Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Mystery of the Leaning Stone

Sometimes you just have to wonder. At the Olympus Cemetery in Grove, OK, I came across this grave. Remarkable in itself because it is one of the oldest persons buried in a traditional cemetery in Oklahoma. We just don't have a lot of really old cemeteries. It is the grave of Rebecca Boone Wainscott, b. Oct. 23, 1808, d. Feb. 26, 1892.

But the mystery comes in when I looked at the stone leaning against the back of Rebecca's stone. It is broken so there is no name visible but the last letters of the word above the break could be SCOTT. It has the same born day, Oct. 23, 1808 but a different died day, Jan. 20, 1893.

I searched for information to resolve the mystery of the leaning stone, but have not been able to find anything to help solve the mystery. As far as I have been able to determine she is the only Wainscott buried in Delaware County.


  1. 1880: MO: Bates Co: Spruce Twp: ED 155; Pg 18B: enum 15 Jun 1880: Lines 29-33: Dwelling 154; Family 155:
    Wainscott, Sarah; W; F; 54; W?/D?; Keeping House; TN/TN/TN.
    Mary; W; F; 17; Dau; Single; at Home; MO/MO/TN.
    L A (TA?); W; f; 14; Dau; Single; at Home; attended school; MO/MO/TN.
    E B; W; M; Son; Single; Work Farm; attended school; MO/MO/TN.
    Rebecka (sic); W; F; 72; Mother; KY/Ncarlina?/Ncarlina?.

    1880: IN: Clinton Co: Jackson Twp: ED 12; Pg 4D: enum 2 Jun 1880: Lines 35-41: Dwelling 25; Family 25:
    Venis (Bems?), George; W; M; 33; Married; Farmer; IN/KY/KY.
    Lucy; W; F; 29; Wife; Married; Keeping House; IN/KY/KY.
    four children 5 to 11 yrs, all IN/IN/IN.
    Wainscott, Hulda; W; F; 72; Mother-in-law; W?D?; At home; KY/KY/KY.

    The next closest in age according to ancestry's index of Wainsc* in 1880 census, b. 1808; are several est 1810 births, including one in NC. I took a look at that one, but see no KY connection.

    So.....what are the chances that twin girls b. 23 Oct 1808 in Kentucky, could have married Wainscott brothers? Yeah....just a fantasy!

    Cari Thomas

  2. Cari,
    Thanks for the update on the Wainscotts.

  3. Perhaps the broken stone was an earlier stone for the same woman, with the death date corrected on the newer one.