Sunday, August 29, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF ANNIE BURK - Eden Cemetery, Salisbury Cove, Mount Desert Island, MAINE

This stone fascinates me because it raises several questions. First, it says that Annie died in July - 1890, but it doesn't give an exact date. Why not? The tombstone also says that Annie was "of Philadelphia." How did she get to Mount Desert Island and why was she there? Did she die while she was summering in Maine? Was she born in Philadelphia or was she just living there when she died? Genealogy really is detective work and the questions raised from this tombstone prove it. I also like the fascinating white erosion splotch that comes down from the top of the tombstone.

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