Friday, December 24, 2010

Wishing You A Merry Christmas With A Few Thoughts From Me

Meet my great nephews and neice .. are they not adorable.. Boy do I miss seeing those faces and weekly

As this wonderful Christmas holiday approaches us I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and pray that we all welcome in a wonderful New Year. I pray that our next year is better and more prosperous than the last for all of us.

As we share the holidays with our family and friends lets please think and pray for those that are less fortunate then us. Pray for the hungry, the homeless and those suffering from addictions , diseases and mental illness. My one thought always is " but for the grace of God there go I ".

Lets take a moment and pray for our service men and service women. And for those that are in harms way in a foreign country give them an extra thought and prayer. Pray for their families that are left here to deal with every day happenings without them. The majority of them do so much for so little.
Lets pray for our government officials that they have the wisdom to do what is best for all of us and the knowledge to do it with out fighting.

If you are still blessed to have your parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts be thankful. Take a moment to hug and kiss them. Take a few minutes and ask them to share their stories with you. Some day sadly they will be gone and you will then wish that you knew more of their history.

I am reminded of a conversation at my hubby's birthday party. I made a comment about getting married the first time and my step son and his family had never heard that story. I have been married to husband #2 for almost 22 years. We celebrate our wedding anniversary on the 30Th of December. They know very little about my history. That is probably my fault and maybe some of theirs.

This is hubby and me 10 years ago at a dinner theater on New Years eve. Guess it is time to get a new nice picture of us. He still has the tie and I probably still have that outfit. Question is can I still get into it.

So much contact today is emails and text messages. I personally detest text messages saying" happy anything " Take a moment and call your family. Here a voice and say I love you to some one. When I get one I just delete it as if it did not happen. Except for one text message from my grand daughter Kirsten. She sent me one and it is of a loud " Kiss " and "I Love You"I play it often. It was not sent for a birthday, Christmas message or any reason other than she thought of me and sent it. Grandpa got one too. Thanks Kirsten I smile when I replay it.

I am busy always searching and writing about my ancestors but I guess it is time to do some sharing of my life in writing. How I wish I had more of my parents, grandparents and past relatives stories. There are so many stories untold. As I share some of my life on my family blog site I have been printing some of them so I can give to family in the future.

Now with all of that I will leave you for now. It is time to make another pot of coffee, put on one of my favorite Christmas movies " Love Actually " with Hugh Grant and make my Watergate Salad for our Christmas eve party tonight.

I appreciate all of you that take a moment to visit my sites and to those of you who leave a message an extra thank you . Merry Christmas to you and your families .. Grace

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Winter In Duluth Minnesota

It is now winter here in Duluth. The gravestones are covered with snow and there is no picture taking for now.
Every day I get more and more requests for pictures of family gravestones through

I never knew of all of these cemeteries until now. I grew up with knowing of the four in my little world and now I am getting requests for cemeteries outside of Duluth and for Douglas County, Wisconsin.

All will have to wait till next spring and the snow melts. This pretty picture is from this fall and shows some of the residents of Forest Hill Cemetery here in Duluth. I need to look at this often to help forget the cold weather around me.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday In Duluth Minnesota Finding Charles Peterson's Grave

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday at Forest Hill in Duluth Minnesota is featuring my quest to find Charles Peterson.
I had a request to find a Charles Peterson through . I know other attempts had been made and messages of no luck had been posted on the request page for the cemetery.

As I am wandering looking for this Peterson I kept looking at this tombstone.
Buried here is Edith I 1896 - 1956 and Burleigh Peterson 1893 - 1995. Wrong name, I then wandered further away knowing he has to be some where here. I turn round and head back towards this tombstone and written on the bottom is my Charles Peterson 1863 - 1942. There he is just waiting for some one to notice this small inscription written at the bottom on the other side. Burleigh was the son of Charles.

This is something you see in the old tombstones, but I was not expecting it on one of this age.
Mission accomplished and a great grandson can see his great grandfather's name and knows where to find him.
Soon the snow will fall and no more graveyard hunting here in Minnesota until Spring..

Thanks for stopping by and viewing the post of this wandering graveyard rabbit...Grace

Friday, November 12, 2010

Find A Grave For Fish Family At Forest Hill Cemetery Duluth Minnesota

I am a volunteer for . There have been a few requests for pictures of graves at Forest Hill Cemetery in Duluth Minnesota. This is a big cemetery and I have never driven through it until yesterday. It was a cool windy day. Winter will be here soon, maybe as soon as Saturday. I felt it was time to find some of the requested graves.

