Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tulip Cemetery

Happy Halloween!   This year I'm taking you to the Tulip Cemetery.   It's a classic old rural cemetery next to the old Tulip Church, which is just down the way from the new Tulip Church.    The stones are tilted and tipped and we noticed that the rows of graves are definitely not straight.   There's a lot of history here and we found some great stones.

Here is a link to the 2012 post about Solsberry Cemetery.
Here is a link to the 2011 post about Philpot Cemetery.

Tulip Cemetery is a cemetery that is mixed old and new and it's as full of interesting stories as the rest of our rural cemeteries.   Here are a couple of the newer and very interesting stones.  

This Helms stone lists the profession of the husband and wife.  I loved this!    [I forgot to get a pic of their names and dates for you.]

This stone for Allen Sarvis has his photo on it.  I liked the whole photo thing, but it creeped my kids out. 

I love his epitaph:  He cared. 


I was lucky enough to find several graves from old soldiers here.   This was the oldest stone that I saw in the cemetery.   George Sarver was born in 1787 and died in 1862.  He was 75 when he died.   He served in the War of 1812.    How cool is that?

Next to him was his wife's grave. 

Elizabeth Sarver was born in 1797 and died in 1879.    She was 82 when she died. 

This is Simpson Osborn's gravestone.   He served in the Mexican War, 2nd Indiana Infantry, Company E.  He was a private.

I found an amazing record of this regiment here.  The men in this regiment were all from around here.   It looks like Private Osborn did survive the Mexican War, but not much else is known about his service. 

Way back on the edge of the grounds I found this grave in the brush, surrounded by honeysuckle and poison ivy and grapevines.

This is a Civil War veteran's grave.

This man is Robert E. Daily.  He was a corporal in the 186th Ohio Infantry, Company G.   You can see him here on page 13 of this pdf

I want to know how he got to Ohio to enlist and then back to Indiana.   Did he survive the war and then move here from Ohio? 

This was the most interesting stone in and of itself that I found.  It's brick.   The only one like it that I've seen.   It's for a child.  The letters were incised with a sharp instrument. 

Did her father make it for her?

It says:

Virginia Jean
Born July 30, 1918
Died Jan 16, 1923
Age 4 yrs, 6 mo

These winter deaths - I wonder if it was the flu or another epidemic that took her. 

This is the monument for Margret Bunch.    Her epitaph reads:

Beneath this 
stone I've 
placed in trust
Not the 
immortal but 
the dust
of one on
earth to me
most dear
who learned in
youth her God
to fear.

Another cool epitaph was on Jacob Axe's headstone.   We could read everything but one word in the middle.    Tell us what you think it is.

An amiable father here lies at rest
As ever God with His wings blest
The friend of _______, the friend of truth
The friend of age, the guide of youth.

Martha Osburn's stone has all the Ns backward. 

Kinda makes me wonder what was going on there.

This stone was right at the foot of a tree.   

Which means, some squirrel planted something here at the base of the stone and the tree was allowed to grow up right next to the headstone for a lot of years.   Too bad; it's a very interesting stone.

 Emily A. McCullough
was born Jan 3 1884
died Oct 30, 1885

Did you notice the lines across the stone? Someone wanted to make sure those lines were written

Our very favorite stone of all is the most appropriate one for Halloween.

Almira Nidy was born January 1, 1846 and .....that's all.

She appears to be still alive.

Or perhaps just undead.



  1. These pictures are incredible. Thanks so much for posting, I've always been fascinated with old cemeteries and I also say a prayer for these souls that have probably been long forgotten.

    1. Me, too. I love these old places and all these old stories.

  2. The missing word is Man, from an epitaph written by Robert Burns. here is a link with the complete poem and a little info on it :

    Perhaps Almira's birth date was carved when the stone was made, probably when David passed. Maybe after his death she moved, and was buried elsewhere. Perhaps she died in poverty without anyone to pay for her internment, or to add the date to her stone. A nicer possibility is she re-married, and is at rest with her new husband and family. This stone seems like a starting point for serveral different plots, just in time for National Novel Writing Month.

    1. Yay! Thank you for figuring out the epitaph!

      Lily is actively engaged in NaNoWriMo as we speak. These would make marvelous plot lines.


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