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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.
Elmwood Cem-Weeden marker.JPG

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.