I stopped in at the office to see if I could get a map of the cemetery and help to find the graves so I could take my pictures . I had 10 names on my list. Not many names but they are from one end to the other end of the cemetery, and not easy to find even when you find the section you want. Hubby and I spent over an hour and a half searching.

I was able to take pictures of 5 from the list plus there were family members buried near by . I added those graves to the list.

Today I am featuring the Fish Family

This is the tombstone of Elizabeth Fish born 1844 died 1916.

She is buried on the side of a steep hill. I felt like a mountain goat. The goat picture is from the National Geographic page.

I also found the grave of a J Frances 1875 1888 buried near her.

When I went to post the picture of J Frances this is what I found written on his memorial page.

Killed while jumping from a passenger train near the west end of Duluth, Minnesota. James Francis Fish was the son of Elizabeth McMahon Fish and Francis A. Fish.

How sad that he died so young, he was a 13 year old boy probably out for an day of adventure.

Hope that you have enjoyed your time at my "wandering rabbit" ( or mountain goat) page.. please take a moment and read about some of my other trips to a cemetery and I hope you stop back again soon.. Grace

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday Duluth Minnesota Arthur Aaronson

For Tombstone Tuesday I am featuring the gravestone of Arthur Aaronson. He is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Arthur Aaronson
Pvt 353 INF 89 Div
February 11, 1896
November 3 1938

The grass is covering the death date so not sure what it is exactly. I will have to make a drive to the cemetery to get the exact date so I can post on

Rest in peace Arthur
Thanks for stopping by... Grace

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday Visits Duluth Minnesota Cemetery

Wordless Wednesday (Almost) posting I am
once again visiting
Forest Hill Cemetery in Duluth Minnesota
Here buried is
Raymond Severson 1910 - 1938
Only 28 years old when he died, so sad.
I went to and found his death certificate this tells me when he died exactly.
If I was a family member I would order this to get his parents names. There are several Raymond Seversons listed. 1920 census found one listed as 9 years old and living in Duluth. But with out knowing his families names I have no idea if this is really him.

Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002 about Raymond Severson
Raymond Severson
Death Date:
9 Feb 1938
Death County:
Saint Louis
State File Number:
Certificate Number:
Certificate Year:
Record Number:
So much research can be found on the Internet. That information can be a good start at finding our ancestors.
I have added his name to at Forest Hill Cemetery.
Hopefully family members searching for him will some day find my picture of his gravestone.
Thanks for visiting my wandering rabbit blog.. hope that you will take a few minutes to read some of my other postings before you hop away.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Rest In Peace John and Alexander Noble Of Duluth Minnesota

Today's graveyard rabbit posting is of brothers John and Alexander Noble

Rest In Peace

John Noble
born 1859
died 1940

Alexander Noble
born 1861
died 1954

Born in ?shire, Scotland

this beautiful gravestone is situated in Duluth Minnesota at Forest Hill Cemetery

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday James Hagberg Buried In Duluth

Wordless Wednesday ( Almost ) posting is about

James Hagberg


Pvt 125 Field Party

Sept 24 1941
James is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Duluth Minnesota.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday Duluth Minnesota Duncan and Sarah McNee at Forest Hill Cemetery

Last Saturday was a beautiful day here in northern Minnesota. Sun was shining, sky blue and in the upper 50's. As we were out hunting garage sales we passed the Forest Hill cemetery where my family is buried. After the garage sales made a stop there for about 20 minutes to take some pictures.

It is such a beautiful cemetery with pond, ducks, geese and well maintained.

Will be posting some of the pictures from there over the next days and will post on if needed there.

Today for Tombstone Tuesday I am sharing the beautiful gravestone of

Duncan McNee
1869 - 1935
Sarah McNee
1881 - 1976?
Stone is dirty and could use a proper careful cleaning from someone who knows how to do it.
Went to and found

1905 census had them living at 218 4th East no one else listed living with them.

1910 United States Federal Census about Duncan Mcnee
Duncan Mcnee
Age in 1910:
Estimated birth year:
Canada English[Canada]
Relation to Head of House:
Father's Birth Place:
Mother's Birth Place:
Spouse's name:
Sadie Mcnee
Home in 1910:
Duluth Ward 4, St Louis, Minnesota
Marital Status:
Year of immigration:
View others on page
Household Members:
Duncan Mcnee
Sadie Mcnee
Jean Mclean
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Living with them is a sister in law Jean McLean

I found them in the 1920 census still living in Duluth, sister in law is no longer with them.

and found out the death date for Duncan
Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002 about Duncan MacNee
Duncan MacNee
Death Date:
16 Dec 1934
Death County:
Saint Louis
State File Number:
Certificate Number:
Certificate Year:
Record Number:

and for Sarah. Her death certificate says she died Feb 07 1976.

