|Jessi, making rubbings that helped to establish identity and dates.|
|Stephanie and Dave, capturing this moment in time. Me, capturing them.|
|Dave, unearthing a forgotten headstone.|
|Some headstones were small but ornate.|
|Some of the monuments toppled from their own weight and the ravages of time and weather.|
|Some had writing that was still somewhat legible.|
|This crag of a tree speaks to the long-forgotten area.|
Around thirty of our ancestors found their final resting places there, where now it appears to be an abandoned flower garden, overgrown with Solomon's Seal, Wild Columbine, Day Lilies, Violets, and Nettles. More flowers, but I've forgotten them. Our focus was on finding downed headstones and monuments, covered over with moss, lichens and dirt, and then connecting that person with our lives, our family tree.
Solomon's Seal was prevalent and, I thought, fitting since this was on the original 400 acre land grant that my great great grandfather Solomon Salmon received after his Revolutionary War service. I know, there should be 6 or 7 greats before "grandfather" but our family tended to have children later in their lives!