From the Slovak Lutheran Cemetery in Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania. This is my paternal grandmother. She had no middle name so the "D" is for her maiden name. Thanks to Mom and Dad for this picture and the ones for the upcoming weeks.
Also from the Falls Cemetery in Cleveland County, Oklahoma. The inference that this is the stone for Andrew Jackson Hall is made from its proximity to two of his daughters: Laura Belle (Hall) Lewis and Elizabeth (Hall) Carmon. His wife, Mary Jane (Bench) Hall was alive in the 1910 U.S. Census and died sometime thereafter--where and when still a mystery.
Also from the Falls Cemetery in Cleveland Co., Oklahoma. I couldn't ask for a better visual to show that it was between this man's generation and his son's that the name morphed slightly from Carman to Carmon. The base of the stone has one spelling (as do the other later members of the family), but George's name is stilled spelled Carman. Carmon would become Michael's mother's middle name. The first Carman was John Carman who was admitted to the church at Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1632. By 1643 he was in Hempstead, Long Island, dying there before 29 May 1654. We live in West Roxbury. He is also the husband of the much sought after Mary Jane Cox.
A friend of mine sent me a link to a new web site on Czech gravestones. This person's first web site was devoted to Newfoundland, Canada gravestones, so I'm guessing if I'm the Slovak Yankee, he's the Czech Canadian.
This did get me to thinking about Slovak gravestones. I would like to do that someday--walk around the cemeteries of the four villages from which my Slovak ancestors came and snap some photos. Until then, you should know that although very U.S.-centric, FindaGrave is international, and has 57 Slovak gravestones, including one for Alexander Dubcek.
Randy Seaver posted a link for Tombstone Tuesday to this posting regarding Anne (Dudley) Bradstreet, the New England poetess. I want to point out two things about the posting. The first is that despite someone being famous, very little can be known about that person genealogically. The second thing is that people are careless [please insert nice, caring, P.C. word here] about their own ancestry. If you post things to the Internet, a public forum, which I feel are less than correct statements, I feel the obligation to point that out.
Anne Dudley lacks definite birth/baptism and marriage records. Her relative age has to be deduced. The memorial tombstone uses the dates 1612-1672. The poster, then notes that Anne was married to Simon Bradstreet in 1628 in Hardingston (no county given) England. That of course would make her 16 at marriage. There are several reasons why this cannot be true. Anne's high social position (daughter of Gov. Thomas Dudley) along with the convention of the time, means that she most likely was at least 18 if not 20. 16 year olds getting married is a 19th century notion that people incorrectly place into the 17th century.
So what do we really know? Anne's eldest son Samuel died in Jamaica in August 1682, aged 51 years. He was Harvard College Class of 1653. His birth can be estimated at ca. 1631 using this information, although both sources I'm using give ca. 1632. So Anne was married no later than 1630-1. Based on that date, I would then estimate her birth as ca. 1610. Looking at what we know about Thomas Dudley, this works. He is married on 25 April 1603 (at Hardingstone, Northampton, England--this is the place he married, not his daughter). His first child, Thomas, is born ca. 1605 based on his going to Cambridge University--A.B. 1624, A.M. January 1626/7. Second child, Samuel has a baptismal record of 30 November 1608 in Northampton. Anne would be next. Based on the usual two year cycle of child birth where a mother nurses, 1610 is a good approximation for Anne's birth.
So, the best information makes her dates ca. 1610-1672, with a marriage date of ca. 1630. See: Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins 1620-1633 (Boston, Mass.: NEHGS, 1995), I:584-5 (Dudley) and 213-14 (Bradstreet). Also, Dean Crawford Smith and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton 1878-1908, Part II: The Ancestry of Amanda Spiller 1823-1873 (Boston, Mass.: NEHGS 2008), pp. 49-99, the best treatment of the Bradstreets, including all the English generations, in print.