My search found no children listed, so do not know if they ever had children. So there they are in this beautiful cemetery and may not get any visitors other than me last Saturday. How sad will have to visit them another time while taking pictures in the area.

Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wordless Wednesday The Beauty In Worn Stone

Sitting in a little cemetery in Minnetonka Minnesota is this beautiful old tombstone. So worn is hard to read
Thanks for stopping by.. hope that you will take a moment to look around.. Grace

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

Baby Wipple Groveland Cemetery Minnetonka Minnesota

Pictured today is Baby Wipple who is buried in the Groveland Cemetery in Minnetonka, Minnesota. There are no dates on this little gravestone.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Lesson from a 62 year old lady.. Listen to body and go to Doctor

Lesson from a 62 year old lady.. Listen to body and go to DoctorMy voice has been quite the last couple of weeks. Reason is I was very sick. Started on the 13th my 62nd birthday ( happy birthday to me ) . Started to have pain in my groin area. I am a stubborn lady and thought I had pulled a muscle. I am not very active so not sure how I could of done this. I laid in bed taking Tylenol for 1 week with ice packs.Finally got some sense and got out of bed. Went to urgent care, emergency room next and into the hospital. Next day I was in surgery and found I had an infection. Just the luck of the universe I guess. I spent 11 days in the hospital on pain pills and antibiotics. I am now home with a wound vac and will be like this for 2 to 3 weeks with going to out patient for wound changes three times a week.I am sharing this adventure to hopefully be a lesson to others. I hope that you are not as stubborn as I am and if not feeling well do not wait a week thinking all will be better. I was very ill with infection going down my leg. I am glad I went in when I did and had the brilliant young doctor's I had.So dear friends in blog land and face book. Listen to your body and go to doctor if not feeling perfect.And thank you to my family for visiting and for the little voices of my grandchildren who could not visit telling me " I love you grandma, get well" Nothing better than hearing those words.I am glad to be home. Grace

Friday, September 10, 2010

Wandering Groveland Cemetery in Minnetonka , Minnesota

I love wandering around cemeteries. They are quiet and peaceful. A squirrel, a bird or maybe one more quiet visitor on the other side of the cemetery.

Today's post is remembering Frieda L Smith Mother.. born 1895 and died 1922 .. was around 27 years old when she passed away. Sad to think of young children growing up without their mama. Rest in Peace Frieda .
Frieda Smith is buried in the Groveland Cemetery in Minnetonka Minnesota.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my Wandering Graveyard Rabbit Site today Grace

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wordless Wednesday In Minnesota

For Wordless Wednesday I am sharing a babies grave that I took a picture of this weekend. Isabella Rose Otis is buried in McGroveland Cemetery in Minnetonka Minnesota.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday Visiting My Late Father In Law Lowell R Johnson

This weekend we took a trip to the twin cities of Minnesota. We visited family and friends, went to a flea market and took a trip out to visit my dh father's grave. We had not been there in the last few years because of living out of state.

It was a beautiful day and a perfect time to make the trip. He is buried Minnetoka Minnesota in a small little cemetery called Groveland. My dh grew up in this area so we also drove areas where he lived, worked, played and swam. His elementary school over looks the cemetery.

This is my father in law's last resting place. He was a big powerful man. An inventor, engineer and always the business man. I only knew him for 7 years but he was always kind, sweet and interested in what I was doing. Rest in peace Lowell. You are loved by many.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Galveston Jewish Cemetery Wandering Among The Beautiful Tombstones

Last weekend we took a trip down to Galveston. Since we are packing up to move to Minnesota in next couple of weeks it may be our last trip for awhile.

I love the water, watching people fish in the Gulf of Mexico, eating at the eateries and most of all visiting the cemetery.

This is the best cemetery ever. Not just one but several different ones in a block or two area. We skipped church and went on Sunday so I was able to visit the Jewish cemetery for the first time.

I could spend weeks just taking pictures among the tombstones in Galveston.
Today's tombstone is for
Henriette wife of Sylvain Blum
born April 2 1850 died Nov 26 1909

Thanks for stopping by to see my posting .. please come again.. Grace

Sunday, May 30, 2010

I Just Received the Ancestor Approved Award

I'm the happy recipient of the "Ancestor Approved Award" thanks to
I appreciate this very much I will now have to pass this one very soon.
Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Here rests Mrs. Anne Norris of Needville Texas

While wandering around Routte Point Cemetery outside of Needville, Texas a couple of weeks ago I came across the grave of Mrs. Anne Norris.

