Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Arthur and Katherine Spanks

I ran out of my own ancestral and family tombstone pictures several months ago, so I'm posting some tombstone pictures from my collection of "funny and strange" tombstone pictures - I use some of these in my "Genealogy is Fun - Seriously!" talk.

Today, this photo caught my fancy:

A Google search of ["arthur spanks" katherine 1860] resulted in four matches - two were for entries in the FamilySearch Ancestral File and IGI, the third was the use of the epitaph in a sermon, and the fourth was a GenForum message board post.

There is an entry in Ancestry's One World Tree database also, for this couple indicating that Katherine's birth name was Catherine Whitman.

It's probable that Arthur Spanks and Katherine were born in Nova Scotia, but it's not clear if they stayed in Canada or migrated to Massachusetts at some point in time. I have been unable to determine where this stone rests.

Some questions: Is Arthur Spanks buried here? The years given are for Katherine, aren't they?


Anonymous said...

Hilarious! This has gotta be one of the best! Spanks a lot!

xl pharmacy said...

I know that family really feel pain for this lost, but we have to remember what kind of peoeple was Arthur and Katherine, two persons that never make other thing than help others.

Shalimar said...

Boylston Baptist Church Cemetery, Boylston Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, Canada