Louise M. Morley, Red Wing, MN

Our visit to the Oakwood Cemetery in Red Wing, MN allowed us to see some kinds of markers that we hadn’t seen before: ceramic.   Red Wing, MN has deposits of clay beds (which led to industries and the founding of Red Wing pottery in 1877).  When we were visiting the Red Wing Pottery Museum, we learned a lot about the history of the company, but also saw examples of pieces that were made by the workers.

This marker caught my eye as an art piece, even though the top had some damage. Louise Morley, 12/1/1897 – 1/5/1903

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All four sides have decoration and information:

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And her information on Find a Grave is pretty extensive (a big Thank You to Kym for posting this!):

As so many young children born in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, little Louise died of disease. She never got to experience a full life but she is never forgotten. She brought joy to the family that knew her and touches the hearts of those who did not know her.  Her grave marker was made of clay in the pottery factory, most likely by her father William. Her grave marker originaly had a large cross on the top of it with a picture of Jesus where the cross intersects. A truly amazing head stone and personal tribute to little Louise.

Inscription on the back of her stone:
Darling farwell
but not forever.
There will be a
glorious dawn
and we
shall meet
to part no more
On the

The notation about her father, William, making the marker makes a lot of sense, as many workers made pieces for themselves.  This marker is beautiful, and has obviously stood the test of time well.  Very touching.

Looking at the 1900 U.S. census, it shows William, aged 37, and his wife, Mary, as well as their children, Elsie (9), Martha (6) and Louise (3).

This photo, on Ancestry.com, shows mother Mary with the three girls.


Africa and Celinda Hill

Their names caught my eye in the Oakwood Cemetery in Red Wing, MN:

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And even though the stones were damaged, I wondered if I could find anything out about these two.   Find a Grave listed this information:  Africa: b. unknown d. Oct. 26, 1863; Celinda: b. unknown d. Nov. 26, 1873

So, I turned to Ancestry.com and found that Africa was listed in the Cemetery Inscription Index as “Age 66 with Celinda and Waldow W.”  The 1857 census information shows Africa Hill, a farmer, aged 53, living in Goodhue County.  The census image was a bit tricky to make out, but it looks like Celinda (spelled as Selinda) is listed as his wife, age 55.  The record also shows 3 children: Dillos (?spelling), Lydia and Waldo.

The 1860 census is clearer, with the information showing Africa aged 54, his wife, Celinda, aged 54 and their children: Delas, Waldow, Julia and Lydia.

I did see that there are other Hills listed in this census record above Africa’s information, which makes me wonder if there was a brother with another farm in this area.

By the time of the 1870 census, Celinda is shown alone.

Alzina Niles Wing

Although this stone is broken, her name caught my my eye:
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Alzina Niles Wing, wife of John Wing, is buried in the Walnut Hill cemetery in Baraboo, WI.  Looking for her on Ancestry, I found her death record, which indicated that she died on June 20, 1869 from “Schirus Stomach.”   What’s that?  Apparently, some kind of stomach cancer, from what I can tell.

The 1860 census shows her as married to John Wing, age 53, and with two children, Hannah and Aaneth.

By the 1870 census, John Wing is shown alone, with his occupational status as “at home,” (in 1860, he was listed as a farmer).

Archibald Ferguson – died in TN, buried in IN

I didn’t take the best photo when I visited the Riverside Cemetery in Noblesville, IN.  Riverside Cem-Ferguson-Archibald

But I liked the eagle detail on the stone.   Today, I tried to find out some information about this man … and I really didn’t get very far.   Between Ancestry and Find a Grave, I found that Archibald Glenn Ferguson was born in 1816 in Kentucky, and died on March 26, 1883 in Murfreesboro, TN.

Here is a much better close-up photo of the inscription, courtesy of SunCacher on Find a Grave.    But I still wondered why, if this man died in Tennessee, why this stone is here in Indiana.   And I couldn’t find any information at all.

I did look to see if there were any Civil War battles in Murfreesboro and found that there was a particular ferocious one, The Battle of Stones River, which lasted from December 31, 1862 to January 2, 1863.   While I don’t know if Mr. Ferguson was there, it would make sense to me that he was — and I’m thinking that perhaps he died from injuries sustained in the battle.  However, I still have no idea why he was brought back to Indiana (or at least, that this stone is here).

Venetia Rogers

Her name caught my eye in the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Weston, MO —

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I found her in some records, like the 1850 census, where she shows as Venetia Dose, the daughter of Walker and Susan Dose (one of 7 children).  However, this is apparently not the correct spelling of their last name, which was Doores.   I found on Find a Grave that she was married twice, the second time to T.B. Rogers, who is listed on this stone.  T.B. and Venetia (spelled Venesia this time) show on the 1880 census, where there are several children of theirs listed.   Thomas shows as being born in Ireland, and is a farmer.   Farming was definitely part of Venetia’s life — the 1850 census shows her father was a farmer, and I’m thinking that perhaps Thomas was part of the farming community in this area of Missouri, as well.