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Tombstone Tuesday | Leonhard and Katherine Seybold

Leonhard and Katherine (Protz) Seybold stone

Leonhard and Katherine (Protz) Seybold stone

My 2nd great grandparents, Leonhard and Katherine Seybold, came to America from Germany in 1857. They settled on their homestead in Brillion Twp., Calumet County, Wisconsin in 1864. They are buried in Forest Home Cemetery, which is a few miles from where they farmed.

1893 Plat Map of Brillion Twp. showing Seybold Homestead and Forest Home Cemetery

1893 Plat Map of Brillion Twp. showing the Seybold Homestead and Forest Home Cemetery (Click to Enlarge)

Joseph and Sadie Voiland – Sacred Heart Cemetery, Manawa, Waupaca Co., WI

My great grandparents, Joseph and Sadie (Romond) Voiland arrived in New York City from France on May 27, 1857, only a couple of months after they were married. They traveled to Buffalo, and remained there until passage through the Great Lakes could be obtained.  They finally arrived in Little Wolf Township, Waupaca Co., WI in December of 1857.

An 1889 plat map shows the 80 acre Joseph Voiland farm a mile or two east of Bear Lake in Royalton Township, Waupaca Co.  They sold the farm in 1903 and moved to the village of Royalton.

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After Sadie’s death in 1908, Joseph moved to Clintonville, Waupaca Co. and lived with his daughter’s family. Joseph and Sadie are buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Manawa, Waupaca Co.

Our family name of “Voiland” was change to “Weller”. More about that can be read here.

Pvt. Lee George Bobb | May 19, 1925 – March 13, 1945

Lee George Bobb was killed in action in Germany on March 13, 1945. He was a native of Shawano, WI. Lee is my 1st cousin, once removed. Before  his induction into the armed forces in February, 1944, he worked for the Four Wheel Drive Auto Co. in Clintonville, WI.

He left for Fort Sheridan, IL on June 27, 1944, then was sent to Camp Blanding, FL, and later to Fort Meade, MD. Lee went overseas with the infantry in December, 1944. He was killed shortly after his unit crossed the Rhine river in the invasion of Germany.

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Lee was originally buried in the US Military Cemetery #1, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium, until the war in Europe ended. He was then re-buried in the Bobb family plot in St. Rose Cemetery, Clintonville.

Fuhrmann Stone – St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Johnsburg, Fond du Lac Co., WI

This is the Fuhrmann family stone in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Johnsburg, Fond du Lac Co., WI. Buried here are my 2nd great grandparents, Anton and Maria Katherine (Michels) Fuhrmann and two of their sons, Peter and John. Anton emigrated from Germany in 1845.

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We’ve always appreciated the uniqueness of the stone – a broken piller, symbolizing the deaths of the pillars of the family, forms the top of the stone, with the initials “AF” carved on the pillar’s top.

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Cato Heights Cemetery – Cato, Manitowoc Co., WI

My 2nd great grandfather, Nelson Harris, his wife Louisa Cleveland, and their family came to Cato, WI in 1856. He opened a saw mill and built a beautiful home. In the early 1860′s, Nelson and Louisa donated some of their land for the building of a Presbyterian Church and a cemetery. It is the final resting place of many of Cato’s early settlers.

1878 Cato Plat Map

1878 Cato Plat Map showing Cato Heights Cemetery

The first person to die in Cato was supposedly Nelson’s father, John Earl Harris – “The death of Harris, an old gentleman, was supposedly the first death”. John Earl was born in Greenfield, Saratoga Co., NY on June 15, 1798. He died on January 6, 1855.

John Earl Harris

John Earl Harris

Nancy (Ormsbee) Harris

Nancy (Ormsbee) Harris

John Earl Harris and his wife, Nancy Ormsbee are both buried in Cato Heights Cemetery. She was born in Barrington, Bristol Co., RI on April 6, 1796 and died on May 28, 1881 in Greenleaf, Brown Co., WI.

