Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Freeney Hearne Cemetery

There are three types of tombstones at the Freeney Hearne cemetery.  One type is a low marker with a polished top that is at a slant to prevent rain from settling in the lettering.  The sides are a rock finish.   There are two of these and they appear to made of granite.

A second type of tombstone at the cemetery are the monument type.  There are three of these; The Hearne, The Elijah Freeney and The Maria Ellen Freeney monument.  They are all carved from granite.

The Hearne monument shown above is of special interest as it does not mark a grave but is a monument to the Hearne family.  It was set about 1907 or 1910 by a member of the Herane family and inscribed on the stone is;
William Hearne Merchant
& Wife Mary Born In London Eng.
Settled Here 1688 He died Oct 1691 She Died After Him
Thomas Heane Son of Wm & Mary
Born May 31, 1691 Died March 1762
His Wife Sally Wingate Died Before Him
Nehemiah Hearne Son of Thos & Sally
Died March 1760
His Wife Bettie Died After Him

The third type of tombstone is the most common type that occur in the late 1800's and that is the domed tablet.  There are eight tombstones of this type at the cemetery and they range from small baby tombstones to larger adult tombstones.  They appear to be made out of Limestone. 

we do not know if these tombstones, markers and monuments were carved locally or order from else where.  Since Delmar was on the rail road they could have been carved anywhere and shipped here.  In the 1900's these type of stones could be ordered from Sears and Roebuck or Montgomery Ward  from a low amount of $4.88 plus 6 cents a letter and freight.  For a $70 tombstone they advertised a payment plan of $10 down and $5 a month.
The only indication of a tombstone cutters name is one base has Stevens & carved into the base.  So far we have not identified the carver.

2 comments:

Beth said...

You just helped me locate my 7th and 8th great-grandfathers - William Hearne and Thomas Hearne. Thanks for taking care of the cemetery. My husband is on a township board in Hamilton County, Indiana, and one of their jobs is to clean up cemeteries - we have one about 1/4 mile from our house that could use the treatment you gave this one. (can you find it on google maps 40.205369,-86.010548)

Beth said...

You just helped me locate my 7th and 8th great-grandfathers - William Hearne and Thomas Hearne. Thanks for taking care of the cemetery. My husband is on a township board in Hamilton County, Indiana, and one of their jobs is to clean up cemeteries - we have one about 1/4 mile from our house that could use the treatment you gave this one. (can you find it on google maps 40.205369,-86.010548)