Van Alstyne Cemetery. Van Alstyne, Texas. Fall 2016.
I’ve spent a lot of time in Cemeteries around Texas. A LOT of time. I’ve occasionally seen pictures of the deceased included on the headstone, but this is the first actual Post Mortem baby photograph that I’ve come across.
By the late 1800′s photography was becoming more and more common and popular, however it was still enough of a luxury that most individual families didn’t own their own camera. For this reason, there were occasions when someone would die before there was a convenient opportunity to have them photographed. This was particularly true of children.
When this happened, families found themselves with no photographs to remember the departed by… Their solution to this problem was to have the deceased person photographed before burial. In this instance, poor little James Lucas passed away when just over a year old in 1898. The parents had his photo taken and transferred to a china/ceramic disk afixed to the front of the headstone.
There are still magical places in the world. Sometimes they lay hidden just on the fringes of our day to day lives. Most of the time you pass them by without even knowing that they are there. You won’t find most of them on any map. This is one of those places.
Areas of the short trail I followed to find this place were pretty steep for someone a couple of months post-surgery and 6 weeks into chemotherapy… fatigue is one of the side effects I’m experiencing. It felt good to get out and explore a little, though.
While Alma’s family was taking part in the Great Migration, my Grandma Edna Richardson was born in Grayson County, Kentucky on March 30, 1929.
In contrast to the large Joseph family, the Richardsons were relatively few: Edna, her older sister Mary Nell, and their parents Vonnie Ray (Ramsey) and Lannie B. They were the descendants of White farmers who had been living in the area for a century.
The population of the town of Leitchield was under 1,000 people. Alma’s Chicago, on the other hand, was home to 3 million.
Have you ever been lucky enough to know the love of an older pet? Take Macy-Ray for example. She has a ton of love she’d like to give to an amazing person who will love her right back, but she hasn’t found that person yet!
That’s where the Grayson County Humane Society/SPCA inLeitchfield, KY comes in. They’re helping Macy-Ray find someone who wants to stop and smell the roses with her on a nice long walk. Or maybe you’ve got a favorite field or big back yard where Macy could sniff out some amazing new smells?
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If Macy-Ray looks puzzled, it’s because she heard we humans like it!
“Head Tilt 101” was the most popular class at Pet Adoption University!
had to sign up, because she’s been waiting a LOOOOOONG time at the
Grayson County Humane Society/ SPCA in Leitchfield, Kentucky, for her
family to find her, to be that special and amazing person who looks at
you every morning and says, “Baby, you’re the ONE!”
Not that she
needs to be the “one” – she gets along great with other bigger dogs,
just no small pets! She loves hanging with her big doggy buds! It’s just
she’d rather hang with YOU!
We know don’t want her to spend all her life in the shelter! Email GraysonHumane@gmail.com or call (270) 230-8839 and meet her!