Happy Independence Day!

As I’m sitting here thinking of what to write to wish you a happy day, my mind runs in a million directions, but it comes down to what this day really meant back in 1776, and what some of my ancestors and many, many other people’s ancestors went through to win independence for this country. So here’s a photo of a favorite tombstone of mine, one of my revolutionary war ancestors, who in his Rev. War Pension Application stated when he was an older man, among many other things, that he remembers seeing General Washington at Westpoint and General Huntington at VerPlanks Point.  Jabesh Cole is buried in the South Onondaga Cemetery in South Onondaga, Onondaga Co., NY.


BTW, we worked our butts off three years ago to scrub his tombstone clean like it shows here. It was almost black, and with quite a bit of hard work, we uncovered a beautiful marble stone. And it still looks this way today!

I hope everyone has a happy and healthy July 4th!

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laurie
    Jul 03, 2007 @ 19:35:24

    Happy 4th of July to you too.



  2. mary
    Jul 03, 2007 @ 22:38:04

    Awesome, Pam! It was well worth the work. Happy Indendence Day to you, too!

    Great post – very admirable.


  3. LostRoses
    Jul 04, 2007 @ 02:04:52

    I’m glad you explained about the shining tombstone! I can barely read the inscription on my ancestors’ stones. Good job! And what a fascinating bit of family history.

    Happy 4th to you, too!


  4. jayne
    Jul 04, 2007 @ 08:05:15

    And a Happy July 4th to you too Pam. :c)


  5. Pam
    Jul 04, 2007 @ 10:19:27

    Laurie – thanks and {{{Hugs}}}

    Mary – thank you!

    LostRoses – I would clean all of the tombstones that I see that are dirty, but it is sooo much work!

    Jayne – Thank you!


  6. Erie's Argonaut
    Jul 04, 2007 @ 11:24:46

    That is so neat to have an ancestor you can trace back to the war. We visit cemeteries and look for those old headstones during a lot of our daily walks. They are so interesting and the artwork on some is fascinating. Happy 4th of July!


  7. Sandy
    Jul 04, 2007 @ 11:24:49

    I loved that story. Did you find the record first, or the tombstone?
    Have a nice day off, and don’t eat too much potato salad!


  8. mon@rch
    Jul 04, 2007 @ 13:12:51

    Happy 4th of July Pam! Enjoy your day off!


  9. Pam
    Jul 04, 2007 @ 20:42:36

    Linda – I love walking through cemeteries too! Happy 4th to you, too!

    Sandy – Thank you! I’ve known about the tombstone for quite a while, and then I started digging into my genealogy and found his pension record. The potato salad was yummy, as was everything else.

    Mon@rch – Thanks Tom! I hope you enjoyed your day off, too! It was nice not to have to work, wasn’t it?


  10. Susan Gets Native
    Jul 04, 2007 @ 22:54:33


    Good post to go with Independence Day!

    Happy 4th!


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