Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Bohemian Tree Stump Gravestone

This interesting grave marker is located in the Bohemian National Cemetery of Baltimore. It captured my interest immediately not only because of the inscription, but the unusual shape.

Doing a little research I discovered "Deciphering German and Bohemian (Czech) Gravestone Inscriptions" located on the Washington County, Kansas, KSGenWeb page. From this site I learned the inscription "Zde Odpociva" means "Rest in Peace". Also, that the tree stump means a person's life has been cut short. Amazing the resources available to research all aspects of our ancestors lives.

4 comments:

  1. Is it possible this ancestor also belonged to the Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal group?

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  2. Not sure. Gives me another avenue to research! Thanks.

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  3. Enjoyed your post. I am constantly looking for tombstones shaped like a tree. I had not heard about a life cut short.

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  4. I didn't know there was a Czech cemetery in Baltimore. There are quite a few Bohemians in my home county of Baylor, Texas, and there is an old Czech church and cemetery there. "Zde odpociva" is a little closer to "Here lies" or "Here rests."

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