Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Remains of Hundreds of Ancient Warriors Found in Bog

For almost two months so far, excavators in Denmark have been uncovering the remains of hundreds of warriors who died violently about 2,000 years ago.

The evidence of violence is clear at the site, which is now a bog. Excavators reported that they have uncovered damaged human bones, including a fractured skull and a thigh bone that was hacked in half, along with axes, spears, clubs and shields.

Over the years, human bones have turned up periodically in the area. This summer's excavation follows on work done in 2008 and 2009, when archaeologists found single, scattered bones lying under about 6.6 feet (2 meters) of peat on an old lake bed in the Alken Enge wetlands near Lake Mossø in East Jutland, Denmark.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

The Coffin Plate of Mary Brand 1893

Mary Brand
Died Dec 17 - 93
Aged 63 years 10 months and ? days

I went and had a look for Mary in the 1880 Census.

1880 United States Federal Census

Mary Brand     Alex W.     Lamard, Wayne, Illinois     abt 1830     Scotland         
Mary S. Brand     Herm. Hy.     Liberty, Cole, Missouri     abt 1830     Prussia         
Mary Brand      Charles, Christiana, Charles     Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania     abt 1831     Pennsylvania         
Mary A. Brand     Jacob     Syracuse, Onondaga, New York     abt 1831     New York         
Mary Brand     Joseph     Lawrence, Stark, Ohio     abt 1831     Prussia         
Mary Brand     Christ     Chicago, Cook, Illinois     abt 1831     Norway         
Mary A. Brand     Charles A.     Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware     abt 1831     Virginia       
Mary Brand         Baltimore, Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland     abt 1831     Prussia      
Mary E. Brand     John, John A.     Portsmouth, Scioto, Ohio     abt 1832     Bavaria     

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Archaeologists find grave robbing evidence

Archaeologists have found evidence of grave robbing while digging at a 19th Century burial ground in West Bromwich.
A team working at the former Providence Baptist Chapel site found a mortsafe - a metal cage fixed around a coffin to stop people stealing the body.
Empty coffins and one filled with scrap metal were also discovered which archaeologists said was evidence of attempts to deter body snatchers.


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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Coffin Plate Of Caroline G Gripton 1890

Caroline G Gripton
Died July 8th 1890
Aged 29 yrs 3 mos 4 days

 I have over 500 coffin plates at

Monday, February 11, 2013

Cemetery had to hold bodies until burial

Visitors to Marietta's Mound Cemetery are often curious about a large, weathered sandstone structure that stands to the left of the walkway about halfway between the mound and the cemetery's main entrance on Fifth Street.

"It looks really sinister. People usually think it's a tomb of some kind," said Lynne Sturtevant, who often conducts historical tours of Mound Cemetery as the founder and owner of Hidden Marietta.
In fact, the structure is what was known as a "receiving tomb" when former Marietta mayor, businessman and philanthropist Nahum Ward commissioned the building of the stone vault in the mid-1800s.

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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

The Coffin Plate Of Nancy B Hopkins 1856

This Coffin Plate for Nancy B Hopkins is interesting as it may not be as old as the date would make one think it is. The plate gives the date of death as 1850 or 1856 (its hard to read) But the style of the plate suggests it was made after the 1860s. It could be that this plate was made up years after the Death of Nancy for her family to display as was the custom. More research is needed to figure this out.

I had a look around to see what I could find out about Nancy. Not sure if this is the right Nancy as the age and dates are a little off but its a place to start.

Name: Nancy B Hopkins
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Married
Place of Birth: Maine
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1824
Age: 26
Month of Death: Oct
Cause of Death: Brain Fever
Census Year: 1850
Census Location: (City, County, State)
Hampden, Penobscot, Maine

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Monday, February 04, 2013

Proven! The DNA of Richard the III

Exciting news!

  • Leicester University scientists confirm the remains found in an unmarked grave are Richard III's
  • Conducted a range of tests including carbon-dating and a DNA match with a descendent of the Plantagenet King's sister

  • Skeleton shows battle wounds and signs of scoliosis

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    Saturday, February 02, 2013

    Read the Journal of De Bever, Ship from Holland to New York 1661

    Wonderful news for thosewith early Dutch ancestors in New Netherland (present day New York)!

    Thanks to Terry Vanderhoof, a translation and transcript of De Bever Journal of May-July 1661 is now on line at The Vanderhoof Project.

    You may also view the "passenger list" (the list of names of those who owed passage money) for De Bever at Olive Tree Genealogy Ships Passenger Lists to New Netherland (New York) 1624-1664

    Olive Tree Genealogy  asked Terry to tell us how this project to transcribe the ship's journal began. It's a fascinating story! You can read about it here

    Friday, February 01, 2013

    The Coffin Plate Of Julia Thompson

    This Coffin Plate is for Julia Thompson who died in 1876 at the young age of 35.  I did a little digging to see if I could find out something about Julia.

    Find A Grave had the following.

    Julia A Mcafoose Thompson Born 15 Sep 1841 Died at age 34 on 7 May 1876 Buried in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA.

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