MICHAEL PITNER

A weird, true story is associated with the tombstone of Michael Pitner. Apparently stolen years ago, the tombstone ws unearthed when a garage was demolished on North Church Street in Jacksonville. A photograph of the tombstone and a story about the incident appeared in the Jacksonville Daily Journal of April 21, 1976. The tombstone was reburied in the garden at the same address, its proper location being unknown at that time. Neighborhood boys were unhappy at the reburial as they desired to have the tombstone. When descendants of Michael Pitner (Rev. & Mrs. Donald P. Smith, 125 Concord Ave., Glen Rock, N.J.) sought to return the tombstone to the Pitner burial lot in 1979 it was impossible to again find the marker. Other material buried at the same time and location as the tombstone was easily found.