Monday, April 18, 2011

The 1903 Stone of Franciska Trautvetter

No, the stone in this image is not supposed to say Franciska Trautvetter.

This is the stone of Barbara Haase (Franciska's mother), for which Barbara's estate paid no more than $30 in 1903 after her death. A stone for the same amount was to be placed on the grave of her Franciska Trautvetter who predeceased Barbara. Franciska's stone was discussed in an earlier post regarding the kind of information provided on the tombstone. It is clear that the stone now on Franciska's grave is not the one purchased in 1903 for $30.

And even if it were, a tombstone erected in 1903 probably would not be considered as providing primary information on the date of death for a death in 1888.

The problem is that we really don't know when tombstones were erected.

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