthed under a Presbyterian Church in Londonderry. It is thought the site is the final resting place of “a huge number” of Presbyterians who died during the siege.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Not so odd for grave markers to go astray

Think the holiday discovery of a 123-year-old tombstone in the fireplace of an Ingersoll, Ont., home was a one-of-a-kind occurrence? Not at all.

Tombstones have been known to turn up in unlikely and unsettling places. Like in someone's yard. It happens from time to time, even right here in Brantford.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Grave marker mystery solved

The mystery of the forlorn tombstones in Mitchell has been solved.
The strange tale of the two granite markers, engraved with the names Blanche and Jody, dates back decades.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

2,600-year-old Celtic tomb discovered in Germany

Archaeologists have unveiled the treasures of a 2,600-year-old Celtic tomb containing a wealth of art in Germany.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Discovery of tombstone has descendants 'thrilled to death'

A tombstone found by Ingersoll homeowners who were recently renovating their fireplace is that of a pioneer with connections to Brant and Oxford counties, who was also a veteran of the War of 1812.

The pristine limestone grave marker of Comfort Sage, who died on April 5, 1887, at the age of 90 years and 10 months, was found by Russell and Heidi Watson. The couple had turned over a large rectangular hearthstone in their home only to discover that it was actually a tombstone.

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Saturday, January 08, 2011

Who is really buried in John Wilkes Booth's grave?

Just who is really buried in the grave of Abraham Lincoln's killer?

Rumors have swirled for decades that John Wilkes Booth's Baltimore grave is occupied by someone else, and the presidential assassin survived his reported death.

Now descendants want to test the DNA of his brother and uncover the truth once and for all.

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Thursday, January 06, 2011

After 100 Years County Pioneer's Family Gets Cemetery

The 11 descendant families of pioneer John Wells have great cause to celebrate. The deed to the family's cemetery is finally in their hands after 100 years spent trying to acquire it.

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Sunday, January 02, 2011

25% to 30% Sale On

I was reading the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog and found out that has a huge sale on. If you want to save on a subscription to Ancestry this is the time.