Gravestone rubbing emerging as a hobby

As Halloween approaches, a lesser-known hobby is coming into the spotlight: collecting rubbings from marble headstones.

The hobby is much like the brass rubbings done in school, where you take a piece of paper and gently rub a crayon over it to show more clearly what picture or message the brass shows. The difference here is that the subject matter in question is the gravestone that marks the resting place of a loved one.

In terms of the practicalities of gravestone rubbing, the paper needs to be large enough for the detail on the entire stone to show up on the rubbing. A trick of the trade is to use masking tape to attach the paper so that no sticky residue is left on the memorial.

The rubbings can be used to permanently record the wording of the headstone, meaning that engraved wording can easily be restored when it comes to memorial care. Another good use is to trace members of a family tree or add more information to a basic one. The key thing to remember is that those who partake in this hobby always do so with the utmost respect.

Before searching through random UK gravestones for interesting headstones, it is very important to make sure that you have permission to do so; ask the vicar of the graveyard in question if you are concerned. More information on gravestone rubbing can be found on the website for official organisation The Association for Gravestone Studies.

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Mysterious gravestone re-appears in Maryland, USA

In Montgomery County in the state of Maryland, USA, marble headstones are meant to mark the resting place of loved ones in graveyards. However, there is one gravestone that seems to have a life of its own and is being found in mysterious locations across the county.

This summer, Jim May, a workman for the local sewer department, was walking in a ditch in Hillsboro and was surprised to find a grave marker. Oddly enough, the very same grave marker was found out of place 99 years ago, when they came across the headstone near St Agnes Catholic Church in Hilsboro in 1913.

The gravestone would have marked the resting place of John T. Misenheimer, who died on 24th July 1858 and was only 9 years old at the time.

It is unlikely to be the work of anything supernatural however; both the ditch and 1913 discovery were found quite close to the Lutheran cemetery which was the original home of the grave. The cemetery was being turned into an area for residential use around 1913, and all bodies were due to be moved with their accompanying gravestones. It seems that little Misenheimer’s gravestone was unfortunate enough to be separated from its accompanying body.

The local genealogical society is hoping to pair up the mysterious headstone with the graves of whoever his parents were but, due to the lack of memorial care that the gravestone has received, some of it has proved difficult to read and no conclusive parents have been found yet. Hopefully the gravestone will find a better home, or perhaps in the next 100 years it may mysteriously appear in yet another place!

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Memorial Gravestone: A Lasting Reminder

Memorial Gravestone: A Lasting Reminder

When it’s time to choose a memorial stone or traditional gravestone for a loved one or a friend, the choices can be immense. Modern specialists in gravestones such as AK Lander can now offer a wealth of designs, colours, inscriptions and finishes, which are sure to go some way to be a lasting reminder of that special person in your life.

The majority of people would more than likely have a first choice of either granite or marble headstones as their preferred choice for a memorial for a loved one that has passed, but today there also alternatives to consider, and if you are going to choose a headstone made from a traditional material, why not consider choosing some of the many finishes and designs on offer, which are available from the leading headstone and memorial specialists around the country? Continue reading