Posted on 21 December 2003 02:00 | Permalink
I have put up a page for a project I have been working on, digitizing a book called "Davies Memoir" about some Davies lines in New England. While not exactly related to Hanks research, I have Davies lines on my mother's side, and wanted to put this up for anyone interested. Davies Memoir
Utah Burials Database
Posted on 09 August 2003 02:00 | Permalink
Just want to put up a link to the Utah Burials and Cemeteries database. So very helpful!
Finding Sarah Verrinder's gravestone
Posted on 27 May 2003 02:00 | Permalink
Over the holiday weekend, my wife, my kids, and I stopped by the Salt Lake cemetery on our way to a family event, to see if we could find Sarah Verrinder's gravestone, now that we had a picture of it to lead us. We went to the section of the cemetery given by the cemetery office as the location of the gravestone, E-11-7. No luck. We found a few that looked close, but still no luck. I found one of the approximate shape, the inscription of which had completely weathered away. I really hoped that one wasn't it, but it wasn't quite the right shape, and the inscription in the article photo looked very clean still.
As I was about to give up and head over to the cemetery office to ask again, I had the thought that perhaps whoever entered the record in the database made a typo and perhaps typed 'E' instead of 'F' as the block number. Block 'F' was just next door, so we all trooped across the road, and up the hill into block F. As we crested the rise, I could see a red sandstone headstone in the distance, the top of which matched the profile in the article photo. As I neared I could recognize nearby features from the photo, and sure enough, when I got there, I had found it. The grave stone is a reddish sandstone, facing West, and tipping slightly towards that direction. The inscription is still very clear, and it's interesting to note, that just 'next door' is where LDS church president John Taylor is buried. So anyone following my footsteps take note, the correct address is F-11-7, not E-11-7. I snapped a few pictures while my 4-year-old son struck up a conversation with a gentleman cleaning up the gravestone of his grandmother nearby. Once I get the photos developed I'll be sure to post them here.
As I was heading back to the car, I looked back from the top of the rise to find a beatiful panorama of the Salt Lake Valley in the distance. I hadn't realized the elevation of the cemetetry. It's a beautiful view. Back in the car, my wife mentioned she had been praying for me. I chalk up being able to find the grave to some divine help. It was nice to finally 'find' Sarah, and to spend a few moments connecting with my heritage that way. Now on to her children!
Sarah Verrinder's grave
Posted on 22 May 2003 02:00 | Permalink
Today I just happened to search for "Sarah Verrinder" on google, and found an index of articles from the Utah Historical Quarterly. Apparently in Volume 56, pages 323-327, there is information about the gravesites of William Capener and Sarah Verrinder (Capener). A quick lookup at my local public library website showed they have archives of the periodical, so I'll be heading there at lunch time :-).
Later that day... The article in question was about English stone carvers in Utah in the mid-1800s, and included images of some gravestones made by these carvers. And who's gravestones did they happen to include? Sarah Verrinder Capener, as well as two daughters of William Capener and Ellen Rigby (Capener). What's cool about this is that earlier this year, I went up to the Salt Lake Cemetery to find Sarah's gravestone, and despite having the 'address' of it from the cemetery office, for the life of me I couldn't find it. So now I have an image of it Next time I'll at least have a clue as to what to look for.
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