The local sheriff department in Lockport, NY, found this headstone while cleaning up their headquarters. They don't know where it came from, how long they've had it or why it's there. It's obviously in EXCELLENT condition and so I would suspect it is not from a cemetery.
The first name appears to be misspelled. (Should be Cynthia, I suspect.) It might have been a discarded stone due to an error. The Hoffman family came from further south in NYS but there were major engravers... in the Lockport area back then. It might have been ordered there but those businesses are long out of business now.
Various efforts have been made to find Cynthia's grave without success, from one end of the state to the other and down as far as Missouri where there is another Almon buried (no relation). The husband remarried, moved away and died in Texas but any family I have tried to contact seem uninterested in contacting me back. If anyone can do a better tracking job than I can, please, feel free to help.
If we can prove that Cynthia has a proper headstone on her grave then this headstone can be disposed of properly.
And this is a good lesson into why you are supposed to destroy replaced headstones -- so this type of confusion doesn't occur 100 years down the road... It's hard to do, I know, but it needs to be done. These shouldn't be left on a shelf somewhere or put into fill.
Some folks already have a reservation in Hell...
Trees in cemeteries frequently take the brunt of lightning but I've never seen anything like this before. Wow.
Prepare yourself for my long winded explanation and then a question. Please read it in its entirety; check the Find A Grave link; take a look at the photos and their captions. Christie Conklin and I went to the Santo Nino cemetery on Thursday. While taking photos, we noticed a pile of stacked stones in the northwest corner and headed straight for it. "What do you make of that?", I said - as we were drawn to it. Keep in mind, we're in Sierra County, New Mexico and are accusto...med to cairns. Christie joked, "A bench?" - another thing we're accustomed to are stone stackers. My first thought was someone cleaning/clearing up had piled the stones in that corner. Look at the photos. These are not typical cairn stones, but flat, rectangular and brick type stones. It is not unusual here to find "older versions" of headstones. Sometimes what is used as a headstone will simply be a large rock with initials or names and dates. These are often replaced or "upgraded". While photographing, I spotted an erect headstone underneath the stack, and took a few photos of that. There were the usual cairn stones on this grave, too. What is puzzling is the stack, the stones utilized and the ornate headstone below it. That is what we are trying to figure out. Later that night we were both at our respective homes uploading photos to the Find A Grave site. That's when Christie noticed that she had photographed another grave for Josefa Antonia Luna. That is not particularly strange, anyone who has been doing this for a while has found multiple graves in the same cemetery for the same person. It does make one pause and wonder who is in what grave - but again, really not that much of an oddity. I'm starting to think that the only one who knows why that stack is there is probably the person/people who placed it there. Has anyone else encountered something like this?
Check out the girl who was 9 days dead when the photo was taken and the guy who was TWO YEARS dead -- and standing with two other guys. Interesting photos although most of the living people look appalled, IMO.
This little headstone is at Oakwood Cemetery in Niagara Falls, NY, and over time the information on "Charlie" has been lost. The back of the stone has some text on it but we've never been able to make it out properly. The memorial is on Find A Grave http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi…& and yesterday, while reviewing this memorial, there suddenly appeared to be a readable name on the back of the stone. I thought I could see "MA<something>ERS" -- more than I had been ...able to see previously. (Who knows why that happens? But sometimes it DOES happen.) Cross-referencing through the burial logs for something that looked like that name and in the right area, I was able to find Charles Mayers, 5 months, 2 days old, buried around the turn of the last century. Now we have a suspect (and an actual grave number from the burial log) we might be able to actually give Charlie a real identity. Or maybe he'll always be just Charlie. But that's okay. He's been just Charlie all this time and we still love him.
With the increase of metal prices, pieces of cemeteries are going to scrap yards. Often the pieces are hidden in a pile of other metal and/or the scrap yard operators simply don't care where their metals come from. Sad. Just sad.