The Grave Humor of Genealogy
Genealogists have long used cemeteries as a source for finding ancestors in their family trees. Burial grounds are a repository of the history of people, they record lives lived and commemorate deaths.
They are frequently filled with beautiful statuary, touching memorials and every so often …humorous remembrances.
When doing a graveyard search, humor is not likely the first thing most genealogists and family historians have on their minds; the graveyard is a solemn place. However, if you stick with this hobby long enough you may run across some extremely entertaining memorials such as the following.
- Written on the gravestone for talk show host Merve Griffin:
“I will not be right back after these messages.”
- On the memorial of Mel Blank, famous for the voices of the Cartoon series Looney Tunes.
“That’s All Folks”
- Written on a tombstone in Thurmont MD:
“Here lies an Atheist. All dressed up and no place to go.”
- On the memorial of a certain Mr. Cook:
“Ma loves Pa- Pa loves Women. Ma caught Pa with 2 in swimming. Here lies Pa.”
- On a 1905 Gravestone:
“I told you I was Sick”
- On the grave marker for Robert Clay Allison (1840-1887):
“He never killed a man who did not need killing.”
- On the Grave of Anna Wallace:
“The children of Israel wanted bread, And the Lord sent them manna,
Old clerk Wallace wanted a wife, And the Devil sent him Anna.”
- On a stone from Burlington Vt.:
“She lived with her husband fifty years, And died in the confident hope of a better life.”
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