I am not sure if a monument company decorated this stone or if family members wanted it to be different from the others.

Here lies

Mrs Anne Norris

born Nov 6 1890

died March 28 1980

This is small old cemetery. The stones may be small and some are even home made, but there are two men busy carrying for it. If you ever stop by bring your camera and watch out for the RATTLESNAKES

Thanks for visiting ... Grace

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Wandering Graveyard Rabbit Finds Routt Point Cemetery in Texas

Recently I asked hubby if he wanted to go for a ride into the country side outside of Richmond which is outside of Houston, Texas. He grabs his book as I grab my camera. I was on the errand to find Snake Creek Cemetery of Needville Texas. I had requests for pictures of graves from

Along with my camera I have map quest directions. On the road to Snake Creek Cemetery we come across this old sad cemetery. In the middle of the country side is Routt Point Cemetery. I spotted two guys working on a tractor so we pulled over to ask if we were on the right road to Snake Creek Cemetery . They had never heard of the cemetery I was looking for. The only other old cemetery on the road they told me had not been taken care of for over 20 years and they encourage me to not visit... Rattlesnakes....

Well since I am a good old graveyard rabbit, I do what comes naturally. I pulls out my camera and takes pictures of what is in front of me.

This is Routte Point Cemetery outside of Needville, Texas. It is small and an old poor cemetery. The stones are small and some are even home made. But it is being taken care of and for that I am happy. Camera in hand and watching out for RATTLESNAKES .. grass is cut thank God.

My first posting is of

Lloyd Cleveland

PFC U S Army World War 2

Oct 17 1717

July 1 1898

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Her Smile Was Beautiful And Real .. Caroline Burton Claassen

You can find this beautiful gravestone in the Episcopal Cemetery in Galveston, Texas.

Caroline Burton Claassen

born Nov 19 1909

died Dec 17 2001

Her Smile Was Beautiful And Real,

You Could Look Thru The Joy To Feel,

Her Sparkle In Her Eyes, Like A Shining Star In The Sky,

Like A Baby She Was A Special Child

Friday, April 2, 2010

Graveyard Wanderings Continue at Episcopal Cemetery in Galveston Texas

I am continuing my graveyard wanderings at the Episcopal Cemetery in Galveston Texas. Today we are remembering the Crum family.

In loving memory of Suzanne Vanhoye Crum
born April 26 1900
died April 20 1983
Penn Cook Crum
born January 6 1898
died January 14 1900

Thanks For Stopping By For My Graveyard Wanderings... Grace

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wordless Wednesday Galveston Texas Janet Seally Burton Pinckard

Almost Wordless Wednesday ... featuring once again a gravestone in the Episcopal Cemetery Galveston Texas

In loving memory of our family archivest
Janet Seally Burton Pinckard
born March 28 1911
died Jan 20 2006

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday in Galveston Texas Remembering Ella Goldthwaite

Today for Tombstone Tuesday I am featuring the tombstone of Ella Willis Goldthwaite. She is buried in the Episcopal Cemetery in Galveston, Texas.

In the memory of
Ella Willis Goldthwaite
wife of J C Woldthwaite
born Montgomery Texas
Nov 26 1849
died Dec 13 1921
She openth her mouth with wisdom and in
her tongue is the law of kindness Proverbs 31 26
Thanks for stopping by for Tombston Tuesday ... hope that you stop by again.. Grace

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Graveyard Wanderings at the Episcopal Cemetery in Galveston Visiting Peter Willis

This is another tombstone I stopped to take a picture of when in Galveston, Texas recently.

This beautiful old cemetery is the Episcopal Cemetery

and is packed full of beautiful tombstones.

Today we are remembering

Peter J Willis
Born Montgomery, Texas
Nov 9 1847
died Oct 31 1912
Galveston Texas
and hope that someday a family member may find his tombstone there or maybe even here.