Cato Heights Cemetery - 2007

Cato Heights Cemetery - 2007

The church building is no longer there. The cemetery, however, is well maintained. It is surrounded by the beautiful farmland that once belonged to my Harris family.

Hall Rd. (Sam Brown) Cemetery – Pierpont, Ashtabula Co., OH

Hall Rd. (or Sam Brown) Cemetery is located southeast of rural Pierpont, Ohio, about 2 miles from the Pennsylvania border. Buried there are the early pioneers of Pierpont who came west in the early 1800′s. The land was given by Jesse Turner, who’s first wife, Marey (Polly), was the first person to die in Pierpont in 1815. Turner cleared enough trees in the woods to dig a grave, and then buried her in a crude split log coffin.

I visited the cemetery several years ago to see the graves of my Benjamin and Cleveland ancestors. Access to the cemetery is down a narrow dirt road. As the road ends,  the cemetery is located in a small clearing on the left. The picture below was taken from that spot.

Hall Rd. (Sam Brown) Cemetery

Hall Rd. (Sam Brown) Cemetery

Simon and Deborah Newcomb

Simon Newcomb and his wife Deborah moved to Lebanon, New London Co., CT in 1713. The were married about 1687 in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, where they resided at the time. He was a farmer and landowner in Lebanon. Simon took the Freeman’s Oath at Lebanon and was elected highway surveyor in 1714.

The graves of Simon and Deborah, and those of all the Newcombs interred in the Old Cemetery (also known as Trumbull Cemetery), are but a few feet from the tomb of the Trumbull family, and in a westerly and southwesterly direction. This colonial cemetery also contains the graves of many of the founders of our nation, including Revolutionary War Governor Jonathan Trumbull and William Williams, signer of the Declaration of Independence.

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Old Cemetery (Trumbull Cemetery)

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Old Cemetery (Trumbull Cemetery)

Many of the tombstones were carved by Obadiah Wheeler of Lebanon, who was considered the greatest of the rural carvers in the area. There are 82 of his stones in this cemetery as well as stones by many other fine carvers, including John Huntington, Benjamin Collins, Lebbeus Kimball, the Manning family, and the old master John Hartshorne.

Wheeler’s early stones somewhat resemble those of John Hartshorne in being three-lobed on the top and in having framed faces and elongate straight noses. They have a series of elaborate curls beside the face rather than wings and usually some form of diamond or triangle border design. Later Wheeler stones take several different styles of wings which are sometimes very elaborate. Wheeler faces are characterized by slender, aristocratic noses, almond eyes, and a small smiling or frowning mouth. In later stones the eyes are closed or squinting in a rather beatific expression. Some of his most elaborate stones have faces in strong relief; finials are usually six- or eight-rayed rosettes. There is usually a horizontal row of designs below the face and above the legend consisting of a central heart or triangle and lateral stemmed rosettes and circles. Wheeler footstones are very distinctive, many of them large ellipses and others great circles with large six-rayed rosettes within. No Wheeler stone is later than 1749. His work is most abundant and varied in Lebanon and Norwichtown, but there are beautiful stones in Windham and Mansfield and isolated stones occur as far north as Union and Putnam and on the coast in the old Mystic Whitehall burying ground. Wheeler is often considered the greatest of all eastern Connecticut carvers. (From: Slater, James A. The Colonial Burying Grounds of Eastern Connecticut and the Men Who Made Them. Memoirs of the Connecticut Academy of Arts & Sciences, vol. 21. Hamden, Connecticut: Archon Books, 1987.)

Simon and Deborah each have a headstone and a footstone. These are Simon Newcomb’s (1665 – 1743) stones:

Simon Newcomb Headstone

Simon Newcomb Headstone

Simon Newcomb Footstone

Simon Newcomb Footstone

And these are Deborah Newcomb’s (1664 – 1756):

Deborah Newcomb Headstone

Deborah Newcomb Headstone

Deborah Newcomb Footstone

Deborah Newcomb Footstone



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