This past Saturday I joined the Taphophile world, according to my sister-in-law. In other words, I became a cemetery enthusiast. Bob is my second set of eyes, while looking for burial plots.
Since early January, I have been building my family tree. I discovered that many of my ancestors are buried in cemeteries that are within a 2-3 hour drive of my home in Warren, PA. Some of my ancestors are buried even closer than a 2-3 hour drive. One such cemetery is the Blue Ridge Cemetery in Barnett Township in Forest County, PA.
That cemetery is only a hour’s drive from our home.
We drove on a bumpy, dirt road for a couple miles before reaching the cemetery which is located on Blood Road.
We found eleven family members buried at Blue Ridge Cemetery, all from the maternal side of my family tree:
Great-Grandparents Benjamin F. (1859-1936) and Lula M. (1873-1930) Leslie
Great-Uncle Noah Leslie (1888-1964)
Great-Uncle Harry D. Leslie (1899-1979)
Great-Aunt Elizabeth R. (1897-1960) and John E. (1892-1968) Gregg
1st cousin 1x removed Andrew F. Gregg (1919-1920)
1st cousin 1x removed John A. Gregg (1933-1964)
1st cousin 1x removed Larry E. Gregg (1937-1937) (note story below)
1st cousin 1x removed Ruby A. (1918-2002) and Walter W. (1906-1992) McKinney
I plan to visit cemeteries, from time to time, at which my ancestors are buried. I chose to visit Blue Ridge Cemetery first because this is the site of Ruby McKinney’s final resting place.
Ruby A. McKinney’s final resting place
In 1987 Ruby mailed me a blue notebook full of names and birth dates of family members, as well as a couple stories about family members. That notebook has become invaluable to me, as I build the maternal grandfather’s portion of my family tree.
One of the stories in the notebook is the heartbreaking story about the birth of Ruby’s brother, Larry E. Gregg.
Before leaving on our drive to Blue Ridge Cemetery, I had not yet completed my great grandparents’ ancestry profiles. What a surprise I had, when I discovered that Benjamin F. and Lula M. Leslie are buried at Blue Ridge Cemetery!
I plan to return to Blue Ridge Cemetery, when the snow is gone. At which time, I plan to take photographs of each of my family’s burial plots.