Tuesday afternoon, I posted a picture of my third great-grandfather, William Rasin Stuart and his son Alexander and by the evening, I had a picture of their final resting place.
When fellow geneablogger Liz Hall Morgan read my Tuesday post, she couldn’t help but do some digging. (Did she know that with construction going on in my house and my daughter’s dance show to prepare for, finding time to open her email that day was a challenge let alone searching for third great-grandpa’s burial spot. Thanks Liz for the help!) She turned up the findagrave postings above taken by Sharon, a volunteer in the New Orleans area with over 11,000 grave postings under her belt including my family’s. William (1780-1853) and Alexander Stuart (1812-1853) are at rest in a mausoleum at Cypress Grove Cemetery in New Orleans along with Mattie Macauley (d. 1876), William Rasin’s daughter-in-law and other relatives whom I hope to discover more about.
I’ve always been intrigued by mausoleums, especially those in New Orleans, but in all the years I’ve been traveling there, I’ve never visited one. In my 20s on a solo trip to visit my grandmother, I stopped just short of taking a City of the Dead tour through the famous cemeteries. I was too proud to take a tour because that would make me a tourist, a dirty word in New York City where I was living at the time and I was too scared to even check out the periphery of the cemeteries on my own. Now that I’ve joined Find A Grave and finally got my first request last week, I’ll have ample opportunity to get used to spending time alone in cemeteries. Still, I’m more comfortable when I have someone with me. So when we visit our ancestors in Cypress Grove, I hope to bring my husband, children and cousins with me not as a tourist but as a family member paying respects.
Thanks Sharon and Liz for helping me reclaim another jewel for the ancestral treasure chest.
To learn more about the intriguing cemeteries of New Orleans, check out this New Orleans Cemeteries website and take their quiz. Let me know how you do.