Hope that you enjoyed stopping by.. please take a few minutes and see some of my other postings in the Galveston cemetery... Grace

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Graveyard Wanderings in Galveston Texas

I love visiting Galveston and this old cemetery is always my first stop.
Today we are remembering the Blanton family.
This beautiful old tombstone is for
John B Blanton
born Dec 26 1872
died Aug 23 1891
Mary R Blanton
born Mar 24 1847
died Dec 24 1926
Emma R Blanton
born Dec 14 1869
died May 28 1951
I went to and did a search using John's name and found him and his family in the 1880's census.
Mary is the mother and is widowed. John and Emma are 2 of 3 children, the third child is William. There are 2 others living in the home at this time, one being her mother. The other person is listed as not family. They are living in Galveston, Texas at this time.
and hope some day a family member will find them through this posting, or and find this wonderful tombstone honoring their family.
Thank you for stopping by and visiting the wanderings of this graveyardrabbit ... Grace

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Emil Neuman Entered Into Life Eternal November 16 1895

This beautiful old tombstone can be found at the Episcopal Cemetery in Galveston, Texas.
Entered into Life Eternal
Emil Neuman
died Nov 16 1895
born Oct 22 1841
Sargent Major
Much of the writing is very hard to make out and the tombstone is cracked in several places.
I have just added the information and a picture to www.findagrave . I hope someday a family member searching will find the picture of this beautiful old grave at
Rest in peace Emil

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday ... State of Texas Honors Captain William S Fisher

This tombstone was placed in honor for Captain William S Fisher by the State of Texas 1936.

Born in Virginia Captain of a Company at San Jacinto 1836 and in command of the Mier expedition 1842. Died in Galveston 1845.
I have added this information to I hope that someday his family will find it at
Rest in peace William
Thanks for stopping by... Grace

Monday, March 1, 2010

State of Texas Honors Major John M Allen

Found in the Episcopal Cemetery in Galveston Texas is a tombstone erected by the State of Texas in 1936 for Major John M Allen San Jacenta Vet First Major of Galveston ... Born in Kentucky died February 12, 1847.
I have added this information to . I hope that someday a family member will find this tombstone at
Thanks For Stopping By... Grace

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday in Galveston Texas Remembering Infant Bartlett Children

There are so many children's gravestones to view

as I wander the cemetery in Galveston, Texas

Today for Tombstone Tuesday we are featuring

Isabel Ida Frances and Archie Lee

the infant children of Fred and Katie Lee Bartlett

Monday, February 22, 2010

Galveston Texas Remembering Francis Lightfoot Lee and Katie Bartlett

If you ever get the chance to visit Galveston Texas you will find the most wonderful cemetery there. It is really about 6 different cemeteries in this several block area . One right next to the other.

I have only been able to go there twice and have so much to see and take pictures of.
Today is another of the gravestones in the Episcopal Cemetery.

Today I am featuring Francis Lightfoot Lee who died June 9th 1914 at the age of 63.

On the side of his gravestone we have the gravestone of Katie Lee Bartlett Died August 6 1921 age 80 years old

There is so much to see here and I hope to make it to Galvestone several times over the next year to take pictures and post them here and at .

Thanks For stopping by .. Hope that you visit again .. Grace

Thanks So Much The Blogger's Best Friend Award

I am surprised and so pleased to receive this award. I received it from one of my favorite graveyard blogger S. Lincecum . If you have not visited her site please do.

The award was developed by Bandit at The World From Down Here, and here are the rules: "The 'A Blogger's Best Friend Award' shall be given to your most loyal blog readers. Thus, the award should be given to a follower of yours who takes the time to comment regularly on many of your posts. In addition his or her blog should be creative, funny and always entertaining. Upon receiving this award, pass it along to two fellow bloggers who fit this criteria."
Now I have to award it to two who visit and post on my blog
2. to be announced.
Thanks so much for visiting. Grace

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Galveston Cemetery and the Memory of the COBB Girls

Found in the beautiful old Episcopal cemetery in Galveston, Texas I found this old gravestone

In memory of
Eugine Cobb
Who was born June 22 1844
and died July 8 1846
and Pauline Katherine Cobb
who was born February 24 1841
and died October 11 1845

Children of H A and Pauline Cobb

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday at Wallis Texas

This beautiful tombstone is in Wallis Cemetery , Wallis Texas.

Almost Wordless Wednesday is featuring

Rebeca Jane born Oct 19, 1836 , died Sept 23, 1935

Elisha A born Feb 5, 1826 died Dec 4 1918

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday my Great Grandparents Arthur and Mabel Hall

Wandering the Internet to search for family members gravestones can be an interesting endeavor. Recently I was looking for my great grandparents Arthur R and Mabel ( Coleman )Hall and was not able to find them on Next step was to put out requests of contributors in the area they were known to be buried that being Crawford Nebraska. Within a couple of days I had my answer and I could find a picture of their gravestone at .

One by one I am on the hunt for the gravestones of my family members. One cemetery to the next by car or by Internet.

Thanks For Stopping By... Grace