There is nothing quite like seeing your ancestor’s headstone in person. It is one thing to know where a grave is and another thing to actually see it in person. Standing next to the final resting place of your fifth great-grandparents can be quite awe-inspiring.
Last week, I shared some photos of David and Minerva Williams’ headstone and these photos of Benjamin and Ruth (Taylor) Tallman come from that same trip to Ohio.
Benjamin Tallman married Ruth Taylor in Burlington County New Jersey on December 21, 1815. They lived there for a bit (it is where all of their children were born) before moving to Logan County, Ohio.
Benjamin and Ruth Tallman (along with several other Tallmans) are buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery. This cemetery is located at the northwest corner of State Route 559 and Township Road 177 in Zane Township, Logan County, Ohio. There apparently used to be a church to go along with this cemetery, though I am a bit sketchy on the details for this. It is one of the things I am working on.
Luckily, the cemetery is on the smaller side so we didn’t spend hours searching for the right headstone. After finding a few wrong Tallmans, we finally found Benjamin and Ruth. The headstone stuck out quite tall (am I the only one who the appreciates the fact that the Tallmans have a tall headstone…lol) among a huge patch of some sort of lily.
We actually walked past the stone a couple of times because the writing was so faded on Ruth’s side. Just goes to show that you should pay attention to all sides of a headstone. Benjamin’s name was on the opposite side of the stone and the writing was in slightly better condition.
The dates were pretty much unreadable, though luckily we already knew them. Benjamin died November 21, 1842 and Ruth passed away on February 22, 1861.
The Tallman surname was not on Ruth’s side either, another reason we missed the stone the first time.
I am so glad that we got to visit this cemetery. These headstones have been here for more than 150 years but, judging by the deterioration of the writing on these as well as the others nearby, I am not sure how much longer you will be able to make out the names. Several other relatives headstones were cracked and laying on the ground. It was sad to see, but I guess is part of life.
As I said before, there is nothing quite like standing next to your ancestor’s grave. If you ever get the opportunity to visit the grave site of an ancestor, I highly recommend you take it. And if you are there, take a moment to enjoy the silence and give thanks to the people who made it possible for you to be.