I had the privilege of walking through part of the Plano Mutual Cemetery the other day. During my walk among the headstones, tombstones and markers, I found the George Washington Weaver family. He is buried next to his wife Susan Katherine (Benton) Weaver.
What caught my attention and has remained in the forefront of my memory is the sadness and grief I felt for the parents. Their personal loss is blatantly apparent.
At the foot of the parents are four headstones, lined up, side by side.
Colcuitt B. son of G.W. & S.K. Weaver born Dec. 28, 1874 died Sep. 4, 1879
Luke P. son of G.W. & S.K. Weaver born Oct. 16, 1878 died Sep. 23, 1879
Infant daughter of G.W. & S.K. Weaver born Feb. 5, 1882 died Feb. 6, 1882
George Washington B. son of G.W. & S.K. Weaver born Dec. 7, 1885 died Nov. 21, 1886
Here are four children; the longest life was just short of four years. All were born and died within the short span of 12 years. The sadness of the parents fell on me as though I walked into a fog.
Since two of the four were born and died between the 1870-1880 Federal Census and two of the four were born and died between the 1880-1890 Federal Censuses they would not be in those documents. Their names could possibly appear on county birth or death records.
In this situation cemetery, newspaper and family records (if available) are often the only source of information.
Further research found that George and Susan had three other daughters who all grew to be adults, married and had children. They are each buried with their husbands and families in other parts of the cemetery.
Findagrave.com and Billiongraves.com are both very good resources if you cannot visit the cemetery. Often counties have their own listings of cemeteries. Historical or genealogical societies are also a very good resource.
In my opinion, nothing can compare with walking the cemetery to feel the spirit and especially the joy of discovery when you find that one piece of information or locate that special individual or family which you have been seeking.
It is worthwhile to go out of your way to visit and walk the family or city cemetery. You too, can feel the spirit and just might find that piece of information that brings joy to you and your family.