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Hey don't forget to look at the rocks


Consider the fact that not many Stone Carvers were know in Tippecanoe County until sometime in the 1840's. That date is probably much earlier in the southern part of Indiana.    But if someone died before this time period,  the families often times used a large rock or field stones to mark their loved ones.  Later when the towns grew these new "Stone Carvers"  began to advertise and families ordered their limestone, sandstone or marble monuments.  Then they placed them on their family graves.  Now think about the ones that migrated on westward.  How did they mark those graves? 

LOOK at anything that is in-line with the other tombstones of the cemetery.  You might find hand carved initials on the rocks so take a little time, examine them & clean them to.

The mowing crew loves to ditch these to the trees or fence line. Here are a few examples I've found here in Tippecanoe County.



1837 John Ulry


1835 G. W.

           Backside of a foot stone.

Advertisement April 6, 1857

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