Nine years ago, my husband and I took a Genealogy research trip to Missouri. It was a 2500-mile round trip, but it was so worth it. I had prepared names of ancestors, places they lived and cemetery names and locations ahead of time. I had quite a list. It took a day and a half to go from Arizona to Missouri, so we were tired. After we checked in to the hotel, I got my “second wind” and I insisted we get started. First, we just drove around looking at places I had lived when I was 12-14 years old. Then we drove to the little town I was born in. It all felt like “home”.
Over the next week, I met with both new cousins and some I had known when I lived there. Our journeys took us through about half the state. My husband informed me that if he never stepped foot in another cemetery as long as he lived, he would be fine with that! He had dreams for weeks of traipsing through them looking for names. He was joking though as he has come to love cemetery hunting almost as much as I!
We finally made a stop at the Dover Cemetery in the city of Dover. I had my list of 7 Ancestors who were buried there so we began looking for those stones. Before long I found my Great Grandparents grave and headstone. Hamilton Hayes and Elvira Register. Placed right next to it was my 3x Great Grandfather Richard F. Page Sr. The Hayes’ are from my dad’s side and the Page is from my mother’s side. Granted this is a small cemetery but these Ancestors were buried here 54 years apart. I found this to be one more strange occurrence that seems to run through both sides of my family.
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