Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Elizabeth Spangler (1796-1863) in Crawford County, Pennsylvania

I found a Find A Grave memorial for my third great-grandmother, Elizabeth (King) Spangler (1796-1863) on Find A Grave recently, but it had the wrong birth and death dates for her.  Here is the Find A Grave memorial from Conneautville Cemetery in Conneautville, Crawford county, Pennsylvania

The memorial was posted on 22 February 2014, but it didn't have the gravestone photographs at the time.  I recently requested a gravestone photograph, and FindAGrave volunteer MissingHim kindly responded, with a picture of the entire monument and a closeup of the inscription (used here by permission given by volunteer MissingHim):

A closeup of the inscription:

The Find A Grave memorial (posted without gravestone photos by another volunteer) indicates that Elizabeth Spangler was born in 1827, and died 18 March 1883.

I tried really hard to determine the inscription, and I think it says:

wife of
Daniel Spangler
March 18, 1863
66 years

The 1863 or 1883 is very difficult to read from the photograph.  The 66 years is fairly clear to me.  If the death year is 1863, then 66 years would put the birth date in 1796-7, which was the birth year of Elizabeth King, wife of Daniel Spangler (1781-1851), my third great-grandparents.

I don't know if the records of the cemetery have the wrong (?) dates, or if the original Find A Grave contributor read the stone wrong.

One of the clues I had was the death location of Elizabeth (King) Spangler in the Spangler surname book that said she was buried in Conneautville, and it provided a death date of 18 March 1863.  Two of her daughters, Louisa (Spangler) Power (1839-1883) and Helen (Spangler) Brown (1831-1905) are also buried in this cemetery.

My thanks to MissingHim, the Find A Grave volunteer who provided the photographs, and who gave me permission to display them on my blog and in my online Ancestry Member Tree.

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