Reynoldsburg Cemetery

People who regularly read my blog know that I enjoy a good tromp around an old rural cemetery, or an old urban one for that matter.

I call this necro-tourism.

I’m fascinated by the short poetic inscriptions on tombstones.  And I enjoy trying to put together the who-relates-to-whom in old church graveyards where generations of intermarried families are all buried in a jumble.

Reynoldsburg is a tiny hamlet off of US Highway 45 in southern Illinois.  The one church, simply called Reynoldsburg Church, was founded as part of the Methodist Episcopal denomination, according to its cornerstonre.

In these rolling hills near the Ohio River, more than two centuries of pioneers, farmers, teachers, soldiers, homemakers — all are buried on a wide, well-kept patch of land hemmed in on three sides by forest.  On a July day, the scene is peaceful, and sun-parched.

Plenty of Reynolds are buried in this sacred ground.

The oldest couple I found, born in the late 1700s. Think about it — George Washington was still president when Mr. Harper was born, and John Adams when his wife was born.

Notice the spelling of Mrs. Harper’s given name: Phebe.  The Lawrence tombstone, elsewhere in this posting, has the same spelling of the wife’s name.  A daughter? Grand-daughter is more likely given the birth years are 1799 and 1838.

This man died in WWI. The top of his stone has the Masonic symbol at left, and crossed rifles at right. He was artillery, and died two weeks before the end of the war.
And this man in WWII.

Elisha and Nancy Reynolds were in their 80s when they died.  Their photos are symbols of a time and place — severe clothing and severe hair parting.  They likely lived a hard life too.

“In labor and love allied. They here sleep side by side.” The inscription indicates he fought in the Civil War as a 2nd Lieutenant, a commissioned officer.
“In that bright, immortal shore we shall meet to part no more.” And “Gone to a bright home where grief can not come.”

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