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Black Oak In Grove Oak: Pointing Upwards, And Hearts Up And Down

Thursday, February 20, 2014

For several years now, I've been visiting the Black Oak Cemetery in Grove Oak, Alabama (I have several, several ancestors from the Christian side of my family buried here -- if you're a Sand Mountain Gilbert or Fossett, we're very likely related) and am really taken with the more primitive monuments of some of those here:
Monuments at Black Oak Cemetery, Grove Oak AL

Tree motif:

Monuments at Black Oak Cemetery, Grove Oak AL

Monuments at Black Oak Cemetery, Grove Oak AL

The upside-down heart motif -- which is very interesting, also, the use of 'bornd' for the birth year:
Monuments at Black Oak Cemetery, Grove Oak AL

John L.A. Brown monument with the beautiful tree and hearts, and the hand pointing upward (occasionally I hear from members of this family since I've been posting pics of this monument and cemetery for a while, which is so nice):
Monuments at Black Oak Cemetery, Grove Oak AL

This is how the stone appeared in 2005:
John L.A. Brown 9.12.1800 - 10.19.1818, Black Oak Cemetery, Dekalb County AL

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