Have you heard of Mark Every Grave? I believe I came across this in a genealogy facebook group. Mark Every Grave has a range of sizes and prices starting as low as $25.99 and they ship for free. The markers are made from black granite that can “last forever”. I’ve wanted to get a couple headstones for some unmarked graves but I didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars but it seems like Mark Every Grave is making it affordable for me to do so.
Have you heard of Mark Every Grave? Have yo purchased a marker from them? What are your thoughts?
Every year in honor of Memorial Day the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York ask for volunteers to help flagging the headstones of our fallen who risked their lives for our country. This past Saturday was my first time attending with my genealogy group and I must say it felt good to placing the American flag next to these soldiers headstones.
Annies Lee Locke Burgess
Red Hill Cemetery is located in the hills of Monroe County, Alabama. Red Hill Cemetery according to the sign on the gate was established in in 1818 just three years after Monroe County was established as a county. In my recent trip to Alabama I met with my cousin and also fellow family history enthusiast Melvina and she took my mom, aunt and I on a tour of Monroe County. We were up and down in the back woods where my family once resided and one of the places she took us was the Red Hill Cemetery. The cemetery was segregated and might still be but I don’t know how many people still get buried there since it’s not that accessible of a cemetery. Inside the gated cemetery where the white settlers, possible slave owners, and local white residents and on the outside of the gates is an unkept grassy area were the black residents some of whom might have been slaves, and my great great grandparents Dave Burgess an Annies Lee Locke are buried. I was happy to be standing in front of my great great grandparents headstones but kind of sad to see after all these years somethings haven’t really changed.
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While doing some research on Ancestry.com I came across two military headstone applications. One for my grandfather filled out for my grandmother and another for my great uncle filled out by my great grandfather. Its just amazing to see my great grandfather’s signature, a man who had to learn how to read and write as an adult.
My grandfather’s original headstone
This past weekend was the Wesley family reunion in Pensacola, Florida. I had such a good time, my family ( nine year old niece, 14 and 17 year old nephews, mom and aunt) and I drove from NY to FL. I thought a week of traveling with stops to see family on the way would be a great vacation as well as bonding time for the six of us. Well lets just say it might have been too much bonding time for us :), for real I think everyone enjoyed themselves I know I did. I got a chance to meet some new cousins, see some family I haven’t seen in a while, do a little family research, visit Natchez, Monroe County and Alabama, Farmsville, Lowndes County, Alabama. While I was in Florida I met with my Great Aunt Sallie for the first time, and last but not least meet my cousin Melvina also a genealogist and she shared some wonderful information with me as well as gave me some document. All in all I had a great time
Brooker T. Wesley
Maggie Dell Burgess Liddell
Zero (Zera) Burgess Millender
Mary Jane Burgess Wesley
Lonnie Wesley Sr.
William E. Wesley