Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Mystery of the Buried Bush

While using the last day of my vacation to fill some Findagrave requests, I found a stone that I'm really at a loss to explain. The stone is in the Purdy Cemetery in Garvin County, OK, not to be confused with the Old Purdy Cemetery which is much harder to find.

The cemetery is about nine miles south of Lindsay on state highway 76. It is easy to find from a large directional sign posted on the highway, is active and well-maintained.

The results of the volunteers annual Memorial Day clean-up are still very evident. Most of the older graves are dated around 1900. There is a larger number of home made stones than I have seen in similar cemeteries. But the real mystery is the partially buried Bush stone pictured below. That is all that it says. There is no other identifying information. The only transcription of this cemetery lists it as Bust, which was my first impression, but obviously not correct.

A search at Ancestry found no records of any Bush families living in this area. There are several in Garvin County, but nearly all of them way over on the east side. Unless someone happens to see it and can share something about it, it will remain the "mystery of the buried Bush."