On Sunday we took my oldest back to college and then made the 30 minute trip from there to La Fontaine, Indiana to visit Minnear Cemetery, the final resting place of my g-g-g grandparents, Isaac and Caroline BOTKIN. I was filled with emotion, the result of dropping my child back off at school and the anticipation of finally being able visit the cemetery.
On our way I called the owners of the property as instructed to let them know when I would be arriving. They didn't answer, they weren't home. My husband and I made the best of the situation stopping to share a pizza from the BP Station (the only thing open on a Sunday in this small town) and waited until they called back. And waited and waited.......
Now my husband you must understand has the ultimate Type A personality. He couldn't wait any longer and decided to drive back to the property to see if they were home but maybe just outside. My heart was pounding as we drove up the dirt driveway only to find they weren't home. However I was able to snap a picture of the house. Looks like part of the original cabin is still there. What do you think?
Just as we were leaving we saw a car coming down the road. Could it be? YES! They were finally home! We followed them back into the drive and introduced ourselves. They were the nicest people, and wasted no time guiding us back into the woods to the cemetery. And this is what we found:
The tall stone in the back are my g-g-g grandparents, Isaac and Caroline Minnear BOTKIN. The smaller stone to the left is their daughter Jane BOTKIN. The other two stones were just the bases. The stones that, at one time, sat on top are missing. We know from cemetery records that one of those is for my g-g-g-g- grandfather, John MINNEAR. But who is the other stone for? I have a theory which I will share in another post on another day. In the meantime, here is a close up of the stone I have been searching for the past few months:
To read a fun story about how Thomas Edison figured into the life of Isaac and my g-g grandmother Mariah click here!