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My photo this time comes from Elmwood Cemetery in DeKalb, Illinois. The stone is pretty worn, although the tree with the broken limb is still quite clear. This symbol, usually of a life cut short, is something I have seen before – although it’s nice that this one was carved deeply enough that it’s still in great condition.
Behind this stone and slightly to the side, you can see the broken stone of George’s wife, Sarah.
According to the vital records I found, George was born on December 23, 1807, the son of Samuel Weeden and Marcy Miller, in Hartland, Vermont. Looking at the 1860 census,it looks like George, a mason, is living with Sarah and another woman, Albina Martin, and a young boy, George Martin. It’s hard to tell from the handwriting on the census whether Albina is their daughter — but I’m assuming George is her son.
I found George and Sarah on the 1870 census, where it lists them along with their son, Lucien, age 14. At his age of 62, George is listed as a brickmason.