Monday, October 07, 2013

Generations of Family

Today, we met John's cousin Susie and her husband Jim at the Olathe, Kansas, Memorial Cemetery where two of their great-great grandfathers, two great-great grandmothers and a great-great-great grandmother are all buried. Two of those graves are not marked, but we know where they are.

Susie and Jim drove from Iowa, we had just a 40-minute drive from Peculiar, Missouri. We'd all have to journey back in time 108 to 134 years to take part in the funerals of the folks whose graves we visited today.

Here are John and Susie, are standing by the headstone marking the graves of a great-great grandmother and a great-great-great grandmother. Rebecca, born in 1803, died in 1888. Her daughter, Mary, born in 1831, died in 1881.

Great-great grandfather Ray, a Civil War veteran, is buried next to his wife.

Several other Wiswell relatives are also buried here, as are the great-great grandparents named Gans and some of their children. Those are the unmarked graves.

We understand the following photograph is called a selfy. Don't say us old folks can't keep up with the young kids. This was taken in the parking lot after a great, lingering lunch with hours of good conversation at the local Applebees.

It was a great day. We had fun exploring past generations with other members of our family. And we are enjoying spending time exploring Kansas where at least four generations of ancestors lived in the 1800s. Years ago, when this journey into our past began in earnest, we had no idea how important Kansas had been in the family history.


  1. It must be a strong but strange feeling.
    You have to change rig picture..

  2. We want to do that. But we are still waiting to pick it up. Soon, we hope. Waiting is getting old.