Today's post is for The Graveyard Rabbit's Scavenger Hunt Carnival.
"Like a traditional scavenger hunt, the object is to find as many items as you can from the list below. In our case, those “items” are to be found in the cemetery"To make my entry creative and special, all of the below images are either of Brenden or my ancestors...no random graves. All pictures taken by me between May and June 2010.
The first image is my great great grandfather's gravestone. Clarence Clifton Brown (1882-1962). His grave is located in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Cook County, Illinois. Three items from the scavenger hunt: Cross (there's actually two...bonus points...lol), Heart, and Hand (two hands too...)
The next picture is my great grandmother's gravestone (daughter of Clarence Clifton Brown). Ruth Margaret Brown (1908-1992). On this gravestone you'll find flowers and a cross. Her grave is located in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, Cook County, Illinois.
This picture is the gravestone of Brenden's great grandmother, Bertha A. Wagner Myers Minnick (1881-1954). On this grave you'll find one of the scavenger list items, a star, as Bertha was a member of the Order of Eastern Star. This grave is located at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Oswego, Kane/Kendall County, Illinois.
The next picture is the grave of Brenden's great grandmother, Peter Buchanan Morrison. Peter was a freemason, and on his grave you'll find the next scavenger hunt item, a fraternal symbol...the symbol of the masons.This grave is located at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Oswego, Kane/Kendall County, Illinois.
The next picture is the grave of my third great uncle, Joseph McCarron. Joseph McCarron was in the US Navy in World War II, and you'll find the next item, a military grave. This gravestone was found in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Hillside, Cook County, Illinois
The next grave is that of Brenden's great uncle, Israel Rogers. Israel was the first bishop of the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints in Kendall County, Illinois. There is a monument in Pine Mound Cemetery in Sandwich, Kendall County, Illinois, for him, the next scavenger hunt item.
The grave of Dominick Censotti, my cousin, who's life was tragically ended in a car accident just short of his 17th birthday, contains the next scavenger hunt item, a bird. His grave was found at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery in Palatine, Cook County, Illinois.
The next is my second cousin, Brett Humphries, who's life was ended due to a genetic disease. His gravestone contains the next items: Angel and 4-legged animal. His grave is located in St. Michael the Archangel cemetery, Palatine, Cook County, Illinois.
Ok, so if a beanie baby doesn't count as a 4-legged animal, the next picture is that of my grandmother, Mildred P. Vitraelli. My grandma's grave contains a lamb, a 4-legged animal. Her grave is located in St. Michael the Archangel cemetery, Palatine, Cook County, Illinois.
Only a couple more to go....
The next image is from the Mausoleum at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Hillside, Cook County, Illinois. (At the bottom, center) Lucy and Leonard Vitraelli are my great grandparents.
The next image contains trees, the next item. These trees were located in Mount Carmel Cemetery near the graves of my ancestors. I hope this isn't cheating....I couldn't find an image of a tree on any of the gravestones...
Another grave from Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Hillside, Cook County, Illinois, is the my great great grandparents, Maria and Nunziato D'Orazio. Their gravestone contains photos.
And last....the hardest one to find for my family, is the grave of Jennie Weldon Hall, Brenden's great great (add more greats) grandma....an obelisk....well kind of. This grave was found at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich, Kendall County, Illinois.
And that's all of them! :)
Adding one more item to the list.....grave with the most amount of names. Below is the grave of the Quinn family. Not blood related, but married into the family. The grave contains 8 names, the most of the one's I've seen so far. This grave is located at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Hillside, Cook County, Illinios