Monday, January 16, 2012

Old Churches

Old Churches have graveyards.  In Europe, the first burials were both inside the chapel and outside within a few feet of the building.  Except for the fanfare of burying important persons inside the chapel, American followed this tradition. So, the first graves are usually close by.  But look for another cemetery, adjoining or in the general vicinity where later church members were buried.  Of course, the firt tombstones were made of slate and if they did not break, inscriptions are difficult to read.  As a general rule, however, in America, one should not expect to find the oldest tombstones (first settlers' graves), rather the later burials, say after 1850, except in old cities like Charleston, South Carolina, Savannah, Georgia, and the like.
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