Thursday, May 27, 2010

Broken headstones need some help

The Half Moon Cemetery, est. c.1875, has been neglected for decades. Through Resurrection Mission this endangered cemetery has been in the process of being stabilized, for the past sixteen months. Nearly all of the original grave makers/headstones, out of an estimated sixty, are either missing or shattered into many pieces by vandals.

Listed below are three severly damaged headstones. One, Edgar Parker, a Civil War Veteran who served with honor, has his headstone broken into multiple small pieces. His wife's, Nancy, was broken in the same manner. Some pieces of their headstones were located yards from their graves.

The third grave belongs to Edward James, son of Oliver & Mary Eliza Pittman; born November 16, 1870 & died September 10, 1915.

In the near future, replacement grave markers will be made. Due to the severe damage; the scripture on each of these three headstones are beyond reading, and in turn, unable to be transcribed completely.

Feel free to leave a comment as to the possible words within the scriptures for these three grave markers. Any assistance will help in providing a more precise replacement for these headstones.

Best wishes and thanks again for reviewing my sites.

(Above) Edgar Parker's shattered headstone

(Below) Nancy Parker's broken headstone.

(Above) Edward Pittman's upper piece of headstone

(Below) Edward Pittman's headstone base
To learn more about Resurrection Mission visit: "Protecting endangered cemeteries"


iMadly said...

Go and dwell with him above, happy in the saviours love

Jack said...


Thank you for your much appreciated assistance.

I have a Master carpenter who will be making wood grave markers to replace these three precious headstones.

Did you have any luck on the other two?

Best wishes and God Bless,

Headstones Markers said...

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Jack Robinson said...

Hello H M,
Thank you for your insight. I will visit the Internet site you suggested.

I much appreciate your help. I care for, in all aspects, sixteen local cemeteries with an estimated 2,400 graves.

Amanda Rocker said...

I believe on Nancy Parker's headstone it reads: "Every joy to us is dead since Mother is not here".

Jack Robinson said...

Amanda, Hi, That is fantastic! I have two of the three stones' inscriptions now, thanks to you.

Edgar's stone will be a hard one to figure out but, in time, it will be done.

Best wishes & will talk to you soon,


Amanda Rocker said...

Hey, I took a look at Edgar Parker's headstone and did a search online to see what would come up- there's a quote online that says: "She followed virtue as her truest guide, lived as a Christian, as a Christian died." It could be that instead of using the word 'she' whoever buried Edgar Parker used 'he' since obviously he's a guy. Maybe this is what's written? Hope this helped :)