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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Digging is the Answer

St. Augustine, Florida
 As I walk through old town in St. Augustine, I find myself imagining about the old days of various ancestors.  They all resided in different communities, yet there is but a smidget of what remains of the struggle of the pioneer existence. As the old makes room for the new, we are lucky if we can locate a tombstone or two.  I find the old plantation. It was in the middle of a corn field, and all that remained was a pile of bricks from the chimney. A concrete wall surrounds the community cemetery across the street and since that is where I found my families, the proof is in the pudding. The pile of bricks is the site of the old home.  Yet there was more!  Several sunken graves revealed concrete slabs with the name of an otherwise unknown great-great-great uncle dating to to 1795!  The answer to discovering extra information is literally "digging".  Thus, I always observe the land itself, whether there could be extra graves, or buried headstones.  The slate headstones tend to break and fall to the ground.  It rains, snows, the wind blows, and time passes. Then, the stones are gone!

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