Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Is This My Thomas J. Newton?

While using the Google search engine the other day, I tried different name spellings for my Thomas J. Newton (second husband of Sophia (Buck) Brigham (1797-1882) and father of Sophia Newton (1834-1922) and Thomas J. Newton (1835-1915)).   I tried "nuton" and "neuton" and "knewton" instead of "newton."

Lo and behold, a website was found with a gravestone for a Thomas J. Neuton (1797-1839), taken in West Cambridge, Lamoille County, Vermont.  Here is the gravestone that they published (yes, I know i'm violating their copyright - let them sue me!):

So is this my third great-grandfather Thomas J. Newton?  The dates are in the ballpark.  The death date indicates that he died young, leaving a widow and two small children.  The place is approximately where his children were supposedly born.  Why isn't his daughter Sophia, my 2nd great-grandmother, listed on the stone?

I'm a bit suspicious of this website - it wasn't there when I checked back today.  The gravestone looks pretty new -- it isn't weathered.  Is someone trying to spoof me?

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Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver


Geolover said...

According to whois.com that website is not registered to a current owner.

Note no surrounding markers, although there is a nice background with an apparent cemetery on the other side of the body of water.

Yvonne Demoskoff said...

Hmm... I wonder if April 1st has anything to do with this